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publisher’sletter I See. Do you?


ecently I had the opportunity to enjoy an extraordinary movie, Miracles from Heaven. It recounts the true story of Christy Beam’s 10 year old daughter Anna who had a neardeath experience and was later cured of an incurable rare digestive disorder. The film stars Jennifer Garner, Queen Latifah and many others. Anna, a very energetic child, overflowing with life, fell ill and was subsequently diagnose with the incurable disease of pseudo-obstruction motility disorder, preventing her from eating solid foods and having to use feeding tubes for nutrition. What impacted me about this story was the unexpected message which the title alludes to. What or whom are the Miracles from Heaven? I’ll let you find that out on your own since this is truly a must see and I would hate to spoil it for you, but I’ll share what I believe was my Miracle from Heaven experience. As I’ve previously shared, I had a kidney transplant 24 years ago, this past July. Because of this, I feel a type of kinship with Anna and her mom, having spent many years struggling with my own health while mom did all she could to find me the path to recovery, even moving the family to Miami, in order to be closer to the doctors treating me. Special treatments, medication side effects, and even sleepless nights of unbearable discomfort and pain were all part of our reality back then. But here is the Miracle. Recently during a visit to my nephrologists, my friends and I decided to get some breakfast at the local coffee shop/cafeteria before the appointment. Walking in, we got caught behind a slow moving woman with a cane. We all looked at each other, and as if she felt our energy, she turned around and waved us passed her. Angie, one of my oldest friends and a woman with the biggest heart you could even meet, placed her hand on the shoulder of this stranger and offered her reassurance that we were not in a hurry, that her pace was fine, and that we all would be in her position soon enough. For obvious reasons, this woman, who we’ll call Joan, felt Angie’s sincerity and proceeded to share her predicament with her. Joan explained how she had just moved herself to a senior facility in hopes of not burdening her family. Being her first day there, she felt vulnerable, lost, and a bit sad. Her eyes welled with tears as Angie listened intently to her. Feeling her pain, Angie reassured her and proceeded to help her with her food selection, paying and then sat her down at our table to share breakfast. Joan, turns out, is a very special soul. She is a vibrant, independent woman, who turned out to be incredibly wise. She shared her life story, made us laugh and imparted her secret to a happy life: “every morning I make sure I leave my house with two things,” she said, “a shower and a smile.” Who can go wrong with that?! After many other such insights, Angie walked her outside and waited with her until her ride arrived. We thought we had rescued her, but the fact was she made our day. Today we are still talking about the experience. A few days later Angie received a note from Joan and we decided to share it here. And there’s the Miracle from Heaven of how we truly affect each other. And if we keep your eyes open, we’ll realize that each of our lives is filled with Joan’s. SEE and realize that miracles come in all forms and when least expected.

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newsbriefs Back To School Bash


oing back to school doesn’t have to be a frenzy of school supply shopping and stress. Parents, pre-teens and kids of all ages are in for a treat at the 3rd Annual Back to School and Anniversary event sponsored by Kiddos Magazine. Taking place at The Falls Mall, this event will bring together more than 5,000 attendees and over 30 exhibitors featuring the latest in products and entertainment for kids, pre-teens and their parents! You’ll enjoy two days filled with arts and craft activities, face painting, balloon artist, science and arts projects, safety, storytelling, sports demonstrations, dance, shows, characters, food, goodie bags, music, raffles and much more!, according to organizers.

Kiddos Magazine, published 6 times per year, is a South Florida parenting magazine with the mission to provide parents and their kids the most current trends on education, art, health, sports, safety and entertainment. Event will be on August 6th and 7th from 12-5pm at The Falls Mall, 8888 S.W. 136th Street in Miami. Free Admission. For more information about sponsorship and exhibitor opportunities, or how to further support their event, contact Veronica Lepere at 786-260-8492, or mail vlepere@kiddosmagazine.com.

Southeastern College to Host Open House


he Southeastern College Miami Lakes campus will host an Open House and Community Appreciation event for prospective students seeking a new path to a better and brighter future, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., August 6. The general public and community partners will have the opportunity to learn more about many of the programs offered. Whether just starting out or looking to advance their career, Southeastern College can help potential students reach their goals. They can take one class at a time, for one month at a time, allowing them to better manage their personal schedules for parenting, work and study. Small class sizes ensure personalized attention, practical training and access to industry-experienced instructors. The college offers quality hands-on career education in programs such as medical assisting, electronic medical billing and coding specialist, diagnostic medical sonography, surgical technology, nursing, pharmacy technology and professional clinical massage therapy. Location: 17395 NW 59th Ave For more information, visit SECOpenHouse. com. See ad, page 19. 10

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Experience Deva Premal, Miten and Manose 2016


his September, celebrated chant masters Deva Premal and Miten continue their ‘up-close and personal’ tour. Accompanied by Nepalese bansuri maestro Manose, and Danish percussionist Rishi, their unique, spiritually inspired evenings of mantra, song, and chant bring solace and great music to thousands of kindred spirits, thirsty for respite in this troubled world. These powerful gatherings create moments of what Deva describes as “ecstatic silence,” or in Miten’s words, “luminous pools of deep celebration.” “Sanskrit mantras are ancient, primordial healing formulae that resonate at the very core of our being. By chanting communally, we access this profound depth of silence and inner peace, transcending all conflict - inner and outer.” Deva Primal explains. During their years together the duo have presented their music worldwide, from New York to Los Angeles, from Buenos Aires to Rio de Janeiro, from Moscow to Kiev, to Tel Aviv, and the concert halls of Europe, proving that mantras transcend all traditional cultural and religious boundaries. “The music we make is born out of a committed spiritual practice. We meditate - we investigate - and our music is a result of that experience. It’s more a case of life and death than entertainment.” Miten shares. Their groundbreaking 2015 release Songs for the Sangha, debuted at #1 on iTunes and Amazon World Charts.

Concert will be held at Olympia Theater, downtown Miami, 174 E. Flagler Street, on Saturday, September 17th at 7:30pm. For tickets and information call Olympia Theater, 305-374-2444 or order online at www. stopbreatheandsmile.org. Artist Websites: www.devapremalmiten.com, Manose: www. ManoseMusic.com. See ad, page 9.

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he kinds of things that happen when you meditate do have effects throughout the body, not just the brain” states John Denninger, who led a five-year study by Harvard Medical School. The study concluded that mind-body techniques can switch on and off some genes related to stress and immunity. Additionally, a study published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine found that twelve weeks of yoga led to higher levels of diseasefighting antioxidants compared with running, cycling and other forms of exercise. These studies come as no surprise to those who are already enjoying the benefits of a regular yoga practice. However, there are still millions of Americans and people all over the world who have not tried it and who could enjoy the body-mind effects that it can provide, if only they gave it a chance. “As yoga teachers, we can make a difference in people’s lives, one yoga class at a time” says Ximena Prelle (RYT 500, ERYT 200), a yoga instructor at MindFit studio in Kendall. Ximena believes that aside from the physical benefits of yoga, it provides the subtle tools that we all need in our life, like resilience, inner peace, mindfulness and compassion. Ximena is leading a 200-hour Yoga Alliance approved teacher training, September 1st to December 10th at the MindFit Yoga & Tea Café, 11742 S.W. 104th Street in Miami. For more information call (786) 899-0800, Email ximenaprelle@gmail.com or visit www.Ximenayoga.com. See ad, page 23.

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newsbriefs Adult Coloring Books Are All the Rage!


dult coloring books are hot, hot, hot! And “niche” coloring books are the next emerging trend. With all of this in mind, Visionary Artist, Lori Daniel Falk, authored her first adult coloring book, “Angelic Rx’s for Manifesting.”  She created it in a format that enables you to experience the wisdom of the angels while you relax and color.  Plus, each of the art activities has a message from the angels to assist you in manifesting your hearts desires.  News about this blossoming Adult Coloring Book trend is appearing in everything from The New Yorker to Forbes Magazine. A recent search of the social media world found that the #coloring hashtag in Instagram brings up over a million posts. There are numerous Adult Coloring Facebook groups as well, some with as many as 40,000 plus members. There’s even a new coloring book magazine called Color On!  Nielsen Books can estimates that some 12 million coloring books were sold in 2015, a dramatic jump from the mere 1 million sold the previous year.  Publishers are clamoring for the next addition to this emerging trend, with most stating that niche coloring books with specific themes are likely it.  Visionary Artist and Spiritual Life Coach, Lori Daniel Falk, tells us “ With nearly 85% of the U.S. population believing in angels, and as the creator of a body of work called Angelic Message Portraits, I knew it was time to combine it all into an adult coloring book that would not only be fun, but educational as well. You might call it my version of ‘spiritual edutainment’.”    Art in and of itself is healing. Falk’s line of Angelic Message Portraits™ are said to contain the healing energy of the angels.  Her art has been so well received it has found homes in over twenty-five countries around the world and has graced the covers of numerous magazines.  

Calling Artist and Art Organizations!


east Miami (Funding Emerging Art with Sustainable Tactics), created by Chef Loren Pulitzer of Meals that Heal and curator and producer Susan Caraballo, announce that applications are now being accepted for Feast Miami #8. Taken directly from the feastmiami. org website; FEAST Miami is a series of vegan pop-up events at art venues to financially support new & emerging creative projects. Artists & small arts organizations are invited to present a simple proposal for an art project and event goers will vote for the project to be funded. Projects should be innovative, feasible and impact the community. Events will be held at various art venues throughout South Florida. The meals will be healthfully prepared with To order your coloring books, review upcoming new versions, or information visit, organic and locally sourced foods by www.wisdomoftheangels.com Chef Loren Pulitzer. Artists and small arts organizations are invited to present a simple proposal for an art project. The projects should be innovative, feasible, and impact the community. Proposals will be received one month prior to the events, a panel of artists and art professionals will eresa and Mike Mangini, owners of Frame ‘n Art by the score the proposals, and the top five fiSea, now include the artwork of SusieQ. They recently nalists will be invited to present at each held a well-attended opening night reception as part of the Annual Bug-Fest Celebration, replete with food and drink plus event. Review criteria’s include Artist Innovation, Feasibility and Community the mixed media artwork of SusieQ.  Impact. Proposals must be submitted The Manginis shared, “We are excited to be able to by August 15th. FEAST Miami #8 will showcase the artwork of SusieQ. She does an amazing job be taking place on October 2, 2016 of turning litter into a magical piece of art. Everyone who has come in to see her from 11pm–2pm (location TBD).  work is in awe of what she does. We love to see our clients’ faces light up when I tell them this is all actually beach trash! We also love that she is educating others about the problems to our eco-system caused by litter left on our beautiful beaches. FEAST Miami is made possible through the support of the John S. and James L. Thanks, SusieQ, for doing your part in making the world a more beautiful place Knight Foundation through the Knight through your unique art.” Arts Challenge. Feast Miami tickets can be purchased at feastmiami.org. They Location: 229 Commercial Blvd., Ste. A, Lauderdale by the Sea. For more informainclude vegan dinner, dessert, drinks tion about the shop, call 954-267-9202. They are open Tuesday through Saturday. and donation. To schedule an appointment to view the work with SusieQ, call 954-630-1610.

