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BRINGING MORE THAN HOMEWORK HOME By Ryan Hogan It’s that time of year when we’re sending our kids back to school. Unfortunately, while schools are good places to learn they are great places to catch a disease. In fact, children’s Upper respiratory illnesses (URI’s) cause more doctor visits and missed school days than any other illness in the US. Luckily, there are a few things you can do at home to help reduce the chances of your child getting sick at school this year.

sanitizer before eating snacks, lunch and after using a shared computer mouse, pencil sharpener, water fountain or other community objects. Now, most people know we need to wash our hands, but one thing most people don’t really relate their health to is nasal hygiene. Using a saline spray with xylitol, such as Xlear Nasal Spray, is safe for all ages. Research has shown this natural sweetener is useful in preventing bacterial otitis media (ear infections), among other upper respiratory problems that are most likely to occur in fall and winter months. Additional xylitol studies have also shown a significant reduction in asthma attacks when a xylitol nasal spray is used on a daily basis. Xylitol affects nose and throat bacteria in two ways:

HOW? Before we talk prevention, we need to know how infection spreads. Many childhood illnesses are caused by viruses and bacteria that are transferred from person to person. URI’s increase in fall and winter as we spend more time crowded indoors. All it takes is one sick child, going to school for the spread to begin. Small droplets from a child’s cough or sneeze travel through the air and land on surfaces like desks, doorknobs and people. These germs are easily spread when someone touches the contaminated object and then proceeds to touch their eyes, nose or mouth. Children’s immune systems are less mature than those of adults, so they’re more vulnerable to these germs. Washing your hands and your nasal passages and also keeping their hands away from their nose, eyes and mouth are the most preventative habits to form at a young age.

Decreases the adherence of harmful bacteria on their surface cells.

Stimulates the body’s own natural defense system

Since the average American child has six to ten colds a year, using a xylitol nasal spray is a safe and effective way to promote better upper respiratory health, year round. FINAL HEALTHY TIPS In addition to frequent hand-washing, teach your child some other school health basics: •

Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze.

Give your child a package of tissues to keep in his or her desk.

Encourage your child not to share water bottles, food or other personal items.

Ask your child’s teacher to include hand-washing time before lunch or snacks.

Have your whole family practice nasal hygiene and the use of xylitol saline spray like Xlear.

WHAT CAN YOU DO? Our best defense is to stop cold germs where they breed. Good hand-washing is the most effective way to prevent bacteria and viruses from spreading. Wash your hands after using the bathroom, blowing your nose, handling trash and prior to touching food to help eliminate germs. Soap and water should be used for 20 seconds (about as long as it takes to sing the “Happy Birthday” song twice). Using alcohol-based hand cleaners is also effective. Remind your child to use the

Even with all of these tips, your kids are bound to come down with something over the course of the school year. We all get sick at some point or another, forming healthier habits and maintaining a positive attitude is all we can do as parents. For more information, please visit www.xlear.com.

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he 20th anniversary of After-School All-Stars Las Vegas (ASAS), which has s e r v e d tens of thousands of Southern Nevada youth in its two-decade history as one of 15 chapters nationwide, brings several event to mark the occasion. On February 21, an All-Star D o d g e ball Fundraiser will take place at U N L V Mendenhall Center—a fun, friendly d o d g e ball competition for corporate and in- d iv i d u a l teams. Spectators are welcome. On April 25 and 26, Splashdown f o r K i d s at Wet ‘n’ Wild features specially priced tickets with proceeds benefiting ASAS and Communities in Schools Nevada. After-School All-Stars Las Vegas provides opportunities for underprivileged youth to participate in free after-school and summer programs that focus on academics, athletics and cultural enrichment. Local programs include tutoring, homework help, language and literacy skills, arts and crafts, dance, music, computers, chess, creative writing, soccer, swimming, cooking and media. For more information, call 702-770-7601 or visit asaslv.org.

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he International School of Temple Arts (ISTA) Spiritual Sexual Shamanic Experience, a a weeklong gathering, Dr. Shelley’s Sex, Love & Intimacy Weekend Intensive, focusing on sacred sexuality, personal liberation and sexual freedom, will take place March 16 and 17. Organizer Dr. Shelley Hiestand says, “This training is for everyone; practitioners, would-be practitioners and anyone who desires to take their personal empowerment to another level and to deepen self-mastery.” Participants will experience full presence, personal and transpersonal awareness, personal empowerment, emotional intelligence, sexual health and wholeness and a lifestyle that honors the interconnectedness of all things. Embracing one’s shadow is one of the cornerstones and methods of reclamation and helps fuel personal transformation, liberation and expanded potential. Guests will join with other motivated individuals from a diverse background of experiences to create an intensely satisfying, learning journey that will significantly impact their personal life, profession and direction. The entire course is designed to support all individuals to find, feel, claim, and express their highest life/self expression. Cost is $500. For more information, email Dr. Shelley at Info@DrShelleys.com or visit SchoolofTempleArts.org or Facebook.com/istasincity. See ad, page 21.

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nana Integre, master ThetaHealer and certificate of science teacher will be to teach the ThetaHealing Basic Training Certification course from February 20 to 22 in Las Vegas. ThetaHealing requires no previous metaphysical training or psychic abilities, and anyone can learn to use this simple process. By the end of the seminar, the student is prepared to become a certified practitioner of ThetaHealing. ThetaHealing Basic Training introduces techniques and focuses on changing lifelong conditioned patterns. Using the ThetaHealing methods, students can quickly uncover their own system of beliefs and remove the energetic trauma caused by these emotional and behavioral patterns. They will learn to identify the beliefs of other students and practice pulling and replacing those limiting beliefs.

A nonrefundable deposit of $175 is due by Feb. 13 to register, with an additional $400 in tuition due at the beginning of the course. Location: Hampton Inn Airport, 6575 S. Eastern at Sunset, Las Vegas. To enroll, call Diondra at 702-656-6788 or email BodyBalanceNaturally@gmail.com. For more information, visit ThetaHealingWitness.com.

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mbracing our hearts and feeding our mind-body-spirit is what this day of wellness at Springs Preserve is about as people gather with some of Las Vegas' exceptional instructors and vendors. Partial proceeds from this event will go to Foster Kinship (FosterKinship.com), a local nonprofit that provides free support to anyone raising a relatives child in Las Vegas. Admission into the vendor boutique is free, with more than 20 wellness vendors on hand. There will be yoga and meditation classes throughout the day in the wellness room. Classes include Gentle Yoga with Isa Danser and live music by George McLaurin; Mind-Body-Spirit Meditation & Reiki with Christine Brisco; and Therapeutic Yoga with Kimberly Castello. Foster Kinship will be on-site during the event accepting donations. Classes are $15 each in advance or $20 at the door. To pay for classes in advance, visit rockyourbodywellness.com and choose Yoga & Meditation Event. Location: Springs Preserve, 333 S. Valley View Blvd., Las Vegas. For more information, call Katricia Kelly at 702-772-6025 or email Info@ RockYourBodyWellness.org.

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V Green Community (LVGC) was created by a group of leaders in southern Nevada who champion a unified and fully inclusive vision for sustainability in which everyone can be a part and from which everyone within the region of our city can benefit. The LVGC vision for the future incorporates all sectors of the sustainability and green tech community to encompass making Las Vegas truly sustainable through urban agriculture, green education and school gardens, renewable energy, green transit, health and nutrition, localization, community supported agriculture, community organizing, fundraising and social and civic infrastructure. The organizers and member of LV Green Community believe that when we are united around a shared vision, the projects and initiatives create by the group will be larger, more effective and a more comprehensive solution to sustainability and raise awareness and further grow the community. The group strives, through a shared vision, to create a sustainable city, believing in the benefits and working to solve other urban challenges such as education, food security, transportation, safety, employment, economic stability, urban renewal, and economic development, not traditionally associated with sustainability. The group meets monthly at various locations throughout greater Las Vegas. Watch the November meeting, Youtu. be/1XepEGLGDTI. For more information visit, Facebook.com/ groups/268934543230144/. natural awakenings February 2015

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study conducted by Edge Research and Sea Change Strategies found that less than a quarter of Americans are fully satisfied with their friendships, and almost two-thirds lack confidence in even their closest friends. Seniors (70 and over) and millennials/Gen Ys (16 to 34) are more likely to be extremely satisfied than Gen X-ers (35 to 49) or baby boomers (50 to 69), indicating the existence of a midlife friendship slump. The research was based on a self-reported survey of 1,016 Americans ages 16 and up. Across all demographics, people that report they have more close friends feel happier and are more fulfilled than those that say they have few or no friends. The majority also prefer deeper friendships with fewer friends over just having more friends. Qualities that most people look for in friends are loyalty, honesty, goodness and reliability in a crisis. Among the attributes considered least important are similar political or religious views and physical attractiveness, which ranked last. The use of social media appears unrelated to the number or quality of friendships or overall friendship satisfaction. People that attend religious services at least once a week are twice as likely to be completely satisfied with their friendships than those that rarely or never attend such services. The researchers concluded, “Those seeking more fulfillment from their friendships should invest disproportionate time and energy in the relationships they consider close.”

