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Essential oils, the aromatic compounds found in plants, have a multitude of health benefits for our bodies. They can help support immunity, soothe joint discomfort, ease head or neck tension, protect against seasonal or environmental threats, affect mood and emotions, and more. But not all oils are created equal and there are guidelines to know how to use them properly.

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s I anticipated this month’s theme of Women’s Wellness, I envisioned myself as a fit, youthful gal starting each day with yoga and meditation in a quiet and clutter-free space; followed by fresh, wholesome meals with my willing and supportive family; peppered with Tai Chi classes, organic gardening and leisure bike rides in the evening. I dreamily thought about nights filled with quiet time with my husband and days filled with leisurely moments to Scott & Daralyn smell the flowers along the way. Chase Full of good intentions, embarking on living my wellness vision, I hit the floor running. It quickly seemed that my day had other plans for me as I was greeted with “Can you help me find my (blank)”, my Mom called with an update on her recent medical exam and my husband asked me to meet with the tax accountant. I missed breakfast, yoga and meditation and the only thing I smelled was stress. Feeling momentarily defeated, I wondered how this Natural Awakenings’ publisher could so quickly get so derailed. On days like these, I remind myself that wellness does not mean perfection—it’s a marathon, not a sprint. A commitment to living well is about a lifestyle that fosters health for the long-term. I may have days that don’t reflect my choices or commitments; but the accumulation of the days that do is what counts. When healthy habits rule the majority of the time, my life reflects the same. Amid life’s many distractions, it’s important to remember my goals and stay inspired. In this month’s issue, we provide many tips and resources for the embellishment of a healthy lifestyle. Read “How to Reboot Your Eating Habits” to learn about simple dietary shifts that can make a true difference. Then flip to “Fat Burning Oils” for a local expert’s scientific explanation on how essential oils can help us live fit. Healthy living isn’t limited to nutrition and exercise—we must nurture our minds and spirits, as well. “One Love for People and the Planet” inspires us to turn on the positive music of Bob Marley and the Wailers when moods start to get tense. “Spark Up Your Love Life” reminds us of the importance of healthy intimate relationships and “Picture Your Future” explains how vision boards can be used as tools to map out the lives we desire. My family may not always be pleased with what’s for dinner. They may not see the importance of my need for silence during meditation. And, my husband may feel taxes are more important than yoga class. Yet, at the end of the day, they do notice that I feel better, have more energy and am happier when I make these things my priorities. As my husband agrees, “A happy, healthy wife equals a happy, healthy life.” Cheers to Women’s Wellness!

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regnant women and new parents that have had a baby in the last three months will want to attend Healthy Start OkaloosaWalton’s 2016 World’s Greatest Baby Shower on May 26, 5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., at the Emerald Coast Convention Center. There will be as many as 50 information stations on topics such as parenting, prenatal health, new baby care and community resources, as well as snacks, games and prizes. Top sponsors for the event include Fort Walton Beach Medical Center; Family Birth Place, Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast; and Molina Healthcare. The nonprofit Healthy Start Coalition for Okaloosa-Walton counties is guided by a volunteer board of directors as part of a state-wide system of coalitions that provide services to pregnant women and their babies. Admission is free. Location: 1250 Miracle Strip Pkwy. SE, Fort Walton Beach. For more information, call 850-833-9284 email or visit

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ulie Allman, owner of Veggin by the Sea, loves preparing, eating and sharing healthy, organic and living foods. Her background as a certified raw food chef and holistic health coach allows her to educate the public through group classes on healthy lifestyle choices and sharing recipes. On Thursday, May 19, 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., all are welcome to join her for an introductory class on raw foods and why they are beneficial as well as delicious. The class will be held Julie Allman at 8th Element Wellness, 90 Beal Parkway, NW, Suite A1 in Fort Walton Beach. “My background and passion for learning, loving and growing in this life to be the best we can be inside and out is a philosophy Veggin by the Sea wants to share,” states Allman, who will soon complete an Ayurvedic nutrition certification as well as 200 hour life and yoga teacher training. Allman also meets one-on-one with clients to help plan meals, shopping experiences, organize kitchens and educate about four-day cleanses. Introductory class fee is $15 per person, which includes samples and recipes. Please RSVP to 850-598-7515.


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his month, Emerald Coast Science Center is offering exciting events for those interested in science and fun! On Thursday, May 5 and 19, ECSC proudly presents Planetarium Night from 5 to 8pm. Explore the galaxy in their mobile planetarium. This inflatable dome seats 20 guests on the floor and allows for a full view of the night sky, constellations, galaxies and nebulae. Shows are 45 minutes long and begin on the hour starting at 5pm. While members are free, adult admission is $9, seniors pay $8 and children tickets are $7. For those interested in the art of distilling alcohol, attend Science of Spirits on Sunday, May 15 from 2 to 4pm at the Timber Creek Distillery in Crestview. Learn the science behind creating your favorite liquor. Admission for nonmembers is $25, members pay only $20. Location: Emerald Coast Science Center, 31 SW Memorial Parkway, Fort Walton Beach. For more information, call 850-664-1261 or visit

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Magnesium Improves Childbirth for Mother and Newborn


esearch presented at the annual meeting of the American Society of Anesthesiologists has found that magnesium reduces fevers during childbirth, as well as complications among newborns. The study followed 63,000 deliveries from Northwestern Memorial Hospital, in Chicago, between 2007 and 2014. Of these, 6,163 women developed fevers of at least 100.4° F during labor. Of the women that developed fevers, 2,190 received magnesium sulfate intravenously during their labor. Rates of fever at maternity dropped by half, to 4.3 percent, in women that received the magnesium, versus 9.9 percent in those that did not. The rate of newborn complications was also significantly lower among women given magnesium. The study, led by Dr. Elizabeth Lange, an attending physician at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, is the first of its kind to investigate the effect of magnesium on childbirth. “By reducing the incidence of maternal fever, magnesium sulfate therapy may also reduce the incidence of complications in newborns,” says Lange.

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12-week study of 60 menopausal women in Denmark has found that red clover halted bone loss and bone mineral density reduction. The randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled research, sponsored by the Aarhus University Medical School and Hospital, tested the women over a three-month period. Half were treated with 150 milliliters of red clover extract daily and the others were given a placebo. The red clover plant extract was standardized to 37 milligrams of isoflavones, including 34 milligrams of aglycones. The scientists measured changes in bone mineral density, bone mineral content and T-score, measured at the spine and femoral bone. They also monitored bone turnover markers. By the end of the study, the women in the placebo group had continued to lose bone mass and bone mineral density. Those given the red clover extract showed no such reductions during the study period. In addition, the red clover group experienced no increase in inflammation or blood pressure.

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orean medical school scientists have found that those eating more legumes have a significantly reduced risk of colorectal cancer. Their research analyzed the diets of 3,740 people, including 901 colorectal cancer patients. A total of 106 different foods were graded and calculated to establish frequency of intake among the study participants. The group that consumed the highest amounts of legumes had more than a 50 percent drop in incidence of colorectal cancer. As legume consumption increased, colorectal cancer risk decreased. The researchers attributed the dramatic reduction in risk to the intake of isoflavones, contained in many nuts and beans. When intakes of total isoflavones were calculated, those with diets that contained the highest levels reduced their colorectal cancer risk, by 33 percent in men and 35 percent in women. The researchers reported, “The reduced risks for colorectal cancer among high-intake groups were most consistent for legumes and sprouts.”

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recent study by researchers at the University of La Plata, in Argentina, has found that most of the cotton hygiene products on the market contain the chemical glyphosate, widely used in agriculture as an herbicide. According to a recent World Health Organization statement, glyphosate is a probable carcinogen to humans. The researchers purchased samples of cotton gauze, swabs, wipes and feminine care products including tampons and sanitary pads from stores in the La Plata area. Dr. Damian Marino, the study’s lead researcher, recounts the results: “Eighty-five percent of all samples tested positive for glyphosate and 62 percent for aminomethylphosphonic acid (AMPA), which is the environmental metabolite, but in the case of cotton and sterile cotton gauze, the figure was 100 percent.” Marino adds, “In terms of concentrations, we saw that in raw cotton, AMPA dominates, with 39 parts per billion (PPB), followed by 13 PPB of glyphosate. While AMPA is absent in the gauze, the material contained glyphosate at 17 PPB.” The research was presented at the 2015 national Congress of Doctors of Fumigated Towns, in Buenos Aires.

Ozone Averts Tooth and Gum Infections


ccording to a recent report in the journal Interventional Neuroradiology, dental practice and research in Europe has determined that ozone therapy can be used to slow the growth of tooth and gum infections. Clinicians are also finding that targeted exposure to ozonated water, gas and oils helps to manage viral and fungal infections, including oral herpes infections. Approximately a quarter of lesions treated with ozone do not reappear. These treatments have also been used successfully on sinus infections and temporomandibular joint (TMJ) dysfunction. Using ozone offers advantages over the use of antibiotics, which contribute to antibiotic resistance, according to the report. In addition, ozone gas has been shown effective in eliminating Enterococcus faecalis, one of the central bacteria involved in root canal infections, which can become increasingly resistant to the central antimicrobial treatment used in root canal therapy, sodium hypochlorite, and can thus decrease the risk of continued infection. “Additionally, the bone at the end of the roots is often shown to harbor pathogenic bacteria for many years after traditional root canal therapy has been completed. Ozone can eliminate those bacteria that infest this region and remove toxic waste products that effectively prevent complete healing of the osseous structures,” writes study author and Doctor of Dental Medicine William Domb, director of the Inland Institute of Aesthetic Dentistry, in Upland, California.

