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Contents 18 RISING ABOVE



How to Strengthen Your Resilience Muscle


22 BE ON THE BALL Putting Extra Fun into Fitness






Top 10 Heart Healthy Choices





Tips for Finding the Right Practice

32 CITY HOMESTEADING Creating Sustainable Urban Living


Secrets for Successful Love Matches

36 BANISHING BODY-IMAGE BLUES How Teens Can Learn to Love Their Looks

38 DO-GOOD DOGS DO ALMOST ANYTHING Service Animals Train to Help People in Need

DEPARTMENTS 10 news briefs 12 health briefs 16 global briefs 22 fit body 26 conscious eating 30 healing ways 32 green living 6

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s I was reading the article in this issue on exercise balls, I was reminded of some fun experiences I’ve had with these large “beachy” balls. I used to ride horses, dressage specifically. Years ago, I took a workshop intended to help with balance and core strengthening for dressage riding. The workshop didn’t actually involve horses, it involved large balls! We had numerous exercises using the balls in all kinds of ways. It was harder than it looked when the instructor demonstrated the exercises, but it was a lot of fun and surprisingly useful in our never-ending quest to become better, and more sensitive, dressage riders. But it seems we weren’t the only ones that had a use for these balls—the horses loved them too! Our stallion at the time needed to keep himself occupied, so one day I threw a large ball in with him and watched the antics begin. He tried to pick it up with his teeth, which didn’t work well and made him annoyed with this big round object. His next move was to rear and try to get it to move, which didn’t work either. Finally, all fours in the air and a twist and a kick, and that ball was moving! And he was chasing it and bunting it with his nose when it slowed down. It was a whole new slant on the term “exercise ball.” There’s more to the story though, as this ball wasn’t just of interest to our stallion. We had a family of foxes living under one of our buildings on the ranch, and the horse paddocks were an endless source of entertainment for the fox pups. Naturally, a large red ball appearing in their playground grabbed their attention. First, they stalked the ball, the bravest pup sneaking in for a closer look. Then he touched the ball, and it moved! Straight up in the air he went, scattering the other pups in every direction. Soon they were back and braver, playing and bumping the ball, leaping in the air, chasing each other—it was eye-watering, belly-laugh material! Amazingly, the ball stood up through all of this, and I ended up having to buy myself another one, as it was clear that my big red ball wasn’t leaving the paddock. I hope you enjoy this issue of Natural Awakenings. As always, please feel free to contact me with comments, suggestions or questions. This is your magazine—enjoy!

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The Love America Tour—An Evening with Marianne Williamson


merican spiritual teacher, author and lecturer Marianne Williamson is touring this year to spark discussion about how a revolution in consciousness paves the way to both personal and national renewal. She will be at Unity of Phoenix Spiritual Center, Friday, March 16, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. At a time when fear and hatred have been turned into a political force, is it possible to harness the powers of love and decency for political purposes as well? Our task is to create a new, whole-person politics, breaking free of a paradigm based on an outdated view of the world and embracing a more enlightened understanding of our relation to the universe. As with other extraordinary times in our history—from our founding to abolition to women’s suffrage to the civil rights era—it is time once again to break free of an old way of being and embrace a new story going forward. Cost: $50. Location: 1500 E. Greenway Pkwy., Phoenix. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 602-978-3337 or visit See ad, page 31.

Sprouts Expands Home Delivery Through Partnership with Instacart


prouts Farmers Market will offer home delivery in all of its major markets through a new partnership with Instacart, beginning in the healthy grocer’s home state of Arizona, where it has started rolling out the service. Phoenix customers in certain areas can now enjoy quick, convenient delivery of thousands of fresh, natural and organic products from Sprouts by simply visiting, or the Instacart website ( or mobile app, where they can choose to have their groceries delivered same day within one or two hours, or schedule a delivery for later in the week. And there is free delivery on a customer’s first order. For more information, visit


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Third Annual PHX Vegan Food Festival to Be Held February 24 at Larger Venue


he PHX Vegan Food Festival, presented by Davisson Entertainment, returns Saturday, February 24, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., with one-hour early entry for VIP ticket holders. To accommodate growing crowds and vendor demand, the event is moving to Margaret T. Hance Park, in downtown Phoenix. Due to the larger space, the festival will feature an expanded array of vendors, as well as additional beverage stations and upgraded entertainment experiences. The third annual event will showcase nearly 100 vegan and vegan-friendly restaurants, food trucks and product vendors. Restaurants, bakeries, food trucks, and food and beverage artisans will be selling their delicious creations. In addition, area vendors will be showcasing and selling their vegan-friendly offerings, including household products, body care items, clothing and accessories. There will also be cooking demonstrations and presentations by chefs and industry experts; a kids’ zone; live local music on three stages; and several no-host bars.  Cost: $25 in advance, $30 at the door; VIP admission: $50 in advance, $60 at the door; children 12 and under are free. Location: 1202 N. 3rd St., Phoenix. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit

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A study of more than 50,000 people in the Czech Republic by the Seventh-Day Adventist Loma Linda University, in California, found that those that made breakfast their largest meal of the day had lower body mass index (BMI) levels. Lunch as the largest daily meal showed the next best results. The researchers concluded that timing and frequency of meals play a role in predicting weight loss or gain. The two factors associated with higher BMI were eating more than three meals a day (snacks were counted as extra meals) and making dinner the day’s largest meal.

Moderate Exercise Guards Against Depression In Exercise and the Prevention of Depression, a study of 33,908 adults in Norway by the University of New South Wales, researchers found that one hour of exercise a week reduced depression in 12 percent of the subjects. The purpose of the study was to address whether exercise protects against new-onset depression and anxiety and if so, the intensity and amount of exercise required. They concluded that regular leisure-time exercise of any intensity provides protection against future depression, but not anxiety. Thus, increasing the population of people exercising may provide public mental health benefits and prevent a substantial number of new cases of depression. 12

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Cardiologist Rossella Di Stefano, with the University of Pisa, in Italy, led a study of 26 people and determined that eating a combination of dark chocolate and olive oil improved cholesterol levels and blood pressure after 28 days. She says, “Fruits and vegetables exert their protective effects through plant polyphenols found in cocoa, olive oil and apples. We found that eating small, daily portions of dark chocolate with added natural polyphenols from extra-virgin olive oil was associated with an improved cardiovascular risk profile. Our study suggests that extra virgin olive oil might be a good food additive to help preserve our ‘repairing cells’.”

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Research from the University of Texas at Arlington reported in The FASEB Journal, published by the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology, has found that zinc supplements can inhibit or slow the growth of esophageal cancer cells. The research also found that zinc deficiency is common among throat cancer patients. Zinc-rich foods include spinach, flax seeds, beef, pumpkin seeds and seafood such as shrimp and oysters.

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The Dangers of Mercury in Dental Fillings Many consumers are not aware that all silver-colored fillings, or dental amalgams, contain mercury. In fact, amalgam fillings are comprised of approximately 50 percent mercury, according to the World Health Organization and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Although banned or restricted in many other countries, these

fillings are still used in the U.S. Amalgam fillings pose risks to human health, and dental mercury released into the environment can cause long-lasting damage to wildlife. Jack Kall, a Doctor of Dental Medicine and chairperson of the board of the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology (IAOMT), a global network of dentists, health professionals and scientists that has been researching dental amalgam and other dental products since 1984, explains, “Mercury is continuously emitted from dental amalgam fillings, and it is absorbed and retained in the body, particularly in the brain, kidney, liver, lungs and gastrointestinal tract.� Unsafe amal-

gam removal techniques also raise health concerns. Some patients require the removal of amalgam fillings due to physical deterioration, while others have it done for cosmetic purposes (white-colored fillings match the teeth better) or because they prefer to have dental fillings that don’t contain mercury. However, removal of amalgam fillings without proper safety measures can potentially lead to patients, dentists, staff and the environment being exposed to unsafe levels of mercury. Safe Mercury Amalgam Removal Technique recommendations to mitigate dental mercury exposure are available at The IAOMT is based in ChampionsGate, FL. For more information, visit, or See ad, page 42.

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Antidepressants in Pregnancy Linked to Autism A study by the University of Bristol, England, of 254,610 young people from Stockholm showed that children born to mothers taking antidepressants during pregnancy had more than a 4 percent risk of autism, compared to less than a 3 percent risk in children born to mothers with psychiatric conditions not on antidepressants. Depression is common in women of childbearing age, with 3 to 8 percent of pregnant European women prescribed antidepressants. But with 95 percent of them bearing children without autism, the risks and benefits must be carefully weighed, say researchers.


Mindfulness Reduces Alcohol Cravings In a randomized, double-blind experiment published in the International Journal of Neuropsychopharmacology, University College London researchers found that among 68 heavy drinkers, just 11 minutes of recorded mindfulness training reduced drinking. Subjects were closely matched with an active control group that was taught relaxation techniques. Seven days later, the mindfulness group on average drank 9.3 fewer units of alcohol, roughly equal to three pints of beer, while the relaxation group showed no drop in alcohol consumption.


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THIRD-PERSON SELF-TALK AIDS IN EMOTIONAL CONTROL As reported in Scientific Reports, two studies of 37 and 52 people at Michigan State University have discovered that talking to ourselves in the third person using statements like, “Why is John upset?” instead of, “Why am I upset?” can help improve our ability to control our emotions. Everyone occasionally engages in internal monologue, an inner voice that guides our moment-to-moment reflections. Now, scientists believe that the language used in the process influences actions differently. The premise is that third-person self-talk leads us to think about ourselves similarly to how we think about others, which provides the psychological distance needed to facilitate self-control.


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Yes to Yarn

Popular Needlework Crafts Go Green

Whether for function, decoration or personal gifting, the skillful hobbies of yarn arts such as knitting, quilting, weaving, stitching, sewing, crocheting and macramé are going strong. The difference these days is that doing it eco-responsibly is enhancing the process. “More people are making and hand-dyeing their own yarn,” says blogger Ann Budd (, of Boulder, Colorado, former editor of Interweave Knits magazine and author of Knitting Green. “The results are beautiful with different color combinations, and even striping.” Also, more yarn is American-sourced. “Shearing and dyeing are done here to cut down on the overall carbon footprint,” explains Budd, who conducts workshops for shops and clubs, plus two annual learning retreats. This year’s are in Savannah, Georgia, from April 26 to 29, and in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin, from September 20 to 23. suggests Green Mountain Spinnery ( as a U.S. source of certified organic, natural fiber yarns processed without toxic oils, chemicals or dyes; Ecobutterfly Organics (Ecobutterfly. com), for vegan-friendly, fair trade and botanically dyed organic cotton yarns and fiber, recycled glass beads, buttons and kits; and Organic Cotton Plus (, offering certified organic woven and knit fabrics, hemp and hemp-blended fabrics, threads, ribbons and vegetable-based dyes. Interweave (, a craft magazine publisher, provides video and online education. Learn how to avoid potential hand and arm pain from repetitive motions with the new book Knitting Comfortably: The Ergonomics of Handknitting ( by San Francisco physical therapist and needlework teacher Carson Demers. For many needlework fans, charitable volunteering keeps their fingers flying. Members of the nonprofit Mittens for Detroit ( make mittens, gloves, hats and lapghans for children and adults in need. Donna Davis, of Roswell, New Mexico, has knitted hats for African newborns, wool items for Eastern European orphans and scarves for American artists. Learn more at

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Range Brutality

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Renewable Payoff


Last May, Germany’s renewable energy mix of solar, wind, hydropower and biomass generated so much power for a few hours that customers actually got paid for using electricity. The country’s renewable power sources generate 88 percent of total electricity demand, and growing wind power assets alone are expected to make the phenomenon a regular occurrence. When this happens, commercial producers either close power stations to reduce the electricity supply or pay consumers to take it off the grid.


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As we went to press, the fate of 90,000 wild horses and burros depended on Congressional action, as the U.S. Senate and House were hammering out differences in the delayed 2018 spending bill. The Senate version vowed to fund “humane and viable options” to the animal euthanasia allowed in the House bill. Last October, the National Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board recommended that the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) achieve its on-range population goal of 26,715 wild horses and burros while also phasing out the use of long-term holding facilities within three years. Killing tens of thousands of healthy animals would “be a betrayal of millions of taxpayers that want wild horses protected as intended in the 1971 Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act,” says Neda DeMayo, president of Return to Freedom Wild Horse Conservation. BLM has been tasked by Congress with the responsibility of protecting wild horses and other wildlife. The agency has balked at using affordable fertility control, despite ample evidence that it’s a more than 90 percent safe and effective means of population control, critics charge. Instead, it spends 65 percent of its annual budget in capturing, removing and warehousing animals.

