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igraines are chronic, debilitating headaches that can last for several days. Approximately 15 percent of the population will experience migraines at some point in their lifetime, and unfortunately, medication doesn’t always provide relief. The exact causes of migraine headaches are poorly understood and the causes may vary to include genetics, stress, poor sleep, diet and many others. According to studies in 1998 and 2006, migraine sufferers that received massage in conjunction with medication reported a drastic reduction in the frequency of migraines and improvement in the quality of sleep. Researchers also noted a decrease in heart rate, anxiety and cortisol levels after massage treatments. In 2008, Olivia Rosewood, a massage therapist from Santa Monica, California, with 15 years of experience, reviewed the research and concluded that two different protocols should be used for migraine sufferers; one should be used during the time between migraines, and the other during an actual migraine attack. In the time between migraine headaches, massage sessions should focus on deep tissue work in the neck, shoulders, upper back and the base of the skull. These sessions should concentrate on reduction of muscular tension, and treatment should stop before the threshold of pain or discomfort brings the client out of a relaxed state. During a migraine headache, a completely different style of massage should be used to draw blood flow away from the head and reduce blood pressure and tension. A relaxing massage that focuses on the extremities is the best treatment during active migraines. Using these differing techniques, depending on the phase of the migraine attack, can provide significant relief to migraine sufferers. Karma Wellness is located at 2067 Beechmont Ave, in Cincinnati. For more information, call Molly Miller, LMT, at 513-233-9355 or visit KarmaWellnessStudio.com. See ad, page 21.
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omatoes are widely known for their outstanding antioxidant content, anti-inflammatory and cancerfighting properties, plus benefits to heart health. Now, research from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Human Nutrition Research Center, at Tufts University, in Boston, Massachusetts, has found that consuming tomatoes—particularly their lycopene content—can also help prevent and even treat both liver disease and cancer of the liver. The researchers combed through 241 studies and scientific papers to connect the dots. They report that lycopene up regulates the sirtuin 1 (SIRT1) protein, meaning it increases the number of receptors on cell surfaces, thereby increasing cellular response to it. SIRT1 activation is recognized to protect against obesity-induced inflammation and degeneration of the liver, explain the study’s authors. Lycopene was found to protect against fatty liver disease, liver fibrosis and the formation of cancer in the liver and lungs. Multiple studies have shown cooked tomatoes and tomato sauce offer increased bioavailability of healthful lycopene. 10
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estless Legs Syndrome (RLS) can wake both sufferers and their partners at night, and more people suffer than realize it. Even when both continue to doze through a bout of restlessness, it hampers the quality of sleep and can cause them to begin the day fatigued. Some people only notice that a problem exists by its absence–when a vacation or business trip prompts sleeping in separate beds, the calmer partner will enjoy deeper, more restful sleep. Other problems can follow if the syndrome is left untreated. A 2011 study by the Interdisciplinary Pain Centre at University Medical Centre, in Freiburg, Germany, reported that untreated RLS patients exhibited depression, anxiety, compulsivity and other impaired behaviors. With topical application of appropriate herbs, oversensitive nerves in legs can be settled and the muscles can be made less responsive to such stimulation. Cramp bark, St. John’s wort and wild yam have been used for centuries to relax oversensitive nerves and relieve residual tension in skeletal muscles. Sage also has a history of medicinal use, including modernday application as an antispasmodic. Rosemary, another essential herb, is used to increase circulation and help flush toxins built up in stagnant muscle fibers. The journal International Clinical Psychopharmacology also recently reported that peppermint and lavender work to naturally relax the body. Combining all of these plants can prove an advantageous herbal treatment for RLS. Place tablespoon of each herb in a cup of in hot (not boiling) water to produce a decoction that can be spread or rolled on the legs. The liquid will be absorbed into the skin within a few minutes and leg restlessness will subside and motion will cease. For more information, visit MyNaturesRite.com or call 888-465-4404. See ad, page 26.
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ir conditioning does more than keep us cool. A study of 300 adults and homes concludes that central air conditioning removes significant levels of volatile organic compounds and pollution particulates from indoor air. The research, published in the journal Science of the Total Environment, finds that using air conditioning with windows closed reduced indoor air pollution the most. One caveat, however, is that the research was conducted in Taipei, China—notable for its extreme outdoor pollution. Another recent study published in Environmental Science confirms the general premise. A research team in Zhejiang, China, found that air conditioning reduced the presence of potent atmospheric pollutants known as polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAC) by 23 percent. PACs contain compounds that are carcinogenic, mutagenic and teratogenic (damaging to fetuses).
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Bee Pollen Has Multiple Benefits by Tiffany Lester
ee pollen is a food that is high in protein, as well as many antioxidants and vitamins, and can easily be called one of nature’s perfect superfoods. Flower pollen is a powder-like substance containing the male sperm cells of a plant. When male pollen cells land on a compatible female plant cone they germinate, and pollination is said to occur. In many cases, the result is a flower. Foraging bees travel from flower to flower collecting pollen in sacs attached to their bodies, which they then bring back to the hive to empty. The bees use the pollen to produce honey and feed the hive. The process of collecting pollen from the hive is simple and does not harm the bees or the hive. Thus, bee pollen is a natural renewable substance that is suitable for use by vegans and/or vegetarians. Allergies are caused when our body develops an immune response to an allergen, creating antibodies. These antibodies then activate receptors on our cells that release histamine—resulting in an allergic reaction (puffy eyes,
runny nose, etc.). Bee pollen can help with allergies by reducing histamine levels, which is similar to the effect of most over-the-counter medications. Bee pollen can be effective for a wide range of respiratory diseases, ranging from asthma to chronic sinus infections. When choosing a bee pollen product, always insist that it comes from a local source. Because many allergies are caused by allergens from local plants, pollen from local sources has the best chance to build up immunity to the allergens from local plants in the area. Also, it is important to select products that specifically state they have been tested to be free of mold and pesticide and contain a variety of colors, insuring it comes from different plants, thus improving its nutrient profile. Bee pollen comes in pill and liquid form, but it is best to consume the granules that the bees make. They have a sweet taste and powdery texture and can be used in smoothies, sprinkled on oatmeal or yogurt or combined with granola. When taking bee pollen for the first time, start gradually with about one-half teaspoon per day and work up to one to three teaspoons per day by the end of four weeks. It is best to take with food, especially fruit, and can easily be added to breakfast or a morning smoothie. Fruit fibers tend to activate the pollen faster and also help
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cleanse the colon simultaneously. Gut and immune health are closely linked in regard to severity of allergies. Someone that is sensitive to pollen or that has a history of hay fever should test for a reaction before using it by place a few granules in the mouth and waiting two minutes. If there are no symptoms (watery eyes, runny nose, sneezing), chew and swallow the granules. If no unusual reactions occur after 24 hours, the dose can be gradually increased. People that tend to have spring allergies should start taking bee pollen in the early spring to give the body time to build an immune response. Similarly, those with allergies that start in the fall should start using it by mid-June. Bee pollen should be stored in the refrigerator—sunlight and/or heat can destroy its nutrient value. It should keep well for up to a year if stored properly. Important note: If there is any history of anaphylactic shock or allergy to insect stings, it’s best to avoid bee pollen. Women that are pregnant or breastfeeding, as well as anyone on blood thinners, should check with a doctor before using bee pollen. Location: Alliance Institute, 6400 East Galbraith Rd., Cincinnati. For more information, call 513-791-5521 or visit MyHealingPartner.com. Tiffany Lester, M.D. is an integrative medicine physician who specializes in acupuncture, functional medicine and wellness coaching at the Alliance Institute for Integrative Medicine.
