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During this time of relocation, new responsibilities, organizing a new household and settling my family, I have too easily fallen back into undesirable eating habits. I am conscience-stricken as I sit at the computer, eating cold pizza for breakfast, writing a heartfelt letter of encouragement for you to consciously consume fresh, organic foods! The great articles this month have inspired me to take a personal inventory, and I am admitting to all of Las Vegas (and beyond) that I have been wrong in my eating. Many years ago, I had a spiritual awakening as a result of the steps of Overeaters Anonymous (OA) and for many years I practiced the principles. OA sees compulsive eating as a threefold illness, symbolically understanding human structure as having three dimensions: physical, mental and spiritual. Compulsive eating manifests itself in each dimension. Last month I was practicing yoga daily, meditating and mentally focused. I used this transition as an excuse to slack in my eating. Each day I put off yoga and days became weeks. Meditation is currently the five minutes before I fall asleep. I have not been avoiding sugar (it’s easy to forget that candy-coated chocolate is poison), pesticides, preservatives, gluten, GMOs or the mainstream grocery stores. This month’s articles are motivating. I am fully awake and ready to again practice conscious eating to be at my personal best, so I can honorably exhort great health information for myself, to my family and our readers. Our story, “Six Sizzling Food Alerts,” abruptly reminded me that I am consuming pesticides, genetically modified organisms (GMO), antibiotic-resistant bacteria and toxic seafood. And, in doing so, I am adversely impacting the local organic farmers who put love, passion and positive energy into their produce and humanely treated animals. Several weeks ago, while dining at a Chinese buffet restaurant, my 10-yearold daughter A’ngel looked over at my plate and said, “Mama, I thought you were a vegetarian!” I had absent-mindedly been eating beef with broccoli. I had completely ignored the fact that for almost five years I have been a strict ovovegetarian and sporadic vegan. Eating according to beliefs requires constant awareness of personal reasons for food choices. Our feature, “On The Vegan Trail” presents thoughts for contemplation, explaining why people are putting more plants on their plates, and provides a definition of quasi-vegetarians and a look at various dietary practices. I’ve learned that I, at the moment, am a flexitarian: inclined to mostly eat vegetarian, but sometimes adds in meat. In keeping with the traditions and 12 steps of OA, I will use this forum to once again admit that I am powerless over food and, though I am thrilled with all my changes, my life is not in balance. Thankfully, greater Las Vegas provides locally grown and humanely treated chemical-free farm products at many restaurants, farmers’ markets, community supported agriculture programs (CSA) and food co-ops (see listing in this issue), making it easy to restore balance as they follow the rules that guide me with simplicity and ease. Take a personal inventory and seek inspiration for conscious eating from the articles in this month’s Natural Awakenings. Soon we will all become symbols of physical, mental and spiritual wellbeing. I’ll see you around the farmers’ markets! In peace and consciousness,
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newsbriefs Look and Feel Your Best for Less at Faces By Lorri
ith more than 24 years experience, Lorri Roy, owner/operator of Faces By Lorri, in Henderson, is one of the most experienced and longest-practicing aestheticians in the state of Nevada, specializing in custom facials, LED light therapy and facial and body waxing. She is offering a Pumpkin Peel and customized serum infusion for $85 ($100 value). Roy uses a natural pumpkin and multi-fruit complex pumpkin peel that contains powerful enzymes, which act like alpha-hydroxyl acids to rid the skin of dull, dry cells. Alpha-hydroxyl acids have been shown to promote smoother, younger-looking skin by increasing the rate of cell renewal. The added benefits of more than 100 beneficial nutrients also help reverse the signs of aging. This peel is excellent for acne, strengthening the skin and preparing the skin for stronger peels. Location: 10575 South Eastern Ave., Ste. 170, Henderson. For more information, call 702-767-6722 or visit FacesByLorri.com.
Someone to Watch Over You
s a leading professional organizer working with clientele throughout the Las Vegas valley and Henderson, Tanya Allason is the answer for those with busy lives that need some extra organizational support. She offers professional organizing services in Las Vegas for a variety of needs; from organizing children’s rooms, furniture arrangement, creating filing or paperless systems or assisting with moves and downsizing. “I offer packages of hours so you can choose and Tanya purchase whichever one suits your budget and time,” says Allason. Allason Since 1994, Allason has been the driving organizational force for clients of Get Clutter Organized. Delivering simple solutions for long-term results, she works to define organizing goals and then coaches individuals to achieve them. For more information, call 702-683-5671 or visit GetClutterOrganized.com.
Lumalight Color & Geometry Course Comes to Vegas
ulianne Bien, developer/owner of Spectrahue light and sound, Inc. and local color therapy specialist Michael Thrower are offering a revolutionary three-day experience from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., August 2, 3 and 4, at the Hilton Grand Vacations Club, that includes advanced Color Harmonics teachings and an opportunity to experience sacred geometry discoveries described in Bien’s new book, Vibration and Thought: Blueprints of Life. The course was developed for professional and home use and Bien will reveal her latest discoveries of color and geometry protocols, activations and meditations. Location: 455 Karen Ave., Las Vegas. Reserve hotel rooms before July 5 for a preferred rate. For group reservations, call 1-877-651-4482. For more information or to register for the course call 416-340-0882 or visit Spectrahue.com. natural awakenings
newsbriefs Grow MicroGreens at Home
rban Hydro Greens, a local hydroponic farm that specializes in growing microgreens, will present Growing MicroGreens at Home, at 2 p.m., July 21, at the West Charleston Library in Las Vegas. Participants will learn how to grow flavorful and nutrientdense micros hydroponically in the comfort of home. Crops can be grown from seed to harvest in as little as 10 days with no dirt or mess. The class includes an overview of microgreens, a discussion of flavors and health benefits, a review of supplies and conditions needed, step-by-step instructions for seeding, caring for and harvesting and an overview of microgreen uses. Urban Hydro Greens grows 1,000 flats per month of more than 30 varieties and sells their micros at fresh52 weekend markets and local restaurants throughout greater Las Vegas. Admission is free. Location: 6301 West Charleston Blvd, Las Vegas. For more information, call 702-334-0863, email ContactUs@UrbanHydroGreens.com or visit Facebook.com/ UrbanHydroGreens. For fresh52 market times and location, see page 19.
Green Chamber Salutes UNLV Net-Zero Energy House
NLV is one of 20 teams chosen by the U.S. Department of Energy to compete in the prestigious international Solar Decathlon 2013 competition, which challenges the collegiate teams to plan, design, build, promote and operate a solarpowered net-zero house. The Las Vegas Green Chamber of Commerce will hold a business mixer from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., July 9, at The Springs Café, in Las Vegas Springs Preserve. Don’t miss this opportunity to get the latest updates from the Solar Decathlon Team. Network, learn, meet new people, make connections and have fun. The UNLVs entry, DesertSol, is designed as an ultra-efficient house that celebrates Mojave sustainable living, using solar as the fuel source. The team is currently constructing the house and will take it to competition in Irvine, Texas, this October. The home will be permanently located in Springs Preserve after the competition to live on as a sustainability classroom for the general public. Cost: $20-$30. For more information and to register, visit Conta.cc/11crwnw or LVGreenChamber.com.
Nevada Bans Dog Breed Discrimination
overnor Brian Sandoval signed a bill that goes into effect October 1 to prohibit breed discriminatory laws at the state level, officially ushering Nevada into breed-neutral status. Spearheaded by Best Friends Animal Society, which worked closely with bill sponsor Assemblyman Breed Specific James Ohrenschall, the new law makes Legislation Nevada the 14th state to pass the law preventing breed discrimination. The law states, “A local authority shall not adopt or enforce an ordinance or regulation that deems a dog dangerous or vicious based solely on the breed of the dog.” According to Laura Handzel, of Best Friends Animal Society, the primary opposition centered around two issues. The first was a general lack of knowledge about breed laws and how they impact the community personally and financially. The second issue was concerning home rule, an amendment in a state constitution that grants cities, municipalities and counties the ability to pass laws to govern themselves as they see fit. For more information, visit BestFriends.org.
