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The Real Truth About Health Conference in Orlando More than 30 of the most popular and influential leading thought leaders, experts and authors from a wide variety of wellness fields will be sharing their knowledge, insights and remedies at The Real Truth About Health Conference from May 22 to 31 at the Caribe Royale All-Suite Hotel and Conference Center, in Orlando. This free event is a partnership between the Hippocrates Institute, and Brian Clement, Ph.D., author of LifeForce and director of the Hippocrates Health Institute. Joining Clement as presenting authors at what organizers term the nation’s largest health, nutrition and environmental conference, will be Dr. T. Campbell, The China Study; Gary Null, Ph.D., The Healthy Vegetarian; Dr. Helene Caldicott, Crisis Without End; Robert Whitaker, Anatomy of an Epidemic; David Simon, Meatonomics; David Kirby, Animal Factory; Joel Fuhrman, The End of Diabetes; Jeffrey Smith, Seeds of Deception; and director of the film PlantPure Nation, Nelson Campbell, plus many others. “Our Natural Awakenings' network of publishers is excited to help support this important event as a sponsor and exhibitor in Orlando,” says company CEO Sharon Bruckman. “We hope our readers will take advantage of this free conference by attending or registering online for these 10 days of empowering information and inspiration.” Those that cannot attend the conference can watch a live stream or a replay of the presentations on their computers. Location: 8101 World Center Dr. For more information and to view the full schedule, visit Those interested in being vendors or other sponsorship opportunities, call 516-605-0459 by May 15. Hotel phone: 407-238-8000. Also visit

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newsbriefs Yoga and Meditation Retreat in Bali RYK Yoga & Meditation, in Las Vegas, has arranged for a full week of Kundalini Yoga & Meditation from June 21 through 28, in the heart of Ubud, Bali`s center to fine arts, music and dance, in an eco-friendly resort surrounded by lush jungle and breathtaking rice fields. Participants will be immersed in the rich tradition of kundalini yoga and meditation as taught by Yogi Bhajan, renew their awareness of the divine, invigorate the body, balance the mind and recharge the spirit. A mixture of ethnic and modern, the famous hotel offers new, luxurious rooms, a large beautiful swimming pool, an open yoga and meditation studio, an al fresco restaurant, a landscaped garden adorned with classic Balinese statues and wonderful views of the rice fields. Healthy, organic meals are prepared by the local chefs. Highlights include daily classes, tours of the surrounding area and special events and ceremonies.


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Yoga Therapy Facility Relocates to Northwest Area In order to create a better environment of peace and healing, Down Dog Diagnostics Yoga Therapy, LLC, has moved back to the home o f f i c e / p r iva t e yoga space located in the NW area of town. Yoga Therapy is the application of traditional yoga practices coupled with modern scientific knowledge. Down Dog Diagnostics Yoga Therapy, LLC uses this application to create wellness programs that ease or alleviate common conditions such as back and neck pain, arthritis, PMS, anxiety, tension, headaches and chronic illness. A therapeutic yoga practice could improve conditions and overall health and happiness. Alicia Cuglietta, founder of Down Dog Diagnostics, LLS holds multiple certifications in various forms of yoga, including a 500 hour certification in Integrative Yoga Therapy (IYT). She brings a unique blend of gentle to moderate yoga to a wide variety of students of all ages and abilities. Clients are seen by appointment only. For more information, call 702-768-2906 or visit See ad, page 11.

Spirituality and Interfaith Author Opens New Spiritual Center in Las Vegas Soul Sanctuary, a new spiritual center, has opened at 3450 East Russell Road, Suite 112, in Las Vegas. This interfaith spiritual center is dedicated to providing a safe, loving environment to explore the individual connection to the divine by drawing upon the world’s religious traditions for prayer, supplying opportunities to explore connections in community and offering low-cost, individual spiritual counseling. Reverend Kara Keating, author of spirituality and interfaith books detailing the journey to the spiritual, mystical life, is the founder and spiritual director. She believes that we are all interconnected and that we can support each other on the human/spiritual journey. Her first book, I am Enough by God, chronicles her own journey out of spiritual selfimprovement to reach a deep sense of self-acceptance. For more information, call 702-748-7166, email or visit or See ad, page 10.

Mother’s Day Special at Salt Room Las Vegas To celebrate the person that gave us life, Mom, Salt Room Las Vegas is offering a 60-minute ancient Himalayan hot stone massage and mini-facial with dead sea mineral mud mask, followed by a 45-minute relaxing halotherapy session in the salt cave and a salted caramel chocolates gift box. This is the gift of revitalization with the therapeutic properties of a room created entirely of Himalayan sea salt. Salt Therapy, also referred to as halotherapy, is a drug-free holistic protocol that recreates the microclimate of a salt cave and helps treat respiratory conditions such as cold, flu, allergies, asthma, bronchitis, cystic fibrosis, sinus infections, sinusitis, rhinitis, hay fever and emphysema. In addition, the antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties of salt therapy effectively treat skin conditions such as eczema, dermatitis and psoriasis. Salt Therapy can dramatically enhance sports and singing performances and improve lung function by increasing lung capacity and stamina. It has no side effects and helps build the immune system. Location: 1958 Village Center Circle, Ste. 7, Las Vegas. For more information, call 702-228-7258, email Info@SaltRoomLV. com or visit See ad, page 11. natural awakenings May 2015




esearch published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology has found that breath testing can reveal potential heart disease and artery problems quickly and efficiently. Testing 31 patients with pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) together with 34 healthy control subjects, the study found that concentrations of volatile gases such as propanol, ethanol and ammonia were significantly different among the heart disease patients. It also found that the breath can reveal specific details about the heart’s condition. The breath test can be analyzed in fewer than 30 minutes.

Italian Court Links Boy’s Autism to Vaccine


Last September, a Milan Court held in favor of plaintiffs that claimed that three doses of the hexavalent GlaxoSmithKline vaccine Infanrix Hexa that were administered to an infant beginning in 2006 caused autism later when he was a young boy. The vaccine is used for polio, diphtheria, tetanus, hepatitis B, whooping cough and haemophilus influenzae type B. After hearing from several medical experts, the court ruled that the child likely suffered autism and brain damage as a result of the vaccine’s content of mercury and aluminum, combined with a genetic mutation in the child rendering greater susceptibility. The ruling ordered damages to be paid by the Italian government’s national vaccine injury compensation program. The court’s decision was also based upon GlaxoSmithKline’s list of possible adverse events resulting from the vaccine, which included five cases of autism during clinical trials. Today in the U.S., most vaccines routinely given to children under 6 years of age are free of thimerosal, a mercury-derived preservative.



any expectant mothers try to know about everything they put into and onto their bodies as multiple studies are finding that infants are exposed to toxins during pregnancy. A new study of 325 expectant mothers has determined that the baby’s exposure to toxins in the womb decreases when the mother’s weight gain during pregnancy approaches the guidelines recommended by the Institute of Medicine (IOM) in 2009. Women that are underweight at the start of pregnancy are advised to gain between 28 and 40 pounds, women of a healthy weight 25 to 35 pounds, overweight women 15 to 25 pounds and obese women 11 to 20 pounds. The researchers found that expectant mothers with a gestational weight that meets or exceeds the IOM guidelines gave birth to infants with reduced toxin levels. In their analysis of the umbilical cord blood of mothers from Spain, the researchers tested for 14 pesticides and 21 other environmental toxins, including seven polychlorobiphenyls (PCB). Other influencers such as age, education and fish consumption may also be relevant.


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Crestwood Summer Garden Program Encourages Social Responsibility


restwood Elementary School, in downtown Las Vegas, is piloting a Summer Garden Program designed to teach 30 to 50 students in grades three to five about permaculture design, composting, garden science, art, cooking and nutrition from June 9 through June 26. Focusing on the principles of permaculture, students will participate in learning activities that encourage social responsibility and action in their community. The idea for a Summer Garden Program sprouted after witnessing how students were motivated to do well in school when they frequently participated in the outdoor classroom garden. It was decided that a summer camp was a great opportunity to train many students to become young farmers and to teach them about nutrition and cooking healthy. During cooking and nutrition classes, 12

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every child will enjoy one meal per day that comes straight from the garden. Because the school is located within a “food desert”, students learn that the community has limited options in order to access healthy and affordable food and also that one way to help solve this problem is to grow their own food. The Crestwood program is also designed to develop a sense of responsible urban living within the community and help students receive rich experience that will increase their motivation to love nature, take care of themselves and community and be highly successful in school. Cost is $380/week. Location: 1300 Pauline Way, Las Vegas. For more information, call 702-768-4351 or visit CrestwoodOutdoorClassroomGarden.

Ensure A Long Growing Season For The Crestwood's Outdoor Classroom Garden Gardens can solve every problem in our community including education, food security, health, economic diversity, tech job creation, urban renewal, crime reduction, social infrastructure, community connectedness, sustainability, economic localization and water conservation. The summer STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) education program will serve as an example of how schools, communities and farmers can work together to make Las Vegas a leader in urban agriculture and empowered community development. Educators are working with scientists, teachers, and permaculture gardeners to write a three-week curriculum that will be available free of charge to other Nevada schools so that they can use it when designing their own summer programs. Help make the Summer Garden Program a reality and help ensure that the Crestwood Outdoor Classroom Garden’s long-term project has a bright and healthy future. A donation of $385 sponsors a student for the entire program; $120 sponsors a student for a week; $30 sponsors a student for a day and $15 helps buy art supplies required for one day. To back this project or for more information, visit GreenOurPlanet. org/Projects/92.

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n February 2014, Green Our Planet ( worked with the American Heart Association grant to fund the first wave of the Crestwood Outdoor Classroom Garden. The school began with five garden beds and immediately began working with Garden Farms to learn how to care for the garden. During that same time period, two teachers from Crestwood collaborated on the Green Our Planet STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) curricula team with 10 other teachers from the district and several farmers. From this collaboration, they began learning about permaculture design, which manifests a philosophy of agricultural ecosystems intended to be sustainable and self-sufficient. Crestwood teachers began to teach the STEM curricula in the fall of 2014 and noticed that students were engaged and excited about learning in our garden. However, they also noticed that better infrastructure for teaching and learning was required. At that point, the idea originated organically to begin building and transforming the garden into an outdoor classroom.

Crestwood was awarded a Growth Mindset grant in collaboration with Downtown Achieves and the Greater Good Council for the 2015-2017 school years. A portion of that grant was set aside to help the garden metamorphose into a classroom. With the help of about 100 community members, including parents, teachers, community members, companies and nonprofits, pieces of the classroom were constructed. The group began by incorporating several permaculture design-inspired growing spaces that save water; a sunken

bed and an herb spiral. A harvesting table which also serves as a water collecting station that drips into a rain barrel was built, and using soil dug out for the leaf sunken bed, the group made an adobe (cob) bench. With the help of many students and a local artist, the bench became a caterpillar a few months later. In addition, in order to provide a space for teachers and students to display content, a curved whiteboard was installed.


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March to Support GMO Labeling A worldwide grassroots group March Against Monsanto has inspired a broad coalition of individuals and groups worldwide to gather as part of a global effort to raise public awareness and bring increasing political pressure to bear regarding Monsanto’s corporate farming and business practices and to insist upon labeling of foods that contain genetically modified organisms (GMO). Sponsored by GMO-Free Las Vegas, marchers in Las Vegas will gather at 10 a.m., May 23 at Beauty Bar. An estimated 428 cities in 38 countries on six continents will be participating in the Global March Against Monsanto for a peaceful, non-violent, informational protest. GMOs have been banned by Austria, Bulgaria, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Japan, Luxembourg, Madeira, New Zealand, Peru, Russia, France and Switzerland. Monsanto and other companies such as Dow and


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Syngenta genetically engineer food that poses scientifically established health risks. Marchers’ demands include solidarity against Monsanto predatory business and agricultural practices, rejecting “substantial equivalence” of GMO and traditional crops, independent scientific testing of GMO crops, promoting organic solutions, exposing the cronyism between big business and the government, addressing poverty, the real cause of global hunger, supporting food and seed sovereignty, supporting local farms, bees and biodiversity and labeling of all foods that contain GMOs. Long-time activist and member of the Gateway Greens, Daniel Romano warns, “Monsanto is bankrupting famers and causing soil infertility, mono-cropping, loss of biodiversity and beehive collapse. Their practices pose a very real threat to organic farming and loss of native plants and are creating dependency on a centralized food system. In aggregate, this is a recipe for global famine.” An Open Letter from World Scientists to All Governments Concerning Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) (see, signed by 828 scientists from 84 countries, details their concern regarding GMOs and a call for immediate five-year suspension of GMO crops in order to conduct “a comprehensive public enquiry of agriculture and food security for all.” Location: 517 Fremont St., #A, Las Vegas. For more information, visit and

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L0ve Squared ¤ Teen Camp Offers an Extraordinary Experience


0ve Squared offers camps for tweens to young adults and retreat weekends for adults. The zero in l0ve represents the zero point, the place of beginnings, where creativity starts and love expands. This summer, founders Christina Faye and Annabeth Rickley, will start Teen Camp, their first weeklong overnight teen camp for ages 12 to 18 from June 14 to 19 in Angeles National Forest at Paradise Springs Campground, in California, with yoga, mindfulness and intuitive awareness activities, sports, swimming, ropes courses, drumming, improv, dancing, arts and more. Teen Camp has a positive, friendly atmosphere in which campers can develop the many facets of their unique and individual potential, come together and connect. Large and small group activities are designed to reinforce respect for one’s self and others to develop and expand each teen’s inner awareness so they can take effective, inspired action in their own lives to create happiness and success, all while making new friends. Faye, a schoolteacher for 20 years, has been a girl scout leader, youth

others by developing their self-esteem, independence and a sense of responsibility and accomplishment.” Paradise Springs has cabins with bunk beds, bathrooms inside and lots of charm. The kitchen serves great food at every meal. Team sports include tennis, basketball and volleyball. There is a pool with diving boards, a ropes course, hiking trails, yoga, music, drumming, dance talent shows, arts and crafts, intuitive development, meditation and group activities. The teen camp staff consists of certified yoga teachers, artists, drummers, former campers, college students and teachers that create heartfelt camp families and memories to last a lifetime. “At Teen Camp, and all of our programs,” explains Faye, “we create an environment that both encourages personal growth and creates an unforgettable summer experience.” For more information, or to download a registration form, visit

director for the Las Vegas Center for Spiritual Living, a Sunday school teacher and teen camp advisor. “Our focus for L0ve Squared has always been about personal empowerment and how to expand love in the world,” she says. “At Teen Camp, we create a safe place for teens to explore who and what they are and become empowered by what they discover. We encourage teens to love themselves. We want to create more love in the world!” “We create events camps, retreats and global service projects where mindfulness happens and connections are real,” explains Rickley. “L0ve Squared is provides programs for youth through young adults and families to go within and explore and create—to create a place at the table for a more compassionate world that works for all.” “Together, we have gathered yoga teachers, life coaches, musicians and artists to make each event spectacular,” says Faye. “Our camp has a positive, friendly atmosphere in which campers can develop the many facets of their unique and individual potential. Camp reinforces respect for one’s self and others. It helps teens co-create with natural awakenings May 2015


globalbriefs News and resources to inspire concerned citizens to work together in building a healthier, stronger society that benefits all.

