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e all need iodine, yet most of us don’t get enough of it through our diet. A study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that iodine deficiency in the developed world has increased fourfold in the past 40 years and now affects nearly three-quarters of all adults. Numerous U.S. practicing physicians quoted widely in the media estimate that the incidence of hypothyroidism in our adult population may be between 30 and 70 percent. Thus, we can’t efficiently produce the thyroid hormones that serve as chemical messengers triggering nearly every bodily function. The presence or absence of iodine affects our every cell. Natural Awakenings Detoxifed Iodine is 100 percent natural, raw iodine in an ethyl alcohol solution. We thank all those that are benefiting from this product and enthusiastically telling us their great results.  Available only at  My wife, who suffered from extreme fatigue and other symptoms, saw a dramatic increase in energy after just a few days of taking the natural iodine drops. Now if she misses a day, she’ll end up falling asleep in the middle of the afternoon, like she used to do before taking the iodine. It works! ~ Aaron My doctor told me that I had a hypothyroid condition, prescribed medication and was happy with the follow-up test results, yet I noticed no positive effects on my overall wellbeing. Within two weeks of using the Natural Awakenings Detoxified Iodine, I had more energy, felt more awake and enjoyed clearer thinking and greater peace of mind. People even comment that I look younger. I am a fan! ~ Larry

Be Aware of Hypothyroidism Symptoms Low thyroid function, or hypothyroidism, is the most recognized and obvious indicator of low iodine intake because the thyroid gland contains more concentrated iodine than other organs. Symptoms can range from extreme fatigue and weight gain to depression, carpal tunnel syndrome, high blood pressure, fibrocystic breasts and a variety of skin and hair problems. Hypothyroidism can further cause infertility, joint pain, heart disease and stroke. Low iodine levels also have been associated with breast and thyroid cancers. In children, insufficient iodine has been strongly linked with mental retardation,

deafness, attention deficient and hyperactivity disorder and impaired growth, according to studies by Boston University, China’s Jiao Tong University School of Medicine and France’s National Academy of Medicine. The answer is simple: Taking the right kind of iodine in the right dosage can rebalance thyroid function and restore health to the thyroid and the whole body.

Reasons Behind Iodine Deficiency Radiation: Almost everyone is routinely exposed to iodine-depleting radiation emitted by cell phones, Wi-Fi, microwave ovens and other electronic devices. Iodized table salt: The human body cannot utilize the iodine added to this product. Low-sodium diets: Failure to use healthy salts to fulfill sodium requirements, plus over-

use of zero-nutrient table salt in foods, leads to iodine depletion. Bromine: This toxic chemical overrides iodine’s abilities to nourish the thyroid, adrenal and other hormone-producing glands. A known carcinogen, it is used as an anticaking ingredient found in almost all baked goods, unless the ingredients specifically cite unbromated flour. Iodine-depleted soils: Due to poor farming techniques, iodine and other minerals in soil have declined, so most foods today are devoid of naturally occurring iodine. Proper iodine supplementation with a high-quality product like Natural Awakenings Detoxified Iodine can prevent harm by protecting the thyroid and other endocrine glands and restoring proper hormone production.

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e all know that life is a series of choices. We can choose to discipline ourselves to change it all, open our mind to new knowledge or start a new activity toward the process of life change. In the July issue, I told you about my sugar addiction and my compulsive behavior with food. My love affair with pan dulce and coffee in the morning and ice cream before bed continued until last month, seven days before writing this letter

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to be exact. I scolded myself with self-talk; “What is wrong with me? I represent Natural Awakenings magazine! I know better than this...! Chips at the computer; Really?” Then I discovered a concept that uses “nutrient-dense superfoods, slow-burning carbs and highly-digestible protein. All vegan.” When I learned the ingredients, are all natural without any processed, irradiated, denatured or synthetic ingredients I was stoked because I didn’t have to research or think about what I’d be consuming. I chose to begin my transformation and on day seven I’m still clean! I’m at that place of knowing the transformation is real. Oh, don’t get me wrong—I turn into Pavlov’s dog when I smell the coffee brewing or the enchiladas baking! But, I’m not feeling anxiety over the fact that I won’t partake, and that tells me the addiction at least for today, is gone. I choose health. This month’s feature is an amazing article about severe weather issues related to food, water and energy and how “the right steps now can avert the worst of it all.” While contemplating the article, I realized that I have very little experience in the world of renewable energy. I voiced this to a friend and she reminded me to open my mind to new knowledge. So, for the months ahead I will make it a priority to follow Green Chips and their projects as they make Greater Las Vegas a sustainable community. I’m excited to have joined Vegas Green Jelly and Green Drinks Las Vegas. I look forward to sharing their news with you and introduce you to projects, leaders and sustainability initiatives close to home. I choose to learn. October is a wonderful month of fun activities in Las Vegas including festivals, free concerts and expos, pumpkin carving, Halloween parties and, of course, costume contests for humans and animals. Be sure to reference the calendar each day for information about classes and events. I choose to engage. October is also a wonderful weather month here in the valley. It’s a great time to try a new activity. I hope you too will become inspired by Trekking with a Purpose (page 20) and join a hiker meetup group that meets your level of fitness. I choose to experience the trails of Las Vegas. If you don't like how things are, make a choice to change it! You have the ability to totally transform every area in your life and it all begins with your very own power of choice. What will you choose today? With love and encouragement,

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Necessity Again Proves the Mother of Invention

New Classes Forming in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction


ore than 30 years of research has shown the health and wellness benefits from an eightweek training in mindfulness-based stress reduction. In the serene surroundings of the Stillpoint Center, the practice of Leanne L. Earnest, Ph.D., enrollment is open for an eight-week series of mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) classes: October 17 to December 19 (skipping Halloween and Thanksgiving). Each class includes a full-day retreat after the sixth class. Each series offers instruction in multiple modalities of mindfulness training, including mindful gentle yoga and Qigong offered by Qigong teacher Gregory Pergament. Classes are offered on a sliding scale and include an instructional Qigong DVD, practice recordings, the text, Full Catastrophe Living, by Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn, and selected readings that are distributed each week of class. This class is offered in locations worldwide and has only been available in Las Vegas since 2011. Location: 8072 W. Sahara Ave., Ste. D, Las Vegas. For more information, call 702609-2139, email or visit StressLessLasVegas. com. See ad, page 33.

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reetings From Las Vegas, a grassroots project group, invites local artists, designers, activists and members of the community to showcase their visions of a greener, more sustainable Las Vegas Valley in an exhibition from 6 to 10 p.m., December 5, at the Gateway Motel, in Las Vegas. The deadline for entries is October 4. There is no fee to enter. Each room will feature installations or displays of any creative medium by individuals, pairs, groups or official organizations, free food, local beer, local bands and burlesque dancers. Greetings from Las Vegas is a local grassroots project that aims to demonstrate the power of art, culture and community highlighting and strengthening the vibrant community that already exists in Las Vegas, but sometimes get overlooked.


uring a summer of intense hiking and mountain biking using an hydration pack, Ian Van Handel grew frustrated with the awkward alignment of its delivery tube, so he applied some ingenuity and the first Hydration Retraction System (HRS) was born. His Hydration Retraction System is an essential, all-in-one solution that retracts and keeps the hydration tube in a desired location, securing to almost any location on a hydration pack. Then Van Handel created Invent Yourself (InventYourselfLLC. com) to combine his passion for outdoor activities with his extensive experience in the manufacturing and product development industry. Invent Yourself is now a full-solution product company that partners and assists others to make their own outdoor innovations a reality. To order for $9.95, visit See ad, page 12.

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s one of the leaders in the Real Food Revolution for more than 20 years, Purium Health Products is on a mission to “take back our food, our health and the future of those we love” by asking 1,000 women in 100 communities to each help 10 families eat cleaner and greener. That’s 1 million moms. Amy Venner, owner of Purium, says, “I am a mom first and Purium owner second. Before we introduce any product, I ask one simple question; ‘Is this something I would give to Madilyn and Addison?’ That means absolutely no artificial colors, no artificial flavors, no artificial sweeteners, no genetically modified ingredients, no irradiated ingredients, no binders, fillers or synthetic ingredients of any kind. I don’t want my girls consuming unhealthy food and I don’t want your kids to consume unhealthy food, either. What we don’t put into our products is just as important as what we do put in.” For more information about how to join the cause, visit MillionMomMovement.aspx.

Well Rounded Momma’s Homestead Offers Expressive Prenatal Dance Class


ell Rounded Momma’s Homestead (WRM) now offers an Expressive Prenatal Dance Class from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m., on Fridays, with the first class on October 11. Certified Prenatal and Postnatal Yoga Teacher Astrid Rudin will safely instruct the movements. During an expressive prenatal yoga movement class, primal rhythms will encourage the mother to create a new flow to develop a sacred, spiritual connection with her child. As an Expressive Yoga Dance teacher, Rudin encourages the pregnant women to “Find their flow back to their roots and guide them into the universal power of womanhood.” Her class combines experience of expressive dancing, knowledge of holistic therapy and experiences of her own pregnancies. Comprised of doulas, childbirth educators, lactation professionals, wellness practitioners and midwives that provide one-on-one consultations and facilitate groups, workshops and classes, WRM fully supports The Mother-Friendly Childbirth Initiative. Location: 3556 E. Patrick Ln., Las Vegas. For more information, call 702-478-5080 or visit

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he Ultimate Healing Center, formerly Optimal Health Primary Care, is the practice of Dr. Jeffrey Brown, DO, who places special emphasis on healing in modalities not limited to conventional primary care methods. His focus and passion for patient-centered care uses a functional medicine approach to heal the body, not just treat the symptoms. Brown uses both innovative natural and, when needed, conventional therapies. The Ultimate Healing Center conducts treatments for anti-aging, regenerative medicine and restoring balance to the body. Location: 10120 S. Eastern Ave., Ste. 100, Henderson. For more information, call 702-871-7004 or visit See ad, page 11.


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r. Michael Bell, of The Bell Center for Holistic Dentistry, is offering $500 off Invisalign TX, which includes free whitening of teeth, during the month of October. Teeth that are not aligned properly in the mouth create malocclusions, which if left untreated, can lead to periodontal disease and create abnormal stress on teeth and jaws, leading to premature wear. If periodontal disease becomes severe, it may increase risk for coronary heart disease and stroke, diabetes, adverse pregnancy outcomes and lung disease. Straightening teeth can make a significant difference to having a healthy mouth and keeping teeth for life. Using a set of custom-made clear aligners from Invisalign will straighten teeth, promote healthier gums, improve hygiene and decrease risk of abnormal wear and trauma to teeth.


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ica Teal, a clairvoyant holistic practitioner, has opened a new healing practice at 4001 South Buffalo, in Las Vegas. She is a Karuna and Usui Reiki master who helps her clients on a soul level. While traditional Usui Reiki mainly heals on a surface level, easing physiMica Teal cal pain and re-balancing the chakra system, Karuna healing goes much deeper. “I enjoy highlighting the beautiful parts of people that can positively catalyze a soul revival to help them become the best version of themselves,” says Teal. Teal is one of the few Reiki practitioners in Las Vegas who performs Karuna, and it’s her talent of combining Karuna, Usui and crystals that makes each hourlong session, followed by an hour of consultation, a unique and powerful way to get clients on their true life path. She also creates a personalized report for each client with information intended to empower them after their session, which includes fun, take-home tasks.

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Acupuncture’s Growing Acceptance


ne in 10 American adults has received acupuncture at least once and nearly half of them say they are “extremely” or “very” satisfied with their treatment, according to a survey sponsored by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. Sixty percent of survey respondents readily accepted the idea of acupuncture as a treatment option, and 20 percent have used other forms of Oriental medicine, including herbs and Chinese bodywork. Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Day is observed on Oct. 24. For more information, visit



xposure to mercury in young adulthood can trigger serious health issues later in life, according to two recent studies. New Indiana University research confirmed a link between mercury exposure and diabetes in young adults ages 20 to 32 at the beginning of the study in 1987, and was periodically reassessed six times through 2005. Those with high mercury levels at the beginning of the study were 65 percent more likely to develop Type 2 diabetes as they aged. Also, Swedish researchers report that high mercury levels from eating contaminated fish leads to a higher risk for heart attacks in men. However, eating clean coldwater fish high in healthy omega-3 fatty acids, like salmon, countered the increased risk from the mercury exposure, according to conclusions published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

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t’s high season for grapes, and consuming any variety of this sweet fruit—red, green or black— may help protect against organ damage associated with the progression of metabolic syndrome, according to new research presented at the 2013 Experimental Biology Conference, in Boston. Natural components in grapes, known as polyphenols, are thought to be responsible for this benefit. Metabolic syndrome comprises a cluster of conditions—increased blood pressure, high blood sugar level, excess body fat around the waist and abnormal cholesterol levels—that occur together, increasing the risk of heart disease, stroke and diabetes. Working with lab animals, researchers found that three months of a grape-enriched diet significantly reduced inflammatory markers throughout the body, most significantly in the liver and abdominal fat tissue. The diet also reduced the fat weight of the animals’ liver, kidneys and abdomen compared with those that were on a control diet. The grape intake also increased markers of antioxidant defense, particularly in the liver and kidneys. “Our study suggests that a grapeenriched diet may play a critical role in protecting against metabolic syndrome and the toll it takes on the body and its organs,” says lead investigator E. Mitchell Seymour, Ph.D., of the University of Michigan Health System. “Both inflammation and oxidative stress play a role in cardiovascular disease progression and organ dysfunction in Type 2 diabetes.”


