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breathing through the nose to “disinfect, filter, condition and moisturize the air before it reaches the lungs,” says Lee. Visualize the breath filling the body like a bell, with the flared bottom expanding completely around the waistline. Pause momentarily and exhale through the nose or mouth for three seconds, gently contracting the abdomen to help expel the air. Practice this whenever needed to ease stress or for five minutes daily to establish a slower, deeper breathing pattern.

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head, fingers extended, and then forcibly exhales through the nose while pulling the elbows down alongside the ribs with fingers closing gently. Avoid overdoing it, instructs Brown; three rounds of 15 to 20 breaths are sufficient for healthy individuals.

20 consciouseating 22 Ocean healthykids Breath The yoga breath ujjayi, or ocean-sounding breath, is achieved by slightly constricting the throat muscles and gently lifting the glottis, so that a soothing hiss is produced when the breath is drawn in through the nose. Dr. Richard Brown, an integrative psychiatrist, associate professor at New York’s Columbia University and co-author of The Healing Power of the Breath, explains the benefits. “Ujjayi creates resistance to air flow, triggering receptors deep within the lungs’ alveoli, which allows more oxygen to be delivered to the cells. It also stimulates the vagus nerve input to the brain, which promotes calmness and clear thinking.”

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e draw an astounding 22,000 breaths daily, but because breathing is involuntary, we often take it for granted. Transforming breathing into a conscious activity can provide amazing energy, awareness and control, and dramatically mprove our mental, physical and creative performances, according to Al Lee, co-author of Perfect Breathing: Transform Your Life One Breath at a Time. That’s 22,000 opportunities to choose health and wisdom every single day.

Lee paints a picture of perfect breathng: “Watch a baby breathe; it looks ike there’s a balloon in the stomach hat inflates and falls back down. This s belly breathing—pleasant, enjoyable and natural.” During inhalation, the diaphragm pulls down under the lungs, allowing them to expand with air and displace space in the abdomen. However, “Breathing can fall victim o the same movement dysfunction as any other skill, like running or walkng,” says Nick Winkelman, director of

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ovember is a great month to reflect upon the abundance that life and the Earth provide to us. It is a time of celebrations honoring the harvest from which we reap the benefits. While enjoying such fall celebrations as Great Basin Permaculture's annual Mesquite Pancake Breakfast or fresh52's free Harvest Festival, mindfully give thanks for the people who offer their hearts, time and energy to make the day possible. As you gather for Thanksgiving, pay tribute to the wisdom of every culture that has positively impacted your life and spirit. Pause to consider the sacrifices the Native Americans endured as the entire world inundated the sacred ground of North and South America. Strive to understand the Native Americans deep reverence for the Earth, as the human relation to Her must not be forgotten. It must become a lesson. This month, consider the blessings and abundances that surrounds you. Practice holding back from complaints. Take time to consider sacrifices made, willingly or otherwise, for your happiness and comfort. Be grateful. Your life is a blessing. This month’s feature topic is of personal growth and empowerment. There is no journey more worthy of your energy than learning to love yourself enough to create the life you desire. There are many tools, practitioners, coaches, healers and empowerment catalysts available to support and teach how to obtain your dreams. Each day breathe out stress and breathe in wisdom and seek out healthy/organic foods and beauty product. Honor yourself. As publisher, I am blessed to create what I love. Each month a considerable portion of my energy is with you, readers, because you continue to show me how much the magazine inspires and awakens you. I wish you an abundance of knowledge, empowerment and peace. I pray you receive more than you need, share with others, live a life of gratitude and feel the power that comes from focusing on that which excites you. I have heartfelt appreciation for the Natural Awakenings advertisers. Without you, we would not be able to bring healthy mind, body and spirit services, products and articles to the readers of greater Las Vegas. Without you, Ipersonally would not have benefitted from your infinite connections to Source. When I implored you, my Natural Awakenings family, to assist in the healing of a loved one, you were supportive. Your healings were received with a heart full of love and appreciation. I am graciously reminded that all who respond to spiritual need can, in their own way and within their own environment, cooperate in fulfilling a divine Plan. For your advertising and kindness, I am forever beholden to you. I am so grateful for my editors, contributing writer, production manager, empowerment catalyst and community liason. Thank you for the precious energy you share while we are together on this journey. It is our combined Spirits that vibrate from the pages of this publication. Our combined light shines throughout Greater Las Vegas.

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The Joy of Life Douglas François Girard Growing up in Africa, Douglas François Girard spent hours studying pictures of Europe, Canada and Alaska in National Geographic magazines, longing to be present in northern forests, looking out across a vista dominated by towering mountain peaks. Girard’s studies of mythology increased his love for these faraway destinations. “Ancient cultures considered shady forests, pools of water and high mountain peaks as mystical places where they could feel closer to their gods,” he explains. “From time immemorial, mankind must have stood in awe of nature at such spots and been touched the by same spiritual feeling that I experience.” Girard moved to Alaska in 1993, finding his revered “cathedrals of stillness” in the Chugach and Talkeetna mountains. His landscapes pay homage to nature’s many changing moods, imbuing his art with a richly nuanced sense of mystery and expectation. The mountains and mythology inspire his figurative landscapes, as well. “My figures act in harmony with the moods of nature,” says Girard. “They partake in rituals, emerge out of mist and are nearly always close to water, the symbol of life. They meditate on the shores and in the sanctuary of womblike mountain lakes or dance near bubbling waterfalls. Here, beauty, peace, mystery and the mystical reside.” View the artist’s portfolio at Douglas-Girard.com.

r. Michael Bell, of The Bell Center for Holistic Dentistry, is including a free phase contrast microscope test as part of a $90 new patient special. Using a phase contrast microscope, Bell studies a sample of the plaque between the teeth. This is a comprehensive periodontal disease assessment that detects gum disease far earlier than traditional tests. The microscope does this by finding “bugs” living in your mouth and projecting the images on a television monitor. The visualization of these “bugs” allows the patient to see what bacteria are living in the mouth and learn if they are at risk for gum disease. “When a patient has problems keeping these bacteria in line,” says Bell, “I prescribe an effective at home care system that includes comfortable trays and a bacteria-killing gel that is worn a few minutes a day.” At The Bell Center, state of the art techniques are used to assess oral health. “The mouth is a portal to your body, which is why unhealthy gum tissue is a serious threat to the rest of your body,” says Bell. “Gum disease occurs when harmful bacteria form colonies in the gums and cause inflammation and damage.” Studies have linked gum disease to other serious diseases, such as diabetes, heart disease, blood clots, strokes and Alzheimer’s disease. Location: 8068 W. Sahara Ave., Ste. A, Las Vegas. For more information, call 702256-7666 or visit LVTMJDentist.com. See ad, page 11.

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he Great Basin Permaculture’s (GBP) fourth annual Mesquite Pancake Breakfast will take place from 8:20 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., November 8, at Permaculture Learning Garden within Vegas Roots Community Garden, Las Vegas. This annual, all you can eat breakfast highlights foods that grow in our desert. The key ingredient in the pancake recipe is the mesquite bean flour harvested from the pods of mesquite trees. “This is the first year we harvested and milled beans from trees at our Permaculture Learning Garden and UNLV campus,” says GBP volunteer, Enrique Garcia. Vegan, gluten free pancakes will also be available. Featured pancake accompaniments include prickly pear and pomegranate syrup made from local edibles. Mesquite pods ripen throughout the summer and are harvested after the Southern Nevada rainy season, in late July/early August when the pods are ready to be pulled from the tree, cleaned, dried and milled into flour. “Mesquite flour is delicious,” says Garcia. “It has a sweet, nutty flavor and is naturally free of gluten.” All fundraiser donations will support Great Basin Permaculture’s efforts to inspire sustainable choices in dryland communities through action and education. Suggested donations are $15/adult and $5/child. Location: 715 N. Tonapah Dr., Las Vegas. For more information, call 702-636-4152 or visit GreatBasinPermaculture.org.


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onventionally grown foods contain pesticide residues that are three to four times higher than those found in organic foods (traces may be due to atmospheric drift from other fields or soils), according to a review of 343 research studies published last June in the British Journal of Nutrition. The review, which included studies of food grown in different regions and seasons, also determined that organic foods contained higher levels of healthy nutrients such as minerals, vitamins and antioxidants (specifically polyphenols), compared to conventional foods, which also contained significantly higher levels of cadmium, a heavy metal toxin. The study’s authors found evidence that the higher antioxidant and lower cadmium concentrations are linked to specific organic growing practices such as avoiding mineral nitrogen and phosphorus fertilizers, respectively. They commented, “Results indicate that switching from conventional to organic crop consumption would result in a 20 to 40 percent increase in crop-based antioxidant/polyphenolic intake levels.”

