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letterfrompublisher “Until one has loved an animal, a part of one's soul remains unawakened.” ­­— Anatole France


his month we focus on Food that Matters, the benefits of a plant-based diet and compassion for animals. This is one of my favorite themes of the year and yet, the most troubling. Troubling because, sadly, I learn something new about not so compassionate acts against animals. It’s easy to forget the consequences for an animal when consuming animal products. I’m reminded to be more mindful in my food choices and never again say, “just this once." I’m also grateful to know that we have wonderful, locally produced cheese alternatives (Vegan News, page 15). This month, I am proud to announce that Natural Awakenings-Greater Las Vegas is a media sponsor for the inaugural Vegas VegFest event, a first-of-its-kind event, here in Las Vegas. It is an honor to work beside CompassionWorks International (page 14), Violette’s Vegan Organic Eatery & Juice Bar (page 14), Panevino, Vegenation, GrassRoots, Health, Healing, Happiness 2016 (page 23) and other local organizations as we lead the plant-based lifestyle movement in Las Vegas. If you are wondering about veganism, check out Why Vegan? (page 18), a must-read article by animal advocate, writer and chef, Tracey Narayani Glover. If you regularly follow my letter, you know that my animal companions are family. Together dear readers, we have cried over the loss of my sweet three-legged cat, Cowboy and my daughter’s parakeet, Buddy. We welcomed the dog we call Baby after I found her abandoned on a country road and, a month later, we rejoiced in the birth of her seven puppies and then again when they were all adopted into loving families. Thank you for sharing these touching moments with me. The residents of our house include three dogs, a cat, two birds, two teenagers, my mother and occasionally, my traveling (not to be confused with wandering!) husband. I deeply and equally love all beings in our family. The question my non-pet friends­—Wait, do I have any non-pet friends? No, I don’t!) The question non-pet family members may ask is, “Why do you do it? Why do you voluntarily take in, love animals and add to the responsibilities and expenses that crowd your already busy life?” The answer, “They make me happy!” I can’t even imagine a happy life for myself that doesn’t include at least a couple of animals. The alternative is unthinkable. Even though there is a great amount of work and responsibility involved, and I know I’ll again have to bear the eventual heartbreak of a pet crossing The Rainbow Bridge, I regard the prospect of sharing my home with cats, dogs, birds and any other animal that comes into my life, with unalloyed joy! Though impossible, I tend to do whatever I need to do to make people happy. With animals, happiness isn’t complicated. Animals don't expect us to make them happy. They are just unconditionally happy with us. If there is a purer, less complicated joy than that of an animal responding happily to you, for no solicitation, I’ve yet to experience it. There is something deeply fulfilling, knowing that even in a sometimes confusing and unkind world, I’ve managed to create a pocket of perfect security and bliss for a beautiful soul and that soul does the same for me. As I write this, Edward and Winrey are singing happily, Chiquita is soaking up the sunshine through the window, Sombra is, literally, sitting on the mouse pad next to my keyboard, Baby is under my desk, tearing up a newspaper, and my sweet, 11 year old “baby boy” Mushu is snuggled up in his orthopedic dog bed. I am surrounded by my menagerie, living in the moment and grateful for their gifts. Encouraging peace on your plate,


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ason Nelson will present two free community events on spiritual coaching and mediumship for people to get to know others in this thriving spiritual growth community. The event on March 11 includes an optional Vegan Potluck Mixer at 6 p.m. and a Spiritual Coaching event, The Life You Were Meant to Live, from 7 to 9 p.m., at Luminosity Wellness Center. Bring a vegan dish to share and stay to enjoy a soul connection experience and learn about Five Accomplishments Coaching. A mediumship event, Receiving Miracles from Spirit, takes place from 7 to 9 p.m., March 18. The group will connect with spirit and learn about voice channeling. Admission is free. Location: Luminosity Wellness Center, 2400 N. Tenaya Way, Las Vegas. RSVP for Mar. 11 to and for Mar. 18 to For more information, call 310-929-5919 or email

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ake-A-Wish Southern Nevada will hold it’s 15th annual charity Walk for Wishes on March 12 at Town Square Las Vegas to celebrate thousands of wishes that have already been granted, while raising funds for future wishes. Registration opens at 7 a.m. and the ceremonies begin at 8 a.m. Proceeds fund wishes that bring life-changing joy and hope to children battling life-threatening medical conditions in our community. There will be a performance by Choirfighters, a collective group of Wish Kids and survivors that began singing together when they noticed their paths crossed continuously during frequent doctor visits. Register at 6

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No Violence in the Name of Religion Petition


he Interfaith Council of Southern Nevada (NVNR) and the Muslim community of southern Nevada organized a growing movement, No Violence in the Name of Religion. This is a local effort to challenge the violence being perpetrated in the name of religion in general because violence in the name of religion is abhorrent to Muslim Americans. NVNR is a group of concerned Muslim American community members that want to share with our communities, and our country as a whole, their profound belief that violence in the name of religion is unacceptable and abhorrent. To draw awareness, they have created a Declaration of No Violence in the Name of Religion and invite all to join this growing movement. One of the foundational elements of the organization, and the movement in general, is the intention to "pass it on" and facilitate the creation of events to raise money for a handful of "seed communities" that will be chosen to receive initial funds and organizational materials in order to host NVNR events in their local communities in 2016, creating a larger movement calling for no violence in the name of religion. To learn more about the NVNR vision and goals, visit

A Dinner to Inspire, Challenge and Engage


reate A Change Now, a local charity teaching at-risk students to plant, grow and cook fresh, healthy meals in order to prevent childhood obesity, has partnered with The Reset Project to bring continuous awareness and health education to families and the community. They will host their first educational dinner, Inspire. Challenge.Engage, at 5:45 p.m., March 10, at Kermit Booker Elementary School to inspire, challenge and engage participants into learning sustainable healthy lifestyle. The family-style dinner will feature celebrity chef Johnny Church and his specially designed prix fixe menu highlighting local farms and food artisans. Cost: $40/individual or $72/couple. Location: 2277 N. Martin Luther King Blvd., Las Vegas. Purchase tickets at For more information, visit


The community of Summerlin is adding the Doral Academy Red Rock, a public charter school set to open in fall 2016. The school will offer kindergarten through ninth grade and eventually expand to include 12th grade. The school is free to attend, but students are accepted through a lottery system. “Doral Academy of Nevada is a unique arts integration school which incorporates content and skills from the arts—dance, music, theater, media and visual arts— with other academic concepts/ skills and content area standards,” says Bridge Bilbray-Phillips, Doral’s executive director and founding principal. The high school will continue with the arts integration focus and offer two tracks: humanities and STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics).” For more information about Doral Academy Red Rock visit,

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amp Anytown Las Vegas, a youth leadership and diversity training for high school students held semiannually in April and October in Southern Nevada, is working to create a culture of understanding and respect among future community leaders. Camp Lee Canyon is a three-day intensive experience for youth, including workshops on race, ethnicity, gender, power, privilege and religion. Students are recruited based on demonstrated leadership ability; student council, athletic teams or gang prevention programs. The intent is to introduce sensitive topics in a safe, diverse environment in which students can learn about different components of diverse populations, as well as examine their own beliefs and perspectives. Each Anytown workshop is designed to critically and meaningfully look at each participant’s thoughts and feelings around components of culture and diversity. They educate future leaders through this process, by which education and experience will then impact their actions and power within the community. By raising up leaders with a desire for respect and inclusivity, they will ultimately strengthen the local community and hopefully change the world. For more information 8

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Magnolia Bark Knocks Out Head and Neck Cancer Cells


ead and neck cancers include cancers of the mouth, throat (pharynx and larynx), sinuses and salivary glands. According to the American Academy of Otolaryngology, more than 55,000 Americans are diagnosed with head and neck cancer, and almost 13,000 die from these diseases annually. A study from the University of Alabama and the Birmingham Veterans Affairs Medical Center found that a magnolia herb extract called honokiol may treat these cancers. It tested human cancer cell lines in the laboratory from different parts of the body, including the mouth, larynx, tongue and pharynx. The researchers found that the honokiol extract halted the growth of each of these cancer cells and induced cell death. Lead researcher Dr. Santosh K. Katiyar and his colleagues wrote, “Conclusively, honokiol appears to be an attractive, bioactive, small-molecule phytochemical for the management of head and neck cancer, which can be used either alone or in combination with other available therapeutic drugs.”

Probiotics Reduce Aggressively Negative Thoughts


ecent research from the Netherlands’ Leiden Institute for Brain and Cognition has discovered that negative and aggressive thinking can be changed by supplementing with probiotic bacteria. The triple-blind study followed and tested 40 healthy people over a period of four weeks that were split into two groups; one was given a daily probiotic supplement containing seven species of probiotics and the other, a placebo. The subjects filled out a questionnaire that measured cognitive reactivity and depressed moods using the Leiden Index of Depression Sensitivity, which measures negative and depressed thinking. After four weeks, the probiotic group showed significantly lower scores in aggression, control issues, hopelessness, risk aversion and rumination, compared to the placebo group. “The study demonstrated for the first time that a four-week, multispecies, probiotic intervention has a positive effect on cognitive reactivity to naturally occurring changes in sad mood in healthy individuals not currently diagnosed with a depressive disorder,” the researchers concluded.

Metal and Mineral Imbalances May Produce Migraines

esearch f r o m Tu r k e y ’s Yüzüncü Yi l U n i versity has concluded that migraines may be linked with higher levels of heavy metals in the blood and deficiencies in important minerals. The research tested 50 people, including 25 diagnosed with migraines and 25 healthy control subjects. None of those tested were taking supplements, smoked, abused alcohol or drugs or had liver or kidney disease or cardiovascular conditions. Blood tests of both groups found that those with frequent migraines had four times the cadmium, more than twice of both the iron and the lead and nearly three times the levels of manganese in their bloodstreams compared to the healthy subjects. In addition, the migraine group had about a third of the magnesium, about 20 times less zinc and almost half the copper levels compared to the healthy group. “In light of our results, it can be said that trace element level disturbances might predispose people to migraine attacks,” the researchers stated.

