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atural Awakenings Publishing Corporation’s family of 95 magazines bid a fond farewell to company President Larry Levine, with many joining in on a call and sending notes, prayers and good thoughts prior to his passing on September 23. Levine enthusiastically contributed his all with a host of talents focused on forwarding our collective mission of providing publishers and readers with the tools needed to help us all create a healthier, more sustainable world together. Founder and CEO Sharon Bruckman honors her partner, saying, “Our home office and publishers are truly saddened to lose the beautifully loving, guiding light that Larry generously shared with us throughout the past 12 years. His impact on our lives and Natural Awakenings‘ success will continue to bless our readers. We will miss him dearly.” Natural Awakenings Publishing Corporation’s home office is located in Naples, FL. For more information, call 239-434-9392 or visit NaturalAwakeningsMag.com.

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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.

25 greenliving 28 wisewords 30 healthykids 32 inspiration 34 naturalpet 36 calendar 17 39 classifieds 40 resourceguide

22 WORKPLACE WISDOM

18 STAY SHARP

Powerful Ways to Avoid Mental Decline by Lisa Marshall

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Mindfulness in Corporate Life by April Thompson

24 PILATES UNBOUND New Fusions with Yoga, Dance and Boxing by Aimee Hughes

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Natural Ways to Refresh and Renew by April Thompson

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28 KELLY BROGAN ON THE TRUTH ABOUT DEPRESSION

Why Meds Don’t Work and What Does by Kathleen Barnes

30 THE SENSITIVE CHILD 25 How to Nurture Special Gifts by Maureen Healy

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ngela Stueber OMD, founded True Health Acupuncture, in Henderson, which offers natural modalities. Through the use of Traditional Chinese Medicine, including acupuncture, Chinese herbs, nutrition, exercise and massage, she states, “Our goal is to provide natural modalities to promote healing, restore the body’s function and vitality and maintain healthy lifestyles.” Stueber is a graduate of Bastyr University, where she earned a master’s degree in acupuncture and Oriental medicine. She is state licensed and nationally board certified via the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. She also holds a BS in health fitness from Central Michigan University. “I fell in love with Chinese medicine because it allowed me to treat a person as a whole, versus just treating a disease or symptom,” says Stueber. She uses an integrative approach to incorporate all aspects of her clients’ lives, such as diet, exercise, meditation/relaxation and emotional well-being. This includes acupuncture to empower patients to heal themselves, and is there to help guide them and bring awareness to areas that are in need of attention and healing. Location: 1485 W. Warm Springs Rd., Ste. 109, Henderson. For more information, call 702-475-0870, email TrueHealthAcupunctureLV@gmail.com or visit TrueHealthAcupunctureLV.com. See ad, page 23.

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ounded by Kurt Nicholson, a qigong coach and practitioner specializing in reiki, meditation and qigong, Mystics Eye, in Las Vegas, offers classes and appointments throughout Las Vegas and Clark County. He says, “I am happy to discuss how one can benefit from a bio-field energy practice.” For more than 40 years, Nicholson, has studied with teachers, in practices from martial arts to healing. Classes can be booked for 30, 60 or 90 minutes. “Classes are an opportunity to begin your individual practice and experience the flow of qi for yourself,” he says. “Each exercise has multiple postures, allowing for anyone in any condition to practice standing, moving, sitting and lying down qigong.” Reiki complements other types of medical and therapeutic treatments and can increase their efficacy. The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine uses reiki for relaxation, stress reduction and symptom relief in efforts to improve overall health and well-being. Cost is $100/hour; $50 for seniors. For more information, call 702-960-7563, email MysticsEye@icloud.com or visit MysticsEye.com. See Natural Resource Guide, page 41.

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minah’s Organic Skin Spa is the only certified green, eco-friendly spa in Las Vegas, offering recycling, paperless receipts and planting trees for each organic facial product purchased. Aminah’s specializes in organic facials and organic airbrush tanning because organic treatments help heal and reveal smoother, younger and more radiant skin naturally. During November 2016, Aminah’s Organic Skin Spa is offering $5 off these treatments for Natural Awakenings readers. “As the winner of the 2015 Best of Las Vegas spa category, we offer unique, organic, Hungarian facials, also known as ‘organic botox’, says owner Amina Mujadidi-Brewer. The latest addition to the organic spa menu is the ionic detox footbath, served with organic skin detox tea. These footbaths detoxify and alkalize the body to help improve wrinkles, dark circles, acne, psoriasis and eczema. Clients can choose from foot detox with or without a skin refresher, which includes a cleanse, peel and overnight treatment mask. Location: 6600 W. Charleston Blvd., Ste. 126, Las Vegas. For more information, call 702-816-5996 or book appointments at AminahsOrganicSkinSpa.com. See ad, page 21.

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arla Di Angelo, owner of Readings and Answers by Carla, is a reiki master who has trained with psychic arts professionals in several psychic and healing modalities. According to Di Angelo, her natural born gifts of clairaudience and clairvoyance have helped many people solve problems, while adding clarity to life situations. “Helping people has always been my life’s purpose,” she says. Di Angelo helps clients to understand and realize their life purpose. Through the use of angel card and tarot readings, her natural clairvoyant and spiritual nature helps guide and assist clients along their journey. By applying the Law of Attraction, she can help clients become empowered, opening up a path of abundance. “Today’s world is undergoing a beautiful shift in consciousness, and I intend to help bring clarity and peace of mind to all who seek these. Allow yourself to allow me to help you on journey of truth and purpose, and let me teach you how to manifest abundance!” says Di Angelo. Natural Awakenings readers receive a $15 discount ($80 value). For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 702-683-1004 or visit TarotPsychicReader.com. See ad, page 10.

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oday we can find everything we want online easily and quickly. Many people book their own travel using nationally known travel sites. What Global Travel Escape offers is a free service to go a step further. They sort through multiple suppliers and wholesalers to compare pricing and amenities. Once receiving quote from, travelers may decide to do their own online research anyway, which is okay. The advantage of Global Travel Escape is to bring access to all of the great deals out there, comparison shopping without spending hours online and having a real live person to be an easily accessible advocate before, during and after the trip. Whether people wish to cruise, fly, have excursions or land tours, Global Travel Escapes can help travel the Caribbean, Europe, Asia and many more destinations. “We work with one of the largest travel companies in the country, so we have the ability to often meet or exceed online travel site prices,” says travel consultant Patty LaBarbara. For more information, call 866-470-1614, email gtescapes@gmail.com or visit GlobalTravelEscapes.com.

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hio State University researchers have discovered a correlation between bacteria in the gut and behavior in toddlers. Scientists studied the bacterial microbes in stool samples from 77 girls and boys between the ages of 18 months and 27 months, while mothers filled out a questionnaire describing their children’s level of emotional reactivity. The study found that positive behavioral traits occurred more frequently in children with the most diverse types of gut bacteria. These included mood, curiosity, sociability and impulsivity. The correlation was particularly strong in boys. Lisa Christian, Ph.D., a researcher with the Ohio State Institute for Behavioral Medicine research, and her co-author, Microbiologist Michael Bailey, Ph.D., plan to use the information to help uncover some mysteries related to the origin of chronic illness. “There is substantial evidence that intestinal bacteria interact with stress hormones; the same hormones that have been implicated in chronic illnesses like obesity and asthma,” explains Christian. “A toddler’s temperament gives us a good idea of how they react to stress. This information, combined with an analysis of their gut microbiome, could ultimately help us to detect and prevent chronic health issues [from developing] earlier.” Pressmaster/Shutterstock.com

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he human brain does not function optimally in society’s noise-filled environment. The brain, like the body, needs rest to function, and that comes with silence. A recent study in Frontiers in Human Neuroscience discovered that the brain is able to integrate both internal and external information into a “conscious workspace” when resting. Constant distractions and noises can detract from the brain’s ability to process critical information. Noise also elevates stress hormone levels within the brain. Research published earlier in Psychological Science examined the effects that the relocation of the main Munich airport, in Germany, had on children’s health and cognition. Gary W. Evans, researcher and professor of human ecology at Cornell University, notes that when exposed to constant noise, children develop a stress response that causes them to ignore it. The study’s subjects tuned out both harmful sounds and stimuli that they should be paying attention to, including speech. Silence has the opposite effect, releasing tension in brain and body. Exposure to chronic noise can also hinder children’s cognitive development, according to a study from the World Health Organization and the European Commission Joint Research Centre; this includes language skills and reading ability. To help counter modern noise pollution, attention restoration theory suggests that individuals placed in environments with lower levels of sensory input can recover some of the cognitive abilities they have lost.

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Music Makes Exercise Easier

istening to music during a workout or any extended, physically demanding activity can reduce fatigue and improve performance. New research published in Psychophysiology shows that as individuals work out, their attention gradually shifts from the activity around them to internal sensations. Over an extended period, this attention shift creates a sense of exertion. Listening to music while exercising can help shift focus away from the internal fatigue and back to the external world. Researchers from the UK’s Brunel University and University of London tested 19 healthy adults that performed two physical exertion tests while listening to either music or silence. The scientists monitored brain activity using EEG and measured task performance. While listening to music, participants showed both reduced fatigue and decreased stress-related brainwaves. They also performed their tasks more effectively than they did when music wasn’t being played.

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reast cancer survivors are often plagued by chronic fatigue that lasts long after their treatment is finished. They have few options to relieve the condition, but acupressure shows promise. A study published this summer in the Journal of the American Medical Association concluded that acupressure can significantly improve two symptoms of fatigue experienced by breast cancer survivors: sleep quality and quality of life. The researchers tested 424 women that had completed cancer treatments at least a year prior to the study. They were divided into three groups—one self-administered relaxing acupressure and another stimulating acupressure, while the control group followed a conventional care plan. After six weeks, fatigue was reduced from 70 percent to 43 percent among those receiving acupressure, with two-thirds of the women in the acupressure groups reaching levels of fatigue considered normal. The relaxing acupressure group showed substantial improvements in sleep quality compared with the conventional care group at week six, but the two groups reached parity at week 10. The relaxing acupressure group was the only one that showed improvements in quality of life, making it a reasonable, low-cost option for managing fatigue symptoms.

