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Let Peace and Prosperity Ring Around the World by Kirk Boyd




Rethinking How We See Our World Changes Everything by Linda Sechrist

20 DAY CARE GOES GREEN What’s Good for Kids is Good for the World by Avery Mack



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24 CURES IN THE KITCHEN Dr. Mark Hyman is Fed Up with Our National Health Crisis by Judith Fertig



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Have you heard it? I am so excited to share with you the news about Reba’s Pray For Peace campaign! Reba McEntire has unveiled a beautiful video to showcase her song, Pray for Peace, and the clip features the singer, as well as fans around the world, praying for peace. According to fellow legend Ronnie Dunn, McEntire chose to share the video with fans on her Facebook page because, “No label knew what to do with it.” McEntire writes on her website, “The idea to write the song Pray For Peace came to me last year as I was walking on our place in Gallatin, Tennessee. For days, I’d sing, “pray for peace” over and over. It wasn’t until several months later that the other parts started to fall in place. Some, not until we got into the studio to record it." “I feel this song is a gift from God,” she says. “I have never worked on a song as long as this one. It went from a bass drum, fiddle and singers to guest artists singing with me, adding more instruments and even a choir and a bagpipe! It’s an act of perseverance, prayer, hope, fellowship and mostly, love.” You may have noticed, within the pages of each issue, that I encourage you to “live peace;” let’s expand that beyond ourselves. Natural Awakenings – Greater Las Vegas is joining the Pray for Peace campaign and encourage our readers to do the same. Watch the powerful video, McEntire fans show their favorite places while also doing the Pray for Peace motions. She recently called on her followers to turn in videos of themselves praying for peace, and fans answered her request in beautiful ways. Natural Awakenings – Greater Las Vegas is asking you to do the same—share your videos on our Facebook ( and Twitter ( pages. Visit for a free download of the song, visit Youtube and share it with everyone you know! Visit to easily share on your Facebook page. Knowing that peace with prevail,

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ind, Body, & Soulutions, a health and wellness coaching firm that specializes in customizable coaching and training plans at 11350 Southern Highlands Parkway, Suite 130, on the Southwest side, is having an Open House, sponsored by Bachi HLK, doTerra and Mind-Body Self Defense, on September 30. Programs range from fitness training, personal development and life coaching to meal planning, holistic lifestyle changes and overall wellness education. A variety of seminars and classes help people understand why health and wellness is such a vital key to our overall success in life. Mind, Body, & Soulutions is committed to assisting every individual in making the necessary changes to become more balanced and harmonious in their life, along with the lives of those that surround them. For more information, call 702-671-4256, email or visit

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as Vegas architecture and interior design company D!G is designing a new facility for The Delta Academy, a school that continually makes progress working with at-risk students in the Las Vegas area. Most students enter the program up to three years behind their would-be graduating class. Through the academy's dedication to their mission statement of differentiated instruction and reinforcement of positive character traits, which involves a smaller student to teacher ratio, the ability to recover credits, direct involvement with parents and online classroom options, students that are potential dropouts can often catch up, receive their diploma and sometimes surpass their graduating class with college credits in a vocational program. Rob Gurdison, of D!G, says, “Once funding for the new facility is secured, the plans include a fully functional aquaponics farm with raised beds of soil for vegetable gardening. It will be cultivated by the students as part of a project-based learning curriculum that incorporates math, science and art into a fun and positive experience.” An aquarium for the aquaponics farm has already been donated by Animal Planet show, Tanked. For more information, visit Donations can be mailed directly to The Delta Academy, 4075 N. Rancho Dr., Las Vegas 89130, or visit

UNLV Open House for Seniors Program


he Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at UNLV is holding an Open House at 9 a.m., August 23, to inform seniors about the benefits of enrolling in the fall term, which begins September 8. Twelve hundred seniors currently attend more than 70 classes, several of which are targeted on healthy living. One such class is Tai Chi, a moving meditation used for many years to increase mobility, balance and health. Another offering, Numerology and Other Life Cycles Simplified, covers Chinese and Western astrology, biorhythms and feng shui, while a Hands-On Energy Medicine class integrates alternative and natural therapies to achieve optimal health and vitality. The classes are purely for enjoyment—there are no tests, grades or credits. All a student needs to bring is a desire to join their peers in the joy of learning. Location: OLLI at UNLV, 851 E. Tropicana Ave., Las Vegas. For more information, call 702-774-6554 or visit


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Hillary Rodham Clinton To Deliver Keynote Address


ormer Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will deliver the keynote address at the seventh annual National Clean Energy Summit 7.0, in Las Vegas, to be held from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., September 4, at Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino. The nation’s foremost clean energy conversation will highlight how the private sector, through publicprivate partnerships and collaboration, is deploying clean energy, investing in innovation, modernizing our nation’s electric grid and reducing climate pollution. The annual conference is cosponsored by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), the Center for American Progress, the Clean Energy Project, MGM Resorts International and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Clean energy visionaries, business leaders, bipartisan decision makers and advocates will convene this year to discuss the future of our nation’s clean energy economy and the progress we have made through innovation, investment in infrastructure and greater collaboration. To register for Summit 7.0 and for the latest information about the panels and panelists, visit

Iridologist Tart-Jenson Returns to Las Vegas


njoy deep relaxation and stress relief with scalar energy field while learning valuable information about the connection between iridology and nutrition. Ellen Tart-Jensen, Ph.D., DSc, CCII, from Bernard Jensen International, will speak on balancing the body through iridology and nutrition at 7 p.m., August 13, at the Aloha Energy Center, in Las Vegas. She will also be doing private iridology and nutrition sessions from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on August 14 and 15 at the Hampton Inn Airport. Participants will learn what iridology is; signs to observe in the iris and signs on the body that relate to specific systems, imbalances and deficiencies; specific foods and nutrients necessary for organ and system regeneration; herbs, poultices, baths and natural remedies traditionally used to bring vitality back to inflamed organs; how to test pH in the body and alkalinize the acids that cause illness; how to test for Candida/yeast/fungus; and how to test for hypothyroid or hyperthyroid function. Tart-Jensen has been an iridologist, nutritionist and herbalist for 25 years. She studied with Dr. Bernard Jensen, the father of iridology, and is the author of Techniques in Iris Analysis.

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Gentle, Sustained Pressures and Holds Help Children Heal and Feel Safe by Rowena Cua and Rosemarie Cua-DeLeon


abies experience a major form of shock when they enter the world from their familiar, fluidfilled space in the mother’s womb. During the birthing process or even in utero, they may experience other forms of physical trauma resulting in length differences, joint issues, abnormal curvatures of the neck or back and other structural or behavioral imbalances. When babies or children have any form of illness, chronic pain or noticeable dysfunction, advocates of myofascial release (MFR) under the John F. Barnes approach believe that myofascial restrictions can be a contributing factor. Our body’s connective tissue, also known as fascia, is responsible for our structure as babies, children, teens and adults. It plays a crucial role on physical, mental and emotional levels because it surrounds and protects the entire body, including each muscle, organ, nerve, blood vessel and living cell within them. It is so important that restrictions can place a great deal of pressure on many internal organs and even pull fascia into the brain, causing issues with concentration, behavior and hormonal balance. Unaddressed restrictions in the fascia can impact a child’s movement, growth, function and ability to absorb proper nutrients. MFR is beneficial at any age, but because children are naturally intuitive, they respond very well to this form of treatment. They often excel in the healing process more rapidly than adults because of this early innate intuition and tendency to let go. Babies and children have tissues that are more pliable than adults, so they respond more readily to the extremely gentle, yet effective hands-on, energetic and holistic nature of MFR. The gentle, sustained pressures and holds of MFR are well-suited for children because it makes them feel safe, and they are never forcefully manipulated. Other techniques involve a rhythmic and soothing rocking motion that helps to alleviate pent-up energy, promote relaxation and decrease pain. Because babies and children have not yet been conditioned in a number of ways that adults have, they are naturally able to distinguish what feels good and what doesn’t. Some common conditions addressed through MFR include constipation, chronic ear infections, colic, torticollis, stomach pain, asthma, auditory/speech impairments, neurological trauma, high or low tone and ADHD. Children often experience relief from discomfort, feel more relaxed, have more focus and are less irritable due to the effectiveness of MFR treatment. Receiving this form of care at an early age can help to not only address a child’s current conditions, but also serve as a means of prevention for many common complications in adulthood. Rowena Cua is a licensed massage and 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. The 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

Pine Bark Extract Reduces Perimenopausal Symptoms


esearch p u b lished in the Journal of Reproductive Medicine confirms that pine bark extract can significantly reduce symptoms of menopause and perimenopause, including restless legs syndrome and hot flashes. For three months, 170 perimenopausal women were given 30 milligrams of Pycnogenol patented pine bark extract or a placebo twice a day. Although a placebo effect was noted, the supplement significantly improved all but two symptoms and was especially effective in improving vasomotor and insomnia/sleep patterns. The severity of symptoms among the Pycnogenol group, as measured by the Kupperman Index, decreased 56 percent more than for the placebo group. In another study, scientists from Italy’s Pescara University gave 70 perimenopausal women a placebo or 100 milligrams of Pycnogenol daily for two months. The supplement group experienced fewer menopausal symptoms and showed improvements with symptoms that include fatigue, insomnia, reduced concentration, memory problems, dizziness, depression and irritability.

