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rief counselors and therapists tend to agree that the act of memorializing a loved one is a vital and beneficial way to deal with feelings of grief and loss. Writing to you is my way of honoring my pets. I want to show you how honored and blessed I am to have animal companions in my life, but I also hope to support and help those who may be experiencing the same feelings of loss. In our April issue, I expressed my love for and loss of my little dog, Chiquita. Sadly, this month my Mushu transitioned from this world. With Chiquita leading the pack, Mushu was guided and welcomed by an amazing “animal contingency” as he crossed The Rainbow Bridge. As Chiquita commanded the most attention and enjoyed her reign as queen, Mushu stayed near us, usually under a bed, table or desk, and quietly held space for all of us. Throughout this issue you will see images of this sweet boy I call, "My Main Man Mushu". He was always happy.

You'll notice the blur of his tail in the images. Just a glance his direction caused his tail to respond with happiness. He loved everyone and everyone loved him. His spirit is gentle, kind and loving. In many ways, Mushu seemed just the same as a human baby. He had a way of looking into your soul, just as babies do when they study your face, emotions and energy. We tended to carry him as if he was a human baby, in the crook of the arm or over the shoulder. We did this because that's what he loved best. Though I knew the end was near, I didn't hold him enough. I always knew I'd regret not holding him more often. I apologized to him nearly every day for allowing myself to be distracted. I saw the above picture on PetFinder. com and immediately made an appointment to meet this beautiful Shih Tzu. Mushu was called Benjamin when we found him at the local SPCA. It was love at first sight. He was 7 years old when he became part of our family and we soon discovered that he loved to be wrapped up in blankets and was content to be

carried like a baby. We began calling him Mushu pancake… Despite the occasional defiant glance back and rapid trot down the street, he was a perfect gentleman. This pure bundle of happiness and love was such a gift. Even up to the last minutes of his time in this world, his tail was wagging and he even managed a few steps, showing us his happy, bouncing trot. Almost three years ago, he was diagnosed with degenerative myelopathy, a progressive disease of the spinal cord for which there is believed to be no treatment. It was discovered during a visit to Body Resonance Myofascial Wellness Center, in Las Vegas, when founder/owner Rowena Cua Whittier was treating him. She noticed that the bones around his sacrum were very sharp and protruding. At a veterinary visit, Mushu was given a prognosis of three to six months. I knew this wasn’t the “truth”; Mushu had too much life and such a joyful spirit and I had Rowena, my arsenal of knowledge. I am forever grateful for her guidance as she instructed me with proper “holds” and “stretches” to keep Mushu’s disease from rapid progression. Each night, Mushu did his unwinding with me at bedtime. Never one to snuggle, he stayed on the bed with me for a bit then asked to be put down into his own bed… Under my bed (I truly miss his snoring). He lived happily and productively far beyond his prognosis, and I’ve no doubt this was due to Myofascial Felease (MFR). Mushu loved MFR and, after unable to move naturally, learned to unwind his fascia with only my supporting him as assistance. I certainly didn’t awaken Monday morning thinking that Mushu would be leaving this world the same evening. But, true to form by being the usual sweet boy, Mushu let me know he needed help… this day he was beyond tired. I scheduled “the appointment” for the next day. I gave him a bath and

wrapped him in the usual beach towels. As we sat outside together, he just looked at me and sighed, as if saying, “Really? Do I really have to wait another day?” Every ounce of my being knew that this would be my final gesture of love to Mushu… he didn’t have to wait. I held my “little man” close as he was slowly sedated. His paw rested upon my chest and his head rested in the crook of my arm… his favorite position (exactly as I held him 3 years ago in the picture, bottom left). As he was given the final injection, we kept our blurry eyes and loving hearts connected. I watched his spirit leave his eyes as his soul soared up and out of his tired body. His heart had not yet stopped beating, but I said to the sweet doctor, “He’s gone. Did you see his beautiful spirit?” It was the ultimate honor to hold this precious being as his sole peacefully and respectfully departed this life. I’m at peace, knowing it was time for Mushu to leave, but his absence gives way to another burst of grief. In this moment, I feel as though I’m at my physical and emotional limit, so I gratefully turn to my faith, spirituality, family, friends and professional healers to help me avoid the manifestations of grief that occur on the physical, intellectual, emotional, social and spiritual levels. I’ll continue in this physical world knowing that Mushu is enveloped by pure love. Across the veil is Chaka, my people loving Norwegian Elkhound, with very much thes same temperament as Mushu. Chaka is curled around Mushu, holding him while his spirit rests until he is once again ready to trot along with joy, bounce and sass in his steps. Remember to hold your fur babies close to you,

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newsbriefs Organic Gardening Workshops

Stargate Opening in Las Vegas


he University of Nevada Cooperative Extension gardening monthly workshop Gardening in Small Places: Organic Gardening, will be held from 8 a.m. to noon, June 11. Angela O’Callaghan, a social horticulturist, will teach the principles of organic gardening and how they apply to the home gardener. Some people think organic gardening means using no pesticides at all, while others think it means using non-GMO seeds, but it is so much more. This class is for those interested in finding out what organic gardening really means to a home garden. Homeowners and other interested parties are welcome to attend. Upcoming Gardening in Small Places workshop dates include June 17, Organic Gardening; July 15, Soil; August 26, Tree Selection; and September 9, Using Native Plants. Cost is $10; limited to 25 people. Location: 8050 Paradise Rd., Las Vegas. Preregistration is required at

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ifu James Cox, of Naturally Organic, will be teaching foundational energy work training to heal self and others. From noon to 3 p.m., July 3, at Golden Dragon Arts. Qigong is a holistic art that seeks to balance mind and body for radiant health. Golden Dragon Arts School is Las Vegas’s first complete school of qigong, tai chi, herbs and nutrition training, meditation, reiki, intuitive development, leadership skills and more. The school offers one-, three- and five-year programs to become a spiritual warrior. Each program will take the student through an authentic system to train the body and mind, based on thousands of years of anecdotal evidence and modern Western science. Cost is $30. Location: 1171 S. Buffalo Dr., Ste. 110, Las Vegas. For more information, call 702-433-3874 or visit See ad, page 11.



high-powered workshop, Expand Your Extrasensory Abilities, hosted by Pleiadian Productions on June 14, will help people to discover and activate their 13th chakra system to connect to their illuminated higher self body of light. Starsinger uses sacred sound alchemy—a unique form of vocal toning and sound techniques. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and close at 7:30 p.m. (no late admittance); the ceremony lasts approximately 2.5 hours. The Stargate Openings will continue monthly in Las Vegas until August 4. Upon arrival guests will be smudged to release anything that is in their aura that needs to be cleaned out. Upon entering, belongings will be left at the door. Pictures are welcome only at the end of the ceremony. Participants should be prepared to meditate, chant, dance, laugh and have fun. Cost is $22; 14 and up, families welcome. Location: 1420 E. Harmon Ave., Las Vegas. For more information, email ReturnofthesStartTribes@gmail. com or visit See ad, page 15.

Huge Healthy Living Conference and Expo

he sixth annual Health Healing Happiness conference will take place from June 9 through 11 at the Tuscany Suites & Casino Florentine Ballroom, with 11 speakers, presentations discussing nutrition, fitness, spirituality and personal development. Renowned vegan chefs will offer presentations on nutrition, fitness, spirituality and personal development. At the free Holistic Health Expo, guests can attend a welcome reception and win raffle prizes, attend yoga and fitness classes, network and more. This is now the largest event in Nevada for nutrition and natural solutions for the whole body, mind and spirit. Natural Awakenings magazine and Whole Foods Market are top sponsors for HHH this year. The conference and expo provide products and services with unparalleled exposure to a wide range of people interested in moving their life and health to a new level. Cost is $69 to $129 for single-day passes; $109 to $189 for two-day passes. Location: 255 E. Flamingo Rd., Las Vegas. For more information, visit See ad, page 2. 8

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as Vegas Health & Fitness Chamber of Commerce is hosting the second annual Health & Fitness Expo from 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., July 12 at the Palace Station Hotel & Casino, expecting more than 500 business and consumer attendees and 60 exhibitors. The event offers great business networking opportunities, health and fitness vendors, health and fitness talks, an American Red Cross community blood drive and raffle prizes. The mission is to promote health, fitness, nutrition and wellness in one connected community for businesses and the general public in Las Vegas. Annual membership dues for the Las Vegas Health & Fitness Chamber of Commerce are $395. Register for complimentary admission at lvhealthchamberexpo2017.eventbrite. com. Location: 2411 W. Sahara Ave., Las Vegas. Chamber members and The Lead Team receive discounted rates. Exhibitor booth and sponsorship pricing is available at For more information, call 702-483-2970 or visit See ad, page 11.

Psychic Development Workshop with Dallisa Hocking


or the first time, psychic and medium Dallisa Hocking will offer an eight-week series, condensed to a one-day workshop from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., July 15 at Enchanted Forest Reiki Center, Spiritual Items ‘n More. The workshop is designed for those that want to open their third eye, gifts and intuition. Hocking will teach multiple techniques for ways to make a psychic connection stronger. Participants will practice with other attendees to receive and provide insight in a safe and supporting environment. Individuals of all skill levels are welcome to attend with an open mind and willingness to practice. Hocking is a clairvoyant, medium, certified Angel Card reader, spiritual coach and meditation teacher. She says she received her spiritual gifts from her grandmother Eloise and great-great grandmother, Bell. Enchanted Forest Reiki is a full holistic center offering reiki, shaman and other holistic energy healing methods, meditation and metaphysical classes, certification classes, as well as a beautiful gift shop. Location: 2280 S. Jones Blvd., Las Vegas. For more information, call 702-948-4999 or visit See ad, page 24.


Canine Bodywork & Aquatics Comes to Henderson


evada’s first warm-water therapy center for dogs, Canine Bodywork & Aquatics, LLC, is a wellness center specializing in the care and general well-being of dogs with swimming, floating, relaxation in the water, as well as massage in the water and on land. Reiki, acupressure and watsu restorative moves complement the pups’ time in the pool as owner and therapist Kathy Carr’s gentle compassion cradles them and seeks to communicate with them heart-to-heart. Aquatic fitness provides great conditioning, as the water’s buoyancy reduces any wear and tear on the joints. The heated water’s resistance increases the demand placed on the muscles as the dog propels its limbs through the water, building strength and having fun. Carr holds certifications in veterinary assistance, canine massage and acupressure, reiki, canine aquatic therapy, pet first-aid and CPR, as well as Spirits in Transition. She welcomes all dogs, from puppies learning to swim to athletes looking to cross-condition, overweight pooches looking to lose a few pounds or seniors that may be stiff and sore from arthritis. By appointment only. Location: 2563 Wigwam Pkwy., Henderson. For more information, call 702-743-1551 or visit

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here will be a one-of-a-kind, four-course, gourmet vegan Gala Dinner with the Stars from 7 to 9 p.m., June 9 following the welcome reception of the 2017 Health, Healing & Happiness (HHH) conference at Tuscany Suites & Casino. Celebrity chef Mayra will serve up the Verano Vegano experience in the presence of HHH keynote conference speakers. is presenting the Health, Healing & Happiness conference, which is now the largest event in Nevada for nutrition and natural solutions for the whole body, mind and spirit. World-class speakers, along with renowned vegan chefs will offer presentations about nutrition, fitness, spirituality and personal development. There will also be a Holistic Health Expo that is open to attendees and the public. Natural Awakenings magazine-Greater Las Vegas edition is the 2017 Platinum sponsor for the HHH, along with Gold Sponsors Whole Foods Markets and Vegan Health & Fitness magazine NS Silver Sponsor, Yoga Class and Bootcamp Sponsor, The Reset Project. For more information, visit and See ad, page 2. natural awakenings

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newsbriefs Magnificent Hands Center for Healing Expands


agnificent Hands Center for Healing has expanded into a true sanctuary of serenity for healing the mind, body and spirit at 2055 East Windmill Lane, Suite 155, in Las Vegas, near Windmill and I-215. The center offers singing bowl meditation, yoga class and workshops dedicated to help restore balance and upgrade your energy system. The center offers a wide variety of holistic services in a relaxed and comfortable setting created to improve overall well-being. Services include full body massage, CranioSacral Therapy, Crystal Light Therapy on the John of God Crystal Bed, amethyst crystal Biomat, reiki, advanced energy therapy and more. Intuitive readings and guided meditation are offered to gain valuable insight and awareness about a current situation or an important decision. The facility includes halotherapy sessions in a tranquil salt room constructed with a pink Himalayan salt wall. Clients can relax and unwind in comfortable, zero-gravity chairs while a fine mist of pharmaceutical salt is dispersed into the air by a state-of-the-art halogenerator.