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Dr. Wright with the late Dr. Hal Huggins. (Dr. Huggins discovered that dental toxicity, due to mercury in amalgam fillings, is the cause of many unexplained diseases and symptoms.)

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ecently, I visited my local dentist. After having a dental exam and being told my teeth were fine I started experiencing discomfort and found out I needed a root canal. I wanted to understand how this happened so I could avoid it in the future. After hearing that a few dentists in the International community have started using light equipment to diagnose cavities, I made an appointment with holistic, biological, Dentist, Dr. Jim Wright, in Las Vegas. He explained that the science has been percolating for awhile. Research and clinical trials have shown that 6 blue-violet LEDs emitting at 405 nanometers could produce fluorescence pictures, showing the location and depth of cavity decay.  It actually shows the location of cavities with different colors and numbers assigned to indicate the location and depth of the cavity decay.   Dr. Wright told me, “I was fortunate to learn about this technology when it was in its infancy.” I was very intrigued and immediately began testing to get an idea of how accurate it was and have found it is very effective at finding both large and

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small decay. He explained, “Many patients are sensitive and don’t like dentists picking around their teeth to find sticky cavity decay. I have found this technology very helpful in reducing the need for this type of probing for decay. This blue-violet LED light stimulates porphyrins, which are special by-products of cavities. Healthy enamel which has not been invaded by cavity decay fluoresces green while the areas which have been attacked by the cavity decay fluoresces blue, red, orange or yellow depending on the depth of the decay. It is visually very similar to the GPS mapping systems we use in our cars.  Without using any radiation it creates a map of decay. It gives patients a look at the size and depth of the potential cavity.” Interestingly, Dr. Wright empathizes with other dentists and explained, “Embracing technology can be challenging, it is not the way we dentists are used to doing it and

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it requires us to modify our thinking and way of practicing. Better quality diagnostics are literally worth their weight in gold in all medicine. I wonder how much better patient care I could have delivered with this equipment 25 years ago.” He went on to say, “Whether we are talking about Cancer or any other infectious disease, early diagnosis is the key. A very small cavity can be located and restored before it becomes bigger and more destructive.” This is the answer I was looking for to avoid root canals, crowns and other expensive, uncomfortable dental treatment. I asked Dr. Wright, “Why isn’t every dentist using this technology?” He gave me a very heartfelt reply, “The unfortunate part about this technology is that it takes a lot more time to use, and with the minimal amounts insurance pays, it will be hard for dentists to justify the substantial increase of staff time, dentist time, equipment cost, etc. My hope is that insurance companies are able to look at this differently and support this equipment; it can help save patient’s teeth. Also, it can minimize the amount of expensive procedures, could save insurance companies money, and impact the overall health of our patients. “We are all connected... Every dentist who improves their individual quality of diagnostics, materials and treatment of their patients, helps the world of dentistry improve. As we improve ourselves, we help the world improve”, says Holistic, High Tech Dentist, Dr. Jim Wright of Las Vegas, Nevada.  Authors Final Thought: Early Detection is the Gold Standard. My hope in doing this research is that I can help save people from the distress and high cost of late diagnosis.  Modernizing dentistry with this and the other new technologies can give us hope. To make an appointment with Dr. Wright call (702) 281-9900, email info@fourseasonsdentalspa.com, or visit www.holisticdentistlasvegas.com. See ad, page 2.

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Turkeys and Thanksgiving go together for 88 percent of Americans surveyed by the National Turkey Federation. Each year, more than 46 million turkeys provide the entrée for gatherings, yielding leftovers for sandwiches, stew, chili, casseroles and turkey burgers. In 2011, 736 million pounds of turkey were consumed in the U.S., while a few lucky birds avoided the chopping block. The pardoning of a White House turkey began in 1863 when President Lincoln’s son, Tad, interceded on behalf of the bird and its life was spared. Now a tradition, two dressed birds and one live turkey are delivered to the White House each year. The live bird is “pardoned” and lives out its life on a historical farm. At the Farm Sanctuary, turkeys get sponsored or adopted instead of eaten. “Turkeys are friendly and follow you around like puppy dogs. They’ll try to sit on your lap to be petted,” says Gene Baur, president and co-founder of the sanctuary’s New York and two California locations. “At our Celebration for the Turkeys, we feed them cranberries, pumpkin pie and squash. People visit to see them enjoy it. Guests’ snacks are vegan.” Hundreds of turkeys have been adopted and given a lifelong home since the program’s inception in 1986. More than 8,000 people pledged to sponsor a turkey living at the sanctuary in a recent year, proving it’s not necessary to be a president to pardon a turkey. Source: FarmSanctuary.org/giving/adopt-a-turkey

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Stoned Doggies Dangers vs. Benefits of Pet Marijuana

As of June, half of the states and the District of Columbia have legalized the use of medical marijuana for humans. People wonder if it’s also suited for pets, too, and need to investigate the parameters and consequences carefully. “It’s not legal in any state for veterinarians to prescribe or recommend medical marijuana,” says Dr. Carol Osborne, owner of Ohio’s Chagrin Falls Veterinary Center & Pet Clinic. “Done properly, it could have applications, but it’s not standardized, dosage amounts are unknown and without U.S. Food and Drug Administration regulation, there’s no guarantee what you think you’re buying is what you get. “Dogs that get into the stash or sneakeat marijuana-laced food can experience wobbling when walking, trembling and potential seizures,” Osborne notes. “I haven’t heard of any cases of death, but as with any prescription drug, practice responsible ownership by keeping it out of the reach of curious children and pets.” “THC [tetrahydrocannabinol] in marijuana produces the high,” explains Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Robert Silver, author of Medical Marijuana & Your Pet: The Definitive Guide. “Dogs are extremely sensitive to THC, much more so than any other species studied.” Silver believes there are uses for cannabinoid oil, derived from hemp, which has very low levels of THC; pet owners in an end-of-life situation with no hope of recovery have used it to ease pain, stimulate appetite and add quality to final days. Reference: Tinyurl.com/PetMedical MarijuanaGuide


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The German government has ruled to ban the practice of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, for shale gas in the country, but will allow test drilling in certain circumstances, reports Reuters. The industry has lobbied to continue fracking, which involves blasting chemicals and water into underground rock formations to release trapped gas, but strong opposition has persisted throughout the nation, with a powerful green lobby warning of possible risks to drinking water. Germany follows France and Bulgaria, which have already permanently banned fracking.

The 140-year-old zoo in Buenos Aires is shutting down to give the animals a better life. Mayor Horacio Rodríguez Larreta agrees with activists that keeping wild animals in captivity and on display is degrading, so the zoo’s 2,500 animals will be moved to more suitable living environments in nature reserves around the country. Older animals and those too sick to be relocated will remain in their current home, but not displayed. The 45-acre zoo will be transformed into an eco-park to give children a place to learn how to take care of and relate with the different species. It also will provide refuge and rehabilitation for animals rescued from illegal trafficking. Source: Ecowatch.com

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The Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act is a new federal law that restricts animal testing and requires regulators to develop technology-based alternatives. It updates the Toxic Substances Control Act of 1976, which insisted non-animal tests be used whenever possible and established a precedent for developing animal-free testing, including vitro and silico (computer simulation) methods. Earlier this year, the John Hopkins University School of Medicine made strides in removing the use of animals from medical training and cosmetic testing. Now all new chemicals will have to meet specific safety standards. Clothing, couches and cleaning products, among many other consumer goods, contain chemicals linked to cancer, Parkinson’s and other serious health problems, but are not routinely tested for safety. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will now have new authority to require testing with a legal mandate to review existing chemicals on the market. Along with updating rules for tens of thousands of everyday chemicals, the law specifically sets safety standards for dangerous chemicals like formaldehyde, asbestos and styrene. It aims to standardize on the national level what is currently a jumble of state rules governing an $800-billion-a-year industry.

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Record carbon dioxide levels will surpass the symbolic threshold of 400 parts per million (ppm) this year and will likely never fall below it again in our lifetimes, according to a new study published recently in the journal Nature Climate Change. The findings highlight urgent concerns about global efforts to curb climate change as outlined in the Paris agreement negotiated last December and signed in April by nearly 170 nations. Carbon concentrations have passed the 400 ppm limit before, but never permanently. The authors state, “In the longer term, a reduction in CO2 concentration would require substantial and sustained cuts in anthropogenic [humanly influenced] emissions to near zero.” The determined safe level of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is a maximum of around 350 ppm, according to climate advocates.


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ypnosis is as old as civilization itself and has been practiced under numerous labels since ancient times. However, it was not until 1958 when it was officially recognized by the American Medical Association that Hypnotherapy began to come into its own. Since then, great strides have been made, and we know that there is more to come in the future as new and exciting uses of Hypnotherapy come to light. Hypnosis has been scientifically proven to be effective in creating change in certain repetitive behaviors including: smoking, weight loss, stress reduction, motivation, pain control and performance enhancement. This accelerated 3-day weekend course is excellent for anyone who wants to learn Hypnotherapy with a maximum of “hands-on” experience. During the course, you will learn how to use both basic and moderate levels of Hypnosis with yourself and with others. The course is instructed by two of our top Hypnotherapy Instructors, guiding you and teaching you through interactive discussions, live demonstrations and “handson” practice. You will be able to successfully use Hypnosis after only 3 days! If you are new to Hypnosis, this will be an eye-opening experience for you. If you are a mental health professional or health-care professional, you will wonder why you did not learn these tools earlier. If you have taken other Hypnotherapy trainings before, you will find this modern approach very innovative and easy to use. If you are just interested in Hypnosis for yourself or want to do transformational work with other people, you will love this event! If you want to become certified as a professional Hypnotherapist, all you need to do is read through the suggested reading material before the event and then attend the 3-day course. Then, you will complete a written test from home after the event and become a member of the American Board of Hypnotherapy. We will also teach you how to successfully start or build your Hypnotherapy practice. The Tad James Company has been teaching our graduates Hypnotherapy since 1982 (first as the American Institute of Hypnotherapy) and we offer unlimited support to all of our students before, during and after the course.

