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was reading the article in this month’s Natural Pet section titled “Five Reasons to Love a Cat,” and came up with a sixth—entertainment! When I was growing up, we had an array of cats, and they always gave us a good laugh. Our cats were full of endless antics, some that left us with tears streaming down our faces from laughter, and some that left us simply going “hmmm”… My grandmother visited us once a year, and she wasn’t particularly cat crazy. One day, she walked into the kitchen and there was a paper grocery bag on the floor (way back when there were only paper grocery bags). She nonchalantly gave the bag a light kick, and our cat Raspberry jumped out of the bag—scared the heck out of both of them, and of course, the look on my grandmother’s face made the rest of us roar with laughter. Then there was the time that our little cat, Soxy, and our big black shepherd, Kara, were in the yard. I looked outside and there was a stray dog on the other side of the fence; and much to my surprise, Soxy had bravely positioned herself between that dog and Kara, protecting our pooch! Once I was in our basement, and suddenly I felt I was being watched. It was not real light down there, so I was peering around looking for what I thought might be one of my cats, but no, it was a live bird sitting on our toolbox staring at me. It gave me quite a shock, but I’m sure the poor bird was more stunned than I was. It was a bit of a challenge catching the bird and returning it to the great outdoors, but it was a lesson about kitty doors—never have one unless you would like unexpected company! Birds, mice, gophers, to name a few. I have a neighbor who has recently added lizards, snakes and bunnies to her list of “friends” that her cats bring home. One might not be thinking it’s as funny when one has a snake in their bathroom! I’m sure those of us who have cats can think of endless stories; they are forever our fur kids, and quite the entertainers. 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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Get to Know Greater Phoenix with the Wellness Wonders Challenge


aunched in 2017 as a part of the Wellness AtoZ initiative to create a healthier Arizona, the Wellness Wonders of Arizona brings community members together twice a year for dynamic activities. The spring 2018 Wellness Wonders began April 8 and runs through May 20. This health challenge inspires individuals to enjoy the natural assets of Arizona while being active and social. Participants are encouraged to complete as many Wellness Wonders activities as possible. There are seven activities showcasing the unique features of Arizona. Challenge activities vary each season, but always emphasize what makes Arizona living fun, healthy and one of a kind. Prizes will be awarded to participants that complete and log their activities by May 20; the more activities completed, the more chances to win. Interested in exploring Arizona’s mountains and parks, riding bikes along a scenic canal in Greater Phoenix or looking to load up on delicious fruits and veggies at a local farmers’ market? Joining the Wellness Wonders challenge is the opportunity to do all of those fun, health-focused activities, and more, while promoting a community of wellness in Arizona. The event is free. To start the spring 2018 Wellness Wonders of Arizona challenge, visit to create an account.

Yoga for Breast Cancer Begins in May at Restoring Balance Mind & Body


eginning in May, Restoring Balance Mind & Body will offer Yoga for Breast Cancer to provide a place for self-discovery and healing. YMEDICA, in partnership with Mayo Clinic, has developed a yoga protocol using evidence-based studies to ensure maximum safety and effect. Yoga improves quality of life and eases physical and emotional pain associated with diagnosis and treatment. This gentle practice is accessible to all, as it takes into account the fatigue and weakness often experienced during treatment. Yoga for Breast Cancer is a gift of self-care that goes beyond the physical practice during a vulnerable time. Moving through class, the focus is less about the shape of a pose and more about the experience of the pose in the body in each moment. Small class size (six max) offers the opportunity for individualized attention. Yoga for Breast Cancer is taught by Kim Carter, MA, RYT, who has been making yoga accessible to those with unique challenges for 13 years. Cost per class: $10. Location: 2045 S. Vineyard Ave., Ste. 139, Mesa. For more information, call/text Kim Carter at 253-549-5342 or email


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retreat for women will be held on Saturday, June 2, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Total Rejuvenation Center, in Scottsdale. Attendees will have the opportunity to clear their chakras or energy centers and work with tai chi, yoga, acupressure, creative visualization, meditation and more. A light lunch will be served. “This is a time in history to step into your power and manifest your dreams,” says Victoria Mogilner, owner of Total Rejuvenation. “As you clear the past, you are able to clear the pathways of anger, stress, fear and worry. The opportunity will be to come home to self-love and nourishment and be in a supportive environment to open to self-love and healing.” Benefits of attending the retreat include peace of mind, deeper breathing, and flexibility. “This is a time to come home to your soul and work to raise your vibrations so you can live with less stress and anxiety,” adds Mogilner, a certified acupuncturist and aesthetician trained in China, who is the author of Ancient Secrets of Facial Rejuvenation. “Only you can heal you, so come to a day of natural healing. Release the past and claim your power as a magical, loving woman.” Cost: $99. Location: 2928 N. 70th St., Ste. E, Scottsdale. For more information, call 480-560-1454 or visit

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New Guidelines Lower the Bar for Risky Blood Pressure New guidelines that change the criteria for healthy blood pressure mean that nearly half of U.S. adults are now considered to have high blood pressure. The American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association have redefined the condition as being 130/80 instead of 140/90, a change considered by critics as overly beneficial to pharmaceutical companies. This criteria includes 80 percent of people over 65, triples the diagnosis for men under 45 and doubles it for women younger than 45. The revised guidelines encourage adopting lifestyle strategies in early stages of rising blood pressure like exercise, diet, weight loss and smoking cessation. Evidence-based alternative methods noted in a Canadian study include coenzyme Q10, dark chocolate, qigong, slow breathing, Transcendental Meditation and vitamin D. 12

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U.S. Midlife Women Choosing Natural Health Care In a survey of 171 midlife American women, more than 80 percent reported using complementary and alternative medicine, Albert Einstein College of Medicine researchers discovered. The most common choice was herbal teas, followed by women’s vitamins, flaxseed, glucosamine and soy supplements. Only 34 percent of the non-Hispanic white women and 14 percent of the Hispanic women discussed it with their doctors.

Young Women Outdo Male Peers in Oxygen Uptake Young women process oxygen about 30 percent faster and more efficiently than men when they begin exercising, according to a new study from Canada’s University of Waterloo. The ability to extract oxygen from the blood is an important fitness marker, which the researchers tested by having 18 young men and women exercise on treadmills. The women’s superior results indicate they are naturally less prone to muscle fatigue and poor performance. “The findings are contrary to the popular assumption that men’s bodies are more naturally athletic,” observes lead author Thomas Beltrame, Ph.D. Previous research had found that older men and male children tend to have faster oxygen uptake than women.

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When an adult looks into the eyes of a baby, a synchronization of brain waves occurs that could indicate an intention to communicate, concludes a Cambridge University study of 36 infants. This coordinating supports the baby’s early learning and communication skills, according to the researchers. The effect, which researchers measured via electroencephalogram (EEG)-wired skullcaps, was strongest with eye-to-eye contact and weaker when the adult’s head was turned away. The more vocalizations—little sounds—the baby made, the greater their brainwaves synchronized with the adult.


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Sick and Tired of Being Sick and Tired?

With today’s busy lifestyle and the many demands placed on us because of work, family, school, and physical, mental or emotional crises, it’s easy to become overwhelmed and stressed out. Stress leads to our being susceptible to all kinds of illnesses, but over time, it can also break down our immune system and lead to chronic illness. Fatigue and lack of energy are a sign of the times. According to Marguerite Gavel, LAc, LMT, the biomeridian body scan can help people find a pathway to health and vitality. “The organs of the body are connected through meridians—energetic pathways that exist in the body,” she explains. “Many meridians begin and end in the hands and feet, and the vital health of organs are accessed through acupuncture points along these meridians.” The bio-meridian body scan provides what Gavel refers to as “an extraordinary perspective on the state of the body’s energetic health.” She says it also assists the practitioner in using the information gained to determine the next step to improving the patient’s health. The assessment is noninvasive—no scratch tests or injections are necessary. The primary objective of this procedure is to disclose patterns of stress and provide feedback for use in a personal program to help restore each system and meridian back to optimal balance. “The benefit of the comprehensive body scan is to fully document a personalized healthcare program that best fits you,” adds Gavel. “Periodic testing can guide you to fine-tune your progress, maintain motivation, and help you to accomplish your health goals.”

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Meds in Urban Streams Drive Microbial Resistance

A new study published in the journal Ecosphere confirms that in urban streams, persistent pharmaceutical pollution can cause aquatic microbial communities to become resistant to drugs. Researchers evaluated the presence of pharmaceuticals, including painkillers, stimulants, antihistamines and antibiotics, in four streams in Baltimore, Maryland. Then they measured the microbial response to drug exposure. Selected study sites represented a gradient of development from suburban to urban. Emma Rosi, an aquatic ecologist at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies and lead author on the study, explains, “Wastewater treatment facilities are not equipped to remove many pharmaceutical compounds. We were interested in how stream microorganisms, which perform key ecosystem services like removing nutrients and breaking down leaf litter, respond to pharmaceutical pollution. When we expose streams to pharmaceutical pollution, we are unwittingly altering their microbial communities, yet little is known about what this means for ecological function and water quality.”

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Recycled Plastic Transforms into Prosthetics The emerging technology of three-dimensional (3-D) printing can benefit the world in many ways. Re:Purpose for Good, in Australia, creates robotically 3-D printed prosthetic devices from recycled plastic and e-waste. It’s difficult to customize prosthetics, so more invasive surgery is often needed to make standard sizes fit the patient. Other companies produce 3-D printed prosthetic hands and arms, but Re:Purpose for Good customizes both hands and feet at a much lower cost. The company’s robotics and prosthetics engineer Gerardo Montoya, who had been working on 3-D printing prosthetics for children in Mexico, merged the idea with a desire to do something about the 8 million tons of plastic entering the oceans. Along with plastic waste, they also use e-waste such as discarded smartphones that have all the circuitry and microprocessors needed for advanced features. The company even plans to teach their prostheticmaking process to children as part of their science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM) curriculum, so they can learn 3-D printing skills. They’re making it open source so more people can get involved without patent restrictions.


