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Perks of Play


Ways to Eat Safe


Best Eco-Friendly Stays

“Just Playing” Builds Kids’ Life Skills

WACKY WORKOUTS More Giggles than Groans

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




The Latest Facts about Organics, Pesticides, Seeds and More by Melinda Hemmelgarn


Eating Alkaline Can Cure the Burn

by Linda Sechrist


They Thrive on Natural, Unstructured Fun by Madeline Levine

26 HEALTH RULES Crazy, Sexy, Savvy, Yummy by Judith Fertig


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SLEEP FOR TRAVELERS Pioneers Show the Way to Eco-Friendly Stays


by Avery Mack

30 WACKY WORKOUTS More Giggles than Groans

by Sandra Murphy

32 RELISHING RAW FOOD Supermodel Carol Alt on How Eating Raw Keeps Her Vibrant by Beth Bader

34 PET FOOD PERILS Lurking GMOs May Hurt Our Pets by Dr. Michael W. Fox





7 newsbriefs 9 practitioner

spotlight 12 healthbriefs 14 community spotlight



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n the Broadway and the movie versions of Oliver!, “Food, glorious food, we’re anxious to try it!” are the memorable lyrics declared by the orphan boys as they dreamt and fantasized about better food while going to collect their bowl of gruel from the staff of the workhouse. Imagining sausage and steak, followed by custard and pudding, the boys’ chorus finished with great excitement at they shouted, “Magical food, wonderful food, marvelous food, fabulous food!” We are fortunate to live in a time and a country where we have a plethora of food options, plenty of food to spare and a society in which we can choose to eat where, how and what we want. So why in the world would a company like Monsanto be allowed to alter our glorious food with such impunity? Sharon Bruckman, CEO and founder of Natural Awakenings Publishing Corporation, recently shared an article published by Earth Talk.


The so-called Monsanto Protection Act is actually a provision (officially known as Section 735) within a recently passed Congressional spending bill, H.R. 933, which exempts biotech companies from litigation in regard to the making, selling and distribution of genetically engineered (GE) seeds and plants.

mANAGING EDITOR Nancy Somera, (ext. 703)

President Obama signed the bill and its controversial rider into law in March 2013, much to the dismay of environmentalists. It means that Monsanto and other companies that supply the majority of the nation’s crop seeds can continue to produce GE products regardless of any potential court orders stating otherwise. Opponents of GE foods believe that giving such companies a free reign over the production of such potentially dangerous organisms regardless of judicial challenge is a bad idea—especially given how little we still know about the biological and ecological implications of widespread use of GE crops.

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As I reflect upon how Mr. Dickens’ young underprivileged boys were willing to stand up and voice their opinions about the food they prayed for, I was proud and encouraged when I learned that the largest-ever global protest took place this year on May 25 in more than 50 countries by more than 2 million participants against genetically modified organisms (GMO). Protesters raised signs reading “Hell No GMO” and “Leave Our Food Alone,” in prominent cities and communities worldwide. This month, as we focus on Food Watch, it’s not only about the GMOs as revealed in our feature article, “Six Ways to Eat Safe, The Latest Facts about Organics, Pesticides, Seeds and More,” combined with our Healing Ways article, “Banish Acid Reflux—Eating Alkaline Can Cure the Burn,” I am certain we all will exercise the right food choices and purchases, each making our own stand that leads to a global process of awakening, naturally. I’m writing this month’s letter from the poolside cabana at the Bahamian Club, in New Smyrna Beach, Florida. I am enjoying my summer days filled with swimming in the beautiful warm waters, walks on the beach, cookouts and long days with friends and family. Summer has arrived, and it’s easy to enjoy the season every day with our July issue packed with summer sizzle. Articles about blissful indulgences, wacky workouts and sexy foods will inspire you to make each day fun and delicious. Happy 4th of July and summer season!

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newsbriefs Natural Alternative for Healthy, Beautiful Skin


r. Nitin Bawa is offering an exclusive new treatment protocol using Selphyl, a patented, all-natural system that concentrates platelets from blood so they can be injected subdermally to “dial back” aging skin. Platelets are the little particles in blood containing growth factors that allow skin to heal faster and repair itself. Selphyl uses an innovative system that allows the growth factors to be released gradually under the skin to nourish the skin, unlike other products that have a different delivery system. A small amount of blood is collected to produce custom-made, platelet-rich plasma to be injected under the skin. Dr. Bawa & Associates has locations in Santa Rosa Beach, Panama City and Destin. Call 850-534-4170 or 850-4247320 to schedule a consultation. For more information, visit See ad, page 17.

Preteen Entrepreneurs Find Success with Inspirational Jewelry


ackenzie Brundage, age 12, and Payton Brundage, age 10, are making handmade bracelets in the Sandestin area to inspire young adults to think positively. The sisters created their Peace. Passion. Positivity. inspirational bracelets for young girls to have simple, wearable reminders to take pride in themselves, spread positivity and proudly display their uniqueness. Charms include positive messages, sports, hobbies and favorite animals. They started making the bracelets in elementary school, after Mackenzie won a speech competition: What to say when you talk to yourself. She learned about the power of speaking and thinking positively, and realized the power of thoughts becoming things. The first bracelet had a charm that reads, “Be yourself.” The jewelry took off and the preteens soon were selling more than 100 of the $10 handmade bracelets per week locally. More than 20,000 Peace. Passion. Positivity. inspirational bracelets have been sold nationwide and are now placed at 163 different stores. The Brundage sisters attend regional markets to showcase their products and have developed a diligent work ethic. A portion of their proceeds goes to three local nonprofits: the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Food for Thought and Children’s Advocacy Center.

Prepare for New CSA at Synergy this Summer


my Likins and Christian Echele, of Synergy Organic Juice Bar and Café, are starting up a community supported agriculture (CSA) program with several local farmers, including David and Michaela Watson, of Suncrop Farms, in Defuniak. Families will have the ability to order produce and pick up what’s growing locally in the region on a weekly basis. The CSA is scheduled to launch in the fall, but until then, Synergy will extend its hours on Wednesday nights until 7 p.m. over the summer for a “local market”, along with the produce that is available any time the café is open. Bulk and pantry items will be for sale, and the all-organic juice bar will be open, as well. There are many benefits to choosing food that is grown and prepared in locally. It is fresher, cleaner and uses fewer resources in its production, including fuel, travel time and storage. Plus, there’s the human contact with those that work hard to feed us all. Location: 120 Miraclestrip Pkwy. SE, Ft. Walton Beach. For more information, call 850-865-4919.

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newsbriefs Learn About Holographic Technology for Wellness: Ultimate Health, Ultimate Wealth


anet Berthelot, an independent distributor for Body Align wellness products, will host researcher and product developer Warren Hanchey from 7 to 10 p.m., July 22, at the Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa. Body Align products are an alternative to drugs and chemicals and have no side effects. They focus on obtaining ultimate health quickly, using cutting-edge holographic technology to activate acupuncture points and offer pain relief, better sleep, more energy and anti-aging properties. Berthelot wants to educate the community that the possibilities are endless. Imagine being able to instruct the body's cells to perform specific tasks. Body Align's breakthrough technology does just that, combining the proven effectiveness of Traditional Chinese Medicine, acupuncture and advanced holographic technology to produce a revolutionary delivery system for optimum health. For more information, call 850-358-8833, email jkmitch04@ or visit See ad, page 10.

Innovative PRRT Therapy Offered Locally


hysical Therapist Bob Seton, of Orthopedic and Sports Physical Therapy, practices Primal Reflex Release Therapy (PRRT), a manual therapy approach for musculoskeletal pain relief. Proven effective in more than 80 percent of patients within two to four visits, PRRT accomplishes in seconds what other therapies do over a much longer time. Bob Seton PRRT is based on the premise that overstimulation of the body’s primal reflexes creates pain and keeps painful patterns occurring long after the triggering event has passed. In a dysfunctional state, the muscles stay tight, restricting motion and leading to neurologically sustained pain. Seton has been practicing in Destin for almost 20 years and began incorporating the technique into his practice about eight years ago with great success. Patients generally report a 50 percent reduction in pain in the first treatment, and he lives and practices by the belief that no one should have to submit to pain. Location: Fountain Plaza, 12671 Hwy. 98 W., Ste. 213, Destin, as well as locations in Niceville, Crestview and Santa Rosa Beach. For more information, call 850-650-4186 or visit

New HydroMassage Bed at Your Health Choice


r. Dave Contreras, chiropractor, of Your Health Choice, in Fort Walton Beach, is now using the HydroMassage Bed, a comfortable, convenient and affordable form of heated massage, with patients. The HydroMassage provides patients a relaxing, rejuvenating massage in as little as 15 minutes, fully clothed and comfortable. Contreras is offering unlimited massage for about $20 per treatment, which is substantially more affordable that traditional, hands-on massage. With the HydroMassage Touchscreen, clients can even watch movies and listen to music during the massage. Contreras is the only proficiency rated Activator Methods chiropractor in the FWB area. This technique is exceptionally gentle and effective in treating patients of all ages and sizes. He also provides nutritional counseling utilizing superior quality organic whole food supplements, and far-infrared sauna is available for detox, weight loss, skin purification, pain relief, improved circulation and lower blood pressure. Location: 339 Racetrack Rd. NW, Ste. 7. For more information, call 850-376-9102, email or visit 8

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Emerald Waters Medical Clinic Uses a Natural Approach


care and she does not consider auricia Stanton, prescribing a pill to be the first Ph.D., ARNP-BC, line of disease management. recently opened her practice, Emerald Stanton combines her Waters Medical Clinic, in knowledge of natural remNiceville, saying, “Our edies and supplements with medical and prevention serthe disciplines of modern vices are based on the belief medicine. “Many women may that our patient’s health not be aware of certain herbs care needs are of the utmost in their daily supplements importance. Our entire team specially designed for women, Mauricia Stanton is committed to meeting like St. John’s wort,” she notes. those needs. We empower our patients “Based on its effect on estrogen, St. with knowledge and the tools to change John’s wort can have many benefits, but and modify behaviors that may lead to I would not recommend it for someone chronic health risk.” with a history of breast cancer.” Although Emerald Waters is a tradi As a holistic practitioner, Stanton tional medical clinic, Stanton, an ARNP can recommend natural remedies that provider, is uniquely qualified as the holdwean a patient from too many preer of a doctorate degree in natural health scribed medications. She recalls learncare. Her approach adopts education and ing little about herbal therapies in the prevention of chronic illness through a traditional medical school curriculum, natural and holistic approach to health and uses her extensive knowledge of

natural medicine to provide comprehensive diagnosis and treatment. Stanton asserts that her most effective tool in helping patients is listening to them. Using diet and exercise, she helps people identify and remove barriers to good health and seeks to grow her practice by promoting alternative diagnostic measures and a customized health management strategy. Services include management of hypertension, diabetes; treatment of minor cuts, sprains, strains, infections and colds; back-to-work physical exams, school, flu vaccines, annual men’s and women’s health exams; and abnormal pap smear and dysplasia management as part of their prevention health services. The clinic sees patients 12 and older and accepts Medicare, Medicaid and most insurance. Non-insured patients are seen on a sliding payment scale based on income. Emerald Waters Medical Clinic is located at 1005 College Blvd. W., Ste. B, in Niceville. For more information, call 850-279-6815, email MStanton@ or visit

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newsbriefs Prepare Now for World Paddle Board Festival in October


h e Wo r l d Paddle For The Planet ecoeducational fundraiser festival will be held from October 10 through 13 at Carillon Beach, in Panama City Beach, along with satellite events around the world. Funds benefit Expedition Florida 500, a project of Mother Ocean. Sponsorships are available now for businesses to become part of this important milestone. The featured event is a 24-hour endurance paddle by individuals and teams on Lake Powell, open to canoes, kayaks and standup paddle boards from noon-to-noon, October 12 and 13. Educational exhibits from NOAA, the Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance, Turtle Watch, The Shark Whisperer, Lake Powell Community Alliance and other local and national groups will be on display. Speakers, a roundtable summit, eco-art and music round out the celebration. To register a team or inquire about sponsorships, visit For more information, email Leslie Kolovich at SUPRadioShow@ and visit

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A hardy thank you goes to Robert Matthews, of the Fort Walton Beach Chamber Environmental Committee, Trinity United Methodist men and other volunteers that were instrumental in helping make sure the aftermath of the 2013 Billy Bowlegs Festival didn’t end up in our waterways and landscape. For more than 50 years, the Billy Bowleg Festival has generated piles of waste, including recyclable paper, aluminum cans and plastic and glass bottles. While others are having fun celebrating the “coming ashore” of Billy Bowlegs and his crew, Matthews and his crew of volunteers is there caring for the environment. This year, this group was responsible for keeping 200 pounds of aluminum out of the landfill, as well as bags and bags of plastic, cardboard and glass.

