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Helping Kids Rock Your Connect Tastebuds! Ways to Model “We” not “Me”

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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.



Threatened Species Rebound by April Thompson


FUTURE WE WANT Global Commitments to Catalyze Change by Brita Belli



Enabling “We” Instead of “Me” by Michael Ungar


Warm Winter Workouts by Randy Kambic


24 GLOBAL FLAVORS New Ethnic Vegetarian

Recipes Rock Taste Buds

by Judith Fertig



Crunching the Numbers on Products We Consume by Brita Belli

32 MANAGING MANGE Treatment Plans that Speed Relief

by Dr. Matthew J. Heller


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5 newsbriefs 10 healthbriefs 12 community

spotlight 11 inspiration



14 ecotip 18 healthykids 20 fitbody 22 healingways 24 consciouseating 30 greenliving 32 naturalpet 34 calendar 36 resourceguide 39 classifieds

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esearching and writing the article “Greening Our Community” this month, as well as editing the many contributions we receive from local businesses in the sustainable industry, correlated nicely with my recent attendance at a meeting where the discussion was about religion and the environment. The many perspectives on how to create a healthier planet, combined with learning about how people are making a difference for all us right now, is fascinating.

contact us PUBLISHER/EDITOR Daralyn Chase 850-279-4102, office 888-228-8238, toll free 888-370-0618, fax EMAIL & WEBSITE SEND MAIL TO Natural Awakenings P.O. Box 945 Destin, FL 32540 MANAGING EDITOR Judith Forsyth Editor Martin Miron LAYOUT & PRODUCTION Judith Johnson DIRECTOR OF aDVERTISING SALES Scott Chase 850-687-0825 NATIONAL AD SALES 239-449-8309 FRANCHISE SALES 239-530-1377 © 2012 by Natural Awakenings. All rights reserved. Although some parts of this publication may be reproduced and reprinted, we require that prior permission be obtained in writing. Natural Awakenings is a free publication distributed locally and is supported by our advertisers. It is available in selected stores, health and education centers, healing centers, public libraries and wherever free publications are generally seen. Please call to find a location near you or if you would like copies placed at your business. We do not necessarily endorse the views expressed in the articles and advertisements, nor are we responsible for the products and services advertised. We welcome your ideas, articles and feedback.

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Whether or not you think of yourself as someone interested in science or technology, it is intriguing to see how people are changing their personal and business habits to embrace the idea that we can lessen our own environmental footprint and offer opportunities for others to so do. It made me ponder my own family’s practices and the impact of the way I do my job. I am the managing editor of Natural Awakenings of Northwest Florida because I am truly proud of Daralyn Chase, our publisher, and all that she does to keep us “walking the green walk.” Her choices for greening the production of the magazine you hold in your hand or are reading online allow me to believe you will be proud of us. I wish I could be more proud of my personal green efforts, but as a meditation teacher, one of the practices I teach and embrace is the idea that we are all on our own path; if we are moving forward on that path, then we should relish the present moment. In doing so, we embrace the positive, and that makes it easier to bring more good practices into our life. Reading about our local efforts inspires me to challenge myself in different ways to move forward, as I hope it will inspire you. I am confident that the many businesses and organizations in our beautiful Emerald Coast area with sustainable and green living missions are encouraged by this environmentally themed issue and our continuing efforts to promote green news on our green living page, and will become part of the Natural Awakenings green movement. The dream that Daralyn and I hold is to provide as much information about our green and sustainable movement, businesses and organizations along the Emerald Coast as possible, by starting an additional Natural Awakenings green edition. That would have so many more of us walking the green walk and spreading the news about it to our 45,000-plus readers in five counties. If you are one of those businesses or organizations, please contact us now to discuss ways that we may accomplish our mutual goals together.


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newsbriefs Destin Festival of the Arts Showcases National Artists

Party in Pink Zumbathon to Benefit Cancer Foundation

ecognized as one of Northwest Florida’s premier fine art shows, the Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation will present the 17th annual Destin Festival of the Arts, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., October 27 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., October 28, at Henderson Beach State Park. Activities include a community collaborative art exhibit representing 40 adults and students with an eclectic showcase of artwork, ArtStop kid’s activities, live music and a bistro food court. The festival features more than 100 fine artists from around the country that will be exhibiting in more than 18 different mediums and competing for more than $9,000 in cash prizes. Visitors may enter a charity benefit drawing featuring artwork by Destin Festival artists.

loria Overfield, of Zumba and Fitness with Gloria O, in conjunction with Zumba Fitness, will be hosting their second annual Party in Pink Zumbathon, from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m., October 6, at the Niceville High School Gym, to benefit Susan G. Komen for the Cure. The fundraising goal is to give 100 percent of event ticket sales, silent auction items and raffle proceeds to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation to fund breast cancer research, education, screenings and treatment programs.


Admission is $3 per adult and kids under 12 are free. Catch a free shuttle aboard motor coaches at the Emerald Coast Centre on Hwy. 98, west of Walmart. For more information, call 850-650-2226 or visit destinfestival.htm.



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newsbriefs Destin Seafood Festival Celebrates Rich Tradition


he 34th annual Destin Seafood Festival will be held from October 5 through 7, along the length of Destin Harbor, from HarborWalk Village to the Boathouse Oyster Bar, including the Lucky Snapper Grill & Bar, Olin Marler Charter Boat Service, A.J.’s Seafood & Oyster Bar, Galati Yacht Sales, Dewey Destin’s, the city of Destin Royal Melvin Heritage Park, Fisherman’s Wharf and East Pass Marina. From the Destin Fishing Rodeo, right in the heart of the Festival, to the seafood, live music, arts and crafts, there will be lots of excitement along the docks. The Festival is a tribute to the rich history of Destin Harbor and the fishing community. Started by the Destin Charter Boat Association’s Women’s Auxiliary in 1978 as a fundraiser for the local fishing fleet and to help bring people to Destin in the fall, the Festival showcases the best that Destin has to offer. For more information, call 850-218-0232 or

Dog Daze Afternoon All Day Long


Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see a shadow. ~Helen Keller

og Daze 2012, sponsored by Petland and organized by the Greater Fort Walton Beach Chamber of Commerce, will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., October 20, at Liza Jackson Park, In Fort Walton Beach, with fun games, contests, dog-centered vendors, wiener races and more. Get up a team and go head-to-head with the Soccer Collies or play a bit of flyball with the Pensacola team. Participants and their dogs get physically fit at the agility events. All well-behaved dogs over 6 months are welcome with proof of vaccinations. There’s no charge for people to attend, but a donation of $3 per dog is appreciated, with the proceeds going to a charitable cause. Location: 318 Miracle Strip Pkwy. SW. Vendor and sponsorship opportunities are available. For more information, call the Greater Fort Walton Beach Chamber of Commerce at 850-244-8191 or visit

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olden Almond H e a l t h Fo o d Store, in Fort Walton Beach, is now carrying goat milk body lotions, soaps and bath gels from Nature’s Natural Solutions. Lotion scents include almond butter, honey orange and natural lavender. Soap scents include wild blackberry, spa salt soap, almond oatmeal, Nova Scotia lilac and honey blossom. Goat’s milk differs from cow’s milk in the molecular structure of naturally occurring proteins and triglycerides. These shorter strands are more easily absorbed by the skin, resulting in a natural moisturizing effect. Goat’s milk contains naturally occurring alpha-hydroxy proteins, minerals and high levels of vitamins A and E. “They are great for people with skin conditions. It is a beautiful line and wonderful to use,” says Diana Drain, owner of Golden Almond.

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Jazz Festival Showcases Diverse Stylings

Searcy, a life mastery consultant, certified by Mary Morrissey, her personal coach and teacher, will lead participants through an afternoon of power and prosperity using Napoleon Hill’s best-selling book on personal success, Think and Grow Rich. Searcy will share time-tested secrets of how to create abundance with each person’s unique gifts and services to others. For 15 years, Searcy has been active as a speaker, writer, presenter, life coach and author of Do Greater Things: Following in Jesus’ Footsteps, published by Unity House, and has helped hundreds of people live a richer, fuller life. Cost: Love offering. Location: 1764 Lisenby Ave., Panama City. For more information, call 850-769-7481 or visit

Run With It Sponsors 5K Race for Charity


eff and Donna Harris, owners of Run With It, a sports shoe and clothing store and hub for runners and walkers in the Fort Walton Beach area, are sponsoring the For the Children! 5K Run/Walk for a Cure at 8 a.m., October 20. The run will benefit the Alternating Hemiplegia of Childhood Foundation (AHCF). The race begins and ends at The Landing Park and also includes a one-mile kid’s fun run. An awards ceremony and after party will take place on the back patio of Run With It. Alternating Hemiplegia of Childhood Foundation is a rare neurological disorder causing paralysis. The victims do not grow out of AHC and will never be able to live on their own. AHCF funds research to find a cure. Location: race site, 139 Brooks St. SE.; store, 142 Miracle Strip Pkwy., FWB. For more information, call 850-243-1007. Register at


anama City’s Jazz by the Bay Festival opens at 6:30 p.m. October 19, in the pavilion at Oaks-By-the-Bay Park, continuing from 12:30 to 7:30 p.m., October 20. Headlining the festival is the Tom Fischer New Orleans All-Stars, the house band at Fritzels European Jazz Club on Bourbon Street, in New Orleans. Other entertainment comprises six jazz bands playing Dixieland, Latin and mainstream music, including Joe Murphy and the Jazz Tuba Experience; Stephanie Pettis and Rio; Josh Scalf and the Collegiate Celebration; Pensacola vocalist Kitt Lough; and the Gary and Jill Wofsey Quartet. Admission is free. Location: 10th and Beck Ave., in St. Andrews, Panama City. For more information, visit



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newsbriefs Northwest Florida Tri-County Fair Is All About Fun


he Tri-County Fair, to be held from 5 to 10 p.m., October 8 through 12 and 2 to 10 p.m., October 13, will feature the Myers Midway, Paul Bunyan Lumberjack Show, 4-H exhibits and shows, art exhibits, vendor exhibits, entertainment and nightly specials.

