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ld-time Oregonians tell me that summer starts to get serious after the fourth of July, and as of press time, it’s clear we’re not in high gear yet. However, while humans are waiting for sunshine so we can go out and play, the plant world is working double shifts, and some days I can see changes between sunup and sundown. I do a little gardening—it seems to be more important to me as I get older. Go figure. I’m also a world-class kibitzer, watching gardens up and down the block as I go about my day. If any of my neighbors are reading this, please accept my thanks for the joy I’m getting from your gardening. July’s focus in Natural Awakenings is detoxing in its various aspects. I’m searching my memory, trying to recall the point when “detox” became a commonly-used word. It probably goes back to Rachel Carson’s work in the 1960s—Silent Spring was published in 1962. I think I read it in high school, which means for more than two-thirds of my life I have been aware that we are poisoning our environment. So now “detox,” applied to people, is in common usage, and so are words that describe a variety of psychological, neurological and allergenic conditions that didn’t seem to be so common years ago. Perhaps science is just now putting names on things that existed all along. But it’s reasonable to wonder how many of the things that plague us really are new, due to environmental stresses—things that, culturally at least, we are doing to ourselves. Natural Awakenings is all about that question, which is one of the reasons why I’m here. I particularly liked “Maria Rodale Helps Organic Farmers Succeed,” which gives me a perfect segue into my eternal commercial about Community Supported Agriculture (CSA). I love CSAs, am crazy about farmers’ markets and I’m passionate about the idea that local sourcing can cure a variety of things that ail us—socially, economically and environmentally—while putting safe food on our tables. I can get carried away on this subject. The other article that captured my attention is “Dogs Need Detoxing, Too,” substantially but not completely on behalf of the dogs. In Silent Spring, one of the clues researchers followed was the near-extinction of bald eagles because DDT caused the shells of their eggs to break. No one foresaw a link between weeds and bald eagles, but it turns out everything is connected. So the chemicals you use on your lawn may, indeed, show up in Fido. And if your kids play in the yard with your dog—a reasonable scenario—then what? Detox the yard. Detox the dog. Feed good stuff to your kids. And remember to take care of one another. Douglas

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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 Beloved Festival of Sacred Music, Art and Yoga by Julia Lewis


CLEANSE BODY & MIND Take Toxins Out of Your Life by Meredith Montgomery


TO BREAK A SWEAT The Fast Path to Flushing Toxins


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Songs for a Troubled World: Deva Premal & Miten’s Healing Concert


A Girl With a Hat Michael Haslam The ruggedly beautiful landscapes of Llanfairfechan, a seaside town in North Wales, have inspired Michael Haslam since he was a child. Today, the freelance artist and photographer still loves exploring the beaches and woodlands with his dogs, snapping images as they investigate the pebbled shorelines and undulating hills. Haslam is also a keen observer of people, committing his subjects to canvas with sympathetic grace. “I am a realistic, figurative artist, more in the Norman Rockwell American tradition, concentrating on character with a little humor and a sense of the dramatic,” he says. Haslam has created illustrations for most of the women’s magazines in the United Kingdom and has exhibited in the National Portrait Gallery and The Mall Galleries, in London. He often works in gouache on watercolor board or acrylics on canvas when creating his emotive portraits of people and dogs. “I paint to give my viewpoint on the world without words,” says Haslam. “I just hope that each painting will give the viewer the idea that the person or dog has a life beyond the painting.” View the artist’s portfolio at Redbubble. com/people/mhhaslam and FineArt html. 8

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acred music superstars Deva Premal & Miten with Manose offered a healing balm for troubled times in Portland last month, singing and meditating with a full house of people during their concert at Revolution Hall. “We all need solace and moments of contemplation, and the experience of joining together in community is essential in this world now,” observes Miten. “We offer these concerts as a reminder that, whoever we are and whatever beliefs and ideals we may carry, in the mantric, musical dimension of compassion and forgiveness, we all become One.” “I’m still glowing,” says attendee Kitzie Stern, the host of the New World Kirtan Podcast and a resident of Corvallis, Oregon. “To see Deva Premal & Miten with Manose perform live is to have the beautiful experience of being included in their circle of love. We are richer and better for it.” The concert featured chants and songs from Deva Premal & Miten’s inspired musical catalog, new mantras and spiritually-inspiring songs from Miten’s muchlauded new album of originals, Temple at Midnight. The event was hosted by Beloved Presents, an event production team that brings healing events to Portland and the wildly popular Beloved Festival of Sacred Music, Art and Yoga to Tidewater, Oregon (August 11-14). Find their upcoming events at

A Festival to Engage Our Creative Power


n the face of all that challenges our world today—racial injustice, ecological crises, political upheaval—reconnection with our creativity, our breathing selves and the living world offers a path to recovering our natural resiliency. We need innovative approaches to process and respond to the difficult circumstances of our time, and the annual Life.Art.Being Integrative Arts Festival is dedicated to creating these new pathways of engagement. Participants share this week of deep practice each summer as a reminder of how very powerful we are when we create together and for shared benefit, rather than contract into private worry and fear. Time and time again, it is seen that when we courageously engage the creative process—as individuals and as a community—we effect shifts in our social landscape, our internal sense of support and our unique self-expression. Every year, this festival creates an opportunity to connect in ways that restore and inspire us. Attendees listen and create together, opening to the possibility of a radical engagement with their art and their communities—for the benefit of all beings. All are invited to this year’s festival which runs from July 28 through August 5. Events held at multiple locations throughout Portland. For more information, contact Elizabeth Russell, Director, at 503-891-4747 or Passes available at Life.Art.Being is supported by partnerships with Be Space, Portland Shambhala Center, KBOO Community Radio, Process Work Institute, Creative Arts Therapies Association and a grant from RACC.

Healthy Cooking Classes Offer Way to Increase Vegetable Consumption


he world of nutrition is confusing. With so many fad diets out there, it can feel overwhelming to know what is right for our body. Trends come and go, but according to registered dietitian Olivia Martino, eating vegetables is a healthy eating guideline that will remain constant. However, in her private practice, she sees so many people struggle with incorporating this concept. The secret is all in the preparation. Eating vegetables should not be a chore or an obligation, rather something that we look forward to doing. Improving our health by consuming nutrient dense plants can be easy when it involves eating delicious food. All it takes is some basic understanding of preparation techniques and a few go-to recipes. Five years ago, Martino created Nourish Northwest to provide her clients with hands-on experiences to learn how to make vegetables taste amazing. Through simple, practical cooking tips and fun interactive classes, she shows her clients the delicious way to boost their vegetable intake. Upcoming seasonal classes include Homemade Pasta on July 13, Summer in the Raw on July 20 and a three-day Kid’s Cooking Camp from July 31 through August 1. Location: 4418 SE Hawthorne Blvd., Portland. For more information, call 503-2347280 or visit

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he fourth annual Lost Secrets of Renaissance Medicine Conference returns to Portland on Saturday, August 12 through Sunday, August 13. Two of the world’s most knowledgeable medical astrologers, Judith Hill and Kira Sutherland, B.Sc. lead the event. Experience this once-in-a-lifetime learning opportunity as internationally known Australian naturopath Sutherland joins renowned medical astrology author, herbalist and researcher Hill in their dream team with astrologer/permaculturalist Marcus Romano and alchemist/herbologist Sajah Popham (contributing his amazing knowledge from an alchemist’s perspective). Attendees delight in the Renaissance decor, music and ambience. This event is created for herbalists, healers and all folks fascinated with ancient medical secrets, and astrology fanciers who adore herbs. All levels welcome. Herbs and Medical Astrology were fundamental tools for Renaissance physicians, who were required to pass their astrological exams to obtain their licenses. The great Renaissance herbalist-astrologer Nicholas Culpepper quipped, “A physician without astrology is like a pudding without fat.” On Monday, August 14 Sutherland presents her special post-conference workshop: Nature’s 7 Healers and the Zodiac, combining the seven health principles of naturopathy and the health impact of the seven traditional planets. The Renaissance Medicine Conference will be held at The Friends Center in delightful Southeast Portland and is affordable (early bird rate $125). Mark the dates and share with friends. Preregistration insures a seat. Transits of Aug 12, 2017 August 12, 2017 9:00:00 AM PDT D 28 24 45N31 122W41 26


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he province of Ontario began a complete phase-out of its coal-fired power plants in 2005, with all of them having closed by 2015. While the costly measure was expected to produce minor air quality improvements, officials predicted that the resulting health benefits would accrue $3 billion in annual healthcare savings for the community. Realized savings can be seen in the drastic reduction of smog days in Ontario, down to just one since 2014. “Let’s compare that to 2005, when residents of the Greater Toronto Area suffered through 53 smog days while coal, with its toxic emissions, provided 19 percent of the province’s power,” says Vanessa Foran, president and CEO of The Asthma Society of Canada. “It’s obvious that shutting Ontario’s coal plants has helped clean the air; it’s also given a new lease on life to millions that suffer with asthma.” More proof of the medical benefits come from an assessment conducted by Toronto Public Health in 2014. It reported a 23 percent reduction in air pollution-related premature deaths in the city between 2000 and 2011, as well as a 41 percent reduction in related hospital admissions during the same period.

