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omen’s Wellness surrounds me, as does women’s empowerment. Our May issue is devoted to women—all kinds of amazing mothers, aunts, nieces, sisters, wives, friends, and of course, our Mother Earth. I’m in gratitude for the women networks I belong to and help sponsor. I wish I had time to be in more of them. I always leave with a feeling of empowerment, vulnerability and a compelling reason to strive to be a better person and help create a healthier, happier environment. It’s difficult to stand up and tell your truth. However, it’s the truth that brings us peace and is often the impetus for much-needed change. It’s time for us all to remove those emotional elephants that stampede our hearts and homes and make room for healthy transitions. We may get run over some in the process, but we shall prevail. After all, they’re just emotional elephant stampedes and we all know that shedding tears can be very healing. Releasing that which no longer serves us is truly a gift. Did you know elephants cry? In my past, I’ve often been told to “suck it up.” Well, I tell you what, that term should be relegated only to vacuum cleaners—not in dealing with human emotions. We must be able to empty the bag somewhere, sometime. Otherwise it gets buried under the rug and creates further strife down the line. What comes to my mind is our new understanding of the feminine and the masculine. (More on the masculine side in our upcoming June’s men's wellness issue.) Outside of my women networks and friends, I surround myself with healthy men friends who respect, recognize and truly honor the feminine power. As mentioned in the article "Healing the Hard Stuff " (see page 18), this pertains to the shift in thinking. I don’t really believe men are from Mars (although, I do feel as I have known some men Martians in my time) and women are from Venus. Yes, we may think differently because we are people and there are undoubtedly gender differences, but it’s not always gender related. A giant paradigm shift is happening. Those who choose not to see it or engage in it, you’re missing out. We have choices and I’m ever so happy to deliver these choices to my readership. I’ve been self-diagnosing and healing myself with the knowledge and strength I receive from my loyal and faithful community partners. I believe in both Eastern and Western medicine as I do in both women and men. They are all needed for a healthy existence. Natural open-minded approaches resolve major illnesses and relationships. There is no one right answer or tactic. There is just us humans trying to survive in a rapidly changing and challenging times. Check in with your vulnerability, your truth and all the natural ways to heal and prevent illness. Whether you choose acupuncture, Rolfing, drinking alkaline water, Ayurvedic nutrition, or a combination of those and many other healing modalities, there is a giant list of remedies for us all. I thank you, empowered women, for being forthright and feminine without burning bras and or bridges.

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Historical Overview During the last 25 years, a less drug-based grassroots model for dealing with chronic illnesses in the U.S. has emerged. First labeled holistic, the movement gained momentum as alternative approaches morphed into being considered complementary to conventional medicine, warranting studies by the National Institutes of Health. Responding to public interest, an integrative model of care that focuses on the whole person has taken root in medical institutions such as the Cleveland Clinic, in Ohio. The latest evolution to a systems-oriented, patient-focused clinical model of functional medicine, which seeks to address

One of the best-prepared, traditionally trained medical professionals in explaining this approach is Jeffrey S. Bland, Ph.D., recognized as the father of functional medicine, and author of The Disease Delusion: Conquering the Causes of Chronic Illness for a Healthier, Longer and Happier Life. He co-founded, with his wife, Susan, the Institute for Functional Medicine, in Washington, which provides a system geared to understanding the complexity of chronic illness and design individualized programs for more effective healing. “Medical science didn’t have the advanced technology 25 years ago to perform the research that now helps us better understand the complexity of chronic illness, as well as our present ecological view of the body. Today we’re examining how all the networks of our biology intersect in a dynamic process that creates health when in balance or disease when out of balance,” attests Bland, whose career has focused on searching for a unifying principle behind all healing that can be used to discern the best possible therapy for specific individuals. Incorporating what he learned from Linus Pauling, Ph.D., two-time Nobel Prize laureate, and Lee Hood, M.D., Ph.D., as well as systems biology and practicing lifestyle medicine, Bland founded the nonprofit Personalized Lifestyle Medicine Institute ( in 2012. Seeking to transform the entire medical approach to chronic illness, the Seattle-based organization is a virtual and onsite hub for health professionals, researchers, educators and the public to share ideas and converse about how personalized functional medicine can be delivered to everyone as an improved standard of care.

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best path to preventing, diagnosing and treating diseases. By 2003, scientists had delivered the first essentially complete sequence and map of all the genes in the human body. Three decades ago, the medical fraternity had few reliable explanations for the origins of chronic health issues. Today, accepted factors include predispositions for a specific disease related to an individual’s genome, along with contemporary epigenetic influences such as nutrition, environment and lifestyle. None of these elements, however, necessarily define our destiny. “This genomic personalized medicine approach is creating friends among all healing arts practitioners because it facilitates our using information to design a less-toxic environment, lifestyle, diet and treatment to meet an individual’s specific needs and particular circumstances that led to a disease,” says Bland. “Diseases are only names assigned to a collection of symptoms,” says Bland. “They don’t indicate how the individual became afflicted. If 10 patients with Type 2 diabetes each had epigenetic variations that triggered getting the condition, it would be unwise to treat them all the same; it’s far better to treat those factors that specifically led to the disease.” Addressing the concern that genetic test results might be used to deny someone health insurance, Bland notes, “This is a significant misunderstanding about genetic testing. Our genes don’t tell us how we are going to die. They tell us how we should live. Understanding how our genes can help us live to 100 is a model of enlightenment. Those that practice this systems biology approach are counting on functional personalized medicine becoming the updated standard of care.” Physicians often offer genetic testing services. At-home DNA testing can be done using a saliva collection kit mailed to a laboratory, offering both ancestry and health information that must be interpreted by an informed professional. Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings. Connect at

