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“When you come from your memory, you create one kind of experience. When you come from your intention, you create another kind of experience altogether. Always, with your choices, you are answering a single question: Who am I? Every act is an act of self-definition.” ~ Neale Donald Walsch


like this quote. It reminds me that each and every day, we have choices to make—hundreds of them! And while many of these choices will be made out of our past muscle memory responses based on the way we’ve always done things, or the way our family did things, or how our society expects us to do things—we always have the opportunity to choose another way. We can opt for a way that reflects the truth of who we are beyond our societal, religious or familial programming. A way that is in alignment with the truth of our existence and the truth of who we are at the core of our being. So, this begs the question—who is that? I’m still figuring it out; yet, I’ve come to understand very clearly who I am not. I am not the fear or the anger or the turmoil that I oftentimes feel when I’m triggered by something happening ‘out there.’ I am not the sadness or grief that overwhelms me when I miss my mom or my friends or my love. I am not those false beliefs I took on as a child of being unworthy or not good enough. No, those are things I experience—but they are not who I am. Who I am, and who you are, is so much bigger and more expansive than what we’ve been taught and told is true. Who we are goes beyond the limits of the body and mind and expands out into the field of infinite possibility, where imagination and mystical experience and divine expression live. This is as much a part of our inheritance as anything else. So, who am I? And who are you? We are mystical, magical, divine expressions of God living this sometimes messy, sometimes wonderful human experience. Each and every day we’re alive on this planet we get to see what happens next. So, go ahead and grab that popcorn and let’s do this! Now that you’ve got your popcorn and I have your rapt attention, let’s talk about September. Fall is pretty much here, school is starting, things are kind of going back to normal, only not really. It’s definitely an interesting time of year. Fortunately, this month’s issue has some amazing articles, events and information for you to check out and take action on, including natural approaches to pain relief, art therapy, trauma-informed yoga and more! You will also want to check out this month’s news briefs, which include healtheducation workshops, the monthly Holistic Chamber of Commerce networking meeting, discount pricing on immune-boosting products at Infused Wellness, a free consultation with Joshua Tree Physical Therapy, self-care massage, and so much more! So, sit back, relax, maybe meditate a little, and enjoy all September’s issue has to offer. Oh, and don’t forget – you are a magical, mystical being and I love you for it!


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news briefs I come before you as a simple man. I come as a Brother and Friend. I shall return you to your Source. I am among you till the end of the Age. My Love surrounds you always. My Heart beats in rhythm with yours. My Hand shall guide you and protect you. My Love has no bounds. World Teacher,

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Frisch will present on the proven health benefits of the program, including reduced inflammation,World detoxifiTeacher, cation, improved immunity, energy, weight loss, increased meMAITREYA tabolism and more. “In addition, we will be offering sample program recipes, approved foods and free urinalysis for everyone who attends,” shares Rosen. “This event is ideal for anyone interested in improving their overall health, changing their relationship to food, losing weight, 888. 242. 8272 detoxifying and revitalizing their life. We hope to see you there!” Cost: Free. Location: MainStay Suites, 702 W. Appleway Ave., in Coeur d’Alene. RSVP to Bernie Rosen at or call 208-771-6570. For additional program information and testimonials, visit See ad, page 8.

Advancing CAM Practices and Integrative Health During a Pandemic


he Spokane Chapter of the Holistic Chamber of Commerce (HCC) will hold its September meeting on Tuesday, September 14 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. The meeting topic is Paradigm Shift, Practice Management and Policy; Advancing CAM Practices and Integrative Health During a Pandemic, led by Morgana Samora, owner of Advantage Dx. “I will be talking about today’s challenges in practice management, insurance compliance: to bill or not to bill, maximizing reimbursements and ideal patients,” shares Samora. “We will also discuss how to cultivate your dream Morgana Samora practice, so I hope anyone who is interested will attend!” A graduate of Stanford Law School, Samora is a national expert on evaluation and integration of complementary and integrative medicine into mainstream medical practices. She is also a legal consultant for the National Center for Integrative Health (NCIH) and has written the Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) scope of practice for Blue Shield, Blue Cross and Cigna health insurance companies. “I strongly believe that every person on the planet should have access to complementary and alternative medicine, and that insurance should cover it,” emphasizes Samora. “I look forward to sharing more information about this important topic at our September HCC meeting.” Advantage Dx is a consulting company run by Samora that works closely with CAM providers and health insurance companies across the nation. Samora is dedicated to teaming up with providers to streamline their administrative processes, software, insurance and customer billing logistics to achieve long-term success. Meeting location: Unity Spiritual Center, 2900 S. Bernard. Cost: $5 for HCC members; $10 for non-members and visitors. RSVP to 509-869-4361 (call or text). For more information or to apply for membership, visit See ad, page 21.

Joshua Tree Physical Therapy is Here to Serve Patients First


oshua Tree Physical Therapy, located in Hayden, Idaho, has been successfully serving patients for nearly 20 years and continues to be dedicated to helping people, not healthcare corporations. They recently added a spinal decompression table to their practice to further help their patients with chronic back pain and are currently offering a free consultation to all new patients. “We have no monetary affiliation with doctor’s offices or the Kootenai County Hospital or Providence corporation,” explains Kevin Sgroi, lead physical therapist and owner of Joshua Tree Physical Therapy. “In my opinion, Kootenai County Hospital has monopolized most, if not all, of the healthcare venues in the county which is why many of their providers won’t tell patients about us despite our outstanding results and testimonies.” With over 36 years of combined physical therapy experience, the therapists at Joshua Tree treat all musculoskeletal conditions including neuropathies of the feet, balance issues, all post-surgical conditions, strokes, back and neck pain, edema (swelling in the lower extremities), sports injuries and acute and chronic headaches. “We now offer our patients spinal decompression therapy, which is ideal for those suffering with chronic back pain, sciatica or bulging, degenerating or herniated discs,” explains Sgroi. “This revolutionary therapy utilizes a spinal decompression table to create negative pressure and space within the spine and the discs to allow fluid to move back into place creating an environment in which healing can begin.” The practice boasts numerous positive Google reviews, including this one from an amputee named Jeff who writes, “I have had 10 surgeries and have been to numerous hospital-appointed physical therapists with zero success. Joshua Tree is completely different in that I received personalized therapy from excellent therapists and a friendly staff. For anyone looking for ‘out of the box’ treatments, this is the place for you!” Location: 8300 Wayne Dr., Hayden, Idaho. Mention Natural Awakenings for a free consultation. For more information or to make an appointment, call 208-772-9774 or visit See ad, page 2.

