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



Natural Trailblazers in Sustainable Eating by Melinda Hemmelgarn

17 EAT FRESH, BUY LOCAL At fresh52 Farmers' & Artisan Market

by Gabrielle Wyant


Four Plants that Fight Off Disease by Kathleen Barnes




Cycles of Growth Cultivate Our Divinity by April Thompson



Seven Signs of Food Sensitivities by Pamela Bond


Greater than the Sum of its Parts


by Margie King

24 THE POWER OF ONE Julia Butterfly Hill Asks, 'What's Your Tree?' by Judith Fertig



Weighing the Pros and Cons

by Sandra Murphy


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“This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine!” As a former Montessori instructor, this is the song I, and my group of primary students sang as we opened and closed each day together. I told them each day, if they do their best, they will be proud of themselves and their lights will shine. Today I question my own light and if I am doing my best. As I write this, Ysabel lay ill on the couch, too dizzy to get up and make herself breakfast. A’ngel is less than half-heartedly working on her homeschool assignments, yet I continue to, somewhat obsessively, pour myself into this letter. Am I proud of myself and doing my best so that my light will shine? Not at this moment … Here’s the thing, it’s all about balance: balancing mind, body and spirit. I find that when I am eating right, meaning fresh produce and an ovo-vegetarian lifestyle, I operate at a higher vibration and have the stamina to keep the three in balance. (Oh, by the way, I did take a break and tend to the girls before I started this paragraph!) Eating is a way to extract life-sustaining energy from food. The physical and energetic forces of food interact with me on physical, emotional, mental and spiritual levels – and in turn determine the health and quality of my life. The articles in this Food and Garden issue are a reawakening for me to step up and practice my beliefs. I know I am positively affected by fresh, whole, live, organic foods, but acting upon this truth isn’t easy. I’m open about my issues with food and I don’t always eat in the ways I know are for my greatest, highest good. But, struggling to be healthy makes me no less authentic in my passion for health. I share my challenges so that those of you also struggling with balance will know that you are not alone. We can only do our best. If our best is starting over every day or, in some cases every hour or minute, then so be it … our lights haven’t burned out yet! Shine your light into the world and make it a better place. Peace,

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newsbriefs Celebrate 30 Years of Staying Healthy


Las Vegan Eatz Dinner to Benefit V Animal Sanctuary


o celebrate their 30th anniversary, Stay Healthy! Health Food Store, the oldest in Las Vegas, will be having a free sample and demonstration event from noon to 4 p.m., March 1, with special guests from the health media. Owner Wayne F. Rudolph, purchased Stay Healthy! in 1984 The indoor/outdoor celebration will include a naturopath for Q&A, a visiting nutritionist, free samples and tastings of products that carry in the store, a free 2014 Health Guide and other free magazines. There will be super sales and giant savings all month, as well as prizes donated by many of the vendors drawn every day in March. Location: 840 S. Rancho Dr., Ste. 14. For more information, call 702-877-2494, email or visit

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Henderson


enderson hosts the 48th annual Southern Nevada Sons & Daughters of Erin St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Festival from March 13 to 16, at the Henderson Events Plaza. The parade, at 10 a.m., March 15, is one of the largest in the state, with 100 entries, all decorated for this year’s theme, Shamrocks and Shenanigans. “We are honored the Southern Nevada Sons & Daughters of Erin have chosen our premier city as their home for their annual St. Patrick’s Day celebration,” states Mayor Andy Hafen. “With their dedication, the event is one of our largest signature events. We hope it continues to grow for decades to come. The event is considered one of the biggest St. Patrick’s Day celebrations in the nation, and features a four-day carnival, car show and festival, complete with performances by Irish bands, Celtic dancers and traditional Irish cuisine. Proceeds benefit the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, a charity dedicated to raising money for childhood cancer research.

Las Vegan Eatz dinner will be held at the V Animal Sanctuary, from 5 to 8:30 p.m., March 28. The Sanctuary is the first animal sanctuary of its kind in Las Vegas and will be holding a grand opening event on March 29, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The evening starts with a tour of the Sanctuary. A wonderful buffet meal with food stations created by some of the top vegan chefs in our city, including Chef Mayra, of Pura Vida, Chef Leslie, of Garden Grill, and Chef Maximina, of Manna From Heaven, begins at 6 p.m. There will be special music and giveaways throughout the evening, along with a silent auction to benefit the V Animal Sanctuary. A number of local artists are donating their works. The dinner is also an opportunity to meet the directors of the Sanctuary, the many volunteers that have made all of this possible and the beautiful animals that will now call the Sanctuary home. Cost is $40. Get tickets at LasVegan

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o n g u U n ive rsity of Oriental Medicine will hold an Open House event at 6:30 p.m., March 6, where attendees will be able to tour the facility, see acupuncture demonstrations by licensed Nevada Oriental medical doctors and sit in on a herbology class to learn how Oriental medicine originated and what the field embodies. All Open House attendees are encouraged to view the acupuncture demonstrations in order to allay any misconceptions about the practice. Parental discretion is advised for teens and pre-teens University faculty and staff will be on hand to answer questions about the school’s master of science degree in Oriental Medicine program. Personnel will also be available to discuss clinic operations and healthcare treatment options available to patients, as well as conduct tours of the university’s clinic. Potential applicants may bring unofficial undergraduate academic transcripts for review. Financing strategies to pay for graduate study will be discussed.

Time for Tomatoes Workshop


niversity of Nevada Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Helen Brown will teach a one- hour class, Time for Tomatoes! at University Medical Center’s Family Resource Center at 10 a.m., March 10. Brown, a master gardener since 1997, is a local expert on growing Location: 8620 S. Eastern Ave., Las Vegas. For more information, call 702-463vegetables, especially tomatoes and 2122 or visit See ad, page 12. vine crops. Las Vegas has two tomato seasons—spring/early summer and fall/early winter. Now is the perfect time to start tomato seeds indoors and get a bountiful first crop before the summer temperatures stop production. Brown, along with more than 300 active master gardeners, is a rain Solutions will conduct an Open university-trained community volunHouse at 6:30 p.m., March 13, for teer who shares her knowledge and anyone that may have challenges, or desert gardening skills via commuknows someone that does, to find out nity projects. Master gardeners are how they can help. There will be a brief Programs for adults and children to experienced in successfully growing presentation, time for individual questions and the chance to hear from individuals improve learning issues, processing, plants in the harsh (hot, dry, windy) and families that have been helped. ADHD, anxiety, sensory integration, ASD, climate of the Mojave Desert, which Brain Solutions offers hope for those that struggle with learning or keeping Tourette’s, MS symptoms and more. is an environment unfamiliar to up in today's fast-paced world. The programs they use are specifically designed many newcomers. By teaching what to improve brain functioning in the areas of attention deficit, learning disabilities, to plant and how to properly care sensory integration, anxiety, autism spectrum disorders, Tourette's syndrome and for their landscapes or gardens, the many others. Using dynamic, cutting-edge brain training programs such as Tomatis, master gardeners save people money they can help improve memory, attention, self-control and processing, which also on water, soil amendments and plant helps reduce anxiety. These basic skills offer the chance for greater success in school, materials. work and life in general.

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cup of beans a day may keep the doctor away. In a randomized trial published in the Archives of Internal Medicine of 121 participants diagnosed with diabetes mellitus, daily consumption of approximately one cup of legumes (peas and beans) was found to improve glycemic control and reduce systolic blood pressure and heart rate, thereby reducing participants’ calculated risk score for coronary heart disease (CHD). Body weight, waist circumference and fasting blood glucose and triglyceride levels also decreased on the legume diet. Legumes appear to make dietary carbohydrates digest more slowly and with a lower glycemic index, which has been associated with reduced hypertension and fewer CHD events in pre-diabetic individuals.

Vitamin E Hope for Cancer Care


lusive anti-cancer elements of vitamin E, natural tocopherols, have been identified by researchers at Ohio State University as being able to deactivate an enzyme essential for cancer cell survival. Although both alpha and gamma forms of natural tocopherols worked, the gamma was the most potent in shutting down the troublesome enzyme. Through manipulating the structure of the gamma molecule, the scientists were able to create an agent 20 times more effective than the original vitamin. In mice, this agent reduced the size of prostate cancer tumors. Over-the-counter vitamin E supplements are limited because many use synthetic forms that do not contain the natural gamma tocopherols. The study’s authors, led by Ching-Shih Chen, Ph.D., note that the human body cannot absorb the high dosages of natural vitamin E required to achieve the anti-cancer effect; their goal is to develop a safe pill that could be taken daily for cancer prevention.

