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On May 13, we celebrate Mother’s Day, to show our appreciation for all the women in our lives that have nurtured and loved us. We know that women often take on the role of caring for others, sometimes at the expense of their own key self-essentials of health and well being. We hope this issue creates a new level of self-awareness so that women can feel good on an ongoing basis. We wish to pay tribute to our own mother, who has been an example of natural health and wellness in our lives. Going to the doctor was a rare occasion in our household growing up, even when circumstances probably required it. Stitches didn’t happen if a but(L to R:) Mary Hillmanterfly tape job could do. We didn’t rely on vitamins Ruetten, Sharon Hillman, for our health. Instead, our mom fed us wholesome, Nancy Hillman-Somera home-cooked meals, including plenty of fruits and vegetables, and chased us outdoors for fresh air, sunshine and exercise. Our mother was athletic, and we don’t remember a time when she wasn’t fit. She played tennis, worked in the garden regularly and walked daily. When a back injury sidelined her from the courts and doctors recommended surgery, she politely declined and started practicing yoga instead, a commitment she still makes to her health today. At one point, she became frustrated with traditional doctors when they couldn’t diagnose a stomach ailment, and turned to a holistic doctor that prescribed a macrobiotic diet and proper food combining. Following this approach, her symptoms went away. “No thank you,” is what doctors hear from her when they try to convince her to take medications that claim to prevent some possible future condition. If taking a more natural approach to your wellness sounds appealing, read, “The Hormone Balancing Act,” in this issue and learn how hormones govern every aspect of our health – including metabolizing food, proper immune function, physical and emotional responses to stress and the aging of cells. We also highlight two local wellness practitioners this month, Dr. Orlandis Wells and Dr. David Stella, who can both help you feel and look your best. When it comes to beauty, we’ve learned a tip or two from our mom, as most daughters do. Her best tip came 15 years ago, when she educated us about the dangers of parabens in our skin care products, and introduced us to an all-natural skin care line. This month’s article, “Anti-Aging Skincare,” addresses the mysterious process of aging and explores new, more natural ways to slow or even reverse it. So thanks Mom, for showing us what it means to be beautiful from the insideout, and for inspiring us to live a naturally healthy life. We both hope to be as vibrant as you are when we reach your age!
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inda Perry, owner of Health in Motion, is introducing to her patients a new modality designed to jumpstart and recalibrate the nervous system into self-healing. This new technology collectively harmonizes the brain into alpha, theta or delta relaxation states using all three learning modes—auditory, visual and kinesthetic—known as AVK, simultaneously, to help alleviate chronic pain and accelerate healing. Linda Perry The cellular membrane of the smallest living unit, the cell, is slowly and silently being scarred by the accumulation of free radicals penetrating it, thereby reducing its ability to electrically communicate fluently with the neighboring cells. New, unnamed diseases are arising from the onset of environmental toxicity that places a heavy burden on the internal organs and systems, causing many people to suffer from a creeping state of mental confusion, energy-draining fatigue and chronic pain. Linda Perry is a Thorp certified electro-toxicologist and physical therapist. Call 702-239-1069 to schedule a free demonstration. See ad, page 8.
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he Fragrance Factory, at Lake Las Vegas, is offering custom-blended gifts for moms this Mother’s Day. Unlike a typical fragrance shop, this stylish fragrance bar focuses on the practices of aromatherapy and natural preservation to create a unique olfactory experience. The blending bar has perfected the art of aroma mixology. Dispensing more than just perfume, The Fragrance Factory produces an abundance of high-quality customized products, including handcrafted soy candles, bath salts, sugar scrubs, room sprays and even spa dog shampoo. Using the purest and simplest ingredients, The Fragrance Factory applies a thorough understanding of fragrance design to produce an assortment of aromas in products that are biodegradable and free of sulfates, parabens, alcohol and mineral oil. Location: Inside The Village Glass Gallery, 45 Via Brianza, Ste. 100, Henderson. For more information, call 702-576-0554. See ad, page 15.
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he Ki-Atsu Institute and Ki-Atsu Las Vegas, specializing in the teaching, practice and application of ayurvedic and holistic healing arts, is now open at its new location in Anthem. Ayurveda, which means “the knowledge of life,” is the traditional healing science of India Ki Kosut that emphasizes the maintenance of harmony and balance as a means to optimal health in body, mind and spirit. The Ki-Atsu Institute was founded in 2001, and clients are welcome to drop in for a Pilates or yoga class, or for therapeutic massages, ayurvedic consultations and therapies. A more comprehensive consultation is available for clients that wish to embark upon a lifestyle change to create greater health and a stronger mind-body-spirit connection. The Ki-Atsu Institute also offers courses and certifications to become a Ki-Atsu ayurvedic health practitioner, massage therapist, Pilates and yoga instructor, hypnotist, Asian bodyworker or neurotransformation therapist. Clients can receive treatments from Ki-Atsu students at a discounted price.
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he Health, Healing & Happiness Conference for natural solutions that embrace the whole body, mind and spirit will be held from June 8 to 10, at Springs Preserve. This is the first event of its kind in Las Vegas, featuring world-class speakers and local businesses in the areas of nutrition, fitness, spirituality, personal development and green living. Twenty remarkable speakers will share how to take control of one’s health through nutrition, prevent and reverse ailments such as heart disease and diabetes, and discover secrets for health and vibrancy. Speakers include Dr. John McDougall, a pioneer in plant-based healing; Swami Ramananda, a Hindu religious leader and yoga teacher to Elton John; and Loren Slocum, an international motivational speaker and coach who has worked with Anthony Robbins for years. The weekend event also includes cooking demonstrations, healthy food samples, free yoga massages and movies, a Saturday night party and a vendor marketplace, with giveaways.
diverse group of leaders and stakeholders, including current Mayor Carolyn Goodman and former Mayor Oscar Goodman, recently assembled at the Southern Nevada Convene for Green 2012 Sustainability Summit, held at the new LEED-certified city hall building, in downtown Las Vegas. The event was organized by Green Chips, a nonprofit that encourages and facilitates environmental sustainability initiatives in southern Nevada. The keynote speaker was Daniel Wallach, executive director and founder of Greensburg GreenTown, a nonprofit organization that conceptualized and helped lead the sustainable rebuilding of Greensburg, Kansas, following a tornado in 2007 that wiped out the town. He stressed the concept of collaboration when working to create sustainable communities. Attendees broke into discussion groups to collaborate on strategies and action steps to be taken within our community in eight areas: economic, education, energy, transportation, recycling, water, community engagement and public health. A website, designed as a community educational portal, will launch this fall to help residents stay current with all efforts in sustainability in the Valley.
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small, yet intriguing study published in Acupuncture in Medicine found that traditional Chinese acupuncture curbed the severity of hot flashes and other menopausal symptoms. Fifty-three middle-aged, postmenopausal women were divided into two groups; one received such treatments twice weekly for 10 weeks, while the other experienced “sham” acupuncture with blunt needles that did not penetrate the skin. In both groups, levels of estrogen and other hormones were measured before the study began and before and after the last session. Menopausal symptoms—hot flashes, vaginal dryness, urinary tract infections and mood swings—were also measured before and after the treatments, using a five-point menopause rating scale (MRS) in order to assess their severity. At the end of the study, the women receiving Chinese acupuncture scored significantly lower on the MRS scale, with hot flashes seeing the sharpest decrease. The researchers explain that acupuncture boosts production of endorphins, which may stabilize the temperature control system of the body. They say that more investigation is needed because the study was small, but note that its results seem promising, suggesting that traditional Chinese acupuncture could be an alternative for women unable or unwilling to use hormone replacement therapy to relieve menopausal symptoms.
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rinking sodas and other sugar-sweetened beverages may increase a woman’s risk of heart disease and diabetes, according to research presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2011. Middle-aged and older women that drank two or more such drinks per day were nearly four times as likely to develop high triglycerides and significantly more likely to develop impaired fasting glucose levels, plus increase their waist size. The study also noted that risk factors for heart disease and stroke developed even when the women didn’t gain weight.
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espite traditional cautions against eating animal fats to keep cholesterol in check, Danish researchers have found that eating hard cheese is better for the arteries than consuming the equivalent number of calories in butter. According to their study, published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, when hard cheese accounted for 13 percent of participants’ daily calories, their LDL (bad cholesterol) did not increase. When the same individuals switched to consuming more butter, their LDL levels rose. The researchers were unsure what caused the results, but noted that cheese contains a lot of calcium, which can increase the amount of fat excreted by the digestive tract.