Looking at Beautiful Art Bumps Up Brain Activity

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esearchers from Japan’s Oita University have found that aesthetic appreciation of paintings may be linked to altering activities in specific areas of the brain. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans of 39 people were taken as they looked at slides of still life and landscape paintings by 19th-century French painters and slides of photographs that closely replicated the paintings. While the subjects considered both the paintings and the photographic analogs to be beautiful during the experiment—with no significant differences between them—the most beautiful paintings were rated significantly higher than their corresponding photographic analogs in the pre-experimental phase. The researchers cite this as evidence of feeling greater pleasure from the paintings. The MRIs showed that during the experiment, portions of the brain’s frontal lobe related to emotions, memory, learning and decision making were activated. However, when the researchers compared the positive effects of aesthetic appreciation of the art paintings versus the photographs, they noted significantly more activity at the back of the subjects’ brains, specifically the bilateral cuneus, a part of the occipital lobe responsible for basic visual processing; and the left lingual gyrus, or ridge, associated with vision, encoding visual memory, logical ordering and dreaming. The findings suggested that these neural structures are associated with the aesthetic appreciation for paintings.

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esearchers from Ethiopia’s University of Gondar College of Medicine have recently found that the use of mixtures of honey and ginger extract can treat drugresistant bacteria such as Staphylococcus aureus, Escherichia coli and Klebsiella pneumoniae. They note that further clinical evaluation and pharmacological standardization of the mixtures are needed before they can be used therapeutically. The scientists conducted laboratory testing with clinical isolations of five separate superbugs: methicillinresistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), Staphylococcus aureus (non-MRSA), two strains of Escherichia coli plus Klebsiella pneumoniae. The inhibition of all five types of bacteria by three common antibiotics—methicillin, amoxicillin and penicillin—were compared with the antibacterial effects of ginger extract, honey and a combination of the two. The ginger extract and honey combination was found to have the greatest inhibiting effect on the bacteria; however, even the two applied separately were more effective against the bacteria than the antibiotics. Although in vivo studies are needed, the researchers believe that the honey and ginger extract combination is a promising source for treatment of resistant bacterial strains.


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ecent research has found several heavy metals in numerous lipsticks and cosmetics. These include mercury and lead in skin-whitening creams, and chromium, cadmium and lead in lipsticks. Scientists from the Loma Linda University School of Medicine and the University of Arizona’s College of Medicine tested 549 cosmetic skin-lightening products manufactured in 32 different countries. The products were purchased online and from stores in the U.S., China, Taiwan, Japan and Sri Lanka. Thirty-three of the products contained more than 1,000 parts per million (ppm) of lead, and 45 percent of them contained more than 10,000 ppm of lead. Of those purchased in the U.S., 3.3 percent had mercury levels greater than 1,000 ppm. University of California scientists tested 24 lipsticks used frequently by teenagers and purchased at local stores. They found 75 percent contained lead and nearly half exceeded the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) maximum acceptable concentration of lead for candy (0.1 ppm). In 2010, the FDA tested 400 lipsticks and found lead in every sample tested—with concentrations ranging from 0.9 to 3.06 ppm. Other studies have confirmed similar findings. They also found significant concentrations of chromium and cadmium among some of the samples. There are currently no concrete international or U.S. standards for safe levels of these heavy metals in cosmetics.

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Senior Roommate Service Combats Loneliness AARP, Inc., estimates that about 8,000 baby boomers turn 65 every day. With longer and healthier life expectancies, many are divorced or widowed and need roommates to have company and chat with; to share living costs and chores; and for emotional support. Women-only Roommates4Boomers.com founder Sarah Venable says, “I went online to find a service that helps women over 50 find roommates, and found to my dismay that there were plenty of sites for finding roommates in their 20s and 30s, but nothing for boomer women.” For a $30 fee, the site uses a detailed algorithm to match women not only by location, but by interests, tastes, lifestyles, education, personal preferences and a host of other factors; much like a successful dating website.

Tomato Lacquer

Non-Toxic Can Lining in Development Because fresh food spoils quickly, many packaging and preservation innovations have helped to extend transportation hardiness and shelf life. Now, a new bioresin made from tomato plant byproducts could make it safer to eat ubiquitous canned goods. Led by the Stazione Sperimentale per l’Industria delle Conserve Alimentari (Experimental Station for the Food Preserving Industry), in Parma, Italy, the BIOCOPAC (biocopac.eu/en) consortium is developing a biobased thermosetting lacquer. Most metal food packaging has a BPA-filled liner or chemical-based lacquer to prevent corrosion. While these keep the can intact, they have been linked to deleterious effects on the food inside. Source: Inhabitat.com

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Strides Promised in Environmental Protection Following the lead of Jadav “Molai” Payeng, an Indian man who singlehandedly planted 1,360 acres of forest, India’s Rural Development Ministry will plant 2 billion trees along the nation’s 62,137 miles of highways to combat rural poverty and youth unemployment and improve the environment, which suffers from severe air pollution. According to the World Health Organization, India currently has a youth unemployment rate of 10.2 percent and six of the world’s 10 cities with the worst air pollution. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has also announced a target of spreading electricity to every home by 2019, relying largely on solar power, and the government is furthering plans to clean up the Ganges and Yamuna rivers.

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Sea-Surfing Robot Tracks Marine Life An unmanned, solar-powered Wave Glider robot has been deployed off the U.S. coast near San Francisco as part of an arsenal of ocean-observing technologies revealing in real time the mysterious journeys of great white sharks and other marine creatures. A new network that also includes data receivers on fixed buoys picks up signals from acoustic tags on animals passing within 1,000 feet and transmits information to a research team on shore, led by Stanford University Marine Sciences Professor Barbara Block. The technology is central to Block’s Blue Serengeti Initiative, which builds on the Tagging of Pacific Predators project, part of the international Census of Marine Life (2000-2010). “The use of revolutionary technology increases our capacity to observe our oceans and census populations, improve fisheries management models and monitor animal responses to climate change,” says Block. Shark Net is a free IOS app available at the Apple store, created by Block and her colleagues to enable a direct, personal connection between the public and wild marine animals, and to raise awareness of the teeming ocean life just off North America’s West Coast. Source: SierraClub.org

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Whales’ Global Impact Underestimated Whales have long been considered too rare to be the focus of overall marine ecological research, with more attention going to much smaller essential organisms like algae and plankton. However, as whales recover from centuries of overhunting that reduced their numbers by two-thirds or more, scientists are realizing the important role they play in transferring fertilizers like iron and nitrogen from deep waters to feed plankton near the surface via plumes of fecal matter. A study at the University of Vermont, published in Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, evaluates decades of research on the ecological role of great whales. Lead author Joe Roman says, “Whale recovery could lead to higher rates of productivity where whales aggregate to feed and give birth, supporting more robust fisheries.” It seems that the long-lived whales may even ease the impact of perturbations in climate and buffer marine ecosystems from destabilizing stresses. Roman states, “This warrants a shift in view from whales being positively valued as exploitable goods or negatively valued because they compete with people for marine fish to one what recognizes that these animals play key roles in healthy marine ecosystems, providing services to human societies.”

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Six Ways to Create the Life You Want

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ulitzer Prize winner Anna Quindlen had reached the top of the New York Times bestseller list more than once, yet she relates in her memoir, Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake, that she also yearned to be able to do a headstand, but felt she didn’t possess the necessary sense of balance. “That’s just a little story you tell yourself,” advised her personal trainer. Our bodies, Quindlen observes, are major appliances that deliver decades of faithful service with precious little downtime. She admits, “If the human body had a warranty, mine would have run out ages ago.” Still, she clung to a vision: “I want to be strong; strong enough to hike the mountain without getting breathless, strong enough to take a case of wine from the deliveryman and carry it to the kitchen.” Quindlen, who lives in New York City and New England, was also maintaining an incorrect belief: It wasn’t her sense of balance that was holding her

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vision of what life can be.” She likens selfempowerment to “spiritual surfing, riding the wave where the energy, momentum and passion are.” As workshop leaders, they encourage participants to transform limiting beliefs, determine what is meaningful for them, construct a compelling vision from that insight and then find ways to manifest that vision. They address six key areas in which to become more powerful and realize our personal best: physical health, emotional health, relationships, work, finances and spirituality.

Physical Health

back, it was fear. After two years of trying, she was able to do a headstand. Along with a sense of accomplishment, this quirky achievement was a revelation as she ultimately concluded, “If I can do one thing like that, perhaps there are others.”

First, recognize what we’re already doing right—eating well, perhaps, or exercising—and then add another healthy activity. Cardiologist Suzanne Steinbaum, director of New York City’s Lenox Hill Hospital’s Women and Heart Disease, underscores that much of physical health is within our personal control. “Many lifestyle factors keep us from being physically healthy enough to lead a full life,” she says, including high blood pressure, high cholesterol, smoking, lack of exercise, poor diet, excessive alcohol consumption or drug use, stress and depression. “The good news is that lifestyle factors are within our power to change.” Steinbaum recommends starting small by changing one bad habit and then seeing how we feel. “Quit the diet soda or the sugar-sweetened beverages. Get rid of potato chips. Go for a walk. Put down your smartphone and spend some focused time with your child, a friend or even your pet. Then breathe… and just listen to how you feel.”

