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hen we began publishing Natural Awakenings of Southeast Louisiana four years ago, we could only imagine the possibilities for alternative and complementary health care in the region. The fabric of so many lives had unraveled after the 2005 floods that people were having trouble reconnecting. Natural health care practitioners were doubly challenged to reach their clients and the public. Today, we have come together to successfully weave a stronger natural living community than ever before. Together we are fostering a natural health care revolution. As one local integrative physician remarks, “We are in a paradigm shift right now where integration of alternative and Western medicine is beginning.” As Kathleen Barnes points out in “Alternative Goes Mainstream,” this phenomenon is due to a confluence of trends: a growing body of credible scientific research that supports the effectiveness of many alternative therapies; public demand for a choice of natural and non-invasive therapies; and conventional practitioners that have embraced holistic treatments such as mind-body practices and energy medicine. The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) in the National Institutes of Health has begun to fund studies of alternative and complementary therapies, but many more are urgently needed. Director Dr. Josephine P. Briggs characterizes the need as compelling. “Tens of millions of Americans are spending $34 billion per year (mostly out-of-pocket) on a variety of complementary approaches, most often without any solid [clinical] evidence about safety or usefulness,” she observes. Testimonies of those helped and healed by such approaches are most often anecdotal. Thus, we are triply pleased by the opening of three new holistic health centers in our area. The largest is housed in the stunning 55,000-square-foot renovation of the old Universal Furniture store, in Bywater, as the New Orleans Healing Center. This regional community center hosts a fitness center, bookstore, credit union and food co-op store of local and organic foods, as well as the healing arts center for alternative and complementary therapies. Equally telling are the presence of Healing with a Heart, in New Orleans, and Journey into Wellness, in Metairie, both opened in 2011. The launching of several new integrative medical practices are further harbingers of good things to come. Looking to the future, Linda Sechrist asked respected experts to demystify the year 2012 on the Maya calendar, and they answered with reassurance about what is and is not predicted for planet Earth this year. I now feel confident in planning next year’s holiday party for December 22. To top it all off, we share insights from Deepak Chopra on the universal outlook for conscious being. May we all be part of awakening consciousness,

Lolita Werhan, Publisher

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

12 YOUR ‘HEALTHY’ DIET May be Making You Sick by Ricky Phillips


GOES MAINSTREAM Today’s Complementary Trends Support Natural Health Care by Kathleen Barnes

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19 IN THE YEAR 2012 Dispelling the Mystery by Linda Sechrist



23 SMALL BUSINESS FAIRY GODMOTHERS Micro-Loans for Entrepreneurs by Colleen Morgan

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he Latino Farmers Cooperative of Louisiana has started its third Giving Garden Fundraiser, which installs backyard gardens in exchange for supporting the Latino Farmers Cooperative food pantry. For $350, volunteers and staff will build a 3-foot-by-8-foot garden bed and the money raised will directly support the needs of the Latino community. Since the first fundraiser in the fall of 2010 the organization has installed approximately 50 gardens all over the city, at first building small gardens sowed with seeds but now installing larger beds with a variety of starter plants, which are better able to survive. The goal is to install at least 15 vegetable gardens this spring, according to Executive Director Kathia Duran. “We are trying to make it easy for the beginner gardeners,” Duran said, adding that installing a garden is not – it’s a lot of logistics and heavy lifting. “This program is a win-win for everybody - for the gardeners, they get fresh food and the satisfaction and the learning experience. “We then transfer the money we raise and put it to good use, to service a population that needs the food,” she said. “So it is beneficial for both communities. That’s why it’s called the Giving Garden - it gives to the consumer and it gives resources to our emergency food program.” For more information on the Giving Garden program, visit To reserve your Giving Garden, call Kathia Duran at 504-333-3611.

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he average person doesn’t really know how to evaluate all the supplements out there. That’s why it pays to shop where the staff have training and someone has already done the research on products. That’s what Jamie Law and partner Glenn Davis at Sunshine Garden natural food store want customers to know – they offer a complete selection of products already vetted by a staff knowledgeable in natural foods and supplements. They have been at it for 25 years. Law was a vegetarian and natural foods enthusiast from her early twenties. She ran a health food café, then a restaurant, where eventually she and Davis started a health food store. They sold the restaurant part of the business and kept the health food store, which has been in existence in the same location for 12 years. Glenn Davis is a master herbalist who is available for holistic health consultations by appointment. In addition to supplements and herbal products, the store is a full grocery that carries organic produce, dairy, refrigerated foods, packaged foods, including glutenfree products, frozen foods , body-care and other products.

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n August of 2011, licensed acupuncturist Ashley Miller opened her practice in Covington, calling it Magnolia Acupuncture Clinic, located at 434 N. Columbia St., Suite L. Having graduated from LSU with a BS in biology and wanting to work in medical care, but not wanting medical school, she began investigating acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine, which ultimately led her to complete the program at the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in San Diego. Miller finds her acupuncture and herbal therapies a nice complement to Western medicine. She treats all ages and conditions. With children, she does not use needles, but treats the same Ashley Miller, M.S., ACA. points with a “tickle” machine. She also uses massage with children. She finds early stage treatment of colds and flu very effective, saying she uses them on her own family with great results. She would like to see people using alternative therapies as preventive care more, saying, “Most often people wait until they are sick, but maintenance treatment can keep everything in balance. That’s when you stay healthy.” Miller offers herbal therapies and whole body acupuncture as well as ear acupuncture for stress release, which she notes is a nice option and less expensive. Magnolia Acupuncture Clinic offers treatment by appointment only, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. For an appointment call 985-590-51792. See ad on page 14.

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shiatsu Oriental Bar Therapy is a combination of elements of traditional Thai massage, barefoot Shiatsu from Japan and Keralite massage from Southern India that delivers a deep and luxurious massage, according to Susan Trahan, who now offers this technique exclusively at her Ashiatsu Studio in Covington. The technique was developed in 1995 by Ruthie Piper Hardee. Trahan has been a licensed massage therapist since 2002 and is the only certified Ashiatsu Oriental Bar therapist on the Northshore. She has been working with Ashiatsu since 2006. This particular technique involves an ancient form of barefoot massage using deep compression effleurage or gentle stroking. Trahan notes that this technique is perfect for the person who may suffer from chronic back pain, scoliosis, or for those who love deep work, although the intensity of pressure is up to client preferences. Trahan’s website gives an excellent description of the technique and benefits. Like other forms of massage, Ashiatsu is an effective tool for managing stress, resulting in greater energy, better sleep, decreased anxiety and better circulation, and more. Ashiatsu Oriental Bar Therapy Sessions with SusanTrahan are available by appointment at 434 N. Columbia St., Suite L. To make an appointment call 877-623-3338. For more information visit: See ad on page 21.

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ocals interested in learning more about integrative, complementary and alternative therapies have a number of options each month. Since the 2005 storms, the Holistic Center for Health and Healing, Inc. (HCH) has sponsored educational meetings on the Southshore. Currently the meetings are held in Metairie at the Old Metairie Library, 2350 Metairie Rd. Meetings run from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.on the second Wednesday of the month. The January 11 meeting will feature Dr. Rick Landry who will speak on infertility and metaphysical paradigms. To make inquiries email On the Northshore the HCH meetings are held at the Covington Council Chambers, 222 Kirkland St., Covington on the second Thursday of the month. Meetings begin at 7 p.m. On January 19, Dr. Marilyn Mendoza will speak on near death experiences. Dr. Mendoza is the author of “We Do Not Die Alone: Jesus is Coming to Get Me in a White Pick-Up Truck”, which is based on interviews with nurses who were at the bedside of dying patients. For more information call 985-898-0016. In New Orleans, the House of Broel Foundation has long hosted holistic wellness monthly meetings on the last Monday of the month. Meetings start with a potluck at 6:30 p.m. and the presentation begins at 7 p.m. On January 30 Rolf vanAnders will speak on mystical & healing aspects of yoga. House of Broel is located at 2220 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans. For details contact: Bonnie Broel at 504-494-2220. See ad on page 11.

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athleen Posey, M.D. is the director of the new AntiAging, Weight and Wellness Institute, L.L.C. in Madisonville, where integrative medical services are offered. Posey has been in practice as an ob-gyn in the area for 29 years, but is taking the practice in a new direction. Her own journey into integrative medicine began in 1995, when a collagen vascular disease related to a thyroid issue left her with a total body rash and extreme fatigue. Western medicine alone was not able to give her any relief. KathleenPosey, M.D. Through The American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine (A4M), Posey found M.D.’s who successfully treated her condition. She went on to receive certification from A4M, having completed 10 modules in over 10 years in anti-aging, regenerative and functional medicine. (The A4M is a non-profit dedicated to educating physicians, scientists, and members of the public on biomedical sciences, breaking technologies, and anti-aging issues. It is comprised of 22,000 plus members from 105 nations worldwide. 85% are physicians, 12% scientists, researchers and other health practitioners, 3% other, according to A4M’s website). Dr. Posey sees a paradigm shift in medicine that includes Western and alternative medicine. Her services are on the cutting edge of that shift, offering non-narcotic treatments for sleep issues and chronic pain, as well as an integrative approach to treating such conditions as chronic fatigue, insulin resistance and metabolic syndrome, hypothyroid, vitamin deficiencies, and chronic stress. Bio-identical hormone balancing for menopause and a physician monitored weight loss program, the Ideal Protein Diet, are also featured. The Anti-Aging, Weight and Wellness Institute, L.L.C is located at 377 Highway 21, Suite 101, in Madisonville, LA 70447. For an appointment call 985-845-4111. For more information check out See ad on page 11.

