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HOCATT™ Hyperthermic Ozone & Carbonic Acid Transdermal Technology The HOCATT™ Plus Pro Ozone Sauna offers a combination of benefits unlike any other therapy. The sauna provides a person’s body with the ability to fight off disease whether it is a parasite, fungus, bacteria, viruses or even yeasts. The HOCATT™ system provides a fast and easy form of detox and is one of the most complete effective & preventive devices in the world. Not only is it relaxing and invigorating, but it also enhances the body’s defense system and oxygen levels, which improves health and provides well-being. IDEAL FOR THOSE EXPERIENCING: Allergies • Autoimmune Disease • Chronic Infections Fibromyalgia • Heavy Metal Exposure • High Blood Pressure • Low Energy/Fatigue Lyme Disease • Parasites • Skin Conditions & Sensitivities • Poor Detoxification Weakened Immune System

PEMF Pulsed Electro Magnetic Field (PEMF) Therapy has shown extraordinary results reducing pain and swelling while increasing range of motion. SOME OF THE CONDITIONS CLINICAL STUDIES HAVE SHOWN SUCCESS WITH: Alzheimer’s • Ankle Sprains • Arthritis • Autism • Bone Fractures • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Depression • Headaches • Herniated Disc • Hip Problems • Multiple Sclerosis • Nerve Damage Neurological Disorders • Osteoarthritis • Parkinson’s Disease • Post-Surgical Healing Stroke • Urinary Problems • Wound Healing

MAGNESPHERE Full Body Magnetic Resonance Therapy Immerses the body for one hour in gentle precise magnetic fields that are specific for the identified injured tissue(s) resulting in a rebalancing of the tissue frequencies which allow them to heal. This treatment is effective for both new acute injuries and especially effective for chronic problems that have not resolved with traditional treatment. IDEAL FOR THOSE EXPERIENCING: Anxiety • Arthritis • Autism • Fibromyalgia Generalized Stiffness • Headache • Joint Pain • Low Back Pain • Low Energy/Fatigue Migraine • Multiple Sclerosis • Neck Pain • Neuropathy • Whiplash • Parkinson's Disease Post-Concussion Syndrome • PTSD • Shoulder Problems • Sleep Problems • Stress • Traumatic Brain Injury • Vertigo


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all is such a beautiful time of year, and I’ve been noticing the different feelings it conjures up since I moved to Arizona from the snowy North country. I’ve always loved the crisp fresh air, cool breeze, and colorful foliage of the autumn season and how it provokes a calm and somewhat melancholy mood. As a child, fall was a time when we could still run around barefoot on some days and play in the leaves, but mostly I looked forward to the first snowfall and all the fun that came with winter activities. As I grew older, winter became more about scraping windshields, driving on icy roads and in blizzards, and always having achy muscles from the cold; so despite my love of fall, there was a part of me that also felt the less desirable emotion of dread as the season progressed into winter. Of course, there are many climates in Arizona, some of which have snow, but usually not six to seven months of it, and usually not unbearably cold. The feelings of fall since I’ve moved to Arizona have taken some getting used to. Here, I still smell fall in the air, feel the cool breeze, and enjoy the many colors of the season. What I don’t seem to feel is the calm and melancholy but rather the emotion of excited anticipation—here we’ve been inside in air conditioning all summer, and venture out in the early morning and late evening to dog walk, cycle or take a hike. Then one day we can stay out a little later in the morning, or go out a little earlier in the evening and we aren’t hit with a wall of heat. What a feeling—it must be fall! And fall leads to winter, which is full of outdoor activities, farmers’ markets, festivals, and the list goes on. For me, it’s such a feeling of freedom to cruise through a beautiful fall and know there’s so much more to come. Speaking of farmers’ markets, Arizona is also interesting because our markets are revving up in October, whereas the cold, snowy northern parts of the country are hunkering down for the winter. It’s so exciting to know that we have farmers’ markets with great produce right through the winter season, with some that carry on into the spring and summer as well. On that note, you’ll find a list of farmers’ markets on page 44. We’ve tried to make it as comprehensive as possible, and show all of the markets with their winter and summer dates and hours so that readers can get an idea of just how bountiful this state is throughout the year. Healthy living is about good food and lots of exercise, and Arizona provides us with a fantastic array of options. I also want to let you know that Arizona has three chapters that support the global Slow Food movement—Phoenix (, Prescott ( slowfoodprescott) and Southern Arizona ( Make sure to check out the article on page 34 to learn all about this great movement.

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Volunteer at Black Canyon Heritage Park Natural Dental Partners Offers Seminars at Three Locations


oin Ingo Mahn, DDS, AIAOMT, for an informative dental seminar at a location near you: Thursday, October 10, at 4:30 p.m. at Natural Grocers, 1470 Gail Gardner Way, Prescott; Friday, October 11, at 4:30 p.m. at Sedona Library, 3250 White Bear Road; and Wednesday, October 16, at 5:30 p.m. at Natural Grocers, 13802 North Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale. Are you doing everything you can to get healthy and still not feeling your best? The problem could be right under your nose. Discover how undiagnosed infections and toxins in your mouth could be preventing you from achieving optimal health. Mahn, of Natural Dental Partners, has spent the last 20 years researching the oral-systemic connection. An accredited member of the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology as well as a doctor of integrative medicine, his informative lecture answers any questions you may have about mercury amalgams, root canals, fluoride and airway issues. There will be a special new patient offer and free samples for all attendees. For more information, call 602-775-5120. See ad, pages 6 and 17.

Young Lions Ninja Warrior Obstacle Course & Health & Wellness Expo Coming to Phoenix


hape Up US presents the Young Lions Ninja Warrior Obstacle Course and Health and Wellness Expo on SaturP R E S E N T S day, November 2, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Arizona Horse Lovers Park, in Phoenix. Shape Up US has partnered with Conquer Youth, the nation’s number one Youth Ninja Warrior Obstacle Course for ages 5 to 17. Run, jump, crawl, climb and swing through the amazingly fun and challenging obstacles. The course is 1 mile long and features 10 signature obstacles. There will be 65-plus booths of fun—educational and/or interactive for all ages. Highlights include super heroes, a balloon twister, face painting, inflatables, giveaways and food trucks. In addition, there will be stage performances and a DJ. Dino Crew Entertainment is the special guest. Location: 19224 N. Tatum Blvd., Phoenix. To register, visit For more information, call 602-996-6300 or email Also view VLvFVlDFvFQ.


lack Canyon Heritage Park and Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Agua Fria National Monument are hosting a National Public Lands Day at the park on Saturday, October 5, from 8:30 a.m. to noon. Volunteers will help with invasive vegetation (e.g., castor beans, salt cedar, desert broom) removal, as well as planting native plants to attract birds, butterflies and other wildlife. Additional work includes clearing vegetation from the Nature Walk, removing trash from the grounds, and other park improvement tasks identified that day. Snacks and water will be provided for the event. Check-in is at 8:30 a.m. followed by a short safety briefing. Work will begin by 9 a.m. Youth age 17 or younger must have the BLM Youth Liability Release signed on or before October 5 and be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Tools will be provided except weed trimmers. If you have a cordless weed trimmer that can be used, please bring it. You may also bring your own hand tools if you prefer. Bring your own work gloves, and dress for outdoor work (sturdy shoes and, as needed, sunscreen, hat, etc.). Desert Botanical Garden will provide butterfly-friendly plants with butterfly experts to help plant them. BLM will support volunteers with T-shirts, snacks and expertise, and BCHP will provide water. Location: 33955 S. Old Black Canyon Hwy., in Black Canyon City. For more information about the event, visit For more information about the BLM Youth Liability Release, call Ann at 623-293-8628.

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An Accredited College Graduating the Future of the Wellness Industry by Taylor Jablonowski


f there is one message we want everyone to understand, it’s that there are no extra people in this world,” says KC Miller, founder and chief spiritual director of Southwest Institute of Healing Arts (SWIHA). “We believe if you’re here on Earth, there’s a reason.” As SWIHA celebrated its 27th anniversary on September 15, that sentiment holds stronger than ever. What humbly began in 1992 as a two-room massage school with eight employees has now reached its latest evolution on Southern and McClintock, in Tempe, as a 26,000-square-foot main campus, with a clinic offering an array of healing modalities, a yoga studio and training center (Spirit of Yoga), and a state-of-the-art aesthetics facility and student spa (Southwest Institute of Natural Aesthetics). SWIHA is a nationally accredited college employing 108 staff members as well as many long-time committed instructors, some of whom travel across the world to come teach the transformational classes the college has built its reputation upon. Additionally, the school is honored to be affiliated with respected organizations such as the National Academy for Sports Medicine, the National Association of Nutrition Professionals, and the American Council of Hypnotist Examiners. True to its massage roots, SWIHA is one of the largest providers of continuing education units for massage therapists in Arizona.


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The offerings include certificates, diplomas and degrees encompassing modalities such as holistic nutrition, life coaching, natural aesthetics, reflexology, reiki, Western herbalism, and yoga teacher training, and with the opportunity to combine many of them in SWIHA’s larger programs to truly fulfill each individual’s unique vision for their future. The curriculum provides the opportunity to learn business development, transpersonal psychology, resiliency building and more, as well as abundant opportunities for practice sessions, which instill a level of confidence in graduates that is unmistakable. The college’s reach is worldwide; SWIHA offers online education with dedicated instructors, engaging

coursework, and community discussion forums. The online student population is equal to the on-campus population in size, importance and success. Students enroll from all across the country— many of whom have visited the campus and lovingly refer to it as “home.” It is impossible not to be transformed simply by walking through the doors at SWIHA. You will find entrepreneurs hard at work on computers in the Success Center, students lining the halls excitedly buzzing about their latest breakthrough in class, and a staff and faculty from all backgrounds bringing their own unique experience and insight. Everyone has a fascinating story to share, as well as an open heart and an eager ear for those seeking acceptance and purpose. SWIHA graduates have become wellness experts, successful coaches, public speakers, authors, retail shop owners, and so much more. The staff and faculty at SWIHA can’t emphasize enough how proud they are of every soul who has been called to the college’s doors and moved through their fears to truly step into their soul’s purpose. SWIHA would like to invite you for a campus tour, a complimentary fourhour guest pass to a class, or to join its monthly Gifts & Graces event on the first Friday of each month where SWIHA hosts inspirational speakers and gives its student practitioners a chance to practice their modalities at no cost to you. As you walk through the college’s doors, you’ll be greeted by the scent of essential oils and tea from the bookstore, Healing Pages, and a community full of love, grace and service to others. As Miller would say, “I see you!” It is SWIHA’s commitment to see each person’s individual gifts and support them in becoming instruments in the peace and healing of others. Taylor Jablonowski, marketing specialist at SWIHA, can be reached at TaylorJ@ For more information on classes or events, call 480-994-9244 or visit See ad, outside back cover.

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Reduce Kids’ Risk of High Blood Pressure With Maternal Vitamin D Children born with low vitamin D levels have an approximately 60 percent higher risk of elevated systolic blood pressure between ages 6 and 18, reports a study of 775 Boston children published in the American Heart Association journal Hypertension. Those with persistently low levels of vitamin D through early childhood had double the risk of elevated systolic blood pressure between ages 3 and 18. Higher systolic numbers increase the risk of cardiovascular disease later in life. Because infants’ vitamin D levels are determined by the mothers’ levels during pregnancy, researchers suggest exploring an official recommendation for vitamin D supplementation during pregnancy. 12

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In a Brazilian study published in the Journal of Herbal Medicine, extracts of rosemary leaves and pomegranate peels, along with a South African herb known as misty plume bush, significantly reduced the ability of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) bacteria to grow and spread in the laboratory, a finding that may help develop new strategies against the superbug.

Up to 75 percent of women deal at some point with the itchiness, discharge and sexual discomfort and pain of vaginal yeast infections caused by Candida species, the most prevalent being Candida albicans. Egyptian laboratory researchers tested fennel oil and eight other plant-based essential oils on 19 Candida albicans strains that were resistant to the antifungal medication fluconazole. They found that the fennel oil had significant antifungal properties against the strains, outperforming chamomile, jojoba, nigella, fenugreek, cod liver, peppermint, clove and ginger oils. When combined with fluconazole, fennel was effective on seven strains, theoretically lowering the need for higher doses of the medication.

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Protect Kids From Bullying to Lower Risk of Teen Depression A three-decade study of 3,325 young people in Bristol, UK, found that kids that were bullied at age 10 had eight times the rate of depression in their teen years, and that it persisted for some into their adult years. Using detailed mood and feelings questionnaires and genetic information, researchers found that childhood bullying was strongly associated with depression. Bullied children had a greater risk of both limited depression occurrence and persistent depressive issues. Other risk factors found to be associated with depression in the children included anxiety and the mother’s postnatal depression.

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Consider Motherwort to Avoid Pesticides to Lower Reduce Postpartum Bleeding Kids’ Risk of Depression A meta-review of 37 studies that included 7,887 mothers giving birth found that an injection of oriental motherwort (Leonurus japonicus), a Traditional Chinese Medicine herb used for thousands of years, decreased blood loss and other adverse events during birth at a minimal cost with few side effects.

Take Cordyceps to Enhance Immunity Cordyceps, a fungus that grows on caterpillars high in the Himalayas, has long been used in Traditional Chinese Medicine as a rejuvenating and performance-enhancing medicine. The latest Korean research shows it also boosts the immune system. Scientists tested 79 healthy adults for eight weeks, giving 39 of them 1,680 milligrams of cordyceps a day in capsules and the other 40 were given a placebo. The cordyceps produced a 38 percent increase in natural killer (NK) cell activity, which plays a role in immunity by detecting and killing virus-infected cells, tumor cells and abnormal cells.

Another reason to consider organics: A study of 529 teens and preteens linked high exposure to pesticides to a higher risk of depression. University of California San Diego School of Medicine researchers studied children between 11 and 17 years old in the Ecuadorian Andes, the thirdlargest exporter of roses. The flowers are routinely sprayed with organophosphate insecticides known to affect the human cholinergic system, a key component in the function of the brain and nervous system. Drawing blood samples, the researchers found that teens that had lower levels of acetylcholinesterase enzyme activity resulting from pesticide toxicity showed more symptoms of depression, especially in girls and those younger than 14. The findings back up anecdotal reports from Andeans of a rise in teen depression and suicide.

