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feel good • live simply • laugh more

Putting the Brakes on



We Still Have Time

Shop with the Planet in Mind

Ancestral Diets A Lighter

Shade of Paleo


TIME To Reclaim Your Life

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5 newsbriefs 1 0 healthbriefs 13 globalbriefs 1 7 ecotip


18 community spotlight

22 consciouseating 28 greenliving 30 fitbody 32 healthykids


34 healingways 37 calendar 44 resourceguide 47 classifieds

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19 All tHe tIMe

IN tHe WorlD

Transforming Anxiety into Artistry by Marney K. Makridakis

20 better PIlloW – better HeAltH

by Dr. Cecilia Yu

22 ANceStrAl DIetS A Lighter Shade of Paleo by Sayer Ji and Tania Melkonian

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24 eASING eArtH’S rISING feVer

The Right Steps Now Can Avert the Worst of It by Christine MacDonald

28 SHoP WItH tHe

PlANet IN MIND Daily Choices Help Counter Climate Change by Christine MacDonald


30 PIcture Perfect From athletes to astronauts, mental imagery boosts performance. by Debra Melani

32 StArry-eyeD kIDS Clear Skies, Cool Nights Open Vast Vistas by Randy Kambic


34 eNerGy HeAlING coMeS of AGe

A Historic Milestone in Complementary Medicine by Linda Sechrist natural awakenings

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atching my son hem and haw over Halloween costumes, and then finally commit to doing a test run at home of one of them, I smiled at the innocence of his notions and thought how great it would be if that were the only tough decision he would ever face. We adults are facing tough decisions now, and certainly his generation will face many more as they age. Among the toughest will be environmental decisions that affect the Earth, ecosystems, economies and ultimately our individual ability to thrive. Poring over the articles in this month’s edition, I was again struck by how polarized the debate is over whether or not the Earth is warming, why it may or may not be happening and what, if anything, we can or should do about it. One thing that Bill McKibben says in our article, “Easing Earth’s Rising Fever,” that does make total sense to me is that we have to learn to live more simply. For me, that’s at the core of so much of our troubles—our perceived need for more. More stuff, bigger stuff, better stuff, stuff to improve our stuff. It seems to have no end. We’re spread so thin trying to get new stuff and maintain the stuff we have that we scarcely have time to consciously do the things that really make us happy, like having meaningful relationships, contributing to the greater good and practicing personal responsibility, self-reliance and connectedness to God. With all today’s distractions, opportunities and offerings, we must have a clear intention to focus on the things that really matter to live consciously. Imagine a global movement toward living more simply, with greater consciousness and putting the other guy first, that affects every area of our lives, from the way we treat the environment to how we live in society. It really is at the heart of ultimately living better for all. That’s a big part of what I love about Natural Awakenings North Texas, and I hope you do, too. Our writers bring us so much information, education and resources that can help us take baby steps (or big ones if you wish) toward living better, more simply and consciously. This month’s features focus on the environment, how we can keep the nerves in our brainstem from becoming impinged during sleep and thereby help our overall health, how mental imagery helps us perform better and even an article discussing the human energy system and how it can affect our health or help us heal. If you’re one of our thousands of devoted readers, I thank you for your readership and continuing support, and I wish you a path of continued improvement as you work towards better, healthier living. If you’re a new reader, I hope you find one or two ideas that can help you live better, too. Naturally yours,

Marteé Edwards, Publisher

newsbriefs Massage Space Celebration Special Offer


o provide clients with a total spa experience, Massage Space, in Plano, expanded their services last year by offering a complete line of skincare treatments. In celebration of their first anniversary of providing skincare treatments, Massage Space is offering Natural Awakenings North Texas readers an introductory facial for $50 ($95 value) through October, by appointment only. The facial is customized based on the client’s skin type and condition and includes cleansing, exfoliation, steam and gentle extraction (if requested), followed by a relaxing massage of the face and décolletage to increase circulation. A masque will be applied to help purify the skin, absorb excessive oils and tone the epidermis for a youthful radiance and glow. Not only will the skin feel reawakened and moisturized, studies show that getting a facial regularly improves circulation, stimulates collagen growth as a natural way to combat wrinkles, helps expel acne-causing toxins and de-puffs areas around the eyes. Additional skincare treatments include microdermabrasion, custom facial treatments, alpha-hydroxy acid (AHA) facial peels and waxing services. Skincare products include Dermalogica and the exclusive organic Gunilla line from Sweden. Location: 7000 Independence, Ste. 180, Plano. For more information or to book an appointment for a skincare or massage treatment, call 972-612-5363 or visit See ad, page 13.

Nationwide Drug Take-Back Event


articipate in the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency Drug Take-Back Event by disposing of expired or unused prescription drugs on October 26, in McKinney. The free, anonymous, no-questions-asked program, in partnership with the city of McKinney and the Collin County Sheriff’s Office, provides participants with an opportunity to safely dispose of all accumulated expired, unwanted and unused prescription drugs. The program is available to everyone and is not dependent on being a resident of McKinney to participate. If an original container is submitted, any identifying information should be removed. Items that will be accepted are solid dosage pharmaceutical products and liquids in consumer containers, prescription, over-thecounter and liquid medications, vitamins and pet medicine. Items that will not be accepted are intravenous solutions, needles, syringes, mercury thermometers, chemotherapy or radioactive substances, oxygen containers, pressurized containers/inhalers and illicit drugs. Drug Take-Back hours are from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Directional signs will be located at the intersections of College Street at Eldorado and Wilson Creek Parkways. Participants will drive in, give medications to a uniformed officer by the tent and leave without exiting their vehicle. Location: 1550 S. College St., Bld. D, McKinney. For more information, call 972547-7385 or visit natural awakenings

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newsbriefs Texas Geocache Challenge Extended


he Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) created a successful statewide Texas State Parks Geocache Challenge last year, and is continuing with more than 10,000 geocache finds to date, as a way to intrigue children through the use of technology and gaming and encouraging families to get outside and enjoy park amenities. Geocaching is a modern-day treasure hunt game that uses a GPS unit or smartphone app a to find hidden caches. After reaching a location utilizing latitude and longitude coordinates, hunters search the terrain using clues to find hidden items on trails, in parks or special secret areas. Geocaches are never buried and are hidden all around the world, allowing anyone to play. Every Texas State Park has at least one special geocache, and visitors can earn prizes, depending on how many caches in total they find. Nearly every cache from the previous statewide challenge has been refreshed and moved to a new location. Approximately 90 TPWD properties across Texas will be participating in the Statewide Geocache Challenge, and many parks offer geocache workshops. For more information, visit TexasGeocacheChallenge.

Super Saturday Celebrates Wildlife Refuge Week


n celebration of National Wildlife Refuge Week, the Friends of Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge are hosting the fourth annual Super Saturday on October 12, a full day of free nature events and programs, at the Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge, in Sherman. The family-friendly event will feature birding, youth fishing, a tram tour, exhibits of owls, falcons, hawks and snakes, a nature walk, kids’ crafting of a make-and-take nature bracelet, a storybook walk, nature bingo and a guided canoe trip (canoe or kayak not supplied). Talks and demonstrations include instructions on fly-tying for fishing, how to attract birds to your backyard, how to make a window feather guard to help prevent bird strikes and nature crafts for all ages, including building native wildflower “seed bombs” to plant in the yard. Event hours are from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Bird walk: 9 a.m.; live birds of prey from the Blackland Prairie Raptor Center: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.; food, snacks and drinks for purchase: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Parking is free. The tram tour is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Location: 6465 Refuge Rd. For more information and a schedule of events, call 903-786-2826 or visit


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Romanian Food Festival in Colleyville


he eighth annual Romanian Food Festival will be held from November 1 to 3, at Saint Mary’s Romanian Orthodox Church, in Colleyville. More than just polenta and traditional folk dances, the festival will make sure that you “pofta bunta” (enjoy your meal) with activities and entertainment, including traditional music, sporting exhibitions, arts and crafts and a kids’ corner. Romanian cuisine is a diverse blend of dishes from German, Serbian and Hungarian traditions, resulting in a unique taste and character. Romanian dishes include sour soup, pastries and pies, vegetable dishes, sweets, polenta, cheeses, schnitzel, breads and an abundance of meats, especially pork. Wine and beer will be available. The kids’ corner includes childfriendly activities such as a petting zoo, a bounce house, cotton candy and face painting. Live music, painting and gymnastic exhibitions, traditional folk dances and vendor booths will be available throughout each day. Festival hours are 5:30 to 10 p.m., November 1, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., November 2 and 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., November 3. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for children 6 to 12 years old. Parking is free. Location: 3801 Glade Rd. For more information, call 817-858-0801 or visit

Blood Cancer Fundraiser Lights Up the Night


housands of walkers will take to the streets of North Texas on October 20 (Fort Worth), 26 (Frisco) and 27 (Dallas) for the 2013 Light The Night Walks, to encourage and remember those that have battled blood cancer. Proceeds benefit The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and their mission to find a cure for blood cancer and to improve the quality of life of patients and their families. Light The Night Walk events are evenings filled with inspiration, with each walker carrying a illuminated balloon of significant meaning. Survivors carry a white balloon, supporters carry a red balloon and those walking in honor of a loved one who has lost their battle to a blood cancer will carry a gold balloon. The evenings have a carnival atmosphere and include refreshments, entertainment, music and kids’ activities. Check-in and pre-walk festivities begin at 5 p.m., with the program at 6:30 and the walk at 7. Walkers can participate as an individual or team. Strollers, wheelchairs, children and seniors are welcome to take part. Walk participants that raise $100 or more receive an illuminated balloon, an official T-shirt and a wristband for refreshments. For more information and to register for any of the three North Texas walks, visit natural awakenings

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newsbriefs Celebrating the Art of Storytelling


hrough the power and artistry of stories, the 10th annual Lone Star Storytelling Festival, hosted by the Frisco Public Library Foundation and Frisco Association for the Arts, will be held October 18 and 19, at the George A. Purefoy Municipal Center, in Frisco. The storytelling begins on the evening of October 18 with a concert featuring all five award winning storytellers. Daytime performances run throughout the day on October 19 and are suitable for families of all ages. The two evening concerts are geared for adults and children ages 10 and up. In addition to bringing in professional storytellers, Frisco Public Library helps keep the art of storytelling alive by teaching area students from 8 to 18 the craft of storytelling in a series of extensive training sessions. Auditions are held each spring, and those chosen are coached to perform with the professional storytellers. Favorite Stories concert: 8 p.m., October 18; daytime concerts throughout the day and Bedtime Stories concert at 6 p.m. and evening concerts at 8 p.m., October 19. Tickets for the concerts range from $5 to $10. Full event and family pack tickets are available. Proceeds benefit the Frisco Public Library. Location: 6101 Frisco Square Blvd. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit

Something Outdoors for Everyone


he Texas Outdoor Family Program, offered by the Texas Parks and Wildlife department, is designed to get families outside doing fun and healthy activities under the care of a Texas State Park Ranger. A special twonight workshop will be held October 18, at Cooper Lake State Park, and October 25, at Lake Mineral Wells State Park. The Cooper Lake workshop focuses on archery, geocaching and Dutch oven cooking and the Lake Mineral Wells workshop will feature rock climbing. In addition, each workshop provides instruction on building a base camp, fire building, outdoor cooking and celebration of nature’s nighttime wonders and noises, teaching the environmentally friendly “Leave No Trace” philosophy. A park ranger camps overnight with the families and provides instruction and security. All camping gear and gear for activities are provided, and each family gets their own campsite with access to restrooms and hot showers. All the families need to bring is their own food, personal items and sleeping bags. The cost is $85 for a family of up to six for the two nights of camping in the park. For reservations, call 512-389-8903. For more information and a schedule of workshops and locations, visit Tinyurl. com/TexasOutdoorFamily.


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Festival at the Switchyard


he fourth annual Festival at the Switchyard will be held November 2, on the streets of Historic Downtown Carrollton. The family-friendly event honors the role that rail has played in the city’s history and its continuing importance today. Live entertainment throughout the day includes headliners Sugar Ray and Smash Mouth and local performers Jack Grimm and The John Wehlage Trio. There will be arts and crafts on display, vendors of festival foods, beverages and wares, and shopping in the unique shops in Historic Downtown. Families will enjoy bungee trampolines, a zip line, bounce houses, a zero-gravity inflatable, a swinging pirate ship, a model train exhibit, rock climbing and interactive games. Festival hours are from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Attendees are encouraged to ride the DART Green Line and disembark at the Downtown Carrollton station, with a fantastic aerial view of the festival site. Admission, rides and parking are free. Location: 1106 S. Broadway, Downtown Square, Carrollton. For more information, call 972-466-3594 or visit

eventspotlight Family Treats at Downtown Plano Feast-ival


he 2013 Downtown Plano Feast-ival will take place on October 26, in Historic Downtown Plano. The free family-friendly event is known for hosting local and upand-coming musical talent, food from a number of top area restaurants with offerings reflective of the region, artisans from around North Texas and a day filled with family fun. The day begins at 8:30 a.m. with the IncREDible Heart 5K Run and one-mile Fun/Run to raise money and awareness of undiagnosed heart issues in teens. The opening of the Feast-ival follows the run with live entertainment throughout the day, including headliner Sara Beth, a native of Texas and one of the most respected pop country songwriters in Nashville. Other entertainers include Drayter (hard rock), the Matthew Erwin Band (Top 40), the Matthew Davidson Band (pop) and Rhythm and Roses (country). In addition to live music throughout the day, activities include a vintage car show and booths of merchandise and food from area restaurants representing regional favorites including pizza, Mexican, German, BBQ, burgers, turkey legs, fried chicken and shaved ice. For the little ones, there’s a Kids’ Zone with games and activities that include inflatables, a magician, balloon artists, face painting, lawn bowling and crafts. A fire truck pull, benefitting the Special Olympics, is open to teams of 12, with awards for the fastest team pull and most money raised. Beginning at 3 p.m., the second annual Great Pumpkin Race will be open to individuals, families and organizations. Using a real pumpkin for decoration and powered only by gravity, the race has become a family favorite. Prizes will be awarded for first and second place, Most Creative, Most Boo-tiful and Best Team Spirit. Feast-ival hours are from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Admission is free. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Assistance Center of Collin County, which fights homelessness, hunger and poverty and seeks to protect our entire community. Location: 1000 E. 15th St. (between Ave. I and Ave. K), Plano. For more information, visit natural awakenings

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Cavities are Contagious


an a kiss lead to a cavity? Yes, says Middleton, Wisconsin, Dentist Chris Kammer, president of The American Academy of Oral Systemic Health. He contends that cavities can be caused by bacteria that are passed from one person to another, just like a cold or the flu. “We aren’t born with tooth decay-causing bacteria,” says Kammer. “At some point, it is introduced to us from an external source, usually a family member,” through sharing food utensils, licking pacifiers, kissing and more. “Then it takes up residence in our mouths, where it is fed by sugars, which cause the bacteria to produce acid.” Cavity-causing bacteria can be transmitted by sharing food, by drinking out of the same glass and by toothbrushes that make contact with the bathroom counter. If bacteria is not removed from teeth (existing in a protective biofilm called plaque), the acid byproduct is able to directly reach and soften tooth surfaces, creating the holes called cavities. Easy solutions to the problem start with good oral hygiene for both parents and kids and proper brushing from a very young age, starting with finger brushing as soon as the first tooth erupts. Kammer advises making it fun and thus habitforming when kids become old enough to do it themselves; one new interactive toothbrush times kids to ensure they brush the dentist-recommended two minutes.

Mercury RAISES Risk of Diabetes AND Heart Attacks


xposure to mercury in young adulthood can trigger serious health issues later in life, according to two recent studies. New Indiana University research confirmed a link between mercury exposure and diabetes in young adults ages 20 to 32 at the beginning of the study in 1987, and was periodically reassessed six times through 2005. Those with high mercury levels at the beginning of the study were 65 percent more likely to develop Type 2 diabetes as they aged. Also, Swedish researchers report that high mercury levels from eating contaminated fish leads to a higher risk for heart attacks in men. However, eating clean coldwater fish high in healthy omega-3 fatty acids, like salmon, countered the increased risk from the mercury exposure, according to conclusions published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.


