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




The Fast Path to Flushing Toxins by Deanna Minich


A New View of Detoxification by Melanie Albert



Take Toxins Out of Your Life by Meredith Montgomery



by Brendan Gaughran


by Andrea Sobotka


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by Randy Kambic


It’s in Style and Easy Care by Avery Mack


Think Independence, Intimacy, Integrity by April Thompson


by Kirk J. Schneider




contents 12 newsbriefs 19 healthbriefs 22 fitbody


24 therapyspotlight 36 wisewords 40 greenliving 42 healingways


44 inspiration 45 calendar 49 classifieds 50 farmersmarkets


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s I was preparing this month’s editorial theme on natural detox options, I was struck by the ubiquitous nature of toxins and pollutants in our lives. From the food and drink we consume, to the air we breathe, and even throughout the sanctuary we call home, they’re everywhere! It’s easy to be overwhelmed by what our bodies must contend with every day. It’s also an inspirational reminder of the amazing resiliency of the human body. Our editorial mission at Natural Awakenings magazine is to educate and inspire people to better health and wellness, and in this edition you will discover a variety of natural ways to cleanse the body and mind by taking toxins out of your life. One overlooked concern is the amount of toxins we bring into the home, from the chemicals we use to clean our castle to clothing we wear, and the offgassing that occurs from paint, carpets, furniture and the mattresses we sleep on for a third of our lives. While the task to reduce toxins may seem overwhelming, what I find most effective is making small, incremental changes over time that lead to big, consistent results. Identify one area in your life where you would like to make a change and stick with it. You’ll be surprised at how easy it is to do while improving your life, the environment and our world!

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wo workshops based on Flying With Dragons, the newest book from Master Stephen Colwell about the journey of finding a spiritual master, are entertaining, informative and interactive. He will address soul, karma, reincarnation and how to find and recognize a true master, from 7 to 9 p.m., August 24, at Changing Hands Bookstore, in Phoenix, and August 25, at New Vision Center, in Scottsdale. “During the workshop, many of the attendees connect with my stories and my experiences, especially people who are just awakening to the spiritual journey, are not satisfied that they have found the right teacher or practice and are still searching,” says Colwell. “I share with them that the journey is not a straight road from darkness and ignorance to enlightenment and bliss. There are many paths leading to the top of the mountain; the important task is explore, try different modalities and decide for yourself what teacher or tradition is best for you at any given point in your soul journey.” Colwell is a master teacher of the Tao Academy of Master Zhi Gang Sha and the owner of Soul Light Services, a spiritual counseling business in Boulder, Colorado. For more information and to register, call Master Debra Manning at 602-923-1125. See ad on page 25.



Alternative Cancer Treatment Center is On The Move


ayspring Cancer Clinic, owned and operated by Dr. Andrew Dickens, NMD, has moved to a new location at 2401 North Hayden Road, Suite 114, in Scottsdale. He states, “We utilize many well-known and also some notso-well-known, cutting-edge alternative cancer treatments. Besides our metabolic treatments, one focus is on immuneboosting cancer treatment. If the immune system is functioning correctly, then the body’s own defense mechanism is brought to bear against the cancer. There are a number of natural cancer treatment ways of doing this without risking the danger and expense of patented medicines.” Dayspring offers metabolic cancer treatments such as a ketogenic diet, oxygenation therapies and a unique 3-bromopyruvate (3-bp) metabolic treatment. The clinic seeks to find the cause of why the cancer has appeared, rather than merely treating symptoms. It may be a low thyroid not picked up by a blood test, dental issues, emotional blockages, heavy metals or scars that are driving the cancer process. Dickens has been a naturopathic physician since 2008, after graduating from the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine, in Tempe. For appointments or more information, call 480-699-7400.

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Transforming Body, Mind and Soul


oulicious By Raquel provides services in the Laveen Village area near southwest Phoenix that include relaxing reiki sessions; fun, interactive Chakra Cooking Classes with a Le Cordon Bleu-trained chef; and empowering women’s fitness workouts for all levels with a certified American Council on Exercise (ACE) personal trainer. Other services include meditation, energy exchanges for other practitioners and reiki certification classes in English and Spanish. Owner Raquel Perez says, “Our goal is to help you reach your goals!” She also offers personal training sessions for women at the gym, at home or at a neighborhood park. Perez is a certified master reiki teacher and a member of the International Center for Reiki Training and the International Association of Reiki Professionals. She is a certified fitness professional through the American Council on Exercise and is fully insured. For appointments and more information, visit SouliciousBy See the Community Calendar for events and ad on page 55.

Clean Air is Healthy Air


ir Quality Specialists has served Valley residents for more than 30 years by helping them breathe cleaner air and eliminate all dust from their home’s HVAC system. They offer indoor air quality consulting/testing, air duct and dryer vent cleaning. Owner Sharon Altenhoff states, “At Air Quality Specialists, we want to open your eyes to what is really going into your bodies every time you take a breath. Ask yourself, do you ever feel short of breath or dizzy? Maybe you have unexplained allergy symptoms or are finding it difficult to focus while at your home or work. Perhaps it is just a noticeable difference from the way you feel when you are breathing outdoor air. Polluted indoor air can be harmful and dangerous. Make sure you are taking the safety precautions necessary to keep yourself healthy.” Air Quality Specialists, Inc. is a certified member of the National Air Duct Cleaners Association, American Indoor Air Quality Council and Air Conditioning Contractors of America. They belong to the Better Business Bureau and hold multiple individual certifications. Natural Awakenings readers receive a special discount. For appointments, call 623-930-9391. For more information, visit See ad on page 54. 16


Get to the Bottom of Thyroid Issues


r. Dylan Foster, president and clinical director of Advanced Allergy Relief and Wellness Center, is offering a free ebook to discover the likely reasons behind “thyroid symptoms” that still occur despite receiving thyroid hormone therapy with normal test results. In the book, Foster, a licensed chiropractic physician, functional wellness practitioner and national speaker, reveals why 90 percent of thyroid patients are virtually guaranteed to fail and get worse if thyroid replacement is the only treatment they get. He also explains why more women suffer from thyroid problems than men and suggests simple, natural practices to support health and improve thyroid symptoms. Readers will discover why their lab tests may read normal but they still suffer with all the same thyroid symptoms; the number one cause of low thyroid and why it isn’t often tested for; and the truth about this condition and what steps to take immediately to start living fully again. Location: 3305 E. Greenway Rd., Ste. 7, Phoenix. For appointments, call 602-866-3500. For more information, visit To download the book, visit See ad on page 9.

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A Course in Mindfulness


Mindfulness Life Center, in Scottsdale, is offering a four-week Summer Immersion into Mindfulness series with Jackie Price from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. on Saturdays, beginning July 22 through August 12. It will be of benefit for those that are tired of feeling distracted and pulled in different directions. Mindfulness can teach simple skills that will allow people to feel like they are living life to the fullest. The series shows participants how to practice mindfulness to minimize the effects of stress and maximize their capacity for happiness by developing and maintaining a personal practice and applying it daily. A Mindfulness Life Center is a safe, open-hearted community for those seeking less stress and greater fulfillment in their everyday lives. Their aim is to introduce simple, time-proven practices, techniques and experiences that transform and enhance lives. Cost is $175. Location: 10309 N. Scottsdale Rd., Bldg. A, Scottsdale. For more information, call 480-207-6016 or visit See ad on page 26. natural awakenings

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Solve the Puzzle of Chronic Pain


hysical therapist Mary Peterson is offering free 20-minute phone consultations for people dealing with chronic pain. She works with patients to meet their goals of healthy, pain-free living by helping them learn to listen to the messages of their body. Then, by developing strategies that can be used in daily life to increase the underlying energy level, conditions like low back pain and sciatica, neck pain, headaches and migraines, chronic pelvic pain, anxiety and depression, and more can be improved over time. In the clinic by listening through hands-on therapy, relevant areas of tension can be identified and treated. Restricted areas of soft tissue may be distant to the site of pain. Gentle whole body approaches like visceral manipulation, cranial therapy and myofascial release along with other techniques are used to assist the body in returning to healthier functioning, pain free. It takes effort and determination, but incremental steps in following the body’s clues produce results. Location: Kierland Business Center, 15849 N. 71st St., Ste. 100, Scottsdale. For appointments, call 480-998-1646. For more information, visit MaryPetersonPT. com. See ad on page 56.

Insightful Expo from Purple Lotus Productions


he Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak Resort will host the Embracing Your Journey Expo, created by Purple Lotus Productions, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., July 9, showcasing insights into wellness, nutri-

tion and the meaning of life. Lecture topics include Tools to Help Survive the Loss of a Loved One, Native American Within, Gong Meditation, Finding Your Spiritual Animal, Awakening the Divine Feminine Through Dance, Sugar Burner Versus Fat Burner, Finding Purpose Through the Akashic Records, and Fun Conscious Parenting. Many new vendors will focus on solar energy, thermal imaging, tower gardens, colon hydrotherapy, vegan bath products, toe reading, Vogel Crystal Healing, acupuncture and more. Admission is $5. Location: 7677 N. 16th St., Phoenix. Register at Eventbrite. com/e/embracing-your-journey-expo-july-9th-2017-tickets-31389560019. For more information, visit See ad on page 16.



Yoga with a Social Conscience


loo-id YOGA, in Phoenix, offers a wide variety of yoga classes, including Bikram Style and heated vinyasa, perfectly warmed and humidified to provide immediate improvement in muscle and ligament flexibility. Sixty-minute yoga classes allow students to take care of themselves while meeting the demands of their busy lives. Classes include Hot Yoga, Hot Flow, Yin Yoga, Slow Flow, Sculpt (30 minutes) and Kids Yoga. There is a $5 Friday Flow class at 5:30 p.m. and donation-based Hot Yoga for Addiction Recovery at 7:30 p.m. on Fridays. floo-id YOGA works with the City of Hope, a nonprofit that benefits holistic cancer research, to host three donation-based classes, and also partners with businesses like Athleta, Lucy, Lululemon, RoadRunner Sports and others to offer free yoga at their facilities and donates to numerous nonprofits and area schools that ask for donations for fundraisers. floo-id YOGA is offering a $49 new student special of unlimited classes for one month for Natural Awakenings readers, with a 100 percent money-back guarantee during the first week. Location: 7077 E. Mayo Blvd., Ste. 130, Phoenix. For more information, visit or call 480515-9642. See ad on page 23.


