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contents 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.




Jack Johnson Plans Shows with the Planet in Mind by Meredith Montgomery





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UNLIMITED POTENTIAL with Panache Desai by April Thompson

23 FENG SHUI FASHIONISTA Dressing with Conscious Intention by Gail Condrick

24 MOVEABLE FEET How to Make Walking Part of Everyday Life


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26 JOURNEY TO MATURITY Setbacks Make Boys Into Men

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27 HELP FOR THE HOMELESS by Enrique Garcia

28 TELLING YOUR PET’S STORY Scrapbooks Strut their Stuff

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I’m having a great adventure redefining what I will put in my body, motivated by ethical concerns, weight control and other factors. As I continue my journey with Dr. Robert DeMartino and my issues with leptin resistance, there are times when I feel disoriented and confused; detoxing is not fun or pretty, yet it is exciting to know the impurities are leaving my body, and with the help of our great advertisers, I’ve managed to stay the course. I am grateful for their continual support and inspiration. In this month’s feature, Judith Fertig explores how storytelling can be used as a powerful healing tool. Whether written or shared in conversation, personal stories contribute to more resilient and happy families. They can also be therapeutic for chronic conditions such as dementia and post-traumatic stress syndrome. Through this monthly letter to our readers, I am able to express and share the story of my journey toward complete and balanced health. I hope to inspire you to carry on with your health goals by sharing my own challenges and triumphs,. Oh my path to being my best self, I am finally heeding the advice I’ve heard throughout the years; taking time to care for my physical body. Juggling and balancing responsibilities – no matter how loved – can be a challenge. As a small business owner, a spouse, a parent (human, fur and feather babies), I wrestle with these things just like many of you do. My experience has been that when I book the time in my busy schedule for the self-care I need, everything else on my list gets accomplished with less stress and more ease. So, for the past three months, I’ve made it a priority to have a weekly visit to Body Resonance Myofascial Wellness Center to “let go” and relax. The evident devotion that Rowena Cua and Rosemarie Cua-De Leon have toward their healing art is amazing. They are assisting not only me, but also my daughters and animals heal from past trauma, emotions and stress. I also make sure I don’t miss my weekly Skype session with empowerment catalyst Tracey Owens. Tracey is a kindred spirit, mentor, energy worker and my personal “Earth angel”, who is successfully helping to keep me balanced, grounded and inspired … and that’s not an easy task! Take care of yourselves!

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newsbriefs Open House and Seminar at Brain Solutions, Inc.


rain Solutions, Inc., of Summerlin, offers free monthly seminars for anyone facing challenges regarding neuroplasticity or that have a loved one that is struggling with ADHD, LD, anxiety, language development, ASD, Tourette’s Syndrome, MS or stroke recovery to learn more about their groundbreaking work. The next seminar and open house will be given at 6:30 p.m., June 19, including a brief presentation, time for questions, a tour of the facility and a chance to hear from families that have been helped. As our understanding of the human brain grows and medical interventions expand, Brain Solutions, Inc., works to educate people about the new developments. Neuroplasticity is one of those areas, with growing and exciting applications to bolster functioning in school, work and life in general. Brain Solutions, Inc., is now signing up particpants for summer brain-based programs that are individualized to improve brain performance across all ages and a number of issues. The programs generate enduring results for important components such as memory, balance, sensory integration, processing and self-control. Admission is free. Location: 8515 Edna, Ste. 110, Las Vegas. For more information or to RSVP, call 702-340-2248 or visit BrainSolutionsInc.com. See ad, page 25.

kudos The city of Henderson has been named a Bicycle Friendly Community (BFC) at the bronze level by the League of American Bicyclists. The award recognizes communities for their efforts to increase bicycling and community achievements in five categories: education, encouragement, enforcement, engineering and evaluation and planning. Henderson was recognized for its commitment to improving conditions for bicycling. The city invested in bicycling promotion, education programs, infrastructure and pro-bicycling policies, and is now one of only 303 BFCs in 48 states across the nation. For more information, visit BikeHenderson.org and BikeLeague.org/community.

The Miracle of Voice Channeling—Become a Medium Workshop Series


piritual teacher and bestselling author Jason Nelson and a growing community of voice channelers that communicate directly with our higher self, deceased loved ones, angels, ancestors, guides and God are holding a free preview event from 6:30 to 8 p.m., June 13, at the Suncoast Hotel and Casino. For 12 years, Nelson, a clear channel with 100 percent success in connecting others to their own spiritual abilities, has helped thousands of people connect more deeply with their soul to heal, channel, intuit and manifest their life purpose. In the weekend workshops, participants will be able to ask specific questions.

Admission is free. Location: 9090 Alta Dr., Las Vegas. RSVP to MiracleOfVoiceChanneling.com. For more information, contact Jason Nelson at 310-929-5993, via email Info@JasonNelson.info.

Bioenergy Workshop at AlphaBio Centrix


lphaBio Centrix, LLC, will hold a monthly workshop installment, Bioenergy: Your Key to Understanding this Human Experience, from 6 to 7:30 p.m., June 18, in Henderson. Facilitators will discuss how energy dictates our state of health, our experience of life and how we can alter the course of our current patterns and take control of our own health and wellness picture. This workshop is for those at all levels of knowledge and wish to have a greater understanding of how energy works and how to assist the body to detox without crisis. Together, participants will explore why people don’t heal and the many invisible and silent blockages to vibrant living. Healing can happen very successfully when we take a gentle and wellbalanced approach, like peeling away the layers of an onion. An interesting presentation and discussion will follow about the building blocks of energy and how to reach a level of balance, or homeostasis. Refreshments will be served. Admission is free. Location: 2520 W. Saint Rose Pkwy., Ste. 117, Henderson (inside the Atrium building) at Paseo Verde. RSVP to 702-485-2311 or email AlphaBioCentrix@cox.net. See ad, page 17. natural awakenings

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newsbriefs Tracey Owens Leads Energized Empowerment Sessions


racey Owens, an empowerment catalyst, new thought leader and a nationally recognized speaker, is offering Tracey’s Energized Empowerment techniques that combine guided mentoring with activating the seven personal energy centers. Sessions are available via phone or Skype. Tracey’s Energized Empowerment techniques help unlock the secret to life’s roadblocks and activate personal energy to bring about the fulfillment of dreams. Owens has spent the last decade on a journey of personal expansion and growth. She has crafted special techniques for energized empowerment based on her own personal experiences, her in-depth studies of New Thought principles and metaphysical shamanism. “Energy shifting is the life force of personal transformation, which then builds our dreams and our desires,” says Owens. “It’s the key to true empowerment and change!” For more information, call 251-680-4413, email Tracey@TraceyOwens.com or visit TraceyOwens.com. See ad, page 19.

Running and Rocking to New Milestones


ockin Runners Las Vegas is still accepting members for their weekend group runs that meet at 7 a.m. every Saturday. A new, 10-week Summer Fun Educational Training Program includes a 30-minute guest lecture each week on topics like proper run technique, injury prevention, nutrition and recovery. In group runs, participants set their own pace and hydration stations are placed along the route. Rockin’ Runners honors everyone as a unique individual and welcomes people from all levels of fitness, especially beginners. The group encourages runners to move their body in a fun, loving and safe environment. Intermediate and experienced runners start with individual goals to make a gradual progression, building weekly to reach the goal. Initial runs are planned for two miles, with the longest routes after 16 weeks, peaking at 11 miles for those training for a half-marathon, longer for marathoners and shorter for others. Cost of the Summer Fun Educational Endurance Training Program is $160 ($16/week). Locations: Trufusion Yoga, 8575 S. Eastern Ave., Las Vegas; Real Results Fitness, 1201 Commerce St., Las Vegas. For more information, visit RockinRunnersLV.com.


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Learn about Self-Myofascial Release


he Body Resonance Myofascial Wellness Center will be offering two-hour workshops on June 13, from 5 to 7 p.m. and June 19, from 6 to 8 p.m., that include a beginner’s guide to self-myofascial release (SMR) techniques to address pain, fatigue, stress, insomnia, and bowel and bladder dysfunction. BYO yoga mat. SMR has become a popular form of self-treatment of self-massage to improve posture, reduce soft tissue stiffness, aid post-workout recovery and maintain normal bodily and muscular function. In conjunction with myofascial release treatment sessions, self-treating enhances and expedites the healing process. Rowena Cua, LMT, owner and founder of Body Resonance, and Dr. Rosemarie Cua-De Leon, PT, DPT, will illustrate how setting aside at least five minutes a day for selfmyofascial release treatment and self-unwinding can aid in bringing us back to health and improving our everyday function. Workshop cost is $20. Attendees receive a $10 gift certificate toward treatment. Location: 5463 S. Durango Dr., Ste. 120/E, Las Vegas. For more information and to RSVP, call 702-776-8881 or visit BodyMFR. com. See ad, page 22.


