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Helene Neville Bids Adieu to Finish Race


Zumba Party and sendoff for Helene Neville, the nurse, cancer survivor and health advocate who will begin the final leg of running the perimeter of the continental United States on May 1, will be held from 2 to 4 p.m., April 18, at Boca Park. There will be a fashion show at 3:30 p.m. Neville is on the way to establishing a world record by running almost 10,000 miles as a cancer survivor, nurse and grandmother. She states, “Along my run, I visit cancer patients, care givers, firefighters, military, school children and nurses. I also raise money for my charity, the Mary Ellen Rouse Neifert Memorial Fund.” Admission is free. Location: 750 S. Rampart Blvd. Boca Park, Las Vegas. For more information, visit

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MO Free Vegas will conduct the fourth March Against Monsanto at 10:30 a.m., May 23, beginning at the Beauty Bar, located by the Fremont Street Experience and The Federal Courthouse to celebrate the progress local activists have made over the last few years. Angie Morelli, of GMO Free Vegas, states, “We would like to really be able to explain what we are about, what we are doing and fully promote our motto of ‘Educate, Empower, Evolve.’” Sponsors include El Dorado Cantina, Beauty Bar and Real Water.

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hetaHealing instructor Trish Turpel will deliver a lecture, A Taste of ThetaHealing, at 1 p.m., April 18, at the Center for Spiritual Living. Ten-minute private sessions will be available immediately after the lecture for a small fee. The lecture is accompanied by demonstrations and audience participation. ThetaHealing, a modality discovered and developed by author and teacher Vianna Stibal, harnesses our own naturally occurring theta brain waves to enhance spiritual, physical and emotional healing and to facilitate healing in others. Through meditation and non-denominational prayer, the ThetaHealing technique creates a positive lifestyle. It is a simple, easy to learn and uses energy healing techniques that once learned, can be utilized every day for self-healing, helping friends, family, children or clients. Turpel has been a ThetaHealing Instructor and practitioner since 2007. Admission is free. Location: 1420 E. Harmon Ave., Las Vegas. For more information, call 702-656-6788, email or visit See ad, page 38.


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he U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) is looking for volunteers to monitor burrowing owl artificial burrows at Floyd Lamb Park, in the Las Vegas Valley. Since 2010, the FWS has been partnering with the Red Rock Audubon Society and the city of Las Vegas to enhance this habitat by installing 17 artificial burrow clusters in the park and monitoring them during the breeding season. Volunteer nest monitors must live close by, as there is a large time commitment, visiting burrows once a week between April 1 and August 1 for a half-hour observation period, during which time the monitor will count the number of owls, document the weather conditions and record behaviors of the owls. For more information, call Christiana Manville at 702-515-5240.


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Trauma-Informed Yoga Therapy


rauma-informed yoga therapy (TIYT) is a specialized training that was developed for yoga professionals that work with people with anxiety disorders and/or trauma related issues (PTSD). The training also serves mental health professionals, allied health partners, public health and substance abuse counselors that have a working knowledge of yoga and wish to incorporate yoga practices into their clinical practice or service model. The field of yoga therapy has been recognized since the 1920s, and is intended to empower individuals to find their own path of self-healing. A yoga therapist does not diagnose or treat specific conditions; instead, they guide students through a healing journey, recommend practices which address the physical, psychological and spiritual aspects of the student’s being and create a safe environment where a student can get back in touch with their innate ability to self-regulate and self-heal. In yoga therapy, we see an individual as a makeup of five layers, or sheaths, referred to as the koshas: physical, energetic, psycho-emotional, wisdom and bliss/ spirit, which are are interrelated—therefore, a disturbance in one can affect all facets of our being. Another key aspect is ayurveda, yoga’s sister science, with both coming out of the Vedic tradition. Looking at a student through an koshic and ayurvedic lens allows us to see them as a unique being and tailor practices that are suited to the individual’s needs. TIYT programs are not only rooted in the ancient techniques of yoga, but also in modern research in the fields of neurobiology, stress physiology and medical biophysics. TIYT practitioners explore the modern research devoted to the relationship between yoga and the mind, and its role in treating trauma and stress-related illness. TIYT is aligned with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration (SAMHSA) initiative of Trauma Informed Approach to Care. This approach is always client-centered and intends to empower; it understands a survivor’s need to be respected, informed, in charge of and hopeful regarding their own recovery. A TIYT practitioner has an understanding of the widespread impact of trauma, recognizes the signs and symptoms of trauma and actively resists retraumatization in all interactions and recommendations. According to SAMHSA, a Trauma Informed Approach to Care curriculum reflects adherence to six key principles, rather than a prescribed set of practices or procedures: safety, trustworthiness and transparency, peer support, collaboration and mutuality, empowerment, voice and choice and cultural, historical, and gender issue recognition. The implementation of a Trauma Informed Approach into a Yoga Therapy model is accomplished with ease because there are no conflicting positions. What is created by this union is a safe space in which we can offer of an elegant model of self-healing through the lifestyle art of yoga. Holding this space for someone that is suffering, and guiding them through practices that help them find their feet and their way again, is a beautiful experience. Integrative Yoga Therapist Genevieve Yellin is a faculty member of the Integrative Yoga Therapy Therapeutic Yoga Program. She will be offering training in TIYT from Apr. 23 to 29 at TruYoga, in Las Vegas. For more information, visit TruYoga.Vegas.


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Memory Works Better Reading Real Books


esearchers from Norway’s Stavanger University and France’s Aix-Marseille Université found that readers remember a story better if it’s on paper. The study tested 50 people that read the same 28page short story. Half of the group read the paper version and the other half read the story on a Kindle e-reader. The researchers discovered that readers of the digital version could not remember details from the story or reconstruct the plot as well as the group that read the paper copy. The researchers found that the feedback of a Kindle doesn’t provide the same support for mental reconstruction of a story as a print pocket book does. “When you read on paper, you can sense with your fingers a pile of pages on the left growing, and shrinking on the right,” explains Stavanger University’s Anne Mangen, Ph.D. These findings confirm a study performed a year earlier, also led by Mangen. Seventy-two 10th-graders were given text to read either on paper or on a computer screen. The students that read the paper text versions scored significantly higher in reading comprehension testing than those reading digital versions.

Acupuncture Increases Quality of Life for Allergy Sufferers


esearch from Berlin’s Charité University Medical Center suggests that acupuncture is an effective treatment for patients with seasonal allergic rhinitis. Published in the Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, in 2013, the study analyzed data on the costs and quality of life of 364 allergy patients that had been randomly assigned to receive one of three treatments: rescue medication alone (taken when symptoms are greatest); acupuncture treatment plus rescue medication; or sham (non-therapeutic) acupuncture plus rescue medication. Patients receiving acupuncture incurred higher total treatment costs, but also gained significantly more quality of life compared with the rescue medication-only groups.

Local Toxins Increase Risk of Autism


onfirming previous findings, a large study from the University of Chicago has found that autism is linked to toxic environmental exposure. The research examined data from nearly a third of the U.S. population, which showed that both autism spectrum disorders and intellectual disabilities increased as exposure increased in region-by-region testing. The research measured clusters of autism incidence together with exposure rates in different counties and states across the country. The areas with greater environmental toxin exposures had significantly increased autism rates. The correlation was significant among both boys and girls, but stronger among girls. Proximity to urban areas also increased autism incidence. For every 1 percent increase in urbanization, there was about a 3 percent rise in autism and intellectual disabilities. Influential toxins include pesticides, plasticizers, lead and pharmaceuticals.



esearch from the University of Essex, in England, suggests that viewing natural green images while exercising may be better than being exposed to other colors. The researchers tested 14 people doing moderate-intensity cycling while watching video footage of predominantly gray, red or green imagery. Each of the participants underwent three cycling tests—one with each of the videos—along with a battery of physiological and mood testing. The researchers found that when the subjects watched the green-colored video, they had better moods, with a lower relative perception of exertion than when they exercised while watching the red and grey videos. They also found those that exercised while watching the red video experienced greater feelings of anger during their exercise.

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50 Percent Gone in Under 50 years The latest World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Living Planet Report shows that the Living Planet Index (LPI), which measures more than 10,000 representative populations of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and fish, has declined by 52 percent since 1970. The report is widely considered the leading science-based analysis on the health of our planet and the impact of human activity ( In fewer than two human generations, populations of vertebrate species—the life forms that constitute the fabric of life-sustaining ecosystems and serve as a barometer of how humans are impacting nature—have dropped by half. Nature conservation and sustainable development go hand-in-hand; it’s not only about preserving biodiversity and wild places, but about safeguarding the future of humanity. Living Planet Report partners include the Zoological Society of London, Global Footprint Network and Water Footprint Network. Marco Lambertini, director general of WWF International, states, “We need leadership for change. Sitting on the bench waiting for someone else to make the first move, doesn’t work. Heads of state need to start thinking globally; businesses and consumers need to stop behaving as if we live in a limitless world.”