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hen used in therapeutic doses, ozone can disinfect, treat disease, heal and detoxify the human body, and has been used medically for more than 150 years. Ozone is a variant of the typical oxygen molecule we breathe that has three oxygen atoms instead of two, making it a “supercharged” form that fights off unhealthy cells. Healthy cells need oxygen to survive, but diseased cells usually require an absence of oxygen to thrive. These ozone molecules help destroy, break apart and flush out toxins in the body. Ozone therapy treats chronic fatigue, Lyme disease, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, hepatitis, herpes, fibromyalgia, autoimmune diseases and many more. Patients can receive ozone therapy via IV (most effective method), sauna or rectal insufflation. Dr. Melanie Icard, of Anti-Aging Clinic, offers ozone therapy. For more information and appointments, visit or call 480599-8370. See ad on page 11.

ost of today’s modern lifestyles and routines are filled with pollutants and toxins, often being ingested without our notice. ProlifeStream is a new support system that detoxifies, balances and strengthens multiple organs and functions in the body. Naturopathic Doctor Emmanouil Karampahtsis, formulator and founder of ProlifeStream, states, “It is only through daily detoxification that we can help the body to effectively get rid of these harmful chemicals and improve our health.” ProlifeStream is a synergistic blend of vitamins, minerals and amino acids, combined with several patented ingredients aimed to boost organ function and improve overall health. Being aware of what we eat and drink and our environment that surrounds us is critical to our health. The body can easily absorb chemical toxins through the foods we eat, lotions and perfumes we apply, cleaning products we use and many other sources. This can result in a number of different outcomes including mitochondrial dysfunction (which can lead to several ailments), weight gain, low energy levels, acne, high cholesterol and other serious chronic diseases. ProlifeStream does not include petroleum byproducts, wheat, yeast, soy, GMO protein, lactose, nuts, gluten, corn, sugar, stimulants, artificial colors, sweetness or preservatives, dairy, cholesterol or trans fatty acids. It is free of most common allergens. “Who wants to take more than a dozen pills a day to boost health and help the body effectively detox?” says Karampahtsis. “With ProlifeStream, you simply dissolve two packets in water that you can drink on the go. It is my mission and goal to develop a nutritional system that is not only a simple source to improving health, but also helps slow down the deterioration of the body and doesn’t break the bank!” For more information, visit

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Natural Detox and Dentistry


veryone needs to have a body detox at some time. There are the daily toxins such as the chemicals in our personal care products that enter our body and must be assisted in their elimination. There may also be other toxins that are already present in our body from the past, including pesticides and mercury from mercury amalgam restorations in our teeth. The mercury has an interesting route of excretion from the body. It turns out that not everyone has the same capacity to offload it from the body. The protein known as Apo E has several forms. Depending on how we are coded by our genes, we may be able to have a good mercury detox process in our own cells and the mercury does not build up. If, however you have one of the other forms of the Apo E protein, our system will need help in



removing this atom from the cells. For specific, individual and comprehensive assistance in a full detox program, we must consult a qualified health care provider. It is known that mercury has an affinity for sulfur groups. These groups bind to it strongly and the body then can move the mercury out of the cells. Foods that can assist this include cilantro. This fragrant herb can be

taken raw, in salads, salsas or made into a pesto with olive oil. Cilantro has a number of sulfur groups that are available to bind mercury within the cells and help carry it out A similar mechanism of action is seen in garlic. Many people know of the medicinal benefits of garlic with respect to colds and earaches, but this herb is an excellent chelator (binder) of mercury. They often say, “You are what you eat,” but it’s incredible to think that food can help detox the body from heavily toxic materials in our body. So go enjoy your next meal with these ingredients, knowing our body will be thanking us for it. Read more in The Holistic Dental Matrix, a new book by Dr. Nicholas J. Meyer, of Millennium Dental, in Scottsdale. The first chapter is available at See ad on page 4.

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Four Reasons to Break a Sweat The Fast Path to Flushing Toxins by Deanna Minich


octors, health experts and fitness gurus tell us that we should break a sweat every day—and for good reason. Sweat not only activates a host of benefits tied to healthboosting exercise, perspiring itself is curative. Whether sitting in a sauna, walking on a warm day or working out, sweating is a necessary bodily function with powerful healing effects. By clearing out a range of toxins, sweat plays an essential role in the body’s natural detoxifying function. Here are some of the toxins it helps eliminate:


Persistent organic pollutants (solvents, fumigants and insecticides): A clinical

study of 20 participants published in BioMed Research International found that their sweat samples contained a range of toxins, including pesticides DDT/ DDE, endosulfan, methoxychlor



and endrin. Nearly all parent compounds of these pesticides were evident, demonstrating that sweating is an effective way of excreting and diminishing the body’s toxic burden. One sweat sample contained some pesticides not present in the subject’s blood or urine samples, suggesting that some pesticides are only mobilized and eliminated through sweating.


Phthalate (plasticizer):

Phthalate, found in plastic products, is also removed through sweat. Research published in the Scientific World Journal evaluated blood, sweat and urine samples from 20 individuals and discovered that all of them contained the common mono-2-ethylhexyl phthalate (MEHP). The concentrations of this toxin in sweat were more than twice as high as those


in the urine, showing that sweating may be the best way of ridding the body of this endocrinedisrupting compound.



Heavy metals: Another study

of 20 patients reported in the Archives of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology found that subjects’ sweat contained about 24 times more cadmium, 19 times more nickel, 16 times more lead and almost three times more aluminum than their urine. Overall, sweat proved more effective than urine at removing 14 of the 18 heavy metals studied. It also contained and, therefore, expelled larger quantities of 16 of the 18 metals than the blood samples did. Of all the metals, aluminum was found at the highest concentrations in sweat, with zinc, copper and nickel also occurring at relatively high levels.

Bisphenol A (BPA): Re-

searchers reporting in the Journal of Environmental and Public Health examined the blood, urine and sweat of 20 participants for BPA, an endocrine-disrupting toxin found in canned

foods, plastic water bottles and other items. Of the 20 sweat samples collected, 16 contained BPA, while only 14 urine and 2 blood samples tested positive for the toxin. This reveals that sweat is the most effective way of removing BPA build-up in the body; just as vital, it demonstrates that testing blood or urine for toxicity levels may not present the whole picture. A wide range of activities, including exercising and engaging in sports, can help us break a sweat. A low-impact option is spending time in a sauna. Notably, in a focused study, the sweat from an infrared sauna expelled more bismuth, cadmium, chromium, mercury and uranium than that produced by a steam sauna. The steam sauna caused higher levels of arsenic, aluminum, cobalt, copper, manganese, nickel, lead, tin, thallium and zinc to be excreted (Archives of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology). Hydration is essential in maximizing all these health benefits. Failure to hydrate properly during and after sweating can lead to other health problems. An easy rehydration

practice is to step on the scales right before and after sweating; the weight lost is the optimum amount of water to drink afterwards (Clinical Journal of Sport Medicine). For reference, one pound of water is slightly less than a one-half liter. Sweat contains minerals essential for optimal functioning of the whole body. Following excessive sweating, it’s important to replace the minerals lost, especially zinc, copper, selenium, chromium and potassium. Coconut water is a good source of potassium; nuts, seafood, whole grains and legumes generally contain relatively high doses of zinc, copper, selenium and chromium. The next time the couch and air conditioning beckon, think of all the “sweaty” benefits about to be sacrificed. Breaking a sweat might seem like an effort, but it keeps internal detox systems healthy and optimally functioning. Deanna Minich, Ph.D., is an author, teacher and researcher, as well as founder of Food & Spirit, a framework to integrate ancient healing traditions with modern science. She leads online detox programs as part of her wholeself approach to health. Connect at

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A Regenerative Technique for Chronic Pain by Martin Miron


ore than 40 percent of Americans suffer from chronic pain at some time, costing society more than $600 billion annually— more than diabetes, heart disease and cancer combined. Many pain patients feel discouraged and hopeless, and the suicide rate among this group is twice as high. The Bonacci method of regenerative alignment is a multimodal option for pain relief. Dr. Marc Bonacci, a chiropractic physician Dr. Marc Bonacci trained in physical medicine modalities and therapeutic procedures, has spent 18 years exclusively treating chronic pain patients and developed a regenerative technique that claims to consistently decrease pain. Within the medical field, a 30 percent decrease in pain is commonly accepted a smashing success. Bonacci says his findings are more than twice that good, with the vast majority of his patients claiming an 80 percent or higher decrease in pain after six to 12 visits.



Bonacci found that many standard orthopedic tests gave him false or inconclusive results, so he developed his own assessment technique. Once he pinpoints the source of the pain, he begins treatment, which involves manual maneuvers to align the muscles, fascia and nerves. During therapy, he constantly reassesses the situation and makes adjustments to his tactics according to the body’s response. His method does not involve traditional chiropractic adjustments unless he feels it’s needed; instead, he focuses on aligning and freeing up the muscles, nerves and connective tissue, and aligning the joint with gentle mobilization. Different than massage, Bonacci says, “I have the education to differentially diagnose, as well as an understanding of physical regenerative medicine, which allows me to make critical decisions throughout the therapy process. I can see the areas on which to focus and how precisely to manipulate the body into an agreeable state.” He explains that a massage may feel good, but is not as therapeutic as targeted, deep, intellectual manual work done with a sense of what is happening inside the body. The individualized, comprehensive

approach is what Bonacci attributes for his success. He says, “Part of it is intuition, but most of it is observation; I put the parts back in place and create an atmosphere conducive to healing. As therapy progresses, the body heals itself and the pain goes away.” Another big component of healing is the patient taking ownership of their situation and making a commitment to doing their part at home. Bonacci explains that the body needs to have the strength to hold itself in proper posture in order to function without pain. He says, “The breakdown of integrity throughout the musculoskeletal system is usually what makes pain come back.” Strength training and stretching are pertinent to staying pain-free, as well as eating a non-inflammatory diet. Think fresh whole fruits and vegetables, instead of processed and packaged fake foods. Bonacci also advocates trying out non-invasive therapy before resorting to surgery. He sees positive results every day from patients by combining regenerative therapy with changes at home. For more information, call Dr. Marc Bonacci, of Arizona Pain and Posture, at 480-585-0252.

