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NATURAL Motherhood Creating the Best Start for New Life

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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.

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by Mark Nepo




Evaluating Alternatives to Dairy by Judith Fertig



Creating the Best Start for New Life by Deborah Shouse




GRANDPARENTING How to Mindfully Love Little Ones

by April Thompson


BEAT THE HEAT Favorite Varieties that Flourish in Summer Search “Natural Awakenings”and download

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44 TAGGART SIEGEL Seeks to Seed an Agricultural Revolution by April Thompson




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texted my mom last night, asking how she did it. How, while raising us kids, she had a very successful work career, maintained the household, had dinner prepared every night, along with a homemade dessert, volunteered, entertained, focused on many continuing education endeavors and so much more. How the heck did she pull it all off, all while seemingly with ease and everything was part of a master plan; a well-oiled machine, if you will. Now that the tables have turned and I find myself in this life space, I am completely in awe of what moms accomplish day in and day out, many times without acknowledgement or appreciation. It is in this spirit that I dedicate this May “Women’s Wellness” issue to all of the mothers out there! A big heartfelt thanks for what you do for everybody. Our main editorial feature provides strategies to help mothers-to-be prepare for natural pregnancy and childbirth. You will find a host of other content in this issue related to women’s health and wellness. As we celebrate motherhood this month, I hope we can all express how much we appreciate our mothers and the significant roles they have and continue to play in our lives, as well as our world. I have to wonder if there were more female heads of state (there are a few already) that peace would be closer at hand everywhere than it is today. I love you, Mom!

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newsbriefs Begin a New Career as a Massage Therapist


hose looking for a new career or extra income can become a massage therapist at the Southwest Institute of Healing Arts (SWIHA). Start dates for their next massage therapy programs are May 22 and July 24, with morning and afternoon options. At SWIHA, some students choose the traditional therapeutic track, while others are drawn more to energy work, which includes reiki, reflexology, medical massage, polarity or cranial unwinding. As with all diploma and degree programs, those drawn to study have a destined calling, and so the school does not dictate exactly which classes to take. There are 13 certificate of excellence programs or areas of specialization to choose from.   All programs exceed the 700-hour requirement for massage therapy training in Arizona to be eligible to apply for a massage therapy license and national certification. Graduates can get a job as a professional massage practitioner or open their own practice.   Diploma programs include Professional Massage Practitioner (750 hours), Master Massage Practitioner (1,000 hours), Master Massage with a specialty in Natural Aesthetics (1,000 hours) and Massage and Yoga.   Location: 1100 E. Apache Blvd., Tempe. For more information, call 480-9949244 or visit See ad on back cover.  

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earlier in the spring and stay that way later in the fall. ~Nadine Stair



Orloff to Visit East Valley on Book Signing Tour


oinciding with the recent release of her new book, The Empath’s Survival Guide, Dr. Judith Orloff will sign copies and speak on Life Strategies For Sensitive People at 7 p.m., May 6, at Changing Hands Bookstore, in Tempe. She will also present a book talk and workshop on May 7 at Unity of Mesa. As an assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at the University of California-Los Angeles, she has been helping patients for more than 20 years. Orloff synthesizes traditional medicine with intuition, energy and spirituality to achieve physical and emotional healing. Her bestselling books, The Power of Surrender, Emotional Freedom, Second Sight, Positive Energy and Guide to Intuitive Healing, offer readers practical strategies to help them overcome frustration, stress and worry. For more information or to purchase the book, visit or See ad on page 17.

Roosevelt Health Center to Open in Phoenix


outhwest College of Naturopathic Medicine & Health Sciences (SCNM) recently opened a community clinic, the Roosevelt Health Center, at the George Brooks Sr. Community School, 3146 East Wier Avenue, in Phoenix. Roosevelt is the 10th SCNM community clinic providing free healthcare in Maricopa County, and the most advanced facility to date. SCNM is dedicated to assessing the community’s needs and the health center’s impact on students’ educational and overall well-being. The health center will provide free healthcare to the children and their families within the Roosevelt School District and play a vital role in naturopathic medical students’ clinical education, particularly developing their skills in primary care. Children attending school in this district live in low-income areas where families have very few healthcare options. This leaves them in need of the basic medical services, which the Roosevelt Health Center will offer free of charge. The center’s design integrates conventional primary care facilities such as exam rooms, a laboratory and a medicinary (natural pharmacy), with a flexible community space for group visits.



hree girls received the Girl Scouts–Arizona Cactus-Pine Council (GSACPC) 2017 Gold Award for their communitybased health and healing related projects. This is the highest and most prestigious award in Girl Scouting, comparable to the Boy Scouts of America’s Ashley Hale Klara Olcott Eagle Scout rank. They include Allison Daugherty, of Scottsdale, Ashley Hale, of Glendale, and Klara Olcott, of Glendale. Girls that pursue their Gold Award aspire to transform an idea and vision for change into an actionable plan with measurable, sustainable and far-reaching results. A young woman that has earned her Gold Award has become a community leader in the truest sense. Her accomplishments reflect outstanding leadership and civic engagement. For more information, visit

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Therapeutic Retreat


articipants will enjoy a vacation of well-being retreat in northern Arizona from June 30 through July 4 to escape the Phoenix heat and restore the body and mind with relaxation, renewal and decompression. The week includes plant-based, organic meals, therapeutic drumming, guided meditations, music, conscious breathing and more. There also will be plenty of time for walks in nature and relaxation. Ingrid Hirtz, of Community Cuisine (YourCommunity, is providing delicious, gourmet plant-based meals throughout the days of this event. She is also a trained non-violent communication facilitator and will help attendees to drop into a form of deeper sharing for healing and release. Daniel Hirtz ( is a seminar leader with more than 30 years' experience who will lead the gathering through conscious breathing exercises, a gentle form of mindful, therapeutic drumming guided meditation. For more information, visit See ad on page 25.



Dr. Dream Headlining Mesa Fundraiser for Nepal


ark “Dr. Dream� Peebler, an internationally known holistic healing practitioner and international speaker, is bringing his 111 Tibetan Healing Bowl Experience to the Unity of Mesa Sanctuary at 3:30 p.m., June 17, to support the Gilung and Sindupalachoka Villages in Nepal, devastated by a series of earthquakes. Using the Tibetan bowls, Dr. Dream and his Angels create a guided visualization combined with sounds and vibrations to harmonize the energy body and relax the mind. Attendees will feel energized and inspired as the bowls unlock stuck energies and connect the mind, body and spirit. When the earthquakes hit, all 100 homes in the village of Gilung were destroyed. Peebler and his team raised money and sent large tents so shelter would be available in the rainy season. These people make Tibetan bowls for healers around the world, and he assumed the community would be rebuilding and be unable to create bowls. But the spirit there was strong, and the villagers renewed their purpose to create these ancient healing bowls more strongly than ever. Location: 2700 E. Southern Ave., Mesa. Get tickets at For more information, visit See ad on page 26.

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ecotip Cloth Better than Disposable for People and the Planet Disposable diapers are the third most common consumer item in landfills. When even those labeled “ecofriendly” are covered by other debris after being discarded and hidden from sunlight and air, they don’t readily biodegrade. Producing disposables also makes major demands on water, energy, nonrenewable resources like oil and renewables like wood. Many brands contain harmful ingredients such as polyacrylate, dioxin, phthalates and heavy metals that can be absorbed by a baby’s soft, developing skin and promote rashes. According to, 90 to 95 percent of American babies annually generate 27.4 billion single-use plastic diapers, or 7.6 billion pounds of garbage. While comparable statistics on adult diapers aren’t available, Euromonitor International forecasts a 48 percent increase in U.S. sales to $2.7 billion in 2020, up from $1.8 billion in 2015. In a decade, sales of diapers for adults could surpass those for babies at Kimberly-Clark and Procter & Gamble, attributed to bladder control issues related to health and age, according to the Urology Care Foundation and Mayo Clinic. The American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Public Health Association advise that in all cases, fecal matter and urine should be rinsed and flushed down the toilet instead of put in the trash, so that contaminants don’t enter groundwater and potentially spread disease. Traditional cloth diapers are the way to go for several reasons beyond budget: 4 Using cloth facilitates earlier potty education by quickly communicating to the baby when they are wet. New cloth diaper systems like Nicki’s Diapers (NickisDiapers. com) can be easily cleaned in regular and high-efficiency washing machines. Some popular brands are listed at 4 The nonprofit association at helps connect local groups of mothers to communicate and share best practices in use, cleaning and potty training, such as learning a baby’s cues for needing to go. It also hosts informative events such as the annual national Great Cloth Diaper Change. 4 Cloth diapers in good condition can be resold on eBay and sites like 16


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Marine Reserve Preserves Ocean Biodiversity The French government has expanded the Réserve Naturelle Nationale des Terres Australes Françaises, a highly protected marine reserve in French-controlled, sub-Antarctic waters of the southern Indian Ocean, from about 8,000 to more than 46,000 square miles; it now includes seven areas surrounding the islands of Crozet and Kerguelen. France intends to designate 10 percent of its oceanic territory by 2020, and this action brings the total as of the end of 2016 to 1.3 percent. These large-scale, fully protected marine reserves may serve as climate refuges for many species. The rich biodiversity of the new addition includes marine mammals, fish, seabirds, orcas, penguins, Antarctic fur seals and the critically endangered Amsterdam albatross. Source:

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Cycling Chicago

Pioneering Bike Paths Promise Easy Commutes Chicago has created 100 miles of new bike lanes in the last five years and plans to add another 50 miles of upgraded lanes with curbs to protect riders from cars by 2019. Beyond that, a series of floating, solarpowered bike paths along the edge of the Chicago River is on the drawing board; each mile of pathway may cost between $5 million and $10 million. The architecture firm SecondShore first proposed the idea. “You look at the river, and while it used to be the main commercial artery in the city, it’s not much of one anymore,” says firm cofounder James Chuck. “This fits with the mayor’s general economic strategy for the city—how to make use of latent infrastructure.” The floating bike paths, named RiverRide, would give pedalers a truly auto-free place to ride for part of their commute and connect with existing bike lanes. The system would fill gaps in the network, creating around a 17mile stretch of continuous bike paths connecting 28 neighborhoods. Floating on concrete pontoons, the paths would use solar power for lighting. Solar panels could also heat the surface so the path doesn’t ice up in winter. Plans call for the path to intersect with river bridges so bikers can cross to the other side. 18


Turtle Turnaround

Record Hatchlings Give Hope Worldwide, six of the seven sea turtle species are threatened or endangered because of human activity. A ray of hope now shining from conservation efforts is that nesting sea turtles have posted record numbers of successful hatchlings in South Carolina the last three years, with Georgia and Florida reporting similar results. Decades of helpful efforts are paying off due to increased public awareness of turtlefriendly practices at seaside locations. Heed these rules: 4 Keep lights off on beachfront property during nesting season. 4 Refrain from using flash photography on the beach at night. 4 Keep beaches and oceans clean. Litter such as plastic bags and balloons can cause injury or death when sea turtles mistake them for jellyfish, a favorite food. 4 Respect sea turtles by observing them from a distance. 4 Report dead or injured sea turtles and nest disturbances to 1-800-9225431. Learn more about sea turtle conservation and how to get involved at Find an introductory video at OceanToday.noaa. gov/endoceanseaturtles.

