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ow’s everyone doing out there? We’re already nearing the end of summer after an unbelievable year, and I don’t know about you, but I’ve been all over the place in my thoughts, feelings and emotions lately. One minute I’m happy-happy, the sun is shining, and all is chill; and the next I find storm clouds have moved in and lightning bolts threaten my peaceful, Zen-like vibe. Not surprisingly, I’ve also found I’m more sensitive and tuned in to the sound of my heart and what she wants—as though I’ve never noticed or paid attention before (which I haven’t really), but now I have no choice in the matter. She’s demanding I give her and myself the attention we both deserve without compromise or negotiation—and as a direct result of this, I’m noticing a lot more of what I authentically don’t want or need in my life (lightning bolts) and feeling into what I actually do (sunshine). It’s interesting, because before 2020 I could easily go along with whatever was happening around me and just roll with it. Now, I’m like ‘fu*k that noise’ when something doesn’t resonate or ring true for me. Is anyone else feeling this? Because I’m sure it can’t just be me. While I don’t have a neat and tidy anecdote for all the mixed-up energy happening out there or in my heart, I will say I’m doing my best to notice what’s going on within myself and surrender to it—knowing that the only way out is through. Through the noise, through the feelings, through the emotional highs and lows with the understanding that there is some greater, higher purpose that each of us is traversing in our own unique way on our own unique path. And while it might not “make sense” to our brain and our ego-based, human experience, it always makes perfect sense to our heart and our spiritual-being experience, which is what I believe we’re all here for. And collectively, I feel like we’ve got this. Coincidentally (or by divine guidance), this month’s issue shines a spotlight on happiness and how gratitude and spiritual practices can help us create more joy in our life! We’re also highlighting back-to-school wellness, including local articles on essential micronutrients for kids and tips for keeping them healthy this school year. There’s also a local holistic nutritionist, Bernie Rosen, Ph.D., sharing his expertise on muscle testing to get to the root of symptoms and discomfort, and a fascinating article on shamanism and information about our amazing local shamanic practitioners. And don’t forget to check out this month’s news briefs as there is a lot going on in our holistic community that you won’t want to miss out on—including the Holistic Chamber of Commerce Networking Potluck being held August 10 in Manito Park. As the HCC president, I can guarantee it will be a festive time. I look forward to seeing many of your lovely faces! In the meantime, I encourage you to tune into your heart often during this final month of summer and see what it’s trying to tell you/show you/help you with. Our heart always carries the messages we most need, when we most need it—if only we are willing to tune in and find out what’s up.

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Exciting New Collaboration Combines Natural Wellness Passions


redible Complementary Therapy and Urbanna Natural Spa Salon are combining their passions for natural approaches to beauty, health and wellness in the month of August, by offering a free BEMER session with any salon or spa service. The complimentary BEMER session can be scheduled for the day of the salon or spa service or for another date during August in the salon. “I have been a client at Urbanna for many years—in fact, my whole family has,” says Dr. Deborah Martinez, owner of Credible Complementary Therapy located on the South Hill. “I’ve always loved the organic products used at Urbanna and thought BEMER would be a nice addition to their services.” “We have been talking about collaborating for at least two years,” says Linda Biel, owner of Urbanna. “We are excited to finally be making it happen. I felt great after using the BEMER and I would like to offer this experience of enhanced well-being to my clients,” says this passionate natural salon and spa owner, whose mission is to provide sustainable, nurturing services using natural and organic products for beauty and better health. Martinez shares that BEMER improves blood flow throughout the whole-body allowing oxygen and nutrients to better reach all the cells in the body including the skin, heart, lungs and brain. “In addition, metabolic waste products are removed from the body more efficiently with good blood flow,” explains this retired surgeon and Independent BEMER Distributor with a passion for natural therapies for health and wellness. “These two benefits of improved blood flow, optimize the body for vitality and health naturally.”

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hrysalis Beauty Body Soul in downtown Spokane is hosting a networking event for holistic businesses on August 4 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at their downtown location. “We want to build a community of connection and serve as a resource for local holistic practitioners eager to expand their reach and connect with other area businesses,” says Chrysalis owner, Robin Peltier. “All businesses are welcomed to attend and encouraged to bring business cards and materials to share. We are excited to meet you!”

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Holistic Chiropractor Offers Summer Special


r. Regina Thompson opened Presence of Mind Chiropractic, located in downtown Spokane, to help clients experience real change on their journey of wellness. She is currently offering Natural Awakenings readers a 20 percent discount on their initial exam. The exam includes a screening, postural exam, neurological testing and a full spine adjustment. Unique to her holistic practice, Thompson incorporates breathwork and affirmations. “I want my clients to feel empowered in their bodies as they traverse their health journey knowing they are capable of real change,” she affirms. “That’s why I’m here—to help those who truly seek optimal health because life really is better aligned.” Location: 1220 W. Sprague, Spokane. For more information or to schedule an initial exam, visit or call/text 509-8180650. See ad, page 9.

Holistic Chamber of Commerce Hosts Networking Potluck


he Holistic Chamber of Commerce (HCC) is hosting a networking potluck social in Manito Park on August 10 from 6 to 8 p.m. and is encouraging local businesspeople and their families to attend. “If you are tired of Zoom networking meetings and want to do something fun with other professionals outdoors, then I encourage you to attend our HCC networking potluck in the park,” says Spokane chapter president, Amber McKenzie. “We are going to have games, food, networking and information about our amazing Spokane Chamber—and it’s family friendly!” The HCC is a professional trade organization that represents holistic professionals, practitioners, resource providers, and business support services promoting healthy living and a thriving community. Membership is open to businesses in the Spokane, Coeur d’Alene and Sandpoint area. “We encourage any and all businesses that are interested in joining the HCC to come and learn more at this fun networking event,” adds McKenzie. Potluck attendees are asked to bring a dish to share and their own dishware and cutlery.

Get to the Root Cause of Discomfort


olistic nutritionist, Bernie Rosen, Ph.D., owner of Rosen Wellness in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, is offering a free 30-minute consultation to new clients interested in learning about getting to the root cause of their discomfort or in detoxifying and losing weight. “My clients often come to me with questions about their health, such as why do I have digestive issues? Why do I have acne? Why do Bernie Rosen, Ph.D. I feel tired all the time? Why am I gaining weight working out with a personal trainer every day?” shares Rosen. “My focus is to get to the root cause of these questions and symptoms through muscle testing, blood chemistry analysis, and taking an in-depth client health history. The underlying issue might be something that happened to the person 30 years ago, so once we are able to identify the cause, we can begin the process of healing it.” Rosen has a Ph.D. in holistic nutrition and specializes in Nutrition Response Testing (NRT) – a muscle testing technique that identifies the root causes of non-optimal health. “Through NRT, I am able to help clients get to the main stressors affecting their health and identify the appropriate remedy,” explains Rosen. “These stressors are varied, and have included parasites, mold, food sensitivities, environmental toxins and more.” In addition, Rosen offers a practitioner-guided health transformation program called SHAPE ReClaimed, which helps clients detoxify their system, lose weight and revitalize their health. “Food is medicine, and the SHAPE ReClaimed program shines a spotlight on negative eating habits that contribute to common health challenges,” says Rosen. “The program was created to decrease total body inflammation, enhance immune function, detox and cleanse—all while reducing excess weight.” For a free 30-minute consultation, schedule online at or call 208-771-6570. Location: 3895 N. Schreiber Way, Ste. 600, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. See ad, page 11.

