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Forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the wind longs to play with your hair. ~Khalil Gibran I love quotes. Ever since I was a kid, I kept a journal of magical messages and snippets of wisdom that spoke to my heart. These three quotes spoke to me, and what they said was, “Pssst. Hey you, busy lady. It’s me, Earth. Why don’t you take a break from your “hectic” (yes, Earth threw air quotes at me) schedule, and ground with me, sister.” Earth’s right. Why don’t I take a break from my self-created busyness and delight in the wonders of the planet around me? My five and seven-year-old daughters do it with such ease. They climb trees, run around barefoot, smell flowers (and weeds), squish around in mud, moon gaze, chase butterflies, collect rocks and simply play with the wondrous earth around them. I find when I follow their lead, I feel somehow lighter, brighter and more connected to the moment. The “hectic” takes a breather, and so do I. Speaking of grounding, you will find two fabulous articles on the subject and its proven health benefits. Inspired, I went barefoot in the park twice since the snow melted and I’m not kidding, the effects were electric! You should try it the next time you’re feeling stressed and let me know how it goes. As you could probably guess from the cover, April’s issue is dedicated to our good friend and mother, Earth. She is so supportive and provides everything we need to survive. But just like with my own mother, I know I’ve taken her for granted at times—trusting she would always be there, happily giving, loving and nourishing me and everyone I know without fail or complaint. Turns out she needs our help, and this issue strives to provide meaningful ways to take care of our own little corner of the planet. Learn more about the Earth Day events coming up as well as nature clean-up volunteer opportunities in the news brief and calendar sections. Another thing, check out our three local spotlights highlighting amazing businesses doing great work in our area, including Liberty Lake’s Pawpular Companions, the Spokane Valley Grocery Outlet and Coeur Greens. And finally, dear reader, I wish you a spring that renews not only the earth, but your mind, body and spirit. A sense of wonder that swirls around you, anticipating your willingness to take a break, ground and play.

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How Animals Self-Medicate

14 TOUCHING THE EARTH The Healing Powers of Going Barefoot

16 HEALTHY CLIMATE, HEALTHY PEOPLE Why a Warming Planet is Harming Our Health


19 PAUL HAWKEN Shares a Plan to Reverse Global Warming




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TO COOL THE CLIMATE Good Food Choices Enable Global Health

23 INDIGENOUS WISDOM Elders Urge Us to Reimagine Life

24 GARDENING ASANAS Yoga Poses to Stay Pain-Free

DEPARTMENTS 6 news briefs 9 health briefs 10 global briefs 12 pet spotlight 13 natural pet 14 healing ways 19 wise words 20 conscious

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news briefs

Nia on Sherman Happy Hour Class


ia on Sherman in downtown Coeur d’Alene is offering a $5 “Nia Happy Hour” class on April 20 at 5:30 p.m. Participants will enjoy a Nia class with instructor Ann Brueggemann, followed by a non-alcoholic umbrella drink and a ‘Nia is my Happy Hour’ t-shirt raffle. “Combining dance arts, martial arts and healing arts, Nia is a holistic fitness workout encompassing the mind, body, spirit and emotions,” says Brueggemann, who has been practicing Nia for seven years and launched her own independent classes last spring. “For those who have never tried a Nia class, this is a great opportunity to see what it’s all about,” affirms Brueggemann, who notes that the practice continually fosters her personal growth Ann Brueggemann in terms of both body awareness and interpersonal skills. “Nia releases my spirit when I dance and is a transformational and fun fitness practice for every BODY!” Location: Lokahi Studio, 1121 E. Sherman Ave., downtown Coeur d’Alene. For more information, call 208-704-3769. See ad, page 7.

Rings & Things Gemstone Sale and Trunk Show


ings & Things is offering a two-day Gemstone Sale and Trunk Show on April 13 and 14 at their warehouse location in downtown Spokane. “Hand pick your favorite gemstone strands from a huge selection of new beads which are sold wholesale to the public for this limited-time event,” says Sondra Barrington, showroom manager and designer for Rings & Things. “We will also have some truly amazing pearls available. We encourage everyone to bring friends. Shoppers can also learn more about our classes while visiting the warehouse.” Admission and parking are free at this event being held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days. Location: 304 E. 2nd Ave., Spokane. For more information, visit or call 800-366-2156.


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Earth Day Fair in Coeur d’Alene


ootenai Environmental Alliance (KEA), the oldest conservation group in the state of Idaho, is sponsoring its sixth annual Earth Day Fair in Coeur d’Alene on April 22 from noon to 4 p.m. The fair will include arts and crafts, live music, yoga, a fun run, informational booths, tree climbing other family-friendly activities and will be held at the Coeur d’Alene Library Community Room and McEuen Park. “KEA organizes this event every year because it aligns perfectly with our mission ‘to conserve, protect and restore the environment’ and it’s a way to give back to our community and engage them in all things conservation in our area,” says KEA executive director, Sharon Bosley. “We bring together a diverse group of organizations that all offer information on how everyone can help make everyday Earth Day.” Free admission. Location: Coeur d’Alene Library, 702 E. Front St., Coeur d’Alene. For more information, visit

New Location for Joshua Tree Physical Therapy and Chazael Lotion


evin Sgroi, PT owner of Joshua Tree Physical Therapy and creator of Chazael Lotion, is happy to announce that his practice and Chazael Lotion operation are moving to a new location in Hayden, Idaho. “Our physical therapy practice has grown over the past 15 years and we no longer have enough space in our present location to adequately serve our clients,” he explains. “With the advent of Chazael Lotion, which I formulate myself, we are dedicating more room to the creation of this miraculous and all-natural pain reliving lotion, which we utilize on our clients as well as sell to the public.” The new location, which opens in early May at 8300 Wayne Drive in Hayden, features a bright, open floor plan with large windows throughout the building and additional space for massage therapy. It also has more patient parking and dedicated handicap spaces.

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Volunteers Needed to Restore Historical Spokane Park


n cooperation with the Upper Columbia United Tribes (UCUT), volunteers from One Peace, Many Paths will be working to restore the Drumheller Springs Historical Park in north Spokane on April 16 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The group is looking for more volunteers to join their effort. “This 10-acre area is owned by the City of Spokane and remains a historical tribal landmark of cultural significance,” explains Joan Broeckling co-director of One Peace, Many Paths, a spiritually oriented peace group that promotes compassionate service. “Spokane tribal members stopped here for fresh water on their way north. This is where Spokane Chief Garry built his first school, and where rare native plants still grow.” According to Broeckling, members of UCUT have spent numerous hours restoring Drumheller Springs Park for the benefit and use of all people. “At no cost to the city, the UCUT conducts annual cleanup days. We are encouraging anyone interested in assisting with this important effort to join us on April 16.” Volunteers will work to remove garbage, fire rings, rocks and broken concrete; restore native vegetation; and reduce the presence of invasive species. Volunteers can arrive any time between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. and are asked to bring gardening tools and dress for the weather.