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Stone Fruits Keep Waistlines Trim


ome favorite summer fruits, like peaches, plums and nectarines, may help ward off metabolic syndrome, a collection of conditions including high blood sugar levels and excess fat around the waist that can lead to serious health issues such as stroke, heart disease and diabetes. A study by Texas A&M AgriLife Research, presented at the American Chemical Society’s 2012 National Meeting & Exposition, reported that pitted fruits contain bioactive compounds that can potentially fight the syndrome. According to food scientist Luis Cisneros-Zevallos, Ph.D., “The phenolic compounds in the fruits have anti-obesity, anti-inflammatory and anti-diabetic properties… and may also reduce the oxidation of the bad cholesterol, or LDL, which is associated with cardiovascular disease.”

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Rock Hard Designs Fine Jewellery for the Right Reasons


regory Lynn (Rock) Hard, is the proprietor of two Rock Hard Designs jewellery stores in the Panhandle. But to describe them as mere retail outlets would be a gross understatement. The unique shop and gallery in Pensacola, nationally acclaimed since 1975, affords its clientele the opportunity to observe the manufacturing of unique, awardwinning designs in vintage, hand-engraved, abstract avant garde or sacred geometry styles, as well as extreme realism in nature. The 8,000-square-foot store is a museum of paleontology and the evolution of ornament. Hard encourages school tours and lectures to the kids on pertinent topics. He inspires both students and clients by bringing out the deeper meaning in adornments produced by most ancient cultures versus the generic, meaningless styles mass-produced today under sweatshop conditions in Third-World countries. The Grayton Beach location is recognized as most beautiful property on 30A; a recreation of painter Claude Monet’s Giverny estate. It has been featured in Southern and Coastal Living magazine, as well as France’s prestigious publication, Le Figaro. The magnificent grounds can be rented for weddings and special occasions, but Hard has a strong philanthropic streak, and has donated the space to such functions as a fundraiser for the Children’s Health Care Network. A Pensacola native, Hard led a most interesting life of real adventure before becoming a jeweller in 1974. Precocious even as a small child, he enjoyed exploring and camping out, always choosing to play a Native American Indian in games with others kids. Later, his interests expanded to history and a fascination with the ancient world. From fossils in North Hill to Civil War munitions in Pensacola Harbor, Hard was always digging (or diving) around and often finding what to him were treasures. Hitching across Europe broadened his horizons of culture and taste and college honed his creative skills. But it was philosophy that captured Hard’s true passion, because it allows him to combine his love of archaeology, history, science and art, as well as an inner expedition into the mind and higher realms, into a holistic gestalt in which all his interests are honored and none are neglected. Now a designer of award-winning creations for royalty and celebrities of all stripes, Hard strives to put meaning 14

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beyond simple esthetics into each one. He relates, “Meaningful jewellery design is the most personal art form. For me, jewellery is an ancient totemic reflection of one’s belief system, guardians and allies.” Hard believes that all the artifacts and treasures is his possession were destined to have found him for his stewardship. In Hard’s award-winning signature line, Burning Water, his knowledge of fractal geometry, strange attractors and chaos theory relates to his designs. The influence of yoga, meditation and shamanic practices gained through his travels and journeys are all present in his work. Even the rings he makes are unique, because they are not round. “Ergonomically designed, our unique soft square ring shapes are the true shapes of the human finger,” he says. “If your finger is round, you are an alien. Look at your fingers palm-up. Flat base and walls, with only a curved top.” For Hard, ergonomics is about not only how good the ring feels to wear and that is does not feel bulky or spin, but also how it feels spiritually to the wearer inside. The rings are made in the USA, unlike most major brands that come from China, and are perfectly balanced, so they stand out in many ways. All are made from certified green metals and gems are obtained only from ethical sources. Hard works directly with one of the top precision diamond cutters in the world, S. Muller and Sons, in Belgium, so there is no middleman and brand names, not brokers to increase his prices. He also maintains one of the greatest colored gemstone collections around, including many exotics not usually seen for use in design. Hard believes that custom work is his highest calling, making a piece that truly defines a client by working directly with them in a process of discovery. “My highly intuitive nature as an artist also picks up information on many levels,” he explains. A model is made for approval before final casting, and he says. “My greatest reward is the happiness of a client when they receive the finished piece. Most frequently, they are thrilled by how much more they receive beyond expectations.” Locations: Grayton Beach, 100 E. Co. Hwy, 30A, Grayton Beach at Grayt Grounds Monet Monet (850-534-4534) and downtown Pensacola, 16 N. Palafox St. (850-438-5119). For more information, call 800-662-3506 or visit See ad, page 12.

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Six Ways to Eat Safe

The Latest Facts about Organics, Pesticides, Seeds and More by Melinda Hemmelgarn


ot fun in the summertime begins with fresh, sweet and savory seasonal flavors brought to life in al fresco gatherings with family and friends. As the popularity of farmers’ markets and home gardening surges onward, it’s time to feast on the tastiest produce, picked ripe from America’s farms and gardens for peak flavor and nutrition. Similar to raising a sun umbrella, learning where food comes from and how it’s produced provides the best protection against getting burned. Here’s the latest on some of the season’s hottest food issues to help families stay safe and well nourished.

Local Organic Reigns Supreme

Diana Dyer, a registered dietitian and garlic farmer near Ann Arbor, Michigan, observes, “You can’t buy happiness, but you can buy local, and that’s kind of the same thing.” Purchasing local foods whenever possible has many merits, including shaking the farmer’s hand, asking about farming methods and developing sincere relationships. Buying local also supports the local economy and contributes to food security. Yet “local” alone does not necessarily mean better. Even small farmers may use harmful pesticides or feed their livestock genetically modified or engineered (GM, GMO or GE) feed. That’s one reason why the smartest food choice is organic, with local organic being the gold standard. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) organic certification label ensures that strict national organic standards—prohibiting the use of antibiotics, hormones and 16

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GM feed and ingredients—have been met. Plus, organically raised livestock must have access to the outdoors and ample time on pastures, naturally resulting in milk and meat with higher levels of health-protecting omega-3 fatty acids. Still, organic naysayers abound. For example, many negative headlines were generated by a recent Stanford University study that questioned whether or not organic foods are safer or more healthful than conventional. Few news outlets relayed the researchers’ actual conclusions—that organic foods may reduce exposure to pesticide residues and antibiotic-resistant bacteria; children on organic diets have significantly lower levels of pesticide metabolites, or breakdown products, in their urine; organic milk may contain significantly higher levels of omega-3 fatty acids; and organic produce contains higher levels of health-protecting antioxidants. Jim Riddle, former organic outreach coordinator at the University of Minnesota, in Lamberton, explains that organic farming methods are based on building and improving the soil, promoting biodiversity and protecting natural resources, regardless of the size of the farm. Healthier ecosystems, higher quality soil and clean water will produce healthier plants, which in turn support healthier animals and humans on a healthier planet.

Pesticide Problems and Solutions

Children are most vulnerable to the effects of pesticides and other environmental toxins, due to their smaller size and rapid physical development. Last December, the American Academy of Pediatrics issued a policy statement that asserted, “Beyond acute poisoning, the influences of low-level pesticide exposures on child health are of increasing concern.” The organization links pesticide exposure to higher risk for brain tumors, leukemia, attention deficit disorders, autism and reductions in IQ. Because weeds naturally develop resistance to the herbicides designed to kill them, Dow AgroSciences has genetically engineered seeds to produce crops that can withstand spraying with both the systemic herbicide glyphosate (Roundup), and 2,4-D, one of the active ingredients in Agent Orange, used as a defoliant in the Vietnam War. The latter is commonly applied to lawns and wheat-producing agricultural land, even though research reported in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives links exposure to 2,4-D to birth defects and increased cancer risk. Dow AgroSciences’ new GE seeds await regulatory approval. Eric Mader, program director at the Portland, Oregonbased Xerces Society for the conservation of invertebrates and pollinator protection, warns that broad-spectrum pesticides kill beneficial insects along with those considered pests. Mader recommends increasing the number of beneficial insects, which feed on pests, by planting a greater diversity of native plants on farms and in home gardens.

Demand for GMO Labeling

Despite California’s narrow defeat of Proposition 37, which would have required statewide labeling of products containing GMOs, advocates at the Environmental Working Group and the Just Label It campaign are pushing the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for nationwide GMO

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Pesticide-Free Farmers in the Panhandle by Sam Williams


lorida Summer evenings are abuzz with the symphonies of our winged, six-legged friends, but during the daytime, these guys have to eat just like us; they may even try to dine on the very same food supply as we do. Following the development of farming as an industry, farmers grabbed a chemical pesticide to protect their crops and get the job done. Today, farmers are providing for a more health-conscious shopper, and would prefer to chase off pests without introducing unnecessary toxins into our food supply. As a result lot of local farmers these days are turning to natural, organic pest control remedies. Here in Northwest Florida, we are fortunate to have a wide range of local and regional farms producing summer goodies such as squash, strawberries, watermelon, blueberries, peppers, blackberries, corn and more. Of all the local, pesticide-free produce available to us, blueberries are a very popular crop for farmers and food enthusiasts alike.


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Barry Rolins built up Sunny Slope Farms, in Walnut Hill, Florida, six years ago. This North Escambia County farm’s main crop is the blueberry, and he planted the first bushes four years ago. The family farm, run solely by the Rolins family, also produces blackberries. Rolins, along with his wife and daughters, do the majority of the picking, along with with the occasional volunteers (most of whom are friends of his daughters.) On a recent farm visit, Rolins explained his pesticide-free practices, saying, “Thankfully, there have been no major pests or damage this season. If I need to spray a bush, I use organic pesticides, and it will be before the bush bears fruit on the branches.” For a fun family outing this summer, check out a local pesticide-free farm. Sam Williams is a frequent contributor to Ever’man Natural Foods Co-op, located at 315 W. Garden St., in Pensacola. Reach him at 850-438-0402 or

labeling. Responding to consumer demand, Whole Foods Market recently announced that it will require GMO labeling in all of its U.S. and Canadian stores by 2018. Filmmaker Jeremy Seifert’s powerful new documentary, GMO OMG, should give the movement a major push, as well. The 2013 film explores the danger in corporate patenting of seeds and the unknown health and environmental risks of engineered food. Seifert says, “I have a responsibility to my children to hand on to them a world that is not poisoned irreparably.” As for the promise that GMOs are required to “feed the world,” he believes it’s a lie, noting that it’s better to “feed the world well.”

Seed Freedom and Food Choice

Roger Doiron, founder and director of Kitchen Gardeners International, headquartered in Scarborough, Maine, celebrates Food Independence Day each July Fourth. Doiron believes that growing, harvesting, cooking and preserving food is both liberating and rewarding, and patriotic. More than 25,000 individuals from 100 countries belong to his nonprofit network that focuses on re-localizing the world’s food supply. Food freedom starts with seeds. Saving and trading heirloom, non-hybrid, non-GMO seeds is becoming as easy as checking out a library book. Several libraries across the country are serving as seed banks, where patrons check out seeds, grow crops, save seeds and then donate some back to their local library. Liana Hoodes, director of the National Organic Coalition, in Pine Bush, New York, is a fan of her local Hudson Valley Seed Library. The library adheres to Indian Physicist Vandana Shiva’s Declaration of Seed Freedom and makes sure all seed sources are not related to, owned by or affiliated with biotech or pharmaceutical corporations. In addition to preserving heirloom and open-pollinated varieties, each seed packet is designed by a local artist.

Finicky about Fish

Grilled fish makes a lean, hearthealthy, low-calorie summer meal. Some fish, however, may contain chemicals that pose health risks, especially for pregnant or nursing women and children. For example, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), nearly all fish and shellfish contain traces of mercury, which is toxic to a baby’s developing nervous system. Both the EPA and local state health departments post consumption advisories that recommend limiting or avoiding certain species of fish caught in specific locations. For several decades, Captain Anne Mosness, a wild salmon fisherwoman, operated commercial fishing boats in Washington waters and from Copper River to Bristol Bay, Alas-

ka. She worries about the threat of pollution from industrial aquaculture, plus the effects of genetically engineered salmon on wild fish populations, coastal economies and ecosystems. Mosness explains that AquAdvantage Salmon, a product of AquaBounty Technologies, was created “by inserting a growth hormone gene from Pacific Chinook and a promoter gene from an eel-like fish called ocean pout into Atlantic salmon.” She questions the FDA approval process and failure to address unanswered questions about the risks of introducing “novel” animals into the food supply, as well as related food allergies and greater use of antibiotics in weaker fish populations. “The salmon farming industry already uses more antibiotics per weight than any other animal production,” comments Mosness. The FDA’s official public comment period on GMO salmon closed in April, but consumers can still voice concerns to their legislators while demanding and applauding national GMO labeling. GMO fish may be on our dinner plates by the end of the year, but with labels, consumers gain the freedom to make informed choices. Consumers can also ask retailers not to sell GMO fish. Trader Joe’s, Aldi and Whole Foods have all committed to not selling GMO seafood.