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ew Orleans physician , Dr. Paul G. Harch in collaboration with Virginia Mcullough, has published the second edition of The Oxygen Revolution, in which he describes medical grade hyperbaric oxygen therapy and the ground-breaking work he has done using this treatment with phenomenal success on a wide variety of conditions, including non-healing wounds, traumatic brain injuries, cerebral palsy, autism, stroke, MS and even Alzheimer’s. Harch reports an extensive body of work using his own system of hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT®), and while the body of research is growing, giving evidence of the treatment’s effectiveness on many conditions for which conventional medicine has no effective treatment, the medical community has not yet embraced this therapy. Recently Harch has worked with severely wounded soldiers returning from Iraq and Afganistan with nearly 100% of 40 treated showing significant clinical improvement, including five that returned to active duty. The estimated savings to the Federal Government in avoiding retraining to those five is $6.3 million. Future plans include treatment of 1,000 veterans in collaboration with The National Brain Injury Rescue and Rehabilitation Project. This work will save millions for the government, but more importantly will significantly improve the personal and professional lives of those treated and that of their families. As is the case with other effective “alternative” therapies, such as acupuncture and chiropractic, conventional medicine simply has ignored using medical grade hyperbaric oxygen therapy, not even considering it when they have nothing else in their arsenal to offer. But as with these other therapies, patients are beginning to ask for it and to ask for insurance coverage for it. And thanks to the work of Dr. Harch, the evidence is growing. The book is a must read for anyone interested in cuttingedge therapies. Dr. Harch’s book is available on-line and in bookstores. To learn more about his work visit See ad on page 17.

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njoy your next cup of herbal tea while toasting to better health. U.S. Department of Agriculture-funded researchers have confirmed the science-based health benefits of three of Americans’ favorite herbal teas. Chamomile tea has long been said to soothe a troubled belly and restless mind. After reviewing scientific literature on the herb’s beneficial bioactivity, the study team published an article in Agricultural Research describing test-tube evidence that the beverage also offers moderate antimicrobial and significant anti-platelet-clumping action. They found that peppermint tea also shows significant antimicrobial, plus antiviral, antioxidant and antitumor actions, and even some antiallergenic potential. After reviewing human clinical trials, the researchers further reported that drinking hibiscus tea lowered blood pressure in a group of pre-hypertensive and mildly hypertensive adults.



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Something’s Spawning Gender-Bent Fish A French study examining wild gudgeon fish that live directly downstream from a pharmaceutical drug manufacturing plant found that up to 80 percent of them exhibited both male and female traits in their sex organs. Such sex abnormalities indicate endocrine disruption that can foreshadow larger effects on fish populations because of reductions in breeding abilities. Upstream of the plant, only 5 percent of such intersex fish were detected. Excreted pharmaceuticals can enter the environment from sewage treatment plants or the flushing of unwanted or old drugs down the toilet. They also can directly enter waterways via discharge into rivers and streams by drug manufacturing plants. The study is the first to link discharge from a drug plant, rather than a sewage plant, with physical and chemical changes in fish. The inquiry was initiated after fishermen along the Dore River, in France, noticed swollen bellies and abnormal innards in the wild gudgeon fish. Study results were published i n the journal Environmental International. More research is needed to identify the types and levels of specific drugs in the water at each site. Source:

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Your ‘Healthy’ Diet May be Making You Sick by Ricky Phillips


ippocrates is reported to have said “Let thy food be your medicine and your medicine thy food.” As more is learned about the unique, genetically determined biochemical makeup of individuals, the truth of Hippocrates words becomes more compelling. The healthy diet promoted by major health organizations today is actually making some of us sick and even making some of us fat. Why? The answer is called food intolerance. Food intolerance is a complex, individualized biochemical sensitivity to

those foods that are otherwise wholesome and harmless. This sensitivity causes the immune system to react as if it were protecting the body from a foreign invader such as bacteria or viruses. Food intolerance induces inflammation and the excessive generation of toxic free radicals and immune chemicals, often resulting in the occurrence of metabolic, chronic and degenerative diseases as well as contributing to obesity. Intolerances to food and food additives have been linked to digestive problems, migraines, skin and joint problems, and several other health conditions. When trigger foods are avoided, inflammation resolves, weight normalizes, and a number of inflammatory based health problems subside. Fortunately, it is possible to lose weight and feel great utilizing a scientifically verified test and eating program that can dramatically change one’s life. The ALCAT test measures food intolerances using proprietary technology that measures whole blood against an array of antigens in order to look for an immune response. For nearly 25 years, the ALCAT test has provided a tool to help successfully

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ALTERNATIVE GOES MAINSTREAM Today’s Complementary Trends Support Natural Health Care by Kathleen Barnes


aven’t we all at some time shifted to more healthy foods, enjoyed a massage, consulted with a chiropractor or naturopath, popped a vitamin C supplement or attended a yoga, Tai chi, qigong or Pilates class? Many of us also meditate regularly and pray for sick friends and relatives. If we’ve engaged in any of these activities, we are among the nearly two-thirds of Americans that use complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) therapies each year. While these approaches to wellness have been practiced for millennia, it’s only been in the past decade or so that they have begun to move from the U.S. alternative fringe into the American mainstream. The widespread use of CAM therapies is due to a confluence of three trends: a growing body of credible scientific research that supports their effectiveness; popular demand for these natural, noninvasive and effective therapies; and growing recognition by conventional practitioners that healing is accomplished through holistic treatments that address body, mind and spirit.

complementary and alternative medicine; and some hospitals are encouraging their staff to become proficient in energy medicine and healing techniques. The U.S. government established the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) in 1992, under the auspices of the National Institutes of Health, to investigate and evaluate promising unconventional medical practices. In the 21st century, it’s been picked up more widely under the concept of integrative medicine, in which conventional medical and more natural therapies are used to complement one

another. This encouraging development also reflects current trends among major categories of therapies that take body, mind and spirit into account.

Acupuncture/Traditional Chinese Medicine Understanding Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) requires a dramatic mental shift away from symptom-related modalities of Western medicine. Here, one’s wellness and illness is based on managing the flow of energy, or chi (pronounced CHEE), through the body. TCM has been used in China and others

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parts of Asia for 5,000 years. Its core concept requires that the practitioner treat the underlying causes of disease, rather than just the symptoms. TCM has now become foundational in modern thinking as well, prompting an understanding that the entire organism—body, mind and spirit—must be addressed in order for healing to take place. “Homotoxicology is the most exciting trend in TCM today,” says Jonathan Wald, an acupuncture physician and academic dean of East West College of Natural Healing, in Sarasota, Florida. He explains: “It’s a blend of homeopathy, acupuncture and herbal medicine, with allopathic diagnostic techniques.” Homotoxicology (sometimes called biopuncture) applies herbal and homeopathic solution injections at specifically related energy meridian points to relieve various disease conditions or pain and rebalance the body. Another promising development is use of the Ryodaraku machine that measures electrical resistance to identify diseases in their beginning stages, affording early treatment. “I think of Ryodaraku almost as a TCM form of a blood test,” says Wald. “It helps us see what’s going on and we can often correct it with a little electrical stimulation pen.” Today, TCM and Western allopathic medicine are being considered in concert more often as practitioners find practical common ground in hospitals and clinical settings throughout the United States.

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Current energy therapies comprise a broad range of hands-on healing modalities, ranging from Reiki, Healing Touch and Emotional Freedom Techniques (tapping), to an increasing array of hybrids. The Energy Medicine Institute (, in Ashland, Oregon, notes that energy medicine can employ a variety of non-invasive methods intended to trigger the body’s natural healing powers, working to activate energies that have become weakened, disturbed or unbalanced. According to the institute, flow, balance and harmony can be restored and maintained within an energy system by tapping, massaging, pinching, twisting or connecting specific energy points (known as acupoints) on the skin; tracing or swirling the hand over the skin along specific energy pathways; exercises or postures designed for specific energetic effects; focused use of the mind to alter specific energies; and/ or surrounding an area with healing energies (one person’s energies impact another’s). Nicolas Ortner, founder of The Tapping Solution, calls this Emotional Freedom Techniques-based energy modality, “…a combination of ancient Chinese acupressure and modern psychology.” By tapping on meridian points of the body while repeating certain helpful affirmations about health or emotional situations, energetic blockages can be removed, allowing profound physical and emotional changes to take place. Ortner is excited about the growing awareness of selfguided healing through energy modalities, including his technique. “We had 350,000 people at our online Tapping World Summit last year,” he says. “That says something about the need that we are fulfilling.”


Herbalism is widely practiced worldwide to heal body and mind, and herbs and other plants are sometimes used in spiritual healing. Herbs are commonly prescribed by conventional physicians in Europe. In 1978, the German Commission E published a list of more than 300 herbs, noting research attesting to their safety and effectiveness, as well as possible side effects and drug interactions. The United States has lagged in its acceptance of herbal interventions. Still, S u s u n We e d , founder of the Wise Woman C e n t e r, i n Woodstock, New York, and author of four herbal books, including Healing Wise, points out that drug companies have been quick to isolate various herbal medicine components and market them as prescription drugs. “In the ’60s, I discovered that the weeds in my garden were better medicinal plants than the ones I intentionally planted,” recalls Weed. “Back then, there was a general belief that these alternative systems weren’t ‘real’ medicine.” But it’s more a matter of the Western world catching up with the rest of the world, she notes. “The World Health Organization says that 90 percent of the health care given on this planet is given by women in their own homes, using local plants.” Weed reports that across the United States, attendance at herbal conferences has soared. Herbalism is a big idea whose time has come again, and is now being rewoven into family life. “I call it re-weaving the healing cloak of the ancients,” she says. “This is evolutionary medicine.”