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news briefs

Grand Opening Event for the Downtown Yuppy Puppy

Open House for Shalom Massage and Wellness


he Yuppy Puppy is holding its Grand Opening Celebration for their downtown store location on April 21 from 10 am to 4 pm. The store is located on the corner of Sprague and Lincoln across from the historic Davenport Hotel. “Join us and lots of our friends for free samples and raffles from some of our amazing vendors, including NW Naturals, K9 Naturals, Zignature, Honest Kitchen and more,” says Aquila Brown, co-owner of The Yuppy Puppy with her husband, Gavin. “We will also have some awesome sales and lots of fun!” The Yuppy Puppy Downtown carries high-quality food, treats, toys and accessories for dogs and cats. “You won’t find anything in our stores that we wouldn’t feed our own pets,” Aquila says. All pet foods found on The Yuppy Puppy’s shelves are free from corn, wheat, soy and byproducts. They don’t carry any consumable products made in China. They also offer a self-serve dog wash and grooming services. The Yuppy Puppy Downtown is located at 830 W. Sprague Ave. in Spokane. For more information, call 509-474-0394 or visit See ad, back cover.

Billboard on Bernard Concert Event


nity Spiritual Center proudly presents Billboard on Bernard, April 13 to 15. This multimedia music show and fundraising event features top 10 chart-topping songs from over seven decades. “This year’s show will highlight Spokane’s favorite a cappella doo-wop male quartet, Top Flite, who will sing classic songs by Van Morrison and Billy Joel,” says Tawni Wright, who directs Unity’s music program and oversees Billboard on Bernard with her husband, Shawn. “We will also showcase our Unity choir singing some amazing Beatles medleys as well as hits from the 1970s. It’s going to be a lot of fun, so get your tickets now before they sell out!” The concert will also include vocal and piano solos, instrumental soloists, and singer and violinist, Pamela Benton. Tickets are on sale now for $15 and $20. All proceeds support Unity Spiritual Center and its mission to transform lives and inspire people to make a positive difference in the world. Showtimes: 7 p.m. show on April 13 and 14 with a 3 p.m. matinee being held April 15. Free childcare available during the Friday show with advance notice. Location: 2900 S. Bernard, Spokane. Tickets: 509-838-6518. Visit for more information. See Resource Guide listing, page 31.


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ichelle Phay, owner and massage therapist at Shalom Massage and Wellness, is holding an Open House at her new practice in downtown Spokane from 4 to 6 p.m. on April 25. Visitors can tour the space, experience a free five-minute neck and shoulder massage, enter to win gift certificates for massage and yoga, and learn more about the center’s unique offerings while enjoying food and non-alcoholic beverages. “I am on a wellness revolution and have been inspired to open a center that is affordable, accessible and offers multiple modalities focused on each individual client’s wellness needs,” emphasizes Phay, who is also a nurse, fitness and yoga instructor and educator with a background in nutrition and meditation. “Shalom Massage and Wellness is meant to be a safe and nurturing place for those experiencing stress, anxiety, physical and mental challenges, as well as those in recovery of all types.” Phay offers 20, 60 and 90-minute massages, private and semi-private yoga classes, health classes, nutrition and meditation guidance, and custom packages as well as gift certificates. “I encourage anyone who believes wellness and self-care are out of their reach to attend our Open House,” Phay exclaims. “My mission is to guide and facilitate healing to each individual client that walks through these doors, no matter their physical challenge, difficulty or life story. Wellness is available to everyone.” Location: 1325 W. 1st Ave., Ste. 202, above Rocket Bakery. For more information, call 509-290-7004 or visit See ad, page 7.

health briefs

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


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

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

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FRUIT PESTICIDES LOWER FERTILITY IN WOMEN A Harvard study of 325 women undergoing fertility treatments found that those consuming the most produce high in pesticide residues, such as strawberries, spinach and grapes, were 18 percent less likely to become pregnant and 26 percent less likely to have a live birth compared to women eating the least amount of pesticide-laden produce. Study co-author Dr. Jorge Chavarro suggests that women trying to conceive should eat organic produce or low-pesticide choices like avocados, onions and oranges. April 2018


Clear Gain

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

Distributed Power Energy Users Control Own Supplies

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


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


Tropical Forests Releasing Excess Carbon

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‘Sink’ Setback

Window-Like Solar Cells Could Power 40 Percent of U.S. Needs

Scientists’ Security

France Welcomes Beleaguered Climate Researchers

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

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global briefs

Transforming Plastics

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Mobile Trashpresso Turns Trash into Tiles

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

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Pawpular Companions Pet Supplies Nurturing Lifelong Relationships with Pets and Pet Parents by Sheila Julson


Mara and Carl Crowell with their pup, Canvas

he dynamic bond between people and animals goes beyond the household. Taking a pet out and about, whether it’s for a walk to the park or on an errand, opens the door for social interactions and community connections. Mara and Carl Crowell of Pawpular Companions Pet Supplies realize this, so the Crowells and their staff are committed to building relationships with people and their pets, thus solidifying the social fabric of the Liberty Lake pet lovers’ community.

“People will tell you that when they walk through our door, we know who they are. It’s my job to know, and that’s why we’re here,” says Mara. “I cannot express enough how important our customers and our community are to us.” Since opening in 2010, the Crowells have become actively involved with various animal rescue groups, and they take part in events specific to the pet industry. The Mutt Strut, their annual signature run/ walk benefits animals at Higher Ground

Animal Sanctuary. They are also involved with Barefoot in the Park, which celebrates a day of people and their pets. In April, Pawpular Companions will move to a new 3,000 square-foot location that will have ample parking and allow the Crowells to highlight more products. “Our philosophy is to focus on all natural, high-end nutrition for dogs and cats. We don’t carry any consumables that contain wheat, corn, soy or animal byproduct,” Mara says. They offer dog and cat foods that are completely GMO-free, such as Italian-based Farmina N&D. In addition, other manufacturers include K9 Natural, NutriSource/ Purevita, Zignature and Fromm. Frozen raw, dehydrated, freeze-dried, canned and kibble complete the food line. Since many people bathe their pets at home, Pawpular Companions carries pet shampoo, towels, brushes and hygienic items. Mara notes that holistic alternatives to traditional pet medicine have become popular, so they carry natural flea and tick repellant, and remedies for anxiety and joint pain. “Our cannabidiol (CBD) oil products are very popular,” she says. “CBD is the medicinal side of the hemp plant, and it can be used in place of medications for dogs and cats for myriad conditions. Our full-spectrum CBD line includes oils, treats, capsules and topical.” People seeking functional garments for their dogs to safely and comfortably participate in outdoor recreation can find items such as life preservers, booties, sweaters and coats for their furry friends. The Crowells are looking forward to continuing to serve the Liberty Lake area in their new location. Mara thanks their customers and their pets, as well as Carl for his support when she changed career paths eight years ago and chose to open a pet supply store. “I cannot thank everyone enough,” she says happily. “We are truly blessed.” Current Location: 21950 E. Country Vista Dr., Ste. 100, Liberty Lake. New Location opening in mid-to-late April: 21801 E. Country Vista Dr., Ste. 111, Liberty Lake. For more information, call 509-927-8890 or visit See ad, back cover.