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esearch from the New York University School of Medicine found that married people have significantly less cardiovascular disease (CVD) than those that are divorced, widowed or otherwise single. The study used data on the rates of CVD from the health surveys of more than 3.5 million men and women collected at 20,000 U.S. medical centers. Married people under 50 had 12 percent lower incidence of heart disease than single people. Married couples between 51 and 60 years old had a 7 percent lower risk, while those over 60 had a 4 percent lower risk. The results were presented at the 2014 scientific sessions of the American College of Cardiology. Researcher and cardiologist Jeffrey Berger recommends that doctors show increased diligence for single patients: “If one of my patients is recently widowed or divorced, I’m increasingly vigilant about examining them for signs of any type of cardiovascular disease and depression,” he says.

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Large Study Expands View of Sodium Intake

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ietary Guidelines for Americans, published by the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, recommends that people 50 years old and younger keep their sodium intake lower than 2,300 milligrams (mg) per day, while those over 50 keep sodium ingestion below 1,500 mg. However, a large international study recently published in the New England Journal of Medicine reveals a different story. Measuring levels of sodium and potassium excreted in the urine of 101,945 people between 35 and 70 years old from 17 low, middle and high-income countries, Canadian scientists found that consuming less than 3,000 mg of sodium per day was associated with a 77 percent increased risk of death from cardiovascular disease. Consuming between 3,000 and 6,000 mg of sodium daily was linked to lower risks of both cardiovascular disease and earlier mortality, while consuming more than 7,000 mg daily was associated with a 54 percent increased risk of death from cardiovascular disease. The researchers added that current guidelines for sodium consumption have been based upon shorter studies that showed only modest results. They also determined that daily consumption of 1,500plus mg of potassium related to a significantly reduced risk of cardiovascular disease and earlier mortality. Consuming less than 1,500 mg was linked to increased risk.


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large statistical analysis of multiple studies on body-mind therapies such as meditation, tai chi, qigong and yoga found that the practices effectively reduce inflammation and show promise in modulating the immune system. Scientists at the Tufts University School of Medicine analyzed the results of 34 controlled scientific studies that collectively assessed 2,219 people. Each study involved the use of at least one mind-body practice for between seven and 16 weeks and measured immune system health using multiple biological markers. Eighteen of the studies specifically examined inflammation factors, while seven evaluated antiviral-related immunity. Nine of the studies measured C-reactive protein (CRP) levels—an indicator of cardiovascular-related inflammation. The analysis revealed that mind-body therapies reduced CRP levels in subjects with high risk factors for cancer, diabetes, depression and cardiovascular disease. The scientists added that some of the research suggested that mind-body therapy may also increase immunity against viral infections.

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vidence of the effects of wireless technologies on human health continues to be controversial, with agreement on results remaining elusive. Now a new study published in the Journal of Plant Physiology found that human-generated microwave pollution can potentially be stressful to plants. Researchers from Romania’s Estonian University of Life Sciences tested three common garden plants—parsley, celery and dill weed. They exposed each to the types of microwave radiation equivalent to those produced by cell phones and wireless routers. Then these radiationexposed plants were compared with identi-

cal plants not exposed to the radiation. The scientists noted that the irradiated plants had thinner cell walls; smaller chloroplasts (cellular sites of photosynthesis); smaller cell mitochondria (centers of energy production); and greater emission of volatile compounds, particularly monoterpenes and green leaf volatiles, which are protective, life-promoting components of the plants’ essential oils. The effects were stronger for the type of radiation produced by wireless routers. While essential oil production overall was increased by the frequency of the microwaves produced by cell phones, it was decreased by the frequency emitted by the routers.

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In 2010, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) proposed recommendations for environmental marketing claims. The agency has sent warning letters to 15 marketers informing them that their claims may be deceptive, and requested more scientific evidence that plastic bags labeled as biodegradable, or “oxodegradable”, implying the bag will break down in time when exposed to oxygen, were true to the claim. Because many bags are dumped in the low-oxygen environment of a landfill, the FTC considers those advertised benefits as dubious. Joseph Greene, a professor at California State University, Chico, points out that oxodegradable should be amended to “oxofragmentable” to be more accurate, because the plastics just break into smaller and smaller pieces. Chemically, they don’t break down into anything less hazardous. In fact, if these plastic bags disintegrate in the ocean, the fragments will be about the right size for sea creatures to mistake them for plankton. Source: Rabble.ca

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Batteries that Last 1,000 Years A group of Swedish researchers has discovered an unconventional way to give new life to rechargeable lithium-ion batteries, which power everything from iPhones to electric cars, using pine resin and alfalfa seeds. The researchers plan to take up to two years to improve the chemistry of the product, and claim that the recycled batteries could last up to 1,000 years, according to researcher David Brandell. It has been estimated that demand for the batteries from automobile manufacturers could explode up to 400 percent in the next six years. The researchers see the technology as a global antidote to current methods for recycling manufactured Li-ion batteries that are energy-intensive and require toxic materials to manufacture. Source: EnvironmentGuru.com

GMO Pushback Hawaii Lobbies for Anti-GMO Laws

The Aloha State enjoys a year-round growing season, with multiple harvests annually. Last year, the Hawaiian island of Kauai passed genetically modified organism (GMO) farming restrictions, but they were overturned in court. Now, Maui County, which includes the Hawaiian islands of Maui, Lanai and Molokai, has approved a moratorium on the cultivation of genetically modified crops. The majority of Monsanto’s GMO corn seed sold to farmers in Argentina, Brazil and the U.S. comes from its Maui operation. If the law stands, Monsanto and Dow AgroSciences, another biotech firm with operations in Maui County, will need to seek alternatives. Lawsuits have already been filed by both opponents of the ban and proponents that want rigorous enforcement built in. Michael Lilly, former attorney general of Hawaii, expects the new law to be struck down like the previous Kauai attempt on grounds that state law supersedes it, although appeals in that case are underway. Meanwhile, an injunction has stalled the whole process. The message from anti-GMO forces is that although giant firms have deep pockets and many options staunch determination to stem the tide of GMO crops world wide may eventually bear the sweet fruit of victory. Source: Grist

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2014 Global Peace Index The world has become less peaceful over the last seven years, according to the 2014 Global Peace Index. It measures peace in 162 countries according to 22 indicators that gauge both the absence and fear of violence. This is the seventh year the index has been produced. Results from the 2014 Global Peace Index show that since 2008, 111 countries have deteriorated in levels of peace, while 51 increased. Europe retains its position as the most peaceful region, with 14 of the top 20 most peaceful countries. The world has become significantly less peaceful over the last year, mainly due to a rise in terrorist activity, conflicts being fought, and refugees and other displaced people. As for the human toll, 500 million people live in countries at risk of instability and conflict, 200 million of whom live below the poverty line. The global economic impact of violence reached $9.8 trillion last year, equal to twice the total gross domestic product of Africa. Visit VisionOfHumanity.org to explore the interactive peace map and download the report. Watch a video at Tinyurl.com/ GlobalPeaceVideo. When Chicago University psychologists surveyed 20,000 people that were married between 2005 and 2012, they found that a third had met online. Half of them met through Internet dating, the rest via chat rooms and social networking sites. Of all the couples still married, those that met online rated themselves happier.

n 2011, the World Health Organization (WHO) publicly recognized that cell phones and wireless technology was potentially dangerous to humans and could cause tumors and cancer. The Environmental Working Group (EWG) published a study in 2013 that states All electronic appliances emit non-ionizing radiation that does harm to soft tissues in the body and have collectively caused a new syndrome, electrical hypersensitivity, to emerge. This condition is actually caused by the large collective of toxic background energy that has accumulated from every electrical appliance, military installation, industrial machinery, computers, radio and television transmitter, plus all the electrical lines and lights that we see everywhere. Damage being caused to children by this type of radiation as play on their mobile devices. There are a number of devices now being created to protect humans from this damaging radiation. Pendants and bracelets made of rare earth elements and crystals can be worn on the body and other stick-on devices actually help to rewrite the frequency or signal of the radiation and cause it to be less damaging. AlphaBio Centrix provides bioenergy products to protect humans and animals from non-ionizing radiation for greater wellness for the last decade. For more information, visit AlphaBioCentrix.com. See ad, page 19.

