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ime to Shop! Is my shout-out the first weekend in April as I run to the nurseries and garden centers to walk among the myriad of colors and species of spring flowers. Absorbing all the colorful gifts nature has to offer, I begin my selection to brighten up my garden and landscape around the house. Pentas, one of the easiest flowers to grow in Florida, blooms nonstop, producing showy clusters of red, pink, lavender, or white flowers. Coreopsis, Florida’s official state flower is one of the cheeriest with its daisy-shaped golden-yellow flower (my favorite colors). Blue Salvia, another of my favorite, with its violet-purple or white flowers attracts butterflies and hummingbirds, both very popular in our neighborhood.  Especially since my neighbor a few homes away actually raises butterflies and releases them into the wild for all of us to enjoy. Then there’s the Periwinkles, with their bright blues, perfect (and recommended) to grow in pots and window boxes because they tend to be a bit invasive. And last but not least on my list is the Vinca flower (Catharanthus roseus, available in a multitude of colors). Their ease of care makes them the perfect flowering plant for novice or veteran gardeners. It is beautiful in borders, flowerbeds, rock gardens and containers, as I have them throughout my front and back yard. Drought-tolerant, they are just perfect to highlight those empty corners or draw out specific spots. Can you tell I’m having a blast! However, if walking among the flowers or photographing them is more to your liking, South Florida has the most incredible spots to explore and enjoy the colors of spring. I’ve included a couple of my favorite at the end. Spring is also a great time to check-in with your eco-friendly efforts. Committed to sustainability and continuing to reduce our impact on the environment, we need to challenge ourselves to do what we can in every part of our lives. And that includes our home. In this our eco focused issue we include all sorts of helpful information on reducing our carbon footprint and toxins created within our own home. Start with page 28, our Green Living column, where you’ll read how to turn your home into a healthy one by taking one room at a time. Learn about floors, furniture, cleaning products, air fresheners, clothes, mattress and so much more. Taking one room at a time offers the opportunity to do your research and economize whenever possible, while breathing easier and even eliminating allergy causing allergens. The beautiful spring came; and when Nature resumes her loveliness, the human soul is apt to revive also. —Harriet Ann Jacobs Springtime is considered to be the time of renewal, rebirth, reawakening and hope—the revival of life itself. Symbolically, the season for making changes of any kind. Find the time and energy and take action, there’s no better or more beautiful time like Spring! Enjoy your Gardens, My Favorite Spots Fairchild Tropical Gardens 10901 Old Cutler Road Coral Gables, Florida 33156 (305) 667-1651

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arnessing the power of art to connect with the environment, shine a light on solutions and inspire and educate to create change is the mission of the Free Our Seas and Beyond Environmental Art Festival. In partnership with the Marine Environmental Education Center (MEEC) at Carpenter House, Nova Southeastern University Broward and the City of Hollywood, the event takes place 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., April 21. The Carpenter House oceanfront location at 4414 North Surf Road, Hollywood Beach, is perfect for the festival. Art inspired by nature as well as upcycled and recycled environmentally themed pieces will highlight our connection to the ocean while raising awareness of the impact single-use plastics have on our beaches, waterways and marine life. The event kicks off at 10 a.m. with a community beach clean-up sponsored by Surfrider Foundation of Broward County. From noon to 5 p.m., original and inspiring artwork created by professional and student artists will be showcased along with musical performances, food trucks, art centers and games for children, environmentally friendly vendors, nonprofits, a community art installation, feedings of Captain, the rescued sea turtle, and more. For more information, call Manon Wiese, 786-295-4294, email Manon.FreeOurSeas@, Instagram@FreeOurSeasAndBeyond, or visit us on freeourseasandbeyond/?ref=aymt_homepage_panel Or

Menena Cottin Awakens Your Inner Child Local Author Menena Cottin Shows How Curiosity Leads to Empathy ward-winning author, illustrator and artist Menena Cottin has already touched the lives of many. She has written books, often categorized as children’s books, based on curiosities like experiencing colors as a blind child, living in a world turned upside down and how reality is really a matter of perspective.  Simple in their aesthetics, but profound and transformational in their messages, Menena Cottin’s books have been applauded by the likes of the New York Times and School Library Journal’s Best Books for Children, and some have been translated into as many as 20 languages. A sensation in her native Venezuela, and throughout parts of Latin America, now she looks to crossover into the US market alongside curator Pedro Quintero with an artistic exhibition, coupled with book readings and lectures, that promise to awaken the inner child in us all. 


The immersive and fully bilingual exhibition will be on display at IdeoBox Art Space in Wynwood from April 26 to June 23, 2018. All are welcome to come and experience Seeking the Essence. Guided tours for groups of 5 or more can be arranged by calling 305-573-4618. Ideobox Gallery is located at 2417 N. Miami Avenue. Gallery hours are from 9am-5pm, M-F. A public opening reception, with artist talk, guided tour, food and refreshments, is programmed for April 26, 6-9p.m.

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, Miami Poetry Festival 2018, a month-long initiative with a mission to expose every single person in Miami to a poem, is in full motion. With Poetry popping up in unusual places around the city, like the walls of the Frost Museum and on street corners where poetry adorned paper flowers will be distributed by vets, this event will take you on an unexpected and inspiring journey. The 2018 event includes “Deep Listening (April 8th) “when we’ll gather at Matheson Hammock (9610 Old Cutler Rd, Coral Gables), and join Archival Feedback in a guided session of Deep Listening and experience selections of Pauline Oliveros’ original Sonic Meditation exercises, along with AF-penned reveries,” said project creator, Emile Milgram, “We’ll find ourselves in a heightened state of awareness through observation and intuition, when our senses will connect us to the surrounding environment toward a more receptive mode for engagement and play.” Each participant can respond to the experience by writing a poem or meditation. “During Oracle in the Trees, (April 21st) we’ll take a sensory and leisurely stroll in the pine rocklands, an endangered ecosystem of Matheson Hammock, with artist Fereshteh Toosi and discover secrets in both written and natural poetry,” Milgram continues. “Together we’ll explore the forest ecology while engaging in a series of sensory experiences focusing on relaxation, reflection, and the poetry of Hafez, a 14th century Persian mystic.” Daily, during the month, is Ocean Stanzas at Marjory Stoneman Douglas Biscayne Nature Center on Key Biscayne (6767 Crandon Blvd, Miami). Visitors will receive a poetry prompt to pause, slow down, and reflect on South Florida’s beauty and natural environment. For more information visit April 2018


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Art Exhibit Sets the Alarm to Awaken Florida


hotographer and activist JohnBob Carlos has curated a group exhibit called “Awaken Florida”, which opens Thursday, April 12 at the FIU Green Library and runs through April 30. The show, hosted by Vicki Silvera, head of Special Collections at FIU, includes Carlos’ large-format photography and work from several local artists, all of which showcases Florida’s unique features and rich biodiversity. “May this exhibit serve as a reminder of the natural beauty that is here now and that can still be saved for future generations”, the photographer says. Carlos is a native Floridian who captures images of Florida’s wildlife, landscapes, waterways and cultures. In recent years, he’s become deeply concerned about the state of Florida’s natural resources and is alarmed at the devastation of the areas he loves – largely due to development. Carlos uses photography as a voice for the Florida’s flora and fauna and to help preserve the culture of the region. His imagery has been used to champion petitions combatting fracking, to preserve the Pine Rocklands, to highlight clean water initiatives, to oppose roads that could destroy the Everglades and to support various conservation efforts. Carlos has also selected work from artists who advocate for Florida’s fragile ecosystems. Participating artists include Dita Devi, Nancy R. Koerner of Junglepixiebelize, Jeniece Martinez, Melanie Oliva and Eva Ruiz. Mediums range from paintings and woodblock prints to exotic wood carvings. All are invited to the opening reception for Awaken Florida on Thursday, April 12, from 6pm-9pm, at the Steven and Dorothea Green Library, FIU campus, 2nd Floor, 11200 SW 8th St., Miami, FL 33199. The event is free to the public. More details can be found at JohnBob Carlos:, Junglepixiebelize:, Melanie Oliva:, and Eva Ruiz:

Going to School is Never been Easier! Earn your Alternative Medicine Degree verglades University, who was voted one of the Best Regional Colleges in the South by U.S. News and World Report in 2018, announces its Alternative Medicine Degree programs beginning with the May 7th, 2018 schedule of classes. Courses include Alternative Approaches to Disease, Detoxification & Healing, Dietary Influences on Health & Disease, Introduction to Homeopathy, Stress Reduction & Relaxation, Principles of Acupuncture, Traditional Chinese Medicine, Nutrition & Aging, Herbology & Botany, The Meaning of Health, Women’s Health, Health Psychology, Antioxidants, and Naturopathy. Additional degree programs and online shifts are available. Everglades University is an accredited, private not-for-profit university offering bachelors and master degree programs, small class sizes, innovative degree programs, and convenient scheduling to accommodate working students and adult learners. Online courses are also available for all majors. Financial aid and state grants available for those who qualify. Their main campus is located in Boca Raton, with additional branches located in other parts of Florida.


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rom April 30-May 6, children, families, schools, and communities will rediscover the joys of life beyond the screen. Plan to unplug from digital entertainment and spend free time playing, reading, daydreaming, creating, exploring, and connecting with family and friends. Regardless if children are consuming “good” or “bad” programming, it’s clear that digital entertainment dominates the lives of far too many kids, displacing all sorts of other activities that are integral to childhood. Excessive screen time is linked to poor school performance, childhood obesity and attention problems. It is also primarily through screens that children are exposed to harmful marketing. Screen-Free Week is a fun way to rethink our dependence on digital entertainment including television, video games, smartphones, tablets and computers. It’s a chance for children--and adults--to power down and reconnect with the world around them. It encourages families to reconsider the role of digital entertainment in the year that follows. Some families have even become inspired to go screen-free at meals, in the hour before bedtime, or to spend part or all of their weekends screen-free. You can organize Screen-Free Week in your own school, classroom or community. Organizers and volunteers promote the week and help children and families discover fun, screen-free activities. If you can’t organize a whole week, consider hosting a screen-free event in your area. For more information or to download an organizers kit, visit

Baynanza Biscayne Bay Cleanup Day


iami-Dade County residents are invited to be part of the largest shoreline cleanup in South Florida, the Baynanza Biscayne Bay Cleanup Day on Saturday, April 21. Now in its 36th year, this event brings together the community to help restore and clean Biscayne Bay’s shoreline at 20 locations. Volunteers at all the sites will receive a free commemorative T-shirt, and community service hours are available to all students who participate. Baynanza is a celebration of Biscayne Bay and its significance as one of our most important ecological systems in South Florida. While Baynanza includes more than 25 great events throughout March and April, the event that has become nearly synonymous with this celebration is the Biscayne Bay Cleanup Day. The Miami-Dade County Department of Regulatory and Economic Resources, Division of Environmental Resources Management organizes this event with contributions from sponsors and other county agencies every year in April to observe Earth Day. Baynanza is Miami-Dade’s way of celebrating the environment and inviting the community to learn how to protect it while having a great time. Fro more information or to register visit or call the Department of Regulatory and Economic Resources – Communications Unit, (305) 375-4609. See ad, page 63.

kudos Husband and wife team and Soundings of the Planet co-founders, Dean and Dudley Evenson, decided to blend their peaceful music of flute and harp with the sounds of nature and start their own record label back I 1979. On this path, they were also motivated to create a more peaceful and meditative form of music that would support yoga and massage and their evolving spiritual path. Since then Soundings of the Planet’s music has been used to help build awareness and support a variety of social and environmental concerns such as rain forest preservation, saving the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Tibetan and Native American issues, donating music to rescue workers and grief counselors in New York City after 911, and in teaching patients and staff at Walter Reed Army Medical Center how to use music to deal with PTSD and wounds of war. Drawing from over four decades of creating music, they now share some basic principles of meditation along with a wide array of sound tools and practices that can be used to take one into deeper states of inner peace and meditative bliss with the book Quieting the Monkey Mind: How to Meditate with Music. “What we endeavored to accomplish with Quieting The Monkey Mind, is to help make meditation understandable, accessible and simple to do,” Dudley shares. “It is a powerful and beneficial tool that can assist you in all aspects of your life.” Stay with us as we bring you an interview and book review in the next few issues. For ordering or information visit

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Whole Grains Help Us Eat Less DeryaDraws /

When overweight adults exchange refined grain products such as white bread and pasta for whole-grain equivalents, they tend to feel full sooner, eat less, lose weight and experience a reduction in inflammation, the journal Gut reports. Researchers from Denmark’s National Food Institute and the University of Copenhagen studying 50 adults at risk for Type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease found that test volunteers realized these benefits by eating whole grains, and rye in particular.

Ingesting a combination of five herbs while making healthy lifestyle changes significantly reduced symptoms of polycystic ovary syndrome in a recent Australian study of 122 women published in Phytotherapy Research. The herbs were Cinnamomum verum (cinnamon), Glycyrrhiza glabra (licorice), Hypericum perforatum (St. John’s wort), Paeonia lactiflora (peony) and Tribulus terrestris (tribulus). Menstrual cycles returned to normal duration for 55 percent of the women, and significant improvements occurred in body mass index, pregnancy rates, hormones, insulin sensitivity and blood pressure. Subjects also exhibited less depression, anxiety and stress.

High-Fat Diet Risks Multiple Sclerosis Relapse A high-fat diet increases the risk of relapse of multiple sclerosis in children by as much as 56 percent, reports The Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Psychiatry. A multi-university study of 219 children also found that each 10 percent increase in saturated fat as a share of total calories tripled the risk of relapse. Inversely, each additional cup of vegetables per week cut the risk of the disease by 50 percent.