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Love the Everglades Movement is a volunteer organization dedicated to implementing evolving strategies across the full spectrum of being. It addresses the environmental, structural, cultural and spiritual problems plaguing the Florida Everglades by raising awareness and organizing positive community engagement at the local, regional, national and global levels. ave the dates for two weekends of speakers, presentaThe Symposium begins Saturday, August 6th at the Miccotions, workshops, activism, entertainment and more, plus sukee Resort and Convention Center, 500 S.W. 177th Avenue a special environmental in Miami. Highlights include various speakers from the Love cleanup effort. the Everglades Movement (LTEM), elected officials, community One out of every leaders, NGOs, and live entertainment by B-Boys and Flathree Floridians (8 milmenco Dancers. Day two, Sunday, August 7th, will be held at lion people) relies on Florida International University’s Modesto Maidique Campus, the Everglades for their (RM TBA) 11200 S.W. 8th Street in Miami. Workshop topics water supply. Comprisinclude Defeating Amendment 1 (The FPL-Sponsored Solar ing the largest subtropiCampaign), Shutting down Seismic Testing in Big Cypress cal wet-land ecosystem National Preserve, Communications between Organizations, in North America, the Everglades Awareness Benefit Concert, and the Role of Citizens Everglades is home to 73 threatened or endangered species, and the only place in the world where the American Alligator in Government and Public Policy. An environmental cleanup effort will take place Sunday, and the American Crocodile co-exist in the wild. Because of August 14th from 4pm to 8pm, at L-29 Levee and L-67 Levee, its uniqueness and value, Love the Everglades Movement is Near the Valujet Crash Memorial Site along Tamiami Trail. holding a symposium to explore the environmental crises it As an expansion of LTEM’s events, the 9th Annual Everglades faces today. Awareness Benefit Concert will be held at Gramps in WynWith a the theme of “Giving Back to the Everglades,” wood this coming September with a Water Film Fest in develthe focus will be on the ecology, spirituality, activist reports on the environmental crises, theology, art, and activism. This opment. More details forthcoming. Summer Symposium will feature guest speakers such as Florida State Senator Dwight Bullard, Florida State Representative The Love the Everglades Movement Summer Symposium is Mark S. Pafford, Miami-Dade County Commissioner Daniella free event and open to the public. Sponsorship packages are Levine Cava, author Thomas E. Lodge and others. It will also being offered as well as free table spaces for community organizations. Detail on schedule of speakers, venues and times include physical and digital art displays, workshops, live can be found at www.lovetheeverglades.org. entertainment, and more.

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Delayed Kindergarten Reduces Attention Deficit


elaying kindergarten enrollment for one year shows significant mental health benefits for children, according to a Stanford University study published by the National Bureau of Economic Research. Reviewing results from a mental health survey completed by more than 35,000 Danish parents, the researchers saw that youngsters held back from kindergarten for as little as one year showed a 73 percent reduction in inattentiveness and hyperactivity for an average child at age 11, compared to children enrolled the year earlier. Measuring inattentiveness and hyperactivity reflect a child’s ability to selfregulate. The generally accepted theory is that young people that are able to stay focused, sit still and pay attention longer tend to do much better in school. “This is some of the most convincing evidence we’ve seen to support what U.S. parents and policymakers have already been doing—choosing to delay entry into kindergarten,” says Stanford Graduate School of Education Professor Thomas S. Dee. In addition to improved mental health, children with later kindergarten enrollment dates also exhibited superior emotional and social skills. The number of U.S. children entering kindergarten at age 6 instead of 5 has progressively increased to about 20 percent, according to the study. Many parents are opting to delay kindergarten enrollment for a year to give their children a leg up in physical and emotional maturity and social skills.

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esearch from the UK University of Leeds has confirmed that drinking just one glass of grape juice a day increases spatial memory and driving abilities. The researchers attribute the brain boosting benefits to the polyphenols in the grapes. The study followed 25 healthy mothers between the ages of 40 and 50. Each had young children and worked more than 30 hours a week. The mothers drank 12 ounces of Concord grape juice every day for 12 weeks and had their driving skills tested before and after the study period using a computer simulator. Louise Dye, Ph.D., a professor at the University of Leeds and senior author of the study, notes, “This research is very promising, as it suggests that the cognitive benefits associated with Concord grape juice are not exclusive to adults with early memory decline. We saw these benefits even after the grape juice was no longer being consumed, suggesting a longterm effect of dietary flavonoids.” 14

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study from the University of Texas has found that increased breastfeeding decreases ear infections among nursing children. The researchers followed 367 babies between 1 and 12 months old from 2008 through 2014. The scientists analyzed family history traits of smoking, ear infections, breastfeeding and formula feeding. Nose and throat mucosal samples were taken throughout the study period to identify infections, and parents informed the researchers whenever the baby experienced an infection. The study was led by Dr. Tasnee Chonmaitree, a pediatrics professor from the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. “We clearly showed that frequent upper respiratory infections, carriage of bacteria in the nose and lack of breastfeeding are major risk factors for ear infections,” he states. “Prolonged breastfeeding was associated with significant reductions in both colds and ear infections, a common complication of colds.”

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esearch from Korea’s Chung-Ang University has found that inhaling aromatherapy infusions comprising a combination of sandalwood, frankincense and ravensara for five minutes twice daily significantly reduces symptoms of allergies after seven days. The researchers tested 54 men and women, half of which were tested using a placebo of almond oil. Total nasal symptom score (TNSS) and rhinoconjunctivitis quality of life questionnaire (RQLQ) results were both significantly lower in the aromatherapy group. TNSS scores decreased by more than half and RQLQ scores decreased by more than 60 percent. Scores for fatigue and sleep quality also improved in the aromatherapy group. “These findings indicate that inhalation of certain aromatherapy oils help relieve perennial allergic rhinitis symptoms, improve rhinitis-specific quality of life and reduce fatigue in patients with perennial allergic rhinitis,” Chung-Ang University’s Seo Yeon Choi and Kyungsook Park explain in their paper.

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esearch has shown that children with mothers that live in sunnier locations during their second trimester are significantly less likely to have asthma than other children. A consortium of researchers from the University of Kansas, Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology analyzed data from both hospitals and national surveys to determine sunlight exposure for the mothers. Increased exposure to sunlight increases levels of natural vitamin D. “We’re not looking at sunny places versus non-sunny places,” clarifies David Slusky, a University of Kansas assistant professor of economics. “We looked at the relative differences of the level of sunlight at a particular place at a particular time of year.”


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Scrambling Species Climate Change Favors Some Birds over Others Decades of data show that climate change is manipulating the way avian species move across continents. For instance, the orchard oriole is losing prime habitat in the South, but gaining more up north. Thousands of species worldwide face the same dilemma. Specific birds need a particular habitat, such as open spaces or groves of trees, and some of their traditionally preferred spots are becoming unlivable. England’s Durham University ecologist Phillip Stephens, along with researchers from the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds and the U.S. Geological Survey, have compiled nearly half a century’s worth of occurrence data from thousands of citizen scientists. Birders submitted their observations to the Pan-European Common Birds Monitoring Scheme and the North American Breeding Bird Survey for 145 terrestrial bird species native to Europe and 380 species native to the United States. “We used that information to generate a prior expectation for whether the species would’ve been advantaged or disadvantaged by climate change,” says Stephens. The predictions were compared with actual bird abundance data from 1980 through 2010, and the populations that were expected to lose suitable habitat declined, while those expected to find their habitats improve increased. He states, “Recent climate change has already favored one set of species over another.” Read the report at ClimateChange.Birdlife.org.


Hope for a New Generation Despite being less confident than their elders, a new study by PsychTests.com, in Montreal, reveals that Millennials (those born between 1980 and 2000) are an ambitious and tenacious generation that continues to prove potential critics wrong. Labeled by some as self-entitled, arrogant and immature from being coddled by hovering parents, the company’s research says that Millennials are not afraid to push themselves to achieve lofty goals, work hard or take on difficult challenges. Collecting data from 1,035 people that took their Ambition Test, the researchers looked at the differences between Millennials, Generation X (born between 1960 and 1980) and Baby Boomers (born between 1946 and 1960) in terms of their levels of aspiration, persistence and sense of self-efficacy. The study reveals that while Millennials lagged a little behind the other two generations on some factors related to ambition, the potential of these young adults should not be underestimated. “One can argue that Millennials’ hopeful and determined nature is a case of idealism,” explains Ilona Jerabek, Ph.D., president of PsychTests. “Some have just started out in the workforce, so they’re eager to prove themselves, which could also mean that at some point they’ll be blindsided by the reality of what it’s like to be out there in the real world.” 18

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Fiction Readers Have More Empathy The love of books may begin at any age, but for most, it starts in childhood. Now, scientists are studying the effects of reading on the brain with MRIs, polls, surveys and experiments. The results indicate that readers of fiction are more empathetic toward others. By engaging with a story, they are temporarily placing themselves in a character’s shoes, thus fostering empathy in real life, and literary reading amplifies this effect. According to a Stanford University study, reading a challenging book also helps us become smarter, as well as more empathetic. By attempting to tackle harder books, we create new connections in our minds that we might not have done otherwise. Neuroscientist Bob Dougherty remarks, “The right patterns of ink on a page can create vivid mental imagery and instill powerful emotions.” David Comer Kidd, author of another related study, observes, “Like opening a window to let fresh air into our home, literature opens up our minds to the myriad ideas that we wouldn’t be able to experience on our own. We can pause to analyze the experiences depicted as if they were our own, expanding our experience of the world.”

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Sikkim Now a Wholly Organic State Sikkim, the northeastern Indian state located between Bhutan and Nepal, has rid its agricultural land of pesticides, fertilizers, genetically modified crops and other artificial inputs on around 75,000 hectares, or about 300 square miles, of agricultural land, making it its country’s first organic state. Instead, farmers use natural alternatives such as green manure and compost. Twelve years ago, the Pawan Chamling-led government decided to make Sikkim an organic farming state through a declaration in the legislative assembly. After the entry of chemical inputs for farmland was restricted and their sale banned, farmers had no option but to go organic.

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Love the Everglades Movement Summer Symposium 2016 on August 6, 7, and 14 is sponsored by the Miccosukee Tribe of Indians of Florida and the Global Indigenous Group, a student organization at Florida International University. With Giving Back to the Everglades as a theme, the event is intended to raise awareness and organize positive community engagement at the local, regional, national and global levels for restoring the Everglades ecosystem. The movement bridges the talents, imaginations and energy of the diversity of South Florida. Activists, artists, teachers, politicians, clergy, business and media are encouraged to join the Love the Everglades movement.

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Interference lines—these are electromagnetic disturbances created by cellphones and cell-towers. This negative energy can affect our ability to focus, our self-esteem, and interfere with our ability to experience happiness. Hartmann and Curry lines—these energetic lines create the earth’s natural energy grid. When this energy is interrupted it can deplete the immune system therefore negatively impacting one’s health. Personal zones—these negative energy fields affect individual people or pets in the environment. Children, who are naturally sensitive, do not like being in a negative personal zone. This might explain why children do not like sleeping or sitting in a particular area. Energy leftovers—this is the residual negative energy that remains from past homeowners, renters and events. This energy can be hundreds of years old. That is why there are so-called ‘sick’ buildings, where businesses seem to come and go but never succeed.

