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ging is an adventure. From my teenage years of pimples and proms; my 20s, filled with career building and dating; to my 30s, with birthing babies and the beginnings of gray hair; and finally my 40s, full of hormones and health consciousness, there have been friends that travel with me on my journey. Together, we have read books and beauty magazines, watched daytime TV experts, combed the Internet, attended seminars and workshops and shared our experiences in hope of understanding more about our bodies. Although I have been blessed with overall good health, there were a few bumps in the road that forced me to explore the world of wellness, and through it all I learned that my personal decisions and choices are what determine feeling great or feeling lousy. I have developed a few of my own simple keys to good health: eat good food, drink a lot of water, avoid technology after 9 p.m., go to sleep by 10 and keep my inner terrain happy and balanced. When I eat fresh, local, organic fruits and vegetables, my body is happier. I believe that high-quality, organic, grass-fed meat and wild fish are worth the extra expense. I don’t eat gluten or highly processed grains or foods. I enjoy my new habit of visiting the local farmers’ markets to pick out my produce, herbs, eggs and honey. I eat organic fats, lots of nuts and good quality, high-calorie superfoods. For years I struggled with my weight, but now I maintain it easily, because when I eat well I don’t crave junky carbohydrates and sugar. I firmly believe that we are what we eat, and I don’t want to be fake, fast, cheap or easy! The same can be said for the water I drink. I try to drink filtered tap water, spring or artesian well water or alkalized water. I avoid the highly processed bottled water that in some cases, tests acidic. Experts say that we should drink enough ounces a day to equal at least half our body weight. I try to drink more than that and add citrus juices, apple cider vinegar or fermented herbs to flavor it and enhance the health benefits. My other favorite healthy drinks are coconut water kefir, fermented sparkling beverages and herbal teas. I recently stumbled onto my best personal health secret, which is eating live, fermented food, that introduces healthy prebiotics and probiotics into my system. I believe that if I take care of my inner ecology, my gut health, it will take care of everything else from head to toe. Donna Gates, in a recent blog, shares,“Restoring balance to the inner ecosystem is a little bit like setting a room up for a party. With everything in the right place, guests come and go. Conversation flows smoothly. And everyone has a good time. Try inviting the wrong guests. Offer little food and entertainment. Or welcome guests with an angry hostess—and the party quickly falls apart. Imbalance within your inner ecosystem, such as an overgrowth of bacteria or an inflamed gut wall, can quickly ignite a stress response that the entire body feels.” Our feature article, “Aging Gracefully,” offers even more tips to consider as we enter each new decade of life. Also, in our Healing Ways department, tips for a spring detox will give you a fresh start that is both gentle and natural. Be well and shine, Mary Ruetten, Publisher Natural Awakenings of Las Vegas practices environmental sustainability by using post-consumer recycled paper and soy-based ink on uncoated stock, avoiding the toxic chemicals and huge energy costs of producing shiny, coated paper that is harder to recycle. For more about why we look the way we do, visit

newsbriefs This Summer Can Change A Child’s Life


rain Balance Achievement Centers of Henderson offers alternative programs that combine cognitive, sensory and motor stimulation with diet, nutrition and basic behavior modification to identify and activate networks in the brain that are underactive and immature. By completing activities that target underactive parts of the brain, children with ADHD challenges can achieve more balanced development between the two hemispheres, which facilitates improved functioning. Our right and left sides of the brain are responsible for different mental and physical functions, and they each need to work properly and cooperatively in order for us to function at our best. In children with ADHD and autism, the brain appears to be imbalanced, as the right side of the brain is delayed in comparison with the left side of the brain. These children are often very bright and articulate and generally do well on verbal tests. However, they often struggle socially and have difficulty reading nonverbal cues. Having a child assessed at Brain Balance will help parents understand the sensory, motor and cognitive brain functions that prevent their child from reaching their full potential, as well as embark on a solution to overcome these challenges—drug-free. For more information, call 702-778-9500, email or visit

Spring into Savings with Tips from Southwest Gas


t’s spring cleaning season, so save some green on springtime projects by adding energy-efficient home improvements to the to-do list and follow these simple tips that can help save energy and money: With temperatures rising, spring is the perfect time to check for air leaks around the house. Reducing air leaks by sealing around windows and weatherstripping doors could cut as much as 10 percent from an average household’s monthly energy bill. Installing smart low-flow showerheads is a quick and inexpensive way to reduce carbon footprint. Best of all, the benefits go beyond saving the environment; save money by lowering monthly water and natural gas bills. Most water heaters have a lifespan of 10 to 15 years. When it is time to replace a water heater, consider a new high-efficiency natural gas tankless water heater to maximize savings and reduce energy usage. When replacing old windows, look for the ENERGY STAR label on qualified, high-efficiency windows. They can help save up to 15 percent on cooling costs. Energy-efficient appliances can help lower your home’s energy use by up to 30 percent. Spring into more savings by taking advantage of rebate offers on qualified equipment and measures from Southwest Gas.

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xclusive Senior Errands (ESE) is a non-medical errand service assisting senior citizens ages 55 and up in the Las Vegas Valley and Henderson areas. ESE is fully licensed, bonded and insured. The staff of ESE is fully trained and have several years of caregiving experience. Senior Errands is offering a 50 percent discount for two hours of service. This offer is available on my RJ Deals ( until midnight, May 10. Limit is one per order. Hourly rates include, but are not limited to, such services as appointment drop off/pickup, grocery, gift and holiday shopping, pharmacy drop off/pickup, store returns/exchanges, meal deliveries, including catered food and fine dining pick up/drop off, in-house laundry and light in-house cleaning, travel research and booking, small office administrative tasks, party/special event planning and assistance with community events. Most errands/tasks are typically accomplished within one hour. No long-term commitment is required. For more information, call 702-596-5909, email ESELasVegas@ or visit


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4-H Offers S.T.E.M. Classes in June


lark County Cooperative Extension is conducting 4-H Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (S.T.E.M.) day camps in June, at the Lifelong Learning Center. The first day camp, for ages 7-11, is scheduled from June 11 to 13; the second day camp, for 9-14, is scheduled from June 25 to 27. Both camps include activities in plant and animal sciences, health and nutrition, computer science, aerospace and more. Prior 4-H experience is not required. Activities at each camp vary, but every participant can expect to have fun doing a variety of hands-on activities, such as cooking healthy snacks, viewing and handling desert animals, launching paper rockets, exploring desert plant life, playing cooperative games and using computer programs. 4-H is an organization that primarily focuses on youth development. Kids involved in 4-H learn leadership, citizenship, technical skills and life skills through active participation in events, projects and community service. Cost is $90 per person per session and includes daily lunch and activities. Sibling registration is $60 per person per session. Location: 8050 Paradise Rd., (at I-215 and Windmill Ln.), Las Vegas. For more information about 4-H or the day camp, contact Mary Regan at 702-257-5524 or email ReganM@

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n evening of healing sound vibration is the focus of a 90-minute Sound Healing Concert to be performed from 7 to 8:30 p.m., May 11, at Namaste Yoga Studio, in Las Vegas. A pre-concert dinner is available. Jon Reinschreiber will use myriad Jon Reinschreiber instruments to demonstrate his healing work, which is a carefully crafted blend of traditional healing styles, learned while working with indigenous shamans and sound healers from 12 countries on five continents. These healing sessions induce a tranquil, meditative state that promotes healing, reduces stress and disease and infuses a sense of relaxation and well-being. Tibetan singing bowls, crystal singing bowls, Chinese wind gongs, Javanese temple gongs, bells, whistles, flutes, drums, rattles, shakers and a few rare and very esoteric ancient, traditional shamanic healing instruments such as bird quill pan pipes, Peruvian Chimu water whistles and reproductions of 3,000-year-old Peruvian flutes will create a harmonic field that can restore the body’s natural vibratory resonance and restore it to vibrant natural health.