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Innovations being successfully pioneered in Malaysia offer ideas for improving the world, according to the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN), including the construction of high-tech, self-sustaining ecological “smart” villages. These villages are lifting incomes for scores of rural families while promoting environmental sustainability. Each 50acre community consists of about 100 affordable homes, advanced educational, training and recreational facilities and an integrated, sustainable farm system that provides villagers with food and employment that on average, triples their monthly income. Low-cost, 1,000-square-foot homes are built in 10 days and the communal farming operations include a cascading series of fish tanks, or “aquafarms”. Filtered fish tank wastewater irrigates trees, grain fields and high-value plants grown in “autopots”, a three-piece container with a valve that detects soil moisture levels and releases water as required, reducing the need for fertilizers and pesticides. Free-range chickens feed on the fast-reproducing worms that process the plant compost. This system optimizes nutrient absorption, minimizes waste and enables crops to be grown on previously non-arable land. The village’s solar-generated power is complemented by biomass energy and mini-hydro electricity. A community hall, resource center, places of worship, playgrounds and educational facilities equipped with 4G Internet service support e-learning and e-health services. 14

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Drilling Poisons Both Water and Air Major concerns about hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, as a means of extracting natural gas have centered on how toxic fracking fluids and methane injected into the ground can pollute water supplies. Now a new study published in the Journal of Environmental Health attests how fracking adversely impacts air quality, too. Lead author David Carpenter, director of the Institute for Health and the Environment at New York’s University at Albany, is concerned that fracking sites show potential to develop cancer clusters in years to come. The study found eight different poisonous chemicals in groundwater near wells and fracking sites throughout Arkansas, Colorado, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wyoming at levels that exceeded federal limits, including levels of benzene and formaldehyde, both known carcinogens. Approximately half of the air samples Carpenter analyzed exceeded federally recommended limits. Benzene levels were 35 to 770,000 times higher; hydrogen sulfide levels were 90 to 60,000 times higher; and formaldehyde levels were 30 to 240 times above a theoretically safe threshold. “Cancer has a long latency, so you’re not seeing an elevation in cancer in these communities [yet],” says Carpenter. “But five, 10, 15 or more years from now, elevation in cancer incidence is almost certain to happen.” Source:

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T. Colin Campbell, Ph.D., bestselling author of The China Study, and his son, Nelson Campbell, are conducting a nationwide bus tour to preview the opening of the feature-length documentary PlantPure Nation. Beginning in April, they are visiting 23 cities around the country to screen and discuss the film, which examines the political and economic factors that suppress information about the benefits of plant-based nutrition, including its positive impacts on medicine, farming and food deserts. Events will include book signings of The PlantPure Nation Cookbook, by Kim Campbell, Nelson’s wife; filmed meet-and-greet rallies and fan interactions that may appear in the final release; community engagement to celebrate the benefits of a plant-based diet; and recruitment of ambassadors in each city to help build local interest in viewing the official release of the film, which begins its national rollout the week of July 4. PlantPure Nation—directed by Nelson with producer John Corry and writer/director Lee Fulkerson, who also teamed up on the acclaimed documentary Forks Over Knives, features the perspectives of Colin and other world-renowned experts, doctors and authors. For more information, visit 16

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The buy local movement and popularity of local farmers’ markets continue to grow, but we can do even better when it comes to sustainable shopping. A recent survey on environmental impacts of consumer behaviors in 18 countries reports that more Americans are eating local and organic foods and say they’re going to consume less meat and bottled water. Nevertheless, we continue to eat the most processed and packaged foods and the fewest fruits and vegetables of all the countries surveyed. Evidently, we need to literally put our money where our mouths are. The Greendex survey cites several basic ways to make our diets more sustainable. These include eating more vegetables and less beef and lamb (recognizing the greater environmental impact of raising animals); participating and supporting community supported agriculture and fishery initiatives; economizing meal planning; and storing food properly in the refrigerator to maximize space and freshness periods. When grocery shopping, peruse the perimeter aisles first, where whole foods are stocked, instead of the interior shelves, which typically comprise processed foods according to More cooperation between the public and private sectors and individual involvement can also increase sustainability in communities around the world. Rachael Durrant, Ph.D., a research fellow with the UK-based Sustainable Lifestyles Research Group, cites in a recent paper the need for improved understanding of the key roles that civil society organizations play within processes of large-scale social change and warned that many communities are vulnerable to grave environmental and social risks. Durrant lauds “greener, fairer and healthier practices, such as community gardening or cookery classes,” plus “those that change the rules of the game through campaigns or lobbying to coordinate and facilitate activities of other groups.” Supporting food and farming management that’s independent, cooperative and welcomes volunteers, for example, is highly beneficial.

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Natural Ways to Ease ADHD by Karen Gloyd


DHD is more prominent now than ever. Nearly one in 11 children in the United States has a current ADHD diagnosis. The side effects of common ADHD medicines, such as trouble sleeping, nausea, loss of appetite, headaches, irritability or mood changes, and even tics, have inspired many parents to seek out other alternatives in treating ADHD. Diet and exposure to chemicals have proven to have a profound affect on individuals with ADHD. Gluten, dairy and sugar can sometimes act as triggers that enhance the prohibiting effects of ADHD, exaggerating them. Exposure to cleaning chemicals, room deodorizers and even

laundry detergent and dryer sheets can also impact someone’s ability to focus and act as agitators. Deciding on whether or not to medicate and/or looking at some of the diet and chemical issues and removing them from your environment are all steps in the direction of what not to do for your child’s ADHD, but can anything proactive be done to help with these issues? Yes. The Tomatis Method is a scientifically developed, foundational brain-based training program that is designed to improve brain functioning in the areas of attention, memory, concentration and more. It strengthens memory, auditory processing, attention and learning. Based in the science of

neuroplasticity, the Tomatis Method actually exercises the auditory processing system, resulting in the building of new neuropathways where there are deficits in the brain. The results are lasting and perhaps most importantly, involve no medication. Many children and adults diagnosed with ADHD have made profound progress and many have come off their ADHD medications entirely, freeing up what energy was used for “coping” to now be used for living. Experiencing these results, plus being out from under the debilitating effects of medication has given many parents more cooperative, focused and happy children. This new-found energy can now flow into school, social life and home. The Tomatis Method uses music that has been scientifically modified in such a way that exercises the entire auditory processing system. The listener uses specialized headphones that also balances the sound being received through air conduction and bone-conduction. Those that over bone-conduct sound are often diagnosed with ADHD as the symptoms look very similar. This over-conduction of sound can drive anxiety levels up, which also detracts from a child’s ability to focus. Parents who have chosen the Tomatis Method in treating ADHD (as well as many other disabilities) have found success. This passive, non-invasive program is changing lives and family dynamics. The only authorized Tomatis provider in Nevada is Brain Solutions Inc, located in Summerlin. The center sees families by appointment and has helped many families move out of the problem of ADHD into the solution. Karen Gloyd is Associate Director at Brain Solutions Inc, 8515 Edna Ave., Suite 110, Las Vegas. For more information, call 702-340-2248, email or visit, See ad, left.


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When it Comes to Paper, All that Glitters is Not Gold


ot all paper is created equal, and Natural Awakenings is printed on stock that averages 90 prevent to 97 percent recycled post-consumer content, using environmentally friendly soy inks. According Environmental Defense Fund calculations, each issue saves about 30 trees, plus the energy and waste involved in their processing. Our covers are not shiny, but that doesn’t mean that we aren’t beaming on the inside. The group Conservatree reports that each ton of coated, high-end virgin magazine paper used by a glossy magazine devours more than 15 trees. Kinda takes the shine off that apple, doesn’t it? Our magazine is easier to recycle, too. The Environmental Defense Fund points out, “With recycling, not only will fewer trees be harvested to make paper, those trees that are harvested can produce paper using methods that have less impact on the environment. So, recycling helps preserve the full range of values that forest ecosystems provide, including clean water, wildlife habitat and biodiversity.” It’s always better to start with used paper rather than trees, because the major work of extracting and bleaching the fiber has already been done. This produces big reductions in total energy, water and chemical used. Release of toxins into the air and water drop, too. The Recycled Paper Coalition notes that the fibers in fine paper can be recycled up to a dozen times before they become unfit for papermaking. The sheen of traditional glossy stock is a poor environmen-

tal choice because it gets that way via a super-thin coating of clay. (Ever wonder why they seem so heavy to lift?) When they are discarded for recycling, any

type of clay or other coating is hard to remove, contaminates processing and can result in lower-grade recycled paper. De-inking mills also accept less coated paper for recycling because the quantity of waste clay removed nearly equals that of the usable paper fiber. Ninety percent of magazines are discarded within a year and only 20 percent are recycled. Also, some publishers (not us) have an incentive to print more copies than are necessary in order to boost advertising rates. The truth is that a majority of newsstand magazines go unsold and most end up in landfills. Natural Awakenings has led the way in eco-friendly practices by switching to processed chlorine-free (PCF) recycled paper, which uses an environmentally friendly process to remove inks from paper and recover it for reuse. Other publishers need to say no to chlorine bleaching. Printing with soy inks, another Natural Awakenings commitment, keeps dangerous volatile organic compounds out of the atmosphere, and toxic heavy metals such as lead and cadmium, out of our soil and groundwater.