October is National Spinal Health Month A healthy spine is more than the basis of good posture— it is a harbinger of sound emotional and physical health, according to practitioners of holistic chiropractic care. Those seeking relief from back pain and other common spine-related conditions might do well to exchange pain-masking drugs for more lasting relief from professional adjustments. All chiropractic can be considered alternative medicine, because practitioners do not prescribe drugs or surgery. Instead, these doctors rely on manual therapies such as spinal manipulation to improve function and provide pain relief for conditions ranging from simple sprains and strains to herniated discs and sciatica. Yet, holistic chiropractors go beyond treatment of structural problems, like a misaligned spine, to address root causes. Michael Roth, a Ventura, California, chiropractor who has been practicing holistic methods for nearly 20 years, points out that, “Basic spinal manipulation does not address the mind-body connection. A holistic chiropractor recognizes that symptoms are the body’s way of adapting to some environmental stressor. If the spine is adapting to a stressor, that’s not the cause of the problem, simply the effect.” Holistic chiropractors typically can suggest complementary measures such as massage, yoga, naturopathy or physical therapy for a more integrated and comprehensive treatment approach. Beyond adjusting the spine, they may also prescribe adjustments to diet, exercise and other lifestyle elements, depending on their understanding of an individual’s optimum path to wellness. Before placing one’s care in someone else’s hands, ask for credentials and seek out reviews from former patients. Good health—and a happy spine—begin with an educated and empowered patient. includes a database of licensed chiropractors, searchable by zip code.

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At current growth rates, solar energy could be harnessed to produce 10 percent of the world’s electricity by 2020. But the greater benefit of clean solar power relies on first realizing an efficient initial payback for all the energy needed to produce the panels. To make polysilicon, the basic building block of most solar photovoltaic (PV) panels, silica rock must be melted at 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit, using electricity from mostly coal-fired power plants. Stanford University researchers believe that a tipping point when clean electricity from installed solar panels surpasses the energy going into the industry’s continued growth will occur by 2015. As the industry has advanced, it’s required ever less energy and silicon to manufacture and install solar PV panels, along with less wasted silicon, according to Stanford University’s Global Climate & Energy Project. Advances in solar cell efficiency requires fewer panels, and new thin-film solar panels leave out silicon altogether.

A Swirling Southern Patch of Plastic Trash The Great Pacific Garbage Patch and North Atlantic Garbage Patch have already been well documented, and the trashy family is growing. The South Pacific Gyre is an accumulation zone of plastic pollution floating off the coast of Chile. Scientists at the 5 Gyres Institute, which tracks plastic pollution in swirling subtropical gyres (vortices), discovered this latest mass of plastic by examining ocean currents. A new study published in the journal Marine Pollution Bulletin marks the first documentation of a defined oceanic garbage patch in the Southern Hemisphere, where sparse research on marine plastic pollution previously existed. View a map and find more information at

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Barnyard Species are Declining, Too Zakri Abdul Hamid, Ph.D., chair of the independent Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services, states that the disappearance of wild and domesticated plant and animal species constitutes a fundamental threat to the well-being and perhaps survival of humankind. His urgent message was most recently delivered in Norway to 450 international government authorities responsible for biodiversity and economic planning. “We are hurtling towards irreversible environmental tipping points that, once passed, would reduce the ability of ecosystems to provide essential goods and services to humankind,” Zakri stated. Findings by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization show that genetic diversity, among even domestic livestock, is declining. Typically, breeds become rare because their characteristics either don’t suit contemporary demands or because differences in their qualities have not been recognized. When a breed population falls to about 1,000 animals, it is considered rare and endangered. While we know of 30,000 edible plant species, only 30 crops account for 95 percent of human food energy; 60 percent of these crops comprise varieties of rice, wheat, maize, millet and sorghum. Source: Science Daily

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What a Dentist Sees In Your Mouth by Dr. Michael Bell, DDS

Sometimes, the dentist sees chronic illness, infections and toxicities in the mouth of patients that come in for other complaints. Many may be of the opinion that because they are not sick that they are healthy, but this couldn’t be further from the truth. Maladies may take years to manifest themselves before the patient is aware. However, a dentist can spot illness in the mouth before the patient is aware of it.


here are six subclinical defects that lead to poor health: pH imbalance; free calcium excess; anaerobic tendency; chronic inflammation; connective tissue breakdown; and oxidative stress. Cavities, tartar and other symptoms can provide clues to deeper problems. Changes in the pH of blood are seen in the pH of saliva. Rampant decay can be observed with low pH around 5.5 in the mouth, resulting in minerals leaving the bones and teeth, creating cavities. Eating flour and sugar, excess alcohol consumption, drinking coffee on an empty stomach and exposure to environmental toxins

such as plastics, solvents, pesticides, dental mercury and other heavy metals can all lower pH. Any time insulin is stimulated by eating refined foods such as bread, the body will burn sugar, store fat and lower mouth pH. When acidic, one of the ways the body will raise pH is by sending the blood into the bones to buffer it. Calcium ions are released in the process and wash up onto the teeth as tartar and into the kidneys as stones. Arteries are also hardened and this raises blood pressure. In health, we get no tartar buildup. Taking calcium supplements in the presence of acid pH will not result in calcium entering the

bones. Women taking calcium for their bones should first have their saliva pH checked by their dentist. The more acidic we become, the more our metabolism switches to anaerobic mode. Pathogens love an acidic, sweet, oxygen-free environment. Wouldn't it make sense that when fighting an infection, we would make it uncomfortable for bacteria to thrive by not eating sugar or refined foods that create acidity and exercise to increase oxygen. A microscope slide of saliva can detect anaerobic pathogens. In 1997, Dr. Alan Fogelman, in his keynote address to the American Heart Association, revealed that the underlying defect in heart disease was chronic inflammation. It always precedes the deposition of calcium and cholesterol in the arteries. The risk of heart attack is dramatically increased when active gum disease is present. Blood tests can determine whether gum disease and root canals are affecting the patient’s health. It is prudent not to have chronic, long-term inflammatory conditions in the mouth. Also, all cancer metastasis begins in an acidic, calcium-rich environment with chronic inflammation. So many chronic diseases we see today are due in great measure to the presence of oxidative stress caused by free radicals. Sources are cigarette smoke, toxic waste in the colon, chronic inflammation, UV light, alcohol, dental mercury and excess stored iron. Free radical damage is greatly enhanced by an acid environment. Taking antioxidants in the presence of low pH will greatly reduce its effectiveness. Removing mercury fillings is essential to better health. People that are truly seeking health or are tired of just getting their symptoms treated can focus on looking at these six areas to address the root causes of their health problems. A biological dentist is trained to focus on these areas and thus, provide true health. Dr. Michael Bell, DDS, practices at The Bell Center, located at 8068 W. Sahara Ave., in Las Vegas. For more information, call 702-256-7666 or visit See ad, page 27.

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The Right Steps Now Can Avert the Worst of It by Christine MacDonald


enowned “We’re not going to stop opted for the “bunclimate sciny slope” approach, global warming; it’s too a leisurely descent entist Richard Somerville, Ph.D., late for that. But we can from the ubiquitous uses simple lanuse of climatekeep it from getting as bad changing fossil guage and sports analogies to help as it could possibly get.” fuels. Unfortunately, us understand cligreenhouse gases ~ Bill McKibben mate change and would have had to the risks ahead. peak two years ago A distinguished professor emeriand now be in decline in order to take tus, researcher at California’s Scripps the easy way out. Instead, the amount of Institution of Oceanography and carbon dioxide in the atmosphere shot author of The Forgiving Air, he likens past 400 parts per million last May, a greenhouse gases to a scandal that’s level that most scientists agree the planet rocked major league baseball in hasn’t experienced since long before the recent years. “Greenhouse gases are arrival of modern humans. the steroids of the climate system,” “Science tells you, you can put he says. Although we can’t link them this much carbon dioxide into the to any single weather event, we can atmosphere, but no more,” without see them in the statistics at the end changing the planet’s climate too of the season, Somerville says. With dramatically, Somerville says. “Mother the bases loaded, “Look out, because Nature tells you, you cannot wait 50 Mother Nature bats last.” or 100 years to solve this. You have to To explain how we could confront do it in five to 10 years. There’s been the problem, he turns to another sport, a general failure to connect the dots.” skiing. If we were serious about avoiding The bit of good news is that time has not yet completely run out. He and a worst-case scenario, we would have

other pioneering thought leaders believe that we can still reverse the dangerous current course. “These next few years are going to tell the tale about the next 10,000 years,” well-known global environmental activist Bill McKibben, author of Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet. “We’re not going to stop global warming; it’s too late for that. But we can keep it from getting as bad as it could possibly get.”

climate legislation, her group, encompassing 1.4 million online members and activists, is pressing the Obama administration to live up to its pledge to regulate the carbon dioxide emitted by power plants. The leading culprits for climate-changing gases, they contribute 40 percent of the country’s carbon emissions. “It’s time to act, and we have to act now,” Beinecke says.

On the Energy Front

Sandra Postel agrees. “Water, energy and food production: These things are tightly linked, and all are affected by climate change.” From Los Lunas, New Mexico, she leads the Global Water Policy Project, a group also focused on the climate conundrum, as well as National Geographic’s Change the Course national freshwater conservation and restoration campaign. Competition for water is increasing in several parts of the country, she says, and will only get worse as dry conditions increase demands on groundwater. Endangered sources detailed in her extensive related writings include the Ogallala Aquifer, vital to agricultural

McKibben’s grassroots group, 350. org, opposes the planned Keystone XL pipeline that, if built, is expected to transport Canadian tar sands oil across the United States to refineries along the Gulf of Mexico. Increasing fossil fuel infrastructure, he says, is impractical, and we’d be better off investing in clean and renewable energies such as wind, solar and geothermal. It’s a theme also sounded by Frances Beinecke, president of the New York City-based Natural Resources Defense Council and author of Clean Energy Common Sense. With the failure of the U.S. Congress to enact

On the Water Front

operations across much of the Great Plains, and California’s Central Valley, the nation’s fruit and vegetable bowl. In the Colorado River Basin, which provides drinking water to some 30 million people, water demands already exceed the available supply—and that gap is expected to widen with changes in the region’s climate. In other regions, the problem is too much water from storms, hurricanes and flooding, a trend that Postel and other experts say will also worsen as the world continues to warm and fuel weather extremes. Beyond the loss of lives and property damage, this “new normal” holds stark implications for communities. “We’ve built our bridges, dams and other infrastructure based on 100-year records of what’s happened in the past,” advises Postel. “In a lot of ways, how we experience climate change is going to be through changes in the water cycle. If the past isn’t a good guide to the future anymore, we’ll have to change our water management.” (See water/readiness by city and state.)

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On the Ocean Front

The world’s oceans are being transformed by climate change in ways we are only beginning to understand. Since the Industrial Revolution, oceans have absorbed a significant portion of the carbon dioxide generated, experiencing a 30 percent rise in acidity; that’s expected to reach 100 to 150 percent above pre-industrial levels by the end of this century, according to the nonprofit National Academy of Science (NAS), in Washington, D.C. “Thank goodness for the oceans, but they are paying a tremendous price,” says Oceanographer Dawn Wright, Ph.D. She’s chief scientist of Esri, in Redlands, California, that analyzes geographic system relationships, patterns and trends. The higher acidity levels are “taking a toll on shellfish such as oysters, clams and sea urchins, as well as coral reefs, where much aquatic life is spawned,” Wright explains. Climate change may have other devastating impacts on the ocean food chain—and eventually us—that scientists are only beginning to discern. As just one of myriad impacts:

Ocean acidification threatens the country’s $3.7 billion annual wild fish and shellfish industry and the $9.6 billion slice of the global tourism business that caters to scuba divers and snorkelers, according to a recent NAS study.

