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enjoy creating each issue of Natural Awakenings magazine every month, however, this particular issue is very special to me as I get to share with you the teachings and inspirations from my favorite author, Tony Burroughs. Tony is presently on a 40 city national tour to promote his latest book, The Law of Agreement. He is the author of nine books and has produced 3 films and 80 YouTube videos. I have had the pleasure and privilege of meeting him in person and spending 3 days on retreat with him. He is as kind and genuine in person as he is in any of his videos. As someone who has always believed in the power of positive thinking and living a life with intention, Tony has been able to inspire me to live my life with INTENTION, in capital letters. Much of his teachings come from his life-long experience in co-creating Intention Circles and sharing the success and inner peace that comes from this activity with others. This idea of Intention Circles and a discussion of his latest book, will be the focus of his city-stop here in Tallahassee on May 10th, 2012. There is a newsbrief on his tour on page 7, an article written about Tony on page 29 and more information about the time and location of his local book tour on the back cover of this issue. May is also the month that we feature Women’s Wellness. Yarrow Pellbring, has written an article for us on how flower essences can enhance our lives, particularly under stressful conditions (page 13). We have articles on Anti-aging Skincare, Hormone Balancing and how the alkaline nature of green drinks benefits everyone! Recipes are included in the Green Drinks article, but I would like to share with you MY favorite green drink recipe that I drink almost everyday. 1 head of Romaine lettuce, a handful of fresh mint, 1 lemon, 2 apples. You can either juice this directly, or put it in a blender first and then strain through a cheesecloth bag. That is our basic Green Juice recipe. We always start there, but often experiment by adding other greens like kale or red chard, or adding another lemon so it tastes more like lemonade. Try it for yourself. Your little cells will wiggle with happiness. I promise! Each month I choose our magazine cover from a variety of choices. I chose this month’s cover because it reflects how I feel about the supportive, joy-filled, positive women that I have met as friends, networking buddies or other local entrepreneurs. I feel blessed by all of the wonderful people I continue to meet in Tallahassee, and I wanted to share that. I can attest that there is a personal contentment when one deliberately lives their life with intention. There seems to be more of an understanding of the flow of Nature and the Universe. In helping with that, there are two Intention Circles presently on-going in Tallahassee. I hope that once people become inspired by Tony Burroughs as I have, that we will have Intention Circles cropping up everywhere in our communities as people make positive intentions on creating better lives for themselves and for the highest good of everyone, everywhere.

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newsbriefs Living Green, Dying Green: A Natural Choice


any of us are choosing to live our lives in a healthier and more environmentally conscious manner. People may not know that they can also make choices at their death that also reflects the environmentally way they lived their lives. Tallahassee’s own Burt Davy can help people with that final decision by providing a choice in casket selection. He builds and creates “green caskets.” Green caskets differ from traditional caskets by being stain and metal free and eliminate the use of synthetic fabrics. “Wood is a very special material, organic, alive with beautiful colors and grain patterns, and sometimes has a mind of its own. Much of the wood I use is local, harvested from trees that have been removed for reasons other than mere harvesting and would otherwise be either firewood or mulch. I also purchase all of my lumber from locally owned companies,” says Burt Davy, owner and craftsman of Davy Wood Caskets, an exclusively environmentally-friendly casket provider. Dying is arguably the most natural phenomenon in the world, but modern death practices are not nature-friendly, according to environmentalists. Every year, the United States buries 1.6 million tons of reinforced concrete, 827,060 tons of toxic embalming fluid, 90,000 tons of steel (from caskets), and 30 million tons of hardwood board in its cemeteries, according to the Green Burial Council, an independent nonprofit organization based in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Burt Davy is the owner and skilled craftsman of Davy Wood Studio and Davy Wood Caskets, in Railroad Square, Tallahassee. He can be reached at 850-545-8123; or visit

Build a Fairy House


he Crystal Cottage in Panama City with Darce Blakley presents John Springer of Apopka sharing a 3 hour class about Faerie House & Gnome Home Creations on Sunday, May 20 from 2:00 - 5:00pm for $30.  Bring your natural materials, creativity and imagination.  Additional natural material will be shared, plus walking the NEW Fairy Trail at The Crystal Cottage.  RSVP’s are requested as there is limited seating for this special event.  The Crystal Cottage is located at 7338 Hwy 2301 in Panama City, FL. John Springer of Enchanted Walkabouts shares his expertise to assist people in reawakening their senses to truly connect with the flowers, trees, wind, water, and other elements of nature. John will be hosting an Enchanted Walkabout in Tallahassee on Tuesday, May 22nd. Final location will be announced on the Natural Awakenings Facebook page (https:// or by checking out for more information. Attending one of his workshops or trail walks is an effort to reclaim and acknowledge all the realms of God, Great Spirit, seen and unseen, to see and feel the world through a new set of eyes and heart.

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Celebrating a Grand Re-Opening


he Sharing Tree, a reusable resource center dedicated to creative reuse for arts and education, just celebrated its big relocation to Railroad Square Art Park. Previously located on the Lively Technical Center Campus, and serving primarily teachers, The Sharing Tree has evolved in order to reach its true mission to become a true community resource. Thanks to the vision of the Tree Board and founding partners (Goodwill, Leon County, Leon County Schools, and Sustainable Tallahassee) this small non-profit organization supplied LCS educators with over $215,000 worth of classroom materials and simultaneously diverting over 300,000 lbs. from the local landfill. Since then the Tree has partnered with the City of Tallahassee and the Early Learning Coalition. Embarking on the third year, The Sharing Tree hopes to serve all who are in need of affordable art, office and classroom supplies. The Sharing Tree is now open to ALL and offers materials for a deeply discounted rate. Please come visit us at 617 Industrial Drive @ Railroad Square. Hours are Wednesday (12-6) Thursday (12-6) Friday (12-4) and the 1st and 3rd Saturday of every month from 103:00 p.m. and also open for First Fridays. (Summer hours will vary.) The Sharing Tree also offers workshops and unique birthday parties. Workshops for adults and students are available, all including the theme of creative reuse and environmental awareness. For art and classroom ideas friend us on Facebook and visit our website at For further information email Executive Director, Carly Sinnadurai at (850) 264-4035

Women must pay for everything. They do get more glory than men for comparable feats, but they also get more notoriety when they crash. ~Amelia Earhart 6

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Tallahassee Optimist Club offering a Parents Night Out


he first official Optimist Club was formed in Buffalo, New York, in 1911. The term “optimist club” was selected to express the desire for a positive outlook in the face of new and various problems that coincided with the new industrial age. Since then, it has expanded to an association of more than 2,900 Optimist Clubs around the world dedicated to “Bringing Out the Best in Kids.” Adult volunteers join Optimist Clubs to conduct positive service projects in their communities aimed at providing a helping hand to youth. With their upbeat attitude, Optimist Club members help empower young people to be the best that they can be. 

 Although a former Optimist Club once existed in Tallahassee, in October of 2011 Doug Weier and 22 other Tallahassee locals formed a new Optimist Club of Leon County. Every Optimist Club is autonomous and run by members in their community therefore they maintain the flexibility to serve the youth of their area in any way they see fit and conduct programs to meet those needs. Every year, Optimists conduct 65,000 service projects and serve well over six million young people. The local Tallahassee club adopted a family in crisis over the Christmas holiday as their first act of community service. The next fund-raiser will be a “Parent’s Night Out” on May 19th from 5:00-9:00 at ARTS AfterSchool 2743 Capital Circle NE. This event is designed to bring awareness of the problem of human trafficking and provide funds for a local family victim of human trafficking. The cost is only $25.00 and children can participate in dance, karate, music, and art classes and eat pizza while parents have some grownup time. Several local restaurants have agreed to donate a percentage of sales from any tables who tell their servers they are with the Optimist Fundraiser. Anyone is welcome to attend a chapter meeting and learn more about Optimist. For more information contact Chapter President, Doug Weier at 850-574-1010.

Tony Burroughs to Visit Tallahassee in National Tour



ony Burroughs, co-founder of The Intenders of the Highest Good, will conduct a 40-city tour through July to discuss his latest book, The Law of Agreement, and host Intenders Circles. The bestselling author, storyteller and community-maker who has been living by the Laws of Manifestation for more than 25 years will share his heartfelt visions and insights of self-empowerment at 7:00pm on May 10th at the Amtrak Station Community Room in Tallahassee. In the first part of the two-hour event, he will speak about the transition we are all currently going through. He will talk about “the old ways” and “the new ways” and how we can apply The Law of Agreement and The Intention Process to make our personal lives more fulfilling and our world a better place to live. In the second hour, he will lead an Intenders Circle in which everyone is given the opportunity to share their Gratitudes and Intentions. Burroughs has published nine books including The Intenders Handbook and The Code: 10 Intentions for a Better World. He has also produced three full-length films and 80 You Tube videos on personal empowerment and community making, and is the creator of the popular Vision Alignment Project through which people worldwide have aligned with more than 600,000 times. Fee: $20 unless otherwise specified. Scholarships will also be available for these that are willing to help get the word out. Location: Amtrak Station Community Room, 918 Railroad Avenue, Tallahassee, FL. For more information, call Donna at 850-590-7024 or email Also visit html or

The Power of Place by Linda Sechrist


he qualities that make a place special to us are highly personal, and they often help us to define who we are. Whether the setting is a lake house, a mountain lodge, a seashore cottage or a backyard at twilight, our sensory connections to these special places shape us in deep and lasting ways. Childhood experiences of our hometowns and memorable spots where we ran free during summer vacations are often deeply embedded in our strongest memories. This relationship to place is one that we carry within ourselves for a lifetime. Nobel Prize-winning author William Faulkner noted that his own “little postage stamp of native soil” was an inexhaustible source of material. Fellow Mississippian and Pulitzer Prize winner Eudora Welty wrote, “Place absorbs our earliest notice and attention, it bestows on us our original awareness; and our critical powers spring up from the study of it and the growth of experience inside it. It is to this place that each of us goes to find the clearest, deepest identity of ourselves.” Psychologist Carl Jung lived nearly half his life in a home he built in the village of Bolligen, on Switzerland’s Lake Zurich. In his memoir, Memories, Dreams, Reflections, Jung remarked, “At Bolligen, I am in the midst of my true life, I am most deeply myself. At times I feel as if I am spread out over the landscape and inside things, and am myself living in every tree, in the splashing of

the waves, in the clouds and the animals that come and go, in the procession of the seasons. In Bolligen, silence surrounds me almost audibly, and I live in modest harmony with nature.” Iona Dreaming: The Healing Power of Place, is Clare Cooper Marcus’ journal of her six months on the Scottish island of Iona. The author writes, “I feel pure in this place. It is as if there was no separation between my living, breathing, perceiving body and my soulnature. No posturing, no pretending. I am who I am—no more, no less. As my breathing slows and I relax, I experience the sound of the sea passing through me—not me hearing the sea, not me and the sea—just the sound. A breeze blows across my face; the sun shines on my cheeks and forehead. For a moment, they seem to penetrate my body. Then, they just are. My body ceases to exist. No Clare or ego or a specific person, but a manifestation of divine energy just like everything around me… our separateness just an illusion.” These kinds of intimate experiences occur most often when we are in a relaxed or meditative state, or spending full-bodied, multisensory, openhearted time in nature. Such moments inspire the experience described by American Poet Robinson Jeffers in which we “fall in love outward.” Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings magazines.

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Eating Greens Can Change Genes


n international team of scientists led by researchers at McMaster and McGill universities, in Canada, were surprised to find that consuming generous amounts of fruit and raw vegetables modified a gene designated 9p21, the strongest marker for heart disease. In one of the largest gene-diet interaction studies ever conducted related to cardiovascular disease, the researchers analyzed more than 27,000 individuals from five ethnicities—Latin American, European, Chinese, South Asian and Arab—and the effect their diets had on the target gene. They discovered that men and women with the high-risk genotype that consumed a healthy diet with plenty of raw vegetables and fruits had a risk of heart attack similar to individuals carrying the low-risk genotype. “We know that 9p21 genetic variants increase the risk of heart disease for those that carry it,” says Genetic Epidemiologist Jamie Engert, joint principal investigator of the study, “but it was a surprise to find that a healthy diet could significantly weaken its effect.”