Infused Wellness Offers Immune Boosting Discount


nfused Plant Based Wellness on Spokane’s northside is offering a 25 percent discount on all immune-boosting products in the store during the month of September, including custom herbal tea blends, tinctures, capsules, essential oils, as well as elderberry, mushroom and cold and flu recovery products. “We are a community-based, lifestyle wellness store dedicated to education and shared knowledge,” says Cheryl Fagras, owner of Infused Wellness. “The store is built on the premise that your body’s ability to heal is greater than anyone has permitted you to believe, and our goal is to accompany and guide customers throughout their health journey – I encourage anyone interested in boosting their immune system to come in and see us in September!” Location: 413 W. Hastings Rd., Spokane. For more information, visit, or call 509-863-9027. See ad, page 3.

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Commitment to Self-Care Starts with You


ona Lowe is a licensed massage therapist, shamanic practitioner and owner of Life Spring Awakening who believes strongly in the healing power of self-care and regular massage therapy. “I’m calling on men and women to make an ongoing commitment to their own vitality and personal care,” shares Lowe. “You are your number one asset in life and taking care of yourself through regular massage therapy is not an indulgence; it’s a necessity.” Lowe offers therapeutic bodywork sessions that include advanced massage and craniosacral therapy as well as shamanic extraction work. “This is not your average massage,” she assures. “I address each client’s unique goals and intentions for every session and only use food-grade organic oils and organic cotton sheets that are scent-free with no nasty chemicals.”

According to Lowe, massage therapy is more than physical manipulation of soft tissue. “At its core, massage offers the benefit of receiving safe, compassionate, therapeutic touch. It not only relieves muscle tension and decreases physical pain; it also improves mental and emotional health. The positive effects of massage last long after the session is complete!” For more information or to book online, visit LifespringAwakening. com or call/text 425-791-0413. See ad, page 12.

Hormones or Horror-mones? Find Out


free, two-part workshop titled, Meet Your ‘Horror-mones’ led by holistic nutritionist, Bernie Rosen, Ph.D., will be held on October 12 and November 16 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Wellness Center of CDA. “Did you know that hormones control, manage, direct and define every aspect of your daily life?” asks Rosen. Bernie Rosen, Ph.D. “When our hormones are out of balance, so is our mood, energy, focus, sex drive and more—which is why one of my clients refers to them as ‘horror-mones.’ My goal is to help people understand their hormones and clarify what they do in our body.” Part one of Rosen’s workshop, held on October 12, will focus on the endocrine system and the extremely important thyroid and adrenal glands. Part two on November 16 will examine the main steroid and sex hormones and what happens when they are out of balance. “These workshops are ideal for anyone interested in understanding their hormones and how to prevent them from becoming ‘horror-mones’ — I hope to see you there.” Location: Wellness Center of CDA, 3895 N. Schreiber Way, Suite 600, Coeur d’Alene, ID. For more information or to RSVP, email, call 208-771-6570 or visit See ad, same page.

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THE AFTERLIFE FREQUENCY THE AFTERLIFE FREQUENCY: The Scientific Proof of Spiritual Contact and How That Awareness Will Change Your Life by

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World-renowned 4th generation psychic medium and Oxford educated attorney Mark Anthony bridges the divide between faith and science in this fascinating afterlife exploration taking you around the globe, from the cosmic to the subatomic, into the human soul itself. Combining physics, neuroscience and riveting true stories this book: • Reveals how our “Electromagnetic Soul” is pure eternal energy which never dies. • Takes spirit communication, near-death experiences, and deathbed visions out of the shadows of superstition and into The Light of 21st Century Quantum Physics. • Teaches Anthony’s “RAFT Technique” to Recognize contact with spirits, Accept it as real, Feel it without fear, and Trust in the experience. • Provides hope for victims of grief, homicide, suicide, PTSD and survivor’s guilt. • Illuminates how contact with spirits is a powerful instrument of healing and love.

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Keep Your Lungs Healthy During Wildfire Season by Cheryl Fagras

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Wildfires near and afar can quickly transform clean, clear, blue sky summer days into a toxic, smoke-filled haze. Common sense tells us that breathing in this noxious air is not good for our lungs, and every effort should be made to avoid being exposed to wildfire smoke for long. There are several measures we can take, including ingesting specific herbs and mushrooms, that can help our respiratory system better deal with these challenges.

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• Stay indoors whenever possible. • Make sure doors and windows stay closed. • Run the central AC, using high quality, clean filters. • Use air purifiers (avoid ozone generating air purifiers). • While driving, keep windows closed and run the AC. During a heatwave with no AC in your living space, seek air-conditioned

spaces or stay with friends or family. Being in a living space without ventilation or AC in high heat can be dangerous.

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Herbal Support Reishi Mushroom This medicinal mushroom has an affinity for supporting lung tissue. It is ideal for wildfire smoke exposure by helping our bodies metabolize environmental contaminants that can settle in the lungs.

Burdock Root As our bodies take on the additional burden of processing smoke pollution, we will need extra help processing it and moving it out of our bodies. This hearty root can help the digestive system and liver cleanse the body. Plantain Plantain is a useful herb for lungs that are irritated due to heat, dryness and particle inhalation (such as smoke). It combines well with marshmallow.

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A Chinese study of 6,160 adults 80 or older found that a healthy lifestyle cuts the risk of cognitive impairment by half, even if a person carries the APOE ε4 gene that is linked to cognitive loss and Alzheimer’s. Researchers used data from the ongoing Chinese Longitudinal Healthy Longevity Survey to determine the eating, exercising and smoking habits of subjects. They found that those with healthy lifestyles were 55 percent less likely to be cognitively impaired and those with intermediately healthy lifestyles lowered their risk 28 percent. This reduction was greater than the increased risk of cognitive impairment resulting from the APOE ε4 gene, which was 17 percent.