The Way Forward

We can be grateful for some hopeful developments in the call to act. Wright, who has advised President Obama’s National Ocean Council, is overseeing her company’s ocean initiative, which includes building an ocean basemap of unparalleled detail. While less than 10 percent of the world’s oceans’ underwater realms are mapped today, Esri is compiling authoritative bathymetric data to build a comprehensive map of the ocean floor. Public and private sector planners, researchers, businesses and nonprofits are already using this map and analysis tools to, among other things, conduct risk assessments and provide greater understanding of how onshore development impacts oceans’ natural systems. Municipalities are also taking action. New York City plans to restore natural buffers to future hurricanes, while Philadelphia and other cities are restoring watersheds, replanting Get the lowest out of pocket cost trees in riparian of any solar installer in Las Vegas. areas, adding rain gardens, laying permeable pavement and revamping roofs and parking lots to reduce stormwater runoff. Investing in such “green infrastructure” is less costly than expanding “grey infrastructure” such as underground sewer systems and water purification plants. Increasingly, local authorities are relocating communities out of flood Call us today! 1.702.749.4111 zones to allow

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rivers to reclaim wetlands, an effort which also creates new recreation and tourism spots. Floodplains buffer against extreme flooding and drought, plus filter stormwater runoff, removing farm and lawn fertilizers and other chemicals that otherwise enter waterways, creating deoxygenated “dead zones” where aquatic life can’t survive, as exemplified by parts of Lake Erie, Chesapeake Bay and the Gulf of Mexico. “These solutions are unfolding here and there,” Postel notes, while also remarking that too many locales are rebuilding levees at their peril and allowing people to return to areas that flood repeatedly. “An amount of climate change is already locked in. We will have to adapt, as well as mitigate, simultaneously.” Somerville, who helped write the 2007 assessment by the Nobel Prizewinning International Panel on Climate Change, labels it “baloney” when politicians say there’s not enough time or it’s too expensive to address the problem. “It’s very doable,” he maintains. “First, inform yourself. Second, tell politicians that you care about this. Then raise hell with those who don’t agree. We’ve got to get countering climate change high on the priority list.” McKibben recommends that the country gets serious about putting a price on carbon emissions. Meanwhile, he’s encouraged by the people-powered regional successes in blocking fracking, a controversial method of extracting natural gas, and credits grassroots groups for holding the Keystone pipeline project at bay. “We’re cutting it super-close” and need to change the trajectory of climate change, according to McKibben, who says we can still have good lives powered by wind and solar, but will have to learn to live more simply. “I don’t know where it will all end and won’t see it in my lifetime. But if we can stop the combustion of fossil fuels and endless consumption, then there’s some chance for the next generation to figure out what the landing is going to be.” Christine MacDonald is a freelance journalist in Washington, D.C., who specializes in health, science and environmental issues. Learn more at

Vegas Green Groups While Greater Las Vegas may still have some work to do before gaining recognition as sustainable, here are several organizations that are making it easy for us to get involved, learn and lead a more environmentally conscious lifestyle. Clean Energy Project Clean Energy Project, Inc. is a nonprofit, non-partisan organization dedicated to powering the clean energy economy through education and engagement with policy leaders, community leaders and citizens on the economic benefits of fully developing a clean energy economy. CEP builds on existing successful policies and advocates for continued development of the west's promising clean energy industry. Green Drinks Las Vegas Every month, people in the environmental sector, those with an interest in the environment, or even those who are seeking dynamic conversations about the environment, all join and share thoughts, news and opinions. Green Chips Green Chips is a unique public/private partnership to encourage environmental sustainability initiatives in Southern Nevada. In response to the needs of the global environment, Green Chips is helping local residents and businesses take real steps to reduce environmental impacts in our own community. To us, “think globally, act locally“ is more than a slogan, it is a mission statement. Vegas Green Jelly A gathering of Las Vegans interested in making downtown Vegas greener and more sustainable. An amazing group of vast creative talent and passion.


A Sign of the Times

he Strip’s most iconic landmark, the “Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas” sign, which greets millions of visitors as they head into Las Vegas, will go green this winter. The Clark County Commission approved a plan to install solar trees nearby, allowing the sign’s legendary neon and incandescent lights to run solely on harnessed solar energy. Green Chips, Clean Energy Project and Clark County Commission finalized plans to power the iconic sign with solar panels. “The Las Vegas Valley is one of the sunniest spots on the planet,” says Clark County Commissioner and Green Chips Board Member Chris Giunchigliani. “We are delighted to harness that sunshine and use it to power such an iconic symbol of our community. The project will forever tie our storied past with the possibility of an exciting future powered by solar energy.” Clean Energy Project (CEP), a Las Vegas-based nonprofit organization that promotes the benefits of a clean energy economy, in partnership with Green Chips, a unique public/private partnership that advances environmental sustainability initiatives, has been leading the effort to convert the power source for the legendary sign. “We are excited, not just about the project itself, which will produce all the power the sign needs to operate, but about what this symbolizes in Southern Nevada,” says Lydia Ball, Executive Director, Clean Energy Project. “By lighting up this sign every night with the power of the solar energy, we are providing a great

example of just what solar can do and why it’s worth support.” The project is fully funded by donations from the Consumer Electronics Association and NV Energy and a grant from the Las Vegas Centennial History Grant Program. “We have seen a tremendous rally around this idea,” says Rick Van Diepen, Executive Director, Green Chips. “To have the Consumer Electronics Association pledge $50,000 to this change and then to have NV Energy and the Las Vegas Centennial History Grant Program dive in as well is a testament to the power behind the clean energy and sustainability movement that is growing in Las Vegas.” The “Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas” sign, designed by Betty Willis, has stood at the south end of Las Vegas Boulevard since 1959. When the switch is flipped on the solar project the sign’s neon, backlighting and 89-bulb border will be powered solely by the energy harnessed by three solar trees, which will be installed along the central median where the sign stands. The solar trees will be placed so as not to interfere with the iconic view that has served as The Strip’s welcome mat for more than 50 years. The project also includes a didactic plaque describing how the project works and directing those interested in learning more about renewable energy and sustainability in Southern Nevada to the Clark County, Green Chips and CEP websites. Groundbreaking for the project will begin this fall with anticipated completion around the first of the new year. For more information, visit CleanEnergy

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TREKKING AS PILGRIMAGE A Literal Path to Personal Growth

by Sarah Todd


or more than a millennium, seekers have made spiritual pilgrimages on the Way of St. James, beginning at their chosen point in Europe, winding westward and ending in the Spanish city of Santiago de Compostela. Today, as portrayed in the 2010 movie, The Way, the core route continues to attract both secular and devout trekkers. It’s fair to say that every pilgrim derives something from the journey, although it’s not always what they expect. Alyssa Machle, a landscape architect in San Francisco, imagined that walking The Way would be a quietly contemplative and solitary experience. Instead, she spent weeks bonding with fellow trekkers: an Ohio schoolteacher trying to decide whether to become a Catholic nun, and a German woman in her 30s unsettled by falling in love with her life partner’s best friend, a war veteran in his 70s.


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“Inevitably, each person had some internal battle that he or she hoped to resolve,” Machle found. “My own ideological shift was about setting aside preconceived ideas about how I would experience the path, and focusing my energy on the community that I suddenly was part of.” The diverse goals of the people Machle met on The Way speaks to the power of adventurous treks. From the Bible story of Moses and the Israelites crossing the desert for 40 years to young Fellowship of the Ring members hiking across Middle Earth, we like the idea of walking long distances as a way to get in touch with ourselves— and often with something larger. In America, there are as many trails to hike as there are reasons to do it. For Cheryl Strayed, author of the 2012 bestselling memoir, Wild, hiking the Pacific Crest Trail at age 26 allowed her innate courage to blossom. A rank

novice, she took to the trails solo, grieving the early death of her mother, and discovered a new kind of selfreliance. “Every time I heard a sound of unknown origin or felt something horrible cohering in my imagination, I pushed it away,” Strayed relates. “I simply did not let myself become afraid. Fear begets fear. Power begets power. I willed myself to beget power. It wasn’t long before I actually wasn’t afraid.” Other people on such journeys are inspired by their love for the environment, like Zen Buddhist priest and retired psychotherapist Shodo Spring, leader of this year’s Compassionate Earth Walk, a July-through-October protest of our nation’s dependence on fossil fuels. It has engaged a “moving community” of shared prayers, meditation and yoga along the path of the pending Keystone XL pipeline from Hardisty, Alberta, Canada, to Steele City, Nebraska. Spring emphasizes that the walk is intended to connect participants to the land and the people that live on it. “We’re going to small towns,” she says, “where many residents make their livelihoods from oil. There’s a deep division between such people and our group. But when we listen to each other, that division gets healed.” Activist David Rogner says that long-distance walks don’t just raise awareness of political and social issues—they also give people hope. He spent 25 months walking across the United States in the first coast-tocoast roadside litter program, Pick Up America. “As we walked and picked up trash, we inspired people to believe there could be change,” he says. His trek gave him hope for his own future, too. He now believes, “If you commit your life to the healing and restoration of community and yourself, you are going to be wholly provided for.” Whatever the purpose, there are many scenic long-distance walking trails to choose from. The Pacific Crest Trail, from the U.S.-Mexico border in Southern California to the uppermost reaches of Washington State, offers stunning views of the Sierra Nevada

and Cascade mountain ranges. The Appalachian Trail, which winds 2,200 miles between Georgia and Maine, provides 250 shelters and campsites. In Wisconsin, the 1,000-mile Ice Age Trail offers awe-inspiring views of glacial landscapes. Starting in North Carolina, the Mountains-to-Sea trail extends from the Great Smoky Moun-

tains to the crystal-blue waters of the Outer Banks. In Missouri, the Ozark Trail sweeps through mountains, lush valleys and tumbling waterfalls. Plus, overseas trails await, as well. Sarah Todd is a writer and editor in Brooklyn, NY. Connect at Sarah

The Joy of Meeting Up: Local Hiking Clubs 52 Peak Hike/scramble to the best 52 peaks around Las Vegas. Each time a hike to a peak is completed, a playing card is received. The goal is to get all 52 playing cards. Membership is not required to join hikes. Henderson Hiking & Walking Group Meet local people in the Green Valley and Henderson community that are interested in recreational walking for fun, fitness and friendship. Hiking with a Twist Hikes sometimes include a little twist, slot or secret path. Five or more hours on the average having a hard workout, seeing beautiful surroundings. Las Vegas Mountaineers Club LVMC promotes exciting and enjoyable outdoor experiences, including mountaineering, hiking and rock climbing. Our emphasis is on education, training, safety and the ethical use of wilderness resources. Las Vegas Overweight Hikers for Health FIIT! For Women (fun, intense interval training) is focused on providing effective personal and online fitness training services to help women reach their fitness goals. Strollers and leashed pets welcome.

Las Vegas Trail-Seekers Beginners, intermediate and advanced hikers, walkers and campers. Events may include the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, as well as Utah, Northern Nevada and Arizona. Nutrition NV Hike Club Hiking in local Las Vegas area, including Red Rock Canyon, Mt. Charleston and Lake Mead. Group is positive, with an emphasis on helping our community get healthy. Several hikes per month with some Saturday or Sunday. The Barefoot Earthing Walkers of Summerlin Geared toward minimalist footwear and barefoot walkers, yet all types of footwear can be utilized. The Las Vegas Walking, Hiking & Adventurers Meetup Walk, hike, get outdoors, explore fun adventures, not extreme thrills. Hike to your own tune and pace is adjusted according to participants. VegasHikers Hikes for all skill levels, road trips, camping and social gatherings. Events at a variety of times, places and days and at night. Involves dozens of organizers and averages more than one event per day.

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Energy Healing Comes of Age A Historic Milestone in Complementary Medicine

scientist and international authority in Dover, New Hampshire, has conducted decades of research into the science of bioenergetics—the flow and transformation of energy between living organisms and their environment. He explores the basis of the energetic exchanges that manifest via complementary and alternative therapies in his book, Energy Medicine: The Scientific Basis. According to Oschman, there is now enough high-quality research in leading peer-reviewed biomedical journals to provide energy medicine the credence to transform from a little-known, alternative healthcare modality into a conventional form of medicine. The progression to more widespread acceptance is similar to that experienced by acupuncture and massage.

