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Free Introduction to Esoteric Yoga


leana Stefanescu, of Holistic Alchemy, will host a two-hour workshop on January 15 to introduce the main concepts and approach of esoteric yoga. She states, “Many people are intimidated by yoga because they believe that they need to have a flexible body and be in great shape for practicing it. This is not true. Yoga has methods that are suitable for everybody, regardless of their age or physical condition.” She explains, “To be successful with yoga, all you need is a burning desire to find the deepest meaning of your life. Strive to find answers through direct experience, to life’s essential questions, such as, ‘Who am I?’ and ‘What is the meaning of my life?’” Esoteric yoga is a set of clear methods, backed by a strong philosophical structure, to help human beings achieve perfection in every aspect of their life. Prayer, meditation, purification and search for universal values are all explained in a very practical manner in yoga. Spiritual achievements of saints of all religions coincide with realizations of yoga masters, as well. Admission is free. Location: Naturally Organic Healing Center, 1171 S. Buffalo Dr., Ste. 110, Las Vegas. For more information, call 702-823-6512, email or visit See ad, page 35.

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reg Rubino, Msc.D., M.A., counseled troubled teens, coached gymnastics and taught yoga and meditation to college students and professors before furthering his education in integrative nutrition, he is now a board-certified integrative health coach specializing in chronic disease, and is accepting applications for a new group session that begins January 12 at The Healing Tree of Nevada. Rubino holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology/psychology, a master’s degree in Jungian psychology and a doctorate in metaphysical science He is also an E-RYT 500-hour certified yoga instructor and a Reiki master. Location: 170 S. Green Valley Pkwy, Ste. 313 Henderson. For more information, call 702-469-3628, email or visit See ad, page 15.


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piritual teacher, life coach and bestselling author Jason Nelson and a growing community of voice channelers that communicate directly with our higher self, deceased loved ones, angels, ancestors, guides and God, are holding a free preview event from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., March 13, in Las Vegas, for the upcoming Miracle of Voice Channeling Spirit Mediumship Training and Certification Program on March 14 and 15. For 12 years, Nelson, a clear channel with 100 percent success in connecting others to their own spiritual abilities, has helped thousands of people connect more deeply with their soul to heal, channel, intuit and manifest their life purpose. In the paid weekend workshop, participants will be able to ask spirit-specific questions, and through the techniques taught, receive answers and healing. All students receive continued free support through biweekly practice groups. Admission is free to the preview event. Location TBA. RSVP to For more information, contact Nelson at 310-929-5993 or email Support@


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atricia Joy, M.A. specializes in Life Coaching, Gentle Yoga and Workplace Meditation classes at Open Up Therapies in Las Vegas. Joy, founder/practitioner and creator of the Inside Out Treatment, offers a deep healing experience that combines, personal coaching, guided meditation, breath work and restorative yoga. Within these sessions, Joy’s clients go deep within to restore energetic flow and balance to areas that are blocked and painful, bringing awareness to holding patterns in the mental, physical and emotional bodies to promote energy, better sleep and reduced overall stress. To start the new year, Joy is also offering, Setting Intentions for The New Year with Patrick Joy, workshop from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on January 4 at TruYoga in Las Vegas. According to Joy, this workshop offers a beautiful opportunity to let go of what no longer serves, restore the body/mind after a busy holiday season, and set the stage for a fulfilling year to come. Through guided meditation, visualizations, gentle restorative poses and journaling, we will explore what we can let go of and discover what we can invite into our lives for an extraordinary and heart-centered new year!

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any of the natural compounds in the essential oil of Eucalyptus citriodora may prevent the airborne spread of the tuberculosis (TB) bacterium (Mycobacterium tuberculosis), according to a study from the Institute for Tuberculosis Research at the University of Illinois College of Pharmacy. Several of the compounds in the eucalyptus oil inhibited the airborne spread of the infection by 90 percent, while the major component of the oil was only weakly active, at 18 percent. The scientists used an array of analytical laboratory tests to measure the airborne spread of TB from contagious patients. They also identified 32 active airborne compounds within the essential oil of eucalyptus and studied the impact of the interaction of multiple components in artificial mixtures. The researchers undertook the study because “the rapid emergence of extensively and multidrug-resistant tuberculosis has created a pressing public health problem… and represents a new constraint in the already challenging disease management of TB.”

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Harvard Medical School study concluded that eating more peanut butter, corn, nuts and beans, including lentils and soybeans, during adolescence significantly reduces the risk of breast cancer later on. The researchers followed 9,039 young women that were between 9 and 15 years old when the study started in 1996, having the subjects complete diet questionnaires every year through 2001, and also in 2003, 2004, 2007 and 2010. When the women were ages 18 to 30, the number of benign breast diseases that had developed was recorded. The statistics associated a daily serving of nuts and legumes at age 14 with a 66 percent reduction in the risk of developing breast cancer. Just a single serving of peanut butter once every three days at the age of 11 was associated with a 44 percent reduction of breast cancer risk. Intake of at least one serving of corn every three days was correlated with a 39 percent reduction in the disease. Earlier studies by Harvard researchers found that eating pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, soybeans, tofu and other vegetable fats also reduces breast cancer risk. 10

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Secondhand Smoke Damages Children’s Hearing


esearchers from São Paulo’s School of Medical Sciences of Santa Casa have found that secondhand smoke negatively affects a child’s hearing. The researchers tested 145 students between ages 8 and 10 that showed normal hearing in standardized tests. Their secondhand smoke exposure was measured by the level of a nicotine metabolite in the children’s urine. The 60 youngsters that had been exposed to secondhand smoke showed significantly lower responses to certain frequencies in both ears when compared to the others that weren’t exposed to the smoke. Researchers suspect that the affecting mechanism may be the acrolein gas that forms from burning tobacco cigarettes. The chemical was found to damage ear cells in a study published in the International Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology. A 2012 study of diesel exhaust, which likewise produces acrolein gas, by the Republic of Korea’s Dongguk University, also showed damage to middle ear cells. Supporting these results, a study published in the American Medical Association Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery journal found that smoking during pregnancy almost triples the risk of lowfrequency hearing loss in the child. The study tested 964 adolescents between ages 12 and 15, of whom 16 percent were exposed to prenatal smoking.