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Cycling Rx Doctors Order Up a Bike for Patients The Prescribe-a-Bike program ( PrescriptionBikes) allows doctors at Boston Medical Center, in Massachusetts, to write low-income patients prescriptions for a oneyear membership to Hubway, the city’s bike-sharing system, for $5, which is $80 less than the regular charge. A free helmet is part of the deal. According to The Boston Globe, one in four Boston residents is obese, and Kate Walsh, chief executive of Boston Medical Center, believes the program can help. “Regular exercise is key to combating this [obesity] trend, and Prescribe-a-Bike,” she says, “is one important way our caregivers can help patients get the exercise they need to be healthy.”

Organizations worldwide are working to create a more sustainable and just food system. Food Tank lists 101 organizations to watch in 2014 ( All are vital in creating a better food system. Here are a few examples. Food MythBusters is telling the real story of how food is produced through short films, showing that we can have a food system that is truly affordable, delicious, fair and good for the planet. Heifer International has been helping small farmers around the world practice better animal husbandry and develop more environmentally sustainable sources of food production for 70 years. Oxfam, a confederation of 17 organizations worldwide, helps find lasting solutions to poverty and injustice. Oxfam America’s recent Behind the Brands campaign highlights how favorite consumer brands bring hidden costs to farmers, food security and the environment. Real Food Challenge, started in 2008 mainly among students, aims to shift $1 billion of existing university food budgets from industrial farms and junk foods to community-based, fair, ecologically sound and humane food sources by 2020. Seed Savers Exchange is dedicated to saving and sharing organic, heirloom and non-GMO (genetically modified organism) seeds. Source: The Atlantic Monthly


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Families preparing for the coming school year will welcome easy ways to stretch the budget while protecting the environment our kids are growing up in. n Buying new clothes can be expensive, and most of today’s synthetic fibers are petroleum-based, while toxic pesticides are commonly used to grow cotton. For healthier alternatives, check labels for clothes made from organic, low-impact or recycled materials such as organic cotton, hemp, bamboo or recycled fibers. Inexpensive options are found in Salvation Army and other thrift store locations, as well as repurposing hand-me-downs among siblings. n Avoid buying all new school supplies. Gently used binders and book bags can last years. Sturdy, simple backpacks skip the cost of faddish brand-name and celebrity products. For supplies that must be replenished, like paper, seek out postconsumer-recycled options. n For lunch boxes, food containers and utensils, look for retro metal, a cloth bag and other alternatives to plastic (which can contain harmful chemicals) and glass (which can break). Beth Terry, in her book, Plastic-Free: How I Kicked the Plastic Habit and How You Can Too (, suggests searching and, makers of stainless steel, naturally lacquered wood and other non-plastic, durable children’s bowls, cups, plates and utensils. n Healthy afterschool extracurricular activities today typically require driving commutes. Look into carpooling with nearby families to save time and gas, cut vehicle emissions and expand friendships. n Check the school’s eco-practices. Encourage local administrators to conduct recycling programs and to email documents to parents instead of using regular mail.

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Wongu University of Oriental Medicine A Gold Mine of Education by Gabrielle Wyant


ental medicine will enhance the health and wellness of people throughout the world,” says Wongu President Anthony J. Guerra. In 1973, Nevada became the first state to grant licenses to practitioners of Oriental medicine. With California and 20 other states operating schools of Oriental medicine, Nevada stands out as one among two states recognizing doctors in Oriental medicine, (i.e. OMD as opposed to acupuncturist). “Located in this historic state of Nevada, we are emerging as a leader in the coordination of the advancement of traditional Oriental medicine,” says Guerra. In April 2013, the Nevada State Board of Oriental Medicine listed only 50 licensed doctors in Oriental medicine, 20 of whom are located in southern Nevada. However, as the awareness of and demand for natural, non-invasive health care treatment grows, the de-

evada may be the “Silver State,” but in the ranks of holistic healers, we have a gold mine of education available right here in Las Vegas. Wongu University of Oriental Medicine is the first and only school of its kind in Nevada to offer a Master of Science in Oriental Medicine program that is approved by the State Board of Oriental Medicine. The training facilities of the school attract students from around the globe. Las Vegas, a global city where people of every nation come together, is a most appropriate home for Wongu; it is where medicine of the East and the West can closely cooperate to heal humanity. They are a community where faculty, staff and students work together to advance knowledge in both Eastern and Western sciences to improve human health. “Our passion for and dedication to the study and practice of Ori-


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mand for properly trained holistic healers of Oriental medicine is high, further boosting the growth of the profession. Individuals here and beyond have a unique opportunity to apply their passion to a rewarding career path and become part of a dynamic community of learners that are committed to becoming the best at healing others. Bachelor’s degree holders in any discipline working in health care or any other profession now have a realistic pathway to transition careers into a calling that is rewarding on many levels. According to Guerra, the university offers the country’s most rigorous program in holistic healing. The curriculum is comprised of six components: five didactic, one clinical. The five components are Western medicine, Oriental medicine, herbology, acupuncture and elective credits. The sixth is the clinical application component. The Western and Oriental medicine components provide the foundation upon which study in the other components is based. The elective credit component affords a student the opportunity to create coursework that might address the requirements of establishing a new practice—for example, basic business concepts such as finance, marketing and regulatory requirements. The internship portion of the curriculum provides 1,000 hours of training, with the intern participating in at least 350 patient visits. During the 1,000 hours of clinical training, students develop acupuncture techniques, evaluation and diagnosis skills, professional conduct and “confidence in practice”. Wongu seeks to nurture students’ love of humanity and the compassion that is the spiritual grounding of the healing professional. The university is committed to preserving and conveying the best of Oriental medicine tradition, yet remains open to the best modern means of diagnosis, treatment and application for diseases both rare and common. “Oriental medicine is a traditional science/art of healing that has endured the test of time and remains a millennia-old gift of God to humanity, providing good health and happiness to many,” explains Guerra. Location: 8620 S. Eastern Ave., Las Vegas. For more information, call 702-463-2122 or visit See ad, page 21.