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If Not Now, When, for a Solid Local Sustainability Group?

The LV Green Community has had three more meetings and is about to solidify a plan for its first large-scale project. Although they have done a good job of unifying civic leaders, businesses and nonprofits in the green and sustainability community, there is still much work to be done. More green businesses and sustainability leaders need to participate, but many have not heard about the group, so raising awareness must be part of the strategy. With all of the opportunities here, a permanent grassroots green community organizing group presents a route toward insuring that efforts are maintained year after year. The LV Green Community proposes to be that group. To contact Carver, a local green activist and community organizer who founded ALLinWebPro, a web development and graphic design company, Cafe do Paraiso, a coffee roasting company that gives back to schools, and allRise, a collaborative community news platform for everyone, email

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his spring, there’s a new, powerful way for anyone in the southern Nevada to join an inspiring movement of sustainability and community empowerment aimed at making our city a more thriving and sustainable place to live. The Las Vegas Green Community, or LV Green Community on Facebook, is a coalition of local green leaders, sustainable business owners, community activists and movers and shakers formed last November by Angie Morelli, Owen Carver and Shane Stuart. “We had a vision of organizing large-scale green events in Las Vegas to help kids have an opportunity to get excited about healthy food and urban agriculture, and wanted to get everyone in the green community involved so we can have bigger events that get more attention an benefit everyone,” says Carver. “We’re really excited about the power of urban agriculture and the growing school garden movement in town to empower and transform communities to solve social challenges and improve education.” In the first meeting, at the recently opened Chef Kas Fitness Kitchen, on South Rainbow, more than 35 people heard presentations from a variety of local groups. including nonprofit Green Our Planet, which has raised more than $800,000 through its own green crowdfunding platform to build 60-plus school gardens in the Clark County School District in the last two years by partnering corporate sponsors with individual schools to raise money and create long-lasting relationships. Green Our Planet uses the money raised to pay a professional landscaping company, Garden Farms, to build and maintain each garden and educate students and teachers about running a garden farm in our climate. They are focused on helping schools leverage the power of the garden classrooms to improve test scores and student engagement and have helped coordinate the creation of a K-5 curriculum for elementary school teachers to teach garden-based lessons in the gardens that are already accredited by the school district.


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Nature’s Wisdom Its Lessons Inspire, Heal and Sustain Us by Christine MacDonald

The environment is not separate from ourselves; we are inside it and it is inside us; we make it and it makes us. ~ Davi Kopenawa Yanomami, Amazon shaman


hile the idea that we humans stand apart from—or even above—nature is a prevailing theme in much of modern civilization, naturalists and other clever souls throughout the ages have observed that the opposite is true: We are part of, depend on and evolve with nature—and we ignore this vital connection at our peril. “If one way is better than another, that you may be sure is nature’s way,” admonished the Greek philosopher Aristotle, in the third century B.C.E. “Time destroys the speculation of men, but it confirms the judgment of nature,” Roman politician and philosopher Cicero ruminated two centuries later. Nobel Prize-winning physicist and philosopher Albert Einstein remarked, “Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.” Today, more of us are looking to nature for ways to improve physical,


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mental and emotional health, develop intelligence, innovate, overhaul how we build homes and neighborhoods, and raise our children.

Healthful Nature

As Henry David Thoreau wrote in his classic 1854 book Walden, “We need the tonic of wildness.” While we know firsthand how walking in the woods can elevate mood, scientists have documented that a regular dose of nature has other far-reaching benefits. It can lower stress hormone levels, blood pressure and undesirable cholesterol; help heal neurological problems; hasten fuller recovery from surgery and heart attacks; increase cancer-fighting white blood cells; and generally aid overall health (Health Promotion International research report; also Nippon Medical School study, Tokyo). Regular playtime outdoors helps

children cope with hyperactivity and attention deficit disorders, according to research published in Current Problems in Pediatric and Adolescent Health Care. Exposure to nature can help adults escape from today’s wired lives; reinvigorate, be fitter and less likely to suffer from obesity, diabetes and heart disease, as reported in studies published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition and a University of Washington research summary. It can also unlock understanding of the spiritual essence of life. Hours regularly spent by youth outdoors stimulate imagination and creativity and enhance cognitive development, helping them learn. Nature also helps youngsters develop social awareness, helping them better navigate human relations ( OutdoorHealthBenefits Research). “It’s strange and kind of sad that we are so removed from nature that we actually have to ask why nature is good for us,” says Dr. Eva Selhub, a lecturer at Harvard Medical School, author of the new book Your Health Destiny, and co-author of Your Brain on Nature. “The fact is our brains and bodies are wired in concert with nature.” Recognition of nature’s positive effects has grown so much in recent years that physicians increasingly write their patients “prescriptions” to go hiking in the woods, counting on the healthy exercise and exposure to sunlight, nature and soothing views to address health problems stemming from poor diets and sedentary lifestyles. Healthcare clinics and hospitals in Washington, D.C., New York City, Chicago, Indianapolis, Albuquerque, New Mexico, California’s Bay Area and elsewhere have launched Prescription Trails programs aimed at objectives from preventing obesity in children to healthful activities for retirees ( Bestselling author Richard Louv calls the positive nature effect “vitamin N” in The Nature Principle. He contends: “Many of us, without having a name for it, are using the nature tonic. We are, in essence, self-medicating with an inexpensive and unusually convenient drug substitute.”

Such ideas are commonly accepted in many cultures. The Japanese believe in the restorative power of shinrin-yoku, which could be translated as “forest medicine” or “forest bathing”. Indigenous peoples like the Brazilian tribe led by Shaman Davi Kopenawa Yanomami, fighting to preserve their land and way of life in the Amazon, profess to be at one with the innate riches of sustainable rainforests (

Innovative Nature

Scientists, inventors and other innovators are increasingly inspired by nature. Biomimicry, part social movement and part burgeoning industry, looks to how Earth’s natural systems work and solve problems. University of Utah researchers, inspired by the durable homes built by sandcastle worms, are creating a synthetic glue that one day could help repair fractured bones. Architectural components manufacturer Panelite makes energy-efficient insulated glass by mimicking the hexagonal structure that bees use in honeycombs. (Find other precedents at

BiomimicryCaseExamples). The inspiration for biomimicry comes from many places, says Dayna Baumeister, Ph.D. co-founder of Biomimicry 3.8, a Missoula, Montana, company working with other companies and universities to propel biomimicry into the mainstream. “People are recognizing that they’ve been disconnected to the natural world,” she says. “We also realize that [as a species] we are in trouble. We don’t have all the answers, but we can look to other species for inspiration” for clearing pollutants from our bodies and environments. Plants and fungi are now commonly used to clean up old industrial sites that resemble nature’s way of removing pollutants from water and soil. A University of California, Berkeley, meta-study confirms that farmers currently using organic farming methods and solar power achieve roughly the same crop yields as conventional techniques with far less dependence on fossil fuels, reducing greenhouse gases and petrochemical pesticide and fertilizer pollution.

