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

20 globalbriefs 25 inspiration



Living a Life We Love is Real Affluence

20 28 healingways 30 consciouseating 28 NATURAL FACIAL by Judith Fertig

32 healthykids


Few Skincare Product Labels Tell the Whole Story by Linda Sechrist


38 greenliving 42 naturalpet 45 calendar

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30 SHARING OUR BOUNTY 28 Food Drives Need Healthy Donations by Avery Mack


Six Ways to Raise Emotional Intelligence by Teal Swan



Ballet-Inspired Workouts Create Long and Lean Muscles by Lynda Bassett


Choose Safe and Healthy Natural Beauty Aids by Kathleen Barnes



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t’s November 2015 on Florida’s west coast and there’s a comfortable chill in the air. It’s thanks we’re giving for near perfect temperatures now and in the months ahead. Tampa Bay rules! This month’s magazine offers cutting edge news and views on the natural health front. I’m so encouraged by the apparent growth in this field. Clearly, the focus on wellness and hope for the future strengthen us and our fellow dwellers on this precious planet. It is comforting to know there are life supporting steps we can take to nourish ourselves and the natural world. Each month, Natural Awakenings also highlights certain aspects of the movement toward well being. This month’s focus is “true wealth and beauty”. Judith Fertig’s feature article, “True Wealth: Living a Life We Love is Real Affluence,” really struck home for me. It seems many spend the first part of a career life accumulating things and the latter part paring down and simplifying. This past summer, I took big steps toward simplifying. The process involved taking a good look at things I’ve had for years and deciding if I wanted to keep dusting them off, or not! Turns out, I was able to donate a lot of stuff to Goodwill Industries. On another note, take a look at the exciting possibilities Ximena Vengoechea suggests in her “Conducting a Life Audit” (page 26), especially the 100 sticky notes idea. As always, open your mind and read on.

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newsbriefs Dr. George Springer Speaks at Nature’s Food Patch


r. George Springer of LifeWorks Wellness Center will be hosting a seminar at Nature’s Food Patch in Clearwater, at 6:30pm, on Thursday, November 19. Entitled “Decoding Stress, Anxiety, Depression and Belly Fat,” the seminar will explore the link that connects all of these conditions and describe how you can break the code and put all the pieces back together. Dr. Springer explains, “Stress is the #1 killer because it is the root cause of many different health conditions. By examining the link that connects these issues, we can begin to map out a path to better health.” The seminar will take place in the Patch Works community room next to Nature’s Food Patch which is located at 1225 Cleveland St., Clearwater. Space is limited; arrive early to get a seat. LifeWorks Wellness Center is located at 301 Turner St., Clearwater. For more information, call 727-466-6789 or visit See ad page 2. NA Fun Fact: Natural Awakenings is published in 95 U.S. markets and Puerto Rico. To advertise with us, call 727.865.9339


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Orthomolecular Nutrition & Wellness Welcomes New Dietitian Nutritionist


rthomolecular Nutrition & Wellness Center is proud to announce the addition of their new registered dietitian nutritionist, Lisa Lindsey, RDN, RD. Lindsey holds a Master’s Degree in Nutrition and Physical Performance and is a Certified Diabetes Educator. When coming to the center, Lindsey had this to say: “Nutrition is our foundation for health, just like the roots of a tree create a strong foundation for survival. My passion is to bring excellent health through individualized nutrition education to prevent and treat illness. Since I was a little girl, nutrition education has been my calling, which was clear to my family as, starting at age 12, I would analyze all nutrition labels and foods while grocery shopping with my mother.” She goes on to say, “We are all connected in our universe and I want nothing more than to pass on what I have learned about nutrition to improve our overall health collectively.” “The meaning of life is to find your gift, the purpose of life is to give it away.” – Joy J. Golliver Location: 9225 Ulmerton Rd., Ste. 312, Largo. For more information and to make an appointment, call 727-5189808 or visit See ad page 55.

Oxygen Lift Treatment Now Available at Natural Balance


xygen provides a host of benefits to the skin: It brightens, speeds up healing, boosts circulation, reduces stress, and helps eliminate toxins. This luxurious skin care treatment infuses oxygen, plant-derived stem cells, peptides and a high concentration of enzymatic botanicals into the skin, leaving it luminous, refreshed and rejuvenated. Papaya and pineapple enzymes exfoliate the surface and a cutting-edge effervescent masque oxygenates at the cellular level. Designed for all types of skin, including sensitive, the treatment has zero down time. Before a big event or night out, treat your skin to an oxygen boost! Optimal results occur when alternating the oxygen lift treatment with micro needling for the reduction of hyperpigmentation (sun spots), wrinkles and scars, loss of elasticity and age prevention. A Micro Needling treatment includes one hour facial and full face micro needling; first treatment $150 (save $75). Another special is the New Client Wellness Retreat Package, including one hour massage and one hour oxygen lift facial, now $140 (save $30). Natural Balance offers Massage Therapy, Yoga Therapeutics, Full Spectrum Infrared Sauna, and Organic Skin Therapy. Location: 350 Alt. 19, Palm Harbor (across from the post office) MM32925. For more information and appointments, call 727-785-7071 or visit See ad page 29.

Peaks of Health Offers Advanced IV Therapies


racie Leonhardt, DO and medical director at Peaks of Health Metabolic Medical Center, recently completed an Advanced IV Certification course. While therapeutic IVs are already prescribed and performed at the center, the course covered advanced therapy protocols for cancer, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, detoxification and chelation. IV therapy using vitamins and minerals has long been known for energizing and promoting health in the body. Like nutrition and chelation, IV therapies can quickly and safely fine-tune individual biochemistry, replenish depleted vitamin, mineral and amino acid stores, act as potent detoxifiers and produce optimal cell function. Because bioavailability rates with IV therapy are 100 percent (vs. 10-20 percent with oral therapies), patient response rates are remarkably improved. Health is not trendy—not something you want to trust to any “IV bar”. Professional advanced IV knowledge—knowing how every cell in the body will receive and process particular vitamins and minerals, is the knowledge Dr. Leonhardt and her staff bring to IVs. It is a prescription for each individual— not a “standard” IV given to all. Along with your medical history and symptoms, Dr. Leonhardt will work with you to determine the best therapy to help achieve your optimal wellness. Call 727-826-0838. See ad page 9.

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Your Life Spa, Your Success Honors Veterans Day with Activities


ake this grand opportunity to engage in holistic health education and experience unique energy and healthbuilding equipment for relaxation and exercise-equivalent benefits while sitting, laying or standing. Experience state-ofthe-art therapies, revitalizing your immune system, regenerating the electric potential of your cells, and reconnecting broken circuits that may cause pain and/or discomfort. With the right environment, influences and healthy choices, Your Life Spa’s programs complement the body’s innate ability to heal. As part of their Six-Step Approach to Success, learn “out-ofthe-box” tips on stress management. Hear dynamic speaker Jay Lee, 6 to 8pm, November 10. From 11am to noon, November 11 and 14, meet the spa’s esthetician and therapists, including massage, energy healing, Cellu-Sleek (body contouring) and L.I.F.E system, their Liquid BioCell expert and acupuncture physicians as they share the benefits of individual therapeutic expertise, followed by minitreatments from noon to 3pm. Meet Gail Parker for her book signing Secrets of a Diabetic, 5 to 7pm, November 14. Your Life Spa owner, Jeanine Miami, was diagnosed with malignant breast cancer in 1996 and given seven months to live; she now shares her story of successfully resolving the cancer, chronic knee issues and bursitis using solely holistic therapies. Location: 9657 Bay Pines Blvd., St. Petersburg. Call 727-3223190. See ad page 8.

11:11 Taking It to the Streets Rally at First Unity


n November 11, beginning at 7 p.m., Reverend Temple Hayes, senior minister and spiritual leader of First Unity Spiritual Campus will be joined by her fellow colleagues and spiritual leaders of the Association for Global New Thought (AGNT) for their fall rally, Taking It to the Streets. AGNT has created programs used throughout the world, including The Season for Non-Violence and The Awakened World Film Festival, and collaborated often with the Dalai Lama regarding global peace. Famous for his work in The Secret and The Help Desk and one of Oprah’s noted teachers, Rev. Michael Bernard Beckwith is the current president of AGNT and a speaker, along with Rev. Wendy Craig Purcell, Dr. Dennis MerrittJones, Dr. Barbara Fields, Dr. Kenn Gordon, Dr. David Alexander, Dr. Roger Teel and Rev. Temple Hayes. Prepare to not only be moved by these global leaders, but also to meet them up close and personal. Enjoy music that uplifts body and soul performed by the talents of Jay Poindexter, Derrick Beggs and Russell Fox. Come early for an event you will never forget. Location: 460 46th Ave. N., St Petersburg. Cost: $40. For tickets, call 727-527-2222 or visit


for best friends. Explore the joy of yoga with your dog. Meditate, massage and stretch your relationship to a new level of bonding. Certified yoga instructors. Good Doga. What a treat. SPCATAMPABAY.ORG 727.586.3591 ext. 137


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PoreFection Day Spa Now Open in St. Pete


oreFection Day Spa uses organic, natural, paraben-free products exclusively, while specializing in skincare, sugar waxing and photo HD makeup. Their equipment is medical grade and powerful. Delia Maggard, owner, is a medical aesthetician. She has a background in law, but after years of stress, decided to follow her passion for skincare and helping people to become beautiful

and healthy. Maggard is originally from Transylvania, Romania, the land of vampires, but also the land of old eastern medicine and spirituality. It is also the homeland of the renowned Christine Valmy, a pioneer in skin care science who opened beauty schools in France, Romania and the U.S. (New York and New Jersey). Maggard specializes in acne treatments, using different approaches and techniques, organic and natural skin care, LED therapy, oxygen therapy, peels and microdermabrasion. For sensitive skin, PoreFection offers organic hydrafacials, a revolutionary new skin resurfacing procedure that combines cleansing, exfoliation and hydration to help rejuvenate the skin. Also a makeup artist, Maggard offers eyebrow design and bridal and special occasion makeup. Free consultations and discounts for students and seniors. Location: 2031 4th St. N., Suite 4, St. Petersburg. To make an appointment, call 727-483-1585 or e-mail PoreFectionDaySpa@ See ad page 45.

Food Forest Your Yard


local landscaping business is shifting into green agriculture practices by converting lawns into ecological landscapes, organic gardens and food forest designs. GreenDreams is a sustainable solutions company that specializes in holistic property design—esthetics with a purpose. Pete Kanaris, founder and owner, believes, “Everyone deserves a paradise right outside their door that just happens to provide the cleanest, freshest produce possible.” The GreenDreams team offers on-site consultations to get a better understanding of the specific needs of the property as well as the client’s expectations. By modeling the natural cycles and synergies present in a healthy ecosystem, the gardens they create require no fertilizer, pesticides or herbicides, less or no irrigation, thereby reducing maintenance and eliminating costly resources associated with conventional landscapes. GreenDreams offers regenerative agriculture, permaculture design, culinary gardens, raised bed gardens, native landscapes, community gardens, school gardens, butterfly gardens and sensory gardens. They credit much of their success to the diversity in their botanical collection at their headquarters at Sand Hill Farms, Spring Hill, and their impressive nursery stock that includes many of the plants they use in their designs. For information on their upcoming farm tours and events or to schedule a consultation, call 727-439-6700 or visit See ad page 49. natural awakenings

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Give Thanks Suzy Pal Cover artist Suzy Pal transforms torn paper, oils and watercolors into whimsical depictions of cupcakes, cowboys, campers and other everyday icons. Her philosophy is to not take her art too seriously. “It is just paint and paper,” she says. Her cover watercolor, Give Thanks, was inspired by the artist’s gratitude for freedom in its many forms. “I just added a few of my favorite things, including a scarecrow and pumpkin, for the fall season,” says Pal. “I also included a bicycle, one of my all-time favorites.” The self-taught artist’s work and story is featured in the book Incite 3: The Art of Storytelling, just released, among other titles. Her works have been licensed and sold through national outlets such as Kohl’s and HomeGoods. Pal is a member of the Southwestern Watercolor Society, Wyoming Watercolor Society and Artists of Texas. She and her husband live on a cotton farm in Plains, Texas, where Pal teaches watercolor, drawing and sketching classes.

Well-Being Awaits at Yoga Village


oga Village has a passion for yoga and the community it creates, and they love to share the astounding benefits a yoga practice brings to their clients. Pranayama—the practice of breathing long and deep (consciously)—makes the physical body more alkaline, helps detoxify through the lymphatic system, and brings the glandular systems and hormones into balance. The body has its own physical wisdom; when a certain yoga posture is assumed, the subconscious mind begins to clear, eliminating stressors. Yoga Village’s top features include their experienced, well-trained teachers with their abilities to guide clients in both beginner-friendly and advanced classes. Many styles of yoga classes are offered and all styles of yoga are honored, just like all members of the community. Yoga Village offers their “Explore the Village” pass for new clients—30 days of unlimited yoga, a monthly membership or a class pass option to fit every yoga student’s budget. They provide a haven from the busyness of life. Take a break and let your spirit grow in community. Attend a class; experience how yoga can improve your sense of well-being. Location: 2760 Daniel St., Clearwater, 727-712-1475. See ad page 13.

Total Child Tutoring in Tampa Bay


unique new tutoring service is now available in the Tampa Bay area. With Total Child Tutoring, Professor Cheryl Schwartz sees the whole child, not just his or her areas of difficulty. She has the ability to work with your child’s strengths as well as weaknesses, utilizing learning strengths to address areas that need to be remediated. As a former special education teacher and college professor with many years of experience, Schwartz has helped hundreds of young people succeed where others have turned their back on them. She can work with your learner, grades K-12, in subjects including reading, writing, language arts, penmanship, and the social sciences. She can also assist your older student with college applications and essays, a specialty that has helped many students get accepted into colleges of their choice. Contact her before your student becomes frustrated or discouraged. She will help your learner experience success while working with them as an individual with a unique set of learning patterns. Professor Schwartz is available Monday through Friday, $30 dollars per hour, a small price to pay for a tutor who sees your child as a total person with total potential. For a free consultation, call 551-265-2745 or email See ad page 48.

Effort only fully releases its reward after a person refuses to quit. ~Napoleon Hill

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Having Gratitude Yields More Happiness than Having Things


wo studies from Baylor University have confirmed that materialism can lead to feeling less satisfied with life, while a sense of gratitude reverses some of the negative effects of the pursuit of things. The research, led by Professor James Roberts, Ph.D., included questionnaires sent to 246 marketing students from another university, focusing on happiness and satisfaction with a 15-minute survey that included a 15-point materialism scale. The study found that individuals that focused on achieving material goals were less satisfied with their lives, less happy and had lower self-esteem. Meanwhile, the study found that grateful students found more meaning in their lives and felt a greater sense of satisfaction. “Individuals high in gratitude showed less of a relationship between materialism and its negative affect. Additionally, individuals high in materialism showed decreased life satisfaction when either gratitude or positive affect was low,” note the researchers.

