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Shaping the Future We Want Encouraging New Eco-Commitments

Chiropractic Care Help for Common Complaints

Rock Your Tastebuds! Global Vegetarian Recipes

Product Lifecycles

Eco-Comparisons and Alternatives

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Help for Common Complaints

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I love to play golf. I do not have many opportunities to play, so what I appreciate about it most is the time that I get to spend outside enjoying nature. Although I can play minutes away from my home, I feel as if I am millions of miles away from the hustle and bustle of my busy suburban lifestyle. I can breathe in the fresh air, enjoy the feel of Publishers Mary Ruetten (left) a gentle breeze on my face, listen to the sound of and Nancy Somera birds chirping and see the wind moving the leaves. On my last outing to Glendale, California, I saw a family of deer run across the course on the 14th hole. As I flew home from that trip, I took in the sights from my plane window: the Pacific Ocean, the patches of trees, the mountain grooves, the twisted paths of water runoffs, Red Rock, Lake Mead and the many green golf courses! It makes me proud that many of our local golf courses are consciously implementing programs to minimize water waste. This month, our feature “Shaping The Future We Want,” (page 16) focuses on our precious planet Earth. United Nations spokeswoman Pragati Pascale comments, “With growing populations depleting resources, how do we keep increasing and ensuring prosperity while we are using more than we have?” I sometimes take for granted the oceans, forests, deserts, and lakes that I am able to enjoy if I want to explore and feel connected to Mother Earth. Our environment is priceless and I want to honor the advocates that aspire to preserve it for future generations. We can all do our part to pay more attention to our environmental impact. As my plane landed, I asked myself: What can I do to help our planet? Or at the very least, what can I do in my community? This month, I am going to pledge to schedule a home energy assessment with an EnergyFit Nevada-approved contractor to determine inefficiencies in my home. Like Gary Wood (page 18), I want to discover ways that I can save energy (and money) in my home. Happy Anniversary Natural Awakenings Las Vegas! This year I have learned a lot about the wellness and green communities of Greater Las Vegas. There are many local businesses that provide healthy and green programs to our neighborhoods. I would to thank the readers and our business partners that have supported us this first year. As we look forward, our mission continues: To educate the Las Vegas community about healthy and sustainable lifestyle choices; enrich the lives of its members by connecting like-minded people; and empower others to make a difference in the health of our planet each day. Be Well and Shine,

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rain Balance of Henderson will host a free open house from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m., October 10, and on the second Wednesday of each month, for families and educators concerned about how to help children with disorders ranging from ADHD to dyslexia and autism. Now that school is back in session, new tips for coping and dealing with these disorders will be presented each month, along with the latest statistics and studies on these subjects. Attendees will receive a complimentary copy of the best-selling, groundbreaking book, Disconnected Kids, by Brain Balance founder Dr. Robert Melillo, which lays out a new understanding of the cause of these conditions and ways to use the Brain Balance drug-free approach at home. Location: 11 S. Stephanie St., Ste 120, Henderson. To RSVP, call 702- 778-9500. For more information about the center, visit See ad, page 6.

JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes


ore than 3,500 walkers, representing local businesses, families, schools and other organizations, will participate in the Junior Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) Nevada Chapter’s annual Walk to Cure Diabetes, November 10, at UNLV. Individuals or teams of walkers raise money via donations pledged by friends and family members. Those unable to attend can help JDRF reach its goal by purchasing paper sneakers at stores and markets throughout the community. The chapter has set a fundraising goal of more than $575,000, which will help pay for research toward preventing, treating and curing Type 1 diabetes and its complications. For more information, contact Colleen Saca at 702-732-4795 or or visit See ad, page 6.


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Goldilocks Ride a First in Nevada


egistration is open for the Goldilocks Ride, the first women-only bike ride in Nevada, on October 13. Participants will spend the day with girlfriends, cycling a 20-mile, 40mile, 60-mile or 100-mile route through the beautiful eastern Las Vegas Valley. The ride begins and ends at Mission Hills Park, in Henderson, and will comprise a mix of urban, rural and dedicated bike trail riding. This non-competitive event will be held rain or shine. Entry packet pick-up is scheduled from 5 to 7 p.m., October 12, at the Bike Shop, 2570 Wigwam Parkway, in Henderson. The $65 entry fee includes the fully supported ride, catered lunch, T-shirt, rest stop snacks and Gatorade, swag bag and a finish line party. A portion of each entry fee will be used to purchase helmets for children in need. Discounts for training are offered by The Cycling Studio, an indoor cycling facility located at 4840 Fort Apache Road, Suite 102, in Las Vegas. For more information or to register online, visit Goldilocks or

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outhwest Gas is offering weatherization rebates for installing highefficiency attic insulation, floor insulation and windows, in addition to several energy-efficient appliance rebates. Replacing old, inefficient appliances in the home for energy-efficient models can lower energy use by up to 30 percent. Natural gas customers are enjoying the most competitive and stable natural gas prices in nearly a decade, which are becoming by far the best energy value. While natural gas is abundant in supply and prices remain relatively low and stable, natural gas utilities throughout the country are demonstrating their commitment to promoting smart energy choices through conservation and energy efficiency programs. There are ways to conserve energy and save money while protecting our planet’s valuable resources. Consumers can increase the efficiency of their home through home weatherization improvements using rebates that are available to assist with the cost of installing qualified weatherization measures. Southwest Gas also encourages customers to visit their website for tips and resources that can help them use energy wisely. To learn more about Southwest Gas’ Smarter Greener Better energy-efficient solutions and rebate programs, call 1-800-654-2765 or visit See ad, page 13.


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Shakespeare in the Park Returns


he city of Henderson will host the 26th annual Shakespeare in the Park event this fall. The Las Vegas Shakespeare Company will present performances of Hamlet at four neighborhood parks in October. Admission to all shows is complimentary. The program kicks off October 6, at Sonata Park, 1550 Seven Hills Drive, with the remaining shows scheduled for October 13, at Discovery Park, 2011 Paseo Verde Parkway; October 20, at River Mountain Park, 1941 Appaloosa Drive; and concluding at Lake Las Vegas, 15 Costa di Lago, on October 27. All performances will be at 7 p.m., with a green show occurring one hour prior to each presentation. Since its inception nearly three decades ago, the popular theatrical festival has attracted more than 300,000 people to its stages, featuring professional performances of Shakespeare’s greatest comedies, tragedies and romances. For more information, call the Cultural Arts & Tourism Department at 702-267-2171 or visit

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elebrate Southern Nevada Trails Day with informational exhibits and presenters, activities for all ages and a youth fun walk from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., October 6, at Cornerstone Park, in Henderson. Meet fellow hikers and learn about local and regional trails. The annual city of Henderson Trails Photo Contest winners will be on display and REI will provide free basic bike maintenance checks. Location: 1600 Wigwam Pkwy., Henderson. For more information visit

