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16 MISSION: ANIMAL RESCUE Big and Small, They Need Our Help by Sandra Murphy

22 THE PRICE OF BEAUTY Not All Bunny Labels are Equal by Gabrielle Wyant-Peirllo

27 LIFESAVING ACTS Protecting Animals at Home and Abroad


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letterfrompublisher spite the sorrow, I hope to never know a day without an animal companion. After learning of our loss, Louise Broitman, Haute Goodies, shared this poem with my daughter. It touched our hearts and helps to put things in perspective. But, if you have to say goodbye to a pet, I hope you can keep your heart open and one day have another long, loving relationship with another special soul.

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y daughter A'ngel and I said goodbye to her sweet bird last month. Anyone who considers a pet a friend, companion or family member knows the intense pain that accompanies the loss of that friend. During the years Buddy was with us, she (we discovered Buddy was a she when "he" was two years old) was a constant part of our lives. For A'ngel, she was a source of comfort and companionship, of unconditional love and acceptance, of fun and exclusivity. A'ngel and Buddy have [sic] an amazing connection. The moment they met, they were bonded. I believe they will stay bonded in the spirit world. People who don't understnd the animal/human bond often don't understand the loss. They can't understand. I miss Buddy's singing. I miss the "cat call" that she, just this year, learned and repeated over and over. As I look at photos of her, especially that above, her last, I long for Buddy to twitter away while I write. I am overcome with grief for my daughter. I feel her loss, I also feel guilt, anger and sadness. These feelings are making it more difficult to resolve my grief. At times I feel responsible. Did I give up too soon? Other times I'm angry because my daughter has to experience this sudden, unexpected grief. I feel powerless to cope with the loss of yet another animal family member. Yet, de-


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Sorrow fills a barren space you close your eyes and see my face and think of times I made you laugh the love we shared, the bond we had, the special way I needed you the friendship shared by just we two. The day's too quiet, the world seems older, the wind blows now a little colder. You gaze into the empty air and look for me, but I'm not there I'm in heaven and I watch you, and I see the world around you too. I see little souls wearing fur, souls who bark and souls who purr born unwanted and unloved I see all this and more above. I watch them suffer, I see them cry, I see them lost, I watch them die. I see unwanted thousands born and when they die, nobody mourns. These little souls wearing fur (Some who bark and some who purr) are castaways who - unlike me will never know love or security.

A few short months they starve and roam, Or caged in shelters - nobody takes home. They're special too (furballs of pleasure), filled with love and each one, a treasure. My pain and suffering came to an end, so don't cry for me, my person, my friend. But think of the living - those souls with fur (some who bark and some who purr) And though our bond can't be broken apart, make room for another in your home and your heart. ~ Caro Schubert-James ~

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he founder and facilitator of Celestial Genetics, in Las Vegas, Ann Marie Greco, will teach a New Moon Reality Class from 6 to 8 p.m., March 21, at the Aloha Energy Center. Participants will learn the eight phases of the moon, how to flow with cycles of nature and how they influence our lives. “Every new moon is new beginning, a time for a fresh start,” says Greco. “All new moons invite us to go inward, to reflect and begin a new direction for another 29-and-ahalf-days. On March 20, we have an exceptionally powerful new moon that is also a total solar eclipse and falls on the Spring Equinox, marking a time not only to set intentions for this lunation, but to plant the seeds for the next six months.” Greco has taught this class to hundreds of people all over the country. Her private sessions and classes serve as a powerful catalyst for personal and spiritual growth. Location: Aloha Energy Center, 1770 N. Buffalo Dr. Ste. 105, Las Vegas. For more information call, 702-434-5642.

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newsbriefs Udo Erasmus to Present Free Nutritional Lectures


do Erasmus, Ph.D., an international authority on fats, oils, human health, and author of Fats That Heal, Fats That Kill, will be giving free public presentations in Las Vegas, on March 16 and 17. A live online broadcast at at 8 a.m., March 17, will feature Erasmus as a guest and viewer calls will be accepted at 702-731-1230. Erasmus is an internationally renowned author and authority on natural health issues. For two decades, he has dedicated his time to researching the effects of fats and oils on human health, as well as sharing his understanding of the nature of health itself. Much of his work has focused on communicating this vitally important knowledge throughout the world through lectures, interviews and written material. He has also directed the formulation and production of a high-quality, natural health supplement line. Admission is free. Locations: 6:30 p.m., Mar. 16, at Aloha Energy Center 1770 N. Buffalo, Ste.105; 3:30 p.m., Mar. 17, at Naturally Organic Healing Center, 1171 S. Buffalo Dr., Ste. 110; and 7 p.m., Mar. 17, at Go Raw Café, 2381 East Windmill Lane, Ste. 18. For more information, call 702-4948463, email or visit

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ne new Internet startup company, Haute Goodies, based, in Las Vegas, is on a mission to bring some big ideas to our culinary repertoire. Based on the premise that the purpose of eating is to nourish our bodies, not just to fill our tummies, and that the ideal is to eat raw, organic, vegan foods that have a natural rapport with our chemistry—enhancing our health in the long run and giving us energy and vitality now. The idea, they say, is to make pure nourishing foods that actually taste great. Owner Louise Broitman says, “At Haute


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illions of good-doers will gather worldwide on March 15 for International Good Deeds Day, when everyone stops and takes the time to help others. Locally, Project Angel Faces is hosting events from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at New Vista Ranch. They still need team captains to bring commitment and leadership skills to more than 250 volunteers in teams of 25. Project AngelFaces builds sustainable social programs through sharing fresh fruits and vegetables and teaching organic gardening skills. Activities for adults include an array of landscaping and outdoor maintenance tasks. The kids need team leaders in papermaking, flower pressing and seed sorting. Each year, International Good Deeds Day enables tens of thousands of people throughout the world to experience the pleasure of doing something good for someone else and to discover that in many cases, it’s very easy to give. Location: 7875 N. Rainbow Blvd., Las Vegas. RSVP by calling Rhonda Killian at 702-763-1011. Visit and Good Deeds Day International on Facebook.

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he WildFlower Institute, America’s #1 Life Transformation Expert, presents the Love your life! Women’s Retreat from March 19 through 21, Sponsored by Natural Awakenings—Greater Las Vegas. An optional Inner Circle session will be held March 22. Speakers include Pamela Edwards and Michael White-Ryan, from Language Of Space, on Feng Shui For Stress Relief; Janee Powers and Cheri Smith, with a Goddess Meditation and Crystal Bowl Vibrational Healing Circle; Rev. Anna Kendall, on Why Women Need Goddess Energy In Their Lives; and Malakai “Thai” Ray, with Three Exercises You Can Do At Home To Lift and Firm Your Bust. Workshops include Energy Makeovers, The Paradigm Shift, The InnerSpirit Connection, Life Balance From the Inside-Out, How to Create a Life You Love, Live Sound and Vibrational Healing Meditations Every Day, Energetic Wealth—Activate Your Abundance DNA and LYL official girls night out in Las Vegas. Location: Sophia Center, 6034 Smoke Ranch Rd., Las Vegas. For more information, call 651-208-6452, email, or visit WildFlowerInstitute. com/womens-retreat-las-vegas. See ad, page 43.

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Ginkgo Biloba Calms ADHD, Boosts Memory


esearchers from Germany’s University of Tübingen’s Center for Medicine tested the Ginkgo biloba extract EGb761 on 20 children diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in a clinical trial. The children were given up to 240 milligrams (mg) of the extract for between three and five weeks. Before, during and after the treatment, the scientists evaluated the children by testing the brain’s electrical activity, along with other ADHD-related tests. Those that had received the extract exhibited significant improvement in ADHD symptoms. A study from Liberty University, in Virginia, previously examined 262 adults ages 60 and over with normal memory and mental performance and found that the same Ginkgo biloba extract improved their cognitive scores. Half of the study participants were given 180 mg of the extract daily and half were given a placebo. Standardized tests and a subjective, self-reporting questionnaire found the Ginkgo resulted in significant cognitive improvements among the older adults.

BUGS Linked to Factory Farm Antibiotics


he bacteria E. coli now causes 75 to 95 percent of all urinary tract infections, and research from Iowa State University has confirmed that such occurrences are linked to factory farms that use antibiotics. The findings support a study previously completed by scientists from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and George Washington University that shows a strain of antibiotic-resistant E. coli called ExPEC, an extra-intestinal pathogen, was genetically traceable to factory-farmed animals receiving certain antibiotics. The National Antimicrobial Resistance Monitoring System reports that 75 percent of chicken and turkey, 59 percent of ground beef and 40 percent of pork meats tested were contaminated with E. coli, and that the strains were predominantly multi-drug resistant.

Low Magnesium Levels Linked to Kidney Disease


study from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine found that people with low levels of magnesium in their blood have a significantly greater risk of chronic kidney disease. The researchers correlated the blood levels of magnesium in 13,226 people ages 45 to 65 with the incidence of chronic kidney disease and end-stage renal disease among them. Subjects that had blood serum magnesium levels below what is generally considered the normal range (0.7–1 millimole per liter) were associated with a 58 percent increased risk of chronic kidney disease and a 139 percent increased risk of endstage renal disease. Abnormally low levels of magnesium may result from a number of conditions, including inadequate intake of serum magnesium due to chronic diarrhea, malabsorption, alcoholism, chronic stress and the use of medications such as diuretics. Foods rich in magnesium include leafy greens, nuts and seeds, beans, whole grains, avocados, bananas and figs.

Wild Thyme Kills Breast Cancer Cells


study published in the Nutrition and Cancer Journal reveals that the herb thyme is more than a cooking spice. Scientists tested a methanol extract of Thymus serphyllum—also referred to as wild thyme—on two types of breast cancer cells and found that it was able to kill them in laboratory testing. The testing also found the extract to be safe for healthy normal breast cells. The researchers state that wild thyme may provide the means for a promising natural cancer treatment.