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Far-Flying Rubber Harms Sea Creatures Helium-filled balloons look pretty when released at special events, but they eventually become earthbound trash littering land and water, often traveling great distances before reaching their final resting places; spans of up to 1,300 miles have been recorded. The Ocean Conservancy recently picked up nearly 94,000 balloon remnants in the course of a year’s worth of cleanup operations. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, fish, dolphins, whales, seabirds and sea turtles have all been found with latex balloons in their stomachs, blocking their digestive tracts. One study of two stranded sperm whales in California attributed their deaths to huge amounts of consumed ocean debris. Another found that more than half of one species of sea turtle surveyed had trash in their gut; mostly balloons. The problem is so serious that several states and cities have already outlawed mass balloon releases. Latex balloons are technically biodegradable, but that process can take six months or more, according to the UK National Association of Balloon Artists and Suppliers. Celebratory alternatives include laser shows, music performances, bubbles, banners and reusable inflatable characters. Source:

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Wind-Powered Trains in Holland

Nederlandse Spoorwegen reports that all of its electric trains are now running on energy harvested from wind. Working with Eneco, a sustainable energy supplier in the Netherlands, the goal was to operate the trains via wind turbines by January 2018, but they beat their own deadline. Electric locomotives don’t use conventional engines; instead, they act like a component in an electric circuit transmitted via high-voltage power lines. Three options for usage include onboard energy storage systems such as batteries; an overhead wire; or an extra live rail, which has current flowing through it at all times. It’s used to power lights and air-conditioning, as well as for propulsion. According to the Global Wind Energy Council, turbines capable of generating 586 megawatts of electricity are the workhorses. In 2016, a 700 megawatt offshore wind farm near the town of Borssele became the most costeffective of such installations in the world. natural awakenings

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Prenatal Omega-3 Reduces Kids’ Asthma Risk dangdumrong/


esearchers from the Copenhagen University Hospital, in Denmark, discovered expectant mothers that take omega-3 supplements while pregnant reduce the risk that their babies will develop asthma. Analyzing blood samples from 695 Danish women at 24 weeks of gestation and again one week after birth, the study tested the levels of eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA)—long-chain omega-3 fatty acids found in fish, fish oil and DHA-algae supplements—in the women’s blood. The health of the babies was monitored for five years and compared with the blood analysis. The children of the mothers given 2.4 grams of long-chain omega-3 supplements during their third trimester displayed an overall 31 percent reduced risk of developing asthma. “Asthma and wheezing disorders have more than doubled in Western countries in recent decades,” explains Professor Hans Bisgaard, of the Copenhagen Prospective Studies on Asthma in Childhood at the hospital. “We now have a preventative measure to help bring those numbers down.”

Enjoy Stress-Free Organic Sleep


e sleep for a third of our lives, so the place we rest, restore and replenish ourselves—the bed—might well be considered the most important part of our home. While we are sleeping, we’re breathing for eight or nine hours in the most intimate contact with a very large mattress. Thus, whatever it is breathing out, or off-gassing, we are breathing in. Air pollution outdoors may be beyond our control, but in the bedroom, we want to create a healing nest by surrounding ourselves with non-toxic, organic materials while we are sleeping. Materials such as sheets made of organic cotton, a duvet, an organic mattress topper or comforter filled with organic wool and pillows made of organic cotton and natural latex rubber all create a soothing cocoon that allows the body to regenerate as nature intended. Consumers that want to skip the chemicals and sleep naturally can also save money when they purchase a fully warranted natural latex mattress such as those made by Savvy Rest. These mattresses are made of natural latex foam rubber—not synthetic, hybrid or blended foam. The casings are made of certified organic wool and certified organic cotton. They require no toxic flame retardant chemicals because the wool batting ensures that the products meet federal requirements. Accessories such as organic cotton towels and bath linens complement the mattresses perfectly. The cotton used in these products must be produced in accordance with the stringent standards of the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements. Organic Living is offering 10 percent off any organic mattress in the store, located at 8342 N. 7th St., in Phoenix. For more information, call 602-224-5313 or visit See ad on page 31. 20


Even One Drink Daily Increases Melanoma Risk


study from the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, in Providence, Rhode Island, has linked alcohol consumption with an increased risk of melanoma, the most dangerous type of skin cancer. Using data from three studies, researchers followed 210,252 adults for an average of 18 years each using food-frequency questionnaires to measure alcohol consumption. Comparing the results to instances of melanoma among the participants, they found that each alcoholic beverage consumed on average per day was associated with a 14 percent increased risk of melanoma. An associated conclusion was that individuals that regularly drank alcohol were 73 percent more likely to be diagnosed with melanoma on the trunk of the body than non-drinkers. “The clinical and biological significance of these findings remains to be determined, but for motivated individuals, counseling regarding alcohol use may be an appropriate strategy to reduce risks of melanoma, as well as other cancers,” explains Eunyoung Cho, Sc.D., the study’s lead author and an associate professor of dermatology and epidemiology at the university.

Safety Tips American College of for Pregnant Physicians Endorses Women Acupuncture for P Back Pain

Nicholas J. Meyer DDS, DNM, recently published the book The Holistic Dental Matrix. For more information, phone 602-573-7496 or visit or See ad on page 4.

A will finds a way. ~Orison Swett Marden


n February 14, the American College of Physicians published a guideline presenting the evidence and clinical recommendations for noninvasive treatment of low back pain in the Annals of Internal Medicine. The college conducted a systematic review of scientific research on noninvasive treatments for adults suffering from acute, sub-acute or chronic low back pain. They strongly recommended that clinicians and patients should select nondrug treatments including acupuncture, superficial heat, massage, spinal manipulation, mindfulness-based stress reduction, exercise and multidisciplinary rehabilitation. Evidence indicates acupuncture may produce a greater overall improvement than treatment with anti-inflammatory drugs. Many clinicians recommend using ice on acute low back pain, but Chinese medicine has historically recommended heat applications. The college did not recommend ice and cited evidence indicating that treating acute or sub-acute low back pain with superficial heat provides more effective pain relief than use of anti-inflammatory drugs. Don Matesz, MS, Lac, is the owner, acupuncturist and herbalist at Barefoot Acupuncture, in Scottsdale. For more information, visit Barefoot-Acupuncture. com or call 602-954-8016. See ad on page 53.

Not-So-Speedy Pedaling Boosts Benefits


esearchers from the United Kingdom’s University of Winchester have found that cycling improves brain function. The study tested the cognitive function of 17 physically active men in their 20s before and after two, 30-minute sessions on a stationary bike. The results showed significant cognitive improvements following each session. Biking to work is also a good way to reduce our carbon footprint, but breathing in exhaust fumes and other pollutants is a concern for street cyclists. Alexander Bigazzi, a transportation expert in the department of civil engineering and school of community and regional planning at the University of British Columbia, has studied the relationship between average-speed bicycle travel and inhalation of potentially harmful air. Using a U.S. Census-based computer model of 10,000 people, Bigazzi found that the ideal bicycling speed to inhale the minimum amount of pollution is between 7.5 to 12.5 miles per hour (mph), placing the lowest risk for women at nearly eight mph and for men at just over eight mph. “The faster you move, the harder you breathe and the more pollution you could potentially inhale, but you are also exposed to traffic for a shorter period of time. This analysis shows where the sweet spot is,� says Bigazzi. natural awakenings

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regnancy and childbirth are the most miraculous times in our lives, and it is important to keep in mind the importance of the overall health of the mother and how it affects that of the child. During pregnancy, the developing child takes advantage of all it can to develop into its healthiest and best self. Mothers are told to eat more and better foods and prenatal vitamins because that is what the fetus is getting. It is imperative for women to keep up with dental check-ups and cleanings during pregnancy, because the gums and teeth are also tested at this time and may reveal subtle health problems. Some mothers need to perform salt rinses, because their gums are sensitive during pregnancy. Postpone dental X-rays until after birthing to avoid expose the child to unnecessary radiation.