Wongu Health Center Promotes Traditional Chinese Medicine


ongu Health Center (WHC) is a community and teaching clinic located directly across from Wongu University of Oriental Medicine that offers acupuncture, herbal medicine and other Oriental medicine services. In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), health is a reflection of balance within the body. Pain and disease are caused by problems relating to problems with qi flow and balance inside the individual’s body. Most traditional Oriental modalities attempt to correct these imbalances and improve qi flow, thus restoring one’s health. In TCM, all the organs and body systems are considered to be connected, so a problem with one organ or area may manifest itself as pain or illness in another area of the body. TCM uses a systematic approach, even for illnesses that may present as localized problems. To treat a broad range of individuals and illnesses, WHC makes use of a variety of TCM therapies. Acupuncturists insert extremely thin, sterile needles into special points of the body that correlate to the channels, or meridians, where qi travels through the body. The insertion of the needles stimulates the movement of qi and can remove blockages in the meridians, allowing the qi to flow unobstructed through the body. Acupuncturists are trained to determine what organs or areas of the body are in need of attention and which acupuncture points must be stimulated, correcting inner imbalances of qi and alleviating pain and illness by addressing the underlying issues present in the body and stimulating the body to naturally correct itself. TCM makes use of a wide variety of traditional Oriental herbs. Generally, these medicines are used to increase one’s overall energy or to improve a specific organ or organ function, such as the

heart or circulation. Most formulas require a variety of herbs, which are boiled together to extract the necessary nutrients and substances. Medicines can also be provided in the form of powders or in small pills and tablets for easy transportation and ingestion. Trained herbalists at WHC are able to create custom-made herbal medicines based on each individual’s specific health needs, allowing for a great amount of control and customization. Many herbs are dispensed onsite. Tuina is a TCM muscle manipulation and massage therapy meant to align the body’s external musculature and its internal energies. Tuina practitioners gently knead, roll, press, rub and otherwise manipulate joints and muscles in order to harmonize the body’s qi and bring balance between various forces present in the body. Tuina is taught both as a preventative measure as well as a treatment for both nonmusculoskeletal conditions such as digestive problems, and musculoskeletal ailments such as pain from sports training. Moxibustion is a type of therapy that involves applying heat to acupuncture points using the traditional Oriental herb, mugwort, which has been shown to increase blood flow to the uterus and pelvis and has helped correct breech presentations in pregnant women. In moxibustion, mugwort is used to form small cones that are burned to produce heat. These cones can either be placed directly on the skin, so that the heat can transfer through the cone to the body, or placed on an acupuncture needle that has been inserted slightly into the skin, which allows the needle to transfer the heat to the body. This promotes the flow of qi and stimulates circulation, in order to stimulate healing and restore balance to the body. As a result, moxibustion is often used as treatment for conditions related to cold and damp, such as arthritis. Cupping therapy utilizes glass or plastic cups placed on the surface of the body to create localized suction that promotes blood and qi flow, stimulates the release of toxins and helps musculoskeletal relaxation. The suction from the cupping opens pores, pulls stagnant qi through the meridians and draws toxins out of tissues, triggering the lymphatic system and cleansing the bloodstream. Cupping is often used on the back, which has five meridians for qi flow, but can also be used on other areas. Cupping has been used to treat and alleviate a wide variety of medical conditions from respiratory diseases to depression. A visit to Wongu Health Center may be different from an experience at a private practitioner, because it is a teaching clinic. There may be observers, including other students and/ or supervisors. However, WHC will readily provide referral to a private practitioner instead. Wongu Health Center is located at 8630 S. Eastern Ave., Las Vegas. For more information call 702-463-2122 or visit natural awakenings

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While the problems of the world are increasingly complex, the solutions are embarrassingly simple. Permaculture founder Bill Mollison

PERMACULTURE is All Around Us by Enrique Garcia


reat Basin Permaculture (GBP) has created the Permaculture Learning Garden (PLG) within the Vegas Roots Community Garden, in Las Vegas. The garden consists of an herb spiral, cacti, agave, jujube, fig, grapes, pomegranate and mesquite trees. Permaculture is a branch of ecological design, ecological engineering and environmental design that develops sustainable architecture and selfmaintained agricultural systems modeled from natural ecosystems. Permaculturist Jessica Penrod was taking a break from work and having lunch at the PLG and saw some kids playing with the Sound Garden installation–a garden that creatively uses old instruments on which to play. When the children saw Penrod, they ran away, thinking they were going to get in trouble. She called after them to stay and instead, told them what they were doing was great. It is this event that inspired Penrod, one of the cofounders of GBP, to make the garden even more kid-friendly, and it now includes Pipeworks, a water feature made from recycled materials, and a Fairy Garden with miniature furniture and a teepee. The first Saturday of every month is Kids Day at the PLG, where children learn about seed saving, join the GBP group for their fall planting or play with the many kid-friendly features found around the


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garden. There is also a playground on site next to the chicken coop. Favorite aspects of Kids Day for Tiffany Whisenant, another GBP founder, is how "the garden expands kids' taste buds." For example, at a recent fig harvesting event, many of the children had never tasted figs outside of Fig Newtons and were surprised how sweet and delicious something could be right off the tree without any added sugar. At subsequent events, children have participated in the installation of a lizard pool, bee ponds and have even created magic wands. Parents may help, too, or they can choose to lounge on the cob benches under the shade structure, drinking sun tea (or in the colder months, hot tea made from herbs from the garden.) Cob is a traditional British method of building with earth, similar to adobe. It uses only sand, clay, straw and water to create durable structures. The kids love to play in the mud, so there are plans to create cob pavers, teaching children one of the principals of permaculture by using and valuing renewable resources at a future event. And Poet-Tree, where kids write poems and hang them on the trees, is coming. The PLG receives about 50 visitors a month in the peak season and produces about 250 pounds of produce each year with a water bill of only $7 a month; which is so low due to permaculture practices

like having a sunken garden bed instead of the standard raised beds, which actually evaporate faster. The harvest comes from a garden that is only tended to once a week. Some of the trees planted (almond, jujube) are in their infancy and won't start producing until the next year or two. So while the water bill remains low, the amount of food produced will only increase year after year, which is what separates a permaculture garden from more traditional gardens. By designing correctly and investing in the soil early, we create a garden that mostly cares for itself while increasing in production year after year, to the point where all that is left to do is pick the low-hanging fruit. Permaculture was founded by Bill Mollison and David Holmgren in the 1970's, and, to some, is considered the solution to climate change. It works in harmony with Mother Nature. No chemicals or fertilizers are needed if farms and gardens are correctly designed. The PLG was founded by Whisenant, Penrod and Peter Frigeri, of Great Basin Permaculture, who met at a permaculture book club in 2009 at Gaia Flower's, in the Arts District, which Frigeri owns. They started the garden in 2010 because as Frigeri says, they "saw an increased need for positive change in the community and the environment." In addition to Kid's Day the PLG is open to the public from 8 to 11 a.m. every Saturday. Location: 715 N. Tonopah Dr., Las Vegas. For more information, visit Enrique Garcia is a contributing writer for Natural Awakenings – Greater Las Vegas and is founder of the Earth Library, a Permaculture Learning Center. For more information visit EarthLibraryLV.


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048 is a plan to prevent wars, eliminate poverty and create the conditions for global sustainability by the time we celebrate the centennial of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights, unanimously adopted in 1948 by all UN member countries. 2048 dispels myths, including a major misconception that peace and prosperity are hopelessly complicated and unattainable. In truth, both can be secured through the realization of five fundamental freedoms for everyone: freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom from want, freedom for the environment and freedom from fear. These basic freedoms establish a framework within which other rights can flourish. The five fingers of our hand illustrate the possibilities, starting with the thumb. It looks different and stands out. It is strong. It represents freedom of speech, an idea that stands up to dishonesty and corruption. With our index finger, we point and indicate direction. It represents freedom of religion. Each of us is free to choose our own way. Those that decide God is their guide are free to live their own relationship with God. The middle finger, the longest, represents freedom from want—the long

road of existence and the certainty that there’ll be food, water, education and health care for every one of us as we go along. Next is the wedding ring finger for many of us, and a finger with a direct link to our nervous system for all of us. It represents freedom for the environment and for life. We all have a direct link to the Earth and the ecosystem of which we are a part. When the life of the Earth is spoiled, our lives are spoiled. Finally, there is our little finger, the least imposing. It represents freedom from fear. It’s the “finale” of our hand, our reward. All the others lead to this one. As we recount the five freedoms represented by our fingers, remember that we didn’t ask for that hand; we were born with it. Everyone was born with the right to all five freedoms. They are the essence of a good life for all, and in this way they are intertwined; the success of each bolsters the others. As we learn our rights, we come to expect and demand them, with lasting results. They become our way of life. Source: Adapted excerpt from 2048: Humanity’s Agreement to Live Together by Kirk Boyd. Used with permission of Berrett-Koehler Publishers. See the evolution of human rights at HumanRightsTimeline.

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Learning that Transforms Hearts and Minds Rethinking How We See Our World Changes Everything by Linda Sechrist


n the 30 years since Harrison Owen introduced Open Space Technology (OST), it has been used hundreds of thousands of times by three-quarters of the world’s countries. Whether a few people gather in a circle to share ideas and brainstorm personal issues or thousands discuss a bulletin board of topics around tables, OST is a safe, informal venue for transformative learning. Guided by purpose-based, shared leadership, it allows individuals focused on a specific task to freely speak their thoughts and be heard. It also encourages breakout groups to mine for more information—learning individually, as well as collectively, and self-organizing in order to concentrate on more complex topics. “Boeing engineers used OST to learn how to redesign airplane doors and young Egyptians used it to strategize for their Arab Spring,” as examples, comments Owen.

