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June 2018



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Contents 20 LIVABLE COMMUNITIES WE LOVE Good for People and the Planet




Strengthens Body, Mind and Family Spirit



Streams and Rivers Are Life Links


Health Concerns Revolutionize the Cosmetics Industry

36 PETS WELCOME HERE Happy Places to Live and Travel Together

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10 Foods Help Us Relax and Rest


How the Humble Honey Bee Still Needs Our Help


on Preserving Wild Nature

44 OOLALIFE 46 DOING NOTHING Why Timeouts Matter

DEPARTMENTS 10 news briefs 14 health briefs 17 eco tip 18 global briefs 28 fit body 30 green living 33 healing ways 6

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in), but also the ability to have your pooch on restaurant patios and in some shops, especially in warm climates like ours. Awesome, Arizona! This issue also hits on a topic that goes back to my university days. I took a number of environmental planning courses that involved the concept of sustainable communities: walk or bicycle to work; have a community garden; live in higher-density housing with shops as part of the planning; have more social spaces to allow for interactions and children to play outside (we used to play kick the can on our streets!); enjoy the natural spaces planned into the area—you get the picture. Understandably, I was very excited to read our feature on livable communities (see page 20), which got me thinking that I need to do some research on the Phoenix area. Stay tuned for future local editorial on this topic, and I always welcome suggestions if you happen to know of a neat project taking place. And then there are the rail trails. This month’s Eco Tip (see page 17) talks about the wonderful vacations you can take riding the train—a fantastic way to travel, in my opinion. But what caught my attention was the title—“Rail Trails”—which means something entirely different to me. I wrote my thesis on this topic, but it was about the actual removal of the railway tracks and the development of trails in their place. Walking, bicycling, horseback riding … all kinds of fun activities can be had on these multiuse trails. Just to give you an idea, have a look at


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Arizona Cities Highlighted for Solar Progress in New Report


hoenix ranks fourth for solar energy in a new report from Environment Arizona Research & Policy Center, landing it among the nation’s leaders for installing clean energy from the sun. Not to be outdone, the report notes that Tucson’s level of solar per capita would also rank among the nation’s leading solar cities. “Cities like Phoenix and Tucson are leading the way to a future powered by clean, renewable energy,” says Bret Fanshaw, with Environment Arizona Research & Policy Center. “By tapping into more of our vast solar energy potential, we can benefit from cleaner air and fight climate change.” Phoenix ranked ahead of San Jose, California, and just behind Honolulu, Hawaii, for total megawatts of solar energy installed as of year-end 2017. Many Arizona cities are making plans to go solar. Tempe recently committed to powering its municipal operations with 100 percent renewable energy by 2035. The report, “Shining Cities 2018: How Smart Local Policies Are Expanding Solar Power in America,” shows that the top 20 solar cities, comprising just 0.1 percent of the country’s land mass, account for 4 percent of U.S. solar capacity. “We are in a moment when progress on renewable energy will come from cities across the country,” says Fanshaw. “More local leaders should step up and start plugging their communities into the clean and virtually limitless power of the sun.” “Shining Cities” is the fifth annual report from Environment Arizona Research & Policy Center. Each year, the survey ranks nearly 70 of the nation’s major cities by megawatts of solar energy. For more information, call Bret Fanshaw at 602-252-9225 or email BFanshaw@

Summer Solstice Ceremony and Celebration


he Temple of the Creative Flame and The Shrine of Holy Wisdom are offering a Summer Solstice Ceremony and Celebration on Thursday, June 21, at 7 p.m. at The Shrine of Holy Wisdom, in Tempe. The summer solstice is the longest day of the year and marks the sun’s journey to its most northern point. Through ceremony, people are able to individually and collectively connect with energies made available by this powerful timing, according to the co-creators of the Summer Solstice Ceremony and Celebration. This event will be a ceremony of myth, mask and music created to enliven these energies within each of us. It will blend diverse religious beliefs and spiritual practices, resulting in an interfaith opportunity for sacred celebration. Women, men and children are invited to join. Suggested donation: $20. Location: 5025 S. Ash Ave., Ste. B-15, Tempe. For more information, call Patricia Ballentine at 480-225-4481, email or visit


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Spirit Talk–in Person at Unity of Phoenix Spiritual Center


oin Sunny Dawn Johnston on Tuesday, June 19, from 7 to 9 p.m., at Unity of Phoenix Spiritual Center for an inspiring and motivating evening as she connects with the spirit realm and receives messages and intuitive guidance for attendees’ everyday questions and concerns. She will connect with angels, guides, departed loved ones and ancestors as she helps guide people through their questions with mini-readings. Johnston will be answering questions from the group (limited to one question per person). Based on time constraints, there is no guarantee that all participants will be selected to ask a question. Spirit Talk–in Person will be like having a one-on-one session with Johnston, except attendees will have the added bonus of learning from others’ experiences and guidance as well. This is also an opportunity to receive support. By offering a group experience, Johnston has found that connection oftentimes accelerates the healing process. Life is indeed moving at a rapid pace and that can be exciting or scary. We get to choose. Are we ready to release any sense of doubt and open up to receive the loving support of Spirit? Are we ready to get centered, grounded and begin moving forward? Cost: $25. Location: 1500 E. Greenway Pkwy., Phoenix. For more information or to purchase tickets, call the Divine Idea Books & Gifts Store at 602-978-3337 or visit See ad, page 17.

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Green Community


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over artist Sandra Glover’s artwork, Green Community, celebrates sustainable communities, this month’s theme. Her watercolor portrays a healthy, happy town where neighbors garden together, the wind powers homes and businesses and streets are bike-friendly. A self-taught painter, illustrator and sculptor, Glover lives in Malibu, California, yet the piece was inspired in part by the row houses of Baltimore, where she lived for 10 years. “Living there, I always dreamed of rooftop gardening,” says Glover. “I have always wanted to live in a friendly community like this, where people are out in the streets talking to each other.” Her love of nature and work as a naturalist and animal shelter volunteer informs and inspires her paintings, which are created at home at her outdoor “studio” or on location in the Santa Monica Mountains that surround her home. Glover has illustrated numerous books and publications and exhibited at several galleries in the Los Angeles area. Her work also includes natural history exhibits and murals on display in parks in Baltimore and Malibu. Glover is an active member of the Allied Artists of the Santa Monica Mountains and Seashore. View the artist’s portfolio at


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uthor David Kline has published a new book, Change a Letter, Change Your Life. The book gives readers the opportunity to learn about the law of attraction and how to use it to improve their lives. Encouraging readers to move beyond the phrase, I’ll believe it when I see it, Kline suggests readers take the initiative to formulate a new way of thinking by changing the w in when to a t, so that the resulting updated phrase becomes: I believe, then I see. “What a difference one letter can make,” notes Kline. “It can change everything from a negative and stagnant approach to life, to a positive and forward-thinking stance. But changing that one letter in your belief system may be one of the hardest things you ever have to do. It means giving up your old thought processes and early programming and moving fearlessly ahead into uncharted territory.” The book is available for sale at For more information, visit DaveNJasper. com. See ad, page 31.

Next Embracing Your Journey Expo Slated for June 24


n Sunday, June 24, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak Resort, in Phoenix, attendees will have the opportunity to explore new modalities and products and meet alternative practitioners at the Embracing Your Journey Expo—a recurring holistic, wellness and metaphysical event designed to bring people together on their path of discovery. More than 60 vendors will be offering a variety of holistic and metaphysical products and services, and many will have mini-sessions and/or special pricing available. Also at the event, donations will be gathered to create “blessing bags” for the homeless. For a list of items to donate, visit “The expo keeps growing and continues to attract the best artisans, practitioners and teachers out there,” says Erin McNamara, a partner at Purple Lotus Productions, the producer of the expos. “It’s an incredible opportunity to learn about a new healing technique or to have a psychic session with some of the best spiritual people around or simply network with other like-minded individuals.” All-day admission is $5 in advance and $8 at the door (children 10 and under are free) and includes a selection of eight free lectures designed to educate and inform, raffles every hour, and a free gift bag with samples and offerings for the first 100 attendees. Location: 7677 N. 16th St., Phoenix. For more information, call 480-296-1928 or visit To purchase tickets, visit See ad, page 29.

Workshop with Best-Selling Author Gregg Levoy


n June 24, at 10:15 a.m. at Unity of Mesa Sanctuary, there will be a Sunday Service Talk and from 1 to 4 p.m., a Workshop with Gregg Levoy, author of the best-selling book Callings: Finding and Following an Authentic Life. Callings are urgings from the deep self that tell us what it will take to make our lives literally “come true”. They point us toward awakenings, coursecorrections and powerful authenticity. Attendees will explore the psychological, spiritual and practical processes we encounter in listening and responding to our callings. The calls could be to make a career change or creative leap, take on a new role or let go of an old one, launch a new venture, or simply make a coursecorrection in life or work. The central question that will be tackled is What wants to emerge in your life right now? While honoring a calling’s essential mystery, participants will also explore the questions that arise naturally in the presence of any call: What does it ask of us? How do we tell the true call from the siren song? How do we handle our resistance to it? What happens when we say no? What happens when we say yes? Levoy is the author of the bestseller Callings: Finding and Following an Authentic Life and Vital Signs: Discovering and Sustaining Your Passion for Life. He has keynoted (twice) at the Unity Worldwide Ministries Conference, Smithsonian Institution, Environmental Protection Agency, National Conference on Positive Aging, Microsoft, American Counseling Association, National Career Development Association, and others, and been a frequent guest of the media, including ABC-TV, CNN, NPR and PBS. Workshop fee: $30. Location: 2700 E. Southern Ave., Mesa. For more information, call 480-892-2700. To purchase tickets, visit or the bookstore. See ad, page 21.

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hrough telephone readings with Chiara, people can explore their past, present and future. Some of the ways in which Chiara says she helps her clients include communicating with their deceased loved ones, locating missing objects or people, and informing them of how their pets are feeling. “The ability to assist my clients with guidance in most areas of their lives has been extremely helpful and rewarding for them,” says Chiara. “Communicating with deceased loved ones can bring closure, unspoken goodbyes, answers to questions, and more. Imagine, even your dog or cat can get a reading too! Find out what might be bothering them or if they want a change in their routine.” Telephone readings are available seven days a week, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Chiara is offering Natural Awakenings readers a complimentary mini-reading. Call 480-5098326. See ad, page 28.

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cottsdale Artists’ School (SAS) celebrated one of its founders on Sunday, April 29. Friends and artists from all over came to honor Maxine Johnston for the devotion and passion she has poured into the school for the last 35 years. In 1983, Johnston, Wade Fairchild and Jim Reynolds spearheaded an idea to form an art school in Scottsdale, where professional artists could teach the fundamentals of art to students seeking opportunities to become more expertly trained. The school opened that September, and almost immediately, artists whose works hang in some of the finest museums came to teach there. “I’m a goal setter,” Johnston said in her toast on Sunday. “We set a goal of being the finest art school in the West. At that time it was a dream, and at first we fell way short of that; however, today, we do have the right to claim that status.” In addition to Johnston being one of the founding directors, she served as president of the board of trustees for three years and has been a board member for 26 years. At the age of 93, she still attends meetings and serves as board chair emeritus. Johnston has been an instructor at SAS for more than 20 years; is a Signature Member of Oil Painters of America; is a Design Affiliate of the American Society of Interior Designers; is past president of the Scottsdale Artists League; and is a member of Arizona Artists Guild.  “I would not be a gallery artist today if it were not for the instruction that I received here,” continued Johnston. “The quality instructors we hire at SAS are the best of the best.” For more information about Scottsdale Artists’ School, visit June 2018


More than half of teens and young adults that have slaked their thirst with energy drinks report consequently suffering negative health consequences, reports a new study from Canada’s University of Waterloo. Of 2,055 Canadian participants between ages 12 and 24, 55.4 percent said they had negative health events afterwards. Of these, 26.5 percent trembled and felt jittery, 24.7 percent had faster heartbeats and 22.5 percent noted “jolt and crash” episodes—a spell of alertness followed by a sudden drop in energy. Another 5.1 percent experienced nausea or diarrhea and 0.2 percent, seizures. Most respondents said they drank only one or two energy drinks at a time.

Cardiovascular exercise improves a person’s healthy gut microbes even without making dietary changes, University of Illinois researchers report. In a study of 32 people, 30 to 60 minutes of exercise three times a week for six weeks boosted levels of healthy intestinal bacteria, especially for lean subjects, and less so for the obese. The healthy bacteria produced short-chain fatty acids that reduce the risk of colon cancer. “The bottom line is that there are clear differences in how the microbiome of somebody who is obese versus somebody who is lean responds to exercise,” says Jeffrey Woods, Ph.D., a kinesiology professor at the university.