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Women Warriors

The Black Mamba Anti-Poaching Unit aims not only to protect rhinoceroses in South Africa by patrolling the Balule Nature Reserve, in Greater Kruger National Park, but to also be a role model in their communities. It’s the first majority-female, anti-poaching unit in the country. Founded in 2013 by Transfrontier Africa NPC to protect the Olifants West Region of Balule, the Black Mambas were invited within a year to expand into other regions, and now protect all boundaries of the reserve. These 32 young women and two men want their communities to understand that the benefits are greater through rhino conservation rather than poaching, as they address the local social and moral decay that results from poaching. Their concern is also for their children’s sake because the sham economy has corrupted morals and brought narcotics into their communities. To make a donation, visit 14

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Alaskan mining critics cheered the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency decision to maintain an existing policy not to permit the Northern Dynasty Minerals’ Pebble copper and gold mine in Bristol Bay. They maintain that the project’s toxic byproducts would threaten fisheries and other natural resources. Alannah Hurley, with United Tribes of Bristol Bay, a group opposing the mine, has said that members of the tribes she represents are willing to lie down in front of bulldozers to protect the waters. She notes, “Ideally, we would like these [protections] finalized, and the battle to protect Bristol Bay from the Pebble Mine and mines like Pebble is far from over. But the fact that these protections remain in place and can be used within the process is a very positive step in the effort to protect the Bristol Bay watershed for generations to come.”

The British supermarket chain Iceland is planning to eliminate or drastically reduce plastic packaging for more than 1,000 of its house-label products by the end of 2023, switching to paper-based trays instead. Nigel Broadhurst, joint managing director of Iceland, explains that the typical ready meal was packaged in a particularly bad way. “It is currently in a black plastic tray. That black plastic is the worst possible option in terms of toxins going into the ground and the ability to recycle that product.” He also notes that instead of the usual plastic bag, grocers could put netting around a bunch of apples the same as with oranges. Iceland’s research found that 80 percent of shoppers would endorse a supermarket’s move to go plastic-free.

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Scientists have called for glitter to be prohibited due to the threat it poses to wildlife. The glistening, decorative, plastic microbead powder may seem harmless, but environmental researchers report it’s a dangerous pollutant, particularly in oceans. Trisia Farrelly, Ph.D., of New Zealand’s Massey University, notes, “Their diminutive size and sparkling appearance make them appealing to animals, which will eat them.” Seven U.S. states now restrict the use and sale of products with microbeads; California was the first in 2015. The British government will ban rinse-off microbeads—plastics of less than one millimeter in length—found in exfoliating scrubs, shower gels, toothpaste and even on greeting cards. Plastics are found in a third of all fish caught in Great Britain, according to a study by Richard Thompson, Ph.D., professor of marine biology at Plymouth University. He says of shower gel with glitter particles, “That stuff is going to escape down the plughole and potentially enter the environment.”

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8. It’s vital to recycle office and other paper. Answers: 1. False; generally, only paper bags are recyclable unless a grocer or big-box retailer has its own program for plastic bags. 2. True

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As ambitious folks undertake spring cleaning, questions arise about what is and isn’t recyclable, as well as how to do the right thing on an ongoing basis. The world can benefit from our efforts: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency reports that every ton of recycled paper saves the energy equivalent of 322 gallons of gasoline, while a ton of aluminum cans saves 21 barrels of oil. Putting the wrong items into a recycle bin demands extra time and effort at local facilities. We can test our knowledge by taking this short true or false quiz. Please note that local standards may vary, so check for specifics. 1. Both paper and plastic bags are recyclable. 2. All paper in the form of phone books, newspapers, magazines, junk mail, office paper and paperboard, is recyclable. 3. Cardboard pizza boxes can be recycled despite absorption of grease and food residue. 4. Aluminum, steel and tin-plated cans can all go in the recycling bin. 5. Some of these items are recyclable: Styrofoam food containers and cups, used paint cans, sewing needles, non-empty aerosol cans, garden hoses and clothing. 6. It’s easy to recycle a broken or outmoded cell phone or laptop computer.




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4. True, if free of harmful chemical residue. 5. False; generally, none are recyclable. Notable exceptions for foam are detailed at recycling; shipping storefronts may accept foam packing peanuts. 6. True; many consumer electronics retailers and manufacturers, states and charities offer options to recycle or donate devices. Visit,, or 7. False; put broken light bulbs and other shattered glass in the trash; bring all fluorescent bulbs to a local building supply store. 8. True; 30 percent of landfill trash generated annually is paper, outweighed only by plastic and food waste.


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Natural Approaches Resolve Major Illnesses by Linda Sechrist


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


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Lack of Awareness

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

Outside Pressure

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



stress experienced from coping with their illness,” says Warner.

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

Resistance to Change

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

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

Quiet Role Models

Sheila Tucker, a resident of Navarre, Florida, has been a registered nurse for 20 years, practicing in hospital settings such as critical care, emergency and administration. “I know and understand doctors, surgeries and pharmaceutical treatments and hospitals,” says Tucker, who recalls

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

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website that reaches hundreds of individuals worldwide. She advises, “Reach out to people that you see are having positive results with a different healing system than yours. Ask them to show, help and teach you. I’ve seen many people restored to health by using methods that science is only beginning to understand.”

It’s a Marathon

“Outside of any dominant paradigm, it’s easier to cast suspicion than to make curious inquiry and, over time, working within a dominant worldview creates polarity, the antithesis of ‘wholism’. An inclusive approach integrates all medical and complementary approaches, as well as interaction with the natural world,” says Patrick Hanaway, a family physician and founder of Family to Family Medicine, in Asheville, North Carolina. Hanaway, the former director of medical education for the Institute for Functional Medicine and the first medical director at the Cleveland Clinic Center for Functional Medicine, explains, “Doctors have a rigorous job filled with responsibility. Change is difficult and investigating vastly different ways of practicing medicine requires a degree of curiosity and openness. I am heartened by thought leaders and heads of top medical schools who are presently opening up to functional medicine, natural medicine and complementary approaches.” “The paradigm shift we are ushering in has been 50 years in the making,” assesses Hanaway. “Some medical professionals are immersed in a polar view of right and wrong, offering personal attacks and disparaging comments to maintain control of the dialogue. This is not appreciated by patients who look to the doctor as a teacher—the Latin docere means to teach. “The movement to change medicine and the cultural paradigm of healing is a marathon, not a sprint, and those of us involved are prepared to stay the course.” Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings. Connect at 20

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by April Thompson

fter Los Angeles native Kelly Noonan-Gores spent 20 years in front of the camera as an actress, she turned her talents to producing award-winning films like Tooken, Beneath and Take a Seat. She considers her latest, the documentary HEAL (, to be her ultimate achievement. “I included as many inspiring stories of healing change as possible to expand viewers’ beliefs in what’s possible, to alter the narrative around mystery illnesses being incurable or cancer equaling death,” says Noonan-Gores. When she was prescribed Prilosec for acid reflux at age 28, Noonan-Gores decided she was too young and otherwise healthy to become dependent on it. By taking an integrative nutrition course, she realized the possibilities of alternative healing methods, catalyzing an ongoing exploration into optimizing life and health through the powers of mind, body and spirit. “We are not the passive victims of faulty genes; our lifestyle choices, thoughts, and beliefs shape our health,” says Noonan-Gores, a longtime practitioner of yoga and meditation. HEAL features uplifting interviews with the scientists, visionaries and healers that inspired her, including Deepak Chopra, Bruce Lipton, Marianne Wil-

liamson and patients diagnosed with diverse ailments that sought different healing modalities to take their health into their own hands.

What are some common elements in the stories of patients featured in HEAL? One common thread revolves around our subconscious programming. From the time we’re born, we are downloading “programs” or belief systems from society, parents, teachers and whoever and whatever else is in our environment. Many have learned through their own healing journeys of negative belief systems running their lives; each one had to become aware of these beliefs in order to change. Another is that when events are too painful, we consciously suppress or unconsciously repress them, and that trauma stays in our cells and might manifest in disease. To move that stuck energy, we must heal that emotional trauma to allow physical ailments to transform. A third theme is understanding how stress affects our lives and immune systems, and doing things to manage or mitigate it through tools like medita-

tion or breath work. Some of the patients worked with spiritual psychologists using Emotional Freedom Techniques to release past stress held in their body, shifting beliefs to a trusting, non-victim place. Dietary shifts also made a difference. In acute healing, we realize the effect of different foods which can reduce or exacerbate inflammation.

Which messages in how the body and mind collaborate to promote healing are audiences keying in on? Visualization is a powerful and widespread tool in healing; we can use imagination to reframe and tell a different story. Research has shown that visualizations can affect brain chemistry and lessen side effects. The mind is conditioned to go to the worst-case scenario; we can instead retrain it to focus on the best-case scenario, and what we want to happen, increasing the likelihood it will occur.

What role do faith and belief systems play in the healing journey? It all comes down to what we believe. If you believe in and expect an effect, like what we see with a placebo, the brain will create and release natural chemicals that might be prompted by a targeted drug. Believing you are a victim of genes and circumstance induces stress, whereas having faith in a loving universe produces greater ease.

How do emotions influence health and healing? Gregg Braden and Joe Dispenza, interviewed in HEAL, discuss how rage, jealousy, trauma and fear put the body in a stress response and create inflammation and other detrimental effects. But love, kindness, joy, gratitude and compassion release healing hormones and neurochemicals like oxytocin, serotonin and dopamine. It’s empowering to know that when negative emotions arise,

you can become aware of and release them, then pivot to focus on gratitude or do something that cultivates joy. It’s a moment-by-moment choice.