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ntidepressant drug use is on the rise, particularly among women. A report released by Medco Health Solutions analyzed prescription claims data from 2.5 million Americans between 2001 and 2010 and found that 25 percent of women take drugs for a mental health condition. Despite a mainstream medicine notion that depression is caused by a chemical imbalance, medications known by familiar names such as Zoloft and Prozac meant to counter symptoms of such an imbalance may instead be causing a host of known harmful side effects. “In six decades, not a single study has proven that depression is caused by a chemical imbalance,” asserts Dr. Kelly Brogan, an integrative physician, women’s health advocate and pioneer in holistic psychiatry. A study published in the journal JAMA Psychiatry in 2014 reviewed 10 randomized, placebo-controlled trials to assess the effectiveness of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID) in adults with symptoms of depression. The researchers from Aarhus University, in Denmark, found that treating inflammation in patients helped decrease their symptoms. Brogan asserts that this approach is the best way to treat depression in women, advocating the use of a holistic anti-inflammation strategy instead of NSAIDs or antidepressants. “A more effective, drug-free approach is to recruit basic lifestyle changes that kick-start the body’s self-healing mechanisms, helping to curtail the symptoms of depression,” she claims. Her suggestions include dietary modification; simple breathing and meditation techniques; minimizing exposure to biology-disrupting toxins that include common over-the-counter drugs; sufficient sleep and exercise. “Medical literature has emphasized the role of inflammation in mental illness for more than 20 years, so if you think a chemical pill can save, cure or correct you, think again,” says Brogan. “Covering over symptoms is a missed opportunity to resolve the root cause of the problem.” For more information, visit

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Toxic GMO Pesticides Drift Near Athletic Fields In an Environmental Working Group (EWG) survey, more than 90 percent of athletic fields and parks in six sample states are within 1,000 feet of a corn or soybean field where two toxic weed killers, glyphosate and 2,4-D, are commonly sprayed on genetically modified (GMO) corn, soybeans and other crops, meaning that nearby athletes are likely to be exposed. More than 56 percent of the facilities in the study were within 200 feet of such farmland. Corn and soybean farmers in at least 15 states now have the option of planting GMO crops that can withstand repeated spraying with Monsanto’s glyphosate and the 2,4-D mixture sold by Dow AgroSciences under the brand name Enlist Duo. Sprayed herbicides readily drift through the air, potentially exposing people and the nearby environment. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency approved the use of Enlist Duo for GMO crops shortly before the World Health Organization concluded that glyphosate, the world’s most widely used herbicide, is “probably carcinogenic to humans.” Dow’s 2,4-D also possibly causes cancer, according to leading experts; exposure has also been linked to Parkinson’s disease, hypothyroidism and suppression of the human immune system. Source:

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A Chew Crew Gobbles Up Invasive Species The Historic Congressional Cemetery, permanent resting place of J. Edgar Hoover, John Philip Sousa and 68,000 others, is threatened by invasive species such as poison ivy, poison oak, poison sumac, kudzu and English ivy. “They are plants not native to Washington, D.C.,” says Paul Williams, president of the cemetery. “They climb and kill our trees, which then fall onto the cemetery, damaging our headstones.” Instead of using harmful herbicides that could become runoff into the nearby Anacostia River, managers have enlisted a herd of 30 goats to combat the problem. The arrangement lets the native plants grow to support pollinating insects. The University of Georgia’s Chew Crew, comprising 40 goats, is likewise tasked with getting rid of invasive species growing around urban streams on its campus, another example of the elegant, lowtech solution. Maintaining steep inclines and other hard-to-reach areas can be expensive when using toxic herbicides and physical labor. After seeing the success of the Chew Crew, Clemson University is now also using goats to naturally recover some of the more overgrown areas of its campus. Source: CNN

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Farmed Fish Mislabeled as Wild-Caught The nonprofit Oceana reveals that salmon, America’s favorite fish, is often mislabeled in restaurants and grocery stores. They collected 82 salmon samples from restaurants and grocery stores between December 2013 and March 2014 and found that 43 percent were mislabeled. DNA testing confirmed that the majority of the mislabeling (69 percent) consisted of farmed Atlantic salmon being sold as a wild-caught product. “Americans might love salmon, but as our study reveals, they may be falling victim to a bait-and-switch,” says Beth Lowell, a senior campaign director with Oceana. “Not only are consumers getting ripped off, but responsible U.S. fishermen are being cheated when fraudulent products lower the price for their hard-won catch.” Kimberly Warner, Ph.D., the report’s author and a senior scientist at Oceana, observes, “While U.S. fishermen catch enough salmon to satisfy 80 percent of our domestic demand, 70 percent of that catch is then exported, instead of going directly to American grocery stores and restaurants.” Source:

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Feminists Redefine Senior Housing Fifteen years in the making, the Babayagas’ House—a feminist alternative to a retirement home—has opened in Paris. This self-managed social housing project is run by its community of inspired female senior citizens that want to maintain their independence. “To live long is a good thing, but to age well is better,” says 85-year-old Thérèse Clerc, who initially conceived the project as a means of combating the idea that growing old is an illness and that retirement homes are a kind of prison. “We want to change the way people see old age, and that means learning to live differently,” she says. The five-story building houses 25 apartments located at the center of Montreuil, just blocks away from shops, a movie theater and the metro. The project cost just under $4.4 million and was funded by eight public sources, including the city council. Two similar projects are now underway in Palaiseau and Bagneux. Source:

Noisy Humans

Man-Made Clatter Muffles Nature’s Chorus Kurt Fristrup, a senior scientist at the U.S. National Park Service, states that noise pollution is becoming so pervasive that people are tuning out the natural sounds around them. According to new research, when we leave home, we’re more likely to try ignoring man-made sounds than enjoying Mother Nature’s chorus. Fristrup observes, “We are conditioning ourselves to ignore the information coming into our ears.” The real loss, he believes, is for future generations. “If finding peace and quiet becomes difficult enough, many children will grow up without the experience, and I think it’s a very real problem.” He and National Park Service colleagues have monitored sound levels at more than 600 sites over the past 10 years and found that none were free of human noise pollution. The team’s model of merging data from more remote regions with urban areas gave them an overall sense of the noise pollution across the U.S. Based on their findings, the researchers believe that noise pollution will grow faster than the population, doubling every 30 years. View a map of sound pollution at

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Mm-mm Good Campbell’s Endorses GMO Labeling

Campbell Soup Company recently became the first major food corporation to support the mandatory labeling of genetically modified ingredients and will support the enactment of federal legislation to establish a single mandatory labeling standard for foods derived from genetically modified organisms (GMO). A company spokesperson says, “With 92 percent of Americans supporting the labeling of GMO foods, Campbell believes now is the time for the federal government to act quickly to implement a federal solution.” The company says that if a federal solution is not reached, it is prepared to label all of its U.S. products for the presence of ingredients derived from GMOs and seek guidance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and approval by the U. S. Department of Agriculture. The company also has pledged to remove artificial colors and flavors from nearly all of its North American products by July 2018. For more information, visit

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The Deny Americans the Right to Know, or DARK Act, was defeated in the U.S. Senate in March, representing a major victory for consumers. The nonprofit Environmental Working Group (EWG) spearheaded the large-scale citizen opposition to a bill that would have outlawed all state-level labeling laws of genetically modified (GMO) food ingredients nationwide; it was intended to keep consumers in the dark about the genetically engineered content of their food. Scott Faber, EWG senior vice president for government affairs, says, “Consumers have made their voices heard to their elected representatives in the Senate and they said clearly, ‘We want the right to know more about our food.’ We remain hopeful that congressional leaders can craft a national mandatory compromise that works for consumers and the food industry.” The development is evidence that the EWG Just Label It campaign is on the right track, and the group plans to support the recently introduced Biotechnology Food Labeling Uniformity Act targeting a national mandatory standard for GMO labeling. Jean Halloran, director of food policy initiatives for Consumers Union, explains, “This bill finds a way to set a national standard and avoid a patchwork of state labeling laws, while still giving consumers the information they want and deserve about what's in their food.”

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It’s summer wedding planning season, and couples can save money and conserve natural resources by planning a simpler, more ecological event. Instead of hosting the reception at a pricey hotel or restaurant, consider moving the ceremony and reception to a serene location like a beach, park or nature center. Local park and recreation departments may collaborate on making arrangements at public facilities, and nominal fees help support their ongoing operations. A natural setting at an eco-conscious hotel is equally well suited to serving healthy, organic food from a local or on-site health food restaurant, caterer or specialty grocer. Here are some more tips. Purchase organic flowers to avoid pesticides and artificial fragrances often containing toxic chemicals. Buying from local growers cuts transportation costs. Choose a wedding gown made of organic and sustainable fibers. Chasing points out that organic farming reduces atmospheric carbon dioxide by using 37 percent fewer fossil fuels than conventional methods. While releasing butterflies or doves may constitute a symbol of love, it can be fatal, especially for the birds, which possess no survival skills in the wild. Also, tossing birdseed over the happy couple, for a time viewed as an improvement on throwing rice, is just as wasteful and messy. Instead, greet the newly hitched lovers by blowing bubbles—it’s inexpensive, childhood fun that won’t harm clothes, animals or the environment. Guests can recycle the wands and bottles, which are available in small sizes for weddings. Show care for other animals by abstaining from balloons. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service notes that balloons that end up in nearby waters or landfills can be mistaken for food and cause stomach blockages for whales, dolphins, turtles and birds. Rather than pay big bucks for a band that consumes electricity, go with one or two local, unplugged musicians such as an acoustic guitar player and flutist. Guests will relish hearing moving, personal renditions of love songs instead of clichéd tunes.

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understanding of the relationship between humans and nature. With a commitment to peaceful interactions between plants, animals, mankind and the natural elements, oneness can be achieved. Anglin describes natural living as the less abusive choice—both to the environment and to one’s own life. “If you pollute the air, then the water will be polluted as well, and if you drink the water, the water will in turn pollute the body, and if the body is polluted then the body deteriorates. It’s a cycle,” he says, “and you have to protect each other and each aspect of the cycle so that all elements on earth can coexist effectively.” The singer’s peaceful lifestyle involves

a natural, plant-based diet. “Plants and vegetables only need natural resources to grow, but when artificial elements are added as mankind attempts to manipulate nature’s timeline, there is no real nutritious value in what is grown, leading to corruption of mind, body and soul,” says Anglin. He notes that a desire for power can also drive manipulation when instead “we should just move as one people and ignore everything that is physical and everything that is visual, knowing that the spiritual is the most important.” Beyond singing about social consciousness, the Wailers help feed thousands of starving children around the globe. “Music is a universal means of

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expression, and we are lucky to have a direct line to the people, so we can influence and encourage and inspire people to do good and to live well,” says Anglin. In 2008, the group founded I Went Hungry, a global music industry initiative to help eradicate hunger. Upon learning that a child dies of hunger every six seconds, the Wailers began donating their tour catering to homeless people, subsequently enlisting fellow musicians to do the same. Since 2009, the Wailers have been ambassadors of The World Food Program, spreading awareness of world hunger and generating proceeds to support this humanitarian organization, which serves as the United Nations’ frontline agency for hunger solutions. When asked what song he likes to perform the most, Anglin compares their catalog of songs to a buffet of all his favorite foods. “It’s impossible to pick because I love everything on the menu,” he enthuses. “Every Bob Marley song is so good and so influential and inspirational that I can just close my eyes and choose.” Playing an average of 200 dates a year, the Wailers’ high energy and varied performances feature songs from their extensive discography, including those from Legend, which is the best-selling reggae album of all time. Its 2014 re-release topped Billboard’s Top 5. The set list for a Wailers show is determined by what the band thinks the audience needs to hear. Anglin says, “We pay attention to what’s going on in the world and in the region to put together the best set of songs. It’s not just entertainment—we’re here to educate and to inspire the people.” Currently, the group is focused on the worldwide problems of poverty and separation. Anglin believes that “these things are present everywhere. But to fix a problem, you have to have a solution and we focus on the solution—we want peace and tranquility and oneness in every community. These things should matter in the global view of life.” As living legends of Bob Marley and part of a global influence that spans four decades, it is inevitable that the Wailers’ “one love” revolution will continue to be an inspirational soundtrack for many generations to come. For a list of tour dates, visit Meredith Montgomery publishes Natural Awakenings Gulf Coast AL/MS.

