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letterfrompublisher Our beloved Natural Awakenings president transitioned on 9-23-16. Larry is the very definition of love and a shining example of how to express love in every action. His last words to his franchisee's, "I adore you. I love you. I appreciate you." Shalom Larry. I love you.

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ake a moment to think of all the people who make a difference in your life—from that ever chipper cashier at your favorite grocery store to your beloved best friend or soul mate. There are so many people that help make our worlds go 'round. Without them, life would be less colorful, less meaningful. This month's article on "Change Makers" made me think of the influence people have made in my life and in our community. Our beloved president of Natural Awakenings, Larry Levine, just transitioned to paradise. He was a devoted, engaged and loving father to his son, and an inspiration and dear colleague to the entire Natural Awakenings staff, including all 92 publishers. Larry was a change maker. He was a kind, generous man who took the time to get to know his staff and each of the publishers while helping to make Natural Awakenings one of the largest national natural health and sustainable publications available. Larry helped me gracefully take over the reigns as owner/publisher of this Greater Las Vegas edition. He made my life easier as a publisher with his infinite wisdom, patience and encouragement. He reminded me to be a kinder and more patient person through his gentle spirit. He reminded me to take responsibility for the success of this publication. While grieving his loss, I've been unable to find words to express my sadness. I've gleaned verbiage from our sister publication in an attempt to tell you about this beautiful man. Through this magazine, Larry's impact on me had a trickle-down effect to all of you. Thank you, readers, for helping my grieving process and taking a moment to recognize yet another great soul who has left the light shining upon us. Remember what is important—Love! Larry never left a conference call without saying, "I love all of you." I have been blessed with being the publisher for the Greater Las Vegas edition of Natural Awakenings. Sure, there are some long hours and gruesome deadlines, but with all of that comes this beautiful, amazing network of exceptional people I've been fortunate enough to meet. Natural Awakenings is an incredible corporation and I'm so happy that you are, right at this moment, sharing my experience. Expect Miracles,

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handrakant Hiester will be a featured instructor on the Holistic Holiday at Sea cruise from March 11 to 17, 2017. Hiester, a senior teacher and seminar leader at the Amrit Yoga Institute, in Salt Springs, develops and presents student and training programs worldwide. For the last 10 years, he has specialized in the Integrated Amrit Method (I AM), including Amrit yoga, yoga nidra and stress reduction. As a student and practitioner of yoga and meditation with pioneering yogi Amrit Desai for 40 years, Hiester has learned to nurture and encourage positive changes in his and others Chandrakant Hiester behavior, understanding and practice in order to more fully realize the original purpose of yoga. He states, “The original purpose of yoga is described as ‘evenness of mind’ cultivated through developing ‘skill in action.’ The I AM method is a series of techniques designed to reveal an inner attunement to the innate intelligence of the universal vital life force, or prana. This attunement can transform everyday life into a meditation in motion. Remaining consciously alert has revealed the universal presence as a constant touchstone in all states and experiences, which enables me to better manage life’s ever-changing thoughts, feelings and perceptions.” For more information, call 800-496-0989 or visit See ad, page 18.

arth Angels Network will Fair hold a one-of-akind, unique Fun Fair on October 8, specialized for children and their families to foster children’s education in mind, body, and spirit. Participants can engage in wellness and creativity while learning how to utilize tools to achieve balance in everyday life. Children may be overwhelmed by stimulus from school, extracurricular activities and personal relationships, so they need rest and relaxation, too. Earth Angels Network provides creative, intuitive and sensitive children with education for the mind, wholeness for the body and sanctuary for the spirit with family-friendly exhibitors and other nonprofit organizations. Location: UNLV Cooperative Extension, 8050 Paradise Rd., Ste. 105, Las Vegas. For more information, call 702-845-7730, email, or visit

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aunted at the Ranch, the city of Henderson’s Halloweenthemed family fun night, has expanded this year to include three dates: 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., October 28; 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., October 29, and 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., October 31, at Whitney Ranch Aquatic Complex. Haunted at the Ranch is best known for its spine-tingling haunted house tour which takes guests through a meandering maze of sights, sounds and scares. A tour for younger children and those that scare easily is also available. The festivities also include carnival games, a craft station, bounce houses and a trick-or-treat trail. Participants are encouraged to dress in their Halloween costumes and to bring a bag to hold their candy and treats.

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tevie’s Healing Arts & Spa will hold a grand expansion opening celebration from 1 to 9 p.m., October 21, at 80 North Pecos, Suite A, in Henderson. Stevie’s offers natural and organic skin care, body treatments, massage therapy, Novalash eyelash extensions, toe reading, aromatherapy, reiki and much more. All their service providers are Nevada licensed professionals within the state of Nevada. After three years, they are adding an additional 2,300 square feet and many new services that include infrared heat therapy with body wraps and sauna to help with pain Stevie’s Healing Arts &Thermoclear Spa and burn calories; radio frequency technology that targets sunspots, age spots and spider capillaries; organic body sculpting to reduce cellulite and unwanted volume; yoga that focuses on self-acceptance and nurturing with basic and modified yoga positions; a true 30 to 45 minute beginners’ yoga class; and a couples massage room. For more information, call 702-979-8035, email or visit See ad, page 7.

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ompassionWorks International (CWI) will hold their inaugural fundraising benefit, Tricks, Treats & Vegan Eats, from 6 to 10:30 p.m., October 24, at the Tommy Wind Theater, to support their life-saving work. Highlights of this vegan event of the Halloween season include tricks, treats and vegan eats; Tommy Wind (from TV’s Masters Of Illusion); The Amazing Steve & SnakeBabe Maria; magician/comedian Murray SawChuck; special guest DJ Morpheus Blak; a costume contest with cash prizes; and a spook-tacular silent auction. CompassionWorks International is the only international animal advocacy organization headquartered in Nevada. They work every day to create a more compassionate world for all beings through community engagement, investigations and legal advocacy. Location: 3765 S. Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas. For tickets, VIP packages and more information, call 702-776-8888. Visit

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new study from the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine reports that preventable medical errors are killing far more people than previously thought. The research estimates that a quarter-million Americans die every year as a result of medical errors, constituting the third-leading cause of death in the U.S. This is a substantial increase from the 98,000 deaths from medical errors reported in a 1999 study from the Institute of Medicine, now the National Academy of Medicine. Lead researcher and Professor of Surgery at Johns Hopkins Dr. Martin Makary clarifies that medical errors include mistakes by doctors, along with systemic problems related to communication breakdowns when patients are passed between departments. “It boils down to people dying from the care that they receive, rather than the disease for which they are seeking care,” he observes. One of the problems highlighted is a lack of public reporting. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) does not require hospital-error reporting in deaths, which makes it difficult to accumulate related statistics. “The CDC should update reporting requirements for vital statistics so that physicians report whether there was any error that led to a preventable death,” says Makary. “We all know how common it is and how infrequently it’s openly discussed.” Dr. Frederick van Pelt, with the healthcare consultancy Chartis Group, says that severe injuries resulting from medical errors are also often overlooked. “Some estimates would put this number at 40 times the death rate.” He indicates that this gets buried in the milieu of expected suffering and pain that care providers are daily exposed to following any surgical procedure.


esearch from Austria’s University of Graz has found that high-dose vitamin D3 significantly alters the gut’s microbiome for the better. The researchers tested 16 healthy people for eight weeks, giving them a dose of 980 international units (IU) per kilogram (2.2 pounds) of body weight. At this rate, a 150-pound person would take more than 66,000 IU per day. The scientists took samples from the stomach, small intestines, colon and stool before and after the testing period. They also tested for bacteria species using gene sequencing and measured Tcell counts. Afterward, the subjects showed reductions in disease-producing bacteria and increased diversity among their gut probiotics. The research also discovered that the high-dose vitamin D3 supplementation increased immunity in the gut. “Vitamin D3 modulates the gut microbiome of the upper gastrointestinal tract, which might explain its positive influence on gastrointestinal diseases such as inflammatory bowel disease or bacterial infections,” the researchers explain. 10