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Eat plants every day. Enjoy veggies and fruit several times a day, because the water and fiber in produce is naturally cleansing for our digestive system. Keep the kitchen stocked with a few favorite veggies and fruit. During our hot Arizona summer, enjoy water-rich watermelons, melons, cucumbers and squash.


Drink lots of water. To cleanse through elimination, drink half our body weight (in pounds) in water (in ounces) every day. For example, if we weigh 120 pounds, drink 60 ounces of water a day. That’s about half a gallon. If we work out or are out in the sun, drink even more to stay hydrated.

5 Ways to Detox from Toxins in the Environment

Anti-Detox A New View of Detoxification by Melanie Albert


any people go into a detox program or plan to get rid of toxins in their body, but when we eat real whole foods and live a healthy lifestyle, we do not need to detox. Rather than a short-term detox diet or plan, consider looking at detoxing as a long-range, long-time lifestyle or way of living and eating. When we eat clean, local, organic foods; mostly plants, lots of veggies and fruit, our bodies will naturally cleanse over time. When we live a positive, optimistic “detox” way of life and get rid of toxins in our environment, we become less stressed and happier.

Three Key Steps to Detox with Real Whole Foods


Eat organic. Organic produce is not grown with toxic pesticides or herbicide chemicals, so eat clean, organic food and purchase from local farmers that are either certified organic or do not use pesticides and herbicides.




Get out in clean nature. Go to the mountains, the ocean or the beautiful parks. Take time to breathe in fresh air and to get away from our daily work routine, computer and smartphone.

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Breathe. When we exhale, we release toxins from our bodies. Right now, breathe in and breathe out with a big exhale. Exercise. Release toxins from your body with movement, exercise and sweating. Make exercise fun. Hike, go to the gym or play with the kids.

Hang out with people that are positive. Spend time with family and friends that we really enjoy. Cook, laugh and play together.

Practice yoga or meditation. Reduce toxic stress levels by taking quiet time for ourselves. Add a little self-care to our life every day. Take action. Choose one way to begin an Anti-Detox Lifestyle with food, one with the environment, and naturally detox for life. Melanie Albert is an intuitive cooking expert and author of A New View of Healthy Eating. For more information, visit See ad on page 57.

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The Need to Detox by Dr. Paul Stallone


oday’s world is full of pollutants. They are found in the food we eat, even organic. They are found in the water we drink and the air we breathe. It’s impossible not to be exposed. Our bodies have a hard time processing and eliminating these toxins, which can accumulate in certain parts of the body. Toxins and pollutants can be anything from



heavy metals to thousands of different chemicals. Some may doubt the severity of this situation, but studies show these toxins are proving to be detrimental to our health. For example, some Alzheimer’s studies see a correlation between the disease and aluminum. Chronic fatigue is an obvious sign our body is under distress. These

foreign substances take a huge toll on the body as it’s constantly bombarded with matter it doesn’t recognize biologically. Sleep disturbances are another clue the body is overly excited. Other symptoms include skin issues, digestive problems, headaches, muscle aches and mental confusion. Detoxifying is essential for the body to purge itself of everything foreign. Sweating is a fundamental method, but the body uses a variety of ways to remove toxins, and this is where additional support is useful. Mild forms of detoxing can include specific diet and exercise, and more advanced therapies are available from a naturopathic physician, the perfect professional to map out a plan. Detoxing can significantly improve health and is appropriate for most everyone, but a physician should oversee the process. One treatment option offered is chelation therapy. This can be a powerful tool to help release heavy metals. It’s undeniable that metals like lead, aluminum and arsenic can negatively affect health in both the short and long term. Consequences may impact the cardiovascular, immune, skeletal and central nervous system. Chelation therapy binds these metals and flushes them out with the urine. Other potent detoxing tools

are intravenous (IV) therapies and supplementation. There are myriad combinations of IV infusions that aid in detoxification. Nutrients like glutathione may provide liver support; a fatty liver can lead to chronic disease. Phosphatidylcholine is also great for liver function. This nutrient helps the liver create more bile to flush out toxins. Taking care of the liver is extremely important in any detoxing program. Intravenous therapies hydrate and may deliver high levels of nutrients like magnesium, calcium, zinc, potassium, selenium and others. Vitamin C is a staple in IV therapy, and large doses are proving to be hugely therapeutic in aiding anything from cancer to a common cold. Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant and natural antibiotic. The options for someone wishing to rid themselves of disease-causing toxins are plentiful. There are even kits available that make the process very easy. They direct you what to eat and when, and what complementary products to take. Or if someone wants to be more aggressive, safe suggestions can be made by a naturopathic physician. They can explain the process and what to expect. Anyone dealing with a serious illness should consider a detox program. Eliminating burdens allows the immune system to fully focus on fighting illness; otherwise, the body can be distracted. Anyone experiencing unrelenting symptoms should consider a detox program, but a physician should be consulted to rule out anything more serious. Most naturopathic physicians will have experience treating chronic illness and detoxing. 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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to Cleanse Body & Mind

Take Toxins Out of Your Life by Meredith Montgomery


he term “detox” has been gaining traction in health circles, but cleansing practices have existed for millennia, ranging from Egyptian hydrotherapy to Medieval Lenten practices and Native American fasting, smudging and sweat lodges. The truth is that we need cleansing now more than ever—to rid our bodies of chemical overload and our minds of negative thinking. The Environmental Defense Fund has counted more than 100 chemicals produced in the U.S. that are present in everyday products and hazardous to humans and the environment. “Our body is a natural detoxifier, ridding itself of toxins through pooping, peeing, sweating and shedding skin. But in our current toxic overload situation, it’s not always an efficient process,” observes Deanna Minich, Ph.D., an author and functional nutritionist in Washington state. Some experts believe many commercial detoxification programs are unsafe, extreme and ineffective. “Psy-



chologically, a short-term cleanse can act as a stepping stone if you’re eating fast food and donuts every day,” says Dr. Michael Greger, a Washington, D.C., physician specializing in clinical nutrition and author of How Not to Die. “What matters more is longterm—what you’re eating a decade from now. No quick fix is going to do it, it’s a lifestyle change.”

Feed Your Microbiome

When the microbiome becomes depleted, overall health is affected. Dr.

We’re all exposed to toxins, but if our inner terrain is healthy, our body can flush them out, so we won’t get sick. ~Robynne Chutkan

Get Dirty

“Health and wealth have become associated with cleanliness, yet the opposite is probably true,” assesses Chutkan.


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Robynne Chutkan, a gastroenterologist at Georgetown University Hospital, founder of the Digestive Center for Wellness, in Washington, D.C., and author of Gutbliss and The Microbiome Solution, explains, “The GI tract is the body’s engine, and microbes are the worker bees that operate the machinery so that digestion and toxin removal can happen.” She recommends switching to a plant-filled diet to effectively repopulate the microbiome and be aware of how food is grown. “Much store-bought produce, even organic options, is grown in depleted soil. Seek out biodynamic farmers that prioritize nutrient-rich soil to foster microbes,” Chutkan says. Even planting a couple of herbs or microgreens on the kitchen windowsill can make a difference. “Just picking those herbs and getting your hands in healthy dirt increases your exposure to health-promoting microbes.”


“Kids come in from the playground to use hand sanitizers and eat processed snacks. Instead, discard the microbiome-disrupting sanitizer and provide fresh vegetables for them to eat outside. We don’t want kids exposed to any serious pathogens, but getting a little dirty is essential.” Studies have found that children with pets are more likely to have fewer allergies and infections and take fewer antibiotics than those living in pet-free households (Clinical & Experimental Allergy and Kuopio University Hospital, Finland). Pets that venture outdoors bring healthy microbes inside; so does fresh air, which purifies poorer quality indoor air. Chutkan also warns of excessive bathing. “When we scrub ourselves, we rub off microbes and naturally occurring oils; unless we’re filthy, we just need to gently rinse.” Marketers convince consumers that products with toxic ingredients are necessities, but coconut oil, apple cider vinegar and honey can effectively replace many toiletries.

Burn Fat Cells

According to ayurveda, burning fat fuels detoxification because toxins from preservatives, pollutants, pesticides and other damaging chemicals are stored in our fat cells. When fat is metabolized and used as an energy source, the toxins are released, ready to be flushed out. “When we’re not burning fat, toxins can accumulate, cause congestion in the lymphatic channels, overwhelm the liver and ultimately be deposited back into fat cells or stored in the arteries, heart and brain,” comments Certified Ayurvedic Practitioner Dr. John Douillard, of Boulder, Colorado. He’s the author of Eat Wheat and a former director of player development and nutrition advisor for the New Jersey Nets professional basketball team.

Reboot with a Quick Cleanse

To stimulate the body’s natural ability to burn fat, Douillard recommends a four-day, at-home detox cleanse. “The digestive system is responsible for delivering nutrients and escorting dangerous toxins out of your body; if you can’t digest well, you can’t detoxify well,” he says. Unlike drastic fasts and juice cleanses, which can deplete nutri-

ents, he recommends stimulating fat metabolism with a cleanse that starts each morning with melted ghee followed by a simple nonfat diet throughout the day. According to research published in Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine, ghee, a clarified butter, has been proven to remove environmental toxins by attaching to toxic fats. Kitchari, the staple of the meal plan, is a nourishing and easy-to-digest, porridge-like blend of beans, rice and Indian spices.

5 Ways to Detox Every Day by Meredith Montgomery


s soon as we start eating healthier diets, our body is able to detoxify more efficiently and diseases begin to be reversed,” says Dr. Michael Greger, a physician and creator of Follow these tips to enhance the detoxification process at mealtimes.


Eat broccoli and other cruciferous vegetables raw or chop them at least 40 minutes before cooking to maximize intake of the phytonutrient sulforaphane, which boosts detoxifying enzymes in the liver. For the timecrunched, Greger suggests adding a small amount of any type of raw cruciferous vegetables to the cooked ones.


Always choose colorful produce, with the exception of white mushrooms and cauliflower. “White foods are stripped of nutrition,” says Greger. Pigment indicates the richness of antioxidants that keep the body functioning efficiently. He likes adding shreds of economical and longlasting red cabbage as an everyday garnish.