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he Health, Healing and Happiness Conference (HHH) is hosting a healing workshop facilitated by Cheri Petroni, sound therapy and reiki master and founder of Oasis to Zen Wellness Center and Transformation Spa; and Stacey Hall, licensed spiritual healer, from 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m., June 10, at Tuscany Suites & Casino. Petroni and Hall created a collaborative blend of yin and yang to calm the spirit and feed the soul. This relaxing experience combines guided meditation, aromatherapy and sharing of reiki energy to soothe mind, body and spirit, and then goes deeper with a singing bowl serenade that will lift the soul’s vibrations. Anyone interested in balance, harmony and stress relief will benefit from attending this meditation, whether a first-timer or a seasoned meditator,” says Petroni. Visitors to the the Oasis to Zen Wellness Center booth will receive $5 off an Aromadome aromatherapy experience or personal reiki session for continued Zen and bliss. Similar workshops are available at Oasis to Zen Wellness Center and Transformation Spa, in Las Vegas. It is Petroni’s passionate mission is to help women refill, renew and restore from the inside-out through luxurious self-care spa treatments and deeper level nutrition and inner care mentorship through personalized services, wellness workshops and advanced wellness programs. Petronis states, “We are here to help women elevate, uplift and give to themselves first in order to give, create and achieve more in their own lives.” Oasis to Zen Wellness Center and Transformation Spa features advanced skin and body treatments, full-service waxing, holistic wellness, coaching and workshops. “We use world-class therapeutic grade essential oils and cutting-edge, luxurious, holistic, anti-aging face and body products and we pride ourselves in offering a healthy, non-toxic environment where you may rejuvenate the mind, body and spirit as you travel on your personal spa journey,” says Petroni. “The result of everything we do creates radiant beauty and health, giving women a confident, magnetic glow. Our clients are transformed into feeling uplifted and great about the way they look and feel from the inside-out.” Workshop cost: $25 for guests and $15 for registered conference attendees. Casino location: 225 E. Flamingo Rd., Las Vegas. Purchase tickets at Spa location: 5715 W. Alexander Rd., Ste. 140, Las Vegas. For more information, call 702-491-6035 or visit, See ad, back cover. 10

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t a young age in her native Philippines, Lany Orlanda provided support and help for families and individuals with challenges and created solutions for success. Little did she realize at the time, that those qualities would provide the expertise to develop strong, healthy communities. In efforts to build upon her passion for continuing education and managing businesses, Orlanda received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business with a local university in 1988. After supplying business development and marketing support for several community-based organizations, Orlanda relocated to Guam in the early 1990s to be an international account executive for Cimmaron International Corporation. Her responsibilities included managing communications, negotiations, engineering specifications and contract documents on significant projects up to $500 million. To further her career and participate in more business and individual development, Orlanda relocated to Las Vegas in 2002 to get involved in commercial and residential mortgage lending and personal financial planning. She enjoys working closely with corporations, entrepreneurs and individuals, advising them on the protection of assets and enhancement of family finances. “I have a working knowledge of business, but my passion is helping people in business. I consistently and persistently care about people. I’m rewarded when the same people care about me,” says Orlanda.


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Being recognized for her hard work and dedication to serving the Filipino-American (Fil-Am) community, Orlanda was selected Miss Filipina Las Vegas for 2013-2014. In this role, she represented the Las Vegas Chapter of the National Federation of Filipino American Associations (NaFFAA). She was then elected to serve on its board of directors, where she was actively involved as an agency representative in national affairs, creating dialogue and serving as a voice of the Fil-Am community. In March 2017, Orlanda was appointed executive director of the nonprofit Las Vegas Health & Fitness Chamber of Commerce (LVHFCoC) where she is responsible for the fiscal operations of the organization, including membership programs and events development, partnerships, sponsorships and healthcare advocacy. The LVHFCoC, was founded in 2013 by president and CEO Raymond C. Wilson, with a mission of developing a strong and healthy community. It is the first chamber of its kind in the U.S. focused exclusively on health, fitness, wellness and nutrition. “It’s important that we have a mutual interest with our members,” says Orlanda. “Through our mutual interests of health and fitness, we can best support each other.” The chamber membership base includes practitioners for traditional, alternative, holistic, homeopathic and naturopathic medicine. Orlanda is happy the chamber continues to grow and make significant and positive inroads into the health and wellness community. “I help members clarify their vision as a business owner,” she says. “We then take the vision to the next level by providing speaking opportunities, sharing experiences, introducing potential partnerships and assisting each one to make sure they take full advantage of every business growing opportunity; including assistance with management, goals and motivation.” With more than 20 years in business development and leadership experience, Orlanda has a passion for developing sales and marketing programs, resulting in higher levels of growth and profitability for companies and entrepreneurs. Exceeding her clients’ expectations is what she is most proud of ,and credits her team for the success. “There is no such thing as ‘alone’,” says Orlanda. Having served on several nonprofit, community-based boards, Orlanda encourages businesses and individuals to do their part in helping Las Vegas continue to be a great place to live, work and prosper. “To succeed, one must be persistent. You must love your persistency,” she says. “Persistency will keep you motivated. Always believe in karma. Knowing good karma comes from doing good, and you will remain motivated.” Location: 3651 Lindell Rd., Las Vegas. For LVHFCoC membership information, call 702-504-0321 or visit See ad, page 11.



Ginger Relieves Infected Root Canals

Vitamin D Helps Babies Grow Strong Bones and Muscle Vitalinka/


esearchers from McGill University, in Montreal, Canada, have discovered a connection between vitamin D supplementation during infancy and a healthier ratio of muscle and fat in toddlers. “We were very intrigued by the higher lean mass and the possibility that vitamin D can help infants to grow both healthy skeletons and amounts of muscle, yet less fat,” says Hope Weiler, one of the study’s authors and director of the Mary Emily Clinical Nutrition Research Unit at the university. The original 2013 study, which followed 132 infants given one of four different dosages of vitamin D daily during their first years, confirmed the connection with strong bones. The 2016 study used the same data to explore the impact of vitamin D supplementation on the toddlers’ body fat levels. The researchers found that children given more than 400 international units per day during the first year of life had an average of 450 less grams of body fat at age 3. They also found a correlation between the supplementation and lean muscle mass in the youngsters during their first three years.

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esearch from the University of Medical Sciences and Technology, in Khartoum, Sudan, tested the efficacy of ginger, cinnamon and a combination of both in reducing root canal infections. The study tested infections associated with 50 teeth involved in root canals. They were divided into five groups. One was treated with a paste of extract of ginger, another of cinnamon, and another with both of them. The final two groups were divided into a positive control group treated with calcium hydroxide with iodoform paste, and a negative control group was left untreated. The researchers recorded the number of colony forming units (CFU) of bacteria—individual bacteria units capable of growing into a colony— before and after the treatments. The extract of ginger group showed the most effectiveness, with a reduction from 83 CFUs to 26.5, suggesting that ginger may help treat or prevent root canal infections. The cinnamon group saw their status reduced slightly, to 77.8 CFUs, and the combination caused a decrease to 49.7.




Fresno County Superior Court Judge Kristi Kapetan has ruled that the state of California will require Monsanto to place a cancer warning label on the company’s Roundup weed killer. The ruling is the first of its kind in the U.S. and comes after a branch of the World Health Organization labeled the product’s primary ingredient, glyphosate, as a “probable human carcinogen.” Glyphosate, an odorless and tasteless toxin, has been manufactured by Monsanto for more than 40 years and sold in more than 160 countries. Monsanto will have one year to affix the warning label to all relevant products.

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Clarity for Expiration Dates on Food


Many Americans have been confused by the “Sell By” labels on groceries for 40 years. Now, the Food Marketing Institute and the Grocery Manufacturers Association, the two largest industry trade groups, are adopting voluntary standardized regulations to clarify. Instead of using up to 10 different phrases to communicate safety, they have settled on just two: “Use By”, a safety designation to indicate when perishable foods are no longer good; and “Best if Used By”, an estimate of when the manufacturer thinks the product should be consumed for peak flavor. Studies show that consumers generally believe the current labels all signal whether a product is safe to eat, and that it will still be okay well after its socalled expiration date. At the same time, prematurely tossed groceries dominate landfills and produce greenhouse gas emissions. The U.S. Department of Agriculture and a coalition of environmental groups have been urging the industry to clear this up. The change is scheduled to take hold in July 2018.

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Vegetarian Protein Options on the Rise


Last year, the United Nations International Year of Pulses recognized dry peas, lentils and chickpeas because they are affordable, nutritious and have a low eco-footprint. New, innovative, plant-based proteins will extend the options. The Journal of Hunger & Environmental Nutrition reported that vegetarians can save at least $750 annually over meat eaters by reducing or replacing consumption of animal products and switching to sources that adhere to higher animal welfare standards. The Impossible Burger simulates the sizzle, the smell and the juicy first bite of the real thing to rave reviews. The similar Beyond Burger is a hit at Whole Foods Markets. Tyson Foods is investing in the protein alternative company, Beyond Meat, and launching a $150 million venture capital fund to support plantbased foods. Some large German meat producers are also seeking to diversify with plant-based versions of traditional meaty favorites.


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Driverless Cars Promise Safety and Savings Hyundai demonstrated its Ioniq autonomous, or driverless, hybrid car concept at the 2017 Consumer Electronics Show, demonstrating that such vehicles— equipped with sophisticated sensors, GPS and computers—could be for sale within five to seven years. Safety is paramount. Estimates for the U.S., based on a 2013 Eco Center for Transportation study, projected that if 90 percent of vehicles were autonomous, the number of driving-related deaths would plummet from an annual 32,400 to approximately 11,300. “Drivers are excited that driverless cars will offer 90 percent fewer U.S. traffic accidents, 40 percent lower insurance costs, the end of drunk driving accidents and newfound freedom for seniors and people with disabilities,” says Gary Shapiro, president and CEO of the Consumer Technology Association. Its 2016 report Self-Driving Vehicles: Consumer Sentiments found that nearly 75 percent of consumers surveyed like the proffered benefits. In Driverless, authors Hod Lipson and Melba Kurman highlight significant ecological benefits, including McKinsey research findings that driverless cars will yield up to 20 percent fuel savings, and a corresponding reduction in carbon dioxide emissions. Their smoother driving also extends a vehicle’s life. Ford intends to deliver a fully autonomous vehicle for ride sharing in 2021, according to Mark Fields, Ford Motor Company president and CEO. Companies such as Uber and Lyft already are testing driverless vehicles in pilot cities.

