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contents Natural Awakenings is your guide to a healthier, more balanced life. In each issue readers find cutting-edge information on natural health, nutrition, fitness, personal growth, green living, creative expression and the products and services that support a healthy lifestyle.


Living a Life We Love is Real Affluence


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20 SHARING OUR BOUNTY Food Drives Need Healthy Donations by Avery Mack



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Ballet-Inspired Workouts Create Long and Lean Muscles by Lynda Bassett



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letterfrompublisher Keep the Faith Dear Friends, If I were to share all I and my family have experienced over this last month, you wouldn't believe me. You couldn't believe so much can happen in one family. It has been, literally, a series of unfortunate events, emotional challenges and tests of faith. I'm often told by my friend, Tracey Owens, that these are "opportunities for growth" (I just as often want to knock her out when she says this! But, I know she's right.) This month, I've had the opportunity to reconnect with my favorite prayer, A Prayer of Saint Francis of Assisi. So, this month I share this powerful reminder of peace, love, forgiveness, hope, light, joy, humanity and a knowing that one day, we will all be together in paradise, we will be pure love.

A Prayer of Saint Francis of Assisi Lord, make me an instrument of Your peace. Where there is hatred, let me sow love. Where there is injury, pardon, Where there is doubt, faith, Where there is despair, hope, Where there is darkness, light, and where there is sadness joy. O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled, as to console; To be understood, as to understand; To be loved, as to love; For it is in giving that we receive– It is in pardoning that we are pardoned; And it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.

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YK Yoga and Meditation Center in forming a new class for a 220-hour teacher training course, certified by the Worldwide Yoga Alliance for registered yoga schools, beginning in January 2016. No experience is necessary, just an

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Violette’s Debuts New Menu, Hours and Friday Night Vocalist


eaturing fresh, healthy, salads, organic smoothies and tasty sides and starters, Violette’s Vegan Organic Eatery & Juice Bar is offering a new “all day” menu with lunch and dinner items combined for more options, as well as a Super Food shots and new juice bar menu. Breakfast is changing to brunch on weekends, with more choices and new items. Their new hours are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday; and 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Sunday brunch is served from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday nights feature vocalist Sharah Shelton, who The Old School Show describes as “a Las Vegas native whose soul is made up of a combination of music ranging from Broadway tunes, rock, pop, oldies, country and her own original music. Her charismatic personality is always ready to get the crowd’s feet tappin’ and your hands clappin’. Location: 8560 W. Desert Inn Rd., Ste.cD5, Las Vegas. For more information, call 702-685-0466, email or visit See ad, page 29.

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Having Gratitude Yields More Happiness than Having Things


wo studies from Baylor University have confirmed that materialism can lead to feeling less satisfied with life, while a sense of gratitude reverses some of the negative effects of the pursuit of things. The research, led by Professor James Roberts, Ph.D., included questionnaires sent to 246 marketing students from another university, focusing on happiness and satisfaction with a 15-minute survey that included a 15-point materialism scale. The study found that individuals that focused on achieving material goals were less satisfied with their lives, less happy and had lower selfesteem. Meanwhile, the study found that grateful students found more meaning in their lives and felt a greater sense of satisfaction. “Individuals high in gratitude showed less of a relationship between materialism and its negative affect. Additionally, individuals high in materialism showed decreased life satisfaction when either gratitude or positive affect was low,” note the researchers.

Antidepressants in Pregnancy Raises Risk of Hypertension in Kids


n a large study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, researchers from participating universities found mothers that take antidepressant drugs during pregnancy face the risk of heart issues for their children. The researchers tested 3,789,330 pregnant women between 2000 and 2010. Of these, 128,950 took at least one prescription for antidepressants during their pregnancy. High blood pressure among children of mothers that didn’t take antidepressants was about 21 percent. Children that were exposed to selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) antidepressant drugs during pregnancy experienced high blood pressure in 31.5 percent of the cases. Those that were exposed to non-SSRI antidepressants experienced high blood pressure 29 percent of the time. This represents a 50 percent increased risk of hypertension for babies of mothers that take SSRIs during pregnancy and a 40 percent increased risk for children exposed to non-SSRIs. In their conclusion, the researchers note, “Evidence from publicly insured pregnant women studied may be consistent with a potential increased risk of persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn associated with maternal use of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors in late pregnancy.”


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The Hidden Deficiency Having the proper amount of iodine in our system at all times is critical to overall health, yet the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition finds that iodine deficiency is increasing drastically in light of an increasingly anemic national diet of unpronounceable additives and secret, unlabeled ingredients. This deficit now affects nearly three-quarters of the population.

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Almost everyone is routinely exposed to iodine-depleting radiation

Low-Sodium Diets

Overuse of zero-nutrient salt substitutes in foods leads to iodine depletion

Iodized Table Salt

Iodized salt may slowly lose its iodine content by exposure to air


A toxic chemical found in baked goods overrides iodine's ability to aid thyroid

Iodine-Depleted Soil Poor farming techniques have led to declined levels of iodine in soil

A Growing Epidemic Symptoms range from extreme fatigue and weight gain to depression, carpal tunnel syndrome, high blood pressure, fibrocystic breasts and skin and hair problems. This lack of essential iodine can also cause infertility, joint pain, heart disease and stroke. Low iodine levels also have been associated with breast and thyroid cancers; and in children, intellectual disability, deafness, attention deficient hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and impaired growth, according to studies by Boston University and the French National Academy of Medicine.

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esearchers from the International Center for Integrative Systems, in Cambridge, Massachusetts, have determined that genetically modified (GM/GMO) soybean plants accumulate the carcinogen formaldehyde. The researchers utilized a scientific method called CytoSolve to analyze 6,497 diverse laboratory studies conducted by 184 scientific institutions in 23 countries worldwide. The study data showed that GMO soybeans significantly accumulate formaldehyde, a class-one carcinogen. The research also found that genetic modification forces a depletion of glutathione among the plants, which weakens their immune system. This contrasts with the proposals put forth by the GM industry that GMO soybean plants are stronger, allowing them to endure environmental hardships better than non-GMO soybean plants. The research was led by V.A. Shiva Ayyadurai, Ph.D., a biologist trained at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and published in the peer-reviewed journal Agricultural Sciences. “The results demand immediate testing, along with rigorous scientific standards to assure such testing is objective and replicable. It’s unbelievable such standards for testing don’t already exist. The safety of our food supply demands that science delivers such modern scientific standards for approval of GMOs,” states Ayyadurai. Former Environmental Protection Agency Senior Scientist Ray Seidler, Ph.D., comments about the study, “The discovery reported by Ayyadurai reveals a new molecular paradigm associated with genetic engineering that will require research to discover why the extent of formaldehyde and glutathione concentrations are altered, and what other chemicals relevant to human and animal health are affected. We need the kinds of standards Ayyadurai demands to conduct such research.”

Cloves Inhibit Cancer Growth


esearch from China has determined that cloves (Syzygium aromaticum) inhibit the growth of several cancers. Researchers tested an extract of whole cloves against several types of human cancer cells, including those of ovarian, cervical, liver, colon, breast and pancreatic cancers. Published in the journal Oncology Research, the test used an incubation system that simulated the ability of these cancer cells to grow within the body. The researchers found that the clove extract stopped such development. The active constituents they identified within the clove extracts include oleanolic acid and eugenol. “Clove extract may represent a novel therapeutic herb for cancer treatment, and oleanolic acid is one of the components responsible for part of its antitumor activity,” the researchers commented. Cloves, one of the oldest medicinal spices, have been used in Traditional Chinese Medicine for many centuries.

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Agricultural Drones May Boost Sustainability Beginning November 15, farmers will be able to implement flying drones to perform important tasks in their fields. That’s when changes in Federal Aviation Administration regulations will loosen many of the current restrictions on this new technology. Advocates believe the devices can improve precision agriculture management that uses GPS and data collection to boost crop yields and profits while aiding water conservation. For the first time, the drones will be operated legally during an entire growing season, allowing companies to test their business models and technologies together. This boost in crop intelligence should make farms more efficient and help smaller operations compete with well-funded big agribusiness conglomerates whose fields are typically rife with genetically modified (GMO) crops. “This is the first year we’ll actually be able to see, by the time the growing season is over, the impact on the farmer and the impact of the quality of the grapes,” says David Baeza, whose precision agriculture startup Vine Rangers uses drones and ground robots to gather data on vineyard crops. “The biggest thing to watch is what’s going to happen to giants like Monsanto. How you define this market is changing, and the incumbents are in for a battle.” Source: Fortune magazine

Recycling Revolution

Global Rise Bolsters Sustainability On November 15, thousands of events in communities nationwide will celebrate America Recycles Day (America A program run by national nonprofit Keep America Beautiful since 2006, the event is dedicated to promoting recycling in the U.S. via special material collection drives and educational activities. Materials available to groups include advice on setting up collectibles s t a t i o n s and customizable templates for promoting activities to increase recycling awareness, commitment and local action. There’s plenty of room to grow: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency estimates that the amount of waste that the average citizen composts or recycles has increased from 17 percent in 1990 to 33 percent today. Some other countries have been conducting their own national programs longer. For the 19th year, Australia will celebrate a weeklong National Recycling Week ( in November. More than 90 percent of Aussies feel it’s the right thing to do. Recycle Now (, England’s national program, supported and funded by the government and implemented by 90 percent of municipalities, conducts its annual weeklong program in June. Organizers contend that six out of 10 citizens now describe themselves as committed recyclers, compared to fewer than half when the campaign launched in 2004. Germany also celebrates recycling for two days in June; many other countries do so in July. 12

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Monsanto Pushback More Countries Ban Toxic Roundup