Boot the Bottle for Mental Well-Being A study of 10,386 people in Hong Kong and the United States compared mental well-being among moderate drinkers and nondrinkers, with multipleyear, follow-up periods. Men and women that were lifetime abstainers had the highest levels of mental well-being, surpassed only by women that had quit drinking.

Take Rosemary to Boost Memory, Mood and Sleep The common kitchen herb rosemary holds promise for insomniacs. Iranian researchers tested 68 university students for a month, giving them either 1,000 milligrams of rosemary herb each day or a placebo. Those that took the rosemary herbal supplement had improved memory, reduced anxiety and less depression at the end of the month. Using the Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Inventory scale, those taking the rosemary slept better, as well. October 2019


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Panther Power

Texas Pumas Counter Inbreeding

The endangered Florida panther has been saved from extinction thanks to the introduction of female Texan pumas, reports a 10-year study conducted by the University of Florida and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. The pumas, which like the panthers, are a sub-species of cougar, were brought to Florida in 1995 to counter the effects of habitat loss and health issues caused by panther inbreeding, including heart defects, infertility and other genetic problems. The panther population has since rebounded from a low of 20 to 30 cats to between 120 and 230.

Extraterrestrial Matter Found on Earth

The Makhonjwa Mountains of South Africa harbor some of the planet’s oldest rocks, including meteorites that have been striking the Earth for eons. According to the peerreviewed journal Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, researchers using electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) spectroscopy have discovered a 3.3 billion-year-old layer of rock that contains two types of insoluble organic matter, both of which suggest extraterrestrial origins, making it the oldest extraterrestrial organic matter ever identified. Many scientists think the basic molecules of life may have originated in outer space. mlorenz/

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Humanitarian Plea

Environmental Destruction Tapped as War Crime

Twenty-four scientists from around the world published a letter entitled, “Stop Military Conflicts From Trashing Environment,” in the journal Nature, urging the United Nations International Law Commission to create protections for the environment in armed conflicts. It reads, “We call on governments to incorporate explicit safeguards for biodiversity, and to use the commission’s recommendations to finally deliver a Fifth Geneva Convention to uphold environmental protection during such confrontations.” The four existing Geneva Conventions and their three additional protocols are globally recognized treaties that establish standards under international humanitarian law for the treatment of wounded military personnel, shipwrecked sailors, prisoners of war and civilians during armed conflicts. Violating the treaties amounts to a war crime.

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Scientists warn that the Arctic is heating up much faster than the world average because of rising greenhouse gas emissions. Over the last five years, the region has been warmer than at any time since record keeping began in 1900, which is opening up untapped reserves of oil, gas, uranium, gold, fish and rare earth minerals. At a May meeting of the Arctic Council, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo warned Russia and China against “aggressive” actions in the region, saying, “This is America’s moment to stand up as an Arctic nation.” Gao Feng, the head of the Chinese delegation to the council, whose mission is to foster cooperation among Arctic countries and protect the fragile environment, says, “It’s [the U.S.] a country that stepped out of the Paris Agreement and then they’re talking about protecting the environment of the Arctic.”


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Tiny Scrubbers

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Askwsar Hilonga, Ph.D., a chemical engineer and public health scientist in Tanzania, grew up dealing with waterborne diseases such as cholera that made him ill. According to the World Health Organization, he has used his scientific expertise and local knowledge to develop a purification system based on nanomaterials. While the filter is still under study, stations have been set up throughout Tanzania, mostly managed by women, to help those that otherwise would not have safe drinking water.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration estimates the algae-choked “dead zone” in the Gulf of Mexico near the mouth of the Mississippi River spanned 7,829 square miles this summer, roughly the size of Massachusetts and considerably above the 6,000-square-mile five-year average. The largest recorded Gulf dead zone to date was 8,776 square miles in 2017. Dead zones occur when algae sinks and decomposes, sucking oxygen from the water and making it impossible for marine life to exist, jeopardizing billions of dollars generated by commercial fishing in the area. The phenomenon is primarily attributed to chemical fertilizer runoff from Midwestern farms into the Mississippi, exacerbated by warming trends.

Nanoparticles Purify Water

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Unexpected Aquatic Rebound

Overfished and struggling widow rockfish are returning to the Pacific coast. Legal protections since 2001 had made it illegal to take the fish commercially, and fisheries managers implemented “catch share” regulations as the fishing fleet dwindled from 400 to 50 trawlers. But the fish have made a faster comeback than expected. National Marine Fisheries Service biologist Jason Cope notes that scientists were surprised by how quickly some rockfish species can reproduce. “We thought it might take a century or so for them to rebuild themselves; it’s now taking maybe a decade.”

Superfund Success Story

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Toxic Site Now Welcomes Walkers

A wood-treating process for telephone poles that caused soil and groundwater contamination prompted the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to designate 47 acres in Bellingham, Washington, as a Superfund site in 1997. The cleanup, including removal of 28,000 tons of contaminated soil to a repository, reestablishment of a natural stream and restoring wetlands, is now complete, with walking and bicycling paths, newly planted native trees and wetland shrubs, and returning birdlife. The Oeser Company, which cooperated with the cleanup, has operated at the site since 1943 and continues to do so.

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New Book Reminds Us of Essential Truths

Natural Awakenings senior writer Linda Sechrist credits her 15 years of researching and interviewing spiritual luminaries with putting her on the path to her own spiritual awakening, which is detailed in one chapter of All You Need Is Love: The Importance of Transcending Spiritual Clichés and Living Their Deeper Wisdom. The new book offers a candid, fresh look at the way many New Age concepts have been trivialized and commercialized, when they’re “guaranteed to deliver overnight abundance, soulmates and enlightenment in easy 5-step workshops.” It shines a light on many popular spiritual myths that have come to obscure the deepest universal truth of the divine—which is that love is paramount—as argue many of the essays from 19 experienced spiritual practitioners. Available on, the book includes thoughtful anecdotal accounts from Sechrist; author Cate Montana; energy healer Cameron Day; and Betsy Chasse, director of the film What the Bleep Do We Know?!; among others.

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Your Mouth … The Missing Link to Optimal Health


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A Healthy Choice for Teeth and the Planet Dental floss, that little everyday staple in our medicine cabinets, has been taking on a bad name environmentally. The smooth, slippery flosses that are the top choice among both dentists and consumers are made with a Teflon-like product containing toxic PFAs and PFCs. The wax coatings and flavors of ordinary nylon flosses are typically made with petroleum products that may be endocrine disrupters. The floss, plastic spools and flip-top containers can’t be recycled easily because of their size, and floss filament easily tangles up recycling machinery. In landfills, their toxins leak into the soil; in waterways, floss can entangle and even kill sea creatures. And washing and reusing floss isn’t a good option because it runs the risk of introducing bacteria into new areas of the mouth, warns the American Dental Association. However, a handful of new eco-options in flosses have emerged, primarily with silk and bamboo, which are biodegradable and free of chemicals. Blogger Beth Terry at rates Dental Lace, a floss made of 100 percent silk coated with candelilla wax from Mexican trees, as her favorite product. It’s packaged without a plastic coil in a refillable glass container, making it a 99 percent zero-waste product. In addition, the company, based in Cape Elizabeth, Maine, offers a vegan bamboo version. Bamboo flosses in eco-friendly containers are also made by Los Angeles-based Terra & Co. (with activated charcoal, coconut oil, peppermint oil and no synthetic fragrances, sweeteners or artificial colorings, in a cardboard box); and Altoona, Florida-based Lucky Teeth (activated charcoal, candelilla plant wax, organic peppermint oil and tea tree oil, in a glass jar). Two other easy-to-find flosses, by Eco-Dent and Tom’s of Maine, are made of nylon, but are covered in natural vegan waxes rather than beeswax or petroleum-based waxes. They come in compostable cardboard boxes but include plastic spools. Advice columnist Umbra of recommends switching to an oral irrigator or water flosser that plugs into the wall or runs on a battery—sometimes rechargeable—because it effectively removes plaque, is reusable, produces no trash, lasts for years and uses relatively little water and electricity.

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We look at the underlying causes for gum disease and cavities: Is it your diet, or hormonal changes or acid reflux?

Mouth Matters A Holistic Approach to Oral Health T

by Ronica O’Hara

he mouth is the doorway to the body,” so the saying goes, and today we know just how true that is. Years ago, the biannual trip to the dentist was typically a simple “drill-andfill” operation, with other health concerns not given a second glance. Now, emerging research shows that when we neglect basic oral care—even that annoying task of nightly or post-meal flossing—we endanger our heart, lungs, kidneys and even our brains by allowing the buildup of pernicious bacteria in our gums. In April, University of Louisville School of Dentistry researchers reported that the bacteria P. gingivalis, which flourishes in gum disease, was found in brain samples of deceased Alzheimer’s patients— and that inflammation, swelling and bleeding in gums can transport the bacteria from the mouth into the bloodstream simply through chewing or teeth-brushing. The study also linked the bacteria to rheumatoid arthritis and aspiration pneumonia.


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Advanced gum disease also increases the risk of cancer by 24 percent, especially lung and colorectal cancers; quadruples the rate of kidney disease; and increases the risk of strokes, coronary artery disease, diabetes and pre-term births, other studies show. These findings have sobering implications for the nearly half of the American adults over age 30 and 70 percent of adults 65 and older with gum disease. “Science has proven that a healthy mouth is a healthy body,” says San Francisco holistic dentist Nammy Patel, author of Age With Style: Your Guide to a Youthful Smile & Healthy Living.

Body, Mind, Teeth

It’s part of the reason for the fresh interest in holistic dentistry, sometimes called biologic dentistry. “We look at the entire body, not just the mouth,” says Bernice Teplitsky, DDS, of Wrigleyville Dental, in Chicago, and president of the Holistic Dental Association (HDA), based in Coral Gables, Florida. Holistic dentists abstain from toxic

materials, remove amalgam fillings, may be wary of root canals and focus on minimally invasive procedures—some of which may be high-tech and cutting-edge, such as lasers to clean teeth and gums, ozone therapy to slow the growth of infections and air abrasion to “sandblast” away small areas of tooth decay. Holistic dentists work closely with a wide range of other complementary practitioners. “We look at the underlying causes for gum disease and cavities: Is it your diet, or hormonal changes or acid reflux?” Patel explains. That may mean prescribing a head massage, acupuncture session, meditation lessons or dietary counseling. They may run blood tests for biocompatibility of materials and incorporate approaches from Traditional Chinese Medicine, Ayurveda, herbology, homeopathy, iridology, craniosacral therapy and energy medicine. They will look for signs of sleep apnea and often treat it. However, with the added tests and consultations, they tend to be more expensive, with many procedures not covered by dental insurance. Their numbers are small: Only 391 of 199,000 American dentists belong to the HDA, or about one in 500. Yet the natural health movement that drives holistic dentistry is having an effect on the profession at large. Many dentists nationwide, pressured by patients and aided by new technology, are abandoning toxic and invasive options for less harmful methods. Controversial mercury amalgam fillings are being edged out by less toxic options like resin composites that match teeth color; the amount of mercury sold in the U.S. for dental amalgams fell by half between 2001 and 2013. Conventional dental X-rays, which in a Yale study published in the American Cancer Association journal Cancer were linked to non-cancerous brain tumors, are yielding to computerized digital X-rays with a fifth of the radiation: As many as two out


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of three dentists have switched over. And aided by computer imaging software and 3-D printers, dentists are fabricating new crowns, implants, bridges and dentures right in the office, instead of using what Austin, Texas, dentist David Frank calls “intrusive analog [gooey impressions] that left patients feeling claustrophobic, highly anxious and consistently worried about gagging.”

We look at the entire body, not just the mouth. ~Bernice Teplitsky

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Dialogue With Dentists

When visiting a dentist, whether holistic or not, it’s wise to be prepared with a natural health mindset. Some questions to ask are:

What are you filling the cavity with? Just say no to amalgam, a mixture

of heavy metals, of which about half is elemental mercury that slowly releases toxic vapors. Plus, “Heavy metals can leak into the enamel tubes of the teeth causing the teeth to appear gray or dark blue and making them brittle over time,” warns Los Angeles cosmetic dentist Rhonda Kalasho. Instead, ask for relatively nontoxic options such as porcelain or composite resins, which can be made of materials such as silica, ceramic, plastics and zirconium oxide. Some composite resins contain the endocrine disrupters Bis-GMA or BPA; for extra protection, ask for one that doesn’t, or ask the dentist to use a rubber dam to prevent swallowing it.

Should I have my amalgam fillings removed? Holistic dentists like Patel

give a strong yes. “The problem arises with mercury when you chew or brush your teeth. The abrasion creates heat and causes the mercury to off-gas. Those vapors get swallowed and go into your body, where they’re stored—and that creates significant health hazards—because we’re talking about a known poison,” she says. Other dentists disagree about removal, citing its risks: Holistic pioneer Dr. Andrew Weil, for example, writes that removing amalgam fillings is often unnecessary, costly and stressful, and recommends exchanging them for composite resin only when they break down.

Do I really need antibiotics? Oregon State University researchers found in a study this year of 90,000 patients that the

Toothpaste: Study the labels and be wary of the following ingredients: fluoride, sodium lauryl sulfate, triclosan and sodium hydroxide. These ingredients are a plus: baking soda (sodium bicarbonate), green tea, Eucalyptol, menthol, tea tree oil and vitamin D.

antibiotics often prescribed by dentists as prevention against infection are unnecessary 81 percent of the time, and contribute to antibiotic resistance. Typically, patients didn’t have the precise cardiac conditions that warranted the extra caution.

Is a root canal the best option?

Some holistic dentists counsel against root canals, citing the risk of long-term health problems caused by lingering bacteria, and advocate the use of herbs, laser therapy or extractions instead. “If root canals were done 20 to 30 years ago, it is definitely a problem, because there were not enough technological advances to clean out all the bacteria which could cause chronic health complications,” says Patel. “Nowadays, depending on the tooth root, canals can be 99.9 percent cleaned by lasers.”

