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contents Natural Awakenings is your guide to a healthier, more balanced life. In each issue readers find cutting-edge information on natural health, nutrition, fitness, personal growth, green living, creative expression and the products and services that support a healthy lifestyle.


No-Fuss, Stay-Trim Strategies


by Matthew Kadey

GrowGreen Organics Simply Organic Hydroponic System Grow Fresh Organic Herbs, Fruits and Vegetables.

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Natural Ways to Keep Kids Well by Kathleen Barnes

20 DINING GUIDE A Guide to Local Eating

22 NATURAL FERTILITY Acpuncture and Herbs Induce a Productive Balance


by Jude Forsyth



Cities, Schools and Churches Move their Money to Local Economies by Rebecca Leisher

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Wise Parenting Insights from Wendy Mogel by Meredith Montgomery



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Summer Olympics Highlights the Excitement by Randy Kambic


Unleash a Deeper Connection by Jude Forsyth


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18 healthykids 21 inspiration 22 healingways 24 greenliving


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ecause my older sister was born with celiac disease, our family has always been committed to scanning the ingredient labels on food products and choosing them carefully, and this often resulted in creating our own snacks. I can recall many experimental recipes to duplicate the popular commercially made goodies that never seemed to match up and more often than not, were not even edible. Gluten-free treats and snacks, however, have come a long way, but more importantly, we learned at an early age that it could be convenient to avoid processed foods and enjoy what was naturally created. Fresh fruits, vegetables, nuts, grains, fresh-caught fish and grass-fed meats became the easier choice. My mother kept ample supplies of fresh produce on hand for snacks, and every day after school we kids would come home to a crockpot of fresh homemade greens, still warm and ready to quickly spoon out. Most of our produce came from friends’ and family farms. Freshly picked green beans, collards and black-eyed peas were our staples. Fortunately, my mother was adamant about introducing us (and our friends) to a variety of produce in an effort to expand our tastes, which kept it interesting and adventurous for all of us. Many of my friends still recall that the first time they ever saw an artichoke or tasted an avocado was in my home. “Healthy Eating, Family-Style,” by Matthew Kadey, spoons out some helpful suggestions for a healthier way to feed todays families without eliminating the convenience we have all grown accustomed to, and keeping it real. I often hear, “Eating healthy is too expensive,” but I encourage families to go one month without purchasing anything in a box, bag or can, and see how much money they have left over for the good stuff. We have added a healthy dining guide to the magazine, listing many of the local places to find vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free and grass-fed beef meals. Dining out can be a challenge, so we invite you to visit these local restaurants and cafés to discover tantalizing, delicious meals. In keeping with the focus on healthy families, I am delighted to share an article, “Natural Fertility,” by Judy Forsyth, who interviewed two local acupuncturists that specialize in natural fertility. Doctor of Oriental Medicine Drew Smith, owner of The Tortoise Clinic, in Santa Rosa Beach, and Erin Taliaferro, DOM, the owner of Coastal Acupuncture, in Pensacola, bring a widely popular and proven option for providing Northwest Florida families with a natural holistic way to improve fertility and healthy pregnancies. I consider our area fortunate to have this option, especially because it is an affordable way for families that may otherwise not be able to find the necessary treatment. Finally, something new this month is a call for cover art and photography. I know that our area is filled with some of the most talented artists around, so I am sure that one or more of you will soon be the talk of our publication as you are chosen by any of our 80 publishers nationwide to adorn the cover of their local Natural Awakenings edition. See the news brief on page 9 for more information and give us the opportunity to celebrate your art. As always… feel good, live simply and laugh more,

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newsbriefs Teacher Training From Abhaya Yoga Center


bhaya Yoga Center is offering its Teacher Training Program II, beginning with a three-day Anusara Workshop with Cat McCarthy, from September 14 to16. Further training is schedule for one weekend a month, beginning October 12 and ending May 12, 2013, with graduation. Participants will then be eligible to register with Yoga Alliance at the 200-hour level. The program is facilitated by Abhaya Director Nancy LaNasa, Rebecca Sathre and several guest teachers. The training will encompass asana, pranayama, philosophy, ethics and lifestyle. Says LaNasa, “We will deepen our commitment to our community and offer a place where students of yoga can expand and intensify their knowledge of this ancient practice.”

See Argy in ‘Person’ at Argonaut Race


Location: 415 N. Tarragona St. , Pensacola. For more information, call Nancy LaNasa at 850-439-0350 or email

he fourth annual Argonaut 5K for adults and children will be held at 7 a.m., August 18, on the University West Florida campus. A live DJ will entertain participants, with an appearance by UWF mascot, Argy the Argo. Complimentary refreshments will be served. All proceeds benefit UWF cross-country teams.

Benefit Run for Big Brothers and Big Sisters

Location: UWF, 1577 Campus Dr., Pensacola. For more information, contact Tyler Bowman at or John Bergen 850-474-214, or visit Tinyurl. com/Argonaut5K.


he Bushwacker 5K race will begin at 7:30 a.m., August 4, sponsored by the Capt’n Fun Runners, as a benefit for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Florida. The course starts at the South Santa Rosa Recreation Center at Shoreline Park, in Gulf Breeze, and finishes across from the Boardwalk at the visitor center on Pensacola Beach. Free bus transportation is offered from Pensacola Beach to the starting line from 6 to 7 a.m. The after party will be held at Capt’n Fun Beach Club, on Portofino Boardwalk. For mor e information, call Johnny Graves at 850-939-8073 or visit


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The New Agrarians

Child Nutrition Class at Ever’man Food Co-op


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elanie Angelis, ow n e r o f Th e Grecian Gardens, in Gulf Breeze, will present a class on foods for babies and children, Nourishing Our Children, at 5:30 p.m., August 18, at Ever’man Natural Food Cooperative, in Pensacola. She will talk about the best first foods for babies, how to introduce certain foods to your baby, what is the best diet for children to grow up strong and disease-free, how to prevent and reverse food allergies, what constitutes a preconception diet and how to make nutrient-dense foods kid-friendly. Location: 315 West Garden St. Cost: $25/$20 for Ever’man members. For more information, call 850-438-0402 or visit

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Mahabhuta Yoga Festival Hosts 24 Regional Studios



he Mahabhuta Yoga Festival, hosting more than 20 regional yoga studios, will be held from November 16 to 18, at the Sanders Beach Center, in Pensacola. Two dozen yoga workshops will highlight the talents of regional yoga teachers, artists, healers and musicians. The festival includes free outdoor music, Randy Hamilton | Hamilton Art Agency a vendor village with artists and organic food, a kids’ tent, and evening fire performances. Sean Johnson and the Wild Lotus Band will offer kirtan on Friday evening, and Saturday night will include an after party at the Vinyl Music Hall. “We chose the element of water for this first festival, as it is the Chinese Year of the Water Dragon, and our intention is to honor the sacred waters of the Gulf of Mexico and bring healing to all the waters along the Emerald Coast,” says Stacey Vann, a yoga teacher at Abhaya Yoga Center, in Pensacola. Vann, one of several yoga presenters for the festival, will be teaching Healing Kundalini Yoga: The Water Element. “Water is a sacred element, and we will be offering free alkalinized Kangen water to all participants. It is our gift for the participants and the Earth, so everyone should bring their water bottles to help make this a zerowaste event,” explains Vann. The event will also offer an onsite spa with acupuncture, reflexology, Reiki, Thai yoga bodywork and massage services. “My goal for the weekend will be to hold a high-vibrational environment of sacred space, with integrity and compassion for emotional and physical healing,” says Deborah Neff, who will be offering Thai yoga bodywork. NWF Natural Awakenings is an event co-sponsor, and a portion of all the proceeds will fund the Mahabhuta Yoga Foundation, to provide each participating studio with a scholarship fund for Gulf Coast residents or regional teachers to participate in yoga teacher trainings, workshops and continuing education. Cost: Yoga Workshops are $108, with early registration through Sept. 1. Location: Sanders Beach-Corinne Jones Resource Center, 913 S. I St., Pensacola. For more information, visit

Photo caption: At the Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation, Bob Gelardi and Demetrius Fuller present a check for $149,000 to Children in Crisis President/CEO Ken Hair, CIC Board Chairman Kitty Johnson, CIC co-founder Sharilyn Darnell and other CIC board members and staff. Left to right: Demetrius Fuller, Carla Musgrove, Sharilyn Darnell, Kitty Johnson, Bob Gelardi, Ken Hair, Jerry Lancaster, Crawford Sandefur, Dr. Judy Manning, Kay Litke and Don Litke.


he Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation continued to support Children in Crisis, Inc. and other children’s charities again this year. The Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation’s mission is, “Connecting wine enthusiasts to raise money for children in need.” Thanks to a record-breaking 2012 Charity Wine Auction, the Foundation raised approximately $1.4 million. This is the seventh consecutive year DCWAF has donated to CIC, totaling over $1 million. The CIC donation will sustain operations of Sue Sue’s Cottage/DCWAF Family Foster Home and the DCWAF Opportunity Home for transitioning foster teens for a year. For more information, call 850-864-4242 or visit

Call for Cover Art and Photography


atural Awakenings magazine is extending a call for cover art and photography and accepting submissions online via a dedicated webpage. The monthly healthy living, franchised publication, available free in more than 80 cities in the U.S. and Puerto Rico, is known for eye-catching covers that feature original works by artists from around the world. The covers reflect monthly editorial themes, and a variety of selections are distributed to all franchise publishers so they can choose which cover they want to run. “This is an exciting opportunity for artists and photographers to be featured on one of our covers and reach a huge new audience, because our readership exceeds 3.6 million,” says founder and CEO Sharon Bruckman. Selected artists that grant permission to use their work are featured in a one-third page, professionally written “Cover Artist/Photographer” editorial (bio) that introduces the artist and includes their website and contact information. For more information, including a list of monthly themes, submission terms and format requirements, visit See ad, page 29.