Unique Inflamed Gut Linked to Type 1 Diabetes


esearchers in Milan, Italy, have found that individuals with Type 1 diabetes display a unique inflammatory signature and microbiome in their digestive tract. The study examined biopsies from 54 patients that underwent endoscopies at the city’s San Raffaele Hospital between 2009 and 2015. The samples came from each patient’s duodenum, the upper part of the small intestine, and allowed scientists to directly assess the bacteria in the digestive tract, rather than relying on stool samples. The results of the samples were compared to gut bacteria from a control group of healthy individuals without Type 1 diabetes and others with celiac disease. Researchers found that the diabetes group showed more signs of gut inflammation than the other groups, and it was linked to 10 specific genes, also marking them as having a unique combination of bacteria. “By exploring this, we may be able to find new ways to treat the disease by targeting the unique gastrointestinal characteristics of individuals with Type 1 diabetes,” explains the study’s senior author, Dr. Lorenzo Piemonti, with the hospital’s Diabetes Research Institute.

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Tax and Pricing Policies Spur Healthier Eating


meta-study from Tufts University, in Medford, Massachusetts, documents a revealing relationship between diet and food prices. The researchers found that taxation of unhealthy foods and price reductions of healthy foods help shift consumers to healthier purchases. They reviewed data from 11 studies on the impact of adding tariffs to unhealthy foods that lead to higher prices and 19 studies that examined the effects on the demand of reducing the prices of healthy foods. They discovered that consumers purchased 14 percent more fruits and vegetables when prices were reduced by 10 percent. Other healthy food price reductions produced similar results, with a 16 percent increase in consumption with each 10 percent price drop. The researchers examined the impact of increases in the price of sugary drinks and fast foods. Following 10 percent price hikes, consumption of these items decreased by 7 percent and 3 percent, respectively. “The global food system is exacting a staggering toll on human health, and this is very costly, both in terms of real healthcare expenses and lost productivity,” says Dr. Dariush Mozaffarian, senior author of the meta-study and dean of the university’s Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy. “Our findings suggest that subsidies and taxes are a highly effective tool for normalizing the price of foods toward their true societal cost. This will both prevent disease and reduce spiraling healthcare costs, which are causing a tremendous strain on both private businesses and government budgets.”

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Post-Stroke Exercise Improves Brain Function


esearch from the University of Pittsburgh, in Pennsylvania, has established that structured physical activity following a stroke can significantly improve cognitive function in survivors. The study used data from 13 clinical trials that included 735 participants to analyze general cognitive improvement, executive function, attention and working memory, as well as the impact of different types of physical activity. Researchers found that exercise following a stroke produced cognitive improvements in both attention and speed in processing information. They further discovered that a combination of aerobic exercise and strength training produced the maximum cognitive improvements. “We found that a program as short as 12 weeks is effective at improving cognition, and even patients with chronic stroke can experience improvements in their cognition with an exercise intervention,” says lead author Lauren E. Oberlin, a graduate student at the university.

Balancing Act: Blood Sugar & Brain Health


ccording to the Alzheimer’s Association, an estimated 5.1 million Americans have dementia. Dementia is heartbreaking, expensive and on the rise. Alzheimer’s is referred to as Type 3 Diabetes. Hanger is that feeling of irritability, strong cravings and an emergent need for food. It is the brain’s way of saying help! The brain is very vocal when it needs glucose, and this cry for help is an early warning sign that blood sugar regulation is off. Regulating blood sugar is vital to brain health. Dementia does not currently have a cure, which means prevention is the best option. Balanced blood sugar along with individualized nutrition leads to balanced brain chemistry. Naturopathic physician Dr. Kelly Prill, of Elemental Wellness, in north Portland, offers a modern approach to health combining natural medicine, nutrition and neurology. Check out the Brain in Balance program for dementia prevention and brain health or start with a simple nutrition consult to learn how to eat right for brain health. Elemental Wellness now offers membership plans to make health care more affordable. Location: 2205 N. Lombard St., Ste. 101, Portland. For more information, call 971-270-0220 or visit

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study of distance runners by Texas A&M University, in College Station, determined that short-term supplementation of dried tart cherry powder improved running times, decreased inflammation and increased muscle metabolism and immunity. The researchers divided 27 endurance-trained young adult athletes into two groups. Eleven participants were given a daily powdered tart cherry supplement for 10 days, and 16 were given a rice flour placebo. All completed a halfmarathon near the end of the 10-day trial. The researchers tested fasting blood samples and a quadriceps muscle soreness rating prior to the run, 60 minutes after the run and 24 and 48 hours post-run. The tart cherry group reported 13 percent faster average running times, as well as significantly lower inflammatory markers. They also reported 34 percent lower quadriceps soreness prior to the run. Tart cherry supplementation also increased immunity and resulted in better muscle metabolism.


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esearch from Sweden has found that acupuncture helps reduce the crying of colicky babies. The study monitored 147 babies between the ages of 2 and 8 weeks with colic at four separate Swedish public child health centers. The babies were divided into three groups; each visited the clinic twice a week for two weeks. One group received “gold standard” care plus five minutes of minimal acupuncture, one group received standard care plus five minutes of acupuncture and one group received standard care only. After two weeks, both acupuncture groups showed a reduction in crying time by the second week and at a later follow-up. More babies dropped to less than three hours of crying per day in the acupuncture groups than the control group, removing them from the colic category altogether. No adverse effects were recorded.

Orthopedic Massage Helps Heal Sports Injuries


he sun is shining and outdoor sports are going strong. We all want to play safe but it is equally important that we understand the common types of sports injuries that occur and how to help them heal. There are three categories of injuries: Acute, Sprains and Strains and Overuse. Acute injuries are sudden and usually associated with a traumatic event, like crashing into another player during sports. Sprains are ligament injuries, tearing of the collagen fibers in the ligaments, while Strains are tearing of the muscle fibers themselves. Overuse injuries are more subtle and usually occur over time. They may damage a bone, muscle, ligament or tendon due to repetitive stress without allowing time for the body to heal. Medical/Orthopedic massage therapists use active engagement and muscle energy techniques, myofascial and positional release, stretching and trigger point therapy to help clients recover from injuries or surgeries. They can help resolve a patient’s symptoms without exacerbating other existing conditions. Expert therapists know that pain in one area of the body can be caused by a misalignment, scar tissue or something else in a seemingly unrelated area. They seek out the root cause of the client’s pain. Benefits of Medical/Orthopedic massage include increasing pain-free range of motion throughout the entire body for long periods of time, loosening and stretching tight muscles and realigning the body. Susan Stokman is a Medical Massage Therapist and owner of Body in Motion Massage Therapy in Vancouver, WA. She combines a holistic, whole body approach with a clinically based practice to treat injuries and chronic pain. To learn more or schedule an appointment, call 360-718-7603.

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Bee Killers

A study in the journal Nature Communications examined wild bee populations relative to the use of controversial neonic (neonicotinoid) pesticides from 1994 to 2011, and discovered that extinction rates paralleled their use on plants throughout the country. The 34 species analyzed experienced a 10 percent population drop across the board, with five of the species seeing a decrease of 20 percent or more, and the most-impacted group declining by 30 percent. Researchers say this indicates that up to half of the population decline could be attributed to the use of neonics. “It contributes, but there is a bigger picture,” says Jeffrey Pettis, an entomologist at the U.S. Department of Agriculture Beltsville Bee Laboratory, in Maryland. Other factors are thought to include parasites such as varroa mites and nosema fungus (a bacterial disease known as foulbrood) plus viruses, drought and loss of habitat. Meanwhile, the Friends of the Earth (FOE) environmental group has launched a petition calling on the Ace and True Value hardware companies to follow Lowe’s and Home Depot’s example of phasing out the pesticides. FOE says, “If these garden retailers don’t act fast, they’ll lose customers. A new poll shows that 66 percent of Americans prefer to shop at Lowe’s and Home Depot because they’ve committed to stop selling bee-killing pesticides.”