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Best Ways to Enjoy Greener Indoor and Outdoor Fires Our inclination to position ourselves near fire is a yearround lure nationwide. Yet, the traditional ingredient in both indoor fireplaces in the north and outdoor fire pits in the south should give shivers to the eco-minded. In addition to causing considerable air pollution, wood smoke contains carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxides and fine particulates that can aggravate asthma, allergies and other health conditions.  Eco-friendly firelogs—many made of recycled biomass products like compressed wood sawdust, ground nutshells and other ingredients—provide low-emission and petroleumfree alternatives to cordwood. According to GreenAmerica. org, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recommends manufactured logs over wood to cut air pollutants. Major manufacturers noted by ApartmentTherapy.com include Java, which uses coffee grounds; Energy Log briquettes made from recycled mill waste; and TerraCycle, ShredMaster Ltd. and CleanFlame, all of which use recycled and repurposed cardboard. In addition to producing greater heat, some of these logs even produce a natural crackling sound without throwing sparks. Inserts—basically a stove that fits into existing fireplaces— provide a genuine fireside feeling, but with green benefits. An EPA-certified stove or insert is built to burn cleaner and more efficiently, dramatically reducing fine particle emissions and pollution over older models. However, while a propane gas stove insert burns even cleaner and is easier to operate, it uses nonrenewable fuel. Consider wood pellet models that burn ultra-compressed wood and biomass of olive, corn and cherry pits. Outdoor steel fire pits that can burn firelogs have grown popular in warmer regions, and equipment manufacturers have responded. Tripods suspend swivel and free-standing grills over the pit for direct cooking or to hold cast iron kettles. Special outdoor tables also afford a gathering spot around friendly flames. Avoid gas and electric models as eco-no-nos. If real wood is a must, be selective. Firewood that looks a little rough is more likely to come from over-mature trees of the kind that can be removed without affecting the health of its forest (WoodHeat.org). Product packages of Pioneer Processors firewood attest that it “never uses endangered wood species and always purchases from well-managed forests.”


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The Relationship Within by Shelley Hiestand

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t is time to stop searching outside of ourselves for love, emotional support, fulfillment of our dreams, sexual satisfaction and completion. To put that burden on another dooms a relationship from the start. It is time to look within and find that wholeness inside. We have all that we need within. We can be that strong masculine, supportive, solid, provider and also the soft, sensual, compassionate feminine nurturer. We have both within us. We also have the potential to be fully and completely sexually satisfied without the need of another. To know and experience complete fulfillment within through self-empowerment and self-pleasure is so liberating. Once we have tasted that self-satisfaction, we see others with different eyes. We are no longer searching for someone else to complete us. We are whole and complete within ourselves, and when we connect with another it is a celebration of union, not based on need or want. It is a totally different way of connecting. That is the utopia. How do we swim through the quagmire of emotional dogma infused from generations of unhealthy relationships and reach the shore of enlightenment and cut through the weeds that strangle us and hold us back, freeing ourselves of the drudgery of the sticky mud that entraps us? We can talk about it until we are blue in

the face, usually with little success. It takes physical repatterning, emotional reprogramming and conscious shifts in perception to truly make a difference. To find a safe environment to move through ions of stuff is not easy. There are many processes on offer that work on many different levels, but rarely is there one that incorporates not only the mind and spirit, but also the emotional and sexual body and integrates them all. Spiritual sexual shamanism is a term used to encompass not only the sacred spiritual reality, but also the sexual, physical dimension and the unseen, energetic, magical realm, as well. The International School of Temple Arts (ISTA), ties the three together into a profound week-long transformational process that is very intense. Not for the faint of heart, the rituals and processes go deep, so this is only for those that are really ready to dive in and clear out all the old dregs once and for all. From that point, the body, heart and soul can feel more liberated and free, and it is possible to reclaim the empowered, sexually uninhibited divine being within and let their wings open, soar off into the world and make a difference. A simple way to see where we are at within ourself is to close our eyes and visualize what our inner masculine would look like and what qualities does it have, and then visualize our inner

feminine, how she looks and what qualities she has. Which one is more dominant? Does one overshadow the other? Is one in need of more attention? A key to meditation and visualization is the ability to witness oneself from the outside. Simply taking time to find a quiet space to go within and “watch� can bring us profound insights into who we are and how we respond to life circumstances. If we listen, we can often hear inner messages and pleas that if heard and acted upon, can make profound changes in our way of relating not only to ourselves, but our loved ones, too. If we need a little more support in this process, attending retreats and groups can provide a safe environment for deeper self-discovery. As much as we are whole and complete within ourselves, we are also social beings, and the power of gatherings of like-minded, similarly focused individuals can truly move mountains. It may be helpful for some to attend group meetings to fasttrack their personal growth and sexual development. Dr. Shelley Hiestand is a sexologist based in Las Vegas. She works with individuals and couples, and also teaches small group seminars, writes books and presents at conferences worldwide. For more information, visit DrShelleys.com. See ad, page 21.

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Happily Coupled Creating Loving Relationships that Thrive by Judith Fertig

“To be fully seen by somebody… and be loved anyhow— this is a human offering that can border on miraculous.” ~ Elizabeth Gilbert

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t the conclusion of her bestselling memoir, Eat Pray Love, author Elizabeth Gilbert had fallen in love with Jose Nunes (called Felipe in the book), a Brazilian living in Indonesia. The divorced Gilbert, reluctant to have her heart broken again, had vowed never to remarry… yet ultimately changed her mind when U.S. immigration law presented her with multiple choices: marry so they could live together in this country, stay single and live as ex-pat partners or say goodbye to Nunes. Gilbert chose a marital partnership that suits the shared life they want: honest and, after years of travel, settled in one place. She says, “For the first time in my life, living in a small town with a lovely husband in an old house with a big

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garden and several pets, I feel absolutely rooted in a way I have never experienced before and never would have imagined even desiring. But it is what we want—at least for now—and we’re relishing that stability.” Gilbert records the process of going from two global wanderers falling in love to a married couple sharing domestic chores in her follow-up memoir, Committed: A Love Story.

Love Science The spark that ignites such a partnership is love, which is “primarily about connection,” says Barbara Fredrickson, Ph.D., a positivity expert and author of Love 2.0: How Our Supreme Emotion Affects Everything We Feel, Think, Do, and Become. “It’s vital to our health and

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happiness, affecting our brains and bodies at the cellular level. “We were born to love,” emphasizes Fredrickson, who also serves as a psychology professor and director of the Positive Emotions and Psychophysiology Laboratory at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. “The evidence comes from research that shows how our brain and nervous system are designed to enhance our chances of experiencing it.” When we share positive emotions with another person, experience a synchrony between their biochemistry and behaviors and ours, plus exhibit mutual care, love can bloom, whether we stay happily single or decide to pursue a committed relationship. She calls this tripleaction sequence “positivity resonance”. Love, she observes, is less a smooth, solid path than momentary experiences of connection.

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The more areas of connection we have with our partners, the more opportunities we have to positively resonate every day, adds Frederickson. Thomas G. Plante, Ph.D., a psychology professor at California’s Santa Clara University and adjunct clinical professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at the Stanford University School of Medicine, agrees. “Long-term relationships, like marriages, are partnerships in living,” according to Plante. “The vast majority of the time couples are together they’re not having hot sex, but are sharing a practical day-to-day life together.” Shared activities aren’t always exciting or glamorous. Raising children, working, managing a home, cooking and cleaning, shopping, being with friends and family and the rest of regular daily living is where the rubber meets the road in relationship satisfaction, observes Plante. “If couples aren’t compatible in these areas, then the connection and attraction will inevitably atrophy, tensions emerge and too often, relationships fracture and fall apart.” Compatibility means different things to different people, and requirements can change as individuals in a romantic partnership change over time. Compatibility also means agreement that the


relationship is worth the effort to nurture and sustain it.

Partnering Life’s Dance

Five couples in different stages of loving partnerships share how they make their special relationships work. The key to them all is shared values. Doing everything together. For newlyweds Drs. Josh and Chelsea Axe, of Nashville, Tennessee, a mutual commitment to vigorous wellness and physical fitness keeps them together. Says Josh, “The healthy lifestyle I have chosen to live is so important that I need someone who is able to not just agree, but also partner with me.” Married in 2012, the two chiropractic physicians went on to co-found the BurstFIT interval training program and meld their professional, as well as personal, lives. Chelsea notes, “There is truth to the phrase, ‘Couples that sweat together, stay together.’ When working out together, you share a specific energy you create while pushing yourself to your mental and physical limits. You have your partner right there doing it alongside you, knowing they’re supporting you; so when you each break through a mental or physical barrier in your workout, you step over together into a strength and confidence that carries over into your marriage. Being a part of each other’s goals and the struggles to reach them unifies us.” Remarks Josh, “I feel like we can both be successful individually, but when we’re a team, the outcome is synergistic.” Chelsea adds, “It’s never a mindset of ‘me.’ It’s always ‘us.’” Balancing work and play. Barbara and Bob Unell, of Leawood, Kansas, dated as teenagers, went their separate ways in college and then found each other again in their early 20s. “We went on a blind date in 1968 and both belted out songs on the car radio,” recalls Barbara. “I thought he had a great sense of humor and was fun to be with. All these years later, it feels like we’re still dating. We’re crazy about each other.” Both Barbara and Bob describe themselves as enthusiastic, playful, entrepreneurial, altruistic and geared toward creative projects, whether undertaken together or separately. “We’re both, ‘Let’s try this,’ sort of