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Why not expand on the spring tradition of home cleaning by appraising existing home furnishings and décor to see how rearrangements can freshen the whole presentation? Employing a few basic creative strategies will yield long-lasting beauty, cost savings, health benefits and utility, all adding up to enhanced sustainability. Secondhand items readily spruce up interiors when they are thoughtfully selected. Look for gently used, new-to-you items—ranging from furniture and lamps to accent pieces like pottery and wall art—at antique and thrift shops, yard and estate sales or via online forums such as CraigsList.com and Freecycle.org. Seeking out fair trade items helps support a fair wage for artisans around the world. Plants enliven and beautify any space while cleaning indoor air, according to a recent study by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration and Associated Landscape Contractors of America. Plants cited as especially effective in removing formaldehyde, benzene and carbon monoxide from the air include bamboo palm, Chinese evergreen, English ivy, gerbera (African) daisy, chrysanthemum and peace lily. Pot them in used jars or other repurposed containers to conserve materials and add character and more personality to home décor. Overall balance is key. “An imbalanced room has large furniture grouped together at one end and lightweight furniture and bare walls at the other,” says professional designer Norma Lehmeier Hartie, author of Harmonious Environment: Beautify, Detoxify & Energize Your Life, Your Home & Your Planet. “The effect is like being on a tilting boat in a storm.” Furniture arrangements are best when they allow light to flow through spaces with ample allowance for moving about the room. The ideal setup facilitates worktable projects and small-group conversations. Round tables help make everyone feel like they belong, according to green living expert Annie Bond. Sustainable kitchen wares are often the classiest. Sturdy pots, pans and kettles, like Le Creuset and Picquot Ware, may offer replacement parts and lifetime guarantees; Bialetti and Bodum coffee makers and Littala glassware are durable and long-lasting. While some may cost more upfront, their longevity saves money over time. Then there’s always grandma’s iron skillet.
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Alice Mills smiles as she looks at the box that sits on her lawn in Hutchinson, Kansas, an act of kindness for neighbors and the community. Inside the box is a miniature library. Books sit on two shelves; the bottom with short stories for children and the top with novels for adults. After her children grew up and moved away from home, they took the books they wanted with them. The rest sat on a bookshelf collecting dust. “If they’re here, they’re not being read,” Mills says. The concept for the Little Free Library began in 2009 to promote literacy and the love of reading, as well as to build a sense of community, according to LittleFreeLibrary.org. They are now popping up around the world in the United States, Bulgaria, Germany, Italy, Pakistan, Spain, Turkey and the Congo. A recent Pew Internet & American Life Project survey shows that Americans strongly value the role of public libraries in their communities, both for providing access to materials and resources and for promoting literacy and improving the overall quality of life. More than half used a public library in a one-year period, and 72 percent say they live in a “library household”. Most Americans say they have only had positive experiences at public libraries and value a range of library resources and services. National Library Week begins April 13.
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The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has updated its “red list” of threatened species, upgrading two kinds of albatross. However, the okapi, or “forest giraffe”, has taken a turn for the worse in Africa; the species is now listed as endangered and its numbers are dwindling, say IUCN officials. Among species that saw an increase in population are the black-browed albatross, which was promoted from endangered to near threatened, and the black-footed albatross, which went from vulnerable to near threatened. With stripes on its legs similar to those on zebras, the okapi is revered in its native habitat within the Democratic Republic of the Congo and even appears on the country’s currency. Protecting the species has been difficult amid political turbulence because armed rebels, elephant poachers and illegal miners encroach on parts of the okapi’s range, say conservationists. Source: Mother Nature Network
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has issued a draft statement essentially giving the green light to the marketing, sale and planting of Dow Chemical’s genetically modified (GM, GMO, GE) corn and soybeans resistant to 2,4-D, which will trigger a huge increase in the use of the toxic herbicide. The determination under the Plant Pest Act comes despite intense opposition over the past two years from farmers, more than 400,000 other individuals and some 150 farm, fishery, public health, consumer and environmental groups and private businesses. Meanwhile, the Grocery Manufacturers Association has issued talking points against GMO labeling laws for food industry lobbyists that claim the laws are unconstitutional, violating the First Amendment, although other legal experts say the assertion is baseless. Take action at Tinyurl.com/PushToLabelGMO. Learn more at OrganicConsumers.org.
Menus Minimize Greenhouse Gases Experts at the Rowett Institute of Nutrition and Health, at Aberdeen University, in Scotland, have created a new menu plan that is healthy and nutritious, as well as good for the environment. The researchers compiled a shopping list of 52 foods arranged in categories according to how much climate-changing greenhouse gases are produced to make and transport them (Tinyurl.com/ScottishDiet). They then devised a weekly weight allowance for each food, which when followed, would reduce the use of greenhouse gases by about a third. Surprisingly, the list features foods such as chocolate, ice cream and red meat, but anyone wanting to reduce their carbon footprint must only eat them in relatively tiny quantities. Some food groups, such as dairy products and meat, produce much bigger emissions of greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide than others because of the way they are manufactured and brought to market. The production of fruit, vegetables and legumes is much less likely to produce such high emissions. Source: Scotsman.com
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arents of young children, tweens and young teens face a common dilemma every spring: how to plan (and afford) a safe, enriching summer they will enjoy. Lack of camp options is rarely a problem, but selecting the ideal activities can be daunting, with many considerations. The YMCA of Greater Cincinnati has solutions that area parents embrace year after year. With their summer day camp and overnight camping programs for boys and girls ages 2 to 15, they have plenty to choose from.