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Astonishing Agriculture

Proponents of GMO (genetically modified) food may argue that the technique is necessary because the world is running out of resources. However, agricultural startup Sundrop Farms, with offices in the UK and Australia, has developed high-tech greenhouse facilities that apply solutions to grow crops with less reliance on finite natural resources than conventional greenhouse production. In 2010, Sundrop Farms opened a pilot facility in Port Augusta, South Australia, that is combining seawater and sunlight to grow food in the middle of the desert, unaffected by climate change, biotech land grabs, drought, floods and pestilence. They are using coconut husks, 23,000 mirrors to reflect solar power and desalinated seawater on a hydroponic farm of just under 50 acres to grow 17,000 metric tons of non-GMO food every year. Built at a reported cost of $200 million, the facility has a year-round growing season. In winter, its greenhouse operates with the help of 39 megawatts of clean energy from solar power. Coles Supermarkets has signed a 10-year contract for the exclusive right to sell the company’s produce. 14

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Endangered Species Protection Act May Go Extinct The federal Endangered Species Act (ESA), passed in 1973, strengthened earlier federal protections for animals that had been nearly wiped out by humans. The act faces opposition from those that believe it both unfairly protects animals that poach livestock and restricts land use. At a recent hearing titled Modernizing the Endangered Species Act, Republican Senator John Barrasso of Wyoming, head of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, said the ESA is not working anymore. Natural Resources Committee Chairman Republican Congressman Rob Bishop of Utah opines that the act has never been used for the rehabilitation of species and instead has been controlling the land, saying, “It has been hijacked.” Yet Daniel M. Ashe, president and chief executive of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, says, “The Endangered Species Act is the world’s ‘gold standard’ for conservation and protection of animals.” According to many experts, the world’s flora and fauna are experiencing a global extinction crisis caused by human activity, but we have also learned how to protect species and help them recover. Eight species that would probably have disappeared already were it not for the ESA include the black-footed ferret, humpback whale, bald eagle, American alligator, grizzly bear, Florida manatee, California condor and gray wolf.


Species Die-Off

Animals that Are No More Every year, more species reach the brink of extinction and only inhabit the annals of natural history. Species that have officially disappeared forever as of 2016 include the Bramble Cay melomys, Nulllarbor dwarf bettong, Capricorn rabbit-rat, Pinta Island tortoise, western black rhinoceros, Rabb’s fringe-limbed treefrog, San Cristóbal vermilion flycatcher and Formosan clouded leopard. These are just a handful of the animals threatened and wiped out annually. Thirteen bird species alone were confirmed as extinct in 2016, mostly due to invasive predators. More of these animals are bound to die off unless humans make a concerted effort to preserve them.

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Garden Clubs Help Beautify Roads Displays of flowers populating highway meridians, road embankments and adjacent green spaces are often due to the efforts of garden clubs working with state departments of transportation (DOT). Some of these pioneers also inspire other clubs to pursue similar collaborations, often with public support. “The people of Texas have joined wholeheartedly in what Lady Bird Johnson started,” says Linda Love, roadside beautification chairperson of the Texas Garden Clubs, Inc. (, headquartered in Fort Worth. Their committee recognizes planting projects on state and county highways assisted by 320 local clubs encompassing about 10,000 members. She points to particularly attractive areas along highways 75 in Richardson, plus highways 45 and 35 extending south of Dallas, where concentrations of blue bonnets “look like lakes,” says Love. Other planted native flower patches include Indian paintbrush and gaillardia. She notes that the state prohibits mowing of blue bonnets until after they’ve bloomed and dropped their seeds; picking rules preserve their beauty. Gail Hill, chair of The Florida Federation of Garden Clubs, Inc.’s ( roadside beautification committee, based in Winter Park, reports the Ella P. Wood Paths of Sunshine Award Program that partners with the Florida Wildflower Foundation ( recognizes the efforts of state DOT maintenance crews in establishing and maintaining roadside wildflowers. “The department has run a strong program for decades,” she says. Local clubs are encouraged to petition elected officials for new resolutions to develop roadside wildflower projects. “About half of Florida’s counties have passed resolutions, including most recently, Santa Rosa and Escambia counties,” says Hill. This year, the Raleigh-based The Garden Club of North Carolina, Inc. (, with more than 200 chapters, is working with the state DOT to commemorate the centennial of America’s entry into World War I by planting red poppies and bachelor buttons. Roadside Development Chairperson Pat Cashwell reports that about 1,500 acres of wildflowers, including cosmos, are planted annually on state and county highways each summer and fall, largely funded by the sale of special license plates, with awards to highway department crews. “We get letters from people after they drive through the state commenting on the floral beauty,” she enthuses. Many garden clubs also establish flowers in parks, schoolyards, church properties and other public locations.


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n an ancient corner of Oregon’s coastal rainforest, thousands have gathered each August, for the past nine years, to remember they’re not separate. Music in every shade, from every possible place, rings out from a single stage—a clear call for unity. Cell phones don’t work, but the dance floor beckons. This is the Beloved Festival of Sacred Music, Art and Yoga in Tidewater, Oregon, August 11 through14. Bass music and global sounds, rustic surroundings and cutting edge sound, lighting and visual technology intertwine to create a glimpse of the divine, in all forms. “Music always has a sacred side,” muses Elliot Rasenick, the founder and artistic director of Beloved Festival. “The notion of sacred music is redundant. All music can evoke a sense of unity, which is the presence of the sacred. Beloved is the idea that we can cultivate a community and hold a container that makes it easy to cut through the illusion of separation, at least for the weekend.” That perspective inspired Beloved’s most basic feature. The festival highlights only one act at a time, one performance in which the entire audience immerses themselves. When one performer concludes a set, another performer begins at the opposite end

of the stage area. There is no divided attention, no hopping from set to set. The shared experience extends to another central piece of Beloved: its wildly popular yoga classes, which take place in the large open hall, set in a clearing in the forest. It’s a welcoming space that resonates with the melodies and beats of live musicians and great DJs, offering festival goers an opportunity to engage with music and the spirit in a different context. But at Beloved, spiritual does not mean divorced from real world issues. “I often think, to paraphrase Van Jones, it’s in the convergence of spiritual people becoming active and active people becoming spiritual that the hope of humanity now rests,” reflects Rasenick. “Beloved has become an ideal platform for this meeting of spirit and action.” “At the peak moment of the peak day of the festival, we interrupt the music and dancing to talk about relevant issues that are important to our community,” Rasenick continues. “Last year, we discussed racism and asked what it means for us to examine and commit to dismantling privilege. The year before, we talked about sexual violence and the pervasive oppression of the patriarchy and the challenges of building a culture that respects consent. This year, we’ll be talking about borders. We want to bring awareness to the aggres-

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“At Beloved, spiritual does not mean divorced from real world issues.” ~Elliot Rasenick sive and violent ways this country is enforcing borders and to express how counter to our values this is, especially the for-profit industry of detention and deportation.” Singular focus and conscious community building contrast beautifully with the festival’s open-eared and wideranging sonic offerings. Groups from around the world—some intensely traditional, some more experimental—rub shoulders with electronic dance music icons and innovators. There’s a reason for this: Rasenick noticed a similar appreciation for the ecstatic experience, deep musical exploration and community support in both scenes. He thought that these communities (bhakti-musicloving seekers and all-night dancemusic connoisseurs) had a lot to say to each other, and wanted to gather them at a single event, to see what happened. Over the festival’s history, the range of musical styles, genres and origins has increased dramatically. To celebrate Beloved’s 10th year, Rasenick has invited South Asian and Middle Eastern classical musicians (sarod master Ustad Amjad Ali Khan and oud master Rahim Alhaj), who rarely perform at outdoor summer festivals for general audiences, side-by-side with classic reggae bands (The Abyssinians and Dezarie), Malian international hitmakers (Amadou and Miriam) and Tuvan throat singers (Huun Huur Tu). He purposefully chooses artists who speak to current tensions and questions. This year, that means there are several bands from the Muslim world, including one from Yemen (AWa). “Hopefully this festival can help people be more engaged in everyday life and in the world,” says Rasenick. “Beloved wants to expand the notion of personal healing to include being an antidote to darkness avoidance, an antidote to obsessive focus on ‘the light’.”