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Homeopathy, operating on the principle of “like treats like,” involves the use of highly diluted substances to trigger the body’s natural process of healing. According to The Society of Homeopaths, “A substance which causes symptoms when taken in large doses, can be used in small amounts to treat those same natural awakenings

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symptoms.” For example, drinking too much coffee can cause sleeplessness and agitation. Thus, when caffeine is made into a homeopathic medicine, it could be used to treat people with these symptoms. Dana Ullman, author of The Homeopathic Revolution and Everybody’s Guide to Homeopathic Medicines, notes that the trend in homeopathy in the United States has its debunkers. He attributes this to establishment fears that, “If homeopathy is true, then everything about modern medicine and science is false.” But, he adds, “The homeopathy deniers ignore or downplay the substantial body of verifying evidence from basic science and clinical research— from outcome studies, cost-effectiveness studies and epidemiological evidence.”

Meditation and Related Therapies The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention note that 90 percent of all doctor office visits are related to stress. Meditation, breath work, guided imagery and some yoga disciplines are effective ways to slow down the mind, relieve stress and bring body , mind and spirit into balance. More than 1,000 published studies have linked various types of meditation as well as contemplative yoga to changes in metabolism, blood pressure, brain

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activation, stress relief and pain reduction. Angela Wilson, assistant director of the Institute for Extraordinary Living (IEL), affiliated with the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, in Lenox, Massachusetts, reports burgeoning interest in these therapies. “Doctors have become very interested in any practice that can help people slow down and calm down,” observes Wilson. A 2007 NCCAM study found that 9.4 percent of U.S. adults, more than 20 million people, had practiced meditation in the previous year. Some of the latest IEL research provides scientific proof that Kripalu yoga (often called “meditation in motion”) can act as a buffer, “…helping people to face daily challenges without getting rocked off their feet or off their center,” says Wilson. She is also excited about a recent Massachusetts General Hospital study. It showed that in just eight weeks of practicing meditation, subjects experienced physiological changes in the part of the limbic system that relates to fear, resulting in less stress and anxiety.

Naturopathy Naturopathic medicine, a general system of natural medicine, includes nutrition, herbalism, homeopathy, acupuncture and energy medicine. Its goal is to holistically address the entire organism—body, mind and spirit. In general, naturopathic physicians are those that work to support our innate healing abilities. They universally encourage adoption of lifestyle changes that promote optimal health. In states where naturopathic doctors (ND) are licensed, practitioners are required to graduate from a four-year residential naturopathic medical school and pass a board examination. In states that do not license them, people that successfully complete online courses can call themselves a naturopath. Make sure that any consulting naturopathic doctor has graduated from a residential program approved by the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians ( Carl Hangee-Bauer, current president of the national association and a doctor of naturopathy with San Francisco Natural Medicine, has long been a proponent of licensing. He observes, “Currently, 16 states license naturopaths, and the trend is toward more licensing states and inclusion in federal programs, as well as loan forgiveness.” He believes this will bring more qualified students to the profession. Economics is among the many incentives driving consumers to a greater awareness of the

benefits of pursuing wellness, as they come to understand how major, long-term medical bills might be reduced by applying common sense, healthy lifestyle practices and other doable steps toward preventing illness in the first place. “Our practice is growing every year. People are willing to pay for quality health care,” remarks Hangee-Bauer.

Nutrition Nutrition comprises the time-tested foundation of health and includes foods and vitamin and mineral supplements, as well as herbs and spices. I m p o r t a n t l y, core values about nutrition vary from culture to culture. In the United States, the Standard American Diet (SAD) has been off-track for long enough that it has resulted in a widespread health crisis. The problem is that, contrary to the counsel of nutrition experts, many of us have become heavily dependent upon high-fat, high-sugar, heavily processed foods. The typical American’s diet is severely lacking in recommended vegetables, fruits and whole grains. “The health crisis isn’t limited to the United States,” states Joshua Rosenthal, founder of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, in New York City. “Fast food and processed foods have invaded other traditional cultures, as well. Today’s chronic diseases that plague our own population now constitute a world health crisis.” Rosenthal is encouraged by the growing awareness of healthy eating, as taught by 19,000 graduates of his school, providing services in all 50 states and 82 countries. “We are at the beginning of a revolution,” he says. “By 2020, people will see that the quality of our food affects everything. Awareness and education are at the forefront of this revolution, and movements like ours are among the major catalysts for change.”

Looking Forward

Overall, today’s trends in CAM therapies are positive, hopeful and helpful. Conventional medicine seems to be becoming more open to a broad range of therapies it once peremptorily relegated to the scientific dustbin. New research and long-term evidence proves that many of these non-invasive therapies are effective and can work hand-in-hand with

conventional therapies. Individually and in combination, they can result in healings and cures once unimaginable to traditional practitioners. Kathleen Barnes has written 18 books, most of them on natural health and healthy living, and owns the publishing company Take Charge Books. Connect at

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How to Be a Good Patient by Terri Evans


eing a good patient is essential to any successful treatment, especially holistic treatment. Often, people seeking alternative care arrive at a practitioner’s or therapist’s office fed up with conventional treatment and confused by the lack of permanent healing, yet newly expectant of receiving quick answers and recovery. It helps if the individual understands how the two approaches differ and can even complement one another. With conventional medical care, doctors focus on identifying the disease that is creating the symptoms affecting the patient. The goal is to halt the progression of the disease and/or sustain life. Alternative practitioners’ goal is a patient’s overall wellness and improved quality of life. They focus on uncovering and alleviating any imbalances that are robbing the individual of their quality of life. A holistic practitioner and patient are a team with a mutual mission. This


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means they can expect to spend time together completing and evaluating detailed medical histories and lifestyle information sheets, consulting and sharing observations, collaborating in carrying out treatment and cooperating in initial and follow-up examinations. The personal patient/client relationship is generally more intensive than experienced with conventional services. As with any field, it is important to check a practitioner’s credentials and educational background to ensure that he or she is qualified. It’s also vital that each service provider be a good fit for a patient’s needs, personality and circumstances. So much information is available today via the Internet that figuring out the best combination of treatment options can be overwhelming and confusing. Informed, friendly collaboration between practitioner and patient produces the best results in restoring and even expanding overall quality of life. Here are some tips on how patients can serve their own best interests. Take responsibility. Play an active role in improving your own health. Become knowledgeable about options presented by a trusted practitioner. Taking action in spite of possible fears gives you some sense of control. Partner with your practitioner. Offer regular, precise and accurate reports on your treatment’s progress. With alternative care, treatment is highly individualized and requires ongoing monitoring and adjustment to discern what is working and what isn’t. Follow and continue treatment as advised and exercise patience and compassion for yourself and your treatment team. Take care of yourself. Eat healthy,

sleep until rested and regularly engage in suitable physical activity and gentle exercise. Call whenever you need help or advice. Stick with it. Expect incremental progress, even in the face of setbacks. Visualize an optimum state of wellness for yourself. Past failures do not need to be repeated when you work in tandem with your practitioner partner(s). Watch for relief, then acknowledge and nurture it by being a good patient. Share all good news with your practitioner. Don’t own the disease. Avoid scary labels and lists of symptoms in discussions with yourself and others. You want them to visualize health right along with you. Maintain a healthier lifestyle. Returning to old habits may cause problems to return. Make health a priority in daily choices. Treat your practitioner with respect. Caring natural practitioners are ready and willing to walk with you on your path of healing. Forego rants about past bad experiences and direct any complaints about lack of coverage for alternative treatment toward the insurance companies. Remember, your success is also your natural practitioners’ success, and they are invested in answering your questions and earning your trust. Help them help you. Finally, let them know when they’re doing a good job; a little appreciation goes a long way during a day of caretaking. Terri Evans has a worldwide practice that began in Southwest Florida in 1991. A Doctor of Oriental Medicine and licensed acupuncture physician, she is certified in many modalities of alternative medicine. Learn more at


an evolutionary leap of consciousness on a species level.” He believes we’re on the way to developing an integral worldview; a holistic perspective that realizes the value of indigenous and traditional knowledge systems, without rejecting the scientific and technical developments of modern times.

In the Year 2012 Dispelling the Mystery by Linda Sechrist

Searching “Maya 2012” online yields a morass of some 10 million results, so Natural Awakenings sought clarity about the phenomenon of expected world change associated with December 21, 2012, by focusing on what leading authorities have to say.


ohn Major Jenkins, a respected 2012 author of Maya Cosmogenesis 2012 and The 2012 Story, and director of The Center for 2012 Studies, created contemporary awareness of the galactic alignment of the sun with the center of the Milky Way galaxy, which underlies the famous 2012 cycle-ending date on a winter solstice. His studies of the original Mayan calendar, located in Izapa, supported the true day count of the Mayan Long Count calendar. Jenkins points out that according to the calculations of astronomer Jean Meeus, this alignment began around 1980 and will end around 2016. “Meeus’ calculations support my belief that the alignment occurs over time, rather than precisely on December 21, 2012,” advises Jenkins. Robert Sitler’s long-standing personal relationships with today’s Maya and formal study of their living communities in Mexico and Guatemala inform his latest book, The Living Maya: Ancient Wisdom in the Era of 2012. He serves as director of Latin American studies at Stetson University, in DeLand, Florida. Both experts agree that December 21, 2012 signals neither the end o f t h e world nor the conclusion of the complex Mayan calendar; it is however, the end of the 13-Bak’tun cycle of 5,125 years. The calendrical cosmology indicates that this period comes to fruition on December 21, 2012, the northern hemisphere’s winter solstice. “Nothing in any of the ancient hieroglyphs refers to the end of the world,” advises Sitler. He further notes that contemporary Mayas’ strong

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environmental ethic aptly supports the needed shift in consciousness forecasted for 2012. From Jenkins’ perspective, the shift is what the ancient Maya saw as a transformation and renewal involving an awakening of consciousness. “It is a misconception that the awakening will automatically happen on December twenty-first.” He explains that Mayan spiritual teachings intended to empower individuals and provide guidelines for how awakening can occur in a ceremonial context at the end of cycles. “To the living Maya, awakening from a state of ego-centered, self-serving sleep means waking up to a larger perspective of unity consciousness; of seeing that our collective state of out-of-control egoism and greed is not good for Earth,” says Jenkins. Daniel Pinchbeck, author of 2012: The Return of Quetzalcoatl and editor of the online blog Reality Sandwich, concurs. He believes, “We are undergoing a transformative process now, as a collective organism, which will lead to

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hile the rest of the country tackles their New Year resolutions, such as “lose those 35 pounds,” Southeast Louisiana is just approaching the height of its party season. Those extra two months of “holiday season” may help explain why in 2010 Louisiana was named the fifth most obese state in the country, according to an annual report from the Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Thirty-one percent of the state’s adults were obese, according to the report. Weight loss can be daunting any time of the year. If finding help to get started is on your to do list, here are some local options to check out.