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alcium supplements, usually taken to improve bone health, may increase the risk of heart attack by as much as 30 percent, according to the findings of the Women’s Health Initiative, a 15-year research project established by the National Institutes of Health to address cardiovascular disease, cancer and osteoporosis. “If you take calcium supplements, you’ll build up excess calcium in your system that, coupled with mineral deficiencies and imbalances, can cause plaque in arteries, kidney stones, gallstones and more,” says Dr. Robert Thompson, co-author with Kathleen Barnes of The Calcium Lie: What Your Doctor Doesn’t Know Could Kill You. Instead, he recommends taking a trace mineral supplement, preferably in ionic form, whose electrical charge helps bond minerals with water, making the nutrients more easily absorbed. Such a supplement provides all needed minerals, including calcium, in the correct balance.
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Honoring Elders’ Contributions to Community May spotlights Older Americans Month and the important role they play in sharing their experience, wisdom and understanding, and passing it all on to younger generations in meaningful ways. Youth that have significant relationships with a grandparent or another elder, for example, report that these relationships helped shape their values, goals and life choices, and gave them a sense of identity and roots. Many communities have increased their efforts to provide opportunities for older adults, many that remain physically and socially active through their 80s and beyond. Trends show that people over age 60 account for a growing percentage of participants in community service positions, faith-based organizations, online social networking groups, and arts and recreational activities. Lifelong participation in social, creative and physical activities has proven health benefits, including retention of mobility, increased muscle mass and improved cognitive abilities. The interactions of seniors with family, friends and neighbors across generations work to enrich the lives of all. Sources: Administration on Aging (aoa.gov) and ElderCare.gov
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The British government is setting up a Natural Capital Committee that will describe the country’s wealth in terms of the quality of its air, water, wildlife and other natural resources. Environment Secretary Caroline Spelman intends to propose that all countries begin “green accounting” to audit the state of their rivers, forests and other landscapes. The United Nations Rio+20 Conference in Brazil this June is expected to unite the participating nations in protecting the world’s environment. Sustainable development goals under consideration include ensuring that all agriculture is sustainable, protecting oceans, setting up an international court on environmental crime, and appointing an ombudsperson to speak on behalf of future generations. The summit, to be attended by 190 nations, will also look at cutting subsidies for fossil fuels and low carbon energy for all. Spelman observes that businesses in Great Britain are already measuring the impact they are having on the environment. She states, “In the same way, governments can start to take account of damage to the environment in order to sustain resources like fresh water for fisheries, forests for clean air and green spaces for tourism. We want our own government to take account of natural capital and our statisticians to calculate the state of the nation more widely.”
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Stella Chiropractic Wellness Center David Stella, D.C. Dr. David Stella has been a practicing chiropractor in Las Vegas and Henderson for 13 years. He became interested in chiropractic care after an automobile accident and skiing accident brought awareness to his own health and wellness. When he experienced the benefits of chiropractic care firsthand, he realized he wanted to help others heal and pursued his doctorate in chiropractic. Dr. Stella’s joy for life and lighthearted manner is enmeshed in his chiropractic practice. Families travel from all over to experience the cheerful environment and the gentleness of his healing hands. A multitude of wellness, bodywork and anti-aging services are offered at the center to help clients feel great, become more aware of their wellness and age gracefully. Most recently, the center has introduced iLipo Ultra +, which is a non-invasive, low-level laser alternative to liposuction. The treatment device uses 36 lowlevel lasers to target desired body contouring, cellulite reduction and skin tightening without pain, needles or any down time. With guidance from Angela Drake, a licensed Holodynamic life coach, clients are given optional customized nutritional counseling to learn which foods support the healing process. Education and support in detoxification programs are available, and massage therapy, infrared heating mats and aromatherapy soothes pain and induces deep relaxation.
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Did you know that how we dispose of medication can have a significant impact on the environment? Flushing prescription, over-the-counter, and veterinary medications into the water system can remain in the water cycle even after facility treatment. Do your part to protect our community so that it can be safe and clean for everyone. The Medicine Disposal Program provides drop off boxes at local Police Substations. Disposal is simple, easy and convenient. • First, remove your personal information from the original containers. • Place the containers in a secondary plastic bag. • Bring all your unwanted and expired medication to your local Las Vegas Metro, Henderson, Mesquite or Boulder City police station. • Deposit them in the secure drop box.
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Orlandis Wells, M.D., is passionate about helping women enjoy their lives and have healthy and satisfying relationships. After years of frustration with the routine day-today complaints and ongoing symptoms of his OB/GYN patients, he began to incorporate functional medicine into his treatment plans. By treating the cause of a problem, rather than just the symptoms, he observed his patients getting better, and again became the healer that he was called to be. The Hormone Centers of Nevada helps women from ages 35 to 55 that suffer from fatigue, weight gain, depression, gastrointestinal problems and hormone imbalances, to understand the root cause of their problems. They focus on the three factors that are considered the foundations of health: hormones, the gastrointestinal system and detoxification. Using advanced testing methods, a customized, individual supplement-based protocol is designed for each patient. Wells uses alternative and natural therapies in his practice, including an in-house nutritionist to help with lifestyle coaching and meal design. The program typically lasts from six to 12 months, after which most patients are able to stop taking all supplements, including hormonal therapy, and be placed on a maintenance program. “It is my mission in life to help women overcome menopause and perimenopause and have their best life now,” states Wells. At each appointment, Wells spends time to listen and educate his patients. “I truly care about my patients’ health, happiness and the quality of their relationships. If they want to enjoy life and experience it to the fullest, we can help,” he says.
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Put Your Best Face Forward Safely The Environmental Working Group (EWG) estimates that the average woman uses at least 12 personal care products—including soaps, shampoos, cosmetics and lotions—every day, many of which contain potentially toxic ingredients. The David Suzuki Foundation states, “U.S. researchers report that one in eight of the 82,000 ingredients used in personal care products are carcinogens, pesticides, reproductive toxins or hormone disruptors.” Stacy Malkan, of the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, advises, “Beware of bogus claims like ‘certified hypoallergenic’, meaningless marketing terms like ‘clean and simple’, and companies that do not list the product ingredients on their website.” One of the most troublesome additives is paraben, a chemical preservative found in numerous products that mimics estrogen and may disrupt normal hormone function. Others include diethanolamine (DEA) and triethanolamine (TEA), hormone disrupters that can form cancer-causing nitrates and are common ingredients of shampoos, shaving creams and body washes. Various artificial fragrances are among the top five allergens around the world, and can also contain neurotoxins. Triclosan and triclocarban, antimicrobial pesticides used in liquid and solid soaps, are toxic to the aquatic environment and disrupt thyroid function and reproductive hormones. Sodium lauryl and laureth sulfate—detergents common in facial cleansers, shampoos and shower gels—may be contaminated with carcinogens and neurotoxins and can irritate the skin, eyes and respiratory tract. The EWG also suggests avoiding anti-aging creams with lactic, glycolic, AHA and BHA acids; hair dyes that contain ammonia, peroxide, p-phenylenediamine or diaminobenzene, and all dark, permanent hair dyes; nail polish and removers with formaldehyde; and skin lighteners containing hydroquinine. Forego sunscreen sprays and beware of oxybenzone; instead, use products containing at least 7 percent zinc oxide or titanium dioxide. Children’s products are not immune, either. Steer clear of play makeup, including lipstick, nail polish and perfume; diaper cream that contains boric acid or sodium borate; baby wipes with Bronopol; and fluoridated toothpaste for youngsters under 2. The EWG’s Skin Deep database (ewg.org/skindeep) provides easy-to-navigate safety ratings for many personal care products and ingredients. Their Quick Tips for Safer Cosmetics wallet guide informs shoppers how to read personal care product labels and make smart choices.
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From Pleasure to Professional For This Cyclist
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ne local athlete has taken cycling from a leisure activity to a full-time job. Professional triathlete Kevin Taddonio travels internationally for Ironman races to swim 2.4 miles, bike 112 miles, and then run 26.2 miles, all in one day. It really all takes about eight-and-a-half hours. He has traveled to Abu Dhabi, Germany and Panama in the past year, and plans to race the Ironman World Championships 70.3, September 9, at Lake Las Vegas. Taddonio started competing on the weekends in triathlons three years ago for fun, and this healthy hobby quickly turned into a steady gig. “Dedicating free time to healthy activities picks up speed, and one good habit leads to another,” says Taddonio. He finds the outdoor environment of Las Vegas very appealing to serious cyclists and triathletes. “Safe roads and amazing elevation change in the Summerlin and Mount Charleston areas give options other cities can’t offer,” says Taddonio. His advice to other race enthusiasts: “To be race ready, take the time to stretch after workouts.” For more info, visit IronManLLV.com.