Corporate Climate

Companies Slowly Embrace Sustainability The 2015 State of Green Business report (Tinyurl. com/2015GreenBusinessReport), which assesses the environmental performances of companies worldwide, along with the trends to watch, is produced by GreenBiz, in partnership with Trucost. Collectively, companies have been nibbling at the edges of challenges such as climate change, food security, ecosystems preservation and resource efficiency. One measure of corporate engagement going forward will be proactive involvement on political issues that could accelerate the transition to a low-carbon and more sustainable economy. It remains to be seen whether companies can afford to sit on the sidelines, letting the political process unfold, or worse, play defense against changes that might roil their status quo. 2015 will be an interesting year on multiple fronts, especially with the launch of the new sustainable development goals at the United Nations (UN) in New York this fall, along with UN climate talks in Paris in December. Both will be tests of corporate engagement and resolve in driving the kinds of change many of their CEOs publicly call for. The reports’ findings of companies’ progress in greenhouse gas and emissions, air pollutants, water use and solid waste production are all leveling off or even declining.

Animal Genocide

‘Lethal Control’ Trades Off Species Over the next four years, the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers will shoot 16,000 double-crested cormorants nesting near the Columbia River, in Oregon, at a cost of $1.5 million a year and eliminate almost 100 sea lions because both feed on endangered salmon and steelhead trout. “If people knew how many animals are killed at taxpayer expense, they’d be horrified,” says Camilla Fox, executive director of Project Coyote, a San Francisco Bay Area nonprofit. Termed “lethal control”, there’s a growing trend to kill one species to protect another, and not all methods used are humane. In 2012, Dennis Orthmeyer, acting director of California’s Wildlife Services, said, “We pride ourselves on our ability to get it done without many people knowing about it.” Climate change, reduced habitat and food supplies, and the introduction of non-native species are the result of human interference. “With society’s growing footprint, lethal control can only increase,” observes Michael Scott, a University of Idaho ecologist. A plan to poison 4,000 ravens will protect greater sage grouse. More mountain lions will be killed to save bighorn sheep. The human rampage goes on, and concerned citizens are advised to urge lawmakers to end lethal control and protect wildlife habitat sustainably. Take action at 16

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Dirty Dollars

Stores Filled with Toxic Products HealthyStuff, a project of the Michigan-based Ecology Center, in collaboration with the Campaign for Healthier Solutions (CHS), has released a report, A Day Late and a Dollar Short: Discount Retailers are Falling Behind on Safer Chemicals, about toxic chemicals found in dollar store products. It includes test results for 164 dollar store products such as toys, jewelry, school supplies and household items and found that 81 percent contained at least one hazardous chemical above a level that generates concern.” The campaign sent a letter to the CEOs of the four largest dollar store chains, including Family Dollar, Dollar Tree, Dollar General, and 99 Cents Only, urging them to stop the sale of these unsafe products, especially to communities of low-income and ethnic families that already live in more polluted areas and food deserts, and adopt policies that will instead protect both customers and their own businesses. Combined, these discount chains have annual sales totaling more than $36 billion and operate more stores nationally than Walmart. The CHS is asking for a comprehensive set of reforms; communities need to let dollar store chains know that they want safer products and join local and national efforts advocating for nontoxic products. Scroll to Dollar Store Report at Healthy for the complete test results. Take action at

Tool Pool

Farmers Share Farm Machinery Instead of buying or renting expensive specialized machinery, farmers in Maine can now join a “lending library” of farm tools on short-term loan by using the Shared-Use Farm Equipment Pool, a partnership between the Maine Farmland Trust (MFT) and the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association. There are already equipment co-ops and joint machinery ownerships around the country; now the sharing economy being established in urban areas seems to be catching on in rural America, too. For a $100 annual fee, members can gain access to a seedbed cultivator, twoshank sub-soiler, plastic mulch layer, tine weeder, and strip and ridge tillers. The 1,200-pound mulch layer, for instance, retails for more than $2,000. Each piece is undeniably useful, but pricey, especially given the cost per use. Farmers have a three-day window to use the tools. The pool came about when Mike Gold, an MFT staff member, saw the need to lower costs for both new and seasoned farmers. Currently, most of the tool pool members are newer vegetable farmers, but Gold says there’s appeal for established land stewards, too: “They see the opportunity to use that one piece of equipment that they may only need once a year or once every few years.” Source:

Persistent Pacers

Women Marathoners Better at Maintaining Speed Danish researchers studying almost 2 million marathon results from 131 marathon races over a period of five years have concluded that women are 18.6 percent better than men at maintaining a consistent pace overall, compared to the first and the last parts of the distance. Among the population studied, 68.5 percent were men and 31.5 percent were women. The research further suggests that both men and women “burn out” en route and could improve their marathon results significantly simply by starting slower. Source:

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Bee-Toxic Pesticide Approved The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has approved cyantraniliprole, a new systemic pesticide that is toxic to bees, for agricultural use and has set allowable residue limits on almonds, berries, leafy vegetables and milk. The EPA also approved it as a seed treatment, so it may show up in GMO (genetically modified) seeds in the future. Cyantraniliprole has been proven to cause liver toxicity, and the EPA notes that it also alters the stability of the thyroid as tested on laboratory rats. Although the agency maintains that the pesticide is not a direct thyroid toxicant, any indirect effects on this glandular function are likely to disrupt the endocrine system. As its current endocrine disruptor screening program is still in the process of validating tests, EPA registration of the new active ingredient is questionable. Source:


Town Eateries Embrace Sustainability The city of Maplewood, Missouri, outside St. Louis, has teamed up with the Green Dining Alliance to become the area’s first Green Dining District, with at least 25 percent of all of its independently owned businesses certified by the Green Dining Alliance (GDA). The GDA helps businesses with sustainability and green business practices while also helping them save money. So far, eight restaurants in downtown Maplewood are GDA-certified. Green Dining Alliance’s Olivia Engel says, “It’s a win-win that makes sense for businesses and communities.” The city is also encouraging the program by subsidizing Green Dining Alliance membership fees. View updates at

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Scientists with the Washington Toxics Coalition tested household dust and laundry wastewater from 20 homes in the state’s cities of Longview and Vanc o u ve r a n d t o o k samples of incoming and outgoing flow from two wastewater treatment plants that discharge into the Columbia River, the Northwest’s biggest waterway. They detected flame retardants in all the tests. The conclusion of the study, published in the journal Environmental Science & Technology, is that flame retardants are sloughing off household products such as couches and TVs and collecting on people’s clothing, washing out in the laundry and passing through wastewater treatment plants into local waterways. Source: natural awakenings May 2015




icole Taylor Sharp, today a symbol of fitness and an altruistic ambassador for healthy living, was once resigned to being overweight. It was in her DNA, she believed, and there was nothing she could do about it. “The struggle began as far back as I can remember,” says Sharp, now director of membership for the Las Vegas Health and Fitness Chamber of Commerce. “I remember not wanting to get onto a teeter-totter when I was in kindergarten with my best friend,” she says, “because she was this tiny little pixie, and I was a thicker kid.” For most of her life, Sharp was the heavy gal pal who used her wit and winning smile to make friends, get dates and avoid being picked dead last for a game of kickball. She began dieting as a teenager, and over the years tried many of the

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fad weight-loss programs. “It was always just a roller coaster for me,” says Sharp. About four years ago, with her 40th birthday not far away and having given birth to her third child six weeks earlier, Sharp found herself at her highest nonpregnancy weight. “I was a good 30 pounds heavier than I had ever been before,” she said, speaking matter-of-factly, without a hint of self-consciousness. “I was 283 pounds.” And that, Sharp says, was her breaking point. “I just stopped and realized that I needed to change my lifestyle and not just try to lose that baby weight one more time,” she said. What made it different this time around, she says, was her attitude. “I finally decided there was no such thing as a fat destiny. I wasn’t destined to be fat for the rest of my life just because that’s what all the women in my family tree looked like.”

Sharp’s personal fitness journey had begun—a prodigious lifestyle change that saw her shed more than 120 pounds and keep them off. In the process, Sharp emerged as a symbol of hope for those who, like her, once believed being overweight was unavoidable. The pleasure Sharp found from living a healthy lifestyle quickly grew into a passion. She wanted to share her success and help others along their own fitness journeys through education, support and accountability. Through her grassroots health and fitness community, Fit Chix, Sharp has inspired dozens of her friends and neighbors and hundreds online through social media to live a healthier lifestyle. In her position with the Chamber, Sharp sees the potential for that message to reach tens of thousands. “The goal is to create a healthier community through connecting health, fitness and wellness businesses together to better serve the Las Vegas community,” says Sharp, who took over as director of membership in February. The Chamber, now more than 100 members strong, was founded in 2013 by Raymond Wilson and a group of individuals passionate about building a strong and healthy community, Sharp notes. The organization already has reached more than 50,000 through its marketing and social media efforts, and hundreds attend monthly mixers, health fairs and educational forums. Sharp also co-hosts Spotlight on Las Vegas Business, a weekly radio show highlighting small-to medium-size business in the area on KSHP-AM 1400. The two-hour program, airing from noon to 2 p.m. Mondays, also features a 15-minute weekly feature on Chamber members during its health and fitness segment. “In the Chamber, we have dozens and dozens of health, wellness and fitness businesses and experts,” she says. “Whatever it is you need, the Las Vegas Health and Fitness Chamber of Commerce can be an incredible resource to give you those last missing puzzle pieces to realize that healthy lifestyle.” For Sharp, the key was finding ways to live a healthier lifestyle without taking away from other areas of her life that made her happy. “I didn’t know what

A NOTE FROM NICOLE: This picture of me sitting on the bench is February of 2012. My daughter, Lucia, was a year old and I was at about 275 pounds…only down slightly from my six weeks postpartum high of 283. I didn’t even know the photo was being taken. I would have never allowed it because I was so body conscience at that weight. I would only take pictures standing up and partially hiding behind people or the baby stroller. The look on my face exemplifies the feeling I had about the shell I was trapped under; exhausted, discontent and no connection to the feminine energy from which I now draw power. I felt like a mother, a human being…not a strong, sexy, unstoppable WOMAN. That time was a bottom for me yet I am so grateful. The epiphany of knowing what I truly wanted happened right after that time. Nearing 40, I wanted to not waste any more youth and life I had left fighting that rollercoaster of resenting my body and the enemy that was overweight. I just wanted to be successful in living the life I had at a healthier weight where I could function as I chose. If that meant I would live happily or gratefully at a size 14 but be off the rollercoaster, I would take it! Little did I know that 3 years later I would be a happy, active size 8 hiking, cycling, running, leading a boot camp… Anything that I set my mind to, my body could take me there. My body was no longer the enemy and THAT was the gift. The 122 pounds gone was just icing.

level of fitness I would be able to achieve when I started my fitness journey,” she says. “I just knew that I could find a healthier lifestyle.” As the former owner and operator of a successful catering business in the Las Vegas area, giving up good food was a nonstarter. “I needed to basically find a better way to fuel my body,” she says. “I enjoyed the fuel I was putting into it. As a former caterer, delicious food was important to me, and it still is. I just want

my body to feel and look as delicious as my food tastes.” That meant no more “crazy, restrictive diet plans,” she explains, but a dietary transformation to clean eating—making a habit of consuming the healthiest options in each food group. Then there was exercise. The idea of walking 45 minutes on a treadmill didn’t appeal to Sharp, “but I love to go hiking for two hours with friends. (continued on page 21)

