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he Sophia Center for Goddess Study will present The Vagina Monologues, by Eve Ensler, from 2 to 5 p.m., May 1 and 15, at the Sophia Center for Goddess Study, with a silent auction during intermission to raise funds for the center. This play is for mothers, daughters, sisters, cousins, grandmothers, aunts, best friends, co-workers, husbands, brothers, fathers and lovers. This award-winning play deals with women discovering, explaining and coming to terms with themselves through what was once thought to be a taboo topic—vaginas. “All women have them. Most women have been discouraged from talking about them. Many women have been harmed because of them, and still others have found joy in their personal treasure. This play is amazing, awakening and inspirational,” says Director of Programs Pamela Noonan. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. Location: 6034 Smoke Ranch Rd., Las Vegas. See ad, page 10.

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atural Awakenings Publishing Corp. (NAPC) welcomed five new publishers to its April training session at the corporate headquarters in Naples, Florida. The staff spent several days with these entrepreneurs, discussing the ins and outs of publishing new Natural Awakenings editions in Boulder/Fort Collins, Colorado, and Delaware/Chester County, Pennsylvania, and taking ownership of existing magazines in Charlotte, North Carolina; Charleston, South Carolina; and Portland, Oregon/Vancouver, Washington. Founded by Chief Executive Officer Sharon Bruckman with a single edition in Naples in 1994, Natural Awakenings has grown to become one of the largest, free, local, healthy living publications in the world. Franchise publishers collectively serve nearly 4 million readers each month via 95 magazines published in cities across the U.S., Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic. “Living a conscious lifestyle that supports our well-being and the sustainability of Planet Earth has become more important than ever,” says Bruckman. “Our dedicated family of publishers, supported by local advertisers, connects readers with the resources they need to create a healthier, happier world that works for all living things.” For a list of locations where Natural Awakenings is published or to learn more about franchising opportunities, call 239-530-1377 or visit See ad, page 14. 6

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Extraordinary Tibetan Sound Immersion


ibetan Bowl School founder D i a n e Mandle will imm e r s e participants in an intense t ra n s f o rmational s o u n d bath using Tibetan bowls, bells, planetary gong and percussion at 2 p.m., May 22, at the West Charleston Library Lecture Hall. Mandle says that Tibetan bowls actually put our physical, emotional and spiritual energies back into alignment. “During our waking state, the normal frequency of our brainwaves is that of beta. Sound tools entrain the brain to move into deeper alpha and theta brainwave frequencies. These are the frequencies that induce meditative and peaceful states, clarity of mind and intuition. Sound is a type of energy medicine that creates the sacred space in which people can heal from stress disorders, depression, the emotional roller coaster and more.” Mandle is an internationally recognized authority on Tibetan bowl sound healing, recording artist, author and educator. She resides in Southern California and is available for private sessions in person and remotely. Admission is free. Location: 6301 W. Charleston Blvd., Las Vegas. For more information, call 702-656-6799, email or visit

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egas Family Chiropractic is offering a four-part clinic on May 4, 11, 18 and 25 to introduce the Banish Back Pain program. Participants will learn about gentle movements, proper posturing and stress-reduction techniques to improve or stop nagging back pain. A take-home program is included, and no yoga experience is required. Back pain, often chronic, is a leading cause of doctors visits and missed days at work. Misuse and under-use of our bodies are often the culprit. Not only is chronic back pain uncomfortable, overly tight back muscles can lead to migraines, spasms and herniated disks. Owner Alicia Cuglietta, E-RYT500, PYT1000, says, “Medication is commonly prescribed, but simple movement, stretching/strengthening and stress management can be just as effective, if not more so. Our bodies are designed to move, and movement is key. Stress reduction plays an equal role. When the mind worries, it sends messages through the nervous system to the muscles and the muscles tense; this recurring cycle can cause chronic pain.”

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nchanted Forest Reiki Center, Spiritual Items ‘n More has moved to a new location at 2280 S. Jones Boulevard inside Falcon Business Park, in Las Vegas, with more than twice the room for retail, classes and treatment rooms. They have sage, incense, books, crystals, jewelry, tarot cards, Tibetan or crystal singing bowls, as well as classes, workshops and meet-ups virtually every night and weekend. There are also individual healing sessions with practitioners from all over the world, including reiki, shamanism, theta, bars access, sound therapy, crystal treatments, psychic readings, aura photos and many other treatment options. Enchanted Forest Reiki Center opened five years ago as a single treatment room. It has grown into a 4,000-square-foot spiritual center offering CEU certified reiki certification, classes for all levels of reiki and guest teachers that teach certifications in everything from Seraphim Blueprint to Access Consciousness and more. For more information, call 702-359-0848, email Debbiev@EnchantedForestReiki. com or visit See ad, page 25.

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Magnesium Improves Childbirth for Mother and Newborn


esearch presented at the annual meeting of the American Society of Anesthesiologists has found that magnesium reduces fevers during childbirth, as well as complications among newborns. The study followed 63,000 deliveries from Northwestern Memorial Hospital, in Chicago, between 2007 and 2014. Of these, 6,163 women developed fevers of at least 100.4°F during labor. Of the women that developed fevers, 2,190 received magnesium sulfate intravenously during their labor. Rates of fever at maternity dropped by half, to 4.3 percent, in women that received the magnesium, versus 9.9 percent in those that did not. The rate of newborn complications was also significantly lower among women given magnesium. The study, led by Dr. Elizabeth Lange, an attending physician at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, is the first of its kind to investigate the effect of magnesium on childbirth. “By reducing the incidence of maternal fever, magnesium sulfate therapy may also reduce the incidence of complications in newborns,” says Lange.

Red Clover Guards against Menopausal Bone Loss


12-week study of 60 menopausal women in Denmark has found that red clover halted bone loss and bone mineral density reduction. The randomized, double-blind, placebo- c o n t r o l l e d research, sponsored by the Aarhus University Medical School and Hospital, tested the women over a three-month period. Half were treated with 150 milliliters of red clover extract daily and the others were given a placebo. The red clover plant extract was standardized to 37 milligrams of isoflavones, including 34 milligrams of aglycones. The scientists measured changes in bone mineral density, bone mineral content and T-score, measured at the spine and femoral bone. They also monitored bone turnover markers. By the end of the study, the women in the placebo group had continued to lose bone mass and bone mineral density. Those given the red clover extract showed no such reductions during the study period. In addition, the red clover group experienced no increase in inflammation or blood pressure.

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orean medical school scientists have found that those eating more legumes have a significantly reduced risk of colorectal cancer. Their research analyzed the diets of 3,740 people, including 901 colorectal cancer patients. A total of 106 different foods were graded and calculated to establish frequency of intake among the study participants. The group that consumed the highest amounts of legumes had more than a 50 percent drop in incidence of colorectal cancer. As legume consumption increased, colorectal cancer risk decreased. The researchers attributed the dramatic reduction in risk to the intake of isoflavones, contained in many nuts and beans. When intakes of total isoflavones were calculated, those with diets that contained the highest levels reduced their colorectal cancer risk, by 33 percent in men and 35 percent in women. The researchers reported, “The reduced risks for colorectal cancer among high-intake groups were most consistent for legumes and sprouts.”

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Ozone Averts Tooth and Gum Infections


ccording to a recent report in the journal Interventional Neuroradiology, dental practice and research in Europe has determined that ozone therapy can be used to slow the growth of tooth and gum infections. Clinicians are also finding that targeted exposure to ozonated water, gas and oils helps to manage viral and fungal infections, including oral herpes infections. Approximately a quarter of lesions treated with ozone do not reappear. These treatments have also been used successfully on sinus infections and temporomandibular joint (TMJ) dysfunction. Using ozone offers advantages over the use of antibiotics, which contribute to antibiotic resistance, according to the report. In addition, ozone gas has been shown effective in eliminating Enterococcus faecalis, one of the central bacteria involved in root canal infections, which can become increasingly resistant to the central antimicrobial treatment used in root canal therapy, sodium hypochlorite, and can thus decrease the risk of continued infection. “Additionally, the bone at the end of the roots is often shown to harbor pathogenic bacteria for many years after traditional root canal therapy has been completed. Ozone can eliminate those bacteria that infest this region and remove toxic waste products that effectively prevent complete healing of the osseous structures,” writes study author and Doctor of Dental Medicine William Domb, director of the Inland Institute of Aesthetic Dentistry, in Upland, California.

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recent study by researchers at the University of La Plata, in Argentina, has found that most of the cotton hygiene products on the market contain the chemical glyphosate, widely used in agriculture as an herbicide. According to a recent World Health Organization statement, glyphosate is a probable carcinogen to humans. The researchers purchased samples of cotton gauze, swabs, wipes and feminine care products including tampons and sanitary pads from stores in the La Plata area. Dr. Damian Marino, the study’s lead researcher, recounts the results: “Eighty-five percent of all samples tested positive for glyphosate and 62 percent for aminomethylphosphonic acid (AMPA), which is the environmental metabolite, but in the case of cotton and sterile cotton gauze, the figure was 100 percent.” Marino adds, “In terms of concentrations, we saw that in raw cotton, AMPA dominates, with 39 parts per billion (PPB), followed by 13 PPB of glyphosate. While AMPA is absent in the gauze, the material contained glyphosate at 17 PPB.” The research was presented at the 2015 national Congress of Doctors of Fumigated Towns, in Buenos Aires.

