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How to Make a Dream Come True


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s I was reading the informative articles on nutrition in this issue, my mind kept wandering to the topic of ingredient checking. I have looked at the ingredients on every box, bottle and package I’ve picked up at the store since I can remember, and all I can say is, wow, have things changed over the years. Back in the day, cereals like Kellogg’s Corn Flakes and Rice Krispies didn’t have any sugar, and we actually added sugar if we so desired. Now, those two cereals, and almost every other cereal, come with refined sugar (or high-fructose corn syrup) added already. On top of that, when I used to eat corn flakes I wasn’t worried that the corn was genetically modified—I didn’t even know what that was! I have never used a lot of bottled condiments, but items like ketchup and chili sauce are two that I use from time to time. They used to be pretty basic, with no bad ingredients to speak of. Not so anymore! I don’t know when they started sneaking in “our friend” high-fructose corn syrup, but it came as a shock to me one day when I tasted the chili sauce and thought, “Hmmm, that tastes sickly sweet,” and when I looked at the ingredients, there it was… The good news is that some of the health food stores have ketchup and chili brands that are quite tasty, so I don’t have to abandon my favorites entirely. And my favorite crazy ingredient example of all time, table salt. Before I started using Himalayan sea salt, I still used a little regular table salt. One day, I was casually looking at the ingredients on the box; I mean, what would be in table salt besides salt? I had to take a closer look to make sure my mind wasn’t playing tricks on me, but there it was, sugar listed as an ingredient in my table salt! What I’ve learned is that we have to be vigilant about checking ingredients, as they seem to change on a regular basis. It’s not sufficient to check once and deem a product okay; it needs to be checked periodically to make sure they haven’t snuck a not-so-nice ingredient into the mix. And even if we shop at healthier stores, they too can have products with some unhealthy ingredients when you get down to the fine print—which, by the way, gets finer as I get older! I hope you enjoy this issue of Natural Awakenings!

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Sedona Yoga Festival Prepares for Seventh Annual Global Gathering in the Red Rocks


edona Yoga Festival (SYF), which runs from March 14 to 17 at the Sedona Performing Arts Center/Red Rock High School, has all the elements of a traditional yoga conference. But at its heart, this event will always be a festival—a celebration of life at the deepest level. Whether you are a seasoned yogi who wants to delve into any of the 200 workshops, talks and events relevant to your work or you are a complete beginner wanting to explore a variety of yoga styles, SYF has something for everyone. Held in Sedona, rich in energy “vortexes,” SYF is the ideal place to create a concentration of energy that will resonate far beyond Sedona, and long after. With 50plus excursions on the sacred land, you are sure to tap into the healing and inspiration available. SYF’s 108 presenters have a commitment to consciousness and unfailing authenticity, which resonates in Sedona’s spiritually charged environment. SYF is held at a campus venue, giving attendees a singular gathering place from which to explore the city and its trails. The vendor village, with a mix of conscious boutique vendors from around the country, is reason to stop by if you are just passing through. With wellness practitioners on-site for appointments, a book fair, live music and kirtan throughout the weekend, kids’ yoga all day, and a selection of food vendors to choose from, it’s a full weekend. The Yoga for PTSD training, and many of the classes, offers continuing education units. And, to top it off, SYF is a zero-waste event. Cost: $75-$700. Location: 995 Upper Red Rock Loop Rd., Sedona. To book passes or classes, visit

Activating Your Soul Courage with Tara-jenelle Walsch


ave you ever thought about who you really are and why you’re here? Most of us understand that life is about more than just the body and mind, but it takes a special kind of courage to also engage one’s soul in our daily encounters. Join Tara-jenelle Walsch on Friday, April 12, from 7 to 9 p.m., at Unity of Phoenix Spiritual Center, as she leads you through a simple yet powerful process that will allow you to step into your genuine self, identifying and shifting the resistance and default programs that have subconsciously distracted you from connection. You’ll learn the value of celebrating your vulnerability by removing cloaks and openly sharing your authentic self with others. You’ll also discover how to feel into the essence of your divine self-expression with such authenticity that you feel more deeply connected with yourself, others and with life itself than ever before. Cost: $40, or purchase a Kute Blackson ticket as well and get both for $60. Location: 1500 E. Greenway Pkwy., Phoenix. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 602978-3200 or visit See ad, page 40.


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Chakra Healing Sessions and Classes Available


hakra healing sessions and classes are now available at the Total Rejuvenation Center, in Scottsdale. Tuning forks, essential oils and affirmations are used to clear the blockages of the past, which helps to clear disease and pain. “We work with you, and not at you,” says Victoria Mogilner, owner of Total Rejuvenation Center. “We enhance the session with acupuncture and toning, giving you health work to do at home. In the classes, you will learn how to work on yourself to maintain an individual session.” A chakra, which means wheel or disc, is an energy vortex that is linked to the endocrine system. Each chakra has a particular color and corresponds to a specific energy system of the body. The chakras correlate to the conception meridian running up the midline of the body. “Chakra balancing involves clearing the subconscious and the subtle energy body so you can enter the fifth dimension and ascend to a higher level of consciousness,” says Mogilner. “As you clear the chakras, you enhance the flow of energy and open a portal to allow the flow of energy to become balanced emotionally, physically and spiritually. As you clear the energy, you increase your intuition and raise your vibratory rate.” Location: 2928 N. 70th St., Ste. E, Scottsdale. Call 480-560-1454 to book a session or classes. For more information, visit

Free Event at Barefoot Acupuncture on the Benefits of Exogenous Ketones


n Thursday, March 14, from 6:30 to 7:30/8 p.m., Barefoot Acupuncture will be hosting a talk about low-carb and ketogenic diets, and the many added benefits of taking exogenous ketones, which can provide an experience of being in a state of ketosis, even for those who cannot follow a strict low-carbohydrate or ketogenic diet. At this free event, attendees will learn the basics of implementing a healthy low-carb ketogenic diet—according to their individual needs—followed by a ketones tasting. According to the article “Hack Your Life,” by Leslie J. Thompson, in Hacked magazine’s 2018 edition, “Research shows that exogenous ketones also can provide fast and sustained energy and improve cognitive function, promoting mental clarity and focus.” Dr. Dominic D’Agostino was among the early pioneers of extracting exogenous ketones, having become interested while conducting studies exploring the use of ketones to prevent oxygen toxicity seizures in extreme combat scenarios for the U.S. military. Ketogenic diets have already been in use for several decades in treating children with epilepsy. Achieving a state of ketosis, whereby the body becomes “fat-adapted”—utilizing your own fat stores or dietary fat as a source of fuel—can take time. Ketones provide an excellent alternative, and come in a variety of delicious flavors that are easily mixed with water, tea or coffee. Ketones are also credited with helping suppress appetite; eliminating brain fog; and improving moods, sleep, and athletic performance and recovery. Location: 6722 Avalon Dr., Ste 1, Scottsdale. Space is limited. To RSVP, call 602-954-8016. For more information, visit March 2019


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Local Author Releases New E-Book on Dream Incubation Technique


Nantucket Vegetables

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over artist Martha Marlette uses watercolors and oils to bring cheerful touches to her varied subjects that range from still life to portraiture. She particularly enjoys collaborating with clients to create realistic portraits of children and adults, as well as homes, gardens, boats, buildings and even bridal bouquets. “I’m in love with color and light, and try to capture both elements in my paintings,” says Marlette. “I’m drawn to vivid subjects like fruits, vegetables and flowers, and the way the light changes their colors, shapes and forms.” Nantucket Vegetables was inspired by a hand-woven basket her mother made. “I appreciate the artistry of domestic objects, from a beautiful china pattern to a dish towel.” A lifelong painter, Marlette received formal training at the Art Students League, Skidmore College and the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, all in New York. Marlette paints in a shared studio space in Buffalo, and also enjoys painting in her backyard’s natural light. View the artist’s portfolio at


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ave you ever wondered about the symbols of your dreams, or thought about looking to your dreams to help guide your waking life? Dream Incubation for Greater Self-Awareness: A Handbook is a succinct book that will jumpstart any dreaming practice. Looking at dreams can be one of the fastest ways to increase self-awareness, and there are specific techniques that can be used to increase dreaming frequency and recall. This e-book includes information on the history of dream practices, the biology of dreams, and activities and worksheets to help use dreams to raise personal consciousness and increase self-awareness. It also includes activities and prompts to guide the dream incubation practice. The author, Kelly Lydick, has a master’s degree in writing and consciousness. She’s a certified Gateway Dreaming coach and meditation facilitator. Her articles on dreams and dream work have been published in Natural Awakenings magazine, CO Yoga + Life magazine, True Blue Spirit magazine (Canada) and many more. She’s also the author of Mastering the Dream; a contributor to the anthology Dreams That Change Our Lives; and a member of the International Association for the Study of Dreams, where she has presented her work on dreams. She’s also been featured on iHeart Radio, NPR’s The Writers’ Block, and many others. Published by Pure Carbon Publishing, Dream Incubation for Greater Self-Awareness: A Handbook is available on (Kindle) and (PDF).

A Guide to Unlocking the Power Within New Book Combines Ancient Practices With Latest Science


row a New Body: How Spirit and Power Plant Nutrients Can Transform Your Health, by Alberto Villoldo, Ph.D., provides advice on how shamanic practices, cutting-edge science, detox strategies and power-plant foods can activate our cells’ ability to regenerate and repair. The book, available beginning March 12, includes a foreword by Christiane Northrup, M.D. “We all started out from an egg and a sperm that met and fused in an environment conducive to development,” says Villoldo of the foundation for his program. “As cells quickly divided, multiplied and differentiated into specific types of cells, they followed careful biological instructions that are stored deep within our DNA. Our fully developed bodies can access and switch on those same coded instructions—but first, we need to prepare the environment.” Villoldo, who formerly directed the Biological Self-Regulation Lab as a clinical professor at San Francisco State University, has studied the healing practices of Amazon and Andean shamans for 25 years. He previously co-authored A Shaman’s Miraculous Tools for Healing with Anne E. O’Neill, and has also written several other books. For more information, including preordering the book, visit or It is also available through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and others. See ad, page 21.

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Lemon Balm Lowers Blood Pressure, Reduces LDL Lemon balm (Melissa officinalis), a soothing herb from the mint family, can significantly improve the condition of patients with chronic stable angina, reports a recent study in the Journal of Herbal Medicine. Researchers at Iran’s Ahvaz Jundishapur University of Medical Sciences tested 80 patients with the condition, which involves chest pain linked to a lack of blood flow to the heart. The patients were given three one-gram doses a day of lemon balm powder or a placebo. After two months, the patients given the lemon balm had significant reductions of “bad” low-density cholesterol (LDL), both systolic and diastolic blood pressure, and increased workout capacity, a measure of heart function. 14

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A Harvard study was conducted on the diets of nearly 28,000 male health professionals spanning two decades between their 50s and 70s and published by the American Academy of Neurology. It found those that drank orange juice and ate leafy greens, berries and dark orange and red vegetables suffered significantly less memory loss than others. Subjects reported every four years and were examined for both thinking and memory skills. Those that ate about six servings of vegetables a day were a third less likely to develop poor thinking skills than those consuming two servings; those that drank orange juice every day were half as likely to develop poor thinking skills as those drinking one serving per month. Men that ate larger amounts of fruits and vegetables 20 years earlier were less likely to develop similar problems, whether or not they kept eating larger amounts of fruits and vegetables later.


Vegetables and Orange Juice Protect Memory

Herbs Make Worthy Prebiotics Ginger, black pepper and holy basil, mainstays in traditional medicines as anti-inflammatories, also contain significant prebiotic potential that could help gut health, report researchers from India’s National Institute of Nutrition, in Hyderabad. Holy basil (Ocimum sanctum) and ginger (Zingiber officinale) showed significantly higher prebiotic activity, especially of Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium species, when compared to the well-known prebiotic fructooligosaccharide (FOS). Black pepper (Piper Nigrum) had prebiotic effects similar to FOS.

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Meditating or listening to classical music altered biomarkers associated with cellular aging and Alzheimer’s disease in adults experiencing memory loss, according to a recent West Virginia University study. The 60 participants had subjective cognitive decline, including forgetting familiar names and losing objects, a condition that may be a preclinical stage of Alzheimer’s. For 12 minutes a day, they either listened to instrumental classical music or did a kirtan kriya meditation involving chanting, visualization and finger poses. After three months, all subjects had increases in a key beta amyloid peptide protective from Alzheimer’s, as well as better memory, mood, sleep and quality of life, while the meditation group experienced significantly better improvements. Activity in two chromosomal markers of cellular aging—telomere length and telomerase activity—increased for both groups, especially among those that practiced more frequently or started with lower cognitive scores. The improved biomarkers were maintained or even strengthened three months after the study ended.

