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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 Reducing the Risk of Alzheimer’s Disease
presentation on The Healthy Aging Brain, from 6 to 8 p.m., October 16, with Mario Campa, ACSW, LCSW, LMSW, will focus on how to keep the brain healthy—mentally, emotionally, physically and spiritually—and help reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease. A 2011 survey revealed that the second disease most Americans fear is Alzheimer’s disease. Forgetting why you went into a room, losing your glasses while they are still on your head or misplaced your car in a parking lot may be signs of cognitive decline. Cost is $25. Location: 7100 Plantation Rd. Ste. 11, Pensacola. For more information, call 850-637-1631 or visit TransformYourLife.net.
Barktoberfest Returns to Seville Square October 6
he annual Humane Society of Pensacola (HSP) Barktoberfest will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., October 6, in Seville Square and Fountain Park. Barktoberfest has become the most anticipated celebration of the year for dog lovers, with canine activities, contests, giveaways, gift basket raffles and vendors selling pet toys, collars, leashes, clothing and an array of petthemed gift items and accessories. Tail-waggin’ events include contests for best trick, best costume, best kisser and the popular owner/pet look-alike competition. Prizes will be awarded to the first three finishers in each category. Don’t forget to catch the dachshund and mixed breed races and enter or root for your favorite canine. Another special treat is the Five Flags Dog Training Club, with their Canine Country Square Dancers and agility demos. Animal rescue organizations will be on hand with adoptable dogs and plenty of information to help answer your questions about different breeds. Local vets will provide information about pet products and animal care. Barktoberfest helps HSP enforce its mission of spaying and neutering, preventing animal cruelty and providing pet education programs aimed at addressing animal welfare issues in the community. Location: 5 N. Q St., Pensacola. For more information, call 850-432-4250 or visit HumaneSocietyOfPensacola.org.
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o many beautiful and gentle adult cats remain at the Humane Society of Pensacola (HSOP) for no other reason than that they are no longer kittens. But that doesn’t make them any less charming, playful or affectionate. For many people, an adult cat is the ideal companion. Adopters may visit the Humane Society October 8 through 13 and choose a deserving adult companion cats for whatever price they choose. All cats have been spayed or neutered and are up-to-date on vaccinations. All other requirements for adoptions remain the same and are listed on the HSOP website, along with photos of adoptable cats. The Humane Society of Pensacola is a not-for-profit, no-kill shelter for homeless, abandoned and neglected cats and dogs.
Location: 5 N. Q St., Pensacola. For more information, call the Humane Society at 850 432-4250 or visit HumaneSociety OfPensacola.org.
Pensacola Pirate Festival
Come celebrate the spirit of freedom, independence and capitalism symbolized by the pirate at the Pensacola Interstate Fairgrounds.
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This 2 day festival will feature Live Cannon Fire • Fierce Battles Blackhearted Wenches • Mermaids • Pirate Dancers Pirate Music • Pirate Games • Exotic Petting Zoo Pirate Crews from across the Gulf Coast • Food Fire Shows • Shopping, Carnival and Inflatable Rides Costume and other contests • Pony and Camel Rides Parrots and Macaws • and much more!!!
Chiropractic Solutions of Pensacola Open House
r. Vicki Lee Schwantes, a board certified chiropractic physician, is celebrating the grand opening of her new practice, Chiropractic Solutions of Pensacola, from 4 to 7 p.m., October 12, at 410 West Nine Mile Road. Her practice will help patients live pain-free and correct poor posture by enabling them, through neuromuscular re-education, to live healthy and fully functioning lifestyles. Massage services are also available. RSVP to Facebook.com/chiropracticsolutionsofpensacola. For more information, call 850-471-0000 or visit ChiropracticSolutionsOfPensacola.com.
Pink Bras Figure in Annual Cancer Walk
he 10th annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk is scheduled for October 27, beginning at Cordova Mall. Registration and festivities begin at 7 a.m. and the walk will begin at 8 a.m. Walkers may form a team or walk individually. All teams are encouraged to decorate a team pink bra for the team challenge contest. Registration and details are available online at PutOnYourPinkBra.com/Pensacola. For more information about forming a team, contact Kim Lien, team development chair, at 850-449-2115 or Kim.Lien@gentiva.com. For more information about the event, contact Lori Perkins, of the American Cancer Society, at 850-475-0850 or Lori.Perkins@ cancer.org.
