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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.

14 22 HOLISTIC 22 DERMATOLOGY Inner Health, Radiant Skin by Linda Sechrist


Healthy, Green Living Options Galore by Martin Miron


by Justin Rohner


Tackling Obesity’s Hidden Causes by Lisa Marshall



COMPLEMENTARY CARE Alternatives to Insurance Cost Less

by Meredith Montgomery



What Kids Need from Us to Grow Wise by April Thompson


by Julie Lemerond



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12 newsbriefs 19 ecotip 20 eventspotlight 22 greenliving


24 neighborhood spotlight 26 fitbody 38 healingways 44 healthykids


78 calendar 82 classifieds 85 farmersmarkets

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appy 2017! The beginning of a new year always brings the promise of a fresh start. Wiping the slate clean provides us with unlimited opportunities to focus on personal growth and healthy living. New year’s resolutions abound with good intentions for improving our lives, so why not make a commitment that 2017 will be your best year ever? What’s holding you back from having the most fulfilling life you can imagine and that you deserve? It is in this spirit that our team created this January issue, which contains our 2017 Natural Living Directory, to address one’s body, mind and soul. Our mission here at Natural Awakenings magazine is to deliver cuttingedge editorial material addressing important areas within your life, including health and wellness, green living, nutrition, fitness and personal growth. In the year ahead, through feature articles, news stories and reports about conscious events in our community, we will keep you abreast of the latest and greatest developments. Readers tell us they also enjoy learning about the local healthy living businesses and practitioners that advertise in these pages. Their participation in turn ensures that we can continue to deliver this publication to you free of charge. When you inquire, visit or patronize them, please mention that you saw it here. The Phoenix edition of Natural Awakenings magazine reaches an estimated 80,000 people each issue. To better serve this growing readership, we are now making our publication available in the free magazine stand at all Valley-area Safeway locations and increasing our monthly print run to bring our message of natural living to an even greater number of readers. This issue is the single biggest edition of the monthly magazine we’ve published! As we continue to grow, I want to express my sincere thanks to our readers, advertisers and the 1,000-plus businesses that carry our publication for your support. Happy New Year everybody!

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A Simple Gaze Invokes the Infinite by Sandy C. Newbigging

THE DARK SIDE OF GLUTEN-FREE LIVING Most People Benefit from Gluten by Judith Fertig


newsbriefs High Tech Consciousness Celebrity Concert at Unity of Mesa By: Marlene Allen

Everything is Energy! • Have you considered having a website that actually attracts customers, one that resonates with your clients? • Or the humm of smooth operating technology in your office? • What about your office space? What do people REALLY Feel when they Walk in? What MESSAGE are you Sending? • What about YOU? Your Business Depends on You! Thanks to High Tech Consciouness, You and Your Business can now GET THE EDGE in your Industry, without physically changing a thing! Sound too good to be true? Ask Royalty, Celebrities, Professional Athletes, and Top CEO’s! They’ve known the facts for years! • Ask Dr. Kelli, a Chiropractor in the Valley who had a brand new office and no patients. After 1 session, the energy shifted, things began running smoother in the office, and customers began showing up! • Dr. Teri, a Naturopath in Phoenix that knows working with patients can leave energetic imprints, and loves the feeling of clearing out all of those interferences! What is the Energy in Your Office, Website, Computer, and You, Attracting? Recieve a No Cost Business Energy Review of your Business, call Marlene Allen, Business Energy Architect at 480382-3711, Fax 1-866-590-2182, or email:




nity of Mesa is hosting a PosiPalooza! concert at 7 p.m., February 3. There’s a new genre of music that’s message-based and meant to empower, unite and transform one’s life. It comes in every style from folk to rap. It’s called “posi”, as in posi-tive music; some of its stars are Grammy and Emmy award winners and multi-platinum hit songwriters that have decided to use their songwriting “super powers” to help create a world that works for everyone. Three Posi-Award winning artists will appear on stage together, swapping songs and inspiring stories in an up close and personal musical experience. Harold Payne has written hits for Rod Stewart, Patti Labelle, the Temptations, Bobby Womack, Peter Paul and Mary, and Snoop Dog. Freebo has played the bass for for Bonnie Raitt, Ringo Starr and Neil Young. Richard Mekdeci is an award-winning singer, songwriter, producer and co-founder of emPower Music & Arts, the small company at the epicenter of the Posi-Music Movement ( Admission is $20. Location: 2700 E. Southern Ave., Mesa. For more information, call 480-892-2700 or visit See ad on page 78.

Vegetarian Food Festival Features Jason Wyrick


he third annual Arizona Vegetarian Food Festival will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., January 28 and 29, at the Scottsdale Civic Center Amphitheater, with diverse plant-based vendors, speakers, entertainment and activities for all ages. Jason Wyrick, executive chef at The Vegan Taste, is the first vegan instructor to teach in the Le Cordon Bleu program. In 2001, he defeated Type 2 diabetes and lost more than 100 pounds by going vegan. Pastry chef and author Fran Costigan is an internationally renowned authority on vegan desserts. In addition to the speakers, food demonstrations and plant-based vendors, there will be information tables from such nonprofit organizations as the Animal Defense Fund, Save Movement, Share International, Humane Project and Compassionate Farming Education Initiative. Attendees range from vegetarians and uber-healthy eaters to the vegcurious and serious omnivores. They will also enjoy musical entertainment and fitness activities, including yoga classes for kids and adults. There is a special kids area devoted to activities for children. Admission is $30 or $50 for both days; VIP $75; under 10 free. Location: 3939 N. Drinkwater Blvd., Scottsdale. For tickets and a full schedule, visit See ad on page 37.

Change Old Brain Habits with Naturopathic Athlete Uses Teja Shankara Hypnotherapy Holistic Techniques for Wellness Hypnotherapy Teja Shankara, CCHt aturopathic



eja Shankara, a certified clinical hypnotherapist and fibromyalgia Athlete is a Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist specialist, will facilitate a Self-Hypnosis new naturopathic Help withmedical Fibromyalgia, Workshop from 2 to 5 p.m., January practice 14, at the Floating Lotus Yoga Studio specializing in movement therapy, nutrition, Chronic Pain, enhanced Surgeries, and Natural Healing Center, in Mesa. general health practices and sports medicine located inside Anxiety, Stress, & Sleep The theme for January is Creating WellSpring Holistic Health at 430 West Warner Road, Suite Happiness Pathways in Your Brain and 104, in Tempe. Chief Medical Officer and Naturopathic 480.553.3122 • Boosting Your Self-Confidence for the Doctor Ben Zorensky treats adults and children, current New Year. and retired athletes or those seeking to improve their “Anxiety has been called a ‘habit health and well-being. in the brain’, which is capable of changing in response Patients receive a combination of specific movement to new experiences. Old patterns are like a ‘habit road’ and postural exercises, proper nutrition and lifestyle modithat’s been traveled so often it’s grown very wide and fications to enhance vitality and learn how to approach thick, and that is exactly what is happening in the brain: what ails them through natural and holistic strategies. An the neuropathways strengthen and thicken with repetitive individualized program with Naturopathic Athlete focuses on restoring optimal health and preventing future illness or use,” says Shankara. “Old brain patterns and habits can be changed to help reduce anxiety, transform negative selfinjury. talk, manage chronic pain and improve sleep.” Rooted in the idea that the body has the capacity to At Shankara’s Self-Hypnosis Workshop, participants heal itself, Zorensky’s methods enable the body’s own learn how to put up roadblocks to get themselves traveling resources to regenerate and thrive using nutrition, stress down some new roads by creating new neuropathways in management methods, biomechanics of movement, bothe brain. tanical medicine, vitamin/mineral supplements, posture and gait adjustments, homeopathy, pulse oximetry, sports Cost is $25 in advance; $30 at the door; includes handmedicine, performance conditioning, rest and recovery outs. Location: 202 W. Main St., Mesa. To sign up in knowledge and empowering educational resources. advance, call 480-553-3122 or email TejaHypnotherapy@ For a free, 30-minute consultation, call 480-598-7723. For For more information, visit See ad on page 46. more information, visit



Multiplicity Enterprises is Renamed Restoring Balance Mind + Body


ultiplicity Enterprises has changed its name to Restoring Balance Mind + Body. Owner Dr. Carmen Lucia explains that the new name reflects the evolution of the company and states, “Our focus is on increasing well-being by helping people to find a balance between ‘being’ and ‘doing’, rest and movement.” She says, “You might join us for meditation or a relaxing yin yoga class to recover from the stress of the holidays, or you could take advantage of our free personal training assessment sessions to get on track for your new year’s health and fitness goals.” Restoring Balance Mind + Body offers a variety of standalone services to help individuals find balance in mind and body, including meditation and mindfulness training, yoga, personal training and nutrition, Healing Touch sessions, individual and/or couple’s therapy and workshops such as Conscious Aging. Groups and classes are small, personal and affordable. Location: 2045 S. Vineyard, Ste. 139, Mesa. For more information, call 480-773-6599 or visit RestoringBalanceAz. com. See ad on page 8.

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Celebrate the Spring Equinox with Theresa Ramsey and Gregg Braden


r. Theresa Ramsey will open for Gregg Braden at the SelfEmpowered Wisdom Retreat on March 18 in Sedona. Arizona’s top doc will also serve as a panelist on the popular unplugged panel. During Uncensored Conversations, attendees can converse with Ramsey and other seminar presenters in an “unplugged” open and honest Q&A format hosted by Braden. Ramsey’s guided meditation, “Harmonizing Within for Greater Wellbeing,” teaches participants to utilize the healing power of love and discover how to unlock the limitations of their health and open to greater states of ease. They can take home a simple practice to use anytime to break patterns of illness and evolve into higher levels of well-being. For more information and registration, visit or call 928-451-4670. See ad on page 13.

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Dance in the Light 1.0 - April 6-9, 2017, $488 We all have the ability to play in the mystical world. If you have always wanted to develop your psychic abilities, meet your spirit guides and play with energy, Dance in the Light is the retreat for you! Other Upcoming Retreats & Workshops: Shamanic Reiki | Dance in the Light 2.0 Way of the Warrior Women | Past Life Playshop Personal Wellness Retreats Angel Wellness Package: Connect with the angels, receive sacred guidance, angelic healing and possibly meet your angel guides. Includes: An Angel Card reading, Angelic Reiki and either: Cranial Sacral or Massage Therapy. Special: $365 Healthier You Wellness Package: Launch your journey with a Medical Intuitive session to uncover what may be blocking your optimal wellness. Follow with energy and body work to jump start your healing. Includes a one hour Medical Intuitive session plus two of the following: Reiki or Channeled Sound Healing and Cranial Sacral or Massage Therapy. Special: $380.00 Call: 928.862.4400 or visit

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BOONgarden Brings the Arts and Education Together in a Pastoral Setting


OONgarden, a local, woman owned and operated business, offers an exhibition urban garden, a gallery space for local artists and a refreshment lounge serving coffee, tea, lemonade, smoothies and frappes. Manager Audrey Ohlinger states, “It is the mission of this business to create a space where one can experience art, sustainable urban gardening and enjoy refreshments. Sustainable living is promoted through education and by example. The staff is committed to the Historic Avondale community with integrity, creative openness and a better future for all as the principal priority.” The urban garden is open daily, with tours available discussing the benefit of cultivating our own food. Affordable classes are held to encourage and inspire the local community to take an active role in sustaining their food supply. The gallery space is available to artists in all formats, including painters, sculptors, drawers, textile crafters and jewelry makers. It’s a neighborhood meeting place for creativity and enjoying the company of friends and family. Location: 214 W. Western Ave., Avondale. For more information, call 623-932-2240 or visit

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r. Edward Kondrot, a board-certified ophthalmologist with Healing The Eye Wellness Center, in Zephyrhills, Florida, is presenting three events focused on helping to reverse macular degeneration, a leading cause of blindness. He will host the Kondrot Eye Program from January 17 to 20, the Stem Cell Program on January 19 and 20, and Get Started with Microcurrent on January 23 and 24, all from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. A free report on recent and ongoing studies and findings is available from Healing The Eye Wellness Center by those that cannot attend. Kondrot has written seven books on eye diseases and sees his work as a way to help prevent further blindness. Location: 40122 Mason Rd., Zephyrhills. For more information, call 800-430-9328, email Info@HealingTheEye. com or visit and NationalEyeReport. org for the free report. See ad on page 79.



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Feeding wild birds helps fuel them and provides viewing pleasure, yet a communal feeder may hold hidden risks, reports a recent study in Ecology Letters.  In reviewing 20 published research papers on host/pathogen interactions in human-fed wild populations, researchers at the University of Georgia’s Odum School of Ecology, in Athens, found that intentional feeding changed their behavior and diet enough to foster potentially harmful growth of parasites and viruses. “Feeders can bring unexpected species and more birds together more frequently than normal, facilitating conditions for parasites and other contaminates,” says lead researcher Daniel Becker. Birds crowding into tight spaces to reach tasty morsels also makes it easier for pathogens like house finch eye disease and respiratory ailments to be passed among them. Maintain cleanliness. Stephen Kress, director of the National Audubon Society’s Project Puffin, advises that safe bird feeding includes completely scrubbing out feeders with a 10 percent non-chlorinated bleach solution at least a few times a year, and certainly between seasons. Be food-specific. While using bird seed mixtures to attract a wide range of species is cheaper, such food usually includes fillers like milo that most birds quickly pass through, making a mess under the feeder that can make birds sick. Kress suggests, “Buy specific seeds for specific feeders—like cracked corn and millet in one and only sunflowers in another. This decreases interactions between species that eat the different seeds and dramatically cuts waste.” Creative option. Try some peanut butter and other healthful ingredients, suggests Julie Craves, supervisor of avian research at the Rogue River Bird Observatory at the University of Michigan-Dearborn, in a recent edition of BirdWatching magazine. “It’s high in fat, protein and calories.” Avoid nut butter made with the artificial sweetener xylitol, as it can kill birds. She recommends mixing one part organic peanut butter with four or five parts plain, non-GMO (genetically modified) cornmeal and add oats and raisins. Plain or chunky works. “The dough can then be shaped into portions that will fit in suet feeders or logs, or just placed in feeding trays.”


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Tom Bird Allows Writers to Overcome Obstacles and Get Published


om Bird will bring an opportunity for participants to write their book in a weekend retreat March 2 through 5 in Sedona. The Tom Bird Method blends a comprehensive and holistic support system that opens participants to a free-flowing mental, physical, emotional and spiritual state called The Divine Author Within. Like a world-class athlete in the zone, great writers that dramatically affect their readers write in a similar state. When writing is embraced as an innate art form, supported and flowing naturally, The Divine Author Within state works for anyone, from those with a preformed idea to those that do not believe they are very good writers. Bird states, “Common literary education and training focuses exclusively on left-brain intellectualism. This overly critical perspective thwarts what would otherwise be a beautiful and natural process. The frustrated writer is then born. Admittedly,

Tom Bird all writers, like all human beings, have their insecurities.” Many would-be writers are desperate for help, which allows the Tom Bird Method to be a kind of literary midwife. Eighty-one percent of people

feel they have a book inside them and are drawn to write for healing, transformation and the release of their divine potential, and they will receive complete support during the retreat. Regardless of where they are on the spectrum of their writing journey, they will release their earthly message of humor, insight, healing or entertainment by finally penning a book. This proven curriculum will lead attendees not only to the completion of their book in a weekend, but to the ability to get the book professionally published and potentially onto a bestseller list within a few months afterward. The Tom Bird Method programs are meant to flow, so participants feel ready to take the next step. Complimentary introduction classes are available. For more information, visit To register for the retreat, phone 928-821-6946. See ad on page 43.


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Holistic Dermatology Inner Health, Radiant Skin by Linda Sechrist


edical Doctor Alan M. Dattner, a 35-year pioneer in the field of holistic dermatology, faithfully follows nature’s principles in supporting skin health. His book Radiant Skin from the Inside Out: The Holistic Dermatologist’s Guide to Healing Your Skin Naturally maps out how skin reflects the body’s healthy or unhealthy organs and systems. Finding the internal root cause of problems on the skin, the body’s largest organ, takes time to investigate. Dattner, who practices in New York City and New Rochelle, New York, and considers himself a “skin detective”, says that although his forensic work continues to expand, he still begins his sleuthing by compiling a detailed and comprehensive history that yields clues for solving health puzzles and points him in the direction of what’s causing problems. Some patients with acne also have symptoms of bloating, gastrointestinal issues or chronic bowel disease. Others may have traveled to another country where they contracted diarrhea from a parasite or foreign bacteria that upset their intestinal microbiome. Skin outbreaks can also be the result of food sensitivities or food al22


lergies. “I make patients aware of the issues underlying their skin problems so that they understand the connection between internal health and skin. Then they can make conscious food choices,” says Dattner. Diet is a critical aspect of healthy skin. Food sensitivities can cause inflammation that can show up on the skin, he explains. Dattner incorporates several diagnostic techniques and remedies from other medical traditions, including herbal, homeopathic and ayurvedic. A tongue diagnosis he uses is taken from Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). He uses Applied Kinesiology to refine his therapeutic choices as the results align with his knowledge of dermatology, immunology and integrative medicine. Janice MacKenzie, acupuncture practitioner, teacher and author of Discovering the Five Elements: One Day at a Time, views the skin as a third lung, because it breathes. “If the organs of elimination aren’t working well—large intestine, liver and kidney—then toxins leave through the skin, another organ of elimination,” says MacKenzie, who practices in Perkasie, Pennsylvania.

