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JUNE 17, Fathers Celebrate!


ike Mothers Day in May, Fathers have a special day in June. Sunday, June 17th, surprise and treat dad to an extraordinary day by checking out the following events around town. Chillin’ and grillin’ at the Kimpton Surfcomber Hotel. 1717 Collins Avenue Miami Beach. Saturday, June 16th, 4-6pm. Executive Chef Jeffrey Williams will share his tips on how to make the perfect burger along with the best seasoning and rub according to each meat blend. The day’s menu will include appetizers, burgers and cocktails. $60 Fathers Day Brunch-Farm to Table Buffet. Sunday, June 17th. 10am-2pmA unique venue while spending quality time together. Open for the whole family. Enjoy familystyle seating, farm-to-table assortment of brunch options with a down-home flair by Chef Brian. Marando Farms & Ranch and The PCG Group, 5151 S.W. 64th Avenue. Farmto-table Cafe and OrganicFarmers market is nestled on 10 acre property in the heart of Davie. Location FKA Batten’s Farm. Children under 11, $12. Adults $30. Father Daughter Dance. Sunday, June 17th. Guwen Mongolis Community Center, 1590 N.E. 123rd Street, North Miami. Great Gastby 1920’s themed, great DJ and live jazz, good food and amazing vibes, Formal wear attire required. Open for all ages. (305) 893-6511. $75 Cruise with Dad. Sunday, June 17. Noon to 3pm. cruise on the South Beach Lady three-level yacht offering buffet brunch, a cash bar, live DJs, and all the views in the world as you and your family cruise along the South Florida coast. departs from 1318 N. Ocean Drive. Tickets cost $79 per adult and $39 per child. Racetrack Time with Dad. At the Homestead Miami Speedway dad can get one-onone instructions from a professional race car driver. Miami Exotic Auto Racing will be onsite with some of the world’s most exotic cars, like a Ferrari F430, Lamborghini Gallardo, Ferrari GT or an Audi R8. For $249 per person. Main Office: (305) 230-5000, HomesteadMiami Speedway, One Ralph Sanchez Speedway Boulevard. Other fun destinations include The Barnacle Historic State Park, Zoo Miami, Crandon Park, and Everglades National Park.

Sacred Sites Announces Upcoming Destinations


ince 1993 founders Andrea Mikana and Mark Amaru Pinkham have led yearly spiritual pilgrimages to the world’s most sacred sites. This year is no different with destinations that include Egypt, Easter Island, Peru, Mt. Shasta, Ca., and Greece. “A time away from your job or daily routine can give you a new lease on life.” The Pinkham’s explain. “By taking time for meditation and reflection at sacred sites, it can help you to go deeper inside and redefine the relationship you have with yourself.” Spiritual Retreat to Mt. Shasta, California is set for July 27, 28 and 29, 2018. Designated as “the Heart Chakra of North America,” this transformative weekend will offer short hikes to out of the way power places on the mountain for meditation and energy work. Greece Spiritual Odyssey: Sacred Sites and Ancient Oracles is next on October 1 - 9, 2018. Optional Post-Tour Excursion to CRETE: October 9th - 17th and to MYKONOS & DELOS: October 17th - 20th are also available. There you will explore ancient temples and oracles while connecting to the powerfully transformative energies of the ancient temples that housed the Greek Mystery Schools and ancient oracle sites! For more details on these and future retreats visit, call Sacred Journeys at 1- 928 284-1429 (Arizona does not observe daylight savings time), or email info@, 8

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ridelines Youth Services has been invited to participate in the 2018 SMART Ride 15 for the 6th consecutive year. The SMART Ride 15, celebrating its 15th Anniversary this year, is a 2 day, 165-mile bicycle ride from Miami to Key West. SMART Ride 15 raises awareness about the state of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in our country while also raising funds to support essential programs and services for people living with or affected by HIV/ AIDS throughout Florida. Pridelines is a grassroots 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that educates and empowers the LGBTQ youth and community at large through affirming programs and services to promote dialogue, wellness and foster social change. As stated on its website, “We must talk about AIDS, we must educate those at risk, we must raise awareness, and we must be vigilant at every turn. Our government this past year quietly disbanded the HIV/AIDS Council at the highest levels of government, it is now on all of us to pick up that slack and hold government and our communities accountable.” 100% of funds raised, $9.3 Million since 2003, has gone to Florida agencies who support programs and services for the LGBTQ youth community. Beneficiaries of The SMART Ride 15 include AIDS Help in Monroe County, Broward House and Children’s Diagnostic and Treatment Centers in Broward County, Compass Community Center in Palm Beach County, Metro Health, Wellness, and Community in Hillsborough, Pascoe, and Pinellas Counties, Miracle of Love in Orange County, and Pridelines in MiamiDade County. Smart Ride 15 is schedule for November 16th – 17th, 2018. For more information, call (305) 571-9601 or visit Register now at

42nd Annual Swim Around Key West


oin hundreds of swimmers from numerous countries and compete in the 42nd Annual Swim Around Key West. Participants in the 12.5-mile endurance event will swim the circumference of the island individually or in teams of two or three. This historic swim begun in 1977 by Anna Fugina (who still swims at the event), a car accident victim who used swimming as a therapy during her recovery. The oldest continuous sporting event in Monroe County, Florida, the Annual Swim Around Key West attracts hundreds of spectators to the island. Key West, a U.S. island city, is part of the Florida Keys archipelago. It’s also Florida’s southernmost point, lying roughly 90 miles north of Cuba. Famed for its pastel-hued, conch-style houses, it’s a cruise-ship stop also accessible from the mainland via the Overseas Highway. It’s known more for its coral reefs – destinations for diving and snorkeling – than for its beaches. The event starts and finishes at the west end of Smathers Beach on the Atlantic side of Key West, Fla. The first wave of swimmers will take off at 7:15 a.m., with the official start at 7:45 a.m. slower swimmers can take the extra half hour to assure favorable tides through Key West Harbor, Fleming Cut and Cow Key Channel. The challenge is sanctioned by the World Open Water Swimming Association. Post race raffles and awards begin at 5:15pm.

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Dance, Dance, Dance


EGARUMBA returns. Consider how you feel after a good session of dancing or listening to heartfelt music. As we all know and the experts agree Music and Dancing is healing and excellent for the soul. Celebrating Columbian Independence Day, this free festival will have activities for all ages throughout the day and culminating into a full-blown concert. Handpicked art/craft vendors and food trucks will be available until the very end, offering a little bit of everything that makes South Florida so unique and tasty. There’s nothing better than experiencing a FIRE musical line-up, the best cocktails in Miami, a curated artisan marketplace, and the joining of Latin cultures - in a beautiful, openspaced venue! Round up your crew to celebrate MEGARUMBA on Friday, July 20th Researchers Jacob Jolij and Maaike Meurs found that not only do our moods shift but so does our visual perceptions when we dance and listen to music. Bear that in mind the next time you are strutting your stuff around the house or at MEGARUMBA ! Dance has been fundamental to human life and culture since the time of our earliest ancestors. It is a form of expression and way to bring people together. So don’t miss this great festival where past events have seen the like of Maluma, Grupo Niche, Jorge Celedón, ChoquibTown, Victor Manuel, Los 5, Locos Por Juana, Marlow Rosado, and Play N Skillz. The free festival will run from 5 PM to 3 AM at the Wynwood Marketplace, 2250 N.W. 2nd Avenue. Free RSVPs are limited to ONE (1) per person per email address. Duplicate orders with the same email address will be cancelled. Must be 21+ to drink.

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Grand Opening in Pembroke Pines


oin Advanced Healing Wellness Center on June 30th at their Grand Opening Festival, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and sample services for opening day low discounts. Sampling services offered will include Acupuncture, Massage, Healing, Chiropractic Adjustments, Tai Chi/Qi Gong and Yoga. Discounts will range from $5 to $20 based on session. Also available will be Hand Analysis Reading as well as Ayurvedic Assessment (of the Doshas) and Structured Water Hydration Tasting. And for the kids, from 10 a.m. to noon and then again from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., enjoy Face Painting. Food, drinks, raffles, prizes and a silent auction will be going on during the day. Sponsors and vendors welcome. Advanced Healing Wellness Center is located at 20170 Pines Boulevard, Suite 301, in Pembroke Pines. For more information, call 954-900-1535, email or visit 

Rocky Relationship?


oin the many that have seen a difference, for The Marriage/Relationship Makeover Workshop on June 30th. Now on its 13th year, this workshop affords attendees the opportunity to re-evaluate themselves as well as their relationships. “Any relationship can be turned around with willing, committed partners,” expresses Karen L. Kaye, facilitator. “Oftentimes, individuals may find themselves communicating ineffectively with one another, resulting in settling, getting too comfortable or hoping things will change on their own.” Taking place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. with a break for lunch, this workshop is designed to assist individuals with identifying and meeting their needs as well as educating them on becoming more consciously loving, no matter what their circumstances. Individuals or couples struggling in their relationships are equally welcomed. Kaye has been in private practice for more than 35 years. Marriage/relationship counseling is one of the main focuses of her practice. Past attendees (both married and unmarried) have called this workshop “concise” and “rewarding,” wishing it lasted longer. Cost: $25/per individual and $40/per couple. Location: Weston. For more specific location/information and to reserve your space, call 954-384-1217.

Healing Essence Studio Relocates


ealing Essence Studio, offering services in Davie since 2008, has relocated to 3081 East Commercial Boulevard, Suite 103, Fort Lauderdale. Owner Julia Caira, LMT, CHTP, known for therapeutic massage, energy healing and aromatherapy consultations, expanded Healing Essence Studio to include workshops, classes and yoga, with room rental available for small gatherings. Monthly drum circles and psychic fairs with well-known local intuitive sharing their gifts are just a few added features. Added is a unique boutique supporting local artisans with their handmade jewelry and gifts as well as crystals, dried herbs for sacred blessings, essential oils and supplies. Take a class in aromatherapy or have Caira customize a blend for you. As a member of the Society for Oncology Massage (S4OM), Healing Essence provides compassionate care in helping those in their fight against cancer. If you are in pain and looking for relief, they offer lymphatic massage to help reduce swelling post-surgery. For more information and to schedule an appointment, call 954-868-3505 or visit


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Veterans and Dads Get Free Sessions


o honor all our Veterans and for Father’s Day, The Salt Suite (Fort Lauderdale location only), will offer free sessions at any time during the month of June to veterans and free session to all dads on Father’s Day. Dry salt rooms create the microclimate of a salt mine where fine salt particles are dispersed into the air. When this 100 percent natural fine mist is inhaled, it kills bacteria, clears mucus and promotes draining as well as fights against harmful germs in the lungs, sinuses and ears. The benefits of salt therapy include breathing easier and keeping infections away. All you need to do is relax, breathe and allow this natural element to work its wonders. Open 7 days a week The Salt Suite accommodates most any schedule. Open Monday, Wednesday and Fridays from 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.; Tuesday and Thursday from 9:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.; and Saturday and Sunday from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Location: 1425 S.E. 17 Street, Ft. Lauderdale. For more information or to reserve your space, call 954-520-7258. th

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he story of the March sisters, which Alcott thought lifeless and flat as she was writing it, unexpectedly touching and true when she finished, struck a deep chord with readers when it appeared in 1868, just three years after the end of the Civil War. The sequel, Little Men, was a bestseller before it was even published. Readers anticipated Alcott’s juvenile novels with a fervor not seen again until the Harry Potter series of J. K. Rowling. Louisa May Alcott, (November 29, 1832 March 6, 1888) was a Classic American novelist and poet. Penn Name: A. M. Garnard She authored over thirty books, shortstories and poetry, all in all more than 200, in a career that conservatively spanned 40 years. But Alcott is best known as the author of the novel Little Women and its sequels Little Men and Jo’s Boys. When Louisa was 35 years old, her publisher in Boston, Thomas Niles, asked her to write “a book for girls.” Little Women was written at Orchard House from May to July 1868.  The novel is based on Louisa and her sisters’ coming of age and is set in Civil War New England.  “Jo March” was the first American juvenile heroine to act from her own individuality --a living, breathing person rather I’m not afraid of storms, than the idealized stereotype then prevalent in for I’m learning how children’s fiction. to sail my ship. Like her character, “Jo March” in Little Women, young Louisa was a tomboy.  “No boy Love is a could be my friend till I had beaten him in a great beautifier race,” she claimed, “and no girl if she refused to climb trees, leap fences ...”

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Energy Drinks Hurt Youth Health More than half of teens and young adults that have slaked their thirst with energy drinks report consequently suffering negative health consequences, reports a new study from Canada’s University of Waterloo. Of 2,055 Canadian participants between ages 12 and 24, 55.4 percent said they had negative health events afterwards. Of these, 26.5 percent trembled and felt jittery, 24.7 percent had faster heartbeats and 22.5 percent noted “jolt and crash” episodes—a spell of alertness followed by a sudden drop in energy. Another 5.1 percent experienced nausea or diarrhea and 0.2 percent, seizures. Most respondents said they drank only one or two energy drinks at a time. 12

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In the first scientific study of facial exercise, 27 middleaged women that performed specific facial muscle movements looked an average of two-and-a-half years younger in 20 weeks based on a standardized scale called the Merz-Carruthers Facial Aging Photoscales. By doing the exercises for 30 minutes each day or every other day, the fullness of both the upper and lower cheeks, in particular, of the women were significantly enhanced, report Northwestern University researchers. “The exercises enlarge and strengthen the facial muscles, so the face becomes firmer and more toned and shaped like a younger face,” says lead author Murad Alam, a medical doctor. Some of the study exercises can be found by searching the topic of Happy Face Yoga on YouTube.

Cardiovascular exercise improves a person’s healthy gut microbes even without making dietary changes, University of Illinois researchers report. In a study of 32 people, 30 to 60 minutes of exercise three times a week for six weeks boosted levels of healthy intestinal bacteria, especially for lean subjects, and less so for the obese. The healthy bacteria produced shortchain fatty acids that reduce the risk of colon cancer. “The bottom line is that there are clear differences in how the microbiome of somebody who is obese versus somebody who is lean responds to exercise,” says Jeffrey Woods, Ph.D., a kinesiology professor at the university.

Seek 15 Minutes of Device-Free Time When we’re feeling angry, stressed or overexcited, just 15 minutes of being alone without a device can put us into a more peaceful state, reports a University of Rochester study. Young adults, sitting in a comfortable chair away from their devices, were given something to read, told to think about something specific or not given any instruction. Some were asked to sit alone for 15 minutes a day for a week and keep a diary. In all cases, such solo time away from devices helped reduce intense emotions afterward.


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Preterm Births Down After Coal Plant Shutdown After a polluting coal-fired power plant in Pennsylvania was shut down in 2014 by U.S. Environmental Protection Agency regulatory action, the chances of women living 30 miles downwind having a preterm birth fell by about 28 percent, report Lehigh University researchers. While the plant was operating, women in affluent New Jersey communities downwind had a 17 percent greater risk of having babies of very low birth weights— less than 5.5 pounds—than did women in other similar affluent areas.