Follow the seasons, because nature provides the ideal harvest for each season—heavier, denser foods in winter, like wheat, dairy, roots, nuts and seeds; and cooling, high-energy fruits and vegetables in summer. Dr. John Douillard, creator of the 3-Season Diet Challenge, remarks that research suggests that gut microbes are meant to change with local seasonal foods to optimize digestion, mood and immunity.


Avoid plastics by limiting intake of foods stored or cooked in plastic, especially cling wrap, which is made of polyvinyl chloride (PVC), a known carcinogen, according to the World Health Organization International Agency for Research on Cancer. Also avoid canned goods unless labeled bisphenol A (BPA)-free. “A lot of toxins enter our bodies through processed, overcooked and fried foods,” observes Deanna Minich, Ph.D. “As we replace these foods with nourishing options, we need to also minimize plastic packaging.”


Filter water because, “We are primarily made of water, so if we’re drinking and bathing in contaminated water, it impacts health,” says Minich who recommends using a national testing laboratory to assess home tap water. The results can then be coupled with the Environmental Working Group’s buying guide ( to determine the most appropriate water filter to deal with the contaminants that may be present. natural awakenings

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“When you eat a mono diet of just kitchari, your body can transfer the energy that normally goes toward digestion into cleansing and healing other systems,” says Douillard. For those not ready to maintain such a limited diet, he recommends a polydiet with the option to add seasonal steamed vegetables, oatmeal and other gluten-free grains.

Few Snacks, More Water

Work toward eating three meals a day—a light breakfast, big lunch and light and early dinner—without snacking in-between, and fasting for 13 hours each night. Douillard notes, “This regimen should be maintained beyond the cleanse because it gives the body a chance to use up its carbohydrates—its normal, go-to fuel—and switch to its calmer, more stable, detoxifying fuel—body fat.” Adapt the cleanse to avoid strain, because when under stress, the lymphatic system shuts down and the body stores fat and toxins. “If three meals a day with no snacks is not possible yet, have a nonfat high-protein snack and plan to eat more protein at your next meal,” suggests Douillard. “Or start with four meals, and work your way down to three.” Aim to drink half your healthiest body weight in ounces of room-temperature water every day, while also sipping warm-to-hot water—believed

Do a cost/benefit analysis of all that you put in your body and beware of toxic drugs, including microbiomedestroying antibiotics. ~Robynne Chutkan to soften the intestinal tract, move the lymph and hydrate the cells more effectively than cold water—every 10 to 15 minutes for two weeks. Plain water has a hydrating effect that not even lemon water can replicate.

Emotional Release

“Toxins are best understood less as poisons than as barriers—obstacles to the life and health we truly want,” says Minich. As a functional medicine nutritionist, she believes that food as medicine is only one aspect of full-spectrum health. Her approach revolves around clusters of nutritional, anatomical, psychological and spiritual life issues that can be jointly detoxified, supported and healed. “Good eating alone will not necessarily solve our emotional woes or stop our limiting beliefs and toxic self-talk,” she explains in Whole Detox, a book based on a whole-life, wholesystems, whole-foods approach to detoxification. “We need to remove all the barriers that impede our growth.

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Limiting thoughts, as well as heavy metals and pesticides, are toxic barriers that weigh us down, sapping energy that might be used for better things.” Her 21-day program is designed to establish long-term lifestyle changes with simple habits. She recommends monitoring our emotions and tracking thoughts with daily writing exercises. “Look at yourself like you’re examining a food label to get to the root of limiting patterns,” she says, encouraging questions such as, “Is this thought healthy for me?” or, “Do I want this thought in my being?” Be mindful of speech as well; swearing, exaggerating and interrupting can have deleterious effects, while uplifting affirmations can inspire positive actions. She attests that visualization can help prevent the creative self from shutting down, another aspect of toxicity. “Be intuitive and imaginative; allow creative expression to flow. Before you can manifest what you want in life, you have to envision it.” Minich wants patients to invite introspection by taking a few minutes each day to be in solitude and silence, allowing meaning and purpose to surface. Daily stress relief practices such as meditation, yoga, self-massage and mindful breathing can foster stress reduction. “Life shouldn’t feel like an emergency. We need to navigate around stress so we’re not inundated by it,” counsels Douillard. By extracting toxins through sweat and circulating nutrients, physical activity is equally important for detoxification, but it’s also a form of self-love. “It expands your sense of possibilities, freeing you to go where you will and to carry burdens lightly,” Minich says. In this age of personalized medicine, Minich encourages patients to focus on the parts of a detox program that they need most, whether it’s diet, exercise, massage, emotional well-being or spirituality. She reminds us that the desire and need to cleanse is universal.“Detox is as old as humankind.” Meredith Montgomery publishes Natural Awakenings of Gulf Coast Alabama/Mississippi (HealthyLiving

See How You’re Dooing by Robynne Chutkan


bowel movement is the ultimate detox, eliminating toxins, unwanted bacteria, cells that have outlived their usefulness and other waste that has to go. Stools provide an index of health, so turn around and take a look at them for feedback for improving digestive and overall health. One key way to assess a stool is by its color. Use the following guide: ✔ Pale, chalky stool can be a sign of liver disease or clogged bile ducts, and is often accompanied by dark urine because the bile gets excreted through the kidneys instead of the digestive tract. ✔ Yellow stool may mean a parasite like Giardia or excess fat because of a pancreas that’s not secreting enough enzymes. ✔ Green stool can be the result of a Clostridium difficile infection or antibiotics.

If you can be content

right now, then you’ll always be content, because it’s always right now. ~Willie Nelson

✔ Red stool occurs with bleeding from the colon, but can also be caused by eating beets. ✔ Black stool usually signifies bleeding from higher in the gastrointestinal tract or from an iron supplement. ✔ Lighter brown stool may mean insufficient deeply pigmented leafy greens in the diet. ✔ Blue stool can be from bluecolored food. ✔ Dark brown is the color of stool nirvana. Bile and bilirubin pigment, formed in the liver from dead red blood cells, give healthy stools this chocolate color. Learn more at DigestiveCenterFor natural awakenings

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A Simple Approach to Detox by Brendan Gaughran


e must cleanse the body to stay healthy, and people are generally more aware now that our environment and foods contain endocrine-disrupting compounds, herbicides and pesticides that need to be filtered out. There are two main focal points: the intestinal tract and liver. Breaking down nutrients and absorbing them while defending against harmful organisms and chemicals is the complicated balancing act performed by our intestinal wall. When health is compromised, the gut is often where the problems first arise, so it’s important to incorporate a detox regimen that emphasizes it. Probiotics and prebiotics that stabilize and feed beneficial microbes are important. In situations where



harmful bacteria and other organisms have gained a foothold, they need to be cleansed from the gut to realize the benefits of probiotics. A cleanse focused on rebalancing Candida is a good first step, because many people experience Candida overgrowth, leading to increased permeability of the gut lining (leaky gut). There are many natural ingredients that safely support this rebalancing, and the best approach combines enzymes with oregano oil, caprylic acid and anti-parasitic compounds. Always drink plenty of pure water during a cleanse. It could run for two weeks to two months, depending on the supplements, intensity of the cleanse and the person’s current state of health. A good guide for daily water

consumption is the weight in pounds and divide by two to arrive at the correct number of ounces. During these cleanses, many toxins are released into the bloodstream, creating unpleasant temporary side effects ranging from fatigue to headaches and joint pain; this is normal. The best practice is to complement any cleanse with a liver supplement or liver-detoxifying foods. This is especially the case with Candida cleansing, because it releases more than 70 endotoxins during a “die-off”. It also helps reduce the buildup of stored toxins in the liver. The liver conducts more than 500 chemical reactions, regulating functions from DNA repair to blood glucose levels, fat-soluble vitamin storage and ongoing toxin removal. If the liver is burdened by toxins, its ability to perform these functions will be compromised. Recent studies show a negative impact in diabetes, adrenal health, low-density lipoprotein (LDL), or “bad” cholesterol levels, chronic inflammation and even cognitive decline in people with toxic livers. Combining intestinal cleanses with liver cleansing supplements or foods is a great way to reboot maximum nutrient absorption, increasing energy levels and reducing the likelihood of long-term disease. Brendan Gaughran is the president of Liver Medic. For more information, visit See ad on page 21.

Feeding Felines for Wellness by Andrea Sobotka


o determine a holistic, speciesappropriate diet, we must consider the specifics of their digestive system. For cats to flourish, a switch away from processed dry kibble is an improvement. Their natural prey comprises small mammals, birds and fish, including bones, skin and innards—even some bugs. A raw diet is ideal, but not everyone can go that route. Dry kibble is the root cause of many pet illnesses and disease. Canned, wet food is better, but most of it is junk, with cheap, horrid ingredients. However, there are some canned food options that are much closer to whole real food, but are more expensive. Here are some healthy food suggestions. Cats are obligate carnivores, so their diets should consist of primarily high-quality protein and natural byproducts like bone and organs. Their biological systems are in no way made to digest grains, preservatives or highly processed fillers. Always read the ingredients and look for whole protein sources listed first. Short of homemade meals, canned “meat” foods in their natural juices should be the primary meal. Adding a quarter-teaspoon of organic coconut oil to wet food will provide omegas, as well as good antimicrobial nutrient, for the digestive systems (good for mouth health, too).

Avoid large fish like tuna (high mercury levels) as a regular meal, but wild-caught canned sardines and salmon packed in olive oil or water make a great whole food supplement to the daily diet. Walmart, Sprouts, Whole Foods, Trader Joes and Costco carry some great choices. These fish are a high-quality protein source loaded with omega-3 fatty acids. A teaspoonful is a great nutritious treat to add to a cat’s diet two or three times a week. Offer it before or after they get their regular food, thus reducing the main meal by a bit. Supplementing the diet with organic “people” food such as bits of boiled or roasted chicken (minus fatty, over-seasoned skin), beef and bits of finely chopped, cooked sweet potato and greens now and then is actually very good. When changing food, do it gradually. Plan on a one-to-two-week period to slowly introduce the new food over the old. Don’t mix dry and wet in a single serving; offer them separately, being conscious of the overall daily serving. Each day, shift the ratio so that by the end the adjustment period it is all new food. This will prevent gastrointestinal kickback (diarrhea) and encourage a taste for the new food. By building a solid wellness foundation with a holistic diet, the kitty will enjoy a long, healthy life. Andrea Sobotka is an animal communicator and counselor. For more information, visit and cat-food. See ad on page 56.