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An Inspiring Evening for a Noble Cause


he Purple W.I.N.G.S. (Women Inspiring Noble Girls Successfully) second annual fundraising dinner will be held May 4, at The Terrace, in Henderson, with the theme of Dancing Around the World. Cocktail hour is from 6 to 7 p.m., followed by an elegant sit-down dinner, exotic cultural performances, live music and a silent auction until 11 p.m. The group will honor the Honorable Stephen Compan, hearing master as their first Community Champion. The emcee is Stefanie Jay, co-anchor of Fox5 News This Morning. All proceeds go toward furthering the mission of helping domestic minor sex-trafficked victims and at-risk girls to become productive, outstanding citizens. Cost is $60 per person, formal attire required. Tickets are available by calling 702-271-1105 or at 2ndPurpleWings Location: 1361 W. Warm Springs Rd., Henderson. Sponsorships are available. Contact Stephanie Lane at to advertise in the program. natural awakenings

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kudos National Charity League (NCL), Inc., Green Valley Chapter members contributed 19,806.65 volunteer hours to the Green Valley and Henderson communities between April 1, 2012 and March 31, 2013. Through the NCL, mothers and daughters join together and work to foster a sense of community responsibility and strengthen the motherdaughter relationship. Daughters participate in a six-year program of philanthropic work, educational activities and cultural events. The Green Valley National Charity League serves 32 local philanthropies, including Candlelighters for Childhood Cancer, HopeLink, My Very Own Dreams and Spread the Word Nevada. For more information, visit

Every Saturday, Body Heat Hot Pilates & Yoga, Las Vegas, teaches yoga at The Shade Tree (, a homeless shelter for abused and homeless women and children. In addition, owner Karly Urata and her management team serve on the board of directors for The Shade Tree and are organizing the 11th Annual Friends of The Shade Tree Glamorous Girls Night Out ( to be held at 6:30 p.m., May 16, at The Act at Palazzo. Last year this community event raised more than $150,000. Body Heat Hot Pilates & Yoga is located at 8876 S. Eastern Ave., Ste. 106, Las Vegas. Call 720-432-0028 or visit See ad, page 11. Las Vegas Cyclery, has been awarded the Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum certification, the highest environmental rating possible. Owners Jared and Heather Fisher invested $2.8 million to open a state-of-the-art, energy-efficient building in Summerlin. The facility is the only one of its kind in Las Vegas, completely powered by the sun and wind and made with recycled and locally produced materials. The building includes 208 solar panels, one of the valley’s few vertical wind turbines and store-powered, occupancy-sensor lighting. The structure is a “net-zero” green building, generating 3 percent more power than it is expected to consume during a year. Location: 10575 Discovery Dr., Las Vegas. For more information, call 702-5962953 or visit


he way you think, the way you behave, the way you eat, can influence your life by 30 to 50 years. ~Deepak Chopra


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Cottonwood Cove Resort and Marina, on Lake Mohave, has become the world’s first floating green building to receive the prestigious Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). Spearheaded by the National Park Service and Forever Resorts, LLC, the marina building opened in June 2011, serving as the marina’s operations office. From decking made of rice hulls to exterior stucco made of recycled tires, the marina was lauded for its use of green materials and features sustainable modular construction and state-of-theart, energy-efficient and environmentally responsible materials and fixtures. Use of low or no-volatile organic compound materials, paints and adhesives improve the overall indoor air quality. For more information, visit Joe Johnson, one of Nevada’s most beloved and influential conservationists, was honored last month at the Nevada Conservation League (NLC) second annual NorthJoe Johnson ern Nevada Green Tie event, in Carson City. Johnson is a former state assemblyman and a lobbyist for the Sierra Club, he is a great friend to the environmental community and an invaluable mentor to NCL. An early advocate for renewable energy, Johnson has been an integral part of many groundbreaking environmental laws. He was also influential in creating important environmental protections for some of Nevada’s most treasured places, including Red Rock NCA and Lake Tahoe. For more information about the Nevada Conservation League’s Green Tie event, visit

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e all want to age with health and vitality, and now scientists have found the biological breakthrough that sheds light on the process of aging and longevity: telomeres. In a human cell, a telomere is formed at both ends of every DNA strand. Similar to the aglets at the ends of shoelaces, telomeres prevent chromosomes from becoming frayed. Based on numerous human studies, it is evident that oxidative stress on telomeres causes premature aging. Antioxidants found in Product B Antioxidants plus Telomere Support are the best tools to aggressively fight the battle against aging. As part of a body’s normal aging process, each time a cell divides, the telomeres in DNA get shorter. Exposure to toxins, poor diet, chronic stress and inadequate sleep cause telomeres to shorten more rapidly. Without proper antioxidant support, the body’s DNA is unable to divide and reproduce and simply dies. This instability in the body leads to tissue breakdown, potentially leading to premature aging. A key combination of antioxidants is needed to reduce the effects of additional stress on telomeres. Certain natural compounds found in Product B’s Proprietary Formula have been shown to positively influence mechanisms that provide optimal telomere support. The health of the body’s DNA telomeres could mean living a longer life to its fullest, with a feeling of youthful health and vibrancy. For more information on how to get started on Product B, contact Linda Perry, Isagenix distributor, at 702-239-1069.

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Fewer Scans May Lower Breast Cancer Risk


hile screening for breast cancer is important, women should avoid unnecessary medical imaging, according to a recent report issued by the Institute of Medicine (IOM) which identified two factors that increased the risk for the disease: post-menopausal hormone replacement therapy and radiation exposure from medical imaging. Physician Rebecca Smith-Bindman, a professor of radiology and biomedical imaging, epidemiology and biostatistics at the University of California-San Francisco, who contributed to the IOM report, notes that CT scans and other forms of medical imaging have revolutionized medicine and can be lifesaving. However, she recommends that women engage their doctors in the decision-making process and discuss the necessity and safety of all potential radiological scans. To understand the risks and benefits, it’s suggested women ask their doctor: “Is this scan absolutely essential? Is it necessary to do it now? Are there other, alternative tests [such as thermography]? How can I be sure the test will be done in the safest way possible? Will having the scan information change the management of my disease? Can I wait until after seeing a specialist before getting the scan?”

Working Out Hot Flashes


ne of the most common and uncomfortable symptoms of menopause may respond positively to a simple, no-cost measure. Health researchers at Penn State report that menopausal women that exercise may experience fewer hot flashes in the 24 hours following physical activity. In this first-time study of objective versus subjective, or self-reported, hot flashes, the Pennsylvania researchers studied 92 menopausal women for 15 days.

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Healthy Lifestyle for Preconception Couples by Dr. Eva Littman, M.D., FACOG


ouples desiring to conceive should start by paying close attention to the state of their generalized health. Several studies have demonstrated that there is a direct relationship between body mass index (BMI) and infertility. Higher BMI correlates with a lower fertility rate. Therefore, keeping the body weight within normal limits is important. Also, eating a diet low in carbohydrates is key, because the number of fat cells in the body can alter the hormonal milieu, causing irregular menses, lack of ovulation and infertility. For men, having increased body mass causes heat around the testicles, which can result in abnormal semen parameters. Another consideration is improving the amount of antioxidants in the diet. A high-antioxidant diet with supplementation of fruits such as blueberries, raspberries and pomegranate results increases total antioxidant levels. Antioxidants play a key role in reducing tissue damage and maintaining tissue integrity, thus egg and sperm quality tend to be better in people that partake in a high-antioxidant regimen. Exercise has not been correlated with direct positive results in fertility, but staying away from toxins such as cigarette smoke, alcohol and caffeine always helps improve the fertility status. Dr. Littman is the practice director of Red Rock Fertility Center, Las Vegas.

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Pleasing Aromas Harbor Hidden Dangers A special aroma may be pleasing to the senses and psyche, but some perfume fragrances contain dangerous synthetic and toxic ingredients that can enter the body through the skin and lungs. Scientists at the Hospital General Universitario de Valencia, in Spain, found that about one in every 10 people will consequently suffer allergic reactions that include itchy, scaly, discolored, painful skin and asthma attacks. The European Union Scientific Committee on Cosmetic and Non-Food Products warns against their damage to the immune and endocrine systems, and Greenpeace cautions that the harmful ingredients can enter ecosystems. Consumers should check labels and avoid sulfates, phthalates, parabens, neomycin, galaxolide, limonene, linalool, bacitracin, cobalt chloride, tolu balsam (myroxylon pereirae), petrochemicals and propylene glycol, as well as anything referred to as “synthetic” or “artificial” fragrance. Instead, the Natural Perfumers Guild (NPG) promotes plant-based raw materials such as herbs, flowers, spices, leaves, bark and seeds; minerals, such as amber; essential oils; and tincture of vanilla. However, even excessive concentrations of natural ingredients like tea tree, lavender and citrus peel oils may trigger allergic reactions, according to the Environmental Working Group. Moderation is suggested. Look for makers that are members of the NPG or carry the Natural Products Association seal or organic certification by the U.S. Department of Agriculture or nonprofit NSF International. Learn more at or


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globalbriefs News and resources to inspire concerned citizens to work together in building a healthier, stronger society that benefits all.