Scientists Discover Alcohol-Cancer Link Alcohol has been linked to seven types of cancer, including breast and bowel, and scientists at the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, in Cambridge, UK, have tracked down a possible cause. In lab tests, they found that when the body processes alcohol, acetaldehyde is produced. Acetaldehyde alters and damages DNA within blood stem cells, leading to rearranged chromosomes and a greater likelihood of cancer.


Mangoes Carry Health Benefits Mangoes contain potent antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and anticancer properties that may prove useful in treating gastrointestinal disease, cognitive decline and diabetes, report scientists at the University of Palermo, in Italy. Also, Texas A&M researchers have found that 300 people with Crohn’s disease that ate 200 to 400 grams of commercially available frozen mangoes daily for eight weeks had fewer digestive symptoms, improved inflammation biomarkers and less colon cancer-linked molecules in their digestive tracts.

New Healthy Coffee Alternative Success by Health (SBH), a new, re-branded company in the healthy lifestyle industry with its Reishi Mushroom-infused coffee products, now offers two healthy coffee products—Café Noir and Café Latte—in the natural beverage niche market for sales affiliates. They are formulated with the Reishi (Ganoderma) Mushroom, to help eliminate unhealthy caffeine in coffee, and with it, the unpleasant metabolic crashes associated with conventional coffee products. They smooth out the traditional highs, lows, jitters and resulting negative pH levels in the body. SBH is the latest direct marketing company started by Jay Noland, a former professional baseball player well-known in the direct selling industry. His business model eliminates the retail middleman through individual, independent sales affiliates. Each affiliate purchases a packet of Café Noir, the standard black coffee, for 68 cents a cup, and asks others they know and meet, “Do you drink coffee?” It’s an easy way to initiate a dialogue about the latest in healthy coffee. SBH founding members and independent affiliates are Dr. James Marinakis, an internationally recognized alternative medicine practitioner, in Boca Raton, Florida, and Jo Dee Baer, an age-group record-setting triathlete and health coach in Central Florida. To join the SBH team as an affiliate and improve health while increasing wealth, call 800-681-4926 or email June 2018


People that Don’t Slight Sleep Eat Better

A spate of recent worldwide studies reveal several cholesterol-healthy alternatives to olive oil. Ingesting 15 milliliters a day of virgin coconut oil for eight weeks increased high-density lipoprotein (HDL) “good cholesterol” levels in 32 young adults by an average of 5.72 milligrams/deciliter, researchers at Thailand’s Chiang Mai University found. Walnut oil slashed heart disease risk in 100 Type 2 diabetes patients that swallowed capsules containing a total of 15 milliliters of walnut oil a week—the amount of oil obtained from 4 to 5 servings of the nuts. They experienced significant drops in total cholesterol, low-density (LDL) “bad cholesterol” and triglycerides after 90 days, reported Iranian researchers at the Shiraz University of Medical Sciences. Camelina oil from the Camelina sativa plant, also called false flax, lowered LDL levels in 79 men with prediabetic symptoms, whereas diets high in either high- or lowfatty fish did not, according to the University of Eastern Finland. The men consumed 30 milliliters of the oil for 90 days.

Those that sleep more than seven hours a night are likely to eat better the following day, according to researchers from King’s College London. In the study, 21 people known to typically sleep fewer than seven hours increased their sleep time by 47 minutes after receiving tips on sleep hygiene such as drinking less caffeine and going to bed neither too hungry nor too full. The following day, they consumed almost 10 fewer grams of sugar in food and drinks on average and also consumed less fat and fewer carbohydrates than a control group.

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Simple Eco-Houses on the Upswing

A new Ukrainian homebuilding startup called Passivdom uses a 3-D printing robot to produce parts for tiny houses. The machine can print the walls, roof and floor of the company’s 380-square-foot model in about eight hours. The windows, doors and self-contained plumbing, sewage and self-electrical systems are then added by a human worker. Solar energy is stored in a battery. Filtered water collects from humidity in the air. Prices start at $64,000 per house (Passivedom). M.A.DI., in Italy, produces prefabricated A-frame houses in five sizes that can be set up anywhere. The basic model is rated an energy class B, but can be upgraded with an option of adding solar panels to make the structures energy-independent. Homes made by Lifehaus blend low-cost, off-grid appeal with holistic living and luxurious details. The Lebanon company is pioneering energy-neutral dwellings made from locally sourced and recycled materials. Green home dwellers will also be able to generate electricity and grow their own food.

At the North American Climate Summit in Chicago last December, more than 50 mayors from around the globe signed the Chicago Climate Charter, intended to guide cities toward reaching greenhouse gas emissions reduction goals similar to the Paris climate accord. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel says each mayor will pursue a customized plan, noting, “We’re all going to get to the same destination in our own way.” President Trump’s intended exit from the Paris agreement has sparked an uproar from leaders worldwide, especially mayors in cities long committed to reducing emissions. Dozens of cities are committed to 100 percent clean and renewable energy goals and pledged to promote clean transit through using zero-emissions buses. Emanuel believes, “Climate change can be solved by human action.” Cities’ actions now may well pay off in the long run.

Deadly Cargo Oil Spill Threatens Ocean Ecology

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severely impact important reefs, fishing grounds and protected marine areas in Japan. They are also concerned by the toxic nature of the ultra-light, highly flammable oil and unknown impacts. Simon Boxall, with the centre, notes, “It’s not like crude, which does break down under natural microbial action. This stuff actually kills the microbes that break the oil down.”


Cincinnati has contracted with the energy company Dynegy to purchase 100 percent renewable energy to operate most of its municipal facilities through at least 2021. The green energy will power police and fire stations, health clinics, recreation centers and most administrative buildings, including city hall. The city’s greenhouse gas emissions will be cut by more than 9 percent and its utility rates by more than $100,000 annually. The deal will bring the city closer to its goal of running on 100 percent renewable energy by 2035.

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Cleanup Cites Worst Plastic Polluters

A week-long beach cleanup and audit at Freedom Island in the Philippines last September exposed the companies most responsible for plastic pollution in the critical wetland habitat. The Greenpeace Philippines and #breakfreefromplastic movement audit, the first of its kind in the country, revealed that Nestlé, Unilever and the Indonesian company PT Torabika Mayora are the top three contributors of plastic waste discovered in the area, contributing to the more than 2 million tons of mismanaged plastic waste in the Philippines, the third-biggest source of plastic ocean pollution per year. See the whole list at

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Plastic Bags Get the Boot

Boston will join 59 other Massachusetts municipalities and hundreds of others across the nation, including Seattle, Washington, and Washington, D.C., in banning single-use plastic shopping bags by the end of this year. Instead, Boston shoppers must bring their own totes or pay store owners five cents or more for a thicker, compostable plastic bag or a larger paper bag with handles. “This new ordinance protects the health of our neighborhoods and environment, while at the same time easing the burden on taxpayers and saving local retailers millions,” says Kirstie Pecci, director of the Conservation Law Foundation’s Zero Waste Project.

Click on a Campsite Website Opens Up Private Land to Campers

A Portland startup online at LandApart. com is expanding the share-economy Airbnb-model concept to private landowners and campers. People that want to camp or rent a cabin in a beautiful area can pay a private landowner for access. CEO Ven Gist says the move is in part a response to sometimes crowded public lands that often cannot be reserved. He says, “We’re basically collaborating with landowners to open up new wild spaces that people can find and book for truly secluded, unique outdoor experiences.” Prices average between $30 and $40 per night. Find an introductory video at

Green Team Seattle Mariners Win Eco-Award

CenturyLink Field and Safeco Field, homes of the National Football League Seahawks and Major League Baseball (MLB) Mariners, respectively, introduced a Strawless in Seattle campaign last September. More than 100 local businesses joined with the Lonely Whale Foundation to help eliminate plastic waste. Safeco Field is the most sustainable baseball facility today, recycling 96 percent of all waste generated last season. As a result, the Mariners earned MLB’s Green Glove Award for 2017. Every food service item is recyclable or compostable, and cleaning crews manually separate waste items from recyclables after every game. The Mariners have been playing under energy-efficient LED lights since 2014, the first MLB ball club to do so. The team also added a 450-square-foot urban garden before the 2016 season that provides fresh vegetables and herbs for the concession stands.

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Good for People and the Planet by John D. Ivanko and Lisa Kivirist


any people define a livable city as one that is easy to get around in by foot, bike or public transportation. Many also prioritize ready access to fresh, local, organic food via farmers’ markets and community gardens. Others champion affordable housing and cost of living factors, safe neighborhoods with a diversity of people, careful stewardship of clean air and water, and plentiful amenities, including considerable open space and natural settings. Many work to preserve and enhance a sense of place suited to the locale. Partners for Livable Communities, a national nonprofit in Washington, D.C., that renews and restores communities, maintains, “Livability is the sum of the factors that add up to a community’s quality of life, including the built and natural environments, economic prosperity, social stability and equity, educational opportunity and cultural, entertainment and recreation possibilities.” The American Association of Retired Persons considers livable communities as age-friendly for young and old alike. 18

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Along with economic opportunities, a leading stimulus in moving to urban centers is, “More people are looking for a sociable environment where they can walk out of their door to the shops or transit and be among others they recognize who also recognize them,” observes Suzanne Lennard, director of the International Making Cities Livable Conferences, LLC, in Portland, Oregon.  “People who have traveled abroad, especially to Europe, and tasted the quality of life possible in a truly livable, walkable, beautiful and sociable city, often want to find such a place to live themselves.”   Following are a few examples of America’s many livable cities. More are transitioning and evolving as city planners, government officials, businesses and nonprofit community organizations strive to make their hometowns both people- and planet-friendly, often through public and private partnerships.  

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In Pittsburgh, revitalization is transforming 10,000 parcels of vacant or abandoned land—some where steel mills formerly



operated—into greenspace, bike lanes and other enticing and productive public areas. “Biking and our food scene have exploded,” says Chris Sandvig, director of policy with the Pittsburgh Community Reinvestment Group, which advocates for equitable urban revitalization through their Vacant Property Working Group, helping communities access blighted areas for pennies on the dollar. “We’re now one of the top 10 bicycling commuter cities in the country. People also come here as food tourists due to vibrant local agricultural activity.”   “A related ideal is to create compact, human-scale, mixed-use urban centers in the suburbs that are less expensive to construct— and thus remain more affordable—while placing shops, schools, parks, services, workplaces and public transit within walking and biking distance,” Lennard notes. “This ensures a healthy, affordable and high quality of life for all; suburban, as well as urban.”   Fast-growing Carmel, Indiana, just north of Indianapolis, is following suit. “After years of watching the suburbs sprawl into subdivisions with large lawns, privacy fences and cul-de-sacs, we created a vibrant central core with apartments, townhomes, condos and new options for smaller homes—all within walking distance or a short bike ride to new places to work, shop and dine,” explains Mayor James Brainard. The design efforts serve people instead of cars. “Carmel has spent the last 20-plus years building more than 900 miles of trails and multi-use pathways, enabling residents to commute by bicycle to work and enjoy easy access to a growing number of parks and recreational areas,” says Brainard. To facilitate traffic flow, some 100 roundabouts replaced stoplights and four-way stops. “Reducing traffic congestion has improved our air quality, and saved gasoline and lives.” A new, mixed-use downtown Arts and Design District includes a Center for the Performing Arts with a Center Green that hosts a farmers’ market in summer and an outdoor Christkindlmarkt and outdoor skating rink in winter.   “The old way of doing things in which cities and towns sat back and let the market dictate how a community should be grown must come to an end,” remarks Brainard, advocating the benefits of local governance.  

Smart City Advantages

Key elements of smart cities—sensors, cameras, data analytics and powerful networks that capture and relay vital information— help them become more energy-efficient or quicker to respond to environmental and residential issues. Such products highlighted the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show, in Las Vegas. Reducing traffic can also contribute to safer highways and shorter commutes with decreased greenhouse gas emissions. “Citizens are using apps to monitor issues and alert city managers, improving the livability of their communities,” explains Steve Koenig, senior director of market research with the Consumer Technology Association.   In Boston, the app BOS:311 allows residents to instantaneously notify government departments of pollution concerns, like blocked drains and other environmental or community needs, feeding the information directly into the city’s work order system via their mobile phone. This real-time collaboration results in a cleaner, safer and healthier city.   The Envision Charlotte project encompasses interactive kiosks in 64 businesses and government buildings citywide, gathering energy usage data for office buildings to increase energy efficiency and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. So far, energy consumption has dropped 19 percent, saving companies about $26 million. The program has strengthened economic competitiveness and environmental sustainability.  

Nature in the City

Some cities have focused on the natural environment for improving local livability while mitigating contributions to climate change. Forested open spaces, wetlands and protected watersheds improve air quality, protect drinking water and buffer intense storms. Such areas also connect more people with nature and engage them in communal and healthy outdoor recreation. Portland, Oregon, boasts more than 10,000 acres of parks, plus an innovative Biketown sharing program that has facilitated 160,000 bike trips since its launch in 2016. The city’s Bike Bill requires all new streets to accommodate bicyclists and pedestrians by design. Portland also embraces urban gardens and allows residents to raise chickens, bees, goats or rabbits in their backyards.

No one wants to live where pollution runs unchecked or water is unsafe to drink. Philadelphia’s Green City, Clean Waters program works to keep stormwater out of sewers and reduce rainwater runoff through decentralized soil-based and plant-based systems, including pervious pavement, green roofs and rain gardens. Begun in 2011, its goal is to reduce rainwater runoff by 85 percent by 2036. Rainwater has become a valuable community resource. The program is just one of many ways that the City of Brotherly Love is transforming itself into one of the greenest in the United States. Overseen by the city’s Office of Sustainability, Greenworks Philadelphia devises long-term sustainability strategies that encompass eight facets, including clean and efficient energy, carbon-neutrality and zero waste. Preparations are already underway to cope with a hotter, wetter future.

Preserving a Sense of Place

Making communities livable goes beyond infrastructure. Actions usually involve preserving, protecting and enhancing what appeals to residents. Santa Fe, New Mexico, is one example of many where livability priorities are guided by the values of its residents and its sense of place. “From our historic public square and marketplaces to outdoor cafes, farmers’ markets and community festivals; from human-scale architecture and balanced transportation to pedestrian and bicycle networks, this place represents shared values,” says Mayor Javier M. Gonzales. “Santa Fe is also full of public art. The city is designed to be safe, creative and inspiring for young and old, families of all kinds and everyone else that comes to see us.”