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Acupuncture’s Growing Acceptance

O Grapes Grapple with Metabolic Syndrome

ne in 10 American adults has received acupuncture at least once and nearly half of them say they are “extremely” or “very” satisfied with their treatment, according to a survey sponsored by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. Sixty percent of survey respondents readily accepted the idea of acupuncture as a treatment option, and 20 percent have used other forms of Oriental medicine, including herbs and Chinese bodywork. Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Day is observed on Oct. 24. For information on local acupuncture services, see page 44.


t’s high season for grapes, and consuming any variety of this sweet fruit—red, green or black— may help protect against organ damage associated with the progression of metabolic syndrome, according to new research presented at the 2013 Experimental Biology Conference, in Boston. Natural components in grapes, known as polyphenols, are thought to be responsible for this benefit. Metabolic syndrome comprises a cluster of conditions—increased blood pressure, high blood sugar level, excess body fat around the waist and abnormal cholesterol levels—that occur together, increasing the risk of heart disease, stroke and diabetes. Working with lab animals, researchers found that three months of a grape-enriched diet significantly reduced inflammatory markers throughout the body, most significantly in the liver and abdominal fat tissue. The diet also reduced the fat weight of the animals’ liver, kidneys and abdomen compared with those that were on a control diet. The grape intake also increased markers of antioxidant defense, particularly in the liver and kidneys. “Our study suggests that a grapeenriched diet may play a critical role in protecting against metabolic syndrome and the toll it takes on the body and its organs,” says lead investigator E. Mitchell Seymour, Ph.D., of the University of Michigan Health System. “Both inflammation and oxidative stress play a role in cardiovascular disease progression and organ dysfunction in Type 2 diabetes.” natural awakenings

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October is National Spinal Health Month

A healthy spine is more than the basis of good posture—it is a harbinger of sound emotional and physical health, according to practitioners of holistic chiropractic care. Those seeking relief from back pain and other common spinerelated conditions might do well to exchange pain-masking drugs for more lasting relief from professional adjustments. All chiropractic can be considered alternative medicine, because practitioners do not prescribe drugs or surgery. Instead, these doctors rely on manual therapies such as spinal manipulation to improve function and provide pain relief for conditions ranging from simple sprains and strains to herniated discs and sciatica. Yet, holistic chiropractors go beyond treatment of structural problems, like a misaligned spine, to address root causes. Holistic chiropractors typically can suggest complementary measures such as massage, yoga, naturopathy or physical therapy for a more integrated and comprehensive treatment approach. Beyond adjusting the spine, they may also prescribe adjustments to diet, exercise and other lifestyle elements, depending on their understanding of an individual’s optimum path to wellness. Before placing one’s care in someone else’s hands, ask for credentials and seek out reviews from former patients. Good health—and a happy spine—begin with an educated and empowered patient. For information about local holistic chiropractors, see page 44.

More Plastics, More Obese Kids


causal link between the worldwide epidemic of childhood obesity and phthalates commonly used in soft plastics, packaging and many personal care products is becoming more evident. A Korean study from Sanggye Paik Hospital at the Inje University College of Medicine, in Seoul, shows that the risk of childhood obesity increases with the level of DEHP (di-2-ethylhexyl phthalate) in the bloodstream. The study indicates that phthalates may change gene expression associated with fat metabolism. DEHP in particular is a suspected endocrine disruptor, or hormone-altering agent. Children with the highest DEHP levels were nearly five times more likely of being obese than children with the lowest levels. The scientists studied 204 children ages 6 to 13, of whom 105 were obese. A chemical commonly used to soften plastics, DEHP is found in some children’s toys, as well as myriad household items. Phthalates can be found in pacifiers, plastic food packaging, medical equipment and building materials like vinyl flooring. Personal care products such as soap, shampoo and nail polish may also contain phthalates. 12

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Natural Eye Care for Aging Dogs


any owners of middle-aged and older dogs worry about their pets’ declining eyesight. Cloudy eyes are of particular concern, but that is not necessarily a sign that a dog is going blind, advises Shawn Messonnier, a doctor of veterinary medicine practicing in Plano, Texas. “While cataracts strike many older dogs, a more common condition is lenticular or nuclear sclerosis, a thickening of the lens of the eye,” says Messonnier. He explains that this normal change causes the eye to appear somewhat cloudy or gray, similar to a cataract. However, unlike a cataract, this type of sclerosis does not interfere with the pet’s vision. “Veterinarians can easily tell the difference between these conditions,” he says. “No treatment is necessary for lenticular sclerosis; cataracts are often treated with carnosine drops or with surgery.” For prevention, Messonnier suggests minimizing toxins that can cause inflammation throughout an animal’s body, not just the eyes. This means using blood titer testing instead of annual vaccinations, reducing the use of flea and tick chemicals, using natural pet foods and minimizing the use of conventional medications. He also recommends feeding a pet nutrients that contribute to health and reduce inflammation and cellular damage, including fish oil, probiotics and antioxidants like bilberry, which supports eye health.

globalbriefs News and resources to inspire concerned citizens to work together in building a healthier, stronger society that benefits all.

Eco-Power Tower Meet the World’s Greenest Office Building


Source: Yes! magazine

Course Correction

Climate Science Curriculum Update

photo by Nic Lehoux

Millions of young Americans are beginning to learn about climate change and associated science in the classroom. Next Generation Science Standards (, which have been adopted by 26 states and are under consideration by 15 more, teach how and why fossil fuel emissions are a causal factor in overheating the world. The previous federal science teaching standards, published in 1996, avoided the issues of evolution and climate change. Scientists and educators jointly developed the new standards with states’ input to help students distinguish between scientific fact, religious beliefs and political opinion.

Even on cloudy days, the photovoltaic-paneled roof of the Bullitt Center, in Seattle, Washington, generates all the electricity the six-story structure requires. Inside, commercial office space is equipped with composting toilets, rainwater showers and a glass-enclosed stairway to encourage climbing exercise over riding the elevator. The Bullitt Foundation, founded in 1952, has focused since the 1990s on helping cities function more like ecosystems. Seattle’s new building not only provides space for ecoconscious tenants, but also functions as a learning center, demonstrating how people and businesses can coexist more in harmony with nature. The Bullitt Center was constructed according to a demanding green building certification program called the Living Building Challenge, which lists zero net use of energy and water among its many requirements. The standards far surpass those of the better-known Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program. Founder Jason McLennan says the challenge is to encourage others to build more enjoyable, sustainable and affordable structures around the world.

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globalbriefs Baa-Bye

Barnyard Species are Declining, Too Zakri Abdul Hamid, Ph.D., chair of the independent Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services, states that the disappearance of wild and domesticated plant and animal species constitutes a fundamental threat to the well-being and perhaps survival of humankind. His urgent message was most recently delivered in Norway to 450 international government authorities responsible for biodiversity and economic planning. “We are hurtling towards irreversible environmental tipping points that, once passed, would reduce the ability of ecosystems to provide essential goods and services to humankind,� Zakri stated. Findings by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization show that genetic diversity, among even domestic livestock, is declining. Typically, breeds become rare because their characteristics either don’t suit contemporary demands or because differences in their qualities have not been recognized. When a breed population falls to about 1,000 animals, it is considered rare and endangered. While we know of 30,000 edible plant species, only 30 crops account for 95 percent of human food energy; 60 percent of these crops comprise varieties of rice, wheat, maize, millet and sorghum. Source: Science Daily

Garbage Galore

A Swirling Southern Patch of Plastic Trash The Great Pacific Garbage Patch and North Atlantic Garbage Patch have already been well documented, and the trashy family is growing. The South Pacific Gyre is an accumulation zone of plastic pollution floating off the coast of Chile. Scientists at the 5 Gyres Institute, which tracks plastic pollution in swirling subtropical gyres (vortices), discovered this latest mass of plastic by examining ocean currents. A new study published in the journal Marine Pollution Bulletin marks the first documentation of a defined oceanic garbage patch in the Southern Hemisphere, where sparse research on marine plastic pollution previously existed. View a map and find more information at 14

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Pivot Point

Solar Panels Almost Breaking Even At current growth rates, solar energy could be harnessed to produce 10 percent of the world’s electricity by 2020. But the greater benefit of clean solar power relies on first realizing an efficient initial payback for all the energy needed to produce the panels. To make polysilicon, the basic building block of most solar photovoltaic (PV) panels, silica rock must be melted at 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit, using electricity from mostly coal-fired power plants. Stanford University researchers believe that a tipping point when clean electricity from installed solar panels surpasses the energy going into the industry’s continued growth will occur by 2015. As the industry has advanced, it’s required ever less energy and silicon to manufacture and install solar PV panels, along with less wasted silicon, according to Stanford University’s Global Climate & Energy Project. Advances in solar cell efficiency requires fewer panels, and new thin-film solar panels leave out silicon altogether. Source: Sustainable Business News

Krill Kill

Core Marine Food Source Faces Depletion Small, shrimp-like creatures that inhabit the world’s oceans, krill are one of the planet’s largest and least contaminated biomasses. The tiny crustaceans are the primary food source for a variety of fish, whales, penguins and seabird species. Krill are also used to make feed for livestock, poultry and farmed fish and in nutritional supplements—krill oil is a rich source of omega-3 essential fatty acids and less likely than fish oil to be contaminated with mercury or heavy metals. Recent studies cited by National Geographic suggest that since the 1970s, Antarctic krill stocks may have dropped by up to 80 percent. Environmental groups and scientists worry that new fishing technologies, coupled with climate warming that removes ice algae, the crustaceans’ primary food source, could deplete krill populations and potentially devastate the Antarctic’s ecosystem. Denzil Miller, Ph.D., former executive secretary of the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources, advises, “There are a whole lot of dominoes that follow afterwards that just look too horrendous to contemplate.” Concerned consumers can opt to avoid farm-raised fish; choose organic, non-grain-fed meat and poultry; and substitute algae-derived omega-3 supplements for fish or krill oil capsules. Source: Antarctic and Southern Ocean Coalition ( natural awakenings

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globalbriefs Suffocating Earth

Accelerating Amazon Deforestation After more than six years of steady decline, the deforestation rate in the Brazilian Amazon, which serves as vital lungs for the planet, more than doubled in just six months this year, according to the nonprofit research institute Imazon. Observers blame the increase in part on Brazil’s weakened Forest Code, established to protect the rainforest by limiting how much land can be cleared and developed. Senior researcher Paulo Barreto explains, “Imazon uses satellite images to evaluate the deforestation monthly.” In May 2012, the Brazilian Congress changed the Legal Reserve rule that requires landowners to keep 80 percent of their property forested by eliminating mandatory fines as long as the land is reforested. But enforcement is difficult and the land is often used for growing cash crops such as soybeans or raising cattle. New guidelines also allow clear-cutting closer to riverbanks, and environmentalists are alarmed about threats to biodiversity. Additionally, 60 new dams are on the government’s agenda. Source: Living on Earth (

Fossil-Fuel Freedom

New York State Could Achieve It by 2050 A new study lays out how New York State’s entire demand for end-use power could be provided by wind (50 percent), solar (38 percent) and geothermal (5 percent), plus wave and tidal energy sources. This ambitious goal could be achieved by 2050, when all conventional fossil fuel generation would be completely phased out. The plan also generates a large net increase in jobs. Mark Jacobson, a co-author of the study and professor of civil and environmental engineering at California’s Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment, analyzes how energy technologies impact the atmosphere and how society can transition rapidly to clean and renewable energy sources if we integrate production and energy use in a systems perspective. Robert Howarth, Ph.D., the senior co-author and a professor of ecology and environmental biology at Cornell University, in New York, has been tackling climate change and its consequences since the 1970s. He says, “Many pundits tell us that solar, wind, etc., are great conceptually, but that it will take many decades to start to make these technologies economically feasible.” However, “New York is one of the larger economies in the world, and New York City is the most energyefficient city in the U.S.”

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Tree-mendous Acts Grow Quality of Life Volunteers will emulate Johnny Appleseed to expand and restore local urban green spaces and improve their quality of life and environment as part of October’s ninth annual National NeighborWoods Month program. Last year, local organizations and governments coordinated the planting of more than 45,000 trees by as many as 23,000 volunteers in hundreds of communities nationwide. In Massachusetts, Boston Parks & Recreation Department workers joined TD Bank employees and public volunteers to revitalize the East Boston Greenway with 50 new trees. In Goleta, California, 80 new trees took root via 12 planting and care events, and more than 500 elementary school students took a cellular-level look at tree leaves during three science nights. “Their shouts upon seeing the hair-like edges of some leaves that serve to absorb water and control evaporation were terrific,” says Ken Knight, executive director of Goleta Valley Beautiful. “We impress on them that they will act as stewards—what we plant will also be their children’s trees and onward.” The Alliance for Community Trees (ACTrees), the national nonprofit program coordinator, estimates last year’s efforts will capture 23.1 million gallons of stormwater, dispose of 660 tons of air pollutants and save participating cities and towns nearly $600,000 in water management and air pollution costs each year. Other tree-mendous benefits include beautifying the landscape, improving home property values, providing a natural habitat and reducing home air conditioning costs by supplying more shade. To date, ACTrees member organizations have planted and cared for more than 15 million trees in neighborhoods nationwide, involving 5 million-plus volunteers. Executive Director Carrie Gallagher remarks, “People understand instinctively that trees are vital to creating safe and successful communities, and a livable, sustainable future.” For more information and to participate, visit or

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Transforming Lives at DayRise Recovery by Beth Davis


ichael O’Neal, founder and primary addiction recovery. Within a year, he had taken clinical caregiver for DayRise Recovery, over the family program, completely rewriting the is a recovering addict and alcoholic who curriculum, and simultaneously began providing has been “living free” for 27 years—since March clinical supervision to the staff of the adult unit. 17, 1986. His unique journey began at birth. “I In 1997, he was hired as CEO and director of was born addicted to amphetamines,” explains the Cottage Inc. residential treatment center, in O’Neal. “My mother took diet pills—a common Wichita Falls, Texas. practice back then—during the latter part of her During his tenure, he began treating people pregnancy. It was no fault of hers; she wasn’t a by using his meditation technique. He encoundrug addict, but unbeknownst to her, using amtered some resistance, as “Many people felt that phetamines during pregnancy can affect a baby’s the traditional alcohol and drug abuse treatment Michael O'Neal development.” models were the only way to go,” he explains. “I He was a quiet kid, withdrawn and happy being in his know programs like AA are tremendously helpful to millions, own shell. At 13, he began experimenting with substances. but it’s also clear that they’re not helpful to millions more.” “I quickly began using in extreme fashion and almost im Following his time at the Cottage, he became clinical mediately lost control,” he says. He tried to stop and began director of the AIC treatment center, one of the largest treatattending Narcotics Anonymous (NA) meetings at 14, but ment centers in Texas, and now the site of Right Step, Inc., in wasn’t particularly successful. Euless. His time at the center ended and O’Neal decided to Today, he thinks his struggle was typical, but at the time, take a year off. “I wasn’t sure I wanted to continue counselhe perceived himself failing at something really important. ing, but I also knew I had a message to deliver.” He began having a difficult time in school and his self O’Neal began researching what else was out there and esteem plummeted. He would use substances for months at discovered a 1957 study that showed positive effects of glua time and then try to stop. Over the years, he tried NA and tamine supplements, an amino acid, for alcohol withdrawal. Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and says they were helpful, but “This really intrigued me, and I realized it made sense,” he not helpful enough. They did teach him an important lesson notes. “I knew it could be a very powerful tool in helping about how to approach recovery, though. people recover.” Finally, at 29, he’d had enough. O’Neal began us In 2005, he was inspired to launch AccelRecovery, which ing meditation and self-hypnosis to visualize himself sober became DayRise Recovery, a privately owned, state-licensed for extended periods of time—and it worked. He wanted outpatient substance abuse treatment facility for adults. The to let people know what had been successful for him, but center’s comprehensive—and effective—approach treats mind, understood that many would have a difficult time accepting body and spirit, restoring individuals to a state of health and anything other than the traditional 12-step approach. After hope. “We feature the latest medical and research-based adcompleting his own treatment, O’Neal started studying to vances, combined with the oldest and most fundamental truths be a drug and alcohol counselor and in 1991, became a about recovery, to help you bring about your desire for a fresh licensed chemical dependency counselor. start,” states O’Neal. In 1995, he began working at Summer Sky, Inc., one of DayRise provides participants with the time it takes the nation’s most recognized inpatient treatment facilities for to fully recover, along with the support and skills required


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to make it happen. Treatment is performed on an outpatient basis, so individuals are free to live their life and see to their responsibilities and obligations as they recover. O’Neal says the outpatient model has been extremely successful at helping thousands of addicts. O’Neal and his staff employ multiple techniques for the best chance of success—the foundation of which is treating the true underlying cause of addiction. “We offer complete physical symptom management, including cravings, mood stabilization and addressing physical health concerns, but we also look at your whole lifestyle to analyze its strengths and areas that need improvement,” he explains. They then create a substance dependence treatment plan that meets the needs of each individual. All talk therapy, if needed, is done oneon-one with a qualified alcohol or drug abuse counselor. Taking amino acid supplements is also often part of the plan. “It really, really works,” he says. “Clients tell us they feel so much better and feel motivated again. I began taking them and feel more clearheaded.” O’Neal has developed an innovative new approach to grouporiented substance abuse sessions, called supportive ongoing addiction recovery (SOAR). Group members are encouraged to share their own struggles and listen to others’ experiences. “SOAR allows for highly effective group sessions and a greater development of camaraderie among members,” he states. “Sharing similar stories, offering advice to one another and receiving relative guidance offers a more well-rounded session that can address multiple areas of the recovery process at once.” Clients are also educated about diet, exercise and nutrition. The goal is skill building and teaching clients how to live a balanced, healthy life. “It’s learning how to eat right and have fun again,” says O’Neal. Location: 202-A N. Allen Dr., Allen. For more information or to schedule a consultation, call 972-359-1600 or visit See ad, page 11.


