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or nine years, she was my constant companion; riding in the car or sitting beside me while I worked. When my husband was out of town, she would dig her way under mounds of covers and curl up next to me for the night. She was the queen of the household and took great pride in her role when he was away. Before leaving town, he’d pick her up and say, “I want you to take care of the family while I’m gone. I know you’ll do a good job. If anyone comes around here, you chase them off. Okay?” She did her job... but now she’s gone. My sweet little dog, Chiquita, has crossed the Rainbow Bridge. Chiquita’s transition was unexpected. I heard a yelp, ran across the room and found my little dog lying on her side in shock. As I held her head and chest, I could feel her heart pounding wildly. There was a moment of hope when our eyes met and for that second, she was conscious. Yet, she passed en route to the animal hospital. I always knew she was a special soul, but didn’t realize the energetic enormity this six-pound Chihuahua packed. Despite the presence of our fur, feather and human family members, the house feels empty without her. Two weeks to the day after her passing, I looked out the window and saw an “Angel” cloud (see picture above). I felt it to be a sign. The next morning as I lay in bed, not wanting to face the reality of another day without her, I “heard” Chiquita say to me, “I gave you the gift of my heartbeat.” As I drift through the grieving process and think about these messages, what seemed a nightmare was actually a beautiful present. That final connection as we looked into each other’s eyes was a gift from her. The sensory memory of her heart beating in my hand was the ultimate gift. I will forever keep the feeling of her heartbeat. I miss my little dog. I miss wrapping her in a blanket, holding her on my lap or keeping her warm under my sweatshirt. I miss her prancing at the dryer, waiting to jump into a pile of warm clothes. Oddly, I even miss her yapping when the doorbell rings! At times, I can’t breathe. Yet, when I harness the grief, I know I feel her energy. I’m often drawn to the little red sweater that carries her scent. I’m aware of my heartbeat when I hold it to my chest and I imagine I feel her as though she’s wearing it. I feel my own heart beat as if our hearts are synchronized. In these moments I know beyond doubt that she is visiting me from across the veil. As with everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, I present my requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard my heart and mind while I accept that this beautiful little soul has transitioned to paradise. Thank you, Chiquita, for all the wonderful years of love. Thank you for curling up on our beds to heal us when we were ill, for enduring tea parties, outfits and costumes with wigs, and for bringing out the best in your Papa. Your adoration for him will not be forgotten. Above all, thank you my little girl, for giving me the gift of your heartbeat.

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Many New Developments from Bell Lifestyle Products

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ith more than 20 years of experience, Bell Lifestyle Products Inc., in South Haven, Michigan, is expanding its line of products, most recently launching a new, all-in-one bladder and urinary tract support formulation and a new line of sports supplements. It has also updated its ecommerce website to allow visitors to more easily shop online or find their local Bell Lifestyle retailer. The Bell Lifestyle website also provides considerable health and wellness resources including the Bell Wellness Center, containing hundreds of recipes, infographics and articles on physical, mental, social and nutritional wellness from selected category experts. New articles are posted weekly, providing helpful information on dealing with many ailments for people of all ages. Bell Lifestyle Products offers a full money-back guarantee on more than 60 natural health products—in new, colorcoded packaging to assist in product selection—across 13 health categories that are available in more than 7,000 health food stores and pharmacies worldwide. For more information, call 800-333-7995, email Info@BellLifestyle.com or visit BellLifestyle.com or Bell-Wellness.com. See ad, page 43.

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actionalert Concerned citizens will unite on April 22 for a March for Science in Washington, D.C., and locations around the world to champion robustly funding and publicly communicating science for the common good as a pillar of freedom and prosperity. The group is calling on political leaders and policymakers to enact evidence-based standards in the public interest. The focus will showcase science as a tool to find answers and influence decisions at all levels, from astronomy to zoology, including environmental science and climate change. Jacquelyn Gill, Ph.D., was part of the original group sparking the idea of a March for Science via her initial tweet. “We know how to keep our air and water clean, and the outcomes of the research should inform the policy,” says Gill, an assistant professor of paleoecology and plant ecology at the University of Maine. Caroline Weinberg, a New York City science writer and program co-chairwoman, says, “Within hours, satellite marches were popping up around the country, then the world.” Organizers report several hundred established event locations and the number continues to grow. To join or create an event, visit MarchForScience.com/satellite-marches. 6

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he Natural Awakenings healthy living, healthy planet lifestyle app has been upgraded with a brand-new look and updated features. The changes to the free app, which has already been downloaded by 40,000-plus users, will make keeping up with the best choices for a green and healthy lifestyle easier than ever. New features include being able to sign up for promotions, updates and newsletters plus linking to the Natural Awakenings website. Visitors can find local magazines nationwide; a national directory of healthy and green businesses and resources with products, practitioners and services, complete with directions; updated national monthly magazine content; archives of hundreds of previously published articles on practical, natural approaches to nutrition, fitness, creative expression, personal growth and sustainable living by national experts that are searchable by key words; and an archive of articles in Spanish. “These upgrades and expanded accessibility will empower people to enjoy healthier, happier and longer lives more easily than ever before,” notes Natural Awakenings founder Sharon Bruckman. “Offering free access to Natural Awakenings’ powerful network of healthy living resources through this exclusive app is another way we can serve our users.” To download the free app, search for Natural Awakenings on Google Play or the Apple app store or visit NaturalAwakeningsMag.com.


Link Oriental Medicine: Chinese Acupuncture and Herbal Therapies

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ink Oriental Medicine specializes in traditional Chinese acupuncture and herbal therapies. It is their mission to provide clients with the most effective, natural healing techniques for optimal balance, energy and overall health, including herbal therapies, acupuncture, acupressure, cupping and tai chi. Vince Link graduated from the International Institute of Chinese Medicine and has trained with some of the world’s leading authorities of Oriental medicine and acupuncture in China, ChengDu TCM Hospital and Vietnam. In addition to a host of certifications, Link is a doctor of oriental medicine, licensed by the Nevada Board of Oriental Medicine, is a nationally board-certified diplomate of Oriental medicine and diplomate of acupuncture and Chinese herbology from the National Certification Commission of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, which includes certification in acupuncture, Chinese herbology and Asian bodywork therapy. Link has served as president for the Nevada Oriental Medical Association and is a member of the American Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. He is also a tai chi practitioner and instructor. Location: 2920 S. Rainbow Blvd., Ste. 140, Las Vegas. For more information, call 702-444-4775 or visit VinceLinkOMD.com. See listing in the Natural Resource Guide.

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hakti Fest 2017: Festival of Yoga and Sacred Music celebrates divine feminine energy at the Joshua Tree Retreat Center, in Joshua Tree, California, from May 12 through 14 on Mother’s Day weekend. Organized by Bhakti Fest, a leader in conscious festival events, Shakti Fest is a unique springtime ritual described in Hindu philosophy as a dynamic force which moves the universe, featuring world famous yoga teachers, kirtan music stars, wisdom workshops, sound baths and a healing sanctuary. The music lineup includes inspiring call-and-response kirtan artist Jai Uttal, Donna De Lory, Larissa Stowe, Govind Das & Radha, Girish and many more (Shaktifest.Bhaktifest.com/kirtan). World-class yoga teachers include Shiva Rea, Mark Whitwell, Saul David Raye, Mas Vidal, Laura Plum, Kia Miller, Tymi Howard, Leeza Villagomez, Jennica Mills, Allison Prince and Katie Allen, Lisa Gniady, Ren Rasa Yogamaya and Kristin Olson leading Shakti-energy invoking sessions in a variety of yoga styles (Shaktifest. Bhaktifest.com/yoga). Workshops cover ayurveda, spiritual nutrition, tantric energy, Vedic astrology, breath work, Sanskrit, conscious relationships, women’s sexuality, bhakti art and hoop dance with internationally known speakers Syamarani, Lorin Roche, Ph.D., Dawn Cartwright, Zoë Kors, and Dharma Devi. A day-and-a-half pre-festival intensive will be available with Saul David Raye and Jeffrey Armstrong, featuring yoga, meditation, workshops and music. (Shaktifest.Bhaktifest.com/workshops). A “sound dome” offers sound baths with noted practitioners of this popular sonic meditation, including the Holistic Chamber of Sound, Michelle Berc, Kosmic Koala, Shane Thunder, Torkom Ji and others (Shaktifest.Bhaktifest.com/sounddome). Accommodation options include retreat center spaces, yurts, camping and RV parking. The Shakti Fest Eco Village offers vegetarian and vegan food vendors, yoga clothing and gear, jewelry, art and collectibles (Shaktifest.Bhaktifest.com/travel-info and Shaktifest.Bhaktifest.com/lodging).

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esearchers from the Mount Sinai Medical Center, in Miami Beach, concluded in a 2016 review of research that chelation therapy using agents such as ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid (EDTA) can significantly reduce risk of cardiovascular events. The review highlighted research showing that heavy metals such as cadmium have been linked with increased cardiovascular disease risk, and chelation therapy has been shown to effectively remove heavy metals from the body. Of particular interest was a study that specifically tested the effectiveness of chelation therapy on reducing cardiovascular events. The randomized, double-blind study involved 1,708 patients ages 50 and up that had experienced a heart attack at least six weeks prior. Half were given 40 infusions of a 500 milliliter chelation solution with EDTA. The other half received a placebo. Researchers measured deaths, heart attacks and strokes, along with other heart conditions and subsequent hospitalization for an average period of 55 months. They found that the chelation therapy reduced heart attacks and strokes by 23 percent and reduced hospitalization for heart attacks by 28 percent.

Sage Linked to Cognitive Health

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2016 review from Australia’s Murdoch University, in Perth, confirms the cognitive benefits of consuming plants in the Salvia genus, particularly sage. Cognition includes processes associated with attention, memory, judgment, evaluation, reasoning, problem solving and decision making. Researchers discussed the theory that an accumulation of amyloid-ß peptide (Aß) in the body is responsible for some cognitive dysfunction in Alzheimer’s patients. Studies have shown that sage can protect mice against Aß-induced neurotoxicity, thus helping to preserve cognition. The researchers also highlighted acetylcholine (ACh), a neurotransmitter believed to play an important role in attention, learning, memory and motivation. ACh enzyme inhibitors help prevent alterations in ACh, preserving these functions. In vitro and animal studies show that some species of salvia are effective ACh enzyme inhibitors. In addition, animal studies have shown that sage extracts can reduce depression and anxiety. Both of these conditions can contribute to a decrease in cognitive function. Further research is needed to determine the extent of the effect and safe dosage.

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study from the University of Eastern Finland, in Kuopio, has found that less active boys perform worse in reading and arithmetic classes than their more active counterparts. Researchers studied 89 boys and 69 girls ages 6 to 8 and measured their sedentary time and moderate to vigorous physical activity (MVPA) time using a heart rate monitor, movement sensors and body fat percentages. The subjects’ arithmetic and reading skills were calculated using standardized test scores. Comparing the data, the researchers found that higher levels of MVPA were associated with higher reading fluency in grade one and that lower reading levels were associated with more sedentary time in grades one through three. A significantly stronger correlation was discovered when male subjects were the focus. Sedentary boys that spent less time engaged in MVPA displayed consistently poorer scores in both reading fluency and comprehension than their peers. For girls, more sedentary time was associated with better arithmetic scores.