Superfoods Defend Against Radiation


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wo superfoods show promise for protecting people from radiation damage—cruciferous vegetables and miso, a food paste made from fermented soybeans. Scientists have identified a specific chemical byproduct, 3,3’diindolylmethane (DIM), derived from the digestion of cruciferous vegetables and especially concentrated in broccoli, that is responsible for the defensive effect. The source of miso’s beneficial properties needs further investigation, but appears to stem from the fermentation process. Research led by Gary Firestone, Ph.D., of the University of California-Berkley, and physician Eliot Rosen, Ph.D., of Georgetown University, in Washington, D.C., concluded that administering supplemental DIM before or immediately following lethal levels of radiation exposure protected rats from immediate death. If clinical trials with humans are successful, the compound could be used to minimize acute radiation sickness. A comprehensive research review published in the Journal of Toxicologic Pathology lends credence to miso’s shielding power. Mice that ate miso a week before irradiation appeared to be protected from radiation injury.

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Mercury Mystery

How Sinking Organic Matter Plagues Fish


niversity of Michigan and University of Hawaii researchers claim to have solved a long-standing scientific mystery of how mercury gets into openwater fish. Based on their study findings, published in the journal Nature Geoscience, they also project that mercury levels in Pacific fish will rise in the coming years. The researchers discovered that up to 80 percent of the toxic form of mercury, methylmercury, is generated deep in the ocean, most likely by bacteria attached to sinking pieces of organic matter. Mercury found in Pacific fish near Hawaii likely traveled thousands of miles through the air before being deposited in the ocean, the team concludes, blaming industrial nations such as China and India that rely on coal-burning power plants. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration notes that large fish have the highest levels of methylmercury because they live longer and have more time to accumulate it.

Vanishing Whales

Illegal Hunting Continues to Decimate Species


hales are still being killed, despite an international ban on commercial whaling. According to Greenpeace, many whale species are down to around 1 percent of their estimated former abundance before the days of commercial whaling. Fourteen whaling nations came together in 1946 to form the International Whaling Commission (IWC) to manage whale stocks and recommend hunting limits where appropriate, but the continuing decline of populations forced the IWC to call for an outright ban on all commercial whaling in 1986. Yet Japan, Norway and Iceland continue to defy the ban, each harvesting hundreds of whales every year. Several green groups, including the Natural Resources Development Council (NRDC), recently petitioned the U.S. government to take action against Iceland under the Pelly Amendment to the Fisherman’s Protective Act. “The Amendment allows the president to impose trade sanctions against a country that is ‘diminishing the effectiveness’ of a conservation agreement—in Iceland’s case, the whaling moratorium and another international treaty that prohibits trade in endangered species,” writes the NRDC. The petition names several Icelandic firms—including major seafood companies with ties to the country’s whaling industry—as potential targets for trade sanctions. To learn more, visit, and

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FDA Wakens to Local Needs


mall farms, farmers’ markets, local food processors and community food banks have been given a reprieve, because on December 19, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) decided to take a second look at proposed new laws that would have put many of them out of business. The new rules, proposed under the Food Safety and Modernization Act (FSMA), came under fire from consumers, farmers and others with voices that were heard. The FDA said its “thinking has evolved,” and “…significant changes will be needed in key provisions of the two proposed rules affecting small and large farmers. These provisions include water quality standards and testing, standards for using raw manure and compost, certain provisions affecting mixed-use facilities and procedures for withdrawing the qualified exemption for certain farms.” Source:

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he Trans Pacific Pa r t n e r s h i p (TPP) is the largest global trade pact to be negotiated since the inception of the World Trade Organization. Many details remain a mystery and negotiations are being conducted in secret. Leaked drafts of its provisions indicate that the TPP would give multinational corporations the power to sue countries, states, counties or cities in order to negate laws specifically designed to protect citizens, such as bans on growing genetically modified organisms (GMO). Corporations would be allowed to resolve trade disputes in special international tribunals, effectively wiping out hundreds of domestic and international food sovereignty laws. The TPP would require countries to accept food that meets only the lowest safety standards of the collective participants. If enacted, consumers could soon be eating imported seafood, beef or chicken products that don’t meet basic U.S. food safety standards, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration would be powerless to stop imports of such unsafe foods or ingredients. Plus, the labeling of products as fair trade, organic, countryof-origin, animal welfare-approved or GMO-free could be challenged as barriers to trade. Opposition has grown, thanks to petitions by members of the Organic Consumers Association and other groups. More than 400 organizations, representing 15 million Americans, have petitioned Congress to do away with accelerated acceptance of the measure without full debate.

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What is Iridology? by Ellen Tart-Jensen

Iridology, also known as iris analysis, is the study of the color and structures of the iris of the eye as they relate through reflex response to the organs, glands and tissues of the body. Since the 1800’s, doctors have charted areas in the iris that are thought to show weaknesses relating to bodily organs. Today, we have digital cameras that take highly accurate photographs of the iris.


esearch in Italy and France is being done using colored lights shined into an organ area such as the thyroid field of the iris to affect healing of that organ. This work is called iridotherapy, and confirms the locations of the organ areas outlined in the iris chart. There are 28,000 nerve endings in each iris that connect to all parts of the body. Under high-powered magnification, the practitioner can see in the iris specific markings that all have a meaning to the health of that person. An opening in the fabric of the iris shows an organ area of deficiency. Iris color and pigmentations are important to health. Studies have shown that blue-eyed individuals tend to have lymphatic congestion, including excess mucus in the sinuses and aching in the joints. Dark brown-eyed people tend toward blood conditions such as anemia. People with a mixed colored irises tend to have liver/gallbladder and digestive complaints.

People with tightly woven iris fibers have inherited a strong constitution and have a very sensitive nervous system. For these people, the B vitamins and herbs such as chamomile will support the nervous system. People with fibers of the iris that have buckled into circular grooves tend to be stressed and burn minerals easily. They often have muscle cramps and headaches. Deep breathing exercises to help the body to relax are most helpful. Foods high in potassium, calcium, and magnesium are supportive for these types. An iris structure with openings called lacunae, located in the glandular areas, shows a need for glandular support. If there is a lacuna in the thyroid area of the iris, seaweeds that are high in iodine to nourish the thyroid gland may be recommended. A person with a lacuna in the adrenal area may benefit from herbs such as Chinese licorice root and holy basil. When the fibers of the iris are woven very loosely throughout, the structure of

the body tends to be deficient. There is a potential for hemorrhoids, hernias, varicose veins, drooping eyelids and sagging skin. Bioflavonoids are most strengthening to the connective tissue of the body. A very obvious sign that can be seen in the iris even with the naked eye is called corneal arcus by ophthalmologists. This is a very white, opaque ring that appears around the periphery of the iris. It is caused by lipids in the cornea and may suggest high cholesterol in the body. There is a world of information in the iris of the eye that can be a huge benefit to practitioners to reveal to them the nutrition and natural therapies that could be beneficial. Ellen Tart-Jensen, PhD, DSc, CCII, has been an iridologist, nutritionist, author and herbalist, for 25 years. She has authored several books, including Techniques in Iris Analysis. She teaches natural healing methods, nutrition and iridology throughout the world and will give a free lecture at 2 p.m., Apr. 26, at the West Charleston Library. See ad, page 7.

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Top 10 Food Trends for 2014 1 Locally sourced meats and seafood

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Food experts have listed local, regional and sustainable foods among the top food trends for 2014. Consumers’ heightened environmental awareness and their love for fresh flavors are responsible.


here’s even a new term, “hyperlocal”, to describe produce harvested fresh from onsite gardens at restaurants, schools, supermarkets and hospitals—all designed for sourcing tasty, nutrient-rich foods minus the fuelguzzling transportation costs. Adding emphasis to the need to preserve vital local food sources, the United Nations has designated 2014 as the International Year of Family Farming. Here are four thriving food trends resulting from shifts in Americans’ thinking and our growing love for all things local.


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From paw paws and persimmons in Missouri to palmetto berries in Florida and seaweed in California, Mother Nature provides a feast at her children’s feet. Commonly foraged foods include nuts, mushrooms, greens, herbs, fruits and even shellfish. To learn how to identify regional native wild foods and cash in on some “free” nutritious meals, foragers need to know where and when to harvest their bounty. Conservation departments and state and national parks often offer helpful field guides and recipes. Jill Nussinow, also known as The Veggie Queen, a registered dietitian and cookbook author in Santa Rosa, California, characterizes foraging as “nature’s treasure hunt.” Nussinow says she forages for the thrill of it and because, “It puts you very much in touch with the seasons.”

On her typical foraging excursions through forests and on beaches, Nussinow notes, “You never know what you might find: mushrooms, berries, miner’s lettuce, mustard pods or sea vegetables. It’s free food, there for the picking.” However, she warns, “You have to know what you are doing. Some wild foods can be harmful.” For example, Nussinow advises getting to know about mushrooms before venturing forth to pick them. She recommends the book Mushrooms Demystified, by David Arora, as a learning tool, and checking with local mycological associations for safe mushroom identification. She also likes the advice of “Wildman” Steve Brill, of New York City, who publishes educational articles at Wildman “He knows more about wild foods than anyone I know,” she says. Vermont wildcrafter Nova Kim teaches her students not only how to identify wild edibles, but also how to harvest them sustainably. It’s critical to make sure wild foods will be available for future generations.