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he Belmont Arts & Cultural Center (BACC) has taken a new name, First City Art Center (FCA), and visual identity (logo), in conjunction with a move to 1060 North Guillemard Street, in Pensacola. BACC wanted a brand that exemplified its mission—its opportunities for creativity and its recognition both regionally and nationally as a prominent working art center. The new name returns the art center to its roots and original charter as First City Arts Alliance. Michael Conrad, First City Art Center board president, says, “We wanted to make sure that our new brand reflected the energy and passion of the artists we support, our continued collaborations and outreach that provide unique hands-on experiences for artists and patrons and our ongoing commitment to being an integral part of the what makes Pensacola a destination for travelers or future residents.” For more information, call 850-429-1222 or visit FirstCityArt.org.
teers and donors will celebrate the 20th annual Day of Caring October 12, kicking off this year’s Workplace Campaign. Seven hundred guests are anticipated to join in a 7 a.m. celebratory breakfast at the Pensacola Blue Wahoos Stadium. In 2011, United Way mobilized more than 1,100 volunteers from local businesses and military commands that contributed 5,620 hours of service for 110 projects. These caring volunteers saved local nonprofits and schools $120,000 in labor costs. They helped with lawn maintenance, painted homes for the elderly, read to children and facilitated canned food and supply drives. Volunteer groups already signed up to serve include members of the Blue Angels Squadron, University of West Florida cheerleaders and Gulf Power, whose employees have already organized eight groups eager to help. Most groups will begin their projects at 8 a.m., after the Kick-Off Breakfast. For more information, call Andrea Krieger at 850-444-7110 or email Andrea@unitedwayescambia.org.
The Blake Goes Pink
mployees, residents and family members at The Blake, a retirement and assisted living facility in Gulf Breeze, have organized a team to participate in the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk at 8 a.m., October 27, at the Cordova Mall, in Pensacola. Making Strides Against Breast Cancer, a noncompetitive fundraising walk, raises money for lifesaving research and support programs, educates women about preventive and early detection and celebrates breast cancer survivors. Anyone interested in being part of the Pink Team should contact Brooke at 850-934-4306.
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workshop, Creating a Better Place to Live: Organizing for Environmental and Community Change, will be presented from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., October 20, at The Wright Place, in Pensacola. Organized by Earth Ethics, Inc., and Sustainable Town Concepts, the event will provide an inspiring and empowering experience that teaches members of the community how to organize for positive change in their neighborhood or community. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. Presenters are local community leaders that have led successful campaigns for walkable communities, urban agriculture, racial harmony and neighborhood revitalization. Many local residents have great ideas for ways to improve our community, but don’t know how to translate those ideas into community-wide action. Attendees learn the skills they need to lead initiatives on a wide range of efforts to create a better community. Some of the topics covered include: how to inspire your community to action, effective public speaking, how to organize a campaign for change, communicating with elected officials and more. Location: 6 E. Wright St. Cost is $10/$15 after Oct.5. For more information, call 850-549-7472 or visit EarthEthics.us.
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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Mahabhuta Yoga Festival for the Yoga Community
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 1-2:30 p.m. Stacey Vann & Vani Kimbrell—Abhaya Yoga, Pensacola (Healing Kundalini Yoga) 3-4:30 p.m. Divya Elting—Breathe Yoga, Pensacola (Akhanda Yoga) Catherine McCarthy—Nola Yoga, New Orleans 5-6:30 p.m. (Surf the Waves of Life) 7-7:30 p.m. Rhythm Dance Fire Show 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) Michael Brant DeMaria— Pensacola 1-2:30 p.m. (In the Flow) 3-4:30 p.m. Laura Tyree—Dragonfly Yoga, FWB (Vinyasa Krama) 5-6:30 p.m. Kelli Precourt—Balance Health Studio, Sea 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.