Good Life as Kids See It

Ultimately, making cities move livable for children can make them highly livable for all. “Children need the same things from a city that we all need, but their needs are greater than ours,” says Lennard. “The environment a child grows up in shapes their health and their mental and social development for the rest of their lives. Our modern, unwalkable suburban environments are contributing to childhood obesity, which has been widely linked to

chronic diseases that in the past were only associated with old age.” She notes, “Children need the exercise of walking or biking to school. They need safe streets so they can become independent and explore their neighborhoods; sidewalks and other outdoor areas where they can play, meet friends and interact with adults in the community; easy access  to nature; beauty in their environment; and intriguing architecture, works of art and other places to stimulate their affection and imagination. As they become teenagers, they need access by foot or bike to a wide variety of resources to broaden their horizons. Don’t we all need these things?”   John D. Ivanko and Lisa Kivirist, co-authors of ECOpreneuring, operate the Inn Serendipity, wholly powered by renewable energy, in Browntown, WI.

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How Livable Are Our Local Communities? Local Livability Index Scores


he AARP Public Policy Institute developed the Livability Index as a webbased tool to measure community livability. Users can search the Index by address, ZIP Code, or community to find an overall livability score, as well as a score for each of seven major categories. Users can also customize the Index to place higher or lower emphasis on the livability features of most importance to them. The website provides resources to help consumers and policymakers use livability scores to effect change in their communities. It is the first tool of its kind to measure livability broadly at the neighborhood level for the entire country, and it is intended to inform and encourage people to take action to make their communities more livable.

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n a harried world where our work is never done, it’s tough to take timeouts to do nothing. Yet, when we pump the brakes on Americans’ obsessive drive, we discover fresh productivity, creativity and contentment. “We’re socialized to pride ourselves on accomplishment and achievement, yet when you step back, you realize doing nothing produces a valuable currency, especially in enhanced mental health,” says Colleen Long, a Boston psychologist and author of Happiness in B.A.L.A.N.C.E: What We Know Now About Happiness. Italians call it la dolce far niente, or the sweetness of doing nothing, while the Dutch word niksen translates as “doing something without a purpose”. Here are a few tips to reclaim the art of be-ing over do-ing.

Create a “do nothing” ritual. Set

aside a special time and make it known. It can start the morning or wind down an evening. It may be meditating a few minutes or enjoying a bit of aromatherapy, wherever the heart leads.

Relax into the moment. Acknowledge

guilty feelings when they arise, but don’t heed them. It takes time to undo mental programming and learn to quiet the voice urging, “Don’t just stand there, do something!”

Mindfully do nothing. It’s not about

vegging out with passive activities like watching TV or checking email. It’s a time to come alive to our senses and surroundings, whether listening to music or peoplewatching, free of distractions from phone calls or anxious thoughts.

Doing something is okay. The aim

is to let go of the compulsion to check off every item on our to-do list—but that doesn’t mean blankly staring off into space. These are purposeful moments without a specific purpose. Doodle in a sketchbook, wander around the neighborhood or lie in the grass and look at clouds. Spontaneously go with the flow.

There’s no one way or right way to do nothing. “Just by carving out space,

you’ll get a benefit even if it doesn’t feel like you’re doing it right or perfectly,” advises Long. It looks different for different people. “Before I had kids, my ‘nothing time’ might be just being out in nature or simply doing one thing mindfully at a time, like washing dishes. Now I incorporate the principle into family time. One day a week, I shut off the phone, get on the floor with my kids and just let life get messy.” Connect with April Thompson, in Washington, D.C., at

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Natural Replaces Toxic A recent Green Beauty Barometer online survey revealed that more than half of women want their skincare products to be

all-natural, a result likely driven by the scientific information age (see pages/greenbeauty for details). Reputable scientific studies revealing parabens in breast cancer biopsies have demonstrated that everything applied to the skin also enters the bloodstream, hence the effectiveness of dermal nicotine and birth control patches. Thus, it can be alarming to realize that the average woman will unknowingly consume seven pounds of lipstick containing petroleum-based emollients, synthetic preservatives and artificial dyes during a lifetime, undoubtedly another reason consumers are switching to natural options. Katey Denno, a Los Angeles makeup artist to the stars, noticed cosmetic red flags early in her career. “The first time I turned over a palette that most makeup artists carry and saw specific colors that couldn’t be used on eyes or lips, I was confused; if something isn’t safe for lips or eyes, how can it be good for any part of us?” queries Denno, who switched from social work to makeup artistry 11 years ago. “The change in the industry has been substantial. Now green is mainstream, and

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Demand Escalates Women are fueling the natural beauty movement, yet more men than ever are also seeking healthy alternatives. Grooming products with unisex packaging and fragrances are among top sellers. Informed teen and 20-something buyers are inclined to choose people- and eco-friendly brands that are also cruelty-free. A wide selection of aluminum-free, natural, personal care products including underarm deodorants are showing up in supermarkets. Women are ditching toxic hair dyes and going silver to avoid thinning hair and allergies, and unwittingly, creating a new fashion statement. Plus, there’s growing interest in DIY cosmetics using everyday good-for-you ingredients found in the kitchen. Artisan perfumes are gaining popularity among women that want the mystery and allure of fragrance without the side effects of manmade, chemical-based brands. “Some new customers are frustrated by commercial products giving them headaches, while others say that they just don’t like perfume, when what they actually don’t like is synthetic fragrance chemicals,” says Ananda Wilson, a botanical perfumer and owner of Gather Perfume, in South Hadley, Massachusetts. “It’s inspiring when they smell real plant scents and see how their world lights up! The molecules in natural perfumes are active and interact with personal chemistry, so they unfold differently on each

wearer, creating a unique signature and experience.” Wilson ventured into botanical blends when both awareness and supplies of appropriate ingredients were scarce. “Perfume history is largely rooted in natural materials, but until recently, there was a mass blackout of this precious lineage. When I started, there was barely anything available, and only through a handful of aromatherapy companies,” she explains. Now, Wilson bases her products on botanical infusions from plants she’s grown or collected, including wild beach roses, clover and spring poplar buds. It only takes a whiff to dispel the myth that natural perfumes lack sophistication or tenacity. “Naturals have a breadth of possibilities—opulent white florals, fresh and clean, or dirty and smoky,” expounds Wilson. Eco-beauty is emerging from conscious lifestyle choices and creating the next era of cosmetics. “It’s fun to be called a pioneer in organic beauty,” muses Behnke. “Our products, employees and happy customers comprise an encouraging accomplishment.”

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ombining regular exercise with quality family time can be an enjoyable and fun way to realize a healthier lifestyle. Running together in fresh air, preferably in natural settings, allows children as young as 5 to safely join in.

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Families and coaches agree that running benefits both body and psyche. “Running as a family is an incredibly bonding experience, putting aside some of the usual conflicts and perceived hierarchies and just coming together,” says William Pullen, a London, England, psychotherapist and author of Running with Mindfulness: Dynamic Running Therapy (DRT) to Improve Low-mood, Anxiety, Stress, and Depression. “Running also gives us a place where we can develop skills like building confidence and competency.” Marc Bloom, of Princeton, New Jersey, author of Young Runners: The Complete Guide to Healthy Running for Kids From 5 to 18 and The Runner’s Bible, concurs, stating, “Running as a family can give parents the opportunity to be good role models by instilling values of health, fitness and togetherness.” Experts emphasize the fun factor. Pullen encourages both parents and kids to get out of their heads and into their bodies. “Concentrating on breath, posture, sensation and location all help make running mindful,” he suggests. 24

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“The important thing is to show up. It’s about participation, not breaking personal bests,” Pullen continues. Kids can play a game while running, such as silently counting steps, trees or other runners.” Mindfulness can also include sharing how it feels to run and meeting challenges along the way. Bloom suggests tuning in to nature. “Being in beautiful surroundings or watching for animals can promote mindfulness,” he says. “It can be spiritual.”

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For beginners, experts recommend approaching running as a desirable pastime and adopting a slow, easy pace. “Always make running fun, not a chore,” encourages Bloom. “Frame it as being outside, playing and sharing with friends and family. Make a game of it as much as possible.” Whether a family chooses to run in the park or in a community race, experts stress the importance of not setting goals. “Make it pleasurable. Don’t worry about time and distance. Start with short distances, maybe a block or two for novice runners or very young children,” advises running coach Jeremy Sanders, from Winchester, Virginia. “Be patient. Some days, the kids will get cramps. They may whine or get moody. Other days, they will be happy and content. Don’t let one bad run ruin the opportunity to try again another time.” Running coaches and seasoned runners agree that it is wise to tailor runs according to age and fitness levels. “Kids can begin at school age, 5 or 6; but start them with a few minutes and then add more, up to 15 minutes to a half an hour or so a few days a week. Always mix in sprints for short attention spans. Keep it simple. No fancy running shoes are needed when starting, just regular sneakers,” advises Bloom. “For teens, 30 to 45 minutes at a time a few times a week is fine, provided that they have bona fide running shoes.”


Finding inspiration as a family can include running for worthy causes; most communities host charity runs. “This can become a focal point for getting in shape, raising money and running for the greater good, not just yourself,” says Bloom. Mindful running presents regular opportunities to explore new places, focus on details that often go unnoticed and make exercise an active meditation for all involved. “Show kids how to notice what is going on around them when they run,” suggests Pullen. “You can read up and educate yourselves on trees, geology or the change of seasons so they feel a powerful sense of connection and freedom.” Whether running as a family is motivated by a desire to stay fit, get someplace or simply share more quality time, being in the present moment is most important. “Life is not about striving all the time,” exhorts Pullen. “Take the kids out. Keep it fun and make it into an adventure.” Marlaina Donato is a freelance writer, author and multimedia artist. Connect at

Breathing While Running William Pullen: “Mindful breathing is simply making the observation of one’s breath being the priority over thoughts. Each time the mind interrupts, gently return to the breath. Learning how to do that gently is what it’s all about—it means letting go of forcing, wishing and striving—and just gently doing.” Marc Bloom: “I’m not a fan of instructing young kids how to breathe while running because thinking about a must-do task can spoil the fun, and also seem like homework. Runners breathe naturally through their mouths, with an occasional deep breath through the nose. You can get technical with this, but not for kids. Be aware if breathing gets labored. If kids feel out of breath they’re probably running too fast. Kids love to start off fast, often too fast. Also, normal breathing might feel ‘out of breath’ and wrong to them because they’re not accustomed to it. Explain this to newbies beforehand by telling them what to expect.” Jeremy Sanders: “Everyone is different. Your breathing changes with effort and the more you run, the more you learn what works for you. You can experiment by breathing through only your nose or only your mouth, or in combination, in through the nose and out through the mouth. You can also alter the number of steps between each breath to get a comfortable rhythm going.”

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etting enough sleep—or not—has a trickle-down effect. A study in the Journal of Obesity shows that good quality shut-eye helps us reduce stress, lose weight and function better. Research also shows that most Americans would be healthier, happier and safer going about their daily activities if they slept 60 to 90 more minutes each night, according to the American Psychological Association. A consistent sleep routine helps enable a good night’s rest, with activities like going to bed at the same time whenever possible; shutting down the Internet, email and text messaging at least an hour before bedtime; and limiting intake of caffeine and alcohol. Another best practice is eating foods that help us relax, fall and stay asleep. Four primary sleep-promoting vitamins and minerals naturally found in foods are tryptophan, magnesium, calcium and vitamin B6. Some of these help the body produce melatonin, the hormone responsible for regulating the body’s sleep/wake patterns called circadian rhythms. Others enhance serotonin, which carries nerve signals and relays messages in the brain related to mood and sleep.

Some foods are naturally packed with these essential vitamins and minerals, and eating certain foods at certain times can help us tip the scale towards a successful night of restful sleep.


Kiwi. Full of vitamins C and E, serotonin and folate, kiwi can help us sleep longer. In a study at Taipei Medical University, in Taiwan, researchers had participants eat two kiwifruits one hour before bedtime for four weeks. Total sleep time improved by 13.4 percent.


Soy. In a Japanese study published in the Nutrition Journal, researchers surveyed 1,076 participants between 20 and 78 on how often they ate soy products, which are rich in sleep-enhancing isoflavones. Those that ate the most soy foods enjoyed deeper, more sustained sleep. Researchers concluded that soy’s isoflavones help regulate the sleep/wake cycle.

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Tart cherry juice. A study by the University of Rochester, in New York, found that older adults drinking two, eight-ounce servings of tart red cherry juice daily, one in the morning and one at night for two weeks, enjoyed moderate sleep improvement, comparable to taking the herb valerian and melatonin.

Research found that men that ate two bananas at a time for a week had a rise in melatonin that reached a peak two hours later; pineapple juice and orange juice also raised those levels.

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Fish. Salmon, halibut, mackerel and tuna help boost the production of vitamin B6, which helps make melatonin. A recent study from the University of Pennsylvania published in Scientific Reports found that eating more fish led both to better sleep and improved cognitive function in children.


Walnuts. Eating a handful of walnuts an hour before bedtime provides fibersupporting, restorative, slow-wave sleep, concluded a study in the journal Nutrition. Plus, walnuts are a good source of tryptophan, which helps make serotonin and melatonin; University of Texas researchers also found that walnuts contain their own source of melatonin.


Fiber-rich foods. Choices such as chia seeds, nuts and whole grains help promote restorative “slow-wave” sleep, according to the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine.


Calcium-fortified yogurt. According to Dr. William Sears, a pediatrician in Pasadena, California, and author of The Baby Sleep Book: The Complete Guide to a Good Night’s Rest for the Whole Family, “Calcium helps the brain use the amino acid tryptophan to manufacture the sleep-inducing substance melatonin. This explains why dairy products, which contain both tryptophan and calcium, are some of the top sleep-inducing foods.”


Bananas. Rich in potassium, magnesium, tryptophan and vitamin B6, which are used to make melatonin, bananas help promote good sleep. A study in the Journal of Pineal

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Dark leafy greens. Kale, spinach and collard greens are among the magnesiumrich greens that can help us de-stress and go to sleep, says Dr. Raj Dasgupta, a professor of pulmonary and sleep medicine at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles.


Almonds and dates. Nerina Ramlakhan, Ph.D., a London sleep therapist and author of Fast Asleep but Wide Awake: Discover the Secrets of Restorative Sleep and Vibrant Energy, counsels her clients to start at breakfast by eating eight almonds and two dates. These two fiber-rich foods are able to slowly help produce melatonin for later in the day. Judith Fertig writes cookbooks and foodie fiction from Overland Park, KS (

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reeks, streams and rivers flow into ponds, lakes and oceans, carrying pollution. Keeping large bodies of water clean starts with local waterways. As awareness of this need rises, some rivers in Africa, India, New Zealand and elsewhere are being protected and recognized as living entities, with rights, values and the legal status of people. While court cases brought by commercial interests are challenging such decisions, progress continues on many fronts.