Kefir, kimchi, kombucha and sauerkraut all owe their unique flavors to fermentation. Sandor Katz, author of The Art of Fermentation: An In-Depth Exploration of Essential Concepts and Processes From Around the World, is a self-described “fermentation revivalist”. He explains how microorganisms, such as lactic acid bacteria that are universally present on raw vegetables and in milk, transform fresh food into preserved sustenance. Katz recalls how his boyhood love for sour pickles grew to an “obsession with all things fermented.” An abundant garden crop of cabbage left him wondering, “What are we going to do with all that cabbage?” The answer came naturally: “Let’s make sauerkraut.” Subsequently, Katz has become an international expert on the art and science of fermentation from wine to brine and beyond, collecting recipes and wisdom from past generations ( He observes, “Every single culture enjoys fermented foods.” Increasing respect and reverence for fermented foods and related communities of beneficial microorganisms is a new frontier in nutrition and medical sciences. For example, several researchers at the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics annual meeting last fall in

Houston, Texas, described the connections between the trillions of bacteria living in the human gut, known as the “microbiota”, and mental and physical health. Kelly Tappenden, Ph.D., a professor of nutrition and gastrointestinal physiology with the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, explained that gut bacteria play a variety of roles, including assisting in the digestion and absorption of nutrients; influencing gene expression; supporting the immune system; and affecting body weight and susceptibility to chronic disease.

Feed Matters

The popular adage, “We are what we eat,” applies to animals, as well. New research from Washington State University shows that organic whole milk from pasture-fed cows contains 62 percent higher levels of heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids compared to conventional, or non-organic, whole milk. The striking difference is accounted for by the fact that the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s national organic program legally requires that organic cows have access to pasture throughout the grazing season. The more time cows spend on highquality pasture, which includes grass, legumes and hay, the more beneficial the fats will be in their milk. On the other hand, when ruminant animals, designed

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How might eating with the “creation” in mind influence food and agriculture trends? Barbara Ross, director of social services for Catholic Charities of Central and Northern Missouri, believes, “People’s common denominator is that we are all part of and integral to the creation.” She considers how “Food, agriculture, environment and economy are bound together in a way that requires

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we think, plan and act for the dignity of each person and the common good of the human family.” Ross explains that the choices we make in these vital areas affect the richness of our soils, the purity of our air and water and the health of all living things. Marie George, Ph.D., a professor of philosophy at St. John’s University, in Queens, New York, agrees, “The serious ecological crises we see today stem from the way we think,” and “reveal an urgent moral need for a new solidarity” to be better stewards of the Earth and its

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creatures. For example, George sees it as contrary to human dignity to cause animals to suffer; that’s why she opposes gestation crates and the push for cheap food that exploits animals and the environment in the process. Kelly Moltzen, a registered dietitian in Bronx, New York, shares a passion for addressing food justice and sustainability from her faith-based perspective of Franciscan spirituality. She believes that, “When we connect our spirituality with the daily act of eating, we can eat in a way that leads to a right relationship with our Creator.” By bridging spirituality with nutrition and the food system, Moltzen hopes to raise awareness of how people can care for their body as a temple and live in right relationship with the Earth, which she perceives as “the larger house of God.” Fred Bahnson, director of the Food, Faith and Religious Leadership Initiative at Wake Forest University’s School of Divinity, in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, is the author of Soil and Sacrament: A Spiritual Memoir of Food and Faith. His book takes the reader on a journey to four different faith communities—Catholic, Protestant, Pentecostal and Jewish—to explore connections between spiritual nourishment and the cultivation of food. Bahnson speaks about sacred soil and the communities of mystical microorganisms that lie within and create the foundation for sustenance. He also describes the special power of communal gardens, which welcome all and provide nourishing food, yet come to satisfy more than physical hunger. Regardless of religious denomination, Amanda Archibald, a registered dietitian in Boulder, Colorado, believes, “We are in a new era of food—one that embraces and honors food producers and food systems that respect soil, environment and humanity itself.” Melinda Hemmelgarn, aka the “food sleuth”, is a registered dietitian and award-winning writer and radio host at, in Columbia, MO ( Fo o d S l e u t h @ g m a i l . c o m ) . S h e advocates for organic farmers at

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at fresh52 Farmers’ & Artisan Markets by Gabrielle Wyant

Lucky for us, farmers’ markets are in season year-round in Las Vegas. Wherever you are in the valley, there is sure to be a market close by. Cruising the markets can be a pleasurable ritual for the whole family; connecting to the community, the seasons and the farmers. For health, environmental, spiritual and culinary reasons, many people strongly believe in the need for farmers’ markets, and in many parts of town, the local market is the heartbeat of the community.


ot only do farmers’ markets support regional self-sufficiency, they channel money into the local economy and serve an indispensible role as a community gathering place. The fresh52 markets are the perfect venues for hanging out in a combined atmosphere of produce heaven, art festival and an entertaining weekly community event. On select dates, you will find special events, live entertainment, chef demonstrations and a free kids art park. The markets have become an important, harmonious community meeting place, blending the various and diverse neighborhoods of Greater Las Vegas, which builds a strong sense of unity and cooperation. Founded in 2010 by Las Vegas resident Carrie Hogan, fresh52 Farmers & Artisan Market has garnered a welldeserved reputation as a leader in the local food movement by adhering to a

clear, simple and focused mission: to inspire the community to make healthy dietary choices and educate them about what they are eating. The fresh52 Farmers & Artisan Market brings the bounty of the garden to Las Vegas residents several times a week, year-round, rain or shine. These NevadaCertified Farmers Markets (CFM) are open 52 weekends a year (hence the name), serving a crucial function in the agriculture economy of the state. CFMs provide direct marketing outlets for small farmers, which gives them a higher return on their labor and provide consumers with farm-fresh, nutritious food at a reasonable price. Furthering the effort toward affordability, a Farmers’ Market EBT program is now in effect. It advocates for access to this fresh food so that all Las Vegas residents can easily get the nutrition necessary for healthy bodies and minds.

Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday morning, each fresh52 market event is a celebration of healthy living, through the whole fresh food we eat and a gathering to celebrate our community. At the farmers’ market, you can sample the goods; develop a relationship with the grower; learn about unique food varieties and cooking tips; and greet your neighbor. You’ll find the vendors to be enthusiastic, friendly and passionate about their products. In addition to the local fruits and vegetables, you will find fresh ranch eggs, sumptuous bakery items, freshcut flowers, unique prepared foods and meat cuts from humanely treated, grass-fed animals. The markets also feature gourmet olive oils, salsas, spices, sauces, nuts, handmade crafts, artisan crafts and more. Farmer’s markets are instrumental in preserving the diversity of agriculture by providing retail outlets for the small-acreage growers of heirloom, culinary, ethnic, organic, no pesticide and other specialty crops not widely grown on a large scale or found at traditional food sources. After shopping at the farmers' markets, you will notice the differences in the smell, the touch, the color and the flavor of the foods—there is simply no comparison to what you will find at the supermarket. Shopping for fresh, seasonal produce even brings out inspiration, imagination and creativity in a cook. Shop, sample and stroll while listening to music and the excited chatter of your neighbors. For more information, call 702-9002552, email or visit See ad, page 3.

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SUPERHERBS Four Plants that Fight Off Disease by Kathleen Barnes

Mother Nature’s most potent healing herbs are already on most spice racks or growing nearby, often right outside the door.


erbs, respected for their healing properties for millennia, have been widely used by traditional healers with great success. Now clinical science supports their medicinal qualities. Pharmaceutical companies routinely extract active ingredients from herbs for common medications, including the potent pain reliever codeine, derived from Papaver somniferum; the head-clearing antihistamines ephedrine and pseudoephedrine, from Ephedra sinica; and taxol, the chemotherapy drug commonly used to treat several types of cancer, including breast cancer, from Taxus brevifolia. These are among the findings according to Leslie Taylor, a naturopath and herbalist headquartered in Milam County, Texas, and author of The Healing Power of Rainforest Herbs.