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Washday Woes: Scented Products Pollute the Air


ome scents make no sense for personal or planetary health. Using scented laundry products can release harmful—even carcinogenic— pollutants into the air, report University of Washington researchers. Their findings, published online in the journal Air Quality, Atmosphere and Health, show that air vented from machines using the top-selling, scented, liquid laundry detergent and dryer sheet contains hazardous chemicals. When researchers analyzed captured gases from dryer vent fumes after participating households ran regular laundry cycles using liquid laundry detergent and a leading brand of scented dryer sheets, they found more than 25 volatile organic compounds, including seven dangerous air pollutants. Of those, two chemicals—acetaldehyde and benzene—are classified by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as carcinogens, with no established safe exposure level. Benzene is linked to leukemia and other blood cancers, according to the American Cancer Society, and studies have shown that acetaldehyde can cause nasal and throat cancer in animals. “This is an interesting source of pollution, because emissions from dryer vents are essentially unregulated,” says lead author Anne Steinemann, Ph.D., professor of civil and environmental engineering and of public affairs. “If they are coming out of a smokestack or tail pipe, they are regulated— but if they’re coming out of a dryer vent, they are not.”

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Tech Trash

Africa’s E-Waste Is Skyrocketing The collective economies of Africa are set on a course to produce more electronic e-waste than Europe by 2017, according to Katharina Kummer Peiry, executive secretary of the Basel Convention on Hazardous Wastes. At a recent PanAfrican Forum on e-waste in Nairobi, Kenya, she attributed the exponential increase to population growth and the increased availability of mobile phones, computers and accessories. More recycling could be advanced, she says, by the fact that significant amounts of valuable metals such as gold, silver, palladium and copper can be salvaged from electronic devices at less cost than smelting them from virgin ores. Source:

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Let Your Fingers Do the Blocking With the advent of online access at home and ubiquitous use of smartphones, the traditional printed telephone book is going the way of the dodo. Yet competing companies across the country are still churning out the archaic directories and delivering them unbidden to millions of people annually. Many receive multiple publications that, although they can be recycled, still add up to a tremendous waste of resources and an unnecessary burden on landfills. Now an industry-sponsored online opt-out registry,, has been established to provide a convenient way for residents to choose which directories they want to receive or to stop delivery. At least 12 weeks are required to process an opt-out request. 12

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ost green industry experts agree that a sanitary and safe environment does not require strong fragrances from cleaning products. Since 2003, Green Clean Perry Dau, Owner Cleaning Services has been eliminating gross soils such as dirt in cleaning healthcare facilities, professional offices, industrial spaces and restaurants, leaving surfaces with little to no chemical residual and a neutral odor. Studies at the Harvard Medical School link respiratory complications to cleaning supplies, and substandard cleaning exposes employees to harmful chemicals that are ingested on a daily basis. Creating a healthy work environment is also a wise business decision, reducing sick days and promoting satisfaction among employees. With more businesses aiming to incorporate green practices into their business plans, using a certified green cleaning company is a good place to start. Green Clean Cleaning Services has embraced the full integration of required practices leading to their green cleaning certification in 2009. They follow specific green cleaning industry guidelines that include the use of Green Seal Certified cleaning chemicals and supplies, and ongoing employee training in the use of equipment, products and procedures are reviewed annually to maintain their certification status. Maintaining a high level of service with each customer, Green Clean Cleaning Services realizes clients have different needs. When necessary, sustainable consultants are brought in on projects for customers committed to a turnkey green plan. ”Going through the green certification process made us a better, more efficient company, with a commitment to superior service and creating a healthier environment for our clients and our employees,” says owner Perry Dau. With the help of Siemens International, Green Clean shows further commitment to a healthy planet by participating in and sponsoring community e-waste recycling events throughout the year. “We see a huge need for this type of recycling in Las Vegas,” says Dau. For more information or to request a service quote, call 702522-1898 or visit natural awakenings

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Chiropractic Care Help for Common Complaints by Kathleen Barnes


ost people visit a chiropractor because they are in pain and seeking relief, although some initially visit for general health,” says Keith Overland, president of the American Chiropractic Association and a practicing chiropractic physician in Norwalk, Connecticut. “Every doctor of chiropractic should first perform a complete and thorough exam and develop a diagnosis to determine the best approach to the patient’s condition.” Rick Burns, a doctor of chiropractic and professor of chiropractic technique at Palmer College of Chiropractic, in Davenport, Iowa, notes that more than 100 techniques and endless permutations of adjustments and thrusts can be used to help bring the body back into alignment and health. “Most chiropractors integrate several methods, depending on the needs of the patient,” he says. While chiropractors undergo four years of post-graduate training, like medical doctors, they specialize in, “…making certain the brain communicates 100 percent of the time through the spinal cord to the nerves,” explains Burns. Miscommunication between the brain and the nerves caused by spinal misalignments, called subluxations, are at the heart of the science of chiropractic adjustment. Most chiropractic schools give students a basic toolbox of techniques before individual practitioners go on to obtain certification in advanced techniques; much like medical specializations, says Overland. His specialties include treating sports injuries and he has many Olympic athletes as patients.

Most Common Techniques

Diversified: This catch-all term encompasses the short thrust spinal adjustment approach used by an estimated 80 percent of all chiropractors, says Dr. Cynthia Vaughn, an Austin, Texas-based chiropractor and member of the board of governors of the American Chiropractic Association. It is characterized by what is called the high-velocity, 14

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low-amplitude thrust (HVLA), resulting in the popping sound familiar to most people that have experienced chiropractic care. Although the adjustment is painless, some patients instinctively tense their muscles. “Adjustment is a sneak attack, ‘My reflexes being faster than yours,’” remarks Burns. “The average muscle contracts in about a quarter of a second. We do a lot of speed training so we can do the adjustment in one-tenth of a second.” Activator: The activator technique, used by about 20 percent of chiropractors as part of an integrated practice, employs a small, spring-loaded, rubber-tipped device, slightly larger than a pen, which applies a small amount of force to a specific area. It makes a stapler-like sound and the recipient usually feels only slight pressure. “Not everybody can tolerate the more aggressive manipulation that is performed as a foundation in chiropractic, especially elderly people or very young children,” says Overland. “The activator technique claims to be faster, more specific and less forceful than manual adjustment.” Applied kinesiology: Also known as muscle testing, applied kinesiology evaluates muscle strength at various specific points to help determine if a specific type of adjustment or even a nutritional supplement might be helpful to an individual patient as a treatment. This individualized treatment is popular among chiropractors and their patients. “It is a way to glean a tremendous amount of diagnostic information to specifically tell where the subluxations (imbalances) are,” says Vaughn, “and is used by about 20 percent of chiropractors.” Sacro-occipital technique (SOT): Another form of non-forceful adjustment, SOT usually involves having the patient lie face down on a table. Inserting a variety of wedges asymmetrically distributed under the pelvis creates a helpful torque. “Gravity causes the adjustment to happen very subtly in about 10 minutes,” explains Vaughn. “It is effective for the elderly and people with osteoporosis that can’t tolerate more vigorous adjustments.” Gonstead: Similar to the HVLA technique, a Gonstead approach pays particular attention to the lower spine and the effects of its misalignments on the rest of the body. These practitioners generally prefer to adjust the neck with the patient in a sitting position. More than half of all chiropractors use some form of the Gonstead technique. It involves detailed structural analysis of the spine, which can include various types of palpitation, nervoscope analysis of heat and nerve pressure along the spine, and X-rays. “All of these techniques require extensive education and thousands of hours of training,” concludes Overland. Adds Burns, “Each patient is evaluated and diagnosed individually. So try different techniques and see what works for you. The goal is to unlock the body’s ability to heal itself.” Kathleen Barnes is a natural health advocate, author and publisher. 8 Weeks to Vibrant Health: A Take Charge Plan for Women, written with Dr. Hyla Cass, is among her many books. Visit