When We Set Out by Mark Nepo


eaching me how to steer the 30-foot-long sailboat he built, my father would say, “It’s the sail that follows the wind, and the rudder that follows the sail.” The sail, by its nature, will catch the wind and lean into it. The rudder is for steering once we’ve set sail. Our soul is like a sail. Once hoisted, it’s filled by the wind of Spirit, which establishes our course and direction. Our will is our rudder; its job is to follow where the soul filled with Spirit leads, helping to steer our way. When we lean on will to make things happen, we can grow stubborn, confused or lost. Clear sailing comes when we’re being carried toward a vision greater than our self, feeling



wholly alive along the way. Scudding along the sea, my father was living once for all time, feeling the sensation of all life in that moment. We all yearn to live in these moments forever, yet even a taste of aliveness can fill, sustain and refresh us in the midst of daily tasks. We all face times beyond our control when life doesn’t follow our designs and we’re asked to work with life and not fight, curse or hide from it. When insisting on our way, we can get so tangled in our will that we can’t find or feel the wind of Spirit. During these times—when we fear there is no meaning and it seems there’s nothing holding us up—our will can puff, snap and flap about in a desperate attempt


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to fill what looms as an empty life. But even setting out on the sea, it’s never easy. My father remarked, “It’s always harder to sail toward a fixed point, because you will inevitably have to cross the wind several times to get there.” By contrast, a boat moves its fastest and cleanest when it simply follows the wind. It’s the same when we listen for where life is taking us, instead of busily thinking about where we’re going. Devoting ourselves to experiencing the journey, rather than determining a destination, we discover our way. Like a sail, our life must be out in the open before the wind will show its face. Likewise, Spirit fills us when we can inhabit our true nature. We miss what awaits us if we hover too close to the shore of our past, our family, someone else’s dream for us, or an old identity. To feel the wind in our face, we must leave the shallows and harbors for the deep. Only then will the larger, timeless destination show itself and our soul be filled enough with Spirit that our smaller self will have no choice but to engage in steering us toward all that matters. Adapted excerpt from The One Life We’re Given: Finding the Wisdom that Waits in Your Heart, by Mark Nepo (Atria). Connect at and

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Life Changes to Tell an Insurance Agent About by Daniel Salerno


hen we hear the phrase “life change”, our minds jump to events like change in marital status, moving and buying a new car. While all of these may require us to update our insurance, there are smaller, more frequent changes that also have an impact.



Updates to the Backyard Summer is the perfect time to get started on home renovations we’ve been planning all winter, but we should think about the effect outdoor projects can have on our home insurance policy. Home improvement projects can raise the value of our home and make it safer or pose liability issues. While most home insurance policies cover minor backyard updates, it’s

always a good idea to double check with our agent. Common summer backyard renovations include building a shed; repairing steps; pouring pavement; expanding a patio; adding exterior electrical; putting up a new fence; purchasing a big trampoline; purchasing an above-ground pool; building an outdoor dog kennel; or building a fish pond. Be sure to follow all safety guidelines when making any of these updates to the backyard. A homeowner’s insurance policy may not fully cover surrounding buildings on our property, so if adding a building, we may need to purchase additional coverage. Home Additions If planning to enclose a porch, add a bathroom, upgrade the kitchen, finish the basement or make an addition, we may need to increase our coverage amount on the house. These types of home additions will likely raise the value of the home, but if we do not increase the coverage, we could be vulnerable in the event of a partial or total loss of the home. Updating Indoor Home Systems After replacing a home system such as a furnace, air conditioner or water heater, we may want to expand our homeowner’s insurance. Consider including residential equipment in-

surance, which will protect home systems should they malfunction. Installing a Home Security System If setting up a security system at our home, don’t forget to let the insurance agent know, because that may qualify for a discount on our home insurance. Purchasing or Selling Farm Equipment If we have farm or ranch insurance, we probably have coverage for the equipment we use every day, such as tractors, combines, grain, livestock and more. If we have sold or purchased equipment we use in the farm operation, a review with our insurance agent can help tailor coverage to fit our specific needs. For more information, call Farm Bureau Financial Services agent Daniel Salerno at 480-635-3844 or visit DanielSalerno.fbfs. com. See ad on page 19.

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A New Paradigm for Cosmetic Enhancement by Dr. Melanie Icard


new, state-of-the-art option for non-invasive body lifts and non-surgical facelifts in Arizona is polydioxanone (PDO) threading, also known as “face threading�, or the V-Lift. Originating in Europe and Asia, it works by placing safe, absorbent sutures directly under the skin that lift, create volume and shape, and smooth the skin and tissue of the targeted area for natural-looking cosmetic enhancement. The PDO thread, a biocompatible and biodegradable material, is inserted into the subcutaneous layer (the fatty layer of the skin) via a tiny needle. The needle is then removed carefully from the skin while the thread remains to lift and fill the area



through collagen production. The procedure can take anywhere from five to 35 minutes, depending on the areas needed. Patients will notice an immediate enhancement; while the sutures will dissolve naturally within the first six months of placement. They quickly cause an increase in collagen production in the targeted area. The effects will continually improve and patients can expect to see results last to two to three years after the initial procedure. PDO threading is excellent for non-surgical facelifts, cheek lifts, jowl lifts, neck definition, removing lines and defining the lips, removing lines above the lips, needing less

Botox next to the eyes (when paired with Botox injections), removing lines between the eyebrows, breast lifts, cleavage rejuvenation and is the best treatment for acne scars and large pores. Body and face threading is safe and instantly effective. The tiny threads that are placed directly under the dermal layer were originally created and used for heart surgery in babies, so it is an extremely safe material. The fine threads are biocompatible (not harmful to the body) and dissolve naturally over time with water and carbon dioxide. The treatment is noted for its ability to achieve a completely natural look, and is an excellent alternative for patients that are not willing to undergo plastic surgery, dermal fillers, or Botox and other neurotoxins. The unique advantage of thread lifts is that they provide immediate results. The wires that are placed under the dermal layer latch onto and pull skin tissues for an immediate lift, increased volume and enhanced shape. Melanie Icard, NMD, is the owner of Anti-Aging Clinic, in Phoenix, and offers body and face threading. For more information, call 480599-8370 or visit PhoenixAntiAging. com. See ad on page 5.

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Milk Minus the Moo

Evaluating Alternatives to Dairy by Judith Fertig


hen dietary concerns, food sensitivities or curiosity prompt us to try alternative milks, it helps to know the basic facts about the leading types, to choose the best ones for us.

Nashville, Tennessee, points out, “High in medium-chain triglycerides, coconut milk is a very filling, fatburning food.” One cup of homemade coconut milk has about 450 calories, six grams of protein and 64 grams of fat, plus trace minerals such as Almond Milk manganese, phosphorus, magnesium, Pro: Almond milk is low in fat and can iron and copper. Canned coconut milk be easily made at home, so ingredients is similar: one cup of Native Forest are known. One cup of homemade al- Unsweetened Coconut Milk Classic mond milk has about 40 calories, one contains 420 calories, three grams of gram of protein, 6 percent of the daily protein and 45 grams of fat, plus trace value (DV) for calcium, three grams of minerals such as manganese, phosphorus, magnesium, iron and copper fat and eight grams of carbohydrates. in each cup. As for store-bought options, one cup Con: High in fat and calories, coof Silk Organic Almond Original conut milk may not be the best choice contains 60 calories, with one gram of protein, 10 percent DV for calcium, for drinking every day, but is delicious in Asian-style soups and curries. two-and-a-half grams of fat and eight grams of carbohydrates. Con: Almond milk is neither high Hemp Milk in protein nor calcium; it’s not as nuPro: Hemp milk, made from hulled tritionally packed as other alternatives. hemp seeds, contains 10 essential Some might not care for the faint nutty amino acids, including key fats. flavor. “Omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids   are vital for healthy functioning of the Coconut Milk brain,” says Axe. Hemp milk works Pro: Dr. Josh Axe, a functional mediwell for people with tree nut allergies. cine physician who owns the popular One cup of Pacific Hemp Originatural health website,, nal has 140 calories, three grams of and the Exodus Health Center, near protein, 50 percent DV for calcium,



five grams of fat and 20 grams of carbohydrates. Living Harvest Tempt Hemp Milk has 80 calories per cup, two grams of protein, 30 percent DV for calcium, eight grams of fat and one gram of carbohydrates. Con: Grassy-tasting hemp milk tends to separate in hot coffee.

Rice Milk

Pro: High in vitamins and calcium when fortified, rice milk made from brown rice is also high in vitamins. According to Ted Kallmyer, author of Flexible Dieting, in Bend, Oregon, rice milk is the least likely alternative milk to trigger an allergy. One cup of Pacific Rice Milk has 130 calories, one gram of protein, 30 percent DV for calcium, two grams of fat and 37 grams of carbohydrates. One cup of Rice Dream Organic Rice Drink has 120 calories, one gram of protein, 30 percent DV for calcium, 2.5 grams of fat and 23 grams of carbohydrates. Con: Low in fat and protein, it’s also relatively high in carbohydrates. It has a less creamy texture than hemp, coconut or soy milks.

Soy Milk

Pro: Soy milk provides more protein than other alternative milks. Look for a calcium-fortified, organic brand that

doesn’t contain the thickening agent carrageenan, suggests Dr. Andrew Weil, founding director of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine, in Tucson. Different brands have different nutritional components. For example, one cup of Organic Valley Soy Original has 100 calories per cup, with seven grams of protein, 30 percent DV for calcium, three grams of fat and 11 grams of carbohydrates. One cup of Organic EdenSoy Extra Original Soymilk contains 130 calories, with 11 grams of protein, 20 percent DV for calcium, four grams of fat and 13 grams of carbohydrates. Con: Some people might not like the thick texture and soy aftertaste. Dr. Frank Lipman, founder and director of Eleven Eleven Wellness Center, in New York City, says that limiting soy is a good idea due to soy’s prevalent pesticide saturation and its researched links to thyroid, endocrine system and sex hormone dysfunction (Tinyurl. com/SoyDarksideStudies). If soy is eaten, “Choose certified organic, soy products—preferably fermented versions like miso, natto and tempeh— with the Non-GMO Project seal; and do so sparingly, no more than twice a week,” advises Lipman. Judith Fertig writes food health articles and cookbooks from Overland Park, KS (

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Dental Tips for Women During Pregnancy by Dr. Jason A. Jones


ne important task for expectant mothers between visiting the OBGYN and preparing the nursery is a dental visit. Not only do they need to keep their teeth clean and checked, women can also make sure their teeth are safe from painful scenarios to avoid during pregnancy; a crucial time because oral health is directly related to good overall health. Even if a woman thinks she might be pregnant, she should let the dentist know. Be sure to inform the office how far the pregnancy has progressed

and list any medications or special precautions that have been instructed. If she is considered to be at high risk or has medical conditions, a dentist or physician may recommend dental treatment to be postponed. Although most women go through pregnancy with no dental issues, pregnancy can worsen conditions and even create new ones. Hormonal changes can cause bleeding or swollen and tender gums, known as “pregnancy gingivitis”. If left untreated, a more serious form of gum disease may develop. More frequent

cleanings will prevent further harm. Tissue overgrowth, or “pregnancy tumors”, may appear, most often during the second trimester. This is not cancer, but rather swollen gum tissue, often between teeth, related to plaque. It usually resolves after delivery, but talk to the dentist about removing them. The risk of cavities increases as more carbohydrates are taken in, as well as morning sickness that allows acid exposure that can eat away at tooth structure, along with increased gag reflex, tender gums and exhaustion that may interfere with normal hygiene habits, resulting in cavities. It is imperative to maintain a healthy dental routine. Poor dental habits have been associated with premature delivery, intrauterine growth restriction, gestational diabetes and preeclampsia. Be sure both prescription and over-the-counter medications are known by the dentist, as this information will help the dentist determine proper medications, if needed. The dentist may need to consult with the physician to ensure a safe distribution of medications and minimize undesirable interactions. Both the physician and dentist are concerned about mother and baby, so bring up any questions or concerns about other medications at this time. If dental treatment is necessary, the timing of treatment will be determined by the dentist and physician to make sure the anesthetics and treatment are safe for both the woman and child. X-rays should be avoided unless it is absolutely necessary for a proper diagnosis. Although the radiation is low, the dental office will cover the upper body and neck with a leaded apron to minimize exposure to the abdomen and thyroid. Most of all, don’t forget to brush after each meal and floss daily. Jason A. Jones, DMD, is the owner of Pure Smiles Center for Advanced Dentistry in Scottsdale. For more information, phone 480-585-1612 or visit See ad on page 9.



