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he air conditioning and heating (HVAC) system in residential A/C units consumes about 45% of all electrical uses within our homes. So, in general, if your power bill is $300 per month in the summer, you’re A/C is responsible for about $135 of the bill. Not only is the HVAC system the largest consumer of energy in the home, but it wastes more than any other device – including lights and all other appliances. In 2007, over 113 million homes consumed nearly 1.4 trillion kWh of electrical energy and due to inefficiencies , the total waste equaled about 212-billion kWh -- or enough energy to power 17-million new homes. This issue is exacerbated by the fact that the problem is unseen. In other words, we are simply unaware of the waste within our HVAC systems. We continue to pour millions of dollars out an open window needlessly. Technology has now provided an answer.

This problem can be greatly mitigated by having a clean A/C coil (the part of the system where heat is removed from the air). The conventional method of coil cleaning is to have the coil removed and acid washed periodically. This is a colossal waste of time and money. With the use of Everclean Green’s Force Field system, the HVAC is Self-Cleaning. The performance of a HVAC system can improve by as much as 35%, saving up to 2000 kWh per year per system by installing Everclean Green. With this system you

can throw away those restrictive, costly and annoying filters. These filters are unnecessary and the need to clean the coil is eliminated, the HVAC system can now operate at peak performance all year, translating into cooler air for less money$$. A clean system is an efficient system. Oh, and not only do you save money but the Everclean Green system also effectively eliminates airborne particles, toxins, dust, mold, viruses, and bacteria growing and circulating through the system for heather indoor air. This system is now available for existing and new HVAC units in the Panhandle. Stop paying huge electric bills and sweating today. Ask your local A/C contractor about this innovative product today or go to to find a local authorized contractor for an Everclean Green system.

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r. Brian Schuessler, owner of ProActive Chiropractic, has moved his office from Destin to 4591 East Highway 20, Suite 201, in Niceville, Florida. Schuessler, a 2000 graduate of the Palmer College of Chiropractic, opened an office on the Emerald Coast in 2001 and has practiced locally since then. At the new office, located inside Bluewater Fitness, Schuessler performs normal chiropractic care from pediatrics to geriatrics for general wellness and successfully treats patients suffering from back pain, neck pain, headaches, numbness and more. Schuessler also offers massage by a licensed massage therapist, physical therapy, ultrasound, electrical muscle stimulation and spinal decompression techniques. Schuessler is a bodybuilder and NAS Strongman competitor with a special interest in treating athletic and sports injuries. He is one of the only chiropractic physicians in the area certified to perform manipulation under anesthesia (MUA) for the treatment of chronic pain. For appointments, call 850-279-4913. email or visit

New Name and Expanded Offerings at Beachside School of Massage and Beauty


eachside School of Massage Therapy has relocated to 362 Beal Parkway, Suite 201, in Fort Walton Beach, and changed its name to Beachside School of Massage and Beauty, reflecting the addition of two new programs: Skin Care and Nail Specialty, which begin in June. Full-time Skin Care classes include 15 weeks of study and full-time Nail Specialty classes comprise 12 weeks. Both full-time and part time day or evening schedules are available. The massage therapy program offers open, ongoing enrollment in a Military Spouse Career Advancement Account (MyCAA)-approved 21-week daytime or 28-week night course. Beachside School of Massage and Beauty offers massage therapy services for $35 per hour to the public and will add discounted skin and nail services in June. Owner Calvin Roberts, Jr. states, “It is our mission as qualified professional educators to provide our students with a quality massage therapy, skin care or nail specialty education and to prepare each student to become a licensed professional, instilling professionalism, competence, ethical standards, skills and self-confidence so that each student can have the possibility to achieve a successful and rewarding career.” For more information, call 850-226-7874 or visit

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handa Beste, of Inner Chi Wellness & Soul Shine SUP Yoga, is offering standup paddleboard yoga at the Boathouse with Yolo Board Adventures at Watercolor Resort and private or group paddle instruction, customized parties and retreats along the beautiful coastal waters of Scenic Highway 30A in South Walton County. Beginners are welcome and board rentals are available. Paddleboard Yoga quickly builds strength and confidence while offering an awesome sense of accomplishment, and the thrill of being alive and connected to nature. Beste is an ACE-approved and WPA-certified SUP yoga instructor with more than a decade of experience working in Key West in the watersports industry. She recently sold her health food store, wellness center and yoga studio in Andalusia, Alabama, and is now back at the beach full-time. Contact Beste for a customized retreat for your women’s group, birthday celebration, or for private paddle lessons or join her email list for information on upcoming Happy Hour Paddle Parties, SUP yoga weekly classes, workshops and retreats. For more information, call 239-560-6667 or visit See ad, this page. Experience Sun-kissed Bliss

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ife Coach Atul Uchil, Ph.D., certified as a master coach practitioner and life mastery coach, will release his latest book, If Not Now, When?, on May 7. Through the story of the twists and turns of a wild trip to Thailand and a near-death experience, he reflects on his journey of finding peace of mind, as well as meaning, purpose and an awareness of what is important. Uchil’s last book, Remember Thou Art Mortal: The Chronicles of a Mending Heart, an account of his recovery into a healthy post-heart attack life through eating a natural diet, earned a 2013 Reader Views’ Readers’ Choice Literary Award in the health and wellness category. This is the seventh book authored by the entrepreneur, who has three decades of experience in business management, coaching and public speaking. He spent 18 years in a variety of senior management roles at several large consulting organizations before founding his own business consulting companies.

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new, noninvasive infertility treatment has met with highly favorable results. In a recent study published in the journal Midwifery Today, 40 of 48 women between ages 28 and 42 that underwent two or more sessions of Merciér Therapy achieved pregnancy within the first year; 32 of those used the method alone (no other artificial fertilization/insemination techniques). The four-year study was presented at the 2013 World Congress of Low Back and Pelvic Pain. The Merciér Method was developed by Jennifer Merciér, a midwife and holistic women’s health practitioner. The regimen includes six hours of pelvic organ massage manipulation, along with a supplement program and continuous monitoring. She explains, “Our protocol is a gentle and noninvasive visceral manipulation of the female reproductive organs that helps to increase general organ mobility and blood flow, which enhances optimal function.” A documentary on the protocol, Fertility: The Shared Journey with Merciér Therapy, premieres this month (

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Small, Simple, Sustainable Every couple wants their wedding to reflect their values. Concern for the environment prompts planning that supports eco-friendly local businesses and avoids generating the considerable waste and carbon footprints of traditional events. Veteran green wedding planner and environmentalist Kate Harrison, author of The Green Bride Guide, who blogs at, assists couples through the process. “I advise couples to look at simple substitutions in line with their style and budget,” says Harrison. “Every choice adds up.” By invitation only. Digital invitations cost just pennies apiece; options like offer the appearance of a paper invitation, arriving in an envelope that “opens” on the screen. Also consider elegant renditions of more conventional invitations made of recycled, upcycled or organic papers. For the invite that keeps on growing, try seed-studded paper creations that guests can plant in their backyards. Where the guests are. Selecting a location central to most of the guests minimizes the celebration’s carbon footprint, reduces travel expenses and maximizes attendance. “Consider picking a venue with natural beauty already present, such as a beautiful garden or ballroom,” advises Harrison. “You’ll cut down on the amount and cost of décor you’re buying just for the wedding.” Let them eat cake. Food and flowers are among the most costly components of a wedding, yet sustainable options can be just a worthy fraction more. A cake made with organic flour, a natural sweetener and local cage-free eggs, for example, can cost just $5 more. The key is finding a vendor willing to work with the couple’s values, says Harrison. Simple gifts. Americans spend an estimated $20 billion annually on wedding gifts, a high-impact opportunity to support local green economies. Harrison recommends establishing registries for experiences, charities and products (select sustainable options like recycled glass dishes or organic linens). Consider a local, seasonable wedding favor that guests can eat or reuse, such as maple syrup for a fall wedding in Vermont. Generally, keep all elements small, simple and local—and your own—for an occasion that truly cherishes both loved ones and our planet.

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Healing Touch Therapy is Heart-Centered by Alexandrea McAllaster


ealing Touch was developed by Janet L. Mentgen, RN, BSN, (1938-2005), a practitioner of energy-based care since 1980 in Denver, Colorado. It began as the Healing Touch Certificate Program, sponsored by the American Holistic Nurses' Association in 1989 and certification began in 1993. She created Healing Touch from a compilation of works by Barbara Brennan, Brugh Joy, M.D., Roslyn Bruyere and other well-known healers, as well as concepts from shamanic and aborigine traditions. Mentgen put emphasis on the development of the person as a practitioner, for "becoming an energy medicine practitioner in an internal and external process. The practitioners growth is important in the evolution of her or his ability to enable healing." Etched in the foundation of Healing Touch is Mentgen’s motto, "Just do the work." Healing Touch is a heart-centered biofield therapy with the intention of balancing, clearing and energizing the human energy field. It uses a gentle touch to support and facilitate physical, emotional, mental and spiritual health and healing. People worldwide have shared the experience of giving and receiving this modality of energy work that anyone can learn. Used in a variety of stages of health and life, Healing Touch is non-invasive and effective even for pets and plants, and is based in the concept that with balance and harmony in our energy field, we can self-heal. Healing Touch is used extensively in the nursing profession, including medical/surgical care, psychiatric, public health, hospice, pediatrics and geriatric care. It is also used by other allied health care professionals such as massage therapists, chaplains, social workers, physical therapists, occupational therapists, respiratory therapists, chiropractors, physicians and counselors. Healing Touch is also available to non-health professionals desiring an in-depth understanding and practice

of healing work using energy based concepts and principles. Indications for Healing Touch include would healing, pain, anxiety, tension and stress, preparation for and recovery from medical treatments, surgeries and procedures and manage side effects, as well as prevention of illness

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n 1886, Dr. William Murrell stated in the British Medical Journal, “Massage is of such inestimable value in the treatment of many intractable diseases that it is regretted that so little is known about it in this country, and that it is so rarely employed as a therapeutic agent.” A 2013 survey by the American Massage Association (AMTA) showed that a majority of us are choosing massage therapy to treat such conditions as stress and pain management, according to Winona Bontrager, the association’s immediate past president. Of 1,007 adults surveyed, 75 percent opted for it within the previous year for stress or medical reasons, and 88 percent view massage as effective for pain relief. “A growing body of evidence shows that massage therapy can be effective for a variety of health conditions,” reports Bontrager, adding that massage is rapidly becoming recognized as an important part of health and wellness. Cody Landis, a licensed massage therapist and instructor at the Swedish Institute’s College of Health Sciences, in New York City, explains, “In the last few

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years, massage therapy research has been focusing more on the mechanisms by which the potential health benefits may be occurring—looking at the response of the brain, the immune system and the mechanisms of repair inside of muscle cells themselves.”