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Even among an abundance of healing herbs, some stand out as nature’s “superherbs” that provide an array of medical properties, according to Rosemary Gladstar, of Barre, Vermont, the renowned author of Herbal Remedies for Vibrant Health and related works. Two of these, she notes, are widely considered nuisance weeds. Plantain (Plantago major): Commonly used externally for poultices, open wounds, blood poisoning and bee stings, it also helps relieve a wider variety of skin irritations. According to a study published in the Indian Journal of Pharmacology, this common “weed” fortifies the liver and reduces inflammation, which may reduce the risk for many kinds of chronic diseases. At least one study, published in the journal Planta Medica, suggests that

plantain can enhance the immune system to help fight cancer and infectious diseases. “Plantain is considered a survival herb because of its high nutritional value,” advises Gladstar, who founded the California School of Herbal Studies, in Sonoma County, in 1978. A new study published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry confirms it’s an excellent source of alpha-tocopherol, a natural form of vitamin E and beta carotene that can be used in salads for those that don’t mind its bitter taste. Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale): Like plantain, dandelion is one of the most powerful medicinal herbs on the planet. “Dandelion is revered wherever you travel, except in the United States, where it is considered noxious,” observes Gladstar. Americans should reconsider their obsession with eradication. Dandelion root is an effective treatment against several types of cancer, including often-fatal pancreatic and colorectal cancers and melanoma, even those that have proven resistant to chemotherapy and other conventional treatments, according to several studies from the University of Windsor, in England. Traditionally part of a detoxification diet, it’s also used to treat digestive ailments, reduce swelling and inflammation and stop internal and external bleeding. Turmeric (Curcuma longa): Turmeric gives curry powder its vibrant yellow color. “Curcumin, turmeric’s most important active ingredient, is a wealth of health, backed by substantial scientific evidence that upholds its benefits,” says Jan McBarron, a medical and naturopathic doctor in Columbus, Georgia, author of Curcumin: The 21st Century Cure and co-host of the Duke and the Doctor radio show. Several human and animal studies have shown that curcumin can be an effective treatment for Alzheimer’s disease, both in prevention and to slow or even stop its progress. One Australian study showed that curcumin helps rid the body of heavy metals that may be an underlying cause of the memory-robbing disease. Scientists at the University of California, Los Ange-

Herb: A plant or a part of a plant that is used as medicine or to give flavor to food.


~ Merriam Webster les, found that curcumin helped dissolve the plaques and tangles of brain material characteristic to Alzheimer’s. Curcumin is also known to be effective in lessening depression and preventing heart disease, some types of cancer and diabetes, says McBarron. Ginger (Zingiber officinale): Primarily used for its considerable anti-inflammatory properties, ginger makes a delicious and healing tea and an enticing spice in a variety of dishes. This herbal powerhouse has at least 477 active ingredients, according to Beyond Aspirin, by Thomas M. Newmark and Paul Schulick. Considerable research confirms ginger’s effectiveness against a variety of digestive problems, including nausea from both morning sickness and chemotherapy. Research from Florida’s University of Miami also confirms its usefulness in reducing knee pain. “Ginger is a good-tasting herb to treat any type of bacterial, fungal or viral infection,” says Linda Mix, a retired registered nurse in Rogersville, Tennesse, and author of Herbs for Life! The health benefits of these four vital herbs are easily accessed by growing them in a home garden or pot or via extracted supplements. Kathleen Barnes is the author of Rx from the Garden: 101 Food Cures You Can Easily Grow. Connect at Note: For referenced studies, check the National Center for Biotechnology Information.

Gardening as Spiritual Practice Cycles of Growth Cultivate Our Divinity by April Thompson


ardening is not about having or taking; it’s about giving,” says Connecticut psychotherapist Gunilla Norris, author of A Mystic Garden: Working with Soil, Attending to Soul. “And in giving, the garden gives back to you.” She deems the art of practicing gratitude in the garden as an intentional path for cultivating spirituality.“Every day, go out and thank the ground. Life is burgeoning all around us, all the time,” she continues. “If we can just appreciate that, it’s a big deal.” It’s hard not to be humbled and awed by the miracle of life when we see a seedling push its tiny green head above ground, lean toward the sun and unfurl its first set of leaves. Each bit of plant life is simply fulfilling its mission to grow and be. “Gardening enhances our relationship to the Earth. Through gardening, we are helping to heal the planet, which is part of the work we are all called to do,” remarks Al Fritsch, a Jesuit priest in Ravenna, Kentucky, and author of the e-book, Spiritual Growth Through Domestic Gardening (free at Over his lifetime, Fritsch has helped turn a parking lot, a section of church lawn, and overgrown bottomland all into thriving gardens. In his view, “It gives us a sense of home, roots us in place.”

We can even discover our personal calling through cultivating a garden while gleaning endless spiritual lessons: Here dwells patience and an appreciation for the natural order of things; no fertilizer can force a flower to bloom before its time. Here resides mindfulness as we learn to notice changes in the plants under our care and discern what they need to thrive. Here abides interdependence; we wouldn’t have carrots, corn or cherries without the bats, birds, and bees playing in the pollen. In a garden, we naturally accept the cycle of life, death and rebirth as we bid adieu to the joy of seasonal colors and let flowerbeds rest in peace, anticipating their budding and blooming again. Just as the fruits of growing a garden exceed the doing—the weeding and seeding and countless other tasks—so do the riches of tending a spiritual life surpass the striving. We do well to rejoice in the sacred space created, cherishing every spiritual quality nurtured within and reflected in the Divine handiwork. Breathing in the floral perfume carried by the breeze and reveling in the multi-hued textures of living artistry, we celebrate the fact that we too, are playing our part of the natural miracle of life. Connect with freelance writer April Thompson at natural awakenings

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n recent years, Pediatrician William Sears has seen many more cases of asthma and eczema in his San Clemente, California, office. Dairy and wheat remain the biggest culprits, but experts believe new factors may be contributing to the rise in food sensitivities, including synthetic additives like partially hydrogenated oils, artificial colors and flavors and sweeteners, plus genetically modified ingredients. Often undiagnosed and untreated, food intolerances can cause long-term tissue damage, warns Sears, author of The NDD Book, which addresses what he calls nutrient deficit disorder without resorting to drugs. Increasingly, kids are developing formerly adult-onset diseases, such as Type 2 diabetes, obesity, depression, cardiovascular disease and acid reflux, he says. If it seems that a child is having a dietary reaction, first look for clues. “A lot of parents already suspect the answer,” says Kelly Dorfman, a licensed nutritionist dietitian and author of What’s Eating Your Child? Become a “nutrition detective”, she suggests. Here’s how to assess conditions and find solutions.

Spitting Up

Suspects: Intolerance to casein—a protein prevalent in dairy cow milk different from its form in breast milk that can get into mothers’ milk or formula—tends to irritate an infant’s gut lining, causing gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and then chronic ear infections or constipation, says Dorfman. Action: Remove dairy from the baby’s and nursing mom’s diet for at least a week. For formula feeding, choose a brand made with predigested casein or whey. To heal baby’s damaged intestinal lining, give 10

billion CFU (colony forming units) daily of probiotic bacteria, mixed in a bottle or sprinkled on food.

Chronic Diarrhea

Suspects: Intolerance to gluten (a protein in wheat and other grains) or lactose (dairy sugar). Diarrhea, the gastrointestinal tract’s way of eliminating problematic substances, plus gas and bloating, often accompany these intolerances. Lactose intolerance is usually a root cause and is present in nearly everyone that’s gluten intolerant, Dorfman says. Action: Get a blood test to check for celiac disease, then eliminate gluten for at least a month. Although the diarrhea could end within a week, “You need a few weeks to see a trend,” counsels Dorfman. Consume fermented dairy products like cheese and

yogurt, which have low lactose levels; cream dairy products may also test OK.

Chronic Ear Infections

Suspects: Dairy intolerance and for many, soy sensitivity. Some research has shown that 90 percent of kids with recurring ear infections or ear fluid have food reactions, corroborated by Dorfman’s patients. Action: Quit dairy and soy for several months to verify a correlation. Dorfman recommends eliminating soy milk, soy yogurt and tofu, adding that ultrasensitive individuals may need to avoid processed foods that contain soy byproducts.

ciency. Because gluten intolerance interferes with nutrient absorption, suffering kids often fail to thrive. “Small size—height or weight—is a classic symptom of celiac disease,” Dorfman advises. Zinc could be another factor; it normalizes appetite and through its relationship with growth hormones, helps the body develop. If levels are too low, growth will be abnormally stunted. In such cases, a child may rarely be hungry, be a picky eater or complain that food smells or tastes funny, Dorfman says.

Action: Eliminate gluten consumption for a month. A blood test by a pediatrician can determine serum zinc levels, or buy a zinc sulfate taste test online. After sipping a zinc sulfate solution, the child will report either tasting nothing (indicating deficiency) or a bad flavor (no deficiency). Zinc-rich foods include beef, chicken, beans, pumpkin seeds, cashews and chickpeas. To counter a deficiency, ask a family healthcare provider for an age-appropriate supplement dose. Pamela Bond is the managing editor of Natural Foods Merchandiser.

Itchy Skin

Suspects: Reaction to gluten, casein (in dairy products) and eggs plus oranges, grapefruit, tangerines, lemons, strawberries and pineapple. Action: Because itchiness can suggest a histamine response, ask an allergist for an IgE radioallergosorbent (RAST) blood test to detect food sensitivities.


Suspects: Sensitivity to artificial colors or sugar. According to Sears, children’s underdeveloped blood-brain barrier increases vulnerability to the neurotoxic effects of chemical food additives, including artificial colors and monosodium glutamate (MSG). Action: When possible, buy organic foods certified to contain no artificial colors. Otherwise, scrutinize food labels for the nine petroleum-based synthetic dyes in U.S. foods: Blue 1 and 2, Citrus Red 2, Green 3, Orange B, Red 3 and 40, Yellow 5 and 6. Avoid ingredients like high-fructose corn syrup, sucrose, glucose, fructose, cane sugar and syrup—all added sugars.


