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Native Habitats Draw Critters and Delight Kids

April 2014 | Las Vegas Edition |

Eat Fresh. Buy Local. Treat your locavore palate to farm-fresh foods while contributing to a healthier planet and a more prosperous local economy. Support these Greater Las Vegas businesses! CAFE/RESTAURANT BERRY BLENDZ-LAS VEGAS 7175 W Lake Mead Blvd, #140, LV 702-541-7800

Health nuts and flavor geeks finally unite with our delicious and nutritious real fruit smoothies and tasty energy drinks.


401 S Maryland Pkwy, LV 702-202-3100 •

A downtown vegan-friendly coffeehouse. Simply delicious and healthful food made from scratch.

50 N Las Vegas Blvd, #150, LV (entrance on Ogden Ave) 702-527-7717 •

Proving gluten-free can be delicious, WILD offers mouthwatering pizzas and pastas, fresh salads and delectable desserts, including cupcakes.


Chef Robert Blanks • 702-762-3278


5875 S Rainbow Blvd, #104, LV 702-726-2621 •

702-397-2021 A quirky, comfy, artistic spot to lounge. Healthy,


2381 E Windmill Ln, Paradise 702-450-9007 2910 Lake East Dr, LV 702-254-5382

Organic, live, vegan cuisine. Fine organic produce, nuts, seed and grains, complimented with raw organic oils.

GREENS AND PROTEINS 8975 S Eastern Ave, LV 702-541-7800

Local, organic, sustainable CSA. Fresh quality produce, eggs, honey and meat locally grown with care.

FARMERS’ MARKET COUNTRY FRESH MARKET 240 Water St, HD 200 Green Valley Pkwy, HD 702-579-9661

Dozens of vendors including CA and local farmers. Farm fresh produce, nuts eggs, coffee and teas. Water St: Thurs., 9am-4pm. Green Valley: Fri., 10am-4pm.

COWBOY TRAIL FARM 6550 Cowboy Trail, LV

Greens and Proteins is a modern, family friendly 702-604-3165 cafe’ offering all your favorite foods with a healthy twist. Non-GMO, Tour the operation and Farm Stand. You can actually see our vegetables growing! Sat., 10amLAYERS BAKERY CAFE 12pm.

Organic/Gluten Free Options 6655 S Green Valley Pkwy, #100, HD DOWNTOWN 3RD 702-221-2253 • 201 N 34rd St, LV Organically focused bakery & cafe serving breakfast, lunch, coffee & desserts. Mon-Fri., 8am-4pm. Sat/Sun., 9am-4pm.

RAINBOW’S END NATURAL FOODS 1100 E Sahara Ave, #120, LV 702-737-1338

Our café offers delicious vegetarian, vegan and raw dishes. Includes a tonic juice bar with smoothies.


Gluten Free Comfort Food Vegan Options


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Open-air markets are a community gathering place; a place for farmers, artist, chefs, crafters.

GROCERY SPROUTS FARMERS’ MARKET 3365 E Tropicana Ave, LV 702-777-0650

A neighborhood grocery store with the feel of an old-fashioned farmers market.

Organic Personal Chef. Weekly meal service, in-home and TRADER JOE’S 2101 S Decatur Blvd, LV delivery. Time-share, catering.Mon-Sat., 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

FRESH MAMA FRESHTARIAN QUAIL HOLLOW FARMS vegan-friendly salads, wraps, soups, smoothies and raw desserts.


Indoor Farmers Market. Fri., 9am-3pm.


Open Air Market 702-900-2552

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Neighborhood grocery store with amazing food and drink from around the globe and around the corner.

WHOLE FOODS 6689 Las Vegas Blvd S, LV 702-589-7711

Highest quality natural and organic products.


Hydroponically Grown Veggies 4612 Industry Center Dr, LV 702-480-9571 • The indoor family owned farm that grows kale, spring mixes, and micro-greens year round.

STORE HERBALLY GROUNDED 4441 W Charleston Blvd, LV 702-558-4372

Locally made formulas, more than 300 bulk herbs, thousands of natural products and monthly classes.


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Fri: Town Square 3-7pm. Sat: Tivoli Village 9am-2pm. 702-433-3304 Sun: Sansone Park Place 8:30am-1pm. See ad, page 9. Sunrise Coffee House and Coffee Roasting. Fair Trade Organic and vegan, vegetarian and gluten LAS VEGAS FARMERS MARKET free friendly foods. 10401 Garden Park Dr, LV Tues. 4-8pm. 1600 Rampart, LV Wed. 4-8pm.


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April 2014


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




by Anita Lanier



DIY Recipes Keep Your Home Naturally Clean by Lane Vail




by Louise Paloma



by Martin Miron




Small Nature Reaches Out to City Kids by Greg Hanscom


Nevada's Unique Food Waste Recycling Program by Gabrielle Wyant



Native Habitats Draw Critters and Delight Kids by Avery Mack


Qigong Steps Up Vitality and Serenity by Meredith Montgomery

26 POOCH PROTOCOL Good Manners Make a Dog Welcome by Sandra Murphy


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11 7 newsbriefs 1 1 healthbriefs 13 globalbriefs 15 localinsight

16 greenliving 17 greenproduct

spotlight 13 18 business


spotlight 19 inspiration 20 greenvegas 22 healthykids 24 fitbody 26 naturalpet 30 calendar 31 classifieds 33 naturaldirectory

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This month, Natural Awakenings is celebrating Easter, Earth Day, an Earth Day birthday and a new sponsorship that creates an amazing opportunity to promote health and wellness! I am proud to announce that Natural Awakenings – Greater Las Vegas edition has joined the Las Vegas Health & Fitness Chamber of Commerce (LVHFCC) as a corporate sponsor. Our desire to inspire our readers to live happy, healthy and sustainable lifestyles are in direct alignment with the LVHFCC mission (see News Brief, page 7). This is a powerful time for us as we get to know the founder and Chairman, Raymond C. Wilson, and Director of Membership, Mindy Tatti. Together, we will continue to encourage, promote and empower the well-being of the local community as a place to live, work, grow and play. Watch as we continue to introduce new LVHFCC members, healthy products and services. Another great event this month is Earth Day! Each year on April 22, events are held worldwide to demonstrate support for environmental protection. In 1969, peace activist John McConnell proposed a day to honor the Earth and the concept of peace, to first be celebrated on March 20, the first day of spring in the northern hemisphere. However, one month after McConnell's proposition, another man realized he could capitalize on the emerging consciousness of the times, at the height of the hippie and flower-child culture, and channel the energy of the anti-war protest movement, putting environmental concerns front and center. Gaylord Nelson, then a U.S. Senator from Wisconsin, after witnessing the ravages of the 1969 massive oil spill in Santa Barbara, California, had an idea that would force environmental protection onto the national political agenda, and he founded a separate Earth Day with an environmental teach-in held on April 22, 1970. As a result, 200 million Americans took to the streets, parks and auditoriums to demonstrate for a healthy, sustainable environment in massive coast-to-coast rallies. Earth Day marks the anniversary of what many consider the birth of the modern environmental movement in 1970. The first Earth Day led to the creation of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the passage of the Clean Air, Clean Water and Endangered Species Acts. For more information and details of the history of the Earth Day movement and how you can take action, visit Earth Day, April 22, is one of my favorite days of the year. This is the day my six-pound, two ounce baby girl was born into the world. Happy birthday, Ysabel! Peace out,

Gabrielle Wyant-Perillo, Publisher PS: March 20 is my birthday (original proposed Earth Day, spring equinox), Ysabel was born on April 22 (Earth Day). Coincidence? I think not. Synchronicity at it’s finest!

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newsbriefs Rosie’s Wish to Put on Health Food Fair


he Health Food Fair of Las Vegas, to be held from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., April 12, at the Clark County Amphitheater, is a healthy food event sponsored by nonprofit Rosie’s Wish & Life Skills and Skillets. Guests will experience a wide range of offerings, from specialty gourmet to vegetarian/vegan, and even healthier food for pets. There will be cooking and tasting stations, physical trainers doing exercise demonstrations, entertainment and carnival attractions. Nutrition counselors will be available for questions and answers. Rosie’s Wish & Life Skills and Skillets teaches life skills to people of all ages that suffer from diabetes and works toward prevention of diseases such as obesity through healthy cooking and eating habits. Nutritional advice is combined with personalized movement information to create a healthier lifestyle. Giving back to the Las Vegas community is the number one mission of Rosie’s Wish and Life Skills and Skillets. General admission is $5/$3 for seniors and military with ID/under 5 free. Location: 500 S. Grand Central Pkwy., Las Vegas. For more information, call Chef Ronald Torres at 702-771-3232 or email

Keep Henderson Shining


enderson Shines, to be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., May 3, in the south parking lot of Henderson Pavilion, is a community cleanup and an educational day when residents can safely dispose of unwanted items while learning about the importance of sustainability. There will be central cleanup areas for recycling, document shredding and disposal of hazardous materials and electronics, as well as a local charity donation collection. Henderson Shines is hosted by Neighborhood Services. Each car will receive a packet of information to promote neighborhood enhancement and sustainability. Location: 200 S. Green Valley Pkwy., Henderson. For more information, call 702-267-2000.