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Maria Rodale Helps Organic Farmers Succeed by Randy Kambic


uthor, gardener and corporate executive Maria Rodale continues to add luster to an unparalleled family commitment to organic food, sustainability and healthy living covering three-quarters of a century. As CEO and chairman of Rodale Inc., she oversees the publishing of books (An Inconvenient Truth; The South Beach Diet; Eat This, Not That!), magazines (Women’s Health, Men’s Health, Prevention and Organic Gardening) and naturally healthy living websites. Her grandfather, J. I. Rodale, pioneered the American organic movement in 1942 by launching Organic Farming and Gardening magazine. In 1947, he founded the Soil and Health Association, which later became the Rodale Institute, a nonprofit educational and advocacy organization, of which Maria is a board member. The influence of her 2011 book Organic Manifesto: How Organic Farming Can



Heal Our Planet, Feed the World, and Keep Us Safe remains strong.

What is the status of the organic farming industry? As a whole, it has seen great growth, in large part due to increasing demand resulting from consumer awareness. In 2015, organic was a $43 billion industry in the U.S., with Millennial householders leading the way. Still, only 5 percent of all food consumed in the U.S. is organic [produce 13 percent], while less than 1 percent of our farmland is certified organic, which spurs imports. So the opportunity to help encourage new organic farmers and transition conventional farmers is significant. The Rodale Institute invests as much time on education and outreach as on research to help organic farmers be profitable.

How else doesthe Institute help the industry? We conduct cutting-edge research in organic agriculture to study and test natural strategies to combat pests, diseases and weeds. Growing organic isn’t solely about what you don’t do, such as using pesticides and genetically modified seeds. It also proactively focuses on benefiting soil health by using compost, cover crops, crop rotations and reduced tillage. As we refine these “regenerative agriculture” methods, we share them with farmers so they can increase their productivity and success. We are expanding our research in nutrient density. The Institute works to understand the difference in nutrient levels, such as proteins, vitamins and minerals, in organic and conventional foods and how farmers can grow nutrient-packed food.

What new programs or initiatives are particularly exciting? Launched in 1981, our Farming Systems Trial is the longest-running North American research project comparing organic versus conventional grains such as corn and soybeans; it has allowed us to compare yields, water and energy use, soil organic matter, nutrient density, profitability and other factors. In 2016, we introduced our Vegetable Systems Trial, a side-by-side comparison for organic versus conventional produce. We expect organic management practices that improve soil health can enhance nutrient density in vegetables and so benefit farmers’ lives and eating habits worldwide. In 2016, we launched the Organic Farmers Association (, creating a valuable information exchange and unified voice for domestic certified organic producers. This national membership organization focuses on policy issues, including the Farm Bill, subsidy programs, animal welfare standards and contamination from conventional farm fields.

Can the public provide input to the 2018 Farm Bill? President Trump’s proposed “skinny” budget seeks to gut many federal programs, including those designed to protect the environment, so we need to urge elected representatives to stand up for organic farmers as the new bill develops. Historically, heavily funded commodity crop interests fight against assistance programs that encourage low-income people to buy healthy foods. Organic agriculture made strides in the 2014 Farm Bill, which provided increased support for the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Organic Program, crop insurance, organic research and organic certification cost-sharing programs. To help meet surging demand for organics, it’s important to support initiatives like the Conservation Reserve and Transition Initiatives programs that provide resources for farmers to move from synthetic chemical farming to organic methods.

Besides healthier food, what other benefits of organic farming have convinced late adopters to convert? Healthy soil, full of billions of beneficial microorganisms, is a major byproduct of regenerative organic farming. Organic farming creates diverse, healthy ecosystems that protect wildlife. However, any agricultural model that’s fixated on yields at the expense of soil health will incur a steep price as those farms won’t remain productive for future generations. Regenerative organic farming facilitates storage of carbon in the ground, making it integral to addressing the climate crisis. Organic Manifesto makes the case plain; to optimize your own and the planet’s health—buy, grow and eat organic food. Randy Kambic is a freelance writer and editor in Estero, FL, and regular contributor to Natural Awakenings.

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Aside from cooking oils, we get free radical exposure being near car exhaust and factories.

Only a high-phytochemical diet can give you effective protection from radical oxidation in your body. Humans can run marathons looking for a cancer cure, yet by avoiding fried oils and eating superfoods humans reverse cancer. Our food protocol for cancer has been used by hundreds of Qigong students with success since 2005. There’s an emphasis on foods to detoxify, but the real effects come from rebuilding blood and reversing oxidation with electron-dense pigments.

Food Healing to Conquer ANY Disease by Qigong Practitioner Jeff Primack


eff Primack has taught Qigong for 20 years to over 50k people at Qi Revolution conferences. He is the author of Conquering Any Disease, a science-supported medical textbook endorsed by doctors that gives food functions and protocols to help people reverse epidemic diseases of today.

What if Clogged Arteries and Parkinson’s were caused by the same oxidative force?

FREE RADICALS in food are the real villain and lack an electron, thus robbing electrons from healthy cells causing cholesterol to crystalize and brain to form plaque. Oxidation is the death mechanism. What turns an apple brown is the same force hardening brain in dementia and Parkinson’s. Luckily, God has a plan for our healing with food as medicine.

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Top scientists of “International HNE Club” published their latest findings that cholesterol hardens when oxidized by free radicals. French fries in America were found to possess extreme levels of free radicals, HydroxyNonEnal (HNE). In addition to causing cholesterol hardening, HNE radicals high in all fried foods, cause DNA oxidation, which leads to replication of cancer cells instead of healthy cells. 2017 science on fats makes it clear the importance of cutting out fried foods, akin to smoking cigarettes.

Butter, coconut and olive oil produce less free radicals when heated.

These oils are made of saturated and monounsaturated fats that don’t oxidize easily. Canola and soybean oils have more polyunsaturated fatty acids, which are unstable oxidizing faster. In the Conquering Any Disease book, I provide evidence for returning to a high saturated fat diet and avoiding processed oils.

Pigments are colorful due to having DOUBLE BONDS, which contain four electrons that can be used to “quench radicals”.

Neutralization of free radicals by electrons in food pigments is the best way to avoid disease. America is on a low pigment diet! Black sesame seeds contain Melanin, a pigment stored by the Substantia Nigra in the brain where dopamine is made. Colorful pigments in hair signal fertility and many foods are proven by science to regrow hair, such as red onions and red apples.

Carotenoids have the BRIGHTEST COLOR of all pigments and no other molecule is more healing.

Eye health, vision and fertility are restored by eating them and they protect against sunburns. Egg yolks have 1mg of lutein per yolk to give it that vivid yellow. Spinach has 10x more lutein than egg yolks by weight, however recent science shows the egg was far more bioavailable. This is because carotenoids are fat soluble and made more bioavailable in the presence of oil. Cooked carrots are shown to have greater blood plasma absorption of betacarotene than raw in humans. I suggest both raw and cooked to obtain maximum benefits.

RED carotenoids neutralize free radicals 2x faster than Orange and 4x faster than Yellow! There is a hierarchy and RED is best.


TUCSON CONVENTION CENTER August 18–20 Qi Revolution is hosted by Jeff Primack and Instructors 3-Days Profound Qigong and Food Healing for only $149. For registration: 800-298-8970 Lutein (yellow pigment) has 10 double bonds in its chromophore. Betacarotene (orange) has 11 double bonds and Lycopene (pink) has 13 double bonds. Does it surprise that pink with 13 double bonds is a more effective electron donor than orange with 11? RED FOODS are the most profound evolution to the human diet. When Italy began making tomato paste it spawned great thinkers and strong men. Only peppers (cousin of tomato) evolved the deep red carotenoid called, CAPSANTHIN. I think pepper’s Veterans Admitted Free of Charge.

carotenoids being the reddest are the most healing.

Since learning the importance of RED carotenoids I’ve made Pepper Paste hundreds of times! I have a pepper problem…

We give fresh “Primack Pepper Paste” samples to every person who attends Qi Revolution. Unfortunately, people can’t buy it yet, but we show everyone how to make it. Tomato paste, sauce and ketchup are next best sources.

To reserve tickets call 800-298-8970 or visit Claudia Gabrielle MD, Ivy League educated doctor, says she learned more on Food-Healing at the Qi Revolution than in medical school! We invite you, the seekers of truth, to be educated and learn Food as Medicine.

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Do less laundry. Live stain-free. Travel lighter. Smell better. Save the planet. ~Ably Apparel motto

Healthy Eye-Catching Eco-Wear It’s in Style and Easy Care by Avery Mack


co-friendly fashion used to be an oxymoron, synonymous with frumpy clothing and ugly shoes. Now designers and manufacturers are finding ways to provide attractive and healthier alternatives to common fabrics, especially polyester. After World War II, cotton, wool and linen fell out of favor as wash and wear, stain-resistant, permanent-press polyester arrived. Annual production of the synthetic fiber, consuming petroleum, coal, air and water resources, today exceeds 22 billion tons. Americans alone discard 14 million tons of clothing each year—80 pounds per person—with 80 percent going to landfills, where polyester takes 20 to 200 years to biodegrade. A host of suppliers are responding to a rising demand for comfortable, trendy, easy-care, high-quality and eco-friendly clothing that’s actu-



ally good for you. Here are just a few of these innovators.

Ably Apparel, in Seattle, makes

hoodies, T-shirts and jogging pants, using Filium-activated, 100 percent cotton fabric free of chemicals and nanoparticles. It repels spills and stains. When wet, it dries 40 percent faster than other materials. Perspiration evaporates through the breathable natural fabric, so Ably clothing doesn’t absorb odors or need to be washed and dried as often, saving water and energy ( “The retail industry is one of

today’s largest polluters in the world,” says Raj Shah, co-founder of Ably and co-creator of Filium. “Ably apparel saves time and reduces both carbon emissions and chemical detergent usage, resulting in cleaner water supplies. We’re the first to apply the benefits of Filium to clothing, but hope other companies will follow suit.” The company has three stores and ships worldwide from its website.