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Nature’s Remedies How Animals Self-Medicate by Sandra Murphy

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


rom birds and elephants to dolphins, animals, whether by instinct or learned behavior, have discovered ways to cope with parasites, pests, aches and pains. This science of selfmedication is called zoopharmacognosy (zoo for animal, pharma for drug and cognosy for knowing). At home, a dog or cat that eats grass is practicing it to eliminate parasites or hairballs. Donald Brightsmith, Ph.D., of Texas A&M University, directs the Tambopata Macaw Project in the lowlands of southeastern Peru, studying the many macaws and other parrots that gather clay to eat as a supplement. First thought to help remove toxins from their bodies, clay adds needed sodium to their diet, researchers now believe. A pregnant elephant in Kenya’s Tsavo Park was observed by ecologist Holly Dublin, Ph.D., to travel miles to find a tree not normally eaten. Four days later, the elephant gave birth. Dublin discovered that Kenyan women make a drink from the same leaves and bark to induce labor. While studying Bornean orangutans (Pongo pygmaeus) in the Sabangau peat swamp forest in Central Kalimantan, Indone-

sia, primatologist Helen Morrogh-Bernard, Ph.D., of the University of Exeter, UK, observed an orangutan chew the leaves of a plant that were not part of its usual diet until it formed a lather. The orangutan spit out the leaves and used the lather much like humans apply a topical pain reliever. While animals have been known to eat certain plants when ill, hers may be the first sighting of an animal creating a salve. Nearby villagers grind the leaves to make a balm for sore muscles and inflammation. Morrogh-Bernard believes humans learned this topical application from apes and passed it down through the generations. In the Red Sea, bottlenose dolphins rub against bush-like gorgonian corals covered by an outer layer of antimicrobial mucus that may protect them from infection, according to dolphin researcher Angela Ziltener, of the University of Zürich, Switzerland. “It’s amazing how much we’ve learned, but forgotten,” says Ira Pastor, CEO at Bioquark Inc., in Philadelphia, a life sciences company developing biologic products to regenerate and repair human organs and tissues. “We live with other organisms which from a health and wellness perspective are much further advanced than humans. No other species tries to cure with any single solution. Nature employs multiple options. We’re not appropriately imitating nature yet. We need to do more.” Cindy Engel, Ph.D., of Suffolk, England, author of Wild Health: Lessons in Natural Wellness from the Animal Kingdom, says, “Animals rely on plants to provide them with the essentials of life, making their health intimately dependent on plant chemistry to provide everything they need to grow, repair damage and reproduce.” She continues, “Wild animals carry diseases that affect livestock and humans. It’s sensible to explore why they’re successful in fending off the worst effects in order to find ways to improve our own health, instead of just trying to eradicate the disease. We can learn from behavioral self-help strategies animals employ.” Accomplishing this is more difficult than ever, she believes, because today’s severely shrinking habitat makes it hard to find truly wild animals and plants. “Over the last 100 years, we’ve done a horrible disservice to all life by destroying habitat and exploring only a small percentage of what nature has to offer,” agrees Pastor. “As patents expire, pharma has to change. It’s important to develop botanicals. We’re advised to vary our diet and exercise, yet take the same dose of the same pill daily. We’ve studied dead organisms under microscopes, but living organisms, even as small as microbes, can communicate helpful positive reactions.” Western medicine has strayed from what nature offers to keep us healthy. Now is the time to take care of both the planet and all living beings on it. “We’ve discarded thousands of years of evidence,” says Pastor. “We cannot destroy the bounty of possibilities.” Connect with freelance writer Sandra Murphy at April 2018


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Touching the Earth The Healing Powers of Going Barefoot


by Martin Zucker

elanie Monteith, of San Diego, California, was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis at age 24 and plagued by symptoms for 14 years. Simple daily tasks became challenging. She relied on walking aids and walls to keep from falling. Eventually, she quit her job. Every day tested her survival skills. Then, in late 2017, Monteith tried grounding and it changed her life. Grounding, also called Earthing, refers to the discovery of major health benefits from sustained contact with the Earth’s natural and subtle electric charge. Recent research published in the Journal of Inflammation, Integrative Medicine: A Clinician’s Journal, Neonatology and Health indicates that grounding stabilizes the physiology in many ways, drains the body of inflammation, pain and stress, and generates greater well-being.   Grounding can be as simple as going barefoot in nature, including the backyard, for 30 to 60 minutes once or twice a day on surfaces like grass, soil, gravel, stone and


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sand. If this isn’t practical, special grounding mats and pads are available online for convenient indoor use while sitting or sleeping; people with compromised health often benefit from more time being grounded. The activity restores a primordial electric connection with the Earth that has been lost with modern lifestyles. We wear shoes with insulating, synthetic soles and live and work elevated above the ground. These overlooked lifestyle factors may contribute to increasing global rates of chronic illnesses. Grounding revitalizes us, akin to charging a weak battery, because our bodies operate electrically and our movements and thoughts are based on electrical signals. We are bioelectric beings. Eighteen years of grounding research in a variety of indoor settings, plus grassroots feedback from around the world, clearly show that our bodies operate more effectively when grounded. We sleep better, have less pain, more energy and even look better. Here are some of the documented benefits.

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Reduction of chronic inflammation “Inflammation is intimately linked to most chronic and aging-related diseases,” says Gaétan Chevalier, Ph.D., a visiting scholar at the University of California, San Diego, who has conducted multiple grounding studies. “Grounding seems to be nature’s way to reduce inflammation.”

Enhanced blood flow Thick, sludgy blood is a common feature of diabetes and cardiovascular disorders. Several grounding studies have demonstrated a significant decrease in blood viscosity and enhanced blood flow. “Grounding represents a potent circulation booster; a simple, yet profound preventive and therapeutic strategy,” says integrative cardiologist Dr. Stephen T. Sinatra, of Manchester, Connecticut, co-author of the book Earthing: The Most Important Health Discovery Ever!

Decreased stress Tracy Latz, a medical doctor and integrative psychiatrist in Mooresville, North Carolina, has found, “Patients with anxiety issues, including post-traumatic stress disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder and depression, often benefit from grounding.”

Improved vagus nerve function The vagus nerve connects with and regulates key organs, including the lungs, heart and intestines. In one study, doctors at the Penn State Children’s Hospital, in Hershey, Pennsylvania, grounded hospitalized premature infants and documented improved vagal function that could potentially boost resilience and reduce complications. “These babies have a lot of health challenges,” observes Dr. Charles Palmer, former chief of the center’s division of newborn medicine. “It seems that they are more relaxed when grounded.” More research is needed. Within a few months of grounding both day and night, Monteith’s disease symptoms receded dramatically. Her balance and stability improved when standing and walking. She sleeps more deeply and has more energy. An eye issue for which there is no drug subsided. She says her health continues to improve and she looks forward to living each day. Troy Baker, a recovery consultant for special populations and chief program officer of the nonprofit Adapt Functional Movement Center, in Carlsbad, California, who has been overseeing Monteith’s exercise training schedule, has observed a reduction in the effects of multiple sclerosis since she started grounding. “Her body is more fluid, not as stiff. She moves much better, with increased energy and stamina.”     For more information on grounding, visit Martin Zucker, a former Associated Press correspondent, has written about alternative medicine for 40 years and is co-author of the book Earthing.