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Mullein Mullein leaf has long been revered for soothing the lungs and calming coughs. It is a mild relaxant to the lungs and also a mild demulcent. It soothes inflammation and dryness which often is the cause of irritation for people with smoke exposure. Cheryl Fagras is the owner of Infused Plant Based Wellness, a multi-faceted health and wellness store located at 413 W. Hastings Rd., in Spokane. During the month of September, all immuneboosting products are 25 percent off. For more information, call 509-8639027 or visit See ad, page 3.

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Eating more plants than meat is not only good for the planet, it might also be protective against COVID-19 severity, reports a new study in BMJ Nutrition, Prevention & Health. Researchers from Johns Hopkins and other universities analyzed webbased responses from almost 2,900 frontline doctors and nurses in the U.S., France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the UK that had been significantly exposed to COVID-19, 95 percent of which were doctors and 70 percent males. Those that ate a plant-based diet, described as high in vegetables, legumes and nuts, and low in poultry and meats, were 73 percent less likely to contract moderate to severe COVID-19. Those with pescatarian diets allowing fish were 59 percent less likely. However, those following low-carbohydrate, high-protein diets had 48 percent greater odds of moderate to severe COVID-19. “Our results suggest that a healthy diet rich in nutrient-dense foods may be considered for protection against severe COVID-19,” researchers concluded.

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Scientists from the University of Freiburg surveyed the German Black Forest National Park to determine the number of tree species, how the trees are scattered, the heights of individual tree crowns and if there are fallen trees or hollowed-out tree trunks. They found that creating deadwood in coniferous forests is a promising restoration measure to promote an abundance of aboveground nesting bees. Their findings, “Wild Bees Benefit from Structural Complexity Enhancement in a Forest Restoration Experiment,” were published in the journal Forest Ecology and Management. As part of an experiment, structural richness was artificially created in 2016 on several sample plots by felling and uprooting 20 spruce trees per plot, creating deadwood and small gaps. Six other plots were left in their natural state as a control group. The researchers compared how many wild bees were in the different plots in June 2018 and 2019. Results show that deadwood increases the abundance and biodiversity of wild bees. Professor Dr. Alexandra Klein, head of the Chair of Nature Conservation and Landscape Ecology, says, “In the course of climate change, forest areas will be increasingly characterized by deadwood and sparse areas caused by storms, droughts or bark beetles. As a result, forest habitat will increase in importance for wild bees.”




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A study by Global FinPrint ( discovered sharks to be absent from many of the world’s coral reefs, indicating they are “functionally extinct”, that is, too rare to fulfill their normal role in the ecosystem. Of the 371 reefs surveyed in 58 countries and territories, sharks were not observed on nearly 20 percent, indicating a widespread decline that has gone undocumented on this scale until now. Other studies of shark populations show a decrease of more than 70 percent over the last 50 years. According to nonprofit Oceana, more than 73 million sharks are killed and traded annually. An article in Nature lists overfishing as the primary cause and found that three-quarters of shark species are threatened with extinction. On June 8, World Oceans Day, the Senate took steps to ban U.S. commercial shark fin trade. The Shark Fin Sales Elimination Act is part of the broader United States Innovation and Competition Act. Similar legislation has been introduced in Congress with more than 130 bipartisan cosponsors, but has not yet become law. Industry resource SeafoodSource notes that fishing industries in the U.S. have traditionally opposed bans, citing our successful management of shark fisheries.

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ART’S EMBRACE Healing Through Creativity by Sandra Yeyati


rt can be a powerful force for healing. Its potential manifests in a disabled man’s triumphant dance or cancer patient’s stirring self-portrait. Throughout America, art’s redemption takes center stage at hospitals, nursing homes, jails and homeless shelters. Even an entire city can be transformed when its citizens embrace public art to add beauty, create community and heal its broken places.

of time and what we’re doing is intrinsically motivated,” Sonke says. “A flow state can engage a relaxation response, helping to reduce stress and anxiety, which can enhance immune function.”

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According to Jill Sonke, director of the University of Florida (UF) Center for Arts in Medicine, approximately half of U.S. hospitals have art programs that provide positive distraction, enjoyment and connection. To humanize otherwise intimidating environments, visual artists and musicians are employed to install appealing exhibits and play relaxing music. Artists also work at the bedside with patients as part of inter-professional care teams. Serving as an artist-in-residence early in her career, Sonke remembers a young female patient with sickle cell disease whose bouts of extreme pain required hospitalization. Dance sessions eased her suffering and enabled doctors to reduce pain medications. “The way the patient described it was not that the pain was going away, but that she didn’t mind it as much because she was enjoying dancing,” she says. While facilitating Dance for Life classes for Parkinson’s patients, Sonke encountered a man suffering limited mobility and an inability to form facial expressions. After two months of biweekly sessions, he could lift his arms over his head and, to his wife’s delight, smile again. “It’s that multimodal capacity of the arts,” Sonke explains. “All at the same time, he was engaging in music, movement and imagery. He was moving with others and experiencing joy and laughter.” According to Sonke, ongoing research seeks to pinpoint the public health benefits of art. In Britain, they have learned that people over 50 visiting museums or concerts once a month are almost half as likely to develop depression in older age. Other studies suggest that music can unlock memories and improve cognition. UF researchers are currently investigating whether live music in emergency and trauma care settings can reduce the need for opioids. “When people engage in the arts, they often enter into a flow state, that experience of losing yourself in art where we lose track

Board-certified art therapist Mallory Montgomery helps cancer patients in Detroit’s Henry Ford Hospital work through symptoms of depression, anxiety or trauma. “Any person seeking a talk therapist or social worker could also consult with an art therapist,” she says. “We have the same training, but use art instead of just words. Evidence suggests that art therapy accesses healing faster because you’re forging a deep mind/body connection.” When counseling a double mastectomy patient that has questions about who they are now that they’re missing a part of their identity, Montgomery might offer a printed body map so that they can pinpoint where they carry feelings of loss, pain or confusion. “By drawing or coloring in those areas, I’m asking them to show how they’re being affected physically, emotionally and spiritually, and to externalize the overwhelming, negative side of their problem,” she explains. Using a second body map, Montgomery might invite the patient to draw or paint in those same areas to transform the pain into something more positive. “Is it going to blossom like a flower or be soothed with water? What imagery can you create that represents the opposite of your pain or an improvement of your concerns? We might also do a portrait to highlight other aspects of you and your personality that still exist, even though you no longer have a body part that was killing you,” she says. Montgomery’s emphasis is never on the quality of the art. “I walk the fine line between allowing patients to problem-solve how to make something look like what’s in their head and providing them with comfort and intervention so they don’t get so frustrated that they want to give up,” she notes. Montgomery keeps a visual journal for her own self-expression. “It helps me make sense of the world,” she says. “Art gives my


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voice and thoughts an outlet, something concrete and representational that reaches into the depth of what I’m experiencing.”

