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n 2008, the Department of Health and Human Services designated September as National Yoga Month, one of a select number of national health observances. That same year, thousands of yoga and health enthusiasts participated in a 10 City Yoga Health Festival Tour featuring yoga classes, lectures, music, entertainment and exhibits. Since then, the initiative has taken root as a global awareness campaign, educating, inspiring and motivating people to achieve a healthy lifestyle. Each September over 2,000 yoga studios will participate in the One Week Free Yoga program and host hundreds of yoga classes and events. Throughout the month of September, people across the country will have access to an entire week of free yoga classes by visiting The offer is part of the National Yoga Month campaign that is designed to educate, inspire and generate awareness of the positive impact of yoga on health. During National Yoga Month, one of a select few national health observances, millions will come together for free events and activities. Festivities will take place across the U.S., with hundreds of studios, teachers, individuals and organizers taking part in their own hometowns. The events are all designed to educate people about the mind and body benefits of yoga practice. As part of its mission to provide actionable guidance and tools, National Yoga Month is providing people with an opportunity to try yoga for free. Whether you are attempting it for the very first time or are an experienced yogi looking to deepen your practice, participating is simple. Just visit and search for free yoga classes and events in Clark County or print your Yoga Month Card to be redeemed for One Week Free Yoga. Please encourage your favorite yoga studio to participate! Tell them you learned about National Yoga Month in Natural Awakenings magazine and you would like to try a free class. At the time I am writing this letter, I don’t find any local studios participating through National Yoga Month. However, check our calendar listings! A simple Google search turned up great free events in the area. Check out page 8 and learn about the Vegas Gone Yoga! Festival ( Or, take a road trip to Joshua Tree, CA and experience Baktifest ( where you'll experience yoga and Kirtan music (page 16) and be transported to a deeper place. Yoga isn’t just a physical exercise program. It is a scientific system designed to generate greater clarity and harmony in life. With a regular practice, individuals often notice a stronger, slimmer and more flexible body, in addition to a mentally sharper, more patient and relaxed sense of self. Many health and fitness programs are difficult to maintain because they are rooted in an overall negative attitude – that you are inadequate and need to “fix” yourself. Negativity is a lousy motivator. Yoga, on the other hand, meets you exactly where you are and does not judge. By practicing yoga you have the opportunity to improve your health with a positive, non-forceful approach. A regular yoga practice is a journey to a healthier body and happier life. Try it! Namaste´,

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A Voyage to Well-Being

Healthy Kids Festival at East Las Vegas Park


he fourth annual Healthy Kids Festival, sponsored by the Clark County Cooperative Extension All 4 Kids Program, will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., September 24, at the Whitney Recreation Center in observance of National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month. Families will learn how to be healthy and active with a day full of fun, gaining valuable resources and information. Sport sign-ups, live music and healthy food tastings are just some of the activities. Children can dance, play soccer, see Zumba and karate demonstrations, learn how to grow their own food and participate in other activities. Reaching parents and families of young children and educating those that do not know how to help their child or where to seek assistance is critical to the success of healthy living. Parents and families are invited learn how to support and model positive behaviors for their young child. Admission is free. Location: 5712 E. Missouri Ave., Las Vegas. For more information, call 702-940-5437.

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r. Patricia Beckstead, DC, founder of Balancing Hormones Naturally, in Henderson, is teaching an adult education class at the University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV) from 6 p.m. to 8 pm., November 7 to 28, in PAR Room 301. The six-week class, Healthy Aging For Busy People: Mind, Body, Spirit, is new to UNLV. Beckstead teaches how to improve energy, vitality, youthfulness, memory, body weight and happiness while reducing stress, internal/environmental toxicity, as well as 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. Students will sample natural, health-promoting products including juices, herbs, vitamins, botanicals and anti-aging hormones and incorporate the latest tools to monitor their progress toward a healthier lifestyle. Cost is $189. For more information, call 702-263-0844 or visit or See ad, page 13.

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hat if you could learn all you need to know about getting healthy and staying healthy during a one week Caribbean vacation. Well, it’s possible! In fact, National Geographic Traveler has chosen Holistic Holiday at Sea as “one of the 100 best worldwide vacations to enrich your life.” This unique event is the brain child of Miami health educator Sandy Pukel. Pukel had been doing health educational programs in Miami for four decades when he decided to take his event to sea. His first cruise attracted 400 people; over a decade later, his educational program has exploded and is now one of the largest holistic events in the country, hosting 1800 like-minded cruisers. With 45 teachers, 145 classes, a delicious vegan menu (with regular ship menu options available) and a social/party almost every night, the program has something for everyone interested in health and longevity. Guests choose daily from a wide spectrum of classes and workshops ranging from several types of yoga, fitness and meditation to presentations on integrative medicine, plant-based nutrition, ten cooking classes and many lectures given by some of the world’s leading authorities in holistic health, including Drs. T. Colin Campbell, Michael Greger, Neal Barnard, Michael Klaper and Caldwell Esselstyn, Jr. Add all this to four exotic ports of call on the upcoming March 11-18, 2017 sailing, and you can see why National Geographic gave Holistic Holiday at Sea such high marks. According to founder Pukel, “The event is a relaxing vacation/educational experience that has profoundly changed thousands of lives.” For Holistic Holiday at Sea information please call 1-800-496-0989 or visit See ad, page 30.

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t’s a Blissful Life! is a positive lifestyle business that helps people that are tired, stressed and frustrated by giving them the tools to live a more balanced and joyful life. “I help you get your mojo back!” says founder Kim Galliher. Half-priced readings in the Luminosity Wellness Center gift shop are available Mondays from noon to 5 p.m. at $10 for 15 minutes. Call for appointment or walk in. Galliher is a lifestyle coach specializing in spiritual and intuitive life coaching, energy work, EFT, hypnosis and meditation guidance. She removes energetic, emotional blocks with energy work and EFT and adds positive reinforcement with hypnotherapy and spiritual and intuitive life coaching. “The hypnotherapy and spiritual readings are new, and I just received my psychic arts license,” she says. Readings can be done online and outside business hours. Other services and classes include home and business clearings and blessing, ritual celebrations, meditations, Growing Your Intention with vision boards, reiki and creating sacred space. Custom positive lifestyle coaching packages can be created to get from Point A all the way to the finish line. Galliher offers a free, 15-minute consultation. Location: 2400 N. Tenaya Way, Las Vegas. For more information, call 702-7016211, email or visit ItsABlissfulLife. com. See ad, page 10.

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asis to Zen Wellness will present their latest interactive workshop, Secrets to Looking Fabulous in Your Selfies and Videos, from 1 to 5 p.m., October 8. Personalities include Cheri Petroni, owner of Oasis to Zen and Holistic Skincare Specialist Johnie Tidwell, online filmmaker and content marketer and Stacey Hall, “The Business Coach with a Heart”. Many women are doing their own pictures and videos to tackle social media, but few are satisfied with their efforts. This workshop will provide hands-on tips, tricks and support for them to look their very best while feeling fabulous in their images for social media. Tidwell will share tips on how to create the perfect selfie using a smartphone. Hall will explain her intuitive processes to awaken the Inner Goddess within each attendee. Petroni will discuss skincare, the inner/outer beauty connection and share how proper nutrition and organic skincare can support core radiance. Cost is $47 in advance and $67 at the door. Location: 5715 W. Alexander Rd., Ste. 140, Las Vegas. To register, call 702491-6035, email or visit OasisToZen. com. See ad, page 3.

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he Grow Your Own Festival from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., October 1, at Vegas Roots Community Garden will show how to grow fresh, organic produce with instruction from a talented team of urban farmers hosting workshops and demonstrations. There will be a scavenger scarecrow contest, workshops an garden art, chef stations/food demos, music and documentary films, documentary films, a make-and-take station, the Reset Project, inspiration station, festival face painting by Lindelle Kamanu and festival henna by Mehndika Joey Henna. Junior gardeners will enjoy Lil Roots Show & Tell and Lunchbox Love demos, while older kids will be able to participate in gardening workshops that include How Do I Get a Garden at My School? hosted by Green Our Planet. Admission is free, with a suggested donation of $5. Location: 715 N. Tonopah Dr., Las Vegas, N. of I-95 and Rancho off of Bonanza Rd. For more information, call 702-525-5077 or visit See ad, page 9.


he Vegas Gone Yoga! (VGY!) Festival will be held from 8 a.m. to 6:45 p.m., September 17 and 18, at Springs Preserve, a peaceful, 180-acre nature retreat three miles from downtown Las Vegas. An opening night kick-off event on September 16 features glow-in-the-dark yoga with a DJ (Glowga). The Festival creates an environment in which local studios, yoga businesses and practitioners collaborate to better serve the community of Las Vegas and work together to improve and support health and well-being for all. The festival offers a variety of classes, including vinyasa, kundalini, partner yoga, pranayama/meditation, yin yoga, kirtan, deep relaxation with aromatherapy and more than a dozen workshops. There will also be a merchant area for vendors to sell yoga apparel, jewelry, props, artwork, oils and scrubs. Festivals can be bridges through which we connect to each other because friendships and collaborations grow out of such interactions. Kristina Blunt, of Las Vegas, has built such a bridge and is connecting Las Vegas yogis from throughout the city. “Gathering people in one place at one time creates the condition for the yoga community to connect in new ways,” says Blunt, founder of the Festival. “At the center of all yoga practices is the motif of connection. Over a dozen teachers from local studios have been selected to share their knowledge of yoga.” Location: 333 S. Valley View Blvd., Las Vegas. For more information, visit

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en Psychics Readers are making themselves available from 2 to 8 p.m., September 10, at the nonprofit Sophia Center for Goddess Study, to raise funds and provide the answers to life’s mysteries Channel medium Kim Renee uses a pendulum and tarot decks; MaryLynn Bast is a psychic medium, author and radio show hostess; Zoie Knox is a Tarot Reader, Intuit Healer, and a licensed massage therapist; Patricia Naugle-Beyer, “the enchantress”, is a Holy Fire II Reiki master, intuitive reader, empath and psychic medium; Goddess Tatia, the goddess of love, money and romance sees into the future using tarot cards, pendulum, crystal ball and higher realm channeling; Willow uses tarot, high intuition and empathy to do her readings; Tanya of The Clockwork Cockatoo uses tarot and psychometry to specialize in readings for those who have passed on. Triple Goddess Healing, Arkania White and Robert will be on hand, as well. Tickets are $5 each for a 10-minute reading. Location: 6034 Smoke Ranch Rd., Las Vegas. For more information, call 702-489-7999, email or visit


