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contents Natural Awakenings is your guide to a healthier, more balanced life. In each issue readers find cutting-edge information on natural health, nutrition, fitness, personal growth, green living, creative expression and the products and services that support a healthy lifestyle.

20 SHARABLE THANKSGIVING Ways to Focus on What Really Matters by Marlaina Donato



by Peter Kan


by Linda Sechrist



by April Thompson



by Paul Stallone


Seven Natural Home Remedies by Karen Becker




Homeowners Like its Eco-Friendly Cost Savings by Jim Motavalli


Healthy Twists on Old Favorites by Judith Fertig


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22 healthykids 30 wisewords 34 fitbody 36 naturalpet 38 healingways 40 greenliving


42 consciouseating 46 calendar 50 classifieds 5 1 farmersmarkets 54 resourceguide

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appy Thanksgiving! I love the fall season, especially in Arizona. It’s the greatest feeling to break out of the heat of summer, feel the cool breeze of fall and look forward to a winter of sunny skies and mild temperatures. As I write this, I’m thinking that some of you born and raised here might even find the winters a little on the chilly side! I have a lot to be thankful for this year – good health, wonderful family and friends, a new magazine and a beautiful place to call home. We like to spend Thanksgiving Day outdoors, and it’s challenging to make my time-consuming stuffing and wedge everything into the day while still eating at a reasonable hour. Every year, I decide that this is the year I will go stuffingfree, and every year I break down and make my homemade stuffing. Last year, we wanted to go out and play for the day, so I finally said no to my traditional stuffing, and instead filled my free-range turkey with a handful of fresh, savory herbs and chunks of onion, apple, carrots and celery. Wow! It didn’t take as long to cook, and what a fresh, wonderful flavor! The gravy was tasty too, fresh and light, and I used gluten-free flour, which worked very well. It was a great alternative to my usual long and involved bird preparation, but I will say that there’s also a good chance that I will be back to plucking, grating and sautéing my favorite stuffing again. I may even try one of the wonderful recipes in this edition! I received a great comment from a reader about needing more products and services in the magazine from the West Valley, and I am going to be working on just that, expanding the content to cover more of Phoenix and the surrounding area, and also areas in Coconino and Yavapai counties such as Sedona, Flagstaff and Prescott. This will take a little time and some creative thought, but that is my goal. Please, always feel free to contact me with comments, suggestions or questions. This is your magazine - Enjoy!

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“ nterfaith CommUNITY Spiritual Center, in Mesa, will present Interfaith Forum – Q&A, a recurring event from 12:30 to 2 p.m., November 26. Phoenix-based attorney Deedra Abboud will explore common misconceptions about Muslim beliefs, the burden of prejudice born by Muslim women and the diversity of Muslim followers across the world. She is founder of the Global Institute of Solution Oriented Leadership and winner of the Martin Luther King Jr. Diversity Award in Tempe and the Martin Luther King Jr. Award presented by the Human Relations Commission in Phoenix. Abboud continues to use her 2018 U.S. Senate campaign to give a voice to the vulnerable and champion civil rights for all Arizonans. Organized by Senior Pastor Rev. Julianne Lewis and author/speaker/musician Nazim Rashad, the event provides opportunities for religious leaders from around Arizona to share the tenets of their faith and personal stories. Lewis says, “We seek to bridge the gap of misunderstanding and prejudice about various world religions to help contribute a consciousness of peace and cooperation among all people of faith.” Suggested donation is $10. Location: 952 E. Baseline Rd., Ste. 102, Mesa For more information, visit See ad on page 27.

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he next 500-hour hypnotherapy course at the Hypnotherapy Academy of America, in Albuquerque, begins January 22. After completing the first 300 hours of modules one through three, students are eligible for certification as hypnotherapists with the International Board of Hypnotherapy. After completing the additional 100 hours of module four, which covers pain management techniques and accelerated healing, they become eligible for the professional designation of certified medical support clinical hypnotherapist. Module five is a 100-hour elective that covers natal regression and past-life therapy, for a total of 500 hours of training. Students have traveled from 29 countries and all 50 states to attend the school. Academy Director Tim Simmerman Sierra states, “Our state-licensed hypnosis courses and clinical hypnotherapy training have led the field in hypnotherapy education for almost 30 years. The 500-hour accelerated certification course in hypnotherapy is taught three times a year in two-week modules.” Location: 2132 Osuna Rd., NE, Ste. B, Albuquerque. To register, call 505-767-8030 or toll-free at 877-983-1515 or visit See ad on page 27.

Peace Film Screening at Unity


ooted in Peace, the official selection finalist for the United Nations best feature documentary, will be shown at 7 p.m., November 17, at Unity of Mesa Sanctuary. The film challenges viewers to examine their values as Americans and human beings. Director and award-winning filmmaker Greg Reitman says, “Today we are at war within ourselves, with our environment and with the world.” He invites viewers on a film journey to take notice of the world we live in, proactively seek ways to find personal and ecological peace and stop the cycle of violence. The film features interviews with Deepak Chopra, Donovan Leitch, Mike Love, Pete Seeger, David Lynch, Ted Turner, Archbishop Desmond Tutu and many others. Reitman learns from all of them, and heeds Maharishi Mahesh Yogi’s words, "If the forest is to be green, every tree must be green; if there’s going to be peace on Earth, then everybody needs to experience that quality of peace within themselves." Admission is $10 at the door. Location: 2700 E. Southern Ave., Mesa. For more information, call 480-892-2700 or visit See ad on page 30.

Pumpkin Valley by Catherine Holman In depicting simpler times, folk artist Catherine Holman portrays the pleasures of everyday life in colorfully detailed, whimsical scenes. She also accompanies each of her fine art paintings with imaginatively written stories about the people and animals that inhabit her gentle world. “As my brush works on the canvas, I dream of quaint villages where I would want to work and live,” remarks Holman. Of Pumpkin Valley, she writes: “Betty’s pumpkins were enormous this year. She’s been dreaming of all the wonderful pies, breads and desserts she’ll be able to make for the county fair. Her neighbor Hank thinks she should enter her pumpkin pie squares that he sampled. He’s willing to try all her new recipes, because Betty’s smile is as pretty as her desserts!” Holman lives in Excelsior Springs, Missouri, a small town not unlike those she captures on canvas. “My paintings remind us of the value of living life at a slower pace, with more time for family and friends,” says Holman. “Today, it seems that everyone thinks that bigger is better, but I still prefer small, cozy cottages and getting to know my neighbors.” View the artist’s portfolio at FineArt and visit her blog at CatherineHolman

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DiRTYOGA is Good Clean Fun


iRTYOGA , in partnership with The Nash and Evans Churchill Community Association, presents The Yoga & Jazz Experience, a monthly community art project celebrating freedom of expression with a groove. The project combines yogic movement with jazz music the first Sunday of the month, including November 5, at the temporary pop-up park at Roosevelt and 2nd Street. The project is funded by a Neighborhood Arts Grant awarded by the City of Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture. Ashley Burns says, “The Yoga & Jazz Experience is the first of its kind in Phoenix! This community art project encourages people to step outside and move their bodies authentically to the sweet tunes of live, improvisational jazz music. The benefits extend beyond health; this is a means to connect to your spirit and your environment.” Classes are open to all levels and bodies 12 and older. A limited number of tickets will be donated to a local nonprofit for each class. $10 tickets can be purchased in cash at Revolver Records downtown, online at, and at The Nash every First Fri.. For more information, call 602332- 0228 or email



The Shrine of Holy Wisdom Hosts Sacred Relics Expo in Tempe


he sacred relics of Mother Teresa of Calcutta and Pope John Paul II are just two of the 100 holy figures of the 20th century featured in an exposition of sacred relics of saints of the modern era from November 8 through 14 at The Shrine of Holy Wisdom. It has been the belief from the earliest days of the Christian dispensation that the physical objects (their remains, hair, clothing and other personal belongings) associated with those persons honored as saints carry the “power” of a holy person. Relics are perceived as transmitters of holy power and considered direct links to the sacred. Many believe that saints are present wherever relics belonging to or associated with them are housed. The public is invited to experience the transformative and healing power of these sainted persons who represent the compassionate and loving essence of Christianity in the modern era. The relics expo is open to the public and is free of charge. Donations, however, are most welcome! Location: 5025 S. Ash Ave., Ste. B-15, Tempe. For more information, including viewing times, call 480 219-9633 or visit See ad on page 6.


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TEETOTALERS ENJOY LESS HEART DISEASE In a meta-analysis of 45 research studies covering thousands of subjects led by Canada’s University of Victoria, in British Columbia, researchers found that former and occasional drinkers have a 45 percent increased risk of heart disease than non-drinkers. This discovery contradicts the widely held belief that occasional alcohol consumption reduces the risk of coronary heart disease.



Overtime Hours Linked to Tooth Decay


esearchers from the Tokyo Dental College, in Japan, have discovered a link between excessive overtime work and oral health by comparing overtime hours worked per month with the rate of untreated tooth decay. Of 951 financial workers studied, 13 percent of the men with no overtime hours reported tooth decay, while 19 percent of those working up to 45 hours of overtime per month did. This increased to 27 percent for those working 45 to 80 extra hours per month and exceeded 31 percent for those logging more than 80. Workers with the most overtime hours were more likely to list “too busy with work” as their reason for leaving decayed teeth untreated. The results came after adjusting for differences in age, education, smoking, snacking, dental visits and oral hygiene.



cientists from the Research Institute for Endocrine Sciences and Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences, both in Tehran, Iran, investigated the impact on leading diseases of regularly eating onion and garlic (both belonging to the genus Allium). Using data from more than 12,000 people for an average of six years, researchers assessed their onion and garlic consumption using a food frequency questionnaire and compared those measurements with blood pressure and incidences of both cardiovascular and chronic kidney disease. The scientists discovered the subjects that ate more onion and garlic regularly had risk reductions of 64 percent in cardiovascular disease, 32 percent in chronic kidney disease and 25 percent in hypertension compared to those that ate less of them.


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esearchers from the Wake Forest School of Medicine, in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, have found that aerobic exercise increases overall brain volume and gray matter, and helps improve brain function. Thirty-five adults with mild cognitive impairment were split into an aerobic group and a stretching group. The aerobic group participated in moderate-to-vigorous exercise four times per week for six months, while the others did stretching exercises at the same rate. The researchers used magnetic resolution imaging with each participant at the beginning of the study and after six months to determine potential changes in the brain. They found that both groups showed volume increases in gray matter regions linked to short-term memory, but the aerobic group displayed a larger preservation of overall brain volume. They also had greater improvements in cognitive function.

Cranberry Prebiotic Promotes Gut Health


esearch from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, has found that the cell walls of cranberries contain xyloglucan, a complex sugar that feeds the beneficial, naturally occurring bifidobacteria, enhancing the body’s microbiome. “A lot of plant cell walls are indigestible, just like we can’t digest the special sugars found in xyloglucans,” explains nutritional microbiologist and researcher David Sela, Ph.D. “But when we eat cranberries, the xyloglucans enter our intestines, where beneficial bacteria can break them down into useful molecules and compounds.” Sela emphasizes the importance of prebiotics. “With probiotics, we are taking extra doses of beneficial bacteria that may or may not help our gut health,” he says. “But with prebiotics, we already know that we have the beneficial guys in our guts, so let’s feed them with more nutrients and things that they like.”

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cientists from the Gifu University Graduate School of Medicine, in Japan, examined the impact of a combination of acupuncture and traditional herbal medicine on the rate of delirium in cardiovascular patients admitted into an intensive care unit. Of the 59 patients studied, 29 were treated with conventional care and 30 were given the same care, plus herbal medicine three times a day and acupuncture once a day. In the treatment group, incidental rates of delirium were 6.6 percent, significantly lower than the 37.9 percent rate found in the control group. This group also required fewer sedative drugs traditionally used to combat aggressive behavior in delirious patients.


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igella sativa oil (NSO), commonly called black cumin, is used to treat a variety of inflammatory conditions. Researchers from University College London, in the UK, and King Abdulaziz University, in Saudi Arabia, studied the impact of this oil on patients with asthma. Scientists divided 80 asthmatics into two groups of 40. One group was treated with 500 milligrams of NSO twice a day for four weeks. The other was given a placebo. The researchers used an asthma control score to measure improvement, along with pulmonary function testing and the level of blood eosinophils, disease-fighting white blood cells that indicate inflammation and allergic reaction. The researchers found normal eosinophil levels and significant improvement in the average asthma control test score for those in the NSO group, plus improved pulmonary function, compared to the placebo group.

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News and resources to inspire concerned citizens to work together in building a healthier, stronger society that benefits all.

