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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.


by Gabrielle Wyant




Organic Farmers Sow Seeds of Change by Melinda Hemmelgarn




Healing Fragrances for Bites, Allergies and Sunburn by Kathleen Barnes



Quick and Cool Vegan Smoothies

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Forsaking 'Angry Birds' For Bird Songs by Avery Mack

26 LUSTROUS POOCH 10 Foods to Make a Dog’s Coat Glow by Suzi Beber


BOOTCAMP PAWTNER? by Gabrielle Wyant


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I’m almost 4 years old–a gullible child in the bathtub–my sister Sandy was tending to me. Suddenly, I hear the bells of Santa’s sleigh right outside my house! I’m crazy with excitement and slippery as Sandy’s hold saves me while I clamber to look out the window. Best day ever. I’m 5 years old, a shy child returning home from my first ride on a school bus. As I struggle to get down the “scary” steps, she’s there, my sister Michèle, waiting for me with a smile and her arms outstretched. I run to her and she scoops me up and, holding me tight, we twirl around together. Best day ever. I’m 12 years old, learning to be brave and independent. Anxious and alone, I board a plane in Wisconsin to visit my sister Roxanne, in the Black Hills of South Dakota. The day after I arrive we explore the streets of Hill City. We stop at a diner and I experience my first “grown-up” conversation. For dessert, I experience my first piece of banana cream pie. Together we share the desert, talk and laugh about how “bad” we’re being. Best day ever. I’m 27 years old, excited and nervous as my sister-in-law is prepped for a C-section. I feel grateful to have been included in the process over the past nine months. As my brother Jim comes out of the delivery room he has a bundle in his arms and says, “I have a son.” We cheer. He walks down the hall and, of all the family members, hands my nephew to me! Best day ever. Fast forward to last week, age 49. My sister Michèle and I decide to just do it—put everything on hold and be together. I can’t help but smile as I drive over to pick her up. The second she gets in the car, we both take a cleansing breath and “let it all go”… whatever “it” is. It’s a beautiful day and I’m hopeful to introduce my sister to my new “organic” humanitarian friends. We are on our way downtown to the opening day of Grass Roots Juice Bar ( We can hardly contain our excitement as we read through the amazing menu. After deciding on raw soups and smoothies, we discovered a cute little courtyard within the John E. Carson complex. We have the courtyard basically to ourselves, and it is here we spend the next three hours in relaxed conversation. Text messages come through, but we don’t respond. This is our day; “sister’s day out”. Realizing the time, I remember my car is parked in the 15-minute zone. We can only laugh about the $20 parking ticket! Looking around the area, I realize we are only a block from Downtown Container Park. “You’ve got to see this,” I tell Michele. As we window shop, we discover… wait for it… Chef Stacey Dougan’s gourmet vegan café! ( Is this a dream? Are we in heaven? We stock up on items from the salad bar and head out to tour the rest of the facility. We are happy, basking in each other’s company when we see “the sign”… right there in the window… BEST DAY EVER! The smallest moments hold strong in your heart and account for the largest part of your soul. Enjoy the moments,

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newsbriefs Living Well Organic Program Addresses Everyday Toxins


ennifer Gammons-Mujica is the owner of Living Well Organic, an Easy 1-2-3 educational program to teach individuals, couples and families to become healthy and live well organically. She states, “One of my greatest visions for the world is to create a healthier, happier community of people with my programs.” Living Well Organic provides a simple, proven plan to improve your health by reducing toxins in food, living spaces and water. Gammons-Mujica says, “Artificial ingredients and preservatives, chemicals in home and skincare products, impurities in drinking water and foods made from genetically modified organisms can be harmful to our health. This transformational program is fun, educational and easy-to-use, giving you the knowledge and tools to dramatically reduce harmful toxins in your life and your loved ones, including the pets!” For more information and a free monthly newsletter, email or visit

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uperior Health Solutions (SHS) is offering free public health seminars from 6:15 to 7:15 p.m. every Tuesday. July topics, in chronological order, are Natural Solutions to Thyroid Disorder, New Solutions for Brain Health, New Solutions for Peripheral Neuropathy and Permanent Solutions for Type II Diabetes. SHS also offers free patient advocate appointments that include a review of blood work. SHS is a state-of-the-art holistic outpatient treatment facility designed to care for patients on a primary and chronic level while healing such degenerative diseases as multiple sclerosis, neuropathy, diabetes, digestive problems, Parkinson’s and autism. Location: 1661 W. Horizon Ridge Pkwy., Ste. 280, Henderson. RSVP (required) to 702-643-9900 or For appointments and more information, visit See ad, inside front cover.


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Free Toe Reading at Stevie’s


tevie’s Healing Arts and Spa is offering a complimentary mini toe reading with the purchase of any regular-priced organic facial during the month of July. Toe reading is a fun way to get a quick glimpse into a specific area of concern in your life. “A person’s stories show up in the physical manifestation of the toes,” says owner Stevie Abrusci. “I honor these stories and can present potential answers to some of life’s most intimate questions.” According to Abrusci, “Feet very accurately reflect the physical and emotional health and well being of a person. Toe reading is based on the theory that your body holographically records the story of your life. This story is expressed in your feet and toes, and can be ‘read’ to reveal your history.” Stevie’s Healing Arts & Spa offers natural and organic skin care, ZeetaBody 100% Vegan Aromatherapybased body products, toe reading, aromatherapy, Reiki, live coaching and more. Location: 2541 Wigwam Pkwy, HD. For more information, call 702-9798035 or visit See ad, page 6.

Grass Roots Juice Bar Bursts onto the Downtown Scene


rass Roots, in the newly renovated John E. Carson building at 124 S. Sixth Street, Unit 160, is more than just a juice bar, it’s a community hub for learning, sharing and experiencing the best in health and wellness. From farm to cup, Grass Roots serves up the freshest organic items to please any palate. Juicing devotees, as well as downtown residents and visitors new to the juicing concept, will appreciate the wide variety of nutrient-dense, whole food juices, smoothies, soups, whole food bowls and ice creams made-to-order to go, served in a modern, yet rustic setting surrounded by a bountiful display of fresh fruits and vegetables. Much of the organic produce is sourced from local and regional farms and farmers’ markets. The menu also features seasonal selections as well as a “living” assortment of vegan, dairy-free and soy- and gluten-free packaged salads, wraps and desserts from Raw Makery. Created by wellness coach Shane Stuart and Nichole Hester in conjunction with the Downtown Project, Grass Roots is a sustainable and environmentally conscious business that strives to encourage a healthier and happier life for the community. For more information, call 702-550-6444 or visit Facebook or

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he Great Basin Permaculture (GBP), southern Nevada’s first Permaculture Association, holds monthly meetings to educate the Las Vegas community about permaculture in order to promote sustainable food production, water, conservation, energy and more. The meetings are open to the public from 6 to 7:30 p.m. the last Tuesday of the month at Green Valley Library, in Henderson. Their goal is to encourage the residents of Las Vegas to live in harmony with nature through all that they do. Members of the GBP get registration discounts on all their events, which further the permaculture values of balance and self-sustenance.