PLEASURE Find a Bike that Fits Your Style by Randy Kambic
ay is here—National Bike Month—heralded by a new Outdoor Industry Association study, which reports that bicycling is adult Americans’ second-favorite outdoor activity, after running. Its popularity is not surprising: Biking provides energizing aerobic and cardio exercise, flexibility, freedom, access and simply makes anyone feel young and vital. “Everyone remembers their first bike and learning to ride it,” says Micah Rice, managing director of national events with USA Cycling, in Colorado Springs. “Parents can tap into that interest and the entire family can participate in a ride around the block, along a bike path, on an adventurous bike trail or in a local group fun ride. Cycling is easier than running, because it is less hard on your body and you can ride at any pace or distance.” Sometimes we ride to combine shopping with exercise on local streets; on other occasions, we eagerly traverse old rail lines or ride hillside moguls. Having the right bicycle delivers the most from any experience.
Knowing your style and primary planned uses are paramount. Leading manufacturers, including Cannondale, Electra, GT, Marin, Novara, Raleigh, Scott and Trek offer many models for men, women and youngsters. Categories range from urban, road or mountain to recreation, comfort or cruising. Bikes designed for road and pavement are generally lighter and have more gears than mountain bikes, which are built with more shockabsorbing features, such as rugged suspension and rough terrain tires, plus more lower gears to help ascend inclines. Urban and commuting bikes feature a slightly more upright riding position that helps bikers and motorists to see each other better. Steve Colmar, a sales specialist at REI’s Seattle, Washington, store, provides two key guidelines for choosing and using a bike. Regarding seat position, “Make sure your leg has a slight bend when your pedal is at its lowest point in its rotation. If the legs feel a little cramped, raise the seat.” Regarding
handlebar position, “Many serious road bikers adjust handlebars to be a little farther away, so they can lean forward with more weight in their hands, while many casual riders prefer a more upright position, because that’s what they are accustomed to while sitting. Whatever you are most comfortable with works.” He notes that REI (rei.com) master bike technicians nationwide provide advice on selecting a bike, as well as free public bike maintenance classes.
Some riders feel that shouldering a knapsack is uncomfortable, inadequate or hinders pedaling. Bikes can be equipped with cargo-carrying capabilities to increase usability. Whatever the length of trip, having the gear to bring along key supplies will yield more utility and enjoyment: Think water, food, spare tube, cell phone, etc. What about bringing home some fresh produce from the farmers’ market? For around-town use, go with a bike trailer for frequent large loads; smaller amounts can fit into one or two front and/or back bike bags. Local bike shops can advise.
Fun biking tips Looking to get more out of your wheel time? Here are some bicycling trip tips from RoadBikeJourney.com. ■ Try a new route today ■ Bring a camera along ■ Join a riding club and attend a bike race ■ Invite your spouse or a friend to be a ride buddy ■ Track total mileage and roads via GPS ■ Use a heart rate monitor and log the encouraging stats
USA Cycling, the sport’s national governing body, is hosting 17 national competitions with expos around the country this year in mountain, road and track categories for juniors, collegiate, open and senior divisions, plus many other local events. Visit USACycling. org to search for nearby riding clubs and and year-round events.
Since 1986, the nonprofit Railsto-Trails Conservancy (RailsToTrails. org) has been using former rail lines and connecting corridors to expand bicycling opportunities. To date, the Washington, D.C.-based organization has converted 20,000-plus miles of rail-trails and is currently seeking to add another 9,000 miles. Its largest annual participatory event is the 335-mile Greenway Sojourn, from D.C. to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, from June 17 to 24. Many parks and recreation departments support off-road clubs that preserve and maintain biking trails, and statewide bicycling associations welcome participation. Also check for information and opportunities via AdventureCycling. org, BicycleFriendlyCommunity.org, BikeLeague.org, BikesBelong.org, ClimateRide.org, imba.com (International Mountain Bicycling Association) and PeopleForBikes.org. Pedal power to the people! Randy Kambic, in Estero, FL, is a freelance writer and a copyeditor for Natural Awakenings.
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The Hormone Balancing Act Natural Strategies for Feeling Better by Kathleen Barnes
ormones rule our lives; it’s a simple fact of biochemistry. In their role as the body’s chemical messengers, hormones affect every human biological system. Without them, nothing works correctly. Women’s hormonal systems are as complex as men’s, although vastly different. They govern reproduction, plus every aspect of health—including metabolizing food, proper immune function, physical and emotional responses to stress and the aging of cells.
Teens and Early 20s
Puberty and the early reproductive years should be the physical peak of a young woman’s life; when she is
physically active and full of energy and youthful health. It’s also the time when breasts develop, hips widen, pubic hair appears, menstruation begins, and she becomes capable of pregnancy. The good news is that several studies by the National Cancer Institute and the University of California, Los Angeles, have shown that regular exercise undertaken at this age results in lower estrogen levels throughout a woman’s life, greatly reducing her risk of breast cancer and other hormonal cancers. Yet, C.W. Randolph, Jr., a leading bioidentical hormone physician and co-author of From Hormone Hell to Hormone Well, reports that the ideal hormonal balance is routinely upset to-
Major Female Hormones d Estrogen is produced by the ovaries, adrenal glands and in several other parts of the female body. It is responsible for physical maturation, including development of breasts, regulation of the menstrual cycle and preparing the uterus to receive a fertilized embryo. d Progesterone prepares the uterus for pregnancy, maintains pregnancy and balances estrogen during cyclical fluctuations. 18
d Luteinizing hormone governs the ovaries’ production of estrogen and progesterone. d Follicle-stimulating hormone works in synergy with the luteinizing hormone to control the menstrual cycle and ovarian egg production. d Testosterone is present in women, although in far lower levels than in men. It serves as a component of healthy sexual desire and in maintenance of healthy bones and muscles.
day. Culprits are obesity among young American women and the everyday presence of toxic estrogenic chemicals in today’s dairy products and meat, personal care products, plastics, food containers, pesticides and herbicides, as well as car exhaust. “These compounds often have chemical structure similar to estrogen and can act like estrogen when introduced into the body,” Randolph explains. “Over time, these substances can increase estrogen in the body, potentially causing problems.” Categorized as xenoestrogens, these hormone disruptors can cause rapid growth in breast tissue and have been blamed for the appearance of breast tissue and even milk production in girls as young as 18 months and the early onset of puberty, particularly among African-American girls. They are also suspected in the rising incidence of breast cancer in younger women today.
Women in their reproductive years often experience extreme stress in struggling to balance family, work, relationships and a need for personal growth, along with economic challenges. Women’s health expert Dr. Christiane Northrup, author of The Wisdom of Menopause, blames the
Ways to Avoid Manmade Estrogens d Choose organic milk and dairy products. d Eat organic meats and wild-caught fish. d Avoid canned foods and plastic water and soda bottles. d Do not use lawn or garden chemical pesticides or herbicides. d Shed outdoor shoes before entering the house. d Avoid furniture made from medium-density fiberboard (MDF) and synthetic carpeting; these materials outgas toxic chemicals. d Use natural household-cleaning products, including baking soda and vinegar. d Choose natural personal care products, including shampoos, lotions and cosmetics.
hormone imbalances follow. “Excess blood sugar changes the way estrogen, progesterone and testosterone are metabolized,” Northrup explains. “PMS and other problems of the reproductive years often go away when you get your blood sugar balanced, but—here’s the rub—you won’t get it rebalanced unless you are addressing the very real stressors in your life.” Due to the presence of xenoestrogens and Americans’ general fondness for processed comfort foods, women in their childbearing years are also increasingly afflicted by polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), a condition characterized by overproduction of testosterone and other male hormones. Insulite Laboratories, in Louisville, Colorado, reports that infertility and early onset Type 2 diabetes, another hormonal imbalance problem, are closely connected to PCOS. The first priority for every woman at any age, counsels Northrup, is to get blood sugar (glucose) under control. “Get a glucometer. You don’t need a prescription. If your blood sugar level isn’t between 80 and 90 in the morning, you need to look at your diet and lifestyle. Getting this under control will create hormonal balance in the vast majority of women. It’s so simple.”