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esearch from Johns Hopkins University has found that elderly persons that engage in frequent physical activity have a reduced incidence of hearing loss. The researchers tested 706 people of age 70 or older. The subjects responded to a questionnaire about their physical activity levels over the previous 30 days and wore accelerometers to measure their level of day-to-day physical activity. Subjects were categorized as inactive, insufficiently active or sufficiently active. After testing each participant’s hearing, the researchers found that those in the inactive category, according to the accelerometer data, were 70 percent more likely to suffer from significant hearing impairment. The data produced by the questionnaires alone suggested that individuals in the lowest category had a 59 percent increased incidence of hearing impairment.

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ntidepressant drug use is on the rise, particularly among women. A report released by M e d c o Health Solutions analyzed prescription claims data from 2.5 million Americans between 2001 and 2010 and found that 25 percent of women take drugs for a mental health condition. Despite a mainstream medicine notion that depression is caused by a chemical imbalance, medications known by familiar names such as Zoloft and Prozac meant to counter symptoms of such an imbalance may instead be causing a host of known harmful side effects. “In six decades, not a single study has proven that depression is caused by a chemical imbalance,” asserts Dr. Kelly Brogan, an integrative physician, women’s health advocate and pioneer in holistic psychiatry. A study published in the journal JAMA Psychiatry in 2014 reviewed 10 randomized, placebo-controlled trials to assess the effectiveness of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID) in adults with symptoms of depression. The researchers from Aarhus University, in Denmark, found that treating inflammation in patients helped decrease their symptoms. Brogan asserts that this approach is the best way to treat depression in women, advocating the use of a holistic antiinflammation strategy instead of NSAIDs or antidepressants. “A more effective, drug-free approach is to recruit basic lifestyle changes that kick-start the body’s self-healing mechanisms, helping to curtail the symptoms of depression,” she claims. Her suggestions include dietary modification; simple breathing and meditation techniques; minimizing exposure to biologydisrupting toxins that include common over-the-counter drugs; sufficient sleep and exercise. “Medical literature has emphasized the role of inflammation in mental illness for more than 20 years, so if you think a chemical pill can save, cure or correct you, think again,” says Brogan. “Covering over symptoms is a missed opportunity to resolve the root cause of the problem.” For more information, visit

Thyroid Affected by Estrogen by Patricia Beckstead


he thyroid gland is located at the base of the neck, producing hormones that regulate dozens of essential body functions, including temperature and metabolism. Thyroid disorders range from harmless to life-threatening. The most common are hyperthyroidism and hypothyroidism. Hyperthyroidism is a condition in which the thyroid gland produces more thyroxine (T4) hormone than the body actually needs. Such a problem leads to significant acceleration of metabolism. Some of the most noticeable symptoms are rapid weight loss, irregular heartbeat, irritability, excessive sweating and nervousness. With hypothyroidism, or underactive thyroid, the normal balance of chemical reactions in the body is disrupted. Symptoms in early stages of hypothyroidism are difficult to measure, but the condition grows over time and causes many problems such as obesity, infertility, heart disease and joint pain. Accurate tests to diagnose early stages of hypothyroidism are available, and the treatment for the condition is fairly simple. Estrogen has an indirect, but profound effect on thyroid functions. High levels of estrogen increase the production of thyroxine-binding globulin (TBG). Because more TBG will bind more thyroid hormones too, the blood has less free hormone available. Some probable reasons why estrogen is dominant over progesterone are malnourished liver, low progesterone, stress, drugs and therapy and aging. Patricia Beckstead, DC, is a holistic physician and owner of Balancing Hormones Naturally. For more information, visit See ad, page 10.

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In an Environmental Working Group (EWG) survey, more than 90 percent of athletic fields and parks in six sample states are within 1,000 feet of a corn or soybean field where two toxic weed killers, glyphosate and 2,4-D, are commonly sprayed on genetically modified (GMO) corn, soybeans and other crops, meaning that nearby athletes are likely to be exposed. More than 56 percent of the facilities in the study were within 200 feet of such farmland. Corn and soybean farmers in at least 15 states now have the option of planting GMO crops that can withstand repeated spraying with Monsanto’s glyphosate and the 2,4-D mixture sold by Dow AgroSciences under the brand name Enlist Duo. Sprayed herbicides readily drift through the air, potentially exposing people and the nearby environment. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency approved the use of Enlist Duo for GMO crops shortly before the World Health Organization concluded that glyphosate, the world’s most widely used herbicide, is “probably carcinogenic to humans.” Dow’s 2,4-D also possibly causes cancer, according to leading experts; exposure has also been linked to Parkinson’s disease, hypothyroidism and suppression of the human immune system.

Fifteen years in the making, the Babayagas’ House—a feminist alternative to a retirement home—has opened in Paris. This self-managed social housing project is run by its community of inspired female senior citizens that want to maintain their independence. “To live long is a good thing, but to age well is better,” says 85-year-old Thérèse Clerc, who initially conceived the project as a means of combating the idea that growing old is an illness and that retirement homes are a kind of prison. “We want to change the way people see old age, and that means learning to live differently,” she says. The five-story building houses 25 apartments located at the center of Montreuil, just blocks away from shops, a movie theater and the metro. The project cost just under $4.4 million and was funded by eight public sources, including the city council. Two similar projects are now underway in Palaiseau and Bagneux.



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Man-Made Clatter Muffles Nature’s Chorus Kurt Fristrup, a senior scientist at the U.S. National Park Service, states that noise pollution is becoming so pervasive that people are tuning out the natural sounds around them. According to new research, when we leave home, we’re more likely to try ignoring man-made sounds than enjoying Mother Nature’s chorus. Fristrup observes, “We are conditioning ourselves to ignore the information coming into our ears.” The real loss, he believes, is for future generations. “If finding peace and quiet becomes difficult enough, many children will grow up without the experience, and I think it’s a very real problem.” He and National Park Service colleagues have monitored sound levels at more than 600 sites over the past 10 years and found that none were free of human noise pollution. The team’s model of merging data from more remote regions with urban areas gave them an overall sense of the noise pollution across the U.S. Based on their findings, the researchers believe that noise pollution will grow faster than the population, doubling every 30 years. View a map of sound pollution at 12

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Eco-Style the Momentous Event It’s summer wedding planning season, and couples can save money and conserve natural resources by planning a simpler, more ecological event. Instead of hosting the reception at a pricey hotel or restaurant, consider moving the ceremony and reception to a serene location like a beach, park or nature center. Local park and recreation departments may collaborate on making arrangements at public facilities, and nominal fees help support their ongoing operations. A natural setting at an ecoconscious hotel is equally well suited to serving healthy, organic food from a local or on-site health food restaurant, caterer or specialty grocer. Here are some more tips. Purchase organic flowers to avoid pesticides and artificial fragrances often containing toxic chemicals. Buying from local growers cuts transportation costs. Choose a wedding gown made of organic and sustainable fibers. Chasing points out that organic farming reduces atmospheric carbon dioxide by using 37 percent fewer fossil fuels than conventional methods. While releasing butterflies or doves may constitute a symbol of love, it can be fatal, especially for the birds, which possess no survival skills in the wild. Also, tossing birdseed over the happy couple, for a time viewed as an improvement on throwing rice, is just as wasteful and messy. Instead, greet the newly hitched lovers by blowing bubbles—it’s inexpensive, childhood fun that won’t harm clothes, animals or the environment. Guests can recycle the wands and bottles, which are available in small sizes for weddings. Show care for other animals by abstaining from balloons. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service notes that balloons that end up in nearby waters or landfills can be mistaken for food and cause stomach blockages for whales, dolphins, turtles and birds. Rather than pay big bucks for a band that consumes electricity, go with one or two local, unplugged musicians such as an acoustic guitar player and flutist. Guests will relish hearing moving, personal renditions of love songs instead of clichéd tunes.

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olarWorld, the largest U.S. crystalline silicon solar manufacturer for more than 40 years, is supplying 17.5 megawatts of its high-efficiency, 72cell solar panels for a project that the Valley Electric Association (VEA) is undertaking in the Mojave Desert town of Pahrump, west of Las Vegas. The project, composed of solar panels, inverters, racking and other materials manufactured in the U.S., will be made in SolarWorld’s expanding factory at its headquarters for the Americas in Hillsboro, Oregon. It also is one of the biggest U.S. utility projects for SolarWorld. Bombard Renewable Energy, a SolarWorld commercial and residential authorized installer and longtime business partner, is conducting engineering, procurement and construction for the project. VEA and Bombard have collaborated with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to protect Mojave Desert tortoises inhabiting the 80-acre project site in northern

Pahrump. Aside from design and construction innovations, resulting measures will include research and monitoring to gauge the impact of solar installations on plants, animals and birds. “SolarWorld applauds the multiple ways that this project will fulfill the interests of sustainability,” says Mukesh Dulani, U.S. president of SolarWorld. “First, of course, the VEA is tapping the abundant energy falling from the sun onto its market territory. Second, it’s taking extra steps to conserve the surrounding desert habitat. Finally, it’s undertaking a system built of domestically produced goods, which not only avert needless shipping emissions but also embody the high labor, environmental and quality standards of American producers. ”Project completion is expected by summer. Fo r m o r e i n f o r m a t i o n , v i s i t


Natural Hormones to Boost Libido by Patricia Beckstead


iological, psychological and social factors affect libido or sexual drive. Poor diet, lack of exercise and stress can have a negative effect on libido, but people tend to keep the problems to themselves and rarely talk about the solutions such as supplements and over-the-counter hormones. Some may even consider Viagra, but the side effects often outweigh the benefits, especially that it is a prescription drug with known side effects. There are several hormones that effectively improve libido, including progesterone, dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) and human growth hormone (HGH); they are available as non-prescription supplements. As long as they are United States Pharmacopeia (USP)-certified products, we can safely consume them as part of an everyday diet. Although progesterone is mainly associated with the female reproductive system, this hormone actually plays an important role in a man’s health, as well. Progesterone is the precursor of estrogen and testosterone, both of which must be kept in good balance to support certain body functions. In men, progesterone acts like testosterone to antagonize or oppose and block too much estrogen. Increased or normal levels of progesterone result in lower levels of estrogen, hence increasing testosterone. In women and men, progesterone and testosterone levels naturally decrease as we age, but more so when we are exposed to stress, leading to low sexual drive and depression. By applying USP-certified progesterone cream, women and men can ensure good supplies of the hormone to boost their libido. DHEA is a hormone produced by the adrenal glands, located above the kidneys. Scientists don’t understand everything about the hormone, but they do know that it functions as a precursor of both female and male sex hormones, including estrogen and testosterone. DHEA production is in its peak during the mid 20s, but also decreases with age. DHEA supplementation is good for males and females because each has its own mechanism (female produces more estrogen, while male produces more testosterone), therefore the supplement can improve libido for both sexes.