All the time in the World Transforming Anxiety into Artistry by Marney k. Makridakis


sk American adults if they’re anxious about time and they’ll likely say yes. Our society even deems it expected, acceptable and normal to experience such stress, but is it necessary? It’s helpful to explore what is at the root of our problems with time and why we believe we benefit from worrying and complaining about it. Both are good first steps to releasing ourselves from the drama of getting caught up in and blaming time as a convenient catchall. Which of the following rationales apply to us personally? “If I can complain about being busy, I don’t have to examine other areas in my life.” “My schedule is wrapped up with my self-esteem; being ‘too busy’ means that I’m successful.” “Worrying about time gives me something to talk about.” “I don’t plan things I might enjoy because it can be too demanding or even scary—it just feels easier and safer to be bored.” “Worrying about time is a convenient excuse for not following my dreams.” Once we identify the perceived payoffs from worrying about time, we can see them for what they are: illusions that keep us from living our true potential. Awareness allows us to make a different choice and to partner with

time, instead of working against it. Einstein proved that time is subjective, illustrated every time we compare an hour in a dentist’s chair to an hour in the company of a loved one. Time behaves and feels differently based on many variables, like emotion, engagement, flow, desire, interest, pain and pleasure. Our perspective counts. With capricious factors dancing around in our every moment, we can see why time isn’t constant. Happily, we can use the relative nature of time to our advantage and choose what our relationship with it will be. Consider that with each instance we choose how we talk about, measure and experience time, we are actually creating a new paradigm of time for ourselves. We can relinquish general views and limitations of time that hinder us and emerge into the possibilities of time as anything but a defined line. It can be a vibrant, completely moldable, layered, multifaceted work of art that we may adapt as we wish, to custom design each and every day. Marney K. Makridakis of Dallas, TX, is the author of Creating Time: Using Creativity to Reinvent the Clock and Reclaim Your Life. She founded Artella magazine, the ARTbundance philosophy and the community.

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Better Pillow – Better Health by Dr. Cecilia Yu


octors agree that a person’s overall health is influenced by the amount and quality of their sleep. Using the right pillow, in the right position on the right bed does not have to be a complicated proposition, but the key is protecting the neck. It is home to the brainstem, which houses nerves and sensors that control our whole body. The proper positioning of our neck, head and shoulders allows for a stress-free brainstem and better health. Avoid feeling sluggish, over-all tiredness, increase in chronic pain, stiffness of joints, back pain, muscle spasms and headaches by checking your sleeping position against the height and shape of your pillow. Correct sleeping positions lead to better living with increase energy, better healing and fewer aches and pains. Waking up feeling worse than at bedtime most likely means the brainstem has been strained. Trauma in the brainstem can occur from accidents and injuries leading to conditions

like stiffness, physical pain, numbness and tingling in the extremities. When we sleep poorly on an already stressed brainstem, it can lead to more symptoms when we wake. For example, stomach sleepers twist their neck to the side, pinching the brainstem. That negatively affects the nervous system and breathing center. The best way to change a stomachsleeping habit is to change the body’s position. If will power alone fails, duct tape a tennis ball to the stomach area (over a cloth, not on the skin). Every time you roll onto your stomach during the night, the discomfort of the tennis ball will prevent you from doing so. When sleeping on your back, the pillow should be soft enough to cradle the head and neck. The pillow should not be too thick, to push the head forward, nor so thin that it hyperextends the neck backwards. The size of the pillow depends solely on the height of your shoulders. If you are a back and side sleeper, it is crucial to find a pillow that satisfies both needs.

When sleeping on the side, the shoulder and body should be neutral; just like when we’re standing upright. The top shoulder should be slightly behind the bottom shoulder to avoid falling forward into a stomach-sleeping position. Avoid placing the hands and arm under the pillow or the head, which pushes the head upward and stresses the brainstem. For some people, naps are an essential part of the day. If sleeping on a recliner, make sure your neck is properly supported to prevent bobbling of the head. A travel pillow may help keep the head from falling forward. If you move the travel pillow off to the side, so the ends are facing left or right, the thickest part of the pillow will then allow for support. For babies sleeping upright in car seats, support the head and neck so it maintains the upright position. Travel is a big reason for people losing their alignment. During a voyage, use the travel pillow during naptime. Once reaching the hotel, request a feather pillow; they are much easier to mold into shape. Good sleep is not just about expensive, high-tech mattresses, but about good pillows and proper positioning of the body. Good pillows are not only about the material, but about the support they give on an individual basis. The only way to check a pillow’s suitability is by checking your alignment while on it. These simple guidelines will ensure a proper sleeping position. If neck health has suffered from poor sleeping habits or from neck trauma, go to a local chiropractor or neck and back specialist to check the condition of your brainstem. As spine specialists, they can check what you have been sleeping on and suggest remedies. Start dreaming your way to better health today. Cecilia Yu, a doctor of chiropractic with Synergy Balance, in Dallas, will be conducting a free pillow check from 5 to 6 p.m., Oct. 15, and from noon to 1 p.m., Oct. 16. For more info or to register, call 972-3874700 or visit See ad, page 26.


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Ancestral Diets A Lighter Shade of Paleo by Sayer Ji and Tania Melkonian


egetarian Awareness Month cultivation of food in gardens, crops provides a timely opportuniand livestock. ty to realize that a plant Loren Cordain, Ph.D., author focused diet does not of The Paleo Diet derive exclusively and Nutritionist Nora from plants. Just as Gedgaudas, author of Paleo Specials a carnivore does not Primal Body, Primal subsist on meat alone, Mind, each contest the du Jour the same applies to a premise perpetuated by Curried carrot soup with vegetarian. many in the weight-loss buckwheat crackers and What can industry that fat, espegoat cheese we learn from our cially naturally saturated Paleolithic, or Stone fat, is unhealthy. Those Kale wraps with julienne Age, ancestors? The same proponents that of grass-fed strip loin, recent trend toward maintain low-fat/non-fat bell peppers and avocado recreating a Paleofood is a panacea for Butter-grilled pineapple era diet emphasizes modern illnesses also rounds served with the importance of purport that cholesterol dollop of vanilla-scented vegetable nutrition to is the chief cause of heavy cream prehistoric communiheart ailments. ties, correcting the Gedgaudas writes misperception that that the diets of hunterthey were primarily gatherers inhabiting meat-eaters. varied landscapes, from the The original Paleo diet, before Inuit of the north to tropical forest homithe advent of agriculture, reflected the nids, included large amounts of fat and hunting and gathering of lean meats, cholesterol, which is essential to mainfruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds, and taining cell membranes and regulating was absent of grains, dairy, starchy hormones. She points out that obtaining foods, sugar and salt. Today’s updated cholesterol from food is necessary to version might comprise foods naturally augment the liver’s function of creating available and/or abundant before the cholesterol internally.


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Cordain agrees that even saturated fats in meats can be beneficial, providing the animals are grass-fed, lean and live in clean surroundings. He emphasizes, however, that when our prehistoric ancestors ate fat, they did not also eat grain carbohydrates, sugar and salt, and contends that it is these components, not meat, that can be detrimental to the body. Doctor of Naturopathy Maureen Horne-Paul adds that organic, lean and game meats are exempt from the acidity inherent in corn-based animal feed. Plus, “When an animal is insensitively confined and killed, stress hormones are released that result in acidity. So, we are changing our pH from a healthy alkaline state to a more acidic condition when we consume meat from conventionally raised animals.” Scientific studies published in the Journal of Gluten Sensitivity, Medical Hypotheses and by the Mercola group attest to key problems related to human consumption of grains. Anti-nutrients such as phytic acid in grains lead to the poor absorption of minerals and related deficiencies. Improper absorption of dietary protein caused in part by enzyme inhibitors in grains also tends to damage the pancreas. Individual sensitivities to proteins in specific grains can further interfere with functioning of the neuroendocrine system and subsequent emotional difficulties like addiction and depression may arise. All of these difficulties have been exacerbated by irresponsible prenatal diets that have made younger generations extra-sensi-

Paleo Parallel Tips n Make plants the center. For any meat, choose organic, grass-fed lean cuts and use small portions as sides or garnish. n Limit dairy to items with full fat content. Choose sheep or goat dairy when possible, followed by organic cow dairy. n Limit grains, but explore pseudograins such as buckwheat, quinoa and amaranth to add safe, starch-like body to meals. n For legumes, eat lentils. Blue and sweet potatoes are good choices for tubers.

tive to the challenges posed by grains to the human system. While Cordain doesn’t recommend dairy, Gedgaudas suggests organic or raw milk products, provided they retain their full fat content and come from grass-fed cows. She reasons that the presence of the anti-carcinogenic fatty acid conjugated linolenic acid (CLA) and the Wulzen factor anti-stiffness agent in the fat benefit joint lubrication. Experts suggest that the dietary

formula established by our prehistoric ancestors can be the foundation for a modern-day, healthy, non-confining, creative eating experience. We can exchange grains for quinoa, amaranth and buckwheat (not technically grains at all), and include tubers and legumes, due to their folate and protein content. Blue and sweet potatoes also contain high levels of anthocyanins and potassium. Nearly every category of food, in the proper amounts, can be part of such

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a balanced diet. When we explore what makes sense and eat clean and natural foods, we have a good chance of finding our body’s own sweet spot. Sayer Ji is the founder of GreenMed and an advisory board member of the National Health Federation. Tania Melkonian is a certified nutritionist and healthy culinary arts educator. Learn more at

lime leaves and lemongrass stalk.

by Tania Melkonian Line the colander/basket with the kale “wrap” leaves. Cover and steam for 3 minutes until the leaves are just wilted. Remove basket from heat and lay out leaves on a clean work surface, lined up vertically.

When the stock comes to a boil, reduce to medium heat and add leaves, add half of the carrots and stalk. Cover and simmer for 30 minutes. Remove from heat, cool and then remove leaves and stalk; blend soup until smooth. Return soup blend to pot, add peppers and the rest of the carrots and then simmer on low heat for 40 minutes.

Stack 1 slice meat, 1 slice avocado and 2 slices pepper horizontally near the edge of a leaf. Add cumin and chili flakes and roll leaf away from the cook into a wrap. Repeat with all leaves.

Kale Wraps

Curried Carrot Soup

Wash and dry kale.

2 Tbsp ground turmeric 1 tsp ground cumin 1 cup diced onions 3 Tbsp curry paste 2 cups coconut milk 2 cups vegetable broth 1 Tbsp coconut oil 1 stalk lemon grass 3 leaves Kaffir lime 1 cup diced carrots 1 cup finely chopped red pepper

Hold the blade of a long chef’s knife along the rib of the kale leaf and pull the leaf away from the rib. Repeat on the other side of the leaf to produce two long flat wraps. Set aside the ribs for stock.

Set a heavy-bottomed pot on medium heat. Add turmeric and cumin, to toast. Add oil and stir to combine with spices. Add onions; sweat to cook until translucent, but not browned.

Bring a pot filled with 2 cups of water to a rolling boil. Lower the heat to simmer and set a metal colander inside as a steamer basket so it sits on top of the water, not immersed.

Add curry paste and stir. Add coconut milk and vegetable broth and bring to a boil.

1 head kale (suggest cavolo nero or dino kale) 1 bell pepper, sliced into julienned strips 1 avocado, julienned 3 oz grass-fed sirloin, grilled to medium and julienned Chili flakes and cumin to taste

Grilled Pineapple with Cream 1 organic pineapple, cut into rounds 2 Tbsp grass-fed, organic butter 1 /4 cup organic cream 1 vanilla bean or 1/2 tsp organic vanilla extract

With the back of a knife, bruise the

Heat butter in a sauté pan until melted and bubbling (not brown). Place pineapple rounds in the pan and grill for 2 minutes each side. Slice vanilla bean pod lengthwise to scrape out vanilla granules. Mix granules with cream until incorporated. Serve pineapple rounds warm with a drizzle of vanilla-scented cream.

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leaders believe that we can still reverse the dangerous current course. “These next few years are going to tell the tale about the next 10,000 years,” says well-known global environmental activist Bill McKibben, author of Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet. “We’re not going to stop global warming; it’s too late for that. But we can keep it from getting as bad as it could possibly get.”

RISING FEVER The Right Steps Now Can Avert the Worst of It by Christine MacDonald


enowned “We’re not going to stop opted for the “bunny slope” approach, climate sciglobal warming; it’s too a leisurely descent entist Richard Somerville, Ph.D., late for that. But we can from the ubiquitous use of climateuses simple lankeep it from getting as bad changing fossil guage and sports analogies to help us as it could possibly get.” fuels. Unfortunately, greenhouse gases understand climate ~ Bill McKibben would have had to change and the peak two years ago risks ahead. A distinguished professor emeriand now be in decline in order to take tus, researcher at California’s Scripps the easy way out. Instead, the amount of Institution of Oceanography and carbon dioxide in the atmosphere shot author of The Forgiving Air, he likens past 400 parts per million last May, a greenhouse gases to a scandal that’s level that most scientists agree the planet rocked major league baseball in recent hasn’t experienced since long before the years. “Greenhouse gases are the stearrival of modern humans. roids of the climate system,” he says. “Science tells you, you can put this Although we can’t link them to any much carbon dioxide into the atmosingle weather event, we can see them sphere, but no more,” without changing the planet’s climate too dramatically, in the statistics at the end of the seaSomerville says. “Mother Nature tells son, Somerville says. With the bases you, you cannot wait 50 or 100 years to loaded, “Look out, because Mother solve this. You have to do it in five to 10 Nature bats last.” years. There’s been a general failure to To explain how we could confront connect the dots.” The bit of good news the problem, he turns to another sport, skiing. If we were serious about avoiding is that time has not yet completely run out. He and other pioneering thought a worst-case scenario, we would have


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On the Water Front

Sandra Postel agrees. “Water, energy and food production: These things are tightly linked, and all are affected by climate change.” From Los Lunas, New Mexico, she leads the Global Water Policy Project, a group also focused on the climate conundrum, as well

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McKibben’s grassroots group,, opposes the planned Keystone XL pipeline that, if built, is expected to transport Canadian tar sands oil across the United States to refineries along the Gulf of Bill McKibben Mexico. Increasing fossil fuel infrastructure, he says, is impractical, and we’d be better off investing in clean and renewable energies such as wind, solar and geothermal. It’s a theme also sounded by Frances Beinecke, president of the New York City-based Natural Resources Defense Council and author of Clean Energy Common Sense. With the failure of the U.S. Frances Beinecke Congress to enact climate legislation, her group, encompassing 1.4 million online members and activists, is pressing the Obama administration to live up to its pledge to regulate the carbon dioxide emitted by power plants. The leading culprits for climate-changing gases, they contribute 40 percent of the country’s carbon emissions. “It’s time to act, and we have to act now,” Beinecke says.

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On the Energy Front

“Tell politicians that you care about this. We’ve got to get countering climate change high on the priority list.” ~ Richard Somerville as National Geographic’s Change the Course national freshwater conservation and restoration campaign. Competition for water is increasing in several parts of the country, she says, and will only get worse as dry conditions increase demands on groundwater. Endangered sources detailed in her extensive related writings include Sandra Postel the Ogallala Aquifer, vital to agricultural operations across much of the Great Plains, and California’s Central Valley, the nation’s fruit and vegetable bowl. In the Colorado River Basin, which provides drinking water to some 30 million people, water demands already exceed the available supply— and that gap is expected to widen with changes in the region’s climate. In other regions, the problem is too much water from storms, hurricanes and flooding, a trend that Postel and other experts say will also worsen as the world continues to warm and fuel weather extremes. Beyond the loss of lives and property damage, this “new normal” holds stark implications for communities. “We’ve built our bridges, dams and other infrastructure based on 100-year records of what’s happened in the past,” advises Postel. “In a lot of ways, how we experience climate change is going to be through changes in the water cycle. If the past isn’t a good guide to the future anymore, we’ll have to change our water management.” (See water/readiness by city and state.)

the Industrial Revolution, oceans have absorbed a significant portion of the carbon dioxide generated, experiencing a 30 percent rise in acidity; that’s expected to reach 100 to 150 percent above pre-industrial levels by the end of this century, according to the nonprofit National Academy of Science (NAS), in Washington, D.C. “Thank goodness for the oceans, but they are paying a tremendous price,” says Oceanographer Dawn Wright, Ph.D. She’s chief scientist of Esri, in Redlands, California, that analyzes geographic system relationships, Dawn Wright patterns and trends. The higher acidity levels are “taking a toll on shellfish such as oysters, clams and sea urchins, as well as coral reefs, where much aquatic life is spawned,” Wright explains. Climate change may have other devastating impacts on the ocean food chain—and eventually us—that scientists are only beginning to discern. As just one of myriad im-

pacts: Ocean acidification threatens the country’s $3.7 billion annual wild fish and shellfish industry and the $9.6 billion slice of the global tourism business that caters to scuba divers and snorkelers, according to a recent NAS study.