Melanie Buffett—Yogabirds, Fairhope, Alabama (Cleansing Waters) Noon-1:30 p.m. Geoffrey Roniger—Freret Street Yoga, New Orleans (Moving the Waters of the Body) 2-3:30 p.m. Moira Anderson—River Rock Yoga, Ocean Springs, Mississippi (Kripalu Vinyasa Yoga: Riding the Wave) 4-5:30 pm Laura Flora—Alamkara Yoga, New Orleans (Letting the Ocean Instruct) 6 p.m. Closing Ceremony Location: 913 S. I St. For more information, visit MahabhutaYogaFestival.com.
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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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Collaboration Helps Preserve Endangered Species
by April Thompson
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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 fws.gov/endangered. To learn of progress among other global species and how to help, explore Priority Species at Panda.org. April Thompson regularly contributes to Natural Awakenings. Connect at AprilWrites.com.
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 BearCreekCattery@juno.com or visit BearCreek FelineCenter.org.
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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. GulfCoastEnergyNetwork.org. GirlsGoneGreenTV.com. 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 EnergyGoneGreener.info 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 EarthEthics.us.
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. StreetLegalCarts.com.
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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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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 CloudOfCommitments.org 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.”
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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 Tinyurl.com/PlaNYC-goals) . 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 EvergreenCooperatives.com). 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 Tinyurl.com/CALGreen-Home.) 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 Tinyurl.com/TexasStandard). 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 Tinyurl.com/NewJersey-EDA).
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.
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
he phrase “connected kids” may describe youth consumed by Internet-dependent relationships. Yet these same young people still crave old-fashioned, face-to-
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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.
From Rude to Responsible: Ways to Foster “We” Thinking
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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
Ages 12 to 18 n Obtain certification as lifeguards or
n Volunteer or seek paid work n Learn how to use power tools
and lawnmowers n Accept responsibility for clothing choices and contribute money toward purchases n Plan events at school, such as a dance or preparation for graduation n Participate in religious or spiritual ceremo nies that mark their transition to adulthood natural awakenings
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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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Holistic Treatments Provide Healing Effects for Cancer Patients by Jude Forsyth
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 MKAcupuncture.com. 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 TheReachInstitute.com/ oncology.
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Celebrating Vegetarian Awareness Month, Natural Awakenings visits the continuing evolutions of vegetarian eating habits and leading cookbooks.
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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-
Grilled Tofu and Pepper Tacos
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 Herbivoracious.com.
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
1 tsp ground cumin 2 tsp Tapatío or other bottled hot sauce 1 tsp kosher salt 10 oz extra-firm tofu, cut into 1/3-inch slabs and patted dry 1 medium zucchini, cut lengthwise into 1/3-inch slabs 1 medium onion, thinly sliced 4 garlic cloves, thinly sliced 2 red bell peppers, cut into ¼-inch strips 1 yellow bell pepper, cut into ¼-inch strips Fresh lemon or lime juice (optional)
24 (4-inch) or 16 (6-inch) soft corn tortillas
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 AndLifestyle.blogspot.com.
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
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
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Ingredients: 1 cup ghee 2 Tbsp powdered turmeric 1 tsp powdered cinnamon ½ tsp powdered ginger ½ tsp powdered cardamom
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-
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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.
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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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GREENHOUSE GASES PRODUCED
10,611 kilowatt-hours (kWh)
63.5 percent (2010)
2 to 4 weeks
Use recycled and scrap paper and limit printing.
33.4 percent (2010) to store food.
1 million years
Recycle or reuse glass bottles and jars as glassware or
28 percent HDPE bottles; 29 percent
Save money by choosing refillable bottles over throwaways. PET bottles (2010)*
Plastic bags and film
12 percent (2010)
Up to 1,000 years or more
Use washable cloth shopping bags and non-plastic food storage containers.
Carpets and rugs
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
Toxins from cleaners can contaminate
Recycle plastic bottles and use biodegradable cleaners. water supplies.
Light bulbs and parts
2 to 6.7 percent of household CFLs (2009)*
Up to 1,000 years or more
Use CFL and LED energyefficient lights and recycle CFLs at major hardware stores or check Earth911.com.* Consider solar exterior lights.
Less than 10 percent (2012)
Up to 1,000 years or more
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38 percent (2009)
Up to 1,000 years or more
Look for recycled content in electronics and recycle equipment. See Earth911.com.