Herbs Ease Polycystic Ovary Symptoms

A Harvard study of 325 women undergoing fertility treatments found that those consuming the most produce high in pesticide residues, such as strawberries, spinach and grapes, were 18 percent less likely to become pregnant and 26 percent less likely to have a live birth compared to women eating the least amount of pesticide-laden produce. Study co-author Dr. Jorge Chavarro suggests that women trying to conceive should eat organic produce or low-pesticide choices like avocados, onions and oranges. 10

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People that get less rapid eye movement (REM) sleep may have a greater risk of developing dementia, according to a new study published in Neurology. Following 321 people over age 60 for 12 years, Australian researchers found that those that developed dementia spent an average of 17 percent of their sleep time in REM sleep, compared to 20 percent for others. It also took them longer to get to that dream-generating stage.

Nature Videos Calm Prisoners

Maximum-security prison inmates in Oregon that spent an hour a day for a year watching nature videos were involved in 26 percent fewer violent acts compared with fellow inmates, and reported feeling significantly calmer, less irritable and more empathetic. The University of Utah study, published in Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, states, “An estimated 5.3 million Americans live or work in nature-deprived venues. Such removal from nature can result in an ‘extinction of experience’ that can further lead to disinterest or disaffection toward natural settings, or even biophobia (fear of the natural environment). People that infrequently or never spend time in nature will be deprived of the numerous physical and emotional benefits that contact with nature affords.”

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Air Pollution Linked to Psychological Distress Air pollution takes a toll on mental health, University of Washington researchers have concluded. By linking health data for 6,000 people to census tracts, they found that people living in areas with the highest levels of airborne fine particulate matter scored 17 percent higher in measures of psychological distress, including sadness, nervousness and hopelessness. The higher the level of particulates—emitted by car engines, fireplaces and fossil fuel power plants—the greater the impact.

The Right Food = Happier Mood

Many of us have been led to believe that mood issues, like depression and anxiety, are ‘all in our head.’ However, there’s a significant link between nutrition and mental health. The foods you are eating or not eating can have a great impact on the way that you feel- mood issues are caused by digestive distress, blood sugar imbalances, food sensitivities and adrenal dysfunction. Mental health nutrition looks at the physical root causes of mood issues and supports them through nutrition and targeted supplementation. Mental health nutrition allows clients to improve their mood naturally, helping them feel happier and more optimistic. Clients also report that they no longer struggle with brain fog and fatigue. This helps them perform better at work and be more present with their families. Though the main goal is improved mood, many clients also lose weight, balance their hormones and reduce other physical symptoms. This greatly increases their confidence. Standard treatment options include talk therapy and medication. Very few health professionals recognize the significant link between nutrition and mood. Mental health nutrition is an alternative approach that can complement traditional treatment options or be offered as a standalone therapy. Many people spend years trying to get to the bottom of their mood issues without realizing that nutrition could be a contributing factor. This addresses the physical root causes of mental health concerns and can often provide significant relief when other treatment options have been ineffective. Clients are guided through a threemonth program that includes regular appointments, accountability, dietary suggestions and personalized supplementation protocols. Clients benefit from a whole-person, mind-body approach. They will get answers and insights to their health concerns that they won’t receive with standard treatment methodologies. They will develop a deep understanding of their body, nutrition and how to support themselves holistically. Holly Higgins is a nutritional therapy practitioner and Whole30-certified coach. For more information, visit April 2018


Clear Gain

A study published in the journal Science found that forests across Asia, Latin America and Africa release 468 tons of carbon per year, equivalent to nearly 10 percent of the annual U.S. carbon footprint. Thus, tropical forests may no longer be acting as carbon sinks and could be releasing more carbon than they store. Lead author Alessandro Baccini, with the Woods Hole Research Center, in Massachusetts, says, “These findings provide the world with a wake-up call on forests. If we’re to keep global temperatures from rising to dangerous levels, we need to drastically reduce emissions and greatly increase forests’ ability to absorb and store carbon.” Researchers think nearly 70 percent of this loss of carbon storage capacity is caused by small-scale degradation from logging, drought and wildfire. Researchers say that policies to curb deforestation, reduce degradation and restore the integrity of the land could turn forests back into carbon sinks.

Distributed Power Energy Users Control Own Supplies

Some municipalities spend between 20 and 40 percent of their annual budgets on the energy needed to operate wastewater treatment plants. The city of Thousand Oaks, California, has transformed their biggest energy user into an energy generator. Across the U.S., energy users of all sizes are taking control of their power supply and relieving stress from the grid. That’s the idea behind distributed energy. Atlantic Re:think and Siemens have partnered to explore this burgeoning energy revolution. View a video at TheThousandOaksSolution.


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Solar energy is now the cheapest form of new energy in dozens of countries, with record-setting solar farms being built worldwide. Researchers have been investigating ways to make transparent solar panels that resemble glass that could be used as window panels at the same time as converting the light that shines on them into electricity. “Highly transparent solar cells represent the wave of the future for new solar applications,” explains materials scientist Richard Lunt, Ph.D., from Michigan State University. “We analyzed their potential and show that by harvesting only invisible light, these devices have the potential of generating a similar amount of electricity as rooftop solar while providing additional functionality to enhance the efficiency of buildings, automobiles and mobile electronics.” As reported in Nature Energy, his team has developed a transparent, luminescent, solar concentrator that looks like clear glass, covered in small, organic molecules adept at capturing only ultraviolet and near-infrared wavelengths of light. The visible light that enables human vision isn’t obstructed, so we can see through the cell. If scaled up to cover the billions of square feet of glass surfaces throughout the U.S., it could potentially supply about 40 percent of our country’s energy needs.


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France Welcomes Beleaguered Climate Researchers

French President Emmanuel Macron awarded 18 climate scientists from the U.S. and elsewhere millions of euros in grants to relocate to his country for the rest of Donald Trump’s presidential term. Macron’s “Make Our Planet Great Again” grants are meant to counter Trump’s intent on the climate change front following his declaration to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris climate accord. One winner, Camille Parmesan, of the University of Texas at Austin, who is working at an experimental ecology station in the Pyrenees charting how human-made climate change is affecting wildlife, says that in the U.S., “You are having to hide what you do.”

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Transforming Plastics

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Mobile Trashpresso Turns Trash into Tiles

UK furniture and design company Pentatonic has invented the Trashpresso, a solar-powered, mini-recycling plant that transforms plastic waste into usable architectural tiles. Pentatonic doesn’t use raw goods that create excess waste because they are committed to using materials for their products that incorporate some element of recycling, says co-founder Johann Bodecker. They want their products to be reusable, too, so they don’t use glues, resins, paints or formaldehydes to create them, a philosophy that influences all company decisions. The Trashpresso can be used in offthe-grid places where traditional recycling plants would be impractical. It sorts, shreds and compresses trash into plastic fibers to create fully formed tiles. The invention has attracted the attention of companies that want to reduce their own contribution to plastic waste and ocean pollution. Starbucks UK, for example, has commissioned Pentatonic to turn their coffee shop waste into furniture, including bean bag chairs produced from plastic bottles and cups.


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The Trump Administration’s Fiscal Year 2019 budget again calls on Congress to lift long-standing prohibitions on the destruction and slaughter of wild horses and burros. The budget seeks to cut approximately $14 million of the Interior Department’s Bureau of Land Management Wild Horse and Burro Program by selling as many as 90,000 federally protected American mustangs for slaughter to avoid management costs and supply foreign markets with horsemeat. So far, citizens have held the line in favor of America’s iconic equine heritage. As Congress discusses appropriations for 2019, we must continue to press our senators and representatives to stand with the 80 percent of Americans that demand protection for these animals. Make your voice heard today via the online form at SaveWildHorsesNow.

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Caterpillars Offer Clues to Plastic Cleanup

Waxworms, a type of caterpillar, are vexing to beekeepers because they devour the wax that bees use to build honeycombs. It turns out that they can do the same to plastic. Ongoing worldwide research reveals several types of bacteria found in waxworms that digest some kinds of plastic at rates that vary from weeks to months. Scientist Federica Bertocchini, at the Spanish National Research Council, mashed up a quantity of the greater wax moth and applied the paste to polyethylene. After half a day, about 13 percent of the plastic had disappeared. She collaborated with biochemists at the University of Cambridge to analyze this chemical decomposition of the plastic. They discovered that some of the substance is converted into ethylene glycol, a sign that it was genuinely being degraded. The carbon-to-carbon bonds found in polyethylene are also present in the wax that the caterpillars eat. Susan Selke, director of the Michigan State University School of Packaging, remarks, “The hunt for organisms that can degrade plastics is on. Right now, we don’t have a good solution for dealing with the plastics that are piling up on our planet.”

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Companies that recycle cardboard boxes were overwhelmed after record-breaking holiday shopping online. The U.S. Postal Service estimated it delivered 10 percent more packages in 2017 than the year before. Amazon, the leader in online shopping, said it shipped more than 5 billion items for Prime members in 2017. All of this cardboard is a huge recycling challenge. Americans routinely toss food waste and other garbage into their recycling carts, and China, the country that receives the bulk of these contaminated recyclables, says it has had enough. China, by far the world’s biggest importer and processor of recyclables, has put the U.S. on notice that it will begin turning away all but the most pristine used plastics and unsorted waste paper by this fall and early next year. The pronouncement has alarmed U.S. government and industry officials, especially on the West Coast, that face the challenge of either cleaning up the vast, never-ending stream of recyclables to meet China’s strict standards or finding other places to dump the messy items—perhaps in landfills. The uncertainty caused by China’s looming ban is beginning to slow down the entire West Coast system for sorting and shipping off recyclables. In Hong Kong, which ships its waste paper and cardboard to the Chinese mainland, mounds of the materials already are piling up at docks and in cargo ships being kept at sea.

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The 147th annual Arbor Day on April 27 encourages tree planting worldwide to replenish lost tree cover including trees wiped out in the recent fires in California and hurricanes in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico. The Arbor Day Foundation (ADF) is committed to providing 5 million trees in these areas alone. More than 3,400 U.S. communities will participate as an ADF Tree City. Visit for a current list and criteria for new communities to apply. The ADF Alliance for Community Trees ( supports treegrowing programs for 200 nonprofit member groups nationwide via funding, information sharing and forging helpful connections. Trees are much more than aesthetics, says Program Manager Dana Karcher, who most recently welcomed Community Greening, in Delray Beach, Florida, and Outdoor Circle, in Hawaii, into the fold. “Trees clean the air, are a habitat for animals, retain storm water and more.” An affiliated nonprofit program online at encourages tree planting each October. Billings, Montana, earned the latest Arbor Day Celebration Award after 12 elementary schools there engaged in environmental education stations and 180 volunteers planted and pruned trees. Other recent biannual award winners included California’s ReLeaf program and the Atlanta Beltline Arboretum. The need was great even before the world’s forests lost 73.4 million acres of tree cover in 2016, a 51 percent increase over 2015, due to poor forest management, climate change-driven drought and fires, says Global Forest Watch. Hopeful global signs: The largest-ever tropical reforestation project in the Brazilian Amazon aims to plant 73 million trees in the next six years on 70,000 acres. A New Zealand participation goal for the Billion Trees Planting Programme targets planting 100 million trees annually for a decade. In July 2017, volunteers in Madhya Pradesh, India, planted 66,750,000 tree saplings in 12 hours, exceeding the previous record by Uttar Pradesh of 50 million in 24 hours, as part of India’s reforestation pledge of 2 billion new trees by 2030. A $10 annual ADF membership fee includes 10, six-inch-tall seedlings to plant or to donate to a national forest. Karcher’s paramount planting tip: “Dig the hole twice as wide and the same depth of the root ball. If it’s too deep, it’ll suffocate. Give roots space to grow.”

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amantha Ahdoot’s son Isaac was 9 years old when he collapsed from the heat while playing clarinet at band camp. It had been a record-hot summer following a mild winter and early spring, and Dr. Ahdoot, an Alexandria, Virginia, pediatrician, had already noticed a string of unusual cases: A toddler had contracted Lyme disease in the once tick-free region of Northern Maine. A teenager had suffered an asthma attack in February, a full month before she usually started taking allergy medicine. A displaced grade-schooler from out of town arrived traumatized after fleeing a hurricane-ravaged home with her family. But it wasn’t until she saw her son laying on a gurney in the emergency room with an IV in his arm that she fully connected the dots. 16

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“I was aware that the weather had changed a lot since I was kid. But it really didn’t hit home until that day that climate change could affect my health and the health of my children personally,” recalls Ahdoot. “I realized it would be a betrayal of my duty as a pediatrician to sit back and do nothing about it.”

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health issue today. In one recent survey of 1,200 allergists, 48 percent said climate change is already affecting their patients a “great deal” or a “moderate amount.” In another survey of lung specialists, 77 percent said they were seeing patient symptoms grow more severe due to worsening climate-related air quality. In a sweeping review published last October in The Lancet medical journal, a team of healthcare professionals proclaimed that the human symptoms of climate change are “unequivocal and potentially irreversible,” noting that since 2000, the number of people in the United States exposed to heat waves annually has risen by about 14.5 million, and the number of natural disasters annually has increased 46 percent. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has also begun to weigh in with a Climate-Ready States and Cities Initiative to help local health departments brace for everything from the hazardous air quality associated with more forest fires to the spread of vector-borne diseases like Zika and West Nile as the range and season of mosquitoes and ticks expands. Meanwhile, groups like the newly formed and expansive Medical Society Consortium on Climate & Health, to which Ahdoot belongs, are being proactive. Its doctors are greening their offices, swapping cars for bikes, buses or carpooling, lobbying lawmakers and encouraging their patients to undertake measures to prevent the problem from worsening. In the process, they say, they might even improve their own health. “We want the public to understand that climate change is not just about polar bears or receding glaciers in the Arctic, but also about our children and our health here and now,” says Ahdoot.