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Under the Obama administration, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) found in its first rigorous nationwide analysis of the effects of pesticides on endangered species, that 97 percent of the 1,800-plus animals and plants protected under the Endangered Species Act are likely to be harmed by malathion and chlorpyrifos, two commonly used pesticides; another 78 percent are likely to be hurt by another, diazinon. But now the new EPA administration under President Trump has declined to ban chloripyrifos; the decision may be challenged in court. All three pesticides are organophosphates widely used on crops such as corn, watermelon and wheat. Last year, the World Health Organization announced that malathion and diazinon are probable carcinogens. Based on the EPA’s conclusions, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Marine Fisheries Service will issue biological opinions to identify mitigation measures and changes to pesticide use to ensure that targeted products will no longer potentially harm any endangered species. As part of a legal settlement with the Center for Biological Diversity, the biological opinions are due by December.

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An amendment to a law that governs the cosmetology industry in Illinois recognizes that the relationship between hairdressers and their customers may help curb domestic abuse and sexual assault. Salon workers are required to take one hour of training every two years to know the signs and provide resources to help clients. Without the training, cosmetologists, hairstylists, nail technicians and aestheticians will not be able to renew their licenses. Angela Smith, a Chicago hairstylist, has heard many whispers of mistreatment by spouses or partners, of being choked, chased or emotionally abused. “Everybody doesn’t talk, but once you build a relationship, it comes up,” she says. The law does not require salon workers to act on their suspicions, but helps them to recognize warning signs and be equipped to pass along helpful information. Available support includes hotlines, safe houses, restraining orders and access to legal professionals. For more information, visit

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etting off the couch and just moving may help slow the aging process in women that do not lead active lifestyles. Researchers from the University of California at San Diego measured the telomere lengths of white blood cells in 1,481 women between the ages of 64 and 95. Telomere lengths are a measure of aging within genes. After adjusting for other health and lifestyle factors, the researchers found that the women with less physical activity had shorter telomere lengths than those with more active lifestyles.

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treated in emergency rooms for misusing prescription opioids, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

A majority of Americans feel pain on a daily basis.

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Such statistics expose the magnitude of the problem of chronic pain. “It’s daunting, but there are many natural ways to address it that are inexpensive, effective and with what I call side benefits rather than negative side effects,” says Dr. Jacob Teitelbaum, of Kona, Hawaii, author of the smartphone app Cures A-Z. Complementary, integrative or functional medicine, all names for a holistic approach to health care, offer a comforting wealth of gentle ways to address chronic pain, most of which the vast majority of conventional medical doctors are unaware, says Daniel Cherkin, Ph.D., senior investigator emeritus with the Group Health Research Institute, at the University of Washington, in Seattle.

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ccording to the National Center for Health Statistics, 25 percent of Americans, or 76.2 million, are suffering from pain that lasts more than 24 hours at this very moment: Ouch! Lower back pain alone keeps Americans from going to work a total of 149 million days each year, costing the U.S. economy $100 to $200 billion, reports the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Other common types of chronic pain affect musculoskeletal tissues, knees, hips or the neck. Migraines and severe headaches plague 16.6 percent of adults over 18, per a National Health and Nutrition Survey. Neurological discomfort can reach as high as 12.4 percent, estimates a study from the Mayo Clinic, in Rochester, Minnesota. Even visceral or organ pain associated with heart disease, cancer and pelvic diseases occur in at least 20 percent of the global population, according


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“Effective natural treatments include yoga, acupuncture, chiropractic, meditation, lifestyle changes and exercise,” notes Cherkin. “But since they’re not in most doctors’ medical training or learned repertoire for pain relief, patients aren’t Watch Out for Opioids Unfortunately, conventional medicine offered the opportunity to try them.” often has little to offer most pain patients. Even for something as pervasive as back What Helps Relieve Pain pain, surgery and steroid injections are Here are just some of the many natural usually an unsatisfactory first line of and affordable forms of pain relief. defense, having mixed results at best, seconded by prescriptions for addictive   Try the Yass method: Mitchell Yass, opioid painkillers. Ph.D., of St. John’s, Florida, author of The   Dr. Nora D. Vokov, director of the Pain Cure Rx, is busting the myth that National Institute of Drug Abuse, told musculoskeletal pain is often caused by the U.S. Senate Caucus on International osteoarthritis. “Arthritis or joint deterioNarcotics Control in 2014 that there ration is rarely the cause of joint pain,” were an estimated 2.1 million people in says Yass. He points out that 90 percent the U.S. suffering from substance abuse of people over 60 have herniated discs, disorders related to prescription opioid but no associated pain. pain relievers in 2012. The problem is   Yass treats patients based on his worsening. Every day, 1,000 people are observation that in up to 98 percent of to the International Association for the Study of Pain, in Seattle.   If chronic pain is affecting you, you feel it and want relief—right now.


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the cases he sees, weak muscles are the underlying cause of joint pain, and strengthening them provides relief. He says his prescribed exercises are usually effective in days or a few weeks. “Pain is an indication of tissue in distress. For example, pain in the shoulder area is often an impingement of the bicep,” he says. His prescription is strengthening exercises using hand weights for the trapezoid, tricep and serratus anterior muscles. His book suggests a detailed self-diagnosis program and the necessary exercises to strengthen muscles and relieve joint pain (more at Tinyurl. com/YassIntroInfo).


Address underlying trauma: Osteopath Maud Nerman, of Novato, California, author of Healing Pain and Injury, has broad experience in treating neurological problems and brain injuries and often focuses on physical and emotional trauma as an underlying cause of chronic pain. She explains that the autonomic nervous system that directs unconscious body functions like breathing, digestion and heartbeat is interrupted by such trauma. “Trauma literally shocks the nervous system,” she says. “The body cannot turn off the ‘fight-or-flight’ reaction, causing a firestorm of inflammation that can lead to a variety of serious diseases, overwhelming the body’s ability to manage its own healing.” Her work has showed how readjusting the body, restoring breathing and reactivating the autonomic nervous system can provide relief in short order.

Consider lifestyle, diet and supplements: “Pain is like the ‘check

oil’ light on a car’s dashboard. It signals that something needs attention,” says Teitelbaum, author of Pain Free 1-2-3. “If the oil light goes on, putting a Band-Aid over it or smashing it with a hammer won’t help.” Teitelbaum recommends an energy optimization approach he dubs SHINE that addresses underlying causes of chronic pain that has worked for 91 percent of the people he’s treated for fibromyalgia and muscle pain. Sleep—Eight to nine hours a night helps replenish energy and heal muscles.

Hormones —Treat hormone imbalances even if lab tests are “normal”.

Tap for Relief: Also known as the Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), Tapping Solutions founder Nick Ortner, of Newtown, Connecticut, says “Tapping sends a calming signal to the amygdala in the brain, turning off the fight or flight stress response and allowing the body to heal.” The physical tapping opens up the body’s energy meridians and allows them to relax so the natural healing process can take place, Ortner explains. EFT combines tapping on specific body points while repeating appropriate affirmative statements such as: “Even though I have this [pain], I love, accept and forgive myself.” He recalls a woman that arrived at a seminar he led with a toothache that had lasted for years. Doctors had done X-rays, seen an infection and prescribed antibiotics to no good effect. He asked her if she recalled when the pain began; without hesitation, she answered, “When my mother passed away unexpectedly.” “So we started working together and the pain reduced significantly right away and eventually disappeared completely,” says Ortner. A follow-up with her dentist showed no sign of the former problem. Up to now, the EFT research is positive. One study from the Energy Medicine University, in Mill Valley, California, found it helped people with chronic pain

Immunity —Dysfunctional immune systems and persistent infections can lead to chronic pain.

Nutrition —In Teitelbaum’s studies, optimizing nutritional support, especially B vitamins, vitamin D, ribose, coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) and magnesium, was helpful. A healthy, high protein, low sugar diet is effectively complemented by a variety of herbs and nutrients, primarily curcumin, boswellia, willow bark and fish oil, nutrients that widespread studies show stop pain better than pharmaceuticals. He’s also a strong proponent of eliminating sugar entirely because it causes inflammation.

Exercise—Daily exercise speeds the

healing process and after 10 weeks following the first four SHINE steps, will increase the capacity to exercise.

For migraines, Teitelbaum advocates vitamin B2 (riboflavin). Numerous studies support the effectiveness of dosages of 400 milligrams per day to prevent migraines. After just six weeks of use, a German study published in the European Journal of Neurology shows thats taking a daily riboflavin supplement cut the number of migraine days in half for participants and significantly reduced the amount of migraine medication needed.

Yogic Breathing Brings Relief


lternate nostril breathing, or Nadi Shodhana, is an ancient yogic breathing practice that calms the mind and helps balance the nervous system. This technique can be used by anyone and is beneficial for those that experience chronic pain caused by physical or emotional trauma. Here’s a basic practice: n With the tips of the index and middle fingers resting between the eyebrows, gently press the right nostril closed with the right thumb. n Inhale through the left nostril to the count of four. n Use the ring and little fingers to gently close the left nostril and then release the right nostril. n Exhale through the right nostril to a count of four. n Repeat on the other side, beginning with an inhale through the right nostril. n Continue for at least three minutes, alternating sides throughout. Remember to always inhale through the same nostril you just exhaled through. natural awakenings

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(some coping with severe fatigue and fibromyalgia) feel physically and emotionally better in as little as a month; another from the Foundation for Epigenetic Medicine, in Santa Rosa, California, showed substantially reduced trauma in institutionalized abused teenagers after just one EFT session. Meditation vs. Medication: Meditation may not resolve the underlying cause of chronic pain, but research from the University of Alabama demonstrates it can interrupt pain signals to the brain. It’s at least as effective as opioid painkillers in relieving chronic pain, according to a study led by Cherkin at the University of Washington. His team’s 342 subjects that had experienced back pain weekly for at least a year were offered either eight meditation and yoga classes, eight cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) sessions or just keeping up their own regular daily routines that did not include yoga and meditation. The results, recently published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, confirm what numerous other studies have reported: 44 percent experienced a “meaningful reduction” in pain within six months of the meditation or CBT sessions, equal to results reported by people taking addictive opioid pharmaceuticals. More, the pain relief continued for up to two years, even if the subjects stopped doing actual sitting meditation. “Meditation changes the way people think about pain and how they develop skills to keep it from becoming a major focus in their lives,” observes Cherkin. Regardless of the mechanism, experts in a holistic approach to chronic pain relief agree that encouraging selfcontrol, self-determination and self-empowerment makes a huge difference in patients’ abilities to control pain more naturally and effectively. Kathleen Barnes is author of numerous natural health books, including Our Toxic World: A Survivor’s Guide. Connect at

