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letterfrompublisher AMERICA, OUR HOPE IS IN YOU A Commencement Speech by Marion Konishi to rectify all the injustice One and a half years ago I that flowed from them. I knew only one America— noticed that the major trend an America that gave me in American history has an equal chance in the been towards equality and struggle for life, liberty, and fair play for all. America the pursuit of happiness. If hounded and harassed the I were asked then—“What Indians, then remembering does America mean to that these were the first you?”—I would answer Americans, she gave them without any hesitation back their citizenship. She and with all sincerity— enslaved the Negroes, “America means freedom, then again remembering equality, security, and Americanism, she wrote justice.” out the Emancipation The other night while Proclamation. She I was preparing for this persecuted the German speech, I asked myself this Americans during the First same question—“What World War, then recalling does America mean to that America was born of you?” I hesitated—I was In 1943, Marion (Konishi) Takahara those who came from every not sure of my answer. I wondered if America graduated as the valedictorian of Amache nation seeking liberty and Senior High School, in Colorado. Amache justice, she repented. Her still means and will mean freedom, equality, was an internment camp for Japanese history is full of errors but Americans that were forced to relocated with each mistake she has security, and justice when some of its citizens were from their Pacific Coast homes following learned and has marched the attack on Pearl Harbor. forward onward toward segregated, discriminated a goal of security and against, and treated so unfairly. I knew I was not the only American peace and a society of free men where the understanding that all men are created equal, seeking an answer. Then I remembered that old saying—All an understanding that all men whatever their the answers to the future will be found in the race, color, or religion be given an equal past for all men. So unmindful of the searchlights opportunity to serve themselves and each other reflecting in my windows, I sat down and tried according to their needs and abilities. I was once again at my desk. True, I was to recall all the things that were taught to me in my history, sociology, and American life classes. just as much embittered as any other evacuee. But I had found in the past the answer to This is what I remembered: America was born in Philadelphia on July my question. I had also found my faith in 4, 1776, and for 167 years it has been held America—faith in the America that is still as the hope, the only hope, for the common alive in the hearts, minds, and consciences of man. America has guaranteed to each and all, true Americans today—faith in the American native and foreign, the right to build a home, sportsmanship and attitude of fair play that will to earn a livelihood, to worship, think, speak, judge citizenship and patriotism on the basis of and act as he pleased—as a free man equal to actions and achievements and not on the basis of physical characteristics. every other man. Can we the graduating class of Amache Every revolution within the last 167 years which had for its aim more freedom was based Senior High School still believe that America on her constitution. No cry from an oppressed means freedom, equality, security, and justice? people has ever gone unanswered by her. Do I believe this? Do my classmates believe America froze, shoeless, in the snow at Valley this? Yes, with all our hearts, because in that Forge, and battled for her life at Gettysburg. faith, in that hope, is my future, our future, and She gave the world its greatest symbols of the world’s future. democracy: George Washington, who freed her from tyranny; Thomas Jefferson, who Marion (Konishi) Takahara is the grandmother defined her democratic course; and Abraham of Natural Awakenings-Gulf Coast AL/MS EdiLincoln, who saved her and renewed her faith. tion publisher and national contributing writer, Sometimes America failed and suffered. Meredith Montgomery. Read more about this Sometimes she made mistakes, great mistakes, extraordinary woman, in Letter From Publisher but she always admitted them and tried at


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Tonic Tea and Elixir Bar Grand Opening


aturally Organic Healing Center has opened the first Tonic Tea and Elixir Bar in Las Vegas at 1171 S. Buffalo Dr., Ste. 110. Selections include premium organic teas, Chinese tonic herbs and super food elixirs, all designed for radiant health in mind, with deeply nourishing abilities. Designed by master herbalist Sifu JC Cox, these concoctions come from a deep lineage of tea craft and the highest-quality herbs revitalize, energize and harmonize body, mind and spirit. Patrons may choose from pre-made tea selections geared toward specific health enhancing qualities such as physical strength, mental prowess and meditative Zen. There is also a list of ingredients for the adventurous alchemist to craft their own brew, with add-ons like edible therapeutic essential oils or dragon herb tinctures to enhance that special tonic. For more information, call 702-433-3874, email or visit See ad, page 25.

New Online Store Supports Local Animal Welfare Nonprofit


eginning July 7, Love Ellies, a new online shopping experience for those that love animals, will donate 100 percent of the proceeds to CompassionWorks International (CWI), Nevada's only nonprofit international animal advocacy organization. CWI not only produces Vegas VegFest and the Worldwide Rally For Cecil, but works with animal advocates around the world to put an end to animal cruelty. Whether it is ending the use of animals by the circus and marine parks or taking aim at trophy hunters, CWI fights to build a kinder world for all animals. Love Ellies carries jewelry and other internationally sourced items that feature elephants in their free and natural state, including rings, necklaces, earrings and bracelets. Some are unique and sold nowhere else but the Love Ellies store. For more information, visit or See ad, page 27.


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tevie's Healing Arts & Spa is adding four new treatment rooms and a 1,100-square-foot yoga studio and workshop space that will be available September 1. They are seeking part-time massage therapists, yoga instructors, reiki masters, tai chi and joyful dance instructors and anyone looking for a new home to share their gifts. Location: 80 N. Pecos, Ste. A, Henderson. For more information, call 702-979-8035, email or visit See ad, page 23.

Educational Alternative for Middle School Enrolling Now


cademic Solutions for Kids (ASK) is a progressive educational alternative, now in its fourth year, is enrolling students for the 2016-2017 school year. They understand that not every student thrives in a traditional classroom. the program takes a unique approach by blending self-paced, standards-aligned academics, project-based learning and expanded outreach opportunities for middle school students. With a studentto-teacher ratio of 10 to one, students get the individual attention they need to succeed. The middle school years are a time of rapid physical change, with character and confidence slowly maturing and evolving. Healthy relationships are critical for healthy development, yet increased social and peer pressures can make it difficult for some kids to feel as though they fit in. At Academic Solutions for Kids, students’ progress in a nurturing environment where they reignite a love for learning, find and grow their sense of self, develop introspection and emotional awareness, blossom with self-confidence, become independent learners and best of all, establish strong friendships that extend outside the classroom. Location: 1005 S. Cimarron, Las Vegas. For more information, call 702-879-5626 or visit

New Sessions And Lessons At GINA GINA


ccording to Gina Evans, owner and certified Reiki master at GINA GINA, and her partner and professional musician husband Johnny Evans, the boutique and music studios are expanding to include Music Energy Sessions (M.E.S.) and Zytocompass Readings (getting the most of Essential Oil use). GINA GINA is filled with all natural and organic products, handmade energy ornaments and gifts from around the world such as unique cards, Himalayan salt products and Zen gardens. Additionally, custom created essential oil blends are available for all uses. The Studios at GINA GINA offer private music lessons of drums, guitar, bass, piano and vocals. “Beginning in September, we will be adding Music Energy Sessions (M.E.S.) to help you unwind from the effects of life, remove from your energy space that which may be keeping you from attaining your dreams, help you to revitalize and regenerate your body, mind and soul,” says Evans, “all thru music and intent.” According to Evans, M.E.S. can help one let go of the past and not overly focus on the future to enjoy and be grateful for every breath with which you are graced. “Zytocompass Readings help you get the best results from your essential oils,” says Evans, “using them to help heal and repair from within.”

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decked out in patriotic decorations. Many resorts compete to host the largest 4th of July fireworks. Participating casinos include Caesars Palace, The Stratosphere Casino Hotel and Tower, Mandalay Bay, Lake Las Vegas, The LINQ Promenada. For information, visit 68th Annual Boulder City Damboree Celebration – 7am-10:30pm. 9am Parade Route: Nevada Way, 5th Street, Avenue B. 10am Broadbent Park morning events. Afternoon events at Veterans Memorial Park. 9pm Fireworks at Veterans Memorial Park. For more information visit

The Vegas Strip – Fireworks begin shortly after sunset. Due to the popularity of the fireworks show, arrive early in order to get the best viewing location. For more information, visit Henderson Fourth of July Celebration – 6-9:15pm. Fireworks show at 9pm. Mission Hills Park, 551 E Mission Hills Dr., Henderson. For more information, call 702-267-2171. The Summerlin Council Independence Day Patriotic Parade – 8:30-11am. 8:30am Escort and Dignitary Parade steps-off. 9am Patriotic Parade steps-off. Free admission. The Trails Village, Hillpointe and Hills Center, Las Vegas.

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Calcium Pills Don’t Build Bone Health


esearchers reporting in the British medical journal The Lancet, analyzed 44 studies on calcium supplementation or dietary calcium and bone fractures and concluded, “Dietary calcium intake is not associated with risk of fracture and there is no current evidence that increasing dietary calcium intake prevents fractures.” Qualifying studies included more than 44,000 people. A different meta-study from New Zealand’s University of Auckland, also published in The Lancet, reviewed 59 clinical and observational studies of calcium and bone density. The meta-analysis compared the effect of calcium doses of 500, 800 and 1,000 milligrams per day and found that bone density improvements ranged between 0.6 and 1.8 percent throughout the body during the first year of supplementation, but did not increase over time. They concluded that the improvements in bone mineral density from calcium supplements were small and that results mirrored the increases seen from dietary sources, suggesting that neither method significantly improves bone health.

Energy Drinks Harm the Heart


n addition to alertness, energy drinks may also trigger abnormal heart rhythms and increased blood pressure. Researchers from the School of Pharmacy at the University of the Pacific, in Stockton, California, tested 27 healthy adults. The volunteers were split into three groups—one drank two cans of an energy drink per day, another consumed the same amount of a drink with Panax ginseng and the third a similar-tasting placebo beverage. The subjects were given cardiovascular testing before and after the trial. After three weeks, the group imbibing the energy drinks had a significant increase in abnormal heart rhythms and higher blood pressure. The ginseng and placebo groups saw no change in their heart conditions. Sachin A. Shah, a doctor of pharmacy and professor at Pacific’s School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, says, “Our findings suggest that certain energy drinks may increase the risk of having an abnormal heart rhythm when consumed in high volumes. While we wait for more data, some consumers should exercise caution and not blindly follow the buzz.” The Center for Science in Public Interest, a consumer health advocacy group, has reported that as of June 2014, 34 deaths have been associated with energy drinks.

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Colorful Produce Slows Cell Aging


new study published in the European Journal of Nutrition finds that an increased intake of carotenoids, powerful antioxidants found in plantbased foods, is associated with slower aging. The research tested 3,660 U.S. adults and measured blood levels of five common carotenoids: alphacarotene, beta-carotene, beta-cryptoxanthin, combined lutein/zeaxanthin and trans-lycopene. The researchers found that those with levels that were in the highest quarter had 5 percent to 8 percent longer telomeres compared to those with the lowest quartile of carotenoid levels. Telomeres are located at the ends of DNA chromosomes and get shorter as we age. Longer telomeres indicate greater longevity. Carotenoids are found in the yellow-to-red pigments in many yellow, red and orange foods. They are also contained in green foods where chlorophyll shields the yellow-red color. Alpha-carotenes are present in carrots, cantaloupes, mangoes, kale, spinach, broccoli and Brussels sprouts. Betacarotene is found in some of the same foods, and also tomatoes, apricots and watermelons. Beta-cryptoxanthin is found in papayas, apples and orange peels. Lutein and zeaxanthin are found in some of the same foods, along with kiwifruit, grapes, oranges, zucchini and squash. Some of the highest levels are in corn. Lycopene is in tomatoes, watermelons, papayas, apricots and other red-to-yellow foods.