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r. Shelley Hiestand, aka Dr. Shelley, is a sexologist, author, seminar presenter and consultant, promoting the anti-aging and health benefits of sex, seminars, books, educational events related to sex and consciousness, health and well-being. Her mission is “to make the world more sexually joyful.” Born in New Zealand, she holds a law degree and a Ph.D. in philosophy, with the focus on human sexuality. Dr. Shelley states, “Probably the most unique aspect of what I do is that I focus on enhancing what people already have, not looking at the issues and problems, but rather on how to make relationships even better. My sessions are not at all typical in any way. They do not take place in a doctor’s office type of scenario, but rather utilize all that Vegas has to offer. I meet up with my clients at a nice café, restaurant or 20

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bar. My sessions can incorporate cocktails, a hike in the Red Rocks, a trip out to Lake Mead or a day trip to a local spa, shopping for sexy outfits, adventures to local clubs, dancing or small group weekend workshops where couples and individuals get the opportunity to meet others, share life experiences and expand upon what they already know and do.” Her background is wide and varied, having traveled all over the world, taught workshops for more than 20 years focused on personal growth, health and sexuality and worked with individuals and couples for more than 15 years. “I have been in a long-term relationship myself for over 20 years that gives me plenty of experience to share, and have also presented at international conferences and appeared in educational movies on the topics of sex and sexuality,” notes Dr. Shelley. “I love

my life and my positivity about life; love and living is contagious. Rather than focus on what is wrong, my philosophy is to give thanks and look at ways to make our lives and loves even better.” She states, “Typically the people who seek me out are couples who have been together 20 to 30 years who wish to stay together, enhance what they have, expand upon what they have already established and make it juicier, more fun and sexually satisfying. The other target group is successful individuals who are still searching for a partner/companion to share their life with and wish to talk with someone who can help them fine-tune their own body image, sexual experiences and skill set and be the best lovers they can possibly be, so when they meet their future partner, they are prepared for a long-term, satisfying, sexual relationship that will last.” Dr. Shelley advises, “Sometimes all that is needed is someone to touch base with on a regular basis to talk about what is happening in their relationships and lives who has a diverse life experience and can make some suggestions for how to change things up a bit and make their relationships more fun and juicy.” Dr. Shelley also tailors packages to suit the needs of individuals and couples that incorporate meeting up and talking about the meaning of life and love, and longer, more extended sessions exploring their fantasies and desires. She also teaches weekend workshops that bring small groups together. “In my experience, when three or more meet, the group energy exponentially enhances the learning, and sharing in these small groups can be profound and inspirational. The focus of the weekend workshops is looking at physical aspects of body image, health, libido, exploring sensuality, loving touch, sexual fantasies, expanding sexual skill sets and becoming more aware of the energetics of loving touch and deeper connections. Dr. Shelley will hold a weekend intensive focusing on Sex, Love and Intimacy, May 16 and 17, at a cost of $500. Receive a free consultation with “Dr. Shelley” when signing up for her workshop. Location: Private residence, Las Vegas. For more information, call 702-789-8653, email Info@ or visit See ad, page 8.

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Finding the right avenue for health, wellness and fitness is huge in changing it from a diet to a lifestyle,” she says. The Las Vegas Health and Fitness Chamber of Commerce, Sharp declares, is resource for doing just that. “We are a group of healthy, like-minded people who can help you in any area of your health and fitness.” Jared Page deputy managing editor for the Deseret News, KSL and their respective websites in Salt Lake City, Utah. For Las Vegas Health & Fitness Chamber of Commerce information, call 702-539-4400 or email,

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the process of moving from fear, into feelings of safety and faith with the Divine.” An Ambassador for the Council for a Parliament of the World’s Religions, ordained through the Universal Life Church and attending interfaith seminary with One Spirit, Keating is now working on a Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership from Gonzaga University. “I have lived the experience of moving from separation to connection and from being inauthentic to being grounded in my own Spirit,” says Keating. “I went through much of my spiritual journey alone, which is why it is so important for me to create a community of support for the spiritual life, helping others to find the courage to create a life aligned with Spirit.” Location: 3450 East Russell Rd., Suite 112, Las Vegas. For more information, call 702-748-7166 or visit, See ad, page 10.

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Soul Sanctuary looks to the world’s religions for inspiration and guidance. “We know that we are on the journey to integrate our spirituality with our humanity and our everyday lives,” says Keating. “The community acknowledges the true validity of each person's inner wisdom, recognizing and honoring the human experience.” According to Keating, the community comes together to embrace diversity of spiritual experience, give love and acceptance to each other, honor the struggles and challenges, create laughter and friendships and pray with each other in supportive ways. “We never tell you how your spiritual life needs to look,” explains Keating. “Instead, we draw out your own inner guidance to answer your life’s questions. We offer a variety of ways to connect to the Divine to help you explore what works for you.” Keating has been on the spiritual path since she first experienced Oneness with the Divine as a teenager. “I have lived in spiritual angst feeling lost and confused in my own dark night of the soul,” she explains. “I know what it is like to feel alone and disconnected from the Divine. I understand 22

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alt Room LV is the first dedicated salt therapy center in Las Vegas, with 10 percent drug-free therapy for all respiratory needs, including HaloTherapy for adults and kids, HaloMassages, facials and body treatments, HaloYoga and HaloMeditation, as well as art and yoga classes for kids. Halo in this case has nothing to do with the angels; it’s the scientific prefix for salt. Salt Room LV offers a unique experience for revitalizing the mind, body and soul. Drug-free HaloTherapy recreates the microclimate of a salt cave and helps treating respiratory conditions such as cold, flu, allergies, asthma, bronchitis, cystic fibrosis, sinus infections, sinusitis, rhinitis, hay fever and emphysema. In addition, the antibacterial and antiinflammatory properties of salt therapy effectively treat skin conditions such as eczema, dermatitis and psoriasis. This salt therapy can also dramatically enhance sports and singing performances and improve lung function by increasing lung

capacity and stamina. It has no side effects and helps build the immune system. Owner Ava Mucikyan opened Salt Room LV in 2014, and says, “My vision was to help people with not only their respiratory and skin disorders, but to create a safe space for people who are also dealing with the stresses of everyday life.” The salt cave is truly healing and there is a great power in those 45 minutes spent in a Zen room full of negative ions. “For those moms like me who do not like leaving their child behind when they finally have a spare time to spend with them, yet like a little special attention, we created a space where you can bring your children and still get some pampering for yourself.” Mucikyan relates, “Our customers each have their favorites. We do jewelry making and salt scrub making workshops for kids and adults, as well as other meditation workshops, such as crystal bowl and Tibetan bowl meditations on the last Wednesday of every month. Salt rooms and the salt cave are also available for rent for private events.” “I love meeting our clients, talking to them about their concerns and seeing the smiles on their faces after they come out of a treatment,” says Mucikyan. “The diversity of Las Vegas is my favorite part. I see all kinds of people on a daily basis, with various cultural backgrounds and different interests in life. Twice in two months we have had customers meet old friends that they had not seen in more than 20 years. Salt Room LV definitely became a hangout place for many.” Mucikyan notes that Nevada has improved its business climate during the last few years, and says, “I am very pleased to see more and more businesses open and thrive. It is also rewarding to see that consumers appreciate local businesses and try to spend their leisure with locals, rather than national franchises.” Salt Room LV is located at 1958 Village Center Cir., Ste. 7, Las Vegas. For more information, call 702-228-7258, email or visit See ad, page 11.


MOVING BEYOND SURVIVAL Our True Identity Surpasses Any Disease by Eric Nelson


et down off your cross.” Harsh words, especially coming from a longtime hospital chaplain when the woman she was addressing had just learned she was cancer-free. Regardless, “Within two minutes, she started retelling the story of her diagnosis, surgery and chemo,” recounted Debra Jarvis, affectionately known as “The Irreverent Reverend”, during a TEDMED talk in Washington, D.C. “She was using words like suffering, agony, struggle... and ended with, ‘I felt crucified.’” It was then that Jarvis asked this woman to do what would likely require more of her than anything she’d done before. Over the years, Jarvis has observed the tendency for us to identify ourselves by our wounds as “survivors” of something that does not and should not define us. “What if people decided to claim their trauma as an experience, instead of taking it on as an identity?” she queries. “Maybe it would be the start of defining ourselves by who we have become and who we are becoming.” As Jarvis well knows, there are, in her words, “powerful forces” pushing us to do just the opposite. In 2005, she found herself in the same position as her friend, having recovered from cancer and trying to sort out what it all meant. “We don’t all have to start a foundation or write a book,” to claim meaning for

ourselves, she says. “Maybe we make one small decision that can bring about a big change.” For some, this has meant exchanging a disease-prone view of themselves for a more inspired outlook. Too often, though, mustering the humility to adopt such a perspective can seem just as difficult as climbing down from whatever tortuous experience we’re clinging to. Yet, it’s essential. As those familiar with the Bible know, a central event of Jesus’ life, his crucifixion, was followed by his even more compelling resurrection, a term that thought leader Mary Baker Eddy describes as “spiritualization of thought; a new and higher idea of immortality, or spiritual existence; material belief yielding to spiritual understanding.” The good news is that such transformation is not exclusive, but available to anyone. Whether it’s at the urging of a chaplain or another counselor or our own divine inspiration that’s encouraging us to move on, we owe it to ourselves to begin discovering who and what we really are. Eric Nelson is a Christian Science healing practitioner from Petaluma, CA, who writes on the link between spiritual consciousness and health. Find more articles at natural awakenings May 2015



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nchanted Forest Reiki Center is a full-service holistic center, offering Reiki, craniosacral therapy, crystal bowl therapy, shaman healing, angel profiling, holistic energy healing, meditation and metaphysical certification classes and more. The beautiful metaphysical gift shop sells unique metaphysical and gift items. Enchanted Forest Reiki Center also offers Theta Healing, Access Bars, sound therapy and several other healing methods. Veach states, “I started Enchanted Forest Reiki Center with a desire to help people heal from the inside out. It is an incredible honor to watch people find themselves again, learn to love themselves again, to let go of old wounds and learn to live! “I am trained as an Usui Reiki master, Karuna Reiki master and Holy Gire Reiki, as well as Seraphim Blueprint, shamanic work and many other energy healing methods. We started out with just myself doing Reiki sessions, operating out of one single office that was 110 square feet. Today we offer multiple healers, healing methods, classes and a gift shop. Our goal is to move to a larger location, with larger classrooms and a more diversified retail selection. “After going through a major illness myself, to which Western medicine couldn't seem to diagnose my issues, I went to an alternative healer and got my health back. Afterward, I made the decisions to get trained officially in energy healing myself and pay it forward.” She explains that energy healing is a relaxing, soothing


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RETHINKING BREAST HEALTH Natural ways to keep breasts smooth, pain-free and firm, while reducing the risk of cancer. by Lisa Marshall


e’ve been conditioned to narrowly define breast health in terms of pink ribbon campaigns, cancer awareness marches and cold, steel mammography machines. Nearly 30 years after anticancer drug maker Imperial Chemical Industries (now AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals) established the first National Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October 1985, many women have come to equate healthy breasts with cancer-free breasts, and assume the most important thing they can do is undergo regular screening. But amid this chorus, some women’s health advocates are striving to get a different message across: There are a host of steps women can take to not only fend off disease in the future, but keep their breasts in optimal condition today. “We need to change the conversation about our breasts from how to avoid breast cancer and detect it early to how to have healthy breasts and enjoy them,” says Dr. Christiane Northrup, an obstetrician and gynecologist from Yarmouth, Maine, and author of the new book Goddesses Never Age: The Secret Prescription for Radiance, Vitality, and Well-Being.

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In adolescence, breast changes are the first to signal the arrival of womanhood. When she’s aroused, a woman’s nipples harden and change color. When a woman gives birth, her breasts fill with life-giving milk. “In all these ways, your breasts are deeply connected to your femininity, compassion and sensuality,” says Hawaiian Naturopathic Doctor Laurie Steelsmith, co-author of Natural 26

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Choices for Women’s Health. Because breasts are extremely sensitive to hormonal fluctuations throughout the body, they can also serve as a barometer of overall health. “If you’re having chronic breast symptoms, it can be your body’s wisdom saying, ‘Help. Something’s wrong.’ Women need to listen.” While some premenstrual swelling and tenderness is normal, exaggerated or persistent pain is often a sign of systemic estrogen dominance in relation to progesterone. It’s common in the years leading up to menopause, but can also hint at impaired thyroid function, because low levels of thyroid hormones have been shown to boost estrogen in breast tissue, advises Steelsmith. Large, fluid-filled cysts or fibrous lumps, while non-cancerous, can also be a reflection of overexposure to harmful chemicals and toxin buildup, combined with poor lymph flow, notes Dr. Elizabeth Vaughan, an integrative physician in Greensboro, North Carolina. “If a woman has lumpy, bumpy breasts, they probably contain too many toxins, and those toxins are primarily estrogenic.” Addressing such symptoms is important not only to relieve discomfort, but also because excess estrogen can fuel future cancer risk,

says Vaughan. Any new, suspicious lump should be evaluated by a professional. Also, severe breast tenderness combined with nipple discharge could be a sign of infection or a problem with the pituitary gland, so it should also be checked. But typically, subtle natural healthcare steps can go a long way toward restoring breast wellness. For nipple tenderness, Steelsmith recommends chaste-tree berry (175 milligrams [mg] of powdered extract or 40 drops daily). The herbal supplement mimics naturally occurring progesterone in the body, helping to counter estrogen dominance. Vitamin E (400 to 800 international units [IU] per day) and evening primrose oil (1,500 mg twice a day) have also been shown to alleviate breast tenderness. For fibrous or cyst-filled breasts, Vaughan advises supplementing with iodine (up to 12.5 mg per day via kelp, seaweed or oral tablets) or applying an iodine solution to the breasts at night. A key constituent of thyroid hormones, iodine helps the liver convert unfriendly forms of estrogen into friendlier forms and flush toxins out of lymph nodes in the breast. Also, steer clear of chocolate and coffee, because caffeine is be-

lieved to interact with enzymes in the breast, exaggerating pain and lumpiness. Also consider ditching the bra, says Vaughan. Brassieres can constrict lymph nodes and hinder blood circulation in breasts, locking toxins in and aggravating fibrocystic symptoms. The link between bras and breast cancer risk remains hotly debated, with one 2014 U.S. National Cancer Institute study of 1,400 women concluding unequivocally that, “There’s no evidence that wearing a bra increases a woman’s risk of breast cancer,” while smaller studies from the United States, China, Venezuela, Scotland and Africa suggest a link. Vaughan, the founder of, says the science is compelling enough that she has chosen to keep her own bra use to a minimum and advises her patients to do the same. “Obviously, there are certain sports where you should wear a sports bra and there are certain dresses that only look right with a bra,” says Vaughan. At a minimum, avoid wearing a bra to bed and steer clear of underwires and overly tight bras that leave red marks. “This is not about guilt-tripping women into never wearing a bra. It’s about wearing a bra less.”