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SPARK UP YOUR LOVE LIFE Natural Ways to Boost Libido by Lisa Marshall


nderlying health issues aside, a hectic schedule packed with work deadlines, kids’ sporting events and household chores can leave little time for intimacy. Letting that pattern go on too long can become a problem. “There’s a use-it-or-lose-it phenomenon that occurs,” says Dr. Anita Clayton, a University of Virginia psychiatry professor, neurologist and author of Satisfaction: Women, Sex, and the Quest for Intimacy. Despite what hyper-seductive female media stereotypes suggest we believe, in the real world, 39 percent of women feel they lack sex drive, and nearly half experience some kind of sexual dissatisfaction, according to a survey of 32,000 women published in the journal Obstetrics & Gynecology. About one in eight women are significantly distressed about it. “The truth is, many of us don’t have great sex lives,” confirms Clayton. Sprout Pharmaceuticals introduced Addyi, aka filbanserin, last fall; the first prescription drug to address low libido in women. Some heralded the controversial medication as “the little pink pill,” seeing it as the female version of males’ blue Viagra pill, which a halfmillion men purchased in its first month on the market in 1998. Yet several


months after its launch, only about 1,000 women had tried Addyi and many doctors declined to prescribe it, due to its lack of widespread efficacy and possible adverse side effects, including low blood pressure and fainting when combined with alcohol. “This is a complex problem that requires a complex solution,” says Honolulu-based naturopathic physician Laurie Steelsmith, author of Great Sex Naturally: Every Woman’s Guide to Enhancing Her Sexuality Through the Secrets of Natural Medicine. “For most women, drugs are not the answer.” She notes that for men, boosting libido is largely a matter of boosting circulation and blood flow to the penis. But for women, desire for lovemaking stems from an interplay of emotional, interpersonal, hormonal and anatomical drivers that make lack of desire harder to “treat”. The truth is that many simple, effective, non-drug approaches exist. As Boulder, Colorado, marriage therapist Michele Weiner Davis puts it, “There’s no reason why a woman wanting a more robust sex life cannot have one.”

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enjoying pleasure, you need a healthy body.” Carrying excess weight can both erode self-esteem and lead to reductions in a woman’s natural circulating testosterone, a critical hormone that helps ignite pleasure circuits in the female brain and increase sensitivity in the clitoris. Being underweight can result in fatigue and low sexual energy, diminished production of excitatory brain chemicals and low levels of estrogen, key for keeping a woman moist. Meanwhile, Steelsmith explains, excess stress can prompt the body to “steal” from libido-boosting hormones like progesterone in order to make more of the stress-hormone cortisol. High blood sugar can drive down testosterone, while high cholesterol can clog pelvic blood vessels, dulling sensation. Depression, diabetes and thyroid disorders are other major libido killers, says Clayton. “If you treat them effectively, you may see big improvements.” Women seeking to improve their sexual health should first try to achieve a healthy weight via diet and exercise, Steelsmith says. She recommends an organic diet rich in complex carbohydrates (which keep blood sugar balanced), lean protein (a precursor to desire-related neurotransmitters) and good fats (which help keep vulval tissues lubricated). Exercise—another circulation booster—is also key. Do it before a scheduled hot date for even better results. One 2014 study of 52 women found that those that worked out prior to an anticipated romantic encounter had significantly increased sexual desire.

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Many women avoid sexual encounters for fear of sparking a urinary tract or vaginal infection. This becomes more common after age 40, as estrogen wanes and pelvic tissue thins and dries, leaving it more vulnerable to microbial invaders. Because semen is alkaline, it changes a woman’s vaginal pH, allowing unfriendly bacteria to thrive, says Steelsmith. Her advice: Always go to the bathroom and urinate after intercourse, and use natural lubricants, like vitamin E. For some women, she also recommends low-dose, prescription estrogen cream or suppositories.

If an infection occurs, try to treat it naturally, avoiding antibiotics, which can spark yeast overgrowth. Instead, Steelsmith recommends using tea tree oil, goldenseal, or probiotic douches or suppositories, available online and at health food stores. Kegel exercises are a famous aid, involving clamping down as if interrupting urine flow, before releasing and repeating. This not only help fends off urinary incontinence and infection, it also strengthens and firms pelvic muscles, rendering enhanced enjoyment for both partners.

that’s not spontaneous enough,’” says Weiner Davis. “But even if you put it on the calendar, what you do with that time can still be spontaneous and playful.” While most women assume that they need to be in the mood first, research by University of British Columbia Psychiatrist Rosemary Basson suggests that in some women, desire only comes after physical arousal, especially by a loving partner that takes the time to meet her needs. “I wish I had a dollar for each time someone said to me, ‘I’m not in the mood, but once I get into it, I surprise myself, because I have a really good time,’” says Weiner Davis. She’s not advising women to make love when they really don’t want to, but rather to be open to it even when the circumstances aren’t ideal. “A lot of women feel like the house has to be clean, with the kids asleep and free of distracting noises,” she says. “Sometimes, just do it.”

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Research has shown that over time, frequent lovemaking actually causes structural changes in certain areas of the brain as new connections form and sex-related regions grow stronger. Stop, and those areas atrophy, making physical intimacy feel awkward once it’s resurrected. A sexless relationship can also be emotionally devastating for the person, often the male, that wants more contact, says Weiner Davis, author of The Sex-Starved Marriage: Boosting Your Marriage Libido. “For the spouse yearning for touch, it is a huge deal,” she says. “It’s about feeling wanted, attractive and loved.” In her practice, she often sees couples that are mismatched in how they wish to demonstrate and receive love. Often, the woman wants to feel close emotionally before she can feel close physically. For the man, physical intimacy is a conduit for opening up emotionally. When both keep waiting to get what they want, the relationship suffers. She counsels couples to deliberately make time to address both partners’ needs. Schedule a long walk or intimate dinner to talk over feelings; also schedule sex. “Some people say, ‘Oh, but

Clayton points out that while 42 percent of women experience either low sex drive or satisfaction, fewer than 12 percent are really bothered by it. “Some women experience great grief and loss about this. They say, ‘It used to be a part of my life and now it’s gone.’” For some in this subset that are unable to find relief via lifestyle changes, she would recommend Addyi, said to boost desire by changing brain chemicals. On the other hand, many women don’t need to take any action at all. “If someone has low sex drive and it doesn’t matter to them or their partner, it’s not a problem.” That said, the benefits of attending to an affectionate, healthy sex life can go far beyond the bedroom, improving overall health and strengthening relationships, notes Steelsmith. Sex burns calories, increases circulation, releases calming and painkilling hormones like prolactin and prompts production of the “bonding hormones” vasopressin and oxytocin. “When you are in a loving relationship and you express that love through your body, physiological changes occur that can help you bond more deeply with your partner,” she says. “The more you make love, the more love you make.” Lisa Marshall is a freelance health writer in Boulder, CO. Connect at

Five Common Libido Killers Birth Control Pills: Oral contraceptives can boost levels of sex hormone-binding globulin, which attaches to desire-promoting testosterone, making it harder for the body to access it. Antidepressants: Numerous antidepressant medications have been shown to decrease libido, but leaving depression untreated can kill sex drive even more; consider natural alternatives. Smoking: It impairs circulation to genitals. Alcohol: Too much alcohol lowers sexual response. Caffeine: Excess caffeine can erode levels of testosterone, which is vital for driving desire. Sources: Laurie Steelsmith, ND, and research studies

Nature’s Libido-Enhancers L-arginine: Boosts blood flow to sexual organs. Can be taken in supplement form or applied topically. Chinese ginseng (Panax ginseng): Considered a sexual tonic in Chinese medicine for its ability to stabilize sexual energy over time; also used to address vaginal dryness. Epimedium (horny goat weed): Said to stimulate nerves in genitals, support adrenal glands and boost levels of feel-good brain chemicals. Phenylethylamine: Sometimes referred to as the “romance chemical”, this stimulant and mood elevator is naturally released in the brain when we have an orgasm, exercise or eat chocolate; also available in supplement form. Maca: A Peruvian root used for centuries in that country to promote sexual energy, Maca is said to boost production of libido-boosting hormones. Source: Laurie Steelsmith, ND natural awakenings

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Seniors, Teens and Tykes Enriching Programs Unite the Generations by Linda Sechrist


n intergenerational programs throughout the U.S. and in Europe, thousands of “youngers” and “elders” are building bridges that were forged naturally before family members spread out and many retirees departed for warmer climes. Based on a U.S. adult population of 41 million people 65 years and older and 74 million youths up to the age of 17, the current generation gap is already unprecedented. By 2030, those numbers will increase to 72 million and 80 million, respectively, according to the international nonprofit Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation. Along with Generation Waking Up, Wiser Together and others, it’s working to foster better social cohesion in ways that help individuals of all ages lead richer and more rewarding lives.

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friendships creates the potential for the kind of life-changing possibilities experienced by a troubled young man named Harold when he struck up a surprising friendship with a life-loving woman as old as his grandmother in the film Harold and Maude.

In real life, “I had the blessing of growing up in an intergenerational family,” says Yvette McGlasson, director of port revenue for the PPI Group, in Pompano, Florida. The 17-year veteran of the cruise industry is a former Holland America cruise director whose career at sea launched her into work as a director of events for age-restricted (55-plus) gated communities such as Del Webb Lake Providence, near Nashville. “As a child, I was told I had to listen to my elders as a sign of respect. The many memorable times spent with my grandparents, my mother’s friends and a great aunt who lived to 101, soon turned my resignation into an active desire to spend time with my elders. Their experiences and wisdom were fascinating and I understood that their shared life lessons could prove invaluable to me,” says McGlasson. The experience inspired her to develop a multigenerational “grandparents at-large” partnership with an elementary school across the street from the Del Webb community. The school principal recognized that residents would be valuable mentors, able to fill an emotional void for the latchkey kids of working parents, plus foster a deeper appreciation for their elders among the children. “In this paradigm of mentorship, young people are mentoring their elders and elders are mentoring young people and together, we’re co-creating something new,” says Joshua Gorman,

Multigenerational Cohousing by Linda Sechrist aving regular positive interactions with family and friends and being involved in several different social networks can help older adults be healthier, according to recent research published by the American Psychological Association. This fact inspired the intergenerational living model embodied by Cleveland’s Judson Manor retirement community. Resident students attending the Cleveland Institutes of Art and Music teach older residents how to use computers for email, social media and Skype, with unlimited personal access included among the amenities associated with the affordable housing. These neighbors from different generations also join in art projects and attend movies together. This innovative approach helps solve the housing crisis faced by many cities while addressing social issues of isolation as the young people spontaneously converse with seniors about their studies, activities and other happenings in the outside world.


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t seems that a common mineral supplement that costs just pennies per day can stimulate an underactive thyroid, restore metabolism to normal levels, curb excess appetite, banish fatigue and generally improve everyone’s health. Mounting scientific evidence shows that iodine may be an answer to many such health woes, especially for women. “The thyroid acts as a throttle, the gas pedal for all metabolic functions in the human body,” says Dr. Richard Shames, of San Rafael, California, author of Thyroid Mind Power. If the thyroid is a driving force of human physiology, then iodine is its key fuel, says Dr. Robert Thompson, of Soldotna, Alaska, author of What Doctors Fail to Tell You About Iodine & Your Thyroid. “Every single cell in your body depends on thyroid hormone, and the thyroid depends on iodine for proper functioning.” “Without sufficient thyroid hormone, we have low energy, slower metabolism, lower immunity to illness and impaired repair and maintenance of bones and joints,” explains Shames. After testing thousands of patients in his practice, Thompson estimates that 90 percent of North Americans are iodine deficient, citing what he calls 30

“epidemic proportions” of hypothyroidism (low thyroid function) with symptoms comprising obesity, fatigue, brain fog, irregular or absent menstrual periods, hair loss and heat and cold intolerance.