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NATURAL MOTHERHOOD Creating the Best Start for New Life by Deborah Shouse


woman’s body is exquisitely designed to conceive, nurture and give birth,” says Dr. Carol J. Phillips, an Annapolis, Maryland, prenatal chiropractor, doula and author of Hands of Love: Seven Steps to the Miracle of Birth. Judith Lothian, Ph.D., associate editor of the Journal of Perinatal Education, professor of nursing at Seton Hall University, in South Orange, New Jersey, and a natural childbirth educator, knows the significance of women’s deep intuitive instinct. “Women who feel supported and encouraged can tap into their own wisdom and find deep satisfaction in giving birth naturally. The process itself perfectly prepares mother and baby to continue on their journey together.” Several gentle strategies help mothers-to-be prepare for the joys of natural pregnancy and childbirth.

man, of Santa Monica, California, a doula, birth coach and author of The Mindful Mom-to-Be. If craving a certain dish, she can research its benefits and healing qualities. The yearning for comfort foods like pizza, macaroni or ice cream may signal the need for more nurturing. Eyeing popcorn or chips could be a sign she’s stuffing down an emotion. She can ask herself, “What am I suppressing?” “Eat a lot of protein, including vitamin B-rich foods, during both pregnancy and breastfeeding,” advises O’Mara.

Build a Baby-Friendly Body “Follow your urges,” counsels Peggy O’Mara, of Santa Fe, New Mexico, former editor of Mothering Magazine and author of Having a Baby, Naturally. “Eat when you’re hungry. Sleep when you’re weary. Go to the bathroom the moment nature calls. Practice this in pregnancy so you’ll be in the habit of listening to your instincts when you give birth.” This simple advice counters women’s common habit of attending to other people’s needs instead of their own. Along with eating organic whole foods, Kristy Wilson, of Las Vegas, a certified professional midwife, labor doula and placenta preparation specialist, recommends both a plant-based food supplement with iron and whole food prenatal supplement. Vitamin C is important for a strong amniotic sac; she suggests at least 500 milligrams daily. A high-strung mom can take magnesium chloride baths or sip a soothing cup of red raspberry leaf tea. “Women that are concerned about their diet can tune into the baby and ask what they need,” says Lori Breg-



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“Nursing moms need to eat nutrient-dense foods frequently, along with getting adequate fluids,” says Wilson. She recommends foods that assist lactation called galatactagogues, like almonds, avocados, legumes, kale and spinach. To increase milk production, add fennel to meals or smoothies, or turn to capsules.

Keep Moving with Intention

body needs to do to give birth.” As a midwife, she helps moms relax and embrace these intensely important sensations by focusing on what is going on in their body. Research published in the journal Cell Adhesion & Migration shows that the hormones released during labor enter into the baby’s immune system to also strengthen the child.

Spark the Spirit Wilson recommends yoga, swimming, Affirmations can positively state walking or light jogging three to five the mother-to-be’s intentions for times a week, for 20 minutes a day. pregnancy and birth. Examples “Squatting like a child on your haunchinclude: “Birth is a safe and wones is a great exercise for childbirth,” she derful experience. I am choosing says, noting that 20 squats daily will the right path for my birth. I trust strengthen core muscles. Sitting on an my body and my instincts. I have exercise ball instead of a desk chair or all the support I need.” Wilson couch also engages core muscles, while improving posture. The connections established recommends choosing two to four that resonate, repeating them every “Regular exercise brings more enbetween mother and morning while gazing into the mirergy, better sleep, reduced stress, higher ror, placing them on the refrigeraspirits, better odds of an easy labor, faster child are much stronger tor door and even having them post-delivery recovery and reduced risk when she progresses through pop up on a smartphone. of gestational diabetes and high blood “Meditation prepares you for pressure during pregnancy,” Bregman pregnancy and birth from childbirth and can also be soothfinds. She recommends a prenatal yoga a natural perspective. ing during labor by offering tools practice that includes breathing and vithat push away fear,” says O‘Mara. sualizations. This restorative form of yoga ~Kristy Wilson She likes this mantra from Thich offers gentle stretching, promotes good Nhat Hahn’s book, Being Peace: circulation and naturally supports relief “Breathing in, I calm myself, breathing out, I smile.” or healing of many possible pregnancy ailments. To begin, sit comfortably in a quiet room with eyes “To alleviate physical distress, try chiropractic preclosed. For women new to meditation, Wilson suggests natal care,” says Phillips. Light finger contact from an lighting a scented or colored candle and noticing the colors experienced practitioner helps realign bony segments and restores the body’s normal tone. “A prenatal expert can ad- and movement of the flame for something physical to focus on. “This calming practice is important because labor bejust so the mom’s body maintains its balance and the baby comes like a meditation,” she says. The mother copes through is free to move.” the contraction, then uses her meditation skills to reset, refo Craniosacral therapy reestablishes balance to the cus and ground herself before the next contraction. membranes that encapsulate the brain and spinal cord. Wilson and Bregman both encourage expectant mothers to keep a journal during pregnancy. “Record thoughts Prepare the Mind and experiences. Sometimes dreams tell things about the “Just say, ‘No thanks,’ to friends who want to burden you child, who has a story too,” advises Wilson. with stories of their long, excruciating labors,” O’Mara advises. “Protect yourself from toxic people and their horror Design a Special Experience stories. Focus on maintaining your own good health and surround yourself with people that have experienced a normal birth. Plan to have uplifting support during the birthing Create a Birth Plan Those that prefer a home birth can find a compatible process and in the postpartum period.” midwife through a natural birthing community such as the A woman easily influenced by others might ask her National Association of Certified Professional Midwives, doula, midwife or spouse to be her advocate. A woman that International Childbirth Education Association and La needs to exercise control might seek such assistance for Leche League. For a hospital experience, look for low-Caepeace of mind, knowing that her wishes will be followed. sarean rates, a personally compatible doctor and a distinct “‘Pain’ is a fear-based word,” to be avoided in conbirthing center. Either way, a doula or midwife can help versations about labor, Wilson explains. “Don’t fear the craft the desired birth plan. strength of contractions. They are doing exactly what your natural awakenings

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We birth best where we feel safe. Evidence shows that birth can be safe in just about any setting. ~Peggy O’Mara Upon selecting a venue, the expectant mother may imagine the ideal birth environment and write positive statements, such as, “I want to move around freely. I want my husband and sister with me at all times.” “If a home birth is a mother’s first choice, design two plans; one for home and one for the hospital,” suggests Phillips. “If the mother needs hospital care during labor, the attendants will know her wishes.” Wilson encourages the spouse to be involved from the beginning. “The partner’s energy plays a role in how the birth progresses during labor. Plus, being part of the planning keeps him engaged and attuned to her wishes.”

Orchestrate a Childbirth Team

“The birthing mother needs continuous support from someone that can focus on her and her needs,” says Phillips. “The partner also needs to have access to experienced support. Both need to surround themselves with people that know how to enfold them in love.”’ A birthing team includes the medically trained attendant appointed to help deliver the baby; either a midwife or a doctor. Many women choose to have a trained doula collaborate, as well. She provides continuity of care and



advocacy, lessens the need for medical intervention, stays with the mother, honors and includes the partner and supports the parents in making informed decisions. With home births, family members tend to invite themselves over. The mom needs to have control of her birthing atmosphere. “I encourage moms to be firm regarding who they want in the room when the baby is born,” Wilson says.

