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letterfrompublisher Be happy for this moment. This moment is your life. ~Omar Khayyám This issue marks my third anniversary as publisher of Natural Awakenings. As I look back at my very first publisher's letter, I am instantly taken back to June of 2013. What an exciting time that was, having moved back to Las Vegas from lower Alabama and settling back into city life... Since then, our local Natural Awakenings edition has experienced much growth—we've doubled our circulation; we've increased page count; we’ve launched our first annual Natural Living Directory; we’ve evolved into the go-to publication for healthy, green and peaceful living articles, and also our wonderful calendar listings for healthy, green and peaceful living events; and, we’ve been honored to sponsor authentic and enlightened organizations and beautiful events such as Health, Healing and Happiness, Las Vegas Health & Fitness Chamber of Commerce, ProExpo, Sophia Center for Goddess Study and Vegas VegFest. This amount of growth would not have been possible without the support of our loyal advertisers, of which 93.5% have renewed in the last six years. I am honored beyond words that so many businesses have entrusted us to represent that which they have worked so hard to build and promote. But, you know what? I’m tired! So, for the first time in over 16 years, my family and I are going on a real vacation. As much as I love this magazine, I will always love my family more. So, by the time you read this, I will be on one of the beaches on Maui. We’ve promised each other only an hour of phone time each day. So, just know that I will be thinking about all of you! As I head into my fourth year as publisher, I am inspired by this month’s feature story, “Happy All Day”, and plan to incorporate some of the simple practices while visiting Hawaii then later into my routine as I capitalize on the renewed spirit I will have, after my family time, for my role as publisher. Happiness researcher Shawn Achor found that when the human brain is positive, intelligence, creativity and productivity increase significantly. To help people rewrite the way they think in the workplace, he encourages workers to write down three positive things about their workday for 21 days. Over the next several months, I will share my insights with you. What do you love about your family, your job, your self? As we dive into summer, I hope your days are filled with happiness. Thank you for picking up Natural Awakenings and joining me and the 40,000 other readers in Greater Las Vegas (and nearly 4 million nationally) on this journey of creating the kind of world we know is possible.
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as Vegas plant-based health and beauty blogger Ashley Diana, has teamed up with Violette’s Vegan Organic Eatery and Juice Bar to serve dessert-inspired smoothies and juices. Beginning June 1, Violette’s will be serving some of Diana’s “Marvelous Milkshake” creations, with flavors such as German Chocolate Cake, Oatmeal Raisin Cookie, Lemon Meringue Pie, Blueberry Muffin and Peanut Butter Cup. All of the shakes are refined sugar-free, dairy-free and vegan. With her unique approach to wellness, Diana shows people that a plant-based diet is not about what we cannot eat anymore, it is about all the new and exciting things we can eat. “If you like your cake and to eat it, too, then these dessert shakes are perfect for you,” says Diana. Violette’s Vegan is an organic vegan restaurant serving and delivering breakfast, lunch, dinner and drinks. The restaurant uses only the finest, organic ingredients and free coffee is served at 7 a.m. every day and there is live music every Friday evening. Location: 8560 W. Desert Inn Rd., Las Vegas. For more information, call 702-685-0466, email LipstickAndBerries@ gmail.com or visit AshleyDiana.com or ViolettesVegan. com. See ad, page 19.
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ongu University of Oriental Medicine is now enrolling students for fall classes, and scholarships are available. Wongo was founded in 2012, when Nevada was the first state to grant licenses to practitioners of Oriental medicine. It is the first and only Oriental medicine university in Nevada approved to grant a Master of Science degree in Oriental Medicine (MSOM). Wongu’s MSOM program comprises 2,500 didactic hours and 1,000 clinical hours of courses on Oriental medicine, acupuncture, herbology and more. Their experienced, caring instructors will help perfect students’ skills in a 12,000-squarefoot, state-of-the-art campus and health center as they take their first steps to becoming a world-class healer. The university operates on a quarter system and accepts applications in fall and spring. Admissions requirements are a four-year bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution with a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or above on a 4.0 scale. Location: 8620 S. Eastern Ave., Las Vegas. For more information, call 702-463-2122, email Start@Wongu.org or visit Wongu.org. See ad, page 33. natural awakenings
Live Comedy Evokes Trust and Empathy
esearch from the UK University of Surrey has found that witnessing live comedy increases emotional interaction and bonding between the spectators and performer and enhances a general feeling of trust and intimacy among participants through the shared experience. Published in the journal Comedy Studies, the study was conducted by doctoral candidate Tim Miles, who analyzed surveys and interviews of audience members, as well as comedians, including some well-known performers. Miles found that comics and audiences connected through sharing of admiration and empathy. Bonds also formed as the audience began to identify with the observations and experiences of the comic. “Comedy has often been seen to be a bit frivolous, but it’s actually something really important. My work looking at comedians and comedy audiences has shown how live, stand-up comedy fulfills a need for feelings of truth, trust, empathy and intimacy between people, which is really important in a society where many people often complain about feeling isolated,” says Miles.
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lectronic cigarette use, or vaping, is on the rise as many consider it a healthier alternative to smoking. However, in a study published in the American Chemical Society journal Chemical Research in Toxicology, researchers from the Penn State University College of Medicine report that e-cigarettes produce considerable levels of reactive free radicals created by the high-temperature heating coils that warm up the nicotine solution. Dr. John Richie, a professor at Penn State and senior author of the research, says, “The identification of these radicals in the aerosols means that we can’t just say ecigarettes are safe because they don’t contain tobacco. They are potentially harmful.” The researchers found that levels of free radicals in e-cigarettes are between 100 to 1,000 times less than the levels produced by tobacco cigarettes, still making them a better choice than traditional cigarettes although they still carry risk. Richie explains, “The levels of radicals that we’re seeing are more than what you might get from a heavily air-polluted area, but less than what you might find in cigarette smoke.” Previous research has found that e-cigarette smoke also contains aldehydes that can potentially cause cellular and tissue damage.
Medicinal Mushroom Heals HPV
esearch from the University of Texas Medical School and Health Science Center has found that a medicinal mushroom extract may be able to eradicate human papillomavirus (HPV), a common sexually transmitted disease. Presented last fall at the 11th International Conference of the Society for Integrative Oncology, in Houston, the clinical study treated 10 women that tested positive for HPV with the mushroom mycelia extract called active hexose correlated compound (AHCC). The patients were given three grams of the AHCC once a day for six months or longer. Eight of them tested negative for HPV after the period, including three that were confirmed HPV-eradicated after stopping the AHCC treatment. The two other patients continued receiving the extract. A phase II clinical trial led by Dr. Judith Smith, a professor at the UT Medical School, will be conducted.
Awe and Wonder Prime Physical Health
wo related studies from the University of California, Berkeley, suggest that the act of admiring the beauty of nature with awe and wonder can decrease inflammation in the body. More than 200 adults reported their experiences of emotions on a particular day, including amusement, awe, compassion, joy, contentment and pride. Samples of the subjects’ gum and cheek tissues were analyzed for cytokines, and the researchers found those that cited emotions of awe, wonder and amazement had the lowest levels of the pro-inflammatory cytokine interleukin-6 (IL-6). UC Berkeley professor and co-author of the research Dacher Keltner, Ph.D., says, “That awe, wonder and beauty promote healthier levels of cytokines suggests that the things we do to experience these emotions—a walk in nature, losing oneself in music, beholding art—have a direct influence upon health and life expectancy.”
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ow testosterone levels can be problematic for men as they age. Fortunately, Mother Nature produces her own form of testosterone booster: the herb ashwagandha. Research published in the Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition tested 57 men between the ages of 18 and 50. They were divided into two groups—one was given 300 milligrams of the herbal extract twice a day for eight weeks; the other ingested a placebo for the same period. Both groups underwent supervised muscle training programs for the duration of the study. The men that took the ashwagandha had significantly higher levels of circulating testosterone compared to the placebo group. The ashwagandha group also experienced an increase in muscle mass in the chest and arms, yielding an average arm muscle size of 8.6 centimeters, compared to the placebo group’s 5.3 centimeters. Those men in the ashwagandha group also exhibited faster reductions of creatine kinase, a marker for the type of muscle fiber injury that occurs during strenuous exercise, following workouts.