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Vaughan sees breast implant removal as a wise and courageous choice to restore optimal breast health. Better yet, don’t get implants in the first place. “There are a lot of other things you can do to improve the appearance of your breasts,” she advises. Vaughan recommends breastperking exercises like dumbbell bench presses and flys that tone the pectoral muscles beneath the breasts, making them more resilient and look larger. To prevent or reverse sagging, she again urges women to go bra-free. “We have ligaments in the upper outer quadrant of our breasts called Cooper’s ligaments, and they’re responsible for holding our breasts up. Just like your muscles atrophy when you put your arm in a sling, your Cooper’s ligaments atrophy if you wear a bra all the time.” In one unpublished, yet highly publicized 2013 study, French Exercise Physiologist Jean-Denis Rouillon measured the busts of 330 women ages 18 to 35 over a period of 15 years and found those that regularly wore a bra had droopier breasts with lower nipples than those that didn’t. In another, smaller, Japanese study, researchers found that when women stopped wearing a bra for three months, their breasts perked up. Those worried about stretch marks also have options. They can be a sign of inadequate copper, which promotes collagen integrity and helps skin stretch without injury, says Steelsmith. If rapid weight gain is occurring due to adolescence, pregnancy or for other reasons, try taking copper supplements or applying a topical copper spray on the breasts. Remember to massage your breasts daily, not only as a “search and destroy mission” for early detection of cancerous lumps, says Northrup, but as a way to get waste products flowing out and loving energy flowing in. “It concerns me that women feel pressured to think of their breasts as two potentially pre-malignant lesions sitting on their chests,” Northrup says. “These are organs of nourishment and pleasure for both ourselves and others. We need to remember that, too.” Lisa Marshall is a freelance health writer in Boulder, CO. Connect at 28

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Bust Musts for Cancer Prevention by Lisa Marshall


ccording to the American Cancer Society, one in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer, and nearly 40,000 will die annually of the disease. But at least 38 percent of those diagnoses could be prevented via diet and lifestyle changes, affirms the American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR). “For decades, the dominant public message about breast cancer has been about early detection,” says Medical Doctor Robert Pendergrast, an associate professor at the Medical College of Georgia, in Augusta, and author of Breast Cancer: Reduce Your Risk with Foods You Love. “Screening is important, but not nearly enough attention is being paid to prevention.” Here’s what we can do to keep cancer at bay or from recurring. Eat more veggies: Cruciferous vegetables, like broccoli, cauliflower and Brussels sprouts, are loaded with indole-3-carbinol, or I3C, a potent anticancer compound that helps break down excess estrogen and convert it into a more friendly, or benign form, says Steelsmith. One study in Alternative Medicine Review found that women that ate high amounts of cruciferous vegetables were 30 percent less likely to develop breast cancer over 30 years. I3C can also be taken as a supplement (300 milligrams [mg] per day). Eat more fiber, especially flax: Fiber, via whole grains, fruits and vegetables, helps flush out toxins including unfriendly estrogen. Flax contains cancer-fighting compounds called lignans, which block the effects of excess or unfriendly estrogen on cells. Drink less alcohol: Alcohol boosts estrogen levels in women and is broken down in the liver to acetaldehyde, a known toxin that causes cancer in laboratory animals, notes Naturopath Laurie

Steelsmith. According to the AICR, a woman that has five drinks per week boosts her risk by 5 percent. Two or more drinks per day boosts such risk by more than 40 percent. Skip the barbecue: Charring meat produces carcinogenic compounds called heterocyclic amines. A study of 42,000 women, published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, found that those that routinely ate well-done hamburger, beef or bacon had four times the risk of those that opted for medium or medium-rare. Keep weight in check: Excessive estrogen, which lives in fat cells, fuels cancer risk. According to the AICR, a woman with a body mass index (BMI) of 30 (obese) has a 13 percent higher risk of cancer than a woman with a BMI of 25 (slightly overweight). Spice up life: Curcumin from the turmeric plant has been shown in many studies to have potent immune-boosting and anticancer properties, reactivating sleeping tumor-suppressor genes that can kill cancer cells. De-stress: Growing evidence that includes studies from Ohio State University suggest that stress can boost the risk of breast cancer and recurrence, plus heighten its aggressiveness by altering hormones and impairing immunity. One study from Finland’s University of Helsinki followed 10,808 Finnish women for 15 years and found as much as double the rate of breast cancer among those that had experienced a divorce or death of a spouse or family member. Drink green tea: It’s loaded with epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), a potent antioxidant believed to suppress new blood vessel growth in tumors and keep cancerous cells from invading healthy tissue.

Triumph Over The ‘Big C’ by Lisa Marshall


hen Sandy Messonnier was diagnosed with breast cancer, she faced scary treatment decisions as doctors pressured her to consider all means available. “I was more afraid of the treatment than the cancer itself,” says Messonnier, 52, of Plano, Texas. “I kept feeling like I was being lumped into one big category of all women that got breast cancer, rather than treated as an individual.” With the help of her holistic veterinarian husband Shawn Messonnier, Sandy took a more measured approach, blending conventional and complementary medicine in an individualized protocol the couple describes in their book, Breast Choices for the Best Chances: Your Breasts, Your Life, and How You Can Win the Battle! After careful consideration, Sandy opted for two lumpectomies three weeks

apart, instead of a mastectomy, t o r e m ove the small t u m o r. T h e seco n d one was done to clear up a few remaining cells indicated by a biopsy. Meanwhile, she took supplements including green tea and coriolus mushrooms to impede the spread of the cancer cells. Several tests helped determine if she needed chemotherapy and the optimum dose for some of her supplements. The results prompted her to decline chemotherapy and opt for a brief stint of radiation while taking the supplements quercetin and curcumin to help combat the fatigue and other side effects. Afterward, she cleansed her body with homeopathic mistletoe, herbal milk thistle and other detoxifying supplements. Then she began the work of keeping cancer at bay. “A lot of doctors never talk to you about what you are going to do after the poisoning [chemo], the burning and

surgery,” she says. “Rather than taking a cancer-fighting drug, I chose to be more mindful of what I do with my body.” Her regimen called for committing to keeping up with the healthy diet, plus regular walks, yoga and Pilates that she believes helped keep the cancer relatively mild to begin with. But she also made some life changes to address the one thing she believes may have driven the outbreak in the first place—stress. She made peace with her mother, which reduced a lot of stress, began to cultivate a spiritual life and now takes time to meditate or walk when she feels even lightly stressed. She also vowed to keep the fear of recurrence from overwhelming her. “Many women never stop worrying about it,” she observes. “That is toxic energy you are putting back into your body.” As of this October, Messonnier will be five years cancer-free. Her advice for women newly diagnosed with breast cancer: “Chemotherapy, radiation and mastectomy are not among the right choices for all women. There are other options, depending on the type of cancer. Don’t be so fearful that you make hasty decisions you don’t need to make.”

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Breast Cancer Prevention Hormone Balance Is The Key by Patricia Beckstead


any health and wellness experts believe the cure for breast cancer is prevention. A growing body of evidence points to the fact that hormonal imbalance caused by normal aging, lack of exercise, undue stress, poor nutrition and chemical toxins, including synthetic prescription hormones (HRT) and xenoestrogens (environmental estrogens), significantly increases the risk for breast cancer. Breast cancer is the leading cause of death among women aged 45 to 54 in the U.S. Raising awareness about the role of hormone imbalance in breast cancer risk and prevention cannot be overstated. Women of all ages need to become aware of non-prescription, safe and natural hormone supplements available to help balance their hormones and prevent breast cancer and a number of other symptoms or conditions related to hormone imbalance such as premen30

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strual syndrome, peri-menopause and menopause. The latest research on estrogen sensitive cancers points to environmental xenoestrogens (carcinogenic estrogens) in processed foods and hormone fed animals that we consume daily, along with chemicals in our work places, homes and basically everywhere, as the leading cause of breast, ovarian, uterine and prostate cancers. Understandably, it is very important to be aware of the dangerous effects these powerful cancer causing estrogens have on the human body, especially breast tissue. Because we are poisoned by these chemicals on a daily basis, we should know or learn how to avoid them and what we can do to keep our bodies safe from their unhealthy effects. Furthermore, these environmental hormones affect both men and women equally, causing a hormone imbalance known

How to achieve balance and determine if and how much progesterone is needed: 1. LISTEN TO THE BODY If progesterone is needed, there will usually be symptoms of estrogen dominance: PMS symptoms (mood swings, irritability, depression, anxiety, cravings, night sweats, weight gain); breast tenderness, fibrocystic breast disease or uterine fibroids; thyroid or sexual dysfunction; fatigue, brain fog, insomnia, difficulty concentrating, memory loss or headaches; hair loss or bone loss; breast, uterine, ovarian or prostate cancer; and/or many more symptoms and related conditions 2. ORDER SALIVA TESTING from any local or online laboratory to monitor the level of hormones or seek the help of a local holistic health care provider that will manage the natural hormone replacement therapy. 3. In most simple everyday cases, the body is very accurate in revealing symptoms that suggest hormone imbalance. However, when cancers are already present or the risk for cancer is great, as with a family history of positive genetic testing for breast cancer (BRCA, etc.), precise levels of hormones should be monitored closely and determined with saliva testing and the assistance of a holistic health care provider.

as estrogen dominance. Hormone replacement therapy is not just beneficial for women. Men enjoy the same symptom reduction and anticancer benefits as women do. According to experts in hormone replacement therapy and cancer research, here is a list of important facts that all men and women should know regarding their hormones. Estrogen dominance (toxic levels or too much estrogen relative to progesterone) causes breast cancer in men and women, but also leads to other estrogensensitive cancers such as prostate, ovarian and uterine cancers. USP progesterone cream, found online or in most health food stores, balances and blocks estrogen and opposes estrogen’s actions thereby alleviating the symptoms and risks associated with estrogen dominance to help prevent estrogen-sensitive cancers or recurrence of these types of cancers. Blood work cannot determine the levels of free hormones, and is therefore ineffective for measuring the sex hormones for hormone replacement therapy purposes. Blood tests measure the plasma for protein-bound hormones only. Free hormones attached to red blood cells are fat-soluble and dissolve in saliva. The free hormones are the hormones available for use by the body and bound hormones are eliminated by the liver. Saliva testing is more accurate than blood studies for testing the sex hormones. Symptoms are usually a very accurate way to evaluate hormone imbalances. Progesterone can be used by the body to make estrogen, and therefore it is important not to have too much progesterone, again creating estrogen dominance. If unsure how to use progesterone, consult with a holistic health care provider that is knowledgeable about natural hormone replacement therapy for symptom relief and to reduce cancer risks. Xenoestrogens (environmental estrogens), chronic stress, poor nutrition, insufficient exercise and insulin resistance are common causes of progesterone deficiency leading to estrogen dominance which can be treated with USP progesterone cream. The most current hormone data

supports what the experts have recommended for years—the use of USP progesterone cream to treat estrogen dominance. Keep in mind that traditional allopathic physicians may disagree on this simply because it is not what they were taught, and primary care doctors or oncologists will most likely object to the use of natural hormones. Therefore, it is in the individual’s best interest to do the research, read as much as they can on the subject and become as educated as possible allowing them to make wise health care choices on their own behalf. USP progesterone cream stops estrogen dominance when used properly. It is important to make sure that balance is achieved between estrogen and progesterone. It’s all about balance. Dr. Patricia Beckstead, B.S., D.C., is a board-certified chiropractic physician and founder of Balancing Hormones Naturally. For more information, call 800-489-5933 or visit See ad, page 52.

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Pilates for Weight Loss Strengthen, Lengthen and Tone by Victoria Everman


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potential. Pilates can help accomplish that in spades. “Simply stated, Pilates is strength training,” says Alycea Ungaro, owner of Real Pilates, in New York City. “We work with resistance to increase strength and hence, muscle mass. Using springs and different apparatus to increase the load to the muscles, we can affect a metabolic increase by building lean muscle mass.” Individuals can add a variety of tools to a basic Pilates mat routine to help tone muscles all over and avoid boredom. “I enjoy adding bands, body rings and light weights to my routine because it provides variety and challenges muscles in a different way,” says Cabán. Resistance bands are easily portable, yet create a considerable amount of challenging resistance to help firm and tone. The body ring, well known among Pilates enthusiasts, is another resistance tool used during mat exercise, often focusing on the lower body and core muscles.