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Meditation and Music Slow Cellular Aging

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Being exposed to high levels of artificial outdoor light at night contributes to insomnia and greater use of sleeping pills, reports a new study from South Korea’s Seoul National University College of Medicine. The researchers studied the records of 52,027 people without diagnosed sleep disorders—60 percent of them women—and correlated their sleeping pill use with their residential location relative to artificial outdoor light intensity. The brighter the outdoor lighting, the more likely were sleep issues and the greater and more frequent use of sleeping pills. The study joins other research that has shown that artificial nighttime lighting—outdoors and indoors—disrupts circadian rhythms, potentially leading to such metabolic and chronic diseases and conditions as cancer, diabetes, obesity and depression.

Pine Bark Soothes Prostate Benign prostate hypertrophy (BPH), a condition that affects half of men older than 60, is related to increased prostate gland size and a reduced flow of urine from the bladder. To test the effectiveness of the pine bark extract Pycnogenol on BPH, researchers from Italy’s D’Annuncio University divided 75 men with the condition into three groups: One was given 150 milligrams a day of Pycnogenol, another received standard non-drug management and the third was given conventional drug treatment. The researchers found that urination frequency, urgency, intermittency and nighttime occurrences significantly improved after 60 days of treatment among the pine bark extract group.

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Light Pollution Disturbs Sleep

During the six months of Denmark’s frigid winter, 107 study volunteers took either two grams of liquid rose hip (marketed as Hyben Vital) or a placebo daily. University of Copenhagen researchers found that the rose hip group experienced 18 percent fewer colds, as well as significantly fewer symptoms such as coughing, headache, muscle stiffness and fatigue when they did get a cold.

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Spring Decluttering

Many Benefits of Reorganizing

Spring is the season of renewal, and on the home front, that means cleaning, organizing and reducing clutter. While we apply natural, eco-friendly cleaning agents, the act of moving items around offers the opportunity to rearrange or eliminate some of them, providing a fresh look and a sense of comfort, order and control. To clear clutter, Christa O’Leary (ChristaOleary. com), founder and CEO of Home in Harmony Lifestyle, based in Boston, and author of Home in Harmony: Designing an Inspired Life, suggests that decluttering is best accomplished in small chunks every day to allay feeling overwhelmed, with the help of someone “who knows you have made the commitment and will hold you accountable.” She says stacks of paper and folders “zap your energy and mojo” and take away from productivity and efficiency, along with testing the patience of family members. O’Leary’s website offers tips that provide simple solutions for tackling such areas as magazine stacks and cluttered closets. She relates that a mom recently emailed her to say that her 7-year-old daughter did it as well, and “made a cute, adorable space.” suggests first compiling a to-do list and enlisting someone to help with the physical and psychological aspects of the task at hand: letting go of items that can be donated to charitable organizations and thrift shops, where they can benefit someone else; and being creative in storing seasonal clothing, extra towels or decorations in old militarystyle trunks, stacks of vintage suitcases or under beds. Along with making the bedroom more visually appealing, removing items and materials can also create a tranquil setting for a more restful night’s sleep. suggests getting rid of old pillows that may be filling up with dust, germs and bacteria; spare bedsheets that we never use; knickknacks that clutter the bedside table and all traces of food and beverages. March 2019


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global briefs

Bionic Leaf Tops Plants in Photosynthesis

Wave This

Planet Earth Has a Flag

A new project by Oskar Pernefeldt, a graduate student at Beckmans College of Design, in Stockholm, Sweden, has designed a new flag for the entire planet to be used worldwide in a move toward unity. Its minimalist design shows seven rings intertwined on a deep, sea-blue background, forming a flower in the middle. Simple and contemporary, the flag evokes the Earth’s natural beauty. “The blue field represents water, which is essential for life,” writes Pernefeldt. “The flower’s outer rings form a circle which could be seen as a symbol of Earth as a planet, and the blue surface could represent the universe.” The flag has yet to be adopted by any official government agencies. 16

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Bionic Leaf 2.0, a new, artificial photosynthesis system developed by a team headed by Harvard University scientists, takes in carbon dioxide, water and sunshine to create a sugary fuel. Solar energy splits up a water molecule, and bacteria turn hydrogen and carbon dioxide into liquid fuel, mainly isopropanol, which could be used someday to power a car. An improvement on their prior effort a year earlier, the new system has a catalyst made of cobalt and phosphorus, increasing the efficiency of the reaction to 10 percent. Normal photosynthesis in plants is just 1 percent efficient at converting solar energy to biomass. This technology has the potential to bring another type of solar energy to the planet, especially in the developing world.

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ing sea levels. A second NOAA study reported that glaciers at the top of the world are also thawing, melting and breaking down. According to that document, the Arctic is undergoing a period of “record and near-record warmth, unlike any period on record.” Lead Arctic NOAA researcher Emily Osborne announced at a major geoscience conference, “The Arctic is experiencing the most unprecedented transition in human history.”


The North Pole and South Pole each have unique, pristine environments, virtually untouched by civilization, but a pair of federal studies cast doubt upon their future status. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), in a study based on satellite data, warned that ancient glaciers in West Antarctica, thought to be more stable than those to the east, are “waking up” and beginning to dump ice into the sea, which could further contribute to ris-


Earth’s Extremities on the Edge

Solar power is cheap and plentiful, but there has been no way to store it efficiently. Scientists from Chalmers University of Technology, in Gothenberg, Sweden, are developing a liquid molecule composed of carbon, hydrogen and nitrogen that when exposed to sunlight, rearranges the bonds between its atoms into an energized new isomer. In this way, energy from the sun is captured between the isomer’s strong chemical bonds and stays there even when the molecule cools down to room temperature. When the energy is needed, the fluid is drawn through a catalyst that returns the molecule to its original form, releasing energy as heat. “The energy in this isomer can now be stored for up to 18 years,” says Chalmers University nanomaterials scientist Kasper Moth-Poulsen. “And when we come to extract the energy and use it, we get a warmth increase, which is greater than we dared hope for.” The hope is that this warmth can be used for domestic heating systems, powering a building’s water heater, dishwasher, clothes dryer and more. The scientists claim the fluid can now hold 250 watt-hours of energy per kilogram, double the energy capacity of Tesla’s Powerwall batteries. Moth-Poulsen believes the technology could be available for commercial use within 10 years.


Liquid Fuel Stores Solar Energy

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Shocking Development

“Meditation-Induced NearDeath Experiences: a 3-Year Longitudinal Study,” published in Mindfulness, concludes that some Buddhist meditation practitioners can willfully induce near-death experiences (NDE). These profound psychological events typically occur in people close to actual or perceived death. The ability to willfully induce such experiences could help scientists better understand the phenomenon, which has been difficult to research. “The practice of using meditation to gain a better understanding of death is longstanding, particularly in Buddhism, where ancient texts exist to help spiritual practitioners prepare for or gain insight into the process of dying,” says study author William Van Gordon, of the University of Derby, in England. “Unlike regular near-death experiences, [12] participants were consciously aware of experiencing the meditation-induced NDE and retained control over its content and duration. Also, compared to regular forms of meditation, the meditation-induced NDE led to a five-fold increase in mystical experiences and a four-fold increase in feelings of non-attachment,” explains Van Gordon.

Oil companies have received federal permission to use seismic airguns to find oil and gas deep beneath the Atlantic Ocean floor during offshore oil exploration from New England to Florida. Repeated every 10 seconds, 24 hours a day, for days and weeks at a time, the airguns are so loud that they disturb, injure or kill marine mammals, sea turtles and other wildlife, harm commercial fisheries and disrupt coastal economies. The proposed testing could injure 138,000 whales and dolphins and disturb millions more, according to government estimates. Impacts include temporary and permanent hearing loss, disruption of mating and feeding, beach stranding and deaths. Whales and dolphins rely on their hearing to find food, communicate and reproduce. Airgun blasts can kill fish eggs and larvae, and scare away fish from important habitats. Catch rates of cod and haddock declined by 40-to-80 percent for thousands of miles following seismic surveys. Nonprofit environmental watchdog Oceana is working to halt the use of the devices and stop the expansion of dangerous offshore drilling that follows the seismic testing.

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Near-Death Experiences Can Be Learned

Oceanic Blasts Harm Ecosystems

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Artificial Wood Resists Fire and Water


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Transcendental Meditations

A new, lightweight synthetic wood has been created that is as strong as wood, but without its traditional vulnerability to fire and water, as reported by ShuHong Yu, a materials chemist at the University of Science and Technology of China, in Hefei, and the author of a study published in Science Advances. It’s made of polymer resin and chitosan, a sugar polymer derived from the shells of shrimp and crabs. Adding humanmade or natural fibers to the mix could also help. The new material does not require years to grow and repels water; samples soaked in water and a strong acid bath for 30 days scarcely weakened, while balsa wood lost two-thirds of its strength and 40 percent of its crush resistance. The new material is also difficult to ignite, and stopped burning when it was removed from the flame. Its porosity creates an air-trapping capacity that could make it suitable as an insulation for buildings, but eco-friendly alternatives to the polymer resins are needed to broaden interest in its utility. March 2019


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Natural Pain Treatment and Wellness by MacKenzie Kalt

Youth Climate Strike Coming to U.S.

Demanding immediate action, students are taking part in climate strikes around the world, and on March 15, young activists in the U.S. will add their voices to the escalating #FridaysForFuture movement. It was bolstered in January by 16-year-old climate activist Greta Thunberg, of Sweden, calling for the first global climate strike while attending the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. Action in this country is being supported by such environmental groups as, Extinction Rebellion and the Sunrise Movement. Recent climate strikes have taken place throughout Europe, Australia and elsewhere. A rally in Brussels on January 31 drew approximately 35,000 people. Teen climate activist Jamie Margolin, the founder of This is Zero Hour, says that youth across the U.S. will “show our legislators that we need a ‘Green New Deal.’” For more information or to participate, contact or find on Twitter #ActOnClimate or #ClimateStrike. 18

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atural Pain Treatment and Wellness offers clients a wellness center where they can experience the latest and most effective healing modalities at an affordable cost. These cutting-edge modalities include the Magnesphere, HOCATT and LED light therapy. These all-natural treatments focus on the energy fields of the body on the cellular and tissue level and assist the body’s natural intelligence to heal itself. This is accomplished by increasing oxygenation, allowing the body’s natural immune system to rid itself of heavy metals, toxins and pathogens, and to create new healthy cells and tissue. These modalities have been proven to provide clients health benefits in the purest form, especially for those struggling with chronic pain, stress, migraines, injury, chronic skin conditions, autoimmune diseases, and much more. Our goal at Natural Pain Treatment and Wellness is to provide a therapy center that is holistic and focuses purely on natural remedies. It’s increasingly evident that effective non-narcotic pain treatment alternatives need to be made more available. Not only do people need help to recover and detox from pharmaceutical addiction but also to recover from the pain that caused them to take the pharmaceuticals in the first place. Autoimmune disorders, such as Lyme disease and chronic fatigue syndrome, have become very widespread, as well as brain disorders, like post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and traumatic brain injury (TBI). Many people suffering from these disorders are feeling frustrated

and hopeless when traditional allopathic methods of treatment fail them. There is also a growing body of well-documented scientific research showing that TBI, PTSD, depression and insomnia can be very successfully treated with low-level LED light therapy and magnetic resonance therapy. For many years, Germany, Switzerland, Russia, Cuba, India and other countries have been treating pain, addiction and disease very differently, and have had great success using ozone therapy, hyperthermia, electromagnetic therapy, infrared therapy and laser therapy. These are all safe, noninvasive, proven therapies. They reduce inflammation (the major source of pain) and boost the body’s own ability to heal itself. The best thing you can do for yourself is to become your own health advocate. Be proactive, ask questions, and do your own research. Natural Pain Treatment and Wellness does not diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease or medical condition. Please consult with a physician before beginning this or any new healthcare program. MacKenzie Kalt is the owner of Natural Pain Treatment and Wellness, located at 8282 W. Cactus Rd., Bldg. E., Ste. 144 (facing 83rd Ave.), in Peoria. For more information, call 623-866-3023 or visit See ad, inside front cover.

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aturopathic physician Ann Charlotte Valentin works in integrative medicine and family health care and graduated from Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine

in 2016. She has completed two years of postgraduate work in a family clinic in Prescott and has recently opened her own practice, Center for Integrative Medicine, in north Phoenix. Valentin was guided to become a physician in her 50s after coming close to death in the emergency room in 1992 when she hemorrhaged after her third child was born and almost lost her life. Shortly thereafter, she became deathly ill with a serious blood disorder and was walking a fine line between life and death for the next several years. After she healed, she knew she had to become a doctor in order to help other people heal. Her focus is on healing patients and finding the true cause of their symptoms and illnesses. As she grew up in a family of doctors, she understood from an early age the importance of holistic health and spends 75 minutes with her patients during their first visit in order to understand both what ails them physically as well as mentally and spiritually. Valentin is aware of how vital it is to build a good relationship with her patients in order to establish a partnership in their quest for health and healing. Valentin specializes in integrative medicine, utilizing her training in nutrition, acupuncture, botanical medicine, homeopathy and pharmaceuticals. She specializes in bioidentical hormone replacement for men and women and has postgraduate training with the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine in bioidentical hormones. She also sees many patients with thyroid problems, digestive issues, anxiety, depression, heavy metal toxicity, and many other chronic conditions and autoimmune diseases. As Valentin works in family health care, she sees many patients of all different age groups with different pathologies. Valentin also offers free lectures every other Tuesday at her clinic on different topics, as well as free speaking engagements at various functions in the community.