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8 percent (2009)
Up to 1,000 years or more
Only upgrade when needed. Trade old phone in to recycle (SecureTradeIn.com) or donate to charity (ReCellular.com).
*HDPE means high density polyethylene; PET means polyethylene terephthalate; CFL means compact fluorescent lamp (or light); LED means light-emitting diode. Additional sources include epa.gov, PaperRecycles.org and ProductStewardship.us.
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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is a popular phrase in the eco-friendly movement, and being kinder to Mother Earth is an important consideration, no matter what the activity. Switching to organic foods and clothing has been growing in popularity, and that eco-friendly attitude has crept into many other facets of our lives, including planning bridal showers, weddings and baby showers. Today, eco-friendly means more than just recycling newspapers and plastic bottles. It requires considerations that not only do not harm our environment, but also maintain the natural order of things. For example; notecards and invitations made from hemp, a sustainable material that regenerate itself, has a quick growth pattern and needs zero pesticides or fertilizers to grow, and soybased inks and natural dyes for printing and coloring that do not add to the carbon footprint. Several specialty vendors use recycled products such as blue jeans and coffee grinds. The use of post-consumer materials like recycled paper being used for ‘new’ product production can also make a difference. Couples that are determined to employ organic and ecofriendly considerations in their bridal shower, wedding or baby shower plans have a wide variety of choices available, from organic and sustainable materials for wedding dresses and clothing to invitations, and favors made from recycled materials are available to fulfill their creative ideas. Another new idea in eco-friendly stationary and favors are those made with plantable paper. These invitations are created from recycled paper or newsprint, and then permeated with wildflower seeds. Plantable favor boxes are made in the same way, and can be filled with organic candies or natural soaps. The wedding or shower guests then have an environmentally friendly and lasting remembrance of the day. The special day can maintain an organic and eco-friendly theme in a variety of other ways. Decorations can use organic cotton, hemp or bamboo fabric tablecloths, with a replantable flowering plant as a centerpiece. Plants can then be given to one lucky guest at each table, with a note to consider Mother
Earth by replanting. Organic cotton napkins or napkins made from recycled paper can be tied with a flowering vine; both are easy on the environment, either to recycle or decompose. Menu selections may include vegan, vegetarian or organic foods and treats. Better yet, support can be given to local farmers by using locally grown organic foods. Family and friends contributing to the celebration can be asked to select gifts from registries set up at niche market places that offer organic, natural or eco-friendly merchandise. Couples wishing to follow a green lifestyle now have a large selection of products, including furniture from sustainable woods, bamboo and recycled glass kitchenware, linens and decorative items made from organic cottons and hemp, bamboo, organic cotton, organic wool and modal clothing for men, women and children. Natural and preservative-free personal care products like shampoos, soaps, skin lotions and shaving creams are also a popular choice. With the large selection of organic and eco-friendly products available, it is easy to keep the party green. Party planners that have a concern for the environment can let their imagination run wild in selecting Earth-friendly products for bridal or baby showers and weddings. Just let the guests know beforehand where they can find eco-friendly gifts. Dr. Monica Watts, a certified holistic health practitioner and cognitive behavioral group therapist, is the founder of Behavioral Wellness and Birth Arts Associates, in Pensacola. Contact her via BehavioralWellnessAndBirthArts.com.
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Barktoberfest – 9am-4pm. The Humane Society of Pensacola (HSP) Barktoberfest offers canine activities, contests, giveaways, gift basket rafﬂes and vendors selling pet toys, collars, leashes, clothing and an array of pet-themed gift items and accessories. Seville Square & Fountain Park, 5 N. Q St., Pen. 850-432-4250. HumaneSocietyOfPensacola.org.