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Why Folk Remedies Rock W

hat do white tea, witch hazel and rose extract—long used as natural aids for preserving youth and wellbeing—have in common? They all possess potential health and beauty properties that could be simply too good to ignore, say scientists from London’s Kingston University. The researchers, working in collaboration with British beauty brand Neal’s Yard Remedies, tested 21 plant extracts and discovered that their naturally occurring substances may offer new treatments to block the progression of inflammation. The findings are promising as potential treatments for aging skin, as well as more serious illnesses such as cancer, diabetes, arthritis, neurodegenerative conditions and cardiovascular and pulmonary problems. Using human cells as their model, the researchers applied three different concentrations of white tea (freeze-dried powder), witch hazel (dried herb) and rose extract (in a medicinal tincture) to see what effect the mixtures might have on suppressing the rogue enzymes and oxidants that play key roles in cellular inflammation and aging. All three remedies were remarkably effective in keeping inflammation in check. Whenever inflammation starts—whether as a simple cut to a finger, exposure to the sun, chemicals or pollutants, or irritation due to an arthritic joint—the body begins to produce a protein compound called interleukin 8 that exacerbates the process. The three substances tested appear to successfully interfere with this. White tea displayed the most marked results.

Training Helps Bust Teacher Burnout T

eaching is tough, and teachers that stick with the profession have higher than average rates of stress and burnout than most other college-educated workers. A new study published by the journal Emotion explores how Cultivating Emotional Balance (CEB), a training approach that combines Buddhist practices of meditation and compassion with education drawn from Western psychology about emotion, can help. Teachers that participated in an eight-week CEB program showed a strong drop in feelings of depression and an increase in positive states of mind.

Cheap Bling is Bad News R

esearch from the Ecology Center, a nonprofit environmental organization, discloses that more than half of low-cost metal adult and children’s jewelry contain large amounts of toxic chemicals, including lead, cadmium, nickel, chromium and chlorine (from polyvinyl chloride, or PVC). The report notes that these chemicals have been linked in animal and some human studies to acute allergies and long-term health impacts such as birth defects, impaired learning, liver toxicity and cancer. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, young children should not be given or allowed to play with cheap metal jewelry, especially when unsupervised. Source:


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Dried Plums Keep Bones Healthy


hen it comes to improving bone health in postmenopausal women—and people of all ages, for that matter—eating dried plums is a simple, proactive solution to help prevent fractures and osteoporosis, reports a Florida State University researcher. “During my career, I have tested numerous fruits, including figs, dates, strawberries and raisins, and none of them come anywhere close to having the effect on bone density that dried plums, or prunes, have,” says Bahram H. Arjmandi, The Florida State University’s Margaret A. Sitton Professor and chair of the Department of Nutrition, Food and Exercise Sciences. Arjmandi and his colleagues tested two groups of postmenopausal women over a 12-month period. The first group of 55 women consumed 100 grams of dried plums (about 10 prunes) each day, while the second, control group of 45 women ate 100 grams of dried apples. All participants also received daily doses of calcium (500 milligrams) and vitamin D (400 international units). The group that consumed dried plums had significantly higher bone mineral density in the ulna (one of two long bones in the forearm) and spine, compared with the group that ate dried apples. According to Arjmandi, this was due in part to the ability of dried plums to suppress the rate of bone resorption, or breakdown, which tends to exceed the rate of new bone growth as people age.

Elderberry Elixir: Backyard Medicine Chest N Less Sleep Means Lower Grades


esearch presented in Minneapolis, Minnesota, at the 25th anniversary meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies, suggests that poor sleep hygiene is associated with a lower grade-point average, both in high school and college. This can be prevented, according to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, by cultivating habits and behaviors that promote healthy sleep, such as establishing a relaxing bedtime routine and avoiding ingesting caffeine during the afternoon and at night.

Walking + Texting = Forgetting


alking on a cell phone or texting might have an unexpectedly troubling downside. Researchers at Stony Brook University, in New York, studied young people that were texting while walking and discovered that they walked slower, veered off course more and experienced decreased working memory.

ew research is turning up another natural remedy to mend what ails us. Native to both North America and Europe and historically appreciated by Hippocrates as “nature’s medicine chest,” elderberries are especially rich in antioxidants, putting them near the top of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s oxygen radical absorbance capacity (ORAC) list. Both the flowers and fruit are used to make tea, juice, wine, preserves and nutraceutical products to treat a variety of ills. International herbalist James Duke, Ph.D., author of The Green Pharmacy, recognizes the elderberry’s age-old reputation as a remedy for viral infections and for treating cough, flu and tonsillitis. It’s even being studied for its activity against HIV and for regulating blood sugar. Researchers at the University of Missouri-Columbia are examining its potential for preventing strokes and prostate cancer, reducing inflammation and boosting resistance to infectious diseases. They’re set to host the first International Symposium on the Elderberry, from June 9 to 14, 2013. Terry Durham, a farmer and conservationist in Ashland, Missouri, describes elderberries—which are typically harvested in late August through early September—as “the superfruit in our own backyard.”

Mom’s Diet Can Boost Baby’s Immunity W

hat a new mom eats during her pregnancy affects her unborn baby’s immunity, especially vis-a-vis allergies, reports new research in The Journal of Physiology. The research found that if a mother’s diet contains a certain group of polyunsaturated fatty acids, such as those found in fish, walnut oil or flaxseed, the baby’s gut develops differently. These substances are thought to improve the way gut immune cells respond to bacteria and foreign substances, making the baby less likely to suffer from allergies.

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globalbriefs News and resources to inspire concerned citizens to work together in building a healthier, stronger society that benefits all.

Danger Signs

Monsanto Weed Killer Causes Animal Mutations The world’s most popular weed killer, Monsanto’s Roundup, a systemic, broad-spectrum herbicide, can induce morphological changes in vertebrate skeletal animals, say U.S. biologists studying its effect on amphibians. A study by University of Pittsburgh researchers says the poison, tested in environmentally relevant concentrations, caused the shapes of two species of amphibians to change. The study is the first to show these dangerous consequences. The presence of predators can cause tadpoles to change shape by altering their stress hormones, but similar shape changes seen after exposure to Roundup suggest the weed killer may interfere with the hormones of tadpoles, and potentially, many other animals. The development is important because amphibians not only serve as a barometer of an ecosystem’s health, but also as an indicator of potential dangers to other species in the food chain, including humans.

Better Doggie Bags Want Not, Waste Not

The New York Times estimates that 78 million dogs produce more than 10.6 million tons of dung annually. To tackle the growing problem of unhygienic doggie doo-doo, about which USA Today reports, “At some beaches, dogs help raise bacteria levels so high that visitors must stay out of the water,” operators of Allan H. Treman Marine State Park, in Ithaca, New York, started a project in 2009 to compost the waste in its dog park. Plastic bags that don’t decompose easily end up in landfills, so park officials began placing corn-based, compostable bags in dispensers. A local company, Cayuga Compost, picks up the waste weekly for processing and deposits it into a pile mixed with yard and wood waste at a nearby composting site. In 18 months, the company composted 12 tons of dog waste from the park. Lab tests have shown that the compost is pathogen-free and has a high-nutrient profile that is perfect for flowers, shrubs and trees. Cayuga Program Manager Mark Whiting calls it a great example of upcycling—taking something that is otherwise considered worthless and turning it into a product with higher value. Note: and similar entities provide complete sustainable systems for pet waste disposal; biodegradable bags are widely available at retail. 12

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Fit Lit

Long Live Exceptional Books With the avalanche of digital content available on a host of common devices that include computers, tablets and phones, some educators are concerned that literary classics are getting short shrift in the mix of websites, blogs, social networks and music. The Great Books Summer Program (GreatBooksSummer. com) introduces young book lovers to literature they would not typically encounter in today’s classrooms. The unique summer camp, held for the past 10 years at Amherst College, in Massachusetts, and Stanford University, in California, was created for middle school and high school students to discover and maintain critical reading and thinking skills during their seasonal break and beyond. “Great Books’ faculty not only stresses the importance of reading, but introduces exceptional literature that students wouldn’t typically discover on their own,” says co-founder and Academic Director Peter Temes, Ph.D. Primary goals of the program are to help students learn how to read and think at a college level; learn how to engage in lively, spirited, yet disciplined discussion; gain new powers of perception, critical thinking and self-expression; develop greater confidence with peers and adults; and launch their own lifelong intellectual journey. Register now for next summer. Source: The Christian Science Monitor

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Now, Monsanto has slipped an HR 872, into the house version of the Farm Bill. This so-called Reducing Regulatory Burdens Act would stop the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency from reviewing new and expanded uses of pesticides (often caused by the introduction of herbicideresistant GMO crops) and require the USDA to approve GE crops easier and faster. Most GMO crops have been genetically engineered to withstand spraying with herbicides whose toxic ingredients remain in the plants and then enter the environment and food chain. The American Academy of Environmental Medicine links GMO foods with adverse health effects, and the President’s 1 natural awakenings September 2012 Cancer Panel Report advises against choosing foods grown with pesticides, herbicides and chemical fertilizers. Join with millions of other concerned consumers and national organizations, such as the Organic Consumers Association, Center for Food Safety, United Farm Workers, American Public Health Association, Sierra Club, Rainforest Action Network and Institute for Responsible Technology, to safeguard our food supply and environment. Tell Congress to remove Monsanto’s toxic provisions. Take action to protect citizens’ food at

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Wash & Wear How to Green Everyone’s Wardrobe Every fall, even with back-to-school sales, buying clothes can be costly for families. Also, new togs take a toll on the planet: Most common synthetic fabrics are petroleum-based; and according to the Sustainable Cotton Project (Sustainable, 25 percent of all insecticides applied in this country, including known carcinogens, are used to grow cotton. Perceived as a disposable commodity, garments purchased for growing children are typically discarded after serving only a fraction of their useful life, while teens dismiss outfits when fashions change. Adults often have closets full of items from when they weighed less. Here are 10 commonsense ways to redress the problem and lighten the family’s ecological footprint. Wash only as needed. Avoid wasting energy and water by washing clothing only when it’s dirty, rather than after a single gentle wearing; then drip- or line-dry. Go unisex for tots. Siblings can wear family hand-me-downs and share basic items like shirts and pants. Share. Family members, friends and neighbors can swap perfectly wearable fashions when they tire of them. Help strangers. Charitable nonprofits, detailed on websites like DressFor (women’s business attire) (athletic gear sent to developing countries) and (caring for the homeless), all have on-the-ground networks in place to redistribute goods. Give it back. Some brands take back and recycle their products. Nike (, for instance, repurposes any brand of worn-out athletic shoes in the making of new sports facilities. Shop where you drop. When dropping off donated clothing and other items at a thrift or resale store, walk inside and see what’s for sale. Read labels before purchasing. Some clothes require more maintenance that isn’t eco-friendly, such as special detergents, ironing or even dry cleaning, which typically uses toxic perchloroethylene (PERC)—unless it’s a green cleaning process. Look for alternatives. Clothing made from organic, low-impact or recycled materials such as organic cotton, hemp, bamboo and recycled fibers, is available in stores and online. Dress casually. Dress suits for men and women require dry cleaning, so whenever possible, leave such fine attire in the closet. Buy the good stuff. Brand names often live up to their advertising. Prestigious trademarks often get that way by producing better-made, more durable clothing and also protecting their image by avoiding exploitive practices. Check them out online via third-party evaluators. Source: Adapted from natural awakenings