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ro Fit Nutrition, a new health and sports supplement shop with expert staff, is now open in Silverado Ranch at 9845 South Maryland Parkway, Suite B, on the south side of Las Vegas. They carry a huge variety of fruit smoothies, recovery shakes and veggie fusion shakes that are made to order at their in-store juice bar. Supplement add-ins are available for any smoothie and shake, customizing each drink to meet your personal goals. Pro Fit Nutrition is an establishment dedicated to health and fitness. “We carry the highest quality health and sports supplements on the market,” says owner John Stephanos. “Our expert staff is qualified to give advice on supplements and fitness. We love to customize your goals according to your needs.” For more information call 702-906-1775 or visit

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he Kirtan Wallah Tour with Krishna Das, joined by Arjun on tabla and naal drums, Mark Gorman on electric bass, Genevieve Walker on violin and Nina Rao on kartals, will appear in concert at 7:30 p.m., July 8, at the Center for Spiritual Living Greater Las Vegas. Wallah sings kirtan, yet fully embraces his American roots in rock and country. Krishna Das has been called “yoga’s rock star,” with a remarkably soulful voice that touches the deepest chord in even the most casual listener. He was nominated for a Grammy in 2012 and performed at the 2013 awards show. Tickets are $35 in advance at Blue Sky Yoga, 107 E. Charleston, Ste. 145, inside the Arts Factory or online at or $45 cash at the door. Event location: 1420 Harmon Ave., Las Vegas. For more information, call 702-592-1396 or visit

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eeds of Peace is a free weekly program introducing the practice of yoga and peaceful living to our local youth. The group is run by Cheryl Slader, owner of Blue Sky Yoga, in Las Vegas. “We create a fun, supportive, physically active environment that students will enjoy participating in,” she says. The donation-based organization promotes peace, calmness and unity within each student and spreads that peace throughout each school and family in the community. Slader uses tools such as breath awareness, relaxation techniques, physical postures and movement, linked with breath, positive intentions, positive music and sound vibrations and teamwork exercises. Students focus on looking within themselves, not outside, for peace, happiness and equanimity. For more information or to donate, call 702-592-1396 or visit

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Plant-Based Diet Proves Favorable over Animal Protein by Evan Allen


study done at the University of Southern California and published in the journal Cell Metabolism earlier this year showed that a diet high in animal protein was linked to increased mortality, increased cancer and increased diabetes. It equated the increased risk to that of smoking a half pack of cigarettes a day. In essence, that means eating high levels of animal protein is as bad for people under age 65 as smoking. Although the study did state that for those over age 65 a high-protein diet was linked to increased survival, the data was not as conclusive, and death from diabetes still increased after age 65. Death from all causes increased by 74 percent in the high animal protein group, death from cancer was increased 400 percent in the high animal protein group and death from diabetes was increased 500 percent in the high animal protein group. These findings confirm previous studies done in 2010, 2012 and 2013 that showed increased death rates with high-protein, low-carbohydrate diets. At any age, our body doesn’t require the high leucine or methionine levels associated with animal protein. In 2014, any medical professional that is recommending a lowcarbohydrate, high-protein regimen to their patients, at any age, should seriously consider the risks. Any other product that increased cancer rates fourfold would be removed from the market. The good news is, nobody needs to take any regulatory action for us to remove these items from our own personal diet. We can do it ourselves. Dr. Evan Allen has been practicing primary care medicine for 22 years and can be reached at Doctor Allen Medical & Wellness Center, 1701 Green Valley Pkwy., Ste. 5B, in Henderson. For more information, call 702-754-4900 or visit

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MELT Method Benefits the Entire Body by Rebecca Carr


he MELT Method ( is a simple and effective system of do-it-yourself techniques that uses a series of small rubber balls or an extra-soft foam roller to create fluid movement for increased mobility, reduced risk of injury and the alleviation of pockets of stress that have accumulated, on a cellular level, from repetitive motion or old injuries. Sue Hitzmann, the creator and author of The MELT Method, designed the adaptable techniques to appeal to everyone and every lifestyle. It is a gentle, relaxing massage in which small rubber balls are used beneath the hands or feet and as with reflexology, promote healing throughout the entire body. The techniques are easy to learn; pain is a signal to back off and work less while melting. A typical sequence is around 20 minutes long and may be performed as many as three times per day or as few as three times per week. This modality is about being able to do more as we age. Vitality isn't just about living longer, it's about living better. Hand and foot techniques can be done seated at a desk and roller techniques can be done against a wall or chair for those that experience difficulty getting down to the floor and back up, or aren't able to kneel or stand for long periods of time. Private lessons and group classes with a certified instructor are available. There are currently a limited number of instructors worldwide, but more are being trained all the time. Rebecca Carr is the owner/operator of Achievable Approach Wellness & Environment, in LasVegas. For more information call 719-447-5822 or visit, AchievableApproach

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Drug Free Patches for Energetic Health by Vicki Justice


lphaBio Centrix, LLC, is a research and development company in Henderson, making energetic health, wellness and protection products, in the form of patches, to be worn on the human body. CEO Richard Eaton will be remembered as a pioneer in the field of energy medicine and the conduit for the Bioenergy Patch, an energy product that marries material to technology for a drug-free solution to health, wellness and protection from our modern environment. His tools are programmed with digital radio frequency information that empowers the individual energy field to tap into its own intelligence and healing. Eaton grew up with insatiable curiosity about quantum physics, an artistic talent for drawing and a love of communicating with people. His childhood passion was playing classical piano, and he was headed for a scholarship to pursue this talent when life happened, he became a family man and was guided


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toward other pursuits. Growing up, he helped in his father's printing business. Necessity taught him how to thrive in that business but, during the 1980s and 90s in Southern California, it was curiosity and communication that led him to become friends with some very interesting people. They educated him about the realities of quantum physics and how certain devices, being built for our government, used energetic frequencies to disable an enemy using an invisible ray. By the time he knew that such technology truly existed, Eaton owned his own sophisticated design and printing company. He was very successful, but at a crossroads and he wanted to pursue a dream that made his heart sing. Just then, he came across a special material made of a polyvinyl mix embedded with 22.8 percent organic carbon elements, a material that had been designed for the space industry. In fact, it had been designed to line the inside of a space suit

to provide biofeedback not only to read the bio-signals coming from the astronauts, but to impart beneficial frequencies, as well. After budget cuts were made to the space program, this material became available on the open market. Eaton took a sample of the material to his engineer friends and asked if there was something worthwhile and beneficial that could be done with it. Yes, they said, and they built him a customized device called an accelerator frequency generator. They also advised that he bind the source material with a skin-friendly adhesive. Eaton contracted with the 3M company (makers of Post-Its) for a hypoallergenic, non-latex bond for the skin that is waterproof and naturally antibacterial. Eaton patented this combination of material, adhesive and frequency potential into a technology that is unique and recognized as the Bioenergy Patch, working much like a mobile software app for the body. Because there are no drugs or chemicals in the patch, pure information equals pure energy, and there is never a risk of side effects or overdose. The intelligence of the body recognizes the frequencies it can use and disregards those it doesn’t. Even a child can wear the patches and experience the healing effects without risk. We are electromagnetic beings, and that is why these patches work very well for the human body. Toxicity slows down the body, and healing should be handled slowly and gently, which is why this drug-free technology is a winner. AlphaBio Centrix is located at 2657 Windmill Pkwy., Ste. 607, in Henderson. For more information, call 702-485-2311 or visit


CREATING BALANCE at Restoration Neurology by Gabrielle Wyant


he sedate lobby of Restoration Neurology prepares patients for a supremely professional, yet sensitive and caring experience. Medical Director Dr. James Eells may be spotted wearing relaxed jeans and a loose white jacket, but his credentials and demeanor inspire confidence, trust and reassurance. Eells graduated from the University of Nevada School of Medicine and was board certified by the American College of Physicians in 1989. He completed an internship and residency at the University Medical Center in Las Vegas in the early 90s and was board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in 1992. Eells creates balance for his patients using Neurotransmitter Supplement Therapy. Neurotransmitters are chemical messengers that transfer electrical impulses between nerve cells, and each day, the doctor sees people that suffer from neurotransmitter imbalance. “Neurotransmitter Supplement Therapy helps to reestablish and multiply this electrical flow,” says Eells. “This improved communication can have a profound healing affect by helping the brain and body to regain better function, balance and energy.” The nutritional program utilized at Restoration Neurology optimizes the master neurotransmitters: serotonin, do-

anti-psychotics and antidepressants. The transformation is amazing,” says Eells, “Some patients come in like zombies and by the time they finish an amino acid supplementation protocol, they leave vibrant, alert and happy!” Using a research-based approach and guiding his patients using amino acid supplements, he notes, “The body is restored to normal, so it can keep going.” Eells stresses the importance of monitoring the program. “These are not just supplements that you take readily,” he says. “Bringing neurotransmitters into balance and maintaining the balance requires periodic testing and precise dosing changes during the period of correction.” Restoration Neurology ensures that the cost to patients is not prohibitive. “It is an incredibly rewarding kind of medicine that gives such a profound change in people from bad to good,” says Eells. “We want everyone to benefit.”