Day Camps Whether only for a few weeks between family vacations or to fill an entire summer, YMCA day camps, with 12 locations around Cincinnati, are a great alternative to unstructured or unsupervised summers. Elizabeth ‘Eli’ Cochran, the Y’s executive director of Camp Ernst, shares, “Weekly themes and specialty programs of the day camps focus strongly on character development. Our staff makes campers feel welcome and important by prioritizing inclusion and positive reinforcement. ” Every week features a field trip that may include a visit to the zoo or a museum or a trip to a roller rink. Outdoor games, swimming, team building and arts and crafts are all common activities. Cochran adds, “Our activities are geared toward combating summer learning loss with reading, exploration and fun, under the supervision of counselors acting as role models.” Parents can tailor camp selections to their own work schedules, with both full-day and specialty focused half-day programs. Enrollments are reserved on a week-byweek basis.
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The Y’s Camp Ernst, in Burlington, Kentucky, has been a favorite pastime for young campers since 1928. Cochran shares, “With nine, one-week sessions for the 6-to-15-yearold set, as well as a few shorter sessions for younger campers, this program is really accessible.” Campers bunk in cabins according to gender and age, along with two counselors. Activities are cabin-mate-centric. A typical day starts with an optional morning pool or lake swim before a family-style breakfast at the dining hall. After a brief meeting and cabin clean-up, groups head to a variety of engaging activities such as rope courses, zip lines or a climbing wall challenge. Similar activities that include music, movie making or dance follow lunch and reading time. Evening fun is a collective event for all the campers. “We have a strict ‘no electronics’ policy to minimize the ubiquitous distractions children often face with their everyday gadgets,” Cochran relates. “We want them as fully immersed in the magic of the camp experience as possible.” However, no electronics does not mean parents are disconnected from the experiences of the camp week; daily Twitter updates and photo postings keep parents abreast of campers’ activities.
Beyond Fun YMCA camp programs focus on building healthy spirits, minds and bodies, in addition to offering hands-on learning. Like parents, the Y and their camp counselors take child protection issues seriously and go beyond thorough background checks. All staff members stay on the forefront of safety training and programs accredited by the gold standard American Camp Association (ACA). These programs exceed state licensing requirements and ensure a camp has met 250 standards for program design, safety and health. Parents can verify the accreditation status of any camp by visiting the ACA website acacamps.org. The Y’s community-focused approach is unique among summer activity options. “We make financial aid available to families in the community who need it, ensuring that every child has the opportunity to have a positive summer camp experience,” says Cochran proudly. Whether parents opt for a summer filled with day camp or a week of overnight adventures at Camp Ernst, children will spend their camp time making friends, gaining confidence, learning independence and having fun. It certainly is summer memory making at its best. For more information, call 859-586-6181 for Camp Ernst or 513-362-9622 for day camps or visit MyY.org/programs/camps. See ad, back cover. Gayle Wilson Rose is a frequent contributor to Natural Awakenings. For more information, visit DashWriter.com.
Bring Nature Indoors With Feng Shui by Cyd Alper-Sedgwick
hat do plants and flowers have in common with feng shui? An ancient art developed over 3,000 years ago in China, feng shui reveals how to balance the energies of our home or business to assure health, prosperity and good fortune. Sometimes when we walk into a room, we can feel our body instantly relax. As our eyes gaze around the room, we see the colors of the walls, the placement of the furniture, shiny objects catch the light streaming in from the windows and we take a deep breath. This room feels so good as we inhale the fresh scents of flowers. More than just good interior decorating, there is an energy, a flow that supports relaxation and instantly releases stress. These are the benefits of feng shui, based on quantum physics and units of energy. Trees and plants produce the oxygen we breathe. How is feng shui connected to our oxygen? It is pure energy, positive and negative or yin and yang. We need both for balance. As an example, a tiny seed is planted deep into the earth, exposed to a winter as harsh as this past winter. It is covered in ice and snow, but how does it survive? It is a quantum physics miracle that a seed survives. It works hard to reach the surface, pushing through with all its might to enjoy the oxygen, sun, rain, bees and birds. The seed is in unity with all of nature. It grows into a plant and produces oxygen, so we can breathe and enjoy the fruits of its labor. The correct application of feng shui supports that same deep need to survive. We live in our homes or work lives perhaps steeped in negative thoughts and clutter as we resist change. Like the little seed in the ground that knows it has to struggle through the earth, mud, ice, snow, stones and rocks in order to survive and make sense of life, we do the same in our sacred spaces. The difference with the little
seed is that Mother Nature knows what it has to do to survive. Even with all our intelligence, we often keep heading in the opposite direction, digging ourselves in deeper until we cannot breathe and pushing against the walls in frustration because none of it is working for us. We need to stop and notice what is all around us. Looking at the room we are seated in at this very moment, how does it feel? Does it fill us with joy? Is the decor working for us or against us? As we let our eyes wander around the room; perhaps a plant or vase of flowers will make a difference. Live plants and flowers add energy to a room. Asking a plant or a vase of flowers to fill the void is a temporary solution at best. If we want to start bringing positive energy into our home, we might consider a plant as we would a pet. If we do not have time to nurture and care for it, silk flowers can be a good alternative. Feng shui, applied correctly in a home, is empowering. April and May allow us to welcome change and grateful blessings as we once again see and feel nature taking its turn. Spring allows us to open the windows and open our hearts and minds for growth, understanding and abundance. We are in the season of transformation, our home should be a place of peace and joy. If we are feeling stressed and exhausted, consider what is missing. Sweet nurturing and feeling nurtured in return is the goal of every home and building. We should feel that inner beauty in our home. It is our sacred space. If we can treat it as such, the rewards are amazing. Cyd Alper-Sedgwick is an awardwinning feng shui practitioner and designer. For more information, call 513- 315-6193 or email CydAlper@msn.com. See ad, page 25. natural awakenings
routine. You grow a strong bond with your home.” Securing a much smaller dwelling than what we originally had designs on can lead to a lifetime of savings. With less space to furnish, heat, cool, light, clean and maintain, we can enjoy greater financial freedom, less stress and more time for fun.