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Humpback Holler Why Whales Leap High

Humpback whales are famous for their prodigious leaps from the water. A recent paper published in Marine Mammal Science proposes that breaching the surface and making a big splash serves as an acoustic telegram to communicate with far-off pods. The phenomenon may be compared to a distant drumbeat, which probably carries farther than the whales’ signature songs. Former University of Queensland marine biologist Ailbhe S. Kavanagh, Ph.D., and her colleagues observed 76 humpback groups off the coast of Australia for 200 hours between 2010 and 2011 and found that breaching is much more common when pods are at least 2.5 miles apart, with more local slapping of fins and flukes when fellow whales are nearby.

Get Outside

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This year, all REI outdoor outfitter stores will close on Black Friday and join hundreds of national and local organizations and like-minded brands to ask, “Will You Go Out with Us?” For the third year, the REI #OptOutside initiative will mobilize Americans to firmly establish a new tradition of choosing trails over sales on Black Friday, including camping under the stars instead of camping out at malls. For helpful ideas, visit opt-outside.

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Pedestrian Power Smart Street Lights Powered by Footsteps Conventional street lights collectively emit more than 100 million tons of carbon dioxide annually. The city of Las Vegas, a leader in municipal sustainability, has contracted with EnGoPlanet, a New York City clean tech startup, to install the world’s first Smart Street Lights powered by pedestrians’ footsteps via kinetic energy pads and solar energy. When someone steps on a kinetic tile, energy is created and goes directly to a battery. Petar Mirovic, CEO of EnGoPlanet, says, “Clean and free energy is all around us. Urban cities have to build the smart infrastructures of tomorrow that will be able to harvest all of that energy. This project is a small but important step in that direction.” Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn G. Goodman says, “Through our LEED-certified buildings, solar projects, water reclamation, alternative-fueled vehicles and sustainable streetlights, Las Vegas continues to lead the way.” The company also cites Smart Street Light projects in Chicago, Detroit, Auburn Hills (Michigan), Asbury Park (New Jersey) and at stadiums such as the MercedesBenz Superdome, in New Orleans. View an illustrative video at



Getting Greener

One night earlier this year, nearly 400 birds migrating north from Central and South America died in the midst of a storm from slamming into the 23-story American National Insurance Company skyscraper in Galveston, Texas. Among the victims were Nashville warblers, yellow warblers and ovenbirds. The American Bird Conservancy estimates as many as 1 billion birds die annually from colliding with glass in the U.S. as they see and therefore fly into the reflection of landscapes and the sky or inside vegetation. The exterior of the Galveston building, previously lit by large floodlights, is now illuminated only by green lights on its top level for air travel safety considerations. Other widely available means to protect birds include products to make residential and commercial windows less attractive to them. Specially placed tape or mullions creating stripes or patterns can help birds identify glass and avoid deadly crashes. Awnings, shutters and outside screens can also reduce bird collisions with buildings.

In a major marker of renewable growth, sources of energy that includes wind, solar, hydro and wood pellet burning briefly generated more electricity—50.7 percent—than coal and gas in Great Britain for the first time on June 7. When nuclear sources are added, the number increased to 72.1 percent. Records for wind power are also being set across Northern Europe.

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Renewables Hit High Mark in UK

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Sweden Dumps its Dumps Landfills generate environmental problems such as the greenhouse gas methane that warms the atmosphere and toxic chemicals from household cleaning products that pollute soil and groundwater. Installations are smelly, noisy and can breed disease-transmitting vermin, as well as harm wildlife. Recycling helps cut the volume of waste, but the bulk of all trash continues to fill these dumps. Sweden produces about the same amount of waste as other European nations, but less than 1 percent of its household refuse ends up in landfills. Thirty-two waste-toenergy (WTE) plants that have been operating across the country for years incinerate more than 2 million tons of trash annually—almost 50 percent of all waste. The country still recycles, but anything else normally ends up in the WTE incinerators, creating steam to generate electricity distributed on the grid. This system heats close to a million homes and powers more than a quarter-million, thus reducing Sweden’s reliance on fossil fuels. Sweden also helps to clean up other countries in the European Union by importing their trash and burning it. Because specific products contain materials that cannot be recycled or incinerated, some landfills are still necessary. natural awakenings

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Wine Worry Monsanto’s toxic Roundup herbicide glyphosate has been found in all 10 California vintages tested, including organic wines. While glyphosate isn’t sprayed directly onto grapes because it would kill the vines, it’s often used to spray the ground in the vineyard to be absorbed via the roots. Sometimes, glyphosate drifts from conventional vineyards into nearby organic and biodynamic vineyards. Other times, the toxin remains in the soil after a conventional farm has been converted to organic; the chemical may persist onsite for more than 20 years. Glyphosate is patented as an antibiotic. Designed to kill bacteria, it harms both soils and human health, and has been cited as a human carcinogen by the World Health Organization.

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Artificial intelligence (AI) is helping doctors and scientists worldwide do their jobs better. In wildlife preservation, many researchers want to know how many animals there are and where they live, but Tanya Berger-Wolf, a professor of computer science at the University of Illinois at Chicago, states, “Scientists do not have the capacity to do this, and there are not enough GPS collars or satellite tracks in the world.” At AI-driven, photos are uploaded by experts and the public and analyzed for species, age and even gender. One massive Kenyan study in 2015 prompted officials to alter their lion management program. Also, the locations of stranded victims of floods, earthquakes or other disasters can be determined via computer programmers writing basic algorithms that examine extensive footage. In flooded areas, AI technology can also find debris that harbors trapped people. AI techniques can even monitor social media sites to find out more about missing people and disasters. 18



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Holiday meal traditions that kick off with a Thanksgiving turkey and continue through festive meals for New Year’s can produce lots of cooking oil and grease waste. Following proper disposal procedures protects both the environment and home plumbing. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency reports that vegetable oils and animal fats share common physical properties and create similar environmental effects as petroleum spills, including coating and suffocating animals and plants; polluting food supplies and habitats; fouling shorelines; and clogging water treatment plants. Cooking oil and kitchen grease is the number one cause of stopped-up sewer pipes, according to Earth 911. Grease sticks to the lining of plumbing pipes in small particles, which catch onto each other and accumulate until the growing mass can block and backup sewage lines, leading to a nasty mess and sometimes costly repairs. This potential problem can be avoided simply and easily. ■ For small amounts of kitchen grease such as lard, shortening or tallow that inevitably go down the drain, flush with cold water so that it solidifies, making it less likely to stick to pipes. ■ Freeze small amounts of used cooking fats, oils and grease in a container like a used coffee can with a tight-sealing lid, then place it in the trash. ■ Larger and unfrozen quantities of used cooking oil may be taken to an area recycling center for proper disposal year-round. No special container is required and the liquid is emptied from the consumer’s container onsite. Don’t combine the contents with anything else, so it can be repurposed by vendors that collect it from the centers.

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feasting. Author Nicole J. Phillips, of Athens, Ohio, author of Kindness is Contagious, observes, “We are literally created to be kind; it’s well known that feel-good endorphins are released when we do an act of kindness. I think we often hold back because we predetermine that our resources are limited. Know your talents and gifts, and build your acts of kindness accordingly.”


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Sharable Thanksgiving

Ways to Focus on What Really Matters by Marlaina Donato

Thanksgiving inspires a season of appreciation for what sustains us and gives meaning to life.

Feed Your Soul ■ Revive a traditional weekly or monthly dinner with family or friends. ■ Whip up and enjoy a healthy dinner or dessert with someone not seen in a while. ■ Organize a healthy potluck using local ingredients and encourage invitees to bring someone that’s new to the group.

“I think true sustenance is when our hunger for connection and belonging meet,” says Sarah Ban Breathnach, the Los Angeles author of The Simple Abundance Journal of Gratitude. “When my daughter was small, we would purchase a complete Thanksgiving dinner for the local food pantry when we shopped for our own, saying, ‘One for us, one for them.’” Nourishment of our emotional and spiritual selves often begins with choosing simple, whole food. Rocco DiSpirito, a New York City celebrity chef and author of Rocco’s Healthy + Delicious, reminds us, “Eat real food! Return to the basics of eating what’s produced by Mother Nature. You’ll become a better partner, parent and person.” Cooking is more enjoyable when shared; beyond partaking together, partnering in meal preparation is a fun way to nurture bonds with others any time of the year.

camaraderie. Anna Maria Caldara, of Bangor, Pennsylvania, has opened her doors for intimate community events through the years. “My former home, a converted church, was a perfect space for organizing and a way to give back,” says Caldara, who has hosted gatherings on local environmental issues, music performances, literary nights and annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. celebrations. Small living spaces can be just as welcoming and facilitate simple conversation, a valuable gesture. “The art of listening is such a beautiful, but rare act of kindness. I love technology, but there’s no denying that our devices have made us poor listeners,” says Michael J. Chase, of southern Maine, the founder of The Kindness Center, whose books include Am I Being Kind and Off: A Memoir of Darkness, a Manual of Hope. Each month, Chase makes it a point to visit friends and send some handwritten notes instead of using social media.

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Practice Kindness

■ Bring a pot of homemade soup to a friend or neighbor that’s under the weather.

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■ Choose a healthier version of a holiday favorite and print out the recipe for everyone at the event. ■ Fill a holiday basket with yummy and colorful edibles and drop it off at a local business or library to express appreciation. ■ Seek reconciliation by initiating a conversation with someone that may have been hurtful. ■ Explore to join or host a dinner to make new friends.

Offer Some Time ■ Offer to help clean up a friend’s yard or organize a closet or room in their house. ■ Host a children’s art party and donate their works to a local facility or shelter. ■ If in possession of a holistic, artful or practical skill, gift it.

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hile kids may list movparticipatory activities rank among the ies, video games, music most popular topics. downloads and other media featuring their favorite athlete, actor Award-Winners’ Advice or music star as priority holiday gifts, “Children can’t be what they can’t books will expand their thoughts, cusee,” says author Laurie Lawlor, of riosity and dreams by exposing them Evanston, Illinois. Her 2017 book to a different set of role models and Super Women: Six Scientists that aspirations. Changed the World—a nonfiction Reading takes kids account designed to away from tech screens excite kids 8 and up Holiday gift and expands horizons in math, science and books can inspire about ways that can improve engineering—cultivates lifetime readers. positive role models via their school grades, maturity and overall inspirational personal inquisitiveness. Many wise-hearted stories. She points out that most of parents are recognizing the benefits, those depicted were not that well as children’s book sales were up 5 known, and therefore can be emupercent in the 12-month period endlated and more readily related to. ing in mid-October 2016, according One of these is Katherine Coleto the American Booksellers Assoman Johnson, a black National ciation. Humor, fantasy and magic, Aeronautics and Space Administration classics, nonfiction, time travel and research mathematician and physicist, 22


portrayed in the recent film Hidden Figures. Marine scientist Eugenie Clark, known as the “shark lady” for her daring underwater research, and major pioneers in cartography, archaeology and other fields also stir inquiring minds. “I wanted to provide a variety of fields, backgrounds and ethnicities,” remarks Lawlor. “They were all determined, very smart and persistent, and made strides in opening doors for women.” Lawlor’s 2012 children’s book Rachel Carson and Her Book That Changed The World describes how Carson’s seminal 1962 book Silent Spring helped spawn the conservation and pro-environment movement by chronicling the dangers of pollution. Children’s fascination with nature and wildlife can also be met through the Dog and Bear series by Laura Vaccaro Seeger, out of Long Island, New York, and Vermonter Jim Arnosky’s scientifically sound wildlife chronicles ( Kelly Barnhill, of Minneapolis, whose latest work is The Girl Who Drank the Moon, characterizes children as quiet, yet highly active when reading. “They are encountering characters and then building, inserting themselves and more information into the stories, making it more relevant to them,” she says. The former middle school language arts teacher advocates parental reading aloud with children. “Make it a daily practice of turning to a separate book from what they may be reading on their own. You’re helping them develop cognitive structure by reinforcing and explaining. It’s a shared lens on life.”

Cultivate Reading ✔ Know the child’s interests. “If

they like horses or birds, you’re certain to find great related books,” advises Lawlor.

✔ Lead by example. “Seeing you reading or gardening or making things invites them to learn more about what they like,” says Lawlor.

✔ Be flexible and share. There’s

no clear-cut time to transition from reading aloud to having a child do it on their own. Try taking turns reading a paragraph and then a page with them. “Women tend to read more than men, so get Dad involved, as well,” says Barnhill.

✔ Access quantity. “Make many

books available to kids,” advises Barnhill. “They’ll enjoy having a choice.” Thrift stores are stocked with heavily discounted used books.