“When constipation leaves toxins to be reabsorbed into the blood and recirculated through the liver, the body, out of desperation, seeks ways to get rid of toxins through the skin. This can result in eczema, psoriasis, rashes, boils and acne,” notes MacKenzie. In TCM, the facial redness of rosacea originates in a heating of the blood caused by toxicity. An inflammatory condition of excess energy and toxicity in the stomach travels upward through the stomach energy meridian that runs from the eye to the second toe. It’s supposed to flow downward through the mouth, throat and intestines and out. Elina Fedatova, cosmetic chemist, aesthetician, owner of spas in Chicago and Kalamazoo, Michigan, and formulator of Elina Organics, addresses skin as an aspect of a whole healthy body. Her product line is created wholly from organic plant extracts and essential oils, made in batches every two weeks. These purely natural products can be ingested without harmful effects. “Formulas are made using holistic principles and adjusted for each season,” says Fedatova. She agrees with Dattner, “Protecting skin from the inside with a nutritious diet that benefits the entire body is vital, as important as keeping the skin’s surface clean.” In caring for skin from the outside, a gentle exfoliation that can be done at home three times a week using a honey mask is the first step. Skin cells produced in the deepest layer gradually push their way to the epidermis every 30 days and die. Dead cells pile up unevenly and give the skin’s surface a dry, dull appearance. Treatment serums, moisturizing lotions and eye and neck creams are necessary elements of a complete facial skin care regimen, as is a natural sunscreen with zinc oxide or titanium dioxide. “Using skincare practices and products that follow nature’s example are the perfect external complement to good internal health,” says Fedatova. Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings. Connect at

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SOURCES Artisan Food Guild Community Market 2325 N. 7th St. 802-780-0010 The Coronado 2201 N. 7th St. 602-252-1322 The Coronado Neighborhood Association and Coronado Home Tour Green New American Vegetarian 2022 N. 7th St. 602-258-1870 The Lotus Acupuncture and Wellness Center 2717 N. 7th St. 602-396-5695 Nami Tsoft Tserve and Coffee 2014 N. 7th St. 602-258-6264 Phoenix Community Acupuncture 2530 N. 7th St., Ste. 103 623-242-0541 SuTRA Midtown 2317 N. 7th St. 602-253-9525 Urban Wellness 2024 N. 7th St., Ste. 201 602-462-5477



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taring with this issue, Natural Awakenings is debuting an ongoing feature that focuses on Valleyarea neighborhoods that enjoy a large number of healthy and green living businesses, retailers and other like organizations. Our first neighborhood spotlight recognizes 7th Street, between McDowell and Thomas Roads, in downtown Phoenix. Bordered to the east by the Coronado Historical District, the area hosts a number of residents already focused on reuse and reinvestment in historical homes. Phoenix Community Acupuncture, founded by Mayo Mercedes Wardle, LAc, Dipl OM, is a groupstyle acupuncture style clinic that is bringing affordable and accessible acupuncture to as many people as possible. Wardle says, “Our sliding scale allows you to come in often enough to see positive results.”

Coronado Home Tour

The 30th Anniversary Coronado Home Tour takes place February 26, featuring a number of historically modern homes and gardens. Gather at Coronado Park to enjoy food and music, a street fair and the Coronado Classic car and bicycle show. Advance tickets are $17.

The Green New American Vegetarian and Nami Tsoft Tserve and Coffee is a 100 percent vegan eatery, offering classic comfort foods like burgers, wings, chicken sandwiches, as well as healthy options like fresh garden burritos, salads and organic rice bowls. Nami offers an amaz-

ing plant-strong vegan breakfast and vegan treats like house-made pastries, house-made organic soft serve ice cream and fair trade coffee. Owner and Chef Damon Brasch says, “This area, like much of the Valley, is certainly moving toward a healthier lifestyle. People are realizing the benefits of plant-based foods, not just for the ethical reasons, but also for environmental impacts and personal health. Urban Wellness is called a healthy oasis in Phoenix by owners Douglas and Patty Edgelow, founders of Urban Yoga. One of the two buildings is a holistic healing center well-staffed by a dozen practitioners of different modalities. The two newest additions are Luis Mangandi, a Chinese herbalist, and Annie Meigs, an acupuncturist. In the second building, Gregory’s Fresh Market is opening a full-time farmers’ market serving fresh produce and local specialties. Coronado residents Rebecca and Matthew Fritz opened SuTRA Midtown in 2007 as a gathering place for health-conscious urbanites. Along with introductory and advanced yoga classes, the studio offers massage,

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SuTRA Midtown Skullpt pilates, modern meditation and a Mum Deva series of prenatal activities for expectant mothers. The Coronado Phoenix is a vegetarian/vegan eatery, coffee shop and bar opened by Liam Murtagh, one of the owners of the former vegan restaurant Bragg’s Factory Diner. The Coronado Neighborhood Association comprises a diverse group of residents and businesses organized to preserve and promote the unique character of Greater Coronado. The volunteer membership works to build a united and informed neighborhood, increase resident safety, promote artis-

tic and cultural appreciation, and hold events that bring neighbors together. Marketing Chair Mai Crone says, “This creates a deeper sense of community, making Coronado an attractive and desirable place to live. The Coronado neighborhood is attractive to many green and healthy living businesses because the community collectively cares about sustainability and making the world a better place, one neighborhood at a time. The influx of new businesses and restaurants to the area is most likely a result of the high density of community-minded individuals in the Coronado neighborhood.”

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FITNESS 2017 New Year’s Resolutions that Stick by Aimee Hughes


very January, we rally our hopes, vowing that this time our New Year’s resolutions will finally stick. However, “If you don’t have a plan, plan to fail,” says Kansas City, Missouri, personal trainer Jake Albracht. We can make our health and fitness goals for 2017 a reality instead of just wishful thinking. Find a good trainer. “A personal trainer provides a helpful base of knowledge because the hardest part for most people is a lack of planning and diligence in following up. Trainers



can step in to help a client achieve their goals,” says Albracht. Jeanne Rankin, assistant strength and conditioning coach at the University of Kentucky, in Lexington, adds, “A personal trainer can also help you set lofty goals that you wouldn’t have considered on your own due to fear of failure in achieving them.” Secure personal attention. Individual attention is invaluable. Albracht notes, “There’s nothing like the instant feedback with technique, information and support that one-on-one training provides.”

Rankin adds, “In ongoing individual evaluation, a personal trainer can see exactly what’s going well and what isn’t, providing a better assessment than in a group.” “Group settings can also be positive and mimic a team environment, but a one-on-one relationship allows for a deeper bond of trust. Sometimes that can make all the difference in the world,” Albracht explains. Ask questions. If engaging a personal trainer isn’t in our available budget, they are often willing to answer a few burning fitness questions. Most of us have had volunteer teachers at some point in our lives that expected nothing in return because they loved sharing what they know. It’s a slower process, but can be a viable option. Set realistic goals. “I tell clients that structuring a program of specific goals will always trump a non-structured program,” says Albracht. “They need to fill out a goals sheet and develop a personal model that is repeatable, sustainable and successful. We use the SMART acronym for specific, measurable, attainable, relevant and timely.” Sometimes writing things down is just what’s needed to make them actually happen. “When you look at pictures of famous people in magazines, realize that the images have been Photoshopped. They also have access to

the best and most expensive resources in the world, and looking good is their job,” reminds Rankin. “Set a goal, and then set a bunch of small, achievable, measurable and quantifiable steps along the way that’ll push you towards that bigger goal.” For example, If the goal is to lose 50 pounds in a year, then maybe shoot to lose 30 pounds in the first six months and 20 in the second six months. “Breaking it up into what feels doable for you is key,” says Rankin. Establish intentions. Krysten Clark, a Los Angeles personal trainer, yoga teacher and founder of Yogva Nutrition, uses the SMART elements along with establishing an intention for each session. She states, “It’s important to recognize what ‘being healthy’ means to you. I always have my clients set an intention for their workout in the moment, which allows them to be fully present with what they’re doing and why they’re doing it. Connecting with their ‘why’ proves powerful in a day-to-day practice.” She also strives to bring mindfulness into any fitness workout that

evolves from a mind-body connection. The accompanying sense of self-compassion furthers progress in the never-ending process of personal growth and healthy living. Acquire a fitness posse. An accountability partner can be a friend or a personal trainer—someone that’s only a phone call away. Rankin observes, “If you know that you are letting someone down by not working out, then you are more likely to stick to a plan, especially if you’re paying that person.” Hit the reset button if needed. “Set a deadline to attain a goal and work backwards from there to achieve it,” advises Albracht. “If the goal is missed, reassess and plan again.” Be patient and forgive yourself as often as necessary if slip-ups occur. The ultimate results of feeling good and healthier provide their own payoff. Aimee Hughes, a freelance writer in Kansas City, MO, is a doctor of naturopathy and consultant for the Yandara Yoga Institute. Connect at

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There is Joy When We Awaken to Our Spirit by Julianne Lewis


e are all seeking the path toward enlightenment in our spirituality that naturally occurs when we remain open, listen, meditate, seek truth and sample different ideas and paths. This year, we can allow part of that process to include understanding who we are and why we have been called to this earthly plane, because we are not here by accident. It is time for us to awaken to the truth that we are not just mind and body and to acknowledge our real self. We are truly so much more than what we have been told, so much more than what we believe or what we sometimes demonstrate. We can start with the act of lightening our vibrational density by letting go of negativity, self-judgment and the

fear of not being good enough. We can then make room for our expanded selves by bringing some spiritual aspects into the light we naturally stand in; the characteristics of our true self that we have kept under wraps. The truth is that we all have the ability to allow our spiritual truth and authentic self to express itself. Our life is a journey toward remembering our power and presence. It is our time to awaken, stand in integrity, express our truth more fully and share love unconditionally. As we embrace the reality of who we are, we make room for new ideas, creativity, innovations, healing modalities and exciting ways of expressing and being. It hasn’t been all that long since people believed the world was flat,


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and there are many “truths” about the human experience that have been skewered, causing confusion and fear. These misconceptions and our own unwillingness to change have held us in a long, collective sleep, but now it’s time to wake up, as evidenced by the chaos we are witnessing throughout our world. No matter where we are in our process of becoming, it does not serve us or anyone else to stay under cover, hiding our light, second-guessing ourselves and choosing a life of mediocrity. It is much more powerful to allow our “superhero” divine spirit to descend, bringing with it our highest vibrational resources, our higher self and our true essence. As Marianne Williamson, author of A Course in Miracles, wrote, “We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world.” We can accept our greatness, let go of the old perceptions of lack and limitation, and mindfully share our gifts of truth, integrity, wisdom and grace. Our essential light and love will begin a holy transformation. When we are awake, there will be hope, peace, love and joy. Reverend Julianne Lewis is the senior pastor of Interfaith CommUNITY Spiritual Center, in Mesa. For more information, visit or phone 480-593-8798. See ad on page 65.

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ing a beautiful beat. Consider these seven keys to ensure success with an elegant edible landscape: Include In-Demand Edibles: The most successfully edible landscapes include what the residents most love to eat, from roots, fruits and beans to greens. Microclimates: Edibles can easily be grown in every microclimate from indoors to outdoors, full sun to full shade, and everything in between. New research from has simplified the science of microclimates down to seven zones that exist in every landscape, and developed a garden planning software to identify varieties and schedules proven in each microclimate year-round.

Seven Keys to an Elegant Edible Landscape by Justin Rohner


ardens have changed in the last 20 years. People used to believe that to have a beautiful garden, it would have to be a resource-sucking money pit. Since the recession, however, that sentiment has changed. Gardeners are getting smarter. They realize now that if they are going to put money and/or time into their landscape, it had better provide more than just something pretty to look at.



Thanks to a rising trend in integrated landscaping from food forests, farm yards, food-scaping, to Agriscaping, people are finding ways to have their beautiful gardens and eat them, too. Success begins with a solid, integrated design. In general, a well-designed landscape (edible or not) will be so attractive that it naturally draws people out into the garden to both enjoy it and nurture it. It will also ebb and flow with the seasons, never miss-

Water: When water can first be harvested on-site through grey water and rainwater sources, and then efficiently aligned with growing spaces, municipal water use will be minimal and production will be improved. Layers: Great designs often start with the tree layer, a bush/perennial layer, and then the growing beds where all seasonal fruits, vegetables and edible flowers grow, beautifully protected from the harshest of weather conditions. Hardscapes: To give a garden lasting beauty and flow, top designs anchor layouts with seat walls, paths, arbors, fire pits and trellises. These elements are beautiful on their own and enhance the plants that grow around them. Adventure paths: Creating a “road less traveled� in the landscape means more to a garden than adventure, it also

means ease of maintenance by putting every edible plant within arm’s reach. Flow: Ensuring a simple, intuitive layout that includes support for the complete life cycle of plants from soil, seed starting and maturation to harvesting and then back to soil again through composting is the only path to a sustainable design. Although most gardeners love to be out in their gardens often, they don’t want to be slaves to it. Seeking out a professional support network is a good idea. There is a growing network of support, as well as more free tips and tricks to elegant edible landscaping on They can help with all things from design, installation, maintenance and harvesting to integration of excess production into the local food economy. Following these steps, today’s smart gardeners can ensure elegant edible success in their garden for a lifetime and beyond. Justin Rohner is CEO and cofounder of Agriscaping Technologies, in Gilbert. For more information, phone 480-336-2518.

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High Pain Tolerance Can Be a Problem by Dr. Harlan Sparer


magine for a moment that we are a warrior on a field of medieval battle and have just been severely injured. Our survival is dependent on muzzling the tremendous pain and shock of the injury to either escape or survive in battle. We are hailed after the battle and the prospect of finding a partner increases drastically as a result of our experience; thus our genes will spread across many generations. It is fairly likely that this is the reason that a high pain tolerance exists in some people to this day. The brain filters messages travelling to it so it is not overwhelmed by unimportant signals. This filtration is sometimes excessive enough to nearly completely mask pain when its signal is vital and important. What should register as an early warning signal is so deeply muted as to seem a mild irritation, instead of breathtaking pain. As a result, the injury goes unattended to and gets worse, leading to a much more complex series of advancements to the original insult and extending, delaying or even preventing recuperation. The problem essentially is that pain at the onset of an injury is a messenger that we don’t want to kill. It is a driving force for self-preservation that causes us to allow ourselves to heal and seek

a solution to the cause. When the signals aren’t transmitted thoroughly and properly, a fracture, rupture or severe tear may remain unattended, leading to further damage. Sometimes the defective over-filtration of pain signals only affects some areas of the body. The first step in dealing with this deficit of nerve transmission is to recognize when it is present, such as being able to shrug off injury easily or that a puncture or slash registers little to no pain. Perhaps a blunt trauma gives us a near zero pain signal; if so, we may have a high tolerance for pain. This means that we possess a defective early warning system and may harbor mild, untreated problems in our body. We can take a moment to close our eyes and feel our body from head to toe looking for mild sensations of discomfort. Check daily to see if this feeling persists. It is quite possibly the only kind of warning we will receive until a body system breaks down. It is possible to educate ourselves as to how to respond to our reduced awareness. Those faint feathery sensations of discomfort are possibly indicative of a more involved problem than the message getting through represents. Rely on a good diagnostic doctor or two that utilize observation


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SABOTEURS Tackling Obesity’s Hidden Causes by Lisa Marshall


at less, move more. These words have been the cornerstone of diet advice for decades, leading millions of Americans to greet the new year with vows to cut calories and hit the gym. In all, one in five U.S. adults are dieting at any given time, according to the international market research firm The NPD Group, and 57 percent would like to lose 20 pounds or more. Yet few will reach that goal. One survey of 14,000 dieters published in the International Journal of Obesity found that only one in six had ever been able to lose 10 percent of their body weight and keep it off for a year. Another study, published in the last year in Obesity, followed up with 14 contestants from the 2009 TV reality show The Biggest Loser and found that despite efforts to keep their eating and exercise habits on track, 13 had regained significant weight since the competition. Four are heavier now than before participating on the show.



Diet experts say the battle of the bulge has been exceedingly hard to win for one clear reason: We’re oversimplifying the solution and underestimating the saboteurs. “We’re learning that it’s not as simple as calories-in and calories-out,” says Dr. Pamela Wartian Smith, an Ann Arbor, Michigan, physician specializing in functional and nutritional medicine and author of Why You Can’t Lose Weight. Research reveals that everything from food allergies to hormone imbalances and disruptions in gut bacteria can subtly undermine the best-laid weight management plans. Working out too much or eating too little can also backfire. Even a mean boss or a cold workplace cubicle can factor in. Certainly, diet and exercise are key, experts emphasize. Yet, if we’re doing all the right things and still seeing disappointing numbers on the scale, there’s still more we can do. Here are some common weight-loss saboteurs and what to do about them.