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STAY SHARP Powerful Ways to Avoid Mental Decline by Lisa Marshall

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slow descent into dementia seemed inevitable for a 66-yearold man that had been misplacing his keys, missing appointments and struggling at work. He failed doctoradministered cognitive quizzes and tested positive for a gene variant linked to an exponentially higher risk of Alzheimer’s disease. A brain scan revealed scattered clusters of sticky, amyloid plaque—a hallmark of the disease. His hippocampus, or memory center, had shrunk to rank in the lowest 17 percent of men his age. Told there wasn’t much that could be done, he sought the help of University of California, Los Angeles Alzheimer’s researcher Dale Bredesen, a neurologist and founding president of the independent Buck Institute for Research on Aging. He recommended a personalized, 36-point plan, including a high-fat/low-carb diet, intermittent

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fasting, strict sleep schedule, select dietary supplements and other lifestyle changes. Within three months, family members reported marked improvements in his memory. At 10 months, brain scans revealed his hippocampus had grown 12 percent. “Such improvements are unprecedented,” says Bredesen, who described this and nine other hopeful cases in a provocative paper published in June in the journal Aging. “These are the first examples of a reversal of cognitive decline in pre- and early Alzheimer’s patients.”

Addressing the Sources

Bredesen is among a small but growing group of researchers, physicians, caregivers and patients challenging the conventional wisdom that the road to dementia goes one way, with no cure or repair of damage done. They argue that

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the key to both prevention and reversal, at least in early stages, is to pinpoint its numerous drivers—from nutritional and hormonal deficiencies and exposure to infection to environmental toxins and harmful drugs—and attack them simultaneously. It’s a stark departure from the classic, often unsuccessful, one-pill treatment approach. Of the 244 clinical trials for Alzheimer’s drugs between 2002 and 2012, all but one failed. “Imagine having a roof with 36 holes in it, and your drug patched one hole. You still have 35 leaks,” says Bredesen, who believes his synergistic approach— the Bredesen Protocol—can likely make Alzheimer’s drugs work better or render them unnecessary. Skeptical colleagues point out that Bredesen’s paper described only 10 case studies, not a clinical trial. “It is intriguing, but not enough to make recommendations to physicians or patients,” says Keith Fargo, Ph.D., director of scientific programs and outreach for the Chicago-based Alzheimer’s Association. “The current consensus in the scientific community is that we do not have a way to reverse dementia.” While agreeing that a larger study is needed, Neurologist David Perlmutter, of Naples, Florida, whose bestsellers Brain Maker and Grain Brain promote nutritional changes for supporting brain health, considers Bredesen’s study revolutionary. “To reverse Alzheimer’s in one patient is monumental, much less 10,” says Perlmutter. They recently presented together at a conference organized by Sharp Again Naturally, a New York nonprofit that educates patients and caregivers about natural means of slowing and reversing cognitive decline. After losing her mother to Alzheimer’s, the nonprofit’s co-founder, Jacqui Bishop, 74, stopped her own frightening decline by changing her diet and getting her thyroid hormone levels under control via supplements. Now she’s helping others do the same. She says, “We are trying to change the conversation from one of despair to one of hope.”

Mending Body and Brain

Key to Bredesen’s approach is the notion that instead of being one disease,


Alzheimer’s consists of three sub-types with distinct drivers: inflammation or infection; harmful environmental exposures; and/or lack of neuronnurturing hormones. To determine which one to target, he tests patients for bloodsugar, inflammation and hormone levels, heavy metals and critical nutrients such as D and B vitamins. Then he crafts a personalized plan. He notes that the 10 years it can take to progress from subtle decline to full-blown Alzheimer’s provides a huge opportunity. “Ideally, we want people to come in when they have mild impairment or are asymptomatic,” says Bredesen, advising that tests be done for the APOE4, or “Alzheimer’s gene” in one’s 40s. “People have not wanted to know in the past because they’ve been told there is nothing they can do about it. We completely disagree.” One way to stay cognitively sharp is to eat fewer carbs (which boost blood sugar) and eat more fat, says Perlmutter. “There is a clear relationship between elevated levels of blood sugar and increased risk of Alzheimer’s.” One study, published in 2013 in the New England Journal of Medicine, tracked 2,067 healthy adults for seven years and found that the higher their average glucose level, even if they weren’t diabetic, the more likely they were to develop dementia. For instance, those with a level of 115 milligrams per deciliter were 18 percent more at risk than those measuring 100 milligrams per deciliter. A 2 0 1 2 s t u dy p u b l i s h e d i n Neurology followed 266 adults for four years and found that those with higher blood sugar saw certain areas of the brain shrink 6 to 10 percent more than those with lower blood sugar. Gluten can also be problematic, advises Perlmutter, when it’s inflammatory and driving brain degeneration. In contrast, good fat, like that in avocados, fatty fish, coconut oil and walnuts, serves as a foundation for neurons and an efficient, cleanburning fuel source for the brain. This is particularly helpful in someone with early-stage Alzheimer’s, says Bredesen,

because the disease can make it harder for the brain to use sugar for fuel. In some cases, both doctors recommend an extremely low-carb, or “ketogenic” diet (fewer than 60 grams of carbs per day). Starved of carbohydrates, the liver produces fat-like compounds called ketones, a brain-fuel source shown to stimulate growth of new neural networks. Bredesen also recommends 12 hours of fasting each night, with zero food intake within three hours of going to sleep. Fasting promotes a process called autophagy, by which the brain essentially cleans itself of damaged cellular material. Eight hours of sleep is also vital. According to University of Rochester research, the space between brain cells opens up during sleep, allowing cleansing channels of fluid to flow more freely. “If you were operating your house 24/7 with no time to rest or clean, it would be disastrous,” says Bredesen. “The same is true of your brain.” Also, they say, keep teeth clean because bacterial infections, including those in the gums, have been shown to hasten formation of neuron-killing plaque. Also critically examine the prescription drugs being ingested. A recent study of 74,000 people published in JAMA Neurology found that regular use of heartburn drugs like Prilosec and Nexium increased dementia risk by 42 to 52 percent. Meanwhile, anticholinergic drugs like Benadryl and statin drugs prescribed to manage cholesterol have also been linked to increased dementia. “We see ‘statin brain’ all the time,” observes Perlmutter, who says once patients go off the drugs, they tend to get better.

False Hope or Sound Advice

Fargo says researchers are keenly interested in many of the ideas in Bredesen’s paper. Although it’s too early to endorse them, numerous studies are underway. But he wonders if some patients that assert that they’ve reversed dementia actually suffered from something else, like sleep apnea or depression. Bredesen stands by his research,

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Lifestyle changes can prevent and slow cognitive decline. Some say they also reverse it.

Get-Smart Supplements Curcumin: This potent constituent in turmeric (the yellow spice that gives curry its flavor) has been shown to combat many of the problems that contribute to brain degeneration, including inflammation, free radical damage and high blood sugar. It also boosts growth of new brain cells. Take 500 milligrams (mg) twice daily or eat a diet rich in curry. DHA (docosahexaenoic acid): This omega-3 fatty acid serves as a key building block for brain cell membranes. Take 1,000 mg daily (derived from fish oil or algae) or eat lots of fatty fish. Coconut oil: It’s rich in medium-chain triglycerides, an efficient, cleanburning fuel source for the brain. Take one or two teaspoons daily. Probiotics: These help fortify the intestinal lining, reducing the gut permeability and inflammation that can impact cognitive health. They also support production of key neurotransmitters and the brainderived neurotrophic factor brain growth hormone. Look for supplements or foods containing Lactobacillus plantarum, Lactobacillus acidophilus, Lactobacillus brevis, Bifidobacterium lactis and Bifidobacterium longum. B vitamins: High levels of the amino acid homocysteine have long been linked to increased risk of Alzheimer’s disease; have levels checked and if they’re elevated, B6 and B12 can reduce them. Source: David Perlmutter

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what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough. ~Oprah Winfrey

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asserting that the 10 patients in his paper had all been formally diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or its precursors. One 69-year-old entrepreneur that was planning to close his business after 11 years of mental decline is now expanding it. A 49-year-old woman that scored poorly on neuropsychological tests showed no signs of cognitive decline when she was tested again nine months later. In all, more than 100 people have participated in the program. “We have people that are four-and-a-half years out and doing very well,” he says, noting that such strategies aren’t likely to work for someone with advanced Alzheimer’s. In some cases, the results may be more subtle, but for those caring for a sick loved one, any positive progress means a lot. Paul Tramontozzi knows. After his father, then 75, was diagnosed with Lewy Body Dementia, the New York City financial advisor attended a Sharp Again Naturally meeting seeking advice. “I was skeptical, but when the answer you get from everyone else is, ‘There’s nothing you can do,’ you become more willing to listen.” He took his father off his cholesterol medication, fed him spoonfuls of

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Resources Alzheimer’s Association, alz.org Buck Institute for Research on Aging, BuckInstitute.org David Perlmutter, DrPerlmutter.com MPI Cognition, MPICognition.com Sharp Again Naturally, SharpAgain.org coconut oil daily and put him on a specific supplement regimen. His balance improved and he could participate in family outings again. “If you had told me a few years ago we’d be able to take Dad to a restaurant for his 80th birthday, I would have said, ‘No way.’ But we did.” Tramontozzi says his father isn’t cured, but the advice he obtained facilitated more time together and insights on how to avoid a similar fate. “These are all things a healthy 37-yearold should be doing right now anyway. I just wish we’d found out earlier.” Lisa Marshall is a freelance health writer in Boulder, CO. Connect at LisaAnnMarshall.com.