Animal Friends Soothe Autistic Children


ccording to the Centers for Disease Control, autism spectrum disorder (ASD) now affects about 1 in every 68 children in the U.S., up from 1 in 150 in 2000. This includes 1 in 42 boys and 1 in 189 girls. Contact with animals may help ameliorate this troubling trend. A recent study of 114 children between 5 and 12 years old has found that autistic children having greater contact with animals have less anxiety related to social situations. The research was led by Marguerite O’Haire, Ph.D., from the Center for the Human-Animal Bond at the College of Veterinary Medicine of Purdue University, in West Lafayette, Indiana. Colleagues from the School of Psychology at the University of Queensland, in Brisbane, Australia, also participated in the study. The researchers divided the 114 children into 38 groups of three. Each group had one ASD child and two children without ASD. Skin conductance, which provides an objective way for researchers to gauge social anxiety, was measured among the children as they read silently and aloud. As expected, skin conductance was significantly higher among the ASD children as they read aloud in front of their peers. In successive sessions, when researchers introduced pet guinea pigs for the children to pet prior to their readings, the ASD children’s skin conductance levels dropped significantly. “Previous studies suggest that in the presence of companion animals, children with autism spectrum disorders function better socially,” says James Griffin, Ph.D., of the Child Development and Behavior Branch of the U.S. National Institutes of Health. “This study provides physiological evidence that the proximity of animals eases the stress that children with autism may experience in social situations.”


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Cloves Inhibit Cancer Growth


esearch from China has determined that cloves (Syzygium aromaticum) inhibit the growth of several cancers. Researchers tested an extract of whole cloves against several types of human cancer cells, including those of ovarian, cervical, liver, colon, breast and pancreatic cancers. Published in the journal Oncology Research, the test used an incubation system that simulated the ability of these cancer cells to grow within the body. The researchers found that the clove extract stopped such development. The active constituents they identified within the clove extracts include oleanolic acid and eugenol. “Clove extract may represent a novel therapeutic herb for cancer treatment, and oleanolic acid is one of the components responsible for part of its antitumor activity,� the researchers commented. Cloves, one of the oldest medicinal spices, have been used in Traditional Chinese Medicine for many centuries.

Gratitude is the sign of noble souls. ~Aesop

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Formaldehyde Found in GMO Soybeans


esearchers from the International Center for Integrative Systems, in Cambridge, Massachusetts, have determined that genetically modified (GM/GMO) soybean plants accumulate the carcinogen formaldehyde. The researchers utilized a scientific method called CytoSolve to analyze 6,497 diverse laboratory studies conducted by 184 scientific institutions in 23 countries worldwide. The study data showed that GMO soybeans significantly accumulate formaldehyde, a class-one carcinogen. The research also found that genetic modification forces a depletion of glutathione among the plants, which weakens their immune system. This contrasts with the proposals put forth by the GM industry that GMO soybean plants are stronger, allowing them to endure environmental hardships better than non-GMO soybean plants. The research was led by V.A. Shiva Ayyadurai, Ph.D., a biologist trained at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and published in the peer-reviewed journal Agricultural Sciences. “The results demand immediate testing, along with rigorous scientific standards to assure such testing is objective and replicable. It’s unbelievable such standards for testing don’t already exist. The safety of our food supply demands that science delivers such modern scientific standards for approval of GMOs,” states Ayyadurai. Former Environmental Protection Agency Senior Scientist Ray Seidler, Ph.D., comments about the study, “The discovery reported by Ayyadurai reveals a new molecular paradigm associated with genetic engineering that will require research to discover why the extent of formaldehyde and glutathione concentrations are altered, and what other chemicals relevant to human and animal health are affected. We need the kinds of standards Ayyadurai demands to conduct such research.”

Antidepressants in Pregnancy Raises Risk of Hypertension in Kids


n a large study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, researchers from participating universities found mothers that take antidepressant drugs during pregnancy face the risk of heart issues for their children. The researchers tested 3,789,330 pregnant women between 2000 and 2010. Of these, 128,950 took at least one prescription for antidepressants during their pregnancy. High blood pressure among children of mothers that didn’t take antidepressants was about 21 percent. Children that were exposed to selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) antidepressant drugs during pregnancy experienced high blood pressure in 31.5 percent of the cases. Those that were exposed to non-SSRI antidepressants experienced high blood pressure 29 percent of the time. This represents a 50 percent increased risk of hypertension for babies of mothers that take SSRIs during pregnancy and a 40 percent increased risk for children exposed to non-SSRIs. In their conclusion, the researchers note, “Evidence from publicly insured pregnant women studied may be consistent with a potential increased risk of persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn associated with maternal use of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors in late pregnancy.” 18

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

Sky Kings

Agricultural Drones May Boost Sustainability Beginning November 15, farmers will be able to implement flying drones to perform important tasks in their fields. That’s when changes in Federal Aviation Administration regulations will loosen many of the current restrictions on this new technology. Advocates believe the devices can improve precision agriculture management that uses GPS and data collection to boost crop yields and profits while aiding water conservation. For the first time, the drones will be operated legally during an entire growing season, allowing companies to test their business models and technologies together. This boost in crop intelligence should make farms more efficient and help smaller operations compete with well-funded big agribusiness conglomerates whose fields are typically rife with genetically modified (GMO) crops. “This is the first year we’ll actually be able to see, by the time the growing season is over, the impact on the farmer and the impact of the quality of the grapes,” says David Baeza, whose precision agriculture startup Vine Rangers uses drones and ground robots to gather data on vineyard crops. “The biggest thing to watch is what’s going to happen to giants like Monsanto. How you define this market is changing, and the incumbents are in for a battle.” Source: Fortune magazine

Recycling Revolution

Global Rise Bolsters Sustainability On November 15, thousands of events in communities nationwide will celebrate America Recycles Day (America A program run by national nonprofit Keep America Beautiful since 2006, the event is dedicated to promoting recycling in the U.S. via special material collection drives and educational activities. Materials available to groups include advice on setting up collectibles stations and customizable templates for promoting activities to increase recycling awareness, commitment and local action. There’s plenty of room to grow: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency estimates that the amount of waste that the average citizen composts or recycles has increased from 17 percent in 1990 to 33 percent today. Some other countries have been conducting their own national programs longer. For the 19th year, Australia will celebrate a weeklong National Recycling Week ( in November. More than 90 percent of Aussies feel it’s the right thing to do. Recycle Now (, England’s national program, supported and funded by the government and implemented by 90 percent of municipalities, conducts its annual weeklong program in June. Organizers contend that six out of 10 citizens now describe themselves as committed recyclers, compared to fewer than half when the campaign launched in 2004. Germany also celebrates recycling for two days in June; many other countries do so in July. 20

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Monsanto Pushback More Countries Ban Toxic Roundup

Countries are gradually banning the use of Monsanto Roundup herbicide around the world as a danger to the environment and human health, and Bermuda is one of the latest to join the ranks. These moves come soon after a recently published metastudy conducted by the World Health Organization International Agency for Research on Cancer published in The Lancet Oncology determined that glyphosate, the main ingredient in Roundup, is probably carcinogenic to humans. Colombia stopped using Roundup to kill illegal coca plants. France banned the sale to homeowners, and Germany is poised to do the same. A group of 30,000 Argentine physicians are calling for a ban there, where it’s blamed for boosting birth defects and cancer. Others, including the Brazilian federal prosecutor, are demanding that Roundup’s active ingredient, glyphosate, be pulled off the shelves. In the U.S., the Institute for Responsible Technology (IRT) is assisting efforts in cities, counties and school systems to enact immediate bans of glyphosate-based sprays. IRT is also calling for schools to measure the amount of glyphosate residues in school meals and to take steps to eliminate them if found. Source: EcoWatch

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Solving Hunger

France Tackles Food Waste with New Law French supermarkets will be banned from throwing away or destroying unsold food and must instead donate it to charities or for animal feed under a law set to crack down on food waste. Supermarkets will also be barred from deliberately spoiling unsold food so it cannot be eaten. Larger stores will have to sign contracts with charities by July 2016 or face penalties. The law will also introduce an education program about food waste in schools and businesses, and follows a measure enacted last February to remove bestbefore dates on fresh foods. The Gars’pilleurs, an action group founded in Lyon, warns that simply obliging supermarket giants to pass unsold food to charities could give a “false and dangerous idea of a magic solution” to food waste, failing to address the core issues of overproduction in the food industry and wastage in food distribution chains.


Pay Tied to Sustainability

Researchers Nale Lehmann-Willenbrock and Joseph A. Allen have written in the Journal of Applied Psychology about their research into the effect of group humor on workers by studying the behavioral patterns of 54 real-world teams from two businesses. Humor and laughter were examined and each interaction was coded, based on recordings made at meetings. Performance ratings were collected immediately afterward and also several years later. Results showed that levity can reduce body pain and stress and help with relaxation. Cognitively, it bolsters creativity, memory and problem-solving ability. Humor reduces anxiety, elevates mood and increases self-esteem, hope, optimism and energy. In terms of society, it attracts connections, promotes bonding and altruism and leads to happier partnerships. The researchers also found, “At the team level, humor patterns [but not humor or laughter alone] positively related to team performance, both immediately and two years later.” The positive aftereffects of humor on team performance include question-asking, proposals of innovative ideas, new people speaking up and kudos given for jobs well done or problems solved.

While sustainability is often categorized as a long-term strategy to mitigate both corporate reputational and financial risk, a small but growing number of companies are beginning to tie environmental goals to executive compensation. That means leaders of participating firms now must weigh operational variables such as greenhouse gas emissions against short-term financial outcomes. In a report published by Sustainalytics and the sustainability nonprofit Ceres, 24 percent of the 613 largest publicly traded companies have now tied sustainability to executive compensation, up from 15 percent in 2012. “At the end of the day, people are motivated by their pocketbooks,” says Veena Ramani, Ceres senior director of corporate programs. “I think investors have come to recognize that if you want companies to take this stuff seriously, you’re going to have to link it to people’s compensation.” The shift is part of a broader push to tie corporate social responsibility areas such as environmental, social and governance metrics, as well as labor and local community impacts, to core business models.



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Support the Pivotal Paris Climate Change Conference As part of its Off + On initiative and ongoing efforts to get governments and businesses worldwide to address climate change and switch to renewable energy sources, and affiliated organizations will spearhead a number of events in the host city and internationally surrounding the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference, in Paris, from November 30 to December 11. Bill McKibben and May Boeve, co-founders of, encourage everyone to particularly follow November 28 and 29 events working to influence summit participants and spread news of their stance through social media. Volunteers are encouraged to travel to Paris to help ask all attending government officials, politicians and business leaders to pledge to work toward divesting state and local government and university pension and endowment funds of all fossil fuel stock holdings. In addition, individual investors are urged to direct their financial advisors to eliminate fossil fuel stock holdings and switch to alternative energy companies. Graduates and college students can promote a movement to pressure their alma maters to similarly shift investments. More than 300 institutions worldwide have already made such commitments, including the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, Norwegian Soverign Wealth Fund, University of Glascow, World Council of Churches, the California Public University System and Syracuse University.

A Soulful Celebration of Body, Mind and Spirit

Making the most of the original spirit and intention of the season’s holiday of gratitude feeds mind, body and spirit. Consider these happy and healthy choices. Turkey: Free-range and organic gobblers are less likely to carry diseases and contain synthetic additives. Heritage turkeys are raised outdoors, freely roam pastures, are genetically diverse and eat the varied diet that nature intended ( Spare a bird: Turkey alternatives include fun, seasonal staples such as vegetable lasagna, butternut ravioli and acorn squash filled with onions, beans and dried fruits. Beverages: Serving locally made apple cider, beer or wine supports local farmers and businesses, plus avoids the carbon footprint that distant choices incur in transport. Festive preparations: Refrain from using Styrofoam, as it isn’t recyclable and can emit chemicals when meeting up with hot turkey; use washable cloth napkins instead of paper brands that go to the incinerator or landfill; and ask guests to bring a container to take leftovers home to avoid food waste. Get kids involved: suggests giving children construction paper that can be made into decorations and recycled later. Baker’s clay, a mixture of flour, salt and water, can also be molded into creative pieces. Revive the traditional atmosphere: The first Thanksgiving was a communal affair, so invite neighbors to join family members. Besides enhancing friendships, their proximity reduces auto emissions by keeping them off the road or encouraging shorter trips. Honor peace and brotherhood across all races and ethnicities by sharing with guests the essence of the first successful summer harvest by pilgrims in 1621. According to Listening to America, by Stuart Berg Flexner, members of the Native American Wampanoags were also invited to the celebration because the tribe had taught them to plant native Indian corn, a key to recovery after their first difficult winter. Perhaps read a passage from the Iroquois Thanksgiving Prayer, encouraging us to “return to our mother, the Earth, which sustains us.” Visit

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A Whole Person Approach to Treating Cancer

by Belinda Alonso


hoosing a cancer treatment that is right for you can be overwhelming. It is an important personal choice that should be researched thoroughly. Conventional and alternative methods are vastly different and both have their benefits. According to Dr. Carlos Garcia, Medical Director of Utopia Wellness and renowned author of Cancer is a Symptom, an alternative approach to cancer involves innovative therapies and procedures focused on restoring the health of the “whole body” so it can do what it has been so perfectly designed to do—heal. The traditional treatment approach is designed to target and destroy cancer cells using surgery and/or toxic drugs, however, a compromised immune system is the side effect. Hopefully, the treatments are successful at destroying every single cancer cell. If cancer cells remain, the weakened immune system will probably be unable to fend them off and recurrence is very likely. Dr. Garcia maintains that a comprehensive alternative cancer program is based on the following well-established facts: • Cancer occurs when the immune system becomes compromised • Cancer thrives in a low oxygen environment • Cancer thrives in an acidic, low pH environment • Cancer proliferates by consuming sugar • Cancer involves an emotional component He notes, “The program at Utopia Wellness is designed to eliminate the underlying causes of your cancer, provide you


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with the tools necessary to enhance your immune system, as well as providing non-toxic therapies that target your cancer.” Utopia’s innovative therapies and procedures consist of the following six-prong approach: 1. Fortify. A specialized combination of nutrients and natural substances boost and strengthen the immune system. Intravenous infusions of these nutrients and substances allow for complete absorption in higher doses not tolerated orally. 2. Oxygenize. Nobel Prize winner, Dr. Otto Warburg, wrote about oxygen’s relationship to the pH of cancer cells internal environment. Since fermentation was a major metabolic pathway of cancer cells, Warburg reported that cancer cells maintain a lower pH due to lactic acid production and elevated carbon dioxide. His research demonstrated a direct relationship between pH and oxygen, and an oxygen-rich body is better able to eliminate cancer cells. 3. Alkalinize. In order for cancer cells to survive and reproduce, they have to maintain a high acidic pH; they do this by producing lactic acid as a byproduct of their anaerobic respiration. Utopia offers therapies that increase pH levels and destroy the enzyme systems of cancer cells rendering them incapable of reproducing and surviving. 4. Detoxify. We are living in an extremely toxic environment which contributes to cancer. The removal of toxins from the body is a very important part of an alternative treatment plan. Detoxification therapies can include colon cleansing, FAR infrared sauna, ionic foot baths, herbal supplementation, and lymphatic drainage massage.