Underperforming Thyroid

The thyroid serves as a key metabolism regulator, dictating how efficiently the heart beats and

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Bite into a food we’re sensitive to and our body switches into “fight-or-flight” mode. It stores fat and water, releases histamines that widen blood vessels and inflame tissue, and cranks out stress hormones like epinephrine and norepinephrine that make us want to eat more of that food. “You literally get a high so that you crave more,” says Smith. She notes that unlike true allergies, which can prompt an immediate reaction, food intolerances often manifest subtly over several days. When we are repeatedly exposed to a food we’re sensitive to, we feel bloated and sluggish, regardless of the calorie count. Allergy medications can also prompt weight gain, in part by boosting appetite. One study by Yale researchers found people that regularly ingested antihistamines like Zyrtec and Allegra were far more likely to be overweight than those not using them. What to do: First, cut out the most-craved foods. “If someone tells me they just cannot live without cheese, I assume they are allergic to it,” says Smith. Or, try an elimination diet. Ban common allergens like milk, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts and gluten (if possible, try sticking to only rice and lamb—two hypoallergenic foods—for four days). Then reintroduce other foods slowly and monitor the results. To combat seasonal allergies naturally, try vitamin C, quercetin and butterbur supplements.

muscles contract, how quickly the body turns nutrients into energy, and how well we burn off stored fat. When thyroid hormone production falls, metabolism can also decrease by as much as 40 percent. Yet as many as four in 13 women suffer from a thyroid hormone deficiency, says Toronto naturopathic doctor Natasha Turner, author of the new book The Hormone Boost. “You can diet and exercise until you are blue in the face, but if your thyroid is out of balance, you won’t achieve the body you’re looking for,” she says. “It’s a common cause of weight gain.” What to do: Get tested for levels of thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) and, if possible, T4 (thyroxine) and T3 (triiodothyronine) also. TSH signals the thyroid to make more T4, the inactive form of thyroid hormone that is converted into T3, the form the

body is able to use. Abnormal blood levels of any of these can impact metabolism adversely, and a TSH test alone may be unable to identify a problem, caution Smith and Turner. In some cases, medication may be required. Otherwise, move to embrace lifestyle habits that reduce stress levels, because the stress hormone cortisol can inhibit thyroid function. Get eight hours of sleep; sleep deprivation also impairs thyroid function. Eat lots of fiber, which helps the body eliminate excess estrogen and other thyroiddamaging metabolic byproducts. Also, stock up on foods containing tyrosine (almonds and avocadoes), and selenium (Brazil nuts). In some cases, if an iodine deficiency is at play, a doctor may suggest iodine supplements or iodine-rich foods like kelp and sea bass.

Imbalanced Gut

The trillions of microorganisms in our gut have a profound impact on our ability to maintain a healthy weight, says Dr. Raphael Kellman, a New York City physician practicing functional medicine and author of The Microbiome Diet. “The gut bacteria are the gatekeepers of the calories that enter our body,” he explains. Research shows that certain species of bacteria aid in the metabolizing of carbohydrates, while others help break down fats and protein. Some turn on genes that fight inflammation; others influence how well the body responds to insulin. Diversity and balance of helpful bacteria species are keys to health. “If changes in the percentages of certain bacteria occur, the microbiome loses its ability to help us maintain a healthy weight,” says Kellman. In one landmark 21st-century study by University of Colorado researchers, swapping the gut bacteria of a skinny mouse with that of an obese one made the skinny mouse gain weight.

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What to do: Go easy on antibiotics, which can wipe out gut bacteria diversity. Load up on fermented foods like kim chi, sauerkraut, kefir and yogurt. Eat lots of inulin-containing plant fiber to give desirable bacteria something to chew on, and consider taking a probiotic supplement until weight loss and health goals are achieved.

Overdoing Diets

Natural Slimming Supplements Ashwaghanda root: While research is scarce, this Indian herb is traditionally believed to reduce levels of the stress hormone cortisol (which can boost belly fat storage). It’s also believed to boost conversion of the thyroid hormone T4 to the more metabolically active thyroid hormone T3. Doctor of Naturopathy Natasha Turner recommends 500 to 1,000 milligrams (mg) twice daily. Chromium: This mineral plays a key role in enhancing insulin’s action in the body. Numerous studies by U.S. Department of Agriculture researchers and others suggest that taking chromium supplements can stabilize blood sugar, potentially reducing the cravings and energy slumps that come with glucose spikes and dips. Research on chromium’s impact on body composition and weight has been mixed. Turner recommends 200 to 400 micrograms (mcg) daily. Curcumin: This golden spice, found in turmeric, curbs painful joint inflammation from over-exercising, and has been shown by Tufts University and Columbia University researchers to improve fat metabolism in mice. L-carnitine: Helps the body use fat for fuel more efficiently and also can be used as an energy booster before cardio or strength training. Dr. Pamela Wartian Smith recommends 500 to 1,000 mg daily. Omega-3 fatty acids: In addition to being potent anti-inflammatory agents, the omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA have been associated with greater weight and fat loss when added to a diet and exercise program, according to studies in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition and the International Journal of Obesity. Prebiotics: These undigested fibers provide food for good gut bacteria to keep the digestive system and metabolism on track. Probiotics: These are generally believed to promote healthy gut bacteria so that the body metabolizes food more efficiently. One recent study in the British Journal of Nutrition followed 125 obese men and women throughout a 12-week diet, followed by a 12-week maintenance period, and found that the women taking probiotics containing the bacterial strain Lactobacillus rhamnosis lost significantly more weight during the diet than women that didn’t; plus, they continued to lose weight during the maintenance period. The men studied did not show similar results. Selenium: Selenium is critical for the conversion of inactive T4 to active T3 that the body can make use of. Smith recommends 100 to 200 mcg daily. 36


As The Biggest Loser contestants learned, losing too much weight too fast can bring metabolism to a screeching halt; the body, coaxed into starvation mode, moves to conserve fuel and store fat. “If you try to lose weight by drastically slashing calorie intake and going crazy on the cardio machines, you’ll do more harm than good,” says Turner. Performing intense cardiovascular exercise such as running, cycling or swimming for more than 45 minutes can make cortisol levels surge, accelerating muscle loss and impairing the immune system. That’s counterproductive because muscles burn calories at rest, too. Consistent overexercise can also prompt the stressed body to respond in a fight-or-flight fashion, storing more belly fat and leading to the “skinny but fat” body composition common among models and marathon runners, she says. Skipping meals can prompt the key thyroid hormone T3 to fall off too, further slowing metabolism. Plus, six weeks into a restrictive weight-loss program, levels of the feel-good hormones dopamine and serotonin also start to decline, killing motivation and fueling cravings. The result is a weight plateau or even weight gain. What to do: Unless walking, limit workouts to 40 minutes, advises Turner. Instead of slogging away at a steady pace on the treadmill, try intervals (short, high-intensity efforts separated by brief rest periods), which have been shown to boost both fat burning and cardiovascular fitness. For example: five-minute warm-up, one-minute run at fast pace, one-minute run at moderate pace, repeat 10 times, five-minute cool-down. Also, incorporate strength training into

three workouts each week. Include some fat, protein and carbohydrates with every meal. If insisting on counting calories, shoot for 450 to 500 per meal and 150 per snack for women; 500 to 600 per meal and 200 to 300 per snack for men. Every week to 10 days, enjoy a carb-loaded “cheat meal” such as pancakes or pasta; it supports any languishing thyroid and feel-good hormones, gives associated neurotransmitters a jump-start and keeps us from feeling deprived.

Dark, Cold, Stressful Workplaces

Alan Hedge, Ph.D., a workplace design researcher with Cornell University, in New York, says women, who tend to have less muscle and body hair to provide natural warmth, are at particular risk of packing on pounds due to an overly cold environment. “When the body is cold, it adapts by laying down insulation, which is fat,” he says. Even without eating extra calories, if we’re constantly cold at work, as 31 percent of women are according to a recent CareerBuilder survey, we tend to gain about a pound or two per year, says Hedge. Other research, conducted at Northwestern University, in Illinois, shows that workers exposed to more light in the morning weigh about 1.4 pounds less on average than those toiling in windowless cubicles. The suspected reason is that morning light triggers a cascade of hormones that positively impact appetite and metabolism. Another study, by Ohio State University researchers, found women that experienced a stressful event at work or elsewhere and then ate a fatand calorie-laden meal the next day burned 100 fewer calories from that meal than non-stressed workers. What to do: At work, move the desk toward a window or at least take a walk every morning. Bring a space heater, extra sweater or hot tea fixings. After an ultra-stressful workday, eat especially healthfully that night. Lisa Marshall is a freelance health writer in Boulder, CO. Connect at natural awakenings

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and heal patients,” Krisel explains. Paying for memberships out-of-pocket (often electing high-deductible plans) or via a health-sharing plan, clients value coverage that includes annual wellness exams, phone or virtual appointments and educational classes, plus follow-ups and urgent care at minimal costs. The U.S. mainstream fee-for-service approach, whether paid by insurance or cash, has been criticized for encouraging unnecessary tests and procedures because doctors are paid for services performed. To maintain income, they typically shorten appointments to increase the number of patients they see. Lewis emphasizes, “Time is the valuable factor in DPC—healthy lifestyle changes, which can prevent or reverse 70 percent of health concerns, cannot be communicated in 10 minutes.”


Medical Cost-Sharing

For generations, Christian communities have operated health care sharing ministries (HCSM) to collectively share the cost of each other’s medical bills as an alternative to outside insurance. Members are exempt from current Affordable Healthcare Act (ACA) mandates. Liberty HealthShare, a nonprofit HCSM chartered by the Mennonite church, believes that everyone has the right to practice religion as they see fit. Their members share a commitment to personal health and sharing in the burden of health expenses with others that have these values. “Many in the functional and integrative medical arenas also believe in these principles,” says Tom Blue, of Richmond, Virginia, a director with The Institute for Functional Medicine. “Cost sharing feels very familiar; you present your card to your provider, but there’s no set network of providers, which is favorable for those seeking more progressive forms of care.” Expanding upon this model, Blue worked with the company to create its Liberty Direct program ( Individuals pay an annual membership fee plus a monthly share amount. After fulfilling their annual unshared amount of out-of-pocket expenses (similar to a deductible), participants’ healthcare costs—including approved naturopathic and alternative treatments—can be submitted as expenses to be shared by the group. Liberty Direct provides financial advantages to DPC practitioners and patients by subsidizing membership fees; it favors nutrition over chronic prescription dependence by reimbursing physician-prescribed nutritional supplement and pharmaceutical expenses under the same terms. Members must be in good health with a lifestyle that helps sustain wellness, including good nutrition, exercise and abstinence from tobacco use and drug and alcohol

Complementary Care Alternatives to Insurance Cost Less by Meredith Montgomery


he latest National Health Interview Survey available, from 2012, shows an annual expenditure of $30.2 billion in out-of-pocket costs for complementary health approaches, benefiting 33 percent of adults and 12 percent of children, and representing about 10 percent of out-of-pocket U.S. healthcare costs. Insurance rarely covers complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) in full. As provider networks shrink, premiums rise and the future of healthcare reform remains uncertain, health-conscious consumers yearn for innovative ways to afford this kind of care.

Membership-Based Care

When Dr. Chad Krisel worked at an urgent care center, he saw up to 55 patients a day. Since opening Integrative Family Medicine of Asheville (, in North Carolina, with Dr. Brian Lewis, he averages 12 patients a day. His team provides a membership-based practice in a payment model known as direct primary care (DPC). Endorsed by the American Academy of Family Physicians, DPC is broadly accessible. By applying simplicity, sustainability, quality and collaboration, their integrative practice provides comprehensive care for less than what many pay for phone service. “DPC removes traditional financial incentives and conflicts of interest because membership fees fund us. Our only incentive is to help 38


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abuse. The program also accepts approximately 7 percent of applicants on provisional terms when pre-existing conditions such as hypertension, obesity and diabetes can be improved through lifestyle changes. They pay an extra fee per month to cover the cost of a health coach; when they achieve their goals, they become full members paying regular rates. “The economics are staggering,” says Blue, who used to pay $760 a month for insurance with a $12,400 deductible and now pays a monthly share of $449 with a family unshared amount of $1,500. HCSMs are affordable because of restricted overhead budgets. Plus, they appeal to natural-health conscious clients and can decline unsuitable applicants. “This concept of communal cost sharing works—Liberty’s share amounts decreased in 2013 and have not changed since,” comments Blue.


Told she was past medical hope, Kari Gray, of Kahului, Hawaii, sought to heal from cancer using natural medicine. “When thousands of dollars spent for natural protocols were denied reimbursement by my insurance company, I saw that the system needs to change,” Gray recalls. CAM therapies still deemed “unproven” by traditional insurance companies gave Gray a second chance at life. Following remission, she began a 20-year search for alternative medicine insurance. Finding none, in 2014, she created GreenSurance (

Serving people that proactively care for their health and prefer natural medicine as primary care, GreenSurance developed an evidence-based and science-backed list of 40-plus covered CAM modalities, including thermography, energy therapy, biofeedback, essential oils and homeopathy. It also covers conventional medical and emergency care. Enrollees of the member-owned organization are supplied third-party payer information for provider direct billing once the member’s out-of-pocket amount is met. They use any state-licensed provider and the program is often more affordable than traditional insurance. GreenSurance is currently investing resources to broaden consumer access to the tax advantages of a health spending account (HSA). H.R. 1752 would allow enrollees in any healthcare-sharing program to open an HSA. “Simply, we’re a co-op whose members empower us to create an exempt program that protects members from ACA penalties and traditional health insurance,” says Gray. “More, we’re a grassroots movement for change.” Krisel notes, “Doctors too, are livid about the current status of America’s healthcare system. Be vocal about what’s important to you. The more voices heard in Washington, the more change we’ll see.” Meredith Montgomery publishes Natural Awakenings of Gulf Coast Alabama/Mississippi (

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Getting to ‘Yes’ with an Insurer

onventional insurance rules adversely affect Americans’ consideration of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). According to the 2012 National Health Interview Survey, acupuncture, chiropractic and massage therapy use increased over the prior decade, but only among those without insurance. For those with progressive policies, coverage for CAM approaches is usually only partial.

Know What a Policy Covers

Before using a complementary or integrative service, inquire about specifics: Sometimes preapproval or a referral is required to qualify; coverage may be limited to a certain network of practitioners; verify visit limits or the number required; and get details of out-of-pocket costs. Keep insurance-related communications records, including notes on calls and copies of bills, claims and letters, to help with any claim disputes.

Explore Available Options

Ask the insurance provider about coverage of CAM approaches, including whether a rider or supplement to the standard plan is required to cover them. Inquire about discount programs, such as when members pay for fees and out-of-pocket costs, but at a lower rate. State insurance departments and professional associa-



tions for complementary health specialties may know which insurance companies cover specific CAM approaches.

Ask Practitioners About Payments

When seeing a complementary or integrative practitioner, clarify payment and insurance details before the first visit. Learn the cost of initial and follow-up appointments; how many appointments are needed; additional costs such as for tests, supplements or equipment; and if they offer an income-based sliding scale. Also confirm which insurance plans are accepted and if the patient or provider files claims. When insurance doesn’t cover a service, inquire about installment plans and discounts for cash payments. Jeanette Dietl/


Save with Tax-Exempt Accounts

Flexible spending accounts offered by some employers allow participants to set aside pretax dollars for healthrelated expenses. Health savings accounts can be established by individuals with high-deductible health plans to save for medical expenses. Contributions are tax-deductible and interest is tax-free. Source: National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health

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Mistletoe and Cancer by Dr. Paul Stallone


ow that the holidays are over, we may be looking at some mistletoe among the wrappings and decorations. Surprisingly, mistletoe could be the next heavyweight in the fight against cancer. Effective therapies to treat cancer are desperately needed as cancer rates are expected to double by the year 2030; that means one in two men will develop cancer and one in two-and-half women will have the same fate. Cancer isn’t going anywhere, and if our society can’t get better at preventing it, then we need better ways to treat it. Showing such great promise that even John Hopkins recently published an article on it, mistletoe has been used since the time of Hippocrates and since 1917 to treat cancer. Cytotoxins are substances that are toxic to certain cells. Mistletoe contains a very important cytotoxin called viscumin. Viscum album extract (VAE) attacks the membrane and structure of cancer cells inducing apoptosis, or cell death. Tumors thrive by creating their own blood vessels. VAE is anti-angiogenic, meaning it limits the tumor’s capacity to create its own blood supply. The majority of European physicians use VAE in conjunction with conventional cancer treatments like chemotherapy and radiation. Germany uses VAE the most, with 80 to 85 percent of physicians utilizing this in-



tegrative cancer therapy as it increases the long-term survival of cancer patients. A German study completed by Dr. Ronald Grossarth-Maticek, from the Institute for Preventative Medicine, showed that VAE increased survival time by as much as 40 percent with certain cancers. Common side effects from conventional therapies like low white blood cells, low platelets, low red blood cells, nausea and liver toxicity may all be reduced by VAE therapy, which has also been shown to reduce pain and improve overall quality of life. Another invaluable benefit of using VAE is the protection of the DNA in normal cells during the use of chemotherapy. Cancer becomes more problematic when it metastasizes, or spreads, to other parts of the body. VAE promotes platelet aggregation, which is the gathering of platelets like clots, which can help prevent the spread of cancer cells. A significant concern

when surgically removing a tumor is leaving cancer cells behind that are likely to roam throughout the body. Some studies have shown a prevention of metastatic spread when VAE was used before and after surgery. VAE also promotes recovery post-surgery. Studies have shown VAE targets cancer cells while stimulating the immune system; however, there’s more to a person than just the physical aspect. VAE also helps regulate a person’s emotional well-being by affecting symptoms like depression, fatigue, hopefulness and insomnia. VAE is only available with a physician’s prescription in the U.S., and with good reason. While side effects are very rare, they can occur, although they are usually minor allergic reactions. People with heart problems or that are on MAO inhibitor antidepressants should not use VAE because they will have a greater risk for serious reactions. There are three types of mistletoe therapy. Factors such as age, gender and type of cancer will determine which type is appropriate. While VAE has been used safely by thousands of patients and physicians, it should only be administered under the supervision of a knowledgeable physician. Paul Stallone, NMD, founded the Arizona Integrative Medical Center, located at 8144 E. Cactus Rd., Ste. 820, in Scottsdale. For more information, call 480-214-3922 or visit See ad on the inside front cover.