Energy Drinks Hurt Youth Health

Exercise Boosts Good Gut Bacteria

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Those that sleep more than seven hours a night are likely to eat better the following day, according to researchers from King’s College London. In the study, 21 people known to typically sleep fewer than seven hours increased their sleep time by 47 minutes after receiving tips on sleep hygiene such as drinking less caffeine and going to bed neither too hungry nor too full. The following day, they consumed almost 10 fewer grams of sugar in food and drinks on average and also consumed less fat and fewer carbohydrates than a control group. 14

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When we’re feeling angry, stressed or overexcited, just 15 minutes of being alone without a device can put us into a more peaceful state, reports a University of Rochester study. Young adults, sitting in a comfortable chair away from their devices, were given something to read, told to think about something specific or not given any instruction. Some were asked to sit alone for 15 minutes a day for a week and keep a diary. In all cases, such solo time away from devices helped reduce intense emotions afterward.

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Alcohol has been linked to seven types of cancer, including breast and bowel, and scientists at the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, in Cambridge, UK, have tracked down a possible cause. In lab tests, they found that when the body processes alcohol, acetaldehyde is produced. Acetaldehyde alters and damages DNA within blood stem cells, leading to rearranged chromosomes and a greater likelihood of cancer.

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After a polluting coal-fired power plant in Pennsylvania was shut down in 2014 by U.S. Environmental Protection Agency regulatory action, the chances of women living 30 miles downwind having a preterm birth fell by about 28 percent, report Lehigh University researchers. While the plant was operating, women in affluent New Jersey communities downwind had a 17 percent greater risk of having babies of very low birth weights—less than 5.5 pounds—than did women in other similar affluent areas.

Scientists Discover Alcohol-Cancer Link


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Preterm Births Down After Coal Plant Shutdown

Mangoes contain potent antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and anticancer properties that may prove useful in treating gastrointestinal disease, cognitive decline and diabetes, report scientists at the University of Palermo, in Italy. Also, Texas A&M researchers have found that 300 people with Crohn’s disease that ate 200 to 400 grams of commercially available frozen mangoes daily for eight weeks had fewer digestive symptoms, improved inflammation biomarkers and less colon cancer-linked molecules in their digestive tracts.


New Healthy Coffee Alternative Success by Health (SBH), a new, rebranded company in the healthy lifestyle industry with its Reishi Mushroominfused coffee products, now offers two healthy coffee products—Café Noir and Café Latte—in the natural beverage niche market for sales affiliates. They are formulated with the Reishi (Ganoderma) Mushroom, to help eliminate unhealthy caffeine in coffee, and with it, the unpleasant metabolic crashes associated with conventional coffee products. They smooth out the traditional highs, lows, jitters and resulting negative pH levels in the body. SBH is the latest direct marketing company started by Jay Noland, a former professional baseball player well-known in the direct selling industry. His business model eliminates the retail middleman through individual, independent sales affiliates. Each affiliate purchases a packet of Café Noir, the standard black coffee, for 68 cents a cup, and asks others they know and meet, “Do you drink coffee?” It’s an easy way to initiate a dialogue about the latest in healthy coffee. SBH founding members and independent affiliates are Dr. James Marinakis, an internationally recognized alternative medicine practitioner, in Boca Raton, Florida, and Jo Dee Baer, an agegroup record-setting triathlete and health coach in Central Florida. To join the SBH team as an affiliate and improve health while increasing wealth, call 800-681-4926 or email June 2018


In the first scientific study of facial exercise, 27 middle-aged women that performed specific facial muscle movements looked an average of two-and-a-half years younger in 20 weeks based on a standardized scale called the Merz-Carruthers Facial Aging Photoscales. By doing the exercises for 30 minutes each day or every other day, the fullness of both the upper and lower cheeks, in particular, of the women were significantly enhanced, report Northwestern University researchers. “The exercises enlarge and strengthen the facial muscles, so the face becomes firmer and more toned and shaped like a younger face,” says lead author Murad Alam, a medical doctor. Some of the study exercises can be found by searching the topic of Happy Face Yoga on YouTube.


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A spate of recent worldwide studies reveal several cholesterol-healthy alternatives to olive oil. Ingesting 15 milliliters a day of virgin coconut oil for eight weeks increased high-density lipoprotein (HDL) “good cholesterol” levels in 32 young adults by an average of 5.72 milligrams/deciliter, researchers at Thailand’s Chiang Mai University found. Walnut oil slashed heart disease risk in 100 Type 2 diabetes patients that swallowed capsules containing a total of 15 milliliters of walnut oil a week—the amount of oil obtained from 4 to 5 servings of the nuts. They experienced significant drops in total cholesterol, low-density (LDL) “bad cholesterol” and triglycerides after 90 days, reported Iranian researchers at the Shiraz University of Medical Sciences. Camelina oil from the Camelina sativa plant, also called false flax, lowered LDL levels in 79 men with prediabetic symptoms, whereas diets high in either high- or low-fatty fish did not, according to the University of Eastern Finland. The men consumed 30 milliliters of the oil for 90 days.

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Facial Exercises Ease Midlife Signs of Aging

Healthy Oils Improve Good Cholesterol

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Rail Trails

Summer Vacations with a Fun Twist This summer, consider the convenience and relaxation of watching the world go by outside a panoramic side window instead of focusing on driving the road ahead. Train travel is also more cost-effective, affordable and eco-friendly than flying. highlights railroad discounts for children, seniors, students, AAA members, military personnel and other demographics. Additional advantages include accessible central city terminals, a generous luggage policy and less time waiting until departures. If a station has an unattended parking lot, arrange to be dropped off. Amtrak ( encompasses 300 daily trains on more than 21,000 miles of track to more than 500 destinations. Particularly scenic routes include the California Zephyr that winds through the Rocky and Sierra Nevada mountains between San Francisco and Chicago; and the Adirondack train between New York City and Montreal, Canada, offering spectacular views of both its namesake national park and the historic Hudson River Valley.

Amtrak’s 75 vacation packages ( range from three days to two weeks. Sights include the Grand Canyon and Glacier, Yellowstone and Yosemite national parks. Most long-distance routes provide sleeping accommodations with passenger amenities for day and night. Advanced technology electric locomotives began enhancing

Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor runs in 2016. Designed for maximum energy efficiency with a regenerative braking system that feeds back into the power grid, this innovation saves electricity and reduces greenhouse gas emissions. Amtrak’s partnership with allows passengers to offset the carbon emissions footprint from their rail travel. Custom contributions can be made via the Rail Calculator or short- or longdistance traveler or Amtrak Trainiac preset options on Amtrak’s website. Many travelers also enjoy narrow-gauge, short-rail junkets. Popular options include Colorado’s Durango & Silverton Railroad (, a nostalgic trip back to the mining days of the Old West; the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad (, a 45-mile ride along the New Mexico/Colorado border; and the Conway Scenic Railroad ( in New Hampshire, within two hours of both Portland, Maine, and Boston, Massachusetts. Neighboring Canada affords many scenic trains including trips connecting Toronto with Vancouver and Calgary. Visit RockyMountaineer. com and

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Simple Eco-Houses on the Upswing

A new Ukrainian homebuilding startup called Passivdom uses a 3-D printing robot to produce parts for tiny houses. The machine can print the walls, roof and floor of the company’s 380-square-foot model in about eight hours. The windows, doors and self-contained plumbing, sewage and self-electrical systems are then added by a human worker. Solar energy is stored in a battery. Filtered water collects from humidity in the air. Prices start at $64,000 per house (Passivedom). M.A.DI., in Italy, produces prefabricated Aframe houses in five sizes that can be set up anywhere. The basic model is rated an energy class B, but can be upgraded with an option of adding solar panels to make the structures energy-independent. Homes made by Lifehaus blend low-cost, off-grid appeal with holistic living and luxurious details. The Lebanon company is pioneering energy-neutral dwellings made from locally sourced and recycled materials. Green home dwellers will also be able to generate electricity and grow their own food.


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At the North American Climate Summit in Chicago last December, more than 50 mayors from around the globe signed the Chicago Climate Charter, intended to guide cities toward reaching greenhouse gas emissions reduction goals similar to the Paris climate accord. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel says each mayor will pursue a customized plan, noting, “We’re all going to get to the same destination in our own way.” President Trump’s intended exit from the Paris agreement has sparked an uproar from leaders worldwide, especially mayors in cities long committed to reducing emissions. Dozens of cities are committed to 100 percent clean and renewable energy goals and pledged to promote clean transit through using zero-emissions buses. Emanuel believes, “Climate change can be solved by human action.” Cities’ actions now may well pay off in the long run.

Deadly Cargo Oil Spill Threatens Ocean Ecology

Experts are warning that the Iranian tanker Sanchi oil spill in January in the East China Sea could potentially be one of the worst in decades. Scientists from the UK National Oceanography Centre and the University of Southampton are monitoring the disaster, believing it could

severely impact important reefs, fishing grounds and protected marine areas in Japan. They are also concerned by the toxic nature of the ultra-light, highly flammable oil and unknown impacts. Simon Boxall, with the centre, notes, “It’s not like crude, which does break down under natural microbial action. This stuff actually kills the microbes that break the oil down.”


Cincinnati has contracted with the energy company Dynegy to purchase 100 percent renewable energy to operate most of its municipal facilities through at least 2021. The green energy will power police and fire stations, health clinics, recreation centers and most administrative buildings, including city hall. The city’s greenhouse gas emissions will be cut by more than 9 percent and its utility rates by more than $100,000 annually. The deal will bring the city closer to its goal of running on 100 percent renewable energy by 2035.

Mayors Worldwide Sign Climate Charter

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Cleanup Cites Worst Plastic Polluters

A week-long beach cleanup and audit at Freedom Island in the Philippines last September exposed the companies most responsible for plastic pollution in the critical wetland habitat. The Greenpeace Philippines and #breakfreefromplastic movement audit, the first of its kind in the country, revealed that Nestlé, Unilever and the Indonesian company PT Torabika Mayora are the top three contributors of plastic waste discovered in the area, contributing to the more than 2 million tons of mismanaged plastic waste in the Philippines, the third-biggest source of plastic ocean pollution per year. See the whole list at

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Plastic Bags Get the Boot

Boston will join 59 other Massachusetts municipalities and hundreds of others across the nation, including Seattle, Washington, and Washington, D.C., in banning single-use plastic shopping bags by the end of this year. Instead, Boston shoppers must bring their own totes or pay store owners five cents or more for a thicker, compostable plastic bag or a larger paper bag with handles. “This new ordinance protects the health of our neighborhoods and environment, while at the same time easing the burden on taxpayers and saving local retailers millions,” says Kirstie Pecci, director of the Conservation Law Foundation’s Zero Waste Project.

Click on a Campsite Website Opens Up Private Land to Campers

A Portland startup online at LandApart. com is expanding the share-economy Airbnb-model concept to private landowners and campers. People that want to camp or rent a cabin in a beautiful area can pay a private landowner for access. CEO Ven Gist says the move is in part a response to sometimes crowded public lands that often cannot be reserved. He says, “We’re basically collaborating with landowners to open up new wild spaces that people can find and book for truly secluded, unique outdoor experiences.” Prices average between $30 and $40 per night. Find an introductory video at Gust. com/companies/landapart.

Green Team Seattle Mariners Win Eco-Award

CenturyLink Field and Safeco Field, homes of the National Football League Seahawks and Major League Baseball (MLB) Mariners, respectively, introduced a Strawless in Seattle campaign last September. More than 100 local businesses joined with the Lonely Whale Foundation to help eliminate plastic waste. Safeco Field is the most sustainable baseball facility today, recycling 96 percent of all waste generated last season. As a result, the Mariners earned MLB’s Green Glove Award for 2017. Every food service item is recyclable or compostable, and cleaning crews manually separate waste items from recyclables after every game. The Mariners have been playing under energy-efficient LED lights since 2014, the first MLB ball club to do so. The team also added a 450-square-foot urban garden before the 2016 season that provides fresh vegetables and herbs for the concession stands.