Stella Chiropractic Cares About Results by nancy somera


ne of the first questions that Chirelieving methods such as meditation ropractor and Wellness Practitioare introduced as a complement to their ner Dr. David Stella asks patients chiropractic care. when they visit his office seeking relief Stella understands that asking from pain and discomfort is, “When was patients to be responsible for a masthe last time you put your body and wellsive shift in personal behavior and way ness at the top of your priority list?” He of thinking is a large undertaking to do constantly sees the effect that living with alone. That’s where staff member Angela pain has on a patient’s overall attitude Drake, a licensed Holodynamic life and well-being. coach and energy healer, comes in. She “Clients get a wake-up call coming provides customized nutritional counselinto our office,” Stella says. “They are ing, education and support in detoxificalike a dimmer light switch, turned down tion programs and other energy healing Dr. David Stella and Angela Drake low,” he explains. “People come in here programs to keep clients moving in a and realize they are simply surviving, positive direction. “We ask our clients but not really enjoying life. We get to the root cause of the to dive in head-first, instead of just dipping their toe in the pain, so that our patients can begin to heal, physically, menshallow end,” Drake says. “Our support assists people in tally and nutritionally. We want people to leave here with reinventing themselves and realizing the person that they are the light turned on again.” truly meant to be.” No stranger to pain himself, Stella first sought treatment “As people lose weight and become more energetic, from a chiropractor after being injured in an automobile they begin to want to improve their nutrition and make other accident when he was 20. While he appreciated the chirohealthy choices,” Stella says. These patient transformations practic benefits at the time, it wasn’t until a serious skiing fuel Stella and Drake’s passion to help people become well accident forced him back into regular chiropractic care so and healthy for a lifetime. “You only have one body, so treat his body could heal naturally that he became inspired to join it well,” Stella advises. the profession. Looking one’s best and feeling great go hand-in-hand, so Now, decades later, he practices at two Stella ChiroStella Chiropractic Wellness Center judges its success accordpractic Wellness Centers in the Las Vegas area that are a ing to whether a patient’s internal world matches their external combination of chiropractic care, fitness, anti-aging, and beauty. The i-lipo ultra+ body sculpting machine uses painenergy and wellness therapies that transform clients into free, low-level lasers to detoxify, liquefy fat, tighten skin and healthy, happy people. With adjustments to properly align enhance circulation. Coupled with in-office cardiovascular the spinal column, pathways within the central nervous exercise sessions immediately after treatments, i-lipo is an opsystem are opened for nerves to communicate with muscles tion for clients that want help with specific body areas. and organs, so the body can exercise its innate ability to Stella and Drake both have a “pay it forward” attitude, heal itself. believing that the people they help with their services influStella compares it to a kinked-up garden hose, where ence others in wanting to feel good, too. As a service to the pressure builds up and no water gets through. “Chiropractic community, both practitioners offer free therapies one hour adjustments relieve that pressure and return the spinal coleach week in their offices. umn to its proper position, so the body can naturally restore These volunteer sessions are meant to help those that itself to health,” he explains. can’t afford wellness treatments achieve healing and happiWhile practicing chiropractic medicine is Stella’s pasness. “When people leave our office, they often have huge sion, he believes in a natural way of life in which people can smiles on their face,” Stella says. “Helping people feel good heal most ailments with proper nutrition and stress reduction. brings us joy. The more smiles we see, the better we feel This attitude is reflected in the nutritional counseling offered about what we’re doing here.” at their offices and the medical-grade food and supplements available to their clients. Locations: 375 N. Stephanie, Ste. 1213, Henderson For patients with weight-loss goals, an all-natural, com(702-932-1798) and 4425 E. Stewart Ave., Ste. 111, plete homeopathic diet is suggested as part of the treatment Las Vegas (702-570-5498). For more information, visit plan. Because stress is known to cause physical pain, See ad, page 9. natural awakenings

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poverty, social inclusion (including advancing the status of women) and protecting the environment. Building a sustainable future for the planet, say those involved, means addressing all three simultaneously. It demands the kind of real, immediate action so evident at Rio+20.

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Shaping the Future We Want Global Commitments to Catalyze Change by Brita Belli


e don’t need another plan of action or more treaties; what we need are people that will begin to implement the commitments and meet the goals that have already been created and established,” explains Jacob Scherr, director of global strategy and advocacy for the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), about the new thinking that drove this year’s Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The June conference brought together international heads of state, business leaders, nonprofits and activists to prioritize and strategize sustainable development. Unlike the United Nations’ annual climate change conferences, which led to the Kyoto Protocol in 1997—a legally binding treaty that set targets for greenhouse gas emissions 16

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the United States refused to sign—the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development is held once every 20 years. The theme of Rio+20 was simple and direct: The Future We Want. Moving away from political posturing and endless negotiating, the meet-up asked businesses, governments and charities to publicly declare their specific commitments and solicited the public’s ideas for realizing sustainability, all aligned with the priorities and opportunities of the 21st century. “With growing populations depleting resources, how do we keep increasing and ensuring prosperity while we are already using more than we have?” queries U.N. spokeswoman Pragati Pascale. “It’s a conundrum.” Sustainable development, as defined by the U.N., includes fighting

By the end of the Rio conference, more than 700 voluntarily secured commitments, valued at more than half a trillion dollars, were earmarked to address everything from protecting forests and reducing ocean pollution to building rapid transit bus systems and increasing the number of women entrepreneurs in the green economy. The NRDC launched to track and publicize new pledges and make them easily searchable by region or category. Some commitments are breathtaking in scope: n International development banks have pledged $175 billion to boost sustainable transportation in developing countries; n Bank of America promised $50 billion over 10 years to finance energy efficiency, renewable energy sources and energy access; n The World Bank committed $16 billion to boost clean energy, access to electricity and cookstoves in developing nations; n The New Partnership for Africa’s Development promised to achieve energy access for at least 60 percent of Africa’s population by 2040; n The European Bank offered $8 billion by 2015 to support energy efficiency projects in Eastern Europe and Central Asia; n Microsoft pledged to be carbon neutral across all its operations by the end of 2013; n The United States together with the Consumer Goods Forum (which represents more than 600 retail and manufacturing companies) committed to achieve zero net deforestation in their supply chains by 2020. “The real action, the real energy, was the 21st-century aspect [of Rio+20],” advises Scherr. “I call it the ‘network world’, recognizing the number of players today. It’s not just national governments; it’s states and

“With growing populations depleting resources, how do we keep increasing and ensuring prosperity while we are already using more than we have? It’s a conundrum.” ~ Pragati Pascale, United Nations spokeswoman cities, corporations and philanthropists. In addition to the official meetings and negotiations, between 3,000 and 4,000 other gatherings were going on between business people, mayors, civil society organizations and others, presenting myriad opportunities to make specific commitments. We’re moving to a different dynamic.”