5. Modify. What you don’t eat is just as important as what you do eat. A good cancer diet will not only “starve” the cancer cells, it can also nourish the healthy, non-cancerous cells. A bad cancer diet, on the other hand, can actually “feed” the cancer cells. This is why diet is so important. At Utopia, a certified holistic nutritionist works with the client to create a comprehensive plan that accomplishes these goals. 6. Clarify. One of the most important elements in an alternative approach, and most often ignored by conventional medicine, is the emotional component. Mind-body medicine is based on a relatively new, rapidly developing area of care. Mind-body medicine explores the influence of your mind, emotions, and traumas on your body and immune system, and vice versa. Some studies have suggested that addressing your psychological and spiritual health can help in the recovery process from cancer. As stated by Dr. Garcia, “A whole person approach allows the innate healing powers of the body to restore harmony and empowers you to take greater personal responsibility for your health. The goal is to help you deal with the physical and emotional issues that may be interfering with the recovery process.” Belinda Alonso, CHN is a certified holistic nutritionist and blogger at Utopia Wellness and The iVitamin Bar. Her blog was featured among “The Top Alternative Health Blogs: 50 of the Best, Must-Read Blogs for Alternative Health Wisdom on the Web.” To learn more about Dr. Garcia’s approach to cancer, email or visit See ad page 7.

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Choose Lasting Wealth

“Imagine an economy in which life is valued more than money and power resides with ordinary people that care about one another, their community and their natural environment,” says David Korten, Ph.D., the co-founder of Positive Futures Network and author of Change the Story, Change the Future: A Living Economy for a Living Earth. “When we choose real wealth,” says Korten, of Bainbridge Island, Washington, “we can have exciting hobbies and adventures; work that challenges and stimulates us; and spiritual connection with a universe that’s infinitely larger than a stock portfolio. Instead of more stuff in our alreadystuffed lives, we can have fewer things, but better things of higher quality—fewer visits to the doctor and more visits to museums and friends’ houses.”

Step One: Taking Inventory of Our Stuff

Suze Orman, owner of the Suze Orman Financial Group, in Emeryville, California, and the bestselling author of The Courage to Be Rich: Creating a Life of Material and Spiritual Abundance, ponders whether having stuff is worth it and suggests we take an inventory of what we own. “Think about the value of each object—what it cost you when you bought it, what it’s worth in dollars today, and what it’s worth in an Earthly, material representation of who you are now,” she says. Orman suggests that we go through every closet and cupboard and recycle or throw away items that no longer serve us well, and then reconnect with items we cannot part with, such as family mementos. “Think of these items so precious to you and how little, in fact, they cost you,” she says. In this way we define for ourselves the true meaning of worth, and it’s never about the stuff. Once we have a handle on what we own, it’s time to turn to what we want and how we can get there.

TRUE WEALTH Living a Life We Love is Real Affluence by Judith Fertig


raditional economics has us thinking in opposites—in terms of assets and liabilities. We consider the value of the material things we’ve accumulated: We add up our assets, which may include stocks, bonds, real estate, bank accounts and retirement savings. Then we subtract what we owe: Our liabilities may include a home mortgage, credit card debt, insurance premiums and student and vehicle loans. The balance is deemed our net worth. Figured this way, our net worth changes every minute and can sometimes shift dramatically. There is a better way to assess our wealth, because we are overlooking, dismissing or squandering valuable resources and benefits such as time, personal health, spiritual well-being, social connections or community in order to buy temporal things that will only depreciate over time. Golden, Colorado, author David Wann explores this theme in his book Simple Prosperity: Finding Real Wealth in a Sustainable Lifestyle. He remarks, “The U.S. may be on top when it comes to spending, but we also lead the world in debt per capita, children in poverty, percent of people in prison, obesity and infant mortality.” In fact, the U.S. has recently been ranked 42nd among countries in longevity— right below Guam and just above Albania. “So where is all the spending really getting us?” he asks. “We need to be getting more value out of each dollar, each hour, each spoonful of food, each square foot of house and each gallon of gas. The secret of success at the local, national and global scale is not really a secret; it’s in plain sight, and it’s called moderation.” 26

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Step Two: Re-Evaluating Life Goals

Just as we would do a personal financial assessment before we make plans to achieve financial goals, a life audit helps us determine our priorities for living happily and productively. Ximena Vengoechea, a design researcher for Twitter, Inc., in San Francisco, recently did this using 100 sticky notes during one dedicated afternoon. She wrote a single wish, one thing she’d like to do, on each note. During this “spring cleaning for the soul,” as How we spend she calls it, Vengoechea our days is, of reaffirmed her thirst for course, how we learning and adventure. Taking it a step further, spend our lives. she analyzed how she spent her time and how ~Annie Dillard often she saw the people most important to her,

mapping the data as pie charts. She discovered that most of her time was spent in work-related activities and not enough in adventure or seeing the people she loved. Drawing it up in the visual medium of charts helped her identify her life goals and see the changes she needed to make. Doubtless, we can all find better ways to utilize our assets.

Our Time

Center at the University of California, Berkeley, to provide local communities with a research-based model for prosperity. In socially abundant communities and nations, individuals don’t have to earn as much money to be comfortable, because their quality of life is partly provided by the strength of social bonds.

Heeding the Call to Change

Finding and doing what “lights us up” will bring us Arianna Huffington, of New York City, founder of The abundance, claims David Howitt in Heed Your Call. Huffington Post, knows firsthand about having so many The Portland, Oregon, Meriwether Group entrepreneur demands on our time that days feel rushed, which can who consults for consumer companies, maintains that increase our stress and negatively impact our producfinding our heroic purpose (that heart-centered thing tivity. She says, “On the flip side, the feeling of we feel we were meant to do) is the first step having enough time, or even surplus time, is Finding and doing toward true wealth. Howitt says the secret is called ‘time affluence’. Although it may be hard what “lights us in one small word—and. Instead of choosing to believe, it’s actually possible to achieve.” either/or, our world expands with “and”. He Huffington recommends simple steps like getup” will bring urges us to integrate the intuitive and analytic ting enough sleep and putting time limits on us abundance. parts of ourselves: “poet and professional, work and online activities. prophet and profit, soul and success.” Belinda Munoz, a social change activist in It’s not just about philanthropy, but truly ~David Howitt making your community and your world a better San Francisco who blogs at TheHalfwayPoint. net, observes, “Time is neutral. We either use it place through your work, he observes. “You’re doing good in wisely or waste it, so the onus is on us to make it an asset.” the world, and when you live that way, money follows you.” Munoz can both let go of stress and be more productive when she blocks out day parts. “When I focus, I shut out Judith Fertig blogs about living well at AlfrescoFoodAnd interruptions, stop feeling rushed and get my work done with from Overland Park, KS. ease,” she says.

Our Health

One high-impact way to support personal health is to value food more, maintains Wann. “We need to spend more of our household budget for food, not less,” he says. “By rearranging both our household and national expenditures, we should give a higher priority to fresh, healthy food and a lower priority to electronic gadgets, shopping, cars, lawns and even vacations. Our overall expenses don’t have to go up, they just need to be realigned with our changing values. By choosing higher quality food and supporting better ways of growing it, we also begin to reshape the American culture,” he says.

Our Community

The community, rather than the stock market, is the better source of real wealth—both personal and global—maintains Korten. “Your community economy is part of the glue that binds people together. It’s the key to physical and mental health and happiness.” Giving less control over our financial well-being to Wall Street and more to Main Street will help us think in terms of livelihoods, instead of mere jobs. For Korten, this equates to not only how we make money to live, but also how we live—valuing our homes, communities and natural environment. Priceless social capital comes from investing our time and money in local communities. Korten observes how, when freely and wisely spent, these efforts can lower crime rates, make schools more productive and help economies function better. Korten cites Oakland, California’s Well-Being in Business Lab, which works with the Greater Good Science

Conducting a Life Audit by Ximena Vengoechea


ere’s one approach to doing a life audit in order to both discern more keenly what’s important and figure out how to allocate resources better to make those things happen. Step 1: Take a few hours and 100 sticky notes. Write a wish—something you’d like to do or have happen in your life—on each one. Arrange them on a flat surface. Step 2: See what patterns evolve. Rearrange the notes by themes or categories, such as family, physical health, adventure, profession, giving back and skills. Those that contain the most notes indicate the realm of your most powerful wishes. Step 3: Evaluate your time. Take stock of a typical day, week and month to analyze how you are spending it. Step 4: Prioritize. Some wishes need to be fulfilled every day or soon, while long-term wishes aim for “someday”. Step 5: Make a plan. Just as with a smart financial strategy, which typically involves investing money over time, you can now allocate your time to make your wish list happen. For more details, visit

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Natural Facial Essentials Few Skincare Product Labels Tell the Whole Story by Linda Sechrist


t age 25, Paula The skin, your protec- natural include synthetic Begoun, author chemicals, meaning that of The Original tive organ, is meant to the term organic doesn’t Beauty Bible and other apply to the entire formula. bestselling books on be “worn” for life. It is Fragrances are common skincare, makeup and synthetic ingredients, as is hair care, read her first not a luxury, but a ne- the triethanolamine that’s label on a skincare prodoften used to adjust the uct she was using. Alcessity to take the best pH or as an emulsifying though she’d tried many agent to convert acid to different products to conpossible care of it. a salt, or stearate, as the trol her acne and eczema base for a cleanser. ~Charlene Handel since age 11, she hadn’t To help consumers thought about the conavoid overpaying for skintents, which was partially care products which may why she was distraught to discover that not be as natural or organic as touted, acetone (nail polish remover) was the Begoun encourages skepticism regardfourth ingredient listed. ing marketing messages. She suggests That moment became the inspirathat an important key is to choose the tion for Begoun’s lifetime devotion to best formulation for an individual’s skin skincare research and education and type and specific skin concerns. customer advocacy. Today, as founder “There are no U.S. Food and Drug of the Seattle-based Paula’s Choice Agency-approved standards for the Skincare, she continues to help women organic labeling of skincare products understand when product claims are sold in salons and spas or over-themisleading or factual. counter. The cosmetics industry hasn’t agreed on one set of standards either. Buyer Be Aware U.S. Department of Agriculture certifiOne of Begoun’s core conclusions is cation is cost-prohibitive for most small that the terms organic and all natural are cosmetic companies that use clean, largely responsible for fueling the miscertified organic ingredients, so some conception that all synthetic ingredients uncertified organic products exist and in cosmetics are automatically bad and it’s wise to read labels,” explains Elina that all organic or natural ingredients are Fedotova, founder of the nonprofit Asautomatically good. She further notes sociation of Holistic Skin Care Practithat many products labeled organic and tioners. She counsels that we Google


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any unfamiliar ingredient to learn if it’s toxic or safe. Fedotova, a cosmetic chemist and aesthetician who makes her professional skincare line, Elina Organics, by hand in a laboratory, compares the difference between salon and commercial products to fine dining versus fast food. “Salon products are made in far smaller quantities than mass-produced brands and offer higher concentrations of ingredients. They are generally shipped directly to the salon and have a higher turnover rate. Because they don’t have to be stored for indeterminate periods or endure warehouse temperatures, they are fresher and more potent,” she says. Although a facial can easily be performed at home with salon or commercial products, Fedotova, who owns spas in Chicago and Kalamazoo, Michigan, recommends having a professional facial every four to five weeks. Charlene Handel, a certified holistic esthetician, holistic skin care educator and owner of Skin Fitness Etc., in Carlsbad, California, agrees.

Sequenced Steps

Handel chooses treatments that penetrate and nourish the layer of skin below the epidermis, the outermost layer, consisting of mostly dead cells, with 100 percent holistic (edible) products and freshly brewed organic tea compresses. “Without a gentle exfoliation, the first step in any effective facial, not even skincare formulas with penetration enhancers, can nourish the lower layer of live cells. One key nourishment among others is vitamin C, an antioxidant which brightens, protects against sun damage and promotes collagen production,” advises Handel. She explains that skin cells produced in the deepest layer gradually push their way to the epidermis every 30 days and die. Dead cells can pile up unevenly and give the skin’s surface a dry, rough, dull appearance. As we age, cell turnover time increases to 45 or 60 days, which is why gentle sloughing is necessary. This can be done at home three times a week with a honey mask. Another form of exfoliation performed in a salon uses a diamondtipped, crystal-free microdermabrasion

machine to gently buff away the surface layer of skin. An additional option is a light glycolic acid and beta hydroxy acid treatment. This can be purchased over the counter or prepared at home using organic papaya (glycolic) and pineapple (beta hydroxyl) for more even skin tone. These treatments, sometimes referred to as acid peels, can be applied to the face for no more than 10 to 15 minutes, typically every two to four weeks or every few months.

Treatment serums, moisturizing lotions and eye and neck creams are all elements of a complete facial. The simplest sequence of application is layering from the lightest to heaviest—eye cream, serum and moisturizer. Give them a minute or two to absorb. No facial is complete without a sunscreen with zinc oxide or titanium dioxide, applied last. Linda Sechrist is a Natural Awakenings senior staff writer.

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Fruit Smoothie Mask Prep time: 15 minutes Increase sun protection with this antioxidant- and resveratrol-rich soothing smoothie mask. Use fresh, organic ingredients. 6 medium strawberries 12 red grapes ½ banana 1 Tbsp honey Combine first three ingredients in a standard or bullet blender until mixture becomes creamy. Remove and put in a bowl. Gently fold honey into mixture. Cleanse face. Apply mask to skin, preferably with a fan brush, and lightly massage with fingertips for two minutes. Allow to sit on skin for 20 minutes. Remove mask with warm water. Follow with organic toner per skin type. Source: Courtesy of Charlene Handel

Dry complexion: Cleanse the skin with a mix of baking soda and coconut oil. Gently scrub on and rinse off. Oily complexion: Cleanse the skin using a mixture of yogurt and baking soda. Gently scrub on and rinse off. Refresh the skin after cleansing with distilled rose water or herbal tea, adding in a few drops each of lemon juice and a favorite essential oil. For dry skin, choose chamomile tea; for oily skin, go with burdock root tea and juniper berry essential oil. Exfoliate the skin with a gentle, healthy alternative to chemical peels by massaging with organic papaya; its enzymes help dissolve dead cells. It also infuses skin with beta carotene and other beauty nutrients. After rinsing skin, apply a mashed banana mask, which benefits all complexions by nourishing and moisturizing the skin. It’s also high in antiinflammatory vitamin B6. Remove the banana with a wet wash cloth, and then apply a favorite moisturizer. Dry skin does well with coconut oil. For very dry skin, use shea butter or sesame oil. Use a zinc oxide-based natural sunblock, especially after a facial, because the skin is more sensitive to ultraviolet rays after exfoliation. Eating foods rich in antioxidants helps prevent sun damage. Source: Courtesy of Elina Fedotova

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Sharing Our Bounty Food Drives Need Healthy Donations by Avery Mack


hat’s on the table can help lower risks of stroke, heart attack, cancer and diabetes, according to the American Heart Association. Not all families are able to afford the healthiest foods, but fatty, high-sugar options can be avoided. The most-needed donations are nonperishable and high in protein, but low in sodium, sugar and fats. Give the best, most affordable products, according to these tips and the food drive’s guidelines. Organic and

non-GMO (genetically modified) foods are welcome. Note that not all pantries can store fresh produce, glass containers or personal hygiene items. “Pantries rely on informed community support,” explains Jim Byrnes, director of Pennsylvania’s Nazareth Area Food Bank. “Area churches, schools and businesses keep us supplied. We’ll help 300 families this year, compared to 100 in 2006, balancing nutrition with practical needs.”