stress of modern lifestyles for hormone disruptions in women in their childbearing years. “The stress hormones cortisol and epinephrine can have long-term effects on all other horPerimenopause mones,” advises Northrup. The next hormonal shift overlaps with Concurrently, many women sacria woman’s reproductive years. Sympfice self-nurturance in order to nurture toms of perimenopause, or the start of others. The first result is often premenstrual syndrome (PMS), which Northrup menopause and the end of childbearing years, typically show up between the calls a “lifestyle disease.” “We know early and late 30s. that this problem seems to worsen with These range from hot flashes, night each subsequent child. That made the sweats and insomnia to weight gain, connection for me,” she adds, “that fuzzy thinking and with growing famiredistribution of hair lies and responsiFor customized, on the body. Again, bilities, women no bioidentical hormone the presence of longer take care of xenoestrogens and themselves as well; blends, as prescribed by a stress contribute. no longer get the Women of amount of exercise medical practitioner, visit other cultures rarely they once did. The body is quite forgiv- VegasCompounding.com. experience the intensity of perimenoing in their 20s, pausal symptoms that Western women much less so in their 30s.” report. So does that make perimeno Part of the result is the attempt to pause a lifestyle disease, as well? reduce stress levels by eating high-fat Emphatically yes, says Holly Lucille, and high-sugar comfort foods. Weight a doctor of naturopathy, registered nurse gain, blood sugar imbalances and sex natural awakenings
Seven Steps to Address Perimenopausal Symptoms 1. Good diet that’s heavy on organic foods and low in saturated fats 2. Vitex, or chasteberry, to increase progesterone naturally and help balance excess estrogen 3. Black cohosh extract, like that found in Remifemin, to control hot flashes and night sweats 4. Blood sugar stability and past president of the California Naturopathic Doctors Association. “Diet and lifestyle are absolutely essential to a healthy hormonal system,” which she explains in her book, Creating and Maintaining Balance: A Woman’s Guide to Safe, Natural, Hormone Health. “The biochemistry of the body is based on vitamins and minerals. If we compromise food and lifestyle choices, we are not getting the nutrients necessary to have a healthy endocrine system.” Weight gain is a particular concern during perimenopause. In their
5. Stress management, as well as adrenal support via an adrenal glandular supplement 6. Regular exercise 7. Bioidentical hormone replacement, if symptoms become too uncomfortable Source: Creating and Maintaining Balance: A Woman’s Guide to Safe, Natural, Hormone Health, by Dr. Holly Lucille book, From Belly Fat to Belly Flat, Dr. Randolph and Genie James, co-founders of the Natural Hormone Institute, advocate a specific eating plan to override belly fat and related accumulating effects of excess estrogen. “In perimenopause, progesterone production usually declines rapidly, more than 120 times faster than estrogen or testosterone production. That’s what aggravates the symptoms,” Randolph notes. “Because women in perimenopause are usually still menstruating, they think their hormones are okay.”
“The more body fat you have, the more estrogen tips the hormonal imbalance,” says Lucille. “Those fat cells hold on to toxins and place more burden on the liver, making it unable to effectively metabolize those extra estrogens,” which are stored in body fat and brought into the body as xenoestrogens. “At the end of the day, estrogen is a messenger, and its message is to tell cells to grow and proliferate. That’s what we don’t want.” When estrogen becomes dominant, several things happen, including a more rapid release of insulin from the pancreas, which triggers sugar cravings. “It’s not a willpower problem,” Randolph assures. “Too much estrogen causes you to pack on the pounds in the belly area, and belly fat produces more estrogen. It’s a vicious cycle.” Lucille considers perimenopause the opposite of puberty and counsels, “While we are dealing with these changes, bringing some hormones on board for a short time can be a valuable tool.” However, she cautions, replacing anything isn’t the issue. “You have to look at the big picture,” she avers. “Putting hormones into a toxic body is like putting gas into a dirty gas tank. We have to restore function first.” Bioidentical hormone replacement
Foods to Reduce Estrogen Dominance d Cruciferous vegetables and green leafy vegetables with indole-3carbinol to decrease xenoestrogens, including broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, spinach, celery and kale; two to three servings a day d Any citrus fruits, which have d-limonene to promote estrogen detoxification; one serving a day d Insoluble fiber as an estrogen binder, such as oats, berries, dried beans and apples; two servings a day d Lignans as estrogen binders, such as flaxseed, sesame seeds and flaxseed oil; two to three tablespoons a day Source: From Belly Fat to Belly Flat, by Dr. C.W. Randolph, Jr., and Genie James 20
therapy (BHRT) has been a boon for millions. Results of the Women’s Health Initiative, a national study of women’s health between 1991 and 2002, involving more than 160,000 postmenopausal women ages 50 to 79, sparked more widespread use early in the 21st century, when research began to show the dire consequences of synthetic hormone replacement. The Million Woman Study of British women also found that taking synthetic hormones at menopause doubled the risk of breast cancer for women. Northrup calls bioidenticals “nature’s ideal design,” due to the prescription of individually tailored doses, custom-made by compounding pharmacies. Although these are rarely covered by insurance, estradiol-only patches may be; however, additional progesterone and testosterone may still be necessary, depending on test results, according to Northrup.
If a woman has had no menstrual periods for 12 months, she is considered to be in menopause. However, Lucille asserts, “Menopause is not a disease.” Northrup touts menopause as the most creative and precious time of a woman’s life; it is often a time of spiritual awakening and self-fulfillment. “When the female brain passes menopause, the brain changes,” advises Northrup. “In a sense, we move from alternating current to direct cur-
rent; I believe that this is the way the brain encodes wisdom.” “Yet there are women in their 60s that are still having hot flashes. What should they do?” queries Northrup. Natural alternatives exist that are safe and effective. “Many herbs have been used for millennia that have estrogen-like properties, but do not have estrogen’s side effects,” Northrup says. “There is huge confusion about this: Plant hormones have different structures than mammalian hormones and cannot act as growth hormones. If you have too much estrogen, these plant hormones can actually protect against excess stimulation.” Her favorite is pueraria mirifica, which has helped relieve perimenopausal and menopausal symptoms in 80 percent of her patients within days. (Because the method of harvesting
and processing supports effectiveness, Northrup likes Solgar brand PhytoGen.) She also uses maca, from Peru, for its phytoestrogens, vitex, black cohosh and omega-3 fatty acids such as those found in salmon for ongoing hot flashes. “Some women go through these years and truly take their place as women of wisdom and power. They don’t need any additional hormone support; they have enough life energy coming,” comments Northrup. “Others may need to take some kind of hormone support their entire lives. Either way, no one should suffer.” Kathleen Barnes is a natural health advocate, author and publisher. User’s Guide to Natural Hormone Replacement is among her many books. Visit KathleenBarnes.com.
How to Access Bioidentical Hormones Bioidentical hormone replacement requires a prescription hormone blend prepared specifically for each individual by a compounding pharmacy. It may include the three primary aspects of natural estrogen: estradiol, estrone and estriol, and will usually include progesterone and testosterone, if needed. “An almost limitless flexibility of doses is available in capsule or cream form,” says Steve Metcalf, a registered pharmacist and owner of Metcalf
Pharmacy, a compounding pharmacy in Brevard, North Carolina. “Unlike conventional hormone replacement therapy, where the mentality of the pharmaceutical companies is ‘one size fits all,’ we can make the specific strength you need.” To find a local compounding pharmacy, visit the International Academy of Compounding Pharmacists website, iacprx.org.