The Ideal Protein (IP) diet is a medically supervised very low carbohydrate diet designed to stabilize insulin and blood sugar levels while promoting fat burning but sparing muscle mass. The diet is a combination of fresh foods and packaged foods purchased through the program. Some mineral supplements are required, but no pharmacological medicines are used. According to protocol, weekly evaluations and counseling is provided. Exercise is not necessary and even discouraged at the beginning. Debbi Hannan, D.C. uses the program in her practice at the Chiropractic Health Center in Metairie. She likes the program for her patients because, “it has a great track record of being a predictable and repeatable program. Weekly weight loss is usually three to five pounds for women and five to seven for men.” She sees patients with metabolic syndrome improving to the point where medications may be decreased or dropped. Kathleen Posey, M.D., director of the Anti-Aging, Weight & Wellness Institute in Madisonville, states “I chose the IP diet, because during my thirty years of practice I saw the emergence of metabolic

syndrome in the majority of my patients and I needed a way to help them avoid this disease evolving into diabetes or heart disease. I tried everything. I’ve had great success with this program. It changes the way we eat and solves the addiction to glucose problem. This program should be encouraged for anyone who has considered surgical intervention for weight loss.” PMA Medical Treatment and Wellness Center in Kenner offers ALCAT food intolerance testing in addition to the IP diet. Ricky Phillips, a nurse practitioner at the center, reports that some patients lose weight once they eliminate food intolerances. See article on page 12.

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Andrea Scheele is a licensed social worker and licensed family therapist. Her approach is entirely psychological. She uses a technique called Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) that “encourages the client to imagine alternatives to overeating or other unhealthy life-style patterns. This is a technique to be used in conjunction with seeing a dietitian or planning on life-style changes. It addresses the emotional side of overeating – bringing in the emotional aspect of eating helps clients keep their resolve.”

Fitness/Life Coaching

Nolan Ferraro at Salire Fitness in Uptown New Orleans has another approach. While he is a fitness trainer, he is also a life coach. He explains, “The psychology of the person must be at the forefront of any wellness endeavor for a lasting positive change.” He believes that education of the client is essential for them to have the tools to succeed long term. “I believe the majority of Americans do not know the essentials of how to read labels, how to determine the culprits that block weight loss.” “I tell all of my clients that weight loss is 100% knowing what to do and acting on it consistently, but specifically weight loss is 85% nutrition and the rest is exercise and proper rest.” Ferraro also points out that weight loss alone will not improve cardio-

Bonnie Miller is the clinical director at Methodist Hypnotherapy Services in Slidell. She offers one-on- one sessions. According to her, the key element is “awareness of how and why using food has contributed to managing your life. Awareness comes through communicating with conscious knowledge and unconscious responses and bringing the two moving in the same positive direction. “ “What you think about is what materializes in your life. If you think yourself less than valuable and put yourself last on every list, you are less than likely to take charge of your health and make choices based on confidence and old programming. This program is about changing thought process by uncovering and resolving the underlying negative programming and accessing the positive and productive resources.” M o r e , “ hy p n o s i s i s t h e m o s t comprehensive goal achieving program. Making up your mind to change your mind is the root of the process of any change work. Omitting the mental and emotional aspects of weight loss is to plan the vacation, buy the clothes, make the reservations and forgetting to gas the car.”

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ew Orleans is the place to be an entrepreneur. Many consider it the land of opportunity, attracting young, bright and ambitious people here from all over the country to take part in rebuilding post-Katrina. Along with those returning to the city, they have taken the plunge to pursue their dreams here while helping rebuild the city, but both groups may need help realizing those dreams. Now they have help. With the intent of supporting good work and lifting families out of poverty, several programs are available to assist local residents with their plans to make a good living while making the community a better place. Hope Credit Union and Kiva New Orleans are two examples of such programs. Kiva is a nonprofit organization that works to alleviate poverty through a network of microfinance institutions. Kiva programs are in place all over the world, lending as little as $25 to people to seize opportunities when they present themselves. In New Orleans, the program is administered by local partners ASI Federal Credit Union and Good Work Network, which will screen the applicants and select qualified borrowers. The best candidates will be businesses that have identified an opportunity that will help grow their business but need funds to pursue it. A unique characteristic of the Kiva program is that it resembles a revolving loan in that once it is paid back it is again available as what is called a Kiva Credit, which can be used to fund another loan, as a line of credit, or as a donation back to Kiva for the program. Since its founding in 2005, Kiva has secured 651,686 lenders, loaned out $264 million to small businesses, and had a

98.96% repayment rate. Hope Credit Union is focused on building small business opportunities in the Mid South, specifically Arkansas, Mississippi and Louisiana. This organization’s mission is specifically to improve lives in the economically distressed communities in this region through financial products and related services. HOPE was organized originally as the Enterprise Corporation of the Delta in 1994 with the mission of community development in the 58 counties and parishes in the Delta region. According to its website, the organization has assisted more than 70,000 entrepreneurs, homebuyers and nonprofits with $1.4 billion in financing generated and enhanced through partnerships with banks, corporations, public agencies and community organizations. HOPE is involved in a financing program created by the City of New Orleans to spur the development of supermarkets, grocery stores and fresh food markets in the underserved communities in the city. This program, called the Fresh Food Retailer Initiative (FFRI) provides financing for entrepreneurs and businesses interested in opening or expanding to a market for fresh fruits and vegetables. HOPE partnered with The Food Trust to administer this program for the benefit of the community, most of which has a lack of access to fresh, healthy foods at reasonable prices. Colleen Morgan is a free-lance writer in New Orleans, the founder of Bayou Rebirth and Environmental editor for Natural Awakenings – Southeast Louisiana. Contact her at


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hat’s a surefire way to get kids dashing to the dinner table? Simmer up a batch of hearty soup and then sit back and watch it disappear,” says Ken Haedrich. “Kids love soup,” he maintains, “because it’s warm and soothing and slurpy.” A former navy Seabee and author of the classic Soup Makes the Meal, Haedrich is a father to four grown children. “Besides being kid-friendly, soup has other advantages,” he continues. “It can be made ahead of time, and you’ll probably end up with leftovers—a bonus for busy families.” Soup is also a great way to get kids interested in vegetables and in cooking.


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“This light, restorative soup is so delicious you don’t have to be sick to enjoy it,” says Bond. “Either way, its luscious fragrance helps clear sinuses, and the potatoes soothe the digestive tract. It’s a delightful broth, filled with spinach, parsley, leeks and garlic, that yields minerals, vitamins and healing antioxidants, with some winter root vegetables for sweetness. A steaming bowlful on a cold winter day is wonderfully comforting.” Serves 4 to 5

1. In a soup pot, heat the olive oil and add leeks, carrot, potato, parsnip and garlic. Cook, stirring occasionally, over medium heat about 5 minutes. Add stock and salt to taste, and then bring to a simmer. 2. Simmer soup, partially covered, for about 5 minutes, and then stir in parsley and spinach. Simmer, partially covered, about 5 more minutes or until the vegetables are tender. Add pepper to taste and serve piping hot.

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This recipe is adapted from The Cleaner Plate Club: More Than 100 Recipes for Real Food Your Kids Will Love, by Beth Bader and Ali Benjamin. “Parmesan rinds are the secret to a rich flavor in nearly any soup,” advises Bader, the mother of a 6-year-old. “When you finish up a wedge of Parmesan cheese, save the rind and freeze it for later use. When you add the rind to a hot soup, it will melt a bit and little pieces of Parmesan will blend into the soup. ” Tip: She finds farro, an ancient strain of grain, in the bulk foods aisle.

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1½ Tbsp olive oil 1 large leek, well washed, white parts only, chopped 1 large carrot, peeled and diced small 1 large potato, diced small 1 parsnip, peeled and diced small 4 cloves garlic, minced 5 cups vegetable stock Sea salt to taste Handful fresh parsley leaves, chopped 4 oz (large handful) fresh spinach leaves, rinsed and coarsely chopped Freshly ground black pepper to taste

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ilates can help to build and maintain lean muscle mass while you are losing weight, realign posture as the body’s center of gravity changes, promote long elegant posture and graceful flowing movement, and keep you centered and energized—all at the same time,” explains Jillian Hessel, a Los Angeles-based Pilates teacher with 26 years’ experience. “I find that many people are successfully losing weight with Pilates because they become much more aware of their bodies, and in turn, treat them better and make better food choices,” adds Ana Cabán, a Pilates fitness expert who has

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One of the best ways to look and feel thinner is to maintain good posture. Pilates helps create better posture by firming not only the abs, but the back, as well. “All Pilates work is performed with proper alignment and attention to posture. By establishing optimal spinal alignment, you can facilitate better circulation, improved lymphatic flow and increased stamina of the muscles along the spine,” says Ungaro. Not only will toned spinal muscles help with continued weight loss vis-à-vis increased metabolism, standing up straight will automatically make a person appear thinner, thereby increasing one’s confidence, as well. “You will stand taller, hold your waist tighter and feel stronger,” she adds.