HGH is the hormone that triggers growth in children and adolescents. It plays important roles that include regulating muscle growth, bone density, metabolism, body fluids and possibly heart functions. Sexual drive or libido is also at its peak during youth, but it decreases as the natural growth stops. The decline of HGH also has negative effects on sexual hormones and libido, premature aging, weight and other functions of the aging body; therefore non-prescription HGH is a safe and affordable alternative that can help improve libido and general health, even when we are no longer growing. Natural HGH is available in an aerosol spray bottle, making it easier to take it without the need for costly and often dangerous prescription injections. Patricia Beckstead, DC, is a holistic physician and owner of Balancing Hormones Naturally, For more information, visit Balancing HormonesNaturally. com. See ad, page 10.

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SPARK UP YOUR LOVE LIFE Natural Ways to Boost Libido by Lisa Marshall


market in 1998. Yet several months after its launch, only about 1,000 women had tried Addyi and many doctors declined to prescribe it, due to its lack of widespread efficacy and possible adverse side effects, including low blood pressure and fainting when combined with alcohol. “This is a complex problem that requires a complex solution,” says Honolulu-based naturopathic physician Laurie Steelsmith, author of Great Sex Naturally: Every Woman’s Guide to Enhancing Her Sexuality Through the Secrets of Natural Medicine. “For most women, drugs are not the answer.” She notes that for men, boosting libido is largely a matter of boosting circulation and blood flow to the penis. But for women, desire for lovemaking stems from an interplay of emotional, interpersonal, hormonal and anatomical drivers that make lack of desire harder to “treat”. The truth is that many simple, effective, non-drug approaches exist. As Boulder, Colorado, marriage therapist Michele Weiner Davis puts it, “There’s no reason why a woman wanting a more robust sex life cannot have one.”

nderlying health issues aside, a hectic schedule packed with work deadlines, kids’ sporting events and household chores can leave little time for intimacy. Letting that pattern go on too long can become a problem. “There’s a use-it-or-lose-it phenomenon that occurs,” says Dr. Anita Clayton, a University of Virginia psychiatry professor, neurologist and author of Satisfaction: Women, Sex, and the Quest for Intimacy. Despite what hyper-seductive female media stereotypes suggest we believe, in the real world, 39 percent of women feel they lack sex drive, and nearly half experience some kind of sexual dissatisfaction, according to a survey of 32,000 women published in the journal Obstetrics & Gynecology. About one in eight women are significantly distressed about it. “The truth is, many of us don’t have great sex lives,” confirms Clayton. Sprout Pharmaceuticals introduced Addyi, aka filbanserin, last fall; the first prescription drug to address low libido in women. Some heralded the controversial medication as “the little pink pill,” seeing it as the female version of males’ Overall Health Check blue Viagra pill, which a half-million The number one culprit for low libido in men purchased in its first month on the women is subpar physical health, says


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Steelsmith. “To be capable of fully enjoying pleasure, you need a healthy body.” Carrying excess weight can both erode self-esteem and lead to reductions in a woman’s natural circulating testosterone, a critical hormone that helps ignite pleasure circuits in the female brain and increase sensitivity in the clitoris. Being underweight can result in fatigue and low sexual energy, diminished production of excitatory brain chemicals and low levels of estrogen, key for keeping a woman moist. Meanwhile, Steelsmith explains, excess stress can prompt the body to “steal” from libido-boosting hormones like progesterone in order to make more of the stress-hormone cortisol. High blood sugar can drive down testosterone, while high cholesterol can clog pelvic blood vessels, dulling sensation. Depression, diabetes and thyroid disorders are other major libido killers, says Clayton. “If you treat them effectively, you may see big improvements.” Women seeking to improve their sexual health should first try to achieve a healthy weight via diet and exercise, Steelsmith says. She recommends an organic diet rich in complex carbohydrates (which keep blood sugar balanced), lean protein (a precursor to desire-related neurotransmitters) and good fats (which help keep vulval tissues lubricated). Exercise—another circulation booster—is also key. Do it before a scheduled hot date for even better results. One 2014 study of 52 women found that those that worked out prior to an anticipated romantic encounter had significantly increased sexual desire.

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Many women avoid sexual encounters for fear of sparking a urinary tract or vaginal infection. This becomes more common after age 40, as estrogen wanes and pelvic tissue thins and dries, leaving it more vulnerable to microbial invaders. Because semen is alkaline, it changes a woman’s vaginal pH, allowing unfriendly bacteria to thrive, says Steelsmith. Her advice: Always go to the bathroom and urinate after intercourse, and use natural lubricants, like vitamin E. For some women, she also recommends low-dose, prescription estrogen cream or suppositories.

If an infection occurs, try to treat it naturally, avoiding antibiotics, which can spark yeast overgrowth. Instead, Steelsmith recommends using tea tree oil, goldenseal, or probiotic douches or suppositories, available online and at health food stores. Kegel exercises are a famous aid, involving clamping down as if interrupting urine flow, before releasing and repeating. This not only help fends off urinary incontinence and infection, it also strengthens and firms pelvic muscles, rendering enhanced enjoyment for both partners.

spontaneous enough,’” says Weiner Davis. “But even if you put it on the calendar, what you do with that time can still be spontaneous and playful.” While most women assume that they need to be in the mood first, research by University of British Columbia Psychiatrist Rosemary Basson suggests that in some women, desire only comes after physical arousal, especially by a loving partner that takes the time to meet her needs. “I wish I had a dollar for each time someone said to me, ‘I’m not in the mood, but once I get into it, I surprise myself, because I have a really good time,’” says Weiner Davis. She’s not advising women to make love when they really don’t want to, but rather to be open to it even when the circumstances aren’t ideal. “A lot of women feel like the house has to be clean, with the kids asleep and free of distracting noises,” she says. “Sometimes, just do it.”

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Clayton points out that while 42 percent of women experience either low sex drive or satisfaction, fewer than 12 percent are really bothered by it. “Some women experience great grief and loss about this. They say, ‘It used to be a part of my life and now it’s gone.’” For some in this subset that are unable to find relief via lifestyle changes, she would recommend Addyi, said to boost desire by changing brain chemicals. On the other hand, many women don’t need to take any action at all. “If someone has low sex drive and it doesn’t matter to them or their partner, it’s not a problem.” That said, the benefits of attending to an affectionate, healthy sex life can go far beyond the bedroom, improving overall health and strengthening relationships, notes Steelsmith. Sex burns calories, increases circulation, releases calming and painkilling hormones like prolactin and prompts production of the “bonding hormones” vasopressin and oxytocin. “When you are in a loving relationship and you express that love through your body, physiological changes occur that can help you bond more deeply with your partner,” she says. “The more you make love, the more love you make.”

Research has shown that over time, frequent lovemaking actually causes structural changes in certain areas of the brain as new connections form and sex-related regions grow stronger. Stop, and those areas atrophy, making physical intimacy feel awkward once it’s resurrected. A sexless relationship can also be emotionally devastating for the person, often the male, that wants more contact, says Weiner Davis, author of The SexStarved Marriage: Boosting Your Marriage Libido. “For the spouse yearning for touch, it is a huge deal,” she says. “It’s about feeling wanted, attractive and loved.” In her practice, she often sees couples that are mismatched in how they wish to demonstrate and receive love. Often, the woman wants to feel close emotionally before she can feel close physically. For the man, physical intimacy is a conduit for opening up emotionally. When both keep waiting to get what they want, the relationship suffers. She counsels couples to deliberately make time to address both partners’ needs. Schedule a long walk or intimate dinner Lisa Marshall is a freelance health to talk over feelings; also schedule sex. writer in Boulder, CO. Connect at “Some people say, ‘Oh, but that’s not

Five Common Libido Killers Birth Control Pills: Oral contraceptives can boost levels of sex hormone-binding globulin, which attaches to desire-promoting testosterone, making it harder for the body to access it. Antidepressants: Numerous antidepressant medications have been shown to decrease libido, but leaving depression untreated can kill sex drive even more; consider natural alternatives. Smoking: It impairs circulation to genitals. Alcohol: Too much alcohol lowers sexual response. Caffeine: Excess caffeine can erode levels of testosterone, which is vital for driving desire.