Sowing Seeds

The inclusive atmosphere is reflected in another new U.N.-sponsored international sharing website, FutureWe, featuring visions and videos relating to sustainability and solutions to dire environmental problems, such as turning global warming-inducing methane from China’s farms into a usable energy source; predicting periods of drought in Ethiopia to prevent humanitarian crises; and investing in solar power to bring electricity to 1.4 billion people around the world. More than 50 million people worldwide have submitted ideas for a more sustainable world, ranging from ways to increase public education to plans for stopping industrial pollution and better managing waste. “The huge public engagement in the conference is exciting,” says Pascale, “because that’s really how progress will happen. People have to force their governments to take action.” The NRDC dedicated website is part of a coordinated effort to hold governments, businesses and nonprofits accountable and inform the public. The new U.N. websites facilitate a thriving discussion of what sustainability means and how it can be put into practice.

“We want to continue the overall campaign and build upon it,” says Pascale. “Whatever frustrations people have with businesses, nongovernment organizations (NGO) or governments, we need to harness that energy and keep that dialogue going to give people a voice in making sustainability happen.”

Grassroots Leadership

Elinor Ostrom, the political economist who won a Nobel Prize in economics but passed on just before the start of the Rio conference, dedicated her last blog post to considering the event’s impact. Titled “Green from the Grassroots,” the post stressed the priority of a multifaceted approach to curbing emissions. “Decades of research demonstrate that a variety of overlapping policies at city, subnational, national and international levels is more likely to succeed than single, overarching, binding agreements,” Ostrom remarked. “Such an evolutionary approach to policy provides essential safety nets should one or more policies fail. The good news is that evolutionary policymaking is already happening organically. In the absence of effective national and international legislation to curb greenhouse gases, a growing number of city leaders are acting to protect their citizens and economies.” She reported that even in the absence of federally mandated emissions targets, 30 U.S. states have passed their own climate plans and more than 900 mayors signed a climate protection agreement essentially agreeing to reach the Kyoto Protocol goals the federal government refused to sanction. Rio+20 built upon such bottom-up commitments and pushed states and businesses to go further than they’d ever imagined. “There was an incredible amount of energized activity,” concludes Scherr. “Many people came away feeling empowered and encouraged, because they saw that the sustainability movement is truly worldwide. That’s going to be the legacy of Rio.”

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A Future With Lower Energy Bills EnergyFit Nevada Program Helps Las Vegas Residents Save Energy and Money by Nancy Somera


hen his 23-year-old HVAC unit needed work in May, local resident Gary Wood decided it was time to replace it before it failed during the middle of the hot summer. “My unit was inefficient, and I wanted the peace of mind that the unit wouldn’t break when it was 110 degrees, forcing me to pay premium prices to have it replaced during the peak time of the year,” Wood explains. Because of the high cost of installing a new HVAC unit, Wood sought assistance from the EnergyFit Nevada Program, sponsored by the Nevada State Office of Energy. Funded with grants provided by the U.S. Department of Energy, the simple three-step program helps homeowners take advantage of rebates available to make approved energy efficiency improvements, including their own rebate of up to $1,000 if combined upgrades show a 20 percent energy savings. The first step in the process is to schedule a Home Energy Assessment with EnergyFit Nevada-approved partners to determine inefficiencies in the home that are wasting energy. As Wood discovered, some of these energy sappers are hidden. “My assessment discovered that there was no insulation in a closet, insulation was folded back in a portion of the attic and caulking was missing on the top of my door moldings,” he shares. Together, the homeowner and contractor review the assessment and select which energy savings options are best for the home (see Eligible Upgrades box). The contractor completes the work and processes any applicable rebates with EnergyFit Nevada, NV Energy and Southwest Gas. Additionally,

federal tax credits may apply with certain upgrades. When the work is completed, EnergyFit Nevada verifies that it meets Home Performance with Energy Star standards. “The whole process was really brainless,” Wood says. “My contractor took care of all of the paperwork associated with the incentives and rebates and deducted it from my invoice. He then filed for his reimbursements with the companies offering the rebates.” More importantly, Woods reduced the July energy bill for his 2,400-squarefoot home from more than $300 last year to $143 this year. Low-interest financing is available through Green Chips, a public-private nonprofit partnership that is committed to environmental sustainability in Nevada. Green Chips has worked with Nevada State Bank to offer a five-year loan of up to $7,500, with interest rates as low as 2.3 percent. If additional debt is of concern, consider the difference between good and bad debt. Wood explains, “Credit card debt at 19 percent is bad debt. An energy upgrade loan at 2.3 percent is good debt, because its debt that is paying you back [in money saved on energy bills].” He advises, “Take advantage of these incentives and financing programs now, because they won’t be here forever.” To get started in the EnergyFit Nevada rebate program, call 702-734-2000 or visit For current NV energy rebates, visit /home/saveenergy/rebates/. For current Southwest Gas rebates, visit SWGas. com/efficiency/nv/residential_equipment.php. See ad, page 12.

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Follow the Lifecycle Crunching the Numbers on Products We Consume by Brita Belli


very product we use has a lifecycle, or duration of environmental impact. According to the State of the World 2012: Transforming Cultures from Consumerism to Sustainability, by the Worldwatch Institute, humans collectively are consuming resources equivalent to 1.5 Earths, or 50 percent more

than is sustainable—and that’s before projected population growth. In short, we’re depleting more resources than the planet can replenish; hence, our personal consumption habits matter. In an ideal world, all the appliances, furniture and electronics we use and later discard would be “cradle-to-

cradle,” or C2C, certified, a term popularized by German chemist Michael Braungart and American Architect William McDonough for describing products designed never to become waste. Such innovative products typically are made of both technical components that can be reused and biological components that decompose back into the natural world. Current examples of products that have obtained C2C certification include gDiapers—biodegradable cloth diaper liners that can be flushed or composted—and Greenweave recycled fabrics. But smart, sustainable design is not yet the norm, so we have to monitor our own consumption and waste habits to try limiting our support of polluting industries and contribution to evergrowing landfills. Such product assessments are challenging, because it’s not only about what happens after a cell phone, for example, is thrown into a landfill that takes an environmental toll. It also entails the chemicals used, toxins released and fossil fuels burned to manufacture and ship that phone. To help us sort out the best approaches, The Green Design Institute at Carnegie Mellon University has created the online Economic Input-Output Life Cycle Assessment (EIO-LCA) that crunches the numbers for commonly used products—from household cleaners to mattresses—to provide us with the bigger-picture impact. So, as their website explains, “The effect of producing an automobile would include not only the impacts at the final assembly facility, but also the impact from mining metal ores, making electronic parts, forming windows, etc., that are needed for parts to build the car.” The accompanying chart, using the latest available EIO-LCA figures, provides comparisons for some common products—from the most to the least energy-intensive—as well as recycling rates and suggested alternatives for keeping our own resource usage and waste load to a minimum. Brita Belli is the editor of E-The Environmental Magazine.