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s recently as 2010, it would have been unimaginable for an annual medical conference including allopathic physicians to hold a meeting themed Illuminating the Energy Spectrum. Yet it happened at the sold-out Institute of Functional Medicine 2013 annual international conference. Workshop topics ranged from bodily energy regulation to presentations by Grand Qigong Master Ou, Wen Wei, the originator of Pangu Shengong, and Medical Anthropologist and Psychologist Alberto Villoldo, Ph.D., whose Four Winds Light Body School offers a two-year program on the luminous light body, also known as a local energy field, aura, life force, qi/chi or prana. The energy medicine practiced by acupuncturists and other health practitioners that offer any one of the 60-plus hands-on and hands-off modalities described in The Encyclopedia of Energy Medicine, by Linnie Thomas, operates on the belief


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that changes in the body’s life force can affect health and healing. The therapeutic use of any of them begins with an assessment of the body’s electromagnetic field. Then, a treatment specifically designed to correct energy disturbances helps recreate a healthy balance in its multilayered energy field, comprised of pathways, known as meridians, and energy centers (chakras) that correspond to related nerve centers, endocrine glands, internal organ systems and the circulatory system. The objective for energy medicine practitioners is to uncover the root causes of imbalances—often from emotional stress or physical trauma— and harmonize them at a bioenergetic level before aberrations completely solidify and manifest as illness.

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For more than 35 years, pioneers of energy medicine like Barbara Ann Brennan, founder of the Barbara Brennan School of Healing; John F. Thie, founder of Touch for Health; and Donna Eden, founder of Eden Energy Medicine, have delved beyond conventional models of healing to confirm that our sensory experience of the world is as limited as our vocabulary to describe it. New language for new concepts is required, such as: nature’s drive for wholeness, resonance, a new band of frequencies, restructuring DNA, local fields and the non-local field, encoding, entrainment, strings, strands, attunement, evolutionary healing and vibration. Eden, who has had a lifelong ability to make intuitive health assessments later confirmed by medical tests, can look at an individual’s body, see and feel where the energy flow is interrupted, out of balance or not in harmony, and then work to correct the problem. “Very little of the natural world that human beings evolved in still exists. In addition, our bodies haven’t adapted to modern stressors or the

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ica Teal states, “I’ve been gifted the talents of helping others as a certified master in Usui and Karuna Reiki. I enjoy doing energy work with non-touch, because the individual I am working on can relax deeper for more efficient healing.” She is also a universally ordained minister who does not identify with any domination or group, because she sees herself as at one with every being in the cosmos. Teal injured her neck and shoulder in a household accident, and after two years and 20 doctors, still had no diagnosis or reason for the loss of function and feeling on the left side of her body. Teal recalls, “I had gotten only one healing from a Reiki practitioner and in a month, my health started to come back. My life had changed and I felt I could live again, renewed. It was my goal to become certified as a Reiki master because I wanted to help others in the significant way I had been helped.” Teal is also a Oneness Deeksha healer, which is an ancient energy exchange that assists with awakening the receiver of Deeksha. She says, “My teacher and fellow Deeksha family gather the first and third Thursdays at the Unity Center in the Valley in Las Vegas to freely give energy to those who come.”

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electromagnetic energies associated with technologies that occupy our living and working environments,” says Eden. “Energy medicine is invaluable because anyone can learn how to understand their body as an energy system and how to use techniques to restore energies that have become weak, disturbed or unbalanced.” Her teaching tools include her classic book, Energy Medicine, and Energy Medicine University, which she founded in 2006 in Sausalito, California. In a 2009 talk at the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine, Oschman predicted that energy medicine will become prominent in antiaging medicine. “When I review the history of medicine, there are periods in which things stay pretty much the same, and then there are great breakthroughs. I think that with the advent of energy medicine, another milestone is upon us.” Learn more at, the International Society for Subtle Energies and Energy Medicine website. Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings. Visit ItsAllAbout for the recorded interviews.

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Ancestral Diets A Lighter Shade of Paleo


by Sayer Ji and Tania Melkonian

egetarian Awareness Month provides a timely opportunity to realize that a plant-focused diet does not derive exclusively from plants. Just as a carnivore does not subsist on meat alone, the same applies to a vegetarian. What can we learn from our Paleolithic, or Stone Age, ancestors? The recent trend toward recreating a Paleoera diet emphasizes the importance of vegetable nutrition to prehistoric communities, correcting the misperception that they were primarily meat-eaters. The original Paleo diet, before the advent of agriculture, reflected the hunting and gathering of lean meats, fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds, and was absent of grains, dairy, starchy foods, sugar and salt. Today’s updated version might comprise foods naturally available and/or abundant before the cultivation of food in gardens, crops and livestock. Loren Cordain, Ph.D., author of The Paleo Diet and Nutritionist Nora Gedgaudas, author of Primal Body, Primal Mind, each contest the premise perpetuated by many in the weightloss industry that fat, especially naturally saturated fat, is unhealthy. Those same proponents that maintain low-fat/


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non-fat food is a panacea for modern illnesses also purport that cholesterol is the chief cause of heart ailments. Gedgaudas writes that the diets of hunter-gatherers inhabiting varied landscapes, from the Inuit of the north to tropical forest hominids, included large amounts of fat and cholesterol, which is essential to maintaining cell membranes and regulating hormones. She points out that obtaining cholesterol from food is necessary to augment the liver’s function of creating cholesterol internally. Cordain agrees that even saturated fats in meats can be beneficial, providing the animals are grass-fed, lean and live in clean surroundings. He emphasizes, however, that when our prehistoric ancestors ate fat, they did not also eat grain carbohydrates, sugar and salt, and contends that it is these components, not meat, that can be detrimental to the body. Doctor of Naturopathy Maureen Horne-Paul adds that organic, lean and game meats are exempt from the acidity inherent in corn-based animal feed. Plus, “When an animal is insensitively confined and killed, stress hormones are released that result in acidity. So, we are changing our pH from a healthy

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alkaline state to a more acidic condition when we consume meat from conventionally raised animals.” Scientific studies published in the Journal of Gluten Sensitivity, Medical Hypotheses and by the Mercola group attest to key problems related to human consumption of grains. Anti-nutrients such as phytic acid in grains lead to the poor absorption of minerals and related deficiencies. Improper absorption of dietary protein caused in part by enzyme inhibitors in grains also tends to damage the pancreas. Individual sensitivities to proteins in specific grains can further interfere with functioning of the neuroendocrine system and subsequent emotional difficulties like addiction and depression may arise. All of these difficulties have been exacerbated by irresponsible prenatal diets that have made younger generations extra-sensitive to the challenges posed by grains to the human system. While Cordain doesn’t recommend dairy, Gedgaudas suggests organic or raw milk products, provided they retain their full fat content and come from grass-fed cows. She reasons that the presence of the anti-carcinogenic fatty acid conjugated linolenic acid (CLA) and the Wulzen factor anti-stiffness agent in the fat benefit joint lubrication. Experts suggest that the dietary formula established by our prehistoric ancestors can be the foundation for a modern-day, healthy, non-confining, creative eating experience. We can exchange grains for quinoa, amaranth and buckwheat (not technically grains at all), and include tubers and legumes, due to their folate and protein content. Blue and sweet potatoes also contain high levels of anthocyanins and potassium. Nearly every category of food, in the proper amounts, can be part of such a balanced diet. When we explore what makes sense and eat clean and natural foods, we have a good chance of finding our body’s own sweet spot. Sayer Ji is the founder of GreenMed and an advisory board member of the National Health Federation. Tania Melkonian is a certified nutritionist and healthy culinary arts educator. Learn more at

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by Tania Melkonian

Kale Wraps

1 head kale (suggest cavolo nero or dino kale) 1 bell pepper, sliced into julienned strips 1 avocado, julienned 3 oz grass-fed sirloin, grilled to medium and julienned Chili flakes and cumin to taste Wash and dry kale. Hold the blade of a long chef’s knife along the rib of the kale leaf and pull the leaf away from the rib. Repeat on the other side of the leaf to produce two long flat wraps. Set aside the ribs for stock. Bring a pot filled with 2 cups of water to a rolling boil. Lower the heat to simmer and set a metal colander inside as a steamer basket so it sits on top of the water, not immersed. Line the colander/basket with the kale “wrap” leaves. Cover and steam for 3 minutes until the leaves are just wilted. Remove basket from heat and lay out leaves on a clean work surface, lined

up vertically. Stack 1 slice meat, 1 slice avocado and 2 slices pepper horizontally near the edge of a leaf. Add cumin and chili flakes and roll leaf away from the cook into a wrap. Repeat with all leaves.

Curried Carrot Soup 2 Tbsp ground turmeric 1 tsp ground cumin 1 cup diced onions 3 Tbsp curry paste 2 cups coconut milk 2 cups vegetable broth 1 Tbsp coconut oil 1 stalk lemon grass 3 leaves Kaffir lime 1 cup diced carrots 1 cup finely chopped red pepper

Remove from heat, cool and then remove leaves and stalk; blend soup until smooth. Return soup blend to pot, add peppers and the rest of the carrots and then simmer on low heat for 40 minutes.

Grilled Pineapple with Cream 1 organic pineapple, cut into rounds 2 Tbsp grass-fed, organic butter ¼ cup organic cream 1 vanilla bean or ½ tsp organic vanilla extract

Set a heavy-bottomed pot on medium heat. Add turmeric and cumin, to toast. Add oil and stir to combine with spices. Add onions; sweat to cook until translucent, but not browned. Add curry paste and stir. Add coconut milk and vegetable broth and bring to a boil.

When the stock comes to a boil, reduce to medium heat and add leaves, add half of the carrots and stalk. Cover and simmer for 30 minutes.

Heat butter in a sauté pan until melted and bubbling (not brown). Place pineapple rounds in the pan and grill for 2 minutes each side. Slice vanilla bean pod lengthwise to scrape out vanilla granules. Mix granules with cream until incorporated. Serve pineapple rounds warm with a drizzle of vanilla-scented cream.

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petbriefs Anniversary Party for Local Pet Purveyor


t Your Service Pet Supplies & Grooming is hosting a huge party on the occasion of their sixth anniversary, from 6 to 10 p.m., October 5, to say “Thank you!” to all their loyal customers. Vendors will be there with information, samples, prizes and games (black jack 21 dealer, basketball shot, hole-in-one golf), along with the Wicked Wiener and CJ’s Italian Ice & Custard food trucks; a live radio remote; a pet photographer and a grand prize. Location: 55 S. Valle Verde Dr., Henderson. For more information, call 702-982-4324 or visit See ad, page 39.

A Bully Extravaganza for All Sizes


ncred-A-Bull is hosting the fourth annual Proudly Pit Bull event to celebrate National Pit Bull Awareness Day, from noon to 6 p.m., October 19, at Dog Fancier’s Park (area 4, near Jimmy Durante Drive), in Las Vegas, with vendors, contests, food, raffles, adoptable dogs and more. Well-behaved, properly leashed (no quick release collars or retractable leads), fixed and vaccinated dogs are welcome to attend. For event information and registration, visit For more information, visit

Family, Fur & Fun Festival at Exploration Park


he seventh annual Family, Fur & Fun Festival for people and pets will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., October 19, at Exploration Park, in Las Vegas, with everything there is to know about taking care of your pet and helping animals in need. Proceeds support low-cost spay, neuter and vaccination services, rescue, shelter and adoption of animals and educational programs. Visitors will find educational, interactive and service booths, refreshments, pet massage, a shelter animal-naming event, dachshund races and free nail trimming. Also learn about pet safety during Halloween, proper animal care, making pets part of the family and information to ensure pets are included in case of a fire or flood at home. The Las Vegas Hot Diggity Dachshund Club & Rescue has organized a Halloween costume contest. Register and pay at the event. Details are on the website. Arica Dorff, of Pet’ographique, will offer special $25 pricing for pet portraits. Dr. Jason Sulliban and Dr. Jamie Sulliban, of Aloha Animal Hospital, will provide information about proper pet care for all stages of life and answer questions. Admission is free. Location: Exploration Park, at the entrance of Mountain’s Edge, 9275 S. Buffalo Dr., Las Vegas. For more information, call 702-444-3713 or visit


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Natural Eye Care for Aging Dogs


any owners of middle-aged and older dogs worry about their pets’ declining eyesight. Cloudy eyes are of particular concern, but that is not necessarily a sign that a dog is going blind, advises Shawn Messonnier, a doctor of veterinary medicine practicing in Plano, Texas. “While cataracts strike many older dogs, a more common condition is lenticular or nuclear sclerosis, a thickening of the lens of the eye,” says Messonnier. He explains that this normal change causes the eye to appear somewhat cloudy or gray, similar to a cataract. However, unlike a cataract, this type of sclerosis does not interfere with the pet’s vision. “Veterinarians can easily tell the difference between these conditions,” he says. “No treatment is necessary for lenticular sclerosis; cataracts are often treated with carnosine drops or with surgery.” For prevention, Messonnier suggests minimizing toxins that can cause inflammation throughout an animal’s body, not just the eyes. This means using blood titer testing instead of annual vaccinations, reducing the use of flea and tick chemicals, using natural pet foods and minimizing the use of conventional medications. He also recommends feeding a pet nutrients that contribute to health and reduce inflammation and cellular damage, including fish oil, probiotics and antioxidants like bilberry, which supports eye health.