Take a Stand

Emotional Health

Personal empowerment is all about taking a stand—developing the vision, countering misguided beliefs, having a plan and then moving forward to be the best version of one’s true self. David Gershon and Gail Straub, of West Hurley, New York, authors of Empowerment: The Art of Creating Your Life As You Want It, contend that empowerment always starts with a desire for a better life. “We need to learn how to dream, how to boldly and courageously reach for our highest visions,” says Straub. “Start with what’s working already and the

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Our emotions can be allies in achieving personal empowerment, advises Straub. For example, fear can alert us to danger; joy can remind us to be grateful. However, when emotions cause pain and threaten derailment, it’s important to understand why, and then work through it. “Uncomfortable emotions let us know there is a problem to attend to, a wound to work on, thus allowing us to see our own truth,” explains don Miguel Ruiz, Jr., of San Diego, California, author of The Five Levels of Attachment. “With awareness, we can observe our uncomfort-


able emotions, as they may be showing a belief we are holding that is no longer true for us.” “To work through our emotions, we have to be able to accurately sense what we are feeling and be able to express it in a healthy way,” adds Straub, like expressing anger after a tough commute by punching a designated pillow or shouting into a closet. Furthermore, “We need to change the belief we’ve identified that’s causing the painful emotional response.” Did the guy that cut us off in traffic really do it maliciously? Third, learn to let go of a negative emotion that’s automatically triggered when someone or something presses our “hot button” by immediately considering, “He must have been in a big hurry,” or “She doesn’t realize how offensive that remark could be,” realizing it’s their problem, not ours, and declining to make it ours. Achieving greater emotional calm is a huge step toward personal empowerment.

Relationships

Acting on heartfelt emotions can help forge stronger and healthier relationships. “Sometimes, we say yes to a false image of ourselves or hide who we are in order to be accepted,” counsels Ruiz, noting that not presenting our authentic selves in relationships will weaken or replace true intimacy with a sense of loneliness and distance. “Say, ‘I forgive, I accept and I let go.’” This paves the way to being

genuine, which naturally leads to greater unconditional love and more fulfilling and honest relationships. In romantic relationships, life coach Martha Beck, Ph.D., author of Finding Your Way in a Wild New World: Reclaiming Your True Nature to Create the Life You Want, suggests ditching the image of two people looking soulfully into each other’s eyes. “Realize that you’re both changing all the time,” she says. Instead, envision two people walking side-byside at the same pace, and a relationship that will continue to refresh and move forward, instead of getting stuck in wellworn patterns.

Work

Capability is one of the new guiding principles for self-empowerment at work, says Haydn Shaughnessy, a fellow at the University of California-Irvine’s Center for Digital Transformation and co-author, with Nicholas Vitalari, of The Elastic Enterprise. “It’s more about a broad-stroke capability,” he claims, such as public speaking, writing or troubleshooting and fixing machinery. Capability means a strong skill that can be fine-tuned for a specific circumstance; a talented generalist, rather than a narrow specialist. Shaughnessy recommends that we recognize and develop our best competencies in order to equip ourselves to both withstand economic adversity and help push our

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Fiscal self-empowerment involves cultivating the confidence that we will be able to obtain more money when needed. Beck maintains that anyone can create abundance that lasts. “Where people believe they get abundance, they will,” she says, as in friendships or creative problem solving. It’s the mixed internal messages of, “I need more money,” with, “There’s not enough to go around,” that can block the flow of abundance in our lives. Beck, who lives in San Luis Obispo, California, recommends throwing a “neurological toggle switch” to turn off the “lack-and-attack” part of our brains and turn on the “everything-is-going-to-be-allright” area. This is realized through slowing down, relaxing and meditating. “You have to relax to start dissolving the disbelief in the possibility of having what you want,” she says. “Empty out the negative thoughts in order to gain the confidence that abundance is yours.”

Spirituality

Following all of these first five steps also helps enhance our spirituality. Dennis Merritt Jones, of Simi Valley, California, author of the new book, Your (Re)Defining Moments: Becoming Who You Were Born to Be, calls it “being pulled by vision,” rather than being pushed by pain. The motivational speaker believes that every encounter, event or circumstance is a portal

to a redefining moment—a chance to connect with our authentic self. Jones cites seven characteristics of the authentic or timeless self: realizing our oneness in life, reverence for that life, fearlessness because we know we’re part of something bigger, integrity, humility, equanimity and unconditional love. “When these qualities become the norm in our daily lives, we’ll know we are living from the authentic self,” he says. Jones urges us to live “more vertically.” He explains, “We exist on what I call the surface of life, a horizontal pathway where we go about our daily routines. We often don’t hear the siren call from the depths of our being because we are so busy ‘doing’. It’s the authentic self that’s eternally calling us to be who we were born to be.” He describes a “sacred intersection” where we can turn from the horizontal everyday and move in a vertical direction to the depths of our souls or the heights of our imaginations via mindfulness and self-enquiry. Fortunately, every moment of every day offers this opportunity to expand our being. The key question is, “Will we be consciously present enough to recognize the opening and step through the door?” These experts concur there is no finish line for self-empowerment or attaining the perfect place to stay. It’s a “sustainable growth process,” says Gershon, an ideal project for the rest of our lives. Judith Fertig blogs at AlfrescoFoodAnd Lifestyle.blogspot.com from Overland Park, KS.

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Squats

Stand comfortably with feet about a foot apart. Slowly bend the knees to lower your body until both thighs are parallel to the floor. Then gradually stand back up, squeezing gluteal and back-of-the-thigh muscles as you rise. If performed consistently, this exercise will increase muscle strength in the thighs and buttocks, which also helps burn fat, according to the Mayo Clinic. Less fat equals less noticeable cellulite. As with the other exercises, start with 15 repetitions per session and work up to more.

Cellulite Shrinkers Five Simple Exercises to Smooth Thighs

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nsightly cellulite, which is comprised of fat deposits just beneath the skin, appears as lumps or dimples, usually near the buttocks and upper thighs, and is most common in women. Building muscle can make cellulite harder to notice and help burn more calories. While cellulite deposits might not be eliminated, burning body fat will make them shrink and be less visible. Here are five top exercises to blast stubborn cellulite.

Cardiovascular Exercise

As long as we’re expending more calories than we’re taking in, we will begin burning the body’s fat deposits. As cardio workouts burn calories, they can reduce overall body fat, which also makes cellulite harder to see. Any exercise such as walking, running, hiking or cycling can help in the overall battle to burn calories and blast cellulite.

your head up with that same hand. Place the other hand on the floor beside your waist. With legs straight and toes pointed, lift the top leg up as far as it will go, then slowly lower it back down. Do 10 to 15 reps, and then turn over and work the other leg.

Back Kicks

An MSNBC health segment recommended this fat-busting move to target all the areas that are most susceptible to cellulite. While kneeling on hands and knees, lift a leg up behind you until it’s pointed upward at a 45-degree angle. Slowly bring the leg back down and repeat the movement with the other leg. Start with 15 reps and work up from there.

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Stair Climbing

Stair climbing burns at least 10 calories a minute, according to the nonprofit National Wellness Institute, that promotes healthy lifestyles worldwide. Plus, stair climbing has the added benefit of working all the muscle areas that tend to get hit with the greatest amounts of cellulite.

Leg Lifts

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Eco-Beauty Homemade Shampoos, Lotions and Perfumes Make Great Gifts by Kathleen Barnes

shampoos, but it gets hair much cleaner,” she advises. Homemade beauty products are a natural outlet for anyone that loves to cook or craft. Make a small batch—experiment with an array of essential oils to create a preferred scent to suit individual tastes, and add or subtract the amounts according to skin and hair types. “Take it a step further and make pretty gift packages with glass bottles, jars or tins embellished with ribbons, personal artwork or anything else that taps into your creative juices,” says Cox. “Your friends and family will be especially happy to receive and use them.” Kathleen Barnes is the author of numerous natural health books and publisher at Take Charge Books. Connect at Kathleen@KathleenBarnes.com.