Countries are gradually banning the use of Monsanto Roundup herbicide around the world as a danger to the environment and human health, and Bermuda is one of the latest to join the ranks. These moves come soon after a recently published metastudy conducted by the World Health Organization International Agency for Research on Cancer published in The Lancet Oncology determined that glyphosate, the main ingredient in Roundup, is probably carcinogenic to humans. Colombia stopped using Roundup to kill illegal coca plants. France banned the sale to homeowners, and Germany is poised to do the same. A group of 30,000 Argentine physicians are calling for a ban there, where it’s blamed for boosting birth defects and cancer. Others, including the Brazilian federal prosecutor, are demanding that Roundup’s active ingredient, glyphosate, be pulled off the shelves. In the U.S., the Institute for Responsible Technology (IRT) is assisting efforts in cities, counties and school systems to enact immediate bans of glyphosate-based sprays. IRT is also calling for schools to measure the amount of glyphosate residues in school meals and to take steps to eliminate them if found. Source: EcoWatch

Solving Hunger

France Tackles Food Waste with New Law French supermarkets will be banned from throwing away or destroying unsold food and must instead donate it to charities or for animal feed under a law set to crack down on food waste. Supermarkets will also be barred from deliberately spoiling unsold food so it cannot be eaten. Larger stores will have to sign contracts with charities by July 2016 or face penalties. The law will also introduce an education program about food waste in schools and businesses, and follows a measure enacted last February to remove best-before dates on fresh foods. The Gars’pilleurs, an action group founded in Lyon, warns that simply obliging supermarket giants to pass unsold food to charities could give a “false and dangerous idea of a magic solution” to food waste, failing to address the core issues of overproduction in the food industry and wastage in food distribution chains. Source: The Guardian

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Shared Laughter Creates Happier Workers Researchers Nale Lehmann-Willenbrock and Joseph A. Allen have written in the Journal of Applied Psychology about their research into the effect of group humor on workers by studying the behavioral patterns of 54 real-world teams from two businesses. Humor and laughter were examined and each interaction was coded, based on recordings made at meetings. Performance ratings were collected immediately afterward and also several years later. Results showed that levity can reduce body pain and stress and help with relaxation. Cognitively, it bolsters creativity, memory and problem-solving ability. Humor reduces anxiety, elevates mood and increases self-esteem, hope, optimism and energy. In terms of society, it attracts connections, promotes bonding and altruism and leads to happier partnerships. The researchers also found, “At the team level, humor patterns [but not humor or laughter alone] positively related to team performance, both immediately and two years later.” The positive aftereffects of humor on team performance include question-asking, proposals of innovative ideas, new people speaking up and kudos given for jobs well done or problems solved. Source:


Pay Tied to Sustainability While sustainability is often categorized as a long-term strategy to mitigate both corporate reputational and financial risk, a small but growing number of companies are beginning to tie environmental goals to executive compensation. That means leaders of participating firms now must weigh operational variables such as greenhouse gas emissions against shortterm financial outcomes. In a report published by Sustainalytics and the sustainability nonprofit Ceres, 24 percent of the 613 largest publicly traded companies have now tied sustainability to executive compensation, up from 15 percent in 2012. “At the end of the day, people are motivated by their pocketbooks,” says Veena Ramani, Ceres senior director of corporate programs. “I think investors have come to recognize that if you want companies to take this stuff seriously, you’re going to have to link it to people’s compensation.” The shift is part of a broader push to tie corporate social responsibility areas such as environmental, social and governance metrics, as well as labor and local community impacts, to core business models. Source:

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Biodiversity, in terms of a original wide range spirit of plants, Making the most of the and insects and animals, is key to organic farming intention of the season’s holiday of gratiEach plant or animal has a specific role in the life of the farm, this is especially of the bee, whichspirit. plays a crucial role tudeand feeds mind,truebody and Consider fruit and vegetables. theseinRedpollinating happy and healthy choices. clover for instance, is used extensively in rotational farming to Turkey: Free-range and fertilizers. organic help maintain soil fertility, avoiding the use of chemical In addition, it is one of the bumblebee’s favorite foods – its gobblers are less likely to carry diseases traditional name ‘Bee Bread’ says it all! and contain synthetic additives. Heritage turkeys are raised outdoors, freely roam pastures, are genetically diverse and eat the varied diet that nature intended ( Spare a bird: Turkey alternatives include fun, seasonal staples such as vegetable lasagna, butternut ravioli and acorn squash filled with onions, beans and dried fruits. Beverages: Serving locally made apple cider, beer or wine supports local farmers and businesses, plus avoids the carbon footprint that distant choices incur in transport. Festive preparations: Refrain from using Styrofoam, as it isn’t recyclable and can emit chemicals when meeting up with hot turkey; use washable cloth napkins instead of paper brands that go to the incinerator or landfill; and ask guests to bring a container to take leftovers home to avoid food waste. Get kids involved: suggests giving children construction paper that can be made into decorations and recycled later. Baker’s clay, a mixture of flour, salt and water, can also be molded into creative pieces. Revive the traditional atmosphere: The first Thanksgiving was a communal affair, so invite neighbors to join family members. Besides enhancing friendships, their proximity reduces auto emissions by keeping them off the road or encouraging shorter trips. Honor peace and brotherhood across all races and ethnicities by sharing with guests the essence of the first successful summer harvest by pilgrims in 1621. According to Listening to America, by Stuart Berg Flexner, members of the Native American Wampanoags were also invited to the celebration because the tribe had taught them to plant native Indian corn, a key to recovery after their first difficult winter. Perhaps read a passage from the Iroquois Thanksgiving Prayer, encouraging us to “return to our mother, the Earth, which sustains us.” Visit IroquoisThanksgiving.

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Choose Lasting Wealth

“Imagine an economy in which life is valued more than money and power resides with ordinary people that care about one another, their community and their natural environment,” says David Korten, Ph.D., the co-founder of Positive Futures Network and author of Change the Story, Change the Future: A Living Economy for a Living Earth. “When we choose real wealth,” says Korten, of Bainbridge Island, Washington, “we can have exciting hobbies and adventures; work that challenges and stimulates us; and spiritual connection with a universe that’s infinitely larger than a stock portfolio. Instead of more stuff in our already-stuffed lives, we can have fewer things, but better things of higher quality—fewer visits to the doctor and more visits to museums and friends’ houses.”

Step One: Taking Inventory of Our Stuff

Suze Orman, owner of the Suze Orman Financial Group, in Emeryville, California, and the bestselling author of The Courage to Be Rich: Creating a Life of Material and Spiritual Abundance, ponders whether having stuff is worth it and suggests we take an inventory of what we own. “Think about the value of each object—what it cost you when you bought it, what it’s worth in dollars today, and what it’s worth in an Earthly, material representation of who you are now,” she says. Orman suggests that we go through every closet and cupboard and recycle or throw away items that no longer serve us well, and then reconnect with items we cannot part with, such as family mementos. “Think of these items so precious to you and how little, in fact, they cost you,” she says. In this way we define for ourselves the true meaning of worth, and it’s never about the stuff. Once we have a handle on what we own, it’s time to turn to what we want and how we can get there.

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raditional economics has us thinking in opposites—in terms of assets and liabilities. We consider the value of the material things we’ve accumulated: We add up our assets, which may include stocks, bonds, real estate, bank accounts and retirement savings. Then we subtract what we owe: Our liabilities may include a home mortgage, credit card debt, insurance premiums and student and vehicle loans. The balance is deemed our net worth. Figured this way, our net worth changes every minute and can sometimes shift dramatically. There is a better way to assess our wealth, because we are overlooking, dismissing or squandering valuable resources and benefits such as time, personal health, spiritual well-being, social connections or community in order to buy temporal things that will only depreciate over time. Golden, Colorado, author David Wann explores this theme in his book Simple Prosperity: Finding Real Wealth in a Sustainable Lifestyle. He remarks, “The U.S. may be on top when it comes to spending, but we also lead the world in debt per capita, children in poverty, percent of people in prison, obesity and infant mortality.” In fact, the U.S. has recently been ranked 42nd among countries in longevity—right below Guam and just above Albania. “So where is all the spending really getting us?” he asks. “We need to be getting more value out of each dollar, each hour, each spoonful of food, each square foot of house and each gallon of gas. The secret of success at the local, national and global scale is not really a secret; it’s in plain sight, and it’s called moderation.” 16

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Step Two: Re-Evaluating Life Goals

Just as we would do a personal financial assessment before we make plans to achieve financial goals, a life audit helps us determine our priorities for living happily and productively. Ximena Vengoechea, a design researcher for Twitter, Inc., in San Francisco, recently did this using 100 sticky notes during one dedicated afternoon. She wrote a single wish, one thing she’d like to do, on each note. During this “spring cleaning for the soul,” as she calls it, Vengoechea reaffirmed her thirst for learning and adventure. Taking it a step further, she analyzed how she spent her time and how often she saw the people most important to her, mapping the data as pie charts. She discovered that most of her time was spent in work- How we spend our days related activities and not is, of course, how we enough in adventure or spend our lives. seeing the people she loved. Drawing it up in ~Annie Dillard

the visual medium of charts helped her identify her life goals and see the changes she needed to make. Doubtless, we can all find better ways to utilize our assets.