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What Kids Need from Us, to Grow Wise


Respect Developing Capacities

Some teen struggles are literally all in their heads, according to Dr. Frances Jensen, a professor at the University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine, in Philadelphia. “The brain is the last organ to mature, and isn’t fully complete until young people reach their late 20s. This allows the brain to adapt to its environment, which can be both good and bad,” says Jensen, author of The Teenage Brain: A Neuroscientist’s Survival Guide to Raising Adolescents and Young Adults. 44


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Compounding the challenge, the frontal lobes, responsible for higher functions like insight, judgment, impulse control and empathy, fully mature last; it’s no coincidence that teens struggle in these areas, according to Jensen. The plasticity of the teenage brain is optimal for learning and adaption, but without the frontal lobe feedback, it’s a challenge for them to moderate the heightened emotions, novelty seeking and sexual impulses adolescents are also experiencing. “We expect teenagers to act rationally, but there are many reasons why their brains aren’t taking them there,” says Jensen. “Acknowledging this can lower frustration levels for everyone.”

In today’s hyper-connected world, Katz observes, “Social dynamics can get really confusing and painful and impact kids in far-reaching ways. We used to come home from school and be away from those issues until the next day; now that break doesn’t come because of social media and smartphones.” Katz recommends encouraging journaling or other forms of selfexpression to help teens unplug and reflect. Breathing exercises can help calm nerves and allow them to think more clearly in tough social situations before they react. Katz also suggests teens set aside time each week for a feel-good activity like playing sports or music, to give them a reliable source of pleasure and accomplishment, no matter what else is going on in their lives.

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by April Thompson eer pressure and body consciousness are universal challenges facing teens and their parents. Experts find that by modeling healthy habits and maintaining open lines of communication, adults can help foster healthy independent thinking and responses to inevitable situations.

Family Formula, in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada, which fosters family well-being by holistically addressing root causes of poor health. Such activities can include regularly preparing meals together and going for family walks, rather than eating dinner in front of the TV. “Doing everything you can to connect with kids while they are in an environment you can control gives them a good foundation they can take into the world,” says Atherton, the mother of three teens. Parents have to give trust to gain kids’ trust stresses educator Naomi Katz, of Galilee, Israel, author of Beautiful: Being an Empowered Young Woman. “Create an environment where kids feel like they don’t have to hide or lie about anything,” Katz says. She also encourages parents to empower adolescents in decision making: Rather than telling them not to try drugs or alcohol “because I said so,” provide them real facts to help them draw their own conclusions.

Teens learn more from experience than lectures, so parents should facilitate positive experiences and influences at home, advises Carla Atherton, director of The Healthy

Despite a parent’s best efforts, kids can and will make unhealthy choices, and parents need to be prepared to manage the consequences. If a child is suspected or found to be engaging

in dangerous or addictive behaviors like self-harming or an eating disorder, it’s important to address these immediately, seeking professional help if needed, counsels Katz. Jensen remarks that it’s easier to learn unhealthy patterns when the brain is malleable, and addictive behaviors are harder to eliminate than if they are acquired as an adult. The signs of unhealthy behaviors can be subtle, so it’s important to recognize cues without making flash judgments or placing blame, says Atherton, For example, a parent that notices her teen eating differently or obsessed with working out should consider initiating a conversation with him or her about body image. Talking to teens about images in the media can help them gain a more balanced and positive self-perspective. “You can tell your kids, ‘These advertising images are trying to sell you someone’s idea of a perfect look, but it’s not reality,’” says Atherton. For whatever issues teens are trying to cope with, parents need to cultivate their own sense of inner calm; to be the rock that they can cling to. “Caring adults need to give teens a periodic frontal lobe assist,” says Jensen. “It helps when we share more details and insights about how we organize our lives and make decisions. Modeling the rationality and empathy that teenagers may lack can be an effective counterbalance.” Connect with freelance writer April Thompson, of Washington, D.C., at

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Instead of Resolutions by Julie Lemerond


aking inventory of our life is important to do from time to time, but it’s especially fruitful during the passing into the new year. We have a blank slate upon which we can create what is to come. Setting New Year’s Resolutions can make us feel like our new year is off to a good start, but there’s a reason that they often end up losing their momentum shortly after the first. Instead, choose to create a New Year’s Intention, which is a beautiful practice that can have long-lasting effects on our future. A goal is something to look forward to with an end result or something that can reap the success of achievement or the despair of failure. Losing 10 pounds, making a million dollars and taking a trip. If we only lose five pounds, only make half a million dollars and the only trip we take is to grandmother’s house on the other side of town, we have not succeeded in our goals. Intentions, however, are defined by the journey, not the destination. We can make an intention to lose weight, to become more financially abundant or to travel. With these intentions in our back pocket, losing five pounds, making half a million dollars and taking a trip to the other

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2152 E. Broadway Road Tempe, AZ 85282 480-970-0001 We are the largest natural medicinary in Arizona, providing a wide variety of vitamins, nutritional supplements, books, herbs, homeopathic remedies, tinctures and other health products. See ad on page 5.

Struggling with low energy, depression, diminished sex drive or other confusing symptoms? Dr. Sandra Levitt, M.D. will work closely with you to determine if bioidentical hormone replacement therapy will fit your needs. Pellets offered.

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Martha Reed, PhD 18589 N. 59th Avenue, Suite 108 Glendale, AZ 85308 623-249-5888

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“Easily Lose ½-1 pound a day” with my whole person approach. Combining Homeopathics, Hypnotherapy, Far Infrared Heat Therapy, Life Coaching and Vibefit Therapy. No Needles and Homeopathic Safe. See ad on page 28.


Intuitive Soul Healer Serving Adults, Children, Animals In Person – by Phone - Skype 480-447-5960 Anchor in Divine Light – Oracle, Medical Intuition, Energy Healer, Akashic Records, Angels/Guides, Spiritual Path Enlightenment, Feng Shui. House/Business Blessings. Transform your Soul today!




12630 N. 103rd Avenue, Suite 123 Sun City, AZ 85351 623-583-1330, 602-472-3226 Her combined abilities as a Hypnotherapist and Psychic Medium help others to overcome obstacles that stand in the way of a positive life journey. See ad on page 59.



Farm Bureau Financial Services 325 S. Higley Road, Suite 100 Gilbert, AZ 85296 480-635-3844 Holistic insurance for your holistic life. See how Daniel can help make it simple to protect your family, home, car and business. See ad on page 55.



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Dr. Christine Brass-Jones OB/GYN, Dr. Denise Grobe ND, & Dr. Vanessa Ferreira ND 2152 S. Vineyard #138, Mesa, 85210 480-539-6646 OB/GYN and Naturopaths specializing in natural gynecology, natural obstetrics and minimally invasive procedures and surgeries. Most Insurances accepted including Medicare and AHCCCS.

INNOVATIVE PRIMARY CARE 2915 E. Baseline Road, Suite 101 Gilbert, AZ 85234 480-776-0626

An integrated medical and wellness practice offering individualized attention and a variety of services including BHRT and naturopathy. Find list of doctors, services and car ef u lly - v etted h ealth su p p le men ts at





928-274-8468 Are you ready to be done being a victim and start using all negative circumstances to empower yourself? A Way Of Being is the answer! See ad on page 30.

Foot and Ankle Care 10555 N. Tatum Blvd., Suite A101 Paradise Valley, AZ 85253 602-954-0777 Practicing in the Phoenix area, Dr. Klebe offers complete foot and ankle care. Holistically oriented, Dr. Klebe integrates homeopathic medicine with conventional medical care. See ad on page 49.


2915 E. Baseline Road, Suite 101 Gilbert, AZ 85234 Toll Free 1-866-696-3847 Guided by the principal of integrating care of the mind, body and spirit, board-certified primary care physician, Dr. Sandra Levitt, will be offering personalized care, including prevention, wellness and education through her concierge-like practice.


Shen Wellness Center 10210 W. Happy Valley Parkway, Suite 140 Peoria, AZ 85383 623-282-4642 Shen Wellness Center was created for patients who prefer a more holistic and integrative approach for their healthcare. Dr. Smette is board certified in family medicine, with additional training in geriatric medicine and medical acupuncture. She believes in long appointments (1-2 hours), truly getting to know her patients and empowering them to optimize their health.


12630 N. 103rd Avenue, Suite 123 Sun City, AZ 85351 623-583-1330, 602-472-3226 Her abilities as a Psychic Medium, Spiritual Teacher, and Hypnotherapist help others to understand themselves as she assists them on their life and spiritual journeys. See ad on page 59.


Genevieve Tregor, MS, Owner and Mindfulness Educator 602-910-4240 Mindfulness retreats and classes, traditional MBSR, and professional speaking engagements by content expert with depth of experience. Offers APA CE for Psychologists and health professionals.


40th Street & Cactus or at And Breathe 3201 N. 3rd St., Phoenix AZ 85012 602-821-7149 (for both) Jacqueline Bayne has had over 20 years experience as a Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner, guiding people in slow gentle movements, either verbally or with touch. This method can assist with higher function such as relaxation, better posture, reduction of pain, for most anybody, and particularly dancers, artists, people in pain or those who simply want to move with greater ease through life.


Visit and use the “Find a Doctor” feature under the Patient section to find a Naturopathic Physician in your area.

WELLSPRING METAPHYSICS CENTER 1170 N. Gilbert Road, Suite 115 Gilbert, AZ 85234 480-834-4187

Your East Valley holistic center for metaphysical supplies, books, spiritual readers, mediums, wellness therapy, classes/events and more. See ad on page 19.

Spread love every where you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier. ~Mother Teresa

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Anti-aging Clinic 5350 N. 16th Street, Suite 107 Phoenix, AZ 85016 480-599-8370 Dr. Icard specializes in anti-aging medicine, natural pain management and reversal, natural and traditional aesthetics, ozone therapy, and mind body medicine. She has extensive training in biological medicine, Prolotherapy and PRP, aesthetics and ozone therapy. See ad on page 23.

KATKA NOVAKOVA, MD (EUROPE), ND 29850 N. Tatum Boulevard, Suite 114 Cave Creek, AZ 85331 480-524-4304

My desire is to educate, empower and inspire people on their personal healing journey. I believe that healing is possible—on all levels. See ad on page 79.

SCNM MEDICAL CENTER 2164 E. Broadway Road Tempe, AZ 85282 480-428-3232

We are the largest naturopathic medical center in the Southwest providing acupuncture, herbal/botanical medicine, homeopathy, nutrition and general medicine. See ad on page 5.


Arizona Integrative Medical Center, P.C. 8144 E. Cactus Road #820 Scottsdale, AZ 85260 480-214-3922 Dr. Stallone’s main focus is to listen and understand the underlying cause of an individual’s illness. Often it is a combination of nutritional, emotional, chemical, structural, and lifestyle factors. He uses a vast array of modalities to effectively treat the acute and chronic diseases that are commonly seen today. See ad on inside front cover.

Health is the greatest gift, contentment the greatest wealth, faithfulness the best relationship. ~Buddha


Dr. Denise Grobe, ND & Dr. Vanessa Ferreira, ND 2152 S. Vineyard, Suite 138 Mesa, AZ 85210 480-539-6646 Stress conditions, Food Sensitivities, Anxiety, Depression, Thyroid, Diabetes, PMS, Menopause, Hormone Balancing, Abnormal Paps, Weightloss and Osteoporosis. Acupuncture, Homeopathy and Medical Aesthetics. Insurance accepted.


Zest Natural Medicine 1405 N. Dobson Road #20 Chandler, AZ 85224 480-361-5108 Dr. Barrie Zeller specializes in gastrointestinal concerns, obesity, food allergies, adrenal fatigue, hormone imbalances, and women’s health. She uses bioidentical hormone therapy and other natural therapies to guide the body and mind to wellness. Her approach to treatment is to devise a plan that fits your life. See ad on page 49.

ORGANIZATIONS THE CONSCIOUS COMMUNITY An online Community of Heart Centered Businesses 602-503-8699

Headquartered in Arizona with an international reach. Like a “BBB” of kind, quality business owners! Check here first when looking for respected Mind, Body, Spirit and Service Professionals. See ad on page 63.

PAIN MANAGEMENT INNOVATIVE PRIMARY CARE 2915 E. Baseline Road, Suite 101 Gilbert, AZ 85234 480-776-0626

Are you in pain? Dr. Xan Simonson specializes in acupuncture and prolotherapy to help stimulate the body’s natural healing process to strengthen joints weakened by trauma or arthritis. She also specializes in breast implant detox.



SPECIAL ADVERTISING SECTION SCNM PAIN RELIEF CENTER 2152 E. Broadway Road Tempe, AZ 85282 480-422-1662

Our integrative clinic offers natural approaches for pain relief. Ranging from neurofeedback to regenerative medicine, we treat the cause of your pain holistically. See ad on page 5.




ASAM, Sh. Reiki, HTAP, Animal Communicator and Counselor 602-317-1543

Pain Therapies & Performance Solutions 1425 S. Higley Road, Suite #101 Gilbert, AZ 85296 480-466-6398

With a gentle healing touch, Andrea provides earth medicine and energy healing, animal communication, and intuitive counsel for pets and their people.


An integrative 3 step approach for pain relief using stretch therapy, corrective exercise, and nutrient metabolism identification. Free 1 hour introduction class Tuesday evenings at 6:00pm please RSVP.

WAKING THE DREAM Kelly Lydick, M.A. 602-568-3263

Kelly is a Certified Gateway Dreaming™ coach and intuitive. She provides one-on-one sessions and group workshops in Gateway Dreaming™, meditation, energy healing, and intuitive counseling.


Avoid being exposed to dangerous chemicals when all-natural and safer alternatives work just as well and last longer. See ad on page 59.

The Stars Are Eternally Beckoning


iviane Chauvet, an intuitive healer with inherent gifts that come from her angelic, interstellar, advanced star heritage, senses energetic shifts and perceives in holographic view blocks and other issues stored in the physical, as well as the subtle bodies. As a certified Tuning Forks Therapy practitioner, Chauvet integrates sound therapy to effectively heal and align your body, mind and spirit. There is a tone for each chakra, including a wave pattern. Sound vibrations stepped down in your body through the chakras’ seven energetic centers, and address physical as well as emotional issues such as blood circulation, asthma, fear, doubt, anxiety, nervous system disorder, digestion issue, back pain, etc. This active healing process channels dimensional light energy from the Arcturian collective consciousness and Ancient Beings of Light. Holographic Reconnective Light Energy also works with the crystalline rainbow structure of the light bodies in resonance with its light essence. One’s body becomes more light and less dense. For more information, call 480-358-7994 or visit InfiniteHealingFromThe or See ad on page 53.

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1715 W. Northern Avenue, Suite 100 Phoenix, AZ 85021 623-215-7988 Hands-on reflexology training brings relaxation, pain and stress reduction to family, friends, clients and those with serious illness. National NCBTMB approved continuing education provider. See ad on page 26.



Intuitive Cooking Experience: Workshops, cooking classes, events, and retreats for organizations. Learn simple culinary techniques; create healthy meals with whole foods; enjoy eating with community. See ad on page 47.


8711 E. Pinnacle Peak Road #205 Scottsdale 480-339-6688 Voted best natural salon in the Valley 2010-2014 by Natural Awakenings readers. Organic | vegan | gluten free. Clean air eco-friendly salon environment only using the finest non-toxic hair color. Also providing organic facials, oxygen treatments and microneedling. See ad on page 39.





1715 W. Northern Avenue, Suite 100 Phoenix, AZ 85021 623-215-7988

Reiki classes with 5th Generation Usui Reiki Master Teacher, Marsha Craven. Healing for people from all walks of life. National NCBTMB approved continuing education provider. 2015 Natural Choice Award winner for Reiki. See ad on page 26.

We are an organic eco friendly hair salon where beautiful cuts and color coexist with the best natural hair care. No harsh chemicals or synthetic fragrances. Just beautiful healthy hair. New Client special $10 off your first service. Energy healing sessions are also available. See ad on page 32.

Innovative Body-Mind-Spirit classes to inspire and reenergize brought to you by Marsha Craven and our master instructors. No prerequisites. National NCBTMB approved continuing education provider. See ad on page 26.