“Seventy-five to 80 percent of all chemistry evaporates within six to eight months unless the relationship is significantly undergirded by deeper and more durable compatibility.” ~Neil Warren Clarke people,” says Barbara with a laugh. When the Unells had twins, now grown, they realized there was no national publication addressing how to parent multiples, so they launched Twins magazine in 1984. Bob founded and managed an advertising agency while Barbara wrote bestselling parenting books, but the whole family traveled together on her speaking engagements. In response to becoming a breast cancer survivor, Barbara founded the nonprofit Back in the Swing in 2000 to support survivorship care at cancer centers. When they needed additional staff, Bob joined the team in 2009. One of the biggest things that Barbara has learned from Bob is, “You can make work fun.” “Although we come from different backgrounds, Bob and I know the power of mutual respect, trust and kindness,” reflects Barbara. “Part of our connection is that we have shared history and never take each other for granted.” Making longdistance

work. Lisa Ekus, who runs the full-service culinary talent agency The Lisa Ekus Group, in Hatfield, Massachusetts, had been married twice and already raised her two children when she met Atlanta Chef Virginia Willis. They got to know each other through culinary events and to their surprise, fell in love. Over the past six years they’ve evolved a relationship that works for them—keeping a deep personal connection, but maintaining separate residences. Cookbook author Willis gardens, develops recipes and writes for her Food Network blog, “Down Home Comfort,” at Ekus’ New England compound in the summers; Ekus travels to the South during cold months. They also meet up as often as they can at conferences, food and wine festivals and other events during the rest of the year. “We are both smart, professional women who love what we do, have strong ethics and a high level of selfexpectation in how we work,” says Ekus. “We are also best friends and work together professionally. The respect we have for each other and our work is instrumental in our relationship.” “We often joke about the North/ South, fast/slow cultural difference,” Ekus notes. “I’m more spontaneous; Virginia is more thoughtful in her responses. I tend to move fast and focus on checking off items, while Virginia is more about the journey and being in the moment. It often makes us each take stock and consider what we’re doing and saying.” They make the geographic separation work despite its inherent longdistance complications via consistent communication, saying good morning and good night every day by phone and texting often. They hold regular agent/ author meetings to make professional plans and personal calendar meetings at least weekly, recognizing and respecting what is important to each of them. Bridging the age gap. Karen and Dick Eagle, from St. Louis, Missouri, are 16 years apart in age, but are close in the ways that count. Both are strongminded and still vie to get their own way even after 30 years of marriage. “We argue over the stupidest things,

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and then resolve our disagreements and realize how good we have it,” says Karen. What first attracted them to each other—and keeps them together—is a love of playful fun and good times with friends. Karen remarks, “I knew Dick was ‘the one’ when he jumped flat-footed over a wingback chair at a friend’s house. That showed me that he was young at heart.” Making ends meet. Eleven years ago, when family therapist Susan Franklin lost her husband, Michael, a university college professor, she felt bereft and overwhelmed. The pair had owned a country property near Cleveland, Ohio, where they boarded horses. Susan realized, “I couldn’t keep up with everything on my own,” and Jake Marshall, a musician friend of Michael’s, offered to help. Over time, Susan and Jake became close, and they now live together. Although Jake is a great supporter in many ways, he’s not in a position to help financially. Susan depends on her late husband’s insurance and pension benefits, which she would lose if she remarries. “Jake is so laid back and easy to be with, I can relax,” says Susan. Michael, on the other hand, always seemed to fill a room. Jake helps Susan with chores around the property and she is always there cheering him on from the front row when he performs at local venues.

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Working out as a couple, sharing a creative project or making a gourmet meal together can do more than keep partners feeling connected. Shared activities also keep the positive experiences ongoing and resonating. “That special bond and the commitments people often build around it are the products of love, the results of the many smaller moments in which love infuses you,” maintains Fredrickson. Such moments not only accumulate, but can also be stored in memory and banked to feed a relationship during the tougher times. “Love is something we should re-cultivate every day,” she says. A loving partnership is always a work in progress. Judith Fertig is a freelance writer from Overland Park, KS. 18

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Mood Swings, Hormones & Relationships by Patricia Beckstead

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he subtle hormone changes all women experience from one moment to the next on a daily basis can positively impact health and life in wonderful ways. But 40 percent of menstruating women experience monthly symptoms of premenstrual syndrome (PMS), causing mood swings and often having widespread detrimental effects on relationships. In a society with dangerously high levels of environmental xenoestrogens (artificial estrogens found in foods, household cleaners and air pollution), both women and men are battling increasing symptoms of progesterone deficiency also known as estrogen dominance. In these cases, the once balanced and beneficial effects of the body's own estrogen can become toxic. Unopposed estrogen is very common in the U.S. and considered a predominant risk factor for PMS, breast cancer in women and men, benign prostatic hypertrophy (BPH), obesity, chronic fatigue, insomnia and many unnecessary symptoms associated with perimenopause and menopause. Estrogen dominance can interfere with serotonin hormone activity and is often the primary underlying cause of serotonin dysfunction, which in turn, is responsible for some of the most common symptoms experienced with PMS and menopause, particularly mood swings, depression, rage, irritability and insomnia. These symptoms are not conducive to a healthy relationship, and even small bouts of mood disturbances can have a huge impact on every relationship in our life. Stress common in the lives of most women today, caused by using any form of hormonal birth control, or HRT, poor diet, low levels of exercise or any other overwhelming stress will interrupt the pituitary-ovary connection, resulting in decreased levels of natural progesterone production and leading to estrogen dominance. Too much estrogen also affects thyroid hormone levels, leading to symptoms of hypothyroidism. One of the main features of hypothyroidism is depression, a common psychiatric disorder not only seen in women with hormonal imbalance, but as studies reveal, the one in 10 Americans that report suffering from it. Stress causes a decrease in progesterone production, which affects libido because hormone production during stress switches to cortisol. Cortisol also directs the body to deposit fat around the midsection, making us feel less attractive and sexy, in turn lowering sex drive and damaging intimate relationships. The more women understand how our hormones work and how we can use natural herbs and store-bought non-prescription hormones such as USP progesterone cream to balance our hormones, the more we can minimize the side effects of unbalanced hormones and maximize our health and the well-being of our relationships. Dr. Patricia Beckstead, BS, DC, is an author, speaker and founder, clinical director and nutraceutical developer at Balancing Hormones Naturally. For more information, call 702-263-0488 or visit BalancingHormonesNaturally.com. See ad, page 41.

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in the world. I used to think longdistance relationships didn’t stand a chance. However, with Skype and a willingness to relocate, many of our success stories start as long-distance connections. Video chatting is a great way to assess common values and get to know someone on a deep level before traveling to meet in person.

What distinguishes conscious dating sites like Natural AwakeningsSingles.com from mainstream sites? Natural Awakenings Singles is a niche dating site for those that are conscious, spiritual and green. Singles with specific interests, passions and lifestyles usually prefer niche dating sites because they allow for more targeted search results, provided that the member database is large enough. Our database of more than 90,000 members globally is considered large for a niche. Mainstream sites may have more members; however, they require far more time and effort in sorting through profiles to find those with whom we might have something in common. Natural Awakenings Singles is also much more generous than conventional pay models, in that free members can read and reply to personal messages and live instant messages sent from subscribing members. Most mainstream sites make members pay to read and reply to messages. Our primary goal is for our singles to become couples—to facilitate the tremendous amount of success our members experience, we do many things differently.