Parroting a Wild Diet

Fresh Forage Feeds Birds Well by Sandy Lender

Wild parrots expend time and energy seeking available foods according to nature’s cycle. Parrots in captivity need owners to mimic this routine for their pets.

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Ann Brooks, founder of Phoenix Landing, in Asheville, North Carolina, remarks about the deficiencies of conventional packaged birdseed diets. “Most lack essential ingredients like vitamin A, calcium and protein, and are also high in fat,” she says. As an alternative, in recent decades manufacturers have turned to formulated pellet diets. As with any pet food, bird owners are advised to check labels for the nutrients that are best for their type of parrot and take care to avoid genetically modified ingredients. Fresh foods, always the more nutritious alternative, require more time and some ingenuity. Avian Veterinary Technician Shari Mirojnick, with the Backos Bird Clinic, in Deerfield Beach, Florida, explains that North Americans, even in the subtropics, don’t have access to all the foods that parrots eat in the wild. “We have to make up for what they’re missing,” advises Mirojnick. “Parrots that live in dense rain forest will often dine on certain tree fruits, which differ from supermarket fruits. Plus, human cultivation has sacrificed much of the nutrient content found in the original fruit in exchange for sweetness.” We need to reconcile the loss in other ways, such as with vegetables. Mirojnick notes, “Many of the best vegetables for parrots are high in key essential nutrients like vitamin A and calcium, which these birds do not efficiently metabolize in captivity.” She recommends nutrient-dense dark leafy greens, carrots, sweet potatoes and broccoli. But avoid avocado, which is poisonous to birds, and nightshade

produce such as eggplant and mushrooms. When in doubt about a food, check it out through a reputable source such as or an avian veterinarian. Blueberries, cranberries and goji contain helpful antioxidants, phytochemicals, vitamins C and K, and fiber, and have a low sugar content compared with their nutritional value. Other fruits like papaya and cantaloupe are high in vitamin A. Providing good fresh food isn’t necessarily time-consuming nor difficult. Parrot Nation proprietor Patricia Sund, of Hollywood, Florida, leads the “chop” revolution, teaching this efficient approach for delivering vegetables, leafy greens, grains and healthy seeds to pet birds—whose care is generally time-intensive throughout their long lifespans—to bird clubs and rescue groups around the country. By gathering ingredients and preparing a large batch, an owner can freeze multiple healthy servings in containers to thaw and feed to parrots over an extended period. Recipes vary, based on the fresh produce available according to growing seasons, regional crops and individual bird tastes.

Food as Enrichment

Because 50 to 70 percent of a wild parrot’s time is spent foraging, according to Brooks, companion parrots need that kind of activity for mental and physical stimulation. “Foraging keeps them busy, is fun and gives them a job,” remarks Lisa Bono, a certified avian trainer and educator and owner of The Platinum Parrot, in Barnegat, New Jersey. Besides finding food, foraging also keeps a bird’s beak in shape and its mind occupied in finding things to play with, she says. “A busy beak means a busy mind, and less time to develop undesirable behaviors like screaming or feather-destructive habits.” Bono says the popular African grey parrot likes playing with durable and versatile beak and claw toys, plus shredding and tearing bird-safe materials like untanned leather, small plain cardboard boxes, and uncolored and unwaxed paper cups—simple items that can double as destructible “dishes” for parrot foods. Robin Shewokis, of The Leather Elves, in Weymouth, Massachusetts, and a board member of the International Association of Avian Trainers and Educators, adds, “Any toy can be turned into a foraging device by merely placing some food in or on it; with fresh foods, be careful to avoid spoilage. Be creative: Switch the placement of food and water bowls for a simple parrot puzzle. Put a paper towel over the food dish on another day. Have fun with it. You can put a lot of love and thought into a food’s presentation.” Sandy Lender is the publisher of In Your Flock, a companion parrot magazine. She lives in Southwest Florida with seven parrots that she feeds varieties of homemade chop. Reach her at Publisher@ natural awakenings

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Keeping it Raw

for Pets Everywhere


nswers Pet Foods, founded in 2009, is a certified green company providing non-GMO (genetically modified) pet food in recyclable packaging. Jacqueline C. Hill, vice president of operations and product development of Answers, has an extensive background in the pet industry and the whole foods movement in general. The former veterinary technician, horse boarding facility owner and regional manager of one of the largest raw pet food manufacturers never really aspired to found a pet food company of her own, but sometimes fate steps in. “I was working for Nature’s Variety and hoped to retire there. When they decided to pasteurize their raw diet, I was devastated,” she explains. “So Answers came out of a passion to provide a true raw diet that could be used as the first medicine.” Even though the raw pet food movement seems to have only recently hit mainstream, Hill has been using raw foods with animals for more than

20 years. “My education is in microbiology and I worked in veterinary medicine. I started in conventional practices and was surprised at the epidemic of skin and ear conditions and digestive upset, along with other conditions,” says Hill. “I moved into integrative and holistic practices. When I experienced healing chronic ear problems by only changing a dog’s diet from processed dry food to a raw diet, my interest was spiked and my journey started.” Answers is passionate about educating pet parents on how to keep their pets healthy. According to Hill, dogs can be expected to live into their late teens and early 20s, on average. Cats can live into their mid-20s. “We have accepted a new norm of shortened life spans for our pets, and that life is a poor quality life, due to marketing propaganda convincing pet owners to feed a completely inappropriate diet,” she says. Sustainability, humane livestock

practices and high-grade food quality are also important factors at Answers. “They should be important to everyone,” affirms Hill. “For many reasons, it provides a healthier product. We love all animals and in no way can support confinement feeding of livestock, and want to be a voice to make change. We believe we vote with our dollars and we want our customers to know that when they purchase Answers Pet Food they are supporting sustainability and humane livestock practices along with getting a nutritious diet.” One product that Hill recommends is Answers Additional Raw Goat Milk Formula, a fermented, raw goat milk product. “It is beneficial for just about any health problem because it can heal the gut. “It provides over 200 species of probiotics, versus probiotic pills or powders having only at best 10 to 15 species. Because it provides probiotics in a whole food form, it populates the pet’s gut 100 times better than pills or powders. It provides amazing results for any digestive disorder.” It is great for healing but, also great for preventing health problems and can be added to any diet; dry kibble, canned or raw. In Hill’s opinion, the best thing that pet parents can do to keep their pets healthy is, “Educate yourself on what you are putting in your pet’s bowl and on proper veterinary health care.” Answers Pet Foods can be found at multiple retail locations in the area, including Pupologie, located at 123 N. El Camino Real, in Encinitas. For more information, call 800-431-8480 or visit

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daily Nevada SPCA Little Critter Adoption – 9am8pm. At Your Service Pet Supplies & Grooming partners with the Nevada SPCA to host adoptions to help find homes for their Little Critters. At times, AYS may have bunnies, gerbils, guinea pigs, hamsters, mice, rats, degus and more. Please visit Nevada, a non-profit, non-kill shelter, to help with a donation or learn more about adoptions. At Your Service Pet Supplies & Grooming, 55 S Valle Verde Dr, 100, HD. 702-498-0416.

sunday The Dog House Adoptions – 11am-2pm. Extraordinary animals will be on display and available for adoption. Tivoli Village, 302 S Rampart Blvd, LV.

monday Pet Loss & Bereavement Support Group – 6:307:30pm. Coping with the loss of a pet can be difficult and lonely. Facilitator Dr. Susan Wheeler shares answers with those who are grieving. This is a small and caring weekly support group in an atmosphere of emotional support and growth. Free. Community Lutheran Church, 3720 E Tropicana. 24-hour phone: 702-735-5544.

saturday Paws 4 Love Pet Rescue Adoptions – 10am-3pm. Promotes lifelong relationships between people and companion animals. Shelter and care is provided for each precious life until adopted into a forever loving home. Petsmart, 531 N Stephanie, HD. 702560-8622. Adopt a Rescue Pet – 10am-3pm. Sat-Sun. Largest animal rescue groups, providing a safe haven for dogs of abuse, neglect or homelessness. Houses the dogs in its programs in foster homes, local boarding facilities, and at its “under development” rescue ranch and retirement facility. Petsmart, 2140 N Rainbow Blvd, LV. Petsmart, 171 N Nellis Blvd, LV. Petsmart, 6980 N 5th St, LV. Adoption Open House – 10am-5pm. Come meet adorable adoptables waiting for foster or forever homes. Over 30 beautiful, healthy dogs are waiting for you! All adoptions include free training. 3652 Procyon St, LV. Southern Nevada Bully Breed Rescue, 702-483-7487, The Samadhi Legacy Foundation, 702-768-2383.

Happy Home Animal Sanctuary Adoptions – 11am-4pm. Sat-Sun. A no-kill, no-cage, nonprofit organization dedicated to saving the lives of abandoned and homeless cats and dogs. Offer care and a peaceful living environment for abused, physically handicapped, aged or homeless animals. Petsmart, 9869 S Eastern Ave, LV. 702-203-4134. Those Left Behind Foundation Adoptions – 11am-3pm. Provides a home for pets of people entering assisted living facilities or hospice and can no longer care for their animals. Helps abandoned, abused and unwanted animals. Educates the community, teaching the importance of caring for animals. Petco, 7731 W Tropical Pkwy, LV. 702-630-8523. All Fur Love Animal Society Adoptions – 124pm. Petco, 3890 Blue Diamond Rd, LV. Petco, 632 Marks, HD. 702-362-5617. 702-362-5617.



YAPPY HOUR… The Doggie Happy Hour! – 6-9pm. Third Thurs. All breeds welcome. Enjoy cocktails, yappatizers and live dj music while your dog makes some friends. Dogs will enjoy the huge courtyard and free doggy goodie bags. Drop off supplies, including linens and dog treats, to benefit Nevada’s largest shelter, The Animal Foundation and learn more about the foundation. Rumor Boutique Hotel, 455 E Harmon Ave.


Family, Fur & Fun Festival – 10am-3pm. An event benefitting animal shelters and rescues in southern Nevada. Costume contest, pet photography, food, games and pet adoptions. Exploration Park at Mountain’s Edge, 9600 S Buffalo Dr, LV. Bully Appreciation Day – 12-6pm. All-breed event celebrating National Pit Bull Awareness Day. Vendors plus raffles, a silent auction, caricature artist, Halloween costume contest, amateur handling competition, weight pulling tryouts and more. 702-483-7487. Paws for the Cause – 11am-2pm. Pet adoptions, free microchips and live entertainment. Friendly Ford, 660 N Decatur Blvd.


International Cat Show Presented by Jazzy Cats & TICA – 10am-5pm. Over 200 cats on exhibition and competition. Vendors with cat trees, toys and other cat related items. Adoptable cats from rescues. Riviera, 2901 S Las Vegas Blvd, LV. $7/adults. $6/ seniors & children. Free/under 6. JazzyCatShows. com. 209-745-6302.


Happy Haunting Pawty for Hounds & Humans – 6-8pm. Entry fee for a chance to win door prizes, costume contest, crowd favorite contest and gift bags for hounds and humans. Families and leashed pets welcome. $5. Cantino Loredo, Tivoli Village, 430 S Rampart, 110, LV. 702-234-1501.



Adoption Event – 10am-2pm. Las Vegas HotDiggity Dachshund Club & Rescue will have their available Dachshunds here for adoption. "Saving the world one wiener at a time.” At Your Service Pet Supplies, 55 S Valle Verde, 300, HD. Doggie Date Night – 6-10pm. At Your Service Pet Supply celebrates their sixth year anniversary with food, music, vendors, free manufacturer items and prizes. Bring your pet as your date. 702-498-0416. At Your Service Pet Supplies, 55 S Valle Verde, 300, HD.


Foreclosed Upon Pets, Inc. Fifth Anniversary Celebration – 5:30-8pm. Join FUPI as they celebrate their fifth anniversary with a beer and wine bar, appetizers, live music, raffle and silent auction. Funds raised will assist with veterinary fees for the over 1,500 rescue pets that will be adopted through FUPI this year. $30/pre-sale. $35/door. Home of Tom and Conita Jones, 5645 O'Bannon Dr, LV. 702-279-2544.


test and races. Halloween photos. Raffle prizes, silent auction, music, games, food and vendors. Small dogs 25lbs and under are welcome. Pre-register. Kellog-Zaher Sports Park, 7901 W Washington St, LV.

10th Annual Hallo-Wiener – 10:30am-3pm. This is the Hot-Diggity Dachshund Club & Rescue’s largest event of the year. Dachshund costume con-

Costume Party! – 2pm-4pm.Enter one of these categories: Best Costume, Best Smile, Best Prance for a chance to win a 7-day camp plus agility track sessions, ipod shuffle, free Royal Canine Diets, Seven Hills Pet Hospital giveaways and much more. Free to enter, few will win. Free. A-Round-Of-A-Paws, 3255 St Rose Pkwy, Ste 170, LV. 702-462-9700.