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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. “Psychologically, 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,


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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.”

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

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


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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 nutrientrich 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.”

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.

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. “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

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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 nutrients,

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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.”

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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.

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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 time-crunched, 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 long-lasting 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.”


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“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, whole-systems, whole-foods approach to detoxification. “We need to remove all the barriers that impede our growth. 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,


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 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.

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 wellbeing 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

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good 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: 4 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. 4 Yellow stool may mean a parasite like Giardia or excess fat because of a pancreas that’s not secreting enough enzymes. 4 Green stool can be the result of a Clostridium difficile infection or antibiotics. 4 Red stool occurs with bleeding from the colon, but can also be caused by eating beets. 4 Black stool usually signifies bleeding from higher in the gastrointestinal tract or from an iron supplement. 4 Lighter brown stool may mean insufficient deeply pigmented leafy greens in the diet. 4 Blue stool can be from bluecolored food. 4 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

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


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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 mono2-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 endocrine-disrupting 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): Researchers 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 two 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 whole-self approach to health. Connect at

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Money Talk Taboo “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 tension among couples, but Tessler notes it wasn’t even talked about in her graduate-level psychology training. “Money is emotional 26

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Shifting Our Perceptions 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 selfrealization, in Larkspur, California. “There is no change without some discomfort. It’s part of the spiritual journey.” Self-care, forgiveness and acceptance are important throughout this process, advises Tessler, because many people bring feelings of guilt and shame to their relationship with money. She recommends doing a “body checkin” to become aware of our physical

reaction to related issues, We have ups and awakens the natural sense whether it’s going on a of knowing when enough is reckless spending spree or downs in life, and enough,” she writes. bracing to ask for a raise. Tessler and Onerheim the same is true This stage paves the way both encourage rethinkof our finances. ing the idea that all for the practical work of learning to manage our earning is good and all ~Bari Tessler money in alignment with spending is bad: “It’s our values, goals and dreams. It begins about balancing needs and wants, with developing practices to track, and we need joy in life. It’s not about review and reflect upon spending and saving every penny and not enjoying earning patterns. yourself,” says Onerheim.

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Tessler recommends utilizing one of many free financial tracking tools like, or MoneyMinder She also suggests we rename their preloaded budget categories to reflect our personal relationships to the areas of spending (e.g., “sanctuary” rather than mortgage; “my dream vacation” for savings targeted for time off; or “life happens” for late fees). For an enlightened view of cash flows, Onerheim suggests translating what was spent on something into the hours it took to earn the money. “This perspective can transform how we allocate resources and what we’re willing to spend money on,” she says. Vicki Robin, co-author of the bestseller Your Money or Your Life, espouses a similar approach: thinking of money in terms of hours of life energy. “Continually asking yourself whether you actually got fulfillment in proportion to life energy spent in each subcategory

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.”

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raveling can be tricky for those trying to eat a plant-based diet, especially on long stretches of highway. More than 33 percent of Americans, or 100 million-plus people, are eating vegan/vegetarian meals more often, even if they do not adhere to a strict plant-based lifestyle, concluded a 2011 Harris Interactive study commissioned by the Vegetarian Resource Group. Here is what the discerning traveler can do when hunger strikes. Start by looking for vegan pit stops before you go. Identify a plant-friendly restaurant group, such as Dr. Andrew Weil’s True Food Kitchen (now in 12 states), and then Google for their locations. Smartphone apps such as Finding Vegan and Happy Cow help point the way to vegan-friendly restaurants around the world. This month, Natural Awakenings asked three savvy travelers how they manage plant-based eating wherever they go. For Dustin Harder, eating well on the road is a matter of research and preparation. He is the New York Citybased chef/host of the online program The Vegan Roadie, with 100 U.S. restaurant visits and counting and now seeking

crowdfunding for its third season, set in Italy. Harder has learned to investigate his dining options ahead of time, and always packs a travel-size, high-speed blender, lots of trail mix and his favorite condiments of sriracha (bottled hot sauce) and nutritional yeast. “You can locate great vegan restaurants in surprising places if you search online before you travel,” he says, listing Viva Vegeria and La Botanica, in San Antonio, Texas, and The Red Fern, in Rochester, New York, among his finds. Where vegan restaurants are scarce, he turns to plant-based options at Chipotle Mexican Grill and Panera Bread. His DIY hotel-room cuisine favorites are a Hotel Smoothie, Banushi (banana sushi) and Pizzadilla, a cross between a pizza and a quesadilla, “cooked” in aluminum foil using a hotel iron and ironing board. Matt Frazier, a runner and co-author of the No Meat Athlete Cookbook, recently went on the road for a selffunded book tour. Not only had he left his high-powered blender back home with his family in Asheville, North Carolina, he was on a tight budget. “The trick that has helped me not just survive, but thrive on the road is eating fresher, more whole and more raw,”

he says. He recommends filling up on kale, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, nuts and seeds, berries, beans, onions and mushrooms. Lindsay S. Nixon, author of The Happy Herbivore Guide to PlantBased Living and related cookbooks, has traveled from her home in Los Angeles across the country and around the world, finding plant-based foods wherever she goes. “Almost every city has a Thai or Italian restaurant where

you should be able to find something on the menu or adapt a dish to stick with plants,” she says. “You might have to get a little creative. I once asked for salsa and a plain, baked potato; not a bad combo, as it turns out.” Wherever we find ourselves, we can still find healthy ways to eat. Judith Fertig writes cookbooks and foodie fiction from Overland Park, KS. Connect at

Vegan DIY Room Service by Dustin Harder sprinkle with the remaining cheese. Fold the other half over the toppings, and then fold the foil over the entire Pizzadilla, completely closing the edges of the foil. Place the foil packet on the ironing board and the iron on the foil packet. Iron it out to flatten slightly and then leave iron on the foil packet for 2 minutes, flip and repeat. Open foil, cut the Pizzadilla in half and it’s ready to eat.


Preheat hotel or travel iron; the linen setting works well. While the iron is preheating, place tortilla on a square of aluminum foil large enough to enclose the tortilla. Sprinkle half the cheese on one half of the tortilla, top with peppers and onions, spoon over the marinara and

Yields: 1 serving Nut butter of choice Bananas (not overripe; firm enough to hold toppings) Blueberries Pomegranate seeds or strawberries, cut into slivers Raw nuts of choice, crumbled, crushed or ground up Peel the banana. Spread with a layer of nut butter to look like a sushi roll. Place blueberries in a line down the middle lengthwise, about an inch apart. Sprinkle with pomegranate seeds or strawberry slivers and top with raw nut crumble. Slice into pieces the size of sushi roll pieces.


Yields: 1 serving 1 large tortilla of choice (whole wheat or GMO-free corn) ½ cup Daiya vegan mozzarella shreds 2 Tbsp onion, chopped 2 Tbsp green pepper, chopped ¼ cup pizza sauce or marinara, store-bought Shredded fresh basil for garnish (optional) Field Roast Grain Meat Italian Sausage (optional) Large piece of aluminum foil Iron and ironing board


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Hotel Smoothie Yields: 1 serving 1 cup filtered water or apple juice Handful or two of tender, baby greens, such as baby spinach or kale 1 banana, peeled, or another favorite soft, peeled fruit

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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.

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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 does the 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 (OrganicFarmers, 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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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 actually good for you. Here are just a few of these innovators.

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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.

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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 artisaninspired 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.”

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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.


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Good nutrient sources to add to doggie meals include:

Vitamin A: liver, yellow and orange fruits and vegetables, dark leafy greens, eggs

Dogs Need Detoxing Too

Vitamin C: berries, citrus, red bell peppers (or berry powder supplements; one-half teaspoon per 25 pounds of weight) Vitamin E: grains, seeds and their oils, wheat germ oil Vitamin D: liver, eggs, oily fish like sardines, mackerel, salmon B vitamins: liver, venison (or moringa leaf powder supplement, one-half teaspoon per 25 pounds) Zinc: red meat, poultry Magnesium: dark leafy greens, seeds, fish


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Selenium: oily fish, grass-fed beef and beef liver, free-range chicken, egg Turmeric: a powerful supplement to help treat and prevent gene damage caused by heavy metals and glyphosate (one-eighth to one-quarter teaspoon per 10 pounds of body weight per day, combined with a healthy fat like coconut oil and some freshly ground black pepper for better absorption).


ou know that mercury is bad for people. John Moore, a prominent 20th-century mercury and dental health researcher, regarded mercury as a ubiquitous contaminant of everything from plastics to concrete and medicine. But what about your dog? Pets also routinely encounter mercury and other toxic metals like aluminum and lead. For humans, eating whole, organic and even biodynamic food has become imperative to avoid heavy metals. That’s also true for canines. A species-appropriate raw diet including veggies is often recommended. And any raw meaty bones should be the joints and not the long bones unless purchased from a company that tests for heavy metals. Here are some preventive and remedial steps.

leaky gut will have food allergies. Remove causes like vaccines and processed foods; support the liver; rebalance with prebiotics, probiotics and digestive enzymes; replenish with a healthy whole foods diet, along with aloe, slippery elm and marshmallow root; and restore with homeopathic remedies. Follow up with fermented veggies as part of the diet. Consult a naturopathic veterinarian for treatment.