Cyclical Nature

These breakthrough technologies emulate the way nature uses the building blocks of life in an endless cycle of birth, reproduction, decay and rebirth. It’s part of a broad rethinking of the principles behind sustainability—building, manufacturing and living in greater harmony with natural systems, perhaps eventually eliminating landfills, air and water pollution, and toxic site cleanups. “A toxin is a material in the wrong place,” says architect William McDonough, of Charlottesville, Virginia. The only individual recipient of the Presidential Award for Sustainable Development, he is co-author of Cradle-to-Cradle, a groundbreaking book that calls for reenvisioning even the nastiest waste, and The Upcycle: Beyond Sustainability— Designing for Abundance. McDonough imagines a world where waste becomes raw material for new buildings, furniture and other goods—akin to how a forest reuses every deceased tree and animal to nourish the ecosystem and spawn new life. (continued on page 24)

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With 80 percent of U.S. residents currently living in urban areas, architects, builders and municipal planners are likewise pivoting toward nature, prompted by the scientific evidence of the many ways that human health and general well-being rely upon it. While this contact is preferably the kind of “stopping by woods” that inspired New England poet Robert Frost, even a walk in a city park will work. “Urban nature, when provided as parks and walkways and incorporated into building design, provides calming and inspiring environments and encourages learning, inquisitiveness and alertness,” reports the University of Washington’s College of the Environment, in Green Cities: Good Health. The American Planning Association stresses the importance 24

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A growing number of scientists say that research about our place in nature has sparked fresh thinking about our role and devastated quaint notions about our species’ superiority. “Single-celled slime molds solve mazes. Brainless plants make correct decisions and bees with brains the size of pinheads handle abstract concepts,” points out Anthropologist Jeremy Narby, author of the groundbreaking book Intelligence in Nature. At a national conference of Bioneers, an organization based in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and San Francisco that gathers natureminded social and scientific innovators, Narby said: “We are nearly identical to many animals. Many behaviors once thought to be exclusively human are shared by other species. The zone of the specifically human, as determined by science, has been shrinking.” We haven’t lost the ability to tap that primal animal inside, even if most of us are more likely to “venture into the forest” by watching a movie or playing video games. We may feel cut off from our instincts, but studies show time in the woods can do wonders to restore the keenness of our senses to connect with the subtle changes in natural habitat, the movements of other species and the changing seasons. The rise of human civilizations may have taken “survival of the fittest” in new directions, often decidedly tamer ones, but experts ranging from scientific researchers to lifestyle analysts say humankind is still hardwired by our more primitive past. Despite the ingenious ways we’ve devised to exploit other life forms, capitalize on Earth’s resources and protect ourselves from nature’s sometimes terrifying power, our fate remains linked to natural laws and limits, from nurturing our body’s immune system to resolving planet-sized problems like climate change. “‘Nature’ is our natural environment,” according to Selhub. We don’t have to move to the country to reconnect, she says. “Even spending 20 minutes a day outside has an effect.” Houseplants, nature photos and aromatherapy Earth scents can also help indoor environments better reflect our own nature. The wealth of research and common sense wisdom is aptly summed up by celebrated author Wendell Berry in The LongLegged House. “We have lived our lives by the assumption that what was good for us would be good for the world. We have been wrong. We must change our lives so that it’ll be possible to live by the contrary assumption, that what is good for the world will be good for us. And that requires we make the effort to know the world and learn what is good for it.” Christine MacDonald is a freelance journalist in Washington, D.C., whose specialties include health and science. Visit


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What Trees Teach Us About Life by Dennis Merritt Jones


great experiment in the desert called the biodome created a living environment for human, plant and animal life. A huge glass dome was constructed to house an

artificial, controlled environment with purified air and water, healthy soil and filtered light. The intent was to afford perfect growing conditions for trees, fruits and vegetables, as well as humans. People lived in the biodome, for many months at a time, and everything seemed to do well with one exception. When the trees grew to a certain height, they would topple over. It baffled scientists until they realized they forgot to include the natural element of wind. Trees need wind to blow against them because it causes their root systems to grow deeper, which supports the tree as it grows taller. Who among us doesn’t long for a perfect growing environment for ourselves, with no disruptions from outside influences? We strive to avoid the times of contrast and tension, when life’s daily challenges push against us. When they do, the normal tendency is to curse them. If trees could talk, would we hear them curse the wind each time they encountered a storm? We can learn a great deal from nature’s wisdom at work if we are open to the lesson. Watch how a tree bends and sways gracefully when the wind blows against it. It does not stand rigid, resisting the flow of energy. It does not push back. The tree accepts the strong wind as a blessing that helps it grow. Such experiences develop our character and deepen our spiritual roots. When we grow deep, we too, stand tall. Dennis Merritt Jones, D.D., is the author of Your Re-Defining Moments, The Art of Uncertainty and The Art of Being, the source of this essay. He has contributed to the human potential movement and field of spirituality as a minister, teacher, coach and lecturer for 30 years. Learn more at


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Spring Greening Easy Ways to Detox a House by Lane Vail


or most individuals, odorous chemicals are simply unpleasant. For those that are sensitive and susceptible, however, even common chemical exposures may evoke a toxicant-induced loss of tolerance (TILT) marked by multiplesystem symptoms such as headaches, fatigue, autoimmune disease, asthma, depression and food intolerance. Since the post-World War II expansion of petrochemicals, the incidence of TILT has increased dramatically, says Claudia Miller, a medical doctor, researcher and professor at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston and co-author of Chemical Exposures: Low Levels and High Stakes. “Fortunately, public awareness has also grown significantly in the last few years,” says Rick Smith, Ph.D., a Canadian environmentalist who co-authored Toxin Toxout. “Now companies and governments worldwide are moving toward making safer products.” We can support progress by leveraging some practical tips in greening our home.


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Start somewhere. Many volatile organic compounds (VOC) that include formaldehyde and benzene are concealed in household items such as couches, chairs, particleboard furniture, mattresses, box springs, carpeting, rugs, synthetic flooring, wallpaper and paint. Green TV host and Fresh Living author Sara Snow implores us not to become overwhelmed, disheartened or fearful. “Creating a healthy home is a gradual process that doesn’t require throwing all the furniture out,” she advises. Start by scrutinizing labels and choosing not to bring new toxins in. For example, polyvinyl chloride (PVC) is widely found to be associated with reproductive toxicity and is found in many waterproofed and flexible plastics. Select PVC-free toys, shower curtain liners and mattress covers. In the kitchen, avoid potentially carcinogenic perfluorinated chemicals (PFC) found in nonstick coatings of pots and pans. Toss the Teflon when it scratches, says Snow, and upgrade to stainless steel or cast iron. Weed out bi-

sphenols, the DNA-disrupting chemicals found in plastics and epoxy resin can liners. Even “BPA-free” products likely contain alternative and equally harmful substances, according to a recent study published in Chemosphere. Choose clear glass instead of plastic containers. When remodeling, look for zeroVOC items, Miller says, plus materials free of stain-resistant sprays and flame retardants whose efficacy is questionable. Consider natural fiber rugs like jute or wool. Forest Stewardship Council-certified hardwoods or alternative flooring like cork or glass tile are safer investments in long-term well-being. Clean green. Conventional cleaners are among the worst offenders, and even some “eco-cleaners” can be deceptively unsafe, says Smith. He recommends avoiding antibacterial products containing triclosan, which proliferates antibiotic-resistant bacteria that prolong and exacerbate illnesses, as well as phthalates, a chemical oil that carries artificial aromas and has been repeatedly linked to cancer and abnormal fetal development. “Even so-called natural fragrances are often complex petrochemicals that outgas and contaminate the air,” notes Miller. Snow advises formulating products at home using staple pantry ingredients, including distilled white vinegar for disinfecting, baking soda for scouring, liquid castile soap for sudsing, lemon juice for degreasing and olive oil for polishing. Freshen with fresh air. Americans spend about 90 percent of their time amid indoor air pollutants that are sources and applying non-toxic deterrents. Eliminating potentially carcinogenic herbicides might mean managing more weeds, says Snow, but it’s worth it. Eat green. “Buying produce as close to its source as possible, from a farmer or farmers’ market, provides threefold benefits,” says Snow—less wasteful packaging, reduced exposure to chemical plastics and greater concentration of health-promoting nutrients. Buy in bulk and favor glass containers or rectangular cardboard cartons. Take tests. Radon, an invisible, odorless gas that can emanate from the ground and accumulate

in homes, annually causes 21,000 U.S. lung cancer deaths, according to the U.S. EPA. Lead, a neurotoxin that may occasionally leach from home water pipes, can also hide in pre-1978 paint. Testing for both and implementing reduction or precautionary measures is simple, advises Smith. Most hardware stores stock test kits. Take action. Join with other concerned citizens by launching a pertinent petition at; campaigning with organizations like the Environmental Working Group ( or Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families (; and supporting cleaner, greener companies with family purchases. Lane Vail is a freelance writer and blogger at