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28 percent 450 years HDPE bottles; 29 percent PET bottles (2010)*

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ecotip Good Idea Eco-Checklist Tracks Personal Progress Keeping daily to-do lists is standard practice for many life projects. Now, the environmentally conscious can periodically monitor their personal ecoprogress via The website helps people to become greener by suggesting many activities and ideas to consider and then check off when they have been accomplished, all while exchanging ideas with an interactive community. Eight categories—energy, health, heating and cooling, recycle and reuse, travel, water, miscellaneous and onetime actions—together contain more than 150 distinct actionable steps. Users can register or log-in using Facebook and save the latest additions to their progress report, then return at any time to monitor the successful greening of their lifestyle.

For example, while many homeowners may have already insulated their dwelling, the energy section points out possible areas for improvement, including water pipes, roof, walls, window treatments, doors, ductwork, water heater and basement. Some tips in the miscellaneous section are timely for upcoming holidays, such as giving an eco-friendly gift, substituting an experience for a tangible gift and sending e-cards instead of traditional paper greetings. The travel section reminds the ecoand budget-conscious to check their cars’ tire pressure often, as underinflated tires put more rubber on the road, which demands more energy to drive and hurts gas mileage. When planning trips, a rail option is deemed better for the environment than driving or flying.

Operators of the site, based in Walla Walla, Washington, state: “By offering small steps towards going green, we hope to give people a starting point and a source of inspiration. We are advocates of the proverbial, ‘Well, I can do that!’ moment.” Relevant articles on various topics offer additional eco-tips, enhanced by user comments and reviews.

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“It’s not an exaggeration to say that… the great majority of Americans would rather be considered healthy, rather than wealthy.” ~ Mike Weisman, president, The Values Institute at DGWB together in Herbivoracious: A Flavor Revolution, with 150 Vibrant and Original Vegetarian Recipes. From the standpoint of a well-traveled home cook, he also chronicles his travels and forays into flavorful, globally influenced recipes at

Why Vegetarian, Why Now? Grilled Tofu and Pepper Tacos

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New Ethnic Vegetarian Recipes Rock Taste Buds by Judith Fertig

Celebrating Vegetarian Awareness Month, Natural Awakenings visits the continuing evolutions of vegetarian eating habits and leading cookbooks.


ncient India and Egypt are known to have served up plant-based diets, but vegetarian cookbooks are a relatively recent American phenomenon. The genre debuted nationally in 1977 with Mollie Katzen’s groundbreaking classic, the first Moosewood Cookbook, sharing recipes gleaned from her restaurant and a collective co-op in Ithaca, New York. Considered one of Five Women Who Changed the Way We Eat, by Health magazine, she has also hosted several PBS cooking shows. When Katzen first took up the cause, vegetarian cooking was earnest, if earthy, relying heavily upon such staples as brown rice, mushrooms and tofu. The options were limited for those that didn’t capitalize on a home garden or live in a cosmopolitan city. Growing up in Louisville, Kentucky in the 1970s, cookbook author and food blogger Michael Natkin remembers…“when vegetables were boiled


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until they begged for mercy.” Being a vegetarian then meant a commitment to a philosophy, not necessarily an expectation of flavor and pleasure. In 1981, an Indian actress and cookbook author introduced Americans to exotic vegetarian dishes from India in Madhur Jaffrey’s World of the East: Vegetarian Cooking. Still, without an Asian market nearby, hard-to-find ingredients like dhal (a lentil) or fenugreek (a seed) might have derailed attempts to make such recipes. By 1990, Chef Deborah Madison had contributed The Savory Way, which upped the quotient of colorful foods inspired by classic French cuisine. She revealed how plant-based dishes can be sophisticated and even glamorous. Today’s latest cookbook evolution speaks to the newest generation of vegetarian cooks’ burgeoning interest in tasty ethnic cuisines, home gardening and farmers’ markets as well as meatless meals. Natkin has pulled it all

“Because vegetarian meals are good for you, tread more lightly on our planet’s resources and are kinder to animals,” Natkin responds. “The planet isn’t designed to support billions of meat-eaters. Plus, many are concerned about the methods of animal agriculture—think of industrial hog farms, for instance, which can be environmental nightmares. If you want to eat meat from smaller producers with higher ethical standards, it’s more expensive,” he says. “Even if you eat meatless only now and again, it’s better for the family budget, your health and the planet.” Natkin is well aware of the “dark days for vegetables,” when commerce dictated that varieties be chosen and grown primarily for their ability to withstand long-distance transport. Now, due to rising demand, more are grown for flavor, advises Natkin, and that makes vegetarian meals taste better and become more popular. Natkin further suggests, “If you want a sustainable diet, it must include foods that you like, not foods that you think you should like. They have to taste good, otherwise you won’t stick with it.” Natkin’s cookbook encompasses dishes from locales as diverse as India, Iran, Japan, Mexico and Thailand. His special touch is conceiving ways to convert traditional recipes to vegetarian variations while maintaining unique flavors and combinations of textures. From a deconstructed sushi to tofu tacos, Natkin coaxes the most flavor out of his ingredients—from cooking pasta in

Grilled Tofu and Pepper Tacos

Vegan and gluten-free dish in 30 minutes. Makes 12 small or 8 medium-size tacos “The secret to delicious Mexican vegetarian food is to amp up the flavors and use lots of contrasting textures,” says food blogger Michael Natkin. “These tacos—filled with grilled tofu and sautéed peppers, all basted with tangy achiote paste—have serious street-food flavor. They are meant to be eaten in just two or three bites.” Achiote, made from annatto seeds, is available as a paste at markets that carry Hispanic products. Natkin likes the El Yucateco brand because it’s free of synthetic food coloring.