Sour News ABOUT Sweet Drinks


rinking sodas and other sugarsweetened beverages may increase a woman’s risk of heart disease and diabetes, according to research presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2011. Middle-aged and older women that drank two or more such drinks per day were nearly four times as likely to develop high triglycerides and significantly more likely to develop impaired fasting glucose levels, plus increase their waist size. The study also noted that risk factors for heart disease and stroke developed even when the women didn’t gain weight.

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esearchers from the University of California, Irvine (UCI) report that while birth control pills don’t damage memory, they can alter it. Women that were not taking birth control pills were better at remembering details than their peers on the pill. The difference makes sense, says UCI graduate researcher Shawn Nielsen, because contraceptives suppress sex hormones such as estrogen and progesterone to prevent pregnancy. These hormones were previously linked to women’s strong left-brain memory by a UCI research group led by Ph.D. Neurobiologist Larry Cahill.

Calcium Supplements Increase Heart Risk


alcium supplements, usually taken to improve bone health, may increase the risk of heart attack by as much as 30 percent, according to the findings of the Women’s Health Initiative, a 15-year research project established by the National Institutes of Health to address cardiovascular disease, cancer and osteoporosis. “If you take calcium supplements, you’ll build up excess calcium in your system that, coupled with mineral deficiencies and imbalances, can cause plaque in arteries, kidney stones, gallstones and more,” says Dr. Robert Thompson, co-author with Kathleen Barnes of The Calcium Lie: What Your Doctor Doesn’t Know Could Kill You. Instead, he recommends taking a trace mineral supplement, preferably in ionic form, whose electrical charge helps bond minerals with water, making the nutrients more easily absorbed. Such a supplement provides all needed minerals, including calcium, in the correct balance.

Cheese is Better than Butter


espite traditional cautions against eating animal fats to keep cholesterol in check, Danish researchers have found that eating hard cheese is better for the arteries than consuming the equivalent number of calories in butter. According to their study, published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, when hard cheese accounted for 13 percent of participants’ daily calories, their LDL (bad cholesterol) did not increase. When the same individuals switched to consuming more butter, their LDL levels rose. The researchers were unsure what caused the results, but noted that cheese contains a lot of calcium, which can increase the amount of fat excreted by the digestive tract.

The Write Way to Lose Weight


ccording to a new study published in Psychological Science, the right kind of writing may facilitate losing weight. Participating women were given a list of significant values including creativity, religion, music and relationships, and asked to rank them in order of personal importance. Half the women were asked to write for 15 minutes about the value most important to them; the other half wrote about a value not among their most highly preferred but that might be important to someone else. The first group lost an average of 3.4 pounds during the next few months, while the second group gained an average of 2.8 pounds. Researchers think the weight loss may be due to increased self-esteem and strengthened resolve.

Flexible Work places Boost Well-Being


etter sleep and feelings of health are among the benefits of a flexible workplace, according to a new study by University of Minnesota sociology professors that followed 608 office employees in a collaborating company. The initiation of a performance-focused work environment that redirected the focus of employees and managers towards measurable results and away from when and where work was completed, yielded positive markers. Employees that were allowed to routinely change when and where they worked, based upon their individual needs and job responsibilities, experienced improved sleep quality, higher energy levels, better self-reported health and a sense of personal mastery. Source: Journal of Health and Social Behavior

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Plastic Pollution Flows from Washday to the Sea A study published in the journal Environmental Science & Technology warns that microscopic plastic debris from washing clothes made of synthetic materials like polyester, acrylic and nylon is accumulating in the marine environment and could be entering the food chain. Concentrations were greatest near coastal urban areas. Up to 1,900 tiny fibers per garment were released with each wash during the study. Earlier research has shown that plastic particles smaller than one millimeter comprise 80 percent of environmental plastic and are being eaten by animals and getting into the food chain. Mark Browne, Ph.D., an ecologist based at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and a member of the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis, advises, “Once the plastics had been eaten, they transferred from the animals’ stomachs to their circulation system and actually accumulated in their cells.” The team took samples from 18 beaches around the globe, including sites in Australia, Britain, India, Japan, Oman, the Philippines, Portugal, Singapore, South Africa and the United States. They found no sample that did not contain pieces of the microplastic. Source: BBC

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Natural Wealth Spreadsheet Proposal The British government is setting up a Natural Capital Committee that will describe the country’s wealth in terms of the quality of its air, water, wildlife and other natural resources. Environment Secretary Caroline Spelman intends to propose that all countries begin “green accounting” to audit the state of their rivers, forests and other landscapes. The United Nations Rio+20 Conference in Brazil this June is expected to unite the participating nations in protecting the world’s environment. Sustainable development goals under consideration include ensuring that all agriculture is sustainable, protecting oceans, setting up an international court on environmental crime, and appointing an ombudsperson to speak on behalf of future generations. The summit, to be attended by 190 nations, will also look at cutting subsidies for fossil fuels and low carbon energy for all. Spelman observes that businesses in Great Britain are already measuring the impact they are having on the environment. She states, “In the same way, governments can start to take account of damage to the environment in order to sustain resources like fresh water for fisheries, forests for clean air and green spaces for tourism. We want our own government to take account of natural capital and our statisticians to calculate the state of the nation more widely.”

Oldie Goldies

Church and State

May spotlights Older Americans Month and the important role they play in sharing their experience, wisdom and understanding, and passing it all on to younger generations in meaningful ways. Youth that have significant relationships with a grandparent or another elder, for example, report that these relationships helped shape their values, goals and life choices, and gave them a sense of identity and roots. Many communities have increased their efforts to provide opportunities for older adults, many that remain physically and socially active through their 80s and beyond. Trends show that people over age 60 account for a growing percentage of participants in community service positions, faith-based organizations, online social networking groups, and arts and recreational activities. Lifelong participation in social, creative and physical activities has proven health benefits, including retention of mobility, increased muscle mass and improved cognitive abilities. The interactions of seniors with family, friends and neighbors across generations work to enrich the lives of all.

The Pew Research Center’s Internet and American Life Project affirms that religiously active people are more likely to engage in civic activities than others. The authors say their findings counter the view that religiously active people are less engaged with the secular world. The report found that 40 percent of Americans engage in some form of religious activity such as going to a church, synagogue or mosque, and feel better about their place in the larger civic community. They tend to be more trusting of others and more optimistic about their impact on their community and are more active in groups. Religious teachings have a component of helping others at their core, points out Eugene Fisher, a professor of Catholic-Jewish studies at Saint Leo University, in Florida. “Civic participation would be a natural result of that push to help your fellow man,” he says. The study similarly reveals a high level of digital participation by religiously engaged folks. Media expert Paul Levinson, author of New New Media, says, “The Internet is an amplifier of all that each of us are in our humanity.”

Faith Begets Civic Activism

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A New Demography for American Motherhood The state of motherhood in the United States has shifted strikingly in the past two decades, according to a Pew Research Center survey. Compared with mothers of newborns in 1990, today’s mothers are older, better educated and less likely to be either white or married. The ideal number of children for a family is still two, as it has been since the 1970s. Pew projects that 82 percent of U.S. population growth through 2050 will be from immigrants that arrived after 2005 and their descendants. Sources:, National Center for Health Statistics, U.S. Census Bureau

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The Positive Messages of Flower Essences by Yarrow Pellbring, BFRP hat is it about flowers? Do they speak the language of love? On first dates they say “I like you, thank you for going out with me!” They bring messages of joy - “congratulations on your wedding, on your baby!” They offer hope -“don’t despair, spring is here!” And at funerals they give comfort to the grieving. The messages of flowers are always welcome. What kind of messages have you been receiving lately? Are they mostly positive messages of comfort and joy? Sometimes we still hear messages from our childhood-”you’re not good enough, pretty enough, smart enough”. As adults and consumers we get messages that we’re not rich enough, sexy enough, cool enough. Maybe if we buy something, or try something, we’ll feel better about ourselves...or maybe not! What does make you feel better? Is it being with your loved ones, hearing a favorite song, experiencing the beauty and wonder of nature? We all know


there are certain things that lift our spirits and improve our mood and outlook. These intangibles are not measurable with scientific precision, but they are quite easily recognized. You can prove that music makes you feel better, or just listen to it! If a walk in the woods lowers your stress, do you really need clinical trials to confirm that conclusion? My conclusion is that much of life comes down to VIBRATION. Simply put, vibration is everywhere. Colors vibrate at different frequencies, all sound and music is vibration, the spoken word is vibration. We all know something about vibration, both positive and negative, but we may feel powerless to affect it. It’s so mysterious. We may not even consider that we have options. But what if there was a safe and natural system that you could use to affect negativity? Something safe, like beautiful music, to lift your spirits and improve your mood? Happily, there is! The Bach Flower Remedies use flower essences to raise vibrations to their naturally harmonious

state. They were developed in the 1930’s by Dr. Edward Bach, a well-respected London physician and surgeon with specialties in immunology, bacteriology and pathology. He disliked how orthodox medicine treated symptoms, not the person as a whole. He eventually left his lucrative private practice to develop the 38 flower remedies. Each non-toxic flower essence corresponds to an emotion or state of mind. For instance, Holly helps heal the wounded heart that lashes out at others in retaliation and anger. Mimulus gives courage to face our fears and overcome shyness. White Chestnut is for unwanted thoughts that go round and round, often making sleep difficult. Dr Bach combined five of the flowers (Cherry Plum, Clematis, Impatiens, Rock Rose, and Star of Bethlehem) into an emergency formula, often known as Rescue Remedy, which is very useful in suddenly stressful situations. Keep in mind they are not intended to treat physical symptoms and are not meant to replace medical treatment. The Bach Flower Remedies are now used in over 66 countries worldwide. They even are effective for animals. My Golden Retriever was terrified of thunder when we adopted her. She would hide in my closet and tremble for hours. One day I prepared a formula for her with Rescue Remedy plus Mimulus, the flower essence to use for known fears. I sprayed her gums with the formula and immediately felt her body soften and stop trembling. Another dose and she followed me out of the closet. Now she gets her spray at the first rumbling and does not need to go into hiding! In conclusion, when we use flower essences we are receiving positive messages from nature and from the Creator. I think we’re meant to be happy, and flower essences offer wonderfully positive messages of optimism, courage, generosity and unconditional love. Yarrow Pellbring is a Bach Foundation Registered Practitioner in Tallahassee Florida. For more information on the Bach Flower Remedies, visit www. or contact Yarrow@ or  on Facebook: Bach Flower Consultations.