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Score Healthy and Eco-Friendly Points at Parties For healthy eaters, Super Bowl parties’ bent toward rich, calorie-laden foods compete with our desire to shed some holiday pounds and return to regular diet regimens. Whether supplying eco-beer selections for guests or bringing refreshments to a gathering, armchair players can score green points both in terms of natural ingredients and supporting the domestic economy and environment.  Sierra Nevada Brewing Company’s plant in Chico, California, uses 10,000-plus solar panels and a large on-site water treatment facility for recycling and conserving water. “It’s the number one ingredient in brewing,” says Sustainability Manager Cheri Chastain. “You can generate more energy, but you can’t make water.” Other American microbrews deploy varied eco-solutions. Dave’s BrewFarm, in Wilson, Wisconsin, for instance, obtains most of its energy via a wind-powered generator. Goats “mow” the grass outside the Anderson Valley Brewing plant in Boonville, California. Odell Brewing Company, in Fort Collins, Colorado, practices waste reduction and recycling and uses renewable energy sources. The 100 percent wind-powered brewery also encourages employees to bike to work and/or carpool, and uses biodiesel-powered delivery trucks (the biodegradable fuel emits 78 percent less CO2 than standard fuel). Five of the 2014 Good Food Awards’ winning beers—exceeding the criteria of recycling water, local sourcing and banning genetically modified ingredients—are Port City Brewing Co., Alexandria, Virginia; Deschutes Brewery, Bend, Oregon; Bear Republic Brewing Co., Healdsburg, California; Victory Brewing Co., Downingtown, Pennsylvania; and Ninkasi Brewing Co., Eugene, Oregon ( offers information on many other U.S. craft breweries that operate in sustainable ways, including the Brooklyn Brewery, Brooklyn, New York; New Belgium Beer, Fort Collins, Colorado; and the Great Lakes Brewing Co., Cleveland, Ohio. If none of these brews is yet a current favorite, seek them out at a specialty beverage retailer that stocks from multiple regions in order to score a touchdown for us and the Earth. Some just may become part of local fans’ first-string beverage “team” after the game is over. 

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Most End-of-Life Care in U.S. Neglects Patient Needs The U.S. healthcare system is not properly designed to meet the needs of patients nearing the end of life and those of their families, and major changes to the system are necessary, according to a new report from the Institute of Medicine, Dying in America: Improving Quality and Honoring Individual Preferences Near the End of Life. A 21-member committee has called for more advanced end-of-life care planning by individuals, improved training and credentialing for clinicians, and for governments and private sectors to provide incentives to patients and clinicians to discuss issues, values, preferences and appropriate services and care. Dr. Philip Pizzo, co-chair of the committee, states, “Patients can and should take control of the quality of their life through their entire lifetime, choosing how they live and how they die, and doctors should help initiate discussions with their patients about such decisions.” Susan Heckerman, former dean of medicine at Stanford University, says, “It’s important that healthcare options available to individuals facing the end of life help relieve pain and discomfort, maximize the individual’s ability to function, alleviate depression and anxiety, and ease the burdens of loved ones in a manner consistent with individual preferences and choices.” The report is available at DyingInAmerica.

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New GMO Labeling Bill Needs Citizen Feedback on Capitol Hill


ongressman Mike Pompeo (R), of Kansas, has introduced bill HR 4432, the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act of 2014 (, which would ban states from passing genetically engineered food labeling laws and undo those already passed, making voluntary labeling the law of the land. The bill also allows companies to label products containing GMOs as “natural”. Healthy food advocates have dubbed it the “Denying Americans the Right to Know (DARK) Act.” The bill bans any mention of organic natural foods as being safer or better than their GMO counterparts and sets a strong burden of proof on organic small farms that wish to grow and market their products as GMO-free. If we don’t want to be kept in the dark about what we’re eating, Congress needs to protect our right to know if food contains genetically modified organisms (GMO). While grassroots efforts to require labeling of GMO are gaining momentum, Big Agriculture and biotech companies like Monsanto are trying to block our right to know what’s in our food. The issue is critical and timesensitive, so action needs to be taken now to contact Congress. Find specific legislators by calling the Capitol Switchboard at 202-224-3121 or visiting Sign petitions at


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The Center for Food Safety (CFS) has reached a settlement agreement (Tinyurl. com/FoodSettlementAgreement) with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that sets firm deadlines for the agency to fully enact the 2011 Food Safety Modernization Act. A federal court will maintain supervision to ensure FDA compliance. CFS senior attorney George Kimbrell, who led the case, says, “The first major update to our food safety laws since 1938 must now be implemented in a closedended, timely fashion. That means safer food for American families.” Congress passed the law to combat the epidemic of food-borne illnesses affecting one in six Americans annually. After repeated delays, the FDA must now comply with the following court-overseen schedule to implement the final rules: preventative controls for human and animal food (8/30/2015); imported food and foreign suppliers (10/31/2015); produce safety (10/31/2015); food transportation (3/31/2016); and intentional adulteration of food (5/31/2016).


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Veggie Burgers May Soon be the Status Quo According to a new United Nations report, a global shift towards a vegan diet is vital to save the world from hunger, fuel poverty, and the worst impacts of climate change. Western preferences for meat- and dairy-intensive diets are unsustainable, especially as the world population is expected to grow to 9.1 billion by 2050. The report states, “Animal products cause more damage than [producing] construction minerals such as sand or cement, plastics or metals.” Plus, livestock raised for meat consumes a large portion of the world’s crops and a lot of fresh water. Agriculture, particularly meat and dairy products, account for 70 percent of the world’s freshwater consumption, 39 percent of total land use and 19 percent of greenhouse gas emissions. One couple from the United Kingdom, Matthew Glover and Jane Land, are working hard to make Veganuary ( a global movement. They are trying to convince people to eat fewer animal products by going vegan for the month of January. For more information, visit

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MISSION: ANIMAL RESCUE Big and Small, They Need Our Help by Sandra Murphy


very creature in the animal kingdom has an essential purpose, yet through human interference, animal life overall has become so imbalanced as to signal a tipping point for Earth. Extreme care for the rapidly growing population of a relative handful of pet breeds stands in stark contrast to trending extinction of dozens of other species. Fortunately, in addition to the efforts of dedicated volunteers, conservationists and supportive lawmakers, every one of us can make a real difference.

Home Pet Rescues

Zack Skow started by volunteering with a nearby dog rescue organization. He became director, and then in 2009 founded his own nonprofit, Marley’s Mutts (, in Tehachapi, California, pulling many kinds of dogs out of Los Angeles shelters. “A lot of rescues are breed-specific; I think mutts deserve an equal chance,” says Skow, now the executive director. “Small dogs get adopted faster, so we get the 16

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larger mixes, including pit bulls and Rottweilers.” Currently, the facility continues to expand its services, working with pet foster homes; providing medical care for severely abused animals in need of rehabilitation and socialization; and managing visits to prisons, mental health facilities and schools. “We take in who we can help. To see a dog triumph over tremendous odds gives people hope,” says Skow. Recently, volunteers pulled 70 dogs from Los Angeles shelters, fostered them for a month and then transported them east to adoption facilities where conditions were less crowded. Spay/neuter is the best solution to pet overpopulation, says Ruth Steinberger, national founder of Spay First, headquartered in Oklahoma City ( From 20 years of experience, she explains that in locations and situations in which surgery is impractical, “We’ve had great results using calcium chloride in ethyl

She reports that animals now are subject to only one experiment, retired for adoption instead of being euthanized, and furnished with natural living conditions on-site—vertical space, an enriched environment with mental and physical stimulation, interaction with other animals and appropriate food and bedding. “Most lab animals are rats and mice,” says Liss. “Any animal has the capacity to suffer. It’s up to us to treat them humanely.”

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“Animals become ambassadors,” says Gene Baur, president and co-founder of Farm Sanctuary’s three locations in New York’s Finger Lakes region, Los Angeles and northern California (FarmSanctuary. org) and author of Farm Sanctuary: Changing Hearts and Minds About Animals and Food. “People are distanced from food sources. Once you learn that sheep love to be petted and pigs like belly rubs, you know an animal as an individual. The best way to help is to share information, farm animal videos and plant-based recipes, so people can see that going meatless is about far more than just eating produce.”

Musician Sir Paul McCartney, author of The Meat Free Monday Cookbook, took the message to schools in 2012. Now students around the world participate in meat-free lunch programs. The adult initiative of going meatless for one or more days extends to 35 countries on six continents. Pigs, cows, horses, peacocks and an alpaca live in harmony at local nonprofit Cracker Box Palace Farm Animal Haven, in Alton, New York (CrackerBox, which spurs recovery from illness, neglect or abuse. “People get animals without doing research on their care or habits. That’s how we got the peacocks—they have a bloodcurdling scream,” says Farm Manager Cheri Roloson, who rents out their goats as nature’s landscapers to clear brush. Mistreated animals also provide therapy for returning military veterans and abused children at Ranch Hand Rescue, in Argyle, Texas (RanchHand Kids find it easier to talk about their experiences with an animal that has also endured cruel treatment, like Spirit, a horse that received precedent-setting surgery to repair a leg that had improperly healed after being broken by a baseball bat. Conscious chicken farms, too, are making an impact. “Chickens can be well-treated and have a healthy, decent life,” says Jason Urena, marketing manager with NestFresh, which operates 20 small farms and five processing plants, concentrated in Colorado, Iowa, Illinois, Wisconsin and Texas to reduce its carbon footprint ( Starting with cage-free hens, the Denver company grew based on nationwide customer requests for certified cage-free, free-range, organic, pasture-raised and non-GMO (genetically modified) eggs. “We’re the first in the country to offer certified nonGMO eggs,” attests Urena. He explains that in the process for certification, feed is inspected at every step, from planting

“Pets are considered property, and until that changes, it’s harder to make a difference. Farm animals have no rights at all. Animals are sentient beings with rights commensurate with the ability to feel pain and even be valued members of the family. They deserve far more than a property classification.” ~Diane Sullivan, assistant dean and professor, Massachusetts School of Law seed (usually corn or soy) to storage in silos and mill grinding, to allow traceability for potential problems and avoid crosscontamination.