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cientists from the University of Colorado have determined that i n d iv i d u a l s older than 65 that run three times a week will likely burn oxygen at the same rate as a 20-year-old runner. Despite being more than four decades older, these runners spend a similar amount of metabolic energy as their younger counterparts. Published in the American College of Sports Medicine journal Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, the study tested 15 older and 15 younger runners. Each ran a minimum of three times a week for at least 30 minutes each time during the prior six months. The subjects were tested on a specialized treadmill that measured the force applied to the running belt. Each person ran for five minutes during each test at different speeds between 4.5 and 6.5 miles per hour. Regardless of running mechanics and technique, the older runners utilized their metabolic energy at a similar rate as the young runners at all speeds. “Our prior research suggests that the muscles themselves are becoming less efficient. I think of it as your body is like a car. Your body has its own fuel efficiency, and what we’ve seen is that the fuel efficiency in muscles is reduced in older adults that are sedentary or only walk occasionally,” says lead researcher and Professor of Kinesiology Justus Ortega. goodluz/


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esearch published in Psychological Science, the journal of the Association for Psychological Science, has found that positive moods can be transferred from one person to another via human sweat. The scientists from Utrecht University, in the Netherlands, tested 12 young men and 36 young women. The men were given clean shirts and absorbent pads were attached to their armpits while they watched video clips that induced several emotional states—fear, happiness or neutral. The researchers then stored the absorbent pads for each emotion into sealed jars. The 36 women were then tested with each of the absorbent pads randomly, with five-minute breaks in-between. They placed their chins on a special rest that held the absorbent pad underneath. The research was double-blind, so neither the researchers nor subjects knew which pads they were exposed to. During each exposure, the women’s facial expressions were recorded. The researchers determined that the women had facial expressions reflecting the emotion induced by the videos the men watched, based on the activity of the women’s facial muscles. Senior researcher Gün Semin, of Utrecht University, says, “Our study shows that being exposed to sweat produced under happiness induces a simulacrum of happiness in receivers and induces a contagion of the emotional state. This suggests that somebody that’s happy will infuse others in their vicinity with happiness. In a way, happiness sweat is somewhat like smiling—it’s infectious.”

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esearch published in the American Journal of Medicine found that treating people with a blend of cold-pressed sesame oil and rice bran oil significantly normalizes blood glucose levels. Testing involved 400 men and women for eight weeks, including 300 that had been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes, by replacing cooking oils in their diet with a blend of sesame and rice bran oil. The researchers, from Japan’s Fukuoka University and India’s Council of Medical Research, divided the patients into four groups. For two months, 100 healthy people and 100 Type 2 diabetes patients replaced their cooking oils with the sesame/rice bran blend, another 100 Type 2 diabetes patients were treated with five milligrams per day of the diabetes drug glibenclamide (glynase in the U.S.) and the remaining 100 Type 2 diabetes patients were treated with a combination of the same dosage of glibenclamide, along with consuming the sesame/rice bran oil blend over the two-month period. After four weeks and eight weeks, the researchers found the diabetes patients that consumed the oil blend had significant reductions in fasting and post-meal blood glucose levels. They also had lower levels of glycated hemoglobin, triglycerides, low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (“bad” cholesterol) and improved high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (“good” cholesterol). Those treated with the diabetes drug without consuming the oil blend showed none of the same improvements.

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esearchers from Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center tested 209 women between 45 and 60 years old with a history of hot flashes and/or night sweats. After up to 20 treatments over six months, the women receiving acupuncture reported a 37 percent reduction in hot flashes, while the control group saw a 6 percent increase. The symptom relief among the women treated with acupuncture persisted for a year. The researchers also found that the acupuncture group experienced an improvement in several menopausal quality of life measurements. Nancy Avis, Ph.D., a professor of public health sciences at Wake Forest University and lead author of the study, says, “There are a number of nonhormonal options for treating hot flashes and night sweats that are available to women. None seem to work for everyone, but our study showed that acupuncture from a licensed acupuncturist can help some women without any side effects. It also showed that the maximum benefit occurred after about eight treatments.”

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A new report from the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, in the UK, has issued the first comprehensive assessment of plant life, the inaugural State of the World’s Plants, and found that one in five plants may be at risk of extinction due to invasive species, disease and changing landscapes. Researchers also have determined that just 30,000 plant species have a documented use out of hundreds of thousands of known species. These are only the vascular plants that have specialized tissue for sucking up water through their systems. Over the years, different people and agencies have identified the same plant at both different times and locations, so they may have accumulated multiple names. The Kew researchers determined that each plant in the International Plant Names Index had, on average, 2.7 different species names. By cutting out the duplicates from more than a million different names, the Kew report was able to pare down the known species to 391,000. In the Arctic, the Svalbard Global Seed Vault, a doomsday bank buried in the side of a mountain, contains more than 800,000 samples representing 5,100 different crops and their relatives. Source: Wired

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Activists Will ‘Sue’ Monsanto in Mock Trial Monsanto, the U.S.-based, multinational producer of agricultural products infamous for its controversial Roundup herbicide, will be “sued” for crimes against humanity in the independent International Criminal Court, in The Hague, Netherlands, on World Food Day, October 16. Plaintiffs include the Organic Consumers Association, International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements, Navdanya, Regeneration International, and Millions Against Monsanto, along with dozens of global food, farming and environmental justice groups. The court, developed in 2011, will use the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights to assess damages for Monsanto’s acts against humans and the environment. The court will also attempt to reform international criminal law to include crimes against the environment, or ecocide, as a prosecutable criminal offense. It has determined that prosecuting ecocide as a criminal offense is the only way to guarantee the rights of humans to a healthy environment and the right of nature to be protected. Source:

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Ari Jónsson, a 32-year-old student at the Iceland Academy of the Arts, has invented an all-natural water bottle that holds its shape when full and decomposes when empty. He debuted his creation at the DesignMarch 2016 festival in Reykjavík, Iceland. The only two materials needed to create the bottle are agar, a gelatinous substance that comes from red algae, and water. “I just followed the path in what I was researching, trying to find new ways to use materials,” says Jónsson, who combined the two ingredients, heated the mixture, poured it into a mold, and then quickly cooled it. The H2O binds and thickens the agar when cooled, retaining the shape of the water bottle mold, explains Jónsson. When the finished bottle is empty, “It will rot like other foods.” The bottles can sustainably decompose in soil, although Jónsson has yet to determine exactly how long that process will take. A plastic water bottle takes more than 1,000 years to biodegrade, and in the U.S., more than 2 million tons of the containers are languishing in landfills.

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EPA Helps Schools Cut Bus Emissions The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is helping finance the replacement or retrofitting of older school buses in public and private school fleets to reduce diesel emissions and improve air quality. Owners can install catalysts and ventilation systems to reduce emissions by up to 25 percent or replace older buses with newer ones that meet the latest highway emission standards. The EPA will pay up to $25,000 each, depending on the size. “Our kids spend a lot of time on the school bus, and buses spend a lot of time in our neighborhoods and schoolyards. They are a national symbol of safety,” says Janet McCabe, acting assistant administrator for the EPA Office of Air and Radiation. “Significantly improving school bus fleets across the country with retrofits, replacements and idle reduction practices is imperative in meeting the agency’s goal of reducing children’s exposure to air toxins.”