✔ Empower them. The interactive, hands-on format of Ellen Sabin’s new The Imagine It Book allows children to “dive in and see how they can make an impact, be innovative, play, fail and then succeed,” says Sabin. “Make them feel like they are ‘driving the bus.’” Welcoming diversity and providing a safe and reassuring community space for both confident and vulnerable youngsters, the American Library Association ( provides libraries with positive, unifying resources for children and families. They include a


Books Expand Kids’ Horizons

aunched in April, Reading Without Walls ( is a national initiative celebrating and encouraging reading, diversity and appreciation for those unlike ourselves. “We feel that this will change lives,” says Shaina Birkhead, strategic partnerships director with the Children’s Book Council, one of the program’s partner organizations. Under the program umbrella, libraries, bookshops, teachers, community youth groups and parents can host “challenge” events. An online guide includes tips on setting up displays and props; fun crafts and drawing activities; how to talk about reading; writing and design contests, word games and puzzles; and bookmark prizes. “Reading opens up minds and hearts to new people, places and things,” says Gene Luen Yang, a national ambassador of the program and author of the youthful tale American Born Chinese.

Storytime for Social Justice Kit; booklist for Hope and Inspiration storytime events; resource list on Talking to Kids about Racism and Justice for parents, caregivers and educators; and curated media list on immigration. The Barnes & Noble bookseller groups selected children’s books— including classics such as Dr. Seuss titles, poetry, nature, sports, history and science—in five age categories

from newborn through teenage years. “It’s an amazing era for children’s books,” assesses Barnhill. “The success of the Harry Potter series reminded people that kids like real stories. There’s been a boom in creativity, vigor and technical skills in story construction.” Freelance writer and editor Randy Kambic, in Estero, FL, is a frequent contributor to Natural Awakenings.

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Diabetes, Weight Gain and Alzheimer’s by Peter Kan


iabetes mellitus is among the most prevalent and morbid chronic diseases. If someone has pre-diabetes or diabetes, they will also have increased risk for neuropathy, retinopathy, kidney failure, fatty liver, heart disease, hypertension, stroke, peripheral artery disease, gangrene, amputations, erectile dysfunction and above all, Alzheimer’s disease. The problem is that conventional medical treatment resorts to diabetic medications to manipulate glucose and insulin levels. There is not one person documented to have cured their diabetes by taking these medications. Most people get progressively worse on the medication and take it for life. Nutrition and dietary advice for diabetes are usually inaccurate and ineffective. The outdated strategies of drinking diet soda and counting carbs to control diabetes have been proven to fail time and again in scientific studies. The fundamental problem of Type 2 diabetes is not a blood sugar problem, it is a problem of insulin resistance. It starts by eating foods that do not increase insulin. The Standard American Diet is full of foods that spike insulin. From sugar-laden beverages to refined carbohydrates, these foods stimulate the pancreas to pump out ever-increasing amounts of insulin. The result is that cells no longer respond to insulin, despite high levels of the hormone. Insulin stores fat and transports glucose into the cells. When insulin stops working, glucose goes up and there is a greater increase



in insulin to compensate for this resistance. The high insulin is what leads to obesity. Another unaddressed cause of insulin resistance is the role of environmental toxins. Many toxic compounds have the ability to bind to insulin receptors on the cell surface and block insulin from entering. For example, phthalates, chemicals widely used in plastics, can bind to insulin receptors, causing resistance. The increased use of phthalates is in step with the rise in diabetes over the last 40 years. This may be a person that has diabetes despite eliminating all sugar from the diet, which can be frustrating for the patient and confounding for the doctor. To reverse this condition, we must focus on increasing the intake of vegetable fibers, healthy fats such as olive oil, coconut oil, avocado and nuts and seeds, and moderate amount of high-quality protein, such as grass-fed beef. High-quality omega-3 fish oil and proper exercise have both been shown to increase insulin sensitivity and in reversing diabetes. Regular, targeted detoxification needs to be incorporated into an overall lifestyle program. Diabetes Type 1 is typically diagnosed during childhood. However, increasingly we are seeing a rise in latent adult diabetes of adults (LADA), which is classified as Diabetes Type 1.5. Whether diagnosed in childhood or adulthood, both types are autoimmune conditions where the immune system is attacking the pancreas, leading to glandular failure and low insulin levels. For those with Type

1 diabetes, the root cause is not a blood sugar problem, but an immune system problem. Even though insulin may be needed, the priority for Type 1 diabetes shifts to support the immune system and identify the triggers of flare-ups, which may be food sensitivity, infections and toxicities. It is known that when a person has one autoimmune disease, the immune system can start attacking multiple organs and tissues, leading to polyautoimmunity. It is imperative for those with autoimmune diabetes to not rely solely on insulin as the sole treatment, but be proactive in managing the autoimmune system by putting it into remission with nutrition and lifestyle change to prevent new autoimmune disease from developing. The most menacing part of diabetes is not weight gain and high blood sugar, but inflammation. In diabetes, the excess glucose binds to red blood cells and other tissues and form advanced glycation endproducts (AGEs). They cause massive inflammation in blood vessels, nerves and brain, leading to vascular disease, high cholesterol, neuropathy and Alzheimer’s disease. In fact, there are so many studies confirming the causative role of diabetes and AGEs in neurodegeneration that Alzheimer’s disease has been called Diabetes Type III. Therefore, to prevent neurodegeneration such as dementia, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, blood sugar management is paramount, as well as ensuring optimal levels of antioxidants such as glutathione and using herbal antiinflammatories such as turmeric and resveratrol. There are many more strategies to prevent and reverse diabetes, as well as protect against neurodegeneration. Dr. Peter Kan, DC, DACNB, FAAIM, CFMP, the host of the online Ask Dr Kan Show, offers free educational videos on this topic at Call 480-9886269 to schedule a Skype consultation. See ad on page 5.

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Preventing, Reversing and Managing Diabetes Naturally by Linda Sechrist


ore health practitioners today are recognizing both the mind-body connection, as well as energetic and metaphysical insights into preventing and reversing illnesses. As a result, those facing diabetes and other health challenges are accessing contemporary resources such as Louise L. Hay’s explanation of the emotional roots of disease in You Can Heal Your Life, and the medical science and natural methods explained by health researcher and author Gary Null, Ph.D., in No More Diabetes: A Complete Guide to Preventing, Treating, and Overcoming Diabetes. Applying a “both” rather than an “either” approach illuminates the importance of recognizing the ways our thoughts, emotions and lifestyle choices can impact chronic illness and long-term health.

Two Perspectives


Hay suggests that this metabolic disorder may be rooted in a feeling of being deprived of life’s sweetness and longing for what might have been, accompanied by a great need to control deep sorrow. Such chronic unease can show up as Type 1, or insulin-dependent, diabetes; Type 2, or non-insulin-dependent diabetes; latent autoim-




mune diabetes in adults (LADA), a slowly progressing variation of Type 1; or gestational diabetes, which occurs during pregnancy. Eavesdropping on our repetitive inner mind chatter and observing its impact on outer experiences can reveal faulty thinking that disrupts the mind-body connection. Hay, a firm believer in the power of affirmations to send a message to the subconscious mind, recommends them to aid healing. For diabetes, she suggests, “This moment is filled with joy. I now choose to experience the sweetness of today.” Null cites medical evidence that explains how the physical causes of diabetes are related to the pancreatic production of the hormone insulin and the body’s use of it, together with rollercoaster blood sugar levels determined by food selections, stress, sleeplessness, insufficient rest and lack of exercise. His approach for preventing, reversing or managing this debilitating condition is to raise awareness of the

Nourishing myself is a joyful experience, and I am worth the time spent on my healing. ~Louise L. Hay physical, behavioral and mental causes that lead to its emergence, and making healthy lifestyle choices that regulate blood sugar levels.

Naturally Control Blood Sugar

Glucose, the human body’s key source of cellular energy, is the end product of the digestive system breaking down carbohydrates, proteins and fats for absorption in the intestines. From there, it passes into the bloodstream. Glucose also supplies energy for the brain. Normal blood glucose levels vary throughout the day. For healthy individuals, a fasting blood sugar level

upon awakening is less than 100 milligrams (mg) per deciliter (dl) of blood. Before meals, normal levels are 70 to 99 mg/dl; otherwise, 100 to 125. Consistent readings above 126 indicate that lifestyle changes are needed to avoid eventual progression into full Type 2 diabetes. When there’s an inability to efficiently transport glucose from the blood into cells, cells don’t receive the energy they need to function properly. “Elevated glucose levels contribute to blood vessel damage, high blood pressure and inflammation among other issues. High glucose causes insulin levels to spike in an effort to draw the glucose into cells. This stresses the pancreas and causes a sugar crash, called hypoglycemia, which can lead individuals to make impulsive, poor food choices,” advises Marcy Kirshenbaum, a board-certified clinical nutritionist and owner of Enhance Nutrition, in Northbrook, Illinois. She notes, “Elevated sugar and insulin levels raise triglycerides, a fat

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that circulates in the blood, and cholesterol, specifically the LDL (lowdensity lipoprotein) levels. Triglycerides and cholesterol are important measures of heart health. Triglyceride levels of 150 mg/dl in fasting blood is a risk factor for a stroke or heart attack.”

Early Heads-Up

According to the American Diabetes Association, 8.1 million of the 29.1 million individuals diagnosed with diabetes were previously unaware of any early symptoms such as dry mouth, excessive thirst, frequent urination, constant hunger (even after meals), unusual weight gain or loss and lack of energy. “Many individuals only learn of their condition from a doctor-ordered routine blood test such as the A1C glycated hemoglobin procedure, which reads blood sugar levels over a three-month period,” advises Dr. Nancy Iankowitz, a boardcertified family nurse practitioner and founding director of Holistic and Integrative Healing, in Holmes, New York. Individuals that consume large amounts of simple carbohydrates and sugars, are overweight or are exceedingly sedentary and eat unhealthy processed foods, have a higher risk for developing Type 2 diabetes. Iankowitz’s effective, patient-

The role of exercise is also vital for those needing to reverse pre-diabetes or managing diabetes aided by insulin injections. centered practice follows a practical, four-month healing plan that includes tracking foods, moods, blood pressure, sleeping habits and exercise, all necessary to manage or reverse Type 2 diabetes.

Effective Diet Choices

Making the highest-impact food choices is critical in the earliest stages of diabetes. That’s why nutritionist and holistic integrative health practitioner Saskia Kleinert, an independent practitioner who also serves as director of the Emeryville Health & Wellness Center, in California, helps patients integrate dietary changes into everyday life. “Patient education includes the necessity of eating low-glycemic index foods and reducing blood glucose levels, while increasing healthy fats with nuts, avocado and olive oil,” advises Kleinert. She notes that antioxidant-rich plant foods are another key component of an effec-

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tive dietary plan for all age groups. The role of exercise is also vital for those needing to reverse pre-diabetes or managing diabetes aided by insulin injections. “Exercise increases the muscle cell’s demand for glucose, moving it out of the blood into muscle cells that use it as fuel, and so lowering insulin levels,” explains Jamie Coughlan, a naturopathic doctor who practices in Pleasanton and Pleasant Hill, California. Dr. Angelo Baccellieri, owner of Westchester Wellness Medicine, in Harrison, New York, introduces patients to intermittent fasting, an eating pattern that helps treat insulin resistance and control blood sugar. “The concept is predicated on going 14 to 16 hours without food, replicating how our primitive ancestors ate. They feasted when food was available and fasted during famines, sometimes going several days without eating,” advises Baccellieri, who notes that intermittent fasting can be done one day a week. “Our biochemistry actually does very well with this approach, which isn’t hard to do when your last meal is at 7 p.m. and you skip breakfast and delay lunch the next day until 1 p.m. You can drink water with lemon, teas and black coffee throughout. By 1 p.m., the body has been 18 hours without protein and carbohydrates,

Helpful Weight Loss

In The Diabetes Breakthrough, based on a scientifically tested way to reverse diabetes through weight loss, Dr. Osama Hamdy and Sheri R. Colberg, Ph.D., explain a home-based version of the 12-week Why WAIT (Weight Achievement and Intensive Treatment) program offered at the Joslin Diabetes Center, affiliated with Harvard Medical School, in Boston. WAIT allows participants to reach their weight and blood glucose goals, along with improvements in blood pressure, cholesterol levels, and liver and kidney function. The program’s success is due to doable increases in exercising that put greater emphasis on strengthening muscles; effective ways to change bad habits; successful portion control; healthy alternatives to favorite

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allowing insulin levels to remain at a low level. Excess insulin from too much sugar shifts the body into a storage mode. Having no sugar stores available, the body can then switch into a ketogenic state that allows the body to burn fat for fuel,” explains Baccellieri. Herbs such as turmeric reduce inflammation. Berberine can help cells use glucose efficiently. Supplements such as vitamin C, B-complex, resveratrol and pycnogenol (pine bark extract) can raise antioxidant levels, in which most pre-diabetic and diabetic individuals are deficient, according to a study published in PubMed. Cautious health professionals tailor supplement recommendations to each patient. foods; carbohydrate counting; and meals composed of the right balance of complex carbohydrates and antioxidant-rich plant foods, protein and fat, all to achieve optimum body weight and diabetes control.