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WORKPLACE WISDOM Mindfulness in Corporate Life by April Thompson

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he workplace can be filled with stress, egos and distractions that challenge the productive and happy atmosphere we desire. Both employees and employers are adopting mindfulness to help cope and transform both themselves and their work environment. Rooted in Eastern philosophies like Buddhism, most workplace mindfulness programs have stripped the techniques to a secular form more appealing to skeptics or adherents of other religions. The key practice—simply known as “sitting” or meditation—involves focusing our attention on our thoughts, breathing, emotions or bodily sensations for a set time period, while the term mindfulness refers to the ability to be aware of the present moment, whether meditating or in a business meeting. While Fortune 500 companies like Procter & Gamble, Aetna and General Mills have instituted formal mindfulness programs, Michael Carroll, meditation teacher, executive coach and the author of Awake at Work, says that the mindfulness revolution has been largely seeded from the ground up. It’s emerged through people exploring the practices in their personal lives, and then bringing them to work.

Personal and Professional Benefits

Jacqueline Gallo, operational excellence manager for Whitcraft Group, a manufacturing plant in Eastford, Connecticut, discovered meditation 12 years ago while seeking solace during a traumatic time. Today, Gallo does three short sits a week and occasionally participates 22 Greater Las Vegas

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in 10-day retreats. Whitcraft doesn’t offer meditation to employees, but Gallo says mindfulness enables her to be available to her staff and solve problems without getting “swept off my feet so easily by all the desires, agendas and emotions confronted at work.” Carroll cautions that it’s not about trying to eliminate our own or others’ emotional agendas or personal biases at work; rather, individuals use mindfulness to become more conscious of and relaxed about them. “Meditation helps develop agility in viewing… to self-regulate, drop fixed mindsets, become self-aware,” explains Carroll, who has coached university presidents, CEOs and nonprofit executives in mindful leadership techniques. “You learn things from a competitor’s perspective or pick up on social cues you may miss if you instead had a fixed lens on a situation.”

related to capacities for self-regulation, introspection and complex thinking. A Rice University study specifically found a positive relationship between workplace mindfulness, job performance and employee retention. While workplace mindfulness programs vary and may incorporate helpful talks, encouraging readings and group discussions, Healey and Carroll both caution that reading or talking about mindfulness or meditation is no substitute for the practice itself, which many find challenging. “You won’t taste the benefits just reading about it,” remarks Healey. “The practice will come into play come showtime.” Connect with April Thompson, of Washington, D.C., at AprilWrites.com.

Corporate Acceptance

While meditation may be on the upswing in the workplace, it was a battle to legitimize it, according to Tara Healey, program director for mindfulness-based learning at Harvard Pilgrim Health Care (HPHC). A longtime meditation practitioner, Healey started the Mind the Moment program a decade ago while serving as an organizational capacity building consultant. Surveys had shown that employees were overwhelmed and dissatisfied, but lacked the skills to rectify their situation. “The leadership said, ‘Great, let’s do it, but not tell anyone,’” relates Healey. She notes that meditation, a core component of her multifaceted mindfulness course covering everything from workplace stress to mindful listening, wasn’t accepted in the workplace at that point. Today, 30 percent of her company’s 1,050 employees have completed a six-week class introducing them to the power of mindfulness; some go on to participate in a guided monthly group meditation practice or use company meditation rooms for individual practice. The health services company also offers the course to its member companies throughout New England. To date, more than 12,350 people in 174 companies have participated, encompassing varied fields from higher education and health to finance and technology. A survey of employees showed that initially 99 percent felt it was a good use of their time; another taken six months later found that 87 percent were still using the techniques. HPHC informatics analyst Stephanie Oddleifson, who took the course nearly 10 years ago, says it transformed her way of thinking and behaving in the workplace and furnished a set of practices she uses every day. In times of conflict, “I was so quick to make up stories in my head and jump to conclusions previously,” she says. “Now I’m able to pause before responding and observe my thoughts without getting caught up in them. I can diffuse tense situations with humor and not take things personally.” Additional research substantiates the anecdotal evidence for meditation’s workplace benefits. In 2015, scientists from Canada’s University of British Columbia and Germany’s Chemnitz University of Technology compiled data from 20-plus neurology studies, finding significant correlations between meditation and areas of the brain

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Pilates Unbound New Fusions with Yoga, Dance and Boxing by Aimee Hughes

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ith 11,000 studios across the U.S., “Pilates continues to grow because an increasingly wide spectrum of people are discovering how it can benefit them,” says Elizabeth Anderson, executive director of the Pilates Method Alliance, in Miami. Pilates instructor Amanda January, who works at The Carriage Club,

in Kansas City, eventually became an instructor because, “I love the challenge of it. I had always been a dancer, and found Pilates provides the movement therapy that my dance classes lack.” Current trends are combining Pilates not only with yoga, but also dance and even boxing. “My favorite fusion Pilates class is barre,” says Halley Will-

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cox, a certified Pilates teacher originally from Austin, Texas, now a grad student at the University of Arizona, in Tucson. Barre classes mix classical ballet exercises with yoga and Pilates (see Tinyurl. com/Barre4Fitness). The boxing variation, called piloxing, incorporates pugilistic moves and barefoot interval training. “No prior experience is necessary; the possibilities are endless,” comments Willcox. Anderson believes, “The growth we’re observing is due to the fact that Pilates addresses fitness across the entire body, rather than parts. It creates a wonderful feeling of overall well-being; the exercise is done in a balanced manner on all planes and is coordinated with conscious breathing. Plus, it doesn’t cause injuries, it prevents them.”

Fosters Self-Confidence

“Through focus and breath awareness, Pilates, not unlike meditation and yoga, helps you become more aware of your body, which makes you more comfortable in your own skin,” says January. Social psychologist Amy Cuddy’s TED talk, “Change Your Posture, Grow Your Confidence, Follow Your Dreams,” shares the results of her Harvard University research, which demonstrates how people that assume what she calls “power postures” actually change the chemistry in their brains, boosting confidence on many levels. Pilates is recognized as a highly effective way to improve posture.

Helps Coordination and Rehabilitation Many dancers and professional athletes access the therapeutic qualities of Pilates to help them recover from injuries and enhance balance and coordination. Anderson remarks, “With a qualified teacher, Pilates can be applied as a post-rehabilitation modality once postsurgery physical therapy is completed, to further strengthen the body. Elite athletes such as professional dancers, baseball and football players, ice skaters and equestrians are also finding ways that Pilates can strengthen and assist them with their performances, well-being and injury prevention.”

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Boosts Immunity “The more I committed to a regular Pilates practice, the more I noticed I wasn’t getting sick as often,” says January. “Pilates helps boost the immune system through reducing stress, a well-known contributor to disease. It’s accessible to people of all ages. You don’t have to be flexible or strong to begin, just willing.” She offers this advice to beginners. “Check out all the local studios to see what they offer. It’s best to start out taking classes twice a week with a certified teacher for two to three months. That’s easy to commit to. Then you can see if Pilates is right for you.” Aimee Hughes, a freelance writer in Kansas City, MO, is a doctor of naturopathy on the faculty of the Yandara Yoga Institute. Connect at ChezAimee@gmail.com.

Gratitude is the fairest blossom which springs from the soul. ~Henry Ward Beecher

One-Person Pamper Party Natural Ways to Refresh and Renew by April Thompson

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ampering ourselves isn’t a luxury so much as a necessity to refresh and renew mind, body and spirit.

A Spa Specialty

Spas have been synonymous with pampering throughout the ages. “Every civilization around the world has had some kind of communal gathering place for people to practice ‘self-healing’,” says Jeremy McCarthy, group director of Spa & Wellness for the Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group and author of The Psychology of Spas & Wellbeing. From ancient Greek bathhouses to Japan’s beloved natural hot springs, spas have long served as sacred places of healing and restoration. Indeed, many treatments provided at today’s eco-spas draw inspiration from traditional uses of herbs, honey and olive oil to care for skin and hair. Locally, natural spas’ pampering services may range from botanically based facials and mud masks to herbal body wraps and hot stone massage. Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design certified spas take extra strides toward sustainability through efficient use of renewable energy, green building materials and sound stewardship of resources. “Spas are more important to people today than ever,” says McCarthy. “In the modern age, we all need places to escape from technology, experience moments of

quiet contemplation and feel the touch of another human being.” He recently launched a new Digital Detox initiative at Mandarin Oriental hotels, where guests are encouraged to surrender their phones upon arrival at the spa to curtail online distractions. In spa relaxation rooms, they can instead access mindfulness activities such as journaling, note card writing, meditation or simply enjoying the silence.

More Pampering Spots

While busy people tend to put off selfcare, there are treats to suit any schedule or budget—from getting a quick manicure or pedicure at a neighborhood eco-nail salon to visiting a yoga or wellness center. “I build pampering into my week. If you don’t make time for you, who will?” asks Melanie Laporte, a make-up artist and freelance writer in Washington, D.C. “When your significant other or family members see you taking care of yourself, they’ll honor your time more. I remember Mom taking power baths and telling us, ‘This is my time. I’ll be back in 30 minutes and then we can read together.’ We respected that.” For a quick, healthy pick-me-up, visit an organic juice bar. Opt for businesses that feature fresh, whole ingredients rather than pre-mixed powders or sugar-laden juices; to give the immune system an extra lift, add a natural booster shot of ginger or turmeric. Most grocery

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One of the ways that Pilates helps is by affecting body fascia. “Muscles work together, not individually, within the fascia, and the best way to change the muscle is through resistance,” says January. “It’s why Pilates uses spring tension, resistance bands and even jumping. Pilates improves balance and coordination because all the muscles work together. The entire body is learning how to dance in unison with itself.”