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ating an apple before buying groceries may help consumers make healthier shopping decisions. This was the finding of three studies on healthy food purchasing conducted by Aner Tal, Ph.D., and Brian Wansink, Ph.D. In the research, published in the scientific journal Psychology and Marketing, 120 shoppers were given an apple sample, a cookie sample or nothing before they began shopping. The researchers found those that ate the apple purchased 28 percent more fruits and vegetables than those given the cookie, and 25 percent more fruits and vegetables than those given nothing. A related study by Tal and Wansink investigated virtual shopping decisions. After being given a cookie or an apple, 56 subjects were asked to imagine they were grocery shopping. They were shown 20 pairs of products—one healthy and the other unhealthy—and asked to select the one they would buy. Consistent with the results of the first study, those that ate the apple most often chose the healthy option.

Losing Pancreatic Fat Reverses Diabetes



study from Newcastle University, in England, has found that losing fat content in the pancreas can alleviate Type 2 diabetes. The researchers tested 18 obese people between the ages of 25 and 65 that were diagnosed with diabetes alongside a control group that were not. Subjects received gastric band surgery before eating an appropriately healthful diet for eight weeks. During this time, subjects in both groups lost an average of nearly 13 percent of their body weight and around 1.2 percent of their body fat. More importantly, the diabetes group lost about 6.6 percent of triglyceride pancreatic fat, or about 0.6 grams. The weight loss and loss of triglyceride fat from the pancreas allowed the patients to produce normal amounts of insulin. Professor Roy Taylor, the head researcher of the study, says, “For people with Type 2 diabetes, losing weight allows them to lose excess triglyceride fat out of the pancreas and allows function to return to normal.”

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esearchers from the University of California at San Francisco, working with the Veterans Affairs Medical Center and other research agencies, have found that watching television may affect cognition, specifically as it relates to executive function and processing speeds. The study followed 3,247 people over a 25-year period, beginning in their early adult years. Those that frequently watched television during their early adult years had a 64 percent higher incidence of poor cognitive performance compared to less frequent television watchers. This was after adjusting results for the effects of many other known lifestyle factors that affect cognition such as smoking, alcohol use and body mass index. The effects of television watching worsened when combined with reduced physical activity during young adult years. Those with low physical activity and a high frequency of watching television were twice as likely to have poor cognition compared to those that had low television viewing combined with high physical activity during that period.

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The food truck industry is good for a quick, cheap meal or even a gourmet meal, but emissions from these portable feasts are a growing concern, given the estimated 3 million trucks that were on the road in 2012. New York state has launched an initiative to put 500 energy-efficient, solar-powered carts on city streets this summer. A pilot program gives food truck vendors the opportunity to lease the ecocarts for five years at little to no extra cost. They are expected to cut fossil fuel emissions by 60 percent and smog-creating nitrous oxide by 95 percent. If the technology was implemented nationwide, it could spare the atmosphere an enormous carbon footprint. Conventional mobile vendors may spend more than $500 a month on fossil fuels; in addition to the gasoline consumed in driving, truck lighting and refrigeration systems are powered by diesel generators and propane fuels the grills, sometimes all running up to 10 hours a day. The annual nationwide load can add up to hundreds of billions of pounds of carbon dioxide per year.

The government of Guatemala has repealed legislation dubbed the “Monsanto law”, which was approved l a s t ye a r t o grant the biotech giant special expansion rights into ecologically sensitive territory, after widespread public protest. The demonstrations included groups of indigenous Mayan people, joined by social movements, trade unions and farmers’ and women’s organizations. Following political party battles, the Guatemalan Congress decided not to just review the legislation, but instead cancel it outright. The Monsanto law would have given exclusivity on patented seeds to a handful of transnational companies. Mayan people and social organizations claim that the new law would have violated their constitution and the Mayan people’s right to traditional cultivation of the land in their ancestral territories. Lolita Chávez, of the Mayan People’s Council, states, “Corn taught us Mayan people about community life and its diversity, because when one cultivates corn, one realizes that a variety of crops such as herbs and medicinal plants depend on the corn plant, as well.”



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Costco Shoots Past Whole Foods Market Whole Foods Market, founded in 1978, grew to be the number one seller in the nationwide movement toward organic and natural eating, with more than 400 stores. But mainstream grocers such as Wal-Mart and Kroger have since jumped on the bandwagon, and smaller players like Trader Joe’s and The Fresh Market have proliferated. Now Costco has moved into the current number one position, illustrating the market potential of budget-conscious consumers that desire to eat better. Source: The Motley Fool

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Unilever Reduces its Carbon Footprint Consumer goods giant Unilever has pledged to eliminate coal from its energy usage within five years and derive all of its energy worldwide solely from renewable sources by 2030. The company will become carbon-positive through the use of renewable resources and by investing in generating more renewable energy than it needs, selling the surplus and making it available to local communities in areas where it operates. About 40 percent of the company’s energy use currently comes from green sources. Paul Polman, company chairman,says the goal is “really doable.” He cites a new factory in China powered by wind and solar energy and a Paris office building that already contributes green electricity to the power grid. Source: The Guardian

Food Fight

College Cafeterias Lead the Way in Sustainable Eating Colleges and universities are changing how they purchase and prepare food in their dining halls to provide students healthy, sustainable meal options, with many of them working to source food locally. American University, in Washington, D.C., purchases more than a third of the food served in its cafeterias within 250 miles of its campus. McGill University, in Montreal, spends 47 percent of its food budget on produce from its own campus farm and growers within 300 miles. Middlebury College, in Vermont, partners with seasonal local vendors, including those operating its own organic farm. Taking it a step further, Boston University cafeterias serve meal options that include organic, fair trade, free-range, vegetarian-fed, hormone- and antibiotic-free, sustainably harvested food items to students. Cornell University composts about 850 tons of food waste from its dining halls each year. At Duke University, surplus food is donated to food banks, and both pre- and post-consumer scraps are composted. Other steps include the University of California, Berkeley’s new Global Food Initiative to address food security in a way that’s both nutritious and sustainable, and efforts at the University of Illinois to recycle cooking oil for biodiesel production.

The world’s largest indoor farm, in Japan, covers 25,000 square feet, with 15 tiers of stacked growing trays that produce 10,000 heads of lettuce per day, or about 100 times more per square foot than traditional methods. It uses 99 percent less water and 40 percent less power than outdoor fields, while producing 80 percent less food waste. Customized LED lighting helps plants grow up to two-anda-half times faster than normal, one of the many innovations co-developed by Shigeharu Shimamura. He says the overall process is only half automated so far. “Machines do some work, but the picking is done manually. In the future, though, I expect an emergence of harvesting robots.” These may help transplant seedlings, harvest produce or transport product to packaging areas. Meanwhile, Singapore’s Sky Farms, the world’s first lowcarbon, hydraulically driven, urban vertical farm, runs on a Sky Urban Vertical Farming System, making the most of rainwater and gravity. Using a water pulley system, 38 growing troughs rotate around a 30-foot-tall aluminum tower. A much bigger project, a 69,000-square-foot vertical indoor garden under construction at AeroFarms headquarters, in Newark, New Jersey, will be capable of producing up to 2 million pounds of vegetables and herbs annually. Source:

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ompassionWorks International (CWI) believes in kindness, respect, unity, dialogue, community, commitment, strategic action, one world for all beings, neighbors talking to neighbors and friends sharing with friends. The group envisions a day when all animals are able to live their lives free from unnecessary harm and suffering. “Change for animals will not happen unassisted,” says President and Executive Director Carrie LeBlanc. “The animals enslaved by the entertainment industry, used for medical testing and slaughtered for their fur, skins and flesh need our collective voice. They are counting on us to speak loudly, clearly and effectively on their behalf to let the world know that they are sentient beings with families, feelings and a right to freedom.” LeBlanc has been a leader in the animal protection movement for several years in the areas of nonprofit management and fundraising, working alongside many notable organizations including Compassion Over Killing and Darwin Animal Doctors, and was formerly the director of operations for Mercy For Animals. During her career, LeBlanchas successfully raised millions of dollars, helped to restructure and stabilize several nonprofit organizations and consulted for more than a dozen nonprofits focused on animal protection. “At CWI, we provide the assistance needed to bring hope to animals. We believe that by implementing professional, strategic actions within our communities, every one of us can be a beacon of light that spreads awareness about the pain and suffering that occurs inside the tanks, under the big tops, within the racetracks and behind the shuttered doors of factory farms and medical testing facilities,” she says. An animal activist from a young age, LeBlanc became vegetarian shortly after graduating from high school and went vegan 20 years later after learning of the tragic plight of male chicks hatched into the egg industry. A year after becoming vegan, she founded Go Vegan USA, a project focused on communitybased activism and ran the founding chapter in Santa Barbara, California. LeBlanc also co-founded the Animal Rescue Fund of Santa Barbara, has been a board member on her local chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and published several articles related to veganism, nonprofits and fundraising. For more information, visit or


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o food group has been studied more for opioid activity than dairy, particularly milk and cheese. The protein in dairy, casein, is digested into smaller peptides and there are a family of active agents called casomorphins.
According to World Health Net Forum, we eat five times as much cheese as a few decades ago, often with every meal of the day. Big Food knows that dairy drives the desire for more dairy and larger sales. People who are trying to be vegan often say that the hardest food to give up is cheese. Weaning slowly off this food group drug may improve success rates. Avoiding dairy has never been easier, and a local Las Vegas company, Virgin Cheese, is playing in the same field as some of the national brand leaders in the industry. Paleo, vegan, healthy and organic eaters and those with high cholesterol or a lactose intolerance have all found satisfaction with the artisanal cheeses made from pure plant power. Traditionally cultured, organic cashew nut milk-based cheese contains no soy, GMO, lactose, gluten, dairy or animal products and unlike dairy cheese, is completely cholesterol-free. The mission of Virgin Cheese is making great strides with plant-based chef demos in schools, bringing Peace Begins On Your Plate and table and community partnerships to produce the Grow Your Own Festival, celebrating the garden classroom movement.