Back to the Basics

Considering the stakes, preventive care is all-important and there are many natural options to guarantee robust oral health. At the natural health store or drugstore, consider the following options:

Toothbrush: Electric toothbrushes re-

duced plaque 21 percent more and gingivitis 11 percent more after three months compared to manual toothbrushes, reported a review of 56 studies involving 5,068 participants. Those that rotate rather than brush back-and-forth clean slightly better.

are coated with toxic, Teflon-like perfluorinated polymers linked to kidney and testicular cancer, ulcerative colitis and hormonal disruptions. A recent study found higher levels in women using those flosses. Instead, use the old-fashioned nylon kind or try out new flosses made of biodegradable silk or bamboo or those infused with antimicrobial tea tree oil. Or, consider a water flosser, which Canadian researchers found were 29 percent more effective at plaque removal than string floss.

Mouthwash: Mouthwashes containing alcohol significantly raise the risk of throat cancer, Australian researchers found. Instead, opt for super-healthy green tea as a mouthwash, as well as a drink. Studies show that it protects teeth from erosion and promotes healthy gums. Another simple option is warm salt water, using one cup of water and one-half teaspoon of salt. A 2017 study by the Cochrane medical study organization found it is virtually as effective as the prescription antiseptic mouthwash chlorhexidine in reducing dental plaque and microbes.

Pulling: An ancient Ayurvedic remedy, this involves swishing a spoonful of organic coconut oil around the mouth and through the teeth for 10 to 20 minutes. The oil’s lauric acid, a natural antibacterial, has been found in studies to reduce plaque formation and fungal infections, as well as the strains of bacteria linked to bad breath and irritated gums. Taking care of our teeth and gums is simply worth the daily time and trouble to facilitate long-term health. “Your oral care should be taken just as seriously as watching your diet,” advises Kalasho. Ronica A. O’Hara is a Denver-based natural health writer. Connect at October 2019


Breathe Well for Better Health by Ingo Mahn



deep, life-giving breath. We rarely think about it, yet every night millions of Americans literally struggle to get their next breath. Unfortunately, this problem is far more widespread than we realized and the health consequences are far more serious. The inability to properly breathe at night results in disturbances in sleep, which not only lead to increased daytime fatigue but are now being linked to medical conditions, both physical (fibromyalgia/rheumatoid arthritis) and mental (anxiety/depression) in nature. Snoring is one of the more apparent symptoms of this problem. This makes matters worse because the sleeping partner of the snorer, unless they have already moved to the spare bedroom, is also affected. It is important to note that “normal” nightly sleep patterns, as depicted in Image 1, follow a somewhat predictable pattern.

HOURS OF SLEEP Image 1. Levels of sleep achieved during a normal night. 20

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Image 2. 3D visualization of airway using CBCT (cone beam computed tomography) imaging.

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During the first part of the night, we fall into a deeper state of sleep. During this quieter period, our body temperature drops, heart rate and breathing slow, and our muscles relax. This critical process allows for physical regeneration of our body. Failure to reach this level of sleep results in increased inflammation and reduced immune function. The result? A myriad of physical ailments. In fact, recent studies have linked breathinginduced sleep disturbances to fibromyalgia and even cancer! The second part of the night is a lighter level of sleep known as REM (rapid eye movement). Restorative sleep during this time of night (when we dream) has been shown to facilitate learning, improve memory and enhance emotional health. Neurotransmitters and stress hormones are also balanced during this time, and failure to sleep during this part of the night may lead to increased anxiety, phobias and depression. Once you discover all of the other potential conditions associated with a poor night’s sleep, all of a sudden that afternoon drowsiness after a restless night takes on a whole new significance. Common factors leading to poor sleep, such as a bad sleep environment, stress, alcohol and stimulants, are usually easily identified and addressed. Despite being one of the leading causes, sleep disturbed by the inability to properly breathe, is usually not considered. When you realize that snoring is an indicator of nighttime breathing problems and that more than half of men over the age of 50 snore, you begin to see just how extensive the problem is. Women are not immune to this problem, and in many cases, can be even more difficult to diagnose. Rather than the more drastic sleep apnea seen in men, where breathing can stop for long periods of time (sometimes as often as 20 to 30 times an hour), women tend to have a milder version. Still, every time one of these events occurs, there is a decrease in oxygen levels, followed by a release of adrenaline as the body gasps for air—not an environment that allows the body to regenerate and heal! Fortunately, modern imaging technology has made it easier to screen for these conditions. Software analyzing these images allows the dentist and patient to easily visualize the airway in 3D (Image 2).

Oxygen is our most important nutrient. Getting enough, especially at night, may be the key to achieving optimal health. Another diagnostics tool is data obtained from sleep study. In the past, it was a challenge for doctors to convince patients to spend two or three nights in a sleep center hooked up to an array of wires and sensors. Again, modern technology comes to the rescue: A sleep study can now be done from the comfort of your own home. The good news is, once a diagnosis of disturbed sleep due to breathing is made, effective treatment options are available. Currently, the continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine is considered the “gold standard” but presents a multitude of problems (bulky, noisy and hard to keep clean), which make compliance low. Fortunately, other therapies and oral appliances are available for those patients unable to tolerate the CPAP device. For example, simple oral appliances that reposition the jaw and even minor surgical procedures are proving to be highly effective in dealing with this problem. Oxygen is our most important nutrient. Getting enough, especially at night, may be the key to achieving optimal health. Dr. Ingo Mahn is a 1985 graduate of Marquette University School of Dentistry. He is an accredited member of the IAOMT (International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology) and earned a doctorate in integrative medicine from Capital University, in Georgetown. He is the founder of Natural Dental Partners (602-775-5120), a high-tech, health-centered practice in North Phoenix using 3D imaging technology. For more information and a listing of upcoming events, visit MyNaturalDentist. com. See ad, pages 6 and 17. – Advertorial –

Love yourself for who you are, and trust me, if you are happy from within, you are the most beautiful person, and your smile is your best asset. ~Ileana D’Cruz

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They Have More in Common Than You Might Think


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billions of bacteria combined of hundreds of different types, both good and bad. We need these bacteria to maintain health and protect ourselves, and we cannot survive without them. C. diff is a bacteria that normally resides in low levels in the colon and is resistant to common antibiotics. The good bacteria keep the C. diff at low and controlled levels, but one course of a regular antibiotic can take out the good bacteria, thus allowing C. diff to multiply and infect the colon, causing severe diarrhea, resulting in dehydration, followed by heart/kidney complications, toxic megacolon, and even death. Going back to the mummy and tissue preservation, the bacteria that cause the breakdown process are halted with the use of salts, just as bodies are preserved by freezing in the ice example and by desiccation in the sand scenario. But why would a dentist even mention this? The same process occurs in the mouth! Bacteria cover the inner cheeks, gums, tongue and teeth. The oral cavity also contains good and bad bacteria, and it’s the latter that cause cavities, gingivitis, tooth infections and periodontal disease. At elevated levels, the bad bacteria can also travel into the blood stream and contribute to heart disease, diabetes and stroke, and recently bad bacteria have been found to increase the chance of breast cancer. What accelerates the bacteria in the mouth is the pH level. It becomes

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complex and difficult to describe, so the easier way is saying “sugar causes cavities.” In reality, the sugar (carbohydrates) gets broken down by the bad bacteria on your teeth and leaves acid. In technical terms, the pH decreases (becomes acidic) and results in demineralization of the tooth enamel (dissolves the tooth), which eventually spreads and becomes a hole in the tooth, aka a cavity. The pH scale ranges from 0 to 14, with 0 being most acidic and 14 being most alkaline. The pH of pure water is in the middle at 7; the blood in our body normally functions within 7.35 to 7.45. Our mouths when not exposed to any foods can range from 6.3 to 7.6 depending on the saliva and bacterial levels in your mouth. Everyone has different pH levels and different populations of bacteria in their mouth. The more bad bacteria you have in your mouth, the more acidic it becomes. When the pH level drops below 5.5, the tooth starts to break down. This is what we call the critical pH. The food we eat can be acidic or alkaline, and even healthy foods can be really acidic. For example, the pH of a lemon is at 2.0, cranberry juice 2.5, broccoli 6.0, to name a few. Let’s say your mouth is at a pH of 6.5 and you sip a bottle of cranberry juice slowly over a course of two hours. Each sip drops the pH down to 2.5 and will take 30 minutes for the saliva to bring it back to the original 6.5. If you take a sip every 10 to 15 minutes, it doesn’t get the chance to go back to 6.5. The pH will remain below the critical pH for the entire two hours of sipping the drink plus 30 minutes of saliva bringing it back. Having the teeth bathing in an acidic state for 2.5 hours now has increased the chance of developing cavities. On the other hand, if

by Jason Jones

ay back in grade school, you may recall learning about mummies and how some kids were afraid they would come to life to chase people! But then you learned about the mummification process and how the tissue remains, versus what happens when a body is buried in the earth. It was interesting to learn how the majority of tissue remains intact in the mummy over hundreds of years, whereas with a buried body, just a few months later, only a skeleton is left. This “tissue preservation” can also be seen in bodies found deeply frozen in ice or buried in hot sand. Why does this happen? After learning about cellular/molecular biology, organic chemistry, effects of pH, etc., the explanation is due to a few factors: energy depletion, dyshomeostasis, molecular breakdown, autolysis, followed by putrefaction (the breakdown by bacteria). Bacteria are found all over our bodies and contribute to the health of our normal function, as well as maintaining ideal pH levels. However, a simple imbalance can cascade into severe issues. One example is a terrible colon infection known as C. diff (short for the bacteria Clostridium difficile). Bacteria cover every bit of our skin and entire GI (gastrointestinal) tract; it lines our mouth and continues through our stomach all the way to…the other end. It is coated with

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you were to drink the entire bottle within a five-minute period, the exposure time would be cut down to 35 minutes. Thirtyfive minutes of acid on the tooth sounds much better than 2.5 hours, and yet the diet stayed the same. Similarly, in bone, a decrease in blood pH can change the way our bone remodels, resulting in higher resorption (low density). Recent studies also show that acidic levels can be responsible for an increase in Type 2 diabetes, heart disease and obesity. You may have heard of alkaline diets and supplements to help your blood become more alkaline, and these are some of the many reasons to lean toward an alkaline diet. Talk with your dentist about managing the oral cavity and get in touch with a nutritionist or wellness dietician to develop an alkaline meal plan that best suits you. Jason Jones, DMD, attended Pennsylvania State University for his Bachelor of Science in pre-medicine and received his doctorate from the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine. He received extensive post-graduate training at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), while working at the Los Angeles VA Hospital. Jones also served in the U.S. Navy for six years. For more information on his practice and holistic services, call 480-585-1612 or visit See ad, page 11. – Advertorial –

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RETHINKING OUR STUFF Moving Toward a Circular Economy


by Yvette Hammett

hen Yale researcher Reid Lifset began working on waste issues on a life cycle basis—from “cradle to grave”—it was mostly the world’s geeks and nerds that paid attention, he says. “Today, it’s called the ‘circular economy’ and it’s sexy. It wasn’t sexy back then.” While many still have never even heard the term, the “circular economy” is all about rethinking the way we make stuff—designing products that can be reused and powering it all with renewable energy. It’s an alternative to the “make-useand-dispose” mentality of the traditional linear economy. “You are the circular economy when you buy pre-owned, second-hand objects, or rent or share the use of objects, or have broken objects repaired instead of buying new ones,” says Walter Stahel, author of The Circular Economy: A User’s Guide and a member of the European Union’s Circular Economy Stakeholder Platform. In other words, everyone that buys sustainable goods or services, takes public transport or gets a lawnmower fixed instead of buying a new one is a participant.


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There’s a global movement afoot to expand the circular economy in an effort to significantly cut the waste stream, reduce our carbon footprint and conserve resources. It began with the three R’s—reduce, recycle and reuse, says Lifset, a Research Scholar at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies who edits the Journal of Industrial Ecology, which focuses on the environmental consequences of production and consumption. The emphasis has always been on recycling, but as that becomes more difficult due to saturation levels, the emphasis is shifting to the more comprehensive goals of a circular economy—or should be, says Stahel, an engineering professor at the University of Surrey. Tinia Pina, a program leader at NY Cares, joined the movement after observing the poor food choices her Harlem, New York, students were making and the amount of waste attached to them. She founded Re-Nuble, a small manufacturing operation in New York City, to transform food waste into fertilizer pellets that can be used in hydroponic farming.

“There is a strong need to try to reduce the volume of waste,” Pina says. “There is also a strong need to produce sustainable—and, ideally, chemical-free— food and make it affordable for all.” She hopes to eventually replicate her process for creating fertilizer in other large cities across the country. Leasing is another classic example of how the circular economy might work, Lifset says. “If the entity that made [a product] ends up with it when it becomes waste, that company will handle it differently.” The company can instead design a product so that it remains in the economy instead of becoming part of the waste stream, he notes. The Ellen MacArthur Foundation was established in the UK in 2010 to accelerate the transition to a circular economy. It offers numerous case studies, including a San Francisco effort called Cradle to Cradle Carpets for City Buildings. Last year, the city passed legislation requiring all departments to use carpeting containing no antimicrobials, fluorinated compounds or flame retardants. Both the carpet fibers and backing materials “must contain minimum amounts of recycled materials and ultimately be recyclable at end-of-use.” Most important: It must be Cradle to Cradle Certified Silver or better. The certification is a globally recognized standard for safer, more sustainable products made for the circular economy. Meantime, the European Union has embraced the circular economy as a boon to job creation and a way to significantly address climate change. By shifting to a circular economy, the European growth rate can be increased by an additional 0.6 percent a year and carbon dioxide emissions reduced by 48 percent by 2030, according to a 2017 report by McKinsey & Company. Just how much of the world’s industries must participate to meet these goals is yet to be determined. “That,” Stahel says, “is the billiondollar question.”

Yvette C. Hammett is an environmental writer based in Valrico, Florida. She can be contacted at


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People say it’s the best day of their life. It’s something you kind of have to experience to know why it’s so popular.