Get Outside and Dance Barefoot by Jerry Bailey


arthing or grounding is a simple, inexpensive way to decrease daily stress and slow our brain, and body, down. The process of grounding can be done simply by walking outside barefoot, closing your eyes, and taking in deep, slow breaths. Grounding can be done anywhere—in your yard, in the forest, on an outcropping of rocks, in the lake, or even standing on the beach by the ocean. It’s all about taking the time to slow the body down so you can transition from a stressful, fight-or-flight state to a calm, relaxed state of well-being. In today’s society, we are more busy than we’ve ever been in history. Technology, which was supposed to make our life more leisurely, has actually caused more stress and disconnect. We’re now dealing with phone addictions, less community and more isolation, and an immense amount of electromagnetic frequency, blue tooth and Wi-Fi pollution. Thankfully, earthing is beneficial in relieving some of the harmful effects that come from this magnitude of stress.

Emerging research has shown that earthing can help: ■ Reduce inflammation and chronic pain ■ Improve sleep and reduce snoring ■ Increase energy ■ Lower stress by promoting calmness ■ Normalize your circadian rhythm ■ Decrease blood pressure ■ Relieve tension and headaches ■ Improve hormonal states ■ Protect your body from electromagnetic frequencies

So simply put down the phone, turn off the TV, take off your shoes, go outside, stand in the grass, close your eyes and… breathe. While you’re at it, don’t forget to dance! Dr. Jerry Bailey practices functional medicine at Lakeside Holistic Health in Coeur d’Alene, ID, and Liberty Lake, WA. He uses acupuncture, nutritional guidance, functional metabolic testing, blood and hormone testing, herbal medicine, exercise guidance, detoxification and chiropractic to aid his patients in recovery and wellness. For more information, visit See ad, page 12. April 2018


Why a Warming Planet is Harming Our Health by Lisa Marshall


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

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

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Ahdoot, now a vocal climate change activist, is among a growing number of healthcare professionals that have begun to reframe climate change not as a concern for elsewhere or the future, but as a pressing U.S. public

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

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Flora and Fauna Issues

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

Five Steps to Take Today


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


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


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

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

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


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


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

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


in Portland, Oregon. “There’s a sense of mystery and powerlessness around it that weighs on people.”

Fresh Perspective, New Hope

Mona Sarfaty, a family physician who is now director of the Medical Society Consortium on Climate & Health, attests that 69 percent of Americans are aware that climate change is occurring, and more than half agree that human activities are at least partly to blame. Yet only a third believe it could ever harm them personally. “So much of the early focus was on the receding glaciers and the penguins,” she says. “People today still think it will affect ‘those other people over there,’ but not them.” She agrees with the recent focus on imminent health issues, and is encouraged that a growing number of healthcare professionals feel it’s their duty to inform their patients about climate change to mobilize action. “When you talk about climate change not only in terms of the health impact it has on individuals and families, but also in terms of the real-time benefits of taking action against it, people are a lot more interested in doing something,” says Sarfaty. For instance, shifting to clean energy sources like wind and solar instead of coal can effect better air quality and easier breathing now. Cycling or walking to work rather than driving can reduce carbon emissions, boost feel-good brain chemicals and keep weight in check. Writing letters to editors or attending rallies to urge lawmakers to pass climate-friendly policies can not only fend off the anxiety and depression that comes with feeling helpless, but also effect real change. Ahdoot is taking these steps now. She has solar panels on her roof, is assisting the local hospital to reduce its carbon footprint, takes public transportation to work and encourages her kids to walk whenever possible. “I don’t feel powerless at all. I feel empowered and optimistic,” she says. “The more we know, the more we are moved to act. We can all do something small every day to protect our climate.” Lisa Marshall is a freelance health writer in Boulder, CO. Connect at 18

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


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

Are you optimistic about achieving the goal?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Drawdown is not about optimism, hope or pessimism. It is a reality project. The science on climate change is amazing, if not stunning. It is the best problem statement humanity has ever created, which I see as a gift, not a curse. Global warming is feedback from the atmosphere. The Earth is a system, and any system that does not incorporate feedback fails. It holds true for our body, ecosystems, social systems and economic systems. The knowledge of global warming and its potential impacts is creating huge breakthroughs in energy, transport, agriculture, housing, urbanization and materials. If it wasn’t for the science of climate change, we would be destroying our planet faster than we already are. Focusing repeatedly on the problem does not solve the problem. Diagnosis is not prognosis unless we give up. The science of what will happen if we do not act has been here for a long time. What Drawdown points out is that humanity is on the case. The plan we refer to in the book’s subtitle is not our plan; we found a plan being activated by the collective intelligence of humanity. This is a different story than one of gloom and doom. It is a story of innovation, creativity and generosity—that is who we are. Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings. April 2018


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Changing Our Diet to Cool the Climate

Good Food Choices Enable Global Health by Judith Fertig


hree years ago, the New York Times added a new word to the world’s food vocabulary: Climatarian (n.) A diet whose primary goal is to reverse climate change. This includes eating locally produced food (to reduce energy spent in transportation), choosing pork and poultry instead of beef and lamb (to limit gas emissions), and using every part of ingredients (apple cores, cheese rinds, etc.) to limit food waste. Changing our food choices to support this model can have a ripple effect. Researchers at the University of California, Santa

Barbara, in a 2017 study published in the journal Climatic Change, looked at how diets impact personal health, the healthcare system and climate. They found that adopting a more plant-based diet reduces the relative risk of coronary heart disease, colorectal cancer and Type 2 diabetes by 20 to 40 percent. National annual health care costs could drop from $93 billion to $77 billion. Direct greenhouse gas emissions could annually drop 489 to 1,821 pounds per person. Such an approach involves considering the related water usage, greenhouse gas emissions and carbon footprint—the

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Plants beat meat. “Livestock farming produces from 20 to 50 percent of all manmade greenhouse gas emissions,” says nutritionist and climate activist Jane Richards, of GreenEatz, in Mountain View, California. “You can reduce your footprint by a quarter by cutting down on red meats such as beef and lamb.” An exception is the vegetarian staple of rice. According to researchers at Project Drawdown, a climate solutions organization in Sausalito, California, rice cultivation is responsible for at least 10 percent of agricultural greenhouse gas emissions and up to 19 percent of global methane emissions. New farming techniques, like mid-season draining of the rice paddies, could cut methane emissions by at least 35 percent. Richards notes, “Meat, cheese and eggs have the highest carbon footprint; fruit, vegetables, beans and nuts, much lower. The carbon footprint of a vegetarian diet is about half that of a meat-lover’s diet.”   Root crops such as carrots, radishes, potatoes and beets have a lower carbon