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An AMTA survey reported that 32 percent of positive respondents used massage to relieve stress, and numerous recent studies have confirmed this. Research from Harvard Medical School shows that massage reduces pain and anxiety while increasing sleep and quality of life among metastatic cancer patients. Boston Medical Center researchers saw similar results among 60 cancer patients that underwent port placement surgery; 20-minute massages before and after surgery reduced participants’ stress and anxiety. Australian researchers reporting in the Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery found that massage reduced pain, anxiety and muscle tension following heart surgery among 152 cardiac surgery patients. A study from Japan’s Toho University School of

Pharmaceutical Sciences showed that aromatherapy massage significantly reduced psychological stress among elderly nursing home residents.

Reduces Depression

A study from Nashville’s Meharry Medical College of 43 HIV patients revealed that Swedish massage reduced their symptoms of depression. Lead researcher Russell Poland, Ph.D., a professor of psychiatry and biobehavioral sciences, observes, “When we designed the study, we didn’t expect to see such a large effect of massage. We remain surprised.” The benefit was echoed by a University of California-Los Angeles study of 95 volunteers that displayed increases in their production of oxytocin hormone simultaneous with reductions in adrenocorticotropin hormone. Oxytocin is linked to compassion, empathy, maternal affection and social connection, while lowered adrenocorticotropin effects less stress.

Relieves Pain

Researchers in the Gynecology and Obstetrics Department of Brazil’s University of Sao Paulo studied 46 birthing

women and determined that lumbar massage during labor reduced pain by 27 percent. In another study at Beijing’s Chinese PLA General Hospital, deep massage brought relief to 64 patients suffering from chronic low back pain. Relief was reported by a third of 110 headache patients in a Turkish medical school study. Dhaka Medical College Hospital, in Bangladesh, found similar results in a study of 500 headache sufferers, many of which had migraines. Research from the University of Miami’s School of Medicine showed that massage reduced arthritis pain and increased both grip strength and range of motion among 42 rheumatoid arthritis patients. Lead researcher Tiffany Field, Ph.D., director of Miami University’s Touch Research Institute, says, “We have known that massage therapy reduces substance P, [a neuropeptide] which causes pain, and that it increases serotonin, the body’s natural pain killer. We also know that deep sleep is critical to lowering substance P, increasing serotonin and reducing pain.”

“Perhaps most importantly,” she adds, “research is offering us guidance in our work as massage therapists in how to provide the most effective care for chronic pain or musculoskeletal problems, during cancer treatment, during the changes of pregnancy or for any number of other health-related issues.” Case Adams is a California naturopath and author of 25 books on natural healing. Learn more at

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pushed Teague to take a leap of faith—close her psychotherapy practice and enroll in a filmmaking class. Teague recognizes that a deeper wisdom activated her response. She observes, “The individuals I was counseling about their restless desire for something better mirrored my own discontent, and my restlessness was an emotional response to what was emerging. “Today, I no longer concern myself with making the right decision. I trust that whatever the circumstances are, I need to listen, observe and reflect, because ‘now’ contains information for my next step,” she advises. Amanda Owen, counselor, coach and author of Born to Receive: 7 Powerful Steps Women Can Take Today to Reclaim Their Half of the Universe, has studied the state of receptivity that Teague references. Owen explains, “Receiving is a dynamic and productive state. When the body is relaxed and the mind and nervous system are calm, we become receptive and can feel and intuit subtle information contained in the energy received from external and internal environments.

Trust Your Intuition Listen to that Still, Small Voice and Let it Lead You by Linda Sechrist

What if you could consistently tap into answers to life’s problems when you need them, knowing deep down that you are on the right track and that the decisions and choices you are making are the correct ones?


ur body is a wellspring of priceless wisdom. Yet heeding our innate voice seems constantly tested as society distracts us with the busy acquisition of external knowledge and rewards more visible work. Those used to focusing outwardly over-stimulate their five senses and so tend to disconnect from their body’s deep innate intelligence—our sixth sense, also known as intuition. The resulting joylessness, discontent, isolation, depression and illness have sent millions in search of a real solution that discerning experts believe already exists within. Our ultimate guide to the fountain of personal health and happiness, they believe, could well be our own intuition.

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For years, Katie Teague, producer of the documentary film, Money & Life, lived with the consequence of sublimating her intuitive impulse. “I felt a restless itch in my soul,” relates Teague, who intuited that life was prompting her to change careers so she could use her talents in a more meaningful way. The vision of her 94-year-old self lying on her deathbed and faced with the question, “What are you not saying yes to?” 20

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“Our parasympathetic nervous system is engaged when we’re in this listening state. In contrast, rushing through the day engages our ‘fight-or-flight’ sympathetic nervous system. Busyness and mind chatter drowns out the valuable information that intuition provides,” Owen notes. An intuitive energy therapist, Marilyn Eppolite strongly relies on intuitive guidance in her southern New Jersey practice, believing it emanates from her body’s intelligence. “I listen and it’s always present,” she says. Eppolite shares an example of a time she received a clear image and perceived the bodily sensations of a grieving small child from a female client that a psychotherapist had referred. “When I described what I was sensing, her tears flowed and she also connected to the feeling,” she says. “It provided the needed breakthrough she needed to access her feelings and move forward in therapy.” Eppolite is keenly aware when roadblocks—busyness, willfulness and a fearful, restless mind—create interference. “These feed each other and can rarely be separated. I can’t hear or feel my intuition when my energy and attention are willfully directed outward,” she observes. Abandoning the drive for personal control and surrendering to stillness is how Eppolite signals her body’s intelligence that she’s ready for whispers of guidance. “I sense that surrender as strength and trust that the information received is for my greatest good, even if I don’t fully understand it,” she remarks. “Discernment is necessary because deep wisdom frequently comes in segments that I must piece together and put into action before more of it bubbles up from within.” The teachings of Yogeshwari Kamini Desai, Ph.D., combine Western psychology and Eastern philosophy. As

the director of education and lead teacher of the Amrit in the Buddhist concept that mindfulness of the body alMethod of Yoga, at the facility in Silver Springs, Florida, lows us to love fully. She finds, “It brings healing, wisdom Desai instructs on listening to the voice of intuition identiand freedom.” fied as prana in yogic tradition, which she characterizes as She relates how she is led to direct a client’s attention “the energy that enlivens and carries out all balancing and to their own body’s intuition, which works best when she life-giving processes in nature. is following her instincts, rather than thinking. “After one “It speaks through the body as sensations, impulses session, my client, who had been silently experiencing and urges,” she says. “This ‘inner divining rod’ informs numerous feelings in her stomach, asked me why I had us what feelings, thoughts and actions are moving us into touched her abdomen. I was just intuitively led to that part alignment with our source and what of her body.” is moving us out of alignment.” Dr. Mona Lisa Schulz, also a Quieting the mind and strengthenPh.D., medical intuitive and co-author ing the directives of prana through mediof All is Well, notes that everyone has tation, yoga and being in nature moves a connection to intuition. “We get a us away from what we tell ourselves gut feeling and sadness in our heart and back to directly responding to its from our inner intelligence that we promptings. “Absorbed in the present don’t know what to do with. While moment and bodily sensations, we consome individuals consult a practitioner, nect with inner guidance,” explains Deothers listen to their body’s intuitive sai. “With practice, our mind becomes a language and reflect on their insights servant to inner intelligence. It can both and dreams—the language of soul,” direct our lives and make us sensitive to says Schulz. “Intuition can speak softly early symptoms suggesting oncoming through symptoms,” she observes. illness,” she adds. “Eventually, when disregarded, it can “There is growing interest in become a full-blown illness.” energy medicine and developing Biochemist and author of Secrets a deeper connection to the body’s of Our Cells: Discovering Your Body’s intelligence through yoga and energy Inner Intelligence, Sondra Barrett, practices like qigong and tai chi Ph.D., is awed by the body’s cellular because people are tired of taking intelligence. “Our cells are invismedications that don’t heal the root ible, so we don’t think of ourselves as Fearlessly following cause of health problems,” comcellular beings. However, a deeper ments Dr. Sue Morter, founder of understanding of our constitution and our intuition frees us to Morter Health Center, near Indianapthat our cells speak to each other and fully live an authentic olis, Indiana, and the healing phecollaborate harmoniously could inspire nomenon she terms Energy Codes. us to befriend our body’s intelligence and satisfying life. A regular practice of any one of for life,” she says. “We might shift from these disciplines expands sensory wanting to fix an ache or pain to underfunction to encompass internal recognition and referencing standing that our cells are warning us of something.” of subtle information. Sonia Choquette, a global consultant who recommends Morter teaches how to awaken gut feelings, personal we rely on our sixth sense as our first sense, has authored power and self-love to restore wholeness left behind in purseveral books on intuition. She finds, “With intuition, we suit of external sources of happiness. “Participants learn to have a personal compass and an ally in discerning what is trust their gut more than the opinions of others, which turns authentic and true for us so that we won’t be tugged and up the volume on the whispers of intuition,” she explains. pulled in different directions when we make decisions.” After Pat Hall, a therapeutic bodyworker in Augusta, Laurie McCammon, co-author of Enough: The Rise of Georgia, read Jill Bolte Taylor’s My Stroke of Insight, she was the Feminine and the Birth of the New Story, was relaxing certain a habit of listening to mental chatter interfered with and reflecting with two friends when intuition graced her feeling and interpreting her body’s helpful promptings. “Jill’s with a message of information-laden energy: “I am enough. experience of her body as energy and her mind as silent We are enough. I have enough. We have enough. Enough!” when the left lobe of her brain shut down due to a stroke was The experience inspired them to collaborate on an e-book my ‘Aha!’ moment,” says Hall. For her, heeding inner guidcelebrating the grassroots groundswell toward a major shift ance took practice and a commitment to dismantling reactive in the world. “I believe intuition is an aspect of The Grand thought patterns and habits, plus discerning between intuPlan, which always moves us toward greater expansion, ition and distracting chatter. inclusion and an ever more mature and loving response to “Mind chatter generally creates fear, negativity and life,” says McCammon. pressure to do something,” she explains. “Intuitive guid Ute Arnold, founder, director and teacher of the Unergi ance is gentle, expansive and undemanding.” Hall believes School of Body-Psychotherapy, in Point Pleasant, Pennsylvania, natural awakenings

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Learning to trust our gut more than the opinions of others turns up the volume on whispers of intuition. Awakening to our gut feelings, personal power and self-love restores the wholeness left behind in pursuit of external sources of happiness. describes several physical signatures of body intelligence that can foster improved self-care. “You feel more expansive, available and receptive—with a sense of a longer spine, a wider and deeper body and feet rooted in the Earth’s powerful energy,” explains the author of Touchback: A Self-Healing Journey with Body, Art and Nature, who also has a master’s degree in fine arts. “Expanded into a condition of soft relaxation, your mind stops talking; you enter a mind-body state of energetic receptive listening, where emotional intelligence is accessible. “These feelings and sensations are indicative of wholeness. From it, we have access to the eternal place of the fully healed soul, which whispers intuitively, nudging us toward what can heal our life, body and mind.”