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any of us have grown disenchanted with expensive, commercial beauty products that include toxic and even cancer-causing ingredients. Fortunately, safe, natural and affordable alternatives—including homemade shampoos, conditioners, moisturizers, bath salts, body scrubs and butters—are stocked at many natural grocers and health food stores. We all want to avoid phthalates, cetyl alcohol, triclosan, sodium laureth sulfate, parabens and many other poisonous chemicals commonly found in lotions, creams, scrubs, oils, perfumes and makeup products that may not be listed on labels. “You want to know what’s in your product,” says Janice Cox, of Medford, Oregon, the bestselling author of Natural Beauty at Home and Eco-Beauty. “If you’re making your own, you’re in control.” Cox remarks, “Ingredients are absorbed through the skin, our largest organ. It’s why some medicines like birth control, pain relief and nicotine patches are effectively applied externally; it’s also why toxic ingredients placed on our skin can be so harmful.” Her recommended solution is simple: The kitchen cabinet harbors solutions to the dry and dull skin that plagues many this time of year, shampoo residues that result in drab hair, and less-

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than-glowing skin due to a suboptimal holiday diet. “Many products require only one or two ingredients and take minimal time to make,” says Cox. “Plus, they cost only pennies. Who wouldn’t choose that over a $30-an-ounce mysterious chemical soup?” Honey is a Cox favorite for several reasons, including its antimicrobial effects: a dab on a blemish or insect bite can zap it overnight. “Honey has high potassium content, making it almost impossible for bacteria to survive in,” she explains. It’s also a good source of B vitamins thiamine, niacin, riboflavin and pantothenic acid, plus minerals like iron, zinc and manganese. In this case, what’s absorbed through skin is literally nourishing our body’s entire system. Honey is also a powerful humectant, helping to prevent loss of moisture from skin and hair. Cox recommends dropping a tablespoon or two in a warm bath to soothe rough skin without stickiness, a conditioning mixture of honey and olive oil to produce silky hair and an apple-honey toner to facilitate glowing skin. She also recommends an easy shampoo that contains nothing more than natural soap (like Dr. Bronner’s), water and a little vegetable oil for dry hair. “It doesn’t foam up like commercial

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Simple Natural Beauty Ingredients Here are a few favorite ingredients for home treatments: n Honey is perfect for conditioning dry, damaged hair and rinses out easily. n Sour cream makes a great facial mask for softening and cleansing a dull complexion. n Green tea is packed with antioxidants and tones skin with no need to rinse off. n Oatmeal can be used instead of soap to cleanse all skin types. n Pineapple juice soothes tired feet and softens rough patches. n Baking soda works head to toe as a hair rinse, facial scrub and bath soak. n Olive oil in a nail soak keeps nails clean, flexible and strong.


Raw Sugar Body Scrub Yields 10 ounces Raw sugar is well-suited for freshening skin. Using a body scrub helps rid skin of surface impurities, enabling it to retain more moisture and look healthier. It also boosts circulation, which energizes the whole body. 1 cup raw sugar ½ cup light oil, such as almond or sunflower ½ tsp vitamin E oil Mix together all ingredients and pour into a clean container. Massage a tablespoon or two at a time all over the body to gently exfoliate and moisturize skin.

Body Butter Yields 4 ounces This is a rich, buttery cream that makes a wonderful all-over body cream. It contains four well-known skin conditioning oils. ¼ cup grated cocoa butter 1 Tbsp coconut oil 2 Tbsp light sesame oil 1 Tbsp almond oil 1 Tbsp grated beeswax Combine all the ingredients in a heatresistant container. In the microwave or on the stovetop using a double boiler, gently heat until the mixture just begins to melt.

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Remove from heat and stir well until the wax and cocoa butter are melted and all ingredients are mixed together. Pour into a clean container and allow it to cool completely. Spread a small amount of the body butter on the skin.

¼ cup vodka or witch hazel ¼ cup water 2-3 drops of a favorite essential oil or a mixture of oils (lavender, sandalwood, bergamot, rose, frangipani, ylang-ylang or jasmine)

Basic Shampoo

Mix all ingredients together. Pour into a clean spray bottle or splash bottle. Spray or splash the scented cologne onto skin or hair.

Yields 8 ounces If hair is oily, the optional vegetable oil may be omitted, but if hair is dry or damaged, include it. This is a great shampoo for all hair types because it’s gentle on hair and won’t strip away the natural oils. ½ cup water ½ cup mild natural liquid soap (like Dr. Bronner’s or any Castile soap) ½ tsp light vegetable oil (optional) Gently stir all the ingredients together, being careful not to beat the mixture or it will create foam. Pour the shampoo into a clean plastic container. Shampoo as normal, and then rinse well with cool water.

Eau de Cologne Yields 4 ounces Eau de Cologne was originally made by steeping flowers in a jar with alcohol and a small amount of oil. The scented oil was poured off and the alcohol was mixed with water.

Solid Perfume Yields 1 ounce Solid perfume and scents have always been popular because they are longlasting, easy to carry and discreet—just rub them on—no need to waste them by spraying the air. 1 Tbsp grated beeswax 1 Tbsp almond oil 8 drops essential oil or mixture of oils (peach, orange, sandalwood, vanilla or lavender) In a heat-resistant container or small saucepan, gently heat the beeswax and oil until it melts. Stir in the scented oil, pour into a clean, small container and allow the mixture to cool completely. Rub a finger across the solid perfume and apply the scent to pulse points or anywhere else. Recipes courtesy of Janice Cox, author of Natural Beauty at Home, Natural Beauty for All Seasons, Natural Beauty from the Garden and Eco Beauty.

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a mid-afternoon slump. They are hard to digest together and all at once, taxing body energy,” she explains. “Then, when you feel the inevitable drop in energy, you might turn to caffeine or sugary soda, but that only brings on another slump.”

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Beauty Foods Kimberly Snyder Shows How to Eat for Radiant Skin, Eyes and Hair

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ise food choices that optimize digestion and promote natural, ongoing detoxification can help us attain red-carpet shape, professes nutritionist and beauty expert Kimberly Snyder, New York Times bestselling author of The Beauty Detox Foods. She aims for optimum health as the basis for achieving a desirable outward glow. Snyder says she once struggled with several beauty issues. In seeking wellness on the way to becoming a nutritionist, she found that her daily energy level improved after she started making shifts in her diet. She then lost weight, her hair got healthier and her formerly troubled facial skin became clear and smooth. Blogging about her gradual trans-

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formation and lifestyle philosophies attracted media attention and a celebrity clientele by word of mouth. “I never looked for clients; they found me,” she says. Today, Snyder counts entertainers Fergie and her actor-husband Josh Duhamel, Kerry Washington, Channing Tatum and Drew Barrymore among the many celebrities she has helped get into better camera-ready shape. Early into her personal transformation, Snyder realized that digestion holds the key. “I never linked my constipation issues with my acne,” she says. “It’s a tremendous amount of work to digest food. It’s no wonder that eating a fastfood sandwich with gluten bread, animal protein and cheese with casein produces

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Snyder, who is now a vegan, suggests simplifying meals and starting them with whole, raw, plant-based foods like salads. She advises her clients to start the day with lemon juice in warm water. If they don’t feel like breakfast, she advises, “Don’t force yourself. Listen to your body, it knows best.” When hunger hits, Snyder blends a Glowing Green Smoothie—what she calls, “the star of the whole Beauty Detox program,” in her book. A batch of three to four servings requires seven cups of chopped spinach; six cups of chopped romaine lettuce; one-and-a-half cups of chopped celery; one banana; an apple and a pear, both peeled, cored and chopped; two tablespoons of fresh lemon juice and two cups of filtered water. She claims that drinking this smoothie can make a difference in just three days. She also lists 50 plant-based foods for specific body benefits because they are naturally alkaline-forming during digestion and assimilate more effectively than acid-forming animal protein, dairy, caffeine, alcohol and sugar. By improving digestion, we end up feeling more energetic.

Timely Eating

Carefully timed consumption is another key in Snyder’s beauty regimen. She recommends starting the day with a light smoothie, eating foods based on whole plants throughout the day, and then eating a raw salad and a vegetarian meal or some animal protein as an earlier dinner. Eating fruit by itself on an empty stomach helps it digest better than when combined with other foods that take longer to process. On hungrier days, Snyder suggests turning to whole grains such as oats or quinoa, which are high in fiber and lower in fat, or fibrous chia seeds. When energy is low, she advocates supplementing with bee pollen or a protein smoothie. She stresses, “Progress, not perfection,” as her mantra, advising


that it’s better to take small steps and keep moving forward rather than try to change everything all at once. She believes that experiencing higher energy and beauty benefits provides effective incentives to continue instead of trying to stick to a strict, numbers-based plan that doesn’t take into account energy or digestion.

Healthy eating pays dividends in radiant skin, lustrous hair, sparkling eyes and a sleek physique. Ongoing Cleansing

“The metaphor I use for healthy digestion is a waterfall versus a stagnant pond,” says Snyder. “You want your system to be moving, dynamic.” To keep digestive “sludge” out of our body’s systems, Snyder recommends a proven detox approach of drinking liquid only between meals

to help foods digest easier. She particularly recommends her own Probiotic & Enzyme Salad, made with four cups of shredded cabbage; one inch of fresh ginger, cut into strips; one teaspoon of caraway seeds; and cold, filtered water, all left to naturally ferment in a jar at room temperature for about five days—or refrigerated raw sauerkraut from a health food store—to help flush out toxins. She also emphasizes supplementing with probiotics, such as her unique formula made from soil-based organisms. Infrared sauna treatments can also help leach heavy metals out of body fat and decrease cellulite. “These techniques have been around for a long time because they work,” says Snyder. “As I always say, outer beauty is a reflection of inner health.”

