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publisher’sletter Women’s Rights Are Human Rights...


ever in history has this awareness been as prevalent as it is today. Although many of the accomplishments and contributions of women have been overlooked, women have played a crucial role in the collective consciousness and shift of our world society. They are musicians, female poets, women’s rights activists, politicians, athletes, humanitarians, scientists, astronauts, authors, teachers, mothers, daughters, and so much more. Through their hearts and passion they have quietly shaped the future and earned a firm place in our history and our lives. As May is our Women’s Health issue, and we include a lot of information on the subject, I thought it would be germane to share a list of the women I’ve admired and who have influenced and shape my own life. Needless to say that at the top of that list is my mom, who I interview in this issue (refer to page 44). Sacagawea (1788 – 1812) Lemhi Shoshone woman who helped the Lewis and Clark Expedition achieve each of its chartered missions. Susan B. Anthony (1820 – 1906) American Campaigner against slavery and for the promotion of women’s and workers rights. Emily Dickinson (1830 – 1886) One of America’s greatest poets. Harriet Tubman (1820-1913) Civil Rights Activist. She led hundreds of enslaved people to freedom along the route of the Underground Railroad. And soon to be on the face of our $20 bill. Amelia Earhart (1897 – 1937) Aviation pioneer and author. First female aviator to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean who received the U.S. Distinguished Flying Cross for this record. Mother Teresa (1910 – 1997) – Missionary/charity worker who devoted her life to the service of the poor and dispossessed. Won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979. Rosa Parks (1913 – 2005) – Rosa Parks’ refusal to give up her bus seat in Montgomery, Alabama, indirectly led to some of the most significant civil rights legislation of American history. Maya Angelou (1928 – 2014) American award winning author, poet, memoirist and civil rights activist. Wangari Maathai (1940 – 2011) Kenyan born environmentalist, pro-democracy activist and women’s rights campaigner. Awarded Nobel Peace Prize. Shirin Ebadi (1947- ) An Iranian lawyer, Ebadi has fought for human rights in Iran – representing political dissidents and founding initiatives to promote democracy and human rights. Nobel Peace Prize/2003. Benazir Bhutto (1953 – 2007) First female prime minister of a Muslim country. She helped to move Pakistan from a dictatorship to democracy. Diana, Princess of Wales (1961-1997) – British Royal princess who was noted for her humanitarian charity work. Malala Yousafzai (1997 –) Pakistani schoolgirl who defied threats of the Taliban to campaign for the right to education. She survived being shot in the head by the Taliban and has become a global advocate for women’s rights, especially the right to education. Jane Goodall (1934 –) American Environmentalist and animal activist. This is just a partial list, as there’s no shortage of inspirational and courageous women I’ve reach out to through books and life for help and guidance. This is time, a time to recognize and pay tribute to the commendable women who’ve made a difference in your own lives. Take the time to thank and honor them by visiting museums, picking up books, researching online, or simply taking mom out to dinner.

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atural Awakenings Publishing Corp. (NAPC) welcomed five new publishers to its April training session at the corporate headquarters in Naples, Florida. The staff PHOTO WILL BE spent several days with these entrepreneurs, SENT VIA LISTSERVE discussing the ins and outs of publishing new Natural Awakenings editions in Boulder/Fort Collins, Colorado, and Delaware/Chester County, Pennsylvania, and taking ownership of existing magazines in Charlotte, North Carolina; Charleston, South Carolina; and Portland, Oregon/Vancouver, Washington. Founded by Chief Executive Officer Sharon Bruckman with a single edition in Naples in 1994, Natural Awakenings has grown to become one of the largest, free, local, healthy living publications in the world. Franchise publishers collectively serve nearly 4 million readers each month via 95 magazines published in cities across the U.S., Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic. “Living a conscious lifestyle that supports our well-being and the sustainability of Planet Earth has become more important than ever,” says Bruckman. “Our dedicated family of publishers, supported by local advertisers, connects readers with the resources they need to create a healthier, happier world that works for all living things.” For a list of locations where Natural Awakenings is published or to learn more about franchising opportunities, call 239-530-1377 or visit NaturalAwakenings. com. See ad, page 54.

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dragon boat is a human powered watercraft of traditional Chinese design, decorated to resemble a dragon. With its roots embedded in religious ceremonies and community customs going back over 2000 years, dragon boat racing evolved into a modern era international sport. Dragon boat racing festivals welcomes thousands of participants worldwide from various organizations and clubs and its has also become a popular corporate or community charitable event. Organized by local Marathon residents to support the Heron Peacock Supported Living, and favored by High Five Dragon Boat, who produces and markets dragon boat events, camps, and team building sessions across the United States, Bay Dragon Boat Festival is truly “Serious Beaching’ Fun”! Participants from the Keys and around the Southeastern United States spend the day paddling, while expectators cheer from shore. There’s volleyball, delicious food and drinks, music, awards, and true southern hospitality the Florida Keys are known for. Heron-Peacock Supported Living provides housing, support, transportation, and supervision of medications for low-income people who have a current diagnosis of mental illness. Their effort maximizes individual selfdependence, health and well-being, and promotes community integration.

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Shake off Complacency!


hen we become comfortable in life, stagnation sets in. Detours and bumps on our path are opportunities to learn and grow. Each month Kabbalah Centres around the world offer New Moon Connections, featuring meditations and wisdom that guide you with specific consciousness helping you achieve your potential while learning more about yourself. The kabbalistic calendar is based on the cycles of the moon, with each month affecting us in distinct ways. The New Moon is the seed level of each month and our thoughts and action on this day have a direct effect on the days that follow.The New Moon Connection offers awareness and special meditations to help the individual achieve greater happiness and fulfillment. Kabbalah is an ancient wisdom that reveals how the universe and life work. It is the study of who to receive fulfillment in our lives. The Kabbalah Centre is a non-profit organization that makes the principles of Kabbalah understandable and relevant to everyday life. The Kabbalah Centre (2725 N.E. 163rd St, North Miami Beach) invites you to their New Moon of Taurus Connection on Sunday, May 8th at 7:00 pm for consciousness and special meditations to help you use the energy of the month to make better choices. This is a free event and will be offered in both English and Spanish. A “Welcome to Kabbalah” introductory lecture for new people will be held at 7:00 pm, in both English and Spanish. For more information call 3056929223 or visit

Lights, Camera, Get Ready! LGBT Film Festival in October


f you missed last month’s critically acclaimed LGBT Film Festival event in Miami, don’t worry, you are still on time. The 8th Annual Fort Lauderdale Edition, growing from a 3-day event to a two weekend event, takes place from Friday, October 7th until Sunday, October 16th. “In addition to a spectacular lineup of films, one of the high points of the festival is the exciting and elaborate events and parties,” said Victor Gimenez, Executive Director of MiFo. “The Opening Night event at the NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale is going to be an overthe-top, elaborate affair, and the Closing Night Awards Party, with a lavish buffet and a fun and exciting awards show, is also a must to attend!” In a year where the LGBT community has made great strides, the MiFo LGBT Film Festival is proud to present over 50 films from over 13 countries. The array of films includes 7 documentaries, 28 narratives and 18 shorts. Screenings will be held at the Classic Gateway Theatre, 1820 East Sunrise Boulevard; Cinema Paradiso, 503 SE 6th Street; C & I Studios, 541 NW 1st Avenue; and an elegant Opening Night (Friday, October 9 at 8:00pm) at the NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale. As one of South Florida’s premier showcase The MiFo LGBT Film Festival is an internationally acclaimed event serving as a platform for numerous World, North American, and East Coast Premiers. For more information call 305-751-6305 or to order tickets visit To view a complete list of films, visit www.

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edical Thermography is often used as a method of research for early pre-clinical diagnosis. It is a non-invasive, non-radiating, non-compressing tool which providers can use to determine what areas one needs to improve on now to possibly avoid many types of diseases in the future. “ “Monitoring yourself with Medical Thermography is a safe, accurate and an essential way to screen your entire body,” explains Shanna Schulze, CTT, and member of Breast Thermography International. “Due to the number of thermographic findings that you can’t see with the naked eye, it’s ideal to have a full body scan as your baseline screening. Find out what areas you can improve on now for optimal health. Medical Full body thermography screenings are available for men, women and children. Heat abnormalities can be found 8-10 years before they would show up on anatomical testing as a malignant tumor, in some cases.” For more details call Shanna Schulze at 877-315-7226, ext 447 or e-mail her at See ad, page 63.

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ocial anxiety disorder (SAD) also known as Social Phobia, is a persistent fear, anxiety, self-consciousness and embarrassment brought about through everyday daily interactions. Unlike common shyness or nervousness butterfly feelings, SAD includes avoidance that interferes with our ability to make friends, date, attend social events or job interviews, school or other activities. “One often fears saying stupid things, embarrassed by how they look, and how they will be judged,” explains Dr. Patricia Munhall, Ph.D. EdD, LPsyA, NP, CST, author and founder of Miami Therapy. “Social phobia or social anxiety is painful, and can be paralyzing leaving the sufferer in psychological restraints. I think we can all agree that this is a horrible way to live. But there’s hope!” Dr. Munhall will be conducting Social Phobia and Anxiety Group Therapy Sessions in her Miami Shores office, once a month for four weeks beginning Saturday May 21st, 1:30 to 3:30 pm. Second group will be on Thursdays from 5:00-7:00pm, but won’t begin until first group is filled. Groups are limited to six members for optimal group work and success. Sessions are schedule in this way so participants have the time to practice some easy home exercises. Cost is $200 for the four sessions. Text 305-978-9475 with questions or to register, include email address to receive registration form and specific address to her Miami Shores Office. See ads, page 15 and 63. 12

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Homestead Honors the Military


aturday, May 7th, during the fifth annual Homestead Military Appreciation Day, downtown Homestead is converting to an epic obstacle course competition, and an all day party with live music and food truck guaranteed to be fun for the whole family. Along with the dozens of food trucks and vendors the public will be able to view a variety of military vehicles including boats, aircrafts, weaponry, and other interactive displays. Attendees will also enjoy a a dramatic flyover by a team of F-16 Fighting Falcons during the opening ceremonies at Losner Park (104 North Krome Ave.), a K-9 demonstration by the Homestead Police Department, and a children’s area with games and activities. But the real draw is the obstacle course. Watch, as teams battle it out for a grand prize of $1200 and the gargantuan HARB Trophy! The course will test strength and endurance as teams race head-to-head. After the competition, spectators will be able to give the course a try. The Military Affairs Committee will be handing out $10 food voucher*. These can be redeemed at the festival’s food trucks and various restaurants and retailers in the area. Additionally, local participating businesses are offering special discounts and deals to service members – *all with Military ID. The event is a community effort organized by the City of Homestead along with the Homestead Reserve Air Base, the Military Affairs Committee, the South Dade Chamber of Commerce, and Homestead Main Street and will take place from 3 pm to 8 pm For more information, visit

Natural Wonders A Free Classical Concert by The Alhambra Orchestra


ed by conductor Timothy Shade, The Alhambra Orchestra presents a free classical concert entitled “Natural Wonders” featuring Beethoven’s “Pastoral” Symphony no. 6. Beethoven gives us a walk in the countryside, a violent thunderstorm, and the ensuing peaceful scene, in memorable music.  Concertmaster Rand Bella will perform excerpts from Lalo’s dramatic Symphonie Espagnol with the orchestra, and you’ll also hear the most interesting car engine you can imagine, humming along in Gearbox by contemporary composer James Syler.  The Alhambra Orchestra, founded in 1990, is Miami’s Community Orchestra. A vibrant, performing organization for amateur and professional musicians dedicated to bringing rewarding musical experiences to audiences of all ages. Timothy Shade has been assistant professor of music and director of instrumental music and music education at Bethel College. He has garnered praise for his exciting programming, engaging personality and “marvelous conducting.” This concert, good for the whole family, is an exciting and varied program full of orchestral color and tone painting. Alhambra Orchestra, now in its 26th season, is a non-profit community orchestra made up primarily of volunteer musicians.  Its mission is to support classical music and music education in our community. The free concert will take place on Sunday, May 15th at 7:30 pm at the Ransom Everglades School, located at 3575 Main Highway in Coconut Grove. Free admission, free parking, no reservations needed.  For more information call 305-668-9260 or visit,



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Magnesium Improves Childbirth for Mother and Newborn


esearch presented at the annual meeting of the American Society of Anesthesiologists has found that magnesium reduces fevers during childbirth, as well as complications among newborns. The study followed 63,000 deliveries from Northwestern Memorial Hospital, in Chicago, between 2007 and 2014. Of these, 6,163 women developed fevers of at least 100.4° F during labor. Of the women that developed fevers, 2,190 received magnesium sulfate intravenously during their labor. Rates of fever at maternity dropped by half, to 4.3 percent, in women that received the magnesium, versus 9.9 percent in those that did not. The rate of newborn complications was also significantly lower among women given magnesium. The study, led by Dr. Elizabeth Lange, an attending physician at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, is the first of its kind to investigate the effect of magnesium on childbirth. “By reducing the incidence of maternal fever, magnesium sulfate therapy may also reduce the incidence of complications in newborns,” says Lange.

Red Clover Guards against Menopausal Bone Loss


12-week study of 60 menopausal women in Denmark has found that red clover halted bone loss and bone mineral density reduction. The randomized, double-blind, placebocontrolled research, sponsored by the Aarhus University Medical School and Hospital, tested the women over a three-month period. Half were treated with 150 milliliters of red clover extract daily and the others were given a placebo. The red clover plant extract was standardized to 37 milligrams of isoflavones, including 34 milligrams of aglycones. The scientists measured changes in bone mineral density, bone mineral content and T-score, measured at the spine and femoral bone. They also monitored bone turnover markers. By the end of the study, the women in the placebo group had continued to lose bone mass and bone mineral density. Those given the red clover extract showed no such reductions during the study period. In addition, the red clover group experienced no increase in inflammation or blood pressure.

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Legumes Keep Colorectal Cancer at Bay


orean medical school scientists have found that those eating more legumes have a significantly reduced risk of colorectal cancer. Their research analyzed the diets of 3,740 people, including 901 colorectal cancer patients. A total of 106 different foods were graded and calculated to establish frequency of intake among the study participants. The group that consumed the highest amounts of legumes had more than a 50 percent drop in incidence of colorectal cancer. As legume consumption increased, colorectal cancer risk decreased. The researchers attributed the dramatic reduction in risk to the intake of isoflavones, contained in many nuts and beans. When intakes of total isoflavones were calculated, those with diets that contained the highest levels reduced their colorectal cancer risk, by 33 percent in men and 35 percent in women. The researchers reported, “The reduced risks for colorectal cancer among high-intake groups were most consistent for legumes and sprouts.”

Purpose and Meaning Help Seniors Live Longer


study of 9,050 people by researchers at Britain’s University College of London (UCL), Princeton University and Stony Brook University has determined that a sense of purpose and meaning in the lives of older individuals can significantly reduce the risk of earlier mortality. The researchers called this greater sense of purpose “evaluative well-being”. The study followed subjects that averaged 65 years old at the start for eight-anda-half years. During that period, 9 percent of those with the highest levels of wellbeing died. Among those with the lowest levels of well-being, 29 percent passed away during the same period. The study was led by Professor Andrew Steptoe, director of the UCL Institute of Epidemiology and Health Care, who explains, “These analyses show that the meaningfulness and sense of purpose that older people have in their lives are also related to survival.” The mechanisms for this effect are still largely unknown. “There are several biological mechanisms that may link well-being to improved health, such as through hormonal changes or reduced blood pressure,” he says.