1715 W. Northern Avenue, Suite 100 Phoenix, AZ 85021 623-215-7988

7329 E. Stetson Drive #11 Scottsdale, AZ 85251 480-318-7555

MCLEAN MEDITATION INSTITUTE 411 SR Highway 179 Sedona, AZ 86336 928-204-0067

Expand your awareness, reduce stress, increase your creativity and inner peace with Meditation and Mindfulness Workshops, Retreats and Training. Called to teach Meditation? Apply for the Meditation Teacher Certification Program, an intensive program designed to help you share the transformational power of meditation. See ad on page 40.

SOUTHWEST INSTITUTE OF HEALING ARTS 1100 E. Apache Boulevard Tempe, AZ 85281 480-994-9244

Nationally accredited college o ff e r s H o l i s t i c H e a l t h & Wellness degrees, diplomas, certificates of excellence, continuing education and personal development, Oncampus and Online. Financial Aid available. See ad on back cover.






1460 E. Southern Avenue Tempe, AZ 85282 480-393-1415


Nationally accredited college offers 750 hour diploma in Natural Aesthetic and Laser training using Rhoda Allison and Hylunia products. Student clinic open to the public. See ad on back cover.

Dr. Hamann is passionate about helping people with sleep disorders. She is the owner of the Koala Center for Sleep Disorders – Biltmore, providing oral appliance therapy for snoring and obstructive sleep apnea. Her goal is to help you sleep better so that you will experience a greater quality of life. See ad on page 28.


1420 E. Southern Avenue Tempe, AZ 85282 480-567-0695

Providing yoga classes which are affordable, flexible, and transformational. For over a decade, Spirit of Yoga has changed the lives and elevated the practice of countless yoga practitioners, instructors and devotees.

Koala Center for Sleep Disorders--Biltmore 4235 N. 32nd Street, Suite A Phoenix, AZ 85018 • 602-883-1931


AZ ROC #301018 Google Rating 5 Stars, BBB A rating, Facebook Rated 5 Stars 480-257-3283 Dedicated to helping you invest in your future, global health and clean free electric energy while reducing your carbon footprint, through experience, integrity and quality. Offering homeowners better choices to produce their own clean and inexpensive energy.


The best way to find out if you can trust somebody is to trust them. ~Ernest Hemingway

Cheryl Pederson R.N. G.C.S.V. 480-585-6990 Clarify your life journey and understand your purpose during an open dialogue with your soul. Cheryl, a Soul communicator and catalyst for 40 years.

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Connecting the spiritual community in the Southwest Valley through classes, events and gatherings. “Come home” to the AZ Enlightenment Center - rediscover your spiritual family.


“Celebrating a Positive Path to Spiritual Living” 952 E. Baseline Road #102 • Mesa, AZ 85204 Rev. Julianne Lewis 480-593-8798 At Interfaith CommUNITY, we share open-minded joyful spirituality with respect for cultural, religious and lifestyle diversity. Join us for the journey toward our unique and perfect Divine Potential! See ad on page 65.


New Kadampa Tradition 614 E. Townley Ave. • Phoenix, AZ 85020 602-243-5220 Open to all, whatever level of interest. We offer introductory and in-depth courses on meditation & Buddhism, chanted prayers, retreats and meditation for children. Classes take place at our Phoenix Center as well as other locations in the valley.


Divine Science & Meditative Mastery With Spiritual Master Rishi Devra 8100 E. Grapevine Road • Carefree, AZ 480-575-1276 Welcome to the Valley’s premier meditation and divine science group, with spiritual master and author Rishi Devra. You are warmly invited to join us for enlightened teachings and the palpable experience of the divine. Newcomers welcome!

Help Comes from Many Dimensions


ennifer Morrison, MPA, LMT, LC, an intuitive practitioner who uses both metaphysical and scientific approaches in her practice, is trained in hypnotherapy, psychology, massage therapy and myriad other energy healing systems. By marrying this knowledge with her intuitive abilities, she provides detailed medical intuitive readings, Soul/Akashic Records readings and energy healing. Other services include house, land, business blessings/clearings and shamanic feng shui readings focused on releasing negative energies and promoting peace, health and abundance. Morrison also releases low vibrational energies and programming through trans-channel hypnotherapy, life coaching and energy healings. For more than 15 years, Morrison has worked with archangels and the ascended masters to channel high-vibration healing energies and messages for her clients. She believes that complete healing is optimally done at the soul level because past life experiences influence current core beliefs and health. For appointments, call 480-447-5960. For more information, visit Moonlight 62



Sunday Services 10:30 am and 5:30 pm. ClassesEvents-Workshops. We believe in the continuity of life & communication with spirit, supporting the mind, body spirit connection through intuitive studies and healing.

THE SHRINE OF HOLY WISDOM 5025 S. Ash Avenue, Suite B-15 Tempe, AZ 85282 480-219-9633

Experience the Divine. We are an inclusive community that offers a diversity of spiritual practices. Our offerings include courses in the Western Mystical Tradition, Angelic Theurgy, Meditation and Prayer.


2700 E. Southern Avenue Mesa, AZ 85204 480-892-2700 Unity of Mesa offers practical spiritual teachings for abundant and meaningful living. We are a progressive spiritual community that explores universal principles and practices. Weddings, memorials, christenings, classes and activities for the “spiritual, not religious”. Sunday Services: 9am and 10:45am; Youth program available. All are welcome. See ad on page 78.


Spiritual Relationship Healer 480-499-3131 Jennifer is a Spiritual Relationship Healer who specializes in channeling your Romance Angels in a fun, uplifting way. Jennifer offers i n d i v i d u a l readings and classes.


6540 E. Kelton Lane Scottsdale, AZ 85254 866-998-0560 ADD-care is a remarkable, all-natural supplement that has been shown to be as effective as stimulant medication for ADD symptoms such as distraction and impulsivity. See ad on page 37.



TOTAL REJUVENATION CENTER Victoria Mogilner 2928 N. 70th Street, Suite E Scottsdale, AZ 85251 480-560-1454

We are the largest natural medicinary in Arizona, providing a wide variety of vitamins, nutritional supplements, books, herbs, homeopathic remedies, tinctures and other health products. See ad on page 5.

Go to HypnosisForEasyWeight to get your free copy of “5 Reasons Why Your Body Is Holding Onto Fat And The One Thing You Must Do To Let It Go, For Good!”

First class $5. Promotes stress relief, enhanced immune system, peace of mind, balanced energy and more.



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Martha Reed, PhD 18589 N. 59th Avenue, Suite 108 Glendale, AZ 85308 623-249-5888

We are the largest naturopathic medical center in the Southwest providing acupuncture, herbal/botanical medicine, homeopathy, nutrition and general medicine. See ad on page 5.

“Easily Lose ½-1 pound a day” with my whole person approach. Combining Homeopathics, Hypnotherapy, Far Infrared Heat Therapy, Life Coaching and Vibefit Therapy. No Needles and Homeopathic Safe. See ad on page 28.

Happy New Year!

What better time, than a new year, to begin your journey to better health! 2 FREE ‘Intro to Herbal Healing’ Seminars: Sunday, January 8th, 1-2:30 pm Saturday, January 28th, 11-12:30 pm Everyone attending gets a FREE herbal gift!

2 Herbal Certification Courses:

3-day Weekend Intensive, Jan. 20-22th 5 weeks, Saturday Mornings starts Feb. 11th, 9a - 1p Classes fill quickly, call (480) 694-9931 to RSVP for any of these events. $100 dep. holds your seat. Bring a friend, get a discount!

NEW YEAR 50% OFF Herbal Consult Special: January-March, our comprehensive $150 consult for only $75; that’s a 2-3-hour consultation!

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Create a Healthy Organic Living Environment


rganic Living, located in Phoenix, offers green and healthy home products such as organic sofas, organic mattresses and bedding, organic personal care items, organic baby clothes, organic and natural cleaning products, 100 percent natural carpet, natural linoleum flooring, cork and bamboo flooring and zero-VOC paints and sealers. Visitors can try out more than 15 organic mattresses on display, the largest offering available in the Phoenix metro area. They help create a healthy home environment by improving air quality and reducing toxins with in-home services that include organic carpet, upholstery, tile and mattress cleaning. Their complete line of products can help transform any home into a safe and toxic-free environment. In business for more than 30 years, Founder and President Gerard Windstein states, “Indoor pollutants such as dust, allergens, toxic residues [from cleansers, for example], fumes and gases emitted by plastic and petrochemical-based products and other irritants are largely transparent in our daily lives. These pollutants are virtually invisible. They damage our bodies over time, and sometimes we find out about the danger after it’s too late.” Location: 8342 N. 7th St. For more information, call 602-224-5313 or visit See ad on page 14.

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ABSOLUTE HEALTH Dr. Sara Penton, D.C. 8360 E. Raintree Drive, Suite 135 Scottsdale, AZ 85260 480-991-9945 Our focus is treating the whole person based on each individual’s needs, using acupuncture, allergy relief, chiropractic, massage, naturopathic, biofeedback and neurofeedback. See ad on page 61.

FIBROMYALGIA WELLNESS CENTER 8300 N. Hayden Rd., Ste. A207 Scottsdale, 85258 480-948-4955

As a pioneering leader in the research and treatment of fibromyalgia since 1990, Dr. Kenneth Muhich has developed a highly successful natural protocol. He is the author of Fibromyalgia: Falsehoods, Fakers & Facts.


21617 N. 9th Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85027 623-242-9080 938 E. Juanita Avenue, Mesa, AZ 85204 480-272-9888

Giving Tree Wellness Center is a state-licensed medical cannabis dispensary offering medical grade products ranging from flower and edibles to capsules, oils and concentrates. See ad on page 20.

SCNM MEDICAL CENTER 2164 E. Broadway Road Tempe, AZ 85282 480-428-3232

We are the largest naturopathic medical center in the Southwest providing acupuncture, herbal/botanical medicine, homeopathy, nutrition and general medicine. See ad on page .


2152 E. Broadway Road Tempe, AZ 85282 480-970-0001 We are the largest natural medicinary in Arizona, providing a wide variety of vitamins, nutritional supplements, books, herbs, homeopathic remedies, tinctures and other health products. See ad on page 5.

SCORPION STING REMEDY Peter Bigfoot Reevis Mountain School

Very effective all-natural herbal remedy made by Peter Bigfoot of Reevis Mountain School. Topical application to reduce pain and suffering. It works. Order online.


Feel Great Again®


hen is the last time you really felt great? Are fatigue, pain, digestive distress or chronic illness causing issues for you? Were you shuttled in and out in 15 minutes at your last doctor’s appointment? You have a choice in your medical care; consider naturopathic medicine. Naturopathic physicians are licensed primary care physicians in the state of Arizona who treat the whole body. Medical training includes attending a federally accredited four-year, postgraduate medical school. Naturopathic physicians are able to order labs, diagnose and help patients heal using a variety of safe and effective treatment options. Naturopathic care consists of choosing minimally invasive treatments while the underlying cause of issues is being addressed. Patients are encouraged to be advocates and empowered participants in their health care. Diet and lifestyle are powerful contributors to health and are a foundation of naturopathic treatment. Pharmaceutical intervention may be prescribed when necessary. Individualized treatment plans allow people to heal on physical, emotional and spiritual levels. Licensed naturopathic physicians receive extensive didactic and clinical training in women’s health/GYN, men’s health, pediatrics, cardiology, pulmonology, clinical nutrition, pain management and minor surgery. For more information visit and use the “Find a Doctor” feature under the Patient section to find a naturopathic physician in your area. Contact the Arizona Naturopathic Medical Association at 480-921-3088. See ad on page 57.

Dr. Brass OB/GYN, Dr. Grobe ND, MaryAnn Shostek PA-C, Dr. Vanessa Ferreira ND 2152 S. Vineyard #138 Mesa, AZ 85210 480-539-6646 Integrated OB/GYN care with Naturopathic medicine—Pregn a n c y, We l l n e s s E x a m s , Hormones, Fertility, Pain, HPV, PMS, Irregular Menses, Surgeries when needed. Insurance accepted


2152 E. Broadway Road Tempe, AZ 85282 480-970-0001 We are the largest natural medicinary in Arizona, providing a wide variety of vitamins, nutritional supplements, books, herbs, homeopathic remedies, tinctures and other health products. See ad on page 5.

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Amalia Baca, ND Naturopathic Physician Dr. Baca is licensed by the Arizona Naturopathic Medical board after graduating from Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine and Health Sciences. Dr. Baca has a strong passion for providing individualized medical care to families and extensive training in treating acute and chronic illnesses, as well as addiction. She is certified in chelation therapy and trained in ozone UVB and hydrogen peroxide. Her treatments focus on modifying lifestyle habits in addition to using intravenous therapies, detoxification, herbs, acupuncture and other supportive therapies for optimal health. Natural Medicine & Detox offers a comprehensive physiological test for an in-depth understanding of one’s cardiovascular system and metabolic needs. This diagnostic test can help with disease prevention, weight management and enhance workouts. Dr. Baca provides comprehensive patient assessment and care in one location at affordable prices.

Natural Medicine & Detox

301 W. Roosevelt Road, Suite 2, Phoenix, AZ 85003 602-307-0888 •




Christine Brass-Jones, DO/FACOG Natural Obstetrics & Gynecology Dr. Brass-Jones, OB/GYN, medical director and founder of True Harmony, utilizes the greatest aspects of the modern conventional OB/ GYN model while integrating holistic and alternative treatments to treat the whole woman. Dr. Brass’ obstetric specialties are natural pregnancy and deliveries. Her patients appreciate her thorough and attentive ability to ensure a healthy and harmonious pregnancy and birth experience. Dr. Brass cares for her patients by approaching woman’s health holistically and educating them with how to heal their mind, body and spirit, preparing them for a journey towards optimum health. Her gynecology specialties including fertility, hormone balancing, menopause, abnormal bleeding, pelvic pain and well exams. For those that require conventional medicine, she specializes in minimally invasive surgeries, including DaVinci robotic surgery, to allow for quick healing.

Center for True Harmony

2152 S. Vineyard, Suite 138, Mesa, AZ 85210 480-539-6646 •

Lisa M. Butler, DMD Holistic and Biological Dentistry Dr. Butler has over 25 years of experience in dentistry and genuinely loves being a dentist. Dr. Butler practices holistic/biological dentistry and believes that this more integrative approach is the way of the future. Her philosophy is that each patient presents a unique situation and set of facts to consider in order to achieve optimal oral and whole body health. She understands that what happens in the mouth is what happens in the body and vice-versa. She takes the time to listen to her patients and determine the best treatment option and materials for them. Dr. Butler utilizes the latest technology while following holistic protocols for treatment such as safe mercury amalgam removal, ozone treatments, nonmetal implants and restorations, Myobrace® facial growth guidance, laser and ozone periodontal care, extractions, bone healing and homeopathic remedies. Dr. Butler offers the most up-to-date biological dental care. She is a proud member of the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology, International Academy of Biological Dentistry and Medicine, International Association of Ozone in Healthcare and Dentistry, and North American Association of Facial Orthotropics.

Integrative Dental Associates 4202 N. 32nd Street, Suite A, Phoenix, AZ 85018 602-956-4807 •

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Kim Carter, MA, HTCP, RYT Healing Touch/Yoga Kim is a Healing Touch Certified Practitioner with a focus on grief/loss and serious illness. Her experience includes facilitating bereavement support groups and hospice. She seeks to empower clients to discover what is true for them and to live more authentically. Kim’s yoga teacher training in the Viniyoga lineage emphasized adapting postures to the needs of the student. Her small group yoga classes also focus on mindfulness and meditative movement. Slow Flow and Yin classes are appropriate for all levels. Rewind yoga, developed by YMedica for people 50+, accommodates those with chronic illness and physical limitations. Yoga for Veterans offers a trauma-sensitive class for those healing from PTSD. iRest Yoga Nidra, a guided meditation that can help with anxiety/depression, PTSD, insomnia, chronic pain and stress, is offered periodically as a group class, but also in a one-on-one format. Beginners are especially welcome in all classes.

Restoring Balance Mind & Body 2045 S. Vineyard, Suite 139, Mesa, AZ 85210 480-773-6599 •

Buffy M. Daney, DC Chiropractic Care Dr. Daney earned her doctorate from Palmer College of Chiropractic West and later received her certification in acupuncture from the International Academy of Medical Acupuncture. Following a painful sports injury and experiencing how chiropractic care can relieve pain, Dr. Daney decided that she wanted to devote her life to helping others receive the same type of treatment that she had benefited from. Over the years, Dr. Daney has treated many patients with various conditions ranging from scoliosis to whiplash to carpal tunnel to herniated discs. She has had stunning success with these conditions and many others. She feels her purpose in life is to help others achieve optimal health through holistic, non-invasive, drug-free forms of treatment. She is a hands-on adjuster and practices the Palmer Method, which includes various types of manual techniques such as Thompson Drop, Toggle Recoil and Activator. Dr. Daney caters to the individual needs of each patient focusing on chiropractic, nutritional counseling and acupuncture.