Redemption Songs in Skid Row About 10 years ago, violinist and recording artist Vijay Gupta took a wrong turn and ended up in Skid Row, a disadvantaged downtown Los Angeles neighborhood. “It felt like a gut punch,” he recalls. “I saw the gross inequality between Walt Disney Concert Hall where I performed for the LA Philharmonic and a community of 5,000 people less than two miles away sleeping in tents in extreme poverty.” To uplift and inspire people recovering from homelessness, addiction and incarceration, Gupta founded Street Symphony in 2011 as a series of concert performances by world-class musicians. “One of our first venues was the Department of Mental Health,” he recalls. “After the second movement, the young violist I was performing with turned to the audience with tears in his eyes and said, ‘I’ve loved playing for you because I can feel your hearts.’ He shared that his mother had grappled with schizophrenia, his father was a prison guard and whenever he played for his family, he felt more connected to them. That’s when I began to see him as a human being who was in deep need of this work himself.” Gupta has learned firsthand that healing is a two-way street. “When I come to Skid Row, I’m the one who feels lifted,” he says. As a result, Street Symphony has morphed into a collection of workshops and conversations that also employs jazz, reggae, hiphop and West African musicians and vocalists from the Skid Row community. “We might play 30 minutes of music and then ask the audience what images, thoughts or memories came up for them,” he explains. In this community, art is neither entertainment nor a commodity, Gupta says. “It’s a lifeline; a way for people that have been devastated by poverty, addiction or trauma to add to their lives in a constructive way. We all have devastated places within ourselves that need healing and attention. Visiting Skid Row is a pilgrimage to the broken place within myself, and in that way, it’s a spiritual place; my temple where I go to worship.”

Creative Care for People with Dementia Drawing from her theater background, Anne Basting, author of Creative Care, has developed an innovative approach to dementia and elder care. “Our current caregiving model envisions one person that’s empty and has lots of needs and the other person that’s full and pours themself into the other person, which leads to burnout,” she says. “Dementia and aging are experiences of increasing separation. People isolate themselves and learn not to trust their own expressive capacities, because their relatives and friends no longer know how to relate with them and often ignore their words.” Basting’s Creative Care changes this depleting dynamic. “In improvisational theater, you observe everything that’s happen-ing on stage and try to figure out how you can add to the performance positively,” she explains. “Applying that idea to a care situation, you

observe the person’s facial expressions, what they’re saying, how they’re behaving and then invite them into expression out of that moment with what we call a ‘beautiful question’, one that has no right or wrong answers and draws on the person’s strengths.” A beautiful question might be, “If your feet could talk, what would they say?” This offers people with pain a poetic way to express it. “I invited a gentleman with dementia who had no language—no words left—to show me how water moves. His response was the most beautiful dance I’d ever experienced, performed in the kitchen of his duplex,” Basting recalls, adding that it’s important to acknowledge the person’s expression so they know they’ve been heard. The final step in Creative Care is to accumulate these experiences over time and shape something larger and universally meaningful that can be shared with others—an artistic product. Basting founded the nonprofit TimeSlips to train artists and caregivers worldwide to do this visionary work. Their efforts have resulted in art exhibits, dance and theater productions, books and animations. “My dream is that meaning and beauty will be made every day in nursing homes, creating care settings so interesting that people want to visit them—a new kind of cultural center, integrating health and art,” she says.

Transforming a City with Public Art More than 4,000 works of public art grace the city of Philadelphia, three-quarters of which are breathtaking murals that combine world-class paintings and images with provocative words and healing messages. Art permeates virtually every neighborhood on walls, billboards, sidewalks, rooftops, swimming pools and basketball courts, enriching people from all walks of life, even those that don’t have access to galleries and museums. “Public art lifts our spirits, provides us with beauty and inspires us,” says Jane Golden, founder and executive director of Mural Arts Philadelphia (MAP). “It can be evocative, challenging and educational, as well, serving as a barometer of our time—a system of checks and balances and a mirror that we hold up to people and say that your life counts and you matter.” In addition to sponsoring 75 to 100 new works every year, MAP’s $10 million budget funds programs related to criminal justice, art education, housing insecurity, behavioral health, community development and environmental justice. According to Golden, the healing power of art is not just in the mural, but also in its collaborative creation. In addition to artists and educators, hundreds of people work on these projects, including individuals grappling with addiction or homelessness, veterans with PTSD and immigrants and refugees facing isolation and stigma. “The act of creating is a meditative and healing experience, and because you’re part of a larger effort, it connects you to your community,” Golden says. “People start to feel a sense of purpose and value. They start to believe in themselves again.” Sandra Yeyati, J.D., is a professional writer and editor. Reach her at September 2021


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Conquering Chronic Pain How the Body-Mind Connection Works


by Ronica O’Hara


or three decades, David Hanscom was a top-ranked orthopedic surgeon in Seattle who daily put the scalpel to injured, deformed and twisted spines. Privately, he writhed in pain himself. He was beset over 15 years with burning feet, insomnia, tinnitus, anxiety, skin rashes, crushing chest pain, depression, sweats, heart palpitations and tension headaches, among other symptoms. That put him among the estimated 50 million American adults afflicted with chronic pain for which relief is hard to come by and often short-lived. The standard medical approaches of surgery and injections often don’t work well or last long for many patients, research shows. Opioids, once a standby, are now prescribed sparingly after being implicated in half a million overdose deaths. Treatment is especially elusive for the one in six adults and 30 to 40 percent of primary care patients with pain or chronic conditions considered “medically unexplained”. As a result, integrative pain management, which focuses on both mind and body and incorporates medical and holistic approaches, is growing in importance. Major medical centers such as the Mount Sinai Health System and Cleveland Clinic, as well as practitio16