Honoring Veterans

Helping Troops Return Home to Meaningful Work Colin and Karen Archipley, owners of Archi’s Acres, in Escondido, California, daily honor contributions by America’s armed forces by helping combat vets return home to a fresh start doing meaningful work through their Veterans Sustainable Agriculture Training (VSAT) program. Established in 2007, they can now list 160 ongoing agribusinesses nationwide led by program graduates. “This instills confidence in the veterans as together, we tap into their abilities to adapt and overcome, to take on a challenge and to know themselves and seek improvement,” says Colin, who served with the Marine Corps. This year, the couple is expanding the program by launching 10 one-acre certified-organic hydroponic greenhouses as incubators sparking future VSAT-graduate businesses. For more information, call 800-933-5234, email or visit

Pill Chill

Birth Control Meds Foul Global Waters After ethinylestradiol (EE2), the active ingredient in most birth control pills, has done its duty in preventing pregnancy, it can begin a second life as a pollutant that harms wildlife, creating “intersex” fish and amphibians, and is difficult and costly to remove from wastewater streams that carry it into natural waterways. EE2 is only one of many synthetic hormones that humans excrete into wastewater. The European Union wants to upgrade 1,360 wastewater treatment plants to utilize necessary charcoal-filtering technology to tackle EE2 contamination across England and Wales. Meeting proposed limits will require expenditures of $41 billion to $47 billion, according to Richard Owen, a professor at the University of Exeter, in the UK. In the journal Nature, Owen and Susan Jobling, Ph.D., an ecotoxicologist at London’s Brunel University, write that more public debate on EE2 regulation is needed. “Animals are exquisitely sensitive to it,” observes Jobling. Owen queries: “Are we willing to pay this cost as a society or would we prefer to live with the environmental impact?” Source:

Nearing Equality

Gender Pay Gap is Eroding Recent U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data shows that women now earn 82 percent as much as men, up from 64 percent in 1980. This latest figure represents median annual earnings for full-time, year-round workers, including self-employed, but not seasonal workers. Progress has also been made in gender segregation within the labor market, with many previously maledominated fields including law, banking, medicine and civil service jobs such as bus drivers and mail carriers opening up to women. In 2012, President Obama cited his signing of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act as a second-term issue for addressing gender discrimination.


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Our May Baby of the Month.


Photographer: Meghan Poort

Hudson’s Story Hudson’s parents had tried for more than two years to conceive, but suffered from slight male factor infertility and advanced maternal age over 40. They went through three injectable intrauterine insemination cycles and an unsuccessful in vitro fertilization (IVF) attempt, but did not give up. After trying IVF again, they conceived this beautiful blossom. It just reconfirms that with a little hope and an amazing team of doctors and nurses that good things come to those who wait! Congratulations to Hudson, our May Baby of the Month!

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Bicycling is fun, safe and easier and faster than any other mode of transportation. It saves me money, makes me healthy and above all else, brings me joy every day. ~ Elly Blue

A Passion for Pedaling

Hop on a Bike and Go Lean and Green by Debra Melani

Trading in the car keys for more two-wheeled time could curb many of society’s woes, from spiraling healthcare costs to deepening carbon footprints. Yet, the main reason many bicyclists love going for a spin is that it yields a greater sense of well-being and contributes to a healthier, more rewarding life.


Strobel, 34, who gained Two-thirds of American know it sounds national attention with crazy to say that women think their her husband when they bicycling is a simplified their lives by silver bullet for all community would be building a 128-squareof these things, but I a better place to live if foot house. Cycling to think it is,” says Elly work and to run errands Blue, 34, author of riding a bike were safer was “a huge” piece of the recently released and more comfortable. their transformation, book, Everyday Bicyeven after the couple cling: How to Ride a ~ Princeton Survey Research hauled their tiny abode Bike for TransportaAssociates poll from Portland, Oregon, tion. Blue’s life was (where Blue also retransformed when she made a bicycle part of her daily world; so sides) to a cattle ranch in California. According to the U.S. Census much so that she now dedicates her writBureau, the number of Americans that ing career largely to the subject.

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generally bike to work grew by 43 percent between 2000 and 2008, a statistic

that doesn’t surprise Blue. She first tried bike commuting after growing weary of relying on the bus system. “I got hooked on just how good it felt. It’s like flying.” Blue soon found that cycling was also a faster way to commute, restoring control of her schedule, reducing stress and boosting her happiness. Strobel, who adds that enjoying nature and increasing daily exercise are also cycling benefits, says it’s bolstered her happiness and quality of life. “I don’t have to spend time going to the gym,” explains the freelance writer and photographer. “I’m getting my exercise on my bike. I feel healthier and in better shape now.” Several studies show dramatic health benefits for bike commuters. The Archives of Internal Medicine reported that when University of Copenhagen researchers analyzed mortality from all causes in 13,445 women and 17,441 men, they found that non-bike commuters, even those otherwise physically active, had a 39 percent higher mortality rate during the 14-year study period than those that biked to work. In another study, researchers followed 67,143 women in Shanghai (of whom more than 75 percent cycled) and found those that used bikes had a 20 to 50 percent lower risk of earlier mortality than their non-regularly exercising counterparts. They also boasted reduced rates of diabetes, cancer and cardiovascular disease (American Journal of Epidemiology). Studies published in the Journal of Physical Activity and Health further found that countries with higher numbers of biking or walking commuters have lower obesity rates. Cycling boons transcend health

benefits, expanding social circles for example, Blue and Strobel agree. “I was introduced to a whole new community,” Strobel recalls of her time in Portland with new cycling friends that she joined for group rides and camping trips. Blue suggests finding fellow cyclists by seeking riding groups online or participating in charity rides. She observes that cycling can instill a greater sense of community, because it’s easier to stop and interact with others.

Across the country, women are shattering previous stereotypes and stepping up to design cutting-edge infrastructure, launch innovative advocacy campaigns and take the lead in the bike industry. ~ Carolyn Szczepanski, League of American Bicyclists, Women Bike 2013 Forum

Riders’ Remedy Anti-Chafing Salve

by Jamie Schab, LMT


hafing is common skin irritation experienced by runners, cyclists and other athletes due to the repetitive rubbing of the skin against clothing or the body. Aloe vera helps alleviate redness, burning and itching, and is also good for sunburns. Shea butter and coconut oil form a breathable, water-resistant film, moisturizing and protecting skin from harmful ultraviolet solar rays. Calendula oil is gentle, cooling and soothing, and assists in healing dry and damaged skin. Tea tree and sandalwood oil contain natural antimicrobial, antifungal and antiseptic properties. Ingredients 1 Tbsp of aloe vera extract 2 Tbsp 100 percent pure unrefined Shea butter 1 Tbsp pure unrefined coconut oil Dash calendula oil Sandalwood oil (as needed) Tea tree oil (as needed Directions In a small Mason jar or medium-sized tin, combine aloe, Shea butter and coconut oil. Add a dash of calendula oil and a few drops of sandalwood or tea tree essential oil. Mix all ingredients together and store with lid tight. Jamie Schab is a licensed massage therapist and the owner of LV Healer Massage Therapy, in Las Vegas. She combines 12 years experience with massage and bodywork and training in Baptiste Power Vinyasa Yoga to create sessions that are customized for each individual. Her office is also a facility for workshops centered on yoga, massage therapy and art. For more information, visit

Cycling also makes people greener and leaner. It reduces gas and car maintenance costs, while keeping polluting vehicles off the road, observes Strobel, who cleared college and other debt by making her life transformation. “There are just so many benefits to bicycling, and they are all really big things that contribute to the quality of life,” advises Strobel. “It feels so good to be on my bike and just slow down. In my old life, I was moving at such a fast pace that I didn’t even notice the change of seasons. With cycling, you notice everything.” For biking and other life-simplifying tips, follow both women on their blogs: Blue at and Strobel at archives. Find equipment specifically designed for women by industry pioneer Georgena Terry at Freelance journalist Debra Melani writes about health care and fitness from Lyons, CO. Connect at Debra or natural awakenings

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Aging Gracefully It’s No Mystery: We Now Know How by Kathleen Barnes


ost of us like to think that we’ll be vibrant, energetic, smart and yes, gorgeous, until the end of our lives. This isn’t an unattainable fantasy—even if past poor lifestyle choices may have tarnished some muchanticipated Golden Years. Fortunately, it’s never too late (or too early) to make key small changes that will immediately and profoundly influence our ability to live long and healthy lives. Experts recommend that a handful of simple, scientifically validated health strategies will help us age gracefully and beautifully. “Most of us are living longer, but not necessarily better,” advises Dr. Arlene Noodleman, medical co-director of Age Defy Dermatology and Wellness, in Campbell, California. “Many people face decades of chronic debilitating disease, but you can minimize or even eliminate that period of life and maximize health. It’s all about your lifestyle.”