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oin the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association from 7 to 10 p.m. on September 17 at World Market Center, for the sixth annual Flavors of the Heart event. Flavors of the Heart is a hearthealthy culinary event showcasing some of Las Vegas' top chefs and restaurants creating and serving special dishes that are healthy for the heart and still a feast for the taste buds. The event allows Las Vegas residents to discover new restaurants, recipes and ways to live heart healthy. Cookbooks featuring the recipes prepared at the festival will be available for a donation. Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of Americans and stroke is No. 4. Consider these facts: A heart attack or another type of coronary emergency strikes an American every 25 seconds, and someone suffers a stroke about every 40 seconds. Yet many Americans are unaware of these deadly threats. A recent American Heart Association survey found 39 percent of Americans think they are in ideal heart health, but only 1 percent of them actually are. It is the American Heart Association’s mission to help close this gap and help Americans live longer and healthier lives. Given the increasing obesity epidemic, especially among our youth, events such as Flavors of the Heart are needed now more than ever. The American Heart Association’s 2020 goal is to improve the cardiovascular health of all Americans by 20 percent while reducing deaths from cardiovascular diseases and stroke by 20 percent. Flavors of the Heart will contribute to this goal by educating the community about delicious heart-healthy foods. New this year, Flavors of the Heart is supporting the American Heart Association’s Teens Cook with Heart program. Flavors of the Heart is supported by Smiths, Big Horn Olive Oil Company, Edible Arrangements, Southern Glazier’s Wine & Spirits, Rescue Agency, and others. Tickets are $75 per person; discount packages are available. Participation and sponsorship opportunities. Location: World Market Center, Worldview on 16, Building B, 475 South Grand Central Pkwy., Las Vegas. For more information, call 702-789-4370 or visit natural awakenings

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RenewNV Campaign for Vibrant Clean Energy


grassroots coalition of nonprofit organizations, businesses and concerned Nevadans has launched a new campaign, RenewNV, to bring together Nevada-based organizations that promote renewable energy jobs, healthier families, energy choice to make the state a national renewable energy leader. Nevadans see the huge economic potential of renewable energy in the state and support efforts to end the state’s reliance on dirty fossil fuels and transition to homegrown renewable energy sources. Nevada has more renewable energy resources than just about any other state, and is already leading the way in the development of renewable energy while reducing air pollution, protecting community health, conserving water and

giving consumers more energy choices. To continue that leadership and the economic growth that goes along with it Nevada needs a comprehensive, bipartisan energy strategy that prioritizes clean energy, energy-efficiency solutions and cutting-edge technology to position us to sell energy to other states. RenewNV will build bridges between nonprofit groups, large and small businesses, every level of government, and citizens to realize that incredible potential. RenewNV supports large, utility-scale renewable projects, rooftop and community solar and energy efficiency for businesses and residents at all income levels. “Through our efforts, Nevada business leaders recognize clean energy not only provides reliable, homegrown

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electricity, but also attracts billions of dollars in investment, creating good, high-paying Nevada jobs that stay in Nevada,” says Jennifer Taylor, executive director of the Clean Energy Project, a RenewNV partner. She notes that Nevada spends hundreds of millions of dollars every year importing fossil fuels from out of state. “Although Nevada has become a national clean energy leader, our state has a lot of work to do to maintain momentum in addressing our state’s energy needs and the energy needs of surrounding states. Working together with our unlimited renewable resources and a robust clean energy workforce, Nevada will remain among the nation’s clean energy leaders,” says Taylor. Kevin E. Hooks, president and CEO of the Las Vegas Urban League, said the administration’s initiative is particularly welcome in Las Vegas neighborhoods with low- and middle-income housing. “Investments in energy efficiency and clean solar power are very beneficial for our community. They bring good jobs and help make our neighborhoods cleaner and safer,” he says. “Unfortunately, families who would most benefit from saving money on utility bills often find it hardest to successfully access energy efficiency and solar power programs. The administration’s initiative is an important step towards bridging that gap.” Look forward in the coming months to informational and transformational events from RenewNV. For more information, visit


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Vitamin C-Rich Produce Guards Against Cataracts


Black Raspberries Bolster Heart Health


e s e a r c h f r o m Ko r e a U n i v e r s i t y A n a m Hospital, in Seoul, South Korea, has found that black raspberries significantly decrease artery stiffness and increase heart-healthy endothelial progenitor cells (EPC), which assist in repairing damaged blood vessels. The study tested 51 patients that met at least three criteria for metabolic syndrome, including waist circumference measurements, high triglycerides, low high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol levels, high blood pressure and/or symptoms of glucose intolerance. The subjects were split into two groups; one received 750 milligrams per day of black raspberry extract for 12 weeks, while the other group received a placebo. The researchers assessed the radial artery augmentation index, a measure for blood vessel wall stiffness, and values for this measurement decreased by 5 percent in the black raspberry group. The placebo group’s levels increased by 3 percent. In addition, EPC counts increased in the black raspberry group by 19 microliters, versus a drop of 28 microliters in the placebo group. Black raspberries contain a number of heart-healthy compounds, including phenolic acids, resveratrol, flavonoids and tannins.

Less Sleep Brings on the Munchies


ecent research from the University of Chicago’s Sleep, Health and Metabolism Center has found that not getting enough sleep increases a cannabinoid chemical in the body that increases appetite. The result is a lack of control in snacking. The researchers tested 14 young adults by comparing the results of four nights of normal sleep with four nights of only four-and-a-half hours of sleep. The researchers found that after reduced sleep, the subjects’ hunger increased significantly and their ability to resist afternoon snacking decreased. This surge in snacking urges also matched significantly increased circulating levels of endocannabinoid 2-arachidonoylglycerol, which peaked in the afternoon, coinciding with the increase in snack cravings. “We found that sleep restriction boosts a signal that may increase the hedonic aspect of food intake,” concludes lead study author Erin Hanlon, Ph.D., from the University of Chicago Medical Center.


esearch from King’s College, in London, shows that dietary vitamin C reduces the development of cataracts that interfere with vision by obscuring the lens of the eye, keeping light from striking the retina. The researchers followed 324 pairs of female twins for 10 years. Food questionnaires were administered to each pair to determine their intake of dietary nutrients. The researchers also examined each of the twins’ eyes for the development of cataracts. The scientists found those that consumed the most foods with vitamin C had fewer cataracts than those that ate foods with less of the vitamin. These findings did not apply to supplemental vitamin C, helping researchers better understand the superior nature of natural vitamin C. Natural vitamin C contains multiple bioflavonoids, rutin and several co-factors, such as factors J, K and P, tyrosinase and ascorbinogen. Senior study author and eye surgeon Dr. Chris Hammond says, “The findings could have significant impact, particularly for the aging population, by suggesting that simple dietary changes such as increased intake of fruits and vegetables as part of a healthier diet could help protect them from cataracts.” Meet a chiropractor who will address more than just your symptoms ... Chiropractic gets to

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Breast Milk Supports Preemies’ Developing Brains


study from the Washington University School of Medicine, in St. Louis, Missouri, has found that premature babies that receive at least 50 percent of their diet from breast milk in their first month have significantly better brain development than babies that consume less breast milk. The researchers tested 77 infants born an average of 14 weeks before their full nine-month term—referred to as preterm or preemie. The brain scans of the infants were compared with how much breast milk they received while in the natal intensive care unit. Mother’s breast milk was not distinguished from breast milk provided by others. Senior researcher, physician and child psychiatry professor Cynthia Rogers explains, “With MRI scans, we found that babies fed more breast milk had larger brain volumes. This is important because several other studies have shown a correlation between brain volume and cognitive development.” Preterm birth has been linked with neurological and psychiatric problems later in life, and the researchers plan to continue to study the children. “We want to see whether this difference in brain size has an effect on any of these developmental milestones,” says Rogers.

MS Patients Improve with High-Tone Electrotherapy


esearch from Poland’s Department of Rehabilitation and Physical Medicine, in Lodz, has determined that a pulsed-frequency electrotherapy treatment can significantly improve the functional abilities of multiple sclerosis patients. The researchers tested 20 multiple sclerosis patients randomly divided into two groups. For 60 minutes, one group was given the frequency therapy and the other underwent exercise therapy. The frequency therapy group showed improvement in nine of 10 different evaluation tests of each patient. The patented High Tone Frequency technique was developed by Dr. Hans-Ulrich May, a professor of medical engineering from Germany’s University of Karlsruhe.

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study of Serbian soccer players has found that astaxanthin can significantly decrease inflammation and improve the rate of muscle recovery. Astaxanthin supplements are derived from golden microalgae such as Haematococcus pluvialis. Conducted by researchers from the University of Belgrade School of Medicine, the double-blind study tested 40 young athletes for 90 days. The players were recruited from a Serbian soccer club and split into two groups. Half were given four milligrams of astaxanthin per day, while the control group received a placebo. After three months of astaxanthin supplementation, the researchers found that muscle enzymes had decreased, indicating the rate of players’ muscle recovery had improved. They also found decreased neutrophils and C-reactive protein (CRP), both markers for inflammation, signifying a corresponding reduction. In addition, the group taking astaxanthin showed significantly higher levels of secretory immunoglobulin A (sIgA), an immunity defense system in the mucosal membranes of the mouth, digestive system, lungs and other regions. Increases indicated a rise in first-defense immunity among these athletes. This same group also showed significantly lower oxidative stress levels, contributing to an improvement in exercise recovery.

