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Peace begins with a smile. Let us always meet each other with a smile, for the smile is the beginning of love. Every time you smile at someone it is an action of love, a gift to that person, a beautiful thing. If we have no peace is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other. –Mother Teresa other Teresa inspired millions through her loving words, worldwide work and devotion. But we don’t have to go that far to make an impact on those around us. As a young woman, one of the first books I read was Love by Leo F. Buscaglia. A wonderful book about the largest experiences in life. It’s the kind of book that changes perspectives. With humor and insight, he takes you on a journey of love though smiling. To this day I get in an elevator with my back to the door, smiling and saying hello to the other occupants (one of Buscaglia’s suggestions to inspire LOVE and connection with fellow occupants). It is without a doubt one of my all-time favorite books! A soul opening must read. There’s a lot to smile and be thankful for in our November issue. Foodie April Thompson brings joy to the season’s table with her take on “Zenful Eating: Mindful Meals in Quiet Gratitude” Three of the nation’s top Zen chefs share their wisdom about being grateful, present and peaceful at mealtime—just in time for Thanksgiving! Meantime, Ronica O’Hara offers parental tips for instilling thankfulness—one of the most teachable, grow-able strengths—in our children. “Kids With Gratitude: Making Thankfulness Second Nature” is based on emerging research that shows gratitude to be one of the easiest, most effective ways to kick-start happiness and well-being—at any age. Benedictine monk Brother David Steindl-Rast, a leading figure in a worldwide gratitude movement, puts it all in perspective in this month’s Inspiration piece: “Gratitude: A Path to a Better World.” Sleeping has never been my forte. Getting and average of five to six hours a night since childhood. Lighting a lavender candle and listening to my favorite spiritual music is about the only way I can hope to grab a few extra ZZZZ’s. This month’s feature, “Chasing ZZZZZs: How to Put Insomnia to Rest” examines the many contributors and adverse health effects of compromised sleep, along with natural pathways to a good night’s rest. One of those considerations—optimizing thyroid function—is covered in-depth in our Healing Ways article, “The Happy Thyroid: Seven Ways to Keep It Humming.” We’re also very excited to share with you some new twists to old traditions. In “Antiques Rising: Discovering the Green in ‘Brown’ Furniture,” Green Living writer Yvette Hammett explains how Millennials (aka The Ikea Generation) are beginning to discover that Grandma’s old China cabinet might be pretty cool after all—and sturdy, well-made, eco-friendly and oh-so-upcyclable. Julie Peterson explores the new world of fitness in “Click and Sweat: Virtual Workouts Change the Game.” Training via an app or online is all the rage now for seasoned gym rats and newbie exercisers that value the convenience and privacy of this growing phenomenon. And last, but not least, hens with benefits take center stage in “Urban Chickens: Coming Home to Roost.” Locavores with a hankering for fresh, organic eggs produced close to home have sparked a resurgence in backyard chicken keeping; even people that don’t like omelets are getting in on the trend. These chic chicks make great pets for vegans, too. Loving Smiles and gratitude go hand in hand. This Thanksgiving remember to carry both in your heart as you share and create wonderful memories with family, friends, and those total strangers in the elevator. Happy Thanksgiving!


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ungle Island, a favorite South Florida landmark, is currently undergoing a multi-million-dollar reinvention into an eco-adventure theme park and events destination. South Florida’s popular eco-adventure attraction reinvents an ancient Buddhist tradition with a Magic City twist through the debut of Luminosa! Festival of Lights. “Luminosa! at Jungle Island is certain to be one of the most Instagrammable and talked about events of the season,” says Curtis Crider, Jungle Island’s new general manager. “Between the rich history behind the festival and its beautiful pageantry set within a jungle-like setting, this must-see installation will be a celebration of two cultures coming together and the rebirth of an iconic South Florida attraction.” A few of the visual delights will include oversized orchids and flowers, a demure cassowary and striking silk parrots in the Birds and Blooms exhibit; a sea of glowing jellyfish in the Biscayne Bay display; some of the world’s rarest animals down Jungle Trail; to 100-foot wide by 20-foot tall panoramic scenes of Miami’s most iconic destinations decked out in Chinese graffiti art in the Miami Style exhibit. All lanterns will be illuminated by environmentally-friendly LED lights and made out of water-proof and fire-resistant materials, reinforced by steel frames. Now until Jan 8, 2020, from 5:00 PM to 10:00 PM. General: $49.49 Child: $27.94. Jungle Island, 1111 Parrot Jungle Trail, Miami, FL 33132, (305) 400-7230. Source: jugleisland.com. 8

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Eat Organic to Shed Insecticides Switching to organics has quick payoffs, reducing agrochemicals in the body by 94 percent within a month, Japanese researchers report. They tested the urine of study participants looking for six neonicotinoid insecticides and another substance generated as a result of their decomposition in the human body. “I think the research results are almost without precedent and are highly valuable in that they present actual measurement values showing that you can dramatically reduce the content levels of agrochemicals in your body simply by changing the way you select vegetable products,” commented Nobuhiko Hoshi, a professor of animal molecular morphology with the Kobe University. Another study from researchers at the University of California at Berkeley studied 16 children and showed that one week after switching to an organic diet, malathion pesticide urine levels were reduced by 95 percent; clothianidin pesticide levels by 83 percent; and chlorpyrifos pesticide levels by 60 percent.


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Hibiscus rosa-sinensis is much more than a brilliant scarlet tropical flower: New laboratory research from Canada’s University of Windsor found that a hibiscus flower extract selectively kills off triple-negative breast cancer cells. This is one of the most difficult to treat types that affects 15 to 20 percent of breast cancer patients. Hibiscus is particularly effective when combined with chemotherapy, researchers say, and works as well with very low doses of the chemicals as with higher doses. The flower’s low toxicity and precise targeting of cancer cells also offers hope for long-term treatment. Previous studies have shown hibiscus to be effective on prostate cancer, leukemia, gastric cancer and human squamous cell carcinoma.

Caffeine has been the subject of controversy among the one in six adults worldwide that suffer from periodic migraines: Some say it triggers symptoms, while others report it wards them off. A new study from Harvard and two other teaching hospitals of 98 migraine sufferers used six weeks of daily journals to investigate the link and found that drinking up to two servings of caffeinated beverages a day had little effect, but three or more raised the odds of a headache that day or the next. Among people that rarely drank such beverages, even one or two servings increased the odds of having a headache that day. A serving was defined as eight ounces or one cup of caffeinated coffee, six ounces of tea, a 12-ounce can of soda or a twoounce can of an energy drink.


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Dance to Improve Quality of Life With Dementia Older people with dementia, often viewed as being passive and immobile, responded to simple dance movement lessons with visible humor and imagination and reported a higher quality of life after six sessions, say researchers from New Zealand’s University of Otago. The 22 participants between the ages of early 60s and mid-90s had dementia ranging from mild to advanced. They took 10 weekly classes in which the music was “reminiscent” and the movement routines were intuitively easy. “Positive responses such as memory recalling, spontaneous dancing and joking with each other were observed in every session,” reports lead author Ting Choo.


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Chronic pain, affecting 10 to 25 percent of adults, disturbs sleep for two-thirds of them, increasing the risk of depression and aggravating pain symptoms. Chinese researchers analyzed nine studies of 944 chronic-pain patients and found that acupuncture treatments were significantly better than drugs at helping patients sleep. It also improved their quality of sleep as self-measured by the Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index and lowered their scores of perceived pain.

Help Avoid Skin Cancer With Vitamin A Using the three-decade longitudinal health records of about 123,000 men and women from the Nurses’ Health Study and the Health Professionals Follow-Up Study, researchers from Brown University found that people with diets rich in vitamin A had a significantly reduced risk of developing squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) skin cancer, which occurs in 7 to 11 percent of the population. “We found that higher intake of total vitamin A, retinol and several individual carotenoids, including beta cryptoxanthin, lycopene, lutein and zeaxanthin, was associated with lower risk of SCC,” wrote the authors.


Pass Up Sugary Drinks for a Strong Liver Sugar-sweetened drinks, already linked to weight gain, diabetes and heart disease, carry another risk: nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). In a meta-review published in the European Journal of Nutrition, Iranian researchers analyzed six high-quality studies that included 6,326 men and women and 1,361 cases of NAFLD. They found those that drank the most sugary drinks had a 40 percent higher risk of developing the disease compared to those that consumed the least. Sugary drinks include soda, cola, tonic, fruit punch, lemonade, sweetened, powdered drinks, and sports and energy drinks.

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Eco-Practices Grow on Winter Slopes

From mountain peaks to base lodges, many alpine ski resorts are working to reduce the environmental impact of their operations. Skiers will discover that sustainability is the watchword at a growing number of facilities, with a focus on reducing energy usage and cutting back on waste. In Vermont, Killington Resort uses four offsite solar farms, as well as the AllEarth Solar tracking system that rotates panels using GPS technology to produce enough energy to run all the lifts for the resort and nearby Pico Mountain for the entire season (Killington.com). To prepare for this winter, Bromley Mountain upgraded its snowmaking system with stateof-the-art, variable-frequency drive motors to conserve energy. Stratton Mountain Resort will now offer drinking straws by request only and feature a bamboo option; retail shops have switched to bags made of 100 percent recycled paper. Aspen Snowmass, in Colorado, has begun using a dirt-based pipe at its Buttermilk section to reduce snowmaking, saving more than $15,000 in electricity and 4 million gallons of water each year. Winter Park has installed a small wind turbine at the top of Parsenn Bowl to power its lift shack there. Arapahoe Basin, Copper Mountain and Purgatory are among the many resorts in the state that offer carpooling incentives for skiers (ColoradoSki.com). After pledging in January to expand on energyefficient operations, seven state ski trade associations—Ski Vermont, Colorado Ski Country USA, Ski Utah, Ski California, Ski Areas of New York, Ski New Mexico and the Pacific Northwest Ski Areas Association—along with 70-plus other organizations and companies of the Outdoor Business Climate Partnership gathered on Capitol Hill in May to “advocate for immediate and bipartisan climate action, specifically, putting a price on carbon” (SnowSports.org). Families can forego the expenses, travel time and Earth impacts of alpine skiing by turning to the crosscountry version. A few inches of snow and strapping on longer, thinner skis can transform a flat or gently hilly park, wooded trail or spacious backyard into a quiet, serene, eco-playground. “This low-impact exercise delivers amazing cardiovascular benefits, works all the major muscle groups, challenges your balance, keeps your joints healthy and is good for your mental health,” according to CrossCountrySkiColorado.com. November 2019


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The nonprofit MomsAcrossAmerica.org (MAA) has launched its Moms Across America Gold Standard, a multi-tiered verification program for food, beverages and supplements that creates a simple, trustworthy resource for consumers while encouraging best practices by suppliers. It will be awarded to those brands that have achieved superior levels of organic practices and eco-friendly procedures, and is intended to make it simple for people to choose the healthiest products and use their wallets to take a stand against unhealthy alternatives and unethical business practices. The standard also provides a path for companies that know better and do better to prosper by shifting the buying power of millions of dedicated mothers behind their products.

Jaws of Life

California Bans Fur Trapping

California has enacted a ban on fur trapping for animal pelts, making it the first state to outlaw a centuries-old livelihood that was intertwined with the rise of the Western frontier. The Wildlife Protection Act of 2019 prohibits commercial and recreational trapping on both public and private lands. Legislators are considering proposals to ban the sale of all fur products, including fur coats, and to outlaw the use of animals in any circus in the state, with the exception of domesticated horses, dogs and cats. 12

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Methane Matters

Fracking Linked to Global Warming

As methane concentrations increase in the atmosphere, evidence points to shale oil and gas as the probable source, but the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has taken steps to stop regulating it. New Cornell University research published in Biogeosciences, a journal of the European Geosciences Union, suggests that the methane released by high-volume hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, has different characteristics than the methane from conventional natural gas and other fossil fuels such as coal. About two-thirds of all new gas production over the last decade has been shale gas produced in the U.S. and Canada, says the paper’s author, Robert Howarth, a professor of ecology and environmental biology: “If we can stop pouring methane into the atmosphere, it will dissipate. It goes away pretty quickly compared to carbon dioxide. It’s the low-hanging fruit to slow global warming.”

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In a northern India district, regulators require that applicants for gun licenses, in addition to normal background checks, must plant 10 trees and submit selfies as photographic evidence of having done so. To mark World Environment Day in June, Chander Gaind, the deputy commissioner of the district of Ferozepur in Punjab State, had an idea. “I thought about how much Punjabi people love guns,” he says. “We receive hundreds of applications for gun licenses from this district every year. Maybe I could get them to love caring for the environment, too.” India has more than 3.3 million active gun licenses. Tajinder Singh, 47, a farmer in the district, says he wants to protect himself from wild animals and bands of armed robbers.