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animals in rural China and Korea soon followed, but written evidence of its use on household pets has been documented only from the 20th century. From the Latin acus, meaning “needle,” and pungere, meaning “to pierce,” practitioners place tiny, thin, sterile needles under the skin at precise points, with the intention of moving chi (pronounced CHEE) around the body to prevent or treat disease. In 1974, The International Veterinary Acupuncture Society was founded to help educate and direct veterinarians in integrating TCM and acupuncture into their practices. The society has since become the premier governing and licensing body for veterinary acupuncturists, with more than 500 licensed practitioners in the United States alone. It’s vital to note that because most states classify acupuncture as a surgical procedure, it can only be legally practiced by a licensed veterinarian certified in acupuncture. These same states often similarly restrict the practice of acupressure (applying pressure to acupuncture points, instead of placing needles, to move energy around in the body). This is important to understand, because if a pet owner engages an unlicensed, non-certified practitioner, he or she will not be able to file a complaint with the state veterinary medical board if a mistake is made that harms the animal.

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When to Consider Acupuncture Veterinary acupuncture is used to treat conditions ranging from muscle injuries and paralysis to arthritis and neurologic, gastrointestinal and reproductive disorders. It is also frequently used as a maintenance procedure for healthy, athletic animals that participate in performance competitions. Many thoroughbred racehorses, for example, receive regular treatments. Veterinary acupuncturists develop and implement treatment plans based upon each animal’s needs, including the recommended frequency of treatment, plus the anatomical points that must be stimulated for successful outcomes. Dealing with acute problems usually involves more frequent treatments in initial stages that then taper off within a few weeks. While any illness or health problem can be treated using acupuncture alone, if a pet experiences a chronic, recurring health issue, it will likely benefit from a TCM program that also includes complementary, customized, nutritional and behavioral modifications. Veterinary acupuncturists often recommend herbs and nutritional supplements to help improve overall health. The focus is always on achieving long-term balance and harmony and preventing future illness, while treating current ailments. Depending on their specialized training, vets may introduce homotoxicology (combining homeopathy and acupuncture that injects sterile, homeopathic liquids into acupuncture points). Some vets surgically insert gold bead implants into acupuncture points to provide continuous stimulation of the needed healing energy force; this works well for dogs with congenital defects like hip dysplasia, that often require a lifetime of acupuncture treatments.

The family veterinarian may have acupuncture certification or be able to recommend a qualified colleague in the area. Some leading national veterinary and acupuncture organization websites provide directories to find qualified practitioners by city and state. Acupuncture is now taught at most U.S. veterinary colleges, and some experts predict that board certification for TCM is fast approaching.

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Restore to Radiance – 2:30-5:30pm. Gentle yoga, ecstatic changing and mindful meditation to celebrate the New Year with Andra Aitken. Wild Lotus Yoga – Downtown, 2372 St. Claude Ave (at St. Roch), NOLA. Contact: 504-899-0047. Namaste of Metairie EXCLUSIVE INVITE – 4pm. Natural Awakenings readers are invited to a sneak peek at our newest yoga class; a relaxing, healthy start to 2012. 4413 Chastant St, Metairie. Contact: 504-484-9579. Balance Yoga Anniversary Open House – 4-7pm. Free classes, food and drink, meet and mingle with teachers and students. Check website for schedule. 120 S. Cortez St, NOLA. Info: 504-309-9618.


Namaste of Metairie (Formerly Tapas Yoga & Movement) – Classes resume today at Metairie’s premiere yoga, Pilates & movement studio. 413 Chastant St, Metairie. Call: 504-484-9579. Microdermabrasion Party – Call for date and time. Microdermabrasion is a non-surgical procedure that targets the surface of the skin for a gentle abrasion that reveals newer, healthier, younger looking skin. $40/party; also 30 min. head, neck, and shoulder, $30. 15% off products for party goers. Esthetique Facial Spa, 5702 Magazine St. By appointment only. 504-896-1006.


Free Restorative Yoga Session – 11:30am-12:15pm. Free class for those going through cancer treatment and/or their caregivers. Classes are soothing, compassionate & focus on gentle movement & relaxation during your time of healing. Namaste of Metairie, 413 Chastant St, Metairie. Call: 504-484-9579.


Middle Eastern/American Cabaret Belly Dance – 6-7:15pm. Classical techniques. Patient teacher for all ages, talent, or fitness level. Private & group classes. Comfortable (not loose) clothes, no street shoes. 2012 Schedule: Jan 4 - Feb1; Feb 8 - Mar 7. 10/ $90, 5/ $50, 1/ $12. New Orleans Healing Center, 2372 St Claude Ave, NOLA. Contact: marlane@cox. net or 504-669-3369.  Milk Party! – 7-9pm. Mother to mother breastfeeding support. Certified International Lactation consultant, Julie Holcomb answers questions from establishing a first latch to child-led weaning. Breast feeding babies and toddlers welcome. No registration required. Zuka Baby, 2124 Magazine St, NOLA. Contact: 504-596-6540.


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


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E-Waste Drop/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. Namaste of Metairie Open House – 11am-1pm. Meet our instructors, enjoy food, drinks & prizes! Namaste of Metairie, 4413 Chastant St, Metairie. More info: 504-484-9579. First Degree Reiki Class – 11am-7pm. Two-day (1/7 & 1/8) w/Reiki Master Elizabeth Ohmer Pellegrin. Reiki promotes and accelerates healing and balance of the body, mind and spirit. Learn to do Reiki for the self and others. No experience needed. Private classes and retreats on request. Pre-registration required. $250. Info/registration: 504-388-2356. Intro to Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy – 12:301:45pm. Certified Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapist, Amy Archinal, will guide participants through experiential elements of a Phoenix Rising Yoga session and demonstrate assisted posture techniques used in individual sessions. No prior yoga experience required. Balance Yoga and Wellness, 120 S. Cortez St. NOLA. Contact: Amy 504-400-5203. Turn Stress into Bliss – 2-4pm. 6 week Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy course. Certified Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapist, Amy Archinal, will guide participants to explore the wisdom of the body, and the connections between what’s happening in the body and life. Includes materials. No prior yoga experience required. Balance Yoga and Wellness, 120 S. Cortez St. NOLA. Contact: Amy 504-400-5203.


New Orleans Chapter AMORC Rosicrucian’s – 12:00pm. Officers Meeting, 1:30pm. Chapter Convocation Rehearsal, 2:00pm. Chapter Convocation Ritual, 3:00pm. Meditation/Open Forum. Location: 2801 Loyola Ave. Suite 4, Kenner La 70062. Information: 504-472-5635 “More Business of Being Born” - Documentary Series – 6pm. Showing Part 3 “Exploring Your Options: Doulas, Birth Centers and C-Sections” & Part 4 “The VBAC Dilema: What Your Options Really Are.” Free, open to the public. No registration required. Adults and nurslings only. Plenty of safe parking available. Nola Nesting, 1000 South Jefferson Davis Pkwy, NOLA.


6 & 10 Week Yoga Courses Registration – Building an integrative yoga practice with AC (Uptown) & Intro Course, emphasis on stress relief, relaxation, & meditation with Beverly (Downtown). Wild Lotus Yoga – Downtown, 2372 St. Claude Ave, NOLA & Uptown, 4842 Perrier St, NOLA. Contact: 504899-0047.


New Years Health and Wellness Tai Chi Class – 10:30-11:30am. Reduce stress, relieve pain and rejuvenate energy. 8132 Willow Street, NOLA. Call 504-866-224.

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. BlissBorn Childbirth Preparation Class – 6-8pm. 5 week series for moms (and partners!). Learn profound self-hypnosis and how it can aid in labor and birth. 6-CD set and 200 page workbook included. Limited to 3 couples. $265/couple. Zuka Baby, 2124 Magazine St, NOLA. Registration required: 504-596-6540. C. G. Jung Society Film Night – 6pm Film; 8:15 pm discussion. Dan Harris will show “Wings of Desire” and lead discussion on film which depicts an invisible army of angels as they move among mortals offering kindness to the most vulnerable among us. 2 CEUs. $10 (free for members). Parker Methodist, 1130 Nashville Avenue, NOLA. Neuromuscular Therapy Clinic – 6:15pm & 7:45pm. (also 1/19). 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. 504-293-0972. 6 Week Intro to Yoga Courses Registration – Uptown on Tuesdays with Tamarin emphasis on strength, flexibility, and balance. Wednesdays with Cissy with Emphasis on stress relief, relaxation, and meditation Wild Lotus Yoga, 4842 Perrier St, NOLA. 504-899-0047


Adult and Children Karate Classes – New classes starts January 11. Keep fit, gain confidence and learn self defense. 8132 Willow Street, NOLA. More Info/ Register: 504-866-2241. Deep Tissue Massage Clinic – 12:45pm. & 2:15pm. (also 1/18, 1/21, 1/25, 1/27) 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. 504-293-0972 Holistic Education Monthly Meeting/Metairie – 6:30-7:30pm. Sponsored by Holistic Center for Health and Healing, Inc., Dr. Rick Landry will speak on Infertility and Metaphysical Paradigms. Old Metairie Library, 2350 Metairie Rd. Free, open to the public. Inquiries:


Free Chi Kung, Meditation and Breathing Workshop – 9:30am-10:30am. Develop new internal energy (Chi) to improve your health and wellbeing. Create calm, centered and focused mental attitude that will carry you through any stressful situation.  Reserve space by Jan 11. Tamashii Tai Chi Center 8132 Willow St, NOLA. Register/info: 504-866-2241. Sustainable Design Series Panel – 5:30pm. Global Green USA; AIA, New Orleans Chapter; and USGBC, LA Chapter partner to present a monthly panel series on issues of sustainability and environmental responsibility. Light refreshments at 5:30pm, panel begins at 6pm.  USGBC is hosting this month. Free, open to public. More information: 504-525-2121.