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Natural Approaches Resolve Major Illnesses by Linda Sechrist


lthough natural health enthusiasts may recognize alternative healing modalities as a preferred approach to treatment, in the face of major health issues, even they tend to join the crowd that’s turning first to conventional medicine. Thus, many gentler modalities described in The Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine, co-authored by doctors of naturopathy Michael T. Murray and Joseph Pizzorno, remain largely untapped resources. Ignored because they are unsupported by traditional science-based medicine, holistic measures such as acupuncture, energy medicine, essential oils, herbs, detoxification, healthpromoting diets, homeopathy, prayer and meditation, supplementation, yoga, massage and naturopathy are sacrificed in favor of often painful medical procedures and prescription drugs which can’t claim to permanently cure anything and can have many harmful side effects. 18

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Lack of Awareness

“A patient that dabbles in holistic medicine for minor health issues such as indigestion, headache or insomnia often turns to conventional methods after receiving a serious diagnosis such as diabetes, heart disease or cancer because they are scared,” observes holistic physician Dr. Wendy Warner, medical director of Medicine in Balance, in Langhorne, Pennsylvania. The co-author of Boosting Your Immunity for Dummies suggests that relatively few people turn to natural solutions for both preventive and therapeutic measures because they’re unaware they exist. Integrative oncologists and endocrinologists that are aware of the benefits of natural complementary methods are scarce. Relatively few conventional doctors are educated in functional medicine. “Yet complementary modalities such as acupuncture, massage and some essential oils can support the immune system and help an individual deal with stress experienced from coping with their illness,” says Warner.

Rob Wergin, an experienced energy medicine practitioner, speaks from experience regarding clients that consult him for life-threatening diagnoses. “When I see them, they’re desperate and have exhausted all conventional methods. I’m their last-ditch effort,” remarks Wergin. The most frequent reason he hears is, “My family, friends and doctor told me not to waste my money on charlatans.” “People find it challenging to put faith in natural methods and are nervous about going against a doctor’s advice until they feel or see positive results; even these may not provide sufficient motivation to continue with alternative treatments,” he says. “I believe this is the result of the influence of pharmaceutical ads promising results, the medical community’s belief in proof solely through clinical trials, websites like Quackwatch. com and well-meaning friends insisting that the conventional route is the only way to go. It’s sad to see the gravity of these influences pulling clients back into solely believing in the Western model of medicine,” says Wergin. Ann Lee, a doctor of naturopathy, acupuncturist and founder of the Health for Life Clinic, Inc., in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, notes, “This mindset continues to get reinforced by insurance companies that do not cover alternatives. Paying out of pocket for medical expenses also influences a patient’s choices.” Kelly Noonan-Gores and Adam Schomer, director and producer, respectively, of the documentary film HEAL, suggest that unconscious conditioning plays the biggest role in an individual’s choices. “We are deeply conditioned to view medical specialists and prestigious medical institutions as the ones with all the answers. Sometimes they do and



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sometimes they don’t,” says NoonanGores, who intends to have her film awaken viewers to the possibilities of alternative paths of healing. As just one other example noted in the film, thousands have used the Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), tapping on their body to help release the trauma and stress often associated with illness.

Resistance to Change

“The conventional medical community wants to maintain the model in which they have heavily invested centuries of time, energy and money. Patients that investigate integrative and complementary medicine may resist hearing that in order to get well, they might need to change their worldview and lifestyle, take a leave of absence from their job, develop a spiritual practice, exercise or maybe even leave a toxic relationship,” says Schomer. “Conventional medicine says take this pill and keep living your life the same way,” says Schomer. “We are not demonizing doctors, pharmaceuticals or the medical system. We simply believe that individuals are more empowered to heal when they take control of their health.” Eva Lee, a resident of Los Angeles featured in the documentary, suffers from a rare and unpredictable form of blistering skin inflammation. “I’ve tested negative for faulty genes and all sorts of rare viruses and bacteria, which helped

point me towards holistic methods. So far, following the directives of Dr. Mark Emerson, a chiropractor specializing in nutrition, in Maui, Hawaii, who I met while filming, has helped my body become healthier and deal with inflammation levels that rapidly reduced as soon as I detoxed and eliminated meat and dairy from my diet,” says Lee. Still, it’s hard for her to accept that her condition could be due to the type of stress and suppressed emotions that Anthony William explores in his book Medical Medium: Secrets Behind Chronic and Mystery Illness and How to Finally Heal. “Before, I wasn’t familiar with EFT, which I continue to use and benefit from. However, despite everything I’ve learned, I can’t give up on all Western medicine, put my faith in alternatives and let my intuition and faith guide me to healing. It’s easier to be skeptical than to have faith,” Lee says.

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Sheila Tucker, a resident of Navarre, Florida, has been a registered nurse for 20 years, practicing in hospital settings such as critical care, emergency and administration. “I know and understand doctors, surgeries and pharmaceutical treatments and hospitals,” says Tucker, who recalls that throughout her life she was taught to believe in a system that suddenly stopped working for her.

“In 2014, I was dying from a rare autoimmune condition, requiring fulltime care, and planning my funeral. Doctors had tried everything, yet my health continued to decline. When I saw a friend’s Facebook posts about her use of essential oils, I was curious, but reluctant to reach out, and didn’t want anyone to know that I called her for advice,” recalls Tucker. “Shortly after my friend arrived with her oils, my husband came home with our daughter, who had strep throat and a fever. She made us promise to use selected oils through the night and prayed with us.” Tucker attributes the miracle of her daughter’s turnaround the next morning to shifting her paradigm and opening her up to believing in the healing power of essential oils. Thanks to her friend and role model, Tucker learned how to use therapeuticgrade oils, supplements and a healthy diet to cleanse her body of the heavy toxic load accumulated from several years of expensive drug treatments. Today, she is a healthy and enthusiastic advocate, and her personal results opened the eyes of her physician to the point where she also shifted her own philosophy of healing. Tucker now offers educational classes in her office and online through her website that reaches hundreds of individuals world-