The Way Forward

We can be grateful for some hopeful developments in the call to act. Wright, who has advised President Obama’s National Ocean Council, is overseeing her company’s ocean initiative, which includes building an ocean basemap of unparalleled detail. While less than 10 percent of the world’s oceans’ underwater realms are mapped today, Esri is compiling authoritative bathymetric data to build a comprehen

“Water, energy and food production: These things are tightly linked, and all are affected by climate change.” ~ Sandra Postel

On the Ocean Front

The world’s oceans are being transformed by climate change in ways we are only beginning to understand. Since natural awakenings

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sive map of the ocean floor. Public and private sector planners, researchers, businesses and nonprofits are already using this map and analysis tools to, among other things, conduct risk assessments and provide greater understanding of how onshore development impacts oceans’ natural systems. Municipalities are also taking action. New York City plans to restore natural buffers to future hurricanes, while Philadelphia and other cities are restoring watersheds, replanting trees in riparian areas, adding rain gardens, laying permeable pavement and revamp-

“Thank goodness for the oceans, but they are paying a tremendous price.” ~ Dawn Wright ing roofs and parking lots to reduce stormwater runoff. Investing in such “green infrastructure” is less costly than expanding “grey infrastructure” such as underground sewer systems and water purification plants. Increasingly, local authorities are relocating communities out of flood

zones to allow rivers to reclaim wetlands, an effort which also creates new recreation and tourism spots. Floodplains buffer against extreme flooding and drought, plus filter stormwater runoff, removing farm and lawn fertilizers and other chemicals that otherwise enter waterways, creating deoxygenated “dead zones” where aquatic life can’t survive, as exemplified by parts of Lake Erie, Chesapeake Bay and the Gulf of Mexico. “These solutions are unfolding here and there,” Postel notes, while also remarking that too many locales are rebuilding levees at their peril and allowing people to return to areas that flood repeatedly. “An amount of climate change is already locked in. We will have to adapt, as well as mitigate, simultaneously.” Somerville, who helped write the 2007 assessment by the Nobel Prize-winning International Panel on Climate Change, labels it “baloney” when politicians say there’s not enough time or it’s too expensive to address the problem. “It’s very doable,” he maintains. “First, inform yourself. Second, tell politicians that you care about this. Then raise hell with those who don’t agree. We’ve got to get countering climate change high on the priority list.” McKibben recommends that the country gets serious about putting a price on carbon emissions. Meanwhile, he’s encouraged by the people-powered regional successes in blocking fracking, a controversial method of extracting natural gas, and credits grassroots groups for holding the Keystone pipeline project at bay. “We’re cutting it super-close” and need to change the trajectory of climate change, according to McKibben, who says we can still have good lives powered by wind and solar, but will have to learn to live more simply. “I don’t know where it will all end and won’t see it in my lifetime. But if we can stop the combustion of fossil fuels and endless consumption, then there’s some chance for the next generation to figure out what the landing is going to be.” Christine MacDonald is a freelance journalist in Washington, D.C., who specializes in health, science and environmental issues. Learn more at


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Signs Of Changes To Come W

ithout actions to significantly curb greenhouse gas emissions, air temperatures could increase as much as 11.5 percent by 2100, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). While the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change pledged in 2009 to keep warming from increasing more than 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit, more recent reports by the World Bank and other institutions warn that the goal may be unrealistic. Continued global warming could cause widespread drought, flooding and other changes, with disastrous consequences. Here are some of the ways climate change has already impacted our lives. Temperatures: The average global temperature for 2012—about 58.3 degrees Fahrenheit—was the ninth-warmest year since record keeping began in 1880. It was also the 36th consecutive year that the global temperature surpassed the 20th-century average, according to the National Climate Data Center at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The problem comes alive in a video at The EPA reports that the number of days that temperatures will exceed 90 degrees Farenheit is expected to increase throughout the U.S., especially in areas that already experience heat waves.

Drought: Drought struck twothirds of America’s lower 48 states last year, and continued into 2013 in many parts of the country, costing billions of dollars in crop failures and damage from resulting wildfires. Extreme storms: East Coast weather has become wilder, with storms such as Hurricane Irene and Superstorm Sandy wreaking unprecedented losses in human life and property. Freshwater supplies: As melting shrinks glaciers’ historic footprints, reducing the amount of springtime snowmelt, and we continue to deplete groundwater faster than it can be replenished, conflicts between agriculture, industry and municipalities over water are expected to increase. Meanwhile, rising sea levels near some seashore cities have already led to incursions of saltwater, contaminating underground freshwater systems. Rising sea levels: Since 1870, the global sea level has risen by about eight inches, according to the EPA. By the end of this century, it estimates that New York City could see a rise of 2.3 feet and Galveston, Texas, 3.5 feet. Other studies say those estimates are conservative. Research published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences in July concluded that a rise of 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit could result in a corresponding rise in sea levels exceeding 13 feet. natural awakenings

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Shop with the Planet in Mind Daily Choices Help Counter Climate Change by Christine MacDonald

Until recently, we’ve been asked to choose between the economy and the environment. Now we’re realizing that the two are closely linked, and that our continued prosperity depends on how well we take care of the natural systems that sustain life—clean air, water, food and an overall healthy environment.


lthough the worst impacts of climate change are still decades away, experts say it’s already a costly problem. In 2012, U.S. taxpayers spent nearly $100 billion—approximately $1,100 apiece—to cover crop losses, flooding, wildfires and other climate-related disasters, according to the Natural Resources Defense Council. That’s more than America spent last year on education or transportation. Given the lack of action on climate


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change by Congress, more Americans are looking to leverage their purchasing power to make a difference. Yet, as consumers trying to “shop their values” know, it’s often difficult to distinguish the “green” from the “greenwashed”. Natural Awakenings has rounded up some tips that can help.

Dismiss Meaningless Labels Urvashi Rangan, Ph.D., who leads the Consumer Safety and Sustainability

Group for Consumer Reports and its Greener Choices and Eco-labels online initiatives, says companies take far too many liberties in product labeling. The dearth of standards and consistency across the marketplace has rendered terms like “fresh,” and “free range” meaningless. Also, there’s more wrong than right about the “natural” label put on everything from soymilk to frozen dinners, she says. While critics of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s USDA Organic label say its regulations are not tough enough, Rangan says at least we know what we’re getting. The same is not true of many claims decorating consumer goods, Rangan advises. Plus, producers get away without identifying myriad other controversial practices, she says, including genetically engineered ingredients. To help consumers protect themselves, the Consumer Union and other nonprofit public advocates have made their evaluations easily accessible via cell phones and iPads. The Web-based Good Guide’s evaluations of more than 145,000 food, toys, personal care and household products are at shoppers’ fingertips via an app that scans product barcodes on the spot.

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A number of easy-to-use online tools help us understand the far-flung impacts of a purchase, including on

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humans and habitats. The Good Guide, for instance, employs chemists, toxicologists, nutritionists, sociologists and environmental lifecycle specialists to evaluate a product’s repercussions on health, environment and society. Sandra Postel, who leads the Global Water Policy Project, has teamed up with the National Geographic Society to devise a personal water footprint calculator. It helps people understand the wider environmental impacts of their lifestyle and purchasing choices, and provides options for reducing their footprints and supporting water replenishment efforts. “It takes a per capita average of 2,000 gallons of water each day to keep our U.S. lifestyle afloat,” twice the world average, calculates Postel. The typical hamburger takes 630 gallons of water to produce, for example, while a pair of jeans consumes 2,600 gallons, most of it to grow the necessary cotton.

Water is just one of numerous resources overused in the United States, according to author and journalist Danielle Nierenberg, co-founder of Food Tank. “We overbuy food. It goes bad and ends up in landfills,” where it lets off methane, a powerful greenhouse gas, as it decomposes. “We also over-order at restaurants,” observes Nierenberg, whose think tank focuses on the interrelated issues of hunger, obesity and environmental degradation. Overall, the U.S. annually accounts for 34 million tons of food waste. “Part of the problem is we’ve lost home culinary skills,” says Nierenberg, who says we need to rethink how and how much we eat. “We don’t really understand what portions are,” she adds.

Share Instead of Buy

Collaboration characterizes the broader trend in careful consuming that relies on cell phone apps. Sometimes known as

the “sharing economy” or “collaborative consumption”, initiatives can range from car and bike shares to neighborly lending of lawn mowers and other tools and sharing homegrown produce. One of the more innovative food-sharing options is Halfsies, in which diners at participating restaurants pay full price for a meal, but receive half of a full portion, effectively donating the cost of the other half to fight hunger. Whatever the product, experts say, the new sharing business model is part of a fundamental shift in how people think about consuming, with the potential to help us reduce our personal carbon footprint and contribute to a more sustainable future. Christine MacDonald is a freelance journalist in Washington, D.C., who specializes in health, science and environmental issues. Learn more at

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Picture Perfect From athletes to astronauts, mental imagery boosts performance. by Debra Melani


ast winter, Terry Chiplin went for an early morning run near his Colorado home. Snow crunched as his sneakered feet hit the front porch of his mountain lodge, tucked into a secluded forest. Evergreen boughs glistened in the sun, drooping slightly from the weight of the sparkling white powder. The running coach smiled as he lifted


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his face to the sky, welcoming the large, wet flakes that kissed his face. “Can you picture it?” asks the bubbly British native and owner of Active at Altitude, in Estes Park. That is visualization, he explains, a concept he uses regularly at retreats he conducts for runners from beginner to elite as a holistic means of boosting performance. “It’s simply a succession of mental images; we use visualization all the time.” Whether it’s Tiger Woods envisioning a perfect golf swing minutes before taking a shot or Michael Phelps replaying a mental video of an ideal swim the night before an Olympic event, many athletes have long worked with trainers such as Chiplin to move beyond strictly physical preparation and consciously enlist creative mental capacities to enhance their performance. Using imagery and positive self-talk can improve the efforts of any type of athlete and, as Chiplin’s clients have found, improve their lives. “The notion that we are just a physical body, so we just need to train physically, is old-fashioned,” Chiplin maintains. Shortly after launching his program six years ago, he learned firsthand how powerful the mind could be

in boosting (or sabotaging) performance. He remarks, “It quickly became apparent that the main issues people face are the mental things, what is happening in their heads.” Chiplin recalls watching runners fall from the peak capabilities they had reached after training hard for endurance events as their mileage tapered off in the final days before the race. Similarly, he thinks the sort of “negative visualization” he witnessed can have a similar impact on everyday life events, such as exams, interviews and job achievement. Although unclear about its exact mechanism, sports psychologists have long recognized the value of positive mental imagery, especially in building skills and reducing anxiety. In working with athletes, they apply shared models such as those reported in The Sport Psychologist. Both professional and amateur runners have benefited from Chiplin’s camps, including graduate Ginny Landes, 62, who says visualization techniques have changed her running outlook and her life. “My goal is not high achievement or personal records; it’s to always finish my run feeling good,” says Landes, of Lafayette, Colorado. As part of the visualizing process, she says she also clears her mind of negative thoughts, stops comparing her performance to others and accepts factors that are out of her control, whether it’s bad race weather or competitive colleagues. Practicing helpful visualization techniques consistently in daily life can lead to better returns across the board, not just in athletics, according to Terry Orlick, a performance consultant from Ottawa, Ontario, and author of many self-improvement books, including Embracing Your Potential and In Pursuit of Excellence. Orlick has worked with people from many walks of life that use imagery in their quest for improvement, including surgeons, musicians, pilots, dancers, astronauts and CEOs. When working with Canadian Olympic teams, Orlick found that 99 percent of the athletes practiced visualization an average of 12 minutes per day, four times a week. Studies have linked imagery and

improved performance in a variety of sports. For instance, researchers found that golfers that used visualization and positive self-talk improved their putting performance (Journal of Sports Science & Medicine). Another study showed an increase in confidence among novice female rock climbers, leading to better performance (Journal of Sport Behavior). For Landes, her personal experience is all the proof she needs. After years of rarely being able to run the entire course of a major annual race in Aspen—generally walking the last stretch—Landes tried visualizing herself having a strong finish as she trained and prepared for the event. For weeks, she replayed the last three miles many times in her mind. Then she ran the race, paring 12 minutes off her previous year’s time. “It felt great,” Landes says, “and it worked.” Freelance journalist Debra Melani writes about health care and fitness from Lyons, CO. Connect at Debra or

Visualization Tips


s with any skill, practice often, gradually increasing the number of sessions. n For maximum effect, incorporate sounds, smells, colors and feelings to create vivid images. n Plan imagery to meet current needs. If struggling with a skill, imagine performing it perfectly and confidently many times. If distractions are an issue, imagine remaining calm and focused while dealing with whatever occurs during an event. Source: Adapted from Association for Applied Sport Psychology

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STARRY-EYED KIDS Clear Skies, Cool Nights Open Vast Vistas by Randy Kambic


ishing upon a star The magical stellations, given the clearer is an iconic activity skies and comfortably cool night sky is nights. This year, families can steeped in everyone’s childhood desire to anticipate a special viewing a perfect attain happiness and fulfillof the Comet ISON, which is playground expected to be visible from ment. Actual stargazing can help make parents’ dreams for a child’s much of the United States in for their children’s well-being late November. imagination. come true, as well. Getting Started Children are exposed Sky & Telescope magazine’s online to imagining the larger celestial realm guide, Getting Started in Astronomy, through popular films, science ficoffers easy steps for parents to put stars tion literature and pop songs, plus in kids’ eyes. Check out its This Week’s more tangibly via current sky events. Sky at a Glance link. Find an open Consider news of the meteoroid that space like a park or wooded clearing to exploded over Russia in February and reduce ambient light and use sky maps the latest images from the surface of in hobby publications or astronomy Mars beamed to us by the NASA rover books from the library as guides. Curiosity. Experiencing the excitement Binoculars are the best tool to start of early knowledge can bolster academ- getting familiar with the night sky—they ics while fostering a calming sense of augment the naked eye enough to identhe order of nature’s rhythms. tify many Moon craters, Jupiter’s moons “Astronomy ties into every eduand the crescent phases of Venus. Plancational domain—physics, geometry, etariums, science and children’s mualgebra, history and ecology,” advises seums, nature centers and astronomy former elementary school teacher Hiclubs often hold public family events ram Bertoch, of West Valley City, Utah, that include access to telescopes; some owner of the KidsKnowIt Network, loan or rent them out. (Find local clubs which maintains 10 free children’s and facilities at learning websites, including Kids community/organizations.) Standing in awe at the Other opportunities include wonders of the universe can also instill a centering sense of humility in the face NASA’s Night Sky Network of astronomy clubs, Astronomy magazine’s youth of such grandeur. Autumn is one of the best times for programs, and programs. Boy channeling youngsters’ intrigue in con32

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Scout and Girl Scout troops both offer astronomy merit badges. When a family’s interest continues sufficiently to buy a telescope, test preferred models at many potential settings before finalizing a purchase. According to the online guide, a first telescope should provide high-quality optics that limit diffraction (the spreading of light as it passes through the lens system to the eye) and a sturdy, smooth-working mount. More advanced telescopes have built-in computers and motors that can be programmed to point at specific spots in the sky.

Rising Stars on Earth

If trying to emulate Galileo is a challenge, youngsters can relate and aspire to the cadre of young scientists profiled in Astronomy magazine’s “Astronomy’s Rising Stars” story in July, available via most public libraries. Being a “self-described computer nerd” led Mark Krumholz, Ph.D., an associate professor of astronomy and astrophysics in his 30s at the University of California-Santa Cruz, to conduct

Space Songs Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield caused an Internet sensation when he sang David Bowie’s Space Oddity in the International Space Station last May. Here are some other celestial tributes: Bad Moon Rising, Creedence Clearwater Revival Champagne Supernova, Oasis Eclipse, Pink Floyd Here Comes the Sun, The Beatles Moondance, Van Morrison Soak Up the Sun, Sheryl Crow Staring at the Sun, U2 Walking on the Moon, The Police Walking on the Sun, Smash Mouth We Are All Made of Stars, Moby

massive-star formulation simulations. By “plugging in the laws of physics and turning the crank,” he has shown why some stars heat gas around them to appear much larger than others. Colors vary, as well. Stargazing was the catalyst for Anna Frebel, Ph.D., an assistant physics professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, in Cambridge. “I consider myself fortunate that my initial passion led to becoming a professional astronomer,” says this scientist, who is credited with discovering the most chemically primitive star; the oldest known star as of 2007, at about 13.2 billion years; and the red giant star S1020549. Whether early steps lead to a later career or as a heavenly hobby, helping to convert a child’s, “What’s that?” to a happy, “I know what that is,” becomes worth encouraging. As Bertoch observes, “Kids have an innate excitement about what’s out there.” Randy Kambic, in Estero, FL, is a freelance writer and editor who regularly contributes to Natural Awakenings.