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Children and Essential Micronutrients by Deborah A. Martinez Even in health-conscious families, busy lifestyles may lead to children not getting the essential micronutrients (vitamins and minerals) they need. Nutritional deficiencies can be serious in children because the nutritional requirements of children are higher in proportion to body weight when compared to adults. Inadequate nutrient intake can lead to impaired growth and development. Although it is generally advised that micronutrients come from a food source, many children do not get the daily intake recommendations for nutrients such as vitamins A, C, D, and E and minerals, calcium and magnesium. For this reason, the Linus Pauling Institute, at Oregon State University, recommends children ages 4 to 13 years take a daily multiple vitamin/mineral with these micronutrients. Micronutrient Benefits Vitamin A Vision, Immunity Vitamin C Connective Tissue, Immunity, Iron Absorption Vitamin D Calcium Metabolism, Bone Health Vitamin E Antioxidant (prevents or slows cell damage) Calcium Bone Growth and Mineralization, Tooth Health Magnesium Supports 300 Essential Metabolic Processes Deborah A. Martinez, M.D., is a retired surgeon and owner of Credible Complementary Therapy located at 2020 E. 29th Ave., Spokane. During the month of August, Dr. Martinez is offering Natural Awakenings readers 20 percent off essential micronutrient supplements for children. For more information, call 509724-3946 or visit See ad, page 9.

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Submitted by Sixth Avenue Medical Pharmacy Women experiencing excessive dry eye may be surprised to learn that hormones are most likely to blame. Our hormones are chemical messengers produced by the endocrine system that regulate everything from digestion and metabolism to mood and growth, so it’s not surprising they can affect our eyes. When hormones are out of balance, especially for women during pregnancy, menstruation, perimenopause, menopause or stress— reactions in the eyes can occur. Women are more likely to get dry eye as they get older because estrogen levels change so much over time. Sixth Avenue Medical Pharmacy offers assistance with hormonerelated dry eye. For more information, call 509-455-9345 or visit See ad, page 2.

People needing a push to eat more fruits and vegetables might be motivated by two new studies from Australia’s Edith Cowan University. Studying data from 8,600 Australians between the ages of 25 and 91, researchers found people that ate at least 470 grams (about two cups) of fruits and vegetables per day had 10 percent lower stress levels compared to those that ate less than half that amount. “Vegetables and fruits contain important nutrients such as vitamins, minerals, flavonoids and carotenoids that can reduce inflammation and oxidative stress, and therefore improve mental well-being,” says lead author Simone Radavelli-Bagatini. In a second study based on 23 years of data on 50,000 Danes, researchers found that those that consumed one cup each day of the most nitrate-rich vegetables like leafy greens and beets had about a 2.5 mmHg lower systolic blood pressure and a 12 to 26 percent lower risk of peripheral artery disease, heart attacks, strokes and heart failure. Eating more than one cup daily didn’t increase the benefits, they found, and blending greens into smoothies (but not pulp-destroying juicing) is a good option for increasing intake. 8

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More than 30 percent of the world’s 1,500 or so cactus species are threatened with extinction, and criminal scavengers are primarily to blame. A 2020 seizure by authorities in Italy yielded more than 1,000 of some of the rarest cactuses in the world, valued at more than $1.2 million on the black market. Some were over 100 years old. President of the Association for Biodiversity and Conservation Andrea Cattabriga helps police identify specimens taken from tourists or intercepted in the mail. He says, “Here is an organism that has evolved over millions of years to be able to survive in the harshest conditions you can find on the planet, but that finishes its life in this way, just as an object to be sold.” Trafficking can take a serious toll because many species are highly localized and often extremely slow-growing, thus quite sensitive to over-harvesting. Cactuses and other succulents have become popular on social media, promoted by indoor plant Superfund Mine-Polluted Stream Restorations See Success influencers for their unusual Large investments have been made to clean up acid drainage into streams and rivappearance and minimal ers polluted by toxic metals from abandoned mining sites. A new study published in care requirements. The Freshwater Science based on long-term monitoring data from four U.S. Environmenpandemic has increased tal Protection Agency Superfund sites in California, Colorado, Idaho and Montana their popularity, with shops shows that cleanup efforts can allow affected streams to recover to near natural unable to keep some speconditions within 10 to 15 years after abatement work begins. cies in stock. Sales of legally David Herbst, a research scientist at UC Santa Cruz and co-author of the paper, sourced plants could help says, “The good news from them all is that Superfund investments can restore the offset illegal trade, with the water quality and ecological health of the streams.” Researchers combined data proceeds going directly to from long-term monitoring during periods of 20 years or more using aquatic insects communities living alongand other diverse invertebrate life such as flatworms and snails as indicators of the side the plants, creating an restoration of ecological health, with nearby unpolluted streams as standards for incentive to protect them. comparison. Much of the recovery occurred within the first few years of treatment. Herbst says that the promising results suggest that even daunting environmental problems can be remedied.

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What is Muscle Testing? by Bernie Rosen

Would you like to learn the root cause of an underlying health concern? Are you taking many supplements and not sure if you need them all? Do you suspect you have underlying food sensitivities? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, then muscle testing could be a good match for you.


uscle testing is a non-invasive technique used to analyze the body and determine the root causes of non-optimal health. It was developed in 1964 by a chiropractor, Dr. George Goodheart, who referred to the technique as Applied Kinesiology (AK). Other popular methods include Contact Reflex Analysis (CRA) and Nutrition Response Testing (NRT). To do muscle testing effectively, a practitioner needs to have a system in place, understand what they are testing, and—most importantly—understand what the results mean. Many people will “muscle test” as a random event to determine if something is “good” for them at that moment. This is very different than a comprehensive muscle testing system such as NRT.

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There are two parts to the Nutrition Response Testing system: the analysis and the individual program design. During the

analysis, a variety of reflex points on the body are tested to identify and prioritize what the person needs. Each organ has a reflex point (dermatome) on the skin’s surface that is connected by the nervous system to that specific organ. Energy flows through the nervous system from the dermatome to the organ unless it is disrupted by internal or external forces. The application of slight pressure to the reflex point during muscle testing can create an ischemic reaction which causes the arm to weaken. The skilled practitioner interprets the strong and weak arm readings to determine areas of weakness, the stressors causing the weakness, and the nutrition required to strengthen the body. With this information, an individualized program is developed with supplements designed to match the needs of the body. People with one or more health conditions that do not seem to go away are good candidates for muscle testing. They have visited other practitioners and have not gotten the results they were hoping for or expected. These people are dedicated to

their healing journey and realize the conditions will not get better until they get to the source of the problem and correct it. Dr. Bernie Rosen is the founder of Rosen Wellness in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, and has over 15 years’ experience offering muscle testing, supplementation, nutritional consultations, weight loss, holistic nutrition and more. Rosen has a Ph.D. in holistic nutrition and is a certified technician in whole foods nutrition by the International Federation of Nutrition and Health. For more information or to read client success stories, visit Rosen is offering a free 30-minute consultation to new clients. Schedule online at or call 208-771-6570. Location: 3895 N. Schreiber Way, Suite 600, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. See ad, same page.