Wellness and Networking Combined in New Chamber


he Las Vegas Health & Fitness Chamber of Commerce has opened at 7251 West Lake Mead Boulevard, Suite 300, focusing on uniting the wellness community of Las Vegas and continuing its mission to build a healthy and strong southern Nevada. Members and sponsors of the new chamber receive highly-targeted health, fitness, wellness and nutrition resources and conduct business in a rapidly growing industry based around the Las Vegas Valley. “The development of the Chamber has been a vision of mine with an objective of creating a healthy Las Vegas community,” says Raymond C. Wilson, founder and chairman. “The Chamber’s mission is to promote healthcare, fitness, nutrition and wellness in one connected community for businesses and the general public in Las Vegas. By bringing together, in a collaborative partnership, leading businesses, educators, practitioners, trainers and individuals, we can build a strong and health community.” For more information, call 702239-6636 or visit VegasHealth See ad, page 4.

Walk MS 2014 at Sunset Park


his year’s 5k Walk MS, to be held beginning at 7 a.m., April 26, at Sunset Park, connects people living with multiple sclerosis and their caregivers. An opening ceremony will be conducted at 8:30 a.m. It is a day to come together and celebrate the progress we've made and to show the power of our connections. The finds raised give hope to the more than 19,000 people living with MS in our community to support life-changing programs and cutting-edge research. Every connection counts. Location: 2601 E. Sunset Rd., For more information, call 775-827-4257 or email natural awakenings

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newsbriefs GREENFest Earth Day Celebration at UNLV


ponsored by GREEN Alliance and Republic Services, the fifth annual GREENFest and 18th annual Festival of Communities will be celebrated together from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., April 12, on the UNLV campus in observation of Earth Day and the rich cultural diversity of the area. With more than 250 booths, guests will enjoy a variety of kid-friendly activities, live entertainment, food from around the world, a beer garden, interactive exhibitors, fun festivities, pet adoptions and drawings for prizes throughout the day. GREENFest provides the opportunity for southern Nevada's sustainable community to gather in one location at one time. Collaborative GREEN Allies present ways to become more sustainable as they showcase their meaningful work. This event features environmental topics and exhibits, recycling collection, culture, diversity, innovation and resources to create a more enjoyable and healthy lifestyle. The Festival of Communities features students and local communities highlighting cultural diversity. Admission and parking are free. For more information, visit

Parkinson’s Optimism Walk 2014 at Craig Ranch Park


n an effort to ease the burden and find the cure for Parkinson’s disease, the American Parkinson Disease Association (APDA) is conducting its annual Optimism Walks event for Parkinson’s disease at 10 a.m., April 12, beginning at Craig Ranch Regional Park. Check-in time is 9 a.m. This event is very important to raise national awareness of the disease and funds for research and the APDA Information and Referral Center network. Every local Optimism Walk one of 25 nationwide, bring closer a cure for this debilitating disease. Parkinson’s disease currently affects more than 1 million people in the U.S., and money raised from the this event will help bring medical researchers closer than ever to finding a cure, as well as support the many Parkinson’s disease patients and caregivers through the APDA Information and Referral Center network. The goal for this year’s Optimism Walks campaign is to raise more than $1 million.

Henderson Stroll ‘N Roll


e n d e r s o n ’s s p i n o n t h e Ciclovia phenomenon that’s sweeping the globe, Henderson Stroll’n Roll, will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., April 12. Attendees of the car-free street fair will be entertained by music, live performances, health, fitness and bicycle vendors and interactive demonstrations and food trucks. Originally founded in Bogota, Colombia, streets are closed to motorized traffic for the Ciclovia to allow the community to gather and enjoy the streets. Paseo Verde Parkway from the Henderson Multigenerational Center at Green Valley Parkway to Discovery Park and on to Paseo Verde Park will be closed to motor vehicle traffic, allowing bicycle, skateboard, skates, buggies and foot traffic the right-of-way. For more information, call 702267-4000 or visit HendersonLive. com/special-events/stroll-n-roll.

Location: 628 W. Craig Rd. To participate by walking or sponsoring a walker, call 702-464-3132 or visit

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Making Society More Sustainable


ne Equal Share—A Time Exchange—Building Community encourages membership by businesses and nonprofits. President Leslie Morpeth says, “This adds to our pool of talent and further develops pathways for sustainability. We demonstrate how the power of cooperation and collaboration benefits us all!” The idea of sustainability applies as much to human societies as to the planet’s eco-systems. Sustainability is about meeting current needs while creating workable systems for future generations to build on, using current resources wisely and working together to maximize value for our communities. We all have a talent or service we can offer to another. In this respect we are all equal, so Time Exchange has come up with an alternate way to value this kind of service. It’s oldfashioned neighborly service with a twist. All service is tracked to encourage accountability and reciprocity. For more information, call 702-635-9001, email Info@1EqualShare. com or visit Potlucks are held regularly.

New Intentional Healings Center Features Empowerment


ntentional Healings Center is now open at 3450 East Russell Road, Suite 110, in Las Vegas, offering spiritual healing on many levels. The new owner, Jodi Friedman, a Reiki master teacher, formerly of the Ganesha Center, brings monthly Reiki shares, energy sessions, soul readings, channeling and chakra balancing to energize seekers to search deep to find their truth within. Other classes include Reiki certification, transformational success courses through meditation and Reiki, and dream empowering vision board parties. Practicing self-healing from the inside out for almost 20 years, Friedman healed herself from a stroke to the optic nerve. Digging deep into her spiritual toolbox, she recognized the blessings through a program of spiritual alignment, mental clarity, a vegan diet, exercise and listening to her inner guidance and faith. Sessions are by appointment only: call 702-274-4545 or visit See ad, page 29.

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newsbriefs Find Out What Iridology Can Tell You


r. Ellen Tart-Jensen, Ph.D., sponsored by Body Balance Naturally, is offering private iridology sessions from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., April 29, at Hampton Inn. Iridology is the science and practice of analyzing the iris of the eye, which contains the most complex tissue structure in the human anatomy. The iris reveals the level of constitutional strength, inherited weaknesses, state of health and the transactions that take place in our organs, glands and tissues, according to the way we live our lives. Tart-Jensen has been an iridologist, nutritionist, author and herbalist for 25 years. She studied for two years at the Prasura Health Clinic, in Switzerland, and spent five years training and working with Dr. Bernard Jensen, known as the father of iridology. She has written Techniques in Iris Analysis, among other books, and teaches natural healing methods, nutrition and iridology around the world. Cost is $150 per one-hour session. Location; Hampton Inn, 6575 S. Eastern Ave., Las Vegas. To register, call 702-656-6788 or visit See ad, page 9.

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The Goodie Two Shoes Foundation and the Mountain West Conference Basketball Tournament teamed up to distribute new shoes and socks to more than 400 Paradise Elementary School students at the Thomas & Mack Center March 11. Goodie Two Shoes programming is based on the premise that they don't just provide a child with a new pair of shoes, but rather empower participants with choice by giving them the opportunity to select any pair of high-quality athletic shoes they want from a large traveling inventory. The organization strives to reach 10,000 southern Nevada children in need each year. For more information, visit


Home Renovations Aggravate Childhood Asthma


ew research suggests that renovation planning should involve more than just picking the right colors and styles; doing it right may help prevent childhood respiratory conditions. Researchers from St. Louis University, in Missouri, linked home renovations with increased wheezing, asthma and chronic coughing among children living in the home. The study, published in the American Journal of Public Health, followed 31,049 children between the ages of 2 and 14 years old from seven Chinese cities over a two-year period. Previous research has also reached a similar conclusion, identifying some specific materials responsible for increased childhood respiratory disorders. A Russian study of 5,951 children ages 8 to 12 found that increased asthma and wheezing were related to recently completed painting, as well as the installation of new linoleum flooring, synthetic carpets, particleboard and wall coverings. That study, published in the same journal states, “Exposure levels are the highest during and shortly after painting, but low levels of exposure may remain for several months. Wooden furniture, as well as painted or varnished and new furniture, is likely to emit chemical substances.” A 2002 study of New York children published in the Journal of Urban Health found similar results.

Supplements Could Save $70 Billion in Medical Costs


n a Frost & Sullivan study report authored by Christopher Shanahan and Robert de Lorimier, Ph.D., the use of dietary supplements, including B vitamins, phytosterols and dietary fiber, could reduce the cost of treating coronary artery disease in the U.S. by nearly $50 billion over the next seven years. In addition, healthcare costs related to diabetes, vision problems and osteoporosis could be reduced by nearly $20 billion collectively with the use of certain supplements. The projections were based on cost-benefit analysis comparing a series of scenarios to assess the effect on overall disease management costs if an identified high-risk population were to avoid costly medical events by increasing their intake of dietary supplements purchased out-ofpocket versus no supplement usage. “The healthcare system spends a tremendous amount of money treating chronic disease, but has failed to focus on ways to reduce those costs through prevention,” says Steve Mister, president of the Council for Responsible Nutrition Foundation. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, only 3 percent of U.S. healthcare costs are spent on the prevention of chronic diseases.

Orange Oil Calms Kids in Dental Chairs


or centuries, aromatherapy using orange oil has been heralded in traditional herbalism for its ability to alleviate anxiety. Research published in the journal Advanced Biomedical Research now finds that aromatherapy using the same ingredient can significantly reduce a child’s anxiety at the dentist’s office. The study, conducted at Iran’s Isfahan University of Medical Sciences and published in the peer-reviewed journal Advanced Biomedical Research, tested 10 boys and 20 girls between 6 and 9 years old. In this crossover design study, participants were assigned randomly into two groups. Half the children were treated with water instead of any essential oil (control) initially and received orange aroma in the second session (intervention). Another 15 children received treatment under orange aroma in the first encounter (intervention) and were treated without any aroma the second time (control). When the children were given orange oil aromatherapy, they experienced significantly reduced heart rates and lower salivary cortisol levels compared with those not receiving it. The results corroborate findings from a 2000 study from the University of Vienna, in Austria, published in Physiology and Behavior.