Faraway Fun Facts n Stars appear to twinkle from light distortions caused by temperature differences in our atmosphere. The lifespan of most stars is billions of years. n Ancient peoples saw patterns among the 2,000 stars visible to the naked eye and gave them names like The Big Dipper, Cassiopeia and Scorpius. n A “shooting star” is actually a meteor with a

trail of gases and particles. n The Moon’s surface is pitted with thousands of

craters from long-ago meteor strikes. n Saturn’s rings are composed mostly of billions of

ice particles and rocks. n Jupiter is by far the largest studied planet; after

the Moon and Venus, it’s usually the brightest object in the night sky. n Planets Jupiter, Saturn, Neptune, Mercury and

Mars, as well as Pluto, are named for Roman gods—Venus was the Roman goddess of love. n Planets and the Moon don’t emit light—

they reflect light from the sun. Source: Don’t Know Much About the Universe, by Kenneth C. Davis

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Energy Healing Comes of Age A Historic Milestone in Complementary Medicine

by Linda Sechrist


s recently as 2010, it would have been unimaginable for an annual medical conference including allopathic physicians to hold a meeting themed Illuminating the Energy Spectrum. Yet it happened at the soldout Institute of Functional Medicine

2013 annual international conference. Workshop topics ranged from bodily energy regulation to presentations by Grand Qigong Master Ou, Wen Wei, the originator of Pangu Shengong, and Medical Anthropologist and Psychologist Alberto Villoldo, Ph.D., whose

Four Winds Light Body School offers a two-year program on the luminous light body, also known as a local energy field, aura, life force, qi/chi or prana. The energy medicine practiced by acupuncturists and other health practitioners that offer any one of the 60-plus hands-on and hands-off modalities described in The Encyclopedia of Energy Medicine, by Linnie Thomas, operates on the belief that changes in the body’s life force can affect health and healing. The therapeutic use of any of them begins with an assessment of the body’s electromagnetic field. Then, a treatment specifically designed to correct energy disturbances helps recreate a healthy balance in its multilayered energy field, comprised of pathways, known as meridians, and energy centers (chakras) that correspond to related nerve centers, endocrine glands, internal organ systems and the circulatory system. The objective for energy medicine practitioners is to uncover the root causes of imbalances—often from emotional stress or physical trauma—and harmonize them at a bioenergetic level before aberrations completely solidify and manifest as illness.

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James Oschman, Ph.D., an academic scientist and international authority in Dover, New Hampshire, has conducted decades of research into the science of bioenergetics—the flow and transformation of energy between living organisms and their environment. He explores the basis of the energetic exchanges that manifest via complementary and alternative therapies in his book, Energy Medicine: The Scientific Basis. According to Oschman, there is now enough high-quality research in leading peer-reviewed biomedical journals to provide energy medicine the credence to transform from a littleknown, alternative healthcare modality into a conventional form of medicine. The progression to more widespread acceptance is similar to that experienced by acupuncture and massage.

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nan, founder of the Barbara Brennan School of Healing; John F. Thie, founder of Touch for Health; and Donna Eden, founder of Eden Energy Medicine, have delved beyond conventional models of healing to confirm that our sensory experience of the world is as limited as our vocabulary to describe it. New language for new concepts is required, such as: nature’s drive for wholeness, resonance, a new band of frequencies, restructuring DNA, local fields and the non-local field, encoding, entrainment, strings, strands, attunement, evolutionary healing and vibration. Eden, who has had a lifelong ability to make intuitive health assessments later confirmed by medical tests, can look at an individual’s body, see and feel where the energy flow is interrupted, out of balance or not in harmony, and then work to correct the problem. “Very little of the natural world that human beings evolved in still exists. In addition, our bodies haven’t adapted to modern stressors or the electromagnetic energies associated with technologies that occupy our living and working environments,” says Eden. “Energy medicine is invaluable because anyone can learn how to understand their body as an energy system and how to use techniques to restore energies that have become weak, disturbed or unbalanced.” Her teaching tools include her classic book, Energy Medicine, and Energy Medicine University, which she founded in 2006 in Sausalito, California. In a 2009 talk at the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine, Oschman predicted that energy medicine will become prominent in antiaging medicine. “When I review the history of medicine, there are periods in which things stay pretty much the same, and then there are great breakthroughs. I think that with the advent of energy medicine, another milestone is upon us.” Learn more at, the International Society for Subtle Energies and Energy Medicine website. Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings. Visit ItsAllAbout for the recorded interviews.

Medicine of the Future—Today by Dr. Glenn King


t is amazing that the human energy system has gone unrecognized for so long, because basic science provides the understanding that everything in creation is made of energy. It’s all energy, and the human body is no exception. Just as there are molecules, atoms and their components that make up every organ, gland, fluid, tissue and system in the body; there is circulatory energy, as well, termed by physicists as “physical energy”, and by the layperson as bio-electromagnetic energy. Medical scientific debates have never agreed upon a physical root source for so many basic functions of the body, which are explained simply by the acknowledgment of the bio-electromagnetic energy. It is the source for what makes brain cells fire or the heart pulse, and explains many of the mysteries of how we truly function that cannot be seen under a microscope. Medical devices to stop a heart attack in progress, like a defibrillator that has only up to a 16.3 percent success rate and is only applicable for certain type of heart attacks, have basically failed in their perceived task. From an energetic perspective, which is what the body is, a simple onestep, hands-on procedure called KI-IKI-Jitsu, helps to influence the energy circulation and has historically stopped heart attacks with a 99 percent success rate over the past 25 years. Looking at the human body from a true energy science perspective, cardiovascular, neurological, immunological, emotional and mental functions and disorders can be understood more clearly. It can be as simple as improper circulation of this energy that is the root, or at least an unaddressed vital component, of every disorder. Pharmaceutical drugs, surgery, diet, natural supplements and exercise do not address the restoration of proper circulation of this energy system. By properly helping the energy system to function correctly, we help all other healthy lifestyle choices reap the fullest benefit. As with anything, there are false counterparts, so learn which sources offer the true science about the body’s energy and what it can do to enhance health and life. Consult with a facility based on solid scientific background that is aligned or does not conflict with published, proven, duplicable scientific studies. Facilities that also offer health therapy and counseling in related areas such as nutrition, exercise and other natural therapeutic approaches provide additional benefit. Energy medicine is the medicine of the future, available today. Glenn King, Ph.D., CDN, CN, is the director of the King Institute, in Carrollton, a Christian health organization that provides science-based energy treatments and instructional classes for health and healing. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 214-731-9795 or visit See ad, page 17.

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Natural Iodine Supplementation A Must for Most Americans


e all need iodine, yet most of us don’t get enough of it through our diet. A study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that iodine deficiency in the developed world has increased fourfold in the past 40 years and now affects nearly three-quarters of all adults. Numerous U.S. practicing physicians quoted widely in the media estimate that the incidence of hypothyroidism in our adult population may be between 30 and 70 percent. Thus, we can’t efficiently produce the thyroid hormones that serve as chemical messengers triggering nearly every bodily function. The presence or absence of iodine affects our every cell.

Be Aware of Hypothyroidism Symptoms Low thyroid function, or hypothyroidism, is the most recognized and obvious indicator of low iodine intake because the thyroid gland contains more concentrated iodine than other organs.

Symptoms can range from extreme fatigue and weight gain to depression, carpal tunnel syndrome, high blood pressure, fibrocystic breasts and a variety of skin and hair problems. Hypothyroidism can further cause infertility, joint pain, heart disease and stroke. Low iodine levels also have been associated with breast and thyroid cancers. In children, insufficient iodine has been strongly linked with mental retardation, deafness, attention deficient and hyperactivity disorder and impaired growth, according to studies by Boston University, China’s Jiao Tong University School of Medicine and France’s National Academy of Medicine. The answer is simple: Taking the right kind of iodine in the right dosage can rebalance thyroid function and restore health to the thyroid and the whole body.

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Reasons Behind Iodine Deficiency Radiation: Almost everyone is routinely exposed to iodine-depleting radiation emitted by cell phones, Wi-Fi, microwave ovens and other electronic devices. Iodized table salt: The human body cannot utilize the iodine added to this product. Low-sodium diets: Failure to use healthy salts to fulfill sodium requirements, plus overuse of zero-nutrient table salt in foods, leads to iodine depletion. Bromine: This toxic chemical overrides iodine’s abilities to nourish the thyroid, adrenal and other hormone-producing glands. A known carcinogen, it is used as an anticaking ingredient found in almost all baked goods, unless the ingredients specifically cite unbromated flour. Iodine-depleted soils: Due to poor farming techniques, iodine and other minerals in soil have declined, so most foods today are devoid of naturally occurring iodine. Proper iodine supplementation with a high-quality product like Natural Awakenings Detoxified Iodine can prevent harm by protecting the thyroid and other endocrine glands and restoring proper hormone production.

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WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 2 Read to Rover – 4:30pm. Does your child struggle with reading and need low-stress, non-judgmental reading practice? Give your child an opportunity to read one-on-one with a trained, certified therapy dog. Ages 6-11. Emily Fowler Library, 502 Oakland St, Denton. Space limited; registration required: 940-349-8752.

What Is Missing In Your Health or Recovery? – 7-8pm. Learn about preventing or recovering from many health disorders naturally; things everyone should know. Coupons for each participant. Snacks provided. Free. The King Institute, 3740 N Josey Ln, Ste 244 Carrollton. Must RSVP: 214-731-9795. Camping Basics – 7-8:30pm. We will cover the basics: how to be comfortable camping, gear and equipment, fun activities; and great local areas to give it a try. Free. REI Plano, 2424 Preston Rd. Register: 972-985-2241.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 5 Calloway’s Fall Festival – Include free clinics, children’s activities, prize drawings and outstanding offers, all amid beautiful displays of fall décor and fresh plants. Free. All Calloway’s Nursery locations. 817-222-1122. Trash & Treasures Waterway Cleanup – 8am12pm. Volunteers to “treasure hunt” along the shores of Lake Grapevine in search of sparkly jewels that are hidden in the trash. Trawick Pavillion, 2700 Darren G. Medlin Dr, Grapevine. TKM Self-Help class – 9am-5pm. Learn how to help or recover from many common disorders and diseases including heart disease, depression, insomnia, ADD, immune disorders and more. Tuition includes materials. 3740 N Josey Ln, Ste 244, Carrollton. Must RSVP: 214-731-9795 or TKI@ Learn About Trees – 10-11:30am. Parallel programs for two age groups, 4-7 & 8-12 yrs old. Geared to age level and include hands-on nature learning and fun. Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge, 6465 Refuge Rd, Sherman. Registration required: 903-786-2826. Creating Fall Landscape Displays – 10:15am. Will demonstrate some great new items for fall, along with tips and tricks about how to mix and match them to make your own unique displays. Free. All Calloway’s Nursery locations. 817-222-1122.

Urban Resilience & Climate Change – 7-8:30pm. Ann Drumm will discuss North Texas climate impacts and prospects for climate resilience planning, which is as important as mitigating greenhouse gases. Free. REI Dallas, 4515 Lyndon B Johnson Freeway, Dallas. Kirk Miller: 972-699-1687.


THURSDAY, OCTOBER 3 Global Afternoon Adventure Club – 4:30pm. Find out what happens when a community comes together to save a library in Hands Around the Library: Protecting Egypt’s Treasured Books by Susan L. Roth. Then, create artwork that supports the “Let’s Hold Hands” project, a program promoting peace and friendship on a global scale. Emily Fowler Library, 502 Oakland St, Denton. 940-349-8752.


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11am-5pm Free Showcasing Plano’s rich tapestry of cultures through multicultural music and dance performances, displays, international cuisine, children’s activities, a Parade of Nations, a green village, a family health fair, the children’s global village and a naturalization ceremony. Haggard Park, 901 E 15th St, Plano. Clark Gardens’ Fall Festival – 11am-6pm. Family-friendly activities include live entertainment, a scarecrow contest, dancing, food and beverages, salsa tasting, a chili cook-off, photo contest and the annual half marathon and 5K run at 8am. $10/adults, $5/children 5-12, free/Clark Garden members & children under 5. 567 Maddux Rd, Weatherford. 940-682-4856. Astronomy Walk – 9-11pm. Join Clyde Camp for a Nightwalk and Astronomy nearest the New Moon. Appropriate footwear is a must. This is an inappropriate walk for young children. Connemara Meadow Preserve, 300 Tatum Rd, Allen. Connemara

USANA Wellness Seminar – 6:30pm, registration; 7-8:15pm, meeting. Seminar focused on heath risk and solutions provided by USANA. Diet, exercise and supplementation are keys to lasting health. Learn how you can live life and love it. Creating Healthy Lifestyles, Powered by USANA. Free. Rider Chiropractic, 5072 W Plano Pkwy, Ste 220, Plano. Sonja Kabell: 972-935-6484.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 12 Guided Meadow Walk – 9-11am. With Rich Jaynes. Connemara Meadow Preserve, 300 Tatum Rd, Allen. Hagerman’s Super Saturday – 9am-4pm. A full day of nature activities, walk, talks, demos and hands-on. Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge, 6465 Refuge Rd, Sherman. 903-786-2826. Schedule: Fall and Winter Flowers for Texas – 10:15am. See new bloom colors and patterns. Get design ideas and planting information, design ideas and care tips to make your Fall naturally fabulous. Free. All Calloway’s Nursery locations. 817-222-1122. How Technology Impacts Your Health – 11am12pm. Learn about EMFs created by cell phones, computers, wireless and many other device’s impact on health and what to do. Free. The King Institute, 3740 N Josey Ln, Ste 244 Carrollton. Must RSVP by Oct 4: 214-731-9795. How to Improve Your Health with Your Hands – 12:30-2:30pm. Everyone can learn easy to use, non-invasive procedures that help you prevent, or recover from illnesses using only your hands. $15. The King Institute, 3740 N Josey Ln, Ste 244 Carrollton. Must RSVP by Oct 4: 214-731-9795.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 13 Fresh Pasta, Sauces, and Pizza – 1-3pm. Experi-

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 6 Bird Walk – 8-11am. Bring binoculars and field guides if have them, and learn what to watch for in habits, characteristics and calls from Gailon and Rodney, both with Prairie and Timbers Audubon Society. Can expect about 30+ species. All ages welcome. Connemara Meadow Preserve, 300 Tatum Rd, Allen. Refresh your Routine with Greens – 2-4pm. Learn tips and tricks for adding greens and veggies to your diet. Sample juices, smoothies, lasagna, veggie burger and soup made using juicer pulp. $20. Whole Foods Market, 2201 Preston Rd, Ste C, Plano. Register & mention North Texas Natural Awakenings: 972-612-6729.

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ence the joy and ease of making fresh pasta from scratch. This is a demo style class, but there will be opportunities to take a turn on the pasta machine. $20. Whole Foods Market, 2201 Preston Rd, Ste C, Plano. Register & mention North Texas Natural Awakenings: 972-612-6729. Holistic Family Health Fair – 2-5pm. Holistic health for all: spinal alignment, acupuncture, nutrition, pure drinking water, supplements, exercise, even a chair massage. Celebrate our one year anniversary with us. The Chiropractic Villa, 8762 Preston Trace Blvd, Frisco. Dr. Catherine Kuiken, DC: 469-888-4749.


savethedate TUESDAY, OCTOBER 15 Vegetarian Cooking Class

Hands-On Cooking Class with Chef Jason 6:30-8pm $35 Check out these awesome vegetarian recipes for fall: Sage Roasted Spaghetti Squash, Classic Creamed Spinach and No Chicken Fricassee. Whole Foods Market, 2201 Preston Rd, Ste C, Plano. Register & mention North Texas Natural Awakenings: 972-612-6729. WholeFoods YardWise 2: Green Landscape Design – 7-9pm. Learn about water-saving practices for the landscape, and how to incorporate design principles emphasizing the use of native and adapted plants. $5/ residents, $9/non-residents. Environmental Education Center, 4116 W Plano Pkwy, Plano. Register:

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 16 It’s a Girl Thing – 4pm. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling. A book club for moms and daughters. Join us for refreshments and book discussion. Best for girls ages 9-12. Denton Public Library, South Branch, 3228 Teasley Ln, Denton. 940-349-8752.