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“Outside of any dominant paradigm, it’s easier to cast suspicion than to make curious inquiry and, over time, working within a dominant worldview creates polarity, the antithesis of ‘wholism’. An inclusive approach integrates all medical and complementary approaches, as well as interaction with the natural world,”

says Patrick Hanaway, a family physician and founder of Family to Family Medicine, in Asheville, North Carolina. Hanaway, the former director of medical education for the Institute for Functional Medicine and the first medical director at the Cleveland Clinic Center for Functional Medicine, explains, “Doctors have a rigorous job filled with responsibility. Change is difficult and investigating vastly different ways of practicing medicine requires a degree of curiosity and openness. I am heartened by thought leaders and heads of top medical schools who are presently opening up to functional medicine, natural medicine and complementary approaches.” “The paradigm shift we are ushering


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I have lived with several Zen masters—all of them cats. ~Eckhart Tolle Sharing cat responsibilities tightened family bonds. Cats like routine, especially for meals, making them good pets for Alzheimer’s patients that may lose track of time. Many people like the added warmth of a nearby sleeping cat at night. Fifteen minutes of exercise, followed by a snack, will put kitty on the owner’s sleep schedule.

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Cats are Eco-Friendly A New Zealand study reports that cats have a lower carbon footprint than dogs, comparing dogs to a Hummer and cats to a Volkswagen Golf. Dogs eat more beef, incurring red meat’s huge footprint. “Because cats eat less than most dogs overall, it saves money, too,” says Gilbreath. Everyone needs someone to care for and love. With about 77 million cats living in U.S. households and more in shelters or rescues, there’s plenty of peopleand planet-friendly love to be found. Connect with freelance writer Sandra Murphy at StLouis

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Living with Animals – 10am-5pm. Whether we see an animal as a pet, a pest or food has changed over time and across cultures, making our relationships with them dynamic and complex to say the least. Take a journey with us and discover all the surprising, unique and inspiring ways that we live with animals. You’ll find we’re not human without them. Exhibit free with general admission. San Diego Museum of Man, 1350 El Prado, San Diego, 92101. 619-2392001.

THURSDAY, MAY 3 Psychic Tools – 7-9pm. 4-week class with Anne Nania. We are made up of three parts-spirit, mind & body. Most forms of healing focus only on the body. The spiritual aspect of healing is often missing. Contribution: This 4-week class-$160. May be paid at $40 per night or $120 on first night. Intuitive Insights, 4455 Morena Blvd, Ste 108, San Diego, 92117. 858-509-7582.

FRIDAY, MAY 4 Fiesta Old Town Cinco de Mayo – 4-10pm. Everything you need to spice up your weekend, gather your amigos and get ready to shake your maracas for the 35th Annual Fiesta Old Town Cinco de Mayo. This free event has something fun for the whole familia. Proceeds benefit the Historic Old Town Community Foundation. For location information, visit

SATURDAY, MAY 5 Walk For Animals – You and your canine companions will have a great time as we celebrate our love for animals, while raising vital funds for San Diego Humane Society. San Diego’s largest dog walk is a 2-mile walk at NTC Park at Liberty Station. 2455 Cushing Rd, San Diego, 92106. 27th Annual Pug Party – 10am-3pm. We will have a fun costume contest, with prizes awarded for Pugs in the most creative theme costumes. Vet Techs will be on hand to provide answers to basic questions regarding your Pug. Party up your Pug with nail clipping and nail and tail painting. There will be vendors, a great raffle table with many baskets containing lots of super items, adoption information booth, membership booth where you can conveniently renew or sign up, our Unique Pug Boutique with over 100 Pug gift and memorabilia items for yourself or another Pug lover, and lots of other fun stuff. Food and drink will also be available for purchase. Adults - $10 Children (10 years and under) - $5. Del Mar Fairgrounds, Infield Pavilion area. 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd, Del Mar, 92014. 619-685-3580.

SUNDAY, MAY 6 The Village Art Faire – 9am-3pm. Join us in historic downtown San Clemente, for one of Orange County’s best kept secrets. You’ll meet dozens

of gifted artisans selling an array of exceptional handcrafted work including fine art, photography, ceramics, leather goods, fused/blown glass, jewelry, metalwork and much more. 100 Ave Del Mar, San Clemente, 92672.

MONDAY, MAY 7 Dream Workshop – 7-9pm. Everybody Dreams. Put away the psychoanalysis and turn to your innate intuition. In this dream workshop, you will learn how to improve your dream recall and start having adventures during the day inspired by your dreams. Learn how to read dreams, discuss meanings and themes around recurring dreams, symbols, colors, animals, objects and their potential meanings in dreams. Use your dreams for discovery, creativity and fun. $40 or $35 with RSVP two days prior. Intuitive Insights, 4455 Morena Blvd, Ste 108, San Diego, 92117. 858-509-7582.

FRIDAY, MAY 11 Cardiff 101 Main Street Pop Up at Seaside Market – 3-6pm. Cardiff 101 is Cardiff-by-the-Sea’s “go-to” organization that supports our residents and locally owned and focused businesses. Cardiff 101 advocates for infrastructure improvements and coordinates with the City of Encinitas’ staff through our design committee. The Committee focuses on preserving the “heart” and character of the Cardiffby-the-Sea community. We are Cardiff’s information center on community for events, local development and City projects. Cardiff 101 hosts events that brings the community together, celebrates Cardiff’s unique community character and promotes Cardiff’s local businesses. Seaside Market, 2087 San Elijo Ave, Cardiff-by-the-Sea, 92007.