Staying Active Relates to Healthy Hearing


esearch from Johns Hopkins University has found that elderly persons that engage in frequent physical activity have a reduced incidence of hearing loss. The researchers tested 706 people of age 70 or older. The subjects responded to a questionnaire about their physical activity levels over the previous 30 days and wore accelerometers to measure their level of day-to-day physical activity. Subjects were categorized as inactive, insufficiently active or sufficiently active. After testing each participant’s hearing, the researchers found that those in the inactive category, according to the accelerometer data, were 70 percent more likely to suffer from significant hearing impairment. The data produced by the questionnaires alone suggested that individuals in the lowest category had a 59 percent increased incidence of hearing impairment.

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Cotton Hygiene Items Contaminated with Monsanto’s Glyphosate


recent study by researchers at the University of La Plata, in Argentina, has found that most of the cotton hygiene products on the market contain the chemical glyphosate, widely used in agriculture as an herbicide. According to a recent World Health Organization statement, glyphosate is a probable carcinogen to humans. The researchers purchased samples of cotton gauze, swabs, wipes and feminine care products including tampons and sanitary pads from stores in the La Plata area. Dr. Damian Marino, the study’s lead researcher, recounts the results: “Eighty-five percent of all samples tested positive for glyphosate and 62 percent for aminomethylphosphonic acid (AMPA), which is the environmental metabolite, but in the case of cotton and sterile cotton gauze, the figure was 100 percent.” Marino adds, “In terms of concentrations, we saw that in raw cotton, AMPA dominates, with 39 parts per billion (PPB), followed by 13 PPB of glyphosate. While AMPA is absent in the gauze, the material contained glyphosate at 17 PPB.” The research was presented at the 2015 national Congress of Doctors of Fumigated Towns, in Buenos Aires.

Ozone Averts Tooth and Gum Infections


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ccording to a recent report in the journal Interventional Neuroradiology, dental practice and research in Europe has determined that ozone therapy can be used to slow the growth of tooth and gum infections. Clinicians are also finding that targeted exposure to ozonated water, gas and oils helps to manage viral and fungal infections, including oral herpes infections. Approximately a quarter of lesions treated with ozone do not reappear. These treatments have also been used successfully on sinus infections and temporomandibular joint (TMJ) dysfunction. Using ozone offers advantages over the use of antibiotics, which contribute to antibiotic resistance, according to the report. In addition, ozone gas has been shown effective in eliminating Enterococcus faecalis, one of the central bacteria involved in root canal infections, which can become increasingly resistant to the central antimicrobial treatment used in root canal therapy, sodium hypochlorite, and can thus decrease the risk of continued infection. “Additionally, the bone at the end of the roots is often shown to harbor pathogenic bacteria for many years after traditional root canal therapy has been completed. Ozone can eliminate those bacteria that infest this region and remove toxic waste products that effectively prevent complete healing of the osseous structures,” writes study author and Doctor of Dental Medicine William Domb, director of the Inland Institute of Aesthetic Dentistry, in Upland, California.

The Missing Link: Inflammation and Depression in Women

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ntidepressant drug use is on the rise, particularly among women. A report released by Medco Health Solutions analyzed prescription claims data from 2.5 million Americans between 2001 and 2010 and found that 25 percent of women take drugs for a mental health condition. Despite a mainstream medicine notion that depression is caused by a chemical imbalance, medications known by familiar names such as Zoloft and Prozac meant to counter symptoms of such an imbalance may instead be causing a host of known harmful side effects. “In six decades, not a single study has proven that depression is caused by a chemical imbalance,” asserts Dr. Kelly Brogan, an integrative physician, women’s health advocate and pioneer in holistic psychiatry. A study published in the journal JAMA Psychiatry in 2014 reviewed 10 randomized, placebo-controlled trials to assess the effectiveness of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID) in adults with symptoms of depression. The researchers from Aarhus University, in Denmark, found that treating inflammation in patients helped decrease their symptoms. Brogan asserts that this approach is the best way to treat depression in women, advocating the use of a holistic anti-inflammation strategy instead of NSAIDs or antidepressants. “A more effective, drug-free approach is to recruit basic lifestyle changes that kick-start the body’s self-healing mechanisms, helping to curtail the symptoms of depression,” she claims. Her suggestions include dietary modification; simple breathing and meditation techniques; minimizing exposure to biology-disrupting toxins that include common over-the-counter drugs; sufficient sleep and exercise. “Medical literature has emphasized the role of inflammation in mental illness for more than 20 years, so if you think a chemical pill can save, cure or correct you, think again,” says Brogan. “Covering over symptoms is a missed opportunity to resolve the root cause of the problem.”

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Toxic GMO Pesticides Drift Near Athletic Fields In an Environmental Working Group (EWG) survey, more than 90 percent of athletic fields and parks in six sample states are within 1,000 feet of a corn or soybean field where two toxic weed killers, glyphosate and 2,4-D, are commonly sprayed on genetically modified (GMO) corn, soybeans and other crops, meaning that nearby athletes are likely to be exposed. More than 56 percent of the facilities in the study were within 200 feet of such farmland. Corn and soybean farmers in at least 15 states now have the option of planting GMO crops that can withstand repeated spraying with Monsanto’s glyphosate and the 2,4-D mixture sold by Dow AgroSciences under the brand name Enlist Duo. Sprayed herbicides readily drift through the air, potentially exposing people and the nearby environment. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency approved the use of Enlist Duo for GMO crops shortly before the World Health Organization concluded that glyphosate, the world’s most widely used herbicide, is “probably carcinogenic to humans.” Dow’s 2,4-D also possibly causes cancer, according to leading experts; exposure has also been linked to Parkinson’s disease, hypothyroidism and suppression of the human immune system. Source:

Goat Groundskeepers

A Chew Crew Gobbles Up Invasive Species The Historic Congressional Cemetery, permanent resting place of J. Edgar Hoover, John Philip Sousa and 68,000 others, is threatened by invasive species such as poison ivy, poison oak, poison sumac, kudzu and English ivy. “They are plants not native to Washington, D.C.,” says Paul Williams, president of the cemetery. “They climb and kill our trees, which then fall onto the cemetery, damaging our headstones.” Instead of using harmful herbicides that could become runoff into the nearby Anacostia River, managers have enlisted a herd of 30 goats to combat the problem. The arrangement lets the native plants grow to support pollinating insects. The University of Georgia’s Chew Crew, comprising 40 goats, is likewise tasked with getting rid of invasive species growing around urban streams on its campus, another example of the elegant, lowtech solution. Maintaining steep inclines and other hard-to-reach areas can be expensive when using toxic herbicides and physical labor. After seeing the success of the Chew Crew, Clemson University is now also using goats to naturally recover some of the more overgrown areas of its campus.

Salmon Scam

Farmed Fish Mislabeled as Wild-Caught The nonprofit Oceana reveals that salmon, America’s favorite fish, is often mislabeled in restaurants and grocery stores. They collected 82 salmon samples from restaurants and grocery stores between December 2013 and March 2014 and found that 43 percent were mislabeled. DNA testing confirmed that the majority of the mislabeling (69 percent) consisted of farmed Atlantic salmon being sold as a wild-caught product. “Americans might love salmon, but as our study reveals, they may be falling victim to a bait-and-switch,” says Beth Lowell, a senior campaign director with Oceana. “Not only are consumers getting ripped off, but responsible U.S. fishermen are being cheated when fraudulent products lower the price for their hard-won catch.” Kimberly Warner, Ph.D., the report’s author and a senior scientist at Oceana, observes, “While U.S. fishermen catch enough salmon to satisfy 80 percent of our domestic demand, 70 percent of that catch is then exported, instead of going directly to American grocery stores and restaurants.” Source:

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Feminists Redefine Senior Housing Fifteen years in the making, the Babayagas’ House—a feminist alternative to a retirement home—has opened in Paris. This self-managed social housing project is run by its community of inspired female senior citizens that want to maintain their independence. “To live long is a good thing, but to age well is better,” says 85-year-old Thérèse Clerc, who initially conceived the project as a means of combating the idea that growing old is an illness and that retirement homes are a kind of prison. “We want to change the way people see old age, and that means learning to live differently,” she says. The five-story building houses 25 apartments located at the center of Montreuil, just blocks away from shops, a movie theater and the metro. The project cost just under $4.4 million and was funded by eight public sources, including the city council. Two similar projects are now underway in Palaiseau and Bagneux. Source:

Noisy Humans

Man-Made Clatter Muffles Nature’s Chorus Kurt Fristrup, a senior scientist at the U.S. National Park Service, states that noise pollution is becoming so pervasive that people are tuning out the natural sounds around them. According to new research, when we leave home, we’re more likely to try ignoring man-made sounds than enjoying Mother Nature’s chorus. Fristrup observes, “We are conditioning ourselves to ignore the information coming into our ears.” The real loss, he believes, is for future generations. “If finding peace and quiet becomes difficult enough, many children will grow up without the experience, and I think it’s a very real problem.” He and National Park Service colleagues have monitored sound levels at more than 600 sites over the past 10 years and found that none were free of human noise pollution. The team’s model of merging data from more remote regions with urban areas gave them an overall sense of the noise pollution across the U.S. Based on their findings, the researchers believe that noise pollution will grow faster than the population, doubling every 30 years. View a map of sound pollution at

Mm-mm Good

Campbell’s Endorses GMO Labeling Campbell Soup Company recently became the first major food corporation to support the mandatory labeling of genetically modified ingredients and will support the enactment of federal legislation to establish a single mandatory labeling standard for foods derived from genetically modified organisms (GMO). A company spokesperson says, “With 92 percent of Americans supporting the labeling of GMO foods, Campbell believes now is the time for the federal government to act quickly to implement a federal solution.” The company says that if a federal solution is not reached, it is prepared to label all of its U.S. products for the presence of ingredients derived from GMOs and seek guidance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and approval by the U. S. Department of Agriculture. The company also has pledged to remove artificial colors and flavors from nearly all of its North American products by July 2018. For more information, visit

DARK Act Defeated Senate Vote Reflects Citizen Demands

The Deny Americans the Right to Know, or DARK Act, was defeated in the U.S. Senate in March, representing a major victory for consumers. The nonprofit Environmental Working Group (EWG) spearheaded the largescale citizen opposition to a bill that would have outlawed all state-level labeling laws of genetically modified (GMO) food ingredients nationwide; it was intended to keep consumers in the dark about the genetically engineered content of their food. Scott Faber, EWG senior vice president for government affairs, says, “Consumers have made their voices heard to their elected representatives in the Senate and they said clearly, ‘We want the right to know more about our food.’ We remain hopeful that congressional leaders can craft a national mandatory compromise that works for consumers and the food industry.” The development is evidence that the EWG Just Label It campaign is on the right track, and the group plans to support the recently introduced Biotechnology Food Labeling Uniformity Act targeting a national mandatory standard for GMO labeling. Jean Halloran, director of food policy initiatives for Consumers Union, explains, “This bill finds a way to set a national standard and avoid a patchwork of state labeling laws, while still giving consumers the information they want and deserve about what’s in their food.” Sources: Natural News, Environmental Working Group

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Eco-Style the Momentous Event It’s summer wedding planning season, and couples can save money and conserve natural resources by planning a simpler, more ecological event. Instead of hosting the reception at a pricey hotel or restaurant, consider moving the ceremony and reception to a serene location like a beach, park or nature center. Local park and recreation departments may collaborate on making arrangements at public facilities, and nominal fees help support their ongoing operations. A natural setting at an eco-conscious hotel is equally well suited to serving healthy, organic food from a local or on-site health food restaurant, caterer or specialty grocer. Here are some more tips. Purchase organic flowers to avoid pesticides and artificial fragrances often containing toxic chemicals. Buying from local growers cuts transportation costs. Choose a wedding gown made of organic and sustainable fibers. points out that organic

farming reduces atmospheric carbon dioxide by using 37 percent fewer fossil fuels than conventional methods. While releasing butterflies or doves may constitute a symbol of love, it can be fatal, especially for the birds, which possess no survival skills in the wild. Also, tossing birdseed over the happy couple, for a time viewed as an improvement on throwing rice, is just as wasteful and messy. Instead, greet the newly hitched lovers by blowing bubbles—it’s inexpensive, childhood fun that won’t harm clothes, animals or the environment. Guests can recycle the wands and bottles, which are available in small sizes for weddings. Show care for other animals by abstaining from balloons. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service notes that balloons that end up in nearby waters or landfills can be mistaken for food and cause stomach blockages for whales, dolphins, turtles and birds. Rather than pay big bucks for a band that consumes electricity, go with one or two local, unplugged musicians such as an acoustic guitar player and flutist. Guests will relish hearing moving, personal renditions of love songs instead of clichéd tunes.

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SPARK UP YOUR LOVE LIFE Natural Ways to Boost Libido by Lisa Marshall


nderlying health issues aside, a hectic schedule packed with work deadlines, kids’ sporting events and household chores can leave little time for intimacy. Letting that pattern go on too long can become a problem. “There’s a use-it-or-lose-it phenomenon that occurs,” says Dr. Anita Clayton, a University of Virginia psychiatry professor, neurologist and author of Satisfaction: Women, Sex, and the Quest for Intimacy. Despite what hyper-seductive female media stereotypes suggest we believe, in the real world, 39 percent of women feel they lack sex drive, and nearly half experience some kind of sexual dissatisfaction, according to a survey of 32,000 women published in the journal Obstetrics & Gynecology. About one in eight women are significantly distressed about it. “The truth is, many of us don’t have great sex lives,” confirms Clayton. Sprout Pharmaceuticals introduced Addyi, aka filbanserin, last fall; the first prescription drug to address low libido in women. Some heralded the controversial medication as “the little pink pill,” seeing it as the female version of males’ blue Viagra pill, which a half-million men purchased in its first month on the market in 1998. Yet


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several months after its launch, only about 1,000 women had tried Addyi and many doctors declined to prescribe it, due to its lack of widespread efficacy and possible adverse side effects, including low blood pressure and fainting when combined with alcohol. “This is a complex problem that requires a complex solution,” says Honolulu-based naturopathic physician Laurie Steelsmith, author of Great Sex Naturally: Every Woman’s Guide to Enhancing Her Sexuality Through the Secrets of Natural Medicine. “For most women, drugs are not the answer.” She notes that for men, boosting libido is largely a matter of boosting circulation and blood flow to the penis. But for women, desire for lovemaking stems from an interplay of emotional, interpersonal, hormonal and anatomical drivers that make lack of desire harder to “treat”. The truth is that many simple, effective, non-drug approaches exist. As Boulder, Colorado, marriage therapist Michele Weiner Davis puts it, “There’s no reason why a woman wanting a more robust sex life cannot have one.”

Overall Health Check

The number one culprit for low libido in women is subpar physical health, says Steelsmith. “To be capable of fully enjoying pleasure, you need a healthy body.” Carrying excess

weight can both erode self-esteem and lead to reductions in a woman’s natural circulating testosterone, a critical hormone that helps ignite pleasure circuits in the female brain and increase sensitivity in the clitoris. Being underweight can result in fatigue and low sexual energy, diminished production of excitatory brain chemicals and low levels of estrogen, key for keeping a woman moist. Meanwhile, Steelsmith explains, excess stress can prompt the body to “steal” from libido-boosting hormones like progesterone in order to make more of the stress-hormone cortisol. High blood sugar can drive down testosterone, while high cholesterol can clog pelvic blood vessels, dulling sensation. Depression, diabetes and thyroid disorders are other major libido killers, says Clayton. “If you treat them effectively, you may see big improvements.” Women seeking to improve their sexual health should first try to achieve a healthy weight via diet and exercise, Steelsmith says. She recommends an organic diet rich in complex carbohydrates (which keep blood sugar balanced), lean protein (a precursor to desire-related neurotransmitters) and good fats (which help keep vulval tissues lubricated). Exercise—another circulation booster—is also key. Do it before a scheduled hot date for even better results. One 2014 study of 52 women found that those that worked out prior to an anticipated romantic encounter had significantly increased sexual desire.