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These foods work to improve specific body areas while promoting whole-body wellness. Such plant-based foods also improve digestion and raise energy levels. For Beautiful Skin

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Pumpkin seeds Dulse (a type of seaweed) Carrots Radishes Nutritional yeast

Red bell peppers Coconut (fresh, milk, oil) Avocados Spinach

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Watercress Figs Sweet potatoes Cucumbers Acai

Soft

Pineapple Almonds Walnuts

Pears Cabbage Turmeric

Clear, blemish-free

Fermented vegetables (e.g., sauerkraut) Arugula Onions Raw applecider vinegar Garlic Lemon

For Beautiful Eyes Bright eyes Papaya Beets Blueberries Apples

Eliminating dark circles and puffiness Celery

Collard greens Asparagus Bananas

For a Beautiful Body Fluid body movement

Broccoli Brussels sprouts Sesame seeds Romaine lettuce

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video games. Plus, children’s media characters are placed on every type of product imaginable. Think about limiting commercialism in all forms; you can’t just turn off the TV.”

Manage Expectations

Start before the holidays. “Talk to kids about how you’ll celebrate the holidays in your own home, noting that it might be unique. Focus on aspects that aren’t gift-related,” suggests Golin. Plan food-focused traditions such as baking together and special group meals. Generate excitement around spiritual aspects of the season or visits from out-of-town family members. When shopping together for gifts, make a plan and stick with it, letting everyone know its purpose beforehand. Resist impulsive purchases trumpeted by store promotions.

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BRING BACK THE MAGIC Give Kids the True Gifts of the Season by Meredith Montgomery

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ccording to a poll by the Center for a New American Dream in 2005, three out of four Americans wish the holidays were less materialistic. Traditionally rooted in family, faith and joy, the season can be marred by commercialization. Instead, inspire the whole family to take a “buy less, get more” approach so that everyone can experience the essence of what many consider the most wonderful time of the year.

Raise Awareness

The Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood (CCFC) reports that U.S. companies now spend about $17 billion annually marketing to children, up from $100 million in 1983. Many kids are formulating wish lists year-round, due to the continual bombardment of alluring commercials. CCFC Associate Director Josh Golin attests that the holiday season is a perfect time to start discussing the 22

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power of advertising and the techniques used. Teens are especially sensitive to the notion of being manipulated by adults. For children under 8 that can’t yet comprehend the persuasive intent of commercials, limit screen time with all devices. Golin advises that the scope of commercialism has changed radically. “It’s no longer just television commercials, but also Internet, cell phones and

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N e w A m e r i c a n D r e a m ’s S i m plify the Holidays guide at Tinyurl.com/SimplifyTheHolidays encourages families to reconnect by participating in meaningful activities such as neighborhood caroling, building a gingerbread house, preparing gift boxes for the homeless, taking a nature hike or making a feeder for backyard birds. Explore volunteer projects as a family, letting the children’s interests lead. If kids are attracted to water, pick up litter along a shoreline. In the spirit of the season, donate gently used clothing, books and toys to a shelter. For animal lovers, contribute time or materials to a local animal rescue or rehabilitation center. Attend community events such as musical performances, plays and art exhibits. Seek out inexpensive or free local activities. Kids are often enthralled by a simple tour of neighborhood Christmas lights.

Gift Buying

Make gift purchases consistent with the family’s values. Golin suggests resisting the temptation to buy the season’s “hot” products. “Resist buying what’s advertised the most. We have power as parents and as part of a larger culture to believe there’s no such thing as a musthave toy or holiday gift.” Instead, search


for timeless, high-quality items that are eco-friendly and fair trade. Try wooden toys for babies and toddlers or a bamboo skateboard for teens. Ads can make a toy look appealing because it’s brandnew and ready-to-use, but homemade gifts can be a more meaningful alternative. New American Dream suggests constructing a rope swing or wooden sandbox for little ones. Given a comfortable timeframe, children can gift grownups homemade green cleaning products or re-potted herb and houseplant clippings. All ages can give away the last book they read and kick off a year-round book exchange. Forego more tangible items by gifting experiences like a zoo membership, bowling gift cards or movie tickets, or make a charitable donation to a cause that the recipient supports. Let friends and family make shopping easier by inviting them to create such a gift registry at SoKindRegistry.com.

Unplug

Always plan for quiet time. It reduces exposure to holiday marketing, creates opportunities for family bonding and fosters independent children. Golin observes, “We can all be better about trusting our kids to entertain themselves. When reducing screen time, we don’t necessarily need to suggest activities to kids. Give them the space to be bored for a minute and be amazed at what they come up with on their own.” Meredith Montgomery publishes Natural Awakenings of Mobile/Baldwin, AL (HealthyLivingHealthyPlanet.com).

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breathing through the nose to “disinfect, filter, condition and moisturize the air before it reaches the lungs,” says Lee. Visualize the breath filling the body like a bell, with the flared bottom expanding completely around the waistline. Pause momentarily and exhale through the nose or mouth for three seconds, gently contracting the abdomen to help expel the air. Practice this whenever needed to ease stress or for five minutes daily to establish a slower, deeper breathing pattern.

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Breath-Taking Wisdom Six Ways to Inhale Energy and Exhale Stress by Lane Vail

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e draw an astounding 22,000 breaths daily, but because breathing is involuntary, we often take it for granted. Transforming breathing into a conscious activity can provide amazing energy, awareness and control, and dramatically improve our mental, physical and creative performances, according to Al Lee, co-author of Perfect Breathing: Transform Your Life One Breath at a Time. That’s 22,000 opportunities to choose health and wisdom every single day.

Everyday Ease

Lee paints a picture of perfect breathing: “Watch a baby breathe; it looks like there’s a balloon in the stomach that inflates and falls back down. This is belly breathing—pleasant, enjoyable and natural.” During inhalation, the diaphragm pulls down under the lungs, allowing them to expand with air and displace space in the abdomen. However, “Breathing can fall victim to the same movement dysfunction as any other skill, like running or walking,” says Nick Winkelman, director of 24

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movement and education at EXOS, an elite athletic training facility in Phoenix, Arizona. He points to “shoulder breathing”, characterized by a lifting of the shoulders with each shallow sip of air, as a common dysfunction perpetuated by too much sitting. “Hunching over the laptop or sitting in the car binds up the abdominal region and reduces the possibility of expansion there, so the breath moves higher into the chest cavity,” Lee explains. Replacing shoulder breathing with belly breathing “creates a cascade of positive effects,” says Lee, including lowering blood pressure and boosting the immune system. Deep breathing also clarifies the mind and is used in nearly every spiritual tradition to achieve deeper states of prayer, meditation and contemplation, he notes. Try these six healing techniques.

Six-Second Breath

Lee’s six-second breath is a simple prescription for stress that can be used anytime, anywhere. Relax the abdominal muscles and inhale for three seconds,

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The yoga breath ujjayi, or ocean-sounding breath, is achieved by slightly constricting the throat muscles and gently lifting the glottis, so that a soothing hiss is produced when the breath is drawn in through the nose. Dr. Richard Brown, an integrative psychiatrist, associate professor at New York’s Columbia University and co-author of The Healing Power of the Breath, explains the benefits. “Ujjayi creates resistance to air flow, triggering receptors deep within the lungs’ alveoli, which allows more oxygen to be delivered to the cells. It also stimulates the vagus nerve input to the brain, which promotes calmness and clear thinking.”

Target Breathing

A recent study from the journal Pain Medicine found that deep, slow breathing, combined with relaxation, effectively diminishes pain. “The nervous system represents a physical or emotional trauma in an unregulated pattern of signals,” says Brown. “But the mind and breath can wash away and rewire that pattern.” Practice target breathing, a technique derived from qigong, by inhaling deeply into the belly and visualizing the breath as a ball of energy which upon exhaling can flow to the place in the body needing healing, advises Lee.

Bellows Breath

Brown has co-authored a review in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine describing the neurophysiological basis and clinical benefits of yogic breathing on depression and post-traumatic stress. Bhastrika, or bellows breath, is a mood-lifting technique wherein one inhales vigorously through the nose while raising the arms above the


head, fingers extended, and then forcibly exhales through the nose while pulling the elbows down alongside the ribs with fingers closing gently. Avoid overdoing it, instructs Brown; three rounds of 15 to 20 breaths are sufficient for healthy individuals.

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Anxiety attacks often generate feelings of breathlessness, and fixating on each inadequate inhalation reinforces panic. Winkelman recommends 4-2-10 breathing, a technique that emphasizes elongating exhalations. Inhale through the nose for four seconds, hold for two, and then slowly release the breath for up to 10 seconds. Lee explains that after several breaths, the brain will start to shift from reactive emotional thinking to rational problem solving. “Concentrating on the breath makes it hard to think about the future or rummage around in the past,” says Lee. “It keeps you in the moment, intimately in touch with the mind, body and emotions.”