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Business Spotlight

Pensacola School of Massage Therapy Creates Wellness Careers


im Kobacker is a student from Pensacola about to complete her seventh month of an eight-month massage therapy training program. She is enthusiastic about all aspects of her experience at the Pensacola School of Massage Therapy & Health Careers (PSMTHC), and says, “I chose this school for several reasons. First, the teacher-to-student ratio allows for personalized instruction. Second, the front office and management staff works with you to prepare you financially and to help you to plan for your education. Third, and most of all, is the knowledge, experience and variety of specialty training of the instructors.” Statistics show a growing demand for professional massage therapists employed in different types of facilities: physical rehabilitation centers, chiropractic clinics, health clubs, resort spas, cruise ships, university athletic departments, beauty salons, corporate offices, hospitals and private practices. The PSMT program combines lecture, lab and clinical study totaling 640 hours, with 60 being a clinical practicum. Approximate completion time is eight months. Financial aid is available in the massage therapy program to qualified students. One of the reasons for the success of the program is a dual approach to student preparation. The staff is devoted to both the education of the students and helping them find employment. Judy Holley, the school’s director, explains, “The program is designed to provide the student with the theory and practice of massage therapy, incorporating a variety of recognized modalities, so that the graduate will be well prepared to pass the licensure exam to become a licensed Florida massage therapist. We continue our support of our graduating students for the workforce with our school placement service.” The placement service includes help with resume writing and interview techniques, provides potential employer lists and current job openings and makes referrals for upcoming positions as employers communicate their needs to the school. The graduate employment rate is 92 percent. Paul Pearson, LMT, owner of Northwest Florida Sports and Medical Spa, is one of those successful graduates. He 14

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states, “Pensacola School of Massage Therapy & Health Careers played a very important role in launching my career as a licensed massage therapist and my clinic. The advice didn’t stop once I had graduated. The instructors were there to answer all my questions about contracts and setup that didn’t arise while in school.” Rick Perry, LMT, and a PSMTHC instructor, says, “Teaching, to me, is bestowing passion onto my students so that they desire to receive that knowledge. The challenge of making my students “hungry” is the best thing about my job.” He continues, “Our job as teachers is to make our students successful in the real world. Students can take great steps toward this objective by having a certain level of interest, curiosity and passion for the material they are learning.” While applicants need to have a high school diploma or the equivalent and the desire to become a licensed massage therapist, Pearson has words of advice for anyone interested in massage therapy, “Study hard and get in shape. Your brain is the toolbox that’s going to make you successful, but poor body mechanics can be a careerender in our field. Your body is the tool that’s going to get your clients back to their daily activities and keep them coming back.” In addition to the massage therapy program, the school offers education and job placement services for two other medical careers. “The nursing assistant program is a 15-week program, providing theoretical and clinical experiences necessary for the student to acquire the entry-level competencies required of certified nursing assistant,” explains Holley. “The medical assistant program prepares students for a broad spectrum of entry-level positions in the medical assistant field. The student learns the clinical, as well as the administrative, aspects of medical assisting.” Kobacker summarizes, “The quality of the instruction provided by all my teachers is phenomenal. They care for their students; they want you to succeed and will help with your goals—days, nights and weekends.” To enroll, contact the admissions office at 850-474-1330.

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A supporting study published in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association confirmed that tykes that took in fewer family meals (and watched more TV) were more likely to be overweight. University of Minnesota researchers found that adolescent girls that ate often with their family were less prone to use cigarettes, alcohol and drugs. Try this: Commit to a sit-down meal most days of the week, suggests Registered Dietitian Brenda J. Ponichtera, author of Quick and Healthy Recipes and Ideas. Don’t overlook breakfast as potential family time as well, counsels Ayoob. “Kids that eat a well-balanced breakfast do better in school, have improved vitamin and mineral intake and are more likely to maintain a healthy body weight.”

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Healthy Eating, Family-Style No-Fuss, Stay-Trim Strategies by Matthew Kadey


n exhausting routine of early morning wakeups, soccer practices and work deadlines makes it understandably easy to put healthy family eating on the back burner. As more time-strapped families adopt drive-through dining, it’s no surprise that weight scales nationwide are buckling under the pressure. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, more than a third of American adults are obese. But the expanding-waistline epidemic impacts far more than just the quality of life among adults. A report in the Journal of the American Medical Association states that 16 percent of children are either overweight or obese, with another 16 percent knocking on the door. According to Sally Phillips, a registered dietitian and nutrition expert at Ohio’s Akron Children’s Hospital, a child that has an unhealthy body weight not only often has self-esteem issues, but is also at increased risk for Type 2 diabetes, hypertension, elevated blood cholesterol and triglycerides, plus orthopedic challenges; all health problems that possibly could impact life expectancy.


More, childhood obesity that progresses into adulthood has been linked to increased artery wall thickness—a marker for atherosclerosis. Because many overweight children become plump adults, lifestyle modification at an early age is vital. Try these no-fuss strategies from experts to overcome today’s pitfalls to attaining family nutrition.

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The sit-down meal is an endangered family function, thanks to hectic schedules, time spent with TV, video games, the Internet and other electronic devices, as well as the perceived uncool factor of noshing with the folks. Yet studies show that family meals foster communication and usually lead to higher intakes of calcium- and fiber-rich fruits and vegetables, plus lower amounts of unhealthy fats, sugar and sodium, says Keith-Thomas Ayoob, Ed.D., a registered dietitian and associate clinical professor in the Department of Pediatrics at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, in New York.

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Today’s average American household obtains more than 20 percent of its daily calories from beverages; on average, soft drinks alone account for 8 percent of adolescents’ calorie intake. The rise in beverage consumption has mirrored the country’s slide toward rounder body shapes. “Satiety is less when you drink calories versus eating the same calories in foods, because drinks empty from the stomach quicker,” advises Phillips. “The extra calories from liquids can easily exceed what the body can use.” The worst culprits are “liquid candy” such as soda and energy, sport and sweetened fruit drinks. In a study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, Harvard researchers confirmed that a greater intake of these beverages leads to weight gain in adults and children. “Plus, most sweetened drinks don’t have much nutritional value,” says Ayoob. Although they contain important vitamins, even fruit juices, such as orange, cranberry and apple, still pack a lot of concentrated sugars. Try this: Phillips recommends limiting empty-calorie sweetened beverages and replacing them with unsweetened choices like low-fat milk, homemade iced tea and filtered water jazzed up with lemon or lime. Keep daily intake of fruit juice between four to eight ounces, and focus on eating whole fruits, instead. “You can also freeze natural fruit juice in ice-cube trays,” says Phillips. “Pop these into [a glass of] water for a hint of sweet flavor.” Send children to school or camp with a reusable, BPA-free water container (stainless steel works well) so

they get in the aqua-drinking habit. Also consider stocking the fridge with refreshing, potassium-rich coconut water.

Chicken again?

Never before has such a variety of foods been more readily available. Still, too many families fall into the trap of preparing the same familiar eats—like spaghetti, chicken, and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches on white bread— week in and week out. When children are repeatedly presented with the same foods, they don’t learn to appreciate new flavors and textures, which reinforces a picky palate and a fear of unfamiliar dishes, says Ayoob. From a body weight standpoint, an article published in Science suggests that when the brain isn’t gratified by food—which can happen when the family eats roast chicken for the fourth time in the same week—people are more likely to make midnight kitchen raids and add to their total calorie intake. Try this: Once a week, have a newfood-of-the-week meal, featuring healthy ingredients such as quinoa, lean bison or kale, paired with family favorites, to encourage branching out. “Don’t throw in the towel if your child emphatically refuses it at the start. Research shows that it can take 10 or more times before a new food is accepted by a finicky eater,” advises Phillips, a mother of two. She also suggests letting kids loose in the produce department to pick a new fresh item they are curious about, and then involving them in its preparation, so they are more likely to try it. “Or, substitute a familiar food, like apples, with pears,” Ayoob recommends.

Snack attacks

With so much unhealthy snack food marketed toward kids, it’s easy for youngsters to graze their way to a bigger waistline. Findings shared by Italian university researchers in the Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition specifically link savory, energy-dense snack foods with childhood obesity. The U.S. Department of Agriculture reports that the percentage of American children eating three regular meals a day has decreased over the past 25 years, while consumption of high-calorie, snack-type foods has gone up. “Unhealthy snacking can have an impact on academic performance, energy levels and weight,” Ayoob remarks.

Try this: Don’t push the panic button if a child looks a little heavy while he or she is still growing, but it never hurts to give the household pantry and fridge an overhaul. First, get rid of nutrient-devoid chips, cookies and soda. “Replace them with healthier, portable fuel like nuts, baby carrots, low-fat string cheese and cottage cheese, yogurt and dried fruit,” suggests Ayoob. This does away with the goodversus-bad food battle on the home front. Ponichtera likes keeping a bowl of varicolored seasonal fruit on the counter for when kids return home ravenous. She also recommends offering sliced veggies and fruit with tasty and nutritious yogurt, guacamole or hummus dip, or making after-school smoothies, using frozen fruit, healthy, low-fat milk and yogurt. Because watching TV—including commercials extolling unhealthy foods— provides prime opportunities for mindless snacking (various studies link excess TV time with elevated body fat), consider pulling the plug after an hour. If snacking must be done in front of the tube, Ponichtera likes natural, unbuttered popcorn, deeming it excellent because it’s whole-grain, low in calories and high in filling fiber.