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The Martial Arts Hold Deep Inner Lessons by Eric Stevens


ew words are as oddly coupled as martial and arts. The first means “relating to war and soldiers,” while the second means “something that is created with imagination and skill, and is beautiful or expresses important ideas or feelings.” All martial arts represent a paradox of push and pull, yin and yang, external and internal. Their practice represents the blending of our physical lives in harmony with our emotional makeup, allowing our external activity to mirror our internal being. Seldom is the fusion of body, mind and spirit easily achieved with one activity, but martial arts are an exception, because they focus equally on internal and external well-being. Here are five key life lessons that martial arts can teach us. Learn how to breathe. True connection with our breath permeates an artist’s realm. A vocalist must reach deep within the diaphragm to sing proficiently and a dancer must learn to time their breath while performing. A martial artist learns to control breath with stillness and speed, like juxtaposing yoga with intense contact sports. Breathing properly makes the practitioner a better martial artist and

a healthier one. According to a study published in the American Journal of Chinese Medicine, hypertensive qigong program participants were able to both lower their blood pressure after 10 weeks and increase their oxygen uptake by 20 percent. Avoid conflict by developing character. While it may seem counterintuitive that learning how to fight could avoid conflict, it’s an essential part of martial arts. The philosopher Lao Tzu said the best fighter is never angry. The martial arts are primarily about discipline, heightened awareness and honing an ability to face our own internal conflicts. Several studies corroborate that practicing martial arts produces positive behavioral changes. For instance, according to a study published in the Journal of Adolescence, participating students in the martial arts were characterized as being less impulsive and less aggressive. Connect the external (body movement) with the internal (energy movement). The energetic force that catalyzes expressive kicks, punches, blocks and other outward forms is as essential as the movements themselves. In Chinese mar-

tial arts, that force is referred to as qi, the life energy that intrinsically unites body, mind and spirit. Be both an artist and athlete. Artistry and athleticism need not be divergent forces. The martial artist combines the grace of a creator and skill of a warrior, and watching a martial arts competition can be as riveting as watching a ballet or sports event. Most of us may not be talented artists or natural athletes, yet all students can learn how to integrate both worlds by blending physicality with stillness and expression through action. Let go of ego, find mental clarity and access the present moment. Jirōkichi Yamada, a master of Japanese kenjutsu, said, “The way of the sword and the way of Zen are identical, for they have the same purpose; that of killing the ego.” The focus of all true martial arts is the process, not the outcome. Whatever the style of execution, preparatory practice and meditative application, they all require the discipline of being purely present. Gaining such clarity requires grappling more with ego than with opponents; the real battle of a martial artist is waged within. Bruce Lee, the film star who revolutionized Western awareness of martial arts and founded jeet kune do, realized that martial arts’ transcendent philosophy gives us many lessons to draw upon. He suggested, “Be like water making its way through cracks. Do not be assertive, but adjust to the object and you shall find a way around or through it. If nothing within you stays rigid, outward things will disclose themselves.”

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orld Tai Chi and Qigong Day exhibitions and teachins will be held in hundreds of cities, spanning 80 nations on six continents at 10 a.m., April 25, as people gracefully move through a sequence of poses practicing the ancient Chinese exercises of qigong and tai chi. By creating a healing wave of calm around the planet, the event paints a vision of possibility for humanity each year. Qigong means cultivating one’s vital life force energy (qi) over time. As a practice, it combines movement, self-massage, meditation and breathing. Tai chi is the most well-known and popular moving form of qigong; it is essentially meditation in motion. Reported benefits of tai chi include improved posture, balance and flexibility, muscle strength and definition, energy, stamina and agility, all while reducing stress and promoting a general sense of well-being. Ever since the American Heart Association reported on tai chi’s effect of lowering blood pressure in older adults a decade ago, supporting science has been emanating from the Mayo Clinic, National Institutes of Health and American Cancer Society. Extensive medical studies conducted in China underscore

qigong’s ability to ease chronic problems such as hypertension, allergies and asthma, and to improve cardiovascular health. Roger Jahnke, a doctor of Oriental medicine, author of The Healer Within and director and chief instructor of the Institute of Integral Qigong and Tai Chi, says, “When you cultivate balance and harmony within yourself or in the world—that is tai chi. When you work and play with the essence and energy of life, nature and the universe for healing, clarity and inner peace—that is qigong.” Locally, Delmar Gardens of Green Valley will celebrate beginning at 9 a.m., with warmups at 10 a.m. with Grandmaster Dashi Steven Baugh, from the Lohan School of Shaolin; Master Bilal Amin, of Five Animal Gung Fu; and Master Medical Qigong Therapist Kat Reyes-Campbell. The Taiko Drums will perform opening ceremonies and there will be demonstrations of tai chi, qigong and kung fu forms, and also tai chi fans and swords Admission is free. Location: 100 Delmar Gardens Dr., Henderson. For more information, call 702813-2888 or 702-743-3786. For more information, visit

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About Health, Healing & Happiness "It is my passion to introduce you to the very best natural healing experts and solutions on the planet - so that you can discover your options to deal with physical and emotional issues naturally, without invasive measures and toxic drugs!” —Ina Mohan


eet Ina Mohan, founder and president of and creator of the Health, Healing & Happiness event in Las Vegas! We are very excited to invite you to Ina’s 4th annual Health, Healing & Happiness in Las Vegas June 12-14, 2015, which has grown into the largest and most popular event of its kind in Las Vegas! This is not just another health expo; but rather a spectacular conference on natural solutions for your whole body, mind & spirit! It is a unique event where 15+ top notch experts come together in one weekend to share their life expertise and to give you an amazing gift: empowerment to truly recharge your life - because knowledge is power when applied! You will meet everybody in Las Vegas who is interested

in natural health & wellness at this event – what an opportunity to not only get life-changing information, but to have fun and to meet like-minded people, make new connections and friends, and join a vibrant community of empowered people who take charge of their lives! In its fourth year the event has outgrown its original venue Springs Preserve thanks the amazing support and ever-growing numbers of their attendees, so in 2015 they are taking this event to the charming Tuscany Suites & Casino, a resort with European style ambiance and hospitality! What started with just 150 attendees in 2012 had grown to 500 in 2014, and this year Ina expects up to 1000 participants at her one-of-a-kind event in June!

What can you expect at Health, Healing & Happiness 2015? • Top Leaders in the fields of nutrition, fitness, spirituality and personal development • Master Chefs of healthful cuisines • Friday Welcome Reception • Healthy Plantbased Lunch Buffet • Free Yoga and Fitness Classes • Large Vendor Marketplace • Great Giveaways • Big Raffle

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advertorial Additional all-time favorite speakers: Keynote presentations are given by: Dr. Joel Fuhrman – MD, Specialist in Nutritional Medicine and Science; “America’s Health Coach”; Five-times New York Times bestselling author incl. “Eat to Live”, Featured on Three PBS TV Specials; Appearances on Dr. OZ Show; Founder of ANDI Scoring Index featured in Whole Foods Markets. Chef AJ – Vegan Celebrity Chef, TV Show Host on Foody TV Network; Author; Witty, funny and engaging powerhouse of nutrition knowledge and “SOS” free cuisine!

Dr. John McDougall – MD, Pioneer of plant-based nutrition programs over 30 years; Author of seven books including “The Starch Solution”!

Brenda Cobb – Founder of the “Living Foods Institute” in Atlanta, GA; Breast and Cervical Cancer Survivor for 16 year with nutrition and lifestyle; Author of 10 Books.

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John Pierre – Trainer to the Stars, Renowned Nutrition & Fitness Expert; Pioneer in creating “BrainBuilding” Classes.

Loren Slocum, Chef BeLive, Vanessa Chamberlin, John Kohler, Dr. Evan Allen, Chef Stacey Dougan, Shane Stuart, Chef Keidi, and more to announce! And while you learn, you can also taste the healthy lifestyle! “We have selected amazing raw and vegan chefs who will demo their skills and tempt your taste buds with samples of their culinary creations like you have never tried before! Your ticket also includes a delicious healthy plant-based lunch catered by the chefs at the Tuscany, that you don’t want to miss! We will kick-off the event with our social welcome reception on Friday night to meet and mingle with the speakers and to kick-off an amazing power-packed conference weekend on Saturday and Sunday! (Continued on page 35) natural awakenings April 2015


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You can start your morning with rejuvenating yoga and fitness classes, and throughout the day, visit our holistic vendor marketplace, right next to the conference room, to find and test the best natural living products and services! As usual we have exciting raffle prizes and giveaways, and if you have joined us before you already know that everyone is a winner at this event!” says event producer Ina Mohan While at the conference you can also stay at the Tuscany Suites and take your health & happiness to another level! Enjoy special discounted event rates for beautiful large suites with wet bar and living room, and amenities like the lush lagoon pool, fitness center and spa, so you can enjoy this conference at the fullest, without losing extra time! Get inspired by our top presenters; Let our master chefs of plant-based cuisines show you how delicious healthy food can taste; Visit our amazing vendors; Win exciting gifts at the big raffle; Attend our fitness classes; Stay in a beautiful suite at the Tuscany - AND simply have a phenomenal time!