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“The Fox River’s been our treasure since Native Americans paddled there,” says Barbara Smits, part-owner of Old Northwest Frontier Tours, provider of self-guided auto, bicycle and walking tours via eBook, in De Pere, Wisconsin. “To see people sail, boat, ice fish or sightsee here again is a joy.” The Fox River Cleanup Project, a multi-year effort covering 13 miles that began in 2009, reduces the health and environmental risks from polychlorinated biphenyls (PCB) in the sediment. Lake Winnebago, source of the lower Fox River, is currently stewarded under the 2000 Lake Sturgeon Management Plan. 28

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Recent meetings have sought citizen input for updates in managing sturgeon stock. In Athens County, Ohio, Michelle Shively, in Trimble, is Sunday Creek’s watershed coordinator. “Every minute, 850 to 1,000 gallons of polluted water from an underground mine pool flows into the creek, turning the water orange from iron waste. Once the iron is removed, you need to do something with it,” she says. Guy Riefler, Ph.D., an associate professor of civil engineering, and John Sabraw, professor of art and chair of a painting and drawing program, both with Ohio University, in Athens, found a way to wash, dry and pulverize recovered iron. It will be sold to Gamblin Artists Colors to make oil paints for artists in mustardy ochre, rusty red and violet tones. Not yet widely available, 500 sample tubes of Reclaimed Earth Violet were featured at an initial fundraiser. “Cleaning water is expensive, but now we’ve turned the problem into a method to fund more work,” says Shively. Throughout history, river dams have been built to provide power or irrigation, prevent flooding and provide municipal water needs. Of approximately 80,000

three-foot-tall or higher U.S. dams, only about 2,500 produce hydropower. Removal of old dams no longer serving their original function can restore entire watershed ecosystems, provide habitat for fish and wildlife, add jobs, improve water quality, reinstate natural sediment and nutrient flow, and save taxpayer dollars. Built in 1929 and abandoned after World War II, demolition of an Eklutna River dam, in Alaska, began in 2016. Curtis McQueen, an Eklutna tribal leader and CEO of Eklutna Inc., which now owns the dam, reported that 300,000 cubic yards of sediment had amassed there, along with junked cars, TVs and other trash. The tribe is the first in the nation to be involved in such a massive project, intended to restore its historic salmon population. In 2017, dams were removed in Alaska, California, Connecticut, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Vermont, Washington and Wisconsin. A map at shows dams taken down since 1916. “The good news is that in meetings like the St. Louis River Summit, in Superior, Wisconsin, in March, clean water wasn’t viewed only in a strictly scientific sense, but added the human factor to produce more diverse solutions,” says Wallace J. Nichols, Ph.D., the Monterey Bay, California, author of Blue Mind: The Surprising Science That Shows How Being Near, In, On, or Under Water Can Make You Happier, Healthier, More Connected, and Better at What You Do. “The bad news is that most projects are funded, directly or indirectly, by the federal government. Cuts add challenges and stress to looking for solutions.” Cities like Pittsburgh, Superior and Duluth are among many that are protecting, restoring and rejuvenating riverfronts with increased public access, thus rekindling residents’ love for and recognition of the mental and physical benefits provided by their waterways. “We’re in a period of big ideas,” says Nichols. Two can be easily implemented. First, he explains, don’t build right on the water; instead, sit in the “second row”.

Second, gain perspective by experiencing changes in waterways. “One way to do this is to spend an hour a day, or even an hour a week, in, on or near the water. Take someone new with you each time,” suggests Nichols. “You’ll see how best to value, promote and defend our right to clean water.” Then teach the kids. Connect with the freelance writer via

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drinking more of them,” she says. According to the National Alliance for Youth Sports, the recommended beverage contents for active kids during sports and other activities should contain at least 100 milligrams (mg) of sodium and at least 28 mg of potassium per eight ounces. It should be noncarbonated. We asked two moms keen on nutrition how they include these elements in drinks that kids will like.


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t day camp or the pool, on the playing field or in the backyard, kids can get really thirsty, especially as temperatures climb. Although filtered water is always a good choice, sugary, carbonated, artificially colored and flavored beverages can be tempting. Having homemade options ready can entice kids to stay hydrated in a healthy way.

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active kids, I know there’s a lot of misinformation out there, and I get all kinds of questions from parents about what drinks are best for kids,” says Jackie Berning, Ph.D., a registered dietitian, sports nutrition consultant and professor of health science at the University of Colorado, in Colorado Springs. “Parents need to know that all beverages are not created equal when it comes to hydrating them. The best [healthful] beverages taste good when your child is active, so encourage their

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Blackberry + Lemon + Mint Electrolyte Drink Yields: 4 cups 4 blackberries, fresh or frozen ½ lemon, juiced 1 mint leaf 1 Tbsp honey ⅛ tsp Himalayan pink salt 4 cups water, herbal iced tea or coconut water Place all ingredients in a blender and set on high for 45 to 60 seconds or until fruit is completely puréed. Add ice to a water bottle and pour electrolyte water on top to serve. Popsicle Option: Follow the same instructions, but add an additional tablespoon of honey, and then pour the electrolyte drink into popsicle molds and freeze overnight.  Courtesy of Michele Olivier,

Coconut & Lime Sports Drink Yields: about 4½ cups of bolder taste for older kids 3 cups coconut water 1 cup water or more, based on preference in strength of flavor) ½ cup freshly squeezed lime juice (lemon is also delicious) ¼ tsp Celtic sea salt or other unrefined sea salt with trace minerals 2 Tbsp raw honey or maple syrup (or more to taste) Few drops of Concentrace mineral drops (optional)

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s of last year, 90 million dogs lived in American homes. Including cats, birds, fish, small animals and reptiles, the grand total is 393 million, reports the American Pet Products Association. Pets are considered family members by 95 percent of their people. Accordingly, pets are a key consideration in choosing a friendly place to live or visit. The personal finance website WalletHub analyzed the most pet-friendly U.S. cities encompassing criteria inclusive of access to veterinarians and cost, pet insurance rates, pet-friendly restaurants, pet-centric businesses, dog parks and animal shelters. SmartAsset, a personal finance technology company, ranked cities by dog parks, pet-friendly restaurants and stores, walkability, weather and housing costs. Unsurprisingly, many high picks are in warmer climates.

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“First, look for pet-friendly landlords. Space to play, socialize and exercise animals is next on my list, followed by breweries and restaurants that allow dogs on their patios,”

says Alexandra Bassett, a professional dog trainer and owner of Dog Savvy Los Angeles. “I hike off-leash in Runyon Canyon and we visit the Pawbar at Pussy & Pooch, a pet lifestyle boutique, to mingle and sample treats. Food is the fastest way to make a dog comfortable in just about any setting.” Irvine and Carlsbad, California, and Portland, Maine, are among the first cities to ban use of toxic pesticides in public areas and homes, following pressure from local groups. Being closer to the ground and smaller in size, pets suffer adverse reactions faster than humans. Contact local environmental groups to help ban harmful insecticides and herbicides in public areas. In Pasco County, Florida, Epperson Community homes exemplify eco- and pet-friendly planning, with open spaces and solar power-lit trails for jogging and walking. Birdhouses throughout the property welcome wild feathered friends. A centerpiece lagoon enhances scenic walks and uses less water and energy than a traditional pool or golf course. Separate paths allocated for bikes and driverless cars keep dog walkers safe.


Colony Cove, in Find amenable lodging friendly pups can ride Ellenton, Florida, is along in a horse-drawn at a 55-plus retirement carriage from Doublecommunity that altree Carriage Comlows multiple pets, including some breeds pany, in Spring Valley. Dogs are welcome to banned elsewhere. It maintains a large dog watch or snooze through film showings at park, and at summer’s end, dogs are welthe Long Drive-In, in Long Prairie. come to take a dip in the pool. Further, the Birgit and Jim Walker, authors of Keep association offers mobile groomers, photos Your Paws on the Road: A Practical Guide to with Santa and costume contests. Traveling with Dogs, travel by RV in sum All species are welcome at Rose Villa mer with their three dogs to favorite stops Senior Living, in Portland, Oregon, where like Tombstone, Arizona. “Some tourist residents’ request for an off-leash dog areas don’t welcome dogs, but in Tombstone, park play area was granted. One resident dogs can go for stagecoach rides and down owns two dogs, two cats and an African into a mine with you,” she says. gray parrot. Kim Salerno, president and founder The largest-ever Canadian residential of, in Wake Forest, project to earn Leadership in Energy and North Carolina, recommends Kimpton or Aloft hotels. “Kimpton accepts any pet, any Environmental Design platinum certificasize, weight, breed or species. Amenities tion, Calgary’s University District, embraces include a bed, treats, a water bowl and toys ecological conservation, habitat restoration with no additional pet fee,” she says. and long-term conservation management Salerno continues, “In Asheville, dogs principles. Designed for residents to age are allowed on the grounds of the Biltmore in place with their families, recreational Estate. The Ernest Hemingway House, in fitness amenities include on- and off-leash dog parks, a pet-friendly activity space and Key West, Florida, allows small, cat-friendly paths leading to parks. dogs. Boutiques, feed stores, wineries and art galleries may say yes to pets. Ask first Favorite Activities and make sure your pet is well-behaved.” Sara Nick, chief content officer at Side Whether at home or traveling, families walk Dog Media, in Minneapolis, suggests can enjoy many opportunities to share new experiencing unique adventures. Dog padexperiences with pets. Just be sure they dling takes on new meaning via stand-up mind their manners to have a good time. paddleboarding with a pooch at Minnesota’s Split Rock Lighthouse and Tettegouche Connect with freelance writer Sandra Murphy state parks. Whatever the weather, equineat

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Top 5 Questions to Ask Yourself When Facing a Divorce by Maria Gertz, Psy.D.


espite the fact that 50 percent of couples in Florida get divorced every year, divorce is still one of those things we like to turn our backs to and try not think about. But when you are in an unhappy marriage, it can often seem like the only way out. While this may certainly be the case for many of you, divorce can be emotionally and financially draining on spouses, children and families. So before you take the plunge, there are several things, mental health therapists and divorce professionals, think you should consider to make sure you are as ready as you’ll ever be.  Have I communicated my needs to my partner insofar as my feelings and my expectations regarding our roles in our marriage?  Have I taken responsibility for my own contributions to the problems in my marriage?  Do I have realistic expectations regarding marriage and what I expect from my spouse?  Am I aware and do I have a plan to manage the changes in my life postdivorce?  Is there anything that could save my marriage that I haven’t tried? Often times, individuals who are facing the possibility of divorce have spent a good amount of time thinking about what makes them unhappy—unfortunately, probably more time than they’d like. They


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have spoken to their friends and family repeatedly about their relationship, but often it is the act of communication of disagreements and disappointments with their spouse that gets either ignored or becomes dysfunctional. Studies have shown that communication with your spouse is the greatest predictor of whether or not a marriage will last. We have all heard that communication is important, but one important piece has been left out is the type of communication that makes all the difference. Actively listening to your partner and understanding their position even if you disagree, refraining from yelling, name calling and the silent treatment, and giving your partner the forum to be heard can make all the difference in your marriage and will give you the platform to be able to do the same. When we are so unhappy and hurt, we often want to find someone to blame and we fail to recognize our role in all of the miscommunication. You need to take time to look within and identify if there are things that you too could change that could create a dynamic change in your relationship. Maybe the relationship is too far gone and this won’t cause the change you would like to see in your marriage, but if you do your part, you are still working on making yourself a better partner for a healthy relationship in the future. You are setting yourself up for relationship success and (should a divorce be inevitable) creating a healthy environment by which you can

co-parent if you have children. It may be hard to focus when we are feeling as if our family is not working “as it should”, and it’s of no help that many of us ascribe to the myth that relationships should be easy and conflict-free. The truth is that marriage takes work. No marriage is 100 percent perfect all the time. While most married couples fight mainly about finance and child-rearing, the ones that learn the best ways to express their needs in a non-defensive, non-ego dominated way are the ones that tend to make it. Having realistic expectations about what it takes to make all life decisions with another person may be all your relationship needs. Divorce is often a messy business causing emotional turmoil and financial hardships for both parties. It is essential to be aware that your life will most likely not be the life as you know it to be now. Know that there will be changes in schedules, roles and finances that will impact how you spend your time, whether or not you need to go back to school and/or work, and where you might live, to name a few. Many times people assume that the faster they go through this process, the faster they are on their way to finally being happy again; but taking your time to evaluate all of these issues can save you a lot of time, heartache and money. Chances are that if you are not coming from a highconflict, perhaps even abusive relationship, you are not going to be immediately happy post-divorce. Ask yourself if you have exhausted all options before divorce. Several professionals such as a mental health therapist, relationship coach or clergy can assist you when navigating through the process of making sure that divorce is THE answer. They can support you when answering these very same questions, which either will help your marriage or help you become someone that can be part of a healthy divorce. Maria Gertz, Psy.D., is the founder of Divorce by Design Mediation Group, a group of mental health and legal professionals that help mediate divorce, as well as manage post-divorce family issues in a compassionate and confidential manner in Broward. For more information call 1-800-234-7112 or visit 

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3 Five Advantages of Integrative Medicine by Lucy Gade, M.D.


ntegrative medicine” is not just another name for “alternative medicine.” There are 50 institutions around the country that have integrative in their name, at places like Harvard, Stanford, Duke and the Mayo Clinic. Practitioners of integrative medicine and their patients often cite many advantages to this sub-specialty practice. The five most common advantages of integrative medicine lie in its very definition and include:


Integrative medicine is “healing-oriented” rather than disease oriented. Starting around the turn of the 20th century, the concept of aseptic technique took off and antibiotics were discovered. For the first time, physicians were able to effectively treat infections that were previously taking human lives. Doctors learned how bacteria and viruses transmit illnesses. Out of this experience was born the concept of treating “acute” illnesses. As a result, the culture of the medical profession began to address acute illness and neglect the prevention side of health. Integrative medicine’s focus, like the ancient systems of Traditional Chinese Medicine and ayurveda, concerns itself with wellness, vitality and healing. It begins with the assumption that there is a physiologic balance that is disrupted and leads to the manifestations of illness and disease. Regaining the body’s natural state of equilibrium can restore this balance and promote health.


Integrative medicine focuses on the “whole person” (mind, body and spirit), as well as the community and environment a person lives in as important aspects of health. Too often patients go to doctors with multiple symptoms affecting multiple organ systems and see different practitioners for each of their problems. Integrative medicine puts the focus on how the various symptoms may be connected and searches for the root causes, rather than just treating the individual symptoms. The focus becomes restoring balance and taking into account the aspects of the patients’ life that may affect their ability to adhere to recommendations. For example, cultural barriers to dietary recommendations or inability to adhere to a particular exercise and 36

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movement program because of their work schedule, etc. Integrative medicine places an even greater emphasis on the therapeutic relationship. This focus on the practitioner-patient partnership is forcing the entire medical community to grapple with certain questions: How has the role of the clinician changed over the years? Are there better ways to treat the kinds of health problems that can usually only be managed, not cured? The integrative partnership is one where patients are guided and advised regarding their treatment options. Together the practitioner and patient decide on the “best” plan of action. In the management of the more chronic diseases, the attention is placed on meeting the patient where they are at the moment. By addressing obstacles to lifestyle changes and treatment adherence, there is a higher likelihood of success with the recommended therapy.