INTUITION UNLEASHED Spend time with your feelings: Write down how you feel about your job, relationships, house, health and what’s going on in the world. Build and strengthen feeling receptors: Choose one feeling and spend the day with it. Notice every time you see that feeling expressed in yourself or someone else. Don’t judge it or form an opinion about it; just notice. Receive everything: Pay attention to what you are feeling. Don’t worry about what you will do with what you feel or your thoughts about those feelings. Just receive them. You can decide later what you want to do with them. Maintain a flexible “thermostat”: When you want to freak out or shut down, check in with your feelings instead. Be present, engaged and genuine. The feeling and associated intuition need your attention and the present is the time to attend to them. Source: Adapted from Born to Receive, by Amanda Owen

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we just keep singing, we’ll find our way home. In the end, we shall all recognize our song and sing it well. Modern pioneers in vibrational energy like Sharry Edwards (bioacoustic biology) and Donna Eden (energy medicine) have independently detected that each of us has a fundamental signature frequency that can be equated to our unique song that persists throughout life. We innately seek natural sounds that reinforce and strengthen our song such as the surf, wind or birds. Even the stars and heavens offer songs out of our hearing range that benefit cell-to-cell vibrations within that we intuitively feel as the magic of a midnight sky. At one with the universe, our song contributes its part in the infinite chorus of creation.

LIVE YOUR SONG It Keeps Us in Tune with Ourself by Jill Mattson


isten to a traditional West African Griot story: When a tribal woman knows she is pregnant, she goes into the wilderness with a few friends to pray and meditate until they hear the song of the child. They recognize that every soul has its own vibration that expresses its unique flavor and purpose. When the women attune to the song, they sing it out loud. Then they return and teach it to everyone else. When children are born into the tribe, the village community gathers and sings their song, one unique melody for each unique child. Later, when children begin their education, the village again gathers to chant each child’s song. They sing upon the initiation of adulthood and at the time of their marriage. If at any time someone commits a crime or aberrant social act, the villagers will circle the individual and chant their song, recognizing that the proper correction

is love and the remembrance of identity, because when you recognize your own song you have no desire or need to do anything that would hurt another. Finally, when the soul is about to pass from this world, family and friends gather at the bedside, as they did at birth, and sing the person to the next life. In any culture, a friend is one that knows our song and sings it to us when we have forgotten it. Those that love us are not fooled by the mistakes we’ve made or the dark images we hold about ourself. They remember our beauty when we feel ugly; our wholeness when we are broken; our innocence when we feel guilty; and our purpose when we are confused. Life always reminds us when we are and when we’re not in tune with ourself. When we feel good, we are matching our song. We may feel a little wobbly at times, but so have all the great singers. If

Jill Mattson is an author, artist, musician and sound healing composer. Her books and CDs, based on 20 years of studying ancient civilizations, support healing and personal growth. Connect at The Griot story is based on an interpretation by Jane Maluka and Dan Millman.


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Funny Tummy? Probiotic Foods Can Fix a Troubled Gut by Kathleen Barnes

Gas, bloating, stomach cramps, diarrhea and constipation—each of these digestive issues indicates an imbalance of “good” and “bad” intestinal bacteria.


hronic digestive discomfort is distressingly common. More than 60 million Americans suffer from irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), notes Dr. Mark Pimentel, director of the Gastrointestinal Motility Program at Cedars-Sinai Hospital, in Los Angeles, and author of A New IBS Solution. Many are too embarrassed to mention it to their doctor, so they suffer silently and learn to live with it.

Multiple Culprits

While digestive distress can visit most of us occasionally, regular bouts have increased due to high-stress lifestyles and unhealthy diets, according to Dr. Dustin James, a St. Louis, Missouri, gastroenterologist and author of The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Digestive Health. “Getting home late after a stressful day, eating a high-fat meal and then going to bed is a recipe for problems,” he says. James advises a food-free interlude of four to six hours before bedtime and notes that prescription and over-thecounter heartburn medications can actually worsen the problem over time. Pimentel, citing his own research, also suggests that even a minor case of food poisoning may unbalance digestive bacteria enough to cause problems for years. “We think food poisoning leads to bacterial overgrowth,” says Pimentel. In his clinical experience, James says about 10 percent of IBS cases can be connected to the food poisoning theory. Although such cases are typically treated with an antibiotic, rifaximin, many experts ironically attribute bacterial overgrowth to the use of antibiotics. 24

All antibiotics, taken for any reason, indiscriminately kill both good and bad intestinal bacteria, ultimately creating unbalanced bacteria colonies in the digestive tract, says James. “There can be bad long-term effects,” he advises. James’ antibiotics theory is affirmed by a major Australian review of current research on the links between antibiotics and intestinal bacterial overgrowth. Sugar is another culprit as are antibiotics in dairy products and meats, which can also aggravate digestive problems. Sugar feeds the growth of unfriendly bacteria and yeast and antibiotics kill friendly bacteria, contributing to imbalances. The U.S. obesity epidemic has even been linked to digestive problems. In a study published in the journal Frontiers of Public Health, researchers at the University of California-Berkeley warn against long-term exposure to antibiotics through their widespread use in the dairy and meat industries. One animal study from Washington University, in St. Louis, showed that intestinal bacteria tend to extract more nutrients—and more calories—from the same foods when eaten by obese animals than when ingested by thinner ones. This helps explain why obese people tend to stay obese without heroic measures.

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tained in fermented foods like quality yogurt—help rebalance beneficial bacteria in the digestive tract and ease ailments that include IBS. Due to U.S. food regulations, yogurt is routinely pasteurized, which kills its probiotic benefits; conscientious suppliers then add active digestive microorganisms, like Lactobacillus acidophilus, Lactobacillus bulgaricus and Streptococcus thermophilus, back into their products. “Check yogurt labels for specific names of the species and a certification that it contains live cultures,” counsels Maria Marco, Ph.D., an assistant professor of food science at the University of California-Davis. Coconut yogurt may be preferred by those with dairy-free diets. Dairy is acidforming and can be difficult to digest. Many fermented foods can provide the same probiotics to ease digestive woes and restore a healthy balance of the right bacteria. Sauerkraut, rich in Lactobacillus and other strains of healthy bacteria, is at the top of the list. It’s easy to make super-healthy sauerkraut at home with shredded organic cabbage and salt. Other fermented foods to put high on a natural probiotic list include: miso, kefir, tempeh, soft cheese, kimchi, sour pickles and sourdough bread. James recommends two daily servings of high-quality yogurt or other fermented foods to obtain the 2 to 5

billion live bacteria needed to restore gut health. “Every human is unique; try different products in search of what works,” he says. Probiotic supplements may be more effective for people with serious digestive distress that need higher bacterial counts and the product label may provide specifics of the bacteria and strains. “For example, Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG is a strain that has been proven to be effective against antibiotic-induced diarrhea,” Marco explains. High-quality probiotics usually require refrigeration to keep the bacteria alive. In addition, there are many nonfermented foods, including certain juices, candies and energy bars, with specific strains of bacteria added that have probiotic effects.

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Organic cabbage, finely shredded 1 Tbsp sea salt or other natural salt Mix salt and cabbage together in a large bowl, squeezing the salt into the cabbage. Cabbage will become limp and begin to release its juice. Tightly pack cabbage and juice into a clean glass canning jar. Keep the cabbage submerged in liquid; if necessary,

Cover jar with a clean cloth or piece of cheesecloth and keep it in a cool place. Jar contents will begin to bubble, signaling that fermentation is taking place (note that conventional cabbage additives may interrupt the fermentation process). It’s ready to eat in three days, but keeps well for several weeks in the refrigerator. Primary source:

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Safe Digestive Relief In addition to fermented foods, these foods offer digestive relief. Ginger: Safe enough to quell the nausea of early pregnancy, ginger can offer relief from nausea, gas and even colic in babies. Peppermint Oil: A traditional remedy now validated by science, peppermint oil can relieve irritable bowels and heartburn. Consider enteric coated (acid resistant) capsules that can impact the small intestine, where relief is needed. Fennel: This mildly licorice-flavored seed hasn’t been extensively studied, but lovers of Indian cuisine have traditionally used it to promote smooth digestion after consuming curryladen meals. Sources: American Botanical Council; Mayo Clinic, MN; Baylor University, TX; University of Michigan; University of Rochester, NY

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Contraceptive Pill Chill Dangers Include Cancer, Strokes and Fatigue by Kathleen Barnes


or more than 50 years, women have appreciated the freedom that birth control pills offer. They simply take a little pill every day and rest easy, fairly assured that an unplanned pregnancy won’t occur. However, there’s actually a lot not to love about “The Pill”, especially its long-term side effects. “The sexual freedom that women have fought so hard to obtain has been won at a terrible price,” advises Naturopathic Doctor Sherrill Sellman, of Tulsa, Oklahoma, author of The Hormone Heresy: What Women Must Know about Their Hormones. That price includes blood clots and even death from heart attacks and strokes in young women. As early as 1963, an article published in the Journal of the American Medical Association linked The Pill to venous thrombosis, or blood clots. By 1968, at least one cancer journal, CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians, had linked cancer to the use of the steroid hormones contained in oral contraceptives. In 1973, Scandinavian researchers warned of the link between oral contraceptives and strokes. “In December 2002, the U.S. government published its biannual Report on Carcinogens that added all steroidal estrogens to the list of known human carcinogens,” says Sellman, “The grav-


ity of this finding cannot be overstated: All estrogens used in HRT [hormone replacement therapy] and oral contraceptives have now been proven unequivocally to cause cancer.” Yet, regardless of the many downsides, The Pill remains the most common method of birth control worldwide, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, with usage by 16 percent of married American women. Elsewhere, users include 29 percent of British women and 40 percent of women in France and the Netherlands.

pharmacist, certified clinical nutritionist and author of The Pill Problem. Oral contraceptives deplete more bodily nutrients than any other class of drugs, says Pelton, who blogs regularly at However, he adds, women taking The Pill even as long as 10 years may not notice any obvious health problems. “Maybe she’ll first notice a lack of energy, but doesn’t connect the dots and realize that magnesium, B12 and numerous other nutrients involved in energy production are depleted,” he explains. The nutrient-depleting effects of The Pill were recognized as early as 1975 in a study published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, but it carried no recommendations for replacing them. Some of these nutrients are essential for the production of brain chemicals, called neurotransmitters, including mood-elevating dopamine. An affected woman can become depressed, a condition closely linked to the use of The Pill, according to a German study published in 2013 in the journal General Hospital Psychiatry. The Pill’s steroidal hormones also reduce the body’s natural accumulations of disease-preventing antioxidants, increasing vulnerability to diseases of aging, including cancer, diabetes and heart disease, according to Pelton.