ADHD Meds Weaken Kids’ Bones


Neurotoxins Identified in Everyday Items


esearch published in the British medical journal The Lancet has newly identified six neurotoxins: manganese, fluoride, chlorpyrifos, dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane (DDT), tetrachloroethylene (perchloroethylene or PERC) and polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDE). Manganese exposure is found in welding and high-octane gas fumes, among other sources; fluoride is used in many municipal water supplies, glass etching and chrome cleaners. Chlorpyrifos is an organophosphate contained in many pesticides, including Dursban and Lorsban. While DDT has been banned from insecticides within the U.S., it is still contained in other agents, including petroleum distillates. DDT is also still used in some areas to spray for mosquitoes. PERC has often been used in dry cleaning and for degreasing metals. PBDEs appear as flame retardants and to make electronics, household goods, building materials, polyurethane foams, plastics and more. The same researchers previously identified lead, methylmercury, polychlorinated biphenyls, arsenic and toluene as neurotoxins. The neurotoxin label means they affect the nervous system and can cause neurodevelopmental conditions such as autism, attention deficit disorders, dyslexia and others.

new study announced at the 2016 annual meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons shows that drugs prescribed for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) can weaken bones in children during a time of critical growth. This study tested 5,315 kids between 8 and 17 years old and compared the results to a subgroup of 1,967. Each child was given a bone mineral density scan on the femur, femoral neck and lumbar spine. The children taking ADHD medications of Ritalin, Focalin, Dexedrine, Strattera and Vyvanese had lower bone mineral density in the femur, femoral neck and lumbar spine. At least 25 percent of the youngsters taking these medications were categorized as having osteopenia. According to a 2014 Express Scripts study, prescriptions of ADHD medications to children in the U.S. grew by 36 percent between 2008 and 2012.

Osteopathy Alleviates Low Back Pain


ore than 600,000 people undergo surgery for back pain every year, yet back surgery is often unsuccessful. Safer manual therapies provide a viable alternative, according to recent research. A study of 455 people with low back pain found that osteopathic manipulation therapy (OMT) helped with their symptoms. The research, published in the Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, gave each patient six osteopathic manual therapy sessions or a placebo treatment over a two-month period. Patients were tested before and a month afterward to assess the success of the treatments, using pain severity and mobility as the main criteria. The research showed that those that started with higher disability scores of 17 or more prior to therapy had significantly less pain and more mobility. Patients with scores of seven or greater also improved, but not to the same degree. Lead researcher and Osteopath Dr. John Licciardone says, “Subgrouping patients according to chronic low back pain intensity and function appears to be a simple strategy for identifying patients that can attain substantial improvement with OMT. From a cost and safety perspective, it should be considered before progressing to more costly or invasive interventions.”

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Moth Misery

Bright Lights Drive Them to Extinction National Moth Week, held from July 23 to 31 (visit for podcast), has prompted the International Dark-Sky Association (IDA) to encourage cities to install motion-sensitive dimming streetlights and is working to designate dark-sky parks that could provide a refuge for nocturnal species. The giant silk moth and other insects pollinate 80 percent of our food crops. In turn, their bodies sustain innumerable birds, rodents and bats. Entire ecosystems rest on their delicate, powdery wings. Only two species of moths are protected under the Endangered Species Act, and three others have gone extinct in the past decade. Many populations are seeing declines of up to 99 percent. Between monoculture crops, pesticides, changing climate, urbanization and decreasing darkness due to artificial lighting, the future of night-flying moths is uncertain. Their only goal is to reproduce, guided to suitable nesting grounds by the shadow of the moon; many moth species do not even have mouths. However, cities now glow brighter than a full moon, and ambient light pollution radiating from urban areas draws moths to their deaths. IDA Program Manager John Barentine says, “Every time a person turns off and shields a porch light on their house, they’re helping.” Source: Sierra Club

GMO-Free Pioneer

New Grain Transport to be Contaminant-Free Large food companies that are switching to non-GMO (genetically modified) soy and corn products must still worry about their ingredients picking up GMO contamination through conventional supply chains. Now, Captain Drake LLC, a North Dakota grain plant, has acquired its own million-bushel terminal with dedicated rail cars used exclusively for GMO-free grains. President Mark Anderson maintains, “We’ll be able to obtain the best non-GMO commodities from three regions: North Dakota, Minnesota and Manitoba, Canada.” In a 2015 Nielsen study of 30,000 consumers, 43 percent rank non-GMO as very important and 80 percent said they would pay more for foods that indicate a degree of healthfulness. Sales of non-GMO products exceeded $10 billion last year and are growing. Anderson explains, “The supply chain needs to be tightened up and moved domestically. We consider this to be another strategic asset for food and beverage clients seeking suppliers committed to guaranteeing the integrity and purity of nonGMO commodities.” Source: 10

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Farm-to-Work Fresh Veggies Come Direct to Offices

Pioneering employers are now offering fresh vegetables to help employees improve their diet—and their health. Tech companies are even hiring professional chefs to prepare healthful lunches and snacks. In Texas, the Farm to Work program is making it easy and affordable for workers to pick up baskets of local produce at the office. Participants aren’t required to pay an initial lump sum or commit to buying every week. Instead, they can sign up to receive produce in any given week. Other groups around the country are also looking into workplace produce delivery programs, and while many use the traditional community supported agriculture (CSA) model, others are experimenting with different procedures. The Farm Fresh Program, in Bellingham, Washington, connects local farmers to employers interested in receiving weekly deliveries. Meanwhile, Farm2Work, in Arkansas, links local purveyors of produce, meat, eggs, dairy, pies, jams and jellies to area employers. New York’s Adirondack Harvest, a branch of the Cornell Cooperative Extension, started by helping a single farmer link to area employers. The next step, says Teresa Whalen, the group’s southern chapter representative, is working to persuade insurance companies to subsidize workplace CSAs in the same way they’re starting to subsidize gym memberships. Source:

Recycling Nutrients

Animal Droppings Help Forests Absorb CO2 A paper published in Forest Ecosystems concludes that frugivores, large, fruit-eating animals like toucans, tapirs, curassows and spider monkeys, help to keep the woods healthy by eating fruits and spreading seeds. As traps for carbon and an effective defense against global warming, forests collectively absorb up to 30 percent of the world’s CO2 emissions and store more than 1,600 gigatons of carbon in the soil. “You have a lot of large birds that play a fundamental role for large trees,” says study author Mauro Galetti. “They increase the likelihood that seeds will turn into actual photosynthesizing plants.” However, big, tropical birds are constantly under threat of hunting, poaching and habitat loss; the International Union of Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources’ Red List notes that 14 of the world’s 16 toucan species, for instance, are decreasing in population. The study found that without the help of high-capacity frugivores, there would be no way for larger seeds to grow into the towering trees that store carbon best. Scientists now want to research individual species to calculate how much each animal’s services are worth in terms of battling climate change. Putting a dollar amount on a species, say Galetti, could be the only way to persuade governments to protect it. Find the study at

Toxic Teflon

Scientists Increasingly Find It Dangerous According to a new meta-analysis of previous studies, Philippe Grandjean, of Harvard, and Richard Clapp, of the University of Massachusetts, concluded that DuPont Teflon, used for 50 years to make frictionless cookware, is much more dangerous than previously thought, causing cancer, birth defects and heart disease, and weakening the immune system. Even though Teflon’s harmful perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) is no longer produced or used, but the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has found it in the blood of more than 99 percent of Americans studied, because it can be passed from mother to unborn child in the womb. The researchers say that the federal government’s recommended “safe” level, set in 2009, is as much as 1,000 times too high to fully protect people’s health. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has yet to set a legal allowable limit for its presence in drinking water.

Low-Cost Largesse

Nonprofit Grocery Sells Good Food at Low Prices The biggest challenge to healthy eating in poor neighborhoods isn’t always access to healthy food; it’s whether people can afford to buy it. A year ago, Doug Rauch, former president of Trader Joe’s, opened Daily Table, a nonprofit grocery in Boston, to take action. It gathers nutritious food that would otherwise be wasted and then sells it at low prices. After learning about food insecurity in the U.S. and that approximately 40 percent of the food we grow is thrown out, Rauch decided to address both problems by offering this new option for people that don’t want handouts. The store now has 5,000 members and hundreds of daily customers, with plans to expand to new locations. “The challenge we have in America is that the food system is designed from the farm on up to create calories that are cheap and nutrients that are expensive,” he says. “People on the lowest economic rung get squeezed the hardest.” Rauch partners with vendors to get excess food, such as fruit just slightly too ripe to make it through the standard supermarket system, that chefs turn into ready-to-eat meals like prepared salads and soups, or entrées that can cost less than $2. For more information, visit


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r. Jim Wright has been elected to the board of International Academy of Biological Dentistry & Medicine. He was originally mentored by the “father of holistic dentistry”, Dr. Hal Huggins, who advocated for safely removing patients’ silver mercury amalgam fillings. Taking into consideration effects of toxins such as BPA in dental materials, Wright offers biological testing of materials for least reactivity and best patient health outcomes. He is committed to artistic cosmetic dentistry without unnecessary drilling of natural teeth. The International Academy of Biological Dentistry and Medicine supports scholars in sharing their theories and research at conferences and trainings, providing effective information and responses to today’s medical challenges and a forum for exchange of information between scholars, practitioners and the public. Location: Four Seasons Dental Spa, 8855 W. Flamingo Rd., Las Vegas. See ad, inside cover.


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mplants are considered superior to conventional tooth replacement with removable dentures, and even fixed bridges, due to their design. An implant is a tiny cylindrical post that is surgically positioned in a healthy jawbone. As such, the implant itself is more a root replacement than a tooth replacement. There are several benefits to implant tooth replacement. When replacing a single tooth or just a few teeth, an implant eliminates the need to restructure two healthy teeth, as is necessary with a dental bridge. Implants, situated within bone tissue, provide the necessary stimulation to keep the jawbone strong and intact. Replacements that sit on top of the gums cannot provide this stimulation and bone tissue gradually deteriorates. This resorption leads to an aged, sunken-in appearance. Implants are accepted by bone tissue in a process called osseointegration, which leads to the permanent stabilization of a dental crown, bridge or denture appliance. This structure mimics that of natural teeth, which are tethered to the jawbone via the roots, and allows patients to enjoy their favorite foods without worry. Dentures stabilized by dental implants are more comfortable, and allow the patient full confidence in interacting with others. Dentures no longer have to rub against gum tissue or feel unstable when speaking or eating. Zirconia implants have been used extensively in Europe for more than 20 years and are now catching on in the U.S. These ceramic implants are ideal for

a holistic dental practice because they contain no metal, while still supplying the long-lasting function and beauty intended with this treatment. Compared to titanium metal implants, zirconia implants also ensure a better aesthetic appearance, especially on front teeth. Where titanium may leave a dark line at the gums, zirconia’s white hue creates the ideal foundation for a natural appearance. Smile restoration takes only a few visits, and most patients can leave with a temporary tooth on the same visit and find that they are able to receive dental implants without complication. Dental implants are strategically placed as needed for optimal function depending on the patient’s individual needs. The dentist will administer local anesthetic before the procedure, so patients feel no discomfort. Following the insertion of zirconia implants, the gums may be slightly swollen and sore. The effects of surgery typically last only a few days and are manageable with either over-thecounter or prescription pain medication. The fusion of bone tissue and implants takes up to six months, after which patients are fitted with their permanent tooth replacement, which may be a crown, a bridge or a denture appliance. Dental implant treatment is very flexible, providing each person with the degree of function they need for smile restoration. For more information, visit See ad, inside cover.