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rom epidemic childhood obesity and rising rates of autism and food allergies to the growing risks of pesticides and climate change, we have many reasons to be concerned about the American food system. Fortunately, many heroes among us—family farmers, community gardeners, visionaries and activists—are striving to create a safer and healthier environment now that will benefit future generations. Recognizing and celebrating their stellar Earth stewardship in this 2014 International Year of Family Farmers, Natural Awakenings is spotlighting examples of the current crop of heroes


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providing inspiration and hope. They are changing America’s landscape and the way we think about the ability of good food to feed the future well. Doug Crabtree and Anna JonesCrabtree, of Vilicus Farms, in Havre, Montana, are reviving crop biodiversity and pollinator habitat on their organic farm in northern Montana. “We strive to farm in a manner that works in concert with nature,” Doug explains. The couple’s actions live up to their farm’s Latin name, which means “steward”. They grow 15 nourishing crops on 1,200 acres, including flax, buckwheat, sunflower, safflower, spelt, oats, barley and lentils, without pesticides, herbicides or synthetic fertilizers. By imitating natural systems, planting diverse crops and avoiding damaging chemical inputs, they are attracting diverse native pollinators, he notes. Their approach to farming helps protect area groundwater, streams, rivers and even oceans for future generations. Dick and Diana Dyer, of Dyer Family Organic Farm, in Ann Arbor, Michigan, finally realized their lifelong

dream to farm in 2009, each at the age of 59. The couple grows more than 40 varieties of garlic on 15 acres; they also grow hops and care for honeybees. In addition, they provide hands-in-the-soil training to a new generation of dietetic interns across the country through their School to Farm program, in association with the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Diana, a registered dietitian, teaches her students to take the, “We are what we eat” adage a step further. She believes, we are what we grow. “Like nearly everyone else, most dietetic students are disconnected from Mother Earth, the source of the food they eat. They don’t learn the vital connections between soil, food and health,” says Diana. During a stay on the Dyer farm, she explains, “The students begin to understand how their food and nutrition recommendations to others can help drive an entire agricultural system that promotes and protects our soil and water, natural resources and public health.” It all aligns with practicing their family farm motto: Shaping our future from the ground up. Mary Jo and Luverne Forbord, of Prairie Horizons Farm, in Starbuck, Minnesota, raise Black Angus cattle, grazed on certified organic, restored, native prairie pastures. Mary Jo, a registered dietitian, welcomes dietetic students to the 480-acre farm to learn where food comes from and how to grow it without the pesticides that contribute to farmers’ higher risk for certain cancers. “We must know the true cost of cheap food,” she insists. Most recently, they planted an or-

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ganic orchard in memory resource of their son, Joraan, who center. died of cancer in 2010 at “The farm the age of 23. Joraan’s orwill serve chard is home to thriving, as an onsite health-supporting apple, experience apricot, cherry and plum for children trees, plus native aronia to learn berries. It also injects where their fresh life into the comfood comes munity. Each spring, the from and the Forbords celebrate their reasons fresh, son’s birthday by “wakorganically Luverne and Mary Jo Forbord ing up” his orchard. His grown food mother explains: “Peoreally matters ple of all ages gather—an assortment to our health,” says Lanier. However, of our friends, Joraan’s friends and their “This is just the tip of the iceberg for us. growing families, neighbors, relatives, Ultimately, we’d like to be a chemicalco-workers, students and others—to free community through advocating for keep his legacy growing. The incredible reduction and elimination of pesticide community support keeps us going.” and chemical use in schools, hospitals, households and local parks and ball fields.” Lanier aims to help improve on Alabama’s low national ranking in the health of its residents. “I love our little piece of the world, and I want future generations to enjoy it without fearing that it’s making us sick,” she says. “We are intent on having Tarrant Lanier, gardening with children at the a school garden in Center for Family and Community Development every school, and we want to see area Tarrant Lanier, of the Center for hospitals establish organic food gardens Family and Community Development that support efforts to make people (CFCD) and Victory Teaching Farm, healthier without the use of heavy in Mobile, Alabama, wants all children medications.” to grow up in safe communities with Lanier further explains: “We see our access to plenty of wholesome food. victory as reducing hunger and increasAfter working for nearly two decades ing health and wellness, environmental with some of South Alabama’s most sustainability and repair, community devulnerable families, Lanier wanted to velopment and beautification, economic “provide more than a crutch.” In 2009, development and access to locally she established the nonprofit CFCD or- grown food, by promoting and creating ganization, dedicated to healthy living. a local food system.” Within five years, she had assembled a small, but hard-working staff that began Don Lareau and Daphne Yannakakis, building community and school gardens of Zephyros Farm and Garden, in and creating collaborative partnerships. Paonia, Colorado, grow exquisite or Recently, the group established the ganic flowers and vegetables for farmVictory Teaching Farm, the region’s first ers’ markets and community supported urban teaching farm and community agriculture members in Telluride and

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“Kids are shocked when they learn that carrots grow underground and surprised that milk comes from an udder, not a store shelf.” ~ Don Lareau the Roaring Fork Valley. Recently, the couple decided to take fewer trips away from their children and homestead, and instead bring more people to their 35-acre family farm to learn from the land and develop a refreshed sense of community. From earthy farm dinners and elegant weddings to creative exploration camps for children and adults and an educational internship program, these family farmers are raising a new crop of consumers that value the land, their food and the people producing it. The couple hopes to help people learn how to grow and prepare their own food, plus gain a greater appreciation for organic farming. “The people that come here fall into a farming lifestyle in tune with the sun and moon, the seasons and their inner clock—something valuable that has been lost in modern lifestyles,” notes Lareau, who especially loves sharing the magic of their farm with children. “Kids are shocked when they learn that carrots grow underground and surprised that milk comes from an udder, not a store shelf.” natural awakenings

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Klaas and Mary-Howell Martens, of Lakeview Organic Grain, in Penn Yan, New York, grow a variety of grains, including wheat, spelt, barley, oats and triticale, plus peas, dark red kidney beans and edamame soybeans, along with raising livestock on about 1,400 acres. Their family farm phi-

Conscientious food producers are teachers, innovators, environmental stewards and change-makers creating a brighter future for us all.

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The Martens switched to organic farming after Klaas experienced partial paralysis due to exposure to pesticides, compounded by concern for the health of their three children. Because the Martens work in alliance with nature, they’ve learned to ask a unique set of questions. For example, when Klaas sees a weed, he doesn’t ask, “What can we spray to kill it?” but, “What was the environment that allowed the weed to grow?” Anne Mosness, in Bellingham, Washington, began fishing for wild salmon with her father during one summer after college. The experience ignited a sense of adventure that led her back to Alaska for nearly three decades, as a crew member and then a captain in the Copper River and Bristol Bay fisheries. During that time, Mosness became a passionate advocate for protecting coastal communities and ecosystems. “Like farm families on land, fishing families face many risks and uncertainties,” but she believes, “political forces may be even more damaging to our livelihoods and wild fish.” For example, “We are replicating some of the worst practices of factory farming on land in our marine environment with diseases, parasites and voluminous amounts of pollution flushing into our coastal waters,” explains Mosness. She’s also concerned about the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s potential approval of genetically engineered (GMO) fish without adequate health and environmental assessments, and she works to support GMO labeling so consumers can make informed choices in the marketplace. 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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Essential Oils for Summer

Healing Fragrances for Bites, Allergies and Sunburn by Kathleen Barnes

Tisserand. Add a few drops to a dollop of cooling aloe vera gel for extra relief and moisture, suggests Jones. Undiluted lavender is also a great remedy for insect bites, says Tisserand. “You can stop the pain of a bee sting in 20 seconds with a few drops.” Chamomile, either the German or Roman variety, helps with rashes, according to Jones, especially when mixed with her summertime favorite, aloe vera gel. She recommends mugwort oil for poison oak or poison ivy, a benefit affirmed by animal research from the Korea Institute of Oriental Medicine’s Herbal Medicine Formulation Research Group.