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The U.S. Department of the Interior is effecting significant changes that weaken how the Endangered Species Act is implemented, a move critics fear will allow for more oil and gas drilling on land that is currently habitat-protected, and will limit how much regulators consider the impacts of the climate crisis. The changes affect how the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration consider whether species qualify for protections, as well as how the agencies determine what habitats deserve special protections. It could make it more difficult to factor in the impact of climate change on species.

Myriad companies are pledging to make their products and packaging more sustainable, including the multinational food and drink giant Nestlé, which announced in January that it is committed to using 100 percent recyclable packaging for its candy by 2025. Miniature KitKat chocolate bars from its Japan confectionery branch will be wrapped in paper instead of plastic, with instructions for how to fashion it, post-snack, into the iconic origami crane, a traditional Japanese messenger of thoughts and wishes. Nestlé hopes that this will guarantee the paper remains in use longer rather than be disposed of immediately.

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Polar Alert

Alaskan Sea Ice Melting Faster

Sea ice along northern Alaska disappeared far earlier than normal this spring, alarming coastal residents that rely on wildlife and fish. The ice melted as a result of exceptionally warm water temperatures extending far out into the ocean. The last five years have produced the warmest sea-surface temperatures on record in the region, contributing to record low sea ice levels.

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Health Care Sector Impacts Climate

A new study by the international nonprofit Health Care Without Harm (HCWH), in collaboration with Arup, a British multinational professional services firm, claims that if the global health care sector were a country, it would be the fifth-largest greenhouse gas emitter on the planet. It provides, for the first time, an estimate of health care’s global climate footprint. Josh Karliner, HCWH international director of program and strategy and report co-author, says, “The health sector needs to transition to clean, renewable energy and deploy other primary prevention strategies to achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.” November 2019


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Phoenix Shifts to a Cooler Night Mode

Phoenix, which had 128 days at or above 100 degrees Fahrenheit last year, is one of the hottest and fastestwarming cities in the U.S., and most American cities are expected to drastically heat up in the next decades with heat waves and triple-digit days. In the Valley of the Sun, work and play are shifting into the cooler hours. Neighborhoods are active at dawn and dusk when residents hike, jog and paddleboard. Last year, heat caused or contributed to the deaths of 182 people in Maricopa County, which includes Phoenix. Ariane Middel, a professor of urban climate at Arizona State University, says, “We are almost a living laboratory. We can test strategies and see different ways to keep adapting and mitigating. By the time it gets hot in other places, they can take what we have learned here.”

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Gratitude, Expands Who We Are A message from Dr. Lata Sonpal


he holiday season has started with Jewish (Rosh Hashana, Yom Kippur) and Hindu (Navaratri, Diwali) holidays in September and October. Both Jewish and Hindu calendars are Lunar based so they are not on the same date every year on the Western Calendar. Thanksgiving is around the corner and we generally celebrate it with family and friends. Thanksgiving began with Pilgrims, upon arriving in America, learning survival from a gentleman named Squanto who taught them how to grow corn and other food. It is also said that people’s praying and fasting during a drought brought blessing in the form of rain ending the drought allowing the corn to grow leading to harvesting. In many countries there are thanksgiving celebrations at harvest time. In America Thanksgiving Day was celebrated in different contexts under different Presidents on different dates. Finally, in 1941 President Roosevelt signed a bill declaring the 4th Thursday of November, Thanksgiving Day, as a National Holiday. Of course, we do not have to wait until the Thanksgiving Day to feel and express our gratefulness. We can do that on a daily basis, silently in our heart or express it to someone (verbally or in writing) who would also benefit from receiving our gratitude. Philosopher David Hume in 1739 wrote that “Of all crimes that Human creatures are capable of committing, the most unnatural is ingratitude.” I suggest to my patients, especially when they’ve had a conflictual relationship with their parents, to thank them for the gift of their life, for giving them opportunities to learn their lessons, through the ways the parents have been and through the ways they have not been (not meeting the patients expectations). I also recommend

that they forgive their parents. Like Jesus Christ said, “Father, forgive them as they know not what they do.” Then I encourage them to send their parents light and love so the parents would be guided on the right path for greater good of all concerned and not harm anyone wittingly or unwittingly. I guide them to wish their parents peace and harmony, health and happiness and love and joy. I also suggest that they surround themselves with light and love so they will also be guided on the right path for greater good of all concerned and not repeat their parents’ mistakes and open up to embracing peace and harmony, health and happiness and love and joy in their own life. There is evidence, through various research studies that gratefulness and gratitude is beneficial to both the person expressing and the person receiving. Gratitude leads to more relationships and friendships (2014, Emotion), improves physical health, increases happiness and reduces depression (2012, Robert Emmons, Personality and Individual differences), reduces aggression/retaliation (2012, University of Kentucky), improves sleep (2011, Applied Psychology: Heath and Wellbeing), improves self-esteem and appreciation of others’ achievements (2014, Journal of Sports Psychology). Another finding is that the grateful people help not only those who helped them they also help strangers. Per His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama “In order to be happy we must first possess inner contentment, and inner contentment does not come from having all we want but rather from wanting and appreciating being grateful for all we have”. He has also advised that “When we develop a right attitude of compassion and gratitude, we take giant steps toward solving our personal and international problems”. Some of the things that we can do to increase gratefulness are meditation

(Shapiro, Schwartz, and Sautter, 2002), progressive muscle relaxation (Khasky and Smith, 1999), and practice forgiveness (Witvliet, Ludwig, and Bauer, 2002). Some other ways to enhance attitude of gratitude is journaling, thank you letters ornotes, counting blessings, focusing on positives, engaging in prayers of gratitude, etc. (Sansone, Sansone, and Emmons, 2016). One of the most inspiring prayers is by Saint Francis of Assisi called “Lord, Let me be an instrument of thy peace” in which he asks “Where there is hatred, let me saw love; where there is injury pardon; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; where there is sadness, joy; O divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console; to be understood as to understand, to be loved as to love; for it is in giving that we receive; it is in pardoning that we are pardoned; it is in dying to self that we are born to eternal life”. Practicing gratefulness, as a part of our mindful living, enhances our physical, emotional, psychological, personal, social (including career), and spiritual wellbeing. Our daily Mantra could be: to navigate with tolerance our differences (in appearance, in thinking, in religious beliefs, in socio-cultural practices), reminding ourselves that our five fingers are of different sizes and shapes and yet all are needed for our hands to hold something precious like a child or prayer beads. Living in harmony, accepting others with kindness, generosity and gratitude will vitalize and invigorate us to aspire towards Spiritual Kinship. Dr. Lata Sonpal has been a licensed psychologist for more than 33 years. She’s worked for Dr. Brian Weiss at the Weiss Institute from 1995-2002. Since then she’s run her own private practice. She specializes in Hypnotherapy and Past life regression and Future life Progression. She is open and eclectic in her approach and tailors therapy to the client’s goals and needs combining methods such as Client Centered Humanistic Rogerian therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (Mindfulness based), Solution Focused Brief Therapy, Reality Therapy, Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy, Holistic Therapy addressing Physical, Mental, Emotional, and Spiritual Issues. Dr. Sonpal, Marcus Centre, 9990 S.W. 77 Avenue, Suite #218, Miami. 305-271-2747, www.DrSonpal.com. See ads, pages 5 and 41. November 2019


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The Power of Touch Don Morris, DC


he power of touch is part of chiropractic, massage, and all treatments done by hand. Pleasant touching causes the release of oxytocin (same as is released in the mother when she nurses her baby) and endorphins (our own internal “narcotics”). Immune responses are stimulated. Pulse and blood pressure are reduced. The “stress hormone” cortisol is reduced. There is a mental and physical relaxation response. A caring touch reinforces thoughts and feelings of “I’m Okay,” and “I am worthwhile”. Many studies have shown the positive effects of massage, a pat on the back, eye contact, etc., on health challenges ranging from number of respiratory illnesses, post postpartum depression, anxiety, hypertension, growth, student’s performance, and more. Teaching touch classes are available for professionals. The University of Miami Touch Research Institute offers research and workshops. For a wealth of literature on the benefits of touch contact professor Tiffany Field. Some organized classes take a metaphysical approach attributing subtle human energies to be partially responsible for the benefits. There is “laying on of hands” in a religious setting. In those settings hands often are not actually touching, but near the body. Numerous reports and research support the benefits. Touch is important in my own hands on work. I watch for the respiration to change, including a deep sigh that almost always happen automatically when an area has relaxed under touch with a little pressure. I feel the skin temperature warm up in cold spots. These can change while I am only touching, or pressing lightly, and not doing any of the more vigorous physical maneuvers. As a patient, I’ve always benefit remarkably from any hands-on therapy, even dental work! Don Morris, DC, DABCO, 786-339-1993, donmia@gmail.com. See ad, page 40.

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Remedies Shift your emotional state and heal your life


n a society where we tend to look for a quick fix to feel good, or, even, prefer to numb our bodies and emotions, we could ask ourselves are we really aware of the importance of our emotions and the impact they have on our health? “There is no true healing unless there is a change in outlook, peace of mind and inner happiness,” Dr Edward Bach stated over 80 years ago when he pioneered the specialized system called Bach Flower Remedies. In 2014, an analysis from the National Center for Health reported that 12.7% of the U.S. population over the age of 12 were taking antidepressants. From 1999 to 2017, the death rate among women aged 30 to 64 from drug overdose (including antidepressants, benzodiazepines, prescriptions, illegal substances, etc) increased by 260%. These statistics are examples of our inability to cope with our emotions. Emotions are an integral part of who we are. Marjorie Ville, instructor of the Bach Flower Basics course and Certified Bach Flower Remedies Practitioner (BFRP), believes that emotions are what define us, what make us act or react. In her seminar Marjorie teaches participants

how to use Bach Flower Remedies, empowering them with the knowledge of how to balance their emotions. She believes that emotions, such as stress, fear, anger, worry and grief, are meant to be acknowledged, that they have a purpose and a value. Once recognized, emotions can be balanced and eventually released. By ignoring them or pushing them away, by not wanting to feel them, we create energy blockages in the body. In Chinese Medicine, stuck emotions are believed to manifest as symptoms, which can eventually lead to disease. What if there was an accessible and natural way to prevent this? Bach Flower Therapy is considered a self-healing tool to balance our emotional state. There are 38 Bach Flower Remedies each corresponding to a specific emotion, mood, or personality trait. By identifying the appropriate flower remedy (or remedies) according to who we are and what we are going through at this moment, we can bring immediate relief as well as profound

lifelong changes. If each of us reflects on our lives and emotions for a moment, we may recognize that we are ever-evolving beings, always requiring tune-ups. From infancy to the elderly, Bach Flower Remedies can accompany the whole family throughout the different stages of life - pregnancy, childbirth, puberty, menopause, mid-life crisis, career or relationships. No matter the challenging situations we face, we can rely on the support of the Bach Flower Remedies to find peace. They are safe and simple to use, with no contra-indication and no side effects. Just like we have band aids in our pharmacy for physical wounds, we should all have accessible self-care tools for our emotional ups-and-downs. There is a concept in which one can compare our multitude of emotions and symptoms to the many layers of an onion. By the time a physical symptom arises, there have been many layers added to the metaphorical onion. Using the Bach Flower Remedies is like starting to peel off some of those layers, getting to know ourselves better in the process. Bach Flower Remedies allows us to do this in a gentle and compassionate way. “The Bach Flower Remedies helped me become my own best friend”, says Marjorie Ville, “and my greatest joy today is to share that gift with the world.” Marjorie Ville, BFRP, CBP, 786.447.2000, www.bachflowersville.com.

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In reality, going to bed is the best me-time we can have.

CHASING ZZZZZs How to Put Insomnia to Rest by Marlaina Donato


ossing and turning most of the night while obsessing about the need for sleep is a torture we all go through every now and then, but for the 40 percent of Americans dealing with current or chronic insomnia, it can be a regular nightmare. In fact, 50 to 70 million adults in the U.S. suffer from some form of sleep disorder, according to the American Sleep Association. The causes are multi-faceted: stress, pharmaceutical side effects, hormonal imbalances, chronic pain, anxiety and too much caffeine all fuel the insomnia loop. Add to that the overstimulation from 24/7 technology, social pressures and unresolved emotional pain, and it’s easy to see why long, hard, sleepless nights have become a worldwide epidemic. The effects are profound. Compromised sleep not only leads to decreased quality of life, malnourished relationships, a heightened risk of accidents and inferior job performance, but also lowered immunity and chronic inflammation, raising the odds of heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, weight gain and diabetes. About 90 percent of people diagnosed with depression also experience sleep deprivation, and many antidepressant medications can disrupt the ability to fall asleep and dream. However, a number of natural and holistic approaches can provide lasting 18

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results without undesirable side effects. Along with tried-and-true methods like acupuncture, therapeutic massage and changes in diet and exercise, the National Sleep Foundation recommends mindful breathing and meditation. New options are emerging to help foster quality sleep, including cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), non-psychoactive CBD oil and lifestyle changes supporting a healthy circadian rhythm.