Wildlife Habitat Preservation There are few places on Earth that humans haven’t impacted fragile ecosystems. Loss of habitat and lack of food sources are critical issues. Bats are a bellwether for the impact on wildlife from human-induced diseases. The Wildlife Conservation Society studies the loons in New York’s Adirondack Mountains to monitor their exposure to disease and pollution. The mission of the National Wildlife Federation (NWF) is to use conservation and education to protect present and future wildlife. Of the 410plus species of mammals in the United States, 80 are on the endangered species list, reminiscent of the bison that

used to number in the millions, but now mostly exist in small bands on private and public lands. NWF aims to build on the bison restoration efforts achieved to date (now numbering tens of thousands) by reintroducing them onto more public lands, reservations and protected habitats, and likewise build up populations of other wild threatened and endangered animals. Its programs feature green corridors to give native species a home and migrating species a rest stop. “The important message is not how many species have gone off the list, but how many didn’t go extinct,” says David Mizejewski, a celebrity naturalist for NWF. “It’s important to understand species require different ecosystems. When we quit draining swamps and rerouting rivers and leave them alone in a proper habitat, alligators will come back. Eagles have fewer young, so it’s not easy for them to recover.” The success in restoring populations of the bald eagle, our national symbol, during the second half of the last century

What You Can Do 4 Volunteer to walk a dog, foster a cat, make phone calls or help with shelter paperwork. 4 Spay/neuter pets and consider adopting before shopping at a pet store. 4 Donate to support rehabilitation of an abused animal. 4 Pick up litter, especially harmful in and near waterways. 4 Be a conscious consumer and don’t let factory farm prices influence decisions. 4 Tell companies what is accept able or not via purchases, emails and phone calls. 4 Lobby politicians to support worthy animal causes. natural awakenings March 2015


was significant. Measures that included banning the poisonous DDT pesticide that contaminated their food and affected reproduction, improving native habitats and prohibiting hunting of the bird allowed its removal from the endangered list in 2007. They are still protected by the 1918 Migratory Bird Treaty Act. Another raptor, the peregrine falcon, has adapted to urban living in order to survive. Nests adorn tops of buildings and pigeons are a plentiful food supply. Bears, mountain lions and wolves have been dwindling, hunted as dangerous, a nuisance or for sport. With fewer of these natural predators, whitetailed deer can overpopulate their habitat and starve. Deer and other displaced animals may migrate into suburban areas in search of food, prompting hurtful human reactions to reduce their numbers. The American Bear Association provides safe, seasonal habitats for black bears ( Located near Orr, Minnesota, the 360-acre sanctuary also hosts whitetailed deer, bald eagles, bea-

The 1966 Animal Welfare Act improved the lives of many commercial animals, but more laws are needed. See 274/animal-welfare. vers, mink, pine martens, fishers, timber wolves, red squirrels, bobcats, blue jays, owls, ducks, songbirds and ravens. Among movements to protect smaller endangered and threatened animals, the American Tortoise Rescue lobbies for legislation to ban the importation of non-native species ( “Turtles and bullfrogs are imported as pets or as food, and many end up in streams or lakes, where they kill na-

Did You Know… n San Francisco’s SPCA is one of many organizations that offer free or low-cost spay/neuter for specific breeds most frequently seen in shelters, like pit bulls, and special programs offer free surgeries. Find locations at n One female dog can produce litters of up to 10 pups twice a year; cats can have three litters a year of up to five kittens each. n An estimated 2.7 million healthy shelter pets remain unadopted each year, yet only about 30 percent of pets in homes come from shelters or rescues, according to The Humane Society of the United States. n Factory farms account for 99 percent of farm animals, yet less than 1 percent of donated money directly assists them, reports Animal Charity Evaluators, in San Diego. The highly rated Mercy for Animals, dedicated to prevention of cruelty to farmed animals, reports, “Despite the fact that these are the most abused animals in the United States, they actually have the fewest number of advocates.” n Sandra, a 29-year-old Sumatran orangutan at the Buenos Aires Zoo, was recognized as a “non-human person” unlawfully deprived of her freedom by Argentine courts. “This opens the way not only for other great apes, but also for other sentient beings that are unfairly and arbitrarily deprived of their liberty,” says Paul Buompadre, an attorney with the Association of Officials and Lawyers for Animal Rights. “The question is not ‘Can they reason?’ or ‘Can they talk?’ but ‘Can they suffer?’” says Barry MacKay, director of the Animal Alliance of Canada. “That to me is the ultimate question.” 18

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t ive s p e c i e s ,” says co-founder Susan M. Tellem, in Malibu, California. “They can carry salmonella, parasites and tuberculosis,” she explains. Unfortunately, a California law passed to limit importation was revoked within weeks due to claims of cultural bias by politicians lobbying for Asian food markets that sell live turtles and bullfrogs. As the only Association of Zoos and Aquariums-certified wolf facility in the world, The Endangered Wolf Center, in Eureka, Missouri, has been breeding and reintroducing wolves into the wild for 40 years ( Founded by zoologist and television host Marlin Perkins and his wife, Carol, they helped increase both the Mexican gray wolf population from nine to 235 in managed care, plus at least 75 in the wild, and the red wolf population from 14 to 160 in managed care, with more than 100 in the wild. Every pack of Mexican gray wolves roaming the Southwest and 70 percent of North Carolina red wolves can be traced back to the center. Wildlife protection laws vary by state. Key conservation successes typically begin with local and regional initiatives promoted by farsighted individuals that care enough to get the ball rolling and back it up with supportive legislation. Christian Samper, Ph.D., CEO of the Wildlife Conservation Society, observes, “Zoos and aquariums help the public better understand the natural systems that make all life possible. The hope is that what people understand, they will appreciate and what they appreciate, they will work to protect.” One person’s care can make a difference. For an animal, it can mean life itself. Sandra Murphy is a freelance writer in St. Louis, MO. Connect at StLouis

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evada Voters for Animals (NV4A) is leading the fight in Nevada for animal protection, NV4A president, Gina Greisen, authored SB223, known as Cooney’s Law, to make animal cruelty a first time felony in Nevada. The group is dedicated to bringing awareness of animal issues to the forefront through education, information and advocacy, especially the number of homeless pets euthanized every year in Southern Nevada. NV4A brings attention to and makes a difference in issues surrounding companion animals including animal cruelty, pet overpopulation and responsible pet ownership through education, information, legislation and enforcement. Th e g r o u p wa s f o r m e d i n 2 0 1 4 a s a s o c i a l w e l f a r e 5 0 1 C-4 Non-Profit Organization to promote and improve the welfare for domestic and wildlife animals. It is allowed to conduct unlimited lobbying and may also secondarily engage in political activities. In addition to improving the welfare for domestic and wildlife animals, NV4A also engages in the protection of natural resources for animals and stimulates the economy. It is their goal to make all animal issues important to lawmakers through lobbying, helping to elect animal-friendly candidates to public office and holding them accountable for how they vote on animal related issues. On NV4A’s Facebook page the group shares critical info on Animal Action Alerts to help pass important legislation or ensure results on other issues important for animals, believing that communication, with fellow animal activists, is key to accomplishing their goals.

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eaven Can Wait Animal Society (HCWS) is a low cost, high volume spay and neuter clinic that focuses their aggressive spay/neuter efforts on targeted neighborhoods, feral cats and at-risk dog breeds to reduce the local impound and euthanasia rate. The group also forms local coalitions with other rescue groups, animal control agencies and community leaders, educates target groups to raise awareness about responsible pet ownership. In addition they rescue, rehabilitate and place homeless, unwanted and abandoned companion animals into permanent homes and also foster youth involvement through animal-related educational programs.

702-889-1900 A Home 4 Spot Animal Rescue is a 501c)3 that rescues, treats, rehabilitates and re-homes animals. This group, comprised of many volunteers throughout Las Vegas, Henderson, North Las Vegas and other areas that take in abused, neglected medical, at risk dogs and those with medical needs into their homes. They provide sanctuary and rehabilitation process to heal the dogs inside and out. The members treat, socialize and re-home dogs to homes that have been closely evalu-

ated, ensuring that each dog continues to thrive in their new home.

Nevada SPCA No-Kill Animal Shelter 702-873-SPCA (7722) The Nevada SPCA, a nonprofit organization, operates a no-kill animal sanctuary, promotes humane education, makes referrals for lower-cost spay/ neuter and vaccination services and challenges people to be the best possible guardians for the companion animals in their care. The group works to achieve adoption goals by treating each animal natural awakenings March 2015


as an individual, with a name instead of a number, striving to match each rescued animal with people, by personality and lifestyle, in order to have the best chance to find a forever home. Nevada SPCA seeks homes for the animals where they will be treated, cherished and appreciated as members of the family.

Las Vegas Valley Humane Society 702-434-2009

The Las Vegas Valley Humane Society (LVVHS) is improving the plight of homeless and abused animals in Clark County through rescue, rehabilitation and reduction in overpopulation by spaying & neutering. LVVHS-is a nonprofit 501c)3 corporation established according to Nevada laws for public benefit. It is dedicated to improving the welfare of animals. The group focuses their efforts on the prevention of cruelty to animals, relief of suffering among animals, reducing the over-breeding of domestic animals - primarily cats and dogs - through public education and sterilization programs improving the tragic plight of animals used in biomedical research and testing, as well as protecting endangered wildlife.

Noah’s Animal House 702-38-0072

N o a h ’s A n i m a l House is a veterinary and boarding sanctuary on the grounds of the The Shade Tree Shelter, the largest women and children’s domestic violence and crisis shelter in Nevada. Las Vegas was one of the first cities in the United States to address this important barrier facing victims of domestic violence, providing safety, shelter and support for the pets of the clients of The Shade Tree. 20

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Foreclosed Upon Pets, Inc. 702-272-0010

Foreclosed Upon Pets, Inc. (FUPI) is a nonprofit 501 c)3 organization dedicated to the rescue of domesticated animals that have been abused and/or abandoned by their owners as a result of economic hardship, including home foreclosure, loss of employment, insufficient income, or death and illness. FUPI works to further the cause of animal control through the education of the general public about the humane benefits of spay and neuter programs. The organization takes on a leadership role in developing strategies and creating coalitions with other animal rescue organizations in order to better serve the residential and commercial sectors of the community in the fight against animal cruelty.

Community Cat Coalition of Clark County 702-582-5867

The purpose of Community Cat Coalition of Clark County (C5) is to prevent cruelty to animals by protecting healthy free-roaming and feral cats in Clark County from cruel extermination methods and from non-medically directed euthanasia. They accomplish this through the implementation of humane Trap, Neuter and Return programs (TNR), management of outdoor colonies and educational out reach. The group strives to reduce the feral cat population in Clark County through humane methods by implementing world-class TNR programs which support the objectives of Ordinance 10.06, growing the number of Colony Caretakers to ensure feral cat colonies are properly managed and

actively connecting and engaging other volunteers who support the same goals.

On My Way Home Dachshund Rescue On My Way Home Dachshund Rescue, a 501c)3-nonprofit organization, saves dogs from highkill animal shelters, owner surrenders, neglect situations and puppy mill rescues. Each of their dogs receives a full medical evaluation, temperament testing, foster care, spay/neuter, microchipping, vaccinations, dental attention if needed and other medical care as-needed before being placed into an appropriate foster home. On My Way Home Rescue provides displaced dogs a place to recover while a forever home is found, working entirely through volunteers and foster families.