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Animals Love Interactive Toys and Games by Sandra Murphy

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hat’s on the family pet’s wish list this year? Family members can have fun creating interactive toys and games that are easy on the holiday budget. According to a recent American Pet Association survey, three out of four owners buy gifts for their pets during the holiday season to the collective tune of $5 billion. Dogs and cats receive new sweaters and boots, collars and leashes, toys and treats. Yet, what they really crave is attention. “Too often, pets are left alone for eight hours a day, leading to anxiety, frustration and unwanted behaviors. It’s important that they’re mentally challenged, learn new commands and have fun,” says Dr. Mary Gardner, cofounder of Lap of Love Veterinary Hospice, in Los Angeles. “Cognitive decline and muscle wasting, common in older pets, can both be thwarted with games personalized for age and ability.”

Special Dog Treats

Look for sturdy wooden puzzles that hide a treat behind doors that pull or slide open. Advanced puzzles involve a multi-step solution. Following dog treat cookbooks will keep dedicated bakers in a canine’s good graces throughout the year. Write an activity—a walk, trip to the dog park, game of fetch or a doggie/human dance party—on a few index cards. “Teach the dog to choose by rubbing one card with 26

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a sodium-free bouillon cube,” suggests Eileen Proctor, a pet lifestyle expert in Denver. “As soon as the dog sniffs the card, reward with praise and the designated gift. Once the game is learned, there is no need to keep scenting the cards.” Turn up a corner of all the cards for easy pickup.

Purrfect for Cats

Cats may like to play it cool, but bring out a laser pointer and they act like kittens again. To mimic hunting instincts, play hide-and-seek with kitty’s food; put holes in a closed box with special bits of dry food inside, then let her paw it out or roll the box. Place a too-large-to-swallow jingle bell inside an empty toilet paper roll and tape the ends shut for a charming-sounding toy. An orphaned sock filled with crinkly cellophane and sewn shut makes an intriguing toy to drag around. Improvise a fishing pole from a colorful dowel rod and heavy twine with a pet- and planet-friendly item tied on the end for a pet to chase. Cats love to squeeze themselves into small spaces or relax in larger ones, so pass along gift boxes.

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In the wild, birds spend most of their time foraging for food. Mimic a wilderness search by hiding food beneath an unused, unbleached coffee filter or a large lettuce leaf. Cut food in pieces big enough to hold in a claw to help hone balance. Hide seeds in a made-for-birds piñata, available at pet supply stores. Puzzle boxes range from reach-in-for-food versions to slide-a-door or pull-a-knob difficulty levels.


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Betta (Siamese fighting) fish love to rest near the surface, so provide a leafy hammock, available where supplies are sold. Finned friends get exercise as they chase a laser pointer’s red dot through the water. A new plant or ping-pong ball floating on the surface provides added entertainment. Moss balls are a good place to hide food and also help keep the water clean. A ceramic log lets fish hide inside.

Climbing Crabs

Hermit crabs are social animals, both curious and amusing. The gift of a new shell or two during molting season is appreciated. Flat-topped rocks with textured sides, large enough to not tip over, provide a different view. Fibers like those used for macramé, hung from the lid of the tank almost to the floor mimic rope climbing. Upside-down terra cotta flower pots, in different sizes and covered with netting, provide more surfaces and heights to explore. “Time spent together is a gift for both the giver and the recipient,” says Proctor. “It’s more thoughtful than anything you can find in a store. You always get back more than you give.” Sandra Murphy is a freelance writer in St. Louis, MO. Connect at StLouis. FreelanceWriter@mindspring.com. l a s

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ThetaHealing Manifesting & Abundance – 9:30am-4:30pm. In this amazing class, work on removing the restricting beliefs that block manifesting thus creating desired abundance. Prerequisites: Basic DNA, Advance DNA. $350. Luminosity Wellness Center, 2400 N Tenaya Way, LV. 702-324-2595. TheSacredArtOfHealing.com. Exotic Tribal Dance Workshop – 3-5pm. No experience necessary. Awaken the body and mind through exuberant, uplifting Belly Dance, African Dance, Egyptian Serpentine, Bollywood and more. $20/$5 off with a friend. 1171 S Buffalo Dr, LV. 702-433-3874. NaturallyOrganicCenter.com. Reiki Healing Circle – 6-8pm. Group discussion. Learn new information about natural healing. Guided meditation channeled by Victoria (Reiki Master of 25 years). Receive personalized healing. Bring a friend. Relax and recharge the mind and body. Free. Love offering welcome. 1171 S Buffalo Dr, 110, LV. 702-659-2390. TransformationsLasVegas.com.

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Theta Meditation (Two Day) – 7-8pm. Nov. 6 and Nov. 20. Specially developed to focus on areas of our lives that need help to heal or change in a positive way. Activate DNA, youth and vitality chromosomes, improve health, thoughts, abundance and manifestations. Love donation. Luminosity Wellness Center, 2400 N Tenaya Way, LV. 702-324-2595. TheSacredArtOfHealing.com.

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One Run 5K – 8am. One Run to benefit seven charities. Register to run or walk for Baby's Bounty. 100% of the proceeds support a program to provide essential items to babies born into low income families. $20/early bird. $25 after Oct 10. Town Square Shopping Center. OneRunLasVegas.com. Intro to NLP: Mind Rejuvenation Group – 9am12pm. Nov.8 and Nov. 22. This is a three hour session with Neuro Linguistic Programming and Time Line Therapy (Mental Emotional Release). Realize how simply positive change can occur on the unconscious level. $15. Intentional Healings, 3450 E Russell Rd, 110, LV. Jodi Friedman: 702274-4545. Meetup.com/Intentional-HealingsCenter/events/208630112/. Nutritional & Energy Demonstrations – 121:30pm. Join us for a FREE fun and informative talk and demonstration with Rose and Sifu JC Cox. Free. Naturally Organic Healing Center, 1171 S Buffalo, 110, LV. Meetup.com/Divine-LightHealing-Meditation-Group/events/210980952.

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Reiki 2nd Degree Certification Training – 9am8pm. 1-day intensive. Are you a Reiki 1 Practitioner and wish to raise your vibrations 500x? Learn

the sacred Reiki symbols, used for remote and hands-on healing transforming your deep-seated emotional, physical/spiritual/karmic imbalances. Refer to web site for cost. 3920 Amy Marie Ct, LV. 702-659-2390. TransformationsLasVegas.com.

fresh52 Annual Autumn Harvest Festival Chef demos, kids kitchen, face painting, fresh pressed cider, jerky eating contest, hot wing eating contest, cider donuts, Roos and More. Free kids art patch, artisan food & craft. Free games and prizes. Fun for the entire family.

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NLP/Self-Hypnosis Course – 6-9pm. This course is presented by Victoria Stitzer, Master of NLP, EFTTFT Practitioner, Rapid Behavior Modification Expert. Learn to take control of life by taking control of the mind. $25. 3920 Amy Marie Ct, LV. 702-659-2390. TransformationsLasVegas.com.

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Seraph Adalian's Love & Faith with Eren Nalani – 9am-5pm. Receive the Wave of Love and Healing and connect with the Wisdom of Seraphic Angels with Eren Nalani. Learn how to do physical healing, karmic healing and planetary healing. Intentional Healings, 3450 E Russell Rd, 110, LV. Jodi Friedman: 702-274-4545. SeraphicSpheres.com.

EZ Weight Loss-Detox-Meditative Nutrition Class – 12-1:30pm. Mental-emotional stress, pollution and poor diet contribute to many digestive disorders. Learn to safely detoxify the body daily and reverse and prevent many health conditions. Includes guided imagery for easy memorization. $13. 3920 Amy Marie Ct, LV. 702-659-2390. TransformationsLasVegas.com.

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Holiday Open House – 3-8 pm. Free food and fun. Meet the new practioners. Organic facials, massage, toe readings, life coaching, eyelash extensions and full body vibration. Door prizes, discounted gift certificates for the holidays, mini services. Stevie's Healing Arts & Spa, 80 N Pecos, Suite A, HD. 702-979-8035. ThetaHealing Practice Class – 6-9pm. The Sacred Art of Healing will help refine ThetaHealing skills. Practice digging, connect to Guardian Angels or Ancestors, future reading or just seeing into the body. Prerequisites: ThetaHealing Basic DNA. $20. Luminosity Wellness Center, 2400 N Tenaya Way, LV. 702-324-2595. TheSacredArtOfHealing.com.

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 15

Exotic Tribal Dance Workshop – 2-4pm. No experience necessary. Awaken your body and mind through exuberant, uplifting Belly Dance, African Dance, Egyptian Serpentine, Bollywood and more. $20/$5 off with a friend.1171 S Buffalo Dr, LV. 702-433-3874. NaturallyOrganicCenter.com.