Rules to Live By

Whether the goal is disease prevention, retaining a sharp mind, weight control, balancing hormones, maintaining good posture or supporting glowing skin, all the experts Natural Awakenings asked agree on a core strategy that can extend life and improve its quality in later years: Take a walk. Or, undertake another enjoyable form of outdoor exercise for about 30 minutes a day. Greet the sun. Exposing bare skin to sunlight for 15 minutes three times a week allows natural produc16

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tion of vitamin D. Researchers at Boston University, Harvard University and others attest that sufficient doses of the vitamin help prevent cancer, heart disease, diabetes, depression, obesity, osteoporosis and osteoarthritis, relieve menopausal symptoms and support longevity. Drink plenty of water. Hydration is key to cell health and overall proper body functions. Aim for consuming one ounce of water every day for every two pounds of body weight. Eat a healthy diet. This means lots of vegetables and fish, some lean meats and poultry and moderate amounts of fruits and grains for weight control; abundant antioxidants to prevent deterioration that leads to chronic disease; and vital nutrients to support and extend life. Avoid sugars in all forms, simple carbohydrates, processed foods and for many, wheat and wheat gluten, especially for those with excess abdominal fat. Get a good night’s sleep. Eight hours is more than beauty sleep. Studies consistently report that it’s essential for energy and the prevention of a host of diseases, including obesity, diabetes, heart disease and cancer (Nurses’ Health Study; plus UK research in Diabetes Care, the European Heart Journal and British Journal of Cancer). Regular turning in and waking times, plus sleeping in a dark room, are important to optimize melatonin production; it is not true that we need less sleep as we age. Use the right supplements. Take a high-quality multivitamin every day, preferably an organic product based on whole foods for optimum nutrition. Fish oil is also essential for nearly everyone for heart, brain and joint health. Vitamin D is critical, especially in the winter months and for darkerskinned people that need greater sun exposure to manufacture it. Also add curcumin; according to numerous clinical studies, including those from Baylor University and the University of California-Los Angeles, it can help prevent and even reverse cancer, Alzheimer’s, osteoarthritis, skin diseases and digestive disorders.

Prevent Dementia

Caregivers for parents or other relatives with Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia are often concerned about ex-

periencing such regression themselves. “There is some evidence that a tendency to memory loss can be inherited, but in any case, there are things you can do to prevent and even possibly reverse memory loss,” counsels Noodleman. Reducing stress is the best way to keep a sharp mind, she says. “Chronic stress inhibits the cerebral cortex (the brain’s gray matter, responsible for higher mind function, including memory), resulting in a lack of judgment and other impaired brain function. So, manage stress and memory function will improve.” Deep breathing and increased oxygenation of the blood helps relieve stress and deliver nutrients to brain cells. Practicing yoga postures like the shoulder stand and headstand, or exercises using an inversion table, for just a few minutes a day can improve circulation to the brain and may help keep brain cells intact. “It’s important to keep brain cells healthy and alive by keeping blood sugars and blood pressure under control,” urges Doctor of Osteopathy Lisa Ganghu, an internal medicine specialist and clinical assistant professor at New York University’s Langone Medical Center, in New York City. High blood pressure and diabetes are risk factors for strokes and mini-strokes that result in brain cell impairment, she says, adding, “Some research even suggests that caffeine may improve memory and focus.” “Use it or lose it,” concludes Dr.

Jacob Teitelbaum, an integrative medical authority from Kona, Hawaii, and author of Real Cause, Real Cure. Extensive research shows that challenging the brain with puzzles and language courses, having an active social life and getting regular exercise are all related to maintaining optimum brain health. “People who age gracefully are physically and mentally active,” adds Noodleman.

Prevent Disease

A proper diet is a good place to start to take control. Ganghu recommends largely plant-based diets, like the Mediterranean, to keep common repercussions of aging at bay. Teitelbaum contravenes traditional medicine’s stance and says that most people don’t need to worry about salt intake, even if they suffer from high blood pressure, noting, “Research shows that people that follow the national guidelines for salt intake tend to die younger. Instead, it’s important to keep magnesium and potassium levels up by adding 200 milligrams of magnesium and 500 milligrams of potassium to your supplement regimen every day.” To prevent and control diabetes, Teitelbaum emphasizes, “Avoid sugar; it causes premature cell aging that affects all body systems.” He explains that excess sugar and its byproducts age and stiffen cells. Dozens of studies directly link sugar and aging, including a PLoS

Genetics study from the University of Montreal. (Also see GlycationExplained.) Reproducing cancer cells typically don’t die as other cells in the human body are programmed to. Recent research by Baylor University and others based on the Human Genome Project strongly suggests that curcumin taken as a dietary supplement (400 mg a day or more) can persuade cancer cells to commit suicide and stop their wild and potentially fatal reproduction. Ganghu further recommends limiting exposure to environmental toxins from sources such as common garden and household chemicals and agricultural spraying (choose organic for safety).

Weight Control

A large body of research from institutions such as the National Institute on Aging and the International Longevity Center shows that avoiding obesity and managing weight is paramount for longevity, as well as for preventing many of the diseases associated with aging. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that people with a body mass index (BMI) over 35 are at an 18 percent higher risk of earlier death from all causes than those that maintain a normal body weight (BMI of 25 or under). Hormones can be a factor in weight gain for perimenopausal and menopausal women, says Ganghu, so it is important to be tested. She also

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notes, “A loss of muscle mass due to aging can affect weight because muscle tissue is metabolically more active than fat tissue, creating a vicious circle.” She recommends strength training to improve muscle strength and mass. Typically, two 20-minute sessions a week with moderate weights are enough to create “Michelle Obama arms,” says Kathy Smith of Park City, Utah, a DVD fitness entrepreneur and a spokesperson for the International Council on Active Aging.

Good Posture

“We spend a lot of time driving, working on computers and other activities with our arms in front of us. This causes chest muscles to contract and become tight as we age, drawing the head forward and rounding the spine, which produces a pronounced slouch,” says Smith, author of Feed Muscle, Shrink Fat Diet. Bending, stretching and strength training strengthens the shoulder and back muscles that help us stay upright. Smith recommends a “walking desk”, essentially a treadmill with a board across the arms where a laptop can rest, and

the user walks at only one to two miles per hour. “You’re moving, not sitting, and that is really important,” says Smith. Yoga postures like the cobra and the bow are also helpful, as are visits to a chiropractor or other structural therapist.

Healthy Skin

“Your skin is a roadmap of your overall health,” says Dr. Rick Noodleman, a dermatologist who practices anti-aging medicine in California’s Silicon Valley with his wife. He explains that skin aging is caused by the three D’s: deflation, descent and deterioration. All of them can be reversed. Deflation is the loss of volume and moisture, which can be offset by proper internal hydration, healthy nu-

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trition and good moisturizers. “People can make new collagen well into their 80s and even 90s,” he says. Deterioration is the loss of skin tone and elasticity that can accompany stress, poor diet and lack of exercise. Noodleman recommends regular exfoliation of skin on the face (an economical home facial with baking soda and water or eggs is high on his list) and dry brushing the whole body. He also notes that new laser treatments, acupressure facelifts and other spa treatments can help temporarily minimize wrinkles and bring back a youthful glow. It’s not hard to be vibrant, healthy and energetic at any age if one is living a healthy lifestyle. “I feel like I am 30. I expect to feel that way for the rest of my life,” says the 60-something Teitelbaum. “Of course, I’m not at the beach in a Speedo,” he quips. “Who wants to look 20? There is also a certain beauty in age.” Kathleen Barnes is a freelance writer, book author and blogger. Her most recent title is 10 Best Ways to Manage Stress. Learn more at

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the areas with the most obsolete stuff and the least sentimental attachments. “The first one is the hardest, but you’ll probably find a lot of opened space if you can get through a few areas; then there is a cascading effect as you move forward.”

I know I have too much stuff, but it all has sentimental value. Morgenstern recommends using

tools to manage memories, such as photographing an object that represents a person, and then using that photo as a contact icon on your phone. She suggests considering, “Is this the best representation of that person or time of my life, or just another example?”

Clutter-Taming Tips Save Time, Money and Sanity by April Thompson

Labels abound: pack rat, clutter bug and hoarder. Just the thought of confessing that our clutter needs conquering can inspire shame, anxiety and dread. It helps to remember that it’s human to accumulate, divine to purge.


e’re hardwired to be hunters and gatherers and feather our nests, but you have to consider the life energy you spend maintaining all those things. The trade-off is often huge,” says home organizing expert Barbara Tako, of Minneapolis, Minnesota, author of Clutter Clearing Choices. Seventy percent of Americans feel buried under their clutter and can’t decide what to give up, according to an online poll by award-winning organizer Julie Morgenstern, of New York City. She has found that while the clutter may be physical, the process of shedding it is 80 percent mental. “Decluttering is identifying what is obsolete in your life and releasing it to make room to move forward,” advises the author of Shed your Stuff, Change your Life. “Ask yourself, what am I clearing space for—more family time, a social life or inner peace?” That higher goal is a touchstone for what to keep and what to pitch. Following are common clutter-based roadblocks and tips from professional organizers on how to get around them.