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California’s San Diego Food Bank feeds better choices to 370,000 people each month, including military families, seniors and children. Such community efforts change lives. Meat: Tinned tuna, chicken and salmon store easily for use in salads or casseroles, on a sandwich and in whole wheat pasta, brown rice or low-fat stir fries. Avoid the bisphenol-A (BPA) associated with cans and plastic containers. Instead choose BPA-free pouch packaging and cans with BPA-free liners (see Soup and Stew: Containing meat and veggies, soups and stews provide filling, hearty comfort foods. Vegetables: Yams and whole-berry cranberry sauce turn dinner into a holiday feast. Add color to the plate with mixed veggies. Lentils, pinto, black and kidney beans in stew, chili or salad provide fiber, calcium, zinc and iron. Spices add zing. Tomatoes, sauce and salsa add flavor; choose glass jar products only in order to be BPA-free, due to the acidic effect on cans. Pasta, Rice and Grain: In Kansas City, Missouri, Katie Thomas, owner of Crazy Daisy Cleaning, regularly organizes food drives. She says, “Pasta and sauce make a variety of dishes and extend the number of meals.” Whole grain pasta, brown or wild rice, quinoa and couscous are better choices than white pasta. Bulgur provides nearly 75 percent of a day’s fiber requirement when added to soup or salad.

Search for a generic food item at to see how brand-name products rank in nutritional value. Cereal: Steel-cut or rolled oats, farina (Cream of Wheat) and grits are low-calorie and nutritious options for a warm start to the day. All can be found as organic; farina in whole wheat or white wheat that is certified kosher. Cold cereals should list whole grains as the first ingredient and be high in fiber and low in sugar, like organic Oat O’s. Snacks: Unsalted nuts, full of fiber, protein and vitamins, are highly prized at food pantries. Packed in juice, fruit cups make a healthy treat. Dried fruit and sunflower seeds are another favorite. Low-salt, low-sugar peanut or sunflower butter packs protein. Honey is a healthy sweetener. Collecting Party: “A group of us collected and donated 600 pounds of food for babies, pets and adults to Extended Hands Food Bank,” says Dee Power, in Fountain Hills, Arizona. For

babies, include food without added sugar or salt and single-grain cereal. Alternative Giving: Especially popular during the December holidays, the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank offers prepacked bags to grocery store patrons, paid for at checkout. Customers can see what’s included and the food bank picks them up. (Tip: Cash donations allow lower cost bulk purchases with no need to transport or sort items.) Non-Food: Make sure the food pantry has storage space before donating wet or dry food for cats and dogs and birdseed; baby wipes, shampoo and soap; and adult soap, deodorant, shaving supplies, toothpaste, shampoo and toilet paper. “A $5,000 grant gave us added storage space,” says Byrnes. The bottom line is what food pantries need is much the same as what’s found in any healthy home pantry—comestibles rich in flavor, vitamins and fiber and free of unhealthy additives. Please be generous year-round, sharing well beyond the holidays. Connect with the freelance writer via

Annual Food Drives Local Boy Scout troops remind us to prepare for their annual food drive. On November 7, be on the lookout for a door hanger reminder; on November 14, they’ll pick up food for delivery to local food banks. The National Association of Letter Carriers’ (U.S. Postal Service) annual nationwide food drive is May 14, 2016. Since 1992, they’ve collected more than 1.3 billion pounds of food. Feeding America’s drive benefits from a matching gift from motivational speaker and author Tony Robbins through December 3, aimed to provide a total of 100 million meals for the 49 million Americans that struggle with hunger. Each $1 given and matched helps secure and distribute 20 meals through its network of food banks. Donate at Tinyurl. com/TonyRobbinsFeedingAmerica.

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What’s Your Child’s EQ? Six Ways to Raise Emotional Intelligence by Teal Swan


uch of our identity is shaped in childhood by key events and the emotions and perspectives we associate with them.

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Emotional intelligence, sometimes referred to as EQ, is often overlooked as a skill set in today’s world. The recent animated film Inside Out calls attention to effective ways of addressing a child’s journey by embracing and better understanding their emotions; particularly those that don’t feel positive. A recent study by the London School of Economics Centre for Economic Performance found that a child’s emotional health is far more important in determining future happiness than factors such as academic success or wealth. Parents can help ensure a healthy emotional upbringing by avoiding making three mistakes. Disapproval of a child’s emotions: This involves being critical of a child’s displays of negative emotion and reprimanding or punishing the child for expressing them. Dismissing a child’s emotions: This comes across as regarding a child’s emotions as unimportant, either through ignoring their emotions, or worse, trivializing them. Offering little relevant guidance: While parents may empathize, they don’t set limits on behavior or assist

each child in understanding and coping with their emotions.

Recipe for a High EQ

Parents can successfully form deeper connections with their kids by recognizing, respecting and acknowledging their emotional range, rather than telling kids they should feel a certain way. Telling someone how they should or shouldn’t feel only teaches them to distrust themselves and that there’s something wrong with them. As a communication aid, Inside Out may speak best to older children, because younger viewers may get the erroneous impression that emotions can control them, rather than that they can control their own emotional reactions. The recipe for healthy bonding and emotional development is for all parties to model how they value the importance of each other’s feelings and respectfully listen for the feelings behind the words. In opening ourselves to being understood, we open ourselves to understanding others. Good parenting involves emotion. Good relationships involve emotion. The bottom line is that emotions matter. We all struggle with negative emotions from time to time, and the way we address and deal with them influences our emotional health. The goal is to develop a trustworthy emotional connection with the other person that is important to us, which enhances intimacy and the effectiveness of the

relationship in accomplishing good. Using this six-part process of helpful concrete steps applies equally to the children and adults in our lives. n Become aware of the other person’s emotions. n Care about the other person by seeing their emotions as valid and important. n Listen empathetically to better understand the way they feel, allowing them to feel safe to be vulnerable without fear of judgment. Seek to understand, rather than to agree or redirect. n Acknowledge and validate their feelings. We don’t need to validate that the thoughts they have about their emotions are correct; instead, simply let them know that it’s valid to feel the way that they do. For example, if a friend says, “I feel useless,” we could validate them by saying, “I can see how you might feel that way.” n Allow the person to experience their emotions fully before moving toward any kind of improvement. We cannot impose our idea of when they should be ready or able to feel differently. This is when we practice unconditional presence and unconditional love. We are there as support, without trying to fix them or anything else. Don’t be offended if they don’t accept support that’s offered at this time. A benevolent power is inherent in offering love that exists regardless of what someone does or does not do with it.

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n Help the other person to strategize ways to manage the reactions they might be having to their emotions after—and only after—their feelings have been validated, acknowledged and fully felt. This is when we can assert new ways of looking at a situation that may improve the way another person is feeling. This is when advice may be offered. When done successfully, this process can transform a conflict encountered in a relationship into solid gold. Teal Swan is the author of Shadows Before Dawn: Finding the Light of SelfLove Through Your Darkest Times, on how healing hidden wounds reveals our authentic selves ( Inside Out will be released next month on DVD. natural awakenings

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the physical body. Clients with dis-ease already manifested in the physical body also benefit from energy healing as it can address not only the dis-ease in the body which is comprised of energy, but also in the client’s energy field from whence it came, thereby getting to the source of the presenting issue.

Chakras (Auric Dimension)

The chakras, or energy centers, are contained within the Auric Dimension—the dimension of personality where our reason, will and emotion reside. Human beings have seven main chakras, which, if healthy and open, take in and metabolize energy to feed the organs in the respective area of each chakra and send the metabolized energy throughout the body. The first chakra, located at the perineum, is related to one’s physical energy, will to live, stability, power, money and safety. The second chakra, located below the belly button, is re-

Advanced Energy Healing Supports Optimal Health and Well-Being by Christine M. Jalbert, LMT, CBHSP


e have come into an age where we are recognizing more and more, through advancements in quantum physics, medicine, science, psychology, and healing sciences, that not only are human beings made up of energy, but that our thoughts, emotions, beliefs, images and intentions can actually create our reality, including our physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health and well-being. In Brennan Healing Science, an advanced form of energy healing requiring successful completion of four years and thousands of hours of rigorous study and hands-on training, a client’s healing is approached holistically, taking into account their physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health and well-being and how they impact one another.


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Dis-ease starts in the energy field first (often from habitual thoughts, beliefs, images, emotions and intentions which have their own energetic patterns/vibrations), and if not cleared or resolved, can eventually manifest as dis-ease in the physical body. Through advanced energy healing, a client’s energy field is balanced, cleared and charged, and the dis-ease processes present in the field can be removed and the energy field repaired before they manifest in the physical body. This type of healing is often accompanied by inquiry into the thought processes, beliefs, images, emotions and/or intentions that created the dysfunction in the energy field and by facilitating healing of the wound(s) which are the source of the issues that could eventually manifest as dis-ease in

lated to our sexuality (quality and quantity of sexual energy) and ability to give and receive pleasure. The third chakra, located at our solar plexus, is related to knowing our place in the world and self-care. The fourth chakra, located at the heart, is related to our relationship to others and how we view the world/others. The fifth chakra, located at our throat, is related to assimilation, speaking our truth, and our career. The sixth chakra, located at the third eye, is related to our ability to visualize and understand mental concepts and manifest ideas into reality. The seventh chakra, located at the crown of our head, is related to our connection to our spirituality. With advanced energy healing, chakras which are closed or otherwise dysfunctional can be opened, charged,

Christine M. Jalbert, LMT, CBHSP performing Hara healing.

balanced, repaired and restructured to be restored to their fully functional state to support optimal health and wellbeing. This can result in the resolution of issues which may have manifested physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually due to the dysfunction.

Hara (Haric Dimension)

The Haric Dimension is the dimension of intentionality. It is the foundation of the Auric Field. In this dimension, there is no reason, will, or emotion; rather, there is only effortless intention. Hara is alignment with and surrender to the Divine. It is a very peaceful, quiet, still and powerful place. The Hara line runs vertically through the middle of a person, very close to the spinal column. It contains our soul’s longing, and connects us to the core of the Earth below

and to the Divine above. When our Hara is in alignment, we are in Divine flow, in alignment with who we are and what we truly want; we have clarity about what we want and what direction to take, and we are able to manifest what we want in our lives powerfully and effectively. Brennan Healing Science practitioners align their clients’ Hara lines by performing Hara healings. Hara healings are very powerful and effective for clients who are in transition in their lives, and for clients with spinal or alignment issues since the body follows the Hara line.

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Barre Your Way to Better Fitness

Ballet-Inspired Workouts Create Long and Lean Muscles by Lynda Bassett


magine having a ballerina’s physique, grace, strength and flexibility. That’s the potential of barre. “Barre is a combination of ballet, yoga and Pilates principles. We use

small, isometric movements to temporarily fatigue muscles and make them long and lean. The so-called fatigue is what causes muscles to shake, and therefore, change,” explains Nadia

Yokarini-Kotsonis, a certified barre instructor at Physique Fitness Studio, in Grove City, Ohio. Students use a ballet barre to support themselves while doing the exercises. Yokarini-Kotsonis is among many former dancers that have embraced barre fitness. Trained in ballet, tap, contemporary and traditional dance in Athens, Greece, she discovered barre when she moved to the U.S. “I fell in love with how challenging it was and the effects and changes I saw in my body. I got certified a year later and have been teaching ever since. I’m still in love with practicing it, no matter how tired I might be beforehand,” she says. Rather than a cardiovascular regimen, “Barre is good for developing core strength. You gain overall flexibility, muscle strength, improved posture and range of motion,” says Lisa Juliet, West Coast regional director of the teacher certification program (Barre

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While barre has had some U.S. presence since the 1950s, “It’s having a resurgence now,” says Charlene Causey, a certified natural health professional and ballet body barre instructor in Pueblo, Colorado. Newfound interest began on both coasts and is quickly becoming a Midwest mainstay, according to YokariniKotsonis, who says it’s one of the most popular classes she teaches, and other studios are following suit. She remarks, “Everyone wants to offer barre, and everyone wants to come to a class and see what it’s about.” “Seniors love it because barre helps improve their balance. It’s also perfect for people working to overcome injuries,” says Juliet. She notes that while women are predominant in classes, the tide is turning a bit toward more gender equity. “Men that enter classes as skeptical come out sweating.” One recently earned his barre teaching certificate.

Benefits of Barre

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This ballet-inspired conditioning class is choreographed to engage all the major muscle groups, stretching, lengthening and strengthening the body from top to bottom and from the inside out. options ranging from the beginner to the more advanced barre enthusiast. Effective, yet safe, low-impact techniques provide ongoing challenges,” says Causey. Those that regularly practice realize many positive effects. “Your body becomes long and lean, similar to a ballet dancer’s. You learn to stand tall and become stronger with each class,” says Yokarini-Kotsonis. However, don’t expect it to be easy. “Even when you do it every day, you’ll still find it extremely challenging,” she adds. Most teachers individualize modifications for beginners. “I tell my students to do what they can. There’s no judgment here,” says Causey. Many yoga teachers offer barre classes as a beneficial complement to other sports and activities such as running. “It supplements your other endeavors,” notes Causey. Today’s barre classes feature bare feet and typical workout wear, specialized equipment and props, contemporary music and of course, the ballet barre. The whole experience is highly positive and upbeat, says Causey. Most fitness experts would agree that it’s good to add variety to workouts, and trying something new adds spice to the mix. Plus, for those that keep at it, says Yokarini-Kotsonis, “Barre can be the fastest results-oriented program you can undergo. Expect to see a change in your body in a month if you attend three to four classes a week.”

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Dangers in the Cosmetic Bag

Choose Safe and Healthy Natural Beauty Aids by Kathleen Barnes


e all want to look and feel beautiful, often enhancing our best features with assistance from cosmetics. Yet many of us may not be aware of the toxic ingredients contained in products we’re using. “When the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act was passed 77 years ago, it contained 112 pages of standards for food and drugs, and only one page for cosmetics,” says Connie Engel, Ph.D., science and education manager at the Breast Cancer Fund and its Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, in San Francisco. While most cosmetic ingredients must be listed on product labels, sometimes their names are hard to recognize, many are toxic and some of the most dangerous ones may not even be listed. Labeled toxins commonly found in cosmetics include endocrine disruptors that can affect our developmental, reproductive, neurological and immune systems. Here are just a few: Polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE), also known as Teflon, is found in foundation, pressed powder, loose powder, bronzer, blush, eye shadow and mascara. It can even enhance the toxicity of other chemicals, according to Danish research published in the International Journal of Andrology, and due to its fluorine base, can disrupt iodine absorption, contributing to breast disease including cancer. Butylated hydroxyanisole (BHA) and its cousin, hydroxytoluene (BHT),


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are common preservatives found in lip products, liquid makeup and moisturizers that the European Commission on Endocrine Disruption cites as interfering with hormone function. They’ve also been shown to cause kidney damage, according to research from Spain’s Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. Formaldehyde in many forms, including quaternium-15, coal tar, benzene and mineral oils that are prohibited in the European Union and Japan, are classified as carcinogens by the International Agency for Research on Cancer. These examples represent the tip of the iceberg of toxic chemicals of concern commonly used in cosmetics. They further range from allergens and substances that cause non-cancerous and cancerous tumors and organ toxicity to developmental and reproductive impairment, miscarriage and bioaccumulation leading to toxic overload when not excreted. Fragrances don’t have to be included in label ingredient lists, constituting another major concern, explains Engel. “Most cosmetics, even eye shadow, contain fragrance, and those fragrances can contain several dozen unlabeled ingredients, including hormone-disrupting phthalates.” The European Union is the authoritative source on all of these issues. Based on its CosIng (cosmetic ingredients) database accessed via ec.europa.

eu/consumers/cosmetics/cosing, it has banned scores of toxic chemicals from makeup sold in EU countries.

