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Recently, I attended a library book fair at my local public branch. Even in today’s digital literary culture, I still love the feel of a book (and magazine!) in my hands and the smell of the pages as I turn them. While browsing, I opened the cover of a particular book to read the inside jacket cover, and a note from the Publisher, Mary Ruetten (left) author caught my attention. In a letter to and Managing Editor, Nancy Somera her readers, she expressed her disbelief in the success of her book and referenced a quote, “Do what you don’t think you can do.” This author didn’t believe she could write about, and therefore relive in her mind, the difficult adolescence she experienced, but doing so led to great personal satisfaction and success. With the New Year upon us, many of us make resolutions, although it isn’t something I traditionally do. One year I did resolve, “to be open to change,” and that resolution resulted in a cross-country move. I don’t think I’ve made a New Year’s resolution since. But that quote did get me considering – Should I do something I don’t think I can do? Can I resolve to extend myself beyond the current boundaries I’ve created for myself? Often, we tell ourselves that we can’t, rather than admit to ourselves that we just don’t want to try. Maybe fear keeps us from trying: fear of failure; fear of disappointment from someone we care about; fear of discomfort or pain. It could be a lack of knowledge that keeps us from moving in a new, positive direction and solid intentions disintegrate over time because we don’t know where to start, who to turn to for help or how to remain on the path. If the latter rings true, we are here to help. This New Year, if you find yourself evaluating your personal health and wellness, read this month’s feature article, “Alternative Goes Mainstream,” on page 16, to learn about complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) therapies that holistically heal the body, mind and spirit. Refer to our Community Resource Guide in each issue and online for practitioners in our area who can help educate and guide you toward better health and a more peaceful mind. I’m still pondering the earlier questions and formulating answers before I set any intentions for myself this year. Deepak Chopra reminds us that no social transformation happens in the absence of personal transformation (see interview, page 12). We all have choices about our own health, wellness and happiness. When it comes to making them, I find heeding the following statement helpful: “You have to give up something you want for something you want more.” With honesty comes the clarity that leads to action and results. To inspiring you toward a healthy and happy 2012!

Nancy Somera, Managing Editor

newsbriefs Divas’ Day Out at South Point


ore than 5,000 women are expected to again flock to the South Point Hotel and Casino Exhibit Hall from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., January 28, for Las Vegas’ largest annual women’s event, Divas’ Day Out, showcasing more than 100 businesses onsite with shopping, free prize giveaways and demonstrations. The free event features clothing, jewelry, beauty and health products, weight loss and fitness products, spas and salons, financial information, home and kitchen products, schools and more. Maksim Chrmekovskiy and his brother, Val Chrmekovskiy, professional dancers from ABC’s Dancing With The Stars, will appear from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Cooking and fitness demonstrations and a fashion show provide entertainment throughout the day. Free feather boas and other giveaways will be handed out to the first 1,000 ladies that attend the show. Stop by the Natural Awakenings booth for a chance to win services at Four Seasons Holistic Dental & Med Spa and to pick up your February issue. For more info visit or email Courtney. or See ad, page 31.

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he Conservation District of Southern Nevada (CDSN) is hosting the fifth annual Stormwater Pollution poster contest for fourth and fifth grade students in Clark County, to teach students about water quality. Students valley-wide may enter the contest from January to March for a chance to win an educational field experience to learn about water quality and conversation. Lake Mead provides nearly 90 percent of the drinking water for Las Vegas, and keeping it clean is a priority for area residents. Water runoff from storms and overwatering flows through storm drains untreated to Lake Mead, while leaking motor oil on streets or driveways washes down storm drains and pollutes our drinking water. Students will submit posters depicting how they can help prevent stormwater pollution. Last year, first-place winner Ava Rushford, from Goolsby Elementary School, participated in a field trip with her entire class to Lake Mead, where students learned how to use scientific equipment to measure water clarity. An interview of Rushford aired on the government public access television show, The Flood Channel. Funding for the program is supported by the Nevada Division of Environmental Protection and Subway. For more information on the contest call 702-262-9047 x109, email JClifford@cdsn. org or visit


egin the New Year with a healthy mind and body by participating in the Bikram Yoga Green Valley 30-day Challenge. Students can sign up for the challenge any time between January 1 and 10, and complete 30 classes within 30 days. Those with busy schedules or travel plans can take two classes in one day to complete the challenge. First-time students can try the class for free every Monday, at 3 p.m. The Bikram Beginner’s Yoga Class of 26 postures and two breathing exercises is scientifically designed to work, cleanse and flush every organ and muscle during the 90-minute class. Concentration and focus are required to direct the mind’s attention to the body while performing each posture. With a consistent yoga practice, many students develop an increased awareness of the body’s need for food and naturally begin to eat less, becoming more present during meals. Those who come to yoga for weight loss quickly find that the Bikram series provides a calorie-burning, total body workout. Location: 1550 N. Green Valley Pkwy., Ste. 310, Henderson. For more information and full daily class schedule, call 702463-0671 or visit See ad, page 7. natural awakenings

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newsbriefs Pain-Free Seminar at New Time


inda Perry, of Health in Motion, is offering a free monthly seminar, Pain-Free Electrically, from 12 to 1 p.m., the first Thursday of each month, at The World Wellness Center. The seminar includes a demonstration of the electro-acuscope and myopulse, two electrical stimulation modalities that Perry uses to reduce inflammation and accelerate healing in patients. These modalities use microcurrent electrical stimulation to scan the body’s electrical terrain and detect cellular abnormalities. Unlike the standard millicurrent (TENS) and electro-galvanic stimulation (EGS) modalities familiar to most patients, the acuscope and myopulse generate biofeedback for Perry to analyze and use in selecting the proper treatment protocol for her patients. The treatment Perry administers reopens the tunnel-like structures (ion gates) that control the passage of nutrients inside the cell and waste products outside the cell, enhancing cellular function; most importantly, cellular repair. The results are decreased pain and accelerated healing. Perry is a physical therapist and an electro-toxicologist, certified by the Thorp Institute of Integrated Medicine, who specializes in the application of these modalities. Founder John Thorp is the leading authority on the use of these modalities. Perry has served as the head trainer for the Thorp Institute for six years and uses the modality in her home health and clinical practice in Las Vegas. Location: 3120 S. Valley View, Las Vegas. Call 702-239-1069 to schedule a free consultation. Visit for more information on treatment protocol. See ad, page 18.

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All That Glitters is Not Green


atural Awakenings of Las Vegas belongs to a growing group of local and national magazines actively pursuing the aim of sustainable publishing. Cutting-edge publishers like Mother Jones and Sierra are busting the myth that a high quality magazine must be glossy, by using Earth-friendly papers and processes. “Our local vision aligns with that of our parent company—to become a role model in the industry, to support healthy living both through our content and the way we do business,” says Publisher Mary Ruetten. The magazine uses 90 to 100 percent post-consumer recycled paper and soy-based ink on uncoated stock. “We all pay an environmental price for old-school glossy technology, so going green is the obvious choice,” she says. According to nonprofit Co-Op America, more than 90 percent of printing and writing paper still comes from virgin trees, and magazines combine both softwood and hardwood fibers for strength and flexibility. Glossy paper is made by adding a coating of clay to the surface (that’s why magazines seem so heavy) and the UV treatment required as a sealer uses tremendous amounts of electricity. The paper is also harder to recycle, because it gums up the works and contaminates other, non-coated paper. Even non-coated “brighter” paper is dosed with toxic chemicals to achieve whiteness. Petroleum-based printing inks not only release toxins into the atmosphere, they often use poisonous heavy metals that contaminate our soil and groundwater. Soy-based inks, in use since the 1960s, are our answer. We’re not advising you to actually eat this magazine; we’re just saying that it won’t kill you if you do.

