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hat we now have is not a health care system; it’s a medical delivery system,” states Dr. Daniel Dunphy of the San Francisco Preventive Medical Group. “The typical doctor has an average of two hours of nutrition lectures in medical school,” observes Dr. Roberta Lee of New York’s Beth Israel Medical Center Department of Integrative Medicine. “The biggest part of patients’ treatment happens when they go home. This is not a one-shot deal. We give them the tools to take responsibility for their health and to make changes,” advises Elise Dubois of the international Sanoviv Medical Institute. The times, they are a changin’, although not fast enough. That’s why I am thrilled to introduce Natural Awakenings’ January issue on Health & Wellness with exciting news. This month we are rolling out the Natural Awakenings Network (NAN) in S.E. Louisiana. NAN is a groundbreaking national network through which members obtain ongoing discounts on products and services focused on natural health, wellness, sustainability and healthy lifestyles. NAN providers are, exclusively, integrative and holistic health professionals who specialize in complementary and alternative health care therapies. Other participating businesses, such as health clubs, health food stores, yoga studios, green living products and services, bookstores, spas and healthy dining places also support the membership with discounts. NAN’s goal is to make more affordable health and wellness care available for everyone. Our news brief on page 9 and ad on page 2 tells how to sign up as a member or practitioner. As Dr. Dean Ornish points out, it is shocking that U.S. citizens are paying increasing rates for more medical care, yet as a population we are not getting healthier. Even in the latest legislation, we are still managing to leave true health out of the equation. This country spends 95 percent of its healthcare dollars on the treatment of disease, instead of prevention. This, even when enlightened physicians acknowledge that prevention is possible and less expensive than treatment. It’s exciting to see some physicians now referring patients to alternative therapists. Such approaches typically cost less while being both effective and less risky. We explore some of the more cutting-edge examples in energy medicine in “Honoring Our Life Force,” on page 26. Our feature article lays out the “Five Steps to Better Health” for a simpler, more effective and affordable approach. The biggest hurdle to widespread acceptance, according to Ornish, is gaining coverage by the insurance industry. January also marks this magazine’s new partnership with Life/City. Together we are launching the Green Games competition, challenging local businesses to commit to making green, sustainable changes in 2011. Life/City will help business owners assess their opportunities and make a plan expected to produce cost savings as well. Participants and winners will be recognized in these pages and at the close of the contest. The contest is open to businesses in Orleans, St. Tammany, Jefferson, St. Charles, St. John and St. Bernard parishes. See pages 8 and back cover for details. Let the Green Games begin! A healthy and sustainable New Year to all,
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he New Orleans chapter of Hadassah will present “Play, Laugh, Move — and Be Moved,” a morning for women, on Sunday, January 23, 2011, from 9:30 a.m. until noon. The event will be held at the Goldring-Woldenberg Jewish Community Campus at 3747 W. Esplanade Ave. in Metairie (Metairie Jewish Community Center). Mother-daughter duo, Tova Bonnett and Dahlia Topolosky, a licensed psychologist, will present a Jewish spiritual experience. Jill Estes, a social service counselor at the Jefferson Parish Human Services Authority, will present Laughter Yoga, a modality that strengthens the immune system and decreases stress. Lastly, Ivy Kushner will lead a session in Zumba, which fuses Latin rhythms and easy-to-follow moves to create a fitness program that combines fast and slow rhythms with resistance training to tone and sculpt the body while burning fat. A low impact/high benefit exercise session will be offered. Babysitting will be provided, with the first child at no cost. There will be refreshments and door prizes. Cost is $18 at the door, or $15 in advance to Faye Lala, 5025 Trenton St., Metairie, 70006. For information, contact Julie Schwartz at 504-894-8317 or email@example.com.
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my Archinal, a certified Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapist, will introduce the Phoenix Rising Stress to Bliss program at workshops on January 8th and 15th at the new Balance Yoga Wellness studio located at 120 S. Cortez St., New Orleans. The workshops run from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and cost $10. In February, the 8-week long program, Turn Stress into Bliss will be offered on Wednesdays and Saturdays, beginning February 2nd and February 5th. The Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy uses yoga, meditation, group processing, and an all day silent retreat to help participants transform their relationship to stress. Home practice materials are provided. Wednesday groups will meet from 7:15 p.m. to 9:15 p.m.; Saturday groups will meet from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Amy Archinal and client Balance Yoga Wellness. The Cost for the 8-weeks class is $200. Space is limited and registration is required. For details and registration, call Amy Archinal at 504-400-5203 or visit www.neworleansyogatherapy.com
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akeview Regional Chiropractic Clinic opened its doors five months ago on W. Harrison Avenue, yet another sign the area is rebounding. Dr. Ryan K. Russo, a graduate of Life University in Marietta, Georgia, offers a whole-body approach to health. “Keeping the spine and nervous system in the optimal state of wellbeing is the key to treating a variety of conditions that I see, including head, neck and back pain, fibromyalgia, allergy, digestive problems, hormonal imbalances and sleep problems.” Dr. Russo admits a passion for a healthy lifestyle personally that is rooted in his experiences as a teen athlete that included team sports as well as body building, for which he won a Ryan Russo, DC state championship. Some of those experiences involved unhealthy eating and extreme forms of exercise. Now he is an advocate for healthy diet and exercise and practices everyday what he teaches to his patients. Lakeview Regional Chiropractic Clinic is located at 141 W. Harrison Ave., New Orleans, LA 70124. For an appointment or more information on the practice, call 504-324-9920.
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n January 20th at 6:30 p.m., the new Swan River Community Center: Yoga and Seva will celebrate its opening with a class, performances, music and food catered by the hari krishnas. The new facility is located at 7011 St. Claude Ave, #213, in the Arabi Plaza in Arabi. The new center will offer daily classes of various levels, meditation classes and a knowledge series. The seva center will be based on a sliding scale cost for classes, but by donation only. A silent meditation room will be available and space will be open to hosting meetings for community groups. The center trail-blazes a new concept in financing such a venture. “Our vision is to provide a healthy space for healing that is self-sustaining and community driven,” says director, Haiyan Khan who partners with Swan River Yoga Shala in New Orleans in creating this new business. The center has an L3C status, which is a new tax designation for social enterprises and is looking for creative ways to finance its start-up, so as to remain a donation based community resource to residents of St. Bernard. Donations are accepted. For more information contact Haiyan Khan at 985-240-9384 or visit http://arabi.swanriveryoga.com
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he annual Ninth Ward event organized by Historic Green combining volunteers and sustainability is recruiting committee members and volunteers for its 2011 “Spring Greening” event. During a two week period in March, students and professionals come to New Orleans to participate, working with Ninth ward residents to restore homes, parks, businesses and community centers using strategies that are environmentally sustainable and historically sensitive. The next event, to take place from March 16-24, will be the fourth of its kind. The organizers are looking for volunteers that would be willing to join a committee and help plan the event. The committees are: Projects, Education, Volunteers, Communications and Marketing, Finance, and Sustainability. For more information logon to www. historicgreen.org or email volunteer@ historicgreen.org.
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Lifetime Educational Achievement is Up Worldwide Worldwatch Institute reports that people all over the world are completing more years of schooling than ever before, according to the latest data out of Austria. Just over 3 billion, or 61 percent of the global population 15 years or older, had finished at least some secondary schooling during their lifetime as of 2010. That’s up from 36 percent in 1970 and 50 percent in 1990, and includes those who went on to even higher education. Having advanced to secondary school or beyond indicates that individuals are better prepared for the future.
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FIGHT PAIN A TASTY, COLORFUL BANQUET by Michelle Schoffro Cook
hile many foods taste great, they can also be powerful healers, naturally packaged in vibrant, multicolored disguises. Plus, these foods won’t cause the nasty, common side effects that often accompany the use of drugs. Here are some fabulous-tasting favorites that can yield extra benefits. Cherries Muraleedharan Nair, Ph.D., professor of natural products and chemistry at Michigan State University, found that tart cherry extract is 10 times more effective than aspirin at relieving inflammation. Only two tablespoons of the concentrated juice need to be taken daily for effective results. Sweet cherries have also been found to be effective. Other Berries Nair later found the same anti-pain compound in other berries, specifically
blackberries, raspberries, blueberries and strawberries. Celery and Celery Seeds James Duke, Ph.D., author of The Green Pharmacy, found more than 20 anti-inflammatory compounds in celery and celery seeds, including a powerful flavonoid called apigenin. Add celery seeds to soups, stews or as a salt substitute in many recipes. Ginger Ginger reduces levels of pain-causing prostaglandin in the body and has been widely used in India to treat pain and inflammation. A study by Indian researchers found that when people who were suffering from muscular pain were given ginger, they all experienced improvement. New research from the University of Georgia supports these findings. If you’re taking medications, check with your
Fatty Fish Many fatty fish like salmon, mackerel and herring contain omega-3 fatty acids that convert in the body into hormonelike substances that decrease inflammation and pain. According to research reports from arthritis specialists associated with the National Institutes of Health, omega-3 is an effective antiinflammatory agent; ingesting fish oil acts directly on the immune system by suppressing 40 to 55 percent of the release of cytokines, compounds known to destroy joints. Many other studies similarly demonstrate that eating moderate amounts of fish or taking fish oil supplements reduces pain and inflammation, particularly for arthritis sufferers. Flax Seeds and Flax Oil Freshly ground flax seeds and coldpressed flax oil contain plentiful amounts of the omega-3 essential fatty acids. Do not cook with flax oil, however, as it then can have the opposite effect of irritating the body’s tissues and causing pain. Raw Walnuts and Walnut Oil Raw walnuts and walnut oil also contain powerful omega-3 fatty acids that fight pain and inflammation in the body. When it comes to relieving pain, food really can be the best medicine. Michelle Schoffro Cook is a registered nutrition consulting practitioner and doctor of natural medicine. Her latest book is The Phytozyme Cure. Learn more at DrMichelleCook.com/ HealthSmartNews.