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BD is a recently approved drug that treats a variety of physical and mental symptoms effectively, including pain. But it’s not really fair to call it a drug; scientists found a way to extract the healing essence out of cannabis, a wild grass that some call a weed, but has been used in ancient and modern medicine for ages. You can throw around a lot of fancy words like “nonpsychoactive cannabidiol-infused transdermal therapy”, but this simple, plant-based remedy, CBD, is fully approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to compete with the oxycontins of the world and all the other dangerous, addictive

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tress has become a common factor in our busy world today. Getting kids to and from school, working 10 to 12 hours while trying to maintain order at home, scrambling to be ahead of competition, are just a few examples.

Some people have even accepted the idea that it is perfectly fine and normal to live a life with stress, but it can be seriously, physically and mentally damaging to us. Stress, and especially chronic stress, symptoms can include headaches, sweaty palms, insomnia, dizziness, back and neck pain, palpitations, grinding teeth, low sex drive, skin diseases, fatigue, digestive issues, PMS, nausea, high blood pressure and more. Some women live under a constant state of stress and deplete their valuable reserves energy, or qi, in Chinese medicine. To cope with such stress, some use quick fixes like alcohol, cigarettes, sugar, energy drinks, caffeine and all sorts of over-the-counter and prescription drugs. Left untreated for

some time, stress can result in anxiety and depression. For thousands of years, acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine in general have successfully helped and managed stress. According to Chinese medicine, a depletion and stagnation of qi may result in malnourishment of organs, muscles and tissues, which may cause a variety of mental and physiological disorders. Acupuncture given at specific points in the body can yield stimulation of the qi at these acupuncture points, thus affecting the physiology of the body and restoring the balance. Chinese herbal medicine is frequently prescribed to internally influence the physiology in a similar manner. Dr. Vince Link, OMD, has served as President of the Nevada Oriental Medical Association and is a member of the American Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. For more information, call 702-4444775 or visit VinceLinkOMD.com. See listing in the Natural Resource Guide.

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The Pacific island nation of Kiribati has established the world’s second-largest (1.3 million-square-mile) shark sanctuary, which bans commercial fishing throughout, and has also expanded the Micronesia Regional Shark Sanctuary. The possession, trade and sale of sharks and shark products are also prohibited in these areas as is the use of fishing gear such as wire leaders for targeting sharks. Worldwide, about 100 million sharks are killed each year in commercial fisheries. Nearly 30 percent of all known shark species assessed by scientists are now threatened with extinction. Sharks are particularly vulnerable to overfishing because they mature and reproduce slowly. Many Pacific island nations have established shark sanctuaries, recognizing the valuable ecosystem and economic roles that healthy populations provide. The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora recently added 13 shark and mobula ray species to its list, a step toward ensuring sustainable and legal trade of these species.

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When air pollution blanketed Paris for three days, authorities called it the worst bout in 10 years and made public transit free. For the fourth time in 20 years, the city instituted a system based on alternating odd and even license plate numbers to keep certain vehicles off city streets, effectively cutting daily traffic in half; it’s the first time the ban’s been maintained for consecutive days. “Cars are poisoning the air,” says Paris city hall transport official Herve Levife. “We need to take preventive measures.” Three other cities—Athens, Madrid and Mexico City—will ban diesel engines by 2025 as part of a similar effort. Beijing, China’s capital city, has such dirty skies from cars and coal that protective masks are commonplace despite emissions restrictions and power plant closures, partly due to pollutants from neighboring regions. Paris leads the world in monthly car-free days, but several large metro cities participate in an international car-free day each September 22, including Washington, D.C., Seattle and Long Island, New York. Source: EcoWatch.com 16

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Many grocery store foods are wrapped in plastic packaging that creates nonrecyclable, non-biodegradable waste, even though thin, plastic films are not efficient at preventing spoilage. Some plastics are also suspected of leaching harmful compounds into food. Researcher Peggy Tomasula, D.Sc., is leading a U.S. Department of Agriculture team developing an environmentally friendly film made of the milk protein casein that addresses these issues. She states, “The protein-based films are powerful oxygen blockers that help prevent food spoilage. When used in packaging, they could prevent food waste during distribution along the food chain.” Plastic six-pack rings are renowned for their negative impact on wildlife and the environment. Now the Saltwater Brewery, in Delray Beach, Florida, is making edible sixpack rings for beer cans that are 100 percent biodegradable. Constructed of barley and wheat ribbons from the brewing process, they can be safely eaten by animals that come into contact with the refuse. Company President Chris Gove notes, “We hope to influence the big guys and inspire them to get on board.” Source: American Chemical Society


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In a towering forest of centuries-old eastern hemlocks, the tiny hemlock woolly adelgid spends its life sucking sap and eventually killing the tree. The bug is one example of an expanding horde of insects draining the life out of forests from New England to the West Coast. Aided by global trade, a warming climate and drought-weakened terrain, this invasion represents one of the greatest threats to biodiversity in the U.S. Scientists say they are already driving some tree species toward extinction and causing billions of dollars a year in damage, with the situation expected to worsen. Today’s connected world enables foreign invaders to cross oceans in packing materials or on garden plants, and then reach American forests to rapidly expand their ranges. According to a new study in Ecological Applications, scientists say several species of hemlock and 20 species of ash could become nearly extinct in coming decades. Such destruction would eliminate a critical sponge to capture greenhouse gas emissions, a natural shelter for birds and native insects and a reliable food supply for bears and other animals. Dead forests also increase the danger of wildfires.

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Toxin-Free Farmlands Rise to 4.1 Million Acres

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Teen Finds Drought Solution in South Africa Kiara Nirghin, a South African teenage girl and recent winner of the Google Science Fair’s Community Impact Award for the Middle East and Africa, is pioneering a new technology to fight drought. The Holy Web, her superabsorbent polymer, can store reserves of water hundreds of times its own weight. Drought remains one of South Africa’s main challenges, with at least eight provinces requiring regular food relief. The project is designed to help farmers in dry areas build large water reservoirs for an adequate and regular supply of water for irrigation. “I wanted to minimize the effect that drought has on the community, and the main thing it affects is the crops. That was the springboard for the idea,” says Nirghin. Her invention uses recycled and biodegradable waste products such as avocado skins and orange peels to make the polymer sustainable, affordable and environmentally friendly.

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According to data service Mercaris, the U.S. had a record 4.1 million acres of organic farmland in 2016, an 11 percent increase over 2014. As of June 2016, the number of certified organic farms reached 14,979, including 1,000 startups. The top states in organic cropland after California, with 688,000 acres, are Montana, Wisconsin, New York and North Dakota. Montana hosted a 30 percent increase to 417,000 acres in 2016, adding 100,000 acres since 2014 and 50 new organic farms. In assessing the positive trend, Scott Shander, a Mercaris economist, says, “With today’s lower commodity grain prices, farmers are looking to add value and meet consumer demands. The global market is dictating U.S. prices. Demand for organic corn and soybeans is still growing strongly, but production is not growing as fast, so more of the production will be international.” Source: MercarisCompany.com

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We watch the graceful flight of colorful butterflies and appreciate their crucial role as pollinators. Establishing butterfly gardens or accommodating them in yard plantings increases food sources radically threatened by reductions in blossom-rich landscapes due to development, intensive agriculture, insecticides and climate change. The National Wildlife Federation (nwf.org) reports that butterflies are particularly attracted to red, yellow, orange, pink and purple blossoms that are flat-topped or clustered for landing or hovering, with short flower tubes that present easy access to nectar. Regional planting. In the Southeast, goldenrod, with its arching, yellow flowers, appeals to Buckeye species. Tiger Wing, Dainty Sulphur and Malachite lead the way in Florida. Some other suitable plants and trees for attracting butterflies, according to the Lady Bird Johnson Wildlife Center (Wildflower.org) are yarrows, red and white baneberries, and red, scarlet and soft maples in the Northeast; Butterfly and Honey daisies, Indian Mallow, American Century and Husiache, in the Midwest; and Giant, Ground, Subalpine and Noble firs, Vine Maple and Columbian Monkshoods in the Northwest. Inspiring individual efforts. Care2.com reports that California Academy of Sciences aquatic biologist Tim Wong cultivated California Pipevine plants in his backyard butterfly home four years ago upon learning that it is the primary food for California Pipevine Swallowtails in the San Francisco area. Starting with just 20 caterpillars, he was able to donate thousands of the swallowtails to the San Francisco Botanical Gardens last year and has grown more than 200 plants. Milkweed. Populations of iconic Monarch butterflies have plummeted 90 percent in the past 20 years, reports the National Wildlife Federation, primarily due to decline of 12 native milkweed species. They need support for their annual 2,000-plus-mile migration from the U.S. Northeast and Canada to central Mexico and back. Joyce Samsel, curator of the Florida Native Butterfly Society (FloridaNativeButterflies.org), notes that the Florida Monarch stays south of Tampa year-round. Learn about milkweed host plant growing conditions at Tinyurl.com/ LocalMilkweedByState. Find milkweed seeds via MonarchWatch.org. Donate to help. Adopt milkweed habitat land through an Environmental Defense Fund (edf.org) program by donating $35 for one acre up to $350 for 10 acres. Their goal is to retain and protect 2 million acres.

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ECO YARDS Turning Lawns into Native Landscapes by Lisa Kivirist and John D. Ivanko

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raditional turf lawns are an ecological nightmare,” says John Greenlee, author of The American Meadow Garden, who notes that most monoculture turf lawns never even get used. His company, Greenlee and Associates, in Brisbane, California, designs residential and other meadows throughout the U.S. as an engaging alternative. Many other appealing options likewise use native plants appropriate to the local climate. For instance, replacing Kentucky bluegrass, Bermuda grass or another non-native species with natives can deliver drought resistance and lower irrigation needs; eliminate any need for fertilizers or toxic pesticides; reduce or eliminate labor-intensive and often polluting mowing and edging; enhance the beauty of a home; and attract birds, butterflies and other wildlife.

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Before replacing a lawn, determine the desired result. It may simply be achieving a low-maintenance, lawn-free yard; growing food like vegetables, herbs, fruit or nuts; or supplying ample flowers for a fresh weekly bouquet. Other benefits might include increasing privacy, dining al fresco, escaping into nature or even sequestering carbon dioxide to reduce climate change. To be successful, choices must be appropriate to the climate, plant hardiness zone, local zoning ordinances and homeowner association rules. Also consider the soil quality and acidity, moisture content and whether plantings will be in full sun or shade, or both.