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Chef Robert Blanks, CEO and executive chef for Real Organic Chef, Inc., was a key speaker at the March Against Monsanto event that took place on May 25 in Las Vegas; the second-largest gathering of it’s kind. The March Against Monsanto Las Vegas joined a global effort that took place in 52 countries and 436 cities. Keynote speakers and more than 2,500 protesters agreed to march and get the message out that they believe Monsanto GMOs kill. In a show of solidarity, the group wore red, held signs of protest and chanted, “Hey Ho! GMOs have got to go!” Real Organic Chef is a GMO-free company serving Las Vegas, Spring Valley, Summerlin and surrounding areas.
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For more information, visit RealOrganicChef.com. For upcoming events, visit GMOFreeVegas.com. The Nevada Cottage Foods Law (SB 206), an act revising the definition of “food establishment,” went into effect on July 1. It enables small farmers and home cooks to create value-added foods in their home kitchens for direct sale to consumers at venues such as farmers’ markets, craft fairs, flea markets and church bazaars. This law allows state residents to use their own kitchen facility to produce food items that are not potentially hazardous. In order to start safe, in terms of food safety, the movement is starting small with a list of foods that do not require temperature control, including jams, vinegars, dried teas and herbs, dried fruits, nut mixes, granola and a broad array of baked goods. For more information, visit CottageFoods.org/Laws/Nevada. The Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada (RTC) recently hosted a six-mile ride for cyclists through downtown Las Vegas to promote Nevada’s new three-foot law and to enhance safety for motorists and cyclists. Motorists must leave at least three feet between their vehicle and cyclists or change lanes when passing. Over the last six months, local governments have added 115 miles of new bike lanes, including several blocks downtown. According to the RTC, most of the 1,000 bicycle accidents over the past three years in Las Vegas occurred in heavily concentrated areas. The law carries penalties of up to six months in jail and a $1,000 fine for violators. For more information and cycling events, visit RTCSNV.com. natural awakenings
So Much More Than a Pet Store by Gabrielle Wyant
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t Your Service Pet Supply and Grooming (AYS) in Henderson, has been voted the number one pet supply store in the Valley with good reason. AYS is a full-service, pet-friendly supply store with healthconscious products for dogs, cats, fish, birds, reptiles and “little critters”. In addition, AYS hosts daily pet adoptions, frequent shot clinics, a doggie date night and classes run by two certified dog trainers. Through her cat rescue activities, owner Karen Boyer frequented some of the larger chain pet supply stores and didn’t feel that she or the other customers were getting the service they deserved, so she started a store of her own so that those that care about their pets are assured that they will always get service and the best quality foods and products at the best prices. As the store developed and grew, co-owner Gena Bumin joined Boyer, and with their enthusiastic team, they created a pet-lover’s paradise. “It’s important that we have the trust of our customers,” says Bumin. “We truly want to meet all of their needs. Daily, we hear how great the staff is, because we give a lot of personal one-on-one attention.” Staff members are qualified to answer questions and give their opinions on topics ranging from pet behavior, allergy symptoms and herbal supplements that benefit your animal [and you] to recommending a local veterinarian or dog sitter. “What really matters,” assistant manager Ashley Cote added, “is that we help support vibrant, healthy animals.” At AYS, they like to step outside the box and offer their customers supplies that are healthy for humans, as well as their pets. Some of their favorite consumable products are coconut oil gel capsules, Rescue Remedy, digestive aids and enzymes for people. “We only carry what we believe in—if it’s good
for us, then we put it on the shelves,” says Cote. Cote, who has been with AYS for five years says, “The really big thing that sets us apart from other stores is our attention to education. We love to educate the customers so that they can learn and make their own decisions about their pet’s care.” Throughout the year, AYS hosts educational evenings dubbed Doggy Date Nights. AYS invites pet product manufacturers to set up a booth and educate customers about their product. Most give free samples. This family/pet friendly event includes raffles, a pet photographer and food trucks. “Doggie Date Nights are an educational event, but also help raise funds for local rescues,” says Cote. The owners and staff at AYS are passionate about animal rescue and adoption, sponsoring several area rescues that include Las Vegas Hot-Diggity Dachshund Club & Rescue, German Shepherd Rescue of Las Vegas, Inc. (GSRLV), Las Vegas Valley Humane Society, Adopt a Rescue Pet, Nevada SPCA Little Critter Adoption and Little Friends Foundation. When people adopt out a pet, AYS provides a free bag of dog food, a free tag and a discount on supplies.
AYS hosts events year-round to help support the shelters, such as Operation Santa Paws, a city-wide pet supply drive to benefit local shelter animals in Las Vegas, and Give a Dog a Bone, where they collected more than 300 bones for the Nevada SPCA and Little Friends Foundation. Also, AYS created a Dog Food Drive Series for GSRLV to help collect food for rescue dogs. “GSRLV goes through roughly 100 pounds of dog food daily,” says Bumin. “If you compare a non-quality food shelter with a quality food shelter, you can smell the difference… you can actually smell healthy animals. Just because an animal doesn’t have a permanent home doesn’t mean they can’t have quality food.” In order to supply their customers with the next wave of dog food, AYS recently installed a 10-by-10-foot walkin freezer that houses raw foods. “Raw foods are the direction we are going,” says Bumin. AYS is excited about the possibilities the freezer brings to the store. “The freezer can be used to store treats, supplements, raw food and goat milk for pets—the live enzymes are great for puppies and kittens.” If professional certified in-store groomers, holistic allergy testing services or in-store dog training classes are not enough to keep customers enthused, AYS also offers an in-store barkery, complete with birthday cakes for pets, and puppy cakes. “The items are locally made and very appealing to the eye. They are beautiful and a lot of fun,” says Bumin bemusedly. Location: 55 S. Valle Verde Dr., Henderson. For more information call 702-982-4324, email Gena@Bumin. net, AshleyLCote@gmail.com or visit VegasPetSupplies.com. For event updates, visit Facebook.com/AtYourServicePetSuppliesAndGrooming. See ad, page 31.
healthbriefs Pre-Pregnancy Diet May Alter Genes
t’s common knowledge that a mother’s diet during pregnancy makes a measurable difference in the health of her child. Now, new research suggests that what a mom eats before becoming pregnant might be important, too. According to a study in the online edition of The FASEB Journal of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology, the foods eaten by a group of non-pregnant female mice chemically altered their DNA, and these changes were later passed on to their offspring. The DNA alterations, called “epigenetic” changes, due to an inadequate maternal diet dramatically reduced the animals’ ability to metabolize many essential fatty acids that are essential to health.
Nature’s Own Sports Drink
f Mother Nature chose an ideal sports drink for light-to-medium exercise, it might be coconut water, the clear liquid found most abundantly inside young, green coconuts. That’s the conclusion reached by Indiana University Southeast lecturer Chhandashri Bhattacharya, Ph.D., in presenting his research to the American Chemical Society. “Coconut water is a natural drink that has everything your average sports drink has and more,” says Bhattacharya. “It has five times more potassium than Gatorade or Powerade. Whenever you get cramps in your muscles, potassium will help you get rid of them.” A 12-ounce serving of coconut water may also help balance the typical American diet, which is too low in potassium and too high in sodium derived from excess salt; individuals consuming such diets tend to have twice the risk of death from heart disease and a 50 percent higher risk of death from all disease-related causes. Coconut water is also high in healthful antioxidants.
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Home Composting Boosts Sustainability A 2012 report from the National Resources Defense Council notes that just 3 percent of uneaten food in the United States is composted, and landfill scraps account for 23 percent of all methane gas emissions. Composting, the process of decomposing organic matter into a nutrient-rich material, is an easy way to turn food scraps, lawn clippings, garden trimmings and other waste into natural garden fertilizer. Its relatively loose composition allows nutrients to pass into the soil quickly, and the practice reduces discards to landfills. Compost material is not limited to what’s left on a plate after dining. Expand contents to include peels, cores and husks from fruits and vegetables generated during meal preparation, egg and nut shells, tea leaves and coffee grounds, bread, crackers and pet food. Fruit and vegetable seeds won’t decompose in cold conditions, however. (Learn more about green gardening at GreenLiving.NationalGeographic.com.)
