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Honoring Earth Day Local Events & Celebrations




Nature’s Remedies

How Animals Self-Medicate


They Thrive in Wilderness Programs

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18 PLASTICS WARS Celebrate Earth Day Locally and Globally





30 CHANGING OUR DIET TO COOL THE CLIMATE Good Food Choices Enable Global Health

32 TOUCHING THE EARTH The Healing Powers of Going Barefoot

34 GARDENING ASANAS Yoga Poses to Stay Pain-Free

36 NATURE’S REMEDIES How Animals Self-Medicate



Nature Helps Kids Build Skills and Character

40 HEALTHY HOUSE Easy Ways to Green It Up


Four Ways to Improve Indoor Air Quality


DEPARTMENTS 10 news briefs 14 health briefs 16 global briefs 18 earth day events 19 action alert 28 wise words 29 eco tip 30 conscious eating


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ver the years, I’ve gotten away from using mainstream products for my hair, skin, laundry and cleaning. I remember the days

when I would clean the floors with harsh pine-scented cleaners. I would go out for the afternoon, and when I returned I would almost be knocked over by the smell! Since I started using natural products, I’ve noticed a big difference in the aroma of the house. I didn’t realize all of the chemical smells that co-min-

gled throughout our abode until I stopped using these “regular” products. I’m working on my husband, who still likes his smelly commercial soap. The other night, I woke up thinking, “Hmmm, I smell a chemical soapy odor,” and it was the smell of his soap emanating from our master bathroom! Apparently, we have so few fake fumes floating around, that even the slightest hint seems strong. And it’s not only inside the house that’s a problem. Dryer sheets share their stinky scent with the world. I remember back when I still used them—I’d take my dog out in the front yard in the evening and instead of smelling the flowers and spruce trees, all I could smell was the dryer sheet! Now, I pour a little vinegar in the wash; it


works great, and there’s no need for those evil little sheets. As a final note, I quit using regular laundry detergent years ago. In the beginning, it was because I was worried how much it must bother my dogs with their keen noses. I started with unscented mainstream brands, and then progressed to natural products. After reading one of the local articles in this issue on soap berries (see page 20), I may have to give them a try—I’m intrigued! I hope you enjoy this issue of Natural Awakenings. As always, please feel free to contact me with comments, suggestions or questions. This is your magazine—enjoy!


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Manifesto for a Cancer Patient Now Available on Amazon


hat choices do cancer patients have? Why do those choices seem so few? Manifesto for a Cancer Patient, by Colleen Huber, NMD, addresses these questions. Recently featured on Your Life A to Z, Channel 3 TV, Phoenix, this book is a manifesto for patient rights and a manual through the cancer journey from a naturopathic medical doctor. “Cancer patients need a manifesto to help restore their rightful position to the head of the table,” says Huber. “If the adult human is to regain personal sovereignty—that is, complete decision-making authority over his or her own health— the worship of the physician as demigod must end. The doctor is more appropriately an adviser regarding health and disease.” Huber is president of the Naturopathic Cancer Society, and was the keynote speaker of the 2015 Euro Cancer Summit and the 2016 World Congress on Cancer Therapy, and a keynote speaker at the 2016 and 2017 World Congress on Breast Cancer. To order Manifesto for a Cancer Patient, visit See ad, page 6.

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mbrace Earth Day at the Embracing Your Journey Expo, Sunday, April 22, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak Resort, in Phoenix. Attendees will find ecofriendly products and services to help reduce their impact on Mother Earth, as well as a large selection of holistic, wellness and metaphysical products and services to help meet and keep those New Year’s resolutions. Purple Lotus Productions LLC, the family-friendly event’s producer, is passionate about providing folks with an expo where they can find world-renowned, skilled practitioners; new and innovative services; and unique and original products to help them on their mind-body-spirit journeys. There will be some fun, interactive activities to help connect with Mother Earth, including a grounding center where people can learn the importance of grounding for physical, emotional and spiritual health. Cost: $5 per person (kids 10 and under are free) in advance; $8 at the door. The first 100 people will receive a swag bag (over $50 value). Pre-purchasing a ticket does not guarantee a bag. They will be given out on a first-come, first-served basis to the first 100 attendees. Location: 7677 N. 16th St., Phoenix. For more information, visit See ad, page 34.

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over artist Stephen Blancett has been making art since childhood, but his style and subjects are ever-evolving. Animals are a new favorite subject of the artist, who typically paints both abstracts and figures portrayed realistically in form, but in bold, unreal colors. “I’ve always had a love for animals,” says Blancett, a resident of Alva, Florida. “I see a lot more wildlife now that I live near a river, especially fish, manatees and alligators, which inspires me to paint them.” Burrowing Owl was commissioned for a fundraiser for Abuse Counseling & Treatment (ACT), an organization that assists victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. “It’s a great reward to know that my art benefits another person in some way,” says Blancett, a longtime supporter of ACT. A former creative director in the advertising and publishing fields with a degree from the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale, Blancett serves as national art director for Natural Awakenings. His work has been featured in numerous publications and galleries around the world, including recent exhibitions in Miami, London, Vienna and Strasbourg. Visit the artist’s portfolio at


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therapists with the International Board of Hypnotherapy. By also completing the additional 100 hours of module four, which covers painmanagement techniques, perioperative services, and accelerated healing, they become eligible for the professional designation of certified medical support clinical hypnotherapist. They also are authorized practitioners of specific protocols used in scientific studies funded by the National Institutes of Health. Module five is a 100-hour elective that covers natal regression and past-life therapy, for a total of 500 hours of training. Students have traveled from 30 countries and all 50 states to attend the school. Academy Director Tim Simmerman Sierra states: “Our state licensed hypnosis courses and clinical hypnotherapy training have led the field in hypnotherapy education for more than 30 years. The 500-hour accelerated certification course in hypnotherapy is held three times a year and is taught in two-week modules.” Location: 2132 Osuna Rd., NE, Ste. B, Albuquerque, NM. To register, call 505-767-8030 or toll free at 877-983-1515, or visit See ad on page 17.

Free Lecture and Intro to Sat Nam Rasayan and a Two-Day Immersion Course at Anahata Yoga


n Friday, April 27, from 7 to 8:30 p.m., there will be a free lecture and intro to Sat Nam Rasayan, with Mahankirn Kaur Khalsa. Attendees will learn about this ancient healing form used to restore balance and will discover how to tap into their inner healer. Cookies and yogi tea to follow. The two-day immersion course—Heal Your Life and Learn to Become a Healer with Mahankirn Kaur Khalsa—takes place Saturday, April 28, from 1 to 6 p.m., and Sunday, April 29, from 1 to 4 p.m. Participants will receive healing as well as learn to heal others. All levels are welcome, and no experience is necessary. Continuing education credits through Yoga Alliance or hours toward Anahata RYT-300 teacher training. Khalsa has been practicing Sat Nam Rasayan for the past 24 years, and it is her passion to help teach others to heal themselves and learn to heal others in a deep and profound way. Cost: $149 for complete course; Saturday only, $108; Sunday only, $74. Location: 14148 N. 100th St., Ste. C-130, Scottsdale. For more information or to register (required for free event, as space is limited), visit (two-day course) or (free event). See ad, page 39.

Discover Western Mystical Secrets with David Goddard


ritish scholar, author and spiritual teacher David Goddard will offer an empowering weekend retreat on Western Mystical Secrets, known as green ray magic, at the Shrine of Holy Wisdom, in Tempe, May 4 through 6. Attendees will receive instruction and participate in both the high ceremonials of the sanctuary and the nature-centered ways of power; make authentic connections with the sacred beings—angels, nature spirits and devas, inner teachers and power totems; and learn how to walk before the gods and how to sing for Mother Earth. The class fee is $375. Goddard is an initiated adept and lineage holder of the Western esoteric tradition trained in the Qabalah, the hermetic arts, angelic theurgy, and the Celtic wisdom of Britain. In addition to the weekend retreat, he will be giving a free talk at the Shrine of Holy Wisdom on the “inner side” of nature—Communing with Nature Spirits—Thursday, May 3, at 7 p.m. And May 7 through 12, at the same location, Goddard will be offering Initiation of the Gnostic Christ: Building the Mystic Temple, and a rarely given Empowerment of the Archangel Uriel.

Spiritualution Concert Gathering Prayer for The Promised One of All Faiths


eople from every continent, and of every race and religion, will come together on Saturday, May 5, at Camp Avalon, in Sedona, for a Spiritualution Concert Gathering to pray for the coming of The Promised One to usher in a new era of light and life for our world. Many spiritual leaders have come to the conclusion that the problems facing our planet are so massive that divine intervention is necessary, and that “The Promised One”—foreseen by prophets throughout history and known by many names—is destined to come to implement a planetary “divine administration”. Spiritualution—Justice to God’s People is a movement by spiritual leader and musician TaliasVan. The clarion call of this movement is CosmoPop—TaliasVan’s unique style of music, which he performs with his 12-piece Bright & Morning Star Band. “The music goes beyond the confines of this planet and actually originated in the Pleiades, where I believe many souls, who are called starseed, originated,” says TaliasVan. “The Spiritualution Concerts are also gatherings of the Star Tribes from four universes under the theme ‘One God, One Planetary Family’. You don’t have to get religious; just be kind and pray for the coming of The Promised One. That’s what this concert is all about—souls from all religious backgrounds praying together for the only answer to a better world: a divine takeover.” Cost: $20 in advance/$30 day of event (reduced prices for youth and camping packages available). Location: 91 Loy Ln., Sedona. For more information, call 520-398-2542 or visit See ad, page 17.

Location: 5025 S. Ash Ave., Ste. B-15, Tempe. For times, dates and prices, visit To reserve a place for any of these events, contact Father Jorge Eagar at 480-219-9633 or

The best preparation for tomorrow is doing your best today. ~H. Jackson Brown, Jr. April 2018


Herbs Ease Polycystic Ovary Symptoms

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Ingesting a combination of five herbs while making healthy lifestyle changes significantly reduced symptoms of polycystic ovary syndrome in a recent Australian study of 122 women published in Phytotherapy Research. The herbs were Cinnamomum verum (cinnamon), Glycyrrhiza glabra (licorice), Hypericum perforatum (St. John’s wort), Paeonia lactiflora (peony) and Tribulus terrestris (tribulus). Menstrual cycles returned to normal duration for 55 percent of the women, and significant improvements occurred in body mass index, pregnancy rates, hormones, insulin sensitivity and blood pressure. Subjects also exhibited less depression, anxiety and stress.


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FRUIT PESTICIDES LOWER FERTILITY IN WOMEN A Harvard study of 325 women undergoing fertility treatments found that those consuming the most produce high in pesticide residues, such as strawberries, spinach and grapes, were 18 percent less likely to become pregnant and 26 percent less likely to have a live birth compared to women eating the least amount of pesticide-laden produce. Study co-author Dr. Jorge Chavarro suggests that women trying to conceive should eat organic produce or lowpesticide choices like avocados, onions and oranges.


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Less REM-Stage Sleep Linked to Dementia Risk

People that get less rapid eye movement (REM) sleep may have a greater risk of developing dementia, according to a new study published in Neurology. Following 321 people over age 60 for 12 years, Australian researchers found that those that developed dementia spent an average of 17 percent of their sleep time in REM sleep, compared to 20 percent for others. It also took them longer to get to that dream-generating stage.

Nature Videos Calm Prisoners

Maximum-security prison inmates in Oregon that spent an hour a day for a year watching nature videos were involved in 26 percent fewer violent acts compared with fellow inmates, and reported feeling significantly calmer, less irritable and more empathetic. The University of Utah study, published in Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, states, “An estimated 5.3 million Americans live or work in naturedeprived venues. Such removal from nature can result in an ‘extinction of experience’ that can further lead to disinterest or disaffection toward natural settings, or even biophobia (fear of the natural environment). People that infrequently or never spend time in nature will be deprived of the numerous physical and emotional benefits that contact with nature affords.”

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Air Pollution Linked to Psychological Distress Air pollution takes a toll on mental health, University of Washington researchers have concluded. By linking health data for 6,000 people to census tracts, they found that people living in areas with the highest levels of airborne fine particulate matter scored 17 percent higher in measures of psychological distress, including sadness, nervousness and hopelessness. The higher the level of particulates—emitted by car engines, fireplaces and fossil fuel power plants—the greater the impact. April 2018


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A study published in the journal Science found that forests across Asia, Latin America and Africa release 468 tons of carbon per year, equivalent to nearly 10 percent of the annual U.S. carbon footprint. Thus, tropical forests may no longer be acting as carbon sinks and could be releasing more carbon than they store. Lead author Alessandro Baccini, with the Woods Hole Research Center, in Massachusetts, says, “These findings provide the world with a wake-up call on forests. If we’re to keep global temperatures from rising to dangerous levels, we need to drastically reduce emissions and greatly increase forests’ ability to absorb and store carbon.” Researchers think nearly 70 percent of this loss of carbon storage capacity is caused by small-scale degradation from logging, drought and wildfire. Researchers say that policies to curb deforestation, reduce degradation and restore the integrity of the land could turn forests back into carbon sinks.

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Solar energy is now the cheapest form of new energy in dozens of countries, with record-setting solar farms being built worldwide. Researchers have been investigating ways to make transparent solar panels that resemble glass that could be used as window panels at the same time as converting the light that shines on them into electricity. “Highly transparent solar cells represent the wave of the future for new solar applications,” explains materials scientist Richard Lunt, Ph.D., from Michigan State University. “We analyzed their potential and show that by harvesting only invisible light, these devices have the potential of generating a similar amount of electricity as rooftop solar while providing additional functionality to enhance the efficiency of buildings, automobiles and mobile electronics.” As reported in Nature Energy, his team has developed a transparent, luminescent, solar concentrator that looks like clear glass, covered in small, organic molecules adept at capturing only ultraviolet and near-infrared wavelengths of light. The visible light that enables human vision isn’t obstructed, so we can see through the cell. If scaled up to cover the billions of square feet of glass surfaces throughout the U.S., it could potentially supply about 40 percent of our country’s energy needs.