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More U.S. Cities Leaving the Grid Nassau, New York, a town of 5,000 outside Albany, plans to ramp up a combination of rooftop- and ground-mounted solar, wind turbine and landfill methane-capture technologies to generate 100 percent of its power from renewable sources by 2020. “If all goes as planned, within the next four years, all six of the town buildings will be disconnected from the grid,” says Nassau Supervisor Dave Fleming. The New York Department of Public Services wants this trend to grow through its Reforming Energy Vision (REV) initiative. Governor Andrew Cuomo’s administration is actively working to help municipalities, especially core towns and schools, move toward getting a significant portion of their power from renewable resources. Smaller, cleaner, power systems are less costly and cleaner alternatives to the traditional larger electrical stations. San Diego, California, recently committed to securing 100 percent of its energy from renewable sources by 2035. It’s the largest American city to do so. Already, at least 13 U.S. cities, including San Francisco; Burlington, Vermont; and Aspen, Colorado, have committed to 100 percent clean energy. Las Vegas is among other major cities aiming to follow suit. Hawaii has pledged the same by 2045, the most ambitious standard set by a U.S. state to date. Source: EcoWatch.com 10
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Mars and Others Abandoning Artificial Colors Mars Inc., the maker of many candies, chewing gum flavors and other food products, is phasing out artificial food dyes over the next five years. The decision came as a response to growing customer demand, says CEO Grant F. Reid. Nestlé, General Mills, Kraft and Kellogg’s have also started eliminating artificial dyes from their products due to calls for more natural ingredients. Common shades of red 40 and yellow 5 are presently ubiquitous, as per capita production of artificial coloring approved for use in food has increased more than five-fold since the 1950s. According to a study of supermarket labels by the Center for Science in Public Interest, an estimated 90 percent of child-oriented candies, fruit snacks, drink mixes and powders contain artificial colors, and many parents are concerned about their potential impact on developing brains. Several studies have scrutinized dyes’ possible link to attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and other effects on children’s behavior. When a study by a group of British scientists suggested a link between the consumption of certain food dyes and hyperactivity in kids, Europe and the UK began requiring food with artificial dyes to carry warning labels. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration continues to maintain that no causal relationship exists between color additives and hyperactivity in children, and doesn’t require warning labels.
More Retailers Ban Bee-Toxic Products Amidst the growing pollinator crisis and due to public pressure, Aldi Süd, the German supermarket chain with stores in the U.S., has become the first major European retailer to ban pesticides toxic to bees, including the neonicotinoids imidacloprid, clothianidin and thiamethoxam, from fruits and vegetables produced for their stores. Starting in January, Aldi produce suppliers have had to ensure their cultivation practices exclude eight pesticides identified as toxic to bees. Other retailers in the U.S. and Europe are also beginning to shun bee-toxic pesticides. Home Depot will no longer use the class of pesticides known as neonics on 80 percent of its flowering plants; completing the phase-out in 2018. Lowe’s is ending the sale of products containing neonicotinoid pesticides within 48 months. Smaller retailers are also working on removing neonics and other toxic pesticides from their shelves. The science has become increasingly clear that pesticides, working individually or synergistically, play a critical role in the ongoing decline of honeybees and other pollinators. Bees in the U.S. and Europe have seen unprecedented losses over the last decade, and bee-toxic pesticides like neonicotinoids have consistently been implicated as a major contributing factor.
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HAPPY ALL DAY Simple Daily Practices for a Happier Life by Judith Fertig
hroughout the past decade, success researchers and positive psychologists have sketched out in broad strokes the big picture of our elemental yearning for happiness. According to Martin Seligman, Ph.D., and his colleagues at the University of Pennsylvania, in Philadelphia, inner happiness derives from four basic elements: positive emotion, relationships, meaning in life and accomplishment. What we want to know now is how to instill happiness into daily practices. In her latest book, Better Than Before: Mastering The Habits Of Our Everyday Lives, happiness expert Gretchen Rubin fleshes out the needed details. She maintains that the shift into a happier way of being can be as simple as changing our habits, which she terms the invisible architecture of daily life. Rubin found, “We repeat about 40 percent of our behavior almost daily, so our habits shape our existence and our future. If we change our habits, we change our lives.” We can start small in sometimes surprising ways that encourage personal, family, workplace and community well-being.
Israeli-born Tal Ben-Shahar, Ph.D., a for16
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mer Harvard lecturer and author of the bestselling Happier: Learn the Secrets to Daily Joy and Lasting Fulfillment, had 854 students enroll in one of his pioneering classes on happiness in 2006, the highest enrollment for any class at the time. “Students explored ways to apply these ideas to their life experiences and communities,” he says. Today, he lectures and consults worldwide on the science of happiness, or “optimal being and functioning”. Ben-Shahar suggests we cultivate three personal habits. The first one is to simplify, saying, “We need to turn off our phones, email and other distractions at home, so we can fully be with the people we care about and that care about us. Time affluence—time to enjoy and appreciate—is a predictor of happiness.” The second is to exercise. “We were not meant to be sedentary,” he says. The third is to meditate. “Meditating helps us to develop extreme resilience to negative emotion.” Ken A.Verni, Psy.D., a clinical psychologist in Highland Park, New Jersey, endorses the importance of a mindfulness habit. In his new book, Happiness the Mindful Way: A Practical Guide, Verni outlines easy, step-by-step actions to form a new happiness habit that concurrently reduces stress and
increases enlightenment. He starts with what he calls “compassionate attention”; being fully awake or present in our lives without judging what we’re thinking. When we view our thoughts as events in the mind, he says, conscious selfobservation introduces a space between our perceptions and responses, allowing us to view our thoughts as separate from the person we really are. Complementary methods may include breathing techniques or body awareness that help shift us away from anxious, “What if?” speculations into the ever-present now. With just a few minutes of mindfulness a day—the first thing in the morning or at night before retiring—according to Verni, “We can shift our relationship to ourselves and our life experiences in a way that allows for greater spaciousness, acceptance and compassion, and in doing so, can dramatically improve the quality of our lives.”
Daily Joy at Home Another way to improve the quality of our life is to reverse one habit. Shonda Rhimes, creator of TV dramas that include Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal, admits that she’s a driven, Type-A person in her new book, Year of Yes. A busy career in Los Angeles, three children and little leisure left her feeling unhappy, so instead of reciting her habitual, “No” to anything extraneous— like parties, eating chocolate chip cookies or spending a lazy afternoon chatting with an old friend—she decided to change that habit to, “Yes.” One of Rhimes’ most profound revelations occurred after she responded positively when her children asked her to play. She observes that kids don’t want that much from us and playtime rarely involves more than 15 minutes; when we give them access and attention, it makes everyone feel good. Rubin agrees that it’s the little things that can contribute to family happiness. As a New York City mother of two, she decided that she’d be happier if she knew she was creating family memories. She started regularly preparing “special occasion” family breakfasts, a relatively easy meal to customize. She says, “Studies show that family traditions support chil-
Take the Secret Society of Happy People’s personal happiness inventory at Tinyurl.com/HappinessCheck. Tinyurl.com/ DefiningOurHappiness provides an introduction. dren’s social development and strengthen family cohesiveness. They provide the connection and predictability that people crave. I know that I enjoy a holiday more when I know exactly what we’re going to do and when we’re going to do it.” Home for Matthieu Ricard, a biochemist turned Buddhist monk, could be a Nepalese monastery or a seat at scientific conferences around the world. As the author of Happiness: A Guide to Developing Life’s Most Important Skill, he defines happiness as a deep sense of flourishing that arises from an exceptionally healthy mind. “It’s not a mere pleasurable feeling, a fleeting emotion or a mood, but an optimal state of being,” he says. In order to nurture it, Ricard recommends taking some time each day for quiet reflection, noting, “The contemplative approach consists of rising above the whirlpool of our thoughts for
a moment and looking calmly within, as if at an interior landscape, to find the embodiment of our deepest aspirations.” By cultivating attention and mindfulness, the cares of everyday life become less burdensome. Such a spiritual practice of just sitting quietly for 10 minutes a day, observing the thoughts that randomly cross our minds, and then gently shooing them away, can be enormously beneficial, he says, as it helps us put things in perspective and aim for continuous calm.
Flipping the Switch
Changing thought habits to focus on the good things in life is an approach that works for clients of Mary Lynn Ziemer, a life coach in Estero, Florida. Ziemer suggests we “flip the switch” from negative thinking and make a habit of starting our day being positive and grateful for 10 minutes. She recommends we start
by doing deep breathing—four seconds breathing in, hold for seven seconds, eight seconds breathing out—repeated four times. Next, we ask ourselves how we feel in the moment and identify the emotion, and then ask what thoughts we can think to feel better. The last step of the exercise is to frame a positive outlook in an affirmation, such as, “I am so grateful that I know I am doing the best I can and everything will work out. Everything is fine.” Ziemer adds, “Remember that happiness comes from love and takes you to a place of peace and calm. It is such emotions that beget success in relationships, health, supply, and clear purpose. Plus, it benefits everyone around you.”