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Redefine the Nurturing Relationship by Gregory Rubino

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ost couples define a nurturing relationship as one that provides unconditional love and support. Although they are beneficial in seeing us through the ebb and flow of life, these qualities may not be enough in helping to experience an optimal life—an enlightened life. Even with the highest level of love and support, if our relationships also generate pessimism, we are more likely to manifest a life filled with limitations instead of one filled with abundance and light. According to Judith Orloff, M.D., assistant clinical professor of psychiatry, we actually tend to attract negative people that zap our energy. “The problem is that negative emotional energy is basically louder, wilder and more seductively grabs your attention than the positive,” she states. Instead, Orloff suggests that we form bonds with others that emit positive emotions such as vibrations associated with calmness or confidence, saying, “Knowing about energy can transform your ability to build positive relationships, prevent loneliness and ward off fatigue.” It can also lead us to more enlightened relationships. By seeking positive relationships, we enhance our ability to generate healthy thoughts and emotions that affect our life in many positive ways. This practice not only encourages a healthy outlook, but also benefits us physically. The Mayo Clinic has linked many health benefits to positive thinking, including longer life span, less stress, lower rates of depression, increase resistance to the common cold, better stress management and coping skills, lower risk of cardiovascular disease-related death, increased physical wellbeing and better psychological health. Not only can we have more enlightened relationships by choosing a more positive partner, we can have a truly healthy relationship. Many times throughout the day we act out of habit, which can be beneficial at times in freeing up our mind (i.e., getting dressed in the morning). The problem arises when we form habitual ways of reacting to stress. Over time, these reactions develop into toxic patterns that unconsciously affect how we react to a variety of circumstances. A nurturing partner helps us to recognize our negative thought patterns and turn this 22

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habit around. A relationship which lives in pessimism, no matter how nurturing, keeps our negative habitual ways of reacting. “Difficulties abound in life, and for each one, we develop a coping strategy. When difficulties persist, these coping strategies become chronic patterns, anchored in the body and psyche as defense structures,” writes Anodea Judith, author of Eastern Body/Western Mind. So, instead of reacting to each new situation with awareness and openness, due to these blocks, we unconsciously react automatically and possibly inappropriately. “They (blocks) are not what we decide to do, but rather are like default programs that run automatically,” suggests Judith. Unraveling these blocks requires more than just receiving love and support or filling our mind with positive thoughts and emotions. Although those are helpful, we need to uncover the nature of this blocked energy by drawing people to us from the opposite pole, such as when an unemotional type forms a relationship with someone that freely displays emotions. At first this may prove difficult, but through the interacting of opposite energies, we learn to identify our unconscious coping strategies, and with our partner’s help, we also learn a new successful way to cope. Redefining the qualities of a nurturing relationships to become a more enlightened couple includes providing unconditional love and support; generating positive thoughts and emotions; and uncovering ingrained tendencies. According to Maxwell Maltz, M.D., author of Psychocybernetics, we learn not through absorbing information, but through experiencing an event. “Acquiring information itself is passive. Experiencing is active. When you experience, something happens inside your nervous system and your midbrain. New engrams and neural patterns are recorded in the gray matter of your brain.” Gregory Rubino, a certified health coach and psycho-spiritual counselor, helps ifocuses on nutritional needs and resolving emotional issues. See ad, page 30.

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rief can arrive suddenly with the death of a loved one, serious illness, loss of a job, parental dementia or decaying relationship. In any case, it takes a toll. “Grief encompasses all of our thoughts and feelings. Mourning is when we put them into action by talking, crying, perhaps doing rituals,” explains Tracy Riley, a licensed clinical social worker and grief counselor in Jacksonville, Florida. “Grief isn’t something that’s over when you wake up one day,” Riley counsels. “It’s ridiculous when an employer gives you three days off and then expects everything to be fine.” She notes that time helps heal all wounds, but even a decade after losing a loved one, the pain can remain and life is never the same, although most of us learn to live with loss and move forward. “Some things can’t be fixed,” concludes Megan Devine, a psychotherapist in Portland, Oregon, and author of the audio book, When Everything is Not Okay, who blogs at RefugeInGrief.com. After witnessing the drowning death of her fiancé, she says, “I didn’t need to hear platitudes that everything would be OK. I needed something solid to hold onto when my whole world exploded.”

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cue Remedy, to rebalance the flood of adrenaline; Star of Bethlehem, for shock and loss; and Mimulus, for fear and anxiety. “Combining a few drops of each of these in a water bottle or tea several times a day helps you regain a feeling of balance,” Erwin says. She also likes drinking blood-cleansing noni juice to help wash adrenaline out of the body, and taking salt baths enhanced with lavender essential oil to literally “wash away the darkness.”

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An unexpected death and any emotional shock is an extreme stressor that causes the adrenal glands to release a flood of adrenaline. Tina Erwin, La Mesa, California author of The Lightworker’s Guide to Healing Grief, explains, “If you get a shock when someone close to you dies, your adrenal glands are blown out almost instantly and you are overwhelmed with adrenaline, much like we often see in people with post-traumatic stress disorder. You need to rebalance your body chemistry.” Intense grief can sometimes show up as chest pain, a classic sign of heart attack, due to a temporary disruption of the heart’s normal pumping action from a surge in stress hormones, according to the National Institutes of Health. Yet Imperial College London scientists now have found that a recognizable “broken heart syndrome” may temporarily protect the heart from being overwhelmed with adrenaline. “Healing the physical side of grief ultimately helps healing on an emotional level, too,” says Erwin. To assist herself following the death of her 6-year-old niece from a sudden infection, she uses several Bach flower remedies for trauma—Res-

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Riley views art and music therapy, plus journaling (a “personal roadmap” that helps chart her progress), as powerful healing tools. She’s also seen firsthand how animals can play a key role through the mourning process. Her miniature schnauzer intuitively approaches her clients that are anxious and grieving and gives them permission to pet him. “It puts people at ease,” she says. “Then they can talk more freely about their pain.” Numerous studies, starting in the 1980s, show that stroking a furry pet lowers blood pressure.

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For the bereaved (literally defined as “torn apart”), the symptoms of grief are meant to slow us down, advises Alan Wolfelt, Ph.D., director of the Center for Loss and Life Transition, in Fort Collins, Colorado, and author of numerous related books, including Understanding Your Grief: Ten Essential Touchstones for Finding Hope and Healing Your Heart. Society expects bereaved people to “carry on, keep their chins up, be glad they had him/her as long as they did or else be grateful that our loved one’s pain is over”—all platitudes that are more hurtful than helpful, says Wolfelt. Mourning takes time, but it also requires a social context, he explains. “It’s the shared response to loss. If you isolate yourself, you are grieving, not mourning. You can’t do this on your own. It’s bigger than you.” For those that feel stuck or unable to move forward, experienced grief counselors may be able to help. Kathleen Barnes is the author of numerous health books, including Ten Best Ways to Manage Stress. Connect at KathleenBarnes.com.


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Three-Minute Meditation to Help Heal Grief Settle down in a tranquil setting. Sit comfortably and close your eyes. Take a few long, deep breaths as you do a full body scan, starting at your toes and

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finish at the crown of your head. Now, identify your current stage of grief. Feel this energy. Direct your attention to your first chakra and observe how this energy attracts associated thoughts and emotions related to survival issues. After a few minutes, bring all this negative energy to the surface, and then release it. Now fill the first chakra with love and hope.

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aturally Organic Healing Center Owner J.C. Cox decided to make a leap of faith to owning a business after working in the wellness industry for 20 years. Today his store is providing education in a variety of modalities to help make the world a healthier place. Much of his passion for sharing healthier lifestyle habits comes from his own struggle with allergies and other ailments in the past. “When I first got into the wellness industry many years ago, I knew that I had to get myself healthy before I could help anyone else,” he says. “I started studying with a master herbalist, and after about a year of doing what, he told me all of my allergies were gone. At that point, I decided that helping people get well was what I wanted to do.” A master of tai chi and qigong, Cox has been involved in every aspect of the wellness business. He has taught classes, developed product lines and even been co-owner of a successful health food store in Las Vegas. In starting Naturally Organic, Cox wanted to implement some concepts that are unique. In addition to classes, Naturally Organic Healing Center also hosts a Raw Food Meetup group, Reiki sessions, free education about essential oils, a hula-hoop class and a Toastmasters International club. “My goal with this store was to create a complete wellness center, with classes in martial arts, yoga, emotional health, spirituality, beauty and fitness and nutrition,” he says. “The Center is full of health books, free videos and other educational materials that anyone who stops by can

enjoy. We want to teach you how to be healthier in our world.” Cox is grateful to be able to offer support to existing and startup holistic businesses. He welcomes practitioners that rent space at Naturally Organic to teach elsewhere, as well. Businesses are also allowed to sell their products on consignment at the store. “I really believe in supporting local businesses,” he says. “Many of the startup business owners ask my advice about things or seek help with marketing, and I am happy to share what I know with them.” A full-service smoothie bar will be installed in the store in the near future, and Cox offers free consultations on wellness to anyone that visits the store. “I can help you find your formula for wellness,” he says. “People need a lot of help with diet and nutrition, and we want to find the formula that will make you your best.” Shane Blankenship, one of Cox’s students at Naturally Organic, says, “He is a patient teacher with a real depth for the art. I have found him to be patient, non-judgmental and very passionate about what he does.” Cox is optimistic about the world’s health practices, saying, “I am a true believer that the world is getting better.” Naturally Organic Healing Center is located at 1171 S. Buffalo Dr., Las Vegas. For more information, call 702-4333874 or visit NaturallyOrganicCenter.com. Guy Dawson is managing partner of Classy Communications. Contact him at ClassyCommunications.net. See ad, page 11. natural awakenings February 2015

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Restorative Flow Workshop – 3pm. Nurture your body, mind and spirit. Meditative movement and restorative poses using the wall, blankets and bolsters. Let's lose track of time, let go of the outside world, breathe deeply and relax. $30. 7310 Smoke Ranch Rd, LV. 702-331-1600. TruYoga. Vegas.

