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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.

15 CATALYST FOR CHANGE 15 Natural Awakenings Celebrates 20 Years by Sharon Bruckman


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CHEERING A Health Coach Helps Us Change for Good by Lauressa Nelson


Easy Ways to Go Eco Right Now by Avery Mack

27 LONG-LIVED PETS Anti-Aging Care Aids Youthful Vigor by Dr. Shawn Messonnier




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There is something deep within my soul, a need to walk my life path with animal companions. I truly do not wish to live a life without animals and thankfully, I’ve shared my life with many animal spirits. So, when my daughter, Ysabel, was about to turn 4 and asked to get a cat for her birthday, I was elated that she was open to sharing part of her spirit with another. Having had no prior cat experience, I called on Best Friends Animal Society, in Kanab, Utah, for guidance. After being interviewed, we were paired with a three-legged cat named Cowboy. We were told he had been feral and lost his leg after being hit by a car. I didn’t tell Ysa about Cowboy, only because I wanted her to choose her own companion, thinking she may have had a picture of a specific cat in her mind. At Best Friends, we visited Cat World, where hundreds of cats were housed. As Ysa mingled with the animals, I watched as she indifferently passed by cat after beautiful cat. One sweet, gray-striped cat lay curled up, basking in the sun in a bed perched just above Ysa’s head. On tiptoe she reached up and, with just her fingertips, petted him saying, “Mama, can I have this one?” I asked our coordinator about the cat. I can still see her smile when she said, “That one is yours. That is Cowboy.” Ysa was oblivious to the fact he only had three legs. I am, to this day, so proud that she did not see him as disabled, but instead saw his sweet spirit. The first night he came home with us, he was scared and shy. I held and rocked him through most of the night. It was every bit as sweet as rocking my own babies. We must intuitively know that the animal companion we choose will enrich our life. For nine years, Cowboy was my constant companion. When I sat at the computer, he was on my lap. Last month, without much warning, Cowboy crossed “The Rainbow Bridge”. I woke one morning, saw him and “just knew”. I held that beautiful spirit for 13 hours, rocking him again as he left this world. Even now, as I write this, I feel his gentle nails on my thigh, politely asking to be lifted up. Though we called him “Ysa’s cat,” he is so much more to me. He is a part of my soul. He has taken a part of my heart with him, across The Rainbow Bridge and joined it with my other fur babies, Ch’iuming, Kodo, Chaka, Serena and their fur cousin, Dakota. Thank you, Best Friends, for saving Cowboy’s life so many years ago. I am forever grateful and honored that we were allowed to share our lives together. He is not with us in the physical world, but his spiritual presence is felt. The other night, he came to me. He is sleek, muscular and energetic. He leapt from a tall wall, pushing off with two strong back legs, into my arms. I looked down at him and said, “Oh look, Cowboy, now you can jump!” I immediately awoke with a sense of joy, knowing that Cowboy is beyond the veil where angels gather. With gratitude to all animal guardians,

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anuary is National Radon Action Month, and to better help communities comprehend the dangers of radon, the Nevada Radon Education Program will offer a presentation at 6 p.m., January 16, at the Clark County Library. All residents of Nevada are encouraged to test their homes for dangerous radon gas, and free radon test kits are available through February 28 at University of Nevada Cooperative Extension offices and partner offices statewide. The tests are extremely easy to conduct. Radon is a radioactive, colorless, odorless and tasteless gas that comes from the ground. It accumulates in homes and can cause lung cancer. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency estimates 21,000 Americans die each year from radon-induced lung cancer, killing more people than secondhand smoke, drunk driving, falls in the home, drowning or house fires. This type of lung cancer is preventable, and the only way to know if a home has elevated levels is to test it.

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lawless Silhouettes Wellness Spa is guaranteeing A New Slim You in 90 days with their methods to lose weight and be fit. They teach clients to use essential oils for weight loss, provide support for combating emotional eating, planning healthy meals and creating an active lifestyle and healthy habits that will last a lifetime. Meetings will be held at 6 p.m., January 8, 15, 22 and 29, February 12 and 26 and March 12 and 26. The 90-day program includes eight 60-to90-minute group coaching classes; handouts, recipes and meal planning advice; doTERRA products to improve digestion, stabilize blood sugar, reduce cravings, speed up metabolism, cleanse harmful toxins and elevate mood ($265 value): Lifelong Vitality Pack, Terrazyme, PB Assist+, Lemon oil and Slim and Sassy. As a bonus, participants receive short Pilates workout videos weekly. Location: 8820 S. Maryland Pkwy., Ste. 115, Las Vegas. For more information, call 702-688-2868, email or visit

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he ACF Chefs of Las Vegas are attempting to hold the world’s largest chef’s run on January 18. The Chefs for Kids 5K Run/1 Mile Fun Walk begins at 9 a.m. Each runner/walker receives a T-shirt, goodie bag and free pancake breakfast. There will also be a raffle. Las Vegas Track Club (LVTC) will provide race bibs and computerized timing. Trophies will be awarded in the 5K for the top three overall male and female, plaques for the top three (50-plus) male and female and certificates for the top three male and female in each category. Age categories begin at 12 and under through 80-plus. For fees and online registration, visit Fifty percent of the registration cost goes to nonprofit Chefs for Kids, Inc. Location: Wayne Bunker Family Park, 7351 W. Alexander Rd., Las Vegas. For more information, call Sandy Boyer at 702-460-1852.


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Holistic Holiday at Sea


he 2014 Holistic Holiday at Sea cruise will set sail from Miami, Florida, from March 1 to 8 on one of the world’s premier Italian luxury liners, the MSC Divina. Ports of call include St. Maarten, San Juan and Great Stirrup Cay. Guests will enjoy discussions on the benefits of a plantbased diet with a community of 1,500 like-minded people. Passengers can choose from more than 130 classes, lectures and workshops taught by 35 teachers. Renowned ultra-endurance athlete Rich Roll will present the keynote address about the life-transforming benefits of plant-based nutrition. Additional presenters include Dr. T. Colin Campbell and Dr. Neal Barnard, as well as Chef AJ, one of several vegan chefs that will demonstrate how to make a plant-based diet taste delicious. For nighttime fun and relaxations, passengers can enjoy music and spirits at the Golden Jazz Bar aboard the MSC Divina or visit the 18,000 square-foot Aurea Spa for some luxurious pampering. For more information, call 828-749-9537, email Info@ or visit

Learn to Write a Book in a Weekend


hose that have long felt they have a book in them that needs to be written, yet considered the time and effort daunting, can attend either of two lectures in Las Vegas to alleviate apprehensions and follow up on making their mark in the literary world. How to Write Your Bestseller in a Weekend will offer clear, expert advice on how to fulfill this personal goal. Choose January 22 or April 16 at the University of Las Vegas Paradise Campus, both from 6 to 9 p.m. “According to The New York Times, 81 percent of Americans feel they have a book inside them that they have to get out,” says organizer Tom Bird. “Most feel that it’s impossible to write their own book, let alone get it done in a short period of time. Our method disproves their concerns and offers what they most want—a publishable book, written quick, easily, joyfully and well.” Bird, who has authored 20-plus books, including Write to Heal, Write to Publish and Birthing Your Book, Birthing Yourself, further points out, “With today’s e-publishing, authors now have the potential ability to freely publish their own book, as well. A costly process that used to take years can now take a matter of a few weeks and is affordable.” Locations: University of Las Vegas – Paradise Campus, 851 E. Tropicana, Room 400, Las Vegas. For more information, call 702895-3394, email, email Info@TomBird. com or visit See ad, page 25.

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he University of Nevada Cooperative Extension will hold a workshop, Gardening in Small PlacesPruning, from 9 a.m. to noon, January 11, at the Lifelong Learning Center, in Las Vegas. Taught by Dr. Angela O’Callaghan, the class is designed to demonstrate pruning techniques for the desert and will cover pruning fruit trees, ornamentals and desert plants. All interested parties are welcome to attend. Other upcoming workshop topics include vegetable gardening on February 15 and composting on March 8.