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pringtime brings a desire to clean up our diets and refresh our plates. Here are five worthy strategies for upgrading nutrition and greeting the season with a renewed sense of wellbeing. ■ Ditch dieting. According to the Boston Medical Center, an estimated 45 million Americans go on a diet each year and spend more than $30 billion annually on weight-loss products. Despite this hefty investment, restrictive diets don’t work, says Sandra Aamodt, a neuroscientist based in northern California. Aamodt co-presented the Neurobiology of Dieting: Evidence for Improving Mental Health With a SelfCare Approach session at the Academy


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of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) annual meeting last October in Washington, D.C. “Diets are not harmless,” Aamodt explains. “They create stress, persistent hunger, trigger eating disorders such as binge eating and even make people fatter over time.” It’s better to take a kinder approach, says Rebecca Scritchfield, a Washington, D.C.-based registered dietitian and Aamodt’s co-presenter. Scritchfield is the author of Body Kindness: Transform Your Health From the Inside Out – and Never Say Diet Again. She teaches her clients to value their self-worth regardless of body size, practice mindful eating and focus on overall self-care: Think enjoyable physical activity, adequate sleep and positive selftalk. Mindful eating includes paying attention to thoughts and feelings that

■ Learn how to

cook and garden.

The best dietary upgrade starts in our own kitchens, where the cook controls the ingredients. Home cooking with fresh, whole foods is at the heart of feeding ourselves well. Processed food manufacturers would like us to equate


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trigger eating such as hunger, but also stress, boredom and loneliness, says California-based registered dietitian Andrea Lieberstein, who wrote Well Nourished: Mindful Practices to Heal Your Relationship with Food, Feed Your Whole Self, and End Overeating. She encourages clients to identify voids in their lives and fill them with healthy relationships and pleasurable activities, rather than food. The “health at any size” philosophy is accepted by a growing number of health and nutrition experts, including Annie Kay, a registered dietitian and registered yoga therapist at the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, in Stockbridge, Massachusetts. She’s the author of Every Bite is Divine: The Balanced Approach to Enjoying Eating, Feeling Healthy and Happy, and Getting to a Weight That’s Natural for You. Kay injects compassion into her work, promoting stress reduction, conscious eating and finding peace for individuals to reach their natural weight.



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cooking with drudgery or think that cooking takes too much time, yet this couldn’t be further from the truth. Tanmeet Sethi, an integrative physician at the Swedish Cherry Hill Family Medicine Residency, in Seattle, established a culinary medicine program that includes both cooking and gardening classes. Sethi says, “Eating is sacred; it’s our connection to the earth.” She also believes there is wisdom in the way food has been traditionally cooked. Sethi recommends a Mediterranean eating pattern for its power to reduce depression and ward off chronic diseases. She also promotes the “herb and spice pharmacy” to reduce inflammation and treat and prevent disease. For example, she says, “Ginger and turmeric both act on the same biochemical pathways as anti-inflammatory medicines.” Cooking and eating together as a family has multiple benefits, too, improving children’s nutrition, self-esteem and school performance. Best of all, says Sethi, “Family meals allow us to connect with the people we love.” Put away phones, turn off screens and truly tune in to each other. Connecting to the earth through gardening also improves our health, according to both Wendy Demark-Wahnefried, a registered dietitian and associate director of the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s Comprehensive Cancer Center, and Diana Dyer, a Michigan-based organic farmer, registered dietitian and author of A Dietitian’s Cancer Story: Information & Inspiration for Recovery & Healing. They promote gardening as a way to interact with nature, reduce stress and improve quality of life. With just a small patch of soil, home and community gardens provide a ready source of affordable, fresh and nutritious vegetables and herbs. ■ Eat to protect our planet. According to the American Public Health Association, climate change is a major threat to our population. Droughts, fires, storms and flooding create obvious challenges to growing crops, but new research also shows how increasing levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere decreases the nutritional quality of food, leading to lower levels of protein and minerals. One solution is to change the way we farm and eat. For example, Jennifer Jay, Ph.D., a professor of environmental engineering in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at the University of California Los Angeles, calculated the carbon footprints and climate impacts of a variety of food choices. In general, she says, the fewer animal products in our diets, the lower the greenhouse gas impact. But meat and other animal products need not be totally off the table. Simply choose smaller portions and when possible, purchase local pasture-raised products produced without antibiotics and hormones. Organic food production introduces less fertilizers, pesticides, antibiotic-resistant bacteria and greenhouse gases into our environment. So, what’s best for the

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■ Support gut health. Around 400 B.C., Hippocrates said, “Bad digestion is the root of all evil.” Fast forward through the centuries to today, and one of the hottest areas of research in health, medicine and nutrition revolves around the microbiome; more specifically, the community of microorganisms living in the gut. “Seventy percent of our immune system is in the lining of the gut,” explains Sethi, which is why she advises,“Feed the bacteria in your gut real food.” Similarly, Teresa Martin, a registered dietitian and certified diabetes educator based in Bend, Oregon, emphasizes the value of unprocessed, high-fiber, organic plant foods to nourish gut bacteria and maintain microbial balance. Speaking at the same recent meeting, Martin described multiple ways gut bacteria influence our physical and mental health, including nutrient absorption, body weight and blood sugar control, bone density, inflammation and mood. Microbes in the colon digest and

ferment plant fibers into short-chain fatty acids, which help ensure a thick, healthy, intestinal mucus lining. Martin notes, “When we don’t eat enough plants, we can’t make enough short-chain fatty acids,” which are key to gut-brain crosstalk and control of appetite and mood. Martin recommends eating 35 to 50 grams of fiber per day from food, not supplements. She also warns against “microbial assassins” such as antibiotics, processed meats, high-fat diets, refined carbohydrates, added sugars and artificial sweeteners, plus the emulsifiers polysorbate 80 and carboxymethylcellulose, which are commonly added to foods like ice cream and baked goods to improve texture and extend shelf life. All contribute to microbial imbalance, the loss of microbial diversity and leaky gut—the inability to keep offending food compounds like gluten and intact milk protein out of the bloodstream—leading to food intolerance, inflammation and autoimmune disorders. Registered dietitian Brenda Davis, of British Columbia, also recommends whole-food, plant-based diets to reverse Type 2 diabetes. She developed a “wholegrain hierarchy” to identify the most gutfriendly, least-processed grains, including cracked oats, brown rice, barley,

buckwheat, sprouted grain, wheat berries and kamut. Along with beans, legumes, nuts, seeds, fruits and vegetables, Davis says these foods nourish beneficial gut microbes and reduce inflammation. ■ Try intermittent

fasting and smart meal timing.

Allowing the body at least 12 hours without food intake benefits gut microbial diversity, says Martin. Intermittent fasting, or eating patterns in which no or few calories are consumed between 12 to 16 hours, can protect against a variety of metabolic diseases such as Type 2 diabetes, perhaps in part due to the effect on gut microbes. Dorothy Sears, associate professor of medicine and associate director of the Center for Circadian Biology at the University of California, San Diego, studied the effect of intermittent fasting, or “time-restricted feeding”, on the risk of breast cancer recurrence. In a study of more than 2,300 breast cancer survivors, Sears discovered the women that fasted for at least 13 hours a day reduced breast cancer recurrence by 36 percent, regardless of other dietary factors. Putting this into practice, if the last meal of the day ends at 6 p.m., the first meal of the next day would not begin before 7 a.m. In addition to this “prolonged nightly fasting,” Sears says that when we eat affects the way our bodies handle calories. She recommends eating during the first half of the day, when the sun is up and our enzyme and hormone systems are best able to handle calories, control blood sugar and body weight. Spring forward with these five tips and enjoy better health. Melinda Hemmelgarn, the “food sleuth”, is an award-winning registered dietitian, writer and nationally syndicated radio host based in Columbia, MO. Reach her at Tune into Food Sleuth Radio through iTunes, Stitcher and


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planet is best for us. Jay provides easy, plant-based and planet-friendly recipes at


Quick Tips for Enjoying Good Food, Fast 1. Cook once, eat twice (or

more). Smart, busy cooks use this wise, old home economics strategy. A big pot of soup, stew or chili makes many servings of easy-to-heat leftovers. Store extra servings in glass, never plastic, for quick, heat-and-serve meals. Add a side salad and fruit for dessert for a nourishing, fulfilling meal.

2. Master the omelet. Eggs,

preferably free-range and organic, make fast, easy, affordable meals. Get creative with personalized omelet fillings. For example, in a tablespoon or more of olive oil, quickly sauté any combination of seasonal vegetables like potatoes, onions, peppers, mushrooms, asparagus, kale or spinach. When tender, slide vegetables into a bowl. Add a few more drops of olive oil to the pan and pour in beaten eggs. When eggs are almost set, top them with sautéed vegetables and a sprinkle of cheese. Cover the pan, set heat to low and when cheese is melted, it’s time to eat. For an alternative filling, try beans, avocado, cheese, onions or peppers with a side of salsa.

fellow shoppers will gladly provide ideas. It’s like going to a community party with fellow foodies—much more fun than a trip to the grocery store.

5. Experiment with helpful cookbooks. Mark Bittman’s Kitchen

Express provides 404 seasonal dishes that can be prepared in 20 minutes or less. Betty Crocker, the renowned classic teacher, shows beginning cooks how to make standard dishes from scratch. For delicious vegetarian meals, check out Deborah Madison’s Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone. And to enrich children’s taste buds, invite them into the kitchen with The Kids’ Multicultural Cookbook: Food & Fun Around the World, by Deanna F. Cook.

6. Invest in a microplane grater or handheld rasp. Add a punch

of flavor and pizzazz with this versatile kitchen tool. Use it to add freshly grated garlic, ginger and turmeric; plus lemon, lime and orange zest.

7. Purge cupboards of packaged, processed foods. Read

ingredient labels to remove the big offenders: refined flours, sugar and substitutes, artificial colors and additives that harm gut microbes, including polysorbate 80 and carboxymethyl cellulose.

8. Stock up with grab-and-go snacks. Fruits, vegetables, nuts, nut

butters and plain yogurt (sweeten to taste with local honey, seasonal fruit and cinnamon) make satisfying, highnutrient snacks.

9. Keep assorted organic herbal teas handy. Unsweetened

herbal teas make cozy companions during prolonged nighttime fasting. Staying well hydrated is key to mental performance and weight control, too. Thirst often masquerades as hunger, so drink water or tea first, then reassess appetite.

10. Put fun and pleasure back into eating. Host a potluck

with friends to share cooking and clean up, or have a picnic with kids of all ages. Put flowers or a candle on the table and play soothing music—it all enhances digestion and encourages mindful eating. Bon appétit!

3. Use an electric pressure cooker. Say goodbye to sodium-laden,

BPA-lined cans of beans. With today’s safe and easy electric pressure cookers, a pot of un-soaked dry beans can be ready in less than an hour. Use cooked beans in a variety of quick, delicious dishes, including hummus, burritos, soups, chili and veggie burgers. For tips on vegetarian cooking and stress-free pressure cooking, visit

4. Make friends with farmers.

Find local farmers’ markets for the most flavorful, fresh, seasonal produce. For those not sure what to do with kohlrabi or a strange-looking squash, farmers and March 2019


Ready to Explore?

The Power of Flowers by Claire Rabe


ant to bump up your vibrational level a notch? Try flower essence therapy. As far back as caveman days, our ancestors understood the many healing properties of flowers. Flower essence therapy, as it’s now known, was brought into the mainstream in the 1930s by an English homeopath, Dr. Edward Bach. After becoming disillusioned with the results of his work as a medical doctor, Bach turned to the healing power of plants and began exploring ways to use the vibrational energy of different flowers to help his patients. He identified 38 healing flowers to treat different emotional states. By collecting early morning dew from the petals of these flowers and mixing with a weak brandy solution, Bach created his first batch of healing essences. Nearly 90 years later, holistic practitioners are opening this energy medicine chest to help clients find their way through emotional issues, traumas and


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troublesome behavior patterns. Linda Crider is an energy healer and teacher, based in Prescott, who teaches herbal medicine and flower essence courses through Maricopa County Community College. After studying and working with herbal medicine for years, Crider trained as a Bach practitioner. “I realized how simple flower essences are,” Crider says, adding that this type of treatment is very subtle. “Flower essences work on a vibrational level, so situations don’t always change. Instead, a person’s perspective changes,” she adds. Emotional issues, such as anxiety, depression, fear, grief and anger, can all be addressed. For instance, elm flower essence is helpful for persons who are overwhelmed, as the calming and focusing properties allow for better perspective. Highly sensitive people who feel overly concerned or worried about themselves or others may respond well to red chestnut essence.