Nature’s Libido-Enhancers L-arginine: Boosts blood flow to sexual organs. Can be taken in supplement form or applied topically. Chinese ginseng (Panax ginseng): Considered a sexual tonic in Chinese medicine for its ability to stabilize sexual energy over time; also used to address vaginal dryness. Epimedium (horny goat weed): Said to stimulate nerves in genitals, support adrenal glands and boost levels of feel-good brain chemicals. Phenylethylamine: Sometimes referred to as the “romance chemical”, this stimulant and mood elevator is naturally released in the brain when we have an orgasm, exercise or eat chocolate; also available in supplement form. Maca: A Peruvian root used for centuries in that country to promote sexual energy, Maca is said to boost production of libido-boosting hormones. Sources: Laurie Steelsmith, ND, and research studies

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Solutions for a Sluggish Thyroid Keying in on Iodine by Kathleen Barnes


t seems that a common mineral supplement that costs just pennies per day can stimulate an underactive thyroid, restore metabolism to normal levels, curb excess appetite, banish fatigue and generally improve everyone’s health. Mounting scientific evidence shows that iodine may be an answer to many such health woes, especially for women. “The thyroid acts as a throttle, the gas pedal for all metabolic functions in the human body,” says Dr. Richard Shames, of San Rafael, California, author of Thyroid Mind Power. If the thyroid is a driving force of human physiology, then iodine is its key fuel, says Dr. Robert Thompson, of Soldotna, Alaska, author of What Doctors Fail to Tell You About Iodine & Your Thyroid. “Every single cell in your body depends on thyroid hormone, and the thyroid depends on iodine for proper functioning.” “Without sufficient thyroid hormone, we have low energy, slower metabolism, lower immunity to illness and impaired repair and maintenance of bones and joints,” explains Shames. After testing thousands of patients in his practice, Thompson estimates 20 Greater Las Vegas

that 90 percent of North Americans are iodine deficient, citing what he calls “epidemic proportions” of hypothyroidism (low thyroid function) with symptoms comprising obesity, fatigue, brain fog, irregular or absent menstrual periods, hair loss and heat and cold intolerance.

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Estrogen: Hypothyroidism is overwhelmingly a women’s disease, with women five to eight times more likely to suffer from it than men, according to the American Thyroid Association. “Estrogen inhibits the body’s natural ability to absorb and utilize iodine,” says Dr. Jorge Flechas, of Hendersonville, North Carolina, who specializes in thyroid disorders. “We find three periods in life when women need more iodine: at puberty and during both pregnancy and perimenopause or menopause. It’s because estrogen levels tend to fluctuate wildly at those times, neutralizing the ability of iodine gained through select foods to balance thyroid and other hormones.” Flechas prescribes iodine supplements for most women at all three stages of life. Toxic halogens: Iodine belongs

to a group of halogens that includes chlorine, bromine and fluorine, three chemicals that are both toxic to t h e h u m a n b o dy a n d b l o ck i t s ability to absorb iodine, explains Thompson. “They’re everywhere, in our air, water and food. It’s nearly impossible to avoid them,” reports Shames, a longtime advocate in the movement against the common practice of adding fluoride (a derivative of fluorine) and chlorine to municipal water. Fluoride is also added to many brands of toothpaste. Bromide is part of almost all commercial flour and flour products, as well as soft drinks. Shames offers an historic insight. “Fluoride was once used to slow down an overactive thyroid, as recommended by the physicians’ bible, the Merck Manuals. Now we’re putting it in the water supply and wondering why we have a mushrooming epidemic of low thyroid incidence.” Food: “So-called ‘iodized’ salt doesn’t contain much usable iodine, and neither does pink Himalyan sea salt,” Shames cautions. We’ve known that our soil is deficient in essential minerals such as iodine since at least 1936, when a special U.S. Senate report concluded that our soil was already severely depleted. “This simply means that when we grow produce, the plants cannot extract these vital nutrients from the soil for us—including iodine—if those nutrients aren’t there in the first place,” says Thompson. If anything, he adds, U.S. soils have become even more sterile in the 80 years since the report and, “Factory farming and the use of genetically modified (GMO) crops, Roundup herbicide and synthetic chemical fertilizers have undoubtedly worsened the situation.”

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It’s difficult to include sufficient natural iodine in our daily diet unless we follow a Japanese-style diet that includes lots of seaweed and saltwater fish, says Shames. Other food sources are shellfish, turkey, cheese, yogurt, milk, eggs, legumes, cranberries and strawberries. There is little agreement about the optimal levels of iodine people need. The U.S. Department of Agriculture

maintains that we need 150 micrograms a day, but iodine advocates are quick to point out that a person eating a typical Japanese diet (where hypothyroidism, or low thyroid activity, is rare) ingests 12.5 milligrams of iodine each day—83 times the amount recommended by the government. Shames recommends getting an iodine lab test (available without a prescription at to determine exact needs. Thompson recommends potassium iodide and sodium iodide supplements for thyroid health. Kathleen Barnes is author of numerous natural health books, including User’s Guide to Thyroid Disorders.

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Thyroid Toxins to Avoid Fluorine/fluoride n Fluoridated toothpaste n Unfiltered municipal drinking water n Some bottled teas n Teflon pans n Mechanically deboned chicken Chlorine/chloride n Virtually all municipal water n Swimming pools, spas n Poultry chilled in chlorinated water to kill bacteria n Chlorine bleaches and other conventional household cleaners

Bromine/bromide n Flour and flour products, except those labeled “unbrominated” n Soft drinks n Pesticides with methyl bromide n Plastics n Fire retardants in children’s nightwear and some furniture n Spa disinfectants Source: What Doctors Fail to Tell You About Iodine & Your Thyroid, by Dr. Robert Thompson.

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FACIAL FITNESS Exercises to Tone Your Face and Neck by Kathleen Barnes


ravity takes its toll as years pass, and many women find themselves bemoaning crow’s feet, frown lines and turkey necks that make them look older than they feel. Experts point to the loss of “fat pads” in the cheeks, bone loss around the eye sockets and cheekbones and overall weak muscles as potential contributors to facial aging. Natural exercise programs designed to reverse these unpleasant signs of aging comprise a new fitnessfor-beauty trend. “Face and neck muscles somehow have been left out of mainstream fitness programs,” observes Denver esthetician and massage therapist Grace Mosgeller, who addresses this void with her series of eight FaceFitnez audio and video exercises. “If you tone the muscles of your face and neck, the skin attached to those muscles firms and tones as well, creating a natural youthful look.” Muscular stress—the good kind—is at the core of facial fitness, says Mosgeller. She cite’s Wolff’s Law, a wellknown medical theory that bone grows and remodels in response to the tension or muscle engagement put on it. “Regular facial exercise works the muscles to correct the loss of both muscle tone and bone density and build collagen. It might be called the equivalent of push-ups, pull-

ups and abdominal tucks for the face.” Carolyn Cleaves, owner of Carolyn’s Facial Fitness, in Seabeck, Washington, near Seattle, a former college professor, developed a facial exercise program for herself upon detecting early signs of aging. With the help of two primary care physicians, she designed a routine that includes 28 basic exercises that target all 57 facial muscles. “As we get older, we lose the underlying layer of fat just beneath the skin, and as a result, we look old and tired,” says Cleaves. She agrees that exercising the face actually helps rebuild lost bone, enlarges the muscles and also builds collagen. A study from the University of Rochester, in New York, confirms that loss of bone mass can start in women as early as age 40. It starts in men 16 to 25 years later. Mosgeller’s facial exercises work to fade wrinkles and lines and firm up sagging flesh, yielding visible results in as little as two weeks of dedicated training. She says, “Within six to nine months, it’s possible to look five to 10 years younger than when you started.” Her claims are verified by Dr. Carol Lipper, in Denver, who states, “I’ve done the exercises and they work. The trouble is compliance. It’s a lot of work.” She confirms that she saw improvement in her droopy eyelids after just two or three weeks of adhering

to Mosgeller’s workouts. “It seems that every three months or so, I see another leap in results and a younger look,” adds Cleaves of those using her program. Here are a few crucial areas to target, with just a few of these experts’ recommended remedies. Cleaves’ Crow’s Feet Eliminator: Place fingertips on top of the head, thumbs resting near the corners of the eyes. Shut eyes tightly and slide thumbs toward the temples for a count of five. Repeat 10 times. Mosgeller’s Rx for Droopy Eyelids: Place index finger on top of a closed eyelid, and then lift fingers up and slightly to the outside. Blink hard and hold. It’s preventive, as well as curative, says Mosgeller,

so those over 45 should repeat this 100 times a day, while younger individuals should repeat 20 to 50 times a day. Mosgeller’s Frown Line Eraser: Pull brows apart with fingers and hold for two seconds. Repeat 50 to 100 times up to six times per week. This is meant to relax and tone the muscles, not build them. Cleaves’ Turkey Neck Buster: Tilt the head back slightly. With palm facing the neck, grasp under the chin with a wideopen hand and slowly slide hand down to the collarbone; hold there while counting to 10. Repeat five times daily. Kathleen Barnes is author and publisher of many natural health books. Connect at

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How to Reboot Your Eating Habits Small Shifts Can Drop Pounds and Gain Health by Judith Fertig


ur food habits are often just that—mindless, repetitious eating behaviors. Some serve us well; others, not so much. Natural Awakenings asked experts to serve up many doable small changes that can add up to big shifts. According to Brian Wansink, Ph.D., the John S. Dyson professor of marketing at Cornell University and author of Mindless Eating, changing just one lifestyle habit can eliminate two or more pounds each week. By changing up to three habits, we may lose more weight. At a minimum, we will likely improve the quality of the food we eat overall.