SATURDAY, MAY 12 Event: Mother’s Day Tea – Noon-2pm. Sherrie will be the host of your small-town Mother’s Day tea. Expand your tea tastes with our samplers of both hot and iced loose leaf tea, while savoring our delicious homemade scones, salads and sandwiches. While you enjoy your delectable treats, listen in on her insights for each cup of tea so you can learn their health benefits as well as her personal preferences on the modern flavors and custom mixes. The dishes and tea sets will be ready for you to enjoy, courtesy of Sherrie’s personal collection. Be ready for a relaxing day full of refreshing teas as well as a glimpse into the Bates Nut Farm History. $35 per person. Space is limited. Reservations required. RSVP 760-749-3333. 15954 Woods Valley Rd, Valley Center, 92082. Vegan Street Fair – 5pm-12am. The Vegan Street Fair Nights tour is coming to your town in full force for a one night only engagement and we are beyond thrilled to be bringing you some of the best vegan eats along with dancing, games, live entertainment, a beer garden and more vegan fun than you’ll know what to do with. Anthem Vegan, 2611 El Cajon Blvd, San Diego, 92104.

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TUESDAY, MAY 15 New Moon Sister Circle – 7-9pm. Global Sisterhood is a movement, a global community started in 2016 by soulful women around the world unifying by gathering in sister circles every new moon focused on a transformational theme. Together we are creating a global sacred sisterhood, inperson or sometimes virtual of women devoted to transforming ourselves and transforming the world. Please bring a journal, pen and water. $20 suggested donation. Please make sure you RSVP on Evenbrite. The Vibe House SD, 1695 Mountain Pass Circle, Vista, 92081.

THURSDAY, MAY 17 San Diego North County Business Expo – 4-7:30pm. Join us for the 3rd Annual Business Expo, bringing together the best of North County San Diego along with your local Chambers of Commerce. 50 businesses will be showcasing their businesses together for this 3rd annual event. California Center for the Arts, 340 N Escondido Blvd, Escondido, 92025. Women’s Wellness Night – 5:30-8pm. Ladies enjoy an evening focused on women. The evening will include a pelvic floor workshop, great raffle prizes, wine and appetizers. $15 (includes one drink & one raffle ticket). Cryo Warehouse, 1553 Simpson Way, Escondido.

SATURDAY, MAY 19 Solace Sunrise Walk – 5am-8am. Starting in the dark & early hours of the morning and crossing the finish line just as dawn is breaking, the Solace Sunrise Walk is an annual 5k walk/run that raises funds and awareness for suicide and self-harm prevention. Our mission is to support people and communities in crisis by providing freely accessible, professional services to all. Tecolote Shores S Mission Bay, 1590 E Mission Bay Dr, 92109. Dog Show: Cabrillo Kennel Club – 9am-5pm. May 19-20. Over 1,000 dogs of all breeds will be at Bates to compete in this AKC accredited dog show. Classes are offered for sporting breeds, hounds, terriers, toys, herding breeds, working

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MONDAY, MAY 21 Women’s Healing Clinic – 7:30-9pm. With Zeidy Barrera, Rene Feuerbach & staff. Ladies, come in and get a healing on your female energy and issues. Receive a psychic reading on any female related topic. $10. No appointment necessary. Intuitive Insights, 4455 Morena Blvd, Ste 108, San Diego, 92117. 858-509-7582.

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sunday Reiki Levels 1, 2, Master and Teacher – Nationally certified courses. 1-day classes. Ongoing throughout the year. Earn CE credits. More info: 760-593-4595. San Diego River Garden Volunteer Work Party – 9-11am. 2nd and 4th Sun. Weeding, watering, pruning, trail maintenance and other light gardening projects. Family friendly. Tools provided. 3334 Camino Del Rio N, San Diego, 92108. RSVP: 619-297-7380. Guided Nature Walk – 9:30-11am, Sun, Wed, Sat. Guided walk from the Visitor Center on one of three trails. Learn about the history, geology, plants, animals and ecology of the park. Free. Mission Trails Regional Park Visitor Center, 2 Father Junipero Serra Trl, San Diego, 92119. 619-6683281. Grow Getters: Learn How to Propagate – 10am. 1st Sun. Learn more about propagation and potting plants. Help us grow our growing area. Free. Alta Vista Gardens, 1270 Vale Terrace Dr, Vista, 92084. Info and sign up: Free Special Access Tour at The Garden – 10am11am. 3rd Sun. Have trouble navigating the terrain of The Garden? Let us take you for a ride. Explore The Garden from the comfortable Verbeck Shuttle with a Garden Docent. This tour seats only four to five people. Advanced reservations required. Free. Water Conservation Garden, 12122 Cuyamaca College Dr W, El Cajon, 92019. Register: 619-6600614 x16. Qigong in The Garden – 10-11:30am. 4th Sun. Instructor Reyna Lerma will guide students through the ancient Chinese health series that integrates physical postures, breathing techniques and focused intention. Free, $10 suggested donation. The Water Conservation Garden, 12122 Cuyamaca College Dr W, El Cajon, 92019. 619-660-0614. RSVP:

Spirit Dance: Ecstatic Dance and Moving Meditation – 10am-Noon. Join us for a simple yet profound ecstatic dance. $10-$20 sliding scale. Malashock Studio, 2650 Truxton Rd, Ste 200, San Diego, 92106. More info: 619-787-2389 or Bird Walk – 3-4pm. Take a leisurely stroll down the McCoy Trail and view and learn about some of the 370 species of birds that live or stop by this reserve on their yearly migration. Walks begin at the Visitor Center unless otherwise noted on calendar and happen the1st, 3rd and 5th Sunday of the month. Bring binoculars if you have them. All ages welcome. No reservations required. Free. Tijuana River Valley Regional Park Visitor Center, 2310 Hollister St, San Diego, 92154. 619-428-2946. Family Discovery Walk – 3-4:30pm. 4th Sun. Walk and help your children discover the wonder and beauty of nature. Walks highlight the many changes that occur in the park throughout the year. Wear sturdy, closed-toe shoes and bring water. Canceled if raining. Free. Mission Trails Regional Park, 2 Father Junipero Serra Trl, San Diego, 92119. 619-668-3281.