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Produce Banishes the Blues


ew research from New Zealand’s University of Otago shows that consuming more whole fruits and vegetables increases peacefulness, happiness and energy in one’s daily life. Scientists discovered the strong relationship to be particularly apparent in countering winter blues. A total of 281 college-age students filled out an online food diary and mood survey for 21 consecutive days. Results showed that eating fruits and vegetables one day led to improvements in positive mood the next day, regardless of other key factors, such as body mass index. Other types of food did not produce the same uplifting effect. “After further analysis, we demonstrated that young people would need to consume approximately seven to eight total servings of fruits and vegetables per day to notice a meaningful positive change,” says Tamlin Conner, Ph.D., with the university’s department of psychology. “One serving of fruit or vegetables is approximately the size that could fit in our palm, or half a cup.” Study co-author Bonnie White suggests that this can be accomplished by having vegetables comprise half of the plate at each meal and snacking on whole fruit like apples. The American Psychiatric Association acknowledges that seasonal affective disorder (SAD) affects, at least mildly, as many as 20 percent of Americans.

Sweets Sour Brain Power


inging on sweets and soda in an effort to bone up for exams or presentations probably has the opposite effect, according to a new animal study from the University of California, Los Angeles. Researchers found that eating or quaffing too much fructose, like that found in cane sugar and the high-fructose corn syrups permeating many processed foods, can cause unclear thinking, poor learning and impaired memory. Scientists have long known that high-fructose diets increase the risk for diabetes, obesity and fatty liver. Now the UCLA team has discovered that only six weeks of a high-fructose diet slowed the animals’ brains. The good news is that eating omega-3 fatty acids like those found in cold water fish appear to counteract the negative effects of fructose, enabling the animals to think more clearly.

Art Heartens Seniors


ust looking at a painting by Picasso, Dali or Warhol can brighten the world for seniors, according to researchers at Britain’s Newcastle University. After just three visits to a gallery, the researchers found positive changes in the participating seniors’ opinions about their life experiences and abilities in light of their ages. The gallery visits further inspired participants to become more involved with others and their communities.


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s the evidence of the harmful effects of Tylenol increases, there is a growing call for it to be removed from the market. Its active ingredient, acetaminophen, once thought to be an effective and safe pain reliever for adults and children, turns out to have dangerous effects. A related study by University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center researchers leads with the fact that each year, acetaminophen causes more than 100,000 calls to poison control centers, 50,000 emergency room visits, 26,000 hospitalizations and more than 450 deaths from liver failure. The U.S. Acute Liver Failure Study implicates acetaminophen poisoning in nearly half of all cases of acute liver failure in this country. When taken with alcohol or without food, the effects on the liver are multiplied. Doctor of Naturopathy Michael Murray, of Phoenix, Arizona, reports in that regular use of acetaminophen is linked to a higher likelihood of asthma, infertility and hearing loss, especially in men under 50. Last summer, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a warning linking acetaminophen use to three rare and sometimes fatal skin conditions. “Can you imagine if the side effects and risks associated with acetaminophen were associated with a dietary supplement?” opines Murray. “It would be yanked from the market immediately.”



ust 20 minutes of yoga postures, breathing and meditation are valuable tools for bolstering mental functioning. A study from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign reports that a single, 20-minute hatha yoga session significantly improved participants’ speed and accuracy on tests of working memory, focus, retention and ability to absorb and use new information. Study participants didn’t get the same positive brain buzz from 20 minutes of aerobics. The study appeared in the Journal of Physical Activity & Health.

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Citizen Action Wins Against Monsanto and More


he Center for Food Safety (CFS), a national nonprofit advocating in the public interest, works to protect human health and the environment by curbing the use of harmful food production technologies and promoting organic and other forms of sustainable agriculture. It confirms that actions such as signing petitions really do make a difference. For instance, the CFS cites a hard-fought campaign that pushed the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to respond to a lawsuit and remove arsenic from chicken feed. They credit the thousands of consumers that joined the effort, saying, “Together, we forced the FDA to remove arsenic ingredients in animal feed used for our nation’s chickens, turkeys and hogs, and 98 of the 101 drug approvals for arsenic-based animal drugs will be withdrawn.” More recently, CFS reports that half a million citizen phone calls and emails had a significant effect in killing an extension of the so-called “Monsanto protection act” in the Senate. Formally named the Farmer Assurance Provision, the measure undermined the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s authority to ban genetically modified crops, even if court rulings found they posed risks to human and environmental health. Source:

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Smithsonian Exhibit Highlights Storied History

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his month’s exhibition at the Smithsonian’s Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Yoga: The Art of Transformation, comprises the museum’s first presentation of yogic art. Temple sculptures, devotional icons, vibrant manuscripts and court paintings created in India more than 2,000 years ago will be on view, as well as early modern photographs, books and films. The Washington, D.C., exhibition borrows from 25 museums and private collections in India, Europe and the United States. More than 120 works, from the third to the early 20th century, illuminate yoga’s central tenets, as well as its obscured histories. Through masterpieces of Indian sculpture and paintings, the exhibition explores yoga’s goals; its Hindu, Jain and Sufi manifestations; its means of transforming body and consciousness; and its philosophical foundations. For more information, visit


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United Nations Panel Zeroes in on Sustainability


he United Nations (UN) has created a new scientific advisory board under the aegis of UNESCO, mandated to advise UN executives, participating countries and other stakeholders on the use of science, technology and innovation in achieving sustainable development. The 26 international experts appointed to the board span a broad spectrum of disciplines including: basic sciences; engineering and technology; social sciences and humanities; ethics; health; and economic, behavioral and agricultural sciences, as well as the environmental sciences more commonly associated with sustainability. The board’s inaugural meeting in December focused on outcomes of the 2013 UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20), and from other large-scale interdisciplinary processes, such as the 2012 Planet Under Pressure Conference, held in London, and the Future Earth 10-year international research initiative.

Whale Wars

Military Exercises Threaten Sea Life


uring the next five years, the U.S. Navy’s war games, using live munitions in our coastal waters, will potentially kill 186 whales and dolphins off the East Coast and 155 more off Hawaii and Southern California, according to computer models. Rear Admiral Kevin Slates rationalizes the casualties by stating, “Without this realistic testing and training, our sailors can’t develop or maintain the critical skills they need or ensure the new technologies can be operated effectively.” On the upside, marine scientists are currently using mobile devices to reduce the number of whales struck and killed off California’s coast by large commercial ships. An app called Whale Spotter employs crowd-sourcing to gather data, allowing sailors, fishermen and marine scientists that spot whales to plot their locations on an interactive map. Such a network can track marine mammals in real time as they migrate. These maps are useful to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and U.S. Coast Guard officials responsible for recommending changes in vessel routes. Source:

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Deep Conversation Accompanies Good Food


he pursuit of combining good food and conversation is taking on new, more fulfilling formats. Instead of idle chit-chat or gossip over high-calorie feasts, many people are showing an appetite to fill their lives with more meaningful discussions while dining on healthy meals. The international Green Drinks phenomenon was among the first to successfully mix eco-conscious conversation with healthy beverages; now, thought-provoking initiatives are mixing regular banter with bites in ways that are both lively and nurturing. Those seeking the exotic may indulge in The Philosopher’s Table: How to Start Your Philosophy Dinner Club— Monthly Conversation, Music and Recipes, by Marietta McCarty, following guidelines to immerse guests in the tastes and cultures of 12 different cities and countries. Suggested themes include saluting the present-day benefits of the work of women’s rights pioneer Jane Addams while sipping multi-bean soup (Chicago) or consuming uplifting perspectives of ancient philosopher Lao Tzu over shrimp dumplings with dipping sauce (China). Recommended discussion topics at include self-identity and self-reflection, current events and appreciating the arts. A search function for finding a local chapter complements advice on launching a new one. provides links to groups nationwide that forge connections with fellow enthusiasts, share dishes and network. It also provides information, recipes and other helpful resources. Touring experts in the preparation and benefits of raw food and vegan, plant-based diets show up everywhere from natural food restaurants and retailers to health expos and foodie Meetup events. Speakers include Brian Clement, Brenda Cobb, Paul Nison, Jenna Norwood, Karen Ranzi and David Wolfe.

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heartfelt shout out goes to the 90 U.S. cities and metro areas across the country, plus Puerto Rico, where Natural Awakenings is effecting positive change in people’s lives. For 20 years, this free community magazine has been loyal readers’ go-to resource for awakening America to the benefits of naturally healthy living. We thank our 3.8 million readers that devour these pages every month, typically from cover-to-cover. We voice gratitude to the thousands of committed advertisers that report multiplied business success as a result of our partnership. We extend kudos to the hundreds of editorial contributors that have generously shared their pioneering expertise with us via cutting-edge information and practical tips. Interviews and bylines of internationally recognized healers, teachers and leaders underscore the magazine’s primacy in its field. Collectively, we comprise a great movement embodying ways of living that are healthy for people and the planet. Together, we are producing a pay-itforward chain reaction of positive energy and conscious living that benefits everyone. Each large and small choice in favor of natural health and environmental sustainability counts toward enhancing our own standard of living and supporting a higher quality of life on Earth. It all starts with individuals waking up to conscious living and connecting locally to make measurable differences in their own homes and communities.