Antibiotic Resistance

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, antibiotics are one of the greatest public health achievements of the past 100 years. However, one of the most critical public health and economic issues we currently face is the loss of these drugs’ effectiveness, due in large part to their misuse and overuse in industrial agriculture. Dr. David Wallinga, senior advisor in science, food and health at the Institute of Agriculture and Trade Policy, says that about 80 percent of all antibiotics are given to farm animals for two reasons: to prevent illness associated with living in crowded, stressful and often unsanitary conditions; and to promote “feed efficiency”, or weight gain. However, bacteria naturally mutate to develop resistance to antibiotics when exposed to doses that are insufficient to kill them. Wallinga points out that antibiotic-resistant infections, such as methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), cost our nation at least $20 billion annually and steal tens of thousands of American lives each year. Most recently, hardto-treat urinary tract infections (UTI), were traced to antibiotic-resistant E. coli bacteria in chickens. Antibiotic-resistant bacteria exist in our environment, but are more likely to be found in conventionally, rather than organically raised meat and poultry, which by law must be raised without antibiotics. Consumers beware: the word “natural” on food labels does not provide the same protection. The good news is that according to Consumers Union research, raising meat and poultry without antibiotics can be accomplished at minimal cost to the consumer—about five cents extra per pound for pork and less than a penny per pound extra for chicken. Melinda Hemmelgarn, aka the “Food Sleuth”, is a registered dietitian and award-winning writer and radio host at KOPN. org, in Columbia, MO ( She advocates for organic farmers at natural awakenings

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Banish Acid Reflux Eating Alkaline Can Cure the Burn by Linda Sechrist


early everyone has some reflux, the upward backflow of the stomach’s contents into the esophagus connecting the stomach with the throat, or even up into the throat itself. When it occurs more than twice a week, reflux can progress from a minor irritation causing heartburn to gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD. When the throat is most affected, it’s called laryngopharyngeal reflux, or LPR. Untreated, LPR can damage the throat, airway, and lungs. If left untreated, GERD can damage the digestive system and cause precancerous Barrett’s esophagus or even esophageal cancer. “In the United States, the prevalence of esophageal cancer has increased 850 percent since 1975, according to National Cancer Institute statistics,” says Dr. Jamie Koufman who has been studying acid reflux for three decades as part of her pioneering work as a laryngologist, specializing in treating voice disorders and diseases of the larynx. She is founding director of the Voice Institute of New York and the primary author of Dropping Acid: The Reflux Diet Cookbook & Cure. Koufman prescribes combining science, medicine and culinary arts to treat the ailment, which she mainly blames on the acidification of the American diet, along with increases in saturated fats, high-fructose corn syrup and agricultural pesticides. Consider that almost all bottled or canned foods have an acidity level of 4 or lower on the pH scale—a key measurement in medicine, biology and nutrition, and significant in Koufman’s clinical research and conclusions from examining upwards of 250,000 patients. “Soft drinks are the major risk factor for reflux,” she notes. A single statistic from the American Beverage Association highlights the


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problem: In 2010, the average 12-to29-year-old American consumed 160 gallons of acidified soft drinks, nearly a half-gallon a day. “Trends in the prevalence of reflux parallel soft drink consumption over time, especially in young people,” says Koufman. She clarifies that the term “acid reflux” is misleading because the problem centers on the digestive enzyme pepsin, which is manufactured in the stomach to break down proteins into more easily digestible particles. It is activated by the acid in high-acid foods. “If there is no protein around that needs digesting, pepsin can gnaw on the lining of your throat and esophagus,” explains Koufman, who is a professor of clinical otolaryngology at New York Medical College. She has seen many reflux cases misdiagnosed as something else. “It’s common for doctors to mistake reflux symptoms of hoarseness, postnasal drip, chronic throat clearing, trouble

The wrong foods can eat us.

in swallowing or sore throat and cough for asthma, sinusitis or allergies.” She adds that heartburn and indigestion are sometimes treated with over-the-counter antacids, which are ineffective for these. Koufman helps her patients, including professional singers, to overcome acid reflux with a two-week detoxification program consisting of a low-acid, low-fat, pH-balanced diet. “For two weeks, avoid acidic foods (nothing below pH 4),” she advises. “Eat fish, poultry, tofu, melons, bananas, oatmeal, whole-grain breads and cereals, mushrooms and green vegetables. Refrain from fried foods, chocolate and soft drinks. Basically, consume nothing out of a bottle or a can, except for water.” She remarks that reflux is definitely curable by following a proper diet, although it can still take up to a year for a person to become totally symptom-free. Noted Integrative Physician Andrew Weil agrees with Koufman’s recommendations. He suggests developing an exercise and relaxation strategy, because stress and anxiety worsen reflux symptoms, as well as increasing fiber intake by eating more whole grains, vegetables and fruits, and staying hydrated by drinking plenty of purified water. Keep a log to track foods and beverages that worsen symptoms, and avoid alcohol and stimulants like caffeinated beverages and tobacco that irritate the gastrointestinal tract. Weil also suggests ingesting a slippery elm supplement according to label directions, which can help heal irritated digestive tract tissues, and chewing a tablet of deglycyrrhizinated licorice (DGL) or taking a half-teaspoon of a DGL supplement powder before meals and at bedtime. Reduce doses after symptoms are under control. “For most people, there is probably a middle road—having an occasional glass of orange juice or soda doesn’t cause reflux disease—but if that’s all you drink day in and day out, it’s likely to create a problem. For people with known reflux disease, a period of ‘acid/ pepsin detox’ makes good sense,” concludes Koufman. Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings. Visit her website for the recorded interview. natural awakenings

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Letting Kids Just Be Kids

They Thrive on Natural, Unstructured Fun by Madeline Levine

Well-meaning attempts to fill a child’s summer with enriching activities may do more harm than good. Why not let kids just be kids?


otions of summer as endless free relations and ways to deal with stress. Self-initiated and self-directed play time—to climb trees, chase firemeans the child is calling the shots and flies, build a fort in the woods, learning what comes naturally. If a child maybe set up a lemonade stand—have strums a guitar because he loves it, that’s been supplanted in many families by play. When being instructed, the child pricey summer camps or other highly may enjoy the experience, but it’s not structured activities. But unstructured the same, because the motivation is at play isn’t wasted time; it’s the work of least partly external. childhood, a vehicle Thinking back to our The American for developing a baAcademy of Pediatsic set of life skills. own best childhood memory, rics recommends that Research published it won’t be a class or lesson, children play outside in Early Childhood as much as possible— Research & Practice but the time we were for at least 60 minutes shows that children a day—yet almost half that attend play-based allowed to just be. rather than academic of America’s youth preschools become routinely aren’t getting better students. any time outside, according to study Child development expert David findings reported in the Archives of PediElkind, Ph.D., author of The Power of atrics & Adolescent Medicine. Outdoor Play, maintains, “Play is essential to play helps combat childhood obesity, positive human development.” Various acquaints them with their larger environment and supports coping skills. types teach new concepts and con Every child is different. But as Dr. tribute to skills, including helpful peer


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Kenneth R. Ginsburg, a professor of pediatrics at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and University of Pennsylvania and a leading expert on resilience, remarks, “Every child needs free, unscheduled time to master his or her environment.” Play is valuable because it miniaturizes the world to a manageable size and primes kids for learning. Consider the complexities involved in a game of chase. Kids develop social skills in organizing and agreeing on rules, and then participate in the physical and creative actions of the actual activity while resolving conflicts or disagreements during its course—providing a foundation for excelling in school and even the business world. Solitary play also provides problem-solving practice. A young girl playing with her dolls may try out different ways of handling the situation if one of them “steals” a treat from the dollhouse cookie jar before tea is served. Because youth haven’t yet developed a capacity for abstract thinking, they learn and discover more about themselves mainly by doing. Developing small self-sufficiencies gives kids a sense of power in a world in which they are, in fact, small and powerless. This is why kids love to imagine dragon-slaying scenarios. Taking risks and being successful in independent play can increase confidence and prepare them to resist peer pressures and stand up to bullying. Given our global challenges, tomorrow’s adults will need the skills developed by such play—innovation, creativity, collaboration and ethical problem solving— more than any preceding generation. A major IBM study of more than 1,500 CEOs from 60 countries and 33 industries in 2010 found that the single most soughtafter trait in a CEO is creativity. To survive and thrive, our sense of self must be shaped internally, not externally. We need to learn and focus on what we’re good at and like to do; that’s why it’s vital to have kids try lots of different activities, rather than immersing them full-time in parental preferences and dictated experiences. Leading experts in the field agree that considerable daily, unguided time not devoted to any structured activity facilitates their investment in the emotional energy required to develop their own identities.

In the end, learnIt is this sense of self Most experts agree ing who we are prithat provides a home that kids should have marily takes place not base—a place to retreat, in the act of doing, but throughout life. more unstructured in the quiet spaces be Ultimately, everyfree time than tween things, when we one must rely on their can reflect upon what own resources and structured playtime. we have done and sense of self or they’ll who we are. The more always be looking for ~ Dr. Kenneth R. Ginsburg of these quiet spaces external direction and families provide for kids, the better. validation. Mental health workers say that produces kids that take unnecesMadeline Levine, Ph.D., a clinical sary risks, have poor coping skills and psychologist and educator in San Franare vulnerable to substance abuse. cisco, CA, is the author of New York Business leaders say such a tendency Times bestsellers, Teach Your Children produces workers that need too much Well and The Price of Privilege. See time, resources and direction to be really valuable.

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Seven Ways to Let a Kid be a Kid by Madeline Levine


hy not make summer fun again? Here’s how. 4 Follow the principle that regular playtime is vital for everyone. 4 Get in touch with our own playfulness. Kids really do model what they see. Present a picture of adulthood that children will want to grow up to emulate. 4 Tell the kids it’ll be a laid-back summer. Ask them to create a fun bucket list of which activities they want to keep... and which they want to toss. Parents may be shocked by what they say they want to quit doing. Sometimes kids do things because we want them to, and somehow we fail to notice their heart hasn’t been in it. 4 Arrange low-key times with friends and family. This may mean turning down some invitations and setting aside an evening as family night. Make sure kids have regular opportunities to just

hang out with family and friends. 4 Encourage freerange (not pre-packaged), natural and spontaneous play— like a sandbox in the backyard, blocks and impromptu neighborhood soccer games, instead of an amusement park, elaborate toys and soccer camp. 4 Make sure children also have total down time for lying in the grass looking at the sky, or sitting on the sidewalk sharing a stick of all-natural gum with a friend. 4 Show trust in giving youngsters some freedom. Choice is the hallmark of true play. Have confidence that when a child is off on his own and enjoying and directing himself in activities he chooses, that is his “job”. The chances are that whatever innocent activities he’s doing of his own free will are better than any “enriching” activity we might impose on him. natural awakenings

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Yard Games Memorable Family Fun by Paul Tukey


iven their prevalence today, it’s remarkable that video games have been in existence for just 40 years. What has evolved—children spending an average eight to nine sedentary hours per day in front of a video screen—was not part of the inventor’s plan. “It’s sad, in some regards,” says Ralph H. Baer, “the father of video games” who introduced the rudimentary game of Pong in 1972. “I thought we would be helping families bond together in the living room; the opposite has happened.” For those of us that pine for the era when our mothers would send us outside in the morning with a sandwich in a bag and a canteen full of water—with orders not to come inside until dinner time—it’s gratifying to know an old-fashioned childhood need not be committed to memory. Games, the real ones played outdoors, are alive and well. “One of the great things about the games we played is that most of them are free, or one-time, lifetime purchases,” says actress Victoria Rowell, co-author of a book that offers an antidote to the video game revolution, Tag, Toss & Run: 40 Classic Lawn Games. Families can easily find the makings for all sorts of outdoor family fun. Play tug-of-war with any sturdy rope, or take turns swinging two flexible ropes

for a spot of double Dutch, a game brought to New York City from Holland by early settlers. A large elastic band becomes a Chinese jump rope. Tree twigs or small branches work for stickball or double ball, a game played by native peoples on this continent hundreds of years before Jamestown or Plymouth Rock. Larger tree limbs can be cut into eightto-10-inch sections for use in mölkky, a popular Finnish tossing contest that is gaining favor here (move over corn hole). Several games only require a ball, and many more don’t require any apparatus at all. Think of the copycat games such as Follow-the-Leader or Red Light/ Green Light, or the Hide ’n Seek games, Fox and Hound, Ghost in the Graveyard and Capture the Flag. They offer as many variations on a theme as they do hours of exercise, communing with nature, conflict resolution and unstructured, untallied play. We’ll never get all the way back to the time when neighborhoods and the games we played were children’s only babysitters, but that doesn’t mean we can’t give it the old college try. Paul Tukey is co-author of Tag, Toss & Run and founder of, which includes outdoor games resources.