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The Sunday Reset – 8am. Find inspiration to nourish a new evolving lifestyle; meet new friends who nourish one’s own reset project. Early bird $20. Learning Village 727 Fremont St, LV. James@TheResetProjectLV.com. TheSundayResetFebruary.SplashThat.com/.

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 2

Raw Food Class: Just Soups – 6:45-7:45pm. Quick-n-easy to make and digest. Full of life force. This will help support New Year’s resolutions in building that healthy body. Includes recipes and sampling. Catch same class on 2/15/15. $15. 5693 S Jones Blvd, 102, LV. (Jones & I-215). 702-6592390. Info@TransformationsLasVegas.com.

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Introduction to ThetaHealing with Jeff Renel – 6:30pm-8pm. Jeff will explain what ThetaHealing is, how it has impacted his life, and how you can incorporate this powerful technique. Q & A to follow. Free. Luminosity Wellness Center, 2400 N Tenaya Way, LV. 702-218-7135. TheSacredArtOfHealing.com.

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 5

Theta Meditation – 7-8pm. Developed to focus on different areas of life that need help to heal or change in a positive way. Activate DNA, youth and vitality chromosomes; improve health, thoughts, abundance and manifestations. Love donation. Luminosity Wellness Center, 2400 N Tenaya Way, LV. 702-324-2595. TheSacredArtOfHealing.com.

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Toddler to Teen Parenting Series – 6-8:30pm. Grab your spot for this 6-week workshop. Open to 6 couples who are ready to taking their parenting to the next level. Learn how to stay out of power struggles and away from mixed messages. $480. 2400 N Tenaya Way, LV. Christine Essex: 702-7219355. LuminosityWellnessCenter.com.

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Kick Sugar Addiction-Naturally – 2:30-4pm. Learn how simple sugar (as well as complex) affects blood sugar levels, energy, cravings. Learn how it’s possible to reverse and prevent health problems. Includes guided imagery for easy memorization. $13.50. 5693 S Jones Blvd, 102, LV. (Jones & I-215). 702-659-2390.

Basic Thetahealing with Jennifer Keller – 9:30am-4:30pm, Feb 7-8; 3:30-9:30pm, Feb 9. Certification as a ThetaHealer. Instantly access the Theta state, work on oneself and others. Practice techniques to change life patterns held in place by core, genetic, historic and soul beliefs. $500. Intentional Healings, 3450 E Russell Rd, 110,

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Meditating with Angels – 6:30-8pm. Rose will take you to an angelic dimension as you experience a channeled meditation and activations with the angels. Love donation. Unity Center in the Valley 3037 E Warmsprings Rd, LV. 702- 350-1711. AngelsLightCoaching.com.

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Body-Connect Meditation with Essential Oils with Loralee – 7-8:30pm. It is possible to: develop congruence between mind and body, and break unwanted patterns; to become more grounded in one’s own body; to learn to release unresolved emotional triggers and limiting beliefs. $25. Intentional Healings, 3450 E Russell Rd, 110,

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Make Best Perfume with Essential Oils – 6:30pm. Make a statement by learning how to make delicious non-toxic perfume, using only quality essential oils, based on personality and intention. Intrigued? Call to find out more. Free. 3920 Amy Marie Ct, LV. 702-659-2390.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 14

Miracle of Voice Channeling Spirit – TBA. Become an accurate medium practitioner by training with Jason Nelson. Get the answers to questions from spiritual guidance. Jason Nelson has 100% success teaching every person how to voice channel. Register: 310-929-5993 or MiracleOfVoiceChanneling.com. ThetaHealing Manifesting & Abundance – 9:30am-5pm. In this amazing class you will work on removing the restricting beliefs that are blocking you from manifesting and creating the abundance you desire. Prerequisites: Basic DNA, Advance DNA. $400. Luminosity Wellness Center, 2400 N Tenaya Way, LV. 702-218-7135. TheSacredArtOfHealing.com.

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 15

Reiki Level 1 Certification – 9:30am-5pm. Reiki Level 1 and Awaken Your Intuition Special. Take the next step in your spiritual journey. Give yourself the gift of healing and intuition. $150. Naturally Organic Healing Center, 1171 S Buffalo Dr, LV. 702- 350-1711. AngelsLightCoaching.com. Reiki Level 1 Certification with Jodi – 10am5pm. Self discovery can be found with this Reiki Level 1 course. The ability to focus on one’s own self healing can enhance all areas of life. An extraordinary journey of love. $150. Intentional Healings, 3450 E Russell Rd, 110, LV. Jodi: 702-274-4545. Meetup.com/Intentional-HealingsCenter/events/219270264/.

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 16

Science Behind Food Combining – 2:30-4pm. Gas, bloating, indigestion, constipation, difficulties losing weight? Most likely, it’s because of improper food combining. Rejuvenate the body, heal digestive disorders – all though scientific mindful food combining, without dieting or deprivation. $13.50 3920 Amy Marie Ct, LV. 702-659-2390. Las Vegas Health & Fitness Chamber of Commerce Mixer – 5:30-7:30pm. At our mixer join a group of your peers, share your dreams, your business and your heart. Build relationships and align yourself with positive energetic people that share your passion for health and fitness. Love donations. Luminosity Wellness Center, 2400 N Tenaya Way, LV. Christine Essex: 702-721-9355. LuminosityWellnessCenter.com.

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 19

Kick Sugar Addiction-Naturally – 2:30-4pm. Learn how simple sugar (as well as complex) affects blood sugar levels, energy, cravings. Learn how it’s possible to reverse and prevent health problems. Includes guided imagery for easy memorization. $13.50. 5693 S Jones Blvd, 102, LV. (Jones & I-215). 702-659-2390.

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A week-long residential retreat focused on sacred sexuality, personal liberation and sexual freedom. This is for practitioners, would-be practitioners and anyone desiring to take their personal empowerment to another level and to deepen self-mastery. $2500

ThetaHealing is the marriage of meditation, prayer and quantum physics. Easy to learn, it can be used with friends, family, children, animals and clients to remove pain and suffering. Taught by Anana Integre, Master ThetaHealer. $575. $175 deposit required to reserve space.

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DrShelleys.com/ISTA Anxiety? Focus? Learning Issues? Open House – 6:30pm. If anyone suffers from anxiety, ADHD/focus, learning issues, ASD, Tourette's, MS symptoms, stroke damage and more, Brain Solutions offers help and hope. Scientifically designed programs with lasting results and no medications. Free. 8515 Edna Ave, 110, LV. 702-340-2248. Info@BrainSolutionsInc.com. BrainSolutionsInc.com. Theta Meditation – 7-8pm. Developed to focus on different areas of life that need help to heal or change in a positive way. Activate DNA, youth and vitality chromosomes; improve health, thoughts, abundance and manifestations. Love donation. Luminosity Wellness Center, 2400 N Tenaya Way, LV. 702-324-2595. TheSacredArtOfHealing.com.

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ThetaHealing Basic DNA – 5-10pm Fri; 9:30am-4:30pm Sat-Sun. Learn the formation of ThetaHealing: The power of words and thoughts, intuitive readings, principles of the healing, manifesting, group healings, belief work, soul fragments, future readings, and so much more. Certificate and book, No prerequisites. $440. Luminosity Wellness Center, 2400 N Tenaya Way, LV. 702-324-2595. Jeff@TheSacredArtOfHealing. com. TheSacredArtOfHealing.com. The Enchanted Energy Exchanged – 7pm. Third Fri. Reiki, as well as other types of energy work will be done in a sampling of universal love. This is a beautiful night of connecting body, soul and mind. $5. Enchanted Forest Reiki Center, 800 N Rainbow Blvd, 100, LV. 702-948-4999. EnchantedForestReiki.com.

Intro to NLS with Anita Babinszki – 9am-12pm. Experience the power of the unconscious mind and rid oneself of negative emotions (anger and sadness) along with releasing anxiety from the past. Control emotional states learning basics to NLP. $15. Intentional Healings, 3450 E Russell Rd, 110, LV. Jodi: 702-274-4545. Meetup.com/ Intentional-Healings-Center/events/219667367/. Admission Open House – 12-1:30pm. This is a fascinating and informative afternoon. Get questions answered about the admissions process. Learn about scholarship opportunities and speak with current faculty and students. Free. Wongu University of Oriental Medicine, 8620 S Eastern Ave, LV. Angela Stueber: 702-463-2122. Wongu. org. Channeling Divine Messages – 3pm-5pm. Open the doorway to self-empowerment as you receive direct messages from the higher realms through Automatic Writing. $20. Naturally Organic Healing Center, 1171 S Buffalo Dr, LV. 702- 350-1711. AngelsLightCoaching.com.

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SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 22

Seraphim Blueprint Level ll – 9:30am-5pm. Receive and Activate angelic healing. Connect to these energies of the highest level of angels. $180. Re-takes $35.00. Naturally Organic Healing Center, 1171 S Buffalo Dr, LV. 702- 350-1711. AngelsLightCoaching.com. Give Back Sundays – 4pm. Come listen to Jeff Civillico and be a part of giving back to CACN. Tickets: http://www.ticketmaster.com/ jeff-civillico-las-vegas-nevada. $20/$30. 3435 Las Vegas Blvd, LV. Mindy Tatti: 702.239.6636.