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From the Midwest to New England, “Wild ginger makes a nice, low groundcover with heart-shaped leaves in shade or part shade, where lawn grass often struggles,” suggests Pam Penick, of Austin, Texas, author of Lawn Gone: Low-Maintenance, Sustainable Attractive Alternatives for Your Yard. “Pennsylvania sedge, a low, grassy, meadow-like groundcover, can also work. For areas with full sun, bearberry, an evergreen creeping shrub with red berry-like fruit in fall, or prairie dropseed, a beautiful prairie grass with sparkling seed heads in fall, might be worth trying.” “Stick with the Carex family of plants, the sedges, for a native meadow,” echoes Greenlee. “They vary in color, texture and height. Follow nature’s lead and create a tapestry of commingled plants. Start slow and add flowering plants like Q u e e n A n n e ’s lace, daisies, asters and poppies.”

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In sunny and well-drained areas of the South, Penick suggests Gulf muhly, an ornamental grass. “Its fall blooms resemble pink cotton candy floating above its green leaves.” In Florida, flowering sunshine mimosa with fern-like leaves and other natural groundcovers are low maintenance. “Basket grass is a low, evergreen grass-like plant with long, spaghetti-type leaves that puddle around it, suitable for

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The right regional native plants often include grasses and ferns, herbaceous plants like flowering perennials and woody ones like shrubs, vines and trees. Native plants provide shelter and food for wildlife and help preserve a sense of place. “Work with a professional landscaper in your area, ideally a member of the Association for Professional Landscape Designers,” advises Greenlee. Tap a local university extension service, master gardener and garden club for local expertise, often available at no or low cost via classes or club membership.


shade or partially shaded areas,” advises Penick. “It’s slow to grow, but highly droughttolerant and nicely covers a dry slope or spills over a retaining wall. Texas sedge makes a low-growing, meadowy alternative that’s evergreen and needs mowing only once every year or two.” Moss is a fine option for shady and moist areas. “If moss is naturally colonizing a patch of yard, allow it to fill in where the lawn doesn’t want to grow,” Penick counsels. “It makes a springy, evergreen groundcover needing only brief misting to keep it looking good during dry periods.”

Mediterranean and California Coast

Plentiful sunshine, rare frosts and modest rainfalls make many California coastal areas perfect for growing lots of plants, rather than plots of water-thirsty turf. “For full sun, work with California yarrow, purple sage, Indian mallow, white sage, lupines and California sagebrush,” recommends Charlie Nardozzi, of Ferrisburgh, Vermont, author of Foodscaping. “In shade, try mountain yarrow, mimulus monkey flower, California honeysuckle, California flannel bush and coyote mint.” “Blue grama grass is native to many states, and buffalo grass is native to states west of the Mississippi River in the right places,” adds Greenlee. They’re especially suited for meadows established in drought-prone regions.

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“For sunny areas, try goat’s beard, penstemon, beach strawberry, mock orange and huckleberry,” says Nardozzi,

who covers gardening nationally at GardeningWithCharlie.com. “For part shade, experiment with gooseberry, red flowering currants, western amelanchier, deer fern, trillium and wild ginger.” Adding some clover to a traditional lawn may eliminate the need for fertilizers while retaining some turf, says Erica Strauss, of Gamonds, Washington, in her Northwest Edible Life blog. “When the clover loses leaf mass from mowing, its roots die off to compensate and nitrogen enters the soil for neighboring plant roots to use.” White clover works well for those on a budget; microclover costs more and is even better. For shady, north-facing or boggywet areas, Strauss recommends sweet woodruff. Moss is another option.

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“If you crave a lawn but want to go native, Habiturf is perfect for the hot, dry Southwest,” says Penick. Developed by the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, in Austin, Texas, it’s a mix of several native turf grasses, looks like a shaggy traditional lawn and can be occasionally mowed on a high setting to keep it neat. Once established, it needs far less water than traditional turf. “Silver ponyfoot grows well in many regions as an annual; as a perennial, it needs mild winters,” Penick continues. “Native to western Texas, New Mexico and Arizona, it likes good drainage, gravelly soil and full-to-part sun.” Xeriscaping—landscaping that requires little to no water—is especially prevalent in hot, dry regions. Plant picks typically include cactus, succulents, agave and herbs like rosemary or sage. John D. Ivanko and Lisa Kivirist, co-authors of ECOpreneuring and Farmstead Chef, operate the Inn Serendipity, in Browntown, WI.

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A kitchen garden represented by any kind of edible landscaping replaces some turf grass with produce. Carefully designed and maintained, it can be as attractive as any other garden space. “According to GardenResearch.com, 30 million U.S. households, about 25 percent, participated in vegetable gardening in 2015,” reports Dave Whitinger, executive director of the National Gardening Association, owned by Dash Works, in Jacksonville, Texas. “To integrate edibles into a landscape, first assess the locations of sunny and shady spots,” says garden consultant Charlie Nardozzi. “Then, identify plants suited to the growing conditions that will fit in those areas. Mix in edibles with flowers, shrubs and groundcovers to keep the yard beautiful.” For urban areas, he recommends raised beds and containers as a good way to integrate edibles, bringing in clean soil and moving containers to the sunniest spots in the yard. “We have 3,000 raised beds in Milwaukee,” says Gretchen Mead, executive director of the Victory Garden Initiative, which helps install edible landscapes. “We went from about 35 new kitchen gardens eight years ago to more than 500 each year now.” The easy-to-build raised beds go on top of or in place of turf lawns. For Midwestern residents, Mead recommends beginning with six crops that can be started as transplants, like tomatoes or broccoli, and then growing a couple of plants from seed, like zucchini or green beans.

Water-Saving Gardens

“Water-saving gardens use less of this precious resource through appropriate plant choices, rain-conserving features, berming and terracing to slow runoff, water-permeable hardscaping and smart irrigation practices,” says Pam Penick, author of The Water-Saving Garden. “Regardless of where you live, saving water is a priority for everyone.

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Drought is a growing problem in the Southwest and West, but also affects the Midwest, Southeast and even New England.” “Rain gardens help absorb, retain and use rainfall, preventing it from draining into the sewer,” agrees Jennifer Riley-Chetwynd, with Colorado’s Denver Botanic Gardens. “Rain barrels collect water from gutters and downspouts so there’s more control in time and method of distribution, including perhaps drip irrigation.” According to the Groundwater Foundation, in Lincoln, Nebraska, rain gardens can remove up to 90 percent of problematic nutrients and chemicals and up to 80 percent of sediments from rainwater runoff. Compared to a conventional lawn, they allow 30 percent more water to soak into the ground.

Hardscaping

Hardscaped areas are used far more frequently than the turf lawn they replace

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as we move through spaces like walkways, patios, fountains, decks and grilling areas to enjoy the outdoors. “Plant people can get excited about planting but forget to leave ample space for patios and paths, often resulting in an overgrown, pinched look for seating areas and other places meant to be inviting,” cautions Penick. “It can also be easy to underestimate how large

plants can grow in a few years. Plan ahead for these ‘people spaces’ and install them before establishing garden beds.” Landscapers recommend being generous with this technique without paving over paradise. “Plants will spill and lean over hardscaping, so it won’t feel too large once your garden is filling in,” says Penick. “To address runoff and allow rainwater to soak into the soil, use water-permeable paving wherever possible: gravel, dry-laid flagstone or pavers; even mulch for casual paths.”

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arefoot running has become a popular activity for athletes, and with the right training, can be a helpful tool for many runners. A recent study from the University of Jaén, in Spain, confirms the benefits of barefoot running. Researchers set out to determine what types of changes a 12-week program of barefoot running would produce in foot strike patterns, inversion, eversion and foot rotation. Thirty-nine recreational athletes with no experience in barefoot running participated. Twenty formed the experimental group, with 19 serving as a control group. Researchers determined each runner’s low, high and comfortable running speed and conducted pre- and post-running tests using cameras to document foot strike patterns. The experimental group’s training consisted of a progressive increase in the duration and frequency of barefoot running, while those in the control group performed the same progressive running program with their shoes on. The experimental group showed significant changes in foot strike pattern, with a tendency toward a mid-foot strike at all speeds. They also displayed changes in foot rotation and inversion toward a more centered strike at the lower speed, supporting the notion that progressive barefoot training can help athletes trying to change their foot pattern to a mid- or front-foot strike. 22 Greater Las Vegas

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RUN FUN Races Beckon Beginners by Aimee Hughes

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’ve run in cities, rural areas and suburbs. I’ve run while deployed to military bases in the Middle East, in cities on four continents, in blazing heat and winter snowstorms,” says Maria Cicio, a licensed professional counselor candidate and marathoner in Grove, Oklahoma. “I’ve been running regularly for 25 years, mostly injury-free, and have found what works best for me.” For beginners, Cicio recommends starting with a 5K race. “There are a hundred reasons why a full marathon would not be fun for a beginner, but trail running, charity races and 5K road races are perfect,” she says. Cicio attests the physical health benefits come from the training and preparation more than from the race itself. “You can run for many years before deciding to run an official race, in which case you’ll probably have already experienced increased cardiovascular health, improved muscle tone and strength. “Running your first race can focus your running and turn it into training. You might increase your daily or weekly mileage, depending on the planned length of the race, or add some speed work to your regular running routine. When I’m training for a race, I’m more in tune with what my body needs; I also sleep better,” she says. The mental benefits are what keep many people running, even after the physical ones seem to plateau, advises Cicio. “Running means regular exercise, so it can improve our general mood. While numerous studies show this to be true, the best evidence comes from runners themselves.” Almost everyone has heard of a runner’s high, even if we haven’t experienced it ourselves. It’s long been accepted that endorphins released during exercise create a feeling of euphoria after a satisfying workout. Recent research on mice

by the Central Institute of Mental Health at the University of Heidelberg Medical School, in Germany, suggests that it might be natural endocannabinoids that lighten our mood and contribute to the high. Meditation master Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, in Halifax, Canada, teaches an online course, The Art of Mindful Running. He points out that running, or doing any physical activity, in a meditative state can deepen, train and enhance the mind. “Within 20 to 30 minutes, you have an opportunity to work with your mind. Instead of just spacing out or trying to get exercise, you can actually say, ‘I am going to be present, I am going to relate to my breathing and my movement a little bit,’” says Mipham. “This is healthy both for the mind and the body.” Those looking for an alternative to running on concrete and asphalt find that trail running ups the fun factor while nature nurtures us. “While I’d always loved running races, the roads rarely changed. Even the same trail tends to change daily, with a new puddle or a log to jump or crawl over, or a new offshoot. The natural running landscape is full of surprises,” says Nikki Partridge, an avid trail runner, American College of Sports Medicine-certified personal trainer and Stott Pilates instructor in Auburn, California. “Trail running healed me,” says Partridge. “I always had some injury from running: tendonitis, sprained ankles, runner’s knee, pulled hamstrings, illiotibial band syndrome, shin splints or plantar fasciitis. I became a walking encyclopedia on injury and recovery. But the trails saved me. I no longer pronated when I ran, I had no more tendonitis from running on canting sidewalks—even my knee pain disappeared—my balance improved and my body was happy.” When winding down after a race, carve out ample time for recovery and reflection. “I always ask myself what I liked about how it was organized, course conditions, support staff and the after-party, and then look for another race that fits my preferences,” says Cicio. “Consider taking a vacation around a particular race that interests you or find a local road race the next time you travel. For a modest fee, you get to run a race and typically luck into a T-shirt, food and party camaraderie.” The running world can open our eyes to new places, good people and greater self-awareness, along with physical fitness. Spring is a good time to lace up our shoes and begin the expansive journey. Aimee Hughes, a freelance writer in Kansas City, MO, is a doctor of naturopathy and senior staff writer for LongevityTimes online. Connect at Aimee@LongevityTimes.com.