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Boost nutrients. Nutrient deficiencies

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Prevent and treat candida. Avoid aggravating

candida as it can release 60-plus toxic substances, including ethanols and the heavy metals it eats. Eliminate all carbs, sugar and grains from the dog’s diet.

Greens, minerals and herbs. The use of juvenile

grasses is detoxifying and provides necessary magnesium during a detox. Sea vegetables can supply calcium, iodine and trace minerals. Herbs like curcumin, ginger and cayenne are potent antioxidants; ginger and turmeric help with DNA repair. Nutrients from green leafy vegetables like spinach and broccoli can enter cells and reduce inflammation; broccoli sprouts also apply, with the most effective delivery method via a concentrated powder. Blend or lightly steam veggies to enhance digestion, then add one tablespoon for smaller dogs, or three to four for larger dogs.

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vitamins. Whole foods may be properly supplemented with gentle chelators like open cell wall chlorella and super foods like spirulina.

Probiotics plus. Probiotics help restore healthy gut bacteria, repair genes, synthesize nutrients and help remove mercury from the body. Cultivating a gut garden of beneficial bugs boosts health. Add a teaspoon or two of kefir or fermented veggies to the dinner of small dogs, up to a tablespoon or two for larger animals. A high-quality refrigerated probiotic supplement is an option; if it’s made for animals, follow the

package directions; for human products, assume the dose is for a 150-pound person and adjust for the dog’s weight. Amino acids, the primary building blocks of proteins, are integral to detoxification; feeding a dog a variety of meats, along with fish and eggs, will provide these. Digestive enzymes also support health; a supplement should include many kinds. Cellulase, a plant enzyme that helps digest plant material, also extracts mercury, which destroys naturally occurring enzymes.


Plan meals with prebiotics. Prebiotics occur naturally in common high-fiber foods including cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, Brussels sprouts and spinach. Carrots, beets and spirulina also benefit the gut. Establishing a healthy gut restores the body’s natural detoxification function, plus its ability to assimilate critical nutrients. Add a teaspoon or two for small dogs; one to three tablespoons for larger dogs.

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commercially processed foods and chemical synthetic vitamins. Go for raw and whole foods, add fermented foods and supplement intelligently with whole food-based supplements. Organic sources, grassfed animals and even biodynamic food sources are ideal.


Organ meats. A dog should have organ meats from clean animals at least once a week or as 10 percent of its diet. As the body detoxifies, symptoms and discharges may occur. These are less common for dogs with raw, species-appropriate diets and minimal vaccinations. Visible results include old dogs displaying more energy and sharper cognitive function and awareness. Eyes are clearer. Fatty tissues shrink down, coats fill out and become shinier and skin becomes healthier. As the largest organ, skin reflects the state of the immune system as a whole. A concentrated detox to overturn health issues relies on doctor protocols and individualized treatment. An everyday gentle detox generally keeps pets healthier.

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eff Primack will be in the Northwest in July and August with his unique Qi Revolution training, teaching how to use breath, meditation and movement to strengthen our energy and connect with source. Primack will also share fascinating insight about phytochemicals and the latest compelling food studies. He will review the “most healing” vegetables, fruits and herbs, going over their uses in the real world. Food protocols used successfully by thousands of people are shared for asthma, arthritis, cancer, diabetes, osteoporosis, etc. Primack invites seekers of truth to be educated and learn food as medicine. According to Primack, free radicals in food are the real villain and lack an electron, thus robbing electrons from healthy cells and causing cholesterol to crystalize and the brain to form plaque. What turns an apple brown is the same force hardening the brain in dementia and Parkinson’s. “Luckily,” Primack says, “God has a plan for our healing with food as medicine.” He further states that his 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.

Primack asserts that red carotenoids neutralize free radicals two times faster than orange and four times faster than yellow! There is a hierarchy and red is best. Only peppers (cousin of tomato) evolved the deep red carotenoid called capsanthin. Primack believes pepper’s carotenoids, being the reddest, are the most healing. Fresh Primack Pepper Paste samples are given to every person who attends Qi Revolution. Unfortunately, people can’t buy it yet; however, conference attendees are shown how to make it. Tomato paste, sauce and ketchup are the next best sources. Claudia Gabrielle, MD, Ivy League educated doctor, says she learned more on FoodHealing at the Qi Revolution than in medical school.

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THURSDAY, JULY 6 Reclaiming Our Partnership With Earth Mother Retreat – July 6, 4pm-July 9, 10am. The Ascended Masters Foundation believes it is imperative that we claim our new and deeper connection with Earth Mother as a source for our healing and transition from a world infused with fear, anger, separation and destruction. It is time to release our resistance and open our hearts to our new partnership with Mother’s nature and elements through meditation, channeling and sacred ceremonial ways and reclaim ourselves as her community. Will you answer the call? The Menucha Retreat Center overlooks the Columbia River Gorge and offers an intimate & natural setting to experience reconnection to our Earthly Mother. Menucha Retreat Center, 38711 Historic Columbia River Hwy, Corbett, OR. Marie Marks, 360-609-6498. Register at

FRIDAY, JULY 7 Ayurveda and Yoga Integration – 6-8pm. Sample seasonal foods with Ayurvedic Practitioner and Yoga therapist Ann Wagoner. Learn how combining Ayurveda and Yoga can lead to balance, better health, happiness and mental clarity. A closer look at what it means to come full circle and begin at the end will bring greater awareness of each moment. Call or email to register. Walk-ins welcome. Free. 049 SW Porter, Portland, Rm 305. 503-890-2105.

SUNDAY, JULY 9 Gong Sound Healing Session – 3-4pm. Participants will be led through gentle moving and breathing techniques to prepare the physical and energy bodies for a profound healing experience using the sacred sound of several gongs and crystal bowls. $20. The Movement Center, 1021 33rd Ave, Portland. 503-231-0383. Info@TheMovement

MONDAY, JULY 10 Teen Magick Day Camp – July 10-14. 9am-4pm. Teen Magick Day Camp: Empowerment through Enchanted Arts is now open for enrollment. An exploration of ancient wisdom traditions including Astrology, Divination and Magickal Herbs. Age 13 and up. $325 for the first teen and $275 per teen sibling. Portland. Melanie Gurley 503807-9929.

WEDNESDAY, JULY 12 Weapon of Light: Talk and Guided Ati Yoga Meditation – 7-8:30pm. Join internationally renowned Tibetan doctor, Buddhist meditation teacher and author Dr. Nida Chenagtsang for a special talk and guided meditation on how to liberate thoughts and emotions through the practice of Ati Yoga. By donation. The Movement Center,


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FRIDAY, JULY 14 Sacred Activism Weekend Retreat - July 14-16, Fri 3pm-Sun 4pm. Joel & Michelle Levey, Dharma teachers, will be leading a weekend of community dialogue and meditation in White Salmon, WA. This contemplative weekend will provide tools and inspiration to transform our lives and embody the change we want to see in our world. Explore the heart of sacred awakened activism, dimensions of mindfulness, living in “right relationship” and with the spirit of courageous creative altruism. Beginners and seasoned practitioners welcome. Teachings in a large yurt, forest camping and delicious vegan catering. Info & register CultureSeed. org/events/sacred-activism. Tarot for Total Beginners – 6:30-8:30pm. Join Theresa Reed, author of The Tarot Coloring Book, for a two-hour introduction to the mystical, intriguing and evocative world of the tarot. Learn about the three main parts of the deck, what certain symbols and images mean, how to shuffle the deck and how to do a basic reading. Whether a devoted student of the metaphysical arts or just looking for a fun activity, you’ll love this lively, entertaining workshop. $20. New Renaissance Bookshop, 1338 NW 23rd Ave, Portland. 503-224-4929. NRB

SATURDAY, JULY 15 Whole Foods Cooking Lab I – 9 am-5 pm. Chef Jason Lee guides students through the basics of whole foods based meal planning and various cooking techniques. Learn how to incorporate traditional foods, healthy fats and different fermentation techniques. Students are also introduced to foods and substitutions for specific dietary restrictions. Sample all of the foods and eat together as a class after each menu has been completed. $225. Deep discounts available when Cooking Labs are taken with Wholistic Nutrition I & II; see website for specials. The Wellspring School, 2440 NE MLK Jr Blvd, Ste 202, Portland. 503-688-1482.