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Olive Leaf Outperforms Diabetes Drug


live leaf may provide nature’s answer to diabetes treatment. A recent study from the University of Auckland, in New Zealand, suggests that olive leaf extract can help reduce insulin resistance and increase insulin production by beta cells in the pancreas. The researchers tested 46 middle-aged, obese adults at risk for developing metabolic syndrome-related Type 2 diabetes. In the double-blind, placebo-controlled study, olive leaf extract outperformed the diabetes drug metformin and “significantly improved insulin sensitivity and pancreatic beta-cell secretory capacity,” according to the researchers. Insulin helps escort glucose into the body’s cells.

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Help Shape a Better World

omatoes are widely known for their outstanding antioxidant content, anti-inflammatory and cancerfighting properties, plus benefits to heart health. Now, research from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Human Nutrition Research Center, at Tufts University, in Boston, Massachusetts, has found that consuming tomatoes—particularly their lycopene content—can also help prevent and even treat both liver disease and cancer of the liver. The researchers combed through 241 studies and scientific papers to connect the dots. They report that lycopene up regulates the sirtuin 1 (SIRT1) protein, meaning it increases the number of receptors on cell surfaces, thereby increasing cellular response to it. SIRT1 activation is recognized to protect against obesity-induced inflammation and degeneration of the liver, explain the study’s authors. Lycopene was found to protect against fatty liver disease, liver fibrosis and the formation of cancer in the liver and lungs. Multiple studies have shown cooked tomatoes and tomato sauce offer increased bioavailability of healthful lycopene.


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Food Charter

United Nations Blueprints Sustainability Goals


new publication, Trade and Environment Review: Wake Up Before it is Too Late, from the United Nations Commission on Trade and Development, declares that transformative changes are needed in current food, agriculture and trade systems to increase diversity on farms, reduce use of fertilizer and other inputs, support small-scale farmers and create strong local food systems. Key indicators of needed transformation in agriculture include increased soil carbon content and better integration between crop and livestock production; more incorporation of agroforestry and wild vegetation; reduction in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions of livestock production; reduction of GHG through sustainable peatland, forest and grassland management; optimization of organic and inorganic fertilizer use; reduction of waste throughout the food chains; changing dietary patterns toward climate-friendly food consumption; and reform of the international trade regime for food and agriculture. The report includes contributions from more than 60 international experts, including a commentary from the Institute of Agriculture and Trade Policy. Source:

Forests Have Limited Powers to Save Us

orests have a finite capacity to soak up atmospheric carbon dioxide, according to a recent study from Northern Arizona University. Results published in the online journal New Phytologist illustrate how today’s rising atmospheric levels of carbon dioxide (CO2) might alter the carbon and nitrogen content of ecosystems. In contrast to expectations, research over an 11-year period showed that ecosystem carbon uptake was not significantly increased by high CO2. While plants did contain more carbon in the presence of higher CO2 levels, the soil lost carbon content due to microbial decomposition. These factors essentially canceled each other out, signifying that nature cannot entirely self-correct against climate change.

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Mailbox Libraries Gain Worldwide


lice Mills smiles as she looks at the box that sits on her lawn in Hutchinson, Kansas, an act of kindness for neighbors and the community. Inside the box is a miniature library. Books sit on two shelves; the bottom with short stories for children and the top with novels for adults. After her children grew up and moved away from home, they took the books they wanted with them. The rest sat on a bookshelf collecting dust. “If they’re here, they’re not being read,” Mills says. The concept for the Little Free Library began in 2009 to promote literacy and the love of reading, as well as to build a sense of community, according to They are now popping up around the world in the United States, Bulgaria, Germany, Italy, Pakistan, Spain, Turkey and the Congo. A recent Pew Internet & American Life Project survey shows that Americans strongly value the role of public libraries in their communities, both for providing access to materials and resources and for promoting literacy and improving the overall quality of life. More than half used a public library in a one-year period, and 72 percent say they live in a “library household”. Most Americans say they have only had positive experiences at public libraries and value a range of library resources and services. National Library Week begins April 13. Contributing source:

Harnessing the Ocean’s Power Potential


he U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is investing $16 million on 17 tidal and wave projects to sustainably and efficiently capture energy from waves, tides and currents. The projects will also help gather crucial data on how these devices interact with the surrounding environment. The DOE will also spend $13.5 million on eight projects to help U.S. companies build durable, efficient wave and tidal devices that reduce overall costs and maximize the amount of energy captured. Specifically, the projects will focus on developing new components and software that predicts ocean conditions and adjusts device settings accordingly to optimize power production. Source:

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globalbriefs Porous Pavement

Widespread Use Awaits Cleaning Machines


ainwater flows through porous pavement, allowing it to quickly reach soil, which helps keep pavement clearer from ice and snow in the winter and reduces the amount of pollutants that rain washes off of streets and into bodies of surface water. “It works about 50 percent of the time,” says David Drullinger, an environmental quality professional with the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality. He explains that dirt, sand and other debris get stuck inside the pavement; for it to be effective again, it must be cleaned. More machines capable of unclogging these road surfaces are needed before widespread installation is viable. As more contractors gain experience working with the new material, the more effective it may become. Several communities in Michigan already are adopting the use of porous pavement for its benefits. Source:

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olar industry jobs are up nearly 20 percent in the 14 months through November 2013 as cheaper panels and rising electricity rates spurred people to turn to solar, according to a report by the nonprofit Solar Foundation research group. At latest count, solar companies employ nearly 143,000 solar workers, up more than 23,000 from September 2012—a job growth rate that’s 10 times faster than the national average and is helping local economies, according to the foundation. The industry is expected to create 22,000 new jobs in 2014, although at a slower pace than 2013. Cuts of 8,500 positions are projected in the sector that generates electricity from fossil fuels. Solar firms surveyed in the report said that more than 50 percent of their business and homeowner customers turned to solar to save money, while nearly 23 percent said they invested in panels because costs are now comparable with utility rates. The report noted that the cost of solar equipment has fallen about 50 percent since the beginning of 2010, motivating more people to go green.

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Feds Give Dangerous Green Light


he U.S. Department of Agriculture has issued a draft statement essentially giving the green light to the marketing, sale and planting of Dow Chemical’s genetically modified (GM, GMO, GE) corn and soybeans resistant to 2,4-D, which will trigger a huge increase in the use of the toxic herbicide. The determination under the Plant Pest Act comes despite intense opposition over the past two years from farmers, more than 400,000 other individuals and some 150 farm, fishery, public health, consumer and environmental groups and private businesses. Meanwhile, the Grocery Manufacturers Association has issued talking points against GMO labeling laws for food industry lobbyists that claim the laws are unconstitutional, violating the First Amendment, although other legal experts say the assertion is baseless. Take action at Learn more at


Best Reasons to Try Acupuncture


by Anita Lanier


pring is time of renewal and change. As the weather grows warm and days grow longer, not only do we want to spend more time outside, the desire to renew commitments to health and well-being also takes root. According to the five phase, or five element theory in Oriental medicine, spring is wood Anita Lanier phase, which is about growth, change, pushing boundaries, making new starts, the color is green and the weather correspondence is wind. Here are a few reasons to try acupuncture this spring. Pain: About this time of year, many acupuncturists begin to see clients that have injured themselves in the gym, on the softball field, running trails, even the yoga mat. Physical activity without warming up occasionally introduces a new injury or exacerbates an old one. Sore muscles and stressed tendons and ligaments are often the areas needing treatment. Acupuncture uses the body's own resources to promote healing and balance naturally. It encourages faster healing, helps reduce inflammation and alleviates pain. Prescribed herbal formulas also treat pain, stiffness, and swelling by moving the stagnation that causes pain. External topical liniments and patches made from Chinese herbs help bring relief to injured and stressed tissues. Chronic Pain: Sudden changes in the weather may cause intensified symptoms in chronic pain sufferers. Clients with arthritis, sciatica, headaches or other issues should consider a natural approach to their pain management. Acupuncture has no side effects and studies have shown its

effectiveness in treating myriad chronic pain conditions. Herbal formulas are food grade, so need to be taken consistently for top benefit. The herbs themselves are non-addictive. Acupressure massage and cupping may also help to move stagnation and help stop pain. Allergies: Wind, dust and pollen from all around the Vegas Valley makes for itchy eyes, stuffy noses and congested sinuses. Regular acupuncture treatment on local facial and other distal points may help bring relief to seasonal suffering for patients with hay fever and allergies. Smoking Cessation: Cravings for nicotine bedevil those addicted to tobacco, and ear acupuncture is particularly indicated to help reduce those cravings. Persistent smoker's cough, anxiety and stress related to stopping may be mitigated by herbs in an acupuncture treatment plan. Stress and Fatigue: Moving faster, doing more with less support and over-scheduling are part busy people's lives, leaving many feeling wired and tired. A licensed acupuncturist can help balance the qi in a frazzled patient with a harmonizing or qi-boosting treatment, plus prescribe an appropriate herbal formula. These are just a few conditions treated by acupuncture. A Nevada boardlicensed Oriental medicine doctor can help on the path to wellness, taking age, constitution, general health, and duration of the problem into consideration. Dr. Anita Lanier is a licensed Oriental medicine doctor in private practice in Boulder City, Nevada. She teaches at Wongu University. For more information, visit See ad, page 12.