Deep Tissue Massage Clinic – 6:15pm & 7:45pm. (also 1/26) 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. 504-293-0972. Belly Dance Basics – (1/12-2/16). 6-week series includes posture, balance, & isolation of movement. Tummies of all sizes welcome, women ages 16-99. $65 Session or $15 drop-in. Namaste of Metairie, 413 Chastant St, Metairie. Register/info: 504-484-9579.

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Swedish Massage Clinic – 12:45pm & 2:15pm. (also1/20) 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. 504-293-0972. Fine Wines for Canines - Benefit for Humane Society – 7-10pm. Annadele’s Plantation presents five course meal inspired by Chef Ronald Bonnette & wine pairing with each course. Participants can enjoy a cash bar beginning at 6pm. $85/person, includes tax and tip. Must pay in advance by Jan 6. Annadele’s Plantation, 71518 Chestnutt St, Covington. Reservations/Info: 985-809-7669.


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

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Edible Landscape Workshop – 9am-Noon. Learn to create an edible landscape. Plants and trees will be on sale. Speaker at 10am. Free, open to the public. Parkway Partners, 1137 Baronne St. NOLA. More info: 504-620-2224. Gretna Art Walk – 9am-3pm. Art walk returns for fall season with more than 80 artists and craft vendors. 2nd Sat each month. 6th St. at Huey P. Long Ave., Downtown Gretna. OCH Art Market – 10am-3pm. Local arts & crafts, food, fresh juices and raw foods from Surrey’s; even a bike repair workshop! 2nd Sat each month. 1618 Oretha C. Haley Blvd, Central City, NOLA. The Madisonville Art Market – 10am-4pm. Art market featuring painting, photography, wood working, pottery, and jewelry along the Tchefuncta River on Water St. in Old Madisonville, near LA Hwy 22. Free. Info: 985-624-7216. First Degree Reiki Class – 11am-7pm. Two-day(1/14 & 1/15) w/Reiki Master Elizabeth Ohmer Pellegrin. Reiki promotes and accelerates healing and balance of the body, mind and spirit. Learn to do Reiki for the self and others. No experience needed. Private classes and retreats on request. Pre-registration required. $250. Info/registration: 504-388-2356. Freret Market – Noon-5pm. 90 vendors with food, art, music, flea market, children’s play area and pet adoption. 4400 block of Freret St., NOLA. Info: 504-638-2589. Free Movie Matinee – 2pm. “Shrek” movie being shown at Unity of Metairie, 3939 Veterans Blvd., Metairie (2 blocks west of Cleary, large parking lot, entrance at rear of building). More Info: 504885-7575.

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Theosophical Society Covington Lodge Meeting – 2-4pm. (also 1/28) 222 N. Vermont St, Covington. For details:


New Orleans Chapter AMORC Rosicrucian’s – 2:00pm. Open House, 3:00pm. Harmonization Ritual Location: 2801 Loyola Ave. Suite 4, Kenner La 70062. Information: 504-472-5635. 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.


Milk Party! – 9-10am. Mother to mother breastfeeding support. Certified International Lactation consultant, Julie Holcomb answers questions from establishing a first latch to child-led weaning. Breast feeding babies and toddlers welcome. No registration required. ZukaBaby, 2124 Magazine St, NOLA. Contact: 504-596-6540.


Free Chi Kung, Meditation and Breathing Workshop – 6pm-7pm. Develop new internal energy (Chi) to improve your health and well-being. Create calm, centered and focused mental attitude that will carry you through any stressful situation. Reserve space by Jan 16. Tamashii Tai Chi Center 8132 Willow St, NOLA. Register/info: 504-866-2241. Swedish Massage Clinic – 6:15pm & 7:45pm. (also 1/24) 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. 504-293-0972.


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Doula Days – 7pm. Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall, each season ZukaBaby hosts a day for expecting women to connect with doulas and learn about the amazing birth support available in our community. Free. CCs Coffee, 2800 Esplanade Ave, NOLA. More info: 504-596-6540.


Holistic Education Monthly Meeting/Covington – 7-8pm. Sponsored by Holistic Center for Health and Healing, Inc., Dr. Marilyn Mendoza will speak on near death experiences, discussion follows. Covington Council Chambers, 222 Kirkland St., Covington. Free/open to public. More Info: 985-898-0016.


Mississippi Masala! – (1/20-1/23) A New Year’s Rockin’ Chakra tune-up weekend of dynamic & devotion vinyasa flow with Jasmine Tarkeshi, visiting teacher from Laughing Lotus Yoga. Wild Lotus Yoga – Downtown, 2372 St. Claude Ave, NOLA & Uptown, 4842 Perrier St, NOLA. Register/Info: 504899-0047.


Saturday Morning Massage Clinics – 9:15am & 10:45am. (also 1/28) Help students with their education at the student massage clinic. Deep Tissue on1/21; Neuromuscular therapy on 1/28. $30/by appointment only. Blue Cliff College, Clearview Mall, across from the food court, Metairie. 504-293-0972. Paint & E-waste Drop-Off – 10am-2pm. Drop off old paint and electronic waste (computers only) to the Hollygrove Market & Farm, 8301 Olive St, NOLA and pick up a $25 box filled with locallygrown, fresh produce while there. First Degree Reiki Class – 11am-7pm. (1/21 & 1/22) w/Reiki Master Elizabeth Ohmer Pellegrin. Reiki promotes and accelerates healing and balance of the body, mind and spirit. Learn to do Reiki for the self and others. No experience needed. Private classes and retreats on request. Pre-registration required. $250. Info/registration: 504-388-2356. The Difference weight loss seminar – 1pm. Sponsored by at Colonial Country Club, 42 Colonial Club Dr., Harahan, LA 70123. Seating is limited. Money back guarantee. For Information call Maris Lee 504-402-1917 or Keith Nuccio 504-415-0147. VerdiGras ball – 8pm. Patron party from 7-8pm. All green ball to support greener Mardi Gras. Open to public, tickets $30/person; $50/couple; $100 patron. Proceeds to St. Michael’s Special School, Arc of Greater N.O. and New Orleans Musician’s Assist. Foundation. Southport Music Hall, 200 Monticello Ave, Jefferson. The Susan Cowsill Band. Tickets: 504-710-4780.


New Orleans Chapter AMORC Rosicrucian’s – 1:00pm. Council of Solace, 1:30pm. Pronaos Convocation Rehearsal, 2:00pm. Pronaos Convocation Ritual, 3:00pm. T M O Home Oratory Study Discussion Group. Location: 2801 Loyola Ave. Suite 4, Kenner La 70062. Information: 504-472-5635. Conscious Connected Breathing Session – Call for time. Cost is $54, limited to six participants. 3200 Lake Villa Dr., Metairie Contact: Jack 504-453-9161 to register/info.

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Gentle/Restorative Yoga in MidCity – 6-7pm, 7:05-8-05pm or 8:15-9:30pm. New 6 week session begins Jan 23. Class focuses on moving the spine in unison with breath. All equipment provided, space is limited to 8 students. $60/session or $12/walk-ins. Yoga Village Studio, 3443 Esplanade Ave, 2nd Floor, NOLA. Info/Register: or 504-782-4432.


Self Defense Seminar – 6-7pm. Learn quick, effective techniques for your personal safety. Reserve space by Jan 23. Tuition $20. Tamashii Karate Center 8132 Willow St, NOLA. Contact: 504-866-2241. Ideal Protein Weight Loss Program – 5:30pm. Dr. Debbi Hannan presents: The Ideal Protein Weight Loss Program at Chiropractic Health Center, 101 Clearview Pkwy. at Airline Dr. Free. Reservations required: 504-454-2000. A Bassology Clinic w/ Anthony Wellington – 123pm. Known for work with Victor Wooten, Wellington will cover fundamentals and styles of playing and practicing with the bass. Sponsored by New Orleans Music Exchange. $15. At Funky NOLA, 1700 N. Broad. Contact 504-487-0855.


Cloth 101 – 9-10am. Learn about modern cloth diapers, how to care for them, the pros and cons, hands on demonstrations and handouts to take home. Zuka Baby, 2124 Magazine St, NOLA. $20/2 family members. Registration required: 504-596-6540. First Degree Reiki Class – 11am-7pm. (1/28 & 1/29) w/Reiki Master Elizabeth Ohmer Pellegrin. Reiki promotes and accelerates healing and balance of the body, mind and spirit. Learn to do Reiki for the self and others. No experience needed. Private classes and retreats on request. Pre-registration required. $250. Info/registration: 504-388-2356. Restorative Yoga Workshop with Tamar Starck – 1-3:30pm. Relax and melt away stress with gentle and restorative yoga. All levels. $30 or $25 if paid by 1/21. Balance Yoga, 120 S. Cortez St., NOLA. Register/more info: 504-309-9618. Conscious Connected Breathing Session - Cost is $60. Agame Yoga and Meditation Center, 635 Acadian Thwy, Baton Rouge. Register/Info: 225383-1144.


New Orleans Chapter AMORC Rosicrucian’s – 2:00pm. Open House, 3:00pm Harmonization Ritual Location: 2801 Loyola Ave. Suite 4, Kenner La 70062. Information call 504-472-5635.


House of Broel Foundation Holistic Wellness Meeting – 6:30-9pm. Potluck and network time 6:30-7pm. Speaker: Rolf VanAnders on mystical & healing aspects of yoga. House of Broel, 2220 St. Charles Ave, NOLA. Free and open to public. Contact: Bonnie Broel 504-494-2220.


Insight Yoga – 6-9pm. Intro to Yin/Yang Yoga & Mindfulness Meditation with renowned visiting teacher Sarah Powers. Wild Lotus Yoga – Downtown, 2372 St. Claude Ave, NOLA. Register/ Info: 504-899-0047.