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Auto Revolution

China, the world’s largest car market, is planning to stop production and sales of traditional energy vehicles in favor of electric vehicles (EV), and the decision has sped up competitive development by U.S. automakers. General Motors is promising to launch at least 20 new electric vehicles in the next six years. “General Motors believes the future is all-electric,” says Mark Reuss, the company’s head of product development. The falling cost of lithium-ion batteries also brings a tipping point into view, observers say. By 2025 it’s possible that electric drivetrains will have no cost disadvantage compared with internal combustion engines. Technology is fast resetting the outlook for what cars can do, how consumers use them and how much an EV will cost. Tesla, Ford and Japanese and European companies are also responding to what’s being called both “the age of electricity”, and “the age of personalized transportation”. 16

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Bureaucratic Bungle


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Monsanto Still Gaming the System

Monsanto, the company that makes the controversial weed killer Roundup, is setting farmer against farmer and state against state with its newest product, dicamba. Amid claims and counterclaims over effectiveness and safety of crops and humans, the debate is shedding new light on how new agricultural products are introduced, tested and regulated. One major difference with dicamba is the gaseous vaporization it uses to treat crops, causing the poison to spread onto neighboring plants via wind. Brad Williams, a Missouri farmer, says that leaves on trees were “so deformed you couldn’t even really identify the differences between them.” The manufacturer claims that proper usage protocols are not being followed. Some farmers agree, while others report crop damage and human health issues. One pivotal point of debate is which federal and state agencies have jurisdiction and the power to set enforceable guidelines. At stake are millions of acres that have already been sprayed, along with the future of non-GMO farms inadvertently contaminated by the dicamba sprayed on genetically modified crops that need the poison to survive.

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Britain May Charge Deposit to Reduce Bottle Litter Britain only recycled 57 percent of the plastic bottles that were sold there in 2016, and is considering charging a deposit fee to reduce litter. Scotland is also introducing a deposit return policy for cans and bottles. Denmark recycles 90 percent and South Australia 80 percent by using deposits as an incentive. UK Environment Secretary Michael Gove says that almost 8 million tons of plastic are dumped into the world’s oceans each year, with up to 80 percent washing out to sea from land. Gove is consulting with the industry to determine the advantages and disadvantages of different types of reward and return systems for plastic, metal and glass drinks containers. Britain’s decision to charge a deposit for each plastic bag in 2015 has slashed usage.

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Sealife Sanctuary Greenpeace Lobbies to Create Huge Antarctic Preserve

The South Pole is Earth’s last uninhabited outpost, and Greenpeace seeks to establish an Antarctic sanctuary of almost three-quarters of a million square miles in the Weddell Sea adjacent to the vast continent that would protect whales, penguins and other wildlife. The nonprofit has called for governments to show greater vision and ambition. Frida Bengtsson, head of the Greenpeace Antarctic campaign, states, “Over the next 12 months, we have an opportunity to make history: to create an Antarctic Ocean sanctuary which would be the largest protected area on Earth.” She notes that it would also ensure healthier oceans that soak up carbon dioxide to moderate climate change. The proposal, submitted by the European Union and promoted by the German government, will be considered in October by the governmental bodies responsible for managing the Antarctic marine environment. It follows the successful adoption of the Ross Sea sanctuary in 2016. February 2018


ADVERSITY How to Strengthen Your Resilience Muscle by April Thompson

At one time or another, an estimated 70 percent of people experience a life-altering traumatic event, and most grow stronger from surviving it, according to decades of research by leading institutions like Harvard and Yale universities and the University of Pennsylvania. We can prepare now for life’s inevitable hurdles and setbacks by developing the skills and tools of resilience.


t’s an incredibly hopeful message: We can go through the most terrible things imaginable and still get through to a better place,” says David B. Feldman, associate professor of counseling psychology at California’s Santa Clara University and co-author with Lee Daniel Kravetz of Supersurvivors: The Surprising Link Between Suffering and Success. Such researchers have found that, like elastic stretched beyond its normal limits, people often don’t just bounce back to their old form, but stretch and expand in new ways. The pair conducted in-depth case studies of survivors of extreme traumatic experiences that went on to do bold things. Just one case in point: After losing a leg in a car accident, college basketball player Casey Pieretti reinvented himself as a successful Hollywood stuntman. According to many studies, 60 to 80 percent of people grow in some way from personal trauma, known as “post-traumatic growth”, according to Feldman. “It can be as simple as appreciating each day more. It can mean deepening relationships. It may result in a renewed sense of spirituality. Or, it might take one’s life in a dramatically different direction,” he says. Ila Eckhoff, a financial executive in New York City, has experienced more than her share of


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challenges: developing cerebral palsy as a toddler, enduring 12 childhood surgeries, losing her mother at age 11 and four years ago, her husband. “All of the struggles and losses brought me here, now,” says Eckhoff. “Nobody ever said life was easy. We have greater appreciation for the things that we had to struggle to achieve.” Choosing self-directedness instead of self-pity in the face of challenges differentiates those that thrive from those that merely survive, observes Catherine Morisset, a life coach from Ottawa, Canada, who specializes in resilience. “It’s taking responsibility for life and managing the way you want to live it. We all have choices, even in the face of difficulty,” she says.



Mastering an Optimal Outlook

how much time you spend with them, that matters. All you need is at least one person you can count on.” “Challenges don’t define you. How you “We are built to be connected respond does,” remarks Doug Hensch, with others. It has a significant impact an executive coach and author of Posiin regulating stress,” says Southwick, a tively Resilient: 5½ Secrets to Beat Stress, co-author of Resilience: The Science of Overcome Obstacles, and Defeat Anxiety. Mastering Life’s Greatest He attests that having a Parents do a Challenges, from West growth mindset is vital, disservice to their Haven, Connecticut. focusing on strengths Over the past two dewithout disregarding kids when they cades, Southwick and his areas needing improvetry to remove colleagues have studied ment. adversity from their three groups that have Maintaining a come through harrowing lives. When little balanced outlook that’s events: being Vietnam things go wrong, realistic, yet positive, enables individuals to rather than rush to War prisoners, Special Forces instructors and move on from trauma. fix it, let the kids civilians. They found For supersurvivors, figure out a solution. people that rebounded being pragmatic serves They’ll realize it’s not strongly often shared them far better than a false sense of optimism the end of the world. common attributes, including embracing a about bad situations, ~Doug Hensch spiritual outlook and Feldman found, saying, social network. “They grieved losses, but In 2013, Damon Redd, of Boulder, thought realistically about what to do Colorado, awoke to a severe flooding next.” event, with his home and business buried “Optimism in the best sense is under five feet of mud and water that focusing on the positive without denying nearly wiped out his clothing business, the negative, while focusing on what’s in Kind Design, overnight. “It was the hardyour control,” notes Hensch. est thing I’ve ever gone through, to lose Martin Seligman, known as the “faeverything I had built. It also gave me ther of positive psychology”, found that a new perspective on what’s important. when people take setbacks personally, It made me aware that you can replace viewing them as permanent, pervasive physical things, but you can’t replace and personal, they develop a sense of memories. My mind was blown away by learned helplessness that inhibits growth the support I received.” and happiness. “It’s important not to Redd ended up paying forward the ‘catastrophize’ or generalize a failure kindness. “We cleaned and repaired and extend it to other areas of life,” says 1,500 pairs of gloves in our inventory Dr. Steven M. Southwick, a professor of that were damaged that day, and are dopsychiatry at Yale University School of nating them to search-and-rescue teams Medicine who focuses on post-traumatic and ski patrols. The more good you do, stress disorder and resilience. the more good other people will do,” Redd professes. Make Caring Connections Altruism and owning a moral Social networks are critical in the face code is another common characteristic of challenges, resilience experts agree. “When we are wronged or feel unsafe, it’s of resilient individuals, according to Southwick. Having a purpose is a huge natural to withdraw when we should do the opposite,” says Feldman. “It’s also not indicator of whether a person will rise the number of friends you have, or even to the occasion. “You can endure almost


Helpful Organizations provides a supportive space online for survivors of trauma and adversity to share stories, connect with others and get help from experts. Resilience-Project normalizes setbacks and failures as part and parcel of professional and personal growth, and provides Stanford University students and faculty a platform to swap stories and coping strategies. Resilience.Education.UTexas. edu conveys an interactive e-learning platform developed by the University of Texas at Austin to foster a better understanding of resilience and develop related skills.

Films and Books

Charged: The Eduardo Garcia Story documents the journey of chef and outdoorsman Eduardo Garcia, whose life changed irrevocably when he was jolted with 2,400 volts of electricity while hiking in Montana. Garcia lost his hand, ribs and muscle mass, but survived the injury with the help of his former partner, and became an athlete and speaker for the Challenged Athletes Foundation. Unbroken depicts the life of Olympian and war hero Louis Zamperini, who survived 47 days on a raft after a near-fatal plane crash in World War II, only to be captured by the Japanese Navy and sent to a prisoner-of-war camp. The film is based on the nonfiction book of the same name by Laura Hillenbrand, herself the survivor of a disabling chronic illness. The 33 tells the true tale of 33 miners trapped inside a mine in San Jose, Chile, for more than two months, the longest such entrapment in history. All were rescued alive. Wild is based on Cheryl Strayed’s memoir of her solo hike of 1,000-plus miles on the Pacific Crest Trail without any training, following the loss of her mother and marriage. February 2018


anything if you have a most grateful for. I close Experts point out mission, or believe what that there isn’t any my eyes, take a deep breath and say them. It you are doing has meanone perfect formula brings me focus, reduces ing. It gives you great or single must-have stress and reminds me strength,” he says. of how lucky I am,” she In 2016, Bobbi trait for building Huffman lost her high resilience, and none says. Morisset suggests school sweetheart and we can’t develop. making incremental husband to suicide a few Learning a skill like changes to strengthen days before Valentine’s our resilience muscles. Day. As she began to mindfulness is an process the tragedy, she easy place to start. “Success builds success and failure builds saw two choices ahead: failure, so do something you know you “Drop into a deep depression and give can accomplish and build on that,” she up or focus on our deep love for one counsels. another, get into therapy, and make a Writing can also be a good coping difference by inspiring, encouraging and tool, according to Hensch. “Just write helping others,” says Huffman. about your emotions. It’s amazing how She chose the latter, asking for much you can learn about yourself and professional help and signing up for how calming it can be.” the 16-mile Overnight Walk for Suicide Good times are the best times to bePrevention, in New York City. “Getting gin “resilience training” notes Hensch. “I into the best shape of my life at age 50 became my passion. As I walked through sought out a therapist once I had turned the corner after my divorce and was datthe night, I reflected on our beautiful memories as a couple. It was an amazing, ing someone and my business was taking off. It was precisely because I knew healing experience,” reflects Huffman. something else would likely happen, and Forgiveness—whether for others or I wanted to be better prepared for it,” he ourself—is another key to help us move forward, reports Feldman. “Often, people recalls. Applying positive self-talk when can get stuck in blame, but resentment something blindsides us helps, as does keeps people shackled to the past. If and not expecting to handle things perfectly. when a person is ready to forgive, wide“There’s nothing wrong with just staying spread research indicates that it can lead afloat when you’re in the middle of trauto better health outcomes.” ma or adversity. One key to happiness in life is just managing expectations. It’s Strengthening Our okay to be anxious, sad and worried at Resilience Muscle times—in fact, it’s healthy,” says Hensch. Experts point out that there isn’t any one Hardships are just that: hard. Howperfect formula or single must-have trait ever, with time and experience, resilient for building resilience, and none we can’t individuals come to trust their ability develop. Learning a skill like mindfulto get through them, large and small. ness is an easy place to start. “Resiliency is not about how you bounce “Resilient people don’t try to avoid back from a single traumatic event; it’s stress, but learn how to manage and how you respond every day to the chalmaster it,” says Southwick. “Mindfulness lenges that life presents,” Eckhoff has meditation requires practice, but through learned. “Repetitive use of this ‘muscle’ it, you can learn to regulate emotions builds strength and enables you to do and relax the nervous system.” more and sometimes, the impossible.” Eckhoff practices mindfulness several times a day with a one-minute gratiConnect with April Thompson, in tude meditation. “I have five things I am Washington, D.C., at 20

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The Thyroid-Gut Connection


by Paul Stallone

he thyroid is a small organ that secretes hormones that controls the body’s temperature, heartbeat and brain processing, in addition to basically maintaining homeostasis throughout the body. This little organ has a big job to do, and unfortunately it can malfunction, creating a host of problems. As the thyroid is in the neck, many may not realize the importance the gut plays in thyroid health. The GI (gastrointestinal) tract does much more than process what we eat. It contains about 70 percent of our immune system, and 99 percent of our neurotransmitters are created in the intestines. Also, an important conversion takes place in the intestines: This is where the body converts T4, a thyroid hormone, to T3, another thyroid hormone. Many patients with a thyroid hormone imbalance also have digestive issues, which makes perfect sense. The GI tract is lined with lymph tissue. When this tissue becomes stressed or inflamed, the adrenals release cortisol.