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have a client, let’s call him John, who was telling me about the anxiety that he had been experiencing lately. “Where do you feel that anxiety?” I asked. John was perplexed. “What do you mean?” “How do you know you’re anxious? What is it in your body that feels different?”“Oh,” John replied. “I don’t feel it in my body. I feel it in my mind. I have all these racing thoughts.” “Are you sure?” I persisted. As John nodded, I invited him to close his eyes and scan his body. How did his legs feel, his belly, his chest? “Wow,” John responded, surprised. “Now I get what you’re asking. My legs feel kinda heavy. I have butterflies in my stomach. My chest feels tight, like it’s hard to breathe, ” he shared. I explained to John that we first feel emotions in our body, and then our mind assigns justifications for them. Our physical sensations are primary; our thoughts are secondary. That explains why sometimes it’s after we notice that we feel down, is when we begin to try to figure out why that might be happening. John’s initial response to my question is fairly typical. Most of us are trained to value our thoughts over our physical sensations. When our bodies scream out in pain, our first recourse is to remove that sensation via the use of prescription painkillers, or alcohol and other drugs. This is not to suggest that painkillers don’t have their place, but intense emotions and pain are also messages that our bodies 22

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he plugged-in, stressed-out world that challenges adults can be even more difficult for teens in the throes of hormones, peer pressure and a selfie culture. Parents can help their children thrive and become empowered individuals by nurturing desirable character traits such as resourcefulness, resilience, perseverance, self-reliance, independence, empathy and social competence. Child psychologist Michele Borba, Ed.D., of Palm Springs, California, is a former classroom teacher and the mother of three grown children who dispenses advice at MicheleBorba.com/blog. Her main parenting focus is character education, as reflected in her latest book, Unselfie: Why Empathetic Kids Succeed in Our All-About-Me World. “Tune in to what your kids love,” advises Borba. “Then find learning experiences that help them develop traits they need to be happy, productive adults.”


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This positive parenting approach— accentuating youthful desires and strengths, instead of deficiencies and weaknesses—helps young people develop a secure footing in life. “Kids are driven by their hearts,” observes Borba. “A positive parent doesn’t do the cookie-cutter approach, as in, ‘That’s what worked for other kids in the neighborhood,’ nor even reference what the parent did as a teen.” Teens also impose upon themselves, thinking that being trendy, beautiful, rich and famous are valuable life goals. “The positive parent looks at each child as an individual, listens to what really makes them light up, and then supports that.”

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Sometimes parents need to address a teen’s longing for friends and social connections. For youths that especially need to nurture their social skills, such as high-functioning kids with autism or

Asperger’s syndrome, film school might be an answer. At the Joey Travolta Film School and summer camp, in Lafayette, California, kids work together to make a movie; they start with a script, create sets, operate the camera, act and direct. At the Hunter School, in Romney, New Hampshire, kids dealing with attention challenges can nurture mindbody awareness, energetic mindfulness and sensory integration. It all helps them get to know themselves and relate better to others. Outdoor skills can help teens develop healthy risk-taking behaviors, as well as teach resilience, perseverance and self-reliance. SheJumps (SheJumps. org), in Salt Lake City, offers young women 6 to 18 years old an opportunity to master outdoor living skills, boost confidence and encourage leadership via collaborating with strong female role models. Fun activities include mountain biking, skiing and trailblazing.


Over time, experiential learning can help youths develop leadership skills. Lander, Wyoming’s National Outdoor Leadership School, a gap-year program for high school graduates taking a year off before college, offers courses lasting two weeks, several months or even a full year. Activities include sea kayaking, Alaskan mountain and glacier climbing and wilderness medicine. Teens already on track and wanting to develop additional leadership skills can tap into motivational speaker and self-help author Tony Robbins’ annual Unleash the Power Within youth leadership program event. Groups of youths 14 to 17 years old collectively participate to create individual

breakthroughs, move beyond fears and limiting beliefs, accomplish goals and realize true desires. Application requirements include a good academic record, at least 20 hours of community service and a guidance counselor’s recommendation. Robbins maintains, “Grow and give is what life is all about.”

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A way for youngsters 5 to 19 years old to become empowered is by joining a 4-H group in urban, suburban or rural areas. If we envision a farm kid raising a calf to show at the state fair, that’s still one facet of today’s 4-H, but far from the entire scope. Founded in 1902, 4-H is a global nonprofit dedicated to learning by doing; specialties now range from computer science and graphic design to leadership, healthy living and the performing arts. Positive mentoring by adults and developing community spirit ground 4-H clubs, camps and programs. Research by Tufts University’s Institute for Applied Research in Youth Development and America’s landgrant colleges and universities shows that people with a 4-H background are more likely to give back to their communities than others (see Tinyurl. com/YouthDevelopmentStudy). For Grammy-winner Jennifer Nettles, of Nashville, 4-H meant learning to perform at an early age, even flying to Chicago to do it. “I don’t know that I would be where I am today without 4-H,” she says. “Mentors there help you. They helped me with the skills of performing and learning about being on stage; they also taught me the importance of giving back.”

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Growing food for themselves and others can be a great adventure for teens, while fostering resourcefulness, perseverance and ecological awareness. Seventeenyear-old Katie Stagliano launched Katie’s Krops, in Summerville, South Carolina, several years ago based on her desire to fight hunger by growing food for people that need it. Today, the enterprise offers grants for youth in any area to start and maintain a local garden, provided they give away the produce to the hungry.

The initiative has grown to more than 50 gardens around the U.S. Both Mobile Urban Growers, in Mobile, Alabama, and Closer to Earth, in Oklahoma City, empower youth through exercising organic gardening skills, environmental and food justice advocacy and personal mentorship. Empowering experiences for teens don’t have to cost a lot or involve travel. “Dream big, but start small. Look around your own backyard, in your community,” says Borba. “Teens can learn to pay it forward in all kinds of ways. They can get together with their peers and take on a doable project to help others. They may even need to start by learning to self-regulate and manage stress by getting away from their phones and instead being outside getting exercise.” Casual family activities can provide opportunities for conversations about what teens want in life or what they’re worried about, and that opens the door for adults to step up to help mentor and empower their children. “Boys are more likely to talk while they’re doing something, like shooting baskets with you in the driveway,” observes Borba. “Girls are more likely to talk if it’s one-on-one.” Positive parents actively listen and then clarify what they heard from their teens, says Herman-Saccio. This information helps point the way forward, to more interactive dialogue, brainstorming, problem-solving, helpful experiences and eventually, youth empowerment.  Judith Fertig blogs at AlfrescoFood AndLifestyle.blogspot.com from Overland Park, KS.

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Why do we need an internal sense of safety? Safety found within shows up in our experiences of the world. As we become increasingly reliant on and confident in our creative skills to survive and thrive, we give ourselves the gift of resilience in chaos. Humanity’s creativity must be awakened in order to meet the challenges of a changing world and effectively address problems that appear to have too few solutions. The same inner awareness and skill set that give birth to the creative process can be applied to all aspects of life. Only through creative acts can we rise above unworkable paradigms, group thinking and earlier conditioning to create new and more fluid stories that grow from revised thoughts, beliefs, choices and attitudes that mature from the inside out. Deep, compassionate understanding of how we arrived at this point allows us to shed restrictions. It begins with facing the whys and wherefores of our most intimate consciousness.

How do male and female energies play into this? Everyone possesses both masculine and feminine energies; neither is better or less valuable than the other. Doing and acting characterize masculine energy, which makes things. It builds, structures, orders and files. Being characterizes the feminine, womb-like


energy, pregnant with possibilities and subsequent manifested outcomes. The capacities to imagine, feel and receive also are feminine. In the dance with the masculine, the harmony of these feminine qualities is the primal desire for and the impulse of creativity itself. When the masculine and feminine energies are balanced and intimately joined, they express the ability to act, create, manifest, build and bring order. When we learn how to balance them, we become more creative and effective, individually and collectively. We are better at meeting challenges and responding to opportunities.

How does chauvinism block creativity? Chauvinism, an elevation of masculine over feminine energy, would separate us from our feelings. It does violence to femininity and castrates legitimate masculinity. The mildest trace of such subordination diminishes and reduces primal creative energies to second place, so that nothing new can arrive. Civilization suffers from this systemic disorder to the degree that we believe our needs won’t be met unless we are controlling or relying disproportionately on action principles. A culture that elevates doing over being is ignorant of how to pop the clutch and shift into neutral, and so keeps driving down the same road without hope of changing direction. When spirituality was more alive inside religious traditions, we honored the sanctity of the Sabbath and the importance of putting aside doing in order to be intimate with the mystery of life. It’s what breathes new life into our thoughts and feelings, arousing body, mind and spirit to new heights. Every creator understands that all creativity is a gift of the feminine energy and a gift of the gods. Integrative masculine energies are always constellated around such a gift. Allowing ourselves to become intimate with a greater state of being rather than doing, we open ourselves to receiving a new relationship with life. Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings. Connect at ItsAllAboutWe.com.




Ways to Spark a Child’s Creativity by April Thompson


hether it’s playing dress-up, making forts from sofa cushions or drawing pictures, creative moments can define and distinguish a happy childhood. Yet it’s not all just fun and games, according to experts. Childhood creativity, nurtured both in the classroom and at home, is crucial for developing qualities such as sound decision-making, flexible thinking and mental resiliency. Analyzing more than 150 studies across the fields of psychology, neuroscience, education and business management, the Center for Childhood Creativity, in Sausalito, California, found many important life skills are affiliated with a creative upbringing. The resulting white paper, Inspiring a Generation to Create, underscores that rather than simply being an innate trait, creativity can be taught. “Creativity should be an integral part of every child’s education. The research shows that we can avoid

the drop in original thinking that happens as students move into early adolescence,” reports Daniel Pink, author of A Whole New Mind. Creativity isn’t only child’s play; parents also could do well to infuse their own lives with its Every child and parent is discoveries and delights. “Through creative. Exercising our creativity, parents can reawaken a sense of wonder and joy, and creativity is an act of faith. nurture characteristics like ~ Julia Cameron patience,” says Julia Cameron, author of The Artist’s Way for Parents: and accents to express what they might Raising Creative Children. be saying, given their circumstance at the time. This is a family favorite; we Engaging Parents laugh constantly.” Cameron wrote the book in Mark Runco, Ph.D., a University of part to guide her own daughter, Georgia professor of gifted and creative actress and film director education, founder of the Creativity Domenica Cameron-Scorsese, in her Research Journal and advisor to the creative journey through motherhood. Center for Childhood Creativity, While many such works focus on art notes the importance of balancing projects for kids, Cameron’s book unstructured and structured activities, emphasizes activities that put creative creating space for both individual fuel in the parental tank. For example, expression and creative collaboration. she recommends parents take up the To foster the former, Van’t Hul ritual of “morning pages”; writing encourages “strewing”, which she three pages  refers to as “the art of casually yet of stream-of-consciousness thoughts the strategically leaving invitations for first thing each morning. learning and creativity out for kids to Jean Van’t Hul, author of The discover on their own.” Invitations to Artful Parent, started a daily sketchbook play could be a basket of non-toxic practice for herself and to set an blocks, a recycled-paper sketchpad example for her kids. “I like that the opened to a blank page or some nature kids see me creating regularly and finds from a walk in the woods. they’ve joined in a couple times. I also As an example of the latter, want to get over my self-limited belief Cameron suggests that parents lead that I’m not a good artist,” remarks Van’t kids on a weekly creative expedition, Hul, who blogs at ArtfulParent.com. allowing the kids to choose a new place to aimlessly explore such as a Engaging Kids park, bookstore, pet shop or museum. A family ritual, like a bedtime story According to the author, that sense of or relationship with a pet, can be shared adventure, fostered in a safe re-imagined to inspire household space, naturally nurtures the creative members to co-create together. “Instead process, both for now and the future. of always reading to my kids, we take “If you make art the center, turns making up stories by ‘giving’ each insisting that kids be creative, they other three things, like an airplane, a may feel a sense of pressure,” advises shovel and a pair of pants, which we Cameron. “If you make inspiration the have to use in a story,” says Nicole center, it spills over into art.” Corey Rada, a working mother of two in Richmond, Virginia. “Sometimes, Connect with freelance writer April we pretend our pets are having Thompson, of Washington, D.C., at conversations, and use different voices AprilWrites.com. natural awakenings

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Lavender Fields Herb Farm after a stroll through the garden. Greenhouse tours and fall classes on growing herbs, vegetables and lavender include how to make an herbal wreath.