It is nice to see that even dedicated yogis are so open to it. ~Sharon Boustani

ANIMAL ASANAS Goats on the Yoga Mat


by Yvette Hammett

hen 50 to 60 strangers gather in a barn for their first goat yoga experience, it’s a bit awkward and there’s not much interaction—until the goats come in. “It is an immediate icebreaker, and the place suddenly fills with giggles and laughs,” says Sharon Boustani, whose family runs Gilbertsville Farmhouse, in South New Berlin, New York. There is just something about miniature goats walking around on people’s backs while they do yoga that immediately de-stresses people and makes them downright happy, she adds. It may be fun, but it’s also a form of serious therapy that’s taken off across the nation and around the globe in recent years. Yoga by itself is proven to help with stress and pain relief, better breathing, flexibility and cardiovascular health. Add goats to the mix and the benefits are compounded by the well-documented benefits of human and animal interaction. A number of studies, like one published in June by the American Educational Research Association, have shown that spending time with animals can lower blood pressure and decrease levels of the stress hormone cortisol. Other studies from the fields of psychology, animal welfare, counseling and anthro-


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pology note that these interactions offer additional positive health impacts and can reduce loneliness, boost moods and increase feelings of social support. So combining adorable goats with a physically and spiritually beneficial yoga regimen just made sense to Lainey Morse, of Corvallis, Oregon, widely regarded as the mother of goat yoga. In 2015, Morse was diagnosed with a disease and was going through a divorce. “I would go out to my barn or out in the field and just be around my goats,” she says. “I wondered why they didn’t use goats for therapy like they do with horses.” Goats, she says, have a sense of calm. “When you are around them, you take on that energy, and it’s hard to be stressed out and have anxiety. But they are also really funny animals. They make you laugh.” She started with goat happy hour at her farm, inviting friends she knew were going through issues of their own. “Everybody left happy,” she recalls. When she discussed it with a yogi friend, goat yoga was born. Morse now has 13 partnerships around the country where others teach the classes and she handles the business end. “For me, it’s still about nature and getting out in nature.” Morse says she’s not quite sure why it took off like

lightning, but she guesses it’s just because many people love the interaction. April Gould and Sarah Williams run their Arizona Goat Yoga classes at the Welcome Home Ranch, in Gilbert, Arizona. It is now a major tourist destination for the state. “Three to four times a week, we walk about 150 people out into one of the pastures,” Gould says. A lot of visitors from out of state return every time they’re in the area, she adds. And many Arizona residents come once, and then bring back friends and family. “People say it’s the best day of their life. It’s something you kind of have to experience to know why it’s so popular,” says Gould. Those that are more experienced can make it as difficult as they want. “And some people just want to play with the goats.” For Bisk Education, an eLearning company based in Tampa, bringing goat yoga to its campus was a way to inspire and de-stress employees. “There is a way to integrate wellness into your corporate programs that makes you a differentiator,” says Chief People Officer Misty Brown. “When it comes to a perk, I want to make sure those investments are memorable. It gives Bisk the reputation as more of a progressive culture.” Boustani calls it an escape experience. “That’s primarily what it is. Yoga in general is kind of geared toward letting go of your everyday worries and trying to come to some peaceful or therapeutic state.” Introducing something so lighthearted to something that many people take so seriously, like yoga, is interesting to watch, Boustani says. “It is nice to see that even dedicated yogis are so open to it.” Yvette C. Hammett is an environmental writer based in Valrico, Florida. She can be contacted at YvetteHammett28@


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By testing the body using the biofeedback technique “challenge, check and correct,” the practitioner learns where the problem areas are in the body.

KST—Koren Specific Technique

Get adjusted without the 'snap, crackle, pop'


by Ann Charlotte Valentin

ome people may not seek out chiropractic care because they dislike or are afraid of getting “cracked.” Koren Specific Technique (KST) was developed by Doctor of Chiropractic Tedd Koren in the early 2000s, and is a gentle approach to analyzing and correcting subluxations within the body/ mind system. It uses a binary biofeedback technique and gentle tapping with an instrument called ArthroStim, a Food and Drug Administration-approved medical device. By using the biofeedback system, the practitioner is able to tap into the body’s innate wisdom to locate blockages and restore the energetic and physical harmony of the body. KST is so gentle it can even be used on infants! By testing the body using the biofeedback technique “challenge, check and correct,” the practitioner learns where the problem areas are in the body. This technique allows the practitioner to quickly and accurately locate structural problems, as well as other blockages and interferences in the body/mind system.

The technique works as follows: Challenge: The practitioner gently touches the affected areas of body. Check: Using a binary biofeedback system, occipital drop (OD), the practitioner will receive answers (yes or no), which guide the practitioner to the area that needs correction. To use the OD, the practitioner gently puts his or her hands at the back of the patient’s head. Correct: The practitioner uses the ArthroStim to correct and release problem areas. Common problems that KST can help correct include: back and neck pain, sciatica, temporomandibular joint (TMJ) syndrome, headaches and migraines, asthma, heart palpitations, hypertension, emotional trauma, digestive issues, eye problems, sinus problems, attentiondeficit disorder (ADD), attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), dyslexia, and many more conditions. Structurally, KST corrects the entire – Advertorial –

spine, rib cage, cranial bones, pelvic girdles, discs, extremities, sternum and internal organs. When the spine is out of alignment, other bones in the body compensate for the misalignment, and the rib cage often needs to be adjusted as well in order for the spine to hold its correction. The cranial bones are also often involved in many symptoms, as well as allowing the spinal corrections to hold. Your body is interconnected to all its parts, and by correcting only one area and forcing the spine back in place often doesn’t allow for the body to adjust and hold this new position, as the underlying cause of the subluxation wasn’t addressed. Because KST uses a biofeedback system, it is possible to locate and correct emotional problems, allergies, addictions, dental issues, dyslexia and other problem areas in the body that are contributing to the symptoms experienced by the patient. As KST is a gentle technique, there is no “over-adjusting” or “popping and cracking” of the spine. For more information or to schedule a KST session, call Ann Charlotte Valentin, NMD, of Center for Integrative Medicine, at 602-888-2320, or visit or Valentin trained with Tedd Koren, DC. She also has postgraduate education in Cranio-Sacral Therapy, emotional release technique, BodyTalk, as well as bioidentical hormones. She will be releasing her first book in November, Med School After Menopause, The Journey of My Soul, and also works as an evidential medium and spiritual educator. See ad, page 23. October 2019


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Hamptons Farm Stand Nancy Wernersbach Often characterized as “windows to the outdoors,” Nancy Wernersbach’s uplifting oil and watercolor paintings celebrate the wonders of nature too often overlooked in daily life. Outdoor beauty inspires her fresh garden, floral and seascape images. Slowing down to appreciate simple pleasures—a sunny afternoon admiring Mother Nature’s bounty, for example— is a recurrent theme for this New York area artist. Although formally schooled in fine arts, she says her art career began at an early age, “thanks to my parents’ gift of the ‘big box’ of 128 Crayola crayons.” Hamptons Farm Stand embodies the sharp eye for detail and refreshing use of color that define Wernersbach’s joy-filled works and have endeared her to private collectors around the world. “A painting, like a good book, should lift us out of one world and into another,” she muses. “I look to nature for my subject matter and believe that nature and art can lift us out of our anxious, frantic world and take us to a place of rest and renewal.” View the artist’s portfolio and blog at 28

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Spinal Solutions Chiropractic Care Yields Unexpected Results


by Marlaina Donato

hiropractors are often perceived as back pain specialists, but optimal chiropractic care treats the whole person from the inside-out, starting with the nervous system. This means practitioners can address many conditions that transcend typical expectations. The human spinal column sports 31 pairs of nerves, some corresponding directly to digestive, reproductive and respiratory organs, which might explain why regular spinal adjustments and other chiropractic techniques can be helpful for seemingly unrelated conditions like asthma, chronic headaches, hormonal imbalances and temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders. A scientific review of 179 published papers focusing on various non-musculoskeletal conditions shows benefits of fullbody chiropractic treatment for asthma, infantile colic and cervical vertigo. Results are also promising for middle ear infections in children and pneumonia in seniors. Clinical evidence suggests the nervous system is a cohesive factor in achieving overall wellness. “In chiropractic and

holistic philosophy, the body is considered a self-healing organism,” explains chiropractic physician and applied kinesiologist Marc Terebelo, of the Chiropractic Wellness Center, in Southfield, Michigan. “The nervous system controls the body, so issues in the toes or fingers may be caused by spinal issues in the neck and low back. Likewise, bladder and menstrual cycle problems can be caused by injury to the low back or pelvic regions.” William J. Lauretti, a New York Chiropractic College professor in Seneca Falls, concurs with the benefits of holistic treatment. “Chiropractors view the body as an integrated unit, and problems in one area might affect a seemingly unrelated area,” he says. “Most chiropractors have a wide variety of treatment approaches to offer, including advice on nutrition, lifestyle, stress management and exercise.”

Chiropractic and Digestion

It’s worth noting that the nerves that innervate important digestive anatomy—from the salivary glands to the stomach down through the intestinal tract—branch off the

Chiropractors view the body as an integrated unit, and problems in one area might affect a seemingly unrelated area. ~William Lauretti spinal cord at various levels of the cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine. “This means that chiropractic adjustments given to [the] neck, mid-back, lower back and sacrum are important to optimal digestive function,” says chiropractor Sean Cailteux, of Exodus Health, in Shawnee, Kansas. In his practice, Lauretti has observed better digestion as a positive side effect to regular adjustments. “I’ve had a few patients over the years who reported improvement in digestive problems after chiropractic treatment of the mid- and low back. In some of those cases, the improvement was serendipitous, because the patient didn’t discuss their digestive symptoms initially, only after they noticed the improvement.”

Hope for Headaches and TMJ Dysfunction

Chronic tension headaches and migraines can become the norm for too many individuals, but chiropractic care—including spinal adjustments, nutrition advice and addressing emotional causes such as stress and anxiety—can be key in reducing pain and getting to the root of the problem. “Technically, only headaches with a list of very particular characteristics can be properly diagnosed as migraines,” Lauretti explains. “The cause of many cases of chronic, long-term headaches is often from poor function of the muscles and joints in the neck.” These types of headaches often respond well to treatment focused on restoring normal function to the neck, he says. TMJ disorders can cause painful and sometimes debilitating symptoms, including facial and tooth pain and locking of the jaw. Chiropractic treatments often provide reliable relief. “The TMJ is a very important joint in the body, with thousands of neuroreceptors. TMJ involvements can cause headaches, particularly around the ear or side of the head, vertigo, tinnitus and other hearing issues,” says Terebelo. Cailteux notes that aside from experiencing jaw pain and headaches, someone suffering from TMJ disorder may have difficulty chewing, and may experience an audible clicking of the jaw with movement. “Chiropractic adjustments can be particularly helpful, especially when delivered to the TM joint and the neck. Gentle, soft-tissue manipulation of the muscles and tendons of the jaw, specifically the masseter, temporalis and pterygoid muscles, is also a highly effective treatment.” For a true holistic approach and lasting success, Lauretti offers this advice: “Look for a doctor who is willing to work as part of your healthcare team and who’s willing to refer you for specialty care when appropriate.”

Marlaina Donato is the author of several books, including Multidimensional Aromatherapy. She is also a composer. Connect at

Copper Kills Common Cold Virus

Can copper prevent colds and other respiratory illnesses? Copper kills a wide spectrum of viruses, bacteria and fungus microbes, including superbugs, just by touch, according to many university and government studies. “Copper is great at killing superbugs,” says Dr. Bill Keevil, one of the early pioneers in the research. Dr. Keevil says copper kills respiratory viruses, like coronavirus 229E “which produces a range of respiratory symptoms from the common cold to more lethal outcomes such as pneumonia.” His research at the University of Southampton found that the coronavirus is rapidly destroyed on contact with copper. Many American researchers have found the same thing about other microbes, like MRSA and various flu viruses. Results like these finally explain why ancient peoples reportedly found many health uses for copper. Long before anyone knew about bacteria and viruses, Egyptians and Greeks are said to have used it to purify water and disinfect skin ulcers, and Aztecs used it against sore throats. From the Babylonian wars to the Civil War, reports say armies used copper on battlefield wounds because it allowed faster healing. It was credited with keeping copper workers from getting cholera in past epidemics. Since the recent discovery that copper quickly kills infectious disease germs, only a few hospitals have followed the advice of the EPA and switched over to copper for frequently touched surfaces. A clinical study shows this reduced the spread of illness by 58 percent. “Copper is the new gold standard for saving lives,” says writer Robert Szczerba, but he points out that many hospitals have not yet made the switch. The reasons include costs and tarnishing. The EPA tests show, however, that copper works just as well when tarnished. In 2012, when U.S. inventor Doug Cornell learned about the microbe-killing power of copper, he decided not to wait. He developed a personal device with a copper tip to use in the nose to combat cold and flu viruses and a copper handle to kill disease germs picked up on the fingers. “Over 99% of people who used it and reported results say it worked to stop a cold they felt about to start,” he says. Many people also say it has stopped flu, cold sores and sinus trouble, he reports. Visit for more information. – Advertorial – October 2019


The Healing Power of the Mind


by Serina Aramaki

ave you ever considered your life as a “workbook”? What if all of us make life plans before we come down into this world? What if we choose who our parents, siblings and friends will be? What if we decide what we’ll study in school and pursue as a career, who we’ll marry, what illnesses to experience, when to die, and so on? Whether you believe it or not, every single person plans their lives while still on the spiritual plane. And many people actually plan to experience hardships, such as heavy illnesses, disabilities, abuse and dysfunction because they know, on a soul level, that these kinds of experiences are what they need for their soul growth and personal evolution. Are those decisions easy to make on the spiritual plane? Yes, they are. Are they easy to live with down here on planet Earth? No, they’re not! Unfortunately, when we incarnate into human form and find ourselves dealing with a disability or a serious illness, suddenly we start to feel as if all hope is lost. Under difficult conditions, it’s very hard to keep having courage and hope for a better future. But when we shift our perspective from a physical point of view back to a spiritual one, all that can change. Consciously remembering that life is the