Cortisol is a very important hormone, but too much of it creates havoc. The thyroid reacts to higher-than-normal levels of cortisol by decreasing its own hormone production. Constantly producing too much cortisol will eventually exhaust the adrenals, leading to adrenal fatigue. The liver has a significant role in thyroid function. The majority of our thyroid hormones are converted into active forms in the liver. When the GI tract is compromised, the liver is also impacted. A liver in this situation is limited in its ability to metabolize thyroid hormones, but subsequently allows thyroid-disrupting hormones back into circulation. When the thyroid malfunctions, the result is either too little or not enough hormones being produced. Hypothyroidism is a weak and underactive thyroid, and most often results in fatigue, weight gain, heartbeat issues, cold intolerance and memory problems. High cholesterol and heart trouble can also be affected by hypothyroidism, which may lead to serious complications. Now, if the thyroid is producing too many hormones, symptoms could be weight loss, tremors, heat intolerance, sleep disturbances and fatigue. Hyperthyroidism essentially speeds up bodily functions because of the increased levels of secreted hormones. This can put a lot of stress on vital organs. A healthy thyroid is often taken for granted. We don’t realize how hard it has to work until it stops working properly. Most will suffer silently for years before seeking help, but, even then, a correct diagnosis can take time. Many conventional physicians only treat the symptom, a system that never addresses the root cause of a condition. This means a cure is almost impossible. This is where a naturopathic physician becomes invaluable. They understand the delicate web of relation within the body, including the thyroid-gut connection. Paul Stallone, NMD, founded the Arizona Integrative Medical Center, located at 8144 E. Cactus Rd., Ste. 820, in Scottsdale. He combines natural/alternative/conventional treatments for each patient’s needs. For more information, call 480-214-3922 or visit See ad, inside front cover and page 14.

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Be On the Ball Putting Extra Fun into Fitness by Marlaina Donato


heir playful appearance as a beach ball look-alike makes exercise balls welcome props in home workouts, gyms and yoga studios. “They’re a fun training tool for every age, from children to maturing Baby Boomers,” says Dennis Fuchs, CEO of TheraGear, in Sumas, Washington. “Exercise balls are affordable and offer many benefits, from enhanced mobility to reduced risk of injury and increased athletic performance.” Originally developed by Italian plastic manufacturer Aquilino Cosani in 1963 as a toy called the Gymnastik and then used by British and Swiss physical therapists to help orthopedic patients, the ball has since come a long way to serve fitness needs. Also known as Swiss, stability, balance, physio- and Pilates balls, this colorful piece of equipment can range in size from 14 to 34 inches to be appropriate for a user’s height ( RightSizeExerciseBall).


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Core Strength Without Strain Stability balls are recommended by fitness trainers and chiropractors for their ability to build core strength and increase flexibility of pelvic muscles without putting unnecessary strain on the back. “The core is a series of muscles used in almost all functional movement; tailored exercises focus both on abdominal and back strength and pelvic and hip stability,” explains Linnea Pond, an exercise instructor at the Pocono Family YMCA, in Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania. Using an exercise ball also promotes full body conditioning. “Swiss ball training connects the brain with stabilizer muscles, improving gross motor skills and upper body strength, as well,” Fuchs elaborates. “These versatile training balls help equip an individual to handle the functional demands of sports and everyday life.”

Recovery from Injury and Illness


Exercise balls are used in occupational therapy for stroke patients and others recovering from injury. “A stroke deadens part of the brain, and to regain movement in an affected arm or leg, an unaffected part of the brain must take over the lost function. The goal of the therapist is to establish new neural pathways through repetition and visual reinforcement. We have patients do simple exercises with the ball hundreds of times so these pathways start to form,” explains Bob Schrupp, a physical therapist and founder of Therapy Network, in Winona, Minnesota. One goal for physical and occupational therapists is to help clients perform rehabilitation exercises that also motivate them to continue exercising. While the ball is an excellent tool in clinical settings, Schrupp cautions, “After a stroke, or if you’re older or in poor health, it’s always best to check with your doctor or physical therapist to determine if stability ball exercises are appropriate.”

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nant women, children and seniors to stay fit. Exercising with a ball can help older individuals increase flexibility, especially in the hips, with cardiac strengthening as a bonus. Pregnant women can safely increase and maintain abdominal strength as the baby grows, and in doing so, care for muscles that will help them through labor. “Pregnancy can throw a woman off balance, and a growing baby puts pressure on internal organs. Pressing the back on a stability ball against a wall offers support for squats. Sitting on a ball helps maintain good posture and pelvic mobility, and reduces low back pain,” explains Pond. Incorporating the ball into yoga or Pilates routines prompts different muscles into action because it calls on the body’s learned ability to sense and respond to movement, termed proprioception. Pond says, “Proprioception is challenged just from sitting on the ball; there are immediate physical adjustments made to maintain posture and stability. In yoga, the ball is another tool to increase flexibility and balance.”

School and Workplace Exercise balls are increasingly replacing traditional chairs in classrooms and offices, and teachers are reporting better grades and attention span as a result, while workers appreciate better-toned muscles and enhanced balance. Maintaining good posture by sitting on the ball also increases blood circulation throughout the body, including the brain. Regarding the equipment’s eye-catching appearance, Schrupp sees a helpful bonus: “The ball is a big, colorful reminder to perform your exercises.” Marlaina Donato is a freelance writer, author and multimedia artist. Connect at

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February 2018


Medical Marijuana Combined with Yoga Can Create Deeper Body Awareness by Bre Wolfe


t’s a late Saturday afternoon, 4:20 to be exact. The sun is just beginning to start its transition toward evening. A small disparate group gathers under a commercial carport at a downtown Phoenix business. The carport has been sectioned off with drapes. Inside, a table, chairs and indoor/outdoor carpet, along with hanging plants, transform this parking area into the feeling of a backyard patio. The small group exchanges pleasantries. The people come from all walks of life. They don’t fit any stereotypical definition. There’s a mix of economic backgrounds, education levels and interests. But the rapport between each member is authentic, warm and sincerely caring. The one thing they share happens to be what they’re most passionate about: their commitment to health. They are here to do 4:20 Yoga (4:20 is code for marijuana). They’ve come to experience plant medicine in the form of cannabis mixed with yoga. Although their journey getting to this point is as varied as the individuals, the common theme that surfaces is the need for release and healing. These brave wayshowers are fighting the social stigma of the “typical stoner” and instead embracing deep self-compassion and release through the combination of medical marijuana and yoga.


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One 30-something yogi comes because he says it helps relieve the pain of 10 surgeries, while another says it eases his fight against candida. One more has lupus and another is suffering from a broken heart. Along with everyone else, they head into the studio, settle on their mats and begin to slowly start focusing exclusively on themselves. For many, this is the one space and only time they have to finally tune into their body, their thoughts and their needs. Marijuana can slow the perception of time, as well as heighten the senses. When paired with yin restorative yoga, it can promote profound inner awareness. The instructor guides the class into deep relaxation through breath, imagery and slow, restorative asana. Fascia, connective tissue, tendons and ligaments finally unclench. When the body is relaxed, it can better restore and repair itself. Long-held physical patterns dissolve as breath flows deeply in and out of the body like waves flowing to and from shore. What we cannot see but what is reported by these yogis is that longlearned negative energetic patterns are also dissolving. Class ends with a crystal bowl sound bath. When it’s over, no one is in a hurry to leave. They sit and they linger. Finally,

hugs and words of encouragement are exchanged before each yogi heads back into their life and out into the world. They are relaxed and breathing more easily. They are feeling a little more peaceful and a lot more certain of who they are. 420 Yoga is offered by Healing Herb Yoga. It is the first medical marijuana yoga class offered in an Arizona studio. All participants must have a valid Arizona medical marijuana license. Each person brings their own cannabis. Among other health conditions, medical researchers are now looking at marijuana’s role in slowing the growth of cancer and the progression of Alzheimer’s, as well as helping reduce pain, anxiety and arthritis symptoms. Marijuana is also credited in helping some patients with epilepsy, glaucoma, multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s disease. Bre Wolfe is a 500-RYT yoga instructor and certified professional life coach. She is the founder of Healing Herb Yoga and teaches donationbased 420 Yoga every Saturday at 4:20 p.m. at Urban Wellness, located at 2024 N. 7th St., in Phoenix. For more information or to connect with Wolfe, visit

February 2018


Foods Our Heart Will Love

Top 10 Heart Healthy Choices by Judith Fertig


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ow do I love thee? Let me count the ways.” Elizabeth Barrett Browning once penned this unforgettable line to her husband and fellow poet, Robert Browning. Let us also count the ways to improve our loved ones’ heart health: Lower blood pressure. Modulate irregular heartbeats. Avoid plaque build-up in arteries. Improve blood flow to the heart. We can love our hearts with 10 superfoods that just might make perfect ingredients for a Valentine’s Day meal, starting with dark chocolate.


Cocoa powder. Cacao’s flavanols lower blood pressure, reduce the risk of stroke and act as antioxidants to prevent inflammation. Dr. JoAnn E. Manson, a physician, doctor of public health and professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School affiliate Brigham and Women’s Hospital, in Cambridge, Massachusetts, confirms, “Between 400 and 900 milligrams (mg) a day of cocoa flavanols may favorably affect several


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mechanisms and pathways related to cardiovascular disease prevention.” Not all chocolate is created equal. Manson recommends chocolate with cocoa or cacao as the first ingredient, not sugar. She and her colleagues are currently conducting the Cocoa Supplement and Multivitamin Outcomes Study, a large-scale, randomized study of 18,000 U.S. men and women testing the benefits of ingesting 600 mg per day of cocoa flavanols.


Raspberries. Just one-half cup of berries a day can provide plenty of phytonutrients and antioxidants for decreasing inflammation and preventing heart disease, says Wendy Bazilian, a doctor of public health and registered dietitian in San Diego, and author of The SuperFoodsRx Diet: Lose Weight with the Power of SuperNutrients. “Whirl them into a breakfast smoothie, add them to a green salad or combine them with dark chocolate for a tasty, heart-healthy dessert,” she advises.

High in magnesium— about 764 mg per cup—roasted pumpkin seeds, or pepitas, top the list of heart-healthy nuts and seeds. Magnesium is an important electrolyte that helps the heart fire on all cylinders and not skip a beat. Improvements in lipid profiles can occur with a daily intake of 365 mg, or about a halfcup, of pepitas. Enjoy roasted pumpkin seeds as a snack or scatter them in a salad, bowl of chili or soup for a delicious crunch.



Fresh avocados supply magnesium, plus they’re a good source of potassium, another electrolyte the heart needs for optimum functioning. “You probably know bananas and citrus fruits are top sources of potassium, but I like avocados because they also supply healthy fats,” says Dr. Stephen T. Sinatra, a board-certified cardiologist with the HeartMD Institute, in Manchester, Connecticut.

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Salmon. Full of omega-3 fatty acids, wild-caught salmon (about two six-ounce weekly servings) helps reduce systemic inflammation and risk of developing atherosclerosis, hypertension and stroke, according to Dr. Josh Axe, of Nashville, Tennessee. Beyond prevention, omega-3s in oily fish are also widely known to treat atherosclerosis, normalize heart rhythms and help lower blood pressure, cholesterol and triglyceride levels, as well as significantly lower the risk of stroke.

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Almonds. Sinatra recommends a handful of almonds a day to raise HDL, a form of “good” cholesterol he likens to a “lipid garbage truck” that picks up oxidized “bad” LDL in the bloodstream and carries it to the liver for processing.


Extra-Virgin Olive Oil. Cold-pressed

extra-virgin olive oil with a high phenol content can help lower blood pressure (via about two tablespoons daily), make more efficient and protective HDL cholesterol, and protect the inner lining of arteries.


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Beet Juice.

A 2015 study in the journal Hypertension found that two daily eight-ounce glasses of beet juice can help reduce high blood pressure. Beets contain a natural dietary nitrate found in previous studies to lower high blood pressure. Enjoy beet juice in smoothies, as a tart drink known as a “shrub” (beet juice with raspberry vinegar) or in soups like borscht.



Garlic. Allicin, the sulfur compound that gives garlic its distinctive aroma, helps keep blood thin and flowing optimally, says Sinatra. The freshest chopped garlic offers the best benefits, according to a study from the University of Connecticut School of Medicine.