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hazard that should be kept away from children and animals, borax is non-carcinogenic and isn’t absorbed through skin. Washing soda, a caustic chemical cousin of baking soda, softens water and removes stains. Bond advises, “It’s a heavy duty cleaner as powerful as any toxic solvent,” so wear gloves.

HOMEMADE ECO-CLEANERS DIY Recipes Keep Your Home Naturally Clean by Lane Vail


mericans use 35 million pounds of toxic household cleaning products annually. According to the Children’s Health Environmental Coalition, in Los Angeles, traces of cleaning chemicals can be found throughout the human body within seconds of exposure, posing risks like asthma, allergies, cancer, reproductive toxicity, hormone disruption, neurotoxicity and death. Equally sobering is the decades of research suggesting a relationship between the overuse of powerful disinfectants and the rise of antibiotic-resistant super bacteria like methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), as well as concerns over these toxins entering water supplies and wildlife food chains. Cleaning product labels lack transparency, says Johanna Congleton, Ph.D., a senior scientist for the Environmental Working Group, because “manufacturers aren’t required to specify ingredients.” One approach to assure safe ingredients is do-it-yourself (DIY) products. For Matt and Betsy Jabs, the authors of DIY Natural Household Cleaners who blog at, creating homemade cleaners is a rewarding exercise in sustainability and simplicity. “We’re cutting through all the marketing and getting back to basics,” says Matt. Af-


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fordability is another benefit: The Jabs’ homemade laundry detergent costs five cents per load, compared with 21 cents for a store brand. Annie B. Bond, a bestselling author and pioneering editor of the award-winning Green Guide, dispels a DIY myth: “What’s time-consuming isn’t making the cleaners; it’s making the decision to switch and figuring it all out,” she says.

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Find these multitasking ingredients in local groceries and health stores or online. White vinegar effectively cleans, deodorizes, cuts grease and disinfects against bacteria, viruses and mold. Castile soap in liquid or bar form serves as a biodegradable, vegetable-based surfactant and all-around cleaner (avoid mixing with vinegar, which neutralizes its cleansing properties). Baking soda cleans, whitens, neutralizes odors and softens water. It’s an excellent scrubbing agent for bathrooms, refrigerators and ovens. Borax, a natural mineral, improves the effectiveness of laundry soap. Although classified (as is salt) as a low-level health

Hydrogen peroxide is considered an effective disinfectant and bleach alternative by the Environmental Protection Agency. Use it to whiten grout and remove stains. Essential oils derived from plants infuse cleaners with fragrance and boost germfighting power. Tea tree, eucalyptus and lavender oils all boast antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal properties. The Jabs advise that although they can be pricy, “The investment will pay for itself many times over.” Lemon juice or citric acid cuts through grease, removes mold and bacteria and leaves dishes streak-free. Coarse kosher salt helps soften dishwasher water and acts as a scouring agent.

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All-purpose cleaner: Homemade Cleaners: Quick-and-Easy Toxin-Free Recipes, by Mandy O’Brien and Dionna Ford, suggests combining one cup of vinegar, one cup of water and 15 drops of lemon oil in a spray bottle. Use it anywhere, including glass and mirrors. For serious disinfecting, follow with a hydrogen peroxide spray. Foaming hand/dish soap: Shake one cup of water, a quarter-cup of castile soap and 15 drops of essential oil in a foaming dispenser. Use in bathrooms and kitchens. Dishwashing detergent: DIYNatural recommends mixing one cup of borax, one cup of washing soda, a half-cup of citric acid and a half-cup of coarse kosher salt. Leave it uncovered for several days, stirring often to prevent clumping. Cover and refrigerate. Use one tablespoon per load with a half-cup of citric acid in the rinse to combat streaks. Laundry detergent: Combine one cup of borax, one cup of washing soda and one 14-ounce bar of grated castile soap. Use one tablespoon per load, adding a

More than 95 percent of “green” products manipulate labels by providing irrelevant information (declaring a product is free of an already illegal chemical), being vague (masking poisons as natural ingredients), outright lying (claiming false endorsements) and other maneuvers. ~ TerraChoice Group half-cup of lemon juice to the rinse cycle. Prior to washing, use hydrogen peroxide as a stain remover (test first; it may lift color). Bathroom soft scrub: Bond recommends creating a thick paste with liquid castile soap and a half-cup of baking soda. Scour tubs, showers and stainless steel surfaces with a sponge, and then rinse. Toilet bowl cleaner: Sprinkle one cup of borax into the toilet at bedtime and then clean the loosened grime with a brush the next morning, advises Bond. Wipe outer surfaces with the all-purpose spray. Wood polish: Bond recommends mixing a quarter-cup of vinegar or lemon juice with a few drops of olive and lemon oil. Hard floor cleaner: Environmental Working Group’s DIY Cleaning Guide suggests combining a half-gallon of hot water with one cup of white vinegar in a bucket to mop. Carpet cleaner: Freshen rugs by sprinkling baking soda at night and vacuuming in the morning, suggests Bond. For deeper cleaning, combine one cup of vinegar and two-and-a-half gallons of water in a steam cleaner. Lane Vail is a freelance writer in South Carolina. Connect at


Ergo Bedroom Natural & Organic Bedding in Las Vegas by Louise Paloma


ichael Nermon, founder and president of Ergo Bedroom, at the Las Vegas Design Center at World Market, has a passion for beds. Having grown up in the bed industry, where his family’s firm manufactured the adjustable power beds used by major mattress companies, his familiarity with industry technologies and processes gave him the skills to customize his own bed. During his 20-year career working with bedding manufacturers in three dozen countries, he found that in Europe, mattress technologies were healthier and well ahead of those in the United States. Ergo specializes in sleep technologies that include natural, organic mattresses and imported European luxury mattresses. Their exclusive lines represent the highest standards in quality and the latest in innovation. Ergo has accommodated the demand for all-natural, chemical-free sleep products for many years because their hypo-allergenic qualities align with his personal mission to help people get the full, deep, restoring sleep that is so vital to maintaining good health. Many of the natural/organic mattresses at Ergo are constructed by hand and created with real Shetland wool, cashmere, alpaca, bamboo and cotton. All the materials come from renewable resources that support sustainable agriculture. In conventional mattresses, the most common materials are manmade. They are derived from petrochemicals which are nonrenewable resources. The list of ingredients can include polyester, polyurethane and memory foams, synthetic latex, Styrofoam, nylon and a host of other chemical de-

rivatives. Many of these synthetic materials are made from petroleum and may “off-gas” or “out-gas” toxic vapors that acerbate allergies and respiratory illnesses. Conventional mattresses are also likely to include cotton that has been treated with pesticides and other chemicals; definitely non-organic. The vast majority of US mattresses are also treated with flame retardants and other chemical applications. Ergo Bedroom has the most comprehensive collection of natural sleep options that pass fire retardation regulations without the use of chemicals. Ergo is committed to sourcing and promoting green products. Many of their sleep products have Oeko-tex, Swan and other certifications, which support the concept of sustainability using methods, systems and materials that won’t deplete resources or harm natural cycles. The Ergo Bedroom showroom, with soft music, dim lights and a warm, relaxing décor, allows customers to comfortably spend time investigating and sampling their options without high-pressure sales tactics. Instead of the rushed, stressful experience of many mattress stores, shopping is pleasant and leads to the right decision about an investment that will have a positive affect on the next 10 to 20 years of a customer’s life. Location: 495 S. Grand Central Pkwy., Ste. 219, Las Vegas. For more information, call 702-272-0100 or visit See ad, back cover.

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Working on the Cutting Edge of

NEW MEDICINE by Martin Miron


he proprietor of Superior Health Solutions, in Henderson, Doctor of Chiropractic Robert DeMartino, began the journey toward his eventual career when he encountered debilitating migraine headaches for more than six years, missing out on school and many normal childhood activities. Medications didn’t curb the pain, nor could his doctors find the root of the problem, until he visited a chiropractor. Upon being cured of the migraines, he was inspired to find ways to help others like him. DeMartino is a medical board chair for APDA Parkinson's Disease Association of Nevada, health advisor for Whole Foods Henderson and Sun City Anthem and volunteers for the Foundation for


Wellness Professionals and Well Rounded Momma, a natural birthing center. He is also a master trainer for the Neurological Relief Centers. The doctor also uses his training in quantum neurology, a collection of techniques that evaluate and restore every major nerve in the body, allowing it to better heal itself. He is the only doctor in Nevada who practices in this area of healing. DeMartino says, “My place and entire purpose for being here is to treat chronic disease. I excel with people who have no place else to go.” As a member of the Foundation for Wellness Professionals, a national nonprofit foundation, DeMartino has presented as a guest speaker for The

The clinic’s purpose is to take a group of health care practitioners from different fields, with different clinical expertise, and bring them together under one roof, as is done at the Mayo Clinic. Greater Las Vegas