Saw Palmetto Combos Combat Enlarged Prostate


hree studies published in 2013 support the effectiveness of saw palmetto (Serenoa repens) extract for the treatment of prostate inflammation and other symptoms of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), commonly called enlarged prostate. In addition, both lycopene, a dietary carotenoid with strong antioxidant value, and selenium, an essential trace element that promotes an optimal antioxidant/oxidant balance, have been shown to exert beneficial effects in BPH. Researchers from Italy’s University of Catania studied 168 patients with prostate enlargement among nine urological medical clinics. Those taking a combination of saw palmetto, selenium and lycopene experienced greater reductions of inflammation markers and reduced risk of prostate cancer after three and six months of treatment. In an Australian study from the University of Queensland’s School of Medicine of patients with BPH, 32 men took an encapsulated formula containing saw palmetto, lycopene and other plant extracts, while 25 men were given a placebo. After three months of treatment, men receiving the herbal formulation experienced a 36 percent reduction in related symptoms, while the placebo group showed an 8 percent reduction. The herbal supplement group also showed a 15 percent reduction in daytime urination frequency and an almost 40 percent reduction in nighttime urination frequency. The long-term effectiveness of saw palmetto supplementation was reinforced in a Russian study of 38 patients with early prostate enlargement. After 10 years of receiving 320 milligrams of saw palmetto extract per day, researchers found no progression of the condition among the patients.

Beets Beat Down Blood Pressure


wo small studies have linked beets with lower blood pressure. A study from the University of Reading, in England, served beet-fortified bread or bread without beets to 23 healthy men. Those that ate the fortified bread experienced reduced diastolic blood pressure and less artery stiffness during the six hours afterwards. Australia’s Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute studied 15 women and 15 men, divided randomly into groups that consumed either 500 grams of a placebo juice or beets with apple juice. During the 24 hours after consumption, the researchers noted a statistically significant reduction in systolic blood pressure of four to five points among the men drinking the beet juice.

Skin Cancer Facts For Nevada


he U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention gives state-specific information about skin cancer incidence, mortality and prevention. Skin cancer is the most common cancer diagnosed in the United States. A 2004 survey found that 38.3 percent of white adults in Nevada had at least one sunburn in the past year. Sunburns are a significant risk factor for the development of skin cancer. An estimated 480 state residents were diagnosed with melanoma in 2009. Melanoma is responsible for about 75 percent of all skin cancer deaths. Humboldt County has the highest rate of new melanoma diagnoses in Nevada, a rate that also exceeds the national average. About 68 people in Nevada die of melanoma every year. The melanoma death rate among Nevada residents is higher than the national average. The melanoma death rate is nearly three times higher among Nevadan men than women. For more information, visit www2.epa. gov/sunwise/skin-cancer-facts-yourstate.

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Optimize Health and Workout Gains with Self-Myofascial Release by Rowena Cua and Rosemarie Cua-De Leon


elf-myofascial release (SMR) addresses the body's fascial system, commonly overlooked in its significance. Fascia is a fluid connective tissue that surrounds and interconnects every muscle, organ, nerve, blood vessel and cell within us; it is what holds the entire body together, providing stability, structural support and cushioning. Tight fascia can pull bones out of alignment, compress joint surfaces and contribute to arthritic changes and the presence of herniated discs related to low back pain and other joint pain. Over time, poor tissue health and postural alignment will take a toll on commonly pained shoulders, hips and knees. Restricted fascia will affects flexibility, balance and overall stability, and will limit the ability to burn fat and build strength.


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SMR is a relatively simple technique that both sedentary and active individuals can use to alleviate trigger points, tightness, scar tissue or areas of soreness. With everyday use, repetitive stress, physical trauma or inflammation, fascia can develop micro tears and lose its pliability. When tears don't heal properly, they form adhesions. These adhesions, or restrictions, resemble balls of yarn and can keep muscles from working the way they are supposed to. SMR works to iron out the “knots” by applying the desired amount of pressure with our body weight onto self-treatment tools such as foam rollers, four-inch inflated treatment balls or tennis/lacrosse/ golf balls. Specially designed Theracanes can be used in designated areas to actively control areas of pressure with our own hands. The surface area to be treated largely determines what equipment will be used. The foam roller, for example, is a popular method for larger areas such as the iliotibial band, quadriceps and hip adductors, whereas a tennis ball is often used to release the plantar fascia, tibialis anterior and wrist extensors. Any of the treatment balls can be used throughout the entire body, as they are highly effective and inexpensive. Traditional stretching cannot remove adhesions. Doing so would be like tying a rope into a knot, stretching it and hoping to relieve the tension. SMR helps to relieve tension in not only the specific area being released, but also in interconnected fascial tissue. For example, rolling a ball beneath the foot for at least five minutes can alleviate tension in the calf or hamstring and improve flexibility in surrounding tissues. Addressing tight pecs that pull the shoulders forward can improve our posture and the function of our chest and back before initiating exercise. These often undetected restrictions will keep our body from living up to its


potential for innate, strong and natural movement. In addition to releasing these adhesions, SMR aids in preventing injuries; increases blood flow, which helps for faster recovery from workouts; reduces soreness from workouts; improves the body’s ability to eliminate waste; physically de-stresses the body so it can work more efficiently; increases flexibility; and improves overall focus and concentration, because fascial restrictions also extend into the brain. For those that lift weights, play sports or are involved in marathons, Spartan races, Ironman, Tough Mudder events, MMA fighting or any other form of martial arts, SMR is essential to enhancing and achieving optimal performance. Many athletes take supplements and undergo different forms of dietary measures to enhance their health, but those nutrients are not effectively reaching areas where they need to be when fascial restrictions exist. No form or diet or exercise is complete without addressing fascial restrictions that are limiting our body’s true, full working potential. A skilled John F. Barnes-trained myofascial release therapist can detect individual facial restrictions and postural imbalances. Self-MFR is a great form of self-care, but is most highly effective in conjunction with getting the proper manual treatment and full evaluation from a qualified MFR therapist. Rowena Cua is a licensed massage expert level MFR therapist/owner and founder of Body Resonance Myofascial Wellness Center. Dr. Rosemarie Cua-De Leon is a licensed doctor of physical therapy specializing in MFR. Body Resonance Myofascial Wellness Center is located at 5463 S. Durango Dr., Ste. 120E, in Las Vegas. For more information, call 702-776-8881 or visit BodyMFR.com. See ad, page 22.

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

Honeybee Hit

Scientists Nab Fungicide as Bee Killer Colony collapse disorder, the mysterious mass die-off of honeybees that pollinate $30 billion worth of crops in the U.S., has been well documented, with toxic insecticides identified as the primary culprits. Now, scientists at the University of Maryland and the U.S. Department of Agriculture have expanded the identification of components of the toxic brew of pesticides and fungicides contaminating pollen and decimating the bee colonies that collect it to feed their hives. A study of eight agricultural chemicals associated with increased risk of infection by parasites found that bees that ate pollen contaminated with fungicides were three times as likely to be infected. Widely used fungicides had previously been accepted as harmless for bees because they are designed to kill fungus, not insects. Dennis vanEngelsdorp, the study’s lead author, states, “There’s growing evidence that fungicides may be affecting the bees on their own, highlighting a need to reassess how we label these agricultural chemicals.” Labels on pesticides warn farmers not to spray when pollinating bees are in the vicinity, but such precautions have not applied to fungicides.

Father Factor

Involved Dads Make for Smarter, Happier Kids

News that the U.S. Department of the Interior will allow drilling for oil and gas in a proposed wilderness area in southern Utah’s Desolation Canyon puts a spotlight on the practice. A report by the Center for American Progress reveals that 42 national parks are at risk, including 12 where oil and gas drilling is currently underway and 30 where it could be in the near future. Among the threatened wild places are iconic American national parklands, including Grand Teton, in Wyoming, Mesa Verde, Great Sand Dunes and Dinosaur National Monument, in Colorado, Santa Monica Mountains, in California, Glen Canyon, in Arizona, Carlsbad Caverns and Chaco Canyon, in New Mexico, Everglades and Gulf Islands, in Florida, Arches and Canyonlands, in Utah, and Glacier, in Montana. The reality is that all public lands, including national parks and wildlife refuges, are potentially open to oil and gas leasing unless they are designated as “wilderness”, the highest form of land protection designated by the government.