Our Community

The community, rather than the stock market, is the better source of real wealth—both personal and global—maintains Korten. “Your community economy Our Time is part of the glue that binds people together. It’s the key Arianna Huffington, of New York City, founder of The to physical and mental health and happiness.” Giving less Huffington Post, knows firsthand about having so many control over our financial well-being to Wall Street and demands on our time that days feel rushed, which can more to Main Street will help us think in terms of livelihoods, increase our stress and negatively impact our productivity. instead of mere jobs. For Korten, this equates to not only She says, “On the flip side, the feeling of having enough time, how we make money to live, but also how we live—valuing or even surplus time, is called ‘time affluence’. Although it our homes, communities and natural environment. may be hard to believe, it’s actually possible to achieve.” Priceless social capital comes from investing our time Huffington recommends simple steps like getting enough and money in local communities. Korten observes how, sleep and putting time limits on work and online when freely and wisely spent, these efforts can activities. Finding and doing lower crime rates, make schools more produc Belinda Munoz, a social change activist in what “lights us tive and help economies function better. Korten San Francisco who blogs at, cites Oakland, California’s Well-Being in Busiobserves, “Time is neutral. We either use it wisely up” will bring ness Lab, which works with the Greater Good or waste it, so the onus is on us to make it an us abundance. Science Center at the University of California, asset.” Munoz can both let go of stress and be Berkeley, to provide local communities with a more productive when she blocks out day parts. research-based model for prosperity. In socially ~David Howitt “When I focus, I shut out interruptions, stop feelabundant communities and nations, individuals ing rushed and get my work done with ease,” she says. don’t have to earn as much money to be comfortable, because their quality of life is partly provided by the strength of social bonds. Our Health One high-impact way to support personal health is to value food more, maintains Wann. “We need to spend more of our Heeding the Call to Change household budget for food, not less,” he says. “By rearranging Finding and doing what “lights us up” will bring us abundance, both our household and national expenditures, we should give claims David Howitt in Heed Your Call. The Portland, Oregon, a higher priority to fresh, healthy food and a lower priority to Meriwether Group entrepreneur who consults for consumer electronic gadgets, shopping, cars, lawns and even vacations. companies, maintains that finding our heroic purpose (that Our overall expenses don’t have to go up, they just need to be heart-centered thing we feel we were meant to do) is the realigned with our changing values. By choosing higher quality first step toward true wealth. Howitt says the secret is in one food and supporting better ways of growing it, we also begin to small word—and. Instead of choosing either/or, our world reshape the American culture,” he says. expands with “and”. He urges us to integrate the intuitive and

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analytic parts of ourselves: “poet and professional, prophet and profit, soul and success.” It’s not just about philanthropy, but truly making your community and your world a better place through your work, he observes. “You’re doing good in the world, and when you live that way, money follows you.” J u d i t h Fe r t i g b l o g s a b o u t l i v i n g w e l l a t A l f r e s c o Fo o d A n d from Overland Park, KS.

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t a g e 2 5 , Pa u l a that many products laThe skin, your Begoun, author beled organic and natural o f Th e O r i g i n a l protective organ, include synthetic chemiBeauty Bible and other cals, meaning that the is meant to be bestselling books on term organic doesn’t apskincare, makeup and “worn” for life. It is ply to the entire formula. hair care, read her first not a luxury, but a Fragrances are common label on a skincare product synthetic ingredients, as is she was using. Although necessity to take the triethanolamine that’s she’d tried many different the best possible often used to adjust the products to control her pH or as an emulsifying care of it. acne and eczema since agent to convert acid to age 11, she hadn’t thought a salt, or stearate, as the ~Charlene Handel base for a cleanser. about the contents, which was partially why she was To help consumers distraught to discover that acetone (nail avoid overpaying for skincare products polish remover) was the fourth ingredi- which may not be as natural or organic ent listed. as touted, Begoun encourages skepticism That moment became the inspira- regarding marketing messages. She sugtion for Begoun’s lifetime devotion to gests that an important key is to choose skincare research and education and the best formulation for an individual’s customer advocacy. Today, as founder skin type and specific skin concerns. of the Seattle-based Paula’s Choice “There are no U.S. Food and Drug Skincare, she continues to help women Agency-approved standards for the orunderstand when product claims are ganic labeling of skincare products sold misleading or factual. in salons and spas or over-the-counter. The cosmetics industry hasn’t agreed Buyer Be Aware on one set of standards either. U.S. DeOne of Begoun’s core conclusions is partment of Agriculture certification is that the terms organic and all natural are cost-prohibitive for most small cosmetic largely responsible for fueling the mis- companies that use clean, certified orconception that all synthetic ingredients ganic ingredients, so some uncertified in cosmetics are automatically bad and organic products exist and it’s wise to that all organic or natural ingredients are read labels,” explains Elina Fedotova, automatically good. She further notes founder of the nonprofit Association

of Holistic Skin Care Practitioners. She counsels that we Google any unfamiliar ingredient to learn if it’s toxic or safe. Fedotova, a cosmetic chemist and aesthetician who makes her professional skincare line, Elina Organics, by hand in a laboratory, compares the difference between salon and commercial products to fine dining versus fast food. “Salon products are made in far smaller quantities than mass-produced brands and offer higher concentrations of ingredients. They are generally shipped directly to the salon and have a higher turnover rate. Because they don’t have to be stored for indeterminate periods or endure warehouse temperatures, they are fresher and more potent,” she says. Although a facial can easily be performed at home with salon or commercial products, Fedotova, who owns spas in Chicago and Kalamazoo, Michigan, recommends having a professional facial every four to five weeks. Charlene Handel, a certified holistic esthetician, holistic skin care educator and owner of Skin Fitness Etc., in Carlsbad, California, agrees.

Sequenced Steps Handel chooses treatments that penetrate and nourish the layer of skin below the epidermis, the outermost layer, consisting of mostly dead cells, with 100 percent holistic (edible) products and freshly brewed organic tea compresses. “Without a gentle exfoliation, the first step in any effective facial, not even skincare formulas with penetration enhancers, can nourish the lower layer of live cells. One key nourishment among others is vitamin C, an antioxidant which brightens, protects against sun damage and promotes collagen production,” advises Handel. She explains that skin cells produced in the deepest layer gradually push their way to the epidermis every 30 days and die. Dead cells can pile up unevenly and give the skin’s surface a dry, rough, dull appearance. As we age, cell turnover time increases to 45 or 60 days, which is why gentle sloughing is necessary. This can be done at home three times a week with a honey mask. Another form of exfoliation per-

formed in a salon uses a diamondtipped, crystal-free microdermabrasion machine to gently buff away the surface layer of skin. An additional option is a light glycolic acid and beta hydroxy acid treatment. This can be purchased over the counter or prepared at home using organic papaya (glycolic) and pineapple (beta hydroxyl) for more even skin tone. These treatments, sometimes referred to as acid peels, can be applied to the face for no more than 10 to 15 minutes, typically every two to four weeks or every few months. Treatment serums, moisturizing lotions and eye and neck creams are all elements of a complete facial. The simplest sequence of application is layering from the lightest to heaviest—eye cream, serum and moisturizer. Give them a minute or two to absorb. No facial is complete without a sunscreen with zinc oxide or titanium dioxide, applied last. Linda Sechrist is a Natural Awakenings senior staff writer.

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Sharing Our Bounty Food Drives Need Healthy Donations by Avery Mack


hat’s on the salmon store easily for use Please be table can help in salads or casseroles, on lower risks of a sandwich and in whole generous at stroke, heart attack, canpasta, brown rice or the holidays and wheat cer and diabetes, aclow-fat stir fries. Avoid the cording to the American bisphenol-A (BPA) associyear-round. Heart Association. Not all ated with cans and plastic families are able to afford the healthiest containers. Instead choose BPA-free foods, but fatty, high-sugar options can pouch packaging and cans with BPA-free be avoided. The most-needed donations liners (see nonperishable and high in protein, Food). but low in sodium, sugar and fats. Soup and Stew: Containing meat and Give the best, most affordable veggies, soups and stews provide filling, products, according to these tips and hearty comfort foods. Vegetables: Yams and whole-berry the food drive’s guidelines. Organic and non-GMO (genetically modified) foods cranberry sauce turn dinner into a holiare welcome. Note that not all pantries day feast. Add color to the plate with can store fresh produce, glass containers mixed veggies. Lentils, pinto, black and or personal hygiene items. kidney beans in stew, chili or salad pro “Pantries rely on informed com- vide fiber, calcium, zinc and iron. Spices munity support,” explains Jim Byrnes, add zing. Tomatoes, sauce and salsa add director of Pennsylvania’s Nazareth Area flavor; choose glass jar products only in Food Bank. “Area churches, schools and order to be BPA-free, due to the acidic businesses keep us supplied. We’ll help effect on cans. 300 families this year, compared to 100 Pasta, Rice and Grain: In Kansas in 2006, balancing nutrition with practi- City, Missouri, Katie Thomas, owner of cal needs.” Crazy Daisy Cleaning, regularly orga California’s San Diego Food Bank nizes food drives. She says, “Pasta and feeds better choices to 370,000 people sauce make a variety of dishes and exeach month, including military families, tend the number of meals.” Whole grain seniors and children. Such community pasta, brown or wild rice, quinoa and efforts change lives. couscous are better choices than white Meat: Tinned tuna, chicken and pasta. Bulgur provides nearly 75 percent 20 Greater Las Vegas

of a day’s fiber requirement when added to soup or salad. Cereal: Steel-cut or rolled oats, farina (Cream of Wheat) and grits are low-calorie and nutritious options for a warm start to the day. All can be found as organic; farina in whole wheat or white wheat that is certified kosher. Cold cereals should list whole grains as the first ingredient and be high in fiber and low in sugar, like organic Oat O’s. Snacks: Unsalted nuts, full of fiber, protein and vitamins, are highly prized at food pantries. Packed in juice, fruit cups make a healthy treat. Dried fruit and sunflower seeds are another favorite. Low-salt, low-sugar peanut or sunflower butter packs protein. Honey is a healthy sweetener. Collecting Party: “A group of us collected and donated 600 pounds of food for babies, pets and adults to Extended Hands Food Bank,” says Dee Power, in Fountain Hills, Arizona. For babies, include food without added sugar or salt and single-grain cereal. Alternative Giving: Especially popular during the December holidays, the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank offers prepacked bags to grocery store patrons, paid for at checkout. Customers can see what’s included and the food bank picks them up. (Tip: Cash donations allow lower cost bulk purchases with no need to transport or sort items.) Non-Food: Make sure the food pantry has storage space before donating wet or dry food for cats and dogs and birdseed; baby wipes, shampoo and soap; and adult soap, deodorant, shaving supplies, toothpaste, shampoo and toilet paper. “A $5,000 grant gave us added storage space,” says Byrnes. The bottom line is what food pantries need is much the same as what’s found in any healthy home pantry—comestibles rich in flavor, vitamins and fiber and free of unhealthy additives. Please be generous year-round, sharing well beyond the holidays. Connect with the freelance writer via