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Fascia Safety with Myofascial Release by Rowena Cua Whittier


ascia and Myofascial Release (MFR) have been a buzz topic lately. There are certain self-treatment tools that MFR therapists deem safe and effective in teaching clients to use to maintain healthy fascia, such as a 4" ball. There are complaints about forced treatment tools that aggressively force the fascia to be torn, “like scrubbing on a washboard.” These tools are harmful and dangerous because they can damage the three dimensional web of fascia. Tools that are instructed to be used with aggressive and forceful nature can bruise the body causing the body to be traumatized. This trauma can disrupt the balance and equilibrium of the body. Fascia is tough connective tissue that is made up of collagen, elastic and ground substance. It runs from head to toe and its significance is often overlooked; it resembles an uninterrupted, three dimensional web that surrounds every organ, muscle, nerve, blood vessel and cell of the entire body, thus allowing the body to retain its current form without collapsing. Under normal circumstances, it should allow for motion to occur fluidly at each joint in the body. The body’s fascia tends to solidify with inflammation, disease, any emotional or physical trauma such as having a fall, being involved in a motor vehicle accident, giving birth or undergoing any surgical procedure. The aforementioned can create restrictions that may produce tensile pressures of approximately 2,000 pounds per square inch like a “straightjacket” on pain sensitive structures that Fascia or Connective Tissue is do not show up in standard tests the structure that connects all such as X-rays, MRIs, CAT scans other tissues in the body, like a or EMGs. gigantic 3D spider web. The adverse side effects of

torn fascia is concerning because when ing patterns. Usually, this process lasts the fascial system is being forced, the around 48 hours, but can go on longer. body will go into a protective mechaThis is the body’s way of bringing awarenism. This protection will cause the ness into what you are actually dealing body to brace and undergo the flight with daily, including things that you or fight response. This response, if subconsciously tune out and choose not John F. Barnes untreated over time can cause many to feel. This is also when receiving MFR Myofascial Release symptoms of pain and other serious can be very beneficial to help the body medical conditions. Long term use heal further and go through the healing ® Approach of these forceful tools are not fully or crisis safely. At times, it may feel like you approved self-care tools adequately researched and the list are taking two steps forward and one of claims reporting resulting medical step back, but this is, indeed, part of the conditions is growing. necessary healing process. “Healing is When the fascia is manipulated incorrectly by force or not an event, it’s a process”, says John F. Barnes. It can be frightening when your body goes into a healing damaged by self-treatment tools that are not recommended by a trained professional, toxins are released from tissues, primar- crisis. Always remember that authentic Myofasical Release is ily muscle, fascia and adipose at an unsafe rate and enter the never injurious. It is important to use the self-treatment techniques bloodstream too quickly. This sudden and unsafe rate of increase recommended by your myofascial release therapist. A regular in blood toxicity will cause reactions and symptoms such as blunt self-treatment program combined with your therapy sessions will force trauma, blood clots, bruising, hormonal changes, chest pain, help progress your healing process. Spending quiet time is also elevated cortisol, inflammation, fatigue, weight gain, headaches essential to bringing awareness into your body. Sink deeper into for days, emotional imbalances, skin staining and many other seri- whatever feelings come up. Let yourself feel your symptoms fully ous medical conditions. The “detox’ that’s being felt or released and get in touch with what lies beneath. It’s also your body’s way is not a healthy “healing crisis” and can cause the body to be in of communicating with you. On the subconscious level, you are experiencing pent-up chaos and on overload. Detoxification occurs when the body tries to eliminate toxins at a faster rate than they can be disposed. traumas 24/7, like a broken record. In the safety of the therapeutic The more toxic one’s bodily systems are, the more severe the environment it is better to feel intense therapeutic pain or fear for a short period of time than to spend the rest of your life copdetoxification experience. The John F. Barnes approach ing with it. Coping is a losing battle because the subconscious of Myofascial Release is a gentle, is controlling you by constantly bracing against the unresolved yet very effective hands-on tech- trauma which then solidifies “the goo” of the fascial system. This nique that involves sustained solidification can cause stiffness, decrease range of motion and, pressures lasting two to five over time, many other symptoms involved with “disease”. Pain minutes or longer without oils or is the body’s way of getting your attention so you can either stop lotions into the body’s connective and be aware of what your body does not like. It is a signal to tissue or “fascia,” promoting a slow down and rest. These are signals that epetitive stress is not more healthful mind-body aware- conducive to your lifestyle, and changes need to occur. Myofascial release never injures or (re)traumatizes. Myofasness. MFR involves the stretching or elongation of the body’s tissues, cial release allows for the discovery of unresolved physical and Fascia extends from head to allowing for restrictions to open, emotion trauma. The mind and body then process this information toe and front to back in a through the conscious mind completing what was a fragmented continuous sheath of tissue. for the elimination of pain and for experience allowing for resolution. Myofascial release allows for restoration of motion. When the body goes through a safe healing crisis, you may healing on its deepest level. A reputable and trained therapist will not overlook the efactually feel worse before you feel better. This occurs as you begin to release into the deeper layers of restrictions. Not only can the fect that the consciousness has on the healing process. The MFR symptoms intensify, but other sensations or emotions may come philosophy is to look at the entire being, not solely focus on the to the surface. This reaction signifies that the bodywork received is location of the symptoms. A trained and authentic myofascial working and that the body is going through the process of healing release therapist will focus on finding the root of the problem and releasing past injuries and traumas held by the body. Healing and facilitate true healing in their patients. crisis, although not always pleasant, are necessary for the body Rowena Cua Whittier is a Licensed Massage during its processing andreorganization period. Tissue memory from the fascial system can be released dur- Therapist, DONA trained Doula specializing in ing myofascial release treatments and the healing crisis. Tissue John F. 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ne in three people will develop shingles (Herpes zoster) during their lifetime. Although the painful skin eruptions last only a few weeks, chronic pain can persist for several months and seriously impair quality of life long after the red rash marks disappear.   Also concerning is that the rate of shingles is on the rise, according to a multidisciplinary review of relevant literature by PLOS, a nonprofit openaccess science publisher. The cause may be widespread use of the chickenpox vaccine. A decade-long Australian study published in the Medical Journal of Australia showed that as its use rose, so did the incidence of shingles.   Shingles is acknowledged as being far more serious than chicken pox. Dr. Joseph Mercola, founder of the healthcare website, reports shingles can also lead to neuropathy, meningitis, hearing loss and blindness.   Fortunately, there are six safe and effective drug- and vaccine-free ways to

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prevent shingles or ease symptoms. Vitamin C Therapy: According to Dr. Thomas E. Levy, vitamin C has been successfully used in treating shingles’ skin rash and blisters. In one study by Dr. Frederick Klenner, eight such patients received 2,000 to 3,000 milligrams (mg) of vitamin C by injection every 12 hours, supplemented by 1,000 mg in fruit juice every two hours. Seven reported complete pain relief within two hours of the first of five to seven injections.   As early as the mid-20th century, a study by Dr. Mohammed Zureick of 327 shingles patients demonstrated that vitamin C injections effected complete resolution of the outbreaks in all of them within 72 hours.   Fruits and Vegetables: Diets low in micronutrients including vitamins, minerals and antioxidants can increase the risk by depressing the immune system.



In a British community-based study published in the International Journal of Epidemiology, researchers followed 243 shingles patients in 22 general practices in London with a control group of 483 individuals with no history of the ailment. Those eating less than one piece of fruit a week had more than three times the risk of herpes zoster versus those eating more than three a day. The same pattern occurred when they looked at combined fruit and vegetable intake.    Capsaicin: Postherpetic neuralgia is a complication of shingles that can last long after initial symptoms disappear. Topical capsaicin, the spicy compound in hot peppers, may be an effective treatment.    In a double-blind study published i n t h e Jo u r n a l o f t h e A m e r i c a n Academy of Dermatology, 32 elderly patients with chronic postherpetic neuralgia were treated with either capsaicin cream or a placebo. After six weeks, almost 80 percent of capsaicin-treated patients experienced relief. The researchers noted that because capsaicin avoids problems with drug interactions and systemic toxicity, it should be considered a first choice in management. A study of 143 Canadian patients in Clinical Therapeutics yielded similar results. Then, in a two-year followup of 77 of the patients, 86 percent showed continued benefits from the single six-week trial with no serious adverse effects.    Acupuncture: In a Chinese study of acute shingles cases in the journal Zhongguo Zhen Jiu, 72 patients were randomly divided into two groups. One received acupuncture around the margins of the outbreak. The others received acupuncture plus moxibustion—a traditional Chinese therapy that burns dried mugwort near the skin—of the area around the needling. The acupuncture group had a relief rate of 85.3 percent, with the cessation of herpes eruptions, quicker scab healing and reduced residual neuralgia. Moxibustion-treated patients were cured within three days with a rate of 97.4 percent. 




Tai Chi: A study in the Journal of the American Geriatric Society found that tai chi boosts immunity to the varicella zoster virus. In a randomized trial of 112 healthy adults, one group did tai chi for 25 weeks while another received health education. After 16 weeks all were vaccinated with VARIVAX, the live, attenuated Oka/Merck varicella zoster virus vaccine. Results showed the tai chi group had nearly twice the levels of cell-mediated immunity to the virus compared to the control group; tai chi alone increased immunity about as much as the shingles vaccine plus yielded significant improvements in physical functioning, bodily pain, vitality and mental health. In a University of California-Los Angeles study, 36 men and women over 60 were assigned either to a tai chi or control group. For 15 weeks, the tai chi practitioners received three, 45-minute instruction classes a week; their cell-mediated immunity to the varicella zoster virus rose 50 percent plus they experienced significant improvements in physical functioning.   Light Therapy: In a study published in Photodermatology, Photoimmunology & Photomedicine, 25 patients with severe pain in the first week of zoster rash were divided into a prevention group (receiving the drug acyclovir for 10 days, plus UVB light therapy three times a week until pain relief was reached or a maximum of 15 sessions); a control group received just the drug. After one month, 58.3 percent of the light therapy patients were pain-free, compared to 38.5 percent of the drug group. At three months, the ratios rose to 83.3 percent versus 53.8. The researchers concluded that UVB phototherapy in the acute stage of shingles might reduce the incidence and severity of lingering neuralgia.   Margie King was a corporate attorney for 20 years before becoming a health writer in Lower Gwynedd, PA. Connect at


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Two fun ways to use tennis courts for fitness are showing big increases in popularity.

Meet the New “Pickleball” You may not have heard of it yet, but pickleball is a mixture of tennis, squash and table tennis, and it’s one of the fastestgrowing sports in the country. The USA Pickleball Association (USAPA) at estimates that 2.5 million players are active now, with the number expected to multiply to 8 million by next year. Regulation tennis courts especially marked for pickleball facilitate its smaller, 20-by-44-foot playing area. The need for less running about appeals to older players and others, as does the distinctive thud when the hard paddle hits the plastic ball. (Sample video at PickleballShot.) Christine Barksdale, 48, of Vancouver, Washington, USAPA’s managing director of competition and athlete services, played league tennis from childhood into adulthood until she transferred her passion to pickleball. She assesses that half of participants are “totally focused on pickleball,” while the rest see it as a way to improve their volleying skills for tennis. “It definitely improves reflexes. It’s easy for beginners to pick it up and have fun.” It also introduces kids to racquet sports. 24 Greater Las Vegas

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Stretching the shoulders before playing is advised by licensed sports massage therapist Brian Horner, who works with athletes at pickleball, tennis, racquetball and beach volleyball tournaments in Arizona, California and elsewhere. The shoulder is like the handle of a whip in these sports, says Horner, who authored the new ebook Complete Guide to Winning Pickleball ( “If it isn’t operating normally, when more pressure is applied it can strain the elbow and wrist.” Swimming, especially backstrokes, is advised because therapists regard water as a friend of shoulders. “Sixty to 70 percent of the people that play [here] are retired,” says Steve Munro, owner of the West View Tennis Center, in Morgantown, West Virginia. He also sees the sport as a nice transition for older tennis players. Pickleball was invented in Washington’s Bainbridge Island in 1965 by then Congressman Joel Pritchard and businessman Bill Bell. Along with the Pacific Northwest, some other major pockets of popularity include Chicago, Phoenix, southern Utah, Orange County, California; and Collier, Lee and MiamiDade counties, in Florida.