Yoga Breathing Helps Ill Kids’ Lungs


esearchers from Brazil’s University of São Paulo have found that hatha yoga breathing exercises can significantly improve lung function in children with Duchenne muscular dystrophy, a disease that often ends in premature death from respiratory failure. The average age of the 26 children that completed the study was 9-and-ahalf years old. Participants were taught how to perform hatha yoga breathing exercises and instructed to perform them three times a day for 10 months. The researchers performed spirometry [breathing] tests before, during and after the study period. At the end of thex 10

months of practice, the scientists found the breathing exercises improved both the children’s forced vital capacity (the vo l u m e o f a i r that can forcibly be blown out after full inspiration) and forced expiratory volume in one second (the volume of air that can forcibly be exhaled in one second after full inspiration).


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healthy cell function produces proper endocrine (hormonal) functioning, influencing homeostasis. This past August, 12 nationally recognized functional medicine experts participated in the country’s first online Metabolic Revolution Summit to discuss the importance of recognizing the dots that connect the majority of today’s chronic diseases—high blood pressure, heart attack, stroke, pre-diabetes, Type 2 diabetes, weight gain, obesity, fatty liver disease, Alzheimer’s, dementia, cancer and even infertility. All of the panelists pointed to the root cause that links them all—the craze for a highcarbohydrate, low-fat diet starting in the 1990s combined with a sedentary lifestyle. When several complex conditions exist simultaneously, medical science refers to them as a syndrome. Regardless of how such intricate interrelationships become manifest, all of these syndromes have early-stage signs that include inflammation, high blood sugar and insulin resistance, which can affect metabolic health.

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ttempts to tender lay explanations of how to attain and maintain better health have become fragmented and compartmentalized, with complex scientific cause-andeffect explanations of disease regularly reduced to isolated infographics and sound bites in the media. But understanding our body’s sophisticated, self-regulating, self-correcting and interdependent physiological systems, which work in collaboration with each other and inform us of the body’s status by means of symptoms, deserves a whole-systems frame of reference. Stepping back from immediate concerns to grasp the bigger picture allows for rethinking the Western approach to health. A perspective that connects all the dots works best, beginning with the foundation of wellness—the functioning of 73 trillion cells that are organized into a variety of tissues, including interconnected systems of organs. Optimally, they function together harmoniously to achieve homeostasis, the overall chemical and energetic balance that defines metabolic health.

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Doctors that specialize in functional integrative medicine strive to improve the health and well-being of patients by engaging them in their own healing process. One popular approach is practiced by Durango, Colorado, Doctor of Chiropractic James Forleo, author of Health is Simple, Disease is Complicated: A Systems Approach to Vibrant Health. He starts by educating people about the basic functioning of the major body systems involved in their specific health challenges. “To maintain metabolic health, no one should overlook that the body’s intelligence works 24/7 to solve multiple problems simultaneously, including balancing their metabolism. The more complex the pattern of symptoms, the more systems are involved. Whether a single or group of symptoms indicate metabolic dysfunction, it means that numerous systems that rely on healthy cells are unable to perform their normal functions,” explains Forleo. For example, blood sugar issues, excess circulating insulin and buildup of excess glucose stored as fat can lead to metabolic dysfunction. The pancreas, thyroid and gastrointestinal tract—primary glands in the endocrine system that plays a major role in balancing body chemistry by secreting hormones directly into the circulatory system—are negatively impacted. Well-functioning adrenals are necessary to balance blood sugar and one role of the pancreas is to produce insulin. When five of the eight major organ systems—immune, endocrine, cardiovascular, digestive and endocrine—are

Pioneering integrative doctors are connecting the dots that point to the root causes of the majority of today’s chronic diseases. impacted by metabolic dysfunction, a more holistic and systemic approach to health can provide a broader understanding of how they interrelate, and why preventive measures can preclude having to later pursue ways to reverse serious chronic diseases.

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Functional medicine’s integrative approach to metabolic health is based on proper nutrition and regular exercise. “The inflammatory agents present in much of the food consumed at each meal in the standard American diet—high-glycemic refined carbohydrates, high-fructose corn syrup and other sugars, and hydrogenated and partially hydrogenated fats—are the biggest offenders,” says Forleo, who notes that the body instead needs good fats, such as those obtained from olive and coconut oils. Factors over which we can exercise some control—physical activity, stress, sleep, diet and circadian rhythms—all play roles in metabolic health. Unfortunately, “We are moving further away from our ancestors’ healthier diet and lifestyle. We’re overfed and undernourished because we’re no longer eating for nutrition, but for entertainment,” remarks Doctor of Chiropractic Brian Mowll, the medical director of Sweet Life Diabetes Health Centers in Pennsylvania and Delaware. He characterizes metabolic dysfunction as the ultimate problem because it’s the doorway to many other ailments. “A hundred years ago, infectious diseases plagued humanity. Today and in the future, it’ll be metabolic disorders such as obesity, cancer, metabolic syndrome, thyroid disorders and other endocrine problems, diabetes and Type 2 diabetes,” predicts Mowll.