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Now, plates and cups made of sugarcane or corn, plus oil- and plant-based packaging, can also be added to the list. Pending legislation in California would allow products meeting certain criteria to bear “compostable” or “biodegradable” claims on packaging. Manufacturers of compost bins are responding to increased consumer interest with convenient options. In addition to traditional plastic or metal containers and wood-sided bins, new highquality, enclosed, compost tumblers offer quicker processing time, protection from animals and less odor. Advanced models include automatic, electric, indoor composters. (See more at EarthEasy.com/grow_compost.html.) Live composting in the form of vermiculture, or worm composting, teaches care for creatures and ecosystem sustainability. Food scraps feed worms, which then produce nutrient-rich castings (excreta). (Learn more at GrowOrganic.com and RedWormComposting.com.)
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A Handy Atlas for Eating Local Strolling of the Heifers, a Vermontbased local food advocacy group, has released its second annual Locavore Index, tracking the availability and use of locally produced foods and ranking states based on their committed support. Using recent data from multiple sources, the index incorporates farmers’ markets, community supported agriculture (CSA) operations and food hubs in its per capita comparison of consumer interest in eating locally sourced foods, known as locavorism. The top five states for accessibility of local foods are Vermont, Maine, New Hampshire, North Dakota and Iowa; the bottom five are Florida, Louisiana, Arizona, Nevada and Texas. The organization’s Executive Director, Orly Munzing, says the purpose of the index is to encourage local food efforts by supporting farm-to-school programs, urging hospitals and nursing homes to purchase local foods and asking supermarkets to buy from local farms. View the ranking of every state at Tinyurl.com/LocavoreIndex.
Dangerous Duo Neotame is the New Aspartame
NutraSweet, a formerly Monsanto-owned company, has developed a new version of Aspartame, called Neotame. It’s 3,000 times sweeter than table sugar and about 30 times sweeter than Aspartame. Not yet available directly to the public, Neotame is used to sweeten commercially processed foods, but is not required to be listed on package labels of non-certified organic foods. Neotame is more stable at higher temperatures than Aspartame, so it’s approved for use in a wider array of food products, including baked goods. One of the byproducts created when our bodies break down these sweeteners is formaldehyde, which is extremely toxic even in tiny doses. In the U.S. National Library of Medicine, which contains more than 11 million medical citations, Neotame research fails to include any double-blind scientific studies on toxicity in humans or animals. Nutrition expert Dr. Joseph Mercola notes that individuals experiencing side effects from Aspartame or Neotame can file a report with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration at Tinyurl.com/FDASafetyReports. Source: Mercola.com natural awakenings
A Healthy Salad from Chef Adam Kaswiner
Grow, Pick, Grill Making the Most of Summer’s Bounty by Claire O’Neil
n outdoor spaces from Cape Cod, Massachusetts, to Arch Cape, Oregon, produce is growing and grill embers are glowing. Growing a garden and grilling its bounty have never been more popular. For the first time since 1944, when 20 million “Victory” gardeners produced 44 percent of the fresh vegetables in the United States, food gardening is outdistancing flower gardening. In its latest survey of garden retailers, the National Gardening Association found that consumers’ spending for growing their own food hit $2.7 billion, versus $2.1 billion for flowers. Barbecuing grill chefs are expanding their repertoire beyond grass-fed burgers and steaks. More vegetables and fruit are being grilled now than in the past, according to the latest annual survey by leading grill manufacturer Weber. This all makes sense to Karen Adler and Judith Fertig, co-authors of The Gardener & the Grill. They’ve observed that when the bounty of the garden meets the sizzle of the grill, delicious things happen. “Natural sugars in vegetables and
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fruits caramelize,” says Adler. “Essential oils in fresh herbs become more aromatic. The colors of fruits and vegetables stay more vivid when grilled, rather than when cooked any other way.” “Grilling gives even familiar foods an exciting new makeover,” notes Fertig. For example, by cutting a head of cabbage into quarters, brushing each cut side with olive oil and then grilling and chopping, the backyard chef infuses a grill flavor into a favorite coleslaw. Flatbreads, patted out from prepared whole-grain or gluten-free pizza dough, can be brushed with olive oil, grilled on both sides and then topped with flavorful garden goodies. Simple fruits like peaches and plums—simply sliced in half, pitted and grilled—yield fresh taste sensations, especially cradling a scoop of frozen yogurt. A quick foray to the garden or farmers’ market can provide just the right colorful, flavorful edge to any summer barbecue. Claire O’Neil is a freelance writer in Kansas City, MO.
Chef Kas’ Grilled Chicken, Avocado Nacho Salad
hef Adam Kaswiner, owner of ChefKas, in Las Vegas, is a local advocate for healthy eating and harvesting fruits and vegetables from the garden. Kas specializes in consultation and coaching, custom cuisine delivery and instructing. Here, he shares one of his many Chef Kas Kreations.
Grilled Chicken Avocado Nacho Salad Yields 1-2 servings Time: Approximately one hour Ingredients: 2-3 cups spring/mixed greens 2-3 whole heirloom or vine-ripened tomatoes 1 whole, peeled yellow onion 3-4 rolled limes 1 /2 cup minced cilantro leaves 2 chicken breasts 1 /4 to 1/2 cup jack cheese/cheese mix Whole-wheat tortillas 1-2 whole avocados Coconut or olive oil, as needed 3 Tbsp sea salt 2 Tbsp black pepper 1 Tbsp red chili flakes 2 Tbsp red chili powder 2 Tbsp Hatch green chili powder (available at Downtown 3rd Farm- ers’ Market, Las Vegas) 2 Tbsp cumin Instructions: Mix dry spices together in mixing bowl. Dry rub chicken breasts in mixture. Allow to sit for at least 30 minutes to 1 hour, preferably longer. Warm to room temperature before grilling. Heat grill with different “temperature zones” having areas of high heat, medium heat and low heat. Season grill.
Cook chicken breasts on grill, developing grill marks, then turn 90 degrees to develop the “cross hatch” effect. Cook on each side for 5 minutes at each position (total of 20 minutes), then move to low heat area. While cooking chicken, grill tomato and onion on medium or low heat areas, developing grill marks on outside of each. Remove when tomato skin breaks or has sufficiently developed color. Allow onion to get grill marks throughout outside of onion. Remove items from grill and allow to cool. Dice onion into ¼-inch pieces and chop tomato into ¼-½-inch pieces. Toss with cilantro and lime juice to make pico de gallo. Add jalapeño or other spicy pepper to taste (can be grilled, as well). Reserve. Toast whole-wheat tortilla on grill or regular oven until light brown and crispy. Remove from grill and allow to cool. Break up into bite-sized pieces. Remove avocado from peel and cut into ¼-inch pieces. Cut chicken into ¼-½-inch pieces, as well. Combine avocado, chicken, pico de gallo mixture, cheese and tortilla chips. Stick mixture in baking tray back on lowtemp area of grill, melting cheese and warming. Cover grill. Mix together. Serve mixture over bed of greens, add additional lime or other seasoning as preferred. On seasoning: When grilling, it is essential to “season” a grill before use. First, scrub the grill down with grill brush. Then use a clean cloth, dipped in a high-smokepoint oil (sunflower oil, peanut oil, canola oil or safflower oil) and thoroughly wipe the grill down with the oiled cloth. The benefit of seasoning is twofold. A cleaner grill will lead to better-tasting food, and anything cooked will come off easily, with clean grill marks and cooked perfectly.
Like a welcome summer rain, humor may suddenly cleanse and cool the Earth, the air and you. ~Langston Hughes
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“rounder” and improves the health of blood cells. Bacteria and cancer thrives in an anaerobic environment (low oxygen) and therefore Qigong breathing techniques can help kill harmful microorganisms and reverse infections from candida and many types of skin breakouts caused by harmful bacteria overgrowth. A few medical doctors have explained to me that Breath Empowerment creates a highly alkaline condition in the blood.