A breath of sweet lavender oil can quickly reduce stress. A whiff of Allergy Relief During hay fever season, several arolemon oil can energize us.


ssential oils are not magic or folklore. There is solid science behind them,” says Elizabeth Jones, founder of the College of Botanical Healing Arts, in Santa Cruz, California. Here’s what happens after inhaling lavender, the most popular of all essential oils: The cilia—microscopic cellular fibers in the nose—transport the aroma to the olfactory bulb at the bottom of the brain, from where it proceeds to the limbic brain and directly affects the nerves, delivering a soothing effect. “Or put it on your skin and other properties of essential oils are absorbed straight into the bloodstream,” advises Jones, author of Awaken to Healing Fragrance. Thai studies show that a whiff of lavender oil is calming and lowers blood pressure and heart rate, yet there are many more benefits attributed to the art and science of aromatherapy and essential oils. For those struggling with summer maladies, here

are several simple solutions essential oils can provide.

Minor Scrapes, Cuts and Blisters Tea tree oil (melaleuca) is tops, because it contains terpenes that kill staphylococcus and other nasty bacteria and works to prevent infection, according to a meta-analysis from the University of Western Australia. The researchers further suggest that tea tree oil may be used in some cases instead of antibiotics. Oregano and eucalyptus oils are likewise acknowledged for their natural abilities to eliminate infection-causing bacteria, fungi and viruses. “Blend all three for a synergistic effect,” says aromatherapy expert Robert Tisserand (, of Ojai, California. “They sort of leapfrog over each other to penetrate the skin and cell walls.”

matherapy oils from a diffuser can offer relief, counsels Tisserand. He recommends eucalyptus, geranium and lavender oils, all of which contain antihistamines. Use them separately or blended. When using a diffuser, it’s not necessary to put the oils into a diluting carrier oil or gel. He notes that a steam

Never-Fail Insect Repellant 2 Tbsp eucalyptus oil

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1 tsp cedar wood oil

A small amount of undiluted lavender oil will cool sunburn fast, advises

1 tsp pennyroyal oil

1 tsp citronella oil 1 tsp lemongrass oil Mix in warm water in a one-quart spray bottle. Shake and use liberally. Source: Kathleen Barnes


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Best Carriers Almost all essential oils are so strong that they must be diluted before use to prevent skin irritation. Use coldpressed oils and mix 10 to 15 drops of essential oil per ounce of carrier substance. Some of the best carriers are almond oil, aloe vera gel, apricot oil, cocoa butter, glycerin, jojoba oil and olive oil. tent containing 10 drops of each of the three oils mixed with two cups of boiling water is highly effective.

Sprains, Strains and Joint Pain Lessen inflammation and the pain from tendon and muscle sprains and strains with rosemary or peppermint, adding a dash of ginger for additional benefit, says Tisserand. He recommends rubbing the oils (diluted in a carrier) directly on the sore spot.

Rosemary is particularly effective for bringing blood flow to an injury site, and the menthol in peppermint is a great pain reliever, adds Jones. A Chinese study published in the European Journal of Pharmaceutics and Biopharmaceutics confirms the pain-relieving and anti-inflammatory abilities of peppermint oil. Researchers from Taiwan confirm that ginger is anti-inflammatory and can even reduce intense nerve pain. Jones believes that essential oils have a place in everyone’s medicine chest. “Sometimes I feel like David up against Goliath,” she remarks. “I encourage everyone to use natural healing products from plants instead of pharmaceutical drugs, the side effects of which actually diminish the body’s natural ability to heal.”

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Summertime, and the Sippin’ is Easy

Quick and Cool Vegan Smoothies by Judith Fertig


moothies offer big nutrition in a small package. Based on a vegan source of lean protein like coconut milk or yogurt, soy, chia seeds or a vegan protein powder made from dried beans or hemp, they can energize us for a full day of summer activities. Other ingredients follow the peak of summer crops. Berries, greens, melon, tomatoes, avocado, cucumber, celery, carrots and stone fruits like peaches and mangoes add antioxidants, fiber, vitamins and minerals. A tablespoon or two of milled flax seeds, hemp or nut butter adds richness to the flavor, while providing omega-3 fatty acids necessary for complete nutrition. For the finale, add a touch of sweetness from fruits, maple syrup, agave nectar or stevia. The best way to mix a smoothie is to start with either a liquid or an ingredient


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with a thicker consistency, like yogurt, placed in a standard or high-speed performance blender. Next, add the desired fruits or vegetables and flavorings, followed by ice. Start on a slower speed, holding down the lid tightly, before increasing the speed to achieve a velvety texture. If the smoothie is too thin, add more frozen fruit or ice. Freezing the fruits first and then blending them into a smoothie can substitute for ice. Peeling bananas before freezing them makes smoothie-making easier. Freezing the fruits in recipe-size portions also simplifies the process. Smooth-fleshed fruits like mangoes, papayas, bananas, ripe peaches and nectarines blend more easily to a silky finish than do fresh berries. Tender, baby greens such as spinach, kale or chard virtually disappear within a smoothie; if

using mature, rather than baby greens, cut out the stems unless the blender is extremely powerful. Blending enough ingredients for two smoothies can yield a leftover serving to store in a reusable glass jar in the refrigerator. To reactivate the full taste later, just turn over the jar and give it a good shake to re-blend the ingredients. Spirulina (made from a microsaltwater plant) and wheatgrass juice and powder are some popular smoothie additions. Milled flax seeds add healthy fat, but their water-soluble fiber also adds a little bulk; although the texture difference isn’t noticeable if the smoothie is enjoyed right away, it will be apparent if it sits for 20 minutes or more. With the whir of a blender—and no cooking—summer’s tastiest bounty transforms into at-home or on-the-go beverages to revive, replenish and renew us so we’re ready for our next adventure. Judith Fertig blogs at AlfrescoFoodAnd from Overland Park, KS.

Seasonal Suppers Summer Salad Smoothie Yields 2 servings ½ cup apple juice 2 cups stemmed and chopped baby spinach, Swiss chard or kale 1 apple, unpeeled, cored and chopped ½ avocado, peeled and chopped ½ cup cilantro leaves 1 Tbsp fresh lime juice 1 Tbsp matcha (fine green tea powder) 1 Tbsp milled flax seeds ¼ cup vegan protein powder Combine all ingredients and blend from low to high speed until smooth.

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Black Cherry Raspberry

Yields 2 servings

¼ cup cranberry juice 1 cup pitted sweet black cherries ½ cup raspberries 1 /3 cup plain soy or coconut yogurt 4 ice cubes

1 cup apple juice 1 cup sliced sweet apple ¼ cup applesauce ½ cup sliced carrots ½ cup cucumber, peeled and sliced 2 cups ice Dash of nutmeg or cinnamon (optional) Combine all ingredients and blend from low to high speed until smooth.

Sunny-Day Sippers Mango Lassi Yields 2 servings ¾ cup vanilla soy, al mond or coconut milk ¼ cup vanilla soy, almond or coconut milk yogurt ¾ tsp vanilla extract 1½ cups chopped fresh mango, frozen ½ tsp ground cardamom Agave nectar to taste Ground pistachios for garnish Combine the milk, yogurt, vanilla extract, mango and cardamom and blend using low to high speeds until smooth. Add agave nectar to taste and blend again. Sprinkle pistachios over each serving.

Peachy Watermelon Yields 2 servings 2-3 cups watermelon, seeded 1 cup vegan vanilla yogurt 1 cup frozen organic strawberries 1 cup frozen organic sliced peaches Combine all ingredients and blend from low to high speed until smooth.

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Leave No Trace 4 Know the rules beforehand and be ready for inclement weather. 4 Travel and camp on durable surfaces. Use existing trails. 4 Dispose of waste properly. 4 Leave plants undisturbed. 4 Minimize campfire impacts. 4 Use a lightweight stove instead of a fire. 4 Respect wildlife. Do not follow, feed or approach animals.