Lose a Pound with Your Hound Memory Walk – 9am registration. 10am walk. This is Heaven Can Wait Animal Society’s 13th Annual Lose a Pound with Your Hound Memory Walk. Event includes vendor bazaar, food, music, contests, games and prizes, the infamous “Poop Toss”, paw painting, paw reading and pet psychic. Bunker Family Park, Tenaya & Alexander. Heaven Can Wait Animal Society.


Forever Home Family Picnic & 4K-9 Run – 9am. Las Vegas’ one-of-a-kind dog-friendly event and 4K run. Use code “LVPET” to score $5 off your race registration. Sunset Park, 2601 E Sunset Rd, LV.

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Community HU – 3:15-3:45pm. Open the heart to divine love and experience uplifting joy, healing, relaxation and spiritual connection. Free. The Spirit Within U, 4780 W Ann Rd, Ste 4, NLV. 702-224-4328. Beginner Yoga – 4:30-5:45pm. Classical Ashtanga yoga is a multi-level class for new/intermediate students; emphasis on play, heart opening, alignment. First Tuesday of the month features Beatles music. $10. Blue Sky Yoga, 107 E Charleston, LV. 702-325-9923. Las Vegas Aikikai – 6-7pm. Traditional Aikido, taught at the Winchester Cultural Center is a Japanese martial art. Instruction includes aikido, bokken (wooden sword), jyo (wooden staff), iaido (sword drawing), zazen (seated zen meditation). $5/class. Winchester Cultural Center, 3130 McLeod Dr, LV. 702-879-8792. Angel Card 101 Class with Nanette Ellis – 6:308pm. Learn to receive intuitive messages from Angels using Angel Oracle Cards. Focus is on one intuitive sense each week. Intuition engages with learning to interpret/receive loving messages from Angels. $20. Enchanted Forest Reiki Center, 800 N Rainbow, Ste 100, LV. 702-948-4999.

mythology of Uranus. Presented by Astrologer and Feng Shui consultant, Mary Swick. Free. West Charleston Library, 6301 W Charleston Blvd, LV. 702-507-3964. 5th Annual Oktoberfest Celebration – 2 to 9 p.m. Presented by the city of Las Vegas and the GermanAmerican Social Club of Nevada Music, this fun event includes music by Salzburger Echo and master yodeler Kerry Christensen and German folk dancing by the Las Vegas Bavarian Dancers. Free admission. Centennial Plaza at the Historic Fifth Street School, 401 S Fourth St, LV. 702-229-3515.


fresh52 Sunday Farmers’ & Artisan Market – 8:30am-1pm. fresh52 farmers' & artisan market is a lively, friendly, open air market where neighbors and friends come together to celebrate their community. Free. Sansone Park Place, 9480 S Eastern, LV. 702-900-2552.


Feelings Meditation – 11:30am-12:30pm. Using the pure essences of essential oils to meditate on the inspired feelings. Free. Angel Blessings Wellness Spa, 4485 S Buffalo Dr, LV. 702-239-2680.


Deeksha – 7pm. First and third Thurs. Awaken to the natural state of being. Along with the many trained Deeksha givers, join Oneness Trainers Debra Apsara and Neal Ong for a powerful ancient transfer of energy called Deeksha. Unity Center in The Valley, 3037 E Warm Springs Rd, Unit 300, LV. 702-576-1010.

Informational Open House – 2:30-4:30pm. Parent/educator presentation concerning children with ADD/ADHD/Autism/Aspergers; learn about a proven drug free approach to overcoming their academic, social, motor and behavioral challenges. Free. Brain Balance Achievement Centers of Henderson, 11 S Stephanie St, Ste 120, HD. 702-7789500.




Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day – 9:30am. All ages. Two skill levels. This is a great opportunity for you to share your passion for pedaling with kids. After the ride, kids and parents return to breakfast, goodie bags and prizes. Hosted by Las Vegas Cyclery. Southern Nevada 2013 Trails Day Celebration – 9am-1pm. Join the annual trails day celebration to learn about trails, trails and more trails. The event includes educational exhibits and presenters, activities for all ages, a youth fun walk, and the city of Henderson Trails Photo Contest display and awards presentation. Bring your bike for a basic maintenance check, compliments of REI, and enjoy our bike swap. Free. Cornerstone Park. Predictive Astrology: Uranus – 1-3pm. Breaking rules, acting boldly, running amuck? Come for a lecture on the mythology of Uranus and its life impact. Learn how the zodiac signs live out the


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Drums of the Wolf Meditation with Melissa Ameika – 6:30-8:30pm. Deep drumming facilitates a dream-like journey meditation. Journey perhaps with a wolf, puma or an eagle, only spirit knows, then explore an ancient shamanic meditation similar to weaving. $20. Enchanted Forest Reiki Center, 800 N Rainbow, Ste 100, LV. 702-9484999. Brain Solutions Free Seminar: Help for Anxiety, ADD/Focus, ASD & More – 6:30pm. Find help with anxiety, learning issues, focus/attention, sensory integration, Tourette's Syndrome, ASD issues, more. No medication, lasting results. Seminars show the science of neuroplasticity can help. RSVP: Brain Solutions Inc, 8515 Edna Ave, LV. 702-340-2248. Info@


Free Seminar: Help for Anxiety, ADD/Focus, ASD & More – 10:30am. Find help with anxiety, learning issues, focus/attention, sensory integration,

Tourette’s Syndrome, ASD issues, more. No medication, lasting results. Seminars show the science of neuroplasticity can help. RSVP: Brain Solutions Inc, 8515 Edna Ave, LV. 702-340-2248. Info@ The Healing Power of Forgiveness – 11:15am12:30pm. By holding grudges, the violator or the situation has power over us and our emotions, creating dis-ease on every level of core existence. Let go, forgive, transform your life. Must RSVP. Free. Transformations Wellness Center, Flamingo and Lindell, LV. 702-405-9375. Acupuncture and Its Benefits – 2-3:30pm. For over 3,000 years, acupuncture has been a comprehensive system of health care, working with Qi, the natural vital energy inherent within all living things, to promote the body’s ability to heal itself. Dr. Fiona Kelly delves into acupuncture, its amazing health benefits for stress, depression, infertility, pain, sports injuries, digestive disorders and more. Free. West Charleston Library, 6301 W Charleston Blvd, LV. 702-507-3964. Animals Are Soul Too Book Discussion – 4-5pm. Animal lovers, join our book discussion Animals are Soul Too! Expand your awareness of divine kinship with animals as Soul and as carriers of divine love. Free. The Spirit Within U, 4780 W Ann Road, Ste 4, NLV. Vegas StrEATS Festival – 6pm. Second Sat. 8pm-12am performances. Showcasing the valley’s hottest local gourmet food trucks, artists, musicians and fashion. Local bands, MC’s and DJ’s provide the soundtrack ranging from indie rock, hip-hop, dubstep and house music. Graffiti artists and streetwear brands line up vendor row slanging fresh apparel and art. Experience a bit of homegrown Vegas culture. Presented by El Cortez, Commonwealth and DJ ZO. Free. Vegas StrEATS Downtown Las Vegas, Jackie Gaughan Plaza at the El Cortez Hotel & Casino 600 E Fremont St, LV.


Raw Food Class: Condiments – 12:30-2:30pm. Learn pickling, curing & fermenting vegetables, as well as making simple, quick dips and sandwich spreads. Call in advance to RSVP. $12 plus actual cost of food consumed, never to exceed $7. Transformations Wellness Center, Flamingo and Lindell, LV. 702-405-9375.


Country Fresh Farmers’ Market - Water Street – 9am-4pm. Outdoor market selling fruits and vegetables, fresh baked breads, salsas, honey, jams, loose leaf teas, organic soaps, dolls, jewelry, crafts and more. Free. Downtown HD in Events Plaza, 240 Water St, HD. 702-579-9661.


fresh52 Friday Farmers’ & Artisan Market – 3-7pm. fresh52 farmers' & artisan market is a lively, friendly, open air market where neighbors and friends come together to celebrate their community. Located outside Whole Foods at Town Square. Free. Town Square, 6605 Las Vegas Blvd S, LV. 702-900-2552. Northwest Las Vegas Reiki Circle – 7-8:30pm. NW LV Reiki Circle offers a healing exchange for instilling spiritual insights/empowerment. Send

love, healing, peace, comfort into the Universe. Check Meetup under "Northwest Las Vegas Reiki Circle". Love Offering. The Reiki Gal, LLC, 7495 W Azure Dr, LV. 702-875-2967.

chant. Free. Pure Health Foods, 7575 W Washington 129, LV. 702-224-4325.

Energy Healing Circle – 7:30-8:30pm. Circle of healing for self and planet. “Give a healing and receive a healing.” Love donation. Angel Blessings Wellness Spa, 4485 S Buffalo Dr, LV. 702-467-2472.

Gong Meditation – 7-8:30pm. Meditation with Shaman Jon Reinschreiber. The gong's multi-layered harmonics powerfully resonate, deep within the mind, effecting healing on both conscious/sub-conscious levels while cleansing and balancing spirit, mind and body. $20. Namaste Yoga Studio, 7240 W Azure Dr, 115, LV. 702-683-1872.



Do It Yourself Raindrop Therapy Treatment – 11:30am-12:30pm. Learn how to give yourself a mini raindrop therapy treatment. Awesome benefits. Free. 702-239-2680.


Drums of the Wolf Meditation with Melissa Ameika – 6:30-8:30pm. Deep drumming facilitates a dream-like journey meditation. Journey perhaps with a wolf, puma or an eagle, only spirit knows, then explore an ancient shamanic meditation similar to weaving. $20. Enchanted Forest Reiki Center, 800 N Rainbow, Ste 100, LV. 702-9484999. Music for One and Two Guitars – Spanning the Centuries and the Globe – 6:30-7:30pm. The classical guitar music of David Grimes and Gregory Newton. Free. West Charleston Library, 6301 W Charleston Blvd, LV. 702-507-3964.


Introduction to Shamanic Singing Bowls Workshop – 11am-1pm. Singing Bowls have been used as powerful healing and meditative tools. In this workshop, learn the history and basic techniques necessary to unleash the power of these ancient instruments. $30/person. $50/couple. Namaste Yoga Studio, 7240 W Azure Dr, 115, LV. 702-683-1872. Community HU – 6:15-6:45pm. Fourth Fri. Open the heart to divine love; experience upliftment, joy, relaxation and spiritual connection with the HU

Falun Gong Exercise & Qigong Meditation – 8-10am. Falun Gong, also known as Falun Dafa, is an advanced traditional Chinese meditation system designed to improve mind and body through slow, gentle and smooth exercises. Free. Desert Breeze Park, 8268 Spring Mountain Rd, LV. 702-773-3667. Intentional Attraction Workshop – 10am-12pm. “The #1 Reason You Are Not Succeeding.” Intentional Attraction Method (I.A.M.) takes one step by step to create a list/plan of what the heart desires, then supports as action is taken toward goals. Varied live/online tools and daily motivation results in quickly attracting one’s desires. Free Healthy Breakfast Buffet at 9:30am. Must RSVP. $16/prepaid, $20/door. Transformations Wellness Center, Flamingo and Lindell, LV. 702-405-9375. Yoga with the Shaman – 11am-12:30pm. Singing bowls played by Jon Reinshreiber during a blissfully led Vinyasa Flow with Olga Sam. Amazing sounds, restorative and healing yoga. RSVP suggested. $20. Namaste Yoga Studio, 7240 W Azure Dr, 115, LV. 702-683-1872. The Art of Spiritual Dreaming Book Discussion – 2-3pm. Fourth Saturday. Explore the universe of dreams to receive spiritual insights/wisdom from the heart, pursue divine purpose, recognize dreams as a source of inner truth, as key element of spiritual growth. Free. Starbucks, 2120 N Rampart, LV. 702-224-4325.

Wine Walk at Town Square – 7-10pm. Wine walk benefit in Town Square Las Vegas, enjoy up to 20 different wines for sampling. Benefits disabled individuals through New Vista Community. Must be 21 years of age or older. Must be 21 years of age or older. $25/advance. $30/door.


Arts District First Friday – 6-10pm. An ongoing arts, entertainment and social block party. Enjoy cool local art, live music and street performances. Free admission. Arts District, Downtown LV.


fresh52 Saturday Farmers’ & Artisan Market – 8am-1pm. fresh52 Farmers' & Artisan Market is a lively, friendly, open air market where neighbors and friends come together to celebrate their community. Free. Tivoli Village, 302 S Rampart, LV. 702-900-2552. F.A.R.E. Walk for Food Allergy Event – 9am. Walk, 10am. Event includes fun activities for the entire family with a 1.5-mile walk to help say FAREwell to food allergies, brings together thousands seeking a safe world for those living with food allergies. Nationwide event funds food allergy research, education, advocacy and awareness. Register individually or start a team with friends, family, co-workers. The District at Green Valley Ranch.