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ongu University is the first and only school of Oriental medicine in the state of Nevada approved to grant a Master of Science degree in Oriental Medicine. President and CEO Daniel Davies, Ph.D., states, “We are a dynamic community of healers committed to promoting health and well-being through the knowledge and practice of Oriental medicine, including Korean medicine, and Western medicine. Wongu literally means “a round ball”. It represents all elements that exist in nature and suggests the harmony that exists within them. By extension, it also refers to the origin of life, as well as the seeds of Oriental medicine. As is true of all things that are at one with nature, a healer’s journey involves achieving balance and harmony in the lives of patients as well as the healer. Founded in 2012 in Nevada, the first state to grant licenses to practitioners of Oriental medicine, Davies says, “Wongu University offers a program of study and practice grounded in an understanding of human nature that fosters students’ compassion for those who suffer. The art and science of healing through Oriental medicine has developed and advanced for over a millennium.” Since 2014, Wongu University of Oriental Medicine has been granted candidacy status for institutional accreditation by the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (ACAOM), which is the recognized accrediting agency for freestanding institutions and colleges of acupuncture or Oriental medicine that offer such programs. This year, Wongu received authorization by the U.S. Immigration and Naturaliza-

tion Service to process I-20 and is able to offer federal financial aid. Wongu University of Oriental Medicine offers a Master of Science (MSOM) degree in Oriental Medicine. The program consists of 2500 hours of didactic instruction and 1000 hours of clinical training, for a total of 3500 hours (300 credits). The program may be completed in as little as 48 months. The majority of courses are devoted to the study and practice of acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine, integrated with courses in Western medical sciences and practice management. Las Vegas, an international center for conferences and global engagements, provides an exceptional forum for the advancement of Oriental medicine. Committed to advancing the cooperation of Western and Eastern medicine, faculty, staff and students work together toward that goal. Traditional Chinese Medicine is based upon the study of the theories of yin and yang, five elements and eight principles. A Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioner is able to determine the condition of a patient’s health by feeling and studying the pulse, observing the tongue and asking specific questions. The master’s program includes 2,500 hours of instruction and 1,000 hours of clinical training. The campus occupies 12,000 square feet state-of-the-art facilities in two adjacent buildings, that house classrooms, administrative and academic offices and a health center. Wongu University of Oriental Medicine is located at 8630 S. Eastern Ave., Las Vegas. For more information, call 702852-1280 or visit

At Wongu, the public has a variety of affordable acupuncture treatments and oriental medicine care options at Wongu Health Center (WHC) and is the only Oriental medicine teaching-clinic in the state of Nevada. While students receive instruction in the classroom, the clinic is where students develop into quality health care providers, including filling herbal prescriptions at the herbal dispensary, writing case histories, keeping patient records, and participating in patient and clinic management, and conducting outreach activities and providing information and services regarding Oriental medicine to neighboring communities. • Acupuncture: In traditional Oriental Medicine, disease is considered to be the result of disharmony of energy flow, or Qi, within the body or between the body and the environment. Acupuncture is one of many ancient Oriental treatments that serve to correct imbalances of Qi in the body, allowing it to achieve optimum energy and function. • Herbal medicine: Traditional Oriental herbal medicine makes use of a wide variety of traditional Oriental herbs. Generally, these medicines are used to increase one’s overall energy or to improve a specific organ or organ function, such as the heart or circulation. Most formulas require a variety of herbs, which are boiled together to extract the necessary nutrients and substances. Medicines can also be provided in the form of powders or in small pills and tablets, for easy transportation and ingestion. Herbalists trained in the use of Oriental Medicine are able to create custom-made herbal medicines based on each individual’s specific health needs, allowing for a great amount of control and customization. • Oriental Medicine services: At Wongu Health Center, our clinical interns under the supervision of the licensed Oriental Medicine Doctor will perform the treatment as prescribed by the supervisor. At the end of the treatment, your treatment plan will be discussed which may include any herbal formulas, nutritional advice, and the continuing treatment plan. • Types of services: by interns, Oriental Medicine Doctors (OMDs) or Oriental Medicine Doctors (OMDs) with observers.

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What she calls the “right thing to do” fed more than 41,000 people that day. Named one of Toyota’s 2016 Mothers of Invention, Ahmad uses the company’s $50,000 grant to boost Copia’s services throughout the U.S. Recently, German and Austrian government officials expressed interest in expanding the service to help feed Syrian refugees in their countries. Friends Margot McNeeley and Janet Boscarino, in Memp h i s , Te n n e s s e e , looked around for local problems they could fix and took action starting in 2008. A former retail entre- Margot McNeeley preneur, McNeeley



urs is not the task of fixing the entire world all at once, but of stretching out to mend the part of the world that is within our reach. Any small, calm thing that one soul can do to help another soul will help immensely. It is not given to us to know which acts, or by whom, will cause the critical mass to tip toward an enduring good,” says Clarissa Pinkola Estés, Ph.D., a world-renowned author and Jungian psychoanalyst specializing in post-trauma counsel. Thousands of people each day choose to see a world radiating with hope and light, despite ever-present conflict and strife. Their talents and gifts, alliances and collaborations are inspiring a new story that ripples outward into our communities and beyond. In The Ten Gifts: Find the Personal Peace You’ve Always Wanted Through the Ten Gifts You’ve Always Had, author Robin L. Silverman affirms that everyone can reach within, even in the worst of circumstances, for treasures that can be used to improve the lives of others. She concludes, “We are not meant to use our gifts simply to survive,


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Meeting Basic Needs Komal Ahmad was unaware that her single act of kindness in simply offering to share her lunch with a homeless veteran in 2011 while she was attending the University of California, Komal Ahmad Berkeley, would lead to a multiplying mission to feed America’s hungry. His heartfelt expression of gratitude for his first meal in three days sparked an epiphany: Her school was regularly throwing away thousands of pounds of food while neighbors were going hungry. Today, Ahmad is the founder and CEO of Copia, an app that matches nonprofits serving in-need veterans, children, women and others with companies that have leftover gourmet food. Following the 2016 Super Bowl, she used Copia’s technology to organize food pickups throughout the San Francisco Bay area.

didn’t want food to go to waste and created the Project Green Fork certification program after learning that 95 percent of restaurant waste can be diverted from landfills. Her nonprofit helps res- Janet Boscarino taurants to conserve water and energy, develop recycling and composting systems and switch to biodegradable containers and environmentally friendly cleaning operations. Boscarino’s experience in business development and sales, combined with her disdain for litter, led her to found the nonprofit Clean Memphis, which began in 2008 with volunteer crews picking up litter. In recent years, the initiative’s community-wide strategy has expanded to involve local governments, businesses, neighborhoods, faith-based organizations and 20 local “sustainable schools”. In 2017, Project Green Fork will become a part of Clean Memphis. Throughout two decades of educational activism, John G. Heim’s passion for clean water as a human right has John G. Heim not waned. The

founder and leader of The SWFL Clean Water Movement, headquartered in Fort Myers Beach, Florida, persisted even when many business owners considered him a nuisance, driving off tourists. As infestations of blue-green algae blooms have reached emergency levels, Heim’s ongoing grassroots campaign to increase awareness of water quality issues that’s backed by social media recently brought him to Washington, D.C., to make his case before Congress. The nonprofit’s 18,000 members have succeeded in bringing national attention to the thick muck now plaguing both Florida coasts. They’re working to alter nutrient-laden discharges from Lake Okeechobee that send agricultural toxins and rain overflow down the Caloosahatchee and St. Lucie rivers and out into vital estuaries. Scott Bunn’s Seneca Treehouse Project, launched in 2010, grew from his building background in a family of entrepreneurs to encompass design/build services and education in eco-housing and ethical living. Bunn’s original Seneca, South Scott Bunn Carolina, homestead and acreage includes apprentice learning programs teaching practical skills in cultivating permaculture, growing food, building structures, working with tools and living in an intentional community. “For the next six years, our goal is to annually train 50 people that will train 50 more people. Continuing this exponential growth pattern means the potential for 312 million more people living more compatibly and lightly upon the Earth. We’ve already established collaborations with six other cities around the U.S. that can potentially duplicate our efforts,” says Bunn.