Body and Mind, a Tangled Web

Psychological, emotional and physical health all play a role in our ability—or inability—to get a good night’s rest. “Not sleeping well is a sign of a deeper imbalance that needs to be addressed. So, if we’re masking the problem with medication, the underlying cause remains unaddressed,” says Elina Winnel, a sleep coach who works online with clients at TheSleepExpert.com. “Insomnia is a complex issue that has psychological components, but is also affected by deeper mechanisms, including an imbalance between the two main branches of the autonomic nervous system.” The intricate connection between emotion and sleep-robbing stress hormones explains why insomniacs are often caught in an undertow of racing thoughts and preoc-


cupations. Says Winnel, “Stress has become the norm, and most people don’t even realize they’re in that state. This produces stress hormones and can prevent the natural process of sleep from occurring.” Stress also depletes vitamin B and magnesium levels necessary for quality sleep, she adds. Cindy Davies, owner of the Holistic Sleep Center, in Ferndale, Michigan, has similar views on the role emotion plays in troubled sleep patterns. “We’re chronically suppressing our feelings throughout the day. Our inability to address these emotions culminates in a night spent in bed awake with fears and worries,” she says. “Pushing ourselves to the point of exhaustion can help defend ourselves against dealing with feelings or memories, but impairs our ability to sleep restfully or restoratively.”

Resetting Inherent Rhythms

Circadian rhythm, our biological clock, is a cellular marvel that is affected by light and internal changes in temperature. Stephanie Silberman, Ph.D., a licensed psychologist in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, and Fellow of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, explains that it’s helpful to have a circadian rhythm aligned with societal norms so that we’re sleepy at bedtime and active during daylight hours. “When a person’s circadian rhythm is delayed, they will have trouble falling

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~Cindy Davies

asleep at a regular bedtime, and when it’s advanced, experience sleepiness too early in the evening and then [have] early morning awakenings.” Circadian rhythm regulates digestion, cellular repair, hormones and many other functions. It also slows down the metabolism during night hours, helping us to stay asleep. “The circadian rhythm can be disrupted by many factors, including traveling to a different time zone, shift work and exposure to blue light late at night while binge-watching your favorite series,” says Winnel. Our natural hormonal rhythms are wired to release melatonin at certain

times, allowing us to rest frequently during the day. Davies explains that an adult’s body is designed for periods of rest every 90 minutes. “Most people don’t have the opportunity to rest every 90 minutes, but if we were able to, we’d be going to bed in a state of rest, instead of exhaustion,” she says. Our bodies start producing melatonin around 9 p.m., when we should already be winding down, but too often we push ourselves to stay up to watch TV or have “me-time”, says Davies. “In reality, going to bed is the best me-time we can have.” Herbalist and licensed psychotherapist Jenn J. Allen, in Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania,

Stress has become the norm, and most people don’t even realize they’re in that state. This produces stress hormones and can prevent the natural process of sleep from occurring. ~Elina Winnel

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For healthy circadian rhythm and melatonin cycles, try:

4 Shutting off all screen devices, including the TV, two hours before going to bed 4 Going to bed when you get that 9 p.m. slump and just taping a favorite show 4 Walking barefoot and feeling the earth 4 Spending quality time outside in sunlight, preferably in a natural setting 4 Taking nourishing baths with natural soaps, lavender essential oil or herbs 4 Designating certain time slots to not answer the phone or answer emails 4 Exercising regularly and not within three hours of bedtime 4 Taking a break from work every 90 minutes for two minutes of slow, deep breathing 4 Breaking the caffeine habit by replacing coffee and tea with healthier alternatives

For emotional components of insomnia, try:

4 Going on a “worry fast” for five or 10 minutes, and then practice doing it for an hour or a full day 4 Reserving time with loved ones for in-person conversations and get-togethers 4 Checking in with yourself and acknowledging all emotions and fears without judgment 4 Setting aside ambitions for a day to recharge 4 Sleeping in without guilt—shopping and running errands can wait 4 Choosing not to compare your life with others

adds, “People spend up to 10 hours a day on electronic devices, which directly impacts melatonin production and stimulates the fight-or-flight response system in the brain.”

Two Sides of Every Brain

Smartphones and social media have piled even more on our plate, even if we enjoy them. “We’re expected to be constantly ‘on’ and reachable 24/7,” observes Winnel. “This leads to an excessive reliance on our sympathetic nervous system and difficulty switching brainwave states from beta—associated with alertness—to theta and delta, which we experience during sleep. Through practice and specific exercises, it can become easier for us to reach the state of mind needed to nod off.” To support healthier sleep patterns, Winnel emphasizes the importance of using both hemispheres of the brain while awake. “Particularly in our professional lives, logical and rational processes are rewarded, while creativity is seen as optional. This can cause a chronic imbalance in the way we use the two hemispheres of our brain. Optimal sleep requires equalized functioning in the neurological structures that are unique to each hemisphere.” Mindful breathing and alternate-nostril yogic breathwork can also bring harmony to both hemispheres of the brain and promote deep relaxation.

Promising Plant Allies

Chronic pain can also prevent sound sleep. Allen stresses, “It’s important to understand what is actually causing pain and what type of pain it is. Some chronic pain comes from postural issues or injuries, so massage, chiropractic or gentle movement like yoga can help to drastically reduce the intensity of pain.” Identifying nutritional deficiencies and supporting the nervous system is also key. “Plants work both physiologically and energetically. Gentle nervine herbs like oats or chamomile can help to soothe the nervous system, and are effective for children and teens. Adaptogenic plants are known historically for helping the body to resist physical, chemical or biological stresses. Tulsi and ashwagandha, when taken consistently, can be useful in helping November 2019


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Many sleep-seeking people are reaping the benefits from cognitive behavioral therapy

People spend up to 10 hours a day on electronic devices, which directly impacts melatonin production and stimulates the fight-or-flight response system in the brain. ~Jenn J. Allen for insomnia (CBT-I). The American College of Physicians recommends it as the first-line therapy for insomnia ahead of medication, citing that it improves sleep and daytime functioning in 70 to 80 percent of treated persons, often without

supplemental medication. A meta-analysis published in The Journal of the American Medical Association in 2015 shows that CBT-I can resolve insomnia for 35 percent of people with sleeplessness linked to existing medical and psychiatric conditions such as fibromyalgia or PTSD. CBT-I helps to change long-held patterns. “CBT includes keeping sleep logs, improving sleep hygiene, learning ways to decrease anxiety and how to associate the bed as a place where we sleep well, instead of the maladaptive thinking that it’s a place to toss and turn,” says Silberman. CBT can also be helpful for chronic pain and other physical problems when underlying issues are treated in conjunction. A good night’s rest is indeed possible. Davies says, “In order to really change our ability to sleep, we need a complete cultural mindset shift that prioritizes sleep and our need to rest.” Marlaina Donato is the author of several books and a composer. Connect at AutumnEmbersMusic.com.

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adults to combat stress,” Allen says, reminding us to also check with a healthcare professional to avoid contraindications. Going for that extra cup of coffee during the day or pouring a drink or two in the evening are habits that only exacerbate sleep issues. “Caffeine suppresses our body’s ability to feel tired, not by giving us energy, but by increasing the production of adrenaline and suppressing the production of melatonin. Alcohol, like some prescription medications, can interfere with our ability to fall asleep, sleep deeply and experience dreaming states,” cautions Davies. CBD oil derived from the cannabis plant is an effective pain-reducer and helps to regulate healthy sleep patterns. Cannabidiol (CBD), which does not contain THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), the chemical substance in marijuana responsible for inducing a high, is available as capsules, inhalers and tinctures.

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ANTIQUES RISING Discovering the Green in ‘Brown’ Furniture


by Yvette C. Hammett

ast food and fast fashion are common in this amped-up world. There’s also fast furniture—the kind that often comes in a box, assembly required. It’s made of particle board held together by toxic chemicals; it is often flimsy and it’s consuming forests at an alarming rate. But millennials love it. That’s why they’re sometimes called the IKEA generation. “Your grandmother’s big sideboard and armoire are hard to sell,” says Todd Merrill, owner of the Todd Merrill Studio, a furniture and design gallery in New York City. “We have changed the way we live. Our houses are laid out differently— no more formal dining rooms. I think people are less inventive about how to repurpose, reuse and restore.” Grandma’s treasures, once passed down for generations, are largely passé. The new word for antiques is “brown furniture”; prices have plummeted 60 to 80 percent in two decades, say industry experts. The youngsters want no part of them, even though they are hand crafted out of solid wood extracted from old-growth forests that took centuries to mature. Large retail chains cater to strong consumer demand for disposable furniture, and it is driving a great deal of deforesta-

tion, according to the Alliance of Leading Environmental Researchers & Thinkers (ALERT). IKEA’s own figures show that it uses 1 percent of the world’s commercial wood supply a year to manufacture these throwaway pieces. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency reports that 9,690 tons of furniture—both fast and slow—ended up in the nation’s landfills in 2015, the latest year for which statistics have been published. The trend is at odds with millennials’ notable environmental sensibilities—and they do put a premium on authentic, handmade items and companies with social impact—so experts say the tide may be turning. Like the growing Slow Food movement, “slow” furniture enjoys a sense of character and provenance that doesn’t come in a box. When Merrill opened his furniture studio in 2000, it consisted of half pristine antiques and half mid-century modern furniture. He quickly saw a trend of people snapping up the mid-century and leaving the handcrafted antiques behind. “I pulled things out of trash heaps in the Upper East Side. People came in and started snatching up all the vintage modern.” Merrill’s vintage offerings now focus on mid-century modern and

upcycled, repurposed furnishings, something the millennials have taken to. The kids will continue to come around, he says. “If you go around Brooklyn, people are reusing and recycling antique furniture. With the antique market hitting bottom, it is hard to ignore it. As it bottoms out, kids are going to come back to these things.” There can be a cool factor in reusing something that is old, unique and odd, he added. “Oddity and ugliness is kind of in fashion right now.” Alex Geriner, of Doorman Designs, in New Orleans, began upcycling out of necessity. He had little money to furnish his 19th-century apartment. His need quickly became a business when the furnishings he created out of old wood pieces began flying out the door. “I think for millennials—I am a millennial—they want something with a story tied to it, some sort of bigger meaning. My generation is all about experiences. If they can say, ‘I found this in a dumpster’ or ‘in a roadside flea market,’ any story is an investment for millennials.” Terry Gorsuch, whose side business in Dolores, Colorado, Rustique ReInvintage, involves salvaging old theater chairs, church pews and other novel items, upcycling them and selling them for a tidy profit, says, “There is nothing special about a coffee table from IKEA. All our pieces have a story. They’re from a 1936 theater or an 1895 Grange Hall where farmers and ranchers met.” Gorsuch says he already has some “hipster” millennials buying items like old lockers or other odd pieces that they mix and match. “When you take something and put it back to use, you get a feeling of satisfaction,” he says. “The informality of today allows for the mix-and-match thing,” Merrill says. “Take an old door and repurpose it … Put it up in your house or upcycle it into a table. “What we are missing in our homes is character,” he says. “Repurposing is a very good thing to do.” Yvette C. Hammett is an environmental writer based in Valrico, Florida. Connect at YvetteHammett28@hotmail.com. November 2019


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Kenneth Davis on Learning From the Last Global Plague

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by Randy Kambic

long with annual flu season warnings, there’s more news than usual on the dangers of microbes and transmittable diseases, including recent domestic measles outbreaks and the rise of resistant bacteria from the improper use of antibiotics. In his latest book released earlier this year, More Deadly than War: The Hidden History of the Spanish Flu and the First World War, Kenneth C. Davis describes the worldwide epidemic that killed millions only a century ago and warns of a potential relapse. Davis is also the author of In the Shadow of Liberty, an American Library Association Notable Book and a finalist for the Youth Adult Library Service Association Award for Excellence in Nonfiction. His New York Times bestselling and critically acclaimed Don’t Know Much About book series for both adults and children makes many, sometimes esoteric facts and figures on history, The Bible, the universe, geography and other subjects come alive. Davis is a TED-Ed educator whose lectures are globally available online.