Drinking about one cup of pomegranate juice a day for three months can improve blood flow to the heart, reports a study in the American Journal of Cardiology. The ultimate reason of all to keep our hearts in good working order was voiced by Helen Keller: “The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart.” Judith Fertig writes cookbooks and foodie fiction from Overland Park, KS ( February 2018




by Ingo Mahn

s you look through the pages of this issue of Natural Awakenings and see the advertisements for holistic dentists, you may be asking yourself, “Exactly how is that philosophy different from what ‘conventional’ dentists do?” The answer is pretty straightforward. For dentists, the training in dental school has always been very mechanical in nature. In other words, they are taught to look for physical problems, such as decay, missing teeth or infections, and fix them. Not much thought is given to the rest of the patient. Holistic dentists (also referred to as natural or biological dentists), on the other hand, are extremely concerned with how these procedures and dental materials affect the overall health of the patient. The single greatest issue dividing conventional and holistic dentists, concerns the use of mercury dental amalgams, aka “silver” fillings. This has been a source of heated discussion ever since the late 1800s, when mercury amalgams were first introduced. Even the conventional dentists can’t seem to agree on this issue. Not too long ago, there was a time when a dentist in the Midwest could lose


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his or her license for informing patients about the dangers of mercury from amalgam, while a dentist in California could lose it for not doing so—go figure! The other areas where holistic dentists disagree with their conventional colleagues include the use of fluoride and root canals. Whole books have been written on these subjects, but let’s just briefly touch on each, starting with fluoride. While most holistic dentists avoid fluoride at all costs, the conventionalminded American Dental Association touts it as one of the greatest health discoveries of our time. Unfortunately, the science does not support its position. A review of the published literature on fluoride by The Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons discovered no valid studies showing ingesting fluoride to be of any benefit. Many communities in the United States and most European nations have ceased fluoridation of their water supplies (does it really make sense to medicate the entire population?). That being said, there are some benefits to using fluoride when applied to the teeth in a topical manner. So, what’s the problem with root

canals? Well, when a tooth is vital and healthy, a lymph-like fluid flows through the millions of tubules that make up the root of the tooth. Once a tooth dies (due to trauma or infection) and the area where the nerve used to be is filled, this fluid becomes stagnant and can harbor highly toxic bacteria. These organisms can be difficult to detect because they do not produce the type of symptoms usually associated with infections. They can, however, produce powerful enzyme-inhibiting toxins. As a result, many holistic dentists choose to extract, rather than “root canal” dead or infected teeth. The concept of an infected or toxic tooth causing illness in another part of the body is known as the “focal infection” theory, one that conventional dentistry has never subscribed to. That may be changing, however. With the discovery of the connection between gum disease and heart disease (sounds an awful lot like that focal infection theory), there has been more and more talk about the importance of good oral health in achieving better overall health. Conventional and holistic dentists may still be a long way from seeing eye to eye, but there is no doubt patients are better served when their dentist is looking out for their oral as well as their overall health. Ingo Mahn, DDS, AIAOMT, is a 1985 graduate of Marquette University School of Dentistry. He is an accredited member of the IAOMT (International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology) and earned a doctorate in integrative medicine from Capital University, in Georgetown. He recently opened Natural Dental Partners, a high-tech, health-centered practice in North Phoenix. For more information, including a listing of his upcoming live seminars, visit See ad, page 7.




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Tips for Finding the Right Practice by April Thompson


ore Americans than ever before are seeking the benefits of meditation, which notably improves mental, physical and spiritual health. Choosing from its many styles and traditions can be daunting for a new meditator, as is figuring out how to incorporate such a practice into a busy life.

Universal Appeal “Meditation is for people of all spiritual backgrounds. As a tool to develop awareness, it can enhance what you already believe and practice,” assures Diana Lang, the Los Angeles author of Opening to Meditation: A Gentle, Guided Approach and a spiritual counselor who has taught meditation for 37 years. For Jackie Trottmann, a Christian author from St. Louis, Missouri, there is no contradiction between a meditation practice and her faith; rather, they complement one another. For her, “Prayer is like talking to God, whereas 30

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meditation is listening to God. Before I came to meditation, I had been doing all the talking.” She came to meditation during a trying period working in sales and marketing. “When a friend gave me a meditation CD, I popped it in after a stressful conference call and felt instantly calmed. Ten years later, meditation has gone beyond quieting the mind; it’s sunk into my heart and spirit,” says Trottmann, who went on to publish her own CDs at “I came to meditation tired of habitual suffering and stress, and wanting to be happier,” says Bill Scheinman, a coach in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), which he refers to as “mindfulness practice without the Buddhist jargon.” The Oakland, California, instructor has taught mindfulness in settings ranging from corporations to prisons, drawing from a range of meditative disciplines and 23 years of intensive practice.

“Millions are seeking more mindfulness through meditation, but don’t know how to go about it,” says Sean Fargo, a Berkeley, California, meditation instructor and former Buddhist monk. “The key is to take baby steps, like going to the gym for the first time. Start by practicing a few minutes a day; just pay attention to something such as the sensations of breathing, without judgment.” “Having taught meditation to tens of thousands of people, I would say the most common issue is that beginning meditators don’t think they’re doing it right. It’s important not to judge yourself or have loaded expectations about the experience,” notes Lang. She suggests starting wherever we are right now, adding, “Whatever book, class or teacher you first stumble upon is a clue.” But that doesn’t call for rigidly adhering to a particular type of meditation forever.

Assess Benefits “Shop around and try different things, but at some point, you will begin to discover what works for you,” advises Scheinman. In trying to decide which meditation practice is right for us, “Go with what feels juicy,” says Fargo, who founded, offering 1,500 free mindfulness meditations, worksheets and talks. “You’re more likely to do what feels alive and enlivening.” The act of meditating can be uncomfortable, but the challenges are part of its power. Scheinman remarks. “If you establish a daily practice, eventually, you will become more clear-headed, kinder and happier. That’s how you know your practice is working—not how you feel during meditation itself.” Consistency is key. It’s not effective to only meditate when you feel good, he says.

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Mindfulness practices go by many names, from vipassana to MBSR, and can be done sitting or walking, but all

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are focused on cultivating moment-tomoment awareness. “Mindfulness is about being aware: deliberately paying attention to body sensations, thoughts and emotions. Focused attention is on the body, heart and mind,” explains Scheinman. Guided visualization differs from most forms of meditation in that the meditator is intentionally creating a mental image, typically one of a peaceful, beautiful place. Typically, the goal of a guided visualization is deep relaxation and stress reduction. Mantra meditations involve continuous repetition of a word, phrase or sound, drawing spiritual power from the sound’s vibration, as well as its meaning. Many mantras are uttered in a tradition’s native language, such as shanti, meaning peace in Sanskrit. Teachers like Lang prefer to use mantras in English that meditators can more easily grasp, such as, “Love is the way.” Breathing meditation. Meditation experts say our ever-present breath is a sound foundation for a meditation practice, as well as an easy place to start. “Tapping into the power of our breath is vital; it cleanses our system,” says Trottmann.

Sometimes adversity is what you need to face in order to become successful. ~Zig Ziglar

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February 2018


CITY HOMESTEADING Creating Sustainable Urban Living


by Randy Kambic

omesteading is a broad field. “Along with planting produce, we encourage people to compost, change how they use water, learn about biochar—a long-term soil amendment that returns carbon to the earth— and employ creative economics, including bartering and food-sharing systems,”


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says K. Ruby Blume, of Grants Pass, Oregon, who founded the Institute of Urban Homesteading, in Oakland, California, a decade ago ( She’s also co-author of Urban Homesteading: Heirloom Skills for Sustainable Living. Blume was recently engaged to invite speakers and coordinate presenta-

tion content for the three-day online Gardening and Homesteading Skills Summit hosted by The Shift Network. Last October, 20 leading farmers, master gardeners, homesteaders and other experts shared innovative, environmentally friendly advice for providing food and adopting eco-friendly practices. Blume, who grows fruit and vegetables and raises chickens, sheep and bees on 22 acres, plans to launch her Fantastic Farm Store this month, and will offer spring classes at her institute, as well as at the Rogue River Community Center, in southern Oregon. “Everyone should grow their favorite vegetable from seed; think about the animal if eating meat; and take a nature field study class. These all connect us to nature and our world,” advises Blume.

Food as Medicine David Crow, teacher, author of In Search of the Medicine Buddha and founder of Floracopeia Aromatic Treasures (, is a leader in research and development of growing herbs for medicine, working from Grass Valley, California. He extols the importance of gardens of all types—backyards, schools, neighborhoods and public spaces. “They can strengthen communities, beautify life and reduce crime,” he says. In his home state, he helped launch The Learning Garden, at Venice High School, in 2001. “It’s an eye-opener for youngsters, and they take pride in ownership.” People without a garden plot can place a pot inside or on a balcony or find a community garden. “Medicinal plants don’t have to be a luxury of the wealthy. You can spend a fraction of the $30 for a drug prescription in growing most of them, and then trade for others with neighbors,” says Crow. He particularly values oregano, thyme, rosemary, lavender and basil. To increase yields, home gardeners may consider daily drip irrigation—a system of tubes positioned just above the soil, with tiny holes spaced at regular intervals. It can conveniently work on a timer with an automatic shutoff dur-

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ing rain. Other benefits include water conservation and better soil structure by avoiding puddles from manual watering. “Drip irrigation can be especially helpful during dry spells, which can run two to four weeks in many climates,” says Robert Kourik (, landscape consultant, horticultural researcher and author of Drip Irrigation for Every Landscape and Climate, and last year’s Understanding Roots. “It can be effective for virtually any fruit or vegetable, except water crops like rice and cranberries.”

approach, as well as engineering, data and technology efficiencies, to a project.” Along with green building goals like zero net energy, Rosenbaum strives to create homes that are healthy, comfortable, resource-efficient, durable and adaptable by the people that inhabit them. Along with being part of the slow food movement and do-it-yourself trends, Blume believes, “Homesteading gives people the feeling they are making

a positive difference by making sustainable changes in their lifestyle and home.” For summit recordings or transcripts and notices of upcoming events like the online annual Plant Medicine Telesummit in March, visit Randy Kambic, an Estero, FL, freelance editor and writer, regularly contributes to Natural Awakenings.

Green Living Carol Venolia, author, speaker and architect in Santa Rosa, California, ( has designed homes of straw, earth and sustainably sourced and reclaimed wood throughout the West. She consults on greening schools, healing centers, camps and eco-villages, and stresses the benefits of sunlight as in her new e-book, Get Back to Nature Without Leaving Home. She says, “Sunlight’s many wavelengths, shifting directions and intensities render biological effects that keep us functioning well. Watch how it enters your home; changes occur daily and seasonally.” It’s easy to move furniture to align with sunshine. In warmer climates, attach plant trellises or fabric awnings outside windows to filter or direct reflected light. “Add a potted plant to a window and a picture of a natural scene on a wall. Take the time to get out into woodlands,” advises Venolia. She commends Marc Rosenbaum, of South Mountain Company, in Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts, as a green building leader who “brings a soulful February 2018


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Mark Rosenfeld’s Secrets for Successful Love Matches by Alison James

Both genders face significant, yet different, challenges, and so believe the other gender has it easier. Men want to feel cared for and heard. Many are terrified to approach a woman; they fear rejection or not being a good enough provider. Often, when a woman perceives that a man needs space, it’s his fears and insecurities that are keeping him from deeper intimacy.

What mistakes do women make in the courtship phase? Women often get ahead of themselves in the dating stage, instead of taking enough time to let things unfold. I tell women to slow down and date multiple men to counter that tendency. It’s also good to “widen the funnel” and date different types of men, especially if you seem to attract the so-called “wrong” type. Keep deep emotions and commitments out of the courtship phase, while you discover who someone is and if they are right for you.

Why do both genders need to nurture their feminine energy?


ustralian author, speaker and dating coach Mark Rosenfeld knows firsthand the challenges of navigating romantic relationships. After struggling with shyness, he took on a confidence-boosting job as an exotic dancer in 2011, working with men at both ends of the assertiveness spectrum. In this milieu, he gained a better understanding of men’s thoughts and actions related to women. Through his career as a dancer while in his own satisfying relationship, Rosenfeld also personally communicated with about 50,000 women, many of which opened up about their


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own trials and tribulations with dating. A resident of Brisbane, Rosenfeld launched the website MakeHimYours. in 2014, sharing what he’s learned in order to help women stop experiencing frustrations in dating and start attracting healthy, happy relationships. He’s also participated in the conversation at The Good Men Project on what enlightened masculinity means in the 21st century.

What are the greatest misconceptions women have about men?

As a man, I can spend too much time on my masculine energy and be too logical and focused on end results. I can lose a sense of self, presence and connection with the present moment. Meditation is one entry point; I find practicing a martial art is grounding, as is spending quality time with a woman. If an individual spends too much time in either energy, imbalance occurs; everyone has to find their own equilibrium.

What are good ways to practice self-care while seeking and sustaining a relationship? Find activities in your day that make you feel nurtured, happy and good about yourself. Take care of your health, home and friendships. Exercise some independence. Make your life fulfilling, so that men want to be part of your exciting days.

It starts with your mindset. If you think you will be on a dating site for three weeks and find a mate, don’t bother. Be prepared to engage for a minimum of six to 12 months. Consider bad dates as reasons to laugh. Think of it as “online introducing”. It’s up to you to quickly get past the chat stage to real communication and real dates. Online potential mates don’t have a “vibe” for you like they do in person. I suggest talking with prospects on the phone and keeping first dates short. Keep an open mind to recognize prospects you might otherwise overlook. Online dating is a supplement, not a substitute, for meeting compatible men or women in real life. You should be tapping networks of friends, family and colleagues to make connections, as well as being open to meeting potential mates at public events.