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Dr. Caroline Cederquist, author of The MD Factor Diet: A Physician’s Proven Diet for Metabolism Correction and Healthy Weight Loss, and founder of Cederquist Medical Wellness Center, in Naples, Florida, conducted a one-year study of patients to identify their health issues via blood work analysis. Eighty-nine percent of the men, women and children showed evidence of insulin resistance. This often-overlooked metabolic condition affects how the body processes glucose, a simple sugar and the body’s primary fuel, making gaining weight easy and losing it difficult. Treated with proper diet, lifestyle changes and supplements, plus medication in advanced stages, Cederquist found that metabolic dysfunction is reversible. She explains that long-term insulin resistance can lead to fatty liver disease, high blood sugar and eventually, diabetes. It also directly affects cholesterol levels and can induce triglycerides, high blood pressure, low HDL (high-density lipoprotein, or “good” cholesterol), increased waist circumference and heart disease. In Cederquist’s young adult patients, metabolic dysfunction was also associated with polycystic ovarian syndrome, a cause of infertility. natural awakenings January 2015


Germany’s Dr. Wolf Funfack, a specialist in internal and nutritional medicine and creator of a well-regarded metabolic balancing program, noted that insulin resistance both increases the production of stress hormones and blocks production of the anti-inflammatory hormones that slow the aging process. Funfack’s all-natural, personalized nutrition plan, backed by more than 25 years of scientific study, is designed to bring hormonal balance, optimize health and lead to long-term weight management. Cardiologist Stephen Sinatra, author of Metabolic Cardiology, goes a step further. He believes that metabolic dysfunction involving cells, hormones and inflammation encompasses the molecularbased essence of all disease. He observes, “Individuals diagnosed with several conditions can leave a doctor’s office with three or four prescriptions, rather than the one solution for reversal and prevention—a healthy lifestyle and non-inflammatory diet to offset and neutralize weight gain, blood pressure elevation and other abnormalities such as high blood sugar.” Mowll agrees that many conventional healthcare practitioners don’t address the root cause of metabolic disorders or provide lifestyle interventions. “They simply reach for the prescription pad,” he says. This growing problem presents an opportunity to educate the entire populace. Bestselling Virgin Diet author JJ Vir-

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gin, who characterizes the human body as a “chemistry lab,” adopts an easy-tofollow nutritional and fitness approach for metabolic health. She recommends eating the types of healthy fats found in wild fish, raw nuts and seeds, coconut, avocado and olives. Virgin prefers the clean, lean protein of grass-fed beef and wild fish, plus low-glycemic lentils and legumes and plenty of low-glycemic fruits like raspberries, blueberries, pears and grapefruits. Low-glycemic vegetables on her list include green peas, green beans, broccoli, cauliflower, onion and eggplant. “When you eat this way, there’s a slow release of sugar, and insulin remains at lower levels,” advises Virgin.

As in any systems theory, the whole must be understood in relationship to the parts, as well as the relevant environment. Experts agree that it’s paramount to take an expanded, systemic approach to metabolic health, rather than fixating on only one or two aspects at a time. Metabolic health—from basic cells to the most sophisticated of organized systems—can only be achieved and sustained when the whole system is healthy. Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings and host of the online Metabolic Revolution Summit. Visit her website for a free audio sample.

How to Talk with a Doctor by Carol L. Roberts


any patients, both men and women, have a hero-worshipping attitude toward their physicians and can be intimidated during visits. They may feel it’s impolite to question a doctor, even to get information needed to make critical decisions for one’s self or a loved one. Some doctors seem to have forgotten they are still just people with a medical degree. Patients should remember this if they encounter any perceived aloofness or arrogance. Too often, such an unhelpful attitude may be acquired along with professional experience. Getting ready for a visit to a doctor often entails following instructions, but should also include preparing questions you want answered. If a serious health issue has surfaced, such as an abnormal lab test or a diagnosis that requires treatment, make key questions count: “Where did this come from? Is there anything I can do for myself? What is the recommended treatment? What are the expected effects and unintended side effects of the proposed treatment? Are there alternative forms of treatment? Can I speak to one of your patients that has undergone this treatment?” Then, do online research upon returning home. The Internet has placed the entire library of medicine at our fingertips. Sift out the science from the hype, refine questions and go back for deeper answers. Get a second opinion from another medical doctor or naturopath (some states license them) or doctor of Oriental medicine (acupuncture and herbs). No matter if the proposed treatment is as seemingly simple as a course of antibiotics or as serious as surgery, question it before automatically submitting to a diagnosis and drug prescription. Each of us is the only person on Earth with the unique vantage point of living inside our body. We shouldn’t let anyone label us as depressed if a sick body says otherwise, that “It’s all in your head,” if it’s real, or that there’s no cure. That’s where alternative medicine usually begins and miracles can happen. The best results come from standing up for ourselves. D r. C a r o l L . R o b e r t s p r a c t i c e s i n t e g r a t iv e m e d i c i n e a t t h e Pe r l m u t t e r H e a l t h C e n t e r, i n N a p l e s , F L ( Pe r l H e a l t h . c o m ) . She is a founding diplomate of the American Board of Integrative Holistic Medicine.


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n 2014, a study by the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association was published in JAMA Internal Medicine, a journal of the American Medical Association, recommending that nearly everyone age 66 and older (97 percent in general, and 100 percent of men) needs to take cholesterol-lowering drugs called statins in order to reduce their risk of heart attack and stroke. This study follows on the heels of guidelines issued in 2013, also by the American Heart Association and American College of Cardiology, that recommend a whopping one-third of all adults need to consider taking statins. These blanket recommendations for the past two years appear counterproductive in generating optimal health when we consider just a few possible life-diminishing side effects of statin drugs: muscle pain and possibly life-threatening muscle damage; liver damage; digestive problems such as nausea, gas, diarrhea or constipation; increased blood sugar or Type 2 diabetes; and memory loss or confusion. According to Dr. Mimi Guarneri, a board-certified cardiologist, the Western model of health care focuses on quickly diagnosing a problem, then prescribing a pill—the ill to pill approach. This practice saves lives in emergency situations, but falls short for chronic, long-term health issues. Instead of generating optimal health; this method only provides an ever-expanding bag full of pills. Considering heart disease, Dr. Jonny Bowden, author of The Great Cholesterol Myth, suggests that cholesterol stands as a pretty minor player in heart disease. Yet, Western medicine continues to focus on cholesterol-reducing drugs with questionable results: despite the use of statin therapies, cardiovascular disease still claims the lives of 2,200 Americans each day. This reliance on drug therapy to prevent and/or treat heart disease or any other chronic condition does not appear

to be an effective approach. Even though Americans rely the most of any other country in the world on the use of drug therapy, the United States only ranks 37th in the world in health outcomes. Instead, Bowden recommends treating high cholesterol with nutrition, which focuses on eating plenty of whole foods, full of antioxidants and anti-inflammatories, such as blueberries, kale, onions, peppers and wild salmon, which is loaded with omega-3s. This holistic approach not only treats one of the possible contributing factors of heart disease, but also benefits the entire cardiovascular system. Dean Ornish, M.D., has provided scientific proof for two decades of the effectiveness of treating heart disease without medication by changing an individual’s diet and lifestyle. By treating the whole body (body, mind, and soul), he actually reversed and repaired the damages caused by heart disease. Due to this documented proof, an increasing number of doctors now support a holistic