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anice Cole, the author of Chicken and Egg: A Memoir of Suburban Homesteading with 125 Recipes, knows how delicious a really fresh egg tastes. She keeps three chickens she calls “the girls” in the backyard of her suburban Minneapolis home. “Jasmine, a white Silkie, lays small, beige-colored eggs; Keiko a black and white Ameraucana and Silver Wyandotte cross, green eggs; and Peanut, a brown, feathery Cochin mix, brown eggs,” relates Cole. Cole has learned a lot about the natural lives of chickens. They need 14 hours of sunlight to produce eggs and lay about one per day. Chickens must be protected from predators, locked up at night in their coop for optimal well-being and let out in the morning to roam. Here are some tips for buying the freshest, most delicious and humanely raised chicken eggs.

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Deciphering the language on an egg carton is a first step. Diet affects flavor. “Eggs from pasture-raised chickens allowed to roam—eating grass, worms and bugs in the backyard or a pasture—will look and taste better than eggs from chickens limited to an inside space eating chicken feed,” says Cole. “Pasture-raised eggs will have a fresh herbaceous, or grassy,

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flavor with an ‘egg-ier’ essence.” “Look for the terms organic, free range or ideally, pastured or pasture-raised,” advises Adele Douglass, in Herndon, Virginia, executive director of Humane Farm Animal Care (CertifiedHumane.org). “USDA Organic” is a U.S. Department of Agriculture label confirming that the food the chicken ate was certified organic. “Non-GMO” indicates a diet free of genetically modified ingredients. “Free-range”, another USDA label, means the chicken had continuing access to the outdoors. “Pasture-raised” assures that the chicken roamed outdoors daily, eating what they wanted; the ideal scenario. “Cage-free” is a USDA-regulated designation ensuring that the chickens were allowed to roam freely about within their building to get food and water. “Natural” has no real meaning says Douglass; the term invokes no USDA regulation and nothing about actual farming practices. “Certified Humane” or “Animal Welfare Approved” means that each free-range hen has at least two square feet of outdoor space; it’s the most desirable designation, says Douglass.   When farmers want to raise egglaying chickens, they need to provide physical conditions similar to those


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Eggs to Trust Here’s Humane Farm Animal Care’s Adele Douglass’ short list of sources for wellraised eggs. Kirkland Signature Organic Eggs, at Costco, are Certified Humane. While not pasture-raised, they’re cage-free. Costco has partnered with several small family farms throughout the country, which guarantees peace of mind for Costco and gives these smaller purveyors a steady stream of business. Vital Farms, of Austin, Texas, supplies eggs to stores throughout many of the southern and western states. They specialize in Pasture-Raised and Certified Humane eggs, produced by about 90 family farms. Recently, they pioneered a process to make “culling” (killing non-egg-bearing male chicks) more humane. Pete and Gerry’s Organic Eggs, headquartered in Monroe, New Hampshire, works with more than 30 family farms in Illinois, Indiana, Maine, New Hampshire, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Vermont. Their eggs are Organic and Certified Humane, as the chickens live in spacious barns with outdoor access. “Most of the year, they roam outside our barns as they please on organically grown grass amid clover and wildflowers,” says owner Jesse Laflamme. “At the same time, we also have to ensure our hens are safe from predators and communicable diseases from wild birds.”

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Cole affords, but on a More than 90 percent nutrients and antioxilarger and more effidants, says Kristin Kirkcient scale, usually of eggs sold today come patrick, a registered without the love. In re- from giant egg factories. and licensed dietitian gions where 14 hours and wellness manof daylight are not a ager for Cleveland ~ Pete and Gerry’s, given, farmers use arClinic’s Wellness Intificial lighting. When America’s first Certified stitute, in Ohio. “I’ve snow is too deep for Humane egg producer always been a huge the birds to venture proponent for eggs. out and it’s too cold for bug life, farm- As lean sources of protein, they help ers supply indoor coops and feed. How us stay full, are easy to prepare and well and humanely they do this is up to can be part of a healthy eating reconsumers to find out. gime because they’re packed with free-radical- and inflammation-fightEgg Nutrition ing antioxidants.” Kirkpatrick adds, Eating one egg a day, or moderate con- “Eggs also help protect eyes. Their sumption, will not raise cholesterol levels nutrient-rich yolks, like leafy green in healthy adults, concludes a 2012 review vegetables, are high in lutein and in the journal Current Opinion in Clinical zeaxanthin, carotenoids that studies Nutrition and Metabolic Care. While egg have repeatedly shown help protect yolks contain cholesterol, they also possess against macular degeneration.” nutrients that help lower the risk for heart   Ideally, all chickens would be disease, including protein, vitamins B12 treated like Cole’s “girls.” For now, and D, riboflavin and folate, according to the best most of us can do is choose the Harvard School of Public Health, in “Pasture-Raised,” “Organic” and Boston. A study by Kansas State University “Certified Humane”. Getting to know researchers published in the 2001 Journal more about the farmers that produce our of Nutrition also found that phosphatidyl- eggs is even better. choline, another substance in eggs, can   decrease the amount of cholesterol the  Judith Fertig writes food health articles body absorbs from them. and cookbooks from Overland Park, KS Plus, eggs are great sources of micro- (JudithFertig.com).


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Tony Juniper on How Thriving Ecosystems Sustain Prosperity by Randy Kambic

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eading environment advocate and author To ny Ju n i p e r h a s been an Earth champion for three decades, imploring humanity to urgently understand that we need nature to thrive. His recently reissued book What Has Nature Ever Done for Us? How Money Really Does Grow on Trees, first published in 2013, won the Independent Publishers Living Now gold medal. It warns about the severe environmental cost of poor land planning; informs how birds, coral reefs, rain forests and other flora and fauna help preserve and sustain our quality of life; pushes for new recycling laws; and seeks to make children early enthusiasts. Formerly executive editor of Friends of the Earth, he serves as president of the Wildlife Trust, in Great Britain, teaching faculty of the University of Cambridge Programme for Sustainability Leadership, and is sustainability advisor to Prince Charles, a noted conservationist.

wealth among small numbers of people. We need to grow economies in ways that protect the environmental services that create opportunities for growth in the first p l a c e . I t ’s a m a j o r challenge for a world hell-bent on simplistic, crude measures of economic performance. In the Ivory Coast, where I recently visited, many poor rural people grow cocoa. One way to expand its economy is to produce more cocoa at the expense of tropical rain forests, which ultimately destroys the economy because forests are a major source of rainfall. Extended droughts caused by deforestation reveal that kind of growth is self-defeating. We need a more sophisticated approach, with the economy becoming a wholly owned subsidiary of ecology, not the other way around.

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We can design much more livable areas for the protection and health of wildlife, nature and residents. Nature also has a major bearing on the costs of a country’s healthcare system. A number of population level studies, including from the Netherlands, reveal how people with access to green space feel better and experience higher levels of well-being, especially in mental and psychological health. Many Western countries are

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seeing increased incidences of depression, anxiety and other psychological problems that can be reduced through greater access to open areas, green spaces and wildlife. We can expect massive increases in urban areas worldwide in the next 40 years. There’s an opportunity now to plan in integral ways to make these places better for everyone. Failing to integrate nature into them will ramp up the public health costs later on.

What can citizens do to strengthen U.S. environmental policies? First, every election has candidates we can vote for that are more or less knowledgeable and clued into environmental issues. Second, we can exercise power in our purchasing choices. Some companies take leadership positions on environmental and sustainability issues; others don’t. With some research, shoppers can find the best companies to patronize, like those that prioritize lowcarbon emissions, resource efficiencies and environmental protection policies. Many of them are advocating for more sensible, long-term environmental policies. In the U.S., one of the biggest pushbacks to the new administration will be from progressive companies that know the future has to be green; buying from these businesses strengthens their role and influence. Third, we can add to the people’s collective voice by joining campaigns and backing Earth-conscious organizations like the National Audubon Society, Greenpeace, Rainforest Action Network and Sierra Club.

Why do you believe it’s important to instill basic ecological principles in youngsters? In the future, if fewer people understand the implications of climate change, ecosystem degradation, loss of wild animals and rampant toxic pollution, it’ll be even harder to embed adequate responses. The next generation should know how this planet works. Our world doesn’t succeed just on the


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Randy Kambic is a freelance writer and editor in Estero, FL, and regular contributor to Natural Awakenings.

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basis of technology. It’s being run on microorganisms, the actions of forests, seas, soils and everything in the natural world. People that don’t know this can do a lot of damage. When more young people know the basics, it’s more likely they’ll behave in ways that reflect them. Progressive urbanization, with ever fewer people having direct experience of how nature works, is already an issue, so investing in our youth now will pay dividends in their future.