Pamper Femaleness

Many women avoid sexual encounters for fear of sparking a urinary tract or vaginal infection. This becomes more common after age 40, as estrogen wanes and pelvic tissue thins and dries, leaving it more vulnerable to microbial invaders. Because semen is alkaline, it changes a woman’s vaginal pH, allowing unfriendly bacteria to thrive, says Steelsmith. Her advice: Always go to the bathroom and urinate after intercourse, and use natural lubricants, like vitamin E. For some women, she also recommends low-dose, prescription estrogen cream or suppositories.

If an infection occurs, try to treat it naturally, avoiding antibiotics, which can spark yeast overgrowth. Instead, Steelsmith recommends using tea tree oil, goldenseal, or probiotic douches or suppositories, available online and at health food stores. Kegel exercises are a famous aid, involving clamping down as if interrupting urine flow, before releasing and repeating. This not only help fends off urinary incontinence and infection, it also strengthens and firms pelvic muscles, rendering enhanced enjoyment for both partners.

sex. “Some people say, ‘Oh, but that’s not spontaneous enough,’” says Weiner Davis. “But even if you put it on the calendar, what you do with that time can still be spontaneous and playful.” While most women assume that they need to be in the mood first, research by University of British Columbia Psychiatrist Rosemary Basson suggests that in some women, desire only comes after physical arousal, especially by a loving partner that takes the time to meet her needs. “I wish I had a dollar for each time someone said to me, ‘I’m not in the mood, but once I get into it, I surprise myself, because I have a really good time,’” says Weiner Davis. She’s not advising women to make love when they really don’t want to, but rather to be open to it even when the circumstances aren’t ideal. “A lot of women feel like the house has to be clean, with the kids asleep and free of distracting noises,” she says. “Sometimes, just do it.”

Is Sex Essential? Make Time for Intimacy

Research has shown that over time, frequent lovemaking actually causes structural changes in certain areas of the brain as new connections form and sex-related regions grow stronger. Stop, and those areas atrophy, making physical intimacy feel awkward once it’s resurrected. A sexless relationship can also be emotionally devastating for the person, often the male, that wants more contact, says Weiner Davis, author of The Sex-Starved Marriage: Boosting Your Marriage Libido. “For the spouse yearning for touch, it is a huge deal,” she says. “It’s about feeling wanted, attractive and loved.” In her practice, she often sees couples that are mismatched in how they wish to demonstrate and receive love. Often, the woman wants to feel close emotionally before she can feel close physically. For the man, physical intimacy is a conduit for opening up emotionally. When both keep waiting to get what they want, the relationship suffers. She counsels couples to deliberately make time to address both partners’ needs. Schedule a long walk or intimate dinner to talk over feelings; also schedule

Clayton points out that while 42 percent of women experience either low sex drive or satisfaction, fewer than 12 percent are really bothered by it. “Some women experience great grief and loss about this. They say, ‘It used to be a part of my life and now it’s gone.’” For some in this subset that are unable to find relief via lifestyle changes, she would recommend Addyi, said to boost desire by changing brain chemicals. On the other hand, many women don’t need to take any action at all. “If someone has low sex drive and it doesn’t matter to them or their partner, it’s not a problem.” That said, the benefits of attending to an affectionate, healthy sex life can go far beyond the bedroom, improving overall health and strengthening relationships, notes Steelsmith. Sex burns calories, increases circulation, releases calming and painkilling hormones like prolactin and prompts production of the “bonding hormones” vasopressin and oxytocin. “When you are in a loving relationship and you express that love through your body, physiological changes occur that can help you bond more deeply with your partner,” she says. “The more you make love, the more love you make.” Lisa Marshall is a freelance health writer in Boulder, CO. Connect at

Five Common Libido Killers Birth Control Pills: Oral contraceptives can boost levels of sex hormone-binding globulin, which attaches to desire-promoting testosterone, making it harder for the body to access it. Antidepressants: Numerous antidepressant medications have been shown to decrease libido, but leaving depression untreated can kill sex drive even more; consider natural alternatives. Smoking: It impairs circulation to genitals. Alcohol: Too much alcohol lowers sexual response. Caffeine: Excess caffeine can erode levels of testosterone, which is vital for driving desire. Sources: Laurie Steelsmith, ND, and research studies

Nature’s Libido-Enhancers L-arginine: Boosts blood flow to sexual organs. Can be taken in supplement form or applied topically. Chinese ginseng (Panax ginseng): Considered a sexual tonic in Chinese medicine for its ability to stabilize sexual energy over time; also used to address vaginal dryness. Epimedium (horny goat weed): Said to stimulate nerves in genitals, support adrenal glands and boost levels of feel-good brain chemicals. Phenylethylamine: Sometimes referred to as the “romance chemical”, this stimulant and mood elevator is naturally released in the brain when we have an orgasm, exercise or eat chocolate; also available in supplement form. Maca: A Peruvian root used for centuries in that country to promote sexual energy, Maca is said to boost production of libido-boosting hormones. Source: Laurie Steelsmith, ND

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t seems that a common mineral supplement that costs just pennies per day can stimulate an underactive thyroid, restore metabolism to normal levels, curb excess appetite, banish fatigue and generally improve everyone’s health. Mounting scientific evidence shows that iodine may be an answer to many such health woes, especially for women. “The thyroid acts as a throttle, the gas pedal for all metabolic functions in the human body,” says Dr. Richard Shames, of San Rafael, California, author of Thyroid Mind Power. If the thyroid is a driving force of human physiology, then iodine is its key fuel, says Dr. Robert Thompson, of Soldotna, Alaska, author of What Doctors Fail to Tell You About Iodine & Your Thyroid. “Every single cell in your body depends on thyroid hormone, and the thyroid depends on iodine for proper functioning.” “Without sufficient thyroid hormone, we have low energy, slower metabolism, lower immunity to illness and impaired repair and maintenance of bones and joints,” explains Shames. After testing thousands of patients in his practice, Thompson estimates that 90 percent of North Americans are iodine deficient, citing what he calls “epidemic proportions” of hypothyroidism (low thyroid function)

with symptoms comprising obesity, fatigue, brain fog, irregular or absent menstrual periods, hair loss and heat and cold intolerance.

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Estrogen: Hypothyroidism is overwhelmingly a women’s disease, with women five to eight times more likely to suffer from it than men, according to the American Thyroid Association. “Estrogen inhibits the body’s natural ability to absorb and utilize iodine,” says Dr. Jorge Flechas, of Hendersonville, North Carolina, who specializes in thyroid disorders. “We find three periods in life when women need more iodine: at puberty and during both pregnancy and perimenopause or menopause. It’s because estrogen levels tend to fluctuate wildly at those times, neutralizing the ability of iodine gained through select foods to balance thyroid and other hormones.” Flechas prescribes iodine supplements for most women at all three stages of life. Toxic halogens: Iodine belongs to a group of halogens that includes chlorine, bromine and fluorine, three chemicals that are both toxic to the human body and block its ability to absorb iodine, explains Thompson. “They’re everywhere, in our air,

genetically modified water and food. It’s nearly Nine in 10 North impossible to avoid (GMO) crops, Roundup Americans may be herbicide and synthetic them,” reports Shames, a longtime advocate in chemical fertilizers iodine deficient. have undoubtedly the movement against the common practice ~ Dr. Robert Thompson worsened the situation.” of adding fluoride (a Sources of Iodine derivative of fluorine) and chlorine to It’s difficult to include sufficient municipal water. Fluoride is also added natural iodine in our daily diet unless to many brands of toothpaste. Bromide is we follow a Japanese-style diet that part of almost all commercial flour and includes lots of seaweed and saltwater flour products, as well as soft drinks. fish, says Shames. Other food sources Shames offers an historic insight. are shellfish, turkey, cheese, yogurt, “Fluoride was once used to slow down an overactive thyroid, as recommended milk, eggs, legumes, cranberries and strawberries. by the physicians’ bible, the Merck There is little agreement about Manuals. Now we’re putting it in the the optimal levels of iodine people water supply and wondering why we need. The U.S. Department of have a mushrooming epidemic of low Agriculture maintains that we need 150 thyroid incidence.” micrograms a day, but iodine advocates Food: “So-called ‘iodized’ salt are quick to point out that a person doesn’t contain much usable iodine, eating a typical Japanese diet (where and neither does pink Himalyan sea hypothyroidism, or low thyroid activity, salt,” Shames cautions. is rare) ingests 12.5 milligrams of We’ve known that our soil is iodine each day—83 times the amount deficient in essential minerals such recommended by the government. as iodine since at least 1936, when a Shames recommends getting an special U.S. Senate report concluded iodine lab test (available without a that our soil was already severely depleted. “This simply means that when prescription at to determine exact needs. Thompson we grow produce, the plants cannot recommends potassium iodide and extract these vital nutrients from the sodium iodide supplements for thyroid soil for us—including iodine—if those health. nutrients aren’t there in the first place,” says Thompson. If anything, he adds, Kathleen Barnes is author of numerous U.S. soils have become even more natural health books, including User’s sterile in the 80 years since the report Guide to Thyroid Disorders. and, “Factory farming and the use of



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Thyroid Toxins to Avoid Fluorine/fluoride n Fluoridated toothpaste n Unfiltered municipal drinking water n Some bottled teas n Teflon pans n Mechanically deboned chicken Chlorine/chloride n Virtually all municipal water n Swimming pools, spas n Poultry chilled in chlorinated water to kill bacteria n Chlorine bleaches and other conventional household cleaners

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FACIAL FITNESS Exercises to Tone Your Face and Neck by Kathleen Barnes


ravity takes its toll as years pass, and many women find themselves bemoaning crow’s feet, frown lines and turkey necks that make them look older than they feel. Experts point to the loss of “fat pads” in the cheeks, bone loss around the eye sockets and cheekbones and overall weak muscles as potential contributors to facial aging. Natural exercise programs designed to reverse these unpleasant signs of aging comprise a new fitness-for-beauty trend. “Face and neck muscles somehow have been left out of mainstream fitness programs,” observes Denver esthetician and massage therapist Grace Mosgeller, who addresses this void with her series of eight FaceFitnez audio and video exercises. “If you tone the muscles of your face and neck, the skin attached to those muscles firms and tones as well, creating a natural youthful look.” Muscular stress—the good kind— is at the core of facial fitness, says Mosgeller. She cite’s Wolff’s Law, a well-known medical theory that bone grows and remodels in response to the tension or muscle engagement put on it. “Regular facial exercise works the muscles to correct the loss of both muscle tone and bone density and build collagen. It might be called the equivalent of push-ups, pull-ups and abdominal tucks for the face.”

Carolyn Cleaves, owner of Carolyn’s Facial Fitness, in Seabeck, Washington, near Seattle, a former college professor, developed a facial exercise program for herself upon detecting early signs of aging. With the help of two primary care physicians, she designed a routine that includes 28 basic exercises that target all 57 facial muscles. “As we get older, we lose the underlying layer of fat just beneath the skin, and as a result, we look old and tired,” says Cleaves. She agrees that exercising the face actually helps rebuild lost bone, enlarges the muscles and also builds collagen. A study from the University of Rochester, in New York, confirms that loss of bone mass can start in women as early as age 40. It starts in men 16 to 25 years later. Mosgeller’s facial exercises work to fade wrinkles and lines and firm up sagging flesh, yielding visible results in as little as two weeks of dedicated training. She says, “Within six to nine months, it’s possible to look five to 10 years younger than when you started.” Her claims are verified by Dr. Carol Lipper, in Denver, who states, “I’ve done the exercises and they work. The trouble is compliance. It’s a lot of work.” She confirms that she saw improvement in her droopy eyelids after just two or three weeks of adhering to Mosgeller’s workouts.

“It seems that every three months or so, I see another leap in results and a younger look,” adds Cleaves of those using her program. Here are a few crucial areas to target, with just a few of these experts’ recommended remedies. Cleaves’ Crow’s Feet Eliminator: Place fingertips on top of the head, thumbs resting near the corners of the eyes. Shut eyes tightly and slide thumbs toward the temples for a count of five. Repeat 10 times. Mosgeller’s Rx for Droopy Eyelids: Place index finger on top of a closed eyelid, and then lift fingers up and slightly to the outside. Blink hard and hold. It’s preventive, as well as curative, says Mosgeller, so those

over 45 should repeat this 100 times a day, while younger individuals should repeat 20 to 50 times a day. Mosgeller’s Frown Line Eraser: Pull brows apart with fingers and hold for two seconds. Repeat 50 to 100 times up to six times per week. This is meant to relax and tone the muscles, not build them. Cleaves’ Turkey Neck Buster: Tilt the head back slightly. With palm facing the neck, grasp under the chin with a wide-open hand and slowly slide hand down to the collarbone; hold there while counting to 10. Repeat five times daily.




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How to Reboot Your Eating Habits Small Shifts Can Drop Pounds and Gain Health

Food Thought Habits

by Judith Fertig


ur food habits are often just that—mindless, repetitious eating behaviors. Some serve us well; others, not so much. Natural Awakenings asked experts to serve up many doable small changes that can add up to big shifts. According to Brian Wansink, Ph.D., the John S. Dyson professor of marketing at Cornell University and author of Mindless Eating, changing just one lifestyle habit can eliminate two or more pounds each week. By changing up to three habits, we may lose more weight. At a minimum, we will likely improve the quality of the food we eat overall.

Buying Behaviors

Wansink advises that having the only food on our kitchen counter be fruit encourages healthy snacking. At work, he suggests lunching away from our desk to discourage mindless eating. At restaurants, order half-size entrees, and then add a maximum of two items, such as soup and bread, salad and side dish or an appetizer and dessert. He recommends using a food shopping strategy to fill the cart with better food. With hunger sated first, chew on a natural gum while shopping; it discourages buying junk food. Secondly, habitually fill the front of the cart with produce. “We eat what we see,” he says. 28

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seven pounds in two weeks,” she says, “and I didn’t feel like I was on a diet.” Eating a big salad for lunch is a habit that author Victoria Moran, host of the award-winning Main Street Vegan online radio show, has adopted in her New York City home. She fills a big bowl with leafy greens, in-season vegetables, avocado and a light dressing. “This will set you up for the rest of the day,” says Moran. Pam Anderson, a mainstream food blogger in Darien, Connecticut, agrees. Six years ago, she lost 50 pounds and credits having a big green salad for lunch—one of her many small food habit changes—with helping her maintain a healthy weight, despite frequently testing and sampling recipes.

Food Choices

Consider starting the day with a new coffee habit. Dave Asprey, of Los Angeles, author of The Bulletproof Diet, uses organic coffee, brews with filtered water and blends the hot coffee with a pat of unsalted, grass-fed butter, a fat high in vitamins and omega-3 essential fatty acids, and a small spoonful of a coconut oil that doesn’t congeal at room temperature. Unlike a drive-through latte with sugar and carbohydrates, he maintains that this type of coffee, “makes you feel energized, focused and full for hours.” Asprey takes a biohacker’s approach to natural biologybased ways to maximize physical and mental performance. New York City writer Chris Gayomali tried Asprey’s recipe for two weeks. Although it didn’t curb his appetite, he says he felt more alert and “ready for life.” Upgrading the foods we love is also possible, says David Wann, of Golden, Colorado, author of Simple Prosperity. “Too often, we economize on food when we should be buying the best quality, freshest organic food we can,” he says. Rebecca Miller, who lives near Kansas City, Missouri, took Wann’s advice and cut costs in other ways instead. To her delight, she found that the fresher, better-tasting food prompted her to eat less, but eat better. “I lost

Doing too much for other people and not enough for ourselves can make our internal voice whisper, “I need comfort,” a thought that can generate overeating. In The Perfect Recipe for Losing Weight and Eating Great, Anderson suggests we ask ourselves what other triggers are prompting poor food habits. Upon reflection, we can prioritize emotional and physical health with planned, smaller, varied, healthy, delicious meals; it’s a habit that works for her. Elizabeth Lombardo, Ph.D., a psychologist in Lake Forest, Illinois, and bestselling author of Better Than Perfect, assures, “If we fall off the healthy eating wagon, it’s not failure, it’s data.” She believes reaching for the chocolate chip cookies in the vending machine after a stressful morning should be viewed from a scientific standpoint, not via our inner finger-pointing judge. “What are the factors that influenced our decision: stress, hunger or a desire for distraction? That’s great information,” says Lombardo. She proposes that we can then prepare to counter a future snack attack with handy healthy bites, a mindfulness break, a quick walk outside or other naturally healthful stress-relievers. Changing our food habits, one at a time, can help us live better going forward.   Judith Fertig is the author of awardwinning cookbooks and blogs at from Overland Park, KS.