SUNDAY, JULY 16 Wholistic Nutrition I – 9am-5:30pm. Jul 16 & Aug 13. With Rylen Feeney. Gain an understanding of the importance of nutrition’s fundamental role in a person’s health and quality of life. Topics include food fads and various dietary philosophies, the importance of whole, local, organic, seasonal foods, Chinese Medicine energetic qualities of foods and how they affect the body, healthy fats/carbohydrates, problems with highly refines foods and impure water and more. $350. Discounts available if taken with Whole Foods Cooking Labs; see website for specials. Pre-approved for 14 NCCAOM PDAs. Eligible for 14 CEU hours.

Change Your Frequency, Change Your Life – 6:30-8:30pm. Following his two near-death experiences, Mas Sajady, founder of Medihealing, was gifted with the ability to identify the real reasons why life is the way it is and he can help you access your own power to heal and transform all areas of your life—physical, financial, spiritual, relationships—with rapid, tangible and documented results. $25. New Renaissance Bookshop, 1338 NW 23rd Ave, Portland. 503-224-4929. NRB

TUESDAY, JULY 18 Amma Info Session – 5:30-7pm. Learn about becoming an Amma Therapist. This incredible modality combines bodywork, nutrition, mindful movement, herbs and holistic self-care in a two year certification program. Our next program starts Sept. Please contact the school directly to RSVP for this event. Free. The Wellspring School, 2440 NE MLK Jr Blvd, Ste 202, Portland. 503688-1482.

THURSDAY, JULY 20 Massage Training Preview – 6:30-8:30pm. Learn about Oregon School of Massage’s 640-hour training program in the massage profession at this free presentation. OSM is committed to providing holistic education that integrates the body, mind, heart and spirit. Fall term begins Sept 25. RSVP. Free. Community Education classes are also offered each quarter. See website for details. OSM Salem Campus, 2111 Front St NE, Bldg 3, Salem. 503-585-8912. Janet. JB@OregonSchoolOf

SATURDAY, JULY 22 Massage Training Preview – 10am-noon. Learn about Oregon School of Massage’s 640-hour training program in the massage profession at this free presentation. OSM is committed to providing holistic education that integrates the body, mind, heart and spirit. Fall term begins Sept 25. RSVP. Free. Community Education classes are also offered each quarter. See website for details. OSM Portland Campus, 9500 SW Barbur Blvd, #100, Portland. 503-244-3420. Nicole. NS@ OregonSchool

FRIDAY, JULY 28 Life.Art.Being Integrative Arts Festival – Jul 28-Aug 5. Nine days of seeing through the lens of interconnection and exploring the personal and ecological context for our creative expression. A rich and inspiring festival of intersecting practices from the contemplative, somatic, expressive, deep ecology and community building branches of our collective tree. Planetary Dance, Work that Reconnects, Dharma Art, Somatic Practices and more. Multiple locations inc. Be Space and Shambhala Center. Elizabeth@BeSpacePDX. com. Wild Woman Camp Out – July 28, noon-July 30, 2pm. Calling all Wild Women for a shakti-filled camp-out celebration of sisterhood and earth

communion. Join us as we nourish our feminine spirits and fill our wellsprings with the beauty and bounty of natural sanctuary and conscious community. Singing, Drumming, Dancing, Fire Ceremony, Meditation, Art Temple, Yoga, Ritual, Storytelling, Magical Bazaar, Tarot, Medicine Tent, Nature Walks, Healing, Workshops, Organic Meals. Ffynnon Sacred Land, 56965 Pebble Creek Rd, Vernonia, OR. Sedona Soulfire, 503-7157219. Tickets at

SATURDAY, JULY 29 Introduction to Motivational Interviewing – 9am-5:30pm. With Dana Sturtevant. This training is for helping professionals in the role of counseling clients/patients to make and sustain healthy behavior changes. Motivational Interviewing is a person-centered, guiding method of communication and counseling to elicit and strengthen intrinsic motivation for positive health behavior change. Eligible for 7 CEU hours. $175; see website for specials. The Wellspring School, 2440 NE MLK Jr Blvd, Ste 202, Portland. 503-6881482. TheWellspring. org/classes.

SUNDAY, JULY 30 Introduction to the Ascended Masters – 1-2:30pm. Do you ever wonder why life is such a struggle? It doesn’t have to be this way. There are beings of light looking for people to help. You could be one of them. Learn how to contact them for help with your finances, relationships, health, career and spiritual path. Free. Hillsdale Library, 1525 SW Sunset Blvd, Portland. 503-314-5902. Summit Lighthouse of Portland. Spiritual Activism: A Self-Discovery Workshop – 2-5pm. With EB Ferdig. Having a more clear idea of your strengths and how they intersect with your spiritual path can give you the structure you need to grow the life you really want and make a real difference in the world. In this 3-hour experiential workshop you will


build confidence by identifying and embodying your strengths and learn what aspects of your spiritual path are ripe for development. $30. New Renaissance Bookshop, 1338 NW 23rd Ave, Portland. 503-224-4929. 432hz Sound Bath with Joshua Stoddard – 6-7:30pm. Stoddard creates a sound bath using guitar, voice and quartz crystal sound bowls. A brief explanation of the sound bath and a 5 minute silent meditation will be followed by the sound bath performance that will last about one hour ending with five minutes of silent meditation. No meditation experience necessary; simply show up and let the sounds bathe you. $20. New Renaissance Bookshop, 1338 NW 23rd Ave, Portland. 503-224-4929. NRBEvents@gmail. com.

plan ahead Qigong and Food Healing – Aug 4-6. Three days of professional Qigong training and amazing energy. Qigong uses breath, meditation and movement to strengthen our energy and connect with source. Lane Event Center, Eugene. See ad page 5. Nutritional Counseling for Disordered Eating Across the Spectrum – Aug 26 & 27. 9am-5pm. With Elizabeth Saviteer, MS, CN, LMHC. Open to current healthcare practitioners, this workshop will go beyond basic eating disorder information to explore specific interventions, phraseology and counseling techniques for building trust, motivation and hope. Learn tools for treatment planning, nutrition interventions, how and when to use nutrition education with clients and even meal coaching. The nutrition philosophies underpinning this workshop are health at any size, intuitive eating and normal eating, among others. Eligible for 14 CEU hours. $350; see website for discounts. The Wellspring School, 2440 NE MLK Jr Blvd, Ste 202, Portland. 503-688-1482. Info@

classifieds Fee for classifieds is $20 for up to 50 words. $1 per word for additional words. To place listing, email content to Deadline is the 12th of the month. #1 Premium CBD (Cannabidiol) Hemp Oil – Pain, Anxiety, Sleep, Focus. 954-415-0942. Natural Specialty Food, Snacks, Soda and Gifts from JW Merc – Monthly feature: “get-to-know-us” intro boxes (3 to choose from) includes real maple syrup, Oregon hazelnuts, Mineral Refresher and more. Free office delivery in PDX/’Couv. Cash/check OK - C-Cards via PayPal on website. Call/text 208-424-0042 or write Western Herbs Used in a Chinese Medicine Practice – Tuesdays Aug 29-Oct 10 (no class Sep 12). 6-8:30pm. With Rylen Feeney. Explore commonly used Western Herbs and their Chinese Medicine energetics to gain a broader perspective on choosing herbs for patient or self use. Learn medicinal uses, historical, traditional and current usage of popular and effective herbs, preparation methods and how to administer, along with any known drug/nutrient/herb interactions and contraindications. Excellent class for Chinese Medicine practitioners but also open to those with an interest in herbalism who want to explore this topic. Rylen is a Diplomate in Chinese Herbs (NCCAOM) and has been utilizing herbs for over 30 years. Eligible for 15 CEU hours. $300; see website for discounts. The Wellspring School, 2440 NE MLK Jr Blvd, Ste 202, Portland. 503-6881482. TheWellspring. org/classes.