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Anti-Aging Skincare Turn Back the Clock with New Treatments and Breakthroughs by Linda Sechrist

With aging still a largely mysterious process, current seekers of perpetual youth and beauty are urging scientists to find ways to slow or even reverse it. New tools to fight lines, wrinkles and sagging skin excite the imagination.


oday’s anti-aging toolbox is filled with promise. Tools range from at-home strengthening and refining creams to commercial treatment technologies such as cold laser, intense pulsed light (IPL), light-emitting diode (LED), microdermabrasion, photofacials, and skin tightening and rejuvenating ultrasound. Acupuncture facelifts make use of ancient Chinese techniques. Then there are the more invasive injectables, fillers and chemical peels. How do we know what is best for us? Whatever one’s chosen tools, Hema Sundaram, author of Face Value: The Truth about Beauty—and a GuiltFree Guide to Finding It, believes that women at any age have every right to pursue the outward expression of their inner beauty. The Washington, D.C.based medical doctor and board-certified dermatologist, who specializes in cosmetic surgery, supports a woman’s freedom to choose, without embarrassment or criticism. She emphasizes the positive effects of cosmetic procedures


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performed for the right reasons and notes, “Restoring the balance between a woman’s inner and outer selves can

Good genes, a healthy lifestyle and skilled beauty enhancements can slow the clock of aging. ~ Dr. Hema Sundaram, owner, Sundaram Dermatology, Cosmetic & Laser Surgery Center, Rockville, Maryland, and Fairfax, Virginia. transform her life.” An at-home anti-aging regimen aimed at retarding time’s telltales and enhancing beauty lays the foundation for an effective partnership with an esthetician or dermatologist. Performed consistently, do-it-yourself treatments can help to maintain cosmetic work performed by skincare professionals. Popular, non-invasive techniques are explained here. Many take it a step further with a meditation practice designed to develop and project inner, spiritual beauty. Gua Sha. This Chinese technique (pronounced GWA SHA) uses a small medicinal board to gently massage, manipulate and stimulate energy points along the face. The objective is to promote a normal flow of energy, or qi (pronounced KEE), and blood circulation and to remove toxins. It also sup-

Facial Contouring Primer by Linda Sechrist


acial acupuncture uses 12 strategically placed needles in the scalp and neck at muscle attachment points to lift the face and neck. “Ten to 20 treatments refresh the face, regardless of your age,” advises Anna Baker, a doctor of Oriental medicine and owner of Faces by Dr. Anna, in Sarasota, Florida. Baker advises that the results of 50 treatments are frequently better than a facelift, from sculpting the jawline and neck profile to erasing lines and lifting droopy eyelids. “Cold lasers, IPL and LED use gentle energy from light waves to act on cells deep in the skin, helping them to grow back stronger,” says cosmetic chemist and esthetician Elina Fedotova, of Elina Organics, of Kalamazoo, Michigan, and Chicago, Illinois. Of the three, she considers IPL the most dramatic. Offered by many estheticians, ultrasound wands emit radio frequencies to stimulate skin cells through vibration. Used to diminish wrinkles and lessen the appearance of scars, it also facilitates migration of serum and mask ingredients to sink into deeper layers of skin. Note that because ultrasound penetrates to the blood level, any products used during the treatment should be only the purest and most natural.

ports, lymph drainage. Gua sha activates inner vitality by stimulating both the superficial and deep muscles that control facial expression. Beauty benefits include a brighter complexion and a reduction in the appearance of wrinkles, dark under-eye circles and puffy eyes. It also lifts sagging at the neck and jaw. Hypnox. This 25-minute guided hypnotherapeutic audio recording is touted as a natural alternative to the neurotoxin Botox. Instead of paralyzing targeted facial muscles, which inhibits natural facial expression, Hypnox targets and retrains the same muscles to stop habitual frowning, lip puckering and squinting. The process is said to promote overall relaxation, allowing wrinkles to fade away. Facercize. Muscle resistance training helps tone and enliven the 30 muscles of the face to render more youthful-looking features. Muscle fibers literally smooth out, shorten and lift the attached skin on the face and neck. Enzyme Mask. A weekly exfoliating fruit enzyme mask gently dissolves dead surface cells and embedded impurities, while restoring hydration. Adding an organic, fruit-based peel of alpha- and beta-hydroxy acids supplies an ideal boost that can result in an even brighter complexion and firmer looking skin. Retinols. These naturally occurring forms of vitamin A are a gentler, overthe-counter version of retinoids. They likewise promote healthy cell renewal and collagen production. Gentle Microdermabrasion. Athome microdermabrasion kits work to reduce the visibility of pores and fine lines. Many come with battery-operated brushes, aluminum-free scrubs, balancing toners and moisturizing serums; look for natural ingredients. Microcurrent Facial Sculpting. “Electrical stimulation forces facial muscles to do sit-ups,” says Charlene Handel, owner of Skin Fitness, Etc., in Carlsbad, California. Twenty years of experience with handheld commercial products have convinced this certified holistic esthetician that if the current can’t be felt, it isn’t doing the job. Trained by Elina Fedotova, CEO of Elina Organics and founder of the Asso-

ciation of Holistic Skin Care Practitioners, Handel cautions that techniques intended to move skincare products beyond the outermost dermal layer— such as microcurrent, cold laser, ultrasound and LED—should be 100 percent natural and organic. “Read labels to find the USDA Organic seal and avoid subjecting skin to synthetic chemicals and ingredients that contain petroleum derivatives from crude oil; artificial fragrances, which

frequently contain toxic chemicals; and synthetic preservatives such as parabens,” she advises. The ultimate responsibility for skincare is our own. When a healthy diet, sufficient sleep, exfoliation, hydration and natural topical treatments are no longer keeping gravity at bay, individuals of either gender need not hesitate to seek help from skin-care professionals. Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings magazines.

Body Contouring Primer by Linda Sechrist


he ability to gently melt away body fat lies largely in the hands of a physician certified to perform Food and Drug Administration-approved, noninvasive treatments. Here are three of the most common. Zerona. Developed by Santa Barbara Medical Innovations (SBMI), this cool laser technology targets the fat in isolated trouble spots, such as love handles and belly bulges. According to the company, Zerona targets adipose (fat) cells with specific, low-level wavelengths of light, causing the fat to seep out of the cells. The deflated cells result in a smaller, tighter contour. SBMI’s studies show that the fat is safely absorbed into the body’s lymphatic system and eventually metabolized by the liver. Zeltiq Coolsculpting. Used in Europe and Canada before coming to the United States, this FDA-approved approach is performed in a doctor’s office, typically under the supervision of a dermatologist or plastic surgeon; no anesthesia or recovery time is necessary. It employs a contained suction device to cool the skin, as well as the fat beneath it, to 40 degrees. Several days later, the cooled fat cells begin to shrink. Damaged fat cells are slowly digested by the body over several months and removed through the liver. VelaShape. This non-surgical treatment for reducing cellulite combines radio frequency energy, infrared light, mechanical rollers and vacuum suction to heat and massage the shallow layers of fat that contribute to cellulite. The handheld vacuum sucks at the fatty pocket, while the infrared light heats and shrinks fat cells.

Sage Advice According to Dr. Brian S. Biesman, director of the Nashville Centre for Laser and Facial Surgery, where he specializes in cosmetic and reconstructive eyelid surgery, the ideal candidate for such treatments is near their ideal body weight and wants to remove unwanted fat in localized areas. He counsels, “It’s not an alternative to healthy diet or lifestyle.”

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Liquid Taste Treats Try These Healthy Green Drinks

by Jason Manheim


magine a diet that eliminates the need for calorie counting and never prompts a late-night rummage in search of foods possibly high in fat, sugar or processed ingredients; one that allows you to eat like you do now, except for one small change—the addition of a green drink or smoothie. A green drink isn’t a meal replacement; it’s a supplement (a starter or side dish) to the diet you already enjoy. Simply drink one prior to breakfast and if you are committed to optimal health, another before lunch and dinner. You can change the ingredients at will, according to taste. Fruits and vegetables are the most nutrient-rich foods on the planet, accepted as staples in just about every healthy diet imaginable. From vegetarian to omnivore to Weight Watchers diets, the green drink is welcome. After a week or so of drinking green, your body will begin to crave the rush of nutrients it receives and less healthy foods will simply lose their appeal. You will naturally gravitate towards foods that fuel your body, instead of foods that drag it down. Robert Young, Ph.D., author of The pH Miracle, has been in the forefront of promoting the fact that the body thrives when its pH levels are more alkaline than acidic. Diseasecausing bacteria and viruses, as well as other abnormalities, flourish in an acid state, while the body’s natural defense mechanisms work best in an alkaline


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state. He writes, “Our glands and organs function properly in exact proportion to the amount of alkaline and acid levels i n our system; eating a balance of 75 percent alkaline foods and 25 percent acidic foods is ideal.” Young reports that keeping your body in an alkaline state amplifies benefits such as immune system function, strength, stamina and weight loss. Fruits and vegetables, especially green leafy vegetables, are extremely alkaline, and drinking them is an easy way to consume more. According to the Institute of Medicine’s Dietary Reference Intakes for Energy, Carbohydrates, Fiber, Fat, Fatty Acids, Cholesterol, Protein and Amino Acids, the average adult needs about 50 grams of protein a day. Eating normal meals generally supplies that. Greens, despite the common misconception, also contain a good amount of protein when eaten in large quantities, which green drinks provide. Getting started requires only a blender or juicer, depending on the recipe. Juicing is great for a quick jolt of concentrated energy; the drink delivers maximum nutrient intake, and the absence of fiber enables near-immediate absorption of vitamins and minerals. Juicing is also preferred by people with digestive issues or those looking to cleanse or heal their system.

While blending a green smoothie reduces nutrient concentration through oxidation, by whipping air into the drink, it is ideal for people that need to keep their sugar in check. It’s the flip side of juicing, which can turn a fivepound bag of fruits and greens into a glass of concentrated fruit sugars, called fructose. Blending also delivers fiber, which helps keep the digestive tract in tip-top shape. It can even serve as a complete meal; you can add avocado or raw almond butter for healthy fats, and protein powder, raw chocolate and bee pollen for extra stamina and endurance—much more than what is possible using a juicer. In most cases, a typical blender will suffice. However, when blending fruits and vegetables with a harder consistency, such as carrots, pineapple hearts and apples, or waxy greens like kale, you will need more specialized equipment. Two professional blenders, Blendtec and Vitamix, are a good fit for home countertops. Spinach, chard and mixed greens make a perfect base for beginners. Just blend or juice them with a few sweet fruits and berries like banana, blueberries and apple to disguise the green taste. From there, you can experiment by adding more potent ingredients like kale, beet greens, mustard greens, arugula and watercress. Mint or other herbs add a refreshing twist. It helps newcomers to start with more fruits than greens, and then gradually shift the balance. For even more smoothie nutrition, try adding superfoods, such as puréed pumpkin, coconut milk or oil, nut and seed butters, avocado and even garlic. To assuage a sweet tooth, add a dash of honey or pitted dates to the blender. You don’t have to live like a strict dieter, athlete or nutritionist to be healthier and feel better. Just toss a few fruits and greens into a blender or juicer each day and drink to your health. Jason Manheim is a health, fitness and green drink junkie in Los Angeles, CA. His educational website, HealthyGreen, was the inspiration for his book, The Healthy Green Drink Diet: Advice and Recipes to Energize, Alkalize, Lose Weight, and Feel Great.

Great Green Drinks by Jason Manheim

Cool Slaw

This refreshing summer delight is perfect for parties by the pool, barbecues and picnics in the park. Broccoli’s cancer-fighting properties combat carcinogens introduced to meat by a smoky grill. Ginger works to settle stomachs and has long been a remedy for heartburn. 1 crown of broccoli ½ small red cabbage 2 carrots 1 lemon (peeled) 1 green apple Ginger to taste Peel ginger root and juice all ingredients together. Serve over ice.

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The good-for-you factor in salads is often diminished by introducing salad oils and dressings, sacrificing some health benefits for taste, but not so with this drink. The fiber-rich kale and the veritable powerhouse of vitamins in spinach pair with sweet carrots and a tart green apple, juiced to a harmonious balance of taste and nutrition. 3 leaves kale 1 bunch cilantro 1 cup spinach 1 cucumber 1–2 carrots 1 green apple

Green Clean

Combine ingredients and juice.