No Quick Fix

Restoration of health begins with the most important lifestyle changes. ■ Replace processed and sugary foods in meals and snacks with nutrient-dense, whole foods. ■ Determine possible food sensitivities with an elimination diet. ■ Eat some protein with every meal.

■ Add stress-relieving practices such as yoga, tai chi or qigong. According to Hamdy, “On average, diabetes has the potential to rob you of more than 12 years of life, while dramatically reducing the quality of life for more than 20 years through chronic pain, loss of mobility, blindness, chronic dialysis and heart disease.” Such serious consequences also include stroke, hearing impairment and Alzheimer’s, he adds. All provide good reasons to live responsibly every day, cherishing long-term goals of laying claim to the best possible health.

■ Eliminate environmental toxins. ■ Perform some form of cardiovascular exercise and resistance training at least three to five times a week.

Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings. Connect at

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Moving from Fear to Freedom by April Thompson


issa Rankin wears many hats: physician, mystic, author, artist, speaker and blogger. What unites her many pursuits is a passion for helping people optimize their health and understand how science and spirituality converge toward that goal. A former obstetrician and gynecologist, Rankin is the founder of the Whole Health Medicine Institute, in San Francisco, which trains



doctors in mindbody-spirit medicine. She’s authored six books to date, including the bestseller Mind over Medicine, The Fear Cure and The Anatomy of a Calling. She lives in California’s Marin County and blogs at

What common signs indicate that fear is affecting our health? When people are sick, there is almost

always an element of fear. Many of us have “ridden shotgun” at one time or another with a health diagnosis, and that’s scary, so even if it’s not predisposing the illness itself, it can stimulate fear. Studies from institutions such as the Harvard School of Public Health and Carnegie Mellon University have discovered strong correlations between fear, stress and anxiety and health issues. When fear is predisposing us to illness, addressing the root cause of the issue is preventive medicine. Whether triggered by something trivial or real, fear activates the “fightor-flight” stress response in the brain. The body has natural self-healing mechanisms, but these only operate when our nervous system is relaxed, so effectively dealing with fear is foundationally critical to wellness.

How can we distinguish between true and false fear? True fear is an actual threat to physical survival, like being approached by someone wielding a gun. However, most fear is generated by a story we make up in our minds. Our wild imaginations, the source of beautiful creativity, can be a destructive force, too, as we envision all kinds of worstcase scenarios, most of which will not come true. Modern-day humans average more than 50 stress responses a day, which indicates we’re way off track in our relationship to fear. The mind constantly strategizes how to get what it wants and avoid what it doesn’t. A spiritual practice can help interrupt the “monkey mind” constantly ruminating on what could go wrong. Paying attention to fear around practical issues like not being able to pay bills is helpful because it can keep us from being reckless, such as buying an unneeded luxury item although our mortgage payment looms. But letting false fear prevent us from following a dream, ending an unhealthy relationship or leaving a toxic job can predispose us to illness. Fear is the emotional equivalent of pain in the body. Attend to it when it arises; try to understand what it is

telling you and see what’s in need of healing.

What are some effective ways to defang false fear? Ultimately, we need to come into the right relationship with uncertainty; it’s the gateway to possibility. People often think that fear provides protection, when our intuition, which typically requires a relaxed state of mind, is a far more effective protector. There have been studies about doctors following their hunches to a patient’s underlying condition, leading to lifesaving diagnoses.

How can we cultivate courage, curiosity and resilience, rather than feed our fears? Cultivating a spiritual practice such as mindfulness helps put a pause between a feeling like fear and the reaction that might ensue. You learn to sit with uncomfortable feelings and recognize the story you are spinning in your mind about what’s happening. It also means letting go of expectations when things don’t go as planned. Fear is my cue to activate a practice of surrender; to turn something over to the universe. I will also ask for help to calm my heart and let go of attachments. For me, this lifechanging practice means I now trust the mystery more than my mind. I trust the unknown more than science and logic. The latter may be useful tools when doing taxes or a research paper, but I don’t trust them to be the best navigation system of my life or help me in a crisis. Psychology isn’t enough to address fear, which comes with the territory if you think that we are just flesh robots programmed to maximize self-interest, alone in a hostile universe. Once you learn to see the possibilities and hand over the wheel to a greater, benign organizing intelligence, something unwinds in the nervous system and we relax into the wonder of mystery. Connect with freelance writer April Thompson at

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New Options For Hepatitis C Patients by Paul Stallone


reat strides have been made recently in the treatment for hepatitis C. This is life-changing news for the estimated 3.9 million Americans infected with the virus. It is often a silent killer, developing slowly over decades and spreads quite easily because most people aren’t aware they’re infected. Little to no symptoms allow the disease to inflict serious damage while going unnoticed. Without detection, the virus attacks the liver, resulting in liver failure. Some people may develop liver cancer. The more advanced cases of hepatitis C require a liver transplant, which without the person is likely to succumb to the disease. A transplant is not a cure, though, because the virus hides throughout the body and will infect the new liver. Fortunately, in August, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved a pill combination to treat all forms of hepatitis C, with cure rates of up to 90 percent. Unfortunately, that medical breakthrough comes with a giant price tag, up to a possible $94,000. Side effects can be mild, but



Fortunately, in August, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved a pill combination to treat all forms of hepatitis C, with cure rates of up to 90 percent. some medication may add to or worsen symptoms already experienced. While there’s no denying hepatitis C drug therapy is saving lives, they’re not the only treatment option. Over-the-counter therapy is very successful for treating and preventing many conditions, but with something as potentially dangerous as hepatitis C, it is advised for anyone infected to seek medical treatment immediately before the virus causes irreparable damage. A naturopath experienced with infectious diseases will be able to prescribe a more detailed supplement plan for each individual. Milk thistle, selenium, and N-acetyl cysteine are just a few nutrients that may provide support in treating hepatitis C.

In addition to nutrient therapy, intravenous therapy is a great alternative or adjunct to pharmaceuticals. IV therapy can deliver therapeutic amounts of nutrients that could never be taken orally. Another benefit is the total customization available. Someone with advanced cirrhosis will have different needs than someone newly diagnosed. Not only can IV therapy be successful on its own, but when coupled with drug therapy, it can also help reduce or eliminate any side effects. Ozone therapy, or major auto hemo therapy (MAH), involves the intravenous use of medical-grade ozone to hyper-oxygenate a patient’s blood. One of the most important mechanisms of MAH is its ability to kill viruses and bacteria. MAH also stimulates white blood cells, the fighter cells of the immune system. Anyone infected with hepatitis C has multiple options involving their treatment. They can seek out conventional medicine and rely solely on drug therapy or exclusively receive alternative treatments, or have a combination of both. A while ago, a hepatitis C diagnosis was essentially a death sentence. Now, with the right support, it’s not only manageable, but curable. A consultation with an infectious disease specialist, either in the allopathic or holistic field, is probably the best beginning to treating hepatitis C. 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 on the inside front cover and page 14.

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hether working out at the gym or taking to the trails, stretching is sometimes an overlooked asset to any exercise regimen. Eliminating stretches or not doing them properly increases the risk of injury and deprives muscles of what they need for optimum performance. “Just because you are in shape doesn’t always mean you have good flexibility,” notes LaReine Chabut, a Los Angeles fitness expert and author of Stretching for Dummies. “If you do plenty of strength training and cardio, but you don’t do any stretching, you’re creating an imbalance in your body. Flexibility plays a big part in overall fitness.” Loosening up correctly not only fosters flexibility, but also improves muscle endurance and coordination. “Everyone should be stretching, especially as you age, to maintain range of motion and balance,” advises fitness trainer Ben Wegman, of The Fhitting Room, in New York City. “A personal workout regime can be enhanced with stretching, which also increases mobility, improves posture and performance, and reduces stress levels.”

Four Categories, Many Variations “Different types of stretches access different muscles and different types of flexibility, 34


but together, can benefit everyone,” says Wegman. There are many ways to stretch, but knowing what to do and when to do it can be key to optimum results and injury prevention. Warming up to different types of stretches can be a little daunting, but the basic four (sometimes combined in terminology) are passive, static, active and dynamic. In the past, ballistic stretching was common and included potentially harmful bouncing techniques, but today dynamic stretching has become a favorite among trainers, consisting of specific, controlled movements that prepare the body for the demands of both engaging in sports and an average workout. “Stretches can be confusing, so as a rule of thumb, I suggest dynamic stretching for any workout that involves movement and passive stretching for cooling down after a workout to release the muscles,” says Chabut. Stretching also plays an important role in yoga, which generally complements different stretches by adding a mind-body connection. “Breath is the key difference between yoga and regular stretching,” notes Chabut. “The use of breath allows you to get deeper into the muscle. Yoga also places particular emphasis on core muscles: the abdomi-


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nals, lower back and spinal muscles. Through focus and deep breathing, yoga allows you to move beyond stretching into a deeper physical experience that both strengthens and focuses your body.”

an injured muscle or stretch too forcefully. “Introduce low-intensity stretching back into a regime only under a doctor’s supervision,” she cautions.

Injury Prevention and Recovery

For Chabut, moderation is everything. “Gently warm up the body before moving into deeper stretches. Build heat in the muscles slowly to avoid potential injury,” she advises. Proper stretching is beneficial, but not doing so can foster bad habits and cause muscle or tendon tears. “Stretching cold muscles or using improper techniques such as bouncing when holding a stretch position are common mistakes,” observes Whelan. Stretching doesn’t have to be reserved for workouts, and with a little discipline, its benefits can easily be attained at home or the office. “Take 10 minutes during your favorite TV program and perform a couple of stretches,” suggests Wegman. “Make it a point to get up every half-hour and stretch for five minutes before resuming work. If you aren’t being pushed or pushing yourself, you won’t see results or make improvements. If it doesn’t challenge you, it doesn’t change you.”

Nancy Whelan, a physical therapist and owner of The Physical Therapy Center, in West Palm Beach, Florida, emphasizes the importance of proper technique for clients to avoid further injury, especially individuals that had a torn Achilles tendon. “Stretching is important when doing any exercise, and especially important following surgery or injury, because the body’s reaction to either one is to contract, which can cause secondary problems,” explains Whelan. “I think the body has an intelligence we must listen to. We must acknowledge our limitations and the signals our body sends us to let us know that something is harmful or painful,” she notes. “When you take responsibility to take care of your body, it will take care of you.” For injury prevention, dynamic stretching offers many benefits. “It’s the best because it ensures that all major joints have full range of motion and sufficient muscle length,” says Wegman. She advises never to stretch

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Stretching Guide at a Glance

Benefit: Increases flexibility in the muscles being stretched and increases strength in the opposing muscles.

STATIC What it is: Hold a stretch in a challenging, but not painful position, for 10 to 30 seconds until feeling discomfort; once this is felt, the muscle then releases and relaxes.

PASSIVE What it is: Employ an outside force such as a stretching device, strap or another’s body weight such as a trainer, physical therapist or massage therapist, which assists the stretch while the individual remains passive. The targeted muscles are not actively engaged. Examples include post-workout stretches applying pressure with a body part, towel or other prop or piece of equipment.

Benefit: Improves flexibility. ACTIVE (aka Static Active) What it is: Engage and contract the muscle group opposite the one being stretched to initiate the stretch; repeat. Many yoga poses are examples of active stretching.

Benefit: Increases range of motion, decreases muscle tension (spasm) and

Helpful Resources BOOKS Dynamic Stretching: The Revolutionary New Warm-Up Method to Improve Power, Performance and Range of Motion, by Mark Kovacs Dynamic Stretching vs. Static Stretching and Their Benefits, by Jack Cascio Exercise Balls for Dummies (including safe stretches for pregnant woman) and Stretching for Dummies, both by LeReine Chabut Stretching: 20 Simple Stretching Techniques to Relieve Pain and Increase Flexibility, by Neb Notliar ONLINE VIDEOS (range of stretches specific to martial arts styles and body parts) (free yoga videos for all levels) (highly detailed instruction tailored to seniors) (videos from the PBS series Classical Stretch) stretching-videos (instruction specific to sports and muscle groups) (select stretching videos) reduces post-workout soreness and fatigue. DYNAMIC What it is: Use controlled, gradual movements and stretches that involve repeated range of motion moves, especially in relation to a specific activity or sport that will follow the warm-up. Benefit: Prepares the body for activity and warms the muscles; especially advantageous after static stretches. Builds strength. Primary sources: Fitness Science; Scott White, a power trainer in Scottsdale, AZ.