Interviewer Deanna Cook has owned several organic restaurants, is a holistic celebrity chef and has appeared on the Food Network. Jeff Primack is a Qigong teacher that has studied with many Qigong masters from all over the world and has taught over 40,000 people in live seminars. Deanna Cook: What is “Qigong” really all about? Jeff Primack: Qigong is the art of Harnessing QI, which directly affects the blood flow. It’s an exercise that makes your blood pulse. This pulsing occurs by moving Qi using specific breathing techniques along with postures and slow graceful movements. Qigong also encompasses using healing foods, herbs, acupressure, yogic stretches, all of which energize the body, increase vitality & accelerate metabolism. Qigong is circulation; the term “blood flow” is synonymous with “moving Qi”. Studies confirm practicing Qigong reduces drug withdraw in Heroin addicts by 50 percent. Also, Qigong boosts the immune system and is beneficial for those fighting cancer.
compared to most systems of Yoga, Qigong has a much greater emphasis on precise breathing techniques. Qigong deals with smaller movements of the abdomen to circulate Qi and more precise movements of the hands, rooting into the earth and opening up pathways of energy. Yoga works with energy, but to a lesser degree and although we practice and love yoga, Qigong does what Yoga cannot. In regards to Acupuncture, Qigong doesn’t use needles for treatment. Qigong is Self-Healing and directly affects the source of disease, which is poor circulation to various organs and body areas. Acupuncture is excellent for eliminating many health issues, but the fact Qigong can be done by yourself, free of charge makes it special..
DC: Can you tell us how Qigong is different from Yoga or other healing therapies like Acupuncture?
DC: Using scientific terms, can you tell me us what this buzzing is that I felt after doing the “Breath Empowerment” exercise?
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DC: What lead you to the “Food healing” science that you are so admired for? JP: I was an asthmatic until my early 20’s; at that time I was looking for alternative treatment. The first study I found showed that children in Italy that consumed 5-7 servings of kiwi a week had 40 percent of less incidence of wheezing compared to children who didn’t eat kiwi. I began strictly enforcing that all my students with asthma eat two kiwis everyday in addition to consuming other foods and herbs. Behold it worked! I even had a few students say I gave them KIWI in their dreams! With these profound results including other phytochemical rich foods that boost lung functions; this became one of the protocols. The viral healings were perhaps the most startling revelation. My close friend and fellow Qigong teacher Dietrie Yamini gave her mother with Hepatitis B & C my antiviral food protocol with no expectations and doctors can no longer find any traces of the virus in her blood after 30 years of having it! Another student named Emily Sunderland discovered my book from a friend and her HIV viral count went from in the millions to completely undetectable in a few months. She is avidly teaching our Food Healing program to other sufferers of HIV and believes the Qigong also played a big role in her results. (Part 2 of the interview appears next month.) natural awakenings
Six Ways to Eat Safe
The Latest Facts about Organics, Pesticides, Seeds and More by Melinda Hemmelgarn
ot fun in the summertime begins with fresh, sweet and savory seasonal flavors brought to life in al fresco gatherings with family and friends. As the popularity of farmers’ markets and home gardening surges onward, it’s time to feast on the tastiest produce, picked ripe from America’s farms and gardens for peak flavor and nutrition. Similar to raising a sun umbrella, learning where food comes from and how it’s produced provides the best protection against getting burned. Here’s the latest on some of the season’s hottest food issues to help families stay safe and well nourished.
Local Organic Reigns Supreme
Diana Dyer, a registered dietitian and garlic farmer near Ann Arbor, Michigan, observes, “You can’t buy happiness, but you can buy local, and that’s kind of the same thing.” Purchasing local foods whenever possible has many merits, including shaking the farmer’s hand, asking about farming methods and developing sincere relationships. Buying local also supports the local economy and contributes to food security. Yet “local” alone does not necessarily mean better. Even small farmers may use harmful pesticides or feed their 16
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livestock genetically modified or engineered (GM, GMO or GE) feed. That’s one reason why the smartest food choice is organic, with local organic being the gold standard. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) organic certification label ensures that strict national organic standards—prohibiting the use of antibiotics, hormones and GM feed and ingredients—have been met. Plus, organically raised livestock must have access to the outdoors and ample time on pastures, naturally resulting in milk and meat with higher levels of health-protecting omega-3 fatty acids. Still, organic naysayers abound. For example, many negative headlines were generated by a recent Stanford University study that questioned whether or not organic foods are safer or more healthful than conventional. Few news outlets relayed the researchers’ actual conclusions—that organic foods may reduce exposure to pesticide residues and antibiotic-resistant bacteria; children on organic diets have significantly lower levels of pesticide metabolites, or breakdown products, in their urine; organic milk may contain significantly higher levels of omega-3 fatty acids; and organic produce contains higher levels of health-protecting antioxidants. Jim Riddle, former organic outreach coordinator at the University of Minnesota, in Lamberton, explains that organic farming methods are based on building and improving the soil, promoting biodiversity and protecting natural resources, regardless of the size of the farm. Healthier ecosystems, higher quality soil and clean water will produce healthier plants, which in turn support healthier animals and humans on a healthier planet.
Pesticide Problems and Solutions
Children are most vulnerable to the effects of pesticides and other environmental toxins, due to their smaller size and rapid physical development. Last December, the American Academy of Pediatrics issued a policy statement that asserted, “Beyond acute poisoning, the influences of low-level pesticide exposures on child health are of increasing concern.” The organization links pesticide exposure to higher risk for brain tumors, leukemia, attention deficit disorders, autism and reductions in IQ. Because weeds naturally develop resistance to the herbicides designed to kill them, Dow AgroSciences has genetically engineered seeds to produce crops that can withstand spraying with both the systemic herbicide glyphosate (Roundup), and 2,4-D, one of the active ingredients in Agent Orange, used as a defoliant in the Vietnam War. The latter is commonly applied to lawns and wheat-producing agricultural land, even though research reported in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives links exposure to 2,4-D to birth defects and increased cancer risk. Dow AgroSciences’ new GE seeds await regulatory approval. Eric Mader, program director at the Portland, Oregonbased Xerces Society for the conservation of invertebrates and pollinator protection, warns that broad-spectrum pesticides kill beneficial insects along with those considered pests. Mader recommends increasing the number of beneficial insects, which feed on pests, by planting a greater diversity of native plants on farms and in home gardens.
Demand for GMO Labeling
Despite California’s narrow defeat of Proposition 37, which would have required statewide labeling of products containing GMOs, advocates at the Environmental Working Group and the Just Label It campaign are pushing the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for nationwide GMO labeling. Responding to consumer demand, Whole Foods Market recently announced that it will require GMO labeling in all of its U.S. and Canadian stores by 2018. Filmmaker Jeremy Seifert’s powerful new documentary, GMO OMG, should give the movement a major push, as well. The 2013 film explores the danger in corporate patenting of seeds and the unknown health and environmental risks of engineered food. Seifert says, “I have a responsibility to my children to hand on to them a world that is not poisoned irreparably.” As for the promise that GMOs are required to “feed the world,” he believes it’s a lie, noting that it’s better to “feed the world well.”
Seed Freedom and Food Choice
Roger Doiron, founder and director of Kitchen Gardeners International, headquartered in Scarborough, Maine, celebrates Food Independence Day each July Fourth. Doiron believes that growing, harvesting, cooking and preserving food is both liberating and rewarding, and patriotic. More than 25,000 individuals from 100 countries belong to his nonprofit network that focuses on re-localizing the world’s food supply. Food freedom starts with seeds. Saving and trading heirloom, non-hybrid, non-GMO seeds is becoming as easy as checking out a library book. Several libraries across the country are serving as seed banks, where patrons check out seeds, grow crops, save seeds and then donate some back to their local library. Liana Hoodes, director of the National Organic Coalition, in Pine Bush, New York, is a fan of her local Hudson Valley Seed Library. The library adheres to Indian Physicist Vandana Shiva’s Declaration of Seed Freedom and makes sure all seed sources are not related to, owned by or affiliated with biotech or pharmaceutical corporations. In addition to preserving heirloom and open-pollinated varieties, each seed packet is designed by a local artist.