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THINK YOURSELF HAPPY Seven Ways to Change Your Mind and Be Happier

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hat is happiness? Aristotle pondered it, our country’s founders encouraged its pursuit, but only now—thanks to the thriving field of Positive Psychology—have we learned more precisely how to attain and sustain it. In thousands of studies in the last two decades, researchers have watched babies share crackers, put Tibetan monks in brain scanners, asked college students to do kind deeds and explored databases, among other strategies. A major finding has emerged: Happiness is, to a great degree, in our own hands—or more exactly, our own minds. “You get to choose,” says trailblazing researcher Barbara Fredrickson, author of Positivity and Love 2.0 and a professor at the University of North Carolina. “No matter where your river of emotions flows today, over time and with continued effort and attention, you can change its course and location to live a happier, more positive life.” Using advanced brain imaging technology, neuroscientists and psychologists have discovered that the brain is “plastic” and malleable. When we change our thinking and actions in positive ways, brain neurons start rewiring themselves to make newfound happiness settle in, especially if our practices are repetitive. “Interestingly, changes can start quite quickly,” says neuroscientist Andrew Newberg, who has authored 10 books on the 12

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brain, emotions and spirituality, including Words Can Change Your Brain. “For those changes to become more fully ingrained, it can take a few months, but it does not necessarily require hours a day for many years.” A change in thinking shifted the behavior and life of John Peterson, a sales manager at a major West Coast auto retailer and editor of “I was unhappy and miserable, so I decided to give gratitude a shot,” he recalls. “It was mechanical to start, but the reactions I got turned into a domino effect.” Instead of giving cursory thanks, he praised a co-worker’s kindness in handing him a daily cup of coffee; now they chat about their families. Instead of “keeping myself to myself,” he offered to help a neighbor he barely knew to clean gutters; now they’re “barbecue besties,” he says, adding, “I was kind of blown away at the incredible effect gratitude had on my life, both in improving my mental health and boosting my relationships. It was a real revelation to me!” Positive psychologists offer two major approaches: adopting habits that encourage happiness and clearing away the mental debris that blocks it. Many books and websites offer a wide range of theories, techniques and tips. “The most effective practices for you are the ones that you enjoy and are willing to do more often,” says Tchiki Davis, Ph.D., a Psychology Today blogger and founder

of The Berkeley Well-Being Institute. The following are researchbased methods to enhance happiness:

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The difference between languishing and flourishing, says Fredrickson in her book Positivity, is constructing a life in which heartfelt positive experiences outnumber the negatives by three to one. Positive experiences that flow from feelings such as gratitude, serenity, hope, awe and love can be as simple as exchanging smiles with a passerby, patting a friend on the back, joking with a cashier, picking up something that someone has dropped or planting a kiss on a son’s head. She emphasizes that the experiences must be authentic and heartfelt: acting “Pollyanna-ish” out of habit or pasting on a smile can actually make us feel worse, and positivity can turn toxic if it’s relentlessly turned on 100 percent of the time. “True happiness is not rigid and unchanging,” she says. When it comes to marriage, five positive interactions for every negative one is the “magic ratio” that makes it happy and stable, according to studies by renowned relationship psychologist John Gottman, author of What Makes Love Last. “Successful long-term relationships are created through small words, small gestures and small acts,” he writes.

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Positive reframing involves shifting misery-making thinking to see the positive side of any situation. Canadian researchers reported in a 340-person survey at APA PsycNet that during the pandemic, reframing was the most effective mental health strategy; people practicing it gradually felt better, while people that vented, distracted themselves or disengaged from others fared worse. Reframing strategies include viewing a problem as a challenge, a learning opportunity or a way to help others; finding the higher purpose or divine order in a bad situation; exploring what the unexpected benefits might be; and finding humor in a situation.

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Defuse the inner critic with caring self-talk

Berating ourselves for our shortcomings is a sure route to suffering, but applying self-compassion powerfully lowers the volume. It involves three elements: treating ourselves as kindly as we would a dear friend; realizing that making mistakes is intrinsically human so we’re not alone; and non-judgmentally facing our emotions without denying or indulging them, according to its major theorist, psychologist Kristin Neff, author of Self-Compassion: Stop Beating Yourself Up and Leave Insecurity Behind. Numerous studies show that people that practice self-compassion have less selfdoubt and fewer negative thoughts, are less likely to feel anxious or depressed, enjoy better health and relationships and are more resilient and motivated to change.

Another way to handle the inner critic is to transform it by befriending and chatting with it, a method used in voice dialogue therapy and in the Internal Family Systems approach. Jackie Graybill, a Seattle songwriter and piano teacher, calls her “mean girl” inner critic Brutista Dynasticus. “I’ll find myself responding to an inner thought like, ‘You look fat. Just how much weight have you gained over COVID?!’ with a recognition like, ‘Oh, Brutista, that wasn’t very nice. I may have some extra pounds, but this healthy body has gotten me through a freaking pandemic! Show a little respect, okay?’ This quiets her down because I’ve recognized her and addressed her, and I feel an inner sense of victory because I’ve brought a positive truth to bear. It’s a very empowering practice.”


Clear away pain by questioning assumptions

Of our estimated 12,000 to 60,000 thoughts per day, about 80 percent are negative and 95 percent are repetitive, says the National Science Foundation. Those noisy mental loops dampen our spirits by repetitively telling us that something regretful should not have happened in the past or is going to happen to blight the future. Few worries have real credence: A Cornell University study found that 85 percent of what people worry about never happens. Of the 15 percent of worries that did happen, 79 percent of people found they handled the problem better than they had expected or that they learned a valuable lesson from it. Cognitive behavioral therapists help clients to examine those beliefs and assumptions, challenge the dysfunctional ones and try out different interpretations to uncover the truth. Victor Blue, a Tampa transportation engineer, examined his difficult relationship with a tyrannical father by asking himself two questions that spiritual teacher and author Byron Katie suggests applying to any painful thought: “Is it true? Can you absolutely know it’s true?” Self-inquiring deeply, Blue realized he had a distorted view: His father had in fact loved him, but had lacked the capacity to show it with warmth or tenderness. “My father started with very little and saw a tough world and treated everyone tough,” he says. “And I came to realize that yes, I am able to father myself.”


Open the heart by deepening gratitude

Perhaps the most popular and direct approach to happiness is gratitude. Research shows that feeling and expressing thankfulness significantly boosts emotional well-being, makes us feel more connected and generous to others, and improves health and sleep quality. In one study, writing a few sentences of gratitude once per week for 10 weeks increased optimism and hope in participants; they even exercised more and had fewer August 2021



doctor visits than those writing about aggravations. Writing a thank-you letter to someone we haven’t appreciated enough in the past can induce a sense of well-being that lasts for at least six months, a University of Pennsylvania study found.

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Using functional magnetic resonance imaging, Newberg and other neuroscientists studied meditating Buddhist monks, prayerful Catholic nuns and mindfulness meditators. They found that each practice has its own distinctive pattern of brain activity, yet all three deactivate the brain regions that underlie mind chatter. That “default mode network” is constantly ruminating, nagging and making sure we avoid trouble. Sustained spiritual practices gradually turn down its everyday volume, which may explain in part the well-documented link between spiritual practices and well-being. Even brief meditations can have a quieting effect, counsels New York City psychologist and mindfulness teacher Loch Kelly, author of Shift into Freedom. In a quiet moment, he suggests, “Ask yourself, ‘What is here right now if there is no problem to solve?’”

The more we give with a full heart, the more happiness we experience, studies show—and the benefits radiate far beyond ourselves. Following nearly 5,000 people over 20 years, Harvard researchers found that one person’s happiness triggers a chain reaction up to three degrees away, lifting the spirits not only of friends, but friends’ friends, and their friends’ friends’ friends. Effects can last up to one year. It’s a vital way to help the world, says Fredrickson. “The happiness that you experience together with others has ripple effects, both biological and behavioral, that make whole communities healthier.” Health writer Ronica O’Hara can be reached at


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smile makes the brain happy. As it turns out, it doesn’t matter if we smile at first because we’re genuinely happy or if we simply fake a smile. The brain doesn’t know the difference. When we are happy, we naturally smile. But research has shown that the act of smiling can also induce happiness. It happens because the muscles required to lift the mouth into the shape of a smile are connected to nerves that send signals to the brain. Once the brain gets the message that a smile is happening, it releases dopamine, endorphins and serotonin throughout the body. These feel-good chemicals make us feel less stressed, less pain and happier, which can effortlessly transform a fake smile into a genuine one. Platitudes through the ages have urged us to “Turn that frown upside down” and “Put on a happy face.” In 1872, Charles Darwin hypothesized that facial feedback could alter emotions and, ever since, the topic of smiling and mood has been a subject of discussion and research. Whether or not forced smiles can have a strong enough impact on our state

of mind to effectively boost overall mental health is still being debated, with some research indicating that “false” smiles can lower mood if used continuously to avoid expressing certain feelings; however, there are several more positive aspects of smiling to take into consideration. Smiling is contagious. Seeing other people smile stimulates our mirror neurons, which discharge; they discharge similarly whether we’re doing an action or observing someone else do it. So, being around smiling people, seeing them smile, affects our brains as if we were doing the smiling. Smiling also provides the health benefits of reduced anxiety and lowers both blood pressure and heart rate. Over the long haul, these attributes add up to improved cardiovascular health and a measurable reduction in risk for stroke. Get more smile time by working these muscles at every opportunity. Fake it if you must until it comes naturally, watch funny shows, spend time with cheery people and when things are looking down, grin and bear it. You might just feel better right away, and better long-term health is certainly something to smile about. Julie Peterson is a Random Acts of Kindness activist ( and an advisor for Kindness Bank, a nonprofit invested in improving community health and well-being.