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 16

Reiki Level 1 Certification with Jodi Friedman – 10am-5pm. Give yourself the gift of healing and self discovery by taking this Reiki Level 1 course. This beautiful step is an extraordinary personal journey. Take a vibrational shift with Intentional Healings. $200. HRN members 20% off. Intentional Healings, 3450 E Russell Rd, 110, LV. Jodi Friedman: 702-274-4545. Meetup.com/ Intentional-Healings-Center/events/211482792/.

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Raw Food Class: Dehydrating – 3-5pm. Learn to make delicious, nutritious Vegan Raw crackers, pancakes, protein bars, cereals, sundried tomatoes and more. Includes recipes and full meal. Bring a good appetite. Must RSVP at least 24 hours in advance. $24. 3920 Amy Marie Ct, LV. 702-6592390. TransformationsLasVegas.com.

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 17

LVHFCC Presents a Night of Healthy Mingling – 5-7pm. This month’s Las Vegas Health & Fitness Chamber of Commerce’s monthly mixer is at the cool and trendy Bier Garten. The LVHFCC mixers bring together top health and wellness professionals/enthusiasts. Free. Plaza Hotel & Casino, 1 S Main St, LV. 702-239-6636.

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 18

Importance of Alkalizing – 12-1:30pm. In this Meditative Nutrition EZ Weight Loss class, learn how to balance pH and why it is vital to life/ health. Learn to prevent many health conditions. Includes guided imagery for easy memorization. $13. 3920 Amy Marie Ct, LV. 702-659-2390. TransformationsLasVegas.com.

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 20

Theta Meditation (Two Day) – 7-8pm. Nov. 6 and Nov. 20. Specially developed to focus on areas of our lives that need help to heal or change in a positive way. Activate DNA, youth and vitality chromosomes, improve health, thoughts, abundance and manifestations. Love donation. Luminosity Wellness Center, 2400 N Tenaya Way, LV. 702-324-2595. TheSacredArtOfHealing.com.

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Rhythms of Wellness – 5:30-9pm. An evening of food, rhythm and wellness. Bring a favorite dish (vegetarian/vegan friendly welcome but not required) then join the circle for an evening of self-expression, meditation and healing. Love donations. Luminosity Wellness Center, 2400 N Tenaya Way, LV. (702) 721-WELL. LuminosityWellnessCenter.com

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Las Vegas Craft & Gift Show Thanksgiving Event – 10am-3pm. Great products, gourmet pet treats, unique crafts, information, samples, gifts, free raffle tickets and more. Free admission and parking. 2020 W Horizon Ridge Pkwy, HD. 702-433-6436. Luminosity Presents: A Day Of Wellness Demos – 10am-5pm. This day of wellness begins with a free intro class at Crossfit from 10-11am. Followed by a day of demos from our resident practitioners from 11am-5pm. Experience Reiki, readings, ThetaHealing and much, much more. Love donations. Luminosity Wellness Center, 2400 N Tenaya Way, LV. 702-721-WELL. LuminosityWellnessCenter.com.

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ThetaHealing Advance DNA – 5-10pm, Fri. 9:30am-4:30pm, Sat-Sun. Take ThetaHealing studies even further with Advance DNA. Improve digging skills, learn more about the Planes of Existence, Free Floating Memories, Baby in the Womb and so much more. Prerequisites: Basic DNA. $440. Luminosity Wellness Center, 2400 N Tenaya Way, LV. 702-3242595. TheSacredArtOfHealing.com.

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Intentional Healings Center Broadcast with Jodi Friedman – Reiki sessions, Chakra Clearing & Soul Healing sessions, Reiki certification classes, Reiki shares, Intentional Abundance classes, Vision Boards, Meditation for Success and Inner Healing Work. Various pricing-see meetup for prices. Intentional Healings, 3450 E Russell Rd, 110, LV. Jodi: 702-274-4545. MeetUp.com/IntentionalHealing/center/events/calendar/?scroll=true.

Blissful Hatha Yoga with Lisa Agnello – 6-7pm. All levels. A playfully unique expression of Hatha Yoga. $10. 1171 S Buffalo Dr, 110, LV. 702-4333874. NaturallyOrganicCenter.com.

Luminosity Wellness Center – Learn the art of hypnotherapy, NLP, Reiki, Theta Healing, the Melt Method, aromatherapy/herbology, chakra balancing and much more. Ask about certification classes. Through experience learn self-healing. Prices vary per service. Luminosity Wellness Center, 2400 N Tenaya Way, LV. 702-721-WELL (9355). Medical Chi Kung – Tues-Fri. 10-11am. Use body movements, rhythmic breathing, visualizations and healing sounds to develop internal energy for health, vitality, mind expansion and spiritual cultivation. $10. Naturally Organic Healing Center, 1171 S Buffalo Dr, 110, LV. 702-433-3874. NaturallyOrganicCenter.com. Wongu University of Oriental Medicine - Graduate Program – 9:30am-5:30pm. The non-profit school offers a Master of Science Degree in Oriental Medicine. Coursework includes acupuncture, herbology, Taiji, moxibustion, Western medicine, practice management and more. Currently accepting applications. $180/didactic unit. $18/clinical hour. Wongu University of Oriental Medicine, 8620 S Eastern Ave, LV. 702-463-2122. Start@Wongu. org. Wongu.org.

sunday fresh52 Sunday Farmers’ & Artisan Market – 8:30am-1pm. fresh52 Farmers' & Artisan Market is a lively, friendly, open-air market where neighbors and friends come together to celebrate the community. Free. Sansone Park Place, 9480 S Eastern, LV. 702-900-2552. fresh52.com. Krishna Fest – 6-9pm. A unique night out. Experience mantra chants, vibrant world music, stimulating spiritual knowledge of ancient India. Relax over a super-tasty vegetarian dinner with a diverse range of thoughtful people. Free. Govinda's Center of Vedic India, 7181 Dean Martin Dr, LV. 702-434-8332. GovindasCenter.com.

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Guided Meditation – 7-8pm. All levels. Take a relaxing journey through the mind as Susan leads a guided meditation. $10. 1171 S Buffalo Dr, 110, LV. 702-433-3874. NaturallyOrganicCenter.com.

tuesday Tai Chi Fan – 3-4pm. Doris Fong guides this Tai Chi Fan class. $5. 1171 S Buffalo Dr, 110, LV. 702433-3874. NaturallyOrganicCenter.com. Tao Yoga Advanced – 4-5pm. Practice breathing, meridian stretching, meditation and brain wave vibration techniques to open up blockages. $10. 1171 S Buffalo Dr, 110, LV. 702-433-3874. NaturallyOrganicCenter.com. Reiki Circle – 6-7pm. Experience the healing power of shared energy within a Reiki circle. Enjoy a safe, friendly and loving environment. Donation. Zen Me Holistic Wellness Spa, 10885 S Eastern Ave, 100, HD. Space is limited, please call to reserve space: 702-476-4224. ZenMeNV.com. Great Basin Permaculture Monthly – Last Tue. 6-7:30pm. This group educates our community about permaculture in order to promote sustainable food production, water, conservation, energy and more. All are welcome. Green Valley Library, 2797 N Green Valley Pkwy, HD. Facebook.com/ GreatBasinPermaculture. Drums of the Wolf Meditation – 6:30pm. Sessions will start with a guided meditation or breath work followed by deep drumming that will bring participants into a dream-like guided journey meditation. $15. 800 N Rainbow Blvd, 100, LV. EnchantedForestReiki.com/shop/classes/DrumsWolf-Meditation. Wellness Class with Louise Trent – 7-8pm. All levels. A unique blend of gentle yoga, Pilates, meditation and breathing techniques to bring the mind and body into harmony to improve health and vitality. Bring a yoga mat. $20 or $150/10 class pass. 1171 S Buffalo Dr, 110, LV. 702-433-3874. NaturallyOrganicCenter.com.


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Flow Fit – 7:30am. A 60-minute bodyweight class that will restore a full range of motion to the joints, lengthen muscles, strengthen connective tissue and fully activate the core. Trufusion, 8575 S Eastern Ave, LV. 702-982-2930. TrufusionYoga.com.

Tai Chi Yang Style – 11am-12pm. Tai Chi is whole body exercise. Movement is initiated in the legs, directed by the waist and manifested in the hands. Guided by Sifu JC. $10. 1171 S Buffalo Dr, 110, LV. 702-433-3874. NaturallyOrganicCenter.com.

Reiki Healing Circle – 6-8pm. Group discussion (optional). Guided meditation channeled by Victoria (Reiki Master of 25+ years). Receive deep personalized healing. Bring a friend or meet one. Relax, recharge the mind and body. Free. Love offerings welcome. 1171 S. Buffalo Dr, 110, LV. 702-659-2390. TransformationsLasVegas.com.