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Find Time for Mindfulness


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Emotional intelligence, sometimes referred to as EQ, is often overlooked as a skill set in today’s world. The recent animated film Inside Out calls attention to effective ways of addressing a child’s journey by embracing and better understanding their emotions; particularly those that don’t feel positive. A recent study by the London School of Economics Centre for Economic Performance found that a child’s emotional health is far more important in determining future happiness than factors such as academic success or wealth. Parents can help ensure a healthy emotional upbringing by avoiding making three mistakes. Disapproval of a child’s emotions: This involves being critical of a child’s displays of negative emotion and reprimanding or punishing the child for expressing them. Dismissing a child’s emotions: This comes across as regarding a child’s emotions as unimportant, either through ignoring their emotions, or worse, trivializing them. Offering little relevant guidance: While parents may empathize, they don’t set limits on behavior or assist each child

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Parents can successfully form deeper connections with their kids by recognizing, respecting and acknowledging their emotional range, rather than telling kids they should feel a certain way. Telling someone how they should or shouldn’t feel only teaches them to distrust themselves and that there’s something wrong with them. As a communication aid, Inside Out may speak best to older children, because younger viewers may get the erroneous impression that emotions can control them, rather than that they can control their own emotional reactions. The recipe for healthy bonding and emotional development is for all parties to model how they value the importance of each other’s feelings and respectfully listen for the feelings behind the words. In opening ourselves to being understood, we open ourselves to understanding others. Good parenting involves emotion. Good relationships involve emotion. The bottom line is that emotions matter. We all struggle with negative emotions from time to time, and the way we address and deal with them influences our emotional health. The goal is to develop a trustworthy emotional connection with the other person that is important to us, which enhances intimacy and the

effectiveness of the relationship in accomplishing good. Using this six-part process of helpful concrete steps applies equally to the children and adults in our lives. ■ Become aware of the other person’s emotions. ■ Care about the other person by seeing their emotions as valid and important. ■ Listen empathetically to better understand the way they feel, allowing them to feel safe to be vulnerable without fear of judgment. Seek to understand, rather than to agree or redirect. ■ Acknowledge and validate their feelings. We don’t need to validate that the thoughts they have about their emotions are correct; instead, simply let them know that it’s valid to feel the way that they do. For example, if a friend says, “I feel useless,” we could validate them by saying, “I can see how you might feel that way.” ■ Allow the person to experience their emotions fully before moving toward any kind of improvement. We cannot impose our idea of when they should be ready or able to feel differently. This is when we practice unconditional presence and unconditional love. We are there as support, without trying to fix them or anything else. Don’t be offended if they don’t accept support that’s offered at this time. A benevolent power is inherent in offering love that exists regardless of what someone does or does not do with it. ■ Help the other person to strategize ways to manage the reactions they might be having to their emotions after—and only after—their feelings have been validated, acknowledged and fully felt. This is when we can assert new ways of looking at a situation that may improve the way another person is feeling. This is when advice may be offered. When done successfully, this process can transform a conflict encountered in a relationship into solid gold. Teal Swan is the author of Shadows Before Dawn: Finding the Light of Self-Love Through Your Darkest Times, on how healing hidden wounds reveals our authentic selves ( Inside Out will be released next month on DVD.

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to come to a class and see what it’s about.” “Seniors love it because barre helps improve their balance. It’s also perfect for people working to overcome injuries,” says Juliet. She notes that while women are predominant in classes, the tide is turning a bit toward more gender equity. “Men that enter classes as skeptical come out sweating.” One recently earned his barre teaching certificate.

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magine having a ballerina’s physique, grace, strength and flexibility. That’s the potential of barre. “Barre is a combination of ballet, yoga and Pilates principles. We use small, isometric movements to temporarily fatigue muscles and make them long and lean. The so-called fatigue is what causes muscles to shake, and therefore, change,” explains Nadia Yokarini-Kotsonis, a certified barre instructor at Physique Fitness Studio, in Grove City, Ohio. Students use a ballet barre to support themselves while doing the exercises. Yokarini-Kotsonis is among many former dancers that have embraced barre fitness. Trained in ballet, tap, contemporary and traditional dance in Athens, Greece, she discovered barre when she moved to the U.S. “I fell in love with how challenging it was and the effects and changes I saw in my body. I got certified a year later and have been teaching ever since. I’m still in love with practicing it, no

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matter how tired I might be beforehand,” she says. Rather than a cardiovascular regimen, “Barre is good for developing core strength. You gain overall flexibility, muscle strength, improved posture and range of motion,” says Lisa Juliet, West Coast regional director of the teacher certification program (Barre

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While barre has had some U.S. presence since the 1950s, “It’s having a resurgence now,” says Charlene Causey, a certified natural health professional and ballet body barre instructor in Pueblo, Colorado. Newfound interest began on both coasts and is quickly becoming a Midwest mainstay, according to Yokarini-Kotsonis, who says it’s one of the most popular classes she teaches, and other studios are following suit. She remarks, “Everyone wants to offer barre, and everyone wants

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Safe and Healthy Alternatives Fortunately, safe alternatives are available to enhance our natural beauty. “Become an educated consumer and read the list of ingredients,” advises Janice Cox, the Medford, Oregon, author of Natural Beauty at Home. “Fewer ingredients and organic components mean safer products.” Better yet, we can make our own more natural beauty aids. “One advantage of making your own is that you’re in control. You know yourself and your skin and sensitivities,” says Cox. DIY products are easy if intense color isn’t a requirement. “The color many people want is hard to produce with kitchen ingredients,” Cox explains. “You can make clear mascara and eyebrow tamer with castor oil. It’s easy to make lip balms and maybe get a little color by adding berry juice or beet root powder.” For those that want the look of highquality makeup without toxins, other good alternatives come into play, says Hollywood makeup artist Lina Hanson, author of Eco-Beautiful. “I had been working in the industry for several years before I discovered the toxic ingredients in makeup; I was shocked,” she says. Equally unsettling, “I also learned that many of the ingredients allowed in the U.S. are banned in the European Union because of their toxicity.” That knowledge launched Hanson’s quest to create safe, organic, beautyenhancing products for women, celebrities and everyday people alike. “So many people these days pay close attention to what they put in their bodies, but not everyone is as careful about what they put on their bodies,” she says. “I want people to understand that you don’t have to sacrifice beauty in going green.” Hanson warns against so-called “natural” cosmetics that abuse the term and may include harmful preservatives and synthetic ingredients. She assures, “Any product labeled ‘USDA certified organic’ contains 100 percent organic ingredients.” Her book mentions numerous brands she recommends.

Beauty Bonus Tip Healthy, moisturized skin is essential to natural beauty, many experts agree, noting that younger women need to unclog pores to prevent acne. They don’t need much moisturizing, but skin generally becomes drier with age, making good moisturizers important. Cox recommends jojoba oil to effect glowing skin. Hanson likes coconut oil, although she recommends rubbing it in, removing makeup and then taking it off with a hot, wet towel. The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics ( has created a helpful app for iPhone and Android users at Simply download it and scan a store item’s barcode to immediately access information on the product’s toxic ingredients, along with recommendations for healthier alternatives.

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Which core beliefs catalyze your passion for consciously stewarding the environment? I wholeheartedly believe: Every problem has a solution. We are all global citizens. Kindness is always in fashion. We have to laugh at ourselves. There is strength in forgiveness. Honesty without tact is cruelty. No one can make me feel inferior without my consent. Ultimately, we are responsible for one another and for the creatures and places around us. I felt good about caring for the world around me before I had kids, but now I also derive a ton of self-esteem from being a good example for them.  

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rom Veronica Mars to Forgetting Sarah Marshall, her face is unmistakable. Thanks to the worldwide popularity of Frozen, her voice is now unforgettable, as well. Kristen Bell, though, believes the greatest contribution she can make is embodying an eco-friendly lifestyle together with her husband, actor Dax Shepard, and their two daughters, finding ways to help the planet survive and thrive for generations to come.

What Earth-friendly actions do you and your family embrace in day-to-day living?

Our fun time revolves around being active outdoors. We love hiking as a family, walking a mile to dinner or biking along the river. We often go exploring and make up outdoor games such as: How far can you jump? How far can I throw this? and Let’s race! The kids like to get dirty and my husband and I like to breathe fresh air at the end of a workday. We have a garden where the girls and I are learning about growing and caring for edible plants and how to cook what we grow. Our thumbs aren’t very green just yet but we are trying.

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I have been a vegetarian since I was 11. I have never wanted to eat meat, even before I knew the positive environmental effects of a vegetarian diet. People need to be conscious of what they are eating. Most edible supermarket items aren’t real food. I like knowing where my meal comes from and who handles it. It makes both my mind and body feel better.

How did the animated film Frozen enable you to reach a larger young audience than ever before?

My goal with the character Anna was to play an imperfect princess, giving voice to the heroine I had been searching for when I was young: Someone who was awkward, clumsy, optimistic, too talkative, caring and didn’t have perfect posture. I wanted girls that feel like they don’t always fit in to have a fearless heroine to identify with. I want to be a real-life Anna, someone who doesn’t apologize for her flaws and stands up for herself and others because she’s strong. Thanks to Frozen, I have been invited to do more projects that reach young people. I hope to extend my voice as a trustworthy source supporting projects that can benefit them.   

You are passionate about the universal need for water conservation. What steps has your own family taken to be water-conscious?