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During the past century, average temperatures have increased between 1.3 and 1.9 degrees Fahrenheit, with annual increases accelerating in recent years as 2012, 2015, 2016 and 2017 all set records for ambient heat. Such rising temperatures, combined with increased rain and record-high atmospheric carbon dioxide levels, can have a significant impact on plants— both those that irritate or nourish us, says Howard Frumkin, a medical doctor who co-authored the Lancet report and teaches environmental and occupational health sciences at the University of Washington, in Seattle. Wild, allergy-inducing plants like ragweed and poison ivy are flourishing. Poison ivy is growing faster, larger and more toxic as excess carbon prompts it to produce more of its rash-inducing compound, urushiol. “We are seeing the season for ragweed productivity expanding, with pollen levels rising higher and earlier and lasting longer by several weeks,” advises Frumkin. In 2016, residents of Minneapolis, Minnesota, endured a ragweed season that was 21 days longer than in 1990. Other, desirable crops, like grains, do worse in hotter carbonrich climes, producing less protein and other nutrients, Frumkin notes. Meanwhile, bugs are thriving, with longer seasons and wider ranges in which to reproduce. Mosquitoes’ capacity to transmit dengue fever— the world’s fastest-growing mosquitoborne illness—has risen by 11 percent since 1950, more than half of that just since 1990, according to the Lancet report. Further, the tick that carries Lyme disease is now present in 46 percent of U.S. counties, up from 30 percent in 1998. “My physician colleagues used to treat two or three cases a month during tick season,” says Dr. Nitin Damle, a physician at South County Internal Medicine, in Wakefield, Rhode Island.

Five Steps to Take Today


Swap tailpipes for pedals: Bike or walk instead of driving, especially for distances of less than two miles, which comprise 40 percent of all car trips. A study in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives found that if everyone did this in just 11 cities in the Midwest, not only would carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions fall, but it would extend 1,300 lives and save $8 billion in healthcare costs due to better air quality and less sedentary lifestyles.


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red meat results in five times more climate-warming emissions per calorie than chicken, pork, dairy or eggs, according to a study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science. It also creates 11 times more emissions than the production of potatoes, wheat or rice. Eating less red meat can also decrease an individual’s risk of certain cancers.


Encourage hospitals and doctors’ offices to go green:

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“Now each of us sees 40 to 50 new cases each season.”

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Rising heat can also aggravate lung conditions because it promotes the production of ozone, a major lung irritant. With prolonged heat often come wildfires. When one burned for three months in North Carolina in a recent summer, researchers discovered that residents of counties affected by the smoke plume showed a 50 percent increase in emergency trips due to respiratory illness. Like Isaac, more kids are ending up in hospitals due to soaring temperatures, with U.S. emergency room visits for heat illnesses up by 133 percent between 1997 and 2006. Ahdoot recalls a young football player from Arkansas that showed signs of weakness and fatigue during practice, but wasn’t treated right away. He ended

for about 10 percent of all greenhouse gas emissions, according to a recent study by researchers at the Yale School of Medicine, in New Haven, Connecticut. Boston-area hospitals recently slashed their overall emissions by 29 percent in five years.


Plant more trees: As they grow, trees remove carbon dioxide from the air. Being around green space has also been shown to boost mental and cognitive health.


Show compassion: Americans,

per capita, emit six times more CO2 than the global average, according to research by Jonathan Patz, a medical doctor who directs the Global Health Institute at the University of WisconsinMadison. In a TED Talk, he observed that U.S. lower-income populations and those in developing countries are often hit hardest by gaseous emissions. “Those most vulnerable to the health impacts of climate change are often the least responsible,” he says. “Doing something about this is a matter of compassion.”

up with heat stroke, kidney failure and pulmonary edema and ultimately required kidney dialysis. “Every summer now, I see the impacts of increasing temperatures and heat waves on kids,” she says. Climate change can also impact mental health, according to a recent review by the American Psychological Association. Exposure to natural disasters can lead to post-traumatic stress disorder. Plus, according to research institutions including the University of California, San Diego, and Iowa State University, chronic heat, especially at night, can interfere with sleep and even lead to aggressive behavior. Then there’s the worry about what to do about it, and whether it will be enough. “When you talk with people about what is affecting them, climate is definitely one of the things stressing them out,” says Thomas Doherty, Psy.D., a psychologist April 2018


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Mona Sarfaty, a family physician who is now director of the Medical Society Consortium on Climate & Health, attests that 69 percent of Americans are aware that climate change is occurring, and more than half agree that human activities are at least partly to blame. Yet only a third believe it could ever harm them personally. “So much of the early focus was on the receding glaciers and the penguins,” she says. “People today still think it will affect ‘those other people over there,’ but not them.” She agrees with the recent focus on imminent health issues, and is encouraged that a growing number of healthcare professionals feel it’s their duty to inform their patients about climate change to mobilize action. “When you talk about climate change not only in terms of the health impact it has on individuals and families, but also in terms of the real-time benefits of taking action against it, people are a lot more interested in doing something,” says Sarfaty. For instance, shifting to clean energy sources like wind and solar instead of coal can effect better air quality and easier breathing now. Cycling or walking to work rather than driving can reduce carbon emissions, boost feel-good brain chemicals and keep weight in check. Writing letters to editors or attending rallies to urge lawmakers to pass climate-friendly policies can not only fend off the anxiety and depression that comes with feeling helpless, but also effect real change. Ahdoot is taking these steps now. She has solar panels on her roof, is assisting the local hospital to reduce its carbon footprint, takes public transportation to work and encourages her kids to walk whenever possible. “I don’t feel powerless at all. I feel empowered and optimistic,” she says. “The more we know, the more we are moved to act. We can all do something small every day to protect our climate.” Lisa Marshall is a freelance health writer in Boulder, CO. Connect at

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hree years ago, the New York Times added a new word to the world’s food vocabulary: Climatarian (n.) A diet whose primary goal is to reverse climate change. This includes eating locally produced food (to reduce energy spent in transportation), choosing pork and poultry instead of beef and lamb (to limit gas emissions), and using every part of ingredients (apple cores, cheese rinds, etc.) to limit food waste. Changing our food choices to support this model can have a ripple effect. Researchers at the University of California, Santa Barbara, in a 2017 study published in the journal Climatic Change, looked at how diets impact personal health, the healthcare system and climate. They found that adopting a more plant-based diet reduces the relative risk of coronary heart disease, colorectal cancer and Type 2 diabetes by 20 to 40 percent. National annual health care costs could drop from $93 billion to $77 billion. Direct greenhouse gas emissions could annually drop 489 to 1,821 pounds per person. Such an approach involves considering the related water usage, greenhouse gas emissions and carbon footprint—the energy required to cultivate, harvest and

transport food—plus processing associated food waste. Here are some top choices.  

Foods that Go Easy on Water Hydroponic greens are hands-down winners. The Shelton Family Farm, near Whittier, North Carolina, weekly produces 10,000 to 12,000 heads of hydroponically grown Bibb lettuce. The controlled environment and carefully engineered nutrient delivery systems maximize all resources. “It’s an enclosed system that runs 24/7, and it’s highly efficient from a waterusage standpoint because we recycle the water,” says William Shelton Jr., a fourthgeneration family farmer. “The only water that’s actually consumed is what’s taken up and transpired through the plants.” In a moderate climate, energy costs to recycle the water and keep the plants at an even temperature are moderate, as well. Dry-tilled heirloom tomatoes, okra, melons and quinoa are drought-tolerant and only use available rainfall.   

Foods that Go Easy on Greenhouse Gases

Plants beat meat. “Livestock farming produces from 20 to 50 percent of all

manmade greenhouse gas emissions,” says nutritionist and climate activist Jane Richards, of GreenEatz, in Mountain View, California. “You can reduce your footprint by a quarter by cutting down on red meats such as beef and lamb.” An exception is the vegetarian staple of rice. According to researchers at Project Drawdown, a climate solutions organization in Sausalito, California, rice cultivation is responsible for at least 10 percent of agricultural greenhouse gas emissions and up to 19 percent of global methane emissions. New farming techniques, like mid-season draining of the rice paddies, could cut methane emissions by at least 35 percent. Richards notes, “Meat, cheese and eggs have the highest carbon footprint; fruit, vegetables, beans and nuts, much lower. The carbon footprint of a vegetarian diet is about half that of a meat-lover’s diet.”   Root crops such as carrots, radishes, potatoes and beets have a lower carbon footprint than above-ground plants due to less food waste. A beautiful beet is easier to grow than a bell pepper that blemishes more easily. Seasonal, regional fruit, vegetables, herbs and honey have a lighter carbon impact because they are transported shorter distances. Usually what grows best in a region and is consumed locally is also best for the climate. Foods naturally suited to their environment grow and taste better, and are packed with more nutrients, reports Sustainable

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New agricultural developments can also benefit our climate environment. According to Project Drawdown research, perennial grains and cereals could be pivotal in reaching soil, carbon and energy targets. The Land Institute, in Salina, Kansas, has been working with the Rodale Institute, in Berks County, Pennsylvania, to develop a perennial wheat that would not have to be planted from seed each year. This would save soil, carbon and both human and machine energy. Kernza, a new perennial grain proven to prosper in natural grasslands like the Great Plains, is not yet widely distributed. Maria Speck, author of Simply Ancient Grains, advises, “With up to 15-foot-long roots, it can be harvested for five years and uses less fertilizer than conventional wheat. Kernza tastes almost like a cross between rice and wheat—sweet, grassy, mesmerizing.” Michael Pollan, author of Food Rules: An Eater’s Manual and creator of the film Food, Inc., suggests we keep it simple: “Eat food, not too much, mostly plants.” Climatarians would add another guideline—eat as locally as possible. Judith Fertig writes cookbooks plus foodie fiction from Overland Park, KS (

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ardening is good for body and soul, but long hours and repetitive movements can negatively impact even the fittest body. While stiffness and pain patterns might manifest in the lower back, shoulders, legs and hands, performing a few yoga poses can lessen pain, increase flexibility, boost stamina and prevent injury. “Every action needs a counter action for structural balance to be maintained. Repetitive movements can tighten fascia, restrict movement and compromise nerve impulses,” explains Asheville, North Carolina, yoga teacher and back care specialist Lillah Schwartz, author of Healing Our Backs with Yoga: An Essential Guide to Back Pain Relief. “What goes into spasm tends to remain in spasm,” observes Schwartz, who has helped many people overcome back pain and other chronic structural issues. Practicing yoga before, during or after spending time outside also promotes mind-body awareness which helps us tune into our body’s natural rhythms and prevent physical problems in the first place. Here are some basics to consider when working in the garden.

Be Aware

Great agility and strong muscles cannot compensate for being in one position too long, over-reaching or fatigue. “Listen to your body’s messages such as, ‘It’s time for a rest,’ or, ‘That’s too heavy,’” recommends Schwartz. Remember to take regular breaks to rest, stretch and drink water. 24

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5. Locust pose (Salabhasana) 6. Squat Pull Spinal Traction (Ardha Malasana in traction)

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Take a Breath

“Conscious breathing involves both the body and the mind. Long, slow inhalations and exhalations help us tune into our body,” says Schwartz. “Using long breaths when stretching in the garden can help muscles find relief.” To reduce pain:



n Stop and breathe. Take slow, deep breaths with a pause (inhalation retention) between inhalation and exhalation. n Don’t resist the pain or allow self-judgment. n Wait for a release.

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Strike a Pose

Bringing mindfulness to garden work not only helps prevent injury, but helps make it a more enjoyable experience. Here are a few more tips.

Doing yoga regularly will condition the body, but incorporating asanas, or poses, while gardening can be both a fun and practical way to avoid overstressing certain muscle groups and keep the spine and hamstrings supple. Using props in the garden environment such as fences, a wall or a chair can provide convenient support. Feel free to perform all poses before or after gardening, and all except numbers one and five in the garden.

n If rising early, begin time in the garden with a Warrior 1 pose while facing east.

1. Downward Facing Dog pose (Adho Mukha Svanasana) with

n Stop to drink some water and take pleasure in the garden’s beauty and bounty.

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2. Warrior 1 pose (Virabhadrasana I) 3. Straddle Forward Fold pose (Prasarita Padottanasana)

n Be mindful of feeling the breeze when it brushes the skin and pause to breathe deeply. n Notice the music of the birds or other pleasing sounds in the surrounding environment.

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irst, 27 indigenous elders from 23 North American tribes, two African tribes, a Tibetan Buddhist and a Sami from Finland gathered at Turtle Mountain, in Dunseith, North Dakota, in 1994. Recently, 13 elders from 10 tribes from Russia, Columbia, South Africa and the U.S. gathered in Kauai, Hawaii. Other such gatherings, too, are participating in a shared prophecy supporting world salvation. They offer humanity four sacred gifts of wisdom rooted in their life experiences. This is our invitation to receive them.

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Forgiveness is releasing ourselves from the prison of pain, hurt or mistreatment. It takes courage and self-love to do this. The reward of this act is freedom to use our energy to create what is life-giving to our self and the lives of those we touch.

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This is a time for us all to become and remain united and steadfast, repairing the world from the misuse of power and greed. When we choose to stand in the circle of unity, there is strength. Each of us has an important part to play in the circle of life to sustain precious relationships among people, Earth and spirit for ourselves, our children and future generations.

Indigenous elders tailor their healing practices to the whole human being, using good medicine, defined as anything or anyone that brings into positive alignment the spiritual, mental, emotional and physical levels. Healing can take many forms, based on tradition, the healer, patient and nature, yet four basic elements or practices are consistent: listening, supportive relationships, unconditional love and committing to creative, positive action.