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Name the ‘Purrfect’ Price: Adult Cat Adoption Week – Oct 8-13.Visit the Humane Society (HS) and choose an adult companion cat for any price. All cats have been spayed or neutered and are up-to-date on vaccinations. All other requirements for adoptions are listed on the HSOP website, along with photos. 850 432-4250. HumaneSocietyOfPensacola.org.
access energy field, techniques for self healing, distant healing, stress management. Register early to save. Lori Thomas, Certfd. PH Instructor, 7100 Plantation Rd, Ste11, Pns. 850-221-2381. PranicHealing.com. 6th Annual Glass Pumpkin Patch – 10am-2pm. Over 1,000 hand-blown glass and hand-thrown clay pumpkins in a profusion of colors and an array of sizes and styles. First City Arts Center (formerly Belmont Arts),1060 N. Guillemard St., Bldg. A. 850-429-1222. FirstCityArt.org. The Healthy Aging Brain: Reducing the Risk of Alzheimer’s Disease – 6-8pm. Mario Campa, ACSW, LCSW, LMSW, will focus on how to keep the brain healthy—mentally, emotionally, physically and spiritually—and help reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease. $25. 7100 Plantation Rd. Ste. 11, Pens.850-637-1631. TransformYourLife.net.
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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. Alice@HealingPath.info. Community Acupuncture and Emotion Code – 6:308:30pm. With Dr. Bonnie McLean and Margie Kalaluhi 850-457-3354. SpiritGateMedicine.com.
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 12
Escambia United Way Campaign: 20th annual Day of Caring Celebratory Breakfast – 7am. Kick off for this year’s Workplace Campaign. Pensacola Blue Wahoos Stadium. 850-444-7110. Andrea@ unitedwayescambia.org. Grand Opening Chiropractic Solutions of Pensacola – 4-7pm. Meet Dr Vicki Schwantes and tour the center. 410 West Nine Mile Rd, Pensacola. RSVP: Facebook.com/ChiropracticSolutionsOfPensacola or call 850-471-0000.
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DEVELOPING YOUR INTUITION (BASIC) – 12:00-4:30PM. Teresa Brown, experienced intuitive, teaches you how to tap into your sixth sense to enhance your life; practical techniques to help you utilize your natural intuitive ability in everyday life. Increase prosperity, make decisions, have more fun. $65. 3 West Garden St. Pens. 850 206-1853. TeresaBrown.net.
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Healing on the Spiritual Path: Medically Verifiable – 7pm. Learn about ancient healing power; medically documented healings will be explained; hear stories of liberation from addiction, depression and anxiety. Donation. Bayview Seniors Center, 2000 E. Lloyd St, Pens. 831-238-1202. Bruno-Groening.org/English.
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Healthy Skin – 6:30pm. Join Laurie Azzarella as she shares the importance of skin health and discover how YL Oils can resolve and restructure DNA to promote optimal skin health and prevent disease and aging. Free. Unity of Pensacola Fellowship Hall, 716 North 9th Ave, PNS. 850-380-4943.
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 26
Pranic Crystal Healing – Oct. 26-27. Taught by Master Marilag Mendoza. You will learn how to harness the power of crystals and gem stones to enhance your healing abilities. The Center for Pranic Healing, 206-B Center St, Gulf Breeze. 850-982-8018.
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Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk –7 a.m. Decorate a team pink bra for the team challenge contest. Cordova Mall. PutOnYourPinkBra.com/Pensacola. 850-450-5077 or Lori.Perkins@cancer.org. Reﬂexology – 8am-5pm. Sat-Sun. Learn therapeutic Ingham Foot Reﬂexology taught by Laurie Azzarella, International Institute of Reﬂexology Instructor. Use on family, friends or professional clients. 16 CEUs for therapists. $375. Valdosta, GA. 850-380-4943. Reﬂexology-USA.net. Avalon LED Light Event – 10am. Presentation and light session. Learn about this cutting-edge light and its therapeutic benefits. Free. Ever’Mans, 315 W Garden St. Pens. 850-424-8261. AvalonLight Keepers.com.
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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. CE’s available for LMT & RN. $350. 850-217-5419. ReikiInFlorida.com. Spiritual Growth Circle with Alice McCall – 9:30am12:30pm. Ongoing bi-monthly work to keep you on your spiritual path and aligned with the Earth’s ascension. Includes deep transformative work and practical tips. Very uplifting. $55. Teleconference; Reservations Required. Alice@HealingPath.info. Keﬁr Making Class – 11am. Learn how to make dairy, coconut, and water kefir. Old Thyme Remedies 2479 East Nine Mile Rd. Pens. $20. Melanie 850-934-4479. TheGrecianGarden.com.
savethedate The Mahabhuta Yoga Festival – More than 20 of regional/ local yoga instructors & studio owners will provide a variety of yoga classes, shopping, music, healing arts, food and an artisan village. MahabhutaYogaFestival.com.