“In 2012 I conceived the idea for this event for natural solutions that embrace your whole body, mind & spirit with a friend of mine and since it has grown rapidly from 150 attendees in its first year to almost 500 participants in 2014! The amazing response to Health, Healing & Happiness every year has exceeded all my expectations and I could not be more grateful for the fantastic feedback and encouragement we received! This program was created to combine all of the elements that are essential for complete wellbeing physical and emotional wellbeing: Nutrition and exercise are


vital components for your physical health while you can find emotional balancing and healing through personal development and spirituality. To round everything up, your social interactions and the environment we live in play an important role too.

Why should you attend Health, Healing & Happiness in 2015? • You can be a cancer “victor”- not just survivor! Learn the amazing story of Brenda Cobb and people who have cured themselves from cancer with nutrition and lifestyle changes! • Are you winning at the (weight) losing game? Witty and comical nutrition powerhouse Chef AJ is sure to set you up for success! • Can you be healthy to 100? Dr. Joel Fuhrman will share amazing anticancer and longevity science with us!

My purpose with Health, Healing & Happiness is to empower you with knowledge and to give you the tools and resources you need to take control of your own health and wellbeing from the inside out! Recognizing nutrition and lifestyle as immensely powerful sources for great health came to me through a personal tragedy. Certified as chef in Germany where I grew up, my relationship with food was all about the taste, but I never connected the dots between food and health! That changed dramatically when my mom died of breast cancer in 2004 and my dad barely survived two encounters with colon cancer. I was very disillusioned by the limitations of conventional medicine and started researching other options that we have to prevent and deal with diseases - and what I found changed my life forever! Everything we need to have optimum health is already inside us, it just has to be activated and nourished with the right nutrition and lifestyle choices! Educating people about the power of natural healing with nutrition became my life’s mission, and in 2009 I gave up my long-term corporate job and started my company Belsandia as a resource for healthy plant-based nutrition and lifestyle choices that allow us to thrive!

• Fasting: The Safe & Effective Use of an Ancient Healing Therapy by Dr. Michael Klaper • Trainer to the Stars John Pierre shares his powerful moves shown in the Ellen DeGeneres Show and talks about brain-building for cognitive fitness! • Are you overwhelmed with life, work, and everything in between? Loren Slocum shares her hands-on secrets of time management and how to achieve the right balance! • You can cure diabetes and heart disease for good without drugs! Dr.John McDougall shares his practical experience in nutritional science for over 30 years. • Meet hands-on healer, seer and visionary Sheila Z Stirling, who will share her “Vibrant Life Protocol” for clearing physical and emotional obstacles from your life! • Learn from John Kohler, the #1 world-wide expert on raw food appliances, how to grow your own organic garden – even in the Las Vegas desert! • Witness our master chefs of plantbased gourmet foods to learn & taste how delicious health can be! • And SO MUCH MORE! natural awakenings April 2015



The New Healthy Cuisine Good-to-Go Eats by Judith Fertig


atie Newell, a blogging Kansas City mother of two who fights inflammation from several autoimmune diseases, is rigorous about the fresh, unprocessed food she buys. After noticing adverse symptoms from dining at a restaurant, Newell initially thought that eating out was no longer an option for her. Today, she happily ventures out for the occasional restaurant meal, knowing that the healthy food landscape is changing. “I look to restaurants owned by local chefs that use local and sustainable ingredients and prepare everything from scratch,” she says. From higher-end dining to fast-food joints, food trucks and vending machines, we now have even more choices for fresh, seasonal, organic, local, sustain-


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able, tasty nutrition when we’re on the go. It’s because entrepreneurial chefs and fitness buffs are responding to customer demand for healthy eating options away from home.

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London’s celebrated Chef Yotam Ottolenghi, founder of several restaurants and takeout emporia and author of bestselling cookbooks Plenty and Jerusalem, says that “healthy” can happen simply by putting the spotlight on plants. Ottolenghi’s cuisine is known for celebrating vegetables, fruits and herbs. He says, “That attitude, I think, is a very healthy attitude to eating.” At Gracias Madre, a plant-based vegan Mexican restaurant in Los Angeles and San Francisco, high style doesn’t

mean chandeliers and rich cream sauces. The brainchild of Executive Chef Chandra Gilbert, also director of operations for the Bay Area’s vegan Café Gratitude, it serves organic, local and sustainable fruits and vegetables and bold flavor without excessive calories. She says, “I’m inspired by what I want to eat that tastes good and makes me feel good, and I want to affect this planet—to create health and vibrancy all the way around.” True Food Kitchen, a partnership between Dr. Andrew Weil and restaurateur Sam Fox, offers “honest food that tastes really good” at Atlanta, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, Phoenix and Washington, D.C., locations. For lunch, diners might sip sea buckthorn, pomegranate, cranberry or black tea along with their quinoa burger or organic spaghetti squash casserole. Newell and her family gravitate towards SPIN! Neapolitan Pizza, touting recipes developed by James Beard Awardwinning Chefs Michael Smith and Debbie Gold, who partnered with entrepreneur Gail Lozoff to create the first healthy, high-style pizzeria in 2005. Today it offers traditional and gluten-free pizza topped with fresh and organic (whenever possible) ingredients at locations in Dallas, Omaha, the Kansas City metro area and Orange County, California. Even at fast-food restaurants, healthy choices are increasingly available. “Unforked, Panera Bread and Chipotle do a great job being transparent about what’s in their food,” says Newell. Before venturing out, she often checks the company’s website for specific nutrition information.

Meals on Wheels– Food Trucks

A burgeoning fleet of creatively conceived food trucks takes healthy eating to local customers in U.S. cities. In addition to preparing organic, plant-based foods, The Green Food Truck, in Culver City and San Diego, California, recycles used vegetable oil, composts produce scraps and offers recyclable servingware. Josh Winnecour, founder of the Fuel Food Truck, in Asheville, North Carolina, cites losing 50 unwanted pounds as his incentive for serving nutrient-dense, made-from-scratch food to his clientele.

New Generation Vending

Most hospitals, universities, schools and corporations appear to espouse healthy eating—until the offerings in their vending machines reveal the opposite. Ethan Boyd, a student at Michigan State University, noted this disconnect. “While dining halls strive to serve healthy options,” he says, “there are 40 vending machines on MSU’s campus that spit out junk food.” Sean Kelly, CEO of HUMAN Healthy Vending (Helping Unite Mankind and Nutrition), had a similar, “Oh, no,” moment at his New York City gym when he was a university student. Today, Kelly’s franchise model allows local operators to supply individual machines with better options from organic fresh fruit to hot soup. “Our vision is to make healthy food more convenient than junk food,” he says. Entrepreneurs Ryan Wing and Aaron Prater, who also have culinary training, recently opened Sundry Market & Kitchen, in Kansas City, Missouri. In their update on a neighborhood market, they sell takeout foods like red lentil falafel and citrus beet soup. “I think people want to eat local food and better food, but they want it to be convenient,” observes Wing. “The bottom line is we want to make it simple to eat good food.” Judith Fertig blogs at from Overland Park, KS.

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Please call ahead to confirm SATURDAY, APRIL 18 dates and times. All calendar events must be received by the 10th of the month prior to the next month's publication and adhere to our guidelines. Submit listings online at

markyourcalendar A Taste of ThetaHealing Trish Turpel, ThetaHealing Instructor leads you through the basics of ThetaHealing. ThetaHealing is the fusion of quantum physics, meditation and prayer used to remove manifestations of emotional, spiritual, physical pain or disease.

April 18 • 1pm.


Shamanic Healing Ceremony: Full Moon Ceremony with Laini Risto – 7-9pm. Let your spirit feel the ancient connection with Grandmother Moon as she rises in the sky casting the magic of soft light and shadows. Set the tone to detail that brings lessons and rewards. Donation. Intentional Healings Center, 3450 E Russell Rd, 110, LV. Jodi Friedman: 702-274-4545.


Alkalize & Drop Off Pounds! – 7-9pm. Learn how to pH-balance the fluids in your body & why life and health depend on it. Learn what you can do to reverse and prevent many health conditions. Includes guided imagery for easy memorization. $13.50. 3920 Amy Marie Ct, LV. Victoria: 702-659-2390.