Hope springs from the choice to tap into an infinite energy source. It may not be understood by modern science, but indigenous wisdom keepers behold an inner certainty of something bigger than us all. When we open ourselves to hope, it is possible to release the pressure and desire to try to know something about everything, and instead free our imagination to create expansive possibilities. Anita Sanchez, Ph.D., is a transformational leadership consultant, speaker, coach and author of the new book, The Four Sacred Gifts: Indigenous Wisdom for Modern Times, from which this was adapted. For videos and a song, visit

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In the Kitchen

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Defrosting trays have been available for a while, and although they aren’t a miracle solution, they are eco-friendly and easy to clean; thawing most meats, seafood and vegetables usually takes just 30 to 60 minutes. It’s one way to avoid using the microwave. Most cutting boards of sustainable bamboo or cork originate in China, creating a big carbon footprint. Glass boards are breakable and hard on knives. Consider planet-friendly boards made of recycled cardboard and food-grade plastic combined with flax husks. A countertop convection oven set about 25 degrees lower circulates heated air to cook food 25 to 30 percent faster and more evenly than a conventional oven; it uses less energy and has fewer emissions. Foods come out crispier, which also makes for great veggie chips. A conventional oven is still best for soufflés, breads or cakes that rise as they bake. Replace chemical-coated nonstick pans, disposable parchment paper and aluminum foil with reusable, eco-friendly, U.S. Food and Drug Administrationapproved silicone mats. They are easy to

clean, affordable and available in many sizes and shapes. Run the dishwasher when full and at night. Off-peak hours won’t cut the electric bill, but are more efficient for the power plant, reducing its energy footprint. Skip the garbage disposal to save water and energy. Use food waste for plantnurturing compost. Plastics numbered 1, 3, 6 or 7 are prone to leaching into food or drinks. Recycle or repurpose those already on hand to store craft items, small toys or office supplies.

On the Floor Keep floors clean and healthy by leaving shoes at the door. They track in dirt, pesticides, chemicals, pet waste and leaked fluids from vehicles. Slippers or socks with a grip sole keep feet warm and prevent falls. Bamboo flooring is sustainable and eco-friendly, but is also shipped from China. Using local products reduces shipping costs, supports American businesses and can give the home a unique design.


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Instead of air freshener sprays, hang petand child-safe plants. Use fast-drying towels up to four times before washing. Hand towels see more frequent use, so change every other day. Longer wear makeup stays longer on a washcloth; to prevent reintroducing germs to the face, use a facecloth only once. All-natural cleaning products are easy to find or make. For some tips, see Tinyurl. com/LovelyEcoLoo.

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white, or colored with environmentally safe, non-metallic dyes. Blue light from a smartphone, computer, tablet or TV can foster sleeplessness. “I keep all devices out of my bedroom and block all unnatural light,” says Leslie Fischer, an eco-minded mom and entrepreneur in Chicago, who reviews mattresses for adults and babies at SustainableSlumber. com. “I sleep on a fantastic mattress that won’t fill my room with pollution.” A good pillow is a necessity. Citrus Sleep rates the Top Ten Eco Options at Mattresses should be replaced every eight years. In the U.S., an average of 50,000 end up in landfills each day. California law requires manufacturers to create a statewide recycling program for mattresses and box springs. An $11 recycling fee, collected upon each sale, funds the Bye Bye Mattress program. Connecticut and Rhode Island also recycle them. “An alternative is extending mattress use with a topper,” says Omar Alchaboun, founder of topper-maker Kloudes, in Los Angeles.

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movement is afoot to get kids grounded in nature. Wilderness awareness programs, also known as primitive skills or Earth-based education, teach life-changing survival skills that build courage, compassion and camaraderie. “We help youth experience a true aliveness in nature. Kids gain knowledge of the outdoors and increase awareness, confidence and self-reliance, while having fun, positive experiences,” says Dave Scott, founder of the Earth Native Wilderness School (, in Bas-

trop, Texas. They often go on to enthusiastically share what they’ve learned about natural flora and fauna with their families.

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Youth engaged with organizations like this one enjoy gaining nature-oriented survival skills, such as making bows, baskets, shelters and fire. “By making a bow out of a particular type of tree, children discover what type of habitat the tree prefers and how to harvest it sustainably. Indigenous skills like animal tracking also help them relate to wildlife and

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develop empathy for animals,” says Scott. “When you learn to trust rather than fear nature, you’re more likely to take care of it,” adds Rick Berry, founder of 4 Elements Earth Education (, a Nevada City, California, nonprofit that helps kids and adults connect with planet Earth via immersion in nature. Leaving room for spontaneity and improvisation is important. While infusing indigenous knowledge into their curriculum, wilderness programs emphasize universal principles such as deep understanding of local environments and life’s interconnectedness. “Fire making is for everybody. Shelter making is for everybody. We are all caretakers of the land,” says Berry. Physical and other challenges, such as walking blindfolded through the woods, heighten sensory perception while building confidence. “The landscape is a great teacher with its uneven ground and obstacles, posing an opportunity to learn agility, practice balance and ultimately, expand awareness,” says Simon Abramson, associate director of Wild Earth (, in High Falls, New York.   Nature-immersion programs like Wild Earth’s further help kids sharpen their observation skills through activities like learning to identify birdsongs and trees. During a popular activity called “sit spot”, children learn to sit quietly, listen and observe from a specific location they may revisit over the course of a day or year to witness nature’s varied beauty. Another time, they may try “foxwalking”, creeping silently and slowly, or test their “owl vision”, using peripheral vision. For younger kids, instructors may incorporate such skills into a game

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like “coyote or rabbit,” where by staying still, they can avoid detection by a predator. Kids learn to listen both to nature and their own inner voice, which can be challenging in the midst of dominating peers and authority figures. “We build on the tradition of vision quest, in taking time to get quiet in nature and hear what the heart is saying,” says Berry. Activities may be patterned after natural cycles of the seasons, the four directions and diurnal rhythms. On a bright morning, emphasis is on high-energy, outward-facing activities; day’s end brings a pause to reflect, glean and share what participants have made and learned.

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Mother Nature’s lessons can be hardearned, but the outdoor trials that kids experience are often their most honored and memorable moments. Whether youths try out a wilderness program for a season or stay on for years, Earth-based learning can have an enduring impact. They help foster healthy relationships not only with the Earth, but with other people, according to Samuel Bowman, a program coordinator with the Wilderness Awareness School (Wilderness, in Duvall, Washington. Team-driven activities like building a communal shelter can help kids learn how to work through conflict, listen to others and appreciate differences. “The kids that have come through our programs prove to be creative problemsolvers prepared to handle just about anything. They have focus and commitment, and tend to be service oriented,” observes Abramson, noting that 60 percent of their instructors are alumni. “Thinking back on kids we’ve worked with, you can often see their wilderness journey reflected in their paths as adults, how they are making choices with their heart and pursuing their passions,” concludes Berry. Connect with April Thompson, in Washington, D.C., at

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hese resources will help parents and educators connect with quality, nature-based learning.

Coyote’s Guide to Connecting with Nature ( is an inspirational publication for teachers, mentors and parents based on ancient worldwide cultural wisdom, including mythic animal stories, nature-based ceremonies and survival tools. The Tracker School (, founded by wilderness expert Tom Brown in 1978, offers 75 classes on wilderness survival skills and a list of tracker clubs and affiliates across North America and beyond. Tom Brown’s Field Guide to Nature and Survival for Children is another respected resource.

Children & Nature Network (ChildrenAnd connects children, families and communities with nature through evidence-based resources and tools, broadbased collaboration and grassroots leadership. This international initiative was co-founded by Richard Louv, renowned author of Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder. Earth Skills Alliance (EarthSkills is a collective of youth program leaders dedicated to Earth skills instruction. Its annual conference and other platforms share best practices and experiences.

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Every species embodies a solution to some environmental challenge, and some of these solutions are breathtaking in their elegance. ~Linda Bender, Animal Wisdom: Learning from the Spiritual Lives of Animals


rom birds and elephants to dolphins, animals, whether by instinct or learned behavior, have discovered ways to cope with parasites, pests, aches and pains. This science of self-medication is


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called zoopharmacognosy (zoo for animal, pharma for drug and cognosy for knowing). At home, a dog or cat that eats grass is practicing it to eliminate parasites or hairballs. Donald Brightsmith, Ph.D., of Texas

A&M University, directs the Tambopata Macaw Project in the lowlands of southeastern Peru, studying the many macaws and other parrots that gather clay to eat as a supplement. First thought to help remove toxins from their bodies, clay adds needed sodium to their diet, researchers now believe. A pregnant elephant in Kenya’s Tsavo Park was observed by ecologist Holly Dublin, Ph.D., to travel miles to find a tree not normally eaten. Four days later, the elephant gave birth. Dublin discovered that Kenyan women make a drink from the same leaves and bark to induce labor. While studying Bornean orangutans (Pongo pygmaeus) in the Sabangau peat swamp forest in Central Kalimantan, Indonesia, primatologist Helen MorroghBernard, Ph.D., of the University of Exeter, UK, observed an orangutan chew the leaves of a plant that were not part of its usual diet until it formed a lather. The orangutan spit out the leaves and used the lather much like humans apply a topical pain reliever. While animals have been known to eat certain plants when ill, hers may be the first sighting of an animal creating a salve. Nearby villagers grind the leaves to make a balm for sore muscles and inflammation. Morrogh-Bernard believes humans learned this topical application from apes and passed it down through the generations. In the Red Sea, bottlenose dolphins rub against bush-like gorgonian corals covered by an outer layer of antimicrobial mucus that may protect them from infection, according to dolphin researcher Angela Ziltener, of the University of Zürich, Switzerland. “It’s amazing how much we’ve learned, but forgotten,” says Ira Pastor, CEO at Bioquark Inc., in Philadelphia, a

life sciences company developing biologic products to regenerate and repair human organs and tissues. “We live with other organisms which from a health and wellness perspective are much further advanced than humans. No other species tries to cure with any single solution. Nature employs multiple options. We’re not appropriately imitating nature yet. We need to do more.” Cindy Engel, Ph.D., of Suffolk, England, author of Wild Health: Lessons in Natural Wellness from the Animal Kingdom, says, “Animals rely on plants to provide them with the essentials of life, making their health intimately dependent on plant chemistry to provide everything they need to grow, repair damage and reproduce.” She continues, “Wild animals carry diseases that affect livestock and humans. It’s sensible to explore why they’re successful in fending off the worst effects in order to find ways to improve our own health, instead of just trying to eradicate the disease. We can learn from behavioral selfhelp strategies animals employ.” Accomplishing this is more difficult than ever, she believes, because today’s severely shrink-

ing habitat makes it hard to find truly wild animals and plants. “Over the last 100 years, we’ve done a horrible disservice to all life by destroying habitat and exploring only a small percentage of what nature has to offer,” agrees Pastor. “As patents expire, pharma has to change. It’s important to develop botanicals. We’re advised to vary our diet and exercise, yet take the same dose of the same pill daily. We’ve studied dead organisms under microscopes, but living organisms,

even as small as microbes, can communicate helpful positive reactions.” Western medicine has strayed from what nature offers to keep us healthy. Now is the time to take care of both the planet and all living beings on it. “We’ve discarded thousands of years of evidence,” says Pastor. “We cannot destroy the bounty of possibilities.” Connect with freelance writer Sandra Murphy at

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Paul Hawken Shares a Plan to Reverse Global Warming by Linda Sechrist


or author Paul Hawken, a leading environmental entrepreneur working with a coalition of research fellows, advisors and expert reviewers, the climate goal is drawdown, or reversing global warming—the point in atmospheric time when the concentration of greenhouse gases peaks and begins to decline on a year-to-year basis. Hawken edited Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming, a compendium of the 100 most substantive solutions that already exist.

Are you optimistic about achieving the goal?

Why is drawdown the goal? If we don’t name the goal, we are unlikely to achieve it. To date, language like mitigation, stabilization and reduction has been used to address climate change. These goals are not particularly ambitious and will do little to preserve civilization. Those verbs are about slowing the amount of released gases, but do not reverse them. If you are going the wrong way down a road which heads straight over a cliff, slowing down is not a helpful goal. We need to turn around, and that is what drawdown research is all about.

Why and how did you do the research? We wanted to know if it was game over with respect to global warming, or could we reverse the buildup of greenhouse gases with techniques and practices already underway? We gathered a qualified and diverse group of 70 researchers from around the world to identify, research and model the 100 most substantive existing solutions. They modeled the impact the solutions will have if they continue to scale in a rigorous, but reasonable way, and what the cost and profits would be. All carbon data was based on peer-reviewed science. Economic data came from respected international institutions like the World Bank. The goal of the 34

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tion is the most powerful lever available for breaking the cycle of intergenerational poverty while mitigating emissions by curbing population growth. Ranked seventh, family planning, particularly in low-income countries, impacts world population. For women to have children by choice rather than chance and to plan their family size and spacing is a matter of autonomy and dignity. Together, these two solutions would account for significant reduction in greenhouse gases by 2050. The United Nations estimates a difference between the high and median population projections in 2050 of 10.8 billion versus 9.7 billion. The difference is almost entirely determined by availability of family planning.

book was to present the findings and describe the solutions in ways that fascinated and informed, accompanied by images that enlivened and inspired.

What are the top 10 solutions? The top 10 solutions, in order, are: refrigerant management, wind turbines, reduced food waste, plant-rich diet, tropical forests protection, educating girls, family planning, solar farms, silvopasture—the intentional combination of trees, forage plants and livestock as an integrated, intensively managed system— and rooftop solar. All 100 are listed at

Did any of the solutions surprise you? None of the solutions surprised us, but their rankings did. For example, educating girls, number six, has a dramatic bearing on global warming. Women with more years of education have fewer, healthier, children and actively manage their reproductive health. Educated females realize higher wages and greater upward mobility, contributing to economic growth. Educa-

Drawdown is not about optimism, hope or pessimism. It is a reality project. The science on climate change is amazing, if not stunning. It is the best problem statement humanity has ever created, which I see as a gift, not a curse. Global warming is feedback from the atmosphere. The Earth is a system, and any system that does not incorporate feedback fails. It holds true for our body, ecosystems, social systems and economic systems. The knowledge of global warming and its potential impacts is creating huge breakthroughs in energy, transport, agriculture, housing, urbanization and materials. If it wasn’t for the science of climate change, we would be destroying our planet faster than we already are. Focusing repeatedly on the problem does not solve the problem. Diagnosis is not prognosis unless we give up. The science of what will happen if we do not act has been here for a long time. What Drawdown points out is that humanity is on the case. The plan we refer to in the book’s subtitle is not our plan; we found a plan being activated by the collective intelligence of humanity. This is a different story than one of gloom and doom. It is a story of innovation, creativity and generosity—that is who we are. Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings.