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Eastern Traditions Opens Wellbeing Studio


atherine Semmes, owner of Eastern Traditions, an acupuncture center in Harvest Village, Navarre, has opened a new wellbeing studio at 7552 Navarre Parkway. Semmes remodeled her existing center to provide a large studio room for use by health and wellness instructors and facilitators. The studio offers quiet décor and wood floors. Semmes is seeking instructors for a variety of programs such as Pilates, ballet bar, yoga and more. She also will rent the studio out for a variety of workshops or corporate meetings. “Not only do I want to offer my clients the convenience of classes in the center,” says Semmes, “but I hope that the public will find the programs here helpful, as well.”

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he Mahabhuta Yoga Festival, cosponsored by Natural Awakenings of NW Florida, will be held November 16 to 18, at the Sanders Beach-Corinne Jones Resource Center, in Pensacola. More than 20 regional and local yoga instructors and studio owners will proRandy Hamilton | Hamilton vide a variety of yoga classes, shopping, music, healing arts, food and an artisan village. Onsite healing services will be offered by some of the most talented certified practitioners along the Emerald Coast, each of which is committed to providing a safe and relaxing environment that will support each participant’s healing journey. A portion of all the proceeds will fund the Mahabhuta Yoga Foundation to provide each participating studio with a scholarship fund for Gulf Coast residents or regional teachers to participate in yoga teacher trainings, workshops and continuing education.

Festival Schedule of Events Friday Noon Opening Ceremony Stacey Vann & Vani Kimbrell—Abhaya Yoga, 1-2:30 p.m. Pensacola (Healing Kundalini Yoga) 3-4:30 p.m. Divya Elting—Breathe Yoga, Pensacola (Akhanda Yoga) 5-6:30 p.m. Catherine McCarthy—Nola Yoga, New Orleans (Surf the Waves of Life) Rhythm Dance Fire Show 7-7:30 p.m. 8-10 p.m. Sean Johnson & The Wild Lotus Kirtan Saturday 9-10:30 a.m.

Nancy LaNasa—Abhaya Yoga, Pensacola (The Ocean Refuses No River) 11a.m.-12:30p.m. Sean Johnson—Wild Lotus Yoga, New Orleans (A River Moving in You:Bhakti Vinyasa) 1-2:30 p.m. Michael Brant DeMaria— Pensacola (In the Flow) 3-4:30 p.m. Laura Tyree—Dragonfly Yoga, FWB (Vinyasa Krama) Kelli Precourt—Balance Health Studio, Sea 5-6:30 p.m. grove Beach (Liquid Flow: Exploration of Vinyasa and Arm Balances) 6:45-7:15 p.m. Rhythm Dance Fire Show 9 a.m.-noon After party at Vinyl Music Hall Sunday 10-11:30 a.m.



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hat do Brussels sprouts, broccoli, cabbage and cauliflower have in common? According to a new study published in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association, these cruciferous veggies are associated with a decreased risk of colon cancer. Throw in a good measure of A’s, as in apples, and people can also reduce their risk of distal colon cancer, report researchers from the Western Australian Institute for Medical Research at the University of Western Australia and Deakin University, in Victoria, Australia. The investigation examined the potential link between fruits and vegetables and three cancers in different parts of the bowel.

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ctober is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and thousands of wellmeaning healthcare providers will continue to recommend mammograms. However, a growing body of research suggests that X-ray mammography may not be the best screening approach, at least on an annual basis, and even the National Cancer Institute notes potential harms ranging from false results to overtreatment and radiation exposure. A 2006 study published in the British Journal of Radiobiology revealed that the type of radiation used in Xray-based screenings is more carcinogenic than previously believed. The researchers wrote, “Recent radiobiological studies have provided compelling evidence that the lowenergy X-rays used in mammography are approximately four times—but possibly as much as six times—more likely to cause mutational damage than higher energy X-rays.” Peter Gøtzsche is director of the Nordic Cochrane Centre and an author of the landmark 2001 Cochrane systematic review, Screening for Breast Cancer with Mammography, which concludes, “Currently available reliable evidence has not shown a survival benefit of mass screening for breast cancer.” In 2011, Gøtzsche stated, “It is getting more and more difficult to argue that mammography is reasonable to [use] for breast screening.”

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Threatened Species Rebound

Guest curator Honza Vasek, from Zoo Jihlava, in the Czech Republic, working with Dani, the panther.

Collaboration Helps Preserve Endangered Species

by April Thompson

by Jude Forsyth


he founders of the United States chose the magnificent and pervasive bald eagle—a bird unique to North America and sacred to many Native American tribes—as a symbol of their proud and flourishing new nation, but by 1967, it was on the brink of extinction. When the combination of habitat loss, pesticide use and other factors landed it on the endangered species list, the country rallied. Conservation organizations, indigenous tribes, businesses, individual citizens and government at all levels worked together to strengthen the numbers of this national icon, which had dwindled to 417 breeding pairs in the lower 48 states, despite the fact that the species was doing well in Alaska and Canada. Captive breeding programs, law enforcement efforts, habitat protection around nest sites and the banning of the toxic pesticide DDT all contributed to the recovery plan, spearheaded by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Today, the bald eagle is again soaring high— just five years after being removed from the list some 10,000 pairs now make their nests in the lower 48. More than 40 percent of the world’s millions of species have similarly suffered and are now in critical condition, according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature; new threats like climate change make their

futures ever more tenuous. Yet the bald eagle’s stunning comeback proves that being labeled an endangered species isn’t necessarily a death sentence. The California condor, peregrine falcon and black-footed ferret are among many animals that have returned from the verge of extinction via protective actions taken under the U.S. Endangered Species Act. Other decimated populations targeted by international conservation efforts, from Rwanda’s mountain gorillas to India’s wild tigers, also show encouraging signs of recovery. Rhinos, for example, are returning to the African wilderness thanks to community-based, public/private conservation programs that fight poaching, habitat loss and other human threats to this prehistoric creature. Since its launch in 1997, the World Wildlife Fund’s African Rhino Programme estimates that the white and black rhino population on the continent has more than doubled, from approximately 11,000 to 25,000. For wildlife success stories across America, visit To learn of progress among other global species and how to help, explore Priority Species at April Thompson regularly contributes to Natural Awakenings. Connect at


t the nonprofit Bear Creek Feline Center (BCFC), in Panama City, founder Jim Broaddus has developed methods of collaboration to assure that the center thrives. In addition to the conservation breeding of selected species, feline rescue/rehoming and public education about the endangered felines, he maintains a Keeper Exchange program for national and international curators and keepers. The program permits professional colleagues opportunities to gain experience with the six rare feline species at the BCFC and offers internships for individuals to gain preparatory experience for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission licensing process. BCFC houses the Florida panther, bobcat, jaguarundi, Siberian lynx, Goeffrey’s cat and African serval. Recently, a Russian zoo gifted Bear Creek with a jaguarundi, but animals are not the only ones making trips. Broaddus and BCFC volunteers regularly travel to the Republic of Panama to orchestrate relocation of confiscated jaguars and pumas to approved U.S. facilities. The Feline Center depends on grants and donations to house the cats and run the curator program. Broaddus welcomes visitors, explaining, “They always enjoy the experience, and their donations are welcome, as that helps us pay the meat bill.” For more information, email or visit BearCreek

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Walking the Eco-Walk: the Greening of the Emerald Coast Community Peaden Air Conditioning, Plumbing and Electrical

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t’s not enough for Daralyn Chase, publisher of Natural Awakenings of Northwest Florida magazine, to spread the word about green living and healthy planet practices by just “talking the talk.” Chase has to walk the green living walk, as well. Her mission is to become a role model, supporting healthy living both though the magazine’s content and the way she does business; healthy and green from the inside out. But it takes a whole community to green a neighborhood, a city, a state and a nation. One way Chase made the decision to green Natural Awakenings is by using non-glossy paper, because the shiny stuff is made by adding a coating of clay to the surface, along with a UV sealer that requires large amounts of electricity. She also chose a soy-based ink versus petroleumbased printing inks that release toxins into the atmosphere and groundwater. Also, as an eco-friendly publisher, Chase has a policy of printing only the number of copies equal to the demand. Ensuring that all of her free magazines are picked up by readers is a fine balancing act that she shares with advertisers, suppliers and readers that have all made a conscious decision to make a difference in our world’s natural forests and environment (sharing this issue supports that cause). The greening of the Emerald Coast community starts with its residents; both individuals and business owners, steadily moving forward with adopting green practices. There are many challenges to that goal, with convenience and cost at the top of the list. Although there is a desire to practice recycling, it may prove to be inconvenient, taking time and effort. How then to move forward? There is a tendency to see everything that needs to be done, become overwhelmed by the possibilities and just put it all off until later. The sustainability movement won’t move forward with that attitude. While the greening of a community can be accomplished one decision at a time, those decisions must still be made. To acquaint readers with businesses that are stepping up to lead the way toward a more sustainable community, we present an introduction to several companies and organizations in the Emerald Coast community that are walking the green walk. They provide green products and services that will improve our health, save money and support the greening of our community. 12

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We spend most of our time in either our home or our workplace. With today’s buildings consuming 24 percent of the total energy in our nation, they provide a great opportunity for saving both energy and money. Peaden contractors understand the significant role they play in the world’s future. Peaden is a full-service residential, commercial and mechanical, air conditioning, heating, plumbing, electrical and insulation contractor. Founded in 1969, the company not only consistently provides high quality service, it is committed to energy conservation, eco-friendly products and services and consumer education. A typical household spends more than $2,000 per year on energy and contributes twice the amount of greenhouse gases to the environment as an average car. Peaden contractors make a commitment to embrace the green movement by educating people about the environmental and savings benefits of having a green heating and cooling system and offering homeowners products and services that can improve the energy efficiency of their homes. Peaden takes an active role in preserving the environment through recycling and conservation of products and supplies, both in the office and field.

Diagnostic Testing For the consumer, going green can begin with a Home Conservation Evaluation, performed by a highly trained and certified HVAC technician that thoroughly evaluates the home or business system. The analysis includes two parts: an energy overpayment calculation—the technician will approximate how much energy the system is wasting, and then perform an eco-efficient tune-up and calibration of the system and advise on any necessary repairs. On average, a calibration can improve a system’s efficiency by as much as 17 percent. Another service Peaden provides is Comfort Diagnostics Testing. Most homeowners believe that replacing older cooling and heating equipment will solve issues with high-energy usage, but many end up being disappointed, because they realize little or no improvement. The U.S. Department of Energy estimates that the average home loses 25 to 35 percent of its energy through leakage from ducts and around doors, windows and attic penetrations. Peaden notes that just replacing the equipment may not solve all the problems. A simpler, less expensive repair option may be the answer. When the testing is completed, the technician will be able to locate and quantify leakage and infiltration and offer advice for real solutions.