Forgiveness is a funny thing. It warms the heart and cools the sting. ~William Arthur Ward

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Good for People and the Planet by John D. Ivanko and Lisa Kivirist


any people define a livable city as one that is easy to get around in by foot, bike or public transportation. Many also prioritize ready access to fresh, local, organic food via farmers’ markets and community gardens. Others champion affordable housing and cost of living factors, safe neighborhoods with a diversity of people, careful stewardship of clean air and water, and plentiful amenities, including considerable open space and natural settings. Many work to preserve and enhance a sense of place suited to the locale. Partners for Livable Communities, a national nonprofit in Washington, D.C., that renews and restores communities, maintains, “Livability is the sum of the factors that add up to a community’s quality of life, including the built and natural environments, economic prosperity, social stability and equity, educational opportunity and cultural, entertainment and recreation possibilities.” The American Association of Retired Persons considers


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livable communities as age-friendly for young and old alike. Along with economic opportunities, a leading stimulus in moving to urban centers is, “More people are looking for a sociable environment where they can walk out of their door to the shops or transit and be among others they recognize who also recognize them,” observes Suzanne Lennard, director of the International Making Cities Livable Conferences, LLC, in Portland, Oregon.  “People who have traveled abroad, especially to Europe, and tasted the quality of life possible in a truly livable, walkable, beautiful and sociable city, often want to find such a place to live themselves.”   Following are a few examples of America’s many livable cities. More are transitioning and evolving as city planners, government officials, businesses and nonprofit community organizations strive to make their hometowns both peopleand planet-friendly, often through public and private partnerships.  

In Pittsburgh, revitalization is transforming 10,000 parcels of vacant or abandoned land—some where steel mills formerly operated—into greenspace, bike lanes and other enticing and productive public areas. “Biking and our food scene have exploded,” says Chris Sandvig, director of policy with the Pittsburgh Community Reinvestment Group, which advocates for equitable urban revitalization through their Vacant Property Working Group, helping communities access blighted areas for pennies on the dollar. “We’re now one of the top 10 bicycling commuter cities in the country. People also come here as food tourists due to vibrant local agricultural activity.” “A related ideal is to create compact, human-scale, mixed-use urban centers in the suburbs that are less expensive to construct—and thus remain more affordable—while placing shops, schools, parks, services, workplaces and public transit within walking and biking distance,” Lennard notes. “This ensures a healthy, affordable and high quality of life for all; suburban, as well as urban.” Fast-growing Carmel, Indiana, just north of Indianapolis, is following suit. “After years of watching the suburbs sprawl into subdivisions with large lawns, privacy fences and cul-de-sacs, we created a vibrant central core with apartments, townhomes, condos and new options for smaller homes—all within walking distance or a short bike ride to new places to work, shop and dine,” explains Mayor James Brainard. The design efforts serve people instead of cars. “Carmel has spent the last 20-plus years building more than 900 miles of trails and multi-use pathways, enabling residents to commute by bicycle to work and enjoy easy access to a growing number of parks and recreational areas,” says Brainard. To facilitate traffic flow, some 100 roundabouts replaced stoplights and four-way stops. “Reducing traffic congestion has improved our air quality, and saved gasoline and lives.” A new, mixeduse downtown Arts and Design District



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includes a Center for the Performing Arts with a Center Green that hosts a farmers’ market in summer and an outdoor Christkindlmarkt and outdoor skating rink in winter. “The old way of doing things in which cities and towns sat back and let the market dictate how a community should be grown must come to an end,” remarks Brainard, advocating the benefits of local governance.

Smart City Advantages

Key elements of smart cities—sensors, cameras, data analytics and powerful networks that capture and relay vital information—help them become more energy-efficient or quicker to respond to environmental and residential issues. Such products highlighted the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show, in Las Vegas. Reducing traffic can also contribute to safer highways and shorter commutes with decreased greenhouse gas emissions. “Citizens are using apps to monitor issues and alert city managers, improving the livability of their communities,” explains Steve Koenig, senior director of market research with the Consumer Technology Association.   In Boston, the app BOS:311 allows residents to instantaneously notify government departments of pollution concerns, like blocked drains and other environmental or community needs, feeding the information directly into the city’s work order system via their mobile phone. This real-time collaboration results in a cleaner, safer and healthier city.   The Envision Charlotte project encompasses interactive kiosks in 64 businesses and government buildings citywide, gathering energy usage data for office buildings to increase energy efficiency and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. So far, energy consumption has dropped 19 percent, saving companies about $26 million. The program has strengthened economic competitiveness and environmental sustainability.

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environment for improving local livability while mitigating contributions to climate change. Forested open spaces, wetlands and protected watersheds improve air quality, protect drinking water and buffer intense storms. Such areas also connect more people with nature and engage them in communal and healthy outdoor recreation. Portland, Oregon, boasts more than 10,000 acres of parks, plus an innovative Biketown sharing program that has facilitated 160,000 bike trips since its launch in 2016. The city’s Bike Bill requires all new streets to accommodate bicyclists and pedestrians by design. Portland also embraces urban gardens and allows residents to raise chickens, bees, goats or rabbits in their backyards. No one wants to live where pollution runs unchecked or water is unsafe to drink. Philadelphia’s Green City, Clean Waters program works to keep stormwater out of sewers and reduce rainwater runoff through decentralized soil-based and plant-based systems, including pervious pavement, green roofs and rain gardens. Begun in

2011, its goal is to reduce rainwater runoff by 85 percent by 2036. Rainwater has become a valuable community resource. The program is just one of many ways that the City of Brotherly Love is transforming itself into one of the greenest in the United States. Overseen by the city’s Office of Sustainability, Greenworks Philadelphia devises long-term sustainability strategies that encompass eight facets, including clean and efficient energy, carbon-neutrality and zero waste. Preparations are already underway to cope with a hotter, wetter future.

Preserving a Sense of Place

Making communities livable goes beyond infrastructure. Actions usually involve preserving, protecting and enhancing what appeals to residents. Santa Fe, New Mexico, is one example of many where livability priorities are guided by the values of its residents and its sense of place. “From our historic public square and marketplaces to outdoor cafes, farmers’ markets and community festivals;

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from human-scale architecture and balanced transportation to pedestrian and bicycle networks, this place represents shared values,” says Mayor Javier M. Gonzales. “Santa Fe is also full of public art. The city is designed to be safe, creative and inspiring for young and old, families of all kinds and everyone else that comes to see us.”

Good Life as Kids See It

Ultimately, making cities move livable for children can make them highly livable for all. “Children need the same things from a city that we all need, but their needs are greater than ours,” says Lennard. “The environment a child grows up in shapes their health and their mental and social development for the rest of their lives. Our modern, unwalkable suburban environments are contributing to childhood obesity, which has been widely linked to chronic diseases that in the past were only associated with old age.” She notes, “Children need the exercise of walking or biking to school.

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They need safe streets so they can become independent and explore their neighborhoods; sidewalks and other outdoor areas where they can play, meet friends and interact with adults in the community; easy access to nature; beauty in their environment; and intriguing architecture, works of art and other places to stimulate their affection and imagination. As they become teenagers, they need access by foot or bike to a wide variety of resources to broaden their horizons. Don’t we all need these things?” John D. Ivanko and Lisa Kivirist, coauthors of ECOpreneuring, operate the Inn Serendipity, wholly powered by renewable energy, in Browntown, WI.

LIVABLE COMMUNITIES TOOLBOX International Making Cities Livable hosts conferences in the U.S. and Europe. Consumer Technology Association’s Smart Cities, an overview of the latest technology in making cities more smart and livable. AARP Livable Communities fact sheets, helpful for communities looking to become more livable. AARP Livability Index, a livability rating of U.S. localities according to housing, neighborhood, transportation, environment, health, engagement and opportunity. Toward Sustainable Communities: Solutions for Citizens and Their Governments, by Mark Roseland. The fourth edition offers a comprehensive guidebook for creating vibrant, healthy, equitable and economically viable places. June 2018


1Use real plants. Three Ways to Feng Shui Your Home Using Nature


by Jen Stone

hen assessing the feng shui of a home, the objective isn’t always just about beautifying it from an aesthetics point of view with the proper placement of furniture or interior décor. It’s also about harnessing the power of the benevolent vitality of Mother Nature. Look at the mountains, trees, bodies of nearby water, colors and curvature of the land. These natural landscapes exist and stand before us to inspire and support us. From a feng shui perspective, we


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understand that every part of these living beings plays an intricate role in influencing our health, relationships and overall well-being—externally and internally— even within our homes. Feng shui is a tremendously useful tool that can bring Mother Nature’s essence inside our homes. It aims to emulate the euphoric and sustainable way that nature makes us organically feel when we are outside and how to imitate that inside our homes.

Artificial plants are more robust, require very little maintenance, and can sit even in the darkest corner of your home. Still, real plants far outweigh the benefits of owning artificial ones. Numerous studies have shown the upside of being surrounded by real plants, especially indoors. For instance, extensive research performed by NASA has revealed that houseplants can remove up to 87 percent of air toxin in 24 hours. The effects of caring for them also boosts our moods, and makes us feel more productive, focused, creative and less stressed. Strategically place plants to support strong prosperous energy spots in your home, especially if these areas are at the front door, foyer, living or dining room, or even kitchen. If you also work from home, place plants, especially those with broad leaves, on your desk. They help regulate humidity and increase levels of positivity—seeing greenery and nature helps us feel more relaxed and enhances overall concentration. PaylessImages

Though the application of traditional Chinese feng shui can be daunting at first, there are small, simple steps we can take to help revitalize and uplift the energy and spirit of our home. Here are three ways to create an environment that doesn’t just look beautiful but also feels amazing.


Invite natural sunlight. Sergey Karpov PaylessImages

Our planet’s relationship with the sun pervades all forms of life. In Chinese metaphysics, the sun is considered the most powerful and cleansing source of energy, and gives life and meaning to the “five elements” (fire, earth, metal, water and wood). In ancient days, many homes and famous landmarks in China, such as the Forbidden City, were built with a southfacing direction because the south direction stands for the fire element, or the sun. Not only can natural sunlight make a home look brighter and give the feeling of more space, it also has positive effects when it comes to nurturing our health and physical body. The sun is an incredible source that supports our sleep cycles, hair growth, and immune system, because the sun’s energy allows our bodies to heal and manufacture certain nutrients, like vitamin D. In feng shui, “yang” (or open and active) spaces, such as our kitchen and living room, can greatly benefit from natural sunlight. Opening the windows or using sheer curtains on large windows helps the sun to shine through. This natural brightness can activate and stimulate strong prosperous energy.


Make use of an aquarium.

It’s not uncommon to find aquariums in traditional Chinese shops and restaurants. In feng shui, their function and placement is strongly connected to increasing prosperity and abundance and money luck. Their therapeutic qualities can also have lasting healing effects for the mind and body. For instance, studies have shown the positive impact that aquariums—especially fish-filled ones—have on reducing anxiety, blood pressure, and pain, and increasing memory capacity. Aquariums, as with using natural sunlight, are better suited in yang spaces. Avoid placing aquariums in bedrooms, studies or meditation/prayer rooms, where the energy should be more static and passive (“yin”). Because aquariums are considered an activating object, the movement of the fish and water will disturb the yin energy necessary to nourish the body when resting. Feng shui invokes a feeling of calm, peace, serenity and harmony. To create a sustainable and happy home, choose features that embody characteristics of the natural world, such as plants, sunlight, water, natural materials, and colors. Many of these features go beyond aesthetics—they contribute to healing.

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Marsha T. Danzig, founder, Yoga for Amputees.

Yoga for Amputees by Kim Carter


oga is increasingly more accessible for diverse populations, one of which is amputees. Whether taught in a clinical setting, at a conference, or in a small group class, amputees learn modifications and adaptations that empower them to eventually attend a standard yoga class. Marsha Therese Danzig, founder of Yoga for Amputees, is the first amputee yoga teacher in the U.S., and herself an amputee. She says that part of the journey through limb loss is feeling normal again, and the ability to participate in yoga nurtures a growing sense of normalcy. Yoga benefits amputees in the same way it benefits anyone, by developing strength, balance and flexibility in the body they have now. Balance is especially important, as fear of falling is one of the bigger challenges for amputees. They also receive similar benefits in terms of


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anxiety and stress reduction. But Danzig notes that, in addition, yoga helps with pain and trauma management, increased confidence and, perhaps most importantly, a return to a sense of wholeness. Necessary modifications depend on a variety of factors, including how many limbs were lost and where (above or below the joint), prior fitness level, type and level of comfort of prosthetic, and level of phantom and/or chronic pain. Muscle imbalances are common due to over or under use and adapting to the way muscles have been reattached during surgery. Frustration can easily arise, so cultivating mindfulness helps amputees take things slowly and approach yoga with a sense of exploration, creativity and self-compassion. Matthew Sanford, founder of Mind Body Solutions, which provides accessible yoga to those with spinal cord injuries, says yoga is “being

For more information on Yoga for Amputees’ online training programs, visit For more information on the Amputee Coalition, visit Kim Carter, MA, HTCP, RYT, teaches yoga at Restoring Balance Mind & Body, in Mesa. Her 200-hour training is in the Viniyoga lineage. She completed the Yoga for Amputees training and has also studied with Matthew Sanford. Her passion is making yoga accessible for all. She also teaches Rewind Yoga for older students and Yoga for Breast Cancer. To connect with her, call 253-549-5342 or email

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able to work with integrity within the body you have, without attachment to the way that you think that the pose should look.” The Amputee Coalition of America estimates there are 2 million amputees in the U.S., with that number expected to double by 2050. The main causes of limb loss are vascular disease, which includes diabetes and peripheral artery disease; trauma; and cancer. Through training programs like Danzig’s, yoga teachers learn to help amputees discover the tools and confidence they need to reconnect with their bodies, thrive and reclaim a sense of identity. The Amputee Coalition will hold its National Conference Thursday, July 12, through Saturday, July 14, in Tucson. Each morning begins with a yoga class accessible for all levels. Breakout sessions, workshops and activities empower amputees to live more fully with limb loss and build community. Topics include: overcoming challenges, maximizing function and mobility, gait analysis, fall prevention, and pain management. In addition to daily yoga, there will be a swim class and adaptive golf. Spouses and caregivers are welcome. Continuing education credits (CECs) are available for healthcare professionals.