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arth Day, on April 22, will serve again as a galvanizing force on ways to save our planet. With the theme of End Plastic Pollution, the Earth Day Network (EDN) is setting a specific focus this year on the importance of reducing the use of plastics and finding more Earthfriendly alternatives ( The nonprofit notes that of the approximately 300 million tons of plastic annually produced to make bags, bottles, packages and other commodities worldwide, only about 10 percent is successfully recycled and reused. The rest ends up in landfills or as litter, leaching dangerous chemicals into soil and water, endangering humans and wildlife alike. EDN asks everyone to pledge to switch to sustainable alternatives, subscribe to its newsletter, spread the word via social media, educate and mobilize citizens to demand action, and donate to support the adoption of a global framework to regulate plastic pollution that will engage individuals, companies and governments worldwide. Further, EDN is extending people’s ability to take personal responsibility by self-rating and guiding their involvement via practical toolkits. “People can create and follow a plan to reduce their plastic footprint and also share that data to help

others via the Billion Acts of Green online campaign,” says Valeria Merino, vice president of Global Earth Day, adding that participants will be able to create an ongoing record and track their commitments. The initiative is also providing materials, tips on organizing cleanup events and social media tie-ins. Help Miami celebrate and forward progress in sustainability efforts by participating in these local Earth Day 2018 events.

SATURDAY APRIL 21 Baynanza 2016 - Biscayne Bay Cleanup Day - 9 a.m. to Noon, with boat captain volunteers gathering by 8 a.m. Join thousands of volunteers - help clean of one of our most precious natural resources: Boat captains are needed to transport, please call if you’re available! Biscayne Bay. 305-372-6999. Electronic Recycling in Coral Gables for Earth Day - from 9 am-12 pm in the City Hall Parking Lot. In addition to recycling electronics the City is also offering sensitive document shredding during the event in partnership with the Coral Gables Police Department. 305-460-5008, 405 Biltmore Way, Coral Gables, FL 33134

SUNDAY, APRIL 22 Heal the Planet Day Esplanade Park Ft. Lauderdale - 11:00am – 5:00pm celebrates Earth Day by bringing together the South Florida community, for a day of excitement, fun family friendly activities and an educational opportunity to learn how to work together to make a difference locally and build

Earth Day Festival Village of Pinecrest/Pinecrest Gardens - 12:00am - 4:00pm Free. The Village of Pinecrest invites you to celebrate our magnificent planet on Sunday, April 17th when we open our gates FREE to the public for a day of activities for the entire family including workshops organized by the CLEO Institute and Plant Societies, food demos, planting activities, plant sales, an eco-fashion show, green vendors, wild life shows, local school performances, crafts for kids, lady bug releases, and so much more. Pinecrest Gardens, 11000 Red Road, Pinecrest, Florida 33156, 305-669-6990 Earth Day Resource Fair – 10am – noon - join the Town of Surfside for its FREE annual Earth Day Resource Fair at the Surfside Community Center, located at 9301 Collins Ave. Attendees can enjoy educational resources from a variety of on-site vendors, arts & crafts for the whole family, giveaways, music and light refreshments. Miami-Dade County will be on hand conducting a free shower head and light bulb exchange (2 shower heads and 2 bulbs per household). Earth Day Youth Creative Arts – 10am – noon - Children love to play outdoors, interacting with nature, and enjoy creating and expressing themselves. We use natural items, flowers, leaves, rocks and more in their art making as they learn how to be free with their energy and honor & celebrate Mother Earth! Ages 6-12. All art supplies included. Guardian must be present during event. $15. San Jacinto Parkm 4430 SW 15th Terrace, Miami, Florida 33134

SATURDAY, APRIL 28 Project TREEstoration Miami: City of Miami Earth and Arbor Day Celebration – 9AM – 2pm Citizens for a Better South Florida (CITIZENS) is dedicated to providing environmental education, particularly to the diverse underserved community, which inspires active stewardship and preservation of the South Florida environment. Legion Park, 6447 NE 7th Ave, Miami, FL 33138

FLORIDA KEYS SUNDAY, APRIL 22 Annual Earth Day 5k Run/Walk - Earth-friendly recyclable awards are to be given to the top overall male and female, top masters male and female and first- and second-place runners in each age group ranging from age 9 and under to 70-plus. Additional awards await top 5k walk finishers. Starts at 8 a.m., from McCoy Indigenous Park, located at Atlantic Boulevard and White Street. 305-451-6300

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Time To Clean House! Is Your Home’s Energetic Health Affecting Your Health? by Jeanie Pasquale


ave you ever felt uneasy upon entering a home or room—as though there was an unseen force there? Or maybe you’ve just felt out of sync with the universe? If so, there may be remnant energies in your environment. Did you know that all human activity leaves an imprint upon the space where the activity occurred? Even the imprints of the workers who built the home are still lingering within the walls. So, there is a very good chance that you are currently living with the remnant energy of all the negative situations and emotions that occurred within your environment in the past. Energetically the space may not be agreeing with you or your family. It’s like having an allergy to the unseen energy. The land your home is built on also could have a historic past, and the effects of emotional energy that took place hundreds of years ago might still be lingering and affecting your mental, physical or emotional health. In Europe, some builders call in professional dowsers to clear land before building. When energetic disturbances manifest within a home, either as health issues or emotional problems, the cause might stem from energetic imbalances from the past. Homes, just like people, need help and healing from the past. Some people are drawn to their home or business location to heal it—in turn, that person or family can also heal and restore balance to their universe. Even if your home is filled with laughter and joy, it’s still not protected from all the outside influences—man-made or not. Most people are not aware that they can protect themselves and their loved ones from unseen negative energy, which may be caused by high tension wires, satellite dishes, EMF’s, Ley Lines, 36

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geopathic stress, cell phones, underground streams, past homeowners and even neighbors or the Hartmann Grid. According to, The Hartmann Grid is a scientifically proven grid associated with the Earth’s magnetic field. Its lines measure between 8 and 12 inches in width approximately. These lines are spaced about six feet apart in the north-south direction and about 10 feet apart in the east-west direction. However, these values can vary immensely depending on geographical location The Hartmann Grid is often referred to as a global grid. Some people refer to it as a net over the universe. The grid has become distorted from energies emitted by microwaves, cell phones and satellite dishes. This distortion can negatively influence the human immune system. Stopping, or blocking, energy distortions can be accomplished by a professional dowser, while beneficial energies can be amplified. Locating the specific energies in your home or business, and then placing copper rods in the areas where the energy is found can have a profound positive impact. These copper rods can also help protect you from negative vortexes—counter clockwise energy centers. A home can have one or more vortexes in them. These must be reversed to rotate clockwise; otherwise they can be very draining on your relationships and finances. To put it briefly, there is a lot you can do about the effects of current and past energies negatively affecting you or your family. Jeanie Pasquale, of House Harmony, has been using the Marie Diamond method for dowsing homes since 2014. To learn more, call 845-709-5245 or visit or Facebook: HouseHarmonyBlauvelt.

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Oil Pulling for Healthy Teeth By Dr. Michael Taras


il pulling has recently become a popular homeopathic method for treating a variety of ailments, many of which affect the oral cavity. The practice began in India 3,000 to 5,000 years ago when the world’s oldest health care system known as Ayurveda evolved. Ayurveda is derived from a Sanskrit word that means arising from two roots: “Ayur” meaning life and “Veda” meaning knowledge. Ayurveda’s life knowledge uses herbs, plants and spices to connect the body, mind and spirit with nature. Oil pulling is a powerful detoxifying technique mentioned in the Ayurvedic text Charaka Samhita, where it is claimed to cure 30 systemic diseases in the body. Ayurveda recommends oil pulling and oil gargling to purify the entire system, as it holds that each section of the tongue is connected to different organs such as the kidneys, lungs, liver, heart, small intestines, stomach, colon and spine. For this reason, holistic practitioners typically include a tongue diagnosis in their initial patient evaluation because changes in the tongue reflect stressed and diseased organs in the body. But, how do the organs get stressed initially? Diet, lifestyle and environment play a big role, as do mineral deficiencies, heavy metal excesses and the


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health of the teeth. Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) tells us that our teeth are part of acupuncture meridians that provide a flow of life-giving energy to different organs. So, for example, the upper lateral incisors sit on the meridian that supplies life-giving energy to the ovaries. If the upper lateral incisor become infected or has root canal therapy, the life giving flow of energy to the ovaries stops and diseases like cancer can be the result. Another example is the upper first molars. They sit on the stomach meridian, which includes organs like the stomach, liver, kidneys, pancreas and breast. Therefore, an upper first molar that’s infected or had root canal therapy would be like a circuit breaker that’s off. The energy would stop flowing in the stomach meridian and the stomach, liver, kidneys, pancreas and breast would be more susceptible to disease. Keeping the teeth healthy is key in creating health in the rest of the body. Oil pulling detoxifies and keeps the teeth healthy so the meridians can remain open and supply their life-giving flow of energy to the body’s organs. What exactly is oil pulling? It involves holding a tablespoon of oil in your mouth and “pulling” it between the teeth for up to 15 minutes to get both oral and systemic health benefits. Typically coconut oil, sesame oil or sunflower oil is used to swish around the mouth because they’re antibacterial and suppress disease-causing bacteria in the mouth. The daily practice of oil pulling has been shown to lead to significant decreases in oral bacteria, microorganisms in the plaque, gum disease, bad breath and can naturally whiten teeth. A gentle swishing, pushing and sucking the oil through the teeth is all that’s required. The growing popularity of oil pulling can be attributed to the fact that it’s cost-effective, easily accessible and uses organic ingredients. It’s a great adjunct to brushing and flossing that helps detoxify the system and keeps the teeth and gums healthy. Oil pulling can be especially helpful to those who have braces. The braces prevent the toothbrush and floss from reaching most areas of the teeth, so after a couple of years, patients can sometimes find they have a mouthful of cavities. Oil pulling can reach those areas that the toothbrush and floss can’t. Also, people with a strong gag reflex often find that brushing their back teeth can cause an uncontrollable gagging response. As a result, their molars in the back of the mouth don’t get cleaned, plaque accumulates, bacteria flourish and cavities and infected teeth are the result. Oil pulling can be a great solution because it prevents plaque and bacteria from accumulating, prevents cavities and reduces gingivitis. Gingivitis is inflammation in the gums and impacts 75 percent of Americans. It is characterized by bleeding in the gums when brushing or flossing and can lead to tooth loss. Numerous researchers have found that oil pulling works just as well—if not better—than chemical synthetic mouth washes and significantly reduces gingivitis, making it a much safer alternative. Coconut oil has an advantage when used in oil pulling because it predominantly contains medium chain fatty acids of which 45 to 50 percent is lauric acid. Since lauric acid has proven antiinflammatory and antimicrobial effects, its use in oil pulling could be very beneficial in eliminating both gingivitis and tooth decay. A 2014 report in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine found that treating gum disease leads to better overall

general health in the body. Researchers have consistently shown that oral bacteria and inflammation in the mouth are linked to heart attacks and dementia. Being that oil pulling significantly reduces the amount of bad bacteria and inflammation, it can provide a simple solution to health problems that plague many Americans. While oil pulling can create an ideal oral environment for the teeth, it’s of utmost importance to have enough of the right minerals inside you to create and maintain strong teeth, gums and supporting bone structures. For example, silicon is a mineral that the body needs to strengthen the gums and supporting bone, but the vast majority of people are deficient in this vital mineral. Another mineral that most people are deficient in is magnesium, which helps the teeth and bone absorb calcium. So by combining today’s modern technology that measures the mineral content in the cells with oil pulling from the world’s oldest health care system, a holistic dentist can provide the most effective and natural solutions for preventing cavities and gingivitis, as well as maintaining overall health.

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and replace them with a small landscape painting from another room, a silver box that her husband had given her as a gift, and photos of the two of them as a couple. The kid-focused memorabilia from the curio cabinet was cleared out and like items were paired together. In Feng Shui, pairing like or similar items is symbolic of being a couple. Finally, the two facing chairs were moved side by side to create another pairing. Now the room was about the two of them as a couple, not just about her and their children.

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Apply Feng Shui Principles to Your Home and Live a Happier Life by Catherine Avery


id you know that every room in your home is a reflection of your life? Feng shui is about designing your environment – home or office – to help facilitate bringing in more of what you want in life, whether it is to be happier, healthier or more prosperous. Feng means wind and shui means water in Chinese. Wind and water are about movement or energy. When energy (qi in Chinese) is blocked, the energy can’t move and you remain stuck. This can be evidenced with clutter, such as a cluttered desk or mounds of paperwork. Clear those piles and you will help clear your mind. Are there places in your life where you feel stuck? For example, do you ever feel that your money is going down the drain as quickly you make it? You may have a leak in your plumbing or maybe one of your toilets is leaking. Check your toilets, faucets and showerheads and even your water bill. Then call the plumber. There are two major schools of feng shui: the Form School and the Compass School. The former uses the bagua, which consists of eight trigrams that represent the different areas of meaning in your life. If


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you overlay the bagua on your floor plan, you can see the meaning of each area of your home. You align the side that has Wisdom, Career and Helpful People along your main entrance. The Compass School uses the luo pang (pronounced “low pan”), which is a geomancer’s compass and involves elements of astrology. Typically, the Chinese nobles used the bagua to determine the most auspicious location for building their homes or businesses but today that’s not practical as most neighborhoods are already built. How can you use feng shui practically without tearing down your home and costing a lot of money? Let’s look at two of the areas on the bagua – ‘Love and Marriage’ and ‘Fame and Reputation’ – as examples.