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etween professional spa visits, a do-ityourself spa day at home can be a rewarding and economical treat. “You can create a full day of home spa treatments using ingredients most people have in their kitchen,” advises Lise Andersen, an expert in nature-based cosmetics from Copenhagen, Denmark, and the owner of LisaLise.com, offering custom skin and hair care products, individualized formulations and beginner-friendly DIY kits. One of Andersen’s home skincare favorites is simple raw honey, used as a cleanser and face mask. “You can use it alone or in conjunction with an added ingredient like almond meal or ground oats. It rinses off beautifully and both softens and cleanses,” she says. A “facial tea” made with herbs like chamomile, lavender and elder blossom is another of the Scandinavian’s at-home favorites. Simply boil water and pour it into a bowl with a handful of herbs, drape a towel over the head, embracing the face

and breathe deeply. “It smells wonderful while opening the pores and hydrating the skin,” Andersen says. Dry brushing with a mitt made with a natural fiber like sisal or jute serves as a quick, everyday pick-me-up. It stimulates and exfoliates the body and helps boost circulation. For beautiful cuticles, Andersen suggests a handmade scrub made from raw brown sugar or Himalayan salt combined with a carrier oil like almond or grapeseed. It exfoliates and hydrates, leaving hands feeling silky smooth. To get the most out of a home spa day, prep materials in advance and let family members know that it requires absolute solitude. Complete the spa-like atmosphere with relaxing music and naturally scented beeswax candles. Poznyakov/Shutterstock.com

stores now carry cold-pressed juices that can pack as much as six pounds of produce into a single bottle. An honored ritual that continues to restore spent spirits is drinking a cup of tea. Whether sipped at home, as a British high tea featuring an organic Earl Grey or as part of a traditional Japanese green tea ceremony steeped in Zen, tea time allows us to slow down and savor the moment along with the aromas in our cup. Also, antioxidant-rich tea is fortifying. Salt room visits, another healthy pleasure that has spread throughout the U.S., dates back 150 years to an indigenous Polish practice. Research indicates that salt therapy, or halotherapy, can help improve conditions such as asthma and allergies and support the immune, nervous and lymphatic systems (see Tinyurl. com/SaltRoomPampering). Universally restful salt rooms also offer a unique sensory experience. Another highly accessible way to treat body and mind is to move in a joyful way. Consider taking up a playful new class for de-stressing and stretching such as trapeze yoga, conscious dance or any other dance. Aerial yoga, using suspended trapeze-like supports, helps lengthen the spine and strengthen muscles in ways not easily achieved on the ground. Dance delivers health and fitness bonuses in the midst of having fun. If we’re not in the habit of pampering ourselves, it’s time to stretch our beliefs about what we deserve. We’ll find bliss is an attainable luxury.

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Why Meds Don’t Work and What Does by Kathleen Barnes

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ntegrative medical doctor Kelly Brogan, a women’s health psychiatrist and author of A Mind of Your Own, has turned the world of neuropsychiatry on its head by revealing that depression can be reversed without a single prescription drug. She asserts that depression is not caused by imbalanced brain chemistry, but by lifestyle choices that unbalance the entire human physiology. That’s why conventional antidepressants generally don’t work. She instead prescribes eliminating foods that trigger inflammation in order to rebalance all body systems. According to the National Institute for Mental Health, depression annually affects 15.7 million adult Americans, or about 8.3 percent of the population.

What’s your stand on the illness model of medicine and how you arrived there? My training as a conventional doctor was predicated on a disease care model that offers patients only one solution—a prescription. We have never had a shot at true wellness, having handed over our health to corporations loyal to their shareholders, rather than to us. Conventional medicine is based on the notion that we are born broken and need chemicals to feel better; the body is a machine that needs recalibration; and doctors always know what they are doing. After investing thousands of hours researching what would aid my own 28 Greater Las Vegas

journey back from health challenges, I saw how we have been duped. Health is our natural state, and we can restore it by natural means. The way to prevent and reverse illness is to communicate with the body in a language it understands. It’s so simple, yet society considers it an act of rebellion to consider this kind of lifestyle.

Which science supports your conclusion that antidepressant drugs don’t work for most patients? Taking an antidepressant for depression is like taking a Tylenol for a shard of glass in your foot. Wouldn’t you rather just remove it? Antidepressants don’t work the way we think they do and come with risks, including impulsive violence and debilitating withdrawal. They also can distract from an opportunity to identify the real cause of symptoms, one that is entirely reversible, in my experience. Selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitors like Prozac, Zoloft, Paxil and Lexapro are commonly prescribed to treat depression by boosting serotonin levels. There are many studies debunking their use and effectiveness. The 2012 Ottawa Hospital Research Institute study led by Paul Albert, Ph.D., concluded, “Direct serotonin-enhancing effects of antidepressants disturb energy homeostasis and worsen symptoms.” As far back as 1998, Irving Kirsch,

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Ph.D., an expert on the placebo effect at Harvard Medical School, published a meta-analysis of the treatment of 3,000 patients, finding that drugs improved depression in only 27 percent of the cases.

What’s the link between women, high blood sugar, diabetes, obesity and depression? When I meet a patient that complains about irritability, anxiety, foggy thinking, fatigue and insomnia, I visually plot her day-to-day symptoms on a mental graph. I find that the sugar rollercoaster accounts for the vast majority of diabetes, obesity, depression and other symptoms troubling my patients, especially women. Sugar disturbs mental health in at least three ways: It starves the brain by causing blood sugar highs and lows that can eventually cause insulin resistance, diabetes and even Alzheimer’s disease; promotes inflammation, which is closely linked to depression; and derails hormones by raising levels of the stress hormone cortisol in the body’s effort to balance blood sugars. Depression also has roots in thyroid imbalances, which are common in women more than 40 years old, and in food intolerances, especially to gluten, soy and corn, that can affect the brain in unpredictable ways.

Is there a general protocol that seems to work best? While there are no quick fixes, I see turnarounds every week because I help my patients see the benefits of simple choices like avoiding wheat and wheat products. You need a month of serious commitment to quit sugar, alcohol, coffee, wheat and dairy. Then you discover you aren’t an irritable, tired, forgetful person, which is its own incentive toward feeling better. It’s the basis to make choices with your own fully informed consent. Applying such information leads to long-term change and healing. Kathleen Barnes has authored numerous natural health books, including Food Is Medicine: 101 Prescriptions from the Garden. Connect at KathleenBarnes.com.


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Special Gifts by Maureen Healy

It is primarily parenting that decides whether the expression of sensitivity will be an advantage or a source of anxiety. ~Elaine Aron

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ighly sensitive children need extra nurturing care so that they can learn to see their sensitivity as a strength and begin empowering themselves with tools to tap into their positive traits such as insight, creativity and empathy, while simultaneously learning how to manage their rich emotional lives. Elaine Aron, Ph.D., a practicing psychotherapist in Mill Valley, California, who studies sensitivity using functional magnetic resonance imaging, advises, “A highly sensitive child is among the 15 to 20 percent born with a nervous system that’s highly aware and quick to react to everything.” She offers a free online questionnaire to help assess a child’s level of sensitivity at HSPerson.com/test/ highly-sensitive-child-test. Highly sensitive children are incredibly responsive to their environments, from sounds and smells to the overall mood of people they encounter. Other indicators may range from a preference for quiet play to noticing details or asking many questions. With a sharpened sense of awareness, they are often gifted intellectually, creatively and emotionally, demonstrating genuine compassion early on. 30 Greater Las Vegas

The downside is that these intensely perceptive children can also be easily overwhelmed by crowds, noises, new situations or sudden changes. Criticism, defeat and the distress of others deeply affect them. Parenting a highly sensitive child can be highly rewarding, but some parents find it exhausting. Special skills help in gracefully raising a healthy, happy and well-adjusted sensitive child without wearing ourselves out. Accept, rather than seek to change them. Embracing a child as being highly sensitive is step one. No one can change them into less sensitive, more traditional kids. Accept their specialness as part of the family’s shared journey. See it as a gift. It’s easy to get frustrated or angry with a child if they continually cry, withdraw and shy away from social situations. Instead of viewing these behaviors as flaws, see them as providing the child a special gift. Sensitivity often characterizes artists, innovators, prodigies and great thinkers. Partner up. Sensitive children respond far better to requests for desired behaviors when acting in partnership with the adults in their life. Harsh discipline can elicit emotional meltdowns and outbursts

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of energy in temper tantrums, crying or yelling. Partnering with a child includes learning to avoid their triggers and giving them ready tools to use when they feel overwhelmed, such as breathing exercises. Professional counselors can help shape the relationship. Focus on strengths. Remembering that a highly sensitive child may be incredibly talented is essential when they are acting out. Training ourselves to see a child’s strengths first—such as their incredible creativity, perceptiveness and keen intellect—helps us accept their challenges, such as being overwhelmed, highly emotional, introverted at times, shy, picky about clothes and other preferences, or overly active. Create calmness. It’s worth taking the time to create spaces that match a child’s sensibilities. Create a “peace corner” at home designed to deliver the serenity that highly sensitive children crave by using just the right lighting, colors, sounds and surroundings; elements might include headphones, favorite plush toys and coloring markers. Instill inner discipline. Establishing gentle structure and clear limits with respect goes a long way. Reasonable reminders of what’s needed now and why yield better results than shouting and warnings of consequences. Connect with peers. Like everyone else, highly sensitive children are drawn to other “birds of a feather”, and getting these kids together to nurture each other’s strengths is good. It may mean some extra effort by parents to help a child find kids that get along together and make play dates. A highly sensitive child can be steered in a helpful emotional direction by well-adjusted, happy and healthy sensitive adults. Sensitive children need especially good role models because they are learning how to use their incredible gifts in a world that sometimes doesn’t value their inherent worth. Maureen Healy, of Santa Barbara, CA, runs a mentoring program for highly sensitive children based on her social and emotional learning curriculum for K-8 students, child psychology training and current scientific research. She is the author of Growing Happy Kids and The Energetic Keys to Indigo Kids (HighlySensitiveKids.com).