I’m so overwhelmed I don’t know where to start. Tako encourages clients to start with the visible clutter, such as junk accumulated in an entryway, and take 10 to 15 minutes to tackle the area. “People are always surprised by how much they can accomplish in a short time,” she comments. Morgenstern recommends making a checklist, starting with


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I might need this someday. Tako encourages people to enlist a clutter buddy, “an objective set of eyes who will set you straight when you hold up a skirt that’s out of style.” Morgenstern suggests asking, “What is more important to me… this object I don’t have any immediate need for or the space I’ll have by getting rid of it?” I don’t have time to declutter now. Morgenstern acknowledges most people are “time-starved”, and cleaning out their closets is the last thing they want to do with precious free time. Yet clutter costs us time and money because, “You end up losing things, wasting valuable real estate and replacing things you forgot you had,” she notes. It also hinders our ability to focus and process information, because visual clutter divides and competes for a person’s limited attention span, according to a recent study by the Princeton University Neuroscience Institute. For more motivation, imagine the joy of finding buried treasure. Morgenstern reports that nearly all of her clients find some form of funds, whether uncashed checks, objects with resale value or cash. I sorted piles a few months ago and now they’re back. Los Angeles organizer and blogger John

Trosko encourages people to be upfront with loved ones about holidays and special occasions, asking that they curtail gifts and instead give non-tangible forget-me-nots like gift certificates or favorite services. Trosko also suggests making a list before shopping and steering clear of megastores to keep impulse spending in check. Tako and Trosko both discourage purchasing “unitaskers” such as a salad spinner that takes up significant space but rarely get used. Another good rule of thumb is, “one in, one out,” discarding something every time we purchase a new item. Even armed with the best decluttering tips, the process can seem daunting. Morgenstern encourages us to suspend self-judgment while weeding through possessions and keep remembering our higher goals. “Your stuff is a reflection of who you are and what you aspire to,” she notes. “It’s a challenge to get it all in alignment, but an incredible opportunity, too.” To find a nearby professional organizer, contact the National Association of Professional Organizers at

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or Even small items like old phone chargers often sell easily online.

ou’ve done the hard work of decluttering. Now what? In the past, options were limited to a garage sale or local landfill. Today, we have countless ways to give new life to old things, whether selling them online, donating to charities for a tax deduction, supplying needed materials to schools or returning items to the manufacturers for recycling. Here are some more ideas. Each book mailed between members earns a credit redeemable for other books posted on the site. Or, donate books at to help fund world literacy.

mum number of items that are arranged by organizers by type and size. Then, when the signal is given, participants excitedly rush to try on new-to-them pieces that catch their eye. lists local community swaps; make it a party theme and invite friends.

Clothing: Tried-and-true organizations like The Salvation Army, Planet Aid and Dress for Success always welcome clothing donations, while public and private clothes swaps present a fun, social way to thin out closets and acquire some signature pieces. Attendees bring a mini-

Electronics: Most communities hold spring e-waste drives to collect old electronics for responsible disposal and sponsor year-round drop-off sites. Otherwise, search by zip code to find local retailers that e-cycle. Sell working electronics through

Books: Consider joining the free

Eyeglasses: Millions of pairs of eyeglasses are discarded annually while millions of people in developing countries need vision correction. Donate old prescription or out-ofstyle specs to a nonprofit like One Sight ( or New Eyes ( that will refurbish and send them to healthcare missions around the world. Odds and Ends: What about that

never-used yogurt maker or crimping iron? Local chapters of The Freecycle Network ( participating in this 9-million-member virtual community facilitate posting any item, large or small, to give away to neighboring members that agree to pick it up at the donor’s door. For local organizing information, see Resource Guide listing on page 30.

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TEEN DRAMA QUEENS Keeping the Mother-Daughter Bond Strong by Meredith Montgomery


or many, the strong mother-daughter bond seems to suddenly unravel when adolescence appears. “Parenting is exasperating and wears you out,” sighs Heather Thomas, of Houston, Texas, a mother of three, including 16-year-old Mary Meghan. Mothers can gain some comfort in the biological reasons for the onset of emotionally charged arguments and repeated curfew violations. It begins with changes in the brain caused by an increase in the hormones that stimulate girls’ ovaries, and by age 10 or 11, the hormones become elevated to levels comparable to those of postmenopausal women. Dr. Christiane Northrup, author of Mother-Daughter Wisdom, points out that in addition to experiencing mood swings and temperature changes similar to those of menopausal women, girls’ rising estrogen, unbalanced by progesterone, may likewise produce brain irritability. “It’s no wonder girls are both cuddling with and screaming at you in the same day,” she points out. Nurse Practitioner Sil Reynolds, who co-authored Mothering & Daughtering with her daughter Eliza, gently reminds mothers, “The mother-adolescent daughter relationship is asymmetrical. Mothers are responsible for being the adult in the relationship as their daughters grow up. Understanding this can be a relief to both of you.” Part of the responsibility of being an adult is to provide a safe psychological and emotional environment for children without taking things personally. The frontal cortex responsible for making decisions is still developing in the adolescent brain. Weathering mood swings and reactive outbursts, mothers can learn to remain steady, understanding that teens are not capable of giving back equally because their minds have not yet fully matured. “That’s how teens learn to return to a calm place, by seeing our mom remain steady through our storms,” Eliza observes.

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Northrup believes that a daughter’s peers play a large role in her successfully navigating the teen years, but emphasizes that, “A mother’s influence wins. Be consistent in your loving and clear about rules and boundaries, while encouraging a sense of their own worth and autonomy.” Teenagers are anxious to grow up and do their own 22

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“Actively engaging with my mom has enabled me to balance my independence with a dependable bond, which helps me grow into my true self. Plus, it allows my mom to know the real me.” ~ Eliza Reynolds thing, but until they have internalized safe and reasonable boundaries, they need someone else to establish them. Northrup reports how teen clients that were given too much freedom… “come in aching for boundaries and feel that their parents don’t care about them. It is the parents’ job to create healthy, though not rigid, boundaries.” What has worked for Heather is to casually join Mary Meghan in her room with an intention to be present and actively listen to her. “I say something simple like, ‘I have missed you,’ and then allow her to open up to me without being critical or judgmental,” she explains. “Sometimes we listen to music or look at outfits in magazines together.” “Girls know when you’re paying attention, and your tone and body language speak louder than words,” confirms Eliza. She also notes that, “How was your day?” doesn’t work as well as the more specific, “How did your test go?” As with any relationship, there are occasional conflicts and misunderstandings, but there’s always potential for repair. Eliza and Sil encourage mothers and daughters to reconnect through the repair process; with heartfelt restoration, the bond grows stronger.

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Everyone benefits from regularly scheduled quality time together. Sil advises, “For households with siblings, this can mean 10 one-on-one minutes a day for each kid. When both parents aren’t under the same roof, technology can help—face time is better than texting, whether it’s through a screen or not.” Some mother-daughter teams enjoy taking dance classes together, having movie dates or pairing up as volunteers. At their weekend workshops, the Reynolds engage in projects and conversations about what it means to invite spirituality and a sense of sacredness into one’s life. Sil sees firsthand how many mothers and daughters are “hungry for spiritual depth.” Heather’s family makes dinners, school vacations and church activities a priority, including a youth program. She says, “Through our church, we are blessed to have caring, Christian adults we trust to help guide and raise our kids and help formulate their morals. It’s a place where it’s okay to question beliefs and share differing viewpoints.” Many moms seek better bonds with their daughters than what they experienced as teens. Heather notes, “I only see my mother a couple times a year, and when I do, I give her an extra hug and apologize [both jokingly and seriously] for my own teen years. Now, having teen girls of my own, I get how hard it is, and I tell her that every time I see her.” For more information and tools, visit Meredith Montgomery publishes Natural Awakenings of Mobile/Baldwin, AL (

Key Family Communication Tools Avoid the use of absolutes (never, always, everyone, forever) because they leave no room for differing opinions or shared responsibility for problems. For example, replace “always” with “often,” or “everyone” with “a lot of people.” Soften statements by turning heated one-liners into “I” statements. Say, “I feel like you don’t call when you say you will,” rather than, “You never call when you say you will.” Instead of open-ended questions, try a threeword check-in. Both mother and daughter share three words that describe their current emotional state honestly and authentically. Take turns sharing. There is no need to explain why these words were chosen, but it can give both parties a better glimpse into each other’s current state of heart and mind.