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workbook of the soul, our minds suddenly open to something completely different; we shift from hopelessness and victimization to empowerment. Workbooks are designed to get us to learn and think differently. They present problems that we must work hard to solve. And there are always solutions to each problem! The experiences and problems might get harder as we progress through the workbook, but then that’s the whole point. How else can we grow and progress? Even if it takes a long time, in the end we always solve the problems. And when we solve the problems, it makes us smarter, more knowledgeable, and even more grateful. This, in turn, brings us more joy and happiness. If you didn’t have any problems in front of you, there wouldn’t be any joy or more challenges for your soul to grow bigger and greater. What a difference having this larger, spiritual perspective makes! Try it. Instead of feeling put upon and victimized by an illness, for example, think about that illness as the problem you gave yourself before you were even born. Once you face an illness or other misfortune in this way, you can start thinking of ways to solve the problem for the first time. Of course, seeing doctors, getting proper medical attention, and prescriptions are – Advertorial –

important. But, at the same time, it’s equally vital to contemplate your inner self and focus on the cause of your illness. If you planned this in between lives, what was the purpose? Maybe you planned this particular illness because you had also planned to be a hard worker and very focused on your career. You knew coming into this life that you would need a break at some point to deeply contemplate your life and come back into touch with your spiritual nature somewhere along the way. Maybe you chose an illness so that you could realize how the mind works, and the impact that your mind has on your life and others around you as well as your own body. We all know that the mind is very powerful. Thoughts can evoke strong negative emotions, like hatred, anger, jealousy and depression, and scientific studies have proven that these emotions have a damaging effect on the body, triggering the release of stress hormones and the creation of free radicals, which damage the cells and cause autoimmune diseases and dysfunction. Many people still believe that the mind is simply an operation of the brain and that it has no impact. But that is not true. When we think thoughts that make us feel sad, grief fills our hearts in an instant and tears begin to flow. When we unexpectedly recognize an old friend and hug that person, our hearts fill with love and gratitude. These feelings are not the logical reactions of the cerebrum, but rather the result of our thoughts triggering chemical reactions within the body. And all of this is overseen by our deeper spiritual nature and intuition. Cerebral-


ism—the theory that consciousness is merely a function or product of the brain—is just another form of materialism, which we must dismiss as simply wrong (The Laws of the Sun, p. 78). Our mind has very special and strong powers. Depending upon our perspective, we can use these powers to help others. We can change our minds to become more empowered in life and cease being a victim of life and circumstances. We can use it to solve problems and heal others and ourselves, body and soul. After all, if the power of the mind itself set up the conditions and situations found in the workbook of your life this lifetime, isn’t it logical that the power of the mind can resolve them? Born in Tokyo, Japan, in 1991 and the youngest among four siblings, Serina Aramaki grew up cheerfully. She went to boarding school in Switzerland, then went on to study studio art and international studies at a university in Rhode Island. She received honor cords as well art awards for her work but realized she wanted a more spiritual path. Right after graduation in 2014, she went back to Japan and started to work for Happy Science, the most influential spiritual organization in Japan. In Happy Science, she has worked in the secretary-general department for two years, worked as staff in the head temple in Tochigi, and worked as a minister. She is now working in international media as a director of production and distribution. If you are interested in the healing power of the mind, there is a new spiritual Japanese film coming this October to Phoenix that illustrates the power of mind to heal illness. Immortal Hero is based on the true story of Ryuho Okawa, a best-selling author, global visionary, renowned spiritual leader, and the founder and CEO of Happy Science. In the film, Okawa is portrayed as a Japanese publisher who suffers complete heart failure, yet literally comes back to life through the power of his own mind and the will to complete his mission on Earth to help uplift humanity. For theaters, show times and more information, visit See ad, page 16.

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The Art of the Nap Unplugging From Life Without Apology


by Marlaina Donato

hildren, four-legged family members, Thanksgiving overeaters and the occasional squirrel on a branch have mastered an art that eludes most of us, and they engage in it without a shred of guilt. Defying our cultural habit of constantly being on the go and embracing the respite can be an active meditation, an invitation to cultivate uncommon stillness. Answering the siren’s call of a nap might very well be one of the most beneficial acts of self-care we can give ourselves. Both body and psyche crave chill-out times for good reasons. Using study subjects ranging from NASA pilots to emergency room staff, curling up for a 20- to 30-minute siesta has been clinically proven to lower blood pressure, boost immunity, improve motor skills and enhance job performance and creativity. Power naps—the short-but-sweet kind—give us the opportunity to nourish the most neglected part of life, the inner life. Rest-fueled “me-time” can be a daily ritual punctuated with both practical and aesthetic inspiration. Choosing a spot drenched in inviting natural light or close-curtained tranquility and reserving a favored pillow, chair or luxurious coverlet can usher in

blissful time-out. Adding the presence of aromatherapeutic essential oils like lavender, Roman chamomile or tangerine or a vase of simple fresh flowers can signal the ever-diligent sympathetic nervous system to cut back on overtime. Dropping down into unhurriedness like an anchor into port can prompt deeper and longer breaths and offer us the shameless chance to invest in quality daydreaming. Playing recorded sounds from nature—ocean waves, soft rain or gentle wind in the trees—can set the stage for a satisfying nap. Inviting the resident cat or pooch for a sleep-spell can also effect release of beneficial endorphins. Scheduling a nap into the day like any other appointment not only ensures follow-through, but presents a succulent slice of something to look forward to. Putting the computer on sleep mode and turning off the phone signals the brain that it’s time to recharge. Social media interaction and phone chats can wait. The pursuit of wellbeing does not need explanation, apology or, most of all, guilt. Pleasant dreams.

Marlaina Donato is the author of several books. She is also a composer of healing and inspiring music. Connect with her at October 2019


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Jenny Odell on the Importance of Doing Nothing by Julie Peterson


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enny Odell, a visuWhat is the al artist and writer “attention econbased in Oakland, omy” and why California, is known do you believe for her creative use of second-hand imagery it’s important to from Google Maps, resist it? YouTube, Craigslist The attention economy and other online sourcincludes anything dees. Her work has been signed to capture and exhibited locally and direct human atteninternationally, and tion. The entire history was featured in Time of advertising has been LightBox, WIRED, The about exploiting attenEconomist and tion. But the attention The Atlantic. economy takes on Odell, who has been teaching internet Both social media and new dimensions with something like social art and digital design the cult of productivity media, whose notifiat Stanford University are seductive, and when cations, pop-ups and since 2013, says she is we’re caught up in them, design are aimed at compelled by the ways we don’t question them. keeping someone on a in which attention platform…[contribut(or lack thereof) leads ing] to a general feeling that one needs to to consequential shifts in perception. Her be always on… participating… available. new book, How to Do Nothing: ResistSomeone who participates deeply ing the Attention Economy, proposes that in the attention economy is liable to we use our attention to rebel against the be kept in a loop of anxiety, fear and seductive pull of 24/7 availability and shallow reaction. Ironically, this feeling manipulation by algorithms. drives them back toward the attention She tells us that redirecting our economy, creating an unhealthy spiral of attention toward nature allows us to attention that could be more meaninggradually remake our lives and forego fully directed elsewhere. the mentality that tells us that we must have a constant return on investment. True productivity, in the end, may very What inspired you to rethink well be connected to our role in the conventional wisdom about environment and our understanding productivity, progress and of happiness, and to make those conthe mentality that we must nections, we must put our attention to doing nothing. have a constant return on

our investment—including how we spend our time and where we direct our attention?

Right after the election, in late 2016, a warehouse fire in Oakland claimed the lives of many artists. I became aware of how difficult it was becoming to step away and process anything, not to mention mourn. I found that it was only by stepping away that I was able to ask questions about what it was I really wanted and how I could act meaningfully. Both social media and the cult of productivity are seductive, and when we’re caught up in them, we don’t question them. Understanding anything requires perspective and standing outside of it; productivity is no different. Temporarily ascending to a broader, removed view, you might find that you’re struggling in all the wrong ways, or in the wrong direction.

How is “doing nothing” different from meditation?

It certainly shares some of the same goals. But whereas certain forms of meditation emphasize physical stillness, “doing nothing” for me includes things like wandering and observing.  

What is the relationship between our wellbeing and being unproductive for a part of each day?

When we’re caught up in the idea of productivity, we’re often not

thinking about our own well-being. And yet, the “unproductive” part of one’s day is likely the one in which you remember to take care of yourself or even listen to the needs of your mind and body at all.

How do we go about challenging the forces that are disconnecting us from nature and each other?

I think the first step is simply a movement of attention. Addictive as social media may be, it is not difficult for me to move my attention from that to what is happening in physical space. Sometimes this leads to meeting other people; I’ve had great conversations with strangers when we were both peering up at the same tree, looking at the same bird.

What do you hope people will take away from the message of your book?

I hope it creates a space in which someone might begin to look at the ways they currently direct their attention and how they might want to change that. I also hope it helps people find each other. Rediscovering one’s bio-region or local history is a great way to meet others who might not exist within your social media bubble.

Julie Peterson writes from rural Wisconsin. Reach her at

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~Laura Luciano

Slow Food Takes Root Global Movement on Fast Track


by April Thompson

he global Slow Food movement is fast gaining momentum, uniting more than 100,000 people in 150 countries with a shared passion for delicious food and a moral conviction about the people and places that sustain it. It satisfies foodies’ hunger for a deeper appreciation and understanding of their meals’ origins, from farm to fork. “The key principles of Slow Food are good, clean and fair,” says Laura Luciano, a board member for Slow Food USA and Slow Food Governor for New York State. “It’s the opposite of fast food, where you are in and out with no idea where your food comes from or the stories behind it.” Fair, says Luciano, means fair to farmers, and paying a fair wage to workers picking and growing food. “Fair also incorporates principles of equity, inclusion and justice. Good means good for the climate, the Earth and us as individuals. Clean means not using GMOs and pesticides in the food,” she explains. Slow Food has its roots in Italy, where food and wine journalist Carlo Petrini took up the cause in 1986 to halt the homogenous fast food chains encroaching on the country’s

rich, diverse food culture. Slow Food USA has taken off since its founding in 2000 with 150 chapters boasting 6,000 members nationwide. Many convene annually at Slow Food Nations, a food festival for all in Denver, to swap stories, share strategies, celebrate victories and of course, break bread together. The backbone of the movement is its local chapters. “Food has a regional identity, connected to history, culture and family,” says Luciano, whose blog Out East Foodie shares the stories of her Long Island edibles. For Bob Quinn, an organic wheat farmer in Big Sandy, Montana, and the founder of the heirloom grain company Kamut International, the Slow Food movement has been a kind of welcome homecoming and acknowledgment of his company’s efforts to protect workers and nourish consumers. “To me, Slow Food is a return to the roots of agriculture and the soul of organic, because it focuses on the food—the end purpose of agriculture—rather than profits and yields that are the focus of the industrial food system,” says Quinn, author of Grain by Grain: A Quest to Revive Ancient Wheat, Rural Jobs, and Healthy Food. “Slow

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food offers an appreciation for farmers’ efforts to improve the soil and the nutrition, flavor and aroma of the foods we grow.” The Slow Food movement also connects producers like Quinn with chefs like Steven Satterfield, author of Root to Leaf: A Southern Chef Cooks Through the Seasons and board vice president of Slow Food’s Atlanta chapter. “As a chef, Slow Food to me means honoring your ingredients and going out of your way to get the freshest, most sustainable, seasonal ingredients,” says Satterfield, who came to Slow Food early in his career as a young line cook interested in the provenance of food and protecting its cultural heritage. At Miller Union, Satterfield’s awardwinning Atlanta restaurant, all dishes are made from scratch, mainly from farms in the region, to support seasonal eating and local growing. Satterfield’s dishes also feature traditional Southern varieties from Slow Food’s Ark of Taste, a catalog of more than 200 culturally significant foods in danger of extinction. One Miller Union favorite is a hummus made from sea island red pea and benne seeds, an ancient variety of sesame originally brought by slaves from Africa to the South Carolina coast and cultivated in hidden gardens as a staple food. Beyond engaging diners, chefs and producers, Slow Food also campaigns for big-picture policy changes, like farm-toschool programs to introduce fresh produce and get kids excited about healthy eating, says Luciano. “Eating is a political act. The choices we make speak volumes about what we stand for,” says Luciano. “We talk about joy and justice. There is the joy in food and the justice and stories behind it. Slow Food tries to marry both of those worlds.”

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We talk about joy and justice. There is the joy in food and the justice and stories behind it. Slow Food tries to marry both of those worlds.

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Savory Slow Food Recipes Place the halved bok choy cut-side-down in the pan in a single layer.

photo by John Kernick

Continue to simmer over medium heat until the bok choy is tender, but still has texture and bright color, about 4 minutes. With a slotted spoon, remove the bok choy and set aside, but leave the citrus peels and spices in the pan. Continue to simmer until the broth is reduced by half or more. Taste the sauce for seasoning, then at the last minute, return the cooked bok choy to the glaze and reheat all the way through.

Glazed Bok Choy with Citrus and Star Anise One of the qualities I love about bok choy is how easily the crisp rib absorbs the flavors of whatever it is cooked with. If it is not closely monitored, however, its tender leaves wilt quickly and the rib may turn mushy. I address this issue by quickly pulling the bok choy from the pan when it just begins to turn tender and succulent, allowing the sauce to reduce and intensify on its own. This recipe is perfect with a rice dish or with a delicate fish that could be poached in the cooking liquid for a full meal.

Mustard-Roasted Cauliflower Cauliflower and mustard are both members of the genus Brassica, so it’s not surprising that the seed of the mustard plant is compatible with its big-headed cousin. Try it for yourself in this incredibly simple vegetable roast, which makes a terrific side dish with fish or fowl and is also hard to stop eating straight out of the pan. If you come across the orange, green or purple cauliflower varieties, mix them together for a stunning presentation.

Yields: 4 to 6 servings 2 Tbsp whole-grain mustard 1 small garlic clove, minced 1 tsp kosher salt ½ tsp freshly ground black pepper 2 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil 1 medium head cauliflower, washed and trimmed into bite-size florets Heat the oven to 400° F. In a large mixing bowl, stir together the mustard, garlic, salt and pepper. Whisk in the olive oil. Toss the cauliflower in the mustard mixture to coat.

Spread in a baking dish in a single layer and roast until it’s just tender and lightly browned on the edges, 20 to 25 minutes. Excerpted from the book Root to Leaf: A Southern Chef Cooks Through the Seasons, by Steven Satterfield.