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The Art of Blessing Sanctifying Everyday Life by Dennis Merritt Jones

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ost blessings are done quietly, in the silence of one’s own mind and heart; most often others don’t even know about it. How a blessing is done is not as important as the fact that it’s done mindfully. There is nothing magical or mystical about conferring a blessing—it’s simply confirming the presence of God, divine Spirit, at the center of that which is being blessed. Masters, teachers, sages and saints from every spiritual tradition have used blessings as a way to consecrate, sanctify, purify and heal. Wedding ceremonies, memorial services, christenings and everything in-between have at one time or another been blessed. Anyone can offer a blessing. Ernest Holmes, author of Science of Mind, defined a blessing as constructive thought directed toward anyone or any condition. He says, “You bless a man when you recognize the divinity in him.” When things are good, it can seem easy to neglect the practice of blessing ourselves and others. Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote: “Never lose an opportunity of seeing anything that is beautiful; for beauty is God’s handwriting—a wayside sacrament. Welcome it in every fair face, in every

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fair sky, in every fair flower and thank God for it as a cup of blessing.” We can always bless what’s good in our lives, but blessings can become even more meaningful if we remember to bless the bad times as well, when we most need to remember the truth that good is present then and there, too. Getting in the habit of embracing daily blessings is a good spiritual practice as we evolve and go forth and bless our world as we have been blessed. It’s a matter of remembering that the real blessing has already been bestowed; the gift of life itself. Take a moment to contemplate this and seal it in consciousness by silently affirming, “I am blessed and I am a blessing.” I Am is a name of God. In the words of Mary Baker Eddy in introducing her seminal work, Science & Health, “To those leaning on the sustaining infinite, today is big with blessings.” Dennis Merritt Jones, D.D., of St. Petersburg Beach, FL, is the author of Your (Re)Defining Moments, The Art of Uncertainty and The Art of Being, the source of this essay. He has contributed to the human potential movement and field of spirituality for 30 years (DennisMerrittJones.com).

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The Best are Pet, People and Planet Friendly by Sandra Murphy

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he holidays bring buffet feasts, ribboned gifts, stockings of goodies, ornaments and tinsel that to animals all look good enough to eat. Pets can get into trouble, especially if they’re away from home. Boarding may be the best alternative when the family travels for holidays.

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Brad Nierenberg blogs about dogs at PawsitivelyBradleyNierenberg.com, from Wilmington, Delaware. He relates an experience when friends watched Bitsy, his Cavalier King Charles spaniel, and she escaped out the front door. Fortunately, a neighbor found her. Afterward, he says, “I asked other dog-crazy owners which kennel they’d recommend.” Kennels used to be an indoor cage with a dog door to a fenced run area outside. Dogs could see each other, but not play together. Well-heeled facilities offered fancy amenities, geared more to 34 Greater Las Vegas

impress the owner than comfort the pet and were generally bereft of enriching experiences. “Pets are living, breathing, loving creatures, and boarding facilities not yet up to speed need to catch up to how people feel about pets today,” says Charlotte Biggs, COO of the nonprofit International Boarding and Pet Service Association, near Austin, Texas. It helps its members create safe, responsible pet care facilities by including holistic, positive and green practices in their safety and training manuals. Susan Briggs, co-founder of the independent Professional Animal Care Certification Council for the pet care industry, in Houston, advises, “Take a tour. Kennels should be clean and organized. You should feel comfortable with the staff.” “Do the employees talk about your pet like you’re bringing the car in for an oil change? If it’s ignored in favor

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of paperwork, maybe you should keep looking,” says Josh Brown, owner of Far North Kennel, in Anchorage, Alaska. “You want to go where the staff bends down and lets your pet come to them. It should be obvious your dog’s going to get positive human interaction. When you walk out after touring the facility, you should feel better about boarding than when you walked in.”

Ask Questions

Costs vary, so ask what’s included in the basic fee, such as group play, treats, administered meds, special bedding and feeding the same food as at home. The pet also should be able to have their bed, toys and favorite things with them. Also be clear about medications, health or mobility issues and special bedding or grooming preferences. An apparent bargain can be either less than expected or more expensive once all costs are totaled. “Ask if titers are accepted in lieu of current vaccinations, and don’t feel pressured to over-vaccinate,” advises Briggs, who explains that titers assess levels of immunity from previous vaccinations. She also suggests asking about the facility’s emergency plan, including evacuation. The more information everyone has, the better the pet’s stay will be. Socialized dogs or cats should be able to enjoy group playtime or a communal catio (enclosed indoor/outdoor space for felines); others would rather watch from afar. Stays should be individualized, not uniform. Facility owners suggest first booking a day visit and then an overnight as a test.

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Before booking, also ask about unseen factors. Josh Parker, co-founder of K-9 Resorts Daycare and Luxury Hotels, in Fanwood and other New Jersey locations, recommends that boarding clients look for features such as eco-friendly cleaning products; air purifiers and ventilation systems to prevent spreading of germs; a floor plan that reduces stress by limiting views of other animals; lighting that dims at night for restful sleep; a good ratio of staff to pets that allows employees to spend time with nervous boarders, spot any signs of illness or distress early on and intervene if quarrels arise; and availability of an on-call veterinarian with access to the family vet or nearest emergency facility. Leave a medical directive explaining what should be done if an owner can’t be reached. Flooring at better resorts is antibacterial. Outdoors, artificial grass made of recycled products is soft on paws, drains better than grass and is easier to clean. It’s eco-friendly because it requires no watering, mowing or pesticides.

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“Some facilities like ours offer webcam options so you can ‘visit’ with your dog while you’re traveling,” says Brown. Texting kennel updates and selfies of an employee with a pet can also ease any worries. “I just want my pet in a place where she is safe, secure, well cared for and loved,” says Nierenberg. Though apart, pets and their people can all enjoy a fresh adventure.

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markyourcalendar Healthy Aging for Busy People: Mind, Body, Spirit Adult Education Class at UNLV Improve energy, vitality, youthfulness, memory, body weight and happiness while reducing stress, internal/environmental toxicity, and the risk of developing adult onset diseases. Holistic/integrative medicine is a revolutionary approach to health and wellness that blends ancient Eastern healing systems with modern medical science and new-age philosophies. Mind-body techniques such as meditation, massage, and essential oils will be covered, as will popular alternative medicine modalities such as chiropractic, homeopathic, and naturopathic medicine. Sample natural health-promoting products including juices, herbs, vitamins, botanicals, and anti-aging hormones. Incorporate the latest tools to monitor your progress toward a healthier lifestyle. Class meets six time. $189.

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Sacred Geometry Class – 6-9pm. Elements, Platonic Solids and our Personality’s, The Relationship between the Flower of Life, Metatron’s Cube Light and Sound, Decoding and Mapping, Practical Uses, Diagrams for Personal Health and Life Purpose Manifestation.$30/pre-pay.$40/door. Enchanted Forest Reiki Center, 2280 S Jones Blvd, LV. 702-3590848. EnchantedForestReiki.com. Divine Meditation with Dallisa – 7pm. Nov 2-9. Wed. Dallisa Hocking, clairvoyant and Certified Angel Card Reader. Pull an angel card prior to the meditation class and allow that to help shape the focus and intention for the meditation. $18. Enchanted Forest Reiki Center, 2280 S Jones Blvd, LV. 702-359-0848. EnchantedForestReiki.com.

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 3

Tibetan & Crystal Bowl Meditation with Cheri Smith – 7pm. Musical vibrations brought through the sound of Tibetan bowls, crystal bowls and chimes to cleanse the soul, calm the mind and fill your spirit. $15. Enchanted Forest Reiki Center, 2280 S Jones Blvd, LV. 702-359-0848. EnchantedForestReiki.com.

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Pre-Holiday Rejuvenation Day for Holistic Professionals – 11am-7pm. Are you a healer in the holistic industry? Attend and receive healing yourself with Bliss Boosts™ to strengthen your spirit and lift your soul. Ensure your energy is optimal before the holiday season arrives. Investment: A Business Card Showing You Work in Healing Arts. Oasis to Zen Wellness Spa, 5715 W Alexander Rd, 140, LV. 702.491.6035. OasisToZen.com. Usui Reiki I Certification Class plus Holy Fire – 6:309:30pm. Nov 7-8. Learn to smudge. Reiki principals: Reiki lineage and heritage, Gassho meditation, chakra balancing, Reiki I attunement, Reiki hand position, practice and discussion time. Holy Fire is an additional energy filled with powerfully healing frequency. $150. Enchanted Forest Reiki Center, 2280 S Jones Blvd, LV. 702-359-0848. EnchantedForestReiki.com.

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 8

Meditation for America – Snacks, 6:30-7p,m, Meditation 7-8:30pm. Spend election night with us. Rather than watch television and listen, gather with us, envision what’s possible and meditate on the greatest good for our great country, the United States of America. Love donation. Oasis to Zen Wellness Spa, 5715 W Alexander Rd, 140, LV. 702.491.6035. OasisToZen.com.