Animal Help Alliance Animal Help Alliance (AHA) is a 501c3 nonprofit advocacy organization whose ultimate goal is a No Kill Las Vegas. To that end AHA promotes adoption, foster and rescue for animals in the local Las Vegas community. AHA promotes these efforts for animals in our local kill shelters, fundraisers for the rescue and rehabilitation of animals in danger of euthanasia and they provide support to keep animals from entering the shelters in the first place.

Las Vegas Animals in Need Las Vegas Animals in Need is a networking page for animals that are up for adoption or in need of help. The group networks with all the Animal Rescues in the Las Vegas and Henderson area, helping with fundraising, networking animals and adoption events.

closely and in a supportive manner with shelter employees towards “pawsitive” progress in helping to increase adoption numbers, bring awareness of the shelter and provide support to pets in need. Members of this group believe that supporting the shelter ultimately shows support of the homeless pets who have a limited amount of time to find their forever homes.

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The Price of Beauty Humane Decisions Benefit Laboratory Animals by Gabrielle Wyant-Perillo


nimal testing, also known as animal experimentation, animal research and in vivo testing is the use of non-human animals in experiments. The research is conducted inside universities, medical schools, pharmaceutical companies, farms, defense establishments, and commercial facilities that provide animal-testing services to industry. It includes pure research, as well as applied research, which includes cosmetics testing. The practice is regulated to various degrees in different countries. Using animal testing, often on rabbits, guinea pigs, mice, rats and other animals in the development of cosmetics may involve testing either a finished product or the individual ingredients of a finished product to gauge the safety and hypoallergenic properties of products for use by humans. Worldwide it is estimated that the number of vertebrate animals ranges from the tens of millions to more than 100 million used annually. Most animals are euthanized after being used in an experiment. Sources of laboratory animals vary between countries and species; most animals are purpose-bred, while others are caught in the wild or supplied by dealers who obtain animals from the streets, in the wild or from auctions and animal shelters. Every year in the U.S., more than 125,000 primates, 75,000 dogs and thousands of other animals are tested in U.S. laboratories. Dogs are a favored species in toxicology studies. For example, beagles are the dog breed most often used in animal testing, due to their size and passive nature and rabbits are used extensively in eye irritancy tests, because the results are easily observed in their large eyes. Supporters of the use of animals in experiments argue that virtually every medical achievement in the 20th century relied on the use of animals in some way. The Institute for Laboratory Animal Research of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences argues that modeling interactions between molecules, cells, tissues, organs, organisms and the environment call for the necessity of animal research necessary. Animal rights, and some welfare organizations, question the legitimacy of it, arguing that it is a cruel, poorly 22

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Every product, every action, and every lifestyle decision can be a choice to harm less.” —Zoe Weil, The Animals’ Agenda regulated and unacceptable scientific practice because of the harm done to the animal subjects. In addition, they maintain that medical progress is being held back by misleading animal models, some of the tests are outdated, it cannot reliably predict effects in humans, the costs outweigh the benefits and animals have the intrinsic right not to be used or harmed in experimentation. Cosmetic animal testing is banned in the European Union, India, Israel and Norway. In the animal rights movement, cruelty-free is a label for products or activities that do not harm or kill animals. Products tested on animals are not considered cruelty free, since these tests are often painful and cause the suffering of millions of animals every year. Companies now offer a wide range of cruelty-free products such as cosmetics, personal-care products, household cleaners, clothing, shoes, condoms (which are sometimes processed with casein) and candles (which usually use paraffin or beeswax). While some manufacturers have begun to label their

products as “not tested on animals”, “we do not conduct animal testing”, “never tested on animals”, “against animal testing” or “cruelty-free”. However, these statements are not clearly defined by law, so it can be used to mean anything a manufacturer wants it to mean. In addition, many personal care products that do not market themselves as “cruelty-free” are, in fact, tested for safety using non-animal methods. In short, there is no “official” or government-sanctioned cruelty-free label. Companies producing beauty and household products that do not test their products on animals, for any market, can request membership of The Leaping Bunny Program which allows their products to feature Cruelty Free International’s Leaping Bunny logo. The program sets global standard of operations and sales. Certification can be obtained in the US from The Coalition for Consumer Information on Cosmetics (CCIC) (leapingbunny. org). In 2013 over 500 companies were certified. However, some company›s certifications were revoked after it was discovered they continued to test on animals in Asia. Organizations such as National AntiVivisection Society (NAVS) (, PETA (, Go Cruelty Free (, Coalition for Consumer Information on Cosmetics, British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection (BUAV) ( and its offshoot organization Cruelty

Free International (crueltyfreeinternational) have released lists of cruelty-free products and cruel products to boycott. Products bearing the Leaping Bunny mark are certified ‘cruelty free’ under the internationally-recognized Humane Cosmetics or Humane Household Products Standards. These rigorous standards stipulate that no animal testing is conducted or commissioned for finished products or ingredients in any phase of product development by the company, its laboratories or its suppliers after a fixed cut-off date. Since the 1990s this has been the only international thirdparty cruelty-free certification program. Even with the challenges of  und e r s t a n d i n g wh a t most manufacturers mean by their “cruelty-free” label, the CCIC’s Leaping Bunny Program is the best resource to help concerned consumers find products that have met a “crueltyfree” standard. The Center for Laboratory Animal Welfare (CLAW) encourages consumers to make conscientious choices about the personal care products they buy. Consumers who care about animals can make humane decisions that benefit laboratory animals. Gabrielle Wyant-Perillo is publisher/executive editor of Natural Awakenings – Greater Las Vegas.

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tevie’s Healing Arts and Spa offers custom organic facials, body massage, organic body treatments, NovaLash eyelash extensions, toe reading, aromatherapy, Reiki, life coaching and much more. Owner Stevie Abrusci states, “We are super excited we just got Colleen Egan. Her specialties include chair massage, prenatal, Swedish, deep tissue, therapeutic, shiatsu, reflexology and sports massage. She is amazing” The practitioners at Stevie’have more than 40 years of combined working experience. They attend many workshops and obtain continuing education in their fields. Abrusci is licensed as a cosmologist, esthetician and esthetician instructor. She is also certified and has received advanced training in Novalash eyelash extensions. All of the products, from moisturizers and skin care products to eyelash extension glue and serums, are all cruelty-free. Abrusci has been in business since August 2013, and says, “The majority of clients that come see us are women. They come when they have ‘had it’. They are overworked, stressed out and the kids are driving them crazy. We are that miracle that women are looking for that soothes their nerves and recharges them to face another day. Even if you are just getting your lashes done. You are in a private, quiet and peaceful room where you can take a nap or just calmly meditate about the week ahead of you.” Abrusci says about her early background, “I was very hyperactive as a kid. It was hard to settle me down, get me to sleep. My dad use to have me close my eyes and he would trace his finger around my eyes and across my forehead. I just remember as a child how soothing this was. Facials do the same thing.” If new customers should know one thing, it is this; “There is something new to experience every time you come,” says Abrusci. “A facial should be a journey of the senses–the smells, textures and feelings should be different every time you come.” Stevie’s Healing Art and Spa is located at 80 N. Pecos Rd., Las Vegas. For more information, call 702-979-8035 or visit


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t Aminah’s Organic Skin Spa, customers will find a unique boutique spa that carries only cruelty-free skincare and beauty products. Aminah Mujadidi-Brewer, owner and master esthetician, is originally from Afghanistan, and came to the U.S. when she was a young girl. Originally studying to become a teacher, her plan was diverted when she developed adult acne in college. It was an esthetician that finally helped clear up her skin, inspiring Mujadidi-Brewer to go on to esthetician school. She has been an animal rights activist and vegetarian since the age of 12 and promotes the ethical treatment of animals in her professional and personal life. Mujadidi-Brewer believes that carrying and using cruelty-free organic products is not only ethical, but healthier for human use. She notes that organic fruit and vegetable-based products are lower in chemicals, making them safer for human use, but they also have a higher absorbency rate than animal-based products because the body recognizes fruit and vegetables as food. “This higher absorbency rate and raw diet for the skin also makes them more powerful and results driven than chemical based products,” she says. “That is why 99% of new clients see improvement from just one facial at our spa.” Products made with raw, organic food based ingredients need not be tested on animals because there are no harsh chemicals with which to contend. Some countries test products on paid volunteers, which is what Aminah’s Organic Skin Spa promotes. “Testing on animals is a huge, cruel and unnecessary industry,” says Mujadidi-Brewer. “What is alarming is that companies can claim “cruelty free” status on labels containing common beauty industry ingredients that have been tested on animals. Legally, they can say their company didn’t test on animals, even though the ingredients were tested on animals.” Consumers need to read and study not only ingredients, but a company’s history regarding the authenticity of their “cruelty free” label. For example, it is very common to use animal fats and animal byproducts such as hyaluronic acid in moisturizers and wrinkle/line plumpers. At Aminah’s Organic Skin Spa, hyaluronic acid is derived from the root vegetable, marshmallow root. They use, not only, cruelty-free beauty products, but also cruelty-free detergent, cleaning agents and air fresheners.

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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


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LIFESAVING ACTS Protecting Animals at Home and Abroad


by Sandra Murphy

ach year, more dogs, cats and other pets end up in shelters as lost, stray or owner-surrendered than leave them for a new home. What can be done to reverse this trend?

common, even though they require uncommon commitment. As part of implementing effective procedures and infrastructure, shelter leadership works to secure the support and involvement of the community. By joining together to How to Help implement lifesaving programs and treat Immediate steps: Have a vet implant a each life as precious, a shelter can transtiny RFID (radio frequency identification) form a community. Find a no kill shelter microchip. It’s safe, affordable and helps primer at reunite the owner with a lost pet. Spay/ neuter pets to avoid unwanted litters. In Faraway Lands Spread the word: Only about 30 Illegal wildlife trading and loss of habitat percent of household pets come from are huge and escalating problems wild shelters or rescues, according to the animals face every day. Small repopulaASPCA. To help, suggest that shelters tion success stories exist, but progress is post photos in the lobby, supported by slow. Here are some of the most urgent a note about each animal’s good points and dramatic perils topping the lengthy and special needs to entice potential endangered species list. adopters. Also share YouTube videos that Elephants are hunted for their ivory celebrate adoption and advocate con- tusks. “China is the largest consumer of trolling the pet population (see Tinyurl. ivory, but the United States is second,” com/SpayNeuterStreetMusic1 and says Jeff Flocken, J.D., North American regional director with the International Volunteer: The Motley Zoo, in Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), headRedmond, Washington, provides medi- quartered in Yarmouth Port, Massacal care and behavioral training for ill, chusetts ( “Every year, 35,000 injured, neglected, abused and unwanted elephants are killed; an average of one animals mainly from overflowing shelters. every 15 minutes.” Northern white rhinos once freely About half of its 150 volunteers foster pets; others plan educational events or handle roamed East and Central Africa south of administrative tasks. “Each person has a the Sahara. Until 1960, there were more specialty,” says Jamie Thomas, executive than 2,000; today, only five exist—one director. “We match fosters and animals in the San Diego Zoo’s Safari Park, one in a Czech Republic zoo and three at a to get the best results.” No kill shelters are becoming more wildlife conservancy in Kenya.