Meals in a hurry

The desire for something quick may be why half of total U.S. food expenditures today go to meals prepared outside the home. Studies suggest that the more we purchase fast food, the greater our girth. “This should come as no surprise, because what is often ordered is mostly out-of-control portions, higher in calories, fat, sugar and salt, than what would be served at home,” says Ayoob. Even shunning the all-too-familiar drive-through for a smarter option could pack on pounds. Researchers reported in the Journal of Consumer Research that an individual is likely to underestimate the calories in a meal marketed by a restaurant as healthier, than those in a meal from a perceived offender.

This mistake often leads to overeating through purchasing extra or bigger side orders, suggest the study’s authors. University of Minnesota research suggests that adolescent members of families that rely on fewer than three purchased meals per week are more likely to consume healthier beverages and vegetables with meals and less prone to indulge in soda and chips at home. Try this: Skip the fast food outlets and open The Joy of Cooking. “Preparing more home-cooked meals is all about planning and implementing time-saving strategies,” says Ponichtera. Take time during the weekend to create dinner menus for the coming week, with input from all family members, and make a detailed grocery list to facilitate an efficient visit to the health food store and grocery. Ponichtera also stresses the, “Cook once, serve twice,” trick, where home chefs purposely double the recipe and plan to serve leftovers later, adding different sides for variety. When time is at a premium, tossing ingredients for stews or chilies into a slow cooker in the morning is a tasty and healthy option. “Always have a few homemade dishes that can be easily warmed up, such as lasagna, soups and casseroles, in your freezer,” adds Ponichtera. It also works to freeze leftovers in lunch-size containers to take to work. On days when family members have time to cook, make salads and dressings (served on the side) or bean, vegetable and whole-grain side dishes ahead of time, so they will be ready accompaniments for the coming week’s entrées. “Involving children in the meal prep not only saves parents time,” reflects Ponichtera, “but also teaches kids valuable cooking skills they might otherwise lack.” Everybody wins. Canadian-based registered dietitian and nutrition writer Matthew Kadey also takes active vacations to keep trim. Copyrighted © 2012 Penton Media, Inc. 89020:512SH

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IMPROVING IMMUNITY Natural Ways to Keep Kids Well by Kathleen Barnes


or most parents, back-to-school season also signals the start of cold season, which for some kids, can stretch out for months. Kids’ immune systems, like their brains, need to be educated and strengthened, which might explain why young children are likely to experience two or three colds a year, says Dr. Lawrence Rosen, a holistic pediatrician practicing in New Jersey and chair of the American Academy of Pediatrics Section on Complementary and Integrative Medicine. Here are some great strategies to keep kids healthy and bolster their immune systems throughout the year. Manage stress: Stress is probably the biggest challenge to a child’s immune system, says Rosen. “Stress plays a big role in immune health. It literally impacts us on the cellular level. Studies repeatedly show that


kids get sick more frequently when they are stressed out.” “Give your kids some down time,” Rosen advises. “Don’t schedule every minute of their time. If you are a compulsive scheduler, then schedule quiet time.” Sleep is a vital component of immune system health, he points out. “Most children need eight hours of sleep a day and surprisingly, teenagers may need as much as 10 hours.” Eat right: Eliminating sugar completely from a child’s diet is a huge step toward better health and building a strong immune system, says holistic Pediatrician Debby Hamilton, of Boulder, Colorado. In California, a Loma Linda University study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition shows that eating or drinking eight tablespoons of sugar (about the amount in two, 12-ounce soft drinks) can:

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Dr. Lawrence Rosen suggests a homemade hand wash blend of essential oils commonly called Thieves Oil. He makes up his own sweet-smelling antibacterial blend from cinnamon, clove, lemon eucalyptus, rosemary and orange oils, mixed with a little aloe vera and water. Keep in a spray bottle next to every sink. n Reduce the ability of white blood cells to fight off infection by 40 percent. n Lower immune function for up to five hours. n Block absorption of vitamin C, which plays a vital role in immune function. n Make cells more permeable to the influx of bacteria and viruses. Tracee Yablon-Brenner, a registered dietitian, holistic health counselor and co-founder of, offers a few tips to get kids enthusiastic about healthy eating: n Ask kids to help prepare the food and set the table, with tasks appro priate to their ages. n Cut vegetables in small pieces and “hide” them in favorite foods; for example, add zucchini and broccoli to spaghetti sauce. n Grow a garden (even a container garden) and engage children in the fun of growing food. n Take them to a farmers’ market to help pick out meal ingredients. Any food high in vitamin C is great for strengthening immune systems and improving overall health. Sources include citrus fruits, berries, bell peppers, cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower and Brussels sprouts and all dark, green, leafy vegetables, especially kale. Yablon-Brenner thinks that juice is too high in sugar (even natural sugars) and instead favors fiber-rich whole fruits. She encourages eating lots of wild-caught fish (avoiding farmed fish, which can be contaminated with mercury and other toxic substances)

and plenty of foods rich in vitamin E and zinc, such as pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds. Probiotics are also important for keeping the immune system strong. For some kids, eating all-natural yogurt is enough, but for others, probiotic supplements may be necessary. “I’m really passionate about educating and teaching families about the benefits of eating real food and helping them recognize that food is really the best medicine,” says Yablon-Brenner. Exercise: Daily exercise is a key component of any health regimen. “Sometimes, I literally write a prescription for family exercise,” says Rosen. Outdoor exercise is beneficial because it also exposes children to the sun, helping them to manufacture the vitamin D that is essential for a strong immune system. Other highly recommended exercise programs include yoga for stress reduction, which can be adapted even for small children. Supplements: Rosen and Hamilton both favor select supplements for children, especially during cold and flu season. Rosen recommends a whole-food multivitamin for kids every day, as well as vitamin D supplements (if blood tests confirm a deficiency), as follows: 400 IU daily for babies, 1,000 IU for young children, 2,000 IU for tweens and 4,000 IU for teens and adults. Hamilton adds 15 milligrams of zinc daily and likes targeted herbal preparations for preventing and treating colds. Sanitation: The experts’ advice here may be surprising: They all recommend letting kids get a little dirty. “Kids are a little too sterile,” says Hamilton. “We used to play in the dirt, get dirt under our nails and expose our immune systems to bacteria that made them stronger. Our focus on antibacterial products today has actually led to the growth of antibiotic-resistant superbugs.” As a postscript, she recommends avoiding hand sanitizers; not only are they less than effective, but their alcohol content can cause dry skin. Kathleen Barnes is a natural health advocate, author and publisher; 10 Best Ways to Manage Stress is her latest book. Visit natural awakenings

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Come Back to Your Senses A Childlike Spirit Shows the Way by Clint Kelly


hildren know that the wonders of creation may be comprehended through the five senses; for what are the senses really, but five portals, or ways, of knowing? Watching any group of children for a time brings a distinct sense that they are closer to understanding all that the senses have to teach us. They don’t just smell a flower; they inhale it. An ant is best observed not from a standing position, but on one’s belly. They do not simply taste something good and move on, they roll it around the tongue, lick it gradually and make it last. Children savor their senses, patiently waiting for the full story to emerge. A child’s imagination is embellished by the senses to the point of celebration. Children are teachable because they are hitting on all cylinders of human sensory perception and can never get enough. A child at play is a child with portals wide open. If adults lived that way—hilariously, at full speed, unencumbered—how much more

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healingways The risk of using acupuncture is minimal, as long as the patient is treated by an acupuncturist that specializes in treating fertility disorders.

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Acupuncture and Herbs Induce a Productive Balance by Jude Forsyth


hen doctors can find no identifiable medical reason for a woman’s inability to conceive, the diagnosis is labeled “unexplained”, which statistically is the most common infertility diagnosis. At that point, lifestyle factors such as nutrition and emotional concerns become an issue. Natural fertility treatments are becoming more popular, with several natural methods now thought to enhance successful conception. Changes in diet, the use of supplements and herbs, ovulation charting, chiropractic care, massage therapy, hypnosis and relaxation techniques are all being used as natural fertility methods. Even for women using hormone injections and

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in vitro fertilization (IVF), natural methods are employed to increase the chances of conception. Two methods gaining in popularity are the ancient art of acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine. Their popularity as a natural treatment, affording complementary therapy to other fertility treatments, stems in part from studies (the Paulus Protocol is most well known) showing that acupuncture increases the rate of pregnancy in women undergoing IVF. Doctor of Oriental Medicine Drew Smith, owner of The Tortoise Clinic, in Santa Rosa Beach, explains, “Many women do not want to take strong drugs that are often part of a Western prescription for fertility treatment. Additionally, treatment with acupuncture and herbs is often less expensive.” Smith also sees many older women that are educated about the success rate for conception at their age and want to increase their odds by using acupuncture and herbal medicine. Smith points out that Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) treats unexplained infertility as the manifestation of a deeper underlying imbalance of the organ system. Acupuncture theory states there are 12 energy channels in the body, or “meridians”, with each one linking to a specific organ. Obstructed energy flow at certain points along the meridians causes health issues. “Acupuncture treatment stimulates meridian flow and harmonizes the body’s energy that controls reproduction and therefore, creates a fertile body by helping the body bring the organ system into balance,” says Smith.