Tropical Forests Releasing Excess Carbon

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Window-Like Solar Cells Could Power 40 Percent of U.S. Needs

Distributed Power Energy Users Control Own Supplies

Some municipalities spend between 20 and 40 percent of their annual budgets on the energy needed to operate wastewater treatment plants. The city of Thousand Oaks, California, has transformed their biggest energy user into an energy generator. Across the U.S., energy users of all sizes are taking control of their power supply and relieving stress from the grid. That’s the idea behind distributed energy. Atlantic Re:think and Siemens have partnered to explore this burgeoning energy revolution. View a video at

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Transforming Plastics

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Mobile Trashpresso Turns Trash into Tiles

UK furniture and design company Pentatonic has invented the Trashpresso, a solarpowered, mini-recycling plant that transforms plastic waste into usable architectural tiles. Pentatonic doesn’t use raw goods that create excess waste because they are committed to using materials for their products that incorporate some element of recycling, says co-founder Johann Bodecker. They want their products to be reusable, too, so they don’t use glues, resins, paints or formaldehydes to create them, a philosophy that influences all company decisions. The Trashpresso can be used in off-the-grid places where traditional recycling plants would be impractical. It sorts, shreds and compresses trash into plastic fibers to create fully formed tiles. The invention has attracted the attention of companies that want to reduce their own contribution to plastic waste and ocean pollution. Starbucks UK, for example, has commissioned Pentatonic to turn their coffee shop waste into furniture, including bean bag chairs produced from plastic bottles and cups.

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Just 100 Companies Emit Most Global Emissions

In July 2017, historic new research from environmental nonprofit CDP, in collaboration with the Climate Accountability Institute, revealed in The Carbon Majors Report that 71 percent of all global greenhouse gas emissions since 1988 can be traced to just 100 fossil fuel producers. It’s the first in a series of planned publications to improve transparency and highlight the role companies and their investors could play in tackling climate change. Offenders ExxonMobil, Shell, BP and Chevron are among the highest-emitting investor-owned companies. If fossil fuels continue to be extracted at the same rate for the next 28 years as they were between 1988 and 2017, global average temperatures would be on course to rise by 7.2 degrees Fahrenheit by the end of this century, likely causing catastrophic consequences, including substantial species extinction and global food scarcity risks. Read the report at

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EVENTS Celebrate Nature 2018 April 7 through April 18

PLASTICS WARS Celebrate Earth Day Locally and Globally


arth Day, on April 22, will serve again as a galvanizing force on ways to save our planet. With the theme of End Plastic Pollution, the Earth Day Network (EDN) is setting a specific focus this year on the importance of reducing the use of plastics and finding more Earthfriendly alternatives ( The nonprofit notes that of the approximately 300 million tons of plastic annually produced to make bags, bottles, packages and other commodities worldwide, only about 10 percent is successfully recycled and reused. The rest ends up in landfills or as litter, leaching dangerous chemicals into soil and water, endangering humans and wildlife alike. EDN asks everyone to pledge to switch to sustainable alternatives, subscribe to its newsletter, spread the word via social media, educate and mobilize citizens to demand action, and donate to


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support the adoption of a global framework to regulate plastic pollution that will engage individuals, companies and governments worldwide. Further, EDN is extending people’s ability to take personal responsibility by self-rating and guiding their involvement via practical toolkits. “People can create and follow a plan to reduce their plastic footprint and also share that data to help others via the Billion Acts of Green online campaign,” says Valeria Merino, vice president of Global Earth Day, adding that participants will be able to create an ongoing record and track their commitments. The initiative is also providing materials, tips on organizing cleanup events and social media tie-ins. Help Natural Awakenings Phoenix & Northern Arizona celebrate and forward progress in sustainability efforts by participating in these local Earth Day 2018 events.

Celebrate Nature 2018 in Mesa with the following local events: CycloMesa Bicycle Festival on Saturday, April 7, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Household Hazardous Waste Event on Saturday, April 14, from 8 a.m. to noon; Celebrate Mesa on April 14, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Bike2Work Day and Earth Expo on Wednesday, April 18, from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. For more information, visit residents/earth-day.

Party for the Planet April 14

Celebrate Earth Day at the Phoenix Zoo with Earth-friendly games and activities designed to inspire and motivate others to care for our natural world. All activities are included with general zoo admission. Location: 455 N. Galvin Pkwy. For more information, visit

Student Conservation Association (SCA) Earth Day 9 a.m. to noon, April 21

Volunteers will help to preserve the native desert habitat by trimming back overgrown native trees and removing trash, and will also support the restoration of the park’s facilities by painting and sanding historic ramadas.  Location: Papago Park, 625 N. Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix. For more information, call 1-888-SCA-EVENTS or email To register and complete the online waiver, visit

Go Native and Low, Low Maintenance


9:30 to 10:30 a.m., April 21 Native plants add unique appeal to our arid climate landscapes while giving gardeners a break with their low maintenance habits. Learn which Arizona and Southwestern native plants are best for your garden, along with a host of other low-water use plants that once established require little to no water and even less care. This class coincides with the annual native plant sale. Cost: free. Location: Watters Garden Center, 1815 W. Iron Springs Rd., Prescott. For more information, call Ken Davis at 928-445-4159 or visit

Earth Day Celebration at Grand Canyon National Park 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., April 21

Grand Canyon’s Green Team will host an open-house style event to focus on waste, water and energy reduction. Location: Grand Canyon Visitor Center Plaza, S. Entrance Rd., Grand Canyon Village. For more information, email Green Team chairperson Kim Park at

Sedona Earth Day Celebration 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., April 21

Visitors can enjoy raptors, reptiles, riparian areas, activities, guided nature hikes, special guest presentations, kids’ crafts, information exhibits and local artwork on display. Location: Red Rock State Park, 4050 Red Rock Loop Rd., Sedona.

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The event will focus on education and outreach that promotes sustainable living. Join for community cleanup from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Location: Bushmaster Park, 3150 N. Alta Vista Rd. For more information, visit

Earth Day in Phoenix 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., April 21

The ninth annual Earth Day in Phoenix will feature exhibitors, mini eco-classes, and more at this zero-waste event, meaning everything will be recyclable or compostable. Alternative modes of transportation are encouraged (light rail/bike). Location: Steele Indian School Park, 300 E. Indian School Rd. For more information, visit

Family Bike Ride 8 a.m., April 22

Get outdoors and join hundreds of riders on Earth Day for this fun-filled Glendale tradition. Location: Sahuaro Ranch Park, 59th Ave. and Mountain View Rd. For more information, call 623-930-2940 or email or visit

Earth Day at Embracing Your Journey Expo 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., April 22

The expo will feature more than 60 vendors, including organic food, alternative energy, eco-friendly vendors and lectures. Visitors can explore new modalities and products, and meet practitioners. Cost: $5 in advance, $8 at the door. Location: Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak Resort, 7677 N. 16th St., Phoenix. For more information, visit

Sway Congress Save Wild Horses Campaign Update

The Trump Administration’s Fiscal Year 2019 budget again calls on Congress to lift long-standing prohibitions on the destruction and slaughter of wild horses and burros. The budget seeks to cut approximately $14 million of the Interior Department’s Bureau of Land Management Wild Horse and Burro Program by selling as many as 90,000 federally protected American mustangs for slaughter to avoid management costs and supply foreign markets with horsemeat. So far, citizens have held the line in favor of America’s iconic equine heritage. As Congress discusses appropriations for 2019, we must continue to press our senators and representatives to stand with the 80 percent of Americans that demand protection for these animals. Make your voice heard today via the online form at SaveWildHorsesNow.

Horses make a landscape look beautiful. ~Alice Walker April 2018




How to Replace Your Laundry Detergent with a Berry from the Rainforest by Karma Shleef


his may sound crazy, but it’s actually a very easy and effective swap to make! These berries grow in warm, temperate to tropical regions and are a part of the lychee family, Sapindaceae. They contain high amounts of saponins, which give them their soap-like qualities. What’s more, these berries can be used six to 10 times in the wash before they need to be replaced. Fortunately, they are all-natural, do not add any hazardous chemicals to the household, and are biodegradable. Everyone is concerned with outdoor pollution while overlooking the pollution indoors where up to 80 to 90 percent of


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time is spent. Indoor pollution can come from a slew of things, including candles, household cleaning products, and detergents (the focus of this article). Conventional detergents have numerous health concerns associated with them due to the toxins they contain. The three most problematic ingredients are:


1,4-Dioxane – Not only is this a known animal carcinogen, it is also suspected to cause “adverse reproductive effects (fetotoxicity)” with chronic exposure and can damage the blood. ( php?msdsId=9923847)

Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) – This substance is also highly toxic to aquatic organisms and is easily absorbed through the skin. Prolonged exposure has been known to cause dermatitis—an increasingly common condition. (cdc. gov/niosh/ipcsneng/neng0502.html) These chemicals in detergents stay in the clothes in small amounts after being washed and can be absorbed through the skin. At first, this will most likely have little to no effect. However, over time, chronic exposure can lead to health problems. This is why it’s a good idea to replace conventional detergent with a berry from the rainforest!

How to use the berries:

Put five to six berries in a sachet and throw into the wash as it is filling with water. A splash of white vinegar or baking soda can be added to the water to act as a brightener and fabric softener. Wash and dry as you normally would. That’s it! If you would like to add some scent, try lemon, lavender or peppermint essential oils.

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These berries can be purchased at numerous places online by searching for “soap berries” or “soap nuts”, and they often come with the small sachet to put them in. Karma Shleef has a degree in Biochemistry from Arizona State University, and is currently studying holistic nutrition to become a certified nutrition health coach. Connect at Chemist

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Nonylphenol Ethoxylate (NPE) – Has a possible risk of impaired fertility as well as risk of harm to an unborn child. But what this substance is most known for is its harm to the environment, especially aquatic life (where this substance is most likely to end up). Unfortunately, its toxic effects tend to be long lasting. (

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Why a Warming Planet is Harming Our Health by Lisa Marshall


amantha Ahdoot’s son Isaac was 9 years old when he collapsed from the heat while playing clarinet at band camp. It had been a record-hot summer following a mild winter and early spring, and Dr. Ahdoot, an Alexandria, Virginia, pediatrician, had already noticed a string of unusual cases: A toddler had contracted Lyme disease in the once tick-free region of Northern Maine. A teenager had suffered an asthma attack in February, a full month before she usually started taking allergy medicine. A displaced grade-schooler from out of town arrived traumatized after fleeing a hurricane-ravaged home with her family.


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But it wasn’t until she saw her son laying on a gurney in the emergency room with an IV in his arm that she fully connected the dots. “I was aware that the weather had changed a lot since I was kid. But it really didn’t hit home until that day that climate change could affect my health and the health of my children personally,” recalls Ahdoot. “I realized it would be a betrayal of my duty as a pediatrician to sit back and do nothing about it.”

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Healthy Climate, Healthy People

Ahdoot, now a vocal climate change activist, is among a growing number of healthcare professionals that have begun to reframe climate change not as a concern for elsewhere or the future, but as a pressing U.S. public health issue today. In one recent survey of 1,200 allergists, 48 percent said climate change is already affecting their patients a “great deal” or a “moderate amount.” In another survey of lung specialists, 77 percent said they were seeing patient symptoms grow more severe due to worsening climate-related air quality. In a sweeping review published last October in The Lancet medical journal, a team of healthcare professionals proclaimed that the human symptoms of climate change are “unequivocal and potentially irreversible,” noting that since 2000, the number of people in the United States exposed to heat waves annually has risen by about 14.5 million, and the number of natural disasters annually has increased 46 percent. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has also begun to weigh in with a Climate-Ready States and Cities Initiative to help local health departments brace for everything from the hazardous air quality associated with more forest fires to the spread of vectorborne diseases like Zika and West Nile as the range and season of mosquitoes and ticks expands. Meanwhile, groups like the newly formed and expansive Medical Society Consortium on Climate & Health, to


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which Ahdoot belongs, are being proactive. Its doctors are greening their offices, swapping cars for bikes, buses or carpooling, lobbying lawmakers and encouraging their patients to undertake measures to prevent the problem from worsening. In the process, they say, they might even improve their own health. “We want the public to understand that climate change is not just about polar bears or receding glaciers in the Arctic, but also about our children and our health here and now,” says Ahdoot.

Flora and Fauna Issues

During the past century, average temperatures have increased between 1.3 and 1.9 degrees Fahrenheit, with annual increases accelerating in recent years as 2012, 2015, 2016 and 2017 all set records for ambient heat. Such rising temperatures, combined with increased rain and record-high atmospheric carbon dioxide levels, can have a significant impact on plants—both those that irritate or nourish us, says Howard Frumkin, a medical doctor who co-authored the Lancet report and teaches environmental and occupational health sciences at the University of Washington, in Seattle. Wild, allergy-inducing plants like ragweed and poison ivy are flourishing. Poison ivy is growing faster, larger and more toxic as excess carbon prompts it to produce more of its rash-inducing compound, urushiol. “We are seeing the season for ragweed productivity expanding, with pollen levels rising higher and earlier and lasting longer by several weeks,” advises Frumkin. In 2016, residents of Minneapolis, Minnesota, endured a ragweed season that was 21 days longer than in 1990. Other, desirable crops, like grains, do worse in hotter carbon-rich climes, producing less protein and other nutrients, Frumkin notes. Meanwhile, bugs are thriving, with longer seasons and wider ranges in which to reproduce. Mosquitoes’ capacity to transmit dengue fever—the world’s fastest-growing mosquito-borne illness— has risen by 11 percent since 1950, more

Five Steps to Take Today


Swap tailpipes for pedals: Bike

or walk instead of driving, especially for distances of less than two miles, which comprise 40 percent of all car trips. A study in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives found that if everyone did this in just 11 cities in the Midwest, not only would carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions fall, but it would extend 1,300 lives and save $8 billion in healthcare costs due to better air quality and less sedentary lifestyles.


Eat less red meat: Producing

red meat results in five times more climate-warming emissions per calorie than chicken, pork, dairy or eggs, according to a study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science. It also creates 11 times more emissions than the production of potatoes, wheat or rice. Eating less red meat can also decrease an individual’s risk of certain cancers.


Encourage hospitals and doctors’ offices to go green:

The healthcare system is responsible

for about 10 percent of all greenhouse gas emissions, according to a recent study by researchers at the Yale School of Medicine, in New Haven, Connecticut. Boston-area hospitals recently slashed their overall emissions by 29 percent in five years.


Plant more trees: As they grow,

trees remove carbon dioxide from the air. Being around green space has also been shown to boost mental and cognitive health.