For several decades, Captain Anne Mosness, a wild salmon fisherwoman, operated commercial fishing boats in Washington waters and from Copper River to Bristol Bay, Alaska. She worries about the threat of pollution from industrial aquaculture, plus the effects of genetically engineered salmon on wild fish populations, coastal economies and ecosystems. Mosness explains that AquAdvantage Salmon, a product of AquaBounty Technologies, was created “by inserting a growth hormone gene from Pacific Chinook and a promoter gene from an eel-like fish called ocean pout into Atlantic salmon.” She questions the FDA approval process and failure to address unanswered questions about the risks of introducing “novel” animals into the food supply, as well as related food allergies and greater use of antibiotics in weaker fish populations. “The salmon farming industry already uses more antibiotics per weight than any other animal production,” comments Mosness. The FDA’s official public comment period on GMO salmon closed in April, but consumers can still voice concerns to their legislators while demanding and applauding national GMO labeling. GMO fish may be on our dinner plates by the end of the year, but with labels, consumers gain the freedom to make informed choices. Consumers can also ask retailers not to sell GMO fish. Trader Joe’s, Aldi and Whole Foods have all committed to not selling GMO seafood.
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Grilled fish makes a lean, heart-healthy, low-calorie summer meal. Some fish, however, may contain chemicals that pose health risks, especially for pregnant or nursing women and children. For example, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), nearly all fish and shellfish contain traces of mercury, which is toxic to a baby’s developing nervous system. Both the EPA and local state health departments post consumption advisories that recommend limiting or avoiding certain species of fish caught in specific locations.
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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, antibiotics are one of the greatest public health achievements of the past 100 years. However, one of the most critical public health and economic issues we currently face is the loss of these drugs’ effectiveness, due in large part to their misuse and overuse in industrial agriculture. Dr. David Wallinga, senior advisor in science, food and health at the Institute of Agriculture and Trade Policy, says that about 80 percent of all antibiotics are given to farm animals for two reasons: to prevent illness associated with living in crowded, stressful and often unsanitary conditions; and to promote “feed efficiency”, or weight gain. However, bacteria naturally mutate to develop resistance to antibiotics when exposed to doses that are insufficient to kill them. Wallinga points out that antibiotic-resistant infections, such as methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), cost our nation at least $20 billion annually and steal tens of thousands of American lives each year. Most recently, hardto-treat urinary tract infections (UTI), were traced to antibiotic-resistant E. coli bacteria in chickens. Antibiotic-resistant bacteria exist in our environment, but are more likely to be found in conventionally, rather than organically raised meat and poultry, which by law must be raised without antibiotics. Consumers beware: the word “natural” on food labels does not provide the same protection. The good news is that according to Consumers Union research, raising meat and poultry without antibiotics can be accomplished at minimal cost to the consumer—about five cents extra per pound for pork and less than a penny per pound extra for chicken. Melinda Hemmelgarn, aka the “Food Sleuth”, is a registered dietitian and award-winning writer and radio host at KOPN. org, in Columbia, MO (FoodSleuth@gmail.com). She advocates for organic farmers at Enduring-Image.blogspot.com.
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consciouseating Vegan advocates, who include celebrities like Alicia Silverstone, Tobey Maguire and Woody Harrelson, support a robust vegan infrastructure, with new cookbooks and gourmet recipes, hip new restaurants and an explosion of websites and chat rooms devoted to a plant-based lifestyle. Some omnivores doubt that people can be either healthy or satisfied without the nutrients and flavor of animal products. After all, didn’t we evolve from meat eaters? Yes, our hunter-gatherer forbears may have liked meat, explain some experts, but it comprised only a tiny part of their diet—those animals were hard to catch. Instead, early humans subsisted largely on wild vegetables, fruits, nuts and seeds. Milk and cheese didn’t become a diet staple until 10,000 years ago, and then only in Europe. Author Virginia Messina, a registered dietitian with a master’s degree in public health, based in Port Townsend, Washington, says her research for the American Dietetic Association confirms that vegetarians overall have lower levels of bad cholesterol, less obesity and a lower incidence of both hypertension and colon cancer than meat-eaters. Vegans have even lower cholesterol and blood pressure than vegetarians who eat eggs and dairy. But eschewing animal products only leads to improved health if people follow some basic guidelines. Vegans must by Kristin Ohlson be sure to eat a variety of whole grains, beans, legumes, nuts and seeds—good sources of protein—as well as fruits and ased upon what he observed at a plantation in Hawaii vegetables. (Messina notes that the average person needs on his first job out of medical school, California physiabout 55 grams of protein a day, about half that ingested in cian John McDougall has eaten a vegan diet for 35 a typical America diet.) And, while plant diets are generally years. There, he cared for workers hailing from China, Japan, rich in iron, Messina notes that vegans need to make sure Korea and the Philippines, and quickly noticed that first-genthat the iron is well absorbed by eating a diet rich in vitamin eration immigrants didn’t have the diseases C—leafy greens, as well as citrus, peppers, he’d been trained to treat: no heart disease, The American Institute potatoes, melons and tomatoes. She reminds no diabetes, no cancer, no arthritis. However, vegans to get enough zinc in their diets with for Cancer Research he saw more evidence of these conditions nuts, seeds and seed butters like tahini. Some recommends avoiding with each succeeding generation, as the nutritionists suggest that vegans take a vitamin workers increasingly indulged in standard B12 supplement, as well as a calcium suppleprocessed meat and American fare. ment. eating no more than “My first-generation patients kept to the Vegans insist that giving up these animal 500 grams (18 ounces) products doesn’t mean giving up the pleadiet they had eaten in their home countries,” McDougall says. “They lived on rice and sures of food. Perhaps no vegan chef has of red meat a week, vegetables, with very little meat and no dairy. done more to convince skeptics than Isa the equivalent of six But, as their kids started to eat burgers and Chandra Moskowitz, with cookbooks like 3-ounce servings. shakes, the kids got fatter and sicker.” Vegan with a Vengeance, Veganomicon, and Accounts like this contribute to the fact Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World. (She that today, as many as 8 million Americans say ~ Elaine Magee, WebMD.com also founded the Post Punk Kitchen vegan that they are vegetarians, according to a 2009 website with free recipes at theppk.com). Harris Interactive survey commissioned by The Vegetarian Many of her recipes take fewer than Resource Group. Of these, about a third are vegans, who 45 minutes to prepare, often from avoid meat, eggs and dairy products, as well as meat. inexpensive ingredients. “It’s Many choose a plant-based diet for better health; others, an economical way to eat,” because they believe it’s more humane and environshe says. “It’s the way poor mentally conscious. According to the Natural Marketpeople have always eaten.” ing Institute, as many as 30 percent of Americans say Certainly, it takes some they are trying to reduce their meat intake. retraining to adopt a vegan
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diet. Some people start by keeping meat portions to three or four ounces and going meatless one day each week, as author Michael Pollan recommends. But once people get the hang of preparing tasty, plant-based meals, they realize the breadth of the culinary experience. “The people who have been vegan for any length of time actually have a diet that’s substantially more diverse and interesting than the typical omnivore,” observes Erik Marcus, author of The Ultimate Vegan Guide: Compassionate Living Without Sacrifice. “You might think that your diet becomes more limited if you get rid of animal foods, but the opposite is actually true.” Kristin Ohlson is a freelance writer in Cleveland, OH. Reach her at KristinOhlson.com.