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Estrogen: Hypothyroidism is overwhelmingly a women’s disease, with women five to eight times more likely to suffer from it than men, according to the American Thyroid Association. “Estrogen inhibits the body’s natural ability to absorb and utilize iodine,” says Dr. Jorge Flechas, of Hendersonville, North Carolina, who specializes in thyroid disorders. “We find three periods in life when women need more iodine: at puberty and during both pregnancy and perimenopause or menopause. It’s because estrogen levels tend to fluctuate wildly at those times, neutralizing the ability of iodine gained through select foods to balance thyroid and other hormones.” Flechas prescribes iodine supplements for most women at all three stages of life. Toxic halogens: Iodine belongs to a group of halogens that includes chlorine, bromine and fluorine, three chemicals that are both toxic to the human body and block its ability

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to absorb iodine, explains Thompson. “They’re everywhere, in our air, water and food. It’s nearly impossible to avoid them,” reports Shames, a longtime advocate in the movement against the common practice of adding fluoride (a derivative of fluorine) and chlorine to municipal water. Fluoride is also added to many brands of toothpaste. Bromide is part of almost all commercial flour and flour products, as well as soft drinks. Shames offers an historic insight. “Fluoride was once used to slow down an overactive thyroid, as recommended by the physicians’ bible, the Merck Manuals. Now we’re putting it in the water supply and wondering why we have a mushrooming epidemic of low thyroid incidence.” Food: “So-called ‘iodized’ salt doesn’t contain much usable iodine, and neither does pink Himalyan sea salt,” Shames cautions. We’ve known that our soil is deficient in essential minerals such as iodine since at least 1936, when a special U.S. Senate report concluded that our soil was already severely depleted. “This simply means that when we grow produce, the plants cannot extract these vital nutrients from the soil for us—including iodine—if those nutrients aren’t there in the first place,” says Thompson. If anything, he adds, U.S. soils have become even more sterile in the 80 years since the report and, “Factory farming and the use of genetically modified (GMO) crops, Roundup herbicide and synthetic chemical fertilizers have undoubtedly worsened the situation.”

Sources of Iodine

It’s difficult to include sufficient natural iodine in our daily diet unless we follow a Japanese-style diet that includes lots of seaweed and saltwater fish, says Shames. Other food sources are shellfish, turkey, cheese, yogurt, milk, eggs, legumes, cranberries and strawberries. There is little agreement about the optimal levels of iodine people need. The U.S. Department of Agriculture maintains that we need 150 micrograms a day, but iodine advocates are quick to point out that a person eating a typical Japanese diet (where hypothyroidism, or low thyroid activity, is rare) ingests 12.5 milligrams of iodine each

Nine in 10 North Americans may be iodine deficient. ~ Dr. Robert Thompson day—83 times the amount recommended by the government. Shames recommends getting an iodine lab test (available without a prescription at to determine exact needs. Thompson recommends potassium iodide and sodium iodide supplements for thyroid health. Kathleen Barnes is author of numerous natural health books, including User’s Guide to Thyroid Disorders.

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ravity takes its toll as years pass, and many women find themselves bemoaning crow’s feet, frown lines and turkey necks that make them look older than they feel. Experts point to the loss of “fat pads” in the cheeks, bone loss around the eye sockets and cheekbones and overall weak muscles as potential contributors to facial aging. Natural exercise programs designed to reverse these unpleasant signs of aging comprise a new fitnessfor-beauty trend. “Face and neck muscles somehow have been left out of mainstream fitness programs,” observes Denver esthetician and massage therapist Grace Mosgeller, who addresses this void with her series of eight FaceFitnez audio and video exercises. “If you tone the muscles of your face and neck, the skin attached to those muscles firms and tones as well, creating a natural youthful look.” Muscular stress—the good kind—is at the core of facial fitness, says Mosgeller. She cite’s Wolff’s Law, a wellknown medical theory that bone grows and remodels in response to the tension or muscle engagement put on it. “Regular facial exercise works the muscles to correct the loss of both muscle tone and bone density and build collagen. It might be called the equivalent of pushups, pull-ups and abdominal tucks for the face.”

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Carolyn Cleaves, owner of Carolyn’s Facial Fitness, in Seabeck, Washington, near Seattle, a former college professor, developed a facial exercise program for herself upon detecting early signs of aging. With the help of two primary care physicians, she designed a routine that includes 28 basic exercises that target all 57 facial muscles. “As we get older, we lose the underlying layer of fat just beneath the skin, and as a result, we look old and tired,” says Cleaves. She agrees that exercising the face actually helps rebuild lost bone, enlarges the muscles and also builds collagen. A study from the University of Rochester, in New York, confirms that loss of bone mass can start in women as early as age 40. It starts in men 16 to 25 years later. Mosgeller’s facial exercises work to fade wrinkles and lines and firm up sagging flesh, yielding visible results in as little as two weeks of dedicated training. She says, “Within six to nine months, it’s possible to look five to 10 years younger than when you started.” Her claims are verified by Dr. Carol Lipper, in Denver, who states, “I’ve done the exercises and they work. The trouble is compliance. It’s a lot of work.” She confirms that she saw improvement in her droopy eyelids after just two or three weeks of adhering to Mosgeller’s workouts.

“It seems that every three months or so, I see another leap in results and a younger look,” adds Cleaves of those using her program. Here are a few crucial areas to target, with just a few of these experts’ recommended remedies. Cleaves’ Crow’s Feet Eliminator: Place fingertips on top of the head, thumbs resting near the corners of the eyes. Shut eyes tightly and slide thumbs toward the temples for a count of five. Repeat 10 times. Mosgeller’s Rx for Droopy Eyelids: Place index finger on top of a closed eyelid, and then lift fingers up and slightly to the outside. Blink hard and hold. It’s preventive, as well as curative, says Mosgeller, so those over 45 should

repeat this 100 times a day, while younger individuals should repeat 20 to 50 times a day. Mosgeller’s Frown Line Eraser: Pull brows apart with fingers and hold for two seconds. Repeat 50 to 100 times up to six times per week. This is meant to relax and tone the muscles, not build them. Cleaves’ Turkey Neck Buster: Tilt the head back slightly. With palm facing the neck, grasp under the chin with a wide-open hand and slowly slide hand down to the collarbone; hold there while counting to 10. Repeat five times daily. Kathleen Barnes is author and publisher of many natural health books. Connect at

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Small Shifts Can Drop Pounds and Gain Health

pounds in two weeks,” she says, “and I didn’t feel like I was on a diet.” Eating a big salad for lunch is a habit that author Victoria Moran, host of the award-winning Main Street Vegan online radio show, has adopted in her New York City home. She fills a big bowl with leafy greens, in-season vegetables, avocado and a light dressing. “This will set you up for the rest of the day,” says Moran. Pam Anderson, a mainstream food blogger in Darien, Connecticut, agrees. Six years ago, she lost 50 pounds and credits having a big green salad for lunch—one of her many small food habit changes—with helping her maintain a healthy weight, despite frequently testing and sampling recipes.

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Food Thought Habits

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ur food habits are often just that—mindless, repetitious eating behaviors. Some serve us well; others, not so much. Natural Awakenings asked experts to serve up many doable small changes that can add up to big shifts. According to Brian Wansink, Ph.D., the John S. Dyson professor of marketing at Cornell University and author of Mindless Eating, changing just one lifestyle habit can eliminate two or more pounds each week. By changing up to three habits, we may lose more weight. At a minimum, we will likely improve the quality of the food we eat overall.

Buying Behaviors

Wansink advises that having the only food on our kitchen counter be fruit encourages healthy snacking. At work, he suggests lunching away from our desk to discourage mindless eating. At restaurants, order half-size entrees, and then add a maximum of two items, such as soup and bread, salad and side dish or an appetizer and dessert. He recommends using a food shopping strategy to fill the cart with better food. With hunger sated first, chew on a natural gum while shopping; it discourages buying junk food. Secondly, habitually fill the front of the cart with produce. “We eat what we see,” he says. 34

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Consider starting the day with a new coffee habit. Dave Asprey, of Los Angeles, author of The Bulletproof Diet, uses organic coffee, brews with filtered water and blends the hot coffee with a pat of unsalted, grass-fed butter, a fat high in vitamins and omega-3 essential fatty acids, and a small spoonful of a coconut oil that doesn’t congeal at room temperature. Unlike a drive-through latte with sugar and carbohydrates, he maintains that this type of coffee, “makes you feel energized, focused and full for hours.” Asprey takes a biohacker’s approach to natural biology-based ways to maximize physical and mental performance. New York City writer Chris Gayomali tried Asprey’s recipe for two weeks. Although it didn’t curb his appetite, he says he felt more alert and “ready for life.” Upgrading the foods we love is also possible, says David Wann, of Golden, Colorado, author of Simple Prosperity. “Too often, we economize on food when we should be buying the best quality, freshest organic food we can,” he says. Rebecca Miller, who lives near Kansas City, Missouri, took Wann’s advice and cut costs in other ways instead. To her delight, she found that the fresher, better-tasting food prompted her to eat less, but eat better. “I lost seven

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Doing too much for other people and not enough for ourselves can make our internal voice whisper, “I need comfort,” a thought that can generate overeating. In The Perfect Recipe for Losing Weight and Eating Great, Anderson suggests we ask ourselves what other triggers are prompting poor food habits. Upon reflection, we can prioritize emotional and physical health with planned, smaller, varied, healthy, delicious meals; it’s a habit that works for her. Elizabeth Lombardo, Ph.D., a psychologist in Lake Forest, Illinois, and bestselling author of Better Than Perfect, assures, “If we fall off the healthy eating wagon, it’s not failure, it’s data.” She believes reaching for the chocolate chip cookies in the vending machine after a stressful morning should be viewed from a scientific standpoint, not via our inner finger-pointing judge. “What are the factors that influenced our decision: stress, hunger or a desire for distraction? That’s great information,” says Lombardo. She proposes that we can then prepare to counter a future snack attack with handy healthy bites, a mindfulness break, a quick walk outside or other naturally healthful stress-relievers. Changing our food habits, one at a time, can help us live better going forward.   Judith Fertig is the author of awardwinning cookbooks and blogs at from Overland Park, KS.

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Why did you become a vegetarian at age 14?  When I was 13, I picked up a book from the nightstand in my parents’ bedroom called Miami and the Siege of Chicago by Norman Mailer. I happened to open to a page with a highly graphic description of Midwest slaughterhouses. What I read turned my stomach because I loved animals and wanted no part in this inhumane system. I swore at that moment I would never eat another piece of meat and have not done so since. For the past 49 years I have enjoyed the resulting good karma in the form of healthful benefits from avoiding the antibiotics, growth hormones and fats associated with a carnivorous diet. 