What inspired you to tackle this deadly subject?

My editor had the flu and mentioned that her grandmother died of the Spanish Flu. I said that’s a fascinating subject. She said if you ever want to write about it, I’d love to know, and it was around the time that I was beginning to think about the 100th anniversary of the flu and the end of World War I. These were 22

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two extraordinary moments in modern human history that many people don’t understand.

What makes the Spanish Flu epidemic relevant today?

It was the most extraordinary pandemic in modern times, the worst since the Black Plague. So many aspects of the story can teach us lessons, like the role of propaganda that created the circumstances that allowed the flu to flourish, politicians ignoring sound science. In Philadelphia in September of 1918, the health commissioner was warned not to allow a big parade that was meant to sell war bonds. He did, and 200,000 people crowded the streets. Two days later, there was not a hospital bed left in the city. It was that sudden and explosive gathering of mass numbers of people that lit the fuse for a tremendous flu bomb to explode. It’s important to understand the connection between science and history. Often, we treat history as a collection of dates, battles and speeches, and we don’t connect with what was going in the scientific and medical world, but these things are always closely linked together. Disease has always been more deadly than war, and that makes it more relevant than ever, because there are crises and conflict zones all over the world today. The situation is ripe for that explosion of another infectious disease.

Should we take for granted that some health risks of the past have been totally eradi-


cated via modern medicine?

We should not. It’s dangerous to be complacent. All too often, there’s a cost in disregarding sound medical advice—what we know to be true—because we might have heard something else, and this is truer than ever with social media. The nature of the flu virus, of infectious diseases, is that they change, evolve and mutate rapidly like the Spanish Flu did.

Why do you write, “Another pandemic is a distinct possibility”?

Such pandemic diseases are often diseases of crowds. We live in a world that’s more crowded, where high-speed transportation is much more readily capable of spreading a pandemic. When we have a world in which scientific risks and information is disregarded, that’s when we have the possibility of another pandemic. Then there’s climate change. We are living in a world that’s wetter and warmer. This breeds the possibilities for more disease. When we weaken guardrails, when we don’t fund science and disease prevention properly, we take great risks.

What do you think about the stronger enforcement of vaccinations because of measles outbreaks?

We’ve had the largest outbreak of measles in decades, and it’s a disease we thought we had pretty much defeated a long time ago. But because of the spread of misinformation, rumors and unverified scientific medical information, we have a dangerous outbreak of measles in this country. People have traveled to places where there were no vaccinations, then return home. This is a clear and very present danger of the “anti-vaxx” movement, as it’s called. It ignores long-established, peer-reviewed science over decades and unfortunately, we are in a time when someone with a megaphone or microphone or another platform can reach a lot of people with a lot of very dangerous information. We ignore sound science at great peril. Randy Kambic, of Estero, Florida, is a freelance writer and editor.

Seven years without a cold?

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~Stacy Thewis

The Happy Thyroid Seven Ways to Keep It Humming


by Ronica O’Hara

uch of our day-to-day wellbeing—how energetic we feel, how clear our thinking is and how our body processes food—is governed by the activity of the butterflyshaped, thumb-sized thyroid gland at the base of the throat. When it’s working as it should, life is good. However, about one in eight Americans suffers from a malfunctioning thyroid, and women are five to eight times more likely than men to face the consequences. It’s a delicate balancing act. A thyroid that produces too few hormones makes us feel sluggish and constipated. We gain weight easily, have muscle cramps and experience heavy periods. Hypothyroidism, as it’s called, is linked to chronic fatigue syndrome, infertility and autism in newborns. A 2013 study published in Annals of Neurology found that pregnant women deficient in thyroid hormone are four times more likely than healthy women to produce a child with autism. If the thyroid produces too many hormones, we suffer from hyperthyroidism with a racing heart, irritability, light periods, unexplained weight loss and insomnia; it can lead to hardening of the 24

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arteries and heart failure later in life, according to a study in Circulation Research. The good news is that there are simple and effective strategies that can optimize thyroid function and avoid these potential health setbacks, say experts. Their recommendations:


Keep up mineral levels. The thyroid needs iodine to churn out hormones, and usually iodized salt or sea salt with natural iodine can supply most of our daily needs of 150 micrograms. Sardines, shrimp, seaweed, yogurt, eggs and capers are also rich in iodine. However, too much of a good thing can tip the balance in the other direction, so practice moderation with super-charged iodine foods like cranberries: A fourounce serving contains twice the daily requirement. In addition, our thyroids need selenium (one or two Brazil nuts a day will do it) and zinc (nuts, legumes and chocolate) to function optimally.


Eat fermented foods. About 20

percent of the conversion of inactive thyroid hormone (T4) into active hormone (T3) takes place in our gut,


which makes “good” bacteria critically important. Andrea Beaman, a New York City health coach and author of Happy Healthy Thyroid: The Essential Steps to Healing Naturally, recommends probiotics like cultured vegetables, kimchi, sauerkraut and sourdough bread, as well as prebiotics like root vegetables, plantain, burdock and dandelion root.


Filter drinking water. “Fluo-

ride and chlorine are elements that can block the absorption of iodine into the thyroid,” says Elizabeth Boham, M.D., a functional medicine doctor at the UltraWellness Center, in Lenox, Massachusetts. A reverse-osmosis filter or a high-end pitcher filter will remove chlorine, as well as fluoride, which British researchers have linked to a 30 percent higher rate of hypothyroidism.


Detox cosmetics. Phthalates are

endocrine-disrupting chemicals found in cosmetics, nail polish and shampoos; they are also in plastic toys, and 3-year-old girls exposed to phthalates have shown depressed thyroid function, Columbia University scientists report. Research cosmetics and find toxin-free alternatives at the Environmental Working Group Skin Deep Cosmetics Database. (ewg.org/skindeep).


Wake up easy. About 85 per-

cent of thyroid diseases involve an underactive thyroid, says Beaman, adding that it is often the body’s pushback against frenzied, stressful lifestyles: “The thyroid is literally slowing down—our body is saying, ‘Slow, slow, go slow.’” For a low-key start to the day, she suggests not using an alarm clock if possible, and then doing some long, slow stretching and deep

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Poses such as plow pose, fish pose, boat pose and cobra can improve blood circulation to the thyroid gland, which is imperative for its health.

healing ways

breathing. “It takes just five minutes, and you’re starting the day not in fight-or-flight mode, but in a fully relaxed and fully oxygenated body.”


Talk it out. In Eastern philosophy, the thy-

roid in the throat is located at the fifth chakra, the energy center of expression and communication, Beaman says. If we find ourselves either regularly shouting or choking back our words, “it helps, if you want to support your thyroid on a deep emotional level, to express yourself somehow, some way, to someone somewhere,” such as to a therapist, family member or good friend.


Do yoga asanas. “Poses such as plow pose, fish pose, boat pose and cobra can improve blood circulation to the thyroid gland, which is imperative for its health,” says Stacy Thewis, a registered nurse, certified wellness coach and gut-brain expert in Mellen, Wisconsin. In a study in the Journal of Complementary and Integrative Medicine, 22 women with hypothyroidism that practiced yoga for six months needed significantly less thyroid medication. Ronica A. O’Hara is a Denver-based natural-health writer. Connect at OHaraRonica@gmail.com.


Help for a Troubled Thyroid

o verify a possible thyroid condition, consult a doctor, endocrinologist, functional medicine doctor or naturopathic doctor. Ask for a range of tests, not only the standard thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH) test, but also free T4, free T3, thyroid antibodies for autoimmune reactions, and thyroid-releasing hormone (TRH) tests for a full picture. The standard pharmaceutical approach for hypothyroidism, the most common condition, is the synthetic hormone levothyroxine (Levoxyl, Synthroid, Unithroid) that boosts T4 production; but it can cause depression and weight gain, researchers at Chicago-based Rush University Medical Center report in The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism. Ask also about Armour Thyroid, derived from animal thyroids, that contains both T3 and T4, and is often preferred by functional medicine doctors. Other testing can uncover a reaction to gluten, which is often linked to thyroid dysfunction. “For many with thyroid issues, gluten can provoke an autoimmune response via celiac disease or non-celiac gluten sensitivity,” says registered dietitian nutritionist and health coach Amanda Wikan, of Petaluma, California. If a celiac test is negative, she suggests trying a six-week, gluten-free diet and watching afterward for any signs of non-celiac sensitivity such as headaches, bloating, gas or brain fog.

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ZENFUL EATING Mindful Meals in Quiet Gratitude by April Thompson


n Zen monasteries, the head cook (known as the tenzo) is one of the most important positions a monk can hold; Eihei Dogen, founder of Soto Zen, one of the longest-established sects of Buddhism, said this is “because the position requires wholehearted practice.” In the 13th-century volume Instructions for the Zen Cook, Dogen wrote, “In preparing food, it is essential to be sincere and to respect each ingredient, regardless of how coarse or fine.” Rituals around food are an important element of Buddhism, as with many spiritual traditions. But we don’t have to be a Buddhist or a practiced meditator to learn how to cook more mindfully, enjoy meals more fully and eat in better balance. “Cooking can be a meditation. We cook with all our senses: We taste, touch and listen to determine if the pan is hot enough. You just have to be mindful,” says Jean-Philippe Cyr, author of The Buddhist Chef: 100 Simple, Feel-Good Vegan Recipes. “Cooking is an act of love and generosity, so cooking should be done with care—taking the time to consider the ingredients and overall flavors of the meal, storing the vegetables properly, paying

attention while you chop. These things are the foundation of a great meal,” says Gesshin Claire Greenwood, an ordained Zen priest in San Francisco. Greenwood trained in Buddhist monasteries in Japan for more than five years, experiences she draws from in her recent memoir and cookbook Just Enough: Vegan Recipes and Stories from Japan’s Buddhist Temples. While vegetarianism is encouraged in all schools of Buddhism and most monasteries abstain from meat, it is not a strict requirement. Cyr, a vegan and practicing Buddhist of 20 years, takes seriously the concept of ahimsa, or “do no harm”, as a chef. “Veganism and Buddhism share the common value of compassion—compassion towards animals, as well as the Earth. Climate change caused by meat consumption causes a lot of harm, too,” says Cyr, of rural Quebec, Canada. The “middle way” is an important Buddhist principle in the kitchen—striking the balance between indulgence and deprivation—the “just enough” in Greenwood’s cookbook title. “It’s important to use enough salt so that the food tastes good, but not so much that it’s overpower-

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ing. When we shop for food or eat a meal, we can also pay attention to when we’ve had enough,” she says.

Mind Over Mouth

Mindful eating can open up a beautiful new relationship to food, says Jan Chozen Bays, a Zen Buddhist priest and co-abbot of Great Vow Zen Monastery, in Clatskanie, Oregon. “This country is in an epidemic of out-of-balance eating. People are stressed out and fearful about eating, but cooking and eating should be inherently pleasurable human activities,” says Bays, the author of Mindful Eating: A Guide to Rediscovering a Healthy and Joyful Relationship with Food. “In Zen practice, mindful rituals help us learn to be present and peaceful during meals.” Mindful eating is not about restrictions, but rather about curiosity and investigation—an adventure for the senses, says Bays. “Research shows that diets don’t work, as they rely on external sources rather than helping you to go inward and tap into the innate wisdom of your body.”

Tuning In at Mealtime Rushing through meals mindlessly, we’ve become deaf to our body’s own signals of satiety, says Bays. “Go to the supermarket when you’re hungry, and head to the perimeter where the real food is and stop and ask your body, ‘Would you like oranges? Would broccoli be good for us?’ Tune into your cellular hunger,” she says. At the Great Vow Zen Monastery, the first morning meal is conducted in silence, along “with a prayer to bring gratitude for the food and to all living beings whose life flows to us in our food,”

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Cooking is an act of love and generosity, so cooking should be done with care—taking the time to consider the ingredients and overall flavors of the meal, storing the vegetables properly, paying attention while you chop.

conscious eating

Cooking Like a Zen Master Preheat the oven to 350° F. Place the sweet potato and figs in a baking dish. Drizzle with oil, then season with salt and bake for 30 minutes. Place the ginger, garlic and salt in a mortar (preferred) or blender, then mash the ingredients together. Transfer to a bowl and add the tahini, soy sauce, lemon juice, maple syrup and oil. Stir to combine.

Connect with Washington, D.C. freelance writer April Thompson at AprilWrites.com.