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“Birth control pills are vitamin robbers, and this is the source of the health risks that accompany the use of The Pill,” says Ross Pelton, a registered

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Dangerous Downsides Mount n Birth defects n Blood clots n Cancer (breast, uterine and colon) n Cardiovascular disease n Decreased sexual desire

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Sources: American Heart Association; University of Milan, Italy; Berlin Center for Epidemiology and Health Research, Germany; Women’s College Research Institute, Canada; Columbia University, NY; University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; University of Parma, Italy; Wingate University, NC; Cooper Medical School of Rowan University, NJ; Institute of Health Sciences Research, Melbourne, Australia Women that decide to keep taking The Pill should add an array of specified supplements to counterbalance the nutrient loss, advises Pelton. Replacing nutrients should, in the long term, neutralize the negative effects of The Pill, even cancer and blood clots, he assures. Better yet, say Sellman and Pelton, stop taking The Pill and switch to safer forms of contraception. It may

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nurse in West Hollywood, California. She cautions against the potential risks of using estrogen patches, shots and vaginal rings, and recommends avoiding anything that contains estrogen. “Not using The Pill doesn’t mean you have to rely on withdrawal or the rhythm method, both of which are notoriously unreliable,” says Lucille, preferring what she terms “barrier methods”, like diaphragms, cervical caps and male and female condoms. She notes, “Cervical caps are just as effective as The Pill and you can put them in and leave them a little longer for a bit more spontaneity.” Female condoms are even more convenient, she explains: “They fit much like a diaphragm and they can be left in place as long as eight hours.” Instead of potentially toxic spermicides, Lucille recommends using lemon juice, which, she says, is equally effective. Kathleen Barnes is the author of numerous natural health books including the Basic Health Publications User’s Guide to Natural Hormone Replacement. Connect at

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Dressing Our Essence

Wardrobe consultants that apply the principles of feng shui to clothing believe the jacket we choose to wear carries as much impact as our words. Clothing pieces and accessories selected with conscious awareness and intention can bring us into harmony and balance, energize our life and transmit subconscious messages about our values. Feng shui clothing stylists believe the five elements of nature—wood, fire, earth, metal and water—connect in an unending cycle of harmony that keeps the world in balance. Following an authentic and harmonious lifestyle connects us with this cycle and the environment in a more natural balance of human motion and planetary sustainability. As pioneering stylist Evana Maggiore observed in Fashion Feng Shui: The Power of Dressing with Intention, “I came to the conclusion that clothing is your body’s most intimate environment and energetically influences your life in the same way that your home and business décors do. Body coloring and shape, style, personality, lifestyle, goals and

clothing design can align perfectly with the colors, shapes, substances and energies of feng shui’s five elements. Because feng shui connects divine energy to physical form, I realized I could dress my client’s spirits, as well as their surfaces.” Fashion Feng Shui, Maggiore’s international corporate legacy, maintains that combining intention and the five elements with awareness of our personal style attracts what we desire. Holistic image and lifestyle consultant and lead trainer Andréa Dupont, of Portsmouth, New Hampshire, states that the first step is discovering our “essence”, or primary element. “You can’t dress yourself until you know yourself. I ask clients, ‘If you could change one thing about your life, what would it be?’ Once we establish an individual’s inner strengths and core element, the results can be life changing.”   

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For Denise Medved, of Hendersonville, North Carolina, owner of Feng Shui Style, wardrobe consciousness shows respect for our individuality and the environment. “When I choose to dress in natural fibers such as cottons, leathers, silks or wools, or their vegan complements in manmade fibers, it represents the life force of plants and animals and builds qi, or energy,” says Medved. She suggests assembling an outfit embracing three of the five elements. “A water/wood/fire triad might be black, woven, silk trousers; an organic, cotton, floral print shirt; and a red, recycled wool jacket. Personalizing this with the surprise of grandmother’s yellow stone pin on the lapel adds creative flair and earth and metal elements.” Nature’s jewelry energizes and circulates qi.

The Five Elements Wood: associated with greens and blues, plants and flower prints. Fire: represented by reds and products from living organisms like cottons, leather, silks or wools (or manmade substitutes) and animal prints. Earth: reflected in yellows and earth-toned colors. Metal: plays out in grays, whites, pastels and metallic fabrics. Water: associated with black and dark colors and flowing lines. Source: Western School of Feng Shui, Encinitas, CA


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Practicing the three basic tenets of sustainability together with principles of feng shui keeps our wardrobe and closet resonating with life. Consultants agree that a wardrobe representing the five elements allows endless possibilities of creative combinations and reduces the need for having to keep up with new fashion trends. Shopping for such treasures at consignment and thrift stores, plus estate sales, allows us to reuse and repurpose clothing, energizing our budgets, closets and attitudes. Recycling items that pack closets and no longer suit our needs frees space and energy to create a wardrobe that is authentically ours. The Practical Encyclopedia of Feng Shui, by Gill Hale, also contains helpful advice for bringing out an intended inner message and making a statement. The color green conveys the wood element, or individuals that are public spirited and energetic. Red suggests fire, the color of inspiring leaders. Supportive and loyal earth personalities gravitate to khaki, while resolute, metal people may select grey. Natural communicators that view life holistically will be reflected in the water element of black. A feng shui philosophy provides guidelines for living in harmony with the natural world and in conscious awareness of life. Each choice expresses a stylistic living intention that will be noticed by the world. Gail Condrick is an archetypal consultant and Nia Technique faculty member. Connect at

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ach “Zachman” Aldridge was born healthy, but at just 10 weeks, he was hospitalized at the hands of his birth father. Suffering from a brain aneurism, partial paralysis and multiple broken bones from shaken baby syndrome, Zach’s mother, Rebekah, was told that he might live for a year. Rebekah’s hope for a miracle was granted as her son’s life extended into weeks, months and years. Yet, at 4, the effects of the injury still prevented Zach from walking or talking like other children. “While some people are resigned to leave special children like Zach confined to a wheelchair, therapeutic horseback riding gives them more options and improves their quality of life,” advises Kim Minarich, execu-


tive director of Southwest Florida’s nonprofit Naples Equestrian Challenge therapeutic riding program. A medical examination ensures a child is qualified for safe participation. During his first lessons, riding instructors had to prop up Zach’s head using “boppy pillows”. However, after just a few months, the Aldridge family saw dramatic improvements as the boy began speaking and telling his horse to “trot on.” Next, Zach began walking, a surprise to all. His growing strength had worked to overcome the paralysis and the gentle rocking motion of his therapeutic riding sessions gently pushed his displaced hip back into place, ultimately enabling him to take steps on his own. Zach’s achievements are not unique. Life-changing milestones like

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this are common occurrences at the 850 nationwide therapeutic riding centers registered with the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship (PATH) International. Now in its 21st year, Dream Catchers, at the Cori Sikich Therapeutic Riding Center, in Toano, Virginia, is one such center celebrating its many success stories. Kendall Lecker, a PATH International-certified advanced instructor, describes the rapid progress of a new 6-year-old student living with autism as illustration. In his first session, he slumped over in the saddle and struggled to hold himself up; by his third session, he was sitting up straight and confidently giving commands to his horse. “Often, our riders start with insufficient core strength and may not be able to hold themselves upright, something the average person takes for granted. But, in a relatively short time, most riders can see dramatic improvements,” says Lecker. Both Naples Equestrian Challenge and Dream Catchers have achieved premier accreditation by demonstrating the highest levels of training, safety standards and quality controls in the industry developed to protect the riders, staff and volunteers. Feedback from approximately 56,000 participants nationwide, including nearly 41,000 under the age of 18, show that therapeutic horseback riding helps participants in five key areas: Normalizes muscle tone. Riding a horse helps children of all abilities build core strength and exercise muscles that they may not be able to work from the confines of a wheelchair. Increases flexibility and relaxation. The natural rhythm of a horse’s gait provides a relaxing effect on tense muscles and can gently rock joints back into place. It’s a unique therapeutic benefit not easily achieved through traditional physical therapy. Improves coordination, balance and strength. Completing tasks like picking up an object, riding across the arena and placing it in a bucket helps riders develop hand/eye coordination. The movements also help improve balance and strength. Promotes spatial orientation and fine motor skills. Working side-by-

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“The riding center gave me a place to realize I wasn’t the only one with challenges. It was a place that I could go to and be normal for part of the week.” ~ Tiffany Billings, a college student with cerebral palsy side with their assigned volunteers and horses and reaching for objects from a different perspective than usual helps youths develop their spatial sense and fine motor skills. Enhances self-esteem, self-confidence and self-control. Riders are encouraged to give verbal commands to their horse during sessions, which effects a command of vocabulary and boosts confidence while they bond with the horse. While the documented benefits are derived from personal testimonials rather than clinical studies, the positive results for children like Zach are indisputable. Meanwhile, therapeutic horseback riding is gaining increased acceptance in the medical community as more doctors are recommending this life-changing activity for their patients. PATH International spokesperson Cher Smith says, “Our mission is to help certified centers provide safe access for all individuals living with special needs.” For more information, visit Cyndee Woolley works as an advocate for therapeutic riding centers.

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How do you find time for and balance all the roles you play in life—athlete, spouse, parent, businesswoman and volunteer? Juggling life is hard for everyone. Living day-to-day, taking care of kids and paying bills is a challenge. There are ways to make it all more manageable, but for me, there is a level of discomfort, challenge and difficulty, as well as moments of joy. I think women are sometimes thrown off-balance by some difficulty, instead of saying, “OK, how am I going to strategize and make it all work for me and my family?” We don’t give enough credit to having great girlfriends. I don’t mean people you go to lunch with—I mean real allies. People that give you good advice and are strong for you, that will take your kids and you’ll take theirs.

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Which role is most important to you and where does self-care fit in? At this time in my life, being a mother is the most important. When my girls are older and more independent, then their demands on my time will lessen. But I don’t think I’d ever blindly put one role over the other, because they are all connected. I just approach them with different parts of my personality. My work is intellectual, while being a mom is instinctual. Being in a relationship is a whole other ball of wax that I approach with the same diligence. Taking care of myself is at the center because I wouldn’t be able to do anything successfully if I am not well myself.

With your busy schedule, how do you find time to work out and stay in shape? I think it’s been about momentum. I had the good fortune of training and eating well since I went off to play volleyball in college. That sort of steam made it easier as I added work, a partner and children. I think it’s more difficult for women that don’t have that experience. When they enter “the real world” and add a big career or long hours, a partner or family, it becomes difficult to establish that grounding in healthy practices. You have to create the environment in which you are going to succeed. That takes years. At some point, you have to be honest with yourself. For me, I know I won’t get exercise or anything else done if I stay home. There are some things I can go to a gym to do that I can also do at home but know I won’t, so it’s about creating an environment that activates good intentions.

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“Let’s say you’re a runner and didn’t realize that you were running in a lopsided way,” explains Alexander Technique practitioner Beret Arcaya, who has taught the practice in New York City for almost 30 years. Students learn to retrain their thinking, movements and posture for better natural alignment. “It helps you understand how you’re making an argument between yourself and gravity,” she says. Invented by Australian thespian F. Matthias Alexander at the end of the 19th century as a means of improving his onstage presence, the Alexander Technique is highly regarded by actors and entertainers, yet anyone can benefit from it, according to Arcaya. In typical one-on-one sessions, Alexander movement practitioners use a light, gentle touch and verbal instruction to show students how to realign their head, neck and upper back while standing in front of a mirror, which helps the rest of the body attain a more natural position. Next, students learn to move through

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routine activities like sitting, walking and bending in ways that replace damaging habits with easier movements. The technique is easily modified to meet individual needs, Arcaya says, citing a former student that suffered from hemophilia. “He could hardly bend his knees, and he had little mobility in one elbow; he was terribly stiff,” she recalls. While the technique couldn’t treat the disease, “It allowed him to skillfully use his remaining uninjured tissue.” One day, when he returned from a three-mile walk with his young son, he was beaming. “‘I walked with a freedom and a lightness,’ he said, ‘I didn’t want to stop.’” A 2008 study in the medical journal BMJ found that patients with chronic back pain experienced long-term benefits from Alexander Technique exercises and lessons. People with Parkinson’s disease also improved their walking, speech, posture and balance through Alexander training, according to a 2002 study in Clinical Rehabilitation.