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ners such as chiropractors and homeopaths, offer dozens of modalities to turn around painful conditions. Sometimes a single simple method works quickly for a patient with a straightforward symptom; more often, it takes a combination of approaches over time to reverse pain, especially if it is complex, sustained or recurring. Launching on his own healing path, Hanscom came to a critical understanding: The abuse he had suffered as a child from a rage-filled mother, coupled with emotional repression and a fierce drive to excel as a surgeon, produced his high levels of anxiety. It turbocharged his central nervous system and set off a cascade of reactions that fed ever-rising levels of pain. “Your mind and body function as a unit with no separation,” he says. “Chronic pain results when your body is exposed to sustained levels of stress hormones, excitatory neurotransmitters and inflammatory protein. Your brain is sensitized and the nerve conduction speed is faster, so you physically feel more pain. It’s not ‘all in your mind’—it’s a normal physiological process.” After six months of intense inner work focused on his rage, Hanscom calmed his overwrought nervous system and his symptoms “essentially disappeared.” He began applying his experience to hundreds of spine patients, helping the great majority of them to avoid surgery altogether. In the book Back in Control, he describes his approach, which is designed for people with pain that is not caused by underlying structural or organ issues. He recommends these initial steps.

n Getting at least seven hours of sleep a night, which may require sleeping pills or natural methods.

n Doing expressive writing twice a day, which involves writing

down in longhand whatever is on the mind using graphic and descriptive language for 10 to 30 minutes, and then promptly tearing it up. Neurological research shows that this simple practice rewires the brain. “Some people experience remarkable pain relief right away,” he says.

n Practicing “active meditation” throughout the day by mindfully fo-

Pain is a Signal from the Body

For deep, sustained healing, he stresses the importance of forgiveness, gratitude, self-discovery, exploring a spiritual path, relearning playfulness and connecting with others. Medication may be necessary initially, he says, and as pain levels recede, most people become ready to improve their diet and exercise more. Understanding the mind/body connection is key in pain management, concurs gastroenterologist David D. Clarke, M.D., author of They Can’t Find Anything Wrong! and president of the Portland, Oregon-based Psychophysiologic Disorders Association. “When medical evaluation shows no problems with organs or structures, then the pain is being generated by the brain, similar to what happens in phantom limb pain, where people feel pain in the location of an amputated arm or leg,” he says. “Chronic pain generated by the brain generally occurs due to stress, an emotional/psychological trauma or strong negative emotions (often toward people the patient cares about) that are not fully recognized. Often, these issues began due to adverse childhood experiences, which can be anything you would not want a child of your own to endure. I recommend people explore these possibilities on their own, with a loved one or with a therapist.” That process might sound daunting, but so is suffering crippling pain. “The most important thing for people to know is that pain can be successfully treated, relieved and often cured with the right techniques,” says Clarke.

by Cheryl Fagras

cusing each time on a sight, sound or sensation for five to 10 seconds.

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Learn More Direct Your Own Care Journey is a free, online course for healing chronic pain. Designed by David Hanscom, M.D., it includes an experiential app, group sessions, video tutorials and webinars at Stress-Disease Information, including videos, a webinar-based course, recent research and a list of practitioners, can be found at, the website of the Psychophysiologic Disorders Association, founded by stress-disease expert David Clarke, M.D. American Chronic Pain Association, at, lists treatments, clinical trials, support groups and other resources.


ain is an important signal from our body that something isn’t right. Pinpointing what kind of pain that is being experienced is key to mapping out a strategy on how to deal with it. For example, someone has a headache, but head pain can derive from many different causes. The pain could stem from stress-related muscle tightness, dehydration, hunger, low or high blood sugar, certain food or drinks, chemical exposure, hormone imbalances, inflammation, a pathogen, lack of sleep, a tumor growth—and the list goes on. The point being, without knowing the true cause of the pain, it is hard to come up with an effective solution to get rid of or minimize the pain. This would apply to any pain in the body. People need to take charge of their pain. Keeping a health journal can document what the cause or causes might be. It is crucial that each person gets to know their bodies and educate themselves on all the potential causes of their pain. This is when real solutions to resolving pain can happen. Emotional and mental pain cannot be discounted as being the source of feeling physical pain. There is a true mind body connection which is why depression and anxiety can manifest as physical pain. People dealing with pain need to explore this within themselves. For people dealing with chronic pain caused by an accident, a disease state, or nervous system disfunction, it is critical to find a pain therapy to minimize or relieve the pain. In this instance, pain management is crucial for quality of life and sleep. Getting good sleep is paramount to healing the body. There are many new and old effective treatments to manage chronic pain to include acupuncture, frequency and light therapies, energy healing and more. Plant-based therapies, including the use of cannabidiol (CBD)—one of the many cannabinoids from the hemp plant—can also play a helpful role. Opiates and their synthetic versions may provide some relief, but can be a slippery slope to addiction and many other dangerous effects. Once a person recognizes pain as a signal, initiates self-investigation, discovers causality, enacts the proper strategy, and practices proper self-care, their pain can take rest. Cheryl Fagras is the owner of Infused Plant Based Wellness, a multifaceted health and wellness store located at 413 W. Hastings Rd., in Spokane, offering organic herbs, functional herbal blend teas, probiotic drinks, tools for food fermentation and a full complement of products to maintain a healthier life. During the month of September, all immune-boosting products are 25 percent off. For more information, call 509-863-9027 or visit See ad, page 3. September 2021


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The Power of Low-Dose Naltrexone on Pain by Erik Nelson


he Federal Drug Administration (FDA) has officially designated Low-Dose Naltrexone (LDN) as an orphan drug for Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS). CRPS is described as excess and prolonged pain to an arm or leg following an injury, surgery, stroke or heart attack. What does it mean to have an ‘orphan drug designation’ by the FDA? This is a special status drug that can treat a rare disease or condition, such as CRPS. Ongoing research shows that Low-Dose Naltrexone (LDN) has positive effects on those suffering from chronic pain and inflammation. Naltrexone is an opiate receptor antagonist that creates increased endorphin release which modulates the immune response

and reduces the speed of unwanted cell growth. A 50 milligram dose of Naltrexone was approved by the FDA for opioid and alcohol addiction back in 1984, but when reduced to smaller doses ranging from 0.5 milligram to 9.0 milligram daily, it has the unique ability to modulate the immune system and provide relief to CRPS, chronic pain and a multitude of health conditions, including: • • • • • • •