Recipes for a Bouquet of Benefits

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Eating a wide variety of colors in your meal can lead to more satiation. As explained in Judith Fertig’s “A Rainbow of Benefits,” each color of vegetable contains different phytonutrients and antioxidants that boost the immune system and increase energy. “Eating a meal with all the colors of the rainbow provides a variety of nutrients, helping us feel full and satisfied,” says Chef Allie McFee. “Seeing the abundance of colors pleases our senses and makes us feel like we are receiving more on our plate.” McFee also recommends getting creative with your vegetables and fruits by instead of making a typical sweet fruit smoothie, make it with roasted pumpkin and warming spices such as cinnamon.

Put all into a high speed blender and blend.

Rainbow Salad Yields: 2 servings 4 cup packed spinach 1/2 cup tomato, chopped 3/4 cup shredded carrot 1/3 cup yellow pepper, julienned 1/3 cup avocado, sliced 1/3 cup blackberry 1/2 cup beets, shredded 1/3 cup green cabbage or daikon radish, shredded 2 Tbsp hemp seeds, sprinkled on top Put spinach in a bowl. Shred or julienne each veggie, one at a time, and place them around the bowl in separate categories. Sprinkle hemp seeds on top. Serve with Balsamic dressing.

For more plant-based recipes, visit Allie McFee’s blog at Here’s a spring farm salad that is a canvas for kitchen creativity. Prepare the recipe as-is for a simple, fresh vegan lunch or add walnuts and crumbled goat cheese (or almonds and shaved parmesan) for an additional boost of protein.

Barley Salad with Radishes, Asparagus and Green Onions Yield: 4-6 servings 1 cup pearled barley 1 lb asparagus, cut into 1-inch pieces and cooked until just tender, blanched in cold water 2 celery stalks, diced 6-8 radishes, thinly sliced 1/4 cup chopped green onions, white and green parts Dressing 3 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil 3 Tbsp lemon juice 1.5 Tbsp part white wine vinegar or white balsamic vinegar Salt and pepper to taste

Yields: 1 serving

Cook barley according to package directions. Make sure not to overcook. Drain and rinse with cold water to stop cooking. Put the barley in a big bowl and add the asparagus, celery, radishes, and green onion. In a jar with a lid, mix ingredients for the dressing. Pour over salad and mix gently before serving.

1 cup almond milk 1/3 cup baked pumpkin or canned pumpkin puree

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Pumpkin Spice Smoothie

Healthy and Tasty Raw Chocolate Mousse 1 ripe avocado (cut and deseeded) 1/4 cup coconut meat (“young” recommended but optional) 1/2 cup water 1/4 cup agave nectar or honey (adjust to taste) 1/2 cup made up of equal portions of carob & raw cacao powder Pinch Himalayan pink salt 1/4 tsp cinnamon powder In a high-speed blender, blend coconut meat with water for even consistency. Add avocado and rest of the ingredients. Serve in dessert glasses and chill in fridge for 30 minutes. Note: Use ripe avocados for best results. Avocado makes it thick and rich, but cannot be detected in the flavor. Nutrition note: Raw cacao is one of the most powerful antioxidants on the planet, rich in essential minerals, including magnesium, sulfur, calcium, iron, zinc, copper, potassium and manganese. Carob powder is caffeinefree and contains 50 percent more calcium than cacao. Recipe courtesy of Sunita Vira, Raw Food Chef and Nutrition Educator and Founder of the Raw Food Center, Chicago and Singapore. Contact Sunita at for fun culinary programs, workshops and cleanses.

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SWAP Meat for Seafood See how seafood transforms traditional dishes


ow more than ever, food choices matter. People want healthy, environmentally friendly foods without sacrificing flavor. Substituting the traditional protein in your favorite dishes with seafood is one deliciously smart way to satisfy these demands. Seafood offers numerous health benefits. In fact, because seafood is high in protein, omega-3 fatty acids and essential vitamins and minerals, but low in saturated fat and calories, several health organizations recommend two servings per week. When it comes to the environment, seafood offers an advantage as well – it’s the most environmentally friendly of all the animal proteins. In a comparison of environmental costs, wild-capture fisheries have a miniscule cost compared to foods such as beef, chicken, pork and dairy. Changing up traditional meals to incorporate the goodness of seafood is easier than you may think. Just pick a nonseafood protein dish that you regularly enjoy, and replace the protein with one of Alaska’s many species of seafood. For example, replace veal in veal parmesan with delicious Alaska cod or the chicken in chicken Marsala with flavorful Alaska salmon.

1/8 teaspoon dried basil 1/8 teaspoon dried oregano 1/8 teaspoon onion powder 4 Alaska cod fillets (4-6 ounces each) 2 tablespoons shredded Parmesan cheese, divided In nonstick skillet, saute zucchini slices in butter and oil just until soft. Add salt and pepper, to taste. Keep warm. Heat oven to broil setting. Mix grated Parmesan cheese, mayonnaise, lemon juice, basil, oregano and onion powder together. Add salt and pepper, to taste. Divide and spread topping onto the top of each fillet. Place fillets on foil-lined broiler pan. Broil 5-7 inches from broiler element for 3 minutes, or until top is browned and bubbly. Reduce heat to 300 F and cook 3-5 more minutes. Cook until fish is opaque throughout. To serve, place 1/4 of zucchini on each plate. Top with cod fillet and garnish with 1/2 tablespoon shredded cheese.

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Serves: 4 Prep time: 15 minutes Cook time: 20 minutes 1/4 cup olive oil 1/2 cup red onion 2 teaspoons garlic, chopped 1/2 cup red bell pepper, diced 1/2 cup green bell pepper, diced salt and pepper, to taste 4 tablespoons flour 2 cups chicken stock 1/2 cup tomato, seeded and chopped 2 teaspoons fresh thyme 4 wild Alaska cod or pollock fillets (4-6 ounces each) 2 cups mashed potatoes, warmed 4 fresh thyme sprigs, for garnish In hot saute pan, cook olive oil, onion and garlic for 1 minute. Add both peppers and salt and pepper, and saute 2 minutes. Add flour and stir until flour turns light brown. Add chicken stock and stir until liquid smooths and starts to thicken. Add tomato and thyme. Season fish with salt and pepper, to taste, and place into simmering sauce and cover. Cook 3-4 minutes, carefully turn,

cover and continue to cook until done, 3-4 minutes. To serve, place 1/2 cup of mashed potatoes on 4 serving plates. Carefully remove each piece of fish and place on top of mashed potatoes. Evenly divide sauce over each piece of fish. Garnish each plate with 1 sprig of fresh thyme, if desired.

Off heat, add wine to pan, scraping bits off the bottom. Return pan to heat and add mushrooms. Season with salt and pepper, to taste, and cook for 1 minute. Add stock and thyme, and let liquid reduce by half. Return salmon fillets to pan. Cook, while basting fish, until fillets are heated through. Remove fillets to 4 serving plates. Return pan to heat, add cold butter and swirl until incorporated and sauce slightly thickens. Remove from heat and divide sauce evenly over salmon fillets. Garnish each plate with 1 thyme sprig, if desired.


For many ingredients, substitutions are no problem. For example, pollock, which is a member of the cod family and shares many of its attributes, including a firm texture, mild flavor and snow-white fillets loaded with lean protein, works in any recipe calling for cod. However, at the fish counter it pays to pay attention to names because the Food & Drug Administration regulates what foods sold in the United States are called. This allows consumers to know more about their origin and be confident in the safety and environmental standards used to raise or harvest the product.

Salmon Marsala

Serves: 4 Prep time: 10 minutes Cook time: 20 minutes 4 Alaska salmon fillets (4-6 ounces each) salt and pepper, to taste 2 cups flour 1/2 cup olive oil 1 cup Marsala wine 2 cups mushrooms, sliced 2 cups chicken stock 2 teaspoons fresh thyme 2 tablespoons cold butter 4 fresh thyme sprigs, for garnish

Recently, the FDA made a change regarding pollock. Alaska pollock was previously a species name, which meant pollock from Russia or China could be sold as Alaska pollock. To clear up the confusion and help ensure consumers know the source of their food, now only pollock from Alaska can be called Alaska pollock. Find easier, meatless recipes and inspiration at

Season salmon fillets with salt and pepper, to taste. On plate, season flour with salt and pepper, to taste. Dredge both sides of each salmon fillet in seasoned flour, shaking off excess. Heat large saute pan and add olive oil then place each piece of salmon in pan. Cook for 2-4 minutes, turn fillets over and cook until almost done. Remove fillets from pan; set aside.



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Alaska Salmon Cake Eggs Benedict

Serves 4 Prep Time 20 minutes Cook Time 20 minutes Ingredients 1 package (about 1 oz.) Hollandaise sauce mix 1 can (14.75 oz.) or 2 cans (7.5 oz. each) traditional-pack Alaska Salmon or 2 cans or pouches (6 to 7.1 oz. each) skinless, boneless salmon, drained and chunked 2 large English muffins, split 5 large eggs 1/4 cup regular or low-fat sour cream 2 teaspoons lemon pepper seasoning 1/4 cup sliced green onion 3 Tablespoons garlic-and-herb dry breadcrumbs Vegetable oil, as needed Butter, as needed Directions Prepare Hollandaise sauce according to package directions; cover and keep warm. Toast muffins; lightly butter and keep warm. In a large bowl, whisk 1 egg lightly. Add sour cream, lemon pepper and green onion; mix well.  Add drained salmon and breadcrumbs; mix well.  Shape into 4 patties.  Coat a large nonstick skillet lightly with oil (about 2 Tablespoons).  Over medium-high heat, cook salmon patties, about 3 minutes per side, until crisp and deep golden brown on both sides.  Remove from pan and keep warm. Wipe skillet clean with a paper towel.  Add a light coating of oil to pan; heat over medium-high heat.  Crack eggs gently into pan.  Wait 1 minute, then add 1/2 cup of water.  Cover and cook until eggs are opaque on top, similar to a poached egg.  For each serving, place a muffin half on a plate.  Top with a warm salmon cake.  Remove an egg from pan with a slotted spoon/spatula; place over salmon.  Spoon on Hollandaise sauce.  Serve immediately. Recipe by Ryan and Sara Hall 32

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Seniors, Teens and Tykes Enriching Programs Unite the Generations

by Linda Sechrist n intergenerational programs on life can be helpful. Broadening throughout the U.S. and in Europe, everyone’s relationship scope to thousands of “youngers” and “elders” include “May-December” friendships are building bridges that were forged creates the potential for the kind of naturally before family members spread life-changing possibilities experienced out and many retirees departed for by a troubled young man named warmer climes. Harold when he struck up a surprising Based on a U.S. adult population friendship with a life-loving woman of 41 million people 65 years and older as old as his grandmother in the film and 74 million youths up to the age Harold and Maude. of 17, the current generation gap is In real life, “I had the blessing of already unprecedented. By 2030, those growing up in an intergenerational numbers will increase to 72 million family,” says Yvette McGlasson, director and 80 million, respectively, according of port revenue for the PPI Group, in to the international nonprofit Calouste Pompano, Florida. The 17-year veteran Gulbenkian Foundation. Along with of the cruise industry is a former Generation Waking Up, Wiser Together Holland America cruise director whose and others, it’s working to foster better career at sea launched her into work as social cohesion in ways that help a director of events for age-restricted individuals of all ages lead richer and (55-plus) gated communities such more rewarding lives. as Del Webb Lake Providence, near Nashville. Two-Way Mentoring “As a child, I was told I had to Providing nurturing opportunities listen to my elders as a sign of respect. for individuals to look at life through The many memorable times spent with the eyes of others with dissimilar my grandparents, my mother’s friends experiences that have led them to and a great aunt who lived to 101, different assumptions and perspectives soon turned my resignation into an


active desire to spend time with my elders. Their experiences and wisdom were fascinating and I understood that their shared life lessons could prove invaluable to me,” says McGlasson. The experience inspired her to develop a multigenerational “grandparents at-large” partnership with an elementary school across the street from the Del Webb community. The school principal recognized that residents would be valuable mentors, able to fill an emotional void for the latchkey kids of working parents, plus foster a deeper appreciation for their elders among the children. “In this paradigm of mentorship, young people are mentoring their elders and elders are mentoring young people and together, we’re co-creating something new,” says Joshua Gorman, the founder of Generation Waking Up, based in Oakland, California.

Facilitating Connections

Since launching their first multigenerational initiative at the Shambhala Institute in 2004, partnering across age groups has been at the forefront of Juanita Brown and David Isaacs’ work as co-founders and hosts of the World Café global learning community. “We cultivate collaboration through conversations that matter in order to leverage the unique gifts of every generation in addressing humanity’s most critical issues,” says Brown. Such conversations—in which

elders and young people give up the cultural and societal norms and habits that shape so much of their thinking— offer both groups opportunities to discern the possibilities inherent in mutual insight, innovation and action. When a young Clarissa Tufts, program coordinator and family liaison for the SelfDesign Learning Community, in British Columbia, was working on her master’s degree from the SelfDesign Graduate Institute, she sought out mentor Anne Adams, a faculty member in her 70s who worked with Tufts for 18 months. “Anne’s earliest statements, ‘I’m here to support you in being the best you can be’ and ‘I get energized by talking with young people and hearing their ideas,’ felt good and let me know that we were both benefitting from our relationship and building something together,” says Tufts. Stimulating cooperation and collaboration among generations evokes the vibrancy, energy and productivity that occur when people cross-pollinate ideas and perspectives. It can also provide a sense of purpose, improve confidence and social skills, create solutions to societal challenges, help resolve emotional and behavioral problems and lift depression, all enhancing productive engagement in life. Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings. Connect at

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aving regular positive interactions with family and friends and being involved in several different social networks can help older adults be healthier, according to recent research published by the American Psychological Association. This fact inspired the intergenerational living model embod-ied by Cleveland’s Judson Manor retirement community. Resident students attending the Cleveland Institutes of Art and Music teach older residents how to use computers for email, social media and Skype, with unlimited personal access included among the amenities associated with the affordable housing. These neighbors from different generations also join in art projects and attend movies together. This innovative approach helps solve the housing crisis faced by many cities while addressing social issues of isolation as the young people spontaneously converse with seniors about their studies, activities and other happenings in the outside world.

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Where to Unload the Unsold

Tips for the Best Yard Sale Ever How to Profitably Give Unwanted Stuff a New Life by Sarah Tarver-Wahlquist


ach American discards an average of 4.4 pounds of personal garbage a day according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Half of what we toss can be recycled. A yard sale can both clear out the clutter and keep reusable items in circulation.

Assemble Merchandise

In assembling merchandise from all around the house, make it a family affair, with everyone contributing things to consider together. Before putting any item in the “keep” pile, ask: How long have I lived with this? How often did I need it? How often will I use it now and in the future? Check with neighbors and friends to see if they want to join in a multi-family sale likely to draw more potential buyers.