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ow testosterone (Low-T) is a major concern for men of all ages, and prescription-strength testosterone is not always the magic bullet that it is advertised to be. A 2012 article by Jerome Groopman in the New Yorker compares the present surge of testosterone replacement therapy by approximately a quarter-million American men to be a vast, uncontrolled experiment, with consequences that remain uncertain. Prescription testosterone can be difficult to manage, with dosages varying depending on levels of stress, diet, lifestyle and many other factors. There are, however, natural, drug-free alternatives for those that would rather take a safer route. When considering holistic, overthe-counter hormones and hormone stimulating supplements, dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) and USP progesterone cream are the two most popular items for men and women. DHEA is known as a testosterone precursor (the human body uses it to make testosterone and other hormones) and is much more gentle and easy to use when compared to prescription testosterone. DHEA is mostly produced by the adrenal glands, which sit on top of the kidneys. DHEA is an amazing steroid; it has the capacity to become any number of other intermediates and full-fledged hormones that the body needs in males or females. DHEA rules many of the other organ systems in the body through its hormonal production, and has protective capabilities. It is the most abundant hormone in humans and other mammals and plays a critical role in many different bodily functions. A decrease in DHEA levels is being increasingly used as an indicator of reduced immune response, loss of libido and lack of a sense of general well-being. Clinical studies over the past 10 years show that DHEA may be the most critical single chemical in predicting health and disease.

DHEA levels in the body begin to decrease after age 30, and DHEA deficiency is associated with an array of chronic conditions such as obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, coronary artery disease and immune deficiencies, including autoimmune diseases. USP progesterone cream is a bioidentical natural hormone, the same as that made by the human body. In both men and women, it acts like a testosterone booster and an estrogen blocker. Estrogen dominance (not enough progesterone to balance with estrogen) is a major cause of prostate cancer. USP progesterone cream is a protective hormone with duel benefits for men; increasing testosterone levels and reducing the risk of prostate cancer. In his commentary “Testosterone, Male Menopause and Hormone Balance in Men,” Dr. John R. Lee, M.D., points out that as men age, their estradiol levels gradually rise and their progesterone and testosterone levels gradually fall. The hormone balance changes and these gradual changes lead to reduction in testosterone benefits and eventually, to estrogen dominance. That is, his estradiol effects emerge because his testosterone level is not sufficient to block or balance them. Estrogen dominance stimulates breast cell growth in women and men, and prostate hypertrophy in men. USP progesterone cream is recommended for men and women as a safe way to balance their hormones without dangerous side effects. It is ideal for men as an estrogen blocker (gynecomastia, or “man boobs” and weight gain are two main indicators of too much estrogen or estrogen dominance) and as a testosterone booster. Dr. Patricia Beckstead, D.C. is a chiropractic physician and founder of See ad, page 35.

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r. Patricia Beckstead, DC, states, “I don’t want others to struggle or suffer the way that I did or experience what I went through on a physical or emotional level. My current practice was born out of that time in my life. As a holistic physician, my goal is to inspire others to lead healthier and happier lives through my books, clinical coaching practice and lectures.” She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in human biology and Doctor of Chiropractic Medicine degree from the University of Health Sciences, in Illinois and started her practice in Henderson in 1994. Beckstead believes that for healthy aging, an integrative medicine, or mind, body, spirit approach, to physician-provided coaching, is best. She says, “Our goal is to assist you in maximizing your health, happiness and longevity. We combine holistic full-body awareness techniques and nutritional supplements with safe, natural anti-aging hormone replacement therapy. No matter what your age or gender, we provide education, information, natural hormones, botanicals and supplements, mindbody therapies and the latest research on lifestyle modifications to help you replace the hormones you lose daily due to stress and aging, while gaining lost energy and vitality through a healthy ageless body.” Location: 327 Quiet Harbor Dr, Henderson See ad, page 35.

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Sustainable Ways to Enjoy Sand and Surf When eco-conscious families hit the beach this summer, there’s more to be aware of than just picking up trash like drink containers, wrappers and found litter. Here are some other ways we can enhance our beach and water experiences while upping fitness benefits. Rising water levels and severe weather events have damaged coastlines, so extra care is needed. When setting up a beach spot, stay away from sand dunes and pockets of beach grass that serve as natural defenses against beach erosion. Also watch out for marked-off turtle hatching spots; prime nesting season is May through October, according to the nonprofit Turtle Conservancy. Teach kids not to chase birds. Walk around shorebirds to cause minimal disturbance; it’s stressful dodging danger during meals and wastes precious energy stores. Walking on soft sand is like a weight-training workout, as detailed in Michael Sandler and Jessica Lee’s Barefoot Walking book. Polluting chemicals enter waterways via fertilizer and industry runoff and accidents like the BP Gulf oil spill; don’t contribute more by using sunscreen that contains oxybenzine, which reportedly alters hormone function. The Environmental Working Group ( maintains an online guide of safe sunscreens. The Huffington Post also suggests that we can make our own by mixing zinc oxide (a sunblocking agent), coconut oil (soothes and conditions skin), beeswax (for waterproofing) and tea tree oil (soothes and repairs skin and smells good). The same care applies to chemical hair dyes, shampoos, conditioners and straighteners. Patronize clean, green salons that use natural hair treatments free of synthetic chemicals, ammonia or para-phenylenediamine (PPD). Or search “nontoxic hair care” online. Plan a visit to coincide with a public volunteer beach cleanup event. Check with national organizations like Keep America Beautiful ( and local or countywide groups, as well as social media sites for group activities.


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While municipal water main breaks make news, it’s just as important to be watchful at home. According to the Alliance for Water Efficiency, a typical home annually loses more than 2,000 gallons of water due to leakage. SNL Financial, an industry analysis firm in Charlottesville, Virginia, recently reported that water leaks cause $9.1 billion in annual homeowner policy property losses. Sensing a less-than-stellar water flow or seeing a leak from a faucet or mold or damp spots on walls and ceilings can indicate possible water pipe problems.  Copper water lines can develop tiny leaks over time when the water supply is too acidic. Also, clogs can develop, regardless what lines are made of, from lime and rust accumulations, stressing sections and especially fittings. Particularly vulnerable are 45-to65-year-old homes, the length of time corrosion-resistant coatings on interior and exterior pipes generally last ( Fortunately, if repairs are needed, most builders group water lines in predictable places; bathrooms are often stacked one atop another in multi-floor houses for easier placement of supply and drain lines, so work can be localized and focused. Instead of costly copper, many plumbers have switched to PEX—a tough and flexible polyethylene—that doesn’t require fittings or react to acid, like copper does. Repairs typically consist of replacing specific pipe sections as needed. Ask a visiting plumber to inspect all exposed plumbing lines to maximize the value of the service call. Here’s a simple way to check for leaks: Turn off all water by closing internal and external water valves and don’t use the toilet. Record the current reading of the water meter, and then wait 20 minutes. Record the reading again and wait another 15 minutes. If the meter indicates an increase during this period, it’s probably from a leak. Another option is to install an automatic water leak detection and shutoff system. According to, 20 to 35 percent of all residential toilets leak at some time, often silently, sending wasted water onto both household water and sewer bills. Flapper valves improperly covering the exit from the tank are the most common problem, and they can easily be replaced.


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ev. Anna Kendall was licensed as a professional practitioner in 1997 and as a minister of religious science in 2001. In 2004, she became president of the Sophia Center for Goddess Study in Las Vegas, where she facilitates Goddess Gatherings and classes to teach goddess manifestations and attributes. Activities include diverse and innovative weekly gatherings, seasonal celebrations, community activities, personal and group rituals, inspirational performances, classes, workshops and lectures. She relates, “My childhood was an adventure because my father was in the Army and we moved several times. Because of the many moves, I attended 11 different schools. I always loved nature and being outside. My dream as a young girl was to become a professional dancer.” Kendall holds a B.A. in human relations from Immaculate Heart College with graduate study work at Howard University. She is an ordained minister of religious science from the Metaphysi-

cal Evolvement Center City of Angels and minister of metaphysics from The University of Metaphysics. She states, “During my studies to become a minister of religious science, I was introduced to the divine being addressed as Mother/Father God. This led me to studies about the feminine face of god. Opening the Sophia Center was a direct outgrowth of these studies. My philosophy is that we are all united by the same breath, the one mind and therefore, each person is to be honored as a divine creation.” The Sophia Center is committed to educating women and men about ancient and contemporary goddess traditions to encourage balance and cooperation that promotes a deeper, more authentic and inspired lifestyle. Sophia Center carries out its mission in women’s, men’s and community outreach divisions. Kendall says, “My goal is to expand Sophia Center so that it offers even more opportunists to provide women with a safe haven for growth

and loving self-expression, empowering more women to be all that they can be. The sky is not the limit; there are no limits.” Sophia Center Values include diversity, community, inclusiveness, empowerment and balance. “We advocate and educate so that all individuals and all beings may find balance in their minds and bodies, in their place in society and in their place in the greater community of the universe,” says Kendall. They are dedicated to providing the intuitive oneness of goddess wisdom, insight and tools for women and men to live a deeper, more authentic and inspired life; offering a balanced way of thinking, being and doing to the social challenges of the world; promoting an enhanced feminine aspect of life and the sacred that is essential to the well-being of humanity and our planet; blending ancient tradition and contemporary knowledge thereby empowering women and men to transform the world; and providing volunteers and donating funds to partnership organizations that are dedicated to providing services that empower women and girls to become conscious and appreciative of their innate power and beauty. Kendall states, “At Sophia Center, we create a safe environment for the community to explore and expand their knowledge of ancient and contemporary goddesses. When you walk in the door, it invites you to feel warmth and caring. It's like walking into the most comforting hug. Once you walk through the door, you know you are welcome, safe and accepted.” The Sophia Center for Goddess Study is located at 6034 Smoke Ranch Rd. For more information, call 702-4897999, email or visit

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REAL NEWS THAT MATTERS Independent Media Tell Us the Truth by Linda Sechrist


n virtually all aspects of life, we are influenced consciously or subconsciously by mainstream media messages. Today, six media giants—Comcast, The Walt Disney Company, Twenty-First Century Fox, Time Warner, Viacom and DirecTV—control the vast majority of what we watch on TV and in movies, listen to on the radio and read in books, newspapers and magazines. According to Ben Bagdikian, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author of The New Media Monopoly, this handful of conglomerates form a cartel that wields enough influence to affect U.S. politics and define social values. Thirty years ago, before many mergers and acquisitions, 50 corporations owned nearly all of American media. Today’s infotainment and rhetoric, misrepresented as news, is leading millions to conclude that these colossal powers do not exist to objectively report the truth.

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Although a recent Gallup Poll reflects Americans’ lack of trust in mainstream media’s reporting of news fully, fairly and accurately, fair reporting was what HarperCollins, a prominent publisher, expected upon the 2016 release of New 18

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York City holistic psychiatrist Dr. Kelly Brogan’s A Mind of Your Own: The Truth About Depression and How Women Can Heal Their Bodies to Reclaim Their Lives. They were shocked when the book was boycotted. “The New York Times, Dr. Oz and Good Morning America refused to schedule author interviews or write book reviews. There wasn’t a whisper anywhere on mainstream media about my evidenced-based book on how women can holistically recover from depression without a single prescription. HarperCollins was baffled. I was their first credentialed author who spoke out against pharmaceuticals,” says Brogan. So Brogan turned to independent outlets, including print, online and social media, her own website, newsletter lists and word-of-mouth. Her work soon broke through into three of the top bestselling book lists: USA Today, Publisher’s Weekly and The New York Times. That example serves as clear proof of the importance and power of independent media to furnish the public helpful and in-depth information on wide-ranging topics that mainstream broadcast media typically only cover in 30- to 60-second blurbs or not at all. Dr. Mark Hyman, chair of the Insti-

tute of Functional Medicine and director of the Cleveland Clinic Center for Functional Medicine, learned Brogan’s lesson early on. “Independent media have been crucial in disseminating my life’s work. Given the misinformation being spread by regular news and government channels about weight and health, we deserve to hear the truth about what’s in our food, toxins in our environment and how we can truly heal our bodies,” says Hyman, a nine-time bestselling author.