Wellness Series, held at community libraries and participating businesses on a variety of topics. Superior Health Solutions is an integrated health facility that provides innovative natural health care methods, rather than treating with medication, on three tiers; physical medicine, functional medicine and neurologic rehabilitation. The state-of-the-art outpatient treatment facility is designed to care for patients on a primary and chronic level to naturally heal degenerative diseases like Parkinson's, MS, autism, neuropathy, thyroid dysfunction and others. “We will leave no stone unturned to discover what factors played in creating the perfect storm of dis-ease within a person’s body. Not all factors are the same,” says DeMartino. The clinic’s purpose is to take a group of health care practitioners from different fields, with different clinical expertise, and bring them together under one roof, as is done at the Mayo Clinic. Onsite diagnostic testing and blood work are available so that patients can receive the most convenient and accurate evaluation available. DeMartino states, “Once we get a clear understanding of the problem, our medical team can create the most comprehensive care plan to achieve the fastest and most permanent results.” Services offered exclusively in Nevada at Superior Health Solutions include ionic detox, the process of pulling toxins and heavy metals out of body; frequency-specific microcurrent, a noninvasive technique based on frequency technology that accelerates tissue repair and cellular healing; biological medicine, a system of restoring balance to the internal environment to help with bacterial, viral or fungal infections; and homeopathic injections, a natural alter-

native to cortisone and trigger point injections, designed to stimulate the repair of scar tissue and muscle. “Everything we do is based in science, objectivity and looking at disease from a different angle,” says DeMartino. With quantum neurology, each person will be found to have his or her own unique patterns of neurologic weakness. Then the doctor can apply specific safe and non-invasive protocols to help stimulate the nervous system’s natural healing processes and rehabilitate the actions that have become weakened or lost. These include muscular problems associated with movement and strength, sensory problems focusing on pain or numbness, the cranial nerves, which control all of our five senses, and neurological problems related to organs, like irritable bowel syndrome. Quantum neurology focuses more on functional, rather than pathological, nerve issues. Traditional neurology looks for lesions and tumors or some disease process that will cause the nerve itself not to work, which is a very important thing to rule out. However, if there is no broken bone or tumor or pathology, then the reason why the nerve isn’t working correctly still has not been found. The application of mediums such as vibration and infrared light therapy cause such rapid cellular healing that doctors see neurological change which, in the past, was something that could never be achieved. Superior Health Solutions offers free public Natural Health Seminars from 6 to 7 p.m., four times a month. On April 1, the topic is Natural Solutions to Thyroid Disorder; April 8, New Solutions to Parkinson's Disease; April 15, Treat Neuropathy Naturally; April 22, Natural and Permanent Solutions to Type II Diabetes. Superior Health Solutions is located at 1661 West Horizon Ridge Pkwy., Ste. 280, inside Highland Plaza, in Henderson. RSVP to seminars (required) by calling 702-643-9904 or email For more information, call 702-643-9900 or visit See ad, page 21.


Wilderness in Sidewalk Cracks Small Nature Reaches Out to City Kids


by Greg Hanscom

ity kids are often taught that nature is out there beyond the city limits, but one science educator and photographer shows how everyday nature has the power to transform. You can take Molly Steinwald out of the city, but you’ll never get the city out of her. Growing up as a free-school-lunch kid on the outskirts of Manchester, New Hampshire, she notes, “I didn’t do the skiing and mountain climbing thing.” Instead, she found solace watching ants parade across the sidewalk or tracing the intricate lines on a leaf. Yet when she graduated from high school, Steinwald traveled as far as she could from those city streets, earning a degree in biology, and then a master’s degree in ecology researching kangaroo rats in Arizona’s Chiricahua Mountains. Still, the city always tugged at her. “I was really excited about big nature,” Steinwald says. “But I kept coming back to small-scale, mundane nature that I knew as a kid. I felt I needed to get back to help people who never see this stuff.” Today, Steinwald is doing just that. She is now pursuing a Ph.D. researching human interactions with nature in built environments. As director of science education and research at the Phipps Conservatory, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, she has been charged with reimagining urban environmental education and reaching out to at-risk youth. Her basic assumption is: One doesn’t have to go to a national park, or even a city park, to con-

nect with the natural world. It’s crawling past us on the sidewalk or drifting through the air right under our nose. That, she says, is where city kids can forge a lasting connection with nature—if they’re paying attention. As one of the many ways to get kids to tune in, Steinwald directs programs that arm them with digital cameras and challenges them to take pictures of the fragments of nature they find on the streets. The approach is a departure from the belief held by some that “nature” is defined as parks or green spaces—places apart from our everyday lives. Lisa Graumlich, dean of the University of Washington School of the Environment, in Seattle, Washington, says Steinwald is making waves in environmental education circles: “She was an urban kid. She brings the voice of someone from a different economic class to the table.” Graumlich says it makes intuitive sense that connecting with street-level nature will help build a lasting bond with the natural world. The next challenge is figuring out how to provide kids with more of these experiences: “It may be as simple as a mom walking home from the bus stop with bags of groceries and two children in tow, feeling like she has time to look at a sidewalk crack with them.” “A lot of nature in the city is really small,” Steinwald observes. “I want to show these kids that even if their nature is small, it’s still darned good nature.” Greg Hanscom is a senior editor for, in Seattle, WA. natural awakenings

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Nevada’s Unique Food Waste Recycling Program by Gabrielle Wyant


aste from restaurants and other food service establishments is made up of more than 75 percent or more organic material and can be composted. Recycling food and other waste materials is not only beneficial to the environment, but ultimately creates an end product that completes the cycle of sustainability. On average, a single restaurant disposes more than 50 tons of organic waste every year. If kept out of the waste stream, this waste can be recycled into an Earth-friendly product such as compost, so each restaurant participating in a food waste recycling program helps reduce global warming. With an ever-growing movement to go “green” and participate in saving our environment, the people and businesses of Las Vegas are becoming keenly aware of the role recycling plays in this very im-


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portant national commitment. To that end, A1 Organics-Nevada not only has the plan and resources to move forward with this trend, but they also have the dedication and experience necessary to complete the cycle of sustainability. Restaurants and grocery stores in the A1 Organics food waste recycling program place food and other organic waste in specially marked bins located throughout the kitchen and food prep areas. A1 Organics then picks up the food waste totes on a regular basis and takes them to one of the permitted facilities for recycling/composting. Incoming recyclables are manufactured into high-quality compost products and returned to the consumer and business owners for use in landscaping and soil amendment projects. Full circle sustainability is then achieved, to everyone’s benefit.

Composting is a natural process whereby organic matter breaks down into its basic components. Organic matter collected from participating restaurants is mixed with other green waste to produce nutrient-rich compost, which is mixed with existing soil to replenish the earth and stimulate healthy plant growth. This produces healthier crops and a healthier environment. This recycling program helps cut back on discarded food that is normally sent to a waste water treatment facility via garbage disposals, resulting in increased water usage and the generation of more waste water, increased biological oxygen demand and increased chemical oxygen demand; using up the available oxygen in water that creates an environment that will not support aquatic life. In addition, the program saves food waste and other organic materials from going into landfills to create methane gas—a greenhouse gas that is 20 times more damaging to the environment than carbon dioxide. A1 Organics has been in the organic recycling business since 1974. As Colorado's leader in organic recycling, A1 has successfully diverted more than 8 million cubic yards of waste from Colorado landfills. In 2006, A1 Organics realized an urgent need for organic recycling services in the state of Nevada and subsequently opened A1 Organics Nevada, in Las Vegas. Four years later, A1 Nevada now provides recycling services for many top name casinos, restaurants and other businesses throughout the Las Vegas area in the form of green waste and food waste recycling. The excitement within the Valley is growing as businesses decide to be good community partners, protect the environment and make a positive impact in our community. For more information and resources, visit

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Backyard Birds and Butterflies Native Habitats Draw Critters and Delight Kids


reating a backyard wildlife habitat provides valuable teaching moments. With planning and care, birds, bats, butterflies and bunnies can view yards as safe havens and sources for food, water and shelter, providing endless fascination. Josh Stasik, a father of three and owner of, in Syracuse, New York, sees firsthand how feeding winged wonders can be an inexpensive way to start a new family activity. “My mom taught me about flowers and bird feeders. I hope my kids will someday pass the information along to their children,” he says. Habitat plantings and available foods determine


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what creatures will visit. “Native plants attract native bugs that are eaten by native birds and bats,” observes Stasik, noting that staff at extension services and garden centers can provide helpful advice. Based on his own research, Stasik knows, “Bird species have definite tastes in food. Bluebirds love mealworms. Hummingbirds like floral nectars. Orioles look for citrus fruit. Butterflies are eclectic sippers of both floral and citrus.” Hummingbirds pose particular appeal for kids and adults because they appear always on the move. Hummingbirds. net/map.html follows their migration sites. Videographer Tom

Hoebbel, owner of TH Photography, outside Ithaca, New York, builds birdhouses and nesting boxes with his kids. They also participate in the annual Christmas bird count for the Audubon Society (Birds.Audubon. org/Christmasbird-count). The Great Backyard Bird Count, a joint project between nonprofits Audubon and the Corphotos courtesy of Susan nell Lab of Orni- bird Gottlieb, of Venice, California thology, follows in February ( “In our yard, we have five nesting boxes made from reused wood. Once or twice a week, we check to see who lives there and how many eggs there are,” says Hoebbel. “So far, we’ve seen bluebirds, chickadees and house wrens.” He laments the rapid decline of bats in the Northeast due to pesticides killing bugs, the main course for birds and bats. “In the winter, bats live in caves, so we put one-by-one-foot boxes in the yard for their summer homes.” Warm evenings on the patio are more enjoyable when bats clean up the mosquito population; a single bat can eat as many as 1,000 in an hour. The monarch butterfly population is another favorite species in decline, with the spectacular annual migration on the verge of disappearing due to illegal deforestation, climate change, expansion of crop acreage and imposition of genetically modified plants that reduce the growth of native species. “You can help them by planting perennial milkweed in your garden,” advises Brande Plotnick, founder of Tomato Envy, in Jenkintown, Pennsylvania. Milkweed is the food of choice because it makes the caterpillars and butterflies toxic to birds and other predators. Also consider planting garden phlox, coneflower and lantana. Migrating monarchs live about nine months and fly up to 30 miles per hour. Plotnick also suggests planting an herb garden that includes parsley. “Swallowtail butterflies will lay eggs on parsley, caterpillars hatch and feed on it, and eventually create a chrysalis,” she says. “You’ll be able to see the entire butterfly life cycle.”