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8360 E. Raintree Drive, Suite 135, Scottsdale, AZ 85260 480-991-9945 •




Elizabeth Gillman, NMD Naturopathic Physician Dr. Liz Gillman is an expert in natural hormone balancing, thyroid and autoimmune disorders, pain management and gastrointestinal disease. She takes a holistic approach, individualizing her treatments to each patient. Dr. Liz attended Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine and also has advanced training in Nutritional Sciences from the University of Arizona. Dr. Liz speaks both English and Spanish and is dedicated to the health and wellness of her patients.

Absolute Health

8360 E. Raintree Drive, Suite 135, Scottsdale, AZ 85260 480-991-9945 •

Denise Grobe, ND Natural Gynecology, Naturopathic Medicine, Acupuncture As medical director of True Natural Healthcare and naturopathic gynecologist for True Harmony, Dr. Grobe specializes in effectively treating a wide range of women’s health concerns. Dr. Grobe brings a calm and compassionate tone to her appointments. She values the importance of each patient’s need to feel safe and understood, and feels everyone should be given the opportunity to understand their condition, symptoms and options. Dr. Grobe forms a partnership with her patients to understand their personal goals and to best develop the most personalized treatments. Conditions treated include: hormones, abnormal paps, well exams, thyroid, digestion, weight loss, fertility, detox, food allergies and sensitivities, leaky gut, stress and allergies.

Center for True Harmony & True Natural Healthcare 2152 S. Vineyard, Suite 138, Mesa, AZ 85210 480-539-6646 • •

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Beth Hamann, DDS General Dentistry, Dental Sleep Medicine Dr. Beth Hamann has enjoyed practicing general dentistry for nearly 30 years. In the past several years, her continuing education has centered on the area of dental sleep medicine, as she is passionate about helping people with sleep disorders. Dr. Hamann is trained to provide a comfortable treatment option for patients who suffer from Obstructive Sleep Apnea, snoring and Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMD). Her goal is to help you sleep better so that you will experience a greater quality of life. She is a member of many professional organizations, including the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine, American Sleep and Breathing Academy, American Association of Women Dentists, American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, Arizona Dental Association, Central Arizona Dental Society, Academy of General Dentistry, American Dental Association and California Dental Association.

Koala Center for Sleep Disorders – Biltmore 4235 N. 32nd Street, Suite A, Phoenix, AZ 85018 602-883-1931 •

Melanie Icard, NMD Anti-Aging Medicine As a Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine, Dr. Icard’s true calling in life is to help others live a balanced and pain-free life while looking and feeling amazing. She describes herself as being “obsessed” with continuous international and national training, always bringing back advanced and effective treatments. Those services and her fun and genuine personality are the reasons patients travel from as far away as Payson to see her. Her clinic offers treatments for anti-aging, pain management, beauty/medical aesthetics, ozone therapy, prolotherapy and PRP, weight loss and much more. When she’s not at the office, she’s traveling and enjoying life during her Alive and Revive retreats.

Anti-aging Clinic

5350 N. 16th Street, Suite 107, Phoenix, AZ 85016 480-599-8370 •




Stephen A. Kovar, DMD, FAGD Biological and Cosmetic Dentistry Dr. Kovar pursued his dental education at Oregon Health Sciences University, School of Dentistry, where he graduated with honors in 1995. Following dental school, Dr. Kovar completed a general practice/hospital residency at the West Los Angeles/UCLA Veterans Administration Medical Center. Upon completion, he moved back to Portland, Oregon, where for 10 years he established his dental practice and also was an Assistant Professor of Restorative Dentistry at Oregon Health and Sciences University, School of Dentistry. In July, 2004, Dr. Kovar achieved the honor of receiving a Fellowship in the Academy of General Dentistry, an honor that less than 5 percent of all dentists in North America have achieved. He joined the My Dentist team in 2008.

My Dentist

2045 S. Vineyard Road, Suite 153, Mesa, AZ 85210 480-833-2232 •

Sandra Levitt, MD Internal Medicine Guided by the principal of integrating care of the mind, body and spirit, board-certified primary care physician Dr. Sandra Levitt offers personalized care, including prevention, wellness and education through her concierge medical practice. While Innovative Primary Care supports a variety of patients through its primary care services delivered by a few providers, Dr. Levitt focuses her time with the MDVIP-affiliated practice where she sees a limited number of patients. Already known and appreciated for her in-depth integrative medical care, Dr. Levitt takes the time and effort to more closely work with her patients on what they truly need to do to maintain a high level of health or wellness or to deal with the complications that health challenges have brought forward. Additionally, Dr. Levitt treats patients and the general public on hormone imbalances. She is especially keen on the gut-health link and has spent more time learning the intricacies of its impact on our bodies and the way we feel.

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David G. Lewis, DDS Health Conscious Dentistry Dr. Lewis is a Phoenix native who graduated from the UCLA School of Dentistry in 1979. He has been practicing in the East Valley for over 30 years, with a focus on esthetics and biocompatibility of available treatment modalities. As part of his “Golden Rule of Dentistry” philosophy, Dr. Lewis works alone and provides every service in his office personally, maintaining the quality and communication essential to a rewarding experience for the doctor and patients. “Dr. Dave” created a beautiful office space in central Tempe, where he gladly offers free consultations or second opinions to all who desire his advice.

Welcome Home Dental

408 E. Southern Avenue, Tempe, AZ 85282 480-967-4204 •

Carmen Lucia, PsyD Licensed Clinical Psychologist Dr. Lucia is a licensed clinical psychologist who provides therapy to adult individuals and couples for a wide range of personal and relational concerns. She completed her doctorate of Psychology at the Illinois School of Professional psychology in Chicago in 2009 and her postdoctoral residency at Arizona State University’s Counseling Services in 2010. She is a generalist who can work with people struggling with a wide variety of mood, identity and self-esteem issues. In addition, she specializes in grief/loss and feels passionate about helping people meet the challenges inherent in all forms of transition. Her therapy approach is integrative, combining humanistic, existential, mindfulness, relational and some cognitive behavioral approaches. She also leads mindfulness groups and teaches meditation.

Restoring Balance Mind & Body 2045 S. Vineyard, Suite 139, Mesa, AZ 85210 480-773-6599 •




Michael D. Margolis, MD, DDS Biological Dentistry Dr. Margolis is not just a dentist, but also a doctor of integrative medicine. As such, he is capable of handling many complex dental health cases that involve not just the mouth, but the whole body. Dr. Margolis focuses on restoring a patient’s overall health and well-being through many holistic techniques including avoiding root canals, eliminating heavy metals, using biocompatible dental materials and much more. He graduated from the University of Texas, at San Antonio Dental School in 1983 and most recently from Capital University of Integrative Medicine in Washington, D.C. He is extremely involved in holistic dentistry through many industry associations, including being the past president of the International Academy of Biological Dentistry and Medicine.

My Dentist

2045 S. Vineyard Road, Suite 153, Mesa, AZ 85210 480-833-2232 •

Nicholas J. Meyer, DDS, DNM Holistic and Homeopathic Dentistry Dr. Meyer has been practicing dentistry for more than 35 years. He is incredibly active in many aspects of the field of holistic dentistry. He is a world-renowned lecturer, clinical researcher and holds numerous leadership roles in leading healthcare organizations. Because of this knowledge and dedication, Dr. Meyer is sought out by people from around the world. People choose Dr. Meyer for his care, skill and judgment within his unique approach to holistic dental care. Dr. Meyer’s experience in advanced general dentistry (ie. dental implants and temporomandibular disorders), along with his extraordinary knowledge of services found in complimentary medicine (ie. homeopathy, energetic and physical medicine) allow him and his team to deliver a quality level of care that is unmatched in the field of holistic dentistry.

Millennium Dental Associates

5705 N. Scottsdale Road, Suite D-110, Scottsdale, AZ 85250 480-948-0560 855-948-1355 •

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Katka Novakova, MD (Europe), ND Naturopathic Care and Prevention Dr. Novakova earned her medical degree in 1999 from Prague’s Charles University and her naturopathic degree in 2004 from the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine and Health Sciences. “Dr. Katka” uses multiple modalities (such as ozone and prolozone therapy; chelation; vitamin-mineral and hydrogen peroxide IV therapies; acupuncture; herbs; supportive and condition specific supplements) to help promote healing on the physical level and therapies such as esogetic colorpuncture, homeopathy and counseling to help with healing of unresolved traumas and blockages on the mental, emotional and spiritual levels. Dr. Katka brings unique knowledge and experience to her patients, as well as an open heart and enthusiasm. Offering her patients new choices and opportunities for personal health, her sincere desire is to educate, empower and inspire her patients to fully heal.

Dr. Katka Novakova

29850 N. Tatum Boulevard, Suite 114, Phoenix, AZ 85331 480-524-4304 •

Sara Penton, DC Chiropractic Care Dr. Penton, chiropractic physician and doctor, is originally from Newfoundland, Canada. She attended St. Mary’s University in Nova Scotia, Canada and received her bachelor of science degree specializing in biology and psychology. She is a graduate of Cleveland Chiropractic College. Dr. Penton received her Arizona license in October of 2007. Dr. Penton is proficient in several chiropractic techniques including Activator, NET, SOT, Brimhall and Diversified—the goal of all of her treatments is total wellness. Dr. Penton specializes in biofeedback using the LIFE system and is also well versed in physical therapy and nutrition with total health as her ultimate goal for each patient. She also provides neurofeedback therapy. As a doctor and chiropractic physician, she is very motivated to guide new patients on their journey to optimum health. She is a firm believer in natural healing and has been involved in physical fitness and nutrition for most of her life.

Absolute Health

8360 E. Raintree Drive, Suite 135, Scottsdale, AZ 85260 480-991-9945 • 74



Lenna Shepard Breast Thermography, Holistic Health For over a decade, Lenna Shepard has been in pursuit of a holistic approach to health and wellness for herself and others. She is a Certified Thermography Technician (member of Breast Thermography International or BTI), Licensed Skin Care Specialist, Certified Oncology Esthetician I-ACT, Certified Colon Hydrotherapist and Certified in Lymphatic Enhancement Therapy Breast thermography is a state-of-the-art screening procedure that captures images of the breast to aid in early detection of breast irregularities. It is based on the principle of temperature variation, the increased heat that is almost always generated when chemical and blood vessel activity occurs in pre-cancerous tissue and the areas surrounding developing breast cancer. FDA cleared in 1982. Shepard has taken her experience with thermography and applied it to lymphatic healing, as well.

Crystal Coast Thermography 253-686-0565 •

Harlan Sparer, DC Directional Non-Force Technique® Chiropractic Dr. Sparer graduated from New York Chiropractic College in 1980 and has been providing alternative, wholistic health care for 37 years. He limits his practice to the Directional Non-Force Technique® Chiropractic, which utilizes just a few ounces of force for a specific correction. This involves absolutely no movement of the body other than the individual segment out of alignment causing nerve interference. This approach is effective in treating TMJ, sciatica, herniated and degenerating discs, carpal tunnel syndrome, neck pain, nerves and more. In addition, Dr. Sparer has been an assistant teacher of the Directional Non-Force Technique® Chiropractic, a member of the Arizona Association of Chiropractic and author of numerous health and wellness related articles. He also teaches classes about raw foods, and avoiding genetically modified foods and pesticides. He recently published Dessert Before Dinner, a book on raw desserts.

Dr. Harlan Sparer

5308 S. Heather Drive, Tempe, AZ 85283 480-245-7894 • natural awakenings

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Paul Stallone, NMD Naturopathic Care and Prevention Dr. Stallone received his naturopathic medical degree in 2001 from the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine. He is a member of OncANP, AANRI/NORI, AZNMA, and is a founding member of American Academy of Ozone Therapy. Dr. Stallone’s main focus is to listen to his patients and understand the underlying cause of their illness. Dr. Stallone often uses natural modalities to effectively treat and prevent numerous conditions that are commonly seen today. Dr. Stallone focuses on finding the root cause of difficult to debilitating symptoms. His treatments/therapies include homeopathy, pain management, sports therapy, joint injections (Prolozone and Prolotherapy), cancer therapies, therapeutic injections, IV oxygen/ozone therapies, intravenous nutritional-vitamin therapies, intravenous high-dose vitamin C therapies, immuno-balancing therapies, nutrition/supplements, detoxification and botanical medicine. Acute and chronic diseases respond very well to a multifaceted approach tailored specifically to each patient by this result-driven physician. Dr. Stallone also performs all injectable treatments at Advanced Skin Solutions, a medical aesthetics spa.

Arizona Integrative Medical Center

8144 E. Cactus Road, Suite 820, Scottsdale, AZ 85260 480-214-3922 •; •

Janina Ward Energy Work, Holistic Health Janina is an energy healer and a traditional naturopath. Janina is also a Quantum Touch Practitioner, and is Emotion Code certified. Janina graduated from Kaplan University in 2011 with a bachelor’s degree in health science and a master science of health psychology from Walden University in 2013. Janina focuses on healing the mind, body and spirit by offering holistic wellness consultations, Bio-photon analysis, hands-on energy healing, guided imagery, aromatherapy, emotion code, integrative wellness coaching, high quality nutritional supplements, kinesiology, ionic foot bath detoxification, distant energy work and emotional clearings and her signature bloodroot black salves. Janina is licensed by the Pastoral Medical Association and has completed training from the Center for Mind Body Medicine. Janina’s passion is for helping those with chronic pain and chronic illnesses that have not responded well to conventional medical approaches.

Matrix Of Holistic Health

2651 N. Industrial Way, Suite O, Prescott Valley, AZ 86314 928-713-5617 • •




Barrie Zeller, NMD Family Practice Physician Dr. Zeller received her doctorate of naturopathic medicine from the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine and her bachelor of science in Nutrition from Arizona State University. She was named in Natural Awakenings as a leading Naturopathic Physician in the Phoenix area, in 2012 and 2016. Dr. Zeller is a certified family practitioner serving the East Valley, specializing in hormone and adrenal support therapies, food allergies, weight loss, autoimmune conditions and digestive health. Dr. Zeller believes in an approach to overall wellness that includes all aspects of life rather than a narrow concentration on an issue. Through ample interaction with her patients, Dr. Zeller creates an individualized plan based on each person’s overall needs. She has extensive training and experience in all classic modalities of wellness with emphasis on nutrition, as well as natural therapies designed to wean patients from the “drug machine” and promote natural healing. Dr. Zeller is an adjunct faculty member at Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine and a member of the Arizona Naturopathic Medical Association.

Zest Natural Medicine

1405 N. Dobson Road, Suite 20, Chandler, AZ 85224 480-361-5108 •

Dr. Ben Zorensky, ND Naturopathic Medicine & Sports Medicine Dr. Ben is the chief medical officer at Naturopathic Athlete and focuses primarily on nutrition and movement. He also has been a Certified Bikram Yoga Instructor since 2003. Dr. Ben’s rich background in naturopathic medicine, nutrition, collegiate athletics, wilderness experience and therapeutic yoga serves to provide a unique perspective on health and healing. It is a foundation that allows him to help his patients realize greater wellness through individualized treatment plans that enable their body, mind and spirit to restore and maintain optimal health. An individualized program with Naturopathic Athlete focuses on restoring optimal health and preventing future illness or injury. Rooted in the idea that the body has the capacity to heal itself, Dr. Ben’s efforts will be to enable the body’s own resources to regenerate and thrive. Schedule your free 30-minute consultation today.

Naturopathic Athlete

Located inside WellSpring Holistic Health 430 W. Warner Road, Suite 104, Tempe, AZ 85284 480-598-7723•

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calendarofevents Find More Events On Our Website! Click “Calendar” SUNDAY, JANUARY 1 Burning Bowl and White Stone Service – 9 and 10:45am. A beautiful holiday tradition to release what no longer serves you in preparation to receive the blessings of the New Year. Donation. Unity of Mesa, 2700 E Southern Ave, Mesa. 480-892-2700. Mindfulness for Change – 2-3:30pm, 4 wk series. Learn the art of self-observation and use mindfulness to create change in your life. With Steve Price. $99. A Mindfulness Life Center, 10309 N Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale. 480-207-6016. New Year’s Day Burning Bowl Service – 10:30am. Gain clarity about what we truly need to let go of in the New Year and what we need to hold on to and cherish. As we release negativity and unhealthy habits, we can fully and gratefully participate in the true art of living. Interfaith CommUNITY, 952 E Baseline, #102, Mesa. Rev. Julianne: 480-593-8798 or New Year’s Day Gathering – 3pm. Enter through the portal of the new year with the guidance of the Wheel of Fortune archetype which corresponds to 2017.  Crystal bowl atunement, chanting, an inspirational message, a meditation on the card, anointing and a special blessing. Donation. The Shrine of Holy Wisdom, 5025 S Ash Ave, Ste B-15, Tempe. 480-219-9633.



New Year, New You – 10am. Launch the new year with Buddha’s method to cultivate lasting peace and happiness. Make heartfelt resolutions for the new year extra powerful. $5. Kadampa Meditation Center Phoenix, 614 E Townley Ave, Phoenix. Vision Board/Treasure Mapping – 1-5pm. Start your new year off right by putting together your vision. Always a fun way to begin your new year. Pure Light Therapies. RSVP: 480-695-2002 or

MONDAY, JANUARY 2 Lamrim Guided Retreat – Jan 2-5. The entire Buddhist path includes many different meditations leading to an experience of loving-kindness, awareness of impermanence, perfect wisdom and full enlightenment. By becoming familiar with these meditations, you will enjoy the peace and fulfillment that come from a spiritually meaningful life. $5/session, $15/day. Kadampa Meditation Center Phoenix, 614 E Townley Ave, Phoenix.