Defining Different Strokes It’s common for people to become quasi-vegetarians on the way to a way of eating that’s even more health- and planet-friendly. Here’s a look at various dietary practices. n Omnivore: eats both plant- and animal-based foods n Flexitarian: inclined to mostly eat vegetarian, but sometimes adds in meat n Vegetarian: eats no meat, including fish and shellfish, or any animal byproducts; also known as a lacto-ovo vegetarian (eats dairy and eggs) n Lacto-vegetarian: a vegetarian who eats dairy products, but not eggs n Ovo-vegetarian: a vegetarian who eats eggs, but not dairy products n Pescetarian: a vegetarian who eats fish (may also avoid factory-farmed fish) n Vegan: eats no meat, eggs or dairy, and no animalderived ingredients, like gelatin, honey or whey; usually also excludes wearing and other uses of animal products, such as leather, wool, angora and cashmere n Raw: consists of only unprocessed vegan foods that have not been heated above 115° Fahrenheit n Macrobiotic: consumes unprocessed vegan foods and sometimes, fish; generally avoids refined oils, flours and sugars n Fruitarian: eats only plant foods that can be harvested without harming the plant Contributing sources: International Vegetarian Union; Vegetarian.About.com; VeggieVisitors.com
THE PERILS OF MEAT SUBSTITUTES by Kristin Ohlson When some people decide to give up meat, they still want something that looks, smells and tastes like meat on their plate—and they want its preparation to be as easy as flipping a burger on the grill. Even mainstream supermarkets now offer dozens of protein-rich products to fill this savory niche, usually made from some combination of textured or hydrolyzed soy protein, wheat gluten, grains and tofu. Great idea, right? Not necessarily. It may be convenient to rely on “meat analog” products when first making the transition to a plant-based diet, but a steady diet of them isn’t healthy, say nutritionists, because these products often have similar problems as other highly refined foods. Too many vitamins and minerals are leached away during production; plus, they often contain an unwholesome amount of salt, flavorings, colorings and other chemicals to make them palatable. “They’re really not ideal foods, long-term,” states Brendan Brazier, an Ironman triathlete and author of The Thrive Diet and Thrive Fitness. “After the transition is made, I tell people to cut these highly processed things out drastically—even cut them out completely.” Mitzi Dulan agrees. She’s a registered dietitian and team nutritionist for the Kansas City Royals (and formerly with the Kansas City Chiefs) and co-author, with NFLer Tony Gonzalez, of The All-Pro Diet. Dulan tells vegan clients to seek their protein in beans and other legumes, nuts, whole grains and naturally fermented soy foods like tempeh; if they want to buy vegan products, they should make sure they’re made from these whole-food ingredients. Remarks Dulan, “I’d prefer to see people stay away from those fake meats and cheeses.”
Pet Food Perils
Lurking GMOs May Hurt Our Pets
“Look first for the USDA Certified Organic label. Next, look for other words and terms on the package indicating it comprises natural, humane, freerange, grass-fed and GM- or GE-free ingredients. Watch out for chemical preservatives, artificial coloring, byproducts, GMOs, irradiation/radioisotope
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treatment, hormones and antibiotics. In short, seek out whole organic foods appropriate to the species.” ~ Dr. Michael Fox
ike a canary in a coal mine, dogs serve as sentinels, drawing our attention to health hazards in our shared home environment and in the products and byproducts of the food industry.
Multiple Health Issues
In the mid-1990s, as genetically engineered or modified (GE, GM or GMO), corn and soy were becoming increasingly prominent ingredients in both pet food products and feed for farm animals, the number of dogs reported suffering from a specific cluster of health problems increased. It also became evident from discussion among veterinarians and dog owners that such health problems occurred more often among dogs eating pet food that included GM crops than those consuming food produced from conventional crops. The conditions most cited included allergies, asthma, atopic (severe) dermatitis and other skin problems, irritable bowel syndrome, leaky gut syndrome, inflammatory bowel disease, colitis, recurrent diarrhea, vomiting and indigestion, plus abnormalities in liver, pancreas and immune system functions. People often reported failed treatments and harmful side effects to prescribed remedies (e.g. steroids), as well as problems with various manufactured prescription diets after their attending veterinarians diagnosed their animals with these conditions. According to a 2011 study in the journal Cell Research, in engineering crops like corn and soybean, novel proteins are created that can assault the immune system and cause allergies and illnesses, especially in the offspring of mothers fed GMO foods. Diminished nutrient content is a concurrent issue. “The results of most of the few independent studies conducted with GM foods indicate that they may cause hepatic, pancreatic, renal and reproductive effects and may alter hematological, biochemical and immunologic parameters,”concluded Artemis Dona and Ioannis S. Arvanitoyannis, of the Department of Forensic Medicine and Toxicology at the University of Athens Medical School, in their 2009 study on the effect of GM foods on animals. Such problems are caused partly by the inherent genetic instability of GM plants, which can result in spon22
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taneous and unpredictable mutations (Biotechnology and Genetic Engineering Reviews). DNA in GM foods is altered by the genetic engineering process; it can be incorporated by gut bacteria and may alter their behavior and ecology in the digestive tract. Likewise, when digestive bacteria incorporate material from antibiotic-resistant genes, engineered into patented GM foods crops to identify them, it could have serious health implications, according to Jeffrey M. Smith in his book, Genetic Roulette, and Terje Traavik and Jack Heinemann, co-authors of Genetic Engineering and Omitted Health Research.
What Pet Owners Can Do
Look for pet foods that are free of GM corn and soy, and/ or organically certified. Pet food manufacturers that use U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) certified organic ingredients—and especially those that don’t use corn, soy, canola, cotton byproducts (oil and cake) or sugar beet, which are more commonly genetically engineered, or imported rice, which can have GM strains—can legitimately claim “No GMO Ingredients” on their packaging. Information, plus tips on avoiding hidden GMO ingredients are available at NonGMOShoppingGuide.com. Many websites also provide recipes for home-prepared diets for companion animals, including DogCatHomePreparedDiet.com. Let responsible pet food manufacturers know of consumers’ concerns and heed Hippocrates’ advice to let our food be our medicine and our medicine be our food. Enlightened citizen action is an integral part of the necessary revolution in natural agriculture aimed at promoting more ecologically sound, sustainable and humane farming practices, a healthier environment and more healthful, wholesome and affordable food for us and our canine companions. Michael Fox, author of Healing Animals & the Vision of One Health, is a veterinarian with doctoral degrees in medicine and animal behavior. Find GMO-free pet food brands and learn more at DrFoxVet.com.
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Protecting Your Ideas: Intellectual Property – 6-8pm. Anna Siefert from UNLV Business Development Center will lecture. Attorneys will be on hand to answer questions. Free. West Charleston Library, 6301 W Charleston Blvd, Las Vegas. 702-507-3964. LVCCLD.org.
Thursday, July 4 Fourth of July Celebration at Mission Hills Park – 6-9pm. Celebrate America’s birthday with a tribute to the red, white and blue. Event features family activities, patriotic music and a spectacular fireworks show. Complimentary admission. Mission Hills Park, 551 E Mission Dr, Henderson. 702-2672171. HendersonLive.com.
Thursday, July 11
9291 Starcross Ln, Las Vegas. 702-405-9375. TransformationsLasVegas.com.
Free Seminar - Get Help for Anxiety, ADD/Focus, ASD and Much More! – 6:30pm. Come and see how we can help with anxiety, learning issues, focus/attention, sensory integration, ASD issues and more without medication and with lasting results. Free seminars will show how the science of neuroplasticity can help. Additional seminar Sat, July 13 at 10:30am. RSVP. Free. Brain Solutions Inc, 8515 Edna Ave, Ste 110 (entrance through main lobby), Las Vegas. 702-340-2248. BrainSolutionsNV.com.
Sunday, July 7
Friday, July 12
Saturday, July 6
Saturday, July 6 The 5 Tibetan Rites-Fountain of Youth – 9:3010am. This is the Ultimate Anti-Aging Exercise Program that revitalizes and rebuilds the entire body in just 15 minutes. Free intro from 9:30am to 10am. If you choose to participate in the class, instructions begin at 10am sharp. Cost for the class is $12. Transformations Wellness Center,
Enrich Your Life The Pain Body – 5-6:30pm. Recognize, identify and learn how to heal this emotional baggage. $10. Angel Blessings Wellness Spa, 4485 S Buffalo Dr, Las Vegas. 702-610-6497.
Tuesday, July 9
Enrich Your Life Within Abusive Relationships – 6-7:30pm. Educate yourself on abusive behavior. Empower and protect yourself. $10. Angel Blessings Wellness Spa, 4485 S Buffalo Dr, Las Vegas. 702-610-6497.
Ayurvedic Methods to Promote Longevity – 3:15-5:15pm. Longevity, according to Ayurveda, means a complete balance in body, mind and soul and then living a long life. Without this balance, a person cannot enjoy the real benefit of longevity: a state of permanent happiness and peace. Achieve longevity with herbal remedies, meditation and lifestyle changes. Join Christy Bouhourdin, RYT 200 and Certified Ayurvedic Health Educator to explore the world of Ayurveda. $25. All About Yoga, 601 Whitney Ranch, Ste C-12, Henderson. 702-458-8088. TheTreeOfLifeYoga.com.