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And the use of flower essences isn’t limited to humans. A growing number of healers are using this vibrational medicine to treat pets with attachment, jealousy and territorial issues. Crider has treated these common areas of concern in her own pets and those of friends and family members. Flower essences may be purchased online and in natural and health food stores. Practitioners who offer this type of treatment typically do in-person and telephone consults and can create custom tinctures for their clients. Dosages are taken orally as directed. So when your vibes need an adjustment, or pets are in distress, maybe it’s time to turn to the power of flowers.

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Delicious Discards

Making Meals From Mainly Scraps by April Thompson


ood scraps are no longer relegated to just making soup, stock and sauces that hide their true nature. Creative chefs are reawakening to the possibilities of skins, cores, rinds and other parts we’ve needlessly been throwing away, with startling results. “Cooking with scraps is good for the planet and good for the pocketbook. Forty percent of food produced goes uneaten, unnecessarily filling the landfill with hundreds of billions of dollars of food,” says Lindsay-Jean Hard, a chef in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and the author of Cooking With Scraps: Turn Your Peels, Cores, Rinds, and Stems into Delicious Meals. Yet the real driving force behind Hard’s unusual, scrap-based recipes is the joy of creativity and innovation. “It’s fun to challenge yourself to create something delicious out of something no one would think edible, like my banana peel cake,” says Hard. Mads Refslund, a Danish chef living in New York City, seeks nature in food by cooking and serving it on the plate. “In nature, there is no ugly, no trash, just cycles of change. Using all the parts is a way of respecting the plant, the fish, the animal and its life,” says the co-author of


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Scraps, Wilt & Weeds: Turning Wasted Food into Plenty. Tama Matsuoka Wong, forager and co-author of Scraps, Wilt & Weeds, points to the cultural relativism of cooking, noting that our ancestors or other cultures may think that modern Americans are throwing away the best parts of our food. “Some of the best flavor and nutrients can be found in vegetable, fruit and fish skins that often get discarded,” says Matsuoka Wong. Both Scraps, Wilt & Weeds and Cooking with Scraps are intended as reference guides to provide inspiration to home chefs, rather than rigid cookbooks to be followed with precision. Matsuoka Wong suggests trying to work with the ingredients at hand, using substitutions as needed, instead of buying an ingredient just to follow a recipe. Cooking from scraps requires a shift in mindset about our food and a new mindfulness about our habits in the kitchen, says Matsuoka Wong. “Before automatically throwing something away or composting, pause and think, what might I do with this?” she says. Hard suggests choosing one new ingredient at a time to work with, old bread being an easy one to start with. “Stale

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bread can easily be transformed into breadcrumbs and croutons that can add nice texture to a lot of dishes,” says Hard. “Nail a couple things you can make out of anything, like fried rice or frittatas, which are both very accepting of most any ingredient you add,” says Matsuoka Wong. Hard agrees that simple, hearty dishes like layered casseroles or tasty tempura can be great ways to clean out the odds and ends in the crisper. Sometimes the toughest ingredients can yield the tastiest meal. Hard admits to having been stumped by what to do with the non-fleshy part of artichoke leaves, which can be tough and bitter, until she developed a recipe for artichoke leaf nachos. Edible weeds, leaves, stalks and stems of all kinds, including celery, asparagus ends and carrot tops, make for great pesto, which is itself a versatile ingredient—great for sandwiches, dips, pastas and more—and it freezes well, Hard says. Fish scales can be fried and eaten like potato chips; they are a crunchy bar snack in Japan, notes Matsuoka Wong. Fish carcasses or shrimp shells can also be boiled down into stock for risotto or seafood chowder, suggests Hard. Fruit cores can be boiled into sweet syrup for cocktails or non-alcoholic refreshments, or distilled down into vinegars. Fruit peels can be crisped up into a healthy snack or boiled into a tea. Hard likes to infuse tequila with beet peels for a dramatic look and a little extra flavor. Fruit or vegetable tops such as pineapples, strawberries, cucumbers and leftover herbs can be used to infuse water or vinegar. Water from canned beans, known as aquafaba, is a great stand-in for egg whites to make everything from homemade vegan mayo to fudgy brownies. “Cooking with scraps shouldn’t be intimidating or overwhelming or feel like a chore: They’re just ingredients,” says Hard. “The more you cook using these recipes, the more familiar the concepts will become, and you’ll realize how easy it is to adapt them to make them your own.”


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Cauliflower Core Cacio e Pepe Yields: 2 servings Cauliflower replaces pasta in this take on the classic cacio e pepe (cheese and pepper) pasta. It’s an easy recipe that takes only 25 minutes when using a spiralizer—a vegetable spiral slicer that can turn both tougher and not-so-tough vegetable parts into beautiful, noodle-like strands (or other shapes). The addition of green and red pepper seeds adds a little spice. 4 lg cauliflower cores, lightly trimmed of the most fibrous outer parts 3 Tbsp unsalted butter ¼ cup leftover seeds and white inner veins from any pepper, such as bell peppers, jalapeños, serranoes, poblanos (Optional, and no need to be too exacting about the amount. This is waste: If you have it, use it.) 1 tsp freshly cracked black pepper 1 cup crème fraiche or heavy cream ½ cup Parmesan rind broth or other vegetable broth ¾ cup finely grated Parmesan cheese ⅓ cup finely grated pecorino Romano cheese ½ tsp kosher salt Spiralize the cauliflower cores into a spaghetti shape using the thicker noodle blade of a spiralizer. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, melt the butter to coat the pan. Add the pepper bits and cracked pepper and sauté for two minutes, until the pepper is toasted and aromatic. Mix in the crème fraiche and broth and cook, stirring for about five minutes until the sauce is slightly thickened.


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Add the cauliflower “spaghetti”, stirring occasionally until just cooked, about two minutes. Transfer to a large bowl and immediately add the Parmesan and Romano. Toss until the cauliflower is coated and not clumping. Serve right away, adding more pepper, salt and cheese to taste. Excerpted from the book Scraps, Wilt & Weeds: Turning Wasted Food Into Plenty by Mads Refslund and Tama Matsuoka Wong.

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For one, two-layer cake: Peels from 2 very ripe bananas, stem and very bottom discarded (see note) ½ cup unsalted butter, softened, plus more for buttering the pans 1½ cups granulated sugar 2 large eggs, separated ½ cup buttermilk 1⅔ cups cake flour, (gluten-free if needed), plus more flour for flouring the pans 1 tsp baking soda ¼ tsp baking powder ½ tsp fine-grain sea salt For the frosting: ½ cup unsalted butter 1 cup packed light or dark brown sugar ¼ cup milk, 2 percent or higher 1¾ to 2 cups powdered sugar, sifted Preheat oven to 350° F. Cut the banana peels into 1-inch pieces and place them in a small saucepan with 1 cup water. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, then reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes. Remove pan from the heat and allow the mixture to cool slightly, then drain the banana peels, reserving a cup of the cooking water. Butter and flour the sides of two 8-inch round cake pans and line the bottoms with parchment paper. Butter and flour the pans again to coat the paper. Transfer the peels and the cup of cooking water to a tall, narrow container and purée with an immersion blender or a mini food processor until completely smooth. Cream together the butter and sugar in a large bowl using an electric mixer or a wooden spoon until pale and fluffy, 3 to 5 minutes. Add the egg yolks one at a time, mixing until incorporated, and scraping down the sides of the bowl after each addition. Mix in the banana peel mixture, then stir in the buttermilk until well combined.

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Banana Peel Cake With Brown Sugar Frosting

attachment on an electric mixer. If using an electric mixer, start slowly and gradually increase speed to medium-high. You’re done when you pull out the whisk or beater and a soft peak is formed, but immediately collapses. Gently fold the egg whites into the batter and divide the batter evenly between the two prepared pans. Bake, rotating the pans halfway through, until the tops are golden and a toothpick inserted into the center of each cake pulls out with dry crumbs rather than wet batter, about 25 minutes. Let the cakes cool completely in the pans. When the cakes are cool, make the frosting. Melt butter in a medium saucepan over low heat. Stir in brown sugar and cook, stirring constantly, for 2 minutes. Stir in the milk, raise the heat to medium-high and cook, stirring constantly until the mixture boils. Remove from the heat and let cool until lukewarm. Gradually whisk in one cup of the powdered sugar, beating until smooth. Add the remainder of it if the frosting is too loose. Use the frosting immediately as it will begin to thicken and stiffen as it sits. To remove the cake from the pans, invert one cake pan on a serving plate, lift off the pan and peel off the parchment. Repeat for the second cake pan. Put one layer of the cake on a serving platter and spread about one third of the frosting evenly over the top. Set the other layer on top, and spread the remaining frosting over the top and sides.

In a medium-size bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Add the dry ingredients with the butter mixture and stir gently, just until combined.

Note: Banana peels contain some of the same proteins found in latex and could cause an allergic reaction. Those same proteins might also make your immersion blender feel slightly gummy to the touch. Rub the surface down with cooking oil before washing it.

Put the egg whites in another bowl (make sure it’s dry) and whisk until soft peaks form, either by hand or with the whisk

Excerpted from Cooking With Scraps: Turn Your Peels, Cores, Rinds, and Stems into Delicious Meals by Lindsay-Jean Hard.


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The Path to Wealth How to Make a Dream Come True by May McCarthy


uccessful professional athletes, musicians and business men and women that have achieved their goals can often point to repetition as a key to their prosperity and success. Undergoing both physical and mental training on a daily basis are keys for them to perform at their highest levels. Keeping their goals at the forefront of their thoughts, talking about the outcomes that they want to achieve and mentally seeing themselves achieving their goals are essential components of a repetitive practice that reaps great rewards. Everyone can implement a similar success practice. Revisit goals daily to enable subconscious and spiritual intuition to illuminate possibilities in taking steps necessary to create the life that we love. This repetitive practice will shift our beliefs so that goals will be achieved sooner. Motivational speaker and author Earl Nightingale writes, “Whatever we plant in our subconscious mind and nourish with repetition and emotion will one day become a reality.” To realize goals sooner, set aside 20 minutes and follow three simple steps each morning:

Write down your goals and be specific in describing the desired outcome.

For example, instead of saying, “I want to lose 10 pounds,” say, “I’m so grateful that I am physically fit in a pain-free body that 30

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easily moves through life.” By spending time each day describing completed goals with gratitude, your beliefs will change and your subconscious can work with you to make those statements true.

Speak your goal statements aloud with emotion.

The practice of uttering your goal statements out loud anchors the meaning more fully internally. This practice helps to convince your subconscious that achieving your goals is possible. Ideas and thoughts that are in alignment with them will then become more noticeable.

Imagine yourself achieving your desired outcomes.

With eyes closed, create a clear picture of your realized goals in your mind each day. As you begin to feel yourself completing goals, spiritual intuition that emerges as gut instincts, strong thoughts and ideas, and messages that are external to you will become obvious. Take action as led by your intuition to manifest your dreams. Repeat these steps every day to create new beliefs and achieve all that you desire sooner. Now is the time to enjoy increased prosperity and success in all of your endeavors. May McCarthy is the author of The Path to Wealth: Seven Spiritual Steps for Financial Abundance and The Gratitude Formula: A 7-Step Success System to Create a Life that You Love. Visit her at



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by Randy Kambic

hilippe Cousteau Jr., the 39-year-old grandson of legendary undersea explorer Jacques Cousteau, is continuing a rich family legacy of sharing the wonders of the natural world with a global audience. A diver, conservationist and environmental activist, the younger Cousteau has also become an inspirational speaker, writer, social entrepreneur and producer of myriad television and film projects. Now in his fifth season of hosting the Emmy-nominated series Xploration Awesome Planet, which airs on a number of outlets, Cousteau and his wife, Ashlan, also co-host the popular Travel Channel series Caribbean Pirate Treasure, a waterborne odyssey that explores pirate legends, shipwrecks and the lore of lost treasures. His previous work has examined the fragile future of sharks, tigers,


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rhinos and other species nearing collapse, and their critical places in the natural order. Like his grandfather and father before him—Philippe Sr. died in a plane crash six months before his son was born—Cousteau has embraced the mission of inspiring youth to take action for a sustainable planet, launching EarthEcho International in 2005 and authoring several children’s books.

How did your grandfather inspire you?

He was a captain in the French Navy during World War II when he and an engineer invented scuba diving. It revolutionized humanity in many ways because until

then, we were limited in our ability to explore the ocean. He then went on to help create underwater cameras and lights and the means to do storytelling about this wonderful world that he was exploring. It was the first time for millions of people around the world to get a glimpse of what lived in the ocean. Ted Turner called him the “father of the environmental movement” because over time, his stories led him to a deeper understanding of the changes that were happening in the oceans and inspired him to embark on a journey not just of exploration, but of conservation. Growing up with that legacy, I was very much inspired by his work. My father was also a big part of the early Cousteau Society, and was a major driver in the early days of the conservation ethic.