Look Thinner One of the best ways to look and feel thinner is to maintain good posture. Pilates helps create better posture by firming not only the abs, but the back, as well. “All Pilates work is performed with proper alignment and attention to posture. By establishing optimal spinal alignment,

you can facilitate better circulation, improved lymphatic flow and increased stamina of the muscles along the spine,” says Ungaro. Not only will toned spinal muscles help with continued weight loss vis-à-vis increased metabolism, standing up straight will automatically make a person appear thinner, thereby increasing one’s confidence, as well. “You will stand taller, hold your waist tighter and feel stronger,” she adds.

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Craft Core Muscles Pilates is all about core strength—front and side abdominals and the entire back. Toned abs and a strong back help to prevent injury, improve posture, reduce lower back pain and even promote proper bowel function. But the most popular result is flat abdominals. Once a favorite of 1930s New York City dancers George Balanchine and Martha Graham, Pilates now has 10 million followers in the United States alone. “Pilates teaches people how to use their abdominals correctly— how to contract the abdominal wall, rather than let it distend. This simple mechanism can be used 24/7 in your daily life. That is the single reason that Pilates flattens abs so quickly,” comments Ungaro.

Improve Eating Habits “The increased body awareness will also make you less likely to indulge in unhealthy eating habits,” notes Ungaro. Experiencing the improvements to your body and of what it’s capable is incredibly motivating. “You will have a new respect for your body and be more likely to take better care of it,” she says.

Complete with Cardio No weight loss regimen is complete without cardiovascular work. Combining the strength training of Pilates and a consistent cardio session works to help you lose weight and tone up nearly twice as fast as doing either routine on its own. Walking up hills works, or to add variety and challenge, “Consider swimming, running or the elliptical machine,” suggests Ungaro. “Steady-state activity is great for cardio conditioning.” Victoria Everman, a freelance writer in San Francisco, California, contributes to, from which this was adapted.

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MUSCLES Weightlifting Makes Us Fit,

Healthy and Self-Confident by Debra Melani


omen who shy away from the traditionally male-centric weight rooms might want to reconsider. Standing their ground amid the deadlift bars and iron plates could lead to a host of unimagined benefits. Research has found that among other things, hoisting dumbbells can amp up the fat burn, ward off some common diseases and make women stronger, both inside and out.

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Aerobic activity can burn more calories while doing it (e.g., 14 to 16 per minute when running), but strength training prolongs the burn, even when resting afterward, according to Wayne Westcott, Ph.D., of Quincy, Massachusetts, who publishes widely on the topic in scientific journals, magazine articles and books. Women will burn fewer calories while pumping iron than when running (between eight and 10 calories a minute), but because of weightlifting’s action—traumatizing muscle tissue and forcing it to rebuild—muscle recovery requires increased expenditure of energy, and thus calories, when the person is at rest. The research shows a revved-up burn of between 5 percent and 7 percent for three full days after a workout, says Westcott, who developed the exercise science major at Quincy College and has reviewed and directed strengthtraining research for more than 25 years. “On average, a woman burns an extra 100 calories a day by having done 30 minutes of strength training twice a week. That’s an extra 3,000 calories a 34

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month, or nearly an extra pound of fat she can burn.” Additional “free” calorie burning comes from the after-burn effect. By initiating the anaerobic, rather than aerobic, system, weightlifting requires more energy just to return to the resting state. “So, after you finish a workout, you will burn approximately 30 percent of the amount of calories you burned during the workout in the first hour afterward as your body transitions back. It’s a bonus of resistance training.” “It’s like there’s a furnace inside you,” says Naturopathic Doctor and CrossFit instructor Holly Lucille, of West Hollywood, California. The more buff a woman becomes, the more fat she burns. “It can help minimize that natural effect of slowed metabolism as you age and control body weight,” she notes. To maximize the burn, eat a healthy combined protein/carb snack within an hour of the workout, advises Jen Hoehl, a personal trainer in New York City, who says, “Adding amino acids helps the muscles rebuild more efficiently.” Westcott agrees, adding that 90 percent of studies he’s reviewed concur that about 25 extra grams of protein such as a Greek yogurt, more for heavier men, just before or after a workout, enhances fat loss, bone strength and lean muscle gain.

Don’t Fear ‘Hulk’ Bulk

Experts agree that it’s impossible for women to look like the Hulk character of comic book fame. “They don’t have enough anabolic hormones, such as

testosterone,” Westcott explains. “Our team has written 26 books on strength training, with not one title exclusively for women. The muscles are exactly the same for both genders, so the same training works, but women will just get toned, not bulky.” “I train a lot of tiny girls that deadlift 225,” Hoehl says. One tip: Don’t overeat, a mistake many women make when starting out. “Often, people will be hungrier, and they lose track of what they eat or think, ‘Now I can reward myself,’” Lucille explains. “You have to figure out what your new normal is. Eat lean, clean protein.” All three experts agree that braving the free-weight area boosts success at toning and trimming the whole body. “If you use free weights, you use your core and more muscle groups to help stabilize both the weight and your body, which is often standing,” Hoehl explains, versus machines that are often worked while sitting, and generally exercise only one targeted muscle group at a time.

Recover Muscle

Weightlifters also slow Mother Nature’s habit of stealing muscle during aging. “Women lose an average of five pounds of muscle per decade after age 30 until menopause, when the rate increases even more,” Westcott says. Studies have found that during a woman’s first six months of twice-weekly weight training, she can rebuild about one-quarter pound of muscle per week, he says. Because becoming stronger makes everything from chores to other kinds of workouts easier, women become firmer, fitter and more self-confident, Lucille observes. Independence rises, along with self-esteem. “As with all things in life: If you push against resistance, you get stronger,” she says. “That’s true both mentally and physically.” Note: Experts recommend using a certified trainer or weightlifting class to get started. Debra Melani writes about health care and fitness from Lyons, CO. Connect at


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EATING SKINNY Why Vegans and Vegetarians are Naturally Trim by Judith Fertig


e read the labels touting low sugar, carbs, fats and calories. We try this and that diet, hoping the pounds will melt away. Yet more than a third of U.S. adults, nearly 80 million of us, remain overweight or obese, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in Atlanta. The problem might be that we’re getting the wrong advice. While most weight-loss plans focus on reducing calories, recent research shows that vegan and vegetarian dietary patterns can result in more weight loss than those that include meat, without even emphasizing caloric restriction. Scientists at the University of South Carolina, in Columbia, point to their study, How Plant-Based Do We Need to Be to Achieve Weight Loss? Study participants were divided into five groups, according to eating style, from vegan to flexitarian to carnivore, and monitored for an eightweek period. At the end of the evaluation, those that followed an entirely plant-based diet achieved the greatest weight loss. Study leader Gabrielle Turner-McGrievy, Ph.D., notes, “Many researchers agree that vegan eating styles are tied to lower BMI [body mass index], lower prevalence of Type 2 diabetes and less weight gain with age.” Can it really be that simple… eat more plants and lose weight? “Yes,” says clean food coach Jeannette Bessinger, of Newport, Rhode Island. “Most people could benefit from eating more vegetables.” Co-author of Natural Solutions


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Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants. ~Michael Pollan for Digestive Health with Naturopath Jillian Sarno Teta, Bessinger advises her clients to start by eating more green, leafy vegetables. Vegetables contribute to weight control in several ways, says Bessinger. They fill us up and help calm cravings. Plus, when plants become the bulk of what we eat, we naturally consume fewer high-fat, high-calorie foods. For an easy appetite-control strategy, Bessinger suggests having a cup of vegetable soup about 10 minutes before a meal. “It shuts off your appetite valve and you’ll eat noticeably less,” she says, while still feeling full. She also recommends slowing down and being mindful when we eat. Vegetables help us do that. “It takes two-and-a-half minutes to eat a piece of cheesecake, but much more time to eat a big salad,” she says.   For New York City-based Victoria Moran, author of Main Street Vegan and The Good Karma Diet, losing weight and maintaining a healthy lifestyle became easier once she adopted a vegan diet. “I’ve been through life and loss and

ages 40 and 50, and my weight stays steady, some 60 pounds less than it once was,” she says. “Every year when I put away my winter clothes and get out my summer clothes, they fit.” Her eating strategy is easy, too. “Make your plate look like a Christmas tree,” says Moran, “mostly green with splashes of other bright colors from vegetables and fruits.” She eats green veggies in several ways. She makes her own green juices—one favorite combines celery, kale, apple and lemon juice. She also adds tender greens like romaine or spinach to smoothies that might also contain fruit and citrus juice. She steams greens with plenty of garlic and makes big salads. “I bought my salad bowl at a restaurant supply house,” Moran exclaims. Salads get an oomph factor with a selection of avocado, pumpkin or hemp seeds, mushrooms, chickpeas or red beans, artichoke hearts, chunks of steamed yam and sautéed tofu or tempeh. Moran cites benefits of more energy to do more physical activity and “feeling really good” as additional outcomes of her dietary shift. Sophie Uliano, a Los Angelesbased natural beauty expert and author of the new Gorgeous for Good, agrees, believing that eating a vegan diet 80 percent of the time can pay dividends in weight loss, well-being, energy and beauty. “Most of the time, eat clean and healthy,” she recommends. “It’s not a diet. It’s a ‘live-it’, a way of life.” Uliano recently asked two colleagues on the Hallmark Channel’s Home & Family show to try eating vegan, while also eliminating gluten, alcohol, caffeine and refined grains. The pair lost weight, gained energy and improved their skin tone. “Transformation comes in a series of small, consistent decisions over time,” concludes Bessinger, eating salad instead of cheeseburgers and vegetables instead of fries. For natural weight management, “Make strategic, long-term changes in stages that you can actually sustain over time.” Judith Fertig blogs at AlfrescoFood from Overland Park, KS.

Health & Wellness Counselors Implementing a Health Program by Sari Dennis

Personal health and wellness counselor, Sari Dennis (left) and cook, Lisa Cheplak are examples of how you can be supported as you integrate positive, healthy changes and create a vibrant, healthy lifestyle.


e know what kind of health we want and we know what we need to do to get what we want, but obstacles have a habit of getting in the way and holding us back from reaching what we desire from our lives. Often, we are held back in life because of fears and our own limitations, so we make excuses that make sense for us and allow our inaction to be okay. It could be time restrictions that get in our way, perhaps past failures prevent us from trying again or maybe we just don’t have the motivation on our own, and we stop trying. Integrating change on our own can be a daunting and lonely task, so seeking support from an outside source can make all the difference in helping us establish an individual health program that is just right. Health programs guided by experienced health coaches are a fairly new phenomena, yet those that have experienced having one in their corner realize the tremendous benefits. With guidance and individual attention, we become empowered to accomplish what we set out to achieve. Unlike physicians, whom often don’t have much time to spend with patients on nutrition and lifestyle and tend to prefer pharmacological solutions, a health coach

partners with their client, guiding them through the confusion and obstacles they face about their health. According to Joshua Rosenthal, founder and director of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, “There is no question that health coaching is the future of health care. Having a health program engages one to take an active role in establishing their own personal plan of prevention and action.” Taking an active role in the decisions that affect our life is critical to prevention, ownership and the understanding that guides our choices. Engaging in a health program means we don’t have to do it alone. This can be of great comfort and support as we begin to make changes. Kerrie Martin, founder of Live In Rhythm, says, “There’s so much conflicting information out there that a health coach can help individuals decipher all the information, allowing clients to figure out how a treatment plan will impact their life.” Making the decision to set up our own personal health program can empower us to make lasting changes that prove beneficial in improving all areas of our lives. Questioning where we are in our lives versus where we really want to be can

serve as a great catalyst for change. So many people spent a lifetime developing habits that are now second nature. These habits may no longer serve us, but we don’t know how to change them or are resistant to do so. Adapting a health program, where changes are made gradually, can open the door to new possibilities, allow us to become what we desire and result in our achieving the life we envision. Sari Dennis is a board-certified health and wellness counselor, Food for Life Instructor and founder of My Wellness Counts, LLC, in North Las Vegas. For more information, call 702-443-4339, email or visit

TIPS FOR BEGINNING A HEALTH PROGRAM & SELF-EXPLORATION QUESTIONS 1. Am I doing what I really want to be doing? 2. What is fulfilling me now? 3. What is stressing me out? 4. Where should I be spending my time? 5. What am I committed to starting? 6. How motivated am I? 7. What are my critical reasons for wanting change? 8. Do I need help setting and accomplishing my goals? 9. Do I need a program customized to fit my needs? 10. What are three things I can do right now that will help me get started?

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Laura Prepon’s Journey to Health


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rom That ‘70s Show to Orange is the New Black, actress Laura Prepon has long been considered by TV audiences to be a welcome image of health. Yet Prepon’s recent discovery that she’d been falling short in nourishing her body as effectively as possible has set in motion a complete redirection of lifestyle, from her diet to fitness routine. Now working on a book about clean living and eating due out next year, Prepon has rededicated herself to educating us just as much as she’s entertained us through the years.

and bring meals to work so I don’t stress about food during the day. It feels good to get people together in the kitchen and I’ve taught friends how to cook healthy foods in simple ways, so they now bring their own meals with them to work. It’s all about preparation, so that you’re not just grabbing something on the run. Knowing what’s going into the food we’re eating is important.