Monday, July 8
Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health - Caregiver Lecture – 2-3pm. West Charleston Library, in partnership with the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health presents: Caring for a Loved One with Memory Loss. Complementing excellent medical care and research opportunities, the Center’s focus on caregivers affirms that neurocognitive disorders (Alzheimer’s, Huntington’s, Parkinson’s and Multiple Sclerosis) impact the patient as well as everyone involved in care and support. Learn about the social services, education programs and other resources available and free to caregivers. Gain valuable information and get all questions answered. Free. West Charleston Library, 6301 W Charleston Blvd, Las Vegas. 702-507-3964. LVCCLD.org.
Free Ultrasound Heart Screenings – 10am-5pm. The American Institute of Medical Sonography in partnership with the West Charleston Library presents free Ultrasound Heart Screenings. Ultrasound is a non-invasive screening that is safe and painless. Images of your organs are presented in real-time for you to see during the screening. No radiation or injections are used for these screenings. The screenings offered are: ECHO (heart), carotid and abdominal aorta. Appointments are required. Free. West Charleston Library, 6301 W Charleston Blvd, Las Vegas. 702-674-6469. AIMSEd.edu.
Saturday, July 13 Past lives, Dreams & Soul Travel Book Discussion – 4-5pm. Understand the true self through past lives recalls and discover the meaning of your life through dreams. Free. The Spirit Within U, 4780 W Ann Rd, Ste 4, North Las Vegas.
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Easy Trim Down With Trampoline – 9:3010:30am. All fitness levels. Struggling to Lose Weight? Lack of Energy? Persistent Physical Pain? If so, then this class is definitely for you. Includes a brief introduction and a short movie about the trampoline and various exercises, discussion of spiritual benefits and tools available while using the trampoline, as well as a demonstration of a pain reduction technique and a short guided workout. No prior experience is necessary. Note: If available, bring a miniature trampoline. Free. Love offerings accepted. Transformations Wellness Center, 9291 Starcross Ln, Las Vegas. 702-405-9375. TransformationsLasVegas.com.
Monday, July 15 Change Your Words/Change Your Life – 6-7:30pm. Consciously express desires with words to match intentions. $10. Angel Blessings Wellness Spa, 4485 S Buffalo Dr, Las Vegas. 702-610-6497.
on microgreen by Urban Hydro Greens. Free. West Charleston Library, 6301 W Charleston Blvd, Las Vegas. 702-507-3964. LVCCLD.org.
SundAy, July 28
FridAy, July 19 Brett O’Connor Grand Opening Party – 6-8pm. Come celebrate with us. Free gifts and light refreshments. Free. Angel Blessings Wellness Spa, 4485 S Buffalo Dr, Las Vegas. 702-764-1190.
SATurdAy, July 20
Raw Food Prep: Frozen Desserts – 12:30-2:30pm. This is a one-of-a kind class. Taught by Victoria Stitzer who has several decades of Raw Veganism experience. Different topics each month. Join us and transform your life forever. $12 plus actual cost of food consumed, which never exceeds $7. Transformations Wellness Center, 9291 Starcross Ln, Las Vegas. 702-405-9375. TransformationsLasVegas.com.
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SundAy, July 21 Reiki Share Circle – 4-5pm. Allow Reiki to heal and transform your life. For those new to Reiki or those with a degree. Participate in this loving circle. We seek spiritual awakening and transformation to ascension. Love donation. Just Breath Wellness Center, 5333 S Arville, #206, Las Vegas. 702-350-1711.
SundAy, July 21 MicroGreens; How to Grow Them at Home – 2-4pm. Learn how to grow flavorful and nutrient dense micros hydroponically in the comfort of your own home. No dirt, no mess and instant gratification as crops can be grown from seed to harvest in as little as 10 days. Easy to follow and proven techniques will have you growing food for health, cost savings and sustainability. Discussion/lecture
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daily Bikram Yoga – See website for class schedule and rates. Bikram Yoga LV, 5031 Wagon Trail Ave, Ste 109, LV. 702-547-9642. BikramLasVegas.com. 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 or life-stage changes. Free. 3501 W Charleston, Ste 100, LV. Schedule with Caleb: 702-508-9461, Ext 3. PsychotherapyLasVegas.com. Hot Pilates & Yoga – One week unlimited access. Free. Body Heat, 8876 Eastern Ave, LV. 702-4320028. BodyHeatYoga.com. Nevada SPCA Little Critter Adoption – 9am-8pm. At Your Service Pet Supplies & Grooming is proud to partner with the Nevada SPCA hosting 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 NevadaSPCA. org, 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, 300, HD. 702-498-0416. AtYourServicePetSupplies.com. Overeaters Anonymous – Overeaters Anonymous meets daily throughout Las Vegas and Henderson. OA offers a holistic approach to permanent weight loss with desired results of a 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. Las Vegas, Henderson. 702-593-2945. LVOA.org. Stress Reduction Sessions – 10am-2pm. Stressed? Overwhelmed? Sleepless nights? Experience a free stress reduction session. Sessions are available daily. Free. 3663 E. Sunset Blvd, Ste 106, 3663 E Sunset Blvd, Ste 106, LV. 310-739-7673. LVSelfDevelopmentCenter.com. Yoga & Meditation – See website for daily class schedule. Just Breathe Wellness Center, 5333 S Arville St, Ste 206, LV. 702-553-6819. JustBreatheWellnessCenter.com.
weekdays Staying Healthy! Radio Show – 8-9am and 5-6pm, Mon-Fri. Hosted by Jeffrey Burke, ND, MH on KLAV 1230 am. Enrich your knowledge and learn how to stay healthy all year long. Free. 702-7311230. StayHealthy.info.
sunday Falun Gong Exercise & Qigong Meditation – 8-10am 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. FalunDafaLasVegas.blogspot.com/. fresh52 Sunday Farmers & Artisan Market – 8:30am-1pm. fresh52 farmers and artisan market is a lively, friendly, open air market where neighbors and friends come together to celebrate the community. Free. Sansone Park Place, 9480 S Eastern, LV. 702-900-2552. fresh52.com.
monday Qigong/Tai 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. ThreeTreasuresMQ.com. Wongu University of Oriental Medicine-Graduate Program – 9:30am-8:30pm. The first school of acupuncture and Oriental medicine in Nevada is offering a Master of Science Degree in Oriental Medicine, covering courses in acupuncture, Chinese herbology, Taiji, moxibustion with western medicine, practice management and more. Currently accepting applications for Spring 2013. Didactic Unit $180/Clinical Hour $18. Wongu University of Oriental Medicine, 8215 & 8620 S Eastern Ave, LV. 702-463-2122. Wongu.org. 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. GoldLightYoga.com.
tuesday Momma’s Milk Circle – 10am-1pm. Support group for nursing moms and babies of up to one year of
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age hosted by lactation specialists. Well Rounded Momma Homestead, 3556 E Patrick Ave, LV. 702795-2500. WellRoundedMomma.com. Beginner Yoga – 4:30-5:45pm. Classical Ashtanga yoga, as taught by Baba Hari Dass. A multi-level class created for new and intermediate students with an emphasis on play, heart opening and alignment. Progressive options offered in many asanas, challenging each individual. First Tues of the month features a Beatles themed music class; the rest of the month features a fun music playlist. Donation: $10. Blue Sky Yoga, 107 E Charleston, LV. 702325-9923. GoldLightYoga.com. 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. Spiritual Book Club For Women – 6-8pm. 4th 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. 702-5536819. JustBreatheWellnessCenter.com. Free Healing Circle – 7-9pm. 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 Support Group - 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. 714309-0531. Voicemail info: 702-593-2945. LVOA.org. 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 help kids with ADD, ADHD, Aspergers, Tourettes, OCD, PDD. Free. Brain Balance Achievement Centers of Henderson, 11 S Stephanie St, HD. 702-778-9500. BrainBalanceCenters.com. 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. MaryKay.com/sglenn2020. Reiki Healing Circle – 7-9pm. This is a free Inspirational Healing Circle. Learn new natural healing information each week. Participate in a group discussion (optional) or simply observe and learn. Experience guided meditation channeled by Victoria (Reiki Master of 20+ years) and receive deep personalized healing. Relax and recharge your mind and body. Free. Love offerings accepted. Transformations Wellness Center, 9291 Starcross Ln, LV. 702-405-9375. TransformationsLasVegas.com.