It’s well known that involving fathers from the start in children’s lives has a significant positive impact on their development, including the greater economic security of having more than one parent. Yet, there’s more to the “father effect”. Numerous studies have found that children growing up in a household with a father present show superior outcomes in intelligence tests, particularly in nonverbal, or spatial, reasoning that’s integral in mathematics, science and engineering. The IQ advantage is attributed to the way that fathers interact with their children, with an emphasis on the manipulation of objects like blocks, roughhousing and outdoor activities, rather than language-based activities. A study of Chinese parents found that it was a father’s warmth toward his child that was the ultimate factor in predicting the child’s future academic success. A recent Canadian study from Concordia University provides new insights into a father’s impact on a daughter’s emotional development, as well. Lead researcher Erin Peugnot concluded, “Girls whose fathers lived with them when they were in middle childhood (ages 6 to 10) demonstrated less sadness, worry and shyness as preteens (ages 9 to 13) compared with girls whose fathers did not live with them,” he says.

Source: The Wilderness Society (Tinyurl.com/NationalParkDrilling)

Source: HappyChild.com.au

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Imperiled Parks

Laws Permit Oil and Gas Drilling in Iconic Public Lands

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Musician with a Cause Jack Johnson Plans Shows with the Planet in Mind by Meredith Montgomery


inger-songwriter Jack Johnson’s touring concerts have almost always doubled as fundraisers for local environmental nonprofits. “Early on, we recognized that we could not only fill a room, but also raise funds and awareness for nonprofit groups we believe in,” says Johnson. Then, as he started playing larger venues, “I realized the power of touring to connect our fans with local nonprofits in every town we played.” Johnson and his wife, Kim, also founded two environmentally focused charitable foundations, and during the past five years, all of his tour proceeds have been donated to them, in turn going to hundreds of environmental education nonprofits worldwide. The enabling commercial success began in 2001 when his debut album successfully established this Oahu, Hawaiian’s trademark mellow surf-rocker style. Since then, he’s released five more studio albums, including the most recent, From Here to Now to You. “While I have so much gratitude for the support our music receives, for me, music has always been a hobby, a side thing. It grew into a way to work in the nonprofit world. Being engaged in environmental education almost feels like my real job, and the music’s something we’re lucky enough to provide to fund related causes,” says Johnson. As the size of his audiences grows, so does the size of his potential environmental footprint. On the road, Johnson’s

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team works with the Sustainable Biodiesel Alliance to fuel all tour trucks, buses and generators. Comprehensive conservation efforts including refillable water bottle stations, plus organic cotton T-shirts and reusable or biodegradable food service ware are standard at his shows. “We try to be environmentally conscious every step of the way,” says Johnson. “Our record cases and posters use recycled paper and eco-friendly inks. We record albums in my solar-powered studio. It’s an ongoing learning process and conversation as we find even better ways to do things.” Johnson’s team often requests increased recycling efforts and use of energy-efficient light bulbs at venues, advancing longterm eco-changes everywhere they perform. He explains, “Our thinking is that once they change the light bulbs for us, they’re not going to go back to the old light bulbs after we leave. Many venue managers tell us they have stuck with the improvements because they realize that they’re easy to do.” Marine pollution and single-use plastics are issues high on the musician’s environmental list, but the topic he’s most passionate about is food. In his home state of Hawaii, 90 percent of food is imported. “The idea of supporting your local food system is a big deal in our family and we take that point of view on the road because it’s a vital issue anywhere you go,” he says. At each tour stop, all of the band’s food is sourced within a specific radius. Johnson also works with radio stations to promote regional farming, helping to build community and fan awareness of the benefits of supporting local farms. At home, Johnson has solar panels on the roof and drives an electric car. The entire family, including three children, participates in recycling, worm composting and gardening. “It’s fun to take what we learn at home on the road and bring good things we learn on the road home,” he says. The Swiss Family Robinson is one of the family’s favorite books. “We love figuring out ways to apply ideas,” he remarks. “For our first water catchment system, we got 50-gallon drums previously used for oil and vinegar from a bread bakery and attached spigots. The kids were so excited to watch them fill the first time it rained.” Johnson finds that all of the facets of his life work together. For example, “Music is a social thing for me. I get to share it with people. Surfing is where I find a lot of balance; it’s a more private time. But I also come up with lyrics and musical ideas while I’m surfing.” Johnson’s approach to inspiring all generations to be conscious of the environment is to focus on the fun, because it’s easy to become overwhelmed by the big picture. Understanding that his own kids are among the future stewards of planet Earth, he works diligently to instill values of creativity and free thinking. Johnson reflects, “When I look at things that are in the world now that we would have never dreamed possible when we were growing up, I recognize how much can change in one generation. Looking for answers that aren’t there yet—things nobody’s thought of—that’s what’s going to solve problems.” Meredith Montgomery publishes Natural Awakenings of Mobile/Baldwin, AL (HealthyLivingHealthyPlanet.com). natural awakenings

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Functional Medicine Boosts Quality of Life by Jeffrey Brown


raditional Western medicine does well with urgent care, like a broken leg, and acute care, such as the diagnosis and treatment of trauma or short-duration illnesses like appendicitis. But to stave off chronic problems, control or even reverse disease states and train people in the art and science of wellness and self-healing, functional medicine is better suited for developing and maintaining a higher quality of life well into our senior years. Functional medicine is personally tailored medicine. It deals with primary prevention and the underlying causes of chronic disease, rather than simply removing or masking symptoms once they arise. It emphasizes true healing— treatment of the person, rather than a disease—and a partnership of joint responsibility between doctor and patient, with the patient carrying most of the load. It also embraces the most current science in diagnosing early abnormalities that eventually lead to chronic illness. Functional medicine uses botanicals and other forms of nutritional supplementation, rather than pharmaceutical agents that create high levels of stress damage. Under the influence of functional medicine, old age is not what it used to be; anti-aging is now a science and optimized living is the new normal for people of every age. Chronic disease is usually slow to develop. Examples are diabetes, cardiovascular damage, hypertension, low thyroid, cancer, mental illness and autoimmune disorders such as rheumatoid arthritis and 14

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back problems. Long-term predictions for such chronic diseases keep rising because the physical, emotional and mental effects of stress are overwhelming us. This stress comes from poor diet, a toxic environment, drugs, accidents, nervous system impairments, emotional reactions to life, mental overload, lack of exercise and insufficient sleep. Functional medicine works to keep us from

Although a prevention or wellness lifestyle is highly rewarding, it is not for the timid. Here are some of the harmful mental patterns we may inadvertently hold.


becoming a high-risk disease candidate in the first place. The rule is simple: prevent disease states from developing now, so there’s nothing to treat later. If we already are riding the risk rollercoaster, we can start reversing some or most of the acquired stress damage by enabling our body to heal itself. This is very different from suppressing disease signs or symptoms with drugs such as statins or thyroid medications. The problem is that most people have fallen victim to the harmful mental pattern of hoping rather than (pro) acting, and hope they will somehow fare better than others suffering degraded lifestyles. Consider that most cancers incubate for 10 years or more before they are finally detectible. An even longer incubation period applies to the metabolic abnormalities that lead to diabetes. What environmental stresses and biological imbalances occur during those incubation years to serve as such fertile ground for cancer and diabetes? It’s the job of functional medicine to answer such questions and provide tailored rebalancing programs for individuals before they find themselves needing drugs, surgery, or medical appliances. Dr. Jeffrey Brown is an anti-aging and alternative medicine physician with years of clinical bioidentical hormone replacement therapy experience practicing at The Ultimate Healing Center, 10120 S. Eastern Ave., Ste. 100, Henderson. For more information, call 702-871-7004 or visit UltimateHealingCenter.com. See ad, page 22.

Genetic Predisposition to Erectile Dysfunction by Robert DeMartino


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results in their relationships, careers and finances. “We manifest that which we think,” she remarks. “I teach responsibility, accountability and self-respect to those who have been living in victimland. Old habits die hard, but with consistent effort, or even one private session, anyone can rescript their mental movie.” According to Stitzer, the Universal Rules of the Mind have always fascinated her. She has been trained in a host of mental and emotional techniques. including clinical hypnosis, guided imagery, Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP), thought field therapy, Emotional Freedom Technique and regression therapy, as well as handwriting analysis, mental telepathy and remote healing. The application of these principles helps her students and clients undo the pain and hurt from the past and recreate their lives with a clean slate. “People can manifest whatever they want to happen in their lives, once they have removed the old, outdated program


from their minds,” she notes. “I have many testimonials from those who have experienced positive results rapidly after working through their blockages with me. I absolutely guarantee results.” Stitzer is also an intuitive, a Reiki master and a pranic healer and offers four levels of Reiki certification, meditative and nutrition classes, courses in self-hypnosis, NLP, anti-aging and nonevasive detoxification techniques. Recently, Stitzer has begun to host a series of transformational workshops in which she teaches students the proper application of the Law of Attraction. The workshops are one-and-a-half to two hours long and are held once per month. There is a $20 admittance fee ($16 if prepaid in advance). Monthly membership is also available for $27, which includes additional benefits such as weekly webinars and daily support and guidance. “The next workshop that I will be hosting is entitled, Determining Your Relationship with Money,” says Stitzer. “I will help students clarify the things that are blocking them from making more money, and we will talk about ways to create a cash flow.”