Imported as pets or show attractions, “There are between 10,000 and 20,000 big cats in private hands in America at facilities/businesses not accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums,” says Carson Barylak, with IFAW’s Washington, D.C., office. “There are more tigers in private possession in the U.S. than in the wild.” Pangolins eat ants and termites. Hunted for meat and their scales (used in Asian medicines), they are one of the world’s most endangered mammals (see Thirty years ago, the world population of lowland gorillas numbered 240. Thanks to the Mountain Gorilla Veterinary Project, in Rwanda, Uganda, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the population has grown to an estimated 880 ( is supported by SaveAGorilla. org). Led by Ruth Keesling, the project has shown the inestimable value of the species. “Once you’ve looked into the eyes of a gorilla, you’re forever changed,” says her son Frank, in Denver, Colorado.

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Make saving animals a priority. Contact legislators. Be a law-abiding consumer— don’t buy ivory or other endangeredanimal products. Support conservancy groups. Share information. Donate time and money. “IFAW is working to advance legislation to prohibit private ownership of big cats in the U.S. The bill received bipartisan support and we hope to see it become law,” says Barylak. “We’ve asked the U.S. Department of Agriculture to ban direct contact with big cats. It’s harmful to the animals and the people that handle them.” Annual running events with participants donning gorilla costumes raise funds and awareness. Following the Austin, Texas, event in January, runs will be held in Cincinnati, Ohio, on March 29 and in Denver, Colorado, on November 1. “Another way to help gorillas is to recycle cell phone and computer batteries. Coltan [tantalite] is used to make batteries—13 percent of the world’s supply of coltan is in the park area of the Congo,” says Frank Keesling. Barriers to improving the lives of animals can be overcome and banished when we believe it’s possible and everyone helps. The animals are counting on us. Connect with freelance writer Sandra Murphy at StLouisFreelanceWriter@ natural awakenings March 2015


Vegas is Shifting shifting to a New new Axis axis of Consciousness consciousness by Samantha "Sami" Hamilton


here is a growing trend of people shifting to more conscious eating and living in the vegetarian and vegan lifestyle. BioFach, in Germany, the world’s leading trade fair for organic food, has been tracking this growing movement worldwide and estimates the number of vegetarians and vegans to number about 1 billion people, or roughly one-seventh of the world’s population. Paul Graham started a blog, Eating Vegan in Vegas, in 2011 and its large following prompted a print version that includes 200 vegetarian/vegan restaurants in Las Vegas. It is the most comprehensive guide to plant-based eating in Las Vegas—it’s available at many locations in town and With more than 3 million visitors each month, what happens in Vegas no longer stays in Vegas, because we have become known as

ings and other events with a charity/philanthropic connection with the local community. There is evidence of the shift everywhere. Our local farmers’ markets have a wonderful array of vegan food, baked goods, artisan cheeses and more each week throughout the valley. Local grocery stores are adding more vegan food options to their shelves because the demand for it is there. It is rare to see a new restaurant open up here in town without a number of plant-based options on the menu. The nonprofit Create A Change Now is promoting the importance of eating healthy, exercising and gardening in our low-income Vegas Valley schools. “It’s important we change the way children see the food on their plate”, says Development Director Mindy Tatti. At the root of the issue, more of the local community is getting involved in animal rights activism and has attracted local offices for organizations like Circus Protest and CompassionWorks International. V-Animal’s Sanctuary opened this past year and is the first of its kind in Las Vegas. The third Health, Healing, and Happiness Conference is coming this June and has become a shining light for health via a plant-based lifestyle. This conscious shift is also making an impact in the local environmental and spiritual communities. Las Vegas is now a leader and could be an inspiration for other cities to follow.


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one of the top 10 vegan-friendly cities in America. There has also been a proliferation of vegetarian MeetUp groups gathering on a weekly basis. Las Vegan Eatz Events, founded by Mindy Tatti, has served as a bridge over the past two years by bringing vegans and the curious together for monthly gatherings at restaurants around the city. This is a great way to connect with like-minded people and enjoy vegan cuisine. Now Las Vegan Eatz is shifting toward more intimate dinner gather-


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s it possible to live a healthy life with delicious food and drink, leave a smaller carbon footprint and allow other creatures to live? Those living a plant-based diet believe the way is through veganism. The Vegan Society ( defines veganism as, "… a way of living which seeks to exclude, as far as is possible and practicable, all forms of exploitation of, and cruelty to, animals for food, clothing or any other purpose.” Compassion is often the key factor that leads people to choose a vegan lifestyle and the desire to prevent the exploitation of animals. Emotional attachments with animals often form part of that reason, while many believe that all sentient creatures have a right to life and freedom. Many plant-based eaters believe that avoiding animal products is one of the most obvious ways one can take a stand against animal cruelty and exploitation. Degrees of veganism vary from ‘junk food vegans’ to raw food vegans, and everything in between. Common among all degrees is a plant-based diet that avoids all animal foods such as meat, diary, eggs and honey, as well as products made from or tested on animals. A vegan diet is richly diverse and comprises all kinds of fruits, vegetables, nuts, grains, seeds, beans and pulses. But, veganism is not just about diet. People are turning to a vegan diet for the health benefits: increased energy, younger looking skin and eternal youth are just some of the claims from enthusiastic plant eaters. There are many scientifically proven benefits to vegan living, especially when compared to the average western diet. Environmentally, avoiding all animal products is the most effective thing an individual can do to lower their carbon footprint. Avoiding animal products is one of the simplest ways an individual can reduce the strain on food as well as other resources, especially considering the lack of which disproportionately affects the poorest people all over the world. Many vegans report that living this lifestyle is affordable and there are easily-sourced alternatives to everything. There are over 16,000 products and services registered with the Vegan Trademark alone. Veganism is the sustainable option when it comes to looking after our planet. Plant-based living is a sustainable way of feeding the human family. A plant-based diet requires only one third of the land needed to support a meat and dairy diet. With rising global food and water insecurity due to a myriad of environmental and socio-economic problems, there’s never been a better time to adopt a more sustainable way of living. Gabrielle Wyant-Perillo is Publisher/Executive editor for Natural Awakenings - Greater Las Vegas.

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Was there a defining experience that prompted you to live a vegan lifestyle? I learned what chemicals were pumped into meat and have a negative impact on human health. It bothered me, but I didn’t act on it. Then I volunteed at V Animal Sanctuary and saw a soul in all those eyes and it was time to do something! What benefits have you experienced since embracing the vegan lifestyle? Weight loss! No more sinus infections! What is your lifestyle/ profession and does being vegan interfere? I fired up my cooking company vegan! Vegan is my profession! I’m a self taught vegan chef! Are you the only individual in your household that is vegan and what do you eat? Do you encourage or insist your children follow your beliefs? No kids! Just three dogs! But, I have swayed short term roommates to go vegan... they were impressed with the food!!! To maintain your vegan lifestyle, is there a lot of food preparation? Yes! Meal planning is a must, but it is that way with any healthy eating! Do you believe vegan food is too expensive?No! Vegan food is way less expensive than meat! Do you find it easy to remain vegan when you dine out in Las Vegas? If so, which are your favorite Vegan establishments? Yes! Just like your meals, you must plan accordingly! I only go out when there are options or it’s a vegan restaurant! I prefer vegan restaurants! Don’t yet have a fav, but I do like my Vegan Meals by Mindy food!

Ana Awakened From Ana R. • age 36 • Las Vegas Was there a defining experience that prompted you to live a vegan lifestyle? I never knew about vegetarians and especially not vegans. When I got pregnant and started reading and researching about health and environment, it all came together. We are destroying out planet and our bodies. What benefits have you experienced since embracing the vegan lifestyle? My skin has never been so beautiful! I have this glow that is never ending. Plus I feel great inside and out! What is your lifestyle/ profession? Does being vegan interfere with your life/profession? I work in the mortgage industry and it in no way affects my lifestyle, if anything I am affecting others with sharing my delicious food! Are you the only individual in your household that is vegan and what do you eat? Do you encourage or insist your children follow your beliefs? Our whole family is Vegan. We have a family of four and my kids are the ones that check the labels! To maintain your vegan lifestyle, is there a lot of food preparation and is it too expensive? Not at all. Being Vegan makes life easier. Fresh produce and fast meals make the vegan lifestyle carefree and fun. Do you find it easy to remain vegan and dine out in Las Vegas? If so, which are your favorite Vegan establishments? Now its easy to be a vegan in Vegas, we have so many new restaurants and choices: Veggie House, Garden Grill, Simply Pure, Lyfe Kitchen, Whole Foods, Ronald’s Donuts, Violette Vegan, Go Raw, Veg Out, Bronze Cafe, Chipotle, Frank and Finas, Nacho Daddy, Pizza Company, TIABI!

How do you know what to order when eating out at a nonvegan restaurant? Is anything safe? I try not to frequent nonvegan places. It's like supporting the meat industry!

How do you know what to order when eating out at a nonvegan restaurant? Is anything safe? You simply ask the waiter and talk to the chef. It›s not hard at all and its always safe to ask questions. Don›t think your being rude by asking a simple question. The chef›s are always happy to accommodate.

What would you like NA readers to know about living a Vegan Lifestyle in Greater Las Vegas? It’s not as hard as you think! If I can do it, you can do it! Bu,t meal planning is essential. That’s where my little cooking company comes in. I make vegan food tasty, affordable and convenient!

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The Earth Diet Liana Werner-Gray on Simple Eating by Lane Vail


Why is it important to define our eating plan?

