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Grow Love with Acceptance June 4, 2015 While having a phone conversation with my sister Roxanne, I mentioned “tolerance”. She questioned the word. “Aargh," she said, "What does that mean? I don’t want someone to just ‘tolerate’ me. Accept me. Seriously, why would I want someone to just 'put up with me' and my beliefs? Accept me, even if you don't agree! This was such an “a-ha” moment that I pulled the car over saying, “That's so true! Hold on, I have to write that down. I’m definitely going to use that!” June 25, 2015 In lower Alabama, a place frequent, a discussion about the illegalization of the Confederate flag is taking place. Factually, President Obama has not outlawed the sale or ownership of Confederate flags or other items bearing an image as such. Even so, I felt victorious, bragging to my daughters that my zero tolerance for the Confederate flag discussions were on point. I refused to accept that there was any good in it’s symbolism. Special thanks to Chef Keidi Awadu for pointing out that the Confederate flag issue is a beautiful avenue for teachable moments. In a Facebook discussion he wrote, “When I see this flag I am reminded of a time when Blacks ruled the greatest empire in the history of humanity and how other civilizations have always appropriated what we developed as their own symbols of power.” (To learn more about these symbols, visit Facebook.com/gabrielle.wyantperillo.) I paused to consider his perception. To me, the Confederate flag meant oppression and rebellion against freedom, contemporary ideals of equality and human rights; intolerance. I’ve blamed “Southerners” for perpetuating a legacy that could only symbolize racism. I was ready to strongly voice my opinions with zero tolerance for another opinion. While I was taking the offensive, an Alabama friend said, “Honestly, I never gave much thought about the Confederate flag other than growing plop surrounded by it. To me it never represented hate or racism. It represented freedom and brotherhood, lives lost, and family.” The teachable moment was for me. I was planting reactive and emotional seeds, based on my own perception of the flag’s symbolism, thereby perpetuating that which I was against. I refuse to tolerate the views of others I choose acceptance. While I still take offense to some displays of the Confederate flag, I choose to focus on the positive, educational, revealing and historical significance and origin it symbolizes. I choose to be a teacher. Acceptance Wins! June 27, 2015 I continue to whirl from the excitement of the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in support of same sex marriage. This is such a great buzz as I complete the final stages of the July "freedom issue". I feel gratitude for a ruling that, in my opinion, is long overdue in the “land of the free.” I celebrate and honor my gay and lesbian family members, friends and the entire LGBT community. I'm thrilled that every state will accept your bond. Love wins! Having been so enthralled with the Food Democracy topic, was oblivious that the vote was taking place. The morning of June 26 I was awakened by my daughter A’ngel announcing, “Mama! Same sex marriage is legal nationwide! What a great day!” At 12, she is mature enough to grasp the beautiful significance of this ruling. She’s also young enough that she’ll know same sex marriage as “the way it’s always been.” As with every parent, I plant seeds of my beliefs. Over the years, some seeds thrived and others appear to be duds. However, I’m overcome with pride (no pun intended) to see these seeds are growing strong. Love wins again!

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egeNation has hired advocate Nick Brannigan, a GMO (genetically modified food) expert, as a menu consultant to help go 100 percent non-GMO. Brannigan is host of the weekly alternative radio show Health Conspiracy Radio and Health Conspiracy TV (HealthConspiracy. c o m ) , c o - h o s t e d by A n t h o ny Foresta. Using Brannigan’s extensive background and current research, VegeNation will continuously shift items to make sure they are serving the cleanest ingredients possible. Founded by vegan Chef Donald Lemperle, VegeNation is a communitybased restaurant serving fresh, global, 100 percent plant-based street food. The restaurant applies innovative ecoconscious choices to everything facet of the organization. Location: VegeNation, 616 E. Carson Ave., Ste. 120, Las Vegas. For more information, call 702-366-8515 or visit VegeNationLV.com.

oul Sanctuary, an interfaith, spiritual center, is holding a grand opening from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., July 11, at 1771 East Flamingo Road, Suite 104B, near the UNLV campus. There will be music, fun, food and community. Participants will be able to learn about upcoming classes and events, which include Crystals and their Healing Function, Reiki shares, Reiki 1 and 2 classes, Meditation 101, Soul-Conversation Interfaith Service, Finding Your Divine Calling or Higher Purpose, Living an Authentic Life, Empaths Unite, Thrive- S h i f t i n g our Paradigms to a New World, World Religions Explorers, Men’s Circles, Women’s Retreats and Prayer Practices from Around the World. Rev. Kara Keating created the first interfaith Sunday service in Las Vegas, which is an interactive and meditative community conversation. The grand opening is an opportunity to share in community, meet like-minded spiritual people, enjoy food and drink and see all the great things that are happening at Soul Sanctuary. Usui/ Holy Fire Reiki Master Scott Schmidt and Rev. Marc Hupert have joined Soul Sanctuary and will be on hand to meet guests. For more information, call 702-272-7872 or visit SoulSanctuaryLV.org. See ad, page 31.

Spirit Enlighten Returns to Las Vegas Offering John of God Crystal Light Healing Bed Sessions Spirit Enlighten’s John of God Crystal Light Healing Bed, obtained from the Casa de Dom Inacio, in Abadiania, Brazil, is available for 30-minute and 60-minute sessions from August 14 through 18 at Intentional Healings Center, in Las Vegas. Spirit Enlighten attests that beneficial effects of experiencing the bed include harmonizing the chakra and energy bodies, rebalancing frequencies in the electromagnetic field, launching healing processes in the psyche and body, rejuvenating physical systems and increasing spiritual awareness. Owner Renee Adcock says, “I asked John of God [João de Deus, possibly the most powerful unconscious medium alive today] for permission to own and operate the Crystal Light Healing Bed, and have set out to make it available to as many people as I possibly can.” Bed session fees (by appointment only) cost $32 and $62. Location: 3450 E. Russell Rd., Las Vegas. For more information, call 251-279-0298 or visit SpiritEnlighten.com.

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ew research from Brigham Young University indicates that social interaction decreases the risk of premature death. Scientists conducted an analysis of actuarial health research from 1980 to 2014 that included more than 3 million people. The study found living alone increased the risk of death by 32 percent, while perceptions of greater social isolation and elevated loneliness showed 29 percent and 26 percent increased risks of early mortality, respectively. The results were consistent among both men and women, but the impact of feelings of isolation or loneliness caused a higher degree of mortality risk for individuals under the age of 65. The mortality rates among the lonely and isolated were comparable to those of individuals that smoked 15 cigarettes a day or were alcoholics. Lead researcher Julianne Holt-Lunstad, Ph.D., further noted, “The effect of this is comparable to that of obesity, something that public health takes very seriously.”

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arpal tunnel syndrome is typically accompanied by pain, numbness and reduced mobility in the hands and wrists. Research published by the Tehran (Iran) University of Medical Sciences in the DARU Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences has determined that the application of external linseed oil—also referred to as flaxseed oil—can reduce pain and increase mobility for syndrome sufferers. The research tested 100 patients with the condition in two groups—one rubbed placebo oil onto their wrists, while the other applied linseed oil daily over a four-week period. Both groups wore wrist splints at night. After the treatment period, those that applied linseed oil experienced a significant drop in pain scores using the Boston Carpal Tunnel Questionnaire and Function Assessment. The same patients also reported an improvement in mobility and function.

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esearch from the University of Virginia and Emory University has found that just a few minutes of mindfulness meditation a day can significantly reduce high blood pressure among AfricanAmericans. The research included 15 men with high blood pressure and chronic kidney disease in a crossover study that tested each with 14 minutes of mindfulness meditation and compared that with 14 minutes of blood pressure education during two different treatment periods. Results showed that practicing mindfulness meditation reduced systolic blood pressure, diastolic blood pressure, mean arterial pressure and heart rate among the patients.

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esearch led by Peggy Zoccola, Ph.D., an assistant professor of psychology at Ohio University, has found that dwelling upon events that are stressful can significantly increase inflammatory chemicals in the body. The researchers tested 34 healthy young women giving public presentations for job interviews. Afterward, half were asked to contemplate their performances while the others were asked to think about neutral events and images. While all of the women initially experienced significantly higher levels of C-reactive protein (CRP), the levels continued to rise for at least one hour afterward for the performance-ruminating group, but returned to normal during the same time period for those that pondered neutral thoughts. CRP is produced in the liver and is known to rise following an injury or in a chronic inflammatory condition. “The immune system plays an important role in various cardiovascular disorders such as heart disease, as well as cancer, dementia and autoimmune diseases,” states Zoccola.

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Cosmetic Microbeads: the Bane of the Oceans

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icrobeads are microscopic particles of plastic that number in the thousands in toiletries and beauty products such as toothpaste, shaving cream, shower gel and exfoliating scrubs. These ubiquitous environmental pollutants may comprise up to 10 percent of the product’s volume. Washed down the drain, they accumulate in lakes, rivers and oceans, and work their way back up and into the human food chain. Microbeads are made with hormone-disrupting plastics such as polyethylene, but can be also be made of polypropylene, polyethylene terephthalate, polymethyl methacrylate and nylon that have implications for human health. Microbeads cannot be removed in wastewater treatment plants and they are not biodegradable, so once they enter the marine environment, they are impossible to remove. Microbeads attract pollutants like a magnet, and studies show that marine species are unable to distinguish between food and microplastics and can be poisoned by them. Microbeads can also be passed up the food chain and back into our bodies. These hormone-disrupting chemicals have exhibited a gender distorting mutation, particularly on male fish, sand can damage fish eggs.

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In 2013, researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Superior reported that there were between 1,500 and 1.7 million plastic particles per square mile in the Great Lakes. A recent united nations Environment Programme report estimates that microbeads and other plastic waste are responsible for at least $13 billion in damage to marine ecosystems each year. Research has shown that more than 663 species are negatively impacted by marine debris, with 11 percent of cases due to microplastics. In one study, 35 percent of 670 fish (six species) had microplastics in their stomachs. The highest number of fragments found in one fish was 83. Ironically, none of this has to happen. Natural, biodegradable and effective alternative ingredients such as ground grains and nut shells and salt crystals are readily available to use in cosmetics. Positive action on behalf of manufacturers has meant that more and more of these microbeads are being removed from personal care products and replaced by naturally biodegradable alternatives. Things are changing at the legislative level, as well. In June 2014, the state of Illinois passed a law banning the sale of products containing plastic microbeads by the end of 2017. Other states that include New York, California and Ohio are trying to pass similar bans. New Jersey’s Rep. Frank Pallone Jr. (D) introduced the Microbead-Free Waters Act of 2014, which would make a nationwide ban possible in 2018. Neal’s Yard Remedies are always microbead-free. For more information, visit us.nyrorganic.com or us.NYROrganic.com/ shop/pattylabarbara. See ad, page 42.