This tasty concoction begs to be poured into an ice-filled punch bowl and ladled into frosty glasses. You’ll never know your body is detoxifying as you gulp this tasty summer treat. For those that find it a bit too sour, add an apple or two. Green Clean not only has high amounts of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, it is one of the most aromatically appealing drinks around—crisp, clean and refreshing. 1 lime 1 lemon 1 large cucumber 1 handful basil 1 handful mint 2 handfuls spinach Ginger to taste Combine ingredients and juice. natural awakenings

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The Hormone Balancing Act Natural Strategies for Feeling Better by Kathleen Barnes


ormones rule our lives; it’s a simple fact of biochemistry. In their role as the body’s chemical messengers, hormones affect every human biological system. Without them, nothing works correctly. Women’s hormonal systems are as complex as men’s, although vastly different. They govern reproduction, plus every aspect of health—including metabolizing food, proper immune function, physical and emotional responses to stress and the aging of cells.

Teens and Early 20s

Puberty and the early reproductive years should be the physical peak of a young woman’s life; when she is physically active and full of energy and youthful health. It’s also the time when breasts develop, hips widen, pubic hair appears, menstruation begins, and she becomes capable of pregnancy. The good news is that several studies by the National Cancer Institute and the University of California,

Los Angeles, have shown that regular exercise undertaken at this age results in lower estrogen levels throughout a woman’s life, greatly reducing her risk of breast cancer and other hormonal cancers. Yet, C.W. Randolph, Jr., a leading bioidentical hormone physician and co-author of From Hormone Hell to Hormone Well, reports that the ideal hormonal balance is routinely upset today. Culprits are obesity among young American women and the everyday presence of toxic estrogenic chemicals in today’s dairy products and meat, personal care products, plastics, food containers, pesticides and herbicides, as well as car exhaust. “These compounds often have chemical structure similar to estro-

Major Female Hormones d Estrogen is produced by the ovaries, adrenal glands and in several other parts of the female body. It is responsible for physical maturation, including development of breasts, regulation of the menstrual cycle and preparing the uterus to receive a fertilized embryo. d Progesterone prepares the uterus for pregnancy, maintains pregnancy and balances estrogen during cyclical fluctuations. 18

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d Luteinizing hormone governs the ovaries’ production of estrogen and progesterone. d Follicle-stimulating hormone works in synergy with the luteinizing hormone to control the menstrual cycle and ovarian egg production. d Testosterone is present in women, although in far lower levels than in men. It serves as a component of healthy sexual desire and in maintenance of healthy bones and muscles.

gen and can act like estrogen when introduced into the body,” Randolph explains. “Over time, these substances can increase estrogen in the body, potentially causing problems.” Categorized as xenoestrogens, these hormone disruptors can cause rapid growth in breast tissue and have been blamed for the appearance of breast tissue and even milk production in girls as young as 18 months and the early onset of puberty, particularly among African-American girls. They are also suspected in the rising incidence of breast cancer in younger women today.

Reproductive Years

Women in their reproductive years often experience extreme stress in struggling to balance family, work, relationships and a need for personal growth, along with economic challenges. Women’s health expert Dr. Christiane Northrup, author of The Wisdom of Menopause, blames the stress of modern lifestyles for hormone disruptions in women in their childbearing years. “The stress hormones cortisol and epinephrine can have long-term effects on all other hormones,” advises Northrup. Concurrently, many women sacrifice self-nurturance in order to nurture others. The first result is often premenstrual syndrome (PMS), which Northrup

Ways to Avoid Manmade Estrogens d Choose organic milk and dairy products. d Eat organic meats and wild-caught fish. d Avoid canned foods and plastic water and soda bottles. d Do not use lawn or garden chemical pesticides or herbicides. d Shed outdoor shoes before entering the house. d Avoid furniture made from medium-density fiberboard (MDF) and synthetic carpeting; these materials outgas toxic chemicals. d Use natural household-cleaning products, including baking soda and vinegar. d Choose natural personal care products, including shampoos, lotions and cosmetics. calls a “lifestyle disease.” “We know that this problem seems to worsen with each subsequent child. That made the connection for me,” she adds, “that with growing families and responsibilities, women no longer take care of themselves as well; no longer get the amount of exercise they once did. The body is quite forgiving in their 20s, much less so in their 30s.” Part of the result is the attempt to reduce stress levels by eating high-fat and high-sugar comfort foods. Weight gain, blood sugar imbalances and sex hormone imbalances follow. “Excess blood sugar changes the way estrogen, progesterone and testosterone are metabolized,” Northrup explains. “PMS and other problems of the reproductive years often go away when you get your blood sugar balanced, but—here’s the rub— you won’t get it rebalanced unless you are addressing the very real stressors in your life.” Due to the presence of xenoestrogens and Americans’ general fondness for processed comfort foods, women in their childbearing years are also increasingly afflicted by polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), a condition characterized by overproduction of testosterone and other

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male hormones. Insulite Laboratories, in Louisville, Colorado, reports that infertility and early onset Type 2 diabetes, another hormonal imbalance problem, are closely connected to PCOS. The first priority for every woman at any age, counsels Northrup, is to get blood sugar (glucose) under control. “Get a glucometer. You don’t need a prescription. If your blood sugar level isn’t between 80 and 90 in the morning, you need to look at your diet and lifestyle. Getting this under control will create hormonal balance in the vast majority of women. It’s so simple.”


The next hormonal shift overlaps with a woman’s reproductive years. Symptoms of perimenopause, or the start of menopause and the end of childbearing years, typically show up between the early and late 30s. These range from hot flashes, night sweats and insomnia to weight gain, fuzzy thinking and redistribution of hair on the body. Again, the presence of xenoestrogens and stress contribute. Women of other cultures rarely experience the intensity of perimenopausal symptoms that Western women report. So does that make perimenopause a lifestyle disease, as well? Emphatically yes, says Holly Lucille, a doctor of naturopathy, registered nurse and past president of the California Naturopathic Doctors Association. “Diet and lifestyle are absolutely essential to a healthy hormonal system,” which she explains in her book, Creating and Maintaining Balance: A Woman’s Guide to Safe, Natural, Hormone Health. “The biochemistry of the body is based on vitamins and minerals. If we compromise food and lifestyle choices, we are not getting the nutrients necessary to have a healthy endocrine system.” Weight gain is a particular concern during perimenopause. In their book, From Belly Fat to Belly Flat, Dr. Randolph and Genie James, co-founders of the Natural Hormone Institute, advocate a specific eating plan to override belly fat and related accumulating effects of excess estrogen. “In perimenopause, progesterone production usually declines rapidly, more than 120 times faster than estrogen or testosterone production. That’s what 20

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Seven Steps to Address Perimenopausal Symptoms 1. Good diet that’s heavy on organic foods and low in saturated fats 2. Vitex, or chasteberry, to increase progesterone naturally and help balance excess estrogen 3. Black cohosh extract, like that found in Remifemin, to control hot flashes and night sweats 4. Blood sugar stability aggravates the symptoms,” Randolph notes. “Because women in perimenopause are usually still menstruating, they think their hormones are okay.” “The more body fat you have, the more estrogen tips the hormonal imbalance,” says Lucille. “Those fat cells hold on to toxins and place more burden on the liver, making it unable to effectively metabolize those extra estrogens,” which are stored in body fat and brought into the body as xenoestrogens. “At the end of the day, estrogen is a messenger, and its message is to tell cells to grow and proliferate. That’s what we don’t want.” When estrogen becomes dominant, several things happen, including a more rapid release of insulin from the pancreas, which triggers sugar cravings. “It’s not a willpower problem,” Randolph assures. “Too much estrogen causes you to pack on the pounds in the belly area, and belly fat produces more estrogen. It’s a vicious cycle.” Lucille considers perimenopause the opposite of puberty and counsels, “While we are dealing with these changes, bringing some hormones on board for a short time can be a valuable tool.” However, she cautions, replacing anything isn’t the issue. “You have to look at the big picture,” she avers. “Putting hormones into a toxic body is like putting gas into a dirty gas tank. We have to restore function first.” Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) has been a boon for millions. Results of the Women’s Health Initiative, a national study of women’s health between 1991 and 2002, involving more than 160,000 postmenopausal

5. Stress management, as well as adrenal support via an adrenal glandular supplement 6. Regular exercise 7. Bioidentical hormone replacement, if symptoms become too uncomfortable Source: Creating and Maintaining Balance: A Woman’s Guide to Safe, Natural, Hormone Health, by Dr. Holly Lucille women ages 50 to 79, sparked more widespread use early in the 21st century, when research began to show the dire consequences of synthetic hormone replacement. The Million Woman Study of British women also found that taking synthetic hormones at menopause doubled the risk of breast cancer for women. Northrup calls bioidenticals “nature’s ideal design,” due to the prescription of individually tailored doses, custom-made by compounding pharmacies. Although these are rarely covered by insurance, estradiol-only patches may be; however, additional progesterone and testosterone may still be necessary, depending on test results, according to Northrup.

Foods to Reduce Estrogen Dominance d Cruciferous vegetables and green leafy vegetables with indole-3carbinol to decrease xenoestrogens, including broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, spinach, celery and kale; two to three servings a day d Any citrus fruits, which have dlimonene to promote estrogen detoxification; one serving a day d Insoluble fiber as an estrogen binder, such as oats, berries, dried beans and apples; two servings a day d Lignans as estrogen binders, such as flaxseed, sesame seeds and flaxseed oil; two to three tablespoons a day Source: From Belly Fat to Belly Flat, by Dr. C.W. Randolph, Jr., and Genie James


If a woman has had no menstrual periods for 12 months, she is considered to be in menopause. However, Lucille asserts, “Menopause is not a disease.” Northrup touts menopause as the most creative and precious time of a woman’s life; it is often a time of spiritual awakening and self-fulfillment. “When the female brain passes menopause, the brain changes,” advises Northrup. “In a sense, we move from alternating current to direct current; I believe that this is the way the brain encodes wisdom.” “Yet there are women in their 60s that are still having hot flashes. What should they do?” queries Northrup. Natural alternatives exist that are safe and effective. “Many herbs have been used for millennia that have estrogen-like properties, but do not have estrogen’s side effects,” Northrup says. “There is huge confusion about this: Plant hormones have different structures than mammalian hormones and cannot act as growth hormones. If you have too much estrogen, these plant hormones can actually protect against excess stimulation.”

Her favorite is pueraria mirifica, which has helped relieve perimenopausal and menopausal symptoms in 80 percent of her patients within days. (Because the method of harvesting and processing supports effectiveness, Northrup likes Solgar brand PhytoGen.) She also uses maca, from Peru, for its phytoestrogens, vitex, black cohosh and omega-3 fatty acids such as those found in salmon for ongoing hot flashes. “Some women go through these

years and truly take their place as women of wisdom and power. They don’t need any additional hormone support; they have enough life energy coming,” comments Northrup. “Others may need to take some kind of hormone support their entire lives. Either way, no one should suffer.” Kathleen Barnes is a natural health advocate, author and publisher. User’s Guide to Natural Hormone Replacement is among her many books. Visit

How to Access Bioidentical Hormones Bioidentical hormone replacement requires a prescription hormone blend prepared specifically for each individual by a compounding pharmacy. It may include the three primary aspects of natural estrogen: estradiol, estrone and estriol, and will usually include progesterone and testosterone, if needed. “An almost limitless flexibility of doses is available in capsule or cream form,” says Steve Metcalf, a registered pharmacist and owner of Metcalf

Pharmacy, a compounding pharmacy in Brevard, North Carolina. “Unlike conventional hormone replacement therapy, where the mentality of the pharmaceutical companies is ‘one size fits all,’ we can make the specific strength you need.” To find a local compounding pharmacy, visit the International Academy of Compounding Pharmacists website,

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Greenwashing Update



e may think we are protecting our family’s health and the Earth’s environment by buying eco-friendly products, but a second look at some so-called “green” products may reveal we’ve been led astray. When companies hurry to cash in with new product lines touting natural living products, too many of the changes are more cosmetic (new packaging, appealing earthy logos) than chemical; sometimes toxicity levels decrease in only minimal amounts. With

green marketing campaigns in overdrive, how can we be sure that we truly are selecting a certified safe product?