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formative Learning Theory,” 20th-century Brazilian educator Paulo Freire and Juanita Brown, co-founder of The World Café, learning is transformation, the keystone of life, and the essence of meaningful education. “The circle principle contains the predictability of fresh, emerging thoughts and learning that never occurred previously,” explains Owen. He points to an experiment regarding children’s capacity for self-learning initiated by Sugata Mitra, Ph.D., the former science director of an educational technology firm in India. On the outside wall of the building where he worked, Mitra installed a computer facing a New Delhi slum where most children were unschooled and illiterate and had never seen a computer. He turned it on and told children they could play with it. Via a noninvasive video camera, he watched 7-to-13-year-olds discover how to use the computer and teach each other how to play music and games and draw using Microsoft’s Paint program. Repetition of the experiment in other impoverished sections of India yielded similar results. Wherever he established

an Internet connection, children that could not read English, the Internet’s default language, taught themselves how to use the Web to obtain information through their interactions with each other and the computer. “I agree with what Mitra surmised from his experiment—learning is emergent, which is another word for self-organizing,” remarks Owen. Like Freire, Owen likens traditional education to the “banking” method of learning, whereby the teacher passes information to students that become dependent on someone else rather than learning how to think on their own. Suzanne Daigle, a Sarasota, Floridabased consultant with a Canadian multidisciplinary consulting firm, explains how the OST learning environment changed her life: “My personal transformation began in 2009. Even though I was a leader in my corporate career, I doubted myself and often believed that what others had to say was more significant and interesting than what I could express.” Now she says she has shed her people-pleasing tendencies and former attempts to control other people’s agendas and discovered the freedom and courage of her own voice. “As an OST facilitator, my life work now occurs in the moments I am collaboratively learning and listening for opportunities to enter into meaningful conversations that can lead to actions,” says Daigle. “I invite others to do the same.”


In a compulsory two-year Theory of Learning class for an International Baccalaureate degree at California’s Granadas Hill Charter High School, math and science educator Anais Arteaga helps students apply two major elements of transformative learning: self-reflection to critique one’s own assumptions and discourse through which they question or validate their judgments. She focuses on the roles that perception, language, reason and emotion play in a student’s learning and decision-making abilities. “Questions and lively discussions are the basis of the class,” Arteaga says. “We begin with a question and explore what we know, how we know it and any

conclusions drawn from the process.” Using a democratic model in which the teacher welcomes critical discussion, Arteaga and her students have mutually discovered that knowledge is not static, but has a history and changes over time. “When we first started the class, it was challenging to accept that in many situations there is no right or wrong, just relativity and a matter of perception. We don’t really know anything for certain,” she remarks.

Worldview Explorations

Katia Petersen, Ph.D., is the executive director of education at the Institute of Noetic Sciences (IONS), headquartered in Petaluma, California. She co-developed the tools, practices and 22 lessons in the pioneering organization’s Worldview Explorations (WE) project. Founded on 40 years of IONS research, WE engages everyone in age-appropriate ways in reflecting upon long-held assumptions and how beliefs create the lens they see through, ultimately improving how they understand and respond to the world. “When individuals understand the power of offering their story and are open to the worldview stories of others, they no longer focus attention on differences and limitations,” says Petersen. “They realize that everyone has their own truth. “WE’s transformative learning experiences draw from the heart and soul of individuals, rather than stuffing heads with ideas and perspectives, which

serves them well as they embody and apply these tools and practices in their daily lives.” She cites a particularly powerful moment for a group of young people she worked with. “A student was killed in a drive-by shooting two weeks before their certification. The transformative moment came when they said that their new awareness and capacity for compassion and understanding would not allow them to seek revenge. Instead, they chose to save lives in their communities using their new skills.”

World Café

Like OST, the World Café, co-created by Brown and David Isaacs, of Burnsville, North Carolina, creates a transformative learning environment for individuals of all ages. Its primary principles are: set the context, create hospitable space, explore questions that matter, encourage everyone’s contributions, connect diverse perspectives, listen together for patterns and insights and share collective discoveries. Webs of conversation created around actual or occasionally virtual tables resemble those found in coffeehouses. “Conversation is a core meaningmaking process, and people get to experience how the collective intelligence of a small or large group can become apparent,” says Brown. After several rounds of conversation on one or more topics, participants offer their harvest of

key insights, learning and opportunities for action with the full group gathered to reflect together on their discoveries. “World Café provides an environment in which you are comfortably drawn forward by the questions you are asking together. When enough diversity is present, varied perspectives are offered and people feel listened to and free to make their contribution,” observes Brown. What participants learn in this setting creates the climate of conditions that support the kinds of transformations that can change lives. Brown remarks, “When it happens to me, I feel like my brain cells have been rearranged. I know something in the collective, as well as the individual, has been evoked, so that something never before imagined becomes present and available.” Transformative learning has been compared to a sea journey without landmarks. Adventurous individuals that are open to traversing its highly engaging processes can emerge as autonomous thinkers, capable of contributing fresh, new ideas that just might transform the world we live in. Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Aw a k e n i n g s . Visit ItsAllAbout for the recorded interviews.

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Day Care Goes Green

What’s Good for Kids is Good for the World by Avery Mack


ith children especially susceptible to germs, chemical sensitivities and allergens, it makes sense to ensure that the child-friendliness of day care facilities extends to their ecological integrity. When Denise Adusei, of New York City, was unable to find a preschool that included all the criteria she sought, she decided to create and direct Peartree Preschool, a year-round day care facility for 2-to-5-year-olds. “An eco-friendly day care environment is more than nontoxic paint, organic food and unscented soaps. It’s what you don’t see, as well,” says Adusei. “We first looked for a building with lots of natural light near Central Park. Manhattan has a high rate of


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allergens, so we went ahead with a thorough environmental inspection on what looked like an ideal building,” recalls Adusei. Inspectors pulled tiles from the floor, opened walls to check for mold and collected samples. “When they discovered signs of an old oil spill in the basement, we knew it was an unsafe place for children. We kept looking until we found the right building with large windows, near the park and environmentally safe,” she says, noting that her own kids now attend Peartree. Workplace coach Paul E. McGinniss, who also blogs at, says, “Creating a garden onsite and connecting with local farmers or CSAs [community sup-

ported agriculture] to provide healthy, fresh foods is a great way to educate kids via a learning activity. New York’s Hudson Valley, where I live, has a farm to school movement. Everyone should know where their food comes from,” he says, echoing another day care cornerstone. In Madison, Connecticut, Tina Pascoe, a registered nurse, attorney and health consultant, co-founded Nurses for Day Care, a nationwide program. The staff finds that many children are sensitive to dye additives in mustard or ketchup, certain oils in soap, paint or cleaning fumes and fire-retardant chemicals embedded in new rugs and carpeting. “We push for the whole school to go green, not just the classroom, with the sensitive or allergic child in mind,” she says. “We’re willing to do whatever it takes, like providing special menus, banning perfumes and smoking, and only using disinfectant wipes or bleach during nighttime cleaning.” Pascoe personally works with about 80 facilities throughout the state. The Cottages at Michaels Learning Center, in Sarasota, is Florida’s first school to earn a Level Three Green School and green infant care certification from the National Green School Coalition and operates the city’s only certified green infant care program. Children from 6 weeks through kindergarten benefit. The school even conducts regular radon testing. Owner and Director Michelle Ireland assesses, “It’s cause and effect. One of the things we teach the children is how our actions have an impact on the world.” Mark Stedelbauer, vice president of marketing at eWater Advantage, in Raleigh, North Carolina, strives to inform day care administrators about the value of using electrolyzed water instead of cleansers. An electrical current that runs through a blend of ordinary tap water and minerals changes the basic nature of water. A lower pH creates a disinfecting solution; a higher pH results in a degreaser. Both solutions clean and kill germs without fumes, residue or allergy triggers. “Often, the combined cost of

the electricity, water and mineral supplements used is less than what would be spent on multiple cleaning products,” Stedelbauer points out. It can be created by the half-gallon in a toaster-sized unit onsite and has been approved by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Department of Agriculture (for use on meat) and U.S. Food and Drug Administration (for use on produce). Also, electrolyzed water won’t harm skin or clothing. Creative Minds Learning Centers’ six locations are recognized by the Oregon Program of Quality as among the top 25 schools in the state. They buy renewable energy from wind, solar and biomass sources. At the school, they compost, plant sustainable gardens, collect rainwater and recycle. Nature preschools in the U.S., nearly 30 sites and growing, use a community nature center as a regular part of their learning program ( NaturePreschools). Generally, the children are outdoors for 45 to 90 minutes per day, weather permitting, and flexible activities allow them to investigate their own interests safely. Daily explorations build valuable skills like observation, sorting and experimentation. Children experiencing green day care see firsthand how healthy, environmentally sound choices can help make their present and future safe. Telling their parents about their school experiences is a natural bonus.