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Vermont’s Victory Court Rules GMO Labeling Constitutional In April, a federal court denied a request by powerful food industry groups to block Vermont’s landmark law requiring the labeling of genetically modified foods (GMO).The plaintiffs, including the Grocery Manufacturers Association, had sought a preliminary injunction to stop implementation of Act 120, which passed in May 2014 and will take effect a year from now. U.S. District Court Judge Christina Reiss’ ruling said that the plaintiffs failed to show that they would suffer “irreparable harm” to warrant an injunction, and that the state had established that the act’s GMO disclosure requirement is constitutional. “This important ruling affirms the constitutionality of genetically engineered food labeling, as well as the rights of Vermonters and U.S. citizens across the country,” states George Kimbrell, senior attorney for the Center for Food Safety and counsel in the case. The ruling came shortly after an analysis by the Environmental Working Group found that industry groups spent $63.6 million last year—triple the amount spent in 2013—to defeat GMO-labeling measures. The general consensus is the Vermont case is likely to go to trial.

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Fungi Clean Up Toxic Wastes For waterways, soil or even radioactively contaminated areas, the powerful use of mycelium to sequester contaminants is receiving significant attention. Leading American mycologist Paul Stamets, the pioneering founder of Fungi Perfecti, has been working for years with mycore mediation, using mycelium to clean up waste sites. He holds nine patents on the antiviral, pesticidal and remediative properties of mushroom mycelia. Stamets even has an eight-step plan for cleaning up radioactive poisoning and thinks fungi could remediate radiation at the melted reactor sites in Fukushima, Japan. The Ocean Blue Project (OceanBlueProject.org), based in Corvallis, Texas, uses locally grown oyster mushroom spores lodged in a coffee grounds mixture. Then they create a “bunker spawn” that’s put into a river to restore polluted aquatic habitat. As the mushrooms grow, they break down toxins and remove pollutants from the river. Mycore mediation also helps with weed control. Source: Permaculture.co.uk

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Fracking Fallout

Waterways, Soils and Animals Poisoned with EPA Approval Surface disposal of water produced by oil and gas drilling is forbidden in the Eastern U.S., but allowed in arid Western states for purposes of agricultural or wildlife propagation. The result: Millions of gallons of water laced with toxic chemicals from oil and gas drilling rigs are pumped for consumption by wildlife and livestock with approval from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The EPA is issuing permits at nearly a dozen oil fields on or abutting the Native American Wind River Reservation, in Wyoming, for surface application of drilling wastewater without even identifying the chemicals in fluids used for hydraulic fracturing, also known as fracking, let alone setting effluent limits for the contaminants contained within them. Also, monitoring requirements allow water to be tested long after fracking outflow, or maintenance flushing, is completed. The EPA maintains Clean Water Act jurisdiction on tribal lands. Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER) Executive Director Jeff Ruch states, “Gushers of putrid, grayish water encrusted with chemical crystals flood through Wind River into nearby streams.” PEER is asking the EPA to rewrite the permits to regulate all the chemicals being discharged and to determine whether the produced water is potable for wildlife and livestock. Source: Tinyurl.com/Wastewater FrackingUse


Protests Needed Food Industry Fudges GMO Facts The U.S. Right to Know nonprofit has issued a report, Seedy Business: What Big Food Is Hiding with Its Slick PR Campaign on GMOs (usrtk.org/seedybusiness.pdf). It outlines the food industry’s campaign to manipulate the media, public opinion and politics with disreputable tactics, company-sponsored science and public relations spin. Since 2012, the agrichemical and food industries have mounted a complex, multifaceted public relations, advertising, lobbying and political campaign in the U.S. spending more than $100 million per year to defend genetically engineered food and crops and the pesticides that accompany them, the authors report. The purpose is to deceive the public, deflect efforts to win the right to know what’s in our food via labeling that’s now required in 64 countries and ultimately, to extend their profit stream at any cost to the public for as long as possible. Highlights include a history of the industry’s tactics to conceal information, ensure lack of government policy and testing for genetically modified organisms (GMOs), attack credible scientists and journalists and support untrustworthy advocates and political machinations.

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Sun-Fueled Energy Booms in Pioneer States Two years in the making, the Topaz Solar Project, the world’s largest, has begun operating in California, powerful enough to supply 160,000 homes using 9 million photovoltaic solar panels installed across 9.5 square miles. Compared to fossil fuel technology, the facility is projected to remove 377,000 tons of carbon dioxide each year; equivalent to taking 73,000 cars off the road. Unlike some solar plants, Topaz requires no water to generate electricity and makes minimal sound because there are no moving parts, so its total environmental impact is minimal. In Hawaii, where 12 percent of homes have solar panels, handling surplus power is putting pressure on the state’s biggest utility, which now wants to reduce what it pays for the energy. Electricity there is pricey, with monthly bills of $600 to $700 not uncommon. The growing popularity of making electricity at home puts new pressures on old infrastructure like circuits and power lines and cuts into electric company revenue. As a result, many utilities are reducing incentives and adding steep fees. “Hawaii is a postcard from the future,” says Adam Browning, executive director of Vote Solar, a policy and advocacy group based in California.


actionalert Great Basin Community Food Co-Op Spearheads Organic Initiative Facing cuts to the Nevada Department of Agriculture organic certification program, leaving Nevada as one of the only states in the Western Corridor without an organic certification program at the state level, local organic producers would then need to seek certification from other state programs in order to meet the increasing demand for organically grown produce. Amber Sallaberry, general manager of the Great Basin Community Food Coop, in Reno, states, “We believe that having a Nevada certified organic program is vital in order to properly respond to the increasing demand for local and organic products and to help improve the nutrition of Nevadans, We don’t want Nevada producers to be deterred from seeking this important certification.” Budget cuts have threatened the program in the past, but it has been saved after individuals and businesses rallied in support. Nevada farmers, consumers and purveyors that champion organic products may all be affected by the loss of this program. Mark Estee, owner of Reno Local Food Group, says, “It is hard enough on the farmers and ranchers, given the growing conditions in Nevada. Why make it more difficult to obtain the organic certification when this is what the consumer wants?” The program requires $65,000 as

a short-term fix to continue operating, but the real solution requires long-term, sustainable funding. Many members of the program’s Organic Advisory Council are suggesting the addition of an organic livestock program, which would provide certification for eggs and meat. This would create additional revenue streams as new producers seek the certification and would allow them to use the organic label in their marketing and potentially sell at a higher price point. The Nevada Department of Agriculture established the state program in order to verify that products are grown and handled according to U.S. Depart-

ment of Agriculture organic standards, giving consumers a level of confidence in the products they purchase and providing eligible Nevada producers local access to certification that allows them to market their agricultural products as organic. The Great Basin Community Food Co-op urges all organic food advocates, including farmers, consumers and business owners, to have their voices heard by contacting their state assembly members and senators. For more information, visit GreatBasinFood.coop.

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people have access to safe, healthy food—as well as the right to know what is in their food, how it is produced and where it comes from.” Peck believes that if we want a cleaner environment, healthier people and more vibrant communities, “We need to be citizens that care about bringing democratic accountability, social justice and ecological integrity to all aspects of our food/farm system.”

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Food Democracy By the People, for the People and Toward a Stronger Nation by Melinda Hemmelgarn

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o more fully understand the concept of democracy, we can look to some past U.S. presidents. Abraham Lincoln defined it as “government of the people, by the people, for the people.” Thomas Jefferson said, “An informed citizenry is at the heart of a dynamic democracy.” Harry S. Truman further recognized that “secrecy and a free, democratic government don’t mix.” By extension, “food democracy” describes a fair and transparent food system in which people have informed choices and control in determining what and how they eat. It’s what happens when we view people as citizens, rather than consumers, and treat food as a human right, reports the Oakland, California-based Pesticide Action Network (PAN). Kelly Moltzen, a registered dietitian in Bronx, New York, and member of the Franciscan Earth Corps, defines it as having the freedom to make choices about the integrity of our food from farm to plate, so that we can support the health and well-being of ourselves, the Earth and all organisms that inhabit the ecosystem.

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Food Sovereignty Feeds Independence A PAN report on food democracy describes food sovereignty as the international equivalent of the U.S. movement to re-localize control over our food and farming. It’s rooted in regenerating historically autonomous food systems with, for and by the people. John Peck, Ph.D., executive director of Family Farm Defenders, in Madison, Wisconsin, explains that the term “food sovereignty” was coined about two decades ago by the globally active La Via Campesina, comprised of family farmers, farm workers, fishing folks, hunters, gatherers and indigenous communities around the world. “At its most basic,” Peck says, “Food sovereignty is about reclaiming local democratic control over our food/farm system from corporate agribusiness.” This way, “Everyone has the right to decide what is grown or raised in their community, whether animals are treated humanely, if family farmers and other food workers are paid a living wage and can collectively bargain and whether

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In their report, Deepening Food Democracy, the Institute of Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP), in Minneapolis, describes how U.S. food and farming has increasingly become concentrated, consolidated and controlled by the few. Local food enthusiasts want to take back their food system from industrial, corporate masters that lobby for legislation which denies citizens the right to know how their food is produced or if it contains genetically modified ingredients (GMO). The growing local food movement is as much about returning power to communities, food workers, farmers and farm workers as it is about producing and distributing healthy, sustainably grown food, reports IATP. Anthony Flaccavento, an organic farmer in the Appalachian region of southwestern Virginia, has been working on national food and sustainable farming initiatives for nearly 30 years. In a recent Food Sleuth Radio interview, he described the resulting tremendous, multiple positive impacts of strong local economies, noting that a strong local food system is usually at their center. “Once you have vibrant, diverse local economies,” says Flaccavento, “you have better health, lower crime and incarceration rates—and more civic participation.” Basically, a more democratic food system could help fix many of the maladies ailing our nation today. The steady growth of farmers’ markets, farm to school programs and food policy councils prove that Americans are hungry both for clean food and an enhanced sense of community. W h i l e F l a c c av e n t o appreciates conscious consumers


Growing Vegetables and Democracy After Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans, Jenga Mwendo knew she had to leave her high-powered job in New York City and return to her hometown in the devastated Lower Ninth Ward. “My parents raised me to contribute,” Mwendo explains. “My first name means ‘to build’ and my last name means ‘always progressing’.” In 2009, Mwendo founded the Backyard Gardeners Network (BGN), a local nonprofit organization that restores and strengthens what had once been a thriving, closely knit, self-reliant community, rich with backyard gardens and citizen engagement. Residents went to work, recognizing the potential of community gardens to revitalize their neighborhood and bring affordable healthful food to residents, many of them suffering from obesity, heart disease and diabetes. The BGN both revitalized a community garden and converted a blighted lot into a Guerrilla Garden, where people of all ages gather to grow food, share stories, embrace their cultural heritage and learn how to become responsible citizens. “We bring people together and make decisions collectively,” says Mwendo. “The garden is for our community, by our community.” Understanding the value of involving children and teens, she adds, “Kids know they will be loved here. This is a nurturing environment.” Like Mwendo, Stephen Ritz, a top 10 finalist in the Varkey Foundation’s Global Teacher Prize, is reaching youth through food. Based in New York City’s South Bronx, one of the country’s poorest school districts, he and his students are growing vegetables in school, thereby improving children’s diets, health, school performance and future potential. “We are contributing to food democracy by making sure every child we touch, regardless of income, zip code and skin color, faith or nation of origin, has access to fresh, healthy, nutritious food that they help grow,” says Ritz.