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 17 Smart Yards for North Texas Talk & Tour – 11am12:30pm. Choosing Texas-friendly plants that are well-adapted to our area and weather conditions makes a big difference in the success of your landscape. After the talk, join us for a stroll through our teaching garden to see the drought-tolerant, native plants up-close. Free. Environmental Education Center, 4116 W Plano Pkwy, Plano. Register: Natural Networking: Lunch & Learn – 12-1pm. Business owners and professionals who help people live better by promoting health, wellness, sustainability, personal growth, integrative medicine, healthy kids and pets, financial well-being and peace of mind, please join us as we connect our community. Meets third Thursday each month. Open group. Networking is free. Purchase own lunch to support our host restaurant (menu includes salads and gluten-free pizza). Hosted by Natural Awakenings North Texas Magazine. Held at Palio’s Pizza Café,


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1941 Preston Rd, Ste 1004, Plano. RSVP requested; space limited. Leave your details on our RSVP hotline: 469-322-9549 or Boys Only Yucky Stories – 6:30pm. Bunnicula by James Howe. Boys grades 2-5 read and talk about funny, yucky and gross stories. You won’t have to sit still while we talk because you will be too busy with funny, gross or downright bizarre projects. Emily Fowler Library, 502 Oakland St, Denton. 940-349-8752. Dallas DownRiver Club Meeting – 7pm. Canoeing, kayaking and rafting club. Roma’s, 7402 Greenville Ave, Dallas. 214-373-0500. More info, Dale Harris: 972-680-2727 or Fall Day Hiking Basics – 7-8:30pm. Join the REI team and learn about trip planning, essential items, safety precautions, and local resources and places to go. Free. REI Plano, 2424 Preston Rd. Register: 972-985-2241.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 18 Lone Star Storytelling Festival – Oct 18 & 19. Favorite Stories concert: 8pm, Oct 18; daytime concerts throughout the day and Bedtime Stories concert at 6pm and evening concerts at 8pm, with daytime performances throughout Oct 19. $5-$10. Proceeds benefit the Frisco Public Library. George A. Purefoy Municipal Center, 6101 Frisco Square Blvd, Frisco. For more info & tickets: Texas Outdoor Family Program: Cooper Lake – Workshop focuses on archery, geocaching and Dutch oven cooking. Instruction on building a base camp, fire building, outdoor cooking and more. For reservations: 512-389-8903. For more info, schedule & location: What’s For Lunch? – 12-1:15pm. Lunch and Learn. Quick, easy, and healthy lunch ideas for people on the go. Vegetarian options as well. Demo and recipes will be “served.” Bring your lunch and join us. Creating Healthy Lifestyles, Powered by USANA. Free. Aqau~Fit Wellness Center, 1400 Summit Ave, Ste D2, Plano. Sonja Kabell: 972-935-6484. Ghost and Goblin Grossology – 4pm. Operate on a goblin, make ghost and goblin goo, and maybe even catch a ghost in a bubble, just in time for Halloween. For ages 8-12. Denton Public Library, South Branch, 3228 Teasley Ln, Denton. Register: 940-349-8752. Partners Cooking Class – 6:30-8pm. Hands-on cooking class with Chef Jason. Great date night for couples. Shrimp and Grits, Seared Salmon with Warm Apple and Fennel Salad and Saffron Rice and Raisin Pilaf. $35. Whole Foods Market, 2201 Preston Rd, Ste C, Plano. Register & mention North Texas Natural Awakenings: 972-612-6729.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 19 Fort Worth Alliance Air Show – Oct 19-20. The whole family will enjoy the aviation festival with interactive exhibits, flight simulators, static displays, the Kid Zone and plenty of food and fun. Free admission; parking $20/vehicle, any size. Fort Worth Alliance Airport, 2221 Alliance Blvd, Fort Worth. Read to Rover – 10am. Does your child struggle with reading and need low-stress, non-judgmental reading practice? Give your child an opportunity to read one-on-one with a trained, certified therapy dog. Denton Public Library, North Branch, 600

N Locust St, Denton. Space limited; registration required: 940-349-8752. Fall Grasses for Texas Gardens – 10:15am. See how grasses can enhance your existing landscape or how to design a new garden to include them. Free. All Calloway’s Nursery locations. 817-222-1122. Barktoberfest Celebration – 12-4pm. A fun-filled afternoon for animal lovers and their dogs. Proceeds will go toward the rescue and care of homeless animals. Contests, food, arts and crafts, vendor booths and much more. Free. Frisco Humane Society, Frisco Commons Park, 8000 E McKinney Rd, Frisco. Julie Wilson: 972-498-8980.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 20 Texas Veggie Fair – 11am-6pm. Includes live music, carnival midway with games and activities, entertainment, vegan food sampling, arts, food vendors, cooking demonstrations, guest speakers and family-friendly activities, including a vegan fried food competition. Cruelty-free vendors, advocacy groups, wellness specialists and animal protection organizations on-hand with exhibits. Free. 3505 Maple Ave, Dallas. Jr Chef Halloween Fun – 1-2:30pm. An afternoon of spooky snacks. Make witches fingers, vampire apples, mummy pizza, ghastly bananas and skeleton cupcakes. Age 7 & up. $12. Whole Foods Market, 2201 Preston Rd, Ste C, Plano. Register & mention North Texas Natural Awakenings: 972-612-6729. 2013 Light The Night Walks – Oct 20, 26 & 27. 5pm, check-in; 6:30pm, program; 7pm, walk. To remember those that have battled blood cancer. Oct 20, Forth Worth; Oct 26, Frisco; Oct 27, Dallas. Benefits The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Each walker will carry an illuminated balloon. For more info & to register:

MONDAY, OCTOBER 21 Knife Skills – 6:30-8pm. Do you have a good knife but do not know how to use it? This is a hand on knife cutting class. Do you have a knife and would like to use it? It must be secured in a case and checked in when you arrive with Chef Jason. Otherwise knifes will be provided. $20. Whole Foods Market, 2201 Preston Rd, Ste C, Plano. Register & mention North Texas Natural Awakenings: 972-612-6729.

savethedate MONDAY, OCTOBER 21 Power of Kabbalah 8-wk course 7-8pm. Free

A senior Kabbalah teacher will present Kabbalistic wisdom in an interactive class environment. Learn Secrets of Kabbalistic teachings, Soul Technology. Same class held in Spanish begins on Oct 23. Kabbalah Center of Dallas, 17370 Preston Rd, Ste 470, Dallas. Info & register, Kelly Freeman: 972 992-8779,

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 22 Sushi: Hands-On Cooking Class – 6:30-8pm. Everything from picking the fish, to cooking the rice and presentation. As in all the classes we eat what we make. $35. Whole Foods Market, 2201 Preston Rd, Ste C, Plano. Register & mention North Texas Natural Awakenings: 972-612-6729. YardWise 3: Texas-Friendly Plants – 7-9pm. Enjoy a colorful armchair tour of the best plant, shrub and tree selections for our area. Afterwards, stroll through our teaching garden while we discuss appropriate care. $5/residents, $9/non-residents. Environmental Education Center, 4116 W Plano Pkwy, Plano. Register:

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 23 Weston A. Price Foundation Workshop – 6-7:30pm. With Drs. Christy Porterfield and Jennifer Taylor. Workshop on the nutrition value of whole foods, what to select, seasonally and where, and how to prepare them for optimal nutrition. Connect with other like-minded individuals who want to learn how to keep their families healthy in today’s world. Free. HealthWorks: A Creating Wellness Center, 2317 Coit Rd, Ste B, Plano. Registration required: 972-612-1800. Hands-On Bike Maintenance: Drive Train – 6-8:30pm. The drive train is a key component to efficient riding. Join our certified bike techs to learn about what makes up your drive train as well as how to inspect, maintain and adjust. $45/member, $65/nonmember. REI Plano, 2424 Preston Rd. Register & mention North Texas Natural Awakenings: 972-985-2241. USANA Health and Freedom Presentation – 6:30pm, registration; 7-8:15pm. Learn how USANA, #1 company in the industry can help with your health and your wealth. Health risk, solutions, company overview and business opportunity. Creating Healthy Lifestyles. Powered by USANA. Free. Aqua~Fit Wellness Center, 1400 Summit Ave, Ste D2, Plano. Sonja Kabell: 972-935-6484.

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 24 Free Parent Education Seminar: 5 Myths about Dyslexia and other Reading Issues – 7-8pm. Over the last 30 years, more and more information has come out regarding the cause of Dyslexia and other learning/reading issues. Join us as we look into some of the myths and misconceptions regarding learning struggles. Learning difficulties can lead to social and behavioral issues. We will discuss how you can tell the difference. Brain Balance of Plano, 1501 Preston Rd, Ste 550, Plano. Please RSVP: 972-248-9483.

Eldorado & Wilson Creek Pkwys. Simply drive in at the entrance in front of building D. More info:

savethedate SATURDAY, OCTOBER 26 Living for Zachary IncREDible HeartRun 8:30-10am.

A 5K and 1-mile Run/Walk to help raise awareness of sudden cardiac arrest in youth. The HeartRun is the kick-off event for the Plano Feast-ival! Following the HeartRun, enjoy a full day of family fun with the 2013 Downtown Plano Feast-ival including: Free Living for Zachary Heart Screenings (youth ages 12-22), live music, food vendors, merchant booths, Great Pumpkin Race, vintage car show, fire truck pull, kid fun zone and much more.

Texas Outdoor Family Program: Lake Mineral Wells – Workshop will feature rock climbing. Also instruction on building a base camp, fire building, outdoor cooking and more. For reservations: 512389-8903. For more info, schedule & location:

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 26 Drug Take-Back – Participate in the DEA’s Nationwide Drug Take-Back Event. Safely dispose of all accumulated expired, unwanted and unused prescription drugs. The City of McKinney, in partnership with the Collin County Sheriff’s Office. Free and anonymous. Drive up drop-off at College St at

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 27 Crockpot Freezer Meals – 1-3pm. Learn how to have dinner ready when you get home by stocking your freezer with easy and delicious meals. Sample all the recipes and even assemble a few for you to take home. $35. Whole Foods Market, 2201 Preston Rd, Ste C, Plano. Register & mention North Texas Natural Awakenings: 972-612-6729. Connemara Meadow Preserve Open House – 1-5pm. Experience what makes this natural oasis in the middle of suburbia so special, and always surprising. Free. Connemara Meadow Preserve, 300 Tatum Rd, Allen.


Downtown Plano 214-514-0368. For more info & to register: Gluten- & Allergen-Free Expo – Oct 26-27. 9am-4pm. More than 150 vendors offer personal care products, vitamins and supplements and green household cleaning alternatives, as well as extensive food sampling. Includes peanut/nut-free and glutenfree kids’ areas, free lectures by allergen experts, gluten- and allergen-free restaurants and nonprofit organizations. $20/adults, $5/children; $30/2-day pass. Plano Convention & Visitors Bureau, 2000 E Spring Creek Pkwy. 847-217-1317.

savethedate SATURDAY, OCTOBER 26 2013 Downtown Plano Feast-ival

10am-8pm Free A high-energy celebration of merchants, music and food from Downtown Plano and Collin County. Will feature performances from up and coming local acts representing an array of genres. And back by popular demand is the 2nd Annual Great Pumpkin Race sponsored by This Side Up! Kicking off the event is the Living for Zachary IncREDible Heart Run 5k. Race opens at 7am and begins at 8:30am. Additional attractions: Raising Canes Kids Zone, Vintage Car Show and Fire Truck Pull. Downtown Plano. More info, Wendy Dorsey: 972-543-8840


moon, of the night. The mystery of the night is not to be taken for granted. Love offering. Four Feathers Trading Post, 3522 CR 2621, Caddo Mills. More info, Silverhawk: 214-288-9935. FourFeathers

Cooking 101 French Cuisine – 6:30-8pm. Handson cooking class with Chef Jason. A basics class great for beginners. Will be preparing 3 different French dishes: French Onion Soup, Steak au Poivre, and Crepe Suzette. $35. Whole Foods Market, 2201 Preston Rd, Ste C, Plano. Register & mention North Texas Natural Awakenings: 972-612-6729.

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 29 TKM Level 1 & 2 Class – Oct 29-Nov 2. 9am4:30pm. A life changing learning experience; understand root causes of health issues and effective solutions that help chronic to critical health disorders naturally and easily. Deposit required. 3740 N Josey Ln, Ste 244, Carrollton. Must RSVP: 214-731-9795 or YardWise 4: What’s Bugging Your Garden? – 7-9pm. Learn how IPM (Integrated Pest Management) strategies can help you manage pests using the most environmentally friendly means. $5/residents, $9/non-residents. Environmental Education Center, 4116 W Plano Pkwy, Plano. Register:

plan ahead FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 2 Festival at the Switchyard – 11am-10pm. Live entertainment, arts and crafts on display, vendors, family fun activities, and shopping in the unique shops in Historic Downtown Carrollton. Carrollton

Spring Bulbs, Fall Planting – 10:15am. Plant now to create stunning blooms to enjoy early Spring. Leave armed with the knowledge to create easy, cheerful drifts of early Spring color. Free. All Calloway’s Nursery locations. 817-222-1122.  Bringing in the Night Ceremony – 4-9pm. Cloud, invites you to her ceremony. Honoring the stars and

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Downtown Square, 1106 S Broadway. 972-4663594. Romanian Food Festival – Nov 1-3. 5:30-10pm, Fri; 10am-10pm, Sat; 10am-5:30pm, Sun. Food, folk dances as well as activities and entertainment, including traditional music, sporting exhibitions, arts and crafts and a kids’ corner. $5/adults, $3/ children 6-12. Saint Mary’s Romanian Orthodox Church, 3801 Glade Rd, Colleyville. 817-858-0801.

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 2 All About Composting – 8-11am. Learn the basics of turning that garden debris into garden gold through composting. Learn what to put in, what to leave out, and how to mix, moisten and manage your way to successful soil enrichment. $5/residents, $9/ non-residents. Environmental Education Center, 4116 W Plano Pkwy, Plano. Register: Mindful Mommy to Be – 9:30am-12pm. Nutrition, overcoming fears, birth planning, and how chiropractic care benefits mother and baby; for couples to learn holistic support tools for a successful pregnancy. $20/couple. HealthWorks: A Creating Wellness Center, 2317 Coit Rd, Ste B, Plano. Registration required, Deja Erwin: 972-612-1800.

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 16 Plants for Health – 10am-12pm. Learn easy and decorative ways to clean the air in your home and dispose of common toxins with easy to grow plants. $5. The King Institute, 3740 N Josey Ln, Ste 244 Carrollton. Must RSVP by Nov 9: 214-731-9795. Delicious Gluten-Free Cooking – 12:30-2pm. Hilary King will share recipes from her book GlutenFree! Mm! You Don’t Have to Give up Good Taste for Healthy Eating. Gluten-free healthy snacks and meals to enjoy. $5. The King Institute, 3740 N Josey Ln, Ste 244 Carrollton. Must RSVP by Nov 9: 214-731-9795. The Three Little Pigs – Nov 30-Dec 29. 7:30pm, Fri; 2:30pm & 7:30pm, Sat;1:30pm & 5pm, Sun. By Jackie Mellor-Guin. A traditional British panto, a tale told in the style of a melodrama with wacky characters, songs, dances, corny jokes and oodles of audience participation. Suitable for all ages. $21/ adults, $16/students/seniors (60+), $11/children 14 & under. The Cox Building Playhouse, 1517 H Ave, Plano. 972-490-4202. More info:

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sunday Sunday Morning Rides – Various start times and lengths. Richardson Bikemart, Southeast corner of Campbell Rd & Coit Rd, in the front parking lot. Mention North Texas Natural Awakenings: 972-231-3993. Texas Renaissance Festival – Oct 12-Dec 1. 9am-8pm, Sun & Sat. Each weekend has a different theme. Features 8 themed villages, more than 500 costumed performers in 200-plus daily performances, human-powered rides, 17 stages of entertainment and 340 vendor shops offering food, handmade crafts, clothing, jewelry and specialty art. 21778 FM1774, Plantersville. For more info & discounted tickets: 800-458-3435 or Teen/Adult Horse Club – 11am-5pm. Do you have horse experience, but wish to ride and learn more? Join the Camp Tonkawa Horse club. This Sunday club is for Adults, children come on Saturdays, Homeschoolers on Mondays. $15. Camp Tonkawa Outdoor Learning Center, Inc, 1036 CR 203, Collinsville. For restrictions & details: 940-440-8382 or Visit the Cats – 11am-6pm, Sun & Sat. A selfguided tour to learn about the animals that call InSync home. Helpful volunteers available to answer any questions. $10/adult, $7/senior (65+), $7/child (4-12), free/under 4. In-Sync Exotics, 3430 Skyview Dr, Wylie. 972-442-6888. Alzheimer’s Caregiver Support Group – 2-3pm. 3rd Sun. Get info on local resources, education and support. Open to anyone whose loved one may be affected by dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. Autumn Leaves of McKinney, 175 Plateau Dr, McKinney. 972-542-0606. ZSmith@ Nature Explore Family Club – 3-4pm. 1st Sun. Event aims to connect children and families with nature through fun, age-appropriate activities. Free. Environmental Education Center, 4116 W Plano Pkwy, Plano. Register: Transition Dallas Meeting – 6pm. 4th Sun. A group of people interested in learning to live resiliently and sustainably within our neighborhoods. At many of our meetings we have re-skilling sessions, so we can revive the skills that enabled our grandparents to be self-sufficient within their communities. For meeting location & mention North Texas Natural Awakenings:

monday Inner Evolution Group Life Coaching for Women – 10am, 12pm or 7pm. Two experienced life coaches facilitate women’s groups leading to clarity, joy and inner peace. $20/session. Inner Evolution Group Life Coaching for Women, 1517 W McDermott Dr, Allen. Amy Egan: 214-356-7646. Facebook: Inner Evolution Coaches. Overeaters Anonymous – 12pm. Weekly MonFri. A 12-step recovery program for compulsive


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eating. Prairie Creek Baptist Church, 3201 W 15th St, Plano. 972-238-0333. Angela’s Open Mic Night – 6pm. Grab your guitar, keyboard, banjo, etc and come show us what you got. Also offer live music every Thurs, Fri & Sat in a warm, family-friendly atmosphere where we feature comfort food and great spirits. Free. Angela’s at the Crosswalk, 1010 E 15th, Plano. 972-633-9500. Beekeeping Meeting – 6:30pm. 2nd Mon. Beginner to experienced keepers welcome, ages 8-80. Free. Collin County Hobby Beekeepers Association meets at Heard-Craig Center, 205 W Hunt St, McKinney. Mention North Texas Natural Awakenings: 972-8438084. Monday Night Ride at Arbor Hills – 6:30pm. Bring bike, helmet and light. Meet at the trail head at Arbor Hills. More info: Native Plant Society Meeting – 7pm. 3rd Mon. Guest speakers on topics related to native plants and habitats. Free. Dallas Chapter Native Plant Society. REI Outdoor Equipment Store, 4515 LBJ Frwy, Dallas. 866-527-4918. Open Stage – 7pm-12am. An opportunity to practice performance on a stage with an engaged and supportive audience. Performers sign up to show off their skills in a 5-min time slot, which we film and share with the performer to help hone their craft. After variety show, practice any and all types of performing art. $5 cover, 21+. House of Poets, 580 W Arapaho Rd, Ste 199, Richardson. Mention North Texas Natural Awakenings: 214-494-0952.

tuesday Healthy Eating Tours – 10am & 4pm. Learn how to make healthier choices, using our ANDI scoring system. Learn how to read labels; build menus around plant-based foods low in fat to ensure highly nutrient dense meals. Whole Foods Market, 2201 Preston Rd, Plano. Mention North Texas Natural Awakenings: 972-612-6729. Dallas Museum of Art – 11am-3pm. 1st Tues. Programming designed specifically for children age 5 and under and their families, but all ages welcome. Art-making activities, story times, performances, and gallery activities. Free. Dallas Museum of Art, 1717 N Harwood St, Dallas. 214-922-1200. Meet and Greet: Healthy Kids Pediatrics – 1212:30pm. 1st Tues. Come meet our providers. An informal gathering of parents interested in meeting Dr. Deborah Bain and Nurse Practitioners, Christie Potter, CPNP and Jessica Drain, FNP-BC. A time to bring your questions regarding Healthy Kids Pediatrics. Free. Healthy Kids Pediatrics, 4851 Legacy Dr, Ste 301, Frisco. To confirm attendance: 972-294-0808. Yoga for Runners – 6:45-7:45pm. 20-wk program, less than $8/session. Luke’s Locker, 959 Garden Park Dr, Allen. For details & mention North Texas Natural Awakenings: 469-854-6244.