Happiness Habits at Work
Dallas happiness researcher Shawn Achor, founder of Goodthink, Inc., and author of The Happiness Advantage, applies the science of happiness to the workplace. His research echoes the personal positivity of Ziemer, Verni and BenShahar’s approaches to nurturing happiness. “Happiness is such an incredible advantage in our lives,” says Achor. “When the human brain is positive, our intelligence
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appy people don’t find happiness like you’d find a penny on the ground; they make it happen, with action. Cultivating happiness habits can make a marked difference in your life. 4 Be deliberately optimistic. Optimism is imperative to emotional wellness. 4 Prioritize mindfully. Consistently align choices, intentions and actions with the top priorities of love, happiness and health. 4 Keep uplifting resources on hand. A few surefire mood-lifters may include a green smoothie, mani-pedi and solo dance party to at least one get-your-feetmoving song by a favorite artist. 4 Put yourself first. It’s the best way to bring your A game to everyone else. 4 Be a prolific seeker. Seek beauty, joy, adventure, pleasure, growth and power-
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this a habit changes the vibration of your life and the lives of those around you. Plus it feels great.
4 Don’t make things personal. Absolutely nothing others say or do is about you, ever.
4 Be aware of your energy. Tune in to surrounding energy, as well as the energy you’re emitting and notice what needs to be adjusted or abandoned.
4 Examine the worst that can happen. Many of the limitations you’re placing on yourself aren’t real—they’re illusions. 4 Practice loving-kindness. Making
4 Be wary of media consumption. Limit messages in everything from email and news to books and music that take you away from the calm, open space within that revels in joy and wonder. Conversations count, too. Kristi Ling is the author of Operation Happiness: The 3-Step Plan to Creating a Life of Lasting Joy, Abundant Energy, and Radical Bliss. The life and business coach shares more at KristiLing.com/ operationhappinessresources.
rises and we stop diverting resources to think about anxiety.” The Harvard Business Review published his research results: “Creativity triples and productive energy rises by 31 percent. Sales rise by 37 percent and the likelihood of promotion rises by 40 percent.” Achor’s method is helping people rewrite the way they think by first looking for positives at work. Workers write down three highly specific, positive things about their workday for 21 consecutive days. Rather than just, “I love my job,” acknowledge, “I love my job because I get to help people every day.” Or, “I love my morning tea because it gets me going.” Achor reports that at the end of the period, “Their brain starts to retain a pattern of scanning the world not for the negative, but for the positive first.” Taking a work break for two minutes of mindfulness is also effective. “We did this at Google,” he says. “We had employees take their hands off their keyboards for two minutes a day to go from multitasking to simply focusing on their breathing. This drops their stress
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levels and raises accuracy rates. It improves levels of happiness and it takes just minutes.”
Happiness in the Community We can foster happiness habits at home, at work and in the community. Rubin suggests starting such a group, akin to a self-help book club or bridge group, but with extra benefits. She even offers a free starter kit for those that want to try it, available via Gretchen Rubin.com/habits/start-a-habits-group. In addition to the happy exchange of ideas and success stories, happiness habits group members also have the benefit of being accountable to each other. Others can help us continue to color in the details supporting and forwarding the broad brushstrokes of positive emotions, relationships, meaning in life and accomplishments in a down-to-earth, fun way. Judith Fertig blogs at AlfrescoFoodAnd Lifestyle.blogspot.com from Overland Park, KS.
HAPPIER IN JUST MINUTES n Journaling for two minutes about one positive experience we’ve had over the past 24 hours allows our brain to relive it. n Exercising, including 15 minutes of cardiovascular action a day, teaches our brain that our behavior matters and improves our mood. n Meditating for even a few minutes at a time relieves an overloaded brain and allows it to focus on one thing at a time. n Writing one quick email in the morning praising or thanking someone we work with or just to make them happy will make us feel a sense of social support, a great predictor of happiness. Source: The Happiness Advantage, by Shawn Achor
possibilities to dwell upon things that didn’t work out in the past. They apply lessons learned from past missteps in taking future actions. They never see failure as permanent or a personal reflection of themselves. Look for ways to make life more fun, happy and interesting. At work, at home and with friends, high EI people know what makes them happy and look for opportunities to expand the enjoyment. They receive pleasure and satisfaction from seeing others happy and fulfilled, and do whatever they can to brighten someone else’s day. Expend energy wisely. High EI folks don’t hold onto anger over how others have treated them, but use the incident to create awareness of how to not let it happen again. While they move on and forgive, they don’t forget, and are unlikely to be taken advantage of again in the same set of circumstances.
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Always learn and grow. High EI people are lifelong learners, constantly growing and evolving. Being critical thinkers, they are open to changing their minds if someone presents a better idea. They trust themselves and their own judgment to make the best decision for themselves. Harvey Deutschendorf is an emotional intelligence expert, speaker and author of The Other Kind of Smart. Take the EI Quiz at TheOtherKindOfSmart.com/ei-quiz.
he role of emotional intelligence (EI) in helping to facilitate success and happiness in individual lives has become well accepted. People with high EI tend to share seven habits.
Focus on the positive. While not ignoring bad news, EI people have made a conscious decision to not spend much time and energy focusing on problems. Rather, they look at what’s positive in a situation and seek solutions. They focus on what can be done and what’s within their control.
Associate only with positive people. High EI people regard complainers and negative people as energy drains. They tend to avoid them to maintain their own vitality. Instead, they spend time with those that look on the bright side of life. They tend to smile and laugh and attract other positive people. Their warmth, openness and caring attitude leads others to regard them as more trustworthy. Set boundaries and assert a position. Although their friendly, open nature may make them appear as pushovers to some, people with high EI are able to set boundaries and assert themselves when necessary; they demonstrate politeness and consideration, yet stay firm. High EI people guard their time and commitments and know when they need to say no. They don’t make needless enemies. Their response to potentially volatile situations is measured, not inflated, and managed appropriately. They think before speaking, allowing themselves time to calm down if their emotions start to feel overwhelming. Practice forward thinking and willingness to let go of the past. People with high EI are too busy thinking of future
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and mental parts of wellbeing through spiritual growth and emotional balancing. To round everything up, your social interactions, community with others and the environment you live in play an important role too. That’s where the idea of Health, Healing & Happiness stems. Health: the maintenance of good health and prevention of disease with nutrition, fitness and other lifestyle choices. Healing: to reverse, repair and rejuvenate body, mind & spirit, to heal emotional imbalance or an existing health condition. Happiness: the most vital but least understood part of a vibrant healthy life, happiness can literally heal you on the physical level and a lack thereof can create disease and ill health.
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HAPPINESS Set to Draw Record Number of Attendees by Ina Mohan
he popular annual Health, Healing & Happiness conference is taking place again June 10 - 12, 2016 at the Tuscany Suites & Casino in Las Vegas, where it will occupies almost the entire Tuscany Convention space with speaker sessions, a holistic health expo and a separate room for yoga and fitness classes! This is now the largest event in Nevada for nutrition and natural solutions that embrace the whole body, mind and spirit! While being a favorite with locals, the event also brings in people from around the nation and even Canada to explore what makes this event so unique 20 Greater Las Vegas
and exciting – and why Las Vegas becomes known as one of the US cities that have a vibrant holistic and vegan-friendly scene! Health, Healing & Happiness is so different and embraced by so many, from the super health conscious to anyone who wants to explore healthier options. As visionary and producer of Health Healing & Happiness, I created this event to combine all of the elements that are essential for your complete physical and emotional wellbeing. Nutrition and exercise are the vital components for your physical health but you also have to address the emotional
At this event we have presenters that address every spectrum of health and wellbeing in a very non-judgmental, welcoming way, so everyone feels encouraged and empowered to take control of their own life and to find a lifestyle choice that works for them to be their very best healthy self!” The exciting mix of well-known international superstars and local favorite speakers is another reason that this conference has grown from 150 people in 2012 to over 800 people in 2015. Ina expects to exceed participation of 1000 this year.
What can you expect and why should you attend? It’s the largest annual health and wellness community gathering in Las Vegas and THE place to be for anyone who wants to meet the most influential local and national leaders in health and wellness. It provides a unique mix of learning, tasting, movement, mingling and fun into one power-packed weekend with easy access for everyone: from a single day pass to a full Premium VIP package or Yoga and Group Passes – there will be a ticket option that suits your personal needs! It will take your understanding of natural health solutions to the next level, as cutting-edge science and facts, delicious healthy foods and powerful energy transformations are all on the agenda at this year’s event!
17 World Class Speakers – Chef Demos – Holistic Health Expo – Raffle & Giveaways – Vegan Lunch Buffets – Yoga & Fitness Classes – Welcome Reception – And Surprises!