How did you discover the Earth Diet? Six years ago, I was completely addicted to junk food and chronically sick, tired, bloated and miserable. It wasn’t until I was diagnosed with a golf-ball-sized precancerous tumor that I decided to take a serious look at my life and make a change. I began to blog about my journey into self-healing through natural foods and my readers held me accountable to sticking with it. I also started creating healthy recipes that delivered my favorite junk food flavors so I didn’t feel deprived. Slowly, I stopped craving artificial junk foods and started craving natural versions of those flavors. Within three months, the tumor disappeared. I had demonstrated that I could undo the damage of toxic junk food by restoring proper nutrition into my cells and knew that by going back to nature, I could experience healing. Now people from around the world have testified that The Earth Diet has helped them heal ailments from A to Z. 32

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Everyone on the planet is on a diet; it’s just a matter of which one. Are you on a junk food diet or a disorderly eating diet? Most people deprive themselves at some point and end up binging later. Having a name for the lifestyle I wanted to live helped me commit to it. When you’re lost and disconnected from nature and your body, you need rules and guidelines. Day one, eat this; day two, eat that. The Earth Diet’s rules and guidelines helped me to break a disempowering addiction to junk food. After following the guidelines for a while, the whole lifestyle becomes natural and choices become easy. How can busy people prepare and eat fresh foods more frequently? Try making a huge batch of smoothies or vegetable juice on a Sunday; put a few servings in the fridge and the rest in the freezer. Then, take one to work each day. Fresh is best, but a thawed frozen juice is better than nothing. Also, simplify eating. I grew up in Australia’s Outback, alongside aboriginal people that ate “mono foods”—singular, whole, raw foods sourced directly from nature, and they had slim, resilient and healthy bodies. Eating mono foods gives the digestive system a break; we feel energized because the body doesn’t have to break down a complicated meal. Try, for photo by Roxxe NYC Photography

i a n a W e r n e rGray, an Australian-born beauty queen, actress and environmentalist, lectures worldwide on healthy eating and is supported by a corps of nutrition coaches. Her book, The Earth Diet, describes a nature-based eating and lifestyle plan that has helped thousands realize greater vitality, harmony and peace.

example, eating a watermelon for lunch or an avocado for dinner.

Name some foods we’d be surprised to read about in The Earth Diet. My readers especially enjoy the chicken nuggets, burgers, gluten-free cookie dough, cashew cheesecake and vegan ice cream. The raw chocolate balls are popular, made with just three ingredients: almonds or sunflower seeds ground into flour, cacao powder and a favorite natural sweetener like maple syrup, honey or dates. Sometimes I add salt, mint, coconut or vanilla. I make a batch in 10 minutes and keep them in the freezer so I can have chocolate whenever I crave it.

Transforming the way we eat can be overwhelming; what are some simple first steps for the novice? Lemon water is incredibly powerful. It’s high in vitamin C, so it boosts the immune system, and it’s energizing, alkalizing and detoxifying. Just squeeze the juice of a lemon into two cups of water first thing in the morning and drink. I also recommend eating a whole, raw, mono food in its natural state every day, like a banana, orange or strawberries. Eat something that hasn’t been sliced, diced, processed and packaged. Lastly, practice eating only when hungry and eat what you’re craving in the most natural way possible (for example, upgrading from conventional pizza to organic store-bought brands to raw homemade pizza). On Sunday I woke up and made a big brunch for friends; we had organic eggs, salsa, herbal tea and organic cookies. For dinner, I ate an avocado. That’s all I was craving, and it ended up balancing out my day. If you’re craving chocolate, there’s a reason. If you’re craving a smoothie for dinner, have one. You can both fulfill cravings and nourish and love your body at the same time. Lane Vail is a freelance writer and blogger at

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GREENS! New Ways to Prepare these Nutritional Powerhouses by Nava Atlas


or seasonal eaters, farm market shoppers and members of community supported agriculture, vegetable greens have become a normal part of everyday diets. Recognized as the most nutrient-rich group of veggies, they deliver multiple benefits. Greens are a top source of vitamin K, essential to bone health, and are abundant in vitamins A, B (especially folic acid) and C. They deliver considerable antioxidants and chlorophyll, widely known to protect against cancer, and are anti-inflammatory, according to Dr. Joel Fuhrman, a family physician in Flemington, New Jersey, who specializes in nutritional medicine. Fuhrman notes, “The majority of calories in green vegetables, including leafy greens, come from protein, and this plant protein is packaged with beneficial phytochemicals. They’re rich in folate and calcium, and contain small amounts of omega-3 fatty acids.” Hardy greens, like kale, chard and collards, are good sources of accessible calcium. Only about 30 percent of calcium from dairy products is absorbed, but according to Registered Dietitian Ginny Messina, “For certain leafy green vegetables, rates are considerably higher. We absorb between 50 and 60


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percent of the calcium in cruciferous leafy green vegetables like kale and turnip greens.” Tasty and versatile, greens can add interest and value to every meal. Here’s how. Smoothies and juices. Spinach tastes so mild in smoothies and juices that we barely know it’s there. Kale and collards add a mild greens flavor. A big handful or two of spinach or one or two good-size kale or collard leaves per serving is about right. Greens blend well with bananas, apples, berries and pears. A high-speed blender is needed to break down kale and collards; a regular blender is sufficient for spinach. An online search for “green smoothies” will turn up many recipes. Use “massaged” raw kale in salads. Rinse and spin-dry curly kale leaves stripped from their stems, and then chop into bite-sized pieces. Thinly slice the stems to add to another salad or lightly cooked vegetable dishes or simply discard. Place the cut kale in a serving bowl. Rub a little olive oil onto both palms and massage the kale for 45 to 60 seconds; it’ll soften up and turn bright green. Add other desired veggies and fruits and dress the mixture. A favorite recipe entails tossing massaged kale with dried cranberries,

toasted or raw cashew pieces, vegan mayonnaise and a little lemon juice. Massaged kale also goes well with avocados, apples, pears, Napa or red cabbage, carrots, pumpkin seeds and walnuts. It can alternatively be dressed in ordinary vinaigrette, sesame-ginger or tahini dressing. Add hardy greens to stir-fries. The best stir-fry greens are lacinato kale, collards or chard. Rinse and dry the leaves, and then strip them from the stems. Stack a few leaves and roll them up snugly from the narrow end. Slice thinly to make long, thin ribbons and then cut them once or twice across to shorten; adding thinly sliced stems is optional. Add the strips to the stir-fry toward the end of cooking. They blend well with broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, celery, bok choy, asparagus and green beans. Soy sauce, tamari and ginger add flavor. Use leafy spring greens in salads. Look beyond lettuce to create invigorating warm-weather salads. Use lots of peppery watercress (a nutritional superstar), baby bok choy, tender dandelion greens, tatsoi and mizuna (Japanese greens are increasingly available from farm markets). Combine with baby greens and sprouts, plus favorite salad veggies and fruits for a clean-tasting and cleansing repast. Learn to love bitter greens. Add variety to the meal repertoire with escarole, broccoli rabe and mustard greens. These mellow considerably with gentle braising or incorporation into soups and stews. Heat a little olive oil in a large, deep skillet or stir-fry pan; sauté chopped garlic and/or shallots to taste. Add washed and chopped greens, stir quickly to coat with the oil, and then add about a quarter cup of water or vegetable stock. Cover and cook until tender and wilted, about five minutes. Traditional additions include raisins and toasted pine nuts, salt and pepper and a little apple cider vinegar. Nava Atlas is the author of the recent book, Plant Power: Transform Your Kitchen, Plate, and Life with More Than 150 Fresh and Flavorful Vegan Recipes, from which this was adapted. Visit

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is curly green kale. Lacinato kale works well, too, as long as it isn’t too large and tough prior to massaging. Even when kale isn’t the main leafy green in a salad, adding a few prepared leaves can up the nutrient value of any kind of green, grain or pasta salad. For each of the following recipes, start with a medium bunch of kale (about eight ounces), or more or less to taste. Finish each salad with sea salt and freshly ground pepper, if preferred.

Mediterranean Kale Salad

Southwestern-Flavored Kale Salad

Add a peeled and diced avocado, plus thinly sliced red cabbage to taste, sliced carrots, diced yellow squash, halved red and/or yellow fresh grape tomatoes and sunflower or pumpkin seeds. Optionally, add a little more olive oil in addition to that used for massaging and some freshly squeezed or bottled lemon or lime juice.

To the massaged kale, add two or three medium-sized fresh ripe tomatoes, a peeled and diced avocado, one to two cups cooked or raw fresh corn kernels, some red bell pepper strips and optional chopped green or black olives. Flavor with freshly squeezed or bottled lime juice, a little olive oil and some chopped cilantro. To up the protein for a main dish, add some cooked or canned, drained and rinsed, black or pinto beans and then sprinkle pumpkin seeds over the top.

To the massaged kale, add two or three medium-sized chopped fresh ripe tomatoes, strips of sun-dried tomato, plenty of bell pepper strips and chopped or whole cured black olives. For protein, add a cup or two of cooked or canned, drained and rinsed, chickpeas. Top with thinly sliced fresh basil leaves.

Kale and Avocado Salad

All recipes courtesy of Nava Atlas, author of Plant Power: Transform Your Kitchen, Plate, and Life With More Than 150 Fresh and Flavorful Vegan Recipes; used with permission.

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The Emotional Component of Essential Oils by Kristen Hallett Rzasa


nhaling a whiff of sweet basil and oregano, coupled with the moist, pungent smell of pipe smoke may evoke childhood memories of walking into grandma’s house for Sunday dinner. The response is powerful; we can almost taste the macaroni and gravy simmering on the stove. Not only is there a physical reaction to the smell, but an emotional response, as well. Our sense of smell is the only one of our five senses that taps directly into the emotional control center of our brain. Our olfactory senses are stronger than the other senses and provide the

fastest path to memories and emotions. Recently, the use of essential oils for emotional well-being has garnered a surge in popularity. Dr. Joseph Ledoux, of New York Medical University, was one of the first to suggest that using aroma could be a major breakthrough in helping to release hidden and suppressed feeling and memories of emotional bondage. The cell structure of plant-based essential oils is similar to that of human cell structures, enabling the human body to recognize and process the oils. The oils attach to cell receptor sites and elicit the emotional responses needed. They calm the amygdala, located in the temporal lobe of the brain, that is associated with emotions, aggression and memory. Their

soothing effect can release and relieve stress and trauma. Massage therapist Lauren Bailey Peters was drawn to the spiritual aspect of the essential oils. “Aromatherapy has been used for thousands of years in temples and spiritual practices,” she says. “The quality of the oils determines how it affects your body and brain, so choose wisely.” As with our food, oils produced from plants and flowers that are organically grown and sustainably produced are recommended. Kristen Hallett Rzasa is owner of InterPlay Health, a whole life wellness company focused on fitness, nutrition and fun for women (


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Women's Circle – 5:30-7pm. For women only, get a chance to talk about one’s life or business, receive support from like-minded women, make friends, expand knowledge, share expertise. Donation. Naturally Organic Healing Center, 1171 S Buffalo Rd, LV. Ileana: 702-823-6512. Meetup. com/Esoteric-Yoga.