Providing Healthcare Options Martie Whittiken, of Plano, Texas, a board-certified clinical nutritionist and host of the Healthy by Nature nationally syndicated radio show, uses her talents to advocate for health freedom in America. Educating listeners for 19 years, she served as president of the National Nutritional Foods Association

We are a community of possibilities, not a community of problems. Community exists for the sake of belonging, and takes its identity from the gifts, generosity and accountability of its citizens. We currently have all the resources required to create an alternative future. ~Peter Block, Community: The Structure of Belonging during crucial phases of the 1992 to 1994 fight to successfully pass the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act to preserve consumer choices. The author of The Martie Whittiken Probiotic Cure also helped found the Texas Health Freedom Coalition to protect citizens’ rights to choose alternative medical treatment in her state. Whittiken says, “My work is a labor of love. I have no interest in becoming famous or well known unless it contributes to getting the job done.” On a 2006 medical mission to Haiti, Gigi Pomerantz, a licensed nurse practitioner at the Aurora Sinai Medical Center, in Milwaukee, discovered the impact of a lack of clean water and sanitation as her four-person team treated 1,400 patients for worms, stomach problems, diarrhea and poor appetite. Gigi Pomerantz Two years later, she founded Youthaiti, where she serves as executive director. The nonprofit helps rural Haitians build composting toilets and develop organic gardens using recycled waste as

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As an Emmy Award-winning trumpeter, composer, educator and co-founder, Orbert Davis conductor and artistic director of the Chicago Jazz Philharmonic (CJP), Orbert Davis is dedicated to multi-genre projects. His collaborative research in 2012 while in Cuba on a people-to-people exchange accompanied by fellow musicians and River North Dance Chicago’s Artistic Director Frank Chaves (now retired) proved to be a multifaceted boon. It generated the philharmonic’s Havana Blue live performance in 2013 and ignited a weeklong cultural exchange with Cuba’s Universidad Ciudad de las Artes (ISA) during his return trip for the Havana International Jazz Festival in 2014. President Barak Obama’s announcement of the normalization of Cuban/U.S. diplomatic relations opened up the possibility for a continuing CJP/ISA relationship, as well as their 2015 landmark partnered event when 37 ISA students traveled to Chicago to perform Scenes from Life: Cuba at Chicago’s Auditorium Theatre. Davis promises more such events to come. All of these individuals represent a small percentage of the game-changers actively moving to create an alternative future. Estés observes, “What is needed for dramatic change is an accumula-

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hiropractic care corrects spinal alignment abnormalities as a means of treating a wide range of health problems. Addressing skeletal and muscular disorders and relieving pain are just the beginning. Research studies reported in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics and the journal of healing science Explore have found chiropractic beneficial in treating connective tissue abnormalities, infant lactose intolerance and even autism. More than $13 billion is spent annually on chiropractic health services, making it the largest alternative health practice in the U.S. Science supports its usefulness in addressing a wide range of conditions. Bell’s Palsy. Recovery varies among patients as chiropractors create patientcentric treatment programs designed to improve facial motion and hearing, relieve pain and address other nerverelated issues (Archives of Internal Medicine; Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics). Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD). A Canadian survey of chiropractors has reported success in using spinal manipu-

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lation to relieve IBD, colitis and other bowel disorders (Canadian Journal of Gastroenterology & Hepatology). Cancer. The Journal of Complementary and Alternative Medicine publishes numerous studies of therapies supporting cancer patients suffering the side effects of conventional treatment. The American Journal of Clinical Oncology reports that chiropractic care rates as one of the leading alternative medical treatments for pain management, among other related benefits. Chiropractic offers economical and effective strategies that may help quality of life, as discussed in Seminars in Oncology Nursing. High Blood Pressure. While many relevant studies can’t yet generalize results, the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics documents success by chiropractors treating hypertension without the downside of medical drugs that can include the risk of stroke (University of Alabama at Birmingham). Chronic Sinusitis. Patients with nasal and sinus passages that don’t drain properly due to physical or nerve-related

causes may find relief through chiropractic care. A study cited in the same journal showed that patients experienced relief of all related symptoms after a single adjustment. Arthritis. A study published in a journal from the the University of Virginia School of Medicine Center for the Study of Complementary and Alternative Therapies notes that arthritis patients obtaining chiropractic care enjoyed better health and quality of life than those that did not. Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS). In clinical studies, combining manual spinal adjustment with soft tissue therapy has been found to relieve PMS discomfort. In one study, two groups of women were tested, switching off in receiving chiropractic adjustments or a placebo alternative. Each time, the group receiving chiropractic adjustments reported the greatest improvements (Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics). Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). A study published in Explore suggests that chiropractic care combined with other holistic elements such as appropriate nutrition may provide a more gentle, yet effective approach than conventional psychotropic drugs. It employed chiropractic treatment for boys 9 to 13 years old diagnosed with ADHD. Spinal manipulation with nutritional supplementation was reported to improve hyperactivity, inattentiveness, impulsiveness and behavioral, social and emotional difficulties. Headaches. Based on recent studies, spinal manipulation has proven effective against migraines and headaches originating from the neck. Manual therapy of the spine, along with neck exercises, promotes improvement in patients with neck-related headaches. Side effects are rare and minor (Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics). Dr. Edward Group is CEO and co-founder of the Global Healing Center, in Houston, TX ( He is a doctor of chiropractic trained in naturopathy, herbals and clinical nutrition; author of The Green Body Cleanse; and a diplomate of the American Board of Functional Medicine.







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WALKING MEDITATION The Calming and Centering Effects of Labyrinths by Gina McGalliard

While many of us like to meditate, some can’t sit still. Walking a labyrinth provides an enticing alternative.


n archetypal labyrinth gently leads us in a circular path inward toward a center and then back out again. Found in ancient cultures from African, Celtic and Greek to Native American, they became especially popular fixtures in Medieval European churches; one of the most renowned is in France’s Chartres Cathedral. Depictions of labyrinths have been included in paintings, pottery, tapestries and in Hopi baskets as a sacred symbol of Mother Earth. Several American tribes saw the pattern as a medicine wheel. Celts may have regarded it as a neverending knot or circle. While some of the oldest known labyrinths decorate cave walls in Spain, today they grace diverse locations ranging from spas and wellness centers to parks, gardens, university campuses and even prisons. “Labyrinths can be outdoors or indoors. Permanent labyrinths may be made of stones, rocks, bricks or inlaid stones. Temporary labyrinths can be painted on grass or made with all sorts

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of things for a particular purpose or appropriate to a specific cause,” explains Diane Rudebock, Ed.D., resource vice president and research chair of the Labyrinth Society, in Trumansburg, New York. “Walking a labyrinth is useful for those that sometimes have a hard time being outwardly still and drawing themselves inward. You must move your body, and because you’re focused on the path while you’re walking it, it’s easier to drop wholly into the journey and let go of all else,” says Anne Bull, of Veriditas, a Petaluma, California, nonprofit that supports new labyrinth designs to suit the spiritual needs of hospitals, schools and retreat centers. The group also sponsors a worldwide directory at

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A labyrinth walk typically involves three stages. The first is for releasing extraneous thoughts on the way to the center. Upon arriving in the stillness of that point, the participant opens heart and mind to receive whatever message or

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wisdom is intended for them. The return path is the integration phase, to make a fresh insight our own. Participants should approach their walk in different ways: One may have a specific question or intention in mind; another may be open to whatever occurs during their meditation; yet another may repeat a meditative mantra. One might even choose to bypass the path entirely in order to sit contemplatively at its center. Unlike a maze, it’s impossible to lose our way with the circular path serving as a simple and reliable guide. Although scientific research on labyrinth meditation has been limited to participant questionnaires, future studies may incorporate the use of functional magnetic resonance imaging technology to measure brain activity and record what individuals experience. Labyrinths located in settings like hospitals and prisons lend themselves to such research, says Rudebock. As a Veriditas-certified labyrinth facilitator, she conducts workshops and observes, “Walks are unique to each individual and may not produce uniform or replicable results.” At its core, the experience is about listening to our truest self, away from the cacophony of modern life. “I believe that the world needs places where our

souls can be quiet,” remarks Jean Richardson, director of the Kirkridge Retreat and Study Center, in Bangor, Pennsylvania, which includes a seven-circuit labyrinth. “Retreat centers and labyrinths are places where we can listen to our inner heart, feel our inner calling and tap into our own divine nature. I think deep listening is not always valued in a world where we are rewarded for being busy and keeping our schedules full.” 