ECO-FILM PICKS Movies with a Message Worth Watching
s movie-making technology has become less expensive and more accessible, eco-films have exploded onto the scene. While companies like National Geographic and Discovery Channel continue to contribute high-quality nature films, independent ecofilmmakers are also releasing inspired films almost by the day. Because most of these movies run less than 90 minutes, they have become sought-after teaching tools for family movie nights, school classrooms and readers looking for a break from books. It was a tough call, but after reviewing 50 standouts, Natural Awakenings picked five films highly favored for their clear message, entertainment value and motivating call to action. FOOD, INC.: Producers present the whole enchilada when it comes to understanding what we eat and the implications of our food choices. Beyond a plateful of facts, it’s also packed with entertaining graphics. The climax answers the inevitable viewer question: “This is an appalling situation, but what can I do about it?” Attention parents: There is a documentary-style scene showing mistreatment of an ailing cow to fast-forward through; otherwise, the coast is clear. (FoodIncMovie.com) TAPPED: Filmmakers tackle two significant issues facing the modern world: the emerging scarcity of water and the staggering quantity of plastic bottle waste. Images of the Texas-sized floating island of garbage in the middle of the Pacific Ocean will make us think seriously about kicking the bottled water habit for good. (TappedTheMovie.com)
A COMMUNITY OF GARDENERS: Anyone taking up the first lady’s call to home vegetable gardening will revel in this film’s portrayal of the many ways local gardens provide communities with gifts of food, knowledge, empowerment and reconciliation. A Community of Gardeners shows that local gardening is so much more than a labor-intensive solution to the ills of the
manufactured-food industry; it is also good for the soul. (Community OfGardeners.com) THE END OF THE LINE: Much as the eco-film standard bearer, An Inconvenient Truth, sounds the alert on global warming, The End of the Line reports on the troubled state of the rapid decline of the fish stocks that feed the world. Similarly, the film highlights how viewers’ everyday choices can stop contributing to the problem. (EndOfTheLine.com) FUEL: Civilization’s era of crude oil and other fossil fuels is rapidly coming to a close, while the future of energy has yet to be written. The replacement technologies for alternative sustainable energies are already understood, if not widely promoted. Many are ready to be put to work now and await only our adoption. Next-generation technologies also beckon. Fuel, a Hollywood-style documentary featuring such environmental spokespersons as Woody Harrelson and Sheryl Crow, proves that the future of energy is as much about imagination and creativity as it is about kilowatt-hours. (TheFuelFilm.com) Contributors include Michael Curran, health writer, and Michael D’Estries, film reviewer.
More Great Films Black Gold: A Film about Coffee and Trade on the economics of coffee BlackGoldMovie.com
Garbage Warrior on truly sustainable housing GarbageWarrior.com
Blue Gold: World Water Wars on the politics of water BlueGold-WorldWaterWars.com
King Corn on the great American corn diet KingCorn.net
Dirt! The Movie on the vital role of healthy soil DirtTheMovie.org
The Last Beekeeper on the global bee crisis PlanetGreen.Discovery.com
Dive! on American food waste DiveTheFilm.com
No Impact Man on implementing sustainable living NoImpactDoc.com
Everything’s Cool on environmentalism in politics EverythingsCool.org Flow on the world water crisis FlowTheFilm.com
Ripe for Change on the economics of agriculture CaliforniaDreamSeries.org/rfc.htm
PETS NATURAL WAYS TO PROVIDE RELIEF
In decades past, veterinarians were taught that some feeling of pain could help an injured or post-operative pet to stay quiet enough, long enough to heal. More recent studies, to the contrary, show that minimizing any pain generally aids
by Dr. Matthew J. Heller
the recovery process. Primary source: Purina Pet Institute
roviding pain relief for pets is important, whether they are recovering from an injury or surgery or suffering from a chronic problem. But recognizing signs of pain in animals is tricky because it’s subjective and its expression varies with each animal. Some pets are stoic when faced with horrible injuries, while others howl over minor ailments. Humans complain, grumble and often self-medicate to alleviate their aches. A pet may need help and be communicating, “I hurt!” if any of the following signs are evident. n Being unusually withdrawn, inactive, restless or exceptionally clingy n Refusing to walk stairs or not rising quickly when called n Avoiding physical contact, such as being lifted or carried n Whining, whimpering, howling or meowing constantly n Biting or continually licking a particular part of the body
n Flattening ears against the head n Loss of appetite Changes in behavior may be the only way a cat or dog will communicate its plea for relief from pain. Keep in mind that in nature, predators seek out animals that display signs of pain or injury as a preferred target, so it’s natural to hide pain as a protective measure. In the event of a trauma, illness or surgery, seek diagnosis and assistance from a trusted integrative veterinarian. Mounting evidence from institutions such as the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association and American Academy of Veterinary Acupuncture supports the use of alternative modalities to effectively manage pain and provide relief. Some of the most common include the following approaches.
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Pet guardians may use vet-recommended nutraceuticals for up to six to eight weeks to manage low levels of pain.
Homeopathic Remedies Homeopathic remedies, sometimes referred to as homotoxicology, comprise the use of plant and animal materials to stimulate the body into action; homeopathy is often explained as, “Like heals like.” Specifically, exposure to a large amount of a toxin (e.g., poison ivy or arsenic or anthrax) would likely cause specific physical problems, but in a small, controlled dose, it may stimulate the body to heal similar problems. We regularly apply Traumeel, manufactured by Heel, a blend of 12 homeopathic remedies for temporary relief of minor aches and pains associated with bruises, sprains and injuries such as dislocations, fractures and trauma. It can also ease pain associated with inflammation and arthritis. Forms include dissolvable tablets, ointments and drops.
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Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM) is a holistic approach that considers each being as a whole— body, mind and spirit—and takes into account both diet and environment. For the practitioner, disease is the result of an imbalance of the body’s energy flow, which needs to be redirected, rebalanced and restored. Herbal formulas are prepared for pets suffering from musculoskeletal injuries due to an acute trauma, like a sprain or back injury, or a chronic discomfort, such as arthritis. They are available in capsules, powders and tea pills. In medical terms, acupuncture can assist the body to heal itself by effecting certain physiological changes, such as increasing blood circulation and relieving muscle spasms. General conditions treated by acupuncture include arthritis; back pain; muscle pain and spasms; and stroke. A simple acute problem like a sprain may require only one treatment, where more severe or chronic ailments may require multiple sessions.
Animal Chiropractic Veterinary Spinal Manipulation Therapy, also referred to as animal chiropractic, is applied to correct common misalignments in the spine, restoring motion to the spine, as well as proper nerve and muscle function. Misalignment may be caused by trauma, overexertion or the normal wear and tear of everyday life. Proper adjustment allows the body to fully function and better heal itself. The number of adjustments required to
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Does the Shoe Fit? How to Select Your Running or Walking Shoes for the Best Results By Virginia “Gini” Davis, PT
unners and walkers may feel overwhelmed by the choices available in shoes,
particularly since the athletic footwear industry introduces more technologically sophisticated shoes with newer design and features every year. Slick ads and television commercials tout these new styles and features, but offer little in the way of advice in selecting the shoes that match your feet. One brand or style will not meet the needs of everyone and the latest innovation or most expensive shoe with all the “bells and whistles” may not be the best choice for you.
You can walk in running shoes, but you cannot run in walking shoes. Both types of shoes should have a rounded toe box and a good heel counter for control. Running shoes should be designed for shock absorption in the heel and forefoot region, but allow flexibility across the toe area.
Walking shoes should be designed for shock absorption in the heel and forefoot, but the front part of the shoe should have some stiffness so that you can roll off your toes rather than bend through them as you do in running shoes.
Find an athletic shoe store with knowledgeable sales people Shop at a store that specializes in running and walking shoes where the owners and salespersons actually participate in these activities and have a wealth of experience in fitting shoes. Provide the salesperson with information about your running/walking program: how many years you have been running/walking, how often and how long you run/walk, how fast, where you train, past injuries, past shoe-brand experience and your weight. This information should be taken into consideration when making your shoe selection.
Shoe fit is the key. The best-designed shoes in the world will not do their job if they do not fit properly. Here are a few tips that should help you “sort through” the
available shoe choices and ensure an easier selection: • Don’t go just by size – have your feet measured when standing. • Visit the shoe store at the end of a workout or at the end of the day when your feet are largest. • Wear the socks you normally wear when working out. • If you wear orthotics, bring them with you to place into the shoes that you are trying on.
Fit the shoe to the largest foot. • Make sure the shoe provides at least one thumbnail’s width between the end of your longest toe and the end of the toe box. You should be able to fully extend your toes when standing. • Find a shoe with a wide toe box if you have bunions or hammertoes. • Shoes should be comfortable from the moment you put them on – they will not stretch out! If the shoes hurt in the store, don’t buy them.
• Women with large or wide feet, or with bunions/hammertoes, should consider buying men’s or boy’s shoes which are cut wider for the same length.
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What is the concept behind The Spectrum and how does it differ from other lifestyle programs?
THE JOY OF HEALTH
The problem with most lifestyle-oriented health programs is that they are restrictive, all-or-nothing, fear-based approaches. If you go on a diet or exercise program, sooner or later you’re going to go off of it. Then people feel like they’ve failed; it makes it hard to maintain Sustainable changes, on the other hand, are based on joy, pleasure and freedom. In our research, we found that the more you change your lifestyle, the more you improve and the better you feel. The better you feel, the more likely you are to continue these changes. The Spectrum is not a diet; it’s an overall way of living. If you overindulge one day, you then eat healthier the next. Let’s say, for example, that you want to lower your cholesterol or get your diabetes under control. You begin by making moderate changes that you choose. There’s no pushback because you set the pace. We’ll help track your progress, and if the changes are enough to accomplish your goals, great; and if not, then you can do more.