Independent Voices

Today’s independent media landscape shifts at warp speed. With 24/7 Internet access to websites, both groundbreaking journalism and grassroots perspectives appear in original articles and blogs. Outlets include independent online radio, TV shows, newspapers, filmmakers and “citizen journalists” armed with smart phones instantly transmitting images and updates via YouTube, Facebook and Twitter. From a growing recognition that such media play a vital role in shaping a more informed and engaged citizenry, more attention is again being paid to the need for real news that matters. Breaking the reign of junk food news generators is the mission of, a media research program at California’s Sonoma State University. Billions of dollars are spent annually on webinars, podcasts and e-books exploring health and healing, self-help, spiritual enlightenment and creativity, indicating a reading audience with a hunger for deeper wisdom. Since 1973, New Dimensions Radio, co-founded and hosted by Justine Willis Toms, has featured many of the world’s most respected wisdom keepers. “Guests exclaim how refreshing it is to speak in-depth and at length. Mainstream, commercially based media consistently present sound bites on how things are breaking down and not working, without opening thought to constructive visions for a future that benefits all life and the planet,” says Toms. “Independent media have broken away from dependence on the moneyed interests holding tight reins on the news and information they publish. Because we’re listener-supported, public radio is free to explore a wide range of timely

and timeless topics,” he says. Leaning away from one-sided views gives independent media space to expand people’s perspectives and positive expectations for the future. The seven-time Pulitzer Prize-winning Christian Science Monitor international news organization was established in Boston over a century ago to till human thought and thereby improve human lives via an uplifted journalistic standard. “Its quiet insistence for human rights and against tyranny; for generosity and against selfishness; for intelligence, charity, courage, integrity and most of all, for progress and hope—surely that has helped,” remarks John Yemma, current columnist and former editor. “We work to uncover where progress is occurring, even though headlines proclaim the contrary. There are always two sides to a story,” says Susan Hackney, a senior director with the Monitor, which consistently resists the sensational in favor of the meaningful. Magazines such as Natural Awakenings, Mother Jones, The Optimist and Yes! are likewise stirring up conversations on meaningful issues via larger perspectives with a focus on tangible solutions. They address such areas as the damaging health and environmental effects of genetically engineered food, championed by Jeffrey Smith, founder of the Institute for Responsible Technology. “Europe could kick genetically modified ingredients (GMO) out of their food supply because their mainstream media covered the health dangers, while U.S. mainstream media ignored them and kept Americans in the dark. Independent media in the U.S. enable democracy and consumer-inspired transformations of all kinds. Knowledge has organizing power,” advises Smith.

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With Fran Korten at its helm, the ad-free, subscription-supported, nonprofit Yes! is helping to reframe our biggest issues. “Mainstream media, dependent upon advertisers that would have us believe that we can buy happiness, celebrate stories of the rich and powerful, leaving everyone else feeling small and powerless. Independents can help resist such ways of seeing the world, help people see a different path to success and hap-

We in America are the best entertained and least informed society in the world. ~Neil Postman, media theorist and educator piness and perceive themselves as change agents. Together, we share engaging stories of how people are carving out new ways of living that hold the hope of a world more in balance with the living Earth and where everyone’s inherent worth and dignity are recognized,” says Korten. Allan Savory, founder of the Savory Institute and originator of a holistic land management systems approach to recover and preserve sustainable resources, underscores the need for change leaders and independent thinkers. “As we ponder who they might be, we realize it’s not those that discover new, counterintuitive insights, but those that spread the knowledge. The groundbreakers are pioneers like writers, poets, artists, speakers and social networkers. After 50 years of trying to understand the intense institutional resistance to and ridiculing of my work of managing complexity in a simple manner, holistic management is now quickly spreading globally. This is only due to social networking, independent writers and my TED talk that went viral,” observes Savory. Laurie McCammon, change leader and author of Enough! How to Liberate Yourself and Remake the World with Just One Word, contracted with independent publisher Red Wheel Weiser to get her message out. “It’s been building awareness of forbidden knowledge—that we each have unrealized potential to affect reality by changing our thoughts. We can nurture a shift in global culture away from an existing way of life that has bred fear, lack and a belief in scarcity,” explains McCammon. She suggests that to preview a new vision of, “I am enough and have enough,” and, “We are enough and have enough,” we should look to the fertile fringes; small communities of intentional and conscious people actively reinvent-

ing society. “Look at what independent media are reporting on; as well as their unprecedented use of new terms such as organic, wellness, sustainability, permaculture, transition town, sharing economy, social responsibility, biomimicry and the butterfly effect,” says McCammon. The existing worldview, with all of its core assumptions and rules, aims to restrain awakening individual and collective consciousness. McCammon observes, “As long as the ‘old story’ was told repeatedly by mainstream media with conviction, it could command our attention and make us doubt our inner story. Trusting that the outer world had our own best interests in mind meant that there was no need to turn within. This is changing. Thanks to farseeing, courageous and strong enough independent media, there’s been an overturning to a more wholesome story of mindbody-spirit, abundance, innovation, collaboration and cooperation.” Mainstream and independent media coexist like two sides of a coin. Mainstream media’s talking heads tell us how to act and think while independent media invite us to engage, educate and think for ourselves, dig deeper and take action. Without independent media, we would know little about the benefits of the ever-evolving grassroots movement of holistic, alternative, complementary, integrative and functional medicine. Nor would we know the truth about climate change; the health advantages of plantbased diets and community gardens; food deserts and nutrition-related illnesses; the prevalence of environmental toxins; signs of spiritual progress; alternative education; and the benefits of eco-villages to people and the planet. Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings. Connect at natural awakenings

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Make Time for Downtime

Chilling Out Revives Body and Soul by April Thompson


ere’s something to add to our to-do list: nothing. Americans today work more hours than ever before, foregoing hardearned vacation days and spending more time with electronic devices than with friends and family. The temptation and pressure to do more at the expense of needed rest are great, but failing to take time out to recharge our minds and bodies can have serious consequences, according to experts. Downtime is most acutely needed in the workplace. In a survey of nearly 20,000 workers, The Energy Project and Harvard Business Review found that 59 percent of them were physically exhausted, emotionally drained, distracted and lacking purpose. Headquartered in Yonkers, New York, with offices in Europe and Australia, The Energy Project has helped hundreds of businesses, including Fortune 500 companies, create healthier, happier and higher-performing work-

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places. The company takes its cues from elite athletes that carefully build rest and recovery periods into their training schedules. “Just as your body needs sleep and food to function optimally, so does your mind and spirit,” says Annie Perrin, an executive vice president with the project. There’s a mounting body of neurological research to buttress the analogy. Important assimilation of learning and “meaning making” occurs in the resting brain, according to Mary Helen Immordino-Yang, Ed.D., associate professor of education, psychology and neuroscience at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, and author of Emotions, Learning, and the Brain. When our minds are allowed to wander, they engage a network of interacting brain regions that together are thought to play a key role in building our ability for inward reflection and recollection, known as the default mode network. Immordino-Yang’s research suggests

that such activation during restful moments is positively associated with the recalling of memories, envisioning the future and even developing a moral foundation. “This network seems to be more engaged when we aren’t actively gathering information or working on an external goal,” remarks Immordino-Yang. Zoning out on TV or video games doesn’t produce the same brain benefit because, “It’s about looking inward rather than outward,” she says. The default network does engage when introspection occurs during nurturing social interaction, such as while enjoying a reflective conversation with friends or family. She recommends banning technology and other distractions during periods spent in activities that bring joy and meaning so that we are present in a mindful way. The Energy Project ushers clients through a comprehensive energy audit, using exercises to expose specific personal habits that lead to diminishing returns in both work and play time. In one exercise, workers are asked to rank current incoming emails from one to five, with the highest number equating to, “I need to respond immediately.” Most rate nearly no fives, says Perrin, a realization that has helped many people change their email habits. While change can be hard, Perrin suggests creating new, healthy rituals through repetition, which taps into the brain’s desire for automaticity. For example, she advises workers to schedule “renewal breaks” every 90 minutes after completing a block of high-priority tasks. “If you’ve been sitting, move; if the mind has been active, do something to quiet it, like meditating or simply closing your eyes.” She also suggests finding workers to buddy up with and schedule mutual breaks to help support and hold each other accountable. Immordino-Yang suggests that another practice to maximize the value of downtime is to combine it with exercise. “A walk can be rejuvenating,” she says. “While the body is engaged, the mind is free to wander.” The Energy Project calls on managers to model these downtime activities for their employees. Some companies have instituted policies that limit send-

ing email from 8 p.m. to 8 a.m., as well as during weekends and vacations, so staffers don’t feel compelled to read and respond to keep up with work. Setting limits is even more crucial for young people with minds and habits that are especially malleable. “I see teenagers taking their phones into the bathroom or bed to text in the middle of the night. Parents need to put a stop to this,” counsels Immordino-Yang. “The brain needs uninterrupted rest to work at its best.” Learning that being a productive employee or an emotionally available parent requires giving ourselves a break and gives us permission to rest. We find that downtime is not just good for ourselves, but also for our families and workplaces. Connect with freelance writer April Thompson, of Washington, D.C., at

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advocate and spokeswoman for women in agriculture in an ecological and just food system. In 1997, she launched the Women, Food and Ag Network to collectively advocate for a stronger voice. “Throughout history, women in agriculture have been relegated to providing assistance, rather than making decisions,” O’Brien explains. “It’s up to us as women to collaboratively support each other while challenging the system.”

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ore women are becoming farmers, bringing with them a passion for producing organic and sustainably raised fare and transforming America’s food system. The U.S. Census of Agriculture reports that their numbers rose by more than 20 percent between 2002 and 2012, to 288,264.

Historic Roots

“Women have played an integral role in farming for centuries, but in the last 100 years they’ve started to self-organize and be recognized for their important work,” says University of California garden historian Rose Hayden-Smith, Ph.D., author of Sowing the Seeds of Victory: American Gardening Programs of World War I and editor of the UC Food Observer. “During that war, the Women’s Land Army of America, a female-led initiative, recruited nearly 20,000 mostly middleclass urban and suburban women to enter the agricultural sector as wage laborers at farms, dairies and canneries, often in rural areas, where farmers urgently needed help while the male labor force was off fighting.”  22 Greater Las Vegas

Women also helped feed Americans during the Victory Garden era of World War II. “It’s also estimated that more than 40 percent of fruits and vegetables consumed on the American home front then were grown in school, home, community and workplace gardens,” says Hayden-Smith, possibly resulting in America’s highest period of produce consumption ever. When the commercial organic industry launched in the 1990s, women organized to provide overlooked and undervalued perspectives. The wakeup call for Denise O’Brien, an organic vegetable farmer and owner of Rolling Hills Acres, near Atlantic, Iowa, came during the farm economic crisis of the preceding decade. Although still considered “just” farm wives, “It was the women on the farms that had foreseen where things were heading, because they often kept the accounting books, though nobody took their voices seriously,” O’Brien recalls.  This launched O’Brien’s agriculture activism: balancing farming, raising children and serving as a national

For her 50th birthday, Paula Foreman gave her life a new chapter. She launched her midlife “second act” in 2007 with Encore Farm, a name that serves as a rallying mantra for her peers. “The name is a tribute declaring that fresh starts and new beginnings can happen at any age,” explains Foreman, now an urban farmer in St. Paul, Minnesota. Embodying this business moxie, she chose to specialize, producing one thing very well: organic dried beans. Relinda Walker, of Walker Organic Farms, outside Savannah, Georgia,  represents a cadre of “boomerang” farmers; women that return to the land to continue a family farm with a commitment to organics. Like many farm kids, after college, Walker left to pursue a corporate career in the city. Then the 9/11 terror attack shifted her priorities. “All roads led me to coming back home and growing food,” she says. Launched in 2005, Walker’s farm was one of southern Georgia’s first organic operations, yielding specialty varieties like rainbow carrots in vivid shades of purple, orange and red.