Farm2Fashion made its New York debut in 2014, featuring ponchos, scarves and wraps crafted from manufacturers’ pre-consumer, recycled cotton scrap, plus local virgin farm fiber under the guidance of Laurie Perrone, creative director and president. Located in Cornwall, New York, the company’s artisan-inspired products are available through stores and the Web ( “Our philosophy is simple—design classic products in America with substance and sustainability, while creating a low carbon footprint,” says Perrone. “We encourage customers to pass our products from generation to generation. Apparel and other textile goods in America used to be made at home for families and friends. We want to bring some of that back to life.” Orgotton’s classic “little black dress”

takes on fresh personalities via two long straps that change its appearance from a modest one-shoulder to a dressier backless version, halter style or a variation with cap sleeves. Made to order in Philadelphia, the five-way short dress expands a woman’s wardrobe with a single purchase (Tinyurl. com/OrgottonShortDress). The dress is 65 percent bamboo, 27 percent organic cotton and 8 percent Spandex; it’s washable in cold water and dries flat, saving energy. Orgotton’s Infinity Collection comprises a long dress, short dress, romper and bodysuit. shows trending sustainable options for women. offers organic, fair trade and ethical brands for men/women/children.

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Alis Living ( lifestyle boutique, in Scottsdale, Arizona, is owner Janet Ellis’ creation. “In 2007, I taught meditation classes and noticed the women were not enjoying life fully. Life should not be stressful,” she observes. “The skin is the largest organ on the body and clothing fabrics are often treated with formaldehyde. So we exclusively focus on organic clothing.” Her motto is, “Dress healthy, look good, have fun.” The clothing she carries are so simple and versatile that a change in accessories can take a dress from daytime business wear to evening elegance. “It used to be harder to find eco-friendly clothing. It’s easier now,” Ellis remarks. “We carry Blue Canoe, Indigenous, Onno, Shupaca and Synergy fashion lines, adding more brands as we discover them.” As a Master Gardener, Ellis also offers organic cooking classes for customers, harvesting from an onsite garden, thus creating a conscious

community for women. “We want to serve one another and live joyously, but too often don’t make time for ourselves,” she says. “We’re concerned about human health and the planet. We believe that we don’t have to do harm in order to enjoy good fashion, food and fun.” Fashion personality and creation, organic gardening, mindful art, meditation and yoga on the lawn

are other classes offered onsite. Eco-friendly clothing used to have little appeal for fashion buffs. Now designers and manufacturers are finding fresh ways to provide the attractive and eco-healthy clothing more women want to wear. Connect with the freelance writer via

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oney influences our choice of job or home, and sense of security, worth and power; it can also make life more or less convenient. Yet, despite its essential importance, money is often a forbidden topic among family members.

tension among couples, but Tessler notes it wasn’t even talked about in her graduate-level psychology training. “Money is emotional territory for people. You can’t just go to a financial planner, plot a budget and be on your merry way,” she observes.

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“We are not taught how to have a relationship with money on a psychological or spiritual level; it isn’t part of our culture,” explains Bari Tessler, a Boulder, Colorado, financial therapist and author of The Art of Money. “The majority of our parents and grandparents didn’t receive a financial education, so they don’t understand emotions that relate to money or how to talk about it.” Tessler works with individuals, couples and creative entrepreneurs to help them “claim their worth in the world and bring their skills and values into the marketplace,” she says. Money is a frequent source of

To change our relationship with money, Tessler says we need to understand our “money stories” that include the ways in which our personal experiences, together with subconsciously inherited familial and cultural attitudes, shape how we think about money. “The first step to changing our money habits is being willing to deal with the tough issues,” says Mayuri Onerheim, author of Money Spirituality Consciousness, a retired accountant and spiritual teacher of the Diamond Approach of self-realization, in Larkspur, California. “There is no change without some discomfort. It’s part of the spiritual journey.”


Self-care, forgiveWe have ups and “sanctuary” rather than ness and acceptance are mortgage; “my dream downs in life, and vacation” for savings tarimportant throughout this process, advises the same is true geted for time off; or “life Tessler, because many happens” for late fees). of our finances. people bring feelings of For an enlightened guilt and shame to their view of cash flows, On~Bari Tessler relationship with money. erheim suggests translatShe recommends doing ing what was spent on something into a “body check-in” to become aware the hours it took to earn the money. of our physical reaction to related is“This perspective can transform how sues, whether it’s going on a reckless we allocate resources and what we’re spending spree or bracing to ask for a willing to spend money on,” she says. raise. This stage paves the way for the Vicki Robin, co-author of the practical work of learning to manage bestseller Your Money or Your Life, our money in alignment with our valespouses a similar approach: thinkues, goals and dreams. It begins with ing of money in terms of hours of life developing practices to track, review energy. “Continually asking yourself and reflect upon spending and earning whether you actually got fulfillment in patterns. proportion to life energy spent in each subcategory awakens the natural sense Tactical Tools of knowing when enough is enough,” Tessler recommends utilizing one of she writes. many free financial tracking tools like Tessler and Onerheim both, or MoneyMinder encourage rethinking the idea that all She also suggests we earning is good and all spending is rename their preloaded budget categories to reflect our personal relationbad: “It’s about balancing needs and ships to the areas of spending (e.g., wants, and we need joy in life. It’s

not about saving every penny and not enjoying yourself,” says Onerheim.

A Rewarding Journey Becoming financially conscious ultimately helps us fulfill our responsibility to be a good steward of the planet’s resources, according to Onerheim. “Money is a representation of myself in the world, so I want to take responsibility for where my money goes.” “Financial integrity is achieved by learning the true impact of your earning and spending, both on your immediate family and on the planet,” agrees Robin. “It is knowing what is enough money and material goods to keep you at the peak of fulfillment— and what is just excess and clutter.” All call for celebrating progress on the journey to financial well-being and know-how. “Take baby steps and reward yourself along the way,” counsels Tessler. “This is a lifelong journey.” Connect with freelance writer April Thompson, in Washington, D.C., at

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An Awesome Antidote to Polarization by Kirk J. Schneider


e live in polarized times. The current polarization of the American electorate and federal government is rooted in “the polarized mind”, a fixation by individuals on one point of view that excludes differing views and provokes intolerance. Complex issues become black and white, and those with differing views or lifestyles are demonized. Beyond politics, this is seen in gun violence and terrorism, corporate abuses of health and safety, and religious and ethnic strife—affecting major aspects of our daily lives. An antidote to polarization is awe—the wonder of being alive; living life with hope, respect, humility, wonder and a deep reverence for the adventure of living. Psychology experiments at Stanford University and the University of California, Berkeley, have shown those that practice awe are better able to see outside their own experiences and appreciate other points of view, which can transcend the tunnel vision and pettiness of a polarized atmosphere. Here are some basic steps toward cultivating a sense of awe: ■ Appreciate the passing nature of time and life. Even while doing something disagreeable, slowing



down and affirming the preciousness of the moment can sometimes render alternative perspectives. ■ Be open to discovery and surprise. This is especially helpful if we are constantly locked in by assumptions about people or things. Think how politicians might benefit by being open to the possibility of discovery or surprise during delicate negotiations. The same principle can hold true with family and friends. ■ Step outside the box of personal judgments and consider the bigger picture of life. Replace the prison of self-criticism often stemming from comparing ourselves with idealized media images with appreciation of the many facets of who we are and what we can become. Psychologist Kirk J. Schneider, Ph.D., is past editor of the Journal of Humanistic Psychology, president-elect of the Existential-Humanistic Institute and adjunct faculty at Saybrook and Columbia universities, in New York City. His books include Awakening to Awe, The Polarized Mind and The Spirituality of Awe: Challenges to the Robotic Revolution. Visit

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Healing Arts Open House – 4-7pm. 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.

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Click “Calendar” SUNDAY, JULY 2 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. Restoring Balance Mind & Body, 2045 S Vineyard, Ste 139, Mesa. RestoringBalanceAz. com. Pre-registration required. Kim: 253-5495342 or

MONDAY, JULY 3 Healing Circle – 9:15-11am. For certified Reiki practitioners who want to share and support others on their energy path. Pure Light Therapies. RSVP: Judy Richter. 480-695-2002.

WEDNESDAY, JULY 5 Gong Meditation – 7-8:30pm. Experience deep relaxation and meditation through the power of the gong. With Gretchen Bickert. $10-20. Unity of Mesa, 2700 E Southern Ave, Mesa. 480-892-2700. Guided Meditation – 6:30-7:30pm. Raffle proceeds and love donations shared with LaFrontera Arizona EMPACT Suicide Prevention Center & Animal Rescue. With Marsha Craven. Healing Arts Connection, 1715 W Northern Ave, Ste 100, Phoenix. RSVP: 623-215-7988 or

THURSDAY, JULY 6 Drumming Circle – 6:30-7:30pm. Enjoy expressing yourself through the sounds and vibrations of rhythm. You do need to bring your own drum or percussion instrument. No previous experience necessary. With Tony LaMantia. $10. Unity of Mesa, 2700 E Southern Ave, Mesa. 480-892-2700.

Reiki Master Teacher – 5 days. Teacher training for reiki as a healing practice. With Marsha Craven, 5th generation usui reiki master teacher and 2015 Natural Choice Award Winner as Reiki Practitioner. Healing Arts Connection, 1715 W Northern Ave, Ste 100, Phoenix. RSVP: 623-2157988.

SATURDAY, JULY 8 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. Glow with the Flow Yoga – 7-8pm. A unique flow sequence set to upbeat music. The room will be illuminated with black lights so wear neon colors or white to glow along with your flow. floo-id Yoga, 7077 E Mayo Blvd #130, Phoenix. 480-515-9642. 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.

Yoga Nidra – 7-8:30pm, 3wk series. Learn how to find balance between doing and being, and allow our bodies to let go and receive. Discussion followed by crystal and Tibetan bowl sound healing. $75. A Mindfulness Life Center, 10309 N Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale. 480-207-6016.

SATURDAY, JULY 15 Emerging Scientific Technologies – 3:455:45pm. 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. or text 480-395-7333. The Just Be Love Project – Jul 15-16. Celebrating raw innovation and emerging talent while simultaneously offering education, awareness, and inspiring action for social justice and human rights issues, through socially conscious films and an educational conference. 1425 W 14th St, Tempe. Mary Magdalene Retreat – 9am-noon. Honor Mary Magdalene with sacred chants, invocations, sacred dance, walking the rose labyrinth, and

SUNDAY, JULY 9 Embracing Your Journey Expo – 9am-5pm. A holistic, wellness and metaphysical event. Vendors, raffles, speakers and more. Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak Resort, 7677 N 16th St, Phoenix. 480-296-1928.