A conversation with Dr. Dean Ornish on lifestyle changes that foster well-being by April Thompson
Ornish is the founder and president or more than 30 years, of the nonprofit Preventive Medicine renowned medical docResearch Institute in Sausalito, Califortor Dean Ornish has led nia, and a clinical professor of medicine pioneering clinical research prov- at the University of California, San Francisco. He is the author of six bestselling ing that making simple changes books, including Eat More, Weigh Less in the way we eat and live can and most recently, The Spectrum. radically transform our health. He directed the first randomized, What sparked your interest in preventive medicine? Who seems to benefit most controlled trials demonstrating that lifestyle changes may halt or I got interested in doing this work when from this approach, and to I was learning how to do bypass surgery what degree? reverse the progression of even as a medical student. We’d cut people severe coronary heart disease, One of our most interesting research open, bypass their blocked arteries and findings was that the primary determinant as well as early-stage prostate tell them they were cured; then they‘d of improvement wasn’t how old or sick go home and continue to do the same cancer. In collaboration with people were, it was how much they’d things that caused the problem in the Nobel Laureate Elizabeth Black- first place—smoke, overeat, drink too changed their diet and lifestyle. The body has a remarkable capacity to heal itself burn, Ph.D., Ornish also showed much, work too hard and so on. if we simply stop doing what’s causing More often than not, their bypassthat healthy lifestyle changes can the problem. We’ve seen hundreds of es would get clogged up again, and increase telomerase, and thus we’d cut them open lengthen telomeres, the ends of again and bypass the bypass, sometimes chromosomes that control how multiple times. That long we live. became a metaphor for an incomplete approach for me. Sometimes you need to use drugs and surgery in a crisis, but ultimately, you must address the underlying cause.
thousands of patients slow or reverse the progress of life-threatening diseases when they make good changes. Such lifestyle changes can work not only as well as drugs and surgery, but oftentimes better, and at a fraction of the cost. Plus, the side effects are all good ones.
You stress the importance of individual lifestyle changes, but what about changing our sick health care system? We do need to look at the politics of health care and hold our leaders
responsible for some of decisions that have created the mess we’re in. For example, after 16 years of lobbying, working with Medicare and members of Congress, we learned a few months ago that Medicare is finally covering our program for reversing heart disease. It’s game changing. If Medicare covers it, all the other insurance companies will follow their lead, and we can make these sorts of programs available to people who most need them, rather than just those who can afford it. If we change reimbursement, we change not only medical practice, but also medical education. Otherwise, I could do a thousand studies with a million patients and it would always remain on the fringes of medical practice. For more information visit pmri.org or OrnishSpectrum.com. April Thompson is a freelance writer based in Washington, D.C. See AprilWrites.com
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Suffering from headaches and depression? Don’t let a doctor put you on drugs; instead, look for the underlying causes. High cholesterol? Try the Mediterranean diet, with a glass of organic red wine a day. The best way to win the war on cancer? Eat healthy, exercise and develop company, at the center of attention, and it puts the an active social life. An increasing number insurance focus on the sources of illness and not the symptoms. of physicians are realizing that this type Health care costs are continually rising, but people are getting any healthier. Here is a five-point prescription for of approach, geared to prevention and a not the future of health care that applies the tenets of integrative conservative use of medications and technology, medicine to make today’s health care simpler, more effective not only increases patients’ vitality, but saves and more affordable. lots of money. 1. Emphasize Illness Prevention
n the words of Dr. Dean Ornish, founder and chairman of the Preventive Medicine Research Institute, in Sausalito, California, “It is time to change not only who is covered, but also what is covered.” There is an overemphasis, he says, on treating symptoms and on the idea that caring for our health is primarily the responsibility of medical experts, rather than of individuals themselves. Zhaoming Chen, a neurologist and chairman of the American Association of Integrative Medicine, describes the way things currently work. “We only treat the disease after it occurs.” With figures showing that 95 cents out of every dollar spent on health care goes toward treating illness, he notes that “The best way to reduce the costs is prevention.” Integrative medicine puts the patient, not the doctor or the
About half of all American adults have a chronic illness, according to the Partnership for Solutions, a John Hopkins University-led initiative to improve care for Americans with chronic health conditions. Ornish claims that three-quarters of the more than $2 trillion recently spent on health care in a single year went to treat these kinds of conditions, including obesity. “All of these can be not only prevented, but even reversed through diet and lifestyle intervention,” he says. “It just seems so obvious to me that this is where we should be putting our focus.” There is a long way to go before prevention is on the national agenda. While prevention is indeed better than cure, we tend to reward those who find solutions for existing problems rather than those who ensure that those problems don’t occur. “Prevention is boring,” says Ornish. Rather, “We need to focus on living better.”
and herbal medicine that can supplement and even replace conventional Roberta Lee, a pioneer of integrative methods. Such complementary treathealth care and primary care physiments work to nourish, nurture and cian at the Beth Israel Medical Center augment the body’s own defenses. One Department of Integrative Medicine, in alternative healing method that’s now New York City, believes the first prebeginning to find its way into hospitals scription any doctor should write should is acupuncture, which has been shown, be about diet and lifestyle. “You can among other benefits, to help relieve never lose by maximizing lifestyle manpain, stress and nausea during pre- and agement,” says Lee, pointing out that post-operative care. many conditions not easily diagnosed Beth Israel’s Department of Integraor cured in a conventional framework tive Medicine is bringing acupuncture can be improved by dietary and lifeinto the hospital free of charge as part of style changes. “There are specific diets a fellowship program for Chinese medithat promote wellness,” she says. “They cine practitioners. “The future of acureduce inflammation, [and] increase puncture is to be a part of best practices fiber, vitamins and minerals that come in in the conventional setting,” says Arya the form of a lot of fruits, vegetables and Nielsen, a nationally board-certified whole grains.” acupuncture specialist who leads the Another way to reduce program. “The research is just too good.” 3. Focus on Lifestyle Changes costs is to use alterna The goal is to train both acupuncThe majority of health problems and turists and conventional doctors in the tive and complementary risk factors for illnesses stem from the benefits of this technique so that it can therapies such as homechoices we make: how much time we be incorporated into Beth Israel’s best invest working, exercising and relaxing; opathy, naturopathy, yoga practices. “Even if physicians have time time spent with friends and outdoors; to read the acupuncture studies, what and herbal medicine that and whether we consistently take the really makes it gel is when they see the can supplement and even stairs or the elevator. results on the patient they treat,” says The Sanoviv Medical Institute, in replace conventional meth- Nielsen. “The proof is in practitioners Rosarito, Mexico, is located on a beautiworking side-by-side and people being ods. Such complementary ful stretch of the Pacific coast, an hour able to experience what this therapy treatments work to noursouth of San Diego. The recommended can do.” stay for most patients is two weeks. ish, nurture and augment Chen points out that chemotherapy, While there, they learn about and exsurgery and radiation dramatically the body’s own defenses. perience a lifestyle based around stress change a patient’s life, and people need reduction, emotional well-being, healthy strong support from family and friends eating and exercise. Many patients come in with cancer or to adapt to these changes. Chen believes that treating cancer multiple sclerosis; others come just to detoxify and clear should involve both conventional and alternative medicine. out the accumulated effects of stress. The program includes “Patients also need some lifestyle changes: smoking cessadietary changes, supplements, daily exercise and a stress tion, minimizing alcohol intake, adopting a low-fat, high-fimanagement plan supported by psychological counseling ber diet. Besides that, because [conventional] treatment may and daily meditation. cause nausea and pain, patients may benefit from acupunc A 2004 study in The Lancet showed that lifestyle ture, meditation, yoga and Tai chi. This will help them cope changes—quitting smoking, healthier eating habits, moderwith pain better.” ate alcohol consumption and regular exercise—can prevent 90 percent of today’s cases of heart disease, which currently 5. Treat People, Not Diseases accounts for more premature deaths and higher health care As Nurse Béatrice Fleury pours a steaming infusion of yarcosts than any other illness, according to Ornish. row over a piece of cotton and then wrings it out, the aroma “When lifestyle is offered as a treatment, it’s as effective of the medicinal herb wafts over to the hospital bed where and often more effective than what we’re now doing, at a Eliane Perrot is waiting for her body wrap. When the comfraction of the cost,” says Ornish. “We pay for all these interpress and a hot water bottle have been gingerly applied to ventions that are dangerous, invasive, expensive and largely ineffective, and yet interventions that have been scientifically her lower back and secured by a soft cloth sash, she leans back with a contented sigh. The compress will help her liver proven to reverse disease, are a simple change of lifestyle.” better metabolize the toxins that have accumulated in it after months of breast cancer therapy. The wrap’s warmth will also 4. Use Alternative Therapies create a sense of temporary well-being, a precious feeling for Another way to reduce costs is to use alternative and comthe frail, exhausted, 65-year-old. plementary therapies such as homeopathy, naturopathy, yoga
2. Promote Healthy Foods
Alternative treatments like the yara professor at Georgetown University’s row wrap are the order of the day at the McDonough School of Business and the Paracelsus Spital, in the Swiss town of former CEO of AARP. Richterswil, outside of Zurich. Founded Kenneth R. Pelletier, clinical profesin 1994, the clinic is one of a handful of sor of medicine at the University of Arizohospitals in Europe devoted to complena School of Medicine and the University mentary healing. In addition to orthodox of California School of Medicine, has treatments and drugs, the conventionally been putting numbers behind the arguschooled doctors here also use therapies ments for integrative health. Pelletier has and medications based on the holistic studied the cost-effectiveness of corporate approach to medicine inspired by the programs to promote health and manage anthroposophy of Waldorf education disease among employees. The programs founder Rudolf Steiner. encompassed everything from subsidized “What we now have is not “If you want to understand a person’s gym memberships and smoking cessation disease and support his self-healing powclasses to biometric screening and serva health care system; it’s a ers, it’s of central importance to look at ing smaller portions in company cafetethe human being as a whole—body, spirit rias. Pelletier found that companies with medical delivery system.” and soul,” says Paracelsus Medical Direcsuch programs in place realized healthier, tor Erich Skala. “This may require more more productive workforces, fewer sick Dr. Daniel Dunphy, time and effort, but it’s how you treat the days and less staff turnover. causes, and not just the symptoms.” He estimates that it takes, on averSan Francisco Preventive Dr. Daniel Dunphy, of the San age, just over three years before firms see Medical Group Francisco Preventive Medical Group, a financial return on this kind of investbelieves the Paracelsus approach is what ment. “These reviews clearly indicate that the United States needs. “You have to take time to get to comprehensive interventions do evidence both clinical- and know the patients and listen to their stories,” he counsels. “I cost-effectiveness,” says Pelletier. “There’s a very good paywant to know their personal history, their traumas, how they back. It makes us think about health as an investment.” do at work, what they eat and at what times of the day—and More money, more pills and more technology don’t necesthen I know what to do about their problem.” sarily lead to better health. Advocates of integrative medicine generally take a “less is more” approach—less needless medications and medical procedures and more prevention and healthy The Bottom Line personal lifestyle changes can add up to big financial savings Of course, the bottom line in the debate about health and big improvements in an individual’s quality of life. care is cost. Proponents of integrative health argue that the promotion of preventive steps such as eating healthy food and making positive lifestyle changes, as well as using complementary methods to treat the whole person and not just the disease, will result in “... the biggest return on investment this nation could ever have,” in the words of William Novelli,
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n William James’ famous hypothesis, “A new idea is first condemned as ridiculous, and then dismissed as trivial, until finally, it becomes what everybody knows.” In the field of energy medicine, the experiences of pioneers such as medical intuitives Caroline Myss and Donna Eden, natural healer Dr. Carolle Jean-Murat and Doctor of Chiropractic Eric Pearl validate James’ postulate. Initially disregarded by allopathic medicine, the energy medicine these healers practice operates on the belief that changes in the “life force” of the body can affect human health and heal-
ing. They maintain that applying this energetic perspective allows them to clinically assess and treat what they refer to as the body’s electromagnetic fields, in order to achieve a healthy balance in the body’s overall energy system. The modality has to do with energy pathways, or meridians, that run through our organs and muscles. The idea is to uncover the root causes of imbalances and harmonize them at an energetic level before they completely solidify in the physical body and manifest as an illness. Such imbalances may be brought on by, for example, such things as emotional stress and physical trauma.