Safe and Healthy Alternatives Fortunately, safe alternatives are available to enhance our natural beauty. “Become an educated consumer and read the list of ingredients,” advises Janice Cox, the Medford, Oregon, author of Natural Beauty at Home. “Fewer ingredients and organic components mean safer products.” Better yet, we can make our own more natural beauty aids. “One advantage of making your own is that you’re in control. You know yourself and your skin and sensitivities,” says Cox. DIY products are easy if intense color isn’t a requirement. “The color many people want is hard to produce with kitchen ingredients,” Cox explains. “You can make clear mascara and eyebrow tamer with castor oil. It’s easy to make lip balms and maybe get a little color by adding berry juice or beet root powder.” For those that want the look of highquality makeup without toxins, other good alternatives come into play, says Hollywood makeup artist Lina Hanson, author of Eco-Beautiful. “I had been working in the industry for several years before I discovered the toxic ingredients in makeup; I was shocked,” she says. Equally unsettling, “I also learned that many of the ingredients allowed in the U.S. are banned in the European Union because of their toxicity.” That knowledge launched Hanson’s quest to create safe, organic, beauty-enhancing products for women, celebrities and everyday people alike. “So many people these days pay close attention to what they put in their bodies, but not everyone is as careful about what they put on their bodies,” she says. “I want people to understand that you don’t have to sacrifice beauty in going green.” Hanson warns against so-called “natural” cosmetics that abuse the term and may include harmful preservatives and synthetic ingredients. She assures, “Any product labeled ‘USDA certified organic’ contains 100 percent organic ingredients.” Her book mentions numerous brands she recommends.

Beauty Bonus Tip Healthy, moisturized skin is essential to natural beauty, many experts agree, noting that younger women need to unclog pores to prevent acne. They don’t need much moisturizing, but skin generally becomes drier with age, making good moisturizers important. Cox recommends jojoba oil to effect glowing skin. Hanson likes coconut oil, although she recommends rubbing it in, removing makeup and then taking it off with a hot, wet towel. The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics ( has created a helpful app for iPhone and Android users at Simply download it and scan a store item’s barcode to immediately access information on the product’s toxic ingredients, along with recommendations for healthier alternatives. Kathleen Barnes is the author of many natural health books, including Food Is Medicine. Connect at Kathleen

Toxic Ingredients to Avoid n Benzophenone n Butylated compounds, including BHA, BHT n Carbon black n Ethanolamine compounds including DEA, MEA, TEA n Formaldehyde-releasing preservatives (quaternium-15, imidazolidinyl urea) n Heavy metals, including lead (may not be labeled) n Phthalates n PTFE (Teflon) n Silica n Talc n Titanium dioxide n Triclosan Source: Campaign for Safe Cosmetics

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Kristen Bell on Planet-Friendly Living Eco-Activist Actress Takes Steps that Make a Difference by Gerry Strauss

Which core beliefs catalyze your passion for consciously stewarding the environment? I wholeheartedly believe: Every problem has a solution. We are all global citizens. Kindness is always in fashion. We have to laugh at ourselves. There is strength in forgiveness. Honesty without tact is cruelty. No one can make me feel inferior without my consent. Ultimately, we are responsible for one another and for the creatures and places around us. I felt good about caring for the world around me before I had kids, but now I also derive a ton of self-esteem from being a good example for them.

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to be a conduit to support causes I believe in. People don’t have to listen… but when they do, helpful things happen. My approach is to spotlight an issue while also shedding light on a solution. I particularly like talking about childhood malnutrition and telling people about ThisBarSavesLives (, which donates a life-saving nutritional packet to a child in need every time we buy this organic, gluten-free snack bar. I love their motto, “We eat together.” S. Bukley/


rom Veronica Mars to Forgetting Sarah Marshall, her face is unmistakable. Thanks to the worldwide popularity of Frozen, her voice is now unforgettable, as well. Kristen Bell, though, believes the greatest contribution she can make is embodying an ecofriendly lifestyle together with her husband, actor Dax Shepard, and their two daughters, finding ways to help the planet survive and thrive for generations to come.

What Earth-friendly actions do you and your family embrace in day-to-day living?

Our fun time revolves around being active outdoors. We love hiking as a family, walking a mile to dinner or biking along the river. We often go exploring and make up outdoor games such as: How far can you jump? How far can I throw this? and Let’s race! The kids like to get dirty and my husband and I like to breathe fresh air at the end of a workday. We have a garden where the girls and I are learning about growing and caring for edible plants and how to cook what we grow. Our thumbs aren’t very green just yet but we are trying.

As PETA’s “Sexiest Vegetarian Celebrities” of 2013, why are you and Dax convinced that healthy vibrancy doesn’t rely on eating meat?

I have been a vegetarian since I was 11. I have never wanted to eat meat, even before I knew the positive environmental effects of a vegetarian diet. People need to be conscious of what they are eating. Most edible supermarket items aren’t real food. I like knowing where my meal comes from and who handles it. It makes both my mind and body feel better.

How did the animated film Frozen enable you to reach a larger young audience than ever before?

My goal with the character Anna was to play an imperfect princess, giving voice to the heroine I had been searching for when I was young: Someone who was awkward, clumsy, optimistic, too talkative, caring and didn’t have perfect posture. I wanted girls that feel like they don’t always fit in to have a fearless heroine to identify with. I want to be a real-life Anna, someone who doesn’t apologize for her flaws and stands up for herself and others because she’s strong. Thanks to Frozen, I have been invited to do more projects that reach young people. I hope to extend my voice as a trustworthy source supporting projects that can benefit them.

You are passionate about the universal need for water conservation. What steps has your own family taken to be water-conscious?

Living in California and dealing with drought firsthand teaches about water conservation by necessity. We carefully consider how the food we eat directly impacts water use; we all understand that producing meat and dairy is water intensive. Replacing our lawn with AstroTurf cut our household water bill dramatically. We never run water from the tap when we are brushing our teeth, and always ‘let it mellow if it’s yellow’, that is, flush selectively. We even reuse the water used to sterilize baby bottles to water houseplants. Gerry Strauss is a freelance writer in Hamilton, NJ. Connect at


Grateful for EVERYTHING Create an Attitude of Gratitude All Day Long by Mary Lynn Ziemer


he secret to happiness and finding the enduring joy we all seek is Thanksgiving—the simple act of continually giving thanks. To realize wonderful positive outcomes, up to and including seeming miracles, do one thing: Show gratitude all day long. Seeing everything in a new light, through a refreshing prism of love and appreciation, imparts a deep inner well of peace, calm and joy, making us feel more alive. We can feel that way every day, in every aspect of life, awaking each morning excited to create the day ahead and enthusiastic about each moment and then falling asleep at night embracing a profound feeling of gratitude for all the good we know and have. Happiness is contagious and becomes an upward spiral of joy naturally shared with others. Start today by launching a daily gratitude journal. This single action, the simplest and quickest way to get results, will foster a habit geared to change everything forever. It fills up our love tank, sparks success and benefits everyone. To embrace better relationships, health, clarity, life and tangible and intangible wealth: n Set a daily time for journal writing. n Pick a handful of things that prompt gratitude that day. Perhaps begin with people that support you in some way. Everything counts, from expressions of beauty to basic conveniences. Eventually the daily list will grow, generating the joy of gratitude at ever-higher levels. n It’s important to write with love and joy, because such feelings create your world. Even if something’s a work in progress, like encouraging steps in a relationship, focus on what makes you

feel good and want more of and you’ll start seeing more evidence of them. n Elaborate in detail about a particular thing that earns extra gratitude. This carries more benefits from intense feelings than creating a list. When we see how blessed we are with what we already have, it creates more of what we are grateful for, generating an endless cycle of gratitude. n Take notice of the surprises and little miracles that occur, and be sure to make note of them to evoke an even stronger level of awe and gratitude. Robert Emmons, Ph.D., of the University of California-Davis, a leading authority in researching the science of gratitude and its impact on wellbeing, instructs his study participants, “Be aware of your feelings and how you ‘relish’ and ‘savor’ this gift in your imagination. Take the time to be especially aware of the depth of your gratitude.” In other words, don’t hurry through this exercise like a to-do list. An all-day-long attitude of gratitude ramps up our awareness of life’s pleasures. It takes an already good life to a whole new zone of zest. Mary Lynn Ziemer is a master of Advanced Life Concepts, certified life and business Led by Richard & Diana Daffner, M.A. authors of Tantric Sex for Busy Couples coach, motivational speaker and author, Create Magic in your Relationship! with more than 30 Romantic Vacation Workshops years as an entrepreSiesta Key neur and corporate Celebrate Your Love - Rekindle Your Passion executive at two ForNov. 20-22 Dec. 11-13 tune 100 companies. Jan. 8-10 Jan. 29-31 Feb 12-14 Connect at LivingACall for ADD’L DATES & Free Brochure: 941-349-6804

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Choosing the Perfect Pet Not Just Any Dog or Cat Will Do by Sandra Murphy


he old line, “He followed me home, can we keep him?” used to get a kid a dog or cat of his own. In today’s homes, it’s not that easy. Choosing a pet is a personal choice not to be taken lightly nor made on another person’s behalf. A surprise pet is a bad idea. Rather than gift a pet during the holidays or at any other time, give a coupon to be redeemed after extensive and careful consideration. Involve the whole family in listing pros and cons, deal breakers and must-haves. Lifestyle adjustments by everyone are to be expected, but pets shouldn’t make all the sacrifices. Available time and space, daily routines and costs all matter in determining the perfect pet.

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The perfect pet doesn’t have to be perfect in looks or health. Dorie Herman, of Jersey City, New Jersey, a graphic designer for Martha Stewart Living, in New York City, is the human behind Chloe Kardoggian, a Chihuahua and puppy mill rescue, age 11, which she describes as “three pounds, two teeth, one giant tongue and an Instagram sensation.” Due to poor nutrition, mill dogs often lose their teeth as young adults, causing their tongues to hang out. She advocates for older dogs and an adopt/don’t buy policy. “With senior animals, you know what you’re getting. They have personality,” says Herman. “With my work schedule, I wanted an older pet, small and piddlepad trained.”

n Adult children boomerang home after college or a divorce, often with pets. A new baby also alters a home’s equilibrium. Many hours away due to work, school activities, elder care and/or volunteering can lead to a bored pet that will produce its own entertainment, often to the family’s dismay. n Some pets are easily washable, while others need professional grooming. Daily brushing minimizes shedding. n Family members’ tolerance for pet drool and snoring counts. n A yearly wellness exam, required inoculations, a microchip and pet insurance add to the tab.

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See monthly, by the day and hour, what’s happening in the Bay area. So many educational and uplifting events to assist with personal and planetary health: enjoy seminars, lectures, workshops, book signings, beauty and nutrition events, leading edge health solutions, spiritual connections, for singles, couples and families. Printed calendar is a gratis feature exclusively for advertisers who make this magazine possible. Non-advertisers are free to use on-line calendar at, click on submit calendar tab. SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 1 Run, Walk, Stand Healthy Feet Workshop – 1:30-4:30pm. Nancy MacDonald, E-RYT-500, Yoga Therapist. Balance and walking go hand in hand. Discover most common weak areas and how they affect how you walk, run and stand. Strengthen and stretch the movement/stability muscles of the legs and buttocks. Help yourself and your students to move in the world with more ease. 3 CEUs. $40. Lotus Pond, 6201 Lynn Rd., Tampa. Register 813961-3160, The Women Have Gathered: The Circle is Open – 2-4 pm. Join a circle conversation about ‘awakening to nature within’ as a powerful tool for lasting change in the world, to follow the Gather the Women Annual Conference on the same theme. Spark conversations and invite connections around topics that matter to the community. Free. DaySpring Conference Center, 8411 25th St E, Parrish, DaySpringFla. org. Jeanie 805-637-4671. Community Conversation about Our Environment – 2-4pm. Open to people of all ages to speak about caring for and nurturing Mother Earth. Free. DaySpring Episcopal Conference Center, Ellenton, Information and RSVP, Ann Smith 239-682-1260,

MONDAY NOVEMBER 2 Reiki I Class Certification – 10am-2pm. When completed Reiki II and CEUs available for LMT, Provider Number MCE 50-13619, for Reiki credits. Reiki is a non-invasive & practical tool for regeneration, transformation and healing. Rev. Maria Antonieta Revello, Reiki, Karuna & Qigong

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TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 3 Healing Your Body Naturally – 6-7:30pm. Hear the owner of Your Life Spa, Your Success, Jeanine Miami’s story and how she holistically resolved all major health challenges including cancer, bursitis and chronic knee issues. She has developed a holistic 6-step approach to wellness and achieving success in your life and created a safe, healthy, relaxed setting to complement your body’s innate ability to heal itself. Your Life Spa gives all ages the opportunity to reach their personal goals of improved health and wellbeing. Enjoy free trials on health building equipment while you relax. Your Life Spa, Your Success, 9657 Bay Pines Blvd., St. Petersburg. 727-322-3190.

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 6 Reiki Share – 6-7:30pm. An open invitation from Your Life Spa to Reiki Masters, practitioners, and those wanting to experience the healing energy of Reiki. A soothing therapy to balance the body systems, boost immune function, calm the emotions, and assist with pain reduction; a powerful yet relaxing experience for the body, mind and spirit. Concluding with group or personal Chakra Balance by Rev. Constantina Vaseliades. Love Donation. Your Life Spa, Your Success, 9657 Bay Pines Blvd., St. Petersburg. RSVP as space is limited. 727-322-3190. Mindfulness Yoga & Meditation for Cancer Care – 6-9pm Fri. 8:30am-6pm Sat. 8:30am-1pm

Sun. Sharon Lock & Tammy Bernard develop the skills and confidence to support anyone at any stage of their journey with cancer. In this 16-hour course, learn how to use the tools of mindfulness yoga and meditation to create safe and effective practices for people living with cancer. This training can also be applied to working with people who have other chronic health conditions. Learn about mental, emotional & psychosocial impact of diagnosis. Learn precautions of working with a special population. $295. 16 CEUs. Lotus Pond, 6201 Lynn Rd., Tampa. 813-961-3160, Deep Relaxation Yoga for Sleeplessness & Insomnia – 6:30-8:30pm. Jill Perry & Gail Newfield teach Passive Restorative Yoga poses to help us relax & rest deeply, alleviating sleeplessness and insomnia. Benefits can range from reduced blood pressure & blood sugar levels to improved digestion and fertility. Each pose is held from 5-25 mins. allowing full relaxation of muscle groups. $35. Tree Of Life Yoga, 6800 Gulfport Blvd., Ste. 205, S Pasadena. 727-514-3051,

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 7 Introduction to Reflexology: Part 1-The Feet – 9am-5pm. This one-day class is an opportunity to learn the basics of Foot Reflexology. Instructor and Foot Whisperer Sam Belyea guides students through the history, principles and basic techniques of Reflexology in a fun and soothing environment. This class is open to the public and Licensed Massage Therapists will receive 7 CEU hours for attending. $95. The Foot Whisperer Reflexology Institute, 4810 W. Gandy Blvd., Tampa. Details 813-8319420,

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World Religions Seminar: “Taoism” – 9:30amNoon. A monthly college-level seminar series on the world’s major religions. November’s seminar focuses on Taoism. The instructor is Mary Dawn Pyle, Professor of Religion and Ethics, St. Petersburg College (retired), and the American School of Ecuador. Unity Church of St. Petersburg, 6168 1st Ave. N., St. Pete. $15/per seminar Church Members, $20/Non-members. Information & Reservations, 727-344-1515, 6th Annual Tampa Bay Veg Fest – 10am-5pm. Check out internationally known speakers, ecofriendly exhibits, films, music, kids’ activities, cooking demonstrations, animal adoptions, free food samples, local restaurants’ vegan offerings, and more. Veg Fest is presented by Florida Voices for Animals, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) animal-advocacy organization. Free. Cotanchobee Fort Brooke Park, 601 Old Water St., Tampa. 727-656-8368.