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Beauty Only Needs a Smile

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he philosophy of Flawless Silhouettes Wellness Spa owners Julie Murphy and Amber Campion is to pamper their clients through rejuvenation of the mind, body and spirit. Murphy and Campion met six years ago and for a long time, talked about the spa that Campion would one day open. The two friends realized that, with the long, hectic days women face, it’s nice to have someplace to unwind and destress, strengthen the body, focus the mind, relax and treat themselves to a well-deserved pampering. “Together, we concocted the extravagant idea of Flawless Silhouettes Wellness Spa and have almost made every idea come to life,” explains Campion. Campion became inspired to open a spa after attending massage school in California. “The school I happened to fall into had this amazing group of teachers that changed me and my life,” she relates. “I always had this vision of creating an amazing family of experts where others could visit and overcome physical, mental and emotional dis-ease in themselves.” The experts at Flawless


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create an energy that makes clients feel at home as soon as they walk in. According to Flawless manager and Certified Synergie Body Contour Specialist Alisha Olivas, “The specialists that Amber and Julie have brought together make this spa the go-to place for all your needs. The spa itself is a very special, beautiful, happy place to be.” At Flawless Silhouettes Wellness Spa, clients can benefit from licensed massage therapists, certified Pilates and yoga instructors, a holistic health coach, a Synergie Body Contouring Machine, sugar hair removal by a licensed aesthetician, manicures, pedicures, hair design and Versa spray tan. Flawless also offers specialty services. Holistic Health and Nutrition Counselor Delphine Perroud teaches juicing and holistic health classes. She studied dietary theories from Ayurveda to macrobiotics and learned from experts such as Dr. Andrew Weil, Mark Nyman and Dr. Deepak Chopra. Perroud, a former ballerina and professional dancer, helps men and women achieve their

ideal weight and health goals, working with families to incorporate healthy and easy meals that support health. She says her mission is to “empower one person at the a time to choose health and happiness and to respect, accept and love their bodies.” Flawless also offers American Heart Association CPR/AED and first-aid classes facilitated by Sarah McAllister, a nationally licensed registered paramedic. McAllister offers her training for the healthcare provider and Heartsaver classes monthly. Her goal is to “educate the public, businesses, healthcare providers, babysitters, parents and grandparents, in order to save lives.” Amanda Schwarz is also a member of the specialty services team as a certified lactation consultant. Graduating from massage therapy school in 2008, she learned a variety of massage modalities that include reflexology, Swedish massage, acupressure and sports injury treatment. She has also received training or certification in prenatal massage, migraine cold stone therapy and AromaTouch. The company is based on the belief that the needs of the customers are of the utmost importance. “Our entire team is committed to meeting those needs,” says Murphy. “As a result, a high percentage of our business is from repeat customers and referrals. At Flawless, we care about finding the root cause of your dis-ease and truly want your life to be happy and healthy.” It’s little wonder that the business is thriving, as Murphy and Campion have consciously chosen products that are “as natural as possible, but still render a result,” says Campion. Flawless carries products that cannot be found in chain stores and most are organic. Specialty products were chosen only after diligent research into the companies and ingredients; they include doTerra Oil, Jan Iredale, Lira Skincare, Eufora and Pure Inventions. At Flawless,” says Olivas, “you know you’re getting the best products for your healthy lifestyle. At Flawless, ‘beauty only needs a smile.’” Location: 8829 S. Maryland Pkwy., Ste. 115, Las Vegas. For more information, call 702-685-1922 or visit

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onventional doctors too often dispense vague, boilerplate health advice, urging their patients to eat a healthy diet, exercise and take helpful supplements. Some are lucky enough to also be directed to detoxify their body and manage stress. That’s typically the best most people can expect in terms of practical advice. It is rare to receive specific, individualized answers to such burning questions as:

Complementary natural healing modalities can address all of these queries and more. Finding the right mix of treatment and preventive measures requires some creativity and self-knowledge. The experts Natural Awakenings consulted maintain that it is both desirable and possible to assemble an affordable and effective personal health care team that focuses on optimum wellness.

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Integrative practitioners see the human body on three levels, Yang explains: structural; biochemical; and bioenergetic, a form of psychotherapy. Ideally, he says, conventional and integrative medicine, plus complementary practitioners, work together to provide the total care an individual patient needs. “Any problem on one level affects all levels, so we assess patients on all three with whatever tools we have,” he says. While conventional medicine may be able to treat structural problems well and biochemical problems to a certain extent, it falls short on the energetic level. That’s when it’s time to expand the team, counsels Yang. “‘Know yourself’ is the watchword. Get to know what to use and when to use it. It’s the practitioner’s job to educate patients in this way.” Dr. Andrew Weil, renowned as the father of the integrative medicine movement in the U.S., has remarked, “If I’m in a car accident, don’t take me to an herbalist. If I have bacterial pneumonia, give me antibiotics. But when it comes to maximizing the body’s natural healing potential, a mix of conventional and alternative procedures seems like the only answer.” Dr. Shekhar Annambhotla, founding director and president of the Association of Ayurvedic Professionals of North America, turns to the integrative realm of ayurvedic medicine for healing and wellness. The 5,000-year-old Indian healing tradition incorporates lifestyle changes, yoga and meditation, detoxification, herbs, massage and various other individually targeted healing modalities, depending on the patient’s diagnosis and recommended treatment plan.

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“Wellness is a team effort,” advises integrative medicine specialist Dr. Vijay Jain, medical director at Amrit Ayurveda for Total Wellbeing, in Salt Springs, Florida. It’s not only a matter of knowing what needs the practitioners will address at specific times, it’s also knowing who can help when the going gets tough. “Modern medicine has the edge for early detection of disease,” Jain notes. “However, Ayurveda is excellent in determining the earliest imbalances in the mind and body that eventually lead to disease.”

Health insurance may not cover the services we want, and high deductibles may pose a financial challenge in maintaining comprehensive health care, so we need a personal wellness plan. Most experts consulted agree that a personal wellness program should include a practitioner that acts as a gatekeeper and coordinates a care plan to meet individual needs. Jain recommends that the foundation of the team be a licensed medical professional such as an integrative physician (MD), osteopathic doctor (DO) or chiropractor (DC). In most states, any of these professionals can function as a primary care doctor, authorized to order and read laboratory tests, prescribe drugs and access hospital services. In some states, a naturopathic physician (ND) can perform the functions of a primary care doctor in ordering and reading laboratory tests. As part of a personal wellness team, consider a functional medicine or integrative physician, chiropractor, osteopath, doctor of naturopathy, ayurvedic practitioner, nutritionist, Traditional

Chinese Medicine doctor/acupuncturist, herbalist, craniosacral therapist, massage therapist and energy practitioner (such as in Reiki, medical qigong or polarity therapy). It’s not necessary to see all of them, sources say. Sometimes, one practitioner will be skilled in practicing several modalities, a bonus for patients. Other complementary practitioners may form a supporting team that works with the primary care team, depending on the challenges a patient faces. They will be identified as treatment unfolds and the team evolves over time.

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A personal wellness program should include a lead practitioner that acts as a gatekeeper and coordinates a plan of care that meets the individual’s needs. foundational plan toward obtaining and maintaining optimal health. In fact, many of our experts recommend both a monthly chiropractic adjustment and/or massage, as well as daily yoga and an ongoing meditation practice for wellness and total well-being. Naturopathic practitioners operating in states where they are licensed can be good sources of nutrition counsel and often recommend herbal remedies for relief. “For chronic illness, you need a chiropractor or drug-free physician like a naturopath on your team. Conventional medicine is generally poor at dealing with chronic illness,” observes Naturopath and Chiropractor Michael Loquasto, Ph.D., who practices in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Loquasto should know. He has practiced integrated modalities for 50 years, employing the knowledge gained through his practice and triple doctorates, which include one in nutrition. Also a master herbalist, he strongly advocates that people start by working with a good integrative or functional medicine medical doctor. “In some states, like Pennsylvania, chiropractors and osteopaths can perform routine diagnostic work, but in many states they cannot,” he notes. “I recommend undergoing a physical every six months and regular bone density tests, plus colonoscopies.” Loquasto is not in favor of mammograms because of the radiation exposure associated with them, but supports routine breast screening using ultrasound or thermography.