Prenatal Vinyasa Yoga Seminar


egistered Vinyasa and Prenatal Yoga instructor Jennifer Wolfe will lead a teaching seminar from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., from January 15 to 19, at Vegas Hot! Yoga & Pilates. A special three-hour public yoga session, led by Wolfe, will be held from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., January 17, for couples that are preparing for childbirth and want to learn the benefits of yoga during pregnancy, delivery and post-delivery recovery. Wolfe created and leads two best-selling prenatal yoga DVDs: Prenatal Vinyasa Yoga ~ Jennifer Wolfe and Prenatal Vinyasa Yoga ~ Short Forms with Jennifer Wolfe. She is a certified doula, doula trainer and owner of Dolphin Doula, in San Mateo, California. Wolfe has prepared thousands of pregnant women for childbirth and provided doula support in more than 400 births, spending more than 10,000 hours with birthing women. In the seminar, yoga instructors will learn Wolfe’s Prenatal Vinyasa Yoga technique and gain tools to modify poses appropriately in order to incorporate pregnant women into their existing flow classes in a safe and effective manner. Instructors that complete the seminar may receive 40 hours toward their Yoga Alliance certification.

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Louise Hay at You Can Heal Your Life Conference


ay House Publishing, in partnership with Parker Seminars, brings some of the most influential leaders in the self-development and New Thought movement to Las Vegas with the Heal Your Life Conference, from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., January 21, at the Las Vegas Hilton. Louise Hay The iconic Louise L. Hay, best known for her international bestseller, You Can Heal Your Life, will be joined by popular visionary authors and speakers Marianne Williamson, Caroline Myss, Cheryl Richardson and Robert Holden, Ph.D., for a day packed with spiritual and practical wisdom. The conference kicks off with a presentation by Hay and Master Life Coach Cheryl Richardson, who will share the truth of who you really are—an extraordinary being who is capable of far more than you know. In this exciting keynote address, they share the spiritual tools that have shaped their lives and inspired many others. Hay is a metaphysical lecturer and teacher with more than 40 million books sold worldwide. For more than 25 years, Hay has helped people throughout the world discover and implement the full potential of their own creative powers for personal growth and self-healing. She is the founder and chairman of Hay House, Inc., which disseminates books, CDs, DVDs and other products that contribute to the healing of the planet. For more information call 800-654-5126 or visit HayHouse. com. See ad, back cover.

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Get the Wright Smile from the Right Doctor by Nancy Somera


r. Jim Wright, a holistic cosmetic and In the end, they combined the best ideas general dentist, has created a onethat made sense and brought their dream to of-a-kind dental experience at the Las Vegas. Four Seasons Dental & Med Spa with the That was in 2004, and the Wrights and help of his wife, Debby, who oversees the their staff at Four Seasons Dental & Med Spa daily operations of the practice. Their vision continue to bring beautiful and healthy smiles of a holistic dental office where patients to their patients, using the finest grade dental and their families come for safe and healthy materials available. Wright is an accredited dental care in a relaxing, soothing spa member of the International Academy of atmosphere was created by combining their Oral Medicine and Toxicology (IAOMT) and experience in the field of dentistry: his as a he practices IAOMT-recommended clinical trained professional and hers as a patient. protocols, including digital X-rays that reduce While in dental school at Marquette radiation exposure by 90 percent, fluoride-free University, Wright had his own mercury treatments and mercury-free and safe mercury Debby and Jim Wright fillings replaced with composite fillings. “I removal practices. did it for cosmetic reasons only, but then I He uses advanced removal protocols such began to research the health benefits,” Wright says. What he as special suction, a vapor ionizer and agents that bind learned was that amalgam fillings expand and contract with mercury so it won’t get in the system, to eliminate the changes in temperature of the mouth, which explained why mercury-based materials safely. He then replaces them with he would see fracture lines in apparently healthy teeth. harmless, non-mercury fillings. Removing the fillings safely He also learned that amalgam fillings consist of 45 to is crucial, because the vapors and particles can enter the 55 percent metallic mercury, a known neurotoxin, with asbody if extraction is not done properly. Wright’s office also sociated health risks for humans and the environment. This uses a mercury separator, so that no mercury is left behind knowledge helped shape the guiding principle he has folin wastewater that can contaminate the environment. “The lowed ever since; that the health of the patient as a whole, health of our patients, our staff, and our environment are all not just their teeth, is above all, most important. important to us,” explains Wright. In 1998, Debby became a patient of Wright, who was Wright keeps up with the most current technologies, then practicing in Chicago. Getting her into the chair was like the VELscope, which uses light technology to detect not an easy task, however. “I was very fearful, because of early signs of oral cancer, and uses them routinely in his painful childhood experiences at the dentist,” Debby shares. practice. He personally cleans his patients’ teeth so he Wright eventually was able to convince her to replace her can spend that time with them; learning about their health mercury fillings, and her migraine headaches disappeared concerns and goals, not just their teeth. “It’s important to completely. Later, they married, and while still living in me that we are patient-centered always,” Wright says. “If it Chicago, set out to create a new dental experience model. takes 20 or 120 minutes, I will personally do what is best for “We wanted to create an office that patients would love the patient.” to come to,” Wright recalls. “A place that didn’t look, smell Wright plans to continue practicing dentistry for many or sound like a dental office; a place they would actually years and hopes to see the day when mercury is no longer look forward to coming to for holistic dental care.” used in the field. One other goal he would like to achieve Debby adds, “Fifty percent of the population doesn’t throughout his career is to help as many people look youngsee a dentist regularly out of fear and anxiety, so I imagined er and feel better about themselves with a beautiful, healthy a relaxing, soothing atmosphere, similar to a spa.” From a smile. That is what he calls the “Wright Smile.” big-screen television turned into Post-it note idea board, their vision slowly took form. Location: 8855 W. Flamingo Rd. For information on special Wright recalls with humor, “We had thousands of Postoffers call 702-281-9900 or visit its on that screen. We eventually had to stop watching TV!” See ad, page 19.


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Science Confirms Benefits of Herbal Brews


njoy your next cup of herbal tea while toasting to better health. U.S. Department of Agriculture-funded researchers have confirmed the science-based health benefits of three of Americans’ favorite herbal teas. Chamomile tea has long been said to soothe a troubled belly and restless mind. After reviewing scientific literature on the herb’s beneficial bioactivity, the study team published an article in Agricultural Research describing test-tube evidence that the beverage also offers moderate antimicrobial and significant anti-platelet-clumping action. They found that peppermint tea also shows significant antimicrobial, plus antiviral, antioxidant and antitumor actions, and even some antiallergenic potential. After reviewing human clinical trials, the researchers further reported that drinking hibiscus tea lowered blood pressure in a group of pre-hypertensive and mildly hypertensive adults.