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Lying Labels

New Term Disguises High-Fructose Corn Syrup The Corn Refiners Association (CRA) has resorted to creating a new label for high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) by calling it “fructose syrup” or just “fructose” because numerous scientific studies have linked it to obesity, Type 2 diabetes and autism. HFCS is a highly processed chemical sweetener used in many processed foods, including breads, cookies, candy, condiments and soft drinks. It extends the shelf life of products and is often cheaper than sugar, the primary reasons manufacturers use it. Standard HFCS contains from 42 to 55 percent fructose. The new term is being used when foods contain HFCS-90, which has “just” 90 percent fructose. Identifying HFCS-90 as an ingredient bizarrely gives food makers a green light to use statements such as “Contains no high-fructose corn syrup” or “No HFCS” on the product label, thus misleading buyers. Bart Hoebel, a psychology professor at Princeton University, reports, “When rats are drinking high-fructose corn syrup at levels well below those in soda pop, they’re becoming obese; every single one, across the board. Even when rats are fed a high-fat diet, you don’t see this; they don’t all gain extra weight.” Source:

Kinesthetic Kids New Desks Aid Learning via Movement

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Educators at Charleston County schools, in South Carolina, know that more movement and exercise makes kids better learners, even as the amount of time devoted to physical education (PE) and recess has been declining sharply in the U.S. “If you ask anyone in education if they prefer PE or class instruction, they say instruction every time,” says David Spurlock, coordinator of health, wellness and physical education for the Charleston County school district. “Yet, what we’re trying to show is that more movement equals better grades, behavior and bodies.” Charles Pinckney Elementary School, in Charleston, employs Active Brains, a program that uses 15 stations through which students rotate during the class. Each station has a unique exercise component such as a mini-basketball hoop or an exercise bike, and is focused on a different academic task such as spelling or math flashcards. This is the first classroom in the U.S. equipped with only kinesthetic desks. The program has been in operation for three years and has a waiting list of students excited to try the new approach. 14

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In 2010, chronic disease accounted for 86 percent of all healthcare spending; four years later, the cost of treating heart disease alone totaled $315.4 billion, including medication and hospital care. At the Goldring Center for Culinary Medicine at Tulane University, medical students are learning cooking skills to better advise patients on regaining and maintaining their health through nutrition. By getting them to approach healthful food preparation with ease and awareness, this next generation of doctors is striving to provide building blocks for long-term health management. “When we see healthier eating, we see more disease prevention and fewer hospital stays, which means less money spent on health care,” says Chef Leah Sarrris, program director. Since 2012, 20 medical schools have adopted Tulane’s program, including the University of California-Los Angeles Clinical and Translational Science Institute, University of IllinoisChicago and University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine, in a partnership with the Kendall College School of Culinary Arts. Students complete eight classes of three hours each, and fourth-year students can choose from seminars that focus on different clinical interests, including nutritional support for those coping with celiac disease, inflammatory bowel disease, food allergies, diabetes or pregnancy. Students also teach free public cooking classes. This integrative understanding of health care may change the way the medical system operates. Source: Yes magazine

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Indian runner ducks have been used in Asia for thousands of years to control pests. Now they’re being used in a South African vineyard to eat snails that damage the vines. On the Vergenoegd Wine Estate, in Stellenbosch, South Africa, about 1,000 of the well-behaved quackers parade twice a day into a vineyard to rid it of pests, as they have done for at least 30 years. Denzil Matthys, the duck caretaker at Vergenoegd, confirms that the ducks help make the farm sustainable. “We try to keep a pesticide-free farm by using the ducks,” he says. Marlize Jacobs, the farm manager and winemaker, says snails are a big problem at Vergenoegd because of the vineyard’s proximity to the ocean. “After winter, the vineyards bud,” she says. “Those buds are succulent bits of food and snails love to eat them. If we don’t control them, they will absolutely destroy the vineyard.”

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Aerospace Giant Closes in on Superior Fusion Power Lockheed Martin scientists have made a breakthrough in developing a nuclear-fusion-based power source, and estimates that the first commercial reactors, small enough to fit on the back of a truck, could be available within 10 years. “We can make a big difference on the energy front,” says project head Tom McGuire. The company has been working for 60 years to find a way to make a power source based on nuclear fusion as a safer and more efficient alternative to the fission reactors in use since the Cold War era. Nuclear power plants produce dangerous radiation as a byproduct and leave behind toxic nuclear waste that can endure for centuries. By contrast, fusion, which powers the stars, occurs when small, light atoms such as hydrogen smash together to form heavier atoms, releasing enormous amounts of energy. To date, scientists have been unable to initiate fusion reactions on Earth without using more energy than the reaction produces. Preliminary work suggests that it will be feasible to build a 100 megawatt reactor 10 times smaller than traditional fission reactors. That’s enough power to light up a city of 80,000 homes. Lockheed Martin is now seeking government and industry partners to build a prototype. Source: Reuters

Action Needed to Protect U.S. Drinking Water Supplies The dangerous practice of fracking (hydraulic fracturing), which combines volumes of toxic chemicals and fresh water to bore for natural gas, has spread to 21 states in the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic and Midwest, as well as Colorado, Texas and California. A particularly intensive drilling area is the Marcellus Shale region, a 600-mile-long bedrock layer up to a mile below the Earth’s surface that includes parts of New York, Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Ohio. Citizens in these and surrounding states are sounding alarms. The PennEnvironment Research & Policy Center is on the battle’s front lines and their efforts can serve as a blueprint and inspiration in trying to curtail fracking and protect the health and safety of people and the planet. The nonprofit has taken issue with a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency draft study dated late last year that concluded fracking has no widespread impact on drinking water, demanding that the agency conduct further research. While Pennsylvania’s Department of the Environment tallied 271 cases of water contamination from fracking in 40 counties, the nonprofit Public Herald reports 2,309 overall fracking complaints for 17 of the counties, and concludes that water-related cases are repeatedly understated. Recent research by Stanford University’s School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences found, “Companies are fracking directly into shallow freshwater aquifers,” according to Professor of Earth System Science Robert Jackson. “In no [other] industry would you be allowed to inject chemicals into a source of drinking-quality water.” PennEnvironment recently galvanized more than 1,000 state health experts’ demands to Governor Tom Wolf’s administration that include establishing a registry to report impacts from fracking and other natural gas activities; instituting special training for health professionals; removing exemptions for the fracking industry from environmental laws; and requiring that all fracking operations be at least one mile from schools and healthcare facilities. “With every day of inaction, our elected leaders continue to subject their constituents to severe and widespread health impacts,” advises PennEnvironment fracking campaign organizer Allie DiTucci. Maryland poses another looming battleground—it currently prohibits the practice and is drafting new fracking regulations as the gas industry knocks on its door. Meanwhile, communities around the country are voting to ban fracking from their districts. Join local environmental and conservation organizations in protesting against fracking and lobbying local and state officials to regulate and ban it. Primary sources:, Inside Climate News. natural awakenings

September 2016


Music as Medicine Music Soothes, Energizes and Heals Us by Kathleen Barnes


s primeval drumbeats echo across an African savannah, the rhythms circle the globe, picked up by the chants and rattles of shamans gracing Amazonian jungles and Siberian tundra. They’re repeated in Gregorian chants filling medieval cathedrals and “om” meditations sounding in Himalayan caves and yoga classes everywhere. They gently echo in the repeated tones of mothers’ lullabies, happy hummings as we go about our day and the melodies of Mozart. Music is the soundtrack of our lives, whether we’re aware of it or not. It exists within, uniting and guiding us, and has helped heal body and spirit since the dawn of humanity. National Aeronautics and Space Administration scientists recently discovered that the universe itself has a song.

Pioneering Practitioners

From the soothing tones of a harp to the jarring screeches of a construction site, the stress-reducing or stress-producing properties of sound are familiar to us all. “Stress is an underlying cause of the vast majority of all illnesses, and sound and music are effective in relieving stress and bringing stillness,” says Jonathan Goldman, an internationally recognized pioneer in harmonics and sound healing and director of the Sound Healers Association in Boulder, Colorado. Through researching his many books, including The 7 Secrets of Sound 16

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Healing, Goldman is convinced of the profound effect sound has on the human organism. “The simple chanting of the sound ‘om,’ or ‘aum,’ in addition to instilling calmness and relaxation, causes the release of melatonin and nitric oxide. It relaxes blood vessels, releases soothing endorphins, reduces the heart rate and slows breathing,” he explains. “Sound can change our immune function,” wrote the late Dr. Mitchell Gaynor, former director of medical oncology at New York’s Weill-Cornell Medical College for Complementary and Integrative Medicine in his book The Healing Power of Sound. “After either chanting or listening to certain forms of music, your Interleukin-1 level, an index of your immune system, goes up between 12-anda-half and 15 percent. Further, about 20 minutes after listening to meditative-type music, the immunoglobulin levels in the blood are significantly increased. Even the heart rate and blood pressure are lowered. There’s no part of your body not affected. Its effects even show up on a cellular and sub-cellular level.”

Practical Applications

Consider some of music’s scientifically validated health benefits: Stress: Singing, whether carrying a tune or not, is a powerful way to combat stress, according to many studies. A recent joint study by German and British researchers published in Frontiers in Human Neuroscience confirms that simply

listening to soothing music results in significantly lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol. The more intense the experience is in singing or playing an instrument, the greater the stress reduction. A collaborative study by several Swedish universities showed that group singing caused participants’ heart rates to synchronize, producing relaxation effects similar to that achieved through group meditation. Cancer: Gaynor used music to treat even advanced cancer patients for decades, considering it a “disease of disharmony.” He advocated re-harmonizing the body with sound vibrations that affect virtually every cell, especially enhancing immune function and potentially preventing cancer from spreading. Gaynor primarily used crystal bowls to produce deep relaxation and harmonize dysrhythmic cells in patients, but also confirmed the healing effects of certain vibratory tones of drumming and Tibetan metal gongs. Several studies confirm that listening to any kind of soothing music relieves anxiety in cancer patients; a large study from Philadelphia’s Drexel University confirms that it also relieves pain, lowers blood pressure, improves breathing and minimizes nausea associated with chemotherapy. Depression: Drumming can better counter depression than the prescription drug Prozac, according to a recent study by England’s Royal College of Music. Those that participated in a weekly drumming group experienced significantly reduced symptoms compared to a control group. Substance Abuse: University of California, Los Angeles, scientists found that drumming was especially helpful for a group of Native Americans struggling with such issues. Smartphone Addiction: Korean research found that music therapy is helpful in overcoming this condition. Immune Dysfunction: The same British study of drumming’s antidepressant effects saw similar improvement in immune function, plus an anti-inflammatory response that continued for at least three months after the study period. Neuroendocrine Disorders: Researchers at Pennsylvania’s Meadville Medical Center Mind-Body Wellness Group found that drumming effectively

helped drummers (skilled and unskilled) suffering from neuroendocrine disorders such as pituitary tumors and intestinal issues caused by disconnections between the endocrine gland and nervous systems. They further confirmed that group drumming reduced stress chemicals such as cortisol in the drummers. Muscle Tension Dysphonia: Even tuneless humming sounds like “umhum” can have a measurable therapeutic effect on individuals that have lost their voices due to overuse. Pain: When a group of British citizens suffering from chronic pain joined a choir, a Lancaster University study found they were better able to manage their condition for improved quality of life. Just listening to harp music for 20 minutes decreased anxiety, lowered blood pressure and relieved pain in a group of U.S. heart surgery patients with short-term pain participating in a University of Central Florida study in Orlando. Alzheimer’s Disease: In addition to reducing the agitation and anxiety frequently accompanying Alzheimer’s disease, researchers at Florida’s University of Miami School of Medicine found that a group of patients that participated in music therapy for four weeks experienced increased levels of the calming brain chemical melatonin.