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How Telling Our Truths Can Set Us Free by Judith Fertig


fter his deployment in Iraq, U.S. Marine Captain Tyler Boudreau returned home in 2004 with posttraumatic stress syndrome and an emotional war wound that experts now call a “moral injury”. He could only sleep for an hour or two at night. He refused to take showers or leave the house for long periods of time. He and his wife divorced. “My body was home, but my head was still there [in Iraq],” he recounts. At first, Boudreau tried to make sense of his conflicted feelings by writing fiction. Then he wrote a detailed, nonfiction analysis of his deployment, but that didn’t help, either. In 2009 he wrote a memoir, Packing Inferno: The Unmaking of a Marine, that came closer to conveying his personal truth. “I needed to get back into the story,” he says, so he could pull his life back together in Northampton, Massachusetts. Like Boudreau, we all have stories— ongoing and ever-changing—that we tell ourselves to make sense of our lives. They can help us heal and powerfully guide us through life, or just as powerfully, hold us back.


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In 1949, Sarah Lawrence College Professor Joseph Campbell published The Hero with a Thousand Faces, in which he outlined a master monomyth. It involves leaving everyday life and answering a call to adventure, getting help from others along the way, facing adversity and returning with a gift, or boon, for ourselves and others. It’s a basic pattern of human existence, with endless variations.

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How does telling our truth help heal our body? Professor James Pennebaker, Ph.D., chair of psychology at the University of Texas at Austin, is a pioneer in the mindbody benefits of story, which he explores in Opening Up: The Healing Power of Expressing Emotions. In the late 1980s, while consulting for the Texas prison system, Pennebaker discovered that when suspects lied while taking polygraph tests, their heart rate rose, but when they confessed the truth, they relaxed. “Our cells know the truth,” writes microbiologist Sondra Barrett, Ph.D., who also blogs at SondraBarrett.com, in Secrets


of Your Cells, “Our physiology responds to what we’re thinking, including what we don’t want people to know.” When we are afraid to tell a story and keep it in, “Our cells broadcast a signal of danger,” she explains. “Molecules of adrenalin, along with stress hormones, connect with receptors on heart, muscle and lung cells—and in the case of long-term sustained stress, immune cells.” We experience increased heart rate, tense muscles, shortness of breath and lower immunity when we’re stressed. She notes, “When we release the stories and feelings that torment us, our cells respond with great relief and once again become havens of safety.” We need to tell our stories even in facing life-threatening illness, and maybe because of it. Dr. Shayna Watson, an oncologist at the Cancer Centre of Southeastern Ontario, in Canada, encourages physicians to listen to patients. “In the name of efficiency,” she reports in an article in Canadian Family Physician, “it’s easy to block out patients’ stories and deal only with the ‘facts’, to see the chat, the time and the stories as luxuries for when there is a cancellation. The study of narrative tells us, however, that in these easily neglected moments we might find more than we expect; there can be understanding, relationship building and healing—the elements of our common humanity.” A current problem is but a dot on the entire timeline of a person’s existence. By keeping their larger story in mind, patients can find a wider perspective, with the strength and resolve to heal, while the physician can see the patient as a person, rather than a diagnosis.   

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“Telling your story may be the most powerful medicine on Earth,” says Dr. Lissa Rankin, the author of Mind Over Medicine, who practices integrative medicine in Mill Valley, California. She’s tested the concept firsthand. “So many of us are tormented by the insane idea that we’re separate, disconnected beings, suffering all by our little lonesome selves,” she observes. “That’s exactly how I felt when I started blogging, as if I was the only one in the whole wide world who had lost her mojo and longed to get it back. Then I started telling my story—and voilà!

Millions of people responded to tell me how they had once lost theirs and since gotten it back.” They did it by telling their stories, witnessed with loving attention by others that care. “Each of us is a constantly unfolding narrative, a hero in a novel no one else can write. Yet, so many of us leave our stories untold, our songs unsung,” remarks Rankin. “When this happens, we wind up feeling lonely, listless and out of touch with our life purpose. We are plagued with a chronic sense that something is out of alignment. We may even wind up feeling unworthy, unloved or sick,” says Rankin, who blogs on related topics at LissaRankin. com.

partner, Ron Zoglin. It uses words, photos and craft supplies in what Shouse terms “word-scrapping” to generate and tell a new story that helps keep the personal connection we have with our loved one and make visits more positive. She shares more supportive insights at DeborahShouseWrites.wordpress.com. Sharing an old story may also provide a rare link to the past for a person with dementia. “Savor and write down the stories you’re told, even if you hear certain ones many times,” Shouse counsels. “By writing down the most often-repeated stories, you create a legacy to share with family, friends and other caregivers.”

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Our thoughts are a shorthand version of a longer life story, says author Byron Katie, a self-help specialist from Ojai, California, who addresses reader stories via blog posts at ByronKatie.com. Sometimes we tell ourselves the wrong story, one that keeps us from realizing our full potential, while making us miserable at the same time. Examples might include “I will always be overweight,” “My partner doesn’t love me” or “I’m stuck here.” Katie’s book, Who Would You Be Without Your Story? explores how we often take what happens in our lives, create a story with negative overtones, believe that version of the story and make ourselves unhappy. “The cause of suffering is the thought that we’re believing it,” she says. By questioning our stories, turning

Sometimes, writing a new story can help keep families connected. Kansas City, Missouri, author and columnist Deborah Shouse took an unplanned and unwanted, yet ultimately rewarding journey with her mother through Alzheimer’s disease. Shouse discovered that as her mother was losing her memory and identity through dementia, crafting a new narrative helped her family hold it together, a process she details in Love in the Land of Dementia. “You have to celebrate the person who is still with you,” Shouse says, noting we may discover a different, but still interesting, person that communicates in ways other than talking. She recommends employing a technique she calls The Hero Project, which she developed with her

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them around and crafting new and more truthful ones, we can change our lives.

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Humorist, speaker, and professional storyteller Kim Weitkamp, of Christiansburg, Virginia, knows that the power of story creates wider ripples. She sees it happen every time she performs at festivals and events around the country. “It is naturally in our DNA to communicate in story form,” she advises. “The power of story causes great revelation and change in those that listen.” She cites supporting studies conducted by psychologists Marshall Duke, Ph.D., and Robyn Fivush, Ph.D., at the Emory Center for Myth and Ritual in American Life, in Atlanta, Georgia. “They found that children—at ages 4, 14, 44 or 104, because we’re all children at heart—are more resilient and happy and rebound faster from stress when they know their family stories. They know they’re part of something that’s bigger than themselves that people in their family have kept going,” says Weitkamp. “When people leave a storytelling event, they leave telling stories,” she says with a smile, “and that results in happier and healthier families and communities.” Judith Fertig tells stories about food at AlfrescoFoodAndLifestyle.blogspot.com from Overland Park, KS.

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Unleashing Unlimited Potential with Panache Desai by April Thompson


orn into an East Indian family in London, England, Panache Desai grew up steeped in spiritual practices like meditation. Though recognized by spiritual teachers as possessing a special gift, Desai rejected his spiritual foundation as a teenager, trading it for the excitement of London’s rave music scene of the 1990s before moving to America. It wasn’t until he was 22 and living in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Venice Beach that the pain of the way he had rejected his true inner nature reached a crescendo. In opening himself up to the possibility of the divine, Desai underwent a spiritual awakening that has led him to dedicate his life to helping others make their own journey from self-rejection to contentment. Unaffiliated with any one religious or spiritual tradition, Desai works with simple, yet powerful principles of energy to help free people from self-imposed limitations and unlock their potential. His first book, Discovering Your Soul Signature: A 33-Day Path to Purpose, Passion & Joy, just released, is a departure from his earlier focus on creating meditation CDs and other audio recordings.