Calm Work Stress


eeling psychologically strained or blue at work? A simple, daily B vitamin supplement may be an answer. Australia’s Centre for Human Psychopharmacology, at Swinburne University of Technology, and the National Institute of Complementary Medicine recently partnered in a study assessing the personalities, work demands and mood, anxiety and strain experienced by 60 men and women. Half the group took a nutrient-herb-blend supplement with the full spectrum of B vitamins plus calcium, magnesium and vitamin C, nutrients known to help with the stress response; and passionflower and oats, which also soothe the nervous system. The other half received a placebo. At the end of three months, controlling for differences in personality and work demands, the B-complex treatment group reported significantly lower personal strain. The supplement group also reported decreased feelings of depression/dejection, anger/hostility and tension/anxiety, as well as less fatigue. The placebo group noticed no such changes. It’s wise to talk with a doctor or other health professional before beginning any supplementation program; bottled Bs may interact with certain medications and with each other. B vitamins occur naturally in meat and tuna; whole grains; leafy greens like collards, kale and Swiss chard; lentils and beans; broccoli, Brussels sprouts and cabbage; and potatoes and oranges.

Eat Breakfast to Shed Pounds


es, breakfast is the most important meal of the day, says Heather Leidy, an assistant professor in the University of Missouri’s department of nutrition and exercise physiology. “Everyone knows that eating breakfast is important, but many people still don’t make it a priority.” Leidy’s research shows that a healthy breakfast, especially one high in protein, increases satiety and reduces hunger throughout the day, making it a valuable strategy to control appetite and regulate food intake. Using functional magnetic resonance imaging, she discovered why. Eating a protein-rich breakfast works to reduce the brain signals controlling food motivation and reward-driven eating behavior.

Fasting Is Good for the Heart


ew evidence from cardiac researchers at the Heart Institute at Intermountain Medical Center, in Utah, suggests that routine, periodic fasting is good for our health and specifically, our heart, because it reduces weight and levels of sugar and triglycerides in the blood. The results expand upon a 2007 Intermountain Healthcare study showing a direct association between fasting and a reduced risk of coronary heart failure. The findings were presented at the 2011 annual scientific sessions of the American College of Cardiology, in New Orleans.

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Future Fuels

U.S. Renewable Energy Surpasses Nuclear Beginning in 2011, renewable energy production in the United States surpassed nuclear production in overall quantity and percentage. As a percentage of total U.S. energy generation, renewables are steadily, if modestly, gaining. California’s leadership goal targets the utilization of 33 percent renewable energy sources by 2020. Hydroelectric, geothermal, solar/photovoltaic, wind and biomass combined make up a growing segment of the mix: 11.7 percent as of June 2011, surpassing nuclear at 11.1 percent. For the same period in 2010, nuclear was 11.6 percent, and renewable was 10.6, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. Forbes reports that many environmentalists, however, think that the two prominent technologies that currently make up much of the renewables sector—hydroelectric power, at 35 percent, and biomass, at 48 percent—are the least attractive. (Wind is the third-largest, at 13 percent of renewable, 1.5 percent of the total.) Large-scale hydroelectric power production has harmful impacts on river ecosystems and has become less popular in the developed world. As for biomass, each of the many types of feedstock must be evaluated individually for its emissions profile, water footprint and other considerations, such as whether farm fields or forests need that material to decompose in place in order to retain soil or ecosystem function.


Fishy Business

Something’s Spawning Gender-Bent Fish A French study examining wild gudgeon fish that live directly downstream from a pharmaceutical drug manufacturing plant found that up to 80 percent of them exhibited both male and female traits in their sex organs. Such sex abnormalities indicate endocrine disruption that can foreshadow larger effects on fish populations because of reductions in breeding abilities. Upstream of the plant, only 5 percent of such intersex fish were detected. Excreted pharmaceuticals can enter the environment from sewage treatment plants or the flushing of unwanted or old drugs down the toilet. They also can directly enter waterways via discharge into rivers and streams by drug manufacturing plants. The study is the first to link discharge from a drug plant, rather than a sewage plant, with physical and chemical changes in fish. The inquiry was initiated after fishermen along the Dore River, in France, noticed swollen bellies and abnormal innards in the wild gudgeon fish. Study results were published in the journal Environmental International. More research is needed to identify the types and levels of specific drugs in the water at each site. Source: Environmental

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Medicine Disposal Program: Step 1: Remove your personal information from the prescription container. Step 2: Add water and absorbent material, such as cat litter, sawdust, dirt, salt or flour, to bottles of pills before recapping, to discourage unintended use. Step 3: Tape the lid shut. Step 4: Put the medicine container in

another container, such as an empty margarine tub. Step 5: Double enclose the container in a bag or other waste container to prevent identification of the drug, or to prevent a glass container from breaking. Step 6: Place in the trash. For more information and a list of drop-off locations, visit PainInThe

The Clark County Water Reclamation District has instituted a new Medicine Disposal Program and encourages residents to safely dispose of expired or unused prescription medications. This partnership between the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, the city of Henderson Police Department and the Boulder City Police Department allows residents to anonymously deliver their unwanted medications to secure drop-off boxes located inside local police substations. The common practice of flushing prescription or over-the-counter medications down a sink or toilet is not a safe disposal method. Chemical components of the drugs can enter the local water supply, and research suggests that presence of these chemicals is creating an environmental concern. [See “Fishy Business,” page 10.] A study conducted by the United States Geological Survey found that 80 percent of the 139 streams sampled across 30 states detected low concentrations of chemicals commonly found in prescription drugs. If you are unable to drop off unwanted medications at one of the substations or have a very small amount to dispose of, placing in the garbage is the next safest disposal method, following these steps, provided by the natural awakenings

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What steps can we take to shift human consciousness?

Deepak Chopra Explores Conscious Being by Linda Sechrist


eepak Chopra, founder of the Chopra Foundation and the Chopra Center for Wellbeing, in Carlsbad, California, is a New York Times bestselling author and world-renowned authority in the field of mind-body healing. Regarded by Time Magazine as the “poetprophet of alternative medicine,” he also lectures around the world and hosts Deepak Chopra Radio on

not—conclude that God is an illusion. While not defending God in religious terms, I maintain that God is a way of understanding some extremely crucial things: the source of existence, the reality beyond space-time and the underlying consciousness and creativity of the universe.

When we are personally practicing the divine attitudes

Consciousness is that which makes possible of loving kindness, perception, cognition, emotions, personal joy, compassion and relationships, biology, equanimity, we are biological function, the environment and moving out of our its relationship to us, as well as the universe limited ego. and its relationship to us. Without consciousness, there would be none of this. What is

In War of the Worldviews: Science vs. Spirituality, you and physicist Leonard Mlodinow debate humanity’s most fundamental perennial questions. the crux of this contention?

Overall, my co-author suggests that the universe operates according to laws of physics, while acknowledging that science does not address why the laws exist or how they arise. I maintain that the laws of nature, as well as mathematics, share the same source as human consciousness. He further observes that while science often casts doubt on spiritual beliefs and doctrines insofar as they make representations about the physical world, science does not—and can12

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What is your understanding of consciousness?

Do you feel consciousness and God are one and the same? Yes, God is infinite consciousness that expresses itself as the universe. We are little bubbles of consciousness in the ocean of consciousness. Outside of space-time, Infinite Consciousness expresses itself and gives birth to every form of individual consciousness—the individual observer and the internal process of observation, as well as the objects, which are also experienced within the observer.