Heal Body and Spirit by Sandra Murphy

I only went out for a walk and finally concluded to stay out till sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in. Renew

~John Muir

Since ancient times, gardens have been employed as a place of healing for body and spirit. Japanese healthcare providers prescribe shinrin-yoku, meaning, “walking in forests to promote health” or “forest bathing”. Its intent is to use sight, sound and smell to connect with nature through stressreducing, meditative walks. Based on a program created by the Morikami Japanese Gardens, in Delray Beach, Florida, Washington state’s Bloedel Reserve, on Bainbridge Island, conducts Strolls for Well-Being. Participants sign up for a free, 10-week session of 12 self-guided walks and three group meetings. A companion workbook is provided to encourage journaling on themes such as forgiveness, gratitude and joy. “Public gardens are a safe place where people can focus and do the work,” says Erin Jennings, with Bloedel. “We see people that wish to reflect and refuel or simply be more aware and intentional in life.” With 150 acres of natural woodlands and landscaped areas, ranging from a moss garden to a bird marsh, participants can take as much time as they need. 36

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Bees are an integral part of any flowering garden, and Spikenard Farm Honeybee Sanctuary, in Floyd, Virginia, sustainably hosts 30 hives on six acres adjacent to a field planted with buckwheat, mustard, sunflowers and clover for its biodynamic beekeeping. An orchard on the property dovetails with an organic farm next door. Tours, talks, plant sales, food and music enhance the hospitality. Hope Hill Lavender Farm, in Pottsville, Pennsylvania, adds lavender to soap, sugar scrubs, lotion and essential oil. “It takes 11 pounds of hand-picked fresh blossoms to make one ounce of essential oil,” says Troy Jochems, co-owner with his wife, Wendy. A member of the mint family, lavender adds distinctive flavor and fragrance to both sweet and savory dishes (find recipes at HopeHillLavenderFarm.com). Visit the farm on summer weekends through mid-August and plan to partake of the annual lavender festival next June. In Glen Allen, Virginia, visitors enjoy a cool serving of lavender lemonade or honey ice cream at


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Tea Wellness classes and tastings of fair trade heirloom varieties are a big draw at Light of Day Organics, in Traverse City, Michigan. They’re taught by founder and horticulturist Angela Macke, a registered nurse. It’s the only dual-certified organic and Demeter Biodynamic commercial grower of tea plants in North America. The Boiron Medicinal Garden at the Rodale Institute, in Kutztown, Pennsylvania, emphasizes the importance of plants in homeopathy. Maggie Saska, plant production specialist with the research farm, explains, “Walking tours with educational signage in the garden let visitors know which species to look for when planting their own organic healing garden. Plants from a store may not be organically grown or of the correct species,” although a nursery may afford more options. Christophe Merville, D.Pharm., Boiron USA director of education and pharmacy development, attests that many familiar plants can offer benefits beyond beauty, such as reducing stress, promoting healing or easing congestion. He cautions, “People think plants are naturally safe, but they can be dangerous. St. John’s wort extract, for example, can relieve mild depression, but interacts with prescription medicines. It also reacts to light, so users may experience rashes from sun exposure. “Lemon balm can be made into an antioxidant tea. It can be grown in a garden, on a balcony or indoors, and combines well with chamomile or lavender. We like it for helping to relieve anxiety or to improve mental performance.” Merville suggests steeping German chamomile tea for relaxing sleep. He says breathing in the steam helps a stuffy nose. When used as a compress, it can relieve pain and itch from rashes. “Don’t drink too much or make it too concentrated,” he warns, because of its blood-


EARTH GUARDIANS Kids Say No to Global Warming by April Thompson

Americans’ Inside Story n Only 12 percent of U.S. adults go outside nearly every day, 8 percent several times a week and 6 percent only once or twice a week. Two percent never venture outside. n When U.S. adults take time out of doors, just under a third spend more than an hour there and almost a quarter spend at least 30 minutes while the rest average five to 10 minutes or less. n Thirty-eight percent of Americans 55 years and over invest at least an hour outside each day, compared to 25 percent of those under 35. Source: National Recreation and Park Association thinning properties. Saska and Merville recommend that enthusiasts take classes, work with an herbalist and find a good reference book. Merville prefers Rodale’s 21st Century Herbal for beginners. Vicki Nowicki, founder of Liberty Gardens, in Downers Grove, Illinois, observes, “The world is seeing the first generations that don’t have a relationship with the land or know how to grow their own food.” Its seedlending library, classes and tours, along with other healing gardens throughout the country, aim to get everyone back to basics including going outside. Connect with freelance writer Sandra Murphy at StLouisFreelanceWriter@ mindspring.com.


t age 6, climate change activist Xiuhtezcatl Martinez gave his first speech to a packed crowd in his hometown of Boulder, Colorado. Raised in the Aztec tradition, he was taught that as indigenous people, they are descendants of the land and inherit a duty to protect it. “I felt such sadness that my generation inherited this crisis to clean up. That night, I saw that those emotions could be channeled into action and my voice could make a difference,” says Martinez, founder and youth director of the nonprofit Earth Guardians. Ten years later, his impassioned message has sparked a global movement. More than 2,000 “youth crews” from Bhutan to Brazil are fighting climate change and improving their communities in other ways. These activists aren’t yet old enough to vote, but are still making their voices heard by global policymakers. On their behalf, Martinez delivered a plea to representatives from 192 countries at the United Nations General Assembly meeting on climate change last year, asking for stronger measures to protect both the planet and its people. He particularly pointed to the ever-increasing “climate refugees” that have lost their homes to rising oceans and other havoc caused by Earth’s warming trend. Although Martinez serves on President Obama’s youth council, he

and 20 other young plaintiffs filed a landmark lawsuit earlier this year against the federal government for failing to protect its citizens from climate change. The plaintiffs are seeking a court order requiring America’s president to establish a national plan to decrease atmospheric concentrations of carbon dioxide to “safe” levels by 2100. At home, Martinez is working with Boulder County community and environmental organizations to locally eliminate pesticides from parks, charge for plastic bags at retail, regulate coal ash emissions and ban fracking. EarthGuardians.org offers many ways anyone can plug into the movement, whether taking individual actions to lighten our carbon footprint, creating school gardens or signing its Silence into Action pledge, inspired by Martinez’s younger brother Itzcuauhtli’s 45-day silence strike for climate action. “The most important thing you can do is educate yourself. Whatever makes you come alive, use that passion to make a difference,” says Martinez, whose performances as a pianist and hip-hop artist inform and enliven music festivals worldwide. “Together, we can create a legacy we can be proud to pass on to the next generation.” Connect with freelance writer April Thompson, of Washington, D.C., at AprilWrites.com.

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HANDLE WILD THINGS WITH CARE How to Help Injured Animals


by Sandra Murphy

hen encountering a bird or animal that appears to be abandoned, take only minimal steps to help. “People mean well but a lot of rescues we see, didn’t need help,” says Lacy Campbell, wildlife care center operations manager for the Audubon Society of Portland, Oregon. Make sure the animal is away from traffic or predators, and then call a local wildlife rehabilitator before taking further action, especially if the animal is injured.

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Baby squirrels can fall out of the nest. “Leave him at the base of the tree,” says Jennifer Keats Curtis, author of the children’s book Squirrel Rescue. “Mom will rebuild the nest before coming to get her baby. If it’s cold, put it in a box with a towel. Once squirrels have been treated as a pet, they can’t be released.” Tiny, not-yet-feathered nestlings should be returned home; it’s a myth that human scent poses a problem. If the nest is out of reach or can’t be

located, make one with a box and soft cloth. Put it in the tree, so the parents can resume feeding. Leave the area so as not to frighten them. “After young robins, scrub jays, crows and owls leave the nest, they typically spend up to a week on the ground before they can fly,” says Campbell. “At night, the parents will escort the fully feathered fledglings to safety beneath a bush.” In parks, ducks and geese may nest away from the water. Mama will lead her babies to the pond, even across busy streets. If it’s safe, stop the car to halt traffic, act as their crossing guard, and then resume driving. A box turtle operates on innate GPS. “It lives in an area the size of a football field,” explains Curtis. “It will go onward, no matter how many times people try to redirect it. If injured by a car or lawn mower, the shell can be mended by a rehab center.” Bunnies eat at dusk and dawn. Inbetween, the nest may look abandoned. “Wild baby rabbits are difficult to keep alive if injured,” says Curtis. “At sundown, see if mom returns; if not, they need a wildlife rehab expert.” A lone, young raccoon is either old enough to climb a tree by itself or the mother will carry it. If we feed a raccoon, it will become a beggar. Opossums are dramatic actors. When cornered, they hiss and fall over and play dead in a coma-like state for up to four hours. Check back later. If a mother



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The best outcome for injured animals is rescue, rehabilitation and return to the wild. possum has been killed by a car, call a rehab official to check her pouch for potential babies. “If you find a young deer fawn or moose calf, leave it. The mother comes back several times each day to nurse,” advises Amanda Nicholson, director of outreach for the Wildlife Center of Virginia, in Waynesboro. “Its coloring helps it remain undetected by predators.”

Other Unexpected Encounters “Don’t feed wild animals or leave out food or accessible comestible trash. Bobcats, wolves, bears and coyotes will avoid people unless food is involved,” cautions Jennifer Place, program associate for Born Free USA, a nonprofit in Washington, D.C. “Wild animals protect their space, food and young, so stay on marked trails when hiking and never turn your back on them.”

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Wildlife Transport Tips If a wild animal is injured, wear heavy gloves in its vicinity to avoid being bitten or scratched. Completely cover the animal with a blanket so it stays relatively calm, and place it in a carrier for transport to a rehabilitation facility. A warm hot water bottle can help ward off shock. Do not give the animal water, milk or food. Time is of the essence to ward off dangers of stress. Wild animals can carry disease without appearing to be ill. Fleas, ticks and mites are likely, so keep injured wildlife away from pets and children. going into the yard at night and keep cats indoors,” says Place. “Peaceful co-existence allows for the safety of both people and animals, domestic and wild.” Connect with freelance writer Sandra Murphy at StLouisFreelanceWriter@ mindspring.com.