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hether urban or rural, children in our state average 4.5 minutes outdoors and four hours in front of a screen every day,” says Barbara Erickson, president of The Trustees of Reservations conservation nonprofit, in Sharon, Massachusetts. One way to disconnect kids from electronics is to go camping. Such educational, fresh air exercise is inclusive and inexpensive. David Finch, superintendent of the Dunes Edge Campground, in Provincetown, Massachusetts, suggests borrowed gear for the first outing. A backyard campout can be a rewarding trial run; each child can ask a friend to stay over and a parent and the family dog can participate. Once kids have the hang of sleeping somewhere outside their own bedroom, consider an overnight program at a local or regional zoo. Kids get a kick out of watching the animals and learning about their behaviors, diets and habitats. The


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Toledo Zoo, in Ohio, offers Snooze at the Zoo, including a pizza dinner, breakfast and admission the next day. Children sleep near one of the exhibits or in a safari tent. The program teaches animal adaptations, food chains and ecosystems and meets requirements for scout badges in a fun setting. The Irvine Nature Center, in Owings Mills, Maryland, near Baltimore, offers a rich outdoor experience. Organizers provide food, activities and camping equipment. Children first attend a fire safety class, and then help cook a meal and make s’mores. At night, participants learn how to mimic owl hoots and practice their new skills, often receiving hoots in return. Night walks sometimes include sightings of deer, bats or flying squirrels, while morning walks showcase groundhogs and birds. Jean Gazis, with the women’s and girls’ rights nonprofit Legal Momentum, in Brooklyn, New York, observes, “It’s

easier to camp with small, even tiny, children, than with older kids. Babies are portable.” She recalls taking her 7-weekold infant along and nostalgically comments, “Now that the kids are 11 and 14, they don’t have as much free time.” Drive-up camping in a state park that offers facilities and planned activities sets up a good time. Gazis feels that a destination four hours away is the limit for car trips with small children. She advises giving everyone duties. “My young son once had a great time digging a ditch around the tent when it began to rain,” she recalls. “He kept the sleeping bags dry and got to play in the mud.” Jeff Alt, of Cincinnati, Ohio, author of Get Your Kids Hiking, suggests, “Start them young and keep it fun. Get the kids involved in the planning. My kids have gone along since they were born. We stayed at a lodge when they were small because little trekkers have a lot of gear. During the day we were out in the park

“It’s not how fast and how far you go, it’s what you see, smell, touch and listen to along the way. You might move only five feet in 15 minutes, but what you see and discuss will help children grow into respectful explorers and lifelong campers. Take photos and bring a journal; a child’s adventures are the best keepsakes.”

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naturalpetpages Raw coconut contains medium-chain, saturated fats that transform into energy and can decrease bacterial growth, irritation and inflammation, according to naturopathic physician Bruce Fife, a certified nutritionist, doctor of naturopathy and author of The Coconut Oil Miracle.




10 Foods to Make a Dog’s Coat Glow

Carob, the fruit of the Ceratonia siliqua tree, is rich in natural sugars, vitamins and minerals. Free of the stimulants caffeine and theobromine found in chocolate, it’s safe for dogs and its vitamin E supports skin health. Recent research published in the Iraqi Postgraduate Medical Journal shows that carob also has natural antibacterial properties.

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o keep our dog’s skin and coat healthy, supplements may first come to mind, especially oils and powders. However, whole foods deserve a closer look for naturally elegant results.


Chia seeds contain more healthy omega-3 fats and fiber than flax or other grain seeds and are a good source of protein and antioxidants, notes Patrick Skerrett, executive editor of Harvard Health Publications. They are abundant in alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), a plant-based form of omega-3, which combats skin inflammation and improves the skin’s texture and softness, says holistic nutritionist Melissa Diane Smith, of Tucson, Arizona.


Eggs are nutritional powerhouses containing the most bioavailable protein for dogs. Eggs have vitamin A, which promotes cell turnover. Their zinc further supports protein synthesis and cell division, necessary for wound healing, the formation of connective tissue and skin health, according to the National Institutes of Health Office of Dietary Supplements. Egg yolks provide a valuable source of biotin, effective in treating dry skin, seborrhea and itching associated with skin allergies, reports PetEducation. 26

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com, a website of veterinarians Dr. Race Foster and Dr. Marty Smith, owners of Foster and Smith, Inc. Avoid raw eggs, as they contain avidin, which interferes with the metabolism of biotin, fats, glucose and amino acids, according to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.


Almonds contain the entire vitamin E family of tocopherols and tocotrienols. “Deficiency of vitamin E has been implicated in the development of certain dermatological disorders in dogs,” counsels Lee Russell McDowell, Ph.D., in Vitamins in Animal and Human Nutrition. Almonds are also an excellent source of B vitamins, copper, manganese, magnesium, zinc and bioflavonoids, with a trace of omega-3. While safe in small quantities for larger dogs, whole almonds are not easily digested and can upset the stomach and create intestinal distress. Almonds are easily ground into a powder using a blender, and almond meal is also available at many grocery stores.


Renowned herbalist Juliette de Bairacli Levy pioneered the use of coconut in natural diets for companion animals.

A fortifying cereal low in starch and high in mineral content, especially potassium and phosphorus, oats also harbor calcium, magnesium, B vitamins and iron. The grain’s primary benefit to skin and coat is its soluble fiber content, which also helps a dog’s gastrointestinal system to remove toxins.


Liver from grass-fed animals enhances healthy skin. Nutrients include calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, potassium, iron, zinc, copper, vitamins A, C, D, E and eight B vitamins, including thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, pantothenic acid, folic acid and biotin.

Wild Salmon

Cooked wild salmon is ripe with omega-3 fatty acids, which along with benefiting the skin and coat, appear to boost the immune system, and may assist dogs with allergies, according to the article “10 ‘People’ Foods for Dogs,” by Elizabeth Pask and Laura Scott.


Cranberries contain a variety of bioactive components, including proanthocyanidins and anthocyanin antioxidants, plus the phytochemical ellagic acid. “Animal experiments show that supplementation with anthocyanins effectively prevents

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inflammation and subsequent blood vessel damage,” explains Northern California Registered Dietitian Marilyn Sterling, who also points to myriad studies of the antioxidant power of proanthocyanidins. According to the American Institute of Cancer Research, ellagic acid can prevent skin cancers. The 16th-century herbalist Henry Lyte documented their use in treating skin wounds and eczema.

Sweet Potatoes

Sweet potatoes can be considered a skin superfood, because they hold a high level of betacarotene (a precursor form of vitamin A) and are a good source of vitamin E. Their vitamin C content, which increases with cooking, facilitates collagen production, contributes to photoprotection, decreases photodamage and supports wound healing, according to a report by Alexander J. Michels, Ph.D., of the Oregon State University Linus Pauling Institute. Suzi Beber is the founder of The Smiling Blue Skies Cancer Fund via Canada’s University of Guelph Veterinary College and Teaching Hospital Pet Trust. She also contributes to Animal Wellness magazine, from which this article was adapted and used with permission.

Oats ‘n Egg Scramble

Chia Coconut Crunch 1½ cups rolled oats 1 tsp baking powder ½ cup coconut flour 1½ Tbsp chia seeds ¼ cup coconut oil 1 cup almond butter 2 whole eggs 1 tsp pure vanilla ¼ cup carob chips

Preheat oven to 350 F. Cover a large cookie sheet with parchment paper. Combine all ingredients except carob chips. After ingredients are well incorporated, add carob chips. Form small balls of dough with hands, place on cookie sheet and lightly flatten each ball with the back of a fork. Bake for 10 minutes. Cool completely before serving. Store in the refrigerator in an airtight container or bag.

2 eggs, whisked ½ cup rolled oats ¼ cup goat’s milk Olive oil Combine ingredients in a mediumsized bowl; let sit for 10 minutes.  Lightly coat a pan with olive oil, add bowl contents and then scramble like regular eggs. Cool before serving as a topping to a dog’s regular meal.  