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 4 Gong Meditation – 7-8:30pm. Experience deep relaxation and meditation through the power of the gong. With Gretchen Bickert. $10-20. Unity of Mesa, 2700 E Southern Ave, Mesa. 480-892-2700.

Guided Meditation – 6:30-7:30pm. Raffle proceeds and love donations shared with LaFrontera Arizona EMPACT Suicide Prevention Center & Animal Rescue. With Marsha Craven. Healing Arts Connection, 1715 W Northern Ave, Ste 100, Phoenix. RSVP: 623-215-7988 or

THURSDAY, JANUARY 5 Introduction to Mindfulness – 11:30am-1:30pm, 6 wk series. Learn how to use mindfulness to address common everyday challenges, explore various methods to meditation and develop the ability to stay present. Rediscover your own natural capacity to live fully with less stress and greater peace and joy. With Jackie Price. $315. A Mindfulness Life Center, 10309 N Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale. 480-207-6016.

FRIDAY, JANUARY 6 Discover Your Gifts and Graces – 6-7:30pm. Presentation on self-discovery and healing. Free. Southwest Institute of Healing Arts, 1100 E Apache Blvd, Tempe. Health Fair – 6pm. Holistic vendors, live music and free wellness gifts to win. Dr. Baca will be taking free Vitals (blood pressure check) as well as free blood sugar check and offering B-12 shots for only $10. Medical grade testing starts at 10am for both the Cardiopulmonary Exercise Test and Body Composition & Cellular Health Testing. Natural Medicine & Detox, 301 W Roosevelt, Ste 2, Phoenix. 602307-0888. The Rite of the Star Crystals – 7:30pm. Celebrate Epiphany with The Ritual of the Star Crystals, a rite of consecration to the fellowship of the Magi. Bring a special crystal that may be worn about the neck to be blessed, energized, and consecrated during the ceremony. Donation. The Shrine of Holy Wisdom, 5025 S Ash Ave, Ste B-15, Tempe. 480-219-9633.

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SATURDAY, JANUARY 7 Liberating the Mind – 9am-4:30pm. A profound guided day retreat with Kelsang Tabkay based on book The Oral Instructions of Mahamudra by Geshe Kelsang Gyatso. Explore in meditation the nature of our own mind as well as the ultimate nature of all phenomena. $45 incl lunch. Kadampa Meditation Center Phoenix, 614 E Townley Ave, Phoenix. Reiki I and II – 10am-6pm, Jan 7-8. With Marsha Craven, 5th generation usui reiki master teacher and 2015 Natural Choice Award winner for reiki. Bring reiki as a healing practice into your life and your enhanced healing powers will always be with you. Healing Arts Connection, 1715 W Northern Ave, Ste 100, Phoenix. RSVP: 623-215-7988. Vision Board Workshop – 1:30-4:30pm. Start 2017 on the right foot by setting your intention for the year and then create a vision board the represents everything you would like to manifest for yourself and your life. $50. With Julie Lemerond. A Mindfulness Life Center, 10309 N Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale. 480-207-6016.

The Way of the Word – 9-11am, 6 wks. Reduce stress caused by emotion, improve relationships with family, friends and co-workers, and experience a deeper spiritual connection to your own personal state of spirit as you can meditate for longer periods of time in the stillness. $100-$125. Exaltation of the Holy Cross Orthodox Church, 10030 N 32nd St, Phoenix. RSVP: Lisa McKenzie @ 602-579-9461 or

SUNDAY, JANUARY 8 Awakening Lecture – 3-5pm. Discover energies of the current times, the potential and opportunity for all to awaken to a new self. Sounds, melodies and a cosmic heart meditation. With Cheryl and Jon Pederson. $10. RSVP: 602-670-6106 or Basic Divination – 1-2:30pm. Discover the ease with which the basic theory of divination works and how to create one’s own personal language with the divine. With Rev. Charlie Moore. $10. Interfaith CommUNITY, 952 E Baseline, #102, Mesa. Rev. Charlie Moore 602-330-2467. Embracing Your Journey Expo – 9am-5pm. A holistic, wellness and metaphysical event. Vendors, raffles, speakers and more. Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak Resort, 7677 N 16th St, Phoenix. 480-296-1928. Pure Light and Reiki Therapy Level 1 – 9am5pm. Blending traditional Usui with other energy modalities to bring to you balance for self-healing and the potential for working with others. $90. Pure Light Therapies.  RSVP: 480-695-2002 or Sacred Sundays – 10am-Noon. The profound experience of transmission meditation with spiritual master Rishi Devra. Receive the radiance of enlightened teachings and sacred knowledge, at the Rishi’s private abode, a sacred learning environment that enhances deep realization and transformation. Donation. 7390 E Stagecoach Pass Rd, Carefree. RSVP: 480-575-1276.

MONDAY, JANUARY 9 Introduction to Mindfulness – 6:30-8:30pm, 6 wk series. Learn how to use mindfulness to address common everyday challenges, explore various methods to meditation and develop the ability to stay present. Rediscover your own natural capacity to live fully with less stress and greater peace and joy. With Jackie Price. $315. A Mindfulness Life Center, 10309 N Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale. 480-207-6016.

TUESDAY, JANUARY 10 Lovin’ Life After 50 Expo – 9am-1pm. Vendors providing information on health care, retirement living, financial, leisure and more. Free. Sundial Recreation Center, 14801 N103rd Ave, Sun City. 480-898-6500. Mindfulness for Teachers – 6:30-8:30pm, start of 6 wk series. Discover some of the Buddha’s most profound teachings as they apply directly to your own experience as a teacher. With Steve Price. $150. A Mindfulness Life Center, 10309 N Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale. 480-207-616.

THURSDAY, JANUARY 12 Full Moon Meditation – 7-8:30pm. Incorporates light kundalini yoga, meditation, plus deep relaxation and healing to the sound of the gong. With Sevak Singh. $25 advance, $30 door. Anahata Yoga, Sound and Energy Healing, 10565 N 114th St, Ste 110, Scottsdale. 480-699-9600. Reiki or 13th Octave LaHoChi Mini Sessions – 10am-3pm. 13th Octave LaHoChi is a high frequency, hands-on healing technique that gracefully brings balance and harmony to the energy fields, chakra system, meridians and physical body while opening spiritual awareness and gifts. $30 for 30 min session. Purple Lotus Pathway, 4111 E Valley Auto Dr, Ste 208, Mesa. RSVP: purplelotus@ or 602-790-8970.

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FRIDAY, JANUARY 13 Cranial Neural Support for Longevity – 10am6pm, Jan 13-16. Techniques for working and communicating with the brain, cranial and neuro systems to promote wellness and more. Massage therapists, energy healers and caregivers will want to attend. With Marsha Craven, winner of 2014 and 2015 Natural Choice Award for craniosacral practitioner. Healing Arts Connection, 1715 W Northern Ave, Ste 100, Phoenix. RSVP: 623-2157988. IANDS – 7pm. The International Association for Near Death Studies presents Susanne Wilson and Roberta Grimes, a highly certified evidential medium and an extensive afterlife researcher, to share their spiritual experiences and what to expect after physical death. $10. Unity of Mesa, 2700 E Southern Ave, Mesa. 480-892-2700. Rolling with the OMies – 7-8pm. Join Ronee and your OMies for an hour of crystal sonic vibrations and healing while she plays her Palladium C# “OM” Bowl and guides the class through 60 minutes of Rolling OMs. Anahata Yoga, Sound and Energy Healing, 10565 N 114th St, Ste 110, Scottsdale. 480-699-9600.

SATURDAY, JANUARY 14 Crystals, Mother Natures Gift! Workshops I & II – 1-3pm, 3:30-5pm. Learn how to choose a stone and program it for enhanced meditation, healing, prosperity and more. With Bonnie Neighorn. $25 both workshops. Interfaith CommUNITY, 952 E Baseline, #102, Mesa. RSVP: bonnieneighorn@ Gong Divas – 7-8pm. Xanna Marchetti and Monita Baker combine shamanic beats, unusual sounds you may not have heard before, and the classic sounds of the gongs. Allow spirit to come forth and expand from the sound and energy envelope the gongs create. $20. Interfaith CommUNITY, 952 E Baseline, #102, Mesa. Rev. Julianne: 480593-8798 or



Mindful H.A.B.I.T.S. Realistic Resolutions Workshop – 10am-3pm. Learn the Mindful H.A.B.I.T.S. method and discover breakthrough techniques to finally make a change and keep your resolution. $97 use code NAMAG20 for $20 discount. Includes light lunch. With Joy Carter Life Carter. Tempe location. joyouslifecoach@gmail. com. 602-730-6213. RSVP: workshop. Positive Mindfulness in Everyday Life – 9:30am-12:30pm. Learn practical methods to improve your mindfulness, remove negativity and become more positive, making your daily activities more satisfying and meaningful. $25. Kadampa Meditation Center Phoenix, 614 E Townley Ave, Phoenix. Reaching Your Soul’s Potential – 9:30am-Noon. The International Association for Near Death Studies presents this workshop by Susanne Wilson and Roberta Grimes. Be empowered to reach your soul’s potential. Learn how to tap into your intuition and to work with your spiritual team of guides and angels. $30 advance, $40 door. Unity of Mesa, 2700 E Southern Ave, Mesa. 480-8922700. Self-Hypnosis Workshop – 2-5pm. Become your own coach. Learn tools for changing patterns in your brain and self-hypnosis skills for reducing anxiety, changing negative self-talk, managing chronic pain, and improving sleep. With Teja Shankara. $25 advance, $30 door. The Floating Lotus Yoga Studio and Natural Healing Center, 202 W Main St, Mesa. 480-553-3122. Simple, Easy, Every Day Meditation – 9amNoon. Is it time you learned how to meditate? Whether you’re a beginner who’s never meditated before or are a lapsed meditator who wants to jump-start your practice, the Simple, Easy, Every Day Meditation method is for you. $225. Agave Event Center, 1146 W SR 89A, Sedona. 928-2040067.

MONDAY, JANUARY 16 Transformational Weight Loss – Start of an energizing 7-day winter jumpstart weight loss program. With Jennifer McKee. McKee Health Transformations, 15331 W Bell Rd, Ste 212, Surprise. 866-632-8651.

TUESDAY, JANUARY 17 CranialSacral Balancing Therapy I – 10am6pm, Jan 17-19. Powerful complementary healing modality supports healing from the inside. Take the therapeutic benefits experienced in class home to family, friends and your practice. With Barbara Jenkins. Healing Arts Connection, 1715 W Northern Ave, Ste 100, Phoenix. RSVP: 623-215-7988. Treating Obstructive Sleep Apnea, Snoring and TMJ – 5pm. Informational seminar that discusses treatment options using oral appliance therapy and how it works. Free. Koala Center for Sleep Disorders - Biltmore, 4235 N 32nd St, Ste A, Phoenix. 602-883-1931.

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 18 Feldenkrais Open House – 12:30pm. Discover more about this healing process to achieve instant relief and to break unconscious patterns. And Breathe, 3201 N 3rd St, Phoenix. Jacqueline Bayne: 602-821-7149 or jacquelinebayne1@ Intuition Playdates – 4-6pm. Want to recharge and have fun while gaining guidance and solutions to issues that have been sapping your time and energy? Experience playful exercises to help you connect to your intuition and higher wisdom. Facilitated by BakeR Gendron, the psychic coach or Natalie Eve Marquis, intuitive energy healer. $20. Gateway Cottage Wellness Center, 470 N State Route 89A, Sedona. 928-862-4400.

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THURSDAY, JANUARY 19 Past Life Regression – 10am-Noon. Ever been to a new location and everything felt very familiar? Ever felt like you already know someone you just met? These experiences could be the memories from a past life. Explore a past life, connect with your spirit guides and receive messages to enrich your current life. $30. Purple Lotus Pathway, 4111 E Valley Auto Dr, Ste 208, Mesa. RSVP: or 602-790-8970.

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and encouraging the recipient’s response to cranial therapy. With Barbara Jenkins. Healing Arts Connection, 1715 W Northern Ave, Ste 100, Phoenix. RSVP: 623-215-7988. Herbal Intensive Certification Class – Jan 20-22. Journey into the healing world of medicinal plants where you will see, taste, feel and smell a variety of herbs in this comprehensive course. SW Herb, 148 N Center St, Mesa. 480-694-9931. A Sound Called UNITY: The Twelve Powers – 7-8:30pm. Charles Fillmore’s spiritual classic “The Twelve Powers of Man” comes to life in this documentary directed by James Twyman. The movie follows Twyman as he travels to Syria to host a February 2016 synchronized meditation in which millions of people participate from around the world. Unity ministers share their insights of the Twelve Powers. $10. Interfaith CommUNITY, 952 E Baseline, #102, Mesa. Rev. Julianne: 480593-8798 or


MONDAY, JANUARY 23 Oncology Massage Workshop – Jan 23-25. Nationally accredited, cancer center based workshop introduces massage therapists, medical staff and healthcare professionals to the bodywork considerations presented by an oncology clientele. With Jacki Sellers, Institute of Integrative Oncology. Healing Arts Connection, 1715 W Northern Ave, Ste 100, Phoenix. RSVP: 623-215-7988.

TUESDAY, JANUARY 24 13th Octave LaHoChi Mini Sessions – 10am8pm. 13th Octave LaHoChi is a high frequency, hands-on healing technique that gracefully brings balance and harmony to the energy fields, chakra system, meridians and physical body while opening spiritual awareness and gifts. $30 for 30 min session. Purple Lotus Pathway, 4111 E Valley Auto Dr, Ste 208, Mesa. RSVP: purplelotus@ or 602-790-8970.

Fire of the Feminine Intensive – 10am-2pm. Rishi Devra’s monthly intensives for women initiates for soul empowerment and sacred knowledge transmissions from the Akashic records, on the critical role that women will play in the process of enlightenment and ascension into Christ consciousness. $60. 7390 E Stagecoach Pass Rd, Carefree. RSVP: 480-575-1276.


Live Your Divine Soul Path – Explore with spirit where you are on your path and how/what to manifest for the New Year.

Lovin’ Life After 50 Expo – 9am-1pm. Vendors providing information on health care, retirement living, financial, leisure and more. Free. Mesa Convention Center, 201 N Center St, Mesa. 480898-6500.

Plant Spirit Medicine – 6-9pm. The healing world of herbs and medicinal plants. SW Herb, 148 N Center St, Mesa. 480-694-9931. Weight Loss Class – Learn to lose weight and keep it off in a healthy manner without dieting during this 3-hour Express Weight Loss Class. Living Lite Hypnosis Center instructors teach students how to eat less, eat healthier, move their bodies more, and feel their feelings instead of eating them. $49 or $75 for 2. Unity of Mesa, 2700 E Southern Ave, Mesa. 480-892-2700.

SUNDAY, JANUARY 22 By God, I’m Rich 2.0 – Everything in the Universe is made of energy. When you can increase your energy (life vibrations) to more and more emulate the energy of spirit, you can tap into the abundance of the Universe. With Katie Evans. $29. Unity of Mesa, 2700 E Southern Ave, Mesa. 480892-2700. Double Symphonic Gong Meditation – 7-8:30pm. Breathe, do a little light kundalini yoga and meditation, then lay out as your body and mind are gently lulled into a safe, relaxed state through the vibrations of two separate symphonic gongs. Led by Ardas Kaur and Sadhana Kaur. $18. Anahata Yoga, Sound and Energy Healing, 10565 N 114th St, Ste 110, Scottsdale. 480-699-9600. Intuitive Cooking Experience – 11am-1pm. Enjoy hands-on cooking class with simple recipes and culinary techniques from new cookbook, A New View of Healthy Eating, by Melanie A. Albert. Uses Arizona in-season veggies and fruit. $45. The Farm at South Mountain, 6106 S 32nd St, Phoenix.

Complimentary Oncology Massage – For volunteer clients in or who have a history of cancer treatment. The massage will be provided in a classroom setting. Advanced registration required. Free. Healing Arts Connection, 1715 W Northern Ave, Ste 100, Phoenix. RSVP: 623-215-7988.

The Sound of Light Kirtan – 7-8:30pm. Join Prem Vidu and Friends for an evening of call and response style community chanting. This practice of devotion connects us deeply with our innate gratitude and presence of being. $10-$20. Interfaith CommUNITY, 952 E Baseline, #102, Mesa. Rev. Julianne: 480-593-8798 or

FRIDAY, JANUARY 27 Community Healing Circle – 7-8pm. Chanting the Siri Gaitri Mantra for sacred healing and a unique meditation captures the radiant healing energy of the cosmos and connects it to you, the practitioner. Free. Anahata Yoga, Sound and Energy Healing, 10565 N 114th St, Ste 110, Scottsdale. 480-699-9600. Advanced registration: Omni Meditation Training - Illumination II – Jan 27-29. A truly empowering meditation path of proven effectiveness, for expansive shifts in higher consciousness for thousands of students worldwide. 7390 E Stagecoach Pass Rd, Carefree. RSVP: 480-575-1276.