How did covering the 2010 BP oil disaster for news organizations and being among the first to dive into the historic spill shape your world view?

It was a transformative experience for me, and for the country. It was a muchneeded reminder of the consequences of our addiction to oil. Seeing the spill firsthand was a horrific experience. While I was already engaged and committed to conservation, it really helped [me] to double down on the urgency that I feel on these issues, because I saw not only what it did to the environment, but what it did to the communities that rely on the environment—the fishermen, the tourism operators, other people.

They were all shattered and devastated by that spill. It was a powerful reminder that when we talk about conservation, we are really talking about building a world where humans can thrive as much as nature.

What are your goals in reaching out to the next generation?

A focus on environmental education is something we’ve always been doing. EarthEcho International has become one of the leading environmental education groups in the U.S. My grandfather always recognized that young people are key to building society’s ethos of environmental sustainability. We have to start with young people to grow constituencies of the older people to understand and be able to connect the dots and to care about it. Xploration Awesome Planet is targeted to the teen and tween audience, and we also have a lot of adults that watch it. It’s a great example of a program that’s all about inspiring people to not just be a passive observer of the world around them, but to be an active participant, to get engaged.

How can parents build upon the foundational message of environmental responsibility that your work instills in kids?

They can treat their kids like the hearts and minds of these issues and recognize that they are more than vessels to be filled with information. We try to encourage them to be treated like they are agents of change, that they are creative, and give them the latitude, trust and empowerment to come up with their own ideas, to look at the world, be informed and inspired, so they can say, “Oh wow. This is an issue I really care about, and I am going to do something about it.” Randy Kambic, of Estero, Florida, is a freelance writer and editor.


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wenty-five years Although U.S. As I dug deeper, I put ago, the first regulators generally the pieces together of genetically modiregard these foods to fied (GM) crop came to the relationship between be safe, the ubiquity GMOs, gut health and of GMOs in the food market in the form of a tomato engineered for a subsequent diseases. chain and a lack of longer shelf life. Today, research on their ~Michelle Perro, pediatrician, as much as 80 percent of long-term effect on author and executive director human health have food in the U.S. conof GMO Science tains GMOs (as they ignited controversy are best known) and most of the world’s among scientists, consumers and even genetically engineered crops are treated governments. with glyphosate herbicides, primarily Much of the research has been conMonsanto’s Roundup. ducted in other countries—more than 60 Unlike hybrids produced by have banned GMOs—and most studies conventional breeding, GMOs are created have focused on the health effects of the in a laboratory, often incorporating DNA glyphosate used on these crops, which from other species, such as bacteria and the World Health Organization in 2015 viruses. Researching the potential health declared a probable human carcinoeffects “must be our number one priority, gen. “Glyphosate adversely affects the because GMO technology is replacing mitochondria, neurotransmitter producnature,” says Jeffrey Smith, executive tion and hormones,” says Smith, whose director of the Institute for Responsible recent documentary, Secret Ingredients, Technology, in Fairfield, Iowa. “The presents stories of people that overcame altered genomes are passed on to future chronic illnesses by eliminating GMOs generations.” from their diets.




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Smith recently conducted a survey published in the International Journal of Human Nutrition and Functional Medicine in which 3,256 respondents reported improvement in a number of health problems after they switched to largely non-GMO and organic diets. “Many of the conditions that improved in the survey participants are similar to the health issues found in lab animals fed GMOs or the associated herbicide Roundup,” he wrote. More than 85 percent reported improvement from digestive disorders. It is possible that glyphosate, which is antibiotic in nature, may disrupt the delicate balance of the microbiome, a community of microbes that inhabit the gut.

Roundup and Gut Health

“Roundup can loosen the tight junctions between our cells,” explains Smith. “This can lead to leaky gut, which can contribute to inflammation and numerous diseases.” Dr. Akil Palanisamy, a Harvardeducated physician and author of The

Paleovedic Diet: A Complete Program to Burn Fat, Increase Energy, and Reverse Disease, concurs. “I do believe that the microbiome is crucial for health, and by switching to organic, we eliminate the potential microbiome-damaging effects of glyphosate.” Palanisamy, based in San Francisco, emphasizes glyphosate’s known ability to cause DNA damage and potentially induce cell death. “It may be a contributing factor to Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, depression, infertility and gastrointestinal disorders,” he says. “It is impossible in the U.S. to just eliminate GMO foods from the diet, so eating organic is the only way to guarantee avoiding GMO foods. This automatically also reduces pesticides from the diet.”

Anecdotal Evidence

Dr. Michelle Perro, a pediatrician, author and executive director of GMO Sci-

Healing Strategies Go-to Tips ■ Eat organic when possible,

especially oats, wheat and other grains, soy, corn, beans and lentils. ■ Look for the “Non-GMO Project

Verified” seal on labels.

Advice From the Experts Dr. Akil Palanisamy:

■ Eat a variety of detoxifying foods like cruciferous vegetables, ground flaxseeds, parsley, beet greens (the leafy tops of beetroot), cilantro and chia seeds.

Dr. Michelle Perro (for children): ■ Eat as much organic foods as

possible and eliminate processed foods from a child’s diet.

■ Sweat in a sauna or steam room 15 to 20 minutes once or twice a week to ■ Don’t drink tap water; use a quality stimulate toxin release (infrared saunas water filter. are a good alternative for those that can’t ■ Strive to eliminate pesticides in the tolerate the heat of traditional saunas). child’s environment, including at schools, ■ Take 15-minute home baths with playdates and homes of relatives. one-quarter-cup of bentonite clay. ■ Seek a foundation of nutritional ■ Drink lots of purified filtered water medicine and individualized treatment every day. strategies employing nutraceuticals, herbs, homeopathy and manipulative ■ Strive to have a daily bowel medicine. movement. ■ Add fiber to diet such as psyllium

husk or fruit pectin.

■ Consider an elimination diet,

beginning with dairy and gluten.

ence, in San Rafael, California, became involved when she came across research by plant biologist Dr. Arpad Pusztai, one of the first scientists to raise concerns about the safety of genetically modified foods. “I was able to correlate his findings with the change in children’s health that I was beginning to notice in my own practice,” says Perro. “As I dug deeper, I put the pieces together of the relationship between GMOs, gut health and subsequent diseases.” Perro has seen improved health in her patients once a cleaner diet is introduced. “Parents have the ability to help reverse chronic disorders plaguing their children, including asthma, eczema, food allergies and neurocognitive disorders such as autism and ADHD [attention deficit hyperactivity disorder].” Palanisamy has also seen significant changes in his patients’ health when they heed his advice and avoid GMOs. “Often, they report improvement in digestion, mood, brain fog and energy levels.” The body is designed with the innate ability to heal, says Pero. “Chronic diseases can be reversed when organic nutrition is the foundation.” The Hartman Group’s Organic & Natural 2018 report reveals that 46 percent of American shoppers now seek GMO-free food. “The tipping point here in the United States has begun,” says Smith. Marlaina Donato is the author of several books on spirituality, health and wellness and a composer. Connect at March 2019


When Allergies Put the Bite on Pets by Sandra Murphy


pringtime doesn’t just mean warmer weather, colorful flowers and greening grass. It also brings seasonal allergies. For pets, it can be a miserable time of year, because dogs and cats are lower to the ground and pick up allergens on their fur. Grass, weeds, pollen, lawn chemicals, fertilizers and fleas can trigger reactions such as itchy skin, raw paws, sneezing fits and general discomfort. Due to the warmer temperatures of the past decade, flea allergies in dogs have risen 12 percent, while cats have seen a whopping 67 percent increase. Environmental allergies are also up 30 percent for dogs and 11 percent for cats, according to the 2018 State of Pet Health Report from the Banfield Pet Hospital, in Vancouver, Washington. The most common environmental allergens include dust mites, mold, fabric, feathers and cleaning solutions.

Symptoms A dog’s itching will often manifest between the toes, on the wrists, “armpits”, groin, legs, ears, eyes and back, just in front of the tail. In the quest for relief, dogs will lick, chew, pull out hair and scratch, often leaving bare spots or open wounds that may get infected. Cats will pull hair, scratch 36

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ears and develop a rash or bare spot on the stomach or inside the legs. In extreme cases, a veterinarian will give an injection to calm the itchiness before more damage is done. Owners can use that lull to investigate what is causing the allergy.

Fleas For fleas, there are more natural ways to end the cycle than using potentially toxic pet treatments. Diatomaceous earth (DE) is affordable, non-toxic and safe, made from fossils of marine life crushed into a superfine powder. Its deadly effect on insects stems from piercing their hard shells so they become dehydrated. It does not harm mammals. Be sure to buy foodgrade DE, not the kind that’s designed for use in pools and gardens. Simply dust the dog to the skin with the powder and sprinkle it on bedding, rugs and carpets. Cats tend to have more favorite nap spots than dogs, so vacuum first to get rid of any flea eggs. Sprinkle the DE and leave it in place for a couple of weeks. Vacuum again. DE can be hard on regular vacuums, but a Shop-Vac is up to the task.

Likely Causes and Remedies ✔ A change in cleaning products. Use unscented, all-natural cleansers. Put the

✔ Dust mites. Replace worn beds and bedding on a regular basis. Look for natural fabrics and fillings; no down or feathers. Wash weekly. ✔ Lack of proper filtration. The air conditioner will capture incoming pollen: Be sure to change the filter often.

Be Proactive ✔ Check the paw pads. If they’re irritated or red and raw, ask the vet for a salve to ease the pain while they heal. Be sure to wipe paws when coming into the house. ✔ Take a look inside the ears. Allergies can lead to earaches, so watch for red, inflamed skin or black, tar-like goop. Either requires a vet visit and a prescription salve. ✔ If dog walks are part of regular exercise, ask neighbors or local park employees if they’ve sprayed pesticides or treated grassy areas. ✔ Add a small amount, based on weight, of Omega-3-rich fish oil to food to soothe and smooth the skin. Diligence in spotting symptoms can stop itching in its tracks when remedies are in place or at hand. Connect with Sandra Murphy at : alexmit


✔ Seasonal flowers and grasses. Pet-friendly wipes will remove excess pollen when the dog comes in after outdoor time. A twice-weekly bath during the worst of the season and weekly as blooming subsides will wash away pollens. An oatmeal shampoo is soothing; don’t use tea tree oil-based shampoos, which may further irritate skin. Be sure to dry the fur. Wet bedding can cause mold, another allergen. LIASHENKO

✔ Plastic bowls. Switch to stainless steel bowls for food and water.


dog or cat in another room when vacuuming so they don’t breathe dust. A new cat litter can trigger allergic reactions. Look for unscented, dust-free litter.

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by Michael Margolis

hile much of the country is still freezing, here in the Valley the citrus trees are starting to bloom. Most home gardeners have already planted their gardens: Jasmine, gardenia and roses are blooming, along with mulberry, cottonwood and ragweed. It’s allergy season in the Valley. What many people may not realize is that their dentist may use materials that can trigger an allergic reaction. One study, published in the Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research, which reviewed 71 relevant articles, 60 case reports, eight prospective studies and three retrospective studies, determined that amalgam fillings caused the most adverse reactions in patients, although there were reactions to numerous other materials as well, including nickel, titanium and latex gloves. Reactions range from mild irritations to extreme reactions, such as long-term illness, dysfunction or damage. Allergic reactions or a sensitivity to the materials don’t always manifest immediately— sometimes not showing a reaction for a day or two until the allergens get into the circulatory system. One example is that of a young girl

of about 12 who had an amalgam filling (with mercury and other metals) placed in her mouth. About two weeks later, out of nowhere, her left eye started twitching. Her parents took her to numerous doctors, but none could diagnose the problem. One astute physician asked the parents to try to pinpoint when the twitching had begun. The only change— the trigger—was that her tooth was filled with amalgam. The parents took the child back to the dentist and had the silver filling removed. Almost immediately, the twitching stopped. People with allergies to pollens and medications are more predisposed to many products and materials used in dentistry; however, even those who have never had any allergies or allergic reactions before can experience a reaction to

any drug, product or material. Anyone can have an allergic reaction at any time. Just like other allergies and sensitivities, what may be safe for one patient may cause a serious reaction or disease in another. The good news is that patients do not have to wait until an allergic reaction occurs after they have already had dental work. A simple blood test can reveal possible allergies or sensitivities to dental materials before patients undergo dental work. The results list the patient’s potential positive or negative reactions to the materials listed in the database. With the results of the blood test in hand, the dentist can tell which materials meet the needs of each patient—and minimize or even prevent allergic reactions. Patients concerned about possible allergic reactions should request that their dentist test for sensitivities prior to dental work. Dr. Michael Margolis graduated from the University of Texas at San Antonio Dental School in 1983. He received a doctorate in integrative medicine from the Capital University of Integrative Medicine, in Washington, D.C., in 2002, where he also received the President’s Research Award for his research into the use of ultrasound technology to detect cavitational lesions within the jawbone. He has also served as past president of the International Academy of Biological Dentistry and Medicine and as assistant professor emeritus of Capital University. He is an accredited member of the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology, a member of the Holistic Dental Association, a professional member of the Price-Pottenger Nutrition Foundation, a pioneer in the cause to ban mercury in dentistry with Consumers for Dental Choice, and a founding member of the Institute of Natural Dentistry. Margolis is the founder of My Dentist, a clinic that offers holistic and biological dentistry. For more information, visit See ad, page 3. March 2019