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RUNNING WITH THE KIDS Strengthens Body, Mind and Family Spirit


by Marlaina Donato

ombining regular exercise with quality family time can be an enjoyable and fun way to realize a healthier lifestyle. Running together in fresh air, preferably in natural settings, allows children as young as 5 to safely join in.

Physical and Emotional Perks

Families and coaches agree that running benefits both body and psyche. “Running as a family is an incredibly bonding experience, putting aside some of the usual conflicts and perceived hierarchies and just coming together,” says William Pullen, a London, England, psychotherapist and author of Running with Mindfulness:


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Dynamic Running Therapy (DRT) to Improve Low-mood, Anxiety, Stress, and Depression. “Running also gives us a place where we can develop skills like building confidence and competency.” Marc Bloom, of Princeton, New Jersey, author of Young Runners: The Complete Guide to Healthy Running for Kids From 5 to 18 and The Runner’s Bible, concurs, stating, “Running as a family can give parents the opportunity to be good role models by instilling values of health, fitness and togetherness.” Experts emphasize the fun factor. Pullen encourages both parents and kids to get out of their heads and into their bodies. “Concentrating on breath, posture, sensation and location all help make running mindful,” he suggests. “The important thing is to show up. It’s about participation, not breaking personal bests,” Pullen continues. Kids can play a game while running, such as silently counting steps, trees or other runners.” Mindfulness can also include sharing how it feels to run and meeting challenges along the way. Bloom suggests tuning in to nature. “Being in beautiful surroundings or watching for animals can promote mindfulness,” he says. “It can be spiritual.”

Safe Start

For beginners, experts recommend approaching running as a desirable pastime and adopting a slow, easy pace. “Always make running fun, not a chore,” encourages Bloom. “Frame it as being outside, playing and sharing with friends and family. Make a game of it as much as possible.” Whether a family chooses to run in the park or in a community race, experts stress the importance of not setting goals. “Make it pleasurable. Don’t worry about time and distance. Start with short distances, maybe a block or two for novice runners or very young children,” advises running coach Jeremy Sanders, from Winchester, Virginia. “Be patient. Some days, the kids will get cramps. They may whine or get moody. Other days, they will be happy and content. Don’t let one bad run ruin the opportunity to try again another time.” Running coaches and seasoned runners agree that it is wise to tailor runs according to age and fitness levels. “Kids can begin at school age, 5 or 6; but start them with a few minutes and then add


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more, up to 15 minutes to a half an hour or so a few days a week. Always mix in sprints for short attention spans. Keep it simple. No fancy running shoes are needed when starting, just regular sneakers,” advises Bloom. “For teens, 30 to 45 minutes at a time a few times a week is fine, provided that they have bona fide running shoes.”


Finding inspiration as a family can include running for worthy causes; most communities host charity runs. “This can become a focal point for getting in shape, raising money and running for the greater good, not just yourself,” says Bloom. Mindful running presents regular opportunities to explore new places, focus on details that often go unnoticed and make exercise an active meditation for all involved. “Show kids how to notice what is going on around them when they run,” suggests Pullen. “You can read up and educate yourselves on trees, geology or the change of seasons so they feel a powerful sense of connection and freedom.” Whether running as a family is motivated by a desire to stay fit, get someplace or simply share more quality time, being in the present moment is most important. “Life is not about striving all the time,” exhorts Pullen. “Take the kids out. Keep it fun and make it into an adventure.” Marlaina Donato is a freelance writer, author and multimedia artist. Connect at

Breathing While Running William Pullen: “Mindful breathing is simply making the observation of one’s breath being the priority over thoughts. Each time the mind interrupts, gently return to the breath. Learning how to do that gently is what it’s all about—it means letting go of forcing, wishing and striving—and just gently doing.” Marc Bloom: “I’m not a fan of instructing young kids how to breathe while running because thinking about a must-do task can spoil the fun, and also seem like homework. Runners breathe naturally through their mouths, with an occasional deep breath through the nose. You can get technical with this, but not for kids. Be aware if breathing gets labored. If kids feel out of breath they’re probably running too fast. Kids love to start off fast, often too fast. Also, normal breathing might feel ‘out of breath’ and wrong to them because they’re not accustomed to it. Explain this to newbies beforehand by telling them what to expect.” Jeremy Sanders: “Everyone is different. Your breathing changes with effort and the more you run, the more you learn what works for you. You can experiment by breathing through only your nose or only your mouth, or in combination, in through the nose and out through the mouth. You can also alter the number of steps between each breath to get a comfortable rhythm going.” June 2018


We Need Clean Waters Streams and Rivers Are Life Links by Avery Mack


reeks, streams and rivers flow into ponds, lakes and oceans, carrying pollution. Keeping large bodies of water clean starts with local waterways. As awareness of this need rises, some rivers in Africa, India, New Zealand and elsewhere are being protected and recognized as living entities, with rights, values and the legal status of people. While court cases brought by commercial interests are challenging such decisions, progress continues on many fronts.

Cleanup Success Stories

“The Fox River’s been our treasure since Native Americans paddled there,” says Barbara Smits, part-owner of Old Northwest Frontier Tours, provider of selfguided auto, bicycle and walking tours via eBook, in De Pere, Wisconsin. “To see people sail, boat, ice fish or sightsee here 30

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again is a joy.” The Fox River Cleanup Project, a multi-year effort covering 13 miles that began in 2009, reduces the health and environmental risks from polychlorinated biphenyls (PCB) in the sediment. Lake Winnebago, source of the lower Fox River, is currently stewarded under the 2000 Lake Sturgeon Management Plan. Recent meetings have sought citizen input for updates in managing sturgeon stock. In Athens County, Ohio, Michelle Shively, in Trimble, is Sunday Creek’s watershed coordinator. “Every minute, 850 to 1,000 gallons of polluted water from an underground mine pool flows into the creek, turning the water orange from iron waste. Once the iron is removed, you need to do something with it,” she says. Guy Riefler, Ph.D., an associate professor of civil engineering, and John Sabraw, professor of art and chair of a

painting and drawing program, both with Ohio University, in Athens, found a way to wash, dry and pulverize recovered iron. It will be sold to Gamblin Artists Colors to make oil paints for artists in mustardy ochre, rusty red and violet tones. Not yet widely available, 500 sample tubes of Reclaimed Earth Violet were featured at an initial fundraiser. “Cleaning water is expensive, but now we’ve turned the problem into a method to fund more work,” says Shively. Throughout history, river dams have been built to provide power or irrigation, prevent flooding and provide municipal water needs. Of approximately 80,000 three-foot-tall or higher U.S. dams, only about 2,500 produce hydropower. Removal of old dams no longer serving their original function can restore entire watershed ecosystems, provide habitat for fish and wildlife, add jobs, improve water quality, reinstate natural sediment and nutrient flow, and save taxpayer dollars. Built in 1929 and abandoned after World War II, demolition of an Eklutna River dam, in Alaska, began in 2016. Curtis McQueen, an Eklutna tribal leader and CEO of Eklutna Inc., which now owns the dam, reported that 300,000 cubic yards of sediment had amassed there, along with junked cars, TVs and other trash. The tribe is the first in the nation to be involved in such a massive project, intended to restore its historic salmon population. In 2017, dams were removed in Alaska, California, Connecticut, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Vermont, Washington and Wisconsin. A map at shows dams taken down since 1916. “The good news is that in meetings like the St. Louis River Summit, in Superior, Wisconsin, in March, clean water wasn’t viewed only in a strictly scientific sense, but added the human factor to produce more diverse solutions,” says Wallace J. Nichols, Ph.D., the Monterey

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The Ugly Beauty Mark by Paul Stallone


any features on the human body are prized for their inherent beauty, one of which even includes the term “beauty”. For decades, beauty marks have been admired, with popular figures like Marilyn Monroe and Cindy Crawford being envied for their perfectly placed marks. The name draws attention, but it’s really just a fancier way of saying mole. These black or brown spots are just pigmented skin cells called melanocytes that cluster together instead of dispersing throughout the skin. The average person has between 10 and 40 moles. Most moles are benign, meaning they’re completely harmless. Moles can change in color, shape, texture, or even grow hair. Although most of these changes are normal, moles can change into a very ugly problem. Some spots on the skin can develop into skin cancer, a very common diagnosis. In fact, non-melanoma skin cancer is the most common type of cancer diagnosed in the United States. One in five people will develop skin cancer by 70 years of age. There are multiple types of skin cancer, and the type dictates the course of treatment and prognosis. With all cancers, detecting it as soon as possible makes a significant difference. It’s recommended that people more than age 30 receive annual exams by a dermatologist. It’s also important to perform self-checks


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as often as possible. When checking moles and other spots, remember ABCDE.


It’s a good idea to have any spot that has an ASYMMETRICAL shape looked at. Normal, benign moles are generally symmetrical.


A benign mole will have smooth and even BORDERS, while certain lesions typically have irregular borders that are difficult to define.


Uneven distribution of COLOR or the presence of more than one color could be a warning sign that a mark needs to be looked at. A benign mole should be a single shade.


Any mole or mark greater than six millimeters (think of a pencil eraser) in DIAMETER should be examined by a dermatologist.


The most important factor to consider is the EVOLUTION of a mole. This is why self-checking is very important. Any mole or mark that has recently changed in size or color should be looked at immediately. There are other cancer options besides toxic drugs and radiation, or painful surgery. Alternative treatments with vitamin C is just one of the many natural options available for addressing cancer. Vitamin C is a major antioxidant

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 24.

and a nutrient needed for more than 10,000 biochemical reactions in the body. Cancer cells exist by fermenting glucose into energy. Vitamin C and glucose are virtually identical molecules in shape and size; they also use the same ports to enter a cell. A complicated response begins within the cancer cell after it absorbs high levels of vitamin C. This vitamin helps produce certain elements that can deprive the cancer cell of energy, basically starving the cancer cell. Vitamin C can also increase collagen production, which helps to confine tumors. Skin cancer can spread throughout the body, severely impacting the survival rate. Being able to contain tumor growth is especially important for any cancer patient. Vitamin C further helps to prevent tumors from spreading by inhibiting hyaluronidase, an enzyme used by tumors to metastasize. The only negative factor about vitamin C is the high levels required to accomplish the many therapeutic benefits. The amount needed could never be taken orally; instead, it needs to be administered intravenously. Only knowledgeable naturopaths should be consulted for intravenous (IV) cancer treatments. They have the skill set needed to tailor each treatment to the patient. There are other nutrient-based IV therapies available through a naturopath. Homeopathic remedies can also be prescribed to help unburden the immune system, freeing it to attack cancer cells. Beauty marks can and should be appreciated, but only after they and any other mark are checked over by a dermatologist. If any spot causes concern, address it immediately with a naturopath.


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Health Concerns Revolutionize the Cosmetics Industry


by Marlaina Donato

rom red carpets to Teen Vogue magazine, the natural beauty trend has taken the industry by storm. Consumer whims may have sparked its beginnings more than a decade ago, but demand is now spiking profits into the billions. “Consumer need is influencing retailers to offer cleaner formulas reflecting firm eco-values,” says Karen Behnke, the pioneering entrepreneur who founded Juice Beauty, in San Rafael, California. Behnke aimed to create meaningful change in the industry when she assembled her dream team 13 years ago. The company now owns a trailblazing patent and sets the standard for clinical organics. “We’re excited that traditional department stores such as Bloomingdale’s, Neiman Marcus and Holt Renfrew are adding our products to their beauty departments,” says Behnke, who attributes Juice Beauty’s tremendous growth in recent years to a surge of interest in chemical-free, luxury alternatives.