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Art Treasures On The Beach –10am-5pm. Mon-Sat. Enjoy all mediums by13 local artists.Villagio Shoppping Ctr, 13700 Perdido Key Dr, Pens. Talis Jayme, 850-261-9617. Lunchtime Pilates Class –12pm. Use of reformers, towers and chairs for intermediate levels. $28 or packages avail. 2130 Summit Blvd, Pens. 850-287-5836. PilatesCoreTraining.com. Multi-level Pilates Mat Class with props – 5:45pm. All levels. $12 or packages avail. 2130 Summit Blvd, Pens. 850-287-5836. PilatesCoreTraining.com. Abhaya Open Yoga – 6:30-8pm. A vigorous Vinyasa ﬂow class taught by Nancy LaNasa. Who doesn’t like yoga on Monday? $12. Abhaya Yoga Center, 415a N Tarragona St, Pens. 850-439-0350. End of Summer Art Sale –13 local artists, all mediums. Villagio 13700 Perdido Key Dr, Pens. 850-2619617. artworksgalleryonperdidokey.blogspot.com. Chi Gong – 9am. With Dr. Dennis Baron at Unity of Pensacola. Suggested love-offering $20. 716 North 9th Ave. Pens. 850-438-2277. Thomas Easley – Certified Herbalist with the American Herbalist Guild (AHG) provides one-on-one personal health consults. Call for Appointment. $60.Wellness Center, 4958 Hwy 90, Pace. 850-994-5656.
tuesday Healing/Meditation Clinic – Protocols for emotional/ physical ailments. Promotes stress reduction. Free. Lorraine Graves PhD. 501 Adams St. 850-433-2042. Abhaya Slow Flow Yoga – 5:30-7pm. A slower paced Vinyasa yoga class taught by Nancy LaNasa, certified Jivamukti instructor. $12. Abhaya Yoga Center, 415a N Tarragona St, Pens. 850-439-0350. Hatha Yoga – 6pm, Hosted by the Wellness Center. Ask about Yoga4Vets. Wellness Center, 4958 Hwy 90. Pace. Resse Jones, CYI 850-450-5971. Tr u t h o n Ta p – 6 p m . L a s t Tu e s d a y o f each month, spiritual discussion with Rev Jamie Sanders. Ozone Pizza Pub, 1010 North 12 Ave, Suite 111, Pens. 850-438-2277. Guided Meditation – 7:30-8:30pm. Facilitated by Brenda Q. Bischoff, C.L.C., C.HT., C.I. $10. 7100 Plantation Rd., Ste. 11, Pens. Free Healing and Meditation Clinic – 7pm. Promotes general wellness and stress reduction. Spiritual teachings, Lorraine Graves Ph.D. 501 Adams St., Pens. 850-433-2042/221-2381. PranicHealingOasis.com. Metaphysical Bible Study – 10am. Unity of Pensacola. 716 North 9th Ave. Pens. 850-438-2277.
wednesday Yoga with Sudevi Linda Kramer – 5:45-7:15pm. $12 drop in rate, pkgs avail. 2130 Summit Blvd, Pens. 850-287-5836. PilatesCoreTraining.com. Intro to Energy Healing and Twin Hearts Meditation – 6:30pm. Meditation followed by Pranic healing clinic. 206-B Center St, Gulf Breeze. 850-982-8018.
Wisdom Circle of NW Florida – 6:30pm. A forum for self-discovery, consciousness raising, spiritual growth and community building. Attendees choose topics of discussion. Donation. Call for location. Pens. 850-494-1045. Abhaya Open Yoga – 6:30-8pm. A vigorous Vinyasa yoga class taught by Nancy LaNasa, certified Jivamukti teacher. $12. Abhaya Yoga Center, 415a N Tarragona St, Pens. 850-439-0350. Spiritual Living Discussion Group – 6:30pm. Learn spiritual tools for your personal life. Love offering. 2385 Bur Oak Dr, Cantonment, FL. Jim and Carolyn Vary, RSVP. 850-637-4488. Pilates Intermediate Reformer & Tower Class –7-8pm. 2130 Summit Blvd. Pens. 850-287-5836. PilatesCoreTraining.com. Unity of Pensacola Choir Practice – 6pm. Open to all who would like to perform upbeat, contemporary, positive music. 716 North 9th Ave. Pens. 850-438-2277. Thomas Easley – Certified Herbalist with the American Herbalist Guild (AHG) provides one-on-one personal health consults. Call for Appointment. $60.Wellness Center, 4958 Hwy 90, Pace. 850-994-5656.