SATURDAY, JANUARY 28 Arizona Vegetarian Food Festival – 10am-5pm, Jan 28-29. Enjoy food sampling and show discount meals from vegetarian/vegan restaurants and food companies, book signings, speakers, cooking demonstrations, health and wellness vendors and more. $30. Scottsdale Civic Center Amphitheater, 3939 N Drinkwater Blvd, Scottsdale.

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SUNDAY, JANUARY 29 Interfaith Q&A Representing Unification – 1-2:30pm. Various religions leaders share the tenets of their faith, as well as their personal story, and answers to questions from the audience. The purpose is to bridge the gap of misunderstanding and misconceptions about other religions, and to help contribute to a consciousness of peace and cooperation among people of faith. With Glenda Lambert. $10. Interfaith CommUNITY, 952 E Baseline, #102, Mesa. Nazim Rashid 623-932-1385. Pure Light and Reiki Therapy Level 2 – 9am5pm. The next step in your Reiki journey to learn how to use your gift as a practitioner.  Pure Light Therapies.  RSVP: 480-695-2002 or

MONDAY, JANUARY 30 Hypnotherapy Certification – Start of a 500-hour state-licensed certification course. Hypnotherapy Academy of America. 505-767-8030.

savethedate FEBRUARY 1 Guided Meditation – 6:30-7:30pm. Raffle proceeds and love donations shared with LaFrontera Arizona EMPACT Suicide Prevention Center & Animal Rescue. With Marsha Craven. Healing Arts Connection, 1715 W Northern Ave, Ste 100, Phoenix. RSVP: 623-215-7988 or

FEBRUARY 3 Discover Your Gifts and Graces – 6-7:30pm. Presentation on self-discovery and healing. Free. Southwest Institute of Healing Arts, 1100 E Apache Blvd, Tempe. PosiPalooza! – 7pm. Freebo, Harold Payne, and Richard Mekdeci join together in a unique musical conversation. Artists perform in a round robin

format, engaging in banter, sharing how songs were written, and creating impromptu arrangements. $20. Unity of Mesa, 2700 E Southern Ave, Mesa. 480-892-2700.

FEBRUARY 5 Portal to Energy Healing – Noon-4pm. Witness amazing changes with energy medicine. With Marsha Craven. $50 for one, $80 for two. Healing Arts Connection, 1715 W Northern Ave, Ste 100, Phoenix. RSVP: 623-215-7988.



Herbal Intensive Certification Class – 9am-1pm, 5 wk series. Journey into the healing world of medicinal plants where you will see, taste, feel and smell a variety of herbs in this comprehensive course. SW Herb, 148 N Center St, Mesa. 480-694-9931.

Reflexology Feet – 9am-6pm, Feb 6-7. Learn relaxing and rejuvenating techniques for use with self and others. Lots of practice time. With Barbara Jenkins. Healing Arts Connection, 1715 W Northern Ave, Ste 100, Phoenix. RSVP: 623-215-7988.

FEBRUARY 8 Massage Training and Certification – Start of spring class from a non-corporate independent school with rich curriculum. Sedona School of Massage, Sedona. 928-284-3693. Reflexology Hands – 9am-6pm. Learn therapeutic reflexology to care for your hands, yourself and those you touch. Great wellness service for stress relief and relaxation. With Barbara Jenkins. Healing Arts Connection, 1715 W Northern Ave, Ste 100, Phoenix. RSVP: 623-215-7988.

FEBRUARY 9 “I Love Myself Special” DNA Cell(f) Imagery and Communication – Feb 9-12. Take action now to make achieving your life goals totally possible. Learn to change your DNA to make sure your beliefs are serving you. With Marsha Craven. Healing Arts Connection, 1715 W North-

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Healing for Star Seeds – 3-5pm. Learn how to heal fatigue, skin irritation, headaches, other symptoms. Receive high vibration energy downloads to help heal.

FEBRUARY 12 Awakening A Whole New World – 3-5pm. Discover energies of the current times, the potential and opportunity for all to awaken to a new self. Sounds, melodies and a cosmic heart meditation. With Cheryl and Jon Pederson. $10. New Vision Center, 18010 N Tatum Blvd, Phoenix. RSVP: 602-670-6106 or

FEBRUARY 15 Facial Rejuvenation – 9am-6pm. Practice facial lymphatic drainage sequence and acupressure techniques and experience rejuvenating results the wellness way. $110. Healing Arts Connection, 1715 W Northern Ave, Ste 100, Phoenix. RSVP: 623-215-7988.

FEBRUARY 16 Chakra Balancing & Healing – 10am-6pm, Feb 16-17. Experience the power of balancing and healing through your major chakras. With Marsha Craven. Healing Arts Connection, 1715 W Northern Ave, Ste 100, Phoenix. RSVP: 623-215-7988.


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Sacred Messengers Workshop – 10am-6pm. Ever felt like the animals, clouds or events of the day were trying to tell us something important? Learn the ways the universe communicates with us, how to discern and decipher its messages, and tips for expanding and deepening your connection to the universe’s sacred messengers. With Natalie Eve Marquis, CHT. $111. Gateway Cottage Wellness Center, 470 N State Route 89A, Sedona. 928-862-4400.

Pure Light and Reiki Therapy Level 1 – 9am5pm. Blending traditional Usui with other energy modalities to bring to you balance and clearing of self treatments. $90. Pure Light Therapies. RSVP: 480-695-2002 or

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Intuitive Cooking Experience – 11am-1pm. Enjoy hands-on cooking class with simple recipes and culinary techniques from new cookbook, A New View of Healthy Eating, by Melanie A. Albert. Uses Arizona in-season veggies and fruit. $45. The Farm at South Mountain, 6106 S 32nd St, Phoenix.

FEBRUARY 21 Reiki I and II – 10am-6pm, Feb 21-22. With Marsha Craven, 5th generation usui reiki master teacher and 2015 Natural Choice Award winner for reiki. Bring reiki as a healing practice into your life and your enhanced healing powers will always be with you. Healing Arts Connection, 1715 W Northern Ave, Ste 100, Phoenix. RSVP: 623-215-7988. Treating Obstructive Sleep Apnea, Snoring and TMJ – 5pm. Informational seminar that discusses treatment options using oral appliance

markyourcalendar Self-Empowered Wisdom Retreat March 12-16 Spend the Spring Equinox in this intimate retreat with Gregg Braden and other spiritual teachers and healers. Unearth the highest expression of yourself and transcend old relationship patterns, and much more.



The Sedona Creative Life Center Sedona 928-284-0791 • therapy and how it works. Free. Koala Center for Sleep Disorders - Biltmore, 4235 N 32nd St, Ste A, Phoenix. 602-883-1931.

FEBRUARY 24 Universal White Time Healing Certified Level One – Feb 24-26. Receive a basic understanding of White Time and become connected to the force of White Time for healing. Learn how to do hands-on-healing and distance healing on others and yourself; how to balance the chakras, aura cleansing, light touch healing, accident healing, animal healing and much more. 10% discount when you mention Natural Awakenings. 33998 N 57th Pl, Scottsdale. 480-767-6200.

FEBRUARY 27 Perinatal Massage Certification – 8am-5pm, Feb 27-Mar 2. Comprehensive (prenatal, labor and post-partum) hands-on continuing education designed for licensed massage therapists, RN, PT, OT, midwives, doulas or other medical professionals with understanding of female reproductive anatomy. With Tammy Roecker. Healing Arts Connection, 1715 W Northern Ave, Ste 100, Phoenix. RSVP: 623-215-7988.

FEBRUARY 28 Universal White Time Healing Certified Level Two – Feb 28-Mar 1. Continuation of the White Time certification process with a two-day advanced level course. 10% discount when you mention Natural Awakenings. 33998 N 57th Pl, Scottsdale. 480-767-6200.

MARCH 5 GERI-FIT Senior Fitness Instructor Certification – Open to certified and non-certified exercise instructors and family caregivers. Accredited by the American Council on Exercise, NSCA, and CDSS. Phoenix location. Online courses also available. Learn from home. 1-888-GERI-FIT x3.

MARCH 11 Soul Radiance Retreat – 9am-12:30pm, Mar 11-12. Reconnect with your spirit, awaken to your full potential, and strengthen your soul connection. This essential inner journey includes meditation instruction, mindful movement, and self-discovery exercises, as well as silent and

Take advantage of fresh, local produce from the best Arizona farms. Most markets are transitioned to winter hours. Visit their respective websites for the most current information. Ahwatukee Farmers’ Market: 4700 East Warner Road, Phoenix Sundays 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Peoria Farmers’ Market: Park West, 9744 West Northern Avenue, Peoria Saturdays 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Phoenix Public Market: 721 North Central Avenue, Phoenix Saturdays 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Roadrunner Park Farmers’ Market: 3502 East Cactus Rd., Phoenix Saturdays 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Carefree Farmers’ Market 1 Sundial Circle, Carefree Fridays 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Sun City Farmers’ Market 16820 North 99th Avenue, Sun City Thursdays 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Chandler Farmers’ Market: 3 South Arizona Avenue, Chandler Thursdays 3 to 7 p.m.

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Goodyear Farmers’ Market 3151 North Litchfield Road, Goodyear Saturdays 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mesa Community Farmers’ Market: 20 E. Main St., Mesa Fridays 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Old Town Scottsdale Farmers’ Market 3806 North Brown Avenue, Scottsdale Saturdays 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. guided meditations. With Sarah McLean. $325. Sedona Rouge, 2250 W Hwy 89A, Sedona. 928204-0067.

MARCH 12 Awakening A Whole New World – 3-5pm. Physical, Emotions, and Mental Wellbeing in New Paradigm. Discover energies of the current times, the potential and opportunity for all to awaken to a new self. Sounds, melodies and a cosmic heart meditation. With Cheryl and Jon Pederson. $10. New Vision Center, 18010 N Tatum Blvd, Phoenix. RSVP: 602-670-6106 or theheartcenter@

MARCH 23 Past Life Playshop – 10am-6pm. Learn how to relax and playfully mine your inner wisdom and

past lives for clues and insights regarding current-life challenges (job, health, relationships, etc.). Playful exercises, meditations and a group past life regression for healing current life issues. With Natalie Eve Marquis, CHT. $111. Gateway Cottage Wellness Center, 470 N State Route 89A, Sedona. 928-862-4400.

APRIL 6 Dance in the Light 1 – Apr 6-9. We all have the ability to play in the mystical world – we just weren’t encouraged to play in that realm. The time has come for lightworkers to find their true path, to empower themselves and others. Develop your psychic abilities, meet your spirit guides and play with energy. Facilitated by BakeR Gendron, the psychic coach. $488. Gateway Cottage Wellness Center, 470 N Hwy 89A, Sedona. 928-862-4400.

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ongoingcalendar mondays wednesdays Tai Chi and Qi Gong – 10-11am. Activate and experience the natural healing capabilities in the body. With Leslie Cook. $10-15 donation. Unity of Mesa, 2740 E Southern Ave, Mesa. 480-892-2700.

tuesdays Acupressure Self Help – 10:30-11:30am. Imagine your body free of stress and opening to self-love. All sessions open to newcomers. With Victoria Mogilner. $10. Unity of Mesa Annex Bldg, 2740 E Southern Ave, Mesa. 480-892-2700. Chronic Pain Prevention Class – 6-7pm. Learn about an integrative three-step approach for pain relief using stretch therapy, corrective exercise and nutrition metabolism identification. Free. Studio Health, 1425 S Higley, Ste 101, Gilbert. RSVP: 480-466-6398. Rewind Yoga – 10:30-11:30am. Designed for people 50 and up, the class focuses on balancing, increasing flexibility and building functional strength. With Kim Carter. $10 (first class is free, maximum six). Restoring Balance Mind & Body, 2045 S Vineyard, Ste 139, Mesa. Pre-registration required. Kim: 253-549-5342 or Shakti Naam Yoga – 6:45-8:15pm. Experience a new type of yoga using music, mantra, mudra (hand positions), meditation and movement to align with the vibration of the universe, bringing more health and happiness into your life. With Moriah Salzman and Jeannie MacLaughlin. $10 donation. Unity of Mesa, 2740 E Southern Ave, Mesa. 480-892-2700. Watercolor Art Classes – 9:45am-12:30pm. All levels, beginner to advanced. Learn fluid color technique, drawing and composition. Small class of 8 students. No talent required, just a desire to create. With Allura Westly. Paradise Valley area. 602-469-0524.

“A Course in Miracles” (ACIM) Weekly Study Group – 1-2:15pm. Rev. Julianne Lewis leads this interactive time of discussion and sharing. For beginners and experienced ACIM students. $10. Interfaith CommUNITY, 952 E Baseline, #102, Mesa. Rev. Julianne: 480-593-8798 or Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement – 12:30-1:30pm. Receive greater self-connection, self-awareness, self-healing and tr3ansformation. This method bypasses all conditioning and habitual stress patterns to achieve instant relief and to break unconscious patterns. $20 per class/6 for $100. And Breathe, 3201 N 3rd St, Phoenix. Jacqueline Bayne:  602-821-7149 or Simply Meditate – 6:30-7:30pm. Escape the stress and busyness of life and discover inner peace by exploring meditation techniques and positive minds. Learn simple, practical methods to improve the quality of our life and develop inner peace through guided meditation and a short Buddhist teaching to help us solve our daily problems and find the lasting happiness we seek. $5. Kadampa Meditation Center Phoenix, 614 E Townley Ave, Phoenix. Soul Readings – Learn about your destiny, where you are on your path, how to get help. With Jennifer Morrison. $65/15 min. By Phone/ Skype. Watercolor Art Classes – 9:45am-12:30pm. All levels, beginner to advanced. Learn fluid color technique, drawing and composition. Small class of 8 students. No talent required, just a desire to create. With Allura Westly. Paradise Valley area. 602-469-0524.

thursdays Buddhist Meditation – 6:30-8pm. “How to Solve Our Humans Problems”, taught by representatives from Kadampa Meditation Center. $10; $5/students and unemployed. Unity of Mesa, 2700 E Southern Ave, Mesa. 480-892-2700,

Rewind Yoga – 10:30-11:30am. Designed for people 50 and up, the class focuses on balancing, increasing flexibility and building functional strength. With Kim Carter. $10 (first class is free, maximum six). Restoring Balance Mind & Body, 2045 S Vineyard, Ste 139, Mesa. Pre-registration required. Kim: 253-549-5342 or

fridays A Course in Miracles – 7-9pm. Group book study open to newcomers. Donation. Unity of Mesa Annex Bldg, 2740 E Southern Ave, Mesa. 480-892-2700.

saturdays Boot Camp – Cardio, core and strength training. $5 first session. Granada Park, Phoenix. 602-6394054.

sundays Celebration Service – 10:30-11:45am. Whether you are a follower of new thought or ancient wisdom, a student of ACIM, a gong or drum circle enthusiast, an interfaith seeker, a music lover, or if you are simply looking for the friendship of open-minded and creative people, you will find a welcome home here. Interfaith CommUNITY, 952 E Baseline, #102, Mesa. Rev. Julianne: 480593-8798 or Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement – 11am-Noon. Receive greater self-connection, selfawareness, self-healing and transformation. This method bypasses all conditioning and habitual stress patterns to achieve instant relief and to break unconscious patterns. $20 per class/6 for $100. 40th St and Cactus, Phoenix. Jacqueline Bayne: 602821-7149 or Prayers for World Peace – 10-11:15am. Enjoy practical advice and meditations that lift the heart and bring energy and hope; from this inner peace, world peace grows. In these troubled times, this is an opportunity to make prayers together for our families and friends, and for the cessation of all the pain and problems in the world. $5 donation. Kadampa Meditation Center Phoenix, 614 E Townley Ave, Phoenix. The Spiritual Quest – 10:30-11:30am. Practical spirituality from Mark and Elizabeth Clare Prophet. Bookstore 10am-1pm. Mary’s Way Montessori-style children’s program. Phoenix Summit Lighthouse, 4105 N 20th St, Ste 115, Phoenix. 480-442-5020 or 602-703-9570. Sunday Services – 9am and 10:45am. A Positive Path for Spiritual Living. Nursery available for infants through kindergarten. Youth ministry classes are open in the Education Annex at 10:15am. Unity of Mesa, 2700 E Southern Ave, Mesa. 480-8922700. Sunday Services – 10:30am. Additional Sunday Services include 5:30pm on 2nd & 4th Sunday and 5:30pm Healing Service 1st & 3rd Sunday. Rising Phoenix Spiritualist Church and Metaphysical Community, 1522 W Encanto Blvd, Phoenix. 602-428-0857.



2017 editorial calendar

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health & wellness

natural detox options

conscious dying

plus: reframing autism SEPTEMBER

plus: affordable complementary care FEBRUARY plus: children’s dental health MARCH

food sensitivities

plus: holistic eye health APRIL


plus: medical massage MAY

natural pregnancy & childbirth plus: women rising JUNE

chronic pain remedies

plus: hybrid vehicles update

plus: true prosperity AUGUST

rethinking cancer graceful aging plus: yoga OCTOBER

transformative travel plus: chiropractic NOVEMBER

diabetes prevention & reversal plus: silent retreats DECEMBER

uplifting humanity plus: holidays

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