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Climatarian (n.) A diet whose primary goal is to reverse climate change. footprint than above-ground plants due to less food waste. A beautiful beet is easier to grow than a bell pepper that blemishes more easily. Seasonal, regional fruit, vegetables, herbs and honey have a lighter carbon impact because they are transported shorter distances. Usually what grows best in a region and is consumed locally is also best for the climate. Foods naturally suited to their environment grow and taste better, and are packed with more nutrients, reports Sustainable Table, an educational nonprofit that builds healthy communities through sustainable eating habits (

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


Coeur Greens’ Leafy Green Machine

gricultural Technology company, Coeur Greens, is growing full force in Kootenai County. Founded in 2016 by Drew McNabb, the company, located in Hayden, Idaho, grows fresh lettuce, several basil varieties and multiple microgreens inside retrofitted freight containers called “Leafy Green Machines.” “These 320 square foot units allow optimal growing conditions for produce 365 days a year, no matter what the conditions are outside,” explains Chief Operations Officer, Kelly Lattin. “They run on less than 10 gallons of water a day and use LED lighting which provides ideal spectrums for ‘leafy-green’ growth while also warming the farm itself, reducing costs of electricity and energy usage.” Lattin shares another impressive aspect about the company’s growing operation. “With such little energy and maximized resource utilization, each unit can produce the equivalent of two traditional acres of farm land—that’s 500 heads of lettuce a week and 50 pounds of basil a week at full growth…on a tiny footprint.” Coeur Greens is just one leg of their parent company, Coeur Sustainable Resources. Founded with the intention of bringing advanced sustainability initiatives

to North Idaho, Coeur Sustainable Resources also operates Coeur Water, Coeur Power and Coeur Solar. Lattin says, “All four sub companies operate on the same premise: Utilize the newest technology to produce local goods for the community, create jobs, and preserve the pristine natural resources of North Idaho.” Beginning this spring, Coeur Sustainable Resources will break ground on their “Tech-Campus” which will be located on the corner of Hayden and Huetter. There they will re-create indoor farming technology to allow for the expansion of their growing operation, as well as develop a small, sustainable housing complex, install solar and wind power, and utilize some of the best water in the world they have rights to via the Hayden aquifer. “In addition, we plan on building a market and local eating and drinking establishment to accommodate the future population and housing growth that will hit the area over the next five years,” adds Lattin. “The campus will be walkable and include an array of edible garden components and lots of trees.” For more information, visit April 2018


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

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Power to Forgive the Unforgivable

Power of Hope

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

Power of Unity

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

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

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






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

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

4. Standing Scissor Twist (Parivrtta Hasta Padasana) standing close to and bracing against a wall or fence

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

photos by Michelle Van Sandt



Take a Breath

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



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

Enjoy Being Outside 5.


Strike a Pose

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

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

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

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

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

feet placed against a support

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

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

Marlaina Donato is a freelance writer, author and multimedia artist. Connect at

April 2018


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Unity Spiritual Center Easter Sunrise Service – 7-8am. Join our sunrise Easter service in the Unity chapel. Enjoy a drum circle and meditation with gongs featuring Steve Croteau. Breakfast provided after the service. Regular services at 9am and 11am (see ongoing calendar). 2900 S Bernard St, Spokane.

Maturing Human Body 101 – 9am-1pm. Aging does not have to be an uncontrollable event with a bad outcome. Presenter, Dr Kelli Pearson, will teach the art of breath and meditation, stretching, keys to a happy heart and how to best sit, stand and walk. $89. CenterPlace at Mirabeau Point Park, 16201 E Indiana Ave, Spokane Valley. Register: 509-927-8997 or

THURSDAY, APRIL 5 Growing Berries and Small Fruits – 6-9pm. Learn how to grow small fruits and berries in our area from experts at the WSU Extension campus. $12. 222 N Havana St, Spokane. Tickets: 509-477-2195.

SATURDAY, APRIL 7 Holy Fire II Reiki I and II Intensive Training – Apr 7-8. 9am-6pm. This beginning training is one of the most thorough and comprehensive available. It includes both Reiki I and II and is a combination of western and Japanese styles. Tuition: $410. A Spiritual Touch, 923 E Sherman Ave, Coeur d’ Alene. Register: 208-691-8865. HealingCenterOfLove.

FRIDAY, APRIL 13 Rings and Things Trunk Sale – Apr 13-14. 11am4pm. Hand pick your favorite gemstone strands from a huge selection of new beads which are sold wholesale to the public for this limited-time event. Free. 304 E 2nd Ave, Spokane. 800-366-2156.

Mini Spiritual Healing Fair – 12-4:30pm. Join a Spiritual Touch Reiki for a mini fair that includes art, jewelry, reflexology and more. Free. A Spiritual Touch, 923 E Sherman Ave, Coeur d’ Alene. Info: 208-691-8865. HealingCenterOfLove.

MONDAY, APRIL 16 Drumheller Springs Historical Park Restoration – 10am-1pm. Volunteers needed to remove garbage, fire rings, rocks, and restore native vegetation and weed invasive species. Bring gardening tools. Sponsored by One Peace, Many Paths. 3101 N Ash Pl, Spokane.

TUESDAY, APRIL 17 Beer at the Barre – 6-8pm. Join BarreU for a fun night of fitness followed by beer! Men and women welcome. $10/includes barre class and one beer. Proceeds go to CdA Union Gospel Mission. Slate Creek, 1710 N 4th St, Coeur d’Alene, ID.




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Nia Happy Hour Class

Join Unity Spiritual Center for their annual fundraiser and fantastic multimedia concert event. More than seven decades of top-ten chart busters performed live.

April 13-15 7pm, Fri-Sat; 3pm, Sun

If you haven’t tried a Nia class, this is your chance! Join instructor Ann Brueggemann for a transformational, fun, non-impact Nia workout followed by a non-alcoholic umbrella drink and t-shirt raffle.


April 20 · 5:30-6:40pm $5.

2900 S Bernard St, Spokane.

Tickets: 509-838-6518

Lokahi Studio, 1121 Sherman Ave, Coeur d’Alene


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SATURDAY, APRIL 21 The Yuppy Puppy Downtown Grand Opening Celebration – 10am-4pm. Join for free samples, raffles, awesome sales and lots of fun. Free. 830 W Sprague Ave, Spokane. 509-474-0394. Spokane River Clean Up – 1-4pm. Celebrate Earth Day by volunteering with Spokane Riverkeepers to help clean the banks of the Spokane river. Mission Park, 1208 E Mission Ave, Spokane.

SUNDAY, APRIL 22 Earth Day Fair in Coeur d’Alene – Noon-4pm. Join the Sixth Annual Earth Day Fair sponsored by the Kootenai Environmental Alliance (KEA). Enjoy arts and crafts, live music, yoga, fun run, info booths, tree climbing and other great activities. Free. Coeur d’Alene Library, 702 E Front St.