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FOODS The Right Choices Make Our Bodies Hum by Linda Sechrist


ur body’s hormones work like an orchestra. When one instrument is out of tune, the entire production struggles to maintain harmony. Each plays a part in influencing the others and determining how well the whole concert works. Fortunately, our body has masterful conductors, including the endocrine system, which coordinates all of the glands and the hormones they produce. “Players” include the adrenal, hypothalamus, pancreas, pineal, pituitary, reproductive and thyroid/parathyroid glands. “A healthy endocrine system is essential to making hormones in appropriate amounts throughout our life,” says Theresa Dale, Ph.D., a naturopathic doctor who practices as a traditional naturopath and clinical nutritionist in Oxnard, California, and has authored Revitalizing Your Hormones. “For example, when the ovaries shut down after menopause, the adrenal glands continue producing progesterone and other essential hormones.” Dale, dean and founder of the California College of Natural Medicine, further assures that contrary to assertions from some conventional medicine reports, the body is able to produce necessary hormones throughout our entire life. Hormones function as chemical messengers that commute through the bloodstream as part of the information


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superhighway that connects the brain to the DNA managers of the body’s cells. “Hormones communicate with chemicals produced by the brain called neurotransmitters, such as serotonin, dopamine and norepinephrine, which greatly influence energy levels, moods and other bodily functions such as moving memories from short- to long-term storage,” explains Dale. For 20 years, she has seen patients with critical hormonal imbalances respond to her recommended threemonth, endocrine-rebuilding diet, comprising three daily meals of steamed, sautéed and raw foods, fish, whole grains, legumes, seeds, nuts, fresh fruits and vegetables, plus two raw vegetable or seed snacks. The regimen strives to balance metabolism, cleanse the body, restore immune function and revitalize the endocrine system. Kokomo, Indiana, resident Sylvia Egel, national director of coaching and education for Metabolic Balance, a personalized nutrition plan to balance metabolism and hormones, optimize health and increase energy at any age, agrees that hormones can be restored and balanced via proper food selections. “Our lifestyle and dietary choices strongly affect our metabolism and hormonal health, as do stress levels and sleep patterns. Eating at the wrong time,

in the wrong place or in the wrong order, and even poor combinations of healthy foods, can be almost as problematic as eating junk food,” says Egel. She also warns against snacking, emotional eating, eating on the go, skipping breakfast and waiting too long between meals. Diana Hoppe, author of Healthy Sex Drive, Healthy You, an obstetrician and gynecologist in San Diego, California, who leads clinical trials related to women’s health at the Pacific Coast Research Center, also sees firsthand how what we eat directly affects our hormones. She attests that our bodies need a balance of three macronutrients: carbohydrates, protein and fat. “But for 20 years, we have been advised to decrease fat intake in favor of fat-free options that have been detrimental to us, because we need fat to produce hormones and maintain healthy hormone function. Certain fatty acids and cholesterol serve as building blocks in hormone production and cellular function, especially the reproductive hormones of estrogen and testosterone,” says Hoppe. Food can be medicine for hormones. One of the most important hormone-balancing fats is coconut oil, which heals skin, increases metabolism and supplies a quick source of energy. Egg yolks are a good source of choline and iodine, essential to the production of healthy thyroid hormones, plus are rich in vitamins A, D, E and B-complex vitamins. Avocados have lots of healthy fat that helps absorb and utilize nutrients. Nuts and seeds, olive oil and salmon are all rich in omega-3 essential fatty acids that help stabilize hormone levels. Eating the right foods and incorporating healthy fats into meals increases overall energy, reduces hormonal fluctuations and helps us feel more balanced. Says Dale, “The majority of individuals are surprised to learn that hormone health doesn’t depend on age, but rather on a complex of factors, like the air we breathe, the water we drink, the quality of our diet, good sleep and adequate exercise, plus the relative health of our relationships and emotional life—and that’s just for starters.” Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings.

localinsight2 The Relationship Between Hormones and Stress by Patricia Beckstead


ach day stress often takes center stage, affecting our adrenal glands, immune system, hormone supplies and our overall health. Proper hormone balance plays a leading role in improving health and preventing premature disease and aging.The potential causes of hormone imbalance are numerous, including aging, stress, lifestyle, pharmaceutical drugs and environmental assaults upon our bodies. Breast cancer is one of the leading diseases resulting from an imbalance of hormones; particularly, too much estrogen, known as estrogen dominance. The odds are high (one in eight women will develop breast cancer) that stress will interfere with a woman’s hormone production, increasing her risk for estrogen sensitive cancers such as breast cancer, as well as ovarian and uterine cancer. The symptoms of hormone imbalance often mimic those of other conditions, making it difficult to recognize when we need to pay more attention to our hormones. Some of the most common and less dramatic symptoms of estrogen dominance include low energy, mood swings, weight gain (especially around the middle), hot flashes, poor memory or concentration and insomnia. Even premenstrual syndrome (PMS) is completely unnecessary and easily treated by balancing our hormones. To make matters worse, when seeking a doctor’s advice regarding symptoms we think may be related to our hormones, doctors often rely on blood and saliva testing alone, thus leading to inaccuracies and incorrect diagnoses. Serum (blood) tests