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Rocker Neil Young Celebrates Food Democracy with New Album Tour Legendary musician Neil Young and his new band, Promise of the Real, featuring Willie Nelson’s sons Lukas and Micah Nelson, are calling out agribusiness giant Monsanto’s practices with a new album and summer concert tour. The band’s Rebel Content tour to support their new album The Monsanto Years will kick off on July 5 in Milwaukee and includes Young’s first-ever concert in Vermont, in Essex Junction, on July 19, a state that passed a law requiring food

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that support local food providers, he emphasizes, “Just acting locally isn’t enough. We need to re-engage with bigger social and political debates, as well.”

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From Food Consumer to Food Citizen

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ow is the time for all good men and women to become food citizens. Making the transition from being a mere consumer to community citizen requires addressing a set of questions geared to lead to food truth and justice for all. n Where does my food come from? n Who produced it? n Under what conditions was this food grown or produced; were workers treated fairly and animals humanely? n What’s in or on my food; am I eating pesticides, antibiotics, hormones, genetically modified ingredients or additives? n What might be the unintended consequences of my food choices for farmers competing against big agribusiness and striving to do the right thing? n How might my choices affect the environment and future generations? n What local, state and national policies stand in the way of a fair and transparent food system?

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S o f a r, h i s 4, his organization Green Bronx Macelebrates Food InIn a food democracy, chine community dependence Day as has raised 30,000 everyone is a stakeholder. a way to recognize pounds of vegetarole of home and Not only do people have the bles. “We’re growcommunity gardens ing justice,” Ritz equal access to food, but in achieving selfannounced in his they’re informed, active, sufficiency. March 2015 TED Talk. “My favorite engaged and participating. Saving Seeds, crop is organically Saving grown citizens— ~Rose Hayden-Smith, author, graduates, voters and Sowing the Seeds of Victory Democracy students who are eatJim Gerritsen opering [better] and living healthier lives!” ates Wood Prairie Farm with his family in Bridgewater, Maine. He’s dedicated to Kitchen Gardens using organic farming methods to protect Nourish the World the environment and food quality, proRoger Doiron is the founder and direc- vide ample harvests and foster good jobs tor of Kitchen Gardeners International for the next generation of young farmers. As president of the Organic Seed (KGI), an online global community of some 30,000 people in 100 countries Growers and Trade Association, Gerthat are growing some of their own food. ritsen led a lawsuit against Monsanto He spearheaded First Lady Michelle in 2011, challenging the validity of Obama’s White House Garden. Doiron’s seed patents. In a Food Sleuth Radio campaign to bring a food garden back interview, he explains, “Patented seeds to the White House (presidents John Ad- cannot be saved and replanted. To take ams, Jefferson and Jackson all had edible that right away from farmers was a tergardens) began in 2008, went viral, took rible mistake on the part of the Supreme root and the rest is history. Today, the first Court.” Seed ownership belongs to the lady continues to champion garden-fresh people; our seed resource is part of our common heritage. “Genetic engineerfood to improve children’s health. From his own 1,500-square-foot ing was an invention to take away from garden in Scarborough, Maine, Doiron the commons the ownership of seeds,” and his wife harvested 900 pounds of or- he continues. “Regaining control of the ganic fruits and vegetables worth $2,200 seed supply is one of the most pressing in a single season. “Talented gardeners battles we have in agriculture.” Gerwith more generous soils and climates ritsen encourages everyone to plant an are able to produce even more food in organic garden using organic seeds and less space,” he says, “but maximizing to advocate GMO labeling. “Let’s let transparency reign, which production is not our only goal. We’re also trying to maximize pleasure and is a hallmark of a democratic system,” he proclaims. health.” Doiron believes, “Quality food is central to well-being and is one of the Melinda Hemmelgarn is a registered best ways to unite people of different dietitian and award-winning writer countries and cultures around a com- and nationally syndicated radio host mon, positive agenda.” He’s convinced at KOPN.org, in Columbia, MO (Food that kitchen gardens will play a critical Sleuth@gmail.com). She advocates for role in feeding a growing population organic farmers at Enduring-Image. faced with climate challenges. On July blogspot.com.

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An Organic Restaurant That Merges With Mainstream by Martin Miron

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iolette’s Vegan Organic Eatery & Juice Bar is a full-scale restaurant serving breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week in Las Vegas. Their menu is entirely plant-based, or vegan, offering delicious original and unique creations. The cuisine is 95 percent organic and 100 percent non-GMO. Founder, President and CEO Cyndy Violette grew up in the restaurant business at her father’s very successful Italian restaurant. She also became one of the first successful female professional poker players and was inducted into the Ladies Poker Hall of Fame in 2009. As such, she has traveled a lot and always made it a point to seek out restaurants that supported her vegan lifestyle wherever she went. As she became known for her healthy diet and lifestyle, other famous poker players sought out Violette’s personal chefs for their meals. Diligently developing the plans and menus over the years has helped her create one of the finest chains of vegan restaurants in the country. Executive Chef and Vice President Mark Rasmussen’s career in vegan cooking goes back decades. He opened the legendary Veggie Works Vegetarian Restaurant in 1994 on the New Jersey Shore, where he was able to create

unique vegan food creations to both popular and critical acclaim. His 2001 Veggie Works Vegan Cookbook, is still used as an important reference by many restaurants today. Rasmussen is an expert on plant-based ingredients and has developed unique skills and programs for obtaining maximum nutrition and flavor from his dishes. He also serves as executive chef and consultant for Subia Vegan Café and Organic Market. The restaurant features a full organic juice bar and indoor and outdoor dining seats 60. The décor is colorful and eclectic, with beautiful original paintings on the wall. Their philosophy is to bring delicious vegan food to the mainstream public in a fun and satisfying way in order to make this lifestyle the new norm and not the old exception. “I have been a vegan for 40 years and have started and operated four successful vegan ventures,” says Rasmussen. “In 2012, Cyndy came to me seeking my consultation on a location she was leasing and developing on Flamingo Drive in a last-ditch attempt to get the doors open. Although this space was eventually lost, she found a new and wonderful location on the corner of Durango and West Desert Inn Road and asked me to go in with her on it. I

was finishing up a project in Jersey City, New Jersey, converting a Spanish deli into a vegan café and organic market, so I decided to go all in with her and moved out to Las Vegas to build out and start up this new restaurant.” Violette’s Vegan offers new specials every day and evening, do catering and deliver meals. A new online ordering portal makes it very convenient to order for pick-up or delivery. Planned new menu items that appeal to mainstream customers and children, including healthy vegan “chicken fingers” and a complete bar menu with great-tasting and refreshing non-alcoholic healthy beverage options is in the works. Customers can expect a tasteful and inspiring ambiance that includes great table seating, bar stools at the bar and outdoor tables. “The food is made to feel familiar with great taste and texture,” says Rasmussen. “Many of the dishes are actually vegan versions of popular food choices, and the portions are substantial. People will feel healthy, happy and sustained after a visit to Violette’s Vegan Organic Eatery & Juice Bar.” Violette’s Vegan Organic Eatery & Juice Bar is located at 8560 W. Desert Inn Rd., Ste. D5, in Las Vegas. For more information, call 702-685-0466 or visit ViolettesVegan.com. See ad, page 21. Martin Miron is editor of Natural Awakenings-Greater Las Vegas edition.

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n 1776, the stirring phrase in the U.S. Declaration of Independence—life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness— became a rallying cry for American colonists seeking these inalienable rights of self-government. In 2015, those seeking a new way of eating for personal wellness, a more vibrant local economy and a healthier environment are fomenting their own kind of rebellion. “You have to make a conscious decision to change for your own wellbeing, that of your family and your country,” according to former President Bill Clinton. In early 2010, suffering from heart disease, Clinton chose to radically change his meat-lover’s diet to a more plant-based focus. “I wanted to live to be a grandfather, so I decided to pick the diet that I thought would maximize my chances of long-term survival,” he says. Clinton is part of a growing leadership group that espouses a more vegetarian approach to eating, including a federally appointed panel of nutritionists. For the first time since its formation in 1983, the federal Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee this year elected to factor environmental sustainability into its recommendations, noting that a diet lower in animal-based foods is not only healthier, but has less of an envi-

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ronmental impact. The impetus toward plant-based foods is also stronger than in their last report in 2010.

Exciting Developments

A bold pioneer in the charge for plantbased eating is PlantPure Nation, a grassroots organization founded by Dr. T. Colin Campbell, Ph.D., the author of the bestselling The China Study, a book that helped persuade Clinton to make his own dietary change. Today, his son, Nelson Campbell, is at the forefront of this food revolution, most recently producing the independent documentary film PlantPure Nation, set to debut nationwide on July 4. Those enticed by the delicious concept of better health for themselves and the planet can also turn to The PlantPure Nation Cookbook, with more than 150 plant-based recipes by Kim Campbell, Nelson’s wife, whom he names “the chef in the family.” “No issue is bigger than the one of plant-based nutrition,” says Nelson. “It’s at the root of our healthcare crisis, affecting the lives of millions of Americans, the vitality of our economy and the solvency of our government. The food we eat has enormous effects on climate, water and soil resources. Our food choices also af-

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fect the way in which food is produced and distributed in this country, equitably or not.” Historically, political revolutions tend to be violently adversarial, but a food revolution can take a more nurturing and inclusive course. “The first step people can take is to change their own diet,” Nelson says. “The next step is to help others do the same. The third is to get involved in the movement.”