Which signs indicate that a dating prospect wants to pursue a genuine relationship? Emotional momentum, combined with consistency, is an important sign. Anyone can put in effort for a little while; but do they periodically disappear? No one wants someone they feel a connection with to physically or emotionally wander away, or risk the object of their affection thinking they aren’t interested. Make sure they are reciprocating the effort you put in. Prioritizing is another sign; a person will find a way to see someone they care about. A key third sign is integration. They will want to respectfully integrate you into their world more and more, introducing you to friends, family and work colleagues. Look for this overall pattern to continue over time. It’s vital to let people prove themselves with their actions. Alison James is a freelance writer in Washington, D.C.




by Charlie Chaplin

s I began to love myself, I found that anguish and emotional suffering are only warning signs that I was living against my own truth. Today, I know, this is AUTHENTICITY. As I began to love myself, I understood how much it can offend somebody as I try to force my desires on this person, even though I knew the time was not right and the person was not ready for it, and even though this person was me. Today I call it RESPECT. As I began to love myself, I stopped craving for a different life, and I could see that everything that surrounded me was inviting me to grow. Today I call it MATURITY. As I began to love myself, I understood that at any circumstance, I am in the right place at the right time, and everything happens at the exactly right moment. So I could be calm. Today I call it SELF-CONFIDENCE. As I began to love myself, I quit stealing my own time, and I stopped designing huge projects for the future. Today, I only do what brings me joy and happiness, things I love to do and that make my heart cheer, and I do them in my own way and in my own rhythm.

Today I call it SIMPLICITY. As I began to love myself, I freed myself of anything that is no good for my health—food, people, things, situations and everything that drew me down and away from myself. At first I called this attitude a healthy egoism. Today I know it is LOVE OF ONESELF. As I began to love myself, I quit trying to always be right, and ever since, I was wrong less of the time. Today I discovered that is MODESTY. As I began to love myself, I refused to go on living in the past and worrying about the future. Now, I only live for the moment, where everything is happening. Today I live each day, day by day, and I call it FULFILLMENT. As I began to love myself, I recognized that my mind can disturb me and it can make me sick. But as I connected it to my heart, my mind became a valuable ally. Today I call this connection WISDOM OF THE HEART. We no longer need to fear arguments, confrontations or any kind of problems with ourselves or others. Even stars collide, and out of their crashing new worlds are born. Today I know that is LIFE. Chaplin’s World museum, in Switzerland, opened in 2016 ( February 2018


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How Teens Can Learn to Love Their Looks by Amber Lanier Nagle


any young women don’t feel comfortable in their own skin. A 21st-century global study sponsored by Unilever’s Dove brand found that 90 percent of girls from 15 to 17 years old wanted to change at least one aspect of their physical appearance, especially their body weight. University of Minnesota research following adolescents for 10 years showed that about half of the female participants had dieted in the previous year, twice the number of males. Tracy Anderson, a mother of two and fitness expert, has spent the last 18 years working with women seeking balance in their bodies. In her recent book, Total Teen: Tracy Anderson’s Guide to Health, Happiness, and Ruling Your World, she observes, “Teens are depleted from comparing themselves to the shapes of others and from scolding themselves: ‘I should be thinner, I should be able to fit in those pants, I should be in better shape.’ But looking good on the outside must start with feeling good on the inside.”

Monitor Thoughts

Anderson believes we feel most happy and fulfilled and accomplish the most when our minds are calm, clear and alert. “If young women learn to connect with their mind, identify when their thoughts are anxious or stressed, and practice conscious breathing and meditating to regain a calm, centered state, they’ll be able to rebalance themselves for the rest of their lives,” she says. “By keeping a thought journal for a while and 36

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noticing when their thoughts have negative undertones, they can retrain their attitude.” Live a complaint-free day once each week. Every time a negative thought pops up, expel it and focus on a positive aspect of the idea or experience. Also invest a few moments each day feeling thankful for successful aspects of life. “After a while, these exercises become habitual,” says Anderson. “Happy, highachieving people fill their minds with positive, uplifting thoughts, affirmations and sincere gratitude. It’s widely proven to work.”

Eat Well

“Most teens can eat junk food all day long and still wake up the next morning ready to take on the world,” Anderson says. But such an unhealthy routine “shapes eating patterns for the rest of their lives, eventually catching up with them.” She strongly believes every young woman should routinely ask herself, “Is this real food?” “A potato is a real food, or whole food, but instant mashed potatoes are

processed. A fresh ear of corn is a whole food; corn chips are processed. If you want to feel strong and healthy and look great, eat whole foods,” says Anderson. Also, note how the body responds to eating specific foods. Here again, a journal can help. “Jot down how a food made you feel after 15 minutes, an hour and two hours. Are you alert or sluggish? What signals are your stomach and brain sending? It’s useful information to make better ongoing food choices,” Anderson advises. She also advocates drinking plenty of water and eating organic foods when possible, and warns teens against skipping meals or snacks when their developing bodies feel the need for fuel.

Move More

For some teens, exercise movements don’t feel comfortable or natural, which hinders them from doing healthful exercise. “I’ve found that if a young woman practices exercises for a while privately, she’ll become more comfortable and confident over time,” says Anderson. “It’s like learning a foreign language, musical instrument or any skill. You master the basics first and build on them. With practice, you start feeling more at ease.” In her book, Anderson offers many step-by-step, illustrated workout moves designed to daily tone arms, legs and abs, and increase strength and flexibility. Many incorporate fun dance components that work well with music. “Regular exercise releases endor-


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phins—the hormones that make us feel happier and better about ourselves,” she says. “For young women navigating the emotional ups and downs associated with menstrual cycles and puberty, exercise can be a lifesaver.” Whether it’s yoga, walking, martial arts, dancing, hiking, biking, horseback riding, climbing, skiing, gymnastics or tennis, teens need to find “some kind of movement and activity to become part of their everyday life.” A University of Wisconsin metaanalysis of 77 studies examining women’s body images suggests body dissatisfaction is a risk factor for eating disorders and a significant predictor of low selfesteem, depression and obesity. Helping young women build, strengthen or regain their positive body image and selfesteem works to empower a new generation and enables them to enjoy happier, healthier lives. Amber Lanier Nagle is a freelance writer in Northwest Georgia (

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Do-Good Dogs Do Almost Anything

Service Animals Train to Help People in Need by Sandra Murphy



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ervice dogs help an aging population live full lives in spite of limitations, no matter the size, age or breed of dog. Plus, hundreds of thousands of canines make living with disabilities both possible and more pleasant.

owners try to bring them into places where pets generally aren’t allowed. Usually, they’re the ones that behave badly,” Sims says. Service animals are not required to wear a special vest or have documentation.

The Rules

Educating the Public

“Service dogs don’t eat on duty, and should be on the floor, not put in a handbag or shopping cart,” advises Maggie Sims, project manager for the Rocky Mountain Americans with Disabilities Act Center, in Colorado Springs. “If the dog disrupts business, the person can be asked to remove the animal and then return. Emotional-support dogs are not provided for by the disabilities act, because the dog does not perform a specific task. “We get calls from people concerned about fake service dogs when

A motorcycle accident left Matthew Smith dependent on using a wheelchair or crutches. An administrator at Comcast Cable, in Baltimore, Maryland, Smith relies on his pit bull, Jericho, to fetch dropped items, open doors and help him maintain balance. “Gravity is my specialty,” he jokes. “If I fall, he braces me so I can get up. Moving about stresses my shoulders, so Jericho pulls the wheelchair on days when I’m in pain.” Although working service dogs should not be petted or approached,

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Smith tells Jericho, “Go say ‘Hi,’” if someone asks to approach him. “Pit bulls have an undeserved bad reputation, so I’ll take a minute to let people meet him to change that perception. When Jericho is the subject of conversation, it also takes the spotlight off of me,” he says. Jericho was trained by Apryl Lea, a certified assistance dog trainer for the Animal Farm Foundation’s Assistance Dog Program, in Kingston, New York. She explains, “The pit bulls I train are from shelters, and must be good with people and other animals and be comfortable in social settings that match the person’s lifestyle.”

Overcoming Obstacles

“When a counter is too high, a service dog can pass money to the cashier. Dogs will pull a rope to open a heavy door. In the event of seizures or fainting, our dogs react based on location; at home, they find another family member, but in public, will stay with their person,” Lea says. The muscles of a patient with Parkinson’s disease may freeze while walking. Dogs brace against a resulting fall or touch the person to help unfreeze the muscles. Tethered to an autistic child, the dog provides distraction from repetitive behaviors like flapping hands

When someone brings a dog into a place of business, we can legally ask only two short questions: “Is this animal needed for a disability?” and “What tasks has the animal been trained to do in relation to the disability?” or crying, while keeping the child in a safe area. Some dogs are trained to track the child, as well, in case of escape. Likewise, dogs can give Alzheimer’s disease patients a bit of freedom without getting lost.

Sounding Alerts Hearing dogs alert their hearing-impaired person to the sound of a doorbell or ringing phone. In the car, they’ll nudge the driver with a paw if they hear a siren. Riley the Chihuahua’s job is caring for Jennifer Wise, an aromatherapist and owner of Enchanted Essence, in Toledo, Ohio. Wise has a neurological disease that affects her legs and makes her prone to falls. “Riley’s trained to bark for help if I am unable to get up,” she explains. “If barking fails, he’ll grab someone’s pant

leg or shoelaces and pull in my direction. He’s small, but determined.” Michelle Renard, a stay-at-home mom in Woodstock, Georgia, relies on Mossy, a goldendoodle trained by Canine Assistants, in nearby Alpharetta, to detect high- and low-blood sugar levels. “She’s never wrong,” says Renard.

Comfort and Joy Linda Blick, president and co-founder of Tails of Hope Foundation, in Orange County, New York, observes, “A veteran with post-traumatic stress disorder may not show outward symptoms, but have anxiety. Dogs are trained to turn on the lights, lick their person’s face or apply reassuring pressure by lying across their person’s chest to bring them out of night tremors. “One of our veterans was so uncomfortable in public, it was difficult for him to even speak to the veterinarian about his dog’s torn knee ligament,” Blick explains. “For the sake of the dog, he managed to discuss care, a big step for him.” As Sims states, “True service dogs literally give people with disabilities their lives back.” Connect with freelance writer Sandra Murphy at StLouisFreelanceWriter@

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CommUNITY, Paragon Center, 952 E Baseline Rd, Ste 102, Mesa. 480-593-8798. Rebirthing Meditation and Vegan Potluck – 7:30-8:30pm. With Mahankirn Khalsa. $25. Anahata Yoga, 14148 N 100th St, Ste C-130, Scottsdale. Info/register: apps/mindbody/classes/215.



Shambhala Sadhana Full Moon Chants – 6pm. These chants are a way to celebrate and strengthen our understanding of basic goodness and enlightened society. Public welcome. Shambhala Meditation Center, 7042 E Osborn Rd, Scottsdale.

Sat Nam Rasayan Two-Day Immersion – Feb 3-4. Noon-6pm, Sat; 1-4pm, Sun. Heal Your Life and Learn To Become A Healer. $149. Anahata Yoga, 14148 N 100th St, Ste C-130, Scottsdale. Info/register:

Full Moon Meditation – 7-8:30pm. With Sevak Singh. $29/online, $30/door. Anahata Yoga, 14148 N 100th St, Ste C-130, Scottsdale. Info/register:

Silence is Golden: Clear Sky Mind Silent Day Retreat – 9am-3:45pm. With Buddhist monk and resident teacher, Kelsang Tabkay. Experience a short meditation retreat where everyone observes the practice of silence for a day in order to enhance a deep level of relaxation. $35/preregistered; $40/ door (includes vegetarian lunch, membership discounts apply). Kadampa Meditation Center Phoenix, 614 E Townley Ave.

Living an Edible Landscape Life – 7-8:30pm. Join urban gardener, Joan Baron, and cooking expert, Melanie Albert, as they share the benefits and how-to’s of growing your own health foods, herbs, edible flowers and fruit trees in our desert environment. Enjoy sampling freshly prepared vegetables. Free. Scottsdale Granite Reef Senior Center, 1700 N Granite Reef Rd. 602-615-2486.

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 2 Mountain Retreat – Feb 2-15. With International Kadampa Buddhist Teacher Kadam Morten. Deepen your spiritual practice through a profound meditation retreat on the stages of the path to enlightenment. Attend for the day, week or weekend. Accommodation available, registration essential. International Kadampa Retreat Center Grand Canyon, 6701 E Mountain Ranch Rd, Williams. 928-637-3262. MeditationInNorthern The Healing Self – 7-8pm. Join New York Times bestselling author Deepak Chopra as he shares insights from his book, The Healing Self, and explores your capacity for self healing and well being. Unity of Phoenix Spiritual Center, 1500 E Greenway Pkwy. Info/tickets: 602-9783337 or Two Among the Righteous Few: A Story of Courage in the Holocaust – 7-8:15pm. Author Marty Brounstein shares the true story of a courageous Christian couple in the Netherlands who saved the lives of over two dozen Jews during World War II. Love offering. Interfaith

Feng Shui Workshop – 11am-5pm. With Grandmaster Hong Liu. Learn how to apply feng shui principles to create a better 2018 for yourself and your loved ones. $175. Center for Divine Awakening, 15801 N 40th St, Phoenix. LauRha Frankfort: 602-956-7882 or

Pure Light and Reiki Therapy Level I – 9am5pm. With Judy Richter. Blending traditional Usui with other energy modalities to bring balance for self healing and the potential for working with others. Pure Light Therapies. 480695-2002. Info: Nine Cats and Nine Lives, Karma, Reincarnation and You – 10:30am-noon. A video presentation by Elizabeth Clare Prophet; attend in person or online. The Summit Lighthouse, 4105 N 20th St, Ste 115, Phoenix. 480-442-5020.