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Insulation In addition to caulking and weatherstripping, insulation is one of the most practical and economical ways to save energy and improve home comfort. A cooling and heating system can run from sunup to sundown and still not remain comfortable if the home cannot hold in the conditioned air. Peaden provides insulation services that include blown fiberglass, rolled batting and sprayed foam for attics, walls and crawlspaces. They install heat-reflective radiant barriers in attics to lower temperatures and cooling loads. In many cases, the payback on upgrading the insulation can be realized in just one or two years; compared to 15 to 20 years for new windows and doors.

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Indoor Air Quality The problems caused by indoor air pollution can range from the aggravation of excessive dusting to debilitating health issues like allergies and asthma. A system does not produce dust, pollen, volatile organic compounds (VOC) or mold. These pollutants usually come from outside the home. A Peaden professional will look for the source of the problem, rather than arbitrarily recommending expensive air cleaning and purification equipment. Maintenance Peaden also offers energy savings and plumbing service plans that provide necessary preventive maintenance, in addition to a wide array of benefits. More than 10,000 residential and commercial customers invest in their maintenance/service plans and renew year after year.

The Gulf Coast Energy Network (GCEN) network is a coalition of prominent business, government and environmental leaders that promote the efficient use of energy and water resources to benefit consumers, the environment and economic growth; the use of alternative forms of energy and lessening of greenhouse gas emissions; and cost-effective investment expand green markets and conserve natural resources. GCEN recently launched the Girls Gone Green to encourage the younger generation (12 to18) to pursue careers with an emphasis on science, technology, engineering, mathematics and sustainability (STEMS). The project intends to attract female mentors and the next generation of energy and technology professionals, as well as assist boys and girls to pursue their dreams in STEMS field. Gulf Coast Energy Network, 4077 Soundpointe Dr., Gulf Breeze. Anna Covington, Communication’s Coordinator 850-855-9850. 850-855-2108.

Debby McKinney’s Northwest Florida company, Energy Gone Greener, provides the EnergyMizer, a residential energy reduction system. This whole-house protection system offers guaranteed savings on electricity, with an enhanced filter that drastically reduces the presence of harmful electromagnetic fields (EMF). EMF comprises invisible lines of force created whenever electricity is generated or used, and are produced by power lines, electric wiring and electric and magnetic fields. Scientists are concerned about their health effects because exposure to EMF has been associated with cancer, diabetes, fibromyalgia, heart disease and other serious health issues. Contact Debby McKinney at 850-598-0200 and Visit to learn how consumers can save energy while ensuring a safer environment in their home or business by reducing harmful electromagnetic fields.

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Earth Ethics, in Pensacola, was created to address issues along the Gulf Coast specific to Northwest Florida. Their primary focus includes issues and concerns related to the environment, outreach and education, social issues and sustainable practices that include land use planning design and living a normal life, while reducing a carbon footprint. The majority of their projects are funded by grants or donations. Earth Ethics specializes in grant research, writing and administration, ecological assessments, on-the-ground implementation of restoration and stabilization projects and environmentally-based outreach and education. For more information, contact Mary Gutierrez at 850-549-7944 or visit

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Scott Lightsey, owner of ECCO Motors, a low-speed vehicle dealership in Miramar Beach, has a passion for electric vehicles (EV). This new class of vehicles, called “neighborhood electric vehicles” or “low speed vehicles,” is capable of achieving 25 mph. One model, the street-legal E-Merge, is designed for use by individuals in local neighborhoods and communities for running errands, commuting, golf and other recreational purposes. This vehicle can safely drive to the neighborhood golf course, play 18 holes and then stop by the grocery store on the way home. Lightsey is trying to get the local communities to adopt them as convenient, safe and a great eco-friendly practice. He encourages the idea of one car/one kart to ease consumption on many levels. ECCO Motors, 147 Professional Pl., Miramar Beach. 850-837-2600. EccoMotors. net.

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The chamber’s environment committee, made up of members that are devoted to finding and promoting ways to positively affect the environment along the Emerald Coast, meets the first Tuesday of the month, at 8:15 a.m. Location: 34 Miracle Strip Pkwy. SE, Fort Walton Beach. For more information, call 850-244-8191.

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addressing all three simultaneously. It demands the kind of real, immediate action so evident at Rio+20.

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Shaping the Future We Want Global Commitments to Catalyze Change by Brita Belli


e don’t need another plan of action or more treaties; what we need are people that will begin to implement the commitments and meet the goals that have already been created and established,” explains Jacob Scherr, director of global strategy and advocacy for the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), about the new thinking that drove this year’s Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The June conference brought together international heads of state, business leaders, nonprofits and activists to prioritize and strategize sustainable development. Unlike the United Nations’ annual climate change conferences, which led to the Kyoto Protocol in 1997—a legally binding treaty that set targets for greenhouse gas emissions the United States refused to sign—the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development is held once every 20 years. The theme of Rio+20 was simple and direct: The Future We Want. Moving away from political posturing and endless negotiating, the meet-up asked businesses, governments and charities to publicly declare their specific commitments and solicited the public’s ideas for realizing sustainability, all aligned with the priorities and opportunities of the 21st century. “With growing populations depleting resources, how do we keep increasing and ensuring prosperity while we are already using more than we have?” queries U.N. spokeswoman Pragati Pascale. “It’s a conundrum.” Sustainable development, as defined by the U.N., includes fighting poverty, social inclusion (including advancing the status of women) and protecting the environment. Building a sustainable future for the planet, say those involved, means


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By the end of the Rio conference, more than 700 voluntarily secured commitments, valued at more than half a trillion dollars, were earmarked to address everything from protecting forests and reducing ocean pollution to building rapid transit bus systems and increasing the number of women entrepreneurs in the green economy. The NRDC launched to track and publicize new pledges and make them easily searchable by region or category. Some commitments are breathtaking in scope: n International development banks have pledged $175 billion to boost sustainable transportation in developing countries; n Bank of America promised $50 billion over 10 years to finance energy efficiency, renewable energy sources and energy access; n The World Bank committed $16 billion to boost clean energy, access to electricity and cookstoves in developing nations; n The New Partnership for Africa’s Development promised to achieve energy access for at least 60 percent of Africa’s population by 2040; n The European Bank offered $8 billion by 2015 to support energy efficiency projects in Eastern Europe and Central Asia; n Microsoft pledged to be carbon neutral across all its operations by the end of 2013; n The United States together with the Consumer Goods Forum (which represents more than 600 retail and manufacturing companies) committed to achieve zero net deforestation in their supply chains by 2020. “The real action, the real energy, was the 21st-century aspect [of Rio+20],” advises Scherr. “I call it is part of a coordinated effort to hold governments, businesses and nonprofits accountable and inform the public. The new U.N. websites facilitate a thriving discussion of what sustainability means and how it can be put into practice. “We want to continue the overall campaign and build upon it,” says Pascale. “Whatever frustrations people have with businesses, nongovernment organizations (NGO) or governments, we need to harness that energy and keep that dialogue going to give people a voice in making sustainability happen.”

Results-Oriented Role Models

State-based examples of sustainable development in action speak to widespread needs in the United States. Here are examples of five models worth replicating. PlaNYC: New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s announcement of PlaNYC, on Earth Day 2007, signaled an historic moment. The people’s vision of a cleaner, healthier New York City, one that could accommodate 9 million predicted residents by 2030, aims to be a model for urban sustainable development. Its original 127 initiatives leave few sustainability stones unturned, including cleaning up brownfields, building more playgrounds and parks, increasing public transportation and bike lanes, implementing aggressive recycling, enforcing green building standards and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Two-thirds of the initial goals have already been achieved; the latest update

calls for 132 initiatives, including a new set of annual milestones. Speaking at the Museum of the City of New York in 2009, Daniel Doctoroff, the former deputy mayor of economic development and rebuilding for the Bloomberg administration, called PlaNYC “one of the most sweeping, most comprehensive blueprints for New York ever undertaken.” Most critically, all of its stated commitments are achievable (see . Evergreen Cooperative Initiative (ECI): Businesses and community groups in Cleveland, Ohio, determined that they needed to solve the problem of joblessness in low-income areas by creating living-wage jobs and then training eligible residents to fill them. They developed a new, cooperative-based economic model, based on green jobs that can inspire other cities with similar economic woes. The ECI is a community undertaking in which anchor institutions like the Cleveland Foundation, University Hospitals and the municipal government leverage their purchasing power to help create green-focused, employee-owned local businesses, which to date include a green laundromat, the hydroponic greenhouse Green City Growers, and Ohio Cooperative Solar, which provides weatherization and installs and maintains solar panels. The solar cooperative will more than double Ohio’s solar generating capacity from 2011 levels by the end of 2012 (see CALGreen: Updated building codes may not generate much excitement until we consider that U.S. buildings account for a lion’s share of carbon dioxide emissions (39 percent), and consume 70 percent of the electricity we generate. The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) reports, “If half of new commercial buildings were built to use 50 percent less energy, it would save over 6 million metric tons of CO2 annually for the life of the buildings— the equivalent of taking more than 1 million cars off the road every year.” The California Green Building Standards Code (CALGreen), which took effect in January 2011, sets the highest green bar for

new buildings in the country. It requires that new buildings achieve a 20 percent reduction in potable water use, divert 50 percent of their construction waste from landfills, use paints and materials with low volatile organic compound content and provide parking for clean-air vehicles. Multiple key stakeholders have been involved throughout the process, including the California Energy Commission and the Sierra Club. “We really tried to bring together an entire spectrum of people and groups with different perspectives and expertise to build a consensus,” says David Walls, executive director of the California Building Standards Commission. “If we were going to put something in the code, we wanted to make sure it was right.” (See Renewable Portfolio Standard: Texas leads the country in electricity generated from wind power. One complex, in Roscoe, features 627 turbines on 100,000 acres that cost $1 billion to build. Much of the rapid growth of the state’s wind industry can be credited to Texas’ Renewable Portfolio Standard, legislation passed in 1999 that mandated construction of renewable energy, including solar, geothermal, hydroelectric, biomass and landfill gas, in addition to wind. It further mandated that utilities generate 2,000 megawatts of additional renewable energy by 2009, then 5,880 MW by 2015 and 10,000 MW by 2025. The 10-year goal was met in six years, and Texas has added many green jobs, increased tax revenues and provided security against blackouts, which is critical in the event of extreme heat or drought (see Edison Innovation Green Growth Fund: Clean technology is booming despite the economic recession and attracting serious investment funds. According to a report by Clean Edge, Inc., venture capital investments in clean technologies increased 30 percent between 2010 and 2011, from $5.1 billion to $6.6 billion. New Jersey entrepreneurs are upping their state’s potential in this arena with the Edison Innovation