Raw Liver Paté ½ lb liver (chicken or bison) 2 eggs 1 tsp sea salt or kelp 1 Tbsp olive oil Whirl all ingredients together in a food processor or blender until smooth. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Use as a topper for regular meals. Source: Recipes courtesy of Suzi Beber.

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Expect to run with the big dogs (and little dogs) by enlisting in Paws & Bootcamp, a fitness program where people work out with their canine friends. Jose Rangel, fitness trainer and owner of Paws & Bootcamp says, “I brought my two passions together; fitness and dogs!”


lifelong athlete, Rangel played every team sport available throughout school. After graduating, his focus switched from sports to fitness, and he spent the next eight years as a personal fitness trainer. However, Rangel says he met the one that would change his life forever at a Petco adoption event. “Five years ago, on July 24, I rescued my husky/border collie, Kodiak.” After bonding with Kodiak, Rangel’s love and appreciation for all animals awakened. “Kodiak changed my life. I didn’t save him, he saved me. He’s my inspiration for many things,” says Rangel. To honor his companion, Rangel donates 5 percent of his monthly earnings by offering food, booties and other dog items directly to the homeless with dogs. Rangel used to return home each night after work, briefly greet Kodiak, change into his workout clothes and head for the door to go to the gym. “I felt terrible. He had been home all day


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by himself, but I knew if I sat down I wouldn’t leave,” says Rangel. “He’d give me ‘the stare’, like I was breaking his heart or something.” Every day, Rangel struggled with a dilemma; to get his cardio workout right there at the gym or go home and run with his dog. “The problem was that sometimes I would plan to get Kodiak but, on the drive home from the gym, my adrenaline would drop and I’d be too tired to run,” says Rangel. “So, it was a double disappointment. Not only did I not exercise my dog, but I also didn’t work my cardio.” “One day it hit me,” says Rangel, “Why not create a workout that Kodiak and I can do together?” He wanted to design something that offered a challenge to every level of fitness. “I wanted to create a bootcamp for athletes like myself, yet one that wasn’t overwhelming for the beginner,” he reflects, “Of course, I wanted to make sure there was also

enough excitement for the dog, so he’d remain engaged and interested.” Rangel stresses that the bootcamp sessions are not about dog socialization, they are about the connection between people and their dogs. Dogs love to run as much as they love to be with their owners. From the smallest of dogs to the largest, they will never say no to exercise, which means the owner stays motivated, regardless of how they feel. At Paws & Bootcamp, owners stay active through calisthenics that are done in a rhythmic, systematic way, using body weight for resistance. Typical calisthenics exercises include pushups, jumping jacks, squats and crunches, and focus on building strength, endurance and flexibility. All of these are done while the owners dogs go through agility obstacles. “I’ve had people bring the craziest of dogs to class, work out, go home and wonder, ‘Where’s my dog at?’” says Rangel. “I want people to realize they don’t have a bad dog. The dog is just bored. So get them out and play!” By the end of class, the park is filled with a bunch of exhausted humans and mellow dogs. Working up a sweat just becomes more appealing when a wagging tail is involved. Paws & Bootcamp meets at Paul Meyer Park, 4525 New Forest Dr., in Las Vegas. There is no breed or size discrimination, but a free, one-on-one session with each dog, its owner and Rangel is required. During this session, Rangel gives humans and dog a personal assessment and introduces dogs to the obstacle course. For more information, call 408-580-6710 or email See ad, page 27.

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Natural Solutions to Thyroid Disorder – 4-6pm. This seminar is for those who present with thyroid symptoms yet blood work is normal. Learn the treatments available, cutting edge research and life changing information in order to live without thyroid disorder. Free. 1661 W Horizon Ridge Pkwy, 280, HD. 702-643-9904.

WEDNESDAY, JULY 2 Ethnic Express International Folk Dancing – 6:308:45pm. Ages 8+. Learn international dance styles, including Arabic, Armenian, Bulgarian, Chinese, Greek, Israeli, Macedonian, Russian, Serbian and Turkish folk dances. No partner required. Presented by Ethnic Express. $4. Charleston Heights Arts Center, 800 S Brush St, LV. 702-732-4871.

FRIDAY, JULY 4 66th Annual Boulder City Damboree Celebration – 10am-11pm. Fireworks 9pm. Fun-filled day of activities celebrating the Boulder City Damboree “Wings of Freedom”. Rotary Pancake Breakfast at Bicentennial Park, parade down Nevada Highway, water play zone for kids, midway booths, flag raising, games and much more. Boulder City. Annual Henderson 4th of July Celebration – 6-9:15pm. Fireworks will be set off at Mission Hills Park. Free continuous shuttle service starting at 5:30pm from Foothills High School, 800 College Dr, HD. Two stages of entertainment & more. Free admission and parking. Mission Hills Park, 551 E Mission Dr, HD.

TUESDAY, JULY 8 Advances in Brain Health – 6:15-7:15pm. The constant rise in brain based diseases like Parkinson's and Alzheimer's, make it of paramount importance to protect the brain. Learn the latest technology, what markers predict these problems, and prevention. Free. 1661 W Horizon Ridge Pkwy, 280, HD. 702-643-9904.

markyourcalendar Body Resonance Myofascial Wellness Center Meet the therapists of BodyMFR. Are you in pain? Tried other modalities with no relief? We can help! Come talk to us and see how myofascial release can help your mind, body and spirit. Free.

July 9 • 12-2pm July 16 • 4-6pm 5463 S Durango Dr., #120/E, LV 702-776-8881 Intro to Pranic Healing with Joseph Wong – 5-7pm. Host: Jodi Friedman. Learn how to use the Prana/Life force to accelerate the body's ability to heal itself. Experience intense peace, stillness and bliss through the Meditation on Twin Hearts.  Free. Location: TBA. Intentional Healings, Jodi Friedman: 702-274-4545.

THURSDAY, JULY 10 Beginner's Guide to Self Myofascial Release (SMR) Techniques – 4-6pm. Learn about fascia and how it can affect the entire body. Learn to listen to intuition, heal one’s body, alleviate pain with self care/SMR. BYO yoga mat. Receive $10 gift certificate toward myofascial release session. $20. 5463 S Durango Dr, 120/E, LV. 702-776-8881.

Theta Basic Healing 3 Day Workshop with Jennifer Keller – July 11-13. 9:30am-4:30pm. This class awards certification as a ThetaHealer. Learn how to instantly access the Theta state and work on self and others with the technique known as ThetaHealing. $500. Jodi Friedman, 702-2744545. events/187276792/.

markyourcalendar ThetaHealing Basic DNA Workshop Learn how our thoughts and feelings create our lives and how to open and use your psychic abilities. Find out how we can change beliefs and programs in the subconscious mind that hold us back. $400.

July 11 • 5-10pm July 12 • 9:30am-5:30pm Luminosity Wellness Center 2400 N Tenaya Way, LV 702-218-7135

SATURDAY, JULY 12 Admissions Open House at Wongu University – 5:30-7:30pm. An evening at Wongu University of Oriental Medicine to get all questions answered about the admissions process. Learn about scholarship opportunities and speak with faculty and students. Free. 8620 S Eastern Ave, LV. 702-4632122.

MONDAY, JULY 14 Moving Meditation of Body & Mind – 6:30pm. Learn to restore balance and heal one’s energetic system. Shamanic healer/teacher Ray Veach teaches simple techniques to add to daily practice to reconnect to the wisdom of one’s own body. Wear comfortable clothing. $25. 800 N Rainbow Blvd, 100, LV.

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Natural Solutions to Peripheral Neuropathy – 6:15-7:15pm. While there are many different types of peripheral neuropathies, about 30% of cases come from diabetic complications. This lecture educates and empowers people to get answers to this very debilitating condition. Free. 1661 W Horizon Ridge Pkwy, 280, HD. 702-643-9904.