1 1/2 oz (about 4 tsp) achiote paste (also called annatto) 1 /2 cup vegetable oil 1 tsp ground cumin

2 tsp Tapatío or other bottled hot sauce 1 tsp kosher salt 10 oz extra-firm tofu, cut into 1/3-inch slabs and patted dry 1 medium zucchini, cut lengthwise into 1/3-inch slabs 1 medium onion, thinly sliced 4 garlic cloves, thinly sliced 2 red bell peppers, cut into 1/4-inch strips 1 yellow bell pepper, cut into 1/4-inch strips Fresh lemon or lime juice (optional)


24 (4-inch) or 16 (6-inch) soft corn tortillas

heat. Brush the tofu with the achiote oil on one side and grill, oiled-side-down, until well-marked. Then do the same on the other side. 3. Repeat with the zucchini, brushing the slabs with achiote oil and grilling until well-marked and tender, about 3 minutes per side. Allow the tofu and zucchini to cool and then cut both into 1 /3-inch diced pieces. 4. Heat a skillet over medium-high heat. Add 2 tablespoons of achiote oil. Add the onion, garlic and bell peppers and sauté until very soft. 5. Add the tofu and zucchini to the pepper mixture. Taste and adjust the seasoning. It may need more salt, a little lime or lemon juice, or more heat.

Taco Toppers Guacamole Choice of salsa

1. Break up the achiote paste in a small bowl with a fork and mash in the oil, a little at a time, until it forms a lumpy paste. Mix in the cumin, hot sauce and salt. 2. Heat a grill or grill pan over medium

6. To serve, wrap the tortillas in a damp, clean dishtowel and microwave until soft and warm, about 2 minutes. 7. Make stacks of 2 tortillas each. Top with a moderate scoop of the filling and a spoonful of guacamole and salsa. Pass the hot sauce to the more adventurous.

red wine, making “meaty” soup stocks with dried mushrooms or Parmesan cheese rinds to teaching uses of condiments like Japanese sesame salt. “The least successful cuisine for translation into vegetarian cooking is American comfort food,” he notes. He always encourages cooks to think creatively, not literally, when translating a meat-based dish to a plant-based equivalent. Instead of trying to do a faux turkey for Thanksgiving, for example, he recommends serving a main dish that looks celebratory and mouthwatering, saluting the traditional role of the centerpiece turkey in a fresh way.

Growing Trend

According to a national 2012 Harris Poll, 47 percent of Americans eat at least one vegetarian meal a week. The Values Institute of DGWB, an advertising and communications firm based in Santa Ana, California, confirms the rise of flexitarianism, or eating meat on occasion rather than routinely, as one of the top trends of 2012. Finally, New York Times food columnist Mark Bittman remarks, “When I ask audiences I speak to, ‘How many of you are eating less meat than you were 10 years ago?’ at least twothirds raise their hands. A self-selecting group to be sure, but nevertheless, one that exists. In fact, let’s ask this: Is anyone in this country eating more meat than they used to?” Judith Fertig blogs at


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Children Follow Adult Examples Enabling “We” Instead of “Me”


he phrase “connected kids” may describe youth consumed by Internet-dependent relationships. Yet these same young people still crave oldfashioned, face-to-face connections with the adults in their lives. With one parent or two, stepparents, a grandparent, aunts or uncles, older family friends, teachers and coaches—experience shows they all can help guide our children by showing the compassion that nurtures kids’ own caring instincts.

Team Up and Have a Ball Winter Workouts


all is an ideal time to sign up for winter leagues to take advantage of the flip side of outdoor summer leagues. Here we can continue playing what many of us enjoyed as kids—volleyball, basketball and bowling; a welcoming facility is likely just a short distance away.

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hat qualities should citizens look for in the next leader of the free world? What core criteria might voters consistently use to evaluate any legislative or other candidate running for political office? Professor J. Rufus Fears, Ph.D., sets a high standard in articulating the yardstick by which we should measure leaders of either gender.




The Four Qualities of a True Statesman

Collaborative Conservation Threatened Species Rebound


hen the combination of habitat loss, pesticide use and other factors landed the bald eagle on the endangered species list, the country rallied. Conservation organizations, indigenous tribes, businesses, individual citizens and government at all levels worked together to strengthen the numbers of this national icon, which had dwindled to 417 breeding pairs in the lower 48 states, despite the fact that the species was doing well in Alaska and Canada.

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WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 3 Raw Food Class – 6:30-8:30pm. Join Chef Sharynne for this fun, fast-paced demonstration class on how to prepare healthy, tasty raw food meals, snacks and desserts. $15. Herbally Grounded, 4441 W Charleston Blvd, LV. 558-4372.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 5 Guitar Concert – 7-8:30pm. David Grimes and Gregory present a colorful and varied program of solos and duets. Joined by guitar/composer Gisel Krogseth from Norway. Free. West Charleston Library, 6301 W Charleston Blvd, LV. 507-3964..

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 6 Green Festival – 9am-1pm. Local vendors provide information about green initiatives that support sustainable living. Collection sites for household recyclables including electronics and old paper files. Free giveaways. Greater Las Vegas Association of Realtors, 1750 E Sahara Ave, LV. 784-5000.. National Trails Day – 9am-1pm. Informational exhibits, youth fun walk, activities for all ages and the City of Henderson Trails Photo Contest display and awards presentation. Basic bike maintenance compliments of REI. Free. Cornerstone Park, 1600 Wigwam Pkwy, HD. 267-2171. Southern Nevada Solar Home Tour – 10am-4pm. Visit innovative green homes and buildings to see how you can use solar energy and other sustainable technologies to reduce monthly utility bills and tackle climate change. Free. Check website for home locations. Reiki 2nd Degree Certif. Training – Oct 6-7. Sat, 2-8:30pm. Sun, 9am-3pm. Learn sacred Reiki symbols used for remote healing. Training results in the earning of certification in Reiki 2nd Degree. Must pre-register by 10/3. RSVP or 702-405-9375. Guitar Concert – 8-10:30pm. See 10/5 description. Free. Summerlin Library, 1771 Inner Circle Dr, LV. 507-3864.

MONDAY, OCTOBER 8 Introduction to Ayurveda – 6:30-7:30pm. Learn the fundamentals of Ayurveda in this one hour intro class. $8. Rainbows End Natural Foods, 1100 E Sahara Ave, LV. 715-0555.

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 10 Your Pain in the Neck – 6-7pm. Cozy Meyers explains how Ortho-Bionomy can help women as they mature and their body changes. $5. Angel Blessings, 4485 S Buffalo, LV. 327-9082.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 12 Haunted Harvest – Fri-Sun, Oct 12-31. 5-9pm. Family-friendly atmosphere and spooktacular traditions including a haunted house, trick-or-treating fun, and live onstage entertainment. $8/adults, $5/children (5-12), free/4 & younger. Springs Preserve, US 95 & Valley View Blvd, Las Vegas.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 13 Rose Regatta Dragon Boat Festival – 8am-5pm. Watch and cheer on teams paddling to support those affected by breast cancer. Lake Las Vegas. 616-5750. Gardening Class: Safe and Sound Insect Control – 9-11am. You do not need harmful chemicals to control garden and yard pests. Master Gardener instructor