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magine a diet that eliminates the need for calorie counting and never prompts a late-night rummage in search of foods possibly high in fat, sugar or processed ingredients; one that allows you to eat like you do now, except for one small change—the addition of a green drink or smoothie. A green drink isn’t a meal replacement; it’s a supplement (a starter or side dish) to the diet you already enjoy. Simply drink one prior to breakfast and if you are committed to optimal health, another before lunch and dinner. You can change the ingredients at will, according to taste. Fruits and vegetables are the most nutrient-rich foods on the planet, accepted as staples in just about every healthy diet imaginable. From vegetarian to omnivore to Weight Watchers diets, the green drink is welcome. After a week or so of drinking green, your body will begin to crave the rush of nutrients it receives and less healthy foods will simply lose their appeal. You will naturally gravitate towards foods that fuel your body, instead of foods that drag it down. Robert Young, Ph.D., author of The pH Miracle, has been in the forefront of promoting the fact that the body thrives when its pH levels are more alkaline than acidic. Diseasecausing bacteria and viruses, as well as other abnormalities, flourish in an acid state, while the body’s natural defense mechanisms work best in 24
an alkaline state. He writes, “Our glands and organs function properly in exact proportion to the amount of alkaline and acid levels in our system; eating a balance of 75 percent alkaline foods and 25 percent acidic foods is ideal.” Young reports that keeping your body in an alkaline state amplifies benefits such as immune system function, strength, stamina and weight loss. Fruits and vegetables, especially green leafy vegetables, are extremely alkaline, and drinking them is an easy way to consume more. According to the Institute of Medicine’s Dietary Reference Intakes for Energy, Carbohydrates, Fiber, Fat, Fatty Acids, Cholesterol, Protein and Amino Acids, the average adult needs about 50 grams of protein a day. Eating normal meals generally supplies that. Greens, despite the common misconception, also contain a good amount of protein when eaten in large quantities, which green drinks provide. Getting started requires only a blender or juicer, depending on the recipe. Juicing is great for a quick jolt of concentrated energy; the drink delivers maximum nutrient intake, and the absence of fiber enables near-immediate absorption of vitamins and minerals. Juicing is also preferred by people with digestive issues or those looking to cleanse or heal their system.
While blending a green smoothie reduces nutrient concentration through oxidation, by whipping air into the drink, it is ideal for people that need to keep their sugar in check. It’s the flip side of juicing, which can turn a fivepound bag of fruits and greens into a glass of concentrated fruit sugars, called fructose. Blending also delivers fiber, which helps keep the digestive tract in tip-top shape. It can even serve as a complete meal; you can add avocado or raw almond butter for healthy fats, and protein powder, raw chocolate and bee pollen for extra stamina and endurance—much more than what is possible using a juicer. In most cases, a typical blender will suffice. However, when blending fruits and vegetables with a harder consistency, such as carrots, pineapple hearts and apples, or waxy greens like kale, you will need more specialized equipment. Two professional blenders, Blendtec and Vitamix, are a good fit for home countertops. Spinach, chard and mixed greens make a perfect base for beginners. Just blend or juice them with a few sweet fruits and berries like banana, blueberries and apple to disguise the green taste. From there, you can experiment by adding more potent ingredients like kale, beet greens, mustard greens, arugula and watercress. Mint or other herbs add a refreshing twist. It helps newcomers to start with more fruits than greens, and then gradually shift the balance. For even more smoothie nutrition, try adding superfoods, such as puréed pumpkin, coconut milk or oil, nut and seed butters, avocado and even garlic. To assuage a sweet tooth, add a dash of honey or pitted dates to the blender. You don’t have to live like a strict dieter, athlete or nutritionist to be healthier and feel better. Just toss a few fruits and greens into a blender or juicer each day and drink to your health. Jason Manheim is a health, fitness and green drink junkie in Los Angeles, CA. His educational website, HealthyGreen Drink.com, was the inspiration for his book, The Healthy Green Drink Diet: Advice and Recipes to Energize, Alkalize, Lose Weight, and Feel Great.
Green Drink Recipes Surprise Health Smoothie for Singers Courtesy of Billie Cole â€“ Las Vegas voice coach For energy that is through the roof, here is a green drink that supports your immune system and ends cravings for sugar and carbohydrates. It keeps hunger at bay, too. Ingredients: 1 handful spinach 1 handful kale 1 cup frozen blueberries 1/2 cup cubed watermelon (or other melon) 3-4 fresh strawberries 1 cup coconut water, rice milk, soy milk or water 1/4-inch slice fresh ginger root 2 cloves fresh garlic Put all ingredients into a blender until desired consistency is reached. Add one fruit (only) from: mango/ pineapple/apple/pear/kiwi/ peach/apricot/ banana/ lemon/grapefruitâ€”vary the selection each time you make for nutritional variety. Optional: 1 Tbsp pure aloe vera juice 1 Tbsp honey or bee pollen 1 Tbsp chlorella Egg white or tofu for protein Non-fat live yogurt
Favorite Green Drink Courtesy of Natural Awakenings reader Michele Brain-White This is a simple and delicious drink that gets you going any time of the day. 1 cup orange juice 11/2 cup frozen strawberries 1/2 banana 1 handful fresh spinach 2-3 whole kale leaves Place all ingredients in a blender and whiz until very smooth.
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This refreshing summer delight is perfect for parties by the pool, barbecues and picnics in the park. Broccoliâ€™s cancer-fighting properties combat carcinogens introduced to meat by a smoky grill. Ginger works to settle stomachs and has long been a remedy for heartburn. 1 crown of broccoli 1/2 small red cabbage 2 carrots 1 lemon (peeled) 1 green apple Ginger to taste Peel ginger root and juice all ingredients together. Serve over ice.
The good-for-you factor in salads is often diminished by introducing salad oils and dressings, sacrificing some health benefits for taste, but not so with this drink. The fiber-rich kale and the veritable powerhouse of vitamins in spinach pair with sweet carrots and a tart green apple, juiced to a harmonious balance of taste and nutrition. 3 leaves kale 1 bunch cilantro 1 cup spinach 1 cucumber 1-2 carrots 1 green apple Combine ingredients and juice.
This tasty concoction begs to be poured into an ice-filled punch bowl and ladled into frosty glasses. Youâ€™ll never know your body is detoxifying as you gulp this tasty summer treat. For those that find it a bit too sour, add an apple or two. Green Clean not only has high amounts of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, it is one of the most aromatically appealing drinks aroundâ€”crisp, clean and refreshing. 1 lime 1 lemon 1 large cucumber 1 handful basil 1 handful mint 2 handfuls spinach Ginger to taste Combine ingredients and juice.
Mom-to-Mom WISDOM Calming Advice for More ‘Good Days’ with Fretful Kids
by Beth Davis
arenting has more than its share of stressful challenges, and today’s moms are often frustrated by conflicting advice. As families search for answers to daily issues, a more holistic and natural approach, known as conscious parenting, has been gaining momentum. According to Lori Petro, founder of TEACH through Love, a child advocacy group and educational resource for progressive parents, conscious parenting comprises the spirit of cooperation, instead of traditional models of discipline and control. “We want to teach our children how to live in the world, explore, be creative, compassionate, learn appropriate expressions of emotion and think for themselves,” she says. To help maximize the rewards for all, Natural Awakenings asked several forward-thinking moms for their best tips on how to handle some of parenting’s biggest challenges.
Surviving the First Year
As a certified Happiest Baby educator, mother of three and owner of Gummy Giggles Baby Boutique, in Yukon, Oklahoma, Lori Simmons provides parents with essential tools and knowledge to help calm unhappy babies. She notes that while dealing with a crying infant is simply part of being a parent, colic is a condition moms dread the most. Making the baby feel as if he or she is still in the womb is key, she advises. “People try to not make any noise, but the reality is, babies often cry because it’s too silent.” She recommends swaddling the baby, swaying and shushing quietly in the baby’s ear—all to mimic the comforts of the womb. The best advice that she gives any new parent is that it’s okay not to know everything. “Just listen to your instincts and understand that each child will learn and grow at his or her own pace,” she says. “Most importantly, relax and don’t sweat the small stuff.”
Weathering Toddler Meltdowns
So, what can adults do in the middle of a toddler meltdown? First, remember that it’s the rare parent that hasn’t had to deal with a tired, cranky, screaming toddler. Simmons admits to having handled her share of tantrums. “They don’t understand their own frustration, so it’s difficult for parents to understand the reason for outbursts,” she observes. Her strategy is to take the stressed child out of the situation. It helps to know that some hitting and biting is considered normal for toddlers, especially if they see it as an effective way to get what they want. Parents can put an end to it much the same way they deal with other inappropriate behavior, advises Petro. She suggests remaining calm, finding the root cause of the situation and acknowledging the child’s feelings and needs. Understanding why the child is doing it is crucial to making it stop. “Conscious parenting operates from the premise that all behavior is communication to meet a need,” she says.