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Back to School with Nature’s Tools

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he door we choose to enter on the path towards happiness is a very individual experience, yet there’s one key to open that door. If you took a survey on what makes people happy, you’ll receive a variety of responses such as; health, family, marital status, career success, a new car and the most popular answer, which is being 10 pounds lighter. What if happiness stemmed from only one source? All of the answers listed above are based on external sources which are ultimately outside of our control. For example, we can influence our health by making better food choices, getting enough rest and controlling stress yet we have all heard of “healthy” people suddenly getting an illness or dying. While our success can be based on the quality and quantity of effort we expend, that won’t guarantee monetary remuneration. My point is that the right sized body, right house or right car won’t guarantee a sense of balance and well-being, especially because despite our best efforts, things are outside of our control. The source of happiness comes from within. What we feel and what we think dictates the quality of our life and the degree to which we can enjoy it. The answer is inside each of us because we are the interpreters of our lives. The only thing that we truly have control over are the thoughts and feelings we have over the episodes in our lives. In Victor Frankl’s Man’s Search for Meaning, the author survives the intolerable conditions at Auschwitz by keeping his mind focused while controlling how he felt and how he responded to the circumstances during his time in the concentration camp. Controlling our thoughts and feelings seems like an easy task. It takes practice and determination to be the master of your thoughts which is probably why there are over 480,000 self-help books sold on Amazon, most of which focus on the path to finding happiness. Managing the monkey mind is not

easy, especially when an undesirable event such as losing one’s job or getting a divorce triggers that little rascal on a branch hopping rampage. When the monkey mind is driving the bus we can’t believe everything that we think. There are many paths that lead to happiness, but over the years, I’ve learned that gratitude is the first step in controlling our responses to life’s events. The key to happiness and balance is gratitude! By focusing on gratitude, we create a space for peace within ourselves. This practice creates an opening that allows more goodness to flow. The best way to begin a gratitude practice is to find 5 things to be grateful for each day. Take quiet time out to reflect. It’s ideal to do this exercise before going to sleep. Being grateful for simple things such as having a roof over your head, food on the table and shoes to wear will bring on an immense sense of satisfaction. Through repetition, you will acquire the ability to be grateful for life’s events that are less than desirable and find some good in them. Try this for 30 days and watch how the quality of your thoughts and feelings improve. There are some useful gratitude practices found in Rhonda Byrne’s The Magic. By having a grateful attitude, you will make room in your life for love, faith, nourishing relationships and everything that you truly desire; the things that give your life a deep and colorful meaning. Within no time at all you will discover that your personal path is paved with a sense of real happiness. For more information contact Noelia Moreno at 305-9707990. See ad, page 29. VOTE YES ON 4!

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No Antibiotics or Tubes Needed!

Natural Strategies to Cure Ear Infections By Risa M. Sloves


hy does my child keep getting ear infections?” is perhaps one of the most common questions a pediatric health care provider hears at the beginning of cold and flu season. Middle ear infections – known as otitis media (OM) – are the number-one reason parents bring their children to the doctor and unfortunately, over the last decade, the number of children with earaches has risen sharply. Approximately $8 billion is spent annually on conventional medical treatments for OM including antibiotics, antihistamines and surgical insertion of ear tubes. However, several studies have shown that for most children, drugs and surgery are not only ineffective, but these costly measures may actually predispose children to recurrences of OM. A study published by the Journal of the American Medical Association concluded that children who took Amoxicillin for chronic ear infections were two to six times more likely to have a recurrence of their ear infection than those who received a sugar pill. Ongoing studies at the University of Pitts42

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burgh suggest that only about one out of seven children with otitis media should receive a prescription for an antibiotic. An earache develops when the tissue lining in the middle

ear or eustachian tube swells; it causes the opening of the eustachian tube to become obstructed, thus preventing the middle ear from draining properly. As inflammation continues the production of fluid increases and exerts pressure on the pain-sensitive structures of the middle ear. The obstruction that occurs may be due to physical or mechanical means. Swollen tonsils or adenoids – which may be caused or aggravated by allergies – are one of the most commonly encountered mechanical types of blockages. Biomechanical obstruction such as abnormal structure or function of the skull, the jaw, and especially the bones of the neck, can contribute to and often cause the development of ear infections. These biomechanical problems often develop due to positioning problems in-utero, due to birth trauma, or following a prolonged or difficult labor and delivery; this may, in turn, result in swelling, muscle spasm, decreased circulation and/or motion, and even misalignment of the spinal bones in the neck relative to one another (called a subluxation). These effects can go undetected for months or years unless your child has a chiropractic check-up. In fact, Gottfried Gutmann, MD, one of Europe’s most prominent researchers in the field of physical medicine, has found that one of the most common consequences of upper neck subluxations is an increased susceptibility to ear, nose and throat infections. These findings are so significant to the overall health of infants and

children that Guttman recommends that examination of the upper part of the neck be mandatory after every difficult birth. In regard to recurrent infections, he states that “the success of adjustment overshadows every other type of treatment, especially the pharmaceutical approach.” After sleepless nights and the pain of recurring ear infections, you may still be trying to get your child off the antibiotic merry-go-round. The following are helpful hints for dealing with ear infections: • Have your child checked for spinal subluxations by a board certified pediatric chiropractor. If subluxations are present, a gentle adjustment – often with only a fingertip – can be performed to correct this condition. • Children suffering from chronic ear infections often have allergies such as dairy, wheat, eggs, chocolate, citrus, corn, soy, peanuts/nuts, shellfish, sugar and yeast. New, non-invasive diagnostic and treatment methods such as the BioSET Allergy Elimination Technique are effective in permanently eliminating allergies without medication or injections. • Breastfeed if at all possible. • Avoid exposing your child to smoke. • Warmed mullein-garlic oil drops in the ear can help ease pain and inflammation. All remedies should be discussed with an alternative health care practitioner prior to use.

• Lymphatic drainage massage for the neck and acupressure may help decrease pain and increase fluid drainage from the middle ear and should be reviewed by your physician. • Avoid sugar (including fruit juice). It slows down the white blood cells’ ability to function and fight off infection. It is also important to increase water consumption. • Vitamin supplementation can be helpful in improving immune function; discuss supplements with your health care provider. • A child who has been on antibiotics has experienced a change in the normal bacterial level of the intestine. It is critical to introduce a probiotic such as Lactobacillus acidophilus or bifidus supplements to restore the normal environment. These approaches are currently being used successfully to care for children suffering from otitis media. It must be remembered that all children are individuals; what works for one child may not work for another. Parents should work together with their child’s pediatric chiropractic physician, pediatrician and other natural health care providers so their collaborative efforts will bring about the most effective and least invasive solution for this common pediatric health problem. Risa Sloves, DC, DICCP, is board certified in pediatric and maternity care. She can be reached at Associates in Family Chiropractic and Natural Health Care in Norwalk, CT at 203-838-1555 or CTChiropractic.com.

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PANDAS/PANS What’s the Story? Childen, Parents and Practitioners Rising to the Challenge

By Lisa Wolk-Kilion


ou kiss your child goodnight and she smiles at you before cuddling into her pillow. As she’s been doing for quite some time, she sleeps though the night. But in the morning, a completely different child emerges—one you’ve never before seen or hugged or held. Her personality has been replaced with rage, tics, intrusive thoughts, impulsivity, defiance and separation anxiety. “If your child has an acute onset of tics, OCD, anxiety, aggression, regression or any acute onset of somatic symptoms like sleep problems, urinary changes, infantile behavior or handwriting changes, think about PANDAS/PANS,” explains Nancy O’Hara, MD. PANDAS (pediatric autoimmune neuropsychiatric disorder associated with streptococcus) is the consequence of an untreated strep infection; it is likened to rheumatic fever of the brain. PANS (pediatric acute-onset neuropsychiatric syndrome) is the result of an assortment of infections including, but not limited to, strep, flu, Coxsackie, Lyme disease and pneumonia. Although the word “pediatric” is in both names, it is surmised that the disease is not merely a childhood one as there have been cases of adult onset. The encephalitictype illness is brought on by an infection, resulting in antibodies that barrage the basal ganglia. Although PANDAS/ PANS is not Tourette’s or obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), it can include symptoms of both. Years ago, the acute onset of PANS would have landed children in psychiatric hospitals. Even now, many children with PANS are misdiagnosed as having depression, bipolar disorder, ADHD, ODD, urinary tract issues or Tourette’s syndrome. They are placed on psychiatric medications that can 44

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obscure and even exacerbate symptoms while the underlying infection remains untreated. A greater number of doctors now know that PANDAS/PANS exist since 2013, when the Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology published a consensus statement on PANS diagnostic guidelines. However, too few pediatricians know how to treat it effectively and many insist, without scientific evidence, that PANS is over-diagnosed. “Most of the time, I think it is the parent(s) who figured it out. By the time they do, their child has most likely had multiple psychiatric diagnoses and multiple failed trials of psychiatric meds. If a parent has a feeling in his or her gut that something isn’t right, they are usually correct. More education is needed for pediatricians, who could be instrumental in recognizing this quickly. If they do, parents can avoid years of stress, heartache and frustration, and kids will avoid being misdiagnosed and can go on doing what kids do. The longer you wait for a proper diagnosis, the more this disorder takes away from a normal life - however you define ‘normal’,” says Melissa Machon Giampietro, a parent of a child with PANS. PANS/PANDAS continues to be a clinical diagnosis. Doctors examine blood titers for antibodies to different infections, including strep. An Igenex Western Blot can help determine if Lyme disease is present while other tests can detect additional tick-borne diseases. Dr. Madeline Cunningham has come up with The Cunningham Panel by Moleculara Labs (MoleculeraLabs.com); this test measures antibodies as well as enzymes that regulate neurotransmitters affected by PANS/PANDAS.


Treatments include antibiotics (sometimes given long term), steroids (if Lyme is not the underlying infection), plasma infusions (high-dose IVIG) and, very occasionally, plasmapheresis. It can also help to have tonsils removed. “The scariest thing with my son’s PANDAS was his personality change. One IVIG, one tonsillectomy and two years of antibiotics brought my son back,” writes Gunilla Gerland of Sweden. In addition, holistic methods such as homeopathy are being used to treat the PANS symptoms. If Lyme disease is found, treatments are more complicated and there are often accompanying co-infections that can result in additional symptoms. Each child reacts differently to treatments, necessitating a trial and error approach to be taken. “The problem remains; even if we do get a ‘diagnosis’, there still isn’t any real ‘cure’,” says Josette Stone, a parent of a child with PANS. “Each child responds so differently to so many different treatments. It could take years before you find the right treatment for your child.” Once the autoimmune system is damaged, any germs can trigger a PANS flare. “PANS, like most autoimmune diseases, doesn’t play fair; it’s a trickster,” explains Gabriella True, president of the New England PANS/PANDAS Association. “If your child hasn’t been diagnosed with PANS but has already been diagnosed with one or more of the diagnostic criteria and suddenly gets worse and develops a new symptom that falls under the criteria, then keep pushing for more answers because the answer might be PANS. It also tricks you into thinking your child’s triggers will always be the same but one

day your kid is having another flare but there are no signs of the usual suspects. So you have to figure out what the new trigger is and how to treat it.” It can be challenging to locate specialists who treat PANS and PANDAS. Many parents have discovered social media groups to be a source of information and have learned of knowledgeable providers through these closed support groups. Not all providers take insurance. In addition to working with a medical practitioner or holistic healer, parents sometimes engage cognitive behavior therapists once the infection is under control. They also utilize other types of therapies, from occupational therapy to biofeedback, depending upon the lingering symptoms. Oftentimes, parents need to educate different providers about PANS. It is also important to note that cognitive behavior therapy will not help much when the child’s brain is inflamed; the infections need to be brought under control first. The lack of information can be life-threatening. Some children see immediate improvement once given the correct treatment. But if a child continues to have flare-ups, it can be difficult to eradicate the PANS/PANDAS. “For 22 months, my daughter was nearly homebound and having daily panic attacks,” says Amy Infanti. “One 30-day course of the correct antibiotic brought her back 90 percent to baseline. The cure was as dramatic as the onset. We are still holding our breath 15 months later, but feel very blessed to have found the appropriate treatment after struggling so long.”