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Was it tougher to maintain your natural standards as your career became filled with travel and tight schedules? After I first became a vegetarian kid living at home, I soon convinced my family to go vegetarian, too. I read a lot of books to learn how to replace meat protein with healthier choices. Through the early years, as I continued to learn about options, I tried many kinds of vegetarian, macrobiotic and vegan approaches. Once I started modeling in seashore locations, it seemed natural to me to add bits of fresh fish and some dairy; so for the most part I have been a lacto ichthyo variation of vegetarian. I raised my children as vegetarians, and recently my daughter, Sailor, and I took the next step to become mostly vegan. I allow myself a little mozzarella and an occasional salmon dish when my body is craving it, because I think we need to listen to what our body needs. After the environmental disasters of the BP oil spill in the Gulf, made worse by toxic dispersants, and the Fukushima nuclear plant meltdown that pumped radioactive isotopes into the Pacific, I am extra-cautious about the salmon I choose and don’t eat other

seafood. I’m lucky that as a model, my career has naturally kept me aware of the amount of sugar I consume, limiting its effects on skin and overall health as well as weight.

How much of anti-aging do you believe is tied to mental and emotional health? Growing old gracefully is all about the positive energy that you use to power through your day and project to others. Happiness is a youthful quality and a smile is always our best accessory; it’s also been proven to release feel-good endorphins. When you take good care of yourself by eating right and exercising, you naturally feel better about yourself. If we’re feeling down, stressed or depressed, we’re tempted to eliminate exercise, which is the very thing that could lift us up and make us feel better. The more we move, the merrier we are. 

Because you also recognize the importance of treating the body well from the outside as well as from the inside, what other practices do you apply? With everything we know about how the sun can damage our skin, it’s crucial to use a moisturizer with a broad ultraviolet spectrum blocker of both UVA and UVB rays to prevent wrinkles and hyperpigmented spots. I created my own skin care line that offers an SPF 30 broad-spectrum moisturizer that also defends against infrared rays [IR], which represent more than half of the sun’s damaging rays that reach Earth. IR emissions also come from manmade objects such as computers and cell phones. Beyond that, I wanted a product that takes advantage of our body’s own circadian rhythms, using special peptides that help the body build collagen and elastin as we sleep and repair. Using a gentle exfoliating scrub is also key, a step many people overlook; I’ve included it in my daily skin care routine for 30 years. Gerry Strauss is a freelance writer in Hamilton, NJ. Connect at

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ision boards, a powerful tool for transformation, comprise a collage of pictures, phrases, poems and quotes that visually represent what we would like to experience more of in life. Building one works to uncover hidden desires and inner guidance that help clarify the details of a roadmap to our future. Anyone can create one in a few hours. The layout may be intuitive, placing pieces where feelings direct; circles within circles like a mandala; or in titled, pie-shaped segments arranged in the form of a wheel. Board basics: Choose a large piece of poster board, corkboard or canvas the size of an unfolded newspaper. Gather pens, scissors, glue or pins, sticky tape and a current selfie. Gather 10 to 20 magazines ranging from women’s and men’s fashion, health and fitness to hobbies, house and garden and travel, including animals representing specific character traits. Pick topics that resonate, uplift and inspire, energize or bring relaxation. Beauty salons, libraries and community centers like to clear out old issues; an alternative is to assemble images by using a computer. Prepare a space: Find a quiet, relaxing spot, free of disturbances and distractions. Mindset magic: Let go of ought-tos, shoulds and musts. Rest assured that feeling the desire to be good, to do good or have something good in our life means we can make it happen, even if we do not yet know how. Flick, snip and stick: Have fun seeing what jumps out and catches your attention while riffling through the magazine pages. Clip and place these images in a pile, and then sort out those that feel really right.

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ach American discards an average of 4.4 pounds of personal garbage a day according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Half of what we toss can be recycled. A yard sale can both clear out the clutter and keep reusable items in circulation.

Assemble Merchandise

In assembling merchandise from all around the house, make it a family affair, with everyone contributing things to consider together. Before putting any item in the “keep” pile, ask: How long have I lived with this? How often did I need it? How often will I use it now and in the future? Check with neighbors and friends to see if they want to join in a multifamily sale likely to draw more potential buyers.


Getting the word out is essential. Place a yard sale listing in a local newspaper, either for free or a small fee. Free online posting is available at and Also, post flyers (on recycled paper) seven to 10 days before the sale along busy streets in the community. 40

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On the event day, make sure that large, bright signs in the neighborhood lead buyers to the sale. Reuse cardboard from old boxes to save money and recycle signs and flyers afterwards. Cindy Skrzynecki, of Minneapolis, who has monitored the phenomenon, notes, “Shoppers tend to equate the size of a sign with the size of a sale, so a few large, well-placed signs may draw more people to you than several smaller signs.” Skrzynecki says that holiday weekends or weekends that coincide with popular local events are excellent because, “You’ll provide a fun activity for people that stay in town.”

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How items are displayed is important. Here’s how to make old stuff as attractive as possible to buyers. The cleaner the better. Make sure all items are presentable. Make items visible. Arrange a display that’s catchy and organized. Use tabletops and bookcases; even improvised surfaces can work, such as plywood atop buckets. Show clothing effectively. Hangers are better than folded piles that get messy.

Does this thing work? Have an extension cord handy so people can test electrical devices, and provide a measuring tape for furniture and other large items. Have batteries on hand for testing items like flashlights or electronic games. Label things that don’t work and price accordingly for those that know how to fix things or strip parts. Ensure the price is right. All items should be clearly priced via a small sticker; buyers quickly tire of asking and sellers may not recall earlier answers. For multiple sellers, use a different colored sticker for each, remove the stickers as items sell, and use the totals from the stickers to divide profits at day’s end. Use creative labeling. Provide buyers with uses for odd items. Sunny Wicka, author of Garage Sale Shopper, says, “Sales can be made solely by suggesting a novel use.” Also spark the shopper’s imagination by combining art supplies—like old magazines, papers, markers, paints and knickknacks—on a table labeled “Great for Art!” or group household items, crates and blankets labeled “Going Away to College?” Prepare for early birds. Yard sale pros arrive early to scour sales for the best deals. Be prepared to bargain or else make it clear that prices are fixed via a few friendly signs. After the initial rush, consider accepting bargain offers. During the final hour, consider cutting prices in half.

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Summer and early fall are good times for yard sales. Make it exceptional, a place where people will have fun and want to hang around (more browsing time often means more purchases). Play upbeat music, set up a children’s play area and maybe a kids’ lemonade stand as cool drinks help keep shoppers refreshed and cheerful. Consider sharing the fruits of family hobbies such as homemade items, plant cuttings or herbs in hand-painted clay pots and cut flowers. Shoppers appreciate such personal touches.

Arrange for the Aftermath

Arrange a charity donation pick-up beforehand to truck away leftover items. The Salvation Army and Vietnam Veterans of America regularly move still useful items into welcoming homes. For those that enjoy throwing yard sales, consider organizing charity yard sales in the community. Engage a local place of worship, neighborhood association or school to help people recycle their old stuff while also raising funds for worthy causes. Sarah Tarver-Wahlquist is a frequent contributor to Green American magazine (, from which this was adapted. For more tips, visit

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Stressed-Out Pets Natural Ways to Calm Fear and Anxiety by Sandra Murphy


hile most American pets live on easy street, with meals, treats, exercise outings and affection provided, the good life also poses challenges—dogs and cats can get stressed. “Basic stress is fearbased. Separation or isolation anxiety requires in-depth training,” says JennaLee Gallicchio, a certified separation anxiety trainer who uses scientific and hands-off techniques at her All Stars Dog Training, in Bedminster, New Jersey. She authors a bestselling series that was launched with The Secret to Getting Your Dog to Do What You Want. A drug like Reconcile, the pet version of Prozac, looks like a quick fix, but can bring many harmful side effects. Laurel Braitman, Ph.D., of Sausalito, California, bestselling author of Animal Madness: How Anxious Dogs, Compulsive Parrots, and Elephants in Recovery Help Us Understand Ourselves, estimates that 70 million U.S. dogs are given the same drugs their humans use for anxiety or depression. Considering the potential dangers, such drugs should only be used briefly as a last resort with veterinary supervision to ensure the proper dosage based on age, size and temperament. There are more natural and safer alternatives.

Common Stressors

Dogs hear sounds at four times the distance we do; cats hear even better. Thunderstorms, fireworks, traffic, TV, music and children can unnerve them.

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Add in a new home, baby, another pet or anticipation of car rides associated with fear of the veterinarian and even normally mellow pets can get upset. Irregular work hours undermine established routines. Pet or human health issues, plus household drama, add special reasons to fret. Pets separated from their litters too early can experience anxiety as adults.

Stress Less Strategies

“Let your dog have a space where he can retreat when he’s had enough,” advises Dr. Carol Osborne, owner of Ohio’s Chagrin Falls Veterinary Center & Pet Clinic. She recommends Bach’s Five Flower Formula, diluted chamomile essential oil or a pet-safe tincture of the Chinese herb skullcap for additional relief. Dogs like routine. “Regular exercise helps, including two, 20-minute daily walks. A tired pet is a happy pet,” Osborne says. “Walks can eliminate stress and anxiety by 50 percent for you both.” “Cats need exercise that mimics hunting; cats stare and plan, stalk or chase, pounce and grab,” says Marci Koski, certified by the Animal Behavior Institute and owner of Feline Behavior Solutions, in Vancouver, Washington. “An indoor cat’s prey drive can be met with interactive toys.” A place to climb or hide and a window with a view will help as will periodic playtime catching moving toys; with nothing to catch, a laser

pointer’s red dots are frustrating for a cat and a potential danger to its eyes. “Two of my large dogs were anxious during a three-day power outage,” says Kimberly Gauthier, a dog nutrition blogger at, in Marysville, Washington. “I add Ewegurt, a sheep’s milk yogurt, to their food to calm them when needed.” Clicker training rewards desired behaviors. “Ralphie, an Italian greyhound mix, was protective, but also fearful; before going outside, we’d practice sit, stay and come using a click/treat. Now he sees other dogs without reacting,” relates Katrina Wilhelm, a naturopathic physician and owner of, in Lake Oswego, Oregon. It works when someone knocks on the door, too. Soothing music covers the sounds of storms and fireworks, counsels Lisa Spector, an award-winning concert pianist in

Getting kitty into her carrier to go to the vet isn’t always easy. London’s Simon Tofield, animator and cartoonist for Simon’s Cats videos and books, suggests making the crate comfy and leaving it out so the cat gets used to it; keeping it out of reach of curious dogs at the vet’s office; and only opening it upon arrival in the exam room. His local vet staff explains more at Tinyurl. com/CatVetProtocol.