According to Certified Life Coach Clare Seffrin Bond, although the adolescent years can be difficult, there’s plenty that parents can do to nurture teens and encourage responsible behavior. “The best parenting advice I ever received was from my mom, who encouraged me to grow into parenthood—taking it day by day, without the expectation that I would be proficient simply through the act of giving birth,” says this mother of two, in Richmond, Indiana. Rewarding relationships come through accepting the notion that children are individuals living their own journey, rather than extensions of their parents. “What parents see or feel in a situation is not necessarily what the child is experiencing,” Bond explains. “Taking the time to recognize the fact of individual realities can be huge in rethinking one’s approach to discipline.” She recommends speaking to adolescents honestly— even when it’s painful—and listening to them, even when we may not want to hear, or believe, what they’re saying. “Stay in touch with the fact that your relationship with your children is absolutely huge in terms of their—and your—development as a happy and fulfilled person,” counsels Bond. “Work hard at remembering your own teen years, including the frustrations and disappointments. Empathy and respect are essential ingredients in successful human relationships at every age.” To connect with Lori Petro, visit Teach-Through-Love. com; for Lori Simmons, GummyGiggles.com; and Clare Seffrin Bond, TheRoadToClarity.com.
Petro says we can better meet the challenges of these years— including temper tantrums, biting, toilet training and sleep problems—if we understand these situations in the context of a child’s development. During early growth, exploration and change, children typically have trouble expressing their thoughts Beth Davis is a contributing and feelings, and that can prove overwhelming for everyone. writer to Natural Awakenings. natural awakenings
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calendarofevents TUESDAY, MAY 1 Gallery Exhibit: BeverLee Renner – thru Jun 1. This collection of beautiful paintings will take you on an extraordinary journey across the globe. Free. Henderson Multigenerational Center, 250 S Green Valley Pkwy, HD. HendersonLive.com.
FRIDAY, MAY 4 Shamanic Circel w/Laini Risto – 6:30-8:30pm. Practitioners only. Donation. Transformations, 1720 Bannie Ave, LV. 252-3502. TransformationsLasVegas.org. Henderson Symphony Orchestra – 8pm. Free. Henderson Pavilion, 200 S Green Valley Pkwy, HD. HendersonLive.com.
SATURDAY, MAY 5 Food Preservation Class – 9-11am. Learn how to preserve what your garden has grown in a way that you can enjoy it in later months. Free. Acacia Park, 50 Casa del Fuego, HD. 257-5555. LVMaster Gardeners@unce.unr.edu.
savethedate Wellness Open House – 6-9pm. We invite you to meet Dr. Stella and Angela Drake and experience iLipo Ultra+, Doterra oils, happy feelings, music, beverages and food. RSVP 937-1797. Free. Stella Chiropractic Wellness Center, 375 N Stephanie, Ste 1213, HD. Houston Jones Concert – 7-8pm. Ranging from bluegrass and folk to blues and gospel, this event is not to be missed. Free. West Charleston Library, 6301 W Charleston Blvd, LV. 507-3964. lvccld.org.
SUNDAY, MAY 6 Mystical Kirtan Vibes Concert – 6-9pm. Kirtan is a powerful sonic therapy and meditation in call and response style. The leader sings the mantra and the crowd responds. Open to all ages. $10. Govinda’s Center of Vedic India, 7181 Dean Martin Dr, LV. 434-4332. GovindasCenter.com.
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FRIDAY, MAY 11 Shamanic Circle w/Laini Risto – 6:30-8:30pm. Please RSVP to Laini at 308-8464. Donation. Transformations, 1720 Bannie Ave, LV. 252-3502. Transformations-LasVegas.org.
SATURDAY, MAY 12 Fit & Fine 2012: A Renewal – 10am-4pm. Personal and professional development training aimed at aligning your vision for a wellness lifestyle with your actions to realize that vision. Admission includes lunch. $10. Center for Spiritual Living, 1480 E Harmon Ave, LV. 482-9181. FitAndFine2012.com. Art Festival of Henderson – 10am-5pm. Sun also. Henderson’s annual fine arts festival celebrated every Mother’s Day weekend. Free. Henderson Events Plaza, 200 S Water Street, HD. 267-2171. HendersonLive.com. There’s an Herb for That! – 11am. Herbs and natural medicine can help the body heal itself and stay healthy. Bring your herb questions and health concerns. $5. Herbally Grounded, 4441 W Charleston Blvd, LV. 558-4372. HerballyGrounded.com. Raw Food Prep – 11:15am-1:15pm. Must RSVP: TransformLasVegas@yahoo.com. $12.00 plus food consumed.. Transformations, 1720 Bannie Ave, LV. 252-3502. Transformations-LasVegas.org. Blues & Brews Fest – 2-10:30pm. The latest sensation in ultimate tasting experiences, featuring the world’s top brewers and award-winning blues performers. Tickets start at $29. Henderson Pavilion, 200 S Green Valley Pkwy, HD. 702-267-4849. HendersonLive.com. Radon Awareness Presentation – 2:30-3:30pm. Radon is the leading cause of lung cancer among nonsmokers. Free. Henderson MultiGen Center, 250 S Green Valley Pkwy, HD. 257-5550. RadonNV.com.
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Hands-On Energy Medicine – 5:30-7:30pm. Experience different strategies to feel better and open up energy systems. Involves non-invasive, light touch techniques and exercises. Free. Paseo-Verde Library, 280 S Green Valley Pkwy, HD. 207-4282.
Emotions and Health – 6-7:30pm. Learn how stress, fear, anger, depression and worries affect your health and weight, and what you can do about it. RSVP: TransformLasVegas@yahoo.com. $12.50 or $69 for 8 classes. Transformations, 1720 Bannie Ave, LV. 252-3502. Transformations-LasVegas.org.
THURSDAY, MAY 10 Accessing the Subconscious Mind – 6:30pm. Through hypnosis, relaxation and guided you can have a happier, healthier life than ever before. Bring a mat or blanket. $15. Herbally
Solar Water Heating Workshop – 6-8pm. Workshops by Southwest Gas and NV Energy provide information about the benefits of a solar hot water system. Free. UNLV, 4505 S Maryland Pkwy, LV. 876-7149. SolarWaterHeatingRebate.com. Green Living Series w/Steve Rypka – 6:30-8pm. Living with the Sun: Passive Solar Principles Can Save you Money. Whether you have a home already or are looking for a new one, passive solar techniques can help provide comfort and savings. Free. West Charleston Library, 6301 W Charleston Blvd, LV. 507-3964. lvccld.org.
THURSDAY, MAY 3 Green Living Series w/Steve Rypka – 6:30pm8pm. Living with the Sun: Heating Water with Solar Energy. Learn about solar hot water systems. Free. West Charleston Library, 6301 W Charleston Blvd, LV. 507-3964. lvccld.org.
taught in Las Vegas. Free. West Charleston Library, 6301 W Charleston Blvd, LV. 507-3964. lvccld.org.
THURSDAY, MAY 17 Infant Massage Lecture – 10:30-11:30am. Join Regina Murphy, LMT to find out about the latest research and where infant massage classes are being
FRIDAY, MAY 18 Spektral Quartet Concert – 7-8:30pm. Experience the classical music of the Spektral Quartet. Expect dynamic collaborations from these multidisciplinary Chicago artists. Free. West Charleston Library, 6301 W Charleston Blvd, LV. 507-3964. lvccld.org.
SATURDAY, MAY 19 Gardening Class – 9-11am. Why Don’t Things Grow Here? Most common reasons for plant failure here in the desert southwest. Free. Acacia Park, 50 Casa del Fuego, HD. 257-5555. LVMasterGardeners @unce.unr.edu. Don’t Exercise, Lymphacize – 11:15am-12:45pm. Learn how to use ancient breath techniques for keeping your lymphatic system active. $12.50/class or $69/8 classes. Transformations, 1720 Bannie Ave, LV. 252-3502. Transformations-LasVegas.org. Feng Shui – 1-2:30pm. Join Mary Swick, The Feng Shui Lady, for a thoughtful discussion about decorating themes which could be hazardous to your prosperity. Free. West Charleston Library, 6301 W Charleston Blvd, LV. 507-3964. lvccld.org. Accessing the Subconscious Mind – 6pm. Through hypnosis, relaxation and guided imagery you can have a happier, healthier life. Bring a mat or blanket. $15. Herbally Grounded, 4441 W Charleston Blvd, LV. 558-4372. HerballyGrounded.com. The Phantom of the Opera – 8pm. Vox Lumiere’s Phantom combines the excitement of rock & roll, the sophistication of a silent motion picture with the magic of live performance. $10. Henderson Pavilion, 200 S Green Valley Pkwy, HD. 267-4849. HendersonLive.com.