My mother was a gourmet chef and an advocate of organic food, so we always had amazing meals growing up. Eating organic produce that’s in season locally seems to help me assimilate nutrition more readily. Whenever I can, I also try to tap into biodynamic agriculture, which takes an even broader holistic approach to food production and nutrition. I view GMOs [genetically modified foods] as toxic to the system. As a self-taught chef, I like to cook at least 80 percent of my food at home

eryone has to deal with, our gut flora, intestines and bodies in general are becoming compromised. Ten years ago, few had even heard of gluten allergies unless you had celiac disease, which was rare even then. Now, everywhere you go, there’s a gluten-free option. I love eating soup because the healthful ingredients I use are broken down completely, so the body can immediately assimilate needed micronutrients, which help heal us from the inside out. I’m talking about homemade broth from

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grass-fed beef bones, so you get the marrow; I’m partial to knuckle bones. I always have soup broth in my refrigerator.

What’s key to your ability to naturally stay healthy and fit in the midst of an intense schedule of work and travel? I love modalities like acupuncture, massage … all of that. I fully believe in keeping energy flowing to benefit the functioning of all our organs. As school kids, we learn about the circulatory system and central nervous system, but who knows much about the lymphatic system? It’s extremely important, and people are starting to get the idea. Activities like yoga, swimming and bouncing on the trampoline can help.

Do you see society’s penchant for medicating as a way to avoid listening to and addressing our body’s real needs? I do. That’s why I study Eastern medicine, because I feel that Western medicine treats problems and Eastern medicine prevents problems from happening. I grew up in a family of doctors and “full-on” Western medicine and respect the medical community. Unfortunately, these days, most people are continually medicated and they’re not getting better. As a society, we tend to just take a drug to handle a symptom instead of addressing the actual cause of the problem.


n celebration of Food Revolution Day, five chefs from the Las Vegas Valley will come together under one roof to tantalize palates and help educate children on good nutrition from 6:15 p.m. to 9 p.m., May 17 at VegeNation, in Las Vegas. Appetizers, entrees and desserts will be brought to you by Chefs Jesse Moreno, MGM, Donald Lemoerle, VegeNation, Holly Fonda, Bite Vegan Bakery, Johnny Churst, MTO Café and Shane Stuart, Grass Roots. Each chef will provide one course. Hibiscus punch, mango iced tea and peach sangria will be served. The evening includes raffle prizes. Food Revolutions Day is a day of global action to keep cooking skills alive and put compulsory practical food education back on the school curriculum. English celebrity chef, restaurateur and media personality, Jamie Oliver, spearheaded this food education campaign because he passionately believes that, by educating children about food in a fun and engaging way, we can

equip them with the basic skills they need to lead healthier, happier lives, for themselves and their future families. “Food Revolution Day is about getting children excited about food,” says Oliver. “Helping them get food smart and setting them up for a long, healthy life. Every child should understand where food comes from, how to cook it, and how it affects their body – and my aim is to make that happen. Children today are the first generation predicted to live shorter lives than their parents because of poor diet and inactivity, and it’s our responsibility to change that.” All proceeds go to Create A Change Now (, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that educates and empowers children and their families in the fight against childhood obesity. General admission is $75. Tickets available at FoodRevolutionDay2016cacn. Location: VegeNation, 616 East Carson Ave., Suite 120, Las Vegas.

As a celebrity, do you see yo u rse l f a s a co n d u i t to facilitate a shift away from unnatural lifestyles? Yes. The reason I decided to write a book was because I’ve been struggling with a bunch of different ailments in secret for a long time. When I began working with my integrated health coach, Elizabeth Troy, I started to heal for the first time in all the years of reading books on health, diet and fitness, seeing doctors, taking loads of pills and spending crazy amounts of money on all of these activities. I want to help people struggling to regain their health to get answers. Gerry Strauss is a freelance writer in Hamilton, NJ. Connect at natural awakenings May 2015



by Angie Morelli


MO Free Vegas began with one Facebook post on the March Against Monsanto Las Vegas event page asking if people wanted to meet at a local custom t-shirt and print shop and help organize the first march. Fifteen people attended that meeting. The group planned to pass out flyers for the march at First Friday and poster making parties were planned. To show solidarity, the GMO Free Vegas group decided that everyone attending the rally and march should wear red shirts. In order to raise money for the flyers, bracelets and printed shirts were made and sold. Any additional required funds rest of the money came out-of-pocket from members. Becoming organized, the group met with Metro police, passed out flyers, participated in parades and dreamed about how many people would actually come and participate in the rally, march and protest. GMO Free Vegas speculated between 200-400 people might show up, but it was suggested the numbers could be much higher.

“Why march? I march because I know that we can feed the world using organic farming. I march for the millions of people who don’t know about the dangers of GMO’s.” — Sebastian Murnane On the morning of May 25, 2012 in Las Vegas the wildest expectations of the group were exceeded. Metro police estimated an attendance of over 2,500 beautiful people dressed in red. The Review Journal and Channel 3 were in attendance. NBC news picked up Channel 3’s coverage and, that day, GMO Free Vegas made national news. The Las Vegas March Against Monsanto was one of the most successful marches in the country, with one of the highest attendance per capita. Members couldn’t believe how a few people were capable of so much!

“I march because I don’t want another little 11 year old girl to lose her 62 year old grandfather to GMOs. I march because I know that the body can heal itself with the proper diet. I march to spread the word of true good health as I am coming to know, thanks to the Gerson Therapy.” —Andrea


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The second March Against Monsanto was downtown, but this time every news source was in attendance and reporting. We walked to the Federal Courthouse Building, marched on the steps and demanded awareness about GMOs. On May 24, 2014, GMO Free Vegas held their third march with 3,500 of their neighbors. Closing down the strip for two hours, the group handed out 25,000 flyers as they made their way to the famous Las Vegas sign.

“I march to spread awareness and help Educate, Empower and Evolve this movement in the hopes that one day enough educated people eating organically will tip the scales and GMOs will be a thing of the past.” —Anthony Foresta Since the 2014 march GMO Free Vegas has continued to create awareness throughout Las Vegas, as well as globally. The group created Corn and Currency Revolt, a global Call to Action (CTA) requesting people to “Boycott GMO Corn Now!” and joining the global event on July 25, 2015. People are asked to immediately boycott all non-organic corn, GMO high fructose corn syrup products, corn meal, canned corn, corn in restaurants, processed foods that contain corn and corn products and tell merchants and restauranteur why you are participating. Also, people were requested to send $1 to their representatives, asking to buy back their vote to protect our food supply. The Corn and Currency Revolt Call to Action was reported as far away as Costa Rico.

“Monsanto is responsible for creating Agent Orange, Roundup and other toxins that threaten human health and our environment! I want my children to know what it’s like to grow up in a world where we don’t have to worry about how an apple is grown.” —Ana Maria Robles The focus for this year’s May 23 march is a Grow Your Own food festival, highlighting local gardeners and farmers’ markets. GMO Free Las Vegas is supporting the gardening programs at local schools within the Clark County School District by demonstrating that it is so easy to

advertorial grow a garden that they are teaching elementary school kids, in the middle of the Mojave desert and having great success. The group hopes to inspire everyone to attempt a little food sovereignty for GMO labeling and to end the cronyism caused by the agriculture industry.

“Altering the DNA of our food supply goes against the teachings of m faith and inhibits our ability to experience good health. I want my grandchildren to experience the kind of pure food I had growing up in a small farming community. Humans have a right to know what they are consuming and corporations should be held accountable for the products they take to market. The future of our children and our planet hinges on what choices are made today.” —Mary Cody To teach the adult community to grow plentiful, beautiful gardens using the least amount of resources with the best results, the group will have booths and demos throughout the Grow Your Own Food Festival. In addition, GMO Free Vegas will offer classes on composting, “Ask a Gardener” areas and we are hoping to get together enough cups, soil and seeds to have everyone walk away with at least one plant with care instructions. The majority of the GMO Free Vegas organizers had never even been to a protest march before the first March Against Monsanto. Group members have never had organizational meetings with police, made protest posters or volunteered (certainly not to hand out informational flyers while standing in the Las Vegas sun). GMO Free Vegas organizers are not extremists, just a group of compassionate people that share, with their neighbors, information about real food, human health and the health of the planet. The group gathers together every Wednesday to socialize and strategize about how to change the world.

“Do you really wanna know why I march? I march because I am [expletive deleted] off. Removing GMOs from our diet also removed the need for inhalers, allergy medicines, as well as other medicines. Never imagined our government would subsidize untested, unresearched food like substances, and not disclose those facts. I’m (expletive deleted) that Monsanto, as well as others profit on the ‘average Joe’s’ lack of knowledge. I will continue to march until there is justice and food purity for all of us.” —Christine Foresta Location: 517 Fremont St., Las Vegas. The group will be meeting at 10 a.m. on May 23, Beauty Bar Las Vegas Rally begins at 10:30 a.m. The march begins on Fremont East at 11 a.m. starts down Fremont Street Experience, up to the Federal Court House Building, then back down to Beauty Bar. The expected end time is at 1pm with a semi-farmers’ market where GMO Free Vegas will have an organic farm-fresh veggies available for purchase. Angie Morelli is a local activist and organizer for GMO Free Vegas.

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markyourcalendar ThetaHealing Certification Trainings with Trish Turpel - DNA Basic and DNA Advanced ThetaHealing is the marriage of meditation, prayer and quantum physics. Easy to learn, it can be used with friends, family, children, animals and clients to remove pain and suffering. $500/per class. $750 for both. $195 refresher. $150 non refundable deposit required.

May 1-3 • 10am-5pm May 22-24 • 10am-5pm Private Residence in Northwest

Diondra: 702.656.6788 Energy and Fitness using Tonic Herbs, Supplements, & Qigong – 6-8pm. Sifu JC has developed this lecture to teach the best methods, for optimum performance to add to an exercise regime, using true Shaolin exercise techniques combined with the highest quality Superior Tonic Herbs. $10. Naturally Organic Healing Center, 1171 S Buffalo Blvd, LV. 702-433-3874. The Art of Peace with Your Body – 6-8pm. Facilitators: Rev. Kara Keating and Candi Ciesinski. Are you tired of hating your body? An interactive class to help you make peace with your body. Through meditation and community, you will get clear on what your body wants from you to feel nourished and loved. We will paint together on wine bottles to create an art project that will take home reminder of the guidance of your own inner self. $10. Soul Sanctuary, 3450 E Russell Rd, 112, LV. 702-7487166.


New Paradigm MDT (Shamballa) 2-day Seminar with Rose Catmull – 9am-5pm. May 2 , 9. Two-day Basic Master Course. Step out of fear and into the power of self-mastery. Through a series of multi-dimensional activations and energy groundings, receive the tools for vibrational transformation with teacher, Kimberly Lloyd. $288. Angels Light Coaching, 3450 E Russell Rd, 205, LV. Rose Catmull: 702-350-1711.

Full Moon Violin Guided Meditation – 10am. Sit back, relax, while heavenly strings of Rebecca Ramsey’s violin take you through the wonders of Zion. Come back renewed and rejuvenated. $40. Salt Room LV, 1958 Village Center Cir, LV. 702228-7258. Full Moon Meditation – 12pm. The time of the full moon is a period when spiritual energies are uniquely available and facilitate a closer rapport between humanity and Divinity. Your energy will be at his highest feel the Divinity within. $20. RYK Yoga and Meditation Center, 8450 W Sahara Ave, 109, LV. 702-478-9600.

Reiki Certification with Jodi Friedman – 10am5pm. Reiki Level 1 Certification with Jodi Friedman, May 17 and Reiki Level 2 Certification with Jodi, May 3. Manual and Attunement included. Go to Intentional Healings Center meetup for more information. $150/ Reiki 1. $200/Reiki 2. Intentional Healings Center, 3450 E Russell Rd, 110, LV. Jodi Friedman: 702-274-4545.


Esoteric Yoga Class: Beginner Level – 6-8pm. Each Tue. This class addresses all those who are searching for answers in regards to personal and spiritual development. The teachings are rooted in the ancient spiritual wisdom of this planet, and based on Yoga and Tantra. $20. Intentional Healings Center, 3450 E Russell Rd 110, LV. Ileana: 702823-6512.

Learning Made EZ through Waking Hypnosis – 6-7:15pm. A free Interactive NLP Seminar with Victoria Stitzer, Master of NLP, EFT-TFT Practitioner, Rapid Behavior Modification Expert. Learn how to improve memory,concentration and recall of information almost instantly. Free. Transformations, 3920 Amy Marie Ct, LV. 702-659-2390.


specialevent Tim Freke Mystery Experience Weekend conscious event welcoming all participants into the space of unity and big love Cost is $350.

May 8 • 7pm 6970 Eldora Ave, Las Vegas 323-251-2612

Reiki 1 Certification Training – 2-8pm, Sat. 9am3pm, Sun. Receive Sacred initiation that allows access to The Source. Learn spiritual protection and how to administer powerful treatments to yourself and others. No prior experience necessary. $195/ discounts available. Transformations, 3920 Amy Marie Ct, LV. 702-659-2390.