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What was the key turning point in embracing your life’s calling? Every time I would visit a spiritual teacher as a kid, they would say, “We’ve been waiting for you.” But I just wanted to be normal and was also skeptical; not every wellintentioned person is necessarily leading you home. I reached a turning point when I knew something had to change. I told myself that if this thing called God really exists and if I’m here to be a messenger, I have to experience it personally. In that moment, I began to undergo a transformation that culminated in a direct experience of the divine; an infinite ocean of energy vibrating with unconditional love. I felt part of what every spiritual teacher has been telling the world for thousands of years: that the true nature of reality is love, a love that expresses itself through all life forms. That experience allowed me to accept my role of helping others see and achieve their potential.

How does the universal energy you speak of affect us and how can we shift our dance with it?


We are vibrational beings inhabiting a vibrational universe. Yogis and mystics from traditions throughout time have known this. The subtlest form of vibration is the soul, which is overlaid by the emotional, with the physical as the outermost layer of energy. Because the emotional layer can accumulate a density that enshrouds our soul’s light and potential, it’s important to address it. Energy is like water—it wants to flow and can shift states at any moment. Judging or rejecting any aspect of our genuine identity disrupts that flow of energy. For example, if instead of being available to feel your anger when it arises you repress or deny it, that accumulating emotion acquires density and over time, becomes rage. But if you can learn to slow down and lean into the emotion, the anger can wash through and out of you and energy again flows freely. By allowing ourselves to acknowledge, experience and release these emotions without judgment, we are clearing the obstacles to our authentic self, what I term one’s “soul signature”.

How is discovering our soul signature related to finding our calling?

The soul signature is our purest potential expressed. You can have a calling to be a writer, but unless you are connected to who you are at the deepest level, your writing won’t have the same impact. Accessing our soul signature is a process. We didn’t end up where we are overnight, and it can take time to get back to that place where we can express our truest selves by working with the techniques of energy transformation described in my book.

What are good first steps for someone newly initiating a spiritual practice? The most powerful tool is our breath. Witnessing and honoring our breath in every moment allows us to transform every day into living meditation. Find author blogs on how individuals live their soul signature at Panache Desai.com. Connect with freelance writer April Thompson at AprilWrites.com.

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perfectly with the colors, shapes, substances and energies of feng shui’s five elements. Because feng shui connects divine energy to physical form, I realized I could dress my client’s spirits, as well as their surfaces.” Fashion Feng Shui, Maggiore’s international corporate legacy, maintains that combining intention and the five elements with awareness of our personal style attracts what we desire. Holistic image and lifestyle consultant and lead trainer Andréa Dupont, of Portsmouth, New Hampshire, states that the first step is discovering our “essence”, or primary element. “You can’t dress yourself until you know yourself. I ask clients, ‘If you could change one thing about your life, what would it be?’ Once we establish an individual’s inner strengths and core element, the results can be life changing.”   

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aking up on the morning of a big presentation to secure city funding for a new park, you’re confident that you’ve done your homework: You’ve prepared handouts, memorized key points of an environmental impact study and lined up community supporters. Opening the closet presents a different kind of challenge: What’s the most effective way to dress?

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Wardrobe consultants that apply the principles of feng shui to clothing believe the jacket we choose to wear carries as much impact as our words. Clothing pieces and accessories selected with conscious awareness and intention can bring us into harmony and balance, energize our life and transmit subconscious messages about our values. Feng shui clothing stylists believe the five elements of nature—wood, fire, earth, metal and water—connect in an unending cycle of harmony that keeps the world in balance. Following an authentic and harmonious lifestyle connects us with this cycle and the environment in a more natural balance of human motion and planetary sustainability. As pioneering stylist Evana Maggiore observed in Fashion Feng Shui: The Power of Dressing with Intention, “I came to the conclusion that clothing is your body’s most intimate environment and energetically influences your life in the same way that your home and business décors do. Body coloring and shape, style, personality, lifestyle, goals and clothing design can align

For Denise Medved, of Hendersonville, North Carolina, owner of Feng Shui Style, wardrobe consciousness shows respect for our individuality and the environment. “When I choose to dress in natural fibers such as cottons, leathers, silks or wools, or their vegan complements in manmade fibers, it represents the life force of plants and animals and builds qi, or energy,” says Medved. She suggests assembling an outfit embracing three of the five elements. “A water/wood/fire triad might be black, woven, silk trousers; an organic, cotton, floral print shirt; and a red, recycled wool jacket. Personalizing this with the surprise of grandmother’s yellow stone pin on the lapel adds creative flair and earth and metal elements.” Nature’s jewelry energizes and circulates qi.

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Practicing the three basic tenets of sustainability together with principles of feng shui keeps our wardrobe and closet resonating with life. Consultants agree that a wardrobe representing the five elements allows endless possibilities of creative combinations and reduces the need for having to keep up with new fashion trends. Shopping for such treasures at consignment and thrift stores, plus estate sales, allows us to reuse and repurpose clothing, energizing our budgets, closets and attitudes. Recycling items that pack closets and no longer suit our needs frees space and energy to create a wardrobe that is authentically ours. The Practical Encyclopedia of Feng Shui, by Gill Hale, also contains helpful advice for bringing out an intended inner message and making a statement. The color green conveys the wood element, or individuals that are public spirited and energetic. Red suggests fire, the color of inspiring leaders. Supportive and loyal earth personalities gravitate to khaki, while resolute, metal people may select grey. Natural communicators that view life holistically will be reflected in the water element of black. A feng shui philosophy provides guidelines for living in harmony with the natural world and in conscious awareness of life. Each choice expresses a stylistic living intention that will be noticed by the world. Gail Condrick is an archetypal consultant and Nia Technique faculty member. Connect at GaelaVisions.com. natural awakenings

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Notice nature. Alexandra Horowitz, author of On Looking: Eleven Walks with Expert Eyes, finds walking outdoors infinitely more engaging than exercising in the gym. Seek out woodsy hikes, scenic waterways or historic downtowns, and “open up to experiencing the world,” she says.

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Practice moving meditation. To lighten a heavy mood, “Imagine your chest as a window through which energy, fresh air, sunshine, even rain, can pour into and through you as you walk,” says Dreyer. To ground a scattered mind, she suggests focusing on connecting one’s feet with the Earth.

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ippocrates called walking “man’s best medicine,” and Americans agree: According to the U.S. Surgeon General, walking is America’s most popular form of fitness. It’s free, convenient and simple. The Foundation for Chronic Disease Prevention reveals that 10,000 daily steps help lower blood pressure, shed pounds, decrease stress, and reduce the risk of heart disease and Type 2 diabetes. Here’s how to rev up the routine and stay motivated.

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Breathe. Belly breathing calms the parasympathetic nervous system, expands lung capacity and improves circulation. Inhale through the nose, fill the belly and expel through the mouth, advises Asheville, North Carolina, resident Katherine Dreyer, co-founder and CEO of ChiWalking. Try new techniques and terrain. “The body is smart and efficient. It must be constantly challenged in safe ways and tricked into burning more calories,” says Malin Svensson, founder and President of Nordic Walking USA. She suggests 24

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taking the stairs or strolling on sand to strengthen the legs and heart. Dreyer recommends ascending hills sideways (crossing one foot over the other) to engage new muscles and protect the calves and Achilles tendons. She also suggests walking backwards for 30 steps every five minutes during a 30-minute walk to reestablish proper posture. Push with poles. Compelling the body forward with Nordic walking poles can burn 20 to 46 percent more calories than regular walking, reports Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport. Svensson explains, “Applying pressure to the poles activates abdominal, chest, back and triceps muscles, which necessitates more oxygen and thereby raises the heart rate.” The basic technique is: plant, push and walk away.