Intuitive listening and observant selfknowledge are crucial parts of any wellness plan. Most people are aware when something doesn’t feel right in their body. “Libido is a great barometer of health,” suggests Dr. Diana Hoppe, an obstetrician, gynecologist and hormone specialist in San Diego, California. “If you’re not interested in sex, it’s probably a sign that you need to do some investigating.” Reasons for such a decline of interest are wide-ranging says Hoppe. “For men and women, it might be due to hormonal changes, lack of self-esteem, medications, stress, relationship issues, job, family life or lack of sleep. It means that somewhere, things are out of balance,” she says.

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A personal multifaceted wellness program can be expensive, but there are ways to minimize the cost. “In the new world of high insurance deductibles, people get more for their money from an alternative doctor, especially one knowledgeable in a variety of healing therapies, than a conventional one,” Loquasto advises. Costs for tests may also be lower; plus patients are not expected to pay $150 or more just to walk in the door. A current trend has medical doctors and chiropractors participating in “umbrella” practices and wellness centers, where several types of practitioners collaborate in one facility. They find that sometimes insurance will pay for certain complementary services, including

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massage and nutrition education, when doctors or chiropractors prescribe them. Maintaining wellness in an environment filled with chemical, biological and mental toxins is a substantial, yet worthy, investment. It’s far better than the costly alternative of dealing with regular bouts of sickness or escalating disease. In that light, maintenance looks affordable: an ayurvedic diagnostic session starts at around $100, a consultation with a licensed naturopath at $75 and acupuncture at $100; a massage typically costs about $80 an hour. While insurance is unlikely to pay for treatments outside the realm of conventional medicine and sometimes, chiropractic, “The cost of these preventive therapies will be much less than the cost of treatment for a serious disease,” advises Loquasto. “You’re worth it.” Kathleen Barnes is author of more than a dozen natural health books. Her latest is The Calcium Lie II: What Your Doctor Still Doesn’t Know with Dr. Robert Thompson. Connect at

Finding the Right Practitioner Word-of-mouth is the most common way to find a natural health practitioner, plus many national organizations will help identify practitioners by location. Schedule an initial conversation to ask a practitioner key questions. What is your degree, certification or license? Who trained you and how did you train, specifically? Do you practice full time? How long have you been in practice? Will you provide patient references I can speak with? Trust in intuitive responses to the individual during the conversation or interview. His or her passion for the work of healing should be noticeable.

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Caring, Steering, Cheering

A Health Coach Helps Us Change for Good by Lauressa Nelson

A health or wellness coach integrated into a personal healthcare team can be critical to catalyzing sustainable change. Many people understand they need to modify their self-care, yet fail to take the optimal steps to make such a transformation happen.


hat we’ve discovered is that people don’t routinely change behavior due to education alone or out of fear. They change through partnership,” explains Linda Smith, a physician’s assistant and director of professional and public programs at Duke Integrative Medicine, in Durham, North Carolina. Coaching partnerships supply a supportive bridge between provider recommendations and patient implementations, she says, “significantly increasing the client’s ability to make changes successfully.” “Health coaching was absolutely essential to my health,” says Roberta Cutbill, a 72-yearold retired registered nurse in Greensboro, North Carolina, who considered her lifestyle relatively healthy when in her late 60s she experienced autoimmune and cardiac problems. “I have an excellent primary care doctor who, when these issues came up, told me that I needed to change my diet, thoughtfully downloaded a list of recommendations and sent me on my way. I still needed help


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with many things in order to make the changes,” recalls Cutbill, which is why she turned to a health coach at Duke Integrative Medicine. Margaret Moore, founder and CEO of Wellcoaches Corporation and codirector of the Institute of Coaching at McLean Hospital, a Harvard Medical School affiliate, in Belmont, Massachusetts, identifies two primary forces that enable behavioral change: autonomous motivation (people want to do something for their own reasons, not because someone tells them to) and confidence (they believe they can do it). “The most powerful motivating forces of all are what you treasure most in life, your life purpose and contribution,” she remarks. Both Smith and Moore emphasize that the priorities in any health coaching relationship are client driven, based on the client’s chosen goals and personal intrinsic motivators. Confidence in attaining ultimate success is built through positively f ra m e d e x p e r i ments and experiences. “A health

coach is trained to help clients break up their goals into manageable steps, focus on strengths, track progress and identify and overcome personal roadblocks,” explains Dr. Karen Lawson, an integrative physician and director of integrative health coaching at the University of Minnesota’s Center for Spirituality and Healing, in Minneapolis. A helpful approach sets goals that can be met and exceeded, not insurmountable ones. “The key is always keeping a positive lens, helping clients see the progress they achieve,” continues Lawson. This involves speaking in terms of growth through trial and error, in which outcomes are explored without judgment and clients feel empowered to modify. This is vital, explains Moore, because experiencing at least a three-to-one ratio of positive to negative emotions creates the conditions for the brain to learn, change and thrive, making people feel more capable of taking care of their health. Mindful awareness is another essential tool; being self-aware and reflecting on what we are doing while it is happening. Unlike thinking, analyzing and planning, mindfulness involves observing while experiencing. During sessions, coaches use it to give their full attention in a nonjudgmental way, modeling how clients can bring such compassion to themselves. A mindful state calms mental noise and puts reflective distance between individuals and their beliefs, emotions and behaviors. It improves their ability to handle negative emotions and to make a conscious choice to respond with a different attitude or new behavior, according to Moore. For Cutbill, maintaining a personal relationship with her coach over time has been the most significant factor in the improvement of her health. “The relationship was healing, because my coach regularly pointed out my progress with profound encouragement and validation. I wish all primary care doctors had health coaches on staff to help them and their patients attain the success they both are aiming for.” Lauressa Nelson is an editor and contributing writer for Natural Awakenings. Connect at

Hallmarks of a Good Health Coach by Margaret Moore


n the past 10 years, approximately 10,000 health professionals have become coaches through dedicated training schools and university programs focused on life, corporate or health and wellness coaching. The selection of the right partner to help in the quest for lifelong wellness entails assessing the following qualifications. Credentials and training: A reputable health and wellness coach training program typically requires six months to two years of education, skills training and practice with clients, followed by a certification process that tests for knowledge and core competencies. Employment background: Additional desirable credentials in the medical, physical or mental health fields will likely include exercise physiology, physical therapy, psychotherapy, nutrition counseling, nursing or medicine. Structured relationship: A coach should be able to explain how coaching works and why successful results are more likely with a coach. Coaching sessions are typically conducted by phone and last between 30 and 60 minutes. Coaching services are generally not covered by insurance. Personal character: Effective health coaches are good listeners, interested in clients’ unique stories. They foster selfacceptance and self-respect, pointing out personal strengths, values and desires. Coaches engage, energize and challenge clients through a positive, non-judgmental focus, while at the same time asking courageous questions. As skilled partners, they help clients become clear about personal motivations and an overall vision for life, so that they can help design a detailed, attainable plan that successfully moves them toward fulfilling their goals. Margaret Moore is CEO of Wellcoaches Corporation and holds a master’s degree in business administration. Email her at or visit or

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January white sales present a prime opportunity to change to organic cotton sheets and dry-fast towels to reduce energy usage. Local animal shelters welcome old towels and blankets. Homeless shelters also accept gently used clean linens and outgrown coldweather gear. Replace family toothbrushes with eco-friendly models made from renewable castor oil plants instead of petroleum. The Naturally Clean Toothbrush is BPA-free and recyclable ( Each day, Americans use 500 million disposable straws, reports Milo Cress, founder of the Be Straw Free Campaign ( Discarded plastic straws and stirrers are on the Ocean Conservancy’s top 10 list of debris litter-

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nia, Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island and Vermont have pledged to speed the construction of charging stations in their states and project collectively having 3.3 million battery-powered cars, plug-in hybrids and other clean-burning vehicles on their roads by 2025. To make clean and renewable home energy affordable and increase property values, Sunrun installs and maintains home solar power panels in 1,000 cities in 11 states for low and predictable monthly rates ( Choose green products carrying the 1% for the Planet logo. Identify participating companies at OnePercentPlanet.