Our Presenters This Year:
Primary keynote speaker Dr. Joel Fuhrman is back for the second year with two keynotes! With his recently released new best-selling book “The End of Heart Disease” and a new PBS TV Show airing around the country, Dr. Fuhrman will share the latest Principles of Longevity Science on the causes for disease prevention and super immunity. In his second talk he will review the
dangers of medications and stent placement in contrast to the most effective, proven lifesavings benefits of a nutritarian diet to lower glucose, blood pressure, cholesterol and reverse even advanced heart disease. New keynote speaker Dr. Alan Goldhamer is a pioneer of fasting for health with such success rates at TrueNorth Health Center in Santa Rosa, CA, that
even Dr. John McDougall, the father of plant-based nutrition programs, sends patients he cannot help over to Dr. Goldhamer and they usually get better! Goldhamer is the co-author of “The Pleasure Trap” about food addictions and he will speak about Escaping the Pleasure Trap: How Fasting Can Save Your Life! Don Tolman is known worldwide as the Whole Food Medicine Cowboy. An international superstar who has spent 17 years traveling the world in search for the lost wisdom of the ancients and the real potential of human beings, which has been kept hidden from the masses! Don invites us to open our mind to the possibility that nature has a wisdom beyond our current comprehension for the most vibrant long-term health! Chef AJ knows a thing or two about “winning at the losing game”! Her secrets to the ultimate weight loss are no longer a secret for the thousands of devoted fans that this comedian-turned chef and nutrition expert reveals with a healthy portion of giggles and her quick-witted comments that will have you in tears of laughter – all while you learn some life-changing information along the way!
Did you know that carbohydrates are just as important for muscle building as proteins? That’s where functional fitness guru and two-time natural bodybuilding champion Robert Cheeke gets attention, as he shares surprising insights on building an athletic healthy body on a plant-based diet! As “Trainer to the Stars” like Ellen DeGeneres, Pamela Anderson and more, John Pierre is again teaching his signature bootcamp. This event was completely booked last year! John is also known as a Pioneer in Creating Brain-Building Classes which enhance cognitive fitness in people of all ages! Mahendra Trivedi represents the
mental and emotional side of health – and what a powerful side it is! Known as the Master of Transformation and Creator of the Trivedi Effect, he has an extraordinary gift and his energy transformations are even proven scientifically! The legendary Dr. John McDougall is an institution at our event and he will once again join us via skype live interview with his spirited account of dos
and don’ts in the medical profession and many astonishing scientific insights, such as: Carbohydrates are Vreat for Health and Weight Loss! Chef Stacey Dougan is an entrepreneurial mom on a mission! The owner of Simply Pure in Downtown Las Vegas successfully juggles her mama duties with running one of the best-loved eateries in town, feeding her signature raw and vegan delights to us hungry masses. Shane Stuart is well known for his Downtown Grass Roots Juice Bar where be blends up the most decadent juice concoctions in town, but this enterprising beau has a brand-new ace up his sleeve that will change the way Las Vegas does healthy–Panacea! Hear him at Health, Healing & Happiness to learn more… First-time speaker Vincenzo Granata is the charismatic Italian General Manager of Las Vegas’ finest Italian restaurant, Panevino. Granata is passionate about healthful plant-based nutrition and has the certificates from notable programs to prove it. Vincenzo will share his expertly insights about “The Challenge with Changing Eating Habits and how to cut through conventional wisdom to find true health!” The energetic Chef Mayra is gracing our stage again this year! Known as Dr. Flavor, Chef Mayra is creating an explosion of your taste buds with a fusion of flavors that can only be described as a “Taste of Heaven”. Make sure you catch her food demo with a sampling of food that is sure to raise your vibrations! Vanessa Chamberlin has the unique gift of pairing an elegant style, her passion for healthy plant-based foods, a quick wit and her beautiful vocals into an unforgettable experience as she shares her heart-touching story of finding self, a tale of hope, perseverance and her ultimate triumph over the adversities of life - every single time! New York-born Chef Donald Lemperle knows how to run award-winning restaurant Vegenation in Downtown Las Vegas! He has cooked in some of New York City’s finest restaurant kitchens, but after a diagnosis with cancer, he changed his lifestyle into a plant-based diet and with healthier eating, exercise, and a positive mindset he has his health back! Chef Keidi Awadu is an award22 Greater Las Vegas
winning raw food chef who branded his nutritionally dense cuisine as “Living Superfood” - and he will prove that dehydrated eggplant slices taste far better than any potato chip you ever popped in your mouth! “Food is Nature’s most perfect medicine and medicine never tasted like this before!”
Chocolate is widely known to be addictive, fattening, and bad for you, but what if there is ONE KIND of chocolate that can actually heal you and can make you feel great without the guilt? It’s called RAW chocolate…but before we spill the (cacao) beans, we let Raw Food Masters Anand and Chef Mason Green take the stage with their highly entertaining, educating and delectable RAWket Chocolate presentation! And all these amazing speakers are just a part of the event – there is more: Friday is social night with our event welcome reception at Tuscany Suites followed by an optional Social Mixer and RAWket Chocolate Frolic hosted by Anand and Chef Mason Green at the Vegas institution Pinball Hall of Fame! We have added additional yoga and fitness classes this year in a separate ballroom where you can stretch, breathe and exercise fir just a small add-on fee all day long! Our bustling holistic health expo with up to 80 vendors will showcase and sell the best products and services in natural health! Even better: you can be one of these vendors as we still have a few sponsor and vendor spots available! The best part: our health expo is FREE to attend for everyone!
How can you customize your event experience with a ticket that suits your needs? From a day pass for just $69 to an all inclusive premium access pass for $159 – we have many options for you: Day passes • Full Conference Passes Premium Passes with optional Lunch Buffet Yoga & Fitness Packages as bundles with speaker sessions Group Rates for groups of 3, 5 or 10 people for huge savings! Visit http://www.health-healing-happiness.com or call us to find out more: 702-772-9401. Like us on facebook and share with your friends that you are attending! Images within this article are by Emotions of Light photography in Henderson. For more information, call 702-762-3453, email Angel@EmotionsOfLight.com or visit EmotionsOfLight.com. We want to thank our wonderful sponsors this year:
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MUNCHIES Tasty Homemade Alternatives to Junk Food by Judith Fertig
lanning ahead is an effective key to healthy eating and weight management. Having healthy snacks available, both savory and naturally sweet, helps us to conquer cravings and avoid a sugar rush—or slump. Between-meal nutritious and delicious snacks can be easy to make. Plus, unlike commercial foods, we know their ingredients. Here, Natural Awakenings has tapped two plant-based whole foods experts and cookbook authors for their best snack recipes and tips. “Healthy happens when we’re prepared,” says Elise Museles, of Washington, D.C., the mother of two sons who writes at KaleAndChocolate.com/ blog and recently released Whole Food Energy: 200 All Natural Recipes to Help You Prepare, Refuel, and Recover. “Nutritious is delicious; healthy doesn’t have to be bland and boring.” she says. Nor does it take hours to make.
“I pick one day a week to do meal prep,” she explains. “After a visit to our Sunday farmers’ market, I work in the kitchen for a few hours so I’m ready to go on Monday and for the rest of the week.” Whenever hunger threatens to derail her from a whole-foods, nutrientdense diet, Museles is equipped with options like protein balls and carrot hummus. She’s also learned that having naturally sweet foods at hand helps divert cravings, realizing, “You just want a sweet thing more if you think you can’t have it. Plus, I think better when my blood sugar is stable.” Museles combines naturally sweet dried fruits such as goji berries and tropical coconut to make a handy snack mix. “Like blending smoothies, this basic trail mix can have many variations,” she says. She also suggests maintaining a well-stocked freezer. Museles freezes berries in season to pop in the blender
Natural Awakenings recommends using organic and non-GMO (genetically modified) ingredients whenever possible.
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for smoothies; pitted and peeled avocados to thaw and mash over gluten-free toast; and frozen banana slices to layer over nut butter. Canadian Ella Leché, a mother of two daughters best known for her website PureElla.com/blog, is the new author of Cut the Sugar, You’re Sweet Enough cookbook. She came to a plant-based lifestyle in 2008 after a whole foods diet helped her overcome a chronic illness. Her blog documents her journey to wellness—one healthy change at a time. Leché, a graphic designer and photographer in Mississauga, near Toronto, started an elimination diet four months after the birth of her first child, when she noticed puzzling symptoms. “I started to make small changes and slowly but surely, I began to recover,” she says. Today her diet is 90 percent vegan and gluten-free. “I had a sweet tooth, but I didn’t have the balance thing figured out,” Leché admits. Foregoing sugar was hard emotionally, even though her body had difficulties with sugar, which seemed correlated to frequent headaches and mood slumps. Slowly, she started emphasizing naturally sweet, pure foods like dates and fruits and found other ways to ease cravings. “Starting the day with a savory, healthy breakfast can cut sugar from your diet because the sweet taste on our tongue essentially sets the brain into craving sugar,” she says. Leché enjoys involving her children in making snacks like healthy turnip or kale chips. When she gets a hankering for something sweet, she chooses her special cranberry and chocolate protein balls, sweetened with dried fruit and bolstered with almonds and walnuts. They take minutes to make and keep in the refrigerator for a week or in the freezer for up to three months. Having easy-to-prepare, whole food snacks on hand keeps families happily snacking on quick bites and on track with healthy eating. “It’s not a diet, it’s a lifestyle,” says Museles. “If you like recipes that are good for you, it’s a sustainable lifestyle.” Judith Fertig is the author of the awardwinning Back in the Swing Cookbook and blogs at AlfrescoFoodAndLifestyle. blogspot.com from Overland Park, KS.