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Yields: 4 servings 1 cup chicken or vegetable stock 1 orange, quartered, seeds removed 1 lemon, quartered, seeds removed 2 Tbsp unsalted butter 4 star anise pods 12 black peppercorns 1 tsp kosher salt 4 small bok choy, halved and washed Simmer the stock in a large, wide skillet or shallow braising pan over medium heat. Squeeze the citrus into the pan, then drop in the peels. Add the butter, star anise, peppercorns and salt, and bring back to a simmer. October 2019


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by Ronica O’Hara

hen I feel like I really want to get angry and yell, I sometimes, like, take deep breaths. My brain slows down and I feel more calm and I’m ready to speak to that person.” Those self-aware words come from a 5-year-old Los Angeles girl in the film Just Breathe. A 9-year-old boy in a tough British neighborhood forgets about “all the scary stuff ” when he does “petal breathing”—opening and closing his fingers in time with his breath. “If I concentrate on my breathing, the worrying thoughts just go ‘pop’ and disappear,” he confided to The Guardian newspaper. This is the effect that mindfulness training in the classroom often has on students, and it’s key to why it’s happening all over the world—not just in the U.S. and the UK, but in more than 100 countries, including Australia, Taiwan and India. What started a few decades ago as a small experiment in progressive schools is rapidly gathering speed as emerging research documents the strong positive effects of mindfulness on developing brains.

A 2015 meta-review from researchers at the University of Melbourne, in Australia, which evaluated 15 studies in six countries involving 1,800 students, showed three broad outcomes: higher well-being, better social skills and greater academic achievement. They were more optimistic, self-accepting and happier, more likely to help others, more able to focus on lessons and be creative, and less likely to be angry, anxious or disobedient. “Mindfulness means paying attention in a particular way: on purpose, in the present moment, and nonjudgmentally,” is how it’s described by Jon Kabat-Zinn, whose pioneering research at Harvard in the 1980s helped kick off mindfulness as a scientifically based, nonsectarian approach to a calmer, clearer mind. It has spread since then into business, health care and professional sports, as well as schools: Googling “mindfulness in education” brings up 116 million links. “Mindfulness offers children the skills they need today to meet the age-old challenges of growing up within the new


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context of social media and often abMindfulness offers children the skills peace. “Because everyone has distracsurdly high expectations,” says holistic they need today to meet the age-old tions and strong emotions, learning to doctor Amy Saltzman, co-founder and observe these inner experiences with challenges of growing up within the curiosity and openness is an impordirector of the Association for Mindnew context of social media and often tant part of all children’s education,” fulness in Education. Mindfulness is now being taught in urban, suburban says psychologist Patricia Broderick, absurdly high expectations. and rural schools in 50 states. Such Ph.D., founder of Learning2Breathe, ~Amy Saltzman programs can be low- or no-cost, a mindfulness curriculum for junior structured in many ways, taught any and senior high school students. time and conducted without special equipment—important for Schools sometimes use parental consent forms to counter cash- and time-strapped schools. concerns about any potential religious implications. Often, a As a grassroots movement, mindfulness programs run school’s program expands organically as one impassioned teacher the gamut. Hundreds of schools and districts nationwide have draws in others. “The one single factor that determines a proincorporated into curricula such evidence-proven mindfulness gram’s effectiveness is the depth and consistency of personal programs as those developed by, Learning practice of those teaching it,” says Saltzman. In fact, a University and, which often involve teacher trainof Wisconsin 2013 study found that teachers that practiced a ing and structured lessons. guided meditation 15 minutes a day for eight weeks had less anxiSometimes mindfulness is simply a grade school teacher ety, stress and burnout during the school year; those conditions ringing a bell signaling five minutes of silence, giving children worsened in the control group. something to focus on with closed eyes: a sound, a bite of fruit, In Middleton, Wisconsin, high school counselor Gust a stuffed animal. A middle school teacher may use a five-minute Athanas has watched as mindfulness exercises have made students guided app meditation from Calm or Headspace to settle down calmer, kinder, more focused and feel closer to each other and to students after lunch. Some schools offer moments of silence teachers: “A number of students have told me it’s the part of the during the day, a quiet room to go to or an optional class school day they look forward to the most!” in mindfulness. Others find that teaching mindfulness during “detention” has Ronica A. O’Hara is a Denver-based natural health writer. a soothing effect, offering oft-traumatized kids a rare feeling of Connect at

MINDFUL AIDS Mindfulness-building tools: Techniques, “Just Breathe”: Four-minute video, shown on Oprah, of 5-yearolds discussing mindfulness.


Mindful help for parents: Mindfulness. Calm, a meditation app, offers guided mindfulness exercises and is offered free to any K-12 teacher. Headspace, another popular mindfulness app, is also offered free to teachers, and sometimes works directly with school districts.


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Best Friends Waiting for Homes


by Julie Peterson

ade Breunig, of Buckeye, Arizona, had lost his marriage, his job and his house. To combat depression, he went to the local animal shelter to adopt the first cat that “talked” to him. As if on cue, a 2-year-old black cat yowled persistently. During the adoption, Breunig learned that “Bubba” had been scheduled to be euthanized. He was saving a life. Fourteen years later, Bubba died, and Breunig knew he would miss the mischievous, playful companion that loved car rides more than most dogs. Crying, but surrounded by his second wife and kids, he realized, “I didn’t save Bubba’s life. He saved mine.”

Anyone looking to lower blood pressure, ease anxiety or secure companionship can find it all at their local shelter, where homeless dogs and cats are eager to oblige. Emily Bach, public relations and event coordinator at Bishop Animal Shelter, in Bradenton, Florida, has many inspiring stories about adopted shelter animals. “They are often the most devoted pets because they know they’ve been rescued,” she says. Benevolente82/

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The benefits of the human/animal bond are manifold, supported by an army of studies that speak to pets’ ability to reduce stress, improve mood and even reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease. Research into animal-assisted therapy compiled by the University of California, Los Angeles, details the positive mental, emotional and physical effects of this natural modality.

Meet Your Match Best Friends Animal Society has a quiz called Paws Like Me ( to match people with adoptable animals. Shelter workers can also help families select appropriate pets.

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The outdated myth that shelter pets are incorrigible, unlovable animals with behavioral issues no longer holds. Family circumstances—a change of job or residence, death, divorce or illness—can land a confused and well-loved dog or cat in a shelter. Others become accidental strays or are unceremoniously dumped by uncaring owners. Bishop, a no-kill shelter, places about 100 pets every month, showcasing them on social media, news outlets and at outreach events.

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toys, equipment, medical exams and treatment.

Shelters share success stories of animals that get a “forever home”. Unfortunately, hundreds of thousands don’t and are euthanized. Best Friends Animal Society, in Kanab, Utah, is working to change this. By partnering with animal welfare organizations and shelters, Best Friends has a goal to “Save Them All” through an initiative to make all of the nation’s shelters “nokill” by 2025—which means 90 percent of shelter animals might be saved. Euthanasia will be reserved for failed rehabilitation or when an animal has no chance of recovery from an illness or injury. In 1984, when Best Friends was founded, about 17 million animals died in U.S. shelters annually. As of August 2019, that number is down to 733,000, a nationwide save rate of 76.6 percent. Historically, no detailed data was kept on shelters. “For decades, we have worked in the dark to end shelter killing because we lacked accurate information about the problem we were trying to solve,” says Julie Castle, CEO of Best Friends. The organization recently launched the community lifesaving dashboard (, a database that anyone can access to help save shelter pets. “With a better understanding of where the trouble spots are and the profile of animals being killed in a community, we can better deploy our collective resources for the greatest lifesaving impact.” Part of the success of the no-kill movement involves increased awareness that kindness toward all species is important. Bach points out that shelter animals are also the lower-cost option for people that want pets; most are vaccinated and neutered before they are adopted out and are often already trained.

Before jumping in to help save them all by adopting, potential pet parents should research breeds, crunch numbers and think ahead. The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) suggests considering several issues:

Lifestyle: Dogs live 10 to 15 years, cats

up to 20. Pets should fit the family now and in the future.

Money: Pets require training, food, Breeds: Not all dogs and cats will be a


good match for every home. Personality is key.

Safety: Pet-proofing a home includes

removing potential dangers and preventing accidental escape through windows, doors or fences. Not everyone can adopt, but anyone can help. Shelters accept donations and most have a wish list of items. Volunteers are a core need at shelters, and it’s work that can quench the thirst for spending time with animals without adopting any of them.

Julie Peterson writes from rural Wisconsin. Contact her at

Pets Promote Health

any studies document the positive influence of pets on our well-being.

Healthy Heart

Single people that live with a dog have a decreased risk of cardiovascular disease. ( Part of the reason for this is likely because dog owners tend to get more physical activity than those without dogs, which makes dog owners generally more fit (

Less Stress

The demands of life can take a toll on the body. Contact with animals is linked to lower heart rate, blood pressure, cholesterol, anxiety and fear levels, and increased feelings of calmness. Lower levels of stress hormones, such as cortisol, have been shown to help regulate inflammation, which helps the immune system fight off everything from colds to diseases (Tinyurl. com/AnimalVisitationProgram and Tinyurl. com/StressAndInflammation).

Social Bonding

In children with autism spectrum disorder, animals help them learn to connect better to others. One study using guinea pigs found that these kids talked and laughed more with peers. There are now therapy

programs using dogs, horses and chickens (

Mood Boost

Animals elicit smiles, which makes them great for deterring depression (Tinyurl. com/PetTherapyAndDepression).

Cancer Help

From lessening loneliness to lifting emotional well-being, children and adults undergoing cancer treatment seem to benefit from time with dogs ( CaninesAndChildhoodCancer and Tinyurl. com/AnimalsAssistChemo).

Pain Killer

Animals can soothe away some chronic pain and enable people to reduce use of pain medication ( AndPainRelief).

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esearching natural dental care always seems to bring us around to Dr. Weston A. Price, a famous dentist who studied indigenous people all over the world and discovered that those who were still eating traditional diets had virtually no dental problems, but when those same tribes were introduced to the Western diet, disease, including oral disease, followed. Because we are here to share information on herbal tooth care, we will not go into diet, as there are many articles and books on the subject for readers to consider. Having said that, diet is paramount in both overall body health as well as tooth, gum and mouth health, and as always, we suggest eating healthy,


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mostly plant-based foods, and eliminating or severely cutting out sugar to keep teeth strong and healthy. Now on to the medicinal plants. The enamel of our teeth is made up of things like copper, cobalt, aluminum, lead, iodine, selenium, manganese and nickel. These make up the hard shell and

• Put 1 oz of your chosen herb or herb blend in a quart-sized mason jar and fill with boiling water. • Stir herbs in, so all plant material is covered and wet. • Put lid on Mason jar and leave overnight to steep. • In the morning, strain and drink throughout the day. – Advertorial – Pltz

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are very similar to the makeup of bones in the body. Years ago, while studying with herbalist Susun Weed, she made the comment that 1 cup of strong high-quality herbal infusion (tea) has about 300 milligrams (mg) of all the calcium, magnesium and other bone-building minerals, and because these herbs are “foods,” those minerals are easy for the body to assimilate. Traditional dosage of herbal teas for health and prevention is 1 cup of tea three to four times a day—roughly 1 quart. So, if you drink a quart of tea each day, you would get approximately 1,200 mg of easy-to-assimilate high-quality minerals for tooth and bone health. So, let’s look at a few herbs that you can use alone or mix together to get all those amazing minerals. One of our very favorites is nettle leaf, which is used both as a food and medicine by folks all over the world. Nettle boasts about 428 mg of calcium per cup, which is four times the amount of calcium as kale, according to registered herbalist K.P. Khalsa. Nettle is rich in iron and vitamin C, so is therefore very useful for anemia and fatigue. Oat straw. A cup of oat straw infusion contains more than 300 mg of calcium, plus generous amounts of many other minerals. In addition, it is nourishing to the nervous system and helps calm emotions. Oat straw is exceptionally good at nourishing heart health and moderating cholesterol. Other amazing mineral-rich herbs include lemon balm, red clover, alfalfa and horsetail. To make a mineral-rich infusion do the following:


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Commercial toothpaste can be toxic. Fluoride is not the only ingredient to avoid. Many commercial toothpastes include saccharine or aspartame, artificial dyes, sodium lauryl sulfate, and/or triclosan. The great news is that you can make your own toothpowder inexpensively and easily right in your own kitchen. Most toothpowders are made with baking soda and high-quality mineral-rich sea salt as their base. You can add goldenseal powder, myrrh gum powder (this herb is also slightly astringent to tighten gums) and Echinacea powder for their antimicrobial properties, and then perhaps a few drops of essential oil for taste. Some favorite essential oils are peppermint, eucalyptus, cinnamon, clove, lemon, orange or rosemary. Experiment with these alone or combine them to find the flavor you really like. And mouthwash? Who doesn’t love the minty, tingly feeling your mouth has after using a mouthwash? But these, too, can have ingredients we don’t necessarily desire for good health. We like to make our own using simple ingredients you probably already have in your kitchen or garden. Try this: • Gather one large sprig of rosemary and put it in a pot of boiling water (a cup or two).

• Place a lid on top, reduce heat to medium and let simmer for 15 minutes. • Remove from heat and let cool, always with the lid so as not to lose those volatile oils from the rosemary. • When cooled, remove the rosemary sprig and pour into a glass jar, almost full. • Add an essential oil of your choice (peppermint, tea tree, lemon, cinnamon, thyme, clove or eucalyptus) and about ½ tsp of vitamin C powder (be sure to use a good natural vitamin C). • Put lid on and shake vigorously. • Now you are ready to use this as you would a commercial mouthwash. Why do we use rosemary as our base for this mouthwash? It has been used for centuries, thanks to its antibacterial and anti-microbial properties, not to mention its pain-relieving abilities. Along with one or two of the aforementioned essential oils, you can see how this mouthwash could be a big factor in keeping your mouth healthy … and kissable. Being mindful of what we put on our body and in our mouth are two of the reasons we turn to herbs. Affordable, available, delicious and powerful, herbs are our number one choice for our oral health.