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t was standing inside I learned early I was held in a darkness so Timpanogos Cave (a nadeep that my eyes seemed on we live by shut even though they were tional monument) as an 8-year-old child that marked wild mercy. open. All I could hear was me. Hiking to the entrance the sound of water dripping of the cave with our church group, we and the beating heart of the mountain. were ushered in by a park ranger. Im- I don’t know how long I stood inside mediately, the cool air locked inside the Timpanogos Cave before our church mountain enveloped us and we wore leader realized I was missing, but it was it as loose clothing. Immense stalac- long enough to have experienced how tites and stalagmites hung down from fear moves out of panic toward wonder. the ceiling and rose up from the floor, Inside the cave, I knew I would be found. declaring themselves teeth. We were What I didn’t know was what would find inside the gaping mouth of an animal me—the spirit of Timpanogos. and we were careful not to disturb the To this day, my spiritual life is found beast, traversing the cave on a narrow inside the heart of the wild. I do not fear constructed walkway above the floor so it, I court it. When I am away, I anticipate as not to disturb its fragility. But it was my return, needing to touch stone, rock, the Great Heart of Timpanogos Cave that water, the trunks of trees, the sway of captured my attention. grasses, the barbs of a feather, the fur left When everyone else left the char- behind by a shedding bison. ismatic form, I stayed. I needed more Wallace Stegner, a mentor of mine, time to be closer to it, to watch its red- wrote: “If we preserved as parks only orange aura pulsating in the cavernous those places that have no economic space of shadows. I wanted to touch the possibilities, we would have no parks. heart, run the palms of my hands on its And in the decades to come, it will not side, believing that if I did, I could better be only the buffalo and the trumpeter understand my own heart, which was swan that need sanctuaries. Our own invisible to me. I was only inches away, species is going to need them, too. It wondering whether it would be cold or needs them now.” hot to the touch. It looked like ice, but it registered as fire. Excerpts from The Hour of Land: A Suddenly, I heard the heavy door Personal Topography of America’s slam and darkness clamp down. The National Parks by Terry Tempest Williams, group left without me. I was forgotten— reprinted with permission. Learn more at alone—locked inside the cave. I waved CoyoteClan.com/index.html. my hand in front of my face. Nothing. natural awakenings

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arth’s oceans shelter more than a million species, employ millions of people and feed billions more. Their complex ecosystems increasingly face critical challenges, including acidification, overfishing and pollution. Inspiring us all, youths nationwide are stepping up with bold, creative actions benefiting present and future generations to show us how we too, can do our part. Sean Russell, 24, of Englewood, Florida, was exposed to ocean wonders in junior marine conservation summer camps and 4-H programs. Volunteering with Mote Marine Laboratory’s dolphin research program, in Sarasota, Russell was struck by how improperly discarded fishing line entangled and killed dolphins and other wildlife. At 16, he launched the Stow It—Don’t Throw It Project to promote portable receptacles made from repurposed tennis ball containers for anglers to stash used fishing line for later safe disposal on shore. More than 21,000 containers have been distributed nationwide to date. While earning a bachelor’s degree in biology, Russell launched the Youth Ocean Conservation Summit to harness youth enthusiasm for related issues. Six summits have convened hundreds of concerned young change-makers and adult professionals. “Young people learn about current threats to marine life and

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become inspired by peers sharing ideas and successes,” says Russell. Planning and skill-building sessions fuel action, often assisted by microgrants to help kick-start community projects. Russell is also involved with the nonprofit EarthEcho International, which activates young leaders through peer-topeer networks. One recent campaign, 3T4E, encouraged youth worldwide to pick up three pieces of trash on November 1 and document their efforts. Nearly 2 million social media impressions later, they’ve reached youth in 24 states, in 19 countries and on six continents, according to Executive Director Mia DeMezza. Founded by siblings Philippe and Alexandra Cousteau, the Washington, D.C., EarthEcho shares service learning stories that record steps young people are taking to mitigate local waterway issues. In a virtual classroom field trip series, they can explore issues such as oceanic dead zones and acidification through dynamic multimedia presentations. “These young people are going to inherit the problems we’ve created, and deserve a seat at the table,” says DeMezza. Given the opportunity, youth can play a key role in conservation, research and policy making for Earth’s oceans. “I look at youth not as leaders of the future, but leaders of today,” says Russell. Daniela Fernandez, 23, is one of the

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youth leaders working to bridge the generational divide on ocean conservation issues. An undergraduate at Georgetown University, in Washington, D.C., she was invited to a 2013 United Nations (UN) meeting to address the state of the world’s oceans. When she inquired if they had social media outlets to share their discussions, she discovered they did not. The 2016 Christopher Benchley Ocean Award winner relates, “I returned to campus with a sense of urgency about the issues I learned about, which led me to start a nonprofit to connect Millennials with the oceans.” The resulting Sustainable Oceans Alliance (SOA) has since hosted three global ocean summits with participants from more than 30 colleges and universities, learning directly from leaders in government, science, business and policy. Summit-watch parties at embassies around the world enabled Millennials to submit questions and comments online. Consequently, Secretary of State John Kerry’s office partnered with SOA to incorporate a youth component in the state department’s 2016 Our Ocean Conference. The SOA, recognized by the United Nations as a game-changing initiative, has

catalyzed 30 chapters on U.S. campuses, with plans to expand to Britain, Chile and Spain. Actionable steps include advocating for college curricula on ocean health. Already, the alliance has helped sway global policy, gathering 30,000 signatures petitioning that ocean conservation be included in UN sustainable development goals. It also mobilized youth advocating for the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument, America’s first marine monument (measuring a bit larger than Yellowstone National Park), off of Cape Cod, created by former President Obama in 2016. Russell and Fernandez agree that rallying around solutions is key to engaging youths and adults alike. “You can talk about the problems all day long, but it’s solutions that inspire people to take action,” says Russell. Fernandez adds, “Often, people feel helpless in the face of big issues, but if you give them a simple way to help, they will get behind it.” Connect with freelance writer April Thompson, in Washington, D.C., at AprilWrites.com.

What We Can Do Now Everyone has a part to play in keeping oceans clean and healthy. Here are some ways concerned individuals of all ages can help. Do away with disposable plastics. Use reusable alternatives to single-use plastics such as plastic bags, water bottles, to-go containers, takeaway cups and straws, all of which clog the oceans and endanger 600 aquatic species due to ingestion or entanglement. Green what drains. Anything that washes down the drain can end up in waterways. Avoid dumping chemicals like paint, oil and solvents and opt for non-toxic cleaning products like DIY cleaners made from vinegar and baking soda, which are safe for people and the seas. Eat smart. Per a 2016 United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization report, nearly a third of commercial fish stocks are now fished at dangerously unsustainable levels. Find best choices on the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s downloadable sustainable seafood guide and app at SeafoodWatch.org when dining or shopping, and ask seafood eateries and fish counters to carry ocean-friendly selections. Reduce fertilizers. Fertilizer runoff from gardens and commercial agriculture eventually end up in oceans, leading to “dead zones” with low levels of oxygen that kill aquatic life. Cut energy use. Carbon dioxide from fossil fuel consumption is turning oceans acidic, which is particularly harmful to coral reefs. Use energy-efficient appliances and vehicles, opt for renewable energy plans from local utilities and bike, walk and take public transit.

Sea Change Youth worldwide are engaging in innovative ways to activate their communities and combat ocean pollution. Pédrisson and Emmanuelson Bernard, of Carrefour, Haiti, won the 2016 Millennium Oceans Prize for a win-win solution to urban waste, ocean pollution and unemployment. During Haiti’s rainy season, the city’s streets carry trash to the sea. The brothers developed a waste management system and mobilized community youth to help keep the streets clean, in turn protecting the waters upon which the island community depends. Students from Borrisoleigh, Ireland, won the EurOcean Foundation’s European Mário Ruivo Prize for a marine trash-fighting solution called Bags with Tags, in December. Laura Hutchinson and Antoinette Atik designed stylish totes to curb the use of plastic bags, including magnetic tags for easier retrieval from waterways; they worked with local stores to distribute them at points of sale. In another 2016 Professor Mário Ruivo Prize finalist effort, students from the island of Malta developed a way to keep waste from falling out of the usually open trash bins serving local ferries that transport 4 million passengers annually by collaborating with town officials to place three marine-friendly containers near the ferry departure point. Such student initiatives demonstrate how simple solutions, driven by passionate advocates, can improve our troubled waters.

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It costs slightly more on a monthly mortgage to build a home that costs far less per month to operate.

ECO-FRIENDLY HOME BUILDING Innovations Boost Energy Efficiency by John D. Ivanko and Liam Kivirist

Smart, innovative, technological breakthroughs are making buildings more energy-efficient, healthier to live in and highly attuned to our connected world.

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omeowners continue to be interested in green building options because they help foster a healthier, more comfortable and affordable home—and it’s good for the environment,” says Dan Chiras, Ph.D., of Gerald, Missouri, founding director of the Evergreen Institute and author of The Homeowner’s Guide to Renewable Energy.

Panel Insulation

“Structural insulated panels in walls, roofs and floors dramatically reduce air leakage and heat loss through thermal bridging, or heat conduction through framing materials, facilitating a more energy-efficient home that can maintain comfortable temperatures with lower fuel bills than a conventionally built home,” advises Chiras. Find manufacturers via the Structural Insulated Panel Association at sips.org.

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with little heat loss,” adds Chiras. The UltimateAir RecoupAerator, a wholehouse air filtration ERV, also flushes out harmful airborne pollutants commonly found in residences, replacing them with clean, fresh, healthy air.

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“Many solar energy users want to monitor their system using their computer, tablet or smartphone through advances in energy software,” says Allison Lindquist, with the Midwest Renewable Energy Association (MREA), which hosts the Annual Energy Fair and sustainable living event every June in Custer, Wisconsin. “One highlight last year was PacketFlux Technologies’ SiteMonitor.” “When a homeowner views their energy monitoring data, they quickly begin seeing the correlation between their energy consumption and production,” says Leon Dulak, the MREA site manager. “The direct correlation drives them to change how they live and use energy.”

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Tesla Motors does more than produce high-end electric cars and solar shingles. The company is also on the cutting edge of future energy storage. Tesla’s new, compact Powerwall 2 battery system, complete with inverter, can power an average twobedroom home for 24 hours. Chiras says, “Utilities throughout the nation are cracking down with special fees on solar-home owners that occasionally pull electricity from the grid. I think more people are going to opt to go offgrid or install a Tesla battery to provide nighttime power to preempt this. It’s easier to maintain than a standard lead-acid battery, and should last as long. When its useful life is over, the homeowner returns it to the company.” “Saltwater-based batteries for homeowners are coming up,” observes Clay Sterling, assistant professor of electrical technology at Kankakee Community College, in Kankakee, Illinois. “The batteries from Aquion Energy are nontoxic, safe and recyclable.” Their Aspen series of aqueous hybrid ion batteries contain neither heavy metals nor toxic chemicals and are non-flammable and non-explosive, adding to their safety.

Home Plans

Building green gets easier with green home plans. The prototype, super-insulated, 970-square-foot NewenHouse sustainable home in Viroqua, Wisconsin, is about 50 percent smaller and more than 80 percent more energy efficient than the average American home. The plans-and-services package for the Passive House-certified NewenHouse home features double walls for insulation and a super-efficient heat recovery ventilator. Four different home plans are available for houses under 1,000 square feet. John D. Ivanko is co-author of ECOpreneuring. Liam Kivirist captures the latest technology news on TechSocket.net.


HOME TECH UPDATE Nest Smart Thermostat

Google’s Nest Learning Thermostat replaces the old thermostat and immediately starts saving energy and money. Partnered with a smartphone, custom settings will lower the temperature at night, warm up the house upon waking and reduce heating or cooling swings when owners are away. On average, people save 10 to 12 percent on heating bills and 15 percent on cooling bills according to Energy Trust of Oregon reserach, with the device often paying for itself in less than two years.

Blueair Purifier

Leveraging a mix of filters, ionizers and fans, the Blueair HEPASilent air purification system captures 99.97 percent of particles down to 0.1 micron. A range of sizes are available to suit different spaces.

Haiku Light

The Haiku Light fixture from Big Ass Solutions brightens when someone enters a room and turns off when it detects the absence of movement. The light-emitting diode (LED) fixture produces 50 percent more light than a typical 15-watt compact fluorescent light (CFL).