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Wansink advises that having the only food on our kitchen counter be fruit encourages healthy snacking. At work, he suggests lunching away from our desk to discourage mindless eating. At restaurants, order half-size entrees, and then add a maximum of two items, such as soup and bread, salad and side dish or an appetizer and dessert. He recommends using a food shopping strategy to fill the cart with better food. With hunger sated first, chew on a natural gum while shopping; it discourages buying junk food. Secondly, habitually fill the front of the cart with produce. “We eat what we see,” he says.

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Consider starting the day with a new coffee habit. Dave Asprey, of Los Angeles, author of The Bulletproof Diet, uses organic coffee, brews with filtered water and blends the hot coffee with a pat of unsalted, grass-fed butter, a fat high in vitamins and omega-3 essential fatty acids, and a small spoonful of a coconut oil that doesn’t congeal at room temperature. Unlike a drive-through latte with sugar and carbohydrates, he maintains that this type of coffee, “makes you feel energized, focused and full for hours.” Asprey takes a biohacker’s approach to natural biologybased ways to maximize physical and mental performance. New York City writer Chris Gayomali tried Asprey’s recipe for two weeks. Although it didn’t curb his appetite, he says he felt more alert and “ready for life.” Upgrading the foods we love is also possible, says David Wann, of Golden, Colorado, author of Simple Prosperity. “Too often, we economize on food when we should be buying the best quality, freshest organic food we can,” he says. Rebecca Miller, who lives near Kansas City, Missouri, took Wann’s advice and cut costs in other ways instead. To her delight, she found that the fresher, better-tasting food prompted her to eat less, but eat bet-

ter. “I lost seven pounds in two weeks,” she says, “and I didn’t feel like I was on a diet.” Eating a big salad for lunch is a habit that author Victoria Moran, host of the award-winning Main Street Vegan online radio show, has adopted in her New York City home. She fills a big bowl with leafy greens, in-season vegetables, avocado and a light dressing. “This will set you up for the rest of the day,” says Moran. Pam Anderson, a mainstream food blogger in Darien, Connecticut, agrees. Six years ago, she lost 50 pounds and credits having a big green salad for lunch—one of her many small food habit changes—with helping her maintain a healthy weight, despite frequently testing and sampling recipes.

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Doing too much for other people and not enough for ourselves can make our internal voice whisper, “I need comfort,” a thought that can generate overeating. In The Perfect Recipe for Losing Weight and Eating Great, Anderson suggests we ask ourselves what other triggers are prompting poor food habits. Upon reflection, we can prioritize emotional and physical health with planned, smaller, varied, healthy, delicious meals; it’s a habit that works for her. Elizabeth Lombardo, Ph.D., a psychologist in Lake Forest, Illinois, and uthor of Better Than Perfect, assures, “If we fall off the healthy eating wagon, it’s not failure, it’s data.” She believes reaching for the chocolate chip cookies in the vending machine after a stressful morning should be viewed from a scientific standpoint, not via our inner finger-pointing judge. “What are the factors that influenced our decision: stress, hunger or a desire for distraction? That’s great information,” says Lombardo. She proposes that we can then prepare to counter a future snack attack with handy healthy bites, a mindfulness break, a quick walk outside or other naturally healthful stress-relievers. Changing our food habits, one at a time, can help us live better going forward. Judith Fertig is the author of awardwinning cookbooks and blogs at from Overland Park, KS.




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Treating Autism

NATURALLY Plus Strategies for Prevention by Meredith Montgomery


n The Autism Revolution, Pediatric Neurologist and Neuroscientist Martha Herbert approaches autism as a whole-body condition that can improve, rather than be a static, lifelong genetic brain disorder. “It’s the way the brain is shifted into acting when faced with a combination of stressors—some, but not all of which are genetic—at a vulnerable point in development,” says Herbert. Non-genetic challenges can come from the immune system, nutrition, the environment and stress. “Addressing them can make a profound difference in the condition; maybe even turning it around.” Herbert directs the Treatment Research and Neuroscience Evaluation of Neurodevelopmental Disorders (TRANSCEND) program at a joint Harvard University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Massachusetts General Hospital Medical Imaging facility. “While autism is often thought of as a genetic disorder, it’s the result of a geneenvironment interaction where genes are corrupted,” explains Psychiatrist Robert Hendren, who is currently partnering in 26 Greater Las Vegas

developing the Center for Autism Spectrum Disorder and Neurodevelopmental Disorders at the University of California, San Francisco. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, autism is the fastest-growing developmental disability, now affecting one in 68 children and one in 42 boys. Autism Speaks ( defines autism spectrum disorder (ASD) as a group of complex brain development disorders characterized by difficulties in social interaction, verbal and nonverbal communication and repetitive behaviors.


Many experts agree that in some cases, autism can be prevented. “Prevention needs to start early—preconception is ideal,” says Dr. Kenneth A. Bock, of Bock Integrative Medicine, in New York, and author of Healing the New Childhood Epidemics: Autism, ADHD, Asthma and Allergies. Emphasizing omega-3 essential fatty acids, folic acid and probiotics during pregnancy can be beneficial, and it’s

important to avoid iron deficiency, which has been tied to higher rates of autism, Hendren counsels. Results from a recent University of California, Davis study published in Environmental Health Perspectives reveals increased rates of autism among children of women that live close to pesticide-treated fields during pregnancy, particularly during the second and third trimesters. Hendren says, “Living near heavily sprayed fields can be very detrimental. Living close to freeways or downwind of coal-fired power plants is also associated with autism.” If heavy metal toxicity in blood is confirmed, chelation therapy is often used to remove metals, although Hendren advises against using it for the general treatment of ASD. “Chelators pull out mercury, along with other metals, a process that can be harmful. Instead, think about diet and nutritional supplements that can help detoxify the body more safely,” he explains. Bock says, “It’s not enough to detoxify, we have to remove and prevent exposure to neurodevelopmental toxins.” Herbert suggests avoiding toxic household products, electromagnetic exposure from devices such as cell phones and baby monitors, which can lead to stress, sleep disruption and cell health problems, as well as antibiotic overuse, which can disrupt the gut microbiome, increasing vulnerability to exposure to other harmful chemicals. Herbert notes some parents observe that their child became autistic after a vaccination but there are also autistic children that are vaccine-free; still others become so after facing other stresses such as illness or trauma. “We need to focus on the underlying vulnerabilities and keep children strong and resilient so they can handle life’s challenges to their health and immune systems,” she says.

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Currently, the only treatment that has been proven to consistently improve the core symptoms of ASD is behavioral therapy designed to foster language, socialization and academic skills. While effective, this approach is time- and staff-intensive. With the rise and prevalence of

autism in the past decade, more parents are turning to complementary and alternative treatments (CAM). Hendren reports that the best researched and safest CAM therapies for treating autism include melatonin to improve sleep, omega-3 fatty acids to ease hyperactivity and possibly improve socialization, multivitamins to supplement a limited diet or poor appetite and methyl B 12 injections to protect against oxidative stress. Massage therapy has also proven effective in increasing connectivity with others and reducing over-arousal, while reducing ASD symptoms. Research remains in its infancy, but other CAMs deemed acceptable for a professionally monitored trial include B6 and magnesium supplements to correct metabolic aberration, folic acid for improvements in core symptoms, probiotics to ease gastrointestinal distress and iron supplementation for a deficiency. Although clear benefits have yet to be backed by scientific evidence, many parents of children with ASD report that behavior improves with a diet free of the proteins gluten (found in wheat, barley and rye) and casein (found in dairy). Other parent-endorsed diets include anti-yeast, anti-hyperglycemia, specific carbohydrate, low-oxalate and specific food reaction regimens. A review article in the journal Autism Research and Treatment notes that acupuncture, exercise, and music-

and animal-assisted therapy have all been reported as helping to reduce a variety of ASD functional and behavioral symptoms. From sound-dampening headphones that offset loud noises to structuring the environment to anticipate transitions, removing stressors can help reduce the debilitating characteristics of ASD. “This improves abilities to learn and interact with others, but we also don’t want to shelter them from having a chance to learn the rules of social interaction in real-world situations,” advises Hendren.

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ensory kids, like those living with autism spectrum, sensory processing, anxiety or attention deficit disorders, are often highly affected by the design of their physical environments. Here are some tips for removing daily stressors for a more supportive home environment. Identify the common sensory challenges for the child so the family can create spaces that support them. Kids may struggle with regulating their emotions, initiating tasks, maintaining focus, rigid rules, lack of flexibility or being consistently overwhelmed. Less is more because these kids are

often more sensitive to environmental stimuli. Tone down the color scheme of their bedroom and playroom, and maintain uncluttered spaces. Clearly defined and labeled areas in certain rooms can help them know what to expect and how to use each space appropriately. Define areas and tasks with visual aids to foster more focused, calm and flexible interactions. Consider creating a designated dressing area with hooks that hold the next day’s clothes and a laundry hamper. This provides a visual routine to follow and structural aids to help complete the task successfully.