Suspects: Gluten sensitivity is traditionally associated exclusively with digestive disturbances, but some recent studies have linked it to neurological symptoms, from moodiness and chronic headaches to ADHD and coordination loss. Action: Eliminate gluten for a month to assess a potential connection between mood and food, possibly signaled by excessive eating of a certain food.

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WHOLE FOOD Greater than the Sum of its Parts by Margie King


estern science is obsessed with deconstructing food, researching and analyzing its component parts, isolating the active ingredients, repackaging them in pills or powders and prescribing them in daily doses. But according to Annemarie Colbin, Ph.D., author of Food and Healing, this chemistry-based theory of nutrition is upside-down. Colbin, founder and CEO of the Natural Gourmet Institute for Health and Culinary Arts, in New York City, has crafted her own nutrition theory based on more than 30 years of nutrition practice, teaching from a foundation that a whole food, like the complex human being consuming it, is greater than the sum of its parts. She defines whole foods as “those that nature provides and all the edible parts.” She limits them to those comprising one ingredient, such as plants, whole grains, beans, vegetables, fruits, nuts and seeds. Animal foods are more challenging


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to categorize. Eggs are a whole food, but steaks are not, because they are one part of the entire animal. She includes small fish if we eat the head and bones, and small birds like quail. Whole milk is included, but not low-fat dairy. Colbin maintains that our bodies know the difference between a whole food and an aggregation of isolated nutrients. We have evolved over thousands of years to eat the food that nature presents to us, and if that food has been fragmented, the body realizes it and seeks what’s missing. For example, if we eat fragmented wheat like white bread, in which the bran and germ of the whole grain have been removed, the body will still be hungry and seek the missing part

of the food, something with fiber or crunch. Likewise, health enthusiasts that devour wheat germ or wheat bran in isolation will also feel something is missing and may find themselves craving refined flour in the form of cake or other baked goods. Table sugar is another example, a fragment of sugar cane. Colbin calculates that it takes 17 feet of sugar cane to make one cup of sugar. What’s missing is mostly the cane’s water content and the result, she says, is that sugar makes you thirsty. It’s a big reason why when we drink a soda, ingesting an average equivalent of 12 teaspoons of sugar, we’re thirsty afterward and drink even more, creating a vicious cycle. Fruit juices are, by definition, a fragmented food. When we drink orange or grapefruit juice, all or most of the fiber from the raw fruit is obviously missing. Craving something to chew, we may reach for chips or something crunchy. Vegetable juices may yield the same result. Colbin cautions that while vitamin and mineral supplements can be helpful in treating specific conditions or deficiencies, they nevertheless comprise fragments of food at best. She notes that the body may have difficulty processing these isolated nutrients outside of the whole food. Supportive studies include Kentucky’s University of Louisville School of Medicine comparison of the effects of the spice turmeric with those of its active ingredient, curcumin. Adding the whole food turmeric to the diet of rats reduced inflammation significantly, while curcumin alone was ineffective. Results suggested the difference may be explained by turmeric’s higher bioavailability. A Pennsylvania State University research review determined that although population studies consistently report that a diet rich in fruits and vegetables protects against cardiovascular and

We have evolved over thousands of years to eat the food that nature presents to us, and if that food has been fragmented, the body realizes it and seeks what’s missing.

~ Annemarie Colbin

other chronic diseases, studies of antioxidant supplements did not show the same benefits. The difference may be that a whole foods diet naturally contains not only antioxidants, but a wide range of nutrients and compounds that may act synergistically to protect against diseases. Colbin goes further, suggesting that supplements may even make us less likely to want to eat vegetables and set us up for junk food cravings to balance out too many vitamins or minerals. Her advice is to use vitamins and supplements if medically required, but not every day and not for a lifetime. Her views are all about maintaining the natural balance in the foods that nature provides without worrying about striving for perfection or radical changes in diet. Colbin recommends aiming for 70 percent whole foods overall to keep everything in balance. Start by taking a few small changes, listen to the body to see if there’s a noticeable difference and adjust accordingly. Margie King is a former corporate attorney now working as a holistic health and nutrition coach and natural health copywriter from Philadelphia, PA. Connect via


Shed the Stress For Healthier Living by Richard “Kyo” Mitchell


ealth is no longer simply defined as the absence of disease. With most individuals living longer, a high quality of life and health for those additional years is the goal. Where modern medical science has made great advances in helping to eradicate many of the diseases that plagued previous generations, the current pace and stressors of our modern lifestyle present both new challenges to health and quality of life and new opportunities, as well. Stress is supposed to be the body’s way of dealing with an immediately threatening situation. By means of activating the sympathetic nervous system, the body mobilizes the necessary resources to deal with this short-term threatening situations providing critical resources, which would allow an individual to fight or flee. Our current lifestyle has turned this once-healthy response into an unhealthy response. This is due in large part to the fact that this response was supposed to be a short-term reaction. Modern stressors such as work, relationships and taxes are usually long-term problems. Because there is no physical outlet for these forms of stressors, such as running from a predator, which was the purpose of the stress response, the negative aspects build up over time. With continued levels of stress, the body’s resources are used less efficiently, resulting in decreased health, insomnia, irritability and decreased quality of life. An individual can become so acclimated to a high level of stress that they do not realize how much they are carrying until something suddenly goes wrong with their health. A high level of continued stress has been linked with many diseases. Many individuals believe that stress is something we just have to live with. Going to the gym, doing yoga and meditating may work for some people, but others may need additional help in decreasing the stress response. Where the advances of modern medical science, with its emphasis on biochemistry and pharmaceuticals, has helped treat some health problems, many individuals prefer a non-pharmaceutical approach to their health concerns. Acupuncture is one such means to deal with many health concerns, including stress. Where pharmaceuticals are based on the theories of biochemistry, acupuncture is the application of the laws of physics to alter the body’s physiology and deal with problems of health and disease. In the case of stress, acupuncture can help decrease the excessive sympathetic nervous response, help the individual relax and enjoy a healthier, less stressful life. Neither Western medicine nor acupuncture and Oriental medicine can treat every known disease. Each system has its strengths and weaknesses, but with the application of both systems of medicine, many individuals may live longer, healthier lives. Dr. Richard “Kyo” Mitchell, DAOM, MPH, LAc (WA), OMD (NV), holds master’s and doctoral degrees in acupuncture and Oriental medicine from Bastyr University, served as a faculty member for more than 10 years and received additional medical training in China. For more information, call 702-463-2122 or visit See ad, page 12. natural awakenings

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The Power of One Julia Butterfly Hill Asks, ‘What’s Your Tree?’ by Judith Fertig


or 738 days, Julia Butterfly Hill lived in the canopy of an ancient redwood tree called Luna to increase awareness of threats to our ancient forests. Her courageous act of civil disobedience gained international attention for California’s redwoods, together with related ecological and social justice issues. When she claimed victory for Luna on December 18, 1999, she was recognized worldwide as both a heroine and powerful voice for the environment. Today, Butterfly Hill’s commitment to such causes continues to inspire people worldwide. She has helped found and launch a host of nonprofit organizations and currently serves as ambassador for the Pollination Project, which awards $1,000 a day to individuals making a positive difference. The impassioned activist is the inspiration for the What’s Your Tree initiative and also leads workshops at eco-villages such as Findhorn, in Scotland, and Damanhur, in Italy. She lives in Belize, where she describes her life as, “Before tree, during tree and after tree.”

What prompted your life shift from being the daughter of a traveling preacher to an environmental activist? Before Tree, when I was 22, I was rearended by a drunk driver and spent 10 months recovering. As I got better physically, I realized that my whole life had 24

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been out of balance. I had been working nonstop since graduating from high school—obsessed by my career, worldly success and material things. This pivotal experience woke me to the importance of the moment and doing whatever I can to make a positive impact on the future.

How did you come to climb up a 1,000-plus-year-old redwood tree and stay there for two years? After I recovered from the accident, I went on a road trip to California. There, I volunteered at a reggae festival. That year, the event was dedicated to the protection of ancient forests. I listened and learned from the speakers and activists passionate about educating people on the destructive logging practices of the Maxxamcontrolled Pacific Lumber Company. Returning to my place in Arkansas, I sold everything I owned and returned to California to see how I could help. Earth First! was doing tree-sits to call attention to the urgent need to protect ancient trees, and they needed someone to stay in a redwood tree so the loggers couldn’t cut it down; because nobody else volunteered, they had to pick me. On December 10, 1997, I put on the harness and ascended Luna, 180 feet up. What I thought would be three or four weeks in the tree turned into two years

and eight days. I returned to the ground only after the company agreed to protect Luna and the surrounding grove.

What are some of the legacies of your incredible feat? The Luna experience brought international attention to the plight of the last dwindling stands of ancient redwoods. After Tree, I was asked to speak about the issue all over the world. My bestselling book, The Legacy of Luna, has been translated into 11 languages. A follow-up environmental handbook is titled One Makes the Difference. It all inspires concerned citizens to take action in their own communities.