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. Kirsten Lopez, MA, has more than 40 years of experience working with children and adults of all ages, bringing hope to families in challenging situations. Her passion, dedication to professionalism and energy propel her to help her clients find success. With expertise in education, nutrition, special needs such as learning disabilities, ASD, behavioral and developmental issues and alternative scientific methods in neuroplasticity, Lopez believes in finding solutions for the whole person. As the founder, in 2010, and Executive Director of Brain Solutions Inc., Lopez and her staff have helped a broad array of individuals with issues ranging from autism and learning difficulties to anxiety and auditory processing. Nearly five years ago, she opened the doors of the first clinic in Nevada with programs such as Tomatis, and is now adding Cellfield Reading—brain-based programs that help exercise, strengthen and regrow neural pathways in the brain—all accomplished with lasting results and no medications. Clients have reported being more resilient, having decreased stress levels and improved language skills after treatment. Lopez holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology and a Master of Arts degree in educational leadership and believes that nutrition plays a huge role in a person’s overall wellness. She says, “I have always had an interest in the brain and how it functions.” Lopez was extremely ill through her mid-30s and into her 40s, until she found someone who helped her realize that, in large part, her health issues were due to her eating. “This opened up a whole new way for me to look at what it takes for us to have good healthy,” she says. “I now live a very full and active life.” She asserts, “It’s my desire to bring together my experience working with people of all ages as an educator and nutrition advocate and all of the exquisite science that currently exists to get people on the road to better health and a better life.” Brain Solutions Inc., is located at 8515 Edna Ave., Ste. 110, in Las Vegas. For more information, call 702-340-2248 or visit See ad, page 24.

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indi Anderson, a certified health counselor, is the founder of Inspired Life, a community of wellness partners and members working together through each individual’s journey as they make the life choices to create and attain their ideal well-being. The Inspired Life is the idea that one is empowered to create a happy and fulfilling life. Anderson holds a BA in psychology and an MS in psychology-behavioral health, is a certified holistic nutrition partner, 200-plus-hour registered yoga teacher (Yoga Alliance), certified mat Pilates instructor, master NLP practitioner and hypnotherapist. She says, “I have always wanted to help people. Plain and simple. Figuring out the manner in which I provide this help has been through the examination of behavior and the triggers that create the unhealthy environment where people find themselves struggling to get past.” She works with individuals that want to examine the core issues of their challenges in life; whether with diet, fitness or emotions. Anderson says, “It all ties together and makes up who we are as a Whole person. It takes some work, but the result is total empowerment.” Anderson acts as a partner, someone that is going to be alongside, rather than sitting in front of her client, preaching. “This is a unique process, discovering the reasons behind the challenges you face. It is not a small task, yet it is not insurmountable. We make it work together,” she vows. “I love what I do,” says Anderson. “I am never more satisfied than when I am with a client who gets it—the light bulb, or the true sense of self-awareness and self-acceptance. It is in all of us and I work daily on myself, so I know it can be challenging. Inspiration is in all of us—let it out.”

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renowned leader of the self-help movement from its early days, Louise Hay is celebrated worldwide for teaching—by personal example and through her bestselling book, You Can Heal Your Life—how each of us can transform our mind, body and spirit by changing the way we think. Her positive philosophy has sparked an industry and her Hay House publishing group. Nourishing mind and body, loving life, learning and growing, giving back and moving ahead—these comprise Hay’s program for creating health, happiness and longevity. At 88, she continues to travel for business and pleasure, embracing vital, joy-filled days with a thankful smile. Her new book, Loving Yourself to Great Health, co-authored with Ahlea Khadro and Heather Dane, explains how she’s taking all she knows to the next level.

Why does first applying love and forgiveness to yourself make a happy, healthy and long life possible? Loving yourself is the foundation for living the life you want. A healthy and happy life is rooted in self-love, and forgiveness is an act of self-love. It all comes down to how you think and treat yourself. What we give out we get back, so it all starts with us. Remem-

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How do you manage to engage in a stream of loving affirmations 24/7? Practice, practice, practice! Slowly, bitby-bit, start each day with a loving act towards yourself. Loving affirmations and worrying about things take up the same amount of time; you still get the same things done along the way, but worrying creates stress, while affirmations will brighten your life. It can be exhausting if you fight the shift and make it difficult. If you make kindness to yourself and others a simple part of everyday life, it isn’t exhausting at all.

W h a t a re s o m e key elements to crafting a life experience that supports and nourishes ageless being? Choose thoughts that bring love into your life and laugh a lot. Say yes to life and the magic it brings. I trust that life will bring me exactly what I need, and part of that is realizing that I don’t need to know everything, because life brings me people like Ahlea and Heather. A third of our life is spent eating, and it’s

essential that we know the best way to do this. Start your day with water and an act of self-love. Eat real food; seasonal, organic, natural foods are a positive affirmation to your body. Poop every day, figuratively and literally. Learn to listen to your body and its wisdom. Choose exercise that you love and that makes you feel good. Also, go on a media diet. Filter out from your consciousness any messages that say you are not good enough or that separate you from the beautiful and lovable person you are. Surround yourself with like-minded people that share good news and love to laugh.

The core belief founding your lifework is that every thought we have is creating our future. Is scientific research now supporting that? When I began teaching people about affirmations, there wasn’t any science to support it, but we knew it worked, and now studies verify that. I particularly love Bruce Lipton’s scientific research showing that we are not controlled by our genes because the genetic blueprint can be altered through positive changes in our beliefs. I hear reports every day of how people are healing their lives by changing their thoughts through cultivating selflove and personal affirmations. They are seeing healing of autoimmune diseases, obesity, addictions, post-traumatic stress and many other so-called incurable illnesses. It’s amazing what happens when you are kind and loving to yourself.

What is your secret to aging gracefully through the years? It’s simple. It’s about getting your thoughts and food right and having fun along the way. If you are thinking positive thoughts but feeding yourself processed, unnatural or sugary foods, you are sending yourself mixed messages. Feed yourself nourishing foods and think loving thoughts. Any time you don’t know what else to do, focus on love. Loving yourself makes you feel good, and good health comes from feeling good. S. Alison Chabonais is the national content editor for Natural Awakenings magazines.