will show you insect control that is safe for the whole family. Free. Acacia Park, 50 Casa del Fuego, HD. 257-5555. Art for the Soul – 9am-2pm. A variety of local artisans display their unique creations, everything from jewelry to paintings and more. Free. Stillpoint: Center for Spiritual Development, 8072 W Sahara Ave, Ste D, LV. 243-4040. Solar Water Heating Workshop – 10am-1pm. Come for a free home tour and learn about wholehouse energy efficiency and solar water heating. Refreshments and helpful rebate information will be provided. Free. Carmen Home, 7224 Carmen Blvd, LV. 364-3324. There’s An Herb For That – 11am. Study ins and outs of herbs and their use to support healing in the body. Bring your herb questions and health concerns. $5. Herbally Grounded, 4441 W Charleston Blvd, LV. 558-4372. Ricardo Griego: Spanish Guitar Fusion – 2-3:30pm. Ricardo performs both original and popular melodies, visually enhanced with video elements and a Salsa dance couple. Free. West Charleston Library, 6301 W Charleston Blvd, LV. 507-3964.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 14 The Truth About Testosterone – 2-3pm. Dr. Tikva Butler answers some common questions about testosterone. Free. West Charleston Library, 6301 W Charleston Blvd, LV. 507-3964. lvccld-org.

MONDAY, OCTOBER 15 Ayurveda and Herbs – 6:30-7:30pm. Learn about the energetics of herbs from the perspective of dosha: vata, pitta, and kapha. Learn what herbs are best for your body type. $8. Rainbows End Natural Foods, 1100 E Sahara Ave, LV. 715-0555.

markyourcalendar WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 17 Skin & Wellness Clinic Open House - 11am1pm & 4-6pm. Refreshments, hors d’oeuvres, prizes, demonstrations (Vi-Peel, laser hair removal, silk peel). 20% off products. Bring a friend and receive 10% off any retail product. RSVP 2634001. Free. Skin & Wellness Clinic, 9053 S Pecos Rd, Ste 3000, HD.

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THURSDAY, OCTOBER 18 Social Media Event – 6:30-8pm. Informative workshop to learn techniques that will help you use Facebook to enhance the reputation of your business or organization for free. RSVP: transformlasvegas@ or 702-405-9375. $25. RSVP for location. 405-9375.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 20 Gardening Class: Backyard Habitat and Patio Conservation – 9-11am. Learn about backyard conservation. Transform your backyard into a haven for birds, butterflies and other wildlife using edible landscape ideas. Not only is this good for the environment but it will also make your living space more attractive and enjoyable. Free. Acacia Park, 50 Casa del Fuego, HD. 257-5555. Caring for a Loved One with Memory Loss – 2-3pm. Come 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 W Charleston Blvd, LV. 507-3964.

MONDAY, OCTOBER 22 Ayurvedic Pulse Diagnosis Class – 6:30-7:30pm. Learn the fundamentals of Ancient Ayurvedic Pulse Diagnosis. This hands-on class will teach you the art of Ayurvedic Pulse Diagnosis for self-healing. $8. Rainbows End Natural Foods, 1100 E Sahara Ave, LV. 715-0555.

Hypnosis Demo & Talk – 7:30-8:30pm. Transform unwanted habits. Please RSVP: 702-659-2390. Free. RSVP for location. 405-9375.

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 25 Nevada Wild Fest – 10/25-28. Southern Nevada’s Music Festival & Fair. Carnival, haunted houses, zip lining, kids’ zone, food, beer and wine. Stages with daily performances. Adults $9; Senior Citizens & Military $7. Under 3 free. Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino, 3700 W Flamingo Road, LV. 862-8141.

markyourcalendar FRIDAY, OCTOBER 26 Spa Event – 9am-5pm. Special one-day spa event to introduce advanced holistic medical spa procedures and products. Special introductory savings on bio-identical dermal fillers and vegan stem cell therapy. By appointment only. Four Seasons Med Spa. 8855 W Flamingo, LV. 281-9900. FourSeasons

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daily Bikram Yoga – See website for class schedule and rates. Bikram Yoga Green Valley, 1550 N Green Valley Pkwy, Ste 310, HD. 463-0671. Bikram Yoga – See website for class schedule and rates. Bikram Yoga Las Vegas, 5031 Wagon Trail

Ave, Ste 109, LV. 547-9642. Daily Meditation Classes – 4am, 9am, 2pm, 5pm. 1­-hr classes. Chaiya Meditation Monastery, 7925 Virtue Ct, LV. 456-3838. 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. Indoor Cycling – See website for class schedule. 60-minute indoor cycling classes in a comfortable, fun, and urban studio environment. Easy online scheduling and reservation system reserves bike for each class. 4840 S Fort Apache Rd, LV. 431-6674. Yoga & Pilates – See website for class schedule and rates. Vegas Hot!, 5875 S Rainbow Blvd, Ste 206, LV. 257-8171.

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.


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Gardening Class: Plant Projects for Kids – 9-11am. Master Gardeners introduce a few fun plant projects for kids of all ages (some in this class and ideas for other projects to last through the cold winter months). Free. Acacia Park, 50 Casa del Fuego, HD. 257-5555. Mesquite Pancake Breakfast – 9am-12pm. Enjoy breakfast in the garden highlighting foods that thrive in our dryland community. Pancakes made with mesquite bean flour with toppings such as jujube butter, pomegranate and prickly pear jelly. All proceeds benefit nonprofit Great Basin Permaculture. $10. Vegas Roots Community Garden, 715 N Tonopah Dr, LV. 417.0977.

MONDAY, OCTOBER 29 Healthy Aging: Up2Me – Oct 29-Dec 3. Six lecture series on Mondays. For adults 55 and older with conditions such as diabetes, arthritis, high blood pressure, heart disease, chronic pain or anxiety. Discover better nutrition and exercise choices, understand new treatment choices. Must register to attend. 507-3964. West Charleston Library, 6301 W Charleston Blvd, LV.

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 31 Halloween Party – 7-10pm. Costume potluck party. Please RSVP and call for address/directions: 702-659-2390 or email TransformLasVegas@ Free. Transformations, LV. 405-9375.

sunday fresh52 Farmer’s & Artisan Market – 8:30am2pm. Lively, friendly, open-air market. Free. Sansone Park Place, 9480 S Eastern, HD. 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. Zen Meditation – 9-10:30am. Sitting and walking meditation practice with pre-recorded Dharma talks from the Chung Tai Monastery. Free. Lohan School of Shaolin, 3850 Schiff Dr, LV. 217-1498. Spiritual Yoga Fest – 6-9pm. Experience mantra chants with vibrant world music and hear the stimulating spiritual knowledge of ancient India. Free. Govinda’s Center, 7181 Dean Martin Dr, LV. 434-8332.

monday EZ Weight Loss Series Hypno-Nutrition Class – 6-7:30pm. Lose excess weight through proper nutrition, breath and no exercise. Learn how to reverse and prevent many health conditions. Different topic each week. RSVP: TransformLasVegas@yahoo. com. $12.50/class or $69 all 8 classes. 252-3502. 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. 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.