Show compassion: Americans,

per capita, emit six times more CO2 than the global average, according to research by Jonathan Patz, a medical doctor who directs the Global Health Institute at the University of WisconsinMadison. In a TED Talk, he observed that U.S. lower-income populations and those in developing countries are often hit hardest by gaseous emissions. “Those most vulnerable to the health impacts of climate change are often the least responsible,” he says. “Doing something about this is a matter of compassion.”

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Heat Pollution

Rising heat can also aggravate lung conditions because it promotes the production of ozone, a major lung irritant. With prolonged heat often come wildfires. When one burned for three months in North Carolina in a recent summer, researchers discovered that residents of counties affected by the smoke plume showed a 50 percent increase in emergency trips due to respiratory illness. Like Isaac, more kids are ending up in hospitals due to soaring temperatures, with U.S. emergency room visits for heat illnesses up by 133 percent between 1997 and 2006. Ahdoot recalls a young football player from Arkansas that showed signs of weakness and fatigue during practice, but wasn’t treated right away. He ended up with heat stroke, kidney failure and pulmonary edema and

ultimately required kidney dialysis. “Every summer now, I see the impacts of increasing temperatures and heat waves on kids,” she says. Climate change can also impact mental health, according to a recent review by the American Psychological Association. Exposure to natural disasters can lead to post-traumatic stress disorder. Plus, according to research institutions including the University of California, San Diego, and Iowa State University, chronic heat, especially at night, can interfere with sleep and even lead to aggressive behavior. Then there’s the worry about what to do about it, and whether it will be enough. “When you talk with people about what is affecting them, climate is definitely one of the things stressing them out,” says Thomas Doherty, Psy.D., a psychologist in Portland, Oregon. “There’s a sense of mystery and powerlessness around it that weighs on people.”

Fresh Perspective, New Hope

Mona Sarfaty, a family physician who is now director of the Medical Society Consortium on Climate & Health, attests

that 69 percent of Americans are aware that climate change is occurring, and more than half agree that human activities are at least partly to blame. Yet only a third believe it could ever harm them personally. “So much of the early focus was on the receding glaciers and the penguins,” she says. “People today still think it will affect ‘those other people over there,’ but not them.” She agrees with the recent focus on imminent health issues, and is encouraged that a growing number of healthcare professionals feel it’s their duty to inform their patients about climate change to mobilize action. “When you talk about climate change not only in terms of the health impact it has on individuals and families, but also in terms of the realtime benefits of taking action against it, people are a lot more interested in doing something,” says Sarfaty. For instance, shifting to clean energy sources like wind and solar instead of coal can effect better air quality and easier breathing now. Cycling or walking to work rather than driving can reduce carbon emissions, boost feel-good brain chemicals and keep weight in check. Writing letters to editors or attending rallies to urge lawmakers to pass climate-friendly policies can not only fend off the anxiety and depression that comes with feeling helpless, but also effect real change. Ahdoot is taking these steps now. She has solar panels on her roof, is assisting the local hospital to reduce its carbon footprint, takes public transportation to work and encourages her kids to walk whenever possible. “I don’t feel powerless at all. I feel empowered and optimistic,” she says. “The more we know, the more we are moved to act. We can all do something small every day to protect our climate.” Lisa Marshall is a freelance health writer in Boulder, CO. Connect at


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than half of that just since 1990, according to the Lancet report. Further, the tick that carries Lyme disease is now present in 46 percent of U.S. counties, up from 30 percent in 1998. “My physician colleagues used to treat two or three cases a month during tick season,” says Dr. Nitin Damle, a physician at South County Internal Medicine, in Wakefield, Rhode Island. “Now each of us sees 40 to 50 new cases each season.”

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A Natural Approach to Allergy Season by Paul Stallone


t’s going to be a long allergy season, thanks to a mild winter. The many plants that thrive in comfortable temperatures mean more pollen. This results in most people running to gather the usual supplies needed to make it through another season. Many may be content with this approach, but are probably unaware of the serious side effects or that other options exist. Over-the-counter or prescribed antihistamines should be treated with caution, especially with long-term use. One study suggests an association between antihistamines and an increased chance of dementia. A valid concern that many choose to ignore is the amount of drowsiness these medications can cause. This either leaves people to suffer during the day to avoid the drowsiness or take unnecessary chances with driving or work performance. Mild sufferers have the option of

natural supplements. Stinging nettle naturally helps control histamines; it also helps with itchy eyes and runny noses. Quercetin also helps stabilize the release of histamines. Butterbur can help with asthma and migraines. Probiotics help support the immune system, and a healthy immune system is a lot less likely to over-respond to a harmless antigen. Moderate and severe sufferers will benefit from the listed supplements above; however, they will need to consider a more proactive approach. Instead of waiting to treat the symptom, there are programs that teach the body not to overreact to a stimulus, thus eliminating the need for any medication or supplements. These are called desensitizing programs. They involve some time on the patient’s part, but the results are most worth it. There are two options. One requires weekly office visits to receive a shot, and the other involves the patient

administering the sublingual therapy at home. Both revolve around the same principle of introducing minuscule amounts of antigens and increasing the amount slowly over time. This teaches the immune system not to fear these harmless trespassers. The body stops producing excessive histamines, therefore, most, if not all, symptoms disappear. The sublingual drops are completely natural and are completely safe for even young children. Drops under the tongue mean zero pain and no weekly doctor visits. Allergy symptoms are the result of the immune system over-responding to something that’s found its way into a person’s body. By balancing one’s immune system, the source of the symptoms are being treated. Consulting with a naturopath will provide even more natural options for allergy relief. Homeopathic remedies are an excellent option for anyone of any age. A knowledgeable practitioner will be able to customize a therapy for an individual’s exact symptoms. If needed, a naturopath can even administer intravenous nutrients that will super charge a person’s immune system. Many people find quick relief with a tailored intravenous vitamin treatment, as it can provide nutrients like energy-boosting vitamin B12 directly into the blood supply. There are safe, natural and effective treatments for anyone suffering with allergy symptoms. It’s not too late to begin a desensitizing program, and a customized supplement program should provide rapid relief. Paul Stallone, NMD, founded the Arizona Integrative Medical Center, located at 8144 E. Cactus Rd., Ste. 820, in Scottsdale. He combines natural/ alternative/conventional treatments for each patient’s needs. For more information, call 480-214-3922 or visit See ad, inside front cover and page 33. April 2018




e live in a toxic soup. Of the more than 80,000 chemicals currently used in the United States, only a few hundred have ever been tested for human health effects. Many of these chemicals are outright banned in Europe and other countries. These chemicals include synthetic flavoring substances, food preservatives, food coloring agents, plastics, pesticides/herbicides, artificial scents, solvents, heavy metal toxins, among others. These chemicals are known to cause neurological problems, such as neuropathy, depression and memory loss; hormone disruption, such as polycystic ovarian syndrome, low libido, and heavy and irregular menstrual cycles; reproductive problems, such as infertility and birth defects; developmental problems, such as a low intelligence quotient and behavior problems; immune system problems, such as low white blood cell count and autoimmunity; and liver and kidney toxicity.


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Toxins accumulate gradually over time. It may take years or decades for these toxins to develop into disease or dysfunction. However, Western medicine places little to no emphasis on chronic toxicity, despite overwhelming evidence and surveillance by health agencies worldwide. In fact, prescription drugs are part of the poison contributing to the toxic overload. Your body’s detoxification system is working hard to help you rid these toxins every second of every day. However, the rate of toxic exposure in the U.S. is simply too great for our bodies to handle. This is why regular detoxification practice is important to facilitate the removal of these harmful substances from the body, not unlike changing the oil in your car or the air filter in your home. There are supplements sold in health food stores that are labeled as “colon cleanse” or “liver detox”. The problem is these products often contain laxatives, and consumers may mistakenly think just because they have more bowel

Follow Peter Kan, DC, DACNB, FAAIM, CFMP, the host of the online Ask Dr Kan Show, on Facebook at Hope Integrative Wellness Center and YouTube at Dr. Peter Kan for natural detox tips. He consults with clients globally via video conference and in his Gilbert office. For more information, call 480-988-6269. See ad, page 5.

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movements that the supplement is doing the job. Remember, toxins are stored widely throughout the body, not just in the bowel. And detox is handled by other organs besides the colon, so just inducing diarrhea is not detox in and of itself. Chelation is the use of substances administered intravenously or orally that bind to heavy metals, which is a therapy often recommended by natural healthcare practitioners. This aggressive form of detoxification can cause some people, especially those with autoimmunity, to experience significant detox reactions and flare-up of autoimmune disease. Current testing for toxins in the body bear limitations. Tests are based on samples of hair, urine, stool or blood. These tests measure toxins in those samples, which is not an indication of total body stores. The toxins detected through these samples are what are circulating in the blood. However, once the toxins are stored in organs, such as the kidneys, bone marrow or the brain, they are out of circulation and become difficult to detect and detox. It’s important not to only rely on one test, but to also look at clinical history; physical signs; and other methods, such as bioresonance testing, to detect underlying infections and toxins. The best game plan for detox starts with the avoidance of toxins. Be aware of where toxins are in your environment and what you put in your body, and also on your body. Next, find an experienced practitioner to establish a baseline of your toxic load, and create a comprehensive detox plan that addresses all organs and toxins, with nutrients and lifestyle change that is safe and sustainable.

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Paul Hawken Shares a Plan to Reverse Global Warming by Linda Sechrist


or author Paul Hawken, a leading environmental entrepreneur working with a coalition of research fellows, advisors and expert reviewers, the climate goal is drawdown, or reversing global warming—the point in atmospheric time when the concentration of greenhouse gases peaks and begins to decline on a year-to-year basis. Hawken edited Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming, a compendium of the 100 most substantive solutions that already exist.

Why is drawdown the goal? If we don’t name the goal, we are unlikely to achieve it. To date, language like mitigation, stabilization and reduction has been used to address climate change. These goals are not particularly ambitious and will do little to preserve civilization. Those verbs are about slowing the amount of released gases, but do not reverse them. If you are going the wrong way down a road which heads straight over a cliff, slowing down is not a helpful goal. We need to turn around, and that is what drawdown research is all about.

Why and how did you do the research? We wanted to know if it was game over with respect to global warming, or could we reverse the buildup of greenhouse gases with techniques and practices already underway? We gathered a qualified and diverse group of 70 researchers from around the world to identify, research and model the 100 most substantive existing solutions. They modeled the impact the solutions will have if they 28

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continue to scale in a rigorous, but reasonable way, and what the cost and profits would be. All carbon data was based on peer-reviewed science. Economic data came from respected international institutions like the World Bank. The goal of the book was to present the findings and describe the solutions in ways that fascinated and informed, accompanied by images that enlivened and inspired.

What are the top 10 solutions? The top 10 solutions, in order, are: refrigerant management, wind turbines, reduced food waste, plant-rich diet, tropical forests protection, educating girls, family planning, solar farms, silvopasture—the intentional combination of trees, forage plants and livestock

as an integrated, intensively managed system—and rooftop solar. All 100 are listed at

Did any of the solutions surprise you? None of the solutions surprised us, but their rankings did. For example, educating girls, number six, has a dramatic bearing on global warming. Women with more years of education have fewer, healthier, children and actively manage their reproductive health. Educated females realize higher wages and greater upward mobility, contributing to economic growth. Education is the most powerful lever available for breaking the cycle of intergenerational poverty while mitigating emissions by curbing population growth. Ranked seventh, family planning, particularly in low-income countries, impacts world population. For women to have children by choice rather than chance and to plan their family size and spacing is a matter of autonomy and dignity. Together, these two solutions would account for significant reduction in greenhouse gases by 2050. The United Nations estimates a difference between the high and median population projections in 2050 of 10.8 billion versus 9.7 billion. The difference is almost entirely determined by availability of family planning.

Are you optimistic about achieving the goal? Drawdown is not about optimism, hope or pessimism. It is a reality project. The science on climate change is amazing, if not stunning. It is the best problem statement humanity has ever created, which I see as a gift, not a curse. Global warming is feedback from the atmosphere. The Earth is a system, and any system that does not incorporate feedback fails. It holds true for our body, ecosystems, social systems and eco-


nomic systems. The knowledge of global warming and its potential impacts is creating huge breakthroughs in energy, transport, agriculture, housing, urbanization and materials. If it wasn’t for the science of climate change, we would be destroying our planet faster than we already are. Focusing repeatedly on the problem does not solve the problem. Diagnosis is not prognosis unless we give up. The science of what will happen if we do not act has been here for a long time. What Drawdown points out is that humanity is on the case. The plan we refer to in the book’s subtitle is not our plan; we found a plan being activated by the collective intelligence of humanity. This is a different story than one of gloom and doom. It is a story of innovation, creativity and generosity—that is who we are. Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings.

Earth Day

should encourage us to reflect on what we are doing to make our planet a more

sustainable and livable place. ~Scott Peters

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We Need Trees

Arbor Day More Vital Now than Ever

The 147th annual Arbor Day on April 27 encourages tree planting worldwide to replenish lost tree cover including trees wiped out in the recent fires in California and hurricanes in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico. The Arbor Day Foundation (ADF) is committed to providing 5 million trees in these areas alone. More than 3,400 U.S. communities will participate as an ADF Tree City. Visit for a current list and criteria for new communities to apply. The ADF Alliance for Community Trees ( supports treegrowing programs for 200 nonprofit member groups nationwide via funding, information sharing and forging helpful connections. Trees are much more than aesthetics, says Program Manager Dana Karcher, who most recently welcomed Community Greening, in Delray Beach, Florida, and Outdoor Circle, in Hawaii, into the fold. “Trees clean the air, are a habitat for animals, retain storm water and more.” An affiliated nonprofit program online at encourages tree planting each October. Billings, Montana, earned the latest Arbor Day Celebration Award after 12 elementary schools there engaged in environmental education stations and 180 volunteers planted and pruned trees. Other recent biannual award winners included California’s ReLeaf program and the Atlanta Beltline Arboretum. The need was great even before the world’s forests lost 73.4 million acres of tree cover in 2016, a 51 percent increase over 2015, due to poor forest management, climate change-driven drought and fires, says Global Forest Watch. Hopeful global signs: The largest-ever tropical reforestation project in the Brazilian Amazon aims to plant 73 million trees in the next six years on 70,000 acres. A New Zealand participation goal for the Billion Trees Planting Programme targets planting 100 million trees annually for a decade. In July 2017, volunteers in Madhya Pradesh, India, planted 66,750,000 tree saplings in 12 hours, exceeding the previous record by Uttar Pradesh of 50 million in 24 hours, as part of India’s reforestation pledge of 2 billion new trees by 2030. A $10 annual ADF membership fee includes 10, six-inch-tall seedlings to plant or to donate to a national forest. Karcher’s paramount planting tip: “Dig the hole twice as wide and the same depth of the root ball. If it’s too deep, it’ll suffocate. Give roots space to grow.” April 2018


Changing Our Diet to Cool the Climate

Good Food Choices Enable Global Health by Judith Fertig


hree years ago, the New York Times added a new word to the world’s food vocabulary: Climatarian (n.) A diet whose primary goal is to reverse climate change. This includes eating locally produced food (to reduce energy spent in transportation), choosing pork and poultry instead of beef and lamb (to limit gas emissions), and using every part of ingredients (apple cores, cheese rinds, etc.) to limit food waste. Changing our food choices to support this model can have a ripple effect. Researchers at the University of California, Santa Barbara, in a 2017 study published in the journal Climatic


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Change, looked at how diets impact personal health, the healthcare system and climate. They found that adopting a more plant-based diet reduces the relative risk of coronary heart disease, colorectal cancer and Type 2 diabetes by 20 to 40 percent. National annual health care costs could drop from $93 billion to $77 billion. Direct greenhouse gas emissions could annually drop 489 to 1,821 pounds per person. Such an approach involves considering the related water usage, greenhouse gas emissions and carbon footprint—the energy required to cultivate, harvest and transport food—plus processing associated food waste. Here are some top choices.  