Las Vegas Health & Fitness Chamber of Commerce Monthly Mixer – 7-9pm. Mix, mingle and enjoy the eclectic vibe of The Lady Silvia and Amanda Harris Gallery of Contemporary Art. Meet the top health and fitness professionals of Las Vegas. This event is complimentary. Food by Garden Grill is available for purchase. 900 Las Vegas Blvd S, 140, LV. 702-562-4163. Mindy@

WEDNESAY, JULY 16 Introduction to MCKS Pranic Healing – 7pm. Learn how to use Prana/Life force to accelerate the body’s ability to heal itself. Provides the opportunity to experience intense peace, stillness, and bliss through the Meditation on Twin Hearts. Free. 800 N Rainbow Blvd, Suite 100, LV.

SATURDAY, JULY 19 Under the Crystals – 9:30am-5:30pm. One hour lunch. This class is an amazing journey. Travel into past lives, visit ancestors, remote viewing and more. Learn about crystals and how to create a grid. No prerequisites. Certification upon completion. $175. Luminosity Wellness Center, 2400 N Tenaya Way, LV. 702-218-7135. Jeff@TheSacred Intro to Energy Clearing in Homes & Businesses – 10am-12pm. Feel more freedom and more comfortable in one’s living spaces. Walk away with a good understanding of how subtle energy fields affect one’s moods and what to do about it. Monthly practice groups. -Healings-Center/events/calendar/?scroll=true. Upgrade the Software of Your Mind – 3-6pm. Christine Essex conducts an introductory training on how to "Upgrade the Software of Your Mind". Learn to tap into the unconscious mind and reprogram results. Create new possibilities through increased awareness. $45. Luminosity Wellness Center, 2400 N Tenaya Way, LV. 702-274-6670.

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TUESDAY, JULY 22 Natural Solutions to Type II Diabetes – 6:157:15pm. This presentation helps one discover what happens in the body that leads to this disease, the warning signs and how simple lifestyle changes and cleansing can prevent, control and even eliminate Type II Diabetes. Free. 1661 W Horizon Ridge Pkwy, 280, HD. 702-643-9904.

SUNDAY, JULY 27 Feng Shui/Vision Board Class with Magdalena & Jodi – 1-4pm. Place a Bagua into a vision board; create a deeper intuitive energy to flow into one’s life, set the course for new situations and relationships to come. $56. Intentional Healings, 3450 E Russell Rd (off Russell & Pecos), 110, LV. Jodi Friedman: 702-274-4545.

MONDAY, JULY 28 Moving Meditation of Body & Mind – 6:30pm. Learn to restore balance and heal the energetic system. Shamanic healer/teacher Ray Veach teaches simple techniques to add to daily practice to reconnect to the wisdom of one’s own body. Wear comfortable clothing. $25. 800 N Rainbow Blvd, 100, LV.

TUESDAY, JULY 30 Great Basin Permaculture Monthly – 6-7:30pm. Last Tuesday. This group educates our community about permaculture in order to promote sustainable food production, water, conservation, energy and more. All are welcome. Green Valley Library, 2797 N Green Valley Pkwy, HD. GreatBasinPermaculture. Advances and Solutions for Brain Health – 6:15-7:15pm. With the constant rise in brain based diseases like Parkinson's, Alzheimer's and other dementias, it has become of paramount importance to protect the brain. Learn about what markers predict these problems and how prevent them. Free. 1661 W Horizon Ridge Pkwy, 280, HD. 702-643-9904. Natural Methods of Inflammation and Pain Reduction – 7pm. Relax in the healing scalar energy and learn about other natural methods to reduce inflammation and pain. Free. Aloha Energy Center, Buffalo at Vegas Dr, LV. 702-656-6788.

plan ahead savethedate Balancing the Body Through Iridology and Nutrition Come enjoy the relaxing Scalar energy as Dr. Ellen Tart-Jensen, Ph.D, D.Sc, describes what iridology is, iris signs for the major body systems and how to test for PH, candida, thyroid function and more. Free.

August 13 • 7pm Aloha Energy Center 1770 N Buffalo, Suite 105 (behind Albertsons) Las Vegas, NV 89128 Contact Diondra at Body Balance: 702-656-6788

savethedate Private Iridology Sessions Dr. Ellen Tart-Jensen will read and assess your eyes and create a detailed analysis of them. In addition, you will leave with a complete Nutritional Health Plan that will help you correct any imbalances. $150 per hour session.

August 14 • 9am-5pm Hampton Inn Airport 6575 S Eastern (at Sunset) Las Vegas, NV 89119 Contact Diondra at Body Balance: 702-656-6788

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 9 Hiking Safety Event – 6:00-7:30 pm. Learn hiking/rock scrambling safety tips from hiking expert Branch Whitney, author of Hiking Las Vegas, the first hiking guide for Southern Nevada, an Amazon best seller; Branch has 17+ years of hiking experience. Free. Lvccld, Rainbow Library, 3150 N Buffalo Dr, LV, 89128. Contact: Branch at or Kathy Kelbel at

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Intentional Healings Center Broadcast with Jodi Friedman – Reiki sessions, Chakra Clearing & Soul Healing sessions, Reiki certification classes, Reiki shares, Intentional Abundance Classes, Vision Boards, Meditation for Success and Inner Healing Work. Various Pricing- see meetup for prices. Intentional Healings, 3450 E Russell Rd, 110, LV. Jodi: 702-274-4545. Intentional-HealingCenter/events/ calendar/?scroll=true.

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.

Luminosity Wellness Center – Learn the art of Hypnotherapy, NLP, Reiki, Theta Healing, The Melt Method, Aromatherapy/Herbology, Chakra Balancing and much more. Ask about certification classes. Through experience learn self healing. Prices vary per service. Luminosity Wellness Center, 2400 N Tenaya Way, LV. 702-721-WELL (9355). Natural Organic Facials – Appointment only. A rejuvenating one hour facial, done with the finest fresh fruit and 100% organic honey. Only at Naturally Organic Healing Center. Starting at $65. Naturally Organic Healing Center, 1171 S Buffalo Dr, 110, LV. 702-433-3874. 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. 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@

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Invigorate – 5:45pm. Heated vinyasa class broken into four parts; flexibility, balance, power and inversions. Class connects movement to breath, builds strength and stamina, develops adaptability and puts the power of self into personal purpose. Trufusion, 8575 S Eastern Ave, LV. 702-982-2930. 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. TruYin – 7:15pm. All fitness levels. TruYin uses principles of traditional Yin adding the therapeutic nature of heat for flexibility to target deep connective tissue, joints and ligaments. Focus is on the skeleton and joints rather than muscular, repetitive effort. Trufusion, 8575 S Eastern Ave, LV. 702-9822930.

monday Holistic Toastmasters – 11:30am-1pm. Hosted by Guy Dawson. A Toastmasters meeting is a learnby-doing workshop in which participants hone their speaking and leadership skills in a no-pressure atmosphere. Free. Naturally Organic Healing Center, 1171 S Buffalo Dr, 110, LV. 702-433-3874. Reiki-Spiritual Healing & Meditation – 6-8pm. Open to the public. Healing and meditation guided by three Reiki masters with combined experience over 50 years. Experience the magic of Reiki. Leave relaxed, renewed, exhilarated. Suggested love offering $5. No one is turned away. Just Breathe Wellness Center, 5333 S Arville St, Ste 206, LV. 702-659-2390. Fusion Belly Dance 101 – 7-8pm. Embrace one’s body and inner self as Nikki guides the class through a fun and loving Fusion Belly Dance Class. $10. Naturally Organic Healing Center, 1171 S Buffalo Dr, 110, LV. 702-433-3874.