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pinal decompression therapy is a non-invasive form of traction treatment that utilizes a special motorized table to relieve pressure in the back and provide space to the spinal discs to promote natural healing. This specialized therapy can help relieve the pain caused by conditions such as: • Herniated or degenerated disc • Spinal arthritis • Spinal Stenosis (narrowing of the spinal canal) • Nerve root pressure The following are four reasons you should consider spinal decompression therapy: 1. It’s highly effective — For those with degenerated discs, studies show there is a 75 to 85 percent chance that spinal decompression will help reduce the risk of surgery. For patients with a herniation, the likelihood of success is much higher at 85 to 95 percent. 2. Pain-free therapy — Spinal decompression is meant to provide non-invasive pain relief. Patients lie on a table and are either strapped in at the waist or on the base of their skull as the table moves. There’s no recovery time, and no medication is required. 3. Long-term results — This form of therapy is a process and takes six to eight sessions on average to experience pain relief. Every pull is forcing nutrients into the discs so they can be rehydrated. When done in partnership with your physical therapist, this form of treatment can provide long-term results. 4. Improved posture — Many pain issues result from poor posture, which affects the natural alignment of the spine. Spinal decompression removes nerve interference and allows for more improved posture. Kevin Sgroi is a physical therapist and owner of Joshua Tree Physical Therapy in Hayden, Idaho. His practice offers spinal decompression therapy as part of their multiple services to help patients find pain relief. For more information or to receive a free consultation, call 208-772-9774 or visit See ad, page 2.

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YOGA TO HEAL TRAUMA Soothing Poses Calm the Nervous System by Marlaina Donato

Trauma-Intelligent Fitness


etting on the yoga mat can be a powerful stress-buster that lowers blood pressure and excessive cortisol, but yoga can offer an added boon for those living with the lasting effects of traumatic events. Trauma-informed yoga (also called trauma-sensitive yoga) is a promising therapeutic branch of the yogic system designed to quell the body’s programmed “fight-or-flight” responses. Founded on yoga, psychology and neurobiology principles, the approach is in harmony with the ancient yogic concept of samskaras, or memories imprinted on our cellular consciousness. People from many walks of life can benefit from traumasensitive yoga including bullied teens, women rebounding from abuse and anyone impacted by pandemic turmoil. Research 20

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Yoga performed with trauma sensitivity can pick up where talk therapy leaves off, targeting the amygdala, the danger detector in the brain, and the vagus nerve that runs from the brain to the abdomen, which plays a vital role in processing trauma. “Somatic processing and treatment methodologies like yoga are now being used to help repair and rebuild distressed nervous systems, which in turn helps the brain integrate and ‘file’ distressing memories,” says Beth Shaw, founder of YogaFit Training Systems Worldwide, the largest yoga teacher training school in North America, and the author of Healing Trauma with Yoga: Go From Surviving to Thriving with Mind-Body Techniques. The Fort Lauderdale-based yoga therapist and entrepreneur highlights the body’s role in trauma and stress. “The brain rewires itself around the traumatic event and memories stored in the tissues throughout the body. Yoga can help to free those memories, alleviating troubling emotions


published in the journal Military Medicine in 2018 reports that U.S. veterans of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq that participated in a one-hour vinyasa-style yoga session for six weeks showed significantly lowered post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms, as well as less insomnia, depression and anxiety.


and thought patterns, as well as chronic somatic tension and hypervigilance.” Shaw draws upon new psychological and neurological discoveries, including polyvagal theory, that help explain the full impact of trauma and most importantly, how and why yoga helps to lessen these impacts. Trauma-informed yoga keeps the nervous system in mind, excluding poses and breathing techniques that might provoke a sense of vulnerability or overstimulation. Trained teachers adhere to non-touch assistance methods and often opt for well-lit studios to avoid a possible triggering atmosphere. A trauma-informed yoga teacher knows the inner workings of the nervous system,” explains Mandy Eubanks, a trauma-trained yoga educator and certified yoga instructor in Tulsa. “We have respect for the variety of responses that our clients have to yoga, meditation and breathwork practices. For example, we understand deep breathing will be calming to one person and agitating to another. We normalize clients’ responses and work with them to find an effective technique for that individual.” Teachers with specialized training and access to props can also support people on a yoga journey that are limited physically. Eubanks emphasizes, “Yoga truly is for everyone and every body.”

The Power of Choice and Individuality Lisa Danylchuk, the Oakland-based author of Yoga for Trauma Recovery: Theory, Philosophy, and Practice, underscores that in a trauma-informed environment, everything a teacher instructs is an offering or invitation. “This is important because people who have endured trauma have often not had a say over what happens to their bodies. A good trauma-informed class cultivates somatic and psychological resources, and focuses, above all, on cultivating a sense of physical, mental, emotional and spiritual safety.” The founder of The Center for Yoga and Trauma Recovery believes it’s important to be responsive to individual needs. “Trauma affects so many different individuals and groups of

people and in such a variety of ways that it is impossible to give one prescription. Some people might benefit from a weekly, 60- to 90-minute vinyasa-style class. Others might benefit from a short, fiveminute daily restorative practice.” Shaw also stresses a tailored approach. “How one wishes to practice is up to the individual, but I suggest a combination of both one-on-one instruction and class format. If someone is in the throes of trauma, they will need a private session to start.” Eubanks adds the importance of consistency. “In my experience, it is about finding which yoga practices work best for the client and then encouraging them to find time to practice every day. Yoga for PTSD is not a one-and-done deal. It takes time, effort and belief in oneself.” Marlaina Donato is a body-mind-spirit author and recording artist. Connect at