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A fun way to help ourselves and our friends and family consider making dietary changes is hosting a plant-based Fourth of July get-together. Kim’s recipes for a smoky “barbecue” sandwich, creamy potato salad and a zesty, colorful bean dish celebrate traditional picnic foods with a twist. They’re also perfect for potluck-style entertaining. “We have often branded this idea of plant-based nutrition as such and such a ‘diet’, and then built these brands around personalities. But in order to make this a more mainstream idea, we need to frame it differently. This concept of plant-based nutrition is a fact of nature; a simple idea that’s accessible to all,” says Nelson. In a 2012 Gallup poll, just 5 percent of U.S. adults identified themselves as vegetarians, plus 2 percent as vegans. It’s a start, Nelson contends, and there are other promising signs. “The local-food movement is blossoming, with farmers’ markets springing up all over the United States,” proclaims the National Geographic special publication The Future of Food (Food.NationalGeographic.com). The number has increased dramatically in the past five years. The editors point to the demand for fresh produce and a desire to invest in local economies as driving this growth. “I love the idea of a movement involving millions of people fixing a problem that industry and government have largely caused,” says Nelson. “Our success may show a new way forward for solving other pressing social problems.” Judith Fertig blogs at AlfrescoFoodAnd Lifestyle.blogspot.com from Overland Park, KS.


PlantPure Nation Recipes BBQ Jackfruit Yields: 4 to 6 servings Prep time: 5 minutes Cook time: 5 to 7 hours

Green jackfruit, a native plant of Asia, is often termed the vegetarian’s meat. The hardest part of this recipe is finding canned green jackfruit (available in most Asian markets). Although fresh green jackfruit is occasionally available, it’s messy, sticky and difficult to cut. Two 20-oz cans green jackfruit in water, drained 1½ cups barbecue sauce 1 onion, diced 1 green bell pepper, seeded and diced (medium pieces) Rinse the green jackfruit thoroughly. Place all the ingredients in a slow cooker at medium heat for 4 to 5 hours. Jackfruit will soften, begin to fall apart and take on the consistency of pulled pork. Use a fork to pull apart the fruit and stir thoroughly. Turn the slow cooker to low heat and cook for another 1 to 2 hours. Kim’s hints: 4 Customize this recipe with a favorite barbecue sauce that has no added oils and a low sodium content. 4 This recipe gets better the longer it’s cooked. Leftovers are good. 4 Serve the barbecue on a wholegrain bun and top with coleslaw.

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4 organic celery stalks, thinly sliced ½ red onion, cut in half again and julienned 6 green onions, sliced ½ cup tofu cashew mayonnaise 4 tsp apple cider vinegar 2 Tbsp Dijon mustard 1 tsp agave nectar ½ tsp sea salt ¼ tsp freshly ground black pepper Cut the potatoes into half- to one-inch chunks. Place potato pieces in a large pot and cover with water. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, and boil 5 to 10 minutes; then turn down the heat to medium and cook until tender.

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¼ cup raw cashews, soaked in water at least 2 to 3 hours, then dried 7 oz firm tofu ½ tsp sea salt ½ tsp tahini 4 tsp lemon juice 1½ tsp white vinegar 1 Tbsp Dijon mustard 2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar 2½ tsp agave nectar 2 Tbsp water ¼ tsp xanthan gum (in grocery baking aisle) Place all ingredients in a high-powered blender. Blend until smooth and shiny. The key is to soak the cashews first. Source for all recipes: The PlantPure Nation Cookbook, by Kim Campbell

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Jeffrey Smith Warns Against GMOs by Linda Sechrist

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effrey Smith is the founder and executive director of the Institute for Responsible Technology, author of Seeds of Deception and director of the documentary Genetic Roulette: The Gamble of Our Lives. Smith and his organization’s Campaign for Healthier Eating in America are spearheading consumer rejection of genetically modified foods (GM/ GMO) in order to force them off the market.

What basics should everyone know about GMOs? Genetic engineering is different from traditional crossbreeding. In engineering six major GMO crops—soy, corn, cotton, canola, sugar beets and alfalfa—a gene from a virus or

bacteria was forced into the DNA of the plants. Derivatives such as soy lecithin, soy protein, high-fructose corn syrup and sugar (unless labeled as cane sugar) are in the vast majority of processed foods.

How did GMO foods invade grocery shelves? M a ny U . S . c o n sumers mistakenly believe that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approves GMO crops only after careful study. Instead, the agency claimed it wasn’t aware of any significant difference from other food crops and declared safety testing unnecessary. In reality, according to FDA documents later made public in a lawsuit, the consensus among FDA scientists was that GMOs were

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different and dangerous and needed rigorous, long-term testing to prevent allergies, toxins, new diseases and nutritional problems. When the George W. Bush administration ordered the agency to promote biotechnology as a way to increase U.S. food exports, the FDA responded by creating a new position of Deputy Commissioner of Policy for Michael R. Taylor, a former Monsanto attorney. He later became a Monsanto vice president and is now back at the FDA as the U.S. food safety czar.

Why is Roundup, Monsanto’s weed killer for GMO crops, so toxic? Monsanto portrays Roundup as a benevolent herbicide. This is a lie. Glyphosate, its active patented ingredient, alters biochemical pathways in the body. Scientists such as Anthony Samsel and Stephanie Seneff have linked glyphosate to numerous diseases and disorders, including cancer, heart disease, diabetes, gluten sensitivity, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, depression, autism and reproductive disorders. In March, the World Health Organization declared it a probable carcinogen.

How can we avoid unlabeled GMO foods? Eat organic foods, which are not allowed to contain GM ingredients, or products that are labeled non-GMO, or those that don’t contain derivatives of the current nine GMO food crops, which now include some zucchini, yellow squash and papaya grown in Hawaii or China. Any packaged grocery product not labeled “Non-GMO” or “Organic” is likely to contain at least

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one GMO; this includes meat and dairy products, from animals that have eaten GM feed. NonGMOShoppingGuide.com is a reliable resource that lists about 30,000 non-GMO products. A non-GMO diet is recommended by thousands of doctors, as well as the American Academy of Environmental Medicine.

What more can “we the people” do to eradicate GMOs? We are in control, not government agencies. I believe that promoting a stronger message—that GMOs are dangerous and should be avoided—would better serve consumers and the food-labeling movement. High-profile campaigns will continue educating consumers about the dangers of GMOs and the necessity of rejecting them in favor of healthier nonGMO choices, especially for children that are most at risk. The desired result is that food companies will feel the loss of profits and remove GMOs as a liability. The tipping

point in the U.S. is almost here. In 2013, the president of Whole Foods announced that when a product becomes verified as non-GMO, sales leap by 15 to 30 percent. Thousands of natural product brands were immediately enrolled for verification. Now conventional brands such as Post Foods’ Grape Nuts, Target’s Simply Balanced brand, Ben & Jerry’s ice cream and Chipotle’s restaurant menu are GMO-free. General Mills stopped using GMO beet sugar in Cheerios. When the rest of the food industry sees these non-GMO-labeled products increase in sales in conventional supermarkets, they will be forced to eliminate GMOs as well, to protect their market share. Visit ResponsibleTechnology.org and GeneticRouletteMovie. com to educate everyone about the dangers of GMOs. Connect with writer Linda Sechrist at ItsAllAboutWe.com.

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Health Conspiracy Radio Lives Up to Its Name

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ealth Conspiracy Radio (HCR) is a weekly alternative health radio show hosted by Nick Brannigan that airs every Tuesday and Thursday on NaturalNewsRadio.com, iTunes and HealthConspiracy. com. HCR covers topics that include GMOs, fluoride, activism, the vibrational energy of food, homeopathy, factory farming, self-realization, making lasting changes and more. HCR was established in December of 2012 on an Internet radio network in Las Vegas. Brannigan says, “I’ve been drawn into many different areas of health and wellness. In 2015, I’ll be focusing more and veganism and animal welfare, as well as expanding my radio show into an Internet TV show. I want people to see me as an example of what one individual can do when you believe in the cause you are standing up for, walk the talk. and live your passion.” The host came upon his calling a somewhat casual manner. “Initially, I just wanted to be healthier and more fit going into my 30s, then I began learning about how the food system is broken and the conspiracy behind why this is,” says Brannigan. Now his job is spreading the news,” showing people how to slowly, but surely reprogram their subconscious mind to new dietary habits and showing people how to avoid genetically modified food.”

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Home-Grown Organic Made Easy 10 Time-Saving Tips for a Healthy Garden by Barbara Pleasant

Organic gardening experts share strategies for growing a great garden and having a life, too.

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he arrival of planting season has a stunning effect on veggie gardeners. We talk to our seedlings as if they were children, and don’t mind working until dark if that’s what it takes to get the fingerling potatoes in the ground. Then, complications like crabgrass and cabbageworms appear, and keeping up with all the details feels impossible. We can lighten looming chores by using these time-saving tips, which will reduce later workloads when storms and the hot summer sun threaten to squelch the magic. Mulch to reduce watering and prevent weeds. “You can cut your watering time in half by mulching crops with a three-to-four-inch layer of straw or shredded leaves,” says Niki Jabbour, award-winning author of The Year-Round Vegetable Gardener and Groundbreaking Food Gardens: 73 Plans That Will Change the Way You Grow Your Garden. “Crops like tomatoes, potatoes, kale, broccoli, cucumbers and squash all benefit from

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a deep mulch, which reduces the need to water and also prevents weeds, saving even more time.” Grow herbs in convenient containers. Family cooks will harvest kitchen herbs every day, in all kinds of weather, so don’t waste footsteps. Grow some parsley, basil and other herbs in large containers near the kitchen door. Try promising perennials. Plant them once, and vegetables like asparagus and rhubarb come back year after year in cold winter climates like the Midwest and Northeast. Where winters are mild, artichokes or chayote (pear squash) are longlived and productive. Many resilient herbs will return each spring, too, including sage, mints, thyme and oregano. Tarragon and marjoram make trusty perennial herbs in the Sun Belt. Stock up on organic seeds. “As a year-round vegetable gardener, I try to come up with a list of all the seeds I’ll need for every season when I place an-

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nual seed orders,” Jabbour says. “That way, I will place fewer orders and have everything on hand at the proper planting time, saving both time and money.” Organic seeds in consumer seed catalogs and retail racks won’t be genetically modified or treated with pesticides. Be generous with organic compost. With each planting, mix in organic compost along with a balanced organic fertilizer. Food crops grown in organically enriched soil are better able to resist challenges from pests and diseases, which simplifies summer tasks. Grow flowers to attract beneficial insects. Reducing or eliminating pesticides and increasing plantings of flowers can radically improve the balance between helpful and harmful insects in a garden. Horticulturist Jessica Walliser, co-host of Pittsburgh’s The Organic Gardeners KDKA radio show and author of Attracting Beneficial Bugs to Your Garden, recommends starting with sweet alyssum, an easy-to-grow annual that can be tucked into the edges of beds or added to mixed containers. “The tiny blossoms of sweet alyssum are adept at supporting several species of the non-stinging parasitic wasps that help keep aphids and other common pests in check,” Walliser says. In warm climates where they are widely grown, crape myrtles have been found to serve as nurseries for lady beetles, lacewings and other beneficial insects. Protect plants with fabric barriers. Pest insects seeking host plants won’t find cabbage or kale if they’re hidden beneath hoops covered with fine-mesh fabric like wedding net (tulle) or garden fabric row cover. “Cover the plants the day they are transplanted into the garden,” advises Walliser. As long as the edges are securely tucked in, row covers will also protect plants from wind, hail, rabbits and deer. Hoe briefly each day. Commit 10 minutes a day to hoeing. While slicing down young weeds, hill up soil over potatoes or clean up beds ready to be replanted. Look out for small problems to correct before they become big ones. No more misplaced tools. Time is often wasted searching for lost weeders, pruning shears and other hand tools,


which are easier to keep track of when painted in bright colors or marked with colored tape. Jabbour uses a tool stash basket placed at the garden entrance. Stop to smell the flowers. Use moments saved to sit quietly, relax and soak up the sights, sounds and smells of the garden. Pausing to listen to the birds or watch a honeybee work a flower is part of the earned reward of any healthy garden that can’t be measured by the pound.