Tennis Goes Cardio

Participants of Cardio Tennis, a Tennis Industry Association program, benefit from high-intensity, aerobic, interval training, using functional movement to run to return shots and move around the court in preparatory footwork drills. It also increases stamina and endurance, which enhances both regular tennis performance and overall fitness. According to (which includes a sample video), men can burn between 500 and 1,000 calories in one, hour-long class; women, between 300 and 500. Estimates put the number of players currently engaging in such clinics at 1.82 million nationwide. “Tennis is a chief component of Cardio Tennis, but it’s much more. It’s a group fitness activity, a major workout that increases the heart rate,” says Chris Ojakian, a global Cardio Tennis trainer and executive director of racquet sports with Elite Racquet Sports, of Marina del Rey, California. They manage and operate tennis programs at facilities nationwide. A session often consists of a five-to-seven-minute dynamic warm-up including stretching, tossing tennis balls and light tennis play; more tennis lasting 10 to 12 minutes, including “cardio blast” sideline activities like quick footwork drills and jumping jacks when changing sides; 30 minutes of point-based tennis games with constant rotation of players and more cardio blasts; and a five-to-10-minute cool down. “Participants are moving during the times they’d be waiting their turn to hit the ball in regular tennis clinics, and it works on the kind of quick footwork that’s done in competition,” explains Ojakian, the 2011 U.S. Professional Tennis Association California Pro of the Year. Sessions, which also include party music and heart rate monitors, are “so fast paced and fun, people often can’t believe when they’re over,” he enthuses. “It accomplishes so much in one hour.”

Sideline drills enhance skills during Cardio Tennis sessions. Larry Carlat, of Venice, California, editor in chief of, credits participating in Cardio Tennis sessions with Ojakian twice a week and a healthier diet in the last three-plus years for losing 25 pounds. “You’re never standing still for more than a couple of seconds, and my footwork has improved,” says the 20-year tennis player. “Chris also provides tennis tips during classes. It’s fun and run!” Randy Kambic, in Estero, FL, is a freelance editor and writer, including for Natural Awakenings magazine.

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Backyard Pizza Party Grill Scrumptious Pizzas and Flatbreads by Claire O’Neil


ummer is high season for grilling when just about anything sizzled over high heat tastes great. Grill masters Karen Adler and Judith Fertig recently put this theory to the test when they fired up their grills—gas and charcoal—to cook bruschetta, panini, flatbreads and pizzas. The results tasted so good that they created a cookbook: Patio Pizzeria: Artisan Pizza and Flatbreads on the Grill. Here are a few pointers using a backyard charcoal-style approach, with toxin-free hardwood lump charcoal, or a barbecue gas grill. Grill grates can be plain or fancy, from a pizza stone to a high-heat pizza oven—all can bring out that charcoal earthiness.

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“No patio pizzeria repertoire is complete without a signature grilled bread. It’s one of the easiest and most flavorful appetizers ever,” says Adler. This dish starts with good whole grain bread, liberally brushed with extra-virgin olive oil on both sides, and then grilled and topped with any number of vegetable mixtures, from fresh sliced tomatoes to sautéed bell peppers or broccoli rabe and garlic.

“The bread slices should be big enough to manage on the grill grates with longhandled grill tongs,” she says. “Simply cook on each side until the bread has good grill marks, then add toppings.” For flatbread, Fertig suggests starting with a pound of fresh pizza dough— healthy grain, if preferred—cut into four pieces. Pat each piece into an oval on a floured surface. “The good thing about flatbread is that it can be just about any shape, so the pressure is off to make it perfectly round.” Brush each oval with olive oil before transferring it directly onto the hot grill grate. When the dough bubbles up like a pancake, turn it with grill tongs and cook the other side. Then top the grilled flatbread with mixtures like honey, pistachios and chive blossoms or freshly chopped herbs and grated pecorino cheese. “Grilled flatbread can go vegan, vegetarian or ‘omnivoreean’,” she says.  

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Another variation is to step up from flatbread to small, individual pizzas, or pizzettes. For this, use the same fresh pizza dough, but roll it into four perfect rounds. One by one, the rounds go on

a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and brushed with olive oil. “Placing the dough on the oiled parchment paper first and then flipping it upside-down on the grill grates helps keep the dough’s shape better than placing it directly on the grates by hand. This quick flip-and-peel motion is easy once you do it a time or two. Keeping the pizzas small also makes them easier to maneuver on the grill,” advises Adler. After each pizzette bubbles up like a pancake, it needs to be turned and moved to the indirect, or no-heat, side

of the grill. There, it gets pizza toppings and can sit for a while with the grill lid closed, so the toppings melt. Served with a fresh salad or summer fruit, a flatbread or pizzette makes for a perfect summer meal on the grill. Claire O’Neil is a freelance writer in Kansas City, MO.

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Baby Arugula, Ricotta, Sea Salt and Olive Oil Pizzas Yields: 4 (6-to-8-inch) pizza servings Fresh baby arugula on top gives this pizza a fresh first bite, with creamy, tangy, salty and grill-icious to follow.   1 cup ricotta cheese ¼ tsp dried red pepper flakes 2 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil ¼ tsp coarse sea salt Freshly ground black pepper 1 lb prepared pizza dough, garlic and herb-flavored, if possible; whole wheat, natural grain or gluten-free if preferred Unbleached all-purpose or gluten-free flour for rolling out and dusting Extra-virgin olive oil for brushing ¼ cup grated Pecorino Romano cheese 4 cups baby arugula (about 6 oz)  

Stir together the ricotta, red pepper flakes and olive oil in a small bowl and adjust the seasonings to taste. Set aside. Prepare an indirect medium-hot fire in the grill, with heat on one side and no heat on the other.   Divide the dough into four portions. On a floured surface, pat or roll each portion into a 6-to-8-inchdiameter circle.   Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Brush olive oil into a circle that’s a little larger than a pizza, and then place a pizza on the oiled circle. Brush the top of the pizza with olive oil.   Lift the pizza by holding the ends of the parchment paper. At a height of about 6 inches above the grill, flip the circle of dough onto the hot side of the grill grates. Quickly peel off the parchment and close the lid. Grill the pizza for 2 to 3 minutes, or until it has good grill marks.   Turn the pizza with tongs and move it to the indirect side. Spread the pizza with one-quarter of the ricotta and sprinkle with one-quarter of the Pecorino Romano. Cover and grill for 2 to 3 minutes, or until the cheese has melted. Repeat the process with the other pizzas. To serve, top each pizza with 1 cup of arugula.

Yields: 8 servings Hearty greens such as broccoli rabe, kale, Swiss chard and spinach are interchangeable here. A quick sauté until greens are wilted keeps dark colors brilliant. Pile the greens, still dripping with olive oil, atop the toasted bread for an appetizer or delicious side with pasta or pizza.   For the sautéed broccoli rabe: 8 oz broccoli rabe, chopped 1 large garlic clove, thinly sliced 2 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil 1 /8 tsp kosher or sea salt Pinch of red pepper flakes (less than 1/8 tsp)   For the bruschetta: 8 slices (½-inch-thick) of Italian country (or gluten-free) bread 2 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil   For the sautéed broccoli rabe, in a large skillet on the stovetop, heat 2 tablespoons of water and add the broccoli rabe and garlic. Cook until soft, 6 to 8 minutes. Drizzle with the olive oil and season with the red pepper flakes and salt. Adjust the seasonings to taste.   For the bruschetta, prepare a medium-hot fire in the grill. Brush each slice with the olive oil and grill 1 to 2 minutes per side, or until it has good grill marks.   Spoon a heaping tablespoon of the wilted broccoli rabe on each bruschetta and serve warm.

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Thai Shrimp Pizzettes with Coconut and Chiles Yields: 4 (6-to-8-inch) pizza servings Green curry paste, available in the Asian section of the grocery, contains green chiles, lemongrass and other tasty seasonings. Ingredients include enough shrimp for nibbling before scattering the bulk of them on the pizzettes.   For the green curry coconut sauce: 1 cup fresh or canned coconut milk, well shaken 2 tsp green curry paste Juice of 1 lime (about 1 Tbsp)   For the shrimp pizzettes: 1 lb large shrimp (31 to 35), peeled and deveined Extra-virgin olive oil for brushing 1 lb prepared pizza dough, whole wheat, natural grain or gluten-free if preferred Unbleached all-purpose flour or gluten-free flour for rolling out and dusting ¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro   For the green curry coconut sauce, stir together the coconut milk, green curry paste and lime juice in small bowl. Set aside.   For the shrimp pizzettes, soak 8 (12-inch) bamboo skewers in water for at least 30 minutes.   Prepare an indirect medium-hot fire in the grill, with heat on one side and no heat on the other.  

the parchment and close the lid. Grill the pizza base for 2 to 3 minutes, or until it has good grill marks. Turn the pizza with tongs and move it to the indirect heat side. Spread the pizza with one-quarter of the green curry coconut sauce. Cover and grill for an additional 2 to 3 minutes, or until the topping has melted.   Repeat the process with the other pizzas. To serve, top each pizza with grilled shrimp and cilantro.   Source: Patio Pizzeria, by Karen Adler and Judith Fertig; adapted, with the permission of Running Press. Thread the shrimp onto the prepared skewers and brush with olive oil.   Grill shrimp over direct heat for 3 to 4 minutes per side, or until firm, opaque and pink.   Divide the dough into four portions. On a floured surface, pat or roll each portion into a 6-to-8-inch-diameter circle.   Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Brush olive oil into a circle that’s a little larger than a pizza, and then place a pizza on the oiled circle. Brush the top of the pizza with olive oil.   Lift the pizza by holding the ends of the parchment paper. At a height of about 6 inches above the grill, flip the circle of dough onto the hot side of the grill grates. Quickly peel off


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orn and raised in the Midwest, actress Molly Hagan moved west in the 1980s to pursue her dream of an acting career. Her childhood home was located alongside farmland that ended up being sold and quarried for limestone. “They kept buying more acreage and infringing on our life and landscape. It was hideous, and led me to want to conserve and protect the land and its beauty,” says Hagan. Committed to realizing her professional goals, she’s also dedicated to living eco-consciously and furthering conservation causes. Hagan lives with her partner, archaeologist Richard Guttenberg, in an energy-efficient home below the San Gabriel mountains in Altadena, California. During her 30-plus-year acting career, Hagan has appeared in more than 30 films, including the classics Code of Silence, Some Kind of Wonderful, Sully and Election. Her many TV episode credits include Star Trek Deep Space Nine, Columbo, Friends, Seinfeld, The Golden Girls, Grey’s Anatomy and Bones; she was a regular on the popular Herman’s Head and beloved Unfabulous.

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I ever made was not to have children; my decision is in no way a judgment on those that do. But I believe the warming world is grossly overpopulated, causing resources to become precious, and we must make ever wiser choices.