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Today, labyrinths—indoor, outdoor, natural, urban, secular and religious— are found in or near many communities. Following the lead of California’s Golden Door Spa, in Escondido, which pioneered the use of a labyrinth in a spa setting, many spas now incorporate them in their wellness or mindfulness programs. Labyrinthine invitations to a mindfulness practice are open to everyone. “A labyrinth can bridge all beliefs, faiths, religions and walks of life,” says Bull. “You can walk a labyrinth no matter what you believe. Benefits come in walking it with an open mind and open heart.” Gina McGalliard is a freelance writer i n S a n D i e g o , CA . C o n n e c t a t

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Natural Remedies Help Kids Heal by Kathleen Barnes


Warm compresses: A warm water compress using a wet hand towel applied for 10 or 15 minutes every hour loosens mucus and is soothing. “It’s amazing how effective these familiar practices are,” says Krumbeck. “Grandma knew what she was doing.” Lemon juice and honey: “Honey is sweet, so kids love it,” says certified nutritionist Kimberly Snyder, of New York and Los Angeles. This traditional recipe works because the honey has antibacterial properties and the lemon juice is packed with immune-boosting antioxidants. Snyder cautions that babies younger than 12 months old should never be given honey because their immune systems cannot handle the bacterial spores sometimes present in the sweet treat. Elderberry: The tiny purple berries of the Sambucus nigra L. plant shortens the duration of colds and flu often suffered by air travelers, according to research that includes a large Australian study. Elderberry syrup appeals to kids because it tastes delicious. Low Dog recommends keeping a bottle on hand at all times because it’s hard to know when a child will complain of a scratchy throat. “This yummy syrup is good for all ages. It’s so safe. I love it,” says Low Dog, adding, “Plus, you can always use it on wholegrain pancakes.” Sage and Echinacea: Drinking sage tea and gargling with echinacea are old-time remedies for sore throats that now have scientific backing, says Snyder. Go for a twofer and add a little echinacea to the tea, she suggests. A Swiss study showed that an echinacea/sage spray soothed sore throat symptoms just as well as a chlorhexidine/lidocaine spray, which can have side effects that include more swelling and even allergic reactions; the suggested spray should not be used with children under 12. Pairing up a dose of safe and gentle, time-tested sore throat recipes with a big hug will go far toward relieving most little ones’ suffering.

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he household is settling for the night when the 5-year-old cries out, “My throat hurts!” “There’s no need to panic,” says Dr. Tieraona Low Dog, in Pecos, New Mexico, an integrative physician and chief medical officer of Weil Lifestyle. “It’s pretty easy to figure out if it’s strep throat, which requires antibiotics, or something you can treat at home.” Only 10 to 20 percent of sore throats in children are caused by Streptococcus bacteria which, if not properly treated, can lead to heart damage. The first question to ask is, “What are the symptoms?” If these include sudden onset of a severe and Kathleen Barnes has authored numerous natural health books, worsening sore throat without any complaints of scratchiness; a including Food Is Medicine: 101 Prescriptions from the fever of 101 degrees Fahrenheit or more; headache or stomach Garden. Connect at pain; and the lack of a stuffy nose, cough or sign of a cold—a trip to the pediatrician is essential and a course of antibiotics is necessary, says Low Dog. The vast majority of youngsters’ sore throats, which may Acetaminophen, a popular ingredient in over-theaccompany a common cold, are caused by viruses and will counter children’s cold medicines like Tylenol, has been heal on their own in about a week. Many natural remedies linked to twice the risk of developing asthma. Immediate will help children feel better and relieve the pain; some cost side effects can include rapid heart rate and convulsions. so little they are nearly free. Salt water gargle: “A glass of warm water with half a tea- Ephedrine, pseudophedrine and phenylephrine are popuspoon of sea salt swirled into it is an old-school remedy that lar ingredients in children’s cold medications even though works well for kids at least 5 years old,” says Erika Krumbeck, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) says they’re a naturopathic doctor and licensed primary care physician not effective. Side effects include the possibility of unsuperpracticing pediatrics in Missoula, Montana. She notes that a vised children overdosing on the sugary concoctions and salt water gargle can also moderate the symptoms of strep until can even prove fatal. In 2008, the FDA warned parents not to use any such cold medications for children under 4. the child can see a doctor. The Mayo Clinic Book of Home Remedies confirms that the Antibiotics are not effective against the viruses that cause salt water draws excess fluid from inflamed throat tissues. It also most colds and flu. Antibiotics kill bacteria like those asloosens mucus and removes other irritants, including bacteria, sociated with strep throat, not viruses. Using antibiotics allergens and fungi. Just make sure children don’t swallow the for a cold can actually lead to future antibiotic resistance. salt water, counsels Krumbeck.


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Why Ancestral Diets Boost Health by Judith Fertig


n The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals, Michael Pollan surmised that we’d be healthier if we ate the way our great-grandparents did. It would mean sticking to regularly scheduled meals instead of impulsive snacking, having a meat or protein item comprise only a quarter of our plate, adding fresh vegetables and eliminating junk food. We must look further back than our immediate ancestors, counters Jo Robinson, a food journalist who surveyed more than 6,000 scientific research studies before writing her bestselling Eating on the Wild Side: The Missing Link to Optimum Health. She has also co-authored several other books, including The Omega Diet: The Lifesaving Nutritional Program Based on the Diet of the Island of Crete.

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Find Jo Robinson’s free Wild Side Shopping Guide at WildSideProduceList. After that, the trend to grow sweeter-tasting, less nutritious plants snowballed. Robinson cites research that found adding one Golden Delicious apple to the daily diet of a small group of overweight men led to higher levels of undesirable low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol and triglycerides due to its highfructose content and low levels of antioxidants (International Journal of Preventive Medicine).

Wilder Options Even organic farming methods, in which the soil is naturally enriched, can’t return all those lost nutrients to our food. Rather than advocate that we return to eating wild foods, Robinson suggests finding wild equivalents. Even those that follow a paleo diet—presumably eaten by early humans and consisting chiefly of meat, fish, vegetables and fruit, excluding dairy, grain products and commercially processed items—could use further refinements in the produce they choose. She recommends specific varieties of fruits and vegetables and explains the benefits of “wild” foods such as meat, eggs and dairy from livestock and poultry fed on grass on her website, We can make smarter choices, seeking wilder-type varieties of foods at the grocery store, farmers’ market and garden seed companies. In general, they are more vividly colored, especially from red to purple, and less sweet. Brightly colored fruits and vegetables indicate a botanical sunscreen the plant produces to protect itself from ultraviolet light and other external threats, notes Robinson; it’s an indication of a higher antioxidant activity. “Find as many purple foods as possible because they have anthocyanins, known to fight cancer and inflammation,” suggests Robinson. “The original carrot from Afghanistan is purple. It’s only been orange for the past 400 years when it was bred to salute the royal House of Orange, in the Netherlands.” According to Robinson, we can also prepare our foods in ways that maximize their phytonutrient content. Eat freshpicked asparagus and broccoli immediately or their natural sugars and antioxidants disappear. Let chopped or pressed garlic sit for 10 minutes before using so its pungent allicin—the healthy compound that benefits our health—will increase. Tear fresh lettuce the day before eating and keep it fresh in a plastic bag with poked holes, to allow the still-living lettuce to rally its healthy compounds as if its battered leaves were repelling an insect attack. This emerging science of polyphenols, the technical term for phytonutrients in our food, will be explosive, predicts this pioneering research-based author. “There’s a new study just about every month,” she finds. It can all lead toward breeding and growing more nutritious foods that are more readily accessible to everyone.