monday Volunteer Bird Count – 7:30am-Noon. 2nd Mon. All levels of experience welcome. For more info and to receive an automatic reply with meeting location, contact Robert Patton at Bird Watching Monday – 8am. 1st Mon. Discover the fascinating birds and the unique art of bird-watching. San Diego Botanical Garden, 230 Quail Garden Dr, Encinitas, 92024. 760-532-0917. Qi Gong Class – 6-7pm. $10/class. InnerOptimal, 2210 Encinitas Blvd, Ste L, Encinitas. Contact Amelie 415-297-2354 for more information. San Diego Horticultural Society Meeting – 6-9pm. 2nd Mon. All welcome. Free/member, $15/nonmember. Congregation Beth Israel, 9001 Towne Centre Dr, San Diego, 92122. More info: 760-295-7089 or

tuesday Free Admission to the Japanese Friendship Garden – 3rd Tues. Enjoy a refreshing stroll through the garden and stop by the activity booths in the upper garden. Free. 2215 Pan American Rd, San Diego, 92101. 619-232-2721.

wednesday River Rescue – 9am-Noon. 1st and 3rd Wed. Team attacks and removes smaller and harder-to-reach trash sites along the river. All tools and supplies provided. More info: 619-297-7380 or Doug@ Guided Nature Walk – 9:30-11am, Sun, Wed, Sat. Guided walk from the Visitor Center on one of three trails. Learn about the history, geology, plants, animals and ecology of the park. Free. Mission Trails Regional Park Visitor Center, 2 Father Junipero Serra Trl, San Diego, 92119. 619668-3281. Wednesday Trail Walk – 10am. 1st Wed. Explore trails of Balboa Park with a ranger. Leisurely pace. Difficulty level varies; check trail map. Balboa Park, 1549 El Prado, San Diego, 92101. 619-2351122. Catch a Flick with Your Baby at the Crybaby Matinee – 11am. Pass the popcorn. Angelika Film Center offers Crybaby Matinees where you needn’t worry if your baby needs a feeding or has a tantrum. The lights are set to dim and the volume is turned down to accommodate moms and little ones. $8.50/ Adult; Babies free. Carmel Mountain Ranch, Angelika Film Center, 11620 Carmel Mountain Rd, San Diego. For more information, visit First Wednesdays Free Community Concert Series – 4pm and 7pm. Tickets are handed out on a first-come, first-seated basis. Doors open one hour prior to show time. Free, $12/reserved seats, $10/member reserved seats. California Center for the Arts, Center Theater, 340 N Escondido Blvd, Escondido, 92925. USI-Tech / Bitcoin Overview – 6pm. An opportunity to introduce yourself and your friends to the extraordinary Bitcoin opportunity with USI-Tech. Attend to learn about Bitcoin and how to acquire and accumulate Bitcoin faster than you may imagine possible. Seating is limited. Email us at to RSVP. 201 E Grand Ave, Escondido.

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$15 Yoga Classes – 11:15am. Bring your child into class with you for Vinyasa Mama Tues and Thurs. Nature’s Whisper Yoga, 4205 Park Blvd, San Diego, 92103. 760-213-1110. A Gathering of Priestesses Live Online Video Show – 6pm. With special guests each week. For more info: California Native Plant Society San Diego Chapter – 7pm. 3rd Tues (except Aug and Dec). Free lectures on a variety of California native plant topics. Have an unknown plant? Bring it to be identified. Open to the public. Casa Del Prado, Balboa Park, Rm 101 or 104, 1800 El Prado, San Diego, 92101.

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thursday Trains, Paints and Plants at San Diego Botanic Garden – 10-11am. Three of a kid’s favorite things in one place: trains, paints and gardening. San Diego Botanic Garden’s motorman-engineer James runs his unique trains and answers your train-obsessed tot’s questions about the mode of transport. Nature related crafts and plant potting round out this fun-filled hour. Ages 1 to 6. Free with admission or membership. San Diego Botanic Garden, 230 Quail Gardens Dr, San Diego. 760436-3036. Shelter Island Walk and Talk Bunch – 1011:15am. Take a walk from the parking lot at Bali Hai to the end of Shelter Island and back (2.2-mile roundtrip). Some go to lunch after. Free. Bali Hai, 2230 Shelter Island Dr, San Diego, 92106. Balboa Park History Stroll – 11am-Noon. Specially trained History Center guides lead this easypaced stroll through the park, revealing many of the intriguing aspects of its past, present and future. Reservations requested, but walk-ups welcome. $10-$12. San Diego History Center, 1649 El Prado, San Diego, 92101. $15 Yoga Classes – 11:15am. Bring your child into class with you for Vinyasa Mama Tues and Thurs. Nature’s Whisper Yoga, 4205 Park Blvd, San Diego, 92103. 760-213-1110. Fur Fix Thursday – 3-5pm. Touch, pet and play with some incredibly cute and cuddly animals, adoptable and volunteer. San Diego Humane Society, 5500 Gaines St, San Diego, 92110. 619279-5939 or Junior Rangers at Tijuana Estuary – 3:304:30pm. Jr. Rangers ages 7 to 12 learn about the ecology of estuaries, the importance of wetlands and will discover an appreciation for this disappearing ecosystem by participating in related hands-on activities featuring different topics at each session. Kids can earn patches, buttons and more as they progress through the program. Programs are held rain or shine. Free. Imperial Beach, Tijuana Estuary, 301 Caspian Way, San Diego.

friday Mac’s Kids Corner – 10-11am. Is your child fascinated by trains and moving toys? Then this is the play group and story time for you. Come and meet parents and make new friends while in a learning environment. There are lots of indoor and outdoor fun activities for the kids including stories about trains, crafts, puppets, paints and more. Included with admission. Balboa Park, San Diego Model Railroad Museum, 1649 El Prado, San Diego. Go Ice Skating at Poway Ice Arena – 1:45-4:30pm. Bundle up in warm clothes and go enjoy a public skate session for all ages and skating levels at Poway Ice Arena. The whole family can do this activity together as a fun and novel way to get some exercise. $12 admission; $3 skate rentals. Poway Ice Arena, 2455 Kerran St, San Diego. San Diego River Coalition – 3-4:30pm. 3rd Fri. Meet other people interested in the river, to exchange


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ideas and experiences, and to learn the latest news about the San Diego River Park. Open to the public. Mission Valley Library, Community Rm, 2123 Fenton Pkwy, San Diego, 92108.

secrets and stories that make our garden special. Water Conservation Garden, 12122 Cuyamaca College Dr W, El Cajon, 92019. 619-660-0614.