Rabbits add another dimension to backyard wildlife. Just as birds and butterflies need trees, bushes and plants to land on and hide in, bunnies need ground cover. The Virginia Department of Game and Fisheries counsels that brush piles should start with a base of large limbs, logs or stones to raise the floor above ground and create tunnels and escape routes, plus a home base. Top with smaller branches and maybe a recycled Christmas tree or dead plants. Encourage structural density and permanence with live vines. The resulting brush pile should be igloo-shaped and about six to eight feet tall and wide. Visit City ordinances or subdivision regulations might prohibit brush piles in ordinary yards. Find out how to gain certification as a wildlife habitat through the National Wildlife Federation at Tinyurl. com/CertifiedWildlifeHabitat. Rabbits can have as many as seven babies per litter, depending on the species. Make sure their space is sufficient. Before attracting bunnies to the yard, be aware of local predators—hawks, owls, coyote, dogs and stray cats. The brush pile may also attract other animals like skunks, raccoons and reptiles. A wildlife habitat is a fun, ongoing learning experience. It calls on math skills for bird counts, geography to follow migration maps and woodworking to build

homesites and feeding spots. It becomes a lesson in local ecology and the roles of native plants and animals. When children comprehend they can help save wildlife, it’s also a lesson in hope. Avery Mack is a freelance writer in St. Louis, MO. Connect via AveryMack@

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i” (pronounced chee) refers to the life force or vital energy present in all things throughout the universe while “gong” means dedicated effort or steady practice of a skill. Qigong is the art of working intensely with this energy, cultivating life force. Acupuncture physician and qigong instructor Walter Hayley, in Bonita Springs, Florida, became passionate about qigong while working as a stockbroker in need of stress relief. He compares qigong’s movement of energy in the body to water running through a hose: “Qi is concentrated in channels throughout the body. Think of the qi as water and those channels as a garden hose branching out to every aspect of the individual. Stress, whether physical or emotional, can kink the hose. Qigong helps get the kinks out,” he explains. “It relaxes the body, letting energy flow more efficiently, allowing the body to heal itself.” Qigong styles vary, but Hayley remarks that most involve slow movement, focused awareness and special breathing techniques. Many describe the practice

as a moving meditation. Qigong teacher Judith Forsyth, in Mobile, Alabama, says, “It’s often described as the mother of tai chi. When the quiet, internal energy art of qigong mixed with the powerful external martial arts, it developed into tai chi.” She emphasizes that the focus of qigong is less on its physical mechanics and more on understanding how the vital force moves through the body and can be used to enhance health and longevity. Inside the body, there’s an integrated network of subtle energy centers that international Qigong Master Robert Peng believes are connected to the capacity for genuine happiness. The goal is to awaken and pack these centers with qi. “By repeating slow, gentle movements over and over, you can develop the body’s capacity to draw qi from the universe. It can be stored in these centers and later channeled back through the body to empower your daily activities,” explains Peng, author of The Master Key: The Qigong Secret for Vitality, Love, and Wisdom. He focuses on three of the body’s

big energy portals: the “third eye”, located between the eyebrows; the “heart center”, at the center of the chest on the sternum and the “sea of qi”, just below the navel. The idea is that when energy is accessed in these three centers, specific spiritual qualities are accessed: wisdom, love and vitality (respectively). Harmonizing all three is ideal. Peng advises that when these essential elements are woven together in balance, dynamic happiness is possible. “You begin to project more wisdom, love, vitality, inspiration and peacefulness. Conversations flow more smoothly. Your life becomes more productive, meaningful and serene,” he says. “Whatever the challenges encountered, you’ll be better equipped to deal with them, while remaining inwardly content.” Forsyth was first guided to qigong when the prescribed rest, drugs, exercise and physical therapy following an accident left her with lingering neck and back problems. She recalls, “After eight weeks of practice, I experienced significant physical improvement, not only where I had considerable pain, but in my overall

By adding qigong to their daily routines, children learn to channel energy and enhance concentration; office workers reduce stress; seniors enhance balance and quality of life; and caregivers and midwives advance abilities to help others. ~ The National Qigong Association energy level, ability to sleep and the condition of my skin and hair. The peace and harmonizing meditation benefits of qigong were also affecting me positively in other ways. I became less worried, less of a perfectionist, less stressed out and began to experience more joyfulness.” While all styles benefit overall health, specific qigong exercises may be prescribed for specialized needs, from athletic

conditioning to management of chronic conditions such as arthritis, hypertension or cancer. The gentle movements can be performed by almost anyone at any age and ability level, even those confined to a chair or bed. “Qigong speaks to the body and the body then addresses the condition,” Hayley remarks. The experts advise that qigong is best practiced every day, even if for just five minutes. “A group class offers a synergy that a home practice lacks, but the more important practice is at home,” observes Hayley. Some personal instruction is ideal so the practitioner receives feedback, but books and videos make qigong accessible to everyone, everywhere. Hayley reminds newbies, “Just be patient. If one form doesn’t suit you, remember there are thousands of different forms to try.” Peng’s advice to beginners is, “Be happy! Think of the exercise as lighthearted play and remember to smile as you move.” Meredith Montgomery is the publisher of Natural Awakenings Mobile/Baldwin, AL (

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t seems dogs travel just about everywhere with their humans these days. They’re spotted at home improvement stores, happy hours, drive-through restaurants and workplaces, in addition to their usual hangouts. To get Sparky invited into even more people places, he must have good manners. “Just like with kids, not every venue is appropriate for dogs,” advises Eileen Proctor, a pet lifestyle expert in Denver, Colorado. “Some dogs are more introverted and want a quiet spot to relax. Others love a party. Know your dog and socialize him accordingly; never force him into an uncomfortable situation.” Instead, help him acclimate to new locales gradually, from a distance; stop when he shows signs of stress. A yawn, averted eyes, hiding behind his owner or nervous pacing are clues that a fourlegged pal has had enough. “Good manners at home might not translate to public manners,” Proctor notes. “Take practice runs to see how your dog handles distractions.” Day care or play dates with other dogs help hone canine social skills, while basic obedience—leave it, sit, stay, down, off, an


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effective recall and walking nicely on a leash—form the basis for good manners. Reward good behavior with praise, treats or a favorite activity.

Eating Out

Amy Burkert, the on-the-road owner of, says, “After a long day at the office or a ‘ruff’ week at work, it’s nice to include your dog when eating out. Pet-friendly restaurants with outdoor seating areas where the dog can join you are becoming more common, but always ask first. “Dogs in dining areas should lie quietly under your table or by your chair,” she continues. “This is not the time to socialize. Diners may find it unappealing to be approached by your dog while they’re eating. Choose a table where your dog can be out of the way of customers and the wait staff.” It will take practice. “If he acts up, apologize, leave and know that you’ll do better next time,” says Burkert. A good process for teaching good restaurant manners begins with sitting quietly with the dog when there are few people around, and then moving on. The

Christina Mendel, an international business coach with offices in Germany and Italy, adds that dogs need a safe and secure retreat from excessive activity. Her Chihuahua mix, Balu, is small enough to fit into a carry bag. He can take a nap, people watch or have a snack without fear of human interference. “The carry bag helps when I take clients to dinner, drive or fly to onsite appointments,” she says. “Many of my clients are dog owners, so we bond because he’s well behaved and knows tricks.” Flying presents its own challenges because airlines limit the number of pets on each flight. Check the company’s rules for pet size, weight and type of crate required. Dogs ride as cargo unless they are small enough to fit in a carrier under the seat. Other passengers might be fearful or allergic, so respect their boundaries. In the car, a dog needs to be calm and wear a special seat belt, be crated or otherwise restrained to keep him safe, not distract the driver and prevent lunging out the window.

Find tips for walking dogs in crowded urban areas at RulesOfTheDoggyRoad.

At Work

Dogs may be welcome in the workplace. Alexandra Blackstone, design director for Killer Infographics, in Seattle, Washington, takes her corgi puppy, Buster, to the office. “He was good when he was the only dog at work,” explains Blackstone. “When an older dog and another puppy were there, he barked and tried to herd them.” He didn’t read other dogs well, so to further Buster’s dog-to-dog communication skills, Blackstone enrolled him in doggie day care twice a week. She advises first introducing dogs outside of the office setting. “Communicate with coworkers as to what your dog is working on, so everyone is consistent in their behavior toward him,” Blackstone advises. “Be clear how to correct any inappropriate behavior if someone else shares responsibility for walking him.” She reports that with positive training techniques, Buster is learning to respond well and now splits his time between day care and the office. “It’s your responsibility to make taking the dog along a good experience for all,” counsels Proctor. “That includes using a leash and always picking up after him, every time.” Connect with freelance writer Sandra Murphy of St. Louis, MO, at StLSandy@