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 23

Detox Safely & Easily – 2:30pm. Mental-emotional stress, pollution, chemical cleaners, cosmetics, poor diet—all contribute to many digestive disorders. Learn how to safely detox one’s body now. Includes guided imagery for easy memorization. $13.50. 5693 S. Jones Blvd., 102, LV. (Jones & I-215). 702-659-2390. TransformationsLasVegas.com.

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 26

Science Behind Food Combining – 2:30-4pm. Gas, bloating, indigestion, constipation, difficulties losing weight? Most likely, it’s because of improper food combining. Rejuvenate the body, heal digestive disorders all though scientific mindful food combining, without dieting or deprivation. $13.50. 3920 Amy Marie Ct, LV. 702-659-2390. Design & Wine – 6:30-9:30pm. Come paint and enjoy wine with your best friends! Portions of proceeds to go to CACN. $35. 7250 S Durango Dr, 120, LV. MyDesignAndWine.com/eventregistration/?ee=1473.

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Body-Connect Meditation with Essential Oils with Loralee – 7-8:30pm. It is possible to: develop congruence between mind and body, and break unwanted patterns; to become more grounded in one’s own body; to learn to release unresolved emotional triggers and limiting beliefs. $25. Intentional Healings, 3450 E Russell Rd, 110, LV. Jodi: 702-274-4545. Meetup.com/IntentionalHealings Center/events/218954540/.

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 25

Holi Festival of Colors Las Vegas – 12-5pm. Holi Festival is coming back to Las Vegas! This is the same original festival that attracts over 50K people each year. Check out the World's Happiest Event! Lots of Yoga, Kirtan, Live Music, & Colors. $5. Sunset Park. Facebook.com/ events/1530454433838978/.

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Art, Music & Coffee – 10am-2pm. Batik Art Demonstration and Show! Live Music and Coffee at the Coffee Shop at Henderson's Downtown Water Street District. Free. 115 South Water St, HD. DJ: 702-769-8123. See Clearly NOW-Improve Eyesight Naturally – 2:30-5pm. Natural eyesight improvement is finally here. Visible results in just 2+ hours. Powerful program that requires only 10-15 minutes a day. Call for senior discount. $35. 3920 Amy Marie Ct, LV. 702-659-2390.

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Wellness Symposium: Lose Weight Naturally – 3pm. Learn the secrets of how to achieve ideal health and fitness goals with holistic methods. By utilizing essential oils and the top wellness programs make 2015 the healthiest year yet. Free. 7181 Dean Martin Dr, LV. 702-434-7882. GovindasCenter.com.

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Admission Open House –12-1:30pm. This is a fascinating and informative afternoon. Get questions answered about the admissions process. Learn about scholarship opportunities and speak with current faculty and students. Free. Wongu University of Oriental Medicine, 8620 S Eastern Ave, LV. Angela Stueber: 702-463-2122. Wongu.org.

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Las Vegas My Health and Wellness Expo –105pm. When it comes to your health, there is a world of information out there. My Health and Wellness Expo Las Vegas is your resource for the newest and trending health options. Free. Santa Fe Station Hotel & Casino, 4949 N Rancho Dr, LV. 602-6253000. MyHealthAndWellnessExpo.com.

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daily Balancing Hormones Naturally – Learn how to balance your hormones with natural, safe and gentle non-prescription hormones for men and women of all ages. Relieve hot flashes, weight gain around the middle, mood swings, low energy, low libido, anxiety, erectile dysfunction, depression, insomnia and many more symptoms. Most importantly, help avoid hormone related cancers such as breast, prostate and ovarian cancers resulting from the estrogen in our environment. Watch video classes by Dr. Patricia Beckstead B.S., D.C. BalancingHormonesNaturally.com. Intentional Healings Center Broadcast with Jodi Friedman – Reiki sessions, Chakra Clearing & Soul Healing sessions, Reiki certification classes, Reiki shares, Intentional Abundance classes, vision boards, meditation for success and inner healing work. Various pricing-see meetup for prices. Intentional Healings, 3450 E Russell Rd, 110, LV. Jodi: 702-274-4545. MeetUp.com/IntentionalHealing/ center/events/calendar/?scroll=true. Luminosity Wellness Center – Learn the art of hypnotherapy, NLP, Reiki, Theta Healing, the MELT Method, aromatherapy/herbology, chakra balancing and more. Ask about certification classes. Through experience learn self-healing. Prices vary per service. Luminosity Wellness Center, 2400 N Tenaya Way, LV. 702-721-WELL (9355).

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Medical Chi Kung – Tues-Fri. 10-11am. Use body movements, rhythmic breathing, visualizations and healing sounds to develop internal energy for health, vitality, mind expansion and spiritual cultivation. $10. Naturally Organic Healing Center, 1171 S Buffalo Dr, 110, LV. 702-433-3874. NaturallyOrganicCenter.com. Wongu University of Oriental Medicine - Graduate Program – 9:30am-5:30pm. The non-profit school offers a Master of Science Degree in Oriental Medicine. Coursework includes acupuncture, herbology, Taiji, moxibustion, Western medicine, practice management and more. Currently accepting applications. $180/ didactic unit. $18/clinical hour. Wongu University of Oriental Medicine, 8620 S Eastern Ave, LV. 702-4632122. Start@Wongu.org. Wongu.org.

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

On the Ranch Farmers and Artisan Market – 9am-2pm. On the Ranch brings farm fresh certified organic produce, local honey, handmade jams, sauces, food, jewelry, natural skincare, free kids arts & crafts, and more to North Las Vegas. Free. Craig Ranch Regional Park, 628 W Craig Rd, NLV. 702-726-2426OnTheRanchMarket.com. Spirit Walker Series – 2-5pm. "The Spirit Walker" leads participants on a journey. This adventure begins 01-11-15 as an Awakening, followed on 04-12-2015 with a lesson in Financial choices, ending 07-12-2015 with Lifestyle action steps. Love donation. Luminosity Wellness Center, 2400 N Tenaya Way, LV. Christine Essex, 702-721-9355. LuminosityWellnessCenter.com. Krishna Fest – 6-9pm. A unique night out. Experience mantra chants, vibrant world music, stimulating spiritual knowledge of ancient India. Relax over a super-tasty vegetarian dinner with a diverse range of thoughtful people. Free. Govinda's Center of Vedic India, 7181 Dean Martin Dr, LV. 702-434-8332. GovindasCenter.com.

monday Yoga at Zen Me – 5:30-6:30pm. All levels for every body and everybody. A vinyasa based class designed to strengthen and stretch muscles while calming and relaxing the mind. Zen Me Holistic Wellness Spa, 10885 S Eastern Ave, 100, HD. Space is limited, please call to reserve space: 702476-4224. ZenMeNV.com. Blissful Hatha Yoga with Lisa Agnello – 6-7pm. All levels. A playfully unique expression of Hatha yoga. $10. 1171 S Buffalo Dr, 110, LV. 702-4333874. NaturallyOrganicCenter.com. Greg's Group Sessions – 7pm. Feel good and heal while on a current medical treatment plan for cancer or any other chronic disease. Led by Certified Integrative Health Coach, Greg Rubino. Please preregister. $95 monthly. The District at Green Valley Ranch, 170 S Green Valley Pkwy, 300, HD. Greg Rubino: 702-469-3628. Greg@TheHealingTreeOfNevada.com TheHealingTreeOfNevada.com. Guided Meditation – 7-8pm. For anyone and everyone seeking to increase personal meditation experience, learn additional breathing techniques and create a mind at rest from thought. Guided by Susan. $10. 1171 S Buffalo Dr, 110, LV. 702-4333874. NaturallyOrganicCenter.com.

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tuesday Great Basin Permaculture Monthly – Last Tues. 6-7:30pm. This group educates the community about permaculture in order to promote sustainable food production, water, conservation, energy and more. All are welcome. Green Valley Library, 2797 N Green Valley Pkwy, HD. Facebook.com/ GreatBasinPermaculture. Drums of the Wolf Meditation – 6:30pm. Sessions will start with a guided meditation or breath work followed by deep drumming that will bring participants into a dream-like guided journey meditation. $15. 800 N Rainbow Blvd, 100, LV. EnchantedForestReiki.com/shop/classes/DrumsWolf-Meditation.

wednesday Reiki Healing Circle – 6-8pm. Learn new information re: Natural Healing. Participate in a group discussion or simply observe. Experience guided meditation and receive deep personalized healing. Relax and recharge the mind and body. Guided by Victoria. Free, Love offerings welcome. 1171 S Buffalo Dr, 110, LV. 702-659-2390. TransformationsLasVegas.com.