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the head) for a flea-preventive rinse. Massage the ACV solution into their coat and towel dry. Don’t rinse. Alternatively, add about two cups of apple cider vinegar to their bathwater.



any pet parents check their kitchen cabinets first when treating their canine companion’s minor health issues. Three helpful basics are canned, 100 percent pumpkin, povidone iodine antiseptic and 3 percent hydrogen peroxide, plus apple cider vinegar and coconut oil.


Constipation, Diarrhea and Other Minor Digestive Issues Solution: Canned pumpkin. For occasional mild tummy upsets, give a teaspoon of pumpkin for every 10 pounds of body weight, one to two times a day, either in food or as a treat, for non-allergic dogs. Pumpkin’s soluble fiber can ease diarrhea and constipation.


Minor Skin Abrasions, Cuts, Infections or Hot Spots Solution: Povidone iodine. The gentle Betadine brand can allay staph, yeast and most common bacteria. It’s safe if a pet licks it. Dilute the povidone iodine until it looks like iced tea, soak a clean cloth and gently wipe infected skin areas. Rinse the cloth, wipe the skin, and then pat dry. Repeat twice daily for a minor issue.




Itchy, Irritated Paws Solution: Footbaths. About 50 percent of a dog’s foot licking and chewing can be alleviated by simply rinsing off allergens and other irritants from its paws. For large dogs, soak one foot at a time in a bucket. Stand small dogs in a sink or tub, or dunk one paw at a time in a small container of solution. Dilute povidone iodine to the color of iced tea and add to the footbath. Swish it around while the dog stands in it for two to five minutes. Talk soothingly and offer treats as needed.


Fleas Solution: Apple cider vinegar (ACV). It doesn’t kill fleas, but helps deter them. Put a solution of equal parts raw, organic ACV and water in a spray bottle and spritz the pet before they head outdoors plus dog bedding. Consider adding it to a dog’s food as well; one teaspoon for every 20 pounds of pooch. During baths, pour diluted ACV of one cup of vinegar to one gallon of water over a freshly bathed dog (avoid


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Skunk Encounter Solution: Skunk rinse. In a pail, mix one quart of 3 percent hydrogen peroxide, one-quarter cup of baking soda and two teaspoons dishwashing liquid. For a large dog, double, triple or quadruple the mixture, based on their size and coat. Apply the mixture to the dog’s dry coat, taking care to avoid the eyes. Massage the mixture into the coat and skin for about five minutes or until the skunk smell starts to dissipate. Use a sponge to absolutimages/

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Crusty Skin and Nails Solution: Coconut oil. Skin treatments using 100 percent organic, cold-pressed, human-grade coconut oil can reduce flaking and improve skin quality, especially for seniors with crusty patches of skin and funky nails. Bathe the dog, and then rub the oil into the skin all over their body, especially on dry areas. Let it absorb for about five minutes. Follow with another bath (not much lather) and a very light rinse. Also, dab it directly on hotspots, eruptions and rashes after disinfecting.

apply the solution to the chin, cheeks, forehead and ears. Rinse thoroughly. When rinsing the head, tilt the dog’s chin upward to protect the eyes. It may be necessary to repeat the entire process up to three times. Rinse off the solution completely.



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Discover the Benefits of Quiet at a Silent Retreat by April Thompson


ndividuals seeking to escape life’s ceaseless distractions, deepen their personal spiritual practice, enhance well-being and gain fresh perspective, are patronizing silent retreats in rising numbers. “Retreats are a special opportunity to enter a healing space where your natural energy, insight, intelligence and wisdom can arise,” says Linda Mary Peacock, known as Thanissara, a former Buddhist nun, cofounder of South Africa’s Dharma-giri Hermitage and Outreach and a retreat leader at the Spirit Rock Insight Meditation Center, in Woodacre, California. Sheila Russ, of Richmond, Virginia, has participated in several retreats with silent components, hosted by spiritual traditions spanning Baptist to Benedictine. “People of different faiths all have the same need to reach inside and listen. If we don’t slow down and get quiet, we can’t hear what’s going on with us,” says Russ. “Spending time in contemplation is cleansing and freeing; I feel like mentally and spiritually I can breathe.” 38


Scientific Support

Attaining heightened well-being after a retreat may have a neurological basis, according to research from Thomas Jefferson University’s Marcus Institute of Integrative Health, in Philadelphia. Silent retreats appear to raise the brain’s levels of mood-boosting chemicals, according to Dr. Andrew Newberg, director of research there. Newberg’s team tested the brains of retreat participants before and one week after an Ignatian-based retreat, finding significant changes in their serotonin and dopamine systems. “Whether through prayers, walks or meditations, the single-minded ritualistic aspect of retreats seems to predispose the brain for peak spiritual experience,” he observes.

What to Expect

Formats vary, but most silent retreats entail extended periods of sitting meditation or prayer, often alternating with walking meditation or other mindful movement. Some may also entail a work detail, like sweeping the medita-

tion hall or helping prepare meals. “Work tasks help bring mindfulness into everyday life,” says Chas DiCapua, a resident teacher for the Insight Meditation Society’s flagship retreat center in Barre, Massachusetts, who has led silent retreats teaching Buddhist practices for 20 years. “The community aspect is equally important; being surrounded by people that support your spiritual practice can encourage you on what can be a lonely path.” Silence doesn’t mean being static and somber or not thinking, counsels David Harshada Wagner, of Ojai, California, whose meditation retreats draw from the Indian mystical traditions of yoga, vedanta and tantra. “Silence is more than the absence of talking; it’s a powerful energy,” says Wagner. “Silent retreats are the loudest, as the energy is roaring within. It should be a joyous practice.” Yet retreats aren’t a cakewalk. Los Angeles author and mindfulness facilitator Jennifer Howd chronicles the challenges of her first nine-day



silent retreat in Joshua Tree, California, in her memoir Sit, Walk, Don’t Talk. Seven retreats later, Howd says that although the journey isn’t always easy, she always gains insights about herself and the nature of the mind.

Choosing a Retreat

Retreat leaders caution that while it’s good to jettison expectations and approach the experience with an open mind, choose a retreat that fits individual needs. The level of personal attention at retreats can vary greatly, remarks Thanissara. “Some may host 100 or more people, relying largely on taped instruction without much interaction with group leaders. A small group might be better for a first retreat,” she suggests. Thanissara recommends an upfront review of instructor credentials and starting with a weekend retreat before embarking on one of

The deliberate, conscientious practices of my first silent retreat made me appreciate each moment: the gifts, blessings, music, stretching, meditation, prayers and practice of stillness. ~Unity retreat feedback longer duration. Regardless of length, retreats aren’t always for everyone. “If you’re going through emotional or psychological difficulties, it’s best to discuss your circumstances with a teacher at the retreat center before deciding to attend. If you’re in therapy, talk with your therapist,” counsels DiCapua.


Retreats for All Faiths

Retreat Back to Everyday Life

Afterwards, ease back into the daily routine; don’t rush back into old patterns of media and food consumption, recommends Howd. “Try to build-in a day or two of down time. You may still be processing things emotionally.” DiCapua suggests finding a local community of a kindred practice to keep the momentum going, and not expect to keep it up as earnestly at home as at the retreat. Attending daylong maintenance retreats on Saturdays or Sundays can also help sustain individual practice. Above all, “Appreciate yourself for having thought to go on a retreat and follow it through,” says DiCapua. “It can be a radical thing.” Connect with freelance writer April Thompson, in Washington, D.C., at

( offers silent retreats combining yoga and meditation. Leaders Patricia Sunyata Brown and Surya-Chandra Das take an eclectic approach incorporating multiple traditions to stimulate selfinquiry and compassion.

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etreat centers vary from nondenominational to those aligned with a faith, but even within a tradition, styles of meditation vary. The following opportunities highlight some of the more prevalent offerings. RetreatFinder. com and can be helpful tools.

Omega Institute: One of the largest centers on the East Coast, the Omega Institute (, in Rhinebeck, New York, offers yoga, meditation and mindfulness retreats led by notable and varied spiritual teachers. Unity: The Unity church, a Christian faith honoring all paths to God, offers an annual silent retreat facilitated by

Rev. Paulette Pipe (TouchingTheStillness. org). Held at Unity Center, in Kansas City, Missouri, the experience incorporates soulful music, labyrinth walks and meditation practice.

Tassajara Zen Mountain Center:

A working monastery for more than 50 years, Tassajara Zen Mountain Center and Hot Springs (, in the Ventana Mountains of northern California, offers lay meditation practitioners a sense of monastic life each summer. Retreats are mainly taught in the Zen Buddhist tradition, focused on observing the breath and mind.

Rolling Meadows: Located in rural Brooks, Maine, Rolling Meadows

Founded by Sharon Salzberg, Jack Kornfield and Joseph Goldstein in the 1970s, the Insight Meditation Society ( focuses on the Buddhist practices of metta (spreading lovingkindness) and vipassana (insight) meditation. Silent retreats at its historic center in Barre, Massachusetts, range from two days to three months.

Jesuits: A Roman Catholic order cofounded by St. Ignatius, the Jesuit tradition incorporates prayer, meditation, self-awareness and other contemplative practices. retreat-centers lists Jesuit retreat centers across the U.S. where seekers can deepen their relationship with God through silence.

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t’s an uncertain time for home-based geothermal heating and cooling, which has been increasing for years. The good news is that the cost of the technology is down and its efficiency is up. Yet a helpful 30 percent federal income tax credit inaugurated in 2009 disappeared in 2017 and may not get renewed anytime soon, even though H.R. 1090, a bill aimed at restoring the credit, has had strong support in Congress, led by New York Republican Congressman Tom Reed. While ideal spots for tapping into Earth’s energy are where tectonic plates meet and move, such as along the U.S. West Coast and in Alaska, it’s a misperception that it’s only possible in corresponding states. Anyone in the U.S.

can use a geothermal heat pump, which works by accessing the constant 50-degree temperature just below the Earth’s surface. Iceland is equipped to get 50 percent of its energy from geothermal. Other countries now accessing it for at least 15 percent of their energy include Costa Rica, El Salvador, Kenya and the Philippines.

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How It Works The systems work by moving water through plastic pipes sunk into the ground, and using a heat exchanger to warm or cool refrigerant that then circulates throughout the house. Operating like a conventional heat pump, it needs less than half as much energy—just one kilowatt-hour of electricity—to produce 12,000 BTU (British thermal units, a standard energy measure). Its efficiency is double that of the best air conditioner and 50 percent superior to the best natural gas furnace, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. Planet-friendly geothermal energy emits no pollution and reduces the need for fossil fuels.

Return on Investment While they can cost $20,000 to $25,000 for an averagesized home, the systems are long-lasting; most provide a 10-year or longer warranty, based on having few moving parts that may break. The above-ground compressor and pump have a 20-year life expectancy and the expensive underground piping system should last a lifetime, says Brian Clark Howard, a National Geographic editor and coauthor of Geothermal HVAC [heating, ventilation and air conditioning]. “Once the wells are dug and the loops are in, you’ll probably never have to revisit them.” According to Ryan Dougherty, chief operating officer of the Geothermal Exchange Organization, which represents manufacturers and installers, a typical home system costs approximately $24,000 installed, including the ground heat exchanger and all necessary ductwork. Renewable energy often makes sense without subsidies. Dougherty still sees geothermal as a good deal for homeowners, with a payback period of seven to 10 years. Dale Binkley of Landenberg, Pennsylvania, installed

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his home’s geothermal heat pump in 2006, before the 30 percent federal tax credit took effect. His out-of-pocket cost was $23,522, with a small federal credit and modest rebate from the local utility. Binkley is pleased. “The system is easy to maintain, cost efficient, and works well. It heats and cools better than I thought it would,” he says. Binkley saved $1,000 on his heating and cooling bill the first year, a savings he continues to enjoy every year.

Added Benefits “You’ll gain outstanding temperature and humidity control, plus a better running, more-efficient HVAC system,” Howard says. “Installing geothermal will also increase property values.” Institutional customers reap comparable benefits. As a tax-exempt entity, the Cozy Green Library, in Darien, Connecticut, uses geothermal heating and cooling, along with energy-efficient computers, LED light bulbs and storm water biofiltration, Carefully evaluating options allows homeowners and commercial landlords to make an informed decision about tapping into Earth’s free energy. Jim Motavalli, of Fairfield, CT, is an author, freelance journalist and speaker specializing in clean automotive and other environmental topics. Connect at

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Not Your Grandma’s Stuffing Healthy Twists on Old Favorites by Judith Fertig


hanksgiving side dishes continue to evolve, even though traditional entrées still hold pride of place. New, lighter alternatives to time-honored stuffing maximize flavorful dried fruits, herbs and nuts. Healthy options may use gluten-free bread or black rice, cauliflower, chestnuts or pecans for flavor, bulk and color. A stuffing can also fill a halved acorn squash or cored apple. According to renowned health authority Dr. Joseph Mercola, pecans contain more than 19 vitamins and

minerals, including anti-inflammatory magnesium, heart-healthy oleic acid, phenolic antioxidants and immuneboosting manganese. Erica Kannall, a registered dietitian in Spokane, Washington, and a certified health and fitness specialist with the American College of Sports Medicine, likes dried fruits because they contribute antioxidants and fiber.