Yoga Tools to Prevent and Treat Osteoporosis – 1-4pm. Megan Moyer 500 RYT. Learn and practice the techniques Yoga offers to help treat and prevent osteoporosis. We’ll look at nutrition, lifestyle choices and asana practices that can fortify this important part of your structure and life. Appropriate for both women and men and students who have a family history of osteoporosis. $35/Advance; $40/Door. Sign up, 727894-9642,,



Vegan Thanksgiving – 6:30pm. A meat-free Thanksgiving feast doesn’t mean losing out on flavor. Learn how to make delicious, festive & animalproduct-free holiday meal essentials, with Brad Myers, The Vegabond Chef, The Vegabond Chef. com. Free. Nature’s Food Patch, 1225 Cleveland St., Clearwater, 727-443-6703,

Light Therapy Workshop – 1-2:30pm. Maria Antonieta Riveros-Revello. Light therapy is accessible, easy to apply and very effective. Free. Sweetwater Organic Community Farm, 6942 W. Comanche Ave., Tampa. Reservations 813- 8874066 or 813-334-7424.

Ecological Design for Your Home – 11am. Koreen Brennan, Grow Permaculture, addressing food production, soil building, reducing costs, landscape, ecological repair, water catchment, conservation, affordable energy & retrofits. Free. Nature’s Food Patch, 1225 Cleveland St., Clearwater, 727-443-6703,

Yoga to Heal Your Back – 1-4pm. Doug Warner 500 RYT. Not all Yoga postures are good for someone with back issues. Learn the correct sequence and practices to heal your back. This workshop is for you if you are experiencing: back pain, herniated/ bulging discs, compressed discs, degenerative disc disease, scoliosis, spondylosis, spondylolisthesis, pinched nerves, headaches resulting from back issues. $35/Advance; $40/Door. Sign up, 727-8949642,,

Arm Yourself with Young Living Essential Oils to Beat Flu Season – 11am-12:30pm. Machelle Perkins, D.O.M and Liz Dalbo will teach you how to boost your immune system and be able to fight sickness naturally. Free. 7600 Bryan Dairy Rd., Ste. C, Largo. RSVP 727-541-2211.

5 Ways to Prevent Oxidative Stress – 4pm. Pat Evans, RN & Robin Quigg, CWWS, Health Liaison Services discuss the powerful healing benefits of the essential five: milk thistle, turmeric, green tea, bacopa & ashwagandha. Free. Nature’s Food Patch, 1225 Cleveland St., Clearwater, 727-443-6703,

Optimal Immunity – 6:30pm. John Gow, NFP Wellness. Flu bug? Bah humbug! Combat cold & flu season by boosting your immune system with these supplements, healthy habits & lifestyle changes. Free. Nature’s Food Patch, 1225 Cleveland St., Clearwater, 727-443-6703,


Association for Global New Thought Fall Rally – 7pm. Speakers include Rev. Michael Bernard Beckwith, Rev. Wendy Craig Purcell, Dr. Dennis Merritt-Jones, Dr. Barbara Fields, Dr. Kenn Gordon, Dr. David Alexander, Dr. Roger Teel and Rev. Temple Hayes. Uplifting musical performances by Jay Poindexter, Derrick Beggs and Russell Fox. $40. First Unity Spiritual Campus, 460 46th Ave. N., St Petersburg. For tickets, call 727-527-2222 or visit


THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 12 Bone & Joint Health – 6pm. Osteoporosis, Vitamins K2 + D3 & Inflammation, presented by Dr. Betty Wedman-St Louis, PhD Clinical Nutritionist. Free. Peaks of Health Metabolic Medical Center, 1120 Belcher Rd. S., Ste. 2, Largo. RSVP 727-826-0838,




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Mammography vs. Thermography – 6:30pm. Dr. John Bartone, MD, Greenpoint Thermography. The pros & cons of breast imaging techniques & an introduction to thermography: a safe & effective alternative to mammograms. (Thermography is FDA approved for breast imaging.) Free. Nature’s Food Patch, 1225 Cleveland St., Clearwater, 727443-6703, Sixto Paz – Noviembre 12-15. Escritor de mas de 18 libros e internacionalmente conocido conferenciante estará dando charlas, La Gran Metamorfosis el 12 & 13 La Capsula del Tiempo. Donacion sugerida $20/por conferencia. Talleres: contacto el 14 de 10am; 15 10am-3pm. Donacion sugerida $140/ ambos días. Espacio limitado. Su cheque o m/o es su reserva. Llamar 813-334-7424 Maria.

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 14 Yin Yoga for Athletes – 1-3pm. Kathy and Dennis Lang, 500 RYT. Weekend Warriors and Mere Mortals: Using floor postures only, yin yoga works the connective tissues for greater flexibility, injury prevention and damage tolerance benefiting athletes and non-athletes. Open to all levels. CEU certificates available upon request. $25/in advance; $30/day of event. Yoga Village, 2760 Daniel St., Clearwater, 727-712-1475, info@ayogavillage. com, Reflexology Certification Program Weekend – Nov 14-15. This weekend is part of a 12-month, 300-hour program available for LMTs, acupuncturists and licensed health professionals with massage in their scope of practice to train to become Certified Reflexologists. Sam Belyea, program director, guides students through balancing the systems of the body using the technique of Reflexology. Each weekend includes additional topics such as business development, meditation, and self-care. $2100/Year; $175/ Weekend. The Foot Whisperer Reflexology Institute, 4810 W. Gandy Blvd., Tampa. Details 813-831-9420,

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 16 Thyroid Problems? Free Seminar – 6pm. Fatigue? Weight gain? Thinning hair? Feeling cold? Anxious? Brittle nails? Brain fog? Drs. John & Alexa Parker, DC, D.PSc provide answers. Synergy Integrated Health, 4343 W Henderson Blvd., Tampa. Seating limited, Reservations, 813-254-5200,,

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 17 Holistic Therapies/Natural Facelift Demo – 6-8pm. Learn how holistic therapies can assist you on your healing journey through discussion and direct experience: Massage, Cupping, Reiki, BioMat and more. We will also share tips and tools you can use for your self-care regimen at home to relax and revitalize. Bring your spouse, partners, friends, family and colleagues. Presented by Kelli Quinn, LMT, Reiki Master. Free. Your Life Spa, Your Success, 9657 Bay Pines Blvd., St. Petersburg. 727-322-3190.

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 18 Metabolic Makeover – 6:30-8pm. Free anti-aging class why the mitochondria cellular batteries “power down” and how sugar sticks to fats/proteins causing Advanced Glycation Endproducts (AGEs). Also covered is weight vs health. Speaker Julie Phillips, CPNHS. Abby’s Health & Nutrition, 14374 N. Dale Mabry, Tampa. RSVP 813-695-4372. Great American Smokeout Fundraiser – 6:308:30 pm. Group smoking cessation hypnosis seminar to benefit “Malachi House” in honor of Karen Lane, facilitated by Debbie Lane, Hypnotist of the Year Award (2008) with the International Assoc. of Counselors & Therapists. $59/Tax-deductible Donation (includes 2 audio recordings $40 Value). UP Hypnosis Institute, 1810 S. Pinellas Ave., Ste. G, Tarpon Springs. 727-943-5003.

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 19 Thai Yoga Demonstration & Myoskeletal Alignment – 6-8pm. Come view Brenda Cash’s Thai yoga massage, particularly effective in refreshing circulation for immunity & lymphatic drainage, specifically with the return of blood to the heart and for digestion. Also, the release of emotional or mental stress occurs through the manipulation of muscles. Meditation included to help manage stress and let go of negative emotions. Myoskeletal helps to align the spine. Free. Your Life Spa, Your Success, 9657 Bay Pines Blvd., St. Petersburg. 727-322-3190. Hypnosis Class “Attitude of Gratitude” – 6-9pm. End the year with a sense of gratitude & open UP new possibilities for 2016. Public guided by certified professionals through relaxing hypnotic processes that can have immediate positive impact & create an optimistic attitude going forward. Scripts provided. $15. UP Hypnosis Institute, 1810 S. Pinellas Ave., Ste. G, Tarpon Springs. 727-943-5003.

Exploring the Link: Anxiety & Belly Fat – 6:30pm. Dr. George Springer, Lifeworks Wellness Center. Explore the link that connects stress, anxiety, depression & belly fat. Find out why stress is the #1 killer. Learn how to solve the puzzle & put all the pieces back together. Free. Nature’s Food Patch, 1225 Cleveland St., Clearwater, 727-443-6703. Craniosacral Therapy – 7pm. Join us as Tiffiny Rudkin, LMT, explains how Craniosacral Therapy can help with everything from TMJ and migraines to deep relaxation. Attendees get a gift certificate to receive their first Craniosacral Massage treatment free (new patients only; limited to the first 10 to sign up). Jade Tree Wellness Center, 3039 49th St. N., St. Pete. 727-344-8690. The Power of Color – 7-8:30pm. Awaken your soul’s inner light with colorful rays cascading and illuminating your body. Join Joyce Claflin, Samassati Colorlight Therapy & Energy Medicine Practitioner for a class that will help you understand the power of how different colors and their frequencies help the body, mind and spirit. Learn how to release pain, remove toxins, relieve stress and more. We will close this workshop with a Chakra Color Meditation. $15. Wings Bookstore, 4500 4th St. N., St. Pete. 727-522-6657.

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 20 Soul Sessions – 5:30-8pm. Join Mary Sambrosky, Intuitive Life Guide, Coach & Empath and Joyce Claflin, Samasatti Colorlight Therapy and Energy Medicine Practitioner, for an evening of readings and energy sessions. Both Mary and Joyce work to heal blocks and repattern limiting beliefs and behaviors. First come, first served. $40/30 mins. Wings Bookstore, 4500 4th St. N., St. Pete. 727-522-6657. Advanced Energy Healing Therapies: It’s All about Frequency – 6:30-8:30pm. Learn how 5 major healing therapies: Reiki, Quantum-Touch, Tong Ren, Intuitive Healing and the Amethyst Infrared BioMat enhance your journey to wellness and healing. Time permitting, group or personal Chakra Balance with Rev. Constantina Vaseliades & Kelli Quinn, LMT/ Reiki Master. Love Donation. Your Life Spa, Your Success, 9657 Bay Pines Blvd., St. Petersburg. RSVP as space is limited. 727-322-3190. Gratitude Flow – 6:30-8:30pm. A heart-opening, soul-stirring evening. Melissa Carroll will guide a yoga flow for all levels and a blissful gratitude medita-

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tion while Bryan Zink plays beautiful live music. Set your intention for your Holiday season. Reconnect to your grateful heart. $30. Lotus Pond, 6201 Lynn Rd., Tampa. 813-961-3160, Couples Weekend Getaway & Workshop: 7:00pm – Sun 2pm. Join Richard & Diana Daffner, authors of “Tantric Sex for Busy Couples,” for a romantic beach getaway. Bring greater joy, intimacy and passion to your relationship. Celebrate your love. Connect with your beloved on a soul level. $695/couple. Siesta Key Beach, Sarasota, FL. More info, other dates & locations, brochure. 941-349-6804,

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 21 Compassionate Citizens of St. Petersburg – 10:30am-Noon. A monthly gathering whose vision is to demonstrate compassion in our everyday lives by advancing the Golden Rule in our community and beyond. All are welcome and there is no cost, just a desire to spread compassion. Unity Church of St. Petersburg, 6168 1st Ave. N., St. Pete. Restorative Yoga with Yoga Nidra – 2:30-5:30pm. Join Nancy MacDonald, E-RYT500, Certified Restorative Yoga Teacher, and find your peace and calm before the rush of the holidays kicks in. Come into the oasis of Yoga 4 All and enjoy a restful, nourishing restorative yoga practice. Using blankets, bolsters & blocks your body will have the supports it needs to relax and let go. The nervous system resets, returning the mind to a state of balance. Yoga Nidra guided meditation ends this class. $35. Info Nancy 727-542-0116. Pre-registration Yoga4All.comworkshops/events.

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 22 Master Class – 8:30-10:15am. Remember the Foundation of Your Being: Explore Alignment of Standing Poses. Jaye Martin, 500 RYT & international lead trainer, guides you through a yoga practice emphasizing alignment principles, philosophy and the teaching methods of hatha yoga. Experience increased stability, strength and improved alignment in standing poses. Expand and refine your poses with insightful demonstrations, partner work, therapeutic adjustments and guided breathing techniques. $30/ in advance; $35/day of event. Yoga Village, 2760 Daniel St., Clearwater, 727-712-1475,,

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 24 Kids’ Thanksgiving Week Yoga Playshop – 9am2pm. Ages 5 to 12. Paula Allen (aka Pollyzoom) facilitates cooperative games, theme activities, sto-

rytelling, music and art to engage the natural energy and enthusiasm of kids. Explored are yoga poses, breathing exercises, visual imagery and relaxation techniques while conveying lessons in self-expression, social skills and positive thinking. Children exercise body and mind, play and creativity. $40. Tree Of Life Yoga, 6800 Gulfport Blvd., Ste. 205, S Pasadena. 727-514-3051, Full Moon Gong Meditation – 7:15-8:15pm. With Lisa Recchione, E-RYT500. The Gong cancels out thoughts quickly, allowing a state of deep relaxation and meditation to be reached. In this state, deep healing occurs and awareness is heightened especially during full or new moon phases. All student levels welcome. Wear loose comfortable clothes. $15. Yoga4All, 8836 Seminole Blvd., Seminole. Info, Lisa 727-595-6036. Pre-registration Circulation Nation Tele-Class – 9pm. 4th Tues. monthly. Free phone teleconference (712-432-1200, code 148919#) for individuals/businesses explaining new Circulation Nation whole body rejuvenation studio (, including superior Echo hydrogen-enriched water ionizer ( Julie Phillips, National Business Development Director Circulation Nation, 813-6954372. Website for Businesses:


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SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 29 Ayurveda Natural Cleanse to Shed a Few Pounds – 3-4:30pm. $25 Energize your body and your mind! Learn why cleansing reduces cravings and fluid retention then kick start a healthy eating plan. See and sample some Ayurvedic cleansing staples. Take home a gentle cleanse plan with easy to follow at-home recipes. $25. Yoga4All, 8836 Seminole Blvd., Seminole. Info, Polly 407-905-0586. Registration

PLAN AHEAD SATURDAY, DECEMBER 5 Essential Oils 101: Making Healthy Gifts – 11am12:30pm. Make healthy gifts to share with friends and family! Machelle Perkins, D.O.M. and Liz Dalbo will get your creativity going with Young Living Essential Oils and healthy gift giving this Christmas. Free. 7600 Bryan Dairy Rd., Ste. C, Largo. RSVP 727-541-2211.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 13 Mala Making Workshop – 11am-1pm. With Theresa Rubbo. Learn the traditional Buddhist technique of making and using a mala. Design and make your own mala from a huge variety of beads, and it will then will be filled with your unique and special energy. This is also a great opportunity to make a gift from the heart for someone you care about. $15 plus the cost of the beads. Lotus Pond, 6201 Lynn Rd., Tampa. Register 813- 961-3160,

MONDAY, DECEMBER 14 SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 28 Quantum-Touch “The Power to Heal” Level I Workshop – 11am-6pm. Nov 28-29. QuantumTouch combines breathing and awareness techniques to create a powerful, natural field of healing energy used to reduce physical and emotional pain, align bone, and assist with the healing of any imbalance. Adults and children will experience it for themselves and be able to use these techniques toward healing family, friends and pets. Attendance is required both days to receive certificate. Pre-registration $350/by Nov 14; $400/after. Children 18 & under half price, as well as repeat students with proof of certificate. 13 CE credits for nurses, LMTs, hypnotherapists. Your Life Spa, Your Success, 9657 Bay Pines Blvd., St. Petersburg. 727-322-3190. Call by Nov. 23 to register 716-907-7724.