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acid environment.” Fruits that go into jams and jellies are typically acidic enough, but levels can be increased with lemon juice. Vegetable pickles become acidic through the addition of vinegar. Heat-sealed jars are shelf-stable if the seals remain intact. Paul Fehribach, chef and co-owner of Big Jones, a restaurant in Chicago, gives canning tips in The Big Jones Cookbook. For pickles and preserves, he recommends using a simple canning kit with a tool to lift jars in and out of boiling water, a jar rack that sits in the bottom of a stock pot and Mason jars with new canning lids to hold the food. Both Paster and Fehribach suggest using professionally tested recipes. “Go to a reliable source, whether it’s a cookbook or a website, because there are some food safety issues. Recipes have been calibrated to have the right ratio of water and vinegar to vegetables to ensure it’s acidic enough,” says Paster. “Pickles are a great place to begin because they’re really hard to mess up.”

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hether gardening, purchasing at farmers’ markets or ordering from a community supported agriculture farm, preservation techniques capture the bounty of the harvest and ensure availability of fresh flavors year-round.

Dehydrating “Dehydrating machines can be purchased for about $50, but an oven that goes down to a temperature of 150 or less will work,” says Brekke Bounds, educator at City Grange, a garden center in Chicago. Before dehydrating, consider the end use. Peaches or cherries can be cut into bite-size pieces. Roma or cherry tomatoes, sliced or cut in half and dried, can go in winter soups and stews. “Apple chips are super-easy,” Bounds says. “Core and slice with a mandoline, dunk in a lemon solution, sprinkle with cinnamon, dehydrate and store in an airtight jar.” Foods can be seasoned or marinated before drying. “We make zucchini bacon for vegan BLTs,” says Anthony Damiano, chef proprietor at Counter Culture restaurant, in Vero Beach, Florida. Dried herbs chopped in a food processor can be stored in airtight containers and used up to a year later as flavorful salad toppings or soup mixes.

Canning “One of my go-to methods is water bath canning,” says Emily Paster, author of The Joys of Jewish Preserving. “It’s a really safe and effective method of home preservation for high-acid foods. Certain kinds of microorganisms, most specifically botulism, can’t live in a high16

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The pickling process can be done without water bath canning, but the jars must remain refrigerated. The fun is in the quickness and variability of the recipes. Beyond traditional cucumber pickles, excellent pickles can be made with green beans, carrots, onions, cauliflower and green tomatoes. Brine can be dill, spicy or sweet. Damiano makes refrigerator pickles with a variety of local organic produce, including radishes, okra and other vegetables. The pickles are great for eating and can be used in salads and recipes like plant-based tostadas.

Fermenting “Fermentation is an essential part of how people everywhere make effective use of food resources,” says Sandor Ellix Katz, fermentation revivalist in Liberty, Tennessee, and author of The Art of Fermentation. “Fermentation produces alcohol, helps preserve food by producing acids and makes foods more digestible, more nutritious, more delicious and sometimes less toxic.” Cultures around the world developed fermentation techniques as a practical


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method to prevent food decomposition. Studies show that fermented foods and beverages provide beneficial probiotics to the gut microbiome. Anyone can give fermentation a try with ordinary kitchen tools—a knife, cutting board, mixing bowl and a jar. “Certain ferments, such as yogurt or tempeh, require specific temperature ranges,” advises Katz.

‘Clean the Garden’ Kimchi This easy kimchi recipe turns common garden veggies into a spicy probiotic ferment that’s loaded with good bacteria and health benefits. yield: 32 servings 4 Tbsp sea salt and 4 cups water 1 lb Chinese cabbage (napa or bok choy preferred, but other cabbage will do) 1 daikon radish or a few red radishes 1 to 2 carrots 1 to 2 (minimum) onions (or shallots or leeks) 3 to 4 (minimum) cloves garlic 3 to 4 hot red chilies to taste (seeds removed, dried is fine, nothing with preservatives) 2 to 3 Tbsp (minimum) fresh grated ginger root


Cold Storage Many fruits and vegetables freeze well, but a basement or backyard root cellar is a no-electricity, cold storage method. Items that store well in a root cellar include most root crops and firm fruits like apples and pears. “Root cellars use the natural, cool, moist conditions underground for fruit and vegetable storage. Earth-sheltered options work best for cooler climates where the ground temp is naturally cooler,” says Laurie Neverman in Denmark, Wisconsin, creator of Those with no outdoor spot or cold basement room can still use cold storage. “Some crops like onions, garlic, potatoes, winter squash, apples and carrots keep well in dark, dry, cool room temperatures of about 55 degrees,” says Neverman. Food preservation methods extend the blessings of the harvest. A little preparation now will provide edible delights for months to come. Julie Peterson writes from rural Wisconsin. Reach out at

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Prepare brine in a nonreactive container such as a glass bowl or large measuring cup. Mix water and salt, and stir thoroughly to dissolve salt. Cut up cabbage, radishes and carrots. (Add in other vegetables as an option.) Mix vegetables together and move them into fermentation vessel. Cover vegetables with brine. Use a fermentation weight or plate with a heavy object to weigh the vegetables down and keep them below the brine. (Mix more brine if needed to make sure vegetables are completely submerged.) Put a cloth over the fermentation vessel and wait for vegetables to soften (a few hours or overnight). Drain the brine from the vegetables, reserving it. Give the vegetables a taste. They should be salty, but not too salty. Sprinkle on additional salt, if needed, and mix; rinse if too salty. Mix the onion, garlic, chilies and ginger into the drained vegetables and blend well. Pack the vegetable mix into the fermentation vessel. Use the fermentation weight or plate to press it down until the brine covers the kimchi-in-progress. Add a little brine back, if needed, to make sure the vegetables are completely covered. Cover the fermentation vessel with a cloth and leave it on the counter for about a week. Taste test to check the fermentation. When happy with the flavor, the kimchi is done. Store in the refrigerator in a glass container to stop the fermentation. Recipe by Laurie Neverman at

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Wash and peel watermelon radishes. With a sharp knife or mandoline slicer, slice radishes into round discs. In a nonreactive saucepan, bring the water, white wine vinegar, rice wine vinegar, salt and sugar to a boil. Simmer for 1 minute or until the sugar and salt are dissolved. Remove from heat and add the garlic, ginger and peppercorns. Pour the hot liquid including the garlic and peppercorns over the radishes. Let cool to room temperature, then cover and refrigerate. Recipe by Chef Anthony Damiano at Counter Culture, in Vero Beach, Florida.