Honor the Postpartum Mother

“Giving birth is the first big unknown of parenting,” says Wilson. “You plan for it and then you have to trust and accept the outcome.” She encourages postpartum appointments for discussing the birth. “A breastfeeding mother’s nutrient requirements are actually higher postpartum,” Wilson says. To prevent deficiencies, she suggests moms nourish themselves during this period, delaying any focus on weight loss and regaining muscle tone. The birth team and other friends can deliver meals, do light housecleaning, run a load of laundry and bring groceries. The new parents will welcome this generous and loving help. Deborah Shouse is a mother, writer, speaker, editor and health advocate in Kansas City, MO. Her latest book, Connecting in the Land of Dementia: Creative Activities to Explore Together, focuses on life’s meaningful moments (

Chiropractic and the Perinatal Years by Dr. Harlan Sparer


hiropractic is helpful throughout the perinatal (weeks before and after birth) period. The proper alignment of the hips and low back affects the angle of the hips and thus can normalize a tipped uterus. The nerve supply to both the male and female genitalia originates from the lumbar and sacral nerves. Nerve impingement from an alignment issue, or subluxation, will alter the function of ligaments and muscles, as well as glandular function of both males and females. Many times, infertility or inability to carry a baby to term stems from this neurological issue. As the woman becomes more gravid (heavy), the sheer weight of pregnancy can cause alignment issues with any part of the spine, causing everything from nausea and indigestion to local or radiating nerve pain. When the third trimester approaches, pregnant women secrete a hormone called relaxin. Its function is to enhance the ability of the pelvis and soft tissue to stretch in order to accommodate childbirth. However, the spine also becomes less stable as a result of ligamentous stretching. This increases the effect of trauma because the ligaments cannot do their job in the same manner, thus increasing the probability of sublux-

ation. Sometimes during pregnancy, the presentation of the baby can switch from head down (vertex) to feet or butt first (breech) or sideways (transverse). While the transverse lie cannot be delivered vaginally, the breech actually can be delivered by a skilled obstetrician or midwife. This is a mostly lost art, and most doctors opt for a Caesarian section. In some cases, a chiropractic adjustment can cause the baby to shift to vertex. The lumbar nerves and vertebrae are in close proximity to the gravid uterus, and nerve impingement by the fetal position can easily occur. Version is also possible by skilled, knowledgeable professionals. Having a chiropractor involved with this process is helpful. The Caesarian rate for many OB/GYNs ranges between 30 and 50 percent or even higher. While lack of movement, fear, lack of knowledge, poor biomechanics, convenience and starvation of the laboring woman contribute to this, subluxation can completely arrest labor for neurological reasons. Calling in a chiropractor can remove the nerve impingement, starting or restoring labor to normal. Labor is exactly that; hours of work in unusual positions affects the alignment of everyone present during labor, especially the mother. A newborn can experience neurological issues from its journey down the birth canal, particularly when things go wrong, that result in digestive issues such as colic or worse, and muscular function issues that manifest days, weeks or months later. The next phenomenon occurs when the baby reaches the 20-pound mark. A squirming baby can be dramatically exhausting. Slinging the baby awkwardly on the hip or bending at the waist repeatedly inevitably takes its toll. This is often the cause of subluxation for sleep-deprived parents. Chiropractic is an essential part of wellness throughout the perinatal period in order to make the experience more pleasant and less stressful. Locating a provider with adequate experience is the key to success. Dr. Harlan Sparer is a Wholistic Non Force Chiropractor practicing Directional Non Force Technique Chiropractic in Tempe. He has decades of experience with the perinatal years and co-taught both childbirth education and VBAC classes. For more information, visit See ad on page 24.

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The Joys of Grandparenting How to Mindfully Love Little Ones by April Thompson


eing a grandparent can be magical; an opportunity to create both lifelong memories and formative experiences for grandchildren. However, it can also pose challenges that need to be managed mindfully, say experts. For more than 25 years, Patricia Salem, of Louisville, Kentucky, a licensed and board-certified art therapist, has taught mindfulness practices and art therapy in such diverse settings as hospitals and schools. Aiming to help kids and adults learn to harmoni-

ously ease life’s challenges, her work across generations has led her to seek ways to support entire family systems on their individual and familial journey to more mindful living. Her classes focus on skills like cultivating awareness, communication, self-compassion and self-care. “Teaching mindfulness and stress reduction to children is a start; however, teaching parents and grandparents is important, too. Children need reinforcement at home for practices they are learning in order for them to

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take hold,” says Salem. Carolyn Tucker, a psychotherapist in Atlanta, started offering classes on mindful grandparenting six years ago after witnessing a rise in grandparents seeking therapy. “In working with new mothers, I’ve found that a common area of friction is too little or too much support from grandparents. I thought it wise to help prepare them,” says Tucker. She helps grandparents develop realistic expectations of their role. “It’s easy to revert to what you know—the parenting role—so it’s important to set mindful intentions,” she observes. Tucker encourages grandparents to make mindful memories during time spent with the grandchildren. “You can find joy by being still and marveling at a grandchild’s beautiful little hands and dimpled knees while registering how the air in the room feels to create a vivid mental snapshot of the moment. “Parents and kids can become too busy, and grandparents can help them slow down. Lie on the grass together and look at cloud shapes or blow a dandelion. To me, that is the romance of grandparenting, and mindfulness allows the romance to blossom,” she says. Susan Moon, a Berkeley, California, author and grandmother who has practiced Zen Buddhism for nearly 40 years, sees grandparenting as an opportunity to release expectations; this feat can be difficult for parents caught up in their youngsters’ identities. “It’s easier for grandparents to accept grandkids for who they are and just be joyful with them. They

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get to be in the moment with the kids without worrying about the day-today details of caregiving that can consume parents.” She explores such ideas in her book This is Getting Old: Zen Thoughts on Aging with Humor and Dignity. Being past their working years, grandparents are often more accepting and peaceful themselves, which can be inspiring for younger generations, adds Salem. For Moon, it’s vital to be mindful of the image of aging that’s projected; “I try to model that old age isn’t tragic, and show the joy in this stage of life,” she says. Yet grandparents also should be mindful of any physical limitations and set boundaries with grandkids as needed. “It’s okay to say, ‘I can’t hang on the jungle gym with you,’ and suggest an alternative,” says Moon. Good relationships with the grandkids begin with maintaining open relationships with their parents, experts note. To do this, consistently engage in compassionate listening. “It can be tempting for grandparents that know what may have worked in raising their own children to react or jump in, but it’s important to avoid giving unsolicited advice,” Salem cautions. At the same time, grandparents can notice aspects a harried parent may miss and, if handled carefully, can provide important insights. “I was known as the ‘fairy mom’, offering magic, art and imagination. I was grateful my own mother was there, too, because one child needed more structure and stability than I was providing,” says Tucker, a mother of four. “She gave me mindful feedback without making me feel like she was trying to usurp my role.” Moon suggests practicing “right speech”—messages that are positive, affirming and loving—with everyone. “It’s important to be humble and recognize the huge job of parents and all they juggle. Let them know that you are there to support them in whatever way you can.”

Create new memories, but also share old stories. “Kids want to hear about how their parents were as children, and it gives them a sense of history,” advises author Susan Moon. Be open to learning new technology to communicate across the generational divide. “While grandparents learn about the world of social media from their grandchildren, they can also encourage them to cut back on checking their cell phones in favor of interpersonal activities,” says art therapist Patricia Salem. When visiting grandkids, especially if they live in different cities, “Always have some ‘grandma magic’ up your sleeve— like games, puzzles or craft projects that can be collaborated on—to maximize precious time together,” suggests Moon. Invite grandchildren to try out meditation or breathing techniques practiced by their elders. “It can help lessen the stresses they encounter in school and at home,” says Salem. “Be careful to foster cooperation rather than competition in any shifting relationship with a child-turned-parent,” advises psychotherapist Carolyn Tucker. Otherwise, it can create chaos, undermine a parent’s confidence and strain relationships. For more advice on being a great grandparent, visit

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The Rampant Virus That is Off Our Radar by Dr. Paul Stallone


he Human Papillomavirus (HPV) is more common than people think. Some estimate that up to 75 percent of the reproductive-age population have been exposed to the virus at some point, making it the most sexually transmitted disease in the U.S. There are about 100 different strains of HPV, which will determine the symptom and area affected. Some strains cause warts to grow on the hands and feet and some cause warts on the genitals, but not all strains will cause warts. In fact 95 percent of HPV

viruses cause no health concern or symptom and go undiagnosed. HPV can also enter the body through skinto-skin contact—even a handshake. Severe cases are extremely rare, making this disease sound much worse than it actually is. Some studies have estimated that 50 percent

of those infected will clear the virus within eight months without treatment and more than 90 percent will be cleared in two years. A healthy immune system can easily address most strains of HPV without our ever knowing, and multiple studies have documented the majority of HPV infections are self-limiting. If someone with a HPV infection wanted to speed up their recovery, there are many supplements they could try. Several nutrients have shown to increase the probability of clearing an infection. Vitamin B12, folic acid, curcumin, vitamin C and vitamin E are well documented in naturally treating HPV. Antiviral nutrients like oregano, garlic, tea tree oil, thuja oil and goldenseal are excellent therapies that can be taken orally or applied directly to the skin. Many of these can be quite potent and should be diluted before application. A naturopathic physician can recommend correct dosing and strength for the individual. For the few that may go on to develop a more aggressive form of HPV like cervical cancer, a natural

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cancer treatment may lead to the best recovery, reducing the chance of cancer reoccurring. Studies have shown that cervical cancer tends to heal itself spontaneously, but it should still be monitored by a naturopathic physician experienced with cancer, especially for this type which has a promising success rate with alternative treatments. Besides vitamins and supplements, in-office treatments such as intravenous infusions can deliver high levels of nutrients that could never be taken orally. High doses of vitamin C help treat many diseases, with HPV being no exception. As HPV is a virus, intravenous antiviral substances like ozone help to kill it. Ozone has many therapeutic benefits that substantially aid in any disease treatment. It helps to oxygenate the blood, creating an alkaline environment—diseases prefer acidity. Ozone also works extremely well to help support the immune system. These customized intravenous therapies are the most aggressive, yet natural, treatments for HPV and cervical cancer. Those that have been diagnosed with HPV should consult with a naturopathic physician that can recommend a natural treatment plan. Certain suggestions may be made such as discontinuing an oral contraceptive, which has been shown to increase the likelihood of HPV turning into cancer. Studies have also shown an IUD containing hormones can reduce the clearance of HPV. A healthier alternative would be a copper IUD, which does not have an impact on HPV. Even if HPV is not diagnosed, a naturopathic physician can alleviate symptoms or issues that may be causing trouble. Paul Stallone, NMD, founded the Arizona Integrative Medical Center, located at 8144 E. Cactus Rd., Ste. 820, in Scottsdale. He combines natural/ alternative conventional treatments for each patient’s needs. For more information, call 480-214-3922 or visit See ad on the inside front cover. natural awakenings