What are some of the conservation steps you have taken in your home and garden? When I had the means, I bought bigticket items to conserve electricity, like a Sun Frost refrigerator. When money was tight, I focused more on little things, like energy-efficient light bulbs, composting and recycling.     When we bought our small home in sunny Southern California three years ago, we tore out the lawn and irrigation system and planted mostly native plants that require little to no watering. We have an organic vegetable garden, which we hand water using rainwater captured in rain barrels. We also capture our shower water and use it to water plants in summer and flush toilets in winter. Our house had no heating or cooling system, so we invested in ductless split-system heat pumps that cool and heat very efficiently. We knew we needed to do more, so we met with a home energy consultant. We followed through with doable improvements like chimney balloons, painting our flat roof with a reflective coating and weatherproofing windows and doors, while we saved toward doing more

big things. Last year, we were able to take the plunge and installed recessed LED lighting, upgraded all our windows and doors and insulated our home’s ceilings and floors. We also repurposed material saved from my former yoga studio for the flooring. The insulation has reduced our air conditioning use by 70 percent; despite living in the scorching San Gabriel Valley with little shade cover, we rarely have to turn it on. Our winter electricity bill is down 40 percent, so we’re already seeing a return on our investments, in addition to reducing our carbon footprint. We know we can still do more. We dream of going solar and adding a water reuse system. Next, we want to get everyone involved in planting trees in our neighborhood.  

Because living in a sprawling city or suburb can raise our everyday transportation footprint, how do you minimize your driving? It’s tough to have a small transportation footprint in Los Angeles. I took the bus a couple of times when I moved here, but it was difficult to make time-sensitive shoots and auditions. Luckily, nearly everything I need is near our home, and I try not to travel far unless I’m auditioning. I’ve always bought small cars to save gas. I bought the first electric hybrid made by Honda, their futuristic-looking Insight. My last three cars have been a hybrid Toyota Prius. 

Do you try to use your public profile to advocate for change? I’ve always focused on what I can do in my life to live simply and cleanly. The choices I’ve made come from my heart. I don’t carry statistics in my head, can’t quote experts and don’t consider myself an activist. I read up on eco-issues, get a visceral sense of what is right, and then try to lead by example. For example, after we tore out our water- and chemical-hungry lawn, our neighbors on both sides tore out theirs. It’s a simple, but powerful act. Connect with freelance writer April Thompson, in Washington, D.C., at

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by Ben Greenman


hat is being a father? It’s, at least in part, about beginning. It is rejuvenating to locate ourself near the start of a child’s life. There are so many chances to get it right. The thought that we might also get it wrong flits across our mind, but it’s gone before we can even shiver at its presence. It’s also about returning to that question again and again, each time failing to acquire additional insight. “What isn’t being a father?” is a better question. Being a father isn’t indifference, but neither is it a steady stream of calm wisdom or a place of consistent self-control or a clearly delineated set

of exercises engineered to help produce self-knowledge in offspring. Bridges are engineered. We stare into our little one’s eyes, beaming thoughts that we hope are received, translated and appreciated, waiting for a beam to come back to us. Child rearing is worked toward, clumsily, imperfectly, with a deep and near religious faith in trial and error. Children are refined over time with the assistance of many imperfect philosophies. When our second child opted in, my wife and I compared baby pictures of the two boys. “They look different,” I said. “That’s not why I’m looking at them,” she said. “I want to remember this.” I re-


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member looking at the pictures with her only because she has told me about it. If, in part, fatherhood is remembering things that did not exactly happen, it is also forgetting things that did happen, some transformative to a degree that I could not have imagined five seconds before they occurred. Afterwards, I knew I would never be the same again. But I was. As children grow, they are not the same again. Parenting boys instead of babies is already a grand departure from everything I have learned up until now and I am just coming to see that it will always be this way. Recently, in trying to figure out when a man that is not a father becomes a man that is a father, I remarked to my sons, “Even though I know being a father has changed me forever, I remember certain things that happened, but not as many as I would have thought.” My older son explained, “Maybe it’s because you are thinking of us more than yourself. Maybe you want time to pass so we can get to the next thing in our lives.” My younger son zeroed in, “The problem is that you think it’s parenting when really it’s childing.” He’s right. What is being a father? It’s letting someone else be a child. It’s suffering through certain kinds of abstract pain so that they don’t. It’s bearing the brunt of disappointments so that they can go on feeling invincible. It’s teaching how to forget as much as it is teaching how to remember… but it is still very near the beginning. Ben Greenman is a widely published author and journalist in Greater New York. Connect at

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CELLFIELD: The Reading Revolution Begins Here by Kirsten Lopez

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FAMILY SCREEN TIME How to Set Boundaries in the Digital Era by April Thompson


inecraft. Pokemon. Snapchat. Digital media dominates childhood. That time youngsters used to spend playing with friends, being with family or sleeping has been zapped. According to a study by the Kaiser Family Foundation, 8-to-10-year-olds are daily exposed to nearly eight hours of onscreen media and heavy media users are twice as likely to report poor grades. Conscientious and concerned parents are setting limits on screen time and reclaiming family time. Experts, too, are working to define a “new healthy” at a time when many activities, from homework to shopping, are moving online.   “How can you begin to limit kids’ screen time when teachers are increasingly using media?” queries Pediatrician Corinn Cross, who practices in Los Angeles. “It’s hard. None of us grew up with this level of technology, and it’s moving faster than any advice can.”  

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Cross co-authored the American Academy of Pediatrics’ (AAP) recently

updated digital media guidelines, which shifted from strict time limits to greater flexibility for and within different age groups. For children under 18 months, the recommendation is to avoid media altogether outside of video chats with loved ones. In the older age ranges, the guidelines are less prescriptive and more about setting individual limits that ensure getting enough sleep and physical activity along with achieving other developmental needs. Cross believes excessive screen time is particularly detrimental for younger kids that have fewer waking hours and more developing to do. “Toddlers don’t learn well from screens, so you will have limited return from using screens for education,” she observes.   Kathy Marrocco, an Oakland Township, Michigan, blogger with, initially worried about her kids’ potential adverse exposure to radiation from cell phone use. Her concern soon turned to other big impacts of digital media encroaching on their lives. She cites a study of 3,000 parents of gradeschool-aged kids, which found that nearly

he human brain comes hardwired to speak, but not to read. Good reading skills are foundational to success in school and in life. In cases of reading, overcoming struggles such as dyslexia has been considered nearly impossible. However, in the last 10 years, brain imaging technology has made it easier to see how an individual’s brain works when reading, and scientists have discovered that poor readers actually have fewer reading circuits in the brain. In the wake of this innovative discovery comes a brain-based program called Cellfield. We think of poor reading as a print disability, when in reality, letters are just squiggles on a page until we assign sounds to them. In the past, tutoringbased help has been provided to struggling readers in an effort to encourage the student to try more and try harder using tricks and rules for decoding. This makes reading laborious and too slow for good comprehension. To be a robust reader, we need good vision and vision processing, good auditory skills and the three parts of the brain to all work as an integrated unit. The developers of Cellfield understood the complexities of this process and developed a robust brain-based program which exercises all of these components together at the same time. Because of this integrated, brain-based approach, Cellfield can add one to three grade levels of reading fluency and comprehension in as little as 20 hours. This approach, which is based in the science of neuroplasticity, therefore endures over time. Kirsten Lopez, founder and executive director of Brain Solution Inc, 1005 S. Cimarron Rd., in Las Vegas, is the only certified provider of the Cellfield program in Nevada. For a consultation, call 702-340-2248 or visit See ad, page 32.

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two-thirds of the children are using their devices at night instead of sleeping, with a corresponding drop in concentration, memory and energy. Marrocco maintains firm boundaries with her daughter, 13, and son, 18, prohibiting the use of electronics at the kitchen table and in their rooms at night, in line with AAP recommendations. “They can only have devices in their room at night if they are in offline ‘airplane mode’ so they won’t be tempted to check or respond to incoming messages,” she says.   Kids don’t sleep well next to their phones, agrees Cross, a mother of three, ages 4, 6 and 8. “They have trouble falling and staying asleep.” She also doesn’t let her children use e-readers instead of books.  

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Psychotherapist Nicholas Kardaras, Ph.D., an addiction expert and executive director of The Dunes, a rehab clinic in East Hampton, New York, is even firmer about screen time, having seen some kids go off the digital deep end. Delaying the onset of screen exposure

Media and screens are best used purposefully, to achieve a specified goal.

medical schools at Indiana University and University of Utah have shown how heavy exposure to digital media has effects on the brain similar to substance addiction, reports Kardaras, affecting areas of the brain linked with functions like impulse control, ~Corinn Cross brain connectivity and processing speed. In his practice, red flags for potential is the most critical step a parent can take, suggests Kardaras. “There’s no digital addiction include strong reactions evidence to suggest media exposure is when devices are taken away, disinterest beneficial to child development. Most in “offline” activities, worsening of tech geniuses, including the founders of interpersonal relationships and dropping Google, Amazon and Apple, were not grades. Modeling good practices is as exposed to it until adolescence. “Treating digital addiction is important as monitoring kids’ behavior, challenging because you can’t be suggests Cross. In her household, all digitally abstinent in this society,” he electronic tablets and cell phones are kept in a drawer when not in use. “If I continues. “Prevention is the key.” Digital media abuse can have have work to do or have to take a phone lasting developmental impacts, according call, I’ll go to another room, then come to Kardaras, author of Glow Kids: How back and be present with the kids,” Screen Addiction is Hijacking our Kids she says. “Quality, face-to-face time is and How to Break the Trance. DrKardaras. important.” com cites numerous studies on the effects   of such intensive use, from increased Connect with freelance writer April prevalence of attention deficit disorder Thompson, in Washington, D.C., at to higher rates of depression. Brain imag- ing studies from institutions such as the

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them to put their devices away,” advises Pediatrician Corinn Cross. offers a free interactive online tool to create a personalized family media use plan. If kids don’t comply with rules, Kathy Marrocco suggests turning the Wi-Fi off at night or taking away devices altogether. But don’t leave a void, cautions Cross. Substitute fun, fulfilling activities.


eeping the family in sync about the amount of digital media use is challenging. Here are some expert tips on maintaining a healthy balance.


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Be wary of even “good” screen time — Test educational apps before approving them for kids to ensure their quality and so parents can help reinforce the learning, says Cross. She likes for parental reviews and information to filter media of all kinds, from apps and games to TV shows. Consider advocating for limiting screen time in local schools. “I asked my boys’ elementary school not to give

them portable devices until they were 10,” says Nicholas Kardaras, the father of 9-year-old twins.


Watch out for rewards — Some screen time is more mesmerizing for kids than others, according to Kardaras, who treats such addictions. Most video games are designed on a variable reward schedule, similar to slot machines, which intentionally stimulates players to chase future rewards. Consider stricter limits on such media.


Play first in the real world — Because it reduces overall exercise, screen overuse can contribute to obesity. Cross recommends prioritizing exercising before daily allotted screen time; after being online, it’s more difficult to engage kids in physical activity.