Natural Replaces Toxic A recent Green Beauty Barometer online survey revealed that more than half of women want their skincare products to be all-natural, a result likely driven by the scientific information age (see KariGran. com/pages/greenbeauty for details). Reputable scientific studies revealing parabens in breast cancer biopsies have demonstrated that everything applied to the skin also enters the bloodstream, hence the effectiveness of dermal nicotine and birth control patches. Thus, it can be alarming to realize that the average woman will unknowingly consume seven pounds of lipstick containing petroleumbased emollients, synthetic preservatives and artificial dyes during a lifetime, undoubtedly another reason consumers are switching to natural options. Katey Denno, a Los Angeles makeup artist to the stars, noticed cosmetic red flags early in her career. “The first time I turned over a palette that most makeup June 2018


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artists carry and saw specific colors that couldn’t be used on eyes or lips, I was confused; if something isn’t safe for lips or eyes, how can it be good for any part of us?” queries Denno, who switched from social work to makeup artistry 11 years ago. “The change in the industry has been substantial. Now green is mainstream, and most artists have included some green beauty brands in their kits.” Millennials continue to drive consumer demand for higher standards. “Retailers understand that the skincare/makeup landscape is changing,” advises Behnke. “Traditional brands are no longer attracting younger consumers that are demanding organic, clinically validated products.” Denno concurs, stating, “The spotlight on clean products comes from the growing acknowledgement that we can and must do all we can to lower our overall toxic load.”

Demand Escalates Women are fueling the natural beauty movement, yet more men than ever are also seeking healthy alternatives. Grooming products with unisex packaging and fragrances are among top sellers. Informed teen and 20-something buyers are inclined to choose people- and ecofriendly brands that are also cruelty-free. A wide selection of aluminum-free, natural, personal care products including underarm deodorants are showing up in supermarkets. Women are ditching toxic hair dyes and going silver to avoid thinning hair and allergies, and unwittingly, creating a new fashion statement. Plus,


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Metallica: Kirk Hammett, James Hetfield, Robert Trujillo, Lars Ulrich there’s growing interest in DIY cosmetics using everyday good-for-you ingredients found in the kitchen. Artisan perfumes are gaining popularity among women that want the mystery and allure of fragrance without the side effects of manmade, chemicalbased brands. “Some new customers are frustrated by commercial products giving them headaches, while others say that they just don’t like perfume, when what they actually don’t like is synthetic fragrance chemicals,” says Ananda Wilson, a botanical perfumer and owner of Gather Perfume, in South Hadley, Massachusetts. “It’s inspiring when they smell real plant scents and see how their world lights up! The molecules in natural perfumes are active and interact with personal chemistry, so they unfold differently on each wearer, creating a unique signature and experience.” Wilson ventured into botanical blends when both awareness and supplies of appropriate ingredients were scarce. “Perfume history is largely rooted

in natural materials, but until recently, there was a mass blackout of this precious lineage. When I started, there was barely anything available, and only through a handful of aromatherapy companies,” she explains. Now, Wilson bases her products on botanical infusions from plants she’s grown or collected, including wild beach roses, clover and spring poplar buds. It only takes a whiff to dispel the myth that natural perfumes lack sophistication or tenacity. “Naturals have a breadth of possibilities—opulent white florals, fresh and clean, or dirty and smoky,” expounds Wilson. Eco-beauty is emerging from conscious lifestyle choices and creating the next era of cosmetics. “It’s fun to be called a pioneer in organic beauty,” muses Behnke. “Our products, employees and happy customers comprise an encouraging accomplishment.” Marlaina Donato is a freelance writer, author and multimedia artist. Connect at

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Pets Welcome Here Happy Places to Live and Travel Together by Sandra Murphy


s of last year, 90 million dogs lived in American homes. Including cats, birds, fish, small animals and reptiles, the grand total is 393 million, reports the American Pet Products Association. Pets are considered family members by 95 percent of their people. Accordingly, pets are a key consideration in choosing a friendly place to live or visit.

The personal finance website WalletHub analyzed the most pet-friendly U.S. cities encompassing criteria inclusive of access to veterinarians and cost, pet insurance rates, pet-friendly restaurants, pet-centric businesses, dog parks and animal shelters. SmartAsset, a personal finance technology company, ranked cities by dog parks, pet-friendly restaurants and stores, walkability, weather and housing

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“First, look for pet-friendly landlords. Space to play, socialize and exercise animals is next on my list, followed by breweries and restaurants that allow dogs on their patios,” says Alexandra Bassett, a professional dog trainer and owner of Dog Savvy Los Angeles. “I hike off-leash in Runyon Canyon and we visit the Pawbar at Pussy & Pooch, a pet lifestyle boutique, to mingle and sample treats. Food is the fastest way to make a dog comfortable in just about any setting.” Irvine and Carlsbad, California, and Portland, Maine, are among the first cities to ban use of toxic pesticides in public areas and homes, following pressure from local groups. Being closer to the ground and smaller in size, pets suffer adverse reactions faster than humans. Contact local environmental groups to help ban harmful insecticides and herbicides in public areas. In Pasco County, Florida, Epperson Community homes exemplify eco- and pet-friendly planning, with open spaces and solar power-lit trails for jogging and walking. Birdhouses throughout the property welcome wild feathered friends. A centerpiece lagoon enhances scenic walks and uses less water and energy than a traditional pool or golf course. Separate paths allocated for bikes and driverless cars keep dog walkers safe. Colony Cove, in Ellenton, Florida, is a 55-plus retirement community that allows multiple pets, including some breeds banned elsewhere. It maintains a large dog park, and at summer’s end, dogs are welcome to take a dip in the pool. Further, the association offers mobile groomers, photos with Santa and costume contests. All species are welcome at Rose Villa Senior Living, in Portland, Oregon, where residents’ request for an off-leash dog park play area was granted. One resident owns two dogs, two cats and an African gray parrot. The largest-ever Canadian residen-


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tial project to earn Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design platinum certification, Calgary’s University District, embraces ecological conservation, habitat restoration and long-term conservation management principles. Designed for residents to age in place with their families, recreational fitness amenities include onand off-leash dog parks, a pet-friendly activity space and paths leading to parks.

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Sara Nick, chief content officer at Sidewalk Dog Media, in Minneapolis, suggests experiencing unique adventures. Dog paddling takes on new meaning via stand-up paddleboarding with a pooch at Minnesota’s Split Rock Lighthouse and Tettegouche state parks. Whatever the weather, equine-friendly pups can ride along in a horse-drawn carriage from Doubletree Carriage Company, in

Spring Valley. Dogs are welcome to watch or snooze through film showings at the Long Drive-In, in Long Prairie. Birgit and Jim Walker, authors of Keep Your Paws on the Road: A Practical Guide to Traveling with Dogs, travel by RV in summer with their three dogs to favorite stops like Tombstone, Arizona. “Some tourist areas don’t welcome dogs, but in Tombstone, dogs can go for stagecoach rides and down into a mine with you,” she says. Kim Salerno, president and founder of, in Wake Forest, North Carolina, recommends Kimpton or Aloft hotels. “Kimpton accepts any pet, any size, weight, breed or species. Amenities include a bed, treats, a water bowl and toys with no additional pet fee,” she says. Salerno continues, “In Asheville, dogs are allowed on the grounds of the Biltmore Estate. The Ernest Hemingway House, in Key West, Florida, allows small, cat-friendly dogs. Boutiques, feed stores, wineries and art galleries may say yes to pets. Ask first and make sure your pet is well-behaved.” Whether at home or traveling, families can enjoy many opportunities to share new experiences with pets. Just be sure they mind their manners to have a good time. Connect with freelance writer Sandra Murphy at StLouisFreelanceWriter@

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ogs eat grass, roll in it and walk on it. Pesticides on feet and fur walk into the house. One of the top three pesticides sold in the U.S., known as 2,4-dichlorophenoxyacetic acid, or 2,4-D, is used for golf courses, landscaping and public areas. Popular products containing 2,4-D include: ■ Bayer Advanced All-in-One Lawn Weed and Crabgrass Killer ■ Ortho Weed-B-Gon Max ■ Scotts Liquid Turf Builder ■ Scotts Snap Pac Weed & Feed ■ Sta-Green Phosphorus-Free Weed & Feed Source:

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Tart cherry juice. A study by the University of Rochester, in New York, found that older adults drinking two, eightounce servings of tart red cherry juice daily, one in the morning and one at night for two weeks, enjoyed moderate sleep improvement, comparable to taking the herb valerian and melatonin.

10 Foods Help Us Relax and Rest


by Judith Fertig

etting enough sleep—or not— has a trickle-down effect. A study in the Journal of Obesity shows that good quality shut-eye helps us reduce stress, lose weight and function better. Research also shows that most Americans would be healthier, happier and safer going about their daily activities if they slept 60 to 90 more minutes each night, according to the American Psychological Association. A consistent sleep routine helps enable a good night’s rest, with activities like going to bed at the same time whenever possible; shutting down the Internet, email and text messaging at least an hour before bedtime; and limiting intake of caffeine and alcohol. Another best practice is eating foods that help us relax, fall and stay asleep. Four primary sleep-promoting vitamins and minerals naturally found in foods are tryptophan, magnesium, calcium and vitamin B6. Some of these help the body produce melatonin, the hormone responsible for


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regulating the body’s sleep/wake patterns called circadian rhythms. Others enhance serotonin, which carries nerve signals and relays messages in the brain related to mood and sleep. Some foods are naturally packed with these essential vitamins and minerals, and eating certain foods at certain times can help us tip the scale towards a successful night of restful sleep.


Kiwi. Full of vitamins C and E, serotonin and folate, kiwi can help us sleep longer. In a study at Taipei Medical University, in Taiwan, researchers had participants eat two kiwifruits one hour before bedtime for four weeks. Total sleep time improved by 13.4 percent.


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Fish. Salmon, halibut, mackerel and tuna help boost the production of vitamin B6, which helps make melatonin. A recent study from the University of Pennsylvania published in Scientific Reports found that eating more fish led both to better sleep and improved cognitive function in children.


Fiber-rich foods. Choices such as chia seeds, nuts and whole grains help promote restorative “slowwave” sleep, according to the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine.


Calcium-fortified yogurt. According to Dr. William Sears, a pediatrician in Pasadena, California, and author of The Baby Sleep Book: The Complete Guide to a Good Night’s

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the Nutrition Journal, researchers surveyed 1,076 participants between 20 and 78 on how often they ate soy products, which are rich in sleep-enhancing isoflavones. Those that ate the most soy foods enjoyed deeper, more sustained sleep. Researchers concluded that soy’s isoflavones help regulate the sleep/wake cycle.

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Rest for the Whole Family, “Calcium helps the brain use the amino acid tryptophan to manufacture the sleep-inducing substance melatonin. This explains why dairy products, which contain both tryptophan and calcium, are some of the top sleep-inducing foods.”

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Bananas. Rich in potassium, magnesium, tryptophan and vitamin B6, which are used to make melatonin, bananas help promote good sleep. A study in the Journal of Pineal Research found that men that ate two bananas at a time for a week had a rise in melatonin that reached a peak two hours later; pineapple juice and orange juice also raised those levels.


Walnuts. Eating a handful of walnuts an hour before bedtime provides fiber- supporting, restorative, slowwave sleep, concluded a study in the journal Nutrition. Plus, walnuts are a good source of tryptophan, which helps make serotonin and melatonin; University of Texas researchers also found that walnuts contain their own source of melatonin.


Dark leafy greens. Kale, spinach and collard greens are among the magnesiumrich greens that can help us destress and go to sleep, says Dr. Raj Dasgupta, a professor of pulmonary and sleep medicine at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles.