Hijacking True Eco-Trends

Greenwashing occurs when more money or time is spent on advertising and labeling green characteristics than actually developing and implementing environmentally sound products and practices. Words such as natural, non-toxic and eco-safe are now widely misused.


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“Our research shows that while some consumers blindly trust green product claims, a growing number are doing research on product labels or going online” Although greenwashing has been around for nearly a quarter century, corporations today are committing to it at unprecedented levels as they go after the growing market for eco-friendly products. Companies have duly noted that even the average Jane is now interested in protecting the environment and is willing to pay a premium to help. When products and services are really green, everyone wins; but when they are suspect, everyone suffers from a false sense of stewardship. The hijacking of green by irresponsible corporations is aptly characterized by Jay Westerveld’s initial 1986 report on greenwashing, first used to describe the reuse of towels in the hotel industry. His research implied that in-room signage stating that, “Reusing the hotel towels helps save the environment,” was more a ploy to increase reservations from patrons concerned about their environmental footprints than an actual credo of hotel management. One can hardly assert environmental responsibility based on laundry alone, but many hotels did, even though they were not participating in any other forms of resource conservation, recycling or waste reduction. The bottled water industry is a more recent example. Amid mounting

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negative publicity about their unsustainable practices, these companies aggressively overhauled label designs and switched to thinner plastic bottles. Yes, the new form is less wasteful, but drinking bottled water remains among the most environmentally unfriendly habits; plus, drinking from plastic, made with petrochemicals, is unhealthy, according to a Harvard School of Public Health study published in 2011 in the peer-reviewed journal Environmental Health Perspectives. Thankfully, the tide is turning in many companies with integrity. For example, in the 20 years since Westerveld’s report, more hotels are starting to introduce genuine environmental reforms, but so much more progress is needed across the board in business that the true pioneers stand out. Unfortunately, given the creativity of evolving greenwashing tactics, it is becoming more difficult to distinguish between authentic eco-alterations and mere overtures to green living. Buyer beware still applies.

Green Products Must Walk the Walk

Here are some telltale signs of greenwashing. Fluffy or ambiguous language. Beware of terms such as all natural, true organic experience or free of [insert scary chemical name]. These terms are not government regulated, and mean nothing. Even the organic monicker has multiple definitions that are meaningless unless a product is certified organic by a respected institution that issues objective standards. Partial or nonexistent list of ingredients. The entire list should be on the label for 100 percent transparency. Unverified health claims. Many companies lie or outright fabricate claims or data. Demand to see supporting scientific studies. A questionable parent company. If a maker is owned by a company notorious for toxic outputs, chances are that the product’s formula has undergone only minimal changes from the original, non-green version. Consumers are not powerless. “Our research shows that while some consumers blindly trust green product claims, a growing number are doing research on product labels or going online,” says Kevin Tuerff, president of EnviroMedia and co-founder of the Greenwashing Index. “Unfortunately, the Federal Trade Commission is way behind in issuing new rules on green marketing that would protect consumers and help our environment.” was launched in 2007 to help shoppers know how to identify vague or misleading claims and when they can be confident of product authenticity. The good news is that more companies today than ever are honestly working toward becoming more green. Smart shoppers will help them on their way by consistently making the right environmental choice, not just a marketing choice. Buyer be aware.

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YOU DIRTY DOG! Tips for the Grooming Impaired by Avery Mack


ogs can get into the darnedest messes, and when they do, these head-to-toe grooming tips will make cleanup easier—on both sides of the tub. Shedding. Every dog needs a good comb-out to remove dead hair. When possible, do this outside, to reduce dander or flyaway fur in the house. Use a tool suited to the dog’s coat from a pet store—a brush, comb or saw-toothed loop to get to the undercoat. Matted Fur. Dog hair can felt up faster than a wool sweater in hot water. Always comb the mat starting from the end. If it’s especially stubborn, cut the mat lengthwise to separate into two or three pieces before combing. Don’t cut the mat out entirely, which is as noticeable as cutting a wad of bubble gum out of a child’s hair. Move especially difficult mats into the tub and rub a conditioner into it (a show horse detangler works well). Ears. Red, painful, inflamed ears or dark, tarry goo inside an ear means infection or ear mites; head to a local veterinarian for an appropriate salve or drops. “Breeds like the Maltese or poodles get ear infections from moisture held in the ears by too much hair,” explains Diana Immordino, a master 24

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groomer with Animal General Hospital, in Port Saint Lucie, Florida. “A professional groomer can show how to gently and safely remove the excess, and advise if a drying powder is needed.” Teeth. Dogs love chicken- or liverflavored toothpaste; using a tempting flavor makes maintaining sparkling clean teeth and a healthy mouth easy to achieve at home. Brushing several times a week will reduce or eliminate the need to sedate the dog for a more costly professional dental cleaning. Feet. Make it a habit to keep fur trimmed even with the pads, so the dog isn’t slipping on long hair. Trim to make a nice, semicircular paw, as viewed from above. Cavalier King Charles spaniels are the exception to the round paw look. Baths. Have towels and a gentle shampoo close by. Then bring in the pet and close the bathroom door; it’s easier than chasing a wet dog through the house. Use conditioner for mats only—a dime-sized blob is enough—not for dog hair overall. Rub it into the mat and let it sit for 15 minutes before combing out the tangle. Small or shorthaired dogs can take a dip in the bathtub, but large, and/or

double-coated breeds are best bathed outdoors or in a special tub in the laundry room, to keep fur out of the drain. A spray attachment will help get water all the way to the skin for breeds like a Keeshond, Malamute or Siberian husky. Bloodhounds, pugs, bulldogs and shar peis need extra care. “Separate the wrinkles, suds up, rinse thoroughly and be careful to dry between the folds,” says Immordino. “These breeds can develop yeast infections between the wrinkles.” Have several towels ready and dry the dog’s entire body before opening the door, because most will bolt to shake themselves dry and rub on rugs and furniture. A hair dryer on the coolest setting can help if it’s kept away from the dog’s skin and the buzzing rush of air doesn’t cause anxiety. Plucking. Harsh-coated, nonshedding dogs such as the Cairn terrier should not be bathed; strip their coat instead. “Plucking removes the soft, dead undercoat, allows a healthy, vibrant coat to grow and maintains a proper rough texture that repels dirt and water,” explains Patti McCully, a Cairn breeder in Arvada, Colorado. “Baths soften the coat and would eliminate this auto-clean feature. Stripping doesn’t hurt the dog. There’s no stinky smell, either.” Nails. If an owner is squeamish about cutting a dog’s nails too short, local rescue clinics often offer nail trims for a small donation. At home, use a handheld grinding tool with a dome safety feature from the hardware store, instead of grab-and-crunch clippers. “The easiest way to do a dog’s nails is to have the dog do it himself, dragging its nails across a filing board,” counsels M. Shirley Chong, a clicker trainer in Grinnell, Iowa. “I teach people how to do this and it’s easy to train the dogs, because they enjoy it.” The trick is to put the board out of reach between supervised sessions ( Finally, when the family dog is having a bad hair day and time is an issue, a professional can save the day. Mobile groomers make house calls, and regular grooming contributes to a sweet-smelling dog. Connect with freelance writer Avery Mack at

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Mom-to-Mom WISDOM Calming Advice for More ‘Good Days’ with Fretful Kids by Beth Davis


arenting has more than its share of stressful challenges, and today’s moms are often frustrated by conflicting advice. As families search for answers to daily issues, a more holistic and natural approach, known as conscious parenting, has been gaining momentum. According to Lori Petro, founder of TEACH through Love, a child advocacy group and educational resource for progressive parents, conscious parenting comprises the spirit of cooperation, instead of traditional models of discipline and control. “We want to teach our children how to live in the world, explore, be creative, compassionate, learn appropriate expressions of emotion and think for themselves,” she says. To help maximize the rewards for all, Natural Awakenings asked several forward-thinking moms for their best tips on how to handle some of parenting’s biggest challenges.

the reality is, babies often cry because it’s too silent.” She recommends swaddling the baby, swaying and shushing quietly in the baby’s ear—all to mimic the comforts of the womb. The best advice that she gives any new parent is that it’s okay not to know everything. “Just listen to your instincts and understand that each child will learn and grow at his or her own pace,” she says. “Most importantly, relax and don’t sweat the small stuff.”

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As a certified Happiest Baby educator, mother of three and owner of Gummy Giggles Baby Boutique, in Yukon, Oklahoma, Lori Simmons provides parents with essential tools and knowledge to help calm unhappy babies. She notes that while dealing with a crying infant is simply part of being a parent, colic is a condition moms dread the most. Making the baby feel as if he or she is still in the womb is key, she advises. “People try to not make any noise, but 26

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“What parents see or feel in a situation is not necessarily what the child is experiencing,” Bond explains. “Taking the time to recognize the fact of individual realities can be huge in rethinking one’s approach to discipline.” Weathering Toddler Meltdowns

Petro says we can better meet the challenges of these years—including temper tantrums, biting, toilet training and sleep problems—if we understand these situations in the context of a child’s development. During early growth, exploration and change, children typically have trouble expressing their thoughts and feelings, and that can prove overwhelming for everyone. So, what can adults do in the middle of a toddler meltdown? First, remember that it’s the rare parent that hasn’t had to deal with a tired, cranky, screaming toddler. Simmons admits to having handled her share of tantrums. “They don’t understand their own frustration, so it’s difficult for parents to understand the reason for outbursts,” she observes. Her strategy is to take the stressed child out of the situation. It helps to know that some hitting and biting is considered normal for toddlers, especially if they see it as an effective way to get what they want. Parents can put an end to it much the same way they deal with other inappropriate behavior, advises Petro. She suggests remaining calm, finding the root cause of the situation and acknowledging the child’s feelings and needs. Understanding why the child is doing it is crucial to making it stop. “Conscious parenting operates from the premise that all behavior is communication to meet a need,” she says.

Addressing Adolescence According to Certified Life Coach Clare Seffrin Bond, although the adolescent years can be difficult,

there’s plenty that parents can do to nurture teens and encourage responsible behavior. “The best parenting advice I ever received was from my mom, who encouraged me to grow into parenthood—taking it day by day, without the expectation that I would be proficient simply through the act of giving birth,” says this mother of two, in Richmond, Indiana. Rewarding relationships come through accepting the notion that children are individuals living their own journey, rather than extensions of their parents. “What parents see or feel in a situation is not necessarily what the child is experiencing,” Bond explains. “Taking the time to recognize the fact Burt Davy 850-545-8123 of individual realities can be huge in thinking*No one’s approach to discipline.” work on these caskets She isrecommends speaking to done on the Sabbath adolescents honestly—even when it’s painful—and listening to them, even when we may not want to hear, or believe, what they’re saying. “Stay in touch with the fact that your relationship with your children is absolutely huge in terms of their—and your— development as a happy and fulfilled person,” counsels Bond. “Work hard at remembering your own teen years, including the frustrations and disappointments. Empathy and respect are essential ingredients in successful human relationships at every age.”


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ay is here—National Bike Month—heralded by a new Outdoor Industry Association study, which reports that bicycling is adult Americans’ second-favorite outdoor activity, after running. Its popularity is not surprising: Biking provides energizing aerobic and cardio exercise, flexibility, freedom, access and simply makes anyone feel young and vital. “Everyone remembers their first bike and learning to ride it,” says Micah Rice, managing director of national events with USA Cycling, in Colorado

Springs. “Parents can tap into that interest and the entire family can participate in a ride around the block, along a bike path, on an adventurous bike trail or in a local group fun ride. Cycling is easier than running, because it is less hard on your body and you can ride at any pace or distance.” Sometimes we ride to combine shopping with exercise on local streets; on other occasions, we eagerly traverse old rail lines or ride hillside moguls. Having the right bicycle delivers the most from any experience.