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Effectively Coping with Bullies by Megan Barys


he Martial Arts Combat Academy of Niceville takes students starting from age 4 and up. They focus heavily on situational awareness and control in the classroom, on the street and in the office. The incidence of bullying is getting much needed attention in the media and the school makes a special effort to include defensive strategies in its curriculum. For attackers that wield weapons, they teach effective mastery and control of those situations. Darius Hyman is a child instructor and holds a black belt in the Calm Water system. He served in and was a black belt instructor in the Marines. John Lee is the head of the school and the creator of the Calm Water system. He has served in the police force for many years and studied martial arts for most of his life, with specific training in kajukembo, chin na, gung fu and krav maga. Kim Lee runs the school and is the Calm Water Tai Chi instructor, as well as one of the child instructors. She is also the school nurse and has firsthand knowledge of bully defense. In a perfect world, everyone would follow the golden rule, but there are people that for one reason or another are not kind to their fellow man. For those of us that have been bullied or have loved ones that have been treated unkindly, the realization that we are not alone provides encouragement to act toward minimizing the occurrence and frequency of hurtful behaviors. Before reacting to a bully, it is wise to understand why people behave the way they do. Often, bullies have been the recipients of bullying themselves, either from acquaintances or worse, their own families. Similarly, they have

not been effectively taught appropriate social behavior. Therefore, they are hurtful to others through their words and actions. We must use and teach strategies to effectively respond so as to minimize and hopefully stop the destructive behavior. The first step in our own self-defense is to use the power of observation. Upon entering a social encounter, look around. Pay attention to how others behave. If possible, we try not to bring attention to ourself right away while we take time to determine who is nice and who is not so nice. Watch facial expressions, body language and how people behave with one another. Be like a chameleon and blend in until to determine whether or not there is a bully present. If there is a sense that someone is rougher than the others or is a troublemaker, try to avoid them or at least interact with them as little as possible. If avoidance and being nice still doesn’t keep a bully away, the next step is to ask them to stop. What is mild roughhousing to one person might constitute a beating to another. One person’s sense of humor can be another’s embarrassment. Not every household lives by the same rules. If at the receiving end of unacceptable behavior, say to them, “Stop hurting me! You’re being a bully!” as loud as possible, to draw the attention of others to the situation. It may very well be the first time that they have been made aware that their behavior is not all right, and might stop it from happening again. If directly telling the person their behavior is unacceptable does not stop it, then tell a responsible person that

might have better luck at stopping the bully. Children should tell as many adults as they know to bring about a broader awareness of the situation, so that a hurtful child can be watched and counseled against destructive behavior. If telling the bully’s parents, teacher, boss or other authority figure does not resolve the issue, take it to the next level, the principal, the school board and even to law enforcement, if necessary. Keep going up the chain of command. As a last resort, if the bullying is physical, everyone in this country is entitled to defend themself with force. Using a weapon is not always such a good idea, because too often that backfires and the weapon is used against the person trying to defend themself. Never assume knowledge of what the other person knows. Enrolling children in a self-defense course that emphasizes effective skills for use in today’s society may benefit them in ways that are impossible to predict. The Academy is expanding their summer program for June, July and August, and will visit area public schools once or twice a week to teach classes that include their signature child protection courses, stranger danger awareness and anti-bully defense. “It’s very important to teach these concepts early in life, when these children are most vulnerable “ says Lee. Megan Barys is an instructor of children ages 4-14 at the Martial Arts Combat Academy of Niceville, located at 1605 N. Partin Dr. She holds a black belt in the Calm Water style. For more information, call 850-797-9429 or visit

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Health Rules Crazy, Sexy, Savvy, Yummy by Judith Fertig


n summer, when many fruits, herbs and vegetables are at their peak, it makes sense to harness their power for the family’s benefit. “Some people flock to plant-empowered living for better health, others because of their spiritual beliefs, to support animal welfare, respect the environment or best of all, because it tastes great,” says wellness activist Kris Carr, a documentary filmmaker, New York Times bestselling author and the educational force behind Carr joined the wellness revolution after being diagnosed with a rare disease. It proved to be the incentive she needed to change her eating habits and find renewed power and energy. Her new book, Crazy Sexy Kitchen, with recipes by Chef Chad Sarno, celebrates the colors, flavors and powers of plants that nourish us at the cellular level.   Her main tenets include a focus on:    Reducing inflammation. Inflammation is caused by what we eat, drink, smoke, think (stress), live in (environment), or don’t do well (lack of exercise). At the cellular level, it can lead to allergies, arthritis, asthma, heart disease, diabetes, digestive disorders and cancer, according to Victoria Drake,


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Ph.D., of the Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University, who culled the latest research ( infocenter/inflammation.html). Creating an acid/alkaline balance. “Tilting the pH scale in the alkaline direction is easy with a diet filled with mineral-rich plant foods,” says Carr. It also means minimizing meat, dairy, sugar, eggs, commercially processed foods, coffee and alcohol.    Drinking produce. Green juices and green smoothies are ideal. “They are the most important part of my personal daily practice, one that I will never abandon,” Carr notes. Carr and her husband, Brian Fassett, whom she met when he edited her documentary, Crazy Sexy Cancer, share the juice and smoothie making responsibilities. “We make enough to have two 12-ounce servings of green drinks a day. Our recipes are often guided by what’s available in the fridge,” she advises. The secret is a three-to-one ratio of three veggies for every piece of fruit. Kale reigns in their home. The dark leafy superfood is especially suited for smoothies, salads and sautés. They like kale’s generous helping of vitamin K for maintaining strong bones. Carr’s Crazy Sexy Kale Salad is dressed with vinaigrette that includes flax oil, which she notes is high in omega-3s to promote healthy brain function. It’s also a well-known antiinflammatory food. “Make sure to buy cold-pressed, organic flax oil in a dark bottle and store it in the fridge,” she advises, “because light and heat may turn the oil rancid. I like Barlean’s brand, but there are many other quality flax oils available. Since it is sensitive to heat, I use it mostly in salad dressings and smoothies.” Carr maintains that, “By decreasing the amount of acidic inflammatory foods while increasing the amount of healthy and alkaline plant foods, you flood your body with vitamins, minerals, cancer-fighting phytochemicals, antioxidants and fiber.” This supports the body in maintaining and repairing itself. She further points out, “Once your body repairs, it can renew. That’s big-healer medicine. You might as well get a business card that reads: self-care shaman.” Award-winning cookbook author Judith Fertig blogs at AlfrescoFoodAndLifestyle.

Easy Summer Recipes “Many of my recipes have been influenced by cultural experiences, twists on favorite childhood meals or newly discovered ingredients,” says Chef Chad Sarno. “The strawberry smoothie is among Kris Carr’s favorites. Few dishes have proved to be as timeless and widely beloved as the kale salad.”

Strawberry Fields Smoothie

Enjoy the nostalgic tastiness of strawberry milk sans moo juice or powdered junk. Strawberries are phytonutrient factories, supplying the body with a bounty of anti-inflammatory and antioxidant nutrients. Yields 2 servings

Crazy Sexy Kale Salad

Kale is the king of leafy veggies and rules this prevention-rocks salad. Serve it solo with a favorite cooked grain, or wrapped in nori or a gluten-free tortilla. Crown this kale creation by adding chopped fresh herbs or favorite diced vegetables. To be fancy, serve the salad wrapped in a cucumber slice. Yields 2 to 3 servings 1 bunch kale, any variety, shredded by hand 1 cup diced bell peppers, red, yellow or orange 1 /4 cup chopped parsley 11/2 avocados with pit removed, chopped 2 Tbsp flax oil 11/2 tsp lemon juice Sea salt, to taste Pinch of cayenne, to taste 1 cucumber Combine all ingredients in a medium mixing bowl. Massage and mix using both hands to “wilt” the kale and cream the avocado (takes just a minute or two). Then serve. For a fun touch, cut a thin lengthwise slice of cucumber and create a circle to outline each serving of salad, stitching the ends of the cucumber slice together with a toothpick. Place the salad in the cucumber ring and then serve.

3 cups cashew or nondairy milk of choice 2 cups fresh strawberries 1 Tbsp lemon zest 1 small orange, peeled 1 banana 11/2 cups loosely packed spinach Blend all ingredients until smooth in a high-speed blender.

Source: Adapted from Crazy Sexy Kitchen: 150 PlantEmpowered Recipes to Ignite a Mouthwatering Revolution, by Kris Carr with Chef Chad Sarno.

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A Green Night’s Sleep for Travelers

Pioneers Show the Way to Eco-Friendly Stays


by Avery Mack

hen your company motto is ‘true to nature’, you have to follow through,” says Tom Tabler, director of sales and marketing for the JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa. “We look at everything, from the biodegradable ink pens in the guest rooms to the staff’s summer uniform.” Managers’ sport coats consist of lightweight plastic fibers and rubber from recycled materials. “They breathe fine, are comfortable and look great,” Tabler remarks. Hotel construction adhered to eco-friendly practices. A 100-acre bird sanctuary followed the onsite discovery of endangered golden-cheeked warblers. The 36-hole golf course is certified by the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program and deemed the most eco-friendly in the United States by the PGA Tour. The hotel’s four pools and a lazy river for tubing honor the region’s dry climate; water reclamation via closed loop natural catchments and rain retention ponds keep guests afloat and the golf course green. Also in Texas, the Four Seasons


Hotel Austin has a “zero waste” goal, requiring the recycling of 90 percent of all onsite waste. Shadowboxes above trash cans show guests examples of what is and isn’t recyclable, while unused soap and other toiletries are donated to local women’s shelters. “We have placed sufficient containers, so there’s no excuse not to recycle,” says Kerri Holden, senior director of public relations. “In April, we were at the 70 percent compliance mark. We hope to reach our 90 percent goal by year’s end.” She notes that after management cancelled weekly dumpster

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service, only one six-by-six-foot trash container remains. Even worn linens become cleaning rags. The saltwater swimming pool uses soda ash, rather than harsher chlorine chemical treatments. Kitchen scraps are composted and become fertilizer for the hotel’s herb and vegetable garden and flowerbeds. Natural compost bags in guest rooms collect banana peels, apple cores and other organic food waste. At the end of the year, guests that composted during their visit receive a thank-you letter and The Nature Conservancy plants a tree in their name in Brazil’s Atlantic Forest, one of the world’s most endangered tropical forests ( Boston’s Colonnade Hotel, built in the 1970s, grows greener with each upgrade. “We replace systems with the greenest possible solutions,” explains Keith Alexander, director of property operations. Guest room windows have been replaced with filmed and insulating twinned panes to save power year-round. Electrolyzed water is now used for cleaning; a higher pH works as a nontoxic degreaser, while a lower pH turns water into a sanitizer, eliminating the need for chemical cleansers and gloves. Next, the hotel plans to install a large commercial dishwasher that will use electrolyzed water instead of chlorine-based cleaners. In Big Sur, California, the awardwinning Post Ranch Inn specializes in repurposing materials. Wood from old growth redwood wine casks accent walls in guest rooms. Fallen trees become benches dotting walkways. Dinnerware is made from recycled glass and any broken plates are recycled again. The honey used for a special spa facial treatment comes from 18 onsite beehives. Daily updates on energy savings via the Inn’s 208 kW, 990-panel solar power system can be viewed at Oregon’s The Resort at the Mountain, in Welches, installed an additional 11,000 indigenous plants throughout its 300-acre property in 2009, in the spirit of the nearby Mount Hood National Forest. The mountain is home to the only ski lodge certified by the Sustainable Travel Institute, using United Nations criteria. “We are a base camp for skiers, hikers, off-road bikers and fly fishermen,”

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says General Manager John Erickson. “Our ‘field to stream’ menu features northwest products and of course, fish.” The resort’s golf course, following the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program, uses natural methods for weed control. “We pull them up,” says Erickson. “Wildflowers get to stay where they are.” Golfers and fishermen volunteer to help keep the course in good shape and the water channels clear for salmon and steelhead. From the golf course, visitors can see the salmon swimming upstream. “Most of the fishermen catch and release,” says Erickson. “We want to be good stewards of the land.” Connect with freelance writer Avery Mack at

hile many hotels are implementing energy- and water-saving measures and recycling, some are taking even more Earth-friendly steps in their operations and services. Best Western Plus Boulder Inn, in Boulder, Colorado, is solar powered and supplies bicycles for guests. Forty 1° North, in Newport, Rhode Island, provides in-room electronic newspaper delivery via iPads, saving 700 pounds of waste per month. Hyatt at Olive 8, in Seattle, Washington, has an 8,355-square-foot living rooftop that provides an urban habitat for birds, bees and butterflies and reduces storm water runoff to city sewers. The InterContinental New York Times Square has two green rooftops that feature low-maintenance, droughttolerant plants to help regulate the building’s temperature. A resident beehive produced 40 pounds of locally sourced honey in its initial harvest. Shore Hotel, in Santa Monica, California, offers a Green Concierge program with information on local farm-

ers’ markets, eco-friendly shopping and fair trade espresso spots, plus access to hybrid taxis, bicycles and walking tours. In the Finger Lakes area of upstate New York, the Hotel Skyler, a former temple and theater, the third hotel in the U.S. and 10th in the world to achieve Platinum LEED certification, is heated by a geothermal gas pump and outfitted with salvaged architecture. Element hotels [in Colorado, Florida, Maine, Maryland, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey and Texas] offer green kitchens, spa baths, in-room recycle bins, magnetic guest room door signs, electric vehicle chargers, in-room filtered tap water and bikes to borrow. Houston’s Magnolia Hotel provides bus passes for employees. Pennsylvania’s Four Seasons Hotel Philadelphia relies on microturbines to provide 100 percent of the daily hot water needs and 15 percent of heating requirements. The W Austin Hotel uses only recyclable containers—no Styrofoam is allowed.