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The Connection Between Humans, Animals and the Planet


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oo often human beings fail to see the interconnection that exists between the non-human animals and the environment that surrounds us. As some vegans adopt a plant-based diet upon learning about the suffering of farmed animals, others are influenced by the devastating impact of animal agriculture on the environment, while many make the switch to benefit their own health. The truth is, these issues are not separate. According to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, the livestock sector consumes more edible protein—40 percent of the entire world’s agricultural output—than it produces, while occupying 30 percent of the planet’s total land surface. Animal-based foods such as meat, dairy and eggs are highly resourceintensive compared to plant-based 18

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foods. For example, an acre of land used to raise cattle for slaughter yields 20 pounds of usable protein compared to the 356 pounds of protein that an acre of soybeans would produce. Product labeling that indicates varying levels of humane and sustainable practices entices conscious consumers but is often misleading. As an example, consider that it is standard industry practice to kill all male chicks as soon as they hatch, whether they are on conventional farms or free-range organic farms, regardless of humane labeling. Similarly, it cannot be assumed that a grass-fed label is indicative of sustainability. Living conditions involve less suffering and fossil fuel use than in factory farms, but according to a study published in Environmental Science and Technology, pasture-raised cattle produce at least 20 percent more methane than grain-finished animals, on

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a per-pound-of-meat basis, and they also require more land and water. The United Nations reports that at least 20 million people worldwide die each year as a result of malnutrition, while estimates have been made that if Americans alone reduced their meat intake by just 10 percent, 100 million people could be fed with the land, water and energy that would be freed up as a result. As pointed out by The World Watch Institute, the continued growth of meat output creates competition for grain between affluent meat-eaters and the world’s poor. As much of the world’s population struggles to obtain enough food, many Americans are consuming too much protein and suffering from diseases such as heart disease, cancer, diabetes, obesity, Alzheimer’s, high blood pressure, stroke and auto-immune diseases. Research shows a high correlation between rates of these “diseases of affluence” and the consumption of animal protein. But there is good reason for hope, as a growing body of nutrition science shows that a high percentage of these diseases can be prevented, or even reversed, with diet. According to Nutritional Biochemist T. Colin Campbell, who co-authored The China Study, “The same diet that is good for prevention of cancer is also good for the prevention of heart disease, obesity, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, multiple sclerosis, osteoporosis and other diseases. That diet is a whole foods, plant-based diet.” Note that there’s more to worry about than the antibiotics, steroids and hormones found in most animal products available today, making organic options less than ideal as well. “The real danger of animal products is the nutrient im-

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balances, regardless of the presence or absence of those nasty chemicals. Long before modern chemicals were introduced into our food, people still began to experience more cancer and more heart disease when they started to eat more animal-based foods,� says Campbell. One of the biggest barriers to adopting a plant-based diet is the misconception that a vegan diet lacks essential nutrients or adequate protein levels. According to the American Dietetic Association, and many leading world health organizations, a properly planned vegan diet can provide all nutritional needs at all stages of life from infancy, through pregnancy, and into old age. Even in the most demanding physical conditions, a vegan diet is sufficient, as demonstrated by vegan athletes such as Houston Texans running back Arian Foster, mixed martial arts champion Mac Danzig, Atlanta Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez and two-time Badwater Ultramarathon winner Scott Jurek. Is it a coincidence that the diet that can prevent suffering of animals is the same diet that can reverse the process of global warming and keep humans healthy into old age? What is good for the animals is good for the planet and good for our own health.


he inaugural Vegas VegFest will take center stage from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., April 9, at the Clark County Ampitheater. As the vegetarian food scene in the U.S. has continued to gain strength, so has the plant-based movement in Las Vegas, with the opening of some popular restaurants around the Valley in the past year. Organized by CompassionWorks International, a Nevada-based international animal advocacy nonprofit organization, and its founder, Carrie LeBlanc, the time has never been more ripe for an event like this in the Valley. "Over the past couple of years, the plant-based, veg lifestyle has become more mainstream," she says. “As more and more restaurants begin to offer veg-friendly menus, and more businesses in town begin to cater to requests from customers to offer cruelty-free products, we decided now is the right time to bring an important event like this to Las Vegas." The Vegas Veg Fest will feature about 60 vendors, including local, regional and national brands that offer food and products that do not use animals or animal byproducts. This first-of-its-kind event also brings together local leaders of the plant-based lifestyle movement in Las Vegas, including Violette's Vegan, Panevino, Vegenation, GrassRoots and more. Speakers include Paul Shapiro, vice president of Farm Animal Protection at the Humane Society of the United States. The Vegan Bros will take the stage to educate attendees about the benefits of going cruelty-free, and there will be free entertainment and activities for children. "The event is open to everyone," says LeBlanc. "It's not only for people who identify as plant-based, but is welcoming to those who simply want to learn more about what having a plant-based lifestyle means. We want to show that by eating delicious food, anyone can make a positive impact for people, animals and the planet." Admission is free. For more information or for sponsorship/vendor information, visit

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mericans’ vegetable habits are in a rut. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, nearly 50 percent of the vegetables and legumes available in this country in 2013 were either tomatoes or potatoes. Lettuce came in third, according to new data released in 2015, advises Tracie McMillan, author of The American Way of Eating. Further, 87 percent of U.S. adults did not meet basic vegetable serving recommendations from 2007 through 2010, a fact cited in the most recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention survey. Yet, urban supermarkets overflow with a wealth of common and exotic vegetables, often displayed sideby-side: broccoli and broccolini, green bell and Japanese shishito peppers, and iceberg lettuce and leafy mâche, or lamb’s lettuce. Trying one new vegetable dish a week is a great way to increase our vegetable literacy, says functional medicine expert Terri Evans, a doctor of Oriental medicine in Naples, Florida. “Our diet

should be 60 percent produce—40 percent vegetables and 20 percent fruit,” she says. “To keep this sustainable for the long term, we should eat what tastes good, not what we think is good for us. Some days, we crave the sweetness of carrots; other days, the bitterness of artichokes or the heat of hot peppers. Our bodies can tell us what we need.”

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Going Green. Dark green and slightly peppery arugula is good with a little olive oil and lemon juice. Finely shredded Brussels sprouts bulk up a mixed salad, while adding the benefits of a cancerfighting cruciferous vegetable. Instead of mineral-rich baby spinach, try baby Swiss chard, suggests Matthew Kadey, a registered dietician in Waterloo, Ontario. He also suggests microgreens, the tiny shoots of radishes, cabbage, broccoli and kale, all rich in vitamins C and E. Squash It. Varieties of summer and winter squash add color, body and flavor to one-dish meals, with the added benefits of B vitamins, magnesium and fiber. LeAnne Campbell, Ph.D., author of The China Study Cookbook, simmers a mix of fresh chopped vegetables including yellow summer squash or

Eating a rich variety of plant-based foods is fast, easy and satisfying. ~LeAnne Campbell zucchini, and flavors with coconut and curry powder. Vegan Chef Douglas McNish, of Toronto, makes an okra and squash gumbo in the slow cooker. Sneak in a Smoothie. Change up a smoothie routine by swapping out the usual baby spinach for a blend of cucumber, apple and fresh mint, or else sweet potato and carrot, suggests Sidney Fry, a registered dietitian and Cooking Light editor, in Birmingham, Alabama.   Snack Attack. An array of colorful vegetables served with dips and spreads can be an easy way to experiment with veggies. Carrots in deep red, vibrant yellow, purple and orange are delicious raw and supply beta-carotene, promoting eye health. Leaves from pale green Belgian endive spears are tender and crunchy. Orange or “cheddar” cauliflower has a more creamy and sweet flavor than its pale cousin.    “Colors equal health, and the more colors we eat, the better our overall health,” says Susan Bowerman, a registered dietitian, lecturer in food science and nutrition at California State Polytechnic Institute, San Luis Obispo, and co-author of What Color Is Your Diet? “We also have to be willing to try new foods or new varieties of foods, or maybe to prepare unfamiliar foods in a way that will make them taste good, so that we will be willing to add more plant foods to our diet.” Judith Fertig blogs at from Overland Park, KS.

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he colors found in fresh vegetables can indicate an abundance of necessary phytochemicals and nutrients. “Many people I see in my practice consume excess food, but have nutrient deficiency,” says Terri Evans, a functional medicine expert and doctor of Oriental medicine. Eating a variety of colorful vegetables can be part of the remedy. “Each color in a vegetable represents 10,000 micronutrients,” explains Evans. “The more colorful you make your diet, the happier your body will be.” She notes that supplements supply a lot of one nutrient, while vegetables gift us with tiny amounts of many requisite nutrients. According to the nonprofit Produce for Better Health Foundation, plant phytochemicals may act as antioxidants, protect and regenerate essential nutrients and work to deactivate cancer-causing substances. So, the more color on our plates, the better. Yellow and orange—in squash and some tomatoes—point to higher levels of vitamins C and A. The beta-carotene behind these colors is renowned for supporting healthy eyesight.   Dark green—in leafy greens and cabbages—evidences higher levels of vitamins K, B and E. Chlorophyll creates the color and indicates its welldocumented detoxifying properties.   Red—in red bell peppers and tomatoes—indicates vitamin C. Lycopene, which provides the color, is widely associated with lowering the risk of prostate and breast cancers.   Purple and blue—in radicchio, red cabbage and eggplant—deliver vitamins C and K. Anthocyanins that create the color are powerful antioxidants geared to keep us heart-healthy.