Now, as a yoga enthusiast, vegan, peacemaker and antidisposable activist, how do you stay true to yourself and model the changes you champion? I am committed to living with as much integrity, joy and love as I can. If we want to see something in the world, then we have to live it. Like I learn in yoga, I aim to stretch into my life and breathe and see what opens up, trusting that clarity and growth will emerge in the process. On a personal ecology level, I love swimming in the sea and the sound of the waves rolling over the reef. I love being at home, mixing fresh masa to make tamales and listening to the birds singing as they sway from the palm branches and bougainvillea. These are the moments that make my soul sing.

How has believing in one person’s power to change the world led you to ask, “What’s Your Tree?” Service is core to my being. It gives purpose and joy to my life. The What’s Your Tree project helps people connect with a place of deep purpose that helps guide their lives, choices and actions. Learn more at and Judith Fertig blogs at AlfrescoFood from Overland Park, KS.

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he 11th annual Bark In the Park event will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., March 8, at Cornerstone Park, with five hours of fun for owners and their dogs. Browse more than 40 pet-oriented vendor booths, take part in cool contests and meet lots of beautiful dogs looking for forever homes. Highlights include a Frisbee contest, Atomic Dogs flyball and demonstrations by the Henderson Police Department K-9 Unit. All pets must be leashed and handlers must be at least 10 years old. Owners are responsible for cleaning up after their pets. Admission is free. Location: 1600 Wigwam Pkwy, Henderson. For more information, call Henderson Parks and Recreation at 702-267-4000.



t’s fun. It’s food. It’s pugs. The Southern Nevada Pug Rescue Pug-A-Palooza will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., March 22, to celebrate our magnificent, curly-tailed friends in this all-out event. Bring the whole family for music, events and contests. Dog training demos, face painting, a bouncy house, pet adoptions, grooming demos, and professional photos are all in a day’s pleasure. Contests for best in show, owner look-alike, best smile, pug crawl and running of the bulls will separate the puppies from the princes. Other furry family members are also welcome.

Bagels for Beagles


outhern Nevada Beagle Rescue in Las Vegas will hold a fabulous garage and bake sale, with proceeds benefitting the rescue organization, from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m., March 22. The day of fun, great deals, adoptable dogs and baked items for sale, ranging from candy to cookies, cupcakes and many other tasty treats (maybe bagels, hint, hint) is sure to please. Adorable dogs will be at the event looking for their forever loving homes. For those whose circumstances do not allow for pet adoption, sponsorships and donations are most welcome and definitely needed to provide care for homeless, abandoned, neglected and abused dogs. The nonprofit Southern Nevada Beagle Rescue Foundation provides education about how to own dogs responsibly, while also focusing on beagle rescue and care. Location: 1270 Gary Ave., Las Vegas. To make arrangements to drop off items starting Mar. 8, email

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Wag-A-Tail is Underway


he nonprofit Las Vegas Valley Humane Society (LVVHS) Wag-A-Tail Walk-A-Thon is a one-totwo-mile fun walk for dogs and owners that will be held from 9 to 10 a.m., March 30. Registration begins at 8 a.m. and festivities will be held from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at Centennial Hills Park. Besides the walk, there are also dog contests, sponsor exhibits and giveaways, raffles and pledge prizes and the camaraderie of fellow pet lovers. Dogs must be at least 4 months old and kept on a leash at all times; current on all vaccinations and must be spayed/neutered. Owners must keep their dogs under control and clean up after their animals. Bags will be provided. Registration for adults is $25 by Mar. 17/$30 after; students $15 with ID. Children under 12 – are free (no T-shirt). Location: 7101 N. Buffalo Dr., Las Vegas. For more information, call 702-434-2007 or email

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Raw Food Diets for Pets Weighing the Pros and Cons by Sandra Murphy


s with their own food, dog and when using published recipes,” advises cat owners are reading pet food Dr. Brennen McKenzie, president of the labels more closely these days to Evidence-Based Veterinary Medicine Asevaluate ingredients and their sources. sociation. “Consult a board-certified nuAmerican pet food companies may out- tritionist for the unique nutritional needs source to foreign manof the pet, based on age, “You can spend ufacturers, sometimes breed, health condition with disastrous results. money on vet visits and other factors. Don’t Various brands of dry dog substitute ingredients.” food (kibble) and treats or on better food.” Cooking for pets can have been recalled for be time-consuming. ~ Veterinarian Laurie Coger melamine contamination Some owners have or other problems—even found dehydrated foods brands manufactured here have been like those from The Honest Kitchen, recalled for salmonella contamination. made in the United States using hu To ensure that what we’re serving our man food-grade ingredients, both costdogs contains a proper balance of protein, effective and easy to prepare. While the vitamins and minerals for overall health, purchase price can be higher than other the Dog Food Advisor rates dog foods and options, the food rapidly rehydrates to treats by brand name, explains the ingre- four times its original weight by adding dients, including byproducts not fit for warm water. A meatless variety human consumption, and recommends the best options. Owners can sign up for emails about recalls and other alerts at Other reasons to read labels include potential allergic reactions to foods, especially chicken and corn, common ingredients in kibble. The educational website notes, “Corn is an inexpensive and controversial cereal grain of only modest nutritional value to a dog.”

Homemade Meals

To have more control over what the family dog or cat eats, many owners turn to home-cooked meals, but know-how is key. “A big risk with home-prepared diets is that they are almost always nutritionally inadequate for long-term feeding, even


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allows owners to add their choice of raw meat, meaty bones or cooked meat and can be suitable for sensitive dogs, raw feeders and dogs that need a unique protein source. “Dehydrated foods are also a good way for a squeamish owner to start a raw diet for their dog,” remarks Dr. Laurie Coger, an associate veterinarian at the Bloomingrove Veterinary Hospital, in Rensselaer, New York, who also offers consultations through Coger suggests, “First, determine what a dog or cat needs in his diet, then transition gradually from kibble to a cooked or raw diet. Cats may resist change, while dogs can be more flexible.” Pet food maker Steve’s Real Food is another option as it does not use lamb, pork or venison. Each poses a greater risk of carrying toxoplasmosis, a parasitic disease that can be passed on to pets, especially cats. “If you decide to incorporate raw foods, find a wholesale meat supplier so you can buy in bulk. You’ll need a freezer to take full advantage,” suggests Coger. “Feeding raw is not an all-or-nothing proposition, so mix and match. Cook when you have time, feed raw several days a week and use high-quality dehydrated or dry food when traveling.” Dr. Cathy Alinovi, owner of Hoof Stock Veterinary Service, in Pine Village, Indiana, found

that switching to a raw diet solved an itching problem with her mixed-breed dog. She reports that, “Eighty percent of the reasons my clients bring their pets to me are cured by changing to better food.” Alinovi points out two drawbacks of serving raw food: “You can’t leave it out all day and it can be a challenge to transport home on a hot day.” But she’s found that the benefits are many, “Dog and cat furs shine and shed less; even their behavior improves.” Dog owners also note cleaner teeth, with no tartar buildup, cutting down on trips to the vet.

Not Everyone Agrees

Feeding a raw food diet is not without controversy. The American Veterinary Medical Association voted last summer

to advise veterinarians to recommend clients against feeding raw meats and bones to pets. Pet Partners, formerly known as the Delta Society, which registers pets as therapy animals, has instituted a policy that states, “Animals may not be fed a raw protein diet. Animals previously fed [such] a diet must be off it for at least four weeks before registering them.” (See rawdiet.) Deciding which foods to feed our pets requires extra research and meal preparation time, as well as money, but motivated owners like the results they see in their pet’s health. Missourian Sandra Murphy may be reached at StLouisFreelanceWriter@

Safe Pet Food Prep To handle raw meat and bones safely, follow the same guidelines as when cooking for family members. When shopping, keep meat, seafood and poultry separate from other foods—double-bag them to keep juices contained. In the fridge, store meat products in sealable containers on the lowest shelf, so that potential drips won’t touch other foods. Fridge temp should be 40° Fahrenheit or lower. Use one cutting board for meats and another for produce. Wash hands before and after handling meat. Sanitize countertops, wooden cutting boards and knives with white distilled vinegar (5 percent), undiluted, heated to 130° F and left on the surface for one minute; then dry with a recycled-paper towel or air dry. It will kill 99 percent of germs. Plastic cutting boards go in the dishwasher.

Deep clean wooden boards by scrubbing with natural coarse salt and lemon juice (the second half of the lemon face works as a scrubber); rinse with hot water and dry upright. Keep wood from drying out by periodically applying beeswax or walnut or almond oil. Refrigerate or discard any uneaten food, wash dog bowls after every feeding with soap and hot water, and then let air dry or wipe with a recyclable paper towel. Sponges hoard germs. If used, sanitize them in the microwave at least every other day. Make sure the sponge is wet, not dry. Two minutes will kill 99 percent of most disease-causing germs. Let it cool before handling.