Living in California and dealing with drought firsthand teaches about water conservation by necessity. We carefully consider how the food we eat directly impacts water use; we all understand that producing meat and dairy is water intensive. Replacing our lawn with AstroTurf cut our household water bill dramatically. We never run water from the tap when we are brushing our teeth, and always ‘let it mellow if it’s yellow’, that is, flush selectively. We even reuse the water used to sterilize baby bottles to water houseplants.   Gerry Strauss is a freelance writer in Hamilton, NJ. Connect at


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he Environmental Working Group (EWG) recently studied 20 dogs and 40 cats, and found them contaminated with 48 of the 70 industrial chemicals for which they tested. Average levels of many chemicals were substantially higher in the companion animals than is proportionally typical for people. Dogs tested 2.4 times higher for perfluorochemicals, used in stain- and greaseproof coatings. Cats tested 23 times higher in fire retardants (polybrominated diphenyl ethers, or PBDEs), which the Environmental Protection Agency notes may be linked to hyperthyroidism. Cats also ingest five times the amount of mercury. “Pets’ high levels of exposure come about because they spend their days in direct contact with floors and the ground, where dust, dirt, chemicals and pesticides concentrate,” says EWG’s Jan Houlihan. She also points to a 20-year body of scientific literature, “showing that pets can be sentinels for human problems.” Animal lovers can protect pets by: testing food and water; selecting nontoxic


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shampoos, flea repellents and bug repellents; housecleaning with fragrance-free natural products; placing an organic cotton towel or rug on the pet’s bed; choosing safe toys; opening windows; replacing lawn with groundcovers that need no chemicals; sticking to organic fertilizers; and supporting the banning of unsafe chemicals. For more tips, see

Scratch a dog and you’ll find a permanent job. ~Franklin P. Jones

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Adoptable Pets

Southern Nevada Beagle Rescue Foundation TUX Maltese Mix Tux is an approximate 7 yr old male maltese mix. Great companion. A perfect lap dog. Neutered • Vaccinated • House Trained Adoption Information: 702-493-9779 •

Las Vegas Hot Diggity Dachshund Club & Rescue GRETEL Mini Piebald Dachschund Gretel is an 8 year old that get along well with other dogs, kids and cats. Despite being left to fend for herself on the streets, she still loves people and cuddling. Neutered • Vaccinated • Almost House Trained


Wheaton colored Wire Haired Dachshund Gretel is an 8 year old that get along well with other dogs, kids and cats. Despite being left to fend for herself on the streets, she still loves people, dogs, cats, kids and cuddling. Neutered • Vaccinated • House Trained Adoption Information: 702-339-5329 •

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Choosing the Perfect Pet Not Just Any Dog or Cat Will Do by Sandra Murphy


he old line, “He followed me home, can we keep him?” used to get a kid a dog or cat of his own. In today’s homes, it’s not that easy. Choosing a pet is a personal choice not to be taken lightly nor made on another person’s behalf. A surprise pet is a bad idea. Rather than gift a pet during the holidays or at any other time, give a coupon to be redeemed after extensive and careful consideration. Involve the whole family in listing pros and cons, deal breakers and must-haves. Lifestyle adjustments by everyone are to be expected, but pets shouldn’t make all the sacrifices. Available time and space, daily routines and costs all matter in determining the perfect pet.


Account Coordinator for z11 Communications, public speaker and author Michael Holtz, of Knoxville, Tennessee, admits he would’ve fallen in love with any dog. His wife, Sarah, searched to find the one that would work best for them. Based on past experience, Sarah knew that she didn’t want a herding, massive, shedding or miniature pet. She was drawn to Labrador types and found Marley, a golden/ basset mix rescue that moved in as Michael was undergoing cancer treatment. “She’s calm, playful and wants to be near, but doesn’t smother, is stubborn, yet trainable, and mostly obedient,” Sarah says. “Plus, she’s content to nap or go on three-mile walks. Walking Marley helped Michael’s recovery after surgery. She was good with just sniffing the green off of a blade

of grass until he was ready to head home.”


Small dogs and those that need extensive grooming were on Melinda Carver’s no-adopt list. “I read books, visited websites, shelters, adopt-a-thons and rescue groups,” she says. “As a single person with a full-time job, I wanted a dog that would fit with my work, volunteer and exercise schedules.” Riley, a bloodhound/Lab mix, fit the bill. Shelter workers can project how large a dog will get when fully grown, as well as their temperament and other breed traits. Carver was cautioned that Riley was an active animal, needed long walks and would ultimately top 100 pounds. Now age 11, he’s a companionable 135 pounds. “I was surprised at how easy it was to change my routine to accommodate playtime, mile-long walks and training. He’s laid back and gentle for his size,” comments Carver, a blog talk radio show host in Parma, Ohio. Danielle Nay, an expat from the UK, researched for two years before choosing Freeway, her neighbor-friendly löwchen. He’s a mid-size dog, big enough to be a manly companion, but the right size for a high-rise apartment. “When his humans are busy, Freeway flings his own ball down the hall and then runs after it,” she says.

Not Quite Perfect

The perfect pet doesn’t have to be perfect in looks or health. Dorie Herman, of Jersey City, New Jersey, a graphic designer for Martha Stewart Living, in New York City, is the human behind Chloe Kardoggian, a Chihuahua and puppy mill rescue, age 11, which she describes as “three pounds, two teeth, one giant tongue and an Instagram sensation.” Due to poor nutrition, mill dogs often lose their teeth as young adults, causing their tongues to hang out. She advocates for older dogs and an adopt/don’t buy policy. “With senior animals, you know what you’re getting. They have personality,” says Herman. “With my work schedule, I wanted an older pet, small and piddle-pad trained.”

Take Two

Herbert Palmer, of Morris Plains, New Jersey, now with Green the Grid Group, worked for a moving company when three kittens showed up near the loading dock. A co-worker took one. Not in the market for a cat, much less two, Palmer tried to find them good, safe homes. After five days, he realized, Lucky and Day had a home—with him. “Sometimes we adopt them. Many times they adopt us,” he confides. Falling in love doesn’t depend solely on what looks good on paper. Everyone deserves to find their “heart” pet—when that first exchanged look proclaims, “He’s mine.” Connect with Sandra Murphy at StLouisFreelanceWriter@

Soul Connection Adoptable Pets Paws 4 Love


Female Loving and very social


Male • 2 years old Loving, social and silly. Does well with other cats and small dogs.


Female • 4 years old Quite, very loving and does well with other pets

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Wherever there is a human being, there is an opportunity for kindness... ADOPT A SHELTER PET

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Living in a Peaceful Kingdom by Babette de Jongh


nlisting the services of an animal communicator is often a last resort. Only when all products have been tested, all avenues explored, all possibilities exhausted, do most pet owners consider calling an animal communicator for help. Yet, once tried, animal communication often becomes the first go-to point. Long-standing behavior problems can be quickly resolved with communication, compromise, and in some cases, energy healing. Case study: Animal communicator gets the call when a frazzled human’s houseful of cats are urinating everywhere but the litter box, and fighting with each other unless they’re kept in separate zones of the house. Expensive expenditure on pheromone plug-ins throughout the house hasn’t helped. The problem has been getting steadily worse for years, but has finally become intolerable. Conversations with all the cats revealed the primary source of angst—one cat with unresolved mommy issues. Communication, with a boost of energy healing, solved the problem for everyone. Case study: Animal communicator gets the call when a frazzled human is tired of playing musical dogs, because the small dog, Otis, attacks the big dog, Ledbetter, when they’re left in the back yard together. Conversation with Otis revealed his anger and disgust over Ledbetter’s excrement scattered over their communal playground. Compromise was reached when Ledbetter agreed to designate one small area for relieving himself, and Otis agreed to share the yard amicably. A reputable animal communicator can solve problems in a multi-species household, and should be considered a go-to point rather than a last resort. But understanding and communication within a multi-species household can be fostered before problems arise, when humans are willing to develop their latent abilities of telepathic communication. Here are some tips for making your multi-species family a peaceful kingdom: Before bringing home a new pet, sit quietly and imagine each animal family member, one by one, sitting in front of you. Imagine them encountering the new animal companion you want to introduce into the family matrix. How do they respond, in your imagination? If you sense a positive response, ask whether they’d help the new family member assimilate. If you sense a negative response, ask why. Is there anything you could do to help make the new situation work? Mediating between animals already in your family works the same way. Telepathic information comes into your brain in a way that seems much the same as your imagination. Release any fears, opinions, or efforts to influence


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outcomes. If all you’re after is information, you’re more likely to receive a clear communication. Ask a question, wait with a quiet spirit for the answer, then test the information you receive against your left-brain knowledge. Does this make sense? Does it feel right? Do you feel relief or anxiety? If you feel relief, you might be on the right track—or you might be feeding yourself the answer you’d like to receive. If you feel anxiety, it could be a response to your own fears. Feelings of excitement, of confidence, of Aha! Of course! can be clues that you’re on the right track. On-target information is often surprising and detailed. To telegraph expectations of good behavior to your animal family members, imagine each one in front of you, one at a time. When you are connected with each animal, imagine a short mind-movie-clip of the particular goodbehavior you’d like to see. Imagine the gratitude and pride you would feel toward them for helping. Then imagine asking, would you be willing to do this to help our family become more happy and peaceful? Imagine the answer, feel it in your heart, then test it in your mind. There are also some practical things you can do to help animals in a multispecies household get along. Keep litter boxes and potty areas clean. Give each animal family member the attention they deserve. Grooming animals with the same brush can help to mingle their scents and foster acceptance. Provide plenty of resting spots—dog beds, cat towers. Introduce new animals under controlled circumstances. Respect each animal’s boundaries. Don’t allow bullying, annoying or bad behavior from any family member or visitor, human or animal. Practice your communication skills often and contact a professional communicator when problems arise. Babette de Jongh is trained in advanced level communicationand counseling for professional animal communicators by Penelope Smith, a pioneer in the field of animal communication. Learn more at See ad, page 41.

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Rootist Yoga – 6:30-7:45pm. Oct. 1, 15, 29. All levels. A style of yoga that by its design and sequence help facilitate energy healing and flow. A great way to release the day. $10. 5715 W Alexander Rd, 140, LV. Cheri Petroni: 702-491-6035.