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Feel the Earth move under your (bare) feet. Improve mood, reduce pain and deepen sleep by going outside barefoot, says Dr. Laura Koniver, of Charleston, South Carolina, a featured expert in the documentary, The Grounded. “The


Make fresh air a social affair. A group walk can boost performance levels of participants, says Dennis Michele, president of the American Volkssport Association, which promotes fun, fitness and friendship through noncompetitive, year-round walking events. Horowitz suggests strolling with friends and sharing sensory discoveries. “A fresh perspective can help tune you into the great richness of ordinary environments often overlooked,” she says. Ditch the distraction of electronic devices. Horowitz views walking texters as “hazards and obstacles, non-participants in the environment.” Australian researcher Siobhan Schabrun, Ph.D., reveals the science behind the sentiment in her recent University of Queensland study. The brain, she found, prioritizes texting over walking, resulting in “slowing down, deviating from a straight line and walking like robots, with the arms, trunk and head in one rigid line, which makes falling more likely.” Walking a dog brings mutual benefits. Dr. John Marshall, chief oncologist at Georgetown University Hospital, in Washington, D.C., prescribes dog walking to his cancer patients, asserting it yields better outcomes than chemo-

Let your feet speak for an important cause and sign up for an awareness walk. therapy. For maximum enjoyment, strive to hit a stride, advises Carla Ferris, owner of Washington, D.C. dog-walking company Wagamuffin. Be a fanny pack fan. Fanny packs, unlike backpacks, which can disturb natural torso rotation, comfortably store identification, phone, keys and water, says Svensson. Ferris agrees: “Walks are so much more enjoyable hands-free.” Walk while you work. Much of the independent and collaborative work at Minneapolis finance company SALO emerges as employees walk slowly on ergonomic treadmill desks. “Being up, active and forward-moving on the treadmill benefits productivity,” says co-founder Amy Langer. Alternatively, consider investing in a cordless headset or standing desk. “Most anything you can do sitting, you can do standing, and supporting your own body weight is almost as beneficial as walking,” she says. A study reported in the journal Diabetologia suggests that sedentary time combined with periods of moderate-tovigorous exercise poses a greater health risk than being gently active throughout the day. Dreyer’s mantra? “The body is wise. Listen when it says, ‘Get up and walk a bit.’” Lane Vail is a freelance writer in South Carolina. Connect at WriterLane.com.

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JOURNEY TO MATURITY Setbacks Make Boys Into Men by Nick Clements


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tionally stunted, controlling and unable to form long-term relationships. The good news is that if they can recognize these symptoms and want to change, they may be ready to mature into an alpha wolf, a whole different kind of man. An essential catalyst for this change usually comes from experiencing personal wounding: being overlooked for a promotion, feeling redundant, losing a friend or status or perhaps sacrificing a former identity to parenthood. Ultimately, the true test is how he faces such failure and deals with his emotions without labeling himself as weak. The hallmark of mature manhood is how a guy acknowledges his diminishment, not how he manages success. When he stops hiding from himself, signs of his emerging as a mature hero, an alpha wolf, will appear. He’ll recognize that he makes mistakes, absorb and acknowledge his vulnerability, admit he doesn’t know all the answers and become comfortable with this loss of control. These are the lessons a man must learn to become a more realistic, whole and three-dimensional individual. How he reacts to setbacks and takes responsibility for his actions molds character and helps him take his rightful place in society, rather than a false position. Instead of being obsessed by competing for things and one-upmanship in the material world like an alpha boy, the alpha wolf grows up by adding strong spirituality and compassion to his life skills. He sees the bigger picture, and by viewing people as friends rather than rivals, is better able to forge mature, loving relationships and be a better father. Our sons need to be exposed to emotionally intelligent role models and discussions of attendant values and traits. It’s not a simple or easy path, but it’s an essential process for boys and men that benefits them and everyone in their lives. Nick Clements is an inspirational speaker, workshop leader and author of a trilogy of books on male spirituality and rites of passage, including his recent novel, The Alpha Wolf, A Tale About the Modern Male. He also blogs on masculinity at HuffingtonPost.co.uk/nick-clements. Learn more at Nick-Clements.com.




ife on the streets can be very hard on the body, especially in a desert climate like that of Las Vegas, and much of the nourishment that is easily accessible is of dubious nutritional content, such as fast food, soda and leftovers—perhaps even discarded leftovers. That leaves our homeless population to fight a losing battle against the elements. Nearly one-third of all visits to the emergency room are made by people struggling with chronic homelessness. On average, they visit the emergency room five times per year at an annual cost of $18,500 for the average person. By supplying them with healthy alternatives, like raw vegan smoothies made from the finest ingredients, we not only do what is best for them, but for our city, as well. Last year, a collaboration started between the local Food Not Bombs chapter and Shane Stuart, of the Grass Roots Juice Shop. Thanks to a weekly donation of pesticide-free fruits and veggies from Debi and Dan Garrison, of Yang Farms at Fresh 52 Farmers Market, the healthiest smoothies and soups are prepared at Catholic Worker's Kitchen and delivered

to those that needed them most. These donations received every Sunday for the past three years totaling more than 25,000 pounds, along with more than 10,000 loaves of bread received from local markets, are turned into healthy meals for the homeless or distributed to those that are struggling. Grisel Carrillo is a Las Vegas native and working grandmother who, although employed full-time for the last 13 years, still qualifies for food stamps that don't last her the entire month. Her daughter, who just graduated college, works, but her son is unemployed (both have kids), so feeding her four grandchildren has been tough. This is an all-too-common story because there are 47 million Americans that work hard, yet qualify for some form of government assistance. "It's tough working and still not having enough to feed your family," says Carillo. The irony is that the assumption of lack is a myth, because we live in the most abundant country in the world. According to Environment News Service (ens-newswire.com) almost half, or 1.3 billion tons per year, of all edible food in the Western world is thrown away, while one in six people in the U.S. go hungry including one in five children. Worldwide, there are 1 billion people that don't get enough to eat. It is for this reason that Keith McHenry and friends founded Food Not Bombs in 1980. By collecting food that cannot be

sold, but is still perfectly edible, meals can be prepared and shared with anyone that is hungry. “This is not charity. It's about building community based on the principles of sharing, caring for one another and embracing the notion that food is a right not a privilege. You can make a difference," says McHenry. In her book, Hunger for Peace, cofounder Jo Swanson says, "The simple act of sharing is a powerful force. It is the opposite of greed. It exposes the lie of scarcity and necessary deprivation. If we can do away with greed we will do away with hunger, poverty and war. Greed will not be wished out of existence, but we can shove it out with the practice of radical, public sharing." There are now Food Not Bombs chapters in more than 1,000 cities around the world including Moscow, Paris, Mexico City, Tokyo and Amsterdam. The largest Food Not Bombs event occurred in 2000 in San Francisco and drew 15,000 people. "When my friends and I first started Food Not Bombs, we couldn’t have imagined the impact it would have 30 years later," says McHenry. McHenry, a full-time activist, runs the Food Not Bombs Free Skool (fnbFreeSkool.org) near Taos, New Mexico. McHenry describes the Skool as "a place to study and practice the skills we use in our quest to make a positive future." Enrique Garcia, a lifelong activist, can be reached via Facebook.com/ groups/FoodNotBombsLV. For volunteer or donation information, call Enrique Garcia at 702-768-4351, email Revolution477@yahoo.com or visit FoodNotBombsLasVegas.org. natural awakenings

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Telling Your Pet’s Story Scrapbooks Strut their Stuff by Sandra Murphy


or many, handwritten letters bundled with ribbon, pressed flowers and fading photographs have been replaced by emails, computerized cards and digital images, with the notable exception of scrapbooks. A scrapbook, done right, is a memorabilia treasure chest. Pages are embellished, decorated and personalized to bring memories alive. Pets get to strut their stuff, too. Mary Anne Benedetto, author of Write Your Pet’s Life Story in 7 Easy Steps, in Murrells Inlet, South Carolina, says that no matter the species, each pet has special qualities or quirks and a tale to tell. Liisa Kyle, Ph.D., founder of CoachingForCreativePeople.com, in Seattle, Washington, also trains candidates for Guide Dogs for the Blind. “The pup comes to me at 8 weeks old and moves on a year or more later,” says Kyle. “It’s traditional, and a big deal, to give the dog’s new person a gift when the transfer is made. For the first pup, I made a memory book starting from his first days with us. Bright white paper behind each photo highlighted the contrast so the man, who had minimal vision, could


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see the pictures. People are curious about service animals, so he carries the book to show it around. It’s a fun way to educate people about the guide dogs program.” Anne Moss, owner of TheCatSite.com, based in Pardes Hana, Israel, says scrapbooking is a recurrent theme in the site’s forums. “Our members tend to be computer savvy and create online pages for their cats. Yet many don’t want to give up the handson experience of scrapbooking; it gives


them a special way to preserve memories of or create a long-lasting tribute for their beloved cats.” One member posted about a shadow box she’d made to display favorite toys and photos; another used camping-themed stickers around a photo of the cat napping in a kitty tent. “I started taking pictures of my Bernese mountain dog, Chance, when he first came to me,” says Yvette Schmitter, an entrepreneurial software programmer in New York City. “We dress in matching costumes like Fiona and Shrek, Princess Leia and Yoda, Mr. and Mrs. Claus. It’s a creative outlet after writing computer code all day and a good excuse to play together.” Schmitter places the photos in premade greeting cards and has a current mailing list that exceeds 250, including the doorman, neighbors, the vet and groomer, friends and family. “The deli guy told me he looks forward to each holiday just to see what we’ve come up with. That’s what motivates me; our fun photos can make somebody’s day better.” Heather Post, owner of The Etiquette Seed, in Daytona Beach, Florida, specializes in coaching and speaking engagements. When her in-laws traveled to their summer home, she made a scrapbooklet for them. “It showed Sophie, our rescue terrier, at the door, window or in the car, with rhyming captions that said she missed them.” Post sends similar photo “stories” to her daughter, Meghan, now in college; a cousin’s daughter even took Sophie’s Halloween photo to preschool for show and tell. Whichever forum we choose, stages and phases of a pet’s life can be celebrated with a lock of hair, paw print, obedience school certificate and lots of photos. After all, a pet is part of the family. Sandra Murphy is a freelance writer in St. Louis, MO. Connect at StLouis FreelanceWriter@mindspring.com.