Integrative medicine places an importance on the acquisition of all of the available evidence for each individual’s unique condition. The actual treatment recommendations may vary in integrative treatment plans according to each individual’s unique situation. In the process of tailoring treatment plans to each individual’s needs, practitioners are scrutinizing the literature, often using the scientific method to evaluate alternative therapies the same way as traditional therapies. As a result, many therapies that were once considered alternative, e.g., meditation (which has been shown to be associated with a 48 percent reduction in heart disease, stroke and sudden death) have become mainstream recommendations. Integrative assessments are highly personalized with in-depth evaluations and unhurried consultations where patients are asked about everything from environmental exposures to personal relationships. All of these factors are considered important in determining whether or not a person stays healthy.


Integrative medicine makes use of all appropriate therapies. By combining all the traditional allopathic treatment options along with mind-body therapies, such as yoga and meditation, a treatment plan is developed that utilizes the least invasive and most cost-effective therapies first. What ties integrative doctors together is that their focus is on attaining a sense of “wellbeing.” This is especially important in cases where “cure” is not always possible, as in the management of certain aggressive cancers. Most integrative providers prefer to prescribe treatments that are amenable to scientific investigation. However, patients are not dissuaded from using certain treatments as long as the proposed remedies have at least been proven to be safe. Medicine is a highly adaptable profession. New studies are constantly challenging conventional wisdom and the way medicine is practiced. Some of the most important changes in medicine, however, have been cultural ones that have challenged what clinicians consider their role as providers to be. Integrative medicine, with its emphasis on treating the patient’s “body, mind and spirit,” can prove to be one of these pivotal moments of self-

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An Interview with Laurie Nadel, Ph.D.


nce a seasoned journalist but now a distinguished scholar and practicing psychotherapist, Dr. Laurie has immersed herself in the academic study of suffering, in addition to the depth her own life story provides . . . .When it comes to teaching how to get up after being knocked down, how to not just survive life’s hardest blows but eventually thrive, nothing beats a teacher who has learned through personal experience.” – From the Foreword by Dan Rather Dr. Laurie Nadel is a specialist in acute stress, trauma, and anxiety issues. Here she shares her experiences and means to move forward.

The night of the storm was like the opening scene in a disaster movie that went on and on...and from what I hear, is still going on for far too many people. In my first career in TV news, we always had to battle our way through rough weather to get to work. I must have written hundreds of storm stories in the newsroom, so I wasn’t fazed when the water burst through the back of my house. But when a surge caused my washing machine and couch to float into my living room, I knew this wasn’t just another storm. Fortunately, I was well trained in the art of staying calm during emergencies, so my partner and I were able to rescue our cat and supplies we would need later on. The town’s sewage treatment plant broke during the storm, and everything the flood had touched was contaminated with raw sewage. That forced me to become a FEMA refugee for a month. When I returned home, there were volunteers from all over the country helping people to clean out moldy debris. While I couldn’t strip sheetrock, I had many years’ experience doing heavy emotional lifting. This led to my starting the first of two long-term support programs for Sandy survivors who were traumatized.   

You have spent much of your time counseling people through their own catastrophes, and then suddenly you faced your own back in 2012 with Hurricane Sandy; what was that like?

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Did you find yourself losing faith or becoming despondent in the months following?

discover five gifts that helped me through the worst of it: humility, patience, empathy, forgiveness and growth. With humility, I could see that whatever was happening to me was happening to 1 million other people whose homes had been severely damaged by Sandy. I think that humility has turned out to be the most important gift.  

Many of the people you counsel have faced horrific tragedy in their lives; they are in pain every day. Is there one bit of advice that you recognize as being the key to moving forward from a horrific event?

Trauma is a word that gets used a lot in everyday conversation. But trauma is not a bad hair day. It literally means that you have faced off with death and are shaken as a result. The most important thing to remember is that there is no magic shortcut through this barren psychological landscape. It can take three to five years to recover emotionally. When people start saying, “Why aren’t you over it by now?” it can be helpful to remember this and know that whatever you are feeling, you are a normal person having normal reactions to an abnormal situation.  

In your most recent book, The Five Gifts, you discuss five gifts that will help us through adversity. Would you please tell us about these gifts and why they are so important?   The five gifts are spiritual resources that are found in many cultures: humility, patience, empathy, forgiveness and growth. I call them “the five unbearable gifts” because we don’t want them until we absolutely need them. Humility releases us from asking “Why me?” With humility, we can realize that we are not the only

ones in the world who have suffered severe loss. Patience helps us get through each day so that we can deal with not knowing how long it will take before the heartache goes away. Empathy connects us to others. Because we have suffered, we are better able to understand what others are going through and we are more likely to offer help. Since Hurricane Sandy, people in Long Beach, New York, have consistently and proactively donated supplies and offered support to other communities devastated by natural disaster. That’s a great example of community empathy in action. Forgiveness takes time. Not everyone gets there. But it can be even more important to forgive ourselves when disaster strikes. Growth is what happens when we no longer think about the disaster as soon as we wake up. It becomes something important that we lived through, but it no longer dominates every waking thought. When we experience growth, we can look back on that tragic event and say, “Even though I wish I hadn’t gone through that, and I would never wish anything like that on anyone, I can be grateful for what I’ve learned and who I have become because of what that disaster taught me.”  

What would you say to someone that has lost someone or something—a spouse, child, home, career—that might be reading this right now? If I had a magic wand that could take your pain away, I would use it right now. There is no way I can imagine what you are going through, but you are stronger than you know.    Laurie Nadel, Ph.D., ,is the author of the book The Five Gifts: Uncommon Wisdom for Troubling Times (HCI Books), published April 2018, which is available at Connect with her at

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Martial Arts A Different Path for to Address Bullying


artial arts in America, regrettably has become synonymous with fighting through one media source or another. This honorable art form has been reduced to blood and guts entertainment with a CGI flair. The reality and history of traditional martial arts is quite different. Conflict is studied to understand it, and in so doing the student becomes better equipped to thwart it. Although there are many offensive styles, philosophically self-defense is its prime purpose; however Master’s do not promote or instigate fighting. Despite being thousands of year’s old, martial arts remains particularly relevant in a world experiencing an epidemic of childhood bullying. According to the National Center for Education Statistics nearly 1 in 3 students (27.8%) report being bullied during the school year. As a consequence, parents are enrolling their children in online education or home schooling. While this is an immediate solution to keep your child safe, this is only a bandaid to the real problem. Online education or home schooling is only a temporary solution that for most working parents is not an option. Statistics also demonstrate that if the issue is avoided in elementary school, bullying increases in middle school. Although a complex issue, bullying can be whittle down to a lack of self-esteem for both the offender and the offended. This is where traditional martial arts functions as a healing modality. Anger on the part of the bully and fear on the part of the victim

If you enter a martial arts school void of an atmosphere of respect, walk out. Granted children need to have fun, but more importantly, discipline and focus is what will transform them into competent young adults. This is the foundation of martial arts. A teacher’s role is not to entertain but to enrich his students. When sparring, children are expected to keep their eyes wide open, block, and then parry. There is tremendous courage being built in this exchange as it is done in the spirit of challenging themselves to maintain selfcontrol in the face of potential danger. The confidence that is built by simulating combat transforms attitudes from victim to victor. Enrolling your child in a martial arts school is a good strategy. Connecting those empowering lessons in daily living with consistency is essential. Both bullies and victims can benefit from the focus, discipline and mindfulness available from the traditional arts. When looking for martial arts programs beware of schools that put sparring gear on your child the first week. This is amateurish and dangerous, especially if your child is particularly sensitive or has a hot temperament. There is important preparation

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A good martial arts program can benefit special needs children as well. They become part of an inclusive mainstream group which can change their perspectives dramatically. Another group that benefits is kids with incarcerated parents or those that have been subjected to physical violence. These tend to be unhappy, angry children who mimic their own victimization. Through sitting mat discussions these kids understand that bullies need not be feared as they are generally just looking for attention from the smaller, smarter kids whom they envy. In a Dojo environment where there’s no room for their outbursts and focus and discipline are rewarded, bullies naturally fall into line. They also find themselves too busy learning “cool stuff ” and being encouraged.

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ccording to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, over 115 people in the U.S. die every day after overdosing on opioids. The misuse and addiction to prescribed pain killers have wrecked havoc on communities nationwide, big and small, not to mention the economic and social welfare the epidemic is leaving behind. The opioid crisis is continuously making headline news. From doctors charged with over-prescribing and alarming overdosing statistics to the most vulnerable victims of the epidemic. The latest; police dogs that are overdosing while sniffing out illegal activity, and children, as young as six years old, who are finding parents’ pain killers. As lawmakers, first responders, physicians and pharmacists scramble to find solutions, David Dardashti, Executive Program Director at the Ibogaine Clinic is convinced ibogaine is the answer. Ibogaine is isolated from the Tabernanthe iboga plant native to Central West Africa, so it’s completely natural. It’s then purified to become ibogaine HCL and administered through pill form.

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Right now, the go-to treatment in the U.S. to wean people off of drugs is methadone, Suboxone (mix of buprenorphine and naloxone) and Subutex. These prescribed medications are supposed to help curb cravings and withdrawal symptoms, but instead create a new addiction. Patients become addicted to the very same medications that were supposed to treat their original addiction. That’s one of the reasons why substance abuse is an endless cycle for most. In fact, according to the Addiction Center, methadone is involved in one-third of opiate pain-related overdose deaths. reports that the number of buprenorphine-related ER visits quadrupled between 2006 and 2011.

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Just 45 minutes away from Cancun International Airport, there’s a private drug addiction facility catering to those who seek an alternative, more natural treatment to opioid addiction. At the Ibogaine Clinic, Dardashti uses a specific ibogaine protocol for every individual depending on their age, weight, addiction and health condition. If patients are diabetic, if they have high blood pressure, dealing with depression or anxiety, these are all factors that can change ibogaine dosage and intervals. Ibogaine is not a one-size-fits-all operation. An ibogaine treatment affects the addicted individual both physically and psychologically, making it a fully-integrated treatment.

On a psychological level, the ibogaine experience includes several stages that allow the conscious and subconscious to merge together. During this time, a patient has a chance to process past traumas, recall memories very vividly, and deal with deep seated issues…most likely the ones that have lead to his or her addiction. On a physical level, ibogaine helps to refresh and reset receptors in the brain. Long-term use of drug messes up serotonin and dopamine levels in the brain, affecting how messages are sent between the cells. With an ibogaine treatment, these levels are balanced out and brought back to a pre-addicted state. What’s more is that the treatment is medically-supervised and withdrawal-free. One of the hardest things for people with addiction is to go through the detox phase, where cravings and physical symptoms take over their body as they stop taking the drugs. With ibogaine, all the negative effects of detox are virtually eliminated.


There are over 150 testimonials on the Ibogaine By David Dardashti Youtube channel with some with over 45,000 views. Former patients with addictions to Suboxone, heroin, OxyContin, Fentanyl and Roxycodone testify to their ibogaine experience and how it has helped them get sober. The opioid crisis is the deadliest drug crisis in American history and a public health emergency. Overdoses have become the leading cause of death for Americans under 50 years old, killing about 64,000 just last year. But if you ask alternative medicine advocates, we can put a stop to it with ibogaine. Rabbi David Dardashti is a 20-year member of the Rabbinical Council of America (RCA) and founder of Ibogaine Clinic in Mexico. The medically-supervised ibogaine rehab center has treated thousands of patients for opioid addiction. For more details and supporting information about ibogaine, contact David Dardashti by visiting IbogaineClinic. com or call 1-888-462-1164. For video testimonials, go to

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New carpet installation is a huge contributor to indoor air pollution and involves formaldehyde, benzene and stain repellents. One recent study found that most vinyl flooring contained toxic phthalates, lead, cadmium, brominated flame retardants and other toxic chemicals that can contribute to indoor air pollution by drifting out of the flooring and merge with the air and dust inside homes. Open the windows for at least 20 minutes daily, even in the winter months, to improve air quality and reduce the CO2 level. Mop or vacuum at least once a week, Avoid carpet in the bedrooms. Wash sheets and blankets once a week.

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

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wood products. Much of the furniture and cabinetry on the market today is made from particleboard, plywood or mediumdensity fiberboard, all which off-gas formaldehyde. Also consider the finish on solid wood furniture. Ideally, select furniture with low-VOC, water-based or wax-based finishes. Tile is generally a safe, non-toxic flooring option and is easy to maintain. It’s important to ask about the safety of the grout, the ventilation process used during installation and any other materials used that could cause toxic fumes. Hardwood floors make removing dust and other allergens relatively easy. It’s important to choose a non-toxic finish. Linoleum flooring is made from all-natural and biodegradable materials that include linseed oil, cork dust, pine resin and wood. It is very resilient and can last as long as 30 to 40 years. Carpet and vinyl are not good choices.

Choose unscented, plant-based detergents; use castile soap or washing soda and borax for laundry. Add plants to help improve the air. Aloe Vera is easy to grow and filters benzene, commonly found in paint and chemical cleaners. Peace Lily is a beautiful plant that reduces the levels of mold spores. In bathrooms, it can help keep shower tiles and curtains free from mildew, and the plant can absorb harmful vapors from alcohol and acetone. Spider plant leaves grow quickly and help to absorb harmful substances like mold and other allergens, so it is the perfect plant for those that have common dust allergies. It also helps to absorb small traces of formaldehyde and carbon monoxide. Thermal imaging is one way to determine if air quality is affecting your health. These scans reveal heat imbalances in the body that indicate inflammation and the need for further investigation. They can be used for possible early cancer detection and to prevent future health issues. Shanna Rivera is a certified clinical thermographic technician and the owner of FlowWell. For more information, visit Flow Well is a proud member of Breast Thermography International (BTI). Go to the BTI site to learn more about BTI’s Stance on Breast Thermography Testing and the FDA. See ad page X.

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Understanding the Chi Field

The Story of One Hundred Candles: A Seed of the Healing Chi Field by Master Mingtong Gu


he chi field is a unified collective energy field with a specific function and structure. There are many chi fields that interconnected to the universal chi field of self-creation. Wisdom Healing Qigong has a specific healing chi field, unified by the purpose of healing. It is a cultivated and organically developed energy field that has advanced through thousands of years. It includes both the accumulated chi field developed throughout the 5,000 year Chinese history of qigong, as well as the expanded embodiment of millions of practitioners over the past three decades around the world. To organize a chi field in your practice is to align your own energy field—including your mind, heart, body, and spirit—with the collective energy in the room, any group or location, and then to connect to the Wisdom Healing Qigong chi field, expanding to the universal chi field. While there is much to understand about the infinite potential, collective synergy, and accumulative effects of the chi field, in this season of returning Light we want to share the following parable to demonstrate the power of the chi field. It was shared by my teacher Dr. Pang Ming, and is based on a true incident that happened in a village in China about 500 years ago.

The Story There once was a family—a son and a mother. The father had passed away, so they greatly depended upon each other. And as the story goes, the boy was nine-years-old when his mother suffered a severe illness.