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hetaHealing is a technique, not a religion, and is not affiliated with any religious doctrine. It is compatible with any spiritual or religious belief system. Until recently, prayer and meditation seemed irrelevant to science as a superstition or a placebo, and such attitudes tended to put science and spirituality on opposites sides of any debate about the value of prayer. However, recent discoveries in quantum physics, a demanding and rigorous science that studies matter and energy at the deepest and most subtle levels, have shown that consciousness itself is a powerful force. When ThetaHealing practitioners lower their brain waves to theta level, their ego identification falls away and their individual consciousness can easily connect to the universal consciousness that we call God. Quantum nonlocality theory states that a unifying connection can exist between two or more objects even at great distances. If one object is perturbed, the other will feel it and react, regardless of the distance. Non-locality suggests that it is possible to use conscious prayer to create change. Likewise, the theory of quantum entanglement says that the very act of observing a quantum particle will affect its behavior, implying that consciousness influences events in the material world. It is this principle that requires that ThetaHealers observe the changes take place. Scientists such as Dr. Bruce Lipton have revealed that genes and DNA do not control our biology; instead, DNA is controlled by signals from outside the cell, including the energetic messages emanating from our thoughts, emotions and beliefs. In other words, physical illness is first present


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on an energetic level as a direct result of our beliefs and emotional trauma. Our moment-to-moment experience is built on the beliefs, opinions and convictions that we hold as truth. The beliefs we carry influence the thoughts we have on both the conscious and unconscious level. Some of our beliefs are received from the group consciousness or dominant paradigm. Other ideas, such as cultural beliefs, have been passed on genetically at our conception1. Genetic beliefs, those beliefs carried in our DNA, are a reflection of the experiences and worldview of our ancestors, and may include things like prejudices, fears and phobias. We also form our own core beliefs based on how we view or interpret our life experiences. ThetaHealing works instantly to transform negative thought patterns or beliefs energetically, emotionally and in the DNA2. This empowers clients to re-create their life exactly as they choose. Ethically, ThetaHealing requires that consent for this healing be verbally affirmed by the client before the prayer is offered. Anana Integre is a Master ThetaHealing Practitioner and certificate of science teacher. She may be contacted at 831246-1790 or 1. Dr. Bryan Sykes, "Saxons, Vikings, and Celts: The Genetic Roots of Britain and Ireland" 2. Interview with Vianna Stibal,






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minutes a day. “Burst exercise means working out in short intense bursts of 30 to 60 seconds, coupled with one to two minutes of active recovery time, moving at a lower intensity that allows you to catch your breath and lower your heart rate,” she explains. Two easy examples of this are sprinting to burst and then walking to recover, and running up stairs to burst, and then walking down them to recover. “This should be repeated for a total of four to eight minutes of high-intensity bursts per session. Overall, this will take 20 to 30 minutes,” says Virgin. She notes that the increase in stress hormones that occurs during HIIE are counteracted by the simultaneously raised levels of anabolic-building hormones. “Short bursts train the body in how to handle stress and recover. Repeated intense bursts raise the lactic acid level, which in turn raises growth hormone production and supports fat burning. The research is clear that the more intense the exercise, the bigger the metabolic benefit is afterward.”

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abels may vary, but results are what count. Whether called high-intensity intermittent exercise (HIIE), interval or burst-style training, recent research proves that this form of exercise improves insulin levels. This is promising news for the estimated 50 million American adults that have abdominal obesity and are on the path toward metabolic dysfunction due to a high-sugar diet that causes spikes and crashes in blood sugar levels and eventually contributes to insulin resistance. According to a recent study published in the Journal of Obesity, the benefits of doing HIIE at least three times a week for two to six weeks include reduction of abdominal body fat, improved aerobic and anaerobic fitness and lower levels of insulin resistance. In a separate study, Norwegian researchers examined the impact that different types of exercise programs


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had on individuals seeking to reverse metabolic dysfunction, an overall chemical imbalance largely attributed to insulin resistance. They concluded that despite producing similar effects on body weight and blood pressure, the aerobic interval training group also showed greater improvement in insulin sensitivity, aerobic capacity and highdensity lipoprotein (HDL, or “good” cholesterol) than those performing continuous moderate exercise. They also exhibited lower blood glucose (sugar) levels. Another beneficial HIIE characteristic is that it involves markedly fewer exercise repetitions and less training time. JJ Virgin, a fitness and nutrition expert and author of The Virgin Diet, recommends incorporating burst-style and resistance training for fast, lasting fat loss and improving insulin resistance. Best of all, you can do these exercises in

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Drums of the Wolf Meditation – 6:30-7:45pm. Begin with a guided meditation or breath work followed by deep drumming that will bring participants into a dream-like guided journey meditation. $15. Enchanted Forest Reiki Center, 800 N Rainbow Blvd, 100, LV. 702-948-4999. 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.


Detox and Regeneration Workshop – 6pm. Begin the New Year with a clean healthy body, a clear mind. Four classic yoga detox techniques, plus nutritional and life-style advice to regain energy and be in great shape. Donation. Naturally Organic Healing Center, 1171 S Buffalo Dr, LV. Ileana: 702823-6512.


Belly Dance Class for All with Patti – 7-8pm. Class starts with simple warm-up, followed by learning some basic moves, then putting them together with music. Wear comfortable clothes, flat shoes or barefoot, bring a hip scarf if possible. $15. Enchanted Forest Reiki Center, 800 N Rainbow Blvd, 100, LV. 702-948-4999.


Inspired Life Launch – 9am-12pm. Start 2015 new from the inside out. The New Year brings the Launch of The Inspired Life Goodies, food and more. Celebrate a new you in the new year. Free. TPC Summerlin, 1700 Village Center Cir, LV. Mindi Anderson: 702-335-6944. ThisLifeInspired@ Manifesting Abundance ThetaHealing with Jennifer Keller – 9:30am-4:30pm. Two day course assists one to find the hidden blocks standing between oneself and personal goals, shows how to dig deep to clear them, make everything in life work as desired. $350. Intentional Healings, 3450

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Raw Food Class: Sprouting – 1-3pm. Learn sprouting, prepare delicious raw cold and hot protein-rich dishes using a large variety of sprouts. Includes recipes, full meal. Feed the family the healthiest food for less than $1 a day. $24. 3920 Amy Marie Ct, LV. 702-659-2390. Spirit Walker Series – 2-5pm. "The Spirit Walker" takes one on a journey. This adventure begins Jan 11 as an Awakening, followed on Apr 12 with a lesson in Financial choices, ending Jul 12 with Lifestyle action steps. Love donations suggested. Luminosity Wellness Center, 2400 N Tenaya Way, LV. Christine: 702-721-9355.