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Cooking with Wild Mushrooms


by April Thompson


ild mushrooms can infuse exciting new flavors and textures into familiar dishes, along with a taste of the local terroir, the natural habitat, from woods to plate. “I first encountered wild mushrooms through local foragers, then later from specialty food purveyors who would fly mushrooms from around the world into our kitchen. They were the most unique ingredients I could find, offering colors, flavors and textures I had never experienced … pure catnip for a chef,” says Alan Bergo, a Minnesota chef and author of The Forager Chef ’s Book of Flora. Recipes at feature more than 60 species of wild edible fungi, from common deer mushrooms to prized porcinis. The intriguing flavors of wild mushrooms in part come from their diets, akin to the difference between grain- and grass-fed meats. “For fungi, their food is their habitat. Cul22

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tivated mushrooms have less variety of the micronutrients and secondary metabolites that can add flavor to a wild mushroom,” says Eugenia Bone, a New York City food journalist and editor of Fantastic Fungi: The Community Cookbook. Foraged fungi also offer a host of nutritional benefits surpassing commercially grown mushrooms. Wild mushrooms like chanterelles and morels can contain up to 1,200 international units (IU) of vitamin D

per serving, whereas commercial mushrooms, typically grown in dark conditions, contain less than 40 IU, according to the Harvard School of Public Health. While foraging is the most satisfying way to procure wild mushrooms, they are becoming increasingly available through farmers’ markets, online purveyors and gourmet stores. Some species that grow wild throughout North America such as oysters, maitake (hen of the woods) and lion’s mane are also grown commercially; these can be suitable for transitioning from buying to hunting. Sam Fitz, owner of ANXO Cidery & Tasting Room, a neighborhood taproom in Washington, D.C., picked up mushrooming when COVID-19 hit, in part mentored by the restaurant’s wild food purveyor. Fitz started ANXO making hyperlocal ciders from crabapples foraged on bike rides through the nation’s capital, salvaging fruit that otherwise would go to waste. Today, the seasonally focused menu often features wild fungi and other foraged ingredients from savory tartelettes made with beech and hedgehog mushrooms to

cocktails made from bitter boletes. One of ANXO’s signature dishes is a vegan “chicken of the woods” sandwich, served hot, Nashville-style. This orange-colored tree mushroom, also known as sulphur shelf, has a taste, texture and color that so closely resembles chicken that many recipes use it as a meat substitute. “People are so blown away by its meaty texture they can’t believe they are being served mushrooms,” says Fitz. When preparing mushrooms, “Forget what you know about cooking vegetables,” says Bone. “Also forget the notion that mushrooms are too delicate to take washing or high heat. Mushrooms are extremely hardy because of the chitin in their cell walls, a compound that is more like fingernails than the cellulose of plants. You can cook mushrooms twice and they will still retain their integrity.” Because the amino acids in mushrooms respond to heat more like meat than vegetables, Bone suggests searing mushrooms on the grill or under the broiler. “A slice of maitake will cook beautifully on the grill,” she says.

When cooking a particular species for the first time, Bone recommends ovenroasting the mushrooms wrapped in parchment paper. “When you open up the parchment, you can really smell the mushroom. It’s a wonderful way to pick up subtle flavor differences and see how the mushroom handles,” she says. Since fungi take on all sorts of shapes and sizes, Bergo suggests letting a mushroom’s morphology inform how to cook it. Lion’s mane, for example, has a texture that mimics crabmeat, so faux crab cakes make a fun dish that honors its form. “Chefs tend to chop things up, but I prefer to cook many mushrooms whole, especially when they have interesting shapes,” says Bergo. One of the chef ’s go-to preparations of oyster mushrooms is to toss large pieces in seasoned flour or brush them with mustard, then bake until crispy. “They turn into cool-looking, crispy croutons you can put on a salad or eat as a snack,” he says. Connect with Washington, D.C., freelance writer April Thompson at

Wild mushrooms are a culinary delight, but beginning foragers should harvest with caution. The forager’s rule of thumb is to be 100 percent sure of an identification 100 percent of the time given that toxic lookalikes can exist. It’s also important to try a small amount of a mushroom the first time around, as some individuals can respond adversely to a particular species despite its general edibility.

Hen of the Woods Steaks 4-oz pieces of hen of the woods (Grifola frondosa) mushrooms, broken into large clusters Kosher salt Cooking oil as needed, about ¼ cup Clean the hens by swishing them in cool water, gently peering inside the caps to make sure they are cleaned, trimming with a paring knife as needed, then allowing to drain on paper towels. Heat the oil in a pan or on a griddle until hot, but not smoking. Add the mushroom clump and season with salt, placing a weight— like a rock, log, crumbly wood or cinder block wrapped in foil or a pan—on top, then cook until the underside is deeply caramelized, then flip and repeat.


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yield: 1 serving per 4 ounces mushrooms

If the pan gets dry, add a little more oil. When both sides of the mushrooms are deeply caramelized and browned, serve immediately, with extra finishing salt on the side. Recipe from Alan Bergo, September 2021


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Martha Beck on Living with Integrity by Sandra Yeyati


monthly contributor to O, The Oprah Magazine, for the last 17 years, Martha Beck, Ph.D., is a Harvard-trained sociologist and New York Times bestselling author of nine nonfiction books, one novel and more than 200 magazine articles. Her most recent book is The Way of Integrity: Finding the Path to Your True Self.

of meaning in your life. Without a sense of purpose, our lives start to feel dull, and then we start to experience anger, sadness, grief, irritability, anxiety and depression. If we don’t pay attention, our bodies start to give out because we’re deeply biologically programmed to tell the truth. Our career and relationships start to fall apart, and often we end up being addicted to cope with the pain.

Why did you write this new book? They say the truth will set you free, so 30 years ago, I decided I wouldn’t lie once for an entire calendar year, and it completely changed my life. Ever since, I’ve done integrity cleanses: If anything doesn’t feel like my real self, if it isn’t what I really want to do or what I truly believe, I just won’t do. I started my last integrity cleanse seven years ago, and I’m still in the middle of it because it’s so liberating, dramatically improving my health, business and relationships. After 30 years, I have a method, so I decided to share it with people.

How do you define integrity? The word comes from the Latin integer, meaning whole or undivided. In engineering, if an airplane is in perfect structural integrity, it can do amazing things. But if its parts aren’t all working in harmony with each other, it may not take off, it may be impossible to steer, it may crash. Being in harmony with your true self enables you to do all the things that will most fulfill you and to realize your destiny if you believe you have one—and I believe we do.