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To Get Your Pet’s Easter Baskets by Gabrielle Wyant


ngie Wright, owner and operator of Fefe and Lulu’s Gourmet Treats, in Henderson, is an artist who has combined her creative outlet with her business. For five years, Wright worked as head baker/designer for an upscale dog bakery at The District. There, she says, “I was allowed to let my creative juices flow.” It was during this time that she came into her own and fell in love with the art of baking treats for pets and watching them “enjoy a little happiness.” In fact, Wright loved her profession so much, she intentionally revolved her life around what she calls “dog goodies.” She says, “I was devastated when the owners decided to sell their business. I realized I didn’t want to stop what I loved doing and I set out to create my own business.” Her favorite part of owning her own business is the sense of accomplishment, says Wright. When complimented on her artistry and precision of design, she says, “I’ve had lots of practice. I always believe if you love what you’re doing, work hard and keep at it, it will turn out better than you expect.” Before Wright started making dog treats, she was a student of painting, drawing and sculpting, “But I never worked with yogurt or took any culinary classes,” she says. She first thought the yogurt a clumsy medium, but after continued work, realized it was as if she were in a painting class, saying, “The cookie was my canvas and the yogurt was my paint.” Wright creates the specialty treats, cakes and baskets at her home and sells the goods at the Country Fresh Farmers’ Markets and At Your Service Pet Supplies Barkery. She lovingly makes her dog treats by hand using only U.S. Food and Drug Administration-approved, human-grade, all-natural ingredients with no preservatives. Because there are no preservatives, the natural dog treats are baked fresh daily. “I love the freedom, flexibility and the amazing people I have met along the way,” says Wright. “The best part of owning my own business is getting to spend time with my two favorite furry friends, toy poodles Fefe and Lulu.” Wright is well known for her beautiful designs, which include everyday treats of bones, paw prints, fire hydrants and baseballs; summer treats designs include hamburgers, hot dogs, T-bones, hula girls, watermelon slices, margaritas and her signature cookies called the Peanut Butter Poodle. In addition, there are a wide variety of holiday treat designs and baskets. Treats can be ordered for birthdays, holidays or any occasion. Prices range from $5 to $15. For more information, call 702-738-2044, email or visit

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Las Vegas Farmers’ Market Adoption Event – 10am-2pm. Adopt a dog or cat from Foreclosed Upon Pets Inc (FUPI) and receive $25 in Farmers Bucks. Free admission into the park at market. Floyd Lamb Park at Tule Springs, 9100 Tule Springs Rd, NV. Pet-a-Palooza – 10am-6pm. Entertainment from favorite Mix 94.1 artists. Pet stores, boutiques, groomers, sitters, trainers, veterinarians, much more. More than 45 non-profit animal rescue groups will be on-site for animal adoptions, information and to create awareness. Sunset Park, 2601 E Sunset Rd, LV.



Paws 4 Love Pet Rescue Garage Sale – 7am3pm. Huge garage sale with collectibles, electronics, furniture, tools, crafted items and more. 100% of donations go to veterinarian costs for cats/kittens. Location: 315 Birmingham St, HD.


The Animal Foundation’s 11th Annual Best in Show – 12-5pm. Las Vegas’ favorite family-friendly event benefits lost, unwanted and abandoned pets in Southern Nevada. Tickets on sale now. $12/ adult. $5/seniors. Free/under 12. The Orleans Arena 4500 W Tropicana Ave, LV. AnimalFoundation. com/best-in-show.

Woofstock 2014 – 8am-2pm. A celebration of companion animals, food, music, animal groups, demonstrations and raffles. Sun City Anthem Community Center, 2450 Hampton Rd, HD. 702914-9112. Photos with the Easter Bunny – 10am-2pm. All pets will appreciate a picture with the Easter Bunny. Three Dog Bakery, 2110 N Rampart Blvd, LV.


Easter “Begg” Hunt – 9:30am-11pm. Three Dog Bakery, 2110 N Rampart Blvd, LV.

daily Nevada SPCA Little Critter Adoption – 9am8pm. Adoptions for Little Critters. At times, AYS may have bunnies, gerbils, guinea pigs, hamsters, mice, rats, degus and more. To donate, learn more, visit Nevada, a nonprofit, non-kill shelter. At Your Service Pet Supplies & Grooming, 55 S Valle Verde Dr, 100, HD. 702-498-0416.

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monday Pet Loss & Bereavement Support Group – 6:307:30pm. Coping with loss of a pet can be difficult and lonely. Dr. Susan Wheeler shares answers with those who are grieving. Small and caring weekly support group in an atmosphere of emotional support and growth. Free. Community Lutheran Church, 3720 E Tropicana. 24-hour phone: 702735-5544.

saturday Adopt a Rescue Pet – 10am-3pm. Sat-Sun. Animal rescue groups, providing a safe haven for dogs of abuse, neglect, homelessness. Houses dogs in foster homes, local boarding facilities and at its “under development” rescue ranch and retirement facility. Petsmart, 2140 N Rainbow Blvd, LV. Petsmart, 6980 N 5th St, LV. Petsmart, 171 N Nellis Blvd, LV. 702-798-8663. Adoption Open House – 10am-5pm. Come meet adorable adoptables waiting for foster or forever homes. Over 30 beautiful, healthy dogs are waiting for homes. All adoptions include free training. 3652 Procyon St, LV. Southern Nevada Bully Breed Rescue, 702-483-7487. The Samadhi Legacy Foundation, 702-768-2383. Paws 4 Love Pet Rescue Adoptions – 10am-3pm. Promotes lifelong relationships between people and companion animals. Shelter and care is provided for each precious life until adopted into a forever loving home. Petsmart, 531 N Stephanie, HD. 702560-8622. Happy Home Animal Sanctuary Adoptions – 11am-4pm. Sat-Sun. No-kill, no cage, nonprofit organization dedicated to saving lives of abandoned and homeless cats and dogs. Offers care and a peaceful living environment for abused, physically handicapped, aged or homeless animals. Petsmart, 9869 S Eastern Ave, LV. 702-203-4134. Those Left Behind Foundation Adoptions – 11am3pm. Provides a home for pets of people entering assisted living facilities or hospice and can no longer care for their animals. Helps abandoned, abused and unwanted animals. Educates about importance of caring for animals. Petco, 7731 W Tropical Pkwy, LV. 702-630-8523. All Fur Love Animal Society Adoptions – 12-4pm. Petco, 3890 Blue Diamond Rd, LV. Petco, 632 Marks, HD. 702-362-5617.

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Natural Solutions to Thyroid Disorder – 6-7pm. Learn what is needed to know about the proper diagnosis, testing and natural treatments available for thyroid disorder. There is no need to suffer with thyroid problems and medication forever. Free. 1661 W Horizon Ridge Pkwy, 280, HD. 702-643-9904. Michelle@SHSLasVegas.


Natural Solutions to Parkinson’s Disease – 6-7pm. Parkinson’s is a neurodegenerative disease but what is not being considered is the metabolic side of Parkinson's. Looks at the factors of the evolution of Parkinson's from a neurological and metabolic standpoint. Free. 1661 W Horizon Ridge Pkwy, 280, HD. 702-643-9904. Michelle@SHSLasVegas.


American Parkinson’s Disease Association Optimism Run/Walk – 9am. A national fundraising effort supporting scientific research to find a cure for Parkinson’s disease. Everyone can join in the quest as participants, cheering sections, sponsors, volunteers and contributors. Craig Ranch Regional Park, 628 W Craig Rd, NLV. Tickets available at Henderson Stroll ‘n Roll – 10am-2pm. A car-free way to bike, walk, skate, play; a spin on the Ciclovia phenomenon sweeping the globe. The city’s longest street festival features children’s activities, entertainment, hands-on demonstrations, cool surprises and food concessions. Free. Paseo Verde Pkwy, HD. 702-267-4000. Chakra Group Healing Monthly Circle with Rose Catmull – 1-3pm. Powerful healing group teaches about chakras. Daily life, routines, demands, take their toll, create imbalances in one’s chakras. These energetic imbalances affect emotional, mental and spiritual well-being. Love donation. Enchanted Forest Reiki Center, 800 N Rainbow, 100, LV. 702-948-4999. DebbieV@EnchantedForestReiki. com.


Natural Solutions to Neuropathy – 6-7pm. More and more research is continuing to be done for Neuropathy and there have been some large breakthroughs in physical treatment and symptom relief. Empower oneself to heal for good. Free. 1661 W Horizon Ridge Pkwy, 280, HD. 702-643-9904. Michelle@SHSLasVegas. Sounds of Silk: Music and Textiles of Ancient Silk Route Cultures (Lecture and Demo) – 6:30-8pm. Dr. Lloyd Miller and Katherine St. John provide a lecture demonstrating various musical instruments in the exhibit, the cultural background of each, and some of the ancient textile techniques still used in


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Kick the Sugar Addiction! Naturally – 3-4:15pm. EZ Weight Loss Series. Sugar affects blood sugar levels, energy, appetite and cravings. Learn how to reverse, prevent many health conditions. Each class in series includes guided imagery for easy memorization. Must RSVP in advance: 702-6592390. $13. Transformations, 3920 Amy Marie Ct, LV. 702-405-9375. TransformLasVegas@Yahoo. com.


Natural Solutions to Type II Diabetes – 6-7pm. Informative presentation teaches about what happens in the body that leads to diabetes, the warning signs and how simple lifestyle changes and cleansing can prevent, control and eliminate Type II diabetes. 1661 W Horizon Ridge Pkwy, 280, HD. 702-643-9904. Michelle@SHSLasVegas.


Zappos’ 3rd Annual Earth Day Event – 11am3pm. Located at the new Zappos HQ downtown. Learn how Zappos has stepped up its commitment to sustainability. Hope Starts Here Free Seminar – 6:30pm. Free seminar for improving LD, anxiety, focus, ADHD, ASD, Tourette’s, sensory integration and more in adults and children. Move from the problem into the solution. Lasting results-no medications. 8515 Edna Ave, 110, LV. 702-340-2248.