Green Growth Fund. The program proffers loans of up to $2 million for companies, research facilities and nonprofits engaged in producing clean energy technologies, ranging from energy efficiency products such as LED lighting to solar, wind, tidal, biomass and methane capture. A condition of the loan is that a project must employ 75 percent of its workforce from New Jersey, or commit to growing 10 high-paying jobs (minimum $75,000 annually) over two years (see

Grassroots Leadership

Elinor Ostrom, the political economist who won a Nobel Prize in economics but passed on just before the start of the Rio conference, dedicated her last blog post to considering the event’s impact. Titled “Green from the Grassroots,” the post stressed the priority of a multifaceted approach to curbing emissions. “Decades of research demonstrate that a variety of overlapping policies at city, subnational, national and international levels is more likely to succeed than single, overarching, binding agreements,” Ostrom remarked. “Such an evolutionary approach to policy provides essential safety nets should one or more policies fail. The good news is that evolutionary policymaking is already happening organically. In the absence of effective national and international legislation to curb greenhouse gases, a growing number of city leaders are acting to protect their citizens and economies.” She reported that even in the absence of federally mandated emissions targets, 30 U.S. states have passed their own climate plans and more than 900 mayors signed a climate protection agreement essentially agreeing to reach the Kyoto Protocol goals the federal government refused to sanction. Rio+20 built upon such bottom-up commitments and pushed states and businesses to go further than they’d ever imagined. “There was an incredible amount of energized activity,” concludes Scherr. “Many people came away feeling empowered and encouraged, because they saw that the sustainability movement is truly worldwide. That’s going to be the legacy of Rio.” Brita Belli, the editor of E-The Environmental Magazine, reports for Natural Awakenings.

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CHILDREN FOLLOW ADULT EXAMPLES Enabling “We” Instead of “Me” by Michael Ungar

“If you want to be miserable, think about yourself. If you want to be happy, think of others.” ~ Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche


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face connections with the adults in their lives. With one parent or two, stepparents, a grandparent, aunts or uncles, older family friends, teachers and coaches—experience shows they all can help guide our children by showing the compassion that nurtures kids’ own caring instincts. Swedish futurist and author Mats Lindgren characterizes these young people, raised by the “Me Generation” (born in the 1970s, ’80s and ’90s), The MeWe Generation, for their efforts to balance a culture of individualism and their need to belong. He notes, “Although the MeWes travel and experience more than any other generation before them, [in surveys] the small things in life still get the highest scores. A happy life is based on relations and companionship.” Family life, for better or worse, establishes the way children connect with others at school, in their communities, on the job, as citizens and as members of the human race. How can we help youngsters feel truly connected and learn to be responsible for themselves and others?

All Together Now The cycle we want to start at home encompasses compassion, connection, responsibility and citizenship. The alternative is selfishness, alienation, exploitation and disenfranchisement; terms we hope will not apply to our children. If we want children to embody healthy and positive qualities and play an important role in family life and beyond, we need to understand how to enable kids to think “We” by outgrowing some of our own Me-thinking ways. To start, it helps to understand that when we ask nothing of our children—keep them from experiencing larger challenges and taking real responsibility for themselves and others—we risk spoiling them. Children that instead see and experience We-oriented caring for others and regularly participate in compassionate acts feel more attached to a community of family and friends. A child that feels noticed and embraced, and is then given opportunities to act independently of his parents, also will know what it means to be trusted. Parents convey, “I know you can do this.” A youngster that experiences this compassionate caring and trust will mimic such compassion, because it feels good to give and he wants others to acknowledge his worth. Also, having been allowed to suffer the consequences of some bad personal decisions (up to a point), he understands that his choices affect both himself and others. Given the opportunity to think things through for himself, he can make helpful choices instead of feeling forced to either resist or give in to what adults want. He knows how to show respect because he knows what it feels like to be respected. Acting responsibly follows naturally as a way to identify with others and demonstrate the strength of his connections and contributions to the welfare of others. It sews a child into the fabric of his family and community, which responds, “You are a part of us. You belong and we rely on you.” The child quietly says to himself, “I’m here” and “I count.” Listen closely and we will hear children asking permission to live their lives truly connected with us and with their widening circles of friends around the world. Michael Ungar, Ph.D., is a clinician and research professor at the School of Social Work at Canada’s Dalhousie University, in Halifax, Nova Scotia. He based this article on his book, The We Generation: Raising Socially Responsible Kids, published by Da Capo Lifelong Books.

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ach age brings new opportunities to think “We” instead of “Me.” What children can contribute to the family and community will vary, based upon family values. Here are some starting points.

Adult Behaviors Count Many small gestures by adults cumulatively convey to children that they belong and their contributions are valued. Here are a few of the myriad ways to advance us all beyond Me-thinking. n Pay attention to children

n Ask them about themselves

n Know their names

n Offer to play along

n Ask them for a favor

n Delight in their discoveries

n Challenge them with responsibility

n Laugh at their jokes

n Encourage them to try something new

n Get to know their friends

n Expect something of them

n Accept and love them unconditionally

n Let them teach everyone a song

Age 5 and Under n Help with household

chores, including kitchen tasks and tidying their room n Choose activities they ike and politely ask to do them n Say “Thank you,” and be responsible for acknowledging gifts n Share toys and donate old ones

Ages 5 to 11 n Have responsibility (with supervision) for a younger sibling’s care n Look after a pet n Learn commonsense use of potential hazards like pocketknives and push scooters n Decide what to wear to school n Get ready for sports activities and special interest classes n Walk to school, where appropriate

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Warm Winter Workouts by Randy Kambic


uring seasons of extreme weather, those that prefer to exercise indoors can complement the individual huffing and puffing sounds of gyms and fitness clubs with the social shouts of competitive community sports. Fall is an ideal time to sign up for winter leagues to take advantage of the flip side of outdoor summer leagues. Here we can continue playing what many of us enjoyed as kids—volleyball, basketball and bowling; a welcoming facility is likely just a short distance away.

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“Many facilities use their gyms for basketball leagues two or three nights a week and set up volleyball nets on the other nights,” notes Bill Beckner, research manager with the National Recreation and Park Association. He reports that in season, there is more open play in basketball, especially on weekends, and also during weekday lunch hours for workers. YMCA/YWCAs, as well as some public school gymnasiums, welcome adults to play either basketball or volleyball. Opportunities include after school, on weekends and during semester breaks. While beach volleyball competitions continue to garner more media attention, indoor volleyball has remained consistently popular. USA Volleyball, the sport’s national governing body, has 40 regional associations that 20

provide access to grassroots play, as well as organized competitions. Business team leagues also exist in many cities and towns, as well as informal gatherings of friends that simply meet up. With six people per side, it’s fun to rotate positions and learn to serve, block the ball, set up a teammate and return or spike it over the net. According to Beckner, “Early Boomers enjoy the camaraderie and generally find volleyball less physically demanding than basketball.” He reports that co-ed volleyball is also popular with young adults, and he anticipates even more interest following the Summer Olympics. Participating in either sport may lead to minor injuries without proper equipment. To help prevent ankle sprains from an awkward landing, Paul Ullucci, of East Providence, Rhode Island-based Ullucci Sports Medicine & Physical Therapy, recommends tightly fitting, hightop sneakers. “Lace them all the way up and tie them tightly,” he says. For some, he also advises an ankle brace over socks for even more support. Because fingers may get bent by the ball, “Taping two fingers together with thin strips of medical tape above and below the knuckles can stabilize a joint prone to getting sprained while maintaining flexibility,” suggests this member of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association’s Board of Directors.

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Bowling similarly offers friendly social competition, as well as a way to develop individual playing style and track personal improvement. The United States Bowling Congress reports that 71 million people bowled at least once in 2010, making it the number one U.S. participatory sport. Nationwide, it sanctioned 71,904 leagues in 2010-2011, fairly evenly split between men and women. Steve Johnson, executive director of the Bowling Proprietors’ Association of America, views its 3,600 member locations (about 75 percent of all centers) as community destinations for recreation and entertainment. It’s ideal as a family activity and double-dating venue; more centers now offer fruit juices and energy drinks. As Stefanie Nation, of Grand Prairie, Texas, an avid recreational league player and member of the United States Bowling Congress’ defending world champion women’s national team, notes, “Leagues are a fun opportunity to get together with others. There’s something about releasing the ball that relieves stress.” She adds that bowling burns approximately 240 calories per hour and completing three games is the equivalent of walking a mile. Footwear is available for rent at centers if players don’t have their own, and bowling balls of various weights are provided. “A good rule of thumb is to choose a ball that weighs 10 percent of your body weight, up to 16 pounds.” Many serious players wear wrist supports to help absorb the weight of the ball and to keep the wrist rigid for consistency in delivery, she says. The sport’s appeal is broadening, especially in urban centers where a Rock ‘n’ Bowl phenomenon often enlivens the young adult crowd on Friday and Saturday nights. Centers have also become sites for community fundraising events and corporate parties. Meanwhile, Philadelphia’s Sweat Fitness recently added 10 bowling lanes to one of its 10 facilities and the regional chain expects to continue the trend. Randy Kambic, of Estero, FL, is a freelance writer and a copyeditor for Natural Awakenings.