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Knowing your style and primary planned uses are paramount. Leading manufacturers, including Cannondale, Electra, GT, Marin, Novara, Raleigh, Scott and Trek offer many models for men, women and youngsters. Categories range from urban, road or mountain to recreation, comfort or cruising. Bikes designed for road and pavement are generally lighter and have more gears than mountain bikes, which are built with more shock-absorbing features, such as rugged suspension and rough terrain tires, plus more lower gears to help ascend inclines. Urban and commuting bikes feature a slightly more upright riding position that helps bikers and motorists to see each other better. Steve Colmar, a sales specialist at REI’s Seattle, Washington, store, provides two key guidelines for choosing and using a bike. Regarding seat position, “Make sure your leg has a slight bend when your pedal is at its lowest point in its rotation. If the legs feel a little cramped, raise the seat.” Regarding handlebar position, “Many serious road bikers adjust handlebars to be a little farther away, so they can lean forward with more weight in their hands, while many casual riders prefer a more upright position, because that’s what they are accustomed to while sitting. Whatever you are most comfortable with works.” He notes that REI ( master bike technicians nationwide provide advice on selecting a bike, as well as free public bike maintenance classes.

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Some riders feel that shouldering a knapsack is uncomfortable, inadequate or hinders pedaling. Bikes can be equipped with cargo-carrying capabilities to increase usability. Whatever the length of trip, having the gear to bring along key supplies will yield more utility and enjoyment: Think water, food, spare tube, cell phone, etc. What about bringing home some fresh produce from the farmers’ market? For around-town use, go with a bike trailer for frequent large loads; smaller amounts can fit into one or two front and/or back bike bags. Local bike shops can advise.

Fun Biking Tips Looking to get more out of your wheel time? Here are some bicycling trip tips from n Try a new route today n Bring a camera along n Join a riding club and attend a bike race n Invite your spouse or a friend to be a ride buddy n Track total mileage and roads via GPS n Use a heart rate monitor and log the encouraging stats

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USA Cycling, the sport’s national governing body, is hosting 17 national competitions with expos around the country this year in mountain, road and track categories for juniors, collegiate, open and senior divisions, plus many other local events. Visit to search for nearby riding clubs and and year-round events. Since 1986, the nonprofit Railsto-Trails Conservancy (RailsToTrails. org) has been using former rail lines and connecting corridors to expand bicycling opportunities. To date, the Washington, D.C.-based organization has converted 20,000-plus miles of rail-trails and is currently seeking to add another 9,000 miles. Its largest annual participatory event is the 335-mile Greenway Sojourn, from D.C. to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, from June 17 to 24. Many parks and recreation departments support off-road clubs that preserve and maintain biking trails, and statewide bicycling associations welcome participation. Also check for information and opportunities via AdventureCycling. org,,,,, (International Mountain Bicycling Association) and Pedal power to the people! Randy Kambic, in Estero, FL, is a freelance writer and a copyeditor for Natural Awakenings.

Law of Agreement Tour with Tony Burroughs Aligning for the Highest Good by Linda Sechrist


hen Tony Burroughs, author of The Code and The Intenders Handbook: A Guide to the Intention Process and the Conscious Community, chose the subject for his latest book, The Law of Agreement: Discover the True Power of Intention, he decided to focus its content on what would help readers understand how they could stop reinforcing belief systems that have run their course. “I wanted people to learn how the Law of Agreement could be used to do this, as well as how it works on all levels of life— from personal beliefs around money, relationships and health issues to longstanding collective, global belief patterns,” says Burroughs. The Law of Agreement means that our acceptance of any belief or idea makes it stronger. Conversely, when we refrain from lending our agreement to an idea that isn’t likely to give us the results we want, we simultaneously dilute and weaken its power over us and over everyone else. To clarify how the law works, Burroughs offers an example: If one person believes it’s a good idea for everyone to jump off a cliff, it’s unlikely to happen. However, when 100,000 agree that it’s a great idea, people will line up at the edge of a cliff, waiting for their turn to jump. No belief would exist for long without consensual agreement. Burroughs offers two examples of common agreements that most of us have made throughout our lives: I need to work hard to get what I want, and I’ll be happier if I have a lot of money. He suggests that it is wise not only to reexamine these beliefs and withdraw our agreement, but also to take a closer look at subtle “moments of agreement,” when we buy into scenarios and situations that aren’t serving us, or when we fall for old tricks, such as the Separation Scam, which is used by politicians. “Also known as the Us Versus Them Game and the Divide and Conquer Ruse, the Separation Scam requires constant maintenance, because it relies upon people being distracted every step of the way from their true nature, which is oneness with everyone and everything,” Burroughs advises. “To the extent that we allow ourselves to be distracted, we will be steered away from how good it would be if we all worked together as One.” Burroughs offers this “how-to” example from his latest book: “The more you align yourself with the Family of One, instead of a country, race, class, religion or party, the sooner your fears will subside and the closer you will come to experiencing your greatest happiness.” “We are living on the cusp of a great change and are being called upon to make a difference in our world,” emphasizes Burroughs. “We all have the option, at any moment, to agree with what’s going and thus add to it—or to withhold our agreement. The release of each outdated agreement brings more freedom.” Tony Burroughs will host an Intenders Circle at 7:00pm on May 10th, 2012, at the Amtrak Station Community Room, 918 Railroad Avenue, Tallahassee, FL. Any questions call Donna at 850-590-7024 or email For more information on The Intenders of the Highest Good 2012 Law of Agreement Tour, visit natural awakenings

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Tuesday, May 1 Mindfulness Mediation & the Body. 7:45-9:00 pm. FREE! This class will explore what scientific research and anecdotal evidence shows happens in the brain and body with Mindfulness Meditation practice. Join Pamela Chamberlynn, MSW while she shares the principles and practices of Mindfulness for health, stress management, and wellbeing. Contact Pamela at or (850) 329-6638. New Leaf Market, 1235 Apalachee Pkwy, 850-942-2557,

Thursday, May 3 Vegetables From the Sea. 7:45-9:00 pm. FREE! Jill Welch, whole foods educator, will demystify sea vegetables. Sea vegetables can play a significant role in improving your wellbeing. They add valuable trace minerals to your diet and can detoxify heavy metals from your body. Jill will explain the various types and prepare some delectable samples. New Leaf Market, 1235 Apalachee Pkwy, 850-942-2557, Massage. 10:00 am – Noon. Offered by Jonathan Walker, LMT. Tallahassee Senior Center, 1400 N. Monroe St. 891-4000.


Friday, May 4 Green Spring Clean Out. 7:00am - 2:00pm. Businesses can drop off lamps, batteries, ballasts, computers and other electronics at no charge to Veolia Environmental Services, 342 Marpan Lane, Tallahassee. Co-op Café Night. 6:30-9 pm, FREE! Join us for live music by Quanta and enjoy special deli deals! Come by early to enjoy dinner or dessert from our award winning deli. New Leaf Market, 1235 Apalachee Pkwy, 850-942-2557, First Fridays in Downtown Thomasville. 5:00pm – 9:00pm. Downtown Thomasville shops, boutiques & restaurants open late with specials, entertainment and more the first Friday of every month!   www., 229-227-7020.  InsideOut 2012 Concert. Friday, May 4th at the Thomasville Auditorium, 7:00pm - 9:30pm and Saturday, May 5th at the Thomasville Exchange Fairgrounds, 4:30pm – 10:00pm. Come join your friends and family in the Thomasville for InsideOut 2012! The weekend will be two nights of music, worship, teaching, and prayer to inspire, encourage and just have fun! Worship leaders include Israel Houghton, Brett Younker, TJ Mauldin Band, and The Rise Band and featured speaker is Brent Crowe along with nationally known spoken word artists Jeff Bethke and Amena Brown.  FREE to the Community.  Information:  Kimberly Moore 229.228.0765 or

Lakulish Summer Yoga Camp for children ages 6-13. Full-day program 9am-4pm only for 2 weeks this summer. July 9-13 and August 6-10. Includes yoga, swimming, arts and crafts, music and dance. We are taking registrations now! Call 222-0291 or see our website at www.

Saturday, May 5 Green Spring Clean Out. 9:00am – 2:00pm. Residents can drop off their lamps, batteries, ballasts, computers and other electronics at no charge at six community locations: Florida A&M University (corner of Wahnish Way and Gamble St.), Tallahassee Community College (444 Appleyard Dr.), Huntington Oaks Plaza (3840 N. Monroe St.), Maclay School (3737 N. Meridian Rd.), the Leon County Public Works Operation Center (2280 Miccosukee Rd.), and Veolia Environmental Services (342 Marpan Lane). As a part of the same event, Marpan Recycling will host an environmental exhibit at 6020 Woodville Highway (adjacent to the Veolia dropoff site). Diva Day. 9:30am – 3:00pm. Free! Come and shop til’ you drop at Thomasville Center for the Arts where you’ll find everything and anything a diva could want ~ Clothes, Handbags, Jewelry, Candles, Home Decor, Health & Beauty, Gifts, and So Much More! Thomasville Center for the Arts, 600 E. Jackson St. (If you are interested in being a Diva Vendor - Call Chris White at contact below.) Info:  Chris White, 229-226-2400, chris.white@


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Chair Yoga. 11:30 am-12:30 pm. FREE! Chair Yoga is a wonderful way to experience the benefits of yoga without getting up and down from the floor. All postures are done sitting or standing using the back of a chair for support. Classes include deep conscious breathing, full body stretching, and yoga postures.This is truly yoga for everybody! Namaste Yoga,1369 E. Lafayette St, 850-942-2557, www. Beer Tasting. 4:30-6:00 pm. $3 per person, cost of ticket deducted from your purchase of beer or wine. Sample our new arrival and seasonal favorite domestic and imported microbrews. New Leaf Market, 1235 Apalachee Pkwy, 850-942-2557, www.

Monday, May 7 Eat Healthy, Live Longer. 7:45-9:00 pm. FREE! Eating healthy is not the same as eating foods you don’t like. Whole Foods Chef Sadiqa Williams will show you just how true that is—all you have to do is come to class. New Leaf Market, 1235 Apalachee Pkwy, 850-942-2557,

Tuesday, May 8 Reiki. 10:30 am – Noon. Reiki is a way of working with the Universal Life Energy to enhance our own natural healing ability. Join Susie Howell, Usui Reiki Master and Practitioner of 21 years, and her friends. Tallahassee Senior Center, 1400 N. Monroe St. 891-4000.