The Zen of Food


ere are a few simple tips from Buddhist priests and cooks on making mealtime more mindful. Have a mid-meal gut check, suggests Jan Chozen Bays. “When your stomach feels three-quarters full, have a conversation with a friend or have something to drink before continuing to eat. Often you will find after 20 minutes you are actually full,” says the author and priest. Myoju Erin Merk, a priest at the San Francisco Zen Center, suggests setting a phone timer in the kitchen to mark it as a practice time to tune into the senses. “Try to slow down and notice what’s happening as you cook. Try to stay with the sensory experience and not judge everything, like whether the carrot is cut right. It can be a very relaxing and peaceful way to work in the kitchen.” Make the first few sips or bites of a meal mindful, spending the first few moments in silence if possible, says Bays. “Working quietly with that pile of carrots or onions, you have space to focus on just one task,” adds Merk. Incorporating all of the five tastes of Buddhism—salty, sweet, sour, bitter and umami (savory)—is another way to bring meals in balance, according to author and priest Gesshin Claire Greenwood. “Having all of these flavors represented makes a meal feel balanced and satisfying.”

Buddha Bowl Cookbook author Jean-Phillippe Cyr says, “I love bowl recipes: they’re generous and colorful, and they let us get creative. Layer grains or cereals, vegetables, legumes and dressing, and voilà! That’s all there is to it.” Pumpkin seeds are an incredible source of protein, and tahini contains more protein than milk. Healthy cooks will be sure to keep this tahini dressing recipe close, because they can use it in everything.

Place the sweet potatoes and figs in a large serving bowl. Add the quinoa and edamame. Drizzle with the dressing and garnish. Serve immediately. Tip: For those that can’t digest raw garlic, don’t use it, or cook it before adding it to the dressing.

Yields one bowl

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says Bays, adding that research shows ceremonies and moments of reflection lead to more mindful, healthy eating. “Instead of talking on the phone, try cooking in silence. Drawing your awareness to details like the smell of basil, the color of tomato and the touch of the spoon brings so much richness to the act of cooking,” says Bays. Such a focus leads to a sense of appreciation for the ingredients of meals and life, says Myoju Erin Merk, a priest at the San Francisco Zen Center. “Making a meal is an active extension of our ‘sitting’ (meditation) practice.”

1 sweet potato, peeled and diced 2 dried figs, sliced 2 Tbsp olive oil Salt, to taste 1½ cups cooked quinoa ¼ cup frozen shelled edamame, cooked For the dressing: 1 (¾-inch) piece fresh ginger, minced 1 clove garlic, minced Pinch of sea salt 2 Tbsp tahini 1 Tbsp soy sauce 1 Tbsp lemon juice 1 Tbsp maple syrup 1 Tbsp olive oil Garnish: Pumpkin seeds Microgreens

Hearty Moroccan Soup “This is hands-down my favorite soup,” says Cyr. “It reminds me of a Moroccan tajine, a savory stew made with vegetables and spices. The name tajine comes from the particular type of roasting dish in which Moroccan stews are cooked. There’s no need to buy any special equipment to make this recipe, but you will want to November 2019


3 Tbsp olive oil 1 onion, diced 1 tsp mustard seeds 1 tsp celery seeds 1 tsp ground cumin 1 tsp ground coriander 1 tsp dried oregano ½ tsp turmeric 1 clove garlic, minced 8 cups vegetable broth 1 (28 oz) can diced tomatoes 1 (19 oz) can green lentils, rinsed and drained 2 yellow-fleshed potatoes, peeled and diced 2 carrots, diced 1 Tbsp harissa paste 3 bay leaves Salt and black pepper, to taste In a large pot over medium heat, heat the oil, then add the onions and sweat for 4 minutes. Add the mustard seeds, celery seeds, cumin, coriander, oregano, turmeric and garlic. Continue cooking for 2 minutes. Add the remaining ingredients and bring to a boil. Lower the heat, cover and simmer for 1 hour, stirring occasionally. Remove the bay leaves. Serve hot. Excerpted with permission from The Buddhist Chef, by Jean-Phillippe Cyr.


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URBAN CHICKENS Coming Home to Roost

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Yields 8 to 10 servings

natural pet

by Julie Peterson


ocavores with a hankering for fresh, organic eggs produced close to home have sparked a resurgence in backyard chicken keeping; even people that don’t like omelets are getting in on the trend. It turns out that the little descendants of dinosaurs make fascinating, low-maintenance pets. “You can’t watch a chicken running across the yard and not have your mood lifted,” says Shana Cobin, who has owned chickens for four years. A veterinary staff member, she takes in rescues on her small farm in Foster, Rhode Island. Her current flock of eight chickens has room to forage with a turkey, some goats and sheep. At night, her birds sleep in a predator-proof chicken coop. As a vegan, Cobin gifts the eggs to others. “It’s gratifying to give eggs to friends and family who might otherwise buy eggs from factory farms,” says Cobin. “It’s as if I’m helping those hens, too.” Those country chickens could be city chickens—if the municipality allows. An increasing number do, with a few rules. Roosters aren’t usually allowed (think crowing at 4 a.m.); the number of hens is limited; and they can’t roam the neighborhood. Local ordinances vary widely and


change frequently, so be sure to get the facts for each area.

Bird Benefits

Chickens are relatively simple and inexpensive to maintain. They come in a variety of sizes and colors, are easy to bond with and their entertainment value can’t be underrated. “You will enjoy watching them for hours,” says Andy G. Schneider, of Georgia, the national spokesperson for the Avian Health Program run by the Animal Plant Health and Inspection Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture who has authored three books on chickens. He says that keeping chickens is also a good way for children to learn responsibility and where their food comes from. He says, “They are living animals that depend on their owners and can live for 10 years or longer.” Backyard flocks readily compost food waste and hunt insects to eat. Their nitrogen-rich droppings and old bedding from the coop can fertilize gardens, or the chickens can be let loose in garden areas to fertilize and weed at the same time. However, they will eat desirable plants,

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hunt down harissa, a North African chili paste you can find in most grocery stores nowadays. Be careful, though—it’s hot!”

so consider fencing off a fallow section of garden where they can prepare the ground for the next crop. Composting, fertilizing, weeding and pest control are benefits that even matronly hens that have slowed egg production still provide. The miracle of producing an egg is a journey of its own. Rarely does a child— or grownup—squeal with as much glee as when the pet hen lays her first egg. Add the excitement of double-yolkers and tiny, yolkless “fairy eggs”, and collecting the hens’ bounty is a daily adventure.


Like all pets, chickens need regular maintenance. They can get parasites such as mites or worms, or become sick. But the hardest thing about maintaining chickens is keeping them safe, according to Lisa Steele, a rural Maine farmer and author of 101 Chicken Keeping Hacks From Fresh Eggs Daily: Tips, Tricks, and Ideas for You and Your Hens. “No matter where you live, there is something that wants to kill or eat your chickens. A secure coop and run or pen are important,” Steele says. The family dog, fox, coyotes, raccoons, owls and hawks are just some of the many potential predators.

If a rooster is in the flock, he instinctively protects hens from perceived danger—great for predators, but not necessarily a desirable pet. They crow louder, earlier and more often than most would expect. Unless eggs to hatch are wanted, no rooster is needed.

Starting a Flock

After selecting breeds, a new flock can be started with adult hens or chicks from a hatchery or breeder. Steele points out that it’s important to get chicks from a reputable breeder and start them off with good-quality feed, room to exercise, fresh air and clean water. Coops can be built from plans or purchased. There is a trendy industry for palatial coops replete with window boxes, but the necessities include enough space for each chicken, roosting bars to sleep on, nesting boxes to lay eggs, good ventilation and predator-proofing. “The curtains, wallpaper and twinkle lights are fun, but not necessary,” says Steele. Julie Peterson lives in rural Wisconsin with her husband, dogs and chickens. Contact her at JuliePeterson2222@gmail.com.

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Chicken Facts n Newly hatched chickens are “chicks”. The young males are cockerels, the young

females are pullets. After one year, they are roosters and hens.

n Chickens see in color and can see UV rays, according to FreshEggsDaily.com. They have one eye sighted in for distance and one for close-up vision so that they can look for seeds and bugs on the ground while simultaneously searching the sky for aerial predators. n The life expectancy of a hen varies from three to 12 years, depending on size, breed

and safety from predators.

n Roosters instinctively protect hens from predators or any perceived danger (includ-

ing people) by sounding an alarm, and then facing the danger as hens run and hide. n Roosters have been known to ward off predators or die trying. n A rooster is not needed for hens to lay eggs.

n Hens begin laying eggs as early as 16 to 20 weeks and have variable production, de-

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“One of the most frequent reasons people cite for not maintaining a regular exercise habit is lack of time,” says American Council on Exercise President and Chief Science Officer Cedric Bryant, Ph.D., of Redmond, Washington. He points out that virtual tools and devices may help eliminate some of those time barriers, allowing people to get quality workouts.

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The Real Deal

Click and Sweat Virtual Workouts Change the Game


by Julie Peterson

elcome to the digital age, where budding gym rats, former couch potatoes and schedule-challenged fitness freaks are finding new ways to get in shape. These days, virtually anyone with a smartphone or Wi-Fi connection can connect with a yoga video, a spin class or any number of personal exercise experiences. Some folks are wearing devices that calculate distance and monitor bodily functions—then post it all to social media. Private trainers are offering online workout routines with motivational emails and text messages, while some gyms include online training as an add-on to membership or leverage technology to provide classes to consumers globally. Virtual fitness is growing in leaps and bounds. The use of health and fitness apps has more than tripled since 2014, and three-quarters of active users open their apps at least twice a week, according to Flurry Analytics. Yet, it’s not for everyone. Erin Nitschke, Ed.D., of Cheyenne, Wyoming, the director of educational partnerships and programs at the National 30

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Federation of Professional Trainers, is monitoring the upsurge in virtual fitness and believes it will take time to perfect the options. “While virtual training may be a best practice for a certain population of users, it may be a barrier to others,” she says.

Accessible, Flexible and Affordable

The convenience and affordability of virtual training has some clients thriving on their ability to marry technological tools to fitness goals. They can log in anytime, anywhere, even while travelling; take a variety of classes from famous trainers for a fraction of the cost of in-person sessions and receive emails or texts that provide encouragement to reach the next level. For those new to exercising, virtual training eases self-consciousness. It’s an opportunity to learn the basics and begin the process of toning up at home before venturing into an unfamiliar environment where everyone seems to know what they’re doing. In this respect, virtual training can serve as a gateway to establishing a fitness routine that eventually leads to the local gym.


But some people go to the gym or attend fitness classes because they enjoy the social connection more than the sweat. Nitschke says that social support can be a predictor of success, so it’s possible that virtual training can have a negative impact. Bryant agrees. “There are different fitness personality types, and some need the live and in-person experience.” Bryant points out that gyms and trainers often request health information and fitness goals beforehand to provide clients a more customized program. In-person instruction also has the benefit of immediate feedback to ensure safe, effective and proper technique. Erika Hetzel, a Pilates instructor and personal trainer in Dane County, Wisconsin, believes that virtual workouts are fine for people that have attended classes enough to know the exercises and have good body awareness. “For beginners, hands-on cues and modifications are important, especially if there are any contraindications for exercise.” She carefully monitors her clients for form and doesn’t plan to offer virtual training because it’s impossible to give clients bodily adjustments. “It leaves trainees at risk of not getting full benefit or getting hurt,” Hetzel says. “An effective workout is about the quality of the movements.” Bryant says that instructor interaction is a plus; however, the best virtual workouts give detailed instruction and regression or progression of all moves, allowing participants to choose an appropriate intensity level.

Making a Virtual Connection Logging in with a high-speed internet

One of the most frequent reasons people cite for not maintaining a regular exercise habit is lack of time.


connection, gathering required equipment in advance and possessing self-motivation might prevent getting discouraged. However, overconfidence can lead to injury, so being fully aware of limitations is essential before taking a dive off the recliner directly into a series of lunges. For social butterflies, a real-live friend to login with may be necessary to make virtual training fun. Fitness training may be forever changed by technology, but Nitschke says it remains to be seen if fitness professionals can respond to individual learning styles to foster success and elevate the fitness client’s virtual experience. Julie Peterson writes from rural Wisconsin. Contact her at JuliePeterson2222@gmail.com.