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cupuncture treatments and medical massage specifically designed for oncology patients provide healing effects that can shorten the patient’s healing time and improve their quality of life. Acupuncture Physician Michael Kovach, who practices in Pensacola, sees progress in the way medical doctors view the treatment of cancer. “While it is true that complementary medicine is becoming a respected part of our health care system in the U.S., many of the finest medical and cancer treatment centers 22

now actually have established departments of acupuncture and integrative medicine within their own facilities,” says Kovach. Kovach recently attended a specialized oncology program with the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center that provided acupuncturists with a basic understanding of integrative oncology. It included a discussion of the pathophysiology of cancer, mainstream treatment and the management of side effects associated with treatments for breast, colorectal, lung and prostate cancer, as well as lymphoma,

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leukemia and other cancer diagnoses. “It was obvious that these experts were used to working closely together in the care of their patients. The research being done at Sloan-Kettering appears to be looking at anything natural or lifestyle related that may prevent or treat cancer, in addition to standard medical care. This is truly the future of medicine,” says Kovach. Part of the Sloan-Kettering program is to teach acupuncture techniques for the optimal treatment of cancer patients and to help doctors understand the overall role of acupuncture in cancer patient management. While Kovach studies these optimum treatments, he has also been practicing many of the techniques with his own patients. Kovach explains, “My personal experience with helping cancer patients through their medical care is that acupuncture can greatly reduce the side effects of needed treatment and improves the chances of a successful outcome. I have also found acupuncture to reduce significantly the stress levels in many of the people I have seen with cancer and can help improve appetite and reduce fatigue. Finally, I cannot stress enough the importance of getting regular checkups with the primary care doctor and reporting any unusual symptoms.” While appropriate treatment is an important aspect for recovery, Kovach wants to stress that the optimal treatment plan begins with early detection. “The sooner a cancer is detected, the higher the rate of remission. Many cancers have a 90 percent or better cure rate if detected very early and treated medically.

Many times, it may be surgically removed with no chemotherapy or radiation treatments needed. If one does receive a cancer diagnosis, many studies now show an enhanced outcome when complementary medicine is used with good medical care,” states Kovach. Oncology massage is another holistic treatment that can promote healing for the cancer patient. Ann Rector, owner of The Reach Institute, in Santa Rosa Beach, specializes in several types of medical massage. Rector, a licensed medical massage practitioner with a degree in kinesiology, explains why it is important for cancer patients to receive regular massages. “This comfort-oriented massage is tailored for each individual by including various adjustments, such as type of pressure, length of session, positioning and avoidance of affected areas in the body,” says Rector. “A properly trained oncology massage therapist can provide this type of massage at any stage on a cancer journey.” Rector also offers manual lymphatic drainage for patients experiencing lymphedema following cancer surgery or treatment. She notes that it is important to take into account the side effects of medications and treatments to be sure that a safe and beneficial massage can be given. Says Reach, “Comfort, stress reduction and relaxation are also some of the goals of this gentle, caring massage.”

Michael Kovach’s practice is located at 2929 Langley Ave., Ste. 101, in Pensacola. For more information, call 850-474-0883 or visit Ann Rector is the owner of The Reach Institute, in Santa Rosa Beach, and a licensed massage therapist, medical massage practitioner and certified oncology, pregnancy, labor support and post-partum massage specialist. Contact her at 850-6222273 or visit oncology.

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ncient India and Egypt are known to have served up plant-based diets, but vegetarian cookbooks are a relatively recent American phenomenon. The genre debuted nationally in 1977 with Mollie Katzen’s groundbreaking classic, the first Moosewood Cookbook, sharing recipes gleaned from her restaurant and a collective co-op in Ithaca, New York. Considered one of Five Women Who Changed the Way We Eat, by Health magazine, she has also hosted several PBS cooking shows. When Katzen first took up the cause, vegetarian cooking was earnest, if earthy, relying heavily upon such staples as brown rice, mushrooms and tofu. The options were limited for those that didn’t capitalize on a home garden or live in a cosmopolitan city. Growing up in Louisville, Kentucky in the 1970s, cookbook author and food blogger Michael Natkin remem-

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bers…“when vegetables were boiled until they begged for mercy.” Being a vegetarian then meant a commitment to a philosophy, not necessarily an expectation of flavor and pleasure. In 1981, an Indian actress and cookbook author introduced Americans to exotic vegetarian dishes from India in Madhur Jaffrey’s World of the East: Vegetarian Cooking. Still, without an Asian market nearby, hard-tofind ingredients like dhal (a lentil) or fenugreek (a seed) might have derailed attempts to make such recipes. By 1990, Chef Deborah Madison had contributed The Savory Way, which upped the quotient of colorful foods inspired by classic French cuisine. She revealed how plant-based dishes can be sophisticated and even glamorous. Today’s latest cookbook evolution speaks to the newest generation of vegetarian cooks’ burgeoning interest in tasty ethnic cuisines, home garden-

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Vegan and gluten-free dish in 30 minutes. Makes 12 small or 8 medium-size tacos “The secret to delicious Mexican vegetarian food is to amp up the flavors and use lots of contrasting textures,” says food blogger Michael Natkin. “These tacos—filled with grilled tofu and sautéed peppers, all basted with tangy achiote paste—have serious street-food flavor. They are meant to be eaten in just two or three bites.” Achiote, made from annatto seeds, is available as a paste at markets that carry Hispanic products. Natkin likes the El Yucateco brand because it’s free of synthetic food coloring.


1½ oz (about 4 tsp) achiote paste (also called annatto) ½ cup vegetable oil ing and farmers’ markets as well as meatless meals. Natkin has pulled it all together in Herbivoracious: A Flavor Revolution, with 150 Vibrant and Original Vegetarian Recipes. From the standpoint of a well-traveled home cook, he also chronicles his travels and forays into flavorful, globally influenced recipes at

Why Vegetarian, Why Now? “Because vegetarian meals are good for you, tread more lightly on our planet’s resources and are kinder to animals,” Natkin responds. “The planet isn’t designed to support billions of meat-eaters. Plus, many are concerned about the methods of animal agriculture—think of industrial hog farms, for instance, which can be environmental nightmares. If you want to eat meat from smaller producers with higher ethical standards, it’s more expensive,” he says. “Even if you eat meatless only now and again, it’s better for the family budget, your health and the planet.” Natkin is well aware of the “dark days for vegetables,” when commerce dictated that varieties be chosen and grown primarily for their ability to

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Guacamole Choice of salsa 1. Break up the achiote paste in a small bowl with a fork and mash in the oil, a little at a time, until it forms a lumpy paste. Mix in the cumin, hot sauce and salt. withstand long-distance transport. Now, due to rising demand, more are grown for flavor, advises Natkin, and that makes vegetarian meals taste better and become more popular. Natkin further suggests, “If you want a sustainable diet, it must include foods that you like, not foods that you think you should like. They have to taste good, otherwise you won’t stick with it.” Natkin’s cookbook encompasses dishes from locales as diverse as India, Iran, Japan, Mexico and Thailand. His special touch is conceiving ways to convert traditional recipes to vegetarian variations while maintaining unique flavors and combinations of textures. From a deconstructed sushi to tofu tacos, Natkin coaxes the most flavor out of his ingredients—from cooking pasta in red wine, making “meaty” soup stocks with dried mushrooms or Parmesan cheese rinds to teaching uses of condiments like Japanese sesame salt. “The least successful cuisine for translation into vegetarian cooking is American comfort food,” he notes. He always encourages cooks to think creatively, not literally, when translating a meat-based dish to a plant-based

2. Heat a grill or grill pan over medium heat. Brush the tofu with the achiote oil on one side and grill, oiled-side-down, until well-marked. Then do the same on the other side. 3. Repeat with the zucchini, brushing the slabs with achiote oil and grilling until well-marked and tender, about 3 minutes per side. Allow the tofu and zucchini to cool and then cut both into 1 /3-inch diced pieces. 4. Heat a skillet over medium-high heat. Add 2 tablespoons of achiote oil. Add the onion, garlic and bell peppers and sauté until very soft. 5. Add the tofu and zucchini to the pepper mixture. Taste and adjust the seasoning. It may need more salt, a little lime or lemon juice, or more heat. 6. To serve, wrap the tortillas in a damp, clean dishtowel and microwave until soft and warm, about 2 minutes. 7. Make stacks of 2 tortillas each. Top with a moderate scoop of the filling and a spoonful of guacamole and salsa. Pass the hot sauce to the more adventurous. equivalent. Instead of trying to do a faux turkey for Thanksgiving, for example, he recommends serving a main dish that looks celebratory and mouthwatering, saluting the traditional role of the centerpiece turkey in a fresh way.

Growing Trend According to a national 2012 Harris Poll, 47 percent of Americans eat at least one vegetarian meal a week. The Values Institute of DGWB, an advertising and communications firm based in Santa Ana, California, confirms the rise of flexitarianism, or eating meat on occasion rather than routinely, as one of the top trends of 2012. Finally, New York Times food columnist Mark Bittman remarks, “When I ask audiences I speak to, ‘How many of you are eating less meat than you were 10 years ago?’ at least two-thirds raise their hands. A self-selecting group to be sure, but nevertheless, one that exists. In fact, let’s ask this: Is anyone in this country eating more meat than they used to?” Judith Fertig blogs at AlfrescoFood

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Black Bean Soup with Orange-Jalapeño Salsa

2. Heat the olive oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Add the onion, bell pepper, garlic and a big pinch of salt, and sauté until the vegetables start to brown, about 5 minutes. Add the oregano, cumin and smoked paprika, if using, and cook for 1 minute more. Remove from heat.

Vegan and gluten-free soup in 30 minutes. Serves 6

“I developed this black bean soup so that it would satisfy those that prefer mild dishes, including kids, as well as those that prefer a bolder spice. The soup is straightforward, with a bright and intense orange and jalapeño salsa on the side,” advises cookbook author Michael Natkin. “Pass grated cheddar cheese for those that prefer to think of it as vegetarian chili.”

3. Pluck the bay leaves out of the beans. Stir the onion mixture into the simmering beans. Remove the soup from the heat and lightly purée, using a stick blender, blender or potato masher. (A 75 percent purée leaves significant texture.)


6 cups cooked black beans, cooking liquid reserved, or 4 (15-oz) cans black beans, rinsed and drained 2 bay leaves Vegetable broth powder (gluten-free is optional) 3 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil 1 white onion, diced 1 yellow bell pepper, seeded and diced 4 garlic cloves, minced Kosher salt 1 Tbsp dried oregano 1 tsp ground cumin 1 tsp (or more) smoked paprika (optional)


6 fresh mandarin oranges (or fewer, larger oranges)

¼ cup finely diced red onion 1 jalapeño pepper (or more to taste), thinly sliced ¼ tsp kosher salt 1 handful fresh cilantro leaves

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Mexican crema or sour cream (vegan option is sour cream or avocado slices) 1. Place the beans and bay leaves in a 6-quart pot. Add enough reserved cooking liquid or water (option to include vegetable broth powder based on the manufacturer’s recommended amount for four cups of broth) to barely cover the beans. Simmer.