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Do you want to reignite the spark in your relationship? As an example, a woman reported that her and her husband had lost the intimacy in their relationship. One glance at their bedroom, which is located in the Love and Marriage area of the home, told the story. The walls were covered in artwork by their children. The fireplace mantel had photos of their children and there were two chairs on opposite sides of the room. The curio cabinet – housed in the love and marriage corner of the room – was filled with feminine mementos, a stuffed animal and photos of their children. The first step was to remove the children’s artwork and photos from the mantel

How do you manage a job shift when you are in the midst of moving? According to the Holmes-Rahe Stress Inventory, changing jobs and moving are two of life’s major stressors. As an example, a woman wanted to change jobs and move in the same year that she was becoming an empty nester. Her goals for changing her son’s study room into a home office included the desire for a quiet retreat. Completely paneled in wood, her son’s dark and masculine study room was located in the Fame and Reputation area of her home. Because of the pending sale, it was decide to skip the expense of painting the paneling. Fame is represented by red in feng shui and is the color of fire, which was lacking in this “wooded” room. She didn’t like red so a cream and hot pink-colored rug was chosen for the floor to lighten the heaviness of the space and to bring in the fire element. A comfortable feminine thinking chair was purchased to soften the space, and mementos of her career were placed on her bookshelf, candles on an end table and inspirational sayings on the walls. Finally, several lamps were added for the dark corners. Just a few months later she made a thrilling job shift and, not long after that, she sold her home. Catherine Avery, Interior Designer, speaker and writer, delivers peace, comfort and productivity through interior design of home and office environments with a focus on Feng Shui, space clearing and personal branding. Learn more and connect at

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o outside and come in the front door as though it’s not your home. What do you notice first? Walk through your entire home taking notes on what you love and the areas for improvement. This is an old real estate trick, so if you are getting ready to sell your home do this now. Declutter, declutter. Think how great you feel when your home has just been cleaned – lighter, fresher, more clear. Decluttering is overwhelming for most people; it’s best to take one corner at a time and set a timer for 10 minutes. Want to attract a partner into your life? Make space in your closet and empty at least one drawer in your dresser to symbolically hold space for that person. The bedroom should be cozy and romantic, not too frilly or child-oriented. Place similar items in pairs to help bring in the partner energy. Ideally, you will have a view of the door from your bed or desk. For the bedroom, you want to feel safe, protected and aware of your surroundings. For the desk, this is the power position. When designing your living room, choose your furniture more for comfort and safety than for aesthetics. There is no point in having a gorgeous uncomfortable chair that your guests are afraid to sit in. Make sure that you and your significant other try sitting in the chair you plan to buy. Add plants to your bathroom. The wood element helps to offset the water element. If you don’t have a green thumb, a piece of driftwood will work.

e know that X-ray radiation is nothing to trifle with, but in comparison, dental X-rays are pretty tame. They do produce small amounts of radiation, which kills cells in the body. Medium doses of radiation can produce headaches, fever or vomiting, and higher doses can lead to cancer or even kill by damaging our internal organs. With technological advances Digital x-rays are also available. Also using much lower radiation, they can be magnified and altered to enhance view ability such as having the contrast changed. This makes a significant difference in the way your dentist evaluates the x-ray and diagnosis your health. But the truth is that we are exposed to radiation on a daily basis. Playing outside in the sun, living in a brick building, flying in an airplane, sleeping next to another person and walking through a metal detector all expose us to radiation. Moderation is key. Many dental offices have upgraded to digital x-rays, reducing the exposure by a factor of 10. Taking a digital X-ray is like walking through a metal detector a few times in the airport. So at the dental office, don’t be anxious if they want to take a complete series of X-rays. As long as they are digital, we are getting less radiation than playing outside for a half hour. Dr. Bernice Teplitsky, DDS, PC is a holistic dentist at Wrigleyille Dental, located in Chicago. For more information, visit Or refer to the local resources listed here.

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Improved vagus nerve function The vagus nerve connects with and regulates key organs, including the lungs, heart and intestines. In one study, doctors at the Penn State Children’s Hospital, in Hershey, Pennsylvania, grounded hospitalized premature infants and documented improved vagal function that could potentially boost resilience and reduce complications. “These babies have a lot of health challenges,� observes Dr. Charles Palmer, former chief of the center’s division of newborn medicine. “It seems that they are more relaxed when grounded.� More research is needed. Within a few months of grounding both day and night, Monteith’s disease symptoms receded dramatically. Her balance and stability improved when standing and walking. She sleeps more deeply and has more energy. An eye issue for which there is no drug subsided. She says her health continues to improve and she looks forward to living each day. Troy Baker, a recovery consultant for special populations and chief program officer of the nonprofit Adapt Functional Movement Center, in Carlsbad, California, who has been overseeing Monteith’s exercise training schedule, has observed a reduction in the effects of multiple sclerosis since she started grounding. “Her body is more fluid, not as stiff. She moves much better, with increased energy and stamina.�    















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hen it seems that everyone around you is feeling under the weather, you can be your own best line of defense against getting sick. Help ward off sickness for yourself and your family with these self-care tips that help promote healthy habits and fight off illness. Eat right. A diet that is rich in fruit and vegetables can give your body the immunity-boosting nutrients it needs to function properly. Avoid excess, empty calories and instead aim for meals that deliver a healthy balance of all food groups. Wash, wash, wash. Kids and bacteria go hand-in-hand, literally. Kids’ hands are everywhere, including some surfaces that may be more susceptible to bacteria. Hand-washing is a simple way to encourage healthy habits all year round, and softsoap liquid hand soaps make it easy to gently wash away bacteria. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, hand-washing is an important step to help avoid getting sick and spreading germs to others. You can find more hand-washing tips and information by visiting Get up and move. Exercise is one of your strongest weapons 44

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busy schedule doesn’t have to prevent you from taking steps toward a lifestyle that fosters overall well-being. There are many easy, small changes you can make toward better living that can make a noticeable impact. Choose the long route. For many people, it’s an automatic move to find the closest parking space or shortest distance to the door. With your lifestyle goals in mind, consider taking a different approach. Look for ways to work in more physical activity. Seek out a spot in the back of the parking lot as an opportunity to increase your steps for the day, or choose the longer scenic route when walking your dog at the park for a more pleasant experience all-around. Go for guilt-free snacks. Better living isn’t about giving up everything you like; it’s about balance and moderation. For example, Nonni’s Foods now makes a

better-for-you chocolate chip thin cookie that lets you enjoy the indulgence without the guilt. Made with real, premium ingredients like dark chocolate, crunchy California almonds and coconut oil, the individual portion packs are portable for the perfect on-the-go snack to satisfy cravings anytime, anywhere. Available in Double Chocolate, Almond Chocolate and Toasted Coconut varieties, each pack contains three cookies that are low in sugar, fat and carbohydrates with an average of only 100 calories total. Take time to recharge. Even when you’re strapped for time, carving out a few minutes for yourself each day to focus on your mental well-being is important. This can include simply enjoying a few moments of silence or something more specific like meditating or journaling. Busy people tend to carry more stress, so looking for ways to inject these calming activities into daily

schedules can help keep you refreshed and bring you more happiness. Practice self-care. Especially when you’re busy, it’s easy to slack on self-care, but combine that with elevated stress and you may be especially susceptible to not feeling your best. Give yourself a boost with a daily vitamin or try a warm bath with Epsom salt to soothe your senses. Space out your meals. Waiting hours to eat can cause people to overeat at major mealtimes – especially dinner. Taking time to plan simple snacks throughout the day helps ensure cravings are met and overeating is avoided when the dinner bell rings. Consider keeping a snack like Nonni’s Artisan Thin Chocolate Chip Cookies onhand for guilt-free snacking when hunger strikes. For more snack ideas, visit April 2018


to bed. Implementing a brief yoga session is one way to clear your mind each night prior to getting quality shut-eye. While missing out on quality sleep can negatively impact your health, simple changes to your lifestyle and diet can play a role in improving the quality and duration of sleep.

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The Power of Personalized Medicine The Osher Center for Integrative Medicine at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine.


ith its 7th Annual Integrative Medicine Conference only weeks away, the University of Miami’s integrative and complementary medicine division is even busier than usual, preparing to roll out some big changes for the future alongside this year’s esteemed event. Last year the division received an endowment to become the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine at the University Of Miami Miller School Of Medicine, a distinction that will allow the division unprecedented opportunities to provide integrative care and education to the South Florida community. The endowment will also welcome the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine into the prestigious Osher Collaborative, a group of five other programs funded by the Bernard Osher Foundation and committed to “advancing the field of integrative medicine through the sharing of knowledge, resources, and best practices.” The Osher Center for Integrative Medicine at the University of Miami stands alongside Centers at Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Karolinska Institutet, Northwestern University, University of California San Francisco, and Vanderbilt University.


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This year’s three-day, 7th Annual Integrative Medicine Conference represents one of the Osher Center’s first opportunities to introduce its new identity to the rapidly growing community of South Florida-based healthcare providers, community leaders, activists, and patients who have avidly followed the program over the years. Formerly known as iCamp, the division of complementary and integrative medicine has long hosted continuing education events and training courses in topics like clinical nutrition and acupuncture, attracting an audience of dedicated health care professionals with an interest in the field. The new Osher Center for Integrative Medicine promises to deliver more of the same sought after continuing education activities, while presenting a brand new clinical experience, expanded educational offerings, innovative research, and community engagement. All of this has positioned the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine, already a strong presence in the community, to become a leader in delivering integrative care and medical education to South Florida. The Center intends to use this year’s conference, one of its largest

…this year’s speakers return to the Miami Marriott Biscayne Bay to present the latest research and practical applications of integrative medicine in the conference’s signature hospitality-focused style. educational events, as an occasion to highlight iCamp’s transition into the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine at the University of Miami, as well as the many exciting developments accompanying the change. For those who have long attended the Center’s continuing education events, many aspects of the 7th Annual Integrative Medicine Conference will still look familiar; this year’s speakers return to the Miami Marriott Biscayne Bay to present the latest research and practical applications of integrative medicine in the conference’s signature hospitalityfocused style. The conference’s twelve distinguished speakers include gastroenterologist and neuroscientist Emeran Mayer, MD, integrative oncologist Donald Abrams, MD, neurologist and author Jay Lombard, DO, and many more. Topics to be presented include precision medicine and psychiatry, advanced culinary nutrition, and brain gut microbiome interactions. In addition to these lectures, the three-day conference will feature tasting tables provided by some of Miami’s most exciting healthconscious restaurants, with selections including plant-based snacks and glutenfree baked goods. Join the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine at the Miami Marriott Biscayne Bay to experience South Florida’s most exciting integrative medicine event and learn more about the newly established Center. The conference, known for its enthusiastic audience and abundant networking opportunities, begins on Friday, April 27th to Sunday, April 29th. This year also introduces an optional pre-conference session on Thursday, April 26th, on the topic of Personalizing Cognitive Health for Optimal Outcomes. For a complete list of conference activities, schedules, lectures, and presenters, please visit edu. Registration is available online.

It has been estimated that 9% to 15% of Americans avoid seeing the dentist  because of pain and fear. That’s about 30 to 40 million people each year.

Don’t Fear the Dentist! Tips to help you overcome your fear of a dental visit.

by Dr. Abraham Jaskiel DMD


ears of dentists mainly stem from prior painful or negative experiences. It has been estimated that 9% to 15% of Americans avoid seeing the dentist because of pain and fear. That’s about 30 to 40 million people each year. As a result, most people will only go to the dentist when forced to do so by extreme pain or other complications, which only serves to exasperate their phobia. Other factors that play a part in this fear or that make people uncomfortable include fear of the unknown, the smell of a dental office, claustrophobia, gagging, costs, noise and even keeping their mouth open for long periods of time. The First step a person must take in overcoming their fears is to admit there’s a problem. People who are afraid of going to the dentist love to make excuses; I’m too busy, I don’t like my dentist, I don’t have enough money, are some of the more popular ones. So admitting there’s a fear sets you on your way to overcome it. Ask yourself where the fear is coming from.

Did you have a bad experience? Are you afraid of needles, or gagging? Are you afraid of not being in control or not being able to breathe? Or maybe you’re just afraid of needles? Whatever the reason, once identified, it is more than likely that you will manage it or even overcome it. Secondly, do your homework. Ask friends or family for recommendations then read online reviews. Research practices that clearly work with and deal with dental fear and anxieties and who offer the latest equipment and treatments to alleviate such worries. For example, anesthesia, lasers, needle free injections, etc. These will go a long way to relieving fears. Thirdly, dentists and their staff can play a major role in relieving some of these fears. When making your appointment, be honest. Make sure you share your fears or what makes you uncomfortable. Ask if you could discuss these with the dentist prior to any procedure, even if just going for a cleaning.