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New Paradigm MDT (Shamballa) 2-day Seminar with Rose Catmull – 9am-5pm. Day II of the Two-day Basic Master Course (see May 2). Step out of fear and into the power of self-mastery. Through a series of multi-dimensional activations and energy groundings, receive the tools for vibrational transformation with teacher, Kimberly Lloyd. $288. Angels Light Coaching, 3450 E Russell Rd, 205, LV. Rose Catmull: 702-350-1711. Meetup. com/Divine-Light-Healing-Meditation-Group/ events/221607764/. Tarot, Oracle, SoulCollage MeetUp – 4pm. Calling all Oracle’s big and small, all readers novice or advanced, come and join us one and all. Bring decks, cards or casting stones and let us explore the issues at hand. $10. Enchanted Forest Reiki Center, 800 N Rainbow Blvd, 100, LV. 702-9484999.

Breathing Class at Salt Room – 9-10am. Triple the benefits of salt therapy, combining it with deep and complete yogic breathing. Ideal set up to help clear your lungs, sinuses and skin ailments, reduce allergies and intensely purify your energetic field. $35. The Salt Room, 1958 Village Center Cir, 7, LV. Ileana: 702-823-6512. 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training – Times vary. Weekends. 200 hour certification provides a solid foundation for teaching yoga. The program includes workshops, supervised teaching, assisting in live yoga classes, extensive anatomy for yoga, home projects and study. Live your passion and help others. $2505/4 payments. $2355/paid in full. Yoga In Las Vegas, 601 Whitney Ranch Dr, C-16, HD. 702-458-8088.


Full Moon Meditation – 9am. Reiki is a natural, safe, and effective healing system that uses Spiritually Guided Universal Energy to treat physical, mental, emotional and spiritual issues. Anyone can learn Reiki! No experience necessary! $199. 2nd time audit $98. RYK Yoga and Meditation Center, 8450 W Sahara Ave, 109, LV. 702-478-9600. Soul Conversations – 11am-12:30pm. First of weekly series facilitated by Rev. Kara Keating. Explore a different inspirational prayer, poem or story. Look at what it means to us and take that into our meditation to listen for Divine guidance. Create a loving, safe, exploratory sacred community. Converse with your own soul and the soul of others. Love offering. Soul Sanctuary, 3450 E Russell Rd, 112, LV. 702-748-7166.

Meditating with Angels with Rose Catmull – 6:30-8pm. Heal with the Angels. Rose will take you to an angelic dimension as you experience a powerful channeled meditation and activations with the angels. Connect with your angels and their guidance. Donation. Unity Center in the Valley, 3037 E Warm Springs Rd, 300, LV. Rose: 702-350-1711.


The Healing Power of Forgiveness – 6-7:30pm. Join us for this free Interactive NLP Seminar with Victoria Stitzer, Master of NLP, EFT-TFT Practitioner, Rapid Behavior Modification Expert. Free the

mind from the burden of unresolved issues and let your Spirit fly. Free. Transformations, 3920 Amy Marie Ct, LV. Victoria: 702-659-2390.


Women’s Circle with Ileana – 6-8pm. Share thoughts, insights, aspirations and projects with like-minded women. Receive and offer support and advice. Learn to increase personal feminine magic and inner strength. Feel supported, embraced and deeply transformed. $15. Intentional Healings Center, 3450 E Russell Rd 110, LV. Ileana: 702823-6512.

Empaths Unite! – 7-9pm. Group discussion about everything empathic. Talk with other empaths and discuss how to keep your energy field clear, what it is like being an empath, the different types of guidance we get, what to do with the guidance. Commune. Share. Laugh. Soul Sanctuary, 3450 E Russell Rd, 112, LV. 702-748-7166.


Anxiey? Focus? Learning Issues? Open House – 6:30pm. Do you or someone you love suffer from anxiety, ADHD/focus, learning issues, ASD, Tourette’s, MS symptoms and more? Scientifically designed programs with lasting results and no medications. Brain Solutions offers help and hope! Free. 8515 Edna Ave, 110, LV. 702-340-2248.

Connect to the Spirit of the Body with Minette the Energist – 6:30-8:30pm. Connect and ground with the body. Receive the tools and clearings to awaken the connection of spirit and body. Embrace body oneness consciousness. Receive personal healing with Minette and Rose in this class. $25. Angels Light Coaching, 3450 E Russell Rd, 205, LV. Rose Catmull: 702-350-1711.


markyourcalendar Dr. Shelley's Weekend Intensive Fun, playful, experiential, insightful and interactive. Dr. Shelley draws more than 20 years of teaching Vibrational Wellness incorporating energy awareness and sacred sexuality, giving you tools for a more joyful and sexually fulfilling life! $500.

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specialevent Special Children's Day! Strengthen your child’s confidence, intuition and health. Allow your child to learn to heal themselves and the planet. Program includes: Tai Chi, Basic Reiki and Nutrition for Kids. Ages 8-14. Costs vary.

May 16 • 11am-3pm 11-11:30am-Tai Chi for kids with Sifu JC 11:45am-3pm-Basic Reiki Level 1 for Kids (ages 9-16) with Rose Catmull. $60. 2:30-3pm-Nutrition for Kids with Sifu JC Naturally Organic Healing Center 1171 S Buffalo Dr, Las Vegas Sifu JC: 702-433-3874

Basic Reiki for Kids with Rose Catmull – 3-5pm. Kids 7-14 welcomed. Basic Reiki will give your kid the tools to connect with life force energy and their intuition. Build their confidence for self-healing. How to use Reiki in their daily lives. $60. Naturally Organics Healing Center, 1171 S Buffalo Dr, LV. Rose Catmull: 702-350-1711.

Resonance Repatterning Group Session with Marja Shelley – 2pm. Resonance Repatterning is an amazing system for positive change that shows results from the first session. Sometimes we change resonance accidentally or through hard work, however, this system allows these shifts to happen easily. $15. Enchanted Forest Reiki Center, 800 N Rainbow Blvd, 100, LV. 702-948-4999. Basic Reiki for Children with Rose Catmull – 3-5pm. 9 - 16 yrs. old. Focuses on intuition and the basic understanding of hands-on healing. Children will learn to channel energy. Includes attunement and hand-book. $60. Naturally Organic Healing Center, 1171 S Buffalo Dr, 110, LV. Rose: 702350-1711.


Reiki Level III Certification with Rose Catmull – 9:30am-6pm. Embracing Inner Mastery. Take yourself to the next level as you are attuned to the Master Symbol of Reiki. Increase your ability and connection to self-healing and enhance all areas of your life. RSVP required. $275. Naturally Organics Healing Center, 1171 S Buffalo Dr, LV. RSVP with Rose: 702-350-1711. New Moon Meditation – 12pm. The New Moon is an extremely powerful time for new beginnings: planting new seeds and putting new cycles into motion.Immerse yourself in the healing sounds of the live Gong right after the meditation! $20. RYK Yoga and Meditation Center, 8450 W Sahara Ave, 109, LV. 702-478-9600.

World’s Religions Explorers: Hinduism – 3-5pm. (Third Sat). Each month one chapter from Huston Smith’s book, The World’s Religions is explored. Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Taoism, Islam, Judaism, Christianity, and the Primal Religions. Group excursions to experience specific religions firsthand, further expand awareness and understanding. Love offering. Soul Sanctuary, 3450 E Russell Rd, 112, LV. 702-748-7166.

specialevent Soul Sanctuary Spring Time Soul Meet & Greet All are cordially invited to a gathering to meet some of the amazing, creative people living in the Las Vegas area. Music • Food • Dancing • Crystal Showing

May 17 • 6-8pm Soul Sanctuary 3450 E Russell Rd, 112, Las Vegas 702-748-7166

Food Revolution Day at VegeNation – 6:15-9pm. Enjoy appetizers, entrees and desserts brought to you by five Las Vegas Chefs. Food Revolution Day is a global day of action to put food education back on the school curriculum. VegeNation, 616 E Carson Ave, 120, LV. Facebook: Food Revolution Day. Tickets:


Goddess Circle - Goddess of the Month Diana Roma, the Goddess of the Moon and the Hunt – 6:45pm-8pm. This monthly circle will explore the Goddess Pantheon one Goddess at a time. From India, to Ireland, to Asia to beyond, the Goddess takes us on a journey of mystical travel and inner spiritual growth. $10. Enchanted Forest Reiki Center, 800 N Rainbow Blvd, 100, LV. 702-948-4999.

Empaths Unite! – 7-9pm. Group discussion about everything empathic. Talk with other empaths and discuss how to keep your energy field clear, what it is like being an empath, the different types of guidance we get, what to do with the guidance. Commune. Share. Laugh. Soul Sanctuary, 3450 E Russell Rd, 112, LV. 702-748-7166.


Secrets Of Natural Walking Workshop – 9am4pm. Be physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually healthy by learning the six easy steps and more to unlock the natural healing abilities of the body. Learn the secrets that are unknown to the public. $150. 3585 E Flamingo Rd, 203, LV. 702-292-1156.

Roll & Restore Yoga Playshop – 3-5pm. Using two tennis balls, we will begin at the feet and work

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The Thanks-LIVING Bike Crew Circus Extravaganza – 6pm. The Thanks-LIVING Bike Crew is raising funds to become a non-profit. Bike raffles, prizes, bands, djs, circus freaks/ entertainers and a flair finale. Help make dreams come true. $5 bike raffle ticket. Hard Rock Cafe, 3771 LV Blvd, LV. 702-427-7493. ThanksLIVINGBikeCrew.


Crystal Bowl & Tibetan Bowl Meditation – 6pm. Relax, sit back and close your eyes, while we take you through different corners of the universe and bring you back to earth under the soothing sounds of the Crystal and Tibetan bowls. $40. Salt Room LV, 1958 Village Center Cir, LV. 702-228-7258.


Free Intro to NLP with Anita Babinszki Saldana, NLP Trainer – 6-8pm. 90 minute free overview of NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming), based on Leadership and Self Empowerment. Learn how the mind works and how filters determine how one communicates with others. TimeLineTherapy and Goal Setting discussed. Free. Intentional Healings Center, 3450 E Russell Rd, 110, LV. Jodi Friedman: 702274-4545. Anita:


Open Heart Meditation Workshop Level 1 and 2 – 9am- 5pm. Thank you for giving your heart a chance to be free and joyful again. Workshops are relaxed, informal and include a variety of experiential exercises and simple, relaxing heartcentered meditations. Be happy again $100/Level One. $150/Level 2. 3585 E Flamingo Rd, 203 LV. 702.292.1156. LVOpenHeanHeartAndReikiTummo.

Why Affirmations Don’t Work, And How They Can-NLP Course – 3-6pm. This is three-segment course, presented by a Master of NLP, Rapid Behavior Modification Expert. Take control of life by mastering the mind. Get basic knowledge and experience of NLP. Get life-changing tools now. $29. Transformations, 3920 Amy Marie Ct, LV. Victoria: 702-659-2390.

Seraphim Blueprint Level lll with Rose Catmull – 10am-5pm. Receive the power to manifest. Align wishing and intension with creative power. Activate consciousness to higher levels with this Angelic Energy. Connect with personal fulfillment and bliss. Re-takes $35. RSVP required. $180. Enchanted Forest Reiki Center, 801 N Rainbow Blvd, LV. Rose Catmull: 702-350-1711. Meetup. com/Divine-Light-Healing-Meditation-Group/ events/221767732/1.

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

Intentional Healings Center Broadcast with Jodi Friedman – Reiki sessions, Chakra Clearing & Soul Healing sessions, Reiki certification classes, Reiki shares, Intentional Abundance classes, vision boards, meditation for success and inner healing work. Various pricing-see meetup for prices. Intentional Healings, 3450 E Russell Rd, 110, LV. Jodi: 702-274-4545. center/events/calendar/?scroll=true. Kundalini Yoga and Meditation – Tues-Fri. Kundalini Yoga and Meditation classes are a dynamic blend of postures,breathing exercises, relaxation and meditation, which teach you the art of self healing and elevation. No previous experience required,achieve results with your very first class. $18 packages available. RYK Yoga and Meditation Center, 8450 W Sahara Ave, 109, LV. 702-478-9600.

Luminosity Wellness Center – Learn the art of hypnotherapy, NLP, Reiki, Theta Healing, the MELT Method, aromatherapy/herbology, chakra balancing and more. Ask about certification classes. Through experience learn self-healing. Prices vary per service. Luminosity Wellness Center, 2400 N Tenaya Way, LV. 702-721-WELL (9355). 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.

Private Spiritual Retreat – Private in-home retreat near mountains with Certified Spiritual Coach. Choose two and three-day retreats (dates based on availability). Includes lodging, all meals (vegan/ vegetarian) and classes for transforming one’s life. Costs vary depending on package. Mountains Edge/ Blue Diamond & Durango. 702-720-4065.

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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 fresh52 Sunday Farmers’ & Artisan Market – 8:30am-1pm. fresh52 Farmers' & Artisan Market is a lively, friendly, open-air market where neighbors and friends come together to celebrate the community. Free. Sansone Park Place, 9480 S Eastern, LV. 702-900-2552. On the Ranch Farmers and Artisan Market – 9am-2pm. On the Ranch brings farm fresh certified organic produce, local honey, handmade jams, sauces, food, jewelry, natural skincare, free kids arts & crafts and more to North Las Vegas. Free. Craig Ranch Regional Park, 628 W Craig Rd, NLV. 702-726-2426.

Spirit Walker Series – 2-5pm. "The Spirit Walker" leads participants on a journey. This adventure began 01-11-15 as an Awakening, followed on 04-12-2015 with a lesson in Financial choices, ending 07-12-2015 with Lifestyle action steps. Love donation. Luminosity Wellness Center, 2400 N Tenaya Way, LV. Christine Essex, 702-721-9355.