Chinese medicine has been used to improve other OB/ GYN concerns as well. Erin Taliaferro, DOM, the owner of Coastal Acupuncture, in Pensacola, explains, “Recurrent pregnancy loss brings females into the acupuncture clinic as well; hypothyroidism, endometriosis, PCOS, autoimmune disorders and other clinical disorders are all common concerns in the acupuncture clinic.” In addition to rebalancing the body’s systems, treatments can strengthen the body’s energy and improve the ability to conceive. Taliaferro explains how acupuncture is used to treat fertility, “Most commonly, acupuncture attempts to increase circulation to the uterus and ovaries, regulate hormonal imbalances contributing to infertility, reduce overactive immune responses that inhibit conception, reduce the stress response to increase reproductive functioning, increase weight loss when needed and address many other nuances relating to various breakdowns or difficulties.” Within treatments, the practitioners use acupuncture, herbal medicine and natural fertility management. Smith explains further, “We are seeking diagnosis using basal temperature and cervical charting (in acupuncture terms— women’s yin), the taking of certain pulses, the examination of the tongue, and most important, learning the ebb and flow of the woman’s own cycle. Once we see the patterns, we can provide treatment to bring that pattern to normal.” Both men and women may use acupuncture for fertility issues. According to Taliaferro, couples often seek treatment together. For each woman, regulating the menstrual cycle can create the ideal conditions in the uterus for conception. The treatment of fertility issues for men may include sperm abnormalities, treatments to benefit varicocele, erectile dysfunction, prostate issues, pelvic pain, stress and lifestyle concerns. Smith wants to reassure both men and women about the biggest fear they may have. “There is no direct treatment of the genital organs with acupuncture treatments. We don’t even have to stimulate points in sensitive areas, some of the best points on the body are on the hands and feet,” he states. “Most often, we don’t ask them to take off their shirt, just their watch.” The timing of acupuncture treatments varies for each person and situation. “Acupuncture is most effective when employed a few months or weeks ahead of any planned procedure, or any time when conceiving naturally. It is gentle and cumulative, so in general, having a longer window of time gives the treatments longer to make adjustments to the body,”

says Taliaferro. “Acupuncture is useful through the first trimester of pregnancy to support healthy development. Ninety days, or three menstrual cycles, is generally a good guideline to use when attempting to schedule acupuncture therapy.” The risk of using acupuncture is minimal, as long as the patient is treated by an acupuncturist that specializes in treating fertility disorders. “Acupuncturists are very well-educated and are aware of the safety of administration during pregnancy and therefore, know any points or methods that would be considered contraindicated. It is important to seek a practitioner who does understand the advanced levels of conception and endocrinology, as today’s methods are so nuanced,” says Taliaferro. Smith also wants women to know that treatments may not start and end with conception. “Women also seek treatment to deal with menstrual problems, labor and delivery support, breech presentation, postpartum recovery and insufficient breast milk.” Smith believes herbs are an important part of a successful treatment both before and after delivery, saying, “I like to include an herbal recipe to restore vitality after birth.” Both Taliaferro and Smith suggest that one of the biggest benefits of acupuncture and herbal medicine for OB/GYN concerns is the overall wellness that patients can achieve during treatments. Says Taliaferro, “There may be other health concerns, and they can become minimal or nonexistent during treatment. This is because treatments help the body heal itself and come into a natural balance.” Smith agrees and adds, “Of course, nothing is more wonderful than helping to usher in a new soul.” Drew Smith can be reached at the Tortoise Clinic, in Santa Rosa at 850-267-5611. Erin Taliaferro can be contacted at Coastal Acupuncture, in Pensacola at 850-312-8186.

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INVESTING IN MAIN STREET Cities, Schools and Churches Move their Money to Local Economies


by Rebecca Leisher

ince the big corporate banks contributed to crashing the economy in 2008, news sources report that they’ve been rewarded with bailouts, tax breaks and executive bonuses, while American workers have lost jobs and homes. There is little wonder that many Americans—and now, institutions and local governments—have been closing their accounts at these corporate banks and transferring the money to community banks and credit unions. The intent is to send a strong message about responsibility to government and Wall


Street, while supporting institutions that genuinely stimulate local economies. The first Bank Transfer Day, last November, was publicized over five weeks, largely through social networks. During that period, credit unions received an estimated $4.5 billion in new deposits transferred from banks, according to the Credit Union National Association. Citizens are calling for financial institutions to be accountable, encouraged by the popularity of the Move Your Money campaign. Schools,

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churches and local governments across the country have been transferring large sums, or at least considering doing so, in order to invest in local economies instead of Wall Street. Last year, the city of San Jose, California, moved nearly $1 billion from the Bank of America because of the bank’s high record of home foreclosures. City council members linked foreclosures to lost tax revenue, reduced services and layoffs, and urged other U.S. cities to follow their example. The Seattle, Washington, city council responded to the Occupy Wall Street movement by unanimously passing a resolution to review its banking and investment practices, “…to ensure that public funds are invested in responsible financial institutions that support our community.” Officials in Los Angeles, New York City and Portland, Oregon, are discussing proposals that address how and where city funds are invested. Massachusetts launched the Small Business Banking Partnership initiative last year to leverage small business loans, and has already deposited $106 million in state reserve funds into community banks. Student activists and the Responsible Endowments Coalition are urging colleges and universities—some of which have assets comparable to those of a town or city—to move at least a portion of their endowments from Wall Street. The Peralta Community College District, in California, with an annual budget of $140 million, has done just that. The district’s board of trustees voted unanimously last November to move its assets into community banks and credit unions. Churches and faith organizations are moving their money, too. Congregations in the California interfaith coalition LA Voice vowed to divest $2 million from Wells Fargo and the Bank of America, ending a 200-year relationship with the big banks. The Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church, in East San Jose, pulled $3 million out of the Bank of America and reinvested the funds into Micro Branch, a division of SelfHelp Federal Credit Union, designed to assist underserved communities. Moving money to where banking practices and investments are transparent is the most effective action. Oregon Banks Local represents small businesses, family farms and community banks. It offers a website tool that ranks local banks and credit unions on such criteria as where they are headquar-

tered, jobs created and the extent of local investment, showing which financial institutions truly serve local communities. “People from all walks of life are angry at the banks,” says Ilana Berger, co-director of The New Bottom Line, a national campaign that promotes mov-

ing money from Wall Street. But the broad appeal of this grassroots movement toward financial reform is based on more than anger or strategy. “It’s a way to move our money to follow our values,” says Berger. “It’s an opportunity to really protest against the banks,

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itch the Cards. All electronic transactions siphon money out of the local community to some extent, so try the human approach and bank in person. Make purchases with cash or second best, write a check. If plastic is the only choice, choose a debit card. Local merchants lose some of their potential profit each time you use a card, but they pay up to seven times more in fees when it’s a credit card. Studies show that people spend 12 to 18 percent more when they use cards instead of cash. Move Your Debt. Already broken up with your megabank? From credit card balances to car loans to mortgages, megabanks make far more money off your debt than your savings. Refinance debt with a credit union or local bank and let the fees support your community. Be wary of “affinity credit cards”, which donate a certain amount per purchase to charitable organizations but often are connected with a megabank. Spend Deliberately. Forget Internet deals; shop local and independent. Support second-hand markets by buying used, and barter and trade services when possible. Look for goods grown and made nearby. Research purchases carefully; find easy company-screening assistance at Green America’s Responsible Shopper website ( Shorten Loan Lengths. To maximize interest paid by customers, banks offer to stretch out terms. Avoid the 30-year mortgage or the seven-year car loan. If you’re stuck with one on paper, change the terms yourself. Decide the loan duration that’s best for you and pay down the principal. Calculators at sites like can be used for any loans, not just mortgages. Earn Feel-Good Interest. A community development bank will reinvest money from a CD back into the local community and pay you interest. So will

alternative savings tools offered by RSF Social Finance or the Community Investment Note from the nonprofit Calvert Foundation, which also lets you target by cause, such as public radio stations. Put money into microloans and receive no interest, but big returns in socioeconomic justice. Closer to home, consider investing in family, such as a college loan for a nephew or niece. Create a DIY Retirement Fund. Avoiding Wall Street’s ubiquitous 401k can be tricky. One way is via “self-directed” IRAs and Roth IRAs. These require the account owner—you—to make the investment decisions. With or without the counsel of a personal financial advisor, you get to decide what types of projects to invest in—from local green businesses to real estate. Invest in Home. Investing in your home strengthens the community and builds wealth. Pay down your mortgage, and then use that equity when it’s time to retire. Want more investment? Do it with a second property and be a local landlord, or invest in your children’s homes. Beyond mortgages, invest in your home’s energy efficiency for an ongoing solid rate of return. Or become your own utility by tying your home’s alternative energy system into the power grid.

but also a way to show what we want them to be.” Freelance writer Rebecca Leisher originated this article as part of “9 Strategies to End Corporate Rule,” for the Spring 2012 issue of YES! magazine.

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Balance Blesses Our Youth Wise Parenting Insights from Wendy Mogel


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Race to Nowhere reveals the problems associated with America’s academic testing culture. What are the most critical weaknesses of today’s public school system? It is breaking my heart to see enrichment programs sacrificed on the altar of standardized testing and such extreme focus on the core academic skills. We certainly want our children to have these skills, but we are losing sight of how much is learned through play, imagination, art and music. High school students feel tremendous pressure to succeed. It seems that as a society, we are displacing our own anxieties about the unstable economy

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linical Psychologist and author Wendy Mogel, Ph.D., is known for the practical parenting advice featured in her books, The Blessing of a Skinned Knee and The Blessing of a B Minus. She is a leading expert appearing in Race to Nowhere, a documentary film examining the achievement-obsessed culture permeating America’s schools, and serves on the advisory board of Challenge Success, an organization that supports schools and families in reversing and preventing the unhealthy tolls assessed by our current educational system. Speaking from the perspective of her “compassionate detachment” philosophy, Mogel explores the educational challenges that students face today and offers some solutions.

and the condition of the planet onto our children. As we try to arm them with a set of skills to face an uncertain future, we are also losing sight of who they are as individuals. Too often we overlook the reality that some young people are not natural scholars, athletes or gregarious leaders, but possess other equally worthy abilities.

How are such blind spots affecting our youths? Students are paying the price for the pressure being put on them on multiple levels: Heavy backpacks are damaging their spines, sleep deprivation interferes with their learning process and expectation of perfection can lead to girls with eating disorders and demoralized boys with a desire to give up. I routinely speak with students that feel compelled to personally end hunger in Rwanda while they must also score high grades in several advanced placement classes, excel in multiple extracurricular activities and maintain a slender figure. Some of these same high school kids tell me they fear that scoring a B- on a quiz may cause their parents to divorce or drive their mothers into depression, partly based on some sense that adult pride and security rest on their children’s accomplishment.

What can teachers do to facilitate healthy learning environments? While teachers can set an example of work-life balance, exuberance and

involvement for young people, healthy teacher-parent relationships are vital, as well. Anxious parents can sometimes act like bullies to teachers when they are concerned about their child’s success. I encourage teachers to work with parents in a respectful and diplomatic way, without becoming defensive or taking anything too personally; I remind them that parents are often just nervous.

What advice do you have for parents of young children? Encourage learning via this wonderful, natural world. Children are natural theologians, biologists, seekers of social justice, artists, poets and above all, explorers and inventors. We serve children well if we see them as seeds that came in a packet without a label. Our job is to provide sufficient food and water and pull the biggest weeds. We don’t know what kind of flower we’ll get or when it will bloom.