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Developing Gardens Instead of Golf Courses Agrihoods Use On-Site Farms to Draw Residents by April Thompson


or thousands of homeowners in “agrihoods” across the U.S., homegrown is a way of life. Planned developments incorporating neighborhood agriculture are sprouting up in record numbers, according to Ed McMahon, a senior resident fellow specializing in sustainability with the Urban Land Institute. He estimates there are a few hundred agrihoods nationwide, in all regions and at all price points. “The trend is the convergence of several things, including a growing interest in local business, local food, healthy lifestyles and the foodie culture,” says McMahon. He adds, “Today’s developers have to differentiate their properties to survive, and farms have become the new golf course of real estate development.” Agriculture is a far lower-cost amenity that can even return a modest profit by

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selling its harvest to the community. Beyond food, agrihoods help grow community, a huge draw for those living in isolated suburban areas. In 2014, Abby and Michael Wheatfill moved their family to Agritopia, a planned community in Gilbert, Arizona, near Phoenix. Billed as an urban farm, the central feature of Agritopia’s 166 acres, knitting together commercial, agricultural and open space with 450 residential homes, is a working farm, with roving pigs, lambs and chickens, a citrus grove and rows of heirloom vegetables. Farm, family and community life are interwoven. The Wheatfills lease a plot in an on-site community garden. Other residents buy shares in the community supported agriculture project or purchase produce or eggs from the community farm on the honor system. “We especially love the narrow,

tree-lined streets and wide porches, and that we can walk or bike to fun, locally sourced restaurants,” says Michael, a technology consultant. Private backyards are small in favor of community space, nudging residents to meet each other, Abby says. The Cannery, in Davis, California, is one of the newest agrihoods and also one of the few that redeveloped an industrial tract. This 100-acre development, still under construction, will feature 547 new homes on the former site of a tomato processing facility, in addition to affordable rentals for lowincome families. Its heart and soul is a working farm that will feed the community’s households and supply its restaurants. The Cannery is a pioneer in clean green energy, with solar-powered homes, connections for electric cars, and many other energy-conserving features. Thirsty homeowner lawns are prohibited in most of The Cannery’s mini-neighborhoods, but no home is more than 300 feet from public green space. Samrina and Mylon Marshall, both physicians in their mid-50s, will be among the first residents to move in this spring. “We like that it’s a green energy community featuring multigenerational living. We’re also big on eating locally and seasonally, so the urban farm was a key draw,” says Mylon. North Atlanta family Gil and Jeny Mathis and their two daughters, 12 and 14 years old, discovered Serenbe, a planned community in Chattahoochee Hills, Georgia, two years ago. Now it’s literally their second home. “It provides a different life for our children on weekends they couldn’t otherwise have. The community aspect has penetrated our lives in a way that we couldn’t have predicted,” says Gil. Both girls love it, and the younger sibling is lobbying to relocate there full time. The family likes the people Serenbe draws and the opportunities to engage with them, the consistent access to natural and organic food and its artist-in-residence program. Serenbe was the inspiration for the Olivette Riverside Community and Farm, a 346-acre, back-to-the-land project near Asheville, North Carolina. Its own-

ers are transforming a failed high-end gated community and adjacent historic farm along the French Broad River into an agri-centered development featuring a blueberry orchard, community gardens, vegetable farm and greenhouse. “It’s vital that we re-localize our food supply,” says Olivette co-owner Tama Dickerson. “One of the first things we did was to incorporate this farm and see what areas we could preserve, because what you keep is just as important as what you develop.” Future plans include hiking trails, artist live-work spaces, tiny houses, little free libraries and a K-8 school. Agrihoods aren’t solely for agriburbs. Creative public housing developers are bringing agriculture to highdensity neighborhoods. The smoke-free Healthy High-Rise Arbor House, a 124-unit, low-income apartment in the Bronx, in New York City, features a 10,000-square-foot hydroponic greenhouse and a living lobby wall that grows organic vegetables for the community year-round. Residents can obtain a discounted share from the

farm using SNAP benefits (food stamps) and take free classes in cooking fresh. Arbor House also allocates 40 percent of its rooftop crop harvests for the larger community. Agrihoods can take many forms, including those involving gardens cropping up in schools, parks and hospitals nationwide, as well as informal, guerilla gardens in vacant lots. Many cities, including Falls Church, Virginia, and Takoma Park, Maryland, have even changed local zoning laws so residents can keep chickens and bees in their backyards for eggs and honey, according to McMahon. “The era of the 2,000-mile Caesar salad has come to an end,” says McMahon, citing high transportation costs that make locally sourced food good for businesses and consumers alike. “The trend of growing food closer to home—in some cases at home—is here to stay.”

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Land Manager Allan Savory on Holistic Pasturing How Cows Can Help Reverse Climate Change by Linda Sechrist


hen concurrent dangers arising from overpopulation, desertification (fertile land turning to desert) and climate change were just beginning to attract technological solutions, pioneers like Allan Savory, a young wildlife biologist in Zimbabwe, Africa, were researching how healthy soil captures carbon dioxide and stores it as carbon. It’s the way nature renders the most pervasive greenhouse gas more helpful than harmful and a major reason why this is not happening globally is because of desertification. This innovative game-changer has since received Australia’s 2003 Banksia International Award for “doing the most for the environment on a global scale” and the 2010 Buckminster Fuller Challenge, recognizing solutions that address humanity’s most pressing problems. The Savory Institute, founded in 2009, and its Africa Center for Holistic Management, demonstrate how using livestock to improve soil and decrease dependence on water— plus increase its ability to hold moisture and carbon— grows more grass and improves profits for ranchers, landowners and investors.

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grasslands, their soils, soil life, plants and animals had evolved symbiotically with large, grazing herbivores of many species and pack-hunting predators. As my inquiry led beyond Africa, I noticed that the same was true of similar ecosystems worldwide, including those of the U.S. Great Plains. Long ago, the Great Plains supported herbivores that traveled in immense herds for safety from predators. Where there are now approximately 11 large mammal species, there were once more than 50. The trampling of dung and urine, as well as grazing of such vast numbers constantly on the move, developed deep carbon-storing and rain-holding soils that also break down methane. Only in the presence of large roaming herds of herbivores periodically working the surface soil does this happen; it works much like a gardener does, breaking bare surfaces and covering them with litter and dung. Only in this way do grasslands thrive.

How did this revolutionize your thinking about land and livestock management? Being trained at a university to believe that grazing livestock causes land degradation blinded me to the deeper understanding that humans’ management of the animals, not the animals themselves, has been the problem. Historically, the healthiest soils in the world’s vast grain-growing regions were those that had supported the

largest populations of natural wildlife and intact pack-hunting predators. We now have in hand a natural solution able to reverse U.S. and global desertification, which is contributing to increasing severity and frequency of floods and droughts, poverty, social breakdown, violence, pastoral genocide and mass movement into cities and across national borders. Restoring brilliant natural functions through holistic management of even half of the world’s grasslands has the potential to pull all of the legacy carbon out of the atmosphere, put it back into the ground where it belongs and keep it there for thousands of years. Livestock aided by holistic, planned grazing that mimics nature can return Earth’s atmosphere to preindustrial carbon levels while feeding people with cleaner meat. I can think of almost nothing that offers more hope for our planet for generations to come. In fact, it has so many benefits—including an eventual net cost of zero or less—that even if climate change wasn’t an issue, we should be doing it anyway.

How is holistic pasturing proceeding? Ultimately, the only sustainable economy for any nation is derived from growing plants on regenerating soil. Today’s conventional agriculture is producing more than 75 billion tons of dead, eroding soil every year—more than 10 tons for every human alive. The largest areas of the world’s land are either grasslands or former grasslands. Holistic, planned grazing to reverse desertification has gained support from thousands of individual ranchers, scientists, researchers, pastoralists and farmers. Currently, it is practiced on more than 30 million acres over six continents with encouraging success. The Savory Institute encourages and links locally led and managed holistic management hubs around the world, now numbering 30 in Africa, Argentina, Australia, Canada, Chile, Mexico, Sweden, Turkey, the UK and U.S., with more forming every year. Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings. Connect at


COLOR ME CALM Grownups De-Stress with Adult Coloring Books by Avery Mack


oloring books are no longer solely the domain of children. Immersion in this fun, creative pastime by adults even for just 30 minutes can constitute a focused meditation that relieves stress. Doctor of Psychology Nikki Martinez, in Chicago, says that famed psychotherapist Carl Jung believed coloring helps patients release anxiety. “It uses both sides of the brain and improves organizational and fine motor skills,” says Martinez. “After I underwent a major surgery, I was on bed rest for eight weeks, and adult coloring books were a lifesaver. They passed the time, were pretty and kept me in a constant state of calm. I devoured them.” Publishers Weekly reported combined 2015 sales of 1.75 million copies for the 10 bestselling adult coloring books through November. This trend was years in the making, originating when parents colored with their kids and sometimes on their own. Adults around the world now join coloring book clubs, hold related parties and take coloring breaks at work. Last fall, Barnes & Noble hosted the oneday All-American Art Unwind, where customers colored and uploaded their results to Instagram and Twitter. Hallmark sent a crew of artists and calligraphers to select locations to help customers color their greeting cards. “We scheduled a coloring session for a 55-plus community workshop,” relates Ninah Kessler, a licensed clinical social worker with the Sparks of Genius Brain

Optimization Center, in Boca Raton, Florida. “People had so much fun they wouldn’t leave. It’s creative, portable and inexpensive. You never face blank paper because the lines are there; you just pick the colors. There’s no stress about possibly making mistakes.” “Animals, jungle or floral themes, and Zen-inspired mandalas are popular. Customers like realistic, intricate drawings,” explains Idalia Farrajota, a Dallas executive with Michaels craft stores, which offers free, in-store coloring sessions and provides supplies. (Download a free sample book at BotanicalColoringPages.) Johanna Basford, a renowned illustrator from Aberdeenshire, Scotland, is a hit with colorists, catering to their penchant for nature with Secret Garden, Enchanted Forest and her latest, Lost Ocean. “My daughter wanted to color her life, not do generic drawings,” says Dieter Marlovics, prompting him to establish, in Chicago. “Really-Color converts photos into coloring book pages to make individually tailored pages.” Try these eco-tips: Sprout pencils, made with sustainable wood and fruitand-vegetable-based dyed clay instead of lead, are topped by non-GMO seeds that can be planted when the pencil becomes short. Inktense’s water-soluble brightly colored pencils mimic pen and ink; add water for translucency. Select recycled paper books, soy crayons, watercolor paints and non-toxic markers.