Chemicals Harm Pets, Too


he nationwide health epidemic of chronic diseases afflicting the human population is also showing up among companion animals. According to a report by the Environmental Working Group, pets, like a canary in a coal mine, may be the environmental sentinels that are now signaling a clear connection between disease and manmade chemicals. In a study that analyzed blood samples of dogs and cats, 48 of 70 industrial chemicals and pollutants were traced, many recording levels that were substantially higher than previously reported in national studies of humans. Dogs displayed double the concentration of perfluorochemicals (used in stain-proof and grease-proof coatings); cats evidenced 23 times the concentration of polybrominated diphenyl ether (PBDE) fire retardants and 5.4 times the amount of mercury. PBDE levels in hyperthyroid cats have been linked to eating canned cat food and to the increased use of PBDEs in consumer products during the past 30 years. In humans, high levels of flameretardant chemicals are implicated in endocrine disruption, Type 2 diabetes and thyroid disease. Suggestions for minimizing exposure include avoiding chemical-laden household cleaners, furnishings and carpet; drinking carbon-filtered water; steering clear of food and beverage containers made from or lined with plastic (including cans); and eating organic produce and free-range meat.

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Applebee’s Pancake Fundraiser – 8-10am. Enjoy a short stack for a tall cause at Applebee’s Fundraiser breakfast. Supports the Southern Nevada Beagle Rescue Foundation. Check website for more information. Applebee’s at Best in the West, 2070 N Rainbow Blvd, LV.


Bark in the Park – 10am-3pm. Our 11th annual Bark in the Park features fun events for you and your dog. View demonstrations and booths, take part in a variety of contests and meet lots of beautiful dogs looking for good homes. Free. Cornerstone Park, 1600 Wigwam Pkwy, HD. 702267-2110.


Garage & Bake Sale – 7am-1pm. Come out for a great day of fun, deals, adoptable dogs and bake sale items. Benefits Southern Nevada Beagle Rescue Foundation. Drop off items start Mar. 8. 1270 Gary Avenue, LV. Contact Mail4Heidi@ Pug-A-Palooza – 9am-1pm. Bring the whole family for music, various events and contests. Furry family members welcome. Benefits Southern Nevada Pug Rescue, 3255 St. Rose Pkwy, HD.


V Animal Sanctuary Grand Opening – 11am4pm. Celebrate the opening of a no-kill, no-cage animal rescue shelter that provides a loving, nurturing environment for unwanted, sick and injured domestic/farm animals. 2081 E Eldorado Ln, LV. 702-763-1827.


18th Annual Wag-A-Tail Walk-A-Thon – 10am5pm. A 1-mile or 2-mile fun walk for you and your dog. Benefits Las Vegas Valley Humane Society. Centennial Hills Park, 7101 N Buffalo Dr, LV. 702-354-8911.


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.


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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.

sunday The Dog House Adoptions – 11am-2pm. Extraordinary animals will be on display and available for adoption. Tivoli Village, 302 S Rampart Blvd, LV.

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.

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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 – 11am-3pm. 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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Improve Eyesight Naturally – 12-2pm. No glasses. No contacts, surgery, medicine or gimmicks. Improve your eyesight naturally in just minutes a day. You will see positive results after this two hour workshop. Register in advance and save. $35/advance. $39/same day. $30/advance senior discount. Just Breathe Wellness Center, 5333 S Arville St, 206, LV. 702-659-2390. The Five Tibetan Rites Introduction – 11:30am12pm. The Ultimate Anti-Aging Exercise Program that revitalizes and rebuilds the entire body in just 15 minutes. Safe and simple. This is the best-kept anti-aging secret in America today. No prior experience necessary. Please RSVP. Free introduction. Love offerings accepted. Just Breathe Wellness Center, 5333 S Arville St, 206, LV. 702-659-2390. Predictive Astrology: The Significance of Your Age – 1-2:30pm. Gain insight into your life based on your age. Learn the connection between the 12 houses of astrology and specific ages. This is an easy to apply predictive astrology technique. Taught by astrologer, Mary Swick. Free. West Charleston Library, 6301 W Charleston Blvd, LV. 702-507-3964.

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Henderson Symphony Orchestra – 2pm. The valley’s top student musicians perform at the orchestra’s annual Young Artists Concert. Free. Henderson Pavilion, 200 S Green Valley Pkwy, HD. 702-267-2110.

Wednesday, March 5

Messages from the Angels – 7pm. This magical evening is filled with angelic messages. Each person will receive an angel card reading and listen to automatic writing messages downloaded to the teacher. There is a beautifully angelic guided meditation. $25. Enchanted Forest Reiki Center, 800 N Rainbow, 100, LV. 702-948-4999.

Thursday, March 6

Tai Chi Class – 6:30-7:30pm. All ages. Learn traditional movements to balance the mind and body to create health. This gentle practice can be done in chair position. The environment and stress of life takes a toll on our well-being and this class will put you back into balance and good health. Learn to flow as one with the environment. Free. West Charleston Library, 6301 W Charleston Blvd, LV. Space is limited, must register: 702-507-3964.

daily practice. Wear comfortable clothing. $25. Enchanted Forest Reiki Center, 800 N Rainbow, 100, LV. 702-948-4999.

Saturday, March 15

Missoula Children’s Theatre – 3-7pm. Henderson children perform in a special adaptation of a literary classic. $5-$8. Henderson Multigenerational Center, 250 S Green Valley Pkwy, HD. 702-267-2110.

Sunday, March 16

Kirtan Fest – 6-9pm. A retreat-festival experience which awakens your inner-soul and touches your heart through blissful devotional chanting and dancing. Re-kinder your love with the divine through soul-stirring, heartfelt Kirtan-chants, devotional dancing, ancient worship ceremony, delicious feast and more. $8 suggested donation. Govinda's Center, 7181 Dean Martin Dr, LV. 702-434-8332. Raw Food Class: Sprouting – 3-5pm. Want more energy? Vegan and concerned with not getting enough protein? Learn to sprout and add more life to your living and more days to your life. With this knowledge, feed your entire family enzymerich foods and stay healthy for about one dollar a day. Must RSVP. $24. Just Breathe Wellness Center, 5333 S Arville St, 206, LV. 702-659-2390.



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Growing Summer Vegetables – 2-4pm. Learn which vegetables to plant and how to grow them for the summer months. Don Fabbi, PhD, is a Master Gardener with a doctorate in horticulture and 65 years experience in the cultivation of flowers, fruit trees and vegetables native and non-native to this desert region. Free. West Charleston Library, 6301 W Charleston Blvd, LV. 702-507-3964.

Saturday, March 29

Bike Swap & Ride – 9am-1pm. The event features a bicycle swap for those wishing to trade or sell gently used bikes, bike parts and spare parts; vendor marketplace; bicycle recycling, safety course, repair workshop and demonstrations. Biking Las Vegas hosts a club ride for moderate riders. The ride is from 7:30-9 am. Free. Cornerstone Park, 1600 Wigwam Pkwy, HD. 702-267-4000. A Passion For Orchids – 10am-4pm. With its blazing hot summers, bone dry air and hard as rock water, the desert is an unlikely place to grow orchids. The Greater Las Vegas Orchid Society has a magnificent display of fresh orchids and a day filled with informative lectures. Free. West Charleston Library, 6301 W Charleston Blvd, LV. 702-507-3964.


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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.

Pregnancy Yoga – 9-10am. Classes join chair and pregnancy yoga to create strength, focus, flexibility and awareness through a gentle yoga practice designed especially for people over 50, movement disabilities and pregnant women’s needs. $7. 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@ Yoga & Meditation – See website for daily class schedule. Just Breathe Wellness Center, 5333 S Arville St, Ste 206, LV. 702-553-6819.

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 is guided by three Reiki masters with combined experience of over 50 years. Experience the magic of Reiki. You will leave relaxed, renewed and exhilarated. Suggested love offering $5. No one is turned away. Just Breathe Wellness Center, 5333 S Arville St, 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.

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. Spiritual Book Club for Women – 6-8pm. Fourth Tues. First meeting is Meet and Greet and discuss future book choices. Meditation included in each meeting. Suggested donation: $8. Just Breathe Wellness Center, 5333 S Arville St, 206, LV. 702553-6819. 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. masterjackson/.

wednesday Inspiration Reiki Healing Circle – 6-8pm. Teacher Victoria Stitzer. Donation. Naturally Organic Healing Center, 1171 S Buffalo Dr, 110, LV. 702433-3874. 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.

thursday Green Drinks – Second Thurs. Network with other eco-friendly business professionals. Times/ locations vary. Chi Kung (Qigong) – 10-11am. Chi Kung is the art of developing internal energy particularly for health and vitality, mind expansion and spiritual cultivation. Chi Kung uses body movements, rhythmic breathing, visualizations and healing sounds. Join Sifu JC who has 17 years experience. $10/per class. Naturally Organic Center, 1171 S Buffalo Dr, LV. 702433-3874. 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. Tantra Seminars – 6-8pm. An intensive, progressive and advanced Tantric training for people ready to take control over their life and experience greatness and clarity. $20. Naturally Organic Healing Center, 1171 S Buffalo Dr, 110, LV. 702-433-3874. 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. 702507-0093. Askashic Book Study Workshop with Anika Ray – 6:30pm. Explore spirituality and connect with the aspect of your being divine in nature-your 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.