Because autism is a heterogeneous disorder with numerous subtypes, the best individualized combination of treatments can be challenging to identify and can often change throughout one’s life. Bock reminds families that even with a successful treatment plan, “A parent’s love is the final element that brings these recovering children out of darkness into light.” Meredith Montgomery publishes Natural Awakenings of Gulf Coast Alabama/Mississippi (HealthyLiving

Create a space to escape and regulate when they return home anxious, overwhelmed or ready to explode; a zone to help them feel calm and connected again. Dark and quiet spots are best, like the corner of a closet, bottom bunk, under a desk or even a cardboard box “cabin”. Add a flashlight, favorite books, beanbags, heavy or weighted blankets, handheld sensory toys and something that taps into the child’s current fascination. Carolyn Dalgliesh is the founder of Systems for Sensory Kids & Simple Organizing Strategies in North Kingstown, RI, and author of The Sensory Child Gets Organized. Connect at natural awakenings

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Why did you become a vegetarian at age 14?  When I was 13, I picked up a book from the nightstand in my parents’ bedroom called Miami and the Siege of Chicago by Norman Mailer. I happened to open to a page with a highly graphic description of Midwest slaughterhouses. What I read turned my stomach because I loved animals and wanted no part in this inhumane system. I swore at that moment I would never eat another piece of meat and have not done so since. For the past 49 years I have enjoyed the resulting good karma in the form of healthful benefits from avoiding the antibiotics,

growth hormones and fats associated with a carnivorous diet.

Was it tougher to maintain your natural standards as your career became filled with travel and tight schedules? After I first became a vegetarian kid living at home, I soon convinced my family to go vegetarian, too. I read a lot of books to learn how to replace meat protein with healthier choices. Through the early years, as I continued to learn about options, I tried many kinds of vegetarian, macrobiotic and vegan approaches. Once I started modeling in seashore locations, it seemed natural to me to add bits of fresh fish and some dairy; so for the most part I have been a lacto ichthyo variation of vegetarian. I raised my children as vegetarians, and recently my daughter, Sailor, and I took the next step to become mostly vegan. I allow myself a little mozzarella and an occasional salmon dish when my body is craving it, because I think we need to listen to what our body needs. After the environmental disasters of the BP oil spill in the Gulf, made worse by toxic dispersants, and the Fukushima nuclear plant meltdown that pumped

radioactive isotopes into the Pacific, I am extra-cautious about the salmon I choose and don’t eat other seafood. I’m lucky that as a model, my career has naturally kept me aware of the amount of sugar I consume, limiting its effects on skin and overall health as well as weight.

How much of anti-aging do you believe is tied to mental and emotional health? Growing old gracefully is all about the positive energy that you use to power through your day and project to others. Happiness is a youthful quality and a smile is always our best accessory; it’s also been proven to release feel-good endorphins. When you take good care of yourself by eating right and exercising, you naturally feel better about yourself. If we’re feeling down, stressed or depressed, we’re tempted to eliminate exercise, which is the very thing that could lift us up and make us feel better. The more we move, the merrier we are. 

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n intergenerational programs throughout the U.S. and in Europe, thousands of “youngers” and “elders” are building bridges that were forged naturally before family members spread out and many retirees departed for warmer climes. Based on a U.S. adult population of 41 million people 65 years and older and 74 million youths up to the age of 17, the current generation gap is already unprecedented. By 2030, those numbers will increase to 72 million and 80 million, respectively, according to the international nonprofit Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation. Along with Generation Waking Up, Wiser Together and others, it’s working to foster better social cohesion in ways that help individuals of all ages lead richer and more rewarding lives.

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Providing nurturing opportunities for individuals to look at life through the eyes of others with dissimilar experiences that have led them to different assumptions and perspectives on life can be helpful. Broadening everyone’s relationship scope to include “May-December” friendships creates the potential for the kind of life-changing possibilities experienced by a troubled young man named Harold when he struck up a surprising friendship with a life-loving woman as old as his

grandmother in the What should young people parents, plus fosfilm Harold and ter a deeper apdo with their lives today? preciation for their Maude. In real life, “I elders among the Many things, obviously. had the blessing children. But the most daring of growing up in “In this paraan intergeneradigm of mentorthing is to create stable tional family,” says ship, young people communities in which Yvette McGlasson, are mentoring their director of port revelders and elders the terrible disease of enue for the PPI are mentoring loneliness can be cured. young people and Group, in Pompano, Florida. The together, we’re co~Kurt Vonnegut 17-year veteran of creating something the cruise industry is a former Holland new,” says Joshua Gorman, the founder America cruise director whose career at of Generation Waking Up, based in sea launched her into work as a direc- Oakland, California. tor of events for age-restricted (55-plus) gated communities such as Del Webb Facilitating Connections Lake Providence, near Nashville. Since launching their first multigenera “As a child, I was told I had to listen tional initiative at the Shambhala Institute to my elders as a sign of respect. The in 2004, partnering across age groups has many memorable times spent with my been at the forefront of Juanita Brown and grandparents, my mother’s friends and a David Isaacs’ work as co-founders and great aunt who lived to 101, soon turned hosts of the World Café global learning my resignation into an active desire to community. “We cultivate collaboration spend time with my elders. Their expe- through conversations that matter in orriences and wisdom were fascinating der to leverage the unique gifts of every and I understood that their shared life generation in addressing humanity’s most lessons could prove invaluable to me,” critical issues,” says Brown. says McGlasson. Such conversations—in which el The experience inspired her to de- ders and young people give up the culvelop a multigenerational “grandparents tural and societal norms and habits that at-large” partnership with an elementary shape so much of their thinking—offer school across the street from the Del both groups opportunities to discern the Webb community. The school principal possibilities inherent in mutual insight, recognized that residents would be valu- innovation and action. When a young Clarissa Tufts, proable mentors, able to fill an emotional void for the latchkey kids of working gram coordinator and family liaison for

the SelfDesign Learning Community, in British Columbia, was working on her master’s degree from the SelfDesign Graduate Institute, she sought out mentor Anne Adams, a faculty member in her 70s who worked with Tufts for 18 months. “Anne’s earliest statements, ‘I’m here to support you in being the best you can be’ and ‘I get energized by talking with young people and hearing their ideas,’ felt good and let me know that we were both benefitting from our relationship and building something together,” says Tufts. Stimulating cooperation and collaboration among generations evokes the vibrancy, energy and productivity that occur when people cross-pollinate ideas and perspectives. It can also provide a sense of purpose, improve confidence and social skills, create solutions to societal challenges, help resolve emotional and behavioral problems and lift depression, all enhancing productive engagement in life. Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings. Connect at

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aving regular positive interactions with family and friends and being involved in several different social networks can help older adults be healthier, according to recent research published by the American Psychological Association. This fact inspired the intergenerational living model embodied by Cleveland’s Judson Manor

retirement community. Resident students attending the Cleveland Institutes of Art and Music teach older residents how to use computers for email, social media and Skype, with unlimited personal access included among the amenities associated with the affordable housing. These neighbors from different generations also

join in art projects and attend movies together. This innovative approach helps solve the housing crisis faced by many cities while addressing social issues of isolation as the young people spontaneously converse with seniors about their studies, activities and other happenings in the outside world.

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Good Reasons to Try Acupuncture Thousands of Studies Show Healing Results by Kathleen Barnes


he ancient Chinese art of acupunc- the feel-good brain chemical serotonin and ture is gaining popularity in modern relieving inflammation, as well as bringing Western medicine for many reasons. many other body processes into normal “There’s lots of research to support the function. effectiveness of acupuncture for a wide Brevard, North Carolina, licensed variety of conditions,” says Thomas Bur- master acupuncturist Paul Buchman, goon, a medical doctor who practices in- adds, “Acupuncture differs from conternal medicine in West ve n t i o n a l We s t e r n Find a local Chester, Pennsylvania, medicine in many and is president of the acupuncturist trained in ways, primarily in American Academy of when it treats a medical acupuncture at that Medical Acupuncture, disease on the physian association of doc- cal level, it also has tors of medicine and effects on FindAnAcupuncturist far-reaching osteopathic medicine our mental, emotional that use acupuncture in conjunction with and spiritual aspects.” conventional treatments. Chronic back pain: Chronic low back Acupuncture treatments typically in- pain affects 80 percent of us at some time volve the nearly painless insertion of very and is the second-most common cause of thin needles to stimulate the body’s natural disability in American adults, according repair and regulation mechanisms based to a University of North Carolina at Chaon the fundamental Chinese medicine pel Hill study published in the Journal of principle that the inside of the body can the American Medical Association. often be treated from the outside. Burgoon A recent study of Australian explains that acupuncture works by stimu- patients arriving in Melbourne hospital lating and releasing the body’s natural pain emergency rooms complaining of low relievers, including endorphins, producing back pain found that those treated with 32 Greater Las Vegas

acupuncture experienced as much pain relief in an hour as those given drugs. “When I treat a person for low back pain, I always take pulses in several parts of the body, and then take into account many factors, including age, gender and life situation,” says Buchman. “The underlying causes of the pain may be different in a 20-something student with a stressful academic load than a 50-something woman that’s a recent empty nester redefining her future,” he explains. When researchers at China’s Central South University reviewed 13 studies on acupuncture and low back pain, they concluded that comprehensive treatment plans that involve acupuncture are urgently needed. Headache: Acupuncture has long been used to relieve the pain of migraines and tension headaches. Australian research published in EvidenceBased Complementary and Alternative Medicine found that 16 acupuncture sessions cut in half the number of days that patients experienced migraines, significantly reducing pain. “Acupuncture is a must-try therapy for anyone with migraines or chronic or tension-type headaches,” says Burgoon. He notes that Aetna Insurance Company policy considers acupuncture among accepted, medically necessary treatments for migraines, chronic low back pain, knee osteoarthritis, postoperative dental pain and nausea associated with surgery, pregnancy and chemotherapy. Asthma and allergies: More than 25 million Americans have asthma, including 6.8 million children. Danish research published in the journal Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine showed that 10 acupuncture sessions given over a threemonth period reduced asthma symptoms and use of inhaled steroids, but only when acupuncture was ongoing. Benefits diminished when treatments were discontinued. German researchers at Berlin’s Charité University Medical Center found similar effects for seasonal allergies by comparing it with the effects of antihistamines and sham acupuncture. “Patterns of bad health get more ingrained in our body systems as we get older,” says Melanie Katin, a licensed acupuncturist specializing in treating children in New York City and professor at the Pa-