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The Eyes Tell Our Story

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o poets, the eyes have long been known as windows to the soul. Systemically trained ophthalmologists, optometrists and functional medicine doctors see these organs as a potential indicator of high blood pressure, diabetes, stress-related effects and nutritional deficiencies, as well as sites for potential glaucoma and macular degeneration. The connection between overall health and eye health is rarely addressed during conventional eye exams, which are based on standard protocols for prescribing eyeglasses, drugs or surgery. Conventionally trained optometrists and ophthalmologists, lacking education in nutrition and alternative approaches, treat the eyes as isolated organs. In contrast, systemically oriented, holistic eye experts treat them as integrated parts of the whole body. Eye doctors like Marc R. Grossman, doctor of optometry, a co-founder of Natural Eye Care, Inc., of New Paltz, New York, and Edward C. Kondrot, a medical doctor and founder of the Healing the

Eye & Wellness Center, in Fort Myers, Florida, take such a preventive and integrative approach. They recommend good whole foods nutrition, supplemented with antioxidants and plant-based formulations of omega-6 and omega-3 oils, together with adequate sleep and exercise. Key complementary treatments can be effective in improving sight and reversing some conditions. Grossman, also a licensed acupuncturist, explains in his book Greater Vision: A Comprehensive Program for Physical, Emotional and Spiritual Clarity how he incorporates the physical, emotional and spiritual aspects of vision into his philosophy of eye care. At Somers Eye Center, in Somers, New York, he uses a full range of mind-body therapies, combined with conventional methods to address dry eye syndrome, nearsightedness, farsightedness, macular degeneration, cataracts and glaucoma. Kondrot, a leading board-certified homeopathic ophthalmologist, uses a slit-lamp binocular microscope to examine the complex living tissue of

the eyes. The author of 10 Essentials to Save Your Sight, he’s experienced in regeneration nutrition and maintains that our overall health impacts our vision. His toolbox includes multimodal protocols like homeopathy, detoxification, oxygen therapy, low-level microcurrent to stimulate cellular activity, palming (using the hands over closed eyes) and other alternative methods to reverse visual loss. He regularly uses the Myers’ cocktail, an intravenous therapy with a high concentration of B-complex and C vitamins, taurine (an amino sulfonic acid), trace minerals and zinc. “Regardless of your eye condition, regular eye exercises can increase eye muscle flexibility and support circulation for better delivery of oxygen, essential nutrients and the flow of energy to the eyes,” says Grossman. He notes that “Aerobic Exercise Protects Retinal Function and Structure from Light-Induced Retinal Degeneration,” a study published in the Journal of Neuroscience in 2014, was the first of its kind to link physical exercise with improved retinal health and prevention of common eye diseases. While Kondrot emphasizes that vitamins A, C, D and E are essential to eye health, particularly in preventing macular degeneration, he cautions that taking a supplement is no substitute for expanding the diet to include foods such as kale, spinach, parsley, collard greens, cooked broccoli, green peas, pumpkin and Brussels sprouts. All include lutein and zeaxanthin, two types of important carotenoids contained within the retina and found in the leaves of most green plants. Digestive enzymes, probiotics and the amino acid betaine are also necessary to facilitate better absorption of nutrients. Dr. Connie Casebolt, board certified in family medicine and founder of GFM Wellness, in Greenville, South Carolina, practices with a whole body-mind perspective and incorporates supplements in patient disease prevention and wellness plans. “As the eye is bathed in the same chemicals and nutrients as the rest of the body, eye conditions can be affected by problems affecting the rest of the body,” she says. “Low adrenals can contribute to macular degeneration. Additionally, disruption of the energy

flowing through acupuncture meridians related to teeth affected by root canals can also affect the eyes. “ She likes the book Whole Body Dentistry, by Mark Breiner, a doctor of dental surgery, because it includes numerous case histories of systemic illnesses, including eye disorders, that improve with better oral health. “Trying to sustain good health and avoiding toxins such as tobacco and excess sugar can definitely help in maintaining good

vision,” explains Casebolt. Sensitive, complex and composed of more than 2 million working parts, the eyes are their own phenomenon. Annual eye exams are important at every age to help us do what’s needed to maintain our precious gift of sight.

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ROLLING FOR FITNESS DIY Rollers Ease Pain and Aid Flexibility by Randy Kambic


ore amateur and serious athletes, people wanting to ease stiffness due to sedentary work and seniors are enjoying a new DIY way to massage out the kinks at home that’s becoming recognized for its benefits by experts worldwide. For the first time, flexibility and mobility rolling ranks in the top 20 of the American College of Sports Medicine’s annual Worldwide Survey of Fitness Trends. Made predominantly of foam and hard rubber, the rollers can “massage, relieve muscle tightness and muscle spasms, increase circulation, ease muscular discomfort and assist in the return to normal activity,” according to the organization’s Health & Fitness Journal, which notes a growing market for the devices. Dr. Walter Thompson, professor of kinesiology and health with Georgia State University, in Atlanta, was the lead author of the survey. He says, “Personal trainers have found that it works for their clients. We’ve also seen an

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increase in popularity in gyms and fitness clubs.” The trend is partly spawned by their use in Pilates. Thompson adds, “Tech devices, now central to our daily lives, have changed the way we plan and manage our workouts.” Yet, as with other such equipment, users must be educated on how to employ the rollers on their own. Most rollers are available in smooth or ribbed textures in different sizes and densities. Sets include one for deep tissue rolling, self-myofascial release and trigger point relief, designed to aid muscles related to the back, hips, arms, glutes and hamstrings. Dr. Spencer H. Baron, president of NeuroSport Elite, in Davie, Florida, was the 2010 National Sports Chiropractor of the Year and served as a chiropractic physician for the Miami Dolphins football team for 19 years. He starts patients out with rollers during office appointments, especially those with sports injuries. “It empowers them to

take charge of their fitness,” he says. “Those standing or sitting all day at work may need it even more than athletes do to improve circulation and stimulate the nervous system.” While rollers can be administered to hamstrings and quadriceps by hand, he attests that the back is the most commonly targeted region, and suggests two corresponding maneuvers: Lie down with a foam roller under the neck at home. Gently roll it across to each shoulder blade, and then center it and roll it down to the buttocks; even to the hamstrings. Next, assume a squatting position against a wall and place a roller between the center of the back and the wall, gently rise up, and then sink down. It’s also possible do this at work in private. Baron and his colleagues believe that rollers are beneficial to use on the shoulders and arms of tennis players and baseball pitchers. “I like the metaphor of a chef rolling dough in the kitchen. With a similar motion, you’re kneading muscles and tendons, improving blood flow and circulation to sore areas,” he says. Jason Karp, Ph.D., the 2011 Individuals with Disabilities Education Act Personal Trainer of the Year and creator of his company’s Run-Fit certification program, has seen the popularity of the devices on the rise with runners. “People like gadgets” that can help them, he notes. “Runners get tight from running, and rollers can help alleviate that tightness. I know a lot of runners that swear by them.” Karp, a California author of six books, including Running for Women and his upcoming The Inner Runner, feels that rollers are especially wellsuited for post-workout use. “The rollers are basically a form of self-myofascial release, which helps relax muscles by putting pressure on tight areas to cause the muscle to relax via its reflex to tension,” he explains. It looks like this universally applicable and simple fitness tool will keep on rolling through this year and beyond. Randy Kambic, in Estero, Florida, is a freelance editor and writer for Natural Awakenings and other magazines.

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The city of Las Vegas has passed an ordinance banning pet shops from selling animals that come from breeders and puppy mills. However, questions flew about zoning, definitions and other specifics. Pet stores are no longer allowed to supply their businesses with dogs, cats or pot-bellied pigs from breeders or puppy mills. They can only “display, sell, deliver, offer for sale, barter, auction, give away, broker or otherwise transfer or dispose of” animals from a shelter, rescue or nonprofit humane society.” They have two years to transition into that business model or stop selling dogs and cats entirely. More than 110 American cities have passed a similar law. Currently, Petco and Petsmart dogs and cats are foster or shelter pets and can only be adopted. Only businesses within the city limits of Las Vegas are affected by the law. Unincorporated Clark County, Henderson and North Las Vegas have no laws limiting the sale of animals acquired from breeders and puppy mills.