4. Return the soup pot to the heat. Add more water as needed to produce a soup that’s moderately thick, but thinner than a stew. Taste and adjust the seasoning. It will likely need salt unless the cook used pre-salted canned beans. Add more cumin or smoked paprika to taste. Simmer at least 10 to 15 minutes to allow flavors to develop. 5. For the salsa, cut the oranges into sections and then cubes. Mix with the red onion, jalapeño pepper and ¼ teaspoon kosher salt. Taste and adjust the seasoning. Stir in the cilantro immediately before serving. 6. To serve, ladle the soup into bowls and either top with 3 tablespoons of the salsa and some crema, or pass the salsa and crema at the table.

Vegetarian Terminology • • • •


Omnivore: both animal and vegetable tissue Ovotarian: includes eggs Lactotarian: includes dairy Vegetarian: a plant-based diet that may include eggs, milk and cheese Flexitarian: omnivores that predominantly eat a plantbased diet but also eat meat occasionally

Pollotarian: poultry and sometimes fish, but not meat from mammals • Pescetarian: fish or other seafood, but not poultry or red meat from mammals • Pesce-pollotarian: poultry and fish or white meat only from mammals • Macrobiotic diet: fresh or minimally processed plant•

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based foods that may or may not occasionally include fish or other seafood and low consumption of meat, eggs and dairy products • Vegans: a plant-based diet with absolutely no food from animal sources • Raw Vegans: food that is uncooked or dehydrated • Fruitarians: primarily fruit

Local Produce & Farm Resources CSAS & FOOD CO-OPS EVER’MAN NATURAL FOODS CO-OP 315 West Garden Street, Pensacola 850-438-0402

We offer a large variety of natural and certified organic products, vitamin supplements, natural groceries, local and organic produce and environmentally friendly products for the community. Mon-Sat. 7am-9pm, Sun 10am-7pm.


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


West Pensacola Certified Superganics. Join this Buying Club for $10 and have access to a variety of fresh harvest and superganically grown produce. Every Saturday between 7am-11am beginning May 19, 2012. No pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, chemical fertilizers, or genetically modified organism(GMO). Seasonal produce prices available online.

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


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




Local farm raising certified organic 100% grass fed cattle and lamb. Raising all natural Rotakwa Red Devon cross cattle with no hormones or antibotics. You will find the meat from the Red Devon cattle to be very tender and lots of taste. Individual cuts, quarter, half or whole. Call for availability.

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

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


1308 W. Government St. Pensacola, FL (G st & Govn.) 850-438-8739 As your local farmers market, we grow organically and hydroponically in a sustainable and responsible method. Available currently: Tomatoes, Swiss chard, basil, mint, bok choy, cabbage, mustards, collards, honey, eggs & homemade bread. Open daily 8am-5pm. Mon,Wed, Fri. 8am1pm. Tues & Thurs.

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MEET UP GROUPS REALFOOD, PANAMA CITY Meets Every 3rd Saturday, 850-532-4633 Unity, 1764 Lisenby Ave, Panama City

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DESTIN MELLOW MUSHROOM 960 Hwy 98, Steve 112 850-650-6420 FORT WALTON BEACH CAFÉ ORGANIC 113 Truxton Avenue 850-585-3645 8 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Mon-Fri. Café Organic Focuses on real food that is organic, fresh, and 100% made from scratch; includes full juice and smoothie bar, vegan and gluten free, organic meats and dairy. Classes and personal consultation on healthy cooking and lifestyle are available. FIDDLY BITS AND TEA 222 Miracle Strip Parkway 850-226-7375; 10:30 a.m.-6 p.m., Tues-Fri; 12-6 p.m. Sat. Our art gallery includes work from a variety of artists and unique gifts for any occasion. Enjoy a quiet place to sit and sip, and enjoy the quiche of the day, 28

PAPA NALU ALOHA GRILL 3499 Gulf Breeze Pkwy 850-932-4837 Find Us on Facebook Our Hawaiian Fusion grill serves fresh Hawaiian classics and unique creations such as the Mahi Taco, and saute salad. All dishes and sauces are hand crafted with only fresh ingredients. PANAMA CITY BEACH DAVID’S NEW ORLEANS STYLE SNO-BALLS E Back Beach Rd 850-236-1998 Enjoy our vegan and veggie-friendly food. We carry a variety of Boca, and Morning Star burgers, patties and hotdogs, served on wheat bread or our New Orleans style po-boy bread. Choose from over 50 flavors of Sno- Balls, including sugar-free. LOTUS CAFE 707 R. Jackson Blvd 850-234-1651 PENSACOLA EAST HILL MARKET 1216 N. 9th Ave 850-469-1432 9 a.m.-7 p.m., Mon-Sat.

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We offer Amish pickled garnishments and jams, boutique and limited-edition wines, craft beers, fresh local and organic produce and more. Enjoy our nostalgic atmosphere. Ask about our monthly Friday evening wine tasting and food sampling. Café dine in or take out. END OF THE LINE CAFE 610 E. Wright St 850-429-0336; A unique little place in the Old East Hill area for 10 years, we prepare healthy, creative foods daily and our own vegan cheese. Enjoy our Sunday brunch, Thursday dinner, RSVP for our monthly raw foods dinner, beer and wine, and free WiFi. PENSACOLA BEACH BEACHPOPS 5 Via Deluna Dr 888-935-8827; 10 a.m.-10 p.m., Mon-Sun. WILD ROOTS 5 Via Deluna Dr 888-935-8827 10 a.m.-10 p.m., Mon-Sun. 850-267-0558

Enjoy Healthy and Tasty Ghee

Ingredients: 1 cup ghee 2 Tbsp powdered fennel seeds 1 Tbsp powdered coriander 1 Tbsp powdered tarragon ½ tsp ground ginger

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Ingredients: 1 cup ghee 2 Tbsp powdered turmeric 1 tsp powdered cinnamon ½ tsp powdered ginger ½ tsp powdered cardamom

Anti-inflammatory ghee


hee is simply butter that is heated in order to separate the water and milk solids from the butterfat. This process turns butter into a nourishing food that is safe for those with lactose intolerance, because the milk solids have been removed. Ghee is a great delivery mechanism for the medicinal properties of herbs by carrying their healing constituents deep into the body to nourish all the tissues. It can be sautéed, added to soup or used as a healthy flavoring for fish or veggies. Ghee can be purchased at most health food stores, but it can also be made at home (recipe available on The Grecian Garden website). Includ-

ed here are tasty and healthy Ghee recipes. Ingredients should be mixed well and stored at room temperature.

Breakfast Ghee

Goes great on French toast, muffins, pancakes or breakfast quinoa. Ingredients: 1 cup ghee

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Follow the Lifecycle Crunching the Numbers on Products We Consume by Brita Belli


very product we use has a lifecycle, or duration of environmental impact. According to the State of the World 2012: Transforming Cultures from Consumerism to Sustainability, by the Worldwatch Institute,

humans collectively are consuming resources equivalent to 1.5 Earths, or 50 percent more than is sustainable— and that’s before projected population growth. In short, we’re depleting more resources than the planet can replen-

ish; hence, our personal consumption habits matter. In an ideal world, all the appliances, furniture and electronics we use and later discard would be “cradle-to-cradle,” or C2C, certified, a term popularized by German chemist Michael Braungart and American Architect William McDonough for describing products designed never to become waste. Such innovative products typically are made of both technical components that can be reused and biological components that decompose back into the natural world. Current examples of products that have obtained C2C certification include gDiapers—biodegradable cloth diaper liners that can be flushed or composted—and Greenweave recycled fabrics. But smart, sustainable design is not yet the norm, so we have to monitor our own consumption and waste habits to try limiting our support of polluting industries and contribution to ever-growing landfills.

Whole House Conservation Solutions Peaden’s Comfort Diagnostic Analysis will provide you with performance data about these key areas in your home which conserves energy and saves you money: • Air Conditioning, Heating and Ductwork • Insulation, Caulking and Weatherstripping • Water Heating and Water Conservation • Electrical System Safety and Efficiency • Improved Indoor Air quality for a Healthier Home

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Such product assessments are challenging, because it’s not only about what happens after a cell phone, for example, is thrown into a landfill that takes an environmental toll. It also entails the chemicals used, toxins released and fossil fuels burned to manufacture and ship that phone. To help us sort out the best approaches, The Green Design Institute at Carnegie Mellon University has created the online Economic Input-Output Life Cycle Assessment (EIO-LCA) that crunches the numbers for commonly used products—from household cleaners to mattresses—to provide us with the bigger-picture impact. So, as their website explains, “The effect of producing an automobile would include not only the impacts at the final assembly facility, but also the impact from mining metal ores, making electronic parts, forming windows, etc., that are needed for parts to build the car.” The accompanying chart, using the latest available EIO-LCA figures, provides comparisons for some common products—from the most to the least energy-inten-

sive—as well as recycling rates and suggested alternatives for keeping our own resource usage and waste load to a minimum. Brita Belli is the editor of E-The Environmental Magazine.

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3,373 pounds

63.5 percent (2010)

2 to 4 weeks

Use recycled and scrap paper and limit printing.

Glass containers

7,778 kWh

3,373 pounds

33.4 percent (2010) to store food.

1 million years

Recycle or reuse glass bottles and jars as glassware or

Plastic bottles

6,361 kWh

2,910 pounds

28 percent HDPE bottles; 29 percent

450 years

Save money by choosing refillable bottles over throwaways. PET bottles (2010)*

Plastic bags and film

5,889 kWh

2,712 pounds

12 percent (2010)

Up to 1,000 years or more

Use washable cloth shopping bags and non-plastic food storage containers.

Carpets and rugs

5,083 kWh

2,469 pounds

8.1 percent (2009)

Up to 20,000 years

Use individual carpet tiles or carpet that meets Carpet Area Recovery Effort (CARE) standards.

Soaps and cleaners

3,500 kWh

1,715 pounds

Not applicable

Toxins from cleaners can contaminate

Recycle plastic bottles and use biodegradable cleaners. water supplies.