MONDAY, MAY 21 Truth About Fiber – 6-7:30pm. Learn how to
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BBQ & Music Festival – 2-11pm, Sun 10am7pm. Showcasing the nation’s best grill masters, the cook off also features concerts by funk, soul and jazz legends. Call for ticket prices. Henderson Pavilion, 200 S Green Valley Pkwy, HD. 267-4849. HendersonLive.com.
stimulating spiritual knowledge of ancient India. Free. Govinda’s Center, 7181 Dean Martin Dr, LV. 434-8332. GovindasCenter.com.
SUNDAY, MAY 27
Healthy & Delicious Cooking Series – 9:3010:30am. Modify favorite- family recipes for better health. Taste and share favorite family recipes. Classes taught in both English and Spanish. Free. Cambridge Community Center, 3900 Cambridge St, LV. 948-5940.
Outdoor Movie Night – 6-8pm. See the film “The Garden” about the South Central LA Farmers and the community garden they built. $5. Vegas Roots Community Garden (TCG), 715 N Tonopah Dr, HD. GreatBasinPermaculture.org.
Yoga with Jeff – 6:15-7:15pm. Improve your strength, flexibility and endurance, while clearing your mind with the power of Yoga. Donation. Herbally Grounded, 4441 W Charleston Blvd, LV. 558-4372.
MONDAY, MAY 28 Alkalize or Die – 6-7:30pm. Learn how to pHbalance the fluids in your body and what it means for your health. RSVP: TransformLasVegas@ yahoo.com. $12.50 per class or $69 for 8 classes. Transformations, 1720 Bannie Ave, LV. 252-3502.
WEDNESDAY, MAY 30 Infant Massage Lecture – 10:30-11:30am. See 5/17 description. Free. West Charleston Library, 6301 W Charleston Blvd, LV. 507-3964. lvccld.org. Monthly Membership Meeting – 6-7:30pm. Join us at Sunrise Coffee for a discussion centered on permaculture design. We will also talk about upcoming events. Sunrise Coffee Co., 3130 E Sunset, LV. GreatBasinPermaculture.org.
THURSDAY, MAY 31 Green Living Series w/Steve Rypka – 6:30-8pm. Green Transportation: Getting Over Oil. The future of transportation is exciting and changing rapidly. Learn how people are saying adios to the gas pump, saving money and helping the environment. Free. West Charleston Library, 6301 W Charleston Blvd, LV. 507-3964. lvccld.org. Why Affirmations Don’t Work and How They Can – 6:30-9pm. Self-Hypnosis-NLP Course. Must RSVP: TransformLasVegas@yahoo.com . $25. Transformations, 1720 Bannie Ave, LV. 252-3502.
daily Bikram Yoga Classes – See website for class schedule and rates. Bikram Yoga Green Valley, 1550 N Green Valley Pkwy, Ste 310, HD. 463-0671. BikramGreenValley.com. Bikram Yoga Classes – See website for class schedule and rates. Bikram Yoga Las Vegas, 5031 Wagon Trail Ave, Ste 109, LV. 547-9642. BikramLasVegas.com Daily Meditation Classes – 4am, 9am, 2pm, 5pm. 1-hr classes. Chaiya Meditation Monastery, 7925 Virtue Ct, LV. 456-3838. ChaiyaCMM.org.
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. 731-1230. StayHealthy.info.
sunday fresh52 Farmer’s & Artisan Market – 8:30am2pm. Lively, friendly, open-air market. Free. Sansone Park Place, 9480 S Eastern, HD. fresh52.com. 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, LV. 567-6000.
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Zen Meditation – 9-10:30am. Sitting and walking meditation practice with pre-recorded Dharma talks from the Chung Tai Monastary. Free. Lohan School of Shaolin, 3850 Schiff Dr, LV. 217-1498. ZenBuddhismLasVegas.com. Spiritual Yoga Fest – 6-9pm. Experience mantra chants with vibrant world music and hear the
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. GoldLightYoga.com.
tuesday 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 HD, 11 S Stephanie St, HD. 778-9500. BrainBalanceCenters.com. Hatha Yoga Group Class – 6-7pm. A yoga class for all levels, combining postures, breathing and relaxation. $10. World Wellness Group, 3120A S Valley View Blvd, LV. 338-3309. World WellnessGroup.net. Inspirational Reiki Healing Circle – 6:30pm. Natural healing through guided meditation. Relax and recharge your mind and body. $5. Transformations, 1720 Bannie Ave, LV. 252-3502. Transformations-LasVegas.org. Law of Attraction Meetup Group – 6:30pm. Listen to and discuss a Law of Attraction CD (1 hour in length) together in a like-minded group. $20 for guidebook. Something’s Brewing Café, 3100 S Durango, LV. 575-5086. Meetup.com/LawofAttractionYourWishisYourCommand-LasVegasNV. Reiki Healing Circle – 7-9pm. Relax and de-stress in a safe, serene environment of friends and practitioners. Free. 2595 S Cimarron, LV. 702-327-3720. AllAboutLove.ReikiConnection@yahoo.com.
wednesday Brain Balance Educator Open House – 2:304:30pm. 3rd Wed. For all 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. BrainBalanceCenters.com.
Health Science Conference Call – 5pm. Get questions answered by scientist Dr. Thomas Brewer. Free. 646-519-5860. Pin: 7123#. TheTotalConcept.org.
fresh52 Farmer’s & Artisan Market – 8am-2pm. Lively, friendly, open-air market. Free. Tivoli Village, 302 S Rampart, LV. 900-2552. fresh52.com.
Together for A Better Education/Juntos – 6-8pm. 3rd & 4th Wed. Participants will receive the tools necessary to help their child finish high school and start a college career. Free. Cambridge Community Center, 3900 Cambridge St, LV. 894-9964.
Boot Camp in The Park – 9-10am. Affordable, structured fitness program. $15person/$20pair. Reunion Trails Park, 44 Chapata Dr, HD. CertifiedPersonalTraining@yahoo.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, LV. 324-0353. EarthPowers.com.
Green Drinks – 2nd Thurs. Network with other eco-friendly business professionals. Times/locations vary. Facebook.com/GreenDrinksLV. Country Fresh Farmers’ Market: Water Street – 9am-4pm. Free. Events Plaza, 240 Water St, HD. 579-9661. CountryFreshFarmersMarket.com. ‘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. BetOnTheFarm.com. 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, LV. 795-2500. WellRoundedMomma.com. 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, LV. 239-1069. ThorpInstitute.com. Taste & Toast – 5-8pm. Farmers’ market, live entertainment, cooking demos, local artists, beer and wine tasting. Free. Tivoli Village, 302 S Rampart, LV. fresh52.com Happy Hour Drumming – 7-8pm. 3rd Thurs. No cocktails needed while we beat drums to the rhythm of happiness making new friends. $5. 6029 W Charleston Blvd, LV. 702-889-2881. DrumCircles LasVegas.com. Introduction to Spiritual Yoga – 7-9pm. 4-Class
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Las Vegas Electric Vehicle Club – 10am. 2nd Sat. Informative discussion about and display of electric vehicles. Free. Frank’s Mercedes, 2695 S. Decatur Blvd. #400, LV. 277-7544. lveva.org. Series with Ileana Stefanescu. Each class focuses on a different way yoga can improve your life. Call for weekly topic. $16/class; $50/series. Transformations, 1720 Bannie Ave, LV. 252-3502. Transformations-LasVegas.org.
friday Country Fresh Farmers’ Market – 10am. Free. HD Pavillion, 200 S Green Valley Pkwy, HD. 5799661. CountryFreshFarmersMarket.com. First Friday – 6pm-12am. Arts festival on 1st Fri each month. Food, drink, art and entertainers. Free. Downtown Arts District, LV. 384-0092. FirstFridayLasVegas.org. Community Hu – 6:15-6:45pm. 4th Fri. Open your heart to divine love and experience upliftment, joy, relaxation and spiritual connection. Free. Pure Health Foods, 7575 Washington #129, LV. 224-4325.