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How to Stop Sabotaging Weight Loss Efforts by Jennifer McKee


e go on a diet and lose weight, and then eventually do something “wrong” such as give into temptation, and we use our mistake as an excuse to quit. Afterward, we automatically tell ourselves we are a failure, we have no willpower and are destined to be unhealthy, quit the diet and go back to our old habits. To end this vicious cycle of self-sabotage, we need to gradually make healthy lifestyle changes instead of dieting, and we need to tame our inner critic. Diets and deprivation don’t work. The inner critic is developed during childhood as we create different coping mechanisms and belief systems to deal with rough times and negative comments from others. For



example, we may have been told, “You can’t do anything right and you’re a failure.” We may have been laughed at when we made a mistake and we interpreted the event incorrectly. Instead of understanding that it is normal to make a mistake, we believed we were a failure. We hold onto these inaccurate belief systems as adults, and they continue to have a negative impact on our well-being. There are two powerful ways to stop self-sabotage. Learn how to commit to ourselves so we can make gradual healthy lifestyle changes. Write down why we want to lose the weight and get healthy. This is the first step to holding ourselves accountable, because we are declaring our intentions. Reading

our goals daily will help inspire us. Once we begin achieving our goals, our belief in ourselves will grow exponentially. When our goals become habits, we should then commit to new attainable goals. If we struggle to commit to our goals, reshape the goal and commit again. Challenge the inner critic. For example, if we look in the mirror and tell ourselves we are fat and a failure, challenge the thought by telling ourselves, “I may have some health issues and not be at the weight I want to be, but I am making small changes every day to improve my health and love myself more. That is good enough for me and I am proud of myself for taking steps in the right direction.” The more we do this, the less often the inner critic will appear. Every thought that we have is not a fact. We should not give our power to our inner critic and allow it to sabotage us. Once we commit to ourselves and begin challenging our inner critic, we will be on the road to creating a sustainable, healthy lifestyle so we can end the cycle of self-sabotage and lose the weight for good. Jennifer McKee, an integrative nutrition health coach, founded McKee Health Transformations, in Surprise. She has lost over 50 percent of her body weight naturally. Appointments are available in person, via telephone or Skype. For more information, call 866-632-8651 or visit See ad on page 26.

Shamanic Healing Can Create a New Version of Ourselves by Victoria Mogilner


hen we have a problem, it can be at an emotional, physical or spiritual level. A shaman is a person that can perceive where the problem is located and start to clear it at the soul level. Working with a client involves connecting at the soul level and seeing what the client chooses

to release or is ready to release. The practice of shamanism teaches that it is imperative to clear out the blockages and the chakras and work with energy work, breathing, toning, tuning forks, acupuncture, acupressure and reiki. Working at the cellular level allows a person to open and clear

old patterns. When they are difficult to clear, we may believe old patterns come from previous lifetimes and that patterns are stored in our cells. While shifting perception to connect with the fifth dimension, it is imperative to clear out old ways of thinking, doing and being. When a person is ready to release a blockage, this sends a message to the brain and old frequencies change as a new paradigm is created. Performing the healing from love allows for this transformative process. Commitment and focus are key; there is no longer time to dwell in the past. Working with a shaman allows us to transform. A true healer will work with us and allow us to become the person we were meant to be. Self-love and taking time for ourselves allows for the new us to be born. Victoria Mogilner is an acupuncturist and shamanic healer. For more information, call 480-560-1454 or visit See ad on page 55.

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Herbs that Beat the Heat Favorite Varieties that Flourish in Summer by Barbara Pleasant


ome of the best plants to keep as summer companions are herbs that enrich life with their flavors, fragrances and beauty. It’s not too late to pot up a few herbs or plant them in the garden if we choose varieties that thrive in hot, summer weather.

Reliable Basils

“I place basil as the number one herb in popularity, as well as heat tolerance,” says Cristina Spindler, owner of the Peconic River Herb Farm, in Calverton, New York. “Basil actually prefers heat.” There are many types, and greenleafed culinary varieties are easy to grow through the summer, provided they’re not allowed to dry out. Two particularly heat-hardy types are purpleleafed varieties such as red rubin and African blue, which debuted in 1983. “Purple basil is shockingly fragrant and beautiful on the plate. Plus, it’s easy to grow in a small space and 42


produces quickly,” says Lisa Kessler, who for several years has co-owned with her husband, Ben, the White Hills Lavender and Herb Farm, in Dearing, Georgia. “The flowering tops are usable as herbs and as beautiful cut flowers, so don’t toss them away.” “African blue basil flourishes in summer heat and is an especially beneficial nectar plant for bees and other pollinators,” says Traci Anderson, who has been running Seminole Springs Herb Farm, in Eustis, Florida, in their family for more than 20 years. Vigorous and heavy-flowering, it can grow to over three feet tall, and usually persists as a perennial in Florida, Texas and other mild winter climates.

Mediterranean Flavors

Rosemary is the most adaptable and heat tolerant of Mediterranean herbs; it can be grown as a perennial where soil doesn’t

freeze hard in winter. “My top herb garden choice for the hot, humid conditions in the South is Tuscan blue rosemary, because it is beautiful, easy to grow and is wonderful in all kinds of foods and products,” Kessler says. “It blooms in several seasons and provides bees with off-season food.” Thyme is a top cooking herb, although too much summer rain can lead to mildew and leaf blight. This rarely happens with Summer savory, which has a punchy flavor that Spindler describes as “a peppery cross between oregano and thyme that’s perfect on all of the classic summer veggies—squash, green beans, tomatoes and corn.” Kessler recommends oregano as part of our summer planting list. “Let your kids or grandkids have the experience of putting it in the pasta sauce. It’s easy to grow in a small herb garden and will last through the winter in most parts of the South.”

An unrelated tropical plant from Africa with strong oregano flavor, the leaves of variegated Cuban oregano are pretty enough to grow alongside flowers, and the plants thrive in humid heat. Cuban oregano readily grows through hot summers, and the plants produce more leaves each time leaf tips are harvested.

Tempting Tropicals

moist environment, so it benefits from being near an air conditioner drain or downspout,” she advises.

Growing Tips

In Central Florida, Anderson recommends culantro, aka Mexican coriander, as a summer herb different from the better-known cilantro. “Culantro equals the flavor of cilantro, but with no bitter or medicinal aftertaste.” A great long-term performer, it continues producing flavorful new leaves even after the plant starts blooming. Anderson also suggests growing West Indian lemongrass for its fragrant leaves and thick stalks. A vigorous, clump-forming grass, lemongrass can be grown in containers anywhere or served as an edible ornamental in landscapes where summers are hot. “Lemongrass enjoys a sunny and

Herbs always need watering in hot weather, and pouring from a watering can at the base is far better than bathing the leaves with a hose. Should containers become so dry that they refuse to take up water, place them in a broad dish or pail filled with three inches of water for 30 minutes to rehydrate the roots. Always grow herbs in pots with large drainage holes, so excess water can drain quickly. Make a habit of pinching off a few herbal leaves, crushing them between the fingers and inhaling their fresh aromas. For maximum benefit, repeat daily. Author Barbara Pleasant’s new book, Homegrown Pantry: A Gardener’s Guide to Selecting the Best Varieties & Planting the Perfect Amounts for What You Want to Eat Year Round, is now available (Storey Publishing). Connect at

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Taggart Siegel Seeks to Seed an Agricultural Revolution by April Thompson


or more than 30 years, Taggart Siegel has produced award-winning films on little-known aspects of the natural and cultural world. His diverse documentaries range from the story of a Hmong shaman immigrant adjusting to American life to a Midwestern organic farmer that salvaged his family’s farm. Siegel’s latest film, Seed: The Untold Story, follows global seed keepers from Minnesota to India battling multinational agribusinesses in a quest to protect our agricultural heritage and food sources—ancient seeds passed down through untold generations. Interviews with farmers, ethnobotanists and activists explore the importance of the genetic material that these tiny time capsules carry. Siegel is the founder and executive director of Collective Eye Films, a nonprofit media company in Portland, Oregon. He co-directed and produced this latest offering with documentary filmmaker Jon Betz, with backing from Academy Awardwinning actress Marisa Tomei.

see us through climate changes. We need nongenetically engineered seed varieties like the thousands of different types of rice grown in India to be able to adapt to extreme events like floods and droughts. Universal responsibility to save seeds began to dwindle in the 1920s, when hybrid corn crops came onto the market, promising higher yields; instead of growing crops from seeds saved, borrowed or shared with neighbors, farmers bought seeds from stores. In the 1990s, huge corporations bought up some 20,000 seed companies, and the number of cultivated seed varieties dropped precipitously. Ten agrichemical companies now control more than two-thirds of the global seed market.

How do hybrid seeds differ from open-pollinated seeds?

You cannot save a hybrid seed; if you try to use it, the results are unreliable. Hybrids are engineered to be planted for one year only. With open-pollinated and heirloom seeds, you’re planting Why does the colossal loss of reliable seeds saved from year to year, food crop diversity during the generation to generation, bred for the consistency of their qualities. Indigpast century matter? Up to 96 percent of seed varieties have enous people in Mexico’s Oaxaca been lost since 1903. During this peri- Valley, for example, have successod, we have destroyed the infrastructure fully cultivated local seeds for at least of traditional agriculture: 10,000 years 8,700 years, right up to today. Hybrids require high levels of of seeds saved from families and farm- chemical inputs to produce. Illustraters. It threatens our survival. We can’t ing the contrast, Hopi corn, grown rely on genetically modified seeds to Phoenix 44

for thousands of years, requires little water and contains much more protein than today’s commercial crops, without poisoning the land with heavy industrial inputs. The Hopi think of seeds as their children, intimately connected with their heritage and culture, so they protect them. Beyond big, strong crops, farming is a spiritual act.

Why do so many farmers voluntarily choose hybrid seeds, given the troubling issues involved? Most farmers just want streamlined labor and the biggest yield. Often, commodity crops using commercial seeds and chemical fertilizers have the biggest yield and make them the most money, even though severe downsides like the loss of flavor and nutrients mean it’s ultimately not the best result. In India, more than 250,000 farmers have committed suicide during the past 20 years to escape onerous debts accrued to purchase industrialized agricultural inputs. An Indian seed salesman interviewed for the film despairs, “The seeds we sell don’t taste good and require so many chemicals that many farmers kill themselves.”