Many parents have reported that their child seems “normal” all day, only to fall apart when they get home. This is indicative of the control that these children are exerting, rather than a loss of control. Children will use energy to appear normal in public, holding back tics, rages and separation anxiety but, when fatigued, will release their pent-up symptoms in a safe place. PANS/PANDAS does not disappear when the child enters the classroom. If the infections are left untreated, these symptoms will emerge at school. In addition, children with PANS can experience any or all of the following issues that affect academics: handwriting decline, math decline (including forgetting previously learned math facts), attention problems, OCD, sensory issues, tics and memory issues. A child who is working diligently to control tics, urinary incontinence and other symptoms will have a difficult time attending to lessons. It is strongly suggested that parents acquire a 504 Plan through the school so that all teachers are alerted to the fact that this student is ill. A 504 Plan or an IEP can help to level “the playing field” for the child who is struggling with obstacles that other students do not have. Additionally, under a 504 Plan, the school can be instructed to alert parents if there is a strep outbreak or other germs in the classroom, or if new symptoms emerge in school. It is crucial for educators to understand that symptoms are not behavioral but are indicative of a medical illness the child is fighting. The last thing a child with PANS Continued on page 46


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Continued from page 45 needs is to be punished for one of his symptoms. Emily Klein, an educator and parent in Rhode Island, argues in favor of instructing school nurses. “Having a school nurse and special education director who are knowledgeable about PANDAS plus teachers who are willing to learn about it has been a tremendous asset to maintaining my son in an inclusive learning environment with special education supports. We are seeing school nurse associations hold conferences to educate themselves on PANDAS and PANS. I hope that sweeps the country. Our school nurse even trained a student teacher who would be in my son’s class. I never would have thought to ask her to do so, and I was most grateful when she let me know,” she says.

Community Understanding

Although PANS/PANDAS is a considered a medical disease, it is an illness that affects the brain, resulting in symptoms that appear psychiatric. Often, extended families, doctors, schools and other groups have no comprehension of the issues that the child and his family face on a daily basis. For this reason, it is extremely helpful to find a support group, whether it is online or in person. It is important for children to also know that they are not alone, that PANS has stricken many intelligent, creative kids who want nothing more than to be normal again. It is also suggested to educate other members of the extended family. Children with PANS frequently lose friendships as well as drop out of activities and sports. New sensory issues can make it overwhelming for the child to simply go to the supermarket. While the parents’ world flips over, so does that of the child. The entire family, healthy siblings included, needs support.


Some children, such as Amy Infanti’s daughter, and Sammy in Beth Maloney’s book, Saving Sammy: The Boy Who Caught OCD, do recover completely. Other children show degrees of recovery, succumbing to symptoms when exposed to germs. Ongoing medical treatment continues to be integral. Research into the immunoneurological system is currently being conducted in different areas of the country. Dr. Susan Swedo, chief of pediatrics and developmental neuroscience at the National Institute of Mental Health and the researcher who identified PANDAS in the 1990s, continues to study the disorder. PANDAS/PANS conferences are occasionally held throughout the United States as well as in Italy. “No one can deny that our children’s health changes right before our eyes. Regardless of the controversies surrounding the infections that may cause PANS/ PANDAS, now is the time to be doing all we can do to treat these kids,” says Wendy Nawara, president of PANDAS/PANS Advocacy and Support. “There is definitely hope for those who are recognized, diagnosed and treated expeditiously.” Lisa Wolk-Kilion is a wife and a mother of two kids. She holds a BA degree in Psychology, an MBA in finance and an MS in Education. Lisa has been an educator for the past 18 years in New York State. She is a blogger and moderator of several PANDAS support groups on Facebook. Connect with her at PANSlife.com.  46

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urrently, most children cannot identify various vegetables and do not know where their produce comes from other than the grocery store produce department! Including children in the farming lifestyle fosters caring for other living things, personal grow and environmental stewardship. The Children’s Program will be used to inspire students of all ages to become food advocates and environmental stewards of their community. Family farms and workers will always be need. These individuals care for the land and understand the value of being the providers of healthy produce that is necessary to feed our future local communities. SAFFFE (Save American Family Farms from Extinction) is a grassroots initiative for people who are passionate about the future of local family farms,” explains Teena Borek of Teena’s Pride CSA. “On our farm we had a monthly open house where we educated local families about the importance of fresh produce for their health. There I saw the need for some type of farm program where we could reach more children, especially inner city school children, who may not have an opportunity to visit a farm on their own. So KIDS 2 FARM 2 TABLE was born. The goal is to build a miniature version of our local farms so we could receive bus loads of school children weekly. This farm program will inspire young people (and children of all ages) to discover good nutrition through thoughtful, direct experiences with seasonal fruits and vegetables, on the farm and in the kitchen.” Lack of fresh food, while eating more processed food, has put children’s health at risk. The Center for Disease

Control (CDC) estimates one out of three children born in the 2000s will develop Type 2 diabetes. Shockingly, this may be first generation to have a shorter life expectancy than their parents. “KIDS 2 FARM 2 TABLE, a program designed to include an experiential education model (i.e. doing, reflecting, and applying) will allow our youth to explore the farming experience in their community, whether in an urban or rural setting,” Borek continues. “The farm team will involve participants in gardening and tasting experiences that build knowledge and understanding through a process of inquiry and reflection. It will help them understand the different growing knowledge needed for tropical versus northern production of fresh fruits and vegetables. It will inspire children to discover good nutrition through thoughtful, direct experiences with seasonal fruits and vegetables, on the farm and in the kitchen. The instruction will follow the “rainbow on your plate” philosophy that promotes a diet incorporating a diverse set of colorful whole foods. This approach will help children understand what food is, how it is grown using different farming techniques and, perhaps most important, that they themselves can choose to grow, make and eat good food for their own bodies.” The smaller farm property will include examples of row-crop vegetable production using water conservation and sustainable processes; hydroponic greenhouse demonstrations of growing tomatoes, herbs, kale, greens and other vegetables using natural predators and recycled closed water system; hydroponically grown wheat grass and sprouted edible seeds using no pesticides and organic methods; and many varieties of fruit trees showing local tropical fruit. “With the help of volunteer chefs and fresh food advocates, this program can be part of a growing movement to transform the way nutrition is taught and ensure that our students learn to eat a balanced diet. But we need your help. Our nonprofit SAFFFE is in the process of searching for grants and funds to accomplish this. Just a little of your time will make a difference!!” For more information, to help, or volunteers, call Teena’s Farm, 305-216-2336, or visit www.safffe.com. Teena’s Farm is located at 19051 S.W. 147th Avenue in Homestead.

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bookofthemonth WHAT IT MEANS TO “DIE” AND TO “WAKE UP” Dr. Rajiv Parti, MD, and the Lessons of his Near-Death Experience by Paul Perry I have written a dozen books on near-death experiences (NDEs), four of which are New York Times bestsellers. The subject of NDEs is one I’m devoted to, and as a result I am constantly in contact with NDE researchers as well as those who have had the experience. NDEs are extraordinary. The idea of leaving one’s body at the point of death, traveling to a heavenly realm and seeing beloved relatives who have passed is truly a hero’s journey. It is these stories that may eventually answer mankind’s greatest question: What happens when we die? Which brings us to Dr. Rajiv Parti, former chief of anesthesiology at Bakersfield Heart Hospital. His is most likely the best NDE I have ever heard, not just for the experience itself, but for the transformation it led to. In 2008 Rajiv Parti, MD, was Chief of Anesthesiology at Bakersfield Heart Hospital in California. He derived his identity and happiness from the incredible wealth and prestige his job gave him. He lived in a mansion, had several luxury cars, and was able to purchase most any material goods he wanted. For some reason this made him feel invincible. In August of that year - everything changed. He was diagnosed with prostate cancer. A routine surgery eradicated the cancer, but led to complications that left him incontinent and in excruciating pain. He was prescribed pain meds that he soon became addicted to, and within time was diagnosed with depression, too. On December 14, 2010, he went to UCLA Medical Center for the surgical placement of an artificial urinary sphincter. In the days after this surgery he began running a fever of 104-105. Heavy antibiotics were prescribed, but he was not getting better. On Christmas Eve 2010, Dr. Parti underwent emergency surgery to drain the pelvic region of infection and remove the artificial sphincter. It was here, dying and heavily anesthetized, that he “woke up.” Although deeply asleep from anesthesia, he was very aware that his consciousness had separated from his body. From a vantage point near the ceiling he could see the surgeon cut him and then all of the operating room personnel react as the odor of the pus from his infected abdomen seeped throughout the room. He saw a nurse apply eucalyptus-scented water to everyone’s surgical masks. 48

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He even heard the anesthesiologist tell a joke so dirty that he blushed when he later told it to the anesthesiologist in the recovery room. Dr. Parti then left the operating room and began to drift toward familiar voices in India, where he could hear his mother and sister talking about dinner preparations, deciding on rice, vegetables, yogurt and legumes. He could see they were bundled up to protect from the foggy, frigid air that night. A small electric heater glowed, helping to take the chill out of the room. Dr. Parti became euphoric. People are never far away, he thought. He had the sense of his presence spreading around the world, a feeling of oneness with the world and everyone in it. Then fear overcame him when his awareness drifted to a place where a great, wild, fire was raging. He could see lightning in dark clouds and smell the odor of burning meat. He realized that an unseen force was pulling him into Hell, leaving him “in the midst of souls who were screaming and suffering.” What is my Karma, he wondered. What did I do in my life or past life to deserve this punishment? In the middle of this horror, Dr. Parti began to have the strong awareness that the life he was living was very materialistic: His life was always about him. So much so, in fact, that when he met new people Dr. Parti asked himself, “What can I get from this person?” The truth dawned on him there in Hell: the life he was living on earth was without love. He was not practicing compassion or forgiveness towards himself or others. He also had an unsavory tendency to be harsh towards people he perceived to be lower than him in status. He felt deeply sorry for his lack of kindness, wishing he could have done certain things in his life differently. As soon as he had that realization, Hell faded away. Transcendence and transformation are what interest me most in near-death experiences. In my research, I rarely meet a person who hasn’t been transformed by their NDE. These people become kinder, gentler versions of the person they were before their NDE. Sometimes this change is so complete, they are no longer recognizable. That was the case with Dr. Parti. His brush with death opened an entirely new world to him – an otherworld if you will – that replaced the materialistic world he had so carefully constructed. Dr. Rajiv Parti was literally transformed by the light. You can read more about Dr Parti’s incredible NDE in our book, DYING TO WAKE UP: A Doctor’s Voyage into the Afterlife and the Wisdom he Brought Back (Atria Books). About the authors: Paul Perry is the co-author Dying to Wake Up and four New York Times bestsellers, including Evidence of the Afterlife, Closer to the Light, Transformed by the Light and Saved by the Light. Rajiv Parti, MD, is a world-renowned cardiac anesthesiologist and was chief of anesthesiology at Bakersfield Heart Hospital for more than a decade before having had his life-changing near-death experience. www.drrajivparti.com.

Exercise can benefit our pets by: 1. Strengthening their joints and muscles so they are more limber and agile. 2. Improving their digestive system so they are less likely to suffer from constipation. 3. Reducing destructive behaviors and hyperactivity. Like us, essentially they become too tired to cause trouble. 4. Helping to keep them at a healthy weight. 5. Reducing the likelihood of chronic medical conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure and heart, respiratory and kidney disease. All of these are exacerbated when a pet is overweight. 6. Increasing cognitive function. Cardiovascular exercise not only improves the heart, but brain tissue as well.