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Celebrity chef Rocco DiSpirito, of New York City, salutes his Italian heritage

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with chestnuts and embraces healthy living with millet and mushrooms in his special stuffing. His new book Rocco’s Healthy + Delicious includes healthy takes on Thanksgiving dishes such as a sugar-free cranberry sauce. Sonnet Lauberth, a certified holistic health coach, blogger and cookbook author in Seattle, created a healthy stuffing she loves. “My Grain-Free Sage and Pecan Dressing is one of my favorite dishes to bring to gatherings because it works with a variety of diets,” she says. “It’s gluten-, dairy- and grain-free, paleo and vegan. The pecans can be omitted for a nut-free version.” Riced cauliflower is the base, which is available prepackaged at some groceries, but can be made at home simply by chopping the florets into rice-kernel-size pieces. “Cauliflower is the perfect base for this recipe, as it adds a nice texture in place of bread and provides extra fiber,” she says. Laurie Gauguin, a personal chef in the San Francisco Bay area, specializes in gluten-free dishes that she prepares in clients’ homes. “Anything that will hold its shape and not crumble too much can work as a stuffing base,” she says. “Gluten-free, somewhat sticky grains, like short grain brown rice, Chinese black rice, millet or softcooked quinoa work well.” “Choose a mixture that contrasts with the texture and color of the food you’re stuffing,” advises Gauguin. “I created a stuffing that has crunchy pecans, tender black rice and chewy, dried cranberries to contrast with the creaminess of the cored squash entrée. The black rice looks striking against the golden squash.” A stuffing that everyone can eat is ideal for a holiday gathering, either to serve or bring. Lauberth observes, “While not always possible, it’s nice if the host can accommodate various dietary concerns and preferences. Bring your own hearty side dish or two so that you have enough to make a meal for yourself if needed.” Judith Fertig writes cookbooks and foodie fiction from Overland Park, KS (

Heat coconut oil in a large pan over medium heat. Add onions, garlic and celery and cook until onions are translucent, about five minutes.

Healthy Holiday Stuffing Recipes Rocco DiSpirito’s Stuffing

Place grapeseed oil in a 12-inch cast iron pan; place the pan in the oven and preheat oven to 425˚ F. Cook a quarter-cup millet in a small saucepan on the stovetop according to package instructions. When millet is cooked through, transfer it to a large mixing bowl. Heat a large, safe, nonstick sauté pan over high heat and use it to sauté the mushrooms until tender and golden, approximately seven to 10 minutes. Transfer mushrooms to the same mixing bowl as the millet. Heat a large, safe, nonstick pan over medium heat and use it to sweat the onions, celery and carrots until tender and translucent, about 10 minutes. Transfer the vegetable mix to the same mixing bowl as the millet and mushrooms. Add the chestnuts, sage, poultry seasoning, protein powder, egg whites and chicken stock to the large mixing bowl, and then use a rubber spatula to mix well, so that no lumps are visible.

Add the pecans, cauliflower rice, sage, thyme, salt and pepper and cook for seven to 10 minutes, until the rice is tender. Add additional salt and pepper if desired. Toss with parsley and serve hot.

Carefully remove the cast iron pan from the oven, and then pour stuffing batter into it. Popping occurs as the outside batter develops a crust. Return the cast iron pan to the oven and bake for 13 minutes. Remove from oven and turn the result out onto a serving dish. Recipe courtesy of Rocco DiSpirito, Rocco’s Healthy + Delicious.

Grain-Free Sage and Pecan Stuffing 1 cup pecans 1 Tbsp coconut oil 1 medium yellow onion, chopped 2 cloves garlic, minced 3 stalks celery, diced 4 cups raw cauliflower rice (prepackaged or via a grater or food processor shredding blade) 1 Tbsp fresh sage, chopped 2 tsp fresh thyme, chopped ½ tsp kosher or sea salt ¼ tsp freshly ground black pepper ¼ cup chopped fresh Italian parsley

Recipe courtesy of Sonnet Lauberth,

Sugar-Free Cranberry Sauce Yields: 4 Servings

½ lb cranberries 2 Tbsp grated orange zest ¼ cup orange juice 8 packets Monk Fruit in the Raw sweetener Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper In a small saucepot, combine the cranberries, orange zest, orange juice, monk fruit, salt and pepper. Cook over medium heat until the cranberries burst and the mixture becomes thick and dry, about 40 minutes. Recipe courtesy of Rocco DiSpirito, Rocco’s Healthy + Delicious.

Preheat oven to 250˚ F. Spread pecans on a baking sheet and place in the oven until lightly toasted, about five minutes. Monitor to ensure the nuts don’t burn.

photo by Stephen Blancett

1 Tbsp grapeseed oil ¼ cup millet 1 lb crimini mushrooms, sliced 1 large onion, diced 3 stalks celery, diced 1 medium carrot, diced 4 chestnuts, chopped 1 Tbsp fresh sage, chopped 1½ Tbsp poultry seasoning 3 scoops Rocco’s Protein Powder Plus (check 2 egg whites 1¾ cups low sodium chicken or vegetable stock Kosher or sea salt and freshly ground pepper

photo by Stephen Blancett

Yields: 8 servings

Remove pecans from the oven and place in a food processor. Coarsely chop and set aside. natural awakenings

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then sprinkle with ½ teaspoon sea salt.

Roasted Acorn Squash Stuffed With Black Rice, Pecans, Dried Cranberries and Tempeh Yields: 8 servings Squash: 4 acorn squashes (1½ lb each) 4 tsp olive oil ½ tsp sea salt Rice: 1 Tbsp olive oil ¾ cup finely diced onion 1 cup Chinese black rice (also called Forbidden Black Rice) ½ tsp sea salt ¼ tsp ground cinnamon ¼ tsp ground coriander 2 cups water 4 oz tempeh, crumbled Roasted Pecans and Cranberries: 1 cup coarsely chopped pecans 1 tsp minced ginger root 4 tsp olive oil 1 tsp ground coriander ¼ tsp ground nutmeg ¼ tsp sea salt 10 large sage leaves, chopped 1 cup dried cranberries 2 Tbsp maple syrup

Roast for 40 to 50 minutes on the upper middle rack of the oven until tender when pierced with a fork. While the squash is roasting, place a medium, heavy saucepan over medium heat and pour in one tablespoon of olive oil. Add the onion and sauté for two to three minutes, until the onion begins to soften. Stir in the rice, salt, cinnamon and coriander. Cook and stir for 30 seconds. Pour in the water and bring to a boil, then cover and simmer over very low heat for 30 to 60 minutes, until rice is tender. Scatter crumbled tempeh over the cooked rice. Cover the pan, then take it off the stove and let it rest for 10 minutes. While the rice is cooking, combine pecans, ginger, four teaspoons olive oil, one teaspoon coriander, nutmeg and ¼ teaspoon salt. Pour this mixture into an eight-byeight-inch baking pan; roast at 375° F for 15 minutes on the bottom middle oven rack, stirring halfway through.

Preheat oven to 375° F. Cut squashes in half lengthwise, then scoop out the seeds.

If made one day ahead, cover and reheat in a 350˚ F oven until heated through.

Brush the interior, plus the cut sides of the squashes with the 4 teaspoons oil,

Recipe courtesy of Laurie Gauguin,


2 oz dried figs, finely chopped 1 Tbsp roasted, shelled hazelnuts, chopped 1 tsp orange zest ¼ tsp allspice 4 Granny Smith apples, cored ½ cup maple syrup 1 Tbsp coconut oil 2 Tbsp fresh orange juice Preheat oven to 350° F. Combine the chopped figs, hazelnuts, orange zest and allspice in a bowl. Place the apples in a baking dish and loosely press the fig mixture into the cavities of the apples. Combine the maple syrup, coconut oil and orange juice and drizzle it over the apples. Bake the apples for 25 minutes or until tender. Set cooked apples aside for 10 minutes to let the sauce thicken slightly, and then serve warm or at room temperature. Adapted from a recipe in Family Circle Australia.

Stir in the sage, dried cranberries and maple syrup. Roast for another 10 minutes, then remove from the oven. Arrange squash halves, cut side up, on a serving platter. Combine rice with the pecan mixture and divide among the squash halves, pressing gently so the stuffing stays put.


Yields: 4 servings

photo by Stephen Blancett

photo by Stephen Blancett

Arrange squash halves on a baking sheet, cut side down.

Stuffed Apples with Fig and Hazelnuts

can experience a restructuring of her entire being and immediately feel a sense of relief, joy and contentment.

Tantric Yoni Massage Aids Women’s Health by Tiffany Tanner


antric yoni massage has gained considerable acceptance today as a healing modality for women. Its effects are indeed farreaching and in many ways, dramatic. It has been known to remove sexual, emotional and energetic blockages from the body and alleviate female health issues and dysfunctions. Where Western medicine sometimes falls short by treating the symptoms and not the root cause of an issue—physical, emotional, mental, spiritual or psychosomatic—tantric yoni massage has proven its ability to heal women from the inside-out. Yoni is the Sanskrit word used for the female genitalia, or vagina, an important part of the body in many ways. Eastern medicine sees the state of a woman’s yoni as emblematic of her general health and well-being. In other words, a woman’s outer physical, emotional, mental, sexual and spiritual constitution is a direct reflection of the state of her inner world. The yoni is a powerful storage center for immense vital and potential energy. Tantric Yoni Massage treatment protocol and subsequent outcomes can vary from therapist to therapist based on training, education and experience, but here are three fundamental components to expect from a

skillful and trained tantric yoni massage practitioner. An energetic focus: The term energy is a bit abstract and philosophical in nature. What is important to understand is that we all have energy centers located within our bodies that are commonly referred to as chakras. For most people, these centers function at a very low or minimal level and are not widely open or activated enough to be free-flowing channels of energy. In order for this latent energy to become a beneficial tool in love and in life, it needs an unimpeded pathway to move to and through. An adept practitioner will gently clear the path and arouse and harmonize the energy centers, which in turn, will harmonize the woman. A harmonious releasing of blockages: Blockages can stem from varied roots, and their origin is often unknown. Because of this, they should be released in a carefully managed and mindful way. Hysterical and uncontrollable releases of a sizable nature can be more harmful than helpful and may further embed the blockage into the woman’s body. When the release is achieved by harmonious means, it can be incredibly liberating and healing. A woman

Internal Yoni Massage: Following a whole-body tantric massage, a practitioner will then massage the yoni, internally, using specific techniques and pressing on precise pressure or reflexology points. By sensing the energy of the area and the state of the tissues, blockages can be detected and alleviated. Pleasurable effects can be experienced during this part of the session after multiple treatments. It is important to note the intention and objective of a tantric yoni massage should be remedial and restorative not sexual or erotic. With these principles in mind, a woman can benefit from either a male or female therapist. Tantric yoni massage can be used to treat ailments such as chronic cystitis, regular candida, endometriosis and severe menstrual symptoms, as well as common sexual difficulties such as lack of desire, frigidity, painful sex, an inability to experience pleasure or achieve orgasm and more. Women that are unimpaired and free from health challenges, however, may choose to benefit from this treatment by enhancing their sexual pleasure. Tantric yoni massage benefits are said to include renewal and revitalization of the body, restoration of health, optimization of the energy channels within the body, releasing powerful stored energy for utilization, resensitizing the yoni and key areas of pleasure, eliminating blockages, increasing orgasmic potential and inspiring an overall sense of peace, fulfillment and happiness. Many women report remarkable internal and external transformation, a soul-opening bliss, feminine blossoming and a reshaping of their lives. Tiffany Tanner is a certified therapist and teacher of tantra massage in North Phoenix. For more information, call 480-310-6448, email

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Shambhala Open House – 6:30-8pm. We welcome everyone interested in learning mindfulness meditation and practice. Introduction to the concept of basic goodness and to the Shambhala lineage. Shambhala Meditation Center, 7042 E Osborn Rd, Scottsdale. Gong Meditation – 7-8:30pm. With Gretchen Bickert. Experience deep relaxation and meditation through the power of the gong. $10-$20/donation. Unity of Mesa Sanctuary, 2700 E Southern Ave. 480-892-2700.