Wednesday, May 9 Posture, Core & More. 7:45-9:00 pm. FREE! Join Fatima Zaid for an interactive session of gentle movement for enhancing your posture, strengthening your core and relaxing muscles to tone the body. Bring a mat or beach towel, wear comfortable clothing and be prepared to enlighten your body through music, movement and fun. New Leaf Market, 1235 Apalachee Pkwy, 850-942-2557,

Thursday, May 10 The Intenders of the Highest Good 2012 Law of Agreement 40 city tour with Tony Burroughs. Discover how you can apply the law of agreement and the intention process to make your life more fulfilling. During intenders circles participants share their gratitude and intentions. Visit HighestLightHouse. com and for more info. Tony Burroughs will host an Intenders Circle at 7:00pm on May 10th, 2012, at the Amtrak Station Community Room, 918 Railroad Avenue, Tallahassee, FL. Any questions call Donna at 850-590-7024 or email Great Southern Music Festival in Ochlocknee. Thursday – Saturday, Pickers Paradise Park in Ochlocknee - We have a great line up for our Spring 2012 festival at!  Featuring The Wildwood Valley Boys, Jackie Hill and Blue Shades of Grass, Delta Reign, The Kenny Hill Band, The New 76 er’s, Blue Holler and more! Come and celebrate traditional roots music and eat some great BBQ at our kitchen. The kitchen will open Thursday night and on Friday and Saturday it will be open before lunch-time. We have plenty of tent and RV camping sites. We are changing how we do reservations. Please visit website for details.  Contact:  229-454-7740, 

The Power of Organizing. 7:45-9:00 pm. FREE! Organizing is a widely advocated practice that will transform your living experience in unexpected ways while saving you time and money. Come and get motivated as we explore the ways in which organizing can make you love space you live in. Offered by Jenny Druda of STRAIGHTEN UP! New Leaf Market, 1235 Apalachee Pkwy, 850-942-2557,

Friday, May 11 Training in Traditional Thai Yoga Massage with Ariela. (3 day Weekend Event – Friday 3-6pm; Saturday 9am-6pm; and Sunday 9am -3pm.) Learn the foundation and art of Thai Massage. Focus will be on Body Mechanics, Awareness of Breath, and Development of a full-body sequence from Feet to Top of Head. We learn a basic 1-1/2 hour sequence that is helpful to most needs. Ariela has been teaching Thai Massage for 10 years at the Florida School of Massage and around the country. She is the author of Ayurveda and Thai Massage. Friday afternoon is a FREE INTRO!! Entire18-hour weekend course only $300 (Friday Night is required for certification) 18 CEU’s. Being held at the Abundance Wellness Center, 325 John Knox Road. For more info, contact, visit arielasthaimassage. com or call (813) 417-6745. Wine Tasting. 5:30-7:00pm. $3 per person, cost of ticket deducted from your purchase of beer or wine. Sample a variety of red and white wines from around the world poured by our expert specialty staff. New Leaf Market, 1235 Apalachee Pkwy, 850-942-2557,

Saturday, May 12 Homemade Baby Food. 9:30 am-10:45 am. FREE! As a mother of two, Angela Meredith has learned that Homemade baby food is the best way to introduce little ones to solid foods, save money and help the environment. Learn the best methods and tools, recipes, food safety, and more. Demo and samples will be provided. New Leaf Market, 1235 Apalachee Pkwy, 850-942-2557,

Wednesday, May 16 Bach Flower Remedies for Babies and Moms. Noon-1:00pm. A ‘hands-on’ workshop hosted by Yarrow Pellbring. Yarrow is a Bach Foundation Registered Practitioner (see her article on page 13). The event will be held at Honeytree Natural Foods, 1415 Timberlane Rd #403, Tallahassee. 850-6812000. $20, space is limited, please pre-register at Honeytree.

Thursday, May 17 Vegan “Dairy” w/ Faye. 7:45-9:00 pm. FREE! For some people, giving up dairy is the hardest part of a vegan diet. Faye Pulvermuller, local raw foods enthusiast, will demonstrate and discuss raw vegan “dairy.” Samples and recipes will be provided! New Leaf Market, 1235 Apalachee Pkwy, 850-942-2557, Meditation and Mindfulness. 10:30 – 11:30am. Now offered monthly on the 3rd Thursdays, these workshops will introduce you to some of the secrets of the timeless art of meditation. It will help you feel calmer, more focused and balanced. Mats optional. Taught by Leslie Hanks. Tallahassee Senior Center, 1400 N. Monroe St. 891-4000. Massage. 10:00 am – Noon. Offered by Jonathan Walker, LMT. Tallahassee Senior Center, 1400 N. Monroe St. 891-4000.

Saturday, May 19 Ecological Babies. 9:30-10:45 pm. FREE! Claire Williamson of Ecological Babies® will demonstrate the different types of cloth diapers and answer all of your questions. Come learn how cloth diapers are gentler on babies’ skin, our environment, and the wallet. Workshop attendees will receive a coupon for 10% off their first purchase from Ecological Babies®. New Leaf Market, 1235 Apalachee Pkwy, 850-942-2557, Beer Tasting. 4:30-6:00 pm. $3 per person, cost of ticket deducted from your purchase of beer or wine. Sample our new arrival and seasonal favorite domestic and imported microbrews. New Leaf Market, 1235 Apalachee Pkwy, 850-942-2557, www.

25TH Annual Pavo Peacock Day. Saturday, 9:00am – 4:00pm. Peacock Center on McDonald Street off Hwy. 122. in Thomasville, GA. Pavo Peacock Day features arts and crafts, live  entertainment, food, children’s activities, quilts, jewelry and much more.  Sunday, May 20 Pavo Parade at 11:00 am, Live Entertainment 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, and Crafts, Food Vendors and ChilYour Life Expressions presents: Free-Style dren’s Activities All Day!  Visit www.peacockday. DANCING For Women Who Just Want More. We com for more information or call 229-735-2111. meet 6:00pm - 8:00pm on the 3rd Sunday of every month. WHY NOT? Give yourself one night a month Monday, May 14 of free-form dancing just for the joy of it! Enjoy a positive night of no-pressure dancing with friends. Summer Salad Series–Confetti Potato Salad. This is an alcohol-free event. Child Care Provided. 7:45-9:00 pm. FREE! Vegan Chef and Educator Cost: $10.00 plus $5.00 for childcare. ARTS Cynthia Cowen presents a colorful version of potato Afterschool, 2743 Capital Circle NE Suite 105 in salad that delights the eyes as well as the palate. This Esposito’s Garden Center .Just show up! Or contact recipe is totally plant-based and healthy for you and Vickie Spray at: vickiespray@yourlifeexpressions. the planet! New Leaf Market, 1235 Apalachee Pkwy, com, 850-322-6944. 850-942-2557,

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Tuesday, May 15 Alzheimer’s. 7:45-9:00 pm. FREE! Wendy Creel, Naturopath and Master Herbalist, will share her insights into the possible causes of Alzheimer’s disease. Wendy will share what she is doing for her own mother who is slowly making progress out of the depths of this disease. New Leaf Market, 1235 Apalachee Pkwy, 850-942-2557, www.

CPR for Seniors. 11:00 am – Noon. Review your basic CPR! Leon County EMS presents a concise workshop about how to respond if you are ever in the situation where you can save a human life. Tallahassee Senior Center, 1400 N. Monroe St. 891-4000. Massage. 10:00 am – Noon Offered by Jonathan Walker, LMT. Tallahassee Senior Center, 1400 N. Monroe St. 891-4000.

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Saturday, May 26

Reiki. 10:30 am – Noon. Reiki is a way of working with the Universal Life Energy to enhance our own natural healing ability. Join Susie Howell, Usui Reiki Master and Practitioner of 21 years, and her friends. Tallahassee Senior Center, 1400 N. Monroe St. 891-4000.

Kundalini Yoga. 11:00 am-12:15 pm. FREE! Kundalini Yoga, as taught by Yogi Bhajan, is the yoga of awareness and soul awakening. Class will consist of pranayama (breath work), kriya (exercise set of postures), meditation using mantra and mudra, and live gong savasana/relaxation. Please contact Jasbir Kaur for more information: Namaste Yoga, 1369 E. Lafayette St, 850-942-2557, www.

Thursday, May 24 Make Your Own Kimchee. 7:45-9:00 pm. FREE! Kimchee, a pro-biotic pickled vegetable condiment from Korea, can easily be made at home. Kimchee promotes healthy digestion, is delicious with rice and many other foods and it’s easy on the budget. Learn how to make your own with Whole Foods Educator Jill Welch. New Leaf Market, 1235 Apalachee Pkwy, 850-942-2557, Drumming: You’ve got the Rhythm. 10:30 – 11:30am. Another two-part colorful and magical drumming series! Bring your drum if you have one, but there will be drums to borrow. You do not need to feel that you are “musical” to participate. Everyone is welcome to “explore the rhythm within!” Facilitated by Mershell Sherman. Tallahassee Senior Center, 1400 N. Monroe St. 891-4000.

Friday, May 25 Wine Tasting. 5:30-7:00pm. $3 per person, cost of ticket deducted from your purchase of beer or wine. Sample a variety of red and white wines from around the world poured by our expert specialty staff. New Leaf Market, 1235 Apalachee Pkwy, 850-942-2557,

Tuesday, May 29 Make Your Own Sushi. 7:45-8:45 pm. $8 owners, $10 non-owners. Pre-payment required, limit 10. Join self-taught sushi expert Barry Courtney as he shares his enthusiasm for the avocado roll. Students will learn how to make sushi rice and practice rolling sushi. Yes, students can and will sample their creations! New Leaf Market, 1235 Apalachee Pkwy, 850-942-2557,

Thursday, May 31 Drumming: You’ve got the Rhythm. 10:30 – 11:30am. Another two-part colorful and magical drumming series! Bring your drum if you have one, but there will be drums to borrow. You do not need to feel that you are “musical” to participate. Everyone is welcome to “explore the rhythm within!” Facilitated by Mershell Sherman. Tallahassee Senior Center, 1400 N. Monroe St. 891-4000.

ongoing calendar sunday Unity Eastside Services – 9:30 and 11am. Celebration Service and Youth Ministry. 8551 Buck Lake Rd. 850-656-1678, www.transformingourworld. org. Unity of Tallahassee Services – 9:30 & 11am Rev. Bill Williams. Dial-a-Thought 850-562-3766. 2850 Unity Lane, 850-562-5744, Tallahassee Buddhist Book Discussion/Meditation Group. 1 to 2pm. Meets every 2nd and 4th Sunday in the Barnes N Noble Cafe in the Tallahassee Mall. Please contact Stacey Turknett for more information or 850-656-7066.

monday Delicious, nutritious Salad Bar. Monday – Friday 11:30 am to 12:45 pm. Healthy and homemade salad bar available daily for $2 & $4. Different ethnic theme every week. Eat-in our library café, picnic in our beautiful new memorial gardens, or carry-out. Everyone welcome! On Two Buck Friday” all large salads are $2.00. Tallahassee Senior Center, 1400 N. Monroe St. 891-4000. Tallahassee Edible Garden Club – every first Monday. Meeting at the pavilion in Winthrop Park behind the tennis courts. 1601 Mitchell Ave. just off Thomasville Road and Betton Road. No RSVP necessary - for questions or to get on their email list contact the Edible Garden Club at Elizabeth. Yoga to Feel Good. 5:30-7pm. This class combines postures with inward focus, conscious breathing and meditative awareness to support us in moving from the periphery of our being to the center. As the process unfolds, tension is released, the body relaxes, the mind calms and the Light within begins to burn a little brighter! $80 for 8 weeks, drop-ins welcome. At the Episcopal Church of the Advent, 815 Piedmont Drive. Call 222-0291. Brain-Body-Memory Balance. 1:30-2:30pm. Low impact, seated exercise. Taught by Kathy Gilbert. Bring water bottle and wear comfortable clothing. Tallahassee Senior Center, 1400 N. Monroe St. 891-4000. Spiritual Growth/Study Group based on the Edgar Cayce readings. 7pm . Join us or let us help you start your own group.  Genevieve Blazek - (850) 893-3269. Chan/Zen Group meets at 7:30 to 9:00 p.m. There are two 20-minute periods of seated meditation punctuated by short periods of either walking meditation or mindful Yoga. Each meeting concludes with a short session of question and answers. If you have no meditation experience, please arrive 20 minutes before the meeting for basic meditation instructions. For more information see us at Located at the Tallahassee Buddhist Community in Railroad Square -- 647 McDonnell Drive.