Getting the word out is essential. Place a yard sale listing in a local newspaper, either for free or a small fee. Free online posting is available at and Also, post flyers (on recycled paper) seven to 10 days before the sale along busy streets in the community. On the event day, make sure that large, bright signs in the neighborhood lead buyers to the sale. Reuse cardboard from old boxes to save money 34

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and recycle signs and flyers afterwards. Cindy Skrzynecki, of Minneapolis, who has monitored the phenomenon, notes, “Shoppers tend to equate the size of a sign with the size of a sale, so a few large, well-placed signs may draw more people to you than several smaller signs.” Skrzynecki says that holiday weekends or weekends that coincide with popular local events are excellent because, “You’ll provide a fun activity for people that stay in town.”

Set Up

How items are displayed is important. Here’s how to make old stuff as attractive as possible to buyers. The cleaner the better. Make sure all items are presentable. Make items visible. Arrange a display that’s catchy and organized. Use tabletops and bookcases; even improvised surfaces can work, such as plywood atop buckets.

Show clothing effectively. Hangers are better than

folded piles that get messy.

Does this thing work? Have an extension cord handy so people can test electrical devices, and provide a measuring tape for furniture and other large items. Have batteries on hand for testing items like flashlights or electronic games. Label things that don’t work and price accordingly for those that

Electronics Industries Alliance Environment Consumer Education Initiative—Many organizations will refurbish and donate used electronics to charities and nonprofits that can use them. Those that recycle ancient or broken equipment can be found at—This service matches business and household item donations with the wish lists of nonprofits that provide pick-ups. Goodwill Industries—Check the

yellow pages or to find a nearby donation site and store; 85 percent of profits support employment services.

The Salvation Army—Check the

yellow pages or SalvationArmyUSA. org to find the organization’s nearest donation site (by zip code) or schedule a pickup (click Ways You Can Help); 100 percent of profits from sales fund its service programs.

Vietnam Veterans of America—Pick-ups usually can be sched-

uled the same week; accepts a full range of household items for use by veterans’ families ( know how to fix things or strip parts. Ensure the price is right. All items should be clearly priced via a small sticker; buyers quickly tire of asking and sellers may not recall earlier answers. For multiple sellers, use a different colored sticker for each, remove the stickers as items sell, and use the totals from the stickers to divide profits at day’s end. Use creative labeling. Provide buyers with uses for odd items. Sunny Wicka, author of Garage Sale Shopper, says, “Sales can be made solely by suggesting a novel use.” Also spark the shopper’s imagination by combining art supplies—like old magazines,

papers, markers, paints and knickknacks—on a table labeled “Great for Art!” or group household items, crates and blankets labeled “Going Away to College?” Prepare for early birds. Yard sale pros arrive early to scour sales for the best deals. Be prepared to bargain or else make it clear that prices are fixed via a few friendly signs. After the initial rush, consider accepting bargain offers. During the final hour, consider cutting prices in half.

Ready, Set, Sell

Summer and early fall are good times for yard sales. Make it exceptional, a place where people will have fun and want to hang around (more browsing time often means more purchases). Play upbeat music, set up a children’s play area and maybe a kids’ lemonade stand as cool drinks help keep shoppers refreshed and cheerful. Consider sharing the fruits of family hobbies such as homemade items, plant cuttings or herbs in hand-painted clay pots and cut flowers. Shoppers appreciate such personal touches.

Arrange for the Aftermath

Arrange a charity donation pick-up beforehand to truck away leftover items. The Salvation Army and Vietnam Veterans of America regularly move still useful items into welcoming homes. For those that enjoy throwing yard sales, consider organizing charity yard sales in the community. Engage a local place of worship, neighborhood association or school to help people recycle their old stuff while also raising funds for worthy causes. Sarah Tarver-Wahlquist is a frequent contributor to Green American magazine (, from which this was adapted. For more tips, visit

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Stressed-Out Pets Natural Ways to Calm Fear and Anxiety by Sandra Murphy


hile most American pets live on easy street, with meals, treats, exercise outings and affection provided, the good life also poses challenges—dogs and cats can get stressed. “Basic stress is fearbased. Separation or isolation anxiety requires in-depth training,” says JennaLee Gallicchio, a certified separation anxiety trainer who uses scientific and handsoff techniques at her All Stars Dog Training, in Bedminster, New Jersey. She authors a bestselling series that was launched with The Secret to Getting Your Dog to Do What You Want. A drug like Reconcile, the pet version of Prozac, looks like a quick fix, but can bring many harmful side effects. Laurel Braitman, Ph.D., of Sausalito, California, bestselling author of Animal Madness: How Anxious Dogs, Compulsive Parrots, and Elephants in Recovery Help Us Understand Ourselves, estimates that 70 million U.S. dogs are given the same drugs their humans use for anxiety or depression. Considering the potential dangers, such drugs should only be used briefly as a last resort with veterinary supervision to ensure the proper dosage based on age, size and temperament. There are more natural and safer alternatives.

Common Stressors

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Add in a new home, baby, another pet or anticipation of car rides associated with fear of the veterinarian and even normally mellow pets can get upset. Irregular work hours undermine established routines. Pet or human health issues, plus household drama, add special reasons to fret. Pets separated from their litters too early can experience anxiety as adults.

Stress Less Strategies

“Let your dog have a space where he can retreat when he’s had enough,” advises Dr. Carol Osborne, owner of Ohio’s Chagrin Falls Veterinary Center & Pet Clinic. She recommends Bach’s Five Flower Formula, diluted chamomile essential oil or a pet-safe tincture of the Chinese herb skullcap for additional relief. Dogs like routine. “Regular exercise helps, including two, 20-minute daily walks. A tired pet is a happy pet,” Osborne says. “Walks can eliminate stress and anxiety by 50 percent for you both.” “Cats need exercise that mimics hunting; cats stare and plan, stalk or chase, pounce and grab,” says Marci Koski, certified by the Animal Behavior Institute and owner of Feline Behav-

Signs of Pet Stress 4 Aggression toward people or other animals 4 Digestive problems 4 Excessive barking/meowing 4 Forgetful of housetraining 4 Increased sleep 4 Isolation 4 Loss of appetite 4 Pacing 4 Pulling out fur ior Solutions, in Vancouver, Washington. “An indoor cat’s prey drive can be met with interactive toys.” A place to climb or hide and a window with a view will help as will periodic playtime catching moving toys; with nothing to catch, a laser pointer’s red dots are frustrating for a cat and a potential danger to its eyes. “Two of my large dogs were anxious during a three-day power outage,” says Kimberly Gauthier, a dog nutrition blogger at, in Marysville, Washington. “I add Ewegurt, a sheep’s milk yogurt, to their food to calm them when needed.” Clicker training rewards desired behaviors. “Ralphie, an Italian greyhound mix, was protective, but also fearful; before going outside, we’d practice sit, stay and come using a click/ treat. Now he sees other dogs without

reacting,” relates Katrina Wilhelm, a naturopathic physician and owner of, in Lake Oswego, Oregon. It works when someone knocks on the door, too. Soothing music covers the sounds of storms and fireworks, counsels Lisa Spector, an award-winning concert pianist in Half Moon Bay, California, who creates the Through a Dog’s Ear clinically tested music series to relieve pet anxiety, inclusive of cats. “Although many holistic animal lovers want natural stress relievers, few think of auditory options,” she says. Getting kitty into her carrier to go to the vet isn’t always easy. London’s Simon Tofield, animator and cartoonist for Simon’s Cats videos and books, suggests making the crate comfy and leaving it out so the cat gets used to it; keeping it out of reach of curious dogs at the vet’s office; and only opening it upon arrival in the exam room. His local vet staff explains more at

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“Stressors for dogs and cats are different. As a veterinarian, I explain situations from the animal’s perspective,” says Jennifer Quammen, with the Grants Lick Veterinary Hospital, in Butler, Kentucky. “I say, ‘From the cat’s point of view…’ As the animal advocate, I feel it’s my professional obligation.” “We bring pets into our world and expect them to adjust. Dogs, in particular, try so hard,” says Spector. They need our attention, shared activities and most of all, our understanding.

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The Power of Emotional Therapy Dogs for Children Increasing connection and communication while decreasing stress

by Mary Oquendo


hen you think of childhood, what visions come to mind? Is it any number of idyllic scenarios where a child is loved and has no worries in the world? Unfortunately, that is not always the case. Many children have to contend with the aftermath of school shootings, natural disasters, sudden peer deaths, physical/sexual abuse and unstable home environments. Without intervention, these children can suffer both short- and long-term effects. One way to help these children overcome traumatic events is with emotional therapy dogs. Dogs offer a nonthreatening therapeutic option for children who may be fearful of adults. The very presence of a dog may provide that child a safe harbor. The physical benefits of therapy dogs can include decreasing the levels of the stress hormone cortisol, increasing the “happy” hormones oxytocin and dopamine and lowering blood pressure. The mental and emotional benefits of the interaction can encourage a child to participate in the therapy, decrease emotional distress, reduce thoughts of alienation, and increase verbal communication and socialization. While service dogs require extensive training to help with mobility, hearing, sight, medical response, autism and psychiatric assistance, emotional support dogs need little training. They need to have a calm temperament and enjoy being petted by many people while not being easily frightened or overly excitable. Emotional therapy dogs can provide service to individual children or large groups. Gizmo is a certified therapy dog with Paws For Friendship, Inc. (, a nonprofit originally founded in 1993 in Nebraska that offers community outreach, mentoring and other therapy pet programs. The barely four-pound dog’s owner and partner, Jen Adams, knew he was destined for therapy work from the start. “Even 38

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as a puppy, Gizmo seemed to be in tune with people’s emotions. One of the earliest times he showed us this was one day when we were walking on a trail in the woods. There was a teenage boy sitting against a tree a little way off the trail. Gizmo walked directly over to him and crawled in his lap! I asked the boy if that was ok with him, but he would not answer. He sat quietly as he began to gently pet Gizmo. Gizmo nestled in closer. Since the boy refused to talk and looked comfortable with Gizmo on his lap, I simply stayed near. Soon a woman came walking down the trail. She stopped and introduced herself as the boy’s mother. I explained how Gizmo sat in his lap and wouldn’t move. The woman’s eyes filled with tears, and she explained that the boy had just lost his father in an accident. Gizmo knew.” Gizmo started his training at a commercial training facility. He began with puppy and basic obedience classes and then passed the evaluation to become certified with Paws For Friendship at age two with a trainer’s help. Three years later, Gizmo and Adams continue to visit hospitals, schools, nursing homes, juvenile detention facilities, group homes, a dialysis clinic and rehab facilities. Gizmo is Hartford Public Library’s Paws To Read dog and the Official K9 Unit of their Security Team. Most recently, Gizmo became the first known therapy dog in Connecticut to join a Community Emergency Response Team (CERT). Adams is currently working toward a master’s degree in human service counseling – crisis response and trauma. She and Gizmo will team up as CERT members to provide psychological first aid to those in disaster or crisis situations when CERT is activated. Their work with CERT might involve visiting storm shelters, sitting with families who are waiting to hear from loved ones in a search and rescue situation, or visiting with families who are displaced after a fire. Gizmo also makes public appearances to raise awareness for a number of causes, including pet rescue, cancer research, disabilities awareness, children’s and veteran’s charities and more. He has appeared on nationally syndicated TV shows in both the U.S. and Canada, and has his own spot on Pet Radio called “The Gizmo Report.” “Gizmo has impacted many lives, my own life included. He found me shortly after a very difficult life transition. Gizmo forced me and taught me how to step out of myself and reach out to others. He taught me the power of kindness and compassion and forgiveness and unconditional love. He taught me that just being me is enough. And he guided me through the darkness into an amazing new light. It’s like his presence in my life woke me up! And I learned just to follow his lead.” While you cannot always shield your children from the horrors in life, you can help them recover with emotional support dogs like Gizmo. Mary Oquendo is a Reiki master, advanced crystal master and certified master pet tech pet first aid instructor and the co-owner of Hands and Paws-Reiki for All. To learn more about Gizmo and see where he is making his next appearance, visit

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CranioSacral Therapy What is CranioSacral Therapy? CranioSacral Therapy (CST) is a gentle, hands-on method of evaluating and enhancing the functioning of a physiological body system called the craniosacral system, which is comprised of the membranes and cerebrospinal fluid that surround and protect the brain and spinal cord. CranioSacral Therapy practitioners use soft palpation to release restrictions in the craniosacral system, producing profound effects on central nervous system performance, overall body pain, and mobility. CST complements the body’s natural healing processes and patients report improvement for a wide range of medical problems including headaches, neck and back pain, Temporomandibular Joint Syndrome (TMJ), central nervous system disorders, motor-coordination impairments, orthopedic problems, neurovascular or immune disorders, fibromyalgia and other connective-tissue disorders, learning challenges such as ADD and ADHD, emotional difficulties, as well as other ailments. Former professional football players and others who suffer from post-concussion syndrome, CTE and traumatic brain injury who have recently received CranioSacral Therapy sessions have also reported improvement from many of their symptoms and dysfunctions related to their injuries. Because of its light touch (about the weight of a nickel) and noninvasive technique – CST can be safely used on patients of all ages, from newborns to senior citizens – and on those with varying degrees of pain. Patients find the technique extremely relaxing. It is very effective for reducing stress and is increasingly being used as a preventive

Development of CranioSacral Therapy CranioSacral Therapy was pioneered and developed by osteopathic physician John E. Upledger (1932-2012) following extensive scientific studies from 1975 to 1983 at Michigan State University, where he served as a clinical researcher and Professor of Biomechanics. His success with alleviating pain and dysfunction through the use of CranioSacral Therapy fueled his dream to help vast numbers of people. In 1985, he founded The Upledger Institute (UI) to continue advancing and spreading the word of this effective, light-touch modality to healthcare providers worldwide. Now, more than 30 years later, UI has become a highly respected provider of continuing healthcare education around the globe. More than 100,000 practitioners of varying disciplines (massage, physical, occupational therapists, chiropractors, medical doctors and osteopathic physicians, doctors of acupuncture, psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, dentists, and others) have received their Upledger CranioSacral Therapy training at workshops held in cities and towns – in their native language – in over 110 countries. Dr. Upledger advocated tirelessly for the general acceptance of hands-on work and other leading-edge alternative

and complementary healthcare modalities. The development of CranioSacral Therapy and the work of The Upledger Institute led to Dr. Upledger serving on the Alternative Medicine Program Advisory Council for the Office of Alternative Medicine at the National Institutes of Health in Washington, D.C., and his recognition in TIME magazine as one of America’s “Next Wave of Innovators” for his proven clinical applications of this therapy. As the benefits of CranioSacral Therapy have become widely accepted, clients and patients continue to range from celebrities to professional athletes, including historically high profile cases such as the conjoined Egyptian twins.  Anyone can learn the light-touch techniques of CranioSacral Therapy, but to perform techniques on others an individual needs to be a licensed therapist (massage, physical, or occupational) or a physician (medical, osteopathic or doctor of acupuncture). The Upledger Institute offers four, four-day core workshops that lead to Techniques Certification including CranioSacral Therapy 1, CranioSacral Therapy 2, SomatoEmotional Release 1, and SomatoEmotional Release 2. Following Techniques Certification, there are two CranioSacral Advanced Classes and Diplomate Certification. For more information on The Upledger Institute International and their CranioSacral Therapy classes, visit or call 800-233-5880.