To support his mother, the boy worked hard, gathering wood from the mountains, yet he barely made enough to feed them. He spent every extra moment seeking a cure for her. Despite the son’s tireless efforts, the mother’s condition worsened to the point that she could no longer speak. Then one day, a monk showed up in the village. The boy found him, kneeled before him, and asked for help. The monk was touched by the boy’s heart. Even though the monk was not a medical doctor, he offered to assist this boy in the ways of his tradition. The boy was excited and felt new hope. The monk said, “I’ll give you a prescription to follow, but the preparations must be completed by midnight tonight—the darkest night of all—so that your mother can be healed.” Through tears of determination the boy responded, “I’ll do anything.” The monk told the boy that by midnight he must collect one hundred candles—one from each family in the village. He must also ask each family for a prayer from their heart, to help heal his mother. Without fear or hesitation, the boy excitedly rushed to every family in the village to ask for help. Everyone was eager to help, and they freely gave their prayers and candles with hope for the highest good. By the time the boy finished visiting the entire village, it was almost midnight—yet he had collected only 99 candles. The boy was determined to fulfill the monk’s instructions, so put the 99 candles in the center of the village, with the hopes that one more candle would miraculously appear. While he lit the candles one by one, everyone in the village came from their homes to join him. As they gathered around, everyone was in tears of hope, happiness, and community. As each family joined, they saw the candlelight illuminate the circle and form one bright light. Then they witnessed the illumination of the hundredth candle—the light of the boy’s spirit. In that moment of grace, they all became one family, bathed in light. Soon, from a remote distance, the village people heard the boy’s mother, who had not spoken in years, calling, “Son, where are you?” A miracle had happened—manifest from the strong intention, love and light of the entire community family. To learn more and experience the healing chi field of Wisdom Healing Qigong, check out the all the Chi Center programs at ChiCenter. com. Edited by Sallena Pool. June 2018


OolaLife by Kelly Martinsen


ola (originating from the word “oo-lala”) is a lifestyle based on the international best-selling book, Oola: Find Balance in an Unbalanced World.

Oo-la (noun): That state of awesomeness. It is when your life is balanced and growing in the seven key areas of life—“the 7 F’s of Oola” (fitness, finance, family, field (career), faith, friends and fun). Have you seen the bus of dreams—a 1970 Volkswagen surf bus covered in stickers where people have written their dreams? The bus is now 19 sticker layers deep and is traveling around the country with two men, fondly known as the OolaGuys, “Dr. Dave” Braun and “Dr. Troy” Amdahl, both doctors of chiropractic. They are on a mission to change the world with a word (#Oola) by collecting 1 million dreams in the form of handwritten stickers on the side of a vintage bus. The reason? Because they believe that the way people can achieve their dreams is to first find balance within the seven key areas of life, they refer to as the 7 F’s. The OolaGuys operate on the principle that all of us are “designed for greatness,” and as such, they have made it their mission to help people achieve balance in these seven areas so that they can attain an OolaLife. The OolaGuys are co-authors of the international best-selling Oola book series that started with Oola: Find Balance in an Unbalanced World. Dr. Dave (the OolaSeeker) and Dr. Troy (the OolaGuru) are renowned experts in teaching a proper work-life balance, and are committed to changing the world with their simple yet life-changing message.  These gentlemen began this journey in 1997 when Dr. Troy was working at his clinic in Las Vegas, Nevada. The two of them, along with some friends, met at a hotel to sit around and plan the areas of their life. For each area (each F), they asked, “Where are 46

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you, where do you want to go, and how do you want to get there?” The focus is on balance between these seven areas of your life. Once you lose balance—yup, you guessed it—you lose Oola. But not everyone is unbalanced; not everyone is an OolaSeeker. There are some that are OolaGurus. Back in 1997, Dr. Troy seemed to have it all together while Dr. Dave found himself at his lowest point. He had a failed marriage and was living in a low rent motel, having lost most of his wealth. Dr. Dave reached out to Dr. Troy to see how two men who started out with the same ideas and ideals found themselves at such opposite ends of Oola. It didn’t take long for Dr. Dave to realize that what Dr. Troy, the OolaGuru, was sharing with him and their friends—balance and growth in the 7 F’s—at this 1997 get-together was a profound concept that could help the masses. OolaLife is what is attained when a person focuses on and puts forth the effort to have a balanced life, maybe even an inspired one. The OolaGuys believe that “we are all designed by God for greatness and purpose,” and that Oola is just discovering that purpose and utilizing these seven areas as a guide. While no “F” is more important than another, it is worth emphasizing the importance of family, field and finance, “given that 55 percent of marriages end in divorce, 53 percent of Americans hate their jobs, and 33 percent of the U.S. population has debt,” says Dr. Dave. “That means many of us are spending 12 hours a day at a job doing what we hate and coming home to an unhappy household. That has to change. That is not inspired living.” The men still say that all areas are equally important and that once one out-of-balance area is identified and focused on, the other areas will be helped inadvertently. For instance, if you start with finance and pull yourself out of debt, you will find an improvement in your relationship with your significant other because you will be under less pressure. Or, if you focus on family and improve your relationships, you discover that family members can help you figure out how to balance other areas of your life, including rediscovering a cherished dream. Many of the people the Oola-

Guys meet on the road tell them, “I haven’t had a dream in 30 years.” It’s true that these “dreamless folks” have lost Oola, but it’s never too late to find it. Visit and try their free OolaLife tools to discover where you stand in each area. Are you an OolaGuru in the area of finance and field, but lacking in family and faith? Then those are the areas you need to pay more attention to. Are fitness and fun areas that are no longer strong as you age and become increasingly busy? Then take advice from the OolaGuys and make time for both, as they will power you through the aging process. In the end when it comes to dreams, the guys ask the question: “If you knew it would be a raging success what would you do?” That is the start. Ask yourself this question, take the online quiz to determine your balance, and then begin the process of attaining an OolaLife! Oola is a lifestyle brand, with a book series (HCI Books); a tour; a motivational event called OolaPalooza; a partnership with Young Living where they have developed Oola oils; and most recently, their attempt to share and give back with their own line of tea, which supports their newest mission to feed 1 million people (every bag of tea sold buys a meal for a child in need). For more information, visit To order Oola: Find Balance in an Unbalanced World, visit; and to order Oola for Women, visit amzn. to/2qobnWB. Kelly Martinsen is publisher of Natural Awakenings Long Island and author of A Year of Inspired Living (HCI Books), which is available at and

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Pain Relief

with Visceral Manipulation by TJ Mallet


isceral Manipulation (VM) is a manual therapy wherein a therapist uses gentle, specific manual forces that encourage normal mobility, tone and natural tissue motion of the viscera (organs), the visceral connective tissue and other areas of the body where physiologic motion has been impaired. HISTORY VM affects many body systems. Its purpose, according to Jean-Pierre Barral, D.O., the developer, “is to recreate, harmonize and increase proprioceptive communication in the body to enhance its internal mechanism for better health.” Barral was born in Grenoble, France. He began his career as a registered physical therapist and went on to pursue a doctorate in osteopathy. While working at the Lung Disease Hospital, in Grenoble, he had the opportunity to perform cadaver dissections. Some of the cadavers he had known when they were alive, and had treated

them, worked on their bodies and had their medical histories. He could therefore compare what he knew to what he saw post-mortem. He observed a lot of tissue thickening around the viscera and realized this thickening caused altered mechanical tensions on surrounding tissues. From 1965 to 1982, Barral taught Spinal Biomechanics at England’s European School of Osteopathy. It was during this time he had a patient complaining of back pain who showed great improvement after visiting a folk healer in the Alps who, the patient said, “pushed something in my abdomen.” Noticing how effective this treatment was in relation to his patient’s problem, Barral continued his research in the relationship between viscera and body dysfunction. He discovered that musculoskeletal, spinal, cranial relationships would self-correct after proper VM. MOVEMENT & WHIPLASH Our bodies need movement to be

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healthy—inside and out. If they don’t move, they become tight, stiff and painful. One of the major causes of impaired movement is inflammation. Many things create inflammation including any jarring injury (falls, auto accidents), repetitious movements, diet, environmental toxins, infections, surgery and emotional stress. As an example, when we get into a car accident, our entire body gets knocked around and micro to macro lesional tears occur in the tissues. Our organs reverberate against our skeletal container. Sometimes not just our neck but our entire body gets whiplashed. There are four types of whiplash that can be theoretically distinguished: back to front, front to back, right to left and left to right, and none of these four types occurs in isolation. However, whiplash is not isolated to just auto accidents; one could miss a stair step, jump improperly on a trampoline, be tossed in their seat by amusement park roller coaster rides or turbulent airplanes, or any kind of a sudden fall. As our body naturally begins to heal from a trauma, the disrupted normal tissue fibers are replaced with relatively inelastic granular tissue, creating lesions, inhibiting the natural slipping and sliding our organs need to move, thus causing impaired movement of the body. For example, if the liver has limited range of motion, it can inhibit a person from being able to freely raise their right hand above their head. If the kidneys are unable to have full range of movement, low back pain could be present. BODY SYSTEMS There are a number of systems that work together to support and hold abdominal organs in place while still allowing for their natural motion. All of our internal structures are wrapped in a double layer membrane system that produces fluid, creating a suction effect between the two layers holding structures together while still allowing for slipping and sliding over each other. If one organ has the slightest hang-up to slipping and sliding over another, it compromises not only that particular organ but can manifest symptoms in other areas. A good visual and visceral example of this is if you tightly twist your shirt at the bottom right corner, you 48

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will feel the pull of your shirt in multiple directions across and all the way up to your shoulder. Another system is one that involves hollow organs such as the intestines. Hollow organs have greater pressure inside of them than outside which make them expand and occupy the maximal amount of space available to them. If, for example, a person has had an appendectomy (surgery to remove the appendix), the ascending colon can be compromised by scar tissue pulling and twisting it out of shape, creating a struggle in its movement and function, resulting in compromised bowel function. A third system is the pressure within each cavity—either positive or negative. The chest (thoracic) cavity has a negative pressure which plays an important role in support of the abdominal organs. The negative pressure creates an upward force on the abdominal organs and the positive force of gravity in the abdominal cavity acts as an opposing pressure to maintain a dynamic balance. When any one or all of these systems are disrupted, adhesions (stuck tissues) can develop, creating a lack of interior motion. Over time, as the body struggles, it gets more difficult and a mind-body disconnect along with pain can take place. Just think of it as having a direct path from the front door of the house to the back door with kids’ large toys scattered in that path, making you go around them. If multiple visits from front to back be made all day, it would consume more of your energy and you would be more tired at the end of the day than if you had an unobstructed path. So, too, when organs have to work harder due to restrictions, they tire faster and the body becomes susceptible to dis-ease. VISCERAL MANIPULATION THERAPY VM is performed by a therapist using their soft, relaxed hands with precision and minimal force to release any of the stuck areas (areas of tension) within the body. To find these stuck areas a “mechanical dialogue” is created by the therapist to determine where movement is absent or diminished. Dysfunctional areas in the body move much less than healthy tissues as they are less elastic. The body “hugs” or rather protects the area of restriction leading to alignment issues and compensatory movement patterns which can lead to pain and tension in the muscular system. According to Barral, “The muscles are witnesses to what is going on deeper within the body.” Some of the dysfunctions VM is known to have helped people get relief from are: whiplash, sports injuries, headaches, migraines, carpal tunnel, back-hip-knee pain, sciatica, bloating, constipation, acid reflux, swallowing dysfunctions, post-op scar tissue, chronic pelvic pain, endometriosis, dysmenorrhea, bladder incontinence, prostate dysfunction, anxiety, depression, posttraumatic stress disorder and much more. TJ Mallet, a therapist for more than 20 years, is owner of Total Balance 4 U. She is passionate about VM, focusing on how she can best help people regain vitality, vibrant health and ease in daily life. For more information, call 954-234-3299, email tj@TotalBalance4u. com or visit

Halotherapy Salt Cave Provides Natural Therapy by Brandy Boehmer


Reiki, an Aide to Mental Health by Reiki Master Heidi Ronquillo


ur current day-to-day lives are a constant race. Stress, anxiety, fear are very present. We are always rushing, never taking a moment to connect to or analyze our current state of mind. Not even allowing ourselves to process events or traumas. Always in a constant state of flight or fight mode. Vulnerability equals weakness, or at least that’s what some of us think. Even our kids are affected. Studies show that being in this state of stress or fear all the time can cause serious health problems such as depression, panic attacks, stomach ulcers, allergies and the list goes on. Adding an alternative therapy weekly or monthly, such as Reiki, can be a great ally to our body, mind and spirit when looking for rest, renewal, recharging and/or regenerating. Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. It is based on the premise that the Reiki Practitioner can channel energy to the patient by layingon hands and connecting them to their life force energy which flows through all of us. This technique is said to reduce stress, relieve anxiety, and bring the energetic body back into balance. In my five years of practice and personal experience, I have seen clients, as young as 5 years old recover from a nervous tick caused by a car accident. I’ve seen it help a 10 year old, with a minor attention problem, improve concentration and demeanor. And, I’ve seen how a young man slowly recovered from a mentally and emotionally debilitating trauma. Reiki allows our bodies and mind to rest, to process the stress and trauma in a healthy spiritual way. It allows our bodies to turn off the flight and fight mode and rest in a natural state of being, which is vital for optimal health. Reiki can be the saving grace needed to help our community, young and old, heal and find a natural healthy state of being. Heidi Ronquillo is a Reiki Master, Priestess, Moon Mother, Certified Aromatherapist, and 200HR Certified Yoga Teacher. For more information call 305-301-9615 or visit

he salt of the Earth may be our salvation. Asthma rates have more than doubled in the past 25 years as the planet’s ecosystems groan under immense toxic loads. The urgency for developing effective solutions for respiratory health is widely understood. As a case in point, childhood asthma is the number one reason for school absenteeism. Chronic sinustitus, COPD and allergies translate into billions of dollars in annual sales of decongestants and antiinflammatories for the pharmaceutical industry. Among numerous strategies to confront these academic red flags, keeping in mind a growing understanding of the cause such as pollution, genetics and unhealthy lifestyle practices, halotherapy (salt cave) is an exciting, well-documented option. “Halo” in Greek means salt. It has been used for many generations in Europe, but was virtually unknown in North America. The natural therapy has had exceptional success in confronting respiratory illnesses. Halotherapy is a drug-free and a natural therapy that occurs in a controlled air climate that stimulates a natural salt cave microclimate. The older term, speleotherapy, means cave, and that’s where the salt came from. Salt mines and the therapeutic properties have been noted since Hippocrates’ time. The first doctor to attribute curative powers to the inhalation saline dust was Polish physician Felix Bochkowsky in 1843. Many of the European salt caves have been retrofitted into hospital complexes that accommodate hundreds of patients. Salt may be the curative element responsible for clinical improvements for wide range of respiratory diseases, including asthma COPD bronchialiectasis, cystic fibrosis, bronchitis and sinusitis. Halotherapy stimulates the salt cave environment in a specially designed room. The salt helps maintain air humidity in the room and adds to its bactericidal properties, while the air filtering system ensues air purity. The finely pulverized, dry, sodium chloride aerosol particles are blown into the room as the occupants breathe, where the particles can penetrate deep into the smallest airway branches of the lungs while sitting comfortably receiving a 45-minute relaxing treatment. For more information, visit Salt Studio Pinecrest 8517 SW 136th Street, Ste. S Pinecrest FL 33156 305.800.SALT (7258) (Salting appointments) June 2018


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Peter Gros on Preserving Wild Nature by Sandra Murphy


eter Gros, co-host of the original Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom TV show, wildlife expert and environmental conservationist, now educates groups of young people that spend more time on their handheld devices than they do outdoors. His message impresses upon the next generation the importance of wildlife and open spaces as they gift us with heartfelt awe and balance, and engage us with nature to offset manmade lives. His 30 years of field experiences include serving as a wildlife lecturer and licensed U.S. Department of Agriculture exhibitor. An active member of the American Zoo and Aquariums Association and the Zoological Association of America, Gros is also on the board of directors of the Suisun Marsh Natural History Association and a trustee for the Cheetah Conservation Fund. He lives in Seattle and spends time in national forests when not speaking to groups.