Hydroponic greens are hands-down winners. The Shelton Family Farm, near Whittier, North Carolina, weekly produces 10,000 to 12,000 heads of hydroponically grown Bibb lettuce. The controlled environment and carefully engineered nutrient delivery systems maximize all resources. “It’s an enclosed system that runs 24/7, and it’s highly efficient from a water-usage standpoint because we recycle the water,” says William Shelton Jr., a fourth-generation family farmer. “The only water that’s actually consumed is what’s taken up and transpired through the plants.” In a moderate climate, energy costs to recycle the water and keep the plants at an even temperature are moderate, as well. Dry-tilled heirloom tomatoes, okra, melons and quinoa are drought-tolerant and only use available rainfall.

Foods that Go Easy on Greenhouse Gases

Plants beat meat. “Livestock farming produces from 20 to 50 percent of all manmade greenhouse gas emissions,” says nutritionist and climate activist Jane Richards, of GreenEatz, in Mountain View, California. “You can reduce your footprint by a quarter by cutting down on red meats such as beef and lamb.” An exception is the vegetarian staple of rice. According to researchers at Project Drawdown, a climate solutions organization in Sausalito, California, rice cultivation is responsible for at least 10 percent of agricultural greenhouse gas emissions and up to 19 percent of global methane emissions. New farming techniques, like mid-season draining of the rice paddies, could cut methane emissions by at least 35 percent. Richards notes, “Meat, cheese and eggs have the highest carbon footprint; fruit, vegetables, beans and nuts, much lower. The carbon footprint of a vegetarian diet is about half that of a meat-lover’s diet.” Root crops such as carrots, radishes,

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potatoes and beets have a lower carbon footprint than above-ground plants due to less food waste. A beautiful beet is easier to grow than a bell pepper that blemishes more easily. Seasonal, regional fruit, vegetables, herbs and honey have a lighter carbon impact because they are transported shorter distances. Usually what grows best in a region and is consumed locally is also best for the climate. Foods naturally suited to their environment grow and taste better, and are packed with more nutrients, reports Sustainable Table, an educational nonprofit that builds healthy communities through sustainable eating habits (Sustainable

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New agricultural developments can also benefit our climate environment. According to Project Drawdown research, perennial grains and cereals could be pivotal in reaching soil, carbon and energy targets. The Land Institute, in Salina, Kansas, has been working with the Rodale Institute, in Berks County, Pennsylvania, to develop a perennial wheat that would not have to be planted from seed each year. This would save soil, carbon and both human and machine energy. Kernza, a new perennial grain proven to prosper in natural grasslands like the Great Plains, is not yet widely distributed. Maria Speck, author of Simply Ancient Grains, advises, “With up to 15-foot-long roots, it can be harvested for five years and uses less fertilizer than conventional wheat. Kernza tastes almost like a cross between rice and wheat— sweet, grassy, mesmerizing.” Michael Pollan, author of Food Rules: An Eater’s Manual and creator of the film Food, Inc., suggests we keep it simple: “Eat food, not too much, mostly plants.” Climatarians would add another guideline—eat as locally as possible. Judith Fertig writes cookbooks plus foodie fiction from Overland Park, KS (


INDIGENOUS WISDOM Elders Urge Us to Reimagine Life


by Anita Sanchez

irst, 27 indigenous elders from 23 North American tribes, two African tribes, a Tibetan Buddhist and a Sami from Finland gathered at Turtle Mountain, in Dunseith, North Dakota, in 1994. Recently, 13 elders from 10 tribes from Russia, Columbia, South Africa and the U.S. gathered in Kauai, Hawaii. Other such gatherings, too, are participating in a shared prophecy supporting world salvation. They offer humanity four sacred gifts of wisdom rooted in their life experiences. This is our invitation to receive them.

Power of Healing

Power to Forgive the Unforgivable

Power of Hope

Forgiveness is releasing ourselves from the prison of pain, hurt or mistreatment. It takes courage and self-love to do this. The reward of this act is freedom to use our energy to create what is life-giving to our self and the lives of those we touch.

Power of Unity

This is a time for us all to become and remain united and steadfast, repairing the world from the misuse of power and greed. When we choose to stand in the circle of unity, there is strength. Each of us has an important part to play in the circle of life to sustain precious relationships among people, Earth and spirit for ourselves, our children and future generations.

Indigenous elders tailor their healing practices to the whole human being, using good medicine, defined as anything or anyone that brings into positive alignment the spiritual, mental, emotional and physical levels. Healing can take many forms, based on tradition, the healer, patient and nature, yet four basic elements or practices are consistent: listening, supportive relationships, unconditional love and committing to creative, positive action.

Hope springs from the choice to tap into an infinite energy source. It may not be understood by modern science, but indigenous wisdom keepers behold an inner certainty of something bigger than us all. When we open ourselves to hope, it is possible to release the pressure and desire to try to know something about everything, and instead free our imagination to create expansive possibilities. Anita Sanchez, Ph.D., is a transformational leadership consultant, speaker, coach and author of the new book, The Four Sacred Gifts: Indigenous Wisdom for Modern Times, from which this was adapted. For videos and a song, visit April 2018


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Touching the Earth The Healing Powers of Going Barefoot by Martin Zucker


elanie Monteith, of San Diego, California, was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis at age 24 and plagued by symptoms for 14 years. Simple daily tasks became challenging. She relied on walking aids and walls to keep from falling. Eventually, she quit her job. Every day tested her survival skills. Then, in late 2017, Monteith tried grounding and it changed her life. Grounding, also called Earthing, refers to the discovery of major health benefits from sustained contact with the Earth’s natural and subtle electric charge. Recent research published in the Journal of Inflammation, Integrative Medicine: A Clinician’s Journal, Neonatology and Health indicates that grounding stabilizes the physiology in many ways, drains the body of inflammation, pain and stress, and generates greater well-being.   Grounding can be as simple as going


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barefoot in nature, including the backyard, for 30 to 60 minutes once or twice a day on surfaces like grass, soil, gravel, stone and sand. If this isn’t practical, special grounding mats and pads are available online for convenient indoor use while sitting or sleeping; people with compromised health often benefit from more time being grounded. The activity restores a primordial electric connection with the Earth that has been lost with modern lifestyles. We wear shoes with insulating, synthetic soles and live and work elevated above the ground. These overlooked lifestyle factors may contribute to increasing global rates of chronic illnesses. Grounding revitalizes us, akin to charging a weak battery, because our bodies operate electrically and our movements and thoughts are based on electrical signals. We are bioelectric beings.

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Eighteen years of grounding research in a variety of indoor settings, plus grassroots feedback from around the world, clearly show that our bodies operate more effectively when grounded. We sleep better, have less pain, more energy and even look better. Here are some of the documented benefits.

Reduction of chronic inflammation “Inflammation is intimately linked to most chronic and aging-related diseases,” says Gaétan Chevalier, Ph.D., a visiting scholar at the University of California, San Diego, who has conducted multiple grounding studies. “Grounding seems to be nature’s way to reduce inflammation.”

Enhanced blood flow Thick, sludgy blood is a common feature of diabetes and cardiovascular disorders. Several grounding studies have demonstrated a significant decrease in blood viscosity and enhanced blood flow. “Grounding represents a potent circulation booster; a simple, yet profound preventive and therapeutic strategy,” says integrative cardiologist Dr. Stephen T. Sinatra, of Manchester, Connecticut, co-author of the book Earthing: The Most Important Health Discovery Ever!

Decreased stress Tracy Latz, a medical doctor and integrative psychiatrist in Mooresville, North Carolina, has found, “Patients with anxiety issues, including post-traumatic stress disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder and depression, often benefit from grounding.”

Improved vagus nerve function The vagus nerve connects with and regulates key organs, including the lungs, heart and intestines. In one study, doctors at the Penn State Children’s Hospital, in Hershey, Pennsylvania, grounded hospitalized premature infants and documented improved vagal function that could potentially boost resilience and reduce complications. “These babies have a lot of health challenges,” observes Dr. Charles Palmer, former chief of the center’s division of newborn medicine. “It seems that they are more relaxed when grounded.” More research is needed. Within a few months of grounding both day and night, Monteith’s disease symptoms receded dramatically. Her balance and stability improved when standing and walking. She sleeps more deeply and has more energy. An eye issue for which there is no drug subsided. She says her health continues to improve and she looks forward to living each day. Troy Baker, a recovery consultant for special populations and chief program officer of the nonprofit Adapt Functional Movement Center, in Carlsbad, California, who has been overseeing Monteith’s exercise training schedule, has observed a reduction in the effects of multiple sclerosis since she started grounding. “Her body is more fluid, not as stiff. She moves much better, with increased energy and stamina.”     For more information on grounding, visit Martin Zucker, a former Associated Press correspondent, has written about alternative medicine for 40 years and is co-author of the book Earthing.

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Gardening ASANAS Yoga Poses to Stay Pain-Free


by Marlaina Donato

ardening is good for body and soul, but long hours and repetitive movements can negatively impact even the fittest body. While stiffness and pain patterns might manifest in the lower back, shoulders, legs and hands, performing a few yoga poses can lessen pain, increase flexibility, boost stamina and prevent injury. “Every action needs a counter action for structural balance to be maintained. Repetitive movements can tighten fascia, restrict movement and compromise nerve impulses,” explains Asheville, North Carolina, yoga teacher and back care specialist Lillah Schwartz, author of Healing Our Backs with Yoga: An Essential Guide to Back Pain Relief. “What goes into spasm tends to remain in spasm,” observes Schwartz, who has helped many people overcome back pain and other chronic structural issues. Practicing yoga before, during or after spending time outside also promotes mind-body awareness which helps us tune into our body’s natural rhythms and prevent physical problems in the first place. Here are some basics to consider when working in the garden.

Be Aware

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■ Stop and breathe. Take slow, deep breaths with a pause (inhalation retention) between inhalation and exhalation. ■ Don’t resist the pain or allow self-judgment.

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To reduce pain:


■ Wait for a release.

Enjoy Being Outside

Bringing mindfulness to garden work not only helps prevent injury, but helps make it a more enjoyable experience. Here are a few more tips.



■ If rising early, begin time in the garden with a Warrior 1 pose while facing east. ■ Be mindful of feeling the breeze when it brushes the skin and pause to breathe deeply. ■ Notice the music of the birds or other pleasing sounds in the surrounding environment.



your body’s messages such as, ‘It’s time for a rest,’ or, ‘That’s too heavy,’” recommends Schwartz. Remember to take regular breaks to rest, stretch and drink water.

■ Stop to drink some water and take pleasure in the garden’s beauty and bounty. Marlaina Donato is a freelance writer, author and multimedia artist. Connect at

Strike a Pose

Doing yoga regularly will condition the body, but incorporating asanas, or poses, while gardening can be both a fun and practical way to avoid overstressing certain muscle groups and keep the spine and hamstrings supple. Using props in the garden environment such as fences, a wall or a chair can provide convenient support. Feel free to perform all poses before or after gardening, and all except numbers one and five in the garden.