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~Cedric Bryant

ENOUGH FOR ALL In Pursuit of Grateful Living


by Brother David Steindl-Rast

rateful living is the awareness that we stand on holy ground— always—in touch with mystery. Jewish sages interpret the words of Genesis 3:5 in a way that is of great relevance to grateful living. “Take off your shoes; the ground on which you stand is holy ground.” The soles of your shoes are leather—dead animal skin. Take off the deadness of being-used-to-it and your live souls will feel that you are standing on holy ground, wherever you are. It is pretty evident that greed, oppression and violence have led us to a point of self-destruction. Our survival depends on a radical change; if the gratitude movement grows strong and deep enough, it may bring about this necessary change. Grateful living brings in place of greed, sharing; in place of oppression, respect; and in place of violence, peace. Who does not long for a world of sharing, mutual respect and peace? Exploitation springs from greed and a sense of scarcity. Grateful living makes us aware that there is enough for all. Thus, it leads to a sense of sufficiency and a joyful willingness to share with others. Oppression is necessary if we want to exploit others. The more power you have, the more efficiently you can exploit those

below you and protect yourself against those above you. But grateful people live with a sense of sufficiency—they need not exploit others—thus, oppression is replaced by mutual support and by equal respect for all. Violence springs from the root of fear—fear that there may not be enough for all, fear of others as potential competitors, fear of foreigners and strangers. But the grateful person is fearless. Thereby, she cuts off the very root of violence. Out of a sense-of-enough, she is willing to share, and thereby tends to eliminate the unjust distribution of wealth that creates the climate for violence. Fearlessly, she welcomes the new and strange, is enriched by differences and celebrates variety. Grateful eyes look at whatever is as if they had never seen it before and caress it as if they would never see it again. This is a most realistic attitude, for every moment is indeed unique. Adapted from an interview, with Brother David Steindl-Rast that originally appeared in Greater Good, the online magazine of the Greater Good Science Center. For more information, visit Tinyurl.com/ ABetterWorldThroughGratitude. November 2019


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The good news about gratitude is that it is one of the more growable character strengths—and it’s never too late. ~Giacomo Bono

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his Thanksgiving, there’s something to be especially thankful for—gratitude itself. Emerging research shows gratitude to be one of the easiest, most effective ways to kickstart happiness and well-being. “The good news about gratitude is that it is one of the more growable character strengths—and it’s never too late,” says Giacomo Bono, Ph.D., an assistant professor at California State University, in Dominguez Hills, and co-author of Making Grateful Kids: The Science of Building Character. It’s also never too early to “plant” it: Even toddlers love to parrot, “Thank you.” Research by Bono and others shows kids that are grateful are happier, more engaged and studious, and less envious, depressed, materialistic and prone to violence. It can be taught: After one week of daily 30-minute lessons on gratitude, 8- to 11-year-olds wrote thank-you notes for a PTA presentation that were 80 percent longer than notes by kids that didn’t have the lessons. To instill gratefulness in a child:

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Be grateful and show it.

“Kids are more likely to do something if they see adults around them doing


it,” says Bono. “Being specific with your words helps, too, because it shows what behavior mattered to you and why.” Adds psychologist Mary Jo Podgurski, founder and president of the Academy for Adolescent Health, in Washington, Pennsylvania: “If we express our gratitude by making eye contact, with sincerity and by providing an example of how much we are appreciative, the words are empowered. Telling the grocery clerk, ‘I really like the way you packed my berries on top. Thanks for taking the time to be careful with my purchases,’ will light up the clerk’s face.” That can translate into a child not simply saying, “Thank you” to a grandparent for birthday money, but also explaining how excited they are about the game they plan to buy with it.


Enact a small daily ritual.

“It’s also good for families to come up with gratitude rituals,” says Bono. “Everyday conversations about the good things and people we have or encounter in life, and being specific with words, helps young children understand the connection between kindness and feeling grateful better.” For writer Judy Gruen’s family in Los Angeles, this means a morning prayer:

“When we wake up in the morning, the first words we say are those of gratitude that we have awakened and have the opportunity for a new day.” At dinner time, some families play “a rose, a thorn, a bud”— with each person saying what happened that day that they’re grateful for, what problems came up and what they’re looking forward to. As a bedtime ritual, Heidi McBain, a counselor and author in Flower Mound, Texas, follows a routine with her two children that includes “reading, checking in about their day—the good/bad/ugly—and at least one thing they are grateful for from their day. And I often share mine, as well!”


Make gratitude fun.

By getting creative, we can make kids’ expressions of gratitude even more enjoyable. Business coach Kristi Andrus, in Denver, says that her family toasts a lot at mealtime, raising their glasses and clinking them. “Our toasts are simple, ‘Today I’m grateful, thankful, or happy to share ________.’ [fill in the blank]. The kids love it and the parents always smile at what the kids bring up.” Charlene Hess, in Eagle Mountain, Utah, a blogger and homeschooling mom to seven kids, has set up a gratitude door with a sticky note added each day from each child. “This really helps the kids become more aware of all the good things in their lives, particularly as time goes on and they have to get more creative with their responses.” “A rampage of appreciation” is what Jeannette Paxia, a moti-

vational speaker and children’s book author in Modesto, California, does with her five children: “We spend 10 minutes walking around and appreciating all we see. My children love it!” In the home of northern New Jersey therapist Shuli Sandler, when one family member shows gratitude to another, a coin is put in a jar. “When it is full, the whole family can go out and do something together, like grab ice cream or something fun—remembering of course to say thank you,” she says. Ronica A. O’Hara is a Denver-based natural-health writer. Connect at OHaraRonica@gmail.com.

Gratitude-Building Resources Gratefulness.org: Essays, practices and resources for grateful living. Making Grateful Kids: Advice from leading researchers at Psychology Today: Tinyurl.com/MakingGratefulKids. How to Teach Gratitude to Tweens and Teens: Tinyurl.com/ TeachingGratitudeToTeens. TED talks playlist: Videos that inspire gratitude: Ted.com/ playlists/206/give_thanks. Research on gratitude in children: Tinyurl.com/ YouthGratitudeProject.

November 2019



The Force Behind Blood Flow and Higher Intelligence

An interview with Qigong Practitioner Jeff Primack Q. How did your father’s work impact you by working in the medical field growing up as a child?

A. My dad is a pharmacist at a hospital, and he loves people. He knows pharmaceuticals have side effects and believes in preventing disease using food. At first, my dad didn’t believe in Qigong. Once he felt the energy for himself, he began practicing Qigong and studying Chinese medical models. My choice to enter the wellness field was influenced by my dad and his emphasis to a scientific approach. I have a healthy skepticism and present with scientific method.

Q. What was the driving force for you to absorb so much from the most respected masters of Qigong?

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Q Why is Qigong Healing so profound compared to other remedial modalities?

A. Qigong works directly with your LIFE ENERGY to a greater degree than yoga or traditional exercise by using slower movements. Postures are ‘Rooted’ in one place where grounding and electrical charges build stronger. Graceful hand motions move the Qi and blood in profound ways while the person is very relaxed. Qigong’s relaxation response allows for greater microcirculation in the frontal lobes of the brain. Qigong practice can improve intelligence and even deepen one’s connection with God, source of life.

Q. You coined the phrase, “Press on Qi!” Why is this emphasized so often in your healing forms?

A Press on Qi is describing subtle movement on the edge of your magnetic field. When a person practices Qigong and learns to PRESS on the energy field it immediately strengthens blood circulation, digestion, metabolism and improves important body functions. I trademarked the term, ‘Press on Qi’ as our way of expressing this idea unique to our Qigong style. 34

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A As a graduate from University of Florida College of business, I founded Supreme Science Qigong Center to be successful and took my job seriously. Many Qigong teachers I found did not provide the training I was looking for. I did a lot of research and found a Qi master, Paul Dong, who wrote a book entitled, ‘Empty Force’. I flew him from China to Florida in 2001, because he claimed to have practiced Qigong every day for over 20 years. We arranged a seminar and I gathered a hundred people to hear Paul share his forms, which were light years ahead of any Qigong learned previously. His presence activated my Qi and I practiced more because of coming in direct contact with him. After Paul flew back to China, I craved to find another Qigong expert who could explain more. Master Weizhao Wu was my most influential teacher for Qigong and he practiced since age 7. Although he passed away, his memory lives in the most excellent posture corrections that he carefully gave. He would open my thumb and relax it, so the tendons were not hard anymore. That thumb correction makes a huge improvement to Qi flow and has been passed to my forms.


Q. Through this process of education and discipline, how long did it take for you to create the Supreme Science Qigong healing forms?

A. After 5 years traveling and producing seminars for other Qigong masters, I finally created my Level-1 Qigong Healing Form. It was first published in our books 2003 and only a few dozen instructors memorized it, but by 2007 we had certified a thousand people to teach the routine. Our videos were ‘Qi-Animated’ to show energy graphically and it assisted people in becoming sensitive to energy. In 2013, we upgraded our Qigong videos to HD animation and in 2017 we finally released our remastered Level-2 video with Ultra HD 4K animation. Spirit continues to reveal better ways for us to share these healing practices.

Q. Will participants get to experience these Forms at the Qi Revolution Event? A. All 3-levels of our Qigong program are shared in detail along with Breath Empowerment, Nine-Breath Method, Tui Na Acupressure, Foot Reflexology and FoodHealing. Qi Revolution is balanced in presentation and practice. After the event, most people choose to continue practicing Qigong from home.

Q. Fitness classes normally get me amped up. Strength Training you share at Qi Revolution challenges me, but it has more mastery of breath than any workout I’ve done. What is significant in your Qigong strength practices for longevity? A. Most important is to slow down breathing in Qigong Strength Training, but most athletesincrease respiration when using force. Slowing breathing during pushups changes hormones we make. To demonstrate this relaxing skill during exercises, I performed 750 pushups with twenty students counting and making sure I went up and down all the way. Qi Breathing allows for the ATP to replenish faster so that muscle contractions can occur sooner. This also dilates arteries and increases production of Nitric oxide to lower blood pressure during strenuous exercise.

Q. If there was one take away at the end of the Qi Revolution, what would you wish for each person to embody?

A. The most important embodiment I’d like people to walk away with is that we can BREATHE through life’s challenges and allow God’s Healing Qi to bring strength and guidance. Attendees will personally experience a higher energy from the Qigong. For the last 15 years,people write us thanking us for the powerful breathing exercises at crucial life challenge points. Qigong helps people process stress, but most of all it brings us into a higher state of wellbeing. We make our seminar affordable at 3-Days for $199 so that more people can reclaim their Qi.

Upcoming Schedule: November 23rd - 25th at the Broward Convention Center in Ft Lauderdale. For more information visit www. QiRevolution.com or call (800)-298-8970. See ad, page 44.

Empowered Sleep By Liz Morales Did you know that the hours of sleep lost are not recovered?


he Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that about 35% of adults get less sleep than they should. That’s part of the reason sleeping pills are so popular. Medication used to induce sleep can lead to dependence and can have many potential side effects. We need to sleep at least 8 hours, 24 hours a day. When you sleep fewer hours it seems that you have more time to live, but you actually live less. Sleeping well means repairing our body. During the night, the secretion of growth hormone increases, which stimulates tissue repair, from the skin to the muscles, through the lungs and nails. When at night you cannot sleep, next day you have symptoms such as irritability, fatigue, lack of concentration, bad mood, headache and memory failures. Sleep improves mood and give your body the opportunity to repair and renew. Approximately 80% of health problems are estimated to be the result of persistent stress. The body stays in the active mode and the system is disturbed due to lack of sleep, increases the possibility of suffering diseases, irritability and less sleep the next night. Essential oils provide dynamic support for getting consistent quality sleep and managing stress, without the medication’s drawbacks. The adaptive calming blend products are an effective answer to reducing stress and helping to restore mental and physical resiliency. Scientist has selected essential oils certified therapeutic grade (CPTG) with clinically studied botanicals. A supportive and relaxing formula, this proprietary blend of ingredients helps empower and encourage when adapting to stressful situations. Adaptive essential oils blend capsules supplement provides sleep promotion effects to achieve a full night of restorative, health protecting sleep. To understand and manage emotions you have to educate yourself. To understand and manage emotions you have to educate yourself. Liz Morales, Emotional Health & Aromatherapy, Life Coach & Lifestyle certified Alternative Therapy, Motivational Speaker. Natural wman@gmail.com, 786-296-2636. Facebook: Liz Morales. See ad, page 41. November 2019


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Brain Training: Yoga Therapy for Neuroplasticity - 12:30–1:30 p.m. - Teachers from Aum Home Shala present yoga exercises designed to enhance strength, flexibility, cardiovascular function, sleep, and overall well-being for healthier aging. Support for this class series is provided by a grant from the Coral Gables Community Foundation. Preregistration required: . Coral Gables Adult Activity Center, 2 Andalusia Ave., Coral Gables FL 33134. $12.60/month for Coral Gables residents; $15.75 for non-residents, payable to the Activity Center. 1-305-461-6764.