Ramada Goes Green on the Emerald Coast T

he Ramada Plaza Beach Resort (RPBR), located on beautiful Okaloosa Island, in Fort Walton Beach, has been recognized by the Florida Green Lodging Program as a One Palm designated lodging partner. In 2008, RPBR was the first hotel in Okaloosa County and the first Ramada in the state to be included in the program. Additionally, the Ramada was acknowledged by the local chamber of commerce as a Qualified Green Business and a Bronze Level Green Leader by TripAdvisor. The environmental committee of the chamber created a user-friendly guide to help promote local businesses to go green, and RPBR was one of the first to qualify for the program. They have implemented several procedures

include water conservation measures using low-flow plumbing fixtures, a linen reuse program and energy efficiency achieved by installing ENERGY STAR appliances and programmable thermostats. The waste reduction criteria are met by providing the opportunity to recycle, purchasing items in bulk, purchasing recycled materials and by recycling ink and toner cartridges. RPBR has already applied for Two Palm status with the Florida Green Lodging Program and hopes to receive approval this year. to reduce, reuse and recycle, and also provide weekly educational pieces to the staff, so that their efforts can extend beyond the business day and become a part of life. Some of their green practices

The Ramada Plaza Beach Resort is located at 1500 Miracle Strip Pkwy., SE, in Fort Walton Beach. For more information, call 850-243-9161 or visit

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dangered species congregates in less-traveled waterways. They often come up out of the water to look at us,” says Lovechenko. “We’re not allowed to touch them and must stay alert in case they bump the boards and dump us into the water. They’re gentle, but immense.” If basic SUP isn’t enough, onboard yoga or Pilates can be added. “It’s easy on the joints for those with knee or ankle problems,” Lovechenko advises. Regardless of the level of experience, “Yoga paddleboarding naturally calls for a calm mind, steady breathing and attention to balance. With Pilates, working out on a board in water that’s 10 to 20 feet deep activates a different set of muscles.”


Dancing on Land

What do bikini-clad gorillas, hoop dancing, aerial silk acrobatics, anti-gravity yoga and Pilates on the water have in common? They are among the most enjoyable ways to burn calories and increase strength.

Hoopnotica, on a roll here and in Europe, reintroduces play into physical fitness with fresh, fun, expressive movements ( Instructional DVDs and classes are available to revive and enhance childhood hooping abilities. “Hooping spans genres from classical to hip-hop, tribal to lyrical, depending on who’s spinning the hoop and what’s spinning on the turntable,” says Jacqui Becker, Hoopnotica’s director of content development and lead master trainer, in Brooklyn, New York. “When I carry a hoop around town, people light up. It’s like walking a puppy, but an even better workout, with no cleanup.”

On the Run

Dancing in Air

More Giggles than Groans by Sandra Murphy

In Mankato, Minnesota, runners and walkers dressed like gorillas, many embellished with bikinis, tutus and football jerseys, take part in the annual Gorilla Run to benefit the nonprofit North Mankato Miracle League and Fallenstein Field, a fully accessible softball field for children with mental or physical challenges. This year, a local DJ dressed as a banana led the pack of 600 gorillas through the 2.4-mile course, raising $30,000. Next April, pro athletes and other volunteers will again pitch in to set the pace for other cities that want to ape their act. Travis Snyder’s family-friendly Color Run, founded in Draper, Utah, and launched in Tempe, Arizona, in early 2012, has caught on in more than 100 U.S. cities as a way for novice runners to have a stress-free, untimed, fun day. Sixty percent of the participants have never run a 5K (threeplus miles) race before. Staff and volunteers throw brightly colored cornstarch on the runners at regular intervals, making the finish line a virtual rainbow. The larger runs boast thousands of participants. There are only two rules: wear a white shirt at the starting line and finish plastered in color.

On the Water

For anyone looking for a unique water workout, Tatiana Lovechenko, founder of Fort Lauderdale Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP), has an answer. “We have paddleboard boot camps and sunrise and sunset tours, on the ocean or the Intracoastal Waterway, based on conditions. Safe and eco-friendly LED lights, our latest innovation, let us see the fish below and make sure boats see us at night.” Their SUP manatee tour is particularly popular. “This en30

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Aerial silk classes take exercising to new heights. Cirque du Soleil-style and more elegant than rope climbing, students don’t have to be in peak shape to start. “Just show up and want to learn,” says international performing aerialist Laura Witwer, who teaches how to climb fabric attached to steel rigging 16 to 25 feet high in New York City spaces. “We work close to the floor for beginners,” she explains. “They learn to climb, then to hang upside-down, and then tie knots. We’ve had all body sizes, shapes and ages in class; it’s a great way to stretch and add strength.” Yoga can also take to the air with anti-gravity classes that position participants in fabric slings or hammocks that relax joints and help the body realign itself. Christopher Harrison, founder and artistic director of AntiGravity Yoga, in New York City, is a former world-class gymnast and professional dancer on Broadway, two professions that are tough on the body. “As an aging athlete whose passion continued, but whose body had been ripped apart by numerous surgeries, yoga healed and rejuvenated my mind and body,” he remarks. “In order to take pressure off the joints, I took my performance company from tumbling off the ground to hanging up into the air by inventing apparatus that allowed us to fly.” Whether by land, sea or air, adventurous souls are discovering new ways to recharge mind, spirit and body. Connect with freelance writer Sandra Murphy at StlSandy@

Studio E

Providing a New Nexus for Wellness by Amber Parks


he evolution of Studio E began with stand up paddleboards (SUP). GUSU Paddlesports and Lisa Turpin came together in 2012 to offer something unique to the Destin area, SUP-lates, a fun way to enjoy the combination of SUP-ing, which has become a very popular way to lose weight and stay in shape, and Pilates. With the opening of GUSU’s new store, TheXperience, Turpin and longtime yoga instructor Rhonda Comparin came together with GUSU to create the Studio Experience, or Studio E, which is a place where fitness fanatics, yogis and sports enthusiasts can come together and share their passion for healthy living. The instructors at Studio E have many specialties, and each is passionate about their practice. Comparin has been practicing yoga for more than 20 years and remains dedicated to creating new and unique ways to enhance her offerings. She holds quite a few master certifications in yoga and loves to share her knowledge and experience with newcomers to the practice. She states, “The greatest reward is sharing my love of yoga with my students and seeing them grow in the practice themselves.” Turpin has a love for health and fitness, and with more than 20 years of experience in the fitness industry and a bachelor’s degree in sports fitness and fitness management, She continues to grow her knowledge base with new certifications in Barre and aerial fitness. Lisa says, “I absolutely love every aspect of health, fitness, and exercise. I focus on total wellness for the mind and body, and I love to motivate people of all ages!” Handpicked by Comparin and Turpin, instructors join ninetime World Kickboxing Champion and World Martial Arts Hall of Fame inductee James Sisco, “the motivator.” Sisco earned this title with his dedication to using sports and fitness as a way of keeping kids focused on growing to become responsible, healthy young adults. Other heavy hitters include Amy Likins, a holistic nutritionist and owner of Synergy Organic Juice Bar, Michelle McCormick, Tina Dowdy, Nancy Gontarek, Megan Welcher and Nicole Larson, who holds a master’s degree in exercise physiology and is a certified TRX and kettlebell trainer.

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With all these qualified and “Xperienced” instructors, Studio E is hoping to bring a unique fitness experience to the Destin area. Their yoga instructors are excited to offer a wide range of yoga classes, from beginner to expert level. They also offer fun and unique classes like aerial fitness and Barre. Studio E is the only facility in the area offering one of the top five celebrity workouts, SurfSET fitness. With regular classes and specialty workshops, Studio E strives to bring health and fitness awareness to the panhandle. The passion for health and fitness shared among instructors is sure to inspire others to make healthy lifestyle changes. Studio E wants to give the community a place to come to de-stress and recoup and is looking forward to sharing what they have to offer. Feedback and suggestions are welcome. The Studio E slogan is, “Land. Water. Air. A unique fitness Xperience.” Amber Parks is the owner/operator of Studio Experience (Studio E), located at 111 Harbor Blvd., in Destin. For more information, call 843-450-7048 or visit See ad, page 34.

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Relishing Raw Food Supermodel Carol Alt on How Eating Raw Keeps Her Vibrant by Beth Bader


the past year, she’s been overseeing the U.S. launch of her skin care line, Raw Essentials.

How has your relationship with food changed over the years, and what role has raw food played?

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arol Alt characterizes the latest stage of her 30-plus-year career as a “perfect storm of busy,” including the launch of her latest book, Easy Sexy Raw, and her roles in Woody Allen’s film, To Rome with Love, and the HBO documentary, About Face, exploring the relationship between physical appearance and the business of beauty. For


I grew up like other kids on Long Island. Mom cooked spaghetti and macaroni and cheese. Dad would sometimes grill a piece of meat until it was dead a second time. On weekends, we ate pizza or Chinese takeout. I never realized broccoli was green, because overcooking turned it gray. One day, I got sent home from a job because they said I was not in “swimsuit condition.” A friend recommended a physician that specialized in raw food diets, which was the first I’d heard of it. So I tried a raw diet, cold turkey, and felt better immediately. Today I eat raw food as an antiaging agent and natural medicine that makes me healthier; it’s also a filler that makes me less hungry. My holistic lifestyle no longer includes any over-the-counter drugs. These days, my system runs efficiently, like an electric golf cart. When I need to go, I go. When I need to stop and sleep, I sleep. The body can work phenomenally well if we just let it.

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“Raw” seems like an easy diet to prepare, but some of the methods can take time and special equipment. What’s a simple starting point? Using a blender, you can make everything from soup to dessert. Start with things like guacamole, salsa and soups. You can also use a pot and hot water (up to 115 degrees) to warm kelp noodles to add to a blended soup. You can make a mousse from raw chocolate and avocado. Also begin to think of a dehydrator as a crock-pot that works while you’re away. It’s a simple option once you are in the habit of using it. Of course, you’ll want to make all kinds of fresh salads.

How do you maintain your raw food plan when you are eating out or in social settings? I look for foods that I know will be raw. If I have any doubts, I ask the chef. If there’s any question, I just don’t eat it. There’s a bit of discipline in this. You have to eat on a schedule and make sure you are getting the food you need. I may lunch even if I am not hungry, especially when I know I’ll be dining out later. It’s important to make sure you are not feeling deprived and hungry; otherwise you may find yourself craving things like the bread on the table.

Do you ever miss cooked foods and sometimes indulge? My diet is 75 to 95 percent raw. When you eat raw foods, you feel so much better that you don’t want to eat anything else. My one indulgence is munching on popcorn when my favorite sports team plays.

Do you have any final advice on exploring a raw diet? Relax and have fun trying different things. If you cheat, it’s okay. If you feel deprived in any way, go eat. Above all, enjoy the adventure. Beth Bader is the co-author of The Cleaner Plate Club and blogs at

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We offer a large variety of natural and certified organic products, vitamin supplements, local and organic produce, environmentally friendly products, and hot, wholesome lunches from the deli. Mon-Sat. 7am-9pm, Sun 10am-7pm.


850-374-2181 • We are the original Organic Box Program. All organic – all the time! 100% Guaranteed. We bring the Farmer’s Market to you. Simply check our weekly list every Friday. Mixed Fruit and Vegetable shares, All Fruit shares and Juicing shares. Local pick up locations or delivery available.

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All natural beef and hogs, free roaming grain and grass fed. Meet the farmer, know exactly what you getting and choose your dinner. Taking orders now.


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


3200 Deloach Ln, Milton, FL 850-855-6420 State of Florida Certified grower. We grow and sell natural fruits and produce. Pesticide free. Fresh and safe to eat. Farmer’s Market Program. Ongoing educational classes.


Local Pesticide Free Produce Saturdays at SeaSide Farmers Mkt 850-218-6998 Local, sustainable, exclusive, clean produce. Nutrient dense grown in healthy soil. Bio dynamically influenced practices. Call for seasonal harvest. Serving Okaloosa & Walton.


Organic Grass Fed Cattle, Lamb and Pork 40701 Pine Grove Rd Bay Minette, AL 36507 251-937-8728 Local Certified Organic, 100% grass fed beef and lamb and “now offering” farm raising, pastured heritage bred pork. Humanely raised animals. No antibiotics. No hormones.


American, All Natural Grass Fed 850834-3333 Exceptional flavor, low fat content, high in omega-3s and CLA. Available year round. Delivered to processor no charge. Dresses 50% of live weight. Visitors welcome.


6618 Beach Dr Panama City Beach, FL 850-624-7075 We are dedicated to community & environmental Stewardship. Offering heirloom and organic gardening & sprouting seeds and permaculture design. Visit us at Seaside Farmers Market, we ship.


Rosemary Beach Town Center Sunday, beginning May 5. Thursday, beginning May 30. 9am-2pm. Rain or Shine. Local fresh produce, eggs, meats, seafood, honey, baked goods, artisan breads, gelato, cheeses, jams, preserves. Market will have an International flair. Manager – Diane Kolopanas. 850-213-0577.