How It Works

“Humming or singing causes longer exhalations than normal, helping to naturally eliminate toxins and acidity,” says Dr. Madan Kataria, of Mumbai, India, who has spawned 5,000 laughter clubs worldwide. “We started experimenting with the vowel sounds and humming sound. An early unpublished humming study I did in Denmark showed that people that hummed anything for just 10 minutes were able to reduce their systolic blood pressure by 10 to 15 points, their

In Nigeria, we say that rhythm is the soul of life, because the whole universe revolves around rhythm; when we get out of rhythm, that’s when we get into trouble. ~Babatunde Olatunji, drummer and social activist diastolic by four to five points and their pulse rate by 10 beats per minute.” Kataria found that people with breathing problems like asthma and emphysema experienced especially positive effects because it strengthened belly muscles used in breathing. Kataria is also a fan of kirtan—Hindu devotional call-and-response chants often accompanied by ecstatic dancing. “Kirtan takes away self-consciousness or nervousness and anxiety,” he says. Dr. Eben Alexander, who recorded his near-death experience in Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon’s Journey into the Afterlife, says the “indescribable” cosmic music he experienced has helped him come to understand the effects of specific sound frequencies on the brain. He now provides audio tools to help bring the brain to a higher state and help it match that higher and more conscious state. In his medical practice in Charlottesville, Virginia, he often employs music from a patient’s past to help them emerge from a brain injury or coma and even “reconnect pathways in a damaged brain.” Alexander explains that binaural beats and other sound effects combine to create “brain entrainment” and also in theory, “monotonize” it to free awareness and access realms other than the physical. “It’s magical what the right type of music can do to the brain stem to free up our consciousness,” he observes.

No Talent Needed

Experts agree that people without musical talent are able to experience the same ben-

Nature’s Healing Sounds The calming sounds of rushing water and gentle breezes are well known; science is now confirming the therapeutic effects of singing birds. Belgian researchers confirmed that bird song helps drown out the stressful effects of traffic noise, and Korean scientists found it makes people feel less crowded. A study published in the American Journal of Physiology showed that it can even help regulate participants’ circadian rhythms, contributing to restful sleep and overall wellness.

efits as virtuosos, based on their degree of engagement with music. Anyone can hum, and most research confirms that benefits are enhanced in creating music rather than merely listening to it. Group singing has become increasingly popular, especially following the hit TV show Glee. Time magazine reported in 2013 that 32.5 million American adults sang in choirs, up about 30 percent from a decade earlier. The choice of musical genre matters. Recent data from Montreal’s McGill University shows that types of music tend to have specific effects; for example, blues slows heart rate and calms an anxious person, rock and punk can boost energy, and reggae can help control anger.

Spirit Moves

The spiritual aspects of virtually all types of music cannot be underestimated, says Michael Hove, Ph.D., a cognitive neuroscientist affiliated with Harvard Medical School and Fitchburg State University, in Massachusetts. His research has primarily focused on drumming to induce altered states of consciousness that shamans from diverse cultures use to bring about physical and emotional healing. What Hove calls a “boring and super-predictable” drumbeat of 240 beats a minute induced a deep trance state within minutes in most subjects, and brain scans confirmed that it enabled them to focus intensely and block out distracting sounds within eight minutes. This aligns with Alexander’s view that, “The sound of music is absolutely crucial in launching us into transcendental awareness. For the true, deep seeker, sound and vibration and the memory of music can serve as a powerful engine to help direct us in the spiritual realms.” Kathleen Barnes has authored numerous natural health books, including her latest, Our Toxic World: A Survivor’s Guide. Connect at

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Inside the Chant with Krishna Das

Kirtan Music Transports Listeners to a Deeper Place by Robin Fillmore


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Why do many consider a kirtan event a transcendent experience far beyond the music?

There are two things: the music and where the music is carrying us. In this case, it’s the names of God, of divinity, that are real and inside us. We can call this higher sense anything we like and aim in that direction according to how we identify with it. How would you If we want peace in the world, introduce your then every individual needs to find music? peace within. We can’t create peace or Across the country and happiness with anger and selfishness around the world, yoga in our heart and mind. We can release practitioners are chantourselves from a limiting storyline, ing the names of God whatever it is, and touch a deeper place in tongues including for a while. Then, when we return to Sanskrit, Hindi, Punjabi our day, we are standing on slightly difand English. They’re taking kirtan music ferent ground because we have trained out of the temples and the yoga studios ourselves to let go a little bit. It’s a gradual and into dance halls, universities, caprocess that takes time and effort, but it’s thedrals and other unexpected places. a joyful practice. In the last decade, India’s traditional call-and-response form of chanting has been reinvented by modern devotional Do you see a shift in thinking artists blending traditional kirtan with echoing that of the 1960s modern genres such as rock, rhythm and that positions us to do better blues, hip-hop and electronica—breath- this time? ing new life and devotion into yoga’s In the 1960s, everyone thought they sacred chants. were going to change the external world, Photo by Payal Kumar


nfluential spiritual leader Ram Dass has described Krishna Das (Jeffrey Kagel) as an example of someone whose “heartsongs” open channels to God. The Grammy-nominated kirtan artist, long considered yoga’s rock star, consistently plays to sold-out crowds worldwide. The Long Island native’s journey has gone from being a member of a popular rock band to going to India, where as a student of spiritual leader Neem Karoli Baba, the trajectory of his life and music shifted and expanded. His 1996 debut album, One Track Heart, focused on updated chants from the ancient tradition of bhakti yoga, followed in 1998 by Pilgrim Heart, with a guest appearance by Sting. Since then, a steady stream of 14 albums and DVDs produced on his own label have provided the soundtrack for yoga classes everywhere; the soothing rhythmic chants performed in a deep, rich timbre complements instruction in the spiritual element of the exercise. Das’ specialty, kirtan, updates an ancient tradition of devotional chanting as meditation accompanied by instruments. A kirtan concert invites audience members to join in the experience through chanting, clapping and dancing and is characterized as a journey into the self that also connects us with each other.

Little by little, all of our awakening practices work to transform our life. They move us from being externally oriented and reactive to being established within and quietly responsive. We come to have a wider view that life can effectively contain and envelop the different facets of ourselves and the world.

What does kirtan mean to you? For me, kirtan is all about the music. The more ways I practice sustainable health, balance, love and music and immerse myself in a spiritual life, the more I realize that all issues distill down to simple facts. Everyone wants to be loved and happy, and to avoid suffering and being judged. Looking at our lives, we start to see how we hurt ourselves and others and how what happens to us in daily life can be difficult to deal with. We recognize that we must find deep inner strength so we don’t get destroyed by the waves that come and try to toss us around.

but they forgot they have to change themselves, too, and little work was done inside. Today, while most people keep trying to first rearrange the outside world, more are now doing the necessary inside work, as well. The key is to understand what’s truly possible. If we don’t understand how we can be happy and at peace in the middle of a burning fire, we won’t recognize the tools available to create that kind of light for ourselves and others. Robin Fillmore is the publisher of the Natural Awakenings of Washington, D.C, edition.

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usic has always been the base of my life. From a single word meditation to my favorite songs on the radio, listening to an orchestra to hearing the song from a songbird. Music is what heals, motivates and encourages me, in all aspects of my life. I am married to a professional musician, whose mother is a professional musician. A couple of years ago, Johnny's mom took a bad fall and since that time her memory has dramatically decreased. However, when we get her in front of a piano, her hands and heart have forgotten nothing. Music still sings out from her and I believe it is what keeps her happy and still with us. Everything in life is in a constant state of movement. Everything in our physical world is made up of moving atoms and molecules. Consequently, everything is vibrating (emitting energy and sound). Music is vibration/frequencies, something so powerful a deaf person can also experience it’s magic. There are known frequencies said to promote healing and a positive atmosphere. 528 Hz (from the ancient Solfeggio Frequencies), called the “Frequency of Love” is also used for DNA repair by many alternative healers. There are many frequencies and each is said to have individual healing capacities and are used in meditation circles, energy sessions and other sessions alike. My belief is we can unblock all dis-ease from within our bodies, thru music vibrations/frequencies. It has been said that, typically, when the body vibrates at a low frequency it is out of balance. Listening or feeling music can help one to increase their vibration, thus helping to remove dis-ease and bring about balance from within. Music can be the key to a healthy and abundant life... We can use music to get balanced or stay balanced, daily. In my "Positive Living" sessions, (which may included life coaching, Reiki, Chakra Balancing) and my boutique, there is always music playing. I do this to set an atmosphere, invoke a frequency, set a tone for our clients. Currently, in The Studios @GINA GINA, we offer music lessons (bass, drums, guitar, piano, voice) and will begin in late September, early October offering our Music Energy Sessions (MES, where music sounds, chants, drums and tones are used to help alleviate the stresses of day to day living). Music is the art of placing sound or tones in combinations. Music can be the chanting of "Om", the rustling of leaves in a tree or the sound of a waterfall. Music does not have to have a melody, beginning or end. All life, thru the vibrations of music, can be positively affected. At GINA GINA and The Studios at GINA GINA, we believe that music is "The Symphony of Life" and can and should be used to "Enhance our Mind, Body, Souls and Personal Environments". Location: 6835 West Tropicana #100, Las Vegas. For more information, call 702-998-4748 or visit