Free Stress Seminar – 5-8pm. Stressed? Unsure of the exact source of your stress? Wish you could reduce your stress level but don’t know how? Learn the different testing options to find a solution and keep your healthy lifestyle through the holidays. Sponsored by NaturalMed Therapies, Pharmason Labs, ALCat and Sleep Image. 7600 Bryan Dairy Rd., Ste. C, Largo. RSVP 727-541-2211.

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 16 Hypnosis for Happy-Healthy Holidays – 6:308:30pm. Join us for this fun, experiential class where you’ll learn to stay relaxed, happy & in control during the holidays. Be ready for the challenges that come with this time of year. Enjoy the festivities & start 2016 feeling even better. $20. UP Hypnosis Institute, 1810 S. Pinellas Ave., Ste. G, Tarpon Springs. 727-943-5003.

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ongoingevents sunday 25 Years of Teaching Meditation – 10-11am Sun; 6:30-8:30pm Weds; 6-7pm Fri. Learn three unique pre-Buddhist approaches to practicing meditation; techniques used by the earliest Yogis designed to awaken into the freedom and fullness of yourSelf. Practice the fundamentals, avoid common pitfalls, and get guidance creating a practical, sustainable, life-changing practice. No experience needed. St. Petersburg Yoga, 2842 Dr. MLK St. N., 727-8949642,, Mindfulness Meditation and Buddhist Teaching – 10am-Noon. In the spirit of Thich Nhat Hanh with Fred Eppsteiner. Mindfulness practice helps one to cultivate compassion, develop inner peace and experience joy in daily life. 6501 N Nebraska Ave, Tampa, Info tampa-updates@floridamindfulness. org or visit Sunday Celebration Service – 10:30amNoon. Meditation 9:15-10am; Free Reiki & Healing 10am. Join our radically loving spiritual community as we share inspiring music & empowering messages which can transform your life. NBO Center embodies, express & practices oneness with all! New Beginning Oneness Center, 210 S. Pinellas Ave. (Alt 19 & Boyer), Tarpon Springs. Info 727-415-3600. Candlelight Meditation – 6pm. Let yourself drift in a sea of peaceful music, beautiful imagery, and candlelight that creates an atmosphere of tranquility and serenity for you to soak in. This is gently guided meditation mixed with intervals of sacred silence, all underlined with soft, heavenly music. Sanctuary at First Unity Spiritual Campus, 460 46th Ave. N (at 4th St.), St Petersburg, 727-522-2222.

monday Yoga for Cancer Survivors – 10:30am Monday & Wednesday; 9:30am Thursday. Yoga and movement can enhance quality of life as a complement to medical treatments. Gail Newfield will teach us how to relieve some common side effects during and after cancer treatments. We will focus the mind, breathe deeply and move gently to renew the mind, body and spirit. Sign up 727-514-3051,

learning how to overcome your “Monkey Mind” negative self-talk. You will learn the foundations of Ontological coaching, as well experience what it is like to “be coached”. Bring your life challenges, desires, and dreams and we’ll get you on the road to your success! $30 per person per month; 3 or 6 month commitment required. Contact Coach Dianne 727-481-1646 or Create Your Ideal Healthy Body! – 6:30-8:30pm. Mind-Body Cohesion© System developed by Patricia V Scott combines Hypnosis, NLP, Pivotal Response Conditioning & more for weight, diet, cravings, confidence, exercise motivation. Initial 5 classes: $155 prepaid; $175 same day; $135 Members. UP Hypnosis Institute, 800 Tarpon Woods Blvd, Palm Harbor, 727-943-5003, Info@, map Spirit Speaks – 7pm. 4th Monday. Join Emily Rivera Andrews, inspirational speaker, intuitive guide and energy healer for an evening filled with enlightened messages from beyond. Emily will make direct connection with Spirit and answer questions from the audience. $22. Wings Bookstore, 4500 4th St. N, St. Pete, 727-522-6657, Awaken to a New Way of Being – 7-9pm. 3rd Monday. The gift of Vibrational Alignment will be shared during this group session to release limiting energies and miscreated thought so that your current experience can shift from lack to abundance, from fear to love, from illusion to truth. Each session Divinely Guided and facilitated by Omaji, with the intention of aligning you with your True Self. Wings Bookstore, 4500 4th St. N, St. Pete, 727-522-6657, Gentle PM Yoga – 7-8:15pm. Instructor Nancy MacDonald E-RYT500 helps you let go of the day and find the peace within through gentle yoga postures and smooth stretches; excellent class for those with back pain or old injuries. Feel confident in finding the tools from a back pain specialist and yoga therapist to give yourself the gift of yoga to help relieve stress, balance emotions, and bring flexibility to the body, mind and heart. Aromatherapy is offered. All levels. Easy/Gentle. Yoga4All, 8836 Seminole Blvd, Seminole. Nancy 727-542-0116. Pre-registration

Inner Wisdom Coaching Circle – 6-8pm. Join Coach Dianne Kipp in a “telecoaching” group each month to discover your internal wisdom, while

Attention Coaches and Want-a-Be Coaches! – Join Coach Dianne Kipp, experienced, certified and mentoring coach on a monthly “coaches conversation call” to build community, exchange ideas and gain insight to solving difficult client challenges. Details 727-481-1646,


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tuesday Inspiration Radio – 7:30am. Listen to Dr Tracie J Leonhardt, DO, on 1110 AM; call in with questions on topic of the day. Qigong – 11am-Noon. An ancient Chinese exercise and healing technique that involves meditation, controlled breathing and movement exercises. $10/ Energy Exchange. New Beginning Oneness Center, 210 S. Pinellas Ave. (Alt 19 & Boyer), Tarpon Springs. Info 727-415-3600. Look for us on Meet-up & Facebook. Kids and Teens Yoga Classes – 4-5pm Tuesday Kids 5-12. 5-6pm Wednesday Teens 13-17. With Paula Allen (aka Pollyzoom), learn yoga poses along with breathing, relaxation and meditation exercises to reduce anxiety and stress, develop body and mind strength and build self-esteem. $10/class. Membership & Class Pass options available for individuals and families. Tree Of Life Yoga, 6800 Gulfport Blvd., Ste. 205, S Pasadena. 727-514-3051, Kids Mindful Yoga – 4-5pm. Also Thurs. Kids ages 5 to 9 can learn the fundamentals of Mindfulness in body, breath, mind & life through yoga. Taught by our Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Yoga Instructor, and Mom of two. Parents can relax at the same time in their own separate Restorative class. 4-5pm, St. Petersburg Yoga, 2842 Dr. MLK St. N., 727-894-9642,, Free Beginners Yoga Class – 5:45-7pm. New to yoga or need a brief review of the basics? Join us for this class or any other one class for free. Open to all levels. 5:30-6:45pm. First class in studio (limit one) is FREE to Pinellas residents. Yoga4All, 8836 Seminole Blvd, Seminole, Info, Marty 727-392-9642, Acupuncture Intern Clinic $25 + Cost of Herbs – 6-8pm. Students spend about an hour or two using the Chinese medicine system of evaluation to see what herbs and herbal formulas to recommend for you. They are supervised by one of our experienced acupuncture & herbal practitioners. Appointments only. St. Petersburg Health & Wellness, 222 2nd St. N., St. Pete, 727-551-0857, Reiki I & II Usui System – 6-10pm. Class Certification and CEUs available for LMT, Provider #MCE 50–77, for Reiki credits. Rev Maria Antonieta Revello, Reiki, Karuna & Qigong Master. Reiki II, Thursday. RSVP 813-334-7424. Back Pain? Scoliosis? – Tues & Thurs. Looking for a Yoga Therapist? Fine tune your alignment? Nancy MacDonald E-RYT500, Yoga Therapist for 7+ years is offering private session and small group classes.

Problems with balance or foot pain, Nancy has many advanced certifications including restorative, yoga nidra, arthritis, chronic illness, cancer. Schedule with Nancy, 727-542-0116,

wednesday Reiki Share – 10am-2:30pm. Also 3rd Sat. Experience the most profound, powerful & gentle relaxation technique. It helps re-establish healthy frequencies to cells and tissues bringing back health. Call 813-425-2596 Dr Marta Alarcon, 813-334-7424 Maria, Inspiration Radio – 11:30am-Noon. Listen to Dr. Tracie J. Leonhardt, DO, on 1110 AM; call in with your questions on the topic of the day. Also listen daily for her metabolic health minute of the day. Joel Chudnow Hosts Hawk Health Hour – Noon1pm. Wholistic Health Educator and Natural Lifestyle Counselor Joel Chudnow is back on the radio and web, interviewing and showcasing wholistic healthcare professionals in Tampa Bay. WMNF 88.5 HD4 and live streaming Past Life Regression and Quantum Healing Hypnosis Therapy – 1-4pm. Shellie Brown, Past Life Regression Specialist, Certified Reconnective Healer and Certified Shamanic Practitioner, has been practicing hypnotherapy for seven years, specializing in past life regression. This technique has been proven to be effective for thousands of people worldwide, regardless of age, gender, personality, etc. New Beginning Oneness Center, 210 S. Pinellas Ave., Ste. 195, Tarpon Springs. Call 727-935-4891. Tai Chi & Qi Gong – 4:30-6pm. Dao Yin and warm-up exercises 4:30pm. Qi Gong and Tai Chi sequences 5pm. Instructor Dr. Justin Fontanini has extensive experience and knowledge of these ancient arts. Donation. Reservations, 813-334-7424 Maria, 813-968-2128 Acupuncture & Natural Therapies, Hatha Yoga: Align and Strengthen – 5:30-6:45pm. Continue your journey of yoga with alignment and strength. Yoga therapist and E-RYT500 instructor Nancy MacDonald’s knowledge of anatomy and biomechanics allows the practice to unfold with structure yet playfulness. Understand the ease within the postures even as they begin to challenge you. Deepen your understanding of the yoga postures, develop greater flexibility and awaken the mindbody connection. Private instruction available. Aromatherapy will be offered. Easy/all levels. Nancy 727-542-0116. Pre-registration Herb Student Clinic $10 + Cost of Herbs – 6-8pm. Students spend about an hour or two using the

Chinese medicine system of evaluation to see what herbs and herbal formulas to recommend for you. They are supervised by one of our experienced acupuncture & herbal practitioners. Appointments only. St. Petersburg Health & Wellness, 222 2nd St. N., St. Pete, 727-551-0857,

getic doorways to explore the many dimensions of you. Beginning with an energetic expansion session and leading you deeper and deeper, she will guide you through the exploration of the eternal nature of your soul. $33, Wings Bookstore, 4500 4th St N, St. Pete,, 727-522-6657.

Hypnosis & NLP Master Class (Public Welcome) – 6-9pm, Last Weds. Master Class for professional development (3 CEUs). Hypnotists expand skills with scripts & practice time & others participate as practice client. $30 UPHI Associates; $35 UPHI Members; $40 General Public). UP Hypnosis Institute, 800 Tarpon Woods Blvd, Palm Harbor, 727-943-5003, 866-5377746,, map

Couples Beach Retreat & Workshop – 7:30pm Fri-1:45pm Sun. Transform your relationship through sacred intimacy and conscious loving. Discover Tantra. $595/couple, Siesta Key Beach, Sarasota,; Dates, other locations, brochure, call 1-877-282-4244.

Group Meditation with Intuitive Jennifer Farmer – 7-8:30pm. 4th Wednesday. Meditation is one of the most natural ways to reduce or even eliminate anxiety and depression from your life, and with practice you will lead a more rewarding and fulfilling life. It also opens the doorway to improved intuition and higher awareness. Love Offering. Wings Bookstore, 4500 4th St. N, St. Pete, 727-522-6657, Restorative/Yin Yoga – 7-8:15pm. Join Nancy MacDonald E-RYT500, Certified Restorative Yoga teacher as she guides you in the peaceful practice of restorative/ yin yoga. Postures will be held so the body can unwind and unfold naturally. Yoga4All, 8836 Seminole Blvd, Seminole, 727-542-0116,

thursday Mindfulness Meditation & Practice – 7-8:45pm. In the spirit of Thich Nhat Hanh. Mindfulness practice helps to cultivate compassion, develop inner peace and experience joy in daily life. UU St Pete, 719 Arlington Ave N, St Petersburg, Info A Course in Miracles – 7pm. A modern day expression of the demonstrations and teachings of Jesus as the path to happiness, love and joy; course focuses on letting go of thoughts and pictures in our minds that cause us to suffer. $5 Donation, First Unity, 460-46th Ave N, St Pete, 727-527-2222 x101 or

friday Every Friday Yoga – 9:30-10:40am. With Osiris Albrecht. Bring your mat and enjoy healthy stretch and relaxation. Call for location, RSVP and to ensure class is happening. Osiris 813-545-3261. Glimpsing Your Soul – 6:30-8:30pm, 4th Fri. Join inspirational author and teacher Laurel Geise as she leads the group in a past life session opening ener-

saturday Qi Gong: Supreme Science Qi Gong – 9-10am. Val Mirea, DOM, AP leads this group class through powerful and relaxing qi gong positions and techniques. $10. St. Pete Health & Wellness, 222 2nd St. N., St. Petersburg. RSVP 727-551-0857. Passion 4 Pets Workshop – 10am-Noon. 3rd Saturday. Explore the world of your pets with Annette Pederson. Each month, a different topic. We will address animal CPR, nutrition, emergency planning, alternative healing modalities and more from local practitioners, experts and speakers. Meetings are for pet owners. $10/Energy Exchange. New Beginning Oneness Center, 210 S. Pinellas Ave., Ste. 195, Tarpon Springs. For more information, call 727-935-4891. Reiki Share – 10am-2:30pm, 3rd Sat. Experience the powerful & gentle relaxation technique. It helps re-establish healthy frequencies to cells and tissues bringing back health. 813-765-5166 Maritza, 813-4252596 Dr Marta Alarcon, or Self-Hypnosis Training: Your Unlimited Mind! – 1-4pm, Last Sat. Patricia V Scott, Certified Master Trainer, teaches how to discover untapped potentials, using the power of your Unlimited Mind. $45 prepaid; $55 same day; $35 Members, includes CD/materials, UP Hypnosis Institute, 800 Tarpon Woods Blvd, Ste A-1, Palm Harbor, 727-943-5003, 866-537-7746,, map Glimpsing Your Soul – 6:30-8:30pm. 4th Friday. Join inspirational author and teacher Laurel Geise as she leads the group in a past life session opening energetic doorways for you to explore the many dimensions of you. Beginning with an energetic expansion session and leading you deeper and deeper into the mystery that is you. $33. Wings Bookstore, 4500 4th St. N, St. Pete, 727-522-6657,

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...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 visit or call 727.865.9339.