Saturday 9am-1pm Destin Water Users (Parking Lot) 218 Main St, Destin Facebook/Destins-Main-Street-Market Fresh baked goods, local produce & honey, organically grown herbs & lettuces, farm fresh eggs. Art, jewelry, crafts & collectables. Wild and handcrafted jams, jellies, soaps, scrubs and body care. Vendor space available. Contact Managers – Tom & Amy Holt. 850-855-6384.


2nd Saturday beginning April 13 8am-12pm Lots of fresh produce, olive oils, jams, jellies, dips, sauces, baked goods, homemade baked doggie treats, juice bar, local honey. Ferry Rd (Fluid surf shop) & 201 Miracle Strip Pkwy S.E. rear lot.


1st Saturday Monthly 7am-12pm 120 Partin Dr N, Niceville 850-729-2120 NicevilleFarmersMarket Local fresh produce, local honey, baked goods, bread, fresh eggs, meats and seafood, wild crafted soaps and body scrubs and more. Open for new vendors. Hosted by One 20 a Modern Bistro.


Saturdays 8am-2pm Open Air Farmer & Art Market MLK Jr. Plaza, Palafox St (between Garden & Wright Sts) Sponsored by the Pensacola Downtown Improvement Board, the Palafox Market offers fresh produce, live plants, baked goods, fine art and antiques. Items originate directly from onsite vendors.


Saturdays 9am-1pm Downtown Seaside (behind “Raw & Juicy” at the amphitheater) or on Facebook Comprised of local growers and crafts people who offer locally grown produce and farm products that are healthy and environmentally conscious.

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Pet Food Perils Lurking GMOs May Hurt Our Pets by Dr. Michael W. Fox

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315-A Racetrack Road • Ft Walton Beach Located inside Blossom Yoga Studio

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ike a canary in a coal mine, dogs serve as sentinels, drawing our attention to health hazards in our shared home environment and in the products and byproducts of the food industry.

Multiple Health Issues

In the mid-1990s, as genetically engineered or modified (GE, GM or GMO), corn and soy were becoming increasingly prominent ingredients in both pet food products and feed for farm animals, the number of dogs reported suffering from a specific cluster of health problems increased. It also became evident from discussion among veterinarians and dog owners that such health problems occurred more often among dogs eating pet food that included GM crops than those consuming food produced from conventional crops. The conditions most cited included allergies, asthma, atopic (severe) dermatitis and other skin problems, irritable bowel syndrome, leaky gut syndrome, inflammatory bowel disease, colitis, recurrent diarrhea, vomiting and indigestion, plus abnormalities in liver, pancreas and immune system functions. People often reported failed treatments and harmful side effects to prescribed remedies (e.g. steroids), as well as problems with various manufactured 34

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prescription diets after their attending veterinarians diagnosed their animals with these conditions. According to a 2011 study in the journal Cell Research, in engineering crops like corn and soybean, novel proteins are created that can assault the immune system and cause allergies and illnesses, especially in the offspring of mothers fed GMO foods. Diminished nutrient content is a concurrent issue. “The results of most of the few independent studies conducted with GM foods indicate that they may cause hepatic, pancreatic, renal and reproductive effects and may alter hematological, biochemical and immunologic parameters,”concluded Artemis Dona and Ioannis S. Arvanitoyannis, of the Department of Forensic Medicine and Toxicology at the University of Athens Medical School, in their 2009 study on the effect of GM foods on animals.

“Look first for the USDA Certified Organic label. Next, look for other words and terms on the package indicating it comprises natural, humane, free-range, grass-fed and GM- or GE-free ingredients. Watch out for chemical preservatives, artificial coloring, byproducts, GMOs, irradiation/radioisotope treatment, hormones and antibiotics. In short, seek out whole organic foods appropriate to the species.” ~ Dr. Michael Fox Such problems are caused partly by the inherent genetic instability of GM plants, which can result in spontaneous and unpredictable mutations (Biotechnology and Genetic Engineering Reviews). DNA in GM foods is altered by the genetic engineering process; it can be incorporated by gut bacteria and may alter their behavior and ecology in the digestive tract. Likewise, when digestive bacteria incorporate material from antibioticresistant genes, engineered into patented GM foods crops to identify them, it could have serious health implications, according to Jeffrey M.

Smith in his book, Genetic Roulette, and Terje Traavik and Jack Heinemann, co-authors of Genetic Engineering and Omitted Health Research.

What Pet Owners Can Do Look for pet foods that are free of GM corn and soy, and/or organically certified. Pet food manufacturers that use U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) certified organic ingredients—and especially those that don’t use corn, soy, canola, cotton byproducts (oil and cake) or sugar beet, which are more commonly genetically engineered, or imported rice, which can have GM strains—can

legitimately claim “No GMO Ingredients” on their packaging. Information, plus tips on avoiding hidden GMO ingredients are available at Many websites also provide recipes for home-prepared diets for companion animals, including DogCatHome Let responsible pet food manufacturers know of consumers’ concerns and heed Hippocrates’ advice to let our food be our medicine and our medicine be our food. Enlightened citizen action is an integral part of the necessary revolution in natural agriculture aimed at promoting more ecologically sound, sustainable and humane farming practices, a healthier environment and more healthful, wholesome and affordable food for us and our canine companions. Michael Fox, author of Healing Animals & the Vision of One Health, is a veterinarian with doctoral degrees in medicine and animal behavior. Find GMO-free pet food brands and learn more at

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Massage Comes in Many Flavors—All Tasty by Daralyn Chase


ome people believe massages are a luxury, but others have proven it more than just pampering. Research gathered by the American Massage Therapy Association has shown the effectiveness of massage for conditions such as low back pain, osteoarthritis of the knee, boosting the body’s immune system functioning, lowering blood pressure and reducing headache frequency. The McMaster University Department of Kinesiology was the first to test massage effects using a muscle biopsy to show it reduces inflammation, an underlying factor in many chronic diseases. Their work was published the journal Science Translational Medicine. Massage therapy can also decrease anxiety, help prevent colds, enhance skin tone and more, according to an expert at Massage Envy, in Destin. Licensed Massage Therapist Rebecca Bigham, who provides a variety of massage technique at Massage Envy, agrees that massage provides two types of benefits: immediate and cumulative. “In general, massage therapist manipulate your muscles, tendons and ligaments by rubbing and pressing typically with their hands and fingers,” she says. “Massage can range from light stroking to deep pressure, at times engaging therapist’s elbows and even feet. There are many types of massages that can be customized to meet specific needs.” These are some of the best-studied massage techniques for health benefits. Relaxation Massage For people looking to naturally manage their chronic condition, ongoing massage therapy can offer lasting relief. Used to release muscle tension, provide deep pain relief and good for stressrelated conditions and chronic pain, in addition to the relaxation, the therapeutic benefits of massage are actually compounded when used as a frequent therapy. Some of the chronic conditions are arthritis, back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, insomnia, migraine and tension headaches, muscular injuries, and plantar fasciitis. 36

Deep Muscle Massage Bigham specializes in deep tissue massage; prenatal, neuromuscular and myofascial. She says, “Using pressure and movement on attachment sights of the muscles are one of the most effective therapeutic massage techniques out there.” Deep muscle massage releases muscle tension, provides deep pain relief, loosens scar tissue, lengthens muscles and is good for chronic and overuse injuries. Massage Envy currently employs 16 massage therapists and prides itself on the many varieties of the technique it offers through the vast specialties and expertize of its staff. Sports Massage Jason Semasko focused on sports massage, neuromuscular and deep tissue after attending the Soothing Arts School of Massage, in Destin. He says, “Most people tell me about how much they need a vacation or a massage. We’ll that’s a no-brainer, a massage is your one-hour weekly vacation from the stresses of your daily life.” It’s particularly beneficial when an athlete is in training for an event. It’s also helpful for anyone that routinely stretches physical limits through movement. Swimmers, weightlifters, runners, golfers, ball players, skaters, dancers, tennis players, musicians, boxers and weekend warriors all can benefit from sports massage. Rebecca Garrett, a graduate of Gadsden State Community College, provides many unique massage modalities, including deep tissue, trigger point, cranial sacral, prenatal; therapeutic and recovery work. She says, “Massage awakens the soul, enlightens the mind and provide the body with a sense of balance and well being.” Prenatal Massage A wonderful, complementary choice

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for prenatal care, professional massage therapists work to relieve the normal discomforts experienced during pregnancy, such as backaches, stiff neck, leg cramps, headaches, joint pain and edema. By relaxing nervous tension, massage can also reduce insomnia and restless sleep while promoting general well-being. When requesting a prenatal massage, always be sure the therapist is certified in prenatal care. Cranial Sacral Therapy This is a gentle technique for releasing muscle and joint tension and tissue restriction. It promotes balance while decreasing stress, and is effective relief for headaches, TMJ and back and neck pain. Geriatric Massage Professional massage therapists utilize specific geriatric massage procedures to increase blood circulation, combat depression, improve balance and flexibility, reduce the pain of arthritis, increase joint mobility, improve posture and encourage overall well-being. Reflexology For those new to massage and interested in trying it out, reflexology is a good way to start. Performed only on the hands and feet via finger and thumb massage, with the client fully clothed, reflexology is based on the belief that specific reflex points on the soles of the feet and the palms of the hands correspond with every major organ, gland and area of the body. Lawrence L’Abbe also a graduate of Soothing Arts School, explains, “Healing can be accomplished with the technique of reflexology just through the hand and the feet, because every part the body corresponds to pressure points on the hands and feet.” The staff at Massage Envy encourages everyone to find the form of massage that suits them best. Massage Envy is located in the Crystal Beach Plaza, 34904 Emerald Coast Pkwy., Ste. 132, in Destin. For more information, call 850-650-8500 or visit See ad, page 17.



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TUESDAY, JUlY 2 Summer Spiritual Arts -- 6:30pm. Creative writing with Michael Lister. Explore ways to read anything from a spiritual perspective and gain meaning for your own life. Since all of us have a story to tell, you can learn strategies to begin tapping into your own creative process via writing. Love offering. Unity of Panama City, 1764 Lisenby Ave, Panama City. 850-769-7481.

TUESDAY, JUlY 9 Open Mike at Crestview Library – 6-7:45pm. 2nd Tues. This month’s poetry starter: Nostalgia ain’t what it used to be. Poets and musicians are invited to a free, open-mike poetry reading and music improvisation. Crestview Library, 445 Commerce Dr., Contact Esther, 850-682-4432 or Rick Sanders 850-585-6399. Visit the library’s Facebook page or See our tumblr blog. Where is the Joy? with Alice McCall -- 6-7pm. A guided healing meditation where attendees will uncover what is preventing them from a life overflowing with joy. Deep introspection at the cellular level to expose the root of the issue. Reservations Required. Email $15. via Teleconference, 850-585-5496. Spiritual Summer Arts -- 6:30pm. Spiritual Cinema “You Can Heal Your Life” The Louise Hay Story. Louise Hay is one of those rare people who radiates peace and an effervescent spirit that fills us with an abundance of energy and love. Love offering. Unity of Panama City, 1764 Lisenby Ave, Panama City. 850-769-7481.

WEDNESDAY, JUlY 10 Wellness Rocks Professional Network – 6-8pm. Hosted by Studio Experience, 111 Harbor Blvd. Destin (across from AJ’s). Healthy living begins with health and wellness practitioners, providers and educators. You’re invited to join us for an evening of casual networking and collaborating to synergistically enhance the wellness of our community. Refreshments provided. Free. Facilitated by Natural Awakenings, 850-279-4102

FRIDAY, JUlY 12 Energy Balancing Get Together -- 7-9pm. Energy Balancing get together. Bring your drums and rattles and get ready to break up old stagnate energy! Love Offering.. Elements of Divine Wisdom, LLC., 80-C Beal Pkwy NW, Fort Walton Beach. 850-217-5065.

TUESDAY, JUlY 16 Summer Spiritual Arts -- 6:30pm. Qi Gong-feel the joy of moving in easy ways that engage your spirit. This evening includes fun energy-elevating movement, positive body consciousness, expression and mindfulness using an ancient traditional exercise experience. Love offering. Unity of Panama City, 1764 Lisenby Ave, Panama City. 850-769-7481.

THURSDAY, JUlY 18 Healthy Cooking -- 10am-12pm. Healthy Cooking with Chef Rob. You will learn to cook healthy Mediterranean Cuisine during this 3 week class. Our Chef, Rob Repass will share his expertise with us so you can cook healthy meals. $45/per person. Unity of Panama City, 1764 Lisenby Ave, Panama City. 850-769-7481. Charity Sample Session -- 5:30-7:30PM.Take this opportunity to try out some of the classes offered at Studio E, while also donating to a great cause! No charge for the class; donations only. 100% of the money raised will be donated to a local charity. TheXperience, 111 Harbor Blvd, Destin. 843-4507048. Summer Harmonics Meditation Event with Alice McCall -- 6-7:30pm. In mid-July a special astrological event called the Grand Trine will occur. In this event we will harness this energy – inspiring, aligning, and supporting your spiritual path & purpose. Reservations Required. Email alice@ $20. via Teleconference, 850-5855496.

savethedate mONDAY, JUlY 22 Ultimate Health, Ultimate Wealth -- 7-10pm. Ultimate Health, Ultimate Wealth. Learn to obtain vibrant optimal health quickly without drugs, herbs, chemicals, neither supplements nor strict regimens with holographic technology that activates acupuncture points. Get back to doing what you love best.Free. Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa, 4000 Sandestin Blvd S, Sandpiper Room, Destin. 850-358-8833.