Raw Food Class: Not Milk: Nut-Milk – 6:458pm. Learn to prepare allergy-free, non-mucous producing, vegan raw non-dairy "dairy" foods, such as milk, butter, cottage cheese, and other dishes full of flavor and lifeforce. Includes sampling and recipes. $15. 5693 S Jones Blvd 102, LV. Victoria: 702-659-2390.


Messages with Gregory Kompes – 7pm. Ask questions and Psychic Intuitive Gregory A. Kompes shares the answers he receives from one’s spirit guides, angels, archangels, transitioned family members, and inner being. No question is out of bounds. $20. Luminosity Wellness Center, 2400 N Tenaya Way, LV. Scarlet Dragonfly: 702-672-4433.


Convene for Green 2015 – All day. Green Chips’ Annual Sustainability Summit, Creating Sustainability Identity. The Rio Hotel, 3700 W Flamingo Rd, LV. City of Las Vegas Neighborhood Grants Program – 5:30-7:30pm. Apply for a maximum of $5000 to help improve the quality of one’s neighborhood. An informative workshop about the Neighborhood Partners Fund process and instructions for using Centennial Hills Community Center (YMCA), 6601 N Buffalo Dr, LV. Register for this workshop: 702-339-6681 or Superior Health with Essential Oils – 6-8pm. Essential oils are 50-70 times more powerful than herbs. Learn why dōTERRA Essential Oils are desirable to use and how to use them. RSVP and receive a free 5ml Wild Orange. Free. Naturally Organic 1171 S Buffalo, LV. Christina: 702-562196. Theta Meditation – 7-8pm. Helps teach how to achieve a theta brain wave. Developed to focus on different areas of one’s life that need help to heal or change in a positive way. Love donation. Luminosity Wellness Center. 2400 N Tenaya Way, LV. 702-324-2595.


Exploring the Enneagram with Crystal Teacher Brad Travis – 12-2:30pm. Within the study of the Enneagram, there are nine personality drives. Experience a fun filled adventure of enlightenment into how to understand ourselves deeper knowing the different personalities. $20. Intentional Healings Center, 3450 E Russell Rd, 110, LV. Jodi Friedman: 702-274-4545.


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Holistic Wellness Networking Event – 5:30pm. Learn tricks, tips and tools to get through the week. By raising energy and increasing vibration one will attract more sales, connections and opportunities. The experts will demonstrate. $10. Luminosity Wellness Center, 2400 N Tenaya Way, LV. Christine: 702-721-9355.


Meditation and Prayer for Earth – 9-10am. Let’s get together to contribute to raising the vibration of our planet. This is a unique meditation, done in a YANG-spiral formation, for the well-being of Earth and Humanity. Bring friends and family. Free. Naturally Organic Healing Center, 1171 S Buffalo Rd, LV. Ileana: 702-823-6512. Meetup. com/Esoteric-Yoga. REIKI 1 Certif. Training – 9am-8pm. Receive a sacred initiation. Gain permanent access to The Source. Learn to protect the self from negative energies; administer powerful treatments to self, others, animals, plants. No prior experience necessary. $195. 3920 Amy Marie Ct, LV. Victoria: 702-659-2390.


Transform Emotional Eating – 2:30pm. Learn why losing weight is often difficult; what Belief System is, when and how it's formed; where emotional eating comes from. Break through outdated 'programming'. Includes guided imagery for easy memorization. $13.50. 3920 Amy Marie Ct, LV. Victoria: 702-659-2390.


City of Las Vegas Neighborhood Grants Program – 5:30-7:30pm. Apply for a maximum of $5000 to help improve the quality of one’s neighborhood. An informative workshop about the Neighborhood Partners Fund process and instructions for using Durango Hills Community Center (YMCA), 3521 N Durango Dr, LV. Register for this workshop: 702339-6681 or 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.


Admission Open House at Wongu University of Oriental Medicine – 5:30pm. This will be a fascinating and informative afternoon. Get all questions answered about the Admissions process. Learn about scholarship opportunities and speak with current faculty and students. Free. 8620 S Eastern Ave, LV. Angela Stueber: 702-463-2122.

Manifesting Made Simple with Jodi. Success Formula using Meditation – 6:30-8:30pm. Experience deep healing meditation using intention to create personal dreams. Energizing class moves one into a space of relaxation in order to experience connection into soul, create on the deepest level. $25. Intentional Healings Center, 3450 E Russell Rd, 110, LV. Jodi Friedman: 702-274-4545. 220506607/. Belly Dance Class for All with Patti – 7-8pm. Connect to one’s inner goddess through the movements of Belly dancing. No experience needed. Class starts with a simple warm-up, followed by learning basic moves, then putting them together with music. $15. Enchanted Forest Reiki Center, 800 N Rainbow Blvd, 100, LV. 702948-4999.


Empath Series with Vanessa Sandoval – 7pm. Empaths have difficulty navigating through life because every emotion and energy is often felt, and without the proper tools those emotions and energies can be taken on and carried within one’s energetic body. $25. Enchanted Forest Reiki Center, 800 N Rainbow Blvd, 100, LV. 702-948-4999.


Basic ThetaHealing Class March 14, 15 & 16 with Jennifer Keller – 9am-4:30pm, Sat/ Sun. 3:30-9:30pm, Mon. Become a practitioner of ThetaHealing with Jennifer Keller. Learn discernment when working with guides and guardian angels, learn the laws of manifestation, balance serotonin and noradrenaline levels. $500. Intentional Healings Center, 3450 E Russell Rd, 110, LV. Jodi Friedman: 702-274-4545. 220341819/. City of Las Vegas Neighborhood Grants Program – 5:30-7:30pm. Apply for a maximum of $5000 to help improve the quality of one’s neighborhood. An informative workshop about the Neighborhood Partners Fund process and instructions for using Doolittle Community Center Multipurpose Room B, 1950 N J St, LV. Register for this workshop: 702-339-6681 or Under the Crystals – 9:30am-5pm. Journey in this crystal layout class. Learn about crystals, creating a grid, and how to lead a session. Remote viewing, journey to past and future lives and more. Certification upon completion. $175. Luminosity

Wellness Center, 2400 N Tenaya Way, LV. 702-3242595. Miracle of Voice Channeling Spirit – TBA. Become an accurate medium practitioner by training with Jason Nelson. Get the answers to questions from one’s spiritual guidance. Jason Nelson has 100% success teaching every person how to voice channel. Register: 310-929-5993 or


ThetaHealing Rhythm for finding One’s Perfect Weight – 10am-5pm. ThetaHealing Rhythm to a Perfect Weight is designed to help find and remove the beliefs that stops one from removing or gaining the weight for ideal size. Prerequisites: Basic DNA and Advance DNA. $100. Luminosity Wellness Center, 2400 N Tenaya Way, LV. 702-324-2595.


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. 5693 S Jones Blvd, 102. LV. Victoria: 702-659-2390. Free Udo Erasmus, PhD Lecture – 6:30pm. Go beyond diet: hear directly about "the most important thing one can do in nutrition" according to the nutritional formulator, world renowned speaker and author of three books. Seating is limited. Aloha Energy Center 1770 N Buffalo, 105, LV. 702-4948463. Moving Meditations of Body and Mind – 6:30-8pm. Shamanic healer/teacher and ChinYi/ Bogwa Master Ray Veach teaches this two-hour class of simple techniques to add to a daily practice of reconnecting to the wisdom of one’s own body. $25. Enchanted Forest Reiki Center, 800 N Rainbow Blvd, 100, LV. 702-948-4999. Free Udo Erasmus, PhD Lecture – 6:30pm. Go beyond diet: hear directly about "the most important thing one can do in nutrition" according to the nutritional formulator, world renowned speaker and author of three books. Seating is limited. Aloha Energy Center 1770 N Buffalo, 105, LV. 702-4948463.


Udo Erasmus, PhD Live Broadcast at – 8am. Internationally renowned author and authority on natural health issues. Nutritional formulator of the Udo products. Viewer calls will be accepted. 702-731-1230. Free Udo Erasmus, PhD Lecture – 3:30pm. Go beyond diet: hear directly about "the most important thing one can do in nutrition" according to the nutritional formulator, world renowned speaker and author of three books. Seating is limited. Naturally Organic Healing Center, 1171 S Buffalo D, 110, LV. 702-494-8463. Free Udo Erasmus, PhD Lecture – 7pm. Go beyond diet: hear directly about "the most important thing one can do in nutrition" according to the nutritional formulator, world renowned speaker and author of three books. Seating is limited. Go Raw Café, 2381 E Windmill Lane, Ste 18, LV. 702494-8463.


City of Las Vegas Neighborhood Grants Program – 3:30-5:30pm. Apply for a maximum of $5000 to help improve the quality of one’s neighborhood. An informative workshop about the Neighborhood Partners Fund process and instructions for using Lieburn Senior Center, 6230 Garwood Ave, LV. Register for this workshop: 702-339-6681 or McCouch@


Anxiey? Focus? Learning Issues? 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. 8515 Edna Ave, Ste 110, LV. 702-340-2248. Theta Meditation – 7-8pm. Helps teach how to achieve a theta brain wave. Developed to focus on different areas of one’s life that might need help to heal or change in a positive way. Love donation. Luminosity Wellness Center, 2400 N Tenaya Way, LV. 702-324-2595.


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Spring Plant Sale and Green Living Expo – 8am-1pm. Sat-Sun. Native and desert-adapted plant varieties will be available for purchase at this annual event. Staff experts will be on hand to answer customer questions about how to care for their new plants. Free admission. Springs Preserve, 333 S Valley View Blvd, LV.


Reiki Level 1 Certification with Jodi Friedman – 10am-5pm. Give oneself the gift of healing and self discovery. Ability to focus on selfhealing can enhance all areas of life. Certification in Reiki healing is an extraordinary journey. $150. Intentional Healings Center, 3450 E Russell Rd, 110, LV. Jodi Friedman: 702-2744545. events/219270284/.