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 5 Integrative Healing Arts Practitioner Programs – Online programs begin Feb 5; on-campus programs begin Mar 5. Elective tracks available: holistic nutrition, yoga, and yoga nidra focus; hypnotherapy, life coaching and mindfulness focus; yoga and life coaching focus; spiritual transformation focus; energetic focus. Southwest Institute of Healing Arts, 1100 E Apache Blvd, Tempe. 480-994-9244. Inspired Minds – 7-8:30pm. Judy Richter and Tracy Lamb McChesney offer monthly gatherings for people who are inspired to develop skills of imagination and to co-create their highest desired potential. Donation. Mesa. RSVP: 480695-2002.

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 7 Autoimmune Solutions Workshop – 5:30pm. Discover the root causes of autoimmune disease (there’s always a trigger or multiple triggers); why eating healthy is not enough to recover from autoimmune disease. Seating is limited. Free. Hope Integrative Wellness, 3336 E Chandler Heights Rd, Ste 123, Gilbert. RSVP: 480-988-6269 or Gong Meditation – 7-8:30pm. With Gretchen Bickert. Experience deep relaxation and meditation through the power of the gong. $10-$20/donation. Unity of Mesa Sanctuary, 2700 E Southern Ave. 480-892-2700.

A Sound Healing Chakra Experience – 3-5:30pm. With Dr Dream and his Band of Angels, an internationally known holistic healing practitioner and speaker. Featuring 111 Tibetan healing bowls, essential oils, and raw chocolate, this multi-sensory journey utilizes energetic modalities to create a tangible spiritual experience. Proceeds will support 1,500 bowl-makers rebuild their lives in Nepal. Products available. $25/advance, $22/door. Mesa Sanctuary, 2740 E Southern Ave, Mesa. 480-892-2700. Tickets:


Soundbenders – 6-8:30pm. With Jim Pipkin and Eric Ramsey with Cliff Cordes. Award-winning musician/singer/songwriters share an evening of Americana music, humor and storytelling. $15/ ticket. Interfaith CommUNITY, Paragon Center, 952 E Baseline Rd, Ste 102, Mesa. 480-5938798 or

Arizona International Association for Near Death Studies Group – 6pm. Sharing/discussion group using a facilitated peer support model. Sharing of first person experiences such as near-death, spiritually transformative or other life-changing experiences is embraced. Donation. Unity of Mesa Annex AZ Rm, 2740 E Southern Ave. 480-8922700.

Crystal Healing Class – Feb 9-10. 9am-5pm. The Crystal Healing Power program is designed specifically for those with a desire to become an effective and knowledgeable crystal healing practitioner. Learn to identify crystals for healing and techniques for placing on of stones; includes manual and seven chakra crystal healing set. $333. Sedona Medium, LLC, 6050 State Rte 179, Ste 4, Sedona. Preregistration required: 336-420-2398 or

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Arizona International Association for Near Death Studies Presentation – 7pm. Presenter: Robin Aisha Landsong who was abducted by an American from the U.S. and taken to Africa when she was eight years old. She was later abandoned and taken in by a small village who became her new family. During the Bush War she was shot by a guerilla soldier and crossed over to death. Her mama’s wailing turned to a calling song and brought her back. $10 or $5/seniors/students. Unity of Mesa Sanctuary, 2700 E Southern Ave. 480-892-2700.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 10 Herbal Certification Class – Five-week class with 10 modules. Learn how herbs can re-balance most imbalances. Hands-on medicine-making classes and more. SW Herb Shop & Gathering Place, 148 N Center St, Mesa. RSVP: 480-6949931. Animal Communication and Energy Medicine – 10am-3pm. Presented by Andrea Sobotka, aka ‘Critter Doc’. A day of learning and delicious food. Portion of proceeds donated to PALS Rescue and Empty Bowl Pet Food Pantry. $99. Sapori d’Italia, Fountain Hills. Preregister by 2/3: 507-202-3929 or Energetic Facelift Day – 10am-5pm. Super techniques to rejuvenate your face and reverse the appearance of aging on face and create similar effects throughout the body. Give us the opportunity to enhance your beauty with 50% off today. Se Habla Español. Universal Touch, 534 E University Dr, Mesa. 480-835-5380 or 480-835-5347.


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Self Healing and Transcendence – Noon-2pm. Meet at the Pyramid in Glendale. Info: Prana: 773316-3005.

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 11 The Art and Practice of Living with Nothing and No One Against You – Feb 11-13. With Dr Gary Simmons. How would your life be different if you lived it as if everything was always for you? Join for a powerful workshop and experience the Q Process spiritual practice designed to shift your consciousness and your life. $95/person. Unity of Mesa Sanctuary, 2700 E Southern Ave, Mesa. 480-892-2700. BARS Class – 9am-5pm. Also 2/25. With Access Consciousness. Achieve something greater for your well-being. Remove patterns, implants, depression, fear, trauma and more. Includes manual, graphics and certification at completion. Universal Touch, 534 E University Dr, Mesa. 480-835-5380. The Teachings of the Ascended Masters – 10:30am-noon. Sunday service. The Summit Lighthouse, 4105 N 20th St, Ste 115, Phoenix. 480-442-5020. Partner Yoga – 3:30-5:30pm. With Rasoul Sobhani. $50/couples, $29/person. Anahata Yoga, 14148 N 100th St, Ste C-130, Scottsdale. Info/register:

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 13 Trigger Your Cellular Vortexes – 6:30pm. Learn how to use and direct energy to open doors of opportunity; bring more money, health and power. Start perceiving what you never knew you could. Universal Touch, 534 E University Dr, Mesa. 480835-5380 or 480-835-5347.

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 15 Reiki and Healing Singing Bowl Circle – 6:457:45pm. With Darlene Moore and Arne Richardson. Join for a relaxing, healing experience. Singing bowls will be played to enhance the energy of reiki shared by reiki practitioners present who wish to, during this hour of energetic healing and expansion. Donation. Unity of Mesa Sanctuary, 2700 E Southern Ave. 480-892-2700.

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 16 Overcoming the Illusion of Loneliness – 7-8:30pm. With Buddhist monk and resident teacher, Kelsang Tabkay. In this lecture and meditation, discover how the perception of ourselves as separate from others is an illusion, for in truth we are all naturally and profoundly interconnected. $10/preregistered, $15/door (membership discounts apply). Kadampa Meditation Center Phoenix, 614 E Townley Ave. MeditationIn

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Building Self Confidence: A Meditation Course – 10am-1pm. With Buddhist monk and resident teacher, Kelsang Tabkay. On this meditation course, explore how Buddhist wisdom offers a different way of viewing ourselves, relating to the extraordinary potential we all have rather than our limitations. $25/preregistered; $30/door (membership discounts apply). Kadampa Meditation Center Phoenix, 614 E Townley Ave.

Film Festival – Feb 24-Mar 4. The 24th annual Sedona International Film Festival featuring 150 narrative features, documentaries and shorts in total. Locations: Mary D Fisher Theatre; The Sedona Performing Arts Center; and Sedona Harkins 6. Tickets: 928-282-1177.

Massage Therapy Course – PM classes begin. If you are seeking a new, purposeful career or a part-time job for rewarding extra income, massage is a great way to combine your hands with your heart. Contact an admissions advisor for more information. Southwest Institute of Healing Arts, 1100 E Apache Blvd, Tempe. 480-994-9244.

Singing Medicine and Meditation – 10am3pm (lunch break). AZIANDS presents Robin Landsong and John Utter who combine singing medicine and guided meditation to move into oneness and communion. Each person is born with a Medicine Song within them. Robin and John sing, inspired by this original Medicine Song, to each person in the circle. Early bird: $65/nonmembers, $55/members. Door: $75/nonmembers, $60/members. Mesa Sanctuary, 2740 E Southern Ave, Mesa. 480-892-2700.

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 18 Shambhala Day – 9am-2pm. An annual celebration of the New Year in Shambhala, featuring special meditation and chant practices, a recorded address by senior teacher, Sakyong Mipham, and a potluck. Public welcome. Shambhala Meditation Center, 7042 E Osborn Rd, Scottsdale. Info/ schedule: Karma, Reincarnation and You – 10:30amnoon. An interactive presentation for self-help. Attend in person or online. The Summit Lighthouse, 4105 N 20th St, Ste 115, Phoenix. 480-442-5020. Winter Farm-to-Table Intuitive Cooking Class – 11am-1pm. Join Melanie Albert, Phoenix cookbook author, as you intuitively create delicious dishes with local Arizona farmers’ organic produce with recipes from her book, A New View of Healthy Eating. Menu: Ginger Asian Salad, Herbal Hummus, Colorful Veggie Stir-fry. $45/ person. The Farm at South Mountain, 6106 S 32nd St, Phoenix. 602-615-2486. Empath Support Group – 4-5pm. With Darlene Moore. Solution-oriented meetings designed to educate empaths about their gifts and challenges of their sensitivities based on Dr Judith Orloff’s book, The Empath Survival Guide. Donation. Unity of Mesa, Annex Rm 1, 2740 E Southern Ave. 480-892-2700.

Brush Bash – 10am-1pm. This workshop will provide three hours of instruction as talented local artist Tony Keys paints Straight from the Heart with participants. All art supplies provided. $40. Interfaith CommUNITY, Paragon Center, 952 E Baseline Rd, Ste 102, Mesa. Preregistration required: 480-479-5247 or OneFineArtist@ PHX Vegan Food Festival – 11am-5pm. The third annual event will showcase nearly 100 vegan and vegan-friendly restaurants, food trucks and product vendors including household products, body care items, clothing and accessories; cooking demonstrations and presentations; a kids’ zone; live local music; and several no-host bars. $25/advance, $30/door; VIP admission: $50/advance, $60/door; children 12 and under/free. Margaret T Hance Park, 1202 N 3rd. Tickets:

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 25 Pure Light and Reiki Therapy Level II – 9am5pm. Blending traditional Usui with other energy modalities to bring balance for self healing and the potential for working with others. Pure Light Therapies. 480-695-2002. PureLight1111@ Info: The Teachings of the Ascended Masters – 10:30am-noon. Sunday service. The Summit Lighthouse, 4105 N 20th St, Ste 115, Phoenix. 480-442-5020. Interfaith Forum Q&A: Ifa, the Spiritual Tradition of Ancestor/Orisa Worship – 12:30-2pm. With High Priest Babalawo AS Umar Sharif, MA. This indigenous spiritual tradition practiced worldwide has its roots among the Yoruba people in Nigeria. $10 suggested love offering. Interfaith CommUNITY, Paragon Center, 952 E Baseline Rd, Ste 102, Mesa. Nazim Rashid: 623-932-1385.

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 28 Autoimmune Solutions Workshop – 5:30pm. Discover the root causes of autoimmune disease (there’s always a trigger or multiple triggers); why eating healthy is not enough to recover from autoimmune disease. Seating is limited. Free. Hope Integrative Wellness, 3336 E Chandler Heights Rd, Ste 123, Gilbert. RSVP: 480-988-6269 or

planahead THURSDAY, MARCH 1 Shambhala Sadhana Full Moon Chants – 6pm. These chants are a way to celebrate and strengthen our understanding of basic goodness and enlightened society. Public welcome. Shambhala Meditation Center, 7042 E Osborn Rd, Scottsdale.

SUNDAY, MARCH 4 The Teachings of the Ascended Masters – 10:30am-noon. Sunday service. The Summit Lighthouse, 4105 N 20th St, Ste 115, Phoenix. 480-442-5020.

SATURDAY, MARCH 10 Unity Women’s Day – Join for a fun-filled day of song, inspiration and spiritual discovery with a group of like-minded New Thought women. Unity of Mesa Sanctuary, 2700 E Southern Ave, Mesa. 480-892-2700. Info:

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WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 21 Thyroid Solutions Workshop – 5:30pm. Learn the number one cause of thyroid problems; why most people still experience thyroid symptoms even when lab test is normal; natural solutions to heal the thyroid. Seating is limited. Free. Hope Integrative Wellness, 3336 E Chandler Heights Rd, Ste 123, Gilbert. RSVP: 480-988-6269 or

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 23 40 Hour Vibration Sound Healing Training – Feb 23-25 & Mar 2-4. $799.99. Anahata Yoga, 14148 N 100th St, Ste C-130, Scottsdale. Info/register:

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SUNDAY, MARCH 11 The Teachings of the Ascended Masters – 10:30am-noon. Sunday service. The Summit Lighthouse, 4105 N 20th St., Ste 115, Phoenix. 480-442-5020.