Friday Night Liberty – 5-9pm. 1st Fri. Evening of free open artist studios, galleries and performances throughout NTC Arts and Cultural District at Liberty Station. NTC Command Center, 2640 Historic Decatur Rd, San Diego, 92106. More info, Whitney Roux: 619-573-9300. WRoux@

Free Family Arts Activities – 10am. 2nd Sat. Explore various artistic mediums. Materials provided. All ages welcome. Free. California Center for the Arts, Art and Education Studios, 340 N Escondido Blvd, Escondido, 92925.

saturday Cannabis 101: An Introduction to This Giving Plant – 2nd and 4th Saturday of each month, May 12 and May 26. This workshop is ideal for those who have never used cannabis, have not used in 10 or more years or for experienced cannabis consumers who want to learn more about the physiology of why cannabis works and the basic components of the plant. Free. Guided Bird Walk – 8-10am. 3rd Sat. Join MTRP trail guide and resident birder Jeanne Raimond for an adventure in bird watching. If you have binoculars and/or a field guide, please bring them. For location: Wildlife Tracking Walks – 8:30-10:30am. 1st Sat. Learn to recognize and identify various signs left behind by resident wildlife. Free. Mission Trails Regional Park Visitor Center, 2 Father Junipero Serra Trl, San Diego, 92119. 619-668-3281. San Elijo Lagoon Volunteer Work Party – 9-11am. 3rd Sat. Locations vary, and activities typically include habitat restoration, invasive plant removal, planting of new native plants, trash pickup and removal and trail maintenance. More info: Ruffin Canyon Care Restoration – 9am-Noon. 1st Sat. Bring gloves and hand tools if have, but loaners available. Wear hat, sunscreen, sturdy shoes and long sleeves. Ruffin Canyon, 9298 Shawn Ave, San Diego. RSVP: 619-297-7380. Dog Beach Cleanup – 9am-Noon. 2nd Sat. You and your friendly dog are invited to join Friends of Dog Beach at our regular beach cleanups. All cleanup supplies provided, along with treats for you and your dog. Dog Beach, North Ocean Beach. More info: 619-523-1700. BeachCleanup.htm. Yoga in the Garden – 9:30-10:30am. Get in touch with nature, relax your body and renew your spirit. Basic yoga flow format. No prior yoga experience required. $10/drop-in. Alta Vista Gardens, 1270 Vale Terrace Dr, Vista, 92084. More info: Guided Nature Walk – 9:30-11am, Sun, Wed, Sat. Guided walk from the Visitor Center on one of three trails. Learn about the history, geology, plants, animals and ecology of the park. Free. Mission Trails Regional Park Visitor Center, 2 Father Junipero Serra Trl, San Diego, 92119. 619-6683281. Free Garden Tour – 10am. Tour the lush, colorful and water-wise garden with a knowledgeable garden docent. Bring your questions and hear the

Kids in the Garden – 10am-12pm. 2nd Sat. New topic each month. $5/child (accompanied adults free); free/members. Alta Vista Gardens, Children’s Garden, 1270 Vale Terrace Dr, Vista, 92084. Reserve: 760-822-6824 or FarmerJones@ Ride the Trains at Poway – 10am-4pm. All aboard. Little train lovers can go to Poway-Midland Railroad every Saturday. Adults/$2.50-$3.50; $1/ Kids. Poway-Midland Railroad, 14134 Midland Rd, San Diego. Famosa Slough Work Party – 1-2:30pm. 3rd Sat. Meet along W Pt Loma Blvd about 200 ft east of the corner of Famosa Blvd and W Pt Loma Blvd. RSVP: 619-224-4591. Birding Basics Class – 1-2:30pm. Last Sat. Join MTRP trail guide and knowledgeable birder Winona Sollock for a class to learn five simple techniques for identifying birds at a glance and how to use a field guide. Free. Mission Trails Regional Park Visitor Center, 2 Father Junipero Serra Trl, San Diego, 92119. 619-668-3281. Old Town State Native Plant Landscape – 1-3pm. 2nd Sat. Do some work at the Old Town Native Plant Landscape, a recreation of the landscape that provided for the needs of Native Americans in our region before the arrival of Europeans in 1769. Old Town State Historic Park, corner of Taylor St and Congress St, San Diego, 92110. More info: Friends of Famosa Slough Bird Walk – 1-3pm. 3rd Sat. An easy walk with good views of a variety of birds and salt marsh habitat. Free. Meet at the kiosk by the corner of Famosa Blvd and W Pt Loma Blvd, San Diego, 92138. 619-224-4591. University Heights Point Restoration – 1:303:30pm. 1st Sat. Projects range from trash pickup, non-native plant removal, planting native plants and trail maintenance. 6800 Easton Ct, San Diego, 92120. Contact Ranger Jason: 619-235-5262 or CSA San Diego Support Group Meeting – 2pm. 4th Sat. The Celiac Sprue Association is a national support organization that provides information and referral services for persons with celiac disease and dermatitis herpetiformis. Rady Children’s Medical Office Bldg, 3030 Children’s Way, San Diego, 92123. Home Grown Community Gardening Classes – 2-3pm. 4th Sat. With Diane Hollister, master gardener and composter. Garden and grow food in one’s own back yard. Pre-registration required. Free. El Corazon Senior Center, 3302 Senior Center Dr, Oceanside, 92056. 800-262-4167.