How can parents foster learning and success in all of their children at home? A big piece of a parent’s responsibility is to clearly see each of their children for who they are, independent of parental preconceptions and dreams, and to foster that individual’s strengths and enthusiasm for life, instead of struggling to fit him or her into society’s narrow definitions of success. A snapshot taken of a child today should not be confused with the epic movie of his or her entire life. Good parents model balance; but the default position in our culture has become overindulgence, overprotection, overscheduling and expectations of perfection. When parents pick their kids up from school, instead of cross-examining them about test scores and who they sat with at lunch, a mom or dad can share something delightful about their own day; something interesting they saw or did or thought that reminded them of their son or daughter. Communicate that it’s a pleasure to be a parent and an adult. Show them that as grownups, we continue to learn new things. Inspire them to want to be happy adults and parents. Meredith Montgomery is the publisher of Natural Awakenings Mobile/Baldwin, AL (

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hallenge Success (, a project of Stanford University’s School of Education, works with schools, parents and youths to develop and institute customized action plans to improve student well-being and engagement. According to the nonprofit organization’s co-founder, Denise Pope, Ph.D., “We recognize the great pressure being put on today’s kids in regard to performance, tests and grades. Unfortunately, this is keeping many of them from becoming resilient, motivated, active contributors in society. Our initiative provides a voice of reason, translating research into actions that allow students to thrive.” Offerings include practical and engaging classes, online courses and videos for parents that help them learn best practices for their children. As one example, “We encourage parents to avoid overscheduling,” says Pope. “Every child needs playtime, downtime and family time every day.” For schools seeking reform, Challenge Success offers dynamic conferences in which a team of administrators, teachers, parents and students, led by a consulting coach, creates site-specific strategies for change. Proven tips for fostering balance at home: Have fun: Unstructured playtime for young children is important, as is free time for teens to socialize and pursue hobbies. Relax: Permit time for rest and rejuvenation. Encourage self-directed relaxation through reading and playing or listening to music, while moderating screen time. Connect as a family: Aim for at least 20 minutes of daily family time. Enjoy meals together, consider going for a family walk or designate an “unplugged” time for everyone. Ideas for schools and teachers to explore: Revise school schedules and homework policies. Consider block schedules, trimesters or a later start to the school day. Schedule quarterly “no homework” nights and/or “off weeks”, when no testing is allowed. Emphasize projects and problem-based learning. Achievement improves when students are engaged in hands-on learning. Make daily assignments relevant to students’ lives and try assigning a final project in lieu of a final exam. Explore alternative and authentic forms of assessment. Because not all students perform well on tests, multiple forms of assessment, such as narrative reports, writing assignments or creative projects, can augment scores to more effectively reveal where teachers need to focus attention. Enhance the climate of care. Encourage positive student/faculty relationships, so that teachers are approachable and accessible. Establish stress reduction and relaxation techniques, plus mindfulness activities. Educate students, parents and teachers to work together. Sponsor professional development workshops for faculty on the causes of student stress and coping strategies. Empower students to find the “right fit” college or post-secondary path, while debunking the myth that there is only one path to success.

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SOCCER’S A KICK FOR FAMILY FITNESS Summer Olympics Highlights the Excitement by Randy Kambic

In many other countries, soccer is known as football, or even “the beautiful game,” because the grace and style of play is often considered as important as the final score. While less popular than other professional sports in this country, soccer’s suitability and benefits for today’s children have spawned its own American subculture.


ith the 2012 Summer Olympic Games underway from July 27 through August 12, in London, many soccer moms and dads will be watching live or recorded matches with their children gathered around the TV. Among the 28 national male and


female teams competing internationally, the U.S. women’s team brings special excitement as the defending Olympic champions in their division. Their shared enthusiasm is sure to inspire some family soccer ball kick-around action in the yard or a local park. Soccer is an ideal physical outlet for boys and girls because it’s considerably

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less violent than football; provides a great cardio workout; builds thought processes in employing strategies; instills teamwork, camaraderie and sportsmanship; and can facilitate meeting youngsters of various backgrounds. It also provides an easy and enjoyable way for parents to get some exercise while bonding with their children. US Youth Soccer, as part of the U.S. Soccer Federation, the national governing body, involves 3 million-plus youngsters ages 5 through 19 in soccer leagues, camps and local programs annually. Its yearly Youth Soccer Month, in September, will feature many community events, tips and discussions. Susan Boyd, of Mequon, Wisconsin, spent 15 years taking two of her sons to and from practices and matches from junior games all the way through high school teams. “Every time they play is a highlight for me,” she says. “Win, lose or draw, they have such a passion for the game. You all get caught up in the power of the play and the magic of the moment.” A part-time writing instructor at Carroll University, in Waukesha, Wisconsin, Boyd has been posting weekly parental advice blogs on USYouthSoccer. org for four years. One suggests that if field conditions are damp, parents should bring gallon-size baggies to protect the car’s floor from the mud of soccer shoes, plus a change of clothes for the players. In another, she asks parents “not to be snooty or pompous” if their child’s team is better than the opposition and to “have more patience with referees that don’t meet your standard of perfection in calls.” Because soccer calls for near-constant movement—

running with or toward the ball or walking into a better position on the field—it’s an effective antidote to childhood obesity. The President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition ( suggests that children get one hour or more a day in either moderate or vigorous aerobic physical activity. For adults, the recommendation is at least 30 minutes of physical activity a day, or 75 minutes a week of vigorous aerobic activity. Playing or practicing soccer skills definitely meets the criteria. Last year, the American Academy of Pediatrics Association ( cited soccer as a way for children to be physically active while they learn teamwork and sportsmanship. It also noted that the most common player injuries are minor sprains and strains, followed by bruises. Boyd advises, “Most of these require rest, ice, compression and elevation for the injured area, and a week away from the sport. Don’t rush children back onto the field; think long-term.” Current and longtime U.S. national Olympic team member Christie Rampone, of Point Pleasant, New Jersey, notes that because soccer doesn’t involve the hands, “Youngsters get used to using other, different muscle groups, allowing for optimal strength and coordination.” She suggests that parents have children also note some non-action elements of the sport, such as the communication occurring on the soccer field. Even when people in the stands are loudly shouting encouragement, players are talking with each other and using body language to enhance their team play. “Point out to kids the positive emotions and energy expressed when things don’t go well. Even though the game can be frustrating at times, learn from how the players stay poised and focused throughout the match.” For more information, also visit and Randy Kambic, who played soccer in school, is a freelance writer and editor in Estero, FL, and a copyeditor for Natural Awakenings.

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fers animal healing sessions and works with other pet owners that are interested in meditation. Lacey Meyer, a Miramar Beach resident, also believes in pet mediation. Meyer met McCall after the death of her husband three years ago. Having an optimist attitude, Meyer saw her husband’s passing as a rebirth. “He was my friend, hero, teacher and love of my life; he was everything. Moving on meant a rebirth, and meditation was always something I wanted to explore,” says Meyer. Meyer became a client of McCall’s, and practices group healing meditation with her monthly. When McCall started offering healing meditations by teleconference, Meyer participated from her home and realized that her little dog, Tiki, enjoyed meditation, too. “Alice starts the conference with sounds called ‘toning.’” When Tiki, hears the toning, she comes into the room and wants to be up in the chair with me. During the time that the group is meditating, Tiki is quiet and still. I think she is meditating with us,” explains Meyer. “It taught me that we are all connected. It gives me such a feeling of peace and harmony.” Now Tiki often joins Meyer for meditation calls.

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editation is a powerful tool with far-reaching results, from feelings of physical renewal to stress reduction and even immune system enhancement. However; meditation does more than change the physical self;


it creates positive shifts in emotional, mental and spiritual well-being. Alice McCall, owner of Healing Path, who works with many clients in the Emerald Coast area, is an author, healer, certified hypnotist and inspirational healer with a degree in psychology. McCall’s work covers the entire mind, body, spirit spectrum, including physical and emotional transformation. “My specialty is serious diseases, where I transform deep blocks of dense negative energy at the cellular level. I try to enhance my clients’ health, joy and spiritual evolution,” she says. McCall is certain that animals like to meditate, too. She believes meditation is an activity that pets can enjoy with their owners, and that pets can have the same healthy benefits. McCall meditates regularly with her pets, of-

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McCall teaches several ways that pets can help their owners in meditation. She believes that they can help to hold the energy space, so if someone needs to move out of meditation state, they can slip back in quickly and easily; guide or assist within the meditation and remove negative energies. “Some pets can help ground their owner. Their warm body next to the meditator can help the owner to maintain a connection to their physical body. It acts as a strong tether to the present moment, even in the deepest meditations,” says McCall. She further explains that when a pet can assist in one or more of these ways, the experience is enhanced. Says McCall, “Even if none of this occurs, meditating with one’s pet is still a wonderful sharing experience.” Once a year, McCall offers a free teleconference, Meditating with your Pet. For more information about Alice McCall, visit

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850-374-2181 We produce USDA inspected, hormone & antibiotic free, gourmet 100% grass fed Angus beef, grass fed lamb and natural pastured pork & pastured chicken. This beef is a product of the Angus cattle ranches located in North Central Florida. These exceptional animals feast on a salad bar of pesticide-free “gourmet” forage including clover, wheat, oat & rye grass, millet and more.


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850-374-2181 We are the original Organic Box Program. All organic - all the time! 100% Guaranteed. Celebrating 10 years of bringing the farmers market to you. Simply check our weekly list every Friday and place your produce order over the weekend. Pick up locations available across the Gulf Coast or for delivery. Like us on Facebook and read our OTV Blog.

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Farm Fresh Flowers in Pace, FL 850-390-5361 Pick up fresh cut flowers form out farm or other locations in Pensacola. Flowers are perfect for all occasions including weddings, birthdays, anniversaries and events. Wholesale accounts offered. Call for availability.


3200 Deloach Ln, Milton, FL 850-855-6420 As a certified grower for the State of Florida, we grow and sell pesticide free, safe to eat right off the bush or vine, all natural fruits and produce. Farmer Market Program with ongoing classes and education. Visit our website to learn about the Food Safety Act that will impact the way food is grown.