Natural Quick Snack Recipes 2 cloves garlic, peeled ¾ cup water Juice of ½ lemon 2 Tbsp nutritional yeast flakes ½ tsp sea salt Preheat the oven to 300° F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Make sure the kale leaves are thoroughly dry. Tear them into large pieces and place in a large bowl. Rinse and drain the cashews.
Turnip and Beet Chips Yields: Up to 4 servings 4 turnips, peeled 4 beets, peeled ¼ cup grapeseed oil or other neutral oil 1 tsp sea salt Preheat the oven to 325° F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Slice the turnips and beets using a mandolin and place in a large bowl. Drizzle the oil over the vegetables, sprinkle with the salt and toss to fully coat. Bake for 15 minutes, turning over chips halfway through the baking time. Then lower the temperature to 200° F and bake for another 5 to 10 minutes, until golden. Source: Cut the Sugar, You’re Sweet Enough, by Ella Leché
Raw Cheesy Kale Chips Yields: 2 servings Bunch of kale, stemmed 1 cup raw cashews, soaked in water for at least 2 hours ½ red or orange bell pepper
In a food processor, process the cashews, bell pepper, garlic, water, lemon juice, yeast flakes and salt until a smooth paste forms. Toss the kale leaves in the paste to fully coat, and then place them on the baking sheet in a single layer; don’t overlap any. Bake for 15 minutes, then flip the leaves and bake another 10 minutes. Remove from the oven and cool for 5 minutes before serving. Note: Alternatively, dehydrate the kale leaves in a food dehydrator for 8 hours on a high setting (no need to turn them over). Source: Cut the Sugar, You’re Sweet Enough, by Ella Leché
Raw CranberryChocolate Protein Balls Yields: 20 servings 1½ cups raw walnuts 1 cup raw pecans ½ cup naturally sweetened dried cranberries 5 Medjool dates, pitted ¼ cup raw cacao powder 1 to 2 Tbsp chocolate or vanilla protein powder 1 to 2 tsp water 1 tsp vanilla extract 4 drops liquid stevia Process all of the ingredients in a food processor until a dough forms. Turn off the processor, remove the blade and roll a teaspoon of the dough into a ball using the palms of the hands. Repeat with all the dough. Enjoy between meals or after a workout. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week, or in the freezer for up to three months. Source: Cut the Sugar, You’re Sweet Enough, by Ella Leché
Buff and Balanced Bodybuilders Turn to Yoga by Aimee Hughes
e don’t typically envision ironpumping bodybuilders also flowing and breathing through yoga postures, yet many are combining these complementary disciplines to realize huge benefits.
Nicolina Sandstedt, a yoga teacher trainer and anatomy expert with the Yandara Yoga Institute, in Baja, Mexico, observes, “The body awareness and alignment focus that the practice of yoga asanas [positions] offers helps bodybuilders find correct posture. Yoga also teaches elegance in transitions that improve competitive posing.” Peter Nielsen, a bodybuilder, yoga
practitioner and world-class fitness guru in Detroit, observes, “Most bodybuilders haven’t fine-tuned their presentation. They often grimace and look uncomfortable, with their veins popping out.” He points out, “Yoga helps teach bodybuilders how to slow down, breathe into each posture and ultimately win posing competitions because of the grace, elegance and body awareness that yoga provides.”
Joseph Grassadonia, bodybuilder, yoga enthusiast and founder of On Fitness magazine, in Kahuku, Hawaii, cites additional benefits: “Incorporating yoga into your workout routine improves your core, giving you overall body strength in
specific targeted muscle groups. It also increases flexibility, stability and mobility, allowing greater range of motion. Most importantly, it will keep you from being sidelined with injuries.” “Stretching a muscle can make it more aesthetically pleasing,” remarks Sandstedt. “In yoga, we often hold postures for a relatively long period of time, in a more isometric endurance workout, than the short, repetitive movements performed in bodybuilding. Bodybuilding develops fast-twitch muscle fibers for power and speed, while yoga develops slow-twitch muscle fibers for endurance. Both are important for tissues to stay healthy while building muscle mass.” Nielsen notes, “Bodybuilding makes me feel stronger; I look better and have loads of endurance. Yoga makes me feel more centered; it softens me so I can hear and surrender to what my body is telling me rather than me just telling it what to do.” Such listening is essential to preventing injuries that periodically plague bodybuilders. Slowing down into yoga’s present moment awareness teaches bodybuilders how to perform from a place of presence rather than on autopilot, which is when most injuries occur. “Yoga works all the muscles, even the smaller, intrinsic muscles often neglected in bodybuilding,” Sandstedt says. “In addition to facilitating healthy posture, these small muscles help support balanced joint alignment.” She explains that the explosive, repetitive movements used to build muscle mass in bodybuilding make the muscles less elastic, which also inhibits range of motion. Less elastic muscles may be more prone to injury, as daily activities require both strength and mobility.”
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Moves prana (life force energy) through- Expends energy, sometimes ending in out the body, boosting energy levels muscle fatigue and mental exhaustion and mental sharpness after a session
For bodybuilders that want to give yoga a shot, Nielsen advises trying a structured, 30-day yoga challenge. He sees how after the first month with his clients, the positive effects become apparent and most bodybuilders don’t want to go back to life before yoga. Sandstedt offers, “I advise newcomers to incorporate a light yoga routine into the beginning and end of each bodybuilding training session. Ending training sessions with a few yoga postures will help balance the body, bringing a sense of calm and equanimity to the workout experience.” “In my fitness career, I’ve found that yoga perfectly complements any strength training program as a form of stretching, flexibility and de-stressing,” says Nielsen. “Yoga focuses me, and helps me to isolate whatever muscle I choose. It helps me reach my fullest potential and simply makes me a better version of myself.” Aimee Hughes is a doctor of naturopathy and freelance writer in Kansas City, MO. Connect at ChezAimee@gmail.com.
Improves oxygenation of the circulatory system, providing energy and invigoration
Improves muscle oxygenation, which helps growth and repair functions
Tones muscles gradually
Builds muscle strength rapidly and enhances the toning aspect of yoga
Involves the body, mind and spirit
Primarily involves the physical body
Accessible to every age group
Not accessible for the very young and very old
Promotes body confidence through self-acceptance
Promotes body confidence through a fixed physical aesthetic
Prevents injuries through body awareness and helps heal injuries through WANT TO CONNECT yoga therapeutics
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or parents serving in the military, some of the biggest barriers to involvement are inevitable and often repeated deployments. Dads returning home often struggle to reestablish both their family role— which changed while they were away— and their relationships with children they haven’t seen for months and who may not even recognize them. Here are practical tips to counter any estrangement. Talk to your children before you leave and tell them, in age-appropriate terms, what’s happening and why. Record yourself reading a child’s favorite book and ask mom to play it every night. Their hearing your voice while you’re gone will make it easier for them to get used to having you home again. During deployment, communicate with home as much as possible by phone, Skype and email, taking into account time zone differences and military security. Don’t underestimate the power of snail mail. Little things—a dried leaf from a tree near the barracks, a film canister full of sand—let a child know Dad is thinking of them and provides tangible signs that he’s in a real place somewhere. Upon returning home, take it easy and don’t expect to be able to simply pick up where you were when you left. Everyone in the family has changed, and likely become stronger via the experience. Some things may never return to the predeployment normal, but the new normal can be just as good—or better. Source: The Military Father: A Handson Guide for Deployed Dads, by Armin Brott
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How to be the Father Kids Need by Armin Brott
merican fatherhood has evolved considerably in the last 50 years. While dads used to be kept out of the delivery room, today, more than 90 percent of new fathers are present for their children’s birth, reflected in MenCare Advocacy’s State of the Worlds’ Fathers. However, being there early on does not necessarily define the scope of future involvement. Overcoming obstacles that might keep men from being the “high-five” dads they and their family need them to be is key. Involved fathers benefit children. Most research on child development has focused on how mothers influence their children, but in recent decades, society has “discovered” fathers. In many studies, pioneering Psychologist Ross Parke, Ph.D., professor emeritus of University of California, Riverside, and others have conclusively shown that children of more-involved dads are better at solving puzzles, score higher on cognitive skills tests, do better in school, are more likely to go to college, are more empathetic, manage their emotions better, have fewer behavior problems, are less likely to suffer from depression or mental illness and are less likely to break laws or become teen parents. Fathering tip: Never miss an opportunity to change a diaper, play with the kids, read stories together or simply ask them about their day.