tuesday Five Tibetan Rites – 6-6:45pm. Discover the five secret rituals from a hidden Himalayan monastery. Free. Angel Blessings, 4485 S Buffalo, LV. 2523502. Brain Balance Parent Open House – 6-7pm. 2nd 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. Hatha Yoga Group Class – 6-7pm. A yoga class for all levels, combining postures, breathing and relaxation. $10. World Wellness Group, 3120-A S Valley View Blvd, LV. 338-3309. Law of Attraction Meetup Group – 7pm. Listen to and discuss a Law of Attraction CD (1 hour in length) together in a like-minded group. $20 for guidebook. Call for location. 575-5086. Meetup. com/LawofAttraction-YourWishIsYourCommandLasVegasNV. 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. Inspirational Reiki Healing Circle – 7-9pm. Participate in a group discussion (optional) or simply observe and learn. Experience guided meditation and receive deep personalized healing. Free. Angel Blessings, 4485 S Buffalo, LV. 252-3502.

wednesday Brain Balance Educator Open House – 2:304:30pm. 2nd 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. Health Science Conference Call – 5pm. Get questions answered by scientist Dr. Thomas Brewer. Free. 646-519-5860. Pin: 7123#. Yoga and Vegetarian Dinner – 6:30-8:30pm. Yoga, meditation and all you can eat vegetarian dinner. Begins with a meditative kirtan, then 90 minute yoga class, ending with vegetarian dinner and desert prepared fresh on site. Govinda’s Center of Vedic India, 7181 Dean Martin Dr, LV. 434-4332. Inspirational Reiki Healing Circle – 7-9pm. Natural healing through guided meditation. Relax and recharge your mind and body. $5. Meadow’s Clubhouse, 2900 S Valley View Blvd, LV. 252-3502.

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. ‘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. 6000 S Eastern Ave, Ste 9A, LV. 795-2500. Pain-Free Electrically – 12-1pm. 1st Thurs. Learn how the electro acuscope and myopulse can relieve pain and accelerate healing. Free. World Wellness Group, 3120 S Valley View, 1st Fl, Main Rm, LV. 239-1069. Taste & Toast – 5-8pm. Farmers’ market, live entertainment, cooking demos, local artists, beer and wine tasting. Free. Tivoli Village, 302 S Rampart, LV. 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. 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. South Valley Rose Society Meeting – 7-8pm. 4th Thurs.Various gardening topics each month. Clark County Cooperative Extension Lifelong Learning Center, 8050 Paradise Rd, LV. 257-5555.

friday 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. fresh52 Farmer’s & Artisan Market – 9am2pm. Lively, friendly, open-air market. Free. Town Square, 6605 Las Vegas Blvd S, LV. 900-2552. Country Fresh Farmers’ Market – 10am. Free. Henderson Pavilion, 200 S Green Valley Pkwy, HD. 579-9661. Judith Pinkerton Radio Show – 12pm. Call between 12:06 and 12:58 pm at 609-7626 and ask important questions about the right music for stress. All Talk Winder Farms Farmers Market – 4-8pm. Farm fresh products, produce, meats, salads, juices, etc. from local vendors. Free. Galleria at Sunset, 1300 W Sunset Rd, HD. 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-2pm. Lively, friendly, open-air market. Free. Tivoli Village, 302 S Rampart, LV. 900-2552. Boot Camp in The Park – 9-10am. Affordable, structured fitness program. $15person/$20pair. Reunion Trails Park, 44 Chapata Dr, HD. 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. 5 Tibetan Rites – 9:30-10:45am. Introduction to The 5 Tibetan Rites. Free. Call for location. 2523502. Las Vegas Electric Vehicle Club – 10am. 2nd Sat. Informative discussion about and display of electric vehicles. Free. Call for location. 277-7544. Kids Rhythm Club – 11-11:45am. 2nd Sat. Drum together for fun, make new friends. $3. 6029 W Charleston Blvd, LV. 702-889-2881. 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. Shakespeare in the Park – 7pm. The Las Vegas Shakespeare Company will present performances of Hamlet at four neighborhood parks. Free. Locations vary. 267-2171.

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7380 S Eastern Ave, Ste 125, LV 89123 702-562-2202 (east), 702-546-8358 (west) Safe, effective and integrated health care. Acupuncture is safe, comfortable and effective. Relieve insomnia. Free 15-minute consultations available to all new patients.


11 S Stephanie St, Ste 120, HD 89012 702-778-9500 • Offering individualized plans to help children with learning difficulties reach their greatest physical, mental, social and academic potential. Customized programs correct imbalance and reduce/eliminate negative behaviors. We are brain-based, not drug based. See ad, page 6.


9053 S Pecos Rd, Ste 3000, HD 89074 702-263-4001 • Healthy Glowing Skin & Healthy Body. Specializing in medical skin cancer screenings, skin tags, acne treatments, medical and cosmetic youth enhancing treatments, hormone replacement, nutrition programs, menopause symptoms, fatigue, and insomnia. See ad, page 27.


A Better Life Experience – Dr. Shelly O’Connor 6000 S Eastern Ave, 9A, LV 89119 702-983-0687 • 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!


Dr. R. Hazziez, DC FICPA PTA 3110 S Valley View, Ste 103A, LV 89102 702-333-5326 • Treating the whole family to achieve wellness through physical medicine. Specializing in prenatal, pediatric, pain management, and manipulation under anesthesia. Webster, Diversified, Thompson, Gonstead, and Activator, S.O.T. & B.E.S.T. techniques.


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 ad, page 9.


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. See profile, page 13.

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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.


Linda Perry, PT 702-239-1069 Decrease stress, increase concentration, and meditate like the monks do with the Thorp Certified Facilitator. Available by appointment or weekly rentals. Call now to reserve your brain spa. See ad, page 5.


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 ad, page 9.


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 20.


Dr. Jim Wright, DDS, AIAOMT 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, pages 7 and 27.


Make your home a healthier home. EnergyFit Nevada provides assistance and rebates that will make your home more energy efficient, healthier and comfortable while lowering your energy bills. Visit Energy See ad, page 12.


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. See ad, page 13.


Dr. Orlandis Wells, MD OB/GYN 2649 Wigwam Parkway, Ste 101, HD 89074 702-568-6108 • 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.


Would you like to be happier, healthier, more motivated and peaceful? Call now and learn to harness the power of your subconscious mind, make positive change and live a more satisfying life.



3315 W Craig Rd, Ste 105, NLV 89032 702-285-8321 • 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.


9680 W Tropicana Ave, Ste 106, LV 89147 702-885-5360. Is your life stuck in a rut? We can help you get back on track. We offer life coaching, wellness sessions, energy healing, Reiki, chakra therapy, and Akashic readings.


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.


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Lose Weight, Tone Your Body, Energize Your Life! The newest certified Bikram Yoga facility offering 26 classic hatha yoga stretching postures and two breathing exercises taught in a 90minute class. See ad, page 8.


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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.


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