Healthy people require a healthy planet; how can we apply these same principles to bring our world back into balance? The more conscious we become, the more we treat ourselves, others and our Earth with compassion. As more people awaken and demand a different response, the paradigm will shift. Health care will have to change as we apply the power in our hearts and minds. Our bodies are a microcosm of the universe; the planet can heal itself and thrive as we remove the toxins and become fully aware of what we are putting in the air, water and soil. Connect with April Thompson, in Washington, D.C., at

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Functional Medicine Leads the Way by Linda Sechrist


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Historical Overview

New Standard of Care

During the last 25 years, a less drugbased grassroots model for dealing with chronic illnesses in the U.S. has emerged. First labeled holistic, the movement gained momentum as alternative approaches morphed into being considered complementary to conventional medicine, warranting studies by the National Institutes of Health. Responding to public interest, an integrative model of care that focuses on the whole person has taken root in medical institutions such as the Cleveland Clinic, in Ohio. The latest evolution to a systemsoriented, patient-focused clinical model of functional medicine, which seeks to address causes of illness, rather than simply treat symptoms, has been garnering increasing interest by the public and pioneering medical professionals. It’s now maturing into personalized functional medicine.

One of the best-prepared, traditionally trained medical professionals in explaining this approach is Jeffrey S. Bland, Ph.D., recognized as the father of functional medicine, and author of The Disease Delusion: Conquering the Causes of Chronic Illness for a Healthier, Longer and Happier Life. He co-founded, with his wife, Susan, the Institute for Functional Medicine, in Washington, which provides a system geared to understanding the complexity of chronic illness and design individualized programs for more effective healing. “Medical science didn’t have the advanced technology 25 years ago to perform the research that now helps us better understand the complexity of chronic illness, as well as our present ecological view of the body. Today we’re examining how all the networks of our biology intersect in a dynamic process that creates health when in balance or disease when out of balance,” attests Bland, whose career has focused on

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searching for a unifying principle behind all healing that can be used to discern the best possible therapy for specific individuals. Incorporating what he learned from Linus Pauling, Ph.D., two-time Nobel Prize laureate, and Lee Hood, M.D., Ph.D., as well as systems biology and practicing lifestyle medicine, Bland founded the nonprofit Personalized Lifestyle Medicine Institute ( in 2012. Seeking to transform the entire medical approach to chronic illness, the Seattle-based organization is a virtual and onsite hub for health professionals, researchers, educators and the public to share ideas and converse about how personalized functional medicine can be delivered to everyone as an improved standard of care.

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

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here’s a new anti-aging procedure that uses a patient’s own DNA as a facial filler. Coined the “stem cell facelift”, this breakthrough treatment combines three all-natural ingredients: stem cells extracted from the patient’s own fat; platelet-rich plasma (PRP) from the patient’s own blood; and free hyaluronic acid. This “holy trinity” of rejuvenating properties is then infused under the skin of the face, hands, neck and décolleté using a cannula for minimal bruising. Once injected, the solution immediately adds natural volume, restores moisture and stimulates collagen growth. Dr. Melanie Icard, a naturopathic physician in Phoenix, also administers a stem cell intravenous (IV) injection during the same visit, which intensifies the effects of the procedure. “When paired with a simultaneous stem cell IV, the stem cell facelift is actually a whole-body rejuvenation,” she explains. “Patients experience a beautiful, healthy glow—from the inside out.” The secret to this treatment’s success lies in its use of the body’s own stem cells. Stem cells are “super” cells found naturally in the body that heal damaged areas. When infused under the skin, those cells go straight to work to repair lost collagen and elastin. The best part is that, unlike commercial fillers, these stem cells are alive and continue to rejuvenate indefinitely. In other words, the effects of the stem cell “facelift” improve over time and last for years. When injected intravenously, stem cells produce an anti-aging effect at a molecular level. The cells rush to areas throughout the entire body that are in need of healing and rejuvenation. For optimal results, Icard advises that first-time patients have this treatment completed twice a year. After this, patients should repeat the procedure every three years for maintenance. Melanie Icard, NMD, is the owner and medical director of Anti-Aging Clinic in uptown Phoenix, located at 5350 N. 16th St., Ste. 107. Anti-Aging Clinic specializes in stem cells; natural and conventional aesthetics; ozone therapies; and holistic treatment of the whole person, body and mind. For more information, call 480-599-8370 or visit See ad, pages 9 and 17.

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Could Your Jewelry Be Causing Dental Problems? by Ingo Mahn


re you a woman who wears earrings or other types of jewelry? There is a good chance your fashion statement may be contributing to a gum tissue-irritating metal allergy. This notion was demonstrated at a dental conference when a highly respected dentist and researcher brought up this particular subject. To make his point, he first asked the men in a crowd of 300 or so attendees to raise their hands if they had any kind of metal allergy. Only one hand went up. He then asked the women the same question. Well over half the women raised their hands! What could explain such a dramatic difference? It turns out the source of the problem is primarily jewelry. In particular, jewelry with a high content of nickel. Nickel is a metal that can be both irritating and toxic to the immune system and is found in concentrations as high as 8 to 10 percent in stainless steel (and as high as 2 percent in white gold). With the average age of ear piercing getting earlier and earlier, many girls are exposed to nickel as young as 6 or 7 years old and will at some point in their life report

being unable to tolerate wearing earrings (unless made from 24-karat gold) because of an allergic-type reaction. Imagine now if this same metal was a component in the metal of a crown placed in your mouth. For many years, dentists have placed “porcelain-fusedto-metal” crowns. This means, even if a crown looks to be completely ceramic, it has a metal substructure to give it strength. The dental laboratory, based on the instructions from the dentist, will make this unseen part of the crown from a variety of metals. These can range from high-quality gold alloys (a mixture of metals) to very inexpensive alloys containing nickel and chrome. In the ‘80s and ‘90s, as the price of gold rose dramatically, so did the percentage of crowns made from the cheaper nickel-containing metals. It is not unusual to see a ring of bright red, inflamed gum tissue, which easily bleeds, around these types of crowns. This condition is commonly misdiagnosed as gum disease, stemming from a lack of proper oral hygiene. However, as soon as the offending crown is

removed, the tissue immediately returns to health. Fortunately, fewer of these types of crowns are used today. Dentists now have the option of placing zirconium-based nonmetallic crowns. Because of their tooth-like appearance as well as their exceptional strength, these are becoming ever more popular. An even better option, in the case where a tooth does not already have a crown, is that a crown may not be needed at all. Crowns often involve the removal of a significant amount of healthy tooth structure. This can be avoided by restoring the tooth with a more conservative tooth-preserving bonded restoration, such as an inlay or an onlay. In any case, make sure to let your dentist know if you have any history of metal sensitivities; it will help them to choose the proper course of treatment and select materials that will help you achieve optimal health. Dr. Ingo Mahn is a 1985 graduate of Marquette University School of Dentistry. He is an accredited member of the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology (IAOMT) 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, call 602-775-5120 or visit MyNaturalDentist. com (website includes a list of his upcoming live seminars). See ad, page 6.

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priorities. After that, create your working schedule. As much as possible, stick to your schedule. If a truly urgent business issue arises, postpone instead of cancel those self-care activities and vacations—they are essential to your success!

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Create clear boundaries. Actively raising children means that your schedule needs to be flexible. And you will need to say “no” to things not aligned with your priorities, at least for now. Examples might include volunteering, being at every single school event, or browsing social media.

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Receive support as well as money. Even though you may comfortably wear many hats, you will need support from others to truly grow. Whether it’s hiring a virtual assistant, trading childcare with a friend, or hiring a cleaning service, the more you can delegate, the more your vision can become reality. Investing in continuing education, coaching on your mindset, and mentorship are also key ways to help your business blossom.

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Blue Russ is a board-certified health coach who made it past the five-year mark, and now mentors other healers (mostly moms) in running successful businesses. She has partnered with Jennifer Hoeprich, midwife and meditation teacher, to create a business retreat for moms in Arizona. For more information, visit MagicalMamaRetreat. com. See ad, page 16.



ore than half of all small businesses in the United States are home-based, according to the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). Moms are a key part of this trend, creating income and contributing to their community while having more time with their families. Yet, burnout is common among mom entrepreneurs as they strive to meet the demands and challenges of family life and business. In fact, only 50 percent of small businesses make it past the five-year mark ( Using these tips may help mom entrepreneurs balance their time, talents and energy, so everybody wins.


Get clear on your vision. You created your business to make a difference in the world. Know your “big why”, which is not all about the money. It’s essential that your business lights you up, so it continues to feel worthwhile, even when challenging. Share your vision with others.


Treat your business like you have another baby. It will require your time and attention to succeed, especially when it is first “born”. Your business, however, will experience greater longevity if you take your time “raising” it. Think of growing your business 1 percent a day, rather than being in a hurry. Also avoid comparing yourself to other mom entrepreneurs.