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“During the summer, bedtime tends to creep later and later. Two weeks before school starts, begin to reset bedtime by reversing the creep by 15 minutes every few nights,” suggests Amber Trueblood, a licensed marriage and family therapist in Culver City, California, and author of Stretch Marks. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that children 6 to 12 years of age sleep nine to 12 hours a night and teenagers 13 to 18 sleep eight to 10 hours. Getting enough sleep, it advises, leads to “improved attention, behavior, learning, memory, emotional regulation, quality of life, and mental and physical health.” Sleep experts recommend not allowing kids to be on device screens beginning an hour before bedtime, and perhaps storing devices in another room.

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fter a year dealing with the ups and downs of pandemic-era schooling, many parents are anticipating their children’s return to school with mixed emotions. “Families indeed have had a rough time in the pandemic, resulting in increased food insecurity, weakened social skills, splintered attention spans due to constant multitasking and arguments over screen time, yet many families also feel that they grew closer together as they coped with the adversity,” says Jenifer Joy Madden, author of How To Be a Durable Human. As we wave our children off to classes, we can draw on those hard-won, deeper ties by taking steps to ensure our children’s health and well-being. Here are some suggested strategies:

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, children that eat a complete breakfast have been shown to work faster, make fewer math mistakes and show improved concentration, alertness, comprehension and memory. “Get in the habit of a healthy breakfast that contains a mix of lean proteins, healthy fats and unrefined carbohydrates and fiber,” advises Amy Spindel, a functional holistic nutritionist in Plano, Texas. “That might be something like eggs scrambled with spinach in olive oil; a smoothie with greens, coconut milk, nut butter, cherries and steamed cauliflower; or a small bowl of steel-cut oatmeal with berries and almond butter alongside some turkey sausage. These types of combinations help promote stable blood sugar until lunchtime, which means your child will be able to focus on learning and social interactions instead of their tummies.”

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Satisfy them with healthy snacks

Meet as a group to talk about schedules and logistics to make sure everyone’s commitments will work together, recommends Erika Beckles Camez, Ph.D., a licensed family therapist in Temecula, California. “Talk as a family about how everyone feels about going back to school and intentionally tell your student that throughout the year if they are needing support or are feeling overwhelmed or concerned, they can always talk to you to work through the issue together,” she says.

There’s a metabolic reason students head straight for the fridge when they get home— but it’s best if they can’t grab sweets. “Children need healthy, whole-food, nutritious snacks after school to fuel both their bodies and their brain,” says Uma Naidoo, M.D.,


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a Harvard-based nutritional psychiatrist, professional chef and author of This Is Your Brain on Food. To support optimal brain development and help lower kids’ anxiety and hyperactivity levels, she suggests snacks rich in omega-3 fatty acids, vitamins A, B12 and D, and iron and folate, such as: ■ “Fries” cooked in an air fryer to crisp up zucchini, carrots or green beans ■ Veggie dips or hummus made with chickpeas, carrots, beets or spinach ■ Almond butter on celery sticks, or seed butter for dipping sweet peppers or apple slices ■ Homemade fish sticks made by heating salmon pieces in an air fryer ■ Granola that includes walnuts, chia seeds and flax seeds

Take allergy precautions About one in 14 U.S. children has a food allergy. Anisha Angella, an early childhood specialist and author of Easing Allergy Anxiety in Children, recommends taking special precautions with an allergy-prone child, including frequent handwashing; carrying an EpiPen for sudden, severe reactions that require an epinephrine injection; and not sharing foods. “Connect with their teachers,” she advises. “They want to help in any way, too. When a child sees an adult that supports their allergy safety in all environments, they feel comfortable, and that lessens anxiety.” “Readjusting from the pandemic will take patience and perseverance on the part of parents,” says Madden. “Having the family start simple wellness habits can help.” Health writer Ronica O’Hara can be contacted at


t is that time of year where relaxed schedules and summer fun are coming to an end. Whether it is their first day of preschool or first semester of college, here are some essential tips to assure kids achieve the best chance of staying healthy and well during the coming school year.

Tip 1: Stay Grounded There is a significant mind body connection and the stress, anxiety, fear and excitement that comes with a new school year is real. These emotions may be expressed in different ways and can create the overproduction of cortisol, the “fight or flight” hormone. This, in turn, can weaken the immune system, cause physical illness, and fatigue the adrenal glands. Screen time of all types must be limited. Social media has become a daily habit for kids and a proven destroyer of mental health and self-esteem. Tech giants have purposely developed apps or platforms to hit the dopamine receptors of children and addict them. Having a calm and grounded mind is foundational to health. It’s a tough world out there right now—even for adults—so it’s only natural to realize that our children need extra attention paid to their emotional health and well-being.

Tip 2: Get Quality Sleep A good night’s sleep is key to staying healthy and having a strong immune system. Healing takes place while we are asleep and it essential to the regeneration of cells. Homework, activities and screen time steal precious time away from quality sleep. Make sure your children practice good nighttime habits before bedtime. Harmful blue light emitted from computers, tablets, TV’s and phones affects melatonin levels, a crucial hormone needed for restful sleep. Some other important bedtime tips are to encourage them to read a book or

listen to relaxing music. Also, avoid sugary snacks or drinking caffeinated beverages before sleep. Eight to 10 hours of uninterrupted sleep will help them cope with stress, heal and regenerate their body, and improve brain function.

Tip 3: Eat Healthy Make sure your children are eating a healthy diet. Avoid manufactured fake food containing artificial colors and flavors, food preservatives, stabilizers, sugar and artificial sweeteners. These chemicals do nothing good for health and the body’s immune system. Shop for real food that provides proper nutrition for a growing and active body. Remember the simple term “input-output.”

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long, healthy life for our animal companions depends on them having resilient immune systems that can resist disease. While supporting a dog’s immunity during illness is vital, it’s also important to help it maintain natural defenses when well to help stave off disease. Adopting all five of these suggestions will help promote optimal wellness.


Minimize vaccines

Vaccinations can help prevent disease when the immune system responds appropriately to such treatments. However, when dogs are over-vaccinated, improper immune responses can cause immediate allergic reactions or chronic problems such as autoimmune disorders and even cancer. A simple and inexpensive blood antibody test called a titer can determine if and when a dog may require a vaccine after completing the first adult booster vaccination visit. Dogs with serious and chronic immune disorders should never be vaccinated. 22

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chemicals and 2Minimize medications

Overuse and misuse of chemicals and conventional medications can harm a dog’s body in numerous ways, including causing adverse effects on the immune system. Whenever a chemical product such as a flea preventive or conventional medication like a steroid or antibiotic is needed, we should ask two important questions. First, whether there is a safer, natural alternative to use—there usually is. Secondly, what the lowest dose is to

heal the patient. Usually, lower doses of many chemicals and medications can be used safely and effectively. Some doctors over-prescribe chemicals and medications because of incorrect diagnoses, a lack of knowledge of safer natural therapies and to increase their income.


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As with people, a sensible exercise program for a dog is important. It keeps the musculoskeletal and cardiovascular systems in great shape by mimicking the natural activities that a dog’s wild relatives experience every day. It also strengthens the immune system and builds and enhances the human-dog bond.

5Use supplements

Dogs that receive supplements every day tend to live longer, feel better and act happier. Even when they may have serious problems like cancer from which they may not recover, they are healthier, stronger and happier while battling the disease. Good formulas contain enzymes, probiotics, glucosamine, vitamins, fatty acids and minerals to help support a normal dog’s overall constitution. Choline reduces symptoms in senior animals with cognitive disorder and reduces the chances in normal older animals of developing it. Its use is advisable for

animals with liver disease or diabetes and for those with seizures. Chamomile and tryptophan reduce any type of anxiety or phobia. They can also reduce itching in allergic patients with an obsessive component to their scratching. Olive leaf extract is not only good for immune support, but can also help animals with infections of the ears and skin, making it a good alternative to antibiotics and anti-yeast medications. A cancer and immune support supplement containing scute, cordyceps, poria, American ginseng and coix is good for any animal with an immune disease, chronic infections and especially cancer. These five easy and inexpensive steps to keeping a dog’s immune system healthy will reduce trips to the doctor and extend his life with minimal effort. Shawn Messonnier, DVM, owner of Paws & Claws Animal Hospital and Holistic Pet Center, in Plano, Texas, is the author of several books on veterinary medicine. Visit


No matter what else is done to keep a dog healthy, it is critical to feed a good, natural diet, either homemade or purchased from a reputable company that specializes in healthy, natural foods. Many pet foods are full of unhealthy ingredients that may not be helpful for a dog’s immune system. Animal and plant byproducts, which typically are scrap from the food processing industry, provide little if any positive health benefits and may actually be harmful to a dog. Added chemicals, flavorings and colorings have no specific wellness attributes and may harm the dog’s DNA through oxidative damage, resulting in various immune problems such as cancers.