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o longer shrouded in mystery, the ancient spiritual practice of shamanism is attracting the interest of psychologists, registered nurses and medical doctors that study its guiding principles to use personally and benefit others. They train one-onone and in small groups with indigenous shamans in the U.S. and around the world and enroll in programs offered by established schools such as the Foundation for Shamanic Studies and The Four Winds Society. Both offer workshops and expeditions for participants to meet the specific shaman that teaches congruent philosophy, practices and principles. Since 1986, The Four Winds Society, with international headquarters in Miami, Florida, has graduated more than 10,000 practitioners. It teaches a genuine respect for the sacredness of metaphysical forces existing in all natural beings and objects and the connection between the material world and spiritual plane. Dr. Daniel Rieders, a physician specializing in cardiac electrophysiology and interventional cardiology, completed the society’s basic curriculum in

2014. Having matriculated to advanced master classes, he uses shamanic understanding, tools and skills for personal use and in his complementary medical practices, Life Rhythm Therapies and Jain Ayurveda for Optimum Health, in Palm Coast, Florida. He notes that medical procedures and prescriptions aren’t always the answer to problems. “I’ve studied various areas of medicine and found them devoid of tools and methods that empower patients to make changes that lead to better health. Studying shamanism means being on my own healing path of cleansing body, mind and spirit. It’s necessary for any empowered healer that aspires to inspire and generate confidence and assertiveness in others, enabling them to do what is needed to live out their life purpose,” he says. Rieders found shamanism to be an effective complementary therapy for strengthening the body and building resilience. One of his patients was unhappy with his job, feeling it only served to support a costly family lifestyle. Upon discerning his true desire was to own a gym and teach people how to get

healthy, he took action. “A heart procedure was no longer necessary. Stored anger can create heart disease, as well as cancer,” he remarks. Seti Gershberg’s life changed dramatically while studying shamanism in the remote Peruvian Andes, where he lived with the indigenous Q’ero people for two years. Taking a break from a career in international investment banking, he set out to learn about a shaman’s relationship to energy, consciousness and the supernatural, with an eye to creating a system of universal reciprocity, balance and harmony. He was also interested in indigenous people’s views of the relationship of the physical world with self, consciousness and multi-dimensional space-time as a single interwoven idea; a continuum. “Today, I’m an executive producer and creative director in Phoenix, Arizona, working on a video series, TV commercials and films, including two documentaries on shamanic rituals and ceremonies, as well as the Q’ero culture,” says Gershberg. He practices the Q’ero shaman’s gift of Ayni, giving of our self first without asking for anything in return. His website,, offers a “pay what you can afford” option. Sean Wei Mah, a Native American Cree, grew up on a reservation in Alberta, Canada, around tribal medicine men that practiced smudging, ceremony and ritual. “Smudging, by burning fine

powders, considered sacred medicine, is significant to any shaman as holy medicine to cleanse the body. It’s part of Native American life and the foundation of how we communicate, give thanks to and ask for help and guidance from the Creator. Ceremony is our church and smudging is how we purify it,” says the shaman, artist and actor known as “The Rattlemaker”. Angaangaq Angakkorsuaq, a shaman, healer, storyteller and carrier of the Qilaut (wind drum), is an elder from the Kalaaleq tribe, in Greenland. His family belongs to the traditional healers from Kalallit Nunaat. Endearingly known as Uncle, he has traveled to 67 countries to conduct ceremonies including healing circles, sacred sweat lodge purification and Melting the Ice in the Heart of Man intensives, where he teaches the spiritual significance of climate change. He advises, “A shaman’s responsibility is to guide you on your inner path and support you in recognizing your beauty so that you can love yourself and know who you truly are. A shaman guides you to a new level of consciousness through teachings, storytelling and ceremonies, which my grandmother taught me were the key. All of this helps you rely on your own inner guidance.”

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as Vegas resident, Sean Wei Mah, Wa l k i n g B e a r, grew up around Native American rituals and ceremony in Northern Alberta Canada. A Woodland and Plains Cree, he attended thousands of ceremony of different types. He was recognized for having the blessing and gifts and started training to become a Medicine Man in his early teens. “I’ve had several Medicine Men teach me the ways, guide on my path, teach me the medicines,” says Walking Bear. “I’ve been shown a lifetime of magical and terrifying visions as part of this way. It’s a highly supernatural and magical practice, passed down several generations of Medicine Men from Spirit Beings themselves. All ceremony, songs, and vision are given by the Spirit Beings, the Grandfathers, the Grandmother’s, and ultimately the Creator. It all requires permission.” Walking Bear has been an apprentice, a medicine man and recently a teacher at centers throughout Las Vegas, including Enchanted Forest Reiki ( and Salt Room LV ( “I didn’t take a weekend workshop or a one year course to obtain a certification,” he says. "I was born onto this path. I live this path." He didn’t “buy” or “purchase” his pipe and medicine bundle like many “plastic shaman”. “I earned a pipe and was given a pipe when the Spirit Beings let the Medicine Men know it was time,” he says. “I now share teachings, ceremony and do healing sessions.” Walking Bear points out that, “back

home”, they do not use the term “Shaman”. The more appropriate terms are Healer, Holy Man and Medicine Man. “Medicine Men can have different gifts, abilities, helper spirits and ceremonies,” he explains. “They all work together, helping their community, walking a path of sacrifice, humility and humbleness. Much of what I share will most likely never be seen or experienced by non-Native Americans otherwise.” Spirit becomes embodied in Walking Bear’s healing work as it drives the entire process. It encompasses each session from start to finish and works on healing, clearing and re-energizing 3 levels - mind, body and spirit and blessing the body, mind and spirit; clearing energy blocks which can manifest into illness and other symptoms such as fatigue. “I work on a deep level entering the mind where darker entities remain hidden and need to be cast out,” says Walking Bear. “As these entities cause many problems in areas such as physical, mental, luck, finance and relationships. This is what Medicine Men do, this is your personal ceremony. Not every healing session will be the same. This is a hands-on practice as clearing sickness, energy and evil can involve physical methods. My tools include drums, rattles, shamanic artifacts, herbs, chants and smudges.”

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Relax and Unwind Restorative Yoga Poses Foster Healing by Meredith Montgomery


n classical yoga, teachers often sequence instruction toward reaching a pinnacle pose such as an inversion or arm balance. In restorative yoga, the peak pose is savasana—in which the practitioner fully relaxes while resting flat on their back. Leeann Carey, author of Restorative Yoga Therapy: The Yapana Way to Self-Care and Well-Being, explains, “This passive asana practice turns down the branch of the nervous system that keeps us in fight-or-flight mode and turns up the system allowing us to rest and digest. It feels like a massage for the nervous system and encourages self-inquiry, reflection and change, rather than perfection.” The physical, mental and spiritual benefits are similar to those of active yoga, but because poses are held longer and supported by props such as bolsters, blankets, belts and blocks, “There’s no stress on the tissue and joints. Each pose gifts us with longer-lasting benefits, including more time for the mind to unwind,” advises Carey. “Restorative yoga allows both muscles and the brain to recover from fatigue, so we are stronger, sharper and better able to act in the world afterward,” explains Roger Cole, Ph.D., a certified  Iyengar yoga teacher in Del Mar, California, and a research scientist studying 24 Greater Las Vegas

the physiology of relaxation, sleep and biological rhythms. He attests that it also serves as preparation for pranayama (mindful yoga breathing) and meditation, which require a clear, well-rested, focused mind. Perfect for beginners and used by longtime practitioners to complement other yoga styles, restorative poses are designed to accurately realign and reshape the body. They also can be therapeutically tailored to support natural healing for issues related to tension, premenstrual syndrome, weak immune functioning, back pain, pregnancy and recovery for athletes. “Poses for healing may require targeted gentle stretching, but prop use will coax the body into desired positions without requiring muscular effort,” says Cole. An early student of B.K.S. Iyengar and familiar with props, San Francisco resident and co-founder of Yoga Journal magazine Judith Hanson Lasater, Ph.D., found herself leading her first class comprised entirely of supported poses during a power blackout at a 1980 workshop. “I didn’t want people walking around in the dark, so I improvised a restorative class and everyone loved it,” she recalls. She revisited the idea several years later when she personally felt the need for physical,

emotional and spiritual restoration. For a year, 90 percent of her practice was supported poses, and the switch helped her so much that it inspired her first book, Relax and Renew: Restful Yoga for Stressful Times. She’s since written more books and trained teachers in restorative yoga around the world. As in classical yoga, a restorative sequence should be balanced with asanas (positions) from all pose classifications—backbends, twists, inversions and forward bends. It takes time for the body to comfortably settle deeply into a pose—as long as 15 minutes—therefore, a 90-minute restorative class may include only a handful of asanas. Lasater says, “Most people don’t need more of anything from the culture in which we live. They need much more to learn to be still and at ease.” In today’s yoga world, which seems to emphasize power and action, “Restorative yoga has become imperative to balance activity and ambition with stillness and being,” she continues. Lasater notes that while many classes are reducing savasana to as little as three minutes, students need 20 minutes. Carey clarifies that because this approach focuses on opening and letting go, rather than striving for the biggest stretch, “Sensation-seeking yogis may need to shift their perspective. The biggest challenge is often quieting the mind while the body is still. When a student is uncomfortable because the mind is screaming, it helps to compare it to having tight hamstrings in an active class. We’re not chasing relaxation; just breathe, feel and watch,” she says. “Eventually, everything will let go.” “The more our mind rebels against relaxing, the more we need it,” observes Lasater. Students often turn to yoga as a strategy for feeling whole, and she suggests that one of the best ways to find clarity within is to listen in stillness, one savasana at a time. “It’s a gift to ourself, our family and the world,” she adds. “When we feel rested, we’re more compassionate and ready to serve the greater good.” Meredith Montgomery, a registered yoga teacher, publishes Natural Awakenings of Gulf Coast Alabama/Mississippi (