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Desert Living with Animal Companions by Gena Bunim


t is important that each day, our companion animals have fresh, clean water. Water access is especially critical in the heat of our summer months. Using appropriate alkaline ionized water is highly recommended and makes the water a better hydrator. Cats are naturally drawn to running water. A fresh running water fountain is a perfect way to get cats to drink more water and help keep them cooler in the desert climate. Another way to keep animal friends hydrated is to feed raw or canned foods, because they naturally add moisture to their diets. Concern about food spoilage in the desert heat is minimize by using a new product in the pet market called Frosty Bowlz. This bowl has a thick inner core that freezes and will last hours. Food and/or water stay fresh and cool for a longer period of time. Cats and dogs, suffer from seasonal allergies. When spring hits the Valley and pollen starts blowing, pets tend to suffer symptoms of eyes irritations, scratching, hot spots and congestion. During the high pollen desert season give your pets local Mojave Desert Bee Pollen from Annsley Naturals Southwest, Henderson. Using bee pollen year-round will boost pets’ immune system and help alleviate allergy symptoms so when spring pollen arrives. Because it is a raw product, bee pollen contains a high concentration of living enzymes. Enzymes in raw foods help support the body’s own enzyme system. Similar to a vaccine, bee pollen goes quickly into the bloodstream in small doses, kick-starting the immune system. Begin by adding a small amount of local bee pollen, from local flowers, into a pet’s diet; their immune system then builds defenses or immunities against the foreign substances. 24

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The arrival of spring in the Valley also brings unwelcome pests, especially the western black widow spider. The bite from this spider can be fatal to most cats and small dogs, especially young and senior pets. If your pet is bitten by one of these spiders, time is of the essence to get the pet to the veterinarian. Once bitten, a pet may experience muscular spasms, paralysis, severe muscle pain, trouble breathing, excessive salivation, vomiting and a cat may start howling. It is not guaranteed that a vet will have the anti-venom drug. If not, they will need to offer oxygen and intravenous fluids to lower blood pressure and control pain, relax the muscles and allowing rest while the pet recovers. Recovery can take months. Without anti-venom drugs, black widow venom is usually fatal in cats. Weakness, fatigue, paralysis and insomnia may persist for months. Prepare before an emergency. Call local veterinary clinics to inquire about their anti-venom drug supply. Upon finding spider webs or seeing black widows, knock down the webs and immediately call for professional, pet-friendly pest control. When scheduling pest control or selecting pesticides, make sure the label states that it is safe to use around children and pets. Choose natural/organic and eco-safe products to keep pets safe from toxins. T.J. Broniecki, owner of Summerlin Pest Control (, Las Vegas created his company so that he could offer treatments that are safe around your pets and your children and effectively eliminate pest concerns. Keep an eye out for spiders, manage urgent issues quickly, call for pet friendly pest control and make sure animals are hydrated. These steps will keep pets safe. Gena Bunim is the owner of At Your Service Pet Supplies & Grooming, 55 S. Valle Verde Dr., Ste. 300, Henderson. For more information call 702-982-4324 or visit

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SATURDAY, MAY 4 HerbDay 2013 – 10am-4pm. HerbDay is a worldwide commemoration of the benefits of herbs and herbal products. The day is packed with events aimed at educating and sharing ideas about the many ways herbs bring joy and well-being into our daily lives. Free. Herbally Grounded, Health Store & LearningCenter, 4441 West Charleston Blvd, LV. 702-558-4372. Ultrasound Heart Screenings – 10am-5pm. The American Institute of Medical Sonography in partnership with the West Charleston Library proudly presents free Ultrasound Heart Screenings. Appt required. Free. West Charleston Library, 6301 West Charleston Blvd, LV. 702-674-6469. Las Vegas Science Festival Drum Circles – 10am7pm. The vibro-acoustic lounge will be available for free sessions at our booth. Drum circles are scheduled at 1pm, 2:15pm and 5pm. Free. Cashman Center, 850 Las Vegas Blvd N, LV. 702-889-2881. Predictive Astrology: The Significance of Solar Eclipses – 1-2:30pm. How is your life being affected by the Solar Eclipse in Taurus on May 10th? Taught by Mary Swick, astrologer and feng shui consultant. Free. West Charleston Library, 6301 West Charleston Blvd, LV. 702-507-3964.

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FRIDAY, MAY 10 Ultrasound Heart Screenings – 10am-5pm. See 5/4 description. Free. West Charleston Library, 6301 West Charleston Blvd, LV. 702-674-6469.

Healing Qi 5-Element Theory Dietary Program – 6-7:30pm. Through the ancient wisdom of Traditional Chinese Medicine, your body will regain a state of balance and harmony with effective Qigong exercises, body healing foods and TCM’s unique 5-Element theory. $10. Rainbow’s End Natural Foods & Cafe, 1100 E Sahara Ave, #101, LV. 702743-3786. EZ Weight Loss: Transform Emotional Eating – 6-7:30pm. Fridays in May. Learn about common inappropriate behaviors re: food, where emotional eating comes from and why it is difficult to lose weight. $12.50. Transformations, 9291 Starcross Ln, LV. 702-405-9375.

why sprouts are healthy for you. $15. Register by 5/4. Pure Health Foods, 7575 W Washington, LV. 702-366-9297.

SUNDAY, MAY 5 Brain Health Caregiver Lecture – 2-3pm. Learn about the social services, education programs and other resources available and free to caregivers. Gain valuable information and get all your questions answered. Free. West Charleston Library, 6301 West Charleston Blvd, LV. 702-507-3964. Introduction to Sanskrit for Yoga Asana – 3-5pm. Learning 75 Sanskrit words will enable you to understand the names of almost every pose you’ll ever do. This is a lecture- and discussion-based workshop, not an asana practice. $25 cash at door. LV Healer Massage Therapy, 7331 W Charleston #130, LV.

MONDAY, MAY 6 Ultrasound Heart Screenings – 10am-5pm. See 5/4 description. Free. West Charleston Library, 6301 West Charleston Blvd, LV. 702-674-6469.

TUESDAY, MAY 7 EZ Weight Loss: Fats That Heal – 10-11:30am. Every Tues in May. Easy-to-understand information, discussion, Q&As and even recipes to support all presented material. $12.50. Transformations, 9291 Starcross Ln, LV. 702-405-9375. The Power of Women & Business Expo – 6-9pm. Over 50 exhibits, live entertainment, tasty food samples, fashion show and raffle. Pick-up free admission tickets at Findlay Chevrolet, Storage West and Ted Wien’s Tire & Auto. Suncoast Hotel & Casino Grand Ballroom, 9090 Alta Dr, LV. 702639-6964.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 8 Music Medicine Boot Camp – 6-7:15pm. A 5-hour class series to reduce stress easily and regularly, heal and gain energy, feel more happy and peace-filled. Learn how to make your music work like medicine. Multiple sections: Register by 5/7. Free to members or $25. Music 4 Life Health Club & Training Center, 2975 S Rainbow Blvd, Ste B, LV. 702-889-2881.

THURSDAY, MAY 9 Alkalize to Energize with Sprouts – 5:45-7:15pm. Fun and engaging class all about sprouts with raw vegan chef Diondra. Learn, sample and experience

Easy Trim Down with Trampoline – 9:3010:30am. View a short movie about the trampoline and various exercises, followed by spiritual benefits and tools available while using the trampoline. Short workout included. Love offerings welcome. Transformations, 9291 Starcross Ln, LV. 702-405-9375. May Garden Tour – 10am-12pm. Volunteer Master Gardeners will discuss desert adapted plants which can be successfully grown in the home landscape. Free. University of Nevada Cooperative Extension, Lifelong Learning Center, 8050 Paradise Road, LV. 702-257-5555. Ultrasound Heart Screenings – 10am-5pm. See 5/4 description. Free. West Charleston Library, 6301 West Charleston Blvd, LV. 702-674-6469. Spiritual Experiences Discussion – 4-5pm. Understand the purpose of your spiritual experiences and discover new spiritual adventures in your daily life. Free. The Spirit Within U, 4780 W, Ann Road, Ste 4, NLV. 702-658-2257. Sound Healing Concert – 7pm. Enjoy an evening of healing sound vibration. Workshops available the week prior to event. Jon works with a large selection of sacred musical instruments to induce a tranquil, meditative state that promotes healing and reduces stress. $25 pre-paid. Namaste Yoga Studio, 7240 W Azure Dr #115, LV. 702-683-1872.

SUNDAY, MAY 12 Girls on the Run Spring 5K – 10am. Girls on the Run uses the power of running to prepare girls in 3rd-5th grades for a lifetime of self-respect and healthy living. At the end of each season, they complete a non-competitive 5k walk/run. $25. KelloggZaher Sports Complex, 7901 W Washington Ave, LV.

TUESDAY, MAY 14 Keeping Your Business Legal: Legal Entities – 6-8pm. Anna Siefert from UNLV Business Development Center will lecture. Attorneys on hand to answer questions. Free. West Charleston Library, 6301 West Charleston Blvd, 702-507-3964.

THURSDAY, MAY 16 Inspirational Movie – 7-8:30pm. Learn the truth about the meat and dairy industry and why Steve Winn became vegan over night. Love offerings welcome. Transformations, 9291 Starcross Ln, LV. 702-405-9375.

FRIDAY, MAY 17 Buy Local – 5:30-9pm. Want to know about some great local businesses? Meet, mingle, snack, sip,

sample and shop. Call or email Tina for more information. Free. Green Valley, 702-835-3223.

SATURDAY, MAY 18 Power Walk for Dress for Success – 7:30-11am. 5k run/1 mile walk route. Check in will start 7:30am, warm up 8:15am. The 5k will start at 8:30am; 1-mile option 8:45am. $25. Town Square Las Vegas, 6605 Las Vegas Blvd South, LV. 702-966-8566. There’s an Herb for That! – 11am. Herbs contain natural nutrients that give the body the building blocks it needs to heal and revitalize. Bring your herb questions and health concerns. $5 class. Herbally Grounded, Health Store & Learning Center, 4441 West Charleston Blvd, LV. 702-558-4372. Grand Introduction Event – 3-7pm. Celebrate our delicious soft serve menu and full selection of amazing smoothies. Free samples, meet & greet with Rainbow the Clown and her troupe, face painting and prize giveaways. Free. Tasti D Lite/Planet Smoothie, 591 College Dr, HD.