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 10

Don’t Exercise-LYMPHACISE! EZ Weight Loss – 6:30-8pm. Through ancient breathing methods and other unique ancient tools, activate the lymphatic system, energize, lose fat, inches and toxins. Includes guided imagery for instant memorization. Satisfaction guaranteed. $12. Transformations, 3920 Amy Marie Ct, LV. 702-659-2390. TransformVegas.com.

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 11

Reiki Energy Share and Crystal Bowl Guided Meditation – 7-8:45pm. Seeking relaxation and stress relief? Participate in a relaxing guided meditation and receive the benefits of beautiful Reiki energy while crystal bowls play to lift your vibrations. Everyone welcome, including healers to share. Love donation. Oasis to Zen Wellness Spa, 5715 W Alexander Rd, 140, LV. 702.491.6035. OasisToZen.com.

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 12

Earth Angels Gathering with Paula Perrino – 1pm. Raise your vibrations, meditations, mindfulness, The Law of Attraction. infinite possibilities, energy, Chakra. strengthen the immune system. $10. Enchanted Forest Reiki Center, 2280 S Jones Blvd, LV. 702-359-0848. EnchantedForestReiki.com. Shake Your Chakras: A Guided Movement Meditation – 1:30-3pm. Kick off your shoes. Make your feet and chakras happy. Discover the tones that unlock the power within each chakra, magnify that power with your intentions and affirmations and flow creatively through this movement meditation. $10. Oasis to Zen Wellness Spa, 5715 W Alexander Rd, 140, LV. 702.491.6035. OasisToZen.com. Reiki 1st Degree Certif. Training – 2-8pm. Two days. Receive Sacred Initiation. Protect yourself from negative energies. Administer powerful treatments to self and others. Eliminate unnecessary Medical Bills. Raise your vibrations 500 times. No prior experience necessary. Are you ready for a life-changing experience? $195 (various discounts available). Transformations, 3920 Amy Marie Ct, LV. 702-659-2390. TransformVegas.com.

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 16

Color Me Zen Paint Party: Creating a Unique Chakra Tree – 7-9pm. Bring your inner child to play at the most original paint party in town. Experience guided meditation that taps into the creative sacral chakra and create a unique masterpiece. Painting supplies and light snacks included. $23. Oasis to Zen Wellness Spa, 5715 W Alexander Rd, 140, LV. 702.491.6035. OasisToZen.com.

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Enchanted Energy Exchange – 6:30pm. Enjoy the enchanting vibrations of energy work being done on you or, feel free to share energy with others at this circle of love. Reiki and other energy healing modalities will be used. $5. Enchanted Forest Reiki Center, 2280 S Jones Blvd, LV. 702-359-0848. EnchantedForestReiki.com.

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Kick the SUGAR ADDICTION - EZ Weight Loss– 11am-12:30pm. If you can’t live without bread, pasta, potatoes, cake, etc, this class is for you. This addiction is mental, emotional and chemical. Sugar is the most common synthetic drug in our American diet. Break this addiction now. $12/prepaid. $16/door. Transformations, 3920 Amy Marie Ct, LV. 702-6592390. TransformVegas.com. How To Stay Above The Wellness Line Using Your Own Essential Oils – 2:30-4:30pm. Tired of the confusion surrounding essential oils? Come play with, sample and create oil blends, while we answer essential oil questions. Leave confident in the ability to enhance a personal essential oil lifestyle. Complimentary, $5 for custom blend oil. Oasis to Zen Wellness Spa, 5715 W Alexander Rd, 140, LV. 702.491.6035. OasisToZen.com.

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 20

Holiday Candy Making: Raw Food Class – 2-4pm. Be part of a truly euphoric hands-on experience. Create and indulge in guilt-FREE, NO SUGAR, Healthy Raw Holiday desserts. Bring a Sweet Tooth and enthusiasm. Includes recipes, hands-on experience and all-you-can-eat candy. $20/prepaid. $25/door. Transformations, 3920 Amy Marie Ct, LV. 702-6592390. TransformVegas.com.

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 21

Usui Reiki II Plus Holy Fire Certification Class – 6:30-9:30pm. Nov 21- 22. Learn to heal unwanted habits from the past. Be given a Reiki II attunement, learn three of the ancient Reiki symbols, learn distant Reiki healing, Gyoshi ho, Reji-ho, Byosen scanning, Chakra balancing with stones. $200. Enchanted Forest Reiki Center, 2280 S Jones Blvd, LV. 702-359-0848. EnchantedForestReiki.com.

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FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 25

Chakra Balance Meditation: The Sacral Chakra – 7-8:45pm. Discover keys to self-healing while meditating on each chakra and its attributes. Guided meditation will stimulate, balance and release stagnant energy from Root to Crown, with focus on strengthening the sacral chakra. $10. Oasis to Zen Wellness Spa, 5715 W Alexander Rd, 140, LV. 702.491.6035. OasisToZen.com.

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 26

Detoxify! EZ Weight Loss – 11am-12:30pm. MentalEmotional stress, pollution, poor diet, commercial cleaning products, cosmetics—all contribute to toxemia and digestive disorders. Detox the whole body and individual organs/systems thru proper nutrition, hydration, breath work, and more. Includes guided imagery for easy memorization. $12/prepaid. $16/door. Transformations, 3920 Amy Marie Ct, LV. 702-659-2390. TransformVegas.com.

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 27

Improve Your EYESIGHT Naturally – 2-4:30pm. It is really possible to see better without glasses, contacts or surgery. Eyesight improvement in just 2+ hours… through proven eye exercises, nutrition and guided imagery. $35/prepaid. $40/door. Seniors/$30. Transformations, 3920 Amy Marie Ct, LV. 702-6592390. TransformVegas.com.

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 29

Reiki Energy Share and Crystal Bowl Guided Meditation – 7-9pm. Nov 29- May 23. Fourth Tues. Monthly series. Have you experienced a medical or financial challenge, heartbreak or loss? Recovery is dependent upon the strength of the body’s chakra centers. Focusing on specific chakras, strengthening each with vibration-boosting, bliss-expanding modalities.

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 30

Crystal & Tibetan Bowl Meditation – 5pm. Relax & breathe in the salt air, while we take you through different corners of the universe and bring you back to earth under the soothing sounds of the Crystal and Tibetan bowls. $40. Salt Room LV, 1958 Village Center Cir, 7, LV. 702-228-8258. SaltRoomLV.com.


ongoingevents daily Medical Marijuana Program Information & Resources – For more information, call 725-7773631, 2400 N. Tenaya Way, LV. MCCDirectory.org. 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. NaturallyOrganicCenter.com. Wongu University Health Center – Mon-Thu. Wongu University Health Center offers a variety of affordable acupuncture treatments and Oriental medical care to the public. Private session by the OMD available. Discount for senior, veteran and student. Call for more details. Wongu Health Clinic, 8630 S Eastern Ave, LV. 702-852-1280. Clinic. WonguUniversity.com. 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. Wongu.org.

sunday Halo-Yoga in the Salt Cave – 11am. A truly unique experience that combines the benefits of yoga and salt therapy. Relax, unwind and breathe better. $25. Salt Room LV, 1958 Village Center Cir, 7, LV. 702-2288258. SaltRoomLV.com. Red Tent – 6-8pm. Monthly gathering to honor all things women. Enjoy sisterhood and explore the various stages of life from maiden, mother, grandmother and crone. It is a celebration of being a woman. Love donation. Sophia Center for Goddess Study, 6034 Smoke Ranch Rd, LV. 702-489-7999. SophiaGoddessCenter.org.

monday Wongu University Health Center Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Services – Offering a variety of affordable acupuncture treatments and Oriental medical care to the public. Private session by the OMD available. Discount for senior, veteran & student. Call for more details. Wongu University Health Center: 8630 S Eastern Ave, LV. 702-8521280. Clinic.WonguUniversity.com. Gentle Yoga Class with Carolynn – 10-11:15am. Gentle, beginner's yoga, great for seniors. Carolynn Yates is a certified White Lotus Instructor and has been teaching for 8 years. $10. Sophia Center for Goddess Study, 6034 Smoke Ranch Rd, LV. 702489-7999. SophiaGoddessCenter.org.

tuesday Ayurveda Clinic @ Wongu University Health Center – 9:30am-4:30pm. Discover how Ayurveda, one of the traditional medicines with a 5,000 year history, can help maintain health. Services offered include Ayurvedic wellness care, nutrition and lifestyle assessment, and detoxification. Service fee ranges from $80-120. Wongu Health Clinic, 8630 S Eastern Ave, LV. 702-852-1280. Beginner Qigong – 5-6pm. Qigong is an ancient healing art that covers everything from breathing, stretching, energy work and moving meditation. Learn the Eight Sections of brocade for health and empowerment. $10. Naturally Organic Healing Center, 1171 S Buffalo Dr, 110, LV. 702-433-3874. NaturallyOrganicCenter.com. Tai Chi Fundamentals – 6-7pm. Tai Chi uses efficiency over strength, relaxation over tension and focus over bravado. Our Yang Tai Chi 48 form empowers form, motion, breathe and intention in an ancient Martial Dance of balancing Ying and Yang. $10. Naturally Organic Healing Center, 1171 S Buffalo Dr, 110, LV. 702-433-3874. NaturallyOrganicCenter.com. Drums of the Wolf Meditation/Journey Circle – 7pm. Deep drumming will bring participants into a dream-like guided journey meditation. Perhaps find oneself on a Viking ship, traveling with a wolf, or floating in a sea of colors--only one’s spirit knows. $15. Enchanted Forest Reiki, 2280 S Jones Blvd, LV. 702-359-0848. EnchantedForestReiki.com.