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Thriving Through Menopause With Yoga by Sheena Powell Szuri


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had my first massage while I was still in college. I remember thinking it was the most healing experience of my life. I quickly realized that I wanted to learn a lot more about health and wellness so I signed up for as many workshops and trainings as I could in massage therapy, energy medicine, yoga, and meditation. Flash forward several certifications and 15 years later, and I am mentoring hundreds of women in who are working in the wellness industry. Whether you’ve considered a yoga teacher training or heading back to school to study nutrition, wellness is a journey that has endless possibilities. The global wellness industry is a $3.4 trillion market, or 3.4 times larger than the worldwide pharmaceutical industry. This includes many different categories such as workplace wellness, weight loss, alternative medicine and organic beauty. Because more and more Americans are adopting lifestyles that promote well-being, jobs in this field are among the fastest growing occupations. About a third of Americans are now using alternative healing to supplement the care that they get from doctors. If your friends and family always turn to you for health advice or you are passionate about reading and sharing wellness information, maybe you should turn that passion into a career. The first thing that I recommend if you want to work in the wellness industry is getting clear about the type of work that you want to do. You have to ask yourself: What type of clients do I want? What kind of environment would be ideal for me? What kind of one-on-one services or classes appeal to me? This requires both self-reflection and observation about the wellness market in your community. Secondly, you have to prepare for the entrepreneurship

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The Wailers Inspire Through Life and Song

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One Love for People and the Planet by Meredith Montgomery


s the Wailers tour the U.S. this spring and summer, including the Side Bar Theater in Tallahassee on May 23 and the High Dive in Gainesville on May 24, their music will lift spirits and spread the same positive vibes that it has for decades. Together with Bob Marley, the Wailers have sold over 250 million albums, and for many people around the world, their catalog of songs defines reggae music. According to Wailers lead singer Dwayne “Danglin” Anglin, the music is “timeless because it is based on real people, real situations, real experiences. The message of the music and the mood that it sets are the two things that give it a certain uniqueness, a profoundness and relevance that will sustain through all time.” Rastafarianism is the foundation of reggae and the inspiration behind the spiritually and socially driven lyrics in Bob Marley and the Wailers’ music. “We believe in love and harmony and wherever these two things are lacking, Rastafari is trying to instill them,” Anglin says. Their 42

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deep respect for the environment lies in an understanding of the relationship between humans and nature. With a commitment to peaceful interactions between plants, animals, mankind and the natural elements, oneness can be achieved. Anglin describes natural living as the less abusive choice—both to the environment and to one’s own life. “If you pollute the air, then the water will be polluted as well, and if you drink the water, the water will in turn pollute the body, and if the body is polluted then the body deteriorates. It’s a cycle,” he says, “and you have to protect each other and each aspect of the cycle so that all elements on earth can coexist effectively.”

The singer’s peaceful lifestyle involves a natural, plant-based diet. “Plants and vegetables only need natural resources to grow, but when artificial elements are added as mankind attempts to manipulate nature’s timeline, there is no real nutritious value in what is grown, leading to corruption of mind, body and soul,” says Anglin. He notes that a desire for power can also drive manipulation when instead “we should just move as one people and ignore everything that is physical and everything that is visual, knowing that the spiritual is the most important.” Beyond singing about social consciousness, the Wailers help feed thousands of starving children around the

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globe. “Music is a universal means of expression, and we are lucky to have a direct line to the people, so we can influence and encourage and inspire people to do good and to live well,” says Anglin. In 2008, the group founded I Went Hungry, a global music industry initiative to help eradicate hunger. Upon learning that a child dies of hunger every six seconds, the Wailers began donating their tour catering to homeless people, subsequently enlisting fellow musicians to do the same. Since 2009, the Wailers have been ambassadors of The World Food Program, spreading awareness of world hunger and generating proceeds to support this humanitarian organization, which serves as the United Nations’ frontline agency for hunger solutions. When asked what song he likes to perform the most, Anglin compares their catalog of songs to a buffet of all his favorite foods. “It’s impossible to pick because I love everything on the menu,” he enthuses. “Every Bob Marley song is so good and so influential and inspirational that I can just close my eyes and choose.” Playing an average of 200 dates a year, the Wailers’ high energy and varied performances feature songs from their extensive discography, including those from Legend, which is the best-selling reggae album of all time. Its 2014 re-release topped Billboard’s Top 5. The set list for a Wailers show is determined by what the band thinks the audience needs to hear. Anglin says, “We pay attention to what’s going on in the world and in the region to put together the best set of songs. It’s not just entertainment—we’re here to educate and to inspire the people.” Currently, the group is focused on the worldwide problems of poverty and separation. Anglin believes that “these things are present everywhere. But to fix a problem, you have to have a solution and we focus on the solution—we want peace and tranquility and oneness in every community. These things should matter in the global view of life.” As living legends of Bob Marley and part of a global influence that spans four decades, it is inevitable that the Wailers’ “one love” revolution will continue to be an inspirational soundtrack for many generations to come. For a list of tour dates, visit Meredith Montgomery publishes Natural Awakenings Gulf Coast AL/MS.



hirty-five thousand music fans are expected to head to the white, sandy beaches of Gulf Shores, AL for the seventh annual Hangout Music Festival, from May 20 to 22. The packed schedule, featuring a diverse lineup of artists, is sure to entertain the audience, but what kind of footprint does this type of event leave in the sand? “Hosting a music festival on the beach is unique and requires us to be extra mindful of our surroundings, which include many habitats and wildlife,” says Senior Festival Coordinator Jessica Downs. Waste removal from the beach is a high priority, and this year the festival is partnering with Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM) to provide fans with a chance to earn merchandise in exchange for their help with recycling efforts during the event. ADEM also helps inform festival-goers about what items can be recycled, where to recycle them and how to increase personal recycling yields at home. All collected recyclables are sorted on-site and transported to nearby recycling facilities. Last year, the event recycled 48,000 pounds of corrugated cardboard, plastic, aluminum and glass, which reflects an 84 percent increase from 2014. Additionally, 640,000 pounds of sod (brought in for non-beach stage areas) was recycled, and food vendors recycle cooking oil. Downs adds, “Beyond making sure that we don’t leave anything behind, we are very cautious of the way we use lights, so to not disturb or confuse sea turtles. We have an action plan in place should one come onto shore within the festival footprint.” While bottled water will be sold, and plastic can be recycled onsite, festivalgoers are encouraged to bring their own reusable water bottles, which can be filled for free at water stations throughout the venue. As incentive for shuttle use, organizers offer prizes (such as VIP upgrades), surprise artist visits and live performances on the commutes. For the first time, patrons will be able to ride any shuttle line at any time during operating hours, eliminating the need to select a specific shuttle line when purchasing a pass. “We also encourage attendees to walk or bike to the show from their condos,” says Downs, who notes that bike parking is available at the North entrance. The beautiful beach setting is just one of the many elements that sets the Hangout Music Festival apart from other well-respected festivals across the country. As a result of these conservation-minded initiatives, Hangout’s small footprint helps ensure a sustainable future for years to come. For more information, visit natural awakenings

May 2016


A Conversation with Mom by Linda Palmer, publisher of this Natural Awakenings Magazine


y best friend since I can remember, mom is the angel that’s always watching over me. Some of my fondest childhood memories include mom and me sitting on the porch floor playing jacks or board games. Back then, she was one of my biggest easy-baked oven cake fans, showing me how to frost them before we ate them. She was one of those moms that the neighborhood kids loved, especially when the word got around she was making pizza or her famous donuts and donut holes. To this date, I still tell everyone that mom missed her calling when she overlooked her invention of donut holes, a running funny story around family and friend gatherings. Mom didn’t have it easy growing up, which some experts say can make parenting more difficult. But others say it can make you more sensitive, empathetic and openhearted, if one allows it. And that’s mom. Her only goal in life has always been to give her girls, not only the happy childhood she never experienced, but engender a core-loving strength to support them through life and share with others. A goal she has insurmountably realized. As the editor and publisher of this magazine, I have the unique opportunity to share my mom with you, my readers. So I sat down and asked her a few questions in commemoration of Mother’s Day. What’s one thing you wish you did differently before you got married or had kids? That’s a hard one, since I have no regrets in my life, especially having you and your sister. But if I had to pick something, I would say continuing my education. As a young woman I greatly admired my friend’s mom who was an X-ray technician. Upon my high school graduation I quickly pursued this path. Unfortunately, back then it, I was warned of possible side effects, such as infertility, from repeated x-ray exposure. I dreamed of being married and being a mom, so this turned out not to be a viable option for me. Thankfully, with all the technological advances of today, that’s not a great concern, but during my time it was a possibility and I wasn’t willing to risk it. What’s the hardest and best aspect about being a mom? I think like most parents, the hardest thing is not being able to protect our children from life’s difficult challenges. Regardless of how old you or your sister are or how capable you both seem, I can’t ever stop worrying about you. Remember what I’ve always said, I’m like a mother hen, always busy protecting her chicks. On the other hand, the best thing is having all of you (grandchildren included), and all the constant memories we create together. Being a 44

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mom is fantastic! Every time get together, it’s so much fun. I have such a wonderful time. The most amazing thing is that regardless of what any of us goes through, good or bad, we stick together. After all, it’s all part of life, and I’m really happy when we share it ALL. If you could go back in time to change one moment, what would it be? Having to work, sometimes two jobs at a time, to make ends meet. It was tough after your father and I divorced. You kids were still young. Your grandmother came and helped while I went to work. Being with my children is all I ever wanted to do. I never wanted to miss a moment, but I think I did. As you grew older you both shared stories of difficulties you’ve gone through that lead me to believe that if I were there, it wouldn’t have happened or maybe I would have helped. Thank God you are both stronger women for them, but still I have that regret. Mom, I know I was diagnosed with kidney failure very early on, but I as I recall, this condition never interrupted my childhood or prevented us from having lots of fun. How did you manage that? I never wanted your illness to thwart your childhood experiences. I constantly reminded you that everything would be ok. I encouraged you to try everything without bounds, to not be afraid or think less of yourself. Then I made sure you were treated normally, like any other child. From your friends to the family, everyone watched over you but allowed you to be you. You bicycled everywhere; roller skated with your friends, even walked on stilts that a neighbor’s father built. On weekends, I made sure we had fun by taking trips to the beach or a park, we went to the movies and local fairs, and we did it all, TOGETHER. The point was to lead as normal of a life as we could. What’s the funniest story you remember from my childhood? As I said before, you loved bike riding. And because I wanted your childhood to be fun, even when you were fitted with a catheter for a year, I replaced the plastic bag on the catheter line with an empty Clorox bottle, and I slipped it onto the handle bars, and off you went. The funny part of the story was your sister and I tried to keep up with you to make sure you were safe. But when we finally took a break, we laughed and had such a great time riding around the neighborhood. After a while I felt comfortable letting you ride with your friends, who by the way were so gentle with you. You really had a great group of friends. What was your proudest moment as a mom? There have been so many moments when both you and your sister have made me so, so proud. It’s hard to pick just one. But I do remember attending your high school orchestra concerts and sitting at the front row yelling “that’s my daughter, that’s my daughter” then turning around and pointing you out to all those around me. I could see you blushing with embarrassment but I couldn’t help myself, I was so proud of you. Is there anything you would like us to do together that we haven’t done? The list is long because I enjoy being with you

so much. But although we’ve shared a few trips together along with other friends or family, taking a trip just the two of us would be at the top of my list. Growing up, who was your role model? That’s an easy one, my grandmother. She was an amazing woman. She gave me so much love and understanding. She was a great listener and an incredibly wise woman. Today, I still use many of her axioms to make my point or share wisdom with you girls. What would you like to be remembered for? Being a good mother. (I commented: don’t worry mom, you’ve already done that). What else would you like to share with our readers, mom? I’m really blessed to have you girls (and my grandchildren). Both of you are incredible daughters, great friends, and great neighbors (we all live about a mile from one another). Your sister told me not long ago that she would never be as good a mother as I have been. But what she doesn’t know is that I’m extremely proud of the mother she’s become. She’s very loving and caring with her own kids, which is no surprise. She’s always had that instinct in her, being my right-hand person as a young woman, even helping me take care of you. She’s supportive and reliable. Still today, even as she faces a life-threatening disease, she manages to consistently be my right-hand angel. I’m so proud of both of you and so incredibly fortunate, grateful and blessed to be your mom!

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Have you had any of these symptoms or concerns? If yes, how do you definitely know that you are perimenopausal or menopausal? A full Hormonal consultation with a Board Certified Gynecologist that specializes in the identification and treatment of perimenopause and menopause and bioidentical hormones should be arranged. Various tests and a thorough consultation will determine if you are in this stage of life. Holistic individualized treatments, lifestyle, nutritional counseling and continued follow up with your physician will help you to live this time of your life healthy and happy and never wondering if you are “losing it”! Dr. Emmanuela Wolloch is a board certified OB/GYN with over 20 years of experience, who specializes in perimenopausal and menopausal issues, with a special interest in Integrative Medicine including Disease Prevention, Women’s Health, Bio-Identical Hormones & Holistic Living. She completed her Internship and residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Jackson Memorial/ University of Miami Hospital. Specializing in wellness-oriented women care, her passion is helping women achieve a perfect harmony through balancing hormones naturally with the use of bioidentical hormones, high quality nutraceuticals, healthy eating habits, exercise and nutritional support. Dr. Wolloch is also on-staff at Mt. Sinai Hospital in Miami. Her Boutique Medical Practice is located at 1801 N.E. 123rd Street, Suite 415, North Miami. Phone: 305935-8775,, See ad, page 17.

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ringing yoga to the Homestead community is not only the primary mission but also the true passion that fuels the staff of Omstead Yoga. Owner, Tony Tamburello, is a long time yoga student. It was his sheer determination to introduce yoga to Homestead that brought together the eclectic staff of instructors that now comprise Homestead’s only Yoga only studio. Instructors from as far away as Coral Gables to Key Largo are part of his professional team and each instructor teaches in a way that is as unique as their credentials. Brittni Winkler, a curator and soon to be FIU graduate brings a gentle art twist to her power and slow flow classes. Adrian Llerena offers up his deep understanding of Ashtanga and Vinyasa yoga studies to his

classes. Shelah Davis brings in her energy and fun style from her Ombrew Yoga programs to lead various flow classes and then slows things down with her weekly meditation classes. Kelly Cinalli is one of the power houses of the group. She and Crystal Long lead many of the Power Yoga

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Christie Brinkley Shares Her Secrets to Lasting Beauty Why She Still Looks Terrific After 40 Years as a Model by Gerry Strauss


upermodel extraordinaire Christie Brinkley looks as amazing in her 60s as she did when she first graced the cover of Sports Illustrated nearly 40 years ago. In a new book, Timeless Beauty, Brinkley reveals her anti-aging secrets, many of which involve reliance on healthful foods, a positive attitude, exercise and good skin care. Much of what she’s learned is reflected in her line of Christie Brinkley Authentic Skincare. Here, she shares some highlights of how she keeps her mind and body healthy.

Why did you become a vegetarian at age 14?  When I was 13, I picked up a book from the nightstand in my parents’ bedroom called Miami and the Siege of Chicago by Norman Mailer. I happened to open to a page with a highly graphic description of Midwest slaughterhouses. What I read turned my stomach because I loved animals and wanted no part in this inhumane system. I swore at that moment I would never eat another piece of meat and have not done so since. For the past 49 years I have enjoyed the resulting good karma in the form of healthful benefits from avoiding the antibiotics, growth hormones and fats associated with a carnivorous diet.  48

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Was it tougher to maintain your natural standards as your career became filled with travel and tight schedules? After I first became a vegetarian kid living at home, I soon convinced my family to go vegetarian, too. I read a lot of books to learn how to replace meat protein with healthier choices. Through the early years, as I continued to learn about options, I tried many kinds of vegetarian, macrobiotic and vegan approaches. Once I started modeling in seashore locations, it seemed natural to me to add bits of fresh fish and some dairy; so for the most part I have been a lacto ichthyo variation of vegetarian. I raised my children as vegetarians, and recently my daughter, Sailor, and I took the next step to become mostly vegan. I allow myself a little mozzarella and an occasional salmon dish when my body is craving it, because I think we need to listen to what our body needs. After the environmental disasters of the BP oil spill in the Gulf, made worse by toxic dispersants, and the Fukushima nuclear plant meltdown that pumped radioactive isotopes into the Pacific, I am extra-cautious about the salmon I choose and don’t eat other seafood. I’m lucky that as a model, my

career has naturally kept me aware of the amount of sugar I consume, limiting its effects on skin and overall health as well as weight.