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Not Milk: Nut-Milk – 1-3pm. Learn to prepare allergy-free, non-mucous producing, vegan raw non-dairy "dairy" foods, such as milk, butter, cottage cheese, and other dishes full of flavor and lifeforce. Includes sampling and recipes. $25. 3920 Amy Marie Ct, LV. Victoria: 702-659-2390. New Moon Reality Class – 6-8pm. Learn how to live by the moon and flow with the cycles of nature. This class is an effective tool to gain clarity, achieve goals and create one’s dreams. $26. Celestial Genetics. Ann Marie: 702-274-2235. Space is limited, please call for location.


Reverse Obesity, Diabetes, Constipation and more – 2:30pm. Learn the truth about fiber, and eliminate many undesirable health conditions associated with low amounts of fiber. Reverse and prevent many health conditions. Includes guided imagery for easy memorization. $13.50. 5693 S Jones Blvd, 102. LV. Victoria: 702-659-2390.


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City of Las Vegas Neighborhood Grants Program – 5:30-7:30pm. Apply for a maximum of $5000 to help improve the quality of one’s neighborhood. An informative workshop about the Neighborhood Partners Fund process and instructions for using Veterans Memorial Leisure Services Center, Classroom 4, 101 N Pavilion Center Dr, LV. Register for this workshop: 702-339-6681 or McCouch@ Evenings with Mihr – 7-8pm. In a time of what appears to be chaos and uncertainty, Mihr offers insight and guidance to assist in consciously empowering and expanding each one to live a life of harmony and joy. $20. Enchanted Forest Reiki Center, 800 N Rainbow Blvd, 100, LV. 702-9484999.


Holistic Wellness Networking Event – 5:30pm. Learn tricks, tips and tools to get through the week. Attract more sales, connections and opportunities by raising one’s energy and increasing vibration. The experts will demonstrate. $10. Luminosity Wellness Center, 2400 N Tenaya Way, LV. Christine: 702-721-9355. Younique Goal and Vision Planning – 6:308:30pm. Create 2015 goals and vision board with Pauline Kennedy, founder of Younique Planning, who promises a fun and unique experience creating a personal vision for 2015. All supplies, food and drinks are provided. $50. Luminosity Wellness Center, 2400 N Tenaya Way, LV. Pauline: 702-4670379.


ThetaHealing Dig Deeper – 9:30am-5pm. This class will be work on expanding one’s digging technique. Get in depth knowledge on the process of removing restricting beliefs, and how to replace them with positive beliefs. Prerequisites: Basic DNA, Advance DNA. $400. Luminosity Wellness Center, 2400 N Tenaya Way, LV. 702-324-2595.

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REIKI 2nd Degree Training – 9am-8pm. Reiki practitioners, raise vibrations 500 times; learn sacred Reiki symbols used for remote and handson healing, so that deep-seated emotional, physical and spiritual/karmic imbalances are transformed. Special discounts available. $265. 3920 Amy Marie Ct, LV. Victoria: 702-659-2390. REIKI Level 2 Certification with Jodi Friedman – 10am-5pm. For Certified Reiki 1 practitioners who feel ready and excited to attune to higher levels of Reiki energy and learn about sending long distance healing. Level 2 training and certification. $200. Intentional Healings Center, 3450 E Russell Rd, 110, LV. Jodi Friedman: 702-2744545. events/219270507/. Gratitude from the Soul - Painting Party – 2pm. Gratitude is a magnet for miracles. This enriching event lovingly guides one to create a visual expression of gratitude from the soul. Enjoy wine, fruit, cheese and the company of onpurpose women. Healing House Institute, 5735 S Sandhill Rd, LV.

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Hairbraiding Class –10-11am. (Apr 18 and Apr 25). Learn basic braiding, bulky braid design and cornrows. $30. April 18 and 25. Hobby Lobby, 625 N Stephanie St, LV. Minda: 205-288-1375.


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Qigong and Tai Chi with Sifu JC– 6-8pm. Qigong is a self-healing system that incorporates body, breath, visualizations and sounds. Tai Chi is a martial art that helps with posture, hand-eye coordination, self-defense and well-being. Naturally Organic Healing Center, 1171 S Buffalo Dr, 110, LV. 702-433-3874. NaturallyOrganicCenter@

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.

Gentle Yoga Just for Women – 6:15-7:30pm. A healing form of restorative yoga that facilitates deep relaxation with gentle poses supported by bolsters and props, guided breath work and meditation. No yoga experience required. Pre-registration is required. $72/six week series. Sahara West Library, 9600 W Sahara Ave, LV. Patricia Joy: 702-7067362.

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.

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.

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

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

Krishna Fest – 6-9pm. A unique night out. Experience mantra chants, vibrant world music, stimulating spiritual knowledge of ancient India. Relax over a super-tasty vegetarian dinner with a diverse range of thoughtful people. Free. Govinda's Center of Vedic India, 7181 Dean Martin Dr, LV. 702-434-8332.

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

tuesday Great Basin Permaculture Monthly – Last Tues. 6-7:30pm. This group educates the community about permaculture in order to promote sustainable food production, water, conservation, energy and more. All are welcome. Green Valley Library, 2797 N Green Valley Pkwy, HD. GreatBasinPermaculture.

Messages with Gregory Kompes – 7pm. 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. Scarlet Dragon Fly: 702-672-4433. LuminosityWellnessCenter. com.

wednesday Reiki Healing Circle – 7-9pm. Learn new information regarding natural healing. Participate in a group discussion or simply observe. Experience guided meditation and receive deep personalized healing. Relax and recharge the mind and body. Donation. 1171 S Buffalo Dr, 110, LV. 702-4333874. 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.

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. 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.

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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. 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. Homemade Vegan/Vegetarian Dinners – 6-9pm. Thursday is vegan/vegetarian dinner night at Govinda’s. Preparations will consist of vegetable stew, rice or pasta, soup, bread, a dessert and beverage for a donation of $8/plate. Senior/student discounts available. $8. Govinda's Center, 7181 Dean Martin Dr, LV. 702-434-8332. Superior Health With Essential Oils – 6-8pm. Essential Oils are 50-70 times more powerful than herbs. Learn about why you want to use dōTERRA Essential Oils and how to use them. RSVP and received a free 5ml Wild Orange. Free. Naturally Organic 1171 S Buffalo, LV. Christina: 702-562196. Tantric Yoga - Level 1 with Ileana – 6-8pm. (Ongoing after Jan 22). Discover meaning in life and direct connection with the Divine. A progressive, systematic course in spiritual sciences and personal growth. A blend of yoga and Tantra taught in their genuine spiritual approach. $25. Naturally Organic Healing Center, 1171 S Buffalo Dr, 110, LV. Ileana: 702-823-6512. 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.

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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. Praying Past the Blocks Prayer Community – 7pm. A prayer community designed to help one move past the blocks to the life the heart dreams about. A loving community to listen to one’s inner wisdom in meditation and receive prayer support. Donation. 3450 E Russell Rd, 112, LV. 702-8029130.

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Qigong and Tai Chi with Sifu JC–10am-12pm. Qigong is a self-healing system that incorporates body, breath, visualizations and sounds. Tai Chi is a martial art that helps with posture, hand-eye coordination, self-defense and well-being. Naturally Organic Healing Center, 1171 S Buffalo Dr, 110, LV. 702-433-3874. 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. Energy & Healing Circle – 6:30pm. All are welcome. This relaxed, 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: 725-222-0323. Reiki Healing Circle – 7-9pm. A life-changing evening of guided meditation and deep personalized healing. Give the gift of Reiki to self/others. Free. Love offerings welcome. 1420 E Harmon, 3, LV (Across UNLV). 702-659-2390. Info@ Taize Prayer Service – 7pm. Taize Prayer consists of simple Christian phrases set to music and repeatedly sung/prayed in community, amidst candlelight and darkness. Relax and enjoy this spiritual service led by Rob Manfrey. Donation. 3450 E Russell Rd, 112, LV. 702-802-9130.

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. Qigong and Tai Chi with Sifu JC – 9am-12pm. Qigong is a self-healing system that incorporates body, breath, visualizations and sounds. Tai Chi is a martial art that helps with posture, hand-eye coordination, self-defense and well being. Naturally Organic Healing Center, 1171 S Buffalo Dr, 110, LV. 702-433-3874. Tantric Yoga - Level 1 with Ileana – 12-2pm. Discover meaning in life and direct connection with the Divine. A progressive, systematic course in spiritual sciences and personal growth. A blend of yoga and Tantra taught in their genuine spiritual approach. $20. Naturally Organic Healing Center, 1171 S Buffalo Dr, 110, LV. Ileana: 702-823-6512. Rhythmic Yoga Movement – 2-3pm. Very beginner friendly. Guided by Lisa Agnello. Turn traditional Hatha yoga poses into a soulful, playful dance of the mind, body and spirit; experience balance and awareness in the present moment. $10. Naturally Organic Healing Center, 1171 S Buffalo Dr, 110, LV. 702-433-3874. Spiritual Experience Discussions – 6-7pm. Discuss spiritual experience of all faiths in a respectful and open environment. Free. Naturally Organic Healing Center, 1171 S Buffalo Dr, 110, LV. 702433-3874.

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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.

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

Connecting you to the leaders in natural healthcare and green living in our community. Innerlight Energy Therapy Christina Faye 702-493-4823

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

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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.

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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.


Dr. Jim Wright, DDS, AIAOMT, AIABDM 8855 W Flamingo, LV 89147 702-281-9900 Practicing holistic, biological dentistry with safe removal of mercury according to the standards of IAOMT and IABDM. State of the art early detect cavity mapping, cosmetic, general, specialty dentistry and low sensitivity teeth whitening. Dr. Wright offers holistic, no-prep veneers, Lumineers, Invisalign Braces, dental implants and All on 4 Implant Bridges, sleep and full sedation dentistry. See ad, page 5.

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

Holistic dentistry with a whole body approach to create a healthy smile and body. Live microscopic viewing of mouth bacteria. Laser gum disease treatment. Computerized TMJ and bite analysis. Mercury testing and removal. Nutritional testing. Autonomic nervous system analysis. Invisalign. See ad, page 27.

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

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

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 27.

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


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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

THETA HEALING The Sacred Art of Healing 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 20.


Wellness & Health Living Well organic Jennifer Gammons-Mujica 702-439-0860

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

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