cific College of Oriental Medicine. “If we can catch an illness in a child’s first seven or eight years, we may be able to prevent it from becoming chronic in adulthood.” Digestive problems: Acupuncture has been found to be effective for treating colic in babies, irritable bowel syndrome, morning sickness and postoperative nausea caused by anesthesia and chemotherapy treatments, verified in research from Australia’s University of Sydney on patients after surgery for metastatic liver cancer. Several other studies, including one from

the Milwaukee’s Medical College of Wisconsin, show that acupuncture rebalances the nervous system and restores proper digestive function, while relieving pain. The World Health Organization review of research notes how acupuncture relieved gastrointestinal (GI) spasms better than atropine injections, and also recommends acupuncture for relief of nausea. “Acupuncture helps calm down an overactive GI tract and stimulates an underactive one,” explains Burgoon. Acupuncture is a non-pharmaceu-

tical remedy for many health problems, Burgoon says. “I fell in love with acupuncture when I discovered I could use it to treat some problems that nothing else helped. I almost never prescribe any medications. Instead, I help people get off pharmaceuticals.” Kathleen Barnes is author of many natural health books, including The Calcium Lie 2: What Your Doctor Still Doesn’t Know, with Dr. Robert Thompson. Connect at

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Spring Equinox - Harmonizing with Floral Energies – Spring Wisdom with Robin Masiewicz – 6:30pm. Robin Masiewicz, nature intuitive, teaches the message of wisdom that flowers hold. These floral messages are rooted in the soul’s signature. As bread feeds the body, flowers seed the soul. $75. Enchanted Forest Reiki Center, 2280 S Jones Blvd, LV. 702-3590848. Energy Share with Copper Pyramid & Crystal Bowl Meditation – 7-9pm. Seeking relaxation and stress relief? Participate in a relaxing guided meditation, receive benefits of beautiful Reiki energy, while crystal bowls play to lift vibrations. Everyone welcome, including healers to share. Suggested $10 love donation. Oasis to Zen, W Alexender Rd, 140, LV. 702-491-6035.


ThetaHealing Dig Deeper – 10am-5pm. Prerequisites: Basic & Advance DNA. Sharpen ThetaHealing technique by learning the eight different ways of digging. Find out how to get to the core of the issue faster and easier. $400. The Sacred Art of Healing, 2400 N Tenaya Way, LV. 702-324-2595.

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Usui Reiki I Certification Class Plus Holy Fire – 9am-5pm. Learn (Dr. Usui) Japanese Reiki techniques: smudging, principals, lineage, Gassho, chakra balancing. Receive Reiki I attunement, practice time. Holy Fire Reiki is powerful, gentle and provides purification, healing, empowerment and guidance. $150. Enchanted Forest Reiki, 2280 S Jones Blvd, LV. 702-359-0848.


Detoxify Your Body Safely – 11am-12:30pm. Mental-emotional stress, pollution and poor diet all contribute to many digestive disorders. Learn how to safely detoxify the body through food. $13.50. Discounts available. 3920 Amy Marie Ct, LV. 702659-2390. Candlelight Reiki Restorative Yoga Class with Chakra Balancing – Free Crystal– 7pm. This blissful workshop is designed to help relax and renew body and mind while balancing chakras for inner balance and harmony. Receive Reiki in each pose and restore the body. $35. Enchanted Forest Reiki Center, 2280 S Jones Blvd, LV. 702-359-0848.


Dr. Manjusha Vinjamury @ Ayurveda Clinic, Wongu University Health Center – 9:30am-4:30pm. Ayurveda consultation with Dr. Manjusha Vinjamury, MD, MAOM, L.Ac. (CA). Discover how Ayurveda can help maintain health. Services offered include Ayurvedic wellness care, nutrition and lifestyle assessment and detoxification. 8630 S Eastern Ave, LV. 702-852-1280. The Lead Team Speed Networking – 6:30am-9pm. High end mixers, fun networking events, expos, help promote one's business and build relationships among members of all chapters. Attend these events that also bring in new people to meet. $25/members. $30/ nonmembers. Old School Brewing, 8410 W Desert Inn, LV. 702-425-3380.

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Acupuncture & Fertility – 6pm. Acupuncture can increase fertility success by 25% or more. Learn how Chinese medicine, acupuncture, temperature charting and more can be used to help get pregnant and maintain pregnancy. Free. 1485 W Warm Springs, 109, HD. 702-475-0870.


Sacred Self-Birthing: Energetic Healing of the 2nd Chakra – 6:30pm. This event is for women who have had a hysterectomy, who have never had children or who are in menopause. $20. Luminosity Wellness Center, 2400 N Tenaya, LV. 702-701-6211.


Vegas Pet Expo – 10am-6pm. Sun, 10am-4pm. Bring the family pet. Free admission. Cashman Center, 850 Las Vegas Blvd N, LV. Full Moon Goddess Celebrations – 7pm. There will be a bit of story-telling, drumming, and manifesting one’s intentions for the next moon cycle. Bring own drums or rattles and celebrate. Please RSVP to Kim $15. Inside Luminosity Center, 2400 N Tenaya Way LV. 702-701-6211.


See Clearly Now. Eyesight Improvement Workshop – 11am-1pm. How is it possible to see better without glasses, contacts or surgery? Find out at Transform Vegas. Eyesight improvement in just two plus hours. Advance registration $35.00, Senior discount $30.00, Same day $40. 003920 Amy Marie Ct, LV. 702-659-2390.

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Crystal Bowl Meditation in the Salt Cave – 6pm. Breathe in the salt air with closed eyes, while the Salt Room takes participants through different corners of the universe and back to earth under the soothing sounds of the crystal and Tibetan bowls. $40. Salt Room LV, 1958 Village Center Cir, 7, LV. 702-2287258.


Introduction to EFT – 6:30pm. This is a free interactive event to introduce EFT, Emotional Freedom Technique or “Tapping”. EFT is great for anxiety, releasing bad habits and negative thought patterns. Tap with Luminosity. Free. Luminosity Wellness Center, 2400 N Tenaya, LV. 702-701-6211.


Interactive Musical Meditation – 7-9pm. Play instruments, embrace the inner child, experience a unique grounding and release meditation. Meditation is interactive, an experience not to be missed. Parents, bring the kids, who will love this experience. Suggested $10 love donation. Oasis to Zen, W Alexender Rd, 140, LV. 702-491-6035.


Raw Food Prep Class: Vegan Sushi – 2-4pm. Sushi lovers will enjoy this delightful hands-on experience. Learn how to make vegan raw sushi quickly and easily. Eat sushi that is made. Recipes included. Satisfaction guaranteed. $25. Discounts available. 3920 Amy Marie Ct, LV. 702-659-2390.

Transcendent Sound Bath Concert with Diane Mandle – 2pm. An intense transformational sound immersion with Tibetan bowls, bells, planetary gong and percussion. Performed by California Certified Tibetan Bowl sound healer and Tibetan Bowl School owner and instructor, Diane Mandle. Free. West Charleston Library, 6301 W Charleston Blvd, LV. 702-507-3964.


Usui Reiki II Certification Class Plus Holy Fire/2 Night Class – 6:30-9:30pm. Learn Reiki to heal unwanted habits and the past; receive Reiki II attunement, ancient Reiki symbols, distant healing, byosen scanning, chakra balancing with stones along with energy of Holy Fire Reiki. $200. Enchanted Forest Reiki, 2280 S Jones Blvd, LV. 702-359-0848.


Kids Family Yoga – 1:30pm. All family members are welcome. No prior yoga experience necessary. Share the love of yoga with family. Learn all-ages appropriate concepts of yoga philosophy, strengthening partner poses and fun yoga games. $15 per pair, $5 for additional child. Tru Yoga, 7310 Smoke Ranch Rd, LV. Reiki Students Gathering & Practice Night – 7pm. This blissful workshop is designed to help relax and renew body and mind while balancing chakras for inner balance and harmony. Receive Reiki in each pose and restore the body. $5. Enchanted Forest Reiki Center, 2280 S Jones Blvd, LV. 702-359-0848.


Kick the Sugar Addiction - Naturally – 11am12:30pm. Learn to control blood sugar levels in order to be in control of personal energy. $13.50. Discounts available. 3920 Amy Marie Ct, LV. 702-659-2390.


Aromatherapy and Reiki Guided Meditation – 6:45-8:30pm. Feeling stretched to the max, needing a “life break”? This evening of relaxation and enlightenment combines aromatherapy, powerful Reiki energy, and guided meditation to open the mind and center the soul. $10. 5715 Oasis to Zen, W Alexender Rd, 140, LV. 702-491-6035.

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ongoingevents daily Luminosity Wellness Tour – 10am-8pm. Mon-Fri. Luminosity brings together a holistic community of doctors and practitioners. Luminosity’s passion is in assisting individuals educationally, emotionally, physically, and spiritually. Luminosity Wellness Center, 2400 N Tenaya Way, LV. 702-721-9355. 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. Wongu University of Oriental Medicine – Graduate Program – 9:30am-5:30pm. The non-profit school offers a Master of Science Degree in Oriental Medicine. Coursework includes acupuncture, herbology, Taiji, moxibustion, Western medicine, practice management and more. Currently accepting applications. $180/didactic unit. $18/clinical hour. Wongu University of Oriental Medicine, 8620 S Eastern Ave, LV. 702-463-2122. Start@Wongu. org.