Also, ask if there are any remedies provided that will make your visit more comfortable. Sometimes dental offices have TV’s or provide pillows, blankets or headphones which can keep you distracted and/or make you more at ease. Many options are available that could take the discomfort out of the process. Therefore, having a frank conversation with your dentist about how you two can make the dental visit work is a helpful approach. Lastly, oral health is too important to let your fear get in the way. Talk to your dentist about whether you can have a topical anesthetic before receiving shots, to alleviate the pain. Nitrous oxide (laughing gas) can help a patient relax. Oral sedatives or other options may also be available. Generally if the dentist and staff listen without judgment, explain the procedure, allow you to take breaks when you need them, are patient and give you the time to either talk about it or use methods available to make you at ease, they can help you have a very comfortable visit. The most important thing to remember is to take good care of your teeth. Brush and floss at least three times a day, change your toothbrush at least quarterly, brush your tongue at least once a day to clear bacteria or plaque, and eat right. All will go a long way to making your next dental visit not nearly as scary. Abraham Jaskiel DMD, Cosmetic & Holistic Dentist owner of Brickell Avenue Cosmetic, Holistic, & General Dentistry, 1865 Brickell Avenue, #207A, Miami, FL 33129. For more information call 305-653-2231 or visit, See ad, page 9. April 2018


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Air Quality in the Home by Shanna Rivera and Noemia Strapazzon


ccording to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Americans spend 90 percent of their time indoors at home or in an office. Thermographic screenings reveal the impact of air quality on health in everything from sinus infections to chronic inflammation. They have demonstrated that these conditions improve significantly when air quality is improved. Air quality includes air circulation, humidity and the presence of volatile organic compounds (VOC), an off-gassing byproduct found in pesticides, cleaning chemicals, paint, non-stick pans, furniture and some types of flooring. Humidity should remain between 30 percent and 50 percent. Most houses will need a dehumidifier to maintain this level. Choose solid wood furniture over


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pressed wood products. Much of the furniture and cabinetry on the market today is made from particleboard, plywood or medium-density fiberboard, all which offgas formaldehyde. Also consider the finish on solid wood furniture. Ideally, select furniture with low-VOC, water-based or wax-based finishes. Tile is generally a safe, non-toxic flooring option and is easy to maintain. It’s important to ask about the safety of the grout, the ventilation process used during installation and any other materials used that could cause toxic fumes. Hardwood floors make removing dust and other allergens relatively easy. It’s important to choose a non-toxic finish. Linoleum flooring is made from all-natural and biodegradable materials that include linseed oil, cork dust, pine resin and wood. It is very resilient and can last as long as

Add plants to help improve the air Aloe Vera is easy to grow and filters benzene, commonly found in paint and chemical cleaners. Peace Lily is a beautiful plant that reduces the levels of mold spores. In bathrooms, it can help keep shower tiles and curtains free from mildew, and the plant can absorb harmful vapors from alcohol and acetone. Spider plant leaves grow quickly and help to absorb harmful substances like mold and other allergens, so it is the perfect plant for those that have common dust allergies. It also helps to absorb small traces of formaldehyde and carbon monoxide. 30 to 40 years. Carpet and vinyl are not good choices. New carpet installation is a huge contributor to indoor air pollution and involves formaldehyde, benzene and stain repellents. One recent study found that most vinyl flooring contained toxic phthalates, lead, cadmium, brominated flame retardants and other toxic chemicals that can contribute to indoor air pollution by drifting out of the flooring and merge with the air and dust inside homes. Thermal imaging is one way to determine if air quality is affecting health. These scans reveal heat imbalances in the body that indicate inflammation and the need for further investigation. They can be used for possible early cancer detection and to prevent future health issues. Shanna Rivera is a certified clinical thermographic technician and the owner of FlowWell. For more information, visit See ad page 62.

Qigong Helps Reduce Risks Associated With Modern Living

by Master Mingtong Gu and The Chi Center Staff


ur modern lifestyles come with many risks. The possibility of pain, injury or illness seems to be forever present—whether it’s waiting just around the corner, or already with you and affecting your day-today life. So, we do our best to stay healthy and well; for example, by following diet programs, visiting the exercise studio, and thinking positive thoughts. But what if I told you that, right from the start, Western traditions of belief often put you at a disadvantage when it comes to understanding and improving your well-being? Made concrete by the philosopher of science Descartes in the seventeenth century, the Western world began to perceive the body and mind as two separate entities. The body is thought to be solid, obviously made from physical matter, while the non-physical mind is an intangible thing we carry around inside our bodies—sometimes even hindering the body from doing what we want it to, for example when mental fog makes our physical movements clumsy and uncoordinated. So, we talk about “mind over matter” when someone appears to be healing against all medical expectations, or when

someone demonstrates an unusual degree of willpower or physical endurance. And we explore how the placebo effect allows the mind to “trick” the body into healing without medication. But this is only one possible perspective, called mind-body dualism—that’s been shaping Western understanding for more than 500 years. In ancient Eastern traditions, the mind, body and heart are seen—and treated—as a unified whole. Your mind is your body, and your body is your mind—and your heart communicates with the mind, the brain and all the other organs of the body to influence physical health, mental clarity, perceptions and emotions. And through modern science, we’ve discovered that only 4 percent of the energy in our universe has a physical form. The other 96 percent is formless and invisible, but scientists are able to measure it by the way it influences the physical world. Zhineng Wisdom Healing Qigong is a 5,000-year-old wisdom and healing art that, with consistent practice, empowers you to connect your total being to the natural energy (qi or chi) that underlies everything else in your life—your health, your vitality, your happiness, even your overall sense of well-being and fulfillment. The energy of your mind affects the energy of your body and that of your heart. The

energy of your body affects the energy of your heart and of your mind. And, the energy of your heart affects both your body and mind. They are all connected and inter-related. In addition, your mind, body and heart are able to connect on a profound level with the chi surrounding them—the infinitely sustainable energy of the universe. Through the slow movements, healing sounds, visualizations and meditations of Wisdom Healing Qigong, you become able to transcend your perceptions and physical limitations, increasing and re-balancing your energy level. And that energy in turn increases your capacity for self-care, self-healing, and self-empowerment. Did you know that Wisdom Healing Qigong has also been extensively studied by modern science? From that research, many scientifically proven, practical applications for healing and promoting the well-being of the body, mind and emotions through Qigong have been documented. Studies by the Harvard Medical School and others have found positive effects on immune system function and autoimmune reactions—confirming that practicing Qigong can influence gene expression, reduce chronic inflammation, and improve overall health. But the immune system is not the only aspect of health that Wisdom Healing Qigong can help with. Neurological conditions such as stroke, epilepsy, migraine, multiple sclerosis, and Parkinson’s disease have also been shown to improve when Qigong is practiced consistently, as the brain and nervous system’s functions rely on the transmission of tiny quantities of energy—and Qigong empowers your mind and body to regulate and balance those transmissions. Other evidence indicates that Qigong reduces the side effects of cancer treatment, helps to minimize mood imbalances and inflammatory reactions, and improves overall quality of life. Alongside all of these powerful healing benefits for people suffering from serious health conditions, Wisdom Healing Qigong offers many benefits for your general wellness, energy, hormonal and emotional balance. To learn more about how Wisdom Healing Qigong works, and the science behind this ancient practice, visit April 2018


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Free group class: Yoga Therapy for Shoulders, Low Back and Hips 4:15-5:15 pm. For anyone who struggles with pain, tightness, and/or chronic health conditions in these areas of the body. Space is limited; preregistration required. Aum Home Shala, 3104 Florida Ave., Coconut Grove, FL 33133. 1-305-441-9441. Miami Riverday Festival – 1pm – 6pm - Cruise down the Miami River on free boat rides, enjoy live music performances and learn more about the Lummas Park Historic District at the Miami Riverday Festival. Paddleboard & Kayak Races & Live Performances. Event admission is free.

SUNDAY, APRIL 8 Family Fun Fest at Biscayne National Park – Free program at Biscayne National Park brought to you thanks to the many volunteers and park sponsors. It is held on the second Sunday of the month during the “dry and cool” season, December through April with lots of fun and educational activities for kids and adults alike. 1:00pm to 4:00 pm. Biscayne National Park - Dante Fascell Visitor Center, 9700 SW 328th St, Homestead, FL 33033 · (305) 230-1144

APRIL 13 - 15 Miami Cattle Show: doors open at 9:00 am Friday & Saturday; Sunday at 10:00 am - Cows in Miami? Absolutely. Attracting 50,000 attendees each year, the Miami International Agricultural, Horse and Cattle Show is held at the Ronald Reagan Equestrian Center at Tropical Park. View live auctions, cattle and horse shows, live music performances, a car show, food trucks and an interactive children’s exhibit with live farm animals. Tickets sales benefit the South Florida Autism Charter Schools. admission: $3 and kids under 12 free 7900 SW 40th St, Miami, FL 33155

APRIL 14 – 15

Redland Blues & Barbecue Festival - 10am – 5pm - Sing the blues and chow down on traditional slowcooked barbecue at the Redland Blues & Barbecue Festival at the Fruit & Spice Park in Homestead. Family-friendly activities include pony rides and games for the kids. General admission is $8 per person and children 11 and under are free. 24801 SW 187th Avenue Homestead, FL 33031

SATURDAY APRIL 21 Free group class: Therapeutic Benefits of Prenatal Yoga - 1-2 pm. Explore how yoga can support expectant mothers in building strength and flexibility for the birth experience. Space is limited; preregistration required.. Aum Home Shala, 3104 Florida Ave., Coconut Grove, FL 33133. 1-305-441-9441.

APRIL 21 - 22 Zoo Miami’s Earth Day celebration Party for the Planet - 10am – 3pm - The Tropical Flowering Tree Society will be hosting the world’s largest flowering tree annual plant show and sale. There will also be fun “green” activities and entertainment for the entire family as well as animal enrichment with recycled items and/or natural materials like newspapers, cardboard tubes, bamboo, old tires, fire hoses & more. During Party for the Planet, guests can come in free of charge if they turn in a cellphone as part of our ECO-CELL phone recycling program. Not only will each person donating a cellphone enter the zoo for free on these two days, but they will also help save gorillas! Cell phones include coltan, a mineral extracted in the deep forests of Congo in central Africa, home to the world’s endangered lowland gorillas. Fueled by the worldwide cell phone

boom, Congo’s out-of-control coltan mining business has in recent years led to a dramatic reduction of animal habitat and the rampant slaughter of great apes for the illegal bush-meat trade. By turning in your cell phone, we can hopefully reduce the need for additional coltan … and help protect the gorillas. Zoo Miami is located at 12400 SW 152 Street, Miami, FL 33177. General zoo admission is $15.95 per adult and $11.95 per child (3-12), plus tax. (305) 251-0400, Children under two and zoo members enter free; parking is free. Ayurvedic Wisdom for Digestion - 8:30 am-5:30 pm each day - Find out how the ancient health science of Ayurveda can change your relationship to food and improve your digestion. Tuition $325. .Preregistration required.. Aum Home Shala, 3104 Florida Ave., Coconut Grove, FL 33133. 1-305441-9441.

SUNDAY, APRIL 22 AIDS Walk Miami- A 5K (3.1 mile) walk-a-thon fundraiser benefiting Care Resource, South Florida’s oldest and largest HIV/AIDS organization. No fee to join. Registration begins at 8am, race begins at 9am. Miami Beach Convention Center, 1901 Convention Center Drive. Contact 305-751-9255.

APRIL 26 – 28

Miami Downtown Jazz Festival: Enjoy live jazz performances - at locations throughout Downtown and Bayfront Park during the Miami Downtown Jazz Festival. Almost 30 bands with over 200 local, national and international musicians will perform. Many performances are free and tickets to the Saturday night performance start at $20 per person. See website for details.

APRIL 27 - 29 SoFlo Cake & Candy Expo - If you have a sweet tooth, then the SoFlo Cake & Candy Expo is for you. Going on it’s fourth year, South Florida is home to largest and most interactive Cake and Candy Expo and is hosted by Sweet Life Cake and Candy Supply Store. In it’s short existence, SoFlo Cake and Candy Expo has already proven to be one of the most dynamic and engaging events for cake and candy industry professionals, enthusiasts and hobby bakers. Miami Airport Convention Center, Miami Airport Convention Center, 711 NW 72nd Ave, Miami, FL 33126. Tickets start at $24. 1-844EXPO-MIA

SATURDAY, APRIL 28 March of Dimes March for Babies – 9am (registration opens 7:30am) - a fun day out with people who share our passion for improving the health of babies. There’ll be family teams, company teams and people walking with friends - it’s a great feeling knowing we’re all helping real families. Join our event and walk with us to raise money for babies right here in our community! Tropical Park 7900 SW 40 Street Miami,  FL  33155

SUNDAY, APRIL 29 Walk Now for Autism Speaks - is a fun-filled, family friendly event and is our single most powerful force to fund vital research that will lead us to the answers we need. Experience the power of thousands united by a single cause by joining Walk Now for Autism Speaks. Autism is the fastest-growing serious developmental disorder in the U.S Registration and Resource Fair: Registration starts at 7:30am. 3000 NW 87th Ave, Doral, FL Doral Central Park

floridakeys SATURDAY, APRIL 7 Second Annual Putts for Paws Golf Tournament - Have fun while helping support your local Florida Keys SPCA animal shelter! Tournament held at Boondocks Grille & Draft House, MM 27, Ramrod Key. Cash, prizes and trophies will be awarded, including a Grand Prize ($900 value) that features a 2-night stay at Faro Blanco Resort & Yacht Club, dinner for 2 at Lighthouse Grill, and spending cash. Teams of 2 can enter, for $80 through April 1. After 4/1, team registration fee is $100. Register online or contact the Marathon Campus of FKSPCA. 305-743-4800

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MONDAY, APRIL 16 Taste of Key West - 6-9pm. More than 50 local restaurants and 100 wineries and vineyards will be on hand to provide culinary delights and fine wine tastes. Admission is free, food and wine tickets cost $1 each with tastes ranging from $3 -$8. Truman Waterfront, at the end of Southard St. Free Entrance. Benefits AIDS. Contact 305-296-6196.

THURSDAY, APRIL 19 Tom’s Harbor Bridge Cleanup and Earth Day Celebration - Dolphin Research Center, MM 59 bayside on Grassy Key, is sponsoring a bridge cleanup for any interested volunteers who want to enjoy some time outdoors while giving back to the environment. Participants are to meet at Tom’s Harbor Bridge, mile marker 60.6, from 4:30 - 6 p.m. The cleanup will begin at the parking area on the west end of the bridge on the ocean side. Volunteers are encouraged to wear clothes, hats and shoes that can get wet or dirty and bring a bug repellent, sunscreen and a cutting tool. Courtney Coburn at 305-289-1121, ext. 231

APRIL 20 - 29 Conch Republic Independence Celebration With activities ranging from wacky bed race to a lighthearted sea battle featuring tall ships, the Conch Republic’s 10-day birthday party showcases the independent and eccentric spirit that characterizes the Florida Keys. 305-296-0213


Annual Earth Day 5k Run/Walk - Earth-friendly recyclable awards are to be given to the top overall male and female, top masters male and female and first- and second-place runners in each age group ranging from age 9 and under to 70-plus. Additional awards await top 5k walk finishers. Starts at 8am, from McCoy Indigenous Park, located at Atlantic Boulevard and White Street. Free Outdoor Pops-in-the-Park, Young Musicians Concert - A free concert at the Capital Bank Amphitheater at Islamorada’s Founders Park, Bayside, MM 87, Plantation Key. Performances are outdoors; no chairs provided, bring blankets. Starts at 4 p.m. Admission free for all concerts. Presented by Keys Community Concert Band 305-853-7294 Free Admission During National Park Week at Dry Tortguas National Park -. At Dry Tortugas National Park, please check in with our official providers of transportation to the park for schedules, prices, and reservations. (All transportation departs from Key West.) Ferries and seaplanes leaving from Key West will waive park entrance fees of $10 per visitor.