1. Downward Facing Dog pose (Adho Mukha Svanasana) with feet placed against a support

2. Warrior 1 pose (Virabhadrasana I) 3. Straddle Forward Fold pose (Prasarita Padottanasana) 4. Standing Scissor Twist (Parivrtta Hasta Padasana) standing close to and bracing against a wall or fence

5. Locust pose (Salabhasana) 6. Squat Pull Spinal Traction (Ardha Malasana in traction)

Take a Breath

“Conscious breathing involves both the body and the mind. Long, slow inhalations and exhalations help us tune into our body,” says Schwartz. “Using long breaths when stretching in the garden can help muscles find relief.” April 2018


Nature’s Remedies How Animals Self-Medicate by Sandra Murphy

Every species embodies a solution to some environmental challenge, and some of these solutions are breathtaking in their elegance. ~Linda Bender, Animal Wisdom: Learning from the Spiritual Lives of Animals


rom birds and elephants to dolphins, animals, whether by instinct or learned behavior, have discovered ways to cope with parasites, pests, aches and pains. This science of self-medication is called zoopharmacognosy (zoo for animal, pharma for drug and cognosy for knowing). At home, a dog or cat that eats grass is practicing it to eliminate parasites or hairballs. Donald Brightsmith, Ph.D., of Texas A&M University, directs the Tambopata Macaw Project in the lowlands of southeastern Peru, studying the many macaws and other parrots that gather clay to eat


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as a supplement. First thought to help remove toxins from their bodies, clay adds needed sodium to their diet, researchers now believe. A pregnant elephant in Kenya’s Tsavo Park was observed by ecologist Holly Dublin, Ph.D., to travel miles to find a tree not normally eaten. Four days later, the elephant gave birth. Dublin discovered that Kenyan women make a drink from the same leaves and bark to induce labor. While studying Bornean orangutans (Pongo pygmaeus) in the Sabangau peat swamp forest in Central Kalimantan,

Indonesia, primatologist Helen Morrogh-Bernard, Ph.D., of the University of Exeter, UK, observed an orangutan chew the leaves of a plant that were not part of its usual diet until it formed a lather. The orangutan spit out the leaves and used the lather much like humans apply a topical pain reliever. While animals have been known to eat certain plants when ill, hers may be the first sighting of an animal creating a salve. Nearby villagers grind the leaves to make a balm for sore muscles and inflammation. Morrogh-Bernard believes humans learned this topical application from apes and passed it down through the generations. In the Red Sea, bottlenose dolphins rub against bush-like gorgonian corals covered by an outer layer of antimicrobial mucus that may protect them from infection, according to dolphin researcher Angela Ziltener, of the University of Zürich, Switzerland. “It’s amazing how much we’ve learned, but forgotten,” says Ira Pastor, CEO at Bioquark Inc., in Philadelphia, a life sciences company developing biologic products to regenerate and repair human organs and tissues. “We live with other organisms which from a health and wellness perspective are much further advanced than humans. No other species tries to cure with any single solution. Nature employs multiple options. We’re not appropriately imitating nature yet. We need to do more.” Cindy Engel, Ph.D., of Suffolk, England, author of Wild Health: Lessons in Natural Wellness from the Animal Kingdom, says, “Animals rely on plants to provide them with the essentials of life, making their health intimately dependent on plant chemistry to provide everything they need to grow, repair damage and reproduce.” She continues, “Wild animals carry diseases that affect livestock and humans. It’s sensible to explore why they’re successful in fending off the worst effects in order to find ways to improve our own health, instead of just trying to eradicate the disease. We can learn from behav-

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We feel the answers for the future will be found in the past, not in chemical factories. ~Ira Pastor ioral self-help strategies animals employ.” Accomplishing this is more difficult than ever, she believes, because today’s severely shrinking habitat makes it hard to find truly wild animals and plants. “Over the last 100 years, we’ve done a horrible disservice to all life by destroying habitat and exploring only a small percentage of what nature has to offer,” agrees Pastor. “As patents expire, pharma has to change. It’s important to develop botanicals. We’re advised to vary our diet and exercise, yet take the same dose of the same pill daily. We’ve studied dead organisms under microscopes, but living organisms, even as small as microbes, can communicate helpful positive reactions.” Western medicine has strayed from what nature offers to keep us healthy. Now is the time to take care of both the planet and all living beings on it. “We’ve discarded thousands of years of evidence,” says Pastor. “We cannot destroy the bounty of possibilities.”

Climate change is a terrible problem, and it absolutely needs to be solved. It deserves to be a huge priority. ~Bill Gates

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INTO THE WOODS Nature Helps Kids Build Skills and Character by April Thompson


movement is afoot to get kids grounded in nature. Wilderness awareness programs, also known as primitive skills or Earth-based education, teach life-changing survival skills that build courage, compassion and camaraderie. “We help youth experience a true aliveness in nature. Kids gain knowledge of the outdoors and increase awareness, confidence and self-reliance, while having fun, positive experiences,” says Dave Scott, founder of the Earth Native Wilderness School (EarthNativeSchool. com), in Bastrop, Texas. They often go on to enthusiastically share what they’ve learned about natural flora and fauna with their families.

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a bow out of a particular type of tree, children discover what type of habitat the tree prefers and how to harvest it sustainably. Indigenous skills like animal tracking also help them relate to wildlife and develop empathy for animals,” says Scott. “When you learn to trust rather than fear nature, you’re more likely to take care of it,” adds Rick Berry, founder of 4 Elements Earth Education (4eee. org), a Nevada City, California, nonprofit that helps kids and adults connect with planet Earth via immersion in nature. Leaving room for spontaneity and improvisation is important. While infusing indigenous knowledge into their curriculum, wilderness programs emphasize universal principles such as deep understanding of local environments and life’s interconnectedness. “Fire making is for everybody. Shelter making is for everybody. We are all caretakers of the land,” says Berry.

Physical and other challenges, such as walking blindfolded through the woods, heighten sensory perception while building confidence. “The landscape is a great teacher with its uneven ground and obstacles, posing an opportunity to learn agility, practice balance and ultimately, expand awareness,” says Simon Abramson, associate director of Wild Earth (, in High Falls, New York. Nature-immersion programs like Wild Earth’s further help kids sharpen their observation skills through activities like learning to identify birdsongs and trees. During a popular activity called “sit spot”, children learn to sit quietly, listen and observe from a specific location they may revisit over the course of a day or year to witness nature’s varied beauty. Another time, they may try “foxwalking”, creeping silently and slowly, or test their “owl vision”, using peripheral vision. For younger

kids, instructors may incorporate such skills into a game like “coyote or rabbit,” where by staying still, they can avoid detection by a predator. Kids learn to listen both to nature and their own inner voice, which can be challenging in the midst of dominating peers and authority figures. “We build on the tradition of vision quest, in taking time to get quiet in nature and hear what the heart is saying,” says Berry. Activities may be patterned after natural cycles of the seasons, the four directions and diurnal rhythms. On a bright morning, emphasis is on high-energy, outward-facing activities; day’s end brings a pause to reflect, glean and share what participants have made and learned.

Lasting Life Lessons

Mother Nature’s lessons can be hardearned, but the outdoor trials that kids experience are often their most honored and memorable moments. Whether youths try out a wilderness program for a season or stay on for years, Earth-based learning can have an enduring impact. They help foster healthy relationships not only with the Earth, but with other people, according to Samuel Bowman, a program coordinator with the Wilderness Awareness School (, in Duvall, Washington. Team-driven activities like building a communal shelter can help kids learn how to work through conflict, listen to others and appreciate differences. “The kids that have come through our programs prove to be creative problem-solvers prepared to handle just about anything. They have focus and commitment, and tend to be service oriented,” observes Abramson, noting that 60 percent of their instructors are alumni. “Thinking back on kids we’ve worked with, you can often see their wilderness journey reflected in their paths as adults, how they are making choices with their heart and pursuing their passions,” concludes Berry.

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hese resources will help parents and educators connect with quality, naturebased learning. Coyote’s Guide to Connecting with Nature ( is an inspirational publication for teachers, mentors and parents based on ancient worldwide cultural wisdom, including mythic animal stories, naturebased ceremonies and survival tools. The Tracker School (TrackerSchool. com), founded by wilderness expert Tom Brown in 1978, offers 75 classes on wilderness survival skills and a list of tracker clubs and affiliates across North America and beyond. Tom Brown’s Field Guide to Nature and Survival for Children is another respected resource.

Children & Nature Network (ChildrenAnd connects children, families and communities with nature through evidencebased resources and tools, broad-based collaboration and grassroots leadership. This international initiative was co-founded by Richard Louv, renowned author of Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder. Earth Skills Alliance (EarthSkills is a collective of youth program leaders dedicated to Earth skills instruction. Its annual conference and other platforms share best practices and experiences.

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Healthy House Easy Ways to Green It Up

by Avery Mack


iving green isn’t difficult or expensive. Start small, one room at a time.

In the Kitchen Defrosting trays have been available for a while, and although they aren’t a miracle solution, they are eco-friendly and easy to clean; thawing most meats, seafood and vegetables usually takes just 30 to 60 minutes. It’s one way to avoid using the microwave. Most cutting boards of sustainable bamboo or cork originate in China, creating a big carbon footprint. Glass

boards are breakable and hard on knives. Consider planet-friendly boards made of recycled cardboard and food-grade plastic combined with flax husks. A countertop convection oven set about 25 degrees lower circulates heated air to cook food 25 to 30 percent faster and more evenly than a conventional oven; it uses less energy and has fewer emissions. Foods come

out crispier, which also makes for great veggie chips. A conventional oven is still best for soufflés, breads or cakes that rise as they bake. Replace chemical-coated nonstick pans, disposable parchment paper and aluminum foil with reusable, eco-friendly, U.S. Food and Drug Administrationapproved silicone mats. They are easy to clean, affordable and available in many sizes and shapes. Run the dishwasher when full and at night. Off-peak hours won’t cut the electric bill, but are more efficient for the power plant, reducing its energy footprint. Skip the garbage disposal to save water and energy. Use food waste for plant-nurturing compost. Plastics numbered 1, 3, 6 or 7 are prone to leaching into food or drinks. Recycle or repurpose those already on hand to store craft items, small toys or office supplies.

On the Floor Keep floors clean and healthy by leaving shoes at the door. They track in dirt, pesticides, chemicals, pet waste and leaked fluids from vehicles. Slippers or socks with a grip sole keep feet warm and prevent falls. Bamboo flooring is sustainable and eco-friendly, but is also shipped from China. Using local products reduces shipping costs, supports American businesses and can give the home a unique design. “Logs salvaged from the bottom of the Penobscot River turn into flooring, ceilings and accent walls,” advises Tom Shafer, co-owner of Maine Heritage Timber, in Millinocket. “The cold temperature preserves the wood and gives it a natural patina. It’s now available in peel-and-stick, affordable planks called timberchic. Planks have an eco-friendly, UV-cured finish.” For more flooring tips, see Tinyurl. com/Eco-FriendlyFloors.

In the Bathroom

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times before washing. Hand towels see more frequent use, so change every other day. Longer wear makeup stays longer on a washcloth; to prevent reintroducing germs to the face, use a facecloth only once. All-natural cleaning products are easy to find or make. For some tips, see

BREATHE EASIER Four Ways to Improve Indoor Air Quality

In the Bedroom

From sheets and bedding to a fluffy robe, choose eco-friendly organic cotton in white, or colored with environmentally safe, non-metallic dyes. Blue light from a smartphone, computer, tablet or TV can foster sleeplessness. “I keep all devices out of my bedroom and block all unnatural light,” says Leslie Fischer, an eco-minded mom and entrepreneur in Chicago, who reviews mattresses for adults and babies at SustainableSlumber. com. “I sleep on a fantastic mattress that won’t fill my room with pollution.” A good pillow is a necessity. Citrus Sleep rates the Top Ten Eco Options at Mattresses should be replaced every eight years. In the U.S., an average of 50,000 end up in landfills each day. California law requires manufacturers to create a statewide recycling program for mattresses and box springs. An $11 recycling fee, collected upon each sale, funds the Bye Bye Mattress program. Connecticut and Rhode Island also recycle them. “An alternative is extending mattress use with a topper,” says Omar Alchaboun, founder of toppermaker Kloudes, in Los Angeles.

What and Where to Recycle Find out where and what to recycle at Enter the item and a zip code or call 1-800-cleanup. Going green is money-saving, environmentally wise and coming of age, which makes eco-friendly products easier to access. Earth Day is a perfect time to make simple changes that can have long-lasting and far-reaching results. Connect with the freelance writer via

by Sharon Altenhoff


hen it comes to having a healthy home, the importance of clean air cannot be overstated. Small changes can make a huge difference in the way we feel and the way our body functions. Simple things like clearing dust-catching clutter from our environment; keeping our heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC) system clean; and storing chemicals and cleaning supplies outside our living space are easy and inexpensive solutions to breathing and feeling better. We spend more time than ever indoors breathing air that is invisible but that constantly affects our quality of life. Pets, possessions, furnishings, habits, and just plain living impact our air quality. Solutions to mitigate these effects include small changes that are easily achieved, such as the following:


Keep your HVAC system well maintained. The unit and ducts are the heart and lungs of your home. The National Air Duct Cleaners Association (NADCA) recommends an inspection and cleaning of the ducts and HVAC system every three to five years. Cleaning should be completed according to NADCA’s ACR 2013—its standard for assessment, cleaning and restoration of HVAC systems. Beware of scams; “too good to be true” pricing is just that. Always use a NADCA-certified company.


Tight, energy-efficient homes are economical, but make sure you have a system in place to clean the air that is now trapped inside your home. Simple changes such as using an upgraded filter or filtration system, ultraviolet lights,

and portable air cleaners will keep the air clean as it circulates through your home.


Keep your chemical usage in the home to a necessary minimum. Cleanliness is important to indoor air quality (IAQ), but not by creating a toxic dump. Think about the effect your actions might have on the air quality as you use household cleaners, and ventilate when necessary.


Check your to-do list. Never procrastinate on chores that involve water leaks. Stop leaks as quickly as possible, dry the area, and replace any damaged materials. IAQ professionals can evaluate the damage for mold and recommend the safe way to complete any repairs. Bleach is not a solution for dealing with indoor mold! Ignoring the air quality in your home is not the answer to what may feel like an overwhelming list of do’s and don’ts for better air. Be purposeful, keeping IAQ in mind; make small changes; consult a professional when needed; and don’t give up! Sharon Altenhoff, ASCS, CVI, VSMR, CETI, is a founding member and chief executive officer of Air Quality Specialists Inc. She has been actively involved in the rapidly changing indoor air quality field, recognizing the importance and connection between HVAC, building envelopes and pressures, and best practices in maintaining safe and comfortable homes and workplaces. For more information or to schedule air duct cleaning, IAQ testing or IAQ consulting, call 623-930-9391. April 2018


Spring Cleaning Ideas to ‘Spring’ Into Action by Angela Thornton


pring is in the air, but unfortunately so too is that dreaded dust. Worse still is when it comes to rest on surfaces and settles in all those conspicuous and not-so-conspicuous nooks and crannies. There’s undoubtedly myriad places you’ve been meaning to clean—the blinds, the pantry, the closets, the fireplace, behind the sofa. The list seems endless, and knowing where to start can be a challenge, if not downright daunting. Making your home sparkle isn’t likely to happen effortlessly, unless you are fortunate enough to outsource these tasks to a good-quality cleaning service. Doing it yourself will require some discipline and an organized approach. You will want to determine a pace that works well for both your physical stamina and your schedule. Be realistic with your timeline of tasks to avoid overwhelming yourself and ending up stopping short of your goal of a clean, well-organized home. Some may decide to spend two solid days on tasks, while others may divide them into smaller chunks of say 60 minutes each day. There is no right or wrong pace, so choose whatever works best for you.