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Runner’s Hi Women and Social Media Revolutionize the Sport by Debra Melani


hether donning colorful tutus or making a marathon a girls’ day out, the current running scene is attracting a broader group of fitness-seekers mindful of the enhanced benefits of a more well-rounded approach. Rather than pursuing fierce competition and personal bests, these runners are focusing on social bonding and overall well-being, likely boosting their fitness success. Two main factors are fueling what’s shaping up as a new running boom: women and social media. “The first running-boom era was male-centric and competitive,” observes Ryan Lamppa, of Running USA. He’s referring to the 1970s, when, largely thanks to 1972 Summer Olympic marathon gold medal winner Frank Shorter and The Complete Book of Running, by James Fixx, many were inspired to hook up Walkmans, lace up sneakers and train for distance races. “Today’s running boom is female-centric, much bigger and more focused on health and fitness and completion, rather than competition.” Forget elapsed running time; just cross the finish line and have fun doing it, seems to be a growing mantra. Women’s participation hit an all-time high in recent years, comprising 56 percent of the more than 15.5 million runners finishing U.S. races sanctioned by Running USA in 2012 and 61 percent of U.S. half-marathoners in 2013.


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“Women tend to be more social and more in tune with their health overall, and that’s definitely a driving force,” Lamppa says. Couple the female factor with social media-driven, nontraditional race events and the result is explosive. “Events are fun, community-centered and sometimes charity-driven,” Lamppa says of the many innovations, from paint-splashing 5Ks to mud-slinging obstacle course action, which attracted 4 million entrants last year.

Boosts Bonding

These trends could indicate America’s collective progress toward fitness as studies show the social factor plays a huge motivational role in participation. “I think running adherence strengthens when there is accountability and social support,” remarks Englewood, New Jersey, sports psychologist Greg Chertok, citing a meta-analysis of data in Sport & Exercise Psychology Review that backs his notion. For example, such social exercise events inspire happiness. “If you are physically close to someone that is happy, eager and optimistic, you are naturally going to share those feelings,” explains Chertok, who is also a spokesman for the American College of Sports Medicine. “Just through social connectedness alone, you’ll gain boosted performance and mood.” As a finisher of two Tough Mudders (an intense obstacle course challenge),

Chertok can personally testify to the benefits of camaraderie. “It’s just like if a married couple got stuck in a storm and had to brave the elements; the act of doing something challenging together is very bonding.” Simply joining a recreational running group—also increasingly popular and often social media-driven—can bolster success. “When a bunch of individuals work together to pursue a common goal, they are incentivized by the group,” Chertok remarks. “You’ll run at a faster clip or go a longer distance if you are with a group, because each runner values the group and doesn’t want to let members down.”

Brings Balance

Mixing things up can also improve running performance and decrease risks of injury, enhancing long-term staying power. One study found that eight weeks of simple strength-training exercises by conditioned runners boosted their running performances over their conditioned, but non-strength-training peers, as noted in the Health & Fitness Journal of the American College of Sports Medicine. As for injury prevention, everybody, regardless of sport, needs to cross-train, advises Mindy Caplan, a wellness coach in Albuquerque, New Mexico. “In any sport that you engage in, you end up working certain muscles the same way all the time. Then those tighter muscles start to pull on the joints and without stretching, you end up with problems.” Moving the body in different ways helps, and working on stretching and flexibility can elongate muscles and protect tendons and joints. “The new runner of this second running boom has much more information about training, health and fitness, and injury prevention,” says Lamppa, who occasionally cross-trains by biking and includes some yoga-related stretching as part of his regular routine. “You have to have balance in your running as in your life. If you can get to that point, you will get a very positive response from your body and mind.” Freelance journalist Debra Melani writes about health care and fitness from Lyons, CO. Connect at Debra or

Foods for the Road by Debra Melani Well-conditioned runners focus on diet, particularly when health foods can put some punch in their pace. Registered Dietician Kelly Pritchett, Ph.D., a University of Georgia assistant professor of sports nutrition and spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, shares benefits of two foods that are currently popular with runners. Tart cherries are loaded with flavonoids, antioxidants with powerful anti-inflammatory effects. One study of runners in the Hood to Coast 197-mile relay race from Mount Hood to Seaside, Oregon, found that cherry juice notably decreased muscle damage and soreness in runners compared with a group imbibing a placebo drink. The runners drank 10.5 ounces of Montmorency cherry juice twice a day for seven days prior to the race and every eight hours on race day (Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition). Make sure juices are 100 percent cherry juice. Beet roots contain nitrates, vasodilators that relax the blood vessels, allowing them to pump more efficiently and increase exercise efficiency. Researchers found that runners eating beets rather than a placebo ran an average of 3 percent faster. According to the study, published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 200 grams of baked beetroots or an equivalent nitrate dose from other vegetables should be consumed one hour before exercise. Nitrates are also found in spinach, broccoli, fennel, leeks and celery.

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Cures in the Kitchen Dr. Mark Hyman is Fed Up with Our National Health Crisis by Judith Fertig


fat or protein calories in the body. Sugar calories drive food addiction, storage of belly fat, inflammation and fatty liver (now the number one reason for liver transplants). They also disrupt appetite control, increasing hunger and promoting overeating, and are biologically addictive. Sugar calories are the major contributor to heart attacks, strokes, cancer, dementia and Type 2 diabetes. Sugar is a root cause behind the tripling of obesity rates in children since the 1970s. As just one example illustrating government policy culprits, although poor people are disproportionately affected by obesity, the food industry vigorously opposes any efforts to limit the use of food stamps for soda. Every year, the U.S. government pays for $4 billion in soda purchases by the poor (10 billion servings annually) on the front end, and then pays billions more on the back end through Medicaid and Medicare to treat related health consequences that include obesity and diabetes.

n the groundbreaking new documentary film, Fed Up, Dr. Mark Hyman prescribes a major overhaul of the diets of all family members in communities across A m e r i c a t o p r e ve n t far-reaching unwanted consequences. Hyman practices functional medicine, which takes a whole-system approach to treating chronic illnesses by identifying and addressing their root causes, starting with poor diet. He is also the bestselling author of a series of books based on The Blood Sugar Solution.

find a way out, but didn’t have the knowledge or skills. They lived on food stamps and fast food and didn’t know how to navigate a grocery aisle, shop for real food, read a label, equip a kitchen or cook nutritious meals. Their grandmother has a garden, but never taught her children how to grow food, even though they live in a temperate rural area.

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I got the whole family cooking, washing, peeling, chopping, cutting and touching real food—onions, garlic, carrots, sweet potatoes, cucumbers, tomatoes, salad greens, even asparagus. After 12 months, the mother had lost 100 pounds and was off of blood pressure medication, and because the father had lost 45 pounds, he finally qualified for a kidney transplant. The son originally lost 40 pounds, but because he was stuck in a toxic food environment at school and only able to get a job at a fast-food eatery, he gained much of it back. I’m happy to report that he is now working to get back on track.

The costs of a poor diet are staggering: At the present rate, by 2040, 100 percent of the nation’s federal budget will go for Medicare and Medicaid. The federal debt soars as our unhealthy kids fall heir to an achievement gap that limits America’s capacity to compete in the global marketplace. At the same time, having 70 percent of young people unfit for military service weakens national security. In a detailed scientific analysis published in The New England Journal of Medicine, a group of respected scientists reviewing all the data affecting projected life spans concluded that today’s children are the first generation of Americans ever that will live sicker and die younger than their parents. Health issues due to poor diet comprise a national crisis. They threaten our future, not just for those fat and sick among us, but all of us.