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Gleaning in Las Vegas—a Grassroots Approach to Sustainability

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rowing food is not usually what comes to mind when we think of neighborhood living in Las Vegas. However, since at least the 1970s, construction of homes in Clark County maintain the standard inclusion of 22 fruit and nut trees that flourish in the landscape. The most commonly grown fruits are Japanese maple trees, which produce Umeboshi plums (they look like cherries growing on trees with maroon colored leaves), apple, fig, pomegranate, peach, Santa Rosa plum, nectarine, Bartlett pear and almond. A majority of county homeowners with fruit trees on their property are unaware that their trees produce an edible crop. Local harvests from food annually grown here have become a staggering 25 million pounds of waste. Unfortunately, this appears to be a standard of the American way of life. Statistics regarding fresh food waste and sustainability in America reveal that 40 percent of the food grown and produced in this country is currently wasted into landfills. Organizations throughout Clark County are raising awareness of the foods that grow in local neighborhoods and inspiring residents to engage in the harvest and sharing of gleaned fruit. Gleaning is the practice of gathering crops that would otherwise be left in the fields to rot or be plowed under after harvest. Because the food is unmarketable, some growers allow crews of gleaners to pick what is left after harvest to donate to the needy. The Earth Arts Unlimited/Project AngelFaces (EAU/PAF) Sustainability Program called Neighborhood Fruit Harvest mirrors that traditional practice as they harvest and share the local bounty of neighborhood grown fruit. The program was brought to life to create social and practical infrastructures in

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mericans annually discard more food than plastic—35 million tons in 2012—an amount that’s tripled since 1960, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Most of the waste is fruits and vegetables, seafood, grains, meat and milk. Since waste starts in the fields before it compounds via restaurants, grocers and families, the easiest starting point to reverse this trend is with farmers. “Farming’s a high-risk business. Farmers can’t predict weather, sales or equipment problems, so extra is grown,” explains Laurie Caldwell, executive director of Boston Area Gleaners, in Waltham, Massachusetts. “Up to 20 percent of U.S.-grown food isn’t harvested. Gleaners save what’s left behind for hungry people in need.”

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“Income disparity, economic vulnerability and lack of knowledge leads to unhealthy choices,” adds Caldwell. “The negative consequences become a community burden.” Countering the

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problem, “We’ve seen a shift in priorities, with food pantries offering fresh, quality food and educating both staff and recipients,” she reports. In 2014, Boston Area Gleaners harvested 34 farms, contributing 177,000 pounds of primarily vegetables encompassing 60 varieties. California’s fruit is abundant because of the state’s year-round growing season. Until the 1960s and the advent of Silicon Valley, this was the world’s largest fruit-producing region. Some of its current apple trees date back to the Gold Rush days. “We glean backyards and orchards here,” says Craig Diserens, executive director of Village Harvest, in San Jose. “Apples, pears, cherries, peaches, plums and apricots, plus citrus fruits—it’s ladderless picking, to protect both volunteers and trees.” Telescoping tools pluck out-of-reach fruit. The nonprofit gleans 15 to 20 times a month via volunteers ages 5 to 90. In 2013, its Harvesting for the Hungry program distributed 245,000 pounds of fruit. The Feeding America West Michi-


gan food bank, head- More than 50 million in Illinois, Indiana, quartered in Comstock, Nebraska, Ohio and provides more than pro- Americans, including Pennsylvania (see Endduce, with donations 17 million children, Hunger.org). from manufacturers, Jason Brown, a wholesalers, restaurants experience hunger or former St. Louis Rams’ and stores adding meat, center with a five-year, the risk of hunger dairy, frozen foods and $37 million contract, every day. bread. Volunteers repacktraded his cleats for a age donations into usable tractor. Now in LouisTheHungerSite. sizes; do clerical work; burg, North Carolina, pick produce; and sort, he calls First Fruits GreaterGood.com pack, store and deliver Farm home and plans food. to donate the first fruits of every harvest to While most of the nonprofit’s yield is food pantries. He learned about farming distributed through 1,100 food pantries, from YouTube videos, computer searches shelters and soup kitchens, many can’t and other farmers. The first crop on five store perishables. Working with church- acres yielded 100,000 pounds of sweet es, schools and community centers, the potatoes; Brown gave it all away. With organization’s mobile units deliver fresh 1,000 acres to farm, he’s set to tackle food directly to recipients, often the same hunger big time. day it is donated. Each unit can carry It doesn’t require a big time food for 100 to 200 families. This local commitment to help feed the hungry. Feeding America outreach group serves Backyard gardeners can start by planting an estimated 492,000 people each year. an extra row (Tinyurl.com/PlantRow The Society of St. Andrew often ForHungry). Since its inception in 1995, rescues the “ugly” produce—potatoes the Plant a Row program has collectively not well-shaped for chips, oversized turned 20 million pounds of produce peaches, too-long green beans, too-ripe into 80 million meals. strawberries and apples that aren’t pic- Offer to pick a neighbor’s excess ture perfect. “Farmers get a tax benefit produce or herbs, and then check with and people get fresh food,” says Bruce others nearby. Get the kids involved. Oland, the Triangle Area coordina- Volunteer at or make a donation to a tor in North Carolina. “Farmers let us soup kitchen. Gather a group of friends, know when they’ll harvest a crop and family, members of an organization or we have a few days to glean what’s left congregation to glean or repackage before they replant. We pick anything produce one day a month. If a local edible—kale, lettuce, tomatoes, canta- food pantry can’t accept perishables, loupe and lots of sweet potatoes.” In a leverage social media to spread the single harvested field, volunteers have word about which day free food will gleaned seven tons of sweet potatoes. be available at a church or school. Ev The society’s gleaning and feeding eryone can help. No one should go to ministry has regional offices in Alabama, bed hungry. Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee Connect with freelance writer Avery and Virginia. Additional areas are located Mack at AveryMack@mindspring.com.

Handy Resources Download a free gleaning guide and handbook at EndHunger.org/other. Request free seeds to plant a First Fruits Garden at WisdomForLife.org/sow-a-seed-1.html. Get water-saving tips from the University of California, Davis, at Tinyurl.com/GardenWaterSavers.

an attempt to divert county patterns of waste by creating easy, simple access to sustainable living practices. The Neighborhood Fruit Harvest Program through EAU/PAF is the only organization in Las Vegas history to take on the task of gleaning local neighborhood grown fruit and developing a sustainable practice by which encourages communities, households and individuals to strive to consume 100 percent of the food we grow. Harvests are gleaned, cleaned, distributed and consumed within 12 hours. There is no need for storage and there is no waste. Neighborhood Fruit Harvest Program members connect with homeowners and make them aware that they are growing edible fruit in their landscape. Relations are established between EAU/ PAF and the property owner, which include scheduling a Harvest Party for their fruit trees at their peak of ripeness. EAU/PAF teams of harvest captains and volunteer harvesters arrive as scheduled with the tools to collect and clean the harvest on-site. Teams then separate harvests evenly for distribution to local agencies serving vulnerable elders and youth through partner agencies such as Clark County Parks and Recreation: Whitney Senior Center, Whitney Recreation Center, Cambridge Community Center; Street Teens; Nevada Partnership for Homeless Youth; HELP of Southern Nevada Shannon West Homeless Youth Shelter; East Valley Family Services and U.S. Senior Foods Commodities Distribution Center. County residents can increase community sustainability simply by eating what is grown, familiarizing themselves with leaves, bark and fruits of the area’s variety of fruit trees and noticing the presence of these fruit trees within neighborhoods. Volunteer opportunities are available with local agencies that grow or harvest fruit. Prominent local organizations seeking volunteers include Earth Arts Unlimited/Project AngelFaces, The University of Nevada Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners Orchard, Great Basin Permaculture Learning Garden. Rhonda Killough is the founder and director of Project AngelFaces. For more information, visit ProjectAngelFaces. org or ProjectAngelFaces on Facebook. natural awakenings July 2015

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Songs of Freedom We All Long for Liberty by Enrique Smeke

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Where to Go Traveling to iconic natural wonders like the Blue Ridge Mountains, Niagara Falls or the Grand Canyon isn’t the only aweinspiring way to captivate children’s attention and help them contemplate nature’s beauties. As Brian Ettling, a seasonal ranger at Crater Lake National Park, in Oregon, likes to remind park visitors, “Find your own sacred place and keep going there; it could be a wooded area by your house or a county, state or local park.” Visits to in-state parks are easy to fit into a family’s summer plans and can generate lifelong treasured family traditions. Participating in programs or other exploratory adventures stimulate creative and critical thinking, challenge outdoor and athletic skills and can even teach life lessons. July is America’s Parks and Recreation Month, first designated by the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) in 1985. NRPA makes it easy to tap into what’s happening in local parks or wherever family members may be traveling. Events around the country can be found by visiting nrpa.org/july.