3207 creek road Bonifay, FL 32425 850-547-5636 Cell: 305-282-5999 We raise chickens and ducks for eggs and meat. They roam freely on pasture, grass, bugs and sunshine is part of the diet. They are fed certified organic real grain without soy. We are USDA certified organic and 100% soy free farm.


40701 Pine Grove Rd, Bay Minette, AL 36507 251-937-8728 Local farm raising certified organic 100% grass fed cattle and lamb. Raising all natural Rotakwa Red Devon cross cattle with no hormones or antibotics. You will find the meat from the Red Devon cattle to be very tender and lots of taste. Individual cuts, quarter, half or whole. Call for availability.


6618 Beach Dr., Panama City Beach, FL 850-624-7075 Moonlight Micro Farm is dedicated to community building, environmental stewardship and the cultivation of real food. We offer open pollinated and organic gardening seeds, sprouting seeds, gardening accessories & gifts, and garden design. Visit us at Seaside Farmers Market. We ship!


Milton, FL 850-621-2296 Raw goat milk and products from healthy, Nubian dairy goats. Licensed in Florida for milk sales; not for human consumption per Florida law. We also offer soaps, lotions, and locally made bath & body products.


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SATURDAY AUGUST 4 Reflexology Proficiency Workshop I.I.R. – Phrase III. $350 Phase I and II Required. 16 CEUs.Taught by Laurie Azzarella, Daphne, AL. 850-380-4943. Bushwacker 5K Race –7:30am. Capt’n Fun Runners benefit for Big Brothers Big Sisters of NW Florida. Course starts at recreation center at Shoreline Park, Gulf Breeze, and finishes on Pensacola Beach. The after party at Capt’n Fun Beach Club on Portofino Boardwalk. 850-939-807. Hands Across the Sand Pensacola Beach – 12pm. Hands Across the Sand has been a global success with thousands of events in all 50 states and over 40 countries worldwide, from New Zealand to Hawaii. Joining hands is powerful. Near the Pier, 41 Fort Pickens Road, Pensacola Beach.


Avalon LED Light Event – 6:30pm. LED presentation and light session. Free. Blossom Yoga 315 W. Racetrack Rd., FWB. 850-424-8261.


Back to School Survival – Learn ways to naturally battle germs, immunity, stress and anxiety, staying focused, snacks, & all the back to school stresses (info for all ages). $20. Old Thyme Remedies, 2475 E 9 Mile Rd. Pens. 850-912-6996.

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An Evening of Poetry – Former NW FL Poet Laureate Henry Langhorne will read from his latest book, “The Lay of the Land.” Free. SW Branch Library, 12248 Gulf Beach Hwy. Pens. 850-453-7780.

Community Acupuncture and Emotion Code Clinic with Dr Bonnie Mclean and Margie Kalaluhi – 6:308:30pm. $20 per session. Margie Kalaluhi


Nourishing Our Children with Melanie Angelis – 5:30pm. Best first foods for babies, best diet for children to grow up strong and disease-free, prevent and reverse food allergies, preconception diet and nutrient-dense foods that are kidfriendly. Ever’mans, 315 West Garden St. Cost: $25/$20 for members. 850-438-0402. Releasing Stress Through Light – 10am. Come “get lit” with us! Presentation and light session by Avalon LED Lights. Free. Ever’Mans, 315 W. Garden St, Pens. 850-424-8261. AvalonLight


ECK Masters-Here to Give Help – 11am. Eckankar Worship Service with book included. Every 3rd Sunday, all are welcome. Presented by local members of ECKANKAR. Free. Hampton Inn, 7710 Navarre Parkway (Hwy 98), Navarre. 850-862-0446.


Digestive Health – 6:30-8:30pm. Join Lara Ward as she shares the importance of healthy eating how emotions and stress affect our tummies and how to support and relieve digestive problems naturally. $5 YL Members, Guests Free. Unity of PNS, 716 N. 9th Ave, PNS. 850-529-7633.

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Meditation Workshop – Aug 3-5. Fri; 7-9pm, Sat; 10am -4:30pm, Sun; 1-4:30pm. Teacher Daniel Lamontagne will incorporate the work of John Kabot Zinn, “Where Ever You Go There You Are,” Eckart Tolle, “Power of Now,” Jack Kornfield, “A Path with Heart” and many Taoist and Buddhists Masters. Workshop attendees will work on developing and maintaining a meditation practice by connection with their inner self and their divine energies of the heart. $175. Perdido. Kimberly 850-525-4956.






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BE MORE COMFORTABLE IN YOUR BODY! – Find relief from injuries, pain, movement restrictions and postural/structural imbalances with ROLFING. Sharalee Hoelscher, Certified Rolfer™, RCST®, (Lic. #MA34039). 850-450-8508.

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Dragonfly Yoga offers extensive, comprehensive, and enriching yoga workshops tailored to both teachers and serious students of all levels

CLASSES :: WORKSHOPS :: TRAININGS Dr. Desikachar — September 2012 ::: 850-244-0184 Located Downtown Ft Walton Beach, Florida :: 184 Brooks St SE

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Intro to Energy Healing and Twin Hearts Meditation – 6:30pm. Meditation followed by Pranic healing clinic. 206-B Center St., Gulf Breeze. 850-982-8018.

Art Treasures On The Beach –10am-5pm. Mon-Sat. Enjoy all mediums by 13 local artists.Villagio Shoppping Ctr, 13700 Perdido Key Dr, Pens. Talis Jayme, 850-261-9617.

Wisdom Circle of NW Florida – 6:30pm. A forum for self-discovery, consciousness raising, spiritual growth and community building. Attendees choose topics of discussion. Donation. Call for location. Pens. 850-494-1045.




Lunchtime Pilates Class –12pm. Use of reformers, towers and chairs for intermediate levels. $28 or packages avail. 2130 Summit Blvd, Pens. 850-287-5836. Multi-level Pilates Mat Class with props – 5:45pm. All levels. $12 or packages avail. 2130 Summit Blvd, Pens. 850-287-5836. Abhaya Open Yoga – 6:30-8pm. A vigorous Vinyasa flow class taught by Nancy LaNasa. Who doesn’t like yoga on Monday? $12. Abhaya Yoga Center, 415a N Tarragona St, Pens. 850-439-0350.

Abhaya Open Yoga – 6:30-8pm. A vigorous Vinyasa yoga class taught by Nancy LaNasa, certified Jivamukti teacher. $12. Abhaya Yoga Center, 415a N Tarragona St, Pens. 850-439-0350. Spiritual Living Discussion Group – 6:30pm. Learn spiritual tools for your personal life. Love offering. 2385 Bur Oak Dr, Cantonment, FL. Jim and Carolyn Vary, RSVP. 850-637-4488. Pilates Intermediate Reformer and Tower Class –7-8pm. 2130 Summit Blvd. Pens. 850-287-5836.



Iridology and Cardiovascular Screening – 2nd Saturday. Dr. Jim Bledsoe will be holding iridology and cardio screenings on the 2nd Saturday of each month. $30/$50. Healthquest, 4761 Bayou Blvd, Pens. Call for appt. 850-479-7220. Abhaya Open Yoga – 9-10:30am. A vigorous and fun way to recover from Friday night. Rock out on Saturday morning at Abhaya. $12. Abhaya Yoga Center, 415a N Tarragona St, Pens. 850-439-0350. Kundalini Yoga – 9-10:15am. Class held downstairs at Unity of Gulf Breeze, 913 Gulf Breeze Parkway. 850-932-3076. Yoga for Life – 10am.Yoga for Life and Even Flow Yoga. Peace for the body, mind and soul. Seniors $5 discount. Perdido Bay Community Center, 13660 Innerarity Point Rd, Pens. 850-865-7144. Spinning and Pilates – 9-10:15am. Special spin bikes that move followed by 1/2 hour mat class. $12. 2130 Summit Blvd, Pens. 850-287-5836. Tai Chi for All Ages – 10-11:15am. For wellness, stress relief and immunities. Bring a friend. $5. Chips Health Club, 100 McAbee Court, Gulf Breeze. 850-380-8830. Words of Peace TV – 2pm. Last Sat. Words of Peace “What we are looking for is inside, not outside.” Prem Rawat, also honorably known as Maharaji. Cox Cable Ch 4 & WUWF Public Access Channel, Pens. 850-341-9838.

Abhaya Slow Flow Yoga – 5:30-7pm. A slower paced Vinyasa yoga class taught by Nancy LaNasa, certified Jivamukti instructor. $12. Abhaya Yoga Center, 415a N Tarragona St, Pens. 850-439-0350.

Herb Study Group and Cancer Prevention Class – 6-8pm. Participants meet to watch videos, learn recipes and discuss herbal attributes. Ever’man Natural Foods Co-op, Pens. 850-549-4881.

Hatha Yoga – 6pm. Also ask about Yoga4Vets. Om Girl Yoga, 4709 Keyser Ln, Pace. Karma Yoga Reese Jones, 850-450-5971.

Hatha Yoga – 6pm. Hosted by Om Girl Yoga. Ask about Yoga4Vets. Karma Yoga Reese Jones, 4709 Keyser Ln., Pace. 850-450-5971.

Truth on Tap – 6pm. Last Tuesday of each month, spiritual discussion with Rev Jamie Sanders. Ozone Pizza Pub, 1010 North 12 Ave, Suite 111, Pens. 850-438-2277.

Avalon LED Light Therapy – 6:30pm. Presentation and free session. Gardenia Room, Cayo Grande, 214 NW Racetrack Rd, FWB. 850-424-8261. Info@

Miracles Discussion Group – 9:30am. (upstairs); Celebration and Meditation – 10:30am. (downstairs). Unity of Gulf Breeze, 913 Gulf Breeze Parkway. 850-932-3076.

Community Acupuncture and Emotion Code Clinic – 6:30-8:30pm. Dr. Bonnie McLean is providing her Community Acupuncture Clinic for stress reduction, combined with Margie Kalaluhi’s Emotion Code sessions. $20/acup, $10/ec. 5012 Muldoon Cir, Pens. RSVP 850-457-3354.

Awakening to Greater Spirituality in Your Life – 11am. Eckankar Worship Service. Free book included. Every 3rd Sunday. Presented by local members of ECKANKAR. Hampton Inn, 7710 Navarre Parkway, Navarre. 850-862-0446.