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sunday Daily Kundalini Yoga by Donation – 9am. Kundalini yoga is the yoga of awareness. Clear the obstacles that limit life and awaken to fullest potential.  Beautiful community Space. Divine Yoga, 1223 Baronne St and 1228 O.C. Haley Blvd.  Contact: Beginners Yoga Class – 9:30-10:45am. Focus is on key themes of the practice and introductory poses. Assumes little or no yoga experience. Great for beginners and those needing to refresh basics. $15 drop in/$10 students. Freret Street Yoga, 4608 Freret St, NOLA. Info: 504-899-1142 or Spiritual, but not religious? – 11am. If you like what Wayne Dyer and Maryann Williamson have to say, you will love Unity Church of Practical Christianity in Metairie. We encourage the transformation of your life through practical spiritual principles. 3939–2A, Veterans Blvd, Metairie (2 blocks west of Cleary, rear of building). For more info call 504-885-7575. Vegan Brunch at Grits – 11am-3pm. (beginning again second weekend in January) Superfood Bar Chef, Amie Havens prepares a brunch menu focusing on local, seasonal and organic ingredients. Coffee and Saints game included. Every Sunday. $16.95/person. 530 Lyons St, NOLA. For more info: 504-891-7733. Transmission Meditation – 6:30pm. Want to help the world and build a stronger connection with your own spiritual nature? Transmission Meditation is the simplest way to do both at the same time says Benjamin Creme. Free. Jefferson Hwy at Clearview. For info: call Alan 504-606-8512.  New Orleans Chapter AMORC Rosicrucian’s – Meetings held every Sunday at our 2801 Loyola Ave. Suite 4, Kenner La 70062 Location. Call 504-472-5635


Guided Meditation – 5-6:30pm. Strengthen your overall health as you are guided through meditation. Great for beginners and those experienced. Uptown Holistic Center, 723 Hillary, New Orleans. Dr. Jess Tregle 504-352-6418. Northshore Yoga – 6 pm. Blending two  practices promoting muscle-health, balance/movement, needed relaxation w/stress-free environment. Fun w/ respect to levels. 1.5 hour @ $10 -mats & props provided. Yoga School, 603 South Tyler Street, Covington. Info: or 985-502-7576. Candlelight Kundalini w/ Odile – 7:30-9:00pm.  By donation!  Come relax into the yoga of pure awareness. Expand into your self and set intention for the week.  Divine Yoga Center:  1228 O.C. Haley Blvd. Contact:

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Basic/Beginners Aikido Classes – 7:30-8:30 pm. Practice a martial art of peace whose benefits include self-defense, flexibility, strength, balance, stress reduction, concentration, community, and fun! First class free, thereafter monthly membership $85 ($70 full-time students, seniors, military/ law enforcement). NOLA Aikido, 3909 Bienville St, Ste 103 in Mid-City. More info: 504-208-4861,

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. Located in the parking lot of Uptown Square. Order Vintage Garden Soups – Order by noon Tuesday for delivery on wedneday. Fresh delicious savory soups developed by our chef. Options for special diets. Visit website on ad for soups of the week and delivery/pick-up options. Call 504-620-2495. Sivananda Yoga w/ Becca Hebert – 11am-12:30pm. Tuesday and Thursday. By donation. Enjoy the beautiful new space, Divine Yoga Center , 1228 O.C. Haley Blvd.  Check website in ad for more donation classes. Eyebrow Threading – noon-5pm. Special rate of $10, normally. Esthetique Facial Spa, every week on Tuesdays  Eyebrow threading is $10, 5702 Magazine St, NOLA. 504-896-1006. 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). Basic/Beginners Aikido Classes – 6:15-7:45pm. Practice a martial art of peace whose benefits include self-defense, flexibility, strength, balance, stress reduction, concentration, community, and fun! First class free, thereafter monthly membership $85 ($70 full-time students, seniors, military/ law enforcement). NOLA Aikido, 3909 Bienville St, Ste 103 in Mid-City. More info: 504-208-4861,

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Awaken with TriYoga flows – 7pm. (also Sat 7am) Enjoy the deep meditative practice of relaxation-inaction with Laura Ates. Open to all. 4436 Toulouse, corner of N. Murat, Mid-City. For cost and other details contact: Empowerment Hour – 7pm. Swan river Community Center in Arabi. $5 suggested donation. Call 504-264-3292. Insight Meditation Group – 7:30-9pm. Meditaton practice and discussion. 2134 Magazine St., 3rd fl., New Orleans. Info: or call Larry at 504-343-8378.

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HypnoBirthing Childbirth Education Classes – Registration for group or private couple classes for a calm, confident and more comfortable birthing experience. 5 classes - info and registration: Bonnie Miller @Methodist Hypnotherapy Services, Slidell, 985-726-9333/118,

wednesday 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. Guided Meditation – 10:30am-noon. Meditation is an excellent way to directly connect with your true inner self and with all divine energy to receive self-healing! Uptown Holistic Center, 723 Hillary, New Orleans. Call Dr. Jess Tregle: 504-352-6418. German Coast Farmers Market – West Bank – 3-6:30pm. Open-air market offering fresh produce, rotisserie & fresh meats, fresh pastries/breads, sausage, kettle corn, cracklins, prepared foods, soy candles, goat milk soap and lotions. Arts and crafts 4th Wed. Located at 12715 Highway 90, St. Charles Plaza Shopping Center, Site of the old K-mart building, Luling, LA All Levels Hatha Yoga – 5-6:30pm. Beginners welcome and appropriate for intermediate and experienced practitioners. Asana, pranayama, mantra, mudra, maybe some Sanskrit and more. $10/class or $48/6. Yoga School, 603 S. Tyler St, Covington. Info: 985-892-4170 or

thursday Empowerment Hour –Noon. 2nd floor, New Orleans Healing center. $5 suggested donation. Call 504-264-3292. Crescent City Farmers Market – 3-7pm. Farmers Market at 3700 Orleans Ave, American Can Co. building, New Orleans, rain or shine. Self Hypnosis Classes – All ages. For your health and happiness rediscover your most powerful resource – your mind! Take control, manage stress and make your goals a reality. 3 classes $105. Info and Registration: Bonnie Miller @ Methodist Hypnotherapy Services, Slidell, 985-726-9333/118, Basic/Beginners Aikido Classes – 6:15-7:45pm. Practice a martial art of peace whose benefits include self-defense, flexibility, strength, balance, stress reduction, concentration, community, and fun! First class free, thereafter monthly membership $85 ($70 full-time students, seniors, military/ law enforcement). NOLA Aikido, 3909 Bienville St, Ste 103 in Mid-City. More info: 504-208-4861, A Course in Miracles – 6:30-8pm. Offered by Dr. Gary Arnold continuously in New Orleans since 1988. Free and open to the public. Location: Unity Church of Metairie, 3303 Richland, Ste. 2A, Metairie, LA 70002

friday All Levels Yoga – noon-1pm. Modifications and variations on sun salutations and standing poses are taught so that everyone can practice in a way that feels challenging but not overwhelming. Teacher: Tamar. $15/ drop in; $10 students. Freret Street Yoga, 4608 Freret St., New Orleans. Contact: or 504-899-1142. or by phone

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. 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. Beginners Yoga Class – 9:30-10:45am. Focus is on key themes of the practice and introductory poses. Assumes little or no yoga experience. Great for beginners and those needing to refresh basics. $15 drop in/$10 students. Freret Street Yoga, 4608 Freret St, NOLA. Info: 504-899-1142 or

Jam Session – 7:30pm. Musicians welcome to a jam session every Friday night. Free. Open to public. Unity Church of Metairie, 3939 Veterans Blvd, 2 blocks West of Cleary. Parking in back. Information: 504-885-7575. Vipassana Meditation – 6-7pm. Vipassana means to see things as they truly are. Learn the simple art of self-transformation through self-observation. No experience necessary.   Donations graciously appreciated. Divine Yoga 1228 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd.  New Orleans. Contact Clifton Beary at or 415-308-5459. 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 Meditation Radio Program – 8pm. Meditation Music and Yoga Chats hosted by Alison Scott. WGSO 990am every Wednesday. Self Esteem Workshop – Fine tune your attitudes and beliefs and discover the real you while letting go of the past baggage. Info and registration: Bonnie Miller @ Methodist Hypnotherapy Services, Slidell, 985-726-9333/118,


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

Hollygrove Market & Farm – 10am-2pm. NOLA’s only CSA-style market selling each week assorted fresh local and organic fruit and vegetables from LA, MS & AL. 8301 Olive St, NOLA (across from Carrollton Boosters). Sankofa Farmers Market - 10am-2pm. Weekly market in the Ninth Ward offering fresh produce, seafood, baked goods, and plants from local farmers and fishermen. 3500 St.Claude Avenue, corner of Gallier St. 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.

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ACUPUNCTURE ACUPUNCTURE IN NOLA COMMUNITY CLINIC 3624 Magazine St., New Orleans 504-224-1069 See ad on page 7.


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.


Louisiana 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.


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 page 35.


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.


985-898-3623/504-466-9129 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 34.


Dr. Debbi Hannan 101 Clearview Pkwy at Airline, Metairie 504-454-2000 Experience the difference! We offer total wellness care: Chiropractic, detoxification, nutrition, endermologie, DRX-9000 nonsurgical spinal decompression, cold laser, EB-Cellular Cleanser, Far Infra Red Sauna and the Ideal Protein Diet plan. See ad page 20.


1131 S. Tyler St, Covington 985-809-3133 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.


Dr. Kevin Le Blanc, ND, MMP, LMT # LA2487 504-535-9771 Greater New Orleans + Pacific NW We are a result-oriented practice incorporating different modalities specific to each Client and Session. Find your Joy in Living with relief from pain and stress. Discover your Source of energy, clarity, flexibility, and vibrant health. See ad page 33.

4401 Veterans Blvd, Ste 200 504-885-8800 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.





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 aspace of healing,acceptance and physical and emotional well being. Come Breathe, Relax and Let Go! Unique session for caregivers.