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very pivotal life decision, from choosing where we live to eating healthier, can support our best interests environmentally, as well. The good news is that it is possible to afford a sustainable way of life. Eco-friendly choices for housing, vehicles and food— generally perceived as expensive for the average individual or family—often are not only attainable when pursued in a thoughtful way, but can actually save us money compared to maintaining the status quo.
1. Buying a Home
When considering a move to a new place, we often find out how much house we can manage and then proceed to invest to the hilt. But if hitting our spending limit will leave a deficit in the amount of green and healthy home features and furnishings we can achieve, we could end up with a residence that makes neither financial nor
ecological sense, and isn’t good for our health. A solution is to scale back on costly square footage. Spending 25 to 40 percent less than we think we can on a smaller home provides more possibilities when planning the renovation budget, enabling us to create a home that is more deeply satisfying. Nicole Alvarez, an architectural designer with Ellen Cassilly Architect, in Durham, North Carolina, who blogs at IntentionallySmall.com, says that if we value quality over quantity, place over space and living more intentionally in every aspect of our lives, we are ready for a small home. Occupying less space has profoundly influenced her daily life and happiness. Alvarez has found, “When space is limited, everything has a function and a purpose. Everything has to be intentional. Over time, as you grow in the home, you make small modifications to personalize it more to adjust to your
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Urban, suburban or rural, where we live incurs long-term repercussions on the natural environment. Choosing an established community within or close to an urban center tends to be more protective of air, water and land quality than living in a distant, car-dependent suburb, yet many families feel either drawn to or resigned to the suburbs for the lower housing prices. But as Ilana Preuss, vice president at Washington, D.C.-based Smart Growth America, explains, “There is more to housing affordability than how much rent or mortgage we pay. Transportation costs are the second-biggest budget item for most families. In locations with access to few transportation choices, the combined cost of housing and transportation can be more than 60 percent of the total household budget. For families with access to a range of transportation choices, the combined cost can be less than 40 percent.” In most suburbs, where the only practical transportation choice is a personal vehicle, dependency on a car takes a toll on us financially and physically. Driving a personal vehicle 15,000 miles a year can cost about $9,122 annually in ownership and operating expenses, according to AAA’s 2013 Your Driving Costs report, and hours spent daily sitting behind the wheel being sedentary is eroding our health. Lack of transportation options is a leading detriment to the nation’s collective wellness, according to the federal agency Healthy People. Sustainable cities provide many
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transportation options, including public buses and trains, car-sharing services and all forms of ride sharing; and perhaps most importantly, they are bike- and pedestrian-friendly. Choosing communities that make it possible to reduce driving and even go car-free much of the time can save us money, reduce stress and improve our health.
3. Choosing a Car
We know two primary facts about cars: They are expensive and those with internal combustion engines pollute during operation. Still, many of us need one. Reducing the total impact and burden of owning a car can be as simple as prioritizing fuel efficiency. It helps that fuel-sippers now come in more sizes
than just small, yet small subcompacts remain a good place to start our research because of their budget-friendly prices and high fuel economy. A subcompact that averages 32 miles per gallon (mpg) and has a sticker price below $15,000 can save us so much money compared with a top-selling com-
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pact SUV—upwards of $16,000 over five years, according to Edmunds.com—that if we need a larger vehicle on occasion, we can more easily afford to rent one. Hybrid electric vehicles (HEV), both small and midsized, can be an even better choice, averaging 41 mpg. Cost comparisons show that an HEV can save a heavily travelling city driver nearly $1,000 in fuel costs annually versus a comparably sized conventional gasolinepowered car. Although a 2014 midsized HEV has an average suggested retail price of $28,431, the category has been around long enough to create a market in previously owned vehicles. A used hybrid that is just two years old can cost up to 25 percent less than a new one.
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The newest hybrids have been around for more than a decade, and the batteries have held up extremely well, lasting 150,000 to 200,000 miles in some cases. ~ CNN.com
4. Buying American
According to Consumer Reports, many shoppers prefer to buy products made in the USA, but with more than 60 percent of all consumer goods now produced overseas, finding American goods is not always easy. The good news is that buying American doesn’t mean only buying American made. We back the U.S. economy and jobs when we purchase used items that have been renewed or repurposed by enterprising citizens. Creative reuse supports new and existing businesses that collect, clean, sort, recondition, refurbish, remanufacture, update, refinish, reupholster, repair, tailor, distribute and sell used parts, materials and finished goods. Sarah Baird, director of outreach and communications of the Center for a New American Dream, an organization working to shift consumption away from wasteful trends, loves the history of used items. She says, “An item that has already lived one life has a story to tell, and is infinitely more interesting than anything newly manufactured.” Another reward is the big savings afforded by previously owned durable goods; not even America’s big-box discount retailers can beat these genuine bargains. Of course, not everything is available in the used marketplace, but when it makes sense, we can proudly know that our purchases support American ingenuity and workers.
5. Getting Healthy
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ways. In addition to driving less, banning toxic products from our household cupboards and dinner plates is another solid place to start on the road to improved well-being for ourselves and the planet. Toxic consumer products pollute the planet, from manufacture through use and disposal. They aren’t doing us any favors. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency reports that the average human body now contains an estimated 700 industrial compounds, pollutants and other chemicals due to exposure to toxic consumer products and industrial chemicals. After researching proper local disposal of such hazards, replace them on future shopping forays with safer choices. It’s an investment in our health that can save untold pain and money and pay off big time in avoiding health problems ranging from cancer, asthma and chronic diseases to impaired fertility, birth defects and learning disabilities according to the Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families Coalition. To reduce exposure to the toxins that are commonly sprayed on conventional crops, select sustainable and organic versions of foods to prepare at home whenever possible. Such choices help keep both our bodies and the environment healthy and can be surprisingly
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The Jabs’ homemade laundry detergent costs five cents per load, compared with 21 cents for a store brand. Annie B. Bond, a bestselling author and pioneering editor of the award-winning Green Guide, dispels a DIY myth: “What’s time-consuming isn’t making the cleaners; it’s making the decision to switch and figuring it all out,” she says.