MONDAY, APRIL 23 Gemstone Folklore Class – 5:30-7:30pm. Participants will explore the history and metaphysical properties of gems and minerals and how to make them useful in their lives. $15. Wonders of the World Bead Shop, Flour Mill, 621 W Mallon Ave, Spokane. Sign up in the bead shop. Info: 509-3252867.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 25 Shalom Massage and Wellness Open House – 4-6pm. Take a tour, get a free five-minute shoulder massage, enter to win gift certificates, learn more about the center’s unique offerings and enjoy food and non-alcoholic beverages. 1325 W 1st Ave, Ste 202 above Rocket Bakery. 509-2907004.

FRIDAY, APRIL 27 A Spiritual Retreat is Closer Than You Think – Apr 27-29. 4-6pm, Fri; 9am-6pm, Sat; 9am-6pm, Sun. Through divine inner guidance, instructors Nicole, Kirty, and Jennifer create a sacred space for intimate groups of women to heal, grow spiritually and rejuvenate. Sandpoint, ID. Cost: $699/full, three payments/$300. Call 209-691-8865. HealingCenterofLove. Immersion in Himalayan Singing Bowls Level I – Apr 27-29. 6:30-8:30pm, Fri; 9am-8pm, Sat; 9am-7pm, Sun. Great opportunity for beginners to gain more skills, confidence and understanding of singing bowls. $320. 731 S Garfield St.

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sunday Unity Center of North Spokane Group Service – 8:45am & 11am. A contemplative meditation service at 8:45am and a more social celebration service at 11am. Youth services available at 11am. 4123 E Lincoln Rd, Spokane. 509-489-6964. Unity Spiritual Center Group Service – 9am & 11am. Join for joy-filled music that opens the heart, a time of stillness to quiet the mind and body, and dynamic messages that both uplift and yet challenge us to make our lives, and thus our world, better. Childcare available. 2900 S Bernard St, Spokane. 509-838-6518. Unitarian Universalist Church – 9:15am & 11am. We have no dogma or creed and we are each free to seek inspiration from many sources, including the world’s many religions, philosophy, literature, art, and science. Ours is a dynamic, welcoming, and supportive faith community that values the worth and dignity of every person and every individual’s right to freely search for truth and meaning in their lives. 4340 W Fort George Wright Dr, Spokane. 509-325-6383. Unity Spiritual Center of North Idaho Group Service – 10am. Our Sunday Services are a celebration of living where we explore our connection with Spirit and learn practical ways to apply ancient wisdom to thrive in the here and now. 4465 N 15th St, Coeur d’Alene, ID. 208664-1125. Spokane Buddhist Temple – 10:30am. Our main temple hall is called a Hondo where we gather for services. The shrine (Gohonzon) is located in the front center. The ringing of the Kansho signifies the beginning of our service. Begin with a moment of quiet meditation and the chanting of the sutras. 927 S Perry St, Spokane. 509-534-7954.

monday Half-Hour to Health – 6-6:30pm. 1st Mon. 30-minute workshop led by Dr Ellis at Clear Chiropractic. Learn how your body works to heal itself with chiropractic care. If you’re tired of taking medications that mask your symptoms and don’t actually heal your body, join us to learn more. Free. 2503 E 27th Ave, Spokane. 509-315-8166.

wednesday Wine Wednesdays – 8am-9pm. Purchase 12 or more bottles of wine, and get 10 percent off your wine order at the Downtown Grocery Outlet. 1617 W 3rd Ave, Spokane. 509-624-4222.

Nia on Sherman – 9:30am. With Ann Brueggemann. Combining dance arts, martial arts, and healing arts, Nia is a holistic fitness workout encompassing the mind, body, spirit and emotions. $8/drop-in $42/6-class card. Mention Natural Awakenings and first class is free. Lokahi Studio, 1121 Sherman Ave, Coeur d’Alene, ID. 208-704-3769. Wellness Wednesday Online Essential Oil Class – 1-2pm. Interested in learning more about essential oils, but can’t make it to a physical class? This online option is a great way to learn more, ask questions, and see how these natural products can enhance your life. Free. Text: 208-699-3679 for link.

thursday Half-Hour to Health – 6-6:30pm. 3rd Thur. See Monday listing. 2503 E 27th Ave, Spokane. 509315-8166. Yoga and Essential Oils – 7-8pm. Join for a yoga class where we will use essential oils to deepen and enrich our practice and flow. $10 first class or purchase punch card. Gita Yoga Studio, 206 E Indiana Ave, Ste 200, Coeur d’Alene. RSVP: 208-651-8438.

friday First Friday – 5-8pm. 1st Fri. Downtown retailers and restaurants stay open, feature artists and musicians and offer special promotions. Free admission. Downtown Spokane. 509-456-0580. Second Friday – 5-8pm. 2nd Fri. Stroll through downtown Coeur d’Alene and experience the vibrant arts community. Support the downtown shops, restaurants and businesses. Look for the official yellow ArtWalk balloons. A family-friendly event. Free.

saturday Nia on Sherman – 9:30am. With Ann Brueggemann. See Wednesday description. $8/drop-in $42/6-class card. Mention Natural Awakenings and first class is free. Lokahi Studio, 1121 Sherman Ave, Coeur d’Alene, ID. 208-704-3769.

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CDA Acupuncture & Holistic Healing 225 E. Locust Ave, Coeur d’Alene 208-665-2293 • Nelson offers traditional oriental medical techniques for a variety of imbalances including physical, mental and emotional. He specializes in acute and chronic pain; digestive, gynecological, mental health, hepaticgallbladder disorders; autoimmune syndromes and substance misuse including cigarettes, alcohol and drugs. See ad, page 23.


2925 N Monroe St, Spokane 509-808-0818 • Spokane’s first dedicated community acupuncture clinic, offering $20 acupuncture treatments in an open, relaxing setting. Appointments can be made easily on our website and same-day ap-pointments are often available. There is a one-time $10 paperwork fee.


Peony Acupuncture & Apothecary 302 N 5th St, Coeur d’Alene • 208-292-4829 Find health, balance, and inner vibrancy through a range of holistic treatments including acupuncture, herbal medicine, Moxa, cupping, essential oil therapy, guasha and other modalities. Takashina is passionate about women’s health and holistic internal medicine including pain management, digestive health, and natural hormone regulation.


Lakeside Holistic Health 518 N 4th St • Coeur d’Alene 208-758-0568 21651 E Country Vista Dr, Ste F Liberty Lake • 509-385-0218 Our goal for your care is to restore balance to the body while promoting wellness and optimum health through guided care involving acupuncture, chiropractic and functional medicine. Your journey to optimal health is only one step away from starting. See ad, page 12.


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Cor Counseling and Wellness Jennifer Burrows Rock Pointe Tower 316 W Boone Ave, Ste 656 Spokane • 509-242-0856 Biofeedback is a holistic stress reduction technique that factors in a variety of stressors ranging from emotional to environmental for mind, body and spirit support. Each session is specifically tailored to client wellness concerns. Experience the profound benefits of biofeedback today!

CHIROPRACTIC INTELLIGENT BALANCE SPINAL CARE 2310 N Molter Rd, Ste 108 Liberty Lake • 509-924-4443

Not all forms of chiropractic care are the same. Intelligent Balance treats patients using upper cervical chiropractic care by performing the QSM3 technique, which focuses on body balancing. They also specialize in a progression of the NUCCA chiropractic technique that achieves measurable results in a comfortable setting. Schedule a free consultation today. See ad, page 22.