Signs of Pet Stress 4 Aggression toward people or other animals 4 Digestive problems 4 Excessive barking/meowing 4 Forgetful of housetraining 4 Increased sleep 4 Isolation 4 Loss of appetite 4 Pacing 4 Pulling out fur

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“Stressors for dogs and cats are different. As a veterinarian, I explain situations from the animal’s perspective,” says Jennifer Quammen, with the Grants Lick Veterinary Hospital, in Butler, Kentucky. “I say, ‘From the cat’s point of view…’ As the animal advocate, I feel it’s my professional obligation.” “We bring pets into our world and expect them to adjust. Dogs, in particular, try so hard,” says Spector. They need our attention, shared activities and most of all, our understanding. Connect with Sandra Murphy at

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the body systems and lessen the stress response. Aide not only your family but your community by sharing the Aromatouch technique with others new to essential oils. $149, includes an Aromatouch kit with eight essential oils, technique book, DVD and instruction. Register: Jennifer@teamaromasoul. com. 850-499-3670. PereiraProduceAndHealth. Reincarnation Recollections – 12-2pm. Dr. Shelley Kaehr discusses various aspects of reincarnation, including a phenomenon she calls Supretrovie, externally induced past life memories triggered by travel or artifacts and shares fascinating brand new case studies. Learn to transform past life experiences into positive soul growth opportunities. Love offering. Unity of Pensacola Metaphysical Bookstore, 716 N 9th Ave, Pensacola. 850-438-2277.


THURSDAY, MAY 5 DIY All Things Automobile – 6:30-8pm. A clean vehicle without harsh chemical cleaners, abrasives or destructive fumes. Discussing everything from air fresheners to window cleaner, hand degreaser, upholstery stain remover, chrome cleaner, tire cleaner, and more. Free. Pereira Produce & Health, 2109 Casa de Oro St, Navarre. 850-499-3670.

SATURDAY, MAY 7 Essential Oils 101 & Oils and Emotions – 10am. Learn the basics of essential oils - what they are, how they work, and how to use them to support health and wellness naturally. Then learn how to impact our limbic system to affect thoughts, moods, emotions, and stress management. doTERRA, Meridian at Westwood, 1001 Mar Walt Dr, Fort Walton Beach. RSVP: 850-496-3305. Basic Detoxification – 11am-12pm. When we detox, we release toxins that have been accumulating in our bodies. These need to be flushed. Come join us for a discussion on gentle everyday and quarterly cleansing to keep your body functioning at its best. Ever’mans Co-operative, Pensacola. 850-499-3670. Navarre Living Yoga Triathlon – 12pm. Begin with a vinyasa flow, move into a 2 mile walk/run and end with a slow cool-down Yin/Restorative style yoga. Snacks and beverages when the event is finished. All experience levels are welcome. $15/in advance, $20 day of. Navarre Living Yoga, 8162 Navarre Parkway, Navarre. 850-346-3577. DIY Organic Facials – 6-8pm. Each participant will perform a facial and receive a facial. Using a five-step process including such ingredients as rose water, aloe, green clay, and essential oils, learn to look your best for pennies. Pereira Produce & Health, 2109 Casa de Oro St, Navarre. 850-4993670.

MONDAY, MAY 9 John of God Crystal Healing Bed Sessions –9am7pm. The Crystal Bed combines the power of color therapy and crystal healing therapy. This energy

stream produces beneficial stimulation on many physical and energetic levels of being. Cost varies. Unity of Pensacola, 716 N 9th Ave, Pensacola. Schedule appointments, Renee: 251-923-6122.


Summer Outdoors with Essential Oils – 2-3:30pm. An afternoon outdoors with a natural bug repellent spray; demonstrations on making bug repellent candles for outdoors, oils for insect stings, DIY sunscreen, sunburn spray, hand sanitizer, and essential oils to help with seasonal discomforts. Pereira Produce & Health, 2109 Casa de Oro St, Navarre. 850-499-3670. PereiraProduceAndHealth.


Out of Body Chakras 7 & 8 – 6-7:30pm. Enhance the expansion of your newly available out-of-body chakras with Alice McCall. Focused on chakras 7 and 8 for a stable platform for all of the out-of-body chakras to open and expand. Teleconference with Alice McCall. $55. Reservations: 850-585-5496.

Messages from the Angels – 6-7:45pm. Archangel Michael has been given charge of assisting in removing fear for the sake of awakening of the planet and the raising the consciousness of all. Felicia McQuaid will offer more information and end with a channeled message from him. $25 or 2 for $40. The Healing Clinic, 184 Brooks St, Ste #1, Fort Walton Beach. 850-217-2771.



Essential Oils 101 + Q&A – 6:30pm. Learn the basics of essential oils - what they are, how they work, and how to use them to support health and wellness naturally. Then ask questions, as well as look through resources to find recommendations for your health goals. doTERRA, Meridian at Westwood, 1001 Mar Walt Dr, Fort Walton Beach. RSVP: 850-496-3305.

Pamper Yourself Spa Make-N-Take – 6:308:30pm. Learn to make your own bath bombs, bath salts, make-up remover, whipped body butter, exfoliating foot scrub, facial cleansing wipes, nail polish remover, and lip balm. Handouts with recipes and cost comparisons. Refreshments. Navarre. 850499-3670.

THURSDAY, MAY 12 Intro to Essential Oils – 5:30-7pm. What is all the hype about essential oils? Learn the answers to questions about the swing back to natural options for preventative healthcare. Sample rosemary/lemon humus w/fresh organic vegetables and a fruit salad with coconut tangerine whipped cream. Rejuvatrim Aesthetics, Pensacola. 850-499-3670.

FRIDAY, MAY 13 Mood Management with Essential Oils – 6:308pm. Learn how your body utilizes essential oils to aide during those times we need a little help with our moods, feelings, and emotions. Each participant gets to make one free roller ball of oil. Free. Pereira Produce & Health, 2109 Casa de Oro St, Navarre. 850499-3670.

SATURDAY, MAY 14 Aromatouch Technique Certification – 10am4:30pm. Learn this tremendous technique to support

SATURDAY, MAY 21 Essential Oils 101 & Green Your Clean – 10am. Learn the basics of essential oils - what they are, how they work, and how to use them to support health and wellness naturally. Then learn how their unique chemical structure can help replace toxic cleaners in your home for pennies on the dollar. doTERRA, Meridian at Westwood, 1001 Mar Walt Dr, Fort Walton Beach. RSVP: 850-496-3305. Essential Oils for Men – 6:30-8pm. Learn the ins and outs of essential oils as they apply to a man’s daily life. Bring that man with you to learn together. Pereira Produce & Health, 2109 Casa de Oro St, Navarre. 850499-3670.

SUNDAY, MAY 22 Intuitive Development 1: From the Inside Out – 10am. Guided clearance of energetic blockages, identifying ego filters, protecting the energetic body, and connecting to the higher self for guidance and wisdom. $150. Bay Minette: 704-661-4236.

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Bladder, Urinary Tract Healing – 3-4pm. Guided healing meditation event with Alice McCall; prevent and heal issues like incontinence, urinary tract imbalances, and bladder disorders. Teleconference with Alice McCall. $15. Reservations: 850-585-5496. Body Wrap and Detoxification Course – 3-6pm. Lose inches while you learn. Learn how to blend and apply proprietary essential oil formulas that burn fat, boost metabolism, support healthy digestion and detox fat cells, while experiencing a 30-minute body wrap. Fresh fruit and lemon water served, free samples. $5. Rejuvatrim Aesthetics, 210 E Intendencia St,Pensacola. 850-499-3670.

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MONDAY, MAY 23 Karuna Reiki: Level Two – 9am-3pm. This is a system of Reiki developed and certified through William Rand of the International Reiki Center. It is the next step for an Usui Reiki master. Level two training focuses on symbols. Hands-on and distant use of symbols for self-healing and healing others. $250. The Healing Clinic, 184 Brooks St, Ste #1, Fort Walton Beach. 850-217-2771.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 25 Essential Oils 101 + Q&A – 6:30pm. Learn the basics of essential oils - what they are, how they work, and how to use them to support health and wellness naturally. Then ask questions, as well as look through resources to find recommendations for your health goals. doTERRA, Meridian at Westwood, 1001 Mar Walt Dr, Fort Walton Beach. RSVP: 850-496-3305.

THURSDAY, MAY 26 The World’s Greatest Baby Shower – 5:30-8pm. All pregnant women and new parents, who’ve had a baby in the last 3 months from Okaloosa and Walton counties, are invited for fun, information, light snacks, and great baby shower prizes. Information provided on prenatal health, well baby care, parenting, infant health and safety, and immunizations. Free. Emerald Coast Convention Center, 1250 Miracle Strip Pkwy, FWB, 850-833-9284. Ardelle@HealthyStartOkaWalton.

SUNDAY, MAY 29 Full Moon Group Meditation – 6-7:30pm. A simple, powerful method of serving the world and strengthening your spiritual connection in cooperation with the Masters of Wisdom; intro 6pm, group meditation 6:30. Free. Everman’s Co-op Educational Center, 315 W Garden St, Pensacola. 850-417-7294.

SATURDAY, JUNE 4 Advanced Ascension Work with Alice McCall – 9:30am-12:30pm. Ongoing bi-monthly work. Understand the pathway to your spiritual growth and the ongoing planetary changes. Supportive of personal and global transformation. Teleconference with Alice McCall. $55. Reservations: 850-5855496.

sunday Heated Hatha 101 – 5:30-6:30pm. Practice in a warm room, move slowly while building your stamina and flexibility. Class is all levels designed to encourage proper alignment of the body. Beginners welcome. Temp 95-98°. $15, $10/military, student. Hot Yoga Om, 222 Miracle Strip Pkwy, Fort Walton Beach. 850-217-2771.

monday Heated Hatha 101 – 9-10am. Practice in a warm room, move slowly while building your stamina and flexibility. Class is designed to encourage proper alignment of the body. Beginners welcome. Temp 95-98°. $15, $10/military, student. Hot Yoga Om, 222 Miracle Strip Pkwy, Fort Walton Beach. 850217-2771. Synergy Yoga Flow at Northwest Florida Ballet – 6-7:30pm. Synergy yoga is an eclectic blend of alignment based hatha, vinyasa, vini yoga, kundalini, yin, restorative and meditation. Teachers have years of experience and are focused on health and wellbeing for everyday people. North West Florida Ballet Annex, 310 Perry Ave SE, behind main academy, FWB. 850-225-9188. Synergy Free Twin Hearts Meditation – 7-8pm. No meditation experience necessary. Free. Light Energy Dancing, 348 Miracle Strip Pkwy, Ste 27, Fort Walton Beach. 850-543-1970.