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U.S. District Court Judge B. Lynn Winmill has written that in a pivotal case of animal cruelty undercover reporting, the Idaho Dairymen’s Association responded to the negative publicity by drafting and sponsoring a bill in a class known as Ag-Gag legislation that criminalizes the types of surreptitious investigations that expose such violent activities. Seven other states currently have similar Ag-Gag laws on the books. Winmill declared the law unconstitutional in his decision, stating that its only purpose is to “limit and punish those who speak out on topics relating to the agricultural industry, striking at the heart of important First Amendment values.” The law was deemed to violate the equal protection clause of the 14th Amendment, “as well as preemption claims under three different federal statutes,” cites Winmill. “This ruling is so clear, so definitive, so sweeping,” says Leslie Brueckner, senior attorney for Public Justice and co-counsel for the plaintiffs in the case. “We couldn’t ask for a better building block in terms of striking these laws down in other states.” Source: Food Safety News

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Simple Ways to Get Kitty to Behave by Sandra Murphy


hree million cats end up in shelters every year, according to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Owners cite landlord restrictions or allergies in the family as leading reasons. Often, the animal is blamed for an easily fixed behavior problem; the Wake County Animal Center, in Raleigh, North Carolina, interprets rationales such as, “Kitty has a sensitive stomach [throws up] or pees under the bed [likely a urinary tract infection].” “I prefer to call such things issues, not problems. They’re often evidence of natural instincts that need to be redirected,” says Anne Moss, owner of, from Tel Aviv, Israel. “A vet visit will rule out physical concerns so you can move on to behavioral issues.” Once a cat’s adapted to living with humans, life becomes more pleasant for everyone. Cats can be trained. Dallas cat owner Bettina Bennett of advises, “Start early, attach rewards and be consistent. Our four cats don’t scratch the furniture, come when called and know when it’s bedtime.” Clicker training works well, adds Becky Morrow, a doctor of veterinarian medicine who teaches at Duquesne University, in Pittsburgh. “I have 13 cats living in my home and a sanctuary housing 65 more. They’ve learned to walk on a leash and obey commands.” Dr. Jeff Werber, a Los Angeles veterinarian, has found that scratching furniture, biting people, nocturnal activity,

throwing up and ignoring the litter box are the five most common complaints. Scratching lets Kitty leave her scent, stretch and shed old claws. He suggests, “Get a scratching post, but don’t put it in an-out-of-the-way location. Cats like to be where we are. Start with it in the center of the room and gradually move it to the corner.” Measure how tall a cat is when standing on her hind legs with front legs fully extended. Get a post that is half again as tall so she can really stretch. Gently rub her paws on the post first, and then dab on a bit of catnip as added enticement. Cats don’t like unfamiliar textures, so avoidance training tools can include laying aluminum foil or backing-side-up carpet runners over furniture arms and cushions plus double-sided sticky tape at the corners to preserve upholstery. When humans become a target for a cat’s pounces, use toys as decoys. A short play session will satisfy their desire to hunt. Leave curtains open so she can see outside, clear shelves for climbing and have a cat tree or window shelf for optimum viewing. A nearby bird feeder will hold a feline’s attention for hours. Werber advises, “For undisturbed household sleep, get the cat toys out about an hour before your bedtime. Fifteen minutes of play will tire a pet. Let him calm down and then feed him. A full cat is a sleepy cat.”

Some cats nibble, while others gulp food and then throw up. The recommended antidote is to feed smaller amounts several times a day. Cats should eat both dry and wet food to get carbohydrates and meat, Werber advises. Throwing up can be a sign of hairballs, even if unseen. Put the cat on a natural hairball remedy once a day for four days, then two times a week, until the vomiting stops. A touch of non-petroleum jelly on the cat’s nose or a bit of fish oil or pumpkin in her food will work. When cats ignore the litter box, note what’s changed—the type of litter, location of the box, a lurking stray cat or the pet’s health. Arthritic cats find it hard to climb into a tall-sided box. Felines feel vulnerable when using the box, and like to know what’s around them—a lidless box makes them feel safer says Werber. The rule is to have one more litter box than there are cats. If the house is more than one story tall, food, water, beds and litter should be available on every level. “All cats should be kept indoors, microchipped and wearing a colorful collar and tags,” says Werber. Colors give birds fair warning if a cat ever goes outside. With time and attention, any cat can become an active, well-behaved family member. Connect with Sandra Murphy at

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uccessfully introducing a new cat into an established multi-species family can be a challenge. The existing hierarchy is a delicate balance of interrelationships and humans are often reluctant to upset the status quo. Many people avoid this by refusing to get a new cat until older pets die. But this rigid stance denies everyone—animals and humans—the infusion of fun energy a young cat or kitten brings. It’s easy to give the family the gift of a new playmate if we follow this simple protocol. Keep the new cat or kitten isolated in a small room for the first few days. This allows them time to get used to the smells and sounds of the household from a safe distance. They might feel lost and overwhelmed if set down in the middle of a large, bustling household. A small space with a litter box, food and water bowls and a covered bed or box to hide in will give them time to feel safe in their new home. The humans in the family should visit the newcomer often, giving plenty of lap time and cuddling. This helps the new kitty to get acquainted with people, but also allows the animal family members to sniff each other’s scents mingled on the human’s clothing. The sense of smell is very important to animals, and they may react unfavorably to animals with scents that are unlike their own. Little tricks like brushing everyone with the same brush or sharing blankets between the newcomer and the established pets will help them to become used to each other before they even meet. When it’s time to introduce the new kitty to the rest of the animal family members, it’s important to know the animals’ personalities and control the introductions to ensure everyone’s safety. Assuming that a dog is already cat-friendly (if not, please consult an animal communicator or behaviorist before proceeding) leash the dog and allow the cat to explore. Judge the dog’s reaction. Ears forward, body and tail relaxed, tail wagging equals curiosity; while staring eyes, tense body, tail straight-out or hackles raised means your new cat is in danger. If all is well, allow both animals to greet each other and allow the dog freedom to interact when it is earned. Introducing new cats to existing cats is a little different. As long as the older cats have been spayed and neutered, any drama should be all for show and fairly short-lived.

Most cats feel it is their duty to teach newcomers how to behave. A certain amount of hissing and slapping is natural and harmless, and we should allow them to work it out by themselves. Take care not to give the newcomer too much attention in front of the other cats until it has been accepted. Shared playtime with lavish praise and attention for the established family members will help the new fur-baby to find its place in the new order of things. Before long, everyone will be cuddling and happy together. Babette de Jongh is trained in advanced level communication and counseling for professional animal communicators by Penelope Smith, a pioneer in the field of animal communication. Learn more at See ad, on this page.

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SATURDAY, MARCH 12 Kids' Co-op Preschool Open House – 10am12pm. Registration opens March 2. Tour this cooperative preschool and grounds and meet other co-op families. Classes for ages 2, 3 and 4 begin in September. Free. Kids’ Cooperative Preschool 4316 N Decatur Blvd, LV. 702-656-6600. Emotions & Oils Class With Patti Stevens – 1pm. Essential oils heal our body physically and provide us with the energy needed to heal and strengthen the emotional realm. Essential oils help emotions surface and release; focus will be on 10 of those oils. $10. Enchanted Forest Reiki, 2280 S Jones Blvd, LV. 702-359-0848.



Eat Healthy Be Healthy: My Wellness Counts Nutritious Food Series: Bountiful Beans: Getting Enough Fiber – 6-7pm. Learn how important beans are for health and how easy it is to enjoy them in everyday recipes. Store tour, food and wine tasting. Chat with Sari. Free. Whole Foods Market Fort Apache. 702-443-4339.

Under the Crystals – 10am-5pm. Take an amazing journey in this awesome crystal layout class. Learn about crystals, creating a grid and how to lead a session. Remote viewing, journey to past and future lives and more. Certification upon completion. $200. The Sacred Art of Healing, 2400 N Tenaya Way, LV. 702-218-7135.


Eat Healthy Be Healthy: My Wellness Counts Nutritious Food Series: Powerful Proteins: Maintaining Your Strength – 6-7pm. Learn about high-quality plant-based sources of protein that come from whole foods found in nature. Store tour, food and wine tasting. Chat with Sari. Free. Whole Foods Market Fort Apache. 702-443-4339.

Copper Pyramid & Crystal Bowl Meditation and Reiki Share – 7-9pm. Experience relaxation and stress relief with Reiki's life changing energy. Vibrations will be lifted by the singing bowls as you're guided into a relaxing meditative state and receive beautiful Reiki energy. Love donation. Oasis to Zen, 5715 W Alexander Rd, 140, LV. 702-491-6035.

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The Power of Forgiveness – 1-3pm. Dr. Karmen Smith, Trauma Specialist, spiritual teacher and author works with abused children in Las Vegas. She will discuss the role of forgiveness in the healing process. Free. Left Of Center Art Gallery, 2207 W Gowan Rd, NLV. 702-271-3600.


TUESDAY, MARCH 15 Belly Dancing with Goldie – 6:30pm. An exciting evening exploring the many rhythms of dance or as some may call it, "Belly Dancing". Goldie provides costumes that bring fun and laughter into your hips. $5. Luminosity Wellness Center, 2400 N Tenaya Way, LV. 702-721-9355.

The Four Arena's of Life: Raising My Christ Consciousness Within-with April Azzolino – 7pm. If you have faith, you trust. If you trust, you do not worry. If you do not worry, you are relaxed. If you are relaxed, you are at peace with yourself. $15. Enchanted Forest Reiki, 2280 S Jones Blvd, LV. 702-359-0848.

FRIDAY, MARCH 18 ThetaHealing Basic DNA – 9:30am-5:30pm. No prerequisite. ThetaHealing is a therapeutic, self-help guide to develop the ability to change on all levels, physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually using the Creator of All That Is. Book, manual and certificate included. $440. The Sacred Art of Healing, 2400 N Tenaya Way, LV. 702-2187135. Th

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SATURDAY, MARCH 19 Usui Reiki I Certification Class Plus Holy Fire/2 Night Class – 9am-5pm. Japanese Reiki techniques as taught by Dr. Usui. Learn to smudge, Reiki principals, Reiki lineage, Gassho, Chakra balancing. Receive a Reiki I attunement, hand positions and practice time. The Holy Fire Reiki is powerful and gentle and provides purification, healing, empowerment and guidance. $150. Enchanted Forest Reiki, 2280 S Jones Blvd, LV. 702-359-0848.