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One-pot, slow-cooked hearty stews and soups—especially made with seasonal, locally grown vegetables—use less energy and need less water to wash. A slow cooker can also steam rice, make yogurt or bake simple, whole-grain breads ( Dave Feller, CEO of, in Redwood City, California, adds, “Slow cooking tenderizes meats and brings out flavor, even in less expensive cuts. It’s also a timesaver.” Yummly recipes detail ingredients, cooking times and nutritional values. For family snacks, Terry Walters, the Avon, Connecticut, author of Clean Food and Clean Start, advocates going untraditional. “Get closer to the green plant than the processing plant,” she advises. At least once a week, she likes to try a new food. “Roasted chick peas, kale chips or a ‘pizza’ made from a rice tortilla, pasta sauce or pesto, and veggies all make ‘clean-food’ snacks.” (Recipes at Keeping produce fresh can be a challenge, especially when the average fridge can harbor millions of bacteria, according to testing by Microban Europe, UK. The BerryBreeze in-fridge automated device periodically circulates activated oxygen to prevent mold, keeping produce fresh longer and reducing spoiling to save grocery dollars ( Hannah Helsabeck, president of eco-friendly, shares

Switch to public transportation or telecommuting at least twice a week to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. can-free meal tips online. “It takes a little planning, but we can now avoid all the toxic chemicals used in processing foods and making cans. Let’s kick the can!” Also, check out local food Meetup groups. Penny Miller, of Wichita Falls, Texas, says, “At our first

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here is now an accurate, inexpensive way to allow the detection of cancer and other inflammatory diseases before a pet actually develop clinical signs of cancer. The blood panel tests provide early detections that allow intervention prior to disease progression, when greater damage occurs and options become more expensive and limited. The tests measure several aspects of cell irregularity: abnormal cell division and systemic inflammatory activity. Thymidine kinase (TK) is a measure of dysregulated cellular proliferation; as cancer cells divide, TK is usually increased. C-reactive protein (CRP) is elevated in the presence of systemic inflammatory diseases, including cancer. In a study group of 360 dogs followed for up to one year, incidence of cancer and serious disease were tracked. The study showed that almost 100 percent of cancers were detected four to six months prior to the pet showing symptoms. Designed to be part of a routine wellness plan, these cancer screening tests are the most comprehensive single blood test available in monitoring the overall health status of a dog. In addition to screening for cancer, checking the vitamin D status of a dog is also important, because low levels of vitamin D have been shown to contribute to increased incidence of cancer and infectious diseases. Dr. Shawn Messonnier is a holistic veterinarian in Plano, Texas, and founder of Dr. Shawn's Naturals all-natural products and supplements for dogs. Natural Awakenings readers can save 10 percent on all in-stock products with the code DRSHAWN. For more information, visit

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earts Alive Village Las Vegas (HAVLV) has current foster care opportunities for those considering fostering an animal in need. Volunteering as a foster parent or foster family plays a crucial role in the success of a dog or cat being adopted into their forever home. NAVLV tries to find homes for their animals quickly; however, sometimes these opportunities don’t come right away and animals become stressed in the shelter environment. They definitely benefit from one-to-one care during their wait, with muchneeded love and security that makes an impact on their adoptability. To become a volunteer foster parent, the primary caregiver of the animal must be at least 18 years old, submit an online application, attend a new volunteer orientation and attend foster training to learn about program expectations and become acquainted with the HAVLV foster support group. Volunteers become fosters because they love animals. There is great satisfaction in helping a previously unwanted animal find a forever and loving home. Also, foster parents can always become adoptive parents. For more information, visit

LONG-LIVED PETS Anti-Aging Care Aids Youthful Vigor by Dr. Shawn Messonnier


n human health care, naturopathic doctors offer a specialty called anti-aging medicine. The goal is to restore optimal health to those at midlife and older that seek to prevent or reduce the incidence of diseases often associated with aging. But when it comes to aging pets, most veterinary doctors fail to focus on the necessary specialized care. In fact, some traditional vets may decline to treat older pets at all. Often, these animals are suffering from chronic diseases and when they are treated, prescriptions may include numerous drugs. As many know, drugs can entail serious, even debilitating side effects, further deteriorating the prospects for sustained health. Owners may thus find themselves spending a lot of money maintaining their pets in a chronic state of ill health with little hope for improvement. Animals that might benefit from surgery for problems ranging from dental disease to tumors may not receive ameliorating care when the family vet simply considers them “too

old” to invest in or pull through surgery.

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For an enlightened holistic vet, no pet is too old to warrant and benefit from proper health care. By instituting the correct care and focusing on anti-aging efforts, health can be improved and often restored, with the added advantages of reducing unnecessary medications and increasing their lifespan. As an example, most doctors expect larger breeds of dogs to live 10 to 12 years, but with informed care, these same dogs can typically live 15 to 16 years. Smaller dogs and cats typically have a life expectancy of 12 to 15 years; using an anti-aging approach, such pets routinely live 18 to 20 years or longer, in good health and with a good quality of life.

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Here’s how the team at Paws & Claws Animal Hospital, in Plano, Texas, successfully approaches anti-aging medicine.

Beginning at 5 years of age, all pets— including dogs, cats, other small mammals, birds and reptiles—are screened via a physical examination and special blood and urine tests twice a year, with a focus on bionutritional analysis of results. Abnormal results indicating some risk, even slight ones, often ignored by mainstream medicine, are treated using vet-specified natural medicines that help return biometric values to normal and slow down the progression of problems that could, if untreated, turn into serious diseases. Dietary evaluation, including a bionutritional analysis, ensures that the pet is eating what’s most appropriate for its age, breed and health status. Potential dental and other oral issues are treated aggressively and early, because they are the most common source of infection and inflammation contributing to poor bodily health, including diabetes and diseases of the liver, kidneys, heart and lungs. A review of prior medications confirms or adjusts proper use. In most cases, some of these medications can be eliminated or replaced as needed with natural therapies that have the same clinical effect, but without the possible side effects associated with chronic use of medical therapies. Natural supplements, which can benefit all pets, also are reviewed and/or prescribed. Most older pets benefit from supplementation with phosphatidylcholine, vitamins and minerals, fatty acids, glucosamine and other elements to support thyroid and adrenal functions. Paws & Claws also favors the herbal remedy Healthy Qi to support the immune system of any ill or older pet; astragalus, green tea, gotu kola and ginseng ingredients give an extra boost toward achieving homeostasis and improved quality of life. Like human senior citizens, pets in their golden years deserve dignified specialized care that allows them to live more happily and peacefully. Shawn Messonnier, a doctor of veterinary medicine practicing in Plano, TX, is the award-winning author of The Natural Health Bible for Dogs & Cats and Unexpected Miracles: Hope and Holistic Healing for Pets. For more information, visit

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A Genesis of Compassion in Serving Local Pets by Gena Bunim


nspirational” is one of the only ways to describes the three Las Vegas business women that founded Hearts Alive Village, Las Vegas. Veronica Selco, Crystal Solis and Christy Stevens have all offered their talents, diverse resources and passions to making a difference in our community. They met while volunteering for another local shelter that unfortunately, is closing. They knew giving up was not an option, and decided to continue by making plans of their own. So began the journey of organizing and channeling their animal service ambitions into making a difference for needy animals in our valley. Stevens and two of her children, Kendall, 11, and Brennen, 13, had been dreaming of an animal sanctuary for some time. Kendall wrote a journal assignment entitled, If I Had One Wish, with details of a hypothetical sanctuary. As her work unfolded, she wrote of a safe place where animals could go, and named it Hearts Alive. Her dream was discussed at length with the group and over time – it became a reality. It would have acreage, a state-ofthe-art veterinary clinic, educational outreach, a foster placement program, as well as an enriching environment for the animals in their care. Kendall’s and Brennen’s vision inspired the group and


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so became a new nonprofit in the Las Vegas valley—Hearts Alive Village Las Vegas (HAVLV) Starting small and conservative was important to the founders of HAVLV. Developing quality programs and services was their first order of business. Focusing on raising money to fund a facility to rescue pets from the shelter system seemed like the right thing to do, but they also understood that there was more that could be done to keep them out of the shelters. To avoid the pain of families being forced to surrender a beloved pet, the women wanted to seek out programs where they could “educate, support and prevent.” HAVLV partners with The Shade Tree, a shelter for battered women, children and their pets, which had a simple mission: “To provide safe shelter to homeless and abused women and children in crisis and to offer life-changing services promoting stability, dignity, and self-reliance.” Shade Tree offers a wonderful program, Noah's Animal House, a pet sanctuary for shelter residents that allows women to escape abusive situations

without leaving their pets behind. Pets are often threatened or injured by the violent partner, and it is not uncommon for an abuser to continue to control the relationship using the family pet. Noah's is the first full-service facility of its kind located on the grounds of a women's shelter in the western U.S. and serves 20 pets a month that qualify for six months of after care support. Shade Tree’s after care program helps families get back on their feet as they exit the facility and begin rebuilding their lives. It is common for them to struggle financially during this transition back to an independent life. These women took brave steps to free themselves, their children and pets from an abusive situation, and HAVLV felt this was a program that they could assist. They met with them about their initial project: Kendall’s Kupboard, a food bank. Shade Tree embraced the nutritional assistance from HAVLV and was happy that the shelter pets would benefit from a high-quality, regular diet, which promotes healthier pets. HAVLV also reached out to mem-

To avoid the pain of families being forced to surrender a beloved pet, the women wanted to seek out programs where they could “educate, support and prevent.”