Exercise vs. Allergies All the Right Moves by Marlaina Donato


easonal allergies Exercising regularly stress, inadequate nuplague more than creates a cumulative trition and weakened immune systems are 26 million Amerieffect in the body, helps also factors, leavcans, according to the speed up metabolism ing many feeling too Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, and improves immunity, miserable to engage in physical activities. with numbers on the rise so you could find Yet, research in recent years. This is even less allergies shows that exercise due in part to a dramatic occurring over time. can help ease allergy increase in the amount symptoms and lessen of airborne pollen, a ~Stephanie Mansour, severity. A survey of possible byproduct of fitness expert 2,000 allergy sufferers climate change. sponsored by the UK National Environmental and lifestyle


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Boosting heart rate through aerobic activities such as running, walking, jumping rope, treadmill routines, tennis and team sports like volleyball or basketball seems to offer anti-allergy benefits. Vitamin C can also help. Researchers from the Faculty of Sports Science at Chulalongkorn University, in Bangkok, Thailand, found that 70 percent of participants that took a vitamin C supplement and ran for half an hour experienced decreased nasal congestion and sneezing. “Exercising regularly creates a cumulative effect in the body, helps speed up metabolism and improves immunity, so you could find even less allergies occurring over time,” says Stephanie Mansour, fitness expert and former allergy sufferer from Chicago. “I used to get allergy shots for a runny nose and headaches during certain times of the year, but personally transformed my allergies through expanding my lungs and chest and balancing out my nervous system.” The American Academy of Otolaryngic Allergy recommends gentler forms of exercise, and cautions against vigorous workouts such as Crossfit or long runs that can be counterproductive and exacerbate allergy flare-ups. Mansour recommends yoga, Pilates, walking or weight training—especially when congestion is a factor.


More Exercise, Less Discomfort


Pollen and Aerobiology Research Unit showed those that exercised the most had the mildest symptoms.

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Try Some Yoga Mansour, a certified yoga instructor, attests to the benefits of the practice. To ease the symptoms of allergies, she recommends yoga both for its physical effects and its breath benefits. “Yoga can also help bring equilibrium to the nervous system and help the body relax. When the body is in a healthy balance and relaxed, it’s more effective at warding off things like infection or allergies.” Registered nurse and yoga instructor Kristin Brien, of New York City, concurs. “A yoga practice trains and strengthens the vagal nerve, which activates the parasympathetic nervous system—rest and digest mode—and turns off the inflammatory response,” Brien says. “When we are under chronic stress, our nervous systems react as though our bodies are under constant threat, thus making some of us more susceptible to hypersensitive reactions to offending seasonal antigens like pollen and ragweed.” Yoga practitioners across the board recommend inverted poses such as the plow, shoulder stand and downward facing dog to relieve allergy-related congestion. While yoga can be beneficial, inverted poses should be avoided by anyone with high blood pressure, glaucoma or retinal issues due to increased pressure in the blood vessels of the head, and some experts emphasize that allergy sufferers and asthmatics should avoid hot yoga and other demanding forms during flare-ups. A gentle approach goes a long way. Ideally, Brien recommends asanas that anyone can do, including legs up the wall, supported bridge pose, supported reclined goddess pose and child’s pose.


Helpful Workout Tips Before and After:

■ Use a nasal saline spray beforehand. ■ Change clothes and shower after outdoor exercise; wash workout clothing exposed to pollens.

Consider Wearing:

■ Wraparound sunglasses to avoid allergens getting into eyes ■ A breathable mask to filter allergens during outdoor activity

Avoid Exercising:

■ In the morning when pollen and mold counts are highest ■ When it’s warm, dry or windy outside

No matter the type of exercise, warming up can play a key factor. According to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, stretching before activity and boosting heart rate helps to maximize exercise and its symptomreducing effects.

■ On busy roads where exhaust fumes can irritate bronchial and nasal passages

Create a Healthy Space


Lessening the body’s burden by making small changes in living or workout space can also optimize the benefits of exercise. Brien, an allergy sufferer and asthmatic, recommends using a high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter to reduce circulating allergens and also wiping down all surfaces, including yoga mats, floors, window sills and vents. During drier, colder times of the year, Mansour recommends using a humidifier to add moisture to the air and improve breathing. Exercise may not cure seasonal allergies, but it can lessen related symptoms, along with effecting a more balanced nervous system and better overall health. Marlaina Donato is the author of several books and a composer. Connect at

■ When tired, sick or under significant stress; all three states prompt the immune system to react more severely to allergens

■ Don’t exercise for at least two hours after an allergy shot to avoid significant side effects.

Helpful Links For a simple workout plan and an anti-inflammatory food guide to help combat allergies, join Stephanie Mansour’s free 21-Day Challenge (

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Air Care for Kids Keeping the Homefront Allergy-Free by Avery Mack


n allergy is a dramatic overreaction of the immune system to environmental agents that are harmless to most people. Antibodies fight allergens with the release of histamines, and a runny nose, red eyes, sneezing, coughing, rash or hives can be the tangible result.


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Common around age 10, allergies often fade later in life, so children are often most sensitive to their causes. Outdoors, the problem could be pollen from trees or plants. Indoors, chemicals, dust mites, mold or pet dander are common culprits. An allergist can help identify them.

Author of Clearing the Air One Nose at a Time: Caring for Your Personal Filter, pediatrician Hana Solomon, M.D., in Columbia, Missouri, focuses on a natural approach to prevent, rather than treat, symptoms. “Thirty years ago, we didn’t have specialty cleaning products,” she says. “Natural solutions work; sometimes just a cotton cloth and water are enough.” Frisco, Texas-based Urban Hydration uses vegan-friendly, cruelty- and gluten-free ingredients and herbal extracts to ensure their cleaning products don’t contain parabens, synthetics, polybeads and toxic chemicals. Their home and spa collections are kept as natural as possible without requiring refrigeration. Lemon extract and coconut oil are key ingredients in their all-purpose spray, dishwashing solution and fabric refresher. Microscopic dust mites live in upholstery, carpets and mattresses. They are the cleanup crew for the millions of dead skin cells humans shed daily. “If a child is allergic to dust mites, get rid of the carpet. Hang blinds on the windows. Vacuum heat vents,” Solomon says. “Use allergen-free pillows, no down or feathers, and a mattress cover. Wash it and bedding once a week. Reduce the number of toys and stuffed animals in use, wash [them] frequently and store others. Go unscented.” Leslie Fischer, an eco-minded mom and entrepreneur in Chicago, reviews mattresses for adults and babies at “Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) off-gas from the mattress and disrupt sleep, but also trigger allergy symptoms, asthma and hives,” she says. “An organic mattress is a better choice.” Natural fabrics are the best option for bed linens. Kathryn Kellogg, author of the Going Zero Waste blog in Vallejo, California, lists 17 sustainable and ecofriendly bedding brands. For her own use, she chose organic cotton sheets from a family-owned business ( EcoFriendlyBeddingBrands). Pajamas are also important. Look for comfy organic fibers that wick mois-

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ture, are hypoallergenic and fire-resistant. Merino wool’s millions of tiny air pockets create a micro-climate to keep sleeping kids toasty in cold weather and cool in summer heat. Pallet furniture is trendy, but keep in mind that chemical residue or insecticides may remain in the porous wood, as well as E. coli or listeria from food transports. A safety checklist can be found at Often overlooked, indoor mold can live year-round in damp places like bathrooms. A DecoLife bath mat made of natural diatomaceous earth and resilient plant-fiber is antibacterial, non-slip and contains no colorants. It dries within three minutes to prevent mold or mildew from forming. Instead of dropping wet towels and washcloths into the hamper, hang them to dry and launder weekly. Lemon juice keeps faucets sparkly clean and fresh-smelling. Vinegar cleans glass shower doors. Ditch the old shower curtain; most are made with PVC and release chemicals into the air. Install a rain showerhead to avoid water spray, and use a fast-drying hemp or organic cotton curtain. Opt for natural flooring; bamboo and cork are both sturdy and sustainable, but have a large carbon footprint due to shipping distances. Linoleum, updated and colorful, is available with marbled, stone-like, flecked and woodgrain patterns. Antistatic and antibacterial, it withstands kids and pets, requiring only a mild cleanser and damp mop to stay clean. Pets are often blamed when a child develops allergies. It’s actually their dander that causes the reaction. Rather than giving Sparky away, use pet-friendly wipes on fur and feet to remove dander and allergens carried in from outdoors. The Daily Shep offers tips at Kids bring allergens into the house, too. Leave shoes outside the door, schedule an early bath and change to indoor garb for the evening. A high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter will help clean the air. Connect with freelance writer Avery Mack at AveryMack@

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Saving a Drop to Drink Our Role in the Coming Water Crisis by Jim Motavalli


lthough climate change gets most of the attention, the international water crisis looms just as large. The World Economic Forum has ranked water scarcity as the top longterm environmental risk globally for the next decade; the United Nations reports that 1.2 billion people—a fifth of the world’s burgeoning population—live in regions of water scarcity; and as many as 700 million around the globe are already suffering from water deprivation. The U.S. is not in a water crisis— yet—but serious problems loom on the horizon in places like Southern California and the desert Southwest. Los Angeles and San Diego rely on mountain snow in the north to melt and replenish rivers and lakes. But record high temperatures and a shortfall of winter storms—problems aggravated by climate change—have greatly reduced available water supplies. In the Southwest, Colorado River reservoirs were at record lows last summer. As the region continues to use more water than can be replaced by rain and snow, places like Phoenix may experience severe rationing, according to the Center for Biological Diversity. Arizona’s


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Lake Mead, which supplies water to 22 million people, could run dry by 2021, report researchers from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography of the University of California at San Diego.

Finding a Solution

“Fortunately, through conservation, more water-conscious consumption and smarter management of water, we can replenish and repair the water cycle. But we must make this a priority and pick up the pace,” says Sandra Postel, director of the Global Water Policy Project and author of Replenish: The Virtuous Cycle of Water and Prosperity. Right now, we’re addressing a 21stcentury crisis with 20th-century tools. Leaky pipes, broken water mains and faulty meters are responsible for the loss of 2.1 trillion gallons of water annually in the U.S., according to the American Water Works Association. And our lifestyles are extremely water-intensive. For instance, it takes 3,120 gallons of water to produce one smartphone; watering a 1,000-square-foot lawn even once uses 620 gallons of water. Here are some simple steps every-

one can take. Doing them won’t crimp our lifestyles, but it will help us hold on to our finite and threatened fresh water supply: ✔ Eat less meat. The water required to produce one quarter-pound hamburger is equivalent to 30 showers, according to One serving of poultry uses 90 gallons. ✔ Track down water leaks, which typically waste 10 gallons daily. Common leak sites are faucets, shower heads, swimming pools, garden hoses and pipe joints. ✔ Replace old, leaky toilets with efficient models bearing the WaterSense label, or simply put a brick in the toilet tank to reduce consumption with each flush. To check a toilet for leaks, put a few drops of food coloring in the tank and see if any of it transfers to the bowl without flushing. ✔ Wash only full loads of laundry and use right-size load settings. Typically, the washing machine accounts for 15 to 40 percent of a household’s indoor water use. Consider a more water-efficient, front-loading washer. ✔ Take shorter, five-minute showers with a low-flow showerhead (saving more than 10 gallons compared to the 10-minute version), turn off the water


Fortunately, through conservation, more waterconscious consumption and smarter management of water, we can replenish and repair the water cycle. But we must make this a priority and pick up the pace.

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while brushing teeth and shave with a full basin rather than open taps. ✔ Wash the car less often: The process uses as much as 150 gallons of water. Driving may not seem to have much to do with water use, but the Water Footprint Calculator ( reports, “Water is used in great quantities during fuel extraction, refining and production.” So taking public transportation, combining errands or joining a car pool will reduce our water footprint. ✔ Reduce lawn watering to a one-hour soaking once a week, rather than daily. Water in the morning—before 10 a.m.— when it’s cooler, so grass roots can absorb moisture before it evaporates. If watering must be done in the evening, try between 4 and 6 p.m., which gives the grass blades time to dry before nightfall. Jim Motavalli is the author of eight books, and contributes to The New York Times and Barron’s.