Why, when and how do we lose sight of our true selves? From the moment we’re born, we start

How do we regain our integrity?

getting messages from people about how they’d like us to behave. We try to do it to fit in, to belong. When someone tries to get us to do something that isn’t true for us, we abandon ourselves and decide to do what pleases them. Every person I’ve worked with, including psychopaths and murderers, has at some point said, “I need to please people. I need to be admired. I need to be liked. I need to be accepted.” It’s such a deep part of the psyche that we will abandon our own comfort to satisfy it, and we won’t even know that we’re out of integrity.

How does this inner conflict manifest itself? When you stray from your integrity, it’s an abandonment of self. You’ll feel a deep but sometimes subtle unease. Most of us are trained not to notice, but if you’re not paying attention to your own truth and what you really want, you eventually develop symptoms. The most painful is loss

You feel what you’re feeling and notice any place you’re uncomfortable, which is information that’s always available to you. Many of us are frightened to do that and maybe haven’t done it for many years, but once you find out you’re not comfortable, I advise making a series of one-degree turns away from the things that aren’t right for you, nudging yourself gently toward things that make you happy every day. As you edge your life in that direction with small changes, enormous things can happen.

What are the benefits of living with integrity? Any time we yearn for something in a very deep, intense way, it’s always immediately given to us, but it’s sent to the place that is our real home, which is peace. It waits for you there. When you get into your integrity, you find incredible peace. And at that point, everything you’ve wanted in your whole life seems to be waiting for you. Peace is your home. Integrity is the way to it, and everything you have ever longed for will meet you there. Sandra Yeyati, J.D., is a professional writer and editor. Reach her at SandraYeyati@ September 2021


Look for the Sky Bison Beverage Fire Truck at the Perry Thursday Market and Spokane Valley Farmers Markets!

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.


saturday 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.


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.

thursday 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.

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 MARKET the Farmers’ Market family. Enjoy cookie vendors, food tucks, artisans, art and more. 9025 N Indian Trail Rd, Spokane.


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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.

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 14 Holistic Chamber of Commerce Networking Meeting – 6-7:30pm. Join the Spokane chapter of the Holistic Chamber of Commerce (HCC) for their monthly networking meeting. Featured speaker is Morgana Samora discussing CAM practices during a pandemic. $5/members; $10/visitors. 2900 S. Bernard St., Spokane. RSVP: 509-869-4361.

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 23 What Shape is Your Health In? – 6:308:30pm. Dr. Todd Frisch, creator of the revolutionary SHAPE ReClaimed, will present on the proven health benefits of his program for weight loss, detoxification, improved immunity and more. Free sample recipes and approved foods. Free. MainStay Suites, 702 W Appleway Ave, CdA. RSVP: 208-771-6570.

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


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.

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.

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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.

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 16 Meet Your ‘Horror-mones’ Part Two – 7-8:30pm. See Oct 12 description. Part two examines the main steroid and sex hormones and what happens when they are out of balance. Free. Wellness Center of CDA, 3895 N Schreiber Way, Ste 600. RSVP: 208771-6570.

PLANS CHANGE Please call ahead to confirm date and times

RSVP: 509-869-4361 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.


Meet Your ‘Horror-mones’ Part One – 7-8:30pm. Join holistic nutritionist, Berie Rosen, Ph.D., for this eye-opening two-part workshop all about hormones. Part one highlights the endocrine system and the thyroid and adrenal glands. Free. Wellness Center of CDA, 3895 N Schreiber Way, Ste 600. RSVP: 208-771-6570.

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.

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.

Crystal Healing 102 – Sept 24-26. Taught by Koriandr Stoneridge. Chrysalis Beauty Body Soul, 327 W 3rd Ave, Ste C. Register: 509-992-9502.


Holistic Chamber of Commerce Networking Meeting

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.

September 2021


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 12.


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 6.

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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, page13.




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 18.

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 6.

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, page 11.


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, back cover.


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, back cover.


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.




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

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.

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.

413 W Hastings Rd Spokane • 509-863-9027


413 W Hastings Rd Spokane • 509-863-9027


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

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.

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 10.



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


9708 N Nevada St, Ste 205 Spokane • 509-466-0226

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 26.

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 6.




Bernie Rosen, Ph.D. 3895 N Schreiber Way, Suite 600 CdA • 208-771-6570 • 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 8.

WONDERS OF THE WORLD Located in the Flour Mill 621 W Mallon Ave Spokane • 509-325-2867

Emerald is said to symbolize healing the hard things since it is a very hard stone. Many people carry it when battling cancer. Come into Wonders of the World and check out our huge selection of minerals and crystals. See ad, page 31.

September 2021






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 21.

We are an independent, standalone physical therapy clinic with outstanding results and testimonies from patients across the Inland Northwest. Specializing in musculoskeletal conditions, injuries, chronic pain and headaches, we are here to serve patients; not healthcare corporations. Mention Natural Awakenings for a free consultation. See ad, page 2.

Amber McKenzie • 509-869-4361


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 26.

Kevin Sgroi 8300 N Wayne Dr Hayden • 208-772-9774


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.


Jennifer Brown 923 E Sherman • CdA 208-691-8865

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PRODUCTS PLANT-BASED SUPPLEMENTS – Get Greens, Oil Blends, Herbal Teas, Electrolytes, Colon Cleansers & More. All organic. See Special Offer for Free Samples. TerraLifeStore. com 954-459-1134.

RENTAL SPACE STUDIO AND OFFICE SPACE AVAILABLE AT THE LOTUS – Ideal for those building their healing arts practice. Affordable rental space for workshops, classes and private sessions. Email


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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 12.


Julia Hayes 707 N Cedar, Ste 2 Spokane • 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.


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.

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, back cover.

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Natural Awakenings INW September 2021 Issue  

This month is all about pain management, art and creativity for healing, living with integrity, healthy mushrooms, yoga to heal trauma and m...

Natural Awakenings INW September 2021 Issue  

This month is all about pain management, art and creativity for healing, living with integrity, healthy mushrooms, yoga to heal trauma and m...

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