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by Peter Kan


emale hormones can be a beautiful flow or a nightmare. Symptoms can range from pesky irregularity and annoying premenstrual syndrome (PMS) to full-blown pain of endometriosis and polycystic ovarian syndrome. Conventional medicine commonly treats these problems with either birth control pills or hormone replacement therapy, with the assumption that all female hormone problems are due to hormone deficiency, therefore necessitating a hormone pill. The problem with this model is that it may not involve adequate testing. In menstruating females, estrogen normally peaks during the first half of the cycle and tapers off during the second half, while progesterone does the opposite. This is important because estrogen and progesterone have opposite effects on female reproductive organs and balance each other out. This is all coordinated by the master controllers


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in the brain—the hypothalamus and pituitary gland—which secret their own hormones in a complex dance over a normal 28-day cycle. The conventional medical test for female hormones is a one-sample blood draw, which is only a snapshot of the hormone level on that particular day. This one-sample test cannot tell what is going on with the cycle on the other 27 days! For menstruating females, the best way to determine sex hormone function is with a saliva hormone test. This test is done at home by collecting a saliva sample, which is noninvasive, every three days over the course of 28 days, or longer if one has a prolonged cycle. The result is graphed as 14 data points of each of the ovarian and pituitary hormones to see the full cycle picture. However, for most females with hormone problems, the problem does not lie in the ovaries. The root cause for female hormone issues typically starts as a blood sugar problem caused by insulin resistance, adrenal dysfunction, inflammation or toxicity from endocrine-dis-

Follow Peter Kan, DC, DACNB, FAAIM, CFMP, the host of the online Ask Dr Kan Show, on Facebook at Hope Integrative Wellness Center and YouTube at Dr. Peter Kan, for natural hormone balancing. For more information or to schedule a Skype consultation, call 480-988-6269. See ad, page 5.

Balancing Female Hormones Naturally

rupting chemicals. By addressing these root causes, most women feel better and more balanced without needing expensive testing or hormone replacement. The menopausal symptoms of hot flashes and night sweats are so common that they are seen as a normal part of growing old. However, healthy transition to menopause should simply be cessation of menstruation without symptoms. A common myth is that once a woman is in menopause, she no longer makes or needs estrogen or progesterone. The fact is a woman still makes these hormones, just not by the ovaries. The adrenal glands are the backup system that makes the bulk of progesterone when a woman is in menopause. The symptoms of hot flash and night sweats are actually caused by the adrenal glands trying to kick in, perhaps unsuccessfully, and creating hormone surges, leading to symptoms. The focus for female hormone balance should not be a knee-jerk response to take hormone replacement, but rather identifying and addressing the root cause, which usually involves balancing blood sugar, supporting the adrenals, decreasing inflammation, and enhancing detoxification through the liver and gallbladder. Only after these foundations are covered should one consider the need for hormone medications. Ask better questions and you will get better answers. Don’t ask if you need hormone replacement, ask why you are not making hormones in the first place. By addressing the root cause, you will not only fix the hormone problem but create a healthier you in the process.

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Moving Through

MENOPAUSE Exercising Reduces Symptoms by Marlaina Donato


ransitioning through menopause and the years of perimenopausal hormone fluctuation leading up to the finale can be physically and emotionally challenging for many women. Consistently following a healthy diet and positive lifestyle are important, and health researchers, doctors and midlife women can attest to the multidimensional benefits of exercise. Perks may include reduction of menopausal discomfort, better brain function, stronger bones and reversal of estrogen dominance syndrome that can set the stage for fibroids, cystic breasts, cancer, migraines and weight gain.

Get Moving

Studies of 3,500 women in South and Central America have shown that a more active life reduces hot flashes and night sweats. The results, published in Menopause, the journal of the North American Menopause Society, reveal that sedentary individuals often experience increased intensity of related symptoms like insomnia and irritability. Aerobic exercise such as regular walking, hiking, swimming or biking might also help the brain produce neurochemicals that are compromised when estrogen levels drop. Sue Markovitch, author and owner of Clear Rock Fitness, in Columbus, Ohio, recommends aerobic exercise. “I believe our bodies were made to move. One of the amazing gifts of fitness is it’s truly never too late. When we incorporate daily 28

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movement in our lives, all the other systems in the body will work more according to plan. Simply taking a daily walk helps balance brain chemistry,” says Markovitch, who specializes in improving fitness levels for women over 40. “Walking is fitness magic, whether it’s on a treadmill, outside or in the pool. Get your heart rate into an aerobic zone, preferably for 30 to 45 minutes. I’ve heard testimony after testimony of improved sleep, less back or joint pain and better mood.” She also suggests adding a few weekly sessions of resistance training to daily walks. Most health professionals agree that balance is the key. Jeanne D. Andrus, a menopause expert and author of I Just Want to Be ME Again, in Covington, Louisiana, recommends cardio, resistance training and exercise that increases flexibility and core strength. “For a beginner, this may include two to four days of walking, one to three days of strength training and one to three days of yoga or Pilates, with the goal being three and a half hours of activity per week.” Of course, all of these need to be at appropriate levels for the woman’s condition and goals,” advises Andrus. According to studies led by Helen Jones, Ph.D., from the Research Institute for Sport and Exercise Sciences at Liverpool John Moores University, UK, three, 30-to-45-minute aerobic sessions a week reduced hot flashes and yielded the most significant results.

the playground are fun ways to do something good for both body and spirit. Menopause can be a time for personal expansion and an invitation for self-care that might have been neglected or postponed. Fromberg believes we can all revitalize our resources at any stage of life, and the years surrounding menopause call for us to tune into ourselves even more. “What seems like a disruption is an opportunity to listen deeply and reimagine and reorganize one’s life on physical, emotional and spiritual levels.” Marlaina Donato is a freelance writer, author and multimedia artist. Connect at

Go Easy

While some conventional approaches suggest vigorous exercise, many holistic professionals caution against extremes. “It’s important to individualize, and in my ongoing research it’s clear that the high-intensity strength and sculpting approach so often promoted and perceived as necessary to maintain shape, weight and health is a myth,” says Dr. Eden Fromberg, an obstetrician, gynecologist and founder of Holistic Gynecology New York, in Manhattan. Instead, Fromberg recommends an integrated approach to exercise that supports connective tissue and joints. While some forms of exercise including yoga are perceived as gentler than others, she warns against an all-or-nothing strategy, noting, “Intense, deep stretching and joint-straining may cause injury more easily during hormonal transition.” Andrus concurs, “If high cortisol levels are involved and accompanied by insomnia, stress placed on the body by rigorous exercise will increase these levels and actually lower available energy.” She also advises adopting a non-aggressive approach for osteoporosis. “Weight-bearing exercise is a must, but if bone loss is already present, start much more gradually to ensure that bones are protected.”

Lighten Up

Exercise can be more enjoyable than doing chores. Recreational activities such as dancing, biking or hopping on the swings at May 2018



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DIY Versions Add Zest and Nutrients by Judith Fertig


hile not essential to every dish or meal, condiments provide extra flavoring, final flourishes and added enjoyment to any dish. Such meal accompaniments range from vinegars to spreads and sauces, finishing spice mixtures and natural salts. America’s previous king of condiments was ketchup. Today, according to a 2017 poll from, it stands behind mayonnaise and mustard with soy and hot sauce rounding out the top five (generic product ranking at We often take familiar condiments for granted, yet a look at their ingredients can be startling. Many prominently include processed corn syrup and other sugars, sodium, gluten, monosodium glutamate (MSG), artificial flavors and unpronounceable preservatives, accord-

ing to Dana Angelo White, a registered dietitian in Fairfield, Connecticut. Homemade versions of condiments provide a happy alternative. They not only taste great, but can be good for us. “Certain condiments add more to your meals than flavor—some actually improve your health,” says White. The potassium in homemade mustard is good for the digestive system through stimulating the flow of saliva, suggests a study in the Indian Journal of Medical Research. Homemade ketchup made with small cooked tomatoes is rich in lycopene, a nutrient that protects heart health, according to research published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. White’s fresh-made “THE Green Sauce,” full of vitamin-rich avocado and cilantro, is replete with antioxidants (

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Better Basics Ketchup

Heather McClees, a plant-based nutritionist in South Carolina who blogs at One Green Planet, once loved commercial ketchup; then she read the labels. “Most ketchup is made of tomato concentrates, sugars, including high-fructose corn syrup, cane sugar, agave nectar, coconut nectar/ syrup, brown rice syrup, cane juice and cane crystals, vinegar, “spices” that is likely code for MSG,water and refined salt. All of this makes ketchup addicting,” she says. “While you could pay for pricey organic ketchup and condiments that come without added sugars, you can save money by spending five minutes in the kitchen to make your own.” Find a recipe at

at, follows the Whole30 program, which bars sugar. Because she also likes Middle-Eastern food, Buchanan experimented and created her recipe for Pomegranate Molasses without added sugar ( MolassesRecipe).

Superfood Popcorn Seasoning

Green popcorn is fun. With a spirulina powder, garlic powder, sea salt and cayenne pepper spice mix, even a movie snack can be healthy. “Spirulina is one of the most potent of all superfoods. Available in a powder form, it’s a bluegreen algae that provides protein, B vitamins and iron. It’s used as a natural

energizer, digestive aid and detoxifier,” says Tara Milhern, a holistic health coach in New York City. She also likes it sprinkled on baked potatoes or vegetables as a finishing flavor. See Tinyurl. com/HealthyPopcornSeasoning. Without preservatives, homemade healthy condiments don’t last as long as commercial versions. McClees advises, “I store mine in a glass mason jar for one week in the fridge. I choose a half-pintsize jar, since the less empty space there is at the top of the jar, the longer it keeps.” Judith Fertig writes cookbooks plus foodie fiction from Overland Park, KS (


Serious Eats food writer Joshua Bousel uses only six ingredients to make a deliciously easy Grainy Mustard: yellow and brown mustard seeds, dry white wine, white wine vinegar, kosher salt and an optional pinch of brown sugar. Learn how at

Mayonnaise and Ranch Dressing

Eschewing eggs, J. Kenji Lopez-Alt, of San Mateo, California, uses aquafaba, the starchy liquid in a can of chickpeas, for a plant-based twist on emulsified mayonnaise. Find it at AquafabaMayoRecipe. In her Mebane, North Carolina, kitchen, Kim Campbell, author of The PlantPure Kitchen, makes a plant-based ranch dressing with tofu for body and nutritional yeast, herbs and lemon juice to achieve the characteristic flavor. Find it at HealthyRanchDressing.