Stress, Anxiety and Depression – 2-3:30pm. These issues and more discussed by Dr. Tikva Butler. Free. West Charleston Library, 6301 W Charleston Blvd, LV. 702-507-3964. HoliFood Festival – 6-9pm. This family-friendly event is a big enjoyable feast. A hill of food with 108 preparations, all vegetarian and karma-free, mantra music and storytelling from the scriptures of ancient India. $10. Govinda's Center of Vedic India, 7181 Dean Martin Dr, LV. 702 434-8332.

Improve Your Physical and Mental Health Enroll now in an intensive, 8 week mindfulness training program that helps reduce stress, improve communication and health. Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (or MBSR) has helped people take an active role in managing their health & well being for more than 30 years.

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Bikram Yoga – See website for class schedule and rates. Bikram Yoga LV, 5031 Wagon Trail Ave, Ste 109, LV. 702-547-9642.

Qigong/T’ai Chi Classes – 8:30-9:30am, Mon and Thurs. All ages and physical limitations. The gentle movements of Qigong/Tai Chi are suitable for all levels. Learn how to move and strengthen your body for health, relaxation and vitality. $5. Whitney Senior Community Center, 5712 E Missouri Ave, LV. Kat: 702-743-3786.

Free Counseling Sessions – Pre-Masters MFT Practicum-Intern under the supervision of a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist now providing therapy sessions for families and couples (or individuals experiencing relationship difficulties). A sliding scale fee structure of $0 to $25 per session for relationship issues, loss and grief, infidelity, couples strengthening, life-stage changes and more. Free. 3501 W Charleston, Ste 100, LV. Schedule with Caleb: 702-508-9461, Ext 3. Hot Pilates & Yoga – One week unlimited access. Free. Body Heat, 8876 Eastern Ave, LV. 702-4320028. Overeaters Anonymous – OA offers an holistic approach to permanent weight loss with desired results of physical, emotional and spiritual healing that is nothing short of amazing. Donation. For days, locations and times visit website or call info-hotline: 702-593-2945. LV, HD. 702-593-2945. Stress Reduction Sessions – 10am-2pm. Stressed? Overwhelmed? Sleepless nights? Experience a stress reduction session. Free. 3663 E Sunset Blvd, Ste 106, LV. 310-739-7673. Wongu University of Oriental Medicine Graduate Program – 9:30am-5:30pm. Coursework includes acupuncture, herbology, Taiji, moxibustion, western medicine, practice management and more. Currently accepting applications for Fall 2013. $180/ Didactic Unit. $18/Clinical Hour. Wongu University of Oriental Medicine, 8620 S Eastern Ave, LV. 702463-2122. Yoga & Meditation – See website for daily class schedule. Just Breathe Wellness Center, 5333 S Arville St, Ste 206, LV. 702-553-6819.



Yoga with Mitch Menik – 11am-12pm. $5-$10 per class, depending on package. Naturally Organic Healing Center, 1171 S Buffalo Dr, #110, LV. Beginning Meditation with Joan Lembo – 121pm. $10. Naturally Organic Healing Center, 1171 S Buffalo Dr, #110, LV. Gentle Yoga with Joan Lembo – 1-2pm. $10. Naturally Organic Healing Center, 1171 S Buffalo Dr, #110, LV. Yoga with Jeff – 6:15-7:15pm. Improve strength, flexibility and endurance, while clearing the mind through the power of Yoga. Donation. Herbally Grounded, 4441 W Charleston Blvd, LV. 702-558-4372. Yoga & Qigong – 7:45-9:15pm. Multi-level Ashtanga yoga class and qigong infuses balancing chi (energy). Donation: $10. 107 E Charleston, LV. 702-325-9923.

tuesday Chi Kung/Medical Qigong with Sifu JC – 1011am. $10. Naturally Organic Healing Center, 1171 S Buffalo Dr, #110, LV. Momma’s Milk Circle – 10am-1pm. Support group for nursing moms and babies of up to one year of age hosted by lactation specialists. Well Rounded Momma Homestead, 3556 E Patrick Ave, LV. 702-795-2500.

Falun Gong Exercise & Qigong Meditation – 8am10am and 9-11am. Falun Gong, also known as Falun Dafa, is an advanced traditional Chinese meditation system designed to improve mind and body through slow, gentle and smooth exercises. Free. Desert Breeze Park, 8268 Spring Mountain Rd, LV. 702-773-3667.

Beginner Yoga – 4:30-5:45pm. Classical Ashtanga yoga. A multi-level class for new and intermediate students. Emphasis on play, heart opening and alignment. Progressive options offered. The first Tuesday of the month features a Beatles-themed music class; the rest of the month featuring a fun music playlist. $10 donation. Blue Sky Yoga, 107 E Charleston, LV. 702-325-9923.

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

Simple Thoughts Tutorial and Journaling – 5-6:30pm. Broaden your perception of life's experiences and be inspired. Journal your inspirations. $20. Angel Blessings Wellness Spa, 4485 S Buffalo Dr, LV. 702-610-6497.


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Yoga for Children with Joan Lembo – 5-6pm. $15. Naturally Organic Healing Center, 1171 S Buffalo Dr, #110, LV. Taiji Chuan with Master Shirfu Jackson – 6-8pm. $15. Naturally Organic Healing Center, 1171 S Buffalo Dr, #110, LV. Spiritual Book Club for Women – 6-8pm. Fourth Tues. First meeting Meet and Greet and discuss future book choices. Meditation included in each meeting. Suggested donation: $8. Just Breathe Wellness Center, 5333 S Arville St, Ste 206, LV. 702-553-6819. Beginner Yoga Class – 7pm. Flow with the movements and let go of what doesn't serve you. Unfold your strength and power on the mat. Learn how to shine your inner light. This beginner class will restore and rejuvenate what's already in you! $10. Astrid Stokes: 702-592-5600. Free Healing Circle – 7pm-9pm. Free healing every week with different practitioners. Free. Angel Blessings Wellness Spa, 4485 S Buffalo, LV. RSVP Janee Powers: 702-265-5219.

wednesday Overeaters Anonymous – 10am-11am. OA offers an approach to permanent weight loss with desired results of a physical, emotional and spiritual healing. This program of recovery is a way of life, based on the twelve steps and twelve traditions of Alcoholics Anonymous. Donation. Congregation Ner Tamid, I-215, 55 N Valle Verde Dr, HD. 714-309-0531. Voicemail info: 702-593-2945. Chi Kung/Medical Qigong with Sifu JC – 1011am. $10. Naturally Organic Healing Center, 1171 S Buffalo Dr, #110, LV. Yoga with Mitch Menik – 11am-12pm. $5-$10 per class, depending on package. Naturally Organic Healing Center, 1171 S Buffalo Dr, #110, LV. Brain Balance Open House – 2:30-4:30pm. 2nd Wed. For all parents, teachers, educators, administrators and support staff. Learn about ground breaking, drug free programs that helps kids with ADD, ADHD, Aspergers, Tourettes, OCD, PDD. Free. Brain Balance Achievement Centers of HD, 11 S Stephanie St, HD. 702-778-9500. Mary Kay Skincare and Meeting – 5:30-6:30pm, Skincare Classes. 6:30-8:30pm, Open Meeting. Meetings are open to any guest. Special guest event every 3rd Wed features various makeup techniques. Free. Please RSVP. Pink Studio, 6655 S Tenaya Way, Ste 120, LV. 702-371-1037. Taiji Chuan with Master Shirfu Jackson – 6-8pm. $15. Naturally Organic Healing Center, 1171 S Buffalo Dr, #110, LV. Reiki Healing Circle & Inspiration – 7-9pm. Learn new natural healing information each week. Participate in a group discussion (optional) or simply observe and learn. Experience guided meditation, receive deep personalized healing. Relax and recharge your mind and body. Bring a friend/meet one. Free. Love offerings accepted. Transformations Wellness Center, 9291 Starcross Ln, LV. 702-405-9375.

thursday Green Drinks – Second Thurs. Network with other eco-friendly business professionals. Times/ locations vary. ‘Bet on the Farm’ Farmers Market – 10am-1pm. Mario Batali’s and Joe Bastianichу’s sustainable market. Free. Springs Preserve, 333 S Valley View Blvd, LV. Country Fresh Farmers’ Market-Water Street – 9am-4pm. Outdoor market selling fruits and vegetables, fresh baked breads, salsas, honey, jams, loose leaf teas, organic soaps, dolls, jewelry, crafts and more. Free. Downtown HD in Events Plaza, 240 Water St, HD. 702-579-9661. Chi Kung/Medical Qigong with Sifu JC – 1011am. $10. Naturally Organic Healing Center, 1171 S Buffalo Dr, #110, LV. Momma’s Milk Circle – 10am-1pm. Support group for nursing moms and babies of up to one year of age hosted by lactation specialists. Well Rounded Momma, 6000 S Eastern Ave, Ste 9A, LV. 702-795-2500. Senior Memoir-Writing Class – 10-11:30am. Four weekly classes. Life Stories Nevada helps older adults record their life stories for themselves and future generations. Free. Temple Beth Sholom, 10700 Havenwood Ln, LV. 702-940-5423. Reiki with Angels Meditation – 11:30am-12:30pm. Heal, restore and empower yourself. Allow the love of the Angel and the power of Reiki to assist you in a spiritual journey. We seek to bring Divine Light into our everyday lives. $10. Just Breath Wellness Center, 5333 S Arville, #206, LV. 702-350-1711. Yoga with Mitch Menik – 5-6pm. $5-$10 per class, depending on package. Naturally Organic Healing Center, 1171 S Buffalo Dr, #110, LV. In Rhythm Music Song Writer Workshops – 6-8pm. Find your voice and create music in a supportive, safe environment. All levels welcome. $20. Angel Blessings Wellness Spa, 4485 S Buffalo Dr, LV. 702-610-4400. Om Oasis: Crystal Flow Series – 6:30-8pm. Taught by Lava Bai and Judy Smith. $20. Naturally Organic Healing Center, 1171 S Buffalo Dr, #110, LV. 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. 702-507-0093. Vegas StrEATS Festival – 6pm. Performances from 8pm-12am. Every Sat. Showcasing the valley’s hottest local food trucks, artists, musicians and fashion. Presented by El Cortez, Commonwealth and DJ ZO. Experience a bit of homegrown Vegas culture. Free. Jackie Gaughan Plaza at the El Cortez Hotel & Casino, 600 E Fremont St, LV. Country Fresh Farmers’ Market-Water Street – 9am-4pm. See Thursday listing. Free. Downtown HD in Events Plaza, 240 Water St, HD. 702-5799661.

Solar NV Monthly Meeting – 6:30pm. 3rd 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. 702-507-0093.

friday Qigong-T’ai Chi Classes – 8:30-9:30am. Bi-monthly. These ancient Chinese healing arts involve gentle, rhythmic movement exercises, controlled breathing and focused intention. $5. Whitney Community Center, 5712 Missouri Ave, LV. 702-743-3786. Downtown3rd Farmers’ Market – 9am-2pm. Locally grown fresh fruit, vegetables, herbs, flowers and artisanal selections. Guest chef demonstrations. Kids craft zone. Dog park. Largest indoor Farmers’ Market in the valley. Free parking. 300 N Casino Center, LV. Chi Kung/Medical Qigong with Sifu JC – 1011am. $10. Naturally Organic Healing Center, 1171 S Buffalo Dr, #110, LV. Country Fresh Farmers’ Market – 10am. Free. HD Pavilion, 200 S Green Valley Pkwy, HD. 702579-9661. T’ai Chi Yang Style 48 with Sifu JC – 11am-12pm. $10. Naturally Organic Healing Center, 1171 S Buffalo Dr, #110, LV. 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. Town Square (outside Whole Foods), 6605 LV Blvd S, LV. 702-900-2552. Community Hu – 3:15-3:45pm. Open the heart to divine love and experience uplifting joy, healing, relaxation and spiritual connection. Free. The Spirit Within U, 4780 W Ann Rd Ste #4, NLV. 702-224-4328. Yoga for Stress Relief – 4-5pm. Instructor Joan Lembo. $10. Naturally Organic Healing Center, 1171 S Buffalo Dr, #110, LV. Chi Kung Silver Dragon – Teacher Dodie Amundson. $10. Naturally Organic Healing Center, 1171 S Buffalo Dr, #110, LV.