thursday LEED AP’s – Do you need GBCI credits? Attend the USGBC NGC Chapter Webinar Series. Check our website for more info: usgbc-ngcc.com. Herb Study Group and Cancer Prevention Class – 6-8pm. Participants meet to watch videos, learn recipes and discuss herbal attributes. Ever’man Natural Foods Co-op, Pens. 850-549-4881. Hatha Yoga – 6pm, Hosted by the Wellness Center. Ask about Yoga4Vets. Wellness Center, 4958 Hwy 90. Pace. Resse Jones, CYI 850-450-971. Community Acupuncture and Emotion Code Clinic – 6:30-8:30pm. Dr. Bonnie McLean is providing her Community Acupuncture Clinic for stress reduction, combined with Margie Kalaluhi’s Emotion Code sessions. $20/acup, $10/ec. 5012 Muldoon Cir, Pens. RSVP 850-457-3354. SpiritGateMedicine.com. Free Educational Seminars – 7-9pm. Offered the last Thursday of every month. Topics will cover a diverse range of alternative healthcare options and how they are implemented in a modern world. Refreshments will be served. Soulstice Bodyworks, 12385 Sorrento Rd, Pens. 850-725-2330. Facebook.com/SoulsticeBodyworks.
$30/$50. Healthquest, 4761 Bayou Blvd, Pens. Call for appt. 850-479-7220. Abhaya Open Yoga – 9-10:30am. A vigorous and fun way to recover from Friday night. Rock out on Saturday morning at Abhaya. $12. Abhaya Yoga Center, 415a N Tarragona St, Pens. 850-439-0350. Kundalini Yoga – 9-10:15am. Class held downstairs at Unity of Gulf Breeze, 913 Gulf Breeze Parkway. 850-932-3076. UnityOfGulfBreezeFL.com. Yoga for Life – 10am.Yoga for Life and Even Flow Yoga. Peace for the body, mind and soul. Seniors $5 discount. Perdido Bay Community Center, 13660 Innerarity Point Rd, Pens. 850-865-7144. Spinning and Pilates – 9-10:15am. Special spin bikes that move followed by 1/2 hour mat class. $12. 2130 Summit Blvd, Pens. 850-287-5836. PilatesCore Training.com. Tai Chi for All Ages – 10-11:15am. For wellness, stress relief and immunities. Bring a friend. $5. Chips Health Club, 100 McAbee Court, Gulf Breeze. 850-380-8830. Words of Peace TV – 2pm. Last Sat. Words of Peace “What we are looking for is inside, not outside.” Prem Rawat, also honorably known as Maharaji. Cox Cable Ch 4 & WUWF Public Access Channel, Pens. 850-341-9838.
sunday Miracles Discussion Group – 9:30am. (upstairs); Celebration and Meditation – 10:30am. (downstairs). Unity of Gulf Breeze, 913 Gulf Breeze Parkway. 850-932-3076. UnityOfGulfBreezeFL.com. Awakening to Greater Spirituality in Your Life – 11am. Eckankar Worship Service. Free book included. Every 3rd Sunday. Presented by local members of ECKANKAR. Hampton Inn, 7710 Navarre Parkway, Navarre. 850-862-0446. Laughter Yoga Club – 2-3pm. 2nd Sunday. Laughing exercises and yogic breathing with Kathy Hubbard, CLYL. Boosts immunity, releases stress, and improves circulation. Love offering. Unity of Pensacola, 716 N 9th Ave, Pens. 850-748-3149. Abhaya Open Flow Yoga – 4:30-6pm. A great way to wind down the weekend with a challenging vinyasa class taught by Jenifer Roberts. $12. Abhaya Yoga Center, 415a N Tarragona St, Pensacola. 850-439-0350.
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