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experience and are focused on health and wellbeing for everyday people. North West Florida Ballet Annex, 310 Perry Ave SE, behind main academy, FWB. 850-225-9188. yogaclasses. A Journey through the Chakras – 9:30-11am. Take an in depth look at the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual aspects of this energetic system. Each class will include yoga practice, meditation, group exercises and discussion. $90/early bird, $25/drop in class. Sunshine Yoga, 211-E Main Street, Destin. 850-687-8603. Yoga for PTSD – 11-11:45am. This class takes into account the unique needs of people recovering from trauma. Come see how yoga might be the tool you need for healing. $15. Light Energy Dancing, 348 Miracle Strip Pkwy, Ste 27, Fort Walton Beach. 850543-1970. Latin Dance Basics – 6-6:45pm. Learn the basics of Cha Cha, Rumba, Salsa, Merengue, Hustle and Swing. No partner needed. No high pressure sales. Feel comfortable, be fantastic. Light Energy Dancing, 348 Miracle Strip Pkwy, Ste 27, Fort Walton Beach. 850-543-1970.

wednesday Gentle Flow Yoga – 10-11:30am. Beginner based therapeutic movement combined with breath awareness and guided meditation. Healing for the body, mind and soul. Taught by master teacher, Felicia McQuaid. Dragonfly Yoga, 184 Brooks St, Bldg 2, FWB. 850-217-2771. Yoga w/ Pranic Healing – 6-7pm. Start your week by getting in touch with your higher self. Find stillness and peacefulness by moving mindfully. $15. Light Energy Dancing, 348 Miracle Strip Pkwy, Ste 27, Fort Walton Beach. 850-543-1970. Essential Oils Introduction and Instructional Class – 6-8pm. 2nd and 4th Wed. Instructional classes using essential oils to improve well-being

by applying and creating everyday products. Discover a lifetime of savings, product efficacy and abundance. $10. Synergy Organic Juice Bar and Cafe, 120 Miracle Strip Pkwy, FWB. 850-2259188.

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Healthy Happy Hour – 6-7pm. 3rd Thu. A premier member of the healthy living community provides cutting-edge concepts on health and ultimate wellness. Topics include hypnosis, acupuncture, massage and essential oils, and energy healing; light snacks and healthy beverages provided. $15. 8 th Element Wellness, 90 Beal Pkwy NW, FWB. RSVP, Christie: 850-598-7515.

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friday Philosophy Flow – 9-10am. A hot yoga class with a philosophical theme on yoga, life and spirituality. Join Laura Tyree in this thoughtful and flow-based practice. Beginners welcome. Temps range from 98-102°. $15, $10/military, student. Hot Yoga Om, 222 Miracle Strip Pkwy, Fort Walton Beach. 850217-2771.

saturday Radical Flow – 9-10am. Get ready to sweat. Purify and build your overall physique in this great jumpstart to your weekend. $15, $10/military, student. Hot Yoga Om, 222 Miracle Strip Pkwy, Fort Walton Beach. 850-217-2771.

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ACUPUNCTURE REBECCA FREEMAN, AP, MAOM 1180 Eglin Pkwy NE, Shalimar 850-902-2536 • 850-651-0160

Caring and compassionate masters of acupuncture and Oriental medicine acupuncture. More than 12 years’ experience relieving all types of pain, including: headaches, female problems, digestive problems and more.


Raquel Skidmore, MD 850-640-1530 756 Harrison Ave, Panama City

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

Janice Skene 114-B Benning Dr, Destin • 850-837-2690 Organic Salon Systems started a revolution of healthier, natural, organic, better performing professional products. Beauty without sacrificing health. Coloring and smoothing treatments for silky, healthy hair. No SLS, ammonia, parabens, plastics. See ad, page 19.

PUREGRESSIVE BEAUTY 205 Kelly Ave, Unit B, FWB 850-226-6609

The Emerald Coast’s premier organic hair salon featuring organic hair care and hair color products made with the highest quality plant extracts & organic ingredients, free of harmful chemicals. See ad, page 4.


Janet Hardy, LMT Board Certified Myofascial Release Therapist Expert Level Santa Rosa Beach • 850-231-9131 In her 21+ years of massage therapy Janet has found the John F. Barnes’ Approach® to be the most effective and holistic treatment for the relief of pain and optimal health. MA17333. See ad, page 18.

ALEXANDREA MCALLASTER, LMT 8th Element Wellness, LLC 90 Beal Pkwy NW, Ste A1, FWB 850-582-2285

Using ancient wisdom to holistically treat today’s illnesses. Specializing in: Women’s Health including painful or heavy periods, fertility, pre- and post-natal care, peri-menopause and beyond.


Specializing in pain management massage and a blend of therapeutic massage techniques with focused intention to de-stress the body and mind. MA50499. See ad, page 6.



Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Calhoun Chiropractic 16600 Back Beach Pkwy, Panama City Beach • 850-230-1288

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At GCHPC, your health comes first. A philosophy that joins holistic and conventional medical care where we treat the whole human—mind, body and spirit. Prescreening to prescribe medical marijuana. See ad, page 17.



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Dedicated to a heart centered practice specializing in Healing Touch energy therapy, chakra balancing and Neuromuscular pain management with focus on neck release and low back pain. MA59372. See ad, page 6.


Screening with thermography can detect abnormalities in the very earliest stages of diabetes cardiovascular, breast thyroid, hormonal digestive, and TMJ. Also offering personalized healthcare assessments and organic botanical supplements. See ad, page 38.


913 Mar Walt Fort Walton Beach • 850-243-8229 36468 Emerald Coast Pkwy, #8102 Destin • 850-650-9500 ACAM certified chelation provider. A participating physician in the successful NIH TACT chelation study. Providing IV infusions and Myers “Cocktail”. Free consultation. See ad, page 6.


211-E Main St, Destin 850-687-8603 • At Sunshine Yoga we teach kids through discussion, movement, song and expression. In kids yoga, children learn yoga postures, selflove and respect for all living things.


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

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

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


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


(Formerly Skindeep) Cindy Butler, Owner/Therapist • 850-269-1414 Body & Mind Wellness Services including colonics, total body detox footbath, skin rejuvenation treatments, infrared sauna, transcendental meditation training, Lifestyle transition coaching, Proven weight-loss program. MA49032/MM27113.




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Fort Walton’s newest eclectic intuitive center. Locally made crafts by local artisans. Intuitive readings, jewelry, paintings, incense, crystals, pottery, semi-precious stones, wind chimes, diaper cakes, hand-painted furniture. See ad, page 32.

Healthy digestion, well aligned physical structure, proper breathing and a good nights sleep begin with a healthy mouth. We treat snoring, sleep apnea and TMJ disorders. Plus Crowns,teeth whitening, bridges,veneers, implant restorations, aligner orthodontics, cleanings, digital X-ray imaging, CO 2 Laser periodontal treatment. No mercury fillings. See ads, pages 15 and 29.

Intuitive Spiritual Center 700 Beal Pkwy, Unit D, FWB • 850-533-6565


Experience the benefits of Cryotherapy, a wholebody exposure to sub-zero temperatures used to promote the body’s natural anti-inflammatory response, release endorphin, reduce pain and promote overall health. See ad, page 17.


Tara Griffin, DMD 3129 Thomas Dr, Panama City Beach 850-249-9331 A dedicated team of compassionate, caring professionals committed to be the premier dental spa in Northwest Florida. Enhancing smiles, prolonging youth and changing lives in a relaxing calm environment. General and restorative dentistry, fillings, crowns, no mercury See ad, page 15 (Panama City).


IAOMT Protocol 225 W Laurel Ave, Foley, AL 251-943-2471 • Free book: Mercury Free Dentistry. Ozone, laser no-suture 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.

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

Juice Bar and Café offers farm-to-table meals prepared with regionally sourced organic produce and pantry items; gluten-free, dairy-free. Whole food cooking, juicing, gluten-free, vegetarian, vegan and raw food classes are available. See ad, page 39.


I provide educational opportunities for all people interested in learning how therapeutic-grade essential oils can be used as a self-care wellness alternative. Contact me for personal consultations, inhome and in-studio classes/parties, dōTERRA products, and educational resources. Also certified in the ArōmaTouch Technique, A clinical approach to essential oil application. See ad, page 11.


As doTERRA Diamonds, we facilitate an oily community on the Emerald Coast and nationwide. With help from our band of aromatic misfits, we show both oil lovers and business builders how to rock their oil journey from Day One with beginner ’s and continuing ed classes both locally and online. See ad, page 2.

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850-499-4697 • 3 Locations: Rosemary Beach Town Center, on 30 A 9am-1pm Sundays (Year Round) Thursdays (Memorial Day-Labor Day)

ESTHER’S GARDEN OF HEALING 8184 Navarre Pkwy, Navarre 850-684-3230

A unique establishment specializing in 150+ bulk herbs, 40+ loose teas, homeopathic remedies and our herbal skincare line. Find us on Facebook for an updated schedule of our weekly workshops. See ad, page 13.

Grand Boulevard at Sandestin, on Hwy 98 9am-1pm - Saturday (Year Round) Serene, beautiful, distinctive and exclusive is the best way to describe the 30A Farmers’ Market Family. European and coastalinspired markets feature local farmers, makers, bakers, and specialty vendors in an inviting market experience. See ad, page 37.


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339 Racetrack Rd NW, Ste 3 850-863-5811 • Hours: M-F 9-6, S 10-4, Closed Sun Natural and organic foods. Largest selec-tion of herbs and supplements in the area. Enjoy our new fresh juice bar, open weekdays 10-4. Knowledgeable and personable staff. See ad, page 3.


Experience the ultimate state of relaxation through flotation in a epsom salt water tank. Relive stress, enhance healing, deepen meditation along with many other healthy benefits. Call to book your session. See ad, page 22.

Virginia Biasizzo, NDTP 617-990-6979

An entirely new concept in health promotion, based on results of the Human Genome Project. Targets gene intelligence that produce the body’s natural proteins proven to enhance supreme vitality for all ages of people and pets. See ad, page 37.


341 Racetrack Road NW, FWB 850-862-4119 120 E Redstone Ave, Suite A, Crestview 850-682-6522 Since 1983 committed to providing the most up-to-date foot and ankle care for your family, we have natural and traditional methods for treating foot and ankle pain such as laser treatment, stem cell treatments, custom orthotics and orthotic sandals and provide naturopathic relief for peripheral neuropathy. See ad, pages 13 and 43.


DFAACAP, Diplomate ABIHM 4641 Gulfstarr Dr, Ste 106, Destin 850-243-9788 Board certified in neurofeedback and integrative medicine. Simkin specializes in Integrative Psychiatry (complementary and alternative assessments and interventions) and qEEG Z Score LORETA neurofeedback (an advanced neurofeedback which typically allows far fewer sessions). See ad, page 25.


2227 Ferdon Blvd, Crestview 850-682-8893 • Find us on Facebook Knowledgeable staff and cutting edge digital health assessments. Dairyfree and gluten-free food items, supplements, homeopathic solutions and anti-aging products, plus delicious nutritional smoothies. See ad, page 10.


34940 Emerald Coast Pkwy, Unit 184 850-837-2372 •

Quality-tested supplements you c a n t r u s t ! We have non-GMO and gluten-free products available. Located in the Best Buy Plaza. See ad, page 11.



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.

Juice Bar and Café offers farm-to-table meals prepared with regionally sourced organic produce and pantry items; glutenfree, dairy-free. Whole food cooking, juicing, glutenfree, vegetarian, vegan and raw food classes are available. See ad, page 39.


15500 Panama City Beach Pkwy, Unit 420 850-588-7575 • Panama City Beach’s most complete health food store. Quality supplements, vitamins & minerals, organic food, and more. We have gluten free, non-GMO, dairy free and vegan products at everyday low prices. See ad, page 29. (Panama City).