Tomatis: A New Way of Listening by Kirsten Lopez


n individual may one foundational ability hear well, but listen that impacts all of our poorly. The sound mesother skills. It can be sage is correctly heard developed and improved but poorly analyzed in at any stage in life, thanks an emotional framework. to neuroplasticity. As a result, the brain proThe Tomatis Method tects itself by constructing strengthens memory, aubarriers that can proditory processing, attenmote the development of tion, language, learning disorders. In everything and much more. It efJohn Patton from Autism Spectrum fectively reduces stress, Disorder to anxiety, Tourette’s and anxiety and sensory overload. As a learning issue, we say that listening result, individuals of all ages can benis disrupted. But due to neuroplasti- efit from this program and experience city, the brain’s ability to grow new greater success in life. The gains are neuropathways and heal itself, there achieved without any medications and is hope for change. can endure over time. We know from studies by doctors Tomatis is passive in nature and and scientists that the auditory system anyone can do the listening sessions in an individual wires up before birth. repeatedly by utilizing specialized It is also believed to be the last sensory equipment that stimulates the brain ability people retain before death. and progressively helps it analyze the That’s why if a loved one is in a coma, sensory message. As the brain changes doctors and nurses will tell us to talk to and develops new neuropathways, them. They can often still hear us. It is disorders can be greatly diminished this auditory system which needs to be and often eliminated. and can be healed through a process Kirsten Lopez founder and executive called the Tomatis Method. Developed more than 60 years director of Brain Solution Inc, 1005 ago by a medical doctor, Tomatis S. Cimarron Rd., in Las Vegas, offers i s a w e l l - e s t a b l i s h e d a u d i t o r y the Tomatis Method. For a consultation, training program that changes lives. 702-340-2248 or visit BrainSolutionsInc. Listening, as discussed above, is the com. See ad, page 32.

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hile some carmakers are filling showrooms with ever-larger gas-guzzling sport utility vehicles (SUV) thanks to lower gas prices, some car buyers want to do just the opposite and go greener with their wheels. Fortunately, more eco-friendly options exist than ever before—many of which come with surprising personal benefits in addition to a cleaner, greener planet. The green share of the U.S. auto market, combining battery electrics, hybrids and plug-in hybrids, peaked at 3.8 percent in 2013, according to the Automotive News Data Center. Despite a record 59 models available now, the share was just 2.87 percent in 2016. As Millennials—the generation that could be buying 40 percent of all new vehicles by 2020—fully emerge into the marketplace, eco-car numbers could zoom, although some think it’s possible they’ll by shunning car purchases for car-sharing services. “The market has continued to shift to crossovers and big SUVs, and there aren’t many hybrid models available in those categories,” says Sam Abuelsamid, senior research analyst at Navigant Re-

search. “We expect that to change in the next couple of years, when vehicles like the hybrid Ford Explorer reach the public.” Navigant projects only 3.4 percent annual compounded growth in hybrid sales by 2025, but a much more robust 31 percent rise in battery-run electrics. “Conventional hybrids without a plug no longer have the halo they once had,” says Bradley Berman, founder of “The cutting edge has moved to electric cars with ever-bigger battery packs and longer electric range. With gas prices at relatively low levels, the green car market remains a small niche.”

Getting a Green Bargain

Many of the greener choices are now a tremendous bargain for consumers. The federal government currently offers a tax credit of up to $4,500 for electrified vehicles, and many states kick in with added subsidies. Highlights include maximums available for electric vehicles (EV) with big batteries: California, $1,500 in rebates, plus single-occupant use of the high-occupancy vehicle lanes; Colorado, $5,000; Connecticut, $3,000; Delaware,

$2,200; Maryland, $3,000; Massachusetts, $2,500; Michigan, $2,500; Pennsylvania, $2,000; Rhode Island, $2,500; Texas, $2,500; and Utah, $750. The Prius Prime is a prime example of the savings available. The acclaimed plug-in hybrid, with an electric range of 25 miles, starts at $27,100, before subsidies (starting prices are before destination costs). In California, it would be $21,100. This means this well-equipped plug-in hybrid is, for state purchasers, approximately $3,585 less than a base Prius liftback hybrid ($24,685). It’s a buyer’s market for green cars, as manufacturers incentivize them to meet federal and California fuel economy averages. Buyers are encouraged to act now before subsidies disappear. Hyundai is taking an interesting approach with its green Ioniq line, offering, beginning this year, affordable battery electric, hybrid and plug-in hybrid versions of the same midsized car platform. “This is about freedom for the customer—they can choose the level of electrification that fits them,” says Mike O’Brien, Hyundai vice president of corporate and product planning.  

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Plug-in hybrid: Audi A3 e-tron

The power (204 horsepower) and zeroto-60 mph time capability is similar to the Bolt, but the A3 offers a more sumptuous cabin and Audi’s celebrated driving dynamics. The electric range is a mere 16 miles, but 380 miles total using the 1.4-liter, four-cylinder gas engine. Prices start at $38,900, but it qualifies for a $4,500 federal tax credit and some state subsidies, too.

Great Green Choices

Here are some more good choices.

Toyota Highlander

Hybrid car: Toyota Highlander

Chevrolet Bolt

Battery electric: Chevrolet Bolt

With the Bolt—GM’s first battery electric since the EV1—the buyer can get from zero to 60 miles per hour (mph) in 6.5 seconds from its 200-horsepower motor plus attain 238 miles of range from its huge, 60-kilowatt-hour battery, winning it 2017 Motor Trend Car of the Year, Green Car Journal’s 2017 Green Car of the Year and 2017 North American Car of the Year from a jury of automotive journalists. Prices start at $36,620, but subsidies can top $10,000.

Mildly updated for 2017, the Highlander is the only three-row hybrid SUV currently available, making it worth considering. Good news includes a power increase in the 3.5-liter V-6 (to 306 horsepower), although there’s a small fueleconomy penalty. The hybrid is rated at 30 miles per gallon in the city, 28 highway and 29 combined. The bottom line cost starts at $36,270 without subsidies. Other worthy cars: The fuel cellpowered Honda Clarity, Toyota Mirai and Hyundai Tucson (for southern Californians); any of the Ioniqs; the versatile plug-in hybrid Chevrolet Volt; and the quick BMW i3 and i8 and Tesla Model S if the budget allows. Jim Motavalli is an author, freelance journalist and speaker specializing in clean automotive and other environmental topics. He lives in Fairfield, CT. Connect at natural awakenings

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he 19th annual Ta k e Yo u r D o g To W o r k Day (TYDTWDay), created by Pet Sitters International (PSI), will take place on June 23. It also includes cats lovers and their people (and other pets) and those who cannot participate on TYDTWDay. The entire week of June 19 to 23, is Take Your Pet To Work Week. The event encourages employers to experience the joys of pets in the workplace for one day to support their local pet community. PSI is the world’s largest educational association for professional pet sitters. For any day that pets can’t be at work, pet owners may search the PSI Official Pet Sitter Locator for free to find a local registered professional pet sitter.

Homeopathy for Joint Injury and Pain Six Remedies for Relief by Shawn Messonnier


oint disease, specifically arthritis, is a common problem in dogs and cats, especially as they age. The causes are many and include obesity, inflammation, immune dysfunction and normal wear and tear in joints. Conventional therapies include steroids, non-steroidal medications, analgesic medications to control pain and surgery, when applicable. Clinical signs of arthritis include joint stiffness, pain, difficulty getting up and down, a pet’s decreased desire to walk or exercise and increased aggression due to pain. Keep in mind that other causes may be misdiagnosed as “arthritis”, but are related to another disease. M a n y n a t u r a l t h e r a p i e s f o r joint disease include acupuncture, chiropractic, cold laser treatment, physical therapy, Chinese and Western herbal therapies, nutrition and diet, homotoxicology and homeopathy. Several key homeopathic remedies recommended for human relief in osteoarthritic knee,

hip and finger joints by Dr. Vikas Sharma, of Chandigarh, India, may also be helpful for pets with joint injury and pain, according to The Arthritis Solution for Dogs & Cats ( Consult a holistic veterinarian for individual treatment options.

Arnica This is a mainstay of homeopathy, as noted in the New World Veterinary Repertory, and applies to anything related to bones and joints. It is useful for chronic arthritis, especially if the painful parts of the body seem to worsen when moved or touched.

Bryonia Alba It’s especially helpful for pets showing signs of stiffness and inflammation with pain made worse as the pet moves, especially when rising and lying down. Offset cold dry weather with warmth and humidification. Discomfort is aggravated when the

affected body part is touched, bumped or moved about, which may spur aggressive behavior, so show tender care and respect. Relief typically comes when the pet rests the affected part.

Calcarea carbonica This remedy may ease deeply aching arthritis, particularly if bony or fibrous tissue has formed around joints. Avoid cold and dampness. Signs alerting a veterinarian to the problem may include muscle weakness, fatigue from exertion and a feeling of chilliness or sluggishness (these pets may also be hypothyroid).

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Rhus toxicodendron This is useful for many arthritic pets and especially those with rheumatoid arthritis, which is rare. The remedy is also beneficial for pets that start the day stiff and in pain, but improve with continued movement. Protect them from cold, wet weather conditions.

Ruta graveolens Another widely recognized arthritis remedy, ruta grav is for pets whose symptoms may be exacerbated by cold and damp and exertion. It may be prescribed for affected and damaged tendons and capsules of the joints, when arthritis may have developed from overuse, repeated wear and tear and associated chronic inflammation. The practice of functional medicine teaches combinations of complementary therapies suited to the individual pet’s needs. Homeopathics can be a beneficial element in treating animals suffering from a variety of joint disorders. Shawn Messonnier, a doctor of veterinary medicine practicing in Plano, TX, is the author of The Natural Health Bible for Dogs & Cats and Unexpected Miracles: Hope and Holistic Healing for Pets.

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Divine Feminine Awakening Class with Frances Urtaza – 2-5pm. We all have Divine Feminine and Divine Masculine energy within us. It’s time that those of us born female release our resistance to our own gender and begin to embrace and express our feminine essence. $20. Enchanted Forest Reiki Center, 2280 South Jones Blvd, LV. 702-948-4999.

Access Consciousness Bars Class – 9am5pm. All of life comes to me with ease and joy and glory! Receiving Bars can release up to 5,000 years of limiting beliefs! Become a Bars practitioner with this one day only class. $300/ first time. $150/repeat. Be Limitless Hypnosis, 997 Dancing Vines Ave, LV. 702-475-0764.


Feed Your Soul: Sound Healing, Reiki & Aromatherapy - A Guided Meditation  – 121:30pm. This relaxing experience combines meditation, aromatherapy and Reiki energy to soothe your mind, body, and spirit, then takes you deeper with a singing bowl serenade, to provide balance and harmony while lifting your soul’s vibrations. $25. $15/registered HHH Conference attendees. Look for Oasis to Zen Center and Transformation Spa at Tuscany Suites & Casino, 255 East Flamingo Rd, LV. 702-491-6035.

Celebration of Life Community Event – 125pm. Come be a part of our 5th annual community celebration event! We will all come together, practice yoga, chant & meditate, dance, eat and share in a dynamic transformational experience. Free. RYK Yoga & Meditation Center, 8450 W. Sahara Ave, Ste 109, LV. 702-478-9600.

TUESDAY, JUNE 6 JUST BREATHE Meditation & Relaxation Hour with Debbie Veach – 1pm. In our endeavors to get bills paid-we end up not taking time out for ourselves. 1 hour of peace, filled with calming music, breathwork and gentle stretch exercises, can shift your entire state of being. $10. Enchanted Forest Reiki Center, 2280 South Jones Blvd, LV. 702-948-4999.

THURSDAY, JUNE 8 Full Moon Meditation – 7-9pm. The time of the Full Moon is a period when spiritual energies are uniquely available and facilitate a closer rapport between humanity and Divinity. Your energy will be at his highest feel the Divinity within. $25. RYK Yoga & Meditation Center, 8450 W. Sahara Ave, Ste 109, LV. 702-478-9600.