Tantric Yoga - Level 1 with Ileana – 6-8pm. (Ongoing after Jan 22). Discover meaning in life and direct connection with the Divine. A progressive, systematic course in spiritual sciences and personal growth. A blend of yoga and Tantra taught in their genuine spiritual approach. $25. Naturally Organic Healing Center, 1171 S Buffalo Dr, 110, LV. Ileana: 702-823-6512. Esoteric-Tantra.com.

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Thursday is vegan/vegetarian dinner night at Govinda’s Center. Preparations will consist of vegetable stew, rice or pasta, soup, bread, a dessert and beverage. Donation: $8/plate. Senior/ student discounts available.

Thursdays • 6-9pm. Govinda's Center 7181 Dean Martin Dr, LV 702-434-8332

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

Toddler to Teen Parenting Series – 6-8pm. Six week parenting series that starts on 01-08-15 and ends on 02-12-2015. The class size is limited to 10 families. Each week builds upon the other and homework is given. $480 per couple. Luminosity Wellness Center, 2400 N Tenaya Way, LV. Christine Essex, 702-721-9355. LuminosityWellnessCenter.com.

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Akashic Book Study Workshop with Anika Ray – 6:30pm. Explore spirituality and connect with the aspect of being divine in nature, the soul. Workshop is based on the book How to Read the Akashic Records by Linda Howe. $10. Enchanted Forest Reiki Center, 800 N Rainbow, 100, LV. 702-948-4999. EnchantedForestReiki.com.

$30 Thursdays: Organic Spa Treatment – Choose either an Organic Express Facial ($55 value), Organic Express Back Facial ($50 value) or Organic Airbrush Tan ($65 value) or all three. Aminah’s Organic Skin Spa, 6600 W Charleston Blvd, 126, LV. 702-816-5996. AminahsOrganicSkinSpa.com. Campus Tour & Info Session – 2pm. Come join this 1-hour group tour and brief information session on our Master's Degree program in Oriental Medicine. Individual sessions can be scheduled by calling Angela Stueber: 702-463-2122, ext 302. Wongu University of Oriental Medicine, 8620 S Eastern Ave, LV. Wongu.org. Basics of Essential Oils – 4-5pm. No experience necessary. Join Felix to improve body conditions and enhance the flow of qi with simple movements that are easy to learn and remember. $10. 1171 S Buffalo Dr, 110, LV. 702-433-3874. NaturallyOrganicCenter.com. Practical Uses of Essential Oils – 5-6pm. Guided by Tamara. This is an introductory class focusing on experiencing the use of essential oils in everyday life to support wellness, purpose and abundance. Free. Naturally Organic Healing Center, 1171 S Buffalo Dr, 110, LV. 702-433-3874. NaturallyOrganicCenter.com.

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Solar NV Monthly Meeting – 6:30pm. Third Thurs. Featuring speakers from a variety of renewable energy disciplines. A great place to network with people who share an interest in renewable energy. Free. Check website for meeting room number. UNLV, 4505 S Maryland Pkwy, LV. 702-507-0093. SolarNV.org.

friday Qigong – 5-6pm. Let go of tensions. Manifest energy for wellness and longevity. Learn how to heal one’s self. Guided by Spencer. $10. 1171 S Buffalo Dr, 110, LV. 702-433-3874. NaturallyOrganicCenter.com. Community HU – 6:15-6:45pm. Fourth Fri. Community HU: Open the heart to divine love and experience uplifting, joy, relaxation and spiritual connection with the HU chant every fourth Friday of the month. Free. Pure Health Foods, 7575 W Washington, LV. 702-224-4325.

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Energy & Healing Circle – 6:30pm. All are welcome. This relaxed and open circle is a wonderful opportunity to experience and share the gifts of Reiki and other energy healing practices in an informal, supportive environment. Love donations accepted. Luminosity Wellness Center, 2400 N Tenaya Way, LV. Adam Stuart Littman: 725-2220323. LuminosityWellnessCenter.com. Reiki Spiritual Mastermind – 7-9pm. An open forum discussion with Reiki Masters/Inspirational Speaker followed by guided meditation and deep personalized Reiki healing. Yes, anyone can learn and benefit from Reiki; a good gift for oneself. Free. Love offerings welcome. 1420 E Harmon Ave, 3, LV. 702-659-2390. TransformationsLasVegas.com.

saturday fresh52 Saturday Farmers' & Artisan Market – 9am-2pm. fresh52 Farmers' & Artisan Market is a lively, friendly, open-air market where neighbors and friends come together to celebrate the community. Free. Tivoli Village, 302 S Rampart, LV. 702-900-2552. fresh52.com. Tantric Yoga - Level 1 with Ileana – 12-2pm. Discover meaning in life and direct connection with the Divine. A progressive, systematic course in spiritual sciences and personal growth. A blend of yoga and Tantra taught in their genuine spiritual approach. $20. Naturally Organic Healing Center, 1171 S Buffalo Dr, 110, LV. Ileana: 702-823-6512. Esoteric-Tantra.com. Rhythmic Yoga Movement – 2-3pm. Very Beginner Friendly. Guided by Lisa Agnello. Turn your traditional Hatha Yoga poses into a soulful, playful dance of the mind, body, & spirit, and experience balance & awareness in the present moment. $10. Naturally Organic Healing Center, 1171 S Buffalo Dr, 110, LV. 702-433-3874. NaturallyOrganicCenter@gmail.com. NaturallyOrganicCenter.com. Spiritual Experience Discussions – 6-7pm. Weekly event to discuss spiritual experience of all faiths in a respectful and open environment. Free. Naturally Organic Healing Center, 1171 S Buffalo Dr, 110, LV. 702-433-3874. NaturallyOrganicCenter.com.

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

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Healing Center ENCHANTED FOREST REIKI CENTER, SPIRITUAL ITEMS 'N MORE

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Angel's light coaching

Rose Catmull Rose@AngelsLightCoaching.com 702-350-1711 • AngelsLightCoaching.com Awaken and Discover Your Inner Peace. Scheduling a session with Rose will can assist to free yourself from "struggles" in your life. Additionally: Awaken your intuitiion, Release attachments and beliefs, Connect to your angels, Integrate back into the flow of Joy and Love. Private sessions, seminars, classes and meditations offered. See ad, page 13.

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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 20.

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At AlphaBio Centrix, R&D we use space age technology to m a n u f a c t u r e e n e rg e t i c a l l y infused products for your safety from radiation and to enhance your healthy lifestyle. In December, AlphaBio Centrix was selected for the 2014 Best of Henderson Award in the "Physical Engineering & Life Sciences Research & Development" category. See ad, page 19.

Practicing holistic, biological dentistry with safe removal of mercury according to the standards of IAOMT and IABDM. State of the art early detect cavity mapping, cosmetic, general, specialty dentistry and low sensitivity teeth whitening. Dr. Wright offers holistic, no-prep veneers, Lumineers, Invisalign Braces, dental implants and All on 4 Implant Bridges, sleep and full sedation dentistry. See ad, page5.

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BELL CENTER FOR BIOLOGICAL AND HOLISTIC DENTISTRY 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 27.

Superior Health Solutions Dr. Robert DeMartino, D.C. 1661 W Horizon Ridge Pkwy, #280 HD702-643-9900 • SHSLasVegas.com Naturally heal degenerative diseases; Parkinson’s, MS, A u t i s m , N e u r o p a t h y, Thyroid Disfunction and more. Relax and heal in a state of the art outpatient treatment facility designed to care for patients on a primary and chronic level. See ad, 43.

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Activate your inner healer – naturally – to treat or prevent chronic disease, depression or eating disorders. Maintain or start a healthy pregnancy. Reclaim your life! See ad, page 30.

SPA Aminah's organic skin spa

6600 W. Charleston Blvd, Suite 126, LV 702-816-5996 AminahsOrganicSkinSpa.com A Best of Las Vegas nominated spa specializing in unique Organic Hungarian Facials. The only certified eco-friendly spa in Las Vegas, delivering great results with Organic spa treatments. See ad, page 19.

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Evan C. Allen, MD, Board Certified Family Physician 1701 Green Valley Pkwy, #5B, HD 702-754-4900 • AllenWellness.com Dr. Allen specializes in reversing diseases. Reverse Heart Disease, Diabetes, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Asthma, Migraines, Fatty Liver and many other diseases easily and naturally, without the cost of expensive medications and supplements using scientifically proven techniques. See ad, page 29.

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THETA HEALING The Sacred Art of Healing Jeff Renel, Theta Healing Practitioner & Instructor 702-324-2595 TheSacredArtOfHealing.com

All natural, very effective treatment for difficult medical conditions that result from low neurotransmitter levels: chronic fatigue, depression, anxiety, insomnia, migraines, fibromyalgia, Alzheimer ’s, Parkinson’s, Crohn’s, addiction, ADD, IBS, mood disorder, obesity, restless leg and more. See ad, page 27.

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