How much of anti-aging do you believe is tied to mental and emotional health? Growing old gracefully is all about the positive energy that you use to power through your day and project to others. Happiness is a youthful quality and a smile is always our best accessory; it’s also been proven to release feel-good endorphins. When you take good care of yourself by eating right and exercising, you naturally feel better about yourself. If we’re feeling down, stressed or depressed, we’re tempted to eliminate exercise, which is the very thing that could lift us up and make us feel better. The more we move, the merrier we are. 

Because you also recognize the importance of treating the body well from the outside as well as from the inside, what other practices do you apply? With everything we know about how the sun can damage our skin, it’s crucial to use a moisturizer with a broad ultraviolet spectrum blocker of both UVA and UVB rays to prevent wrinkles and hyperpigmented spots. I created my own skin care line that offers an SPF 30 broad-spectrum moisturizer that also defends against infrared rays [IR], which represent more than half of the sun’s damaging rays that reach Earth. IR emissions also come from manmade objects such as computers and cell phones. Beyond that, I wanted a product that takes advantage of our body’s own circadian rhythms, using special peptides that help the body build collagen and elastin as we sleep and repair. Using a gentle exfoliating scrub is also key, a step many people overlook; I’ve included it in my daily skin care routine for 30 years. Gerry Strauss is a freelance writer in Hamilton, NJ. Connect at

Aromatherapy in Reiki Healing by Heidi Ronquillo


eiki in itself is a wonderful form of healing. Reiki alone can bring peace, light and love to all those looking for its healing qualities. As powerful as Reiki is, several healers have found that adding various other forms of energy healing enhances the experience for their clients or during their own Reiki practice. I myself have added various techniques to my session with clients. One of the various healing modalities being added to a Reiki session is Aromatherapy. Aromatherapy is working with scents, holistically treating ailments with the use of scent for physical, mental, emotional and spiritual well-being. Aromatherapy is no longer used in massage therapy alone but it can be used as a stand-alone practice. I incorporate aromatherapy into my Reiki sessions because, as Reiki, everything is energy and everything vibrates at its own frequency. Each essential oil correlates with our chakras and energy fields to promote healing along with the Reiki. The scents enhance the experience, they add ambiance to the environment and can help relax the client, helping them let go and get deeper into the experience. Some clients might be coming in for their first session and will be nervous, anxious about what to expect. The use of essential oils such as everyone’s favorite oil, Lavender or Eucalyptus can be relaxing. After a deeply relaxing session, a

spritz of sweet orange or peppermint can slowly help bring a client back to the Reiki room. Certain essential oils correlate with a particular chakra, so for example, if a client is coming in to work on their third eye, a blend of lavender with patchouli gently placed on their third eye will not only relax and ground them but will help to bring healing and opening to the third eye. It is very important to understand the use of any essential oil and how to blend them. Never take any essential oil internally and always blend with a carrier oil, as essential oils can cause skin sensitivity on some and should never be applied directly on the skin. With the study of Aromatherapy one can bring about different levels of healing to the clients and to ourselves. Heidi Ronquillo is a Reiki Master, Aromatherapist, Registered Healer, INHA, Reiki Master, and a 200HRÂ Certified Yoga Teacher. For more information call her at 305-301-9615, email, or visit www.purplelotusspiritualhealing. natural awakenings

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hen things go awry for someone you love, it can be hard to know just how to help. Don’t let fear of saying or doing the wrong thing prevent you from taking action. It’s important to remember that some gesture, whether big or small, is better than doing nothing at all. If you find yourself unsure of how you can lend a hand in a time of need, start by envisioning what you might find helpful if you ever found yourself in the same situation. Also take into account special circumstances that may hinder delivering on that need and seek alternatives. For example, a child fighting a severe illness may be desperately missing friends from school, but visitors are limited due to his compromised immune system. Your answer for taking action: work with the child’s teacher and have classmates make cards or funny videos you can share. Overcoming emotion and channeling that energy into action can be a challenge when times are tough, but these ideas will help give you the inspiration to get started: Acknowledgement. Sometimes the greatest help can be hearing that you’re not alone. A simple call or a card letting your loved one know that you’re thinking of them is a small but important gesture in a time of need. Not 50

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knowing what to say or fear that talking about it will bring more pain keeps many people quiet in the face of tragedy. A support system that helps chase away a sense of isolation is important. Crowdsourcing. Relying on the vastness of social media is a smart strategy for gaining financial support, whether it’s helping defray expenses or raising funds in honor of a special person or cause. For example, iPads from Isaac, a crowdsourcing campaign through Move Your Mountain, has raised more than $10,000 in a little over six months to fund iPads for non-verbal children like Isaac, who passed away at the age of 7. Choosing the right platform can help ensure the success of your campaign. Move Your Mountain offers mentors to support new users via email and live chat, helping tell a compelling story and even select impactful photos and videos. The service also offers the lowest fees currently available with no campaign time limits. Learn more at Donations. When casseroles have been delivered, cards sent and other immediate needs seen to, you may find yourself asking what next. That’s when a thoughtful gesture such as donating your time, money or things to a related charity is sure to be appreciated. Your

contributions may or may not directly affect the individual you’re acting on behalf of, but the show of support sends a strong message. Gifting differently. If you have a gifting occasion on the horizon, take advantage of the opportunity. Ask others to forego the gifts they may have sent you, and instead direct those resources to your loved one in need, whether in the form of money or items they need, such as books, new pajamas or a cozy blanket. On the flip side, if you’re the one giving, let your recipient know a contribution has been made in his or her name and share some information about the cause in a thoughtful card. Stress relief. When crises occur, dayto-day concerns get pushed aside. But over time, worries such as lawn care and household chores can wear on caregivers and injured or ill individuals alike. Work together to create a task list, then enlist help from others to tackle the list and eliminate unnecessary stress. When bad things happen, it’s natural to feel helpless. Taking charge and taking action can help you constructively manage through a time of need, encourage others to do the same and make a meaningful difference in your community.


Picture Your Future Creating a Vision Board Makes Dreams Real by Jayne Morris


ision boards, a powerful tool for transformation, comprise a collage of pictures, phrases, poems and quotes that visually represent what we would like to experience more of in life. Building one works to uncover hidden desires and inner guidance that help clarify the details of a roadmap to our future. Anyone can create one in a few hours. The layout may be intuitive, placing pieces where feelings direct; circles within circles like a mandala; or in titled, pie-shaped segments arranged in the form of a wheel. Board basics: Choose a large piece of poster board, corkboard or canvas the size of an unfolded newspaper. Gather pens, scissors, glue or pins, sticky tape and a current selfie. Gather 10 to 20 magazines ranging from women’s and men’s fashion, health and fitness to hobbies, house and garden and travel, including animals representing specific character traits. Pick topics that resonate, uplift and inspire, energize or bring relaxation. Beauty salons, libraries and community centers like to clear out old issues; an alternative is to assemble images by using a computer. Prepare a space: Find a quiet, relaxing spot, free of disturbances and distractions. Mindset magic: Let go of ought-tos, shoulds and musts. Rest assured that feeling the desire to be good, to do good or have something good in our life means we can make it happen, even if we do not yet know how. Flick, snip and stick: Have fun seeing what jumps out and catches your attention while riffling through the magazine pages. Clip and place these images in a pile, and then sort out those that feel really right.

A vision board clarifies our deepest desires. Arrange: Experiment with the positioning and relationships of words and images until it feels good. Take a photograph as a reference. Affix pieces either so they can be repositioned or permanent, leaving spaces to symbolize an openness to receiving more ideas. Purpose Statement: Play with words that describe desired values and qualities to eventually shape an inspiring affirmation representing cherished personal aspirations for the year ahead. Place this next to the selfie and other key personal photos in the center of the board and reinforce its verity by daily repeating it. Pride of place: Prominently display the board where it will be visible throughout the day. The more time we spend with our board, the more movement we’ll make toward our goals and the faster they’ll become our reality. Activate: Sit with the board and connect with its opportunities. Visualize being, doing, having and experiencing everything shown, as if they are already an intimate part of daily life. This living, breathing idea grows with us, and a companion gratitude journal can support us in acknowledging our progress. Jayne Morris is the author of Burnout to Brilliance: Strategies for Sustainable Success, from which this was adapted. Learn more at 2016



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Women and Stress by Deahni Kipnis


tress is defined as a specific response by the body to a stimulus that disturbs or interferes with its normal physiological balance. In our fast paced complex world where more is demanded of us, it is easy to see how fast we can go off kilter. Women are more deeply affected by the physical, mental and emotional effects of stress than men. This is because our brains and hormones operate and respond differently to stimulus. Occasional stress is more easily managed but prolonged stress has a greater negative affect on our physical, mental and emotional health and it is extremely worthwhile to find support to ease the daily stress many of us experience. Research has shown that 75 - 90 percent of visits to primary care physicians are for stress-related complaints. According to the National Women’s Health Information Center, the effects of stress on women’s physical and emotional health are extensive. Whether you experience being blue 52

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or irritable, or more serious challenges like depression, your emotional health suffers when there’s stress in your life. Women are better than their male counterparts at hiding some emotions like anger and aggressiveness because the parts of their brains responsible for these emotions are larger than men’s, but depression strikes women twice as often. Although we may be better at hiding it, we still feel anger, aggression, frustration and annoyance. Stress affects our mental abilities, making it harder to concentrate and think clearly. It interferes with good decision-making. It makes it harder to be effective in your responsibilities at home and at work. Physically, emotional and mental stress has a huge impact on our bodies; from stomach ailments, eating disorders (10 times more common in women than in men), heart disease, skin reactions, sleep problems, and lowered immune response to name just a few. There is physical stress like

breaking a bone or being challenged with illness and disease that also impacts us emotionally and mentally. The issues of stress are compounded because stress can act like the domino effect in our lives; there never is just one effect. All this might seem overwhelming but it doesn’t have to be. There are many nontoxic holistic ways to ease stress in our lives. The way we perceive our stress is the first path to a remedy. You can improve your physical wellbeing and, in turn, your emotional and mental health by eating healthier just making small changes. Eat more fresh food and less processed foods. It’s just a choice each time you select what you eat. No shame or blame. Keep making better choices whenever you can. Research shows that getting active can lift your spirits and increase the release of endorphins, a natural chemical associated with mood. Make it easy. Choose to move. Before you get out of bed start stretching your body. Put on a song you love and take a few dance breaks during the day. Just move more. And remember, you can overdo exercise. Studies are now showing that too much exercise can have a detrimental impact on the body adding to our stress. Find ways to relax that you enjoy. Maybe it’s connecting with family and friends and people with whom you are comfortable. Rediscover favorite hobbies or try something new. Recent studies show that knitting and needlepoint are stress reducing. Do what you love to do. There are exciting innovations that help promote well being through releasing stress that are non-toxic, non-invasive and effective. There are salt rooms (Halotherapy), immersion tanks, Light and Sound therapies, brain re-balancing technologies and Pulsed Electro Magnetic Field therapy to name a few. Investigate a little. You may find something new that works to help you reduce your stress and enhance your health and well being. Deahni Kipnis is the Founder & CEO of VigorMe, a Stress Relief Center (Intracoastal Mall, 3749 N.E. 163 St., North Miami Beach). She holds an MA in Interdisciplinary Consciousness Studies and has been a Healing Practitioner for over 25 years. For information call 305-3333315. See ad, page 5,

Veggies for Vitality and a Dynamic Life by Warren Kramer


he number one health complaint in the world today is fatigue, simply not having the energy to do what one wants to do. From a holistic perspective, the cause is most often from an imbalance in diet, eating habits and lifestyle. When people are tired, they continue to make food and lifestyle choices that perpetuate the problem. Fatigue means that the blood quality is acidic and we are having a hard time maintaining an alkaline condition. The extremes in the modern diet are the main contributing factor to this. On one end you have poor quality, refined, salt, baked flour products, eggs, cheese, meat and animal protein in general. On the other end of the spectrum you have alcohol, chemicals, preservatives, sugar, soft dairy, tropical fruits and nightshade vegetables, to name a handful. These extremes quickly imbalance our blood and affect us physically, mentally and emotionally. Essentially we are swinging from one end to the other, leading to fatigue. As we get more fatigued we lose minerals as our body starts to excrete calcium to neutralize the acid. Mentally we feel

more pessimistic about life in general, we lose our hopefulness and start to complain more. Simply put, we are not as happy. Our sleep is often thrown off and we consume sugar and coffee even more to keep our energy up. The result is the increase of aches and pains as our blood quickly declines. The solution to this downward spiral is vegetables. When I was growing up my vegetable of choice was ketchup! I was practically drinking it out of the bottle and I covered all of my food with the sugared tomato paste. I was truly addicted to sugar and had no taste for vegetables. In my early 20’s when I was introduced to macrobiotics and vegan food, I did not like vegetables as I had no taste for them. Slowly but surely over time, as my health changed by eating plant-based foods, my taste and love for vegetables grew. Vegetables can be classified in three main categories: round, root and leafy. All are beneficial for us both nutritionally and energetically. Round support the spleen, pancreas and stomach while roots nourish our intestines. Leafy vegetables nourish our liver and the upper part of the body. Vegetables have a powerful energy about them that will both ground us in life and give an upward lift to our energy. We need a nice balance of these categories. Vegetables help to alkalize our blood and neutralize acidity. They are key to help satisfy sweet cravings, especially eating squash, sweet potato, cabbage and parsnips. Leafy greens like kale, collards, watercress, salad mixes and others all nourish the liver and give us that lightness. Onions, turnips and beets are helpful to strengthen the pancreas. Lightly cooked vegetables that have some crunch help to release pressure in our body and mind. Preparing vegetables in different ways supports us in living a dynamic life. Styles of cooking include steamed, blanched, quick sauté, pressed, baked, pickled, raw and grated. Each style brings out a different aspect of nutrition and contributes to our overall vitality. They also give us improved flexibility in our body and mind. So for great energy, clarity and a life full of adventure, eat those wonderful vegetables! Warren Kramer is an internationally recognized macrobiotic counselor, lecturer and cooking teacher with over 29 years of experience. He has guided thousands of people back to health over the years. A faculty member of the Kushi Institute (he assisted Michio Kushi for over 10 years in Boston) and the Strengthening Health Institute, Kramer teaches in 10 cities throughout the U.S. and Canada. He and his wife Fatim run the Macrobiotic Center of New England. For more information, call 617-562-1110, email or visit

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ebration of this special day where we will honor all the men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice while serving this great country; and to recognize all the men and women in the Armed Forces today who continue to preserve our freedom. Enjoy guest speakers, a 21 gun salute and special presentations. Reservations are not necessary for participation.  

North Miami Veterans Memorial at Griffing Park

Memorial Day Celebrations in South Florida – 2016 SATURDAY, May 7

Homestead, Fl Military Appreciation Day The 5rd annual Homestead Military Appreciation Day - 3:00p to 8:00p - promises to be even bigger than previous years with dozens of military vehicles and weaponry not often accessible to the public, and plenty of family fun to go around with live music, food trucks, and bounce houses. Military ID holders will receive free vouchers to redeem for food at the event. $1000 in cash and prizes can be won during a special raffle! Losner Park Homestead, FL in Downtown Homestead (104 North Krome Avenue).

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Memorial Day Ceremony Triangle Park Palm Ave. and S. Okeechobee Road Miami, FL 33010 (305) 883-5800 Triangle Park celebrates Memorial Day for yet another year. 10 am - The Memorial Day Ceremony will feature a presentation of the colors. Last year, it featured a three-gun salute by the City of Hialeah Honor Guard and this year promises to be even better. It’s a great opportunity to show your children the stars and stripes and teach them what it means to honor a fallen hero.