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.

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classifieds Fee for classifieds is $1 per word per month. To place listing, email Deadline is the 10th of the month. NETWORKING GREEN DRINKS LAS VEGAS – This is a FREE networking group that creates awareness about eco-conscious businesses and concerns in Las Vegas. Businesses, individuals and non-profit organizations participate, educate and connect to promote a greener world. Meets every second Thursday of the month. Visit or SOLAR NV – Solar NV strives to educate Southern Nevadans about the benefits of renewable energy and to encourage and promote the use of sustainable energy technology. FREE monthly meetings every third Thursday of the month feature speakers from a variety of disciplines related to solar energy.

opportunities MELALEUCA – “Enhancing the lives of those we touch by helping people reach their goals.” Learn how Melaleuca’s commitment to manufacturing and delivering healthy, nontoxic products directly to the member can create income opportunities for people just like you every day. For information on how you can join the Melaleuca family please call Laurie Michaels, Membership Executive at 949-6904245 or email

Homemade Vegan/Vegetarian Dinners – 6-9pm. Fri. 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 – 6pm-7pm. Find inner spirituality to be discovered through the foundations of your 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. Free. Pure Health Foods, 7575 W Washington, LV. 702-224-4325.


Tai Chi Fan or Saber – 11-11:30am. Teacher Sifu JC. $5. Naturally Organic Healing Center, 1171 S Buffalo Dr, 110, LV. 702-433-3874. Healing Benefits of Spices and Herbs – 2pm3pm. Cooking with spices never tasted so good. Cooking with herbs is very beneficial for your mind, body and soul. $15. Naturally Organic Healing Center, 1171 S Buffalo Dr, LV. 702-433-3874. Healthy Living + Raw Foods – 3-4pm. Learn how to live toxic-free, embrace abundance in eating, and live one’s ideal life now with teacher and Certified Holistic Health Coach Sabra Davis. $10. Naturally Organic Healing Center, 1171 S Buffalo Dr, 110, LV. 702-433-3874. Inner Rhythm Experience – 4pm-5pm. Awaken the soul and enliven the spirit. $10. Naturally Organic Healing Center, 1171 S Buffalo Dr, LV. 702-433-3874.

fresh52 Saturday Farmers'& Artisan Market – 9am-2pm. fresh52 Farmers’ and Artisan Market is a lively, friendly, open-air market where neighbors and friends come together to celebrate the community. Free. Tivoli Village, 302 S Rampart, LV. 702-900-2552.

Energy Drumming Circle – 5pm-6pm. This energy circle is all about sharing. Come in, introduce yourself and talk about whom you are and what you do. A short meditation will ground and center you, balancing the mind, body and spirit. Then give or receive a mini treatment of loving energy. $5 donation. Naturally Organic Healing Center, 1171 S Buffalo Dr, 110, LV. 702-433-3874.

Chi Kung – 9-10am. Teacher Sifu JC Cox. Can be combined with Chi Kung (9-10am) both for $15. Saturdays only. $10 per class. Naturally Organic Healing Center, 1171 S Buffalo Dr, 110, LV. 702-433-3874.

Spiritual Experiences Discussion – 6-7pm. Understand the purpose of spiritual experiences, discover new spiritual adventures in daily life. Free. Naturally Organic Healing Center, 1171 S Buffalo, LV. 702-224-4325.

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Pamela Sando Aesthetician, Detox Specialist, Body Work 702-417-9456 For 30 years, Pamela has been an Aesthetician with celebrity clientele. Her focus is on cleansing detoxes for healthy skin & body, as well as body scrubs, waxing and facials for men, women and teens.

BEAUTY & BALANCE Stevie’s Healing Art & Spa 10870 S Eastern Avenue, #100 Henderson, NV 89052 702-979-8035 •

The mascara wearing hippy! Specializing in aromatherapy organic facials, body treatments, life coaching, reiki, toe reading and the healthiest, safest eyelash extensions in Vegas. Healing from head to soul. See ad, page 29.

Energy Detoxification PROFESORA SORAYDA

Mayan Healer 702-556-2990 A spiritual cleansing will bring positive vibrations and lead you on a path to good fortune in all areas. Remove negative thoughts that cause you to feel unhappy, lethargic, physically ill and cause bad luck and misfortune.


This ancient energy healing modality is proven to offer healing of chronic illness and dis-eases through holistic integration of the body, mind and spirit. Experience life long self-healing.

SPIRIT OF THE OWL HEALING ARTS Roxanne Perillo, Reiki Master/Teacher Shamanic Energy Medicine 920-336-6468 •

Step into your light. Awaken the memory of your healed state by releasing the past, old harmful patterns, fear and feelings of scarcity. Allow yourself to live life fully! Remote healing sessions. See ad, page 29.

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Laurie Michaels, Membership Executive 949-690-4245 • Save time and money by having healthy, toxin free, made in the USA products delivered directly to your door. Just by changing where you purchase your personal care, nutritional and home care products, you will get better quality at lower prices and save the planet all at the same time. Membership has its privileges. Visit See ad, page 29.


Wellness Consultant • Reiki Master Self-Love Master 949-690-4245 • Imagine living through the Power of your self-love. We will release your learned patterns and create new self nurturing practices to enable you to live a happier more f u l f i l l e d l i f e . Wi t h y o u r commitment, the life you have dreamed of will be yours. Call for a free in person or remote consultation. See ad, page 29.

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The Ultimate Healing Center is a functional medicine practice that incorporates a variety of methods to help heal the body. We identify imbalances and help restore balance so the body can work optimally to heal itself. Dr. Brown believes that the body has its own natural healing mechanisms. See ad, page 9.

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.

800 N Rainbow Blvd, #100, LV 89107 702-948-4999

Jeffrey Brown, DO 10120 S Eastern Ave, Ste 100, HD 89052 702-871-7004 •

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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 according to the standars of IAOMT and IABDM. State of the art early detect cavity mapping, cosmetic, general, specialty dentistry and low sensitivity teeth whitening. Dr. Wright offers holistic, no-prep veneers, Lumineers, Invisalign Braces, dental implants and All on 4 Implant Bridges, sleep and full sedation dentistry. See ad, page 4.

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

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


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Glenn Smith, Independent Distributor 702-525-5360 Transform your life with the 10 Day Celebrity Cleanse, take a vacation from processed foods, eat green and get lean. Become part of the Million Mom Movement to regain family health. Promoters wanted. See ad, page 28.


55 S Valle Verde, #300, HD 89012 702-982-4324 Quality, full-service, pet supply store with the best value in the valley. Pet-friendly. On-site “Barkery”. Nutritional experts. Professional grooming available seven days for cats, dogs and little critters. Pet adoptions too! See ad, back cover.

Prenatal Guidance ASTRID RUDIN

Prenatal & Expressive Yoga Dance Instructor Holistic Movement Therapist • Certified Fitness Instructor 702-432-0028 During your pregnancy share the joy of movement through yoga, expressive dance and holistic therapy. Be supported as you find a flow back to your roots. Allow yourself to be guided to the Universal power of womanhood.

7106 Smoke Ranch Rd, #110 Las Vegas, NV 89128 702-796-3847

All natural, very effective treatment for difficult medical conditions that result from low neurotransmitter levels: chronic fatigue, depression, anxiety, insomnia, migraines, fibromyalgia, Alzheimer ’s, Parkinson’s, Crohn’s, addiction, ADD, IBS, mood disorder, obesity, restless leg and more. See ad, page 9.


Private Piano Lessons Summer Trail at Mountain’s Edge 435-592-0662 cell and text


702-735-5151 Republic Services offers complete waste and recycling solutions for residential, commercial, industrial and construction customers. Offering free recycling assessments to meet the needs of any sized business or project.

Private piano lessons in my home. Lessons are intended for the beginning or intermediate learner, ages 7 and up. Cost is $20 for 30 minutes, plus initial material cost. Gift certificates available. See ad, page 15.


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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 12.

wellness JUST BREATHE WELLNESS CENTER 5333 S Arville St, Ste 206, LV 89118 702-553-6819

Vinaysa Flow Yoga & Gong, Gong meditations and “Yogatize” for weight loss classes, workshops and private lessons. Like us on Facebook.

Stevie’s Healing Art & Spa 10870 S Eastern Avenue, #100 Henderson, NV 89052 702-979-8035 •

The mascara wearing hippy! Specializing in aromatherapy organic facials, body treatments, life coaching, reiki, toe reading and the healthiest, safest eyelash extensions in Vegas. Healing from head to soul. See ad, page 29.


Wellness Center & Intl. School of Reiki Victoria Stitzer, Expert in Rapid Behavior Modification • 702-405-9375 Transform your “Fears into Power”; “Pain into Joy” through powerful proven Mind-Body t e c h n o l o g i e s : N L P - E F TRegressions-Detox-Reiki-Pranic and Thetahealing. Free Reiki circles Wednesdays at 7pm. Call 702-659-2390.

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