Natufia

The Natufia Kitchen Garden is a fully automated vertical garden that easily fits into a kitchen area. Natufia manages the non-GMO, certified organic seed germination, watering, nutrient needs, humidity control and light cycles, freeing the gardener to simply pick and savor year-round fresh produce. While pricey, it provides an option for urbanites that both lack outside growing space and prioritize convenient healthy eating.

Smart Robot

This handy droid vacuums up dust mites, allergens, pet hair and dirt. iRobot’s Roomba 880 detects debris, maneuvers around most furniture and curtains, features a high-efficiency particulate air filter to suck up the small stuff, works on a variety of surfaces and automatically plugs itself in to recharge.

Self-Cleaning Toilets

The bowl of Toto’s MH wall-hung, high-efficiency toilet with powerful 3-D dual flushing is coated with a nanotechnology glaze that seals the porcelain with an ionized barrier; its non-porous surface repels visible and invisible waste. The company’s smart toilet model also cleans itself.

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ENZYME THERAPY FOR PETS A Key to Good Health by Shawn Messonnier

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sac disorders or inflammatory bowel disease, regardless of cause. Because sick pets often suffer from reduced appetite and impaired digestion, enzyme supplements are often added to a dietetic regimen to improve their nutritional status. Helpful enzymes include proteases, carbohydrases (like amylase) and lipases that break down proteins, carbohydrates and fats, respectively. Digestive enzymes are highly specific both to the type of food they act upon and the conditions under which they work. They can be derived from pancreatic, plant or microbial sources (bacteria or fungi). While pancreatic enzymes activate mainly in the small intestines (being inactive in the stomach’s lower pH environment), plant and microbial enzymes begin digesting foods in the stomach immediately after ingestion and likely even on the food being prepared, if the enzymes are added several minutes before they are eaten. Enzymes from microbial and plant origins have a broader spectrum of activity because they are stable and active through a wide pH range of 3.0 to 8.0.

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nzymes are among the most commonly used supplements for cats and dogs because they are widely beneficial. They support digestive health and enhance nutrient absorption, as well as reduce inflammation and boost overall wellness. A nutrition school adage states, “If you have a question on your exam and don’t know the answer, put down ‘enzymes’ and you’ll likely be correct.” The point is that enzymes made by the body for specific functions are essential to life because they affect nearly every physical or biological process. Enzymes help normal, healthy pets use nutrients and support the righting of gastrointestinal disorders, whether involving simple vomiting, diarrhea, chronic or complete constipation, anal

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Enzymes may be helpful for pets with inflammatory conditions, including arthritis, dermatitis, allergies, asthma and cancer. In such cases, they should not be administered with food, because otherwise they will be “used up” before the pet digests the food. It’s also possible to use enzyme supplementation to reduce excessive shedding because enzyme supplementation is widely recognized to increase the absorption of nutrients, some possibly involved in controlling hair growth. Some of these nutrients may be used in thyroid hormone synthesis, which can positively affect hair growth and reduce shedding. A novel use for enzymes is to help pets practicing coprophagia, or the eating of their own or another animal’s feces. Adding the proper enzymes to the diet is believed to curb this problem, which could result from a nutrient deficiency caused by incomplete digestion and absorption. For pets with behavioral coprophagia, enzyme supplementation is unlikely to help the problem but will still benefit the pet’s overall health. The recommended dose by breed and weight is based upon experience, the label of a specific product and directions provided by the family veterinarian. Using enzymes according to a professional’s advice is safe, with rare to nonexistent side effects. Talk to the pet’s doctor about the best enzyme products to address individual needs and keep them healthy. Shawn Messonnier, a doctor of veterinary medicine practicing in Plano, TX, is the author of The Natural Health Bible for Dogs & Cats and Unexpected Miracles: Hope and Holistic Healing for Pets. For more information, visit PetCareNaturally.com.


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Multiple Dog Cohabitation Strategies for Serenity by Lara Mirkovich

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n a multiple dog household, we should never add another dog unless and until the existing dogs are considered stable. Many people will add a second dog knowing that their first dog has considerable issues. Resources are many times the culprit in dog-on-dog issues. Guarding behaviors among dogs are extremely common in many homes and bad behavior is tolerated more often than not. We are all busy, and for the most part our lives do not revolve around our dogs, despite how much we love them. Small bad behaviors can create tension between dogs that builds over time and eventually explodes. It is the standard to let one dog be “in charge” simply because the others seems to allow it. While some people are lucky enough to allow one dog to take charge and never have it escalate, having any sort of inequality between dogs sharing a household is a dangerous game to play. Multi-dog

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households work best with clear and compassionate human leadership and equality between all dogs. For instance, if one dog growls when another dog approaches the water bowl while they’re drinking, this might seem a normal routine and seemingly insignificant, as the second dog always backs down or the original dog never does more than growl. While it’s never been a problem, that by no means implies it will not eventually lead to one. It may be indicative of a bigger issue and an unhealthy relationship between the dogs. Allowing dogs to manage themselves and their “pack” is where many owners go wrong. The dogs are not equipped to make those decisions or hold that responsibility; we are. What we need in order to run a successful household with multiple dogs is leadership and boundaries, to start. When there are dog-on-dog

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issues, it’s often a matter of jealousy and possession; fighting for resources such as attention, food or toys. We can avoid these issues by taking on more of a leadership role. The more dogs we have, the more need for leadership there is. As the humans of the house, we control everything; if dogs are battling for resources, we control those resources. It is our responsibility to make their environment calm and peaceful. We do this by creating boundaries where we not only manage their surroundings, but also their interactions. Teaching dogs to respect one another’s space is an important task that’s simple once we are involved in the routine. For instance, if one dog is lying down and another dog stands over them, we would manage that interaction by quietly stepping between them to separate them, letting them both know that crowding one another is not okay. If dogs fight over food, it is important to separate them during mealtimes and manage the space between them. If we’ve already added multiple dogs and see small issues, a professional trainer can help. It’s easier to fix things before the problems get severe. They can also advise us about adding another dog that fits well with our lifestyle. Lara Mirkovich is founder of the Churchill Foundation and owner/trainer of Canine Consultants, in Las Vegas. For more information, call 702-209-0532, email CanineConsultantsLV@gmail.com or visit Facebook.com/K9Konsultant. See listing in the Natural Resource Guide.


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DayNetwork.org, says, “We need to promote environmental consciousness into our children’s curricula so they are able to analyze problems, think critically, balance needs and take informed action.” Earth Day isn’t just one day. Aware citizens can take a rewarding action every day. Help Clark County celebrate and forward its progress toward sustainability at this local Earth Day 2017 event.

GreenFest 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., April 22 Downtown Summerlin The eighth annual GREENFest Las Vegas is an occasion for our community to present and showcase exhibits featuring sustainability, conservation, recycling, environmental resources, culture, diversity, innovation and opportunities to create a more enjoyable and healthy lifestyle. GreenFestLV.com

Think Earth Day Every Day by Sandra Murphy

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he federal Every Student Succeeds Act, passed in December 2015 to take effect in the 2017-2018 school year, is the first law in U.S. history to include language that supports environmental education. Plans call for it to be integrated with current state standards, graduation requirements, teacher development and assessment, funding sources and policy action steps. EducationWorld.com offers lesson plan ideas for students. For example, students from third grade through high

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school might collect their household junk mail and explore ways to reduce it. Those in kindergarten through eighth grade may create a binder of information on endangered species that includes maps, animal facts and threats to their survival, exploring causal interconnections throughout the planet. Students can also build a cafeteria compost pile or find ways to improve their school’s recycling program. Kathleen Rogers, president of the nonprofit Earth Day Network, on Earth-

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Group Chakra Clearing with Free Crystal – 5pm. This guided meditation will bring you to a deeply relaxed state before guiding your awareness and energy through the seven main chakra centers. You will receive Reiki energy as well as a free crystal. $25. Enchanted Forest Reiki Center, 2280 South Jones Blvd, LV. 702-948-4999. EnchantedForestReiki.com.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 5

The Beauty of Combining Acupuncture & Essential Oils – 6pm. When you combine the benefits of Acupuncture with the benefits of massage, the benefits are amplified and become stronger and longer lasting. Come by and see for yourself. Free. True Health Acupuncture, 1485 W Warm Springs, 109, HD. 702-475-0870. TrueHealthAcupunctureLV.com.

THURSDAY, APRIL 6

LEARNING Made EZ – 7-8:30pm. Want to develop “photographic” memory? Join us for this free Interactive NLP Seminar with Rapid Behavior Modification Expert. You too can improve your Memory, Concentration & Recall of information almost instantly. Free. Donations welcome. Transformations, 3920 Amy Marie Ct, LV. 702-6592390. TransformVegas.com.

FRIDAY, APRIL 7

Communicating with your Spirit Guides with Christine Brisco and Ray Wheeler – 7:30pm. In this class we will explain who spirit guides are, what and who they are not, the role they play in your life. Angel Hierarchy, what the divisions are, their jobs on the other side. $22. Enchanted Forest Reiki Center, 2280 South Jones Blvd, LV. 702-948-4999. EnchantedForestReiki.com.

SATURDAY, APRIL 8

Clarify Your Heart’s Desires and Next Steps – 11am-12pm. Discover your unique answers regarding your heart’s true desires and your next action steps. Experience a relaxing meditation and a journaling exercise for expressing your inner answers. $10. 6166 S Sandhill Rd., LV. 702-7204065. HealingHouseInstitute.com.

SUNDAY, APRIL 9

Mercury Retrograde Meditation Class – 5pm. If you want to be more prepared for Mercury retrograde join us. Learn about Mercury retrograde and how we can use it to our benefit. Guided meditation will bring you to a place of serenity. $10. Enchanted Forest Reiki Center, 2280 South Jones Blvd, LV. 702-948-4999. EnchantedForestReiki.com.

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TUESDAY, APRIL 11

Usui Reiki II Plus Holy Fire Certification class – 6:30-9:30pm. Two days. Use Reiki to heal unwanted habits from the past. Receive a Reiki II attunement. Learn three ancient Reiki symbols, distant Reiki healing, Gyoshi ho, Reji-ho, Byosen scanning, Practice Reiki on others, Chakra balancing with stones. $200. Enchanted Forest Reiki Center, 2280 South Jones Blvd, LV. 702-948-4999. EnchantedForestReiki.com.

FRIDAY, APRIL 14

Managing the Effects of Full Moon Energy: Guided Meditation, Reiki Share, and Crystal Bowls – 7-8:30pm. Discussion and meditation on the effects of Full Moon energy on our energy bodies, as we learn how to manage this energy between the Full and New Moon. All healers welcome to share their energy. $15. Oasis to Zen, 5715 W Alexander Rd, 140, LV. 702-491-6035. OasisToZen.com.

SATURDAY, APRIL 15

6 Year Anniversary Celebration  – 9:30am8pm. Join the fun as we celebrate six years of metaphysical bliss. Raffle prizes, merchandise sale, goodie bags, refreshments, psychic readings, Reiki energy healing, crystal singing bowls, classes at a discounted rate and more. Free. Enchanted Forest Reiki Center, 2280 S Jones Blvd, LV. 702-359-0848. EnchantedForestReiki.com.