Yoga Props 101 Yoga props can help new students maintain alignment and reduce strain while allowing veterans to more deeply explore the intricacies of their practice. Always adjust the dimensions and placement of props to ensure comfort via soft curves in the body instead of sharp angles, especially in the spine. Body weight must be distributed equally throughout the pose; key places to check for tension are the lower back, abdomen, neck and jaw muscles. Here are some basic tools. Yoga mats should have a nonskid surface and not exceed threesixteenths of an inch in thickness. They cushion the body, serve as a blanket or a base for props or can roll up into a bolster. Blankets and towels pad hard areas and warm the body. Different ways of folding and rolling transform them into many firm and comfortable shapes with wide-ranging applications. Blocks in various sizes and materials can be laid flat, placed on edge or

stood on end. They can add height or length to the body, access core stability and provide leverage. A stack of hardback books or phone books tied together can work in a pinch. Belts stabilize joints, support inflexible body parts and create traction and space. Typically two inches wide, soft belts with a D-ring locking system are easily adjusted; two soft, wide neckties or scarves tied together are suitable. Avoid material that cuts into the skin. Bolsters, typically cylindrical or rectangular cushions, provide good supports that are long-lasting, if sometimes costly. Combining folded blankets and rolled mats may be suitable alternatives. Walls provide leverage, vertical support and a structure to rest upon. A closed door or large piece of furniture such as a bookcase or refrigerator works; a room corner simultaneously supports both sides of the body. Chairs are versatile props for any

practice and make yoga accessible to those unable to get down onto the floor. Backless folding chairs are typically used in studios, but any sturdy chair that doesn’t roll is suitable. Sandbags, strategically positioned, encourage overworked areas to release. Their weight also provides resistance and stability. Homemade versions can be made by loosely filling a smooth cloth bag with coarse sand, pea gravel or rice. Retail bags of beans, rice or sugar are other options. Eye pillows block out light during resting poses, can gently weight the forehead or hands or support the back of the neck. Typically made of silk or soft cotton, they’re filled with a mixture of flax seeds or rice and soothing herbs such as lavender, peppermint or chamomile. Sources: Restorative Yoga Therapy, by Leeann Carey; Relax and Renew, by Judith Hanson Lasater

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own Dog Diagnostics will present a workshop from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., September 25 at True Yoga, for those that suffer from situational or chronic anxiety to give them the tools to heal from the inside-out and lessen the effects stress inflicts on the mind and body. Yoga techniques can help with panic attacks, difficulty concentrating, difficulty controlling worry, excess anxiety and worry that is out of proportion to the situation most of the time, fatigue, irritability, muscle tension, shakiness and headaches, feeling on edge, sleep disturbances, excessive sweating, palpitations, shortness of breath and gastrointestinal issues. Participants will learn breath work, meditation and gentle movement techniques that help to break the cycles that keep anxiety in our life. A takehome program with daily exercises and lifestyle suggestions is included, along with a yoga nidra CD (deep guided relaxation) to practice in the comfort of home. Cost is $60 with registration at Location: 7310 Smoke Ranch Rd., St. D, Las Vegas. For more information, call 702-331-1600.

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Salt Air in the City Salt Rooms Soothe Allergies and Skin Conditions by Avery Mack


ccording to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, as many as 50 million Americans are affected by seasonal or year-round nasal allergies. Additionally, 56 million suffer from eczema, psoriasis or rosacea. Prescriptions and over-the-counter drugs may help, but aren’t a cure. Salt therapy can be a gentler, all-natural solution for easing associated symptoms. While eating too much salt is bad for the body, breathing it is a healthy activity. The Greek word for salt is halos, and halotherapy provides a welcome alternative to conventional pills, sprays and injections. In the mid-1800s, after salt mine workers in Poland were found to have a low rate of respiratory illness, the Wieliczka Salt Mine Health Spa was established on the site of a mine to treat clinic patients for asthma and allergies. That pioneering facility is still in operation. “In the beginning, I think salt therapy was seen as a time-consuming novelty. Now, holistically minded people are more supportive,” says Clay 26 Greater Las Vegas

Juracsik, owner of the St. Louis Salt Room, in Maplewood, Missouri. The room’s walls are covered in salt, with blocks of backlit Himalayan pink salt at floor level. Clients wear disposable booties to walk through inches-deep, loose, mineral-rich Dead Sea salt to reclining chairs. The lights dim, soft music plays and salt, rich in negative ions, infuses the air for a 45-minute session. “We have a second, smaller room where the walls and floor are not salted, so a child and parent can move around or play without disturbing others. Our youngest client was 2 weeks old,” says Juracsik. With the help of specially designed machines and software, microscopic salt particles one to five microns in size are circulated through the air to be deeply inhaled. As a natural anti-inflammatory agent, salt helps reduce swelling of throat tissues and nasal passages, making breathing easier for individuals suffering from such respiratory ailments as allergies, asthma, bronchitis and sinusitis.

“True halotherapy is based on using 99 percent pure sodium chloride in the halogenerator,” says Leo Tonkin, co-founder of the Salt Therapy Association, in Boca Raton, Florida. “Dead Sea, Himalayan or other salts can be used as décor.” “My husband, Gary, had three sinus surgeries before he discovered a salt room during a trip to London and had a eureka moment,” relates Ellen Patrick, owner of four Breathe Easy salt rooms in New York City and nearby Westchester County. “A client’s 4-year-old son tells Mom when he needs a treatment to ‘make his nose work better,’” reports Lisa Cobb, owner of Luxury on Lovers, in Dallas, Texas. “He uses a salt bed similar in style to a tanning bed and large enough for his mother to be with him for a 20-minute treatment. Pilots and flight attendants like salt rooms to counteract the recirculated air on planes. Athletes use them to increase lung capacity. A treatment works like a visit to the ocean.” A recent pilot study conducted at The Salt Room, in Orlando, Florida, and published in the International Journal of Respiratory and Pulmonary Medicine, concluded, “Halotherpy is associated with improvement in symptoms of sinus disease in cystic fibrosis and should be explored as an adjunct treatment.” Salt’s anti-inflammatory, antifungal and antibacterial properties may also reduce skin swelling and itchiness, and

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even acne, without drying the skin. Increased lung capacity aids blood circulation, which also helps improve skin health. Salt room operators note that frequent treatments are needed during early stages of therapy or during acute outbreaks of conditions, but can be reduced to a maintenance level over time. Juracsik remarks, “The best success I’ve seen is with respiratory ailments like bronchitis and pneumonia. We don’t need a new, fancy pill for every illness. Salt is historically proven to be a natural and effective way to improve respiratory health.” Options go beyond basic treatments. “Meditating in the salt room allows double relaxation,” comments Patrick. “Salty yoga is one of my favorite therapies because clients can exercise and breathe easier at the same time. Another option comprises a sound bath, during which crystal bowl music creates a vibration similar to piano notes to quiet and focus the mind during a salt session.” Salt treatments can be experienced regularly, seasonally or as needed. For those free of respiratory issues, a salt room visit provides a refreshing way to relax, sit, chill and breathe. Patrick views it as a form of stress management to increase well-being.

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truly unique experience that combines the benefits of yoga and salt therapy. Relax, unwind and breathe better. Salt Room LV offers yoga classes for students of all levels. Every class is beginner-friendly and focuses on strengthening and healing postures, as well as the centering of breath and body. Halo Yoga is yoga done in the Salt Room during a Salt Therapy Session, so the student receives all the benefits of Halotherapy. While practicing yoga in our Salt Room, your breath deepens, which allows the salt to reach even deeper into your lungs. The calming effects of both salt therapy and yoga combined with the health benefits of both allow you to experience a whole body, holistic relaxation therapy. For more information, call 702-228-7258 or visit

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VEGAN LUNCHBOX Plant-Based Choices Provide Midday Boost by Judith Fertig


e all have good intentions to eat more fruits and vegetables, and it’s easier if we start with just one plant-based meal a day—lunch. Natural Awakenings has enlisted the help of vegan lunchbox experts to help us all enjoy easy-to-make and colorful feasts good for home, office, school and on the road. “Vegan food offers so much variety, especially at lunch,” says Johanna Sophia, of Pine Plains, New York, who recently hosted the online series The Raw Lunchbox Summit. “A vegan lunch gives an extra boost in the middle of the day for more brain power, clarity and energy.” She and her two children operate Johanna’s Raw Foods, which makes vegan fast food such as veggie burger bites and carrot crackers, available at health food stores. Laura Theodore, the vegan chef and recording artist who presents The Jazzy Vegetarian PBS television program, lives and works in the New York City area. After a childhood dominated by bologna sandwiches for lunch, she

gradually changed to vegan dishes. “I began to notice a difference when I ate mostly plants,” she says. “I could do more and think better.” Theodore favors colorful and delicious vegan foods that travel well in a lunchbox with a cold pack, so she can take them to rehearsals or wherever else she goes. She creates her zucchini fettuccine with a vegetable slicer and loves to end a meal with something naturally sweet, like her maple-raisindate truffles. Such experimenting in the kitchen led to her newest cookbook, Vegan-Ease: An Easy Guide to Enjoying a Plant-Based Diet. Brandi Rollins, Ph.D., a researcher at Penn State, in State College, Pennsylvania, found that switching her lunch habits to plant-based dishes made her feel better. The author of Raw Foods on a Budget determined that one of her favorites is a quick raw vegan pizza. She first marinates ingredients for 20 minutes: three medium mushrooms, thinly sliced, with one-and-a-half tablespoons of balsamic vinegar, one

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tablespoon of olive oil, one minced clove of garlic and a big pinch of Italian herb seasoning. Then she spreads half of a mashed avocado on a four-by-fourinch flax cracker and tops it with the marinated mushrooms, plus chopped tomato, peppers or other favorite options. Rollins advises, “You can pack all of the components individually, and then assemble the pizza at work.” Health Foods Chef Catherine Blake, in Maui, Hawaii, studied with renowned plant-based nutritional scientist T. Colin Campbell, Ph.D. She urges her culinary students to ask, “What can I do to sparkle a little bit more tomorrow?” The author of Healthy Recipes for Friends, answers the question in her online presentation, Cooking for Brain Power, at Tinyurl. com/ChefBlakeBrainPower. Blake’s favorite brain-power luncheon booster is a wrap with antioxidant-rich fillings, accompanied by homemade almond milk, sunflower seeds or walnuts for vitamin E and some favorite blue berries or purple grapes. She makes fresh almond milk by grinding raw almonds in a nut grinder, and then adding them plus an equal amount of filtered water to a high-speed blender. After processing and straining out the solids, the resulting nut milk is perfect for smoothies. Changing our diets one meal at a time gives us an opportunity to see if we can feel the difference, as our vegan lunchbox experts have, while we ramp up our taste for healthier eating. Judith Fertig writes award-winning cookbooks and foodie fiction from O v e r l a n d Pa r k , K S . C o n n e c t a t

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esearch from the Cleveland Clinic has found that a plant-based diet could be more effective than even the American Heart Association’s recommended five-food-groups diet for reducing childhood heart disease. The research, led by Cleveland Clinic pediatrician Michael Macknin, tested 28 obese children between the ages of 9 and 18 that had high cholesterol levels. For four weeks, 14 of the children ate the American Heart Association diet, while the other half ate a vegan, plant-based diet. Children on the plant-based diet were found to have significantly lower weight, systolic blood pressure and total cholesterol numbers, and improved midarm circumference, body mass index and level of low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol. They also had lower levels of insulin and two heart disease markers, myeloperoxidase and high-sensitivity Creactive protein—all indicating improvements in their cardiovascular health. By comparison, children on the American Heart Association diet saw significantly lower weight, waist circumference, mid-arm circumference and myeloperoxidase levels, indicating enhanced immunity, but did not exhibit the other improvements. “As the number of obese children with [unhealthy] high cholesterol continues to grow, we need to have effective lifestyle modifications to help them reverse their risk factors for heart disease,” says Macknin. “Cardiovascular disease begins in childhood. If we can see such significant improvements in a four-week study, imagine the potential for improving long-term health into adulthood if a whole population of children began to eat these diets regularly.”