NOVEMBER 2 & 9 Where Iyengar and Anusara Meet with Rama. 10:00 to 11:30 pm Joyful and empowering moderately paced vinyasa Bodhi Zenz Yoga & Wellness 7520 SW 57th Ave. Suite K South Miami 33143. Free Parking 917-689-8456

NOVEMBER 4 & 11 Gentle Yoga 6:45-7:45 pm. Stretch, breathe and find ease Bodhi Zenz Yoga & Wellness 7520 SW 57th Ave. Suite K South Miami 33143. Free Parking Tel 305-740-7800

NOVEMBER 7 & 14 Free Yoga Therapy Class for Osteoporosis and Osteopenia - 11:30 a.m.–12:45 p.m. We’ll practice a posture sequence to build bone density, reduce the risk of fractures, and improve our posture. Preregistration required. Aum Home Shala, 3104 Florida Ave., Coconut Grove, FL 33133. 1-305-441-9441. Alignment Based Yoga with Rama. 12:15 to 1:30 pm. Healing and soothing class especially good for seniors Bodhi Zenz Yoga & Wellness 7520 SW 57th Ave. Suite K South Miami 33143. Free Parking 305-740-7800

NOVEMBER 7 & 21 Free yoga therapy classes for Parkinson’s and other neuro-motor degenerative disorders - 1–2 p.m. - to increase balance, strength, and well-being. Participants may bring one caregiver. Sponsored by a community grant from the Parkinson’s Foundation. To pre-register, visit or call 305-441-9441. Location: Aum Home Shala, 3104 Florida Ave., Coconut Grove, FL 33133. 1-305-441-9441.

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 9 Free Healing Session with Cristovao Brilho 5:00pm - Instituto Cristovao Brilho 2100 Coral Way #605 - Miami – 33145 - Free Parking, Call 786-295-8665. Must arrive by 5:00pm

NOVEMBER 9 & 16 Free Yoga Therapy for Stress, Anxiety, and Better Sleep - 9:45–10:55 a.m - Learn tools and develop a sustainable home practice that will allow you to make the shift from stress to relaxation more easily and consistently. Preregistration required. Aum Home Shala, 3104 Florida Ave., Coconut Grove, FL 33133. 1-305-441-9441. 

NOVEMBER 9 & 23 AUM hOMe Shala’s Free Yoga Therapy Classes for Newly Diagnosed Parkinson’s Disease - 1:00– 2:00 pm - Learn therapeutic yoga tools to manage symptoms and slow progression of the disease. Location: South Dade YMCA Family Center, 9355 SW 134th St., Miami, FL 33176. To preregister, visit or call 305-441-9441.


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THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 14 Free Yoga Therapy Class for Hips and Shoulders - 1:00–2:00 p.m. - Learn and practice a combination of movements and poses that help to support and stretch the muscles and open up the joints, giving more space and mobility. Preregistration required. Aum Home Shala, 3104 Florida Ave., Coconut Grove, FL 33133. 1-305-441-9441. 

SUNDAY NOVEMBER 17 Bach Flower Basics™ Course with Marjorie Ville, Bach Foundations Registered Practitioner (BFRP) - 9:30-5:30 pm. - Learn the basic principles of this safe and simple healing system. Limited Space. RSVP 786-447-2000. $195 Counts for 7 hours CEU. Bodhi Zenz Yoga & Wellness 7520 SW 57th Ave. Suite K South Miami 33143. Free Parking.

NOVEMBER 15 - 17 Annual Greek Festival - St. Andrew Greek Orthodox Church - A South Florida tradition. Immerse yourself in the lively and fun Greek culture for a day. Come enjoy traditional delicious Greek cuisine, wine, music and dancing. Parking is available as well as a shuttle service. Entry is $5. 7901 N. Kendall, 305- 595-1343

NOVEMBER 17 & 24 Candlelight Yin Yoga with Yogi Yuli. 6:45pm7:45pm. Gentle yoga. Encourage deep release and inner connection focusing on self-acceptance. $10 first class. Bodhi Zenz Yoga & Wellness 7520 SW 57th Ave. Suite K South Miami 33143. Free Parking 305-740-7800

NOVEMBER 17 - 26 Miami Book Fair International - The book fair is an annual literary event that includes presentations by renowned author’s, book sales and exhibits, street fair and entertainment, book appraisals and displays education programs for children and young adults. 9am-6pm at 300 NE 2nd Avenue. 305-237-3258

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 21 Free Yoga Therapy Class for Osteoporosis and Osteopenia - 11:30 a.m.–12:45 p.m. We’ll practice a posture sequence to build bone density, reduce the risk of fractures, and improve our posture. Preregistration required. Aum Home Shala, 3104 Florida Ave., Coconut Grove, FL 33133. 1-305-441-9441.

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 23 Cranksgiving Bicycle Food Drive Alleycat Race Bring $10 to purchase food items. A bag & lock are essential. All bikes welcomed. Riders will go to 5 or 7 grocery store checkpoints and buy non-perishable food items from a checklist. There is no registration fee, the $10 goes to purchase the items. All collected goods will be donated to Camillus House at the end of the race. 2 pm signup & 2:30 pm race begins at Government Center, 101 NW 1st Street in Miami, Fl 33128.

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 29 Christmas Tree Lighting at Bayfront Park – 5 – 9pm - The official kick off to the holiday season in downtown Miami takes place the day after Thanksgiving as Bayfront Park unveils its 50-foot tree covered with glittering lights, accompanied by cheery holiday music. 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm, tree lighting at 7:00 pm to be confirmed, Bayfront Park 301 Free. Go online for parking details.

NOVEMBER 30 MIAMI LANTERN LIGHT FESTIVAL - A spectacular evening of dazzling lights, colors, shapes, and themes. The Lantern Light festival is a six week celebration of Chinese culture featuring massive lan-


terns, inspiring performances, and incredible cuisine. Each Chinese lantern is custom-built by Chinese artisans and typically takes four weeks and a team of seven to complete. The lanterns are handmade from hundreds of pieces of silky cloth. Some are over 30 feet high and others are up to 300 feet long. Miami-Dade County Fairgrounds at 10901 SW 24th Street,Miami, FL 33165. See website for more details.

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Annual Parrot Heads in Key West, Meeting of the Minds - Several thousand fans of singer/songwriter/ author Jimmy Buffett, known as Parrot Heads, make an annual pilgrimage to the subtropical island that inspired many of Buffett’s hits. Parrot Head club members focus on charitable, environmental, educational and humanitarian activities. Highlights include concerts by Buffett band members and friends, plus notable “trop” rockers. While most events are open only to registered Parrot Heads, the public is invited to the musical Margaritaville Street Fest on famed Duval Street.

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 9 Key Largo Bridge Run - 6:45am, Enjoy the sun rise where the Atlantic Ocean meets the Gulf waters during the inaugural run over part of the historic 18 mile stretch to “The Gateway to the Keys.” Every participant awarded a t-shirt & medal. For registration, visit Website for details. Key Largo, 835 Largo Road Key Largo, FL.

NOVEMBER 10 & 24 Visit the Family-Friendly Sheriff’s Animal Farm! Looking for a fun place to take the kids? The Sheriff’s Animal Farm is open 1 - 3 p.m. Bring the family and come visit the many animals at the farm. It is free of charge, but donations are welcomed because that is how the farm is sustained. The farm is located just off of College Road, on Stock Island, at the Sheriff’s Office Headquarters complex. Open house is held the second and fourth Sundays of the month. Contact: Farmer Jeanne Selander 305-293-7300.

NOVEMBER 11 In Honor of Veterans Day: Fee Free Day at Florida National ParksThe National Park Service is to honor all military veterans with special events and free entrance to all 401 national parks for everyone for Veterans Day, including Everglades National Park and Dry Tortugas National Park. At Dry Tortugas National Park, a variety of remarkable experiences await visitors who venture out to this remote national park, including camping, snorkeling, bird watching, or fishing. Visitors also enjoy exploring Fort Jefferson, the largest all-masonry fort in the United States. It was built between 1846 and 1875 to protect the nation’s gateway to the Gulf of Mexico.

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 16 Mariners Hospital Gordon Present 10k/5k Walk/ Run - This popular race combines a scenic route in the Florida Keys with a Wellness Fair with free cholesterol, glucose screenings as well as massage therapy. This race starts at 7:30AM from the Treasure Village Montessori School, MM 86.7 Islamorada. Proceeds benefit Center For Excellence in Nursing at Mariners Hospital. Register early, online.

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 21 Annual Key Largo Chamber of Commerce Annual Cook-Off - The culinary competition is open to professional and amateur cooks and chefs, as well as young aspiring chefs. Categories include soups and chowders, appetizers, main dishes, sides and salads, and desserts. Contact 305-451-1414

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Postpartum Yoga at Key Biscayne, 10:15 - $20, 305-299-7826

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Laughter Yoga Sessions - $5.00 each - 9:30-10:15 AM, North Shore Youth Center 501 72nd Street, Miami Beach 33141, 305-861-3616

sunday 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 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.

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.

Monthly Yoga Class for Special Needs Teens Limited Space Call to Reserve - Just OM Yoga Studio, 7227 SW 57th Ct, South Miami. (305)665-4982

Laughter Yoga Sessions - $5.00 each - 9:30-10:15 AM, North Shore Youth Center 501 72nd Street, Miami Beach 33141, 305-861-3616.

wednesday Guided Meditation - All levels welcome- 7 pmDonations-3390 Mary Street Suite 116, Coconut Grove- Please RSVP 305-607-8627 Connected Warriors - Free Yoga Classes for Veterans and Families of Veterans - 3pm at Brickell Hot Yoga 301 SW 17th Road, 33129 305-856-1387. 

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

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

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 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. Family Night- 3rd Friday of the month. 3-9pm. Free admission & parking. Miami Children’s Museum, 980 Macarthur Cswy. 305-373-5437. 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. 

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

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.

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

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.


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

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.

Free Yoga by Synergy – 9:30am - Good for all levels, bring you mat or rent one from El Paseo hotel for $2. Espanola way in Miami Beach. 305-538-7073

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. 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 Bereavement & Grief Support- 7pm, during school year. Children’s Bereavement Center, 7600 S. Red Rd, Suite 307. To register: 305-668-4902. Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG)- Bilingual Support group. 305-666-1778. Self-Defense for Women classes- Free. Also Wed. 7:15 – 8:30 pm at Bayfront park in downtown Miami. 305-358-7550

tuesday Kids Yoga & Mind Body Yoga - 4:30pm - Synergy Yoga South Beach, call 305-538-7073, 844 Alton Rd Fl 2, Miami Beach, FL 33139. 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.


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Healing With Dance - South Miami Hospital for physical limitations from illness/surgery. No dance experience necessary. 9:30-10:30am. $5. 786-662-8106. 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. Healing meditation for aromatherapy workshop at 7:30pm at American Apothecary of Kendall 12232 SW 132 CT, Miami Fl 33186, 305 598-2822 (calls & texts)

thursday 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


FREE Yoga – 11am - California Club Branch Library, 700 Ives Dairy Road Miami, FL, (305) 770-3161 SW Community Farmers’ Market- in Tropical Park, 7900 Bird Rd. Every Saturday, 9:00am3:00pm. 305- 663- 0917. EBT/SNAP welcome. Afterlife Discussion Group - 2nd Sat. Monthly. 1-3pm Free Public Library 9445 Coral Way, 786368-4526 Dora Miami Like An Angel: Fashion Model Workout For All Women 10am & 6pm. South Pointe Park South Beach $25 Victoria’s Secret PT. Text/Call 305-800-0608  Ayurvedic Sessions - Call to set up appointments -Just OM Yoga Studio, 7227 SW 57th Ct, South Miami. (305)665-4982 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. Yoga with Drishti- 9:00 am - at Biscayne Park Recreation Center, 11400 NE 9th Court. 305-335-7618.   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. 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

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

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.  

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

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.


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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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.

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. 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. 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.  Meditation- Free. 7pm. Unity Church, 9591 Overseas Highway, Marathon.  Tai Chi – 7pm. $15. Coffee Mill Dance and Yoga Studio, 916 Pohalski St, Key West, 1-305-296-9982; 1-305-735-3519. .

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

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“We inspire our patients to live a healthier, and more informed lifestyle.”

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community resource guide

-Dr. Herrmann Dr. Theodore Herrmann, DMD, PA, is a holistic dentist that has been practicing dentistry in South Florida for over 20 years. He’s an accredited member of the International academy of Biological Dentistry & Medicine (IABDM), Holistic Dental Association (HDA), the International Association of Mercury Free Dentists (IAMFD), the International Academy of Oral Medicine & Toxicology (IAOMT), the International Academy of Orthodontists (IAO), and also Diplomat of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists (ICOI).

office financing available & REGINA F.Inpayment ZELONKER, P.A. plan options.