Moon Soundings – 7:30-8:45pm. Full moon gong and crystal bowl meditation, with essential oils and soothing background music. With Kim Balzan. $20 advance. A Mindfulness Life Center, 10309 N Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale. Must preregister: 480-207-6016.

CranialSacral Balancing Therapy I – 9am-6pm, Jul 10-12. 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.



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.

Eat Real Nutrition Cooking Class – 6-7:30pm. Learn how to make your own fresh, healthy dressings, massage kale, and accent your salad greens with intuitive cook and author Melanie Albert and dietitian Terri Taylor. HonorHealth Virginia G. Piper Cancer Center, 10460 N 92nd St, Scottsdale.

Kirtan with The Band of Now – 7-9pm. $15. Anahata Yoga, Sound and Energy Healing, 14148 N 100th St, Ste C-130, Scottsdale. 480-699-9600.

Kinesiology and Pain Relief Information Sessions – 6:30pm. Learn about Kinesiology and its benefits for pain relief with mini-demos on muscle testing and corresponding corrections. Free. Universal Touch, 534 E University Dr, Mesa. RSVP required: 480-835-5380.

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Magdalene energy meditations. $20. The Shrine of Holy Wisdom, 5025 S Ash Ave, Ste B-15, Tempe. RSVP required. 480-219-9633 or MYO Trigger Point Releases: Full Body – 9am6pm, Jul 15-17. 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 Reiki and Guided Meditation – 6-7:30pm. floo-id Yoga, 7077 E Mayo Blvd #130, Phoenix. 480-515-9642. Silence is Golden Retreat – 9:30am-1pm. Challenge yourself to discover the real freedom to be found in a calm and quiet mind. Escape the busyness of daily life and experience a short meditation retreat where everyone observes the practice of silence in order to enhance a deep level of relaxation. Learn meditation techniques that will relax, refresh and re-energize you. $25. Kadampa Meditation Center Phoenix, 614 E Townley Ave, Phoenix.

SUNDAY, JULY 16 Healing Circle – 6-8pm. For certified Reiki practitioners who want to share and support others on their energy path. Pure Light Therapies. RSVP: Judy Richter. 480-695-2002. Meet the Ascended Masters – 10:15-11:30am. Summon the Angels Using the Powerful Science of the Word. Phoenix Summit Lighthouse, 4105 N 20th St, Ste 115, Phoenix. 480-442-5020. Restorative Yoga Nidra and Gong – This stress management workshop combines Restorative yoga poses with Yoga Nidra and concludes with a healing gong bath. After the conscious relaxation of the fight-or-flight muscle through comfortable poses, yoga nidra is a type of “sleep with awareness,” a scientific meditation and r-elaxation technique that is easy to perform and is suitable for all age groups. floo-id Yoga, 7077 E Mayo Blvd #130, Phoenix. 480-515-9642. Reiki II – 5-7pm. $125. Tree of Life Metaphysical Shop, 1515 N Gilbert, Ste D112, Gilbert. 480-2844705.

MONDAY, JULY 17 Cupping-Massage Therapy – 10am-7pm. Learn how to safely and properly apply silicone massage cups to a client in two methods (static and sliding), indications, benefits and contraindications. With Joel and Lauren Sheposh. $200. Healing Arts Connection, 1715 W Northern Ave, Ste 100, Phoenix. RSVP: 623-215-7988.

TUESDAY, JULY 18 Nutrition and Cooking Class – 2-3pm. Learn to make veggie pasta with creamy basil cashew pesto. An intuitive cooking experience with cookbook author, Melanie Albert. Appaloosa Library, 7377 E Silverstone Dr, Scottsdale.



Reiki Therapy Meditation – 6:30-8pm. Enjoy a relaxing guided meditation combined with reiki. While in your meditative state, you will receive a calming reiki treatment, allowing you to go even deeper within. $20. Location provided after registration: 909-268-1445. Treating Obstructive Sleep Apnea, Snoring and TMJ – 5pm. Informational seminar that discusses treatment options using oral appliance therapy and how it works. Free. Koala Center for Sleep Disorders - Biltmore, 4235 N 32nd St, Ste A, Phoenix. 602-883-1931.

WEDNESDAY, 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 Rising Sol Women’s Fitness Class – 6:30am. An empowering workout designed for all fitness levels. We will tune into ourselves body, mind and soul with a combination of exercise and Reiki. Class led by certified fitness and wellness professional fully insured. Cesar Chavez Park, 7858 S 35th Ave, Laveen. $25. Must RSVP: 909-2681445.

THURSDAY, JULY 20 Cranial Neural Support for Longevity – 10am6pm, Jul 20-23. Techniques for working and communicating with the brain, cranial and neuro systems to promote wellness and more. Massage therapists, energy healers and caregivers will want to attend. With Marsha Craven, winner of 2015 Natural Choice Award for craniosacral practitioner. Healing Arts Connection, 1715 W Northern Ave, Ste 100, Phoenix. RSVP: 623-215-7988. Culinary Kids Camp – 1:15-2:15pm. Hands-on cooking just for kids ages 5-8, with Melanie A. Albert, author of cookbook, A New View of Healthy Eating. Kids will learn to spiralize veggies and fruits, make dressing and grind spices. Children’s Museum of Phoenix, 215 N 7th St, Phoenix. 602615-2486.

FRIDAY, JULY 21 Kirtan with Sanjali and Friends – 7-8:45pm. Sanjali means with hands hallowed and joined in prayer. Sing praises and prayers to the divine. Offering a modern mixture of sacred songs, bajans and kirtan to ignite our heart flames and lift our spirits. With Valerie Sanjali Irons. Interfaith CommUNITY, 952 E Baseline, #102, Mesa. Rev. Julianne: 480-593-8798 or Universal White Time Healing Certified Level One – Jul 21-23. 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.

markyourcalendar Massage Therapist Training Those looking for a new career or extra income can become a massage therapist. Massage therapy programs start July 24 and August 14, with morning and afternoon options. Multiple diploma programs are available. Southwest Institute of Healing Arts 1100 E Apache Blvd, Tempe 480-994-9244 •

SATURDAY, JULY 22 Chakra Harmony – 7-9pm. A unique group healing experience with James Titschler. $29. Anahata Yoga, Sound and Energy Healing, 14148 N 100th St, Ste C-130, Scottsdale. 480-699-9600. Extended Vinyasa – 1-3pm. floo-id Yoga, 7077 E Mayo Blvd #130, Phoenix. 480-515-9642. 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 Kinesiology and Pain Relief Information – 10am. Discover the pain relief benefits of Kinesiology with mini demos on muscle testing and corresponding corrections. Free. Universal Touch, 534 E University Dr, Mesa. RSVP required: 480835-5380. Mary Magdalene Feast Day Celebration – 10am-noon. A special service in remembrance of Mary Magdalene that will incorporate a ritual dance, prayers and invocations, readings, chanting, a meditation on Lady Magdalene, music and a blessing with a relic of Mary Magdalene. Donation. The Shrine of Holy Wisdom, 5025 S Ash Ave, Ste B-15, Tempe. 480-219-9633 or Relationship Retreat – 10am-6pm, Jul 22-23. For married and unmarried couples that want to be better together, or are in trouble and need help; and for platonic friends that would like to learn techniques for attracting more love into their lives. With Jane Fendelman. $600 per couple. 602-8811991. Summer Immersion into Mindfulness – 1:303:30pm, 4wk series. Tired of feeling distracted and pulled in too many directions? Mindfulness can teach you simple skills that allow you to feel like you are living every moment of your life. With Jackie Price. $175. A Mindfulness Life Center, 10309 N Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale. 480-207-6016.

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SUNDAY, JULY 23 Meet the Ascended Masters – 10:15-11:30am. Attune yourself with Your Radiant Heart & Paul the Venetian. Phoenix Summit Lighthouse, 4105 N 20th St, Ste 115, Phoenix. 480-442-5020.

MONDAY, JULY 24 Infant Massage Instructor Certification – 8am-5pm, Jul 24-26. Comprehensive hands-on continuing education designed for licensed massage therapists, nurses, physical therapists, occupational therapists, doulas, counselors, family support staff, parents, grandparents and those involved in child care. With Tammy Roecker. Healing Arts Connection, 1715 W Northern Ave, Ste 100, Phoenix. RSVP: 623-215-7988 or info@

TUESDAY, JULY 25 Expanding Your Light – 7pm. Catherine Anne Clemett will speak about expanding your light and presence on the planet and weaving the codes of light. The Shrine of Holy Wisdom, 5025 S Ash Ave, Ste B-15, Tempe. 480-219-9633 or Let’s Cook! – 6:30-8pm. Learn to balance your chakras through better nutrition. This fun, interactive cooking class includes step-by-step demonstration, recipes and tasty treats. With Chakra Chef Raquel Perez. $25. Laveen. Location provided after registration: 909-268-1445.


Optimism is the

faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence. ~Helen Keller

Kirtan with the Band of Now – 7-8:45pm. Prem Vidu and the Band of Now provide an evening of call and response style community chanting based in the Bhakti yoga tradition. Stilling the mind, softening the heart, evoking joy and dissolving separateness are just some of the magical benefits of this ancient practice. $15-$20. Interfaith CommUNITY, 952 E Baseline, #102, Mesa. Rev. Julianne: 480-593-8798 or

THURSDAY, JULY 27 Energy Reading on Health Issues – 6:30pm. Bring questions regarding your health issues. Using intuitive awareness, dowsing tools, muscle testing and energy reading, our team of Kinesiologists, massage therapists, master dowsers and psychic readers with over 40 years combined experience will assist you with finding the source of your issues. $40. Universal Touch, 534 E University Dr, Mesa. RSVP required: 480-835-5380. Venus Viva Party and Demo – 6:30-8pm. AntiAging Clinic, 5350 N 16th St, Ste 107, Phoenix. RSVP: 480-599-8370.