Feldenkrais Method

Others in need of movement reeducation use the method founded by physicist, electrical engineer and judo black belt holder Moshé Feldenkrais in the mid-20th century. Feldenkrais was familiar with the Alexander Technique, and the two methods share the same fundamental goal of helping students change harmful patterns through movement exploration, touch and dialogue. The Feldenkrais Method avoids concepts of “right” and “wrong”. Instead, the

practitioner leads students through gentle, slow-movement sequences, mostly on the floor, while asking questions about subtle details as they experience options. This sharpens sensory awareness of how to perform each movement with maximum ease. In one-on-one sessions, the student is passive while the practitioner’s hands suggest various non-habitual movements to widen his repertoire. It all increases flexibility, balance, fine motor skills and overall physical self-awareness. Feldenkrais stated, “What I’m after isn’t flexible bodies but flexible brains; to restore each person to their human dignity.” Seniors that practiced the Feldenkrais Method enhanced their balance and mobility, according to a 2010 study published in The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine. It may also alleviate symptoms of nonclinical depression, according to a 2011 pilot study reported in the Journal of the South Carolina Medical Association.

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Another entry point to such a bodily reawakening is the Trager Approach, invented by Dr. Milton Trager, an athlete who suffered from a congenital spinal deformity. “The intention of the practitioner in a Trager session is to introduce the client to a series of playful and pleasurable sensations as the session unfolds,” says practitioner Martha Partridge, of New York City, who works primarily with people that have Parkinson’s disease. During tablework sessions, practitioners “bring awareness” of a specific movement by rocking, cradling and gently rotating a client’s body, Partridge explains. The feeling of effortless movement is further ingrained through a series of mental gymnastics, termed mentastics, that clients can do at home. The objective, says Partridge, is to help people have a sense of joy in everyday, common movement. All three bodywork techniques can help people banish bad habits for good. “Gradually, aches and pains will go away,” Arcaya says. “You can undo the imbalances that have done you wrong.” Then go forward, doing things right. Sarah Todd is a freelance writer in Brooklyn, NY. Connect at

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Pain-Free Pooch Five Natural Therapies that Work by Jennifer Kachnic

Because dogs won’t always let us know when they’re hurting, some people assume they don’t experience pain the same way we do, but that’s not the case. Instincts retained from their wild heritage will generally prompt them to hide pain as it’s a sign of weakness.


he truth is that arthritis and muscle or joint injuries are just as uncomfortable for dogs as they are for us, and many canine illnesses generate significant pain. While conventional medications can ease discomfort, they’re not the only or even the best options in many cases. Alternative therapies can be helpful in managing and relieving pain and work best as part of a whole body wellness program designed for a dog’s individual needs. To that end, always consult with an integrative veterinarian before starting any new treatment. Together, practitioner and owner will note that some of the following modalities may be contraindicated in some situations—for example, massage should never be performed on or near a tumor. Canine Massage: Dogs love massage because they crave being touched. Physical contact from another being provides a calming effect and brings comfort. Skin, the largest sense organ in the body, is loaded with sensory receptors and nerve endings that register touch, temperature and pain, and send information to the brain. Massage


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therapy relaxes muscles and also stimulates endorphins, increases circulation, elevates oxygen levels, flushes toxins, helps with inflammation, strengthens the immune system and accelerates healing. All of these benefits can contribute to effective pain management. Acupuncture and Acupressure: Both of these time-honored modalities are based on the concept of keeping vital energy flowing through the body and seek to stimulate key points along the energy meridians beneath the skin. Acupuncture involves the insertion of small needles at these points, while acupressure uses fingers to apply pressure to the same points. Both modalities are widely known to assist in managing pain and anxiety. Energy Healing: Here, the practitioner improves the flow of energy in an animal’s body using a range of gentle and powerful natural therapies. During a treatment, the trained healer sends subtle energy through the hands to promote physical and emotional balance and healing. While conventional medicine follows the belief that treatments for disease or injury must be strictly biological, energy medicine works to restore

the patient’s health by treating the mind, body and spirit in nonphysical ways. Energy healing modalities available for dogs include Reiki, qigong, Healing Touch and Tellington Touch. Cold Laser Therapy: Developed more than 20 years ago, cold laser therapy has become a popular alternative treatment around the world for aches and pains in dogs. It directs highly concentrated coherent light waves to muscles, tissues and organs, reducing inflammation and muscle spasms. It’s also applied to disc and other spine-related issues. Low-level cold laser therapy is painless, noninvasive and takes only minutes. The effects are similar to those provided by non-steroidal medications, with negligible negative side effects. Hydrotherapy: The benefits of swimming are renowned. When dogs swim, they feel a resistance to movement, which makes a vigorous fiveminute swim virtually equivalent in energy expended to a five-mile run. Some dogs like swimming even better than running. Hydrotherapy, which includes exercise on an underwater treadmill combined with swimming, is particularly helpful. The effect on senior dogs is especially dramatic, affording them a painless and enjoyable way to move about and exercise. Water’s natural buoyancy supports the dog, lessens stress on joints, facilitates greater movement and provides a safe and healthful form of exercise for those suffering injuries, disease or pain. The best choice of therapies for an individual animal will depend on the dog’s condition and recommendations by the family veterinarian. Selected and practiced properly, these complementary modalities can make a major impact in a canine’s physical and emotional well-being, while minimizing or even eliminating the need for medications. Jennifer Kachnic is the author of Your Dog’s Golden Years: Manual for Senior Dog Care Including Natural Remedies and Complementary Options. She is a certified canine massage therapist, animal Reiki practitioner and certified therapy dog handler with the American Humane Association. Learn more about this president of The Grey Muzzle Organization at

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SEASIDE FARMERS’ MARKET Saturdays 9am-1pm Downtown Seaside (behind “Raw & Juicy” at the amphitheater) or on Facebook

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339 Racetrack Rd NW, Ste 3 850-863-5811 • Mon-Fri, 9 am-6 p.m.; Sat. 10 am-4 pm Natural, organic and gluten-free foods plus the largest selection of herbs and supplements in the area. Enjoy our new fresh juice bar (Mon-Fri, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.) while shopping for your health needs with the help of our knowledgeable and personable staff.


120 Miraclestrip Pkwy SE 850-865-4919 Juice Bar and Café offers farm-to-table meals prepared with regionally sourced organic produce and pantry items; gluten-free, dairy-free. Whole food cooking, juicing, gluten-free, vegetarian, vegan and raw food classes are available.

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Other hazards found in many hair color products include formaldehyde, plastics and p-phenylenediamine, or PPD, a dye used in many permanent colors. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) stated that skin contact with PPD should be prevented in order to avoid the allergic reactions, and the FDA has not approved its use for direct skin application. It’s next to impossible, though, to avoid contact with the skin when applying hair color. The most common allergic reactions to these hair dye chemicals are dermatitis of the eyes, ears, scalp and face, which may include a rash, extreme swelling and a severe burning sensation on the scalp. Today, organic alternatives are available that not only enhance appearance, but offer real benefits to our health and the environment. While traditional hair products can strip the hair and cause serious damage, especially with repeated use, organic dyes can actually improve the condition of hair in some cases. Organic formulations typically don’t alter the basic chemistry of the hair shaft, but absorb into each strand independently to leave hair shinier, fuller and more manageable. A common misconception has been if hair color is natural and/or organic, it wouldn’t cover grey and would fade quickly. That’s simply not the case, according to Organic Salon Systems CEO Scott Mitchell. He assures the outcome is even better than what’s achieved with chemical-laden color, offering rich, vibrant colors and more shine. Plus, it stays put as long as traditional color applications. But, not all “natural” products are created equally, he warns. Many overthe-counter and professional hair color products claim to be gentle and contain botanical extracts, but that doesn’t necessarily make them safe or non-toxic. Consumers are encouraged to carefully read the labels and learn to recognize what chemicals are in hair color brands— or ask a salon professional. By skipping harsh chemicals, organic hair products are not only better for hair, but also better for the body. Every single thing we rub into our skin or coat our hair with goes into the body, where it’s processed. The overall impact of this chemical buildup is what

causes potential medical issues. Choosing organic is also better for the environment. The more we process and alter a substance, the more energy we waste and pollution we produce. By choosing products that forgo chemicals and stick with nature, we create less damage to the environment. They also tend to be

better for washing down the drain and more biodegradable in landfills. By switching to professional organic hair color, products and services, we can feel more confident about our health and the health of the planet. Beth Davis is a frequent contributor to Natural Awakenings.

Not All Ammonia Substitutes are the Same by Camy Kilker There are many ammonia-free hair color lines and, depending on the brand, the substitutes they use include monoethanolamine (MEA), ethanolamine, cocomide MEA and aminomethylpropanol (AMEA). MEA and ethanolamine are odorless and less corrosive, but still leave hair with a very high pH, which should actually be balanced. A natural source of ethanolamine, cocomide MEA (OCS), is derived from the fatty acids in coconut, and its natural emollients make it more desirable for use in hair coloring. Other balancing ingredients include: • • • • • • • • •

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John of God Crystal Healing Bed – 9am-9pm. This weekend choose a 20 to 60 minute session lying under seven quartz crystals that align with your seven chakras. The lights cleanse, balance and align your energies. Appointments required. $22/20min, $32/30 min. Unity of Panama City, 1764 Lisenby Ave, Panama City. 850-769-7481.




Natural Body Care Basics – 1-3pm. No reason to settle for mass produced shampoo with preservatives that can harm you. Learn how quick and easy it can be to make your own shampoo, facial toner, facial cleanser and much more using common herbs you may already have on hand. $20. Esther’s Garden of Healing, 8184 Navarre Pkwy, Navarre. 850-684-3230. EsthersGardenOfHealing.

Sacred Power of Mantra – 11am-2pm. A mantra is an instrument of the mind, a powerful sound or vibration that you can use to enter a deep state of meditation. Mantra repetition is a powerful way to enter the silence of the mind. $30/advance, $35/ day of. The Healing Clinic, 184 Brooks St, Bldg 1, Fort Walton Beach. 850-217-2771.


Candle Making Basics – 3-4:30pm. Make chemical-free candles out of numerous mediums, then scent them with essential oils that won’ lead to breathing difficulties. Take home candles made from soy, beeswax and palm wax for yourself or as a gift. $15. Esther’s Garden of Healing, 8184 Navarre Pkwy, Navarre. 850-684-3230. Facebook/ EsthersGardenOfHealing.