Hard Facts About H20

What It Takes to Make Our Stuff An eye-popping amount of water is needed to grow or manufacture what we eat, buy and use on a daily basis. Although it’s impossible to reduce our water use to zero, it’s helpful to know how much water is required, so that we’re less inclined to overbuy or waste. 1 cup of coffee . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55 gal. 1 hamburger . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 660 gal. 1 gallon of milk . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 879 gal. 1 pound of wheat . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 132 gal. 1 pound of soybeans . . . . . . . . . . . 216 gal. 1 orange . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 gal. 1 pound of chocolate . . . . . . . . . .3,170 gal. 20 pounds of dog food . . . . . . . .4,000 gal. 1 pair of cotton jeans . . . . . . . . . .2,108 gal. 1 smartphone . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3,190 gal. 1 car tire . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 518 gal.

1 avocado . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .60 gal. 1 pound of chicken meat . . . . . . . .468 gal. 1 pound of barley . . . . . . . . . . . . . .200 gal. 1 pound of rice. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .450 gal. 1 pound of almonds . . . . . . . . . . 1,900 gal. 1 egg . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .52 gal. 1 slice of bread . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10 gal. 1 pair of leather shoes . . . . . . . . . 3,626 gal. 1 cotton T-shirt . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .659 gal. 1 car . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13,737 to . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21,926 gal.

Sources: Friends of the Earth,,

Online Calculator offers an online calculator that allows us to figure out our daily use of water and compare it to that of other households.

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Open House & Pancake Breakfast – 8am12pm. Video presentation on the development of the IKRC Grand Canyon. Tour of the meditation room. 15-minute guided meditation 8:30am, 9:30am, 10:15am. Resident Teacher Gen-la Jampa presents from 11am-12pm. Enjoy refreshments. Everyone welcome. Free. IKRC Grand Canyon, 6701 E Mountain Ranch Rd, Williams. 602-6286911.

Prosperity Practices: Desire & Deservability – 1-3pm. With Eva Maurice. In this class you will identify your desires and see what you actually feel deserving of in the present moment. Learn to make self-exploration, self-expression, and selfexpansion a daily priority and ritual. $20. Register online: ANAHATA Yoga Sound and Energy Healing, 14148 N 100th St, Ste C-130, Scottsdale. 480-699-9600. Info@

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


Spring Farm-to-Table Plant-Based Cooking – 10:30am-1pm. With Author Melanie Albert and Soil & Seed Gardener Billy Anthony. Enjoy a private tour, learn a few key gardening tips, and participate in a hands-on class. Learn simple culinary techniques, intuitive cooking methods, food art tips to plate your food beautifully. Enjoy your culinary creations. Menu: Spring Veggie Soup, Veggie Tartare, and Superfood Dessert. $55. The Farm at South Mountain, 6106 S 32nd St, Phoenix. 602-615-2486. Mel@MelanieAlbert. com.


Hummingbirds of Sedona – 2pm. Join Ross Hawkins, Founder/Executive Director of The Hummingbird Society, as he sheds light on the interesting lives of various hummingbird species that call Sedona their home. This lecture is included with regular park entrance fees. $7/ adults (14+) $4/youth (7-13). Red Rock State Park, 4050 Red Rock Loop Rd, Sedona. Limited seating. Reservations required: 928-282-6907.

TUESDAY, MARCH 5 Brain Health: Anxiety, Stress and Depression – 6-7pm. 30-minute lecture followed by 30-minute question/answer. Learn about the functions of neurotransmitters involved in mental health and tests available to measure your neurotransmitters to better understand the imbalance in the brain. Bring pen and paper. Free. Center for Integrative Medicine, 16421 N Tatum Blvd, Ste 129, Phoenix. Limited to 10 participants. RSVP: 602-8882320 or thru Meetup group Phoenix Health and Wellness Free Classes online.


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Massage Therapy Program – Morning classes begin. Southwest Institute of Healing Arts, 1538 E Southern Ave, Tempe. 480-994-9244. Info@

A Guide to Unlocking the Power Within – Available March 12. New book provides advice on how shamanic practices, cutting-edge science, detox strategies and power-plant foods can activate our cells’ ability to regenerate and repair. Info/preorder: or Also available: Amazon, Barnes & Noble,

THURSDAY, MARCH 14 Sedona Yoga Festival – Mar 14-17. With all the elements of a traditional yoga conference, at its heart this event will always be a festival—a celebration of life at the deepest level. $75-$700. Sedona Performing Arts Center/Red Rock High School, 995 Upper Red Rock Loop Rd. Passes/ classes: Keto Diet Talk & Pruvit Ketones Tasting Free Event – 6:30-8pm. Learn about the many health benefits of low-carb and ketogenic diets, and supplementation with exogenous ketones, followed by a free tasting. RSVP: 602-9548016. Space limited. Free. Barefoot Acupuncture Clinic, 6722 E Avalon Dr, Ste 1, Scottsdale. Park anywhere in covered parking for suites 1, 3, or 4. 480-323-5272. Shamanic Journey Circle – 7-9pm. With Medicine Woman and Spiritual Elder White Star. This is an evening of exploring powerful shamanic connections for self-healing and spiritual development. $20. Call for location (Scottsdale). 617-697-8924.

Community Healing Circle with Margy (Priti Bhajan Kaur) Krause – 7-8pm. Join us for a 60-minute donation-based community healing circle as we chant Ra Ma Da Sa, Sa Say So Hung (the Siri Gaitri Mantra), the mantra for the sacred healing. All proceeds donated to teacher holding space. Any donation/dollar, flower, energetic exchange. Sign up in advance online: ANAHATA Yoga Sound and Energy Healing, 14148 N 100th St, Ste C-130, Scottsdale. 480-699-9600. Info@

SATURDAY, MARCH 16 Intro to Chinese BaZi Astrology – 11am-12:30pm. Learn how to decode the secrets of your birthday so you can tap into the power of your “good luck.” Free. RSVP: Feng Shui by Jen, 6207 N Cattletrack Rd, Scottsdale. 480-280-9911.

SUNDAY, MARCH 17 Healing and Rejuvenation Retreat – Mar 1724. All-inclusive with Alive and Revive. Mind, body, spirit healing; reconnect with nature; natural therapies; yoga and meditation; shamanic and energy healing; healthy, delicious food. South of Chile. 480-447-2420.

TUESDAY, MARCH 19 Menopause Symptoms and Management – 6-7pm. 30-minute lecture followed by 30-minute question/answer. Learn about the many symptoms of going through the transition in life and what you can do to manage them better. Free. Center for Integrative Medicine, 16421 N Tatum Blvd, Ste 129, Phoenix. Limited to 10 participants. RSVP: 602-888-2320 or thru Meetup group Phoenix Health and Wellness Free Classes online. Marvelous Menopause – 6-9pm. Learn how to make simple home remedies to help you move through the discomforts of menopause. Details/RSVP: 480-694-9931. SW Herb Shop and Gathering Place, 148 N Center St, Mesa.

THURSDAY, MARCH 21 Full Moon Meditation – 7-8:30pm. With Sevak Singh. Light kundalini yoga, meditation, plus deep relaxation and healing to the sound of the gong. Eating light is recommended prior to meditation. $25 preregistration online: or $30/door. ANAHATA Yoga Sound and Energy Healing, 14148 N 100th St, Ste C-130, Scottsdale. 480-699-9600. Spring Equinox Sound Healing Journey – 7-9pm. Over 30 different sacred sound healing instruments will be played. Individual vibrational healings also included. All are welcome. $20. Call for location (Scottsdale). 617-697-8924.

FRIDAY, MARCH 22 Unwind Your Mind – 7:30am-2pm. Mar 22-24. Experience deep relaxation and gain a refreshing perspective to use practically in daily life to keep your mind more peaceful and calm. Includes practical instruction, guided

meditations, time for questions. Info/cost: International Kadampa Retreat Center Grand Canyon, 6701 E Mountain Ranch Rd, Williams. 602-628-6911. Numerology Level 1 & 2 Workshop – Mar 22, 6-9pm & Mar 23, 9am-6pm. With Sangeet Kaur Khalsa. Dive into the knowledge of the soul’s choices in this life, a course of understanding our evolving lives rarely taught anywhere. Bring lunch, snacks, water, yogi tea. $199. Register soon. ANAHATA Yoga Sound and Energy Healing, 14148 N 100th St, Ste C-130, Scottsdale. 480-699-9600. You Are The One: Live Your Life Purpose – 79pm. With Kute Blackson. Learn how to find your life’s purpose and live it fully; how to release the pain of the past and stop sabotaging your success; how to forgive, find inner peace and be free; the keys to loving yourself fully and being deeply fulfilled no matter what; the secret to manifesting your heart’s desires and living an extraordinary life! Unity of Phoenix Spiritual Center, Sanctuary, 16th St & Greenway Pkwy. Info/tickets: 602-9783337 or

SATURDAY, MARCH 23 CBD: The Medicinal Benefits – 8:30am-4:30pm. Guest speaker Dr. Rick Sloan, MD addiction recovery expert. Learn why CBD oil is exploding. Seating is limited. Must RSVP to 602-757-8831 by Mar 20. $10. SW College of Naturopathic Medicine, 2164 E Broadway Rd, Tempe. Let’s Raise Our Frequency: An Experiential Workshop on the Role of Frequency in Our Lives – 2-5pm. With Dr. Dream. This workshop includes Tibetan healing bowls (supporting villages in Nepal), raw cacao, essential oils and so much more. $25-$44. Unity of Mesa, 2700 E Southern Ave, Sanctuary, Mesa. 480-892-2700.

TUESDAY, MARCH 26 Aesthetics Practitioner Program – Evening classes begin. Southwest Institute of Healing Arts, 1538 E Southern Ave, Tempe. 480-994-9244.

SUNDAY, MARCH 31 EFT Tapping & The Law of Attraction for Wealth, Health, and Success – 1:30-5:30pm. With Rasoul Sobhani. In this workshop learn how to use your own words to tap away procrastination habits and negative thoughts to release any blockages in your brain and nervous system. Learn how to use inspirational words to help you go forward. $30 until March 10, $40 after. Register online: ANAHATA Yoga Sound and Energy Healing, 14148 N 100th St, Ste C-130, Scottsdale. 480-699-9600. Info@

plan ahead SATURDAY, APRIL 6 The Art of Herbal Formulation – Apr 6 & 7. Details/RSVP: 480-694-9931. Seats limited,

RSVP a must. SW Herb Shop and Gathering Place, 148 N Center St, Mesa.

SUNDAY, APRIL 7 Farm-to-Table Raw Plant-Based Intuitive Cooking – 10:30am-1pm. With Author Melanie Albert and Soil & Seed Urban Farmer Billy Anthony. Enjoy a private tour, learn a few key gardening tips. Learn simple raw culinary techniques and food art skills with sauces, layering and textures. Enjoy your culinary creations. Menu: Spring Olive Tapenade, Deconstructed Raw Lasagna, and Raw Superfood Pie. $55. The Farm at South Mountain, 6106 S 32nd St, Phoenix. 602-615-2486. Mel@MelanieAlbert. com.

TUESDAY, APRIL 9 Plant Spirit Medicine – 6-8:30pm. Includes meditation, traditional Kava ceremony, and workbook. Details/RSVP: 480-694-9931. SW Herb Shop and Gathering Place, 148 N Center St, Mesa.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 10 Intro to Classical Feng Shui – 5-6:30pm. If you’re curious, confused, or always wanted to learn Chinese feng shui, join us so you can feel more comfortable incorporating this valuable knowledge in your life. Free. RSVP: Feng Shui by Jen, 6207 N Cattletrack Rd, Ste 7, Scottsdale. 480-280-9911.

FRIDAY, APRIL 12 Inspirational Speaker: Tara-jenelle Walsch – 7-9pm. Learn to step into your genuine self,

identifying and shifting the resistance and default programs that have subconsciously distracted you from connection. $40/$60 with Kute Blackson ticket. 1500 E Greenway Pkwy, Phoenix. Info/ tickets: 602-978-3200 or

TUESDAY, APRIL 23 Aesthetics Practitioner Program – Morning classes begin. Southwest Institute of Healing Arts, 1538 E Southern Ave, Tempe. 480-994-9244.

SUNDAY, APRIL 28 Embracing Your Journey Expo – 9am-5pm. Mind, Body, Spirit Expo—holistic, wellness and metaphysical event presented by Purple Lotus Productions. Free lectures, hourly raffles, gift bags for the first 100 attendees. $5/advance, $8/ door. Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak Resort, 7677 N 16th St, Anasazi Ballroom, Phoenix. 480-2961928.

FRIDAY, JUNE 7 Healing and Rejuvenation Retreat – Allinclusive with Alive and Revive. Mind, body, spirit healing; reconnect with nature; natural therapies; yoga and meditation; shamanic and energy healing; healthy, delicious food. Peru: Cusco and Machu Picchu. 480-447-2420.

MONDAY, JUNE 10 Massage Therapy Program – Evening classes begin. Southwest Institute of Healing Arts, 1538 E Southern Ave, Tempe. 480-994-9244. Info@

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30-MINUTE FREE COACHING SESSION – Anti-Aging, “The Art of Owning It.” The future is now. We’ll work together to create a crystal-clear plan. Own your perfect age indefinitely. Ray 520-870-7228.