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Young women in their 20s and 30s are adding energy, diversity, vibrancy and fresh outlooks to the female farming movement. Lindsey Morris Carpenter runs Grassroots Farm, in Monroe, Wisconsin, a diversified operation of certified organic vegetables and pastured livestock, in partnership with her mother, Gail Carpenter.    “A crucial key to farming happiness is being a good neighbor,” she shares. “I call around when I see livestock and pets outside of fences; maintain my fences; share my garlic and

Innovation, independence and vision drive women to use their organic farm ventures to create a livelihood, express themselves and do their part to change how America eats.  potato seed; and always invite neighbors to parties and events, even though they may not attend. Even if others’ personal lifestyle and farming philosophies are radical opposites, we still have our physical location and appreciation of nature in common, and that’s big.” “The women farmer movement is just a toddler,” sums up O’Brien. “We’ve come a long way, but we’re not there yet, especially with representation on the national leadership platform.” It’s easy to support female growers at local farmers’ markets. Cultivating change can be rewarding—and tasty. Lisa Kivirist is the author of the new book Soil Sisters: A Toolkit for Women Farmers and a senior fellow at the University of Minnesota Institute for Sustainable Agriculture. Her family runs the energyindependent Inn Serendipity Farm and B&B, in southwestern Wisconsin.

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ocally grown foods are more likely to have been bred for flavor and nutrition than durability and a long shelf life, says Emily Akins, outreach director for the Kansas City Food Circle, a cooperative that links residents with farmers that grow and raise organic and free-range food. An added benefit is getting to know the farmer and being able to ask the questions—and receive the answers—that are important to us. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) reports that local food sales totaled $12 billion in 2014, up from $5 billion in 2008. They continue to grow.

Organic or Certified Organic Consumers want to know the difference between organics and certified organics. Today’s number of U.S. certified organic operations has jumped nearly 300 percent since 2002 to more than 21,700. Although a certified organic desig-

nation might be the preferred index of how foods are grown and raised, it is not always possible for certain foods in some climates. Sometimes there’s a tradeoff in buying organic foods in the carbon footprint of its transport to market. According to the Sweetwater Organic Community Farm, in Tampa, Florida, “Organic refers to a specific method of growing and processing foods, and is defined as produce grown, packaged and stored without synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides or irradiation.” To be considered certified organic under the Code of Federal Regulations 7 CFR Part 205, products must meet these standards: n No harmful chemicals have been applied to the land for at least three years. n Farmers and processors are inspected annually by a certifying agency. n Farmers and processors must keep detailed records of practices.

n Farmers are required to maintain a written organic co-op’s pledge that it’s been certified naturally grown or that the farmer has USDA Organic certification,” says Akins. management plan. Lancaster Farm Fresh Cooperative, the joint effort of 100 small-scale family farms providing fresh, organic, seasonal Certified Humane produce, in Leola, Pennsylvania, gives similar assurances. When we buy local cheese, poultry or meat at the farmers’ market, The USDA reports that 160,000 farmers nationwide are we sometimes see a certified humane notice. One such producer currently selling to their local markets via farmers’ markets, is Baetje Farms, outside St. Louis, Missouri. Their highly regarded community supported agriculture organizations, restaurants, goat cheeses offer traceability via a lot number, so buyers can groceries and institutions, generating health, social, economic know exactly which milking the cheese came from. and environmental benefits for local communities. It keeps In factory farming, which often involves penning or caging growing because we keep asking questions. animals that never go outdoors, “certified humane” means that this producer meets Humane Farm Animal Care standards: Judith Fertig blogs at n Fed a nutritious diet without antibiotics or hormones. n Provided proper shelter with resting areas and sufficient space. n Animals have the ability to behave naturally. Veronica Baetje says her farm’s goats receive organic mineral supplements and locally grown alfalfa hay in addition to pasture grass every day. She adds, “They are free to choose what they prefer to do, whether skip and run up a hill, lie under the shade of a tree, soak up some sunshine or play with their herd mates.”

Wild Food At times, farmers’ markets will offer foraged foods from the wild or wild game. Sources are listed online at “Few of us will go back to foraging in the wild, but we can learn to forage in our supermarkets, farmers’ markets and from local farmers to select the most nutritious and delicious foods available,” says founder Jo Robinson, in Vashon, Washington. For example, Dave and Sue Whittlesey, at High Wire Ranch, in Hotchkiss, Colorado, raise bison (buffalo) and elk that they sell both through local stores and at the Aspen Saturday Market. The wild game is 100 percent pasture-fed, non-GMO (no genetically modified feed), gluten-free and not given hormones or any antibiotics unless the animal is sick.

Trusted Sources The land, climate and growing season dictate the best natural farming practices for each area, often described along with their products on farm and farmers’ market websites. Wisconsin’s Dane County Farmers’ Market, in Madison, provides detailed descriptions of farm products and agricultural practices so customers can make informed choices. Sometimes, the type of farm makes a difference. “We are intentionally human scale,” says Virginia Goeke, of Sylvan Meadows Farm, in Viroqua, Wisconsin. “We choose to husband our land to promote harmony and synergy. We arecreating a sustainable farm ecosystem where herbal meadows, prairies, heirloom gardens, orchards, woodlands, and rare breeds of livestock and wildlife flourish.” Sometimes, we’d just like someone else to do the food curating for us. The Kansas City Food Circle requires member farmers to take a pledge to follow certain agricultural practices. “When you buy food from our members, you can rely on the

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eciphering the significance of food labels can be daunting, particularly when seeking to understand what they mean for animal welfare. U.S. food labeling laws are notoriously weak, resulting in vague and sometimes misleading marketing claims. Legally, there is no definition of humane, which means that industry organizations are left to define this and other terms themselves. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) simply verifies that these companies comply with their own self-defined standards. Certified organic animals and freerange birds must be allowed outdoor access, yet these standards do not define the amount, duration or quality of access required. For example, the Certified Organic label doesn’t set any space requirements for animals housed indoors, nor prohibit the use of farrowing crates or gestation stalls which can be so small that the confined animals can’t turn around or roll over. The Cage-Free label indicates that eggs came from hens that were never confined to a cage and have had unlimited access to food, water and the freedom to roam. The reality is that most cage-free hens spend their entire lives in a shed where, due to overcrowding, they have barely more space than caged

birds. Also, under all labels, it’s standard industry practice to kill the male chicks born to the egg industry. The Cage-Free label is particularly misleading when placed on anything other than egg cartons, because chickens raised for meat are never caged. Under most of the common labels, including Certified Organic, Cage-Free and Free-Range, physical mutilations such as horn removal, tail docking, debeaking and castration are permitted, and in most cases, providing pain relief is not required during these procedures. Animals form strong bonds with their young. In sanctuaries, pigs spend their lives with their piglets, mother cows form immediate and lifelong bonds with their calves, and chickens protect and communicate with their chicks. The routine practice of separating mothers from their young is standard under all labels. Whether an animal is raised for meat or for other products such as dairy or eggs, most agricultural animals will eventually be slaughtered at a fraction of their natural lifespan. Animals such as dairy cows and egg-laying hens are killed when their production declines. Veal (the meat of a baby cow) is considered to be a byproduct of the dairy industry, and the USDA estimates that 2,000 calves are slaughtered each day in the U.S.

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Be wary of the unregulated Humanely Raised label and the American Humane Certified label, which offer little improvement over the standard factory farming practices that many consumers abhor. The Certified Humane label, a program of Humane Farm Animal Care, is more stringent about living conditions, requiring that all animals have space that allows for exercise and freedom of movement, prohibiting crates, cages and tethers. It also has some limitations on physical mutilations, prohibiting debeaking and requiring pain relief for some other procedures at older ages. Under the Global Animal Partnership (GAP) label, products are ranked by a five-tiered rating system, with 1 being the least rigorous and 5 the most. GAP prohibits intensive confinement at all levels and only allows debeaking and tail docking up to its level 3 standard. Both the Certified Humane and the GAP labels go beyond the protections of the Humane Slaughter Act, requiring the butchery of cattle, pigs and sheep to comply with certain standards developed in partnership with Temple Grandin and the North American Meat Institute. The Animal Welfare Approved label likely offers the greatest independent protection of any label. It’s the only label to require pasture access for all animals, prohibit beak trimming of birds and tail docking of pigs, and mandate audited slaughter practices of most farmed animals. Concerned consumers might ask if there is any humane way to kill a sentient being that doesn’t want to die. Despite the perplexing state of food labeling, it’s still possible to eat compassionately. Visit local farms and ask questions or do what many conscientious consumers around the world are doing to ensure that their food choices reflect their values—stick to a plant-based diet, thus leaving animals and their byproducts off our plates entirely. Tracey Narayani Glover, J.D., is an animal advocate, writer, owner and chef of The Pure Vegan, and yoga and meditation teacher in Mobile, AL. Connect at and

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Marie Kondo on the Joy of Tidying Up

Simplicity Invites Happiness into Our Lives by April Thompson

cherish the things I loved. Through this experience, I concluded that the best way to choose what to keep is to actually hold each item. As you do, ask yourself, “Does this spark joy?” When you touch something, your body reacts, and its response to each item is different. The process of assessing how you feel about the things you own—identifying those that have fulfilled their purpose, expressing your gratitude and bidding them farewell and good wishes for their onward journey—is a rite of passage to a new life.

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tidy person. Think in concrete terms, so that you can picture what it would be like to live in a clutter-free space. Start by identifying your bigger goal. Ask yourself why you want this, repeating the question to get to the root of the answer. As you explore the reasons behind your ideal lifestyle, you’ll realize that the ultimate reason is to be happy. Then you are ready to begin. I recommend cleaning out and organizing your entire space in one goaround. When completed, the change is so profound that it inspires a strong aversion to your previously cluttered state. The key is to make the change so sudden that you experience a complete change of heart. By discarding the easy things first, you can gradually hone your decision-making skills, including knowing who else can use what you don’t need. I recommend starting with clothes, then move to books, documents, miscellaneous items and finally anything with sentimental value. photo by Ichigo Natsuno


apanese organizing consultant Marie Kondo helps us discover happiness through tidiness. Already perusing home and lifestyle magazines by age 5, she spent her childhood “tidying” up her surroundings rather than playing with toys. Th e o r g a n i z i n g system Kondo went on to develop, the KonMari method, defies most long-held rules of organizing, such as installing clever storage solutions to accommodate stuff or de-cluttering one area at a time. Her New York Times bestseller, The LifeChanging Magic of Tidying Up, has been published in 30 countries, demonstrating that her methods speak to universal desires, including a hunger for order and simplicity. She’s now released a companion book, Spark Joy: An Illustrated Master Class on the Art of Organizing and Tidying Up. Kondo’s principles, including vertically stacking clothing and using special folding methods for socks, can seem quirky, yet her approach gets results. Kondo claims a nearly zero percent “clutter relapse” rate among clients because they’ve become surrounded only by things they love.