Live in a Body You Love – 5:30-6:30pm. Dawn M. Dalili, ND, offers solutions for women seeking ideal weight and optimal wellbeing. Learn what is a food fingerprint and why finding yours will free you. $10. The Healing Clinic, 184 Brooks St, Bldg 1, Fort Walton Beach. 850-217-2771. Energy Boost Meditation – 6-7pm. This healing event will focus on your adrenals, thyroid, blood, and more enabling you to enjoy all that summer has to offer with boundless positive energy. Via tele-

Reinventing Healthcare with Essential Oils – 6-7:30pm. Learn how certified pure therapeutic grade oils can help improve your health naturally and powerfully. A gift for all who RSVP. Free. Cafe Bienville, 314 Bayshore Dr, Niceville. 850974-2348.

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Living Probiotics – 3-5pm. Learn how easy and inexpensive it can be to make your own water kefir, kombucha and apple cider vinegar. Find out why living pro-biotics are so important for health. $20. Esther’s Garden of Healing, 8184 Navarre Pkwy, Navarre. 850-684-3230. Facebook/EsthersGardenOfHealing. Wellness Seminar – 6:30pm. Craig Johanson will speak about Qivana products, cutting edge, allnatural products being offered by medical doctors to their patients as alternatives to pharmaceutical drugs. Mitchell’s Fish Market, Grand Blvd, 500 Grand Blvd, #K-100, Sandestin. 850-622-2345.

TUESDAY, MAY 13 Essential Oils Evening: Doctor Mom Series – 5:30-7:30pm. The focus of this 2nd Doctor Mom evening will be practical application for cuts, bruises, sprains and general mishaps. Discover the science of these oils and how they can benefit you. $20/advance, $25/day of. The Healing Clinic, 184 Brooks St, Bldg 1, Fort Walton Beach. 850217-2771.

SATURDAY, MAY 17 Grand Opening: Yoga Junkie Studio, Niceville – May 17 & 18. 10am-2pm. Classes, food, door prizes and discounted class passes both days. Sat, 10am, All Levels Yoga; 11:30, Beginner’s Yoga. Yoga Junkie Studio, 1157 John Sims Parkway, Nicevile. 850-279-6980. Women’s Health through Herbalism – 1-3:30pm. A must for any female, this class will discuss the world of herbs and herbal remedies for: menstruation symptoms, yeast infections, acne/ skin problems, morning sickness, menopause, teenage hormonal shifts and pregnancy. $20. Esther’s Garden of Healing, 8184 Navarre Pkwy, Navarre. 850-684-3230. EsthersGardenOfHealing.

SUNDAY, MAY 18 Reflexology Workshop--7:45am-5pm. Learn therapeutic Ingham Reflexology taught by Laurie Azzarella, International Institute of Reflexology instructor. Use on family, friends or professional clients. 16 CEUs for therapists. $375 for new students includes materials. Helwick Building, 9364 Three Rivers Rd, Gulfport. 850-380-4943. Move into Multidimensional Living – 4-5pm. You will have the opportunity to embrace, experience and expand your multidimensional abilities within a guided healing meditation. A transformational journey. $15. Via teleconference, reservations required. 850-585-5496. AliceMcCall@

TUESDAY, MAY 20 Meeting the Archangels – 5:30-7:30pm. Felicia McQuaid leads a discussion on Archangel Raphael. Learn to connect with the Angels in a more conscious way. The class ends with a group medi-

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fun and uplifting support for women of all ages and types. Bring a friend and spend your lunch time with other women. $10/drop in. The Healing Clinic, 184 Brooks St, Bldg 1, Fort Walton Beach. 850-217-2771.

tation and a reading thru Felicia. $25/advance, $30/day of. The Healing Clinic of Fort Walton Beach, 184 Brooks St, Bldg #1, Fort Walton Beach. 850-217-2771. Reinventing Healthcare with Essential Oils – 6-7:30pm. Learn how certified pure therapeutic grade oils can help improve your health naturally and powerfully. A gift for all who RSVP. Free. Cafe Bienville, 314 Bayshore Dr, Niceville. 850974-2348.

THURSDAY, MAY 22 Star-Gate Portal – 6-7:30pm. Feeling a need for closure? Hopeful for more peace in your life, community and the world? This special event will guide you to find what you seek! $20. Via teleconference, reservations required. 850-585-5496.

SATURDAY, MAY 24 Overview of Herbal Medicine – 1-3pm. Learn how to use inexpensive bulk herbs to cure your family’s ailments and discomforts. Workshop covers infusions, decoctions, tinctures, capsules and salves; a review of basic herbs and their uses. Learn how to replace items in your medicine cabinet with herbs or essential oils. $25. Esther’s Garden of Healing, 8184 Navarre Pkwy, Navarre. 850-684-3230. EsthersGardenOfHealing.

TUESDAY, MAY 27 Holistic Discussion Group – 6:30-8:30pm. Monthly roundtable is a time to ask like-minded questions. On the journey to holistic health there is knowledge that varies from the different experiences of each person. Come and have some herbal tea and an evening of intelligent conversation. $5. Esther’s Garden of Healing, 8184 Navarre Pkwy, Navarre. 850-684-3230. EsthersGardenOfHealing. Why Weight – 6:30pm. Workshop to help understand why we over eat and how we can change how we feel about food and health. Hypnosis and life coaching are tools for change. Learn techniques you can use daily. Free. 8th Element Wellness, 90 Beal Pkwy NW. STE A-1, Ft Walton Beach. 850-2613596.

SATURDAY, MAY 31 Green Smoothies and Juicing – 2-4pm. Dietician Teri Harnett runs this informative workshop about the benefits of juicing and green smoothies. Includes a grocery store tour and smoothie/juicing demonstration and tasting. $15.00. The Yoga Junkie Studio, 1157 John Sims Parkway, Niceville. 850-279-6980.

plan ahead SATURDAY, JUNE 7 Nutrition Plans 101 – 1-3pm. Class will detail the differences/similarities between nutrition plans; also, the healing powers of bone broth and why nuts and seeds should be soaked. Learn how sprouting can benefit your health and receive a discount on sprouting supplies. $20. Esther’s Garden of Healing, 8184 Navarre Pkwy, Navarre. 850684-3230. Facebook/EsthersGardenOfHealing.

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Let’s Laugh – 10am & 4pm. Children laugh 300 times per day and adults less than 20. Laughter helps decrease stress, boost the immune system, improves feeling of wellbeing. Come laugh your way into good health. Free. Sunshine Yoga, 211-E Main St, Destin. 850-687-8603.

Power Flow Yoga – 6-7am. Jump start your day with this powerful yoga flow class guaranteed to strengthen your core, increase flexibility and improve balance. You will leave feeling energized. $14/drop in, packages available. Sunshine Yoga Studio, 211-E Main St, #E, Destin. 850-687-8603.

Urban Zen Yoga Class – 10:30-11:30am. In a world of over-stimulation and over-work, these practices can offer you a meditative sanctuary. No yoga experience necessary. $15/drop-in, packages available. Dragonfly Yoga, 184 Brooks St, #2, Downtown Fort Walton Beach. 850-244-0184. Yoga for Charity – 4:30pm. $5 donation to Paws. Dragonfly Yoga, 184 Brooks St, #2, Downtown Fort Walton Beach. 850-244-0184.

monday Discounted Spa Services – Pamper yourself at student clinics with discounted massages, facials, manicures and pedicures. $10-$35; gift certificates available. Career Institute of Health and Esthetics, 1008 Airport Rd, #C, Destin. Appointments required: 850-543-4919. CareerInstituteDestin@ Yoga for Women – 10-11am. It’s time to be at ease and enjoy your yoga. This class is tailored to the needs of today’s woman. All ages and all levels of fitness are welcome here. $15/drop-in, packages available. Dragonfly Yoga, 184 Brooks St, #2, Downtown Fort Walton Beach. 850-244-0184. Yoga – 6pm. Yoga for all ages and levels taught by Jill Jordan. Love offering. Unity of Panama City, 1764 Lisenby Ave, Panama City. 850-769-7481. Student Massages – 6:30-8pm. $35. Career Institute of Health and Esthetics, Student Clinics. 1008 Airport Rd, Unit C, Destin. Appt. 850-543-4919.

Yoga – 8:45am. Restorative Yoga for beginners and experienced. Love offering. Unity of Panama City, 1764 Lisenby Ave, Panama City. Open Mike at Crestview Library – 6-7:45pm. 2nd Tues. Poetry & Music Jam for poets and musicians to read, perform, improvise and play together. Everyone is welcome. Free. Crestview Library, 445 Commerce Dr, Crestview. Esther: 850-682-4432. Rick Sanders: 850-585-6399. Prosperity Plus Class – Through Jul 8. 6:30pm. Does a life of unlimited abundance sing to you? This 10 week course will ignite your potential and give you a map for living your best life now. $50.00/includes workbook and CD’s. Unity of Panama City, 1764 Lisenby Ave, Panama City. 850-769-7481.

wednesday Salute the Sun – 9am & 5:45pm. Sun Salutation honors the sun and brings its power into your heart. This class utilizes Sun Salutation to warm and lubricate the muscle followed by yoga poses that improve balance and coordination. Sunshine Yoga Studio, 211-E Main St, #E, Destin. 850-687-8603. Off the Vine Organic Produce Pick Up FWB – 9am-5pm. Pre-order online by Sunday. PU on Wed. Off the Vine, 11 Eglin Parkway NE, Fort Walton Beach. 850-374-2181. Off the Vine Organic Produce Pick Up Panama City – 10am-5pm. Pre-order online by Sunday. PU on Wed. Somethin’s Cookin, 93 E 11th St, Panama City. 850-374-2181. Off the Vine Organic Produce Pick Up Destin – 10am-5pm. Pre-order online by Sunday. PU on Wed. Yolo Boards, 11610 US Hwy 98 W, Miramar Beach. 850-374-2181. Paddleboard Yoga – 10am. The confidence built in this practice is unparalleled. No paddling or yoga experience is required; we help first-timers feel comfortable and confident as they experience sun-kissed bliss. $45, gear included. The Boathouse at Watercolor Resort, between Destin & Panama City. Reservation, Shanda: 239-560-6667. Meditation Circle – 11am. A weekly meditation offered to all those interested in learning meditation or if you meditate on a regular basis. Love offering. Unity of Panama City, 1764 Lisenby Ave, Panama City. 850-769-7481.