SUNDAY, MAY 19 Las Vegas Valley Rose Society Monthly Educa-

tional Meeting – 2:30-4:30pm. Learn how to heat proof your roses for the desert summers. Free. West Charleston Library, 6301 West Charleston Blvd, LV. 702-507-3964. Introduction to Yoga Philosophy: The Eight Limbs of Yoga – 3-5pm. The physical practice of yoga asanas, or postures, is just one of eight limbs of yoga, as outlined in Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras. Lecture and discussion. $25 cash at door. LV Healer Massage Therapy Center, 7331 W Charleston #130, LV.

of the film Going Blind followed by a question and answer period. Free. West Charleston Library, 6301 West Charleston Blvd, LV. 702-507-3964.

SATURDAY, MAY 25 Discovering Ayurveda Series – 3:30-5:30pm. Strong digestive fire leads to excellent health and well-being; accumulation of toxins results in slow deterioration of the body and disease. To register call 702-458-8088. $25. All About Yoga, 601 Whitney Ranch, Ste C-16, HD.



Meet Author Tom Woloshyn – 1pm. Woloshyn shares the amazing results, helpful information and insightful tips that he has gained from personally coaching thousands of people on the best way to follow The Lemonade Diet. Free. Herbally Grounded, Health Store & Learning Center, 4441 West Charleston Blvd, LV. 702-558-4372.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 12 Build A Conscious Business – Full day seminar with entrepreneurial expert Dale Halaway. Learn the secrets of creating a profitable business without limits, a business that has soul, guided by a deeper purpose and operating from a higher level of consciousness. If you are struggling from inconsistent revenues, difficulty closing sales or uncertain around what to do next, this seminar might be for you. $97. 254-7730.

THURSDAY, MAY 23 Understanding and Demystifying Blindness – 7-9pm. If you wonder about blindness or have questions, join nonprofit Blindconnect in a presentation

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daily Bikram Yoga – See website for class schedule and rates. Bikram Yoga Las Vegas, 5031 Wagon Trail Ave, Ste 109, LV. 547-9642. Falun Gong Exercise & Qigong Meditation – 8-10am Mon-Sat; 9-11am Sun. Advanced traditional Chinese meditation system designed to improve mind and body through slow, gentle and smooth exercises. Free. Desert Breeze Park, 8268 Spring Mountain Rd, LV. 773-3667. FalunDafaLasVegas. Hot Pilates & Yoga – One week unlimited access. Free. Body Heat, 8876 Eastern Ave, LV. 432-0028. Overeaters Anonymous – Various days, times, locations throughout valley. OA offers a holistic approach to permanent weight loss with desired results of a physical, emotional and spiritual healing. By donation. Stress Reduction Sessions – 10am-2pm. Free stress reduction sessions. 3663 E Sunset Blvd, Ste 106, LV. 310-739-7673. Yoga & Meditation – See Website for daily class schedule. Just Breathe Wellness Center, 5333 S Arville St, Ste 206, LV. 553-6819.

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

flexibility and endurance, while clearing your mind with the power of Yoga. Donation. Herbally Grounded, 4441 W Charleston Blvd, LV. 558-4372. Yoga & Qigong – 7:45-9:15pm. Multi-level ashtanga yoga class and qigong infuses balancing chi (energy). $10 donation. 107 E Charleston, LV. 325-9923.


how to stay healthy all year long. Free. 731-1230.

Momma’s Milk Circle – 10am-1pm. Support group for nursing moms and babies of up to one year of age hosted by lactation specialists. Well Rounded Momma Homestead, 3556 E. Patrick Ave, LV. 7952500. Beginner’s Yoga – 4:30-5:45pm. Classical Ashtanga yoga. A multi-level class created for new and intermediate students; an emphasis on play, heart opening, and alignment. Blue Sky Yoga, 107 E Charleston, LV. 325-9923. Spiritual Book Club For Women – 6-8pm. 4th

sunday fresh52 Farmer’s & Artisan Market – 8:30am1pm. Lively, friendly, open-air market. Free. Sansone Park Place, 9480 S Eastern, HD.

monday Qigong - Tai Chi Classes – 8:30-9:30am. Bi-monthly. These ancient Chinese healing arts involve gentle, rhythmic movement exercises, controlled breathing and focused intention. $5. Whitney Community Center, 5712 Missouri Ave, LV. 702-743-3786. Yoga with Jeff – 6:15-7:15pm. Improve your strength,

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Tues. First meeting meet and greet and discuss future book choices. Meditation included in each meeting. Suggested donation $8. Just Breathe Wellness Center, 5333 S Arville St, Ste 206, LV. 702-553-6819.

wednesday Brain Balance Open House – 2:30-4:30pm. 2nd Wed. For all parents, teachers, educators, administrators and support staff. Learn about ground breaking, drug free program that helps kids with ADD, ADHD, Aspergers, Tourettes, OCD, PDD. Free. Brain Balance Achievement Centers of Henderson, 11 S Stephanie St, HD. 778-9500. Inspirational Reiki Healing Circle – 7-9pm. Natural healing through guided meditation. Relax and recharge your mind and body. $5. Call for location. 405-9375.

thursday Green Drinks – 2nd Thurs. Network with other eco-friendly business professionals. Times/locations vary. Country Fresh Farmers’ Market: Water Street – 9am-4pm. Free. Events Plaza, 240 Water St, HD. 579-9661. Senior Memoir-Writing Class – 10-11:30am. Life Stories Nevada helps older adults record their life stories for themselves and future generations. Four weekly classes. Free. Temple Beth Sholom, 10700 Havenwood Lane, LV. 702-940-5423. ‘Bet on the Farm’ Farmers Market – 10am-1pm. Mario Batali’s and Joe Bastianichу’s sustainable market. Free. Springs Preserve, 333 S Valley View Blvd, LV. Momma’s Milk Circle – 10am-1pm. Support group for nursing moms and babies of up to one year of age hosted by lactation specialists. Well Rounded Momma, 6000 S Eastern Ave, Ste 9A, LV. 795-2500. Reiki with Angels Meditation – 11:30am-12:30pm. 2nd & 4th Thurs. Heal, restore and empower yourself. Allow the love of the Angel and the power of Reiki to assist you in your spiritual journey. $10. Just Breathe Wellness Center, 5333 S Arville St, Ste 206, LV. 350-1711. In Rhythm Music Song Writer Workshops – 6-8pm. Find your voice and create music in a supportive, safe environment. All levels welcome. $20. Angel Blessings Wellness Spa, 4485 S Buffalo Dr, LV. 702-610-4400. Solar NV Monthly Meeting – 6:30pm. 3rd Thurs. Featuring speakers from variety of renewable energy disciplines and great place to network with people who share an interest in renewable energy. Free. UNLV, 4505 S Maryland Pkwy, LV. 507-0093. South Valley Rose Society Meeting – 7-9pm. 4th Thurs. Various gardening topics each month. Clark County Cooperative Extension Lifelong Learning Center, 8050 Paradise Rd, LV. 257-5555.

friday Qigong - Tai Chi Classes – 8:30-9:30am. Bi-monthly. These ancient Chinese healing arts involve gentle, rhythmic movement exercises, controlled breathing and focused intention. $5. Whitney Community Center, 5712 Missouri Ave, LV. 702-743-3786. Downtown3rd Farmers Market – 9am-2pm. Locally grown fresh fruit, vegetables, herbs, flowers and artisanal selections. Guest chef demonstrations. Kids craft zone. Dog park. Largest indoor Farmers Market in the valley. Free parking. 300 N Casino Center, LV. Country Fresh Farmers’ Market – 10am. Free. Henderson Pavilion, 200 S Green Valley Pkwy, HD. 579-9661. fresh52 Farmer’s & Artisan Market – 3-7pm. Lively, friendly, open-air market in front of Whole Foods. Free. Town Square, 6605 Las Vegas Blvd S, LV. 900-2552. Community Hu – 3:15-3:45pm. Open your heart to divine love and experience uplifting joy, healing, relaxation and spiritual connection. Free. The Spirit Within U, 4780 W Ann Rd Ste #4, NLV. 224-4328. First Friday – 6-12pm. Arts festival on 1st Fri each month. Food, drink, art and entertainers. Free. Downtown Arts District, LV. 384-0092. Community Hu – 6:15-6:45pm. 4th Fri. Open your heart to divine love and experience uplifting joy, relaxation and spiritual connection. Free. Pure Health Foods, 7575 Washington #129, LV. 224-4325.

saturday fresh52 Farmer’s & Artisan Market – 8am-1pm. Lively, friendly, open-air market. Free. Tivoli Village, 302 S Rampart, LV. 900-2552. 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, LV. 324-0353. Las Vegas Electric Vehicle Club – 10am. 2nd Sat. Informative discussion about and display of electric vehicles. Free. Call for location. 277-7544.