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 ADVERTISE HERE – Are you hiring, renting office space, selling products, offering services, or in need of volunteers? Advertise your business needs in the Natural Awakenings classified ads section. To place an ad, visit Submit.

CAREER TRAINING IN HYPNOTHERAPY – 500-hour state-licensed certification course. Next session enrolling now. 505-7678030. RECEIVE SPIRITUAL GUIDANCE – Through heart centered love and light frequency transmissions that will open the heart and balance emotions for those struggling with depression and anxiety. Contact Dove at 808.315.1704 or RECOVERY SUPPORT SPECIALIST – Helping you evolve your own personal recovery plan, to be all that you were meant to be. John Kai: 520-339-2315 (Central Phoenix).

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monthly Virtual Changing & Living on Purpose Group Coaching – three-month groups in 2019/start Apr, Jul, Sep. With Dr. Melanie Chase. Clients are better equipped to change in their relationships, careers, life with more peace, joy, focus, and receive practical tools for making a change on purpose. Discover insights through experiential learning, worksheets, and applying insights with tools. Online participative, confidential meeting space. $450/mon includes two 1:1 sessions (up to 90 min), $350/early bird. Register: Info@ 971-266-1380. Info:

sunday Sunday Services at Unity of Mesa – 9am & 10:45am. A Positive Path for Spiritual Living. Childcare for infants thru 5th grade at 9am service. Nursery for infants thru kindergarten at 10:45am. Youth ministry classes in the Education Annex at 10:45am. All are welcome. 2700 E Southern Ave. 480-892-2700. Sunday Services at Scottsdale Center for Spiritual Living – 9:40am (Meditation), 10am (Service). Discover a path to happiness, successful living, and the Law of Attraction each Sunday in a loving community of positive growth. All faiths welcome! Love offering. 8600 E Anderson Dr. 480-788-6628. The Spiritual Quest – 10:30-11:45am. 1st & 3rd Sun. Featuring a step-by-step pathway to higher consciousness with The Teachings of the Ascended Masters. Free. The Summit Lighthouse, 4105 N 20th St, Ste 115, Phoenix. 480-442-5020.

Kadampa Buddhism and Meditation – 11am12:30pm. Learn powerful meditations for reducing attachment and cultivating balanced and peaceful minds of equanimity, authentic love and empathy. $10. International Kadampa Retreat Center Grand Canyon, 6701 E Mountain Ranch Rd, Williams. 928-637-6232. Archaeology Guided Hike – Thru May. 1pm. 3rd Sun. Hike is included with park entrance fees. $7/ ages 14 and up, $4/ages 7-13, 6 and under/free. Red Rock State Park, 4050 Red Rock Loop Rd, Sedona. 928-282-6907.

monday Tai Chi Easy – 10-11am. With Shirley Kemper. Offers ancient Chinese practices that promote optimal health, vitality and longevity. Newcomers welcome. Drop in. $10-$15 donation. Unity of Mesa, 2740 E Southern Ave, Sanctuary. 480-892-2700.

tuesday Watercolor Art Classes – 9:45am-12:30pm. With Allura Westly. All levels, beginner-toadvanced. 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. Guided Meditation – 10:30am. Thru March. Deborah Joy will first lead breathwork to enhance the experience, followed by her intuitive guidance, completely new each time. Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park, 37615 US Hwy 60,

Superior. Meet at visitor’s center. 602-827-3000. Rewind Yoga – 10:30-11:30am. With Kim Carter. Designed for people 50 and up, the class focuses on balance, increasing flexibility, and building functional strength. Beginners especially welcome. $10/class (maximum six students). Restoring Balance Mind & Body, 2045 S Vineyard, Ste 139, Mesa. Preregistration required: or call/text 253-549-5342 to reserve your spot at least two hours before start of class. How to Understand the Mind – 6:30pm8pm. This course is a practical guide for understanding our mind so that we can develop and maintain a light, positive, constructive mind-set amidst the challenges of modern life. Drop in. $10/$5 for students. Unity Church of Prescott, 145 S Arizona Ave, Prescott. 602-6286911.

wednesday Watercolor Art Classes – 9:45am-12:30pm. With Allura Westly. All levels, beginner-toadvanced. 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. How to Understand the Mind – 3pm. With Genla Kelsang Jampa. This course is a practical guide for understanding our mind so that we can develop and maintain a light, positive, constructive mindset amidst the challenges of modern life. Drop in. $10/$5/for students. Beacon Unitarian Universalist Church, 510 N Leroux St, Flagstaff. 602-6286911. 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. 480-892-2700. Admin@

thursday Guided Meditation – 10:30am. Thru March. Deborah Joy will first lead breathwork to enhance the experience, followed by her intuitive guidance, completely new each time. Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park, 37615 US Hwy 60, Superior. Meet at visitor’s center. 602-827-3000.

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Rewind Yoga – 10:30-11:30am. With Kim Carter. Designed for people 50 and up, the class focuses on balance, increasing flexibility, and building functional strength. Beginners especially welcome. $10/class (maximum six students). Restoring Balance Mind & Body, 2045 S Vineyard, Ste 139, Mesa. Preregistration required: or call/text 253-549-5342 to reserve your spot at least two hours before start of class. Topical Thursdays – 11am-3pm. Stop by and learn why topical administration of CBD is a fantastic option, as topicals are higher in


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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-Tue 10am-4pm, Wed-Fri 10am-5pm, Sat 10am-4pm. 602-2926133. A Vision of Enlightenment: Finding the Hero Within – 6:30-8pm. With Gen-la Kelsang Jampa. Learn profound meditations for ripening our potential for a life of great meaning and altruism. Drop in. $10/$5 for students. Sedona Creative Life Center, 333 Schnebly Hill Rd, Sedona. 602628-6911. epc@MeditationInNorthernArizona. org. Reiki & Singing Bowl Circle – 7-8pm. 4th Thurs. With Darlene Moore and Arne Richardson. Join in for a relaxing, healing experience. Singing bowls will be played to enhance the energy of reiki during this hour of energetic healing and expansion. Donation. Unity of Mesa, 2700 E Southern Ave, Sanctuary. 480-892-2700. Admin@

friday A Course in Miracles – 7-8:30pm. Join Peter Gant and discover A Course in Miracles. Donation. Unity of Mesa, 2700 E Southern Ave, Annex Room 1, Mesa. 480-892-2700. Admin@

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

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

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

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

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

Care 1st Farmers’ Market 328 West Western, Avondale Tuesdays 8 a.m. to noon

Uptown Farmers’ Market 5757 North Central Avenue, Phoenix Wednesdays 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Saturdays 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Carefree Farmers’ Market 1 Sundial Circle, Carefree Fridays 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Downtown Chandler Farmers’ Market 3 South Arizona Avenue, Chandler Saturdays 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Gilbert Farmers’ Market 222 North Ash Street, Gilbert Saturdays 8 a.m. to noon

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Goodyear Farmers’ Market 3151 North Litchfield Road, Goodyear Saturdays 8 a.m. to noon High Street Farmers’ Market 5415 East High Street, Phoenix Sundays 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Old Town Scottsdale Farmers’ Market 3806 North Brown Avenue, Scottsdale Saturdays 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Peoria Farmers’ Market Park West, 9744 West Northern Avenue, Peoria Saturdays 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Phoenix Public Market 721 North Central Avenue, Phoenix Saturdays 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Verrado Community Farmers’ Market North Market Place & West Main Street, Buckeye Sundays 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. .................................. NORTHERN ARIZONA Prescott Winter Farmers’ Market Prescott High School, 1050 Ruth Street Saturdays 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sedona Community Farmers’ Market 2201 West State Route 89A, West Sedona Sundays noon to 4 p.m.

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BAREFOOT ACUPUNCTURE CLINIC Don Matesz, LAc, MA, MSOM Tracy A. Matesz, MSOM, CCHt, RM 6722 E Avalon Dr, Ste 1, Scottsdale 602-954-8016 •

Over eleven years’ experience providing a ff o r d a b l e , e ff e c t i v e acupuncture, herbal medicine, diet/nutrition therapy, hypnotherapy and reiki for fertility, menstrual disorders, menopause, insomnia, anxiety, depression, fatigue, stress, headaches and pain. Private acupuncture for as low as $35/session. Call/visit our website!


Open Mon-Tue 10-4 | Wed-Fri 10-5 | 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 3rd party lab tested. Below 0.3% THC—No high and No card required. Open Mon-Tue 10am to 4pm, Wed-Fri 10am to 5pm, and Sat 10am-4pm.


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.


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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 33.


844-PUR-MAID An eco-friendly home and office cleaning company and offers natural cleaning products. See ad, page 23.



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 19.


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


Valleywide Service • 480-994-4988 Eco-friendlycarpet and upholstery cleaning. Featuring organic cleaners and odor removal products derived from renewable seed and vegetable sources. No perfumes, solvents or other hazardous products. No phosphates. Products also available for in-home use. Licensed and owner operated since 1974. See ad, page 30.

2Empower LLC Scottsdale • 480-226-9977 • Dr. Jacque Johnson is a certified Empowerment Life Coach and psychometric assessment specialist who identifies behavioral traits and cognitive footprints to assist with transition, grief, anxiety and achieving personal goals. She also works with parents and children as an educational advocate and coach.


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.


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


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


Dr. Thomas Chambers, DPM 5520 E Main St, Ste 2, Mesa 480-707-3742 •

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 31.

Specializing in non-surgical bunion treatment and safe, effective foot and ankle care. Microcurrent technology and other holistic techniques are used to re-align feet, naturally straighten big toes, decrease pain, and reduce the appearance of bunions. See ad, page 34.



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.


Anti-Aging Clinic 5350 N 16th St, Ste 107, Phoenix 480-599-8370 • Dr. Icard specializes in anti-aging medicine, natural pain management and reversal, natural and traditional aesthetics, ozone therapy, and mind body medicine. She has extensive training in biological medicine, prolotherapy and PRP, aesthetics and ozone therapy. See ad, page 5.

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, page 6.

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 25.

Exceptional dental service with dedication to comfort and compassion. We carefully assist each procedure and select the products to help preserve and protect your overall well-being. See ad, page 9.


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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Jason A. Jones, DMD 7231 E Princess Blvd, Ste 207, Scottsdale 480-585-1612 •


Foot & Ankle Wellness

Dr. Ingo Mahn 3134 W Carefree Hwy, Ste 9, Phoenix 602-775-5120 •



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

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.


534 E University Dr, Mesa 480-835-5380 • 480-835-5347 Looking for shifting and changes? Access Consciousness and the others amazing tools; Access Bars TM facilitators; body and energy process practitioners; kinesiology, readings, reiki, reflexology. Emotional issues, trauma, depression. Resolve issues on money, business, body/health, relationships and more. Enhance your health and beauty. More than 40 years combined knowledge. Call for an appointment with our practitioners. Se Habla Español. See ad, page 17.


6207 N Cattletrack Rd, Ste 7, Scottsdale 480-280-9911 • Jen Stone is the only IFSA Accredited Classical Feng Shui Master in North America and affiliated with the Raymond Lo School of Feng Shui & Destiny. She offers traditional Chinese Feng Shui consultations for homes and businesses, BaZi astrology reading, formal training programs, and educational workshops. See ad, page 38.


14148 N 100th St, Ste C-130, Scottsdale 480-699-9600 • Gong, crystal singing bowl and full moon meditations, kundalini Sunday, June 1st 12pm - 4pm yoga, restorative yoga, yin yoga and yogaand nidra ANAHATA Sound Energy Healing cCreating l a s s e sa community . C r e a t of i nconscious g a connection! community of conscious connection. SeeFREE ad, page 11.Classes: Enjoy Yoga



• Restorative Yoga/Myofacial with Desiree Lapre 12:00-1:30pm • Kundalini Yoga with Sevak Singh 1:30- 3:00pm • Gong Meditation with Lisa Lippincott (the Gongster!) • Bring your yoga mat and a blanket, 49dress comfortably! March 2019 (stained concrete floors)

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15% discount for all packages purchased June 1st! Drawing for a free 1-hour Sound and Energy Treatment ($125.00 Value)

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.


MSOM, CCHt, HHC, RM Strong Spirit Woman Self-Empowerment Plan 6722 E Avalon Dr, Ste 1, Scottsdale 480-323-5272 • Get from where you are, to where you desire to be. Learn empowering and effective tools to help you release negating habits, and consciously create your most illuminated life. Harmonize your energy. Weight loss/coaching packages, energy healing, readings, in person/by phone. Call/visit my website!


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 38.


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.


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


7329 E Stetson Dr, Ste 11, Scottsdale 480-318-7555 • An organic eco-friendly hair salon where beautiful cuts and color coexist with the best natural hair care. No harsh chemicals or synthetic fragrances – just beautiful healthy hair. New client special: $10 off your first service. Energy healing sessions are also available. See ad, page 41.

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