Hula Hoop For Beginners – 5-6pm. Get a full workout with this awesome circle to tone the entire body with regular practice. Hoops provided or bring your own. $15. Naturally Organic Healing Center, 1171 S Buffalo Dr, 110, LV. 702-433-3874. NaturallyOrganicCenter.com.

Vinyasa Yoga and Sonic Therapy – 7-8:30pm. An all levels vinyasa flow class with pranayama and mantra meditation. Learn the secrets of relaxation and explore the practical techniques for a healthy mind, body and soul. Donation based. Govinda's Center, 7181 Dean Martin Dr, LV. 702-434-8332. GovindasCenter.com.

thursday $30 Thursdays - Organic Spa Treatments – Choose either an Organic Express Facial ($55 value), Organic Express Back Facial ($50 value) or Organic Airbrush Tan ($65 value) or ALL 3. Aminah's Organic Skin Spa, 6600 W Charleston Blvd, 126, LV. 702-816-5996. AminahsOrganicSkinSpa.com. Emei Qigong Simple Movements – 3-4pm. No experience necessary. Join Felix to improve body conditions and enhance the flow of qi with simple movements that are easy to learn and remember. $10. 1171 S Buffalo Dr, 110, LV. 702-433-3874. NaturallyOrganicCenter.com. Esoteric Tantra Yoga – 6-8pm. A progressive and advanced Tantric training for people who are ready to take control over their life and experience greatness and clarity with Ileana Stefanescu. $20. 1171 S Buffalo Dr, 110, LV. 702-433-3874. NaturallyOrganicCenter.com. Akashic Book Study Workshop with Anika Ray – 6:30pm. Explore spirituality and connect with the aspect of being divine in nature, the soul. Workshop is based on the book How to Read the Akashic Records by Linda Howe. $10. Enchanted Forest Reiki Center, 800 N Rainbow, 100, LV. 702-948-4999. EnchantedForestReiki.com.

Homemade Vegan/Vegetarian Dinners – 6-9pm. Friday is vegan/vegetarian dinner night at Govinda’s. Preparations will consist of vegetable stew, rice or pasta, soup, bread, a dessert and beverage for a donation of $8/plate. Senior/student discounts available. $8. Govinda's Center, 7181 Dean Martin Dr, LV. 702-434-8332. GovindasCenter.com. Community HU – 6:15-6:45pm. Fourth Fri. Community HU: Open the heart to divine love and experience uplifting, joy, relaxation and spiritual connection with the HU chant every fourth Friday of the month. Free. Pure Health Foods, 7575 W Washington, LV. 702-224-4325. Energy & Healing Circle – 6:30pm. All are welcome. This relaxed and open circle is a wonderful opportunity to experience and share the gifts of Reiki and other energy healing practices in an informal, supportive environment. Love donations accepted. Luminosity Wellness Center, 2400 N Tenaya Way, LV. Adam Stuart Littman: 725-2220323. LuminosityWellnessCenter.com.

Spiritual Experience Discussions – 6-7pm. Weekly event to discuss spiritual experience of all faiths in a respectful and open environment. Free. Naturally Organic Healing Center, 1171 S Buffalo Dr, 110, LV. 702-433-3874. NaturallyOrganicCenter.com.

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CHIROPRACTIC WELLNESS Red Rock Chiropractic & Wellness Center

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This ancient energy healing modality is proven to offer healing of chronic illness and dis-eases through holistic integration of the body, mind and spirit. Experience life long self-healing.

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Empowerment Catalyst Tracey@TraceyOwens.com 251-680-4413 • TraceyOwens.com Embark on a Spiritual Journey of going within to create more of what you want in your life! Tracey’s Energized Empowerment techniques combine guided mentoring with Intuitive Chakra Illumination. Immediately begin to improve your life in positive ways. Sessions available by phone, via Skype or in-person. See ad, page 16.

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AlphaBio Centrix LLC is a Research and Development company in Henderson, NV, educating the public about “Bioenergy” and the human experience. We manufacture wellness and protection products developed specifically for enhancing a healthy lifestyle. See ad, page 13.

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THE ULTIMATE HEALING CENTER Jeffrey Brown, DO 10120 S Eastern Ave, #100, HD 89052 702-871-7004 • OptimalHealthPC.com

The Ultimate Healing Center is a functional medicine practice that incorporates a variety of methods to help heal the body. We identify imbalances and help restore balance so the body can work optimally to heal itself. Dr. Brown believes that the body has its own natural healing mechanisms. See ad, page 25.

Healing Center ENCHANTED FOREST REIKI CENTER, SPIRITUAL ITEMS 'N MORE 800 N Rainbow Blvd, #100, LV 89107 702-948-4999 EnchantedForestReiki.com

Reiki-ShamanicCranial SacralChakra BalancingSound TherapyBars AccessCrystal healers. Plus lots of classes and events such as Reiki Certification, meditations, intuitive studies and much more. Visit our beautiful metaphysical gift shop. See ad, page 34.

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Dr. Jim Wright, DDS, AIAOMT, AIABDM 8855 W Flamingo, LV 89147 702-281-9900 • HolisticDentistLasVegas.com Practicing holistic, biological dentistry with safe removal of mercury according to the standars of IAOMT and IABDM. State of the art early detect cavity mapping, cosmetic, general, specialty dentistry and low sensitivity teeth whitening. Dr. Wright offers holistic, no-prep veneers, Lumineers, Invisalign Braces, dental implants and All on 4 Implant Bridges, sleep and full sedation dentistry. See ad, page 4.

BELL CENTER FOR BIOLOGICAL AND HOLISTIC DENTISTRY Dr. Michael Bell, DDS 8068 W Sahara Ave, #A, LV 89117 702-256-7666 • LVTMJDentist.com

Holistic dentistry with a whole body approach to create a healthy smile and body. Live microscopic viewing of mouth bacteria. Laser gum disease treatment. Computerized TMJ and bite analysis. Mercury testing and removal. Nutritional testing. Autonomic nervous system analysis. Invisalign. See ad, page 11.


integrative medicine The Healing Tree of Nevada Integrative Healing for Chronic Disease 170 S. Green Valley Pkwy, Suite 313 Henderson, NV 89012 702-469-3628 TheHealingTreeOfNevada.com

Greg Rubino, Certified Health Coach, helps you to reclaim your life. A supplement to your treatments, not an alternative, uncover your healing path with the coaching program that nourishes your "soil". Join a supportive Group Coaching Session to stop chronic disease, or come for Individualized Coaching. Assist expectant moms to reach optimal health thereby possibly discouraging the future development of chronic disease in their offspring. Assist those affected by cancer and any other chronic disease to transcend their physical, emotional and psychological obstacles in order to achieve optimal wellness. Take action now; Conquer your current obstacles and reach for your dreams! See ad, page 15.

MEDICINE RESTORATION NEUROLOGY 7106 Smoke Ranch Rd, #110 Las Vegas, NV 89128 702-796-3847

All natural, very effective treatment for difficult medical conditions that result from low neurotransmitter levels: chronic fatigue, depression, anxiety, insomnia, migraines, fibromyalgia, A l z h e i m e r ’s , P a r k i n s o n ’s , Crohn’s, addiction, ADD, IBS, mood disorder, obesity, restless leg and more. See ad, page 3.

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Naturally heal degenerative diseases; Parkinson’s, MS, A u t i s m , N e u r o p a t h y, Thyroid Disfunction and more. Relax and heal in a state of the art outpatient treatment facility designed to care for patients on a primary and chronic level. See ad, inside cover.

Nevada State Board approved to offer a MS Degree in Oriental Medicine. Didactics with clinical training in acupuncture and herbology ensure competent practitioners. Step into a new career or expand your practice. See ad, page 13.

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Wellness Center & Intl. School of Reiki Victoria Stitzer, Expert in Rapid Behavior Modification • 702-405-9375 Transformations-LasVegas.org Transform your “Fears into Power”; “Pain into Joy” through powerful proven Mind-Body t e c h n o l o g i e s : N L P - E F TRegressions-Detox-Reiki-Pranic and Thetahealing. Free Reiki circles Wednesdays at 7pm. Call 702-659-2390. TransformationsLasVegas.com.

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Zen Me Holistic Wellness Spa will transform your mind, body and spirit while providing you with a relaxing retreat to enjoy the benefits of health, wellness and spirituality. See ad, page 34.

Yoga and Tantra Ileana Stefanescu

Yoga and Tantra Teacher Iana2505@yahoo.com • 702-823-6512 meetup.com/Esoteric-Yoga.com Transform your "fears" into improving your health, mental focus and emotional balance. Practice yoga and tantra as paths of personal and spiritual development. Discover your unlimited potential and true identity. Highly experienced instructor.

THETA HEALING The Sacred Art of Healing Jeff Renel, Theta Healing Practitioner & Instructor 702-324-2595 TheSacredArtOfHealing.com

Looking for a change in your life? Sick of the same negative patterns? If the answer is “yes”, then it’s time to contact Jeff Renel. Create the change in your life you dream about and deserve. See ad, page 34.

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