What is the seed-saver movement achieving, and how can everyday gardeners and citizens take action? Seed libraries and banks are critically important because the seeds are adapted to the local environment. Seed libraries have multiplied from only a handful a few years ago to as many as 300 located in towns across America today. Public libraries check out seeds to plant in your garden, asking only that you return harvested seeds for others to enjoy. Farmers can now “back up” their seeds in local seed banks, which are also becoming important educational resources to teach students about these issues. To locate a screening or purchase a DVD of the film, visit Connect with freelance writer April Thompson, in Washington, D.C., at

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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.

Book Signing and Talk – 7pm. Bestselling author Dr. Judith Orloff presents her new work The Empath’s Survival Guide. Changing Hands Bookstore, Tempe. 480-735-0205.

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 Mother’s Day Open House and Tea – 2-7pm. Relax, refresh and shop for unusual gifts. Experience shoulder healings, product demos and free samples. Bring this invitation with you for a 15% discount on all items in the store (except for Egyptian Healing Rods).  Carefree/Cave Creek area. RSVP required. or text 480 395-7333 for address.

FRIDAY, MAY 5 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.

Intro to Animal Reiki – Noon-1:15pm. Meditating with animals for peace and wellbeing. Learn about this compassionate, centering meditation practice that helps us to connect more freely, feel more gratitude and joy, and share peace and wellbeing from within. Free phone info session and meditation. Register: Kids Summer Cooking – 11:30am-12:30pm. Hands-on cooking class, just for kids, with Melanie A. Albert, author of cookbook, A New View of Healthy Eating. Kids will enjoy making their own colorful salads and dessert with their favorite local, in-season farmers’ market veggies and fruit. $25. The Farm at South Mountain, 6106 S 32nd St, Phoenix. 602-615-2486. Kirtan & Cocao – 7-8:45pm. This ancient practice of call and response style community chanting can still the mind, soften the heart, evoke joy and dissolve separateness. With Rick Franz & the Band of Now. $15-20. Interfaith CommUNITY, 952 E Baseline, #102, Mesa. Rev. Julianne: 480-5938798 or Settling the Mind – 9:30am-12:30pm. Relax and learn how to apply Buddha’s extraordinary

SUNDAY, MAY 7 Awaken Your Inner Warrior Retreat – May 7-10. As part of The Dragonfly Effect Program, Dr. Martha Reeds shows attendees how to address unmet needs and desires, eliminate self-doubt and learn how to get guidance and answers. Explore energy therapies through homeopathy, color therapy and hypnosis/meditation. $525 early bird. Briar Patch Inn, Sedona. 623-249-5888. The Empath’s Survival Guide – 1:30-3:30 pm. Dr. Judith Orloff leads this workshop based on her new book. Empaths actually feel others’ emotions and physical symptoms in their own bodies, without the usual defenses most people have. Learn skills to prevent exhaustion, overwhelm, and compassion fatigue – and how to embrace the empath’s gifts of intuition, creativity and spiritual connection. $35 incl book. Unity of Mesa, 2740 E Southern Ave, Mesa. 480-892-2700. Natural Healing Lecture – 7-8:30pm. A. Suklje, a dentist from Slovenia, will speak about a natural healing power that anyone can access. Anyone who is searching for help and healing is invited, including health professionals. Free. New Vision Center for Spiritual Living, 18010 N Tatum Blvd, Phoenix. Marcia Scupin: 520-891-0031.

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MONDAY, MAY 8 CranialSacral Balancing Therapy I – 9am-6pm, May 8-10. 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. Eat Your Way to Good Health – Start of a 4-week guided online program on how to master one’s nutrition for maximum sustainable weight loss. Special discount when you mention Natural Awakenings. 866-632-8651.

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WEDNESDAY, MAY 10 Shamanic Reiki Retreat – May 10-13. Shamanic Reiki integrates shamanic practices with the potent healing energy of Reiki. Shamanic practices are ancient techniques used to align you with Earth’s energy, your higher spirit, spirit guides and animal totems to perform transformative healing work. Learn to see, feel or sense blocks or negative energy which are limiting your clients from living a full, healthy life. Facilitated by BakeR Gendron, The Psychic Coach. $688. Gateway Cottage Wellness Center, 470 N SR 89A, Sedona. RVSP: 928-862-4400. Universal White Time Healing Certified Level Two – May 10-11. 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.

THURSDAY, MAY 11 13th Octave LaHoChi Mini Sessions  – 10am6pm. 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. Appointment required. Purple Lotus Pathway, 4111 E Valley Auto Dr, Ste 209, Mesa. RSVP: or 602-790-8970. 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, 14148 N 100th St, Ste C-130, Scottsdale. 480-699-9600.

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THURSDAY, MAY 13 Free Healing Saturday – 10am-2pm. Free 40 minute Healing Touch sessions by appointment only with Kim or Daniel. Restoring Balance Mind & Body, 2045 S Vineyard, Ste 139, Mesa. Kim: 253-549-5342 or Intro to Authentic Feng Shui Workshop – 1-2:30pm. Introduction to the world of feng shui. With Jen Stone. Anahata Yoga, Sound and Energy Healing, 14148 N 100th St, Ste C-130, Scottsdale. 480-699-9600. The Seven Spirits Before the Throne – 9amNoon. Learn knowledge and practices that will help you experience the sacred magic of the angels. A 7-mo course taught by Rev. Jorge Eagar. $30 per session. The Shrine of Holy Wisdom, 5025 S Ash Ave, Ste B-15, Tempe. 480-219-9633 or Treat Inflammation Naturally - Cooking & Yoga Fundamentals Workshop – 11am-2pm. Join local Arizona cookbook author and yoga instructor, Melanie A. Albert at this fun, interactive, hands-on cooking and yoga experience. Learn yoga techniques to relieve pain and inflammation and how to prepare a beautiful delicious, super healthy massaged raw kale salad from Melanie’s new book, A New View of Healthy Eating. $59.99. Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine, 2152 E Broadway, Tempe. 602-615-2486.

MONDAY, MAY 15 Geriatric Massage: Frail and Robust – 8am5pm, May 15-17. Comprehensive hands-on continuing education designed for licensed massage therapists or students, nurses, physical therapists, occupational therapists, as well as those involved in care giving. With Tammy Roecker. Healing Arts Connection, 1715 W Northern Ave, Ste 100, Phoenix. RSVP: 623-215-7988.

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TUESDAY, MAY 16 Past Life Regression Overview – 1-2pm. Curious about experiencing a past life regression and want more information before you schedule a session?  During this past life regression informational, Debi McDermott will share the details about what to expect during your session. $5. Purple Lotus Pathway, 4111 E Valley Auto Dr, Ste 208, Mesa. RSVP: or 602-790-8970. 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.

FRIDAY, MAY 19 Medicine Buddha with the Tibetan Monks – 7-8:30pm. Connect with Medicine Buddha and strengthen one’s ability to receive benefits of the healing powers of all the Buddhas. Each participant’s three doors (body, speech and mind) are purified of negativities and blessed individually. Interfaith CommUNITY, 952 E Baseline, #102, Mesa. Rev. Julianne: 480-593-8798 or

SATURDAY, MAY 20 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. 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 Power of Mantra – 9:30-11am. Discover how reciting mantras calms the mind, connects us to our inner good qualities, and helps us maintain a mind of positivity. With Buddhist Nun Gen Kelsang Tsoglam. $15. Kadampa Meditation Center Phoenix, 614 E Townley Ave, Phoenix.

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Rejuvenation of Your Spirit and Soul – 1-3 pm. Open your soul and clear out blockages, including chakra clearing, acupressure, creative visualization and meditation. With Victoria Mogilner. $25. Unity of Mesa, 2700 E Southern Ave, Mesa. 480892-2700.

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Shop and Intuitively Cook – 9-10am. Melanie A. Albert, author of A New View of Healthy Eating shows how to shop for local Arizona farmers produce and shares simple ways to intuitively cook with this week’s goodies. Free. Phoenix Public Market, 721 N Central Ave (Central & McKinley), Phoenix. 602-615-2486.

SUNDAY, MAY 21 Body Contouring – 10am-6pm. Exchange body wraps to reduce cellulite, tone your body and lose 4-14”. With Marsha Craven. Healing Arts Connection, 1715 W Northern Ave, Ste 100, Phoenix. RSVP: 623-215-7988. Farm-to-Table Intuitive Cooking Experience – 11am-1pm. Enjoy fun, interactive hands-on cooking class with local, organic summer veggies and fruit, guided by Melanie A. Albert, author of cookbook, A New View of Healthy Eating. Prepare colorful quinoa salad, veggie pasta and tapenade. The Farm at South Mountain, 6106 S 32nd St, Phoenix. 602-615-2486.




Oncology Massage Workshop – May 22-24. 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.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 24 Complimentary Oncology Massage – For volunteers who have ever received treatment for cancer. The customized massage will be provided in a classroom setting as part of a nationally certified continuing education course. Appointment required. Free. Healing Arts Connection, 1715 W Northern Ave, Ste 100, Phoenix. RSVP: 623-2157988.


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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. With Ronee Kipnes. Free. Anahata Yoga, Sound and Energy Healing, 14148 N 100th St, Ste C-130, Scottsdale. 480-699-9600. Reflexology Feet – 9am-6pm, May 26-27. 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.

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SATURDAY, MAY 27 SoulMonic Sound Healing Journey – 7-9pm. With Three Trees. $38. Anahata Yoga, Sound and Energy Healing, 14148 N 100th St, Ste C-130, Scottsdale. 480-699-9600.

SUNDAY, MAY 28 Interfaith Q&A Representing the Unification Belief System – 1-2:30pm. Various religious 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 Lampert. $10. Interfaith CommUNITY, 952 E Baseline, #102, Mesa. Nazim Rashid 623-932-1385. Past Life Regression Overview – 2-3pm. Curious about experiencing a past life regression and want more information before you schedule a session?  During this past life regression informational, Debi McDermott will share the details about what to expect during your session. $5. Purple Lotus Pathway, 4111 E Valley Auto Dr, Ste 208, Mesa. RSVP: or 602-790-8970. 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.

MONDAY, MAY 29 Trigger Points: Hand and Wrist – 9am-1pm. Address soft tissue challenges related to hands and wrists by working with trigger points and referral areas to facilitate pain relief and improved functioning. With Barbara Jenkins. Healing Arts Connection, 1715 W Northern Ave, Ste 100, Phoenix. RSVP: 623-215-7988.