Almonds and dates. Nerina Ramlakhan, Ph.D., a London sleep therapist and author of Fast Asleep but Wide Wake: Discover the Secrets of Restorative Sleep and Vibrant Energy, counsels her clients to start at breakfast by eating eight almonds and two dates. These two fiber-rich foods are able to slowly help produce melatonin for later in the day. Judith Fertig writes cookbooks and foodie fiction from Overland Park, KS (

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Reader Bee-ware, You’re in for a Scare How the Humble Honey Bee Still Needs Our Help by Kathleen Donlinger


t is estimated that approximately 30 percent of the world’s crops and 90 percent of its wild plants are angiosperms. Angiosperms are flowering plants that require animals to pollinate their flowers to reproduce through seeds. It is hypothesized that flowering plants first evolved at least 140 million years ago, but, more importantly, the first pollinating bees co-evolved with these flowered friends. Bees are amazing. One single worker bee can pollinate up to 7,000 flowers per day, while the bees in a single hive can pollinate 500 million flowers per year. Without the bees to pollinate the flowers that plants produce, the male and female part of the plant do not meet and will not produce the fruits or vegetables of today’s markets. Bees also pollinate most of our country’s alfalfa crops, which, in turn, feed the beef and dairy industries. We use beeswax for everything from candles to makeup to medicine to food.


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Beehives come and go. Queens run hives of bees, which can move on or give birth to a new queen that can create a new colony. This is the circle of life for these gentle insects. However, in 2005 and 2006, U.S. beekeepers started seeing strange happenings in their colonies. In what seemed to be an overnight problem, the colonies were just gone. The queens, younger larvae and only several hive members remained, yet they refused to eat. There was no evidence of parasitic mites or infections, and no dead bees in the surrounding areas or near the hives themselves. Other bees would not take over empty hives that were abandoned and animals that eat leftover pollen or honey would not steal the honeycomb. The most common predators—the hive beetle and wax moths—left the empty hives completely alone, as if they sensed something was wrong.

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The disappearance was named Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD), and from 2006 to 2013, approximately 10 million colonies in North America were lost, including agricultural hives as well as wild colonies of Apis mellifera, commonly known as the European or Western honey bee. The rate of loss was the highest we have ever seen, approximately two times the normal loss rate from such factors as weather, adverse reactions, pests and infections. Many hypotheses have been posited; however, there has been no official conclusion as to the specific cause of CCD. While many think the cause is all the suggested factors combined, others have come to conclude that the use of a specific type of pesticide is the problem. In 2006, The Honey Bee Genome Sequencing Project was completed from a collaboration of scientists worldwide. Some interesting facts about the Western honey bee were gleaned. They are intelligent learners in comparison to other insects. For example, when a worker bee finds food, she can direct others to the exact location of the bounty by performing a “waggle dance.” Honey bees have a far more advanced olfactory system; they navigate completely by smell. They also lack the normal amount of immunity and detoxifying genes when compared to the

average fruit fly and mosquito genomes. This makes them far more sensitive and susceptible to pesticides and pathogens, like the Varroa destructor mite, which can decimate entire colonies within months.

Is it a Pesticide?

In 1994, before the world started paying attention to CCD, France noticed similar symptoms after Bayer released a new pesticide that it claimed, “Stopped an insect’s drive to feed, prevented insects from maintaining colonies, and made insects more susceptible to infections.” The specific type of neurotoxin, known as a neonicotinoid, is a chlorinated nicotine-based insecticide that is extremely similar to dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane (DDT). It was designed specifically to target only insects and be safer for mammals, including humans. These pesticides work by inhibiting the acetylcholine receptors in the nervous system, which stops nerve transmissions. From 1994 to 2001, French beekeepers and farmers started noticing that shortly after sunflowers were treated with this specific type of pesticide, symptoms of CCD appeared in hives. By 1999, the Beekeeping Federation of France protested to have the use of this specific pesticide, commonly called Gaucho or IMD, suspended. Between Bayer’s research and France’s government research, several important effects of this pesticide were noted: • IMD stays in soil years after being applied. • Bayer originally claimed that it only persisted into the roots of a plant, yet independent studies found amounts of the product in the flower as well as the pollen and nectar. • Bees have more nicotinic acetylcholine receptors than do their fruit fly and mosquito counterparts, causing them to be more susceptible (less than a few parts per billion of this pesticide can make bees groggy, impair short-term memory and block normal foraging behaviors). • It took less than a week after feeding on flowers treated with the product for the onset of CCD to appear in a hive.

How Can We Help?

The hobby of beekeeping is on the decline, but that doesn’t mean we need to start it up ourselves to help (though this is an option). We can do small things in our own backyards to help our fuzzy pollinators.

Plant a Bee Garden:

• Keep flowering plants, fruits and veggies, and try to keep a diversity so you get blooms through multiple seasons. • Bees love purple, blue and yellow flowers, and need shorter or no tubes on their flowers in order to get to the pollen and nectars. • Bees need water. Keep a shallow bowl of water with marbles, or perhaps a birdbath, pond or fountain that they can land on safely for a drink without drowning.

Limit Pesticide Use:

• Limit pest control treatments within reason. Treat inside your home rather than the exterior. Opt for quarterly treatments in winter when pests tend to lie dormant, instead of monthly treatments recommended in warmer months. • If you come across a problem hive, call a local beekeeper or hive relocation company, not a pest control company. • Find ways to keep your garden organic. Concentrated vinegar can be ordered online for herbicide, and Bacillus thuringiensis spray is a natural microbial pest control to keep caterpillars and beetles off your garden.

With the findings, the ban on neonicotinoids has continued in the European Union, and a vote was placed in 2016 regarding permanent banning of the top three common pesticides containing this type of neurotoxin. However, the research, pesticide bans and lobbying were not as popular in this country. It is interesting that Australia and New Zealand have no reports of CCD symptoms and do not use IMD. Also Vermont, Maine, New Mexico, Nebraska, Nevada, Louisiana, Alabama, Kansas, Rhode Island and Alaska all currently have no reports of CCD, and they do not have issued IMD Section 18 Approvals—meaning that this pesticide isn’t used in these states’ agricultural practices. It is important to stress that the use of this pesticide is still being debated by many national governments. But by realizing that we apply approximately 90 million pounds of pesticides on our own home lawns each year in the U.S., what could it hurt to try a more organic approach? According to the Environmental Protection Agency, current losses have

improved over the past decade in the U.S. but are still far more substantial than they have been in the past century. It is not the goal of this article to create fear of pesticides, as they are necessary when dealing with harmful and invasive pests, such as subterranean termites and scorpions. However, we must pay attention to the overuse and abuse of something that may be potentially harming the honey bee. Hopefully, what was once shrugged off and possibly thought of as a nuisance will be considered a critical player in the synergistic relationship that we hold with this planet that feeds all of us. Kathleen Donlinger is a biology major attending nursing school at Mesa Community College. She is an Arizona native who has worked for several pest control companies in the Valley and enjoys organic gardening with her husband in her spare time at their home in Mesa. To connect with her, email June 2018


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Peter Gros on Preserving Wild Nature by Sandra Murphy


eter Gros, co-host of the original Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom TV show, wildlife expert and environmental conservationist, now educates groups of young people that spend more time on their handheld devices than they do outdoors. His message impresses upon the next generation the importance of wildlife and open spaces as they gift us with heartfelt awe and balance, and engage us with nature to offset manmade lives. His 30 years of field experiences include serving as a wildlife lecturer and licensed U.S. Department of Agriculture exhibitor. An active member of the American Zoo and Aquariums Association and the Zoological Association of America, Gros is also on the board of directors of the Suisun Marsh Natural History Association and a trustee for the Cheetah Conservation Fund. He lives in Seattle and spends time in national forests when not speaking to groups.

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Deer, raccoons, alligators and coyotes are common neighbors, depending on where you live. The deer population used to be controlled by natural predators like wolves; without wolves, deer can overpopulate. The best thing to remember is that animals go where there’s a food supply. Gardens attract deer; cat or dog food left out brings raccoons. Coyotes and alligators must lose their fear of humans in order to eat. Don’t feed, tease or interact with them. Take photos from a distance. Call your local government animal agency for help or referral to a licensed animal rehabber before “rescuing” an abandoned baby; mothers often spend periods of time away hunting for food.

Why are some animals in danger of being killed on sight? We react to snakes, wolves and bats from a place of unfounded fears: snakes don’t have facial expressions, are seen as cold or slimy and move quickly; wolves are dangerous; bats can tangle in your hair. These are all tall tales. Animals want to avoid us.

We’ve reacted to our own fears with needless snake roundups, bounties on wolves and panic when a tiny bat swoops by. Historically, there have been no attacks on humans by wolves, and reintroducing them into Yellowstone National Park has restored a natural balance. Snakes keep disease-carrying rodents away. Bats use their radar to steer clear. We need to understand each animal’s purpose and place in nature. Feeding wildlife corrupts natural behaviors and removes their fear of humans. When we deem them a nuisance or inconvenient, we treat them like they’re disposable and have no value. It’s better for everyone to enjoy the fact that animals are there and keep our distance.

Who else is working to educate people about the importance of wildlife and habitat? Zoos used to be concrete-enclosed collections of animals. Now they are education centers, offering enrichment

programs and improved natural habitats to keep the animals active and interested. Waterfalls, swimming pools, trees, puzzles and toys that prompt animals to mimic hunting behaviors help keep a resident animal’s mind and body active. Breeding programs help maintain endangered species. We’re able to study and learn about a species while caring for them. One breeding program I worked with focused on spotted and striped big cats: the leopards and tigers. In another, we used incubators to hatch eggs among a threatened ostrich population. In Big Sur, California, condors have been raised with puppets so they wouldn’t imprint on humans before being released. Nature and science centers across the country are also teaching people about the importance of animals.

What makes you hopeful for the future? Each of us can make a daily difference in preserving our natural world. I’ve been fortunate in being able to showcase wild

animals, help endangered or protected species and share what I’ve learned in educational forums. Good news includes sighting of the black-footed ferret, once thought to be extinct. Mountain lions are recovering. We are learning from past mistakes. A big lesson is that what nature provides isn’t in endless supply, so we must be wise and frugal with all of our natural resources.

What are you most passionate about? No one should have a wild or exotic animal as a pet. The animals I show to audiences were bottle-raised or rescued. They can’t be released and so have become animal ambassadors. When people see them, they better understand the importance of nature and wildlife to people and the planet. I’m passionate about preserving wildlife and open spaces. Connect with freelance writer Sandra Murphy at

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by Kelly Martinsen

ola (originating from the word “oo-la-la”) is a lifestyle based on the international best-selling book, Oola: Find Balance in an Unbalanced World.

Oo-la (noun): That state of awesomeness. It is when your life is balanced and growing in the seven key areas of life— “the 7 F’s of Oola” (fitness, finance, family, field (career), faith, friends and fun). Have you seen the bus of dreams— a 1970 Volkswagen surf bus covered in stickers where people have written their dreams? The bus is now 19 sticker layers 44

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deep and is traveling around the country with two men, fondly known as the OolaGuys, “Dr. Dave” Braun and “Dr. Troy” Amdahl, both doctors of chiropractic. They are on a mission to change the world with a word (#Oola) by collecting 1 million dreams in the form of handwritten stickers on the side of a vintage bus. The reason? Because they believe that the way people can achieve their dreams is to first find balance within the seven key areas of life, they refer to as the 7 F’s. The OolaGuys operate on the principle that all of us are “designed for greatness,” and as such, they have made it their mission to help people achieve balance in these seven areas so that they can attain an OolaLife. The OolaGuys are coauthors of the international best-selling

Oola book series that started with Oola: Find Balance in an Unbalanced World. Dr. Dave (the OolaSeeker) and Dr. Troy (the OolaGuru) are renowned experts in teaching a proper work-life balance, and are committed to changing the world with their simple yet life-changing message. These gentlemen began this journey in 1997 when Dr. Troy was working at his clinic in Las Vegas, Nevada. The two of them, along with some friends, met at a hotel to sit around and plan the areas of their life. For each area (each F), they asked, “Where are you, where do you want to go, and how do you want to get there?” The focus is on balance between these seven areas of your life. Once you lose balance—yup, you guessed it—you lose Oola. But not everyone is unbalanced; not everyone is an OolaSeeker. There are some that are OolaGurus. Back in 1997, Dr. Troy seemed to have it all together while Dr. Dave found himself at his lowest point. He had a failed marriage and was living in a low rent motel, having lost most of his wealth. Dr. Dave reached out to Dr. Troy to see how two men who started out with the same ideas and ideals found themselves at such opposite ends of Oola. It didn’t take long for Dr. Dave to realize that what Dr. Troy, the OolaGuru, was sharing with him and their friends— balance and growth in the 7 F’s—at this 1997 get-together was a profound concept that could help the masses. OolaLife is what is attained when a person focuses on and puts forth the effort to have a balanced life, maybe even an inspired one. The OolaGuys believe that “we are all designed by God for greatness and purpose,” and that Oola is just discovering that purpose and utilizing these seven areas as a guide. While no “F” is more important than another, it is worth emphasizing the importance of family, field and finance, “given that 55 percent of marriages end in divorce, 53 percent of Americans hate their jobs, and 33 percent of the U.S. population has debt,” says Dr. Dave. “That means many of us are spending 12 hours a day at a job doing what we hate and coming home to an unhappy household. That has to

change. That is not inspired living.” The men still say that all areas are equally important and that once one out-of-balance area is identified and focused on, the other areas will be helped inadvertently. For instance, if you start with finance and pull yourself out of debt, you will find an improvement in your relationship with your significant other because you will be under less pressure. Or, if you focus on family and improve your relationships, you discover that family members can help you figure out how to balance other areas of your life, including rediscovering a cherished dream. Many of the people the OolaGuys meet on the road tell them, “I haven’t had a dream in 30 years.” It’s true that these “dreamless folks” have lost Oola, but it’s never too late to find it. Visit and try their free OolaLife tools to discover where you stand in each area. Are you an OolaGuru in the area of finance and field, but lacking in family and faith? Then those are the areas you need to pay more attention to. Are fitness and fun areas that are no longer strong as you age and become increasingly busy? Then take advice from the OolaGuys and make time for both, as they will power you through the aging process. In the end when it comes to dreams, the guys ask the question: “If you knew it would be a raging success what would you do?” That is the start. Ask yourself this question, take the online quiz to determine your balance, and then begin the process of attaining an OolaLife!