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What is shamanism and the shaman’s role? Shamanism is a philosophy and a lifestyle similar to Buddhism in many ways. It includes healing practices for clearing the imprints of trauma from the luminous energy field (LEF) that surrounds the physical body, and that organizes the body in the same way that a magnet organizes iron filings on a piece of glass. Shamans mediate between the visible world of matter and the invisible world of energy and consciousness. The understanding of the shaman is that what we call reality is simply the projection of a map of the world

notion of becoming Earth Keepers—stewards of the garden of nature.

How does shamanism address body, mind and spirit?

We need to think of the quaternity, including Gaia, the great mother. There is only one illness—disconnection from the great mother. There is only one cure, which is returning to Gaia. The luminous energy field is an information field. It contains all your genetic history—the story of the drama that runs in your family that you have programmed into the neural networks in your brain. Shamans discovered how to upgrade the quality of the information in the LEF.

Out of the 40 million different species on Earth, only humans, whales and dolphins don’t have death programmed into their DNA. There are no grandmothers in nature; menopause doesn’t exist. The minute you cannot make babies, you are eliminated. We have the opportunity to take part in an experiment to grow bodies that are disease-proof, where our health span can equal our long lifespan.

that most science, especially in medicine, is bogus. Studies are poorly designed; results are cherry-picked to support the authors’ beliefs. The greatest science is the one that explores the soul’s journey through infinity, which is what shamans are concerned with. This is where we discover true healing.

What shamanic principle can we apply daily?

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Our Western diet and antibiotic use have decimated our gut flora, and in the process, ruined our “gut instinct”—the basis of the shaman’s “second sight”, the ability to see the hidden nature of reality. You cannot meditate, heal yourself or others, forgive those who wronged you or stop feeling like a victim if your gut flora is compromised. If your gut is riddled with Candida, you will only perceive strife and be angry. Even if you live in a city, you can cultivate sprouts and make probiotic-rich foods.

How do you see our future? I was trained as a medical anthropologist, yet what I do today is to train modern shamans; men and women versed in the ancient wisdom teachings and cutting-edge neuroscience. This is where the magic of science and shamanism meet. Western science and religion are very patriarchal and repressive of the feminine, confusing information for knowledge. We know how to diagnose, but do we know how to heal? I love science, but we must understand

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friday Emerson–Garfield Farmers Market – June 4-Sept 24. 3-7pm. Features more than 20 vendors, weekly events; a great atmosphere with plenty of parking. Adult Education Center, 2310 N Monroe St, Spokane. 509-255-3072. Spokane Valley Farmers Market – June 4-September 17. 4-8pm. Local produce, artisans and healthy products. 2426 N Discovery Place, Spokane Valley.

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monday Hillyard Farmers Market – June 7-Oct 25. 3-7pm. Check out the amazing vendors, fruit, veggies and products and their new location: NE Community Center, 4001 N Cook Ave. Facebook. com/HillyardFarmersMarket.

tuesday Fairwood Farmers Market – May 11-Oct 12. 3-7pm. A vibrant North Spokane farmers’ market. 319 W Hastings, Spokane.

wednesday Coeur d’Alene Wednesday Market – 4-7pm. Vegetables, flowers and native plants, meats, cheeses, bread, honey and jams. Sherman Ave and 5th St, Coeur d’Alene, ID. Farmers Market at Sandpoint – 3-5:30pm. Supporting agriculture through education and a diverse community market. Farmin Park, The Fountain, Third Ave and Oak St, Sandpoint, ID.

featuredmarket Kendall Yards Night Market

May 19-Sept. 5-8pm. Kendall Yards Night Market provides a safe, open-air environment offering fresh produce from local farmers, as well as outstanding vendors with a passion for producing and growing the very best food and products this region has to offer. Enjoy our array of street food vendors, live music or simply stroll the market to take in the sights and sounds. 1335 W Summit Parkway, east of Cedar St, Spokane. Millwood Farmers Market – May 26-Sept 29. 3-7pm. Supported by community partners, come check out our family-friendly market. 8910 E Dalton Ave, Spokane. Spokane Farmers Market – June 16-Oct. 8am-1pm. Fresh vegetables and fruits, baked goods, meat, eggs, cheese, honey, plants and more. 20 W 5th Ave, Spokane.


Farmers Market at Sandpoint – 9am-1pm. Supporting agriculture through education and a diverse community market. Farmin Park, The Fountain, Third Ave and Oak St, Sandpoint, ID. Hayden Saturday Market – 9am-1:30pm. Vegetables, flowers and native plants, meats, cheeses, bread, honey and jams. SE corner Hwy 95 & Prairie, Hayden, ID.

featuredmarket Liberty Lake Farmers’ Market – May 15-Oct 9. 9am-1pm. The Liberty Lake Farmers’ Market averages 40 to 50 vendors each Saturday, and is full of wonderful produce, baked goods, eggs, meats, fish and specialty items from all around the Northwest. 1421 N Meadowood Ln, Liberty Lake. Spokane Farmers’ Market – May 8-Oct. 8am-1pm. Shop fresh vegetables and fruits, as well as baked goods, meat, eggs, cheese, honey, plants and more. 20 W 5th Ave, Spokane. Wonder Market – May 15-Oct 9. 9am1pm. Vendors include farm produce, MARKET prepared food and artisan goods. Check out the newest market on the roster this season! Wonder Bldg, 835 N Post St, Spokane.



Indian Trail Night Market – May 22-Sept. 4-8pm. Check out the newest addition to

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vendors, food tucks, artisans, art and more. 9025 N Indian Trail Rd, Spokane.

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South Perry Thursday Market – May 6-Oct. 3-7pm. Fresh, healthy, locally grown food and locally crafted products in the South Perry neighborhood. 1360 E 10th, Spokane.



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calendar of events

ongoing events

Please be sure to contact businesses in advance of any in-person events. Please visit for updated events.

Due to ongoing COVID-19 guidance and limited gatherings, please be sure to contact businesses in advance of any in-person events.

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 4 Holistic Business Networking Event at Chrysalis – 6:30-9pm. Bring your business cards and connect with other holistic practitioners in the region. Free. Chrysalis Beauty Body Soul, 327 W 3rd Ave, Ste C. Register: 509-992-9502.

TUESDAY, AUGUST 10 Holistic Chamber of Commerce Potluck in the Park – 6-8pm. Join the Spokane chapter of the Holistic Chamber of Commerce (HCC) for this family-friendly networking event in Manito Park. Bring a dish to share and your own dishware. Free. Lower Manito, 1702 S Grand Blvd, Spokane. RSVP: 509-869-4361.

plan ahead FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 17 Crystal Healing 101 – Sept 17-19. Two-hours/ day. Taught by Koriandr Stoneridge. $55. Chrysalis Beauty Body Soul, 327 W 3rd Ave, Ste C. Register: 509-992-9502.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 24 Crystal Healing 102 – Sept 24-26. Two-hours/ day. Taught by Koriandr Stoneridge. $55. Chrysalis Beauty Body Soul, 327 W 3rd Ave, Ste C. Register: 509-992-9502.