Is it important to touch every single object in the decision process? At one point in my life, I was virtually a “disposal unit”, constantly on the lookout for superfluous things. One day, I realized that I had been so focused on what to discard that I had forgotten to

Mementoes are reminders of a time that gave us joy, yet truly precious memories will never vanish, even if you discard the associated objects. By handling each sentimental item, you process your past. The space we live in should be for the person we are becoming now, not for the person we were in the past.

What do you recommend for organizing what remains after a purge? The secret to maintaining an uncluttered room is to pursue simplicity in storage, so that you can see at a glance what you have. My storage rules are simple: Store all items of the same type in one place and don’t scatter storage space.

How does this process change us and our relationship to things? Through it, you identify both what you love and need in your home and in your life. People have told me that decluttering has helped them achieve lifelong dreams, such as launching their own business; in other cases, it has helped them let go of negative attachments and unhappy relationships. Despite a drastic reduction in belongings, no one has ever regretted it, even those that ended up with a fifth of their earlier possessions. It’s a continuing strong reminder that they have been living all this time with things they didn’t need. Connect with freelance writer April Thompson, of Washington, D.C., at


Signs That You’ve Found Your Calling by Lissa Rankin


ou may think you’ve identified your calling, questioned it, become disillusioned, left it and then come back to it in a different form. The following clues let you know you’re on the right track.

You realize you’ve been training for this since birth. Even the gritty things, the disappointments, regrets and screwups have all been preparation. Major life disruptions and failures were all just teaching essential lessons so that you can become who you’re called to be. You sense ease. In the face of obstacles—such as doors of suspected opportunity that are shut tight or relentless struggles impeding a course you thought was right—it can be hard to tell if your commitment is just being tested or you’ve veered off course. Such hurdles can be part of the growth process cultivating your “inner hero” necessary for the journey. Trust the sense of movement towards ease, which likely will include supportive synchronicities. Your health may improve. Cravings for unhealthy foods will lessen and you’ll feel more energetic. Old aches and pains might disappear; even chronic illness can fade when you’re focused on your life purpose. You feel strangely peaceful, despite reasons to be anxious. Your soul longs to express what you’re on Earth to express, and when you finally rise into alignment with your calling, your soul does a happy dance. Even if everything else seems to be falling apart and others consider you crazy, you’ll be centered in peace, relieved that you finally know what you’re called to do.

The universe rolls out the red carpet. When called to do what is needed for the highest good of all beings, the universe bends over backwards to hand you whatever you need. No request is too small. Unexpected money flows in and other resources appear just as you’re ready to give up. You’ll know you’re on track, even if it is not quite clear what you’re on track to do. People find you. Few can fulfill a calling alone. Most of us need a tribe to lift us up as we do brave, scary, worldchanging things. When you’re aligned with your life purpose, the right people, including magic-wielding mentors, will find you at the right time, if only you’re courageous enough to be vulnerable about what you’re being called to do. Dr. Lissa Rankin, founder of the Whole Health Medicine Institute, is the author of Mind Over Medicine, The Fear Cure and The Anatomy of a Calling (

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How did becoming a parent boost your relationship with organic foods and health? I was raised on a diet of mostly fresh, homemade, food and knew it was something I wanted for my own children. At that point, I knew the basics; that it was healthier and tasted better than storebought baby food. The more I learned, the more I became fascinated by how 30 Greater Las Vegas

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Why is it vital to introduce organic food during a youngster’s early development? America’s food supply is loaded with more chemicals and GMOs [genetically modified organisms] than ever before. I believe, as many others do, that the rapid rise of food allergies in children is a direct result. Many chemical pesticides and artificial flavors and colors are known to contain carcinogens, suspected hormone disruptors and neurotoxins. It is widely believed that even small doses of these common pesticides can have lasting negative effects on a child’s health. I believe that teaching our kids about the importance of fresh, organic food and the potential dangers of a conventionally processed diet helps set the stage for a lifetime of healthy choices.

How do homemade organics and packaged organics differ? Store-bought baby food, organic or not, is processed to have a long shelf life of up to two years. So much of the nutrient content is lost during processing that most manufacturers artificially add it back in, but aren’t obligated to inform consumers. The added nutrients are synthetic and aren’t absorbed by the body the same way as naturally occurring nutrients. The taste, color and aroma of commercial baby food isn’t as appealing. By feeding your baby a steady tasty diet of fresh, homemade, organic baby food, you greatly reduce the risk they’ll grow into a picky eater. Plus, making your own baby food is three to five times less expensive than what is store-bought. Homemade food has a far smaller impact on the environment compared with commercial manufacturing, transportation and packaging. By the time a baby turns 1, they will have eaten from nearly 700 jars or pouches of storebought baby food that generally end up in landfills, because little is recycled.

Growing up, I saw my mom have an amazing career, yet also be a fantastic wife and mother. Her secret, and now mine, is to prioritize and focus on one thing at a time, whether it’s work, kids or my husband. This way, everything in your life gets 100 percent of your attention some of the time, rather than trying to do everything at the same time, which rarely works.

What’s the best gift a mother can give her child? There’s nothing more important to a child’s overall health and well-being than being raised in a loving, warm environment where they feel safe, loved and important. My deep love for my children guides every decision I make for them. A mother’s intuition is a superpower. Gerry Strauss is a freelance writer in Hamilton, NJ. Connect at

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n 2015, manufacturers of commer- tasty ways. After removing strings, fill cial dog and cat foods and treats celery logs with plain yogurt and freeze. issued 28 recalls, some for multiple To serve, cut into one-bite pieces approproducts, due to the potential pres- priate for a dog’s size. Another easy favorite is filling ence of listeria or salmonella bacteria, an ice cube tray two-thirds full with mold, dangerous levels of cumulatively Greek-style or traditional plain yoharmful propylene glycol, inadequate gurt mixed with diced strawberries thiamine, elevated levels of vitamin or whole blueberries and freeze overD, off odors or labeling problems night. For cats, omit the ( Use the freshest fruit and instead add bits ManufacturerRecalls). of mercury-free waterIn response, homemade ingredients, organic packed tuna or salmon treats have grown in and non-GMO (no as a special treat. Add popularity to ensure that pets enjoy safe and genetic modification) fresh or dried catnip to catch Kitty’s attention. healthy snacks. where possible; tuna “Once when fix “Most summer fruits ing dinner, I dropped a work naturally to cool or salmon in a pouch piece of frozen yellow the body,” advises Cathy is safer than BPAsquash and the dogs Alinovi, co-author of dove for it,” says writer Dinner PAWsible: A canned fish. Livia J. Washburn, in Cookbook of Nutritious Azle, Texas, of her Chihuahuas. “Nicki Homemade Meals for Cats and Dogs, in waits for things to hit the floor; Nora Pine Village, Indiana. “Healthful treats, showed her game face and won the made from the best ingredients, are a good Squash War.” way to take a break from summer heat.” “Obesity is the number one nutri She suggests taking a refreshing tional disease affecting our pets, so sumlook at low-calorie fruits and veggies mertime activities that avoid overheating such as stuffed celery used in creative,

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are vital for overall health,” says Veterinarian Jeff Werber, a veterinary medical journalist with a Los Angeles practice. “Proper nutrition is critical—not only to the foods we feed, but to the treats we give.” Twelve years ago, Rick Woodford’s Belgian Malinois/Labrador mix, Jackson, was diagnosed with lymphoma. In order to keep him eating, Woodford shared his own food. Jackson lived an additional four years, in part due to improved nutrition. “Portion control is important,” he says. “What’s right for an 80-pound dog is way too much for a 30-pounder.” Woodford, the author of Feed Your Best Friend Better and Chow, lives near Portland, Oregon. Frosty Paws is a lower lactose version of ice cream for dogs and discriminating cats. Recipes for homemade versions can be found online. The basics are one ripe, mashed banana, 32 ounces of plain or vanilla yogurt and two tablespoons of honey, all mixed in a blender and frozen in small ice cube trays. Variations may substitute goat’s milk yogurt or add a quarter-cup of strawberries, cranberries or blueberries for antioxidants in lieu of the honey. Frozen vegetable broth, primed with added bits of cooked chopped spinach, broccoli, carrots or a small cheese cube, is a hit with dogs. Cats like theirs with tidbits of chicken, turkey or a few shreds of cheese. Using a bone-shaped ice cube tray lets humans know it’s the pet’s treat. “When I was developing frozen treat recipes, my husband came in from the yard one hot afternoon and went straight to the freezer,” says Paris Permenter about John Bigley, co-authors of The Healthy Hound Cookbook, in Cedar Park, Texas, who live with mixed breeds Irie and Tiki. “I watched him eat two helpings of the dog ice cream and then told him what it was. We often share our food with our dogs. It was nice for them to share their goodies with us!” The bottom line for the best summertime treats is to go healthy, be creative, use fresh ingredients, don’t overindulge and stay cool. Connect with freelance writer Sandra Murphy at StLouisFreelanceWriter@

Plum and Apple Coolers

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One batch makes enough cubes to treat both a large- and mediumsize dog.

Frosty Treats for Furry Friends Cooling Recipes Fido’s Frozen Fruit Pupsicles

4 cups water 1 Tbsp blackstrap molasses (optional) 1 cup fresh fruit (no grapes or raisins), chopped Wash and core all fruit. Blueberries and strawberries are popular with most dogs, while others enjoy melons, peaches and apples. Chop fruit into bite-sized pieces. Mix fruit with water and molasses. Freeze the mix in ice cube trays, small tubs or Popsicle molds. Source: The Healthy Hound Cookbook, by Paris Permenter and John Bigley

Mango Sorbet

2 ripe mangos, peeled Juice of 1 orange Juice of 1 lime ½ cup unsweetened almond milk Add all ingredients to a blender and purée. Pour mixture into ice cube trays and freeze overnight.

Transfer frozen cubes to a zip-top plastic bag; stores up to 2 months in the freezer. Source: The Healthy Hound Cookbook, by Paris Permenter and John Bigley

Watermelon Slush

Low-calorie watermelon is high in potassium and magnesium plus vitamins A and C; filled with fluid, it helps prevent dehydration. Blackstrap molasses has less sugar and more minerals than other sweeteners. 2 cups cubed watermelon, seeds removed ½ cup strawberries 1 Tbsp. blackstrap molasses ½ cup coconut water 1 cup ice Combine all ingredients in a blender and mix. Serve in a bowl as a slushie treat or pour into ice cube trays and freeze. Or share a slice of fun. Many dogs love plain watermelon slices. Be sure the animal doesn’t eat the seeds or rind.

(10-lb dog: 1 to 2 cubes; 20-lb dog: 3 to 4 cubes; 40-lb dog: 4 to 5 cubes; 60-lb dog: 5 to 6 cubes; 80-lb dog: 6 to 7 cubes; 100-lb dog: 7 to 8 cubes) 6 plums, washed and pitted 1 Tbsp filtered water, to begin 1 apple, peeled, cored and cut into ¼-inch cubes (no seeds) Purée the plums and water in a blender or food processor. Add another 1 or 2 tablespoons of water if needed. Spread the apples in the ice cube tray and spoon the plum purée on top. Don’t pack, or it will become a denser cube. Freeze for 4 hours. Serve the cubes one by one (outdoors may be best) or in a big bowl. Source: Chow, by Rick Woodford

Ingredients to Avoid Avoid peanut and other nut butters or any ingredient with xylitol, grapes and raisins, macadamia nuts, coffee and caffeine, onions, chives, garlic, nuts and salty snack foods. Chocolate is also on the no-go list; the darker the chocolate, the worse it is for pets; baking chocolate is the most dangerous. If a pet eats any of these, try to determine how much and contact the family veterinarian, a veterinary emergency clinic or the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at 888-426-4435. For a full list of foods to avoid, visit

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Seraphic Planetary Wash – 7pm. The planets of our solar system are constantly emitting a signal, particular to their energy pattern, that humanity needs to a greater or lesser degree depending upon one's personal astrology. Feel their energies connect. $5. Enchanted Forest Reiki, 2280 South Jones Blvd, LV. 702-359-0848.