No social transformation happens in the absence of personal transformation. Therefore, without worrying about other people, the questions to ask yourself are these: Can I be the change that I want to see in the world? What kind of world do I want to live in and how can I become the agent to create that world for myself? When we are personally practicing the divine attitudes of loving kindness, joy, compassion and equanimity, we are moving out of our limited ego. If we all do this and reach critical mass, it is possible to create a peaceful, just, sustainable and healthy world—but we each have to shift our self to get where we want to go. To make such a radical shift, we must explore the process of waking up, which centers on transcending the maelstrom of everyday thoughts to find the Source of the mind.

How do you define transcendence? There are many levels of transcendence. The most profound is deep meditation, known to alter brain structure and lead to lasting transformation. Transcendence can also happen through deep contemplation, mindfulness, music, poetry, art in any form, dance, falling in love and selfless service. Whenever you experience any quality of pure consciousness, however fleeting, you have transcended the mundane. Pure consciousness, which is the unseen, infinite potential from which everything springs, is centered within itself; silent and peaceful, awake, self-organizing, spontaneous, dynamic, blissful, knowing, whole and encompassing. Despite the infinite diversity of the physical world, at a deeper level, only one process is occurring: Wholeness is moving like a single ocean that holds every wave. You experience this quality when your life makes sense and you feel a part of nature; you are at home simply by being alive. Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings.




by Judith Fertig

Brendan Brazier


o say that Brendan Brazier, a former professional triathlete from Vancouver, Canada, has energy to spare is an understatement. Brazier has turned his vegan Ironman success into a triptych of bestselling books: Thrive, Thrive Fitness and his new cookbook, Thrive Foods: 200 Plant-Based Recipes for Peak Health. He has created the Vega line of whole food products and become an activist for improving the health of people and the planet through food choices. “I discovered that with the perfect combination of the right foods, it was possible to achieve incredible levels of fitness that went far beyond what I could have achieved on a regular diet,” he explains. “The perfect combination for me is a whole food, Earth-friendly plant-based diet. But even small changes—like adding these seven clean, quality super foods to a person’s daily diet—can help decrease body fat, diminish visible signs of aging, boost energy without caffeine or sugar, enhance mood and improve sleep quality.”

Brazier’s Seven Super Foods

n Maca. This root vegetable from South America increases energy by nutrition, not stimulation, advises Brazier, who recommends the gelatinized form for best results and often adds it to a drink

after a workout. n Hemp protein. Rich in omega-3 and omega-4 essential fatty acids, hemp protein powder makes a great base for a smoothie. n Fresh ginger and ground, dried turmeric. These spices help the blood circulate more efficiently, and thus boost energy. Brazier adds them to drinks or smoothies. n Chia. Small, white chia seeds help sustain energy and maintain a feeling of fullness. He enjoys them in a blueberry chia breakfast pudding. n Fresh leafy greens. Brazier believes the consumption of chlorophyll-rich, leafy green vegetables, combined with moderate exercise, is the best way to create a biologically younger body. n Chlorella. This freshwater green algae, taken as a dietary supplement, is best known as a powerful energy enhancer and brain booster. n Green tea. Rich in chlorophyll and antioxidants, green tea causes a slow, steady release of energy over the course of several hours. “Each new year brings fresh resolve to launch healthier habits that lead to fitter bodies, better sleep, increased performance and happier lives,” says Brazier. “Diet is one of the things we have the power to change right now in order to begin to thrive.” Judith Fertig celebrates healthy cooking at

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TheAroma of Wellness by Natural Awakenings staff


n essential oil is an aromatic liquid that is extracted, usually via steam distillation, from shrubs, flowers, trees, roots, bushes and seeds of plant species that have been carefully studied and catalogued through the ages. Stacey Hall, a certified aromatherapy coach in Las Vegas, has devoted herself to the study of these wonderful gifts of nature and their application as a healing modality. This “essence” of the myriad species of plants on this Earth contains a hidden encyclopedia of knowledge that we may use to bring about and maintain health, if we only listen to the wisdom all around us. There are four grades of common and therapeutic-grade essential oils. Synthetic, or nature-identical oils are created in the laboratory and claim the same molecular structure, but not origin, of the original. Extended and altered oils have been processed enough to be applied to the body and are designated as fragrance-grade. Natural organic and certified oils pass oil-standard tests, but content of

therapeutic compounds may vary. These oils focus on growing in a natural, chemical-free environment, but not necessarily on the time of harvest and distillation to maximize potency. Therapeutic-grade essential oils are obtained using rigorous procedures that insure both purity and potency. Cultivars (varieties), soil conditions, harvesting timetables and steam distillation procedures are chosen to give users the full benefit of the healing properties of a particular oil. Essential oils are highly concentrated and far more potent than dried herbs. A large volume of plant material is required to produce a very small amount of a distilled essential oil, which can be from 100 to 10,000 times more concentrated—and more potent—than the herb itself. For example, it takes a half-ton of rose petals to produce 1 pound of oil. Hall states, “Research shows that essential oils have a unique ability to penetrate cell membranes and diffuse throughout the blood and tissues. When topically applied to feet or elsewhere,



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essential oils can travel throughout the body in a matter of minutes.” In addition to centuries-old tradition, recent research at Weber State University, in cooperation with D. Gary Young, indicates that most viruses, fungi and bacteria cannot live in the presence of most essential oils. When essential oils are diffused, they can increase atmospheric oxygen and provide negative ions, which in turn inhibit bacterial growth. Hall adds, “The research suggests that essential oils could play an important role in air purification and neutralizing odors.” She explains further that research has shown essential oils stimulate the secretion of antibodies, neurotransmitters, endorphins, hormones and enzymes. Because of their complexity when distilled properly, essential oils do not disturb the body’s natural balance or homeostasis. Synthetic chemicals, in contrast, usually have only one action and often disrupt the body’s homeostasis. Pure essential oils, by means of their fragrance and unique molecular structure, can directly stimulate the brain’s limbic lobe. Not only can the inhalation of essential oils be used to combat stress and emotional trauma, but it can also stimulate the production of hormones from the hypothalamus, resulting in increased production of thyroid (energy) hormones and other youth and longevity hormones. In one large clinical study, Alan

Hirsch, M.D., used fragrances, including peppermint, to trigger significant weight loss in a large group of patients that had previously been unsuccessful in any type of weight-management program. During the course of the sixmonth study involving more than 3,000 people, average weight loss exceeded 30 pounds. According to Hirsch, some patients had to be dropped from the study to avoid becoming underweight. Hall says, “I’ve found that whether used orally, topically or simply inhaled,

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tary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) in 1992, under the auspices of the National Institutes of Health, to investigate and evaluate promising unconventional medical practices. In the 21st century, it’s been picked up more widely under the concept of integrative medicine, in which conventional medical and more natural therapies are used to complement one another. This encouraging development also reflects current trends among major categories of therapies that take body, mind and spirit into account.