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

monday Gentle Yoga Class with Carolynn – 10-11:15am. Gentle, beginner's yoga, great for seniors. Carolynn Yates is a certified White Lotus Instructor and has been teaching for 8 years. $10. Sophia Center for Goddess Study, 6034 Smoke Ranch Rd, LV. 702489-7999.


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

Las Vegas Health & Fitness Chamber of Commerce Networking Breakfast Meeting – 8:15-9:45am. Bring business cards, a 60 second 'commercial' about one’s business; get in on the ground floor of this weekly meeting. Listen in, meet with top leaders and speakers in health, fitness. Complementary. Egg Works Restaurant, 2490 E S u n s e t R d , LV. 7 0 2 - 4 8 3 - 2 9 7 0 .

Let's Talk - Let's Laugh – 2:30-3:30pm. Welcome to this women's group in self-discovery; fun and unique experiences that inspire and empower each of us. Weekly demonstrations with various modalities and speakers. Free. Luminosity Wellness Center, 2400 N Tenaya Way, LV. 702-721-9355.

Discovering Tarot Class – 11am-1pm. All welcome. Zoie Knox will teach the meaning of a new card, practice card/spread readings and provide a personal reading. Start any week. Please bring a journal. $20. Sophia Center for Goddess Study, 6034 Smoke Ranch Rd, LV. 702-489-7999.

You Are What You Eat – 6:30-7:30pm. Ever wonder why certain foods are craved (chocolate, cheese, etc.) especially, during the winter months? The body talks, learn how to listen. The panel of fitness and wellness coaches at Luminosity explores possibilities for change. $8. Luminosity Wellness Center, 2400 N Tenaya Way, LV. 702-721-9355.

Zumba – 6-7pm. Shake-up the mid-week with various rhythmic steps. Everyone welcome, each individual determines the intensity. Luminosity provides the sounds, students bring the moves, and towel. Free. Luminosity Wellness Center, 2400 N Tenaya Way, LV. 702-721-9355.

tuesday Ayurveda Clinic @ Wongu University Health Center – 9:30am-4:30pm. Discover how Ayurveda, one of the traditional medicines with a 5,000 year history, can help maintain health. Services offered include Ayurvedic wellness care, nutrition and lifestyle assessment, and detoxification. Wongu Health Clinic, 8630 S Eastern Ave, LV. 702-852-1280. Beginner Tai Chi 24 Form with Fan – 2-3pm. A fun class designed to introduce the student to the amazing Tai Chi Fan. The Fan was once carried in replacement of the sword and is a practical tool for self defense. $7. Naturally Organic Healing Center, 1171 S Buffalo Dr, 110, LV. 702-433-3874. Digital Currency Mastermind – 7-8:30pm. Learn the secrets of trading, investing and profiting from digital currency. Learn how to become a millionaire in five years or less with digital currency. Free. 100 Deerfly Way, LV. 702-817-5726. DigitalCurrencyLasVegas. Drums of the Wolf Meditation/Journey Circle – 7pm. Deep drumming will bring participants into a dream-like guided journey meditation. Perhaps find oneself on a Viking ship, traveling with a wolf, or floating in a sea of colors--only one’s spirit knows. $15. Enchanted Forest Reiki, 2280 S Jones Blvd, LV. 702-359-0848. Hatha Yoga with Samantha – 7-9pm. A systematic journey into the depths of spirituality through a blended and unitary system of yoga and Tantra. Learn authentic Asanas and deep meditation techniques that will transform ones life. $20 or $60/month. Naturally Organic Healing Center, 1171 S Buffalo Dr, 110, LV. 702-433-3874.

markyourcalendar My Wellness Counts hosts GLORIOUS GRAINS: Fueling Your Energy at Whole Foods Markets Don’t fear grains! Grains often get a bad rap because of the fear that they contribute to weight gain and sugar intake. But grains are an essential part of a healthy approach to eating. During this presentation you will come to understand the benefits of whole grains as they exist in nature: complex, unrefined and unprocessed.

May 11 • 6-7pm Ft. Apache/Boca Park

June 8 • 6-7pm Tenaya & Lake Mead Breath of Sound – 6:30-7:30pm. This interactive meditation explores the connection between mind, body and emotion through breath, sound and rhythm. Blocked or un-serving energies are released. This process can be intense, encouraging one to self-challenge. Free. Luminosity Wellness Center, 2400 N Tenaya Way, LV. 702-721-9355.

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Las Vegas Health & Fitness Chamber of Commerce Networking Breakfast Meeting – 8:15am-9:45pm. Egg Works, 6960 S Rainbow Blvd, LV. 702-483-2970.

Qigong and Tai Chi with Sifu JC – 10am-12pm. Qigong is a self-healing system that incorporates body, breath, visualizations and sounds. Tai Chi is a martial art that helps with posture, hand-eye coordination, self-defense and well-being. 1171 S B u f f a l o D r, 11 0 , LV. 7 0 2 - 4 3 3 - 3 8 7 4 .

Qigong and Tai Chi with Sifu JC – 9am-12pm. Qigong is a self-healing system that incorporates body, breath, visualizations and sounds. Tai Chi is a martial art that helps with posture, hand-eye coordination, self-defense and well being. 1171 S B u f f a l o D r, 11 0 , LV. 7 0 2 - 4 3 3 - 3 8 7 4 .

Creative Solutions with Christine Essex – 2:30-3:30pm. Join Christine Essex to explore communications, learn to get what one wants. Learn to program the unconscious mind and move toward the future with a plan. Change one’s thoughts, change one’s life. $15. Luminosity Wellness Center, 2400 N Tenaya Way, LV. 702-721-9355.

Goddess Gathering – 10:30am-1pm. The Goddess Gathering is a combination of Goddess Study and sisterhood socialization. Learn of ancient and living Goddesses and how to apply their attributes to our daily living. Embrace the power of life. Love donation. Sophia Center for Goddess Study, 6034 Smoke Ranch Rd, LV. 702-489-7999.

Holistic Essentials – 2:30-3:30pm. Ask and find answers, solutions and more. What are: essential oils; Reiki and how does it work in our lives; Zyto? These questions and more will be answered and explored. Free. Luminosity Wellness Center, 2400 N Tenaya Way, LV. 702-721-9355.

Integrative Yoga – 12-1pm. Allow evolution by sound to increase vibration and boost the body's immunities with this class that combines: Meditation, Hatha vinyasa flow and ancient yoga to create an electric mind animation for relief and flexibility. $14. Naturally Organic Healing Center, 1171 S Buffalo Dr, 110, LV. 702-433-3874.

Gentle Yoga Class with Carolynn – 10-11:15am. Gentle, beginners yoga, great for seniors. Carolynn Yates is a certified White Lotus Instructor and has been teaching for 8 years. $10. Sophia Center for Goddess Study, 6034 Smoke Ranch Rd, LV. 702489-7999. Las Vegas Health & Fitness Chamber of Commerce Networking Lunch Meeting – 11:30am1pm. Bring business cards, a 60 second 'commercial' about one’s business; get in on the ground floor of this weekly meeting. Listen in, meet with top leaders and speakers in health, fitness. Complementary. Egg Works Restaurant, 6960 S Rainbow Blvd, LV. 702-483-2970. Wongu Ayurveda Clinic – 11:30am-6:30pm. Discover how Ayurveda can help maintain health. Services offered include Ayurvedic wellness care, nutrition and lifestyle assessment, and detoxification. 8630 S Eastern Ave, LV. 702-852-1280. Free Power Coaching – 6:30pm. Open to public. Weekly solutions to life's questions; a special interactive, educational experience. Discover new tools and techniques to transform life experience. Bring an open mind and a notepad. Free. Luminosity Wellness Center, 2400 N Tenaya Way, LV. Christine Essex: 274-6670. Akashic Book Study Workshop with Anika Ray – 6:30pm. Explore spirituality and connect with the aspect of being divine in nature, the soul. Workshop is based on the book How to Read the Akashic Records by Linda Howe. $10. Enchanted Forest Reiki, 2280 S Jones Blvd, LV. 702-359-0848.

Friday Night Awakening – 6:30-9:30pm. Start the weekend in Luminosity’s sacred space with a Crystal Bowl Meditation (6:30-7:30), moving into Reiki Energies Healing Circle (7:30-8:30) and ending with some chanting sounds of the drums (8:30-9:30). Love donation. Luminosity Wellness Center, 2400 N Tenaya Way, LV. 702-721-9355. Reiki Healing & Spiritual Mastermind Circle – 7-9pm. Open to the public. A life-changing two hour long inspirational evening in a safe relaxing atmosphere of unconditional love. Bring a friend, or meet one. On-going certification training available. By donation. No one is turned away. Center for Spiritual Living, 1420 E Harmon Ave, Room 3, Second Floor, LV.

Spiritual Experience Discussions – 6-7pm. Discuss spiritual experience of all faiths in a respectful and open environment. Free. 1171 S Buffalo Dr, 110, LV. 702-433-3874.

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Julianna, Co-Creator/Alchemist 702-686-2727 Julianna will assist you on your quest to understand and know more about yourself who you are, why you are here and where you come from. Be ready to transform, transition and transcend. See ad, pages 29 & 30.


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Nicole Taylor Sharp, Dir. of Membership 702-539-4400 The LVHFCoC improves the health of health, fitness and wellness businesses. Effective networking. Business development. Amplify your marketing reach. Membership with a like-minded community on a mission of better health. See ad, page 40.


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


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


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


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

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


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