Lots of Garlic Hummus

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Photo by David Kaplan

Recipe by Laura Theodore, Vegan-Ease: An Easy Guide to Enjoying a PlantBased Diet

Yields: 4 servings Accented with the tangy taste of fresh lemon juice and a bit of heat from the chili powder, this is an easy, readymade sandwich spread for a lunchbox. 1 cup chickpeas (garbanzo beans), drained and rinsed ¼ cup plus 2 Tbsp filtered or spring water, plus more as needed 5 cloves garlic, chopped 2 Tbsp sesame tahini 2 Tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice ½ tsp chili powder, plus more for garnish ¼ tsp sea salt

Zucchini Fettuccine with Fresh Tomato Salsa Yields: 4 servings This raw side dish is low in calories, a breeze to prepare and cool fare on a hot summer day. The zucchini strips look and taste a lot like fresh pasta.

Place all the ingredients in a blender and process until smooth. Add a bit more water if needed to achieve desired consistency.

2 medium zucchini 2 ripe tomatoes, chopped 10 to 14 leaves fresh basil, minced 1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil 2 cloves garlic, minced 1 /8 to ¼ tsp sea salt Freshly ground pepper to taste

Transfer the hummus to a decorated bowl and sprinkle the top with a

Shave the zucchini lengthwise with a vegetable peeler to make the “noodles”.

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Stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator, truffles will keep up to three days.

Season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve immediately.

Recipe by Laura Theodore, Vegan-Ease: An Easy Guide to Enjoying a PlantBased Diet

Recipe by Laura Theodore, The Jazzy Vegetarian

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Photo by Annie Oliverio, An Unrefined Vegan

Put them in a large bowl and add the tomatoes, basil, oil and garlic. Toss gently until thoroughly combined.

Photo by David Kaplan

Yields: 2 servings

Maple-Raisin-Date Truffles Yields: 10 to 12 truffles

These truffles make an inviting healthy dessert or snack to satisfy a sweet tooth. They’ll impress guests at any dinner party. 9 large Medjool dates, pitted 1 /8 cup raisins ¼ cup raw shredded unsweetened dried coconut 1 Tbsp maple syrup 2 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder Line a small baking sheet with unbleached parchment paper.

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Homemade almond milk is the base and cayenne powder gives it a spicy punch that intensifies the rest of the flavors. Drink one serving for lunch and chill the other for a fast and easy mid-afternoon reviver.

Yields: 4 sandwiches 8 oz. package tempeh, sliced into very thin strips ¼ cup grapeseed oil 2 T tamari or soy sauce 1 ripe avocado, cut into slices Vegan mayo (optional) 2 tomatoes, sliced 4 big leaves of lettuce 8 slices of bread

12 oz acai juice 6 oz almond milk 1 Tbsp soy creamer 1 cup fresh or frozen wild blueberries 1 frozen banana ½ cup fresh or frozen raspberries 1 Tbsp whole ground flaxseed meal (blueberry variety if available; try Trader Joe’s) 1 cup coconut water ice cubes 1 Tbsp macro greens or other vegan, non-GMO greens powder ½ tsp apple cider vinegar 1 to 3 dashes cayenne powder

Heat oil over medium heat. Add tempeh and sauté until golden brown, flipping to brown on both sides.

Transfer tempeh to dish towel or napCombine all ingredients in a high-speed kin covered plate to drain. blender and blend until smooth. Return tempeh to frying pan at medium heat and add the tamari or soy Store in two insulated cups and keep sauce, lifting pan to cover tempeh in chilled until ready to serve. sauce. Remove and set aside to cool.

Place the dates, raisins, coconut and maple syrup in a high-performance blender and process to the consistency of soft dough. Transfer the date mixture to a medium-sized bowl.

To assemble each sandwich, spread vegan mayo on two slices of bread. Add lettuce, tomato, avocado and tempeh. Serve immediately.

Using a cookie scoop, spoon out a heaping tablespoon of the date mixture and roll it into a ball. Continue until all the dough is in balls.

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Put the cocoa powder in a small bowl. Roll the truffles in the cocoa until coated and place on the prepared baking sheet. Refrigerate 1 hour.

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ood Not Bombs recovers and shares free vegan or vegetarian food with the public without restriction in over 1,000 cities around the world to protest war, poverty and the destruction of the environment. Each group is independent and invites everyone to participate in making decisions for their local chapter using the consensus process. Food Not Bombs is dedicated to taking nonviolent direct action to change society so no one is forced to stand in line to eat at a soup kitchen expressing a commitment to the fact that food is a right and not a privilege. Life on the streets can be very hard on the body, especially in a desert climate like that of Las Vegas, and much of the nourishment that is easily accessible is of dubious nutritional content, such as fast food, soda and leftovers—perhaps even discarded leftovers. That leaves our homeless population to fight a losing battle against the elements. Nearly one-third of all visits to the emergency room are made by people struggling with chronic homelessness. On average, they visit the emergency room five times per year at an annual cost of $18,500 for the average person. By supplying them with healthy alternatives, like raw vegan smoothies made from the finest ingredients, we not only do what is best for them, but for our city, as well. In 2013 the local Food Not Bombs Las Vegas began collecting food every Sunday. Thanks to a weekly donation of pesticide-free fruits and veggies from Debi and Dan Garrison, of DD Farms at Fresh 52 Farmers and Artisan Market, as well as more than 10,000 loaves of bread from local markets, food items are turned into healthy meals for the homeless or distributed to those that are struggling. "We collect from Fresh 52 every Sunday and this is our fourth summer doing so," says Food Not Bombs volunteer, Enrique Garcia. "We have collected over 50,000 pounds of fruits and veggies and shared them with our community." By collecting food that cannot be sold, but is still perfectly edible, meals can be prepared and shared with anyone that is hungry while building community based on the principles of sharing, caring for one another and embracing the notion that food is a right not a privilege. Fresh 52 Farmer's and Artisan Markets are open Saturdays 9am2pm at Tivoli Village and Sundays 8:30am-1pm at Sansone Park Place. For more information, visit

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A GOOD FOOD FIGHT Keeping Food Out of the Trash Bin by April Thompson


s much as 40 percent of food produced in the U.S. is wasted, even as one in six Americans goes hungry. Instead of feeding people better, we are feeding the city dump. Of all types of trash, food consumes the most space in our municipal landfills, followed by plastic and paper. Rotting food then releases harmful methane, a greenhouse gas 20 times more potent than carbon dioxide. While food waste is a big problem, social entrepreneurs see a big opportunity. Around the country, they are working to reduce, recover and rethink discarded food valued at more than $160 billion a year. In the process, they are not only cutting food costs, but also creating jobs and fighting climate change. University of Maryland College Park alumna Cam Pascual co-founded the nonprofit Food Recovery Network (FRN) after watching hundreds of pounds of food hit the trash in her campus dining hall every night. Pascual and her colleagues mobilized a volunteer network to shuttle leftovers from the university to soup kitchens, donating 200 meals a night to feed the hungry. In the last five years, FRN has recovered more than 1 million pounds of food from 184 campuses in 42 states, proving that ingenuity and philanthropy can together fight the food waste travesty. “There are two major barriers to recovering leftover food; one is awareness, like helping businesses to understand the laws that protect them from liability,” says Pascual, the organization’s current director of innovation and operations. “The other is the labor involved. Universities are the perfect ecosystem for food recovery because college students have flexible schedules and are community service-minded, offering a ready supply of volunteers.”

The latest FRN initiative is a certification program to verify that farms and restaurants are engaging in food recovery that includes creating a toolkit to help restaurants safely recover leftover meals. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Department of Agriculture recently set a goal of slashing food waste in half by 2030, with several supporting bills approaching the floor in Congress. The EPA food recovery hierarchy calls for reducing food waste first and foremost, with recovering food to feed people or animals as a fallback and utilizing landfills only as a last resort. “It’s one thing to set goals, but to realize those reductions in food waste, we have to change our behavior,” says Jonathan Bloom, author of American Wasteland: How America Throws Away Nearly Half of Its Food (and What We Can Do About It). Farms and households are the two largest generators of food waste, according to Bloom, whose blog at WastedFood. com offers dozens of beneficial tips for keeping food out of the trash bin. Fighting food waste starts before we go to the grocery. Bloom recommends consumers organize cupboards to know what’s already in stock, plan meals and stick to the shopping list. Post-purchase, easy tips include serving smaller portions, freezing leftovers and sharing surplus with friends and neighbors. Bloom’s website fans contribute more ideas like mixing veggie scraps into pet food or making them into soup stock. Using a smaller refrigerator keeps shoppers from bulking up while saving energy costs. The battle against wasted food needs to start at home, where small steps add up to big change.

enderson residents, leaders, elected officials, health professionals, food-related professionals, engaged citizens working to better our community and federal partners will gather from 12:30 to 5 p.m., October 12, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., October 13, at the Henderson Convention Center to participate in a training to help identify the food resources and gaps in Historic Downtown Henderson and create a course of action for a healthier city. Lunch will be provided. The city of Henderson was the only community in Nevada to receive a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Local Foods, Local Places technical assistance award this year, which funds a team of experts to visit the city and help us build on the momentum in Historic Downtown with specific attention to food insecurity and food solutions. A team of experts will facilitate the training to develop an action coordinating the resources we have, identify the major missing pieces and bridge the gaps. They will assist in prioritizing next steps and identifying roles, responsibilities and resources to move forward.