MONDAY, APRIL 17

Transform Emotional Eating! EZ Weight Loss – 6:30-8pm. Learn how Mental-Emotional stress, fear, anger, depression, worries affect your health and weight, and what YOU can do about it. Get powerful tools. Break through your old outdated ‘programming’. Includes Guided Imagery for instant memorization. $16/door. $12/prepaid. Transformations, 3920 Amy Marie Ct, LV. 702-6592390. TransformVegas.com.

THURSDAY, APRIL 20

Brain Solutions Free Informational Seminar – 6:30pm. Does someone you love struggle with LD, anxiety, ADHD, dyslexia, ASD, Tourette’s, reading or MS symptoms? Looking for options? Our programs are based in neuroscience. Offering foundational help with no medications. Hope starts here. Free. Brain Solutions Inc., 1005 S Cimarron, LV. 702-340-2248. BrainSolutionsInc.com. 8-Week Psychic Development Series with Dallisa Hockings – 7pm. Increase your intuition and receive clearer messages from Spirit. Learn various techniques on how to make your psychic connection stronger. You’ll practice with other attendees, receiving and providing insight in a safe and supporting environment. $150. Enchanted Forest Reiki Center, 2280 S Jones Blvd, LV. 702359-0848. EnchantedForestReiki.com.

FRIDAY, APRIL 21

Wongu University of Oriental Medicine Open House for MSOM program – 1-3pm. Science in Oriental Medicine (MSOM) program. Financial Aid & I-20 available. Admissions requirements: A fouryear bachelor’s degree with grade point average of 2.75. Complimentary. Wongu University of Oriental

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Medicine, 8620 S Eastern Ave, LV. 703-463-2122, Admissions.WonguUniversity.com. Wongu Health Center 3rd Anniversary – 2-5pm. Please join us for Wongu Health Center 3rd Anniversary. Experience Oriental medicine lifestyle. Tour the health center and herbal dispensary. Herbal tea tasting, complimentary acupuncture and light snacks. All are welcome. RSVP: tsobhana@ wongu.org. Complimentary. Wongu Health Center, 8630 S Eastern Ave, LV. 702-852-1280, Clinic. WonguUniversity.com.

SATURDAY, APRIL 22

Usui Reiki I Certification Class plus Holy Fire – 9:30am-5pm. Learn to smudge. Reiki principals: Reiki lineage and heritage, Gassho meditation, chakra balancing, Reiki I attunement, Reiki hand position, practice and discussion time. Holy Fire is an additional energy filled with powerfully healing frequency. $150. Enchanted Forest Reiki Center, 2280 S Jones Blvd, LV. 702-359-0848. EnchantedForestReiki.com. Healing With The Angels Meditation – 11am12pm. Enjoy a peaceful meditation that calls upon the angels and archangels to help you with healing your life and manifesting your true desires. Receive divine messages from the angels with healing angel cards. $10. 6166 S Sandhill Rd., LV. 702-720-4065. HealingHouseInstitute.com.

specialevent Managing Menopause Mindfully Join Alicia Cuglietta, C-IAYT as she shares therapeutic techniques of yoga to calm us when feeling anxious and irritable, and energize us when feeling down and out. Experience Gentle Yoga, Guided Imagery, Oils and More! $75

April 22 • 2-4:30pm. Tru Yoga 7310 Smoke Ranch Road, Las Vegas 702-331-1600

http://truyoga.vegas/upcoming-events/ Yoga For Life 1st Anniversary Benefit – 2pm. Join us for a 90-min yoga class to celebrate our 1-year anniversary. Led by Susan & Greg Holmes, accompanied to music with small bites, music and raffle after the class. All levels welcome. $20 suggested donation. TruFusion Blue Diamond, 4750 Blue Diamond Rd, LV. 702-522-8911. YogaForLifeLasVegas.org. Young Living “Live Your Passion” Spring Rally – 2-5:30pm. Feel the unified energy of Young Living while staying close to home. An event for members and others who wish to learn about YL. Leave feeling loved, inspired, encouraged and ready to change the world. $15. Oasis to Zen, 5715 W Alexander Rd, 140, LV. 702-491-6035. OasisToZen.com. Healing Power of Forgiveness-Free Interactive Seminar – 3-4:30pm. By not letting go of grudges, we are giving the violator the power over us,


creating disease. Learn to let go and forgive yourself and others, immediately transforming your life and stepping into your power. Free. Donations welcome. Transformations, 3920 Amy Marie Ct, LV. 702-6592390. TransformVegas.com.

SUNDAY, APRIL 23

How To Sprout-Raw Food Prep Class – 3-4:30pm. Why Sprout? These essential skills will add tremendous amount of nutrients, enzymes and Life Force to your diet. Feed your family best food for less than $1 a day. Heal. Save money. Satisfaction guaranteed. $20/prepaid. $25/door. Transformations, 3920 Amy Marie Ct, LV. 702-6592390. TransformVegas.com.

TUESDAY, APRIL 25

Reclaim, Recover And Restore Your Energy, Power & Beauty – 7-9pm. Experiencing challenge, heartbreak, loss? Recover by strengthening the chakra centers, and restoring your soul. We’ll focus on the crown chakra, as your intuition is fortified and expanded with vibration-boosting, bliss-expanding exploration. $39. Oasis to Zen, 5715 W Alexander Rd, 140, LV. 702-491-6035. OasisToZen.com.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 26

Crystal & Tibetan Bowl Meditation in the Salt Cave – 5pm. Fall into zen with the enchanted sounds of Crystal and tibetan bowls inside the Himalayan Salt Cave. $40. Salt Room LV, 1958 Village Center Cir, 7, LV. 702-228-7258. SaltRoomLV.com.

FRIDAY, APRIL 28

Navigating the Energy You’re Feeling: Protecting Your Bubble From Trouble – 7-8:30pm. Do you feel “yucky” around certain people? Do you take on their energy? Join us as we learn how to fortify and protect our auras from negative people, places, and things we encounter daily. $15. Oasis to Zen, 5715 W Alexander Rd, 140, LV. 702-491-6035. OasisToZen.com.

SATURDAY, APRIL 29

Usui Reiki I Certification Class plus Holy Fire – 9am-5pm. 3-day. Receive the advanced Reiki attunement and Master Ignitions. Learn the Usui Master Symbo and practice working with its enhanced energy. Crystal grids. Aura clearing and much more. $875. Enchanted Forest Reiki Center, 2280 S Jones Blvd, LV. 702-359-0848. EnchantedForestReiki.com.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 3

Why Acupuncture During Pregnancy – 6pm. Learn more about the safety and benefits of Acupuncture during pregnancy. Acupuncture is great for miscarriage prevention, morning sickness, fatigue, breech babies, heart burn, swelling & pain related to pregnancy. Join us to learn more. Free. True Health Acupuncture, 1485 W Warm Springs, 109, HD. 702-475-0870. TrueHealthAcupunctureLV.com.

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Goals With Heart – Refer 3, Get 1 Free. Refer 3 people who receive an Akashic consultation and get 1 free. Discover your highest & best solutions for business, relationships, creativity, abundance. Confidential, practical, strategic, soul-expanding. Please visit GoalsWithHeart.com/AskMegZ.

Halo-Yoga in the Salt Cave – 11am. Rejuvenate your mind, body and soul with this weekly class in our pristine Himalayan Salt Cave. $25. Salt Room LV, 1958 Village Center Cir, 7, LV. 702-228-8258. SaltRoomLV.com.

Medical Qigong – 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. NaturallyOrganicCenter.com.

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Wongu University of Oriental Medicine – Graduate Program – 9:30am-5:30pm. The non-profit school offers a Master of Science Degree in Oriental Medicine. Coursework includes acupuncture, herbology, Taiji, moxibustion, Western medicine, practice management and more. Currently accepting applications. $180/didactic unit. $18/clinical hour. Wongu University of Oriental Medicine, 8620 S Eastern Ave, LV. 702-463-2122. Start@Wongu.org. Wongu.org.

wednesday Reiki Healing Circle – 7-9pm. Renata and Vanessa lead a group of spiritually minded individuals for a unique healing Reiki session. Reiki benefits with stress reduction, Self Esteem, Manifesting a better life, physical empowerment and emotional and physical healing. Donation. Naturally Organic Healing Center, 1171 S Buffalo Dr, 110, LV. 702433-3874. NaturallyOrganicCenter.com.

thursday Tonic Teas and Oils – 5-6pm. This free tea class teaches you all about Tonic Herbs and Essential Oils; how they benefit your health, how to make your own elixirs, the philosophy and so much more. Also, try new teas weekly. Class comes with free samples and special discounts. Free. Naturally Organic Healing Center, 1171 S Buffalo Dr, 110, LV. 702-433-3874. NaturallyOrganicCenter.com. Qigong Awakening – 7pm. Qigong is an integration of physical postures, breathing techniques and focused intentions. Practice Qigong to maintain health, heal the bodies, calm the mind and reconnect with spirit; regardless of ability or age. $12. Enchanted Forest Reiki Center, 2280 S. Jones Blvd, LV. 702-948-4999. EnchantedForestReiki.com

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Wongu University Health Center – Mon-Thu. Wongu University Health Center offers a variety of affordable acupuncture treatments and Oriental medical care to the public. Private session by the OMD available. Discount for senior, veteran and student. Call for more details. Wongu Health Clinic, 8630 S Eastern Ave, LV. 702-852-1280. Clinic. WonguUniversity.com.

7pm. Deep drumming will bring participants into a dream-like guided journey meditation. Perhaps find oneself on a Viking ship, traveling with a wolf, or floating in a sea of colors--only one’s spirit knows. $15. Enchanted Forest Reiki, 2280 S Jones Blvd, LV. 702-359-0848. EnchantedForestReiki.com.

Wongu University Health Center Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Services – Offering a variety of affordable acupuncture treatments and Oriental medical care to the public. Private session by the OMD available. Discount for senior, veteran & student. Call for more details. Wongu University Health Center: 8630 S Eastern Ave, LV. 702-8521280. Clinic.WonguUniversity.com.

tuesday Beginner Qigong – 5-6pm. Qigong is an ancient healing art that covers everything from breathing, stretching, energy work and moving meditation. Learn the Eight Sections of brocade for health and empowerment. $10. Naturally Organic Healing Center, 1171 S Buffalo Dr, 110, LV. 702-433-3874. NaturallyOrganicCenter.com. Drums of the Wolf Meditation/Journey Circle –

friday Reiki Spiritual Mastermind – 7-9pm. 2nd & 4th Fri. Open to all. An unforgettable inspirational and healing experience. Re-connect with Higher Self. Receive personalized healing in a loving, warm, friendly atmosphere. Bring a friend, or meet one. Donation welcome.1420 E. Harmond Ave, 2nd Floor, Rm 3, LV. 702-659-2390. TransformVegas.com.