Beginner Tai Chi for Seniors – 2-3pm. Doris Fong will be guiding a beginner Tai Chi for seniors. $5. Naturally Organic Healing Center, 1171 S Buffalo Dr, 110, LV. 702-433-3874. Tai Chi Fan – 3-4pm. Doris Fong will be guiding a Tai Chi Fan Class. $5. Naturally Organic Healing Center, 1171 S Buffalo Dr, 110, LV. 702-433-3874. Tao Yoga – 5-6pm. Guide and lead one’s energy with Carla during her Tao Yoga Class. $10. Naturally Organic Healing Center, 1171 S Buffalo Dr, 110, LV. 702-433-3874. Drums of the Wolf Meditation – 6:30pm. Sessions will start with a guided meditation or breath work followed by deep drumming that will bring participants into a dream-like guided journey meditation. $15. 800 N Rainbow Blvd, 100, LV. Great Basin Permaculture Monthly – Last Tues. 6-7:30pm. This group educates our community about permaculture in order to promote sustainable food production, water, conservation, energy and more. All are welcome. Green Valley Library, 2797 N Green Valley Pkwy, HD. Law of Attraction: Your Wish Is Your Command – 7-10pm. Learn: four key reasons why most people fail; four key reasons why most people succeed; how to manifest whatever is wanted to be, do, have; how to always feel good now. Free. Summerlin, LV. -YourWishIsYourCommand-LasVegasNV. TruYin – 8:30pm. All fitness levels. TruYin uses principles of traditional Yin adding the therapeutic nature of heat for flexibility to target deep connective tissue, joints and ligaments. Focus is on the skeleton and joints rather than muscular, repetitive effort. Trufusion, 8575 S Eastern Ave, LV. 702-982-2930.

wednesday Flow Fit – 7:30am. A 60 minute bodyweight class that will restore a full range of motion to the joints, lengthen muscles, strengthen connective tissue and fully activate the core. Trufusion, 8575 S Eastern Ave, LV. 702-982-2930. 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. 702-405-9375. Vinyasa Yoga and Sonic Therapy – 7-8:30pm. An all level vinyasa flow class with pranayama and mantra meditation. Learn the secrets of relaxation and explore the practical techniques for a healthy mind, body and soul. Donation based. Govinda's Center, 7181 Dean Martin Dr, LV. 702-434-8332.

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thursday Green Drinks – Second Thurs. Network with other eco-friendly business professionals. Times/locations vary.

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.

Esoteric Tantra Level 1 – 11am-1pm. Ileana Stefanescu teaches a spiritual path of saying “yes” in all aspects of life; a systematic and comprehensive approach to individual fulfillment. $20. Naturally Organic Healing Center, 1171 S Buffalo Dr, 110, LV. 702-433-3874.

TruYin – 8:30pm. All fitness levels. TruYin uses principles of traditional Yin adding the therapeutic nature of heat for flexibility to target deep connective tissue joints and ligaments. Focus is on the skeleton and joints rather than muscular, repetitive effort. Trufusion, 8575 S Eastern Ave, LV. 702-9822930.

Flow Fit – 6-8pm. A 60 minute bodyweight class that will restore a full range of motion to the joints, lengthen muscles, strengthen connective tissue and fully activate the core. Trufusion, 8575 S Eastern Ave, LV. 702-982-2930.


Magic of Femininity with Ileana – 6-8pm. Open to women 18+. Discover that by growing personal feminine aspects one will open the door to an easy, fulfilling personal and spiritual transformation, and to happiness. $20. Naturally Organic Healing Center, 1171 S Buffalo Dr, 110, LV. 702-433-3874. Reversing Diabetes-There Is Hope! – 6pm. Enjoy a free dinner at Havana Grill. Dr. Brown of Ultimate Healing Center discusses how new technology in functional wellness allows most Type II diabetics to get off medications, naturally. RSVP. 8878 S Eastern Ave, 100, LV. 702-871-7004.

Tai Chi Yang Style – 11am-12pm. Tai Chi is whole body exercise. Movement is initiated in the legs, directed by the waist, and manifested in the hands. Guided by Sifu JC. Naturally Organic Healing Center, 1171 S Buffalo Dr, 110, LV. 702-433-3874. Homemade Vegan/Vegetarian Dinners – 6-9pm. Friday is vegan/vegetarian dinner night at Govinda’s. Preparations will consist of vegetable stew, rice or pasta, soup, bread, a dessert and beverage for a donation of $8/plate. Senior/student discounts available. $8. Govinda's Center, 7181 Dean Martin Dr, LV. 702-434-8332.

Akashic Book Study Workshop with Anika Ray – 6:30pm. Explore spirituality and connect with the aspect of being divine in nature, the soul. Workshop is based on the book How to Read the Akashic Records by Linda Howe. $10. Enchanted Forest Reiki Center, 800 N Rainbow, 100, LV. 702948-4999.

Community HU – 6:15-6:45pm. Fourth Fri. Community HU: Open the heart to divine love and experience upliftment, joy, relaxation and spiritual connection with the HU chant every fourth Friday of the month. Free. Pure Health Foods, 7575 W Washington, LV. 702-224-4325.


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saturday Chi Kung, Tai Chi, Tai Chi Fan or Saber, and Push Hands – 9am, 10am, 11-11:30am. $10 per class or $15 for both Chi Kung and Tai Chi (Saturdays only). $5 Tai Chi Fan or Saber. $5 Push Hands. Naturally Organic Healing Center, 1171 S Buffalo Dr, 110, 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. Ashtora Yoga – 4-5pm. Ashtora yoga will be guided by NOHC’s very own Stephanie. Class will begin with an intro to beginner Ashtanga to release, then will finish with gentle restorative yoga and meditation. $10. Naturally Organic Healing Center, 1171 S Buffalo Dr, 110, LV. 702-433-3874. Health Classes – 5-6pm. Join Beverly every week for different health classes such as digestive health and hormone control. $10. Naturally Organic Healing Center, 1171 S Buffalo Dr, 110, LV. 702-4333874. Spiritual Experience Discussions – 6-7pm. Open the mind and heart. Feed the soul during these spiritual discussions. Free. Naturally Organic Healing Center, 1171 S Buffalo Dr, 110, LV. 702-433-3874. TruYin – 7:15pm. All fitness levels. TruYin uses principles of traditional Yin adding the therapeutic nature of heat for flexibility to target deep connective tissue, joints and ligaments. Focus is on the skeleton and joints rather than muscular, repetitive effort. Trufusion, 8575 S Eastern Ave, LV. 702-9822930.

services/classes offered MARRIAGE AND FAMILY THERAPY – Intern $40 therapy sessions. Initial session no-cost (let’s see how we can work together). Caleb: 702-508-9461 ext. 3. NEW HOMES ONLY – Go on a New Home Buying Tour; designed around your needs and desires. Get great incentives and representation. (some conditions apply) Call Today! Robert Blake, Broker, Triple Seven Realty – Call today! Robert Blake, Broker, Triple Seven Realty. 702523-7653. ROOMS FOR RENT IN HEALING ARTS/ WELLNESS SPA – We are looking to create a healing community with no judgement. Reiki, intuitive healing, nutrition, Shaman, chiropractor, esthetician, hypnotherapist, life coach, midwife, Ayurveda, therapist, Chinese medicine or any other healing modality. $225/week. Very nice, large rooms. Call 702-979-8035.


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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.


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Reiki-ShamanicCranial SacralChakra BalancingSound TherapyBars AccessCrystal healers. Plus lots of classes and events such as Reiki Certification, meditations, intuitive studies and much more. Visit our beautiful metaphysical gift shop.  See ad, page 6.

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 15.

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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, #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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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.


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Dr. Robert DeMartino, D.C. 1661 W Horizon Ridge Pkwy, #280, HD 702-643-9900 • Naturally heal degenerative diseases; Parkinson’s, MS, A u t i s m , N e u r o p a t h y, Thyroid Disfunction and more. Relax and heal in a state of the art outpatient treatment facility designed to care for patients on a primary and chronic level. See ad, inside cover.

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Looking for a change in your life? Sick of the same negative patterns? If the answer is “yes”, then it’s time to contact Jeff Renel. Create the change in your life you dream about and deserve. See ad, page 6. .


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wellness Stevie’s Healing Art & Spa 2541 Wigwam Pkwy Henderson, NV 89074 702-979-8035 •

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