April 2018


ongoing events

dance experience necessary. 9:30-10:30am. $5. 786-662-8106.

NOTE: All calendar events must be received via email by the 10th of the month and adhere to our guidelines. Email for guidelines and to submit entries. No phone calls or faxes, please. Or visit swfl. to submit online.

Jazzercise® - $5. M&W 6:30pm. South Miami Community Center 5800 SW 66 St. Ongoing classes available all week. Call Cathie 305-666-5457. Meditation for overall well-being- 7:30- 9pm. 8150 SW 92 St, Miami. 786-556-7318. Donation.


Self-Defense for Women classes- Free. Also Wed. 7:15 – 8:30 pm at Bayfront park in downtown Miami. 305-358-7550

Healing Meditation – 6pm – American Apothecary, $5, 12232 SW 132 CT. Miami, FL 33186, 305-598-2822

Wholistic Healing Workshop - Individual evaluations.  6pm-8pm, $35. Reservations required 305587-4639, Wholistic Energy Healing Center, Hallandale.



Free Stress Relief with Aromatherapy – 7pm American Apothecary 12232 SW 132 CT, Miami FL 33186. Reservations call or text 305 598-2822

Free Stress Relief with Aromatherapy – 7pm American Apothecary 12232 SW 132 CT, Miami FL 33186. Reservations call or text 305 598-2822

Shiva’s Circle of Fire: Yoga and Meditation in Motion. 10-11:30 -1760 NE 144th St, North Miami, FL 33181. Call to schedule. 305-710-0516. Donation only. Women Only – Free Chi gong for cancer survivors and voice lessons for healing and empowerment. 2:30 - 4:30, N & S Miami locations. Call 305948-6878 Dharma Meetings – 2pm. Tibetan Buddhist Dharma Center 3239 West Trade Ave. Unit 10, Coconut Grove. FREE. 305-775-7541. Jazzercise® - $5. 10am. South Miami Community Center 5800 SW 66 St. Call Cathie 305-666-5457. Miami Center for Spiritual Living- 10:30amFree. Non-denominational. 2490 Coral Way, Miami, 786-206-6355. Sunday Services at SOUL Church – 11am at the SOUL Service at the Elks Lodge, 6304 SW 78th St in South Miami. Free pot-luck lunch. 305-221-6516.


American Buddhist Inspired Meditation – 6 7:45pm – Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 7701 SW 76th Avenue, Miami, FL, 33637. Bob - 305-234-0610 Support group for Anxiety and Depression -7:30 to 9:00 pm $30 fee, Zenith Miami Counseling and Coaching Center 1392 SW 22nd Terr, Miami FL 33145 (2nd floor) Dr. M. Cheour at 786-230-6591. Yoga and Meditation Class – 7 – 7:45. Free. West Dade Regional Library, 9445 Coral Way. RSVP Lawrence 305-926-3578. Are you a VET living with PTS? If so, call Banyan Holistic Healthcare Center for help, Miami Lakes or Pinecrest location.  Call now to schedule, (305) 663-5696. Laughter Yoga Sessions - $5.00 each - 9:30-10:15 AM, North Shore Youth Center 501 72nd Street, Miami Beach 33141, 305-861-3616.


Mindfulness for Stress Alleviation - $20/session 6 to 7:20 pm - 260 Palermo Ave, # 12 Coral Gables 33155. Changes guaranteed after 4 sessions.

Guided Meditation - All levels welcome- 7 pmDonations-3390 Mary Street Suite 116, Coconut Grove- Please RSVP 305-607-8627

Course in Miracles - 8pm. Free. 7855 SW Coral Way. Contact Mercedes 786-200-8410 or Nimia 305-261-3190.

Connected Warriors - Free Yoga Classes for Veterans and Families of Veterans - 3pm at Brickell Hot Yoga 301 SW 17th Road, 33129 305-856-1387.

Connected Warriors Free Yoga for Veterans, Service Members and Families. 5:30-6:15 pm - Sampoorna Yoga Miami, 10107 Sunset Drive, Miami, FL 33173

Free orientations for PTS and pain relief with discount services for military or vets. The Banyan Holistic Please call 305-663-5696 to schedule

Power of Meditation – 9 - 9:45pm – 2nd & 4th Monday. Conference Call – 312-757-3121 code: 698805965. Free.

Free Veterans Sailing – with Team Paradise, the Paralympic Sport Club of Miami. 12 – 12pm Team Paradise Sailing, Inc. 2620 S. Bayshore Drive, Miami 33133.  305-776-8778.

Massage Relief for Combat Veterans - 50% off therapeutic massages for our combat service personnel. Call 305-351-0819.  Shala Spa 1119 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach.

Drub-Dhe Meditation- 7:25-9:30pm. Freedonations are welcome. Regency House 353 West 47th St., Flat 7A, Miami Beach. Contact: Robert Phuntsog Ngo-drub 305-213-2577.

Military Mondays at Hirooka’s - 50% off Kitesurfing or Paddleboarding for all Military and Public Service Personnel - Hirooka Surf & Sport, 2377 Collins Avenue Miami Beach, FL. 954-444-3942

Hatha Yoga – 6-7:30pm – Free - King David Foundation, 17971 Biscayne Blvd, Aventura, FL Suite #117. Bennett - 305-949-0950. 

Bereavement & Grief Support- 7pm, during school year. Children’s Bereavement Center, 7600 S. Red Rd, Suite 307. To register: 305-668-4902.

Free Acupuncture for Combat Veterans – 1-2pm, Acupuncture Center for Wellness, Inc., 16663 NE 19 Avenue, Suite 111, North Miami Beach, Fl. 33162, (305) 940-7763.

Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG)- Bilingual Support group. 305-666-1778.

Healing With Dance - South Miami Hospital for physical limitations from illness/surgery. No


Miami-Dade/Florida Keys

Connected Warriors Free Yoga for Veterans, Service Members and Families. Chair Yoga – 10-11am - Sampoorna Yoga Miami, 10107 Sunset Drive, Miami, FL 33173 Introduction to Bach Flowers - 3rd Thursdays - 10 am-11:30 am - Free - 3390 Mary Street Suite 116, Coconut Grove- Please RSVP 305-607-8627 Nutrition Solutions for IBS, Fibromyalgia, Arthritis & Migraines - $15, 7-8PM, Coral Gables, Alison Grewal, RD: 786-546-6800. Weekly Yoga Classes $10 per Class! - 5:30-6:45pm Five Sisters…a spiritual journey. 8805 SW 132 ST, 786-250-4170 Postpartum Yoga at Key Biscayne, 10:15 - $20, 305-299-7826 Laughter Yoga Sessions - $5.00 each - 9:30-10:15 AM, North Shore Youth Center  501 72nd Street, Miami Beach 33141, 305-861-3616

friday Monthly Yoga Class for Special Needs Teens Limited Space Call to Reserve - Just OM Yoga Studio, 7227 SW 57th Ct, South Miami. (305)6654982 Overeathers Anonymous - 7:30 pm (South, Steps/ Traditions)  Don’t Eat No Matter What Group. St. Paul’s Lutheran Church   10700 SW 56 St, Miami, 33165, Room 9. Michael (305-815-2733) Monthly Free Reiki Healing Circle - 2nd Friday of the month at Five Sisters…a spiritual journey, 8805 SW 132 ST, 786-250-4170 Chair massage – 5-9pm - Enjoy 5 minute complementary chair massage every Friday Pecan’s Day Spa, 305-284-8636, 7800 SW 57th Ave Suite 120, Miami, FL 33143.  Free Acupuncture for Combat Veterans – 1-2pm, Acupuncture for Wellness Center, Inc., 7550 SW 57th Avenue, Suite 116, South Miami, FL 33143, 305-669-6699. Dharma Meetings – 8pm. Tibetan Buddhist Dharma Center 3239 West Trade Ave., Unit 10, Coconut Grove. FREE. 305-775-7541. Family Night- 3rd Friday of the month. 3-9pm. Free admission & parking. Miami Children’s Museum, 980 Macarthur Cswy. 305-373-5437.

relax • unwind • destress Museum of Contemporary Art (MoCA) - Free jazz concerts on the last Fri. Joan Lehman Building, 770 NE 125 St. 305-893-6211. Coral Gables Art Walk – An art walk centered around downtown Coral Gables, with all the galleries between Miracle Mile and Ponce de Leon Rd. Free trolly transportation.

tuesday Healing Yoga/Meditation – 9am. donation The Village Square, MM81 Bayside. 1-305-853-1003.


Free Guided Relaxation Class - 7 -8 PM at Islamorada Fitness MM 85.9 bayside. Bring a towel or exercise mat and a pillow. (Sponsored by Keys To Peace. 305-619-0534.

SW Community Farmers’ Market- in Tropical Park, 7900 Bird Rd. Every Saturday, 9:00am3:00pm. 305- 663- 0917. EBT/SNAP welcome.

Mothers and Babies Group - for new moms, their babies and expecting mothers. Free. 1-3 p.m. Healthy Start, Gato Bldg, 1100 Simonton St., Key West. 1-305-293-7516 or 1-305-293-7511.

Ayurvedic Sessions - Call to set up appointments -Just OM Yoga Studio, 7227 SW 57th Ct, South Miami. (305)665-4982

Stories for Children - 10:30am. Key Largo Library, 101485 US1. 1-305-451-2396. Also Thur, 10:30am, Stories for children ages 2 ½ -6.

Yoga Therapy for 50+ - 10am-11:15am - 1760 N.E. 144th St, North Miami, FL 33181.  Call to schedule.  305.710.0516. $10.00 Donation.

Meditation- Free. 7pm. Unity Church, 9591 Overseas Highway, Marathon.

Yoga with Drishti- 9:00 am - at Biscayne Park Recreation Center, 11400 NE 9th Court. 305-335-7618.  

Tai Chi – 7pm. $15. Coffee Mill Dance and Yoga Studio, 916 Pohalski St, Key West, 1-305-296-9982; 1-305-735-3519.

Lincoln Road Art Walk- 1st Sat. of the month. 7-10pm. 40+ local artists, museums and galleries in South Beach. ArtCenter/South Florida 800, 810 & 924 Lincoln Road. 305-674-8278.


Open House/Exhibitions – 2nd Sat. Meet ArtSouth studio artists & staff. Free. Refreshments. 240 North Krome Ave. 305-247-9406.

Ancient Indian Meditation - 6:30-8:30pm. 1-305292-6958.

Miami Art Museum - 1pm. Free. 2nd Sat. 101 West Flagler St. 305-375-3000. Yoga-Style* Exercise, Prenatal - South Miami Hospital. 10:45 am-12:15 p.m. and 5:30-7pm. $10. 786-662-8106.  

floridakeys sunday Big Pine Key Flea Market- 8am. South of the only traffic light in town on U.S. 1. Family Swim YMCA. 2-4pm. $3 Adults, $2 Kids. FKCC swimming pool. 1-305-295-9622.   Movies at The Spiritual Garden - Spiritual up lifting movies. 1st and 3rd Sun. 7pm. Good will offering is $5. Unitarian Universalist fellowship 801 Georgia St.  1-305-394-2005. Nightly Sunset Celebration - Free. Enjoy a spectacular sunset entertained by the various carnival performers and vendors. Mallory Square, Key West. 1-305-292-7700.  


Cardio-Sculpting Class 8:30-9:20am. Pirate Wellness Center, MM21.4 Cudjoe Key.  1-305-744-3348 Aerobic Dance - 1-1:55pm. CoffeMill Dance. 916 Pohalski St. 1-305-296-9982.

Tai Chi for Inner Harmony - 9:30-11am on Sugarloaf Key. Call Lydia at 1-305-745-2811. Toddler Playtime Stories- Ages 10 months to 2 years and their caregivers. Free. 10:30am-12:30pm. Key West Library, 700 Fleming Street, Key West. 1-305-292-3595. 

thursday The Long Walk Home Interactive Workshops for Veterans & Family– 6 – 7:30pm – Free – Transition to Civilian Life. Open to public. 97.671 Overseas Hwy. Oceanside. 305-504-3795

friday Salsa Dance Lessons- 7:30-9pm. Paradise Health & Fitness. 1796 N.Roosevelt Blvd. 1-305-296-6348.

saturday Healing Yoga/Meditation – 9am. $10 Islander Resort, MM82.1 Oceanside. 1-305-664-2031 Family Hour- For children of all ages. Free. 1pm. Key West Library, 700 Fleming St, Key West. 1-305-292-3595. Story Hour - ages 5 years & up. 10:30-11:30am. Games & stories. Marathon Library, 3251 Overseas Hwy. 1-305-743-5156.   Key West WPA Walking Tour – Old Town Key West. 10am. $20. 1-305-296-3573.


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Shanna Schulze 877-315-7226, Ext 447


3104 Florida Ave Coconut Grove, 33133


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Debra Geymayr, Directress, serving So. Florida over 16 yrs., teaching specialty prenatal-postnatal w/ baby yoga, hypnobirthing & childbirth ed., breast feeding/newborn care classes and more…see Holistic South for natural, midwifery care & waterbirth options.

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A National Yoga Alliance registered School, Aum hOMe Shala offers a year-round 200Hour Yoga Teacher Training (YTT) to develop and provide programs that reach underserved populations through public schools, after-school programs, universities, and hospitals. See ad, page 37.

Nothing is more powerful than a BELIEF in what you do…

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Sales People in Miami Florida Commission-based position, with great earning potential for the right person. Must be outgoing and enjoy working 1-on-1 with area businesses.

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