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bers of Catholic War Veterans of the U.S.A., Our Lady of Peace Post 1947, in Las Vegas, with needed donations of pet food. The Catholic Veterans of Nevada Charity Foundation created a nonprofit Veterans Care Assistance Program (VCAP) to improve the welfare of veterans, their families, their pets and the citizens of Nevada. Nutri Source Pet Food donates a large portion of the food, and with the help of At Your Service Pet Supplies & Grooming, the program for Kendall’s Kupboard food bank became a reality. (To help, call 702-982-4324 or visit and See ad on back cover.) It is the intention of HAVLV to follow the Solutions Over Surrenders (SOS), philosophy of and with the community’s help, prevent hundreds of animals from entering the Las Vegas city shelter system. Hearts Alive Village continues to seek a facility and develop other owner retention programs, humane education, spay/neuter/vaccination services and dog training. Hearts Alive Village is an all-volunteer charity that relies solely on donations to achieve its mission. For more information, visit and pages/Hearts-Alive-Village-Las-Vegas. Gena Bunim is owner of At Your Service Pet Supplies & Grooming as well as a prominent member of the local rescue community. A former pet product distributor in Las Vegas, she has many years in the pet food and nutrition industry.

Free Counseling Sessions – Pre-Masters MFT Practicum-Intern with a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist provides therapy sessions for relationship issues, loss and grief, infidelity, couples strengthening, life-stage changes and more. Sliding fee scale $25. Free. 3501 W Charleston, Ste 100, LV. Schedule with Caleb: 702-508-9461, x 3. Nevada SPCA Little Critter Adoption – 9am8pm. Adoptions for Little Critters. At times, AYS may have bunnies, gerbils, guinea pigs, hamsters, mice, rats, degus, more. Visit Nevada, a nonprofit, non-kill shelter, to help with a donation or learn more. 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.


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. 702-560-8622. Happy Home Animal Sanctuary Adoptions – 11am-4pm. Sat-Sun. A no-kill, no cage, nonprofit organization dedicated to saving the 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 the 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. AllFurLove


Adopt a Rescue Pet – 10am-3pm. Sat-Sun. Largest animal rescue groups, providing safe haven for dogs of abuse, neglect or homelessness. Houses dogs in its programs in foster homes, local boarding facilities and at its “under development” rescue ranch and retirement facility. Petsmart, 2140 N Rainbow Blvd, LV. Petsmart, 171 N Nellis Blvd, LV. 702-798-8663. Petsmart, 6980 N 5th St, LV.


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New Year's Eve Kirtan Celebration – 7pm-1am. Devotional mantra chants celebrating the path of love culminates with a festive Kirtan. Return home to embrace the new year with a smile, a groove and gratitude in the heart. $8 suggested donation. Govinda's Center, 7181 Dean Martin Dr, LV. 702434-8332.

EZ Weight Loss Series-ALKALIZE or DIE – 6-7:30pm. Learn how to pH-balance the fluids in one’s body, why it’s important. Learn to reverse and prevent many health conditions. Each class in series includes guided imagery for easy memorization. $13. Transformations, 3920 Amy Marie Ct, LV. 702-405-9375.



doTERRA Essential Oil Class – 12pm. A New Year, A New Self with doTERRA Essential Oils. Learn how to use doTERRA Essential Oils in one’s life. Free. Flawless Silhouettes Wellness Spa, 8820 S Maryland Pkwy, 115, LV.

Transform Emotional Eating – 6-7:30pm. Event covers common inappropriate behaviors when it comes to food, explains Belief System, identifies origins of emotional eating, discusses why it is difficult to lose weight. Break through outdated ‘programming’. $13. Transformations, 3920 Amy Marie Ct, LV. 702-405-9375.

Healing Touch – 2-3:30pm. Healing Touch is an energy therapy in which practitioners consciously use their hands in a heart-centered and intentional way. Vickie Smith, Nationally Certified Licensed Massage Therapist, Nevada, Arizona. Free. West Charleston Library, 6301 W Charleston Blvd, LV. 702-507-3964.

SUNDAY, JANUARY 12 Feng Shui: The Year of the Horse – 1-3pm. Set intentions of success in the Chinese New Year of the Wood Horse 2014, a year to set big goals, passionately pursue dreams, Feng Shui style. Presented by The Feng Shui Lady, Mary Swick. Free. West Charleston Library, 6301 W Charleston Blvd, LV. 702-507-3964.

Zen Mind and Body – 6:30-7:30pm. This talk encompasses Tai Chi, QiGong and meditation to develop tranquility and health. This lecture is presented by Yotaki. Free. West Charleston Library, 6301 W Charleston Blvd, LV. 702-507-3964.

SATURDAY, JANUARY 25 Yoga – 10:30-11:30am. Cultivate balance, peace and renewal through Yoga with Susan, the Certified Yoga Instructor, whose intention is to nurture the innate healing potential within each student. $10/ class if paid by the month. $12. Flawless Silhouettes Wellness Spa, 8820 S Maryland Pkwy, 115, LV.

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SUNDAY, JANUARY 26 Microgreens What are They? – 2-4pm. Class synopsis: Explanation of popular nutrient dense microgreens. Review some of the most common plants used as micros. Overview of nutritional value of specific micros. Discusses flavors, multitude of uses. Free. West Charleston Library, 6301 W Charleston Blvd, LV. 702-507-3964.

THURSDAY, JANUARY 30 EZ Weight Loss Series-DETOXIFY – 6-7:30pm. Mental-Emotional stress, pollution and poor diet all contribute to many digestive disorders. Learn how to safely detox, reverse/prevent many health conditions. Includes guided imagery for easy memorization. $13. Transformations, 3920 Amy Marie Ct, LV. 702-405-9375.

FRIDAY, JANUARY 31 Bishr Hijazi Arabic Music Ensemble – 7-9pm. The Bishr Hijazi Arabic Music Ensemble performs classic and contemporary Middle Eastern music, introducing varieties of this style to western and Middle Eastern audiences weaving an engrossing and beautiful tapestry. Free. West Charleston Library, 6301 W Charleston Blvd, LV. 702-507-3964.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 1 Stop and Smell the Flowers – 2-3:30pm. Melody Bartone, an Alternative Pathfinder, teaches all about the essential oils involved in the ancient art of Aromatherapy, how to use them, and how Aromatherapy can assist in reclaiming balance. Free. West Charleston Library, 6301 W Charleston Blvd, LV. 702-507-3964.

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 2 Fruit Trees: Selection and Care for Desert Climates – 2-4pm. Don Fabbi, PhD, Master Gardener, teaches all about fruit tree selection, best varieties for this region, bare root and container planting, timing, location, watering, fertilizing fruit trees for maximum productivity. Free. West Charleston Library, 6301 W Charleston Blvd, LV. 702-507-3964.

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daily Bikram Yoga – See website for class schedule and rates. Bikram Yoga LV, 5031 Wagon Trail Ave, Ste 109, LV. 702-547-9642. 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. Yoga & Meditation – See website for daily class schedule. Just Breathe Wellness Center, 5333 S Arville St, Ste 206, LV. 702-553-6819. 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 for fall 2013. $180/Didactic Unit. $18/Clinical Hour. Wongu University of Oriental Medicine, 8620 S Eastern Ave, LV. 702-463-2122. Stress Reduction Sessions – 10am-2pm. Stressed? Overwhelmed? Sleepless nights? Experience a free stress reduction session. Sessions are available daily. Free. 3663 E Sunset Blvd, Ste 106, LV. 310-739-7673.

sunday fresh52 Sunday Farmers’& Artisan Market – 8:30am-1pm. fresh52 Farmers' & 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. Falun Gong Exercise & Qigong Meditation – 9-11am. Falun Gong, also known as Falun Dafa, is an advanced traditional Chinese meditation system designed to improve mind and body through slow, gentle and smooth exercises. Free. Desert Breeze Park, 8268 Spring Mountain Rd, LV. 702-773-3667.