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In Fed Up, I met with a family of five to talk with them about their health and understand the roots of their family crisis of morbid obesity, pre-diabetes, renal failure, disability, financial stress and hopelessness. Rural South Carolina, where they live, is a food desert with nearly10 times as many fast-food and convenience stores as supermarkets. The family’s kitchen was also a food desert, with barely a morsel of real food. There were no ingredients to make real food—only pre-made factory science projects sold in cans and boxes with unpronounceable, unrecognizable ingredient lists. This family desperately wanted to 24

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Living in Our Own Worlds

Yet Sharing the Earth by Gabrielle Wyant


rowing scientific evidence shows that toxic emotions contribute to disease. Doctors and scientists are becoming more aware that emotions, feelings, thoughts and the power of beliefs, have a direct bearing upon physical health, abundance, relationships, success and happiness, something ThetaHealing instructor/practitioner Jeff Renel knew intuitively as a child. Renel, owner of The Sacred Art of Healing at Luminosity Wellness Center, offers healing sessions and classes. “I created a place where I can assist others in the journey of the heart and teach them to tap into the psychic gifts we all possess,” he says. “ThetaHealing allows individuals to discover what sickness or disease they have and why they have it,” explains Renel, “And then it allows them to quickly reprogram the unconscious mind to eliminate it.” He notes, “It allows a person to identify deeply held blocks that may be preventing them from moving forward in life. Basically, it allows you to make the immediate changes needed in your life to create the life that you would like to have.” Renel’s work is centered on helping people achieve awareness in the present moment and to clear away the beliefs, habits and thought patterns that prevent them from living in a truly alive, joyful and loving state of being that according to Renel, can be experienced nearly all of the time. While people can do this work on their own, it is often in the workshops coached by Renel that many achieve their most profound transformations.

“Theta healing is not a religion—it transcends all religions. The only thing you need to have is a belief in a higher power,” says Renel. “Theta Healing is based on quantum physics, the law of cause and effect. For every negative belief, for example, there is a negative effect. Thus, our practice is to focus on positive beliefs so we can create positive results. Basically, we are responsible for creating our own life, our own reality.” People seek out Renel for many reasons: resolving or coping with a health crisis; feeling stuck in old patterns; experiencing an emotional malaise; yearning to deepen their life path; and seeking to reignite, improve or save a relationship and desiring to catalyze new creative energy to achieve or accomplish a desired goal. The gentle spiritual mentor began developing his healing gift when he had a transformative “realization” as a young child. “I remember, when I was little, lying awake at night thinking about Jesus and wondering about his healing,” Renel recalls. “I remember, actually knowing that we must all have the ability to do what Jesus did, and that was heal.” He began connecting the forces of energy with the morality of Jesus and knew he was getting close to answering the question that was stirring inside. Renel spent his 20s and 30s in the marble and granite business, which took its toll on his lower back. “I was referred to someone that treated only my lower back issues, which included massage,” he says. But his back wasn’t getting better, and it wasn’t until he was referred to a local chi-

ropractor that incorporated ThetaHealing into his practice that his back issues were resolved. “On my first visit, the doctor incorporated ThetaHealing and we started dealing with emotional issues,” explains Renel. “After the first session, I was still in pain, but after years of restriction, I had movement in my back. After a few sessions I was cured, and I haven’t had back issues since.” He relates that the emotional baggage he carried was released and his health changed. “I was fascinated by the hands-on healing and I continued to see the ThetaHealer weekly for the next 10 years.” While it took some years to fully integrate his awareness into a modality that resonated with him, Renel’s own healing gave him affirmation that his intuition and knowing was real, including the ability to transmit healing energy to others. Devoted to mastering ThetaHealing, Renel has completed every ThetaHealing course as a practitioner and holds seven certifications in the modality. Then it was time to act. “I decided to put my energy and time into another business that I truly, absolutely loved; one that I thought about day and night, so I created The Sacred Art of Healing,” he says. “I wanted to awaken people to the fact that we go through life without realizing that we have negative, subconscious programs in our minds,” says Renel. “Unless we’re aware of it, we don’t know how they are changing our lives. Once aware, we can look and know when to stop the program from being ‘downloaded’ and learn what it’s like to live without drama, depression, etc., and take control of our life. We release ourselves from being a victim.” “Society teaches us to hold on to resentment or anger. Society doesn’t teach us how to release it… but I can,” says Renel. “It is extraordinary to have the capacity to empower people and assist them in their journey.” Renel says, “We create our own lives through our own perception. Think about this,” he says. “We live in our own worlds, but we share the Earth.” Location: 2400 N. Tenaya Way, Las Vegas. Sessions are available in person, by phone or via Skype. Call 702-324-2595 to book an appointment. For class information, visit See ad, page 35.

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WATER DOGGIES Given a Pool or Lake, Canines Dive Into Action by Sandra Murphy

Water sports for dogs can be done just for fun or to earn recognition. Venues range from a backyard adult or kiddie pool to a lake, river or ocean. All offer healthful exercise for canine bodies and brains.


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ome dogs seem born to in another. To prevent posswim, while others learn sible squabbles, company to love it and a few make policy allows only sameentertaining spectators. It all household dogs to swim depends on temperament, in the same pool. breed and body style plus “Max is a fetching maenergy and confidence levels, niac in the water,” remarks as well as training. Yue. “He doesn’t like to Not all dogs love to dive, but if his ball sinks, swim, says Eileen Proctor, a he’ll go after it. It’s lowpet lifestyle expert in Denver, impact, high-exercise playColorado, so proceed cau- Michelle Yue and Max time and the only thing tiously. “One of the first things to do is I know that will wear out a 2-year-old buy a properly fitted life jacket that keeps German shepherd pup.” The skill of directed retrieval can be his head out of the water,” she counsels. “Once he is used to wearing it, train him described as advanced fetching. Several to use steps [like in a pool] to walk into toys or dumbbells are placed on the bottom of the pool and the handler tells the dog and out of the water every time.” Michelle Yue, a professional dog which item to retrieve. Nautical nosework trainer in Washington, D.C., takes her is the most challenging—five floating dog, Max, to a dog-specific pool twice objects like tennis balls or dummies are a month. At the Canine Fitness Center, launched into the water by another perin Annapolis, Maryland, Max swims in son. The dog must then find, indicate and one pool while canine buddies paddle retrieve the one ball his person has handled.


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naturalpetpages Other fun options are teaching a pet to tow a raft in the pool or to team swim with his owner. In a more complex aquaagility exercise, the dog swims a circle around his owner as a prelude to both of them swimming a synchronized, zigzag course between floating markers before returning to their starting positions. Ernie, a 95-pound Labrador retriever that lives with Sierra Prause, a marketing assistant, and Jaron Clinton, a search engine content marketer, in Phoenix, Arizona, rides in the storage area of Clinton’s kayak. Ernie came to them at age 4 and has always loved to jump in and swim alongside his owners. “Ernie’s claim to fame is fetching two tennis balls at once,” says Prause. “He wasn’t allowed in the pool at his former home, and now revels in taking a cooling dip after his twice-a-day walks.” Maria Schultz, author of How to SUP with Your Pup, enjoys stand up paddleboarding with her Australian shepherds, Riley and Kona, on rivers near her home in Fredericksburg, Virginia. She and Riley learned together in the living room. “I brought the board home and taught Riley how to hop on and off, where to sit or lie on the board, and to relax,” she relates. “I forgot the living room floor stood still. Riley was surprised when he got on the board on the river to find that it moved.” Riley was a good sport about it; within a week, he knew how to ride along. Kona took several months to get the hang of it. “Have patience, make it fun and all positive,” Schultz advises. “Know what motivates your dog. Riley works for food, Kona for praise.” For the more adventurous, Loews Coronado Bay Resort, in San Diego, offers one-hour surfing lessons for canine guests. Taught by Coronado Surfing Academy instructors, the only requirement is that a dog enjoys water. Of course, board shorts and a bandana are also provided so that Fido gets the full surfer dude experience. Enjoying warm weather and cool water with man’s best friend provides perfect fun for these dog days of summer. Learn more at Sandra Murphy writes from Missouri. Connect at StLouisFreelanceWriter@