Oola is a lifestyle brand, with a book series (HCI Books); a tour; a motivational event called OolaPalooza; a partnership with Young Living where they have developed Oola oils; and most recently, their attempt to share and give back with their own line of tea, which supports their newest mission to feed 1 million people (every bag of tea sold buys a meal for a child in need). For more information, visit To order Oola: Find Balance in an Unbalanced World, visit; and to order

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DOING NOTHING Why Timeouts Matter

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by April Thompson

n a harried world where our work is never done, it’s tough to take timeouts to do nothing. Yet, when we pump the brakes on Americans’ obsessive drive, we discover fresh productivity, creativity and contentment. “We’re socialized to pride ourselves on accomplishment and achievement, yet when you step back, you realize doing nothing produces a valuable currency, especially in enhanced mental health,” says Colleen Long, a Boston psychologist and author of Happiness in B.A.L.A.N.C.E: What We Know Now About Happiness. Italians call it la dolce far niente, or the sweetness of doing nothing, while the Dutch word niksen translates as “doing something without a purpose”. Here are a few tips to reclaim the art of be-ing over do-ing.

Create a “do nothing” ritual. Set

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aside a special time and make it known. It can start the morning or wind down an evening. It may be meditating a few minutes or enjoying a bit of aromatherapy, wherever the heart leads.

Relax into the moment. Acknowl-

edge guilty feelings when they arise, but don’t heed them. It takes time to undo mental programming and learn to quiet the voice urging, “Don’t just stand there, do something!”

Mindfully do nothing. It’s not

about vegging out with passive activities like watching TV or checking email. It’s a time to come alive to our senses and surroundings, whether listening to music or people-watching, free of distractions from phone calls or anxious thoughts.

Doing something is okay. The aim

is to let go of the compulsion to check off every item on our to-do list—but that doesn’t mean blankly staring off into space. These are purposeful moments without a specific purpose. Doodle in a sketchbook, wander around the neighborhood or lie in the grass and look at clouds. Spontaneously go with the flow.

There’s no one way or right way to do nothing. “Just by carving

out space, you’ll get a benefit even if it doesn’t feel like you’re doing it right or perfectly,” advises Long. It looks different for different people. “Before I had kids, my ‘nothing time’ might be just being out in nature or simply doing one thing mindfully at a time, like washing dishes. Now I incorporate the principle into family time. One day a week, I shut off the phone, get on the floor with my kids and just let life get messy.” Connect with April Thompson, in Washington, D.C., at

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and enthusiasts. This formal training program is led by IFSA Accredited Master Jen Stone for the prestigious Raymond Lo School of Feng Shui & Destiny. $1,500. Feng Shui by Jen, 6207 N Cattletrack Rd, Scottsdale. Info:

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Your Mouth: The Missing Link to Optimal Health – 5:30-7:30pm. Toxins and infections in your mouth can be a barrier to achieving better health. Learn more in a fast paced, informative lecture by holistic dentist and Doctor of Integrative Medicine, Ingo Mahn, DDS, while enjoying appetizers and beverages from Culinary Creations by Beth. Sedona Public Library, 3250 White Bear Rd. RSVP required: 602-775-5120 or Irene@ Info: Click “Calendar”

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FRIDAY, JUNE 1 Retreat: Enlightened Wisdom – Jun 1-3. With Ordained Buddhist Monk, Gen Kelsang Rigpa. Meditate on Buddha’s profound Heart Sutra teachings with tantric methods. Onsite accommodation and meals available; preregistration essential. International Kadampa Retreat Center Grand Canyon, 6701 E Mountain Ranch Rd, Williams. 928-637-3262. MeditationInNorthern

with Angel Board Water; openings, initiations, upgrades and ceremonies; experience the essence of holy. Register: 480-395-7333 or Dry Skin Brushing Class – 12:30-2pm. Discover how the lymphatic system impacts your immune system and therefore your health. Learn exclusive method of face brushing; how to reduce cellulite; and how to tighten sagging, aging skin. $35 includes printed material, body diagram, and dry skin brush with advanced registration. Prescott. Call/text to register: Shelly: 480-8281411 or Info: Soulmonic Sound Healing Journey with Three Trees – 7-9pm. $38. Anahata Yoga, 14148 N 100th St, Ste C-130, Scottsdale. Register:



Book Study and Discussion: Access the Power of Your Higher Self – 11am-12:15pm. Life changing and practical. In person or online with Zoom. The Teachings of the Ascended Masters at The Summit Lighthouse Phoenix, 4105 N 20th St, Ste 115, Phoenix. 480-442-5020. See Zoom log on info:

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.

The Vision of Karma Yoga: The Art and Science of Action Part II – 1-3pm. Hindu scholar Arun Sehra speaks about purifying our minds and freeing ourselves from the bondage of our thoughts and karma. Love offering. Interfaith CommUNITY, Paragon Business Center, 952 E Baseline Rd, Ste 102, Mesa. 480-593-8798.


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

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

SATURDAY, JUNE 16 Your Mouth: The Missing Link to Optimal Health – 10:30am-noon. Toxins and infections in your mouth can be a barrier to achieving better health. Learn more in a fast paced, informative lecture by holistic dentist and Doctor of Integrative Medicine, Ingo Mahn, DDS. Natural Grocers, 503 W Clay Ave, Flagstaff. No RSVP required: 602-775-5120 or Info:

Kirtan with Prem Vidu and The Band of Now – 7-8:45pm. Softening the heart, evoking joy and dissolving separateness are benefits of this ancient call and response chanting, based in the Bhakti yoga tradition. $15-$20 love offering. Interfaith CommUNITY, Paragon Business Center, 952 E Baseline Rd, Ste 102, Mesa. 480-593-8798.


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.

Your Mouth: The Missing Link to Optimal Health – 5:30-7:30pm. Toxins and infections in your mouth can be a barrier to achieving better health. Learn more in a fast paced, informative lecture by holistic dentist and Doctor of Integrative Medicine, Ingo Mahn, DDS, while enjoying appetizers and wine on the patio. Rafter Eleven, 2985 Centre Ct B, Prescott Valley. RSVP required: 602-775-5120 or Info:



Board of Angels – Jun 9-10. With Sally Trautner. Learn about the Divine Holy Angels of the Second Reality; Angel Board Healing and healing

Classical Feng Shui Training Program – Jun 15-19. 9:30am-5:30pm. Open to all levels and great for realtors, interior designers, architects,


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. 480892-2700.

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markyourcalendar AMMA in Santa Fe, New Mexico Meet Mata Amritanandamayi, renowned humanitarian and spiritual leader, revered for her message of selfless love and compassion toward all. You are invited to greet Amma and receive her heartfelt hug. Arrive at least 90 minutes prior for a free token. Free Public Program: Sat, 6/16, 12pm. Devi Bhava, Tues, 6/19, 7pm. Paid Retreat: June 17-19. Pre-reg. required. June 16-19 Hilton Buffalo Thunder Resort Santa Fe, NM 87506 or

SUNDAY, JUNE 17 Book Study and Discussion: Access the Power of Your Higher Self – 11am-12:15pm. Life changing and practical. In person or online with Zoom. The Teachings of the Ascended Masters at The Summit Lighthouse Phoenix, 4105 N 20th St, Ste 115, Phoenix. 480-442-5020. See Zoom log on info: Empath Support Group – 4-6pm. With Darlene Moore. Solution-oriented meetings designed to educate empaths about their gifts and challenges of their sensitivities based on Dr Judith Orloff’s book, The Empath Survival Guide. Donation. Unity of Mesa, Annex Rm 1, 2740 E Southern Ave. 480-892-2700.

TUESDAY, JUNE 19 Spirit Talk – 7-9pm. Join Sunny Dawn Johnston for an inspiring and motivating evening as she connects with the spirit realm and receives messages and intuitive guidance for your everyday questions and concerns. Unity of Phoenix Spiritual Center, 1500 E Greenway Pkwy. Tickets/info: 602-978-3337 or

THURSDAY, JUNE 21 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. Summer Solstice Ceremony and Celebration – 7pm. Heaven and Earth are joined at the Summer Solstice. Join for a ceremony of myth, mask, and music in celebration of the Summer Solstice. $20 donation. The Shrine of Holy Wisdom, 5025 S Ash Ave, Ste B-15, Tempe. Patricia Ballentine: 480-225-4481 or

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

SATURDAY, JUNE 23 Brush Bash – 10am-1pm. With Tony Keys. Two-to-three delightful hours of painting with local artist and instructor Tony Keyes. Beginners welcome. All art supplies provided. $40. Interfaith CommUNITY, Paragon Business Center, 952 E Baseline Rd, Ste 102, Mesa. Preregistration required: 480-479-5247 or OneFineArtist@hotmail. com. Info: 480-593-8798.

SUNDAY, JUNE 24 Embracing Your Journey Expo – 9am-5pm. A holistic, wellness and metaphysical event. Embrace Summer Solstice, shine your light, donate to the homeless, eight free lectures, 60 vendors, raffles, activities, more. $5/advance, $8/door. Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak Resort, 7677 N 16th St, Phoenix. Erin McNamara: 480-296-1928. Tickets/ info: Sunday Service Talk and Workshop – 10:15am service and 1-4pm workshop. With Gregg Levoy, author of the best-selling book Callings: Finding


Without a sense of there can be no sense of

community. ~Anthony J. D’Angelo

and Following an Authentic Life. Unity of Mesa Sanctuary, 2700 E Southern Ave. Info: 480-8922700. Tickets: EFT Tapping and Law of Attraction Workshop – 1-5pm. With Rasoul Sobhani. $35. Anahata Yoga, 14148 N 100th St, Ste C-130, Scottsdale. Register:

THURSDAY, JUNE 28 Monthly Full Moon Meditation – 7-8:30pm. With Sevak Singh. $25/online, $30/door. Anahata Yoga, 14148 N 100th St, Ste C-130, Scottsdale. Register: classes/36.

FRIDAY, JUNE 29 Retreat: The Path to Happiness – Begins June 29. With Ordained Buddhist Monk, Genla Kelsang Jampa. Gain personal experience of 21 essential meditations that guide us step-by-step towards the inner peace of enlightenment. Onsite accommodation and meals available; preregistration essential. International Kadampa Retreat Center Grand Canyon, 6701 E Mountain Ranch Rd, Williams. 928-637-3262.

plan ahead SATURDAY, JULY 7 Chakra Harmony: A Unique Group Healing Experience – 7-9pm. With James Titschler. $29. Anahata Yoga, 14148 N 100th St, Ste C-130, Scottsdale. Register: mindbody/classes/167.

FRIDAY, JULY 13 Community Healing Circle – 7-8pm. With Margy (Priti Bhajan Kaur) Krause. Donation. Anahata Yoga, 14148 N 100th St, Ste C-130, Scottsdale. Register: mindbody/classes/104.

SATURDAY, JULY 14 Kirtan with The Band of Now – 7-9pm. $15. Anahata Yoga, 14148 N 100th St, Ste C-130, Scottsdale. Register: mindbody/classes/162.