NITIN BAWA, MD Destin: 850-424-7320 Fort Walton Beach: 850-586-7890 Santa Rosa Beach: 850-534-4170

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General medicine with a holistic wellness approach and specialized services in bioidentical hormone therapy, weight loss, food allergies, nutritional analysis and antiaging procedures. Most insurance accepted.

FOUNDATIONS MEDICAL CENTER Kyle Chavers, MD 870 Mack Bayou Rd, Ste D, SRB 850-660-6701

We treat the condition; not just the symptom! In-depth, patientcentered office visits for general health, chronic conditions, nutritional support , laboratory testing and other diagnostic techniques. Currently accepting new patients. See ad, page 31.


Rodney Soto, MD We are a virtual wellness clinic dedicated to providing services via a HIPAA compliant telemedicine software that empower people to better track, manage and improve their own health. With the help of genomics, lifestyle metrics and nutritional science, Genestyle Medical will help you customize your individualized roadmap to reach your goals and enhance your wellness and longevity. See ad, page 7.


Raquel Skidmore, MD 850-640-1530 756 Harrison Ave, Panama City At GCHPC, your health comes first. A philosophy that joins holistic and conventional medical care where we treat the whole human—mind, body and spirit. Prescreening to prescribe medical marijuana. See ad, page 17.


222 Miracle Strip Pkwy SE, Unit A Downtown Fort Walton Beach 850-217-2771 • Hot Yoga Om features Far Infrared Heat, Radiant Heat, Radiant Life. Daily classes, amazing teachers. Your first class is $5. Experience it for yourself. See ad, page 23.


Psychic Connections by Juls 850-533-9448 Intuitive, medium, author and teacher. More information on Jul’s website. Discover your intuitive abilities by signing up for a psychic development workshop. Readings are in person or by phone. See ad, page 39.


Certified Advanced Angel Reader through Doreen Virtue. Connect with your Angels to receive love filled guidance and clarity about specific questions and areas of life. Sessions available in person or via skpe or facetime. See ad, page 23.


Wellness spa features a variety of therapeutic massage modalities, energy therapy, chakra balancing, skincare, hypnotherap. Also avail-able for grop events, bridal massage parties, couples massage, girl’s day outings and workshops. See ad, page 6.


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


34904 Emerald Coast Pkwy, Unit #132 Destin • 850-650-8500 99 Eglin Pkwy, Unit #5B, Uptown Station FWB • 850-301-2000 Looking for professional, customized massages and facials? Our professional massage therapists and estheticians will customize massage and facial to fit your needs. Make Massage Envy your spa. Two convenient locations in Destin and Fort Walton Beach. See ad, page 33.


LMT MA79974 Book online at AmpedWellness Like us on Knowledgeable and happy to serve my community I offer the following massage modalities: Swedish, neuromuscular, sports massage, reflexology, detox foot-baths, hot stone, hydrotherapy, chair massage, prenatal, and aroma therapy. In addition, I’m also certified in the ArōmaTouch Technique and offer a signature massage tailored to each individual to provide the ultimate escape. See ad, page 10.


184 Brooks St, Ste 1 • 850-217-2771 Well-being and balance await you. Therapeutic massage, Reiki, myofascial release, transformational healing. Whether you need a deeper touch or more gentle approach we can help. Balance for body, mind and spirit. See ad, page 23.


Pilates Core Training 1310 B Dunmire, Pensacola 850-287-5836 • Myofascial release treats the entire myofascial mind/body complex, eliminating the pressure of the restricted myofascial system (the straight-jacket) that causes painful symptoms. LMT # MA64267.

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Janet Hardy, LMT Board Certified Myofascial Release Therapist Expert Level Santa Rosa Beach • 850-231-9131


Heather Del Castillo 831-244-0114 • A certified health hoach reviews your health history, set goals, and holds you accountable to achieve them through a customized holistic program that can include diet, exercise, motivation, and detoxing your home. Free initial consultation. See ad, page 12.

In her 21+ years of massage therapy Janet has found the John F. Barnes’ Approach® to be the most effective and holistic treatment for the relief of pain and optimal health. MA17333. See ad, page 18.

THE HEALING CLINIC OF FORT WALTON BEACH Laura Tyree 850-217-2771 • MA68035

Laura is a highly skilled therapist under the John Barnes technique. Under her extraordinary care clients find relief from long held pain and tension that lasts. This gentle technique of quiet pressure and stretching relieves pain from the restriction of connective tissue. See ad, page 23.


913 Mar Walt, Fort Walton Beach 850-243-8229 36468 Emerald Coast Pkwy, #8102 Destin • 850-650-9500 Providing hyperbaric oxygen therapy for diabetic ulcers of the lower extremities, post radiation issues, chronic bone infections, acute hearing loss, crushing injuries to the extremities. ee ad, page 6.


An entirely new concept in health promotion, based on results of the Human Genome Project. Targets gene intelligence that produce the body’s natural proteins proven to enhance supreme vitality for all ages of people and pets. See ad, page 37.


DFAACAP, Diplomate ABIHM 4641 Gulfstarr Dr, Ste 106, Destin 850-243-9788 Board certified in neurofeedback and integrative medicine. Simkin specializes in Integrative Psychiatry (complementary and alternative assessments and interventions) and qEEG Z Score LORETA neurofeedback (an advanced neurofeedback which typically allows far fewer sessions). See ad, page 25.



Rodney Soto, MD We are a virtual wellness clinic dedicated to providing services via a HIPAA compliant telemedicine software that empower people to better track, manage and improve their own health. With the help of genomics, lifestyle metrics and nutritional science, Genestyle Medical will help you customize your individualized roadmap to reach your goals and enhance your wellness and longevity. See ad, page 7.


Barbara Bruni, Owner 1310 B Dunmire, Pensacola 850-287-5836 •

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Mat, gyrokensis and equipment classes, or private sessions for a personalized experience. Website lists instructors, class schedule and prices.

PRANIC HEALING LIGHT ENERGY DANCING 348 Miracle Strip Pkwy, #27 (behind IHOP) FWB Call or Text 850-543-1970

A serene space for meditation, healing and spirituality. Offering weekly group meditations, healing clinics, yoga combined with energy healing, private pranic healing sessions, and pranic healing training. Be happy, be well, be blessed. See ad, page 33.


LMT MA79974 Book online at AmpedWellness Like us on Reflexology is a therapeutic method of relieving pain by stimulating predefined pressure points on the feet and hands. It promotes healing by stimulating the nerves in the body and encouraging the flow of blood. In the process, reflexology not only quells the sensation of pain, but relieves the source of the pain as well. See ad, page 10.


Master Reiki Teacher THE Healing Clinic of Fort Walton Beach 850-217-2771 Felicia McQuaid has been offering Reiki healing services since 2005. She offers regular trainings in all levels of Traditional Usui Reiki Ryoho and Karuna Reiki. Felicia is known for her insight, grace and compassion while working with students and clients. MA61060. See ad, page 23.


Tara Griffin, DMD 3129 Thomas Dr, Panama City Beach 850-249-9331

Created to treat Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) with a dental appliance. We serve you to treat the following sleep disorders: Sleep Apnea, Sleep Disorders, C PA P A l t e r n a t i v e s , O r a l Appliance Therapy. See ad, page 15 (Panama City).




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Scott Ewing, DC Healthy digestion, well aligned 705 W John Sims Pkwy p h y s i c a l s t r u c t u r e , p r o p e r 4900 Bayou Blvd, Ste 112 844-441-THIN (8446) LEARN THIS UNIQUE breathing and a good nights sleep ABOUT begin with a healthy mouth. We

treat snoring, sleep apnea and TMJ disorders. Plus crowns, teeth whitening, bridges, veneers, implant restorations, aligner orthodontics, cleanings, digital x-ray imaging, CO2 Laser periodontal treatment. No mercury fillings See ads, pages 15 and 29.


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Using NRF Technology to create a weight-loss plan just for you. Lose 20-40 lbs in 40 days. No strenuous dieting, no hunger, no cravings. Target hormonal imbalance and raise metabolism. Get started today. See ad, page 35.

and practice of hatha yoga. Certified instructors. Owner/ Director Laura Tryee, E-RYT 500. See ad, page 23.

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Downtown FWB • 850-244-0184


Hot Yoga Om features Far Infrared Heat. Radiant Heat. Radiant Life. Daily classes, amazing teachers. Your first class is $5. Experience it for yourself. See ad, page 4.


Myofascial release treats the entire myofascial mind/body complex, eliminating the pressure of the restricted myofascial system (the straight-jacket) that causes painful symptoms. LMT # MA64267.

Rodney Soto, MD

We are a virtual wellness clinic dedicated to providing services via a HIPAA compliant telemedicine software that empower people to better track, manage and improve their own health. With the help of genomics, lifestyle metrics and nutritional science, Genestyle Medical will help you customize your individualized roadmap to reach your goals and enhance your wellness and longevity. See ad, page 7.

Visit our website to see howLIGHT youENERGY can DANCING start losing weig 348 Miracle Strip Pkwy, #27

TEACHER TRAINING PILATES AND BEYOND TEACHER TRAINING SCHOOL Barbara Bruni, Owner 1310 B Dunmire, Pensacola 850-287-5836 •

450-Hours comprehensive training covering the fundamentals of movement, complete repertoire on the mat equipment, and includes modification movements for osteoporosis, knee and hip replacements and other various special needs. Registered with Pilates Method Alliance Registry of Schools.


Screening with thermography can detect abnormalities in the very earliest stages cardiovascular, breast thyroid, hormonal digestive, diabetes, TMJ. Also offering personalized healthcare assessments and organic botanical supplements. See ad, page 38.


Wellness spa features a variety of therapeutic massage modalities, energy therapy, chakra balancing, skincare, hypnotherapy. Also avail-able for group events, bridal massage parties, couples massage, girl’s day outings and workshops. See ad, page 6.


(behind IHOP) FWB Call or Text 850-543-1970

Offering yoga, meditation, energy and Pranic Healing, ballroom dancing and per son al tr ain in g. Specialty classes available, yoga for PTSD and Dance for Parkinson’s. Join us in our light filled, relaxing space. See ad, page 33.


211-E Main St, Destin 850-687-8603 • Experience traditional yoga in a comfortable and inviting space where you will strengthen your inner spirit and deepen your yoga practice. Sunshine Yoga offers classes for all styles and levels.


RYT 500, E-RYT 200, RCYT 706-372-6088 In-home professional, private yoga instruction. Learn the fundamentals of asana, pranayama, meditation and yogic philosophy to create an enriching, personal practice that is both safe and sustainable. Over 600 hours of private teaching experience including children, the injured, and the elderly. See ad, page 17.

SYNERGY YOGA AND WELLNESS Amy Likins, RYT, Holistic Nutrition Specializing in Personal Wellness 850-243-7492

Yoga for health and wellness, beginner and intermediate. Offering nutrition programs for cancer and immunity, juicing, detox and cleansing, weight loss, digestive health, vegan, vegetarian, gluten free and cooking lessons. See ad, page 39.

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