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Once you’ve determined your pace, the best place to start is with organization. A well-organized home is the foundation to ensuring your spring clean is successful, and will be easier to maintain going forward since you’ll have better access to the surfaces that need cleaning. It also means that you should have a place for everything—not only reducing unsightly clutter but also saving you precious time when you need to locate an item. Organization will involve the logical and proper storage of items you determine are important to keep, as well as potentially “letting go” of things no longer serving a purpose. A good rule of thumb is if you haven’t used something within the past year, it probably isn’t something you need to hold onto. This is, however, a highly personal decision, so go with whatever your intuition tells you. For some, it may be extremely difficult to let go of possessions; if this sounds like you, you may choose to do a trial separation and simply put some items in a labeled box into storage. If after a period of six months to a year later, you find you don’t miss or need these items, you may decide it is time to let them go to a charitable cause, a friend or relative, or your local recycle or refuse site. Starting with an organized home, you’ll be in good shape to commence your spring cleaning chores. This is your opportunity to tackle all of those jobs that ordinarily get neglected during routine cleanings. You may want to create a checklist of the chores you want to accomplish. A good suggestion is to work through your home one room at a time, as this will give you a sense of accomplishment with each room you complete; and perhaps may give you a psychological boost as you go, thus fueling momentum. While carrying out your spring clean, you may find it helpful to open windows and doors to let in fresh air, exchanging it for any stale air. According to feng shui practices, this exchange of old for new air is believed to have a potentially positive influence on the energy circulating in your home, plus it’s one of the best natural ways to rid your home of any lingering germs. It is also important to remember that your spring clean can be as effective as it is safe—that is, you don’t need harsh chemicals to get the job done. Try using nontoxic, eco-friendly cleaning products for a squeaky-clean home, planet and conscience. Also worth using are microfiber cloths and mops, which only require plain water—worthy for their effectiveness and economic advantage. With an organized home as your foundation, and armed with an action plan to work room by room and at your predetermined pace, you will be ready to get those tasks accomplished. Best of luck with your spring cleaning, and here’s to your healthy and hopefully soon-to-be sparkling-clean home!

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Feng Shui Your Home to a Healthy Life Embracing Ancient Wisdom in Modern-Day Living by Jen Stone


eng shui is on the rise because the West is becoming more open and curious about using this ancient Eastern wisdom. The demand to build properties with feng shui in mind has also gone mainstream. According to Fortune magazine, “More developers and Realtors are applying feng shui principles to ensure positive energy.” Feng shui proponents believe that people that live in a place with good or strong feng shui are likely to be blessed with a long, healthy life. This idea goes as far back as the Ming and Qing dynasties when Chinese emperors were known to have used and closely guarded this precious knowledge to help them attain power, longevity, good health and prosperity. While feng shui originated in China more than 5,000 years ago, with history rooted deep in Taoism and Chinese cosmology (not Buddhism), this ancient discipline is valuable medicine for modern-day living. To define it simply, feng shui is the study of energy in our living environment. It was conceived as a way for humans to connect with nature at home. The deliberate way of building a


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A client once said this about feng shui: “I was blown away by the thoroughness and the benefits that feng shui has provided me in both my professional space and my home space. The advice was simple to help me improve certain rooms or spaces without making drastic changes. It’s truly the most fascinating modality I’ve ever encountered, as it provides invaluable information about your personal energy and how it interacts with the elements around you.” Jen Stone is an accredited feng shui master and owner of Feng Shui by Jen. She authored The First Guidebook for Feng Shui Enthusiasts and offers formal training classes on feng shui and BaZi Chinese astrology overseas and in the U.S., including Scottsdale. She can be reached at

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house from the location and facing direction of the property and the internal layout of the floorplan, to the strategic placement of furniture and interior décor, are all meant to help us live in alignment with our natural environment. The goal of feng shui is to harness benevolent energy from our external environment into our homes to support and influence life in a positive way. No matter how much more complicated life may seem like today compared to the simple, primitive days of the past, our deepest desires remain fundamentally the same. We all want to achieve optimal health, to surround ourselves with positive people, to live a well-intentioned life, to be in loving relationships, and to utilize our skills in work that offers fulfillment and reward. Because our homes are essentially like vital containers that “hold” us—a place where we gather with our loved ones and feel safe to manifest our dreams—feng shui is thought to be a life-changing tool that can set us up for success. Here are eight ways feng shui is believed to be a benefit: • It can create harmony and promote healthy and prosperous energy to support all aspects of life, including relationships, money, career, fame and reputation, and health. • It can articulate the strengths and potential weaknesses of the home so we understand the energy flow of our living space. • It is useful in selecting and customizing a home tailored to fit our and our family’s needs. • It can be used to “zoom in” and explain troublesome areas in life that may demand our immediate attention. • It can be used to guide family members to sleep in a more suitable bedroom. • It can predict the life cycle and fortune of the house, and how it will specifically affect us and our family in the short and long term. • It is useful when it comes to plans for renovations, upgrades and redesign of the physical floor plan. • It can be used as a strategic guide for choosing appropriate color tones and decorative objects for the interior aesthetics of the home.

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Secrets of Prosperity Workshop Part I – 7-8:30pm. Interactive. Gain insight on attaining prosperity with practical teachings and tools for an abundant life. These teachings have been given by the sages, saints and avatars from east and west – also called ascended masters. In person or online with ZOOM app. Suggested love offering: $25/4 workshops: also 4/24, 5/8 & 5/22. The Summit Lighthouse, 4105 N 20th St, Ste 115, Phoenix. 480-442-5020. Register: SummitLight



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SUNDAY, APRIL 1 Arizona Water Awareness Month – Apr 1-30. April is all about water; for ideas, tips, resources and events happening year-round visit: Easter Sunday Services – Sunrise service: 6am; Family services: 7:30am, 9am & 11am. Easter isn’t just about celebrating Jesus’ miraculous resurrection 2,000 years ago; it’s something to rejoice in and live now. Unity of Phoenix Spiritual Center, 1500 E Greenway Pkwy. Easter Sunday Service – 9:30-11:30am. Featuring The Teachings of the Ascended Masters. The Summit Lighthouse, 4105 N 20th St, Ste 115, Phoenix. 480-442-5020. SummitLighthouse

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 4 Gong Meditation – 7-8:30pm. With Gretchen Bickert. Experience deep relaxation and meditation through the power of the gong. $10-$20/donation. Unity of Mesa Sanctuary, 2700 E Southern Ave. 480-892-2700.

FRIDAY, APRIL 6 Creative Soul: Meditation, Writing and Equine Experiential Retreat for Women – Apr 6-8. Held at Tierra Madre Horse Sanctuary and the Boulders Resort, join best-selling Hay House author and meditation teacher, Sarah McLean, and Equine Experiential Coaching founder, Christine Badoux for a powerful weekend. Info: 928-204-0067 or Public Talk and Mindfulness Instruction: Loving the House That Ego Built – 7pm. With Senior Spirit Rock Teacher Howard Cohn, presented by Insight Meditation Scottsdale. Scottsdale Congregational UCC, 4425 N Granite Reef Rd. Free. Register on Eventbrite. Info: Yathabhuta.wixsite. com/insight-scottsdale.

SATURDAY, APRIL 7 CycloMesa Bicycle Festival – 9am-1pm. Includes El Tour de Mesa, Bicycle Rodeo, family fun and more. Bring your bike. Mesa Convention Center, 263 N Center St. 480-890-2613. residents/earth-day.

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) – 6:30-9pm. Runs Tuesdays 4/10-5/29; full-day retreat 5/20. The original, evidence-based program created by Jon Kabat-Zinn,PhD; taught by Genevieve Tregor, MS, offering a depth of training and experience in mindfulness practice. CE hours. $395 includes all materials. Preregistration only. Psychological Counseling Services, 3302 N Miller Rd, Scottsdale. 602-910-4240. Info/register:

Business Class: Improvement for Every Business – 9am-1pm. Discover how to receive success, gratitude, fulfillment, money and joy in your business – your greatest living adventure. Receive tips/ideas to improve and/or create an easy/fun business. Bring lunch/snacks available. Universal Touch, 534 E University Dr, Mesa. 480-835-5380 or 480-835-5347. Pure Light and Reiki Therapy Level I – 9am5pm. Blending traditional Usui with other energy modalities to bring you clearing and balance for self treatments. Judy Richter: 480-695- 2002 or The Q Effect: The Art and Practice of Living with Nothing and No One Against You – Apr 8-10. Sun: 4:30-6:30pm, Mon-Tue: 6:45-8:45pm. With Dr Gary Simmons. How would your life be different if you lived as if everything was always for you? Join for a powerful workshop and experience the Q Process spiritual practice designed to shift your consciousness and your life. $95. Unity of Mesa Sanctuary, 2700 E Southern Ave. 480892-2700. Register:

THURSDAY, APRIL 12 Japanese Reiki 1 and Animal Reiki 1 Retreat: Cultivating and Sharing Inner Peace – Apr 12-16.11am-4pm. With Kat Forgacs of BLISS Animal Reiki. Essential practices for mindful self-healing and sharing compassionate meditation with all creatures. Open to all animal lovers; special rates for animal rescue staff and volunteers. Level II follows. $395. Franciscan Renewal Center, Scottsdale. Preregister: AboutBlissReiki@

MONDAY, APRIL 9 Inspired Minds – 7-8:30pm. Judy Richter and Tracy Lamb McChesney offer monthly gatherings for people who are inspired to develop skills of imagination and co-create their highest desired potential. Donation. RSVP Judy Richter: 480-6952002 or

TUESDAY, APRIL 10 Awaken Your Own Genius – 6:30pm. We did this exercise when we were in our early ages; let’s do it again with a desire to accomplish a different outcome. See how powerful we all are and put this into practice. Money, relationships, new job; are you ready to see how much you know? $30. Universal Touch, 534 E University Dr, Mesa. 480-835-5380 or 480-835-5347.

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Limitless Compassion – Apr 13-15. With Kadampa Buddhist Monk and International Teacher Gen-la Kelsang Jampa. In celebration of Buddha’s Enlightenment Day, engage in a special purification practice emphasizing compassion for all living beings: purify negative karma, pacify strong delusions, receive blessings, and increase our love, compassion and bodhichitta. Accommodation available; preregistration essential. International Kadampa Retreat Center Grand Canyon, 6701 E Mountain Ranch Rd, Williams. 928-637-3262.

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

Arizona International Association for Near Death Studies Group – 6pm. Sharing/discussion group using a facilitated peer support model. Sharing of first person experiences such as near-death, spiritually transformative or other life-changing experiences is embraced. Donation. Unity of Mesa Annex AZ Rm, 2740 E Southern Ave. 480-8922700. Arizona International Association for Near Death Studies Presentation – 7-9pm. Presenter: David Hufford, PhD, University Professor Emeritus at Penn State, Sr Fellow in the Brain, Mind and Healing Division of the Samueli Inst, and Adjunct Professor of Religious Studies at UP, Hufford will discuss Extraordinary Spiritual Experiences (ESEs). $10, $5/seniors/students. Unity of Mesa Sanctuary, 2700 E Southern Ave. 480-892-2700.

Party for the Planet – Celebrate Earth Day with earth-friendly games and activities designed to inspire and motivate others to care for the natural world. All activities included with general zoo admission. Phoenix Zoo, 455 N Galvin Pkwy. Info: Household Hazardous Waste Event – 8am-noon. Clean out the garage or your medicine cabinets (prescription drugs) for proper disposal. Center Street Facility, 2412 N Center St, Mesa. MesaAz. gov/residents/earth-day. Celebrate Mesa –10am-2pm. A free family event to bring the community together. Visit the Living Green Village, solar cooking demo, tree hugging booth and more. Pioneer Park 526 E Main St. Kirtan with The Band of Now! –7-9pm. $15. Anahata Yoga, 14148 N 100th St, Ste C-130, Scottsdale. Info/register: apps/mindbody/classes/162.

SUNDAY, APRIL 15 EFT Tapping and The Law of Attraction Part II – 1-5pm. With Rasoul Sobhani. $35. Anahata Yoga, 14148 N 100th St, Ste C-130, Scottsdale. Register: classes/221.

Bars Sessions Exchange – 1:30pm. Exchange with/among certified students for $5. Attendees without certifications are welcome for $35/session. Universal Touch, 534 E University Dr, Mesa. 480835-5380 or 480-835-5347. Empath Support Group – 4-5:30pm. With Darlene Moore. Solution-oriented meetings designed to educate empaths about their gifts and challenges of their sensitivities based on Dr Judith Orloff’s book, The Empath Survival Guide. Donation. Unity of Mesa, Annex Rm 1, 2740 E Southern Ave. 480-892-2700.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 18 Bike2Work Day and Earth Expo – 7-9am. Bicycle in or just drop by Bike2WorkDay with interactive activities, prizes, group ride led by City Council, and a pancake and smoothie breakfast. Mesa City Plaza (east side of building) at 20 E Main S.

THURSDAY, APRIL 19 Japanese Reiki 2 and Animal Reiki 2 Retreat: Becoming a Beacon of Wellness for all Beings – Apr 19-23.11am-4pm. With Kat Forgacs, of BLISS Animal Reiki. Deepening self-development and connection through reiki symbols, mantras, and distant reiki. Learn to become a beacon of compassionate wellbeing for oneself and for all creatures. Special rate with Level 1. $395. Franciscan Renewal Center, Scottsdale. Preregister: AnimalReiki2-Phoenix.

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Reiki and Healing Singing Bowl Circle – 7-8pm. With Darlene Moore and Arne Richardson. Join for a relaxing, healing experience. Singing bowls will be played to enhance the energy of reiki shared by reiki practitioners present who wish to, during this hour of energetic healing and expansion. Donation. Unity of Mesa Sanctuary, 2700 E Southern Ave. 480-892-2700.