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 2 Monthly Full Moon Meditation – 7-8:30pm. With Sevak Singh. $25/online, $30/door. Anahata Yoga, 14148 N 100th St, Ste C-130, Scottsdale. Info/register: Classes/36.

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 3 Mahamudra Meditation Retreat –Nov 3-5. Learn powerful and profound meditations for purifying your mind quickly and reaching your fullest potential for the supreme bliss of enlightenment. Registration essential. International Kadampa Retreat Center Grand Canyon, 6701 E Mountain Ranch Rd, Williams. 928-637-3262. Thai Yoga Bodywork Training – Nov 3-12. Level I 50 hour course with Eleanor Bramwell. $1,008. Anahata Yoga, 14148 N 100th St, Ste C-130, Scottsdale. Info/register: AnahatYogaaz. com/apps/mindbody/classes/163.

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 4 Synergistic Kinesiology Course Level II – Nov 4-5. 9am-5pm. Muscle test accurately; test allergies, blockages, imbalanced meridians/organs; digestive and intestinal corrections; release emotional traumas. Course includes certificate of completion; training manuals ($247 value). $399. Universal Touch Kinesiology Group, 534 E University Dr, Mesa. 480-835-5380. Kinesiology



Shambhala Sadhana Practice of Full Moon Chants – 6-7:30pm. These chants are a way to celebrate and strengthen our understanding of basic goodness and enlightened society. Public welcome. Shambhala Meditation Center, 7042 E Osborn Rd, Scottsdale. An Evening of Music to Benefit Child Crisis Arizona – 6-9:30pm. Award-winning musician/ singer/songwriters Lee Lee Robert, Jim Pipkin, and JC & Laney will gather for a show to raise money and help brighten the holiday for children under the loving care of Child Crisis Arizona. Bring a new unwrapped Holiday gift for a child ages 2-12 years. Chez D’s Food Truck will be available. $15/door. Interfaith CommUNITY, 952 E Baseline, Ste 102, Mesa. Info: Kirtan with the Band of Now – 7-9pm. $15. Anahata Yoga, 14148 N 100th St, Ste C-130, Scottsdale. Info/register: apps/mindbody/classes/162.

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 5 The Yoga and Jazz Experience – With DiRTYOGA. A monthly community art project celebrating freedom of expression with a groove. The project combines yogic movement with jazz music every first Sunday of the month. All levels; 12 and older. $10/ticket. Pop-up park at Roosevelt and 2nd St, Phoenix. Info: 602-332-0228 or DiRTYOGA@ Summit University: Unveiled Mysteries – 10:30am-noon. The Secret Valley: Seeking the Mandala of Your Divine Family. Seven-week course. $25. The Summit Lighthouse, 4105 N 20th St, Ste 115, Phoenix. 480-442-5020. Healthy Desserts and Beautiful Salad for the Holidays – 11am-1:30pm. Join Melanie Albert, Phoenix cookbook author, to create beautiful delicious, healthy desserts and refreshing salad from her book, A New View of Healthy Eating. Menu: apple berry crisp, chocolate dessert, and kale salad with fruit and seeds. $45/person. The Farm at South Mountain, 6106 S 32nd St, Phoenix. 602-615-2486.

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 7 Thyroid Solutions Workshop – 5:30pm. Learn the number one cause of thyroid problems; why most people still experience thyroid symptoms even when lab test is normal; natural solutions to heal the thyroid. Seating is limited. Free. Hope Integrative Wellness, 3336 E Chandler Heights Rd, Ste 123, Gilbert. RSVP: 480-988-6269 or



Sanctity in the 20th Century: An Exposition of Sacred Relics of Christian Saints of the Modern Era – Nov 8-14. Experience the transformative and healing power of these sainted persons who represent the compassionate and loving essence of Christianity in the modern era. Donation. The Shrine of Holy Wisdom, 5025 S Ash Ave, Ste B-15, Tempe. 480-219-9633. TheShrineOfHoly

Summit University: Unveiled Mysteries – 10:30am-noon. God’s Omnipresent Power and Venus Visits the Royal Teton. Seven-week course. $25. The Summit Lighthouse, 4105 N 20th St, Ste 115, Phoenix. 480-442-5020.

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 9 Drumming Circle – 6:45-7:45pm. With Tony LaMantia. Join for a one-hour drumming experience and express yourself through the sounds and vibrations of rhythm. Bring your own drum or percussion instrument. No previous experience necessary – all are welcome. $10/donation. Unity of Mesa Sanctuary, 2700 E Southern Ave. 480-892-2700.

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 10 Universal White Time Healing Level One – Nov 10-12. Learn specific techniques to access and apply energetic power and quantum frequencies. Be led through this new yet ancient healing art to reach the deepest vibration, on the physical plane at the atomic level which opens the door to a new dimension for you. 480-395-7333. Arizona International Association for Near Death Studies (AZ IANDS) – 7pm. Presenter: Barbara Bartolome, leader of the Santa Barbara IANDS. In her thirties, Bartolome had a profound near death experience during a surgical procedure gone awry. Her experience was featured on the Today Show. Suggested donation: $10 or $5/ seniors/students. Unity of Mesa Sanctuary, 2700 E Southern Ave. 480-892-2700.

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 11 Brush Bash Party – 10am-1pm. Creating together with Tony Keyes. Enjoy a relaxing time of painting, socializing and complimentary refreshments with family and friends. Paint a unique Thanksgiving creation called Attitude of Gratitude. All art supplies provided including aprons; come dressed to paint. $40. Interfaith CommUNITY, 952 E Baseline, Ste 102, Mesa. Preregistration required: 480-479-5247 or Complimentary Healing Saturday – 10am-2pm. Complimentary 40-minute Healing Touch sessions by appointment only with Kim Carter, HTCP. Held at Restoring Balance Mind & Body, 2045 S Vineyard, Ste 139, Mesa. Register: 253-549-5342 or Kids Harvest and Cook: Smoothies and Desserts –11am-12:30pm. With local Phoenix cookbook author, Melanie A Albert. Kids will harvest at the Learning Garden and have fun making their own home-made almond milk. They will create their own refreshing red, white, and blue smoothies and chia seed pudding with fruit and cashew cream topping. $25. The Farm, 6106 South 32nd St, Phoenix. 602-615-2486.

Educational Class to Cover the Bases – 1-2:30pm. Topics: herbs for vitality; nutrition for stress relief and hormone therapy; stretch therapy for pain relief. Free. Studio Health, 1425 S Higley Rd, Ste 101, Gilbert. RSVP: 480-4666398 or

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 14 Marvelous Menopause – Learn how to journey through this life change with joy and ease. SW Herb Shop & Gathering Place, 148 N Center St, Mesa. 480-694-9931. Autoimmune Solutions Workshop – 5:30pm. Discover the root causes of autoimmune disease (there’s always a trigger or multiple triggers); why eating healthy is not enough to recover from autoimmune disease. Seating is limited. Free. Hope Integrative Wellness, 3336 E Chandler Heights Rd, Ste 123, Gilbert. RSVP: 480-988-6269 or Fall Forest Guided Meditation – 6:30-8pm. A relaxing meditation taking you into the crisp Fall forest. While in meditative state reiki will be given. Bring a yoga mat. Enjoy soft crackling of the bonfire. $20. Laveen. Address released with RSVP 2 days prior: 909-268-1445 or Info@

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 15 Educational Class to Cover the Bases – 6-7:30pm. Topics: Herbs for vitality; nutrition for stress relief and hormone therapy; stretch therapy for pain relief. Free. Studio Health, 1425 S Higley Rd, Ste 101, Gilbert. RSVP: 480-4666398 or

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 16 Energy Reading – 6:30pm. Bring yours or someone’s questions regarding health, relationship, work or moving. Receive answers, solutions, guidance using intuitive awareness, dowsing or muscle testing. More than 40 years of knowledge and combined experience. $35. Universal Touch, 534 E University Dr, Mesa. 480-835-5380 or 480-835-5347. Reiki and Healing Singing Bowl Circle – 6:307:30pm. With Darlene Moore and Arne Richardson. Singing bowls will be played to enhance the energy of reiki shared by volunteer reiki practitioners present during this hour of energetic healing and expansion. Donation. Unity of Mesa Sanctuary, 2700 E Southern Ave. 480-892-2700.

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 17 Rooted in Peace Documentary – 7pm. Director and award-winning filmmaker Greg Reitman invites viewers on a film journey to take notice of the world we live in, proactively seek ways to find personal and ecological peace, and stop the cycle of violence. $10/door. Unity of Mesa Sanctuary, 2700 E Southern Ave. 480-892-2700.

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Breathing into Bliss – Noon-3pm. With Jenna Hestrom. $38. Anahata Yoga, 14148 N 100th St, Ste C-130, Scottsdale. Info/register:

Interfaith Forum/Q&A – 12:30-2pm. Deedra Abboud, founder of the Global Institute of Solution Oriented Leadership, will explore the common misconceptions about Muslim beliefs, the burden of prejudice born by Muslim women, and the diversity of Muslim followers across the world. $10/love offering. Interfaith CommUNITY, 952 E Baseline, Ste 102, Mesa. Info: Nazim Rashid: 623-932-1385.

Remembrance Service – 7pm. In this special service we will honor and remember loved ones no longer with us. Feel free to bring a photo of your loved one for our Remembrance Service slide show. Unity of Mesa Sanctuary, 2700 E Southern Ave. 480-892-2700.

Chakra Harmony – 7-9pm. A unique group healing experience with James Titschler. $29. Anahata Yoga, 14148 N 100th St, Ste C-130, Scottsdale. Info/register:

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 19 Empath Support Group – 4-5pm. 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, NOVEMBER 21 Thyroid Solutions Workshop – 5:30pm. Learn the number one cause of thyroid problems; why most people still experience thyroid symptoms even when lab test is normal; natural solutions to heal the thyroid. Seating is limited. Free. Hope Integrative Wellness, 3336 E Chandler Heights Rd, Ste 123, Gilbert. RSVP: 480-988-6269 or Rising Sol Women’s Workout – 6-7:30pm. Come out and watch the sun set for an empowering workout for all fitness levels. Reiki treatment included. Class led by a certified and insured fitness professional. $15. Cesar Chavez Park, 7858 S 35th Ave, Phoenix. RSVP 2 days prior: 909-268-1445 or

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 22 Gratitude Service – 7pm. Kick off your Thanksgiving in a special service to give thanks for this wonderful life. Unity of Mesa Sanctuary, 2700 E Southern Ave. 480-892-2700.

Self Healing and Manifestation at the Sacred Energy of the Pyramid – 4-6pm. $25/love offering. Meet in the parking lot at 3:45pm: Cactus Rd/51 Ave, Glendale. Info: Prana: 773-316-3005.

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 28 Autoimmune Solutions Workshop – 5:30pm. Discover the root causes of autoimmune disease (there’s always a trigger or multiple triggers); why eating healthy is not enough to recover from autoimmune disease. Seating is limited. Free. Hope Integrative Wellness, 3336 E Chandler Heights Rd, Ste 123, Gilbert. RSVP: 480-988-6269 or Spirit Attachments and Your Health – 6:30pm. Health issues, work, relationships, negativity, accidents, bad luck; any of these issues can have a host created by spiritual attachments for karma, learning lessons, previous contracts, and many other reasons. $35. Universal Touch, 534 E University Dr, Mesa. 480-835-53810 or 480-835-5347. Eat Right for Your Chakras – 6:30-8pm. With Chef Raquel. Fun, interactive class. Step-bystep demonstration, recipes and treats based on Ayurvedic knowledge that chakras (emotions/physical states) are balanced through food. $25. Laveen. Address released with RSVP 3 days prior. 909-268-1445. Info@BodyMind

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 30 Animal Reiki I Workshop – Nov 30-Dec 4. 11am-4pm. With BLISS Reiki. Learn how to share compassionate meditation with all creatures for stress relief, better health, positive outlook, inner peace. No prior experience required; all animal lovers welcome. Special rates for animal rescuers and reiki practitioners. $250-$395. Franciscan Renewal Center, Scottsdale. Registration required: Info: Facebook. com/blissreiki/events. How to Develop a Heart of Wisdom – 7-8:30pm. With visiting Buddhist nun Gen Kelsang Norden. Explore how to cultivate an authentic experience of loving kindness through meditation. By opening our heart to others we can solve many of our daily problems, improve our relationships and maintain a happy, peaceful mind all the time. $15/ preregistered. Kadampa Meditation Center Phoenix, 614 E Townley Ave.

planahead SUNDAY, DECEMBER 3 Geri-Fit Instructor Training and Certification – For instructors who want to expand their knowledge of strength training for seniors. Learn more than 50 evidence-based strength training exercises that use dumbbell weights. Receive training in balance and fall prevention and one-on-one corrective exercise techniques. $315. Setay Dance & Fitness Studio, 7430 S 48 St, Ste 100, Phoenix. 888-437-4348 ext 3.