What to Do Biologist Rachel Carson, the mother of the modern-day environmental movement, wrote, “If a child is to keep alive his inborn sense of wonder, he needs the companionship of at least one adult who can share it, rediscovering with him the joy, excitement and mystery of the world we live in.” In this addictive digital age, it can sometimes be challenging to find exciting ways to help children connect with nature. Jessica Culverhouse, NRPA senior manager and a volunteer master naturalist, offers ways to channel digital habits. “Free apps like the electronic field guide Leafsnap and mobile games like

Agents of Nature can be great tools to engage kids with the outdoors with their technology still in hand,” she says. Another idea is a simple nature scavenger hunt using a smartphone camera. If weekend camping is of interest, in-state parks are convenient and also easy on the budget. The National Wildlife Federation (NWF) makes the first step easy with tips and suggested activities through their Great American Campout (nwf.org/great-americancampout.aspx). This summer-long celebration of camping encourages everyone to take the pledge to camp, which helps fuel the conversation and initial planning, whether camping in a backyard or local, state or national park. Garden for Wildlife, another popular NWF program, connects people with their local habitats. Girl Scout butterfly heroes in Wyckoff, New Jersey, learned how. “Our troop was looking for a way to provide a community service for their bronze award project,” says Wendy Rosica, co-leader of Troop 94686. “We chose to create a Monarch Way Station garden in a new community park in our neighborhood. Specifically designed as a space for the butterflies to breed and eat during their annual migrations, it’s not only a beautiful addition to the park, but also a positive way for the Girl Scouts to help area residents learn more about the plight of Monarchs and other pollinators.” National Audubon Society nature centers are an accessible local resource (Audubon.org/audubon-near-you). Families learn more about native birds and Audubon hiking trails, and naturalist presentations enhance explorations of the region’s habitats. Local native plant and animal species are disappearing at alarming rates and need habitat stewardship by present and future generations (Climate.Audubon.org). Our in-state parks are wellsprings of life from which children and adults can draw throughout our lives, enabling us to discover the splendor and uniqueness of nature right in our own community and backyard. When we see and feel directly what’s at stake, we’ll fight harder and more consciously to protect and preserve it. As Carson eloquently observed in The Sense of Won- Improve Your Physical der, nature can help and Mental Health us all find reserves Enroll now in an intensive, of strength that will 8 week mindfulness endure as long as life training program that lasts. helps reduce stress, Harriet Shugarman, of Ridgewood, New Jersey, chairs local and regional environmental committees and works with national, state and local organizations seeking pro-environmental legislation. Connect at ClimateMama. com.

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intriguing. This seeker of truth realized that to gain real spiritual growth, she needed to become more deliberate, so she designed a scientific framework, set a clear intention, imposed a deadline and noted the results. “The results were so convincing that I decided to see if my experiments would work for other people,” Grout says. Before long, friends and acquaintances were manifesting all kinds of amazing things, and she decided to write about her theories. Ten years later, after a steep learning curve in the publishing world, her work became globally acclaimed.

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Letting Go of Doubt

Grout’s journey to a life filled with joy and miracles is ongoing. As a freelance writer, she initially struggled with self-doubt, wondering, “What do I, a kid from Kansas, have to offer a New York City editor?” and came face-to-face with fears about money. Even though she was earning a decent living, she was recycling her parents’ anxieties about not having enough. “I’m not good enough” was another party crasher. When she began studying A Course in Miracles, Grout learned that consciousness creates the material world and the importance of self-compassion. She examined her staunch beliefs, questioning if they were true and letting go of the tiresome stories of inadequacy and worry. She began focusing on life’s blessings and noticed how concentrating on the good made life happier and more dynamic. Then she started to lay out simple intentions such as finding a good parking spot or uncovering a lost object. The results were immediate and

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Making Dreams Come True Making our dreams a reality for us is not only possible, it’s probable. The key is opening our hearts to the beneficent universe. “If you want to know what will happen in your life, listen to the words coming out of your mouth,” Grout advises. If we are deluged with negative thoughts, stop and notice all that is right in our world. Ask the universe for help in shedding dark ruminations. When we replace poor images with positive affirming thoughts, our lives become more magical and enjoyable. Grout encourages her readers to invoke two words when life feels chaotic and out of control: “It’s okay,” which allows the loving flow of the universe to do the heavy lifting. Concentrating on living our joys equips us to help ourselves and others. Grout queries, “Since we are creating our reality, why not create the possibilities that bring us closer to our life’s purpose and higher self?” For more on Pam Grout’s work, follow her inspiring blog at PamGrout.com. Deborah Shouse is the author of Love in the Land of Dementia: Finding Hope in the Caregiver’s Journey; she blogs at DementiaJourney.org.

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Intro to Seraph Adalian's Love & Faith Workshop – 6:30-7:30pm. Love working with Angels & Mother Earth? This workshop may resonate with you. Attend in person or via teleconference. Free. 2400 N Tenaya Way, 101, LV. Julianna Char: 702686-2727. SeraphicSpheres.com. New Moon Gong Meditation with Gwen Mitchell – 7pm. The gong has been used as a consciousnesstransforming tool for centuries. The sound of the gong can re-pattern, help eliminate diseased cells in the body and balance the chakras. The sound is healing and peaceful. $20. 800 N Rainbow Blvd, 208, LV. 702-948-4999. EnchantedForestReiki.com.

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Anxiety? Focus? Learning Issues? Open House – 6:30pm. Do you or someone you love suffer from anxiety, ADHD/focus, learning/reading issues, ASD, Tourette's, MS symptoms and more? Scientifically designed programs with lasting results and no medications. Now offering Cellfield Reading. We offer hope. Free. 8515 Edna Ave, 110, LV. 702-340-2248. BrainSolutionsInc.com. Creating Health-Using Body Linguistics – 7pm. We will use Body Linguistics to talk to the cells and energetically clear and re-balance different parts of your body; mentally, physically and emotionally. When the body is in balance it can heal itself. $35. 800 N Rainbow Blvd, 208, LV. 702-948-4999. EnchantedForestReiki.com.

FRIDAY, JULY 17

LVHFCoC Ribbon Cutting Celebration at Eastern Canyon Dental – 4-6pm. The Las Vegas Health & Fitness Chamber of Commerce celebrates the continuing relationship with Eastern Canyon Dental. Ribbon cutting, networking and FREE oral cancer

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Breathing Class at Salt Room with Ileana – 9-10am. Unwind in an amazing Himalayan Salt Cave, while learning how to improve your breathing manifold. Clear your energy and lungs. Feel energized for days after class. $35. The Salt Room, 1958 Village Center Cir, 7, LV. Ileana: 702-823-6512. Meetup.com/Esoteric-Yoga. New Paradigm Multi-Dimensional Transformation Workshop – 9am-6pm. New Paradigm MultiDimensional Transformation is Love, Freedom & being a Master of the Self. This is a two day workshop to activate the love & light within YOU, release fears & live from your heart! $333. 2400 N Tenaya Way, 101, LV. Julianna Char: 702-686-2727. Empaths Unite – 10am. Empaths Unite is a learning community to empower empaths to understand the gift of emotional energy and learn to manage it. We meet monthly to support each other and learn. Love offering. 1771 E Flamingo Rd, 104B, LV. 702-7487166. SoulSanctuaryLV.org. Heart Chakra & Essential Oils – 1pm. You will learn which essential oils can help balance your Heart Chakra and also help the physical body systems to heal. Free, 800 N Rainbow Blvd, 208, LV. 702-948-4999. EnchantedForestReiki.com.

TUESDAY, JULY 21

Holy Fire Karuna Reiki Level II/3 Night Certification Class – 6:30-9:30pm. Jul 21-23. Learn Karuna Reiki II symbols. Receive a Karuna Level II Attunement. Chanting & Toning. Holy Fire Reiki. $250. 800 N Rainbow Blvd, 208, LV. 702-948-4999. EnchantedForestReiki.com.

WEDNESDAY, JULY 22

Anti-Cellulite Workshop for Women with Ileana – 6-8pm. Reduce cellulite and reveal your beauty with easy methods from yoga, tantra and ayurveda, combined with nutrition and beauty tricks. $25. Intentional Healings Center, 3450 E Russell Rd, 110, LV. Ileana: 702-823-6512. Meetup.com/ Esoteric-Yoga.

THURSDAY, JULY 23

Essential Energetics – 6:30pm. Know essential oils more intuitively. Tap into the energetics of the essential oils and allow them to guide you on your journey to balance, emotionally, mentally and physically. Mark your calendar today. $20. 2400 N Tenaya Way, LV. 702-460-4080. AlternativePathfinders.com. Tibetian & Crystal Bowl Meditation – 7pm. You will receive the advanced Reiki attunement and the Usui Master Symbol. Learn how to work with the energy matrix of a crystal grid and how to do aura clearing. $15. 800 N Rainbow Blvd, 208, LV. 702948-4999. EnchantedForestReiki.com.

SATURDAY, JULY 25

Usui Reiki III/A.R.T. Advanced Reiki Training plus Holy Fire Certifidation Class – 9am-5pm. Receive advanced Reiki attunement and the Usui Master Symbol. Learn how to work with the energy matrix of a crystal grid and how to do aura clearing. $300. 800 N Rainbow Blvd, 208, LV. 702-948-4999. EnchantedForestReiki.com.


XYLITOL More Innovative than Antibiotics The Power of Xylitol Xylitol’s effectiveness in oral health and usage as a sweetener is well-known. New research also shows its usefulness in upper respiratory health. However, people may not know the reason why it is so effective. Xylitol has a unique ability to interfere with bacterial adhesion.

Anti-Adhesion Xylitol’s anti-adhesive effect was discovered by accident in 1996. A British medical journal published a study, which analyzed past research done with xylitol. Researchers found that there was an additional correlation between xylitol and upper respiratory infections—a correlation researchers didn’t see when the studies were performed originally. The 1996 study found that among the children tested in the studies, those who used xylitol chewing gum had 42% fewer ear infections. Researchers performed subsequent research to answer why there was this correlation. These studies supported the discovery of xylitol’s anti-adhesion property. Xylitol’s anti-adhesive effect interferes with bacteria sticking to tissue. In order for bacteria to thrive, they must attach to the cell membrane. There they metabolize and grow, creating a colony called a biofilm. When the body senses the bacteria, it reacts with various responses like congestion, runny nose, and inflammation. Traditionally, people fight against bacterial infections using antibiotics, attempting to kill the bacteria. However, the use of antibiotics produces resistant bacterial strains, which leads to more serious problems. Xylitol’s anti-adhesive property interferes with bacterial adhesion, resulting in bacteria not being able to colonize and thrive; eventually they are washed out. This is an innovative way to avoid antibiotic resistance. Instead of fighting against the bacteria, which can cause them to become stronger and more resistant, xylitol doesn’t allow the bacteria to cling to the cell and start its metabolic processes. Professionals advise people to regularly wash

their hands to prevent illness. But washing with only water isn’t enough; they must wash with soap. Similarly, just as people should wash their hands, they should also wash their nasal passages. A normal saline solution is like washing with only water. Washing with a nasal spray containing xylitol is like washing hands with soap. Bacteria and People Bacteria, like people, congregate together. This is called quorum sensing. When people start coming together, they form a town or city. Bacteria act similarly; as they sense other bacteria around, they create a biofilm—a bacterial “city.” If a group wanted to take over a city, historically they would send in soldiers to subdue the inhabitants so they could then occupy the city. However, there is no guarantee that they would control everyone, and there may be leftover survivors who rally together. But if that particular city were to have an extreme change in environment, the inhabitants wouldn’t be able to cope and they’d have to leave the city. Changing the environment is much more effective in expelling the inhabitants than attacking with soldiers.