Enhance Your Brain... – 6-7:30pm. Enhance your learning abilities thru interactive Brain balancing NLP techniques and Essential Oils. Especially, applicable during study time and for tasks when concentration is required the most. Free. 3920 Amy Marie Ct, LV. Victoria: 702-659-2390. Info@

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 1 Anniversary Celebration – 10am. Special service with Reverend Cynthia in celebration of 14 years of the Center of Spiritual Living in Las Vegas. Free. CSL-Las Vegas, 4325 N Rancho Dr, 110, LV. Rev Cheryl Bell: 702-524-1706.


specialevent 5th Annual Mesquite Pancake Breakfast This annual breakfast highlights the underrated edibles that grow in our Mojave desert. We will be serving up mesquite flour pancakes with delicious toppings like pomegranate syrup, prickly pear jelly, roasted almonds and jujube butter. $5-$15.

November 7 • 8:30am-12:30pm Vegas Roots Community Garden 715 North Tonopah Drive, Las Vegas 89106 702-417-0977

Spiritual Movies and Dinner – 6pm, dinner: Mediterranean Food. 7pm, movie: Kumbh Mela "Songs of the River". Join the community and enjoy spiritual movies and documentaries from around the world. A movie about the largest spiritual gathering in the world. $10. RYK Yoga and Meditation Center, 8450 W Sahara Ave, 109, LV. 702-478-9600.

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 9 Relieve Stress and Worries Now – 6-7:30pm. Gain control of the mind. Learn simple yet profound mental techniques and free yourself from worries and unresolved issues. Open up to joy and peace of mind. Enhance your body’s healing ability. Free. Donations accepted. 3920 Amy Marie Ct, LV. Victoria: 702-659-2390.

New Moon Meditation – 7pm. The New Moon is an extremely powerful time for new beginnings: planting new seeds and putting new cycles into motion. It is a perfect day to start a new project, a new relationship, a new business. $20. RYK Yoga and Meditation Center, 8450 W Sahara Ave, 109, LV. 702-478-9600.

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 11 Reverse Type 2 Diabetes Community Talk – 6pm. Did you know that Type 2 Diabetes can be completely reversed? Please come and join us as Dr. Allen presents this free community talk. Learn how to reverse it and get off your medication. Free. Dr. Allen Wellness and Medical Center, 1701 Green Valley Pkwy, 5B, HD. Alarice: 702-754-4900.

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 12 CBW Presents... Guided Meditation Class – 7-8pm. Become aware that the journey of calming the mind is part of the meditation process. Come join us and enjoy this part of the process. Bring your own pillow if you wish. $20. Oasis to Zen Wellness Center and Spa, 5715 WAlexander Rd, 140, LV. Bianca Smith: 702-403-9668. Cheri: 702491-6035.

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 13 Patty Powers and Friends Concert – 7pm. Live music. Dave Marinelli, Patty Powers, John Jones and friends perform. Lots of fun. CSL-Las Vegas, 4325 N Rancho Dr, 110, LV. Rev Cheryl Bell: 702-524-1706. Copper Pyramid and Crystal Bowls Reiki Share – 7-9pm. Singing Bowl Meditation and Reiki Share under an 8 foot Copper Pyramid. All practitioners and newcomers welcome. Open up your awareness and find peace within. Suggested love donation $10-$20. Oasis to Zen Wellness Center and Spa, 5715 W Alexander Rd, 140, LV. Cheri Petroni: 702-491-6035.

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 14 Archangel Workshop and Visitation Quest – 12pm. Learning to Channel the Angels - how to see, understand their purpose in your life and their consistent guardianship to you. Master the color codes in your visions and dreams with your guides. $111. Enchanted Forest Reiki Center, 800 N Rainbow Blvd, 208, LV. 702-948-4999.

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Ceremonial Cacao: A Heart Opening Introduction to Chocolate as an Ancient Magical Healer – 3:30-6:30pm. Delve into the teachings of Sacred Heart Opening Ceremonial Cacao. Partake in a ceremony of magical chocolate brew and meditation to center, calm and open our hearts, just in time for the holidays. $30. Oasis to Zen Wellness Center and Spa, 5715 W Alexander Rd, 140, LV. Adriana Camella: 314-323-3430. Cheri Petroni: 702-491-6035.


markyourcalendar Free Inspiring Conscious Business Seminars Is your business struggling, in a stalemate or perhaps do you simply want to take it to the next level? If so, this FREE 5-hour seminar will empower you and your team to move forward. Free.

November 15 • 19 • 21 8:30am-2pm Various Locations in Las Vegas. Call for details: 702-750-3160.

I AM A WOMAN "The Art of Conscious Communication" workshop with Cosmin – 12pm. To live a happy life conscious communication with your Self and others is essential. Learn the tools to effectively speak from the voice of your soul and authentically project in all your daily communication. $25. RYK Yoga and Meditation Center, 8450 W Sahara Ave, 109, LV. 702-4789600.

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 16 Transform Emotional Eating – 1-2:30pm. We'll cover common inappropriate behaviors when it comes to food; Why it is often difficult losing weight. You too can break through your outdated 'programming'. Includes guided imagery for easy memorization. $13.50. 3920 Amy Marie Ct, LV. Victoria: 702-659-2390, Usui Reiki I Certification Class Plus Holy Fire 2-NIGHT CLASS – 6:30-9:30pm each night. Learn the core principals of Reiki I: smudging, Reiki principals, Reiki lineage/heritage, Gassho meditation, chakra balancing, Reiki I attunement, Reiki hand position, practice and discussion time. $150. Enchanted Forest Reiki Center, 800 N Rainbow Blvd, 208, LV. 702-948-4999.

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THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 19 Anxiey? Focus? Learning Issues? OPEN HOUSE – 6:30pm. Does someone you love suffer from anxiety, ADHD, focus, learning, reading issues, ASD, Tourette's, MS symptoms and more? Scientifically designed programs with lasting results and NO medications. Also offering Cellfield Reading. Brain Solutions offers hope. Free. Brain Solutions Inc, 8515 Edna Ave, 110, LV. 702-3402248.

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 20 Enchanted Energy Exchange – 6:30pm. Enjoy the enchanting vibrations of energy work being done on you, or feel free to share your energy with others at this circle of love. Feel how healing it is to have alternative-holistic healing done. $5. Enchanted Forest Reiki Center, 800 N Rainbow Blvd, 208, LV. 702-948-4999. Musical Meditation Energy Exchange – 7-9pm. The drum and other vibrational instruments will help you feel more balanced and centered. You give and receive a musical message, which assists you in relieving stress and tension, while restoring harmony. Kids welcome. Suggested love donation $10-$20. Oasis to Zen Wellness Center and Spa, 5715 W Alexander Rd, 140, LV. Cheri Petroni: 702-491-6035.

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 21 Crystal Blue Workshops Presents... Holiday Applications for Energetic Balance – 10-11am. Learn and apply basic energy routines for optimum balance and coping throughout this holiday season. $30. Oasis to Zen Wellness Center and Spa, 5715 W Alexander Rd, 140, LV. Bianca Smith: 702-4039668. Cheri Petroni: 702-491-6035. OasisToZen. com.

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 22 Mikao Usui's Reiki Crystal of Divine Awakening – 12pm. This is for individuals who practice Reiki as well as those new to the lineage. The alchemy of the attunement can be used to conduct healing, space clearing, and more. It is magically simple. $88. Enchanted Forest Reiki Center, 800 N Rainbow Blvd, 208, LV. 702-948-4999. Inspirational Cinema: "The Shift" – 1pm. Feature film containing the wisdom of Wayne Dyer. Requested donation $5. Unity Center, 3037 E Warm Springs Rd, LV. 702-433-3289. Raw Food Class: Dehydrating – 1-3pm. Learn to make delicious, nutritious, mouth-watering Vegan Raw crackers, pancakes, protein bars, cereals, sundried tomatoes... and more. You will never look at a dehydrator the same way. $25. Includes recipes and a meal. Must RSVP. 3920 Amy Marie Ct, LV. Victoria: 702-659-2390.

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 23 Alkalize and Drop Off Pounds – 1-2:30pm. Learn how to pH-balance the fluids in your body and why life and health depend on it. Learn what YOU can do to reverse and prevent many health conditions. Includes guided imagery for easy memorization. $13.50. Includes recipes and a meal. Must RSVP.

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TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 24 Full Moon Meditation – 12pm. The time of the full moon is a period when spiritual energies are uniquely available and facilitate a closer rapport between humanity and Divinity. Your energy will be at his highest feel the Divinity within. $20. RYK Yoga and Meditation Center, 8450 W Sahara Ave, 109, LV. 702-478-9600.

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 25 Day Before Thanksgiving Service – 7pm. Reset your mind and heart prior to the Holiday with a Day Before Thanksgiving Service. Love offering. CSL-Las Vegas, 4325 N Rancho Dr, 110, LV. Rev Cheryl Bell: 702-524-1706.

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 27 Mystical Blowout Sale And Circles – 10am-7pm. Fill your day with blissful healing circles and phenomenal deals on completely unique merchandise. Everything will be on Sale. Doors open at 10am. Love donation. Enchanted Forest Reiki Center, 800 N Rainbow Blvd, 208, LV. 702-948-4999.


markyourcalendar Oasis to Zen Open House: A Small Business Saturday Celebration Enjoy a stress-free break from holiday shopping at the spa! Savor snacks, enter our raffle and meet our talented practitioners. Experience mini-services, and grab a gift or two from our unique holistic gift selection! Free.

November 28 • 1-5pm. 5715 W. Alexander Rd. #140, LV 702.491.6035 •

A LOOK AHEAD DECEMBER 9 Prevent Heart Disease and Reverse High Cholesterol Community Talk – 6pm. Learn how to safely lower cholesterol without medication. Medications often have side effects, and don’t always prolong life. If you have tried to eat a healthy diet, without seeing results, this talk is for you. Free. Dr. Allen Wellness and Medical Center, 1701 Green Valley Pkwy, 5B, HD. Alarice: 702-754-4900.