Work Bee – 10am-12pm. Join us at the permaculture garden. Tours and hands-on volunteer opportunities available. Vegas Roots Community Garden (TCG), 715 N Tonopah Dr, LV. Great BasinPermaculture.org. Kids Rhythm Club – 11-11:45am. 2nd Sat. Drum together for fun, make new friends. $3. 6029 W Charleston Blvd, LV. 702-889-2881. DrumCircles LasVegas.com. Past Lives, Dreams & Soul Travel Book Discussion – 2-4pm. 3rd Sat. Understand your true self through past lives recalls, discover the meaning of your life through dreams. Free. Barnes & Noble, 8915 N Charleston, LV. 224-4325. The Art of Spiritual Dreaming Book Discussion – 2-4pm. 4th Sat. Recognize dreams as a source of inner truth and as a key element of spiritual growth. Free. Starbucks, 2120 Rampart, LV. 224-4325. Family Drum Circle – 2:30pm. 3rd Sat. Have fun with your family drumming away stress and problems. $3. 6029 W Charleston Blvd, LV. 702889-2881. DrumCirclesLasVegas.com.
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ANTI-AGING MEDICINE skin & wellness concierge clinic
Dr. Darlina Manthei DO FAAFP FACOFP 702-263-4001 • TheSkinClinicLV.com
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Specializing in anti-agingrestorative health medicine, bioidentical hormone restoration for men and women, medical and cosmetic dermatology. Customized nutrition and hormone balance programs for menopause symptoms, fatigue, insomnia, and obesity.
AYURVEDA ki-atsu institute
Ki Kosut, Clinical Ayurvedic Specialist 12231 S. Eastern Ave, Ste 140, HD 89052 702-982-7997 • Ki-Atsu.com To provide students a quality educational experience and to stimulate the desire to learn about b o d y, m i n d a n d s p i r i t b y i n c o r p o r a t i n g Ay u r v e d i c diagnostics, daily routines, yoga, and bodywork into their lives. See ad, page 9.
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A Better Life Experience – Dr. Shelly O’Connor 6000 S Eastern Ave, 9A, LV 89119 702-983-0687 • AbleWellness.com Dr. Shelly addresses the emotional, chemical and physical roadblocks to wellness with specific chiropractic care, NET, nutrition, fitness and lifestyle coaching. Rather than chasing symptoms, become healthier and maximize your human potential and have A Better Life Experience!
stella chiroPractic wellness center
Dr. David Stella, DC 375 N Stephanie, Ste 1213, HD 89014 702-932-1798 Chiropractic solutions for overall wellness and pain relief. Individualized care since 1998. Anti-aging, body work, a r o m a t h e r a p y, n u t r i t i o n a l counseling, detox programs. We welcome you to live the life you were meant to live. See profile on page 13 and ad on page 25.
COMPOUNDING PHARMACY solutions sPecialtY PharmacY 8579 S Eastern Blvd, Ste B, LV 89123 702-792-3777 • VegasCompounding.com
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.
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Linda Perry, PT 702-239-1069 Linda@ThorpInstitute.com
Dr. Jim Wright, DDS, AIAOMT 8855 W Flamingo, LV 89147 702-281-9900 • HolisticDentistLasVegas.com
Energy Healing using the electro acuscope and myopulse. Electrically detoxify, de-stress and get pain free from the inside out. Thorp-certified electrotoxicologist and licensed physical therapist. See ad, page 8.
sTELLA CHIROPRACTIC WELLNESS CENTER
Angela Drake 375 N Stephanie, Ste 1213, HD 89014 702-932-1798 Healing modalities for inner harmony and wellness. Certified in Holodynamic Life Coaching, iLipo Ultra + Specialist, DNA Theta Healer, Deeksha Giver, Clairvoyant, H.U.N.A Healer, Energy Healing, Raw Food Fusion and Juice Cleansing. See profile on page 13 and ad on page 25.
HOME ENERGY EFFICIENCY TODAY’S ENERGY STORE
137 N Gibson Rd, Ste 100, HD 89014 702-558-1500 TodaysEnergyStore.com
Christine Contini’s specialty as an energy worker is releasing pain from the emotional and physical body, especially long term from surgery or injury. Join our community group “Let’s Grow Wings”.
Dr. Orlandis Wells, MD OB/GYN 2649 Wigwam Parkway, Ste 101, HD 89074 702-568-6108 • HendersonNVobGyn.com Functional medicine to treat fatigue, weight gain, depression, anxiety, gastrointestinal problems, and hormone imbalances. Treating the root problem – not symptoms, we help patients enjoy their lives and their relationships. See profile, page 14.
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3315 W Craig Rd, Ste 105, NLV 89032 702-285-8321 • MassageHelpsThat.com Therapeutic massage reduces pain, increases function, and wellbeing. I was trained in Alaska by the founder of Integrating Shiatsu in 2001. Experience a new kind of massage. $39/hour. Call now.
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Penny Creedon Destination Spa Salon, Horizon Ridge 702-617-6100 x 108 Specializing in ammonia-free hair color and keratin smoothing therapy. Caters to clients with allergies and sensitivities. Free consultation to enhance and improve the health of your hair. See ad, page 15.
Providing customized home efficiency solutions to meet your needs. Energy audits, solar power, insulation, air purification, window tint, solar screens, solar hot water heaters, attic fans, and more. See ads, pages 5 and 23.
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Las Vegas & Henderson Locations 702-339-3076 TheTotalConcept.org
CHUCK WILLIAMS, NVMT4937
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RECYCLING RE-NEW RECYCLING
3050 Sirius Ave, LV 89102 702-489-3029 • Re-NewRecycling.com Delivering excellent customer service. We specialize in implementing tailored recycling programs and showing our customers how to reduce waste disposal. Competitive rebates. Free pickup and delivery service for large-volume customers. See ad, page 10.
702-735-5151 RepublicServicesVegas.com Facebook.com/RepublicServicesVegas Republic Services offers complete waste and recycling solutions for residential, commercial, industrial and construction customers. Offering free recycling assessments to meet the needs of any sized business or project.
oo often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around. ~ Leo Buscaglia, author of Living, Loving, Learning
REIKI ENCHANTED FOREST REIKI CENTER
Debbie Veech, Reiki Master/Teacher 800 N Rainbow Blvd, Ste 140, LV 89107 702-948-4999 • EnchantedForestReiki.com Reiki is a natural holistic path to promote relaxation and healing of the body on a physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual level. Reiki sessions and classes are available at our center.
THE REIKI CLINIC
Terry Maurer, Reiki Master 3110 S Valley View Blvd, Ste 202D, LV 89102 702-497-3385 • TheReikiClinic.com Reiki delivers a naturally induced state of peace and well-being. It b a l a n c e s t h e b i o - e n e rg e t i c channels, bringing mental clarity, emotional healing and physical relaxation. Extensive experience with cancer patients.
SKINCARE FOREVER YOUNG SKIN STUDIO
Shona Susca, Aesthetician 10905 S Eastern Ave, Ste 110, HD 89052 702-353-3684 Change your skin. Offering facials, microdermabrasion, “no down time” peels, ultrasound deep hydration, brow sculpting and more. Monthly clients receive complimentary brow sculpting.
SOLAR ENERGY SOLAR UNIVERSE
Las Vegas & Henderson SolarUniverse.com 877-43-SOLAR (7-6527)
BIKRAM GREEN VALLEY
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WELLNESS THE TOTAL CONCEPT
Las Vegas & Henderson Locations 702-885-8358 TheTotalConcept.org The one-stop shop of health practitioners and doctors. Services include: blood analysis, nutritional guidance, stress relief, and energy work. Our mission: To educate and serve the health and wellness of body, mind and spirit.
TRANSFORMATIONS INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL OF REIKI Victoria Stitzer • 702-252-3502 Transformations-LasVegas.org
Free Reiki Healing Circles Tuesdays at 6:30pm; Certification Training; NLP-EFT-Pranic & ThetaHealing. Extend life and reverse aging with natural hormone replacement and DNA analysis.
OM YOGA THERAPY INSTITUTE Omita Kumar, Yoga Therapist 702-338-3309 OmitaKumar@gmail.com
Customized, one-on-one yoga therapy to treat medical conditions or for general well-being. I use hatha yoga, a combination of postures, breathing and relaxation to bring mind/body balance.
5875 S Rainbow Blvd, Ste 206, LV 89118 702-257-8171 VegasHot.com 5875 S. Rainbow Blvd., Suite 206 Las Vegas, NV 89118 702-257-8171
Vegas Hot! is a yoga fitness studio. Created by Chiropractor, Dr. King Rollins to enhance both fitness and healthy lifestyle. Classes include, yoga, Pilates, kettlebells. Temperature varies according to effort. See ad, page 12.
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