Guided Mediation and Energy Share – 7-8:30pm. Do you feel stretched to the max? Need relief now? Join an evening of relaxation and enlightenment, combining aromatherapy, powerful Reiki energy and guided meditation to open the mind and center the soul. $10. Oasis to Zen Wellness Center and Transformation Spa, 5715 W Alexander Rd, 140, LV. 702-491-6035.


Usui Reiki Certification Plus Holy Fire Two Night Class – 9am-5pm. Reiki I First Degree certification class teaches the Japanese Reiki techniques including smudging, principals, lineage, heritage, gassho meditation, chakra balancing and more. Receive Reiki I attunement, practice and more. $150. Enchanted Forest Reiki, 2280 South Jones Blvd, LV. 702-3590848.

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Tibetan and Crystal Bowl Meditation With Cheri Smith – 7pm. Experience the powerful sound of musical vibrations brought through the sound of Tibetan bowls, crystal bowls and chimes that can help the body to cleanse the soul, calm the mind and fill the spirit. $15. Enchanted Forest Reiki Center, 2280 South Jones Blvd, LV. 702-359-0848.

Chakra Meditation – 7-8:30pm. With a simple meditation and affirmation for each chakra, discover the key to self-healing, self-divination and selfsoothing. Learn Chakra colors and use “Life Force” breathing to stimulate energy from Root to Crown. $10. Oasis to Zen Wellness Center and Transformation Spa, 5715 W Alexander Rd, 140, LV. 702-491-6035.



Keys to Abundance Living – 1-4pm. Soul Recovery: 12 Keys to Healing Addiction. A program of spiritual practice to refuel the spirit, reclaim the future and live the life dreamed. 4325 N Rancho Dr. Suite 120, LV. 702-255-6412.

Learn About Crystal Grids – 3-4:30pm. Crystal grids: arrange crystals in sacred geometric patterns. The patterns help focus crystal energy towards personal intentions. Discover sacred geometry and learn how to construct crystal grids with set patterns and intuition. $20. Oasis to Zen Wellness Center and Transformation Spa, 5715 W Alexander Rd, 140, LV. 702-491-6035.


LVHFCoC Mastermind Group Meeting – 8-10am. Chamber members only. Members are able to access the brain-power of peer members while accelerating personal growth as a business leader. Members can act as a catalyst for change, growth and strategy. Complementary for attendees, exhibitor booth prices. Egg Works Restaurant 2025 Village Center Cir, LV. 702-483-2970.


Anthem Film Festival – Jul 13-16.A platform to display works that focus on libertarian themes. Part of FreedomFest. Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino, 3667 South Las Vegas Blvd, LV.

Classical Spanish Guitar – 2pm. Sit back in the Salt Cave, close your eyes, allow the melodies to transport you to the water fountain garden of Granada, Spain. As the mind relaxes, embrace gratitude and rejuvenate for the season ahead. $35. Salt Room LV, 1958 Village Center Cir, 7, LV. 702-228-7258.


Meditation Class for Children – 2-3pm. Listen up. This mindful meditation will have the children listening to singing bowls, studying their breath and focusing on their minds. This workshop will involve some meditation breathing, active listening, discussions and affirmations. $5. Oasis to Zen Wellness Center and Transformation Spa, 5715 W Alexander Rd, 140, LV. 702-491-6035.


Kick The Sugar Addiction-Naturally. EZ Weight Loss Series – 6-7:30pm. Learn how to control blood sugar levels that affect cravings, mood and energy. Make weight loss goals attainable. Includes guided imagery for easy memorization. Prepaid $12. Discount for all 9 classes $89 ($144 value). $16/door. Transformations Wellness Center, 3920 Amy Marie Ct, LV. 702-659-2390.

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Chakra Balancing – 6:30-8pm. A combination of lecture, discussion and hands-on. Watch a demonstration on how to balance Chakras and provide tips for specific healing. After completing class, be ready to increase the energy of your Chakras. $20. Oasis to Zen Wellness Center and Transformation Spa, 5715 W Alexander Rd, 140, LV. 702-491-6035.




Usui Reiki II Plus Holy Fire Certification Class – 9am-5pm. Learn to use Reiki to heal unwanted habits, heal the past, learn three of the ancient Reiki symbols, distant Reiki healing, Gyoshi ho, Reji-ho, Byosen scanning, Chakra balancing with stones. $200. Enchanted Forest Reiki Center, 2280 South Jones Blvd, LV. 702-359-0848. Eliminate Unwanted Cravings-Free NLP Seminar – 2-3:30pm. Are your cravings controlling you? Find out how to take your power back in this NLP seminar and find out how. Presented by Master of NLP, expert in Rapid Behavior Modification, Transformational Therapist. Donation only. Transformations Wellness Center, 3920 Amy Marie Ct, LV. 702-659-2390. Chakra Balancing – 4-5:30pm. A combination of lecture, discussion and hands-on. Watch a demonstration on how to balance Chakras and provide tips for specific healing. After completing class, be ready to increase the energy of your Chakras. $20. Oasis to Zen, 5715 W Alexander Rd, 140, LV. 702491-6035.


Raw Food Prep: Frozen Desserts – 2-4pm. Love ice cream, but wish to avoid sugar, saturated fat and other chemicals found in the dairy desserts? Learn to make non-dairy, sugar-free desserts at home with no equipment. Satisfaction guaranteed. Prepaid in advance $20. Transformations Wellness Center, 3920 Amy Marie Ct, LV. 702-659-2390.


Essential Oils Basics for Mind Body and Spirit – 6:45-8:30pm. Essential oils have been used for centuries during meditations to help center the body, deepen spiritual connections and relax and restore the soul. Experience how essential oils and aromatherapy can enhance well-being. $10. Oasis to Zen, 5715 W Alexander Rd, 140, LV. 702-491-6035.

Crystal Bowl Meditation and Reiki in the Salt Cave – 5pm. Relax, breathe in the salt air and close your eyes, while we take you through different corners of universe and bring you back to earth under the soothing sounds of the Crystal and Tibetan bowls. $40. Salt Room LV, 1958 Village Center Cir, 7, LV. 702-228-7258. Raw Food Prep: Frozen Desserts – 6-7:30pm. Poor diet, pollution and emotional stress contribute to many digestive disorders. Learn to safely detoxify, using nutrition, hydration and more. Includes guided imagery for easy memorization. Prepaid $12. Discount for all 9 classes $89 ($144 value). $16/door. Transformations Wellness Center, 3920 Amy Marie Ct, LV. 702-659-2390.

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Dance In The Desert – Jul 29-30. A celebration of emerging and established veteran choreographers, dancers, companies and troupes from locally and around the world. The two-day event features performers and instructors from all styles of contemporary dance teaching master classes and staging artistic performances. Summerlin Library Performing Arts Center, 1771 Inner Circle, LV.


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Kids' Interactive Musical Meditation – 2-3pm. A bonding experience for the entire family. Play instruments, embrace your inner child, and get a dose of positive energy. This is an experience you will not want to miss. Your kids will love this. $5. Oasis to Zen Wellness Center and Transformation Spa, 5715 W Alexander Rd, 140, LV. 702-491-6035.

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ongoingevents daily 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 B u f f a l o D r, 11 0 , LV. 7 0 2 - 4 3 3 - 3 8 7 4 . Wongu University Health Center – Mon-Thu. Wongu University Health Center offers a variety of affordable acupuncture treatments and Oriental medical care to the public. Private session by the OMD available. Discount for senior, veteran and student. Call for more details. Wongu Health Clinic, 8630 S Eastern Ave, LV. 702-852-1280. Clinic. Wongu University of Oriental Medicine – Graduate Program – 9:30am-5:30pm. The non-profit school offers a Master of Science Degree in Oriental Medicine. Coursework includes acupuncture, herbology, Taiji, moxibustion, Western medicine, practice management and more. Currently accepting applications. $180/didactic unit. $18/clinical hour. Wongu University of Oriental Medicine, 8620 S Eastern Ave, LV. 702-463-2122. Start@Wongu. org.

sunday Sundays Kid's Art and Yoga – 12pm. Combining yoga and art, this class fosters each individual’s unique talents through active engagement. Class starts with yoga and leads into an art lesson allowing creative expression. $25. Salt Room LV, 1958 Village Center Cir, 7, LV. 702-228-7258. Red Tent – 6-8pm. Monthly gathering to honor all things women. Enjoy sisterhood and explore the various stages of life from maiden, mother, grandmother and crone. It is a celebration of being a woman. Love donation. Sophia Center for Goddess Study, 6034 Smoke Ranch Rd, LV. 702-489-7999.

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


Goddess Study, 6034 Smoke Ranch Rd, LV. 702489-7999. Las Vegas Health & Fitness Chamber of Commerce Cultural Connectors Networking Lunch Meeting – 12-1:30pm. Bring business cards, a 60 second 'commercial' about one’s business; get in on the ground floor of this weekly meeting. Listen in, meet with top leaders and speakers in health, fitness. Complementary. Aracely's Sazon Colombiano Restaurant, 3650 S Jones Blvd, 2, LV. 702-483-2970.

tuesday Ayurveda Clinic @ Wongu University Health Center – 9:30am-4:30pm. Discover how Ayurveda, one of the traditional medicines with a 5,000 year history, can help maintain health. Services offered include Ayurvedic wellness care, nutrition and lifestyle assessment, and detoxification. Service fee ranges from $80-120. Wongu Health Clinic, 8630 S Eastern Ave, LV. 702-852-1280. Beginner Tai Chi 24 Form with Fan – 2-3pm. A fun class designed to introduce the student to the amazing Tai Chi Fan. The Fan was once carried in replacement of the sword and is a practical tool for self defense. $7. Naturally Organic Healing Center, 1171 S Buffalo Dr, 110, LV. 702-433-3874. Beginner Qigong – 5-6pm. Qigong is an ancient healing art that covers everything from breathing, stretching, energy work and moving meditation. Learn the Eight Sections of brocade for health and empowerment. $10. Naturally Organic Healing Center, 1171 S Buffalo Dr, 110, LV. 702-433-3874. Tai Chi Fundamentals – 6-7pm. Tai Chi uses efficiency over strength, relaxation over tension and focus over bravado. Our Yang Tai Chi 48 form empowers form, motion, breathe and intention in an ancient Martial Dance of balancing Ying and Yang. $10. Naturally Organic Healing Center, 1171 S Buffalo Dr, 110, LV. 702-433-3874. Drums of the Wolf Meditation/Journey Circle – 7pm. Deep drumming will bring participants into a dream-like guided journey meditation. Perhaps find oneself on a Viking ship, traveling with a wolf, or floating in a sea of colors--only one’s spirit knows. $15. Enchanted Forest Reiki, 2280 S Jones Blvd, LV. 702-359-0848. Hatha Yoga with Samantha – 7-9pm. A systematic journey into the depths of spirituality through a blended and unitary system of yoga and Tantra. Learn authentic Asanas and deep meditation techniques that will transform ones life. $20 or $60/month. Naturally Organic Healing Center, 1171 S Buffalo Dr, 110, LV. 702-433-3874.