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daily Angel Card Readings – One of the most common ways angels speak to people is by showing repetitive number sequences. They also communicate through Angel cards. Through angel guidance, questions, concerns will be answered by Nanci. $45 (50 min) session. 2400 N Tenaya Way, 101, LV. 702-460-1680 Balancing Hormones Naturally – Learn to balance hormones with natural, safe and gentle nonprescription hormones for men and women of all ages. Relieve hot flashes, weight gain around the middle, mood swings, low energy, low libido, anxiety, erectile dysfunction, depression, insomnia and many more symptoms. Most importantly, help avoid hormone related cancers such as breast, prostate and ovarian, resulting from the estrogen in our environment. Watch video classes by Dr. Patricia Beckstead B.S., D.C. Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) – A revolutionary process for healing emotional and physical pain. In many cases, EFT can be applied directly to physical symptoms for relief without any emotional contributors. EFT can be learned and self applied. $99 per session (packages available). 2400 N Tenaya Way, 101, LV. 702-460-1680 Kundalini Yoga and Meditation – Tues-Fri. These Kundalini Yoga and Meditation classes are a dynamic blend of postures,breathing exercises, relaxation and meditation, teaching the art of self healing and elevation. No previous experience required, achieve results with the very first class. $18 packages available. RYK Yoga and Meditation Center, 8450 W Sahara Ave, 109, LV. 702-478-9600. Luminosity Wellness Center – Learn the art of hypnotherapy, NLP, Reiki, Theta Healing, the MELT Method, aromatherapy/herbology, chakra balancing and more. Certification classes. Through experience learn self-healing. Prices vary per service. Luminosity Wellness Center, 2400 N Tenaya Way, LV. 702-721-WELL. 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. Spice Up Workshops & Classes – Supplements for workshops with workbooks, games and DVDs. Each set includes books and DVD. Show short segments of DVDs that best fit the class topic. $39.95/ set. Receive free info on packets. Send a SASE: Edu-Consultants, PO Box 31043, Las Vegas, NV

89173. 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 Zumba Gold – 8am. Wake and shake with a fun Zumba Gold class. Start the weekends dancing into health. Free. Luminosity Wellness Center, 2400 N Tenaya Way, LV. $10. Jeanette Araujo. 702-3244704. Kids' Art & Yoga Workshop – 11am. Combining yoga and art, this workshop fosters each individuals unique talents through active engagement. Class starts with yoga and leads into an art lesson allowing creative expression. $25. 1958 Village Center Cir, 7, LV. 702-228-7258. Kids Mindful Meditation – 11am. No experience required. Mindful practices include movement, stretching, standing and sitting, while bells and Tibetan bowls may be used in practicing concentration. Simply, come, breath and have fun. $12. Packages available. RYK Yoga and Meditation Center, 8450 W Sahara Ave, 109, LV. 702-4789600.

monday Let's Talk - Let's Laugh – 1-3pm. This wonderful group of women share in self discovery, inspirational and unique experiences, and empower each other. Every person’s uniqueness is celebrated. Each week, enjoy demonstrations with different modalities and speakers. Love donation. Luminosity Wellness Center, 2400 N Tenaya Way, LV. Nanci 702-460-1680. Kids Mindful Meditation – 4pm. No experience required. Mindful practices include movement, stretching, standing and sitting, while bells and Tibetan bowls may be used in practicing concentration. Simply, come, breath and have fun. $12. Packages available. RYK Yoga and Meditation Center, 8450 W Sahara Ave, 109, LV. 702-4789600.

ness and creativity. A unique effective program in a fun and supportive environment for kids 6-10 years old. $49/8 classes. 1171 S Buffalo, LV. 702-9979050. Ashtanga Yoga with Simone – 6-7pm. “Come where you are and begin there.” Learn the foundations of Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga while building a personal practice. Bring strength, flexibility and endurance to the body and stillness to the mind. $10. 1171 S Buffalo, 110, LV. 702-433-3874. Healing Mondays Reiki Circle – 6pm. Immerse in the wonderful healing energy by giving and receiving Reiki. Reiki is a natural, safe and effective healing system that uses spiritually guided universal energy to treat physical, mental, emotional and spiritual issues. $18 packages available. 8450 W Sahara Ave, 109, LV. 702-478-9600. Guided Meditation – 7-8pm. For anyone and everyone seeking to increase personal meditation experience, learn additional breathing techniques and create a mind at rest from thought. Guided by Susan. $10. 1171 S Buffalo Dr, 110, LV. 702-4333874.

tuesday Beginner Tai Chi 24 Form with Fan – 2-3pm. This is a fun class designed to introduce the student to the amazing Tai Chi Fan. The Fan was once carried in replacement of the sword and is a practical tool for self defense. $7. Naturally Organic Healing Center, 1171 S Buffalo Dr, 110, LV. 702-433-3874. Mindfulness Meditation – 5pm. An adaptation of an ancient Buddhist Vipassana meditation, practicing along with accepting and nonjudgmental focus; remaining focused on the present moment as we understand the process of observing and releasing thoughts. $18 packages available. 8450 W Sahara Ave, 109, LV. 702-478-9600. Kundalini Yoga and Meditation – 6pm. Kundalini Yoga and Meditation classes are a dynamic blend of postures, breathing exercises, relaxation and meditation, which teach the art of self-healing. The fastest way to establish an aligned relationship between the body, mind, soul. $18/class. Packages available. RYK Yoga and Meditation Center, 8450 W Sahara Ave, 109, LV. 702-478-9600. Great Basin Permaculture Monthly – Last Tues. 6-7:30pm. This group educates the community about permaculture in order to promote sustainable food production, water, conservation, energy and more. All are welcome. Green Valley Library, 2797 N Green Valley Pkwy, HD. GreatBasinPermaculture. Health Talk with Dr. Bob Heron – 6:30 pm. Luminosity welcomes Dr. Bob and all his patients. Every Tuesday he opens the doors to everyone interested in learning more about self-healing and self-care. Just ask the questions, he has the answers. Free. Luminosity Wellness Center, 2400 N Tenaya Way, LV. Kelly Heron. 702-804-0044.

Kids’ Yoga with Ashley – 5-6pm. Develop confidence, relaxation, strength, flexibility, breath aware-

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~ Reiki en Espanol


or primera vez, se presentarán clases de certificación de Reiki en el lenguje en español de 10 a.m. a 6 p.m., Noviembre 8 a Enchanted Forest Reiki Center, Las Vegas. En la Clase de Certificacion de Usui Reiki Nivel I enseñe las tecnicas Japonesas de Reiki que fueron dejadas por el doctor Usui. Que seran, como limpiar tu energia con Savia (Sage), cinco principios de Reiki, la historia de Reiki, la meditacion para atraer la energia de Reiki, que son los Chakras, como alinear los Chakras. Estudiantes recivian la inniciacion para canalizar la energia Reiki, la posicion de las manos en Reiki y practicaremos Reiki. Al recibirá finalización de los estudiantes de la clase. Refrigerios incluye en clase. Traer tu propio almuerzo. El costo de la clase es $150. Localización: 800 North Rainbow Blvd., Suite 100, Las Vegas. Para mas information, llama Raquel Perez, 702-5131104. Ver anuncio, página 327.

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. 800 N Rainbow Blvd, 100, LV. 702-948-4999. L.E.A.N Essential Oils – 7-8pm. LEAN Essentials is a concentrated class on nutrition and wellness created by Dr. Sears, MD. We Focus on L.E.A.N: Lifestyle, Exercise, Attitude and Nutrition. Free. Naturally Organic Healing Center, 1171 S Buffalo Dr, 110, LV. 702-433-3874. NaturallyOrganicCenter. com. LIVE Gong Meditation – 7:30pm. The sound of the Gong creates deep relaxation, releasing us from the torrent of our thoughts, balances the chakras, stimulates the glandular and nervous system and gives a sense of expanded awareness and higher consciousness. $18/class. Packages available. RYK Yoga and Meditation Center, 8450 W Sahara Ave, 109, LV. 702-478-9600.

wednesday Theta Meditation – 1-2pm. This meditation is specially designed to take one into a deep Theta state to achieve amazing healings. Every meditation is created for a specific healing and to help awaken the sleeping master within. Love donation. 2400 N Tenaya Way, LV. Jeff: 702-324-2595. Kids’ Yoga with Ashley – 5-6pm. Develop confidence, relaxation, strength, flexibility, breath awareness and creativity. A unique effective program in a fun and supportive environment for kids 6-10 years old. $49/8 classes. 1171 S Buffalo, LV. 702-9979050. Yin Yoga – 5pm. Yin yoga is a wonderful way to help prepare for meditation. Go deeper within: using deep relaxing stretching and releasing blockages through breath exercises. $18. Packages available. RYK Yoga and Meditation Center, 8450 W Sahara Ave, 109, LV. 702-478-9600. Qi Gong – 6-7pm. Each week the world of Qi Gong will be explored and expanded. Learn self-healing moves to apply for a healthier self. $10. Luminosity Wellness Center, 2400 N Tenaya Way, LV. $10. Craig Soucy. 702-343-9722. Reiki Healing Circle – 7-9pm. Learn new information regarding natural healing. Participate in a group discussion or simply observe. Experience guided meditation and receive deep personalized healing. Relax and recharge the mind and body. Donation. 1171 S Buffalo Dr, 110, LV. Victoria: 702-659-2390.

thursday Campus Tour & Info Session – 2pm. This is a one-hour group tour and brief information session on Wongu’s Master's Degree program in Oriental Medicine. Individual sessions can be scheduled by calling: 702-463-2122, ext 302. Wongu University