Frisco Noon Lions Club – 12-1pm. 2nd & 4th Wed. Friendships, fun and fulfilling. Come share the joy of community involvement and fellowship while helping make the world a better place. Designed for busy small business owners and professional and works well for the time conscious individual (stay at home mom, student, retiree). All welcome, ages 18 & up. Free. Buy own lunch if wish to eat. For details, Brandy Miles & mention North Texas Natural Awakenings: 972-335-2487 or Brandy@

Collin County Chapter of the Native Plant Society of Texas Meeting – 7pm. 2nd Tues. Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary, 1 Nature Pl, McKinney. More info: 972-380-4030. PTAS Chapter Meetings – 7pm, refreshments; 7:30pm, meeting & program. 4th Tues, Sept-Nov & Jan-May. All meetings and other activities open to everyone. PTAS offers interesting programs and wonderful guest speakers at our meetings that bring a great variety of expertise and excitement to the membership. Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary, 1 Nature Pl, McKinney. Program details: Public Knowledge – 7pm. 1st Tues. Adults celebrating brains and brews through conversation and presenters from diverse fields in science and history. Different bar or restaurant location each month. For location details:

savethedate Tuesdays & Fridays SOAR Addiction Recovery Group

7-8pm Free if no insurance. Supportive Ongoing Addiction Recovery group sessions use a holistic and integrative approach for building skills to support addiction recovery. DayRise Recovery 200 W Boyd, Ste D, Allen 972-359-1600 Learn More About Essential Oils – 7-9pm. 3rd Tues. Essential oils increase oxygen, enhance nutrition absorption, control flu, staph, viruses, mold, and more. Keep your home healthier without dangerous chemicals. Free. North Texas YL Fellowship, 4501 W Oak Shores Dr, Crossroads. Other locations coming soon. RSVP requested, Laura Martin: 214-680-7196. Dance, Dance, Dance – 7-9:15pm. Dance hosts available to dance with unescorted ladies. Refreshments served. $5. Plano Senior Recreation Center, 401 W 16th St, Plano. Details: 972-941-7155 or Cirque Out – 8-10pm. A weekly circus-skill enthusiast work out. Work on your hooping, spinning, juggling and general tomfoolery. Nice weather location: The Richardson Civic Center, 411 W Arapaho Rd, Richardson. Bad weather location: The Peace Pipe Hookah Lounge, 580 W Arapaho, Ste 181, Richardson. Mention North Texas Natural Awakenings: 214-494-0952.

Festival at the Switchyard: Nov 2, Carrollton

wednesday Nature Awareness Club – 9:30am-2:30pm. 2nd Wed &/or Thurs; Club members choose one day each month. Learn about our local North Texas plants and animals, through activities, games, and nature walks. Bring your Nature Journals and pencils. Children 4 & up. $15. Camp Tonkawa Outdoor Learning Center, Inc, 1036 CR 203, Collinsville. Pre-registration required, mention North Texas Natural Awakenings: 940-440-8382. Christian Women Business Networking – 11am1pm. 1st Wed. Fellowship and networking with other professional Christian women, to draw us closer together. We meet monthly over lunch, for prayer, inspiration and a “Spiritual Vitamin.” Prestonwood Country Club, 15909 Preston Rd, Dallas. For reservation & details, mention North Texas Natural Awakenings: 972-704-3898. Networking Meeting – 11:30am-1pm. North Dallas Networkers lunchtime networking meeting. Come see one of the best run and most fun networking groups in DFW. $13 includes lunch and a beverage. No charge for the meeting. Membership requirements explained at the meeting. Picasso’s Restaurant, 18160 N Dallas Pkwy, Dallas. Mention North Texas Natural Awakenings. Restaurant: 972248-0011. Vicki Knutson: 214-587-3786. Breastfeeding Cafe – 12-1pm. Designed to offer support to all nursing mothers from newborn challenges to toddler strikes, all breastfeeding moms welcome to join us to chat about breastfeeding at all ages and stages of nursing. Cafe is attended by a Certified Lactation Counselor and/or Le Leche League Leader. Baby scale available to do before and after weights. You may turn up at any time during the cafe to ask your questions. Free. 3253 Independence Pkwy, Plano. Mention North Texas Natural Awakenings: 469-371-5448.

Art History Brown Bag Series – 12:30-1:30pm. 1st Wed. Presented by Annie Royer. A look at the “isms” including cubism, romanticism, modernism and impressionism. How did one “ism” influence the next? How did artists influence and challenge each other? Series will heighten one’s appreciation of art and provide insight into the mind of the artist. Free. Heard-Craig Carriage House located, 205 1/2 W Hunt St, McKinney. 972-569-6909. Denison Farmers’ Market – Thru Oct. 3-6pm. Also Sat, 9am-12pm. The very best in agricultural and locally made products. Features local musicians and speakers on varied topics. 400 W Chestnut, Downtown Denison. 214-208-5754. Adults with Special Needs Cooking Classes – 6-8pm. 1st & 3rd Wed. Call for details. Space limited. $10. Market Street Culinary School, 6100 Eldorado Pkwy, McKinney. Reserve spot now & mention Natural Awakenings North Texas: 972-548-5167. Evening Social Runs/Walks – 6:30pm. Post party new restaurant each 6 weeks. All levels welcome. Luke’s Locker, 959 Garden Park Dr, Allen. Mention North Texas Natural Awakenings: 469-854-6244. Organic Society Meeting – 6:30pm, seed & info exchange; 7pm, meeting. 3rd Wed. Denton Organic Society. Denton Senior Center, 509 N Bell Ave, Denton. 940-382-8551. Sport Watch Tech Clinics – 6:30pm. 2nd Wed. Garmin, Polar, Nike, Times, Moto, Soleus. Luke’s Locker, 959 Garden Park Dr, Allen. Mention North Texas Natural Awakenings: 469-854-6244.

thursday Free Admission & Wildlife Program – 9am-9pm. 3rd Thurs. Admission and parking free. 7:15pm, Special Program: Saving Our Birds, The work of the Rogers Wildlife Rehabilitation Center. Trinity River Audubon Center, 6500 Great Trinity Forest Way, Dallas. 214-309-5801. Lunch Hour Yoga – 11:30am-12:20pm. Class

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utilizes the Franklin Method and Smart Spine along with various types of yoga for relaxation and rejuvenation. $15. Pilates for Life, 103 W Belmont Dr, Allen. 214-704-3070. Adriatica Farmers’ Market – 3-7pm or until sellout. Local and organic meat, dairy and produce vendors. McKinney Farmers’ Market, 6851 Virginia Pkwy, W McKinney. 972-562-8790. CPR Training – 6-8pm. American Heart Training Center with 125 trained instructors. Texas CPR Training, 4013 Carrizo, Plano. 214-770-6872. Dallas Organic Gardening Club – 6:30pm, refreshments; 7pm, meeting. 4th Thurs. Free. REI, 4515 LBJ Freeway, Dallas. Fitness in the Square (FITS): Part of Be Fit Frisco – 6:30-7:30pm. A free one-hour exercise class in the courtyard in front of Frisco City Hall. For kids 10+ to adults. Bring water, towel, and appropriate clothing and shoes. The type of workout changes each month. Bring your family and move together. Be Fit Frisco, Frisco City Hall Square, 6101 Frisco Square Blvd. 972-292-6501. Essential Oils Class – 6:45-7:30pm. 3rd Thurs. From Seed to Seal. If you don’t know your seed you don’t know your oil. Learn what the ancients used to remove moles, warts, skin tags, age spots and more. Free. LED Skin Care Center, 3645 Dallas Pkwy, Ste 111, Inside Ovation Boutiques, Plano. RSVP; class size limited: 214-587-3786. Power Yoga – 6:45-7:45pm. In conjunction with Luke’s Locker Allen, class meets at Allen Yoga Center, 915 Market St, Allen. Details & mention North Texas Natural Awakenings: 469-854-6244. Dallas Down-River Club Meeting – 7pm. 3rd Thurs. Canoeing, kayaking and rafting club. Roma’s, 7402 Greenville Ave, Dallas. 214-373-0500. More info, Dale Harris: 972-680-2727 or Men’s Only Pilates – 8pm. Class utilizes all the Pilates equipment. $15. Pilates for Life, 103 W Belmont Dr, Allen. 214-704-3070.

friday Free Mom & Kids Yoga – 5:30-6pm. 1st Fri. Find out how our Multisensory Kids Yoga can help improve your child’s focus and grades while keeping you both fit at the same time. SMARTS Club, 8780 Preston Trace Blvd, Frisco. Registration required & mention North Texas Natural Awakenings: 214-872-8592. Free Community Yoga – 6-7pm. 1st Fri. Suitable for all levels. Learn to breathe, relax and renew. Space


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limited. Free. Transform U Fitness, 1565 W Main St, Lewisville. Pre-registration required: 972-849-9666. Acoustic Jam Session – 7pm. Weekly open jam and song circle. All acoustic instruments and levels welcome. All music genres welcome. Sponsored by the Visual Art League of Lewisville. Free. MCL Grand, 100 N Charles, Lewisville. Mention North Texas Natural Awakenings: 469-444-0825. SOAR Addiction Recovery Group – 7-8pm. Also Tues. Supportive Ongoing Addiction Recovery group sessions use a holistic and integrative approach for building skills to support addiction recovery. Free if no insurance. 200 W Boyd, Ste D, Allen. 972-359-1600. Live Music – 7-9pm. Live music and delicious treats: blended or hot coffee, delicious hot cocoa, Collin County’s award-winning specialty bakery treats, hand-dipped Blue Bell ice cream, fresh baked cookies, cakes and bakery sweets. Free. For details & to confirm happening, mention North Texas Natural Awakenings: Coffee N Cream, 11660 Legacy Dr, Frisco. 214-705-9600. Community Dance – 7-9:30pm. 2nd & 4th Fri. Live Music, varied styles. Fun for all ages 21 and up. $5/ person Denton Senior Center, 509 North Bell Ave, Denton. For details & mention North Texas Natural Awakenings: 940-349-8720. Square and Round Dance for Fitness and Fun – 7:30pm. 1st & 3rd Fri. Individuals and couples of all ages welcome. Texas Reelers, 820 W Arapaho, Richardson. Mention North Texas Natural Awakenings: 972-235-1400.

saturday Denton Rugby – We are always looking for new recruits in Dallas Fort Worth Area. Email for more info about how to join. Currently we have players that live in Lewisville, Flower Mound, Keller, Southlake, Frisco and many others. Mention North Texas Natural Awakenings to Jason Millerd: Pathfinders Fun Cycling – A free, non-competitive riding group for all cycling skill levels. Short, weekly bicycle rides for the purpose of fun and exercise. All rides held on the weekend, less than 20 miles and include a food destination and a “no rider left behind” policy. Routes and destinations change each week. For more info: Operation Kindness – 3rd Sat. No Kill animal shelter brings animals for adoption. Weather permitting. Whole Foods Market, outside store, 2201 Preston Rd, Plano. Mention North Texas Natural Awakenings: 972-612-6729.

Saturday Morning Rides – Various start times and lengths. Richardson Bikemart, Southeast corner of Campbell Rd & Coit Rd, in the front parking lot. Mention North Texas Natural Awakenings: 972-231-3993. Small Fry Sports Classes – A skills and developmental sports class for boys and girls ages 3 & 4. Each month offers a different sport which allows children to develop new skills and gain exposure to all sports offered at the Y. Parents participate alongside their child during this fun and active class. $20/YMCA Family Member, $40/everyone else. Frisco Family YMCA, 3415 Main St, Frisco. Trey Gilmore: 214-297-9622. Collin County Farmers’ Market – 8am. Features Texas-grown produce and meats, locally made products and a community center to learn about green and healthy living. Fairview Farms, 3314 N Central Expressway, Plano. Coppell Farmers’ Market – Thru Nov 23. 8am12pm. Seasonal produce for the North Texas area, natural meats and eggs, seafood, organic dairy products, honey, teas, breads, mixes, flowers, plants, and more. Coppell Farmers’ Market, Corner of Bethel & S Coppell Rds, Coppell. Mention North Texas Natural Awakenings: McKinney Farmers’ Market – 8am-12pm. Local and organic meat, dairy and produce vendors. Locally grown and produced food and craft items. Live music. Chestnut Square Historic Village, 315 S Chestnut St, McKinney. 972-562-8790. Saint Michael’s Farmers’ Market – Thru Nov 2. 8am-12pm. Shop local and fresh, with farmers/ growers who practice natural, sustainable, organic farming and are within a 150-mile radius of Dallas County. Baked goods, tamales, cheeses, eggs, local honey, meats, and pastas also available. Saint Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church, 8011 Douglas Ave at Colgate Rd, Dallas. Frisco Farmers’ Market – Thru Oct. 8am-1pm or sellout. Shop for the freshest, non-toxic fruits and vegetables from local farmers and ranchers in an open air market. Listen to live blue grass music, find handmade crafts and work by local artists, and get your face painted. Organized by the Frisco Noon Lions Club. 6048 Frisco Square Blvd, Frisco. Brandy Miles: 469-777-6069. Twitter: @friscoLioness. Recycling: Electronics – 9-11am. The city of Plano encourages residents to bring all old electronic devices (not being used) to this site for proper disposal. For details, location & mention North Texas edition of Natural Awakenings: 972-769-4150. Denison Farmers’ Market – Thru Oct. 9am-12pm.

Whether have lots of river time under your belt or have never set foot in a kayak, you’re welcome here. Kayak Power provides equipment and instruction followed by a 6-mile trip down the Elm Fork to a shuttle vehicle. Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area, 201 E Jones St, Lewisville. Reservation required: 214-669-1663.

Light the Night: Oct 20 (Fort Worth), 26 (Frisco) and 27 (Dallas) Also Wed, 3-6pm. The very best in agricultural and locally made products. Features local musicians and speakers on varied topics. 400 W Chestnut, Downtown Denison. 214-208-5754. Free One-Hour Seminars – 10am. Topics: gardening, beekeeping, rainwater collection, goat milking, poultry. Ploughshare Institute for Sustainable Living, 7781 Gholson Rd, Waco. Mention North Texas Natural Awakenings: 254-754-9663. Second Saturday for Youth – 10-11:30am. For youngsters aged 4-10; children 6 & under must be accompanied by a parent or other responsible adult. Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge, A/V Classroom, 6465 Refuge Rd, Sherman. Reservations necessary: 903-786-2826. Kid’s Fish – 11am-1pm. Ages 4-11. The opportunity to go outside to our pond and do some live fishing (weather permitting). If bad weather will have a scavenger hunt. Free. Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World, 2501 Bass Pro Dr, Grapevine. 972-724-2018. Visit the Cats – 11am-6pm. See Sun listing. In-Sync Exotics, 3430 Skyview Dr, Wylie. 972-442-6888. Homestead Open House – 12-3pm. 3rd Sat. Time subject to change during heat of summer. The Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area is home to several historic structures, most notably the Minor-Porter Log House, which dates to about 1869. Volunteers on hand to guide visitors through the structures and answer questions in this informal tour. Visitors welcome to arrive at any time during the open hours and tour at their own pace. Regular admission to LLELA: $5/person; free/age 5 & under. No additional charge for tour. Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area, 201 E Jones St, Lewisville. 972-219-7980. Kayak down the Elm Fork – 12-3pm. 3rd Sat.