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Dr. Qin Fu 285 N El Camino Real, Suite 205, Encinitas 760-230-2490 Dr. Qin Fu is a third generation healer, trained in China, that uses a combination of acupuncture, qi gong and herbs to help his patients achieve pain relief and better overall health. Body/ Foot Massage/Cupping/Gua Sha Available. Call to make an appointment now.


Hands-On Care Management, including safety assessments, referrals, advocacy, health care directives, medical management, VA planning, end-of-life planning services, mental health referrals.


Robin Colvey, Hydration Consultant 619-540-7620 317 S. Hwy. 101, Solana Beach M-F 10am to 5pm Alkaline water store. FREE water testing. Bring your water for testing and receive two weeks’ worth of free water. Find out what you didn't know and/or thought you knew about your drinking water.


Doctor of Ayurveda Encinitas 760-891-6806 Complete assessment including tongue/pulse diagnoses to address the root causes. Customized herbal formulas and Ayurveda body therapies to restore balance withlong lasting results.


Chari Center of Health 4401 Manchester Ave., Ste. 201, Encinitas 760-230-2711 Anxious, depressed or have panic attacks? Do you attract the same challenging relationships & family issues? End these patterns now! Call for a free 30 minute voice biofeedback session!

BOOKEEPING SAN DIEGO AUDIT TRAIL DeLisa Terra, Owner 760-487-8806

Serving SD's small businesses with quality bookkeeping since 2001. I set up and maintain your books so that you can focus on growing your business.


CBD and Cannabis Compassionate Care 760-436-2343 Balance your life with all natural botanicals. Education, evaluation and delivery. Each person and each pet is unique and we safely identify your symptoms and conditions. Skin remedy, sleep and relaxation, emotional balance, neurological treatment, pain relief, inflammation, stress management, anxiety. We specialize in recommendations for seniors. Call for free consultation.

ONE MINUTE CANNABIST Cannabis Made Simple 760-760-2020

Before you visit a dispensary, see us. Offering workshops & private consulting. A new concept in cannabis education and product selection, offering resources and tools to help you begin your journey with cannabis medically or recreationally.

949-370-1245 Esculent Oils a.k.a. Weedease Organics, same great oils, new name. Esculent Oils make organic cannabis-infused cooking oil for medical marijuana patients. OCCO-Organic Cannabis Canola Oil, CANNA COCO BIS-Organic Cannabis Coconut. The safe and perfect way to get your medication without inhalation.


Zac Smith 800-257-3351 Highly skilled team of traveling massage therapists that utilize cannabis infused oil for incredible pain relief and relaxation. We travel to you!


I believe in treating the person as a whole; utilizing my mental health background and integrating it with energy work to provide positive results.


Deborah D. Ortiz, CMT 243 N. Hwy. 101, Ste. 13, Solana Beach 619-218-2333 Gentle manual therapy can help with migraines, digestive issues, insomnia, fatigue, hormone imbalance, chronic neck and back pain, and more. Please call or visit my website for more information.

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Experience intuitive guidance along with a unique blend of healing frequencies to accelerate personal development, activate innate talents & abilities and energize spiritual awakening as you rediscover a deep sense of well-being. Call to schedule your session today.


Elaine Russo, Cryptocurrency Conductor 760-436-2343 Is it a bubble? Is it here to stay? Cryptocurrency consulting. Learn everything you need to know about bitcoin, blockchain, coinbase, how to invest, and what you are investing in. Meetings held regularly.



Loma Linda University Graduate 1983 Safe Biocompatible Dentistry Digital x-rays, safe amalgam removal 760-746-3663 • Visit us! Bring your mouth to optimum health and beauty through nonsurgical laser gum therapy and metal-free conservative dentistry. Stress-free Spa dentistry. Ozone therapy.

LEAVE STRONG DIVORCE SERVICES Book a complimentary consultation online Flat Fee, Never go to Court

Divorce Mediation with Laura McGee J.D. is a cost-conscious, private, family-focused alternative to a litigated divorce. Is it right for you?


Float Tank Spa in Solana Beach 858-925-6069 A float center dedicated to providing a clean, welcoming environment for relaxation, recovery and rejuvenation.

Jim Farren, Protech Consulting Solutions 760-670-3244 Bitcoin...boon or bust? Learn what’s happening with Bitcoin: Why it’s exploding now, how governments are reacting, how real are the opportunities, how to navigate the Bitcoin waters.

Lesa D. Artzberger, Financial Specalist 858-401-9026 Available to assist you in accomplishing your personal and retirement goals. My role is to educate you on the options available for meeting your financial objectives and have life insurance that you do not have to die, to utilize!






Envision Personalized Health is a private center for customized health, fitness and spa services. Specializing in Personal Training, Pilates, Yoga, Acupuncture, Nutrition, Ayurveda, Massage and Spa Services. Private by appointment.

Intuitive Energy Healing 858-922-6541

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Let Kostedt Design & Marketing help you with your print or online graphics needs. Custom design services including business cards, billboards, wine labels, logos and more.

HAIR SALON UBUNTU HAIR STUDIO Dawn Ellinwood 109 S. Acacia Ave. Solana Beach, CA 92075 858-792-5959

Creating a vibrant and Sustainable lifestyle with wild-crafted, organic nutrition and skin care while sustaining a living rain forest. Rain Drop therapist, expert at ear coning and Access Consciousness Facilitator.

Built on a foundation of community, passion, contribution and strength, Ubuntu Hair Studio will shift the way consumers purchase beauty products and services.

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Leslie Morand, holistic esthetician 425-445-8349 Leslie Morand Skincare offers 100 percent natural and nontoxic skincare products and noninvasive anti-aging and acne facial treatments for even the most sensitive skins.