TUESDAY, JUlY 23 Spiritual Summer Arts -- 6:30pm-. Spiritual Cinema “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel”. A group of British retirees who decide to move to less expensive and exotic India arrive to find the palace a shell of its former self. They are forever transformed and learn that life can begin anew. Judi Dench, Maggie Smith & Peter O’Toole. Love offering. Unity of Panama City, 1764 Lisenby Ave, Panama City. 850-769-7481.

SUNDAY, JUlY 28 Cellular Renewal Meditation with Alice McCall -- 3-4pm. A guided healing meditation to restore and renew the cells of your body! Great for better health and anti-aging. Guided work at the cellular level. Reservations Required. Email Alice@HealingPath. $15 via Teleconference, 850-585-5496.

savethedate OCTOBER 10-13 The World Paddle for the Planet eco-educational fundraiser festival will be held at Carillon Beach, in Panama City Beach, along with satellite events around the world. Funds benefit Expedition Florida 500, a project of Mother Ocean. A 24-hour endurance paddle by individuals and teams on Lake Powell, open to canoes, kayaks and standup paddle boards. Register at register-to-paddle.html. Contact Leslie Kolovich,


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sunday Fluid Flow Yoga – 9:15-10:30am. All levels welcome. $16 class or package available. TheXperience 111 Harbor Blvd., Destin 843-450-7048. Urban Zen Yoga Class – 10:30am. In a world of over-stimulation and over-work, these practices can offer you a meditative sanctuary. No yoga experience necessary. $15 drop-in and packages available. Dragonfly Yoga, 184 Brooks St. FWB. 850-2440184. Yoga for Charity – 4:30pm. $5 donation to Paws. Dragonfly Yoga, 184 Brooks St. FWB. 850-2440184.

experienced. Love offering. Unity of Panama City, 1764 Lisenby Ave, Panama City. Svaroopa® Yoga – 10am. A relaxing and therapeutic style of yoga. $12. Blossom Yoga, 315 Racetrack Rd, NE, FWB. 850-420-6046. Free Class SurfSET Yoga – 11am-12:15pm. Fun, new SurfSET equipment that “shakes up” your workout. TheXperience 111 Harbor Blvd, Destin. Please call to reserve, 850-543-5321. Open Mike at Crestview Library – 6-7:45pm. 2nd Tues. Poetry & Music Jam is an open-mic for poets and musicians to read, perform, improvise and play together. Everyone is welcome, even if you don’t write poetry or play music. Free. Crestview Library, 445 Commerce Dr., Contact Esther, 850-682-4432 or Rick Sanders 850-585-6399. Visit the library’s Facebook page or tumblr blog. Personal and Planetary Peace – 7pm. Meditation, stress release, energy work, Reiki sharing and certification, networking, healthy food support. Free. Crystal Cottage, 7338 Hwy 2301, Panama City. Darce Blakely, Reiki Master. 850-763-4504. Teen and Adult Martial Arts Combat Class – 7pm. Tues, Thur. Ages 15 and up. Friendly family oriented with small classes, all levels. Defense techniques, fitness, confidence, and camaraderie. Free introductory class. No contracts. Martial Arts Combat Academy, 1605 N Partin, Niceville. 850-797-9429.

monday Yoga for Women – 10am. A time to be at ease and enjoy. A class tailored to the needs of today’s woman. $10. Dragonfly Yoga, 184 Brooks St SE, FWB. 850-244-0184. TRX – 4:30-5:30pm. Suspension training: strength flexibility, metabolic training. All fitness levels. $16 class or package available. TheXperience 111 Harbor Blvd., Destin.843-450-7048. Kids Martial Arts Combat Class – 4:45pm (ages 4-8); 5:45 (ages 9-13). Mon/Wed/Fri. Friendly family oriented with small classes, all levels. Great for fitness, confidence, and camaraderie. Free introductory class. No contracts. Martial Arts Combat Academy, 1605 N. Partin, Niceville. 850-797-9429. A Course in Miracles – 7-8pm. Unity in FWB, 1797 Hurlburt Rd. FWB. 850-864-1232.

tuesday Personal Nutritional Consultation – 1st and 3rd Tues monthly. Dr. Kenawy, Ph.D. provides in-depth nutritional evaluations and consultations. $50. 634 W. 23rd St, Panama City. Call for an appt. 850-7638871. Yoga – 8:45am. Restorative Yoga for beginners and

wednesday Gentle Flow Yoga with Felicia McQuaid – 10am. Beginner based therapeutic movement combined w/ breath awareness. Dragonfly Yoga. 850-217-2771. Off the Vine Organic Produce Pick Up – Panama City – 10am-4pm. Preorder online by Sunday. PU on Wed.  Somethin’s Cookin, 93 E 11th St, Panama City. 850-374-2181. Off the Vine Organic Produce Pick Up – Rosemary Beach – 10am-4pm.   Precall: order online by Sunday. PU on Wed. Wild Olive’s Market, 104 N Barrett Sq,

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Rosemary. 850-374-2181. Support@OffTheVine. org. Meditation Circle – 11am. A weekly meditation offered to all those interested in learning meditation or if you meditate on a regular basis. Typically led by Darce Blakely. Love offering. Unity of Panama City, 1764 Lisenby Ave, Panama City. 850-7697481. Off the Vine Organic Produce Pick Up – Crestview – 12-4pm. Pre-order online by Sunday. PU on Wed.  Body-B-Healthy, 2227 S Ferdon Blvd, Crestview. 850-374-2181. Support@OffTheVine. org. Off the Vine Organic Produce Pick Up – Destin – 12-4pm.  Pre-order online by Sunday. PU on Wed. Yolo Boards, 11610 US Hwy 98 W, Miramar Beach. 850-374-2181. Off the Vine Produce Pick Up – Navarre – 1-4pm.  Pre-order online by Sunday. PU on Wed. Private Home, 850-374-2181. Off the Vine Organic Produce Pick Up – FWB – 1-7pm.  Pre-order online by Sunday. PU on Wed.  Off the Vine, 11 Eglin Pkwy NE, Fort Walton Beach. 850-374-2181. Svaroopa® Yoga – 4:30pm. A relaxing and therapeutic style of yoga. $12. Blossom Yoga, 315 Racetrack Rd, NE, FWB. 850-420-6046. Community Yoga – 6-7:30pm. Class led by Power Core Vinyasa instructor Kendall Andrew. $10 or donation. Yoga Elements, 108 Carillon Market St, Panama City Beach. 850-866-2199. Wellness Rocks Naturally – 6-8pm. 2nd Wed. Join other health and wellness practitioners, providers and educators to network and collaborate as we strengthen, educate and build our community. See website for monthly locations and host. Facilitated by Natural Awakenings, 850-279-4102. A Course in Miracles – 6:30pm. Complete selfstudy spiritual thought system to the way of universal love and peace. Ongoing group. Love offering. Unity of Panama City, 17964 Lisenby Ave, Panama City. 850-769-7481.

thursday BOGO Balance Body Barre – 8-9am. Full body workout utilizing a “ballet” barre: strengthen, stretch, tone. $16 class or package available. TheXperience 111 Harbor Blvd., Destin. 843-450-7048. Work-Out Partner Meet and Greet – 5pm. 2nd & 4th Thurs. A safe environment to meet and mingle with potential work out partners. Free. 3203 Fitness Center, 3203 E Hwy 98 Business, Panama City. 850-481-1396. Yoga for Beginners – 5:30pm. Here’s a class at the right pace for those just starting to enjoy yoga. Simple and fun. Dragonfly Yoga, 184 Brooks St. FWB. Svaroopa® Yoga – 6:30pm. A relaxing and therapeutic style of yoga. $12. Blossom Yoga, 315 Racetrack Road, NE, FWB. 850-420-6046.

The Body, Mind, & Spirit Group of Florida – 6:30-8:30pm. 1st Thurs. Each meetup will have an array of activities, speakers, products, samples, demonstrations, practitioners, and networking opportunities. $5. Pens. 850-941-4321. Free Fit Camps and Wellness Evaluations – All ages and levels are welcome. �Bring a mat and some water. Workouts are usally 30-45 mins. Free. Core Nutrition, FWB. 222B Miracle St Pkwy SE, 850-362-8888.

friday Breastfeeding Support Group – 9:30am. With lactation counselor. Free. Growing Green Bums, 296 Bayshore Dr, Niceville. 850-279-6647. Friday Yoga with Felicia – 10am. This fun upbeat class is what Friday is all about. Join Felicia to move, breathe and enjoy the moment. $15 drop in or packages available. Dragonfly Yoga Studies, 184 Brooks St #1, FWB. 850-217-2771. Happy Hour Yoga – 5:30-6:30pm. 2-for-1. Class card holders bring a friend for free or 2 can split the cost of a class. $16 class. TheXperience 111 Harbor Blvd., Destin 843-450-7048.

saturday Gentle Flow Yoga – 9am. Classes are beginner friendly. Focus on gentle, therapeutic movement, breath awareness and meditation.. $10 drop in military/student/senior. Dragonfly Yoga, 184 Brooks St #1, FWB. 850-217-2771. Calm Water Tai Chi Class – 9am. Designed for self-defense, realize the health benefits, stress reduction and strength improvement with gentle movement. New class. All ages and levels. Free introductory class. No contracts. Martial Arts Combat Academy, 1605 N. Partin, Niceville. 850-797-9429. Svaroopa® Yoga – 10am.Yoga basics. New Saturday AM yoga class. Blossom Yoga, 315 Racetrack Road, NE, FWB 850-420-6046. Standup Paddleboard Yoga – 10:30am-12pm. Connect with your core essence while floating on the water. Reservation required to prepare equipment. $20/ $35 with board rental. Yoga Elements, 108 Carillon Market St, Panama City Beach. 850-866-2199. Teen and Adult Martial Arts Combat Class – 10:30am-12pm. Ages 15 and up. Friendly family oriented with small classes, all levels. Defense techniques, fitness, confidence, and camaraderie. Free introductory class. No contracts. Martial Arts Combat Academy, 1605 N. Partin, Niceville. 850-797-9429. Aerial Yoga – 11am-12:30pm. A challenging, empowering, restorative and fun yoga off the mat in a hammock. Yoga Elements, 108 Carillon Market St, Panama City Beach. 850-866-2199. Intuitive Gallery Readings by Ericka Boussarhane – 6:30-8:30pm. International Intuitive Ericka Boussarhane uses her mediumship to help others find closure and insight. $10. Mystic Cottage, 4971 Mobile Hwy, Pensacola. 850-941-4321.

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Acupuncture Physician 2633 Hwy 77, Suite B, Panama City 850-628-8412

Panama City’s premier acupuncturist treating lower back, knee, neck and shoulder pain, emotional disorders, gastrointestinal, gynecological, musculoskeletal, addictions, allergies, arthritis, migraines and other conditions. Practitioner of oriental medicine and provider of Chinese herbs. See ad, page 8.


Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine Waterside Business Center, SRB 850-267-5611 •

Serving the Emerald Coast for over 20 years. Currently offering multiple styles of acupuncture, bodywork, hypnotherapy, diet counseling and the area’s largest raw herb pharmacy. See ad, page 11.


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Licensed, insured residential and commercial air conditioning, heating, plumbing, and electrical contractor. NATEcertified, Comfort Institute Certified, and NADCA technicians, consultants, and customer service professionals with a primary focus to provide quality service and installation combined with the best products See ad, page 35.

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

Organic Salon Systems has started a revolution of healthier, cleaner, natural, organic, and better performing professional salon products. Beauty without sacrificing health. Coloring and smoothing treatments for silky, healthy hair. No SLS, ammonia, parabens or plastics. See ad, page 15


Therapeutic Practices for Body, Mind & Spirit Downtown Fort Walton Beach 850-217-2771 •

Professional, compassionate, experienced care for your body, mind and spirit; specializing in Massage/Reiki Integrative Sessions. Ninety minutes to perfect balance, peace and health. (MA61060) See ad, page 43.


34904 Emerald Coast Pkwy #132 M-F 8am-10pm, Sat 8am-6pm,Sun 10am-6pm 850-650-8500 •

Stress relief is one of the first benefits that come to mind when thinking of massage therapy. Clinical studies show that even a single 1 ½ -hour session can significantly lower heart rate, cortisol levels and insulin levels, you’ll feel, look and simply be healthier far into the future. See ad, page 17.


Laura Tyree, LMT (MA68035) Downtown Ft Walton Beach 850-244-0184 or 850-642-1015

A unique environment for relaxation and healing of body, self, and soul. Revel in relaxation and enjoyment. Find the relief and good health you have always wanted.