Find these multitasking ingredients in local groceries and health stores or online. White vinegar effectively cleans, deodorizes, cuts grease and disinfects against bacteria, viruses and mold. Castile soap in liquid or bar form serves as a biodegradable, vegetable-based surfactant and all-around cleaner (avoid mixing with vinegar, which neutralizes its cleansing properties). Baking soda cleans, whitens, neutralizes odors and softens water. It’s an excellent scrubbing agent for bathrooms, refrigerators and ovens. Borax, a natural mineral, improves the effectiveness of laundry soap. Although classified (as is salt) as a low-level health hazard that should be kept away from children and animals, borax is non-carcinogenic and isn’t absorbed through skin.
Washing soda, a caustic chemical cousin of baking soda, softens water and removes stains. Bond advises, “It’s a heavy duty cleaner as powerful as any toxic solvent,” so wear gloves. Hydrogen peroxide is considered an effective disinfectant and bleach alternative by the Environmental Protection Agency. Use it to whiten grout and remove stains. Essential oils derived from plants infuse cleaners with fragrance and boost germ-fighting power. Tea tree, eucalyptus and lavender oils all boast antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal properties. The Jabs advise that although they can be pricy, “The investment will pay for itself many times over.” Lemon juice or citric acid cuts through grease, removes mold and bacteria and leaves dishes streak-free. Coarse kosher salt helps soften dishwasher water and acts as a scouring agent.
All-purpose cleaner: Homemade Cleaners: Quick-and-Easy Toxin-Free Recipes, by Mandy O’Brien and Dionna Ford, suggests combining one cup of vinegar, one cup of water and 15 drops of lemon oil in a spray bottle. Use it anywhere, including glass and mirrors. For serious disinfecting, follow with a hydrogen peroxide spray. Foaming hand/dish soap: Shake one cup of water, a quarter-cup of castile soap and 15 drops of essential oil in a foaming dispenser. Use in bathrooms and kitchens.
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Bathroom soft scrub: Bond recommends creating a thick paste with liquid castile soap and a half-cup of baking soda. Scour tubs, showers and stainless steel surfaces with a sponge, and then rinse.
Hard floor cleaner: Environmental Working Group’s DIY Cleaning Guide suggests combining a half-gallon of hot water with one cup of white vinegar in a bucket to mop.
Toilet bowl cleaner: Sprinkle one cup of borax into the toilet at bedtime and then clean the loosened grime with a brush the next morning, advises Bond. Wipe outer surfaces with the all-purpose spray.
Carpet cleaner: Freshen rugs by sprinkling baking soda at night and vacuuming in the morning, suggests Bond. For deeper cleaning, combine one cup of vinegar and two-and-a-half gallons of water in a steam cleaner.
Wood polish: Bond recommends mixing a quarter-cup of vinegar or lemon juice with a few drops of olive and lemon oil.
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e crackle with counter in-home “Just because and energy. Natural electromagnetic activsomeone isn’t ity. “The institute usually electromagnetic fields within us regulate that when a patient feeling symptoms finds how our bodies work. doesn’t respond to treatfrom exposure ment by an energy healer, Plus, we continually encounter many outside it’s because of the envito electronic energy fields from Wi-Fi, ronment. I try to neutraltechnology, that ize its effect to help the cell phones and towers, power lines, microwave body regulate properly,” doesn’t mean ovens, computers, TVs, Traver says. that it’s not having security devices and While protection in radar. A growing number highly occupied family an effect on DNA.” areas is important, providof experts see these surrounding frequencies as ing protection in bed~ Camilla Rees an increasing danger to rooms is especially vital, our well-being. due to the amount of time we spend Applying modalities like acupunc- there for rest and restoration. Traver’s diture, Reiki, Touch for Health and Eden agnoses sometimes suggest remediation Energy Medicine can help us maintain measures that involve an electrician a healthy energy balance internally. grounding currents and adding selective They work to harmonize the body shielding materials to block frequencies to protect against stress, trauma and flowing from electronic devices. “Magassociated illness. netic fields from outside the house are Phyllis Traver, owner of Safe & hard to control, but 98 percent of what Sound Home, in Boston, is certified by I find can be fixed,” she advises. the International Institute of Building When Terry Mollner, 69, was Biology & Ecology to detect, measure having trouble sleeping, he contacted
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notes. Plus, “I don’t put my cell phone on my body and it bothers me that my son puts his in his pocket.” An overarching observation from Cook’s professional practice is that increasing numbers of people in pain are interested in energy medicine because they’re so frustrated with Western medicine. She observes, “Pain is blocked energy, and people are learning how to unblock it naturally.” The World Health Organization (WHO) launched the International EMF Project in 1996 because of rising public health concerns due to the surge in EMF sources. After reviewing extensive research and thousands of articles, the organization can’t confirm—or deny—the existence of health consequences from exposure to lowlevel EMFs. But in 2011, the WHO International Agency for Research on Cancer classified the electromagnetic radiation from cell phones as possibly carcinogenic to humans, based on increased risk for glioma, a malignant brain cancer. Lloyd Morgan, a senior
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Ways to Reduce Risk Although electromagnetic field (EMF) activity vibrates all around us, there are simple ways to reduce adverse health effects in daily indoor environments.
Computers 4 Hardwire all Internet connections instead of using Wi-Fi. 4 Power a laptop using a three-prong grounded plug and then plug in a separate, hardwired keyboard (this minimizes both the exposure to wireless radiation and the effects from the laptop battery’s magnetic field). 4 Use a grounding mouse pad to minimize effects of the electric field from the computer. 4 Don’t position any laptop or tablet computer on the lap.
General 4 Don’t live within 1,500 feet of a cell tower. 4 Use battery-powered LCD alarm clocks (not LED), keeping them several feet away from the body. 4 Don’t use an electric blanket. 4 Turn off all wireless devices before bedtime and generally minimize usage at other times.