As recently as 1990, the idea of using any form of energy medicine, such as acupuncture, Reiki, Touch for Health or the services of a medical intuitive in a hospital setting would have been considered preposterous. Today, however, more medical institutions are combining these types of treatment with traditional allopathic medicine. For example, Children’s Memorial Hospital, in Chicago, a research-oriented emblem of Western medicine, now employs a Healing Touch therapist. The hospital, which perennially ranks among America’s premier hospitals, is the principal pediatric teaching hospital for Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Mehmet Oz, a leading U.S. cardiovascular surgeon, was the first to include a Reiki practitioner in his department at Columbia University Medical Center, in New York City. The New York Times reports that Oz allows the use of Reiki during open-heart surgeries and heart transplant operations.
More Insight Medical intuitives say they can recognize problems in the flow of the body’s energies and are able to accurately predict the kinds of physical problems that are likely to emerge before any symptoms are detected. Eden, who has had a lifelong ability to make health assessments that are confirmed by medical tests, can look at an individual’s body and see and feel where the energies are not flowing, out of balance or not in harmony, then works to correct the problem. “I was 22 before I discovered that everyone didn’t make their decisions after first seeing and sensing energy,” says Eden. Carolle Jean-Murat, a California licensed obstetrician and gynecologist who now practices as a medical intuitive and healer, left her 30-year allopathic practice to focus on natural healing. Today, the native of Haiti specializes in helping women restore their mental, physical and spiritual health. “I am a healer who has the capacity to see, feel and hear whatever a client is
going through, because I see them as a whole: energy, body, the body’s animating life force and recognize its excesses and mind, soul and emotions,” says Jean-Murat. deficiencies, they also believe that we can all learn how to Dr. Eric Pearl, author of The Reconnection: Heal Others, work with this important facet of our being. It is our birthright Heal Yourself, demystifies the healing process. He teaches to realize balance and harmony, and we can do this by learnothers (75,000 and counting) how to activate and use what ing to re-establish a healthy flow of communication within the he refers to as an all-inclusive spectrum of healing frequenbody’s subtle energy system. cies. “Reconnection teaches people how to transcend the Linda Sechrist is a Natural Awakenings editor and freelance ego and its judgment, and reach a state of non-judgment writer. observation,” explains Pearl. “Many of them describe their experience simply as an “You too can move away from the past and towards internal activation of an advanced level of consciousness, in which awareness allows a life of vitality, wholeness and fulfilling relationships.” the perception of a multi-dimensional universe.” Individual, Couples Pearl posits that as part of our growth as human beings, “We not only discover that & Family Therapy we have become more, we understand that we can’t stand in fear, lack and limitation, Attachment Psychotherapy / EMDR and we can only offer ourselves as a vessel Andrea Scheele, LCSW, LMFT for healing for ourselves and others when we 1303 Amelia Street reside in oneness and love.” Pearl believes New Orleans, LA 70115 that it is part of everyone’s life journey to dis(504) 899-2686 cover that they are an empty vessel, born to be filled with Spirit. By letting go of beliefs that block our ability to deeply understand this, we can harmonically converge with the lives of others at the level where we are all energy, as physics indicates. These practitioners agree that, while we all have some subtle sense of an animating force within us that is pure energy, we often ignore it. We go about our daily lives using this life force to perform our activities until it becomes depleted and illness manifests in a physical or emotional imbalance. While professional energy medicine practitioners are specifically trained to sense and honor
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Always exercise on Monday. This sets the psychological pattern for the week. If at all possible, exercise first thing in the morning. As the day wears on, you’ll find more excuses to skip exercising. Get it checked off your list, first thing. It’s also a nice way to start the day; even if other things don’t get done, you’ve accomplished that.
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Don’t kid yourself. Paying for a gym membership doesn’t mean you necessarily go to the gym. Having been in shape in high school or college doesn’t mean you’re in shape now. Saying that you don’t have time to exercise doesn’t make it true. People often ask me, “So, if I want to be happier, what should I be doing?” and I always say, “The first thing to do is to make sure you’re getting plenty of sleep and some exercise.” It’s a stance backed up by research psychologist Sonja Lyubomirsky, author of The How of Happiness. Good exercise is a good place to start, and makes it easier to act on other personal happiness-inducing resolutions. Gretchen Rubin, author of The Happiness Project, blogs daily at HappinessProject.com.
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Balance Yoga & Wellness Open House – 11am5pm. Come celebrate our new location and expanded yoga offerings with a day of donationbased classes. Vinyasa, Ashtanga, Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy, Anusara, Restorative, Ayurveda and massage. Everyone welcome! No experience necessary. 120 S. Cortez St., NOLA www.balanceyogawellness.com
MONDAY, JANUARY 3
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WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 5
Karate Classes – New classes start for adults & children. Keep fit, gain confidence, and learn self defense. King Lam’s Tamashii Karate Center, 8132 Willow St., Uptown. $225/includes uniform and 2 months of classes. Call 504-866-2241 for class times.
Early Registration for Stress to Bliss Groups – An 8-week Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy process w/Amy Archinal that transforms one’s relationship to stress.
Starts 2/2 (7:15-9:15pm). Yoga, meditation, group processing and an all day silent retreat 2/27. Home practice materials included. Balance Yoga and Wellness, 120 S. Cortez St., New Orleans. $200. Info/registration: (504) 400-5203; neworleansyogatherapy.com. Milk Party –7pm. Mother to mother breastfeeding support. Julie Holcombe, CNM and Board Certified International Lactation Consultant, attends to answer questions and is available at ZukaBaby every Wednesday. Free/children welcome. 504-596-6540.
SATURDAY, JANUARY 8
Early Registration for Stress to Bliss Groups – An 8-week Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy process w/Amy Archinal that transforms one’s relationship to stress. Starts 2/5 (11am-1pm). Yoga, meditation, group processing and an all day silent retreat 2/27. Home practice materials included. Balance Yoga and Wellness, 120 S. Cortez St., New Orleans. $200. Info/registration: 504-400-5203; neworleansyogatherapy.com
Kino Macgregor at Balance Yoga & Wellness (1/8 & 1/9) Don’t miss this internationally known teacher on her first trip to New Orleans. Kino is the youngest woman to have been certified by the lat Sri K. Pattabhi Jois in Ashtanga Yoga. 120 S Cortez St, NOLA. Bookings: 504-234-9165 or email@example.com, www.balanceyogawellness.com
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Morning Flow Yoga – 9-10am w/Daria of Shanti Yoga Shala (1/8 & 1/15). Join in this free event for all levels. Class takes place at Lululemon Athletica, 802 Nashville Ave. Info: 310-435-6098. Winter/Spring Garden Lecture – 10am. Late winter, early spring vegetable gardens – Horticulturist and Community Gardener, Philip Soulet leads a discussion on preparing for a bountiful garden and will also demonstrate seeding methods. Seeds will be given away. Parkway Partners Greenhouse, 1137 Baronne St. 504-620-2444. Stress to Bliss Intro Workshop – 11am-12:30pm. w/Amy Archinal, Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapist. Balance Yoga and Wellness, 120 S. Cortez St., New Orleans. $10. 504400-5203; neworleansyogatherapy.com.