Krishna Fest – 6-9pm. A unique night out. Experience mantra chants, vibrant world music, stimulating spiritual knowledge of ancient India. Relax over a super-tasty vegetarian dinner with a diverse range of thoughtful people. Free. Govinda's Center of Vedic India, 7181 Dean Martin Dr, LV. 702-434-8332.

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

Yourself in the wonderful healing energy by giving and receiving Reiki. Reiki is a natural, safe, and effective healing system that uses Spiritually Guided Universal Energy to treat physical, mental, emotional and spiritual issues. $18 packages available. RYK Yoga and Meditation Center, 8450 W Sahara Ave, 109, LV. 702-478-9600.

Guided Meditation – 7-8pm. For anyone and everyone seeking to increase personal meditation experience, learn additional breathing techniques and create a mind at rest from thought. Guided by Susan. $10. Naturally Organic Healing Center, 1171 S Buffalo Dr, 110, LV. 702-433-3874. Life after 12 Step - Healing the Roots of Addiction with Rev. Marc Hupert– 7pm. While in community, be guided to a life of substance without the substance. We will guide you back to the root of your addiction so you can transcend that issue into personal power. Love offering. Soul Sanctuary, 3450 E Russell Rd, 112, LV. 702-748-7166.

tuesday Mindfulness Meditation – 5pm. Mindfulness Meditation is an adaptation of an ancient Buddhist Vipassana meditation, practicing along with accepting and nonjudgmental focus; remaining focused on the present moment as we understand the process of observing and releasing thoughts. $18 packages available. RYK Yoga and Meditation Center, 8450 W Sahara Ave, 109, LV. 702-4789600.

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. GreatBasinPermaculture.

Qigong and Tai Chi with Sifu JC– 6-8pm. Qigong is a self-healing system that incorporates body, breath, visualizations and sounds. Tai Chi is a martial art that helps with posture, hand-eye coordination, self-defense and well-being. Naturally Organic Healing Center, 1171 S Buffalo Dr, 110, LV. 702-433-3874. Esoteric Yoga: Beginner with Ileana – 6-8pm. Every Tuesday night. Benefits range from improvement of physical conditions and health, to high spiritual and mystical states experienced through meditation, and everything in between: emotional balance, increased energy, self esteem, sex-appeal, intelligence, memory, control. $20. Intentional Healings Center, 3450 E Russell Rd, 213, LV. Jodi Friedman: 702-274-4545.

Messages with Gregory Kompes – 7pm. Ask questions and Psychic Intuitive Gregory A. Kompes shares the answers he receives from one’s spirit guides, angels, archangels, transitioned family members, and inner being. No question is out of bounds. $20. Luminosity Wellness Center, 2400 N Tenaya Way, LV. LIVE Gong Meditation – 7:30pm. The sound of

the Gong creates deep relaxation, releasing us from the torrent of thoughts our mind releases, balances the chakras, stimulates the glandular and nervous system,gives a sense of expanded awareness and higher consciousness! $18 packages available. RYK Yoga and Meditation Center, 8450 W Sahara Ave, 109, LV. 702-478-9600.

wednesday Reiki - Yoga with Lisa Agnello – 6-7pm. Every Wednesday night. Open the mind - relax the body - unleash the spirit. Yoga is infused with the peace and tranquility of Reiki. Move gracefully through the asanas while receiving healing energy and awakening the chakras. $15. Intentional Healings Center, 3450 E Russell Rd, 213, LV. Jodi Friedman: 702-274-4545. Reiki Healing Circle – 7-9pm. Learn new information regarding natural healing. Participate in a group discussion or simply observe. Experience guided meditation and receive deep personalized healing. Relax and recharge the mind and body. Donation. 1171 S Buffalo Dr, 110, LV. Victoria: 702-659-2390.

Vinyasa Yoga and Sonic Therapy – 7-8:30pm. An all levels vinyasa flow class with pranayama and mantra meditation. Learn the secrets of relaxation and explore the practical techniques for a healthy mind, body and soul. Donation based. Govinda's Center, 7181 Dean Martin Dr, LV. 702-434-8332.

thursday Green Drinks – Second Thurs. Network with other eco-friendly business professionals. Times/ locations vary. Campus Tour & Info Session – 2pm. This is a one-hour group tour and brief information session on Wongu’s Master's Degree program in Oriental Medicine. Individual sessions can be scheduled by calling Angela Stueber: 702-463-2122, ext 302. Wongu University of Oriental Medicine, 8620 S Eastern Ave, LV.

Homemade Vegan/Vegetarian Dinners – 6-9pm. Thursday is vegan/vegetarian dinner night at Govinda’s. Preparations will consist of vegetable stew, rice or pasta, soup, bread, a dessert and beverage for a donation of $8/plate. Senior/student discounts available. $8. Govinda's Center, 7181 Dean Martin Dr, LV. 702-434-8332.

Superior Health With Essential Oils – 6-8pm. Essential Oils are 50-70 times more powerful than herbs. Learn about why one uses dōTERRA Essential Oils and how to use them. RSVP and receive a free 5ml Wild Orange. Free. Naturally Organic 1171 S Buffalo, LV. Christina: 702-562196. Tantric Yoga Level 1 with Ileana – 6-8pm. Every Thursday. This class addresses those who are seeking answers regarding personal and spiritual development. The teachings are rooted in the ancient spiritual wisdom of this planet and based on

Yoga and Tantra. $20. Naturally Organic Healing Center, 1171 S Buffalo Rd, LV. Ileana: 702-8236512. 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 Center, 800 N Rainbow, 100, LV. 702948-4999. Solar NV Monthly Meeting – 6:30pm.

Praying Past the Blocks Prayer Community – 7pm. A prayer community designed to help one move past the blocks to the life the heart dreams about. A loving community to listen to one’s inner wisdom in meditation and receive prayer support. Donation. 3450 E Russell Rd, 112, LV. 702-8029130.

Live Gong Meditation – 7:30pm. The sound of the Gong creates deep relaxation, releasing us from the torrent of thoughts our mind releases, balances the chakras, stimulates the glandular and nervous system, gives a sense of expanded awareness and higher consciousness! $18 packages available.

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. Naturally Organic Healing Center, 1171 S Buffalo Dr, 110, LV. 702-433-3874.

Community HU – 6:15-6:45pm. Fourth Fri. Community HU: Open the heart to divine love and experience uplifting, joy, relaxation and spiritual connection with the HU chant every fourth Friday of the month. Free. Pure Health Foods, 7575 W Washington, LV. 702-224-4325. Energy & Healing Circle – 6:30pm. All are welcome. This relaxed, open circle is a wonderful opportunity to experience and share the gifts of Reiki and other energy healing practices in an informal, supportive environment. Love donations accepted. Luminosity Wellness Center, 2400 N Tenaya Way, LV. Adam Stuart Littman: 725-222-0323. Reiki Spiritual Mastermind – 7-9pm. An open forum discussion with Reiki Master/Inspirational Speaker; followed by guided meditation and deep personalized Reiki healing. Give the gift of Reiki to self/others. Free. Love offerings welcome. 1420 E Harmon, 3, LV (Across UNLV). 702-659-2390.

Taize Prayer Service – 7pm. Taize Prayer consists of simple Christian phrases set to music and repeatedly sung/prayed in community, amidst candlelight and darkness. Relax and enjoy this spiritual service led by Rob Manfrey. Donation. Soul Sanctuary, 3450 E Russell Rd, 112, LV. 702-802-9130. Yoga Nidra "Conscious Deep Sleep" – 7:30pm. Guided by the soothing and comforting voice of your teacher, while you enter into a deep sleep but still remaining conscious and aware. Yoga-Nidra expands your consciousness allowing for a greater

sense of self-awareness. $18 packages available. RYK Yoga and Meditation Center, 8450 W Sahara Ave, 109, LV. 702-478-9600.

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. Naturally Organic Healing Center, 1171 S Buffalo Dr, 110, LV. 702-433-3874.

Mindfulness Meditation – 10:30am. Mindfulness Meditation is an adaptation of an ancient Buddhist Vipassana meditation, practicing along with accepting and nonjudgmental focus; remaining focused on the present moment as we understand the process of observing and releasing thoughts. $18 packages available. RYK Yoga and Meditation Center, 8450 W Sahara Ave, 109, LV. 702-4789600. Spiritual Experience Discussions – 6-7pm. Discuss spiritual experience of all faiths in a respectful and open environment. Free. Naturally Organic Healing Center, 1171 S Buffalo Dr, 110, LV. 702433-3874.

classifieds Fee for classifieds is $1 per word per month. To place listing, email content to Deadline is the 10th of the month. SERVICES Join the ECO-CLUB – Members get benefits such as discounts, resources, free gifts and more. For free info about books, games, DVDs, health products, etc., send a large SASE: EduConsultants, PO Box 31043, Las Vegas, NV 89173.

ECO-CONSCIOUS GROUPS GREAT BASIN PERMACULTURE MONTHLY – This group meets the last Tues of each month from 6-7:30pm. We educate 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.

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Dr. Margaret R. Colucci 2085 Village Center Cir, #110, LV 89134 702-880-5335 • Dr. Colucci, specializes in treating the whole body in family wellness care, pediatric and pregnancy chiropractic care, auto, work and sports injuries. Colucci, a 1989 Palmer graduate, serving the Las Vegas valley for over two decades. Serving Summerlin.

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Intuitive and empathic children and adults often face challenges in a classroom and workplace. Innerlight Energy Balancing Therapy helps improve focus and c o n c e ntration 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. See profile, page 24.


Empowerment Catalyst 251-680-4413 • Embark on a Spiritual Journey of going within to create more of what you want in your l i f e ! Tr a c e y ’s E n e r g i z e d Empowerment techniques combine guided mentoring with Intuitive Chakra Illumination. Immediately begin to improve your life in positive ways. Sessions available by phone, via Skype or in-person.

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At AlphaBio Centrix, R&D we use space age technology to m a n u f a c t u r e e n e rg e tic a lly infused products for your safety from radiation and to enhance your healthy lifestyle. In December, AlphaBio Centrix was selected for the 2014 Best of Henderson Award in the "Physical Engineering & Life Sciences Research & Development" category. See ad, page 7.



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 sending or directing Universal Life Energy to a person in a different location. Remote healing is based on the premise that energy is not limited by time or space. Heal by releasing the past, harmful patterns, fear and feeling of scarcity. Allow yourself to live life fully! See ad, page 21.

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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 21.

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Dr. Jim Wright, DDS, AIAOMT, AIABDM 8855 W Flamingo, LV 89147 702-281-9900 Practicing holistic, biological dentistry with safe removal of mercury according to the standards of IAOMT and IABDM. State of the art early detect cavity mapping, cosmetic, general, specialty dentistry and low sensitivity teeth whitening. Dr. Wright offers holistic, no-prep veneers, Lumineers, Invisalign Braces, dental implants and All on 4 Implant Bridges, sleep and full sedation dentistry. See ad, pages 35 & 48.

BELL CENTER FOR BIOLOGICAL AND HOLISTIC DENTISTRY 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.


Evan C. Allen, MD, Board Certified Family Physician 1701 Green Valley Pkwy, #5B, HD 702-754-4900 • Dr. Allen specializes in reversing diseases. Reverse Heart Disease, Diabetes, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Asthma, Migraines, Fatty Liver and many other diseases easily and naturally, without the cost of expensive medications and supplements using scientifically proven techniques. See ad, page 29.

RESTORATION NEUROLOGY 7106 Smoke Ranch Rd, #110 Las Vegas, NV 89128 702-796-3847

All natural, very effective treatment for difficult medical conditions that result from low neurotransmitter levels: chronic fatigue, depression, anxiety, insomnia, migraines, fibromyalgia, Alzheimer ’s, Parkinson’s, Crohn’s, addiction, ADD, IBS, mood disorder, obesity, restless leg and more.See ad, page 55.



Puhrump, NV Request information: Now taking reservations for 2016 Are you looking for a location to hold a r e t r e a t , c e r e m o n y, meditation or spiritual gathering? Las Palomas in Puhrump will be available soon! This 2.5 acre flat, primitive property is meant to be a spiritual area to retreat, renew, relax and connect with Spirit. Located within the Nopah Mountain Range, you'll see eagles soar overhead as you watch the sun set in the west while the moon rises in the east. Awaken at Las Palomas!


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


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Naturally heal degenerative diseases; Parkinson’s, MS, A u t i s m , N e u r o p a t h y, Thyroid Disfunction and more. Relax and heal in a state of the art outpatient treatment facility designed to care for patients on a primary and chronic level. See ad, page 31.

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N a t u r a l l y O rg a n i c i s Summerlin's BEST resource for all things health related. From classes, meditations, supplements, lectures and health programs, JUST WALK IN, we'll take it from there! Check our website! See ad, page 32.

Transform your "fears" into improving your health, mental focus and emotional balance. Practice yoga and tantra as paths of personal and spiritual development. Discover your unlimited potential and true identity. Highly experienced instructor.

Central Summerlin! Charleston & Buffalo! 1171 S. Buffalo Dr, Suite 110, LV 702-433-3874

Looking for a change in your life? Sick of the same negative patterns? If the answer is “yes”, then it’s time to contact Jeff Renel. Create the change in your life you dream about and deserve. See ad, page 21.


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

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 4..

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

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



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