All Wars Memorial Day Service located at Challenger Park 16501 NE 16th Avenue North Miami Beach, FL 33162 (305) 948-2957 We invite one and all to join us 10:00 am - 12:00 pm in cel-

West Dixie Highway at NE 123 Street North Miami, FL 33161 305.895.9840 Join us on this day of remembrance 10am at the Veterans Tribute Tower - to pay tribute to our nation’s heroes who made the ultimate sacrifice to defend our freedom and democracy. For more information, please contact the North Miami Parks and Recreation Department.

Pines Memorial Day Ceremony 7900 Johnson St Pembroke Pines, FL 33024 954-435-6525 Join the city of Pembroke Pines in honoring our men and women in service to remember the fallen. 9am - 10:30am Guest speakers will say some kind words about those who were lost on the battlefield and a presentation of the colors and laying of the wreath will be performed in remembrance. This event will be somber yet respectful and it serves as a great time to teach your children of the sacrifices these brave men and women made to preserve their freedom.

Davie Memorial Day Ceremony & Parade Bergeron Rodeo Grounds of Davie 4279 Davie Road Davie, FL 33314 (954) 797-1000 The City of Davie honors our fallen heroes with a parade that runs from Davie Road to the Bergeron Rodeo Grounds. Members of the Davie community, such as Boy Scouts and ROTC, will walk the parade route. An hour later, after the parade ends, attendees will have the opportunity to by an American flag for $1 which will be placed on the graves of the fallen soldiers. It’s the perfect combination of somber, respectful and entertaining. Bring your family out to honor our vets. Parade begins at 10:30 a.m. (Lineup time 9:30 a.m.) Ceremony begins at 11:00 a.m. in the Bergeron Rodeo Grounds natural awakenings

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MAY 1 – 31 Miami Museum Month Buy One, Get One Free — During May, all visitors and locals will be offered “Buy One, Get One Free” admission at participating museums. And ‘Join One, See Them All’ — During this month-long program, membership at any one of these participating museums will work as a free pass to any of the other museums. Whether you just joined or have been a member for years, this is an incredible opportunity to museum hop and experience the Miami cultural scene.

TUESDAY, MAY 3 Free healing session with Cristovao Brilho –– 7:00pm Instituto Cristovao Brilho – 2811 Coral Way – 33145 - call 786-295-8665 must arrive by 7:00pm

SATURDAY, MAY 4 Free healing session with Cristovao Brilho –– 5:00pm.Instituto Cristovao Brilho – 2811 Coral Way – 33145 - call 786-295-8665 must arrive by 5:00pm

MAY 7 & 12  Free group classes for those with Parkinson’s disease or other neuro-motor degenerative diseases. 4 - 5:30 pm - Participants may bring one caregiver. Space is limited; call 1-305-441-9441 to reserve your spot. Aum Home Shala, 3104 Florida Ave., Coconut Grove, FL 33133. 

SUNDAY, MAY 8 New Moon of Taurus Connection - 7pm - The New Moon is the seed level of each month, our thoughts and action on this day have a direct effect on the days that follow. Join us for consciousness & special meditations to help us use the energy of the month for our benefit. The Kabbalah Centre Miami (2725 NE 163rd St, North Miami Beach). Free. Contact 305-6929223. Mention this ad and get a special gift. The Great Mother’s Day- She is divine, an animating archetype, fierce and gentle. Meet her in this inspirational talk (live music, poetry and song) with Reverend Audrey Bloom. Unitarian Congregation, 7701 SW 76 Avenue, 11am - 12:15pm, Donation. Moonlight Concert at the Barnacle - An evening concert featuring Keith Johns, Gate opens at 5:30 p.m. Music from 6:30-8:30 pm. Members: $8. Future members: $10. Children: $5 ages 6-9; under 6


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free. The Barnacle Historic State Park, 3485 Main Highway, Coconut Grove, Florida 33133, 305442-6866

MONDAY, MAY 9 Greater Miami Holistic Chamber of Commerce hosts an evening of networking and connecting with other holistic businesses. 7 - 9 pm. For more information, contact Alexandra at 786-390-1722

nutrition, exercise and stress management, exercise physiologist Dr. Stacy Cutrono, will discuss a clear & easy way to understand and organize your health goals for the second half of the year. Free and open to the general public. Call 305-668-5900. Cancer Support Community, 8609 South Dixie Highway, Miami.

WEDNESDAY, May 18 PATH May Meeting: Non-Surgical Solutions For Problem Knees. 7:00 p.m. - Keynote Speaker Dr. Patrick Barry, M.D. From nagging knee pain to accidents, repetitive injury or failed surgeries, learn how to resolve knee pain naturally. Beth David Congregation Ballroom. 2625 SW 3rd Ave, Miami, FL 33129. PATH Info Line 305-275-3958.

Little Ninja’s Toddler Program - Ninja Lounge is offering a free trial week to present our NEW Little Ninja’s Toddler Program! Free. 1-2 year olds session at 11am-12pm, 3-4 year olds session at 12:30pm-1:30pm. Ninja Lounge, 14401 NE 20th Lane, Miami, FL 33181, 888-682-4318


MAY 10 & 24

Baptist Health Tour of the Gables 5k- 7:30am. This run/walk, presented by the Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce, is a beautiful tour through scenic parts of Coral Gables, beginning and ending at the historic City Hall, 405 Biltmore Way. Adults $25, Youth-18 and under $15. On race day, adults $35, youth $20. For more info or 305-666-7223.

Tibetan Institute and Library members will continue to study “From here to Enlightenment” by His Holiness the 14th Dalailama., from 6:30 7:45 p.m., at South Miami Library, 6000 Sunset Drive, South Miami, FL 33143, contact 305-6676121 or 305-271-2772.  Free and open to Public.  Free parking at South Miami City Hall parking lot

FRIDAY, MAY 13 Parents Night Outs - Need an evening without the kids? Send them to Ninja Lounge. 6-10pm members $25/ Non-members $30 per child. Ninja Lounge, 14401 NE 20th Lane, Miami, FL 33181, 888-682-4318

MAY 13 - 15 Redland International Orchid Show - 9am5pm. $10. The largest annual orchid show in the U.S. featuring over 50 booths of educational exhibits and orchid vendors. Fruit and Spice Park, 24801 SW 187th Ave, Homestead. 305-247-5727

MAY 15 & 22 Increase your physical and emotional well-being as you strengthen, stretch and stabilize the pelvic floor in a free yoga therapy clinic with Dawn Bentsen, MA, RYT 500. Mondays 10 - 11:30 am - Aum Home Shala, 3104 Florida Ave., Coconut Grove, FL 33133. 1-305-441-9441 

MONDAY, MAY 16 The Mid-Year Resolution - 6-8 pm. Along with

Hands Across the Sand Miami Beach VII - Free, due east from 501 Ocean Dr. Join hands with beachgoers along the water and say yes to clean energy & green jobs. Led by Urban Paradise Guild and Surfrider Foundation. Meetup @11:30am

Music from the Heart of the World with Tina Malia - Tina Malia is a visionary musical artist. Her sonic creations span world, dream pop and sacred music genres. A prolific singer, songwriter, instrumentalist and producer, Malia expresses her radiant inner landscape through song. The Sacred Space, 105 NE 24th ST, Miami, Florida 33137, (305) 498-0110

TUESDAY, MAY 24 Your Sign, The Moon & Your Rising - 7pm – Introduction to Kabbalistic Astrology - 3 week course. Rethink your perspective on astrology while gaining insight on practical Kabbalistic tools you can apply in your daily life. $75 The Kabbalah Centre Miami (2725 NE 163rd St, North Miami Beach). Contact 305-692-9223. Mention this ad and get a special gift.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 25 How to Write, Publish & Launch A Bestselling Book - 6:30 - 8:30pm. Greater Miami Holistic Chamber of Commerce hosts a panel of heartcentered experts and authors discussing the do’s and don’ts of writing and publishing a book. $5 for members, $10 for non-members in advance. For more information, contact Alexandra Figueredo at 786-390-1722


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MAY 1 Key West Paddleboard Classic - During this ocean paddleboard race, participants will enjoy a challenging 12-mile course over crystal blue waters, circling Key West through scenic mangroves, passing by the Historic Seaport district and more. The race begins and ends on Smathers Beach. Contact 305-797-1174

MAY 1 – 9 The Connections Project – The Florida Keys Council of the Arts’ moveable feast of small canvases comprising a 24-foot mosaic mural of six-bysix-inch fine art works, represents almost all media. This final stop on the road show is to be at the Gato Building, the council’s home at Simonton and Virginia streets in Old Town. The mosaic is a signature project to promote the visual arts within the Florida Keys community, and a unique fundraiser to support arts programs that benefits Keys artists and cultural organizations. tact: (305) 295-4369

MAY 4 - 8

Upledger CranioSacral Therapy(CS1) Taught in Spanish - Miami, FL. Learn techniques to release restrictions in the craniosacral system and help to relieve pain and dysfunction. $795 Call 1-800-233-5880 to save your seat. ing “on the water” venues, unique entertainers and local musicians. Presented by the Upper Keys Business Group. Sue Finney 305-394-3736

THURSDAY, MAY 19 Third Thursday Art Walk - This month, the Art Walk is moved to the fourth Thursday, for some very special guests; 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, as well as “culinary art” and live music from 6-10 p.m. Free admission. Contact Daniela Woody 305-664-9100

MAY 21 - 22

Key West Songwriters Festival - The 17th-annual showcase of musical magic features America’s foremost performing songwriters, with concerts staged in intimate, audience-friendly island settings. Contact Charlie Bauer 305-304-0814

MAY 12 - 15 Key Largo’s Original Music Festival - Enjoy the food, entertainment and ambiance of Key Largo during this singers and songwriters event. Featur-

Keys 100: Prostate Cancer Benefit Races - 100 mile and 50 mile races Key Largo or Marathon to Key West. The 100-mile events begin in Key Largo at 6am and the 50-miler begins at 10am in Marathon. All three races end at Smathers Beach on the Atlantic Ocean in Key West. Proceeds benefit the Cancer Foundation of the Florida Keys. Contact Bob Becker 954-439-2800.

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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.

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.

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

Women Only – Free Chi gong for cancer survivors and voice lessons for healing and empowerment. 2:30 - 4:30, N & S Miami locations. Call 305948-6878

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

Dharma Meetings – 2pm. Tibetan Buddhist Dharma Center 3239 West Trade Ave. Unit 10, Coconut Grove. FREE. 305-775-7541. Family Fundays at Fairchild- 9:30am-5pm. Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden 1st Sunday of the month 10901 Old Cutler Road, Coral Gables. 305-667-1651. 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, Miami, 786-206-6355. Sunday Services at SOUL Church – 11am at the SOUL Service at the Elks Lodge, 6304 SW 78th St in South Miami. Free pot-luck lunch. 305-221-6516.

Meditation & Message TeleClass - Join Claudia Prana, intuitive master guide - Simply call 312 757 3121, enter code 698 805 965. Free Support group for Co-Dependency -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. 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 Drive, Miami, FL 33173 Power of Meditation – 9 - 9:45pm – 2nd & 4th Monday. Conference Call – 312-757-3121 code: 698805965. Free.

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

Women’s Dating Group -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. Mind Body Weight, you are not a willpower weakling, 7-8pm - Group session nutrition coach/ counselor Susan Gerrish. Limited space, 8 week commitment. Call to schedule, 305 333 4703, Coral Gables. Free Meditation - 1:15pm. Acupuncture and Massage College. 10506 N Kendall Dr,  Miami, FL 33176. You must check in at the front desk. For more information please call 305-595-9500 Guided Meditation - All levels welcome- 7 pmDonations-3390 Mary Street Suite 116, Coconut Grove- Please RSVP 305-607-8627


Kripalu Yoga & Meditation for Beginners. 7:008:30pm - $20 or discount pkg. First class Free.  Kevin O’Brien Wellness, 7520 Red Road, Suite K, South Miami, 33143 Tel 305-788-0777

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

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

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.

Free Children’s Art Camp - Ages 6 and up, in the Miami Beach Botanical Garden, 2000 Convention Center Drive, Miami Beach. 10 am-1 pm. Call 305-673-7256 to register.

Meditation and ethical discussion - 6:15 - 7:45 Connected Warriors - Free Yoga Classes for - Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Miami.  Veterans and Families of Veterans - 3pm at Brickell Hot Yoga 301 SW 17th Road, 33129 305-856-1387.  7701 SW 76 Ave. Miami  305-546-1556. Donation



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


Kripalu Yoga with Kevin O’Brien. - 10:30-12:00 PM- 7520 SW 57th Ave. Suite K, South Miami 33143. For more info call 305-788-0777

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

Yoga and Meditation Class – 7 – 7:45. Free. West Dade Regional Library, 9445 Coral Way. RSVP Lawrence 305-926-3578.

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.

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. Yoga at Earth ‘N Us Farm - : 6:15 p.m. $10. 7630 NE 1 Ave. Miami. Contact Leslie: 786-282-3000. Laughter Yoga Sessions - $5.00 each - 9:30-10:15 AM, North Shore Youth Center 501 72nd Street, Miami Beach 33141, 305-861-3616. Yoga for Beginners – 7-9pm. $15. Acupuncture & Massage College, 10506 N. Kendall Dr. 305595-9500.  Yoga and Qigong for Seniors - 11am -12:30pm. Acupuncture & Massage College, 10506 N. Kendall Dr. 305-595-9500. $15.

Drub-Dhe Meditation- 7:25-9:30pm. Freedonations are welcome. Regency House 353 West 47th St., Flat 7A, Miami Beach. Contact: Robert Phuntsog Ngo-drub 305-213-2577. 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, 305598-2822

thursday Stretch and Relaxation Class 1-2PM SoBe Kick 1860 West Ave. 2nd Flr. South Beach 33139. $10. First class is free. 917-446-2965 Food Addiction group -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. A Course In Miracles (In Spanish) at 8 pm.  Free Study Group at 7855 S.W. 24 St. (Coral Way). Contact Nimia 305 -261-3190 or Mercedes 786200-8410  Connected Warriors Free Yoga for Veterans, Service Members and Families. Chair Yoga – 10-11am - Sampoorna Yoga Miami, 10107 Sunset Drive, Miami, FL 33173 Mind Body Weight, you are not a willpower weakling, 7-8pm - Group session nutrition coach/ counselor Susan Gerrish. Limited space, 8 week commitment. Call to schedule, 305 333 4703, Coral Gables Introduction to Bach Flowers - 3rd Thursdays - 10 am-11:30 am - Free - 3390 Mary Street Suite 116, Coconut Grove- Please RSVP 305-607-8627



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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.


HELP WANTED YOGA TEACHERS NEEDED- OM Yoga Studio. CAN’T AFFORD TO ADVERTISE? - Trade your time for that critical advertising you need to reach your audience. Distribute our magazine in your area. Minimum 30-40 stops per month. Call 305-598-3315 or email: EVENT COORDINATOR -NOW INTERVIEWING. Looking for more of a challenge or a chance to fully utilize your skills, while becoming part of something greater than yourself? Qualified candidate will manage and oversee all aspects of each event: from organizing to planning, including procurement of vendors and locations, etc. MUST HAVE EXPERIENCE. Work for a high % of revenue generated. Call 305-598-3315. Have resume ready to email. PHONE SALES- NOW INTERVIEWING. Retired but looking for something to do? Or Need Extra Cash? Natural Awakenings is expanding and looking for a part-time Salesperson. Flexible hours, base salary plus commission. MUST HAVE EXPERIENCE. Call 305-598-3315. Have resume ready to email.

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Dr. Mesch provides psychotherapy services including hypnosis and regression therapy for individuals, couples, families, and groups. Call to participate in our regression group. We provide services in Spanish, English and Hebrew. See ad, page 25.

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