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

Colonics, ionic footbaths, infrared saunas. Organic non-surgical facelift, weight loss (lose 20 lbs in 40 days), body wraps, massage, teeth whitening, airbrush tan, makeovers.See ad, page 43.

Natural and holistic health care. Offering chiropractic care, acupuncture, lumbar decompression, physical therapies, nutritional education and supplementation. Allow the body to heal the way it was designed.

CONTRERAS CHIROPRACTIC Dr. Dave Contreras 339 NW Racetrack Rd, Ste 7 FWB 850-376-9102

Proficiency Rated Activator Methods chiropractor. Instrument adjusting is extremely gentle and very effective in treating headaches, neck pain, back pain, sciatica, and more. Excellent results with patients of all ages. Call today to make an appointment for better health.

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

As a second generation chiropractor, Dr. Henard is committed to lifetime chiropractic wellness care for the entire family, improving their health naturally. Over 16 years’ experience in pediatrics, sports and automobile injuries. Most insurance accepted and affordable cash plans.

compounding pharmacy Emerald Coast Compounding Pharmacy Pharmaceuticals Built For You, Because You Are Unique 1719 S County Hwy 393 Santa Rosa Beach, FL 850-622-5800 •

Pharmaceutical Compounding that can formulate your prescriptions to meet your individual needs. Providing ompounding for Hormone and Thyroid Replacement Therapy, Dermatology, Pain Management and other areas. Regina Jaquess, Pharm D. See ad, page 4.


Kevin Bandy, RPh • Amy Frazier, PharmD 82 Mack Bayou Loop, Ste B, Santa Rosa Beach 850-622-0730 • Fax 850-622-0755

Pharmaceutical compounding is a useful tool in varied areas of medicine. We work with patients and physicians to customize a medication to meet their specific needs. Personalized prescription compounding may be just what you need. Call today to speak with a pharmacist. See ad, page 2.


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

• Health Foods & Natural Vitamins • Herbs & Homeopathic Remedies • Organic Meats • Aroma Therapy • Gluten Free Products • Organic Wines

New Juice Bar M-F 10-4

Free book for new patients: 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.

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Energy Gone Greener Marketing Representative 850-598-0200 •

Guaranteed savings on electricity for residential/commercial applications without reducing electrical consumption. Advanced technology backed by largest green energy provider in the world; one of 2012 Forbes Magazine’s best business ideas. Save energy while ensuring a safer environment in your home or business by reducing harmful Electromagnetic Fields (EMF). Qualifies for green certification for home or business. See ad, page 4.


Susan Giangiulio Med, CECP, CLP 850-240-2279 •

Certified Lifeline Technique™ and an Emotion Code Practitioner applying kinesiology, known as muscle testing, to communicate with subconscious thoughts. Release trapped emotions, eliminate personal obstacles and limiting behaviors.

FITNESS & TRAINING MARTIAL ARTS COMBAT ACADEMY 1605 N. Partin Dr, Niceville 850-797-9430

Adult and teen modern day selfdefense. Kid’s classes tournament base with an emphasis on “Stranger Danger” and introductory week and no contracts.


Chipley, FL 850-270-8804

Grass-fed beef: No hormones, no antibiotics, no corn. Raised right and sent off good. Selling individual cuts at the markets of Seaside and Rosemary. See ad, page 25.


2227 Ferdon Blvd, Crestview 850-682-8893 Find Us on Facebook

Knowledgeable staff and cutting edge digital health assessments. Dairy free and gluten free food items, supplements, homeopathic solutions and anti-aging products, plus delicious nutritional smoothies. See ad, page 31.


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

Natural and organic foods. Largest selection of herbs and supplements in the area. Enjoy our new fresh juice bar (M-F,10-4). Knowledgeable and personable staff. See ad, page 40.


Serving Panama City, Rosemary Beach, Destin, Crestview, Niceville, FWB 850-374-2181 •

All organic – all the time! We bring the farmers market to you. Check our new selection every Friday and pick up the following Wed. Pick up or delivery available. See ad, page 24,

SYNERGY ORGANIC JUICE BAR AND CAFÉ 120 Miraclestrip Pkwy SE 850-243-7492

Juice Bar and Café offers farm-to-table meals prepared with regionally sourced organic produce and pantry items, including gluten-free and dairy-free. Whole food cooking, juicing, gluten-free, vegetarian, vegan and raw food classes are available. See ad, page 18.






Buddy Bowman, Quantum Light Energy Coach 315-A Racetrack Rd, FWB 850-582-4929 •

Hypnosis, Hypnobliss™, Life Coaching, NLP 850-637-1631, 850-501-3662

Experience the soothing healing light and energy photons to gently reduce stress and bring your body into balance. Promotes natural healing of the body by itself, the way it was designed to do and nature intended. Located inside Blossom Yoga. Painless, convenient, affordable, noninvasive and drug-free. See ad, page 34.

Time Line Therapy, Certified N G H H y p n o s i s I n s t r u c t o r. Imagine living the life you have already dreamed of. Take the first step now. Call for a free consultation. See ad, page 12.



Tom Mueller, CMC, CHt 850-865-0285 •


Certified Hypnotherapist and Master Life Coach. Hypnosis is powerful anytime a change in feeling, thinking or behavior is desired. My mission is your success. Call today. See ad, page 9.

297 Railroad Ave, DeFuniak Springs 850-859-2141

A Natural End to a Natural life. Green natural funerals. Natural setting. Embalming fluid free. Biodegradable elements. Cost-effective funeral arrangements. Located off U.S. Highway 83, 10 miles north of DeFuniak Springs. See ad, page 12.


3 W Garden St, Pensacola 850-206-1853


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

PILATES CORE TRAINING Barbara Bruni, Owner 2130 Summit Blvd, Pensacola 850-287-5836 Gift Certificates Available

Mat, Yoga, cycle, Gyrokensis, and equipment classes or private session for a personalized experience. Website lists instructors, class schedule and prices.

HEALING PATH, ALICE MCCALL Transformational Energy Healer and 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.

HOlISTIC HEAlTH NITIN BAWA, MD Destin: 850-424-7320 Panama City: 850-534-4170 Santa Rosa Beach: 850-534-4170

General medicine with a holistic wellness approach and specialized services in Bio-Identical Hormone Therapy, weight loss, food allergies, nutritional analysis and anti-aging procedures. Most insurance accepted. See ad, page 17.


Grayton Beach: Fitness and Rehabilitation Pilates Classes & Private Sessions tailored to individual needs 100 E. Co. Hwy 30A • 850-534-4534 • GYROKINESIS Classes & Private Sessions on the GYROTONIC Pulley Tower RETIREmENT lIVING Downtown Pensacola: • Massage Therapy including the John F. Technique of Myofascial Release 16 N. Palafox St. • 850-438-5119 • Barnes THE BLAKE AT GULF BREEZE Cranial Sacral Therapy (#MM27450) • Cycle From Your Core Classes Brooke Hicks ®


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International award winning jewelry • We use Young Living Essential Oils 850-934-4306 • designs. Museum style 2130 Summit Blvd. l Pensacola, FL 32503 gallery. A retirement, assisted l 850-287-5836 Finest diamond collection in the ing, and memory care region. Over 6,000 ergonomic community inspiring welloriginal designs. Certified harmony ness in an enriched envigreen metal, refined not mined. ronment. Also, shortCertified ethical gems. See ad, term respite program for caregivers to have their page 12. loved one stay as a guest; enjoy the many services and personalized care. See ad, page 15.




Former Miss USA Spiritual Coach + Energetic Healer 4012 Commons Dr W, Ste 120, Destin 850-654-9946


Abundance coaching for yourself, your relationships and career. Let me empower you with tools to deal with life’s situations. I’ve coached globally from moms to CEOs for over 10 years. See ad, page 42.


Dedicated to well-being offering girl getaways, couple retreats, yoga, full service spa, healthy cuisine, cooking classes and much more. Visit our Four Diamond acclaimed property for a day, night or longer! See ad, back cover.

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Let me help you achieve greater balance and mobility by creating a more lifted and symmetrical alignment. Appointments made for 75-minute session. See ad, page 37.

HIGHLY MOTIVATED, SELF RELIANT, TEAM PLAYER for publicly traded $3B Green Energy Company. Apply at Go-getter? Call Debby McKinney 850-598-0200.

HElP WANTED MASSAGE ENVY DESTIN LOCATION – hiring licensed massage therapists. We invite you to be part of making a difference in those you touch. National franchise with competitive compensation. Earn a great living in a professional supportive environment in which to practice your art. Front desk associate positions also available. Email resume to:


381 Santa Rosa Blvd, Ft Walton Beach 850-226-7878

Looking for that new career in the growing field of massage therapy? No waiting for a new class to start, begin immediately at beachside massage school. See ad, page 37.

SERVICES BE MORE COMFORTABLE IN YOUR BODY! –Find relief from injuries, pain, movement restrictions and postural/structural imbalances with ROLFING. Sharalee Hoelscher, Certified Rolfer™, RCST®, (Lic. #MA34039). 850-450-8508. TREAT YOURSELF TO PRACTICAL, EFFECTIVE HEALING with experienced Eric Pearltrained practitioner. The Reconnection also available 7 days a week. Danielle Ekizian 850-333-7318.

SKIN CARE OCEANA NATURALS, LLC Michael J Russ 866-242-3776

MelanSol® is certified chemical free skin care that brings hope and peace of mind to everyone who wants to enjoy a safe relationship with the sun. See ad, page 11.


HU Presented by Eckankar Destin Community Center, 101 Stahlman Ave, Destin 850-862-2444 •

Chant HU for Insight, Peace, and Calm. Chanting Hu can expand your awareness, help you experience divine love, heal a broken heart and release inner tensions. First Friday monthly. 7pm. See ad, page 24.

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Featured speaker on global @SKINDEEP tele-summits with Jack Canfield, WELLNESS CENTRE Marianne Williamson, 4012 Commons Dr. W Rev. Michael Beckwith, Ste 120 l Destin Dr. John Gray, & Marci Shimoff

UNITY IN FORT WALTON BEACH 1797 Hurlburt Rd, FWB 850-864-1232 •

We welcome all interested in seeking an inner awareness of God. We promote love, joy, and peace through our thoughts, words, and deeds.


1764 Lisenby Ave, Panama City 850-769-7481

Committed to helping people find the way to their own understanding and experience of God and offering positive, practical resources for an abundant and meaningful life.


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

Colonics, ionic footbaths, infrared sauna. Organic non-surgical facelift, weight loss (lose 20 lbs in 40 days), body wraps, massage, teeth whitening, airbrush tan, makeovers. MM27113. MA49032. See ad, page 43.


Thomas Easley, Clinical Herbalist 850-994-5656 • Facebook/The-Wellness-Center

Offers supplement/herbal wellness; assessment practices: iridology, tongue/fingernail/pulse analysis, glandular body typing. Healing therapies: ionic footbath, hot house, chi machine and massage therapy.

TWELVE OAKS RECOVERY CENTER 2068 Healthcare Ave, Navarre, FL 850-939-1200

Twelve Oaks, a 102-bed, drug and alcohol treatment center, specializes in treatment of addictions and co-occurring disorders. Call for a free, confidential assessment. See ad, page 20.

LIVING WATERS MEDICAL SPA AND WELLNESS CENTER Dr. Deborah Vigilone 103 Nightingale Ln, Gulf Breeze 850-934-8138 •

Offers a full service medical spa with a complete range of internal medicine care, as well as a full scale of natural and complementary therapies and anti-aging treatments. New patients are always welcome.


Working with individuals and groups to promote wellbeing through assessment and training to overcome resistance to change. Ask about our Tai Chi classes.

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A professional yoga studio offering a serene environment for the study and practice of Hatha yoga. Certified instructors. Owner/Director Laura Tryee, E-RYT 500. See ad, page 21.


111 Harbor Blvd, Destin (located inside TheXperience) 843-450-7048

New and fun workouts to Xperience: SurfSET, Aerial, Barre, TRX, Yoga, Pilates, Kettlebell, Kickboxing. Instructors passionate about health and fitness, many hold degrees in nutrition to offer a well-rounded Xperience to our clients. LAND.WATER.AIR. A unique fitness Xperience. See ad, page 34.

Felicia McQuaid Wellness, LLC Therapeutic Practices for Body, Mind & Spirit

Mind & Body Rejuvenation ColoniCs • skin rejuvenation Weight loss Program • infrareD sauna CliniCal skin treatments aCuPunCture • life CoaChing


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108 Carillon Market St, Panama City Beach 850-866-2199

Yoga offered: mat (earth), Standup Paddleboard & in pool (water) and Aerial (air). Dawn Brooks, RN, RYT-500, LauraLynn Jansen, MHEd., CPCC, RYT.



4012 Commons Drive Suite 120 • DeStin (behind Walmart in the Henderson Beach Office Park) MM 27113/MA49032

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July 2013


Natural Awakenings Emerald Coast July 2013  
Natural Awakenings Emerald Coast July 2013  

This month, as we focus on Food Watch, it’s not only about the GMOs as revealed in our feature article, “Six Ways to Eat Safe, The Latest Fa...