Jodi Brown 504-616-7171 Tired of your doctor and nutritionist TELLING you what to do and wish someone would just come to your house and SHOW you how to make it all work? Here I am. I offer full-day food makeovers & healthy cooking classes. Take back your life! Feel ALIVE again.

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504-899-2686 When you experience loss, illness, depression, stress or are going through major life transitions Attachment Psychotherapy will benefit you. Individual, couples, family, parent/child and small group therapy. See ad on page 33.


Certified Silva Method Instructor & Life Coach 340-690-6900 World’s premiere mind development and self-improvement program. Practical techniques for managing stress, health, creative problem solving. Learn Dynamic Meditation and Cognitive Control to create remarkable changes in your life. Classes and personal life coach services.



with the transformational power of PSYCH-K Holistic Psychotherapy & Counseling 3213 Florida Ave, Ste D, Kenner Experience your unlimited power through the gentle process MARYLOU SMITH 504-466-2266 of PSYCH-K . Free yourself from traumatic memories, Advanced PSYCH-K Facilitator limiting thoughts and addictive Support504-723-2899 what is Psychotherapist andbehavior. Naturopath. most meaningful in the journeyapproach of living your purpose. A unique holistic tolife’ assist you in coping with loss, Engage the power of mind to Marylou Smith illness, stress, depression, or Advanced PSYCH-K Facilitator create rapid change and experiother life transitions. Individual, Private Sessions ence the life you choose. The family and/or group therapy process of PSYCH-K® is a simUptown Holistic Center • 723 Hillary St, NOLA • 504.723.2899 clients. Children, adolescents, and adults. • • ple & effective way to release See ad page 15. the past and consciously design your present and future. See ad on page 39. TM




Licensed Clinical Social Worker 504-358-568-0377 In working with clients I tailor traditional therapies with the latest research and techniques to deliver individualized and effective results for individuals and families. With a holistic approach I can help if you have trouble sleeping, feel overwhelmed, have trouble concentrating, or procrastinate. See ad on page 5.



504-812-8676 Eco-therapy for you and your environment. Holistic health counseling and feng shui consultations for individuals and businesses throughout GNO. Specialities include design consulting, career counseling, and stress management. Design your space - Design your life.


1101 Robert Blvd, Ste A, Slidell, LA 70458 985-641-8058 Offering a holistic and patientcentered approach to dentistry, because we believe the health of the mouth and overall health cannot be separated. We help those we serve make decisions that are in their best interests, based on their values and goals, by providing state of the art information within a trusting relationship. See ad page 12. 44

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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 page 39.


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 28.


Mike Wittenbrink, MBA, C.Ht. 504-339-0594 Problems? This is the most powerful process for Transformation. Release your pain and psychological blocks. Find the path to your power – for peak performance. Learn to heal yourself and create the life you were meant to live. Improvement guaranteed. See our web page. 25 years of experience. Reasonable fees.


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.


Kathleen A. Burke 3939 Houma Blvd, Bldg 3, Ste 15 Metairie, LA 70006 504-931-9895 Empower your own Well-Being. Advanced Energy Work can locate imbalances, clear restrictions and restore Energy where it’s most needed by your body. Aromatherapy offered to revitalize or to ease stress. Gift Certificates and Package Discounts available.


5216 Lapalco Blvd. Marrero, LA 70072 504-309-4948 HBOT(R), oxygen under pressure acts as a drug. Oxygen is the cleanest medicine in the world. Noninvasive & painless treatment for wounds, TBI, autism, stroke, ADHD, dementia, multiple sclerosis and many other neurological disorders. See ad page 17.


Rev. David G. Harrison, CCHt. 504-228-9004 Deep Peace Hypnosis offers hypnotherapy services to help people Improve Test Scores, Quit Smoking, Lose Weight and much more. We conduct individual and group therapy sessions and we also have Custom-Made Hypnosis CD’s for sale.


Mariah Sinclair, CCHt 504-302-0131 Using compassion, intuition and the tool of hypnosis, Mariah changes clients’ lives. Specializing in: Post divorce/break-up healing, changing habits, alleviating physical ailments, birth hypnosis, reducing stress, increasing spiritual connection. Individual and group sessions available.

METHODIST HYPNOTHERAPY SERVICES Bonnie Miller, Clinical Director 985-726-9333 ext 118 Hypnosis is not magic…it is a powerful tool to transform your life, heal your body, empower your mind, and revive your spirit. Stress, Pain, Anxiety, Fear, Birthing, Forensic, PLR, IBS, FMS, Habits, Disorders, Motivation, etc. You must take the first step towards your good health and happiness. Individual, Group and Corporate Wellness Programs. Hypnosis Works!




Mark Correa, Agent 504-908-3200 Supplemental Insurance: Accident, Disability, Life, Health.


401 Veterans Blvd, Suite 203 Metairie, LA 70005 504-838-9804 Offering a holistic approach to healthcare: Integrative Medicine, Homeopathy, Functional Medicine, Herbal Therapy, and Nutrition. See ad page 13.


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 11.


3439 Magazine Street New Orleans, LA 70115 504-891-8808 Integrating biomedicine, psychotherapy, and mind-body medicine including mindfulness stress reduction to treat psychiatric conditions, addictions, and to promote wellness. Mindful Psychiatry offers: Individual and group psychotherapy; medication management, including Subuxone; Wellness and Stress Reduction groups through the Mindful Living Program©, corporate wellness consultations, and educational and professional training workshops. English and Spanish. See ad page 4.


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 page 10 and calendar for classes.


Clearview Mall Metairie, LA. 70006 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!


3939-2A Veterans Blvd, Metairie 504-885-7575 Daily Prayer Line 504-885-7056 Breaking boundaries through transformative thought. A Christian church celebrating the Love of Spirit while honoring all paths. (2 blocks off Cleary, entrance/parking in rear of bldg). Sunday service 11am.


2124 Magazine St., NOLA 504-596-6540 ZukaBaby specializes in cloth diapers, nursing bras, baby carriers, natural toys and locally made baby items. Milk Parties twice monthly and ongoing natural parenting classes. See ad page 7.

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3014 Cleary Ave., Metairie 70002 Phone 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 5. Nutrition for a Lifetime Paul Hood 504-250-0838 Vemma has the most complete nutritional formula specifically designed for you. Earn a secondary income. No Investment required. Earn referral bonus. Free marketing website, no long term commitment. See ad on page 4.



5002 Prytania St., New Orleans 70115 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 page 27.

3308 Cleary Ave, Metairie 70002 504-888-3077 Pharmaceutical quality nutritional products, vitamins, minerals, herbs and natural hormones. Natural hormone balancing consultations. Counseling on pharmaceuticals and nutraceuticals by a registered pharmacist and clinical nutritionist. Alkaline water available as well as sessions with Photon Genius. See ad on page 38.


Northshore Office 1305 West Causeway Approach Mandeville, 70471 985-624-2295 Accurate Clinic 2401 Vets Blvd, Ste 16, Kenner 504-472-6130 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. New Orleans

Cheryl Schoenberger, RRT 985-809-7077 Neurofeedback is a safe, nondrug therapy that gently balances the brainwaves by exercising the neural pathways. If you’ve been diagnosed with ADD/ADHD, autism, depression, or other disorders, please contact us for a free consultation. See ad on page 25.






Reconnective Healing® & The Reconnection™ 504-352-6418 Healing takes place physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually! Become reconnected with your true inner self and with your true purpose in life! Strengthen your sense of unity with yourself, others, the earth, and the universe!


Reiki Master Teacher & Practitioner 504-388-2356 Offering 21 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 14 and calendar for classes.



Joffrion Mitts, M. ED. 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 inhome trial!


3938 Magazine St., NOLA 70115 504-899-4040 (o) 504-258-0294 (c) I especially love my career as a realtor and thoroughly enjoy helping clients buy or sell a piece of America. My specialty is residential real estate, and in particular, working with buyers purchasing residential property.

Usui, Karuna & Rainbow Reiki Master 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 page 21.


621 Opelousas Avenue NOLA 70114 504-905-4090 Elegant, yet affordable 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 page 39 and ongoing calendar.


2605 Ridgelake Dr. Metairie, LA 70002 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 page 32.


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 page 31 and calendar for events/classes.

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FOR RENT - COMMERCIAL OFFICE SPACE AVAILABLE – MID-CITY AND MARIGNY. Virtual, Private or Share floor space in a triple bottom-line atmosphere. Competitive/ below market rent for your growing business. Full amenities including WiFi/conference room/ office equip plus value added services provided! or call 504-561-7525. PERFECT SPACE for licensed massage therapist or other quiet holistic provider. 462 sf includes large 14 x 17 treatment room, closet, office/ kitchen and waiting room. $500/mo (includes utilities) with annual lease. 3200 Lake Villa Ave, Ste 208, Metairie. 504-535-9771.


4413 Chastant St., Metairie Phone: 504-484-9579 Metairie’s premiere yoga studio is a cozy neighborhood community creating a safe and open environment to bring balance to life and body. Yoga and Pilates Classes to suit the needs of the beginner and the long-time practitioner alike. See ad on page 30.


4842 Perrier St. New Orleans, LA 70115 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 page 31 and calendar for events/classes.

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VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES F L O W E R I N G L O T U S M E D I TAT I O N AND RETREAT CENTER. Be a part of the development/expansion of the only Buddhist oriented retreat center in the deep south. Only 1 1/2 hours from New Orleans, Baton Rouge and Jackson. All welcomed to our donation based retreat center. 504-905-4090 The Humane Society of Louisiana needs volunteers. To find out how you can help contact Jeff Dorson at 901-268-4432 or St. Tammany Humane Society – Help foster pets, many tasks for fundraising, help with animal socializing, many more. Call for wish list. Contact: 985-892-7387, x 106.


603 S. Tyler St., Covington, LA 70433 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 page 31.


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 31.

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