“Many believe we have dumbed down the nutrition in our food over the past 100 years,” says Robinson, who lives and gardens on Vashon Island, Washington. “Research shows we have been breeding out proteins and minerals and most importantly, antioxidants, for much longer.” She points out that the hunter-gatherer diet encompassed many wild foods that tasted more bitter, astringent, sour and earthy than the sweet blandness in today’s fruits and vegetables. Wild foods offered a wider variety of phytonutrients, but came at a cost—the time required to hunt and gather enough food for a day, let alone a season. “Then, 12,000 years ago, we had a better idea—gardening,” says Robinson. “We evolved to 20 varieties in a garden versus 150 in wild plants.” First, farmers chose sweet, starchy, mild-tasting, oil-rich foods such as figs, dates and olives. “We’re hard-wired to choose high-calorie foods because they’re directly connected Judith Fertig writes cookbooks and foodie fiction from Overland Park, KS ( to the pleasure centers of the brain,” she adds. 26 Greater Las Vegas

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he old way of thinking about fruits and vegetables is ‘the more, the better,’ regardless of what you choose,” says wild food expert Jo Robinson. “Unfortunately, the most popular ones are the least nutritious, like Golden Delicious apples and supersweet corn.” In Eating on the Wild Side, Robinson cites considerable research that shows we can make better choices within each food category by simply selecting varieties closer to their wild ancestors. Generally, the most phytonutrient-rich options include kale, spinach, lettuces, asparagus and artichokes. Here are other top tips from the literature. n Tart apples such as Granny Smith, Braeburn, Honeycrisp and Liberty boost phytonutrients and fiber while reducing fructose content. n Haas avocados deliver more vitamin E and other antioxidants to support smooth skin and shiny hair than smaller Mexican avocados. 

To keep the body in good health is a duty... otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear. ~Buddha

n Red finger bananas, when fully ripened to a deep magenta, are higher in vitamin C, beta-carotene, potassium and fiber than the common Cavendish banana. n Canned beans (which have been dried and then cooked) are better than home-cooked beans because the heat required for the canning process enhances their nutritional content. n Grass-fed beef is higher in vitamin E, beta-carotene and omega-3 essential fatty acids than corn-fed beef. n Dried currants made from Black Corinth grapes (sold as “Zante currants”) have more antioxidants than either brown or golden raisins. n Red grapefruit is preferred to yellow; the darker the red, the more beneficial the fruit. Red grapefruit but not yellow has been shown to lower triglycerides. n Raw kale is both the most bitter and beneficial of all the cruciferous vegetables. n Dark orange-hued mangos are superior to other tropical fruits, possessing five times the vitamin C of oranges and the fiber of pineapples. n Cherry, grape and currant tomatoes deliver more cancer-preventing lycopene than beefsteak tomatoes.

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Edward Humes on the High Cost of Transportation Small Consumer Choices Have Big Impacts by Randy Kambic

What are the consequences of the U.S. ranking 16th worldwide erator. Each click births a in infrastructure quality? new truck trip. What used


dward Humes investigates the origins and impacts of the expensive and complex process that brings us everyday products and items in his new book Door to Door: The Magnificent, Maddening, Mysterious World of Transportation. His latest work, which also covers our love affair with cars, is popularizing the eco-conscious term, “transportation footprint”. Aligned with this, he recommends a move to driverless cars to save lives and fuel. In an earlier book, Garbology: Our Dirty Love Affair with Trash, the Pulitzer Prize-winning, Southern California journalist examined the causes and effects of waste. Solutions are showcased by how institutions and families are consciously reducing their wasteful ways.

What are some ever yday impacts of the “door-to-door machine” you write about? Transportation is embedded in our lives, both in our personal things and our travel. It can take 30,000 miles to get our morning coffee to the kitchen, with another 165,000 miles attached to all the components of the coffee pot, water, energy and packaging—a worldwide mix involving trains, planes, boats and trucks. Unprecedented amounts of transportation are embedded in everything we do and touch, with many hidden costs to our environment, economy and traffic. Take the world of online retailing. That “buy it now” button seems so convenient, but it’s also a traffic jam gen28 Greater Las Vegas

of consumer goods. Natural Resources Defense Council data show that the smog and particulate emissions from just 160 of these vessels equal that of all of the cars in the world. If the cargo fleet were a country, its carbon emissions would exceed Germany’s, the world’s fourth-largest economy, according to the European Commission. Cargo ship carbon emissions are projected to rise to about 18 percent of the global total in the next 25 years if our appetite for goods continues to grow at current rates.

to be a single truckload of goods delivered efficiently to a store or mall now demands hundreds of single-item deliveries to far-flung homes.

Which transportation footprint surprised you the most in researching Door to Door? The smartphone is a paradox, in that it has reduced our transportation footprint in some ways because of all the separate devices it has replaced, from navigation in cars to calculators to cameras. Phones also empower a transportation-free option for online banking and bill paying, eliminating all sorts of trips in the physical world. On the flip side, making and assembling smartphone components requires a lot of back-and-forth transport between many countries because no one can make the whole “widget”. With its many raw materials, rare earth minerals and manufactured components, we’re talking about an overall transportation footprint for one phone that’s equivalent to a round trip to the moon; a phone that users will trade in for a newer model in just a few years.

What’s a particularly negative impact of the huge distances involved in today’s movement of goods? Cargo container ships create immense amounts of pollution. About 6,000 container ships worldwide ship 90 percent

Americans are under the illusion that we pay high taxes to build and maintain roads, bridges and rails. However, as a portion of our gross domestic product, we invest about one-fifth of what China does and the poor results are apparent. We have a $3.6 trillion backlog in needed modernization. This drags down the economy and increases harmful emissions through shipping delays and rush-hour jams, as well as raising road safety concerns.

How can we each lessen our “transportation footprint”? We have power as individuals, families and communities to make a difference. Americans walk less than almost any other people on Earth. A Los Angeles study showed that half of its residents’ daily trips are less than three miles, with many under one mile, which is crazy. Using alternative transportation for just 10 percent of those trips would have major positive impacts. Far fewer children walk or bike to school than in the recent past, even as we face a youth obesity crisis. We can also adjust when and how we drive; half the cars on the road during rush hour are not job-related. Driving at other times would ease traffic for everyone and reduce traffic jams, emissions and crashes. All of this is something we could easily change—and that many other countries have changed—with substantial health, economic and traffic benefits. Randy Kambic is a freelance editor and writer in Estero, FL, and a regular contributor to Natural Awakenings.

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hether it’s a sideline or full time, flourishing small businesses stimulate the economy. The U.S. Small Business Association found that between 2009 and 2013, companies with fewer than 500 employees accounted for 60 percent of net new jobs. Technology allows new commercial ventures to be launched from home, yielding huge savings in startup costs. Owners have found ways to fulfill needs by leveraging their past job experiences and personal interests.