Hayden, ID • 208-699-3435 Let us do the cleaning so you don’t have to! Experienced, thorough, dependable; and we only utilize natural cleaning products. North Idaho and surrounding area. Free estimates.


Healing Waters Holistic Center 101 N Evergreen Rd, Spokane Valley 509-879-3264 • My mission is to facilitate healing for you (and the Earth) to help propel you into a life you love. Through energetic releasing of emotional baggage, traumas, other’s energies and fears, we open the flow for your own natural healing to take place. See ad, page 14.


Erin (Ocean) Meenach Young Living Essential Oils Independent Distributor 509-475-2513 Call Ocean to find out about Yo u n g L i v i n g ’s E s s e n t i a l Rewards program and how you can earn everything from free essential oils to residual income. If you’re interested in lifting your mood, increasing libido, sleeping better and supporting your immune system, I am here to help.


195 E Hazel Ave Coeur d’Alene • 503-720-9451 Coeur d’Alene’s first Barre studio. Locally owned and independently operated, workouts focus on lengthening and strengthening the body. High-intensity, low-impact exercise designed for every age and fitness level. A fun studio where women make life-long friends. Childcare available. See ad, page 7.


Ann Brueggemann, Instructor Lokahi Studio 1121 Sherman Ave Coeur d’Alene • 208-704-3769 Combining dance arts, martial arts, and healing arts, Nia is a holistic and fun fitness workout encompassing the mind, body, spirit and emotions. Join the next Nia class Wed & Sat mornings, 9:30-10:30. Mention Natural Awakenings, and your first class is free. See ad, page 7.

FUNCTIONAL MEDICAL PRACTICES LAKESIDE HOLISTIC HEALTH 518 N 4th St • Coeur d’Alene 208-758-0568 21651 E Country Vista Dr, Ste F Liberty Lake • 509-385-0218

By shifting the traditional focus of medical practice to a more patient-centered approach, functional medicine addresses the whole person. Lakeside Holistic practitioners spend time with pa-tients, understanding their histories and evaluating the interactions among several lifestyle factors that can influence long-term health. See ad, page 12.


Dry saline aerosol or Halotherapy provides a gentle respiratory cleanse. Beneficial for relieving lung conditions like bronchial asthma, cystic fibrosis and lingering cough. Helpful in treating skin problems like eczema and acne. If you are seeking non-invasive, relaxing, natural treatment consider Halotherapy.

HEALING PROGRAMS HEALING WITH HORSES SANCTUARY Gloria Lybecker, Specialist Airway Heights, WA 509-876-1802 •

Gloria and her amazing horses work in partnership with individuals, couples, families and groups to support the whole being - mind, body, emotions and spirit. Discover how to thrive in the present and release patterns of surviving that have outlived their usefulness. See ad, page 14.


Coeur d’Alene: 410 W Neider Ave 208-765-3141 Downtown Spokane: 1617 W 3rd Ave 509-624-4222 North Spokane: 7810 N Division St 509-484-4850 Spokane Valley: 12115 E Sprague Ave 509-703-7185 Check out the best first stop on your next health-seeking shopping trip. Grocery Outlet offers a huge selection of NOSH (natural, organic, specialty and healthy) products at deeply discounted prices. NOSH foods support specific health-promoting diets and include a variety of gluten- and dairy-free options. See ad and coupon, page 18.

NEED A COOKIE Anita Eccles Spokane, WA

NeedACookie is your shop for high-quality, nutritious, allergyfriendly cookies unlike any you’ll find elsewhere. Buy them online or pick them up at select area coffee shops and natural/ specialty grocers.


We o f f e r t h e p e r s o n a l attention, comfortable accommodation, healthy meals, transportation and planned activities you or your loved one needs – all in a family-home setting in the mountains of North Idaho.


Healing Waters Holistic Center 101 N Evergreen Rd, Spokane Valley Coeur d’Alene Acupuncture & Holistic Healing 225 E Locust Ave, Coeur d’Alene 509-688-9856 • Holistic skin care is the philosophy of treating the body and skin as one cohesive unit – what happens inside our body is reflected on our skin. Brigitte focuses on helping the skin to function optimally by stimulating the healing power of nature with performance, results-driven natural skin care products, facials and microcurrent treatments. See ads, pages 14 and 23.


Your personal wellness begins here! Each practitioner has their own business and unique offerings within the center, which include naturopathic medicine and acupuncture, energy balancing and healing, life coaching and personal power renewal, holistic skin care, hypnotherapy and myofascial release massage therapy. See ad, page 14.


Intentional Hypnosis 915 W 2nd Ave, Ste 7, Spokane 509-230-5053 • My goal is to help you on your journey to a more productive and vital life. I use personal hypnosis sessions and powerful personal coaching to permanently change undesired habits and behaviors on a conscious and subconscious level.


Hypnosis For Self Care Healing Waters Holistic Center 101 N Evergreen Rd, Spokane Valley 509-370-8351 • Transpersonal hypnosis for accessing inner strength and deep insights, in conjunction with Emotional Freedom Technique, s o met im es ca lle d ta p p in g , allowing faster relief of emotional challenges. See ad, page 14.


Coeur d’Alene • Post Falls • Hayden, ID Our mission is to bring healthy options to your entire family with the best raw ingredients available, blended into amazing flavors that you’ll love. Find out why our fresh, healthy, made-to-order juices and smoothies are prized in our community. See ad, page 6.

LIFE TRANSFORMATIONS LIFE DESIGNS WITH TRACY TURNER Certified Expressive Arts Practitioner Healing Waters Holistic Center 101 N Evergreen Rd, Spokane Valley 509-951-8393 •

I am passionate about helping clients transform the shame, fear, limits and negative energy of past life experiences into joyful and loving self acceptance. Let’s get started today building the life you have always imagined and creating new levels of vitality and happiness. See ad, page 14.


505 E 24th Ave, Spokane 509-230-2307 • Are you ready to pursue a career in massage therapy? A new era of growth, innovation and education awaits and it’s time to step up and own the success that you deserve. The Professional Massage Practitioner Program will arm you with the skills and psychology necessary to thrive in this ever-evolving field of health care. See ad, page 25.

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My Massage & Sports Therapy Healing Waters Holistic Center 101 N Evergreen Rd, Spokane Valley 509-370-2207 Mark Smith specializes in the John F. Barnes Myofascial Release approach to eliminate or reduce soft tissue pain in client’s bodies. Myofascial Release treats the fascial restriction that causes pain allowing a return to a pain-free lifestyle. See ad, page 14.


Healing Waters Holistic Center 101 N Evergreen Rd, Spokane Valley 509-228-3528 • Coeur d’Alene Acupuncture & Holistic Healing 225 E Locust Ave, Coeur d’Alene 208-665-2293 •


Dr. Hallowitz is a naturopathic doctor (ND), classically trained Chinese medicine practitioner and licensed acupuncturist. He concentrates on whole-patient wellness, evidence-based clinical naturopathic and Chinese medicine with emphasis on prevention and restoration of balance to the body, mind and spirit. See ads, pages 14 and 23.