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aven’t we all at some time shifted to more healthy foods, enjoyed a massage, consulted with a chiropractor or naturopath, popped a vitamin C supplement or attended a yoga, Tai chi, qigong or Pilates class? Many of us also meditate regularly and pray for sick friends and relatives. If we’ve engaged in any of these activities, we are among the nearly two-thirds of Americans that use complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) therapies each year. While these approaches to wellness have been practiced for millennia, it’s only been in the past decade or so that they have begun to move from the U.S. alternative fringe into the American mainstream. The widespread use of CAM therapies is due to a confluence of three trends: a growing body of cred-


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ible scientific research that supports their effectiveness; popular demand for these natural, non-invasive and effective therapies; and growing recognition by conventional practitioners that healing is accomplished through holistic treatments that address body, mind and spirit.

Signs of the Times

Today, even the staid American Medical Association recommends a multivitamin supplement for virtually everyone; you can find a yoga class in almost any YMCA or community college; prestigious medical schools have departments of complementary and alternative medicine; and some hospitals are encouraging their staff to become proficient in energy medicine and healing techniques. The U.S. government established the National Center for Complemen-

Understanding Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) requires a dramatic mental shift away from symptomrelated modalities of Western medicine. Here, one’s wellness and illness is based on managing the flow of energy, or chi (pronounced CHEE), through the body. TCM has been used in China and others parts of Asia for 5,000 years. Its core concept requires that the practitioner treat the underlying causes of disease, rather than just the symptoms. TCM has now become foundational in modern thinking as well, prompting an understanding that the entire organism—body, mind and spirit—must be addressed in order for healing to take place. “Homotoxicology is the most exciting trend in TCM today,” says Jonathan Wald, an acupuncture physician and academic dean of East West College of Natural Healing, in Sarasota, Florida. He explains: “It’s a blend of homeopathy, acupuncture and herbal medicine, with allopathic diagnostic techniques.” Homotoxicology (sometimes called biopuncture) applies herbal and homeopathic solution injections at specifically related energy meridian points to relieve various disease conditions or pain and rebalance the body. Another promising development is use of the Ryodaraku machine that measures electrical resistance to identify diseases in their beginning stages, affording early treatment. “I think of Ryodaraku almost as a TCM form of a blood test,” says Wald. “It helps us see what’s going on and we can often correct it with a little electrical stimulation pen.” Today, TCM and Western allo-

pathic medicine are being considered in concert more often as practitioners find practical common ground in hospitals and clinical settings throughout the United States.

Energy Therapies

Current energy therapies comprise a broad range of hands-on healing modalities, ranging from Reiki, Healing Touch and Emotional Freedom Techniques (tapping), to an increasing array of hybrids. The Energy Medicine Institute (, in Ashland, Oregon, notes that energy medicine can employ a variety of noninvasive methods intended to trigger the body’s natural healing powers, working to activate energies that have become weakened, disturbed or unbalanced. According to the institute, flow, balance and harmony can be restored and maintained within an energy system by tapping, massaging, pinching, twisting or connecting specific energy points (known as acupoints) on the skin; tracing or swirling the hand over the skin along specific energy pathways; exercises or postures designed for specific energetic effects; focused use of the mind to alter specific energies; and/or surrounding an area with healing energies (one person’s energies impact another’s). Nicolas Ortner, founder of The Tapping Solution, calls this Emotional Freedom Techniques-based energy modality, “…a combination of ancient Chinese acupressure and modern psychology.” By tapping on meridian points of the body while repeating certain helpful affirmations about health or emotional situations, energetic blockages can be removed, allowing profound physical and emotional changes to take place. Ortner is excited about the growing awareness of self-guided healing through energy modalities, including his technique. “We had 350,000 people at our online Tapping World Summit last year,” he says. “That says something about the need that we are fulfilling.”


Herbalism is widely practiced worldwide to heal body and mind, and

herbs and other plants are sometimes used in spiritual healing. Herbs are commonly prescribed by conventional physicians in Europe. In 1978, the German Commission E published a list of more than 300 herbs, noting research attesting to their safety and effectiveness, as well as possible side effects and drug interactions. The United States has lagged in its acceptance of herbal interventions. Still, Susun Weed, founder of the Wise Woman Center, in Woodstock, New York, and author of four herbal books, including Healing Wise, points out that drug companies have been quick to isolate various herbal medicine components and market them as prescription drugs. “In the ’60s, I discovered that the weeds in my garden were better medicinal plants than the ones I intentionally planted,” recalls Weed. “Back then, there was a general belief

that these alternative systems weren’t ‘real’ medicine.” But it’s more a matter of the Western world catching up with the rest of the world, she notes. “The World Health Organization says that 90 percent of the health care given on this planet is given by women in their own homes, using local plants.” Weed reports that across the United States, attendance at herbal conferences has soared. Herbalism is a big idea whose time has come again, and is now being rewoven into family life. “I call it re-weaving the healing cloak of the ancients,” she says. “This is evolutionary medicine.”


Homeopathy, operating on the principle of “like treats like,” involves the use of highly diluted substances to trigger the body’s natural process of healing. According to The Society of Homeopaths, “A substance which causes symptoms when taken in large doses, can be used in small amounts to treat those same symptoms.” For example, drinking too much coffee can cause sleeplessness and agitation. Thus, when caffeine is made into a homeopathic medicine, it could be used to treat people with these symptoms. Dana Ullman, author of The Homeopathic Revolution and Everybody’s Guide to Homeopathic Medicines, notes that the trend in

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Meditation and Related Therapies

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention note that 90 percent of all

doctor office visits are related to stress. Meditation, breath work, guided imagery and some yoga disciplines are effective ways to slow down the mind, relieve stress and bring body , mind and spirit into balance. More than 1,000 published studies have linked various types of meditation as well as contemplative yoga to changes in metabolism, blood pressure, brain activation, stress relief and pain reduction. Angela Wilson, assistant director of the Institute for Extraordinary Living (IEL), affiliated with the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, in Lenox, Massachusetts, reports burgeoning interest in these therapies. “Doctors have become very interested in any practice that can help people slow down and calm down,” observes Wilson. A 2007 NCCAM study found that 9.4 percent of U.S. adults, more than 20 million people, had practiced meditation in the previous year. Some of the latest IEL research provides scientific proof that Kripalu yoga (often called “meditation in motion”) can act as a buffer, “… helping people to face daily challenges without getting rocked off their feet or off their center,” says Wilson. She is also excited about a recent Massachusetts General Hospital

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Naturopathic medicine, a general system of natural medicine, includes nutrition, herbalism, homeopathy, acupuncture and energy medicine. Its goal is to holistically address the entire organism—body, mind and spirit. In general, naturopathic physicians are those that work to support our innate healing abilities. They universally encourage adoption of lifestyle changes that promote optimal health. In states where naturopathic doctors (ND) are licensed, practitioners are required to graduate from a four-year residential naturopathic medical school and pass a board examination. In states that do not license them, people that successfully complete online courses can call themselves a naturopath. Make sure that any consulting naturopathic doctor has graduated from a residential program approved by the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians ( Carl Hangee-Bauer, current president of the national association and a doctor of naturopa-

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Nutrition comprises the time-tested foundation of health and includes foods and vitamin and mineral supplements, as well as herbs and spices. Importantly, core values about nutrition vary from culture to culture. In the United States, the Standard American Diet (SAD) has been off-track for long enough that it has resulted in a widespread health crisis. The problem is that, contrary to the counsel of nutrition experts, many of us have become heavily dependent upon high-fat, high-sugar, heavily processed foods. The typical American’s diet is severely lacking in recommended vegetables, fruits and whole grains. “The health crisis isn’t limited to the United States,” states Joshua Rosenthal, founder of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, in New York City. “Fast food and processed foods have invaded other traditional cultures, as well. Today’s chronic diseases that plague our own population now constitute a world health crisis.” Rosenthal is encouraged by the growing awareness of healthy eating, as taught by 19,000 graduates of his school, providing services in all 50 states and 82 countries. “We are at the beginning of a revolution,” he says. “By 2020, people will see that the quality of our food affects everything. Awareness and education are at the forefront of this revolution, and movements like ours are among the major catalysts for change.”