Dr. Kristine Reese, ND, founder 5210 Balboa Ave., Ste. F, San Diego, 92117 619-239-5433 Healthy skin at any age. FREE skin screenings. Remove unsightly moles, blemishes, skin tags, pre-cancerous growths, birthmarks and lesions for good. Natural, fast, effective and safe.

SKINCARE BY CANDY Candy Vidales 760-716-7166 • Carlsbad

Skin revision spa that builds skin back to it's healthiest condition. Advanced skincare, specialized in acne, peels, age-management, nonsurgical face lift.


Natural Anti-Aging Solutions. Lose weight & belly fat, balance hormones, stop hair loss and look younger! Get results with the Latest, Proven Natural Anti-Aging Solutions. Call for a free 30 minute consultation with Dr. Chari!

LAZY ACRES NATURAL MARKET 150 Encinitas Blvd., Encinitas 760-536-4905


Intuitive Channel for Divine Wisdom 760-744-1294 Channel of Divine Wisdom. Author, speaker, specialized intuitive readings help you with love, money, healing and more. I Know What You Need to Know.

NATURAL GROCERY STORE Jimbo’s...Naturally! 1923 Calle Barcelona, Carlsbad 760-334-7755



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EMBRACE HYPNOTHERAPY Lynn Carol Hulsman 760-580-8919

My passion is to work with anyone that has lost a child and would like to learn how to deal with their loss through hypnotherapy.

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Chari Center of Health 4401 Manchester Ave., Ste. 201, Encinitas 760-230-2711

Legal help is here. Landlord-tenant, business, real estate. Don’t let legal problems affect your health and well-being. Get it done, get it done right, get it done right now.



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The Friends In Business Network 760-613-6412 Free Monthly Mixers. Free Admission Food and Drink. Join and RSVP at TFIBN. com. Vendor Spaces $99 cash or ITEX. Call Art Kaliel at 760-613-6412.


SAN DIEGO BUSINESS CONNECTORS Carmenza David, founder 858-999-1113

Join us every 1st & 3rd Wednesday morning for a delicious breakfast in North County. From 8 to 10 a.m. $25 includes breakfast. Meet other leaders in your community; start your day surrounded by energetic, positive, ready to move and shake business owners. Come prepared to be ignited, to get inspired, to have fun and to make lasting connections!

Dr. Danielle Chavalarias, CEO, InnerOptimal 760-633-3328 - Encinitas Train your brain to improve your memory, the quality of your sleep, reduce your anxiety, alleviate procrastination, be more efficient and have more success.

PHYSICIANS 128 West E Street Encinitas, CA 760-931-1390

Medical eye examinations, eyeglasses and contact lenses, optical quality sunglasses, non-surgical LASIK program. We offer traditional eye health evaluations as well as nutritional counseling that supports healthy vision.

DIANA HOPPE, MD OBGYN Women’s Health for Life 760-635-5600

Feeling tired? Having Hot Flashes? Battling Brain Fog? Most women silently suffer because they don’t understand what’s going on with their body. Call today.



Judy Ann Foster 760-703-9941 • Women empowering women in friendship and business. Monthly luncheon, networking, table displays, vendors, introductions, announcements, shoutouts, speakers, door prize drawings & gifts.

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We encourage, support and motivate women to develop their true potential while having fun in the process. Monthly luncheon, networking, speakers, introductions, friendships, fellowship and fun!




Locally fresh produce & food delivery 760-560-3867 Shop our farmers’ market from home! Choose from a wide variety of produce and foods from our online farmers market. Daily Harvest’s longstanding relationships with many of the best organic farms in our community allows us to bring fresh, clean produce rich in vitamins and minerals straight to your door.


(in the Lumberyard) 765 South Coast Highway 101, Suite H-101 Encinitas, CA 92024 760-479-1977 Lotus Cafe is dedicated to serving fresh, natural, healthy food at affordable prices, prepared with love, simplicity, and a joyful heart. Our ingredients are sourced with care and are always natural.

ROLF METHOD OF STRUCTURAL INTEGRATION MINDFUL SOMATIC THERAPY Michael Mitchell H.H.P. C.M.T. 535 North Hwy. 101, Solana Beach 760-715-2122

Are you performing at your potential? Imbalance in your body creates compensations limiting your ability to perform with the energy and enjoyment you desire. Try a 1st session for 50 dollars with guaranteed results! The Rolf-Method of Structural Integration.


Charlene Handel 5650 El Camino Real, Ste. 230 Carlsbad, CA 92008 760-438-4600 Want incredible looking skin without using toxic injections or surgical procedures? Skin Fitness uses natural remedies based on kinesiological testing. Call today for your appointment.


Do you suffer from stress, anxiety, body aches or chronic pain? Combining sound therapy modalities like tuning forks and singing bowls with massage, myofacial release and trigger point can heal your body, mind and spirit.




Lisa Kalison, CCT, MPCHC 760-436-8811 San Diego, Temecula & Orange County Save your Breast Friends! Protect your health! See your immune system's earliest warning signs that conventional imaging can't see. Preserve your health, call Lisa.


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Offering ‘Advanced Reflexology’ combined with BioRegulation/PEMF Therapy & ‘Real Time Pain Relief’ cream with 20 healing ingredients. Works in 2-5 minutes. Come for Free Sample.


Virsitil specializes in creative website and graphic design. We LL 760-436-8811can help you with an existing website or a new one.

EXCELLENCE IN WINDOW CLEANING James “Jim” Cherrington, Owner PO Box 462373, Escondido, CA 92046 San Diego • 760-746-0713 Temecula • 951-302-9633


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Natural Awakening San Diego ~ May 2018  

Natural Awakenings is your guide to a healthier, more balanced life. In each issue readers find cutting-edge information on natural health,...

Natural Awakening San Diego ~ May 2018  

Natural Awakenings is your guide to a healthier, more balanced life. In each issue readers find cutting-edge information on natural health,...