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Offering individualized plans to help children with learning difficulties reach their greatest physical, mental, social and academic potential. Customized programs correct imbalance and reduce/eliminate negative behaviors. We are brain-based, not drug based. See ad, page 19.

Dr. Colucci, a 1989 Palmer graduate, serving the Las Vegas valley for over two decades. Specializing in treating the whole body in family wellness care, pediatric and pregnancy chiropractic care, auto, work and sports injuries. Serving Summerlin.

11 S Stephanie St, Ste 120, HD 89012 702-778-9500 •


Product B/Isagenix Distributor 702-239-1069 The aging “clock” is telomere shortening. Support your telomeres with the new generation of nutrition – Product B! Contact Linda Perry at 702-239-1069 to learn more. How well do you want to age? See product profile, page 9.


Mary Kay Independent Consultant 702-371-1037 Mary Kay positively changes the lives of women and the environment. As your personal Mary Kay Independent Beauty Consultant, I look forward to assisting you with our trusted skin care, make up and body care products. See ad, page 17.

CHINESE MEDICINE THREE TREASURES MEDICAL QIGONG THERAPY Kat Reyes-Campbell Certified Medical Qigong Therapist 702-743-3786

Ancient healing wisdom in modern times. Medical Qigong is specifically tailored to treat an i n d i v i d u a l ’s p h y s i c a l a n d emotional pain at the root cause of symptoms achieving health, harmony and balance.

Dr. Margaret R. Colucci 2085 Village Center Circle, Ste 110, LV 89134 702-880-5335 •


Perry Dau 702-522-1898 Certified green cleaning company using Green Seal Certified cleaning chemicals and supplies. Sanitary and safe service eliminates gross soils (DIRT) with little to no chemical residual or odor.


We design medicines made for each unique patient and their specialized needs including bioidentical HRT for men and women. We consider a customer’s general well being and offer consultations with appointments.


The practice of this serene, balancing and energizing exercise will open your energy meridians and balance your Chakras. I will empower you with flowing movement, breath, color therapy techniques and meditation. See ad, page 17.


Ronald L. Greenawalt D.C., F.A.C.O. 7500 W Sahara Ave, LV 89117 702-363-8989 • Experience the “WOW” factor of realizing your potential physically, biochemically and emotionally in order to achieve your health and life goals with techniques like B o d y Ta l k , To t a l B o d y Modification and Neurolink. See ad, page 7.


6590 Boulder Hwy, LV 89122 702-798-1776 Water Smart contractor specializing in landscape construction, grounds maintenance, fertilizer, masonry, concrete, interlocking pavers and tree service. Call for a consultation. See ad, page 15.


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


Dr. Jim Wright, DDS, AIAOMT, AIABDM 8855 W Flamingo, LV 89147 702-281-9900 • Practicing holistic, mercury-free cosmetic and general dentistry in a relaxing spa atmosphere. Specializes in veneers, Lumineers, Invisalign braces, All-on-4 Dental Implants, sleep dentistry, sedation dentistry and teeth whitening. See ads, page 9.

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

Holistic dentistry with a whole body approach to create a healthy smile and body. Live microscopic viewing of mouth bacteria. Laser gum disease treatment. Computerized TMJ and bite analysis. Mercury testing and removal. Nutritional testing. Autonomic nervous system analysis. Invisalign. See ad, page 17.


Delivering smart energy solutions for your home or business. Take advantage of our programs and incentives on residential and commercial high-efficiency equipment and learn a Smarter Greener Better® way to save money and the environment.



Daniel F. Royal, DO, HMD, JD 9065 S Pecos Rd, Ste 250 HD 89074 702-938-5055 • We treat causes not symptoms with unique and natural therapies that are not available anywhere else. They failed? Get the Royal Treatment for energy, weight loss, pain relief, Bio-Identical hormones, testosterone, diabetes and more. See ad, page 6.


3315 W Craig Rd, Ste 105, NLV 89032 702-285-8321 • Massage has been an essential element of the wellness lifestyle for thousands of years the world o v e r. F o r $ 3 9 / h r y o u c a n experience these traditional techniques. Call today. Feel better now.

JAMIE SCHAB, LMT-NVMT509 7331 W Charleston #130, LV 89145 702-355-2381

A place for healing, education and wellness. Including professional massage therapy and bodywork services. Contact Jamie about space rental for classes and workshops, or to schedule a massage.

Mindy Margolies, Nurse Practitioner 9065 S Pecos Rd, Ste 250, HD 89074 702-938-5055 • Do you have fatigue? Low sex drive? Poor memory? It could be your hormones. See Mindy, a BioIdentical Hormone specialist, at Royal Medical Clinic and get your life back today. See ad, page 6.


Akashic Records Expert Practitioner/ C.C. Life Coach 800 N Rainbow Blvd, LV 89107 702-370-5277 • Akashic Consultations and Life Coaching Sessions. Get clarity and guidance; get rid of the negative patterns and blocks and bring balance into your life. Free initial phone consultation/coaching session.


Are you stressed or overwhelmed? Do you suffer from clutter? Are your files in piles? Is your closet chaotic? I put systems in place to organize your space so you can find what you need with ease and with speed!


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Quality, full service, pet supply store with the best value in the valley. Pet friendly. On-site “Barkery”. Nutritional experts. Professional grooming available seven days for cats, dogs and little critters. Pet adoptions too! See ad, page 32.


Having an event or party? Feature Aura Photographs with your color consultation. Available for corporate events, parties, clubs, and shows. We come to your establishment to make your event a true success. Make your next event ultramodern and revolutionary. Book your event/party today. Call Gary 702-487-5223.


120 S Green Valley Pkwy, Ste 184, HD 89012 702-914-9944 A fully equipped Pilates studio specializing in private and small group classes. Certified Pilates instructors focus on the individual and quality of movement, creating a system for every age and gender. Pilates, Gyrotonic, Xtend Barre, TRX and Yoga. See ad, page 23.


702-735-5151 Republic Services o ff e r s c o m p l e t e waste and recycling solutions for residential, commercial, industrial and construction customers. Offering free recycling assessments to meet the needs of any sized business or project.



Dale Halaway, Master Teacher 9850 S Maryland Pkwy, Ste 5-217, LV 89183 702-254-7730 • Our seminars empower you to: solve your problems, grow your business, release your fears, achieve your goals, discover your purpose, increase your self confidence, make changes in your life, heal the masculine/feminine divide. See ad, page 7.


8215 & 8620 S Eastern Ave, LV 89123 702-463-2122 Nevada State Board approved to offer a MS Degree in Oriental Medicine. Didactics with clinical training in acupuncture and herbology ensure competent practitioners. Step into a new career or expand your practice. See ad, page 7.


SENIOR SERVICES EXCLUSIVE SENIOR ERRANDS Lydia Cazares, Director/Owner 702-596-5909

Non-Medical errand service serving senior citizens aged 55 and better. We have affordable hourly rates. Fully licensed, insured & bonded. Groceries, doctor visits, light cleaning, lots more. We treat all customers like family!



Dr. Anil Patel 6841 S Eastern Ave, Ste 100, LV 89119 702-456-7546 • Providing specialized personal care in weight loss and preventative medicine to avoid major medical problems. Nutrition and fitness counseling, cardiac screening, supplements. Anti-aging and skin rejuvenation services matches inner health with outer beauty.


817 S Main St, LV 89101 702-507-0093 Solar NV is the Southern Nevada chapter of the American Solar Energy S o c i e t y. We a r e a nonprofit organization whose mission is to educate about the benefits of renewable energy and promote the use of sustainable energy technology. See ad, page 12.

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Violet Malagon 702-334-2713 • Sleep better, increase energy, relieve allergies, manage weight. Revolutionary holographic chips create total balance for life. Like acupuncture without needles. Old Wo r l d m e e t s N e w Wo r l d Technology. No meds, no drugs, non-transdermal, natural, safe. See ad, page 10.

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

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


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

YOGA BODYHEAT HOT PILATES & YOGA 8876 Eastern Ave, Ste 105, LV 89123 702-432-0028

Hot Yoga, Hot Pilates, Body Sculpt, and Boot camp classes are taught in a state of the art environment with the optimum atmosphere. We have a variety of classes to suit all levels. See ad, page 11.


Las Vegas & Henderson 877-43-SOLAR (7-6527) Solar by the ProsNABCEP. Tier 1 product line, best in the business. Best price guaranteed on comparable products. Multiple finance options available – Lease, Zero Down, Non-equity. See ad, page 21.


Leanne L. Earnest, Ph.D. 2340 Paseo Del Prado D-307, LV 89102 702-222-1812 • Dr. Leanne Earnest is a licensed clinical psychologist with over 15 years experience integrating mindfulness meditation with traditional psychotherapy. She teaches proven programs to reduce stress, improve mental and physical health. See ad, page 10.

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