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ushrooms have played a remarkable role in human history. Egyptian hieroglyphics dating back 4,500 years linked mushrooms to immortality. The famous 5,300-yearold “iceman” found frozen in 1991 in the Tyrolean Alps carried a sachet containing the mushroom species Piptoporus betulinus—the birch polypore. Greek writings of Hippocrates, Pliny, Dioscorides, Galen and others regarded the mushroom Fomitopsis officinalis (agarikon) as a panacea. While enthusiasm later waned in Europe, with John Farley characterizing mushrooms in his 1784 book, The London Art of Cookery, as “treacherous gratifications,” Native American Indians used varieties such as puffballs (Calvatia and Lycoperdon species) for rheumatism, congested organs and other diseased conditions. Yet, modernday culinary connoisseurs owe the recent surge in interest in fungal delica-
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cies more to Japanese and Chinese traditions, which have consistently advanced mushrooms’ nutritional and medicinal uses. Ancient Chinese medical texts, including the Hanshu (82 CE) even refer to the famed reishi mushroom (Ganoderma lucidum) as the “mushroom of immortality”. Today, fungi cuisine in the West is typically limited to Agaracus bisporus— the relatively mild button mushroom, which matures into the acclaimed portobello. But digging deeper into available options reveals chanterelle (Cantharellus sp.), oyster (Pleurotus ostreatus), morel (Morchella sp.) and shiitake (Lentinula edodes) species. These culinary mushrooms provide a virtuosity of delicate flavors harboring nutritional and medicinal benefits, according to those that study them. University of California-Berkeley research scientist and Mycologist Christopher Hobbs, Ph.D., explains that
shiitake and oyster mushrooms follow the button as the most widely cultivated around the world. “They come in many colors, varieties and species and are typically the most easily digested and utilized of all mushrooms,” he notes. “Mushrooms are an amazing health food,” says Hobbs. “Most edible fungi are high in fiber, good-quality protein, key vitamins, micronutrients, phosphorous and potassium, and low in fat and calories. It’s one of nature’s perfect diet foods.” As protein powerhouses, portobello and other button mushrooms, shiitake and oyster varieties all deliver between 30 and 35 percent protein by weight. The fiber content can range from 20 grams per 100 grams (about 3.5 ounces) in the case of portobello to a lofty 48 grams per 100 grams in the Phoenix oyster mushroom. Mushrooms also supply potent B vitamins. One hundred grams (about 3.5 ounces) of portobello contains more than four milligrams (mg) of riboflavin (B2), 69 mg niacin (B3) and 12 mg pantothenic acid (B5). Shiitake’s comparable numbers are three, 106 and 17 while pink oyster delivers 2.45, 66 and
33 mg of the three nutrients. Thus, they deliver significantly more than recommended daily allowances (RDA)—for example, niacin’s adult RDA ranges from 14 to 16 mg and riboflavin’s is just 1.1 to 1.3 mg. Mushrooms also present one of the few food sources of vitamin D— primarily D2—but some also contain small amounts of vitamin D3, according to U.S. Department of Agriculture research. Also, their D2 levels spike dramatically when sun-dried sporeside-up, confirmed in research by internationally recognized Mycologist Paul Stamets. Mushrooms contain important minerals, too. Portobello contains 4,500 mg, oyster 4,500 mg and shiitake 2,700 mg of potassium per 100 grams, all with low sodium levels. Plus, they deliver usable amounts of copper, zinc and selenium. Beyond the nutrient numbers lies mushrooms’ bonus round: They contain special complex polysaccharides—long-chain molecules within cell walls—that have been the subject of intense research at leading institutions around the world, including
Harvard, Yale and the University of California. Mushrooms’ (1-3)-betaglucan complexes have been shown to inhibit many cancers and suggest potential solutions for diabetes, heart disease and immune-related conditions. Stamets explains that mushrooms also contain sterols, shown to benefit cardiovascular health. “Shiitake and other mushrooms like reishi have cholesterol-normalizing effects,” adds Hobbs. Can we take these benefits back to the kitchen? “Most mushrooms have to be cooked to release their health-giving benefits,” explains Hobbs. Stamets concurs: “Cooking liberates mushroom nutrients from their matrix of cells. They are tenderized upon heating, making their nutrients bioavailable for digestion.” Thankfully, finding these tasty superfood delicacies has become easier as entrepreneurial fresh-mushroom growers have emerged throughout the United States in recent years. Case Adams is a California naturopath and author of 25 books on natural healing. Learn more at CaseAdams.com.
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¼ cup sesame seeds 1 cup corn 1 chopped sweet pepper (add hot peppers if desired) 1 small handful of chopped olives 4 shakes of soy sauce 1 Tbsp spiced hot chocolate 2 Tbsp chili powder 1 Tbsp ground cumin ¼ cup nutritional yeast 2 cloves of chopped garlic 1 cup broth or water Sauté mushrooms, protein and onions until crispy (uncrowded in the pan). Then add remaining ingredients and braise on low heat. Allow mixture to cook down to desired consistency.
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This rare mushroom has a unique firmness reminiscent of noodles and can be soaked and rinsed to clean, and then cut into cauliflower-like chunks. Slow cook overnight for best results. Yields 8 servings 2-4 lb fresh cauliflower mushrooms 16 oz kimchi ½ cup peas 1 20-oz can crushed pineapple 1 32-oz vegetable broth 1 egg or ¼ cup egg substitute Chili paste, black pepper, garlic powder, ginger and soy sauce to taste
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Mushroom Pâté by Andrew Lenzer Present a perfect appetizer for dinner with friends. The savory quality of mushrooms—what the Japanese call umami—make them a welcome alternative to meat-based pâtés. Approx 4 cups whole fresh shiitake mushrooms (2 cups after chopping) Approx 4 cups whole fresh maitake mushrooms (2 cups after chopping) 12 oz cream cheese or rice-based cream cheese substitute 2 cloves garlic 2 cups dry roasted hazelnuts 2 sprigs parsley Soy sauce Olive oil Sesame oil Salt and pepper to taste Finely chop the hazelnuts in a food processor and set aside. Coarsely chop the shiitake (including the stems) and maitake mushrooms in a food processor. Coat the surface of a wok in olive oil and sauté mushrooms in 1-cup batches over medium-high-to-high heat, adding soy sauce as needed to keep the mixture from burning, for approximately 10 minutes per batch. Add a touch of sesame oil just before removing each batch. Place hazelnuts, mushrooms, cream cheese, garlic, salt and pepper in the food processor and blend until smooth but still slightly grainy. Add parsley and blend until parsley is finely chopped and evenly distributed throughout the mixture. Serve with crackers or fresh crusty bread.
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This recipe is delicious and so versatile even your kids will love it. Because chia seeds may help you feel full faster, they are also great for dieters.