FRIDAY, MARCH 16 Love America Tour: Changes on the Inside/ Changes on the Outside with Marianne Williamson – 7:30-9:30pm. The times in which we’re living are dramatic and unstable, yet pregnant with new possibilities. Join for a lively discussion about how a revolution in consciousness paves the way to both personal and national renewal. Unity of Phoenix Spiritual Center, 1500 E Greenway Pkwy. Info/tickets: 602-978-3337 or UnityPhx. org/events.

SATURDAY, MARCH 17 VegOut! Scottsdale Vegan Beer and Food Festival – Mar 17-18. This first annual event features food and drink alternatives; vegan-friendly clothes, skin care and artwork; tips, tricks and renowned speakers; live music and more. Celebrate the vegan lifestyle and discover more about its benefits. Scottsdale Waterfront Park, 7135 E Camelback Rd, Ste 165. Tickets:

SUNDAY, MARCH 18 The Teachings of the Ascended Masters – 10:30am-noon. Sunday service. The Summit Lighthouse, 4105 N 20th St, Ste 115, Phoenix. 480-442-5020. Raw Vegan Spring Intuitive Cooking Experience – 11am-1pm. Unique hands-on interactive class with Phoenix cookbook author Melanie Albert. Learn how to prepare a beautiful raw soup and deconstructed raw lasagna with colorful veggies and three unique sauces: a red tomato sauce, white cashew cream and green pesto. $45/person. The Farm at South Mountain, 6106 South 32nd St, Phoenix. 602-615-2486.

FRIDAY, MARCH 23 Reiki Master Certification Class – Mar 23-24. 9am-5pm. With reiki master teacher, Christina Wooten. Offers the dedicated reiki student an opportunity to expand their understanding, application, master level techniques and symbols, and metaphysical understanding of the Usui reiki system of natural healing. Prerequisite: Reiki I & II (any teacher). Sedona Medium, LLC, 6050 State Rte 179, Ste 4, Sedona. Preregistration required: 336-420-2398 or

SUNDAY, MARCH 25 Reiki Master Teacher Certification Class – Mar 25-26. 9am-2pm. With reiki master teacher, Christina Wooten. For those dedicated reiki students that wish to fulfill their dream of leading their own reiki classes. Prerequisites: Reiki I, II, & Master (any teacher). Sedona Medium, LLC, 6050 State Rte 179, Ste 4, Sedona. Preregistration required: 336-420-2398 or Search “Natural Awakenings”and download


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The Teachings of the Ascended Masters – 10:30am-noon. Sunday service. The Summit Lighthouse, 4105 N 20th St, Ste 115, Phoenix. 480-442-5020.

MONDAY, MARCH 26 Massage Therapy Course – AM classes begin. If you are seeking a new, purposeful career or a parttime job for rewarding extra income, massage is a great way to combine your hands with your heart. Contact an admissions advisor for more information. Southwest Institute of Healing Arts, 1100 E Apache Blvd, Tempe. 480-994-9244.




Advanced Herbal Formulation Class – Apr 14-15. Offered once-a-year. SW Herb Shop & Gathering Place, 148 N Center St, Mesa. RSVP: 480-694-9931.

SUNDAY, APRIL 22 Earth Day at Embracing Your Journey Expo – 9am-5pm. More than 60 vendors including organic food and alternative energy. Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak Resort, 7677 N 16th St, Phoenix. Info:

WEDNESDAY, MAY 30 Healing and Rejuvenation Retreat – May 30Jun 7. All-inclusive with Alive and Revive. Mind, body, spirit healing; reconnect with nature; natural therapies; yoga and meditation; shamanic and energy healing; healthy, delicious food. Location: Ecuador Beach and Andes Mountains. 480-5998370.

TUESDAY, JUNE 12 Healing and Rejuvenation Retreat – Jun 12-18. All-inclusive with Alive and Revive. Mind, body, spirit healing; reconnect with nature; natural therapies; yoga and meditation; shamanic and energy healing; healthy, delicious food. Location: Peru – Cusco and Machu Picchu. 480-599-8370.

Take advantage of fresh, local produce from the best Arizona farms. Visit their respective websites for the most current information.

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

Ahwatukee Farmers’ Market 4700 East Warner Road, Phoenix Sundays 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The Capitol Farmers’ Market 1700 Adams Street, Phoenix Thursdays, 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Anthem Farmers’ Market 41703 North Gavilan Peak Parkway, Anthem Sundays 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Uptown Farmers’ Market 5757 North Central Avenue, Phoenix Wednesdays 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Saturdays 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Carefree Farmers’ Market 1 Sundial Circle, Carefree Fridays 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Chandler Farmers’ Market 3 South Arizona Avenue, Chandler Thursdays 3 to 7 p.m. Farmers’ Market at the Mercado 8300 North Hayden Road, Scottsdale Sundays 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.


Gilbert Farmers’ Market 222 North Ash Street, Gilbert Saturdays 8 a.m. to noon

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Goodyear Farmers’ Market 3151 North Litchfield Road, Goodyear Saturdays 8 a.m. to noon

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Maryvale Farmers’ Market 3451 North 75th Avenue, Phoenix Saturdays 8 a.m. to noon Old Town Scottsdale Farmers’ Market 3806 North Brown Avenue, Scottsdale Saturdays 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Peoria Farmers’ Market Park West, 9744 West Northern Avenue, Peoria Saturdays 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Phoenix Public Market 721 North Central Avenue, Phoenix Saturdays 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Roadrunner Park Farmers’ Market 3502 East Cactus Road, Phoenix Saturdays 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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ongoing events NOTE: All calendar events must be received via email by the 10th of the month and adhere to our guidelines. Email for guidelines and to submit entries. No phone calls or faxes, please.

sundays Sunday Services – 9am & 10:45am. A Positive Path for Spiritual Living. Childcare: infants thru 5th grade at 9am. Nursery: infants thru kindergarten at 10:45am. Youth ministry classes in the Education Annex at 10:45am. Unity of Mesa, 2700 E Southern Ave. 480-892-2700. Mindfulness Meditation and Chants – 9:3010am; Sitting and Walking Meditation – 1011am. Attend one or both sessions. (No regular Sunday meditation on 2/18 for Shambhala Day.) Shambhala sparks your heart and mind through the practice of meditation and community. They welcome all people interested in this path oriented towards modern life. Free meditation instruction available. Shambhala Meditation Center, 7042 E Osborn Rd, Scottsdale. Interfaith Celebration Service – 10:30-11:45am. Love in Any Language: “Je t’aime. Te amo. Ya tebya lyublyu. Ani ohevet otkha. I Love You! In February we honor the love that only peaceful coexistence and unity can bring. Interfaith CommUNITY, 952 E Baseline, Ste 102, Mesa. 480593-8798.

Karma, Reincarnation and You – 10:30amnoon. Attend in person or online. The Summit Lighthouse, 4105 N 20th St, Ste 115, Phoenix. 480-442-5020. Register to get access code: Kadampa Buddhism and Meditation Sundays – 11am. Learn powerful meditations for reducing attachment and cultivating the balanced and peaceful minds of equanimity, authentic love and empathy. $10. International Kadampa Retreat Center Grand Canyon, 6701 E Mountain Ranch Rd, Williams. 928-637-3262.

mondays Tai Chi and Qiqong – 10-11am. With Shirley Kemper. Activate and experience the natural healing capabilities in the body. $10-$15/donation. Unity of Mesa Sanctuary, 2700 E Southern Ave. 480-892-2700. Live AskDrKan Show – 12:30pm. Featured on Facebook, Instagram or YouTube with Dr Peter Kan of Hope Integrative Wellness Center. Facebook: HopeIntegrativeWellness.

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Watercolor Art Classes – 9:45am-12:30pm. With Allura Westly. All levels, beginner-to-advanced. Learn fluid color technique, drawing and composition. Small class of eight students. No talent required, just a desire to create. Paradise Valley. 602-469-0524. Rewind Yoga – 10:30-11:30am. With Kim Carter. Designed for people 50 and up, this class focuses on balancing, increasing flexibility and building functional strength. $10 (first class is free, maximum six students). Restoring Balance Mind & Body, 2045 S Vineyard, Ste 139, Mesa. Preregistration required: 253-549-5342. Kim@ Shakti Naam Yoga – 6:45-8:15pm. With Moriah Salzman and Jeannie MacLaughlin. Experience a new type of yoga using music, mantra, mudra (hand positions), meditation and movement to align with the vibration of the universe. $10/ donation. Unity of Mesa Sanctuary, 2700 E Southern Ave. 480-892-2700. Crystal and Tibetan Bowls – 6:45-8:30pm. Healing, purification and transformation with the singing bowls. $20/love offering. Center for Divine Awakening, 15801 N 40th St, Phoenix. Info: Prana: 773-316-3005.

wednesdays Watercolor Art Classes – 9:45am-12:30pm. With Allura Westly. All levels, beginner-to-advanced. Learn fluid color technique, drawing and


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composition. Small class of eight students. No talent required, just a desire to create. Paradise Valley. 602-469-0524. Mindfulness Meditation – 7-7:30pm. Shambhala sparks your heart and mind through the practice of meditation and community. They welcome all people interested in this path oriented towards modern life. Free meditation instruction available. Shambhala Meditation Center, 7042 E Osborn Rd, Scottsdale.

thursdays Rewind Yoga – 10:30-11:30am. With Kim Carter. Designed for people 50 and up, the class focuses on balancing, increasing flexibility and building functional strength. $10 (first class is free, maximum six students). Restoring Balance Mind & Body, 2045 S Vineyard, Ste 139, Mesa. Preregistration required: 253-549-5342. Kim@ Modern Kadampa Buddhism – 6:30pm. Learn the fundamentals of Kadampa Buddhism with step-by-step instructions on how to experience more peace, wisdom and love in your heart and your life to benefit self and others. Open to newcomers. $10. Sedona Community Center, 2615 Melody Ln, Sedona. 928-637-3262. Buddhist Meditation – 6:30-8pm. With Kadampa Meditation Center. All sessions open to newcomers. $10 or $5/students and unemployed. Unity of Mesa, Annex Rm 3, 2740 E Southern Ave. 480892-2700.

fridays Therapeutic Massage Day – With Healing Magic Touch. Licensed Massage Therapist with16 years experience specializing in chronic pain, stress, anxiety, etc. Se Habla Español. Universal Touch, 534 E. University Dr, Mesa. 480-8355380 or 480-835-5347. Gnosis of Yeshua – 6-8pm. With Jason Taylor. Weekly study of the teachings of Yeshua, including singing bowls, guided meditation, focused prayer and energy work. $10/donation. Unity of Mesa, Annex Rm 3, 2740 E Southern Ave. 480892-2700. How to Become a Christ – 6-8pm. With Lori LaValley. Book study and experiential group based on the book How to Become a Christ by Master LaValley. The practice will take you into energy levels where oneness is clear, obvious and felt. The book has many ties to A Course in Miracles, Eastern teachings and the practices of non-duality. Donation. Unity of Mesa, Annex Rm 1, 2740 E Southern Ave, Mesa. 480-892-2700.

saturdays Chronic Pain Prevention Class – 9-11am. Learn about an integrative three-step approach for pain relief using stretch therapy, corrective exercise and nutrition metabolism identification. Free. Studio Health, 1425 S Higley, Ste 101, Gilbert. RSVP: 480-466-6398.

community resource guide Connecting you to the leaders in natural healthcare and green living in our community. To find out how you can be included in the Community Resource Guide, email or visit and download our media kit.


Ten years’ experience providing affordable, effective acupuncture, herbal medicine, diet/ n u t r i t i o n t h e r a p y, hypnotherapy and reiki for f e r t i l i t y, m e n s t r u a l disorders, menopause, insomnia, anxiety, depression, fatigue, stress, headaches and pain. Private acupuncture for as low as $35/session. Call or visit our website today!


Czarina Valenzuela • 480-332-4621 Have you activated your cannabinoid receptors lately? The Edocannabinoid system regulates a variety of biological process, like relaxation, eating, sleeping, certain inflammation responses and cognitive function. All our products are triple lab tested, non-habit forming, and all natural. Call or email today for information on how to receive $50 off your first order.


Kathleen Gould, RH 148 N Center St, Mesa 480-694-9931 • Hundreds of bulk medicinal herbs and specialty blends, multitude of classes of all kinds, rental space. Medicinemaking supplies, herbal bath shoppe. Varied therapists available. See ad, page 7.


Allura Westly 3611 E Sunnyside Dr, Phoenix 602-469-0524 • Allura Westly, master teacher, opens her sanctuary studio to all levels, beginner to advanced. Learn fluid color technique, drawing and composition. Small class of eight students. No talent required, just a desire to create.


DENTISTS INTEGRATIVE DENTAL ASSOCIATES Lisa M. Butler, DMD 4202 N 32nd St, Ste A, Phoenix 602-956-4807 •

Providing biologic dentistry personalized to fit your needs in a caring and supportive environment. Offering many holistic procedures using the latest in modern technology. Dr. Butler is a member of the Holistic Dental Association and the International Academy of Oral Medicine & Toxicology. See ad, pages 4 and 25.