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of Oriental Medicine, 8620 S Eastern Ave, LV. Chakra Healing Yoga and Meditation – 5pm. This is a beautiful class in which you will practice breathing exercises, poses and meditation with a smile, to help you bring balance to each of the Chakra locations in your body. $18/class. Packages available. RYK Yoga and Meditation Center, 8450 W Sahara Ave, 109, LV. 702-478-9600. Superior Health with Essential Oils – 6-7pm. Essential Oils are 50-70 times more powerful than herbs. Learn about why one uses dōTERRA Essential Oils and how to use them. RSVP and receive a free 5ml Wild Orange. Naturally Organic Healing Center, 1171 S Buffalo, LV. Christina: 702-5262196. 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. 800 N Rainbow, 100, LV. 702-948-4999. LIVE Gong Meditation – 7:30pm. The sound of the Gong creates deep relaxation, releasing us from the torrent of thoughts, balances the chakras, stimulates the glandular and nervous system and gives a sense of expanded awareness and higher consciousness!$18/class. Packages available. RYK Yoga and Meditation Center, 8450 W Sahara Ave, 109, LV. 702-478-9600.

friday Farmers Market at Downtown 3rd – 9am-2pm. A community gathering place featuring the largetst selection of organic produce from California family farmspicked by local Nevada farmers at peak of season. Spices grown in the desert, gourmet artisan and gluten free products. Award winning event. 300 North Casino Center Blvd. Easy parking. 702-7081891. 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 Buffalo Dr, 110, LV. 702-433-3874. Energy & Healing Circle – 6:30pm. All are welcome. This relaxed, open circle is a wonderful opportunity to experience and share the gifts of Reiki and other energy healing practices in an informal, supportive environment. Love donations accepted. 2400 N Tenaya Way, LV. Adam Stuart Littman: 725222-0323. Reiki Spiritual Mastermind – 7-9pm. An open forum discussion with Reiki master/inspirational speaker, followed by guided meditation and deep personalized Reiki healing. Free. $5 suggested love offering. Appreciation donations welcome. Center for Spiritual Living, 1420 E Harmon Ave, 3, LV. Victoria: 702-659-2390. TransformationsLasVegas. com.

Yoga Nidra "Conscious Deep Sleep" – 7:30pm. Guided by the soothing and comforting voice of the teacher, one enters into a deep sleep but still remains conscious and aware. Yoga-Nidra expands the consciousness allowing for a greater sense of self-awareness. $18 packages available. 8450 W Sahara Ave, 109, LV. 702-478-9600.

saturday Zumba Gold – 8am. Wake and shake with a fun Zumba Gold class. Start the weekends by dancing into health. Free. Luminosity Wellness Center, 2400 N Tenaya Way, LV. $10. Jeanette Araujo. 702-3244704. Downtown Summerlin Farmers 'Market – 9am2pm. Curated by Kerry Clasby, also known as the Intuitive Forager. This Farmers' Market is the only one in Las Vegas where 90% of its produce is organic and free of pesticides. Free. Downtown Summerlin, 1980 Festival Plaza Drive, LV. 702-832-1000. The FitLife Open House – 9am. Helping people live the FitLife. Each month, become more mobile, flexible and gain strength; then, enjoy a healthy meal from a local neighborhood restaurant. Inspire, educate and motivate. $15. FitLife Fusion, 8645 W Flamingo Rd, 104, LV. 702-220-8222. Info@ 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 Buffalo Dr, 110, LV. 702-433-3874. Mindfulness Meditation & EFT Tapping – 10:30am. Mindfulness Meditation is an adaptation of an ancient Buddhist Vipassana practice. EFT Tapping is based on the same energy meridians used in traditional acupuncture to treat physical and emotional ailments for over five thousand year. $18/ class. Packages available. RYK Yoga and Meditation Center, 8450 W Sahara Ave, 109, LV. 702-478-9600. Integrative Yoga – 12-1pm. Allow evolution by sound to increase vibration and boost the bodies immunities with this class that combines: Meditation, Hatha Vinyasa flow and Ancient Yoga to create an electric mind animation for relief and flexibility. $14. Naturally Organic Healing Center, 1171 S Buffalo Dr, 110, LV. 702-433-3874. Spiritual Experience Discussions – 6-7pm. Discuss spiritual experience of all faiths in a respectful and open environment. Free. 1171 S Buffalo Dr, 110, LV. 702-433-3874.

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Roxanne Perillo, Reiki Master/Teacher Shamanic Energy Medicine 920-336-6468 • Try a remote healing session with various energy-based therapies. Remote healing involves one person directing Universal Life Energy to a person in a different location. Heal by releasing that which does not serve you. See ad, page 15.

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



Holly Davis, CPCI/Counselor 702-626-9400 • Psychology means "healing the soul." Holly works with adults and children to bring balance and wholeness. There are deep waters in a human, but one of understanding brings them out.

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


Rose Catmull 702-350-1711 • Awaken and Discover Your Inner Peace. Scheduling a session with Rose will can assist to free yourself from "struggles" in your life. Additionally: Awaken your intuition, Release attachments and beliefs, connect to your angels, integrate back into the flow of joy and love. Private sessions, seminars, classes and meditations offered. See ad, page 9.


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

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ALPHABIO CENTRIX, R & D 2520 Saint Rose Pkwy, #117 Henderson, NV 89074

At AlphaBio Centrix, R&D we use space age technology to m a n u f a c t u r e e n e rg e t i c a l l y infused products for your safety from radiation and to enhance your healthy lifestyle. AlphaBio Centrix was selected for the 2014 Best of Henderson Award in the "Physical Engineering & Life Sciences R e s e a r c h & D e v e l o p m e n t " c a t e g o r y. See ad, page 23.


Reiki-ShamanicCranial SacralChakra BalancingSound TherapyBars AccessCrystal healers. Plus lots of classes and events such as Reiki Certification, meditations, intuitive studies and much more. Visit our beautiful metaphysical gift shop. See ad, page 15.

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

We are a complimentary holistic center that gives individuals valuable insight and up-to-date information on health and wellness topics and trends. Visit our website for upcoming free Community Workshops. See ad, page 30-31.


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


Halotherapy in the Himalayan Salt Cave Massages, Facials, Health classes & more • 7022287258 Welcome to the world of halotherapy & discover a revolutionary solution to respiratory difficulties. Naturally treat allergies, asthma, copd, bronchitis, etc. We also offer halomassages, facials, halo-yoga & halo-meditation classes. 100% natural Allergy relief for all ages. See ad, page 13.


The only all natural wellness spa in Las Vegas. We provide healing and relaxation for holistic restoration of mind, body and spirit through advanced skin, body treatments, massage, OrthoBionomy®, Reiki and energy work, holistic workshops, guided meditations, yoga and more. See ad, page 14.


Dr. Jim Wright, DDS, AIAOMT, AIABDM 8855 W Flamingo, LV 89147 702-281-9900 Practicing holistic, biological dentistry with safe removal of mercury. State of the art early detect cavity mapping, cosmetic, general, specialty dentistry and low sensitivity teeth whitening. Offer holistic, no-prep veneers, Lumineers, Invisalign Braces, dental implants and All on 4 Implant Bridges, sleep and full sedation dentistry. See ads, pages 3, 5.

BELL CENTER FOR BIOLOGICAL AND HOLISTIC DENTISTRY Dr. Michael Bell, DDS 8068 W Sahara Ave, #A, LV 89117 702-256-7666 •

Holistic dentistry with a whole body approach to create a healthy smile and body. Live microscopic viewing of mouth bacteria. Laser gum disease treatment. Computerized TMJ and bite analysis. Mercury testing and removal. Nutritional testing. Autonomic nervous system analysis. Invisalign. See ad, page 11.




We are a full-scale vegan organic restaurant. Open 7 days/week for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Take out, delivery and online ordering available. We are casual and family friendly. See. See ad, page 29.

Nevada State Board approved to offer a MS Degree in Oriental Medicine. Didactics with clinical training in acupuncture and herbology ensure competent practitioners. Step into a new career or expand your practice. Business Spotlight, page 15. See ad, page 21.

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Jamie Schab LMT RMT, BCTMB 1-702-379-3628

Jamie provides massage, energy work, Reiki and private yoga sessions. Celebrating over ten years of services. She integrates a variety of techniques customizable to you. Specializing in women’s care. Mobile, distance or in-office sessions.


Evan C. Allen, MD, BC Family Physician 1701 Green Valley Pkwy, #5B, HD 702-754-4900 •

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Dr. Allen specializes in reversing diseases: Heart Disease, Diabetes, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Asthma, Migraines, Fatty Liver and many others; easily and naturally, without the cost of expensive medications and supplements Scientifically proven techniques.


5463 S. Durango Drive, Ste 120/E Las Vegas, NV 89113 702-776-8881 •

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

Specializing in the John F. Barnes Myofascial Release. The ultimate whole body approach, mind-body treatment and missing link to healthcare which is highly effective in treating acute and chronic pain. See ad, page 25.

N a t u r a l l y O rg a n i c i s Summerlin's BEST resource for all things health related. From classes, meditations, supplements, lectures and health programs, JUST WALK IN, we'll take it from there! Check out our website! See Golden Dragon ad, page 9.




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


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

Rev. Victoria Stitzer, Master of NLP, Reiki Master, CHT, EFT Expert in Rapid Behavior Modification 702-659-2390 • Re-script your emotional trama; heal physical/emotional pain; eat right for your type; EZ weight loss; non-invasive detox; past life regressions; become certified Reiki practitioner in 12 hrs. Results guaranteed. 20% off this ad. See ad, page 8.

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

The first Kundalini Yoga and Meditation Center of Las Vegas offering daily yoga and meditation classes, LIVE gong meditation, yoga nidra, Reiki healing, workshops, retreats, yoga teacher training, corporate programs, personal consultations, hypnotherapy, past life regression, massage services. See ad, page 21, 25.

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November 2015 Issue True Wealth: Living a Life We Love • Natural Facial Essentials • Sharing Our Bounty: Food Drives • Raising your Child's...

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November 2015 Issue True Wealth: Living a Life We Love • Natural Facial Essentials • Sharing Our Bounty: Food Drives • Raising your Child's...