Soul Mates Day: ThetaHealing with Jennifer Keller – 9:30am-4:30pm. Soul Mate Day is a great 1 Day Introductory Course to ThetaHealing. ThetaHealing allows you to experience some of the digging and belief work to help clear blocks around finding your most compatible soul mate. $150. Intentional Healings Center, 3450 E Russell Rd, 110, LV. Jodi Friedman: 702-274-4545. Intentional-Healings-Center/events/218954996/.


Reiki Level 1 Certification with Jodi Friedman – 10am-5pm. Reiki 1 focuses on the foundation and basic understanding of healing with hands-on practice. Participate and share healing through Reiki exchanges and receive an attunement from the instructor to open the Reiki source. $150. Intentional Healings Center, 3450 E Russell Rd, 110, LV. Jodi Friedman: 702-274-4545.


Belly Dance Class for All with Patti – 7-8pm. Get connected to your inner goddess through the movements of Belly Dancing. No experience needed. Each class starts with a simple warm-up, followed by learning some basic moves and then putting them together with music. $15. 800 N. Rainbow Blvd, 100, LV. 702-948-4999.


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markyourcalendar doTERRA for Prevention & Recovery doTERRA distributor Jennifer Gaona addresses specific health concerns and demonstrates ways to use certified pure, therapeutic-grade essential oils to support the body's healing capabilities. April 18 • 1pm Summerlin Library Conference Room 1771 Innter Circle Dr, LV.

April 22 • 5:30pm Las Vegas Colon Hydrotherapy 1815 W. Charleston Blvd, Suite 5, LV.


markyourcalendar Private ThetaHealing Sessions ThetaHealing Instructor Trish Turpel is offering limited in-person ThetaHealing sessions. Using applied quantum physics, meditation and prayer, Trish is able to identify and remove unconscious beliefs to gain shifts in perception of the highest truth.

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Body Balance: 702-656-6788 Living Food Class: Hot & Cold Breakfast – 1-3pm. Experience a wide variety of Raw Uncooked Hot & Cold Breakfast. Amazingly delicious, nutritious, enzyme-rich, detoxifying & Vibrantly Alive. Includes recipes, hands-on experience and eat-all-u-can multi-course meal. $25. Amy Marie Ct, LV. Victoria: 702-659-2390.


Don't Exercise. LYMPHACISE! – 2:30-4pm. Lose excess weight, inches and fat though breath and selflymphatic massage—without exercise. Experiential and fun. Learn what you can do to reverse and prevent many health conditions. $13.50. 5396 S Jones, 102, LV. Victoria: 702-659-2390.


Drums of the Wolf Meditation – 6:30-7:45pm. We will start with a guided meditation or breath work followed by deep drumming that will bring participants into a dream-like guided journey meditation. Melissa Ameika will drum for you as you meditate. $15. 800 N Rainbow Blvd, 100, LV. 702-948-4999.


Rhythm to the Perfect Weight with ThetaHealing® with Jennifer Keller – 4:30-9pm. Change your beliefs while learning a new way to release weight and tap into inner peace. Find a real rhythm for your mind, body and spirit: tapping into your inner beauty and love for you. $111. Intentional Healings Center, 3450 E Russell Rd, 110, LV. Jodi Friedman: 702-274-4545. 217814052/.


Holi Festival of Colors LV – 12-5pm. Holi Festival is coming back to LV. This is the same original festival that attracts over 50K people each year. Check out the World's Happiest Event. Lots of Yoga, Kirtan, Live Music, and COLORS. Register now with our early bird discount code (HOLILV108) to receive 10% off everything: admission, colors, gear etc. RSVP Facebook. $5. Sunset Park. Facebook. com/events/1530454433838978/.


Moving Meditations of Body & Mind – 6:308pm. Feeling sluggish or stuck? Or scattered and anxious? Learn how to restore balance and heal your energetic system. Wear comfortable clothing. $25. 800 N Rainbow Blvd, 100, LV. 702-948-4999.


Anger Management Made EZ – 6-7:30pm. This is an Interactive NLP Seminar with Master of NLP, Rapid Behavior Modification Expert. Free yourself from anger that's poisoning your existence. Begin living your life to the fullest now. Free. Amy Marie Ct, LV. Victoria: 702-659-2390.


Gentle Yoga Basics with Gwen Mitchell – 7pm. This is one of the gentlest forms of yoga. There is a spiritual element connected and therefore, the class appeals to those who want to work on both their physical and spiritual side. $12.50. 800 N Rainbow Blvd, 100, LV. 702-948-4999.


Dr. Shelley’s Weekend Intensive – 10am Sat to 5pm Sun. Fun, playful, experiential, insightful and interactive. Dr. Shelley draws more than 20 years of teaching Vibrational Wellness incorporating energy awareness and sacred sexuality. Giving you tools for a more joyful and sexually fulfilling life. $500. LV Private Residence. 702-789-8653. DrShelleys. com/Workshops.

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Balancing Hormones Naturally – Learn how to balance your hormones with natural, safe and gentle non-prescription hormones for men and women of all ages. Relieve hot flashes, weight gain around the middle, mood swings, low energy, low libido, anxiety, erectile dysfunction, depression, insomnia and many more symptoms. Most importantly, help avoid hormone related cancers such as breast, prostate and ovarian cancers resulting from the estrogen in our environment. Watch video classes by Dr. Patricia Beckstead B.S., D.C.

Greg's Group Sessions – 7pm. Feel good and heal while on a current medical treatment plan for cancer or any other chronic disease. Led by Certified Integrative Health Coach, Greg Rubino. Please pre-register. $95 monthly. The District at Green Valley Ranch, 170 S Green Valley Pkwy, 300, HD. Greg Rubino: 702-469-3628. TheHealingTreeOfNevada. com.

Intentional Healings Center Broadcast with Jodi Friedman – Reiki sessions, Chakra Clearing & Soul Healing sessions, Reiki certification classes, Reiki shares, Intentional Abundance classes, vision boards, meditation for success and inner healing work. Various pricing-see meetup for prices. Intentional Healings, 3450 E Russell Rd, 110, LV. Jodi: 702-274-4545. center/events/calendar/?scroll=true. Medical Chi Kung – Tues-Fri. 10-11am. Use body movements, rhythmic breathing, visualizations and healing sounds to develop internal energy for health, vitality, mind expansion and spiritual cultivation. $10. Naturally Organic Healing Center, 1171 S Buffalo Dr, 110, LV. 702-433-3874. Wongu University of Oriental Medicine - Graduate Program – 9:30am-5:30pm. The non-profit school offers a Master of Science Degree in Oriental Medicine. Coursework includes acupuncture, herbology, Taiji, moxibustion, Western medicine, practice management and more. Currently accepting applications. $180/ didactic unit. $18/clinical hour. Wongu University of Oriental Medicine, 8620 S Eastern Ave, LV. 702-4632122.

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

Guided Meditation – 7-8pm. For anyone and everyone seeking to increase personal meditation experience, learn additional breathing techniques and create a mind at rest from thought. Guided by Susan. $10. 1171 S Buffalo Dr, 110, LV. 702-4333874.

tuesday Great Basin Permaculture Monthly – Last Tues. 6-7:30pm. This group educates the community about permaculture in order to promote sustainable food production, water, conservation, energy and more. All are welcome. Green Valley Library, 2797 N Green Valley Pkwy, HD. GreatBasinPermaculture. Qigong and Tai Chi with Sifu JC– 6-8pm. Qigong is a self-healing system that incorporates body, breath, visualizations and sounds. Tai Chi is a martial art that helps with posture, hand-eye coordination, self-defense and well-being. Naturally Organic Healing Center, 1171 S Buffalo Dr, 110, LV. 702-433-3874. NaturallyOrganicCenter@ Drums of the Wolf Meditation – 6:30pm. Sessions will start with a guided meditation or breath work followed by deep drumming that will bring participants into a dream-like guided journey meditation. $15. 800 N Rainbow Blvd, 100, LV.

wednesday Reiki Healing Circle – 7-9pm. Learn new information regarding natural healing. Participate in a group discussion or simply observe. Experience guided meditation and receive deep personalized healing. Relax and recharge the mind and body. Donation. 1171 S Buffalo Dr, 110, LV. Victoria: 702-659-2390.

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

people who share an interest in renewable energy. Free. Check website for meeting room number. UNLV, 4505 S Maryland Pkwy, LV. 702-507-0093.


Qigong and Tai Chi with Sifu JC–10am-12pm. Qigong is a self-healing system that incorporates body, breath, visualizations and sounds. Tai Chi is a martial art that helps with posture, hand-eye coordination, self-defense and well-being. Naturally Organic Healing Center, 1171 S Buffalo Dr, 110, LV. 702-433-3874.