FRIDAY, APRIL 20 Liberate Yourself From Worry – 6:30-9:30pm. With Julia Mikk. $47. Anahata Yoga, 14148 N 100th St, Ste C-130, Scottsdale. Info/register:

SATURDAY, APRIL 21 Reiki I and II Certification Class – Apr 21-22. With Christina Wooten, RM. Learn the reiki system of energy healing, empowering you with the knowledge and techniques along the way to transform your life and those around you with universal life force energy. Includes manual, materials and certification. $350. Sedona Medium, LLC, 6050 State Rte 179, Ste 4, Sedona. Preregistration required: 336-420-2398 or Intro to Herbal Healing Seminar – SW Herb Shop & Gathering Place, 148 N Center St, Mesa. 480-694-9931. Info: Student Conservation Association (SCA) Earth Day – 9am-noon. Volunteers will help to preserve the native desert habitat by trimming back overgrown native trees and removing trash, and will also support the restoration of the park’s facilities by painting and sanding historic ramadas. Papago Park, 625 N Galvin Pkwy, Phoenix. Info: 1-888-SCA-EVENTS or Register: Love and Light Spiritual Event – 9am-1pm. Light workers will offer messages from loved ones who have passed, answers to life questions, astrological readings, and tools to help shift into a healthier space. $50. Interfaith CommUNITY, Paragon Center, 952 E Baseline Rd, Ste 102, Mesa. 480-593-8798. Tickets required: love-light-spiritual-event. Go Native and Low, Low Maintenance – 9:3010:30am. Learn which Arizona and southwestern native plants are best for your garden; along with a host of other low water use plants that once established require little to no water and even less care. This class coincides with the annual native plant sale. Free. Watters Garden Center, 1815 W Iron Springs Rd, Prescott. Info: 928-445-4159 or Taste of the Market – 10-11am. Stop by the Downtown Phoenix Market and learn how to create a beautiful, simple plant-based dish with veggies grown by our local Arizona farmers. Local Arizona cookbook author, Melanie Albert will shop the market and intuitively create a delicious veggie dish. 721 N Central Ave. 602-615-2486. Earth Day Celebration – 10am-2pm. Grand Canyon’s Green Team will host an open-house style event to focus on waste, water and energy reduction. Grand Canyon Visitor Center Plaza, S Entrance Rd, Grand Canyon Village. Info:

Sedona Earth Day Celebration –10am-3pm. Visitors can enjoy raptors, reptiles, riparian areas, activities, guided nature hikes, special guest presentations, kids’ crafts, information exhibits and local artwork on display. Red Rock State Park, 4050 Red Rock Loop Rd, Sedona.

Sat Nam Rasayan Two-Day Immersion – Apr 28-29. 1-6pm, Sat; 1-4pm, Sun. With Mahankirn Kaur Khalsa. $108/Sat, $74/Sun or $149/both days. Anahata Yoga, 14148 N 100th St, Ste C-130, Scottsdale. Register: mindbody/classes/216.

Flagstaff Earth Day – 11am-2pm. The event will focus on education and outreach that promotes sustainable living. Join for community cleanup from 9-10:30am. Bushmaster Park, 3150 N Alta Vista Rd. Info:

Vajravidharan Healing and Purification Ceremony – 7-8:30pm. With the Tibetan Monks of the Gaden Shartse Monestary. Vajravidarin purifies illness, mental disturbances, defilements, misfortunes, victimization, obstacles, misguidance and more. $20 love offering. Interfaith CommUNITY, Paragon Center, 952 E Baseline Rd, Ste 102, Mesa. 480-593-8798.

Earth Day in Phoenix – 11am-4pm. The Ninth Annual Earth Day in Phoenix will feature exhibitors, mini eco-classes, and more at their zero-waste event, meaning everything will be recyclable or compostable. Alternative modes of transportation encouraged (light rail/bike). Steele Indian School Park, 300 E Indian School Rd. Info: EarthDay

SUNDAY, APRIL 22 Family Bike Ride – 8am. Get outdoors and join hundreds of riders on Earth Day for this fun-filled Glendale tradition. Sahuaro Ranch Park, 59th Ave and Mountain View Rd. Info: 623-930-2940 or GlendaleAz. com/transportation/glendalefamilybikeride.cfm. Earth Day at Embracing Your Journey Expo – 9am-5pm. More than 60 vendors including organic food, alternative energy, eco-friendly vendors and lectures. Explore new modalities and products, and meet practitioners. $5/advance, $8/door. Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak Resort, 7677 N 16th St, Phoenix. Info:

TUESDAY, APRIL 24 Secrets of Prosperity Workshop Part II – 7-8:30pm. See Apr 10 listing. Suggested love offering: $25 includes 5/8 & 5/22. The Summit Lighthouse, 4105 N 20th St, Ste 115, Phoenix. 480-442-5020. Register:

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 25 Intro to Chinese BaZi Astrology – 5-6:30pm. Your birthday can reveal details of your personal destiny. Learn how to decode the secrets of your birthday so you can tap into the power of your good luck. Free. Feng Shui by Jen, 6207 N Cattletrack Rd, Scottsdale. RSVP:

FRIDAY, APRIL 27 Lecture and Intro to Sat Nam Rasayan – 7-8:30pm. With Mahankirn Kaur Khalsa. Free community event. Anahata Yoga, 14148 N 100th St, Ste C-130, Scottsdale. Register: AnahataYoga

SATURDAY, APRIL 28 Brush Bash – 10am-1pm. With Tony Keys. Three hours of instruction by local artist Tony Keyes as we paint Spring Has Sprung. $40. All art supplies provided. Interfaith CommUNITY, Paragon Center, 952 E Baseline Rd, Ste 102, Mesa. Preregistration required: Tony: 480-4795247.

Chanting and Cacao – 7-9pm. With Rick Franz. A heart-opening gratitude ceremony with cacao and bliss-filled call-and-response chanting. A sublime musical journey lead by Franz who is on his fifth cross-country tour. Includes a vegan, organic fair trade warmed cacao drink. He has two Kirtan albums featuring intricate guitar solos and an overall jazz feel. $20. Gilbert Yoga, 6 Palo Verde St, Ste 11, Gilbert. 480-225-1881.

classifieds Place a Classified ad: $25 for up to 25 words, per issue. $1.00 per each additional word, per issue. Must be pre-paid. ADVERTISING SALES – Natural Awakenings magazine is looking for experienced advertising salespeople in the Phoenix area to help others grow their business. Commission-based. Full- or part-time. Unlimited potential. Tracy@ 480-589-8800. HEART-SONG EXPRESSION – Create your own serenity with a native flute. No music knowledge is needed. Personalized sales and instruction. Featuring High Spirits Flutes. LIFE COACH – Life Awakened, Life Loved, Life Accepted, Life Peace, Life Present, Life Awareness, Life Actualized. $20-$40 sessions. Phoenix. John Kai: 520-339-2315. PRIVATE MEDITATION – Individualized instruction from an experienced teacher. $85/ hr, with reduced rates for multiple sessions if needed. RAPID TRANSFORMATIONAL THERAPY (RTT) – There is greatness in all of us. Experience and beliefs from our past block us from the lives we desire. RTT removes these blocks in one to three sessions returning us to greatness. Laura: or 602-400-6975. ROOM FOR RENT – Located in a professional office shared with an acupuncturist in old town Scottsdale. 10-by-10. Shared kitchen and bath included. 480-560-1454.

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Pure Light and Reiki Therapy Level II – 9am5pm. The next step in your reiki journey to learn how to use your gifts as a practitioner. Judy Richter: 480-695-2002 or PureLight1111@gmail. com.

World Peace and the Unity of All Religions – 7-8:30pm. With the Monks of the Gaden Shartse Monastary. Talk on Buddhist philosophy of cultivating compassion followed by blessings of sacred objects, pictures and names of others. $20 love offering. Interfaith CommUNITY, Paragon Center, 952 E Baseline Rd, Ste 102, Mesa. 480593-8798.

Pocket Mala Making Workshop – 4:30-6:30pm. With Narsingh Kaur Khalsa. $39/ by 4/9 or $45/ thereafter. Anahata Yoga, 14148 N 100th St, Ste C-130, Scottsdale. Register: AnahataYogaAz. com/apps/mindbody/classes/218.

MONDAY, APRIL 30 Monthly Full Moon Meditation – 7-8:30pm. With Sevak Singh. $25/online or $30/door. Anahata Yoga, 14148 N 100th St, Ste C-130, Scottsdale. Register:

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THURSDAY, MAY 3 Communing with Nature Spirits – 7pm. Naturecentered Ways of Power with David Goddard. A presentation about the ‘inner side’ of nature; the realm of Faerie, the Elven folk, the Green sprites of the natural world. Free. The Shrine of Holy Wisdom, 5025 S Ash Ave, Ste B-15, Tempe. Info: 480-219-9633 or

HEKA Master Class – May 4-6. 7-9:30pm, Fri at the Shrine; 10am-6pm, Sat at Chi Gardens; 1-6pm, Sun at the Shrine. Nature-centered Ways of Power with David Goddard. Learn how to work the ancient magic’s of the land and the sublime magic’s of the temple. Receive instruction and participation in both the high ceremonials of the sanctuary and the nature-centered ways of power. $375 ($325/Bennu Gazette subscribers plus 10% discount with a friend). The Shrine of Holy Wisdom, 5025 S Ash Ave, Ste B-15, Tempe. Info: 480-219-9633 or

SATURDAY, MAY 5 Spiritualution Concert Gathering – A sacred convergence for people around the world to come together and pray for the soon coming of The Promised One of all faiths. Featuring TaliasVan & The Bright & Morning Star Band and VansGuard band. Yoga, camping, food, friendship. $20/advance, $30/door (reduced prices for youth). Camp Avalon, Sedona. Info/directions: 520-3982542 or Deva Premal, Miten with Manose – 7:30pm. The Soul of Mantra Live, also featuring Joby Baker and Rishi. Sedona Performing Arts Center, 995 Upper Red Rock Loop Rd. Tickets: Unity of Sedona store or

SUNDAY, MAY 6 Introduction to Mindfulness: One-Day Workshop and Retreat – 9:30am-4:30pm. An immersion into mindfulness with Genevieve Tregor, MS, offering a depth of training and experience in mindfulness practice. $84 includes catered lunch. CE hours. Register by 5/3. Psychological Counseling Services, 3302 N Miller Rd, Scottsdale. 602-910-4240. Info/register: Deva Premal, Miten with Manose – 7:30pm. The Soul of Mantra Live, also featuring Joby Baker and Rishi. Scottsdale Center for the Arts, 7380 E 2nd St. Tickets:

MONDAY, MAY 7 Nature-Centered Ways of Power – May 7-12. With David Goddard. During his teaching tour, Goddard will also be offering: The Initiation of the Gnostic Christ, a Saturday Angelic Temple retreat and the Empowerment of the Archangel Uriel. The Shrine of Holy Wisdom, 5025 S Ash Ave, Ste B-15, Tempe. Info: 480-219-9633 or Inspired Minds –7-8:30pm. Judy Richter and Tracy Lamb McChesney offer monthly gatherings for people who are inspired to develop skills of imagination and co-create their highest desired potential. Donation. RSVP Judy Richter: 480-6952002 or


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TUESDAY, MAY 8 Herbal Certification Class – 5:30-9:30pm. Fiveweek class on Tuesdays. $100 deposit reserves your seat. SW Herb Shop & Gathering Place, 148 N Center St, Mesa. 480-694-9931. Info: Secrets of Prosperity Workshop Part III – 7-8:30pm. Interactive. Gain insight on the most important ingredient for attaining true prosperity. Learn how to use tools in your world that have been handed down by sages and saints of the ages. You will know how it works and how you can make your prosperity last. In person or online with ZOOM app. Suggested love offering: $25 includes 5/22. The Summit Lighthouse, 4105 N 20th St, Ste 115, Phoenix. 480-442-5020. Register:

SUNDAY, MAY 13 Pure Light and Reiki Therapy Level I – 9am-5pm. Blending traditional Usui with other energy modalities to bring you clearing and balance for self treatments. Judy Richter: 480-695 2002 or PureLight1111@gmail. com.

SATURDAY, MAY 19 Kuan Yin: Connecting with the Goddess of Compassion – 6-8pm. Recieve a message especially for you received through Susan Paige, OMC. Learn the history of Kuan Yin, experience a meditation given to Paige from Kuan Yin, learn chants to help you connect with Kuan Yin and bring more compassion to yourself and those in your life. Stone Age Sedona, 1385 W State Rte 89A, Ste 3. Register: 928-282-4409 or Info@

TUESDAY, MAY 22 Secrets of Prosperity Workshop Part IIII – 7-8:30pm. See May 8 listing. Suggested love offering: $25. The Summit Lighthouse, 4105 N 20th St, Ste 115, Phoenix. 480-442-5020. Register:

TUESDAY, MAY 29 Massage Therapy Course – Morning classes begin. If you are seeking a new, purposeful career or a parttime job for rewarding extra income, massage is a great way to combine your hands with your heart. Contact an admissions advisor for more information. Southwest Institute of Healing Arts, 1100 E Apache Blvd, Tempe. 480-994-9244.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 30 Healing and Rejuvenation Retreat – May 30Jun 6. All-inclusive with Alive and Revive. Mind, body, spirit healing; reconnect with nature; natural therapies; yoga and meditation; shamanic and energy healing; healthy, delicious food. Location: Ecuador Beach and Andes Mountains. 480-5998370.

SUNDAY, JUNE 3 Pure Light and Reiki Therapy Level II – 9am5pm. The next step in your reiki journey to learn how to use your gifts as a practitioner. Judy Richter: 480-695-2002 or PureLight1111@gmail. com.

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MONDAY, JUNE 4 500-Hour Hypnotherapy Course – Summer session. Hypnotherapy Academy, 2132 Osuna Rd NE, Ste B, Albuquerque. Register: 877-983-1515.

MONDAY, JUNE 11 Healing and Rejuvenation Retreat – Jun 11-18. All-inclusive with Alive and Revive. Mind, body, spirit healing; reconnect with nature; natural therapies; yoga and meditation; shamanic and energy healing; healthy, delicious food. Location: Peru – Cusco and Machu Picchu. 480-599-8370.



MONDAY, AUGUST 6 Massage Therapy Course – Morning classes begin. If you are seeking a new, purposeful career or a parttime job for rewarding extra income, massage is a great way to combine your hands with your heart. Contact an admissions advisor for more information. Southwest Institute of Healing Arts, 1100 E Apache Blvd, Tempe. 480-994-9244.

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

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 24 Healing and Rejuvenation Retreat – Sep 24-Oct 1. All-inclusive with Alive and Revive. Mind, body, spirit healing; reconnect with nature; natural therapies; yoga and meditation; shamanic and energy healing; healthy, delicious food. Location: South of Chile. 480-599-8370.