GOOD TO KNOW RED BELL PEPPERS are healthier than their sibling peppers (green, yellow and orange) because they stay on the vine longer and are given more time to absorb vitamins and minerals. Containing more than 200% of the body’s recommended daily allowance of vitamin C, red bell peppers are categorized as one of the healthiest vegetables. High amounts of vitamin C help with the absorption of iron, which can be beneficial for those suffering from an iron deficiency. Even though the red bell pepper is more sweet than spicy hot, it causes a thermogenesis in the body, which increases the metabolism and can therefore help with weight loss. Also high in vitamins A and E, the pepper is full of antioxidants, which neutralize the damage-causing free radicals spiraling throughout the body. The redder the fruit or vegetable, the better it is for the body.

Madalyn Johnson (left) and Kathleen Gould (right)

Kathleen Gould, registered herbalist, and Madalyn Johnson are proprietors of SW Herb Shop and Gathering Place. Gould has been an herbalist for 30-plus years and has extensive experience in herbal medicine. For more information, call 480-694-9931 or visit or See ad, page 43. – Advertorial –

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This Is the Season for



by Ayshica Andrews

he herb most synonymous with fall has to be sage. It pairs well with all fall cuisine: roasted meats and veggies, squash and pumpkin soups or stews, Thanksgiving stuffing, and delicious sweet potatoes. Crispy sage leaves also add a final touch to a bowl of pasta. However, there’s much more to this earthy-tasting herb, and it is fantastic to keep in your herbal remedy box. Sage is a member of the mint family. Mint family plants can be identified by their square stems and opposite leaves. Mint family plants are known to aid digestion, which is why sage is so popular in heavy dishes. Botanically it is known as Salvia officinalis. Salvia means to save or to heal, and officinalis denotes that it has uses in medicine and herbalism. Its high volatile oil content is responsible for the sweet, earthy aroma. Two simple ways to incorporate more sage in wellness are sage tea and sage honey.

Sage tea is an easy way to take advantage of the healing qualities of this herb. Depending on the temperature of the tea, sage will benefit the body differently. As a warm tea, sage is useful for those who cannot digest fats well. Sage is both bitter and pungent, and it is these qualities that work on digestion. It eases gas and bloating, as well as painful intestinal cramping. Warm sage tea can also be used to calm mild fevers, as it stimulates sweating to remove the heat from the body. As a room temperature tea, its antibacterial and astringent properties (astringent herbs have a drying or tightening effect on the tissues of the body) are more prevalent. It is used to soothe sore throats, mouth ulcers, bleeding gums, and canker sores. It is often an ingredient in natural mouthwashes and tooth powders. Sage is also a powerful ally for women’s wellness. It is used to help decrease milk flow when weaning babies. However, during pregnancy and nursing, sage should be avoided other than as flavoring in food. In addition, the compound thujone in sage stimulates blood flow in the pelvic region and is helpful with missed or irregular cycles. Sage is also beneficial for menopausal symptoms. It cools hot flashes and supports the adrenal glands. In recent years, studies have shown that sage is beneficial for improving memory and cognition and can help people with mild to moderate Alzheimer’s. In Alzheimer’s patients, the chemical acetylcholine breaks down quickly and over time the production of acetylcholine is reduced. Sage has anti-acetylcholinesterase properties and slows down the breakdown of acetylcholine.

Sage-Infused Honey

Sage-infused honey is a little more special, especially in cold and flu season when extra comfort and care are appreciated. A spoonful can be swallowed or stirred into boiling water in order to soothe a sore throat. It will bring relief to inflamed tissues as well. Sage-infused honey can be used in marinades and vinaigrettes, drizzled on toast, or enjoyed on a scone. It is delicious whipped into butter and spread on a warm piece of fresh bread.

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• Add a tablespoon of fresh-chopped sage to a mug. • Pour over 8 ozs to 10 ozs of boiling water, then add a teaspoon of honey and a squeeze of lemon. • Cover and steep for 10 minutes before straining. • Stir well to ensure all the honey has dissolved before straining. • If a room-temperature preparation is needed, leave to cool further.

Sage Honey

• Sterilize an 8 oz glass jar by placing in a pot of water that completely submerges the jar. • Bring to a boil and continue to boil for 5 minutes. • Remove from the boiling water with a pair of tongs and allow to air dry on a clean dish towel. • Once it has completely dried, fill the jar halfway with homegrown or organic store-bought sage leaves. Anwarul Kabir Choudhury

GOOD TO KNOW Aside from the variant color schemes and distinct flavor, TURNIPS are a powerful medicinal root. Chock-full of vitamins such as vitamin A, B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B9, C, E and K, they also have a host of minerals our bodies need—calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium and zinc, to name a few. Turnip wards off colorectal cancer and other types of cancers. It helps alleviate blockages in the arteries and prevents blood clots, lowering the risk of heart disease. Turnip is a warrior against bacterial, viral and parasitic infections, and is known to shield the body from the damage of nicotine. Don’t overlook the tops of these roots either. Turnip greens have been identified to help with rheumatoid arthritis symptoms and inflammation.

• Pour organic, raw honey (local is best) over the sage leaves until the jar is full. • Cap the jar and leave the honey to rest. • Turn the jar over once a day. • In 4 weeks, your honey will be ready. • It can be strained and should be kept in a cool, dark place where it can last for quite some time.

Fresh Sage

Fresh culinary sage can be purchased at the grocery store or grown at home. As the weather cools down, it does very well in the garden. Alternatively, a pot on a sunny window ledge is perfect for everyday kitchen use. In late spring, the beautiful lilac-colored blossoms can be added to salads. As we ease into fall and winter, we can take advantage of all the benefits that sage offers for everyday wellness. Ayshica Andrews is a realtor, blogger, gardening consultant, and “food is medicine enthusiast.” For more information, email her at or visit Also follow her on social media (Facebook: Gardening in the Desert and Instagram: @SolitaryBeeGardens).

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Tempe Meadows Farmers’ Market 1490 E Weber Dr Saturdays & Sundays 8am-2pm The Barn at Power Ranch 3685 E Autumn Dr, Gilbert Wednesdays 4-8pm The Capitol Farmers’ Market 1700 Adams St, Phoenix Thursdays late Nov-Apr 10:30am-1:30pm

The farmers’ markets are back in full force in October! Take advantage of fresh, local produce from the best Arizona farms. Visit the market websites to confirm information. Ahwatukee Farmers’ Market 4700 E Warner Rd, Phoenix Sundays Oct-May 9am-1pm Jun-Sep 8am-11am Anthem Farmers’ Market 41703 N Gavilan Peak Pkwy Sundays Oct-May 9am-1pm | Opens Oct 27/19 Care 1st Farmers’ Market 328 W Western Ave, Avondale Tuesdays Jul-Oct 8am-noon Carefree Farmers’ Market 1 Sundial Circle Fridays Oct-May 9am-1pm Jun-Sep 8am-11am Downtown Chandler Farmers’ Market 3 S Arizona Ave Saturdays Oct-May 9am-1pm Jun-Sep 7am-10:30am Summer 2020 hours TBA Gilbert Farmers’ Market 222 N Ash St Saturdays Oct-Mar/Apr 8am-noon Apr/May-Sep 7am-11am Goodyear Farmers’ Market 3151 N Litchfield Rd Saturdays Oct-May 8am-noon


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High Street Farmers’ Market 5415 E High St, Phoenix Sundays Oct-May 10am-1pm | Opens Oct 5/19 Mesa Farmers’ Market and Flea 526 E Main St Saturdays 8am-1pm (winter hrs) 7am-noon (summer hrs)

Uptown Farmers’ Market 5757 N Central Ave, Phoenix Wednesdays Oct-Apr 9am-1pm & May-Jun 8am-noon Saturdays Nov-Apr 9am-1pm & May-Oct 8am-noon Verrado Community Farmers’ Market N Market Pl & W Main St, Buckeye Sundays Oct-Jun 10am-1pm Opens Oct 6/19 (tentative) Vincent’s Saturday Market 3930 E Camelback Rd, Phoenix Saturdays late Oct-early May 9am-1pm

Momma’s Organic Market Park West, 9744 W Northern Ave, Peoria Saturdays 9am-2pm


Old Town Scottsdale Farmers’ Market 3806 N Brown Ave Saturdays 7am-11am

Flagstaff Community Farmers’ Market 211 W Aspen Ave, City Hall Parking Lot Sundays May-Oct 8am-noon

Phoenix Public Market 721 N Central Ave Saturdays Oct-Apr 8am-1pm May-Sep 8am-noon

Prescott Summer Farmers’ Market Yavapai College, Parking Lot D 1100 E Sheldon St Saturdays May-Oct 7:30am-noon

Power Road Farmers’ Market 4011 S Power Rd, Mesa Monday-Saturday 9am-6pm | Sunday 9am-4pm

Prescott Winter Farmers’ Market Prescott High School, 1050 Ruth St Saturdays Nov-May 10am-1pm

Roadrunner Park Farmers’ Market 3502 E Cactus Rd, Phoenix Saturdays Oct-May 9am-1pm | Jun-Sep 7am-11am

Sedona Summer Community Farmers’ Market Tlaquepaque/Creekside, 336 Hwy 179 Fridays May-Oct 8-11:30am

Sun City Farmers’ Market 16820 N 99th Ave Thursdays Oct-May 9am-1pm Opens Oct 3/19

Sedona Winter Community Farmers’ Market Wells Fargo Bank Parking Lot 2201 W State Rte 89A, West Sedona Sundays Oct-May noon-4pm

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Mediumship and Psychic Development – 10am5pm. Developing intuitive, clairvoyant, clairaudient and clairsentient skills. All levels of ability are welcome. $125. Sign up at or email New Vision Center for Spiritual Living, 18010 N Tatum Blvd, Phoenix.

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Volunteer at Black Canyon Heritage Park – 8:30am-noon. National Public Lands Day at the park. Volunteers will help with invasive vegetation removal, as well as planting native plants to attract birds, butterflies and other wildlife. Additional work includes clearing vegetation from the Nature Walk, removing trash from the grounds, and other park-improvement tasks identified that day. Snacks and water provided. 33955 S Old Black Canyon Hwy, Black Canyon City. Info: Info on the BLM Youth Liability Release: Ann at 623-293-8628.

Natural Dental Partners Seminar in Sedona – 4:30pm. Join Ingo Mahn, DDS, AIAOMT, for an informative dental seminar to discover how undiagnosed infections and toxins in your mouth could be preventing you from achieving optimal health. His informative lecture will answer any questions you may have about mercury amalgams, root canals, fluoride and airway issues. There will be a special new patient offer and free samples for all attendees. Sedona Library, 3250 White Bear Rd. Info: 602-775-5120.

Lotions/Potions and All Things Herbal – 10am3pm. 20+ stations of DIY herbal products. Only a few spots left. SW Herb Shop and Gathering Place, 148 N Center St, Mesa. RSVP: 480-6949931.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 6 Pure Light and Reiki Therapy Level 1 – 9am5pm. Blending traditional Usui with other energy modalities to bring to you clearing and balance for self-treatments. $111. RSVP Judy Richter: 480-695-2002 or Energy Healing Workshop – 10am-5pm. Reiki master and teacher Lorina Quigley will be teaching ancient Atlantean techniques that connect the healer to the point of manifestation where there is access to multi-dimensional awareness. Recommended for people who already do energy healing work, Reiki 2 or more, and other intermediate healing practitioner levels. $275. Light snacks and fruit included. $50 deposit required to hold space. Limited to 14 people. Chicks with Spiritual Gifts, 141 E Palm Ln, Ste 208, Phoenix. Info/register: 917-202-3280 or

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 10 Natural Dental Partners Seminar in Prescott – 4:30pm. Join Ingo Mahn, DDS, AIAOMT, for an informative dental seminar to discover how undiagnosed infections and toxins in your mouth could be preventing you from achieving optimal health. His informative lecture will answer any questions you may have about mercury amalgams, root canals, fluoride and airway issues. There will be a special new patient offer and free samples for all attendees. Natural Grocers, 1470 Gail Gardner Way, Prescott. Info: 602-775-5120.

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 16 Natural Dental Partners Seminar in Scottsdale – 5:30pm. Join Ingo Mahn, DDS, AIAOMT, for an informative dental seminar to discover how undiagnosed infections and toxins in your mouth could be preventing you from achieving optimal health. His informative lecture will answer any questions you may have about mercury amalgams, root canals, fluoride and airway issues. There will be a special new patient offer and free samples for all attendees. Natural Grocers, 13802 N Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale. Info: 602-775-5120.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 19 Herbal Certification Class – Starts Oct 19 for five Saturdays. 9am-2pm. New and improved! Updated information, new herbs, new recipes. Get certified. $100 deposit holds your seat. SW Herb Shop and Gathering Place, 148 N Center St, Mesa. RSVP: 480-694-9931. Your Life Is Calling You: The Practice of Conscious, Compassionate Awareness – 9am-4pm. Join author David McKay to explore the practice that leads home to our true selves: the practice of conscious, compassionate awareness. The skills David offers combine ancient Buddhist wisdom and practice with modern psychological tools in a way that many find to be most powerful and effective. $95. Unity of Mesa, 2700 E Southern Ave, Sanctuary, Mesa. 480-892-2700. Admin@ Sowing Seeds Local Gardening Class – 10amnoon. A hands-on class; come prepared to sow seeds. Covers indoor and outdoor seed starting, germination issues and more. Supplies included: seed-starting guide, germination chart, seedling tray, seeds. $40. Sign up at 18110 E Sunnybrook Ln, Gilbert. 480-282-0003.