61st Annual Heritage Festival & Carnival – Times vary. Fri. Sat. Celebrate the city of Henderson’s birthday with a variety of family-friendly activities, a parade, carnival, live entertainment and car show. Some activities may require purchased tickets or wristbands. Henderson Events Plaza, 200 Water St, HD. 702-267-2171.


Birding Celebration – 8am-12pm. Celebrate Earth Day and International Migratory Bird Day with birding walks, tours and activities for all ages. Henderson Bird Viewing Preserve, 350 E Galleria Dr, HD. Free. 702-267-4180. World Tai Chi & Qigong Day Free Event – 9am. Every year on the last Sat of April, at 10am local time, worldwide, people across the globe come together, to breathe together, to provide a healing vision for our world. Be a healing part of history. Free. Delmar Gardens of Green Valley, 100 Delmar Gardens Dr, HD.

61st Annual Heritage Parade – 10am. Henderson Events Plaza, 200 Water St, HD. 702-267-2171. Natural Eyesight Improvement Workshop – 122pm. See Clearly Now is an eye-opening workshop; see improvement in just 2 hours. Satisfaction guaranteed. Call 702-659-2390 with any questions. Must RSVP in advance. $35 prepaid. $39 same day. Special prepaid senior discount: $30.00. $35. Transformations, 3920 Amy Marie Ct, LV. 702-405-9375. Holi Festival of Colors in Las Vegas – 12-6pm. The first ever Holi Festival of Colors in Las Vegas! Great live bands, DJ's, top Yoga teachers, mantras, cuisine, interactive dance, and colors. Visit Holi Festival of Colors Las Vegas on facebook. $5. Sunset Park, 2601 E Sunset Rd, LV. 801-787-1510.

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Allergy-Proof Your Environment – 6:30-8:30pm. An eye-opening event. "Spring Cleaning" with Jeri Ostrander, experienced Health Consultant. Learn how easy and safely it can be done using Essential Oils and inexpensive safe household products. Must RSVP: 702-659-2390. Free. Transformations, 3920 Amy Marie Ct, LV. 702-405-9375.


Intro to Seraphic Wisdom – 6-7pm. These energies have a gentle strength. Once a person receives the initiations, attunement to these loving energies is forever and they can be activated at will. $20. Enchanted Forest Reiki Center, 800 N Rainbow, 100, LV. 702-948-4999.

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Piano Lessons – Ages 7 and up. Private piano lessons intended for the beginning or intermediate learner. $20/30 minutes. Summer Trail at Mountain’s Edge. Call or text Dominique Koldewyn: 435-592-0662.

Chi Kung/Qigong – 10-11am. Tues-Fri. Chi Kung, the art of developing internal energy for health and vitality, mind expansion and spiritual cultivation uses body movements, rhythmic breathing, visualizations and healing sounds. $10. Naturally Organic Healing Center, 1171 S Buffalo Dr, 110, LV. 702-433-3874.

Wongu University of Oriental Medicine - Graduate Program – 9:30am-5:30pm. The non-profit school offers a Master of Science Degree in Oriental Medicine. Coursework includes acupuncture, herbology, Taiji, moxibustion, Western medicine, practice management and more. Currently accepting applications. $180/Didactic Unit. $18/Clinical Hour. Wongu University of Oriental Medicine, 8620 S Eastern Ave, LV. 702-463-2122. Start@

sunday fresh52 Sunday Farmers’& Artisan Market – 8:30am-1pm. fresh52 Farmers' and Artisan Market is a lively, friendly, open-air market where neighbors and friends come together to celebrate the community. Free. Sansone Park Place, 9480 S Eastern, LV. 702-900-2552. Krishna Fest – 6-9pm. A unique night out. Experience mantra chants, vibrant world music, stimulating spiritual knowledge of ancient India. Relax over a super-tasty vegetarian dinner with a diverse range of thoughtful people. Free. Govinda's Center of Vedic India, 7181 Dean Martin Dr, LV. 702-434-8332.

monday Reiki-Spiritual Healing & Meditation – 6-8pm. Open to the public. Healing and meditation guided by three Reiki masters with combined experience over 50 years. Experience the magic of Reiki. Leave relaxed, renewed, exhilarated. Suggested love offering $5. No one is turned away. Just Breathe Wellness Center, 5333 S Arville St, Suite 206, LV. 702-659-2390. 5 Elements of Dietary Theory with Kat Campbell – 6:30-8pm. Learn the elements and benefits of five different theories regarding diet. $25 or $130 paid in full. Naturally Organic Healing Center, 1171 S Buffalo Dr, LV. 702-433-3874.

Tai Chi – 7-8pm. Learn Traditional Yang style Tai Chi Chuan, passed on from generations of Masters to Disciples with Master Shirfu Jackson. Beginners to Grand Masters, all styles, systems, welcome to come, share. $15. Naturally Organic Healing Center, 1171 S Buffalo Dr, 110, LV. 702-433-3874.

wednesday Reiki Healing Circle – 6-8pm. Experience guided meditation channeled by Victoria (Reiki master of 25 years) and receive deep personalized healing. Bring a friend or meet one. Relax and recharge mind and body. Free. Love offerings accepted. Naturally Organic Center, 1171 S Buffalo Dr, 110, LV. 702-659-2390. Vinyasa Yoga and Sonic Therapy – 7-8:30pm. An all level Vinyasa flow class with pranayama and mantra meditation. Learn the secrets of relaxation and explore the practical techniques for a healthy mind, body and soul. Donation based. Govinda's Center, 7181 Dean Martin Dr, LV. 702-434-8332.


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Reiki with Angels Meditation – 11:30am12:30pm. Heal, restore and empower oneself. Allow the love of the Angel and the power of Reiki to assist in a spiritual journey. Seek to bring Divine light into everyday lives. $10. Just Breath Wellness Center, 5333 S Arville, 206, LV. 702-350-1711. Organic Flow Yoga – 5-6pm. Organic Flow Yoga with teacher Jenn Stuber. $10. Naturally Organic Healing Center, 1171 S Buffalo Dr, 110, LV. 702433-3874. Askashic Book Study Workshop with Anika Ray – 6:30pm. Explore spirituality and connect with the aspect of being divine in nature, the soul. Workshop is based on the book How to Read the Akashic Records by Linda Howe. $10. Enchanted Forest Reiki Center, 800 N Rainbow, 100, LV. 702948-4999. Solar NV Monthly Meeting – 6:30pm. Third Thurs. Featuring speakers from a variety of renewable energy disciplines. A great place to network with people who share an interest in renewable energy. Free. Check website for meeting room number. UNLV, 4505 S Maryland Pkwy, LV. 702-507-0093.

friday Organic Flow Yoga – 9-10am. Organic Flow Yoga with teacher Jenn Stuber. $10. Naturally Organic

Healing Center, 1171 S Buffalo Dr, 110, LV. 702433-3874. fresh52 Friday Farmers’& Artisan Market – 3-7pm. fresh52 Farmers' and Artisan Market is a lively, friendly, open-air market where neighbors and friends come together to celebrate the community. Located outside Whole Foods at Town Square. Free. Town Square (outside Whole Foods), 6605 Las Vegas Blvd S, LV. 702-900-2552. Crystal & Tibetan Bowl Meditation with Cheri Smith – 4-5pm. Donation. Naturally Organic Healing Center, 1171 S Buffalo Dr, 110, LV. 702433-3874. Homemade Vegan/Vegetarian Dinners – 6-9pm. Friday is vegan/vegetarian dinner night at Govinda’s. Preparations will consist of vegetable stew, rice or pasta, soup, bread, a dessert and beverage for a donation of $8/plate. Senior/student discounts available. $8. Govinda's Center, 7181 Dean Martin Dr, LV. 702-434-8332. Foundations of Spirituality – 6-7pm. Find inner spirituality to be discovered through the foundations of one’s spiritual sense. $11. Naturally Organic Healing Center, 1171 S Buffalo Dr, LV. 702-433-3874. Community HU – 6:15-6:45pm. Fourth Fri. Community HU: Open the heart to divine love and experience upliftment, joy, relaxation and spiritual connection with the HU chant every 4th Friday of the month. Free. Pure Health Foods, 7575 W Washington, LV. 702-224-4325.



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Reiki-ShamanicCranial SacralChakra BalancingSound TherapyBars AccessCrystal healers. Plus lots of classes and events such as Reiki Certification, meditations, intuitive studies and much more. Visit our beautiful metaphysical gift shop.  See ad, pg 29.

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Private piano lessons in my home. Practicing holistic, biological Lessons are intended for the dentistry with safe removal of beginning or intermediate learner, mercury according to the standars ages 7 and up. Cost is $20 for 30 of IAOMT and IABDM. State of the minutes, plus initial material cost. art early detect cavity mapping, Gift certificates available. See ad, cosmetic, general, specialty page 14. dentistry and low sensitivity teeth whitening. Dr. Wright offers holistic, NEW PARADIGM no-prep veneers, Lumineers, Invisalign Braces, dental implants and All on 4 Implant Bridges, sleep and full VioletLighted sedation dentistry. See ad, page 5.

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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 14.

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A new paradigm specialist dedicated to assisting any individual into connection with their higher self. Nesho teaches master classes that give the student all the tools necessary for their path of personal transformation, including the ability to heal with the hands. These courses contain the highest upgrade of energy activations that are available on the planet. If you feel called to this contact me. See ad, page 25.

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Natural Awakenings Magazine - Greater Las Vegas Edition  

April 2014 Issue Green Living plus Healthy Home Includes spotlight articles: Superior Health Solutions, Ergo Bedroom, Fefe and Lulu Gourmet...

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