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Chandler Farmers’ Market 3 South Arizona Avenue, Chandler Thursdays 3 to 7 p.m. Farmers’ Market at the Mercado 8300 North Hayden Road, Scottsdale Sundays 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Gilbert Farmers’ Market 222 North Ash Street, Gilbert Saturdays 8 a.m. to noon Glendale Farmers’ Market NE Corner of 59th Ave & Myrtle, Glendale 2nd and 4th Saturday each month 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Goodyear Farmers’ Market 3151 North Litchfield Road, Goodyear Saturdays 8 a.m. to noon Maryvale Farmers’ Market 3451 North 75th Avenue, Phoenix Saturdays 8 a.m. to noon Old Town Scottsdale Farmers’ Market 3806 North Brown Avenue, Scottsdale Saturdays 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Peoria Farmers’ Market Park West, 9744 West Northern Avenue, Peoria Saturdays 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Phoenix Public Market 721 North Central Avenue, Phoenix Saturdays 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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sunday Sunday Services – 9am & 10:45am. A Positive Path for Spiritual Living. Childcare: infants thru 5th grade at 9am. Nursery: infants thru kindergarten at 10:45am. Youth ministry classes in the Education Annex at 10:45am. Unity of Mesa, 2700 E Southern Ave. 480-892-2700. Sunday Service – 9:30-11am. Enjoy song, meditation and prayer. Hear edifying teachings of the Ascended Masters, culminating in a dictation that is a direct message from one of the masters through Elizabeth Clare Prophet. The Summit Lighthouse, 4105 N 20th St, Ste 115, Phoenix. 480-442-5020. Interfaith Celebration Service – 10:30-11:45am. April theme: Celebrate Your Life: Stay Present to the Joy of Living. New Thought/Ancient Wisdom, Interfaith, & ACIM teachings, creative loving people and much more. All peaceful lifestyles, cultures and spiritual beliefs are welcome. Interfaith CommUNITY, 952 E Baseline, Ste 102, Mesa. 480-5938798.

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Kadampa Buddhism and Meditation Sundays – 11am. Learn powerful meditations for reducing attachment and cultivating the balanced and peaceful minds of equanimity, authentic love and empathy. $10. International Kadampa Retreat Center Grand Canyon, 6701 E Mountain Ranch Rd, Williams. 928-637-3262. MeditationIn

monday Tai Chi and Qiqong – 10-11am. With Shirley Kemper. Activate and experience the natural healing capabilities in the body. $10-$15/donation. Unity of Mesa Sanctuary, 2700 E Southern Ave. 480-892-2700. Live Ask Dr Kan Show – 12:30pm. Featured on Facebook, Instagram or YouTube with Dr Peter Kan of Hope Integrative Wellness Center. Facebook: HopeIntegrativeWellness. Vipassana/Mindfulness Meditation Sitting Group – 7-8:30pm. Led by Genevieve Tregor, presented by Insight Meditation Scottsdale. 40-minute sit with guidance, dharma talk and facilitated discussion. All welcome (beginner and experienced meditators alike). Donationbased. Scottsdale Congregational UCC, 4425 N Granite Reef Rd. insight-scottsdale.

tuesday Watercolor Art Classes – 9:45am-12:30pm. With Allura Westly. All levels, beginner-to-advanced. Learn fluid color technique, drawing and composition. Small class of eight students. No talent required, just a desire to create. Paradise Valley. 602-469-0524. Rewind Yoga – 10:30-11:30am. With Kim Carter. Designed for people 50 and up, this class focuses on balancing, increasing flexibility and building functional strength. $10 (first class is free, maximum six students). Restoring Balance Mind & Body, 2045 S Vineyard, Ste 139, Mesa. Preregistration required: 253-549-5342 or Restoring Crystal and Tibetan Bowls – 6:45-8:30pm. Healing, purification and transformation with the singing bowls. $20 love offering. Center for Divine Awakening, 15801 N 40th St, Phoenix. Info: Prana: 773-316-3005.


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wednesday Watercolor Art Classes – 9:45am-12:30pm. With Allura Westly. All levels, beginner-to-advanced. Learn fluid color technique, drawing and composition. Small class of eight students. No talent required, just a desire to create. Paradise Valley. 602-469-0524. A Course in Miracles Study Group – 1-2:15pm. Rev Juliann Lewis leads this interactive time of discussion and sharing. Beginners-to-experienced students welcome. $10 love offering. Interfaith CommUNITY, 952 E Baseline, Ste 102, Mesa. 480-593-8798. Modern Kadampa Buddhism – 6:30pm. Learn the fundamentals of Buddhist view with stepby-step instructions on how to experience more peace, wisdom and love in your heart and your life to benefit self and others. Everyone welcome. $10. Beacon UU Congregation, 510 N Leroux. 928-637-3262.

thursday Rewind Yoga – 10:30-11:30am. With Kim Carter. Designed for people 50 and up, this class focuses on balancing, increasing flexibility and building functional strength. $10 (first class is free, maximum six students). Restoring Balance Mind & Body, 2045 S Vineyard, Ste 139, Mesa. Preregistration required: 253-549-5342 or Buddhist Meditation – 6:30-8pm. With Kadampa Meditation Center. March series: Meditations for Letting Go. All sessions open to newcomers. $10 or $5/students and unemployed. Unity of Mesa, Annex Rm 3, 2740 E Southern Ave. 480-8922700.

friday Gnosis of Yeshua – 6-8pm. With Jason Taylor. Weekly study of the teachings of Yeshua, including singing bowls, guided meditation, focused prayer and energy work. $10/donation. Unity of Mesa, Annex Rm 3, 2740 E Southern Ave. 480892-2700.

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

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Kathleen Gould, RH 148 N Center St, Mesa 480-694-9931 • Hundreds of bulk medicinal herbs and specialty blends, multitude of classes of all kinds, rental space. Medicinemaking supplies, herbal bath shoppe. Varied therapists available. See ad, page 34.


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.


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


Valleywide Service • 480-994-4988 Eco-friendlycarpet and upholstery cleaning. Featuring organic cleaners and odor removal products derived from renewable seed and vegetable sources. No perfumes, solvents or other hazardous products. No phosphates. Products also available for in-home use. Licensed and owner operated since 1974. See ad, page 15.


844-PUR-MAID An eco-friendly home and office cleaning company & offers natural cleaning products. 844-PUR-MAID. See ad, page 40.


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



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

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

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534 E University Dr, Mesa 480-835-5380 • 480-835-5347

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

Looking for shifting and changes? Access Consciousness and the others amazing tools; Access borders of so Linda manyEssex of the Bars TM facilitators; body and haslimitations more than 30 energy process practitioners; years of experience on to assist you that have been experienced Earth. kinesiology, readings, reiki, to meet your needs. Pamper your Universal White Time Healing links us with reflexology. Emotional issues, body and spirit with food-based trauma, depression. Resolve healing products, healing the energies from theand Beyond—the Origitouch, channeling for spiritual issues on money, business, body/health, nal Sun. And, that heals our separation and guidance and qigong lessons. relationships and more. Enhance your health and our isolation. Private and group sessions or beauty. More than 40 years combined knowledge. Call for an appointment with our practitioners. Se demonstrations by appointment. There are no limits to the level of power aHabla Español. See ad, page 35.

person can reachMA, with WhiteRYT Time. KIM CARTER, HTCP, Powerful yet gentle physical, 2045 S Vineyard Ave,healing Ste 139,for Mesa FENG SHUI/ 480-773-6599 emotional daily problems CHINESE ASTROLOGY psychological, and situations of life. FENG SHUI BY JEN®

Kim Carter is a Healing Touch 6207 N Cattletrack Rd, Ste 7, Scottsdale 480-280-9911 • Universal White Time certified practitioner specializing UPCOMING CLASSES: in grief and loss, serious/chronic Healing Level Three Jen Stone is the only IFSA AcUniversal White Time illness and spiritual growth. March 10-13Her credited Classical Feng Shui Healing Level One emphasis is on Universal empowering cli- Time White Master in North America and Feb 26-28 ents to recognize, trust and act on Healing Level Four affiliated with the Raymond Lo April 8-10 their own intuition. School of Feng Shui & Destiny. June 24-26 She offers traditional Chinese Universal White Time All classes are held Feng Shui consultations for Healing Level Two homes and businesses, BaZi asat my healing center March 1-2 TRAUTNER trology reading, formal training programs, and SALLY in North Scottsdale April 12-13Energy Healer educational workshops. Holistic June 28-29 33998 N 57th Pl, Scottsdale

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Sally Trautner has been studying Asst Head Teacher a n d w o r k i n g w i t h e n e rg y AIR QUALITY SPECIALISTS High Teacher medicine/healing since 1995. She Phoenix metro area • 623-930-9391 Master is a White Time Healer Assisting Head Teacher, High Teacher, Master Breathe cleaner air and elimiWhite Natural Time Healer. She is also Healing nate all dust from your certified in numerous additional Alternatives home’s HVAC system. Offerenergy healing modalities, and ing indoor air quality conperforms hands on and remote healings worldwide sulting/testing, air duct and for physical, emotional and spiritual healing. dryer vent cleaning. Mention Call 480 767-6200 Natural Awakenings for special discount.



14148 N 100th St, Ste C-130, Scottsdale 480-699-9600 • Gong, crystal singing bowl and full moon meditations, kundalini yoga, restorative Sunday, Juneand 1styoga 12pm - 4pm yoga, yin yoga nidra classes. Creating a ANAHATA Sound and Energy Healing community of conscious Creating a community of conscious connection! connection. See ad, page 39. Enjoy FREE Yoga Classes:



• 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!) N Scottsdale • 773-316-3005 • Bring your yoga mat and a blanket, dress comfortably!


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See What is Invisible! Device for • 15% discount for all packages purchased June 1st! health estimation, Sensetiv imago • Drawing for a free 1-hour Sound and Energy Treatment 500, non-($125.00 invasive technology Value) scans the body and identifies • Drawing for 1-month of Unlimited Classes/Workshops harmful pathogens, ($175.00 Value) up to 96% accurate. Able to detect presence • Call 480-699-9600 or of viruses, yeast, registerbacteria, online at: parasites with details of location and degree of organ damage.

Gong, Crystal Singing Bowl, and Full Moon Meditations Kundalini Yoga, Restorative Yoga, Yin Yoga, and Yoga Nidra Classes


Sound and Energy Healing 3740 E Southern Ave, Ste 214, Mesa 10565 N 114th St Suite 110 480-695-2002 • AZ 85259 Scottsdale (SE Corner of FLW and Shea) Ph: 480-699-9600 With more than 20 years of experience, Richter can help you Authorizedheal Dealer of Crystal Singing Bowlsand by Crystal your body, mind soulTones Check our schedule for upcoming workshops and events! with therapeutic massage, essential oils, and healing energy modalities. The techniques used to stretch and release tension and tightness in necks and shoulders are unique and very beneficial. Incorporating energy work to each session is powerful in balancing one’s energy to allow the body to heal naturally.


NatureWorksBest Cancer Clinic 1250 E Baseline Rd, Ste 205, Tempe 480-839-2800 •

A cloudy day is no match for a

sunny disposition. ~William Arthur Ward


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Dr. Huber is President of the Naturopathic Cancer Society, a Naturopathic Oncologist and Fellow of the Naturopathic Oncology Research Institute, and author of the largest and longest study in medical history on sugar intake in cancer patients (2014). She uses a therapeutic approach that targets metabolic aspects of cancer. See ad, page 6.


Hope Integrative Wellness 3336 E Chandler Heights Rd, Ste 123, Gilbert 480-988-6269 •

Prawin Namuengrak /

Dr. Kan combines the latest in functional medicine and functional neurology to treat the root cause with advanced testing, nutrition and detoxification programs. We help thyroid, autoimmune, brain, and digestive conditions. See ad, page 5.


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 37.


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 37.


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


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


Anti-Aging Clinic 5350 N 16th St, Ste 107, Phoenix 480-599-8370 • Dr. Icard specializes in anti-aging medicine, natural pain management and reversal, natural and traditional aesthetics, ozone therapy, and mind body medicine. She has extensive training in biological medicine, prolotherapy and PRP, aesthetics and ozone therapy. See ad, pages 11 and 43.


Arizona Integrative Medical Center, PC 8144 E Cactus Rd, Ste 820, Scottsdale 480-214-3922 • Dr. Stallone’s main focus is to listen and understand the underlying cause of an individual’s illness. Often it is a combination of nutritional, emotional, chemical, structural, and lifestyle factors. He uses a vast array of modalities to effectively treat the acute and chronic diseases that are commonly seen today. See ad, inside front cover and page 33.

With a gentle healing touch, Andrea provides earth medicine and energy healing, animal communication, and intuitive counsel for pets and their people.


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


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.


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


952 E Baseline Rd, Ste 102, Mesa Rev. Julianne Lewis • 480-593-8798 Celebrating a Positive Path to Spiritual Living at Interfaith CommUNITY, they share openminded joyful spirituality with respect for cultural, religious and lifestyle diversity. Join for a journey toward our unique and perfect divine potential! See ad, page 24.


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

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Coming Next Month

Personalized Medicine Plus: Natural Care First

May articles include: Maintain Healthy Habits Exercise for Menopause Cats Help Relieve Stress Alternative Healing


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

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

We are a friendly, loving, all-inclusive community that honors all paths to God and welcomes all people – regardless of race, beliefs or sexual orientation. Wherever you are in your life's journey, we invite you to visit us and discover your new spiritual home. We inspire people to live better lives. See ad, page 23.

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

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

ABSOLUTE HEALTH Dr. Sara Penton, DC 8360 E Raintree Dr Ste 135, Scottsdale 480-991-9945 • Our focus is treating the whole person based on each individual’s needs, using acupuncture, allergy relief, chiropractic, massage, naturopathic, biofeedback and neurofeedback. See ad, page 27.


4105 N 20th St, Ste 115, Phoenix 480-442-5020 Dedicated to sharing Saint Germain’s Violet Flame. All faiths welcome. Learn how you can become a modern day mystic. We are dedicated to sharing the Teachings of the Ascended Masters® to help you bring in joy and peace to the world. Learn what the requirements are to make your ascension. See ad, page 15.


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


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Offering practical spiritual teachings for abundant and meaningful living; we are a progressive spiritual community that explores universal principles and practices. Weddings, memorials, christenings, classes and activities for the “spiritual, not religious”. Sunday services: 9am & 10:45am. Youth programs: 10:45am. All are welcome. See ad, page 37.


2700 E Southern Ave, Mesa 480-892-2700 •

Sat. May 5, at 7:30 PM


Sedona Performing Arts Center

Sun. May 6, at 7:30 pm


Center for the Arts

Tickets: Unity of Sedona Store


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