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Ingredients 2 Tbsp chia seeds 1 cup uncooked rolled oats 2 cups almond milk. (substitute soy, coconut or organic milk, or coconut water) Dried or fresh fruit for sweetening (substitute stevia, honey, agave nectar or cocoa) Nuts and/or seeds as desired
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Healthy tip: Superfood chia seeds are a good source of fiber, omega-3 fats, protein, calcium, manganese and phosphorus. Being nearly tasteless, they are easy to integrate into any meal or beverage. However, they become gelatinous and tend to thicken up a beverage or dish with time. Select certified gluten-free oats to make this a gluten-free recipe. (ex: Irish steel cut Red Mill brand.) Recipe courtesy of Mary Rasmussen, integrative health coach at the Alliance Institiute of Integrative Medicine-individualized coaching. For more information, email Mary. Rasmussen@MyHealingPartner.com.
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A proven practice for supporting health and self-healing, qigong has been used in China for millennia to maintain and improve physical, mental and emotional well-being.
i” (pronounced chee) refers to the life force or vital energy present in all things throughout the universe while “gong” means dedicated effort or steady practice of a skill. Qigong is the art of working intensely with this energy, cultivating life force. Acupuncture physician and qigong instructor Walter Hayley, in Bonita Springs, Florida, became passionate about qigong while working as a stockbroker in need of stress relief. He compares qigong’s movement of energy in the body to water running through a hose: “Qi is concentrated in channels throughout the body. Think of the qi as water and those channels as a garden hose branching out to every aspect of the individual. Stress, whether physical or emotional, can kink the hose. Qigong helps get the kinks out,” he explains. “It relaxes the body, letting energy flow more efficiently, allowing the body to heal itself.” Qigong styles vary, but Hayley remarks that most involve slow movement, focused awareness and special breathing techniques. Many describe the practice as a moving meditation.
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Qigong teacher Judith Forsyth, in Mobile, Alabama, says, “It’s often described as the mother of tai chi. When the quiet, internal energy art of qigong mixed with the powerful external martial arts, it developed into tai chi.” She emphasizes that the focus of qigong is less on its physical mechanics and more on understanding how the vital force moves through the body and can be used to enhance health and longevity. Inside the body, there’s an integrated network of subtle energy centers that international Qigong Master Robert Peng believes are connected to the capacity for genuine happiness. The goal is to awaken and pack these centers with qi. “By repeating slow, gentle movements over and over, you can develop the body’s capacity to draw qi from the universe. It can be stored in these centers and later channeled back through the body to empower your daily activities,” explains Peng, author of The Master Key: The Qigong Secret for Vitality, Love, and Wisdom. He focuses on three of the body’s big energy portals: the “third eye”, lo-
By adding qigong to their daily routines, children learn to channel energy and enhance concentration; office workers reduce stress; seniors enhance balance and quality of life; and caregivers and midwives advance abilities to help others. ~ The National Qigong Association cated between the eyebrows; the “heart center”, at the center of the chest on the sternum and the “sea of qi”, just below the navel. The idea is that when energy is accessed in these three centers, specific spiritual qualities are accessed: wisdom, love and vitality (respectively). Harmonizing all three is ideal. Peng advises that when these essential elements are woven together in balance, dynamic happiness is possible. “You begin to project more wisdom, love, vitality, inspiration and peacefulness. Conversations flow more smoothly. Your life becomes more productive, meaningful and serene,” he says. “Whatever the challenges encountered, you’ll be better equipped to deal with them, while remaining inwardly content.” Forsyth was first guided to qigong when the prescribed rest, drugs, exercise and physical therapy following an accident left her with lingering neck and back problems. She recalls, “After eight weeks of practice, I experienced significant physical improvement, not only where I had considerable pain, but in my overall energy level, ability to sleep and the condition of my skin and hair. The peace and harmonizing meditation benefits of qigong were also affecting me positively in other ways. I became less worried, less of a perfectionist, less stressed out and began to experience more joyfulness.” While all styles benefit overall health, specific qigong exercises may be prescribed for specialized needs, from
athletic conditioning to management of chronic conditions such as arthritis, hypertension or cancer. The gentle movements can be performed by almost anyone at any age and ability level, even those confined to a chair or bed. “Qigong speaks to the body and the body then addresses the condition,” Hayley remarks. The experts advise that qigong is best practiced every day, even if for just five minutes. “A group class offers a synergy that a home practice lacks, but the more important practice is at home,” observes Hayley. Some personal instruction is ideal so the practitioner
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reating a backyard wildlife habitat provides valuable teaching moments. With planning and care, birds, bats, butterflies and bunnies can view yards as safe havens and sources for food, water and shelter, providing endless fascination. Josh Stasik, a father of three and owner of Sweet-Seed.com, in Syracuse, New York, sees firsthand how feeding winged wonders can be an inexpensive way to start a new family activity. “My mom taught me about flowers and bird feeders. I hope my kids will someday pass the information along to their children,” he says. Habitat plantings and available foods determine what creatures will visit. “Native plants attract native bugs that are eaten by native birds and bats,” observes Stasik, noting that staff at extension services and garden centers can provide helpful advice. Based on his own research, Stasik knows, “Bird species have definite tastes in food. Bluebirds love mealworms.