Equal workplace policies matter. The U.S. is the only economically advanced country that has no nationally mandated paid maternity leave policy and is absent a national paternity leave policy, paid or unpaid. When men don’t get time off to learn basic parenting skills, it’s harder for them to stay engaged later. In 1977, 41 percent of women and 35 percent of men in dual-earner couples reported work-family life conflicts. Today, the figures are 47 percent and 60 percent, respectively, according to the Families and Work Institute’s ongoing National Study of the Changing Workforce. Parenting tip: Advocate for national, paid parenting leave policies for men and women starting with local employers. It benefits both families and companies. Studies by Stanford University, the Families and Work Institute, Gallup, Inc. and others have found that companies with family-friendly benefits enjoy more loyal employees, better morale, lower turnover, fewer arbitrary sick days, higher levels of customer service and higher shareholder returns—all of which contribute to their bottom line. Both genders can be naturally nurturing. Certainly, women are biologically adapted for giving birth and breastfeeding, but Parke found that caring new dads typically cuddle, coo, giggle, rock and feed their babies just as much as new mothers. One hurdle men face is that they
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ick Steves, host of the long-running Public Television series Rick Steves’ Europe and Edmonds, Washington, bestselling author of 40 European travel books, encourages Americans to travel as “temporary locals”. Here’s some of his helpful advice. 4 Start by searching HomeExchange. com, HomeLink.org and IntervacHomeExchange.com for listings, tips and assistance.
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DITCH THE HOTEL Frugal Lodging Options from Airbnb to House Swapping by Avery Mack
ravel is changing as vacationers increasingly value unique experiences over standard tourist fare. In addition to the option of couch surfing (Tinyurl.com/CouchsurfingAdventure), more people are making the most of house rentals, swapping and sitting, plus various home stays via Airbnb (Airbnb. com). All expand options for affordable journeys tailored to their needs. Airbnb accommodations range from private studios to family-sized homey spaces, encompassing tiny houses, treehouses, geodesic domes, yurts, container cars, caves, lighthouses, working ranches, castles and luxury carriage houses. With 2 million listings for 34,000 cities in 190 countries, 600 million people have found their ideal getaway through the San Franciscobased company since it launched in 2008. Published feedback, including comment books at the rental sites, provides assurance for visitors. When hosts aren’t on the premises, they are available as needed by guests. Mary Bartnikowski, publisher
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in Kona, Hawaii. “We traded cars and joked that we even traded cats. We swapped three times before they moved to the mainland.” This summer, she’ll swap to be at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. Susan May, an established advocate of organ donation from Cartersville, Georgia, traded homes and cars to take her four teens to Europe. “We visited 13 countries, spending two weeks in Wales and three in Germany. We saw fireworks in Paris on Bastille Day and joined the Highland Games, in Scotland,” she says. “I want our family to be more than just tourists passing through Westernized hotels with no real contact with local folks. Exchanging homes is an ideal way for a family to travel inexpensively.” Housesitting fan and senior technical recruiter Rachel Burke, of Santa Monica, California, has stayed for free in London, Cape Cod and Palm Springs, California, using TrustedHouseSitters. com. “This way, homeowners can travel without leaving pets in a kennel while unpaid housesitters avoid hotel expenses and gain a chance to be a native in a different location,” she says. “Last year, I watched a five-story home in a London suburb while the owners visited Portugal for three weeks.” She shares shots of her favorite spots at Tinyurl. com/FunLondonPhotos. Burke combines housesitting with Airbnb by renting her apartment when she travels. “A couple of years ago, I paid $1,800 for a two-week trip to Thailand and charged $125 a night for my apartment, making my trip to Thailand free,” she relates. Burke lives near the Santa Monica Pier, Venice Beach and Hollywood, all prime destinations. With 50,000 listings in 150 countries, Homestay.com tweaks the Airbnb experience in that hosts are more involved in their guests’ local adventures. Cuba currently tops desired destinations for U.S. travelers, with most rentals in the capital, Havana, the nearby artistic enclave of Trinidad or rural Vinales. Many hosts arrange airport transfers, tours, visits to attractions, bicycle rentals, restaurant reservations and transportation to other Cuban locales. Hosts usually speak several languages, including English, and
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he Ringling Brothers Circus is heading back to Vegas, and local activists will be ready for them with a peaceful protest from June 16 through 19 to be the voice of the animals. Hours are 5:45 to 7 p.m., June 16 and 17; 9:45 to 11 a.m. and 5:45 to 7 p.m., June 18; and 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 3:45 to 5 p.m., June 19. Participants should wear sunscreen and bring lots of water to prepare for the heat. There will be have lots of signs to share, those that make their own should not use profanity. Remember that the elephants have already been retired. United Activists of Nevada is a community of Las Vegas locals making the world a better place for animals. Debora Toro says, “While there are many animals issues in our country and other jurisdictions, we must work together first and foremost to make our own city a better place for animals and end animal exploitation by using animals as entertainment. Join us for the cause of spreading awareness for animal rights and animal welfare. Become part of our community.” For more information, email N VA c t iv i s t sUnited@gmail. com or visit Facebook.com/ events/166715 3016884044.
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Hot Days Are Hard on Pets How to Prevent, Detect and Treat Heatstroke
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s outdoor temperatures heat up, pets may suffer from the effects of increased ambient temperatures. While problems such as squamous cell carcinoma and moist dermatitis (skin hot spots) increase along with temperatures and amount of sun exposure, the most serious heat-related health issue is heatstroke. Holistic vets recommend some simple, commonsense steps that will help and also possibly save a pet’s life. Heat stroke in both people and pets develops when core body temperature rises and stays above a certain level. In dogs and cats, the tipping point tends to be a body temperature higher than 106 degrees Fahrenheit. This can happen more quickly in overheated dogs and cats because they don’t have the ability to sweat in order to cool off like people do; this is due to a lack of eccrine sweat glands over most of their body surface. Panting can reduce body temperature, but is inefficient and easily overwhelmed if their temperature rises
quickly and a pet can’t remove itself from the surrounding warm environment. Dogs such as pugs and bulldogs that have a short, broad skull are especially at risk due to genetically impaired breathing structures; they can easily overheat even in mildly warm weather. Ferrets and rabbits are especially prone to heatstroke because they typically dwell in cooler temperatures. As a result, these small mammals do best when housed indoors rather than outside; outdoor time should be limited and supervised. Heatstroke in pets is usually easy to detect for a pet with a history of being in a hot environment from which it cannot escape to cool itself in shade or water or take a refreshing drink. Excess panting, dark red gums and a “hot feel” to the ears and hairless skin of the abdomen are clues. First-aid involves quickly cooling the animal and notifying the veterinarian that a pet suffering from heatstroke is on
the way. Wetting it will begin the process. Applying either ice packs or ice cubes in a plastic bag wrapped in a towel to avoid freezing the skin also helps. Recommended spots for the packs are on the back of the neck, armpits and groin, as these areas have large arteries and veins close to the surface. If possible, don’t spend much time on these actions, because getting the pet to the doctor quickly is the overriding goal. Administering homeopathic drops of arnica and hypericum via the mouth from a natural home first-aid kit while en route to the vet may assist healing. Treatment at the veterinary hospital involves continued cooling, including intravenous fluids and cool water enemas. Cooling the pet must be done quickly in order to restore enzyme systems to normal functioning. Hospitalization will likely be required to evaluate the patient for potential serious complications, including cardiac arrest, shock, septicemia, bloody diarrhea, and disseminated intravascular coagulation to ensure against a usually fatal disorder involving the pet’s blood-clotting mechanisms. With prompt assistance, most pets with heatstroke will recover, but treatment can be extensive and expensive. The most important aspect is initiating it early to prevent permanent organ and brain damage. Prevention is ideal and preferred over the need for treatment. Guard against leaving furred pets outdoors for extended periods of time during hot weather. Pets that must be outside need protection from the heat and sun in shaded areas with access to plenty of fresh cool water; provide several water bowls. Opinion is divided about whether longer-haired pets seem more comfortable and have fewer weather-related problems if their hair is cut short, but don’t cut it down to the skin, as that removes their protective coat and predisposes them to sunburn. A good rule of thumb is that if it’s too hot for the pet’s person, it’s too hot for the pet.
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Free Sack of All-Natural Produce Day – 8am-5pm. Jun 4, 11, 18, 25. Visit the local farm which caters to Las Vegas. Get a personal tour and learn about all-natural, pesticide-free food. Get a full sack of fresh produce for the first visit. Free. Meadow Valley CSA, 1012 E McKnight Ave, Moapa. MeadowValleyCSA.com. Experience A Flexible Reality – 11am-5pm. Non Local Consciousness Retro Causation (the ability to change the past), Zero Point Field Bending Time, Space Electromagnetic Fields, Noetics and more. Journey and learn to experience a flexible reality. $122. Enchanted Forest Reiki, 2280 South Jones Blvd, LV. 702-359-0848. EnchantedForestReiki.com.