Reiki I Class – 10am-noon. Learn how to naturally access energy, also called ki or chi, and direct it for the purposes of healing. Students receive the Reiki I attunements and instruction on how to work with energy. The teacher, Rev Erin McNamara, of Purple Lotus Productions, is trained in the Usui tradition and has been a reiki master teacher since 1999. $125. Register in advance: 714-5526030. Desert Lotus Boutique & Gifts, 4220 W Opportunity Way, Ste 103, Anthem. Facebook. com/events/713240092420492. The ABC’s of Magic – 1-3pm. Discover the magic in every day. There is magic in each of us and in the world all around us. Renew your childlike joy in seeing and learn how to use it in your life now. Take away easy practices to rekindle your magical spark. $30. Register in advance: 714552-6030. Desert Lotus Boutique & Gifts, 4220 W Opportunity Way, Ste 103, Anthem. Facebook. com/events/713240092420492. Living from the Heart in a Troubled, Confusing World – 1:15-3:15pm. Join David McKay for a conversation about the ways in which we may live from the heart right now, in this time and place, with all our human challenges and opportunities. $30 suggested donation. Unity of Mesa, 2700 E Southern Ave, Sanctuary, Mesa. 480-892-2700.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 26 Open House and Pancake Breakfast – 8amnoon. Take a tour of the temple, browse our bookstore, enjoy delicious pancakes. Experience a 15-minute guided meditation at 8:30am, 9:30am, 10:30am and 11:30am. Everyone is welcome! Free. International Kadampa Retreat Center Grand Canyon, 6701 E Mountain Ranch Rd, Williams. 630-202-7757. 17th Annual Holistic Health Gathering – 9am4:30pm. Complimentary all-day event. Vendors open 9am-4pm; yoga on the green belt at 9am; complimentary yoga studio classes; open to the public. First annual Arizona massage championship expo: a celebration of the artistry and beauty of massage. Register to participate or come watch. Spirit of Yoga, 1420 E Southern Ave, Tempe. Vendor info: Contact Linda Bennett at LindaB@ 480-994-9244. Planning Your Spring Garden – 10am-noon. Map out your spring garden with us! Live demonstration planting. Learn correct crop selection, soil preparation, companion planting, amendments and pests. A spring planting journal, laminated planting calendar, and handout are yours to take home. Sign up at workshops. 18110 E Sunnybrook Ln, Gilbert. 480-282-0003.

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SUNDAY, OCTOBER 27 Pure Light and Reiki Therapy Level 2 – 9am5pm. The next step in your reiki journey to learn how to use your gift as a practitioner. $111. RSVP Judy Richter: 480-695-2002 or PureLight1111@

available for purchase until 5:30pm. Tickets: $29, available at SW Herb Shop and Gathering Place, 148 N Center St, Mesa.

tory alcohol ink class. This is a fun art medium to explore! $75. All supplies provided. Sign up/ more details: or call Paula Deanda at 801-388-3665. Black Mountain Art Festival, 6031 E Kohuana Pl, Cave Creek.



Master Peace in Your Mind and Heart – 10:30am. Join us for a dynamic Sunday service. Ascended Masters Teachings for Maintaining Harmony. All faiths welcome. Montessori-style children’s program. The Summit Lighthouse of Phoenix, 4105 N 20th St, Ste 115. 480-442-5020.

Massage Therapy Program – For those seeking a new, purposeful career or a part-time job for rewarding extra income. Evening classes begin. Southwest Institute of Healing Arts, 1538 E Southern Ave, Tempe. 480-994-9244. Info@

Three-Day Weekend Intensive – Five-week class condensed into 2½ days. Once a year. SW Herb Shop and Gathering Place, 148 N Center St, Mesa. RSVP soon: 480-694-9931.

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Reiki A.R.T., Master Certification Training – Nov 15-17. 10am-5pm. Increase the strength of the reiki energy, attune to the master symbol to use in healing, gain confidence in giving reiki at the advanced level, and learn to teach and attune new reiki practitioners to Reiki Level I, II, A.R.T. and Master. Learn how to charge and use crystals and stones and make a reiki crystal grid that you can use to send reiki to yourself and others as well as to manifest particular intentions in your life. Learn a reiki aura-clearing technique to enable you to remove energetic contamination from the aura. $925. Gateway Cottage Wellness Center, 6770 W State Rte 89A, Unit 187, Sedona. 603-642-4949.

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 2 Young Lions Ninja Warrior Obstacle Course & Health & Wellness Expo – 9am-2pm. Shape Up US and Conquer Youth invite you to run, jump, crawl, climb and swing through the amazingly fun and challenging obstacles. One-mile long course featuring 10 signature obstacles. Sixty-five-plus booths of fun—educational and/or interactive for all ages. Highlights include superheroes, a balloon twister, face painting, inflatables, giveaways and food trucks. Stage performances and a DJ. Dino Crew Entertainment is the special guest. Horse Lovers Park, 19224 N Tatum Blvd, Phoenix. Register: Info: 602-9966300 or email VLvFVlDFvFQ.

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 3 Native-Style Flute Performance and Workshop – 1-6pm. 1pm, free 30-min informational presentation. Everyone welcome. 2-4:30pm, interactive workshop. Seating limited. Registration required. No music lessons needed. Learn the concepts and techniques to start or continue your flute journey at this 2.5 hr workshop. Bring your flute or use one of ours. Flutes and accessories displayed and


Kriya Yoga Initiation and Weekend Program – Nov 15-17. Fri (15th), 7-9pm at 3313 E Kachina Dr, Phoenix. Sat/Sun (16th & 17th), 7am-5:45pm (approximate times) at Kriya Yoga Center Phoenix Arizona, 3330 E Kachina Dr, Phoenix. With Yogacharya John Williams and Yogacharya Kaushal Gokli. Info: Contact Linda Seligman at 480-3633840,

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 23 Alcohol Ink Art Class – 10am-3pm. Join us at the Black Mountain Art Festival for an introduc-

classifieds Place a Classified ad: $25 for up to 25 words, per issue. $1 per each additional word, per issue. Must be submitted online at HELP WANTED ADVERTISING SALES – Natural Awakenings magazine is looking for experienced advertising salespeople in the Phoenix area to help others grow their business. Commissionbased. Full- or part-time. Unlimited potential. OPPORTUNITIES TAKE ACTION TO REDUCE PESTICIDES IN SCOTTSDALE – Help to make Scottsdale the first city in Arizona that restricts the use of toxic pesticides. Details on how to sign the petition, collect signatures on your own, or volunteer for a signature collection event can be found at ScottsdaleBelieve. com. Full petition at petition. PRODUCTS Unified Field Technologies – Advancing Lymphatic Rife Lakhovsky technologies for over 30 years. PlasmaElectrical-RF Lymphatic Instruments including the most advanced Photon Sound Beam XII and PSB Infinity RF. SERVICES/CLASSES COLON HYDROTHERAPY – With a healthy colon you are physically fit inside and out; prevents disease, slows aging, and promotes detoxification! Book Now with Mary Ann at Healthy Colon: 480-239-2385. TRANSFORMATIONAL JOURNEY – Work with walking the labyrinth, creating four agreements and coming home to soul. Work with forgiveness, journaling and opening heart to self-love and nourishment. Guided half day experience will take place on a weekend. Call Victoria at 480-560-1454.


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sunday Sunday Services at Unity of Mesa – 9am & 10:45am. A positive path for spiritual living. All are welcome. Nursery: infants thru kindergarten at 9 & 10:45am. Youth ministry classes in the Education Annex at 10:45am. Unity of Mesa, 2700 E Southern Ave, Sanctuary, Mesa. 480-892-2700. Sunday Services at Unity of Phoenix – 9am & 11am. Lost your way? Join us and rediscover peace. Unity of Phoenix, 16th St and Greenway (NW corner). 602-978-3200. Sunday Service at The Summit Lighthouse of Phoenix – 10:30am. Join us for an uplifting experience. Devotional with Teachings of the Ascended Masters. All faiths welcome. Mother Mary’s Way children’s chapel program ages 3-12. Free. The Summit Lighthouse of Phoenix, 4105 N 20th St, Ste 115. 480-442-5020.

Evening Service at Unity of Phoenix – 7pm. Lost your way? Join us and rediscover peace. Unity of Phoenix, 16th St and Greenway (NW corner). 602-978-3200. Gong Meditation – 7-8:30pm. 1st Wed. With Gretchen Bickert. Experience deep relaxation and uplifting meditation through the power of the gong. $10-$20 donation. Unity of Mesa, 2700 E Southern Ave, Sanctuary, Mesa. 480-892-2700.

thursday Topical Thursdays – 11am-3pm. Stop by and learn why topical administration of CBD is a fantastic option, as topicals are higher in bioavailability than orally ingested compounds. Try an in-store complimentary sampling of our organic CBD pain-relief cream and experience the wonder

of CBD for yourself. CBD Store AZ, 3314 N 3rd St, Phoenix. Open Mon-Fri 10am-5pm, Sat 10am4pm. 602-292-6133.

saturday Native-Style Flute Circle – 10-11:30am. 4th Sat. Beginners arrive at 9:30am for coaching. The Native flute circle is a gathering of people meeting regularly to learn, play, share, or simply enjoy the music and magic of the Native flute. Expand your playing skills, meet like-minded people. The Native-style flute creates a heart sound that resonates with your spirit. No previous musical experience is needed to play. Free. Mesa Red Mountain Branch Library, 635 N Power Rd, Road Runner Rm, Mesa. Check website for changes. Info: 602-463-8125.

The Sacred Adventure – 1:30-2:45pm. Oct 6 & 20; Nov 3 & 17. Featuring a step-by-step pathway to higher consciousness with The Teachings of the Ascended Masters. Free. Attend in person or via The Summit Lighthouse of Phoenix, 4105 N 20th St, Ste 115. 480-442-5020.

monday Tai Chi Easy – 10-11am. With Shirley Kemper and Pamela Halprin. Newcomers of all ages and sizes welcome. Offers ancient Chinese practices that promote optimal health, vitality and longevity. Drop-in class. Suggested Donation $10-15. Unity of Mesa, 2700 E Southern Ave, Sanctuary, Mesa. 480-892-2700.

tuesday 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. BodyAwake Yoga – 7-8:30pm. Hatha yoga-based practice developed by Dr. Sue Morter. Focuses on anchoring your consciousness in the core of your body during actual practice time, allowing greater integration of mind, body and spirit both on and off the mat. $15/class. Unity of Mesa, 2700 E Southern Ave, Sanctuary, Mesa. 480-892-2700.

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.

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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.


Open Mon-Sat 10-4 3314 N 3rd St, Phoenix 602-292-6133 • A CBD specialty store devoted to Hemp-derived cannabinoids. C l i n i c a l stu d i e s show CBD is effective on Inflammation, Pain, Anxiety, Sleep Disorders and much more! Non-GMO, organic USA sun grown, and third-party lab tested. Below 0.3% THC—No high and No card required. Open Mon-Fri 10am-5pm and Sat 10am-4pm. See ad, page 42.



148 N Center St, Mesa 480-694-9931 • Kathy Gould and Madalyn Johnson, herbalists and proprietors, offer medicinal bulk herbs and specialty tea blends, herbal extracts, certification classes, community and therapist rental space, medicine-making supplies, and more. See ad, page 43.


Allura Westly 3611 E Sunnyside Dr, Phoenix 602-469-0524 •

MacKenzie Kalt, Owner 8282 W Cactus Rd, Bldg E, Ste 144, Peoria 623-866-3023 • Providing some of the most advanced natural technologies for those struggling with chronic pain, injuries, stress, migraine headaches, PTSD, insomnia, Lyme disease, autoimmune disorders, skin conditions, and much more. Visit our website to learn more. See ad, inside front cover.

RESTORE DETOX AND WELLNESS Kelly Baker, Owner 602-318-5965

Products and Services to assist in drainage, detox and sustainability of health and wellness. Specializing in colon irrigation, ozone sauna, far infrared sauna, lymphatic treatment, foot detox and holistic nutrition. See ad, page 21.


Pavel Gershkovich, CHP, CRP 5011 N Granite Reef Rd, Scottsdale 480-621-6041 Our rooms are coated from floor to ceiling with multiple layers of pure, untreated salt from the Dead Sea. Providing relief for many health conditions. See ad, page 23.


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Allura Westly, master teacher, opens her sanctuary studio to all levels, beginner to advanced. Learn fluid color technique, drawing and composition. Small class of eight students. No talent required, just a desire to create.


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 32.


844-PUR-MAID An eco-friendly home and office cleaning company and offers natural cleaning products. See ad, page 47.


Internationally Acclaimed Psychic Medicine Woman 617-697-8924 (Scottsdale) White Star is a Spiritual Elder, Mystic, Medium and Master Psychic and Healer with 40 years' experience. She offers profound clairvoyant readings covering any subject. She can heal serious conditions and restore emotional and spiritual wellness. Classes and trainings on psychic development and many healing modalities are available in person and online. See ad, page 37.

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

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


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


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 on his website for upcoming seminars. See ad, pages 6 and 17.


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.


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3008 E Jeanette Ct, Phoenix 800-318-8582 •


Dr. Purcell assists her patients by identifying and treating the underlying cause of disease. She specializes in Women’s Health, Hormonal Balance, Medical Nutrition, Body Detoxification, Prolozone Joint Therapy and Weight Loss. By taking a look at the whole body, emotion and diet, she then creates a personalized path to optimal health. This is HealthCARE. See ad, page 5.

ANN CHARLOTTE VALENTIN, NMD Center for Integrative Medicine 16421 N Tatum Blvd, Ste 129, Phoenix 602-888-2320 •

Dr. Valentin specializes in Integrative Medicine and is trained in Botanical Medicine, Homeopathy, Nutrition and Pharmaceuticals. She treats many conditions, such as Menopause, Menstrual issues, Thyroid, Digestion, Allergies, Anxiety, Depression, Heavy Metal Toxicity, and many chronic and autoimmune diseases. Dr. Valentin has post-graduate training in Bioidentical Hormones and sees patients of all different age groups. See ad, page 23.

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2045 S Vineyard Ave, Ste 139, Mesa 480-773-6599 Kim Carter is a Healing Touch certified practitioner specializing in grief and loss, serious/ chronic illness and spiritual growth. Her emphasis is on empowering clients to recognize, trust and act on their own intuition.



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


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 13.


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


7329 E Stetson Dr, Ste 11, Scottsdale 917-202-3289 • 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. Energy healing and past life regression is also available. See ad, page 23.


1538 E Southern Ave, 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.


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.


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 36.


2700 E Southern Ave, Mesa 480-892-2700 • We are a progressive, New Thought, spiritual community, exploring universal principles and practices. We offer practical spiritual teachings for meaningful and prosperous living. Sunday services, youth programs and a wide variety of classes are available each week. ALL are welcome here. See ad, page 46.

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 47.


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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