Light bulbs and parts

2,328 kWh

1,023 pounds

2 to 6.7 percent of household CFLs (2009)*

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Use CFL and LED energyefficient lights and recycle CFLs at major hardware stores or check* Consider solar exterior lights.


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1,122 pounds

Less than 10 percent (2012)

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Buy organic mattresses and recycle old ones (


1,183 kWh

586 pounds

38 percent (2009)

Up to 1,000 years or more

Look for recycled content in electronics and recycle equipment. See

Cell phones and other devices

1,322 kWh

665 pounds

8 percent (2009)

Up to 1,000 years or more

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MANGE Treatment Plans that Speed Relief by Dr. Matthew J. Heller


angy mutt” may seem a benign enough term for a sorry-looking pooch, but behind the poor appearance can lie a troublesome health condition that causes many species of domestic animals, including cats, discomfort if not properly treated. Mange is typically caused by tiny, parasitic mites that feed upon the pet for nutrition, compromising the host’s health. Some burrow under the skin to lay eggs, which hatch and restart the mite’s life cycle; others stay on the skin’s surface and feed on pet dandruff.

Common Types of Mange Various types of mange share common symptoms: In infected areas, hair loss, redness, itching, irritation and scabs typically occur; more seriously, a pet’s skin may harden to a scaly condition. If untreated, mange can transform a dog’s skin into an uncomfortable, leathery and brittle organ. Stay alert to such appearances and act quickly. Sarcoptic scabies mange results from microscopic, oval-shaped, lightcolored mites that migrate easily between hosts. Prime real estate includes a pet’s ears, elbows, thighs, face and underside of the chest. Symptoms include severe itching and scratching that creates red bumps amidst crusty, thick skin, weight loss, lethargy and swollen lymph nodes. It takes about one week after a pet has been exposed to them for symptoms to appear. Unlike demo32

dectic mange, sarcoptic mange can be transmitted to humans, causing a red rash similar to an insect bite. Pets that suffer from demodectic mange typically already have a weakened or compromised immune system, sometimes because of immaturity (such as puppies), malnourishment, stress associated with another illness, or even a hereditary issue. Under a microscope, demodex mites appear cigar-shaped. Common symptoms include hair loss, balding, scabbing and sores. Dogs are more susceptible to both types than cats. Localized demodectic mange usually occurs in

puppies when mites migrate from mother to pup during early nurturing. In puppies, the mange often appears on the face, creating a patchy, polka-dotted, balding appearance. Generally, pets will heal from this type of mange without treatment. Generalized demodectic mange presents a greater challenge, because it is spread across large areas of the skin. The pet may emit a horrid odor from secondary bacterial skin infections.

Diagnosis and Treatment If a pet shows symptoms of mange, consult a holistic veterinarian for proper diagnosis and treatment. Once diagnosed, it is vital to implement a full treatment. For cases of sarcoptic mange, this entails replacing the pet’s bedding and collar, plus treating all animals with which the pet has been in contact. Conventional treatment options vary. The irritating toxicity of most antiparasitic medications, such as ivermectin or selamectin-based

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products, makes them effective in destroying mites over several months but also creates problems for the pet if used improperly. Thus, a vet may also prescribe an anti-inflammatory medication; a natural option is plant-derived sterols such as betasitosterol, which acts like a cortisone steroid, without the immune-suppressing side effects. Antibiotics also are often prescribed to treat the secondary skin infections and ease itching. Natural antibiotics such as amoxicillin/clavulanate offer a more gentle choice than synthetics. Natural herbal ingredients further provide a safe and effective alternative to harsh chemicals. Garlic is popular for its natural repellent and antibacterial properties. Other natural insecticides, including wormwood, neem and lemongrass, help soothe irritated skin. A holistic veterinarian will address the underlying causes of poor health, especially in the case of demodectic mange. Key elements in restoring optimal wellness include proper nutrition via a well-crafted natural diet and immune-boosting probiotics, plus supplements to meet the individual pet’s needs. From a holistic standpoint, bolstering the immune system with vitamins (like vitamin C and general skin and immune-supportive pet nutraceuticals) and herbs (such as Astragalus) help. Supplementing the pet’s diet with foods or supplements high in omega-3 and omega-6 also helps; sources of both include salmon and flaxseed. As with other types of parasitic diseases, it is critical that the owner comply with a veterinarian’s treatment instructions. If the pet is prescribed an antiparasitic medication for 90 days, for example, use it for the entire period, regardless of improvements. An incomplete treatment may interrupt the mite’s life cycle but fail to sufficiently destroy the entire population to prevent re-infestation. Dr. Matthew J. Heller is an integrative veterinarian and owner of All About PetCare, in Middletown, OH.

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Guided Healing Meditation – 6-7pm. Feel the difference a guided meditation with Alice McCall can make for you. Be in balance with the 2012 energies and support your body’s vital energies. $15; Teleconference; RSVP Required. 850-585-5496. Alice@ HealingPath.Info. Metaphysics II Part 1 – 6:30-8:30pm. Transform your life and recognize your magnificence. Love offering. Unity Panama City, 1764 Lisenby. 850-769-7481.


Destin Seafood Festival – Oct 5-7. The festival showcases the best that Destin has to offer along the length of Destin Harbor. 850-218-0232 or

Bunyan Lumberjack Show, 4-H exhibits and shows, art exhibits, vendor exhibits, entertainment and nightly specials. NW Florida Fairgrounds, 1958 Lewis Turner Blvd. FWB. 850-862-0211.


Avalon LED Light Event – 6:30pm. Presentation and light session. Learn about this cutting-edge light and its therapeutic benefits. Free. Blossom Yoga, 315 Racetrack Rd. FWB. 850-424-8261.


Metaphysical Cafe Noon – We’ll muse on the metaphysical meanings of life. Unity of Panama City, 1764 Lisenby Ave, Panama City. 850-769-7481.

PTSD Trauma Healing Yoga Training – Oct 5-7. This program is for current teachers of yoga who wish to learn how to teach to students with PTSD or who may be healing from any trauma (car accident, death of a loved one, etc.).

Your Light Body – 6-8pm. Learn what your light body is, how to establish it, activate it, and program it. You will be guided to do so in meditation state with Alice McCall. $25; Teleconference; RSVP Required. 850-585-5496.




Northwest Florida Tri-County Fair – Oct 8-12. 5-10pm; Oct 13. 2-10pm. Myers Midway, Paul

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Introduction to Tai Chi/Qigong – 6:00-7:15pm. Jude Forsyth, certified instructor, Blue Willow Wellness, will offer a 75 min class for beginners. Includes lecture, participation and demo. Eastern Traditions, Harvest Village (across from VinneR), Navarre. $12. Small room reqs RSVP at 850-226-9355 or jude@ N a m H o a - I n t e r n a l - A r t s . c o m . B l u e Wi l l o w


Jazz by the Bay Festival – Oct 19-20. 6:30pm, Fri; 12:30-7:30 pm, Sun. Tom Fischer New Orleans AllStars, Fritzels European Jazz Club; six jazz bands playing Dixieland, Latin and mainstream music. Free. Oaks-By-the-Bay Park,10th and Beck Ave, St. Andrews, Panama City.


Party in Pink Zumbathon to Benefit Cancer Foundation – 1:30-4:30pm. 2nd annual party to benefit Susan G Komen for the Cure with 100% of event ticket sales, silent auction items, and raffle prize proceeds to for the cure. Niceville High School, 800 E. John Sims Pkwy. 850-729-7579.

Advanced Reiki Techniques and Reiki Master Class – Oct 12-14. 9am-5pm. Must have been a Reiki II practitioner for at least 6 months. Great addition to your Reiki toolbox. CE’s available for RN and LMT. $875. 850-217-5419.

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The Four Agreements – 10am. Gain deeper, inner growth. Love offering. Unity of Panama City, 1764 Lisenby Ave, Panama City. 850-769-7481.

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Introduction to Tai Chi/Qigong – 9-10:30am. Jude Forsyth, certified instructor, Blue Willow Wellness, will offer a 90 min class for beginners. Includes lecture, participation and demo. St Simon’s Parish Hall (backdoor), 28 Miracle Strip Pwky, FWB. $12. RSVP 850-226-9355 or Dog Daze 2012 – 9am-4pm. Fun games, contests, dog-centered vendors, wiener races. Owners & their dogs get physically fit at the agility events. For well-behaved dogs over 6 months with proof of vaccinations. $3 donation. Liza Jackson Park, 318 Miracle Strip Pkwy. SW. 850-244-8191 or The 12 Dimensions of Wellness – 1:45-3pm. Orientation workshop for beginners. Facilitated program devoted to helping people overcome their resistance to positive change. Uses computer assessment program to inventory your current level of wellbeing in all dimensions. $45. RSVP 850-226-9355 or jude@ Take a tour of the Wellness Inventory at Destin Festival of the Arts – 9am-5pm, Oct 27; 10am-5pm, Oct 28. Community collaborative art exhibit representing 40 adults & students with an eclectic showcase of artwork; ArtStop kid’s activities; live music; food court. $3 per adult and kids under 12 are free. Henderson Beach Park. Mattie Mastering Wealth Workshop – 1-3:30pm. Rev. Felicia Searcy, a life mastery consultant, will lead participants through an afternoon of power and prosperity using Napoleon Hill’s best-selling book on personal success, Think and Grow Rich. Love offering. Unity of Panama City 1764 Lisenby Ave., Panama City. 850-769-7481 or


Vinyassa Flow – Nov 2-4. Sigrid Pichler returns to Dragonfly for Vinyasa Flow with a bang.


Reiki I & II Class – Nov 3- 4. 9am- 6pm. Learn what Reiki is; how to use it for self healing as well as healing others, animals, plants, & everyday life. $350. CE’s available for LMT & RN.Visit for class details. 850-217-5419.

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Meditation – 12-1pm. Renew yourself. Love offering. Unity of Panama City, 1764 Lisenby Ave, Panama City. 850-769-7481. Lose Weight with Advice from Marianne Williamson – 6:30-7:30 p.m. Twenty-one spiritual lessons to help surrender weight forever. A 22-week course, using the lessons from the book, A Course in Weight Loss. Donation plus $15.95 for the book. 850-769-7481. Reiki Share – 6:30-8:30pm. 3rd Mon. A time to experience Reiki energy in a group setting with other Reiki practitioners. All Reiki students welcome. Love offering. Mana Lomi Reiki and Massage, FWB. 850-217-5419.