MONDAY, MARCH 21 ThetaHealing Advance DNA – 9:30am-5:30pm. Prerequisites: Basic DNA. Take your ThetaHealing studies even further with Advance DNA. Improve your Digging skills, Learn more about the Planes of Existence, Free Floating Memories, Baby in the Womb and so much more. $440. The Sacred Art of Healing, 2400 N Tenaya Way, LV. 702-218-7135.

FRIDAY, MARCH 25 ThetaHealing Plant Class – 10am-5pm. Prerequisites: Basic and Advanced. Learn how this amazing species has evolved through time, how they communicate and their relationship with

fairies. Work with the Second Plan of Existence, blessing your food and more. $200. The Sacred Art of Healing, 2400 N Tenaya Way, LV. 702-218-7135. Musical Vibrations Energy Exchange – 7-9pm. This meditation is so fun. Play instruments, raise vibrations and embrace your inner child, while releasing what no longer serves you during this unique interactive meditation. Parents, your kids will love this experience. Love donation. Oasis to Zen, 5715 W Alexander Rd, 140, LV. 702-4916035.

SATURDAY, MARCH 26 ThetaHealing Animal Class – 10am-5pm. Prerequisites: Basic and Advance DNA. This course was developed for those who love animals and have a deep connection and affinity with all living things. Gain a deeper understanding in healing with animals. In-depth information on digging. $400. The Sacred Art of Healing, 2400 N Tenaya Way, LV. 702-218-7135. 10 Day Reset Challenge – 2-3pm. Summer… It’s time for a total body transformation. Join us and learn how to break sugar and processed food cravings. When the body is cleansed, weight loss is a healthy side effect. Free. Luminosity Wellness Center, 2400 N Tenaya Way, LV. 702-721-9355.

MONDAY, MARCH 28 ThetaHealing Dig Deeper – 10am-5pm. Prerequisites: Basic DNA, Advance DNA. Sharpen ThetaHealing technique by learning the 8 different ways of digging. Find out how to get to the core of the issue faster and easier. In-depth information on digging. $400. The Sacred Art of Healing, 2400 N Tenaya Way, LV. 702-218-7135. Sacred Harmonics Healing Circle With Katherene Liles – 7pm. Experience the depths of sound while enjoying a mixture of Seven Chakra-Quartz Crystal Bowls, Solfeggio Tuning Forks, Tibetan Bowls, Bells, Drums, Rattles and other instruments. $35. Enchanted Forest Reiki, 2280 S Jones, LV. 702-359-0848.

A LOOK AHEAD THURSDAY, APRIL 7 Intro to Ortho-Bionomy – 9am-6pm. 2-day. Ortho-Bionomy® is a gentle, non-invasive, bodywork system of healing that allows the body to correct itself. A hands-on structural, energetic modality that can decrease strain on you and really help your clients. $325. 6138 W Foothill Blvd, LV. 702-327-9082.


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ongoingevents daily Balancing Hormones Naturally – Learn to balance hormones with natural, safe and gentle non-prescription hormones for men and women of all ages. Relieve hot flashes, weight gain around the middle, mood swings, low energy, low libido, anxiety, erectile dysfunction, depression, insomnia and many more symptoms. Most importantly, help avoid hormone related cancers such as breast, prostate and ovarian, resulting from the estrogen in our environment. Watch video classes by Dr. Patricia Beckstead B.S., D.C. Live 2 B Healthy Senior Fitness Classes at The Echelon – M-W-F 10-11am. Join us at the Echelon for a Live 2 B Healthy® senior fitness class. All ability levels welcome! Classes are taught by a Certified Personal Trainer, specializing in senior fitness. Free. The Echelon 4330 S Eastern Ave, LV. the-echelon/. Medical Qigong – Tues-Fri. 10-11am. Use body movements, rhythmic breathing, visualizations and healing sounds to develop internal energy for health, vitality, mind expansion and spiritual cultivation. $10. Naturally Organic Healing Center, 1171 S Buffalo Dr, 110, LV. 702-433-3874. Wongu University of Oriental Medicine – Graduate Program – 9:30am-5:30pm. The non-profit school offers a Master of Science Degree in Oriental Medicine. Coursework includes acupuncture, herbology, Taiji, moxibustion, Western medicine, practice management and more. Currently accepting applications. $180/didactic unit. $18/clinical hour. Wongu University of Oriental Medicine, 8620 S Eastern Ave, LV. 702-463-2122. Start@Wongu. org.

sunday Kids' Art & Yoga Workshop – 11am. Combining yoga and art, this workshop fosters each individuals unique talents through active engagement. Class starts with yoga and leads into an art lesson allowing creative expression. $25. 1958 Village Center Cir, 7, LV. 702-228-7258.



You Are What You Eat – 6:30-7:30pm. Ever wonder why you crave certain foods (chocolate, cheese, etc.)? Especially during the winter months? Your body talks-learn how to listen. Join our panel of Fitness and Wellness Coaches as we explore possibilities for change. $8. Luminosity Wellness Center, 2400 N Tenaya Way, LV. 702-721-9355.

tuesday Beginner Tai Chi 24 Form with Fan – 2-3pm. This is a fun class designed to introduce the student to the amazing Tai Chi Fan. The Fan was once carried in replacement of the sword and is a practical tool for self defense. $7. Naturally Organic Healing Center, 1171 S Buffalo Dr, 110, LV. 702-433-3874. Drums of the Wolf Meditation/Journey Circle – 7pm. Deep drumming will bring participants into a dream-like guided journey meditation. Perhaps find oneself on a Viking ship, traveling with a wolf, or floating in a sea of colors--only one’s spirit knows. $15. Enchanted Forest Reiki, 2280 S Jones Blvd, LV. 702-359-0848. L.E.A.N Essential Oils – 7-8pm. LEAN Essentials is a concentrated class on nutrition and wellness created by Dr. Sears, MD. We Focus on L.E.A.N: Lifestyle, Exercise, Attitude and Nutrition. Free. Naturally Organic Healing Center, 1171 S Buffalo Dr, 110, LV. 702-433-3874.

wednesday Aspects of Distance Healing – 2:30-3:30pm. Learn first hand from Christine Contini and others regarding: Near Death experiences, Dimensional travel, what we can hear with telepathy, what we can see with minds eye, and what we can accomplish with distance healing. $15. Luminosity Wellness Center, 2400 N Tenaya Way, LV. 702-7219355. Breath of Sound – 6:30-7:30pm. This interactive meditation explores the connection between mind, body and emotion, through breath, sound and rhythm. Blocked or un-serving energies are released. This process can be intense encouraging you to challenge yourself. Free. Luminosity Wellness Center, 2400 N Tenaya Way, LV. 702-721-9355.

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Campus Tour & Info Session – 2pm. This is a one-hour group tour and brief information session on Wongu’s Master's Degree program in Oriental Medicine. Individual sessions can be scheduled by calling: 702-463-2122, ext 302. Wongu University of Oriental Medicine, 8620 S Eastern Ave, LV. Esoteric Yoga with Master Ileana – 6-8pm. This class is based off of ancient Yoga traditions. Each student will learn tools to lighten and develop his or her emotions, and improve health, energy levels and physical strength. $20. Naturally Organic Healing Center, 1171 S Buffalo Dr, 110, LV. 702-433-3874. Free Power Coaching – 6:30pm. Open to public. Weekly solutions to life's questions. Join us for a special interactive, educational experience. Discover new tools and techniques to transform your Life Experience. Bring your open mind and a notepad. Free. Luminosity Wellness Center, 2400 N Tenaya Way, LV. Christine Essex: 274-6670. Akashic Book Study Workshop with Anika Ray – 6:30pm. Explore spirituality and connect with the aspect of being divine in nature, the soul. Workshop is based on the book How to Read the Akashic Records by Linda Howe. $10. Enchanted Forest Reiki, 2280 S Jones Blvd, LV. 702-359-0848.

friday Qigong and Tai Chi with Sifu JC – 10am-12pm. Qigong is a self-healing system that incorporates body, breath, visualizations and sounds. Tai Chi is a martial art that helps with posture, hand-eye coordination, self-defense and well-being. 1171 S B u f f a l o D r, 11 0 , LV. 7 0 2 - 4 3 3 - 3 8 7 4 . Creative Solutions with Christine Essex – 2:30-3:30pm. Join Christine Essex as we explore communications and how to get what you want. Learn to program your unconscious mind and move toward your future with a plan. Change your thoughts, change your life. $15. Luminosity Wellness Center, 2400 N Tenaya Way, LV. 702-7219355. Friday Night Awakening – 6:30-10:30pm. Start your weekend in our Sacred Space with a Crystal Bowl Meditation, moving into Reiki Energies and ending with some Chanting Sounds of the drums. Love donation. Luminosity Wellness Center, 2400 N Tenaya Way, LV. 702-721-9355.

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saturday Qigong and Tai Chi with Sifu JC – 9am-12pm. Qigong is a self-healing system that incorporates body, breath, visualizations and sounds. Tai Chi is a martial art that helps with posture, hand-eye coordination, self-defense and well being. 1171 S B u f f a l o D r, 11 0 , LV. 7 0 2 - 4 3 3 - 3 8 7 4 . Integrative Yoga – 12-1pm. Allow evolution by sound to increase vibration and boost the bodies immunities with this class that combines: Meditation, Hatha Vinyasa flow and Ancient Yoga to create an electric mind animation for relief and flexibility. $14. Naturally Organic Healing Center, 1171 S Buffalo Dr, 110, LV. 702-433-3874. Spiritual Experience Discussions – 6-7pm. Discuss spiritual experience of all faiths in a respectful and open environment. Free. 1171 S Buffalo Dr, 110, LV. 702-433-3874.