ACUPUNCTURE Jade Tree Wellness Center Tom Elman, AP, LMT 3039 - 49th St. N, St. Petersburg (727) 344—8690

Happy, Healthy, Whole! Acupuncture, Herbs and Massage to help you feel better. We treat everything from asthma to emotional issues, from Acid Reflux to Fibromyalgia. Free Consultations! See ad page 30.

Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine Chris Dziubinski, DOM, AP, L. Ac 12952 N Dale Mabry Highway Tampa, FL 33618 (813) 935-CARE (2273)

Florida Board Certified Acupuncture Physician offering acupuncture therapies for the whole family. Established, comfortable, caring and professional integrative medicine clinics in South & North Tampa. In-network with most medical insurances; accept payments from HRA, HSA and FSA.

Natural Med Therapies

Machelle Perkins, D.O.M. 7600 Bryan Dairy Rd # C, Largo, 33777 (727) 541—2211 National & state board certified with 15+ years experience in Acupuncture, Homeopathy, Naturopathy, Cold Laser & more. Bio-Puncture and Mesotherapy to treat pain, ADHD, anxiety, depression. Lab testing, most insurances. Free Nutritional Consultation.

alternative medicine LIFEWORKS WELLNESS CENTER

Dr. David Minkoff Dr. George Springer & Sue Morgan, ARNP 301 Turner Street, Clearwater (727) 466—6789 Specializing in natural hormone replacement therapy: the natural, bioidentical way and other safe, natural nutritional solutions for menopause symptoms, including weight loss, acupuncture, chelation, allergy elimination, and walk-in care. See ad inside front cover.

Peaks of Health Metabolic Medical Center

Tracie Leonhardt, DO 1120 Belcher Rd. S., Ste. 2, Largo, Fl 33777 (727) 826-0838


The Allergy Detective (813) 424-0335 Tired of not feeling your best? Using applied kinesiology and acupressure we find and desensitize your sensitivities and allergies. No pills or injections. Gentle and safe. Free consult. Guaranteed results. See ad page 16.


Tampa Bay Edition

Astrology for Your Soul

Aluna Michaels, M.A., Esoteric Astrologer Dunedin (727) 239-7179 Second-generation astrologer and Soul Evolutionist practitioner. Over 25 years of experience. Insightful, unique perspective on goals and issues. “Together we will unveil your soul’s purpose.”

attorney Law Offices of Steven A. Culbreath, P.A. Steven A. Culbreath Esq. 111 - 2nd Avenue N.E., Suite 900 St. Petersburg, FL 33701 (727) 456-6463

Dr. Leonhardt is Board Certified & Fellow of the American Academy of Anti-Aging and Regenerative Medicine. Offers a personalized program for each individual patient. Hormone replacement therapy, weight loss, thyroid, GI issues, Diabetes, infrared sauna, IV nutrition, Anti-aging, Chronic fatigue, adrenal fatigue, and toxicities. See ad page 9.

Member AILA/prestigious AV-rating. Authored articles on U.S. immigration law, visa strategies, legislative / regulatory updates, demystifying government agencies, insight into government practices. Visas, Greencards, Citizenship.

Professional Herbalists Training Program

Stewart Analysis, Ltd.

Acupuncture & Herbal Therapies 222 2nd St. N., St. Petersburg, FL 33705 (727) 551—0857



The 2-year program meets one weekend each month for class and Wednesday nights for our hands-on student clinic. This program is designed to create clinical herbalists in a combination of Chinese and western herbalism. Many open classes. Designed to meet American Herbalists Guild standards. See ad page 20.

Pure Elements Healing

Kerry Kott, DOM, LAc 6105 Memorial Highway, Suite J Tampa, FL 33615 (813) 833-2299

Kerry uses intuition and professional experience creating a truly unique experience! Acupuncture, Pranic Healing, Food Healing, Herbs, Oils, Crystals, Angel Healing, Spiritual Guidance. Insurance Accepted.

blood analysis Brandi Stewart Microscopist/ Insured Wellness Counselor 15511 N.Florida Ave. Suite 2, Tampa (863) 860-6643 Specializing in Live and dry layer blood evaluations utilizing applied dark field microscopic technology for health, education and nutritional improvements. Locations available throughout Florida.

chiropractic Natural Living Chiropractic & wellness center Dr. Paula Giusto 2102 S. Mac Dill Ave., Tampa (813) 253—2565

Family chiropractic care, wellness care, nutritional counseling, neuromuscular massage therapy. Jin Shin Jyutsu & craniosacral therapy.

coaching Dianne M. Kipp, BSN, PCC, CTT

ICF Certified Coach & Business Culture Consultant Dianne M. Kipp & Associates, LLC (727) 481-1646

Wanting to achieve the best in your personal relationships, professional or business goals? Try coaching with a certified coach. You will be amazed at the results! Coaching Courageous Living choices & senior executives for over 8 years. Complimentary Personal Values Assessments & Intro-session available.

colon Hydrotherapy RENEW LIFE

Bonnie Barrett 28469 US Hwy 19 N. #402, Clearwater (727) 461—7227, Lic# MA14802 MM12728 25 years experience. Expert in colon hydrotherapy using pressure points, abdominal massage, essential oils, and lymphatic drainage. All disposable tubing used. Very comfortable and relaxing room with private bathroom. Raindrop massage available also.

Lucy Westervelt

2708 Alt. 19, Ste. 708, Palm Harbor (727) 781-8446 Lic# MA33067 MM33474

Expert in Colon Hydrotherapy, using state-of-the-art equipment combined with Abdominal Massage, Reflexology, Pressure Points and Essential Oils during session for optimal results. Professional, warm spa setting.

counseling Willing Heart Counseling

Kerry Knesl, LCSW 105 S. Albany Avenue, Tampa FL 33606 (813) 468-5858 Kerry specializes in relationship issues, depression/mood disorders, eating disorders, addictions, anxiety, women’s issues, self-esteem, adolescent issues, grief, military family issues, work stress, and gay/lesbian issues.

It is not fair to ask of others what you are not willing to do yourself.

~Eleanor Roosevelt



Rose Kalajian—Herbalist

Beata carlson, DDS

2701 Park Dr. Suite 4, Clearwater, Fl. 33763 (727) 712—3837

Natural Health Hut Clinic and Herb Farm (813) 991—5177 Specializing in growing the herbs used in my clinic practice and in the Herbal Remedies I formulate. Consultations are available for humans, dog, cats, and horses. Promoting health through the use of Herbs. See ad page 38.

Natural, Holistic, Aesthetic Dentistry. Careful Silver filling removal. Non-metal crowns, bridges and partials. Be pampered in our Spa-like atmosphere. See ad back cover.

David F. Doering, DDS


Doering Family Dental 1201 W. Linebaugh Ave., Tampa (813) 933—5365

Kate Nucci, CCHT

Cosmetic and restorative dentistry. Conservative approach to periodontal (gum) treatment. See ad page 17.

Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist Transpersonal Hypnotherapist (813) 424-0335 Hypnotherapy is a gentle and very effective tool that allows you to re-pattern your beliefs, attitudes and behaviors to create success in your life. Contact now for free consultation. See ad page 20.

Paul T. Rodeghero DDS

Clearwater Family Dental 215 S Myrtle Ave., Clearwater (727) 442-3363


Our practice is a full service family practice. We welcome patients of all ages and can handle any concern that you may present to us. See ad page 25.

Patricia V. Scott, President (727) 943—5003, (866) 537—7746, Professional Hypnosis & NLP Certification Training, Weekly classes & Private sessions (Smoking, Weight, Stress, Sports, Habits), Clinical/Medical Hypnotherapy available w/referral. Speaking Services & Corporate Programs. See ad page 23.

Ray Behm, DDS

127 N. Garden Ave., Clearwater 33755 (727) 446—6747 Improve your overall health with holistic dentistry! Materials are tested for compatibility with your body. We remove toxic metals, treat root canals, and strengthen teeth and gums with state-of-the-art ozone treatments. See ad page 35.

integrative medicine St. Petersburg Health & Wellness

Les Cole, MD 222 2nd St. N., St. Petersburg, FL 33701 (727) 202-6807 Board certified in Anti-Aging/ Regenerative and Integrative/ Holistic Medicine. Specializing in men’s & women’s health, bio-identical hormones, weight, diabetes, hypertension, thyroid, fatigue, stress, gut health, chelation, IV vitamin C, nutrition. See ad page 20.

Energy Medicine Joyce M. Claflin, LMT (MA46691)

Certified Samassati Colorlight Practitioner & Eden Energy Medicine St. Petersburg, FL 33701 (941) 445-2213

Joyce offers Colorlight Therapy and Energy Medicine to release negative thoughts, balance emotions and change limiting beliefs. These techniques carry information which can penetrate the DNA, change energy fields and reset the body’s matrix.

Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much. ~Helen Keller

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integrative medicine Mind Body spirit Care Ron N. Shemesh, M.D. 12952 N Dale Mabry Highway Tampa, FL 33618 (813) 935—CARE (2273)

Integrative & holistic medicine for women & men: Natural Hormone Therapy, Anti-Aging, IV Chelation, Nutritional Vitamin Therapy, Fatigue & Stress Management, Weight Loss, Yoga, Nutritional Counseling. Affiliated with St. Joseph Hospital. Most insurance accepted.

lifestyle coaching Sarah Boughanmi, LLL, LLM, ESQ (QC.)

1-844-64-LIGHT (54448), We help you attain a holistic and sustainable lifestyle for: health, beauty, rejuvenation, detox, and wellness. Specializing in produce/sprouts, coaching and retreats.See ad page 51.

SUZANNE P. PERSONS, Ph.D., LMHC MH#0423 / since 1982 Psychotherapy / Consultation 1700 Park Street North St. Petersburg, FL 33710 (727) 804—1706

EMDR Therapy for stress, trauma and change. Counseling for people with grief, loss, esteem issues; relationship communication, life assessment, direction and goals, father/daughter relationships.

organic produce Tampa Bay Organics

Erica Stamps (813) 949-1112 Tampa Bay Organics delivers fresh, delicious 100% Certified Organic Fruits and Vegetables directly to your home or office. Customize your delivery schedule and produce preferences to fit your lifestyle! See ad page 16.

meditation Meditation on the Inner Light and Sound 1-877- MEDITATE

Learn how to live in alignment with the soul’s purpose and to experience greater harmony within, with others, and with the environment. Always free, never a charge.

spiritual center new beginning oneness center MaryLou Houllis, Spiritual Leader 210 S. Pinellas Ave. Suite 195 Tarpon Springs, FL 34689 (727) 935-4891

A New Thought Spiritual Community empowering messages, inspiring music, offering tools to transform your life! Sunday celebration service 10:30 a.m.

psychotherapy Lois A. Miller, L.C.S.W., PA

238 E. Davis Blvd. Suite 302, Tampa (813) 258-3906, Fl. Lic. swooo1738 Integrative and holistic psychotherapy for individuals and couples. Treating anxiety, depression, grief, relationships, trauma, transitioning and more, using EMDR, EFT, mindfulness, and other modalities. See ad page 18.


Tampa Bay Edition

veterinarian animal alternatives holistic health care Dr. Anne Lampru 238 E. Bearss Ave., Tampa (813) 265—2411

Dr. Anne Lampru has practiced holistic veterinary medicine since 1983. Believing that each pet is unique, she tailors a health restoration or maintenance plan to their individual needs. See ad page 39.

Medicine River Animal Hospital Shawna L. Green, DVM 15235 Gulf Boulevard Madeira Beach, FL 33708 (727) 299—9029

Compassionate health care catered toward the needs of your pet offering preventative medicine, surgery, dentistry, senior wellness, and more. See ad page 41.


LifeWorks Wellness Center Sue Morgan, ARNP Sue Minkoff, RN 301 Turner Street, Clearwater, FL 33756, (727) 466 6789 Experience this revolutionary, medically supervised weightloss program, where patients lose 14-20lbs in 24 days. See ad inside cover.

wellness spa tutoring THE LEARNING CONNECTION TLC, INC.

Annette Primiani, B.S., M.S., Director 1156 N.E. Cleveland St., Clearwater, FL 33755 (727) 443-5353 The Learning Connection, T.L.C. Inc.,voted #1 Best Tutoring Service for 6 years in a row, is celebrating its 19th anniversary! We offer a wide variety of educational services for Pre-school to Adults. We produce results! See ad page 33.

Your Life Spa, your success

Holistic Wellness and Energetic Therapies Jeanine Miami 9657 Bay Pines Blvd., Bay Pines Plaza, St. Petersburg (727) 322-3190 Ask to hear my story how I resolved cancer and bursitis naturally. I opened an affordable spa for everyone to have the best health and wellbeing! See ad page 8.


Ortho means right - the right molecules in the right amounts. Orthomolecular medicine is the use of the right molecules or "orthomolecular substances" that are normally present in the human body, in the amounts that lead to the best of health and the greatest decrease in disease. It is the most effective prevention in the treatment of disease.

– Dr. Linus Pauling, PhD, (1901-1994), two-time Nobel Laureate

Anti-Aging Anti-Aging Facials:

Vampire “Platelet Rich Plasma” Facial, Radiance Facial, Collagen Induction Therapy

Pulsed Electromagnetic Field Therapy: Recharge your body on a cellular level

Hormone Replacement Therapy:

Naturally replenish the hormones your body loses as you age

Anti-Aging / Pain Management Injections: Ease the pain of aging with Trigger Point & Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) injections

Brain Boosters:

Preventative supplements to help improve memory and cognitive function

Weight Loss Weight Loss Injections:

A synergistic blend of amino acids and vitamins to help boost your metabolism and suppress your appetite (Lipo Shot, Amp and more)

hCG Diet:

Lose up to 2 lbs a day

Lipotropic Weight Loss Infusions:

Infuse fat burning amino acids directly into your bloodstream for maximum absorption

Infrared Sauna:

Increase metabolism and release body toxins; 7 times more effective than regular saunas

Vitamin Therapies

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Customized IV Nutrient Therapy:

Myers’ Cocktail, Chelation, Lipotropic Weight Loss Infusions and more

Physician / Pharmaceutical Grade Supplements: Available in office or at

Vitamin Injections:

Booster injections, Vitamin D, Vitamin B12 and Alpha Lipoic Acid


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