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 Qigong/T’ai Chi Classes – 8:30-9:30am. Mon and Thurs. All ages and physical limitations. The gentle movements of qigong/T’ai chi are suitable for all levels. Learn how to move and strengthen the body for health, relaxation and vitality. $5. Whitney Senior Community Center, 5712 E Missouri Ave, LV. Kat: 702-743-3786. Energy Yoga – 9:30-10:30am. Increase the body’s natural energy. First class free. $10 thereafter. Angel Blessings Wellness Spa, 485 S Buffalo Dr, LV. 702-493-1614. Yin Yoga with Carol – 10-11am. $10. Naturally Organic Healing Center, 1171 S Buffalo Dr, 110, LV. Beginning Meditation with Joan Lembo – 121pm. $10. Naturally Organic Healing Center, 1171 S Buffalo Dr, 110, LV. Gentle Yoga with Joan Lembo – 1-2pm. $10. Naturally Organic Healing Center, 1171 S Buffalo Dr, 110, LV. Yoga with Jeff – 6:15-7:15pm. Improve strength, flexibility and endurance while clearing the mind through the power of Yoga. Donation. Herbally Grounded, 4441 W Charleston Blvd, LV. 702-558-4372. Yoga & Qigong – 7:45-9:15pm. Multi-level Ashtanga yoga class and qigong infuses balancing chi (energy). Donation: $10. 107 E Charleston, LV. 702-325-9923.

tuesday Chi Kung/Medical Qigong with Sifu JC – 1011am. $10. Naturally Organic Healing Center, 1171 S Buffalo Dr, 110, LV.

Taiji with Master Shirfu Jackson – 9-10am. $15. Naturally Organic Healing Center, 1171 S Buffalo Dr, 110, LV.

Momma’s Milk Circle – 10am-1pm. Support group for nursing moms and babies of up to one year of age hosted by lactation specialists. Well Rounded Momma Homestead, 3556 E Patrick Ave, LV. 702-795-2500.

Chi is Key Beginner Yoga & Meditation with Isa – 12-1pm. $10. $15 with Power Pilates following. Naturally Organic Healing Center, 1171 S Buffalo Dr, 110, LV.

Beginner Yoga – 4:30-5:45pm. Classical Ashtanga yoga. Multi-level class for new and intermediate students. Emphasis on play, heart opening, alignment, with fun music. Progressive options offered.

First Tuesday each month features Beatles music. $10 donation. Blue Sky Yoga, 107 E Charleston, LV. 702-325-9923. Simple Thoughts Tutorial and Journaling – 5-6:30pm. Broaden the perception of life’s experiences and be inspired. Journal inspirations. $20. Angel Blessings Wellness Spa, 4485 S Buffalo Dr, LV. 702-610-6497. Yoga for Children with Joan Lembo – 5-6pm. $15. Naturally Organic Healing Center, 1171 S Buffalo Dr, 110, LV. 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, Ste 206, LV. 702-553-6819. Beginner Yoga Class – 7pm. Flow with the movements, let go of what doesn’t serve. Unfold strength and power on the mat. Learn how to shine inner light. Beginner class restores, rejuvenates what’s already inside. $10. Astrid Stokes: 702-592-5600. Healing Circle – 7-9pm. Healing every week with different practitioners. Free. Angel Blessings Wellness Spa, 4485 S Buffalo, LV. RSVP Janee Powers: 702-265-5219.

wednesday Yoga with Mitch Menik – 11am-12pm. $5-$10 per class, depending on package. Naturally Organic Healing Center, 1171 S Buffalo Dr, 110, LV. Mary Kay Skincare and Meeting – 5:30-6:30pm. Skincare Classes; 6:30-8:30pm. Open Meeting. Meetings are open to any guest. Special guest event every 3rd Wed features various makeup techniques. Free. Please RSVP. Pink Studio, 6655 S Tenaya Way, Ste 120, LV. 702-371-1037. Inspirational Reiki Healing Circle – 6-8pm. Open to public. Reiki Circles offer a time to give, to receive and learn new information about energy medicine. Experience guided meditation channeled by Victoria (Reiki Master of 25 years). A special night of learning, interaction, meditation, deep healing. Bring/meet a friend. Free. Love offerings accepted. Naturally Organic Center, 1171 S Buffalo Dr, LV. 702-405-9375. Yoga for Stress Relief – 6-7pm. Yoga poses and meditation techniques for serenity. First class free. $10 thereafter. Angel Blessings Wellness Spa, 4485 S Buffalo Dr, LV. 702-493-1614. Grand Opening of Esoteric Yoga Course – 6:308:30pm. This course will help you achieve the highest potential in every area of life through simple and effective yoga techniques, meditation and a holistic approach to health. Free/first class. $20/class. $60/ month. Professional Fitness Institute, 6375 S Pecos Rd, 119, LV. events/152554272/. Vinyasa Yoga and Sonic Therapy – 7-8:30pm. This all level Vinyasa flow class includes pranayama and mantra meditation. Learn the secrets of relaxation and explore the practical techniques for a healthy mind, body and soul. Donation based

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class. 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. Country Fresh Farmers' Market-Water Street – 9am-4pm. Outdoor market selling fruits and vegetables, fresh-baked breads, salsas, honey, jams, loose leaf teas, organic soaps, dolls, jewelry, crafts and more. Free. Downtown HD in Events Plaza, 240 Water St, HD. 702-579-9661. Good Morning Yoga with Teacher Sharon Prier – 9-10am. $10/class. Naturally Organic Healing Center, 1171 S Buffalo Dr, 110, LV. ‘Bet on the Farm’ Farmers’ Market – 10am-1pm. Mario Batali’s and Joe Bastianichу’s sustainable market. Free. Springs Preserve, 333 S Valley View Blvd, LV. Chi Kung/Medical Qigong with Sifu JC – 1011am. $10. Naturally Organic Healing Center, 1171 S Buffalo Dr, 110, LV. Momma’s Milk Circle – 10am-1pm. Support group for nursing moms and babies of up to one year of age hosted by lactation specialists. Well Rounded Momma, 6000 S Eastern Ave, Ste 9A, LV. 702-795-2500. Mommy Circle – 10-11am. Moms and their babies gather to learn and share along with lactation consultant Amanda. A great place to give and receive information from one another and have support from peers. Free. Flawless Silhouettes Wellness Spa, 8820 S Maryland Pkwy, 115, LV. Morning Meditation – 10-11am. Gently guided meditations for those wishing to begin or deepen their meditation practice. $10. Angel Blessings Wellness Spa, 4485 S Buffalo Dr, LV. 702-493-1614. Senior Memoir-Writing Class – 10-11:30am. Four weekly classes. Life Stories Nevada helps older adults record their life stories for themselves and future generations. Free. Temple Beth Sholom, 10700 Havenwood Ln, LV. 702-940-5423. 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. In Rhythm Music Songwriter Workshops – 6-8pm. Find one’s voice and create music in a supportive, safe environment. All levels welcome. $20. Angel Blessings Wellness Spa, 4485 S Buffalo Dr, LV. 702-610-4400. Las Vegas Aikikai – 6-7pm. Aikido, Japanese martial art, teaches that attack is opportunity to defend. Body of instruction includes aikido, bokken (wooden sword), jyo (wooden staff), iaido (sword drawing) and zazen (seated zen meditation). $5/ class. Winchester Cultural Center, 3130 McLeod Dr, LV. 702-879-8792. Solar NV Monthly Meeting – 6:30pm. Third Thurs.