FRIDAY, JUNE 9 Access Consciousness Bars Class – 9am5pm. All of life comes to me with ease and joy and glory! Receiving Bars can release up to 5,000 years of limiting beliefs! Become a Bars practitioner with this one day only class. $300/ first time. $150/repeat. Be Limitless Hypnosis, 997 Dancing Vines Ave, LV. 702-475-0764. Holy Fire Karuna Level I, II & Reiki® 3 DAY Master Teacher 3-Day Certification Class– 9am-6pm. Two days. Learn all aspects of Karuna Level I, II and Master Teacher Training, as well as all knowledge and training for the Holy Fire Energies, Chanting & Toning with Karuna Reiki all aspects of Holy Fire. $875. Enchanted Forest Reiki Center, 2280 South Jones Blvd, LV. 702948-4999.

NLP - Self-Hypnosis Training, Segment #1 - “Why Affirmations Don't Work, and How They Can” – 4-7:30pm. A breakthrough approach to creating immediate & permanent change, designed for your other mind… Your Powerful Subconscious Mind! Instructed by Rapid Behavior Modification Expert, Master of NLP, CHt w/decades of professional experience. Call for details.$39.95/1 segment. $99/3 segments. Transformations, 3920 Amy Marie Ct, LV. 702659-2390.

SUNDAY, JUNE 11 Clarify Your Heart’s Desires and Next Steps – 12-1:30pm. Discover your unique answers regarding your heart’s true desires and your next action steps. Experience a relaxing meditation and a journaling exercise for expressing your inner answers.$10. Healing House Institute, 6166 S. Sandhill Rd, LV. 702-720-4065. Have You Lived Before? – 2-3:30pm. Exploring Past Lives, Prophetic Dreams and De Ja Vu’s – Free Informational Seminar with Past Life Regression Therapist, Master of NLP, Clinical Hypnotherapist, Rapid Behavior Modification Expert, Victoria Stitzer. Seating very limited. RSVP now. Free. HealthWorks Wellness Center, 1100 E Sahara, LV. 702-659-2390.

TUESDAY, JUNE 13 Usui Reiki II Plus Holy Fire Certification class – 6:30-9:30pm. Two days. Use Reiki to heal unwanted habits from the past. Receive a Reiki II attunement. Learn three ancient Reiki symbols, distant Reiki healing, Gyoshi ho, Reji-

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ho, Byosen scanning, Practice Reiki on others, Chakra balancing with stones. $200. Enchanted Forest Reiki Center, 2280 South Jones Blvd, LV. 702-948-4999.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 14 JUST BREATHE Meditation & Relaxation Hour with Debbie Veach – 1pm. In our endeavors to get bills paid-we end up not taking time out for ourselves. 1 hour of peace, filled with calming music, breathwork and gentle stretch exercises, can shift your entire state of being. $10. Enchanted Forest Reiki Center, 2280 South Jones Blvd, LV. 702-948-4999. Transform Emotional Eating-EZ Weight Loss – 2-3:30pm. Learn how Mental-Emotional stress, fear, anger, worries affect your health and weight, and what you can do about it. Get powerful tools. Breakthrough old outdated ‘programming’! Includes Guided Imagery for easy instant memorization. Satisfaction guaranteed. $12/ prepaid. $16/door. Transformations, 3920 Amy Marie Ct, LV. 702-659-2390.

FRIDAY, JUNE 16 Enchanted Energy Exchange – 6:30pm. Enjoy the enchanting vibrations of energy work being done on you, or feel free to share your energy with others at this circle of love. Reiki, & other types of energy work will be done. $5. Enchanted Forest Reiki Center, 2280 South Jones Blvd, LV. 702-948-4999.

TUESDAY, JUNE 20 “Karuna” Reiki Drumming Circle and Chants with Holy Fire Karuna Master Teacher Debbie Veach & Ray Veach – 6:30pm. Reiki is an incredible energy modality used to heal body and mind. Combine it’s fabulous energy by flowing it through the drum and you have the perfect way to let go of any stress. $5. Enchanted Forest Reiki Center, 2280 South Jones Blvd, LV. 702-9484999.

THURSDAY, JUNE 22 JUST BREATHE Meditation & Relaxation Hour with Debbie Veach – 1pm. In our endeavors to get bills paid-we end up not taking time out for ourselves. 1 hour of peace, filled with calming music, breathwork and gentle stretch exercises, can shift your entire state of being. $10. Enchanted Forest Reiki Center, 2280 South Jones Blvd, LV. 702-948-4999. New Moon Meditation – 7-9pm. The New Moon is an extremely powerful time for new beginnings: planting new seeds and putting new cycles into motion. Also a perfect day to start a new project, a new relationship, a new business. $25. RYK Yoga & Meditation Center, 8450 W. Sahara Ave, Ste 109, LV. 702-478-9600.

SATURDAY, JUNE 24 Usui Reiki I Certification Class plus Holy Fire – 9-5pm. Two day. Learn to smudge. Reiki principals: Reiki lineage and heritage, Gassho meditation, chakra balancing, Reiki I attunement, Reiki hand position, practice and discussion time. Holy Fire is an additional energy filled with powerfully healing frequency. $150. Enchanted Forest Reiki Center, 2280 S Jones Blvd, LV. 702359-0848.

Stress-Relieving Meditation – 11:30am12:30pm. Shed the energetic sludge you absorbed from the work week. Enjoy a relaxing meditation and get tips for shielding yourself from harsh energies. Receive divine guidance for your life from the angels. $10. Healing House Institute, 6166 S. Sandhill Rd, LV. 702-720-4065. Speed Oiling: A Typical Day in a Toxin-free Life – 2-5pm. Room by room, we’ll explore and create essential oil magic. Leave with recipes and several products to safely use in every room of your home. Discover how easy you and your family can live toxin-free. $19.95. Oasis to Zen, 5715 W Alexander Rd, 140, LV. 702-491-6035. Creative Self-Hypnosis Training – 4-7:30pm. Easily quiet the mind. No meditative experience necessary Learn to hypnotize yourself and others. Learn what’s sabotaging your success, and correct it; Receive 4 hours of sleep in only 5 minutes ...and lots more. $39.95; Seniors & Students 10% off. Transformations, 3920 Amy Marie Ct, LV. 702-659-2390.

SUNDAY, JUNE 25 A Deeper Dive Into the 4 Agreements – 12:30pm. Join in as we take you on a journey through the book The 4 Agreements class includes journaling, discussion and meditation mixed in with a taste of the mystical side of learning. $20. Enchanted Forest Reiki Center, 2280 South Jones Blvd, LV. 702-948-4999. Make Your Own Natural Raw Pro-Biotics – 2-3pm. Experience the Power of Natural Raw Probiotics w/Raw Vegan Chef of 35+ years. Learn how to ferment simple foods like seeds, nuts, veggies... Save big on super-expensive store-brands of probiotics. Lunch included. Satisfaction guaranteed. $20/prepaid. $25/door. Transformations, 3920 Amy Marie Ct, LV. 702659-2390. World Beat Community Drum Circle – 3pm. Join our community heartbeat and discover why drum circles are becoming more popular., Drumming together may boost our immune system, promote healing and elevate our well being. Lead by Ann Vannoy and Jeffrey Trower. Free.Summerlin Library 1771 Inner Circle Dr, LV. Free. 702-507-3863.

TUESDAY, JUNE 27 Reiki for Self-Awareness and Healing – 5-8pm. Colors of Nature’s rainbow are the same as colors of your Chakras, which provide energy for health, happiness and well-being. Learn fun, simple exercises that balance Chakras and clear energy to experience a natural high. $25. Oasis to Zen, 5715 W Alexander Rd, 140, LV. 702-491-6035.

FRIDAY, JUNE 30 JUST BREATHE Meditation & Relaxation Hour with Debbie Veach – 1pm. In our endeavors to get bills paid-we end up not taking time out for ourselves. 1 hour of peace, filled with calming music, breathwork and gentle stretch exercises, can shift your entire state of being. $10. Enchanted Forest Reiki Center, 2280 South Jones Blvd, LV. 702-948-4999.

ongoingevents DAILY Goals With Heart – Special June Rates. From the comfort of your own home by phone/Skype. Discover the highest and best solutions for creativity, relationships, money, business. $65/1 session. $92/2. for details. Medical Qigong – Tue-Fri. 10-1apm. Use body movements, rhythmic breathing, visualizations and healing sounds to develop internal energy for health, vitality, mind expansion and spiritual cultivation. $10. Naturally Organic Healing Center, 1171 S Buffalo Dr, 110, LV. 702-433-3874. Wongu University 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.

SUNDAY Halo-Yoga in the Salt Cave – 11am. Rejuvenate your mind, body and soul with this weekly class in our pristine Himalayan Salt Cave. $25. Salt Room LV, 1958 Village Center Cir, 7, LV. 702-228-8258.

MONDAY Wongu University Health Center Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Services – Offering 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. Tai Chi Fundamentals – 6-7pm. This is a beginners course in Tai Chi. We will be going over proper breathing, structure, moving with energy and also learn the Yang 48 Tai Chi Form. Great for balance of mind, body, spirit. $10. Naturally Organic Healing Center, 1171 S Buffalo Dr, 110, LV. 702-433-3874. Laughter Yoga Class – 6:30-7:30pm. Laughter Yoga is about breathing, moving and exploding with the kind of laughs you feel in your belly and in your soul. This is a low impact program-you can use the chair or floor. $10. Sophia Center for

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WEDNESDAY 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. Hot Hula Fitness – 7-8pm. Hot Hula Fitness® incorporates easy to perform dance movements set to the sounds of traditional Polynesian drum beats. We isolates your larger muscle groups, increasing strength and definition to your core, glutes, quads and arms. $10.Oasis to Zen, 5715 W Alexander Rd, 140, LV. 702-491-6035.

THURSDAY Tonic Teas and Oils – 5-6pm. Take an enlightening journey into Superior Tonic Herbalism and Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils over Tea and an invigorating lecture. Food is Medicine and we will show you how to become your own Tea Healer. Free. Naturally Organic Healing Center, 1171 S Buffalo Dr, 110, LV. 702-433-3874.

FRIDAY Medical Qigong Theory – 11:15am-1:30pm. This class is both lecture and practice on the fundamentals of Qigong Healing. Learn diagnostic techniques, energy projection, energy cultivation, cleansing, tonifying, sound and color therapy. Become a balanced and powerful healer. $10. Naturally Organic Healing Center, 1171 S Buffalo Dr, 110, LV. 702-433-3874.

SATURDAY Qigong with Sifu JC – 9-10am. Qigong is a self healing system that incorporates body, breath, visualizations and sounds to develop internal energy for health, vitality, mind expansion and spiritual cultivation $10. Naturally Organic Healing Center, 1171 S Buffalo Dr, 110, LV. 702-433-3874. Tai Chi with Sifu JC – 10-11am. Tai Chi is a wonderful art for anyone who wants to increase strength, focus, posture, breathing ability, emotional balance and over all health and wellbeing. $10. Naturally Organic Healing Center, 1171 S Buffalo Dr, 110, LV. 702-433-3874. Wudang Tai Chi Sword – 11am-12pm. The Wudang Sword is one of the most revered weapons in Martial Arts. This elegant style will teach you how to move like a dragon, how to project your energy and the full sword form. $10. Naturally Organic Healing Center, 1171 S Buffalo Dr, 110, LV. 702433-3874.

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