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When the economy faltered in 2008, Dave Marciniak, owner and lead designer at Revolutionary Gardens, in Culpeper, Virginia, offered eco-friendly services. “I focus on a few key points and design to make the outdoors a place where people want to be,” he says. Even for urbanites, fresh garden herbs are available thanks to ecopreneurs like Andy Avramenko, who created TrendyThing, in New York City. “The edible plants our bike messengers

distribute come from local farmers,” he explains. Basil, parsley, dill, lettuce and other herbs and greens are available for all five boroughs; potted plants arrive fresh weekly via subscription. In addition to cleaning homes, Debbie Sardone, owner of Speed Cleaning, in Lewisville, Texas, saw an opportunity to manufacture her own green cleaning products. They’re part of a full-line online catalog. Ryan Riley and his wife, Ashley Spitz, of Los Angeles, own and operate Biz Bagz, dog waste bags made in America from bio-based resins and recycled plastics. He notes the genesis of their idea: “Landfills are anaerobic, so biodegradable bags don’t get the oxygen required to break down. Compostable bags are available, but few places provide composting services. We offer a cleaner alternative.” Another pet-inspired idea was spawned when Kevin Li, of Manhattan, New York, left his puppy home alone for the first time. He invented an appoperated remote control ball with a



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People- and planet-friendly personal care products address other ongoing customer needs. Nitya Gulati, founder of Sugarloom Cosmetics, in Ashburn, Virginia, specializes in Americanmade, vegan, cruelty- and toxin-free nail polish. She advises, “Look for ‘five-free’ on the label, which means no formaldehyde, dibutyl phthalate, toluene and allergens camphor and formaldehyde resin. Watch out for guanine, made from fish scales, found in glittery polishes. Oleic acid, a thickener, is animal fat. Vibrant reds may contain carmine, made from boiled, crushed beetles.” She warns that products tested by a third party can obscure animal testing during product development. Amelia Swaggert and Elizabeth Ripps, co-founders of California Scrub Company, in Los Angeles, upcycle coffee grounds into a natural facial scrub. They’ve eliminated plastic at every step of production from sourcing to packaging. They’re also helping to keep the world’s oceans from becoming plastic soup by supporting the Beat the Microbead campaign. ( Maintaining a professional look while living green can be a challenge. found a stylish, eco-friendly, lightweight and durable tote bag designed by Natalie Therése. The vegan cork tote is made in Boxford, Massachusetts. Shavings from the bark of the cork oak tree grown in Portugal are transformed into ultrathin sheets to produce cork fabric; the certified organic cotton lining is produced

Out and About Mya Zeronis saw a need for healthy food and stepped out of her comfort zone to fulfill it through her extra VEGANza Pgh restaurant and its catering arm, Lean Chef en Route, recognized by Sustainable Pittsburgh. “We source locally, compost produce scraps, serve meat- and dairy-free menu options, practice food waste management with root-to-stem preparation and maintain energy conservation,” she says. Customers are encouraged to bike to the restaurant; there’s even a bicycle air pump and flat tire repair kit on the premises if emergencies arise. Shared bikes are a welcome addition at colleges for budget-minded and time-strapped students. Rented by the hour or day, they’re a convenient, healthy and non-polluting way to get around campus. New York University at Buffalo students can remotely locate, rent and unlock GPS-enabled bikes. At Williams College, in Williamstown, Massachusetts, the Purple Bike Coalition provides free use of bikes and a staffed repair station; a cargo bike helps transport larger objects. Entrepreneurs are creative by nature; seeing a need and asking, “What if?” Eco-friendly, green-minded entrepreneurs take ideas a step farther, working to ensure the health of consumers and the planet. They succeed as they serve and inspire us all.

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rom learning to communicate to physically caring for each other, the secret lives of trees are wildly deep and complex. “They can count, learn and remember; nurse sick neighbors; warn each other of danger by sending electrical signals across a fungal network known as the ‘wood wide web’; and keep the ancient stumps of long-felled companions alive for centuries by feeding them a sugar solution through their roots,” reveals Peter Wohlleben, a German forest ranger and author of The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate— Discoveries from a Secret World, released in September. Upon seeing two soaring beeches in the forest, Wohlleben observes, “These trees are friends. See how the thick branches point away from each other? That’s so they don’t block their buddy’s light. Sometimes, pairs are so interconnected at the roots that when one tree dies, the other one dies, too.” Wohlleben is rekindling a re-imagination of trees even as many people consider their role is only to supply us with oxygen and wood. Using a mix of scientific research and his own observations from studying forestry and working in the forest since 1987, the man who speaks for the trees does so in decidedly anthropomorphic terms.

“Scientific language removes all the emotion, and people don’t understand it anymore. I use a human language. When I say, ‘Trees suckle their children,’ everyone knows immediately what I mean,” he says. After years of working for the state forestry administration in RhinelandPalatinate, and then as a forester managing 3,000 acres of woods near Cologne, he began to understand that contemporary practices were not serving the trees or those that depend on them very well. Artificially spacing out trees ensures that trees get more sunlight and grow faster, but naturalists report that trees exist less like individuals and more as communal beings. By working together in networks and sharing resources, they increase their resistance to potentially damaging influences. After researching alternative approaches, Wohlleben began implementing some revolutionary concepts. He replaced heavy machinery with horses, stopped using insecticides and let the woods become wilder. The pilot German forest plot went from losing money to posting a profit in two years. As Dr. Seuss’ tree-loving Lorax says, “I speak for the trees. I speak for the trees, for the trees have no tongues.” Melissa Breyer, of Brooklyn, NY, is the editor of, from which this article was adapted.

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Interactive Musical Meditation for Kids of All Ages – 7-9pm. Treat your feet, the most neglected body part. Relax, soak and scrub your tootsies. Follow up with guided reflexology massage and takehome scrub with reflexology directions to perform this feet treat anytime. $19.99 advance/$24.99 door. Oasis to Zen, 5715 W Alexander Rd, LV. 702-4916035.


Psychic Development Techniques Empowerment Series with April Azzolino – 6:30pm. Every Wed. Unfold a deeper dimension of spiritual sensitivities; psychic gifts. You are living in two worlds at the same time. We are all psychic; it is simply a matter of unfolding what we have. $35. Enchanted Forest Reiki Center, 2280 South Jones Blvd, LV. 702-9484999.


Earth Angels Gathering with Paula Perrino – 1pm. We are sponsoring Earth Angel programs to elevate you, family and the planet. A celebration of harmony through work, play, love and balance. Earth Angel discussions and practice. $10. Enchanted Forest Reiki Center, 2280 South Jones Blvd, LV. 702-948-4999.

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Usui Reiki I Plus Holy Fire Certification Class – 9am-5pm. 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.


R e i k i a n d A ro m a t h e r a p y M e d i t a t i o n Experience – 7-8:45pm. Getting maximum value from your essential oils? Probably not. Play with oils, sample them and create blends, while all your essential oil questions are answered so you may “Stay Above the Wellness Line”. Complimentary. Create Your Own Oil Blend for $5. Oasis to Zen, 5715 W Alexander Rd, LV. 702-491-6035.


Transform Emotional Eating-EZ Weight Loss – 12-1:30pm. Learn how fear, anger and worries affect your health and weight, and what you can do about it. Learn why it’s difficult to lose weight, where emotional eating comes from. Includes Guided Imagery for easy memorization. $12 advance/$16 door. Transformations, 3920 Amy Marie Ct, LV. 702-659-2390. Creative Visualization/Self-Hypnosis & NLP – 6-9pm. Discover how to easily quiet the mind... No meditative experience necessary. Heal yourself at a deeper level through the power of your mind. Instructed by Victoria Stitzer, Master of NLP with decades of professional experience. $35 with satisfaction 100% guaranteed. Transformations, 3920 Amy Marie Ct, LV. 702659-2390.

Alkalize For Weight Loss – 12-1:30pm. Learn how & WHY to pH balance the fluids in your body. This info is essential for weight loss & health. It may save your life. Includes Guided Imagery for easy instant memorization. Satisfaction guaranteed. $12 prepaid/$16 at door. Transformations, 3920 Amy Marie Ct, LV. 702-659-2390. ELIMINATE Unwanted CRAVINGS. Free NLP Demo – 6-7:30pm. Are your cravings controlling YOU? It’s time to take your Power back. Watch how this is done live. Yes, you CAN reprogram yourself to DISLIKE all junk food... without any cravings or feelings of deprivation. Free. Donations accepted. Transformations, 3920 Amy Marie Ct, LV. 702-659-2390.