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

TEACHERS WANTED Naturally Organic Healing Center Invites instructors experienced in wellness industry to host classes in yoga, meditation and dance. Two free days at studio. Call 702-433-3874. Visit, for open time slots.

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Julianna, Co-Creator/Alchemist 702-686-2727

DeLois Clausell Hollinger 702-217-1170 •

Julianna will assist you on your quest to understand and know more about yourself who you are, why you are here and where you come from. Be ready to transform, transition and transcend. See ad, pages 13 & 14.


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Dr. Patricia Beckstead, B.S., D.C. 702-263-0844 • Free Phone Consults

Babette de Jongh 251-424-4944 (call or text)

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

ANTI-AGING HEALTHY AGING – MIND, BODY, SPIRIT Holistic Health & Hormone Coaching Dr. Patricia Beckstead, B.S., D.C. 702-263-0844 • Free Phone Q & A

Want to look and feel your best? More energy, vitality, youthful confidence, weight loss. Learn to integrate holistic practices into your life. Mind-body therapies, antiaging vitamins and foods, replace depleted youth hormones, prevent adult diseases. 20% off physician coaching with ad. See ad, page 12.

Unbalanced hormones effect MIND, BODY & SPIRIT. Regain youthful energy, lose weight, boost your libido, banish depression. Don't deal with side effects of prescriptions Hormones. Maximize health, wellness & Longevity! See ad, page 12.


Vanessa’s compendium on plantbased health and fitness is centered on taking action and organized to be a quick reference. Ignite the fire of self-worth, health and happiness without sacrificing life's decadent pleasures.

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Nicole Taylor Sharp, Dir. of Membership 702-539-4400

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The LVHFCoC improves the health of health, fitness and wellness businesses. Effective networking. Business development. Amplify your marketing reach. Membership with a like-minded community on a mission of better health.


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


Dr. Margaret R. Colucci 2085 Village Center Cir, #110, LV 89134 702-880-5335 •

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Dr. Colucci specializes in natural family wellness care. Treating the whole body naturally, focusing on family wellness care, auto , work and sports injuries, pediatric & pregnancy chiropractic. Dr. Colucci is a 1989 Palmer Graduate serving the Las Vegas valley for over 25 years.


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Ready to infuse your business and/or career with more soul? ASA is designed to help you advance your business and/or career to the next level. Our workshops focus on the 5 pillars for building a successful and sustainable business with the soul of your team.See ad, page 27.

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Certified, award-winning organic products. 34 year old company. Skin care, essential oils, hair, baby, supplements, teas. Watch videos on my website to learn what we're all about. Organic health, beauty and sustainability is our passion.


Body Resonance Myofascial Wellness Center 5463 S. Durango Drive, Ste 120E, LV 89113 702-776-8881 • The Amethyst BioMat is a healing tool ideal for anyone interested in improving overall health and wellbeing. FDA approved for healing many ailments by generating Far Infrared Rays through the Biomat by sending pulses of energy through Japanese Kurera’s Super Fiber. As the FIR passes through Amethyst crystals, they emit Long Wave Far Infrared Rays that penetrate 6-8” deep through the body. Rays benefit muscles, as well as cells, including blood vessels, lymph glands and nerves in the deepest parts of the body.

DAY SPA STEVIE'S HEALING ARTS & SPA Corner of Pecos and Wigwam 80 N Pecos, Suite A, HD, NV 702-979-8035 •

Organic and holistic healing arts center in Green Valley, offering advanced skin care, deep tissue and Swedish massage, natural eyelash extensions, aromatherapy, toe reading and much more. See ad, page 15.


Ana Clavell, RHFP, RCP, CPLC 170 S. Green Valley Pkwy., Suite 300 Henderson 89012 702-997-3103 • Take control of your own health today with science-backed RH (Reconnective Healing©) and the Reconnection® and resolve conflicts in your life through Resolution and Spiritual Coaching.

INNERLIGHT ENERGY THERAPY Christina Faye 702-493-4823

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


Roxanne Perillo, Reiki Master/Teacher Shamanic Energy Medicine 920-336-6468 • An alternative approach to assist the dying, by helping one to heal on the energetic level. reducing stress and bringing relaxation with Reiki energy, as well as a combination of shamanic practices. Heal by releasing that which does not serve. See ad, page 16.


Reiki-ShamanicCranial SacralChakra BalancingSound TherapyBars AccessCrystal healers. Plus lots of classes and events such as Reiki Certification, meditations, intuitive studies and much more. Visit our beautiful metaphysical gift shop. See ad, page 16.


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



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

Dr. Michael Bell, DDS 8068 W Sahara Ave, #A, LV 89117 702-256-7666 •

Holistic dentistry with a whole body approach to create a healthy smile and body. Live microscopic viewing of mouth bacteria. Laser gum disease treatment. Computerized TMJ and bite analysis. Mercury testing and removal. Nutritional testing. Autonomic nervous system analysis. Invisalign. See ad, page 21.


Welcome to the world of halotherapy & discover a revolutionary solution to respiratory difficulties. Naturally treat allergies, asthma, copd, bronchitis, etc. We also offer halomassages, facials, halo-yoga & halo-meditation classes. 100% natural Allergy relief for all ages. See ad, page 11.

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Finding the Solutions to life's challenging questions is one thing! Learning who you are and how you operate is another. Christine teaches you how to be your own Self-Coach, through applied NLP tools, proper internal programming and Linguistic awareness. See ad, page 30.

MYOFASCIAL RELEASE 5463 S. Durango Dr., Suite 120E, LV 89113 702-776-8881

Halotherapy in the Himalayan Salt Cave Massages, Facials, Health classes & more • 702-228-7258

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The only all natural wellness spa in Las Vegas. We provide healing and relaxation for holistic restoration of mind, body and spirit through advanced skin, body treatments, massage, Ortho-Bionomy®, Reiki and energy work, holistic workshops, guided meditations, yoga and more. See ad, page 3.

Christine Essex, CHT, DD, Trainer of NLP 2400 N Tenaya Way, LV 89128 702-721-9355



Cheri Petroni, Holistic Skincare Therapist, Transformative Esthetician 5715 W. Alexander Rd., Suite 140, LV 89130 702-491-6035 •

Specializing in the John F. Barnes Myofascial Release. The ultimate whole body approach, mind-body treatment and missing link to healthcare. Highly effective in treating acute and chronic pain.


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Certified, award-winning organic products. 34 year old company. Skin care, essential We have the world’s largest oils, hair, baby, supplements, range of certified teas. Watch videos on my organic health & beauty website to learn what we're all about. Organic health, beauty and sustainability is our passion. See ad, page 21. *

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Roxanne Perillo, Reiki Master/Teacher Shamanic Energy Medicine 920-336-6468 • Try a remote healing session with various energy-based therapies. Remote healing involves one person directing Universal Life Energy to a person in a different location. Heal by releasing that which does not serve you. See ad, page 16.


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


5463 S. Durango Dr., Suite 120E, LV 89113 702-776-8881 Specializing in the John F. Barnes Myofascial Release. The ultimate whole body approach, mind-body treatment and missing link to healthcare. Highly effective in treating acute and chronic pain.


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

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Jeff Renel ThetaHealing Practitioner/ Instructor 702-324-259 Experiencing health or emotional issues. Find the change you need at The Sacred Art of Healing where they assist you in creating a positive mind, body and soul. See ad, page 30.


Julianna, Co-Creator/Alchemist 702-686-2727 Your place to transform, transition and transcend. Empower yourself, love yourself, forgive yourself. Explore the All That Is and your place within it. Shift your perspective of your life and acknowledge your Creation. See ad, pages 13 & 14.


8620 S Eastern Ave, LV 89123 702-463-2122 • Nevada State Board approved to offer a MS Degree in Oriental Medicine. Didactics with clinical training in acupuncture and herbology ensure competent practitioners. Step into a new career or expand your practice. See ad, page 29.


WELLNESS CENTER LUMINOSITY WELLNESS CENTER 2400 N. Tenaya Way, Las Vegas 89128 702-721-9355 (WELL)

LW C p r o v i d e s Trainings and Certification programs and is home to the largest Self-Healing is Real Study in Las Vegas. Schedule a Tour and meet our Doctors, Energy workers, Readers, and more. Ask about our Membership Programs, Private Sessions with Holistic Practitioners, Workshops, Special Events, Room Rentals, and Resource products. The Center helps you, help yourself through education.See ad, page 30.


Central Summerlin! Charleston & Buffalo 1171 S. Buffalo Dr, Suite 110, LV 702-433-3874 N a t u r a l l y O rg a n i c i s Summerlin's BEST resource for all things health related. From classes, meditations, supplements, lectures and health programs, JUST WALK IN, we'll take it from there! Check out our website! See Golden Dragon ad, page 21.


Specializing in anxiety disorders, back care and women’s health. Wellness practices using traditional yoga fused with modern wellness and designed to meet the individual where they are, aiming to bring about balance and healing. See ad, page 12.


8560 W Desert Inn Rd, LV 89117 • 702-685-0466 We are a full-scale vegan organic restaurant. Open 7 days/week for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Take out, delivery and online ordering available. We are casual and family friendly. See. See ad, page 14.

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Why Vegan? • Expand Your Palate with New Colorful Veggies • Compassion: A Universal Right • Non-Dairy Cheese • Develop Gardens • Holistic Pa...

March 2016 Natural Awakenings - Greater Las Vegas  

Why Vegan? • Expand Your Palate with New Colorful Veggies • Compassion: A Universal Right • Non-Dairy Cheese • Develop Gardens • Holistic Pa...