MONDAY, JUNE 6
Kids Art and Yoga Camp – 3pm. Jun 6-10. Salty Summer Art and Yoga Camp. Yoga, fun, art and craft, halotherapy and meditation. Parents get free Salt Cave session during the classes (Reg. $35ea) - 1 week $125 / 2 weeks - $225. Salt Room LV, 1958 Village Center Cir, 7, LV. 702-228-7258. SaltRoomLV.com. Las Vegas Health and Fitness Chamber of Commerce Mastermind Group Meeting – 3pm. Chamber members only. Members are able to access the brain power of their peer members, while accelerating their growth as a business leader. This group is for members to share their knowledge and ideas in confidence. Complimentary. Egg Works Restaurant, 2025 Village Center Circle, LV. 702-4832970. VegasHealthFitnessChamber.com.
TUESDAY, JUNE 7
Seraphic Planetary Wash – 7pm. The planets of our solar system constantly emit a signal humanity needs to a greater or lesser degree depending upon one's personal astrology. Receive additional doses of such energies with the Wash. $5. Enchanted Forest Reiki, 2280 South Jones Blvd, LV. 702-359-0848. EnchantedForestReiki.com.
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 8
"Best Friends’ Day" Organic Tanning Party – 3:30-6:30pm. Celebrate with a friend and save. Chill and enjoy snacks and a drink. Be rewarded with a complimentary aromatherapy treatment and indulge in an organic tan. Leave relaxed and rejuvenated. Full body $29/with friend $25 each. Legs only $15/with friend $10 each. Oasis to Zen, 5715 W Alexander Rd, 140, LV. 702-491-6035. OasisToZen.com.
FRIDAY, JUNE 10
Copper Pyramid and Crystal Bowl Meditation and Energy Share – 7-9pm. Seeking relaxation and stress relief? Participate in a relaxing guided meditation, receive the benefits of beautiful Reiki energy, while crystal bowls play to lift vibrations. Everyone welcome, including healers to share. $10. Oasis to Zen, 5715 W Alexander Rd, 140, LV. 702491-6035. OasisToZen.com.
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Vocal Sound Healing Concert with Dr. Gwendolyn McClure – 7pm. A beautiful night to listen to a vocal concert of Earth-based healing songs from Dr. Gwendolyn McClure, Dr. Gwendolyn McClure was “star-seeded” with her work in June of 1990. $10. Enchanted Forest Reiki, 2280 South Jones Blvd, LV. 702-359-0848. EnchantedForestReiki.com.
SATURDAY, JUNE 11
Health, Healing and Happiness – 8am-6pm. Top speakers on nutrition, fitness, spirituality. Master chefs of plant-based cuisines. Holistic health expo. Friday, welcome reception. Yoga and fitness classes. Healthy vegan lunch buffet. Great raffle and giveaways. Vegan social mixer. $69-$159. Tuscany Suites, Las Vegas. Ina Mohan 702-772-9401. Health-HealingHappiness.com. Energy Healing: Master Level (includes Reiki 3) – 10am-4pm. Ready to master the skills of channeling universal life force and energy for greater health in body and mind? Learn: Reiki, Master; muscle testing; sacred cards and sounds. $199. The Healing Trinity, 7100 April Wind Ave, LV. 702-771-6900. TheHealingTrinity.com/event/energy-healing-masterlevel-includes-reiki-3/. Reiki I Degree Certif. Training – 2-8pm. Jun 11-12. No prior experience necessary. Be a powerful healer. Receive sacred initiation connecting to the Source. Protect oneself from negative energies. Administer powerful treatments to self and others. Eliminate unnecessary medical bills. $195. Student, senior discounts available. 3920 Amy Marie Ct, LV. 702659-2390. TransformVegas.com. Usui Reiki Level 1 Attunement, Instruction, and Certification – 3-7pm. Learn Reiki, receive level one attunements, certification, and lineage. Give and experience Reiki, practice how to protect and ground oneself and others. Enroll by June 8 for personally chosen Reiki infused stone. $150. Oasis to Zen, 5715 W Alexander Rd, 140, LV. 702-491-6035. Register at oasistozen.com/events/.
MONDAY, JUNE 13
Transform Emotional Eating – 11am-12:30pm. Learn how mental-emotional stress, fear, anger, depression, worries, affect health and weight. Learn solutions. Includes guided imagery for easy instant memorization. Satisfaction guaranteed or it's free. Package discount available. $13.50. 3920 Amy Marie Ct, LV. 702-659-2390. TransformVegas.com. Kids Art and Yoga Camp – 3pm. Jun 13-17. Salty Summer Art and Yoga Camp. Yoga, fun, art and craft, halotherapy and meditation. Parents get free Salt Cave session during the classes (Reg. $35ea) - 1 week $125 / 2 weeks - $225. Salt Room LV, 1958 Village Center Cir, 7, LV. 702-228-7258. SaltRoomLV.com.
TUESDAY, JUNE 14
Violin in the Salt Room – 10am. Soothing strings of Rebecca Sabine's violin in the Zen Himalayan Salt Cave. $35. Salt Room LV, 1958 Village Center Cir, 7, LV. 702-228-7258. SaltRoomLV.com. Interfaith Council Community Discussion – 12-1pm. Where religion, spirituality, and science talk. Be a part of the peace by learning about other faith traditions and sharing your own experiences. Discussion is moderated to ensure respectful dialog. Free. Baha'i Center7035 W Oakey Blvd, LV. 702-9006840. InterfaithSN.org.
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Got questions about crystals and healing stones? Get answers as we explore basic properties and uses of popular stones and crystals, drink Gemstone Elixirs, and create our very own Beginner's Stone Kit to take home. $24
June 14 • 7pm-9pm Oasis to Zen Wellness Center & Spa 5715 W Alexander Rd. Suite 140, Las Vegas
THURSDAY, JUNE 16
Violin in the Salt Room – 10am. Soothing strings of Rebecca Sabine's violin in the Zen Himalayan Salt Cave. $35. Salt Room LV, 1958 Village Center Cir, 7, LV. 702-228-7258. SaltRoomLV.com. Ringling Brothers Circus Protest – 5:45pm. People join one another to stand up against the cruel practice of animals being used in entertainment. Free. Thomas and Mack Center, 4505 S Maryland Pkwy, LV. Facebook.com/events/1667153016884044/. Trivedi Monthly Enhancement Webcast – 6pm. Learn about the extraordinary power of the Trivedi Effect. During live webcasts, receive a dynamic group energy transmission. Participants are given the opportunity to ask questions, share experiences, receive guidance. $100. Online. 877-493-4092. TrivediEffect.com. Usui Reiki Certification Plus Holy Fire Two Night Class – 6:30-9:30pm. 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. 702-359-0848. EnchantedForestReiki.com
SATURDAY, JUNE 18
ThetaHealing Rhythm for Finding Your Perfect Weight – 10am-4pm. Prerequisites: Basic DNA and Advance DNA. This method is designed to help find and remove the beliefs that stop one from releasing or gaining the weight for personal ideal sizes. $120. The Sacred Art of Healing, 2400 N Tenaya Way, LV. 702-324-2595. TheSacredArtOfHealing.com.
Summer Solstice Celebration – 3:30-7:30pm. Summer solstice marks Summer's first day, celebrated for its symbolic importance since ancient times. Ladies, through her story rituals, dancing, drumming and divinations, be introduced to the goddess in her many names. $30/advance. $35/door. Sophia Center for Goddess Study, 6034 W Smoke Ranch Road, LV. 702-489-7999. SophiaGoddessCenter.org.
SUNDAY, JUNE 19
ThetaHealing Plant Class – 9:30am-5:30pm. Prerequisites: Basic and Advance. Learn how this amazing species has evolved through time, how they communicate, their relationship with fairies. Work with the second plane of existence, blessing food and more. $200. The Sacred Art of Healing, 2400 N Tenaya Way, LV. 702-324-2595. TheSacredArtOfHealing.com.
MONDAY, JUNE 20
Importance of Alkalizing. EZ Weight Loss – 11am-12:30pm. Learn how and why to pH balance the fluids in the body. This info may save one’s life. Includes guided imagery for easy instant memorization. Satisfaction guaranteed or, it's free. Package discount available. $13.50. 3920 Amy Marie Ct, LV. 702-659-2390. TransformVegas.com.
TUESDAY, JUNE 21
Dr. Manjusha Vinjamury at Ayurveda Clinic, Wongu University Health Center – 9:30am7:30pm. Ayurveda consultation with Dr. Manjusha Vinjamury, MD (Ayurveda), MAOM, L.Ac. (CA). Ayurveda can help maintain health, Ayurveda services at Wongu University Health Center include wellness care, nutrition, lifestyle assessment and detoxification. First time consultation $120/revisit $100. Wongu University Health Center, 8630 S Eastern Ave, LV. 702-852-1280. Clinic.wonguuniversity.com.