Holy Fire Karuna Level I, II & Reiki® Master Teacher 3-Day Certification Class – 9am-6pm. In this Master Teacher Certification Class you will learn all aspects of Karuna Level I, II and Master Teacher Training, as well as all knowledge and training for the Holy Fire Energies. $875. Enchanted Forest Reiki Center, 2280 S Jones Blvd, LV. 702-359-0848. Open House: Stevie’s Healing Arts & Spa – 1pm. Stevie’s Healing Arts & Spa has recently completed a 2300sq ft expansion and is having a open house celebration from 1:00-9:00. Come check out all the new services and enjoy food,drink,swag bags and raffle prizes. Free. Stevie’s Healing Arts & Spa, 80 N Pecos Suite A, HD. 702-979-8035. Enchanted Energy Exchange – 6:30pm. Enjoy the enchanting vibrations of energy work being done on you, or feel free to share your energy with others at this circle of love. We want to show you how healing. $5. Enchanted Forest Reiki Center, 2280 S Jones Blvd, LV. 702-359-0848.



Relax and Release Meditation, Reiki Share, & Crystal Bowls – 7-8:30pm. Seeking relaxation and stress relief? Participate in a relaxing guided meditation, receive the benefits of beautiful Reiki energy, while crystal bowls play to lift your vibrations. Everyone welcome, including healers to share. $10. Oasis to Zen, 5715 W Alexander Rd, LV. 702-491-6035.


Children’s Beginning Meditation Exploration – 11am. This class is focused on teaching children (and their parents) how to meditate, along with the different ways to meditate and how to breathe during meditation. This is an interactive class using fun tools. Free. Enchanted Forest Reiki Center, 2280 S Jones Blvd, LV. 702-359-0848. REIKI 1st Degree Certif. Training – 2-8pm. Two days. Receive Sacred Initiation. Protect yourself

Reveal Your Radiance: A VIP Organic Spa Day – 1-5pm. A holistic spa adventure. Experience organic recipes, treatments, and delicious skin nutrition, while enjoying fall aromas in a zen environment. Experiences include the “Foot Spa Bliss Boost™, Healing Aromatherapy Boost™ and 30 Minute Organic Facial. $79 advance at$99 door (please RSVP). Oasis to Zen, 5715 W Alexander Rd, LV. 702-491-6035. PAIN MANAGEMENT Made EZ, Using The Power of Your Mind – 4-5:30pm. Come to this FREE Interactive NLP Seminar & Demo with Rapid Behavior Modification Expert, Master of NLP. Tap into your Internal Brain Pharmacy. Reduce/eliminate Physical & Emotional pain once and for all. Do it now. Free. Donations accepted. Transformations, 3920 Amy Marie Ct, LV. 702659-2390.

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Raw Food Class: How to Dehydrate – 2-4pm. Learn to prepare delicious, nutritious, non-toxic, enzyme-filled, gluten-free, slimming breads, crackers, cereals, snacks, sundried tomatoes, and even pancakes. Includes: shopping & storage tips, multi-course meal & recipes. $20 prepaid/$25 at door. Transformations, 3920 Amy Marie Ct, LV. 702-659-2390.


R e i k i a n d A ro m a t h e r a p y M e d i t a t i o n Experience – 7-8:45pm. Essential oils and Reiki have long supported meditations: to center the body, deepen spiritual connections, and for relaxation and restoration. Join us,receive guidance, gain insight, and nourish mind, body, and spirit with Nature’s gifts. $10. Oasis to Zen, 5715 W Alexander Rd, LV. 702-491-6035.


Crystal & Tibetan Bowl Meditation – 5pm. Relax, breathe in the salt air. Close your eyes, while we take you through different corners of the universe and bring you back to earth under the soothing sounds of the Crystal and Tibetan bowls. $40. 1958 Village Center Cir, 7, LV. 702-228-7258.

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Interactive Musical Meditation for Kids of All Ages – 7-8:30pm. Family bonding while playing instruments. This meditation is interactive, while also therapeutic. Parents, it’s an experience you won’t want to miss, and your kids will LOVE participating with you. $5 Each, Family Discount Available. Oasis to Zen, 5715 W Alexander Rd, LV. 702-491-6035.


Usui Reiki II Plus Holy Fire Certification Class – 9am-5pm. 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. 702359-0848.

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ongoingevents daily 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 B u f f a l o D r, 11 0 , LV. 7 0 2 - 4 3 3 - 3 8 7 4 . 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. Wongu University of Oriental Medicine – Graduate Program – 9:30am-5:30pm. The non-profit school offers a Master of Science Degree in Oriental Medicine. Coursework includes acupuncture, herbology, Taiji, moxibustion, Western medicine, practice management and more. Currently accepting applications. $180/didactic unit. $18/clinical hour. Wongu University of Oriental Medicine, 8620 S Eastern Ave, LV. 702-463-2122. Start@Wongu. org.

sunday 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. 702489-7999.

monday Wongu University Health Center Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Services – 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 & student. Call for more details. Wongu University Health Center: 8630 S Eastern Ave, LV. 702-8521280. 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.

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

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. 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. 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.

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.

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. 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.

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.

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. 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.

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

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naturalresourceguide Connecting you to the leaders in natural healthcare and green living in our community. To be included in the Natural Resource Guide email to request our media kit or visit and submit your listing online.





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

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 9.


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

Want to look and feel your best? More energy, vitality, youthful confidence, weight loss. Learn to integrate holistic practices into your life. Mind-body therapies, antiaging vitamins and foods, replace depleted youth hormones, prevent adult diseases. 20% off physician coaching with ad. See ad, page 9.

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 31.


DeLois Clausell Hollinger 702-217-1170 • 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.



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. 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 9.


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36 Greater Las Vegas

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


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 13.



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


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

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


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


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 3 and 17.


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

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

Holistic dentistry with a whole body approach to create a healthy smile and body. Live microscopic viewing of mouth bacteria. Laser gum disease treatment. Computerized TMJ and bite analysis. Mercury testing and removal. Nutritional testing. Autonomic nervous system analysis. Invisalign. See ad, page 13.


Halotherapy in the Himalayan Salt Cave Massages, Facials, Health classes & more • 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, page 23.


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



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


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


Jeff Renel ThetaHealing Practitioner/ Instructor 702-324-259 Experiencing health or emotional issues. Find the change you need at The Sacred Art of Healing where they assist you in creating a positive mind, body and soul. See ad, page 14.


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


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

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

See ad, page 31.

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

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.


8620 S Eastern Ave, LV 89123 702-463-2122 • Nevada State Board approved to offer a MS Degree in Oriental Medicine. Didactics with clinical training in acupuncture and herbology ensure competent practitioners. Step into a new career or expand your practice. See ad, page 9.

natural awakenings

October 2016



Monthly Directory Listing PRINT & ONLINE Each listing includes: • Category Heading • Color Photo/Logo • 4 Company/Contact Lines • 25 Word Description


8560 W Desert Inn Rd, LV 89117 • 702-685-0466 We are a full-scale vegan organic restaurant. Open 7 days/week for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Take out, delivery and online ordering available. We are casual and family friendly. See ad, page 27.


Central Summerlin! Charleston & Buffalo 1171 S. Buffalo Dr, Suite 110, LV 702-433-3874 N a t u r a l l y O rg a n i c i s Summerlin's best resource for all things health related. From classes, meditations, supplements, lectures and health programs, just walk in, we'll take it from there! Check out our website! See ad, page 27.


Rev. Victoria Stitzer, Master of NLP, Reiki Master, CHT, EFT Expert in Rapid Behavior Modification 702-659-2390 • Re-script your emotional trama; heal physical/emotional pain; eat right for your type; EZ weight loss; non-invasive detox; past life regressions; become certified Reiki practitioner in 12 hrs. Results guaranteed. 20% off this ad. See ad, page 19.


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 19.

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October 2016


Your Neighborhood Day Spa Newly expanded to include 4 new treatment rooms and a yoga studio! Massage Yoga Organic Facials Body Sculpting Infrared Body Wraps and Sauna Couples Massage Room Toe Reading Lotus Wei Flower Essence Aromatherapy 702-979-8035

215 & Pecos in Henderson

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Change Makers: Inspired to Act • Chiropractic to the Rescue • Walking Meditation • Sore Throat Soothers • Born to Eat Wild: Ancestral Diets...