Michelle Phay, LMT, RYI, LN 1325 W 1st Ave, Ste 202 Spokane • 509-290-7004

Michelle Phay is a nurse, massage therapist, yoga and fitness instructor and educator with a background in dance and nutrition. She specializes in massage, yoga and health classes and works with stress, anxiety, those in recovery from life, chemical dependency and physical challenges. See ad, page 7.


Located in the Flour Mill 621 W Mallon Ave, Spokane 509-325-2867 • Quartz is said to be the most powerful of all minerals. Many believe it raises the vibrational level of anything it is near. Double terminated quartz from Herkimer, New York, called Herkimer diamonds are gorgeous and great for the April birthstone, which is diamond. See ad, page 3.


Joshua Tree Physical Therapy 8475 N Government Way Hayden, ID • 208-772-9774 Chazael lotion is a safe and effective natural pain relief product formulated and proven highly effective for patients suffering from pain due to arthritis, injuries, surgeries and joint and muscle stiffness. View our testimonials and lotion-use tutorials at Chazael-Lotion. com. See ad, page 2.

Lakeside Holistic Health 518 N 4th St • Coeur d’Alene 208-758-0568 21651 E Country Vista Dr, Ste F Liberty Lake • 509-385-0218

Dr. Langenderfer is a naturopathic physician and acupuncturist specializing in infertility and hormone care. She is passionate about empowering patients to lead a healthy life and believes optimal health is best achieved in partnership with her patients. See ad, page 12.

NUTRITION CULTIVATE: MIND-BODY NUTRITION Lakeside Holistic Health 518 N 4th St • Coeur d’Alene 208-758-0568 21651 E Country Vista Dr, Ste F Liberty Lake • 509-385-0218

Cultivate: Mind-Body Nutrition is founded on the principle of humanistic healthcare and grounded in the belief that changing your diet and lifestyle should enhance your life, not restrict it; allowing you to show up better in your life and world. See ad, page 12.


Becca Althouse, CHt, LMT 59 Queen Ave, Ste 104 Spokane • 808-250-8344 Specializing in Quantum Healing Hypnosis (QHHT). Past life soul regression that allows you to connect and communicate with your higher self for healing, guidance and deeper understanding of any aspect of your life; physical, emotional or spiritual. Free Consultation.


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21950 E Country Vista Dr, Ste 100 Liberty Lake • 509-927-8890 We carry a large variety of food and treats for all life stages and diets, including many grain-free options, raw food, canned food and freeze-dried kibble. Let us be your local resource for highquality, natural and organic pet food and supplies. See ad, back cover.

PRAIRIE DOG PET MERCANTILE 5608 S Regal, Ste 100, Spokane 1206 W Summit Pkwy, Spokane 509-443-9663 •

At Prairie Dog, we are passionate about holistic support for your whole pet and believe in the vital importance of nutrition. We’ve learned that animals thrive on diets honoring their evolutionary development, which is why our focus is on quality foods free from cheap fillers—with an emphasis on raw food. Certified professional dog trainers are on staff. See ad, back cover.


9511 N Newport Hwy, Spokane 509-467-8221 New Location: 830 W Sprague Ave 509-474-0394 • The Yuppy Puppy is a locally owned pet supply store, doggy daycare and dog wash staffed by an outgoing, eclectic and fairly obnoxious group of funloving pet people who truly care about the lifetime well-being of your furry family members. See ad, back cover.


Century 21 Beutler & Associates 509-844-7447 Licensed in Idaho & Washington Having grown up in the Inland Northwest, Miranda Ellingwood gained a personal connection to this region. She knows the importance of finding the right realtor, which is why her mission is to serve as a positive and innovative partner through the buying or selling of your home.


Jennifer Brown 923 E Sherman • CdA 208-691-8865 Through Reiki, aromatherapy and spiritual counseling, Jennifer helps clients relax, find balance, peace and manifest their true dreams, all at affordable rates. Experience the now moment and start your own healing journey with Jennifer today.


Rebecca Knight Spokane • CdA • Sandpoint 208-215-1231 Are you seeking less stress, better relationships and improved outcomes in your personal and professional life? HeartMath certified coach, Rebecca Knight, is here to guide you with proven techniques and a personalized plan to discover and reclaim your unique life vision. Call/text for a complementary consultation. See ad, page 23.


2900 S Bernard St, Spokane 509-838-6518 • Unity offers practical, spiritual teachings that empower abundant and meaningful living. If you are looking for a transformative, spiritual home and want to build a better life and world, please join us. We are an open and affirming community. Everyone is welcome.

THERMOGRAPHY INSIGHT THERMAL IMAGING 316 W Boone Ave, Ste 777 Spokane • 509-315-4154

At Insight Thermal Imaging we provide an exceptional health screening tool that gives medical providers an insight into both breast and overall physical health. We use the most accurate stateof-the-art equipment to provide radiation-free, non-invasive, painless and completely safe procedures. See ad, page 11.

classifieds Fee for classifieds is a minimum charge of $20 for the first 20 words and $1 for each additional word. To place an ad, email OPPORTUNITIES ADVERTISE HERE – Are you: hiring, renting property/office space, selling products, offering services, or in need of volunteers? Advertise in Natural Awakenings classified ad section. To place an ad, email START A CAREER YOU CAN BE PASSIONATE ABOUT – Publish your own Natural Awakenings magazine. Home-based business, complete with comprehensive training and support system. New franchises are available or purchase a magazine that is currently publishing. Call 239-530-1377 or visit

SERVICES INTERIOR PAINTING AND MURAL WORK – Do you need a room or office painted by a professional, reasonably priced painter/artist? Contact Nate for a free estimate: 509-558-1957. NATURAL HOUSECLEANING SERVICE – Let us do the work so you don’t have to! Experienced, thorough, dependable; and we only utilize natural cleaning products. North Idaho and surrounding area. Call Dacia for a free estimate: 208-699-3435.

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ARE WELCOME! We carry everything you need for a happy healthy pet Liberty Lake


21950 E Country Vista Dr Ste 100 Liberty Lake, WA 99019 509-927-8890

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5608 S Regal Ste 100 509-443-9663 1206 W. Summit Pkwy 509-279-2399 Spokane, WA

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9511 N Newport Hwy 509-467-8221 830 W. Sprague Ave NEW 509-474-0394 Spokane, WA 99218

Common allergens are eliminated from all Zignature recipes, such as corn, soy, dairy, glutens, eggs and chicken. To make things even simpler for dogs with allergies, Zignature offers eleven different single-protein formulas.

Natural Awakenings INW April 2018  

This month is dedicated to our home and mother, Earth! Learn about grounding (earthing), gardening and yoga, healing the climate, and more!

Natural Awakenings INW April 2018  

This month is dedicated to our home and mother, Earth! Learn about grounding (earthing), gardening and yoga, healing the climate, and more!