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Overall, today’s trends in CAM therapies are positive, hopeful and helpful. Conventional medicine seems to be becoming more open to a broad range of therapies it once peremptorily relegated to the scientific dustbin. New research and long-term evidence proves that many of these non-invasive therapies are effective and can work hand-in-hand with conventional therapies. Individually and in combination, they can result in healings and cures once unimaginable to traditional practitioners. Kathleen Barnes has written 18 books, most of them on natural health and healthy living, and owns the publishing company Take Charge Books. Connect at

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style information sheets, consulting and sharing observations, collaborating in carrying out treatment and cooperating in initial and follow-up examinations. The personal patient/client relationship is generally more intensive than experienced with conventional services. As with any field, it is important to check a practitioner’s credentials and educational background to ensure that he or she is qualified. It’s also vital that each service provider be a good fit for a patient’s needs, personality and circumstances. So much information is available today via the Internet that figuring out the best combination of treatment options can be overwhelming and confusing. Informed, friendly collaboration between practitioner and patient produces the best results in restoring and even expanding overall quality of life. Here are some tips on how patients can serve their own best interests. Take responsibility. Play an active role in improving your own health. Become knowledgeable about options

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foot-deep horizontal or 200-footdeep vertical holes in the yard. They exchange a home’s hot and cold air underground, where the temperature remains relatively stable year-round (between 45 and 75 degrees Fahrenheit). Geothermal heat pumps are three times as efficient as a typical furnace; even the excess, known as “super heat,” can be captured to heat household water. Estimated payback on a geothermal unit is two to 10 years. Solar heat: Solar heat is either active—capturing the sun’s heat by means of solar collectors—or passive—captured via a home feature such as a sunroom with a south-facing wall that vents warm air into the home. For an existing home, an appropriately designed shed or garage can be well suited for a solar collector; otherwise, a shade-free roof space is often the best option. An active solar-heating system can be air- or water-based: the latter requires installation of a water storage Renewable energy solar panels

tank, either in an insulated box outside or beside an existing indoor water tank. The DOE advises that the most economic designs use an active solar heating system to supply 40 to 80 percent of a home’s heating needs. By combining such a system with passive solar design features—such as thermal walls and tile floors—families may need very little supplemental heat other than solar. Wood stoves, pellet stoves and inserts: Traditional fireplaces look cozy, but they can send as much as 300 cubic feet per minute of a home’s precious heated air straight up the chimney. Woodstoves, meanwhile, have come a long way, environmentally speaking. Whether old-fashioned or modern in appearance, a contemporary woodstove can serve as an efficient space heater. Note that materials matter. Steel heats up and cools down quickly;

Save Energy & Lower Heating Bills by Lance Fernandez sing less energy to heat your home in the winter not only saves money, it helps the environment by reducing your carbon footprint. If you’re renting or simply don’t have the budget to renovate, there are ways to reduce energy consumption and get the most out of your present heating system. The most important maintenance tip for any furnace is to change the air filters on a regular basis. When a filter becomes clogged with dust, dirt and debris, your system has to work harder to pull in air, requiring more energy to produce the same amount of heat. Every house is different, so it is difficult to say exactly how often filters should be replaced, but monthly is usually sufficient. The lifespan of an air filter is determined by how often the system runs and the efficiency of the filters. Installing a programmable thermostat also helps conserve energy and keeps you comfortable by automatically adjusting the home’s temperature based on the time of day. Set your thermostat to raise the temperature when it’s needed, like in the morning or before bed, and lower the temperature when you’re out of the house at work. Don’t worry about how much it costs to heat your home back up after it cools down during the day. Studies have shown that the longer you keep your home at a lower temperature during the winter months, the more you’ll save on energy bills. Even when you’re at home, consider wearing a sweater or using a blanket instead of turning up the heat. You can reduce your heating costs by 5 percent just by lowering your thermostat a couple degrees for eight hours. Similarly, turning down the hot water heater setting is another easy way to save energy during the winter months. Keeping the thermostat at 120 degrees instead of 130 to 140 degrees will mark a big improvement in the heating bill. To ensure that your furnace is running as efficiently as possible, have it inspected by a professional once every year. In addition to inspecting your system’s wiring, safety devices, heat exchanger, gas valve, controls and circuit boards, a technician will check the system’s indoor blower motor. A motor that is using more power than it should indicates that it may soon fail. Catching this type of problem early saves power and could also prevent a costly repair bill in the future. Another big tip is to have the attic insulation inspected. Most homeowners don’t think about it or even go into their attics, but this insulation plays a huge role in keeping the home protected from outdoor temperatures and prevents colder air indoors from escaping. Maintaining proper attic insulation and proper venting are two of the most efficient and least expensive ways to conserve energy.

U Energy-efficient fireplace insert soapstone continues to radiate heat long after the fire is out; and cast iron falls somewhere in the middle. Pellet stoves burn rabbit-feed-like pellets of sawdust, wood chips, crop waste and other organic materials. The DOE considers pellet stoves the cleanest solid fuel-burning residential heating appliances; so efficient (78 to 85 percent) that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency exempts them from smoke testing. Pellet stoves can be freestanding, or pellet stove inserts can be fitted to an existing fireplace. With airtight doors, temperature controls and easy loading and cleaning capabilities, fireplace inserts readily turn an energy-wasting fireplace into an efficient home-heating machine. Radiant heat: Radiated heat—distributed through a home’s floors, walls or ceiling panels, as opposed to baseboard panels, steam radiators or forced air systems—is efficient, doesn’t aggravate allergies and can complement a variety of heating systems, including gas- or oil-powered boilers and solar water heaters if it’s a hydronic (liquid) model. With hydronic radiant floors, the most efficient and popular method, heated water flows from the boiler to specialized underlying tubing that is either embedded in concrete or seated between layers of subflooring. One downside: a radiant floor can’t be covered with carpet. But with all that toastiness underfoot, why would anyone want to? Brita Belli is the editor of E-The Environmental Magazine and author of The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Renewable Energy for Your Home.

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how the body heals and stays well using herbs. $10. Herbally Grounded, 4441 W Charleston Blvd, Las Vegas. 558-4372.



Bike Maintenance Basics – 7-8:30pm. Free. Introductory class to help you take care of your bike. REI, 2220 Village Walk Dr, Ste 150, Henderson. 896-7111.

Bikram Yoga Las Vegas: Grand Opening Event – Jan 21-28. All classes are free during grand opening week. Must pre-register. 5031 Wagon Trail Ave, Ste 109, Las Vegas. 442-1871.


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There’s an Herb for That – 11am-12:30pm. Explore how natural medicine can help your body heal itself. Bring your herb questions and health concerns. $5. Herbally Grounded, 4441 W Charleston Blvd, Las Vegas. 558-4372.