What are Some of Xylitol’s Applications? Studies have shown numerous uses for xylitol, many of which deal with its adverse effects on bacterial adhesion. Sinus, ear, and respiratory infections begin in the nose as we breathe in bacteria which attempt to adhere to the cell membrane. With the use of nasal sprays containing xylitol, the bacteria found in the nose cannot stick to the tissue and are eventually flushed out. This, of course, leads to greater probability that they will not infect the body. Nurse Practitioner Sherril Sego, FNPCP, DNP, talks about the benefits of xylitol in this aspect. She says, “Saline nasal rinses containing xylitol have been found to be more effective than traditional saline rinses to reduce the symptoms of chronic rhinosinusitis.” One of the best things about xylitol is that it is 100% natural and 100% safe. It’s no wonder so many people benefit from products containing xylitol. Do you want to benefit from them too? Go to xlear.com and look up the patented Xlear Nasal Spray.

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Essential Energetics – 2pm. Know essential oils more intuitively. Tap into the energetics of the essential oils and allow them to guide you on your journey to balance, emotionally, mentally and physically. Mark your calendar today. $20. 2400 N Tenaya Way, LV. 702-460-4080. AlternativePathfinders.com.

SUNDAY, JULY 26

Raw Vegan Frozen Desserts – 1-3pm. Be part of truly euphoric hands-on experience. Making and indulge in guilt-free healthy Raw Vegan frozen desserts. Includes recipes and all-you-caneat desserts. $26. 3920 Amy Marie Ct, LV. Call in advance to RSVP. Victoria: 702-659-2390.

markyourcalendar Violin-Guided Meditation The moon meditation helps transcend the mind and feel the divinity within. Sit back, relax, while heavenly strings of Rebecca Sabine's violin take you through Sea of Light. You will come back renewed and rejuvenated. $40.

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MONDAY, JULY 27

Don't Exercise. LYMPHACISE! – 6-7:30pm. An EZ Weight Loss Nutrition class. Lose excess weight though breath and self-lymphatic massage–without exercise. Learn reverse and prevent many health conditions. Includes guided imagery for easy memorization. $13.50. 3920 Amy Marie Ct, LV. Victoria: 702-659-2390.

WEDNESDAY, JULY 29

Crystal bowl & Tibetan bowl Meditation – 6pm. Relax, sit back, while we take you through different corners of the universe and bring you back to earth under the soothing sounds of the Crystal and Tibetan bowls. Leave refreshed and renewed. $40. 1958 Village Center Cir, 7, LV. 702-228-7258. SaltRoomLV.com.

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

daily Balancing Hormones Naturally – Learn to balance 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, resulting from the estrogen in our environment. Watch video classes by Dr. Patricia Beckstead B.S., D.C. BalancingHormonesNaturally.com.

Kundalini Yoga and Meditation – Tues-Fri. Kundalini Yoga and Meditation classes are a dynamic blend of postures,breathing exercises, relaxation and meditation, which teach you the art of self healing and elevation. No previous experience required,achieve results with your very first class. $18 packages available. RYK Yoga and Meditation Center, 8450 W Sahara Ave, 109, LV. 702-478-9600. RYKYoga.com.

Luminosity Wellness Center – Learn the art of hypnotherapy, NLP, Reiki, Theta Healing, the MELT Method, aromatherapy/herbology, chakra balancing and more. Certification classes. Through experience learn self-healing. Prices vary per service. Luminosity Wellness Center, 2400 N Tenaya Way, LV. 702-721-WELL. LuminosityWellnessCenter.com. Medical Qigong – Tues-Fri. 10-11am. Use body movements, rhythmic breathing, visualizations and healing sounds to develop internal energy for health, vitality, mind expansion and spiritual cultivation. $10. Naturally Organic Healing Center, 1171 S Buffalo Dr, 110, LV. 702-433-3874. NaturallyOrganicCenter.com. Private Spiritual Retreat – Private in-home retreat near mountains with Certified Spiritual Coach. Choose two and three-day retreats (dates based on availability). Includes lodging, all meals (vegan/ vegetarian) and classes for transforming one’s life. Costs vary depending on package. Mountains Edge/ Blue Diamond & Durango. 702-720-4065.

Spice Up Workshops & Classes – Supplements for workshops with workbooks, games and DVs. Each set includes books and DVD. Show short segments of DVDs that best fit the class topic. $39.95/ set. Receive free info on packets. Send a SASE: Edu-Consultants, PO Box 31043, Las Vegas, NV 89173. Cultural-Diversity@hotmail.com. SuccessSecrets.ws. 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.

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Wongu University of Oriental Medicine, 8620 S Eastern Ave, LV. 702-463-2122. Start@Wongu. org. Wongu.org.

sunday Soul-Conversations: An Interfaith Meditation and Conversation – 11am. Every Sunday. Explore a different inspiratoinal prayer, poem or story and take that into meditation, listening for Divine guidance. A loving, safe, exploratory sacred community. Love offering. 1771 E. Flamingo Rd, 104B, LV. 702-272-7872. SoulSanctuaryLV.org. Kids' Art & Yoga Workshop – 11am. Combining yoga and art, this workshop fosters each individuals unique talents through active engagement. Class starts with yoga and leads into an art lesson allowing creative expression. $25. 1958 Village Center Cir, 7, LV. 702-228-7258. SaltRoomLV.com

Spirit Walker Series – 2-5pm. "The Spirit Walker" leads participants on a journey. This adventure began 01-11-15 as an Awakening, followed on 04-12-2015 with a lesson in Financial choices, ending 07-122015 with Lifestyle action steps. Love donation. 2400 N Tenaya Way, LV. Christine Essex: 702-7219355. LuminosityWellnessCenter.com. Krishna Fest – 6-9pm. A unique night out. Experience mantra chants, vibrant world music, stimulating spiritual knowledge of ancient India. Relax over a super-tasty vegetarian dinner with a diverse range of thoughtful people. Free. Govinda's Center of Vedic India, 7181 Dean Martin Dr, LV. 702-434-8332. GovindasCenter.com.

monday Ashtanga Yoga with Simone – 6-7pm. “Come where you are and begin there.” Learn the foundations of Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga as you build your practice. You will bring strength, flexibility and endurance to the body and stillness to the mind. $10. 1171 S Buffalo, 110, LV. 702-433-3874. NaturallyOrganicCenter.com.

Healing Mondays Reiki Circle – 6pm. Immerse in the wonderful healing energy by giving and receiving Reiki. Reiki is a natural, safe and effective healing system that uses Spiritually Guided Universal Energy to treat physical, mental, emotional and spiritual issues. $18 packages available. 8450 W Sahara Ave, 109, LV. 702-478-9600. RYKYoga.com.

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


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Healing the Roots of Addiction – 7pm. A community to help live a life of substance without the substance. A guide back to the root of your addiction so you can transcend that issue into personal power. Love offering. Soul Sanctuary: 702-748-7166. SoulSanctuaryLV.org.

tuesday Mindfulness Meditation – 5pm. Mindfulness Meditation is an adaptation of an ancient Buddhist Vipassana meditation, practicing along with accepting and nonjudgmental focus; remaining focused on the present moment as we understand the process of observing and releasing thoughts. $18 packages available. 8450 W Sahara Ave, 109, LV. 702-4789600. RYKYoga.com. Great Basin Permaculture Monthly – Last Tues. 6-7:30pm. This group educates the community about permaculture in order to promote sustainable food production, water, conservation, energy and more. All are welcome. Green Valley Library, 2797 N Green Valley Pkwy, HD. Facebook.com/ GreatBasinPermaculture.

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. 171 S Buffalo Dr, 110, LV. 702-433-3874. NaturallyOrganicCenter.com.

Spiritual Yoga Beginner level with Ileana– 6-8pm. Transform at every level and grow spiritually through authentic yoga. Progressive class with new teachings every week. Great for all who are searching for life's meaning and answers. $20. Naturally Organic Healing Center, 1171 S Buffalo Rd, LV. Ileana: 702-823-6512. Meetup.com/Esoteric-Yoga.

LIVE Gong Meditation – 7:30pm. The sound of the Gong creates deep relaxation, releasing us from the torrent of thoughts our mind releases, balances the chakras, stimulates the glandular and nervous system,gives a sense of expanded awareness and higher consciousness! $18 packages available. 8450 W Sahara Ave, 109, LV. 702-478-9600. RYKYoga.com.

wednesday Theta Meditation – 1-2pm. This meditation is specially designed to take you into a deep Theta state to achieve amazing healings. Every meditation is created for a specific healing and to help awaken the sleeping master within you. Love donation. 2400 N Tenaya Way, LV. Jeff: 702-324-2595. TheSacredArtOfHealilng.com.

Reiki Healing Circle – 7-9pm. Learn new information regarding natural healing. Participate in a group discussion or simply observe. Experience guided meditation and receive deep personalized healing. Relax and recharge the mind and body. Donation. 1171 S Buffalo Dr, 110, LV. Victoria: 702-659-2390. TransformationsLasVegas.com. Vinyasa Yoga and Sonic Therapy – 7-8:30pm. An all levels vinyasa flow class with pranayama and

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mantra meditation. Learn the secrets of relaxation and explore the practical techniques for a healthy mind, body and soul. Donation based. Govinda's Center, 7181 Dean Martin Dr, LV. 702-434-8332. GovindasCenter.com.

thursday Campus Tour & Info Session – 2pm. This is a one-hour group tour and brief information session on Wongu’s Master's Degree program in Oriental Medicine. Individual sessions can be scheduled by calling Angela Stueber: 702-463-2122, ext 302. Wongu University of Oriental Medicine, 8620 S Eastern Ave, LV. Wongu.org. 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. GovindasCenter.com. Superior Health With Essential Oils – 6-7pm. Essential Oils are 50-70 times more powerful than herbs. Learn about why one uses dōTERRA Essential Oils and how to use them. RSVP and receive a free 5ml Wild Orange. Naturally Organic Healing Center, 1171 S Buffalo, LV. Christina: 702-5262196. MydoTERRA.com/christinafrei.