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Featuring speakers from a variety of renewable energy disciplines. A great place to network with people who share an interest in renewable energy. Free. Check website for meeting room number. UNLV, 4505 S Maryland Pkwy, LV. 702-507-0093. Deeksha – 7pm. First and third Thursdays. Awaken to the natural state of being. Along with trained Deeksha givers, Oneness trainers Debra Apsara and Neal Ong, experience a powerful ancient transfer of energy called Deeksha. Love donations. Unity Center in the Valley, 3037 E Warm Springs Rd, Unit 300, LV. 702-576-1010.

friday Qigong-T’ai Chi Classes – 8:30-9:30am. Bi-monthly. These ancient Chinese healing arts involve gentle, rhythmic movement exercises, controlled breathing and focused intention. $5. Whitney Community Center, 5712 Missouri Ave, LV. 702-743-3786. Downtown 3rd Farmers’ Market – 9am-2pm. Locally grown fresh fruit, vegetables, herbs, flowers and artisanal selections. Guest chef demonstrations. Kids craft zone. Dog park. Largest indoor farmers’ market in the valley. Free parking. 300 N Casino Center, LV. Country Fresh Farmers’ Market – 10am. Free. HD Pavilion, 200 S Green Valley Pkwy, HD. 702579-9661. fresh52 Friday Farmers’& Artisan Market – 3-7pm. fresh52 Farmers' & 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 LV Blvd S, LV. 702-900-2552. Community HU – 3:15-3:45pm. Open the heart to divine love and experience uplifting joy, healing, relaxation and spiritual connection. Free. The Spirit Within U, 4780 W Ann Rd, Ste 4, NLV. 702-224-4328. Yoga for Stress Relief – 4-5pm. Instructor Joan Lembo. $10. Naturally Organic Healing. First Friday – 6-12pm. Arts festival on 1st Fri each month. Food, drink, art and entertainers. Free. Downtown Arts District, LV. 702-384-0092. Community HU – 6:15-6:45pm. 4th Fri. Open the heart to divine love and experience uplifting joy, relaxation and spiritual connection. Free. Pure Health Foods, 7575 Washington, 129, LV. 224-4325. Community Drum Circle – 6:30-7:30pm. All ages welcome. Enjoy a large community drumming experience, building one strong voice with many. Bring drum/rhythm instrument or one provided. $10. Music 4 Life, Inc, 2975 S Rainbow Blvd, LV. 702-889-2881. Teachings of Ven Lama Jigme Rinpoche – 7-8pm. Donation-based class. Donation goes directly to Lama. Naturally Organic Healing Center, 1171 S Buffalo Dr, 110, LV. Energy Healing Circle – 7:30-8:30pm. Circle of healing for self and planet. Give a healing and receive a healing. Love donation. Free. Angel Blessings Wellness Spa, 4485 S Buffalo Dr, LV. 702-467-2472.

saturday fresh52 Saturday Farmers'& Artisan Market – 8am-1pm. fresh52 Farmers' & 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. Chi Kung and T’ai Chi Classes – 9-10am. Learn T’ai Chi and Chi Kung. $10/class. $15/both hours. Naturally Organic Healing Center, 1171 S Buffalo Dr, LV. 702-433-3874. Chair Pilates – 9:30-10:30am. Achieve physical goals through Pilates. Enjoy chair Pilates with Terra. Terra is a highly educated Pilates instructor with over ten years of experience. Semi-private classes are limited to six people. Packages available. $20. Flawless Silhouettes Wellness Spa, 8820 S Maryland Pkwy, 115, LV. LV Electric Vehicles Club Monthly Meeting – 10am. EV owners and those interested get together to show and share. Friendly club members answer any questions about EVs. Fun meet-ups almost every week. Free. For location info, contact Lloyd: 702-524-3233, Bill: 702-636-0304 or Jon: 702-277-7544. Taiji Chuan Yang Style 48 – 10-11am. Teacher Sifu JC. $10 per class. $15 with preceding Chi Kung/Mixed Styles class. $20 with following T’ai Chi Fan or Saber. Naturally Organic Healing Center, 1171 S Buffalo Dr, 110, LV. Yoga – 11am-12pm. Cultivate balance, peace and renewal through Yoga with Susan, Silhouetttes’ Certified Yoga Instructor. Susan’s intention is to nurture the innate healing potential within each student. $10/ class. Pay by the month $12. Flawless Silhouettes Wellness Spa, 8820 S Maryland Pkwy, 115, LV. Reggae Dancehall w/Isa – 1-2pm. Learn to move your hips, wall dance and floor dance. Moves are broken down, then worked practiced with a short choreography to music. Zumba instructors: A great class to learn how to teach authentic Caribbean style dancing. $10. Naturally Organic Healing Center, 1171 S Buffalo Dr, #110, LV. 702-433-3874. The Art of Spiritual Dreaming Book Discussion – 2-3pm. Every 4th Sat. Explore the universe of dreams to reveal spiritual insights, wisdom from the heart, pursue divine purpose in life, recognize dreams as source of inner truth, key element of spiritual growth. Free. Starbucks, 2120 N Rampart, LV. 702-224-4325. Community HU – 3:15-3:45pm. Open the heart to divine love and experience uplifting joy, healing, relaxation and spiritual connection. Free. The Spirit Within U, 4780 W Ann Rd, Ste 4, NLV. 702-224-4328. Mind Body & Soul Saturday – 7pm. Art, meditation, music and reading performances foster well-being. Wellness, massage, Reiki, energy sessions adjacent to a secluded landscaped courtyard enhances, elevates, enlightens participants face-to-face, oneon-one. $15 for you and a guest. Weston Place, 6600 W Charleston, Ste 123, LV. 702-418-0707. YouTube. com/njaoneart.

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11 S Stephanie St, Ste 120, HD 89012 702-778-9500 • Offering individualized plans to help children with learning difficulties reach their greatest physical, mental, social and academic potential. Customized programs correct imbalance and reduce/eliminate negative behaviors. We are brainbased, not drug based.


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.


Daniel F. Royal, DO, HMD, JD 9065 S Pecos Rd, Ste 250, HD 89074 702-938-5055 • We treat causes not symptoms with unique and natural therapies that are not available anywhere else. They failed? Get the Royal Treatment for energy, weight loss, pain relief, BioIdentical hormones, testosterone, diabetes and more. See ad, page 3.

EDUCATION FLAWLESS SILHOUETTES WELLNESS SPA 8820 Maryland Pkwy, #115, LV 89123 702-685-1922 •

Let us help you on your road to holistic knowledge and health. We offer holistic health, lactation, CPR and doTerra essential oil classes to help support your well-being. See ad, page 5.


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. See ad, pg 21.


Thoughts, feelings and emotional pains manifest as energetic blockages in the physical body. I offer a sacred Energy Detoxification process that clears these blocks, opening channels to clarity, harmony and advanced well-being. See ad, page 21.

ENERGY 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 21.




Jeffrey Brown, DO 10120 S Eastern Ave, Ste 100, HD 89052 702-871-7004 • 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 13.


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 21.


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.



Dr. Michael Bell, DDS 8068 W Sahara Ave, Ste A, LV 89117 702-256-7666 •


Dr. Truvella “Trudy” Reese, DMD 7480 W Sahara Ave, LV 89117 702-982-0400 • Eco-friendly, family-friendly dentistry with state-of-the-art technology. Specializing in personal attention and conscientious oral health care. Accepting most insurance plans, new patients welcome.

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 7.

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Daniel F. Royal, DO, HMD, JD 9065 S Pecos Rd, Ste 250, HD 89074 702-938-5055 •


55 S Valle Verde, #300, HD 89012 702-982-4324 We treat causes not symptoms with unique and natural therapies that are not available anywhere else. They failed? Get the Royal Treatment for energy, weight loss, pain relief, BioIdentical hormones, testosterone, diabetes and more. See ad, page 3.




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. .


Certified Purpose Intuitive Consultant ASTRID RUDIN 702-750-2346 • Prenatal & Expressive Yoga Dance Instructor Holistic Movement Therapist • Certified Inspired intuitive insights for your Fitness Instructor life’s path and purpose. Uncover 702-432-0028 your hidden gifts and talents, discover your highest potential, and clear the blocks in your way. Free initial phone consultation.

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.

MUSIC EDUCATION Private Piano Lessons Summer Trail at Mountain’s Edge 435-592-0662 cell and text 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, pg 23.


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 29.

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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 11.

WELLNESS FLAWLESS SILHOUETTES WELLNESS SPA 8820 Maryland Pkwy, #115, LV 89123 702-685-1922 •

Whether you’re looking to strengthen your body, focus your mind, or just treat yourself, let our licensed specialists take care of you. We offer nails, hair, massage, pilates, yoga, health coaching, aesthetics and body contour. See ad, page 5.






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.


Leanne L. Earnest, Ph.D. 2340 Paseo Del Prado, D-307, LV 89102 702-222-1812 • Dr. Leanne Earnest is a licensed clinical psychologist with over 15 years experience integrating mindfulness meditation with traditional psychotherapy. She teaches proven programs to reduce stress, improve mental and physical health. See ad, page 7.

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.


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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