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tuesday Apalachee Beekeepers meets every second Tuesday at Leon County Extension Office on Paul Russell Road. Business at 6:30 and program at 7pm.   The Apalachee Beekeepers are a knowledgeable and friendly group. They love to help new beekeepers get started.  Go to their website for more details at Healing Arts Alliance Meeting – 7-8:30pm 2nd Tues each month. Educational meeting open to all interested in healing arts. Email SusieHowell333@ to get meeting announcements. www. Life Exercise - 9:30–10:30am (also Thurs). Aerobics, light weights, stretching. Tallahassee Senior Center, 1400 N. Monroe St, 850-891-4000. Tallahassee Senior Center, 1400 N. Monroe St. 891-4000. Mindful Movement Fitness Class. 9:30-10:30am. Gather with friends once a week for this Tai Chi program to improve balance, gait and strength. Class also focuses on reducing risk of falling, better breath control, improving physical dexterity, and self-confidence. Taught by Lori Roberts. Orange Ave. Community Center (2710 Country Club Drive) 891-4000. Brain-Body-Memory Balance. 10:00 – 11:00 am. Dynamic and fun low-impact exercise that improves memory, strength and balance. Bring water bottle and wear comfortable clothing. Taught by Kathy Gilbert. Optimist Park Community Center, East Indianhead Dr. 891-4009. Gentle yoga at Unity Eastside. 10:30-noon.
 Dropins welcome.  Please contact Geralyn Russell at 878-2843 or Seated NIA Yoga (Neuromuscular Intergrative Action). 11:00 am-Noon. Taught by Lori Roberts, certified NIA yoga instructor. Tallahassee Senior Center, 1400 N. Monroe St. 891-4000. Intermediate Yoga. 5:30-7:15pm. We will share a new book chapter by chapter to infuse our practice with a high spiritual ideal. 20 minute discussion followed by posture/breathing class $80 for 8 weeks. At the Sanctuary 2824 Par Lane. Call 222-0291. Blood Pressure Screenings - 10am-12 Noon (also Wed & Thurs). Tallahassee Senior Center, 1400 N. Monroe St, 850-891-4000. Tallahassee Senior Center. 1400 N. Monroe St. 891-4000. Men in Unity. Meets at 11:45 am on the second Tuesday of each month at Honey-Baked Ham, on Capital Circle near Mahan Drive.

wednesday Brain-Body- Memory Balance. 2:00-3:00 pm. Low-impact, seated exercise. Bring water bottle and wear comfortable clothing. Heritage Oaks. 8914000. Blood Pressure Screenings. 10am-Noon (also Tues & Thurs). Tallahassee Senior Center, 1400 N. Monroe St, 850-891-4000. Blood Glucose Screenings. 10:00 am - Noon. Tallahassee Senior Center, 1400 N. Monroe St, 891-4000. Prayer and meditation with Dr. Patty Ball Thomas, L.U.T. Noon.  Unity Eastside, 8551 Buck Lake Road, 656-1678.

Breath of Life Yoga. 9:30-10:45am. With gentle techniques we will learn how to breathe more deeply and with gentle yogic postures we will learn how to move and stretch so that our breath can go deeper. With the deeper breath we will begin to experience a deeper and meaning and purpose in our lives $60 - 6 weeks. Lakulish Yoga at the Sanctuary, 2824 Par Lane. Call 222-0291. Gentle Yoga. 6:00-7pm. Gentle stretches to open the body and deepen the breath followed up by a short, guided relaxation/meditation. A perfect addition to the middle of the week to glide smoothly to the finish! Drop-ins welcome $12 per class. Lakulish Yoga at the Sanctuary, 2824 Par Lane. Call 222-0291. Conversation on “The Field” workshop. 7pm9pm – Facilitator: Anne Bewley $12.00 for the book if wanted and love offering will be taken at each class. Contact to register for the class. Tibetan Chenrezig Meditation. The Buddha of Compassion. Chanting, prayer and meditation in the Tibetan tradition. Open to all. Meets 7-8PM. Located at the Tallahassee Buddhist Community in Railroad Square, 647 McDonnell Dr. 445-0387.   


Treat yourself to affordable gentle yoga classes. 10:00-11:00 a.m., at Fellowship Presbyterian Church in Killearn Estates. These slower paced Hatha Yoga classes are designed to increase relaxation, mindful movement, strength, flexibility, and balance  with breath work, stretching, relaxation, and basic poses.  Each class is only $4!  Wear comfortable clothing, and bring a yoga mat with a beach towel or blanket to class.  Please contact Donni Sorrell at 510-9537 or for additional information. Life Exercise. 9:30 –10:30am (also Tues). Tallahassee Senior Center, 1400 N. Monroe St, 891-4000. Blood Pressure Screenings. 10am-Noon (also Tues & Wed). Tallahassee Senior Center, 1400 N. Monroe St. 891-4000.


saturday Fifty Fabulous & Fit. 10:00 - 11:30am. Come enjoy creative movement dance class for women 50+. Creative movement is infused with ballet, West African and modern dance for good clean fun, exercise and bonding with other women. 2328 Apalachee Parkway, Suite 5 (behind Papa John’s Pizza). For information 850-545-9835 or www. Train Rides at Veterans Memorial Park. The second Sat. of each month. 11:00-3:00pm. NW Theo Jacobs Road, Bristol, FL 32321. For more information check out www.VeteransMemorialRailroad. org and YouTube - Veteran’s Memorial Railroad for video footage of the train in action! Chen Style Tai Chi.  9-10:30am. FREE. Class is suitable for practitioners of all skill levels.  www.  Please email for additional information to:  Located at the Tallahassee Buddhist Community, 647 McDonnell Drive. Tallahassee Farmers Market at Market Square. 8am – 5pm. Year-round. rain or shine. Early Birds get the best selection! The oldest farmers market in Tallahassee. Growers and resellers. Organic and conventionally grown. 1415 Timberlane Rd Tallahassee.


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Chair Yoga: 11 a.m. – Noon. By Certified Yoga Instructors Bridget Welch. A gentle yoga workout for increased mobility, bladder control, self-esteem, and mental focus. Tallahassee Senior Center, 1400 N. Monroe St. 891-4000. Chanting and Meditation. 7-9pm on Second Friday of the month. Enrich your spiritual practice! Join Jeffji in singing easy-to-learn chants from eastern and western traditions. Donations will benefit the church. Unity Eastside, 8551 Buck Lake Road, 656-1678. Drumming Circle. 7-9 p.m. on Third Fridays in the Children’s House behind Unity Eastside’s main building. A willing heart, moving hands and a loving participation is all that’s needed. Some percussion instruments may be provided, but it if you have a drum, please bring it.  Contact Mike Smith at for information. Unity Eastside, 8551 Buck Lake Road, www. 656-1678.

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communityresourceguide CREATIVE SPIRITUALITY Licia Berry, Integrative Artist - (719) 850-1890

An artist and art educator with a passion for Jungian psychology, indigenous values, symbolism and writing (and over 25 years of professional experience), Licia blends visual image, written and spoken word, and healing and intuitive arts in original, unique art that reveal profound truths. Licia offers specialty commissioned collages for Rite of Passage, “Message from Spirit”, Birthday, Midlife, and Initiation into New Cycle (wonderful gifts!), playshops and customized Collage Retreats. With an international following on her Blog, FaceBook and Twitter, Licia’s genuine messages of self love and inner wisdom are gently affirming seekers all over the globe.

CRANIOSACRAL THERAPY healthy solutions, inc. Rick Ferrall, lmt, 850-294-8069 521 E. College Ave., TLH 32301

CranioSacral Therapy addresses scoliosis, chronic fatigue and MS, infant disorders, learning disabilities, orthopedic problems, emotional difficulties, chronic neck/back pain, stress and tension related problems, TMJ, brain/spinal cord injuries, and cancer issues. MA24604 / MM11960

HEALTHCARE Integrative Healthcare

N. Elizabeth Markovich, MSN, ARNP 850-878-4434 2016 Delta Blvd. Suite 100 Tallahasee 32308

We offer primary care, preventive care with a holistic approach. We use special testing with 11 outside laboratories to help find the cause of chronic illness and use a functional medicine approach ( We also have hypnosis combined with acupuncture by IB Price MD, massage and cranio-sacral therapy by Angele LaGrave LMT and Nutritional Counseling by Leah Gilbert-Henderson PhD nutrition. Accept Medicare, Blue Cross, Universal, Aetna, others.

NEW GENESIS CENTER Patrice Bullock, MSN, Family Nurse Practitioner-C 229-228-9050

A healthcare center-Functional medicine, patient-centered approach, non-drug, science-based, results oriented. Getting to the source of your health problems rather than bandaiding. Simple to complex problems. Skin care, digestive problems to the more complex health problems such as Chronic Fatigue, Fibromyalgia, Chemical Sensitivity. Extraordinary results & health transformation. Functional medicine approach consults, hormone testing, detoxification, weight loss, expert skincare consult & prof. treatments, colonics, far-infrared sauna, physical therapy, massage therapy,


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HEALTHY PET The Naturally Healthy Pet

Owners, Basil Cousins & Jerry Ayers 1850 Thomasville Road Tallahassee, Fl 32303 850-576-7387 -

The Naturally Healthy Pet is a unique pet supply store with a mission to provide the finest quality nutrition for dogs and cats. The store provides an eclectic assortment of Holistic, Grain-free dry and wet diets, 100% organic raw pet foods with no preservatives, hormones, chemicals, fillers or additives. There are also treats like natural bakerystyle cookies, rawhide and antler chews, as well as an abundant selection of toys, leashes and other pet gifts. We passionately support pet issues such as adoptions, spay/neuter programs, pet therapy and training programs.


Steffi Tassos Wohlsifer, MS MT-BC NICU-MT 1100 E Park Ave, Ste B Tallahassee, FL 32301 - 850-264-0033

KeepSafe Music Therapy offers research-based therapeutic interventions to help clients define and achieve emotional, physical, and mental health goals by emphasizing and building upon the individual’s strengths. Experience an increased quality of life through a variety of music therapy interventions for conditions such as depression, anxiety, pain management, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, cerebral palsy, autism spectrum disorder, stroke, addiction, and other health conditions. Group and individual sessions available. Adults and children. Previous training in music is not required in order to benefit from music therapy.

Resounding Healing, Inc Music Therapy Services

Lisa Rhoads, BMT, MT-BC, NICU MT Tallahassee, FL - 850-778-2132

Music therapy is an evidencebased therapy that uses music as an avenue for counseling, communication, behavior modification, and rehabilitation support. Let the Board Certified Music Therapists at Resounding Healing help you and those you love achieve your personal goals! Music therapy can effect positive growth for persons with Autism Spectrum Disorder, behavioral and emotional disorders, and for those in palliative care. Individual or group forums are available for PTSD/personal/couples/ family therapy. Music therapy is currently being used for pain management and support in neurological and physical rehab settings. Management of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases often benefit from music therapy, as well.

Connecting you to the leaders in natural healthcare and green living in our community. To find out how you can be included in the Community Resource Guide email to request our media kit. PHOTOGRAPHY Ansley Studio

Ansley Simmons artist . photographer . owner 229.224.6021 •

Specializing in portraits & weddings. MFA in Photography, Arts Administration Doctoral Student, Art Museum Education Certificate Florida State University


8551 Buck Lake Road, TLH, 850-656-1678 Rev. Jean Debarbieris Owen, Minister www, unityeastsidechurch

April 1st and 8th will have the two services. Starting April 15th, there will be one service at 10:00am. Rev. Jean believes the love of God is unfolding in each person, place, Thing. Join us in Worship: Celebration Service 9:30AM and 11:00AM; Youth Ministry 11AM, noon prayer Wed.

UNITY OF TALLAHASSEE 2850 Unity Lane, TLH, 850-562-5744, Rev. Bill Williams, Minister,

A ministry that seeks inspiration from the teachings of Jesus and finds common ground with spiritual masters from other traditions. We invite you to join us. Sunday Services 9:30 & 11 AM. Youth Education 11 AM. Wednesday Service at Noon.


Yoga is so much more than the postures we are so familiar with --- yoga is the science of the soul --- our ultimate journey! Come and explore yoga with us. We offer hatha yoga classes, chanting with Om Sweet Om, a Bhagavad Gita study group, summer yoga camp for children and periodic workshops to delve deeper into the classical 8-step path to liberation. We are dedicated to upholding the integrity of the original teachings in a loving and sacred environment.

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