Heard Nature Photographers Club – 1:30pm. 2nd Sat. Speakers and discussions. Topics include how-to and technique discussions and travelogue presentations. Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary, 1 Nature Pl, McKinney. More info: 972-462-7314. SpinFest – 3-7pm. 3rd Sat. A free, open event hosted by Creative Motion to explore circus skills with the public. Learn to juggle, hula hoop, or spin poi, staves, or flags. Heights Park Arapaho Rd at Floyd Rd, Richardson. Mention North Texas Natural Awakenings: 214-494-0952. Sunday Mountain Bike Group Ride – 6pm. Open to all levels. Informal and leaderless. Food, fun and riding. Food served after the riding. Location changes weekly. For details & location: Stargeezer Star Party – 6:30-9:30pm. 1st Sat. Bring the whole family. Star parties begin at sunset, weather permitting. Free. Spring Park, Jonandrea Ln, Garland. Live Music – 7-9pm. Live music and delicious treats: blended or hot coffee, delicious hot cocoa, Collin County’s award-winning specialty bakery treats, hand-dipped Blue Bell ice cream, fresh baked cookies, cakes and bakery sweets. Free. For details & to confirm happening, mention North Texas Natural Awakenings: Coffee N Cream, 11660 Legacy Dr, Frisco, 214-7059600; and 190 E Stacy Rd, Allen. 972-678-2626. Frisco StarFest – Sunset-10:30pm. 2nd Sat. Approximately a dozen telescopes will be set up for your viewing pleasure. Weather permitting. Free. Frisco Commons Park.

daily First Aid Classes, CPR & Babysitter Training – Various days. Monthly at various branches. For specific info on cost, space availability, times: Dallas Farmers’ Market – 8am-6pm. Year round. One-stop shop for all your produce, meat, floral and specialty-food needs. Farmers from 150 miles around come to give you the chance to “buy locally.” 1010 S Pearl Expwy, Dallas.

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communityresourceguide Connecting you with local businesses and experts in our community. To find out how you can be included in the Community Resource Guide, email publisher@NA-NTX. c o m . ( Leaf symbol indicates green business. Dollar symbol represents businesses offering coupons through

AcNe SolutIoNS leD SkIN cAre ceNter

3645 Dallas Pkwy, Ste 111 Plano 75093 214-587-3786, 21st century solutions for Acne, Hair Growth, Hair Removal, Anti-Aging, Non-Surgical Face Lift, Detoxing Body Wraps, Hydration and more. Nontoxic, safe, no downtime and real results from the inside out. Light years ahead of the rest, we're your path to flawless skin, one cell at a time.

AcuPuNcture AcuPuNcture for WoMeN

Jane Liu, L.Ac., MD (China) 5850 Town and Country Blvd. Ste 101 Frisco 75034 214-662-2267 • Over 28 years combining experience of both eastern and western medicine by well-trained gynecologist from China. Specializing in fertility and IVF/ IUI enhancement, recurrent pregnancy loss, PCOS, endometriosis, aging eggs, low ovarian reserve, elevated FSH level and more.

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Daphne Su, L.Ac. 4101Spring Creek Pkwy, Ste 200, Plano 75024 972-665-8618 • I'm a third generation Chinese Medicine doctor (China) and dedicated to helping people live a physically healthy and emotionally balanced life. Through acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine, I help my patients with pain management as well as relief from allergies, arthritis, asthma, Bell's palsy, fibromyalgia, insomnia, infertility, high blood pressure, headaches and more.

PAttI cArey, l.Ac.

Acupuncture, Herbs & Nutrition 2121 W Spring Creek Pkwy, Ste 107 Plano 75023 972-704-3730 • After years in Western medicine, I finally found a way to really help people heal, relieve pain and reduce stress. In my practice I utilize acupuncture (with or without needles), herbal medicine, nutrition and energetics to help you create and maintain the healthy body you deserve. See ad, page 41.


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Michael O’Neal, LCDC, CCDS 200 W. Boyd, Ste D, Allen 75013 972-359-1600 • Addressing addiction from a holistic/medical integrative perspective allows for highly effective and individualized substance abuse treatments, resulting in greater success rates than traditional therapies. If you or someone you know suffers from addiction, then call now for a free consultation. See ad, page 11.

cHIroPrActIc Dr. AMy St. JoHN, D.c., lMt

Serendipity Health & Wellness 3900 W 15th St, Ste 506, Plano 75075 214-801-0741 • Relieving pain head to toe, whether caused by injury, stress or fatigue. I offer personalized care, private appointments and therapeutic massage.

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Dr. Vince Baugher, D.C. 2500 Lillian Miller Pkwy, Denton 76210 940-484-6336 • In delivering quality chiropractic care, our approach is simple, gentle and relaxing. We have been able to save literally hundreds of patients from surgery with the new technology of Spinal Decompression. See ad, page 2.

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Dr. Cecilia Yu, D.C.; NUCCA practitioner 12740 Hillcrest Road, Ste 138, Dallas 75230 972-387-4700 • By aligning the first vertebrae through a precise NUCCA adjustment, Dr. Yu eliminates nerve interference from the brain stem. Such interference can manifest itself in any manner including Scoliosis, skin conditions, behavioral disorders, herniated discs or joint problems. Unlike traditional chiropractic, even traditional upper-cervical chiropractic, there is no popping, cracking or twisting and a NUCCA adjustment holds longer which means you return far less often. See ad, page 26.

coMPreHeNSIVe HeAltHcAre HeAltHWorkS

2317 Coit Road, Ste B, Plano 75075 972-612-1800 Whole body & lifestyle healthcare rejuvenating your body from the inside out. Comprehensive healthcare— naturally. Visit our website to view our schedule of free workshops. See ad, page 8.

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Michelle and Tommy Neu 4 Miles West of I-35; on US 82, Lindsay 76240 940-372-0343 • State-permitted dairy licensed to sell fresh, all natural unprocessed grade A raw milk. Visit us at the farm to learn why our greattasting, fresh, raw milk is a safe and naturally healthier choice for your family. Call us to schedule a tour to see a working family farm and be sure to visit our on-site store for fresh raw white and chocolate milk, cream, free-range eggs and more. See ad, page 41.

DeclutterING / orGANIZING SerVIceS tHe DeclutterbuG

Anita Sisler 339-832-1220 • Now is a perfect time to declutter. Let me help you turn cluttered areas of your home into perfect, peaceful spaces. Moving? I can help you with the process of decluttering while packing up your home and/or unpacking and making your new home cozy. Serving the North Texas area. See ad, page 30.

DeNtIStry DeNtAl StuDIo of cArrolltoN Drs. Robert and Sandhya 2005 W Hebron Pkwy, Carrollton 75010 972-395-0150 • And 331 W Harwood Rd, Hurst 76054 817-282-4539

Approaching dentistry from a natural, whole body health perspective, we make teeth beautiful, keep them healthy and offer honest education on how balanced structures in the face/mouth can affect your overall health. Serving adults, children and apprehensive clients, at our state-of-the-art facility we offer the cutting-edge "DNA Appliance"; a small device which addresses snoring and sleep apnea, mercury free fillings and crowns, teeth whitening, Clear Braces, TMJ pain and much more. See ad, page 17.


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oXXo cAre cleANerS 5110 Eldorado Pkwy, Frisco 75034 214-705-7739 •

Phylogenesys is a detox center dedicated to providing personalized services to individuals interested in maximizing their wellness potential. We offer a variety of saunas including the infrared & oxygen steam sauna, foot baths and nutritional services. We are dedicated to helping you heal your body.

Eco-friendly garment care cleaners. Convenient 24hour drop-off and pick-up system. Odorless process leaves clothes brighter and retaining their correct size and shape without “dry cleaning” smell.

6401 W. Eldorado Pkwy, McKinney 75070 972-439-5989 •

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2220 Coit Rd, Ste 500, Plano 75075 972-599-7882 • And 101 E. Southwest Pkwy, Ste 101 Lewisville 75067 972-436-3839 • SACS accredited educational alternative that offers individualized, masterybased instruction for grades 4-12. On-campus and Home Study options. Experienced, Interactive Metronome provider —specialized training that improves neuron-network function and overall day-to-day performance.

eNerGy AuDItING DWellGreeN of DAllAS

Roger Taylor, Owner / Operator 214-509-8582, DwellGreen of Dallas is a certified total building performance evaluation and energy auditing company, serving the North Texas area. We can lower your cost of energy and improve the safety and comfort of your home or office. Free phone consultation on an existing or new home. Call to schedule an on-site consultation. See ad, page 29.

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Jackie Kenney • 214-837-4872 •

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Eco-friendly residential and commercial pest control using botanical products. We control all types of insect pests including termites, mosquitoes, ants, roaches and fleas without the use of harsh, dangerous chemicals. We offer programs from a single pest one time treatment to a comprehensive total protection plan. Call to schedule your Free inspection. See ad, page 28.

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9200 E. Lebanon Rd, Ste 32, Frisco 75035 214-436-4955 • Our coloring stylists love to work with the wonderful alternative products we have that are made from natural extracts and yogurt. These exquisite products, such as NAYO, Neuma and Moroccan Oil, actually do improve your hair quality so we in turn can help you look your most radiant while you're out-andabout. Whether you're simply sensitive to some of those harsher chemical lines or just want vibrant, beautiful, healthy hair you'll love our natural approach to how we treat your hair and overall beauty. Ask about free color consultation.

Debby Romick 1501 Preston Rd, Ste 501, Plano 75093 972-248-9482 • The Brain Balance Program brings hope to families of children who suffer with behavioral, academic and social challenges. We special-ize in a drug-free, research-based, multifaceted approach to address the underlying issues of the many disorders that impact our children today. Each child has a unique combination of functional weaknesses that impact motor, sensory, immune, visual-spatial, auditory, and cognitive development. Call us today to learn about our comprehensive assessment. See ad, page 5.

HolIStIc DeNtIStry DeNtAl ArtS of PlANo

Dr. Nevein Amer, DDS 4701 West Park Blvd, Ste 201, Plano 75093 972-985-4450 • Dr. Amer specializes in cosmetic and Holistic dentistry including mercury-free fillings and the safe removal of old mercury-based fillings, metal-free crowns, digital x-rays, help for sleep apnea and TMJ, veneers and Invisalign, the clear alternative to braces. Her Holistic approach involves looking at the entire person during evaluation, and always talking with you about the material to be used in your mouth. See ad, page 25.


3685 Preston Rd, Frisco 75034 972-377-7867 Fresh and nutritious, locally grown food.

doTERRA Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils are the highest standard of quality essential oils available. Take control of your family’s health with all-natural gifts from the Earth. They kill bacteria and viruses and are 50-70 times more powerful than herbs. Replace your medicine cabinet with non-toxic, safe-for-theentire-family choices.


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Shawn Messonnier 2145 W. Park Blvd., Plano 75075 972-867-8800 • Natural and holistic doctor of veterinary medicine. Awardwinning author of The Natural Health Bible for Dogs & Cats and Unexpected Miracles: Hope and Holistic Healing for Pets.

INterNAl MeDIcINe PrIMAry cAre AND INterNAl MeDIcINe of frISco 5858 Main St., Ste. 210, Frisco 75033 972-377-8695

Highest ethical and clinical standards of care while providing exceptional attention to every patient.

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6505 W Park Blvd, Ste 200, Plano 75093 972-378-5867 • Burn up to 1000 calories an hour, strengthen your whole body and have a blast doing it. This fun is not just for kids. Huge trampoline jumping areas where you can literally bounce off the walls. Try trampoline dodge ball, a life-size maze, or rope-swing, slide or bounce into a huge foam pit. Special bounce and play area for kids under 7. You've got to see it to believe it. Open jumps, birthday parties, corporate team building and aerobics classes. See ad, page 43.

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7000 Independence Pkwy, Ste 180 Plano 75025 972-612-5363 • Seven different types of massage therapy for rejuvenation and energy. See ad, page 13.


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Dr. Marvin Sams 972-612-0160 • The Sams Center specializes in evidence based, non-drug therapy for ADD/ADHD, learning issues, chronic Depression and Anxiety, Asperger’s and Autism, epilepsy, Bipolar, and OCD. Quantitative EEG (computerized brain wave analysis) detects and defines the neurological issues; NeuroMatrix Neural Efficiency TrainingTM safely remediates and optimizes brain function. Find out more today. See ads, pages 7 and 33.

NutrItIoN SyNerGy bAlANce

Dr. Cecilia Yu, D.C.; NUCCA practitioner 12740 Hillcrest Road, Ste 138 Dallas 75230 972-387-4700 • Are you getting enough antioxidants from your food or supplements? With a simple scan of your palm, I can empower you with an easy to understand report of how effective your nutrition actually is. No needles and safe for children and adults. See ad, page 26.

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Gymnastics training for preschool to competitive levels.

Quality outdoor gear and clothing with a 100 percent satisfaction guarantee.

2424 Preston Rd, Plano 75093 • 972-985-2241

MArketS Indian grocery store.


4851 Legacy Dr, Ste 301, Frisco, 75034 972-294-0808 • Where your child’s health is our passion! Offering a full range of pediatric services integrating conventional and natural medicine for your child’s optimal health. See ad, page 7.

3t’S (tJ’S terrIfIc toucH) Teel Parkway, Frisco 75034 469-237-4289 •


SHANDIZ MeDIterrANeAN GrIll & MArket 4013 West Parker Rd, Plano 75093 972-943-8885

Halal meats, fresh produce, groceries and flat bread baked on-site.

SMootHIeS SMootHIe kING of DeNtoN 1601 Brinker Rd, Denton 76208 940-484-5464

Great-tasting smoothies using the highest quality nutritional ingredients for a healthy snack alternative.

SolAr & AlterNAtIVe eNerGy SolAr coMMuNIty 1-87-SOLAR-NRG (877-652-7674) Ask us how our Solar Community programs can save you money!

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Offices and service throughout D/FW 866-631-5934 Total Wind & Solar offers consultation, design, installation and service of alternative energy and rainwater harvesting systems based on your actual needs. Serving the North Texas-D/FW area.


2100 Dallas Pkwy, Ste 140, Plano 75075 972-378-4945 •



Specializing in Swedish massage for overall body relaxation and deep tissue massage for tense knotted muscles, an affordable 3T’s massage can help relieve stress commonly associated with a hectic lifestyle. See ad, page 42.

690 Parker Square, Flower Mound 75028 972-899-2060 And 1401 Shoal Creek, Ste 140, Highland Village 75077 972-899-2060 Drop-in child care and entertainment center.


4681 Ohio Dr, Frisco 75035 • 214-618-3175

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10825 John W Elliott Frisco 75034 • 214-872-4646



Adults and children can relax in our salt rooms while breathing in natural salt with its anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties, accelerating nasal clearance and improving lung function. Separate salt playroom with viewing window for children. Salt room yoga, onsite massage therapy and onsite reflexology available. See ad, page 14.

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7700 Main St, Frisco 75034 214-500-8304, •

Services are held on Friday evenings at 7 p.m. Every service welcomes children of all ages. Religious school classes take place on Sunday mornings during school year. Call or visit our website for service schedule.


6400 Stonebrook Pkwy, Frisco 75034 214-387-4700 • Sunday services, community programs, job ministry, preschool, and St. Philip’s Academy “K” class.


279 W Main St, Frisco 75034 • 972-712-1727 Tailoring, custom clothing, monogramming, draperies and shoe repair.


Dr. Genie Fields 5220 Spring Valley Rd, Ste. 405, Dallas 75254 214-352-8758 • Screening with thermography can detect abnormalities, many times 8-10 years before other screening methods. Non-invasive. No radiation. See ad, page 21.


Dr. Glenn King 3740 N. Josey Ln, Ste 244, Carrollton 75007 800-640-7998, TKM is natural and effective care that's changing lives for people battling immune, respiratory and cardiovascular disorders, cancer, migraines, pain and more. See ad, page 17.


3522 CR 2621, Caddo Mills 75135 214-288-9935 • Experience the world of Tribal American Indians hosted by Silverhawk & Prayerwalker. The store offers tribal art created by local artisans and world-renowned Native American artists. Educational seminars. We practice traditional ways, including prayer and drumming circles, sweat lodges, work parties, medicine wheels, etc. If you're seeking a spiritual path following ancient American tribal ways, ask about our community.

Twenty First Century Health 972-855-8711 • Better health through state-of-the-art water. Cutting edge technology. Call us or visit our website to learn more about how improving your home’s water can improve your health.

classifieds For fees and info on placing classifieds, email Deadline is noon on the 9th of the month. EMF & SMART METER TESTING EMF and RF TESTING – In-home survey and testing for electro-magnetic frequencies (EMF's), radio frequency (RF), smart meters and geopathic


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Weight Management & Wellness Consulting Sonja Kabell, Certified Weight Loss Consultant 972-935-6484 • Customized weight loss and wellness programs for individuals and families. Our goal is to create long term healthy habits. Provide dietary guidance, weight loss tools, supplementation, activity plans, meal planning, strategies, support and more to create a healthy lifestyle.


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FOR SALE Pride JAZZY Select Elite Power Wheelchair – Like new and virtually unused since only used for two months. Kept and used inside. Midnight blue color. $1600. 469-633-1587.



215 E University Dr, Denton 76209 940-380-8728 • A true wellness center and oasis for body, mind and spirit. Our caring practitioners really listen and can help you raise the level of wellness you are experiencing. Massage, Reiki, yoga, nutrition and counseling are just some of the modalities we offer. Book a session, drop in for yoga or join us at one of our educational seminars.

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