Stress to Bliss Intro Workshop – 11am-12:30pm. w/Amy Archinal, Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapist. Balance Yoga and Wellness, 120 S. Cortez St., New Orleans. $10. 504- 400-5203; neworleansyogatherapy.com. Broad Flea – 11am-4pm. Drop off old paint and electronic waste (computers only) to the Broad Flea at the old Roberts supermarket on North Broad and Bienville. Second Saturday of every month.
First Degree Reiki Class – 11am-7pm (01/8 – 01/9) w/Reiki Master, Elizabeth Ohmer Pellegrin. Reiki promotes and accelerates healing and balance of the body, mind and spirit. Learn to do Reiki for the self and others. No experience needed. Private classes and retreats on request. Call for times. Day/night schedule available. Pre-registration required. $250. Info/registration: 504-388-2356; NoLaReiki.com. Freret Street Market – noon-5pm. Lively market with over 90 vendors, great food items, dog adoption, children’s play area and music. 4400 Freret St., New Orleans.
Theosophical Society Covington Lodge – 2-4pm. (Also 1/22). Free. 2101 N Hwy 190, Rm 200, Covington. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Bhakti Playshop – 2:30-5:30pm. w/Sean Johnson. For yoga students and teachers who want to learn more about bhakti yoga and chanting, integrating mantra, storytelling, poetry, dance, and interactive singing. Beginners welcome. $35. Wild Lotus Yoga, 4842 Perrier St., New Orleans. 504-899-0047; wildlotusyoga.com. Composting and Soil Building Workshop – 3pm. Fourth in the Grow Mo’ Betta training series offered by New Orleans Food and Farm Network. A “howto” series on organic gardening with a different topic each month. $5. Hollygrove Market and Farm, 8301 Olive St, NOLA. Contact: email@example.com or 504-864-2009.
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Deep Tissue Massage Clinic – 9:15 & 10:45am & 1:30pm (1/11, 1/18, 1/25). Help a student with their education at the student massage clinic. Deep Tissue is muscle specific and really works out the kinks. Blue Cliff College, 3200 Cleary Ave., Metairie. Appointment only. $30. 504-456-3141, ext 2248.
Tai Chi Class – New classes start for adults. Reduce stress, relieve pain and rejuvenate energy. King Lam’s Tamashii Tai Chi Center, $170/2 months of classes. 8132 Willow St., Uptown. Call 504-8662241 for morning or evening class times.
Jung Society Film Night – 6pm. Phantom of the Opera. Discussion follows at 8:30pm with Milton Vavasseur and Terence Todd examining the role that love and acceptance play in achieving wholeness. $10/free for members. Parker Methodist Church, 1130 Nashville Ave., New Orleans.
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504-432-7359 firstname.lastname@example.org Holistic Education Monthly Meeting/Metairie – 6:45pm. Sponsored by Holistic Center for Health and Healing, Inc. Network time followed by program. Speakers: Celia Rojas and Peter Christian on Munay-Ki Rites. Free and open to public. Old Metairie Library, 2350 Metairie Rd, Metairie. Library: 504-838-4350; info: 504-841-0188 Visualize the Best Year of Your Life – 7-9pm w/ Carolee Laffoon, Heal Your Life® Coach. Using creativity and visualization bring in more of what is desired in life and create a vision album to put this practice to work right away. $20. Register at Baton Rouge Whole Foods customer service; 225218-0452 or email@example.com.
Invitation Into Dance – 7-8pm. A movement experience to promote wellness and healing. $120 for 6 weeks (Tuesdays). Facilitated by Carolyn Burns, Lic. Marriage & Family Therapist. Yoga School, 603 S. Tyler St, Covington, LA. Call 985-809-2699 to register.
THURSDAY, JANUARY 13
Swedish Massage Clinic – 6:15 & 7:45pm (1/13, 1/18, 1/20, 1/25, 1/27). Help a student with their education at the student massage clinic. Swedish is good for overall relaxation and increasing flexibility. Blue Cliff College, 3200 Cleary Ave., Metairie. By appointment only. $30. 504-456-3141, ext. 2248.
FRIDAY, JANUARY 14
Swedish Massage Clinic – 9:15 & 10:45am & 1:30pm (1/14, 1/21, 1/28). Help a student with their education at the student massage clinic. Swedish is good for overall relaxation and increasing flexibility. Blue Cliff College, 3200 Cleary Ave., Metairie. Appointment only. $30. 504-456-3141, ext. 2248.
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SATURDAY, JANUARY 15
Chi Gong, Meditation/Breathing Workshop – Develop new internal energy to improve health and well-being for 2011. Create calm, centered and focused mental attitude to carry the self through any stressful situation. King Lam’s Tamashii Tai Chi Center, 8132 Willow St., Uptown. Free. 504866-2241. Paint and E-waste Drop-Off at Hollygrove Market – 10am-2pm. Drop off old paint and electronic waste (computers only) to the Hollygrove Market & Farm, 8301 Olive St. New Orleans. Pick up a $25 box filled with locally-grown, fresh produce while you are there! Stress to Bliss Intro Workshop – 11am-12:30pm. w/Amy Archinal, Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapist. Balance Yoga and Wellness, 120 S. Cortez St., New Orleans. $10. 504- 400-5203; neworleansyogatherapy.com.
First Degree Reiki Class – 11am-7pm. (1/15 – 1/16) w/Reiki Master, Elizabeth Ohmer Pellegrin. Reiki promotes and accelerates healing and balance of the body, mind and spirit. Learn to do Reiki for the self and others. No experience needed. Private classes and retreats on request. Call for times. Day/night schedule available. Pre-registration required. $250. Info/registration: 504-388-2356; NoLaReiki.com. Manifesting the Heart’s Desire – 3-6pm. Vinyasa yoga and vision board workshop with Farah Gokturk. Wild Lotus Yoga, 4842 Perrier St., New Orleans. 504-899-0047; wildlotusyoga.com.
Second Degree Reiki Class – Time TBA w/Reiki Master Elizabeth Ohmer Pellegrin. Oku Den (The Deeper Knowledge) is available for Reiki students with 6 months experience in Usui Shiki Ryoho. For private classes and residential retreat information call 504-388-2356 or NoLaReiki.com.
SUNDAY, JANUARY 16
Self Care Workshop – 12-5pm. Quiet the chaos within during an informative hands-on workshop. Explore nurturing self-care techniques such as: energy clearing, grounding, herbal and crystal healing, flower essences and guided imagery. $55; $82.50/2 Bring a Friend Early Bird Reg. Discount ends Jan 6. Mid-City. Info/reg Annick: 504-250-7477 or HandsHelpHeal@gmail.com.
Clear the Channels/Unlock the Voice – 1-3pm. Creativity and the Chakras with AC Lambeth. Learn techniques to nourish a creative spirit through gentle movement, guided meditation and writing exercises. No yoga/writing experience necessary. Wild Lotus Yoga 4842 Perrier St., New Orleans. $40. 504-8990047; wildlotusyoga.com.
Sunday Salon at Longue Vue – 3pm. “The Art and Soul of a Bottomland Hardwood Forest: A Studio in the Woods, Changes over Time.” Join in a bimonthly conversation touching on the intersection of the arts and the environment; featuring David Baker, Environmental Curator of a Studio in the Woods. Free. 504-293-4726.
TUESDAY, JANUARY 18
Cardio Karate and Tai Chi Stretching Class – 8:30-9:30am. New classes start at King Lam’s Tamashii Karate Center, $225/includes uniform and 2 months of classes. 8132 Willow St., Uptown. Register: 504-866-2241; kinglamtaichi-karate.com.
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 19
Sustainable Design Series – 5:30-7:30pm. Monthly panel discussion of topics from sustainable design to community action. Hosted by AIA New Orleans, Global Green & USGBC-Louisiana. Free. Info: www.globalgreen.org/neworleans/
THURSDAY, JANUARY 20
Holistic Education Monthly Meeting/Covington – 7pm. Sponsored by the Holistic Center for Health and Healing, Inc. Network time followed by program. Speakers: Cecilia Rojas and Peter Christian on Munay-Ki Rites. Free and open to public. Covington Council Chambers, 222 Kirkland St., Info: 504-841-0188.
SATURDAY, JANUARY 22
Morning Flow Yoga – 9-10am w/Nathalie Croix of Shanti Yoga Shala (1/22 & 1/29). Join in this free event for all levels. Class takes place at Lululemon Athletica, 802 Nashville Ave. Info: 310-435-6098.
First Degree Reiki Class – 11am-7pm (01/22 – 01/23) w/Reiki Master, Elizabeth Ohmer Pellegrin. Reiki promotes and accelerates healing and balance of the body, mind and spirit. Learn to do Reiki for the self and others. No experience needed. Private classes and retreats on request. Call for times. Day/ night schedule available. Pre-registration required.
$250. Info/registration: 504388-2356; NoLaReiki.com.
SUNDAY, JANUARY 23
Play, Laugh, Move Women’s Workshop – 9:30amnoon. The New Orleans chapter of Hadassah will present “Play, Laugh, Move and Be Moved,” an educational and fun morning for women. Goldring-Woldenberg Jewish Community Campus, 3747 W. Esplanade Ave., Metairie. (Metairie Jewish Community Center). 504-887-5158.