FRIDAY, JUNE 24
Healing Vibrational Energy Shower – 7-9pm. Play instruments, embrace the inner child, release what no longer serves. This is a healing, interactive meditation, an experience not to be missed. Parents with their children will love this experience. $10 suggested love donation. Oasis to Zen, 5715 W Alexander Rd, 140, LV. 702-491-6035. OasisToZen.com.
SATURDAY, JUNE 25
Under the Crystals – 9:30am-5:30pm. Take an amazing journey in this awesome crystal layout class. Learn about crystals, creating a grid, and how to lead a session. Journey to past and future lives, remote viewing, and more. Certification upon completion. $200. The Sacred Art of Healing, 2400 N Tenaya Way, LV. 702-324-2595. TheSacredArtOfHealing.com.
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THURSDAY, JUNE 30
Usui Reiki II Certification Plus Holy Fire Two Night Class – 6:30-9:30pm. Jun 30, and Jul 1. 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. $200. Enchanted Forest Reiki, 2280 South Jones Blvd, LV. 702-359-0848. EnchantedForestReiki.com.
specialevent 'I Am' Holistic Living Conference and Expo
Come join Keynotes Mallika Chopra and Chris Beat Cancer along with a host of other experts in their fields for 2 full days of learning, answers for health and healing, and networking for incredible people! $125
June 26 • 8am-6pm Henderson Convention Center 200 S Water St Henderson, NV 702-335-9002 HolisticLivingEvents@gmail.com HolisticLivingEvents.com Monetize Your Nutrition Knowledge – Convert, Create, Automate – 8:30am-6pm. Jun 24-26. Learn how to apply a proven system to monetize nutrition knowledge. This is a hands-on training specific for one’s business. $197. SLS Las Vegas. MonetizeYourNutritionKnowledge.com/attendee.
MONDAY, JUNE 27
Science of Food Combining – 11am-12:30pm. Learn how to prevent or free oneself naturally of digestive disorders; lose or gain weight using these simple principles. A 30-min movie included. Satisfaction guaranteed or it's free. Discount package available. $13.50. 3920 Amy Marie Ct, LV. 702-6592390. TransformVegas.com.
TUESDAY, JUNE 28
Reiki and Aromashare Guided Meditation – 6:45-8:30pm. Feeling stressed, ready to release it all? This is an evening of relaxation and enlightenment, combining aromatherapy, powerful Reiki energy and guided meditation to open one’s mind, center one’s soul. $10. Oasis to Zen, 5715 W Alexander Rd, 140, LV. 702-491-6035. OasisToZen.com.
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 29
specialevent Crystal & Tibetan Bowl Meditation in the Salt Cave
Relax, sit back and close your eyes, while we take you through different corners of the universe and bring you back to earth under the soothing sounds of the Crystal and Tibetan bowls. $40
June 29 • 5pm Salt Room LV 1958 Village Center Cir., Ste7 Las Vegas 702-228-7258 SaltRoomLV.com
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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 . NaturallyOrganicCenter.com. Wongu University of Oriental Medicine – Graduate Program – 9:30am-5:30pm. The non-profit school offers a Master of Science Degree in Oriental Medicine. Coursework includes acupuncture, herbology, Taiji, moxibustion, Western medicine, practice management and more. Currently accepting applications. $180/didactic unit. $18/clinical hour. Wongu University of Oriental Medicine, 8620 S Eastern Ave, LV. 702-463-2122. Start@Wongu. org. Wongu.org.
sunday Kids' Art & Yoga Workshop – 12pm. Each class starts with yoga and leads into a an art lesson that allows for creative expression. Parents will enjoy FREE relaxing Halotherapy session in the Salt Cave while children are in class. $25. 1958 Village Center Cir, 7, LV. 702-228-7258. SaltRoomLV.com. 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. SophiaGoddessCenter.org.
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. Clinic.WonguUniversity.com. 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 Goddess Study, 6034 Smoke Ranch Rd, LV. 702489-7999. SophiaGoddessCenter.org. 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
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Colombiano Restaurant, 3650 S Jones Blvd, 2, LV. 702-483-2970. VegasHealthFitnessChamber.com.
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. 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. NaturallyOrganicCenter.com. 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. NaturallyOrganicCenter.com. 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. NaturallyOrganicCenter.com. 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. EnchantedForestReiki.com. 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. NaturallyOrganicCenter.com.
wednesday 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 . VegasHealthFitnessChamber.com.
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. SophiaGoddessCenter.org.
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. VegasHealthFitnessChamber.com. 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. SophiaGoddessCenter.org. 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. VegasHealthFitnessChamber.com. 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. Wongu.org. 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. NaturallyOrganicCenter.com.
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. NaturallyOrganicCenter. com. Your Spiritual Evolution – 12-2pm. Reiki Healing & Spiritual Mastermind Circle – 7-9pm. Reconnect to your heart and spiritual self. Jacqui is uniquely qualified to be your guide. Each class provides sacred lessons, meditation and healing energy. $39. 7100 April Wind Ave, LV. 702-7716900 http://www.thehealingtrinity.com/event/ your-spiritual-evolution/. Reiki Healing & Spiritual Mastermind Circle – 7-9pm. Open to the public. A life-changing two hour long inspirational evening in a safe relaxing atmosphere of unconditional love. Bring a friend, or meet one. On-going certification training available.
By donation. No one is turned away. Center for Spiritual Living, 1420 E Harmon Ave, Room 3, Second Floor, LV.
saturday Qigong and Tai Chi with Sifu JC – 9am-12pm. Qigong is a self-healing system that incorporates body, breath, visualizations and sounds. Tai Chi is a martial art that helps with posture, hand-eye coordination, self-defense and well being. 1171 S B u f f a l o D r, 11 0 , LV. 7 0 2 - 4 3 3 - 3 8 7 4 . NaturallyOrganicCenter.com. 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. SophiaGoddessCenter.org. 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. NaturallyOrganicCenter.com. Spiritual Experience Discussions – 6-7pm. Discuss spiritual experience of all faiths in a respectful and open environment. Free. 1171 S Buffalo Dr, 110, LV. 702-433-3874. NaturallyOrganicCenter.com.
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ANIMAL COMMUNICATION HEAR THEM SPEAK TELEPATHIC ANIMAL COMMUNICATION, COUNSELING & HEALING Babette de Jongh 251-424-4944 (call or text) HearThemSpeak.com
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BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT LV HEALTH FITNESS CHAMBER
Nicole Taylor Sharp, Dir. of Membership 702-539-4400 VegasHealthFitnessChamber.com 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 35.
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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 9.
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Dr. Margaret R. Colucci 2085 Village Center Cir, #110, LV 89134 702-880-5335 • RedRockChiropractic.com 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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Ready to infuse your business and/or career with more soul? ASA is designed to help you advance your business and/or career to the next level. Our workshops focus on the 5 pillars for building a successful and sustainable business with the soul of your team.
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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.
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VIOLETTE'S VEGAN ORGANIC EATERY & JUICE BAR
2375 E. Tropicana Ave, #295, LV 89119 702-660-8970 AVoice4Pets.org 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 35.
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UNIVERSITIES WONGU UNIVERSITY
8620 S Eastern Ave, LV 89123 702-463-2122 â€˘ Wongu.org Nevada State Board approved to offer a MS Degree in Oriental Medicine. Didactics with clinical training in acupuncture and herbology ensure competent practitioners. Step into a new career or expand your practice. See ad, page 33.
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WELLNESS CENTER NATURALLY ORGANIC HEALING CENTER
Central Summerlin! Charleston & Buffalo 1171 S. Buffalo Dr, Suite 110, LV 702-433-3874 NaturallyOrganicCenter.com N a t u r a l l y O rg a n i c i s Summerlin's BEST resource for all things health related. From classes, meditations, supplements, lectures and health programs, JUST WALK IN, we'll take it from there! Check out our website! See ad, page 23. See Golden Dragon Arts ad, page 11.
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Specializing in anxiety disorders, back care and womenâ€™s health. Wellness practices using traditional yoga fused with modern wellness and designed to meet the individual where they are, aiming to bring about balance and healing. See ad, page 26.
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A toxic chemical found in baked goods overrides iodine's ability to aid thyroid
Iodine-Depleted Soil Poor farming techniques have led to declined levels of iodine in soil
A Growing Epidemic Symptoms range from extreme fatigue and weight gain to depression, carpal tunnel syndrome, high blood pressure, fibrocystic breasts and skin and hair problems. This lack of essential iodine can also cause infertility, joint pain, heart disease and stroke. Low iodine levels also have been associated with breast and thyroid cancers; and in children, intellectual disability, deafness, attention deficient hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and impaired growth, according to studies by Boston University and the French National Academy of Medicine.
What to Do The easy solution is taking the right kind of iodine in the right dosage to rebalance thyroid function and restore health to the whole body.
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Proper iodine supplementation with a high-quality product like Natural Awakenings Detoxified Iodine can prevent harm by protecting the thyroid and other endocrine glands from radiation and restoring proper hormone production.
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Published on May 24, 2016
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