The Body-Connect Meditation with Essential Oils with Loralee Humpherys – 7-8:30pm. Learn the Body-Connect Meditation in an intimate and confidential environment. Practice it and experience the profound effect it can have in one’s life. $25. Intentional Healings, 3450 E Russell Rd, 110, LV. 702-274-4545.


Tantric Yoga Presentation – 6pm. Experience a preview of the main techniques and topics taught in a Tantric yoga class: yoga poses, energetic resonance, breathing, mind focus techniques, meditation, relationships and sexuality info, health and nutrition. Free event. Naturally Organic Healing Center, 1171 S Buffalo Dr, LV. Ileana: 702823-6512. Infinity Business Group "Inspire" – 11am-3pm. The Infinity Business Media Group presents “Inspire” a kick off to 2015 event. Guest speakers. No book sales, video sales, just a good old fashion inspiring event. Get tickets today. $85. SpringHill Suites Las Vegas Convention Center, 2989 Paradise Rd, LV.!inspire-luncheon/c1ip8. Manifesting Made Simple...Finding Success with Reiki & Meditation – 6:30-8:30pm. Experience a deep healing meditation while clarifying personal intention to create one’s dreams. Take dreams to the next level of manifestation through the power of intention. $25. Intentional Healings, 3450 E Russell Rd, 110, LV. 702-274-4545. Intentional-Healings-Center.


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Reiki Level 1 Certification with Jodi – 10am5pm. This class utilizes Source/Divine Energy for expansion and healing from past wounds, traumas, dramas and limiting beliefs. Say yes to self-healing and watch the way the world opens up. Reiki1 Attunement included. $200. Intentional Healings, 3450 E Russell Rd, 110, LV. Jodi Friedman: 702274-4545. Reiki 1st Degree Certif. Course – 2-4pm, 10am4pm. In this two day course learn to unleash the natural healing ability. Learn to administer powerful treatments to oneself, others, pets, plants, and more. No prior experience necessary. Must pre-register and prepay prior to January 14th. Discount packages available. Please inquire. 3920 Amy Marie Ct, LV. 702-659-2390.


Secrets of Natural Walking Workshop – 6-10pm. Better posture (straightening of hunched backs). Toned and shapely figure. Clearer mind. Less negative emotions. Weight loss. Improved digestion, stable blood sugar level, higher metabolism rate, improved sleep quality. $150. 3585 E Flamingo Rd, 203, LV. Tina: 702-292-1156.


Anxiety? Focus/Learning Issues? Brain Solutions Inc Open House – 6:30pm. If anyone suffers from anxiety, ADHD/focus, learning issues, ASD, Tourette's, MS symptoms and more, Brain Solutions offers help and hope. Scientifically designed programs with lasting results and no medications. Free. Brain Solutions Inc, 8515 Edna Ave, 110, LV. RSVP: 702-340-2248.


The Body-Connect Meditation with Essential Oils with Loralee Humpherys – 7-8:30pm. Learn the Body-Connect Meditation in an intimate and confidential environment. Practice it and experience the profound effect it can have in one’s life. $25. Intentional Healings, 3450 E Russell Rd, 110, LV. 702-274-4545.


ThetaHealing: Transform Your Genetic Programming – 1pm. Anana Integre, Master ThetaHealer and Certificate of Science Teacher leads participants through the basics of ThetaHealing. During the lecture everyone will have an opportunity to experience ThetaHealing in action. Free. West Charleston Library, 6301 West Charleston Blvd, LV. Diondra: 702.656.6788. Eliminate Cravings – 3-4:15pm. Eliminate cravings and lose fat through Waking HypnosisInteractive NLP Seminar and Demonstration with Victoria Stitzer, Master of NLP, Rapid Behavior Modification Expert. It's amazing what the brain can do. Free. 3920 Amy Marie Ct, LV. 702-6592390.

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January 31 • 3:30-5:30pm Feb. 1 • 10am-4pm Aloha Energy Center 1 1770 N Buffalo Dr, 105 (behind Albertsons), LV

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Intro to Energy Home Clearings with Jodi – 11am2pm. Learn how to work with energy in spaces. This is a fun, experiential class that teaches how subtle energy fields can affect moods, emotions, actions and what to do about it. $50. Intentional Healings, 3450 E Russell Rd, 110, LV. Jodi Friedman: 702-274-4545. Natural Non-Surgical Facelift – 1:45-3:45pm. Scientifically designed facial exercises enhance natural beauty. Endorsed by many celebrities. Achieve high cheek-boned look, restore lips to sexy fullness, reshape nose, remove sagging jowls. Satisfaction guaranteed. Bring hand-held mirror.


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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.

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. 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.

markyourcalendar Greg's Group Sessions Feel good and heal while on current medical treatment plan for cancer or any other chronic disease. Led by Certified Integrative Health Coach, Greg Rubino Msc.D., M.A. Please pre-register. $95 monthly.

Mondays • 7pm. Begins January 12 The District at Green Valley Ranch 170 S Green Valley Pkwy, 300, HD Greg Rubino: 702-469-3628

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. 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.

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.