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Love the Self/Achieve Dreams – 7-9pm w/Carolee Laffoon, Heal Your Life® Coach. This workshop will focus on “10 Ways to Love Yourself” by Louise Hay. Improve relationships, health, career, and prosperity. $20. Register at Baton Rouge Whole Foods customer service desk; 225-218-0452 or carolee@ affirmationstogo.com. Green-It-Yourself Workshop: Hands-on Weatherization – 6pm-8pm. A Global Green;s Build It Back Green program. Learn step-by-step process of sealing duct work and cracks around windows and doors from technical experts using props and materials. Global Green Resource Center, 841 Carondelet St, NOLA . Questions: 504-525-2122
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 26
Well-Being Lunch & Learn – 11:30am-1:30pm. The first in a series of well-being topics: Self Care between Massages. Linda Strickland, the owner of Aviva Massage, & HeartLight Enterprises, LLC, speaks on the topic of self care in general, and self care between massages. Vianne’s Tea Salon, 544 Girod, Old Mandeville. $20/includes meal. RSVP by 1/24, 985-727-9665.
THURSDAY, JANUARY 27
Art of Living Course – 6:30-9:30pm (1/27 & 1/28); 12:30-6:30pm (1/29 & 1/30). Learn the healing power of breath, skills to improve relationships and handle negative emotins and reduce stress. First UU Church, 2903 Jefferson Ave, New Orleans. $250 ($225 if reg by 1/15). 504-247-6692 or 302-562-7382.
FRIDAY, JANUARY 28
I strive to heal your beloved pet’s whole being, not just treat the symptoms.
TUESDAY, JANUARY 25
Environmental Classroom Awareness & Restoration Through Service Learning – 9am-3pm. One-day regional conference focusing on service learning initiatives in environmental awareness and sustainable practices. Reg $25 up to Jan 1, $35 at door. Student Life Ctr, 2nd fl Delgado Community College (City Park Campus), 615 City Park Ave, NOLA. Info/reg: www.dcc.edu/servicelearning/conference. Queries: 504-671-5298.
VETERINARY HOLISTIC HEALING
Weekend Yoga Workshop – w/Mitchel Bleier. Friday, 7:30-9:30pm; all level light Vinyasa practice. Saturday, 2:30-5:30pm - Adjustment Workshop for
teachers; Sunday, 10:30-noon- A living talk of Rassas; Sunday, 1-3pm - Intermediate/advanced vinyasa practice. $108/all or individually priced. Wild Lotus Yoga, 4842 Perrier St., New Orleans. 504-899-0047; wildlotus.com.
Janice E. Posey, DVM
504-559-0141 315 Lee Lane, #104 Covington, LA 70433
Indian Masters of Sanskrit at Balance Yoga & Wellness – (1/28 & 1/29) Dr. MA Jayashree and Dr. MA Narasimhan carry the traditional Indian knowledge in a clear, understandable, honest and spontaneous message. (1/28 from 10-12:30 & 2-4:30); (1/29 from 10:30-1 & 2:30-5). 120 S Cortez St., NOLA. Bookings 504-234-9165 or firstname.lastname@example.org; www.balanceyogawellness.com
SATURDAY, JANUARY 29
Holistic Christian Coffee Gathering – 9:30-11am. Please join a community for like-minded, openminded fellowship without the formal structure of a traditional church service. St. John’s Coffeehouse, 535 E. Boston, Covington. Free. 985-373-2321; churchofpeacehinchrist.org. Heal Your Life Workshop – 10am-5:30pm w/ Carolee Laffoon, Heal Your Life® Coach. Based on the work of Louise L. Hay, uncover the mindset that limits success in relationships, career and a spiritual path. Learn to love the self and others more fully. $80/by 1/15 or $95. BTR Training Center, 5536 Superior Dr., Ste. A, Baton Rouge. carolee@ affirmationstogo.com.
Mini-Retreat - Teacher, Bhante Suhita Dharma, will lead two-day retreat (1/29 & 1/30): Cultivating Compassion in Everyday Life. $50. Flowering Lotus Meditation and Retreat Center, Magnolia, MS. For more info visit www.floweringlotusmeditation.org.
MONDAY, JANUARY 31
Holistic Medicine Education Meeting – 7-9pm. Potluck and network time 6:30-7pm.. Speaker: Mike Wittenbrink – founder of The H.E.L.P. Project. House of Broel, 2220 St. Charles Ave, NOLA.
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sunday Daily Kundalini yoga – 9am. Kundalini yoga class offered daily by donation. Divine Kundalini Yoga, 1223 Baronne St., New Orleans. 866-989-3626. www. yoganola.com Spiritual, but not religious? – 11am. If you like what Wayne Dyer and Maryann Williamson have to say, you will love Unity Church of Practical Christianity in Metairie. We encourage the transformation of your life through practical spiritual principles. Spiritual discussion group 12:30pm. Please join us for movie matinee on last Saturday of the month at 1:00pm. 3939–2A, Veterans Blvd, Metairie (2 blocks west of Cleary, lakeside of building). Visit: unitychurchofmetairie.org or call 504-885-7575. Community Yoga Class – 4-5:15pm. Taught by Nathalie Croix- All Levels - every Sunday $5. Shanti Yoga Shala. Uptown New Orleans, 310-435-6098 or email@example.com, www.shantiyoganola.com Transmission Meditation – 6:30pm. Want to help the world and build a stronger connection with your own spiritual nature? Transmission Meditation is the simplest way to do both at the same time says Benjamin Creme. No fee. Uptown, NOLA. For info: www. share-international.org or call Alan at 504-606-8512.
monday Daily Kundalini yoga – 9am. Kundalini Yoga class offered daily by donation. Devine Kundalini Yoga, 1223 Baronne St., New Orleans. 866-989-3626. www. yoganola.com Northshore – Viniyoga – 5:30 5:30-7:00pm. Small classes with individual attention for beginners and those new to yoga. $10 per session/$48 per 6 sessions. Yoga School, 603 S. Tyler St, Covington. 985-893-8834.
tuesday Crescent City Farmers Market – 9am-1pm. Open air market with fresh locally grown fruits, vegetables, seafood, baked breads and pies, bedding plants, dairy products, freshly cut flowers. Weekly Green Plate Special by area restaurant. Located in the parking lot of Uptown Square, 200 Broadway, New Orleans. Visit: crescentcityfarmersmarket.org. Hollygrove Market & Farm – noon-6pm. NOLA’s only CSA-style market selling each week assorted fresh local and organic fruit and vegetables from LA, MS & AL. 8301 Olive St, NOLA (across from Carrollton Boosters). More details: www.hollygrovemarket.org Order Vintage Garden Soups – Order by noon Tuesday for delivery on Wednesday. Fresh delicious savory
soups developed by our chef. Options for special diets. Free delivery with $15 min or $3 delivery fee. Also pick up at two locations. Visit www.vintagegardenkitchen. org for soups of the week or call 504-620-2495.
wednesday “Dog Day at the Spa” – all day. The Peaceful Buddha Day Spa donates 10% of all profits to the ASPCA each Wednesday. Spa offers specialty facials, manicures, pedicures and customized massages. Visit: peacefulbuddhadayspa.com. LASPCA Wellness Wednesdays – Ensure your pet’s health with annual vaccinations and a wellness checkup. Basic Wellness Exam $20, low-cost spaying and neutering available. By appt.only. 1700 Mardi Gras Blvd, New Orleans. Call 504-368-5191. Daily Kundalini yoga – 9am. Kundalini Yoga class offered daily by donation. Devine Kundalini Yoga, 1223 Baronne St., New Orleans. 866-989-3626. www. yoganola.com Covington Farmers Market – 10am-2pm. Offering fresh produce, fresh baked breads, prepared foods and plants. Located at The Covington Trailhead, 419 N. New Hampshire, Covington. Intro to Mystical Meditation – 10:30am- noon. Strengthen your entire being through a guided meditation. Experience the positive, uplifting transformation of your energy. Donations only. Uptown Holistic Center, 723 Hillary, New Orleans. Contact: Jessica Tregle firstname.lastname@example.org German Coast Farmers Market – West Bank – 3-7pm. 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 Meditation/Deeksha Blessing – 6:15 pm. Rev. David Florence will facilitate a meditation followed by the blessing. 3939-2A Veterans Blvd. (2 blocks west of Cleary, lakeside of bldg) Metairie. 504-885-7575.
Meditation & Study Group – 7-8:30pm. 45 min meditation, refreshments, then 45 min. book discussion group. Donations. 621 Opelousas Ave, Algiers Point (gate locked 7pm sharp!). Info: 504-905-4090 or email@example.com \
thursday Crescent City Farmers Market – 3-7pm. Farmers Market at 3700 Orleans Ave, American Can Co. building, New Orleans, rain or shine. Northshore – Viniyoga – 6:00-7:30pm. Small classes with individual attention for beginners and those new to yoga. Yoga School, 603 S. Tyler St, Covington. 985893-8834. $10 per session/$48 per 6 sessions. Course in Miracles – 6:30-8pm. Taught for 22 yrs. by Gary Arnold. Unity church of Metairie, Love offerings. 3939-2A Veterans Blvd (2 blocks west of Cleary, lakeside of bldg). Call 504-885-7575. TriYoga Classes with Karen – 6-7pm. With relaxing, flowing movements, calm the mind and release tension in the body. $15. 4436 Toulouse St. at N. Murat, NOLA. Office: 910-7445.
friday Daily Kundalini yoga – 9am. Kundalini yoga class offered daily by donation. Devine Kundalini Yoga, 1223 Baronne St., New Orleans. 866-989-3626. www. yoganola.com
saturday Vietnamese Farmers Market – 6-9am. Over 20 vendors set up shop on blankets spread with produce, beyond the courtyards are shops selling Vietnamese baked goods and imported groceries. 14401 Alcee Fortier Blvd, New Orleans East. Crescent City Farmers Market – 8am-noon. 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. Visit: crescentcityfarmersmarket.org. 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 or camelliacitymarket.org. Gretna Farmers Market – 8:30am-12:30pm. Featuring fresh fruits and vegetables, meats, baked goods, dairy, native fruit wines and garden plants. Located in the old train depot, 300 Huey P. Long Ave, between 3rd and 4th streets, Gretna. Info: 504-362-8661.