Which animals are most often displaced by development so that we now share space with them? Deer, raccoons, alligators and coyotes are common neighbors, depending on where you live. The deer population used to be controlled by natural predators like wolves; without wolves, deer can overpopulate. The best thing to remember is that animals go where there’s a food supply. Gardens attract deer; cat or dog food left out 50

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brings raccoons. Coyotes and alligators must lose their fear of humans in order to eat. Don’t feed, tease or interact with them. Take photos from a distance. Call your local government animal agency for help or referral to a licensed animal rehabber before “rescuing” an abandoned baby; mothers often spend periods of time away hunting for food.

Why are some animals in danger of being killed on sight? We react to snakes, wolves and bats from a place of unfounded fears: snakes don’t have facial expressions, are seen as cold or slimy and move quickly; wolves are dangerous; bats can tangle in your hair. These are all tall tales. Animals want to avoid us. We’ve reacted to our own fears with needless snake roundups, bounties on wolves and panic when a tiny bat swoops by. Historically, there have been no attacks on humans by wolves, and reintroducing them into Yellowstone National Park has restored a natural balance. Snakes keep disease-carrying rodents away. Bats use their radar to steer clear. We need to understand each animal’s purpose and place in nature. Feeding wildlife corrupts natural behaviors and removes their fear of humans. When we deem them a nuisance or inconvenient, we treat them like they’re disposable and have no value. It’s better for everyone to enjoy the fact that animals are there and keep our distance.

Who else is working to educate people about the importance of wildlife and habitat? Zoos used to be concrete-enclosed collections of animals. Now they are education centers, offering enrichment programs and improved natural habitats to keep the animals active and interested. Waterfalls, swimming pools, trees, puzzles and toys that prompt animals to mimic hunting behaviors help keep a resident animal’s mind and body active. Breeding programs help maintain endangered species. We’re able to study and learn about a species while caring for them. One breeding program I worked with focused on spotted and striped big cats: the leopards and tigers. In another, we used incubators to hatch eggs among a threatened ostrich population. In Big Sur, California, condors have been raised with puppets so they wouldn’t imprint on humans before being released. Nature and science centers across the country are also teaching people about the importance of animals.

What makes you hopeful for the future? Each of us can make a daily difference in preserving our natural world. I’ve been fortunate in being able to showcase wild animals, help endangered or protected species and share what I’ve learned in educational forums. Good news includes sighting of the black-footed ferret, once thought to be extinct. Mountain lions are recovering. We are learning from past mistakes. A big lesson is that what nature provides isn’t in endless supply, so we must be wise and frugal with all of our natural resources.

What are you most passionate about? No one should have a wild or exotic animal as a pet. The animals I show to audiences were bottle-raised or rescued. They can’t be released and so have become animal ambassadors. When people see them, they better understand the importance of nature and wildlife to people and the planet. I’m passionate about preserving wildlife and open spaces. Connect with freelance writer Sandra Murphy at

Dietitians and Nutritionists Explained by Sarah Krieger


s a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN), I am often asked what the difference is between the Registered Dietitian (RD) and the Nutritionist (N). In a word: education. RDs have a Bachelor of Science degree in dietetics. We then move forward with a master’s degree of our choosing. Many of the more than 96 thousand RDs in the United States have a Master of Science, but others (like I) have a Master of Public Health or Master of Education or Master of Business Administration. Part of our education is to participate in 900 to 1200 hours of an internship, including clinical, community and food service plus more. We then take a national exam to become registered as a dietitian. We then keep up with the emerging nutrition science and are required to take 75 hours of continuing approved education per five years. Each state in the U.S. has its own license laws for healthcare professionals. Forty-five states in the U.S. require a license (L) for the RD to practice nutrition education to individuals in the state. Here in Florida, we have a license and it is a great one. What does that mean? We require proof to the state health department that the RD went through the education, training and continuing education to counsel Floridians on their nutritional goals. A nutritionist (N) is anyone who takes a quick class online and says s(he) can counsel Floridians on nutrition. An RD is also an N, but an N is not an RD. You get it. Fast forward to legislation weeks in Tallahassee—which is now. As a passionate RDN, I, along with the 3200 RDNs

in Florida, work to protect the public. RDNs work in hospitals, schools and food service, but also with individuals. There are some individuals who want the RDN, LDN license. You want a professional who understands both medical and nutritional conditions. Know that you have a fantastic RDN, LDN team in Florida. Sarah Krieger received a Bachelor of Science in Dietetics from Central Michigan University and a Master of Public Health degree from the University of South Florida. She is a registered and licensed dietitian and

nutritionist (RDN) and has her practice at Healthy Lifestyles Tampa Bay. She is the recipient of the Dietitian of the Year Award for Florida, for the Florida Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 2017. Healthy Lifestyles Tampa Bay is located at 8479 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. St. N, St. Petersburg. For more information, call 727-9066185 and/or visit Healthy

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Natural Dentistry for the Very Young by Dr. Carlo Litano, DMD, IAOMT


aily, as a holistic dental practice, in addition to removing toxic root canals, reducing metals in the mouth, addressing poor bite structure and curbing the proliferation of disease-causing organisms, we must also focus on the young and see if we can prevent them from entering the downhill chute producing more of the same results. It isn’t normal! Something can be done. This is the stuff about which I am really passionate. We know from the early work of Weston Price, among others, the key role of nutrition. Price logged thousands of miles looking and cataloguing the diets of remote populations with healthy teeth and good oral structure and proving the predominance of nutrition in dental health. We can build on these observations and mount a real offensive by applying this philosophy: Treating kids is about treating the entire family. The family is the essential element for change, a self-contained support group with every interest in creating a better tomorrow. Admittedly, part of our strategy is having parents bring in their children to see what is nutritionally imperative for the child, which is often sufficient motivation for the parents to change too. 52

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Prenatal Health Education for Everyone

Pregnancy changes the oral environment; the oral health of the mother must be closely monitored. Fluctuations of pH, alkalinity and hormones can directly promote new pathogens to be introduced. Along with everyone in the household, the baby’s flora can mature into a healthy organic biome. Many ask, “How early can my baby be seen?” Answer, “As soon as possible!” With the greater acceptance of the importance of the mouth in overall body health, we can adequately address nutrition, remineralization and proper mouth structure. It is critical to know the role of minerals, vitamin D and fat soluble vitamins in prenatal development. In addition, a diet low in lectins and phytates will help vitamin and mineral absorption. The anti-nutrients are plant toxins found in many grains, seeds and legumes which bind nutrients, making them bio-unavailable. The idea of prenatal nutrition needs wide circulation, family-tofamily and out into the culture. We monitor infants for lip or tongue ties, a condition where the baby’s tongue seems to be tethered to the floor of the

mouth. Sometimes at birth these tethers fail to detach and the infant has a harder time breastfeeding. But what is really interesting is how these ties inhibit proper cranial development. Diet has tremendous impact in the formative years of oral development, perhaps even more than brushing. With the wrong diet, we see the development of narrowed jaws and tooth crowding with a likelihood of tooth and gum disease and impeded electrical flows in the body. We do not advocate intervention in the child’s mouth with drilling and filling material, but rather a strategy to reset the oral environment through remineralization and addressing the microorganism population with oral probiotics.

Demineralization & Remineralization

How is it that Price found many remote cultures where teeth were in excellent condition, not showing any signs of decay and poor structure? Most likely, they were not eating daily carbohydrates and sugars which are deemed the cause of decay. Is it possible that teeth can heal themselves on an ongoing basis? If other parts of the body can do this, why not the teeth? The good news is a system already exists in the oral cavity to protect the integrity of each tooth, a natural process that goes on all the time, one of demineralization and remineralization. Teeth are important to survival and it makes sense for the body to support the integrity of healthy teeth.

How it Works

As food starts to be broken down at the cellular level, saliva and plaque become acidic and this lowers pH. Minerals (calcium and phosphorus) within teeth become soluble in the lower pH environment and will actually leave the tooth and dissolve into saliva. This manifests as white chalky patches over teeth. After a meal, the pH will rebound and minerals within saliva will return into the teeth. What is really interesting is that good bacteria provide a biofilm over the teeth’s surface to help maintain/buffer this balance. What can go wrong here? What throws the demineralization-remineraliza-

tion process out of balance? The answer is the Western diet and its many varieties of processed foods with numerous chemical concoctions never encountered in nature. There is an overabundance of complex carbohydrates and concentrated sugars. Processed foods take much longer to digest which prolongs the acid condition in the mouth, which in turn requires more and more demineralization to occur, robbing the teeth of additional calcium and phosphorous. Full remineralization never fully takes place and gradually the acid condition opens the door for bacteria to colonize the fissures and spaces around teeth and displace the protective biofilm communities. This leads to an anaerobic condition. The self-healing process is then out of balance.

Addressing the Microorganism Population

Mouths that are healthy and have an effective immune system show a higher percentage of certain kinds of beneficial bacteria that apparently are suited to a balanced demineralization- remineralization environment. I use specific oral probiotics to repopulate the mouth with beneficial bacteria to counter the effects of antibiotics and poor diet that have depleted beneficial bacteria. This once-a-day mint flavored lozenge may have extended positive effects up into the nose and ears. Children 3 to 10 years of age may experience a lessening of allergies, skin rashes and better absorption of nutrients with a balanced flora.

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Children can really benefit from simple diet changes and the inclusion of probiotics and ozone dental cleanings. Ozonated oils and water are part of the process. At Natural Smiles, I use a digital impression system to help advance rampant cases, fabricating dental trays to directly apply therapeutic agents. Starting children off with the benefit of a clean and functioning oral environment means a body that can operate in health. The oral salivary system is already equipped to prevent decay. Let’s support that system and do what we can to prevent health problems later in life. Tooth and gum disease, poor jaw structure and toxicity from deteriorating root canals and metals is NOT normal! We can have a tremendous effect on the overall declining health statistics. Starting children with this

approach makes natural dentistry equate to health dentistry. Dr. Carlo Litano has been practicing holistic dentistry for 12 years and recently established his new practice in Pinellas County. After many years in the Pacific Northwest, he and his two boys now call Tampa Bay home. He is a Huggins certified biological dentist with an emphasis on nutrition, decreasing toxicity and promoting adequate oral/cranial structure. In addition to removing failed toxic fillings as well as root canals using ozone, he is very excited to promote zirconia ceramic dental implants as an alternative to metal titanium implants. Natural Smiles is located at 9087 Belcher Rd., Pinellas Park. For more information and appointments, call 727-300-0044.

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Consider the hobbies and activities that dad treasures most then look for ways you can turn those pastimes into gifts that he can not only appreciate but put to good use. serving of freshly made salsa. Or go a more experimental route with a custom kit that lets dad make his own beer, cheese or jerky at home. An online search will reveal a stockpile of ideas, so your biggest challenge will be narrowing down the menu.


Practically Perfect Gift Ideas for Dad

f you’ve heard giving practical gifts is a no-no, scratch that advice because when it comes to dads, functional gifts that show you appreciate their personal interests may actually be the safest bet this Father’s Day. Consider the hobbies and activities that dad treasures most then look for ways you can turn those pastimes into gifts that he can not only appreciate but put to good use. Celebrate His Sports Obsession No matter his favorite sport or team, you can find countless ways to please an avid sports fan. Obvious options like T-shirts and baseball caps are always winners, but you can find plenty of creative and useful ways to celebrate dad’s favorite team, too. Practical ideas to help trick out his car include new floor mats, headrest covers and even valve stem covers. You could also go more whimsical with stainless steel knives or salt and pepper shakers bearing the team logo. Visit the team store or search online for the perfect gift.

ogy of a rangefinder. An option such as one of Leupold’s GX-1i3, GX-2i3 and GX-5i3 rangefinders provide fast, easy and accurate ranging to give golfers an edge on the course. With the customization features of the GX-2i3 and GX-5i3, you’ll practically be gifting dad a personal caddie. Learn more at Feed His Cravings For the at-home chef, functional gift ideas are nearly endless. Try narrowing down the options by choosing his favorite cuisine. If Mexican cuisine is his thing, look for less common but highly useful items like taco holders or condiment dishes to hold a

Add a Tool to His Belt If your dad is a handy man, you may think he’s got every tool and gadget imaginable. The truth is, most handymen will agree you can never have too many tools. Think about the projects he tackles most often; those are the items that may be worn and in need of replacing. If there’s a task he struggles to complete, consult with an expert at your local hardware store to determine whether there are devices that could help make it easier. Expand His Artistic Interests When the arts are more up dad’s alley, you can make it easier for him to appreciate the genre he loves best. A reading lamp or monogrammed bookmark is perfect for the book worm, while a visit to a gallery showing or performance may be just the ticket for a dad who enjoys exploring artistic talent or experiencing the arts live. Father’s Day is a time to show dad your gratitude and love, and he’s sure to appreciate knowing that you care enough to give a gift he truly can use and enjoy.


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JUNE 1 - 30 Miami Like An Angel: MX Fashion Model Workout For All Women. 10am & 6pm $25 Created by Victoria’s Secret PT, Dan Roberts, a toning workout for all women. Focusing on body confidence with moves inspired from yoga, Pilates, martial arts, boxing, athletics, ballet, plyometrics and mindfulness. Text/Call 305-800-0608

JUNE 2 - 3 Pelvic Floor Health with Shelly Prosko: Learn yoga, meditation, and breathing practices that can help safely and effectively maintain optimal pelvic floor health. Space is limited; preregistration required. Aum Home Shala, 3104 Florida Ave., Coconut Grove, FL 33133. 1-305-441-9441.