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Help Physically Challenged Animals Stay Healthy by Mary Oquendo


ue to advances in veterinary care, many pets are living longer with an overall better quality of life and now even handicapped pets are beginning to reap the benefits of such advances. The word handicapped indicates a condition that restricts the ability of a pet to function physically. Handicaps can include mobility issues such as blindness, neurological or spinal disorders, or loss of limb. In addition, it may involve temporary circumstances, such as surgeries, illness and injuries. Being handicapped does not preclude the necessity of exercise for these pets. “Regular exercise is imperative for handicapped or injured pets. Dogs with chronic arthritis or ligament injuries will benefit from routine exercise. The movement maintains proper muscle tone, as well as strengthening the tissue surrounding the problem areas. Without appropriate physical conditioning, these pets may see a significant decrease in quality of life due to increased pain and discomfort.” ~ Andrew Pickerstein, DVM As pet parents, it is necessary to recognize our own expectations and not let our biases unknowingly negatively impact our animals’ quality of life. All pets should get exercise, especially those with disabilities or movement restrictions. Exercise improves strength, reduces stress that causes behavior challenges and provides healing energy.

“Handicapped dogs are so resilient, they usually figure out how to work around their impediment and live a full and active life. Yet providing proper exercise and food portions to keep their weight in check is so critical, and even more so for handicapped pets than normal pets,” says Steve Pelletier, founder of SlimDoggy.com and a former pet parent to a blind rescue dog. “A fat dog has a harder time getting around and their lives are generally harder than a fit and trim pet. Why would an owner of a handicapped dog add another unnecessary level of difficulty to their dog’s life?” The most important consideration in exercising a handicapped pet is choosing the right type of exercise for the situation. Seek guidance from a professional to develop a therapeutic program that is designed to work with a pet’s limitations. They can demonstrate how to do the right exercises and help provide equipment recommendations to fit the pet’s needs. Any exercise is good, whether it is walking, hiking, swimming, playing, running or even using exercise equipment. There are companies that make treadmills, agility equipment, exercise vests for therapeutic resistance training, and gym gear for strength, endurance and balance for pets. Let’s not forget mental exercise. Mental exercise includes hiding treats around the home or buying toys where the pet has to figure out how to get the treat out. Before beginning a new exercise program with handicapped pets, it is best to discuss it with a veterinarian first because there may be circumstances than require special attention. These can include breathing issues that short-nosed dogs may have during exercise or inflamed arthritic joints, as well as heart and respiratory issues, which may limit the duration of exercise. In general, resistance exercises are great for developing strength and can be performed at various degrees of difficulty. For dogs with hearing or sight challenges, cardiovascular exercise can still be performed but different cues and equipment can be used. Flexibility exercises are great for handicapped pets that have limited range of motion and can be performed daily to increase blood flow and circulation, says Krista Wickens, president of FitPAWS/FitBALL/Ball Dynamics (FitPAWSUSA.com). natural awakenings

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Herbal Medicine - Treating People, Not Diseases by David Winston, RH (AHG)


rom the 1930s through the 1970s the United States experienced what I call the “Herbal Dark Ages”. This is a time when the use of herbal medicine virtually vanished from mainstream American culture and the wisdom of our ancestors was nearly lost. Only in a small number of rural and ethnic communities was this knowledge maintained and applied. In the late 1960s and early 1970s a revival of interest in natural foods, organic gardening and alternative healthcare helped usher in a renewed enthusiasm for herbal medicine. This has grown exponentially over the past 40 years and the herb/nutritional supplements industry has boomed. In some ways this is good, I no longer get calls asking “What is this herb ek-in-ec-ee-a?” (referring to echincaea). But in other ways we still have a long way to go. While certain medicinal plants have become popular – St. John’s wort, turmeric, saw palmetto, black cohosh, and maca, among others - herbal medicine has not.  Most Americans believe that herbal medicine means taking St. John’s wort instead of Prozac. This is not herbal medicine; it is the allopathic use of herbs. The idea that an herb is good for a disease is patently untrue. How many of us have been told that black cohosh is “the menopause herb,” or that saw 50

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palmetto is “the prostate herb,” or that St John’s wort is “the depression herb.” While this is great for marketing purposes, it is not accurate and in many cases will lead people to conclude that herbs don’t work. The fact is that great herbalists do not treat disease; we treat people.  More than 2000 years ago Hippocrates is believed to have said “it is more important to know the person who has the disease, than to know the disease the person has.” He was correct. The focus of herbal treatment is to use herbs, diet, lifestyle changes, exercise, and other means to enhance our body’s innate ability to heal itself. There are no herbal antibiotics, but there are herbs that enhance our immune function and can inhibit viral or bacterial replication and virulence. So a parent could give a child with a cold children’s acetaminophen which can have adverse effects and actually prolong the length of illness or try an elderberry syrup (which in human clinical trials shortened the duration and severity of cold and flu symptoms), along with gentle herbs such as lemon balm, peppermint or chrysanthemum tea which reduce inflammation, irritability, inhibit viral replication, lower fevers and reduce gastrointestinal upset.  Perhaps the most difficult idea to get across to budding herbalists is to stop thinking about what herb is good for ar-

The focus of herbal treatment is to use herbs, diet, lifestyle changes, exercise, and other means to enhance our body’s innate ability to heal itself. imperative that we regain our rightful heritage, that being the intelligent, safe and effective use of herbs as part of mainstream American culture.

thritis and start thinking about what would be useful for this person, who in addition to having digestive issues, circulatory issues or sleep issues, may also have arthritis. In traditional medicine herbs are virtually never used as single remedies, but in complex formulas. This concept is found is all the world’s great systems of traditional medicine – whether Traditional Chinese Medicine/ TCM, Ayurveda from India, Unani-Tibb (Greco-Arabic Medicine), Tibetan Medicine, Kampo from Japan, Siddha, the traditional Tamil medicine, or Jammu from Indonesia - and scientific research over the past 40 years has confirmed much of the wisdom and efficacy of these ancient practices. Today herbal or botanical medicine is not just based on traditional practices, it also depends on science and clinical research. Many people believe that there is a tug-of-war between Western orthodox medicine and various forms of traditional medicine. Nothing could be further from the truth.  It is not either/or; it should be both/and, answered by asking “which practices can be most helpful for me or my family at this time and for this issue?”  Where Western medical practice is strong, herbal medicine tends to be much less effective and, conversely, where herbal practice is most effective is where orthodox medicine tends to have little to offer. If you have Lyme disease or bacterial meningitis you need antibiotics. If you need surgery or asthma medication, that is

the best treatment. On the other hand, for many chronic conditions including migraines, metabolic syndrome, PMS, arthritis, or skin conditions, herbal therapies can offer much more than palliative care. In my opinion, a knowledgeable herbalist working with a knowledgeable physician is a true win-win for any patient, and it is

David Winston RH(AHG) is an herbalist and ethnobotanist who has studied herbal medicine for 47 years and been in clinical practice for 40 years. He is an internationally-known lecturer and the author of several books on herbal medicine, including the bestselling title Adaptogens: Herbs for Strength, Stamina and Stress Relief. Information on his comprehensive two-year Herbalist Training program for 2016 can be found at HerbalStudies.net

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markyourcalendar SATURDAY, AUGUST 6 SOUTHEASTERN COLLEGE OPEN HOUSE - The Southeastern College Miami Lakes campus will host an Open House and Community Appreciation event for prospective students seeking a new path to a better and brighter future, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., August 6. The general public and community partners will have the opportunity to learn more about many of the programs offered. 17395 NW 59th Ave

SATURDAY, AUGUST 6 Free healing session with Cristovao Brilho- 5:00pm - Instituto Cristovao Brilho – 2811 Coral Way – 33145 - call 786-295-8665 must arrive by 5:00pm Holistic South Pregnancy & Birth Center celebrates the Big Latch - 9:30am Noon.  Women around the World join together to breastfeed; fun & raffles!  Lactation consultant on site. 9275 SW 152nd St, 1st Floor; (305) 238-7873 Love the Everglades Movement Summer Symposium - Love the Everglades Movement, a volunteer organization that implements strategies to address the environmental, structural, cultural and spiritual problems plaguing the Florida Everglades. Event is free and open to the public; all


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AUGUST 6 - 7 Kiddos Back to School Free Family Event Makes Back-To-School Time A Blast – 12 – 5pm – Free activities including stage entertainment, Arts & Craft station, bounce houses, inflatable carnival games, a Back-to School Scavenger Hunt presented by Game Time, with the chance to win a GameTime family 4-pack combo & much more. 8888 SW 136 ST Miami, FL 33176-5883

SUNDAY, AUGUST 7 Bluegrass Show & Jam - SFBA Free Monthly Bluegrass Festival - 12:30-5 pm , Greynolds Park, 18501 NE 22 Ave. North Miami Beach FL 33179. Bring a lawn chair & experience “Alligator Alley” and other great groups. (Park Admission: $7 Car, $15 RV). 305-358-1800

SATURDAY, AUGUST 13 The Aventura Mall Farmers Market - 10:00am to 9:30pm - Aventura Mall 19501 Biscayne Boulevard, Aventura, FL 33180

MONDAY, AUGUST 15 Fighting Cancer with Your Fork - 6 - 8 pm. With over 20 years’ experience, medical nutrition therapist Lesley Klein will discuss how a balanced nutritional diet is important not only for cancer prevention, but more importantly, for living beyond cancer. Free and open to the general public. Call 305-668-5900. Cancer Support Community, 8609 South Dixie Highway, Miami.

markyourcalendar AUGUST 20-21 LUMALIGHT COLOR LIGHT THERAPY WORKSHOP - Seeing is believing. 9:30  –  5:30 pm.  Lumalight in action can increase your perceptions, broaden your perspectives, and enrich your practice. Discover the potential of Lumalight color light therapy with sacred geometry. Coconut Grove area hotel. Pre-register early. 305-467-8024 spectrahue.com 

SATURDAY, AUGUST 20 Free yoga classes for Parkinson’s disease or other neuro-motor degenerative diseases 4:00-5:30 pm - designed to increase balance, strength, and well-being. Participants may bring one caregiver. Space is limited; preregistration required at Aum Home Shala, 3104 Florida Ave., Coconut Grove, FL 33133. 1-305-441-9441

THURSDAY, AUGUST 25 Oral Health Care and Cancer - 7 - 9 pm. With 1/3 of patients developing dental and oral health complications during cancer treatment, educa-


tion on this topic is of crucial importance. Come get answers to your questions from DMD, Jennifer Cameron. Free and open to the general public. Call 305-668-5900. Cancer Support Community, 8609 South Dixie Highway, Miami.

AUGUST 27–30 Therapeutic Benefits of Yoga for Mental Health Certification Course. 8:30 am-5:30 pm each day Explore how yoga can positively impact common mental-health issues, including depression, anxiety, addiction, and ADHD. Tuition: $615. Aum Home Shala, 3104 Florida Ave., Coconut Grove, FL 33133. 1-305-441-9441.

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Florida Keys Guitar Festival - Throughout the Florida Keys. The Florida Keys Guitar Festival presents eight virtuoso classical and jazz concerts in Marathon (June 4 & 5), Key Largo (July 2) and Key West (Aug. 5-7). The inaugural festival is to feature five of South Florida’s best guitarists including Matthew Jampol, Steve Ramos, Bob Hanni, Larry Baeder and Mike Emerson. Details to be posted online.