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MONDAY, DECEMBER 4 Animal Reiki Practice Day – 11am-3pm. With BLISS Reiki. Join with fellow animal reiki students and practitioners for an animal reiki practice and service day at Wildhorse Ranch Rescue. Open to all who have completed Animal Reiki I with BLISS Reiki, Animal Reiki Source, SARA, or a teacher in this lineage. $10 minimum donation; space may be limited. Gilbert. Registration required: Info:

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 8 Prediction Night for 2018 – 6:30pm. Each attendee receives three predictions for the New Year. Get ready for 2018; find guidance and answers for yourself, family and friends. Their team has more than 40 years of knowledge and combined experience. $35. Universal Touch, 534 E University Dr, Mesa. 480-835-5380 or 480-835-5347.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 9 The Mystical Truth and You – Dec 9-10. With Taerie Gillan. Experience fun and active workshops that have the ability to change lives. Gillan will introduce participants to their angels and spirit guides to discover their true intention in life and goals and desires in mind when working with them. $35-$75/session or $145/package. Scottsdale. Healing Family Ties – 10am-1pm. With Kadampa Buddhist Monk Gen-la Jampa. Learn to let go of resentment and enjoy more peace and harmony with family and friends. International Kadampa Retreat Center Grand Canyon, 6701 E Mountain Ranch Rd, Williams. Registration required: 928637-6232.

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tation shown to calm the nervous system and help release negative patterns. iRest also helps alleviate symptoms of insomnia, PTSD, anxiety and depression. $10. Must preregister by 4pm day of. Restoring Balance Mind & Body, 2045 S Vineyard, Ste 139, Mesa. Info/register: 253-549-5342 or Kim@

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 13 Travelers Candlelight Service – 7-8pm.A special pre-Christmas Eve service for those who will be traveling or away for the holiday. Unity of Mesa Sanctuary, 2700 E Southern Ave. 480-892-2700.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 24 Christmas Candlelight Services – 4:30pm & 7pm. Join for this beautiful holiday tradition to bless you spiritually and celebrate the season of lights. Donation. Unity of Mesa Sanctuary, 2700 E Southern Ave. 480-892-2700.

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 27 Ecuador Beach and Andes Mountain Holistic Retreat – Dec 27-Jan 4. With Alive and Revive. Stay in an ocean-view home and a quaint residence near the Incan ruins of Ingapirca, in the Andes. Retreat guests will receive a variety of naturopathic treatments from Dr Melanie Icard. Experience shamanic ceremonies, hot mud baths, swimming, horseback riding and more. RSVP: 480-599-8370 or



MONDAY, JANUARY 1 Integrative Healing Arts Practitioner Programs – Online programs begin Jan 1; On-campus programs begin Jan 12. Elective tracks available: holistic nutrition, yoga, and yoga nidra focus; hypnotherapy, life coaching and mindfulness focus; yoga and life coaching focus; spiritual transformation focus; energetic focus. Southwest Institute of Healing Arts, 1100 E Apache Blvd, Tempe. 480-994-9244.

FRIDAY, JANUARY 19 Crossing Over with John Edward – 7pm. Live in Arizona! Tucson Convention Center, 260 S Church Ave. Tickets/info:

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MONDAY, JANUARY 22 500-Hour Hypnotherapy Course – Accelerated certification course in hypnotherapy taught in two-week modules. After completing the first 300 hours (modules 1-3), students are eligible for certification as hypnotherapists with the International Board of Hypnotherapy. Hypnotherapy Academy, 2132 Osuna Rd NE, Ste B, Albuquerque. Register: 877-983-1515.

SATURDAY, JANUARY 26 Herbal Certification Class – Jan 26-28. Three-day intensive. SW Herb Shop & Gathering Place, 148 N Center St, Mesa. 480-694-9931.

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Sunday Services – 9am & 10:45am. A Positive Path for Spiritual Living. Childcare: infants thru 5th grade at 9am. Nursery: infants thru kindergarten at 10:45am. Youth ministry classes in the Education Annex at 10:45am. Unity of Mesa, 2700 E Southern Ave. 480-892-2700.

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.

Rewind Yoga – 10:30-11:30am. With Kim Carter. Designed for people 50 and up, the 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.

Chronic Pain Prevention Class – 6-7pm. Learn about an integrative three-step approach for pain relief using stretch therapy, corrective exercise and nutrition metabolism identification. Free. Studio Health, 1425 S Higley, Ste 101, Gilbert. RSVP: 480-466-6398.

Modern Kadampa Buddhism – 6:30pm. Learn the fundamentals of Buddhist view with step-bystep instructions on how to experience more peace, wisdom and love in your heart and your life to benefit self and others. Open to newcomers. $10. Sedona Community Center, 2615 Melody Ln, Sedona. 928-637-3262. MeditationInNorthern

Mindfulness Meditation and Chants – 9:3010am; Sitting and Walking Meditation – 10-11am. Attend one or both sessions. Shambhala sparks your heart and mind through the practice of mindfulness meditation and community. Meditation instruction available. Shambhala Meditation Center, 7042 E Osborn Rd, Scottsdale. Phoenix. Prayers for World Peace – 10-11:15am. Practical advice and meditations that lift the heart and bring energy and hope; from this inner peace, world peace grows. Make prayers together for our families and friends, and for the cessation of all the pain and problems in the world. $5. Kadampa Meditation Center Phoenix, 614 E Townley Ave. Celebration Service – 10:30-11:45am. Discover New Thought, Ancient Wisdom, and Interfaith teachings – ACIM – and open-minded, loving, creative people. Features uplifting music and positive messages to enlighten, encourage and sometimes make you laugh. Interfaith CommUNITY, 952 E Baseline, Ste 102, Mesa. Rev Julianne: 480-5938798 or Saint Germain’s Unveiled Mysteries – 10:30amnoon. A Summit University course in person or online. Become a modern day mystic. $25. The Summit Lighthouse, 4105 N 20th St, Ste 115, Phoenix. 480-442-5020. Register: Morning Meditation – 11am. Learn the essential foundations of meditation practice. $10. International Kadampa Retreat Center Grand Canyon, 6701 E Mountain Ranch Rd, Williams. 928-637-3262.

monday Tai Chi and Qiqong – 10-11am. With Leslie Cook. Activate and experience the natural healing capabilities in the body. $10-$15/donation. Unity of Mesa, 2700 E Southern Ave. 480-892-2700. Live AskDrKan 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 com-

Shakti Naam Yoga – 6:45-8:15pm. With Moriah Salzman and Jeannie MacLaughlin. Experience a new type of yoga using music, mantra, mudra (hand positions), meditation and movement to align with the vibration of the universe. $10/donation. Unity of Mesa Sanctuary, 2700 E Southern Ave. 480-892-2700. 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.

wednesday Watercolor Art Classes – 9:45am-12:30pm. With Allura Westly. All levels, beginner-to-advanced. Learn fluid color technique, drawing and composition. Small class of eight students. No talent required, just a desire to create. Paradise Valley. 602-469-0524. A Course in Miracles Study Group – 1-2:15pm. Interfaith CommUNITY Spiritual Center, 952 E Baseline, Ste 102, Mesa. 480-593-8798. Hatha Yoga with the Tibetan Singing Bowl – Thru Dec 6. 5:30-7pm. Join yogi Melanie A Albert for hatha yoga with the music of the Tibetan singing bowl. Open to all levels. Donation. The Farm at South Mountain, 6106 S 32nd St, Phoenix. 602-615-2486. Simply Meditate – 6:30-7:30pm. Learn simple, practical methods to improve the quality of your life and develop inner peace through guided meditation and a short Buddhist teaching to help solve daily problems and find the lasting happiness. $5. Kadampa Meditation Center Phoenix, 614 E Townley Ave. Mindfulness Meditation – 7-7:30pm. Shambhala sparks your heart and mind through the practice of mindfulness meditation and community. They welcome all people interested in this path oriented towards modern life. Meditation instruction available. Shambhala Meditation Center, 7042 E Osborn Rd, Scottsdale.

Tai Chi Easy – 6:30-7:30pm. With Shirley Kemper. Tai chi and qigong that includes simple but mindful movement, breathwork, self-applied massage and meditation to ignite the healer within. $10-$15/donation. Unity of Mesa Annex Rm 1, 2740 E Southern Ave. 480-892-2700. Buddhist Meditation – 6:30-8pm. How to Transform your Life: A Blissful Journey. Learn the fundamentals of Buddhist view with stepby-step instructions on how to experience more love in your heart and life. $10 or $5/students and unemployed. Unity of Mesa, 2740 E Southern Ave. 480-892-2700.

friday Gnosis of Yeshua – 6-8pm. Weekly study of the teachings of Yeshua, including singing bowls, guided meditation, focused prayer and energy work. $10. Unity of Mesa, 2740 E Southern Ave. 480-892-2700. A Course in Miracles – 7-9pm. Group book study open to newcomers. Donation. Unity of Mesa, Annex Rm 1, 2740 E Southern Ave. 480-892-2700.

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Martha Reed, PhD 18589 N. 59th Avenue, Suite 108 Glendale, AZ 85308 623-249-5888 Offering Intuitive Insights, Hypnotherapy and Counseling alternatives. My passion is to assist others in overcoming fears and limiting behaviors and beliefs that have them feeling stuck, unsuccessful, unfulfilled, unloved and downright out of balance. I offer both Clinical and Spiritual Hypnotherapy.


Judy Richter, LMT, RMT 3740 E. Southern Avenue, Suite 214 Mesa, AZ 85206 480-695-2002 With 20+ years of experience Judy can help you heal your Body, Mind and Soul with Thera-peutic Massage, Essential Oils, and Healing energy modalities. The techniques used to stretch and release tension and tightness in necks and shoulders are unique and very beneficial. Incorporating energy work to each session is powerful in balancing your energy to allow your body to heal naturally.

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An integrated medical and wellness practice offering individualized attention and a holistic approach to your health. Visit our website for providers and services such as naturopathy, hormone therapy and non-surgical fat reduction.

Meeting with patients from every walk of life and finding answers to good health is Dr. Highfield's everlasting passion.Whether it be an acute common illness, chronic health issues or just turning over a new leaf to better health, request a free introductory 10 minute phone consult to find your best fit in healthcare.



Foot and Ankle Care 10555 N. Tatum Blvd., Suite A101 Paradise Valley, AZ 85253 602-954-0777 Practicing in the Phoenix area, Dr. Klebe offers complete foot and ankle care. Holistically oriented, Dr. Klebe integrates homeopathic medicine with conventional medical care. See ad on page 28.



Anti-aging Clinic 5350 N. 16th Street, Suite 107 Phoenix, AZ 85016 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 on page 13 and page 34.

KATKA NOVAKOVA, MD (EUROPE), ND 29850 N. Tatum Boulevard, Suite 114 Cave Creek, AZ 85331 480-524-4304

My desire is to educate, empower and inspire people on their personal healing journey. I believe that healing is possible—on all levels. See ad on page 17.




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Arizona Integrative Medical Center, P.C. 8144 E. Cactus Road #820 Scottsdale, AZ 85260 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 on inside front cover and page 14.


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Intuitive Cooking Experience: Workshops, cooking classes, events, and retreats for organizations. Learn simple culinary techniques; create healthy meals with whole foods; enjoy eating with community.

“Celebrating a Positive Path to Spiritual Living” 952 E. Baseline Road #102 • Mesa, AZ 85204 Rev. Julianne Lewis 480-593-8798 At Interfaith CommUNITY, we share open-minded joyful spirituality with respect for cultural, religious and lifestyle diversity. Join us for the journey toward our unique and perfect Divine Potential! See ad on page 27.


Meditation Retreats & Classes in Modern Buddhism 6701 E Mountain Ranch Road Williams, AZ 86046 928-637-6232 Dedicated to providing the local and worldwide community an opportunity to learn and engage in Buddhist practice and meditation retreats. Everyone is welcome.

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New Kadampa Tradition 614 E. Townley Ave. • Phoenix, AZ 85020 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 Avenue, Suite B-15 Tempe, AZ 85282 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. See ad on page 6.




2700 E. Southern Avenue Mesa, AZ 85204 480-892-2700 Unity of Mesa offers 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 Summer Discussion and Meditation Groups: 9:00am; Summer Service and Youth program: 10:15am. All are welcome. See ad on page 30.


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Natural Awakenings Phoenix & Northern Arizona November 2017 Issue  

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