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irst, check if area community pools allow dogs for special sessions. Many offer canine swims as fundraisers during off-season periods. Make sure the pet is sociable and wears a life jacket. The best swimmers include breeds used in water rescue or retrieval, such as the Newfoundland, Labrador retriever, Portuguese water dog, poodle and spaniel, as opposed to those with

shorter snouts and airways. The stocky bodies and shorter legs of Scotties and dachshunds are also less conducive to water play. Dr. Jules Benson, vice president of Veterinary Services at Petplan Pet Insurance, in Newtown Square, Pennsylvania, gives three key safety tips: Be alert for signs of tiredness, like trouble staying afloat or struggling to catch their breath; watch for vomiting, diarrhea or fever due

to harmful bacteria in some waterways; and don’t let dogs drink from the ocean. Ingested salt water can unbalance electrolytes and lead to dehydration, brain damage, kidney failure and even death. Pet expert Eileen Proctor recommends dabbing sunscreen on pet noses and ears before swimming and putting on the dog’s life jacket before going into, on or near the water. Always ensure that dogs are well-trained to come when called and leave found items and to take a break to rehydrate and rest. Supervise swimming dogs closely and make sure they aren’t drinking the water. If a dog hesitates to enter the water, leave his non-retractable leash on to reassure him he has assistance if needed, and stay in the pool with him. Establish a cue for entering and leaving the pool and use it before the dog overtires. Don’t allow a pet to climb the pool’s ladder to exit because a paw could slip, causing injury or panic. When boating, pull into a secluded area with no running propellers, active paddling or underwater snags, and keep the pet on a non-retractable lead or trained to swim close by. Rinse fur immediately after every swim to remove chlorine, bacteria, dirt or salt, and then dry the dog’s inner and outer ears.

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aws & Bootcamp has launched a new website supporting its fitness program where people work out with their canine friends. Meetup and class schedules, events, special offers and descriptions of exercises are now just a click away. Jose Rangel, founder of Paws & Bootcamp says, “We love spending time with our dogs, and it’s even better to spend time with others who share our enthusiasm for all things dogs.” He created a site that he hopes will connect the fitness and dog-loving community in helpful new ways. Rangel started Paws & Bootcamp because working out with his dog saved time, was a lot of fun and made it easier for him to be a responsible owner. Rangel and his canine companion, Kodiak, help dog owners stay active through calisthenics that are done in a rhythmic, systematic way, using body weight for resistance. Typical calisthenics exercises include pushups, jumping jacks, squats and crunches, and focus on building strength, endurance and flexibility. All of these are done while the owners dogs go through agility obstacles. Paws & Bootcamp meets at Paul Meyer Park, 4525 New Forest Dr., in Las Vegas. “A daily group class schedule can be found on the new website. Private lessons can also be scheduled by phone, email or text,” says Rangel. Visit the new website at

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Private Iridology Sessions Dr. Ellen Tart-Jensen will read and assess your eyes and create a detailed analysis of them. In addition, you will leave with a complete Nutritional Health Plan that will help you correct any imbalances. $150 per hour session


Admissions Open House – 5:30-7:30pm. Discover how to get in on the ground floor of an exciting and rewarding profession. Get questions answered about the admissions process. Learn about scholarship opportunities and speak with current faculty and students. Free. Wongu University, 8620 S Eastern Ave, LV. 702-463-2122. Intro to Energy Home Clearings with Jodi – 6:308:30pm. Learn to work with energy and feel more comfortable in one’s own space. This is an experiential class—come away with an understanding of how to work with subtle energy, bringing peace. $50. Intentional Healings, 3450 E Russell Rd, 110, LV. Jodi: 702274-4545. events/#calendar.

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SATURDAY, AUGUST 9 Junior Master Gardener Open House – 8am12pm. Searching for fun, educational activities for children this fall? Check out University of Nevada Cooperative Extension’s Junior Master Gardener Open House. Free. 8050 Paradise Rd, LV. Karyn Johnson: 702-257-5523. Workout with Your Dog – 8:30am. Goodie bags for all attendees. Money back guarantee. RSVP at Meets at Paul Meyer Park, 4525 New Forest Dr., LV. For more information visit

markyourcalendar Nurturing Naturally: A Breastfeeding Resource Fair Join us for this free event to find out what resources are available in the Las Vegas area to support breastfeeding moms! Free.

August 9 • 10am-2pm Springs Preserve 333 South Valley View Blvd (behind Albertsons) Las Vegas, NV 89107 Find out more at Monthly Saturday Social – 6:30-8:30pm. An evening of friendship, fun and food. This is a potluck event. Details can be found on the website, in the Events Calendar. Open to the public. Free to those who bring food. Love donations accepted. Luminosity Wellness Center, 400 N Tenaya Way, LV. 702-274-6670.

MONDAY, AUGUST 11 Feng Shui/Vision Board Class – 5:30-8:30pm. This class adds the art of placement with Feng

Shui. Experience incredible miracles by placing thoughts into alignment with emotions, beliefs and the natural order of things. Bagua and lamination included. $56. Intentional Healings, 3450 E Russell Rd, 110, LV. Jodi: 702-274-4545. Meetup. com/Intentional-Healings-Center/events/#calendar.

TUESDAY, AUGUST 12 MCKS Pranic Healing - Cancer Full Moon Meditation – 5-6pm. Cancer Full Moon Meditation on Twin Hearts to bless the planet Earth; giving strength and inspiring goodwill and good actions in others. Donation. Intentional Healings, 3450 E Russell Rd, 110, LV. Jodi: 702-274-4545. Meetup. com/Intentional-Healings-Center/events/#calendar.


markyourcalendar Balancing the Body Through Iridology & Nutrition Come enjoy the relaxing Scalar energy as Dr. Ellen Tart-Jensen, Ph.D, D.Sc, describes what iridology is, iris signs for the major body systems and how to test for PH, candida, thyroid function and more. Free.

August 13 • 7pm Aloha Energy Center, 1770 N Buffalo, Suite 105 (behind Albertsons) Las Vegas, NV 89128 Contact Diondra at Body Balance: 702-656-6788

Myofascial Release for Children – 3-5pm. Learn how myofascial release (MFR) can help children with physical pain. Gain insight on how MFR can heal common ailments naturally resulting in physical, emotional balance and more focus. Bring children. RSVP. $20. 5463 S Durango Dr, 120/E, LV. 702-776-8881.

FRIDAY, AUGUST 15 ThetaHealing Practice Class – 6-9pm. Expand ThetaHealing digging techniques. Practice different exercise, connecting to Higher Self, Guardian Angels, Ancestors, Future Reading, The Heart Song and so much more. Pre-requisites: Basic DNA. $20. Luminosity Wellness Center, 2400 N Tenaya Way, LV. 702-218-7135.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 16 Junior Master Gardener Open House – 8am12pm. Searching for fun, educational activities for children this fall? Check out University of Nevada Cooperative Extension’s Junior Master Gardener Open House. Free. 4600 Horse Rd, NLV. Karyn Johnson: 702-257-5523. ThetaHealing Manifesting & Abundance – SatSun, 9:30am-5:30pm. Expand ThetaHealing technique. Find out what restricting beliefs hold one back from deserved abundance, from creating the life of one’s dreams. Pre-requisites: Basic DNA, Advance DNA. Certified class. $350. Luminosity Wellness Center, 2400 N Tenaya Way, LV. 702-2187135.

SUNDAY, AUGUST 17 Raw Food Class: Just SOUPS – 3-5pm. Broaden culinary horizons. Learn to prepare delicious nutritious cold and hot raw soups filled with live enzymes. Bring enthusiasm and appetite. Full meal and recipes included. $24. 9291 Starcross Ln, LV. 702-659-2390.

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TUESDAY, AUGUST 19 Upgrade the Software of Your Mind – 6-9pm. This is an amazing training that teaches how to program oneself and others. It is a process that combines hypnosis and NLP utilizing imagination and beyond: it helps with relationships, health and wealth. $45. Luminosity Wellness Center, 400 N Tenaya Way, LV. 702-274-6670.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 23 Reiki Level 2 Certification with Jodi Friedman – 10am-5pm. Learn three powerful techniques that will add structure and focus to the use of the Reiki~Power technique, Emotional/Mental technique and Long Distance technique. Manual and certification for practitioner included. $250. Intentional Healings, 3450 E Russell Rd, 110, LV. Jodi: 702-274-4545. 193573072/. Reiki 1st Degree Certification Course – 2-8pm. Sun, 9am-3pm. Unleash natural healing ability. Learn to administer powerful treatments to self and others; pets, plants, etc. No prior experience necessary. Must pre-register, prepay and receive preparation instructions before Aug. 20. See website for pricing. Discounts available. 3920 Amy Marie Ct, LV. 702-659-2390.