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SUNDAY, JANUARY 8 Nutrition and Vitamins: with Dr.Tikva Butler – 2-3pm. Get answers to questions on how vitamins improve health. Free. West Charleston Library, 6301 W Charleston Blvd, Las Vegas. 507-3964.

MONDAY, JANUARY 9 GO! Networking Mixer – 6-8pm. Business networking in the café. Free. Club Sport, 2100 Olympic Ave, Henderson. 216-3239.

SUNDAY, JANUARY 15 Prenatal Vinyasa Yoga Seminar – Jan 15-19. 9am-6pm. Jennifer Wolfe teaches how to offer a complete, safe, and active yoga workout for all three trimesters. Call for price. Vegas Hot! Yoga & Pilates, 5875 S Rainbow Blvd, Las Vegas. 257-8171.

Internal Cleansing – 7-8:30pm. Learn how to cleanse the internal body to increase vitality, energy, and improve digestion. $15. Herbally Grounded, 4441 W Charleston Blvd, Las Vegas. 558-4372.

Yoga/Tea/Chocolate Workshop – 3:30-5:30pm. A sensual yoga experience filled with a closing cup of tea, dipped fruit, & a sampling of chocolates including a vegan selection. $25. Blue Sky Yoga, 107 E Charleston Blvd, Las Vegas. 325-9923.




Work Bee – 10am-1pm. Also see On-Going Tues. Join Great Basin Permaculture in working their garden. Free. Tonopah Community Garden, 715 N Tonopah Drive, Las Vegas. Pet First Aid and CPR Class – 10am-2pm. Learn over 50 actions for survival. Certificate of completion good for two years. $45. Paw Prints Pet Supplies, 1000 N Green Valley Pkwy, Ste 520, Henderson. 558-7297. Healthy, Happy Kids! – 11am-12:30pm. Mother of nine and Master Herbalist, Angela Harris shares her secrets of keeping kids naturally happy and healthy. $15. Herbally Grounded, 4441 W Charleston Blvd, Las Vegas. 558-4372.

Brain Balance Teacher Event – 10-11am. Teachers learn about hemispheric imbalance and how this contributes to educational, social and behavioral challenges of the children. Free. Brain Balance Achievement Centers of Henderson, 11 S Stephanie St, Henderson. 778-9500.

TUESDAY, JANUARY 17 Prenatal Vinyasa Couples Yoga – 4-7pm. Prepare you, your body and your baby for childbirth and postpartum recovery with yoga. $40. Vegas Hot! Yoga & Pilates, 5875 S Rainbow Blvd, Las Vegas. 257-8171.

FRIDAY, JANUARY 20 Ask the Herbalist – 7-8:30pm. Master Herbalist Angela Harris answers health questions and teaches

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You Can Heal Your Life Conference – 9am6pm. Join Louise L. Hay and guest authors for a day packed with inspiration and wisdom. $100 by 12/9, $150 by 1/21. Las Vegas Hilton, 3000 Paradise Road, Las Vegas. See ad, back cover. Hypno-Nutrition Class: EZ Weight Loss Series – 11:15am-12:45pm. Call for topic. $12. Transformations, 1720 Bannie Avenue, Las Vegas. 252-3502.

SUNDAY, JANUARY 22 Claim Your Dreams – 1-3pm. Angela Kay presents hands-on class on taking positive thinking one powerful step further. Free. Must pre-register. W Charleston Library, 6301 W Charleston Blvd, Las Vegas. 507-3964.

TUESDAY, JANUARY 24 Break Through to Slim – 7-8:30pm. Natural tips and energy releasing tricks for lasting weight loss success. $15. Herbally Grounded, 4441 W Charleston Blvd, Las Vegas. 558-4372.

THURSDAY, JANUARY 26 Occupy Your Life…Now! – Jan 26-28. Fast paced workshop that taps into success techniques to increase income, stress less, seek balance and harmony, and achieve more joy. $159. Register: DeniseMichaels. com/Seminar. Use code: NaturalVegas.

FRIDAY, JANUARY 27 Connect to Fitness Conference – 8am-5pm. Jam-packed two days of activities including group exercise demos, interactive presentations and cutting edge lectures. $35 or $60 both days. Professional Fitness Institute, 6375 S Pecos Rd, Ste 119, Las Vegas.

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Madre Tierra Permaculture Conference – Jan 27-29. Second Annual Permaculture Conference. Guest speakers, introduction to permaculture class, film screenings, and a permaculture design and installation project. $125.

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Divas’ Day Out – 10am-4pm. Las Vegas’ largest annual women’s event showcasing more than 100 businesses onsite with shopping, free prize giveaways and demonstrations. Free feather boas and other giveaways to first 1,000 ladies that attend. Free. South Point Hotel and Casino, 9777 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas. DivasDayOutLasVegas. com. See ad, inside back cover.

monday Nia Technique: Joyful Movement Classes – 5-6pm. $5. Northwest Yoga Studio, 7810 W Ann Rd, Las Vegas. 413-5316.


Healing Your Emotional DNA – 2-3:15pm. Interactive afternoon with world renowned speaker Carolyn Cooper on emotional/vibrational modalities effectively healing wounds of the past and present. Free. West Charleston Library, 6301 W Charleston Blvd, Las Vegas. 507-3964. Balance Your Resolutions – 4-6pm. Christine Contini checks your resolution for balance and helps adjust a resolution so that it aligns with your true self. Free. Dahn Yoga, 2381 E Windmill Lane #1, Las Vegas. 885-8358.

SUNDAY, JANUARY 29 Care Giver Lectures - 2-3:30pm. Lou Ruvo Brain Center lectures on the social services, education programs and other resources available to caregivers for loved ones with memory loss. Free. West Charleston Library, 6301 W Charleston Blvd, Las Vegas. 507-3964. Living Food Potluck – 6:30-8pm. Must RSVP. Free. Transformations, 1720 Bannie Avenue, Las Vegas. 252-3502.

TUESDAY, JANUARY 31 Eye Screening – 10am-12pm. Check you current prescription, learn about glaucoma and other eye ailments. Free. Women’s Care Center, 100 N Green Valley Pkwy, Ste 330, Henderson. 616-4900. Great Basin Permaculture: Membership Meeting/ Book Club – 6 -7:30pm. Discuss upcoming events and the next section in One Straw Revolution. Free. Gaia Flowers, 4 E Charleston Blvd, Las Vegas. LVBNM Expo – 6-9pm. Large Vision Business Network Mixer. $10. Suncoast Hotel Casino Grand Ballroom, 9090 Alta Dr, Las Vegas. 639-6964.

plan ahead FEBRUARY 25 JDRF Hope & Health: A Diabetes Symposium – 8am-3pm. Second annual day long diabetes education conference. Free. UNLV Student Union, 4505 S Maryland Pkwy, Las Vegas. 418-3101.