Teachings of Ven Lama Jigme Rinpoche – 7-8pm. Donation based class. Donation goes directly to Lama. Naturally Organic Healing Center, 1171 S Buffalo Dr, 110, LV. Northwest LV Reiki Circle – 7-8:30pm. Celebrating three years of providing a safe, sacred healing circle for those in our community. Gatherings comprise a healing exchange along with instilling spiritual insights and empowerment. We send love, healing, peace and comfort into the Universe. Find on Meetup under “Northwest LV Reiki Circle”. Love offering. The Reiki Gal, LLC, 7495 W Azure Drive, LV. 702-875-2967.

saturday fresh52 Saturday Farmers’ & Artisan Market – 8am-1pm. 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. Chi Kung/Mixed Styles – 9-10am. Teacher Sifu JC. $10 per class, $15 with following Taiji Chuan Yang Style 48 class and $20 with Tai Chi Fan or Saber. Naturally Organic Healing Center, 1171 S Buffalo Dr, #110, LV. Taiji Chuan Yang Style 48 – 10-11am. Teacher Sifu JC. $10 per class, $15 with preceding Chi Kung/ Mixed Styles class and $20 with following Tai Chi Fan or Saber. Naturally Organic Healing Center, 1171 S Buffalo Dr, #110, LV. LV Electric Vehicles Club Monthly Meeting – 10am. EV owners and those interested get together to show and share. Our friendly club members answer any questions about EVs. We have fun meet ups almost every week. Free. For location information contact Lloyd: 702-524-3233, Bill: 702-636-0304 or Jon: 702-277-7544. T’ai Chi Fan or Saber – 11-11:30am. Teacher Sifu JC. $10 per class, $15 with preceding Chi Kung/ Mixed Styles and Taiji Chuan Yang Style 48 classes. Naturally Organic Healing Center, 1171 S Buffalo Dr, #110, LV.

First Friday – 6-12pm. Arts festival on 1st Fri each month. Food, drink, art and entertainers. Free. Downtown Arts District, LV. 702-384-0092.

The Art of Spiritual Dreaming Book Discussion – 2-3pm. Every 4th Sat. Explore your universe of dreams to receive spiritual insights and wisdom from the heart, pursue your divine purpose in life, recognize dreams as a source of inner truth and as a key element of spiritual growth. Free. Starbucks, 2120 N Rampart, LV. 702-224-4325.

Taiji Chuan Chen Style – Teacher Sifu JC. $10. Naturally Organic Healing Center, 1171 S Buffalo Dr, #110, LV.

Overeaters Anonymous – 2pm. See Wednesday listing. Donation. Serenity Club - Suite 10, 3990 Schiff Dr, LV. VM info 702-593-2945. 702-593-2945.

Community Hu – 6:15-6:45pm. 4th Fri. Open your heart to divine love and experience uplifting joy, relaxation and spiritual connection. Free. Pure Health Foods, 7575 Washington, #129, LV. 224-4325.

Community HU – 3:15-3:45pm. Open the heart to divine love and experience uplifting joy, healing, relaxation and spiritual connection. Free. The Spirit Within U, 4780 W Ann Rd, Ste #4, N LV. 702-224-4328.

Community Drum Circle – 6:30-7:30pm. All ages welcome. Enjoy a large community drumming experience, building one strong voice with many. Bring a drum or rhythm instrument or use a Music 4 Life instrument provided by Remo, Inc. Join the Music 4 Life Health Club for $20/month and save 65-90% off program fees. $10. Music 4 Life, Inc., 2975 S Rainbow Blvd, LV. 702-889-2881.

Mind Body & Soul Saturday –7pm. Art, meditation, music, reading performances to foster well-being through the arts with wellness, massage, Reiki, energy sessions adjacent to a secluded landscaped courtyard that enhances, elevates and enlightens participants face-to-face and one-on-one. $15 for you and a guest. Weston Place, 6600 W Charleston, Ste 123, LV. 702-418-0707.

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11 S Stephanie St, Ste 120, HD 89012 702-778-9500 • Offering individualized plans to help children with learning difficulties reach their greatest physical, mental, social and academic potential. Customized programs correct imbalance and reduce/eliminate negative behaviors. We are brainbased, not drug based. See ad, page 11.


Seth Dyal, BioFeedback Practitioner 9065 S Pecos Rd, #250, HD 89074 702-938-5055 • Do you feel fatigue? Pain? Depression? It could be allergies. See Seth, a Kinesiology (energetic healing) and Ondamed specialist at Royal Medical Clinic and get your life back today! See ad, page 2.


Lorri Ann Roy 10624 S Eastern Ave, HD, 89052 702-767-6722 • With more than 24 years experience, Lorri is one of the most experienced and longestpracticing aestheticians in the state of Nevada, specializing in custom facials, LED light therapy and facial and body waxing. See ad, page 33.


CHINESE MEDICINE THREE TREASURES MEDICAL QIGONG THERAPY Kat Reyes-Campbell Certified Medical Qigong Therapist 702-743-3786

Ancient healing wisdom in modern times. Medical Qigong is specifically tailored to treat an i n d i v i d u a l ’s p h y s i c a l a n d emotional pain at the root cause of symptoms achieving health, harmony and balance.


Dr. Margaret R. Colucci 2085 Village Center Cir, Ste 110, LV 89134 702-880-5335 • Dr. Colucci, a 1989 Palmer graduate, serving the Las Vegas valley for over two decades. Specializing in treating the whole body in family wellness care, pediatric and pregnancy chiropractic care, auto, work and sports injuries. Serving Summerlin.


We design medicines made for each unique patient and their specialized needs including bioidentical HRT for men and women. We consider a customer’s general well being and offer consultations with appointments.



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A self directed program puts the individual receiving the care in charge allowing you to arrange and direct your own services and supports. You select, train and manage your caregiver. We take care of the program paperwork, so you can take care of… you!

Let us help you on your road to holistic knowledge and health. We offer holistic health, lactation, CPR and doTerra essential oil classes to help support your well-being. See ad, page 4.


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8820 Maryland Pkwy, #115, LV 89123 702-685-1922 •


Thoughts, feelings and emotional pains manifest as energetic blockages in the physical body. I offer a sacred Energy Detoxification process that clears these blocks, opening channels to clarity, harmony and advanced well-being. See ad, page 25.


The practice of this serene, balancing and energizing exercise will open your energy meridians and balance your Chakras. I will empower you with flowing movement, breath, color therapy techniques and meditation.

SPIRIT OF THE OWL HEALING ARTS Roxanne Perillo, Reiki Master/Teacher Shamanic Energy Medicine 920-336-6468 •

Step into your light. Awaken the memory of your healed state by releasing the past, old harmful patterns, fear and feelings of scarcity. Allow yourself to live life fully! Remote healing sessions. See ad, page 25.


Dr. Truvella “Trudy” Reese, DMD 7480 W Sahara Ave, LV 89117 702-982-0400 • Eco-friendly, family-friendly dentistry with state of the art technology. Specializing in personal attention and conscientious oral health care. Accepting most insurance plans, new patients welcome.


Jeffrey Brown, DO 10120 S Eastern Ave, Ste 100, HD 89052 702-871-7004 • The Ultimate Healing Center is a functional medicine practice that incorporates a variety of methods to help heal the body. We identify imbalances and help restore balance so the body can work optimally to heal itself. Dr. Brown believes that the body has its own natural healing mechanisms. See ad, page 11.


Holistic dentistry with a whole body approach to create a healthy smile and body. Live microscopic viewing of mouth bacteria. Laser gum disease treatment. Computerized TMJ and bite analysis. Mercury testing and removal. Nutritional testing. Autonomic nervous system analysis. Invisalign. See ad, page 27.


Delivering smart energy solutions for your home or business. Take advantage of our programs and incentives on residential and commercial high-efficiency equipment and learn a Smarter Greener Better® way to save money and the environment.


Daniel F. Royal, DO, HMD, JD 9065 S Pecos Rd, Ste 250 HD 89074 702-938-5055 • We treat causes not symptoms with unique and natural therapies that are not available anywhere else. They failed? Get the Royal Treatment for energy, weight loss, pain relief, Bio-Identical hormones, testosterone, diabetes and more. See ad, page 2.



Certified Purpose Intuitive Consultant 702-750-2346 • Inspired intuitive insights for your life’s path and purpose. Uncover your hidden gifts and talents, discover your highest potential, and clear the blocks in your way. Free initial phone consultation.


Prenatal & Expressive Yoga Dance Instructor Holistic Movement Therapist • Certified Fitness Instructor 702-432-0028 During your pregnancy share the joy of movement through yoga, expressive dance and holistic therapy. Be supported as you find a flow back to your roots. Allow yourself to be guided to the Universal power of womanhood.

MASSAGE THERAPY CHUCK WILLIAMS, LMT#NVMT4937 3315 W Craig Rd, Ste 105, NLV 89032 702-285-8321 •

Got Pain, Got Stress, No one else getting you? “Massage Helps That!” Call or text 702-285-8321. Massage, Aqua-Stretch, YLEO (Essential Oils). Massage has been an essential element of the wellness lifestyle for thousands of years the world over. For $39/hr you can experience these traditional techniques. Call today. Feel better now.



702-735-5151 Republic Services o ff e r s c o m p l e t e waste and recycling solutions for residential, commercial, industrial and construction customers. Offering free recycling assessments to meet the needs of any sized business or project.


Glenn Smith, Independent Distributor 702-525-5360

817 S Main St, LV 89101 702-507-0093 •

Transform your life with the 10 Day Celebrity Cleanse, take a vacation from processed foods, eat green and get lean. Become part of the Million Mom Movement to regain family health. Promoters wanted. See ad, page 38.


Quality, full service, pet supply store with the best value in the valley. Pet friendly. On-site “Barkery”. Nutritional experts. Professional grooming available seven days for cats, dogs and little critters. Pet adoptions too! See ad, page 39.

Solar NV is the Southern Nevada chapter of the American Solar Energy S o c i e t y. We a r e a nonprofit organization whose mission is to educate about the benefits of renewable energy and promote the use of sustainable energy technology. See ad, page 17.


Las Vegas & Henderson 877-43-SOLAR (7-6527) Solar by the ProsNABCEP. Tier 1 product line, best in the business. Best price guaranteed on comparable products. Multiple finance options available – Lease, Zero Down, Non-equity. See ad, page 18.

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Akashic Records Expert Practitioner/ C.C. Life Coach 800 N Rainbow Blvd, LV 89107 702-370-5277 • Akashic Consultations and Life Coaching Sessions. Get clarity and guidance; get rid of the negative patterns and blocks and bring balance into your life. Free initial phone consultation/ coaching session.

FLAWLESS SILHOUETTES WELLNESS SPA 8820 Maryland Pkwy, #115, LV 89123 702-685-1922 •

Whether you’re looking to strengthen your body, focus your mind, or just treat yourself, let our licensed specialists take care of you. We offer nails, hair, massage, pilates, yoga, health coaching, aesthetics and body contour. See ad, page 4.



Mentoring, Coaching and Energy Work. Remote sessions involve co-creating powerful intentions, establishing a safe and sacred space for the authentic, true nature within you to come forth without repression to produce mental, emotional and physical shifts. See ad, page 25.

Vinaysa Flow Yoga & Gong, Gong meditations and “Yogatize” for weight loss classes, workshops and private lessons. Like us on Facebook.



Leanne L. Earnest, Ph.D. 2340 Paseo Del Prado, D-307, LV 89102 702-222-1812 • Dr. Leanne Earnest is a licensed clinical psychologist with over 15 years experience integrating mindfulness meditation with traditional psychotherapy. She teaches proven programs to reduce stress, improve mental and physical health. See ad, page 33.

5333 S Arville St, Ste 206, LV 89118 702-553-6819


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


Certified Fitness Instructor • Holistic Movement Therapist • Prenatal & Expressive Yoga Dance • 702-432-0028 Beginner yoga classes-$10. Learn the flow of movement and let go of that which does not serve you. Unfold your strength and power on the mat. Learn to restore what is already in you!

BODYHEAT HOT PILATES & YOGA 8876 Eastern Ave, Ste 105, LV 89123 702-432-0028

Hot Yoga, Hot Pilates, Body Sculpt, and Boot camp classes are taught in a state of the art environment with the optimum atmosphere. We have a variety of classes to suit all levels. See ad, page 9.

Life is a song – sing it. Life is a game – play it. Life is a challenge – meet it. Life is a dream – realize it. Life is a sacrifice – offer it. Life is love – enjoy it. ~Sai Baba

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Let’s Celebrate the Sun!

Saturday, October 5, 2013 2:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Immediately following the Solar Home Tour University of Nevada Cooperative Extension Life Long Learning Center • 8050 Paradise Road



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