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


Valleywide Service • 480-994-4988 Eco-friendlycarpet and upholstery cleaning. Featuring organic cleaners and odor removal products derived from renewable seed and vegetable sources. No perfumes, solvents or other hazardous products. No phosphates. Products also available for in-home use. Licensed and owner operated since 1974. See ad, page 20.


844-PUR-MAID An eco-friendly home and office cleaning company & offers natural cleaning products. 844-PUR-MAID. See ad, page 39.


Dr. Ingo Mahn 3134 W Carefree Hwy, Ste 9, Phoenix 602-775-5120 • Dr. Mahn takes the time to listen to your concerns and uses his extensive experience to help you achieve better health. Author of A Healthy Mouth—The Missing Link to Optimal Health, he utilizes the latest advances in dentistry (low dose digital x-rays and single visit biocompatible restorations) to deliver the highest level of holistic dental care. Check the calendar of events page or his website for upcoming seminars. See ad, page 7.



Colon Hydrotherapy, Biofeedback, Pets, Homeopathy, Energetic Facelift, Antiaging and Iridology Scottsdale • 602-317-7677 Gentle, relaxing session with unique gas release technique to eliminate toxins and get rid of pain. Biofeedback scan and healing to detect hidden risk factors, on pets and horses as well.

Jason A. Jones, DMD 7231 E Princess Blvd, Ste 207, Scottsdale 480-585-1612 • Exceptional dental service with dedication to comfort and compassion. We carefully assist each procedure and select the products to help preserve and protect your overall well-being. See ad, page 9.

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FIT BODY INNOVATIVE PRIMARY CARE 2915 E Baseline Rd, Ste 101, Gilbert 480-776-0626

Linda P. Essex, RN Prescott • 928-710-2178 This training takes a person beyond the

borders of so Linda manyEssex of the haslimitations more than 30 Integrated medical years of experience on to assist you and wellness practhat have been experienced Earth. to meet your needs. Pamper your t i c e n o w o ff e r s Universal White Time Healing links us with body and spirit with food-based SculpSure, a nonhealing products, healing the energies from theand Beyond—the Origi-invasive body contouring treatment designed to channeling for spiritual safely and effectively eliminate unwanted fat cells. nal Sun. And, touch, that heals our separation and guidance and qigong lessons. No downtime. See results in 12 weeks. Free conour isolation. Private and group sessions or sultations. demonstrations by appointment.

There are no limits to the level of power a HEALTHY HOME person can reachMA, with WhiteRYT Time. KIM CARTER, HTCP, Powerful yet gentle physical, AIR QUALITY SPECIALISTS 2045 S Vineyard Ave,healing Ste 139,for Mesa 480-773-6599 emotional daily problems Phoenix metro area • 623-930-9391 psychological, and situations of life.

Breathe cleaner air and eliminate all dust from your Kim Carter is a Healing Touch home’s HVAC system. OfferUniversal White Time certified practitioner specializing UPCOMING CLASSES: ing indoor air quality conin grief and loss, serious/chronic Healing Level Three Universal White Time sulting/testing, air duct and illness and spiritual growth. March 10-13Her Healing Level One dryer vent cleaning. Mention emphasis is on Universal empowering cli- Time White Feb 26-28 ents to recognize, trust and act on Healing Level Four Natural Awakenings for special discount. April 8-10 their own intuition. June 24-26 Universal White Time All classes are held HOLISTIC HEALTH Healing Level Two at my healing center March 1-2 TRAUTNER ANAHATA SOUND AND SALLY in North Scottsdale April 12-13Energy Healer ENERGY HEALING Holistic June 28-29 14148 N 100th St, Ste C-130, Scottsdale 33998 N 57th Pl, Scottsdale

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Judy Richter, LMT, RMT 3740 E Southern Ave, Ste 214, Mesa 480-695-2002 • With more than 20 years of experience, Richter can help you heal your body, mind and soul with therapeutic massage, essential oils, and healing energy modalities. The techniques used to stretch and release tension and tightness in necks and shoulders are unique and very beneficial. Incorporating energy work to each session is powerful in balancing one’s energy to allow the body to heal naturally.

MARGARET J. WILLIAMS, MD, MD(H) 602-418-8110

Dr. Williams offers a unique process of exploration for individuals, families, groups and organizations that is not about making diagnoses. When meeting with Dr. Williams, what unfolds and becomes conscious and available is designed specifically to serve those present. Her background is in psychiatric medicine; child, adolescent and family therapy; energy, consciousness and shamanic healing and spirituality. Come and experience Evolving Vibrations for Conscious Healing and Development. See ad, page 10.

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HORMONE THERAPY Gong, crystal singing bowl Sally Trautner has been studying Asst Head Teacher and full moon meditations, a n d w o r k i n g w i t h e n e rg y High Teacher INNOVATIVE PRIMARY CARE kundalini yoga, restorative medicine/healing since 1995. She Sunday, Juneand 1styoga 12pm -2915 4pmE Baseline Rd, Ste 101, Gilbert Master Healer yoga, yin yoga is a White Time Assisting Head 480-776-0626 nidra classes. Creating a ANAHATA Sound and Energy Healing Teacher, High Teacher, Master community of conscious Creating a community of conscious connection! White Natural Time Healer. She is also Healing bio-identical-hormones connection. See ad, page certified in numerous additional YO G A Alternatives 37. Enjoy FREE Yoga Classes: energy healing modalities, and Struggling with low performs hands on and remote healings worldwide • Restorative Yoga/Myofacial with Desiree Lapre 12:00-1:30pm energy, depression, for physical, emotional and spiritual healing. See diminished sex • Kundalini Yoga with Sevak Singh 1:30- 3:00pm HELENA PRANA ad, page 33. drive or other con• Gong Meditation with Lisa Lippincott (the Gongster!) Call 480 767-6200 N Scottsdale • 773-316-3005 fusing symptoms? Dr. Sandra Levitt, M.D. will • Bring your yoga mat and a blanket, dress comfortably! Email: work closely with you to determine if bioidentical (stained concrete floors) UNIVERSAL TOUCH hormone replacement therapy will fit your needs. Helena• (Prana) is a Holistic 15% discount for all packages purchased June 1st! 534 E University Dr, Mesa Pellets offered. Therapist, spiritual mentor, • Drawing for a free 1-hour Sound and Energy Treatment 480-835-5380 • 480-835-5347 channeler,($125.00 vessel, intuitive Energy Value) Healer. With magical Egyptian Looking for shifting and changes? • Drawing for 1-month of Unlimited Classes/Workshops Cylinders ($175.00 of Pharaoh Access Consciousness and the Value) she is able to MEDICAL DOCTORS release energy blocks, pain, stiffness others amazing tools; Access • Call 480-699-9600 or and numbness. Sheat:also guides BarsTM facilitators; body and enregister online INNOVATIVE PRIMARY CARE others to heal themselves through ergy process practitioners; mas2915 E Baseline Rd, Ste 101, Gilbert sage, kinesiology, readings, reiki, purifying the energy field, releasing repressed 480-776-0626 Gong, Crystal Singing Bowl, and Full Moon Meditations forgiveness work, self-awareness. reflexology. Emotional issues, toxic emotions, Kundalini Yoga, Restorative Yoga, Yin Yoga, and Yoga Nidra Classes trauma, depression. Resolve isIntegrated medical sues on money, business, body/health, relationANAHATA and wellness pracships and more. Enhance your health and beauty. Sound and Energy Healing tice offering indiMore than 40 years combined knowledge. Call for 10565 N 114th St Suite 110 vidualized attention Scottsdale AZ 85259 an appointment with our practitioners. Se Habla (SE Corner of FLW and Shea) and a holistic approach to your health. Services Español. See ad, page 6. include bio-identical hormone replacement therPh: 480-699-9600 apy, non-surgical fat reduction, Jin Shin Jyutsu, Authorized Dealer of Crystal Singing Bowls by Crystal Tonescounseling and other wellness modalities.


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Foot and Ankle Care 10555 N Tatum Blvd, Ste A101 Paradise Valley • 602-954-0777 Practicing in the Phoenix area, Dr. Klebe offers complete foot and ankle care. Holistically oriented, he integrates homeopathic medicine with conventional medical care. See ad, page 39.


Anti-Aging Clinic 5350 N 16th St, Ste 107, Phoenix 480-599-8370 • Dr. Icard specializes in anti-aging medicine, natural pain management and reversal, natural and traditional aesthetics, ozone therapy, and mind body medicine. She has extensive training in biological medicine, prolotherapy and PRP, aesthetics and ozone therapy. See ad, page 11.


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


7042 E Osborn Rd, Scottsdale Shambhala sparks your heart and mind through the practice of mindfulness meditation and community. They welcome people from all walks of life interested in this path oriented towards modern life.


Solution Mindfulness 602-910-4240 Mindfulness education: traditional MBSR, retreats, classes and special events. Offering unequaled depth of experience in the Phoenix area. Continuing education (CE hours) for psychologists and health professionals.


Ardea Health, PLLC 12725 W Indian School Rd Bldg E-101, Ste 106, Avondale 602-421-6237 •


Arizona Integrative Medical Center, PC 8144 E Cactus Rd, Ste 820, Scottsdale 480-214-3922 • Dr. Stallone’s main focus is to listen and understand the underlying cause of an individual’s illness. Often it is a combination of nutritional, emotional, chemical, structural, and lifestyle factors. He uses a vast array of modalities to effectively treat the acute and chronic diseases that are commonly seen today. See ad, inside front cover and page 14.


Organic Pest Control 602-923-1457 •


Holistic Physical Therapy Solutions 1425 S Higley Rd, Ste 101, Gilbert 480-466-6398 • Holistic physical therapy with C.H.E.K specialty care for neck, shoulder, low back, and hip pain. First consultation includes posture calibration, range of motion testing, movement restriction analysis, and surgical history review. Private one-on-one consultation. Treatment tailored to individual needs.


Avoid being exposed to dangerous chemicals when all-natural and safer alternatives work just as well and last longer. See ad, page 21.

Melanie A. Albert Phoenix • 602-615-2486

IIntuitive cooking experience: workshops, cooking classes, events, and retreats for organizations. Learn simple culinary techniques; create healthy meals with whole foods; enjoy eating with community.

Meeting with patients from every walk of life and finding answers to good health is Dr. Highfield's everlasting passion. Whether it be an acute common illness, chronic health issues or just turning over a new leaf to better health, request a free introductory 10-minute phone consult to find your best fit in health care.

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7329 E Stetson Dr, Ste 11, Scottsdale 480-318-7555 • An organic eco-friendly hair salon where beautiful cuts and color coexist with the best natural hair care. No harsh chemicals or synthetic fragrances – just beautiful healthy hair. New client special: $10 off your first service. Energy healing sessions are also available. See ad, page 10.


1100 E Apache Blvd, Tempe 480-994-9244 • Nationally accredited college offers holistic health and wellness degrees, diplomas, certificates of excellence, continuing education and personal development, oncampus and online. Financial aid available. See ad, outside back cover.


952 E Baseline Rd, Ste 102, Mesa Rev. Julianne Lewis • 480-593-8798 Celebrating a Positive Path to Spiritual Living at Interfaith CommUNITY, they share openminded joyful spirituality with respect for cultural, religious and lifestyle diversity. Join for a journey toward our unique and perfect divine potential! See ad, page 23.


6701 E Mountain Ranch Rd, Williams 928-637-6232 Meditation retreats and classes in modern Buddhism; dedicated to providing the local and worldwide community an opportunity to learn and engage in Buddhist practice and meditation retreats. Everyone is welcome.


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

THE SHRINE OF HOLY WISDOM 5025 S Ash Ave, Ste B-15, Tempe 480-219-9633

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


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4105 N 20th St, Ste 115, Phoenix 480-442-5020 Dedicated to sharing Saint Germain’s Violet Flame. All faiths welcome. Learn how you can become a modern day mystic. We are dedicated to sharing the Teachings of the Ascended Masters® to help you bring in joy and peace to the world. Learn what the requirements are to make your ascension. See ad, page 20.


700 E Southern Ave, Mesa 480-892-2700 • Offering practical spiritual teachings for abundant and meaningful living. We are a progressive spiritual community that explores universal principles and practices. Weddings, memorials, christenings, classes and activities for the “spiritual, not religious”. Sunday Summer Discussion and Meditation Groups: 9am; Summer Service and Youth program: 10:15am. All are welcome. See ad, page 32.

WELLNESS CENTERS ABSOLUTE HEALTH Dr. Sara Penton, DC 8360 E Raintree Dr Ste 135, Scottsdale 480-991-9945 • Our focus is treating the whole person based on each individual’s needs, using acupuncture, allergy relief, chiropractic, massage, naturopathic, biofeedback and neurofeedback. See ad, page 13.


Bre Wolfe, CPLC, RYT 500, RP 2024 N 7th St, Phoenix 808-344-4788 • Yogi, life coach, explorer, peace activist, Bre Wolfe uses a combination of movement, deep breath work, healing sound and life coaching to help you reclaim your brilliance. Your answers are already within you. Uncover physical and energetic blocks to your authentic self. Leave each session feeling empowered, courageous and better able to live your truth and your vision.

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