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ongoingevents sunday Morning “Loving Kindness” Meditation Group – 10am-1pm. Fourth Sunday. With Paul M. Rakoczy, Reiki Master. Experience group meditation with meditators and beginners alike. There will be multiple sits with discussion in between. Bring a sit cushion; chairs available. Call or email to register. Group is offered at “no charge”. 3939 NE Hancock, Ste 205, Portland. 503-997-8611. Kyklos International Folk Dancers – 7-9:45pm. Dance with us. We do a variety of dances from Eastern Europe, Western Europe, Israel and the United States, with a mix of couple, line and set dances. Newcomers are warmly welcomed. Please bring clean soft-soled shoes to protect the dance studio floor. Kyklos events are fragrance-free. Please do not wear chemicals or scented products. $2; free for Reed students. Reed College Sport Center, 2870 SE Botsford Dr, Portland.

monday T’ai Chi Chuan: Yang Style – 5:30-6:30pm. With Michael Guida. T’ai Chi Chuan is a Taoist form of exercise and active meditation. Practicing the form promotes greater energy awareness and selfdevelopment. All levels welcome. $12 drop-in; see website for specials. The Wellspring School, 2440 NE MLK Jr Blvd, Ste 202, Portland. 503-688-1482. Healing from Depression & Anxiety Support Group – 6:30-9:00pm. Experience the healing power of community. Learning practical tools and coping strategies that will create wellness and reduce your symptoms of depression and anxiety. Conveniently located. Sliding scale fee. 503-544-9248. DouglasBloch@gmail. com. The Movement Center Community Meditation Program – 7-8pm. Join us for chanting, satsang and guided meditation in our beautiful meditation hall. Community yoga ($5) before meditation, from 5:456:45pm. The Movement Center, 1021 NE 33rd Ave, Portland. 503-231-0383.


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tuesday Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement Class – 5:45-6:45pm. Bring greater ease into your daily movements: breathing, walking, turning, reaching, safer pelvic movement, freeing your back and more. $13 drop-in; other discounts may apply. The Movement Center Yoga Studio, 1021 NE 33rd Ave, Portland. 503-313-9813. Register: Healing from Depression & Anxiety Support Group – 6:30-9:00pm. Experience the healing power of community. Learning practical tools and coping strategies that will create wellness and reduce your symptoms of depression and anxiety. Conveniently located. Sliding scale fee. 503-544-9248. DouglasBloch@gmail. com. Tuesday Night Weekly Meditation – 7-8pm. Cultivate presence in your life through meditation, sacred play and centering techniques. Learn to transform and

release heavy energy from the body, mind and energy field. We focus on different methods each week to enhance or build a foundation for your own practice. $10. Rising Fire Shamanism: School & Healing Center, 1829 NE Alberta St, Ste 5, Portland. 503-288-5175.

wednesday T’ai Chi Chuan: Yang Style – 8-9:15am. May 24Aug 23. With Michael Guida. T’ai Chi Chuan is a Taoist form of exercise and active meditation. Practicing the form promotes greater energy awareness and self-development. All levels welcome. $12 drop-in; see website for specials. The Wellspring School, 2440 NE MLK Jr Blvd, Ste 202, Portland. 503-688-1482. Senior Discount – Every first Wednesday of the month is Senior Morning at the Hollywood Grocery Outlet. During this time, anyone 55 or better will receive 10 percent off their total purchase (excludes alcohol). Hollywood Grocery Outlet, 4420 NE Hancock St, Portland. 503-282-5248. The Movement Center Community Meditation Program – 7-8pm. Join us for a short talk and guided meditation. Community yoga ($5) before meditation, from 5:45-6:45pm. The Movement Center, 1021 NE 33rd Ave, Portland. 503-231-0383. Evening Reiki Share Group with Paul M Rakoczy, Reiki Master – 7-9:30pm. First Wednesday. Share or exchange reiki energy with practitioners and beginners alike. No experience necessary to encounter the warm energy. Donations accepted. Please RSVP by email. Individual sessions and attunements by appointment. 3939 NE Hancock, Ste 205, Portland. 503-997-8611. PaulRakoczyTherapist. com/groups.

thursday Introduction to the Ascended Masters – Do you ever wonder why life is such a struggle? It doesn’t have to be this way. There are beings of light looking for people to help. You could be one of them. Learn how to contact them for help with your finances, relationships, health, career and spiritual path. Study group in Orchards, Vancouver. Please call for time and directions. Summit Lighthouse of Portland. 360-910-8004. Thermal Thursdays – by appointment. Schedule your free sample scan to learn about thermography and see an image of your very own body. An opportunity to see the clinic, ask questions and view many sample images of different conditions detectable with thermography. Radiant Body Thermogrsaphy, 1314 NW Irving St, #705, Portland. Candace Parmer. 503775-1812. T’ai Chi Chuan Yang Style – 9-10am. With Michael Guida. T’ai Chi Chuan is a Taoist form of exercise and active meditation. Practicing the form promotes greater energy awareness and self-development. All levels welcome. $12 drop-in; see website for specials. The Wellspring School, 2440 NE MLK Jr Blvd, Ste 202, Portland. 503-688-1482. Info@TheWellspring. org.

The Art of Pain – 7-9pm. First Thursday of the month. Infrared Photography of Inflammation: View images of various aches, pains & pathologies including neuropathy, headache, pre-diabetes, artery inflammation, cancer, heart disease, diabetes, injuries of back, shoulder, knee, elbow, hand, ankle & foot. Irving Street Lofts, 1314 NW Irving St, #705, Portland. Candace Parmer. 503-775-1812.

friday Feldenkrais: Awareness Through Movement – 10:30-11:30am. With Susan Marshall, Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner, ERYT-200 Yoga Teacher. Influenced by yoga and martial arts, Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais developed a series of lessons designed to improve life through movement, to encourage conscious attention to small movements. By engaging the brain and nervous system, people learn in a simple, pleasurable way. $12 drop-in; see website for specials. The Wellspring School, 2440 NE MLK Jr Blvd, Ste 202, Portland. 503-688-1482. Info@TheWellspring. org. Love Your Spine – 1:30-2pm. Third Friday of the month. Gain a new insight into the importance of honoring your spine and how to create movement in your daily life with these subtle exercises. Deepen your sensory and visualization abilities. $10 for NonMembers, free for current practice members. RSVP. Space is limited. Inner Essence Chiropractic & Healing Center, 2205 N Lombard St, Ste 101, Portland. Heidi Walrath 503-893-4407. InnerEssenceChiro@gmail. com. 100 Handprint Healing Ritual – 5:30-7:30pm. First three Fridays each month. A powerful way to address challenges to physical, mental or emotional health. Call to reserve a place. The Movement Center, 1021 NE 33rd Ave, Portland. 503-231-0383.

saturday Hypnosis for Weight Loss – 2-5pm. Reawakening from within. Natural, simple, easy weight loss program using hypnosis, qigong and nutrition. Space is limited; call to RSVP. 15800 SW Stratford Loop, Tigard. Sue Wiebe 503-267-8074.

If people sat outside and looked at the stars each night, I’ll bet they’d live a lot differently. ~Bill Watterson

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s author and spiritual visionary Sara Wiseman reminds us at the arrival of summer, “The Light increases and extends, so we can WAKE UP from the illusion of worldly pressures, and experience the essence of life.” She continues to advise that we live en plein air as much as we can, rise early with the birds, notice the air on our skin, eat plant foods with vital force, forest bathe: alone with the trees, begin to observe the first sunsets of summer and marvel at how much Light is arriving into the world. As the sensitive and feeling nature of Cancer gives way to the joyful playground of Leo this month, we are invited to treat our inner child to the simple joys of summer. The New Moon of July 23 joins the Sun, Mars, Mercury, and the karmic North Node of the Moon, all in the sign of the Leo the Lion, making it imperative that we dedicate ourselves to some summer silly and festive fun in the joyous summer days ahead.