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Permanent Solutions to Thyroid Dysfunction – 6-7pm. If you have thyroid symptoms yet blood work is normal, this seminar is for you. This seminar will teach the new treatments available, cutting edge research and life changing information so you can live a healthy life without thyroid disorder. Free. Superior Health Solutions, 1661 W Horizon Ridge Pkwy, 280, HD. RSVP: 702-643-9904.


Admissions Open House at Wongu University – 5:30-7:30pm. An evening at Wongu University of Oriental Medicine to get all questions answered about the admissions process. Learn about scholarship opportunities and speak with faculty and students. Free. 8620 S Eastern Ave, LV. 702-4632122. Start@Wongu.org. Wongu.org. Angelic Contact/Workshop – 6:30-8:30pm. Learn the difference between a Guardian Angel, the Archangels, spirit guides, spirits and ghosts. Learn all about the Guardian Angel and his purpose in one’s life. $25. Enchanted Forest Reiki Center, 800 N Rainbow, 100, LV. 702-948-4999. EnchantedForestReiki.com.


savethedate Health, Healing & Happiness Conference Third annual event for natural solutions that embrace your whole body, mind & spirit! This is THE annual event for natural living in Las Vegas, a unique and exciting weekend. Take charge of your own health and discover the amazing power of nutrition and lifestyle choices – for your physical and emotional well-being! 20 fantastic speakers - 7 master chefs of raw and vegan cuisines - holistic marketplace - free fitness classes - free massages - huge raffle - goodie bags - optional vegan lunch buffet - and more! Full conference: $99 advance/$139 door. Day pass: $65 advance/$75 door. Group rates are available.

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TUESDAY, JUNE 10 New Technologies and Solutions for Brain Health – 6pm. Learn the latest technology about what markers predict these problems and what you can do to prevent these diseases from progressing before it is too late. Free. Superior Health Solutions, 1661 W Horizon Ridge Pkwy, 280, HD. RSVP: 702-643-9904. All About Spirits & Ghost Class – 6:30-8pm. Share experiences with spirits, ghosts, and deceased loved ones who have been trying to get in contact. If experiences are lacking and learning about spirits and ghosts is the goal, that’s okay too. $15. Enchanted Forest Reiki Center, 800 N Rainbow, 100, LV. 702-948-4999. EnchantedForestReiki.com. Light, Love and Crystal Chakra Healing Series – 7pm. Root chakra. Each session, focus on a different chakra to heal and empower. Light meditation, word power lesson and work with a crystal to take home. Wear the color red to correlate with this event’s work. $30 donation. Enchanted Forest Reiki Center, 800 N Rainbow, 100, LV. 702-948-4999. EnchantedForestReiki.com.


savethedate The Miracle of Voice Channeling Workshops by Jason Nelson Jason Nelson's incredible Voice Channeling workshops are being hosted by Jodi Friedman. For more info on Jason's workshops, go to: MiracleOfVoiceChanneling.com. Call or text: 702-274-4545. $235 per workshop

Preview Event June 13 6:30-8pm Workshops June 14-15 and June 21-22 • 10am-6pm Suncoast Hotel 9090 Alta Dr, Las Vegas Jodi: 702-274-4545 MiracleOfVoiceChanneling.com. Beginner’s Guide to Self Myfascial Release Techniques – 5-7pm. Learn about fascia and how it can affect your entire body. Learn to listen to your intuition, heal your body, alleviate your pain with self care/SMR. Bring yoga mat. Receive $10 gift certificate toward Myofascial Release session. $20. 5463 S Durango Dr, 120E, LV. 702-776-8881.


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TUESDAY, JUNE 17 New Solutions to Autism, ADHD & Learning Disabilities – 6-7pm. Learn to get marked improvements in function and behavior using functional testing to get children healed and well. Free. Superior Health Solutions, 1661 W Horizon Ridge Pkwy, 280, HD. RSVP: 702-643-9904.


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June 18 • 6:30pm Enchanted Forest Reiki Center 800 N. Rainbow, Suite 100, Las Vegas 702-948-4999 EnchantedForestReiki.com

THURSDAY, JUNE 19 Beginner’s Guide to Self Myfascial Release Techniques – 6-8pm. Learn about fascia and how it can affect your entire body. Learn to listen to your intuition, heal your body, alleviate your pain with self care/SMR. Bring yoga mat. Receive $10 gift certificate toward Myofascial Release session. $20. 5463 S Durango Dr, 120E, LV. 702-776-8881. Facebook.com/BodyMFR. BodyMFR.com.

FRIDAY, JUNE 20 Theta Healing Basic DNA – Fri 5-10pm. Sat-Sun, 9:30am-5:30pm. Learn how to achieve a Theta brain wave in seconds. How thoughts and feelings control one’s life. How to open one’s psychic centers, do a reading, instant and group healings, and so much more. $400. Luminosity Wellness Center, 2400 N Tenaya Way, LV. 702-324-2595. Jeff@TheSacredArtOfHealing.com. TheSacredArtOfHealing.com.


New Solution for Multiple Sclerosis! – 6-7pm. If you have MS or care about someone who does, finding the right information is an important step. The class is designed to discuss the key role of the central nervous system and the application of new

techniques to improve symptoms and quality of life. Free. Superior Health Solutions, 1661 W Horizon Ridge Pkwy, 280, HD. RSVP: 702-643-9904. Light, Love and Crystal Chakra Healing Series – 7pm. Sacral chakra. Each session, focus on a different chakra to heal and empower. Light meditation, word power lesson and work with a crystal to take home. Wear the color orange to correlate with this event’s work. $30 donation. Enchanted Forest Reiki Center, 800 N Rainbow, 100, LV. 702-948-4999. EnchantedForestReiki.com.


Natural Solutions to the Autoimmune Pandemic – 6:30pm. Dr. DeMartino will educate attendees from a natural perspective of the true causes of this disease that leads to thyroid problems that cause fatigue and weight gain. Free. Whole Foods Market Henderson, 100 S Green Valley Pkwy, HD. RSVP: 702-643-9904.


Reiki Shares with Jodi Friedman – 6-8pm. Practice for Reiki practitioners and those brand new to Reiki. Learn to work with subtle energies in a group setting. Meditation and experiential. Google Intentional Healings Center meetup calendar. Donation. Intentional Healings Center, 3450 E Russell Rd, 110, LV. 702-274-4545. IntentionalHealings.com.


Feng Shui/Reiki Vision Board Workshop – 10am-1pm. Create your intentions with Reiki Master Teacher Jodi Friedman and Feng Shui Expert Magdalena Brandon; manifesting your heart's desire, creating your dreams in this healing Vision Board Workshop. Google Intentional Healings Center Meetup. $56/all materials included with lamination. Intentional Healings Center, 3450 E Russell Rd, 110, LV. 702-274-4545. IntentionalHealings.com.


Reiki Level 2 Certification Workshop – 10am5pm. Reiki Level 2 Attunement; learn 3 symbols that deepen your Reiki practice. Learn and practice long distance healing and how to become a practitioner. Google Intentional Healings Center Meetup for more info. $250. Intentional Healings Center, 3450 E Russell Rd, 110, LV. 702-274-4545. IntentionalHealings.com.


Admissions Open House at Wongu University – 5:30-7:30pm. An evening at Wongu University of Oriental Medicine to get all questions answered about the admissions process. Learn about scholarship opportunities and speak with faculty and students. Free. 8620 S Eastern Ave, LV. 702-4632122. Start@Wongu.org. Wongu.org.

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daily 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/Intentional-Healings Center/events/ calendar/?scroll=true. Piano Lessons – Ages 7 and up. Private piano lessons intended for the beginning or intermediate learner. $20/30 minutes. Summer Trail at Mountain’s Edge. Call or text Dominique Koldewyn: 435-592-0662. 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.