JUNE 4 & 11

Free yoga therapy classes for increased neuroplasticity and cognitive function - 1:30-2:30 pm - Designed for those with dementia, Alzheimer’s, and other cognitive disorders, as well as Parkinson’s. Space is limited; preregistration required.1-305-441-9441.  Classes conducted by Aum Home Shala faculty at Easter Seals of South Florida, 1475 NW 14th Ave., Miami, FL 33125. Supported by Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health and the Sally Goldman Foundation.


Connecting with Crystals Class - 8-9 pm - Dawn will guide you in connecting and using different healing crystals throughout your journey. $20 selfinvestment / $30 at the Door. Celestial Treasures, 3444 Main Highway, Suite 3, Coconut Grove, Miami, FL 33133. 305-461-2341


Sound Healing with Adrian - 9 - 10 am - Adrian will guide you in this healing meditation using various sound healing modalities. $20 self investment / $30 at the Door. Celestial Treasures, 3444 Main Highway, Suite 3, Coconut Grove, Miami, FL 33133. 305-461-2341 Free yoga classes for Parkinson’s and other neuro-motor degenerative diseases - 10:00–11:00 am - Increase balance, strength, and well-being. Participants may bring one caregiver. Space is limited; preregistration required.. Aum Home Shala, 3104 Florida Ave., Coconut Grove, FL 33133. 1-305-441-9441. Free group class: Therapeutic Benefits of Prenatal Yoga - 3:15-4:15 pm - Learn about yoga’s benefits for expecting mothers, in terms of strength, flexibility, and calm. Space is limited; preregistration required.. Aum Home Shala, 3104 Florida Ave., Coconut Grove, FL 33133. 1-305-441-9441. Free group class: Yoga Therapy for Shoulders, Low Back, and Hips - 4:30-5:30 pm - This body-benefiting class addresses chronic pain and tightness in these areas, such as sciatica, rotator cuff issues, herniated discs, postural imbalances, and more. Space is limited; preregistration required.. Aum Home Shala, 3104 Florida Ave., Coconut Grove, FL 33133. 1-305-441-9441.


Miami-Dade/Florida Keys

Second Saturdays Art Walk Wynwood - 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm - enjoy the Wynwood Arts District Second Saturday Art Walk. Experience open galleries, studios and alternative art spaces throughout the district; located just north of downtown between 23rd and 30th streets and NW 2nd Avenue.

JUNE 11 - AUGUST 17 ZOOFARI Summer Camp at Zoo Miami – 9am – 4pm - Bring your child for a fun-filled immersion into the world of wildlife. Engaging activities will nurture children’s innate appreciation for nature and wildlife. Morning and afternoon snacks provided. Campers must bring their own lunches with beverages from home. $210/per week, through August 7. Member discounts. Zoo Miami 12400 SW 152 Street Miami, FL 33177, 305-251-0400.

TUESDAY, JUNE 12 Sound Healing with Adrian - 8 - 9 pm. Adrian will guide you in this healing meditation using various sound healing modalities. $20 self investment / $30 at the Door. Celestial Treasures, 3444 Main Highway, Suite 3, Coconut Grove, Miami, FL 33133. 305-461-2341

JUNE 13 - 17 American Black Film Festival - The American Black Film Festival returns to Miami Beach with an Opening Night Gala, the latest and best Black films from around the world (shorts, features, documentary and unreleased), panels and symposiums and other special events. For details, call (646) 375-2144, ext. 1

JUNE 16 - 19 Certification - Therapeutic Benefits of Yoga for Mental Health with yoga therapist Ghada Osman, PhD, LMFT: Expand your yoga teaching or therapy toolkit with a comprehensive understanding of how yoga can effect positive change across a wide spectrum of mental health challenges and disorders. (Basic Certification) plus FRIDAY to SUNDAY, June 22-24 for Advanced Certification. Space is limited; preregistration required.. Aum Home Shala, 3104 Florida Ave., Coconut Grove, FL 33133. 1-305-441-9441.

THURSDAY, JUNE 21 Energy Healing Circle with Liz and Dawn - 8 - 9 pm. Come experience the healing modalities of Reiki, Magnified Healing, sound, and empathic intuitive healing. $20 self investment / $30 at the Door. Celestial Treasures, 3444 Main Highway, Suite 3, Coconut Grove, Miami, FL 33133. 305461-2341

SATURDAY, JUNE 23 Redland Summer Fruit Festival - 10 AM - 5 PM - This event showcases local agriculture and tropical fruits. Vendor booths featuring tasty cuisine and rare fruit samplings will be available. Admission $8: (children 11 and under are free). Fruit and Spice Park, 24801 SW 187th Avenue, Homestead, FL 33031, 305-247-5727

TUESDAY, JUNE 26 Chakras and Money Workshop Presented by Karmic Currency - 8 - 10 pm. Sandy will discuss how each chakra and the power they hold towards your spending, saving, creativity, entrepreneuriship, business and money limiting beliefs are connected. $35 self investment / $40 at the Door. Celestial Treasures, 3444 Main Highway, Suite 3, Coconut Grove, Miami, FL 33133. 305-461-2341

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 27 Sound Healing with Adrian - 8 - 9 pm. Adrian will guide you in this healing meditation using various sound healing modalities. $20 self investment / $30 at the Door. Celestial Treasures, 3444 Main Highway, Suite 3, Coconut Grove, Miami, FL 33133. 305-461-2341

floridakeys JUNE 1 - 30 History of Diving Museum: Free Admission to All Active Duty Military Personnel -Located at MM 82.9 bayside, the museum is offering free admission to all active duty military personnel - and up to five immediate family members including spouses or children - as part of the nationwide Blue Star Museums program. Spouses of deployed military also are eligible. Open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 305-664-9737.

JUNE 6 - 10 Key West Pride - The five-day schedule includes daytime pool and beach parties, late-night drag shows, on-the-water adventures ranging from snorkeling and kayaking to glass-bottom boat tours, a street fair, a 10k relay for tutu-wearing runners and walkers, and pageants to select Mr., Miss and Ms. Key West Pride. Contact: Guy Ross 305-294-4603


Jay Foster lecture about “How to help achieve outer beauty with balanced body chemistry” 7:30 pm - Hyperbarics of South FL 8337 NW 12 ST Suite 101 Miami, FL 33126. 305-594-1246

Morada Way Arts & Cultural District presents: Third Thursday Art Walk - Showcasing the fine arts, music and culinary nuances of the Purple Isles, the Morada Way Arts & Cultural District features national and local artisans who are showcased in galleries at Morada Way between mile marker 81 and 82, from 6-10 p.m. In addition to individual artists. Free admission. Art Walk is held the third Thursday of each month. Daniela Woody 305-664-9100.

JUNE 22 – 26



Taste of the Caribbean - is the region’s premier culinary competition, food & beverage educational exchange and Caribbean cultural showcase. Since 1993, the Caribbean’s best chefs and culinary teams unite at Taste to compete, demonstrate their skills, learn from each other and offer the general public a scintillating exhibition of the most delectable culinary treats of the islands. Hyatt Regency Miami, 400 SE 2nd Ave, Miami, FL 33131, Contact - 305-443-3040.

Key West Island Swim: FKCC Swim Around Key West - Long-distance solo swimmers and relay teams of two to six people, with or without fins, can compete in the 12.5-mile swim clockwise around the island of Key West. The challenge is sanctioned by the World Open Water Swimming Association. The route takes swimmers through the waters of the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico, ending where they began at Higgs Beach. Contact: Lori Bosco 305-809-3562


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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

Sunset Yoga Cruise/Yoga in a Boat - 5:30pm Meeting at Bal Harbour Marina. Complementary snack.  For details / RSVP 786-277-1763 


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

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

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

monday 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. Massage Relief for Combat Veterans - 50% off therapeutic massages for our combat service personnel.  Call 305-351-0819.  Shala Spa 1119 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach. Military Mondays at Hirooka’s - 50% off Kitesurfing or Paddleboarding for all Military and Public Service Personnel - Hirooka Surf & Sport, 2377 Collins Avenue Miami Beach, FL. 954-444-3942 Bereavement & Grief Support- 7pm, during school year. Children’s Bereavement Center, 7600 S. Red Rd, Suite 307. To register: 305-668-4902. Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG)- Bilingual Support group. 305-666-1778.


Miami-Dade/Florida Keys

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

wednesday Guided Meditation - All levels welcome- 7 pmDonations-3390 Mary Street Suite 116, Coconut Grove- Please RSVP 305-607-8627 Connected Warriors - Free Yoga Classes for Veterans and Families of Veterans - 3pm at Brickell Hot Yoga 301 SW 17th Road, 33129 305-856-1387.  Free orientations for PTS and pain relief with discount services for military or vets. The Banyan Holistic Please call 305-663-5696 to schedule Free Veterans Sailing – with Team Paradise, the Paralympic Sport Club of Miami.  12 – 12pm Team Paradise Sailing, Inc. 2620 S. Bayshore Drive, Miami 33133.  305-776-8778. Drub-Dhe Meditation- 7:25-9:30pm. 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, 305-598-2822

thursday Free Stress Relief with Aromatherapy – 7pm American Apothecary 12232 SW 132 CT, Miami FL 33186. Reservations call or text 305 598-2822 Connected Warriors Free Yoga for Veterans, Service Members and Families. Chair Yoga – 10-11am - Sampoorna Yoga Miami, 10107 Sunset Drive, Miami, FL 33173 Introduction to Bach Flowers - 3rd Thursdays - 10 am-11:30 am - Free - 3390 Mary Street Suite 116, Coconut Grove- Please RSVP 305-607-8627 Nutrition Solutions for IBS, Fibromyalgia, Arthritis & Migraines - $15, 7-8PM, Coral Gables, Alison Grewal, RD: 786-546-6800. Weekly Yoga Classes $10 per Class! - 5:30-6:45pm Five Sisters…a spiritual journey. 8805 SW 132 ST, 786-250-4170 Postpartum Yoga at Key Biscayne, 10:15 - $20, 305-299-7826 Laughter Yoga Sessions - $5.00 each - 9:30-10:15 AM, North Shore Youth Center  501 72nd Street, Miami Beach 33141, 305-861-3616

friday Monthly Yoga Class for Special Needs Teens Limited Space Call to Reserve - Just OM Yoga Studio, 7227 SW 57th Ct, South Miami. (305)665-4982 Overeathers Anonymous - 7:30 pm (South, Steps/ Traditions)  Don’t Eat No Matter What Group. St. Paul’s Lutheran Church   10700 SW 56 St, Miami, 33165, Room 9. Michael (305-815-2733) Monthly Free Reiki Healing Circle - 2nd Friday of the month at Five Sisters…a spiritual journey, 8805 SW 132 ST, 786-250-4170 Chair massage – 5-9pm - Enjoy 5 minute complementary chair massage every Friday Pecan’s Day Spa, 305-284-8636, 7800 SW 57th Ave Suite 120, Miami, FL 33143.  Free Acupuncture for Combat Veterans – 1-2pm, Acupuncture for Wellness Center, Inc., 7550 SW 57th Avenue, Suite 116, South Miami, FL 33143, 305-669-6699. Dharma Meetings – 8pm. Tibetan Buddhist Dharma Center 3239 West Trade Ave., Unit 10, Coconut Grove. FREE. 305-775-7541. Family Night- 3rd Friday of the month. 3-9pm. Free admission & parking. Miami Children’s Museum, 980 Macarthur Cswy. 305-373-5437.

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

saturday SW Community Farmers’ Market- in Tropical Park, 7900 Bird Rd. Every Saturday, 9:00am3:00pm. 305- 663- 0917. EBT/SNAP welcome. Ayurvedic Sessions - Call to set up appointments -Just OM Yoga Studio, 7227 SW 57th Ct, South Miami. (305)665-4982 Yoga Therapy for 50+ - 10am-11:15am -  1760 N.E. 144th St, North Miami, FL 33181.  Call to schedule.  305.710.0516. $10.00 Donation. Yoga with Drishti- 9:00 am - at Biscayne Park Recreation Center, 11400 NE 9th Court. 305-335-7618.   Lincoln Road Art Walk- 1st Sat. of the month. 7-10pm. 40+ local artists, museums and galleries in South Beach. ArtCenter/South Florida 800, 810 & 924 Lincoln Road. 305-674-8278. Open House/Exhibitions – 2nd Sat. Meet ArtSouth studio artists & staff. Free. Refreshments. 240 North Krome Ave. 305-247-9406. Miami Art Museum - 1pm. Free. 2nd Sat. 101 West Flagler St. 305-375-3000. Yoga-Style* Exercise, Prenatal - South Miami Hospital. 10:45 am-12:15 p.m. and 5:30-7pm. $10. 786-662-8106.   Miami Like An Angel: Fashion Model Workout For All Women 10am & 6pm. South Pointe Park South Beach $25 Victoria’s Secret PT. Text/Call 305-800 -0608

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

tuesday Healing Yoga/Meditation – 9am. donation The Village Square, MM81 Bayside. 1-305-853-1003. Free Guided Relaxation Class - 7 -8 PM at Islamorada Fitness MM 85.9 bayside. Bring a towel or exercise mat and a pillow. (Sponsored by Keys To Peace. 305-619-0534. Mothers and Babies Group - for new moms, their babies and expecting mothers. Free. 1-3 p.m. Healthy Start, Gato Bldg, 1100 Simonton St., Key West. 1-305-293-7516 or 1-305-293-7511. Stories for Children - 10:30am. Key Largo Library, 101485 US1. 1-305-451-2396. Also Thur, 10:30am, Stories for children ages 2 ½ -6.  Meditation- Free. 7pm. Unity Church, 9591 Overseas Highway, Marathon.  Tai Chi – 7pm. $15. Coffee Mill Dance and Yoga Studio, 916 Pohalski St, Key West, 1-305-296-9982; 1-305-735-3519. .

wednesday Ancient Indian Meditation - 6:30-8:30pm. 1-305292-6958. Tai Chi for Inner Harmony - 9:30-11am on Sugarloaf Key. Call Lydia at 1-305-745-2811. Toddler Playtime Stories- Ages 10 months to 2 years and their caregivers. Free. 10:30am-12:30pm. Key West Library, 700 Fleming Street, Key West. 1-305-292-3595. 

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

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

saturday Healing Yoga/Meditation – 9am. $10 Islander Resort, MM82.1 Oceanside. 1-305-664-2031


Family Hour- For children of all ages. Free. 1pm. Key West Library, 700 Fleming St, Key West. 1-305-292-3595.

Cardio-Sculpting Class 8:30-9:20am. Pirate Wellness Center, MM21.4 Cudjoe Key.  1-305-744-3348

Story Hour - ages 5 years & up. 10:30-11:30am. Games & stories. Marathon Library, 3251 Overseas Hwy. 1-305-743-5156.  

Aerobic Dance - 1-1:55pm. CoffeMill Dance. 916 Pohalski St. 1-305-296-9982.

Key West WPA Walking Tour – Old Town Key West. 10am. $20. 1-305-296-3573.


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