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Daily Table ( purchases excess food from growers, manufacturers and supermarkets to provide healthy food at fast-food prices for populations in need. The Dorchester, Massachusetts, retail grocery store offers fresh produce and grocery items, plus ready-to-cook and grab-n-go prepared meals. Fruitcycle ( makes healthy dried snacks from produce that would otherwise be tossed. The Washington, D.C.-area business also provides jobs for formerly incarcerated, homeless or otherwise disadvantaged women. Food Cowboy ( reroutes food rejected by distributors. Truck drivers use a mobile app to communicate availability of such produce and find a charity or compost site to accept it. Re-Nuble ( transforms food waste into affordable, organic fertilizer for hydroponic growing, thus contributing a solution to hunger. BluApple ( makes a plastic, fruitshaped device that can triple the shelf life of refrigerated food. It absorbs ethylene, a naturally occurring gas that accelerates spoilage.

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onathan Bloom speaks to college students around the U.S. explaining how fighting food waste requires changing beliefs and behaviors about food. “Recognize that taste should trump appearance, and don’t be so concerned with superficialities,” is a leading message. He cites replicable countermeasures like Hungry Harvest and Imperfect Produce, both predicated upon giving “ugly produce” a second chance. Based in Washington, D.C., and San Francisco’s Bay Area, respectively, these businesses offer low-cost home delivery of surplus produce, much of which is rejected for not meeting grocery stores’ high cosmetic standards. Here are more examples of the community pioneers working to divert food from overstuffed landfills to people.

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resounding chorus of research shows that the traditional three R’s of essential early education should also encompass an M for music. Playing instruments prior to and during school years can put children on a tuneful path to lifelong benefits.

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A 2015 study by the National Association for Music Education ( shows that youngsters harboring an early appreciation for music tend to have larger vocabularies and more advanced reading skills than their peers. The research also revealed that schools with music programs have an estimated 90.2 percent graduation rate and 93.9 percent attendance rate compared to others averaging 72.9 and 84.9 percent, respectively. A recent study by the Children’s Music Workshop (ChildrensMusic, which provides instructional programming for more than 25 Los Angeles-area public and private schools, cites a host of additional benefits. These highlight music education’s role in developing the part of the brain that processes language; im-

proving spatial intelligence; thinking creatively; gaining empathy for people of other cultures; encouraging self-expression and teamwork through playing as a group; and achieving higher grades both in high school and on standardized tests. Higher institutes of learning are equally involved. Boston’s Berklee College of Music ( offers majors in making it as a music professional, performance music and music therapy, plus postgraduate degrees. Its annual five-week summer performance program in “Beantown” furthers the skills of 1,000 U.S. and international children 12 years old and up. In addition to musical skills, “We see improvement in young people’s confidence and persona,” says Oisin McAuley, director of summer programs. “It’s a truly formative experience.” In addition, The Berklee City Music online program serves high schools nationwide, assisted by alumni in some cities. It also awards scholarships for participation in the summer performance activities in Boston. The nonprofit Young Americans ( organization, launched in 1992, operates its own college of performing arts in Corona, California, that fosters artistic, intellectual

Be open-minded enough not to label innovations in genres as junk; whatever kids are drawn to should be fine. ~Dayna Martin and personal growth for those working toward becoming performers or arts educators. Its International Music Outreach Tours have brought workshops to K through 12th grade students in nearly all 50 American states and 15 countries in Europe and Asia.

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“Don’t force children to play music. It’s better when they want to do it on their own. Having instruments around the house can make it easier,” suggests Dayna Martin, a life coach and author of Radical Unschooling: A Revolution Has Begun, near North Conway, New Hampshire. Learning music can also decrease math phobia, similar to the way in which children that love to cook and follow recipes learn math, she points out, because math and music are undeniably interconnected. As part of a self-taught passion for medieval history, her 17-year-old son Devin is building a replica of a Vikingera log house on the family’s property and has made several stringed instruments steeped in the historical period using mathematical principles. “When children apply math to further their interest in music, it makes more sense to them than when it’s some problems in a workbook, and they pick it up more readily, which instills a lifelong appreciation of mathematics as an essential tool,” she observes. Jamie Blumenthal, a board-certified music therapist and owner of Family Music Therapy Connection: North Bay Music Therapy Services (, in Santa Rosa, California, works predominantly with special needs children. “Autistic children love music, and playing wind instruments like flutes and whistles helps work the muscles around the mouth, assisting with speech development,” she says.

Singing, keyboards and percussion instruments are other tools she uses. “Many parents want their child to become accustomed to social settings. Because their child loves music, they’ll often seek a group music forum,” notes Blumenthal. Family Music Time (FamilyMusic, in Fort Myers, Florida, is one of 2,500 affiliated centers nationwide and in 40 countries that follows music CDs provided by Princeton, New Jersey-based Music Together (

Drumming and singing sessions with parents and children up to 5 years old help them gain a music appetite and early group music-making experience, according to Director LouAnne Dunfee. At her studio, local professional musicians also conduct private lessons in piano, guitar and trumpet for children ages 6 and up. Children playing instruments can mean much more than just music to our ears. Randy Kambic is a freelance writer and editor based in Estero, FL, and regular contributor to Natural Awakenings.

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Here are some of the organizations that collect and provide musical instruments for youngsters. Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation, Hungry for Music, Fender Music Foundation, Music for Minors Foundation, VH1 Save the Music Foundation,

Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life and to everything. ~Plato

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ucts are also enormous.” His company’s vegan cheeses are basically cashews, probiotic cultures and salt. Unlike American’s 10 million dairy cows, cashews aren’t injected with growth hormones, don’t emit methane and produce no waste runoff to pollute waterways.

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he United Nations warns that water use is outpacing population growth two to one. At this rate, two-thirds of the world will face water stress by 2025, meaning fewer crops and jobs and higher food prices. “Globally, 3 million people, mostly children, die each year due to waterrelated issues,” says Sister Dorothy Maxwell, of the Dominican Sisters of Blauvelt, in New York. “Water is a precious commodity. Every drop in supply should increase awareness.”

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tuary, in Watkins Glen, New York, and Orland and Los Angeles, California. “Choosing plant foods instead of animal products can make a huge difference. Estimates show that one person switching to a vegan diet can save at least 1,000 gallons of water every day.” Before landing on a plate, an eightounce steak will have necessitated 850 gallons of water, including growing and processing the animal’s food grain. The amount of water needed to produce a quarter-pound hamburger equals that of 30 average showers. “Dietary choices have environmental and ethical impacts,” agrees Michael Schwarz, founder of Hudson Valley Treeline Cheese, in Kingston, New York. “The carbon and water footprints of conventional dairy prod-

The Natural Resources Defense Council reports that Americans annually discard more than 35 million tons of uneaten food that costs local governments $1.5 billion annually in clean up and landfill maintenance. Food waste contributes to climate change through the use of huge quantities of water, fertilizer, land and fuel to process, refrigerate and transport it. Plus, it emits methane gas as it decomposes. Reducing food waste can have a far-reaching impact. Applying simple household tips will help minimize waste: Protect all meat, poultry and fish along with dairy products like yogurt, sour cream and cottage cheese from bacteria by storing them in the original packaging until used; seal any leftovers in airtight containers. Wrap hard cheese in foil or waxed paper after opening. Keep fruits and vegetables separate and don’t wash before refrigerating to forestall mold. Activated oxygen, like that used in the small refrigerator appliance BerryBreeze, neutralizes bacteria and mold to keep stored foods fresh longer.

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Maxwell’s guidance for savvy water use includes: Don’t pre-rinse dishes. Run the dishwasher only when full. Use less soap when washing up and make sure it’s biodegradable. Water-wise experts also offer these cooking tips. Use a single pot of water to blanch several kinds of vegetables before freezing. Start with the lightest color and end with the darkest, especially odorous veggies like asparagus or Brussels sprouts.

“Unless it’s greasy, cooking and drinking water can be reused to nourish plants,” explains Diane MacEachern, founder and publisher of “I cool egg and veggie cooking water to pour on herbs and flowers.” As whole potatoes simmer, set a steamer basket over them to cook other veggies and conserve water. Fewer pots mean less dishwashing, and leftover potato water adds extra flavor to homemade potato dinner rolls. Cook shorter shapes of dry pasta in less water, first placing them in cold water and lowering the heat to a simmer once it hits a boil, also saving energy (Tinyurl. com/ColdWaterPastaMethod). Directions for hard-boiled eggs call for enough cold water to cover before boiling, followed by the mandatory icewater bath, using goodly amounts of water and energy. Steam eggs instead; find instructions at BestHardCookedEggs. For a large quantity of eggs, try baking them ( Freezer jam contains more fruit, much less sugar and needs no water bath for canning jars; recipes are available online. Eat watermelon as is or in salads, compost the peel and pickle the rind using only one cup of water with minimal boiling time ( WatermelonRindPickling). Rather than waste warm water to defrost frozen foods, simply move them overnight to the refrigerator. Composting is far more eco-wise than running a garbage disposal and sink water. More than 70 percent of Earth’s surface is covered in water, but only .007 percent—like a single drop in a fivegallon bucket—is usable for hydrating its 6.8 billion people and all plants and animals. We must be creative to protect that drop by kicking it up a notch in the kitchen. Connect with the freelance writer via

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Dr. Jim Wright, DDS, AIAOMT, AIABDM 8855 W Flamingo, LV 89147 702-281-9900 • Practicing holistic, biological dentistry with safe removal of mercury. 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 34.


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 halomassages, facials, halo-yoga & halo-meditation classes. 100% natural Allergy relief for all ages. See ad, page 27.


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, page 3.


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.

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

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





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.


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 20.


Julianna, Co-Creator/Alchemist 702-686-2727 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, pages 11 & 12.


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 37.

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 9.


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 16.


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


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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 11.


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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SEPTEMBER 2016 Natural Awakenings-Greater Las Vegas  

National Yoga Month • Music As Medicine • Inside The Chant With Krishna Das • The Modern Shaman • Sean Mai Wei aka: Walking Bear • Restorati...

SEPTEMBER 2016 Natural Awakenings-Greater Las Vegas  

National Yoga Month • Music As Medicine • Inside The Chant With Krishna Das • The Modern Shaman • Sean Mai Wei aka: Walking Bear • Restorati...