Invigorate – 5:45pm. Heated vinyasa class broken into four parts; flexibility, balance, power and inversions. It will connect movement to breathe, build strength and stamina, develop adaptability and put the power of self into personal purpose. Trufusion, 8575 S Eastern Ave, LV. 702-982-2930. TrufusionYoga.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. TruYin – 7:15pm. All fitness levels. TruYin uses principles of traditional Yin adding the therapeutic nature of heat for flexibility to target deep connective tissue, joints and ligaments. Focus is on the skeleton and joints rather than muscular, repetitive effort. Trufusion, 8575 S Eastern Ave, LV. 702-9822930. TrufusionYoga.com.



Holistic Toastmasters – 10:30-11:30am. Hosted by Guy Dawson. A Toastmasters meeting is a learnby-doing workshop in which participants hone their speaking and leadership skills in a no-pressure atmosphere. Membership. Naturally Organic Healing Center, 1171 S Buffalo Dr, LV. 702-433-3874. NaturallyOrganicCenter.com.

fresh52 Sunday Farmers’ & Artisan Market – 8:30am-1pm. fresh52 Farmers' and 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.

Reiki-Spiritual Healing & Meditation – 6-8pm. Open to the public. Healing and meditation guided by three Reiki masters with combined experience over 50 years. Experience the magic of Reiki. Leave relaxed, renewed, exhilarated. Suggested love offering $5. No one is turned away. Just Breathe

Wellness Center, 5333 S Arville St, Suite 206, LV. 702-659-2390. TransformationsLasVegas.com. 5 Elements of Dietary Theory with Kat Campbell – 6:30-8pm. Learn the elements and benefits of five different theories regarding diet. $25 or $130 paid in full. Naturally Organic Healing Center, 1171 S Buffalo Dr, LV. 702-433-3874. NaturallyOrganicCenter.com.

tuesday Chi Kung/Qigong – 10-11am. Tues-Fri. Chi Kung, the art of developing internal energy for health and vitality, mind expansion and spiritual cultivation uses body movements, rhythmic breathing, visualizations and healing sounds. $10. Naturally Organic Healing Center, 1171 S Buffalo Dr, 110, LV. 702-433-3874. NaturallyOrganicCenter.com. Tai Chi Yang Style 48 – 6pm. You will learn the Yang Style 48 form along with a full class workout. Includes: Warm-Up, Opening the Meridians, Stretching, Chan Ssu Jin (Silk Reeling Energy), Yow Jin (Waist Training) Form, Practice Standing Meditation. $10. Naturally Organic Healing Center, 1171 S Buffalo Dr, 110, LV. 702-433-3874. NaturallyOrganicCenter.com. Tai Chi – 7-8pm. Learn Traditional Yang style Tai Chi Chuan, passed on from generations of Masters to Disciples with Master Shirfu Jackson. Beginners to Grand Masters, all styles, systems, welcome to come, share. $15. Naturally Organic Healing Center, 1171 S Buffalo Dr, 110, LV. 702-433-3874. NaturallyOrganicCenter.com/masterjackson/. TruYin – 8:30pm. All fitness levels. TruYin uses principles of traditional Yin adding the therapeutic nature of heat for flexibility to target deep connective tissue, joints and ligaments. Focus is on the skeleton and joints rather than muscular, repetitive effort. Trufusion, 8575 S Eastern Ave, LV. 702-9822930. TrufusionYoga.com.

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wednesday 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. Reiki Healing Circle – 6-8pm. Experience guided meditation channeled by Victoria (Reiki master of 25 years) and receive deep personalized healing. Bring a friend or meet one. Relax and recharge mind and body. Free. Love offerings accepted. Naturally Organic Center, 1171 S Buffalo Dr, 110, LV. 702-405-9375. TransformationsLasVegas.com. Vinyasa Yoga and Sonic Therapy – 7-8:30pm. An all level 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 Green Drinks – Second Thurs. Network with other eco-friendly business professionals. Times/ locations vary. Facebook.com/GreenDrinksLV. Chi Kung (Qigong) – 10-11am. Chi Kung is the art of developing internal energy particularly for health and vitality, mind expansion and spiritual cultivation. Chi Kung uses body movements, rhythmic breathing, visualizations and healing sounds. $10/ per class. Naturally Organic Center, 1171 S Buffalo Dr, LV. 702-433-3874. NaturallyOrganicCenter. com/classes/. Esoteric Tantra – 11:30am. Ileana Stefanescu teaches a spiritual path of saying “yes” in all aspects of life; a systematic and comprehensive approach to individual fulfillment. $20. Naturally Organic Healing Center, 1171 S Buffalo Dr, LV. 702-4333874. NaturallyOrganicCenter.com. Reiki with Angels Meditation – 11:30am12:30pm. Heal, restore and empower oneself. Allow the love of the Angel and the power of Reiki to assist in a spiritual journey. Seek to bring Divine

Become part of THE health and fitness “connected community” of Las Vegas! This Month’s Mixer: Monday, June 16 7pm to 9pm Rooftop Pool at SpringHill Suites 2989 Paradise Rd, LV

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light into everyday lives. $10. Just Breath Wellness Center, 5333 S Arville, 206, LV. 702-350-1711. Flow Fit – 6-8pm. 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. Reversing Diabetes-There is Hope! – 6pm. Enjoy a free dinner at Havana Grill. Dr. Brown of Ultimate Healing Center discusses how new technology in functional wellness allows most Type II diabetics to get off medications, naturally. RSVP. 8878 S Eastern Ave, 100, LV. 702-871-7004. UltimateHealingCenter.com. Askashic 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. 702948-4999. EnchantedForestReiki.com. Solar NV Monthly Meeting – 6:30pm. Third Thurs. Featuring speakers from a variety of renewable energy disciplines. A great place to network with people who share an interest in renewable energy. Free. Check website for meeting room number. UNLV, 4505 S Maryland Pkwy, LV. 702507-0093. SolarNV.org. TruYin – 8:30pm. All fitness levels. TruYin uses principles of traditional Yin adding the therapeutic nature of heat for flexibility to target deep connective tissue joints and ligaments. Focus is on the skeleton and joints rather than muscular, repetitive effort. Trufusion, 8575 S Eastern Ave, LV. 702-9822930. TrufusionYoga.com.

friday fresh52 Friday Farmers’ & Artisan Market – 3-7pm. fresh52 Farmers' and Artisan Market is a lively, friendly, open-air market where neighbors and friends come together to celebrate the community. Located outside Whole Foods at Town Square. Free. Town Square (outside Whole Foods), 6605 Las Vegas Blvd S, LV. 702-900-2552. fresh52.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 upliftment, joy, relaxation and spiritual connection with the HU chant every 4th Friday of the month. Free. Pure Health Foods, 7575 W Washington, LV. 702-224-4325.

saturday savethedate Rockin Runners Las Vegas Learn to run a 10K! Rockin Runners 10-week Summer Fun Educational Endurance Training Program includes professional coaches, expert speakers, personalized workouts, group runs and more! It’s perfect for beginners to ROCK your first race! $160 Every Saturday through July 12 7:15am. TruFusion Yoga 8575 S. Eastern Ave, Las Vegas Real Results Fitness 1201 Commerce St, Las Vegas RockinRunnersLV@gmail.com RockinRunnersLV.com Chi Kung – 9-10am. Teacher Sifu JC Cox. Can be combined with Tai Chi Yang Style 48 (10-11am) both for $15. Saturdays only. $10 per class. Naturally Organic Healing Center, 1171 S Buffalo Dr, 110, LV. 702-433-3874. NaturallyOrganicCenter. com/class-schedule/. fresh52 Saturday Farmers' & Artisan Market – 9am-2pm. fresh52 Farmers' and Artisan Market is a lively, friendly, open-air market where neighbors and friends come together to celebrate the community. Free. Tivoli Village, 302 S Rampart, LV. 702-900-2552. fresh52.com. Tai Chi Yang Style 48 – 10-11am. $10 per class. Can be combined with Chi Kung (9-10am) both for $15. Saturdays only. Naturally Organic Healing Center, 1171 S Buffalo Dr, 110, LV. 702-433-3874. NaturallyOrganicCenter.com/class-schedule/. Tai Chi Fan or Saber – 11-11:30am. Teacher Sifu JC. $5. Naturally Organic Healing Center, 1171 S Buffalo Dr, 110, LV. 702-433-3874. NaturallyOrganicCenter.com/class-schedule/. TruYin – 7:15pm. All fitness levels. TruYin uses principles of traditional Yin adding the therapeutic nature of heat for flexibility to target deep connective tissue, joints and ligaments. Focus is on the skeleton and joints rather than muscular, repetitive effort. Trufusion, 8575 S Eastern Ave, LV. 702-9822930. TrufusionYoga.com.

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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 21.

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