Yoga – 8:45am. Restorative yoga, all levels welcome. Love offering. Unity of Panama City 1764 Lisenby Ave, Panama City. 850-769-7481.

wednesday New QiGong Healing Movement Body Classes – 8am. Gentle way to facilitate healing in the body. Open to all levels. $10/Class. 119 Truxton, FWB. Svaroopa® Yoga – 4:30pm. A relaxing and therapeutic style of yoga. $12. Blossom Yoga, 315 Racetrack Road, NE, FWB. 850-420-6046. Meditation Class – 7pm. Free. All One Yoga, 119 Truxton Ave Bld 2, FWB. Call Sonny, 850-314-0321.

thursday Svaroopa® Yoga – 10am. A relaxing and therapeutic style of yoga. $12. Blossom Yoga, 315 Racetrack Road, NE, FWB. 850-420-6046. Beginner Yoga – 5:30pm. Beginners! Come explore yoga at a pace and style perfect for the novice beginner. Dragonfly Yoga, 184 Brooks St. FWB. Mood Management with Essential Oils – 6-7pm. 2nd Thursday Monthly. One of dōTERRA’s local leaders, Amy Gouker, presents the Mood Matrix. Free. The REACH Institute of Medical Massage and Kinesiology, 870 Mack Bayou Road, Suite D, SRB. RSVP. Ann Rector, 850-622-227.


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

friday Friday Fest – 6pm-10pm. First Friday of each month, March-November, downtown Panama City comes alive with live music, great food, and over 200 classic and show cars. Free. Downtown Panama City, 413 Harrison Ave. 850-785-2554.

saturday 12 Dimensions of Wellness – 1:45-3:00pm. Third Sat. of each month. Take inventory of where you are in each dimension and build a wellness plan to overcome resistance to change. $45 for inventory program. FWB. Jude 850-2269355. Gentle Flow Yoga – 9am. Gentle movement, restorative poses, breathe work, and meditation for balance & health. Dragonfly Yoga, 184 Brooks St SE, FWB. 850-244-0184. The Four Agreements Class – 10am-12pm. Sept 29-Oct 27. Based on ancient Toltec wisdom, this class, taught by certified facilitator Augustine Peralta, will increase participants’ understanding and practice of four principals. Love offering plus cost of book. Unity Panama City, 1764 Lisenby Ave, 850-769-7481.

sunday Free Yoga Event – 4:30pm. $5 Donation to Paws. Dragonfly Yoga, 184 Brooks St. FWB. 850-244-0184. Metamorphosis Book Club – 4:30pm. First Sunday monthly. Free. Dragonfly Yoga, 184 Brooks St, Se, FWB. 850-244-0184.





Personal Nutritional Consultation – 1st & 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. 850-763-8871. Olive. Green Awareness Taskforce – 8:15am. 1st Tues. Monthly meetings. Open to the public. FWB Chamber. 850-586-0501. Women’s Depression Group – 5pm. Stepping Stones Professional Counseling, Mary Esther. SteppingStones Sv a ro o p a® Yog a – 6: 30 p m . A r e l a x i n g a n d therapeutic style of yoga. $12. Blossom Yoga, 315 Racetrack Road, NE, FWB. 850-420-6046. Open Mike at Crestview Library – 6-8pm. Poets and musicians are invited to the Crestview Public Library every second Tuesday for a free, open-mike poetry reading and music improvisation. Crestview Library, 445 Commerce Dr., Crestview. 850-682-4432 or visit the library’s Facebook page.

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.

Introduction to Tai Chi/Qigong – 6-7:15pm. Class for first time beginners. Try the ancient moving meditation with certified instructor, Jude Forsyth $12. Eastern Traditions, Harvest Village (across from VinneR). Small room reqs RSVP: 850-226-9355.

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Acupuncture Works! Learn how it can work for you at either office (Mary Esther Blvd. or Navarre Healing Center in Harvest Village). Treating all types of pain, addiction, sleep disorders, stress, fibromyalgia, PTSD. Feel better soon. See ad page 23.

INTEGRATIVE CARE Downtown Fort Walton Beach Felicia McQuiad (MA61060) 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. See ad page 6.

EASTERN TRADITIONS Katherine Semmes, Acupuncture Physician 7552 Navarre Parkway, Ste 6. Navarre 850-554-3464 Restore your family’s health using simple techniques to stimulate the body’s own healing capacity; safe and effective for common childhood and parenthood complaints. Acupressure, reflexology, organic herbs also utilized. See ad page 10.

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 7.

Ann M. Rector, LMT, MMP, BA 850-622-CARE (2273)

NW Florida’s solution for Medical Massage Therapy and Kinesiology. Dedicated to providing quality care to clients to resolve specific conditions and improving quality of life.

URBAN OASIS 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.

AIR CONDITIONING PEADEN HEATING AND AIR CONDITIONING Panama City - 850-872-1004 Ft Walton Beach - 850-362-6646 Gulf Breeze - 850-396-6126 Licensed, insured residential and commercial air conditioning, heating, plumbing, and electrical contractor. NATE-certified, 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 in the industry. See ad page 30.


As a second generation chiropractor, Dr. Henard is committed to lifetime chiropractic wellness c a r e f o r t h e e n t i r e f a m i l y, improving their health naturally. Over 16 years’ experience in pediatrics, sports and automobile injuries. Most insurance accepted and affordable cash plans.

COACHING DESIGN YOUR LIFE Dawn Bellerose, Certified Life Coach 850-240-9640, In Person, Phone or Skype Clarity+Purpose+Goal Setting=Empowerment. What’s preventing you from living the life you want? If you are truly ready to make changes and achieve your goals, I can help.


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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.

COLONIC THERAPY SKINDEEP CLINIC WELLNESS CENTRE 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.

DENTISTRY DR. DAYTON HART, DMD IAOMT Protocol 225 W Laurel Ave, Foley, AL 36535 251-943-2471 Free book for new patients: Mercury Free Dentistry. Ozone, Laser No-Suture Gum Surgery, Test for compatible materials, cavitycausing bacteria. Examine for gum disease bacteria Laser Cavity Diagnoses, Saliva, pH Check, Oral Galvanic Screening, no fluoride.

ENERGY CONSERVATION DEBBY MCKINNY 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 5.


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

ESSENTIAL OILS LAURIE AZZARELLA, LMT, CRR Young Living Educator, Sponsor #327923 850-380-4943 • Experience the healing, uplifting and detoxifying benefits of therapeutic-grade essential oils and supplements. Contact us for personal consultations, inhome classes, household products, health supplements, diffusers, group presentations and business training.

FAMILY COUNSELING STEPPING STONES PROFESSIONAL COUNSELING, INC. REGINA BRIGHT, MS, LMHC 850-226-6430 • Stepping Stones Professional Counseling provides individual, group, couples and family therapy for both children and adults experiencing a wide variety of developmental and emotional problems.



Melanie Angelis, BSEd, MCAM 850-934-4479

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


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We offer natural and organic foods and the largest selection of herbs and supplements in the area. Enjoy our new fresh juice bar (Mon-Fri 10am-4pm) while shopping for your health needs with the help of our knowledgeable and personable staff. See ad page 39.


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

Time Line Therapy, Certified NGH Hypnosis Instructor. Imagine living the life you have already dreamed of. Take the first step now. Call for a free consultation. See ad page 23.


Professional Psychic Medium 850-941-4321 •

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


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

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. See ad page 18.


HOLISTIC HEALTH BLUEWATER NATURAL HEALTH Dawn M. Dalili, N.D. 850-897-1177 4400 Hwy. 20E, #207, Niceville Look better, feel better, and function at your very best without pharmaceuticals and without spending a fortune on supplements.

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Certification in Ingham Reflexology through the International Institute of Reflexology. Phase I & II. 16 CEUs per workshop. Daphne, AL. Available to everyone, workshops provide education in better health naturally.




Golden Almond 850-736-5700 Helping you with all your health care needs. Seeing clients and offering complimentary heath lectures at Golden Almond Health Food Store, FWB. Call for appointment.

Sandra Trimble 850-217-5419 •

Reiki Master and Licensed Massage Therapist. Reiki classes and Reiki sessions for relaxation, stress reduction & healing. Over 18 years experience with Reiki. 11 years experience in massage. Florida & National CEUs provided. Monthly Reiki shares and classes.

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A retirement, assisted living, and memory care community inspiring wellness in an enriched environment. Also, short-term respite program for caregivers to have their loved one stay as a guest; enjoy the many services and personalized care. See ad page 3.


SOOTHING ARTS HEALING THERAPIES SCHOOL OF MASSAGE 12605 Emerald Coast Pkwy W, Ste 2 850-269-0820 •

Have a new career in as little as 5 months. Massage Therapy program and Skin Care program. Day and night classes available. Approved for V.A. benefits and MYCAA.

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SPIRITUAL CENTER UNITY IN FORT WALTON BEACH 1797 Hurlburt Road, Fort Walton Beach 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.


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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.


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Working with individuals and groups to promote wellbeing through assessment and training to overcome resistance to change.


Quantum Wellness Technology INDIGO Quantum Biofeedback Device and Quantumwave Laser Therapy & Sales 850-803-6459 •

Libbie Hambleton, Certified Biofeedback Technician, providing sessions at a variety of locations. Devices to assist with stress, pain, relaxation, inflammation, rejuvenation, sleep, wellness.


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Offering classes in Svaroopa® yoga, yoga therapy and meditation. Also offer Migun Thermal massage. MM123789. See website for yoga schedule. See ad page 6.

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

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A professional yoga studio offering a serene environment for the study and practice of Hatha yoga. Certified instructors. Owner/Director L a u r a Tr y e e , E - RY T 5 0 0 . See ad page 34.

classifieds EDUCATION THE MONTESSORI SCHOOL FOR THE ARTS – Niceville. Teaching peace & the love of learning. Limited openings for preschoolers; private or small group tutoring for older children. Elena Roser 850-678-7011. MontessoriArts@

EMPLOYMENT REGIONAL SALES MANAGER IN ENERGY CONSERVATION - GULF COAST - Expanding $3 B sales force, publicly traded company, seeking a seasoned professional salesperson. Ambitious, highly motivated, a self-starter, with an entrepreneurial heart. Teach, coach, train and motivate others. Committed to team success, have a positive attitude and be aggressive. Send resume to Debby McKinney 850-598-0200.

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