SUNDAY, AUGUST 24 Reiki Level 1 Certification Class with Jodi Friedman – 10am-5pm. During Reiki Certification, energy channels open and are cleared of obstructions, thereby increasing connection to the Universal Life Energy. A personal attunement is given to further enhance spiritual development and healing journey. $200. Intentional Healings, 3450 E Russell Rd, 110, LV. Jodi: 702-274-4545.

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Hiking Safety Event – 6-7:30pm. Learn hiking/ rock scrambling safety tips from hiking expert Branch Whitney, author of Hiking Las Vegas, the first hiking guide for Southern Nevada, an Amazon best seller; Branch has 17+ years of hiking experience. Free. Lvccld, Rainbow Library, 3150 N Buffalo Dr, LV. Contact: Branch at or Kathy Kelbel at


savethedate Admissions Open House at Wongu University of Oriental Medicine Discover how to get in on the ground floor of an exciting and rewarding profession. Get your questions answered about the Admissions process. Come learn about scholarship opportunities and speak with faculty and students. Free.

September 13 • 12-2pm 8620 S Eastern Avenue Las Vegas, NV 89123 702-463-2122

FRIDAY, AUGUST 29 ThetaHealing Basic DNA Course – Fri, 5-10pm. Sat-Sun, 9:30am-5:30pm. Learn how restricting beliefs and programs in the subconscious mind can create dis-ease in one’s life, learn how to change them. Discover how to open and use one’s psychic centers. Certification upon completion. $440. Luminosity Wellness Center, 2400 N Tenaya Way, LV. 702-218-7135.

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September 13 • 3-6pm Las Vegas Springs Preserve 333 S Valley View Blvd Las Vegas, NV Melissa Blynn: 702-300-7399

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 27 Healthy Kids Festival – 10am-2pm. Families are invited to come and learn how to be healthy and active. A day full of fun and entertainment for everyone while gaining valuable resources and information available to community residents. Free. Paradise Park, 4775 McLeod Dr, LV. Tricia Perry: 702-948-5975.

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Tao Yoga – 5-6pm. Guide and lead one’s energy with Carla during her Tao Yoga class. $10. Naturally Organic Healing Center, 1171 S Buffalo Dr, 110, LV. 702-433-3874.

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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-HealingCenter/events/ calendar/?scroll=true. 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). Natural Organic Facials – Appointment only. A rejuvenating one hour facial, done with the finest fresh fruit and 100% organic honey. Only at Naturally Organic Healing Center. Starting at $65. Naturally Organic Healing Center, 1171 S Buffalo Dr, 110, LV. 702-433-3874. 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.

sunday 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. Invigorate – 5:45pm. Heated vinyasa class broken into four parts; flexibility, balance, power and inversions. Class connects movement to breath, builds strength and stamina, develops adaptability and puts the power of self into personal purpose. Trufusion, 8575 S Eastern Ave, LV. 702-982-2930.

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. TruYin – 7:15pm. All fitness levels. Using principles of traditional Yin with 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. 702-982-2930.


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. Great Basin Permaculture Monthly – (Last Tues.) 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. GreatBasinPermaculture. TruYin – 8:30pm. All fitness levels. Using principles of traditional Yin with 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. 702-982-2930.


Holistic Toastmasters – 11:30am-1pm. 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. Free. Naturally Organic Healing Center, 1171 S Buffalo Dr, 110, LV. 702-433-3874.

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.

Business Education Mondays – 6-8pm. The month of August various business topic trainings will be held; each week features valuable workshops. The 25th is the Evening of Unknowns, opening minds to amazing possibilities. Check website for details. $20. Luminosity Wellness Center, 400 N Tenaya Way, LV. 702-274-6670.

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.

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, 206, LV. 702659-2390. Fusion Belly Dance 101 – 7-8pm. Embrace one’s body and inner self as Nikki guides the class through a fun and loving Fusion Belly Dance Class. $10. Naturally Organic Healing Center, 1171 S Buffalo Dr, 110, LV. 702-433-3874.

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.

Become part of THE health and fitness “connected community” of Las Vegas! This Month’s Mixer: Monday, August 18 7pm to 9pm

tuesday Beginner Tai Chi for Seniors – 2-3pm. Doris Fong will be guiding a beginner Tai Chi for seniors. $5. Naturally Organic Healing Center, 1171 S Buffalo Dr, 110, LV. 702-433-3874. Tai Chi Fan – 3-4pm. Doris Fong will be guiding a Tai Chi Fan class. $5. Naturally Organic Healing Center, 1171 S Buffalo Dr, 110, LV. 702-433-3874.

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Mix, mingle and enjoy food and spirits! • Meet people who can move your business forward • FREE admission 702-562-4163

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Green Drinks – Second Thurs. Network with other eco-friendly business professionals. Times/locations vary.

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. Naturally Organic Healing Center, 1171 S Buffalo Dr, 110, LV. 702-433-3874.

Chi Kung, Tai Chi, Tai Chi Fan or Saber, and Push Hands – 9am, 10am, 11-11:30am. $10 per class or $15 for both Chi Kung and Tai Chi (Saturdays only).$5 Tai Chi Fan or Saber. $5 Push Hands. Naturally Organic Healing Center, 1171 S Buffalo Dr, 110, LV. 702-433-3874.

EZ Weight Loss Series-Meditative Nutrition Classes – 12-1:30pm. Different topic each Fri. Food Combining, Detox, Alkalize, Fats that Heal, Transform Emotional Eating and more. Visit website for specific topic. Must RSVP. $13. Discounts available. 3920 Amy Marie Ct, LV. 702-659-2390.

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.

Esoteric Tantra Level 1 – 11am-1pm. 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, 110, LV. 702-433-3874. 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. Magic of Femininity with Ileana – 6-8pm. Open to women 18+. Discover that by growing personal feminine aspects one will open the door to an easy, fulfilling personal and spiritual transformation, and to happiness. $20. Naturally Organic Healing Center, 1171 S Buffalo Dr, 110, LV. 702-433-3874. 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. 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.

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. Community HU – 6:15-6:45pm. Fourth Fri. Community HU: Open the heart to divine love and experience an 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. Reiki Spiritual Mastermind Group – 7-9pm. A lifechanging two hour Spiritual Mastermind Group in a safe relaxing atmosphere of unconditional love. Bring a friend or meet one. On-going certification training available. Free. 1420 E Harmon Ave, 3, LV. 702-659-2390.

Ashtora Yoga – 4-5pm. Ashtora yoga will be guided by NOHC’s very own Stephanie. Class will begin with an intro to beginner Ashtanga to release, then will finish with gentle restorative yoga and meditation. $10. Naturally Organic Healing Center, 1171 S Buffalo Dr, 110, LV. 702-433-3874. Health Classes – 5-6pm. Join Beverly every week for different health classes such as digestive health and hormone control. $10. Naturally Organic Healing Center, 1171 S Buffalo Dr, 110, LV. 702-4333874. Spiritual Experience Discussions – 6-7pm. Open the mind and heart. Feed the soul during these spiritual discussions. Free. Naturally Organic Healing Center, 1171 S Buffalo Dr, 110, LV. 702-433-3874. TruYin – 7:15pm. All fitness levels. Using principles of traditional Yin with 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. 702-982-2930.

TruYin – 8:30pm. All fitness levels. Using principles of traditional Yin with 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. 702-982-2930.

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3651 Lindell Rd, #D-794, LV 702-239-6636 A Chamber of Commerce for the health & fitness professionals within the community. Our mission is to help members grow their businesses among a group of their peers through a variety of sales, marketing, advertising and public relations initiatives, health and fitness awareness, news articles and education on living a well-balanced and healthy lifestyle. See ad, page 4.

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Dr. Jim Wright, DDS, AIAOMT, AIABDM 8855 W Flamingo, LV 89147 702-281-9900 • 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 13.

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