Westwego Farmers & Fisheries Market – 8:30am12:30pm. Open year round, rain or shine. Free parking. Featuring fresh produce, seafood, bakery items, dairy, plants, prepared foods & hand-crafted items. Plus live music & kids activities. 484 Sala Ave, corner of 4th St., Westwego. Contact 504-341-3424, x 209. Intro to Cloth Diapering – 9am. Learn about modern cloth diapers, how to care for them, the pros and cons, hands on demonstrations and handouts to take home. $20. May bring up to 2 guests to receive $20 coupon off purchase of $100. Zuka Baby, 2124 Magazine St., New Orleans. Must register: 504-596-6540 or erin@ zukababy.com. Covington Farmers Market – 9am-1pm. Offering fresh produce, fresh baked breads, prepared foods and plants. Located at Covington City Hall, 609 N Columbia St., Covington. 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. Eracism Meeting – 10-11:30am. Join a facilitatorlead focused conversation on various race-related topics and issues. All are welcome. Meetings held at J. Singleton School, 1924 Philip St, New Orleans, 70113. For more info call 504-866-1163 or visit www. eracismneworleans.org. Hollygrove Market & Farm – 10am-2pm. NOLA’s only CSA-style market selling each week assorted fresh local and organic fruit and vegetables from LA, MS & AL. 8301 Olive St, NOLA (across from Carrollton Boosters). More details: www.hollygrovemarket.org Sankofa Farmers Market – 10am-2pm. Local produce, seafood and baked goods. Chef demos, music and Project Ujamaa Youth Tentwhere kids learn healthy eating, arts and crafts. Every Saturday. 5500 St. Claude Ave, corner of Caffin Ave. Sankofafarmersmarket@ gmail.com or visit www.sankofafarmersmarket.org. Friends of the New Orleans Public Library Book Sale – 10am-2pm. Lots of fiction, non-fiction, local & rare books, CDs, DVDs, videos & records plus children’s books. Help rebuild the New Orleans Public Libraries. Book donations appreciated! At the Carriage House behind the Latter Branch Library, 5120 St. Charles Ave, New Orleans Vinyasa Flow – 11am-12:15pm. Taught by Daria - All Levels - Every Saturday. Shanti Yoga Shala. Uptown New Orleans, 310-435-6098. shantiyoganola@gmail. com; www.shantiyoganola.com Meditation Group – 2:30-3:30pm. Fairgrinds Coffee House. Sponsored by Art of Living Foundation. 3133 Ponce de Leon, New Orleans. For info contact Allen 504-247-6692.
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How does one choose a dentist that is right for them? In the coming months we’ll explore some of the characteristics of a health-centered dental practice and the signs that tell you when you are in the right place. Tony Hammack, D.D.S.
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AVIVA MASSAGE & BODYWORK SPA
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Linda L. Strickland, BA, CHt, RM, LMT 601 Lafitte St., Mandeville 985-727-9665
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ACUPUNCTURE KELLY KIVIKO, L.Ac.
Louisiana Lic.# ACA.200012 530 E. Rutland St., Covington 985-869-3299
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 page 6.
Once again for this logo design, we used a circular motif. Circles are reminicent of the body and it's many curves. The AVIVA name stabilizes the central 'flora' figure, by means of the letter "i" as the stem or trunk of the 'flora'. The 'flora' invokes a natural sensation, earthy and calm. The circluar text brings all the elements together and reiterates the AVIVA name as a total massage & bodywork spa.
Acupuncture Works! It is a safe, drugfree approach to managing many common health concerns. Specializing in herbal medicine, pain, stress, women’s health, and more.
VALERIE VIOSCA ACA,LMT,RYT 4710 Canal St. N.O. La 70119 504-717-5111 www.neworleansacupuncture.com
Acupuncture, Massage, & Yoga integrated therapies available. Moxa, Cupping, Shiatsu.Young Living essential oils, Chinese herbal patents, Private yoga lessons, CieAura transparent, holographic chips for restoring an energetic balance, and more. LMT #4119. By appointment only.
ANIMAL HOLISTIC MEDICINE JANICE E. POSEY, DVM 504-559-0141 315 Lee Lane, #104 Covington, LA 70433
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 page 33..
Breathing Coach 3200 Lake Villa Dr.,Metairie 504-453-9161 www.jackfontana.com
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!
BODY SUGARING USA DAY SPA
Dora Ochoa, L.M.T. 1800 W. Causeway Approach., Ste. 122 Mandeville, Ph: 985-626-5538 www.bodysugaringusa.com
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.
CHANGE IN MOTION MASSAGE,LLC Mel Borne, LMT #4158 Northshore Area 985.869.2087
Relax with personalized in-home sessions. Specializing in Shiatsu, Swedish and Deep tissue. Customized blending of techniques are incorporated into sessions. Essential oils are used to maximize the healing benefits of your massage. See ad page 6.
THE PEACEFUL BUDDHA DAY SPA Carey Mischler, LMT 4303 Canal St., New Orleans 504-322-2482
Offering unique services that combine therapeutic massage and aesthetics in Mid-City. Discounts available to first responders. 10% of profits donated to ASPCA every Wednesday. See ad page 6.
PROFESSIONAL BUSINESS & LIFE COACH Crystal Randolph, HR Manager firstname.lastname@example.org 910-551-4860
Business and Life Skills coaching is a strategic partnership in which the coach facilitates enhanced life satisfaction both personally and professionally, helping you to pinpoint what it is you want out of life and devising a plan to make it happen.
CELEBRANT/OFFICIANT REV. BONNIE POIRIER
985-373-2321 www.churchofpeaceinchrist.org www.holistictherapycenter.com
Holistic, metaphysical Christian minister, ordained in 1994. Ministries include: weddings, vow renewals, funerals, divorce ceremonies, baptisms, communion, dedications and naming ceremonies.
• Colon Irrigation • A full line of integrated • Activated Oxygen Steam homeopathic and herbal Sauna products • Chi Machine • Alkaline water systems • E-Power • Many other Holistic products • Cellular Detoxing Foot Bath
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CHI MACHINE Joffrion Mitts, M.Ed.
Alternative Health Consultant 504-897-9670 www.healthyhealingforall.com
A form of oxygen therapy. Stress, poor circulation, headaches, backaches, insomnia, depression, asthma? You name it! Oxygen heals! Free one week in-home trial!
CHIROPRACTIC/WELLNESS CHIROPRACTIC HEALTH CENTER & HOLISTIC HEALTHCARE SERVICES Dr. Debbi Hannan 101 Clearview Pkwy at Airline, Metairie 504-454-2000 www.hannanwellness.com
SOUTHERN HOMES, LLC
Certified Green Builder 1-888-660-0123 www.SouthernHomes.com
Custom construction and renovation specializing in energy efficiency and indoor air quality. Certified by National Assoc. of Homebuilders as a Green Builder. Locally owned, 20 years experience, over 3000 homes built. See ad page 31.
COUNSELING AND PSYCHOTHERAPY
Tanya Simmons BA Ed. Licensed Brain Gym Practitioner/Consultant. New Orleans 504 309 0002/710 2622 BrainGymNola@yahoo.com. braingymnola.com
Teaching Brain Gym in Education, In-service and individually to help any learning difficulties, AD(H)D, reading, writing, attention, memory, performance, success for goals, and the joy and ease of learning. Available for teachers, parents, children and adults. See website for upcoming trainings/seminars.
Set Yourself Free
ANDREA SCHEELE, LCSW, LMFT ENERGY PSYCHOLOGY with the transformational power of PSYCH-K Attachment Psychotherapy 1303 Amelia your St., New Orleans Experience unlimited power through the gentle process MARYLOU SMITH 504-899-2686 of PSYCH-K . Free yourself from traumatic memories, TM
Uptown Holistic Center Experience the difference! We offer When you thoughts experience illness, depression, limiting andloss, addictive behavior. Support what is 723 Hillary Street, New Orleans total wellness care: Chiropractic, de- stress ormeaningful are going through major life transitions most in the journey of living your life’s purpose. toxification, nutrition, endermologie, Attachment Psychotherapy will benefit you. 504-723-2899 PSYCH-K is a process that frees your Marylou DRX-9000 non-surgical spinal decom- Individual, couples, family, parent/child and Smith small mind of limiting and self-sabotaging pression, cold laser, EB-Cellular group therapy. See ad onAdvanced page 27.PSYCH-K Facilitator beliefs and replaces them with life Private Sessions Cleanser, Far Infra Red Sauna. See ad enhancing beliefs that lead to great page 24. Uptown Holistic Center • 723 Hillary St, NOLA • 504.723.2899 JENNIFER ENGEL, M.Ed, LPC joy, fulfillment and growth.See ad marylousmith.com • firstname.lastname@example.org • psych-k.com 5002 Prytania, NOLA, 70115 page 17. TM
COLON HYDROTHERAPY ALORACLEANSE
1131 S. Tyler St, Covington 985-809-3133 www.aloracleanse.com
Colon Hydrotherapy removes stagnant fecal matter and toxic bacteria along with cellular debris. Get relief of unhealthy digestive symptoms and achieve greater immunity, enhanced energy, clearer skin, improved mental clarity, and a general elevation in mood.
4401 Veterans Blvd, Ste 200 504-885-8800 www.holisticlife.us
Licensed Professional Counselor. Holistic Psychotherapy for personal growth, stress, transition, etc. Individual and Group Mind-Body Skills Training (guided imagery, meditation, breathing, relaxation, tapping, etc). Evening and Saturday appointments available.
DENTIST MIKE ROBICHAUX, DDS
1101 Robert Blvd, Ste A, Slidell, LA 70458 985-641-8058 mikerobichauxdds.com
A Colonics, Wellness, Weight Loss Day Spa, Colon Hydrotherapy, massage therapy, activated oxygen sauna, ion foot bath, reflexology, integrated medicine, and other natural /spa offerings. Across from Clearview Mall in the major business area of Metairie. See ad page 36.