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

thursday Gentle Yoga Class with Carolynn – 10-11:15am. Gentle, beginners yoga, great for seniors. Carolynn Yates is a certified White Lotus Instructor and has been teaching for 8 years. $10. Sophia Center for Goddess Study, 6034 Smoke Ranch Rd, LV. 702489-7999. SophiaGoddessCenter.org. Wongu Ayurveda Clinic – 11:30am-6:30pm. Discover how Ayurveda can help maintain health. Services offered include Ayurvedic wellness care, nutrition and lifestyle assessment, and detoxification. 8630 S Eastern Ave, LV. 702-852-1280. Wongu.org.

Qigong Awakening – 7pm. Qigong is an integration of physical postures, breathing techniques and focused intentions. Practice Qigong to maintain health, heal the bodies, calm the mind and reconnect with spirit; regardless of ability or age. $12. Enchanted Forest Reiki Center, 2280 S. Jones Blvd, LV. 702-948-4999. EnchantedForestReiki.com

friday Wisdom Seekers Book Club – 12pm. This free hour was created to bring wisdom seekers together for pure scholarly fun. We provide tea for free as we delve into contemplative reading and communal discussions about life affirming topics. Free. Naturally Organic Healing Center, 1171 S Buffalo Dr, 110, LV. 702-433-3874. NaturallyOrganicCenter.com. Reiki Spiritual Mastermind, Healing & Meditation Circle – 7-9pm. An unforgettable inspirational and healing experience. Re-connect with Higher Self. Receive personalized healing in a loving, warm, friendly atmosphere. Bring a friend, or meet one. Donation welcome. 702-659-2390. TransformVegas.com

saturday Free Sack of All-Natural Produce Day – 8am-5pm. Visit the local farm that caters to Las Vegas. Get a personal tour and learn about all-natural, pesticidefree food. Get a full sack of fresh produce for the first visit. Free. Meadow Valley CSA, 1012 E McKnight Ave, Moapa. MeadowValleyCSA.com. Heart Centering in Yoga with Vanessa – 9am. Gentle meditative yoga that helps release tensions held inside using breath work, visualization, yoga postures, ending with meditation to restore balance in your body and mind while connecting you a little closer to your heart. $25. Salt Room LV, 1958 Village Center Cir, 7, LV. 702-228-8258. SaltRoomLV.com. 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, handeye coordination, self-defense and well being. 1171 S Buffalo Dr, 110, LV. 702-433-3874. NaturallyOrganicCenter.com. Goddess Gathering – 10:30am-1pm. The Goddess Gathering is a combination of Goddess Study and sisterhood socialization. Learn of ancient and living Goddesses and how to apply their attributes to our daily living. Embrace the power of life. Love donation. Sophia Center for Goddess Study, 6034 Smoke Ranch Rd, LV. 702-489-7999. SophiaGoddessCenter.org. 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. NaturallyOrganicCenter.com.

Farmers Market at The District – 4-8pm. SeptNov. Free table fee for all farmers. Tent, table, and chairs provided. 2235 Village Walk Dr, HD. ConnorsFarmersMarket.com.

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ACUPUNCTURE

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WONGU UNIVERSITY HEALTH CENTER

HEALTHY AGING – MIND, BODY, SPIRIT

8630 S. Eastern Ave., LV 89123 702-852-1280 Clinic.WonguUniversity.org

Wongu University Health Center offers a variety of affordable acupuncture treatments and Oriental medicine care to the public. Discount for seniors, veterans and students. Tue-Thu. Call for more details. See ad, page 37.

ALCHEMIST

Holistic Health & Hormone Coaching Dr. Patricia Beckstead, B.S., D.C. 702-263-0844 • Free Phone Q & A BalancingHormonesNaturally.com

Want to look and feel your best? More energy, vitality, youthful confidence, weight loss. Learn to integrate holistic practices into your life. Mind-body therapies, antiaging vitamins and foods, replace depleted youth hormones, prevent adult diseases. 20% off physician coaching with ad. See ad, page 14.

Julianna will assist you on your quest to understand and know more about yourself who you are, why you are here and where you come from. Be ready to transform, transition and transcend. See ad, page 23 & 24.

ANTI-AGING NERIUM INTERNATIONAL

DeLois Clausell Hollinger 702-217-1170 • SoftSkin4u2@gmail.com Indiya.nerium.com Want younger looking skin? Nerium offers proprietary products that address the signs and underlying causes of aging. A powerful antioxidant that boosts the cell renewal process to reveal youngerlooking skin. 30 day money back guarantee.

ANIMAL COMMUNICATION HEAR THEM SPEAK TELEPATHIC ANIMAL COMMUNICATION, COUNSELING & HEALING Babette de Jongh 251-424-4944 (call or text) HearThemSpeak.com

BALANCING HORMONES HOLISTIC ANTI-AGING HORMONES

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

Dr. Patricia Beckstead, B.S., D.C. Dr.Patti@BalancingHormonesNaturally.com 702-263-0844 • Free Phone Consults Unbalanced hormones affect mind, body & spirit. Regain youthful energy, lose weight, boost your libido, banish depression. Don't deal with side effects of prescriptions hormones. Maximize health, wellness & longevity! See ad, page 14.

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CARD READERS ANGEL AND TAROT CARD READER Carla: 702-683-1004 CarlaDiAngelo.com

Looking for answers? Let your Angels be your guide .... A Good Reading is a Good Healing! Lifelong Angel and Master Tarot Card Reader. Appointments available. Call Now! Summerlin area. Available for parties and events. See ad, page 10.

DAY SPA

LION STAR ALCHEMY

Julianna, Co-Creator/Alchemist 702-686-2727 Julianna@LionStarAlchemy.com LionStarAlchemy.com

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

Organic and holistic healing arts center in Green Valley, offering advanced skin care, deep tissue and Swedish massage, natural eyelash extensions, aromatherapy, toe reading and much more. See ad, 26.

END OF LIFE/TRANSITION HEALING SPIRIT OF THE OWL

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


HEALING CENTERS ENCHANTED FOREST REIKI CENTER, SPIRITUAL ITEMS 'N MORE 2280 S Jones Blvd, LV 89146 702-948-4999 EnchantedForestReiki.com

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, pages 9.

HOLISTIC DENTISTRY AAA DENTAL & FOUR SEASONS DENTAL SPA

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

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

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 15.

HOLISTIC WELLNESS CENTERS SALT ROOM LV

Halotherapy in the Himalayan Salt Cave Massages, Facials, Health classes & more SaltRoomLV.com • 702-228-7258 Welcome to the world of halotherapy & discover a revolutionary solution to respiratory difficulties. Naturally treat allergies, asthma, copd, bronchitis, etc. We also offer halo-massages, facials, halo-yoga & halo-meditation classes. 100% natural Allergy relief for all ages. See ad, back cover.

OASIS TO ZEN WELLNESS CENTER & TRANSFORMATION SPA

Cheri Petroni, Holistic Skincare Therapist, Transformative Esthetician 5715 W. Alexander Rd., Suite 140, LV 89130 702-491-6035 • OasisToZen.com The only all natural wellness spa in Las Vegas. We provide healing and relaxation for holistic restoration of mind, body and spirit through advanced skin, body treatments, massage, Ortho-Bionomy®, Reiki and energy work, holistic workshops, guided meditations, yoga and more. See ad, page 29.

MASSAGE THE SPA AT TUSCANY

255 E Flamingo Road, LV NV 89169 702-551-3235 TheSpaLV.com Relax and rejuvenate with us at an affordable price. We offer massage and body treatments performed by our skilled and knowledgeable licensed massage therapists.

RESCUES/ADVOCATES NEVADA VOTERS FOR ANIMALS

2375 E. Tropicana Ave, #295, LV 89119 702-660-8970 AVoice4Pets.org 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.

THETA HEALING THE SACRED ART OF HEALING

Jeff Renel ThetaHealing Practitioner/ Instructor 702-324-259 Jeff@SacredArtOfHealing.com SacredArtOfHealing.com Experiencing health or emotional issues. Find the change you need at The Sacred Art of Healing where they assist you in creating a positive mind, body and soul. See ad, page 11.

MYOFASCIAL RELEASE BODY RESONANCE MYOFASCIAL WELLNESS CENTER

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

REIKI/QIGONG KURTIS NICHOLSON Reiki Qigong Practioner 702-960-7563 MysticsEye.com

I offer Reiki sessions and attunements, Medical Qigong, Meditation coaching and IONS Conscious Aging program. Become more intimate with your BioEnergy Field today!

TRANSCENDENCE LION STAR ALCHEMY

Julianna, Co-Creator/Alchemist 702-686-2727 Julianna@LionStarAlchemy.com LionStarAlchemy.com Your place to transform, transition and transcend. Empower yourself, love yourself, forgive yourself. Explore the All That Is and your place within it. Shift your perspective of your life and acknowledge your Creation. See ad, page 23 & 24.

UNIVERSITIES WONGU UNIVERSITY

8620 S Eastern Ave, LV 89123 702-463-2122 • Start@Wongu.org Wongu.org Nevada State Board approved to offer a MS Degree in Oriental Medicine. Didactics with clinical training in acupuncture and herbology ensure competent practitioners. Step into a new career or expand your practice. See ad, page 37.

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TRANSFORMATIONS

Rev. Victoria Stitzer, Master of NLP, Reiki Master, CHT, EFT Expert in Rapid Behavior Modification 702-659-2390 • TransformVegas.com 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 23.

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 ad, page 22.

WELLNESS CENTER NATURALLY ORGANIC HEALING CENTER

Central Summerlin! Charleston & Buffalo 1171 S. Buffalo Dr, Suite 110, LV 702-433-3874 NaturallyOrganicCenter.com 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 ad, page 6.

YOGA/YOGA THERAPY DOWN DOG DIAGNOSTICS YOGA THERAPY 702-768-2906 DownDogDiagnostics.com

Specializing in anxiety disorders, back care and women’s health. Wellness practices using traditional yoga fused with modern wellness and designed to meet the individual where they are, aiming to bring about balance and healing. See ad, page 22.

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