thursday Green Drinks – 2nd Thurs. Network with other eco-friendly business professionals. Times/locations vary. Facebook.com/GreenDrinksLV. 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 Henderson in Events Plaza, 240 Water St, HD. 702-579-9661. CountryFreshFarmersMarket.com. 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. LifeStoriesNevada.org. “Bet on the Farm” Farmers Market – 10am-1pm. Mario Batali’s and Joe Bastianich’s sustainable market. Free. Springs Preserve, 333 S Valley View Blvd, LV. BetOnTheFarm.com. 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. 702-7952500. WellRoundedMomma.com. 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. 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. 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. SolarNV.org.
friday Qigong-Tai 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. Downtown3rd.com. Country Fresh Farmers’ Market – 10am. Free. Henderson Pavilion, 200 S Green Valley Pkwy, HD. 702-579-9661. CountryFreshFarmersMarket.com. fresh52 Friday Farmers & Artisan Market – 3-7pm. fresh52 farmers and artisan market is a lively, friendly, open-air market where neighbors and friends come together to celebrate the community. Located outside Whole Foods at Town Square. Free. Town Square (outside Whole Foods), 6605 Las Vegas Blvd S, LV. 702-900-2552. fresh52.com. Community Hu – 3:15-3:45pm. Open your 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. First Friday – 6-12pm. Arts festival on 1st Fri each month. Food, drink, art and entertainers. Free. Downtown Arts District, LV. 702-384-0092. FirstFriday-LasVegas.org. 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 Drum Circle – 6:30-7:30pm. All ages welcome. Enjoy a large community drumming experience, building one strong voice with many. Bring your own drum and drums provided. Transformational leader Idris Hester facilitates the drum circle with Music 4 Life staff. 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. Music4life.us. Northwest Las Vegas Reiki Circle – 7-8:30pm. Northwest Las Vegas Reiki Circle is proud to celebrate 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. Collective healing synchronizes but it does not conform to boundaries of time and space. We send love, healing, peace and comfort into the Universe. Find on Meetup under “Northwest Las Vegas Reiki Circle”. Love offering. The Reiki Gal, LLC, 7495 W Azure Drive, LV. 702-875-2967. TheReikiGal.com.
saturday fresh52 Saturday Farmers & Artisan Market – 8am-1pm. fresh52 farmers and artisan market is a lively, friendly, open-air market where neighbors and friends come together to celebrate the community. Free. Tivoli Village, 302 S Rampart, LV. 702-900-2552. fresh52.com. Chi Kung & Tai Chi Classes – 9-11am. Chi Kung (Qigong) is the art of developing internal energy particularly for health and vitality, mind expansion and spiritual cultivation. $10. Rainbow’s End Natural Foods, 1100 E Sahara Ave, LV. 324-0353. EarthPowers.com. Las Vegas 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 EV’s. 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. LVEVA.org. The Art of Spiritual Dreaming Book Discussion – 2pm-3pm. Every 4th Sat. The Art of Spiritual Dreaming book discussion. 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. Overeaters Anonymous – 2pm. OA offers an approach to permanent weight loss with desired results of a physical, emotional and spiritual healing. This is a way of life, based on the twelve steps and twelve traditions of Alcoholics Anonymous and offers a program of recovery. Donation. Serenity Club - Suite 10, 3990 Schiff Dr, LV. VM info 702-593-2945. 702-593-2945. LVOA.org. Community HU – 3:15-3:45pm. Open your 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. Mind Body & Soul Saturday –7pm. Art, meditation, music, reading performances to foster wellbeing 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 oneon-one. $15 for you and a guest. Weston Place, 6600 W Charleston, Ste 123, LV. 702-418-0707. youTube.com/njaoneart.
Strawberry Jerry LoFaro After ruling out his initial career choices of paleontologist, zoologist, baseball player and Good Humor ice cream man, Jerry LoFaro parlayed his lifetime interest in dinosaurs and other animals, fantasy, art history and literature into a successful career as an illustrator. His art—always striking and often humorous—has been featured on book covers for major publishers and in advertising and promotional campaigns for clients including Nike, Disney, National Geographic, The Discovery Channel and TIME magazine. Celestial Seasonings has commissioned LoFaro to create tea, coffee and seasonings package designs, even entrusting him to update the company’s famous icon, Sleepytime Bear. Recently, he was honored with a gold medal from the Society of Illustrators. “Superficially, I’d describe my work as realism,” says LoFaro. “However, much of what I’ve done in content is conceptual, with surreal flourishes.” Prior to 2002, he worked primarily with acrylics; now, he uses Photoshop to create digital art. LoFaro also treasures the rural beauty of his New Hampshire surroundings and confides, “My life revolves around walking out to my studio in the woods, listening to great music, and being creative.” View the artist’s portfolio at JerryLoFaro.com.
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ADD/ADHD TREATMENT BRAIN BALANCE ACHIEVEMENT CENTER OF HENDERSON
11 S Stephanie St, Ste 120, HD 89012 702-778-9500 • BrainBalanceHenderson.com 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 10.
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RED ROCK CHIROPRACTIC & WELLNESS CENTER
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CAREGIVING CONSUMER DIRECT
Dr. Margaret R. Colucci 2085 Village Center Cir, Ste 110, LV 89134 702-880-5335 • RedRockChiropractic.com 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.
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CHINESE MEDICINE THREE TREASURES MEDICAL QIGONG THERAPY
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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.
ENERGY HEALING HEALING ENERGIES QI GONG Christy Berry-Ugarte 702-239-2680 HealingEnergies.vpweb.com
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. See ad, page 18.
ENERGY MEDICINE GREENAWALT CHIROPRACTIC
Ronald L. Greenawalt D.C., F.A.C.O. 7500 W Sahara Ave, LV 89117 702-363-8989 • GreenawaltChiroLV.com Experience the “WOW” factor of realizing your potential physically, biochemically and emotionally in order to achieve your health and life goals with techniques like B o d y Ta l k , To t a l B o d y Modification and Neurolink. See ad, page 7.
ENVIRONMENTAL LANDSCAPING SUNSTATE COMPANIES
6590 Boulder Hwy, LV 89122 702-798-1776 Info@SunstateCompanies.com Water Smart contractor specializing in landscape construction, grounds maintenance, fertilizer, masonry, concrete, interlocking pavers and tree service. Call for a consultation.
FAMILY DENTISTRY GENERATIONS DENTAL
Dr. Truvella “Trudy” Reese, DMD 7480 W Sahara Ave, LV 89117 702-982-0400 • GenDental.com 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.
HOLISTIC DENTIST AAA DENTAL & FOUR SEASONS DENTAL SPA
Dr. Jim Wright, DDS, AIAOMT, AIABDM 8855 W Flamingo, LV 89147 702-281-9900 • HolisticDentistLasVegas.com Practicing holistic, biological dentistry with safe removal of mercury according to the standards of IAOMT and IABDM. State of the art early detect cavity mapping, cosmetic, general, specialty dentistry and low sensitivity teeth whitening. Dr. Wright offers holistic, no-prep veneers, Lumineers, Invisalign Braces, dental implants and All on 4 Implant Bridges, sleep and full sedation dentistry. See ads, page 11.
BELL CENTER FOR BIOLOGICAL AND HOLISTIC DENTISTRY Dr. Michael Bell, DDS 8068 W Sahara Ave, Ste A, LV 89117 702-256-7666 • LVtmjDentist.com
Holistic dentistry with a whole body approach to create a healthy smile and body. Live microscopic viewing of mouth bacteria. Laser gum disease treatment. Computerized TMJ and bite analysis. Mercury testing and removal. Nutritional testing. Autonomic nervous system analysis. Invisalign. See ad, page 18.
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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.
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OPTIMAL HEALTH PRIMARY CARE Jeffrey Brown, DO 10120 S Eastern Ave, Ste 100 HD 89052 702-871-7004 • OptimalHealthPC.com
Optimal Health Primary Care is an integrative medicine practice that incorporates a variety of methods to help heal the body. Dr. Brown believes that the body has its own natural healing mechanisms. See ad, page 7.
A place for healing, education and wellness. Including professional massage therapy and bodywork services. Contact Jamie about space rental for classes and workshops, or to schedule a massage.
LIFE COACHING JEANNE R CATHEY
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