More Exotic Condiments Pomegranate Molasses

Sweet and tart pomegranate molasses can be used like vinegar in salad dressings, as a marinade ingredient or as syrup over pancakes and waffles. Angela Buchanan, aka Angela Cooks, a professor at the University of Colorado, in Boulder, who blogs May 2018


DIY Condiment Recipes THE Green Sauce

“This sauce is a salad dressing, dipping sauce or sandwich spread,” says nutrition expert Dana Angelo White. “After tasting it, you’ll be putting it on everything.” Yields: about 2 cups

“Ranch dressing can be dairy-free and made with tofu, making it plant-based and oil-free,” says Kim Campbell. Yields: about 2 cups 2 lb tofu, about 2 (14-oz) packages 1½ Tbsp fresh parsley, chopped ¾ cup onion, finely chopped 2 cloves garlic 3 Tbsp distilled white vinegar 2 Tbsp agave syrup 1 Tbsp lemon juice 1 tsp nutritional yeast 1 tsp dry mustard ¼ tsp paprika ½ tsp celery seeds 1 Tbsp dried chives ¾ cup filtered water

Blend all ingredients in a food processor until smooth. Courtesy of Kim Campbell, from the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies at


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Combine ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Taste for seasoning and adjust as needed. If mixture appears too thick, add a little more water. Courtesy of Registered Dietitian Dana Angelo White

Pomegranate Molasses

It takes about an hour to cook down, but homemade unsweetened pomegranate molasses is worth the time, advises Angela Cooks. Yields: 1 cup 32 oz unsweetened organic pomegranate juice Fill a saucepan with the juice and bring it to a low boil. Reduce the heat so the liquid will stay at a low boil, and let the juice cook down to a scant cup of thick, syrupy liquid. This takes about an hour; note that it will thicken more once it is cooled. Once arriving at a desired thickness while cooking, let it cool completely. Transfer the pomegranate molasses to a glass jar to store in the refrigerator where it will keep well for a few months. Courtesy of Angela Cooks, who blogs at

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Plant-Based Ranch Dressing

1 avocado, peeled and seeded Juice of 2 limes 2 cups fresh cilantro (leaves and stems) 1 jalapeno pepper 2 Tbsp white vinegar 1 Tbsp honey 1 tsp kosher salt ¼ white onion 1 cup filtered water

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Three Questions to Ponder Before Sleeping by Krista O’Reilly Davi-Digui


sking ourself three purposeful questions before retiring each night can help us rest content knowing that although we may not have lived our day perfectly, we did live it well.


What are three things I am grateful for?

It’s possible to live with eyes and heart wide open to the amazing beauty of each day, to receive it as a gift, rather than a guarantee. By looking, we can find gifts even amid uncertainty, struggle, pain or loss. In those times when we find ourselves fighting for gratitude, know that the grace found in thankfulness for even tiny blessings sustains us and builds resilience to walk through the storm and emerge intact. Reading One Thousand Gifts, by Ann Voskamp, or A Simple Act of Gratitude, by John Kralik, may help inspire us to get started. With practice, expressing gratitude will come easily, like breathing or laughing with children.


What are two things I did well today?

Speaking words of life about ourselves, noticing what we do well and where we shine, may meet internal resistance. It seems second nature, especially for women, to see our own struggles or shortcomings, but not our beauty or all the ways we show up to serve others and use our strengths.

Deepening the roots of self-awareness and self-compassion that permit us to accept that we are good enough enables us to step out in calm confidence.


What is one thing I would do differently?

Some nights we may find that given the chance, we wouldn’t have done one thing differently that day. More often we can identify something: a word spoken in impatience, spending too much time on the phone, being distracted from what’s important to us, procrastinating out of fear, or even forgetting to properly nourish ourselves. Instead of criticizing, the goal is to notice how we could better live fully aligned to our bigger goals and established values. Moment by moment, we can choose a growth mindset. We can learn to be as gentle with ourselves, as compassionate and forgiving, as we are with our children or spouse. We become aware that we get to choose who and how we want to be and that tomorrow is a new gift, a brand-new opportunity to more fully be our best self. Asking and answering these three purposeful questions may take five to 20 minutes. If we’re tempted to rush through it, remember that the resulting clarity and peace is worth the time invested. Krista O’Reilly Davi-Digui is a holistic nutrition and joyful living educator. She writes at, from which this was adapted.

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Five Reasons to Love a Cat

They Bring Health and Happiness Home by Sandra Murphy

Time spent with cats is never wasted. ~Sigmund Freud


s beloved and compatible pets, indoor cats provide emotional, mental and physical benefits.


Loneliness is never a problem with a cat around. “Cats need to be fed, have litter changed and be brushed,” says Lisa Bahar, a therapist and clinical counselor at Lisa Bahar Marriage and Family Therapy, in Newport Beach, California. “Being comforted by a cat helps with depression and isolation.” While at Indiana University Bloomington Media School, Jessica Gall Myrick, Ph.D., now associate professor at Donald P. Bellisario College of Communications at Pennsylvania State University, in University Park, discovered watching cat videos isn’t just fun, but a way to feel more energetic and positive. With some 94 million YouTube tales of cat adventures online, there’s no lack of available mood boosters. 34

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Exercise Some cats enjoy leashed walks, presenting opportunities to mindfully enjoy nature and make friends. At home, a cat’s hunting skill and human creativity can be tapped using do-it-yourself treat dispensers and toys or inventive games.

Improved Health Talking to kitty can make a bad day better. A lap cat prompts enforced timeouts and excuses to nap. Petting reduces tension and stress. Aimee Gilbreath, executive director of the Michelson Found Animals Foundation, in Los Angeles, points to a study from Life Sciences Research Institute, in Pretoria, South Africa, showing, “Simply petting a cat can reduce stress-related cortisol, while increasing serotonin and oxytocin.” The Second National Health and Nutrition Examination Study

Mortality Follow-up concluded that having a cat lowers risk of myocardial infarction (heart attack) and cardiovascular disease including strokes, making cats a novel path to a healthier heart. When researchers reporting in the Journal of the Acoustical Society of America measured the purring sound of domestic cat purrs, they discovered these resonate at 25 and 50 Hertz (Hz), the two low frequencies that best promote bone growth and fracture healing. Purrs also have a strong harmonic near 100 Hz, a level some orthopedic doctors and physical therapists use for ultrasound therapy. A child under a year old living with a cat is only half as likely to develop allergies to pets, ragweed, grass and dust mites, much as inoculations guard against disease and boost immune systems. The study, published in Clinical & Experimental Allergy, followed children from infancy to age 18. French researchers discovered autistic children age 5 and older that had a cat were more willing to share, offer comfort to others and show empathy. Sharing cat responsibilities tightened family bonds. Cats like routine, especially for meals, making them good pets for Alzheimer’s patients that may lose track of time. Many people like the added warmth of a nearby sleeping cat at night. Fifteen minutes of exercise, followed by a snack, will put kitty on the owner’s sleep schedule.

Cats are Low-Maintenance Overall, cats are self-sufficient animals, requiring only love, food and a spotless litter box. Self-cleaning, most cats don’t require regular trips to the groomer for haircuts and a bath. Scratching posts keep nails short. A snack, playtime or welcoming puddle of sunshine persuades kitty that it’s naptime. “In rescue, we say dogs are toddlers and cats are teen-


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agers. Cats live without constant oversight,” says jme Thomas, co-founder of Motley Zoo Animal Rescue, in Redmond, Washington. “They’re good pets for busy people. Adopt two at the same time so they bond and aren’t lonely.”

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

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New buildings are LEED certified and shuttle buses are fueled by compressed natural gas. In 2010, a Climate Action Plan introduced green office practices, conversion to solar water heaters in National Park Service residences and increased composting to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from internal operations by 30 percent by 2020. The park is unique in its composting program for mule waste.

Eco-Upgrades for America’s Landmarks qualify for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver Certification.

St. Louis’ CityArchRiver initiative raised a mile-long waterfront by 30 inches to reduce flood days by 67 percent without causing flooding downstream. “Spent grain donated by the neighboring Anheuser-Busch Brewery fertilizes our 4,200 trees,” says Eric Moraczewski, executive director of the Gateway Arch National Park Foundation. In another innovation, “To aerate the soil without damaging historic relics, radishes were planted throughout the park, allowing rainwater to seep deeper,” he explains. “As radishes decay, nutrients are added to the soil.”

Golden Gate National Recreation Area, Alcatraz Island, California

Liberty Bell, Philadelphia, and Ground Zero Museum, New York City

Monuments and Parks Adopt Sustainable Practices by Avery Mack


ore U.S. landmarks are now highlighting eco-friendly practices, demonstrating that history can be preserved while incorporating sustainability.

Space Needle, Seattle Built in 1962, the Space Needle is undergoing a $100 million makeover. The observation deck will soon feature improved views through glass instead of cage-like barriers. Restaurant patrons will enjoy a first-of-its-kind rotating glass floor. Other eco-updates and upgrades include improved accessibility, internal systems, materials, elevators, paint, and seismic protection along its legs. Because the flame at the needle’s top consumed enough gas to heat 125 homes, it was replaced in 2000 with a flagpole mast, a beacon for aviators. When the rehab is completed in June, the structure will 36

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A pioneer in hybrid ferries, Alcatraz Cruises combines solar, wind and diesel power to transport visitors. Captured rain freshens park gardens and salt water flushes toilets. In 2013, solar energy produced what would have otherwise necessitated 31,900 gallons of fossil fuel and 325 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions.

Iolani Palace, Honolulu Updated lighting units with a life expectancy of 25 years enhance the Iolani Palace facade and provide a 77 percent en-

“The area housing the Liberty Bell is limited. We installed our ActivePure technology that reduces 99 percent of surface microorganisms and 90 percent of airborne microorganisms,” says Kevin Hickey, president of Aerus, LLC, in Dallas. “It keeps germs from spreading in crowded situations.” ActivePure is also in place at the Ground Zero Museum. “The nature of the artifacts often caused itchy eyes and coughs,” Hickey recalls. “We donated freestanding units and saw improved air quality the next day.”