SUNDAY, JULY 15 The Phoenix Psychic Fair – 9am-5pm. Psychic mediums, energy and sound healers, crystal light therapy, tarot and angel readers, medical intuitives, astrology readers, jewelry, crystals and gifts, aura photography. $5/advance, $7/door. Four Points by Sheraton, 2532 W Peoria Ave, Phoenix. Book Study and Discussion: Access the Power of Your Higher Self – 11am-12:15pm. Life changing and practical. In person or online with Zoom. The Teachings of the Ascended Masters at The Summit Lighthouse Phoenix, 4105 N 20th St, Ste 115, Phoenix. 480-442-5020. See Zoom log on info:

SATURDAY, JULY 21 Board of Angels – July 21-22. With Sally Trautner. Learn about the Divine Holy Angels of the


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Second Reality; Angel Board Healing and healing with Angel Board Water; openings, initiations, upgrades and ceremonies; experience the essence of holy. Register: 480-395-7333 or

THURSDAY, JULY 26 Monthly Full Moon Meditation – 7-8:30pm. With Sevak Singh. $25/online, $30/door. Anahata Yoga, 14148 N 100th St, Ste C-130, Scottsdale. Register: classes/36.



SUNDAY, JULY 29 Book Study and Discussion: Access the Power of Your Higher Self – 11am-12:15pm. Life changing and practical. In person or online with Zoom. The Teachings of the Ascended Masters at The Summit Lighthouse Phoenix, 4105 N 20th St, Ste 115, Phoenix. 480-442-5020. See Zoom log on info:

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

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

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

Take advantage of fresh, local produce from the best Arizona farms. Visit their respective websites for the most current information. Ahwatukee Farmers’ Market 4700 East Warner Road, Phoenix Sundays 8 to 11 a.m. Anthem Farmers’ Market 41703 North Gavilan Peak Parkway, Anthem Sundays 8 to 11 a.m. Carefree Farmers’ Market 1 Sundial Circle, Carefree Fridays 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Chandler Farmers’ Market 3 South Arizona Avenue, Chandler Thursdays 3 to 7 p.m. Farmers’ Market at the Mercado 8300 North Hayden Road, Scottsdale Sundays 8 to 11 a.m. Gilbert Farmers’ Market 222 North Ash Street, Gilbert Saturdays 7 to 11 a.m.

People will stare. Make it worth their while. ~Harry Winston

Peoria Farmers’ Market Park West, 9744 West Northern Avenue, Peoria Saturdays 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. .................................. NORTHERN ARIZONA Chino Valley Summer Market 344 Highway 89, Chino Valley Thursdays 3 to 6 p.m. Prescott Summer Farmers’ Market 1100 East Sheldon Street, Prescott Saturdays, 7:30 a.m. to noon Sedona Community Farmers’ Market 336 Highway 179, Sedona Fridays 8 to 11:30 a.m.

Pendergast Food Market 10550 West Mariposa Street, Phoenix Saturdays, 8 a.m. to noon Phoenix Public Market 721 North Central Avenue, Phoenix Saturdays 8 a.m. to noon Roadrunner Park Farmers’ Market 3502 East Cactus Road, Phoenix Saturdays 7 to 11 a.m. Uptown Farmers’ Market 5757 North Central Avenue, Phoenix Wednesdays 8 to noon and Saturdays 8 to noon

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sunday Sunday Services – 9am meditation & 10:15am service. A Positive Path for Spiritual Living. Childcare for infants thru 5th grade at 9am. Nursery for infants thru kindergarten at 10:15am. Youth ministry classes in the Education Annex at 10:15am. Unity of Mesa, 2700 E Southern Ave. 480-892-2700. Sunday Service with The Teachings of the Ascended Masters – 9:30-11:30am. Begins Jun 10; then every other week. Topics include Twin Flames, How to Work with Angels, Saint Germain, your sponsor in the Aquarian Age. Bookstore and gift shop open 10am-1pm. The Summit Lighthouse, 4105 N 20th St, Ste 115, Phoenix. 480-442-5020. Interfaith Celebration Service – 10:30-11:45am. June theme: Unlock Your Life – You Hold the Key! New Thought/Ancient Wisdom, Interfaith, and ACIM teachings, uplifting music, friendly accepting people. All peaceful lifestyles, cultures and spiritual beliefs are welcome. Interfaith CommUNITY, 952 E Baseline, Ste 102, Mesa. 480-593-8798. 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.

monday Tai Chi and Qiqong – 10-11am. With Shirley Kemper. Activate and experience the natural healing capabilities in the body. $10-$15 donation. Newcomers welcome. Unity of Mesa, Annex Rm 1, 2740 E Southern Ave, Mesa. 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.

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:


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253-549-5342 or Crystal and Tibetan Bowls – 6:45-8:30pm. Healing, purification and transformation with the singing bowls. $20 love offering. Center for Divine Awakening, 15801 N 40th St, Phoenix. Info: Prana: 773-316-3005. Book Study – 7-8:15pm. Based on the book True Love by Thich Nhat Hanh. Join Rev Julianne Lewis to explore key aspects of love: loving kindness, compassion, joy, and freedom from a Buddhist’s view of love, with techniques for manifesting it in our lives. Interfaith CommUNITY, 952 E Baseline, Ste 102, Mesa. 480-593-8798.

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.

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

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. FOR RENT/LEASE ROOM FOR RENT – $500/month includes listings on website, Facebook page, rotating lobby ad. Great for massage, counselor, healing art professional. Empowered Living Center: 480-755-0222. HEALTH EDUCATION THE BIG DIABETES LIE! – Breakthrough natural treatment. 96% stop all medications within three- weeks. HELP WANTED ADVERTISING SALES – Natural Awakenings magazine is looking for experienced advertising salespeople in the Phoenix area to help others grow their business. Commissionbased. Full- or part-time. Unlimited potential. 480-589-8800. OPPORTUNITIES ADVERTISE HERE – Are you hiring, renting property/office space, selling products, offering services, or in need of volunteers? Advertise your personal/business needs in Natural Awakenings classified ad section. To place an ad, visit ARIZ/Magazine-Classifieds. PRODUCTS CBD STORE NOW OPEN – Come experience the world of CBD here in central Phoenix. Highest quality organic, lab tested and personalized professional service. Chris: 602-292-6133. SERVICES/CLASSES EMOTIONAL SUPPORT FOR DIVORCEES – Recovered from two divorces and currently in a healthy seven-year marriage, healing coach Kimberly is offering her services to divorcees desiring life and love again. 480-237-9967. HEART-SONG EXPRESSION – Create your own serenity with a native flute. No music knowledge 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.

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844-PUR-MAID An eco-friendly home and office cleaning company & offers natural cleaning products. 844-PUR-MAID. See ad, page 21.


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


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


Valleywide Service • 480-994-4988 Eco-friendlycarpet and upholstery cleaning. Featuring organic cleaners and odor removal products derived from renewable seed and vegetable sources. No perfumes, solvents or other hazardous products. No phosphates. Products also available for in-home use. Licensed and owner operated since 1974. See ad, page 42.


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.

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

Providing biologic dentistry personalized to fit your needs in a caring and supportive environment. Offering many holistic procedures using the latest in modern technology. Dr. Butler is a member of the Holistic Dental Association and the International Academy of Oral Medicine & Toxicology. See ad, pages 4 and 27.


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

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 and 39.


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.


NatureWorksBest Cancer Clinic 1250 E Baseline Rd, Ste 205, Tempe 480-839-2800 • Dr. Huber is President of the Naturopathic Cancer Society, a Naturopathic Oncologist and Fellow of the Naturopathic Oncology Research Institute, and author of the largest and longest study in medical history on sugar intake in cancer patients (2014). She uses a therapeutic approach that targets metabolic aspects of cancer. See ad, page 6.


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 35.

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Our Readers are Seeking Providers & Services for: Acupuncture • Chiropractic Energy Healing • Family Counselors Herbalists • Integrative Physicians Life Coaches • Spiritual Practices ... and this is just a partial list!

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


Arizona Integrative Medical Center, PC 8144 E Cactus Rd, Ste 820, Scottsdale 480-214-3922 • Dr. Stallone’s main focus is to listen and understand the underlying cause of an individual’s illness. Often it is a combination of nutritional, emotional, chemical, structural, and lifestyle factors. He uses a vast array of modalities to effectively treat the acute and chronic diseases that are commonly seen today. See ad, inside front cover and page 24.


Linda Essex has more than 30 years of experience to assist you to meet your needs. Pamper your body and spirit with food-based healing and products, healing touch, channeling for spiritual guidance and qigong lessons. Private and group sessions or demonstrations by appointment.


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

Feb 26-28 Healing Level Four April 8-10 June 24-26 Universal White Time All classes are held Healing Level Two at my healing center March 1-2 TRAUTNER SALLY ELEMENTS NATURAL THERAPY in North Scottsdale April 12-13Energy Healer Holistic Marguerite Gavel, MSOM, LAC, LMT June 28-29 33998 N 57th Pl, Scottsdale 602-451-0747

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Sally Trautner has been studying A graduate of the Phoenix Institute Asst Head Teacher a n d w o r k i n g w i t h e n e rg y of Herbal Medicine and High Teacher medicine/healing since 1995. She Acupuncture, and healthcare Master is a White Time Healer Assisting Head practitioner for over 18 years, Teacher, High Teacher, Master Marguerite Gavel brings a multiWhite Natural Time Healer. She is also faceted approach to healing. Her Healing certified in numerous additional work encompasses various Alternatives energy healing modalities, and holistic modalities including: performs hands on and remote healings worldwide Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture, for physical, emotional and spiritual healing. See Bio-meridian Body Scans, Light Touch Healing, ad, page 23. Reiki, Rebirthing, Flower Remedies, and Call 480 767-6200 Therapeutic Massage. See ad, page 25.



534 E University Dr, Mesa 480-835-5380 • 480-835-5347 Looking for shifting and changes? Access Consciousness and the others amazing tools; Access Bars TM facilitators; body and energy process practitioners; kinesiology, readings, reiki, reflexology. Emotional issues, trauma, depression. Resolve issues on money, business, body/health, relationships and more. Enhance your health and beauty. More than 40 years combined knowledge. Call for an appointment with our practitioners. Se Habla Español. See ad, page 16.


6207 N Cattletrack Rd, Ste 7, Scottsdale 480-280-9911 • Jen Stone is the only IFSA Accredited Classical Feng Shui Master in North America and affiliated with the Raymond Lo School of Feng Shui & Destiny. She offers traditional Chinese Feng Shui consultations for homes and businesses, BaZi astrology reading, formal training programs, and educational workshops. See ad, page 34.



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


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Avoid being exposed to dangerous chemicals when all-natural and safer alternatives work just as well and last longer. See ad, page 28.




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

READINGS FEELINGS BY CHIARA Telephone Readings 480-509-8326 7 Days: 7am-7pm

Contact Chiara for life guidance: past, present and future. Communicate with deceased loved ones bringing closure, Gong, crystal singing bowl unspoken good-byes, answers to and full moon meditations, questions and more. Find out kundalini yoga, restorative what might be bothering a pet. Locate missing Sunday, June 1st 12pm 4pm yoga, yin yoga and yoga objects/people. Complimentary mini-reading. See nidra classes. Creating a ANAHATA Sound and Energy Healing ad, page 28. community of conscious Creating a community of conscious connection! connection. See ad, page 23. Enjoy FREE Yoga Classes:


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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 34.

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SOUTHWEST INSTITUTE OF HEALING ARTS 1100 E Apache Blvd, Tempe 480-994-9244 •

Nationally accredited college offers holistic health and wellness degrees, diplomas, certificates of excellence, continuing education and personal development, oncampus and online. Financial aid available. See ad, outside back cover.


952 E Baseline Rd, Ste 102, Mesa Rev. Julianne Lewis • 480-593-8798 Celebrating a Positive Path to Spiritual Living at Interfaith CommUNITY, they share openminded joyful spirituality with respect for cultural, religious and lifestyle diversity. Join for a journey toward our unique and perfect divine potential! See ad, page 29.

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

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


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

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

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


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 42.

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2700 E Southern Ave, Mesa 480-892-2700 • Offering practical spiritual teachings for abundant and meaningful living; we are a progressive spiritual community that explores universal principles and practices. Weddings, memorials, christenings, classes and activities for the “spiritual, not religious”. Sunday services: 9am & 10:45am. Youth programs: 10:45am. All are welcome. See ad, page 21.

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 17.

WELLNESS CENTERS ABSOLUTE HEALTH Dr. Sara Penton, DC 8360 E Raintree Dr Ste 135, Scottsdale 480-991-9945 • Our focus is treating the whole person based on each individual’s needs, using acupuncture, allergy relief, chiropractic, massage, naturopathic, biofeedback and neurofeedback. See ad, page 43.

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