Mediation and Collaborative Divorce Se Habla Espanol. Coral Gables & Palmetto Bay 305-235-0537 ZelonkerLaw.com

ACUPUNCTURE 3310 Ponce De Leon Blvd, Ste 250 AcupunctureInMiami.com 305-461-4046


9275 SW 152nd Street, 1st Floor 305-238-7873 www.hspbirthcenter.com

Providing midwifery care throughout pregnancy birth & the postpartum period. Located directly across from Jackson South Hospital! Water birth & Gravity BirthTM option. Family planning & women’s wellness care available.

www.EvergladesUniversity.edu 888-772-6077


786-339-1993 donmia@gmail.com

Chiropractic home visits since 1981. Board Certified Chiropractic Orthopedist with variety of techniques including adjustment of soft tissues, spine, and extremities., acupuncture. Hands on treatment with appreciation for the power of human touch.


Attorney at Law 13554 SW 47th Lane, Suite 100 Miami, FL 33175, 305-598-2540, Miami Areas of Practice:

INSTITUTO CRISTOVÃO BRILHO 2100 Coral Way #605 Miami FL 33145 786-295-8665

Cristovão offers every month healing sessions completely free and open to the public of every age. In these sessions he channels his spiritual doctor, a being of light, who brings the use of new healing technologies for human beings. See ad, page 39.

Attorney at Law 16211 NE 12th Ct., N. Miami Beach 305-945-0108, 305 944-7233, Fax


3444 Main Highway, #3 305-461-2341 www.celestial-treasures.com/

Our mission is to spread light in the world through the distribution of products and services related to your spiritual growth. We are committed to helping people find spiritual awareness on their chosen spiritual journey. See ad, page 16.


Miami-Dade/Florida Keys

FREDDA ROSENBAUM, D.D.S. 2925 Aventura Blvd. #201 Aventura, FL 33180 305-933-3350 AventuraSedation.com

Dentistry with a Woman’s Touch. General, Cosmetic, Holistic & Sedation. See ad, page 9.

AMERICAN APOTHECARY OF KENDALL 12232 SW 132 CT Miami Fl 33186 305 598-2822 (calls & texts)

Essential Oils 100% pure; Natural Products and classes. Aromatherapy workshop every Wednesday at 7:30pm Creating the path of essential wellbeing using aromatherapy



Practicing in the area of Probate, Guardianship, Social Security, Wills and Trust, and Real Estate.

9220 SW 72nd St. Ste. 205 305-274-0047 AssureaSmile.com



Foreclosure protection/defense, loan modifications, short sales, real estate contracts, buyer/seller representation, title closing agent, wills, probate, real estate litigation, consumer law, traffic matters, disputes, debt settlement. See ad page 37.



EVERGLADES UNIVERSITY Everglades University Bachelor of Science Degree in Alternative Medicine enables students to explore the exciting field of Alternative Medicine with courses in Herbology and Botany; Nutrition and Aging; Traditional Chinese Medicine; Homeopathy; and Antioxidants.See ad, page 3.


When Family Matters...The divorce process does not have to We offer natural & holistic destroy your children, finances, dentistry for the entire family. ASSURE A SMILE NEW OFFICE LOCATION: relationships, self-esteem, and Dr. Theodore Hermann, DMD, 9220 SW 72nd Street, Suite 205, Miami, FL 33173 future. Other areas: Prenuptial PA, is a holistic dentist who O: 305-274-0047 W: AssureASmile.com Agreements and Cooperative has been practicing dentistry in Divorce. Florida Supreme Court South Florida for over 20 years Family and Civil Mediator. and offers natural & holistic dentistry for the entire family See ads, page 43.


Traditional Chinese acupuncture by doctor graduated from Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine. We provide supportive therapies: Natural Herbs, Massage therapy, Reflexology. Auto accident, workers’ comp and some health insurance accepted.




Female-owned company, hand-built furniture in the Coastal, Cottage and Farmhouse styles. Everything from dining-room and coffee tables to entertainment centers.


1801 NE 123rd Street, Suite 415 305-935-8775 EmmanuelaWollochMd.com

Emmanuela Wolloch is Miami’s Premier board certified OB/GYN specializing in Integrative Medicine including Disease Prevention, Women’s’ Health, Bio – Identical Hormones and Holistic Living, offering the very best of the latest, proven methods to achieve optimal health states in her purpose built, zen – like office. See ads, page 7.

Hyperbaric Oxygen (O ) Therapy Healing


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6 locations from Aventura to Pinecrest WholeFoodsMarket.com


Whole Foods Market is an Eco-minded chain with natural & organic grocery items, housewares & other products (most sell wine). We support local communities & agriculture, practice and advance environmental stewardship, support & reward team member excellence, and encourage and eduour patients to live a healthier, cate on all aspects of healthy living through what nformed lifestyle.” -Dr. Herrmann founder John Mackey calls (and is the name of his book) ‘Conscious Capitalism’.See ad, page 14. Herrmann, DMD, PA, is a holistic

as been practicing dentistry in South r 20 years. He’s an accredited memnternational academy of Biological Medicine (IABDM), Holistic Dental HDA), the International Association ree Dentists (IAMFD), the Internay of Oral Medicine & Toxicology International Academy of Orthoand also Diplomat of the Internass of Oral Implantologists (ICOI).



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9220 SW 72nd St. Ste. 205 305-274-0047 AssureaSmile.com

We offer natural & holistic dentistry for the entire family. Dr. Theodore Hermann, DMD, PA, is a holistic dentist who has been practicing dentistry in South Florida for over 20 years and offers natural & holistic dentistry for the entire family See ad, page 37

FREDDA ROSENBAUM, D.D.S. 2925 Aventura Blvd. #201 Aventura, FL 33180 305-933-3350 AventuraSedation.com

Dentistry with a Woman’s Touch. General, Cosmetic, Holistic & Sedation. See ad, page 9.


www.meditationmiami.com (local) www.srichinmoycentre.org (international) 305-335-7618

Heart centered meditation is the key to self-awakening, integral happiness and worldtransformation. “Don’t blame the world; better it. How? By bettering yourself at every moment.” Sri Chinmoy FREE CLASSES North & South MiamiDade Instructors with decades of experience. Serving the South Florida community since 1975.


Brickell On The River Suite 415 33131 By appointment: 786-296-2636 www.yogartmiamibyliz.com


10095 S.W. 88 St. Ste 103 305-389-1768 MinsuHealingOasis.com

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Healing for Wound Care and Neurological Conditions, Using 100% Pure O2. We also provide colonics & IV vitamin treatments for natural healing and detox. See ad, page 7.





Did you know essential oils have many benefits for your pets? They can help with calming emotions, soothing muscles, easing digestion, and overall natural wellness for your pet and family members. Call now for information!

LATA SONPAL PHD. FCHT., P.A. 9990 S. W. 77th Ave., Ste. # 218 Miami, FL 33156 DrSonpal.com 305-271-2747

Dr. Sonpal, trained by and worked for Dr. Brian Weiss (Many Lives Many Masters) at the Weiss Institute for seven years. She provides psychotherapy, hypnotherapy, inclusive of Past Life Regression and Progression, to all age groups. See ad, page 5.


305 582 6628 975 Arthur Godfrey Road Suite 307 Miami Beach FL 33140 dralexandrasredni.com

My approach to therapy is warm, thoughtful, and empathic. I work with individuals regarding a wide range of issues including depression, anxiety, and trauma. I have over ten years experience working with adolescents and adults.

Updated services now include: hypnotherapy, CranioSacral Therapy, physical therapy, Energy healing/Reiki; acupuncture, guided meditation, shamanic healing, sound healing, Chi-gong, Yoga, Tai-Chi, Massage therapy, Talk therapy, & Matrix Energetics. Treatments are for adults and children.

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2 listings Max.•$1.50 per word •3 month’s min. required • mail to advertising@namiami.com, then call with CC #, Restrictions apply. Refer to pg 4 for address/information or visit www. namiami.com.


Karen Bravo (Levy), MD 305-505-0455 • KBHolistic.com

Achieve healing/aesthetics from within! Detox protocols, Ozone therapy-IV, prolozone. Platelet Rich Plasma -Vampire Facial®, Vampire Face Lift®), ED / Peyronie’s Disease via Priapus Shot®, O-Shot®, Vampire Breast Lift®, Hair Loss/ scar therapy.  Hormone Balancing.  See ad, page 9.


HELP WANTED EVENT COORDINATOR -NOW INTERVIEWING. Looking for more of a challenge or a chance to fully utilize your skills, while becoming part of something greater than yourself? Qualified candidate will manage and oversee all aspects of each event: from organizing to planning, including procurement of vendors and locations, etc. MUST HAVE EXPERIENCE. Work for a high % of revenue generated. 305-598-3315. Have resume ready to email. PHONE SALES- Natural Awakenings is looking for a part-time Salesperson. Flex- hrs, base salary plus commission. MUST HAVE EXPERIENCE. Call 305-598-3315. Have resume ready to email.

RETREATS SPIRITUAL RETREATS TO EGYPT AND ISRAEL – These unique tours with guide Rae Chandran offer a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience Egypt or Israel with a custom guided program that combines nature, history, adventure and spiritual experiences in some of the most magnificent spots in the world. Call Susan for more details at: 239-340-1036 or email Panguswf@gmail.com. Visit: RaeChandran.com.


5002 T-Rex Ave #100, Boca Raton, FL 33431 (561) 912-1211 • 888.772.6077

Everglades University is an accredited, private not-for-profit university offering bachelor’s and master’s degree programs online and on-campus. The University combines small class sizes and innovative programs with traditional academic values. See ad, page 3.


Karen Bravo (Levy), MD 305-505-0455 • KBHolistic.com

FOR RENT Beautiful bright Yoga Studio/ Workshop Space available for rent daily or per hour for groups or privates. Rates from $25-50 per hour with 1.30 hour minimum rental. Centrally located in South Miami, close to Coral Gables, Pinecrest, Coconut Grove, Kendall. Free parking available. If interested please send inquiry to somiyogawellness@gmail.com.

Achieve healing/aesthetics from within! Detox protocols, Ozone therapy-IV, prolozone. Platelet Rich Plasma -Vampire Facial®, Vampire Face Lift®), ED / Peyronie’s Disease via Priapus Shot®, O-Shot®, Vampire Breast Lift®, Hair Loss/ scar therapy.  Hormone Balancing.  See ad, page 9.

401 Miracle Mile, Suite 405 PrenatalYogaMiami.com (305) 498-6722

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


3104 Florida Ave Coconut Grove, 33133


A National Yoga Alliance registered School, Aum hOMe Shala offers a year-round 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training (YTT) to develop and provide programs that reach underserved populations through public schools, after-school programs, universities, and hospitals. See ads, page 13.


Holistic Life Coach KevinObrienWellness.com 305-788-0777

Align Your Mind & Body, Create A Life You Love. Integrative Therapies promoting physical wellbeing, peace of mind, and personal fulfillment. Spiritual Life Coaching, Law Of Attraction, Transformational Workshops, Kripalu Yoga, Deep Tissue Massage.

We’ve Got Joel Salatin’s Back! And thousands of other farmers like him. Se vende terreno el más grande del lugar consta de 1,500 metros y 2 casa que necesitan terminaciones el terreno está completamente cercado y tiene un quebrada . Esta localizada en el barrio Obrero del Pueblo de Fajardo excelente oportunidad para vivienda o alquileres cuenta con hermosa vista. Para mas información comunicarse con la Sra. Evelyn Marrero al 787-696-9923 42

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We defend them in their battles with government regulators and federal agencies.

Support your local farmers and consumer food rights! Join us today! farmtoconsumer.org 703-208-3276

November 2019


Qi Revolution Activate Your ENERGY


3-Days Training $199 50,000+ live people have attended this training with profound energetic results. Increase blood circulation (nitric oxide) with breathing!

Qigong Healing

Breath Empowerment

Food Healing Science

Perrin Clark, MD Top Surgeon “My stress has gone down dramatically since attending the QI REVOLUTION! Jeff Primack is a superb teacher who shares powerful breathing practices.” Claudia Gabrielle, MD Ivy League Doctor “I learned more about FOOD-HEALING in 4 hours from Jeff at the Qi Revolution than my entire time in Medical School.”

Ft. Lauderdale Convention Center November 23rd-25th, 2019 $199 All 3-Days


Seating Limited

Open to Public


CE Approved Nurses & Massage



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