TUESDAY, MAY 30 MYO Trigger Point Releases: Full Body – May 30-Jun 1. Utilize the concepts of common myofascial trigger point locations and referral zones in tracing pain to distressed areas based on prescribed patterns specific to each muscle and

use release techniques to relieve pain and improve functioning. With Lisa Boggs. Healing Arts Connection, 1715 W Northern Ave, Ste 100, Phoenix. RSVP: 623-215-7988 or

savethedate JUNE 2 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. Ecuador Beach and Andes Mountains Retreat – Jun 2-10. All-inclusive health rejuvenation and healing retreat. 480-599-8370.

JUNE 3 Reiki I and II – 10am-6pm, Jun 3-4. 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.

JUNE 4 iRest Yoga Nidra – 6-7pm. Class begins with gentle movement to prepare for this guided meditation shown to calm the nervous system and help release negative patterns. Helps alleviate symptoms of insomnia, PTSD, anxiety and depression. $10. Preregistration required. Kim: 253-549-5342 or kim@

JUNE 5 Hypnotherapy Certification – Start of a 500-hour state-licensed certification course. Hypnotherapy Academy of America. 505-767-8030.

JUNE 7 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



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Write Your Book in a Weekend Retreat June 8-11 – Sedona Special discount when you mention Natural Awakenings ern Ave, Ste 100, Phoenix. RSVP: 623-215-7988. Universal White Time Healing Certified Level One – Jun 9-11. 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.

JUNE 10 13th Octave LaHoChi Mini Sessions – 2-6pm. 13th Octave LaHoChi is a high frequency, handson 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. Appointment required. Purple Lotus Pathway, 4111 E Valley Auto Dr, Ste 209, Mesa. RSVP: or 602-790-8970. Emerging Scientific Technologies – 1-2pm. Learn why Harvard, Cornell and other major universities have opened entire departments to study an astounding breakthrough and the Huffington Post has named this one of the five new emerging scientific technologies that will shape our lives in the future. Free. DC Village Health Club and Spa, Scottsdale. RSVP required.  cellularmiracles@ or text 480 395-7333.


Self-Care for Busy Adult Lives – 2-4pm. Learn quick, easy and affordable self-care tips and techniques that can be added to any lifestyle. With Joy Carter. $10 Chandler resident; $14 non. $5 supply fee. City of Chandler Community Center. 602-7306213.

Past Life Regression Overview – 2-3pm. Curious about experiencing a past life regression and want more information before you schedule a session?  During this past life regression informational, Debi McDermott will share the details about what to expect during your session. $5. Purple Lotus Pathway, 4111 E Valley Auto Dr, Ste 208, Mesa. RSVP: or 602-790-8970.



CranialSacral Balancing Therapy I – 9am6pm, Jun 9-11. 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 North-

Perinatal Massage Certification – Jun 12-15. 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.


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JUNE 13 Universal White Time Healing Certified Level Two – Jun 13-14. 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.

JUNE 15 Mindful Habits for Adults – 2-4pm. Learn new, breakthrough tools and techniques to make lasting, positive change in your life. With Joy Carter. $10 Chandler resident; $14 non. $5 supply fee. City

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Dr. Dream and Band of Angels – 3:30pm. A multi-sensory journey utilizes energetic modalities to create a tangible spiritual experience. 111 Tibetan healing bowls, essential oils, raw chocolate, and a sound healing chakra experience. $25 advance, $33 door. Unity of Mesa, 2700 E Southern Ave, Mesa. 480-892-2700.

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JUNE 24 Gluten Free and Allergen Friendly Expo – 10am-4pm, Jun 24-25. Discover great-tasting specialty products and learn how to cook and bake to meet your dietary needs. Lots of free samples. $15. Renaissance Glendale Hotel & Spa,


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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



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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.

JULY 8 Cusco and Machu Picchu Retreat – Jul 8-15. Allinclusive health rejuvenation and healing retreat. 480-599-8370. Reiki I and II – 10am-6pm, Jul 8-9. 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.

JULY 19 Cranial Rhythms – 1-5pm. Experience deep healing from gently engaging the cerebrospinal system. With Barbara Jenkins. Healing Arts Connection, 1715 W Northern Ave, Ste 100, Phoenix. RSVP: 623-215-7988 or

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

Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement – 12:30-1:30pm. Receive greater self-connection, self-awareness, 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. And Breathe, 3201 N 3rd St, Phoenix. Jacqueline Bayne:  602-821-7149 or

Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement – 11am-Noon. Receive greater self-connection, self-awareness, 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:  602-821-7149 or  jacquelinebayne1@

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.


tuesdays 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 students). Restoring Balance Mind & Body, 2045 S Vineyard, Ste 139, Mesa. Pre-registration required. Call or text Kim: 253-549-5342. 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.

thursdays 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 students). Restoring Balance Mind & Body, 2045 S Vineyard, Ste 139, Mesa. Pre-registration required. Call or text Kim: 253-549-5342.

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.

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Celebration Service – 10:30-11:45am. “Let Love Lead the Way”. 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: 480-593-8798 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 – 10:15-11:30am. 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.

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Allura Westly, master teacher, opens her sanctuary studio to 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.


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Joy Carter, MSW, CHt, LC Certified Hypnotherapist & Life Coach 602-730-6213

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Dr. Harlan Sparer is a Wholistic C h i r o p r a c t o r, e x c l u s i v e l y practicing the Directional Non Force Technique®, for the last 30 years. He adjusts ligaments, muscles, bones, and discs. See ad on page 24.


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Mary Peterson PT, MS Ed 480-998-1646 Personalized care for lingering pain and stress. Integrating handson therapies like visceral manipulation, cranial therapy and myofascial release with self-care strategies. Over 25 years experience finding solutions.

DENTISTS INTEGRATIVE DENTAL ASSOCIATES Lisa M. Butler, DMD 4202 N. 32nd Street, Suite A Phoenix, AZ 85018 602-956-4807

Providing biologic dentistry personalized to fit your needs in a caring and supportive environment. We offer many holistic procedures using the latest in modern technology. Dr. Butler is a member of the Holistic Dental Association and the International Academy of Oral Medicine & Toxicology. See ad on page 15 and 27.

MILLENNIUM DENTAL ASSOCIATES Nicholas J. Meyer, DDS, DNM 5705 N. Scottsdale Road, Suite D-110 Scottsdale, AZ 85250 480-948-0560

Dr. Meyer offers more than 35 years’ experience in holistic dentistry, including advanced general dentistry and an extraordinary knowledge of services found in complimentary medicine. See ad on page 4.


Dr. Michael Margolis and Dr. Stephen Kovar 2045 S. Vineyard Rd. #153 Mesa, AZ 85210 480-833-2232 A holistic and biological approach to your dental needs and overall health. Bio-compatible dentistry, esthetic dentistry lumineers/veneers, family dentistry and much more. See ad on page 3.




Jason A. Jones, DMD 7231 E. Princess Boulevard, Suite 207 Scottsdale, AZ 85255 480-585-1612

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Linda P. Essex, R.N. Prescott 928-710-2178 Linda has over 30 yrs of experience to assist you to meet your needs. Pamper your body and spirit with food-based healing and products, healing touch, channeling for spiritual guidance and Qigong lessons. Private and group sessions or demonstrations by appt.

KIM CARTER, M.A., HTCP, RYT 2045 S. Vineyard Avenue, Suite 139 Mesa, AZ 85210 480-773-6599

Kim is a Healing Touch Certified Practitioner specializing in grief and loss, serious/chronic illness and spiritual growth. Her emphasis is on empowering clients to recognize, trust and act on their own intuition.

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Jennifer McKee, Integrative Nutrition Health Coach 16772 W. Bell Road, Suite 110-252 Surprise, AZ 85374 866-632-8651 Create a sustainable healthy lifestyle at your own pace, control cravings, and improve self-care. Private and group coaching by appointment. Jennifer has lost over 50% of her body weight naturally and would love to guide you! Free 50-minute initial consultation. See ad on page 26.


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Offering Intuitive Insights, Hypnotherapy and Counseling alternatives. My passion is to assist others in overcoming fears and limiting behaviors and beliefs that have them feeling stuck, unsuccessful, unfulfilled, unloved and downright out of balance. I offer both Clinical and Spiritual Hypnotherapy. See ad on page 14.


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With 20+ years of experience Judy can help you heal your Body, Mind and Soul with Thera-peutic Massage, Essential Oils, and Healing energy modalities. The techniques used to stretch and release tension and tightness in necks and shoulders are unique and very beneficial. Incorporating energy work to each session is powerful in balancing your energy to allow your body to heal naturally.

A Mindfulness Life Center offers: meditation classes, mindfulness classes, yoga (i.e. gentle, restorative, kundalini, flow, yin), sound healing (crystal bowls/gong), yoga nidra, tai chi, qigong, breathing classes, stress reduction programming (mindfulness based stress reduction), workshops, special events and energy healing services. No experience needed. See ad on page 40.



Judy Richter, LMT, RMT 3740 E. Southern Avenue, Suite 214 Mesa, AZ 85206 480-695-2002

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 24.

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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.


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.




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 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.

PAIN MANAGEMENT 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 12.

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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.


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ASAM, Sh. Reiki, HTAP, Animal Communicator and Counselor 602-317-1543 With a gentle healing touch, Andrea provides earth medicine and energy healing, animal communication, and intuitive counsel for pets and their people.


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


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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.


Koala Center for Sleep Disorders--Biltmore 4235 N. 32nd Street, Suite A Phoenix, AZ 85018 • 602-883-1931 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 29.


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“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 19.


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New Kadampa Tradition 614 E. Townley Ave. • Phoenix, AZ 85020 602-243-5220 A Temple dedicated to bringing peace and happiness to the world, and to removing suffering, through meditation and classes on Modern Buddhism. Be inspired and empowered to reach your full spiritual potential to be of greatest benefit to others.

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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!


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 26.


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.


Martha Reed, PhD 18589 N. 59th Avenue, Suite 108 Glendale, AZ 85308 623-249-5888 “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 14.

WELLNESS CENTERS 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 23.

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