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Off the Vine Organic Produce Pick Up Rosemary Beach – 11am-6pm. Pre-order online by Sunday. PU on Wed. Wild Olive’s Market, 104 N Barrett Sq, Rosemary. 850-374-2181. Off the Vine Organic Produce Pick Up Santa Rosa Beach – 12-3pm. Pre-order online by Sunday. PU on Wed. Stacey Bake’s, 26 Logan Ln, Santa Rosa Beach. 850-374-2181. Off the Vine Organic Produce Pick Up Niceville – 12-5pm. Pre-order online by Sunday. PU on Wed. Bluewater Fitness, 4591 Hwy 20E, Niceville. 850374-2181. Off the Vine Organic Produce Pick Up Crestview – 12-5pm. Pre-order online by Sunday. PU on Wed. Body-B-Healthy, 2227 S Ferdon Blvd, Crestview. 850-374-2181. Off the Vine Organic Produce Pick Up Niceville – 2-5pm. Pre-order online by Sunday. PU Wed. Bluewater Chiropractic, 4400 Hwy 20E, #207, Niceville. 850-374-2181. Off the Vine Organic Produce Pick Up Navarre – 2-6pm. Pre-order online by Sunday. PU on Wed. Esther’s Garden of Healing, 8184 Navarre Pkwy, Navarre. 850-374-2181. Off the Vine Organic Produce Pick Up Niceville – 2-6pm. Pre-order online by Sunday. PU on Wed. Staff of Life, 119 Partin Dr, Niceville. 850-3742181. Taoist Tai Chi Beginner Classes – 5pm. Discover this gentle set of movements that promote well-being for people of all ages and in all conditions. A Dance Studio, 1047 E John Sims Pkwy, Niceville. Details, cost: 334-328-8647. A Course in Miracles – 6:30pm. Complete self-study spiritual thought system to the way of universal love and peace. Love offering. Unity of Panama City, 17964 Lisenby Ave, Panama City. 850-769-7481.

thursday Yoga – 9-10:30am. Yoga for all ages and levels taught by Jill Jordan. Love offering. Unity of Panama City, 1764 Lisenby Ave, Panama City. 850769-7481. Gentle Flow Yoga – 10am. Beginner based therapeutic movement combined w/breath

awareness. Dragonfly Yoga, 184 Brooks St, #2, Downtown Fort Walton Beach. 850-244-0184. Deep Healing Yoga – 11am-12pm. This class blends basic yoga poses, Pranayama and meditation, resulting in a restorative, healing yoga practice. Great for beginners and those with arthritis or injuries. $14/ drop in, packages available. Sunshine Yoga, 211-E Main St, Destin. 850-687-8603. Law of Attraction: Abundance – May 8, 15, 22. 11:45am-1pm. Abundance is not something we acquire. It is something we tune into. Join Felicia for this three week discipline focused on attracting and opening up to the abundance of the universe. $33. The Healing Clinic, 184 Brooks St, Bldg 1, Fort Walton Beach. 850-217-2771. YoginiFelicia@ Tong Ren Healing – 12:30pm. Tong Ren energy healing is based on the belief that disease is related to interruptions in the body’s natural flow of chi, neural bio-electricity, blood or hormones. Tong Ren Therapy utilizes the concept of collective unconsciousness to remove these blockages. Love offering. Unity of Panama City, 1764 Lisenby Ave, Panama City. 850-769-7481. Kids Only Yoga – 4:30pm. Introduce the principles and traditions of yoga to children so they will help lead the world into a more peaceful tomorrow. Ages 5-12. $14/drop in, $48/4 classes. Sunshine Yoga, 211-E Main St, Destin. 850-6878603.

friday Breastfeeding Support Group – 9:30am. With lactation counselor. Free. Growing Green Bums, 296 Bayshore Dr, Niceville. 850-279-6647. Friday Yoga – 10am. This fun upbeat class is what Friday is all about. Join Felicia to move, breathe and enjoy the moment. $15/drop in, packages available. Dragonfly Yoga, 184 Brooks St, #2, Downtown Fort Walton Beach. 850-244-0184. Deep Healing Yoga – 10:45am-12pm. Class blends basic yoga poses, pranayama, and meditation, resulting in a restorative, healing yoga practice. Good for beginners, arthritis, injured. $14. $5/children, multiple child discounts. Sunshine Yoga, 211-E Main Street, Destin. 850-687-8603.

saturday Gentle Flow Yoga – 9am. Classes are beginner friendly. Focus on gentle, therapeutic movement, breath awareness and meditation. $10/drop in. Dragonfly Yoga, 184 Brooks St, #2, Downtown Fort Walton Beach. 850-244-0184. Family Yoga – 11am-12pm. Combine family time with health, wellness, and fun. Learn easy basic poses and partner yoga poses that you can do together anywhere. Children ages 2+ recommended. $14. $5/children, multiple child discounts. Sunshine Yoga, 211-E Main Street, Destin. 850-687-8603.


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classifieds Submit classified entries online only at The submission form is located on the Advertising web page. $20 for 20 words, $1 per extra word. CLASSES/TRAINING INDIVIDUAL PROGRAM TAILORED TO YOUR NEEDS – Personal training, holistic wellness counseling. Private yoga instruction. or call 850-2380566. $20 MASSAGE ENVY DESTIN LOCATION – hiring licensed massage therapists. We invite you to be part of making a difference in those you touch. National franchise with competitive compensation. Earn a great living in a professional supportive environment in which to practice your art. Front desk associate positions also available. Email resume to: Clinic0941@ SALON PROFESSIONALS NEEDED – with valid Florida Cosmetology License for training in Organic Color Systems, to fill positions as Color Specialists. Only Serious candidates should apply. Salon Vedat, Destin: 813-841-4890.

PRODUCTS GRASS-FED BEEF. Now carrying Arrowhead grass-fed beef from Chipley, FL. Golden Almond Health Store. 339 Racetrack Road, NW. FWB. 850-863-5811. JUICE, SMOOTHIES, SOUPS AND SALADS. Enjoy our juice and smoothie bar; organic salads to go and organic soups (cold months). 9am-3pm. Mon-Fri. Golden Almond Health Store. 339 Racetrack Road, NW. FWB. 850-8635811.

SERVICES FREE WORKSHOPS “A HEALTHIER YOU” Deana Cooper Chapman, CCH, CNLP; Offers free monthly workshops that covers a new subject each Insomnia, Weight Loss, Sports Performance, Addiction, Self-confidence and more! You will learn how to change your thinking and achieve your highest goals with powerful tools including NLP, Hypnosis and Life Coaching. New location @ 8th Element Wellness, 90 Beal Pkwy NW Suite A-1 Ft. Walton Beach. 850-261-3596. LET ONE OF OUR KNOWLEDGEABLE STAFF MEMBERS HELP YOU with your questions on natural and organic foods, herbs, supplements and anti-aging products. Golden Almond Health Food Store. 339 Racetrack Road, NW. FWB. 850-863-5811.



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Acupuncture Physician 2633 Hwy 77, Ste B, Panama City 850-628-8412 Panama City’s premier acupuncturist treating lower back, knee, neck and shoulder pain, emotional disorders, gastrointestinal, gynecological, musculoskeletal, addictions, allergies, arthritis, migraines and other conditions. Practitioner of oriental medicine and provider of Chinese herbs. See ad, page 6.

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John S Kovar, DC 29 G Miracle Strip Hwy SW, FWB 850-244-1200 • Experience the many benefits of acupuncture. Restoring health naturally to patients for more than 30 years, Dr. Kovar also offers chiropractic care, nutrition response testing with designed clinical nutrition, and massage. See ad, page 7.

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60 2nd St, Ste 304, Shalimar 850-651-2286 A patented, soft-tissue system/ movement-based massage technique that treats specific issues with muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia and nerves; for example, carpal tunnel, sciatica, plantar fasciitis and many more. See ad, page 19.

Felicia is a transformation healer that offers a unique blend of reiki/ massage therapy sessions. Her insight and understanding in the language of energy will amaze you. See ad, page 17.



8th Element Wellness LLC 90 Beal Pkwy NW, Ste A1, FWB 850-598-7515


Janice Skene 114-B Benning Dr, Destin • 850-837-2690 • Organic Salon Systems started a revolution of healthier, natural, organic, better performing professional products. Beauty without sacrificing health. Coloring and smoothing treatments for silky, healthy hair. No SLS, ammonia, parabens, plastics. See ad, page 4.

Specializing in Pain Management Massage and a blend of Therapeutic Massage Techniques with focused intention to de-stress the body and mind. MA50499. See ad, page 15.

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8th Element Wellness LLC 90 Beal Pkwy NW, Ste A1, FWB 850-420-5819

Helping clients relax and rejuvenate with Therapeutic Massage, Hot Stone Massage and Pregnancy Massage in a safe and caring environment. MA57307. See ad, page 15.


John S. Kovar, DC 29 G Miracle Strip Hwy SW, FWB 850-244-1200 • Practicing locally for over 30 years, expertise in treating pain conditions, auto injury and restoring health naturally through nutrition response testing, clinical nutrition, acupuncture, massage and chiropractic wellness care. See ad, page 7.


8th Element Wellness LLC 90 Beal Pkwy NW, Ste A1, FWB 850-803-5110

Offering Deep Tissue, Sports and Therapeutic Massage to reduce stress, restore range of motion and to achieve pain a free life. MA75112 See ad, page 15.


Cindy Butler, Owner/Therapist 4012 Commons Dr W, Ste 120, Destin 850-269-1414 • Colonics, ionic footbaths, infrared saunas. Organic non-surgical facelift, weight loss (lose 20 lbs in 40 days), body wraps, massage, teeth whitening, airbrush tan, makeovers.


Holistic Practitioner (MA68035) THE Healing Clinic Fort Walton Beach, LLC 850-217-2771 • Laura’s hands share experience, knowledge, clarity and grace. She specializes in massage and LED light therapy. She also specializes in raindrop technique with Young Living oils. See ad, page 17.


Pharmaceuticals Built For You 1719 S County Hwy 393 • Santa Rosa Beach 850-622-5800 • Pharmaceutical compounding formulates your prescriptions to meet your individual needs. Providing compounding for hormone and thyroid replacement t h e r a p y, d e r m a t o l o g y, p a i n management and other areas. Regina Jaquess, Pharm D. See ad, page 6.


April Lee, DC 4400 Hwy 20 E, Niceville 850-897-1177 • Natural and holistic healthcare. Offering chiropractic care, lumbar decompression, physical therapies, massage therapy, nutritional education and supplementation. Allow the body to heal the way it was designed.


82 Mack Bayou Loop, Santa Rosa Beach 850-622-0730 • Fax 850-622-0755

HENARD FAMILY CHIROPRACTIC Dr Karen Henard, DC 4566 Hwy 20 E, Ste 205, Niceville 850-897-1105 •

We work with patients and physicians to customize medications that meet specific needs. Personalized compounding may be what you need. Call to speak with a pharmacist. Kevin Bandy, RPh; Amy Frazier, PharmD. See ad, page 36.

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IAOMT Protocol 225 W Laurel Ave, Foley, AL 36535 251-943-2471 • Free book: Mercury Free Dentistry. Ozone, laser no-suture gum surgery, test for compatible materials, cavitycausing bacteria. Examine for gum disease bacteria. Laser cavity diagnoses, saliva, ph check, oral galvanic screening; no fluoride. See ad, page 29.

ENERGY CONSERVATION EMERALD AIR SERVICES, L.L.C. HEATING & AIR CONDITIONING 850-244-2665 112 Beal Parkway S.W., FWB To greatly improve system e f f i c i e n c y, e q u i p m e n t performance, and longevity, eliminate filter-changing inconveniences and provide you home with the purest, healthiest air. Choose Everclean Green. See ad, page 2.

GULF COAST INSULATION Serving the Emerald Coast (850) 685-9709

Locally owned and operated company committed to providing quality installation and products making homes and businesses healthier, more comfortable, and less expensive to operate. Call or click for a free estimate and consultation. See ad, page 11.