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Empire State Building, New York City The iconic historic structure is the tallest LEED-certified building in the U.S. It’s also the most photographed building in the world, according to Cornell University researchers in Ithaca, New York. All 6,514 windows were refurbished to be four times more energy efficient than before, reusing 96 percent of the original glass and frames.

Statue of Liberty, New York City Cooking oils are repurposed as bio-diesel fuel here, annually diverting an average of 10 tons of waste from landfills. More than 6,000 pounds of coffee grounds

from serving visitors and staff are composted. Lady Liberty has been 100 percent carbon neutral for 12 years.

Walking Mountains Science Center, Avon, Colorado Using both passive and active solar energy, ground-source heat pumps, vegetated roofs and sustainable building materials, Walking Mountains is the first science center in Colorado to achieve LEED Platinum Certification, exceeding requirements. Collectively, three of its buildings use half the energy of an average school building. Straw bale construction in some building walls provides sound-deadening insulation suited to a dry climate.

During travel, reduce petroleum use by riding trains and/or choosing an alternative fuel vehicle. Find charging stations at stations.

South Carolina Aquarium, Charleston Since 2001, the Aquarium has recycled everything from cardboard and paper to wine corks and ink cartridges. Charleston Harbor water fills the saltwater fish tanks, and landscaping using less-thirsty native plants reduces freshwater use. While enjoying visits to America’s landmarks, it’s gratifying to realize so many are adopting eco-friendly measures. Connect with the freelance writer via

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children are often mirrors of the surrounding moods and attitudes, so our example is paramount. “Children absorb our feelings and emotions,” says Melanie Hogin, a social worker who counsels foster families in greater Nashville.“‘Transference’ is its textbook term. Stay calm and clear when you are around children, and keep the lines of communication open.”

KID TALK How to Communicate with a Child by Amber Lanier Nagle


udley Evenson didn’t set out to devise a strategy to foster constructive, nurturing communications between parents and their offspring. Yet as she and her husband, Dean, raised their three children decades ago, timeless guiding principles emerged. “We were like other parents—learning and growing along with our children,” says Evenson, a certified professional life coach, musician and co-founder of the instrumental recording label Soundings of the Planet (, in Bell-

ingham, Washington. “Then, in the early 1980s, I met Joshua Halpern, who wanted to include our perspectives and techniques in his book, Children of the Dawn: Visions of the New Family.” So she shared her way of cultivating kind, caring and empathetic youngsters that has worked for two generations of her family: “Our role is not to impose our beliefs on children and grandchildren, but to guide and help them develop their dreams, visions, paths and passions.” Other experts agree.

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create the future. ~Victor Hugo

Be Consistent. Evenson maintains, “Mom and Dad or the primary parental figures should try to establish a unified, mutually supportive program.” “Consistency is one of the cornerstones of effective parenting,” says Dana Cooley-Keith, with 20 years of experience working with families in crisis in Northwest Georgia. “Even if it’s hard, it’s particularly important for divorced parents to be consistent and on the same page. Otherwise, it creates stress for the entire family, adding more confusion to a child’s life when the noncustodial parent allows something the custodial parent doesn’t.” Be positive, honest, flexible, reasonable and understanding.

“It is key to explain things to children and to listen to them,” says Evenson’s daughter, Cristen Olsen, of Seattle, who raised her daughter using her family’s guiding principles, and now uses them as a nanny. “It helps them learn how to process situations and find their own resolutions to difficult problems.” Olsen says she becomes a mediator when the siblings she cares for don’t agree. “We solve the problem together by hearing all sides, talking through the issues and reaching for understanding. Many times, the kids come up with their own solutions.”

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accepting of rules if you establish them earlier, rather than later. Most often, boundaries provide security for kids.”

Accept their point of view. Evenson always encouraged her children to voice their opinions. “This is a great point,” says Hogin. “For children to learn to have opinions and speak out, we must value what they say. We don’t have to agree with everything they say, but should listen and encourage them to find their voice and use their words.” Trust children. “Believe in them,” affirms Evenson. “Be on their side. Let them feel your support and love.” Don’t nag. “We all want children to develop their own sense of responsibility,” Olsen says. “I find making strong eye contact reinforces my words, so I don’t have to nag or repeat myself often.” Be available, rather than putting kids on the spot in public.

“If you correct or redirect a child in front of others, they will probably be focused on being embarrassed and fail to understand the lesson or reasoning a parent is trying to project,” says Hogin. “Taking a step back and working out an issue oneon-one is usually more appropriate and effective.”

Maintain good habits. Evenson

emphasizes the character strength that comes from observing and practicing good habits and healthy lifestyles that avoids gossip and incorporates creative exploration of life. This includes “Doing everything in love,” she notes. Such allencompassing love balances love for our own children with love for all children and respect for all life.

Be patient with yourself. “No one is perfect,” Evenson remarks. “Just do your best. Guide, console and discipline while keeping a sense of humor.” Connect with the freelance writer at May 2018


A Holistic Approach to Treating

LYME DISEASE by Paul Stallone


nexplainable lasting fatigue, joint pain, and/or muscle pain and stiffness could be the result of Lyme disease. These telling signs usually build over the years, eventually reaching a breaking point. Lyme disease typically begins with nondescript symptoms that can be attributed to numerous other conditions. It can start off mimicking the flu, but can turn into something much more sinister. Unless the bull’s eye rash presents itself, most people do not even notice the onset of the infection. This is one aspect that makes Lyme disease so dangerous. The longer these broadspectrum symptoms go unchecked, the more damage can be created. Catching it early is the key to full recovery. However, Lyme disease is well known for going undetected for decades before making itself known. The bacteria


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behind Lyme disease loves attacking joint tissue, which is why joint pain, weakness and stiffness are very common. More dangerous is when it travels through the central nervous system, reaching the brain. Almost 81 percent of adults have reported memory problems in the later stages. Cognitive decline is often excused, blaming stress or a lack of sleep. Many try to self-treat with caffeine or other substances. This usually has little effect and only allows the infection to continue untreated. With early detection and the right physician, Lyme disease can be addressed. Conventional medicine will typically throw rounds and rounds of antibiotics at those infected with Lyme disease, because this is their standard of care. Antibiotics can weaken the immune system, hampering the body’s natural defenses unless other treatments are used in conjunction.

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 19. 9nong

Holistic treatment of Lyme disease focuses on the full infection, including any possible co-infections. The tick behind this disease carries much more than one particular bacteria. Ticks are often infected themselves with multiple diseases, which they pass on to unsuspecting victims. Lyme disease on its own is complicated enough, but when numerous co-infections are added, proper treatment becomes even more crucial. Taking a naturopathic approach encompasses multiple therapies, which may or may not include pharmaceuticals. One such therapy is commonly referred to as ozone IV (intravenous). Officially speaking, it’s called a major autohemotherapy. It involves infusing the patient’s blood with medical-grade ozone. This ozonated blood helps to detoxify the liver; increase blood circulation; improve cellular metabolism; and, most importantly, kills viruses and bacteria. Depending on the patient’s infection and current health status, IV therapies can be customized to the patient’s specific needs. Other nutrients, like immune-boosting vitamin C, provide excellent support to help the body fight off a Lyme disease infection. The bacteria responsible for Lyme disease can actually change shape. Shifting allows it to evolve, making it difficult to identify and treat. Relying on just one form of treatment just may allow this deadly bacteria to silently thrive for years. A naturopath can recommend supplementation support, homeopathic remedies, organ detoxification, and IV therapies to completely address Lyme disease.

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TUESDAY, MAY 1 Wellness Wonders Challenge – Continues thru May 20. This health challenge inspires individuals to enjoy the natural assets of Arizona while being active and social. Prizes will be awarded to participants that complete and log their activities by May 20. Free. Visit PhoenixChamberFoundation. com/wondersaz to create an account. Tibetan Sand Mandala Construction – May 1-5. 9-10am on May 1 (opening ceremony). A once in a lifetime opportunity to witness an ancient sacred Tibetan Art form. A sand mandala represents the Tibetan Buddhist view of the universe. Creating a sand mandala requires intensive labor and concentration, supported by years of training. It requires 75-125 hours of effort by several monks. Construction continues May 2-4, 9am-5pm; Dissolution ceremony May 5 at 2pm, Interfaith CommUNITY, Paragon Business Center, 952 E Baseline Rd, Ste 102, Mesa. 480-593-8798. Schedule:

FRIDAY, MAY 4 Uncovering Our Boundless Potential – May 4-6. With Kadampa Buddhist Teacher, Kadam Lucy James. Meditations on the clarity and ultimate nature of the mind. Onsite accommodation and meals available; preregistration essential. International Kadampa Retreat Center Grand Canyon, 6701 E Mountain Ranch Rd, Williams. 928-637-3262. Breathwork and Sound Healing Journey – 7-8:30pm. With Jere Friedman. $29. Anahata Yoga, 14148 N 100th St, Ste C-130, Scottsdale. Register: classes/124. HEKA Master Class – May 4-6. 7-9:30pm, Fri at the Shrine; 10am-6pm, Sat at Chi Gardens; 1-6pm, Sun at the Shrine. Nature-centered Ways of Power with David Goddard. Learn how to work the ancient magic’s of the land and the sublime magic’s of the temple. Receive instruction and participation in both the high ceremonials of the sanctuary and the nature-centered ways of power. $375 ($325/Bennu Gazette subscribers plus 10% discount with a friend). The Shrine of Holy Wisdom, 5025 S Ash Ave, Ste B-15, Tempe. Info: 480-219-9633 or World Peace and the Unity of All Religions – 7-8:30pm. With the Monks of the Gaden Shartse.