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Break Through to Slim – 11am-12:30pm. See description Jan 24. $15 Class. Herbally Grounded, 4441 W Charleston Blvd, Las Vegas. 558-4372.

daily Bikram Yoga Classes – See website for class schedule and rates. Bikram Yoga Green Valley, 1550 N Green Valley Pkwy, Ste 310, Henderson. 463-0671. Daily Meditation Classes – 4am, 9am, 2pm, 5pm. 1­-hr classes. Chaiya Meditation Monastery, 7925 Virtue Ct, Las Vegas. 456-3838.

weekdays Staying Healthy! Radio Show – Mon-Fri. 8-9am & 5-6pm. Hosted by Jeffrey Burke, ND, MH on KLAV 1230 am. Enrich your knowledge and learn how to stay healthy all year long. Free. 702-731-1230.

sunday fresh52 Farmer’s & Artisan Market – 8:30am2pm. Lively, friendly, open-air market. Free. Sansone Park Place, 9480 S Eastern, Henderson. Botanical Garden Tours at Lake Loews – 9am. Learn interesting details and receive great information while exposing your senses to Loews’ botanical wonderland. Free. Botanical Gardens at Lake Loews, 1605 Lake Las Vegas, Las Vegas. 567-6000. Meditation & Readings Service – 10-10:45am. Commune with God and share spiritual fellowship. Sunday School available for children. Las Vegas Meditation Group, 1555 E Flamingo Rd, Ste 333, Las Vegas. Second Sundays – 10am-6pm. 2nd Sun. Paintings, ceramics, sculptures, meet new friends, coffee and snacks, crafts and more. Free. Dinosaurs & Roses, 6029 W Charleston, Las Vegas. 277-3752. Las Vegas Rosicrucian Order AMORC – 1:302pm. 2nd & 4th Sun. Understand how to apply the Natural Laws of the Universe to your everyday life. Free. Sand Creek Mobile Home Community Club House, 2627 S Lamb Blvd, Las Vegas. 431-5224. Sanha Meeting – 3:30-5:30pm. Vipassana (insight) meditation. New and experienced meditators are equally welcome. Sahara West Library, 9600 W Sahara Ave, Las Vegas. 571-1820.

Yoga & Qigong – 7:45-9:15pm. Multi-level ashtanga yoga class and qigong infuses balancing chi (energy). $10 donation. 107 E Charleston, Las Vegas. 325-9923.

tuesday Work Bee –10am-1pm. 1st & 3rd Tues. Join us at Tonopah Community Garden to work on the Permaculture Demonstration Garden. Free. Tonopah Community Garden, 715 N Tonopah Drive, Las Vegas. Brain Balance Parent Open House – 6-7pm. 2nd & 4th Tues. Learn how our research-driven drug free approach can help your child overcome social, educational or behavioral challenges and achieve unlimited potential. Free. Brain Balance Achievement Centers of Henderson, 11 S Stephanie St, Henderson. 778-9500. Hatha Yoga Group Class – 6-7pm. A yoga class for all levels, combining postures, breathing and relaxation. $10. World Wellness Group, 3120-A S Valley View Blvd, Las Vegas. 338-3309. Transformations Social Party – 6-6:30pm. Socialize and network with like-minded people. Stay for Healing Circle. Snacks, beverages served. Free. Transformations, 1720 Bannie Ave, Las Vegas. 2523502. Inspirational Reiki Healing Circle – 6:30pm. Natural healing through guided meditation. Relax and recharge your mind and body. Suggested donation $5; free to 1st time guests & Reiki practitioners. Transformations, 1720 Bannie Ave, Las Vegas. 2523502.

wednesday The Chi-To-Be! Experience Radio Show – 9am. Learn tips for aligning your intentions to activate your intuition to aCHIeve your greatest goals. Free.

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Health Science Conference Call – 5pm. Get questions answered by scientist Dr. Thomas Brewer. Free. 646-519-5860. Pin: 7123#. Let’s Grow Wings – 6pm. Discussion on synchronicity, is life more than just coincidence, and how does healing really work? The TOTAL Concept, 1415 Arville, Ste 100, Metro Bldg, Las Vegas. 8858358.

thursday Green Drinks – 2nd Thurs. Network with other eco-friendly business professionals. Times/locations vary. Hatha Yoga Group Class – 9-10am. A yoga class for all levels, combining postures, breathing and relaxation. $10. World Wellness Group, 3120-A S Valley View Blvd, Las Vegas. 338-3309. Country Fresh Farmers’ Market: Water Street – 9am-4pm. Free. Events Plaza, 240 Water St, Henderson. 579-9661. ‘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, Las Vegas. Momma’s Milk Circle – 10am-1pm. Support group for nursing moms and babies of up to one year of age hosted by lactation specialists. 6000 S Eastern Ave, Ste 9A, Las Vegas. 795-2500. Pain-Free Electrically – 12-1pm. 1st Thurs. Learn how the electro acusope and myopulse can relieve pain and accelerate healing. Free. World Wellness Group, 3120 S Valley View, 1st Fl, Main Rm, Las Vegas. 239-1069. Hypno-Nutrition Class: EZ Weight Loss Series – 6:30-8pm. Stress, pollution, and poor diet contribute to digestive disorders. Learn how to safely detox your body. $12. Transformations, 1720 Bannie Avenue, Las Vegas. 252-3502. Visualization & Guided Meditation – 7pm. 1st, 2nd & 4th Thurs. Learn how to calm the mind and relax. Get in touch with your breath and focus on the moment. $15 suggested. The TOTAL Concept, 1415 Arville, Ste 100, Las Vegas. 885-8358. Meditation & Readings Service – 7-9pm. Commune with God and share spiritual fellowship. Las Vegas Meditation Group, 1555 E Flamingo Rd, Ste 333, Las Vegas.

friday Aroma Wellness in the Palm of Your Hand Radio Show – 9-10am. Learn how to give yourself the gift of wellness one drop at a time. Free. Chi Kung and Meditation Training Class – 9-11am. Experience different meditation techniques with guided help and instruction. Beginner to advanced welcome. Donations accepted. Lohan Spiritual & Cultural Center, 3844 Schiff Dr, Las Vegas. Country Fresh Farmers’ Market – 10am. Free. Henderson Pavillion, 200 S Green Valley Pkwy, Henderson. 579-9661. First Friday – 6-10pm. Arts festival on 1st Fri each month. Food, drink, art and entertainers. Free. Downtown Arts District, Las Vegas. 384-0092. Visualization & Guided Meditation – 7pm. 3rd Fri. See description Thursday. $15 suggested. The TOTAL Concept, 1415 Arville, Ste 100, Las Vegas. 885-8358.

saturday fresh52 Farmer’s & Artisan Market – 8am-2pm. Lively, friendly, open-air market. Free. Tivoli Village, 302 S Rampart, Las Vegas. 900-2552. fresh52. com. Chi Kung & Tai Chi Classes – 9-11am. Chi Kung (Qigong) is the art of developing internal energy particularly for health and vitality, mind expansion and spiritual cultivation. $10. Rainbow’s End Natural Foods, 1100 E Sahara Ave, Las Vegas. 324-0353. Winter Pruning Classes – 9am-12pm. Learn how to prune fruit trees correctly for high-quality fruit production. Classes begin at 9am and repeat each hour until Noon. $5 donation. Master Gardener Orchard, 7700 Horse Drive, Las Vegas. 257-5532. The 5 Tibetan Rites – 9:30-10:30am. Intro to The 5 Tibetan Rites. RSVP: TransformLasVegas@ $12. Transformations, 1720 Bannie Avenue, Las Vegas. 252-3502. Las Vegas Electric Vehicle Club – 10am-12pm. 2nd Sat. Informative discussion about and display of electric vehicles. Free. Clark County Library, 1401 E Flamingo, Las Vegas. 277-7544.

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