Gentle Yoga Class with Carolynn – 10-11:15am. Gentle, beginner's yoga, great for seniors. Carolynn Yates is a certified White Lotus Instructor and has been teaching for 8 years. $10. Sophia Center for

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Las Vegas Health & Fitness Chamber of Commerce Networking Breakfast Meeting – 8:15-9:45am. Bring business cards, a 60 second 'commercial' about one’s business; get in on the ground floor of this weekly meeting. Listen in, meet with top leaders and speakers in health, fitness. Complementary. Egg Works Restaurant, 2490 E S u n s e t R d , LV. 7 0 2 - 4 8 3 - 2 9 7 0 . Discovering Tarot Class – 11am-1pm. All welcome. Zoie Knox will teach the meaning of a new card, practice card/spread readings and provide a personal reading. Start any week. Please bring a journal. $20. Sophia Center for Goddess Study, 6034 Smoke Ranch Rd, LV. 702-489-7999.

thursday Las Vegas Health & Fitness Chamber of Commerce Networking Breakfast Meeting – 8:15am-9:45pm. Egg Works, 6960 S Rainbow Blvd, LV. 702-483-2970. Gentle Yoga Class with Carolynn – 10-11:15am. Gentle, beginners yoga, great for seniors. Carolynn Yates is a certified White Lotus Instructor and has been teaching for 8 years. $10. Sophia Center for Goddess Study, 6034 Smoke Ranch Rd, LV. 702489-7999. Las Vegas Health & Fitness Chamber of Commerce Networking Lunch Meeting – 11:30am1pm. Bring business cards, a 60 second 'commercial' about one’s business; get in on the ground floor of this weekly meeting. Listen in, meet with top leaders and speakers in health, fitness. Complementary. Egg Works Restaurant, 6960 S Rainbow Blvd, LV. 702-483-2970. Wongu Ayurveda Clinic – 11:30am-6:30pm. Discover how Ayurveda can help maintain health. Services offered include Ayurvedic wellness care, nutrition and lifestyle assessment, and detoxification. 8630 S Eastern Ave, LV. 702-852-1280. Essential Oils and Tonics for Radiant Health – 5-6pm. Using Taoist Herbalism with the best essential oils, this class will show a path of naturally radiant health. There are always healthier ways to live besides medication; feed the body to empower your health. Free. Naturally Organic Healing Center, 1171 S Buffalo Dr, 110, LV. 702-433-3874.

friday Wisdom Seekers Book Club – 12pm. This free hour was created to bring wisdom seekers together for pure scholarly fun. We provide tea for free as we delve into contemplative reading and communal discussions about life affirming topics. Free. Naturally Organic Healing Center, 1171 S Buffalo Dr, 110, LV. 702-433-3874.

Reiki Healing & Spiritual Mastermind Circle – 7-9pm. Open to the public. An unforgettable inspirational and healing experience. Re-connect with Higher Self. Receive personalized healing in a loving, warm, friendly atmosphere. Bring a friend or meet one. Snacks and refreshments served. Center for Spiritual Living, 1420 E Harmon Ave, Room 3, Second Floor, LV.

saturday Free Sack of All-Natural Produce Day – 8am-5pm. Visit the local farm that caters to Las Vegas. Get a personal tour and learn about all-natural, pesticidefree food. Get a full sack of fresh produce for the first visit. Free. Meadow Valley CSA, 1012 E McKnight Ave, Moapa. Qigong and Tai Chi with Sifu JC – 9am-12pm. Qigong is a self-healing system that incorporates body, breath, visualizations and sounds. Tai Chi is a martial art that helps with posture, handeye coordination, self-defense and well being. 1171 S Buffalo Dr, 110, LV. 702-433-3874. Goddess Gathering – 10:30am-1pm. The Goddess Gathering is a combination of Goddess Study and sisterhood socialization. Learn of ancient and living Goddesses and how to apply their attributes to our daily living. Embrace the power of life. Love donation. Sophia Center for Goddess Study, 6034 Smoke Ranch Rd, LV. 702-489-7999. Integrative Yoga – 12-1pm. Allow evolution by sound to increase vibration and boost the body's immunities with this class that combines: Meditation, Hatha vinyasa flow and ancient yoga to create an electric mind animation for relief and flexibility. $14. Naturally Organic Healing Center, 1171 S Buffalo Dr, 110, LV. 702-433-3874. Spiritual Experience Discussions – 6-7pm. Discuss spiritual experience of all faiths in a respectful and open environment. Free. 1171 S Buffalo Dr, 110, LV. 702-433-3874.

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Julianna will assist you on your quest to understand and know more about yourself who you are, why you are here and where you come from. Be ready to transform, transition and transcend. See ad, page14.



Dr. Patricia Beckstead, B.S., D.C. 702-263-0844 • Free Phone Consults Unbalanced hormones affect mind, body & spirit. Regain youthful energy, lose weight, boost your libido, banish depression. Don't deal with side effects of prescriptions hormones. Maximize health, wellness & longevity! See ad, page 35.

Understand your animal companion and heal behavioral issues through telepathic communication and counseling. Session may include healing with Body Talk, Reiki and Matrix Energetics, plus transcript and follow-up call. See ad, page 34.

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Want to look and feel your best? More energy, vitality, youthful confidence, weight loss. Learn to integrate holistic practices into your life. Mind-body therapies, antiaging vitamins and foods, replace depleted youth hormones, prevent adult diseases. 20% off physician coaching with ad. See ad, page 35.

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Nicole Taylor Sharp, Dir. of Membership 702-539-4400 The LVHFCoC improves the health of health, fitness and wellness businesses. Effective networking. Business development. Amplify your marketing reach. Membership with a like-minded community on a mission of better health. See ad, page 16.


Looking for answers? Let your Angels be your guide .... A Good Reading is a Good Healing! Lifelong Angel and Master Tarot Card Reader. Appointments available. Call Now! Summerlin area. Available for parties and events. See ad, page 35.


Dr. Margaret R. Colucci 2085 Village Center Cir, #110, LV 89134 702-880-5335 • Dr. Colucci specializes in natural family wellness care. Treating the whole body naturally, focusing on family wellness care, auto, work and sports injuries, pediatric & pregnancy chiropractic. Dr. Colucci is a 1989 Palmer Graduate serving the Las Vegas valley for over 25 years.

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Organic and holistic healing arts center in Green Valley, offering advanced skin care, deep tissue and Swedish massage, natural eyelash extensions, aromatherapy, toe reading and much more. See ad, page 23.


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


Roxanne Perillo, Reiki Master/Teacher Shamanic Energy Medicine 920-336-6468 • An alternative approach to assist the dying, by helping one to heal on the energetic level reducing stress and bringing relaxation with Reiki energy, as well as a combination of shamanic practices. Heal by releasing that which does not serve.



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

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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 30.


Reiki-ShamanicCranial SacralChakra BalancingSound TherapyBars AccessCrystal healers. Plus lots of classes and events such as Reiki Certification, meditations, intuitive studies and much more. Visit our beautiful metaphysical gift shop. See ad, page 7.

Welcome to the world of halotherapy & discover a revolutionary solution to respiratory difficulties. Naturally treat allergies, asthma, copd, bronchitis, etc. We also offer halomassages, facials, halo-yoga & halo-meditation classes. 100% natural Allergy relief for all ages. See ad, page 27.


Starla Slaughter 702-419-4780 • $50 Gift Card Code: STARLA Ready to look, feel and perform like a young person? Purium is pure and premium superfoods that help combat low energy, poor digestion, weight gain and more. Awaken your body!

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Roxanne Perillo, Reiki Master/Teacher Shamanic Energy Medicine 920-336-6468 • Try a remote healing session with various energy-based therapies. Involves one person directing Universal Life Energy to a person in a different location. Heal by releasing that which does not serve you.


8620 S Eastern Ave, LV 89123 702-463-2122 • 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 31.


2375 E. Tropicana Ave, #295, LV 89119 702-660-8970 Leading the fight in Nevada for animal protection. Author of Cooney's Law (felony cruelty law). We promote and improve the welfare for domestic and wildlife animals, bringing attention to make a difference in issues surrounding companion animals; animal cruelty, pet overpopulation and responsible pet ownership through education, information, legislation and enforcement. See ad, page 34.


8560 W Desert Inn Rd, LV 89117 • 702-685-0466 We are a full-scale vegan organic restaurant. Open 7 days/week for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Take out, delivery and online ordering available. We are casual and family friendly. See ad, page 25.


Central Summerlin! Charleston & Buffalo 1171 S. Buffalo Dr, Suite 110, LV 702-433-3874 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 out our website! See ad, page 25.




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Jeff Renel ThetaHealing Practitioner/ Instructor 702-324-259 Experiencing health or emotional issues. Find the change you need at The Sacred Art of Healing where they assist you in creating a positive mind, body and soul. See ad, page 21.

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• The Trivedi Effect® is a natural phenomenon that elevates our consciousness to reveal our life purpose, uncover our hidden gifts and connect us to the guidance of universal intelligence. • The Trivedi Effect® has the ability to change the character and behavior of living organisms and non-living materials. • The Trivedi Effect® has been tested, measured, validated and documented in over 4,000 experiments published in nearly 200 peer-reviewed scientific journals. Whether you are seeking relief from pressing difficulties, or are ready to progress to a new level, this intelligent energy awaits you.


Mahendra Kumar Trivedi

F O R G I N G T H E F O U N D AT I O N S O F A N E W S C I E N C E F O R H E A L E R S 42 Greater Las Vegas

Healers Mastery Program With time, effort and focus, anyone can become a conduit for universal, Divine energy. Develop the capacity to protect yourself from damaging circumstances as you learn how to harness and transmit this Divine intelligent energy to others. I have been with the Master Energy Transmission Program from the beginning. What I have experienced is more joy and more happiness. Last month, I experienced 3 Master Energy Transmissions. I had the best month in my business in 10 years. Also, I met the love of my life in October; I am now in the best relationship in my life. Opportunities are increasing for me as well. My personal power, my insight, perception, and intuition have all increased more rapidly since I have been in the program. I want to thank Mr. Trivedi and The Divine for this gift to me and to humanity. Blessings to you, Mr. Trivedi. I love you. - Gagan H.

In October 2010 I fell, breaking my neck and sustaining a spinal cord injury causing me to be paralyzed from my neck down. I was told I would never walk again, I would never have any bladder or bowel function and that I would basically be living in a motorized chair… However, defying all science and what I was being told by every doctor and nurse, I was able to walk within less than a year and as I am now, I have full bladder and bowel function and the doctors all say that I am a miracle… Mr. Trivedi has changed my life. The Trivedi Effect® has changed my life. - Donna A.

My immune system continues to improve its resistance to all the things I used to get sick with, which allows me to be easily and fully available to my clients – I am in contact with hundreds of people a day. This used to leave me exhausted every day. Now I do not get tired. As a result, I am happier, brighter, more relaxed, and more people seek my presence. Thank you. - Sharon P. My psoriasis is about 75% better. I am going through a healing crisis with something else Guruji is helping me with and I feel amazing, powerful and energetic. I’ve been going through this cycle and know deep healing is happening. It seems the energy knows the best time to do this work for me when I can be home. Oceans of gratitude, dear Guruji. - Judith S.

I have been enjoying so many benefits from your program since I joined, which was about 6 months ago. With your Transmissions I was able to go through some very hard times, as you know, with chemo and radiation without suffering as much as it was expected, surprising even my doctors. As you know, lately I have been questioning my subconscious/unconscious mind being on board with my charging forward and enjoying this lifetime no matter what. - Fabio Massimo P.

natural awakenings

July 2016


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