Sacred Buddhist Sand Mandala Dissolution Ceremony – 2pm. With the Monks of Gaden Shartse. Small packets of sand from the mandala will be distributed, and sand will be placed into Tempe Town Lake. Interfaith CommUNITY, Paragon Business Center, 952 E Baseline Rd, Ste 102, Mesa. 480-593-8798. Deva Premal, Miten with Manose – 7:30pm. The Soul of Mantra Live, also featuring Joby Baker and Rishi. Sedona Performing Arts Center, 995 Upper Red Rock Loop Rd. Tickets: Unity of Sedona store or

SUNDAY, MAY 6 Deva Premal, Miten with Manose – 7:30pm. The Soul of Mantra Live, also featuring Joby Baker and Rishi. Scottsdale Center for the Arts, 7380 E 2nd St. Tickets:

MONDAY, MAY 7 Initiation of the Gnostic Christ – May 7-11. 7-9:30pm. A mystical experience of the divine indwelling with David Goddard. It can culminate a realization of the Christ-within, stage-by -stage – using the ladder of ceremony, contemplation, and chant – to experience true Gnosis. $180. The Shrine of Holy Wisdom, 5025 S Ash Ave, Ste B-15, Tempe. Info: 480-219-9633 or TheShrine

WEDNESDAY, MAY 2 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.

THURSDAY, MAY 3 Is it Love or Attachment? – 6-7:30pm. With Tibetan Monks of the Gaden Shartse Monastery Cultural Foundation. $20/person. SW Herb Shop & Gathering Place, 148 N Center St, Mesa. 480694-9931. Info: Communing with Nature Spirits – 7pm. Naturecentered Ways of Power with David Goddard. A presentation about the inner side of nature; the realm of faerie, the elven folk, the green sprites of the natural world. Free. The Shrine of Holy Wisdom, 5025 S Ash Ave, Ste B-15, Tempe. Info: 480-219-9633 or

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TUESDAY, MAY 8 Herbal Certification Class – 5:30-9:30pm. Fiveweek class on Tuesdays. $100 deposit reserves your seat. SW Herb Shop & Gathering Place, 148 N Center St, Mesa. 480-694-9931. Info: Clarity of Mind: Discovering Bliss Within – 7-8:30pm. International meditation teacher Kadam Lucy James will guide a relaxing meditation and give a talk on meditating on the mind. Experience a deep inner tranquility and peace. This meditation is renowned for developing concentration and overcoming stubborn mental habits. $15/preregistered, $20/door. Kadampa Meditation Center Phoenix, 614 E Townley Ave. 602-243-5220. Secrets of True Prosperity – 7-8:30pm. What is the most important ingredient for achieving true prosperity? In person or online with Zoom app. Life changing! The Teachings of the Ascended Masters –The Summit Lighthouse, 4105 N 20th St, Ste 115, Phoenix. 480-442-5020. Register:

WEDNESDAY, MAY 9 Acupuncture College Integrative Medicine Preview Day – 6-8pm. Attend four mini classes to experience what it’s like to be a Phoenix Institute of Herbal Medicine & Acupuncture (PIHMA) student. Classes include Oriental Medicine Theory, Acupuncture Points and Locations, Methods and Materials, and Intro to Homeopathy. PIHMA, 301 E Bethany Home Rd, A-100. RSVP: 602-274-1885.

FRIDAY, MAY 11 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. Arizona International Association for Near Death Studies Presentation – 7-9pm. Presenter: Tricia Barker, author of Angels in the OR: What Dying Taught Me About Healing, Survival and Transformation. Barker experienced a profound near-death experience her senior year of college; hear her talk about her experience, the teaching mission it led to and her eventual triumph over trauma in her past. $10, $5/seniors/students. Unity of Mesa Sanctuary, 2700 E Southern Ave. 480892-2700.

SATURDAY, MAY 12 Building the Mystic Temple – 9:30am–5pm. A life-changing event, brought about through the secret Art of Ascension. You will be guided through the upper realms: the physical, astral, spiritual and divine; ascending from level-to-level: body, soul, immortal spirit, and eternal divinity. $145. The Shrine of Holy Wisdom, 5025 S Ash Ave, Ste B-15, Tempe. Info: 480-219-9633 or Crystal Singing Bowls 101 Workshop – 10amnoon. With Tara Kaur. $29. Anahata Yoga, 14148

N 100th St, Ste C-130, Scottsdale. Register: Kunlun Seminar Level I – May 12-13. 10am2pm. This seminar presents the rare opportunity to learn once hidden alchemical teachings directly from Max Christensen, founder of the Kunlun System, in a fun, friendly, and light hearted environment. $250-$300. Embassy Suites Scottsdale, 4415 E Paradise Village Pkwy S. 602-765-5800. Self-Empowerment Workshop – 1-3pm. With Tara Martell and Becki Richards. $35. Anahata Yoga, 14148 N 100th St, Ste C-130, Scottsdale. Register: classes/226. Empowerment of Archangel Uriel – 6pm. Archangel Uriel is the patron of astrology, sacred magic and alchemy. This celestial being’s name means the Light of God, and is known for manifesting miraculous events. This rarely given empowerment is the first time that David Goddard will impart it at the Shrine. $50. The Shrine of Holy Wisdom, 5025 S Ash Ave, Ste B-15, Tempe. Info: 480-219-9633 or

SUNDAY, MAY 13 40-Day Yoga Challenge – May 13-Jun 21. $40 for 40 days of unlimited yoga. Prizes, community, and more. Anahata Yoga, 14148 N 100th St, Ste C-130, Scottsdale. Register: apps/mindbody/enrollments.

THURSDAY, MAY 17 Reiki and Healing Singing Bowl Circle – 7-8pm. 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, MAY 18 Community Healing Circle – 7-8pm. With Margy (Priti Bhajan Kaur) Krause. Donation. Anahata Yoga, 14148 N 100th St, Ste C-130, Scottsdale. Register: classes/104.

SATURDAY, MAY 19 Board of Angels – May 19-20 & Jun 9-10. With Sally Trautner. Learn about the Divine Holy Angels of the Second Reality; Angel Board Healing and healing with Angel Board Water; openings, initiations, upgrades and ceremonies; experience the essence of holy. Register: 480-395-7333 or Magical Mother’s Day Mini Retreat – 10am4pm. The perfect Mother’s Day gift, including local organic lunch, vision boarding, flower crown making, yoga, massage, sound healing, reiki, workshops, and more. $97. Interfaith Community Spiritual Center, 952 E Baseline Rd, Ste 102, Mesa. Preregistration required: Magical Shot Clinic – 11am-1pm. With Dr Yolanda Rodriquez. SW Herb Shop & Gathering Place, 148 N Center St, Mesa. 480-694-9931. Info:

Kuan Yin: Connecting with the Goddess of Compassion – 6-8pm. Receive a message especially for you received through Susan Paige, OMC. Learn the history of Kuan Yin, experience a meditation given to Paige from Kuan Yin, learn chants to help you connect with Kuan Yin and bring more compassion to yourself and those in your life. $20. Stone Age Sedona, 1385 W State Rte 89A, Ste 3. Register: 928-282-4409 or Info@

SUNDAY, MAY 20 Empath Support Group – 4-5:30pm. 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.

TUESDAY, MAY 22 Secrets of True Prosperity – 7-8:30pm. How do you make it last? In person or online with Zoom app. Life changing! The Teachings of the Ascended Masters – The Summit Lighthouse Phoenix, 4105 N 20th St, Ste 115, Phoenix. 480-442-5020. Register:

FRIDAY, MAY 25 Reclaim Your Happiness: A Kundalini Yoga Workshop – 6-8:30pm. With Sirgun Kaur. $25. Anahata Yoga, 14148 N 100th St, Ste C-130, Scottsdale. Register: mindbody/classes/224.

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FRIDAY, JUNE 22 Magical Mama Biz Retreat – Jun 22-24. Mom entrepreneurs will enjoy organic meals and cozy lodge-style accommodations as they break free of money blocks, design a schedule that creates balance for their family, biz, and self-care, and rejuvenate with sisterhood, nature, meditation and yoga. Bonus three-months of coaching afterwards. $997. Pine, AZ.

SUNDAY, JUNE 24 Embracing Your Journey Expo – 9am-5pm. Choose from eight free lectures and more than 60 vendors; bring family and friends to explore new modalities, new products and meet alternative practitioners altogether in one place on one day. $5/advance, $8/door. Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak Resort, Anasazi Ballroom, 7677 N 16th St, Phoenix. Erin McNamara: 480-296-1928. Info:

MONDAY, AUGUST 6 Massage Therapy Course – Morning 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.

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 10 500-Hour Hypnotherapy Course – Fall session. Hypnotherapy Academy, 2132 Osuna Rd NE, Ste B, Albuquerque. Register: 877-983-1515.

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 24 Healing and Rejuvenation Retreat – Sep 24-Oct 1. 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: South of Chile. 480-599-8370.

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

Roadrunner Park Farmers’ Market 3502 East Cactus Road, Phoenix Saturdays 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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

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

Anthem Farmers’ Market 41703 North Gavilan Peak Parkway, Anthem 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.

Carefree Farmers’ Market 1 Sundial Circle, Carefree Fridays 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.

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 7 to 11 a.m. Gilbert Farmers’ Market 222 North Ash Street, Gilbert Saturdays 8 a.m. to noon Glendale Farmers’ Market NE Corner of 59th Ave & Myrtle, Glendale 2nd and 4th Saturday each month 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. 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. Pendergast Food Market 10550 West Mariposa Avenue, Phoenix Saturdays, 8 a.m. to noon Phoenix Public Market 721 North Central Avenue, Phoenix Saturdays 8 a.m. to noon

Verrado Community Farmers’ Market 4239 North Village Street, Buckeye Sundays 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. .................................. NORTHERN ARIZONA Prescott Summer Farmers’ Market 1100 East Sheldon Street, Prescott Saturdays, 7:30 a.m. to noon Sedona Community Farmers’ Market 2201 West State Route 89A, West Sedona Sundays noon to 4 p.m.