Tantric Yoga Level 1 with Ileana – 6-8pm. Great for beginners. Transform at every level by using the practical ways of yoga and tantra. Progressive class with new teachings every week. $20. Naturally Organic Healing Center, 1171 S Buffalo Rd, LV. Ileana: 702-823-6512. Meetup.com/Esoteric-Yoga. 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. 800 N Rainbow, 100, LV. 702-948-4999. EnchantedForestReiki.com.

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. 702-802-9130. SoulSanctuaryLV.org.

friday Farmers Market at Downtown 3rd – 9am-2pm. A thriving, bustling, community gathering place featuring the largetst selection of organic produce from California family farms. Local Nevada farmers picked and brought to market at the peace of the season. Unique gourmet artisan products, spices grown in the desert, best raw food and gluten free products. Award winning. 300 North Casino Center Blvd. Easy parking. 702-708-1891. Downtown3rdFarmersMarket.com. 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,

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self-defense and well-being. 1171 S Buffalo Dr, 110, LV. 702-433-3874. NaturallyOrganicCenter.com.

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. 2400 N Tenaya Way, LV. Adam Stuart Littman: 725222-0323. LuminosityWellnessCenter.com.

Reiki Spiritual Mastermind – 7-9pm. Open forum discussion with Reiki Master/Inspirational Speaker, followed by guided meditation and deep personalized Reiki healing. Free. Appreciation donations. 1420 E. Harmon Ave, LV. Victoria: 702-659-2390. TransformationsLasVegas.com 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. Soul Sanctuary: 702-802-9130. SoulSanctuaryLV.org.

Yoga Nidra "Conscious Deep Sleep" – 7:30pm. Guided by the soothing and comforting voice of your teacher, while you enter into a deep sleep but still remaining conscious and aware. Yoga-Nidra expands your consciousness allowing for a greater sense of self-awareness. $18 packages available. 8450 W Sahara Ave, 109, LV. 702-478-9600. RYKYoga.com.

saturday Downtown Summerlin Farmers 'Market – 9am2pm. Curated by Kerry Clasby, also known as the Intuitive Forager. This Farmers' Market is the only one in Las Vegas where 90% of its produce is organic and free of pesticides. Free. Downtown Summerlin, 1980 Festival Plaza Drive, LV. 702-8321000.

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. 1171 S Buffalo Dr, 110, LV. 702-433-3874. NaturallyOrganicCenter.com.

Meditation 101 with Scott Schmidt – 9:30am. Struggling with getting a meditation practice down? Getting bored with a current meditation practice? Join a community discussion on meditation and learn a new practice each month. $10. Soul Sanctuary LV, 1771 E. Flamingo Rd, 104B, LV. 702-272-7872. Mindfulness Meditation – 10:30am. Mindfulness Meditation is an adaptation of an ancient Buddhist Vipassana meditation, practicing along with accepting and nonjudgmental focus; remaining focused on the present moment as we understand the process of observing and releasing thoughts. $18 packages available. 8450 W Sahara Ave, 109, LV. 702-4789600. RYKYoga.com.

Spiritual Experience Discussions – 6-7pm. Discuss spiritual experience of all faiths in a respectful and open environment. Free. 1171 S Buffalo Dr, 110, LV. 702-433-3874. NaturallyOrganicCenter.com.

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Dr. Jim Wright, DDS, AIAOMT, AIABDM 8855 W Flamingo, LV 89147 702-281-9900 HolisticDentistLasVegas.com Practicing holistic, biological dentistry with safe removal of mercury. State of the art early detect cavity mapping, cosmetic, general, specialty dentistry and low sensitivity teeth whitening. Offer holistic, no-prep veneers, Lumineers, Invisalign Braces, dental implants and All on 4 Implant Bridges, sleep and full sedation dentistry. See ads, pages 2, 28, 40.

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

Holistic dentistry with a whole body approach to create a healthy smile and body. Live microscopic viewing of mouth bacteria. Laser gum disease treatment. Computerized TMJ and bite analysis. Mercury testing and removal. Nutritional testing. Autonomic nervous system analysis. Invisalign. See ad, page 14.

MEDICAL CENTERS DOCTOR ALLEN WELLNESS & MEDICAL CENTER

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

See ad, page 25.

Dr. Allen specializes in reversing diseases: Heart Disease, Diabetes, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Asthma, Migraines, Fatty Liver and many others; easily and naturally, without the cost of expensive medications and supplements Scientifically proven techniques.

ORGANIC FOOD VIOLETTE'S VEGAN ORGANIC EATERY & JUICE BAR

8560 W Desert Inn Rd, LV 89117 ViolettesVegan.com • 702-685-0466

We are a full-scale vegan organic restaurant. Open 7 days/week for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Take out, delivery and online ordering available. We are casual and family friendly. See Business Spotlight, page 19. See ad, page 21.

PHYSICAL THERAPY/ MYOFASCIAL RELEASE WHOLE BODY HEALING

5463 S. Durango Drive, Ste 120/E Las Vegas, NV 89113 702-776-8881 •BodyMFR.com Specializing in the John F. Barnes Myofascial Release. The ultimate whole body approach, mind-body treatment and missing link to healthcare which is highly effective in treating acute and chronic pain.

SPIRITUAL CENTERS SOUL SANCTUARY LLC

3450 E. Russell Rd, Suite 112, LV 702-748-7166 SoulSanctuaryLV.org

See ad, page 31.

An interfaith, spiritual center dedicated to helping people discover their individual connection to the Divine and to their own spirit within them. Classes, groups and workshops for finding your own answers. Individual spiritual counseling.

WELLNESS CENTER NATURALLY ORGANIC HEALING CENTER

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

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Rev. Victoria Stitzer, Master of NLP, Reiki Master, CHT, EFT Expert in Rapid Behavior Modification 702-659-2390 • TransformationsLasVegas.com Re-script your emotional trama; heal physical/emotional pain; eat right for your type; EZ weight loss; non-invasive detox; past life regressions; become certified Reiki practitioner in 12 hrs. Results guaranteed. 20% off this ad. See ad, page 31.

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THERAPEUTIC/SPORTSMASSAGE BEST HANDS IN THE BUSINESS Glen Alex, LCSW, NCBTMB, LMT, KTP 702-807-7349 tma@massageadvantagelv.com MassageAdvantageLV.com

Glen's massages respect each client's condition, muscular needs and personality. She provides individualized, caring and focused massage treatments to optimize muscle function and relaxatoin with a variety of techniques.

UNIVERSITIES WONGU UNIVERSITY

8620 S Eastern Ave, LV 89123 702-463-2122 • Wongu.org Nevada State Board approved to offer a MS Degree in Oriental Medicine. Didactics with clinical training in acupuncture and herbology ensure competent practitioners. Step into a new career or expand your practice. See ad, page 9.

Yoga and Tantra Teacher Iana2505@yahoo.com • 702-823-6512 meetup.com/Esoteric-Yoga.com Transform your "fears" into improving your health, mental focus and emotional balance. Practice yoga and tantra as paths of personal and spiritual development. Discover your unlimited potential and true identity. Highly experienced instructor.

RYK YOGA AND MEDITATION CENTER 8450 W. Sahara Ave, Suite 109 Las Vegas, NV 89117

The first Kundalini Yoga and Meditation Center of Las Vegas offering daily yoga and meditation classes, LIVE gong meditation, yoga nidra, Reiki healing, workshops, retreats, yoga teacher training, corporate programs, personal consultations, hypnotherapy, past life regression, massage services. See ad, page 11.

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DeLois Clausell Hollinger 702-217-1170 • softskin4u2@gmail.com Indiya.Neurium.com Want younger looking skin? Nerium offers proprietary products that address the signs and underlying causes of aging. A powerful antioxidant that boosts the cell renewal process to reveal younger looking skin. 30-day money back guarantee. Show Special: Body Contouring Cream $80 (reg. $108).

CRUELTY-FREE ORGANIC PRODUCTS NEAL'S YARD REMEDIES ORGANIC US Patty LaBarbara, Consultant PattyOrganics@gmail.com • 210-551-6249 us.NYROrganic.com/shop/pattylabarbara

A 33-year old company that grows, sows and fair-trades organic products with the Leaping Bunny designation (no animal testing whatsoever). Skin care, hair care, body care, essential oils and diffusers, organic teas and supplements. Free of parabens, GMOs, synthetic fragrance, etc. NYR skin products are essential oil-based. Natural remedies and total well-being are central to who we are.

FARMERS’ MARKETS THE GREEN CHEFS FARMER’S MARKET TheGreenChefs.com Las Vegas Springs Preserve Every Thursday • 9:30am-1:30pm

Support Local Farmers, Artisans & Bakers. Green Chefs Farmer’s Market held at the Springs Preserve is a friendly, educational, open-air farmers and artisan market. Our mission and grassroots efforts are to improve the health of our community, the viability of local farmers and preserve the environment for future generations by combining education about healthy food and its sources with better logistical connections. See ad, page 21.

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Massage is a non-invasive and natural way to improve your wellbeing. Licensed Massage Therapist and Certified Fertility Massage Specialist offers outcall services, enabling clients to remain in the comfort of their home. Offering Therapeutic, Swedish, Fertility, Prenatal, Induce Labor and Chair Massage. Show Special: 15 minutes Free with purchase of 1 hour massage.

Club Pilates is a boutique Pilates Studio in Las Vegas, offering small group classes (up to 12), private and semi private classes using Balanced Body Reformers and full Pilates apparatus (Springboard, EXO Chair, Barre and more). We also offer 500 hour comprehensive teacher training program. $5 First Introductory Class, use promo code: FIRST5.

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8665 W. Flamingo Rd. Suite 118, LV 89147 702-608-1396 • lasvegas@clubpilatesstudio.com ClubPilatesStudio.com/Locations/LasVegas

DOWN DOG DIAGNOSTICS YOGA THERAPY

ASHLEY HOWARD, INDEPENDENT AMBASSADOR

Wellness practices using traditional yoga fused with modern wellness and designed to meet the individual where they are, aiming to bring about balance and healing. Accessible to anyone with issues ranging from stiff, sore muscles to those living with chronic illness and anything in between. See ad, page 11.

Health and wellness company designed to help you get healthy from the inside out. Non-GMO and gluten free. We promote everything from weight loss supplements to vitamins. Plexus is a fast growing company always looking for new ambassadors. 60-day money back guarantee.

Alicia Cuglietta, E-RYT, PYT, CES, TIYT 702-768-2906 DownDogDiagnostics.com

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Wellness practices using traditional yoga fused with modern wellness and designed to meet the individual where they are, aiming to bring about balance and healing. Accessible to anyone with issues ranging from stiff, sore muscles to those living with chronic illness and anything in between. See ad, page 11.

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