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sunday Unity Spiritual Center Service – 10am. Transforming lives and inspiring people to make a positive difference in our world. Join us for inperson or virtual services. 2900 S Bernard, Spokane.

Holistic Chamber of Commerce Networking Meeting

2nd Tues. 6-7:30pm. Join local holistic practitioners and service providers for networking, meaningful connections and business building tools and guidance. $10/ visitors; $5/members. RSVP: 509-869-4361

Unity Spiritual Center of North Idaho Group Service – 10am. Our Sunday services are a celebration of living with spirit. 4465 N 15th St, CdA, ID. 208-664-1125.

Holy Fire Meditation with Himalayan Singing Bowls – 6:30-8pm. 2nd Tues. Contact for details. A Spiritual Touch, 932 E Sherman Ave, Ste 200, CdA. Call/text 208-691-8865.

Spokane Buddhist Temple – 10:30am. Our main temple hall is called a Hondo where we gather for services. 927 S Perry St, Spokane. 509-534-7954.


Unity Center of North Spokane Group Service –11am. In person and live streamed via Facebook page. 4123 E Lincoln Rd, Spokane. 509-489-6964. SatiSeva Support Group – 10-11:30am. 3rd Sun. A spiritually minded community supporting people who struggle with addiction. Souls Center, 707 N Cedar, Ste 2, Spokane. Donation. Church of Truth Service – 11am. We believe all people are filled with the Spirit of God, and our church helps people search for that connection within. 523 E Garden, CdA.

monday Recovery Dharma Meeting – 6-7pm. A Buddhistinspired approach to recovery from addictions of all kinds. Donation. Souls Center, 707 N Cedar, Ste 2, Spokane. or RecoveryDharmaOfSpokane. Grateful Wizardly Share – 6:30. 2nd Mon. A Spiritual Touch, 932 E Sherman Ave, Ste 200, CdA. By donation. Call/text 208-691-8865. Gathering of Like-Minded Souls Spiritual Circle – 6:30-8:30pm. 3rd Mon. Join to hold space and raise consciousness within by sharing your gifts and stories. A Spiritual Touch, 932 E Sherman Ave, Ste 200, CdA. By donation. Call/text 208-691-8865. Reiki Share – 6:30-8pm. 4th Mon. Come and relax as Holy Fire Reiki surrounds you in love. For everyone interested or practicing reiki. A Spiritual Touch, 932 E Sherman Ave, Ste 200, CdA. By donation. Call/text 208-691-8865.

tuesday Recovery Dharma Meeting – 6-7pm. See Monday listing. Souls Center, 707 N Cedar, Ste 2, Spokane. Donation. or RecoveryDharmaOfSpokane.

Women’s Soul Circle – 9:30-11:30pm. Honoring the sacred feminine together in community. Grab a cup of coffee and join for the theme of the month. Souls Center, 707 N Cedar, Ste 2, Spokane. Donation. Recovery Dharma Meeting – 1-2pm. See Monday listing. Souls Center, 707 N Cedar, Ste 2, Spokane. Donation. or RecoveryDharmaOfSpokane.

thursday Recovery Dharma Meeting – 10:30-11:30am. See Monday listing. Souls Center, 707 N Cedar, Ste 2, Spokane. Donation. or Facebook. com/RecoveryDharmaOfSpokane. Talking to the Fire – Weekly Ascension Soul Speak – Meets Weekly on Thursday’s at 6 pm. for more information.

friday HeartMind Meditations – 10-11am. What the mind knows. What the heart resists knowing. HeartMind meditations are designed to bring the mind and heart into more balance and harmony. Donation. Souls Center, 707 N Cedar, Ste 2, Spokane. Recovery Dharma Meeting – 11:30am-12:30pm. See Monday listing. Donation. Souls Center, 707 N Cedar, Ste 2, Spokane. or Reiki Share – 6:30-8:30pm. 2nd Fri. See Monday description. A Spiritual Touch, 932 E Sherman Ave, Ste 200, CdA. By donation. Call/text 208-691-8865. Holy Fire Meditation with Himalayan Singing Bowls – 6:30-8pm. Last Fri. Contact for details. A Spiritual Touch, 932 E Sherman Ave, Ste 200, CdA. Call/text 208-691-8865.

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community resource guide


Connecting you to the leaders in natural health care and green living in our community. To find out how you can be included in the Community Resource Guide, email to request our media kit.



Find out what your aura is saying! The team at Chrysalis uses a stateof-the-art aura camera to capture your bio-magnetic, vibrational energy which makes the metaphysical visible. Sessions include photo, emailed report and 10-minute reading. Text/call 509-992-9502 to schedule yours today! See ad, page 19.


1869 E Seltice Way, Ste 374 Post Falls • 208-699-9692


9708 N Nevada St, Ste 205 Spokane • 509-466-0226 Smart Therapy specializes in natural approaches to treat mental health issues, which may include a combination of talk therapy, nutritional supplements, diet, exercise and more. Their licensed therapists have a wide range of specialties and experience. Most major insurance plans accepted. Call for more information or to schedule an appointment. Active Holistic Chamber of Commerce Member. See ad, page 24.

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Dawn-Marie Hancock 9297 Government Way, Ste D, Hayden, ID 480698 Highway 95, Sandpoint, ID 208-389-8234 • Myofascial Release and Lymphatic Drainage are gentle specialized full body tissue treatments that create positive healing by restoring pain free function and enhanced immune system. With 30 years of experience, your treatment is individualized for your body and wellness goals. Active Holistic Chamber of Commerce Member.


The goal at Prime Trade Northwest is to promote you and your business. Their team works hard to connect you with other members in need of your products and services. They also help find ways to offset your cash costs with other members in the ITEX community. See ad, page18.




9619 E Sprague Ave Spokane Valley • 509-413-2796 Featuring the highest quality CBD oils, capsules, tinctures and bath salts to help with inflammation, sore muscles, sleep, pain relief, relaxation and more. Allow the friendly Local’s staff to assist in finding the CBD products that are right for you! Active Holistic Chamber of Commerce Member. See ad, page 31.

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 9.

Wayne Lindell, DC 9708 N Nevada St, Ste 205 Spokane • 509-466-0226 Dr. Wayne Lindell is an experienced chiropractor with more than 25 years’ serving the Inland Northwest. His specialties include accident and injury recovery, pain relief, sports performance, pre-natal, weight-loss management and overall wellness. Most major insurance plans accepted. Book online or call for an appointment. Active Holistic Chamber of Commerce Member. See ad, page 24.

COMPLEMENTARY THERAPY DEBORAH A. MARTINEZ, MD, LLC 2020 E 29th Ave, Ste 225 Spokane • 509-724-3946 DrDebbie@CredibleComplementary

Offering complementary therapy consultations, therapeutics and referrals - Created for individuals who want to take responsibility for their health and wellness using complementary therapy backed by science. Personalized program for health and wellness concerns and goals. Active Holistic Chamber of Commerce Member. See ad, pages 7 and 9.


508 W 6th Ave, Spokane 509-455-9345 • 1-844-250-9007 A full-service medical pharmacy, providing custom compounded medications and traditional retail prescriptions. They use the finest, high quality ingredients to make each specially compounded medication, including LDN, bio-identical hormones, veterinary, dental, sports medicine, dermatology, chronic pain and more. See ad, page 2.


Jennifer Burrows 319 W Hastings, Ste A112 Spokane • 509-242-0856

Jennifer Burrows offers holistic stress reduction support that takes into account the whole person – mind, body, spirit. Learn how Emotion Code, HeartMath, integrative nutrition coaching and quantum biofeedback can transform your life. Call for a complimentary 30-min. wellness consultation. Active Holistic Chamber of Commerce Member.