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sunday Sunday Services – 9am & 10:45am. A Positive Path for Spiritual Living. Childcare for infants thru 5th grade at 9am. Nursery for 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. Sunday Service with The Teachings of the Ascended Masters – 9:30-11 or 11:30am. Topics include Twin Flames, How to Work with Angels, Saint Germain, your sponsor in the Aquarian Age. Bookstore and gift shop open 10am-1pm. The Summit Lighthouse, 4105 N 20th St, Ste 115, Phoenix. 480-442-5020. Interfaith Celebration Service – 10:30-11:45am. May theme: Awakening The Heart: Buddhist View of Love based on True Love by Thich Nhat Hanh. New Thought/Ancient Wisdom, Interfaith, and ACIM teachings, creative loving people and more. All peaceful lifestyles, cultures and spiritual beliefs are welcome. Interfaith CommUNITY, 952 E Baseline, Ste 102, Mesa. 480-593-8798.

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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. MeditationIn



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.

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.

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 or

wednesday 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. A Course in Miracles Study Group – 1-2:15pm. Rev Juliann Lewis leads this interactive time of


Live Ask Dr Kan Show – 12:30pm. Featured on Facebook, Instagram or YouTube with Dr Peter Kan of Hope Integrative Wellness Center. Facebook: HopeIntegrativeWellness.


Book Study – 7-8:15pm. Based on the book True Love by Thich Nhat Hanh. Join Rev Julianne Lewis to explore key aspects of love: loving kindness, compassion, joy, and freedom from a Buddhist’s view of love, with techniques for manifesting it in our lives. Interfaith CommUNITY, 952 E Baseline, Ste 102, Mesa. 480-593-8798.

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Modern Kadampa Buddhism – 6:30pm. Learn the fundamentals of Buddhist view with stepby-step instructions on how to experience more peace, wisdom and love in your heart and your life to benefit self and others. $10. Beacon UU Congregation, 510 N Leroux. 928-637-3262.

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 or

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.


discussion and sharing. Beginners-to-experienced students welcome. $10 love offering. Interfaith CommUNITY, 952 E Baseline, Ste 102, Mesa. 480-593-8798.

community resource guide Connecting you to the leaders in natural health care 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.


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.


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 15.

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 27.


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 30.


844-PUR-MAID An eco-friendly home and office cleaning company & offers natural cleaning products. 844-PUR-MAID. See ad, page 31.


Colon Hydrotherapy, Biofeedback, Pets, Homeopathy, Energetic Facelift, Antiaging and Iridology Scottsdale • 602-317-7677


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 6.


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 11.

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.

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NatureWorksBest Cancer Clinic 1250 E Baseline Rd, Ste 205, Tempe 480-839-2800 • Dr. Huber is President of the Naturopathic Cancer Society, a Naturopathic Oncologist and Fellow of the Naturopathic Oncology Research Institute, and author of the largest and longest study in medical history on sugar intake in cancer patients (2014). She uses a therapeutic approach that targets metabolic aspects of cancer. See ad, page 7.


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, pages 9 and 17.


Hope Integrative Wellness 3336 E Chandler Heights Rd, Ste 123, Gilbert 480-988-6269 • Dr. Kan combines the latest in functional medicine and functional neurology to treat the root cause with advanced testing, nutrition and detoxification programs. He helps thyroid, autoimmune, brain, and digestive conditions. See ad, page 5.


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 19.



BUBBLING WELL HEALTH OFFERINGS Linda P. Essex, RN This training takes a person beyond the FENG SHUI BY JEN® Prescott • 928-710-2178 6207 N Cattletrack Rd, Ste 7, Scottsdale borders of so many of the limitations 480-280-9911 • that have been experienced on Earth. Linda Essex has more than 30 Jen Stone is the only IFSA Acyears of experience assist us youwith Universal White Time Healingtolinks credited Classical Feng Shui to meet your needs. Pamper your Master in North America and the energies from thespirit Beyond—the Origibody and with food-based affiliated with the Raymond Lo healing and products, healing nal Sun. And, that heals our separation and School of Feng Shui & Destiny. touch, channeling for spiritual She offers traditional Chinese our isolation. guidance and qigong lessons. Private and group sessions or

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homes and businesses, BaZi asThere are no limits to the by level of power a demonstrations appointment. trology reading, formal training programs, and person can reach with White Time. educational workshops. See ad, page 32. KIM CARTER, MA, healing HTCP, RYT Powerful yet gentle for physical, 2045 S Vineyard Ave, Ste 139, Mesa HOLISTIC HEALTH psychological, 480-773-6599 emotional daily problems and situations of life. ANAHATA SOUND AND ENERGY HEALING

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Organic Pest Control 602-923-1457 •

Avoid being exposed to dangerous chemicals when all-natural and safer alternatives work just as well and last longer. See ad, page 29.


ASAM, Sh. Reiki, HTAP, Animal Communicator and Counselor 602-317-1543 •

Kim Carter is aUniversal Healing White Touch Time UPCOMING CLASSES: With a gentle healing touch, 480-699-9600 • certified practitioner specializing Healing Level Three Andrea provides earth medicine Universal White Time in grief and loss,March serious/chronic Gong, crystal singing bowl 10-13 and energy healing, animal Healing Level One illness and spiritual growth. Her Time and full moon meditations, Universal White communication, and intuitive Feb 26-28 emphasis is on Healing empowering kundalini yoga, restorative counsel for pets and their people. LevelcliFour Sunday, June 1st 12pm 4pm ents to recognize, trust and act on April 8-10 yoga, yin yoga and yoga their own intuition. June 24-26 nidra classes. Creating a ANAHATA Sound and Energy Healing Universal White Time community of conscious All classes are held Creating a community of conscious connection! Healing Level Two connection. See ad, page at my healing center YO GA March 1-2 TRAUTNER 39. Enjoy FREE Yoga Classes: PHYSICAL THERAPY SALLY in North Scottsdale April 12-13Energy Healer Holistic • Restorative Yoga/Myofacial with Desiree Lapre 12:00-1:30pm June 28-29 33998 N 57th Pl, Scottsdale STUDIO HEALTH ELEMENTS NATURAL • KundaliniTHERAPY Yoga with Sevak Singh 1:30- 3:00pm 480-767-6200 • Holistic Physical Therapy Solutions Marguerite Gavel, MSOM, LAC, LMT • Gong Meditation with Lisa Lippincott (the Gongster!) 1425 S Higley Rd, Ste 101, Gilbert 602-451-0747 Sally Trautner has been studying • Bring your yoga mat and a blanket, dress comfortably! Asst Head Teacher 480-466-6398 • (stained concrete floors) a n d w o r k i n g w i t h e n e rg y High Teacher medicine/healing since 1995. She Holistic physical therapy • 15% for all packages purchased June 1st! A graduate ofdiscount the Phoenix Institute Master is a White Time Healer Assisting Head with C.H.E.K specialty care o f H e •r bDrawing al M d i1-hour c i nSound e aand n dEnergy Treatment for aefree Teacher, High Teacher, Master ($125.00 Value) for neck, shoulder, low Acupuncture, and healthcare White Natural Time Healer. She is also back, and hip pain. First practitioner for over of18 years, • Drawing for 1-month Unlimited Classes/Workshops Healing certified in numerous additional ($175.00 Value) consultation includes posMarguerite Gavel brings a multiAlternatives energy healing modalities, and ture calibration, range of Call 480-699-9600 or faceted •approach to healing. Her register online at: performs hands on and remote healings worldwide motion testing, movement work encompasses various for physical, emotional and spiritual healing. See restriction analysis, and holistic modalities including: ad, page 39. surgical history review. Private one-on-one conTraditional Chinese Medicine Acupuncture, Call 480 767-6200 Gong, Crystal Singing Bowl, and and Full Moon Meditations sultation. Bio-meridian Scans,Yoga, Light Healing, Kundalini Yoga,Body Restorative YinTouch Yoga, and Yoga Nidra Classes Treatment tailored to individual needs. Email: Reiki, Rebirthing, Flower Remedies, and UNIVERSAL TOUCH ANAHATA Therapeutic Massage. See ad, page 13. 534 E University Dr, Mesa Sound and Energy Healing RETREATS/WORKSHOPS


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Looking for shifting and changes? Access Consciousness and the others amazing tools; Access Bars TM facilitators; body and energy process practitioners; kinesiology, readings, reiki, reflexology. Emotional issues, trauma, depression. Resolve issues on money, business, body/health, relationships and more. Enhance your health and beauty. More than 40 years combined knowledge. Call for an appointment with our practitioners. Se Habla Español. See ad, page 28.


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Intuitive cooking experience: workshops, cooking classes, team building events, and retreats for organizations. Learn simple culinary techniques; create plantbased healthy meals; enjoy beauty of food.

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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 32.

SCHOOLS SOUTHWEST INSTITUTE OF HEALING ARTS 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 13.


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.


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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.


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 30.


2700 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 services: 9am & 10:45am. Youth programs: 10:45am. All are welcome. See ad, page 41.

UNITY OF PHOENIX SPIRITUAL CENTER 1500 E Greenway Pkwy, Phoenix 602-978-3200 •

We are a friendly, loving, all-inclusive community that honors all paths to God and welcomes all people – regardless of race, beliefs or sexual orientation. Wherever you are in your life's journey, we invite you to visit us and discover your new spiritual home. We inspire people to live better lives. See ad, page 35.

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 35.

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