FRIDAY, JULY 28 Kirstan with The Band of Now – 7-9pm. A call and response style of singing based in the Bhakti yoga tradition. Stilling the mind, softening the heart, evoking joy and dissolving separateness are the benefits. $15. A Mindfulness Life Center, 10309 N Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale. 480-207-6016. New Thought Music Variety Show – 7pm. An evening of music, message and mirth with international performers and recording artists, Armand



markyourcalendar Qi Revolution August 18-20 Qigong and food healing conference that shows how to increase one’s energy and reduce pain and trauma. $149 Free for veterans Tucson Convention Center • Tucson 800-298-8970 • and Angelina, who offer a fantastic, uplifting show, full of humor, passion for life and love for each other. Donation. Interfaith CommUNITY, 952 E Baseline, #102, Mesa. Rev. Julianne: 480-5938798 or

SATURDAY, JULY 29 Mandala Meditations Workshop – 1-3pm. With Deb Althoff. $29. Anahata Yoga, Sound and Energy Healing, 14148 N 100th St, Ste C-130, Scottsdale. 480-699-9600. Mary Magdalene in Art – 10am. Patricia Ballentine of the Temple of the Creative Flame presents a unique overview of the Magdalene in her roles as Maiden, Mother, Crone as depicted in art through the centuries. $10-15. The Shrine of Holy Wisdom, 5025 S Ash Ave, Ste B-15, Tempe. 480-219-9633 or Native Flute Playshop – 10am. For centuries people have been mesmerized by the hypnotic sounds from these gentle, easy to play flutes. Whether you have a musical background or have always wanted to play a musical instrument, this playshop is for everyone. We will have practice flutes or you may purchase one at the workshop. With Armand and Angelina. $25. Interfaith CommUNITY, 952 E Baseline, #102, Mesa. Rev. Julianne: 480-593-8798 or

SUNDAY, JULY 30 Meet the Ascended Masters – 10:15-11:30am. Be Enfolded with the Love of the Divine Mothers, East and West. Phoenix Summit Lighthouse, 4105 N 20th St, Ste 115, Phoenix. 480-442-5020. Portal to Energy Healing – Noon-4pm. Witness amazing changes with energy medicine. With Marsha Craven. $50 for one, $80 for two. Healing Arts Connection, 1715 W Northern Ave, Ste 100, Phoenix. RSVP: 623-215-7988. Pure Light and Reiki Therapy Level 1 – 8:30am4:30pm. Blending traditional Usui with other energy modalities to bring to you balance for self-healing and the potential for working with others. $90. Pure Light Therapies. RSVP: Judy Richter. 480-695-2002. purelight1111@gmail. com.

MONDAY, JULY 31 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.

savethedate AUGUST 4 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. Kirtan with The Band of Now – 7-9pm. $15. Anahata Yoga, Sound and Energy Healing, 14148 N 100th St, Ste C-130, Scottsdale. 480-699-9600. Reiki Healing Circle – 2-4pm. Find out what reiki is all about and experience a reiki healing attunement from Marsha Craven’s new class of Reiki Master Teachers. Free. Healing Arts Connection, 1715 W Northern Ave, Ste 100, Phoenix. RSVP: 623-215-7988.

AUGUST 5 Cusco and Machu Picchu Retreat – Aug 5-13. All-inclusive health rejuvenation and healing retreat. 480-599-8370. Reiki I and II – 10am-6pm, Aug 5-6. 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.


Angelina, will be offering an evening of Music, Message and Mirth to create a once in a lifetime experience of love, laughter and music. Unity of Mesa, 2700 E Southern Ave, Mesa. 480-892-2700. 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.

AUGUST 11 CranialSacral Balancing Therapy I – 9am-6pm, Aug 11-13. 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.

AUGUST 12 Chakra Harmony – 7-9pm. A unique group healing experience with James Titschler. $29. Anahata Yoga, Sound and Energy Healing, 14148 N 100th St, Ste C-130, Scottsdale. 480-699-9600.

AUGUST 13 Meet the Ascended Masters – 10:15-11:30am. Learn about the Ascended Master Djwal Kul and the Goddess of Liberty. Phoenix Summit Lighthouse, 4105 N 20th St, Ste 115, Phoenix. 480-442-5020.

Meet the Ascended Masters – 10:15-11:30am. Nourish Your Fountain of Life on the Third (Love) Ray with Meditation. Phoenix Summit Lighthouse, 4105 N 20th St, Ste 115, Phoenix. 480-442-5020.

Palm Reading Class – 5-7pm. $30. Everything Just Rocks, 2235 W 1st St, Ste 102, Tempe. 602418-4186.

Native Flute Playshop – 1pm. A fun, magical day of music. Experience not necessary. Flutes available or you can purchase one. With Armand and Angelina. $25. Unity of Mesa, 2700 E Southern Ave, Mesa. 480-892-2700.

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.

AUGUST 7 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. Healing Circle – 9:15-11am. For certified Reiki practitioners who want to share and support others on their energy path. Pure Light Therapies. RSVP: Judy Richter. 480-695-2002. Reflexology Feet – 9am-6pm, Aug 7-8. 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: 623215-7988.

AUGUST 9 Musical Service – 7pm. International inspirational speakers and performing artists, Armand and


AUGUST 18 Lymphatic Drainage Massage – 9am-6pm, Aug 18-20. A massage protocol to stimulate the lymphatic system function while enhancing the immune system and assisting lymphatic system interactions with the digestive, circulatory and cerebrospinal systems. With Barbara Jenkins. Healing Arts Connection, 1715 W Northern Ave, Ste 100, Phoenix. RSVP: 623-215-7988.


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Pure Light and Reiki Therapy Level 2 – 8am4pm. The next step in your Reiki journey to learn how to use your gift as a practitioner. Pure Light Therapies. RSVP: Judy Richter. 480-6952002.




Perinatal Massage Certification – 8am-5pm, Aug 21-23. Comprehensive (prenatal, labor and post-partum) hands-on continuing education designed for licensed massage therapists, RN, PT, OT, midwives, doulas or other medical professionals with understanding of female reproductive anatomy. With Tammy Roecker. Healing Arts Connection, 1715 W Northern Ave, Ste 100, Phoenix. RSVP: 623-215-7988 or

Flying With Dragons: Finding Your Spiritual Master – 7-9pm. Workshop with Master Stephen Colwell based on his book Flying With Dragons. Donation. New Vision Center, 18010 N Tatum Blvd, Phoenix. Master Debra Manning: 602923-1125.

Book Signing – 7-9pm. Master Stephen Colwell presents his new work Flying With Dragons. Changing Hands Bookstore, 300 W Camelback Rd, Phoenix. Master Debra Manning: 602-923-1125.

Thai Foot Massage – 9am-6pm. This class blends foot reflexology (working specific points on the feet) with foot and leg massage techniques from Traditional Thai Massage. Learn a 60-minute protocol including the use of a folk instrument



(wooden dowel included). Healing Arts Connection, 1715 W Northern Ave, Ste 100, Phoenix. RSVP: 623-215-7988 or

AUGUST 26 Special Guided Meditation for Opening the Heart – 7-9pm. With Master Avi. New Vision Center, 18010 N Tatum Blvd, Phoenix. Master Debra Manning: 602-923-1125. Traditional Thai Massage – 9am-6pm, Aug 2627. With Joel and Lauren Sheposh. Healing Arts Connection, 1715 W Northern Ave, Ste 100, Phoenix. RSVP: 623-215-7988 or info@How2Heal. com.

AUGUST 27 Open Heart and Soul Workshop – 10am-6pm. With certified master teachers of Tao Academy, including Master Stephen Colwell. New Vision Center, 18010 N Tatum Blvd, Phoenix. Master Debra Manning: 602-923-1125. Pure Light and Reiki Therapy Level 1 – 8:30am4:30pm. Blending traditional Usui with other energy modalities to bring to you balance for self-healing and the potential for working with others. $90. Pure Light Therapies. RSVP: Judy Richter. 480-695-2002. purelight1111@gmail. com.

AUGUST 28 Healing Circle – 9:15-11am. For certified Reiki practitioners who want to share and support others on their energy path. Pure Light Therapies. RSVP: Judy Richter. 480-695-2002.

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MYO Trigger Point Releases – 9am-6pm, Aug 28-30. 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

SEPTEMBER 1 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.

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Reflexology Feet – 9am-6pm, Sept 1-2. 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: 623215-7988.



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.

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SEPTEMBER 4 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.

SEPTEMBER 6 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

SEPTEMBER 9 Reiki I and II – 10am-6pm, Sept 9-10. 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.

SEPTEMBER 10 emPower Concert Event – 7pm. Magic and positive music with Daniel Nahmod, Sue Riley and Richard Mekdeci. Daniel’s music provides the soundtrack for the New Thought movement and Sue and Richard are cofounders of emPower Music and Arts and the PosiPalooza! concerts which is emPowering humanity through music, writing and the spoken word. Unity of Mesa, 2700 E Southern Ave, Mesa. 480-892-2700.

SEPTEMBER 11 Hypnotherapy Certification – Start of a 500hour state-licensed certification course. Hypnotherapy Academy of America. 505-767-8030.

SEPTEMBER 16 Art of Recovery Expo – 9:30am-4pm. Offers the “whole family” resources, educational workshops and a celebration of National Recovery Month. Over 100 exhibitors of leading behavioral health and treatment providers. Free. Phoenix Convention Center, Phoenix.

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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.

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.

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.

wednesdays Simply Meditate – 6:30-7:30pm. Escape the stress and busyness of life and discover inner peace by exploring meditation techniques and positive minds. Learn simple, practical methods to improve the quality of our life and develop inner peace through guided meditation and a short Buddhist teaching to help us solve our daily problems and find the lasting happiness we seek. $5. Kadampa Meditation Center Phoenix, 614 E Townley Ave, Phoenix. 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.

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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. Gnosis of Yeshua – 6-8pm. Weekly discussion group focusing on Mystical Yeshua and ending with prayer and energy work. $10. Unity of Mesa, 2700 E Southern Ave, Mesa. 480-892-2700.

sundays Celebration Service – 10:30-11:45am. “United We Stand”. 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. Sunday Services – 10:15am. 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. 480-892-2700.

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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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Leading alternative medicine cancer specialist. Combines nature and science in a comprehensive and integrative way nobody else does. Accepting patients from around the world. See ad on page 25.


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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.

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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.

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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.


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NATUROPATHIC DOCTORS 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 23.


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