Call/text: 208-661-1338 Sherri is a gifted energy healer who reads, sees, feels and hears energy, working from only pure love and light for over 30 years. Clients receive guidance, healing techniques and answers to what they need most for their best and highest good. Call or text today!


509-879-3264 Ready to create a life you love? Don’t let anxiety, trauma, fear, or illness stop you from the health and happiness you seek. Susan Flerchinger is a conduit of divine service, specializing in remote energy healing to create emotional, physical and spiritual balance. Call for a free consultation.


Sixth Avenue Medical Pharmacy 508 W 6th Ave, Spokane 509-455-9345 • 1-844-250-9007

Katie Nelson specializes in nutrition counseling for optimal health, weight loss, sports performance, food allergies/sensitivities, ketogenic diets, anti-inflammatory diets and microbiome repair. She offers nutrient evaluations and supplement counseling and is available for speaking engagements and special events. See ad, page 2.


Salt Crystal Cottage 2838 N Ruby Spokane • 509-255-0505 Dry saline aerosol, or Halotherapy, provides a gentle respiratory cleanse, beneficial for relieving respiratory conditions. For your energetic wellness journey, experience Intuitive Clarity sessions in the Salt Crystal Cottage. Visit website, the Salt Crystal Cottage FB page or call for more info. Active Holistic Chamber of Commerce Member.


413 W Hastings Rd Spokane • 509-863-9027


Bernie Rosen, Ph.D. 3895 N Schreiber Way, Suite 600 CdA • 208-771-6570 •

Infused Wellness believes your body’s ability to heal is greater than anyone has permitted you to believe. A multifaceted health and wellness boutique offering organic herbs, teas, health products, support and education to help customers achieve optimal health. Visit website for upcoming classes! See ad, page 3.

The mission of Rosen Wellness is to help clients solve their health issues by identifying the root cause of symptoms and their holistic solution through in-depth muscle testing, proper nutrition and lifestyle management. Offering a free 30-minute consultation – book online or call. See ad, page 11.




413 W Hastings Rd Spokane • 509-863-9027


Intentional Hypnosis 827 W 1st Ave, Ste 203 Spokane • 509-230-5035

Locally made, organic probiotic brewery located in Infused Wellness now offering mobile service at area farmers’ markets. Look for the little red firetruck dispensing Xun probiotic drink, RūtTea, old-world root beer, sparkling seltzers and effervescent cold teas. See ad, page 3.

James Barfoot’s goal is to help you on your journey to a more productive and vital life. He uses personal hypnosis sessions and powerful personal coaching to permanently change undesired habits and behaviors on a conscious and subconscious level.



CHIROPRACTIC LIFECENTER, INC. Dr. Patrick Dougherty 2110 N Washington St, Ste 1 Spokane • 509-327-4373

Chiropractors heal nothing. They align you with your innate healing abilities. Dr. Patrick Dougherty utilizes muscle testing to interpret your needs for adjustments, nutrition and more. Suffering from aches, pains, fatigue, brain fog, more? Dr. Pat can help! New patient special available. See ad, page 3.

PRESENCE OF MIND CHIROPRACTIC Dr. Regina Thompson 1220 W Sprague Ave Spokane • 509-818-0650

This Holistic Chiropractic Wellness Center acknowledges the human body as a living, dynamic system entangled with emotions and energy. Dr. Regina Thompson’s care includes full spine adjustments integrated with breathwork and take-home tools. Change happens here, because life is better aligned! See ad, page 9.


Dr. Alex Hook and Dr. Ellery Young 4703 N Maple St Spokane • 509-850-0918

At DeFelice Dentistry, the mission is to provide state-of-theart conventional and holistic dental care in a warm and friendly environment. Their team is committed to safety and integrity in dentistry and to honoring the importance of every person they have the privilege to serve. See ad, page 14.


9708 N Nevada St, Ste 205 Spokane • 509-466-0226 Massage can alleviate pain, increase flexibility, improve immune function, decrease d e p r e s s i o n a n d a n x i e t y, improve health and more. Their professional therapists have a wide range of specialties and experience. Most major insurance plans accepted. Book online or call for an appointment. Active Holistic Chamber of Commerce Member. See ad, page 24.

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Citrine is said to represent joy and self-confidence. What could be better than this? Come into Wonders of the World and check out our huge selection of minerals and crystals. See ad, page 31.

Cindy Gardner is a gifted psychic known for her compassionate accurate readings, covering such topics as: love, career, pets, dreams, past lives, life goals and angels. Her helpful guidance and coaching empower people in making decisions and understanding their life situations.

Located in the Flour Mill 621 W Mallon Ave Spokane • 509-325-2867

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Amber McKenzie • 509-869-4361

The Holistic Chamber of Commerce (HCC) is an international trade organization for holisticallyminded professionals, business owners, and resource providers. They are member-focused through their ever-expanding national online presence and network of local chapters. The Spokane Chapter meets the second Tuesday of every month from 6-7:30pm. Join today! See ad, page 15.


30 E Sprague Ave, Ste C Spokane  • 509-475-3284

Emily Elizabeth is a Medically Trained Master Aesthetician with more than 16 years experience in the spa industry. Her natural approach to skincare is complemented by high quality medical-grade and organic skincare products. Treat your skin to a luxury facial and book online today! See ad, page 3.


Dr. Sarah Hayward 3418 S. Grand Blvd Spokane • 509-385-2823 Certified in vestibular rehab (vertigo) and customized pain programs, Dr. Sarah is dedicated to providing her patients with one-on-one appointments focused on the highest-quality care. Her clinic operates outof-network with no insurance companies calling the shots, so she has total freedom in treating patients.


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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 and fall in love everday. Offering Reiki education, meditation classes and sacred gatherings. Visit Facebook for details.



Becca Lynn, LMT, CcHt 59 Queen Ave, Ste 104 • Spokane 808-250-8344 • Specializing in awakening the Soul and connecting clients to their higher self through Quantum Healing Hypnosis (QHHT), Human Design Charts, Soul Coaching, Intuitive Soul Readings, House Clearings and Setting Sacred Spaces. Contact me today for a free consultation!


Soul retrieval is a shamanic ceremony using ancient methods to return a person’s fragmented self to wholeness. This deeply healing ceremony is for those with a true desire and commitment to heal. Contact for a free 30-minute consultation. Active Holistic Chamber of Commerce Member. See ad, page 19.




Mama Ocean Spokane • 509-475-2513

Julia Hayes 707 N Cedar, Ste 2 Spokane •

Mama Ocean’s Deluxe Rejuvenation session includes two oracle/ tarot readings, reiki, chakra power-up, sound healing and essential oil treatment: $55 (reg $65). Chakra Tune-Up session includes one oracle/tarot reading and a chakra power-up: $35. Text/call to make your divine appointment today!

Founded by Julia Hayes, the vision of Soul Circles is to offer a variety of opportunities for women to explore and promote spiritual empowerment through small groups, movement, creative expression, spiritual teachings, retreats, workshops, recovery groups and more. See full calendar on website.



3026 E 5th Avenue Spokane • 510-701-0204

Wi t h m o r e t h a n 2 0 y e a r s experience as a clairvoyant and Reiki master, Pam offers a higher spiritual perspective regarding clients’ issues and support moving forward. Hands-on energy work and Reiki releases stress and physical blocks, restoring balance and wellbeing in body, mind and spirit. Book your appointment today! Active Holistic Chamber of Commerce Member. See ad, page 19.

2900 S Bernard St, Spokane 509-838-6518

Unity is dedicated to its mission of transforming lives and inspiring people to make a positive difference in our world. If you are looking for a transformative, spiritual home, please consider joining us on Sundays at 10am virtually or in-person. We are an open and affirming community. Everyone is welcome. See ad, page 2.

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