Mantras and musings for the month of July: Cancer (Jun 21-Jul 22): When you do things from your soul, you feel a river moving in you, a joy. ~Rumi

Capricorn (Dec 22-Jan 19): Strive not to get more done, but to have less to do. ~Francine Jay

Leo (Jul 23-Aug 22): When joy is a habit, love is a reflex. ~Bob Goff

Aquarius (Jan 20-Feb 18): Be in love with your life, every minute of it. ~Jack Kerouac

Virgo (Aug 23-Sep 22): The body heals with play, the mind heals with laughter, and the spirit heals with joy. ~Proverb Libra (Sep 23-Oct 22): Joy comes to us in ordinary moments. We risk missing out when chasing down the extraordinary. ~Brene Brown Scorpio (Oct 23-Nov 21): The secret to having it all is knowing that you already do. ~Paul Chucks Sagittarius (Nov 22-Dec 21): Gratitude, not understanding, is the secret to joy. ~ Anne Lamott

Pisces (Feb 19-Mar 20): If you want to know the joy of an activity, first and foremost is that you must know how to give yourself to the activity with total abandon. ~Sadhguru Aries (Mar 21-Apr 19): Have the courage to be truly happy. ~Pope Francis Taurus (Apr 20-May 20): Let joy be your compass. ~Proverb Gemini (May 21-Jun 20): There are souls in this world which have the gift of finding joy everywhere and leaving it behind when they go. ~Frederick Faber

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2014 Nattie Award Winner - Voted Favorite Acupuncture/TCM Practitioner and Favorite Natural Women’s Health Specialist. Facial Acupuncture, Foot Reflexology, Gentle and Effective Acupuncture; Insurance Accepted! Book online; free consult available!


Susan Bass, E-RYT 500, C-IAYT Registered Ayurvedic Practitioner & Nutritional Consultant, Ayurvedic Yoga Therapist 503-208-2716 Portland’s first Ayurvedic Yoga Therapy Certification Program. Hours from our programs apply to Yoga Alliance, NAMA, AAPNA & IAYT.

Dr Boothby utilizes a soft tissue technique to relieve structural tension on the nervous system and restore ground support to the body.

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We specialize in Injury Treatment, Auto Accident Recovery, Acute & Chronic Pain Relief and Family Health & Wellness. At the North Portland Wellness Center our dedicated team provides effective medicine in a warm, comfortable environment.

Vitalistic Chiropractic, Naturopathic, and Rolfing 2205 N Lombard St, Ste 101 Portland, OR 97214 503-893-4407

RADIANT BODY THERMOGRAPHY 1314 NW Irving St, #705 Portland, OR 97209 503-775-1812

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503-908-0950 EcoMaids is Oregon’s premier green cleaning company serving homes and businesses. We are committed to creating safe and healthful spaces for your family, pets, and coworkers; while reducing harmful toxins in our ecosystem.

Coaching & Consulting SALSBURY & CO. April Salsbury 503-850-8411 Building strong foundations and growing your business. Business & healthcare private practice consulting.


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Small Local Family Run Business specializing in additions, remodels, and ADUs. We also take on smaller projects and provide property maintenance for rental properties.

CRANIOSACRAL THERAPY RUBATO CRANIOSACRAL THERAPY 10403 SE 10th St, Vancouver 360-624-5151 Help with whiplash, migraines, PTSD, concentration, dizziness, TMJ, neck/shoulder/back pain, and more--in a peaceful setting. Jim Templeton, LMP #MA00013314

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Emotion/Body Code Practitioner Lori Arveson 971-800-1560 Lori specializes in relieving chronic pain. Lori uses the Emotion / Body Code system to identify and release trapped emotional energies caused by physical and emotional trauma, entities, toxins, pathogens, inherited emotional energies, and other manifestations that create imbalance in our bodies, causing chronic pain and disease that manifests in daily life.

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Dr Inna Shimanovsky, DMD 1508 Washington St, Oregon City 503-659-3003 The Smile for your Healthy life. State-of-the-art dental care with your comfort in mind, while also caring about the world we live in.

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We are dedicated to providing our guests with comprehensive dental excellence in a friendly, relaxing atmosphere so that optimal health, beauty and comfort can be realized for individual needs. The finest quality will always be provided.

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Lance J. Heppler DMD, FAGD 900 SE Chkalov Dr, Vancouver 360-896-1449 Dr. Lance Heppler’s mission is to put patients at ease. His friendly demeanor is easy to talk to and his attention to detail means you’ll always be getting the very best in dental care. His approach to dentistry is to meet patient needs by blending art, science and intuition. Dr. Heppler follows an amalgam removal protocol to safely remove mercury fillings.

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Holistic Dental Care 511 SW 10th Ave, Ste 1102, Portland 503-222-2157 Holistic dentistry is about promoting oral health by customizing the finest quality dentistry to suit a patient’s needs in a safe, caring environment.

Judie Maron-Friend, Certified QT Level I, II & Self Created Health Instructor/ Practitioner 8725 NE Broadway St, Portland 503-753-1590 When one learns QuantumTouch®, during class students typically relieve 50% - 100% of each other’s pain. Not only do bones align with a light touch, inflammation reduces and healing accelerates. Often students experience dramatic and profound emotional release. Contact Judie to learn more or sign up for a class today and discover your power to heal.


Susan Marshall, GCFP Laurelhurst Healing Arts Building 3059 NE Glisan St, Portland 503-313-9813 Improve neck, back and hip pain, recover from workplace, auto and bike accidents, sleep better and more. Find out why Norman Doige, MD in his 2015 NY Times Bestseller, The Brain’s Way of Healing, highlights the Feldenkrais Method® as applied neuroplasticity—using your brain and nervous system for effective recovery.

HEALTHy FOODS GROCERY OUTLET 4420 NE Hancock, Portland, 97213 503-282-5248

Your neighborhood market! Foods, health and beauty products, general merchandise, beer, wine, and produce. Check out our huge selection of NOSH (Natural, Organic, Specialty & Healthy)!


Amy Kimmick, BSN RN 1716 NE 42nd Ave, Portland My work brings you back to you, by way of energy healing, mediumship, and knowledge of the body to release ancestral patterns and emotions.


Hypno-Chakra Therapy Nicole Alcyon, Certified Hypnotherapist 323-842-3589 Three healing modalities

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1829 NE Alberta St, Ste 8 Portland, OR 97211 503-837-3557

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At Blossom, it is our goal to meet your landscape and construction needs while providing ecological and sustainable solutions for the environment.​

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OREGON SCHOOL OF MASSAGE Training LMT’s for over 25 years 9500 SW Barbur Blvd, Portland 503-244-3420

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Ray J. Drlik, CMTA, FDN, LMT 7460 SW Hunziker St, Ste H, Tigard 503-901-6013

hypnoTHERAPY Laney Coulter, BCH, NLP 7135 N Vincent Ave, Portland 503-289-3614 Laney is a Board Certified Hypnotist who is available to help you with the following and more: Fertility, Business Success, Motivation, General Sadness, Weight Mastery, Smoking Cessation, Relationship Issues, Phobias, Anxiety, Anger Issues and Breaking Habits.


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4640 SW Garden Home Rd, Portland 503-360-1324 Hairapy PDX is an organic and ammonia-free salon promoting beauty, wellness and green living by being free of chemicals, damaging toxins, and harmful carcinogens.

Retreat, Conference and Event Center 38950 SW Laurelwood Rd Gaston, OR 97119 503-746-6229 A beautiful place to host your next meeting, event, retreat or conference and only 45 minutes west of Portland. We have bright spaces for groups of all sizes; lovely guest rooms, most with views of the lush valley; delicious vegetarian meals served daily; yoga and meditation.

shamanic healing African Shamanic Healer Diviner Downtown Portland 503-922-4585

We combine Primordial and modern spiritual tools to Heal emotional, physical and spiritual dis-ease. We help you remove or circumvent karmic and other obstacles inhibiting your progress in life, love, relationship, career, spiritual pursuits, and female-centric spiritual solutions regarding childbirth and miscarriage.

shamanic healing RISING FIRE SHAMANISM School & Healing Center 1829 NE Alberta St, Ste 5 Portland, OR 97211 503-288-5175

Rising Fire integrates energy healing with psychological process and awareness training. This exceptional approach develops emotional intelligence and freedom in daily life. Healing services, nutrition counseling, coaching, classes, and community events.


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Coming Next Month Reframing Autism

Founded in 2008, Two Rivers Veterinary Clinic serves both as a primary care facility for those interested in holistic care for their pets and as a referral clinic for conventional veterinarians who would like their patients to receive acupuncture, chiropractic, or a holistic consultation.

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Susan Bass, E-RYT 500, C-IAYT Registered Ayurvedic Practitioner & Nutritional Consultant, Ayurvedic Yoga Therapist 503-208-2716 Portland’s first Ayurvedic Yoga Therapy Certification Program. Hours from our programs apply to Yoga Alliance, NAMA, AAPNA & IAYT.


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