Campus Tour & Info Session – 2pm. Come join this 1-hour group tour and brief information session on our Master's Degree program in Oriental Medicine. Individual sessions can be scheduled by calling Angela Stueber: 702-463-2122, ext 302. Wongu University of Oriental Medicine, 8620 S Eastern Ave, LV. Homemade Vegan/Vegetarian Dinners – 6-9pm. Thursday is vegan/vegetarian dinner night at Govinda’s. Preparations will consist of vegetable stew, rice or pasta, soup, bread, a dessert and beverage for a donation of $8/plate. Senior/student discounts available. $8. Govinda's Center, 7181 Dean Martin Dr, LV. 702-434-8332. Superior Health With Essential Oils – 6-8pm. Essential Oils are 50-70 times more powerful than herbs. Learn about why you want to use dōTERRA Essential Oils and how to use them. RSVP and received a free 5ml Wild Orange. Free. Naturally Organic 1171 S Buffalo, LV. Christina: 702-562196. Tantric Yoga - Level 1 with Ileana – 6-8pm. (Ongoing after Jan 22). Discover meaning in life and direct connection with the Divine. A progressive, systematic course in spiritual sciences and personal growth. A blend of yoga and Tantra taught in their genuine spiritual approach. $25. Naturally Organic Healing Center, 1171 S Buffalo Dr, 110, LV. Ileana: 702-823-6512.

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Akashic Book Study Workshop with Anika Ray – 6:30pm. Explore spirituality and connect with the aspect of being divine in nature, the soul. Workshop is based on the book How to Read the Akashic Records by Linda Howe. $10. Enchanted Forest Reiki Center, 800 N Rainbow, 100, LV. 702-948-4999. Solar NV Monthly Meeting – 6:30pm. Third Thurs. Featuring speakers from a variety of renewable energy disciplines. A great place to network with

classifieds Fee for classifieds is $1 per word per month. To place listing, email Deadline is the 10th of the month. CLASSES/WORKSHOPS H A I R B R A I D I N G I N S T R U C TO R – Available to teach basic braiding, bulk braid design and cornrows classes. Contact Minda Means: 205-299-1375.


Community HU – 6:15-6:45pm. Fourth Fri. Community HU: Open the heart to divine love and experience uplifting, joy, relaxation and spiritual connection with the HU chant every fourth Friday of the month. Free. Pure Health Foods, 7575 W Washington, LV. 702-224-4325. Reiki Spiritual Mastermind – 7-9pm. An open forum discussion with Reiki Master/Inspirational Speaker; followed by guided meditation and deep personalized Reiki healing. Give the gift of Reiki to self/others. Free. Love offerings welcome. 1420 E Harmon, 3, LV (Across UNLV). 702-659-2390.

saturday Qigong and Tai Chi with Sifu JC – 9am-12pm. Qigong is a self-healing system that incorporates body, breath, visualizations and sounds. Tai Chi is a martial art that helps with posture, hand-eye coordination, self-defense and well being. Naturally Organic Healing Center, 1171 S Buffalo Dr, 110, LV. 702-433-3874. Tantric Yoga - Level 1 with Ileana – 12-2pm. Discover meaning in life and direct connection with the Divine. A progressive, systematic course in spiritual sciences and personal growth. A blend of yoga and Tantra taught in their genuine spiritual approach. $20. Naturally Organic Healing Center, 1171 S Buffalo Dr, 110, LV. Ileana: 702-823-6512. Rhythmic Yoga Movement – 2-3pm. Very beginner friendly. Guided by Lisa Agnello. Turn traditional Hatha yoga poses into a soulful, playful dance of the mind, body and spirit; experience balance and awareness in the present moment. $10. Naturally Organic Healing Center, 1171 S Buffalo Dr, 110, LV. 702-433-3874. Guided Meditation in The Salt Room in Summerlin with Jodi Friedman – 4-4:45pm and 5-5:45pm. Take a weekly Guided Meditation with Jodi in The Salt Room (in Summerlin) to help you relax, unwind, and gain a deeper sense of purpose through renewing your mind/body/spirit connection. Must call & reserve space.

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


Rose Catmull 702-350-1711 • Awaken and Discover Your Inner Peace. Scheduling a session with Rose will can assist to free yourself from "struggles" in your life. Additionally: Awaken your intuitiion, Release attachments and beliefs, Connect to your angels, Integrate back into the flow of Joy and Love. Private sessions, seminars, classes and meditations offered. See ad, page 37.

Connecting you to the leaders in natural healthcare and green living in our community. INNERLIGHT ENERGY THERAPY Christina Faye 702-493-4823

Intuitive and empathic children and adults often face challenges in a classroom and workplace. Innerlight Energy Balancing Therapy helps improve focus and c o n c e ntration and remove frustrations in large settings. Innerlight helps understand and develop intuitive gifts while relieving symptoms of anxiety and overstimulation in kids, teens, and adults.

ENERGY PRODUCTS ALPHABIO CENTRIX, R & D 2520 Saint Rose Pkwy, #117 Henderson, NV 89074

At AlphaBio Centrix, R&D we use space age technology to m a n u f a c t u r e e n e rg e t i c a l l y infused products for your safety from radiation and to enhance your healthy lifestyle. In December, AlphaBio Centrix was selected for the 2014 Best of Henderson Award in the "Physical Engineering & Life Sciences Research & Development" category. See ad, page 27.

ESSENTIAL OILS WELLNESS ADVOCATE DOTERRA 702-526-2196 • Essential Oils are 50-70x more powerful than herbs. As nature’s antibiotic they can kill bacteria. Classes provide tools, educate and empower changes in your life. Learn how and why you want to use doTERRA Essential Oils. See ad, page 17.


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Reiki-ShamanicCranial SacralChakra BalancingSound TherapyBars AccessCrystal healers. Plus lots of classes and events such as Reiki Certification, meditations, intuitive studies and much more. Visit our beautiful metaphysical gift shop. See ad, page 6.


Dr. Jim Wright, DDS, AIAOMT, AIABDM 8855 W Flamingo, LV 89147 702-281-9900 Practicing holistic, biological dentistry with safe removal of mercury according to the 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 ad, pages 5 & 27.

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

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 13.

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Evan C. Allen, MD, Board Certified Family Physician 1701 Green Valley Pkwy, #5B, HD 702-754-4900 • Dr. Allen specializes in reversing diseases. Reverse Heart Disease, Diabetes, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Asthma, Migraines, Fatty Liver and many other diseases easily and naturally, without the cost of expensive medications and supplements using scientifically proven techniques. See ad, page 23.

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

All natural, very effective treatment for difficult medical conditions that result from low neurotransmitter levels: chronic fatigue, depression, anxiety, insomnia, migraines, fibromyalgia, Alzheimer ’s, Parkinson’s, Crohn’s, addiction, ADD, IBS, mood disorder, obesity, restless leg and more. See ad, page 16.

PRIMARY/SPECIALTY CARE Superior Health Solutions Dr. Robert DeMartino, D.C. 1661 W Horizon Ridge Pkwy, #280 HD702-643-9900 • Naturally heal degenerative diseases; Parkinson’s, MS, A u t i s m , N e u r o p a t h y, Thyroid Disfunction and more. Relax and heal in a state of the art outpatient treatment facility designed to care for patients on a primary and chronic level. See ad, 2.

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Jeff Renel, Theta Healing Practitioner & Instructor 702-324-2595

Looking for a change in your life? Sick of the same negative patterns? If the answer is “yes”, then it’s time to contact Jeff Renel. Create the change in your life you dream about and deserve. See ad, page 6.

WELLNESS & HEALTH LIVING WELL ORGANIC Jennifer Gammons-Mujica 702-439-0860

Easy 1-2-3 educational program teaching individuals, couples and families the health benefits of natural, organic living. We teach you how to significantly reduce harmful toxins in your food, living spaces and water to restore the body's optimal healing power.


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


8620 S Eastern Ave, LV 89123 702-463-2122 • Nevada State Board approved to offer a MS Degree in Oriental Medicine. Didactics with clinical training in acupuncture and herbology ensure competent practitioners. Step into a new career or expand your practice. See ad, page 34.


Central Summerlin! Charleston & Buffalo! 1171 S. Buffalo Dr., Suite 110, LV 702-433-3874 N a t u r a l l y O rg a n i c i s Summerlin's BEST resource for all things health related. From classes, meditations, supplements, lectures and health programs, JUST WALK IN, we'll take it from there! Check our website! See ad, page 30.


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