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tuesday Reiki Share – 5:30-7pm. Experience the healing power of shared energy within a Reiki circle. Enjoy a safe, friendly and loving environment. Donation. Zen Me Holistic Wellness Spa, 10885 S Eastern Ave, 100, HD. Space is limited, please call to reserve space: 702-476-4224. Great Basin Permaculture Monthly – Last Tues. 6-7:30pm. This group educates the community about permaculture in order to promote sustainable food production, water, conservation, energy and more. All are welcome. Green Valley Library, 2797 N Green Valley Pkwy, HD. GreatBasinPermaculture. 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. Journey Into the Mudras, An Introduction – 6:458:45pm. Mudras are gestures of the hands that promote physical health and emotional balance. Join us to explore them in this 4 week workshop series. Asana & guided relaxation included. $120. Tru Yoga, 7310 Smoke Ranch Rd, LV. 702-3311600. TruYoga.Vegas/. Metaphysics & Meditation – 7-8pm. Weekly discussions on Metaphysical Topics followed by Meditative Techniques. Explore the world of Numerology, Astrology, Soul Awareness, Energy Awareness, Healing Meditations, Past Lives, & Affirmation Cards. Guided by Louise. $15. 1171 S Buffalo Dr, 110, LV. 702-433-3874.

wednesday Flow Fit – 7:30am. A 60-minute bodyweight class that will restore a full range of motion to the joints, lengthen muscles, strengthen connective tissue and fully activate the core. Trufusion, 8575 S Eastern Ave, LV. 702-982-2930. 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. 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.


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thursday $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. The 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.

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Thursdays • 6-9pm. Govinda's Center 7181 Dean Martin Dr, LV 702-434-8332 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. 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. 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. Akashic Book Study Workshop with Anika Ray – 6:30pm. Explore spirituality and connect with the aspect of being divine in nature, the soul. Workshop is based on the book How to Read the Akashic Records by Linda Howe. $10. Enchanted Forest Reiki Center, 800 N Rainbow, 100, LV. 702-948-4999.

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

friday Yoga at Zen Me – 10-11am. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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.

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. 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. 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.

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

energy products AlphaBio Centrix, R & D 2520 Saint Rose Pkwy, #117 Henderson, NV 89074 877-562-1815

AlphaBio Centrix LLC is a Research and Development company in Henderson, NV, educating the public about “Bioenergy” and the human experience. We manufacture wellness and protection products developed specifically for enhancing a healthy lifestyle. See ad, page 9.

TLC-Heart of QBC Energy Consultant for Personal, Home and Business Your Solution for EMF Pollution 702-499-7067 • Quantum Balance Crystals are powerful pendants that awaken, balance and optimize your energy. QBCS come in 12 colors with specific intentions and qualities to keep you feeling joyful and radiant. See ad, page 22.

Functional Medicine THE ULTIMATE HEALING CENTER Jeffrey Brown, DO 10120 S Eastern Ave, #100, HD 89052 702-871-7004 •

The Ultimate Healing Center is a functional medicine practice that incorporates a variety of methods to help heal the body. We identify imbalances and help restore balance so the body can work optimally to heal itself. Dr. Brown believes that the body has its own natural healing mechanisms. See ad, page 19.


800 N Rainbow Blvd, #100, LV 89107 702-948-4999

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 22.


Dr. Jim Wright, DDS, AIAOMT, AIABDM 8855 W Flamingo, LV 89147 702-281-9900 Practicing holistic, biological dentistry with safe removal of mercury according to the standards of IAOMT and IABDM. State of the art early detect cavity mapping, cosmetic, general, specialty dentistry and low sensitivity teeth whitening.


Greater Las Vegas

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, page 5.

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



All natural, very effective treatment for difficult medical conditions that result from low neurotransmitter levels: chronic fatigue, depression, anxiety, insomnia, migraines, fibromyalgia, Alzheimer ’s, Parkinson’s, Crohn’s, addiction, ADD, IBS, mood disorder, obesity, restless leg and more. See ad, page 17.

Nevada State Board approved to offer a MS Degree in Oriental Medicine. Didactics with clinical training in acupuncture and herbology ensure competent practitioners. Step into a new career or expand your practice. See ad, page 27.

Dr. Michael Bell, DDS 8068 W Sahara Ave, #A, LV 89117 702-256-7666 •

Holistic dentistry with a whole body approach to create a healthy smile and body. Live microscopic viewing of mouth bacteria. Laser gum disease treatment. Computerized TMJ and bite analysis. Mercury testing and removal. Nutritional testing. Autonomic nervous system analysis. Invisalign. See ad, page 7.

integrative medicine The Healing Tree of Nevada Integrative Healing for Chronic Disease 170 S. Green Valley Pkwy, Suite 313 Henderson, NV 89012 702-469-3628

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 15.



8620 S Eastern Ave, LV 89123 702-463-2122 •


Superior Health Solutions Dr. Robert DeMartino, D.C. 1661 W Horizon Ridge Pkwy, #280 HD702-643-9900 •

Wellness Center & Intl. School of Reiki Victoria Stitzer, Expert in Rapid Behavior Modification • 702-405-9375

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, 33.

Transform your “Fears into Power”; “Pain into Joy” through powerful proven Mind-Body t e c h n o l o g i e s : N L P - E F TRegressions-Detox-Reiki-Pranic and Thetahealing. Free Reiki circles Wednesdays at 7pm. Call 702-659-2390. See ad, page 13.


Zen Me Holistic Wellness Spa 

Lary Michaels Therapy

10885 S Eastern Ave, #100 Henderson, NV 89052 702-476-4224 •

Lary Michaels, LMT, in NV, CA and TX Posture Alignment Specialist 702-825-2509 •

MEDICAL Doctor Allen Wellness & Medical Center

Therapeutic massage treatments for postural realignment, sports massage, deep tissue massage and injury massage. Also, skin rejuvenation with cellulite reduction and accelerated anatomical healing. Mention this listing and receive 10% off

Evan C. Allen, MD, Board Certified Family Physician 1701 Green Valley Pkwy, #5B, HD 702-754-4900 •

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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 2.

The Sacred Art of Healing

Zen Me Holistic Wellness Spa will transform your mind, body and spirit while providing you with a relaxing retreat to enjoy the benefits of health, wellness and spirituality. See ad, page 22.

Yoga and Tantra


Ileana Stefanescu

Yoga and Tantra Teacher • 702-823-6512

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

Looking for a change in your life? Sick of the same negative patterns? If the answer is “yes”, then it’s time to contact Jeff Renel. Create the change in your life you dream about and deserve. See ad, page 22.

Transform your "fears" into improving your health, mental focus and emotional balance. Practice yoga and tantra as paths of personal and spiritual development. Discover your unlimited potential and true identity. Highly experienced instructor.

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