Chipley, FL 850-270-8804 Grass-fed beef: No hormones, no antibiotics, no corn. Raised right and sent off right. Selling individual cuts at the markets of Seaside and Rosemary. See ad, page 42.


A second generation chiropractor, Dr. Henard is committed to chiropractic wellness for the family, improving health naturally. More than 16 years’ experience in pediatrics, sports and automobile injuries. Most insurance and affordable cash plans.



2227 Ferdon Blvd, Crestview 850-682-8893 Find us on Facebook Knowledgeable staff and cutting edge digital health assessments. Dairy-free and gluten-free food items, supplements, homeopathic solutions and anti-aging products, plus delicious nutritional smoothies. See ad, page 27.

ESTHER’S GARDEN OF HEALING, LLC 8184 Navarre Pkwy • Navarre 850-499-3670

A unique establishment specializing in 150+ bulk herbs, 40+ loose teas, homeopathic remedies and our herbal skincare line. Find us on Facebook for an updated schedule of our weekly workshops. See ad. page 14.


Natural and organic foods. Largest selection of herbs and supplements in the area. Enjoy our new fresh juice bar, open weekdays 10-4. Knowledgeable and personable staff. See ad, page 28.

OFF THE VINE ORGANIC PRODUCE Serving Panama City, Rosemary Beach, Destin, Crestview, Niceville, FWB 850-374-2181 •

All organic – all the time! We bring the farmers market to you. Check our new organic produce selection every Friday and pick up the following Wed. Pick up or delivery available. See ad, page 25.


Ann Kief, Qivana Representative 850-622-2345 • Science-based all-natural nutritional product systems used by gold medal Olympians, professional athletes and medical doctors with proven results you can measure. Try TheQ, it’s good for you. See ad, page 10.

SYNERGY ORGANIC JUICE BAR AND CAFÉ 120 Miraclestrip Pkwy SE 850-865-4919

Juice Bar and Café offers farm-to-table meals prepared with regionally sourced organic produce and pantry items; glutenfree, dairy-free. Whole food cooking, juicing, gluten-free, vegetarian, vegan and raw food classes are available. See ad, page 11.

Hypnosis and Life Coaching CCH, CNLP 850-261-3596

Cellular Level Energy Healer, Spiritual Coach 850-585-5496 •

Phone sessions to transform health issues, serious diseases, unwanted patterns. 12 year successful track record. Authored Wellness Wisdom on natural health and healing.


339 Racetrack Rd NW, Ste # 3 850-863-5811 • Hours: M-F 9-6, S 10-4, Closed Sun


The mind is the most powerful gift we have. Using Hypnosis, NLP and Life Coaching you can improve, change or accept anything you truly desire. Reach your full potential. Two locations: Navarre Healing Arts & 8th Element Wellness FWB.


Tom Mueller, CMC, CHt 850-865-0285 •


Stephanie Penhollow Steph’s your go-to girl for spiritually guided health coaching! Specializing in surviving autoimmunity, addiction & chronic pain; includes healing with raw foods, kitchen organization, diet, menu planning.

Certified hypnotherapist and master life coach. Hypnosis is powerful anytime a change in feeling, thinking or behavior is desired. My mission is your success. Call today.


3 W Garden St, Pensacola 850-206-1853


Experienced intuitive medium, public speaker, and author. Find peace, healing and renewal of energy through energetic clearing, past life regression and spiritual counseling. Consultations in person or phone.

Panama City: 850-534-4170 Santa Rosa Beach: 850-534-4170 Destin: 850-424-7320 • General medicine with a holistic wellness approach and specialized services in bio-identical hormone therapy, weight loss, food allergies, nutritional analysis and anti-aging procedures. Most insurance accepted. See ad, page 22.


100 E Co Hwy 30A, Grayton Beach 16 N Palafox St, Pensacola 850-534-4534 • 850-438-5119


Mauricia Stanton, PhD, ARNP, BC 850-279-6815 1005 College Blvd W, Ste B, Niceville Dr. Stanton, a PhD in Natural Health, sees patients for all types of health concerns. Specializing in women’s care and children 12years and up. Always accepting new patients. Find on Facebook. See ad, page 12.

International award-winning jewelry designs. Museum-style gallery. Finest diamond collection in the region. More than 6,000 ergonomic original designs. Certified harmony green metal, refined not mined. Certified ethical gems. See ad, page 39.


Buddy Bowman Quantum Light Energy Coach 28 Racetrack Rd NW Inside Grace-Bowman Orthodontics 850-582-4929 •

INDUSTRIAL MEDICINE INSTITUTE Sheila Mohammed, MD, MSPH, PhD Board Certified • 850-736-8401 4542 Alba St, Pace

A holistic, caring physician combining traditional medicine with Oriental medicine; orthopedic medicine; holistic p a i n r e h a b i l i t a t i o n . We understand the patient’s physical, mental and financial difficulties and offer focused approaches to healthcare. See ad, page 28.

Healing light and energy photons reduce stress and bring bodies into balance. Promotes natural healing, as the body was designed and nature intended. Inside Grace-Bowman Orthodontics. Painless, convenient, noninvasive, drug-free. See ad, page 38.

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Wellness spa features a variety of therapeutic massage modalities, energy therapy, chakra balancing, skincare, Services Available: hypnotherapy and acupuncture with Dr. Sheryl Roe. Also available for group events, bridal massage parties, couples massage, girl’s day outings and workshops. See ad, page 15. Our space is also available for Massage Parties and Workshops!

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April Lee, DC 4400 Hwy 20 E, Niceville 850-897-1177 • Sports and rehabilitation massage therapy. Natural and holistic healthcare. Chiropractic care, lumbar decompression, physical therapies, nutritional education and supplementation. Allow the body to heal the way it was designed.



Denise Williams, Owner/Therapist 417 Racetrack Rd, NW, FWB 850-314-6642 • A full-service day spa dedicated to client care and wellness. Specialties are medical, pregnancy and Thai massage along with detox body treatments, anti-aging facials, Brazilian waxing and mani/pedi’s. See ad, page 3.


34904 Emerald Coast Pkwy, Unit #132 M-F 8am-10pm, Sat 8am-6pm, Sun 10am-8pm 850-650-8500 • Looking for professional, customized massages and facials in Destin? Our professional massage therapists and estheticians will customize massage and facial to fit your needs. Make Massage Envy your Destin spa. See ad, page 5.



Innovative pain treatment, different than anything you’ve tried before! Specializing in primal reflex release therapy. Find relief today from injuries, arthritis, headaches, muscle strain, postsurgical pain. See ad, page 5.

PROLOTHERAPY INDUSTRIAL MEDICINE INSTITUTE Sheila Mohammed, MD, MSPH, PhD Board Certified • 850-736-8401 4542 Alba St, Pace

Prolotherapy is the missing link in treating chronic pain by repairing traumatized ligaments throughout the body. We offer a variety of treatments, minimally invasive pain management. See ad, page 28.

30 Beal Pkwy, FWB 850-598-3633 •

60 2nd St, Ste 304, Shalimar 850-651-2286 Our team specializes in all types of therapeutic massage: sports rehabilitation, active isolated stretching, neuromuscular/ orthopedic massage, myoskeletal alignment and kinesio-tex tape application to help you achieve a pain free life. See ad, page 19.

Massage therapy classes day or evening, full or parttime available. License in as little as five months . National exam pass rate 100% for 42 months. GI Bill & MYCAA accepted. License #3720. See ad, page 16. .


Explore the possibilities of a new career massage therapy, skin care or nail specialty. Now enrolling new students. See ad, page 23.


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1008 Airport Rd, Unit C, Destin 850-543-4919 •

Massage therapy classes day or evening, full or part-time available. License in as little as five months. National exam pass rate 100% for 42 months. GI Bill & MYCAA accepted. License #3720. See ad, page 16.






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MelanSol is certified chemical-free skin care that brings hope and peace of mind to everyone who wants to enjoy a safe relationship with the sun. See ad, page 38.

RITUALS SKIN & BODY CARE BY CHARLI Charli Williams, Med. Aesthetician 12115 Panama City Beach Pkwy 850-596-2454

Experience ultimate skin and body care by a professional. Offering Microdermabrasion, European Facials, Peels, Lash & Brow Tinting, Waxing Body treatments and wraps by a State Board Certified professional. See ad, page 8.


Denise Williams, Owner/Therapist 417 Racetrack Rd NW, FWB 850-314-6642 A full-service day spa dedicated to client care and wellness. Specialties are medical, pregnancy and Thai massage along with detox body treatments, anti-aging facials, Brazilian. See ad, page 3.


We w e l c o m e a l l interested in seeking an inner awareness of God. We promote love, joy and peace through our thoughts, words and deeds.


Look fabulous from the start this tanning season, naturally. Organic sunless tanning, long lasting, natural appearance. Fast drying, Water-based, Alcohol free, no harsh dyes or chemicals. By Appointment Only. See ad, page 13.


Steph Penhollow Join us for all levels hot yoga or yin yoga asana. Detoxify and sweat. No flexibility required. Calm the anxious mind, heal the body, open the heart. Open 7 days. See ad, page 35.



Serving Florida Panhandle from Pensacola to Panama City 888-320-5531 • Your complete resource for questions, concerns, water testing needs. Treating water on the Gulf Coast for more than 60 years. Providing soft, conditioned water to the highest quality drinking water. See ad, page 12.


Downtown FWB 850-244-0184 • (MM16502)

Serene environment for the study and practice of hatha yoga. Certified instructors. Owner/ Director Laura Tryee, E-RYT 500. See ad, page 13.


211-E Main St, Destin 850-687-8603 • This cozy yoga studio located in the heart of Destin offers a variety of classes to suit the whole family. Owner/Instructor Kim Mosby, RYT 200. See ad, page 32.


Panama City: 850-534-4170 Santa Rosa Beach: 850-534-4170 Destin: 850-424-7320 • General medicine with a holistic wellness approach and specialized services in bio-identical hormone therapy, weight loss, food allergies, nutritional analysis and anti-aging procedures. Most insurance accepted. See ad, page 22.


Beginner’s welcome. Learn how to paddle, enjoy the benefits of yoga, and experience sun-kissed bliss. Weekly classes, private lessons, parties, retreats. Fun, sun, fitness and adventure. Let your soul shine. See ad, page 9.

INDUSTRIAL MEDICINE INSTITUTE Sheila Mohammed, MD, MSPH, PhD Board Certified • 850-736-8401 4542 Alba St, Pace

Providing a holistic approach to weight loss by combining Eastern and Western Medicine to achieve a balanced program. We understand the physical, mental and financial difficulties of patients and offer focused approaches to healthcare. See ad, page 28.


850-279-6980 1157 John Sims Parkway, Niceville

1764 Lisenby Ave, Panama City 850-769-7481 Committed to helping people find the way to their own understanding and experience of God and offering positive, practical resources for an abundant and meaningful life.

Yoga, HOT yoga, Warm yoga and Prenatal yoga- Gentle, beginners, Pilates, Hatha and Flow. Kristy Souto and Teri Harnett owners previously at Barefoot Yoga. See ad, page 8.

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