Guided Meditation –7:30-8:30pm. Facilitated by Brenda Q. Bischoff, C.L.C., C.HT., C.I. $10. 7100 Plantation Rd., Ste. 11, Pens. Free Healing and Meditation Clinic –7pm. Promotes general wellness and stress reduction. Lorraine Graves Ph.D., 503 Adams St., Pens. Donations welcome. 850-433-2042.

wednesday Yoga with Sudevi Linda Kramer – 5:45-7:15pm. $12 drop in rate, pkgs avail. 2130 Summit Blvd, Pens. 850-287-5836.

friday Pensacola Little Theatre’s Studio 400 – Tickets $17 for Café seating; $10 for Gen. Admission. 850434-2042. Pensacola

Watson Alternative Health & Weight Loss Center “Not all MD’s are created equal, Physicians with a holistic approach to medical care” Ward Dean, MD Renowned Anti-Aging Expert Marie John, MD Board Certified Pediatrician

5536 Stewart St. Milton • 850-623-3836



Laughter Yoga Club – 2-3pm. 2nd Sunday. Laughing exercises and yogic breathing with Kathy Hubbard, CLYL. Boosts immunity, releases stress, and improves circulation. Love offering. Unity of Pensacola, 716 N 9th Ave, Pens. 850-748-3149. Abhaya Open Flow Yoga – 4:30-6pm. A great way to wind down the weekend with a challenging vinyasa class taught by Jenifer Roberts. $12. Abhaya Yoga Center, 415a N Tarragona St, Pensacola. 850-439-0350.

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Certified Rolfer™ (MA34039) Registered Craniosacral Therapist 850-450-8508

DR. SHERYL ROE Acupuncture Physician 850-225-3460.

Get out of pain once and for all! Treat the source, not the symptom. Enjoy moving freely in a more organized, comfortable, and balanced body. See ad page 37.

Acupuncture Works! Learn how it can work for you at either office (Mary Esther Blvd. or Navarre Healing Center in Harvest Village). Treating all types of pain, addiction, sleep disorders, stress, fibromyalgia, PTSD. Feel better soon. See ad page 21.

Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine 310 E Gov. St, Pensacola 850-677-0432


Ready to feel like yourself again? Specializing in hor monal imbalances, infertility, and natural pain relief for over a decade. Offering free same-day consults, call today!


Carole A. Austin, RN, LMT, Lic 18275 101 Clematis St, Pensacola 850-470-0420 Is your body a toxic waste site? Cleanse your entire large bowel of toxicity, harmful bacteria, accumulated waste. Safe, sanitary, refreshing. Massage, far-infrared sauna available. See ad page 35.



Cindy Butler, Owner/Therapist 4012 Commons Dr W, Ste 120, Destin 850-269-1414

114-B Benning Dr, Destin 850-837-2690; cell: 813-841-4890

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.

Organic Salon Systems has started a revolution of healthier, cleaner, natural, organic, and better performing professional salon products. Beauty without sacrificing health. Coloring and smoothing treatments for silky, healthy hair. No SLS, ammonia, parabens or plastics.





Soulstice Bodyworks is a massage therapy practice in Perdido providing alternative care for the modern world through intelligent and personalized therapeutic touch.


BACK TO BASIC WELLNESS Susan Giangiulio MEd, CECP, CLP 850-240-2279

Certified Lifeline Technique™ and an Emotion Code Practitioner applying kinesiology, known as muscle testing, to communicate with the subconscious. One or more sessions release trapped emotions, helping to eliminate personal obstacles and limiting behaviors.





IAOMT Protocol 225 W Laurel Ave, Foley, AL 36535 251-943-2471

Free book for new patients: Mercury Free Dentistry. Ozone, Laser NoSuture Gum Surgery, Test for compatible materials, cavity-causing bacteria. Examine for gum disease bacteria Laser Cavity Diagnoses, Saliva, pH Check, Oral Galvanic Screening, no fluoride.

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LAURIE AZZARELLA, LMT, CRR Young Living Educator, Sponsor #327923 850-380-4943

Experience the healing, uplifting and detoxifying benefits of therapeutic-grade essential oils and supplements. Contact us for personal consultations, inhome classes, household products, health supplements, diffusers, group presentations and business training.


Melanie Angelis, BSEd, MCAM 850-934-4479

Allow food to be your medicine. I offer experienced nutritional consulting, healthy dessert catering, and health and wellness classes. Website has recipes and more. See ad page 9.


Your Vitamin & Herb Store 4761 Bayou Blvd, Ste 4, Pensacola 850-479-7220

Vitamins, herbs, sports nutrition, weight-loss support, and personal service. Locally owned vitamin/supplement store. 12 years at the same location. Shop online or in store.

PENSACOLA NATURAL FOODS INC 916 W Michigan Ave, Unit C Pensacola, FL 850-433-8583

15% off vitamins, herbs and homeopathics every day. 10% off groceries for military. Natural and organic groceries; wheat-, dairy- and glutenfree foods; nitrate-free meats and poultry; homemade sandwiches; low-carb foods; organic wine and beer; locally made jewelry, soaps and candles. Bulkorder discounts, no membership fee. See ad page 31.

HEALING ARTS HEALING PATH, ALICE MCCALL Transformational Energy Healer & Counselor BS Psychology, MBA, Hypnotherapist 850-585-5496 Phone sessions to heal serious health issues, unwanted patterns, and more. Authored Wellness Wisdom on natural health and healing; inspired by her journey with cancer.


REFLEXOLOGY LAURIE AZZARELLA, LMT, CRR 251-625-0080 or 850-380-4943 Certification in Ingham Reflexology through the International Institute of Reflexology. Phase I & II. 16 CEUs per workshop. Daphne, AL. Available to everyone, workshops provide education in better health naturally.

Jamie Sanders, Minister 716 N. 9th, Pensacola 850-438-2277 Unity of Pensacola offers, spiritual teachings that empower abundant and meaningful living. We provide philosophy that is spiritual, not religious, and love-based, not fear based.

WELLNESS CENTERS BONNIE MCLEAN, OMD, AP, MA, BSN Baybridge Chiropractic Clinic 107 Baybridge Dr., Gulf Breeze (850)-932-1778

RETIREMENT LIVING HYPNOSIS BRENDA Q. BISCHOFF, CLC, CHT CI Hypnosis, Hypnobliss™, Life Coaching, NLP 850-637-1631, 850-501-3662 Time Line Therapy, Certified NGH Hypnosis Instructor. Imagine living the life you have already dreamed of. Take the first step now. Call for a free consultation. See ad page 11.

MAIA RIZZI, CCHT Nationally Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist Practicing for over 20 years Pensacola, 850-291-8041 Specializing in stress management, behavior modification, feelings of fear and anxiety, weight loss, smoking cessation, motivational issues, relationship problems, inner-child concerns, lack of self-esteem, sports enhancement. Call for a complimentary consultation. See ad page 7.


THE BLAKE AT GULF BREEZE Brooke Hicks 850-934-4306 A retirement, assisted living, and memory care community inspiring wellness in an enriched environment. Also, shortterm respite program for caregivers to have their loved one stay as a guest; enjoy the many services and personalized care. See ad page 5.

2409 Creighton Rd. Pensacola, FL 32504 850-474-1330 Join an accredited school and graduate in 8 months. Day and evening classes. Continuing Educations classes. Financial aid available. V.A. & Military spouse benefits for those who qualify. Call today. See ad page 3.


Professional Psychic Medium 850-941 4321

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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.

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SKINDEEP CLINIC WELLNESS CENTRE Cindy Butler, Owner/Therapist 4012 Commons Dr W, Ste 120, Destin 850-269-1414


ERICKA BOUSSARHANE As an internationally known psychic medium, Ericka has been featured on national TV and radio stations across the country. She studied through the Astrological Institute of Integrated Studies where John Edward received training in Psychic Development.

Helping you heal with Chinese Medicine, Acupuncture, N.A.E.T., Energy Medicine, Infra Red Therapy, Shamanic Healing, Guided Imagery and Hypnosis. Contact me about stress related disorders, pain or habit control, women’s health, allergies, and rejuvenation, immunity and longevity.

Sharalee Hoelscher, RCST®

Escape at Wind Creek boasts over 15,000 square feet of pure ah! Including a world class spa, culinary studio, fitness center, discovery programs and adventure experiences. See ad back page.

Registered Craniosacral Therapist Certified Rolfer ™

Rolfing® & Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy

SPIRITUAL CENTER UNITY OF GULF BREEZE 913 Gulf Breeze Pkwy 850-932-3076

An intimate, peaceful, compassionate come-as-you-are spirit with a thought-provoking messages accompanied by inspiring musical selections. Sunday Service 10:30am. Visit our Bookstore and discover a collection of unique Fair-Trade gifts and collectables. Free gift wrapping.

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THE WELLNESS CENTER Shirley Easley Bell 850-994-5656 Offers supplement/herbal wellness; assessment practices: iridology, tongue/fingernail/pulse analysis, glandular body typing. Healing therapies: ionic footbath, hot house, chi machine, massage therapy and waxing.

WATSON ALTERNATIVE HEALTH AND WEIGHT LOSS CENTER Ward Dean M.D. Marie John M.D. 5536 Stewart Street, Milton 850-623-3836 Anti-aging, holistic pediatrics, chelation, weight loss, hyperbaric chamber, preventive medicine, hydrogen peroxide, photoillumination, alternative cancer treatment, bio-identical hormone replacement therapy, nutrition. See ad page 35.

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Light emitting diodes, or LEDs, are used to apply concentrated doses of lights and healing sound frequencies to help increase circulation, control pain, reduce stress and increase overall wellness. Ongoing sessions are given at The Golden Almond Health Food Store. Contact us to learn about our free presentations. See ad page 5.

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EMERALD COAST RELAX Quantum Wellness Technology INDIGO Quantum Biofeedback Device and Quantumwave Laser Therapy & Sales 850-803-6459 Libbie Hambleton, Certified B i o f e e d b a c k Te c h n i c i a n , providing sessions at a variety of locations. Devices to assist with stress, pain, relaxation, inflammation, rejuvenation, sleep, wellness.

YOGA STUDIOS ABHAYA YOGA CENTER 415-A Tarragona St N, Pensacola, FL 850-439-0350

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Abhaya has been voted Pensacola’s Best Yoga five years in a row, as long as we’ve been open. Take a class with us and find out why. See ad page 7.

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