AUGUST 11 - 14 Key West Lobsterfest- Events include the Duval Crawl on Friday night, a street fair and free concert Saturday, and a spectacular Sunday brunch. Local restaurants and arts and craft vendors are expected to participate. The festive feast takes place in the 100 through 500 blocks of Key West’s famed Duval Street. A free concert featuring local and regional bands is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. and continue until 11 p.m. 305-744-9804

THURSDAY, AUGUST 18 Morada Way Third Thursday Art Walk - Showcasing the fine arts, music and culinary nuances of the Purple Isles, the Morada Way Arts & Cultural District features national and local artisans who are showcased in galleries at Morada Way between mile marker 81 and 82 - formerly named Industrial Road - as well as “culinary art” and live music from 6-10 p.m. In addition to individual artists, participating galleries include the Redbone Gallery, Gallery Morada, Pasta Pantaleo Signature Gallery and Bluewater Potters. Free admission. Art Walk is held the third Thursday of each month. Contact: Daniela Woody 305-664-9100

SATURDAY, AUGUST 20 Anything that Floats Regatta Race - Grab your oars and anything that floats and enjoy this familyfun festival - an on-the-water race of vessels crafted from items around the house - on Blackwater Sound, mile marker 104 bayside. A captains party is scheduled for Friday, Aug. 15. Saturday is race day, with team check-in beginning at 2 p.m. Race events begin at 3 p.m. and are free to enter and watch. Waterfront bars and restaurants offer excellent viewing areas for observing the race and enjoying a Keys sunset, with live music and more fun to follow. Contact: 305-451-4502

AUGUST 20 - SEPTEMBER 23 Coral Spawning Night Dives in Key Largo - Each year, corals spawn around the full moons of August and September. The exact spawning dates are unknown but these planned dives offer an opportunity to see this amazing spectacle of nature. Contact Amoray Dive Resort for departure times and prices. Contact for Dive Dates - Contact: 305-451-3595

AUGUST 25 Free Fish ID Class: Become A Citizen Scientist!- Learn how to identify Caribbean fish species by joining Allison & Carlos Estape at REEF Headquarters (MM 98.3, Key Largo) at 7 p.m. on the last Thursday of each month. Different fish species are reviewed each month to build your ID skills. Fill in a REEF Volunteer Fish Survey during your next dive/snorkel trip and become a citizen scientist by submitting your sightings to REEF’s Global Fish Survey Database. 305-794-5081

AUGUST 25 – 28 National Parks’ 100th Birthday Celebration: Free Park Admission- The National Park Service reaches a 100-year milestone Aug. 25, 2016, kicking off a second century of stewardship of America’s national parks. Florida Keys visitors can learn, discover, enjoy and be inspired by Everglades National Park and Dry Tortugas National Park, both accessible from the island chain. Ferries and seaplanes leaving from Key West for the Dry Tortugas will waive park entrance fees of $10 per visitor. Car entrance fee for Everglades National park is normally $20 per car.

SEPTEMBER 2 - 4 Heroes Salute - Each fall, Hawks Cay Resort on Duck Key hosts an annual Heroes Salute program to honor military, fire and rescue, law enforcement and medical personnel; a special Labor Day Weekend event is planned to include an All-American barbecue, heroes’ tribute, country music concert and fireworks show. Contact: 1-877-484-9342

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sunday Shiva’s Circle of Fire: Yoga and Meditation in Motion. 3:00pm - 5:00pm. 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 305-948-6878 Dharma Meetings – 2pm. Tibetan Buddhist Dharma Center 3239 West Trade Ave. Unit 10, Coconut Grove. FREE. 305-775-7541.

Jazzercise® - $5. 10am. South Miami Community Center 5800 SW 66 St. Call Cathie 305-666-5457. Miami Center for Spiritual Living- 10:30am- Free. Non-denominational. 2490 Coral Way, 786-206-6355.

Sunday Services at SOUL Church – 11am at the SOUL Service at the Elks Lodge, 6304 SW 78th St in South Miami. Free pot-luck lunch. 305-221-6516.

Mindfulness for Stress Alleviation - $20/session 6 to 7:20 pm - 260 Palermo Ave, # 12 Coral Gables 33155. Changes guaranteed after 4 sessions. Course in Miracles - 8pm. Free. 7855 SW Coral Way. Contact Mercedes 786-200-8410 or Nimia 305-261-3190.

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

Power of Meditation – 9 - 9:45pm – 2nd & 4th Monday. Conference Call – 312-757-3121 code: 698805965. Free. 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 Stretch and Relaxation Class 1-2PM SoBe Kick 1860 West Ave. 2nd Floor. South Beach 33139. $10. First class is free. 917-446-2965

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Kripalu Yoga with Kevin O’Brien. - 10:3012:00 PM- 7520 SW 57th Ave. Suite K, South Miami 33143. For more info call 305-788-0777

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 PTSD? If so, call Banyan Holistic Healthcare Center for help, Miami Lakes or Pinecrest location.  Call now to schedule, (305) 663-5696. Laughter Yoga Sessions - $5.00 each - 9:3010:15 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



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.

Aromatherapy Workshop – 6PM – Free. For reservations, 305 598-2822. American Apothecary of Kendall 12232 SW 132 Court, Miami FL 33186.

Connected Warriors - Free Yoga Classes for Veterans and Families of Veterans - 3pm at Brickell Hot Yoga 301 SW 17th Road, 33129 305-856-1387. Free orientations for PTSD and pain relief with discount services for military or vets. The Banyan Holistic Please call 305-663-5696 to schedule 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. Drub-Dhe Meditation- 7:25-9:30pm. Free-donations are welcome. Regency House 353 West 47th St., Flat 7A, Miami Beach. Contact: Robert Phuntsog Ngo-drub 305-213-2577.

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

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


thursday Stretch and Relaxation Class 1-2PM SoBe Kick 1860 West Ave. 2nd Floor. South Beach 33139. $10. First class is free. 917-446-2965

Connected Warriors Free Yoga for Veterans, Service Members and Families. Chair Yoga – 1011am - 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! - 5:306:45pm Five Sisters…a spiritual journey. 8805 SW 132 ST, 786-250-4170 Postpartum Yoga at Key Biscayne, 10:15 - $20, 305-299-7826

Laughter Yoga Sessions - $5.00 each - 9:30-10:15 AM, North Shore Youth Center 501 72nd Street, Miami Beach 33141, 305-861-3616 Overeaters Anonymous - Beginner Meeting 7:30 pm Riviera Presbyterian Church 5275 Sunset Dr., Coral Gables, FL 33143

FREE 15 minutes Reflexology session at Your Wellness Time. Between 1:30pm to 4:30pm.12905 SW 42nd St, Suite 207, Miami, FL 33175. Call 305-206-0715.

friday Monthly Free Reiki Healing Circle - 2nd Friday of the month at Five Sisters…a spiritual journey, 8805 SW 132 ST, 786-250-4170 Chair massage – 5-9pm - Enjoy 5 minute complementary chair massage every Friday Pecan’s Day Spa, 305-284-8636, 7800 SW 57th Ave Suite 120, Miami, FL 33143. Free Acupuncture for Combat Veterans – 1-2pm, Acupuncture for Wellness Center, Inc., 7550 SW 57th Avenue, Suite 116, South Miami, FL 33143, 305-669-6699. Dharma Meetings – 8pm. Tibetan Buddhist Dharma Center 3239 West Trade Ave., Unit 10, Coconut Grove. FREE. 305-775-7541. Family Night- 3rd Friday of the month. 3-9pm. Free admission & parking. Miami Children’s Museum, 980 Macarthur Cswy. 305-373-5437. 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. 

saturday 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 Big Pine Key Flea Market- 8am. South of the only traffic light in town on U.S. 1. Family Swim YMCA. 2-4pm. $3 Adults, $2 Kids. FKCC swimming pool. 1-305-295-9622.  

Movies at The Spiritual Garden - Spiritual up lifting movies. 1st and 3rd Sun. 7pm. Good will offering is $5. Unitarian Universalist fellowship 801 Georgia St. 1-305-394-2005.

Nightly Sunset Celebration - Free. Enjoy a spectacular sunset entertained by the various carnival performers and vendors. Mallory Square, Key West. 1-305-292-7700.


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.

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

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


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

Tai Chi – 7pm. $15. Coffee Mill Dance and Yoga Studio, 916 Pohalski St, Key West, 1-305-2969982; 1-305-735-3519.

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.


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.

Cardio-Sculpting Class 8:30-9:20am. Pirate Wellness Center, MM21.4 Cudjoe Key.  1-305744-3348

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Voted “Best of” Psychotherapists by Family, Health and Counseling Magazine and “Best” Psychotherapist by the Coral Gables Gazette. Dr. Munhall counsels individuals, couples and families using a psychodynamic approach to help you obtain your goals and resolve conflicts, anxiety, depression and other problems.


Fields of Light 305 283 6510 www. IreneNichols.com

Transforming thousands of lives for 35 years through Certified Holistic Hypnosis, healing all issues ie: childhood trauma, unwanted habits, weight loss, stop smoking, nail biting, sabotaging, fears, test anxiety, stress, self love, more.


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Learn to manifest your goals using hypnosis, meditation and visualization techniques in private and/or group sessions. Certified hypnosis instructor with the National Guild of Hypnotists and trained in past life regression with Dr. Brian Weiss.

MINSU’S HEALING OASIS 10095 S.W. 88 St. Ste 103 305-389-1768 www.minsuhealingoasis.com

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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305-490-3660 martaneira.com marta@martaneira.com

An exhibited Artist and Fine Arts graduate, Marta brings in this creative perspective into the world of photography creating works of art to be cherished for life times. Let her help you capture the important moments in your life!

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TRAVEL I GET PAID TO VACATION – Ask Me How? LCQ To Travel, Laura Quinones, Certified Travel Agent, 407-486-8895.lcqtravel@gmail. com. Hablamos Espanol. #ID A1591039.

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FLOW WELL, DBA BREAST THERMOGRAPHY INTL. Shanna Schulze 877-315-7226, Ext 447 EarlyDetectionIsKey@gmail.com www.btiscan.com




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Radiation Free Cancer & Inflammation Screening. Locations in GA, FL and SC. Injury documentation, determine origination of pain, evaluate nerve pathology, and monitor progress of current treatments. Improve heat Hablamos signatures with BEMER and YLEspañol Essential Oils. Ask me how. Prevention is the cure!

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7227 SW 57th Ct (305) 665-4982 www.justomyogastudio.com

New bigger location -unique intimate, inviting yoga studio combined with kind & highly qualified yoga teachers committed to your personal physical improvement and spiritual growth, offering 10+ yoga styles, weekly classes for all ages and experience levels. New Therapy Room enJOY FREE Mat + Towel + Tea See ad. page 32.

I Get Paid to Travel Ask me How!


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Get paid while you travel and see the world! As an active Certified Travel Agent I can teach you how to get paid while going on vacation. Relax, Take Some Time for Yourself and begin your dream by contacting me Today! Fulfill your bucket list of travel destinations. Ask your friends and families that travel to book through you and earn commission! The possibilities are endless. See ad, page 31.

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Are you Passionate about Natural Health and Wellness? Natural Awakenings is expanding and looking for a part-time Salesperson. Choose your own flexible hours. Work from home. Base salary plus commission. Must have phone sales experience. Fluent English required. Can lead to full-time position.

Join our Team and help to make a difference in your community!

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Yoga for Every One!™ Stand on your head? Or barely touch your toes? Feel at home in small classes: Yoga, meditation, mantra chanting, philosophy.  AM, PM, lunchtime. Affordable rates. 

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