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 page 35.
VIVACITY WELLNESS SPA
TONY HAMMACK, DDS
3333 Kingman St, Ste 102, Metairie 504-885-8355 www.vivacitynola.com
Reclaim health and vitality by eliminating toxins in the body. We offer Open System Colon Hydrotherapy, Far Infrared Sauna with Ozone, Ion Foot Detox and Hyperbaric Oxygen Chamber Therapy. Certified Colon Hydrotherapist and member of I-ACT. See ad page 8.
1101 Robert Blvd, Ste A, Slidell, LA 70458 has a photo from Mike Robichaux ad 985-641-8058
Offering a whole person health-centered approach to enhance the patient’s overall health and wellness. Treating each person with respect as a partner in their own health care. See ad page 35.
FENG SHUI LIVE, LOVE AND FENG SHUI Eveline Hoffmann Feng Shui practitioner 504-861-3370 email@example.com
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 page 8.
FOOT HEALTH PERFECT FIT SHOES
5012 West Esplanade Ave, Metairie 70006 504-456-5993 Gini@crescentcitypt.com
Gini Davis, Physical Therapist, Crescent City Physical Therapy (Uptown/Metairie Clinics), has specialized in treatment of foot, ankle and lower extremity problems for more than 35 years and now offers women’s and men’s shoes with style and comfort to support healthy, pain-free feet. Gini can fabricate new orthotics, or fit your orthotics into new shoes. She and staff provide in-depth knowledge and customer service. See ad page 29.
HAIR SALONS LIVE ART STUDIO
4207 Dumaine St., New Orleans 504-484-7245 www.liveartstudio.com.
Need some pampering? We offer just that in our one on one sessions in hair, massage and aromatherapy. Patti Spring has 32 years of experience in helping clients to fulfill all their personal grooming and body maintenance goals. Come experience yourself as Live Art. See ad page 6.
INTEGRATIVE MEDICINE IRENE SEBASTIAN, M.D., Ph.D 401 Veterans Blvd, Suite 203 Metairie, LA 70005 504-838-9804 www.IreneSebastianMD.com
Offering a holistic approach to healthcare: Integrative Medicine, Homeopathy, Functional Medicine, Herbal Therapy, and Nutrition. See ad page 35.
RAUL LLANOS, M.D.
HERBAL MEDICINE EMELIE R. GRANIER
Herbalist 504-347-0377 www.divinewellness.net
Offering Meridian Stress Assessments by appointment. Herbal and nutritional therapies to bring the body back into balance. Homeopathic remedies. See ad page 39.
Community Herbalist 504-872-9973 firstname.lastname@example.org
Providing holistic consultations to foster well-being and support healing using herbal medicine, nutrition, and lifestyle choices. Address acute issues and constitutional imbalances by creating a personal wellness plan that incorporates medicinal herbs into your life.
HOLISTIC/ENERGY HEALING HOLISTIC HEALING & EDUCATION CENTER, LLC
Dr. Roy Solomon, Metaphysician/Minister 671 Rosa Ave, Suite 214, Metairie 504-841-0188 email@example.com www.healingeducation.com
Specializing in the healing of Mind, Body and Spirit. The Reconnection, Inner Child, Forgiveness, Meditation, FES, Monthly Education Classes, Teaching “You can if you will”.
Integrative wellness clinic offering ayurveda consultation, cosmetic LASER procedures, bio-identical hormone therapy, non-surgical treatment for urinary incontinence, best natural supplements on the market, other medical spa services. See ad page 27.
THOR AGUSTSSON, D.O.
232 Barry Ave, New Orleans, 70121 H 504-861-3011 * C 815-520-2891 www.osteopathic.org
With a holistic approach, Osteopathic Medicine effectively treats pain without the use of drugs. We treat fibromyalgia, cancer pain, birth trauma, arthritis, chronic head, neck, back, pelvic, and abdominal pain. Other modalities: Reiki, Bodytalk, Supplement Consultation. See ad page 28.
LIFE COACH Charly Borenstein-Regueira Certified Professional Life Coach Corporate & Life Coaching Services 7121 Walmsley Ave, Ste D, NOLA 70125 504-259-7726 Charly@crescentcitycoach.com www.crescentcitycoach.com
Elite athletes and executives have coaches. Imagine how much more productive and fulfilling your life would be if you had your own Life Coach. You don’t have to imagine anymore, contact Charly today.
Holistic Energy Healing 504-352-6418 www.energyhealing-neworleans.com
Energy Healing is an effective therapy of alternative medicine and holistic health. One releases negativity and gains positive energy! Become more healthy, and thrive at an accelerated pace! Healing occurs physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually!
Wellness Clinic 3749 N. Causeway, Metairie, LA 70002 504-834-1050
TAI CHI-QI GONG
Shifu King Lam 8132 Willow St, Uptown 504-866-2241 KingLam1131@yahoo.com
Asian Arts to improve health, fitness, personal safety, rejuvenate energy. Achieve a better mind, body and spirit. Serving New Orleans community for 35 years. www.KingLamtaichi-karate.com. See ad page 19 and calendar for classes.
MASSAGE SCHOOLS BLUE CLIFF COLLEGE 3200 Cleary Ave. Metairie, LA. 70002 504-456-3141
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.
NATURAL BABY & CHILD ZUKABABY
2124 Magazine St., NOLA 504-596-6540 www.zukababy.com
ZukaBaby is a new shop specializing in cloth diapering, babywearing and handmade children’s items. Cloth diapering classes every Saturday. See calendar for other events. See ad page 27.
NATUROPATHIC DOCTOR DR. CATHERINE WILBERT, ND Phone: 985-727-3482 www.catherinewilbert.com www.wellnessinnovations.com
Nationally recognized weight loss & wellness expert, author of the book, Mending Your Metabolism. Stop treating symptoms and start getting well! Diabetes, blood sugar control, weight management, women’s health, detox, performance nutrition and more. Ask about our 12 week “Set on Success” Weight Loss to Wellness Program. End dieting forever!
DR. LISA MARIE CHAMBERS, ND Center For Functional Medicine 723 N. Causeway Blvd, Mandeville 985-237-0277 Accurate Clinic 2401 Vets Blvd, Ste 16, Kenner 504-472-6130 www.drlisamariechambers.com
Dr. Chambers works in partnership with her patients to discover, understand and address the root cause of their illness. By treating the whole person, she also offers preventive care before serious illness occurs.
NUTRITIONIST DANIELLE PACIERA, LDN, RD, CCN 3618 Magazine St, New Orleans 70115 504-889-8771 Danielle@365 vitality.com
Cutting edge holistic nutrition services. Specializing in complementary and alternative medicine, therapeutic uses of foods, supplementation, vegetarian nutrition, women’s health, sports performance, eating disorders, depression, addiction, and more. See ad page 32.
SOUTH COAST SOLAR, LLC
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Reiki Master Teacher & Practitioner 504-388-2356 nolareiki.com • email@example.com
Offering 20 years experience in Usui Shiki Ryoho, upholding the highest standards in Reiki classes and Reiki sessions. Practitioner and Teacher of Australian Bush Flower Essence. Also providing Astra-Lite massage & Reiki tables – lightweight and easy to transport. See ad page 10 and calendar for classes.
TIANNE D. LASTRA Usui, Karuna & Rainbow Reiki Master 504-909-3723 www.amazingreiki.com
Certified & experienced Master Teacher offering sessions & classes to the Greater N.O. Area. Healing Touch, Pranic Healing, Crystal Healing, Reiki Drumming and Animal Reiki practitioner. Visit our website for full information. See ad page 28.
Breaking boundaries through transformative thought. A Christian church celebrating the Love of Spirit while honoring all paths. Sunday service 11am.
STRUCTURAL INTEGRATION/ ROLFING
29 years of bodywork experience. Rolf Method of Structural Integration, Massage, Personal Training. LA Lic #4062
Life Counsellor 504-330-8380 www.HealingArtsInternational.com
Tuesday-Saturday 10 a.m.-6 p.m. After-hours appointments available.
A state licensed school and Yoga Alliance registered teacher training certification program at the 200 hour and 500 hour levels. Visit website for more information. See ad page 7.
504-347-0377 • 985-845-1703
AMY ARCHINAL, RYT, PRYT
Michele is today’s Medicine Woman, Natural Healer, Minister and Life Counsellor. Michele has a reputation of inspiring and showing how to bring purpose and joy back into people’s lives, along with health!
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• 40+ classes per week plus workshops, courses, and concerts. • Reasonable Rates
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Voted “Best Place to Take a Yoga Class in New Orleans” 5 years in a row by Gambit Weekly readers!
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Gambit’s ”Best Place to Take a Yoga Yogafive for Class” years in a row. Over 40 Everybody! 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 page 7 and calendar for events/ classes.
YOGA SCHOOL, L.L.C.
ODETTE M. HARMSEN, CPT
Solar powering the Big Easy. We specialize in spinning electricity meters backwards. Each house is analyzed to determine the most productive solar solution. Licensed and Insured. Locally owned and operated. See ad page 11.
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firstname.lastname@example.org • www.yoganola.com 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 page 7 and calendar for events/classes.
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3939-B Veterans Blvd, Metairie (back entrance) 504-885-7575 Daily Prayer Line 504-885-7056
POWER EARTH SUPPLY, LLC
1223 Baronne St.
WILD LOTUS YOGA
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ELIZABETH OHMER PELLEGRIN, R.M.T.
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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 page 32.
Outgoing pet-friendly Realtor with a degree in fine art and a background in health food and natural remedies, caring for the needs of buyers, sellers and renters.
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Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy neworleansyogatherapy.com 504-899-6167
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