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, handeye coordination, self-defense and well being. 1171 S Buffalo Dr, 110, LV. 702-433-3874. NaturallyOrganicCenter.com. Free Reiki Healing Circle – 4:30-6:30pm. 1st & 3rd Sat. Release stress & tension; receive customized healing; meet wonderful warm people. Walk away energized & elated! Experience 2 guided meditations w/Reiki Master/Therapist of 25 yrs. You'll be glad you did. Donations accepted. Healthworks, 1100 E. Sahara Ave, LV. 702-659-2390. TransformVegas.com.

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Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine provides natural healthcare for individual needs. True Health Acupuncture focuses on restoring the body's healing potential, vitality & helps patients maintain a healthy lifestyle. See ad, page 13.

VINCE LINK, OMD

2920 S Rainbow Blvd, Suite 140 Las Vegas, NV 89146 702-444-4775 D r. L i n k i s n a t i o n a l (NCCAOM) and Nevada board certified in the practice of Traditional Chinese Medicine dealing with pain management, gynecology, internal medicine, gastro, insomnia, headache, emotional disorders, allergies, Bell’s palsy and many other conditions. VinceLinkomd.com.

ANTI-AGING NERIUM INTERNATIONAL

DeLois Clausell Hollinger 702-217-1170 • SoftSkin4u2@gmail.com Indiya.nerium.com Want younger looking skin? Nerium offers proprietary products that address the signs and underlying causes of aging. A powerful antioxidant that boosts the cell renewal process to reveal younger-looking skin. 30 day money back guarantee.

WONGU UNIVERSITY HEALTH CENTER 8630 S Eastern Ave, LV 89123 702-852-1280 Clinic.WonguUniversity.org

Wongu University Health Center offers a variety of affordable acupuncture treatments and Oriental medicine care to the public. Discount for seniors, veterans and students. Tue-Thu. Call for more details. See ad, back cover.

OASIS TO ZEN WELLNESS CENTER & TRANSFORMATION SPA Organic Facials, Massage, Holistic Workshops & More 5715 W Alexander Rd, #145, LV 702-491-6035 • OasisToZen.com

Because inner balance and harmony creates ageless beauty. Our spa services integrate mind, body and spirit healing to create harmonic balance between traditional anti-aging services and a pinch of organic hippy. See ad, page 19.

ANGEL AND TAROT CARD READER Carla: 702-683-1004 CarlaDiAngelo.com

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702-209-0532 Canineconsultantslv@gmail.com Serving all of Southern Nevada Canine Consultants is individualized training specific to your dog! While we specialize in more extreme cases such as fear & aggression; we also welcome any and all basic skill training!

EDUCATION BRAIN SOLUTIONS INC OF SUMMERLIN 1005 S Cimarron, Las Vegas, NV BrainSolutionsInc.com Info@BrainSolutionsInc.com 702-340-2248

Offering educational consulting for families whose children struggle. Looking for options to traditional approaches? Just not sure what to do next? Do the answers you’ve been given not fit the needs of your child? Call today. See ad, page 31.

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Roxanne Perillo, Reiki Master/Teacher Shamanic Energy Medicine 920-336-6468 • SpiritOfTheOwl.com

An alternative approach to assist the dying, by helping one to heal on the energetic level reducing stress and bringing relaxation with Reiki energy, as well as a combination of shamanic practices. Heal by releasing that which does not serve.

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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 7.

ENERGY HEALING HEAR THEM SPEAK

Babette de Jongh 251-424-4944 • HearThemSpeak.com Telepathic communication, counseling and healing for multi-species families. Healing with Body Talk, Reiki, Matrix Energetics and more. Plus transcript and follow-up call. See ad, page 35.

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Welcome to the world of halotherapy & d i s c o v e r a revolutionary solution to respiratory difficulties. Naturally treat allergies, asthma, copd, bronchitis, etc. We also offer halo-massages, facials, halo-yoga & halo-meditation classes. 100% natural Allergy relief for all ages. See ad, page 17.

Dr. Michael Bell, DDS 8068 W Sahara Ave, #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 9.

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Are you tired of taking drugs with many side effects? There are thousands of different natural herbs used in Traditional Chinese Medicine that are safe and effective for treatment of many conditions. Call today for an herbal consultation or visit our website: VinceLinkomd.com.

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Tr a n s f o r m i n g h o l i s t i c wellness and beauty from the inside out. We integrate traditional spa services, workshops and organic alternative healing modalities, to harmonize and raise vibration for unstoppable radiance and soul beauty. See ad, page 19

LAUGHTER YOGA

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. State of the art early detect cavity mapping, cosmetic, general, specialty dentistry and low sensitivity teeth whitening. Offer holistic, no-prep veneers, Lumineers, Invisalign Braces, dental implants and All on 4 Implant Bridges, sleep and full sedation dentistry. See ad, inside cover.

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MEDIATION/HEALING LINK ORIENTAL MEDICINE CLINIC 2920 S Rainbow Blvd, Suite 140 Las Vegas, NV 89146 702-444-4775

Meditation is mostly taught and learned for mind and body health maintenance. However, in Traditional Chinese Medicine, meditation can also be used for therapeutic intervention when dealing with insomnia, stress, anxiety, hypertension and pain management, just to name a few. Learn meditation for self-healing. Call for class details or visit our website: VinceLinkomd.com.

MYOFASCIAL RELEASE BODY RESONANCE MYOFASCIAL WELLNESS CENTER 8724 Spanish Ridge Ave, Ste 120, LV 702-776-8881 BodyMFR.com

Specializing in the John F. Barnes Myofascial Release. The ultimate whole body approach, mind-body treatment and missing link to healthcare. Highly effective in treating acute and chronic pain.

NATURAL HEALTH DR ALEX, ND

241 N Buffalo, Suite 100 LV 89145 702-656-0016 DrAlexND.com Dr Alexandre ReimannAnderson, ND, naturopathic physician. Areas of practice include Primary Care for adults and children, nutritional counseling, lifestyle coaching, chronic disease management, micronutrient testing, senior wellness, cancer care, nutritional supplements and tinctures. Complimentary consultations.

NEUROPLASTICITY BRAIN SOLUTIONS INC OF SUMMERLIN 1005 S Cimarron, Las Vegas, NV BrainSolutionsInc.com Info@BrainSolutionsInc.com 702-340-2248

RESCUES/ADVOCATES NEVADA VOTERS FOR ANIMALS

2375 E. Tropicana Ave, #295, LV 89119 702-660-8970 • AVoice4Pets.org

Offering brain-based help for children and adults: ADHD, learning challenges, sensory integration, ASD, Tourette’s, anxiety, reading, stroke and concussion recovery. Our neuroplasticity programs generate foundational results with no medications. Hope starts here. Call today. See ad, page 31.

Leading the fight in Nevada for animal protection. Author of Cooney's Law (felony cruelty law). We promote and improve the welfare for domestic and wildlife animals, bringing attention to make a difference in issues surrounding companion animals; animal cruelty, pet overpopulation and responsible pet ownership through education, information, legislation and enforcement.

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OASIS TO ZEN WELLNESS CENTER & TRANSFORMATION SPA Organic Facials, Massage, Holistic Workshops & More 5715 W Alexander Rd, #145, LV 702-491-6035 • OasisToZen.com

Inner balance and harmony create ageless beauty. Our organic spa services integrate mind, body and spirit healing, creating harmonic balance between traditional anti-aging services and a pinch of organic hippy. See ad, page 19.

READING INTERVENTION CELLFIELD READING INTERVENTION 1005 S Cimarron, Las Vegas, NV BrainSolutionsInc.com Info@BrainSolutionsInc.com 702-340-2248

Cellfield: A revolutionary reading program designed to create neural connections that are responsible for fluent reading and comprehension. Cellfield bonds auditory to visual pathways, allowing the struggling reader's brain to function like a typical reader. See ad, page 31.

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

An alternative approach to assist the dying, by helping one to heal on the energetic level. reducing stress and bringing relaxation with Reiki energy, as well as a combination of shamanic practices. Heal by releasing that which does not serve.

SPORTS MASSAGE BOLD BODYWORK: SPORTS MASSAGE EXPERT

Brent Bornemeier, LMT NVMT.6400 1485 W Warm Springs Rd, Ste. 109, HD BoldBodywork.com • 702-899-1973 Sports massage is for everyone. I measure success in results. services include: sports, deeptissue and Swedish massage as well as Cupping, gua-sha scraping, hot stones, cold stones and Reiki. See ad, page 17.

TAI CHI TAI CHI FOR HEALTH

2920 S Rainbow Blvd, Suite 140 Las Vegas, NV 89146 702-444-4775 • VinceLinkOMD.com Practice Tai Chi to promote health, reduce stress, improve balance/stability and numerous other benefits. Instructor has over 45 years of tai Chi experience. Yang and Zhao forms including sword forms.. Also we offer meditation classes.

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TOMATIS METHOD THE TOMATIS METHOD

1005 S Cimarron, Las Vegas, NV BrainSolutionsInc.com Info@BrainSolutionsInc.com 702-340-2248 Developed by Dr. Alfred To m a t i s , t h i s p r o g r a m strengthens focus, memory, language, learning, processing and coordination. By reducing anxiety, sensory issues and stress we generate resiliency in our clients, leading them to greater success. No medications. See ad, page 31.

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

An alternative approach to assist the dying, by helping one to heal on the energetic level reducing stress and bringing relaxation with Reiki energy, as well as a combination of shamanic practices. Heal by releasing that which does not serve.

UNIVERSITIES WONGU UNIVERSITY

8620 S Eastern Ave, LV 89123 702-463-2122 • Start@Wongu.org Wongu.org 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, back cover.

WELLNESS CENTER NATURALLY ORGANIC HEALING CENTER

Central Summerlin! Charleston & Buffalo 1171 S Buffalo Dr, Suite 110, LV 702-433-3874 NaturallyOrganicCenter.com Naturally Organic is 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 out our website!

TRANSFORMATIONS

Rev. Victoria Stitzer, Master of NLP, Reiki Master, CHT, EFT Expert in Rapid Behavior Modification 702-659-2390 • TransformVegas.com Re-script your emotional trama; heal physical/ emotional pain; eat right for your type; EZ weight loss; non-invasive detox; past life regressions; become certified Reiki practitioner in 12 hrs. Results guaranteed. 20% off this ad. See ad, page 11.

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Specializing in anxiety disorders, back care and women’s health. Wellness practices using traditional yoga fused with modern wellness and designed to meet the individual where they are, aiming to bring about balance and healing. See ad, page 11.

VEGAN RESTAURANT VIOLETTE'S VEGAN ORGANIC EATERY & JUICE BAR

8560 W Desert Inn Rd, LV 89117 ViolettesVegan.com • 702-685-0466 We are a full-scale vegan organic restaurant. Open 7 days/ week for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Take out, delivery and online ordering available. We are casual and family friendly. See ad, page 15.

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