Hummingbirds like floral nectars. Orioles look for citrus fruit. Butterflies are eclectic sippers of both floral and citrus.” Hummingbirds pose particular appeal for kids and adults because they appear always on the move. Hummingbirds.net/map.html follows their migration sites. Videographer Tom Hoebbel, owner of TH Photography, outside Ithaca, New York, builds birdhouses and nesting boxes with his kids. They also participate in the annual Christmas bird count for the Audubon Society (Birds.Audubon.org/ Christmas-bird-count). The Great Backyard Bird Count, a joint project between nonprofits Audubon and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, follows in February (gbbc.BirdCount.org). “In our yard, we have five nesting boxes made from reused wood. Once or twice a week, we check to see who lives there and how many eggs there are,” says Hoebbel. “So far, we’ve seen bluebirds, chickadees and house wrens.” He laments the rapid decline of bats
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in the Northeast due to pesticides killing bugs, the main course for birds and bats. “In the winter, bats live in caves, so we put one-byone-foot boxes in the yard for their summer homes.” Warm evenings on the patio are more enjoyable when bats clean up the mosquito population; a single bat bird photos courtesy of Susan can eat as many as Gottlieb, of Venice, California 1,000 in an hour. The monarch butterfly population is another favorite species in decline, with the spectacular annual migration on the verge of disappearing due to illegal deforestation, climate change, expansion of crop acreage and imposition of genetically modified plants that reduce the growth of native species. “You can help them by planting perennial milkweed in your garden,” advises Brande Plotnick, founder of Tomato Envy, in Jenkintown, Pennsylvania. Milkweed is the food of choice because it makes the caterpillars and butterflies toxic to birds and other predators. Also consider planting garden phlox, coneflower and lantana. Migrating monarchs live about nine months and fly up to 30 miles per hour. Plotnick also suggests planting an herb garden that includes parsley. “Swallowtail butterflies will lay eggs on parsley, caterpillars hatch and feed on it, and eventually create a chrysalis,” she says. “You’ll be able to see the entire butterfly life cycle.” Rabbits add another dimension to backyard wildlife. Just as birds and butterflies need trees, bushes and plants to land on and hide in, bunnies need ground cover. The Virginia Department of Game and Fisheries counsels that brush piles should start with a base of large limbs, logs or stones to raise the floor above ground and create tunnels and escape routes, plus a home base. Top with smaller branches and maybe a
recycled Christmas tree or dead plants. Encourage structural density and permanence with live vines. The resulting brush pile should be igloo-shaped and about six to eight feet tall and wide. Visit Tinyurl.com/BunnyShelters. City ordinances or subdivision regulations might prohibit brush piles in ordinary yards. Find out how to gain certification as a wildlife habitat through the National Wildlife Federation at Tinyurl.com/CertifiedWildlifeHabitat. Rabbits can have as many as seven babies per litter, depending on the species. Make sure their space is sufficient. Before attracting bunnies to the yard, be aware of local predators—hawks, owls, coyote, dogs and stray cats. The brush pile may also attract other animals like skunks, raccoons and reptiles. A wildlife habitat is a fun, ongoing learning experience. It calls on math skills for bird counts, geography to follow migration maps and woodworking to build homesites and feeding spots. It becomes a lesson in local ecology and the roles of native plants and animals. When children comprehend they can help save wildlife, it’s also a lesson in hope.
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ational Geographic photographer James Balog says he was skeptical about climate change until he saw it happening firsthand. Watching once-towering glaciers falling into the sea inspired his most challenging assignment in a storied 30-year career— finding a way to photograph climate change. In exploring Balog’s Extreme Ice Survey, a breathtaking photographic record of vanishing glaciers, and his award-winning documentary, Chasing Ice, Natural Awakenings asked about the challenges he faced to bring this dramatic evidence of climate change to a world audience.
How did seeing glaciers shrink “before your eyes” move you to endure sometimes lifethreatening conditions to get these images on record? I fell in love with ice decades ago as a young mountaineer and scientist. I loved to get up before dawn and hike out on a glacier in Mount Rainier or one in the Alps, watch the light come up and hear the crunch of the frozen ice underfoot. On a trip to Iceland early in the project, I was looking at these little diamonds of ice that were left behind on the beach after the glaciers broke up. The surf had polished them into incredible shapes and textures. Walking the beach, you’d realize each one was a unique natural sculpture that
existed only for that moment before the return of high tide stole it away. Nobody would ever see it again. That was an amazing aesthetic and metaphysical experience. I realized that I wanted people to share this experience, to see the glaciers disappearing. This visual manifestation and evidence of climate change is here, happening right before our eyes. It is undeniable.
Why do these photos and videos help us grasp the scale of Planet Earth’s climate changes already underway? When people encounter Extreme Ice Survey images, their response is typically immediate and dramatic. It is the first step toward caring about a distant landscape most will never experience in person, enabling them to connect the dots between what happens far away and the rising sea levels, extreme weather events and other climaterelated issues closer to home.
What can an everyday person do to help underscore the global scientific consensus and urgency of addressing global warming? Lobbyists and pundits seek confusion and controversy, because ignorance seeks to hide within a noise cloud of false information. As long as the public thinks climate change isn’t real or that science is still debating it, fossil fuel industries protect their profits. Without
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social clarity, the political leaders financially beholden to fossil fuel industries have no motivation to act. Market signals don’t help us make correct decisions when the military, health and environmental costs of fossil fuels that spread throughout the economic system don’t show up in today’s gasoline prices and electricity bills. Science and art seek clarity and vision. Clear perception is the key to changing the impact we’re having on our home planet. With social clarity, the policy, economic and technological solutions to wise energy use and countering climate change can be widely implemented. The path forward is being traveled by individuals committed to improving their own lives and communities; by school children who can’t stand the inaction of their elders; by innovative entrepreneurs and corporations eager to make or save money; by military generals seeking to protect their country and their soldiers; and by political leaders of courage and vision. We are all complicit with action or skeptical inaction; we can all participate in solutions to climate change.
What’s next on the horizon for you? We will continue to keep the Extreme Ice Survey cameras alive. This project doesn’t end just because the film came out. We plan to keep observing the world indefinitely. We’ll install more cameras in Antarctica; funding permitting, we also hope to expand into South America. I intend to continue looking at human-caused changes in the natural world, which is what I’ve been photographing for 30 years. I’m developing a couple of other big ideas for conveying innovative, artistic and compelling interpretations of the world as it’s changing around us. I will continue doing self-directed educational projects through our new nonprofit, Earth Vision Trust. Overall, I feel a great obligation to preserve a pictorial memory of vanishing landscapes for the people of the future. Christine MacDonald is a freelance journalist in Washington, D.C., whose specialties include health and science. Visit ChristineMacDonald.info.
five-entrée minimum order of $60. There are even children’s meals, healthy sweet treats, fresh juices and breakfast items to supplement orders. HealthSavor’s operations are a family affair, with Cincinnati native Schlunt leading the company and overseeing food and recipe development. Livesay oversees delivery logistics, finances and catering with her mother, Debbie Weinel (aka ‘the ninja’) filling in wherever needed. Schlunt’s father, Don, directs operations and nutritional analysis, while team member Heidi O’Connor handles food preparation and outreach efforts. Schlunt’s 7-year-old daughter, Bella, organizes the office and as he puts it, “provides smiles and moral support.” The HealthSavor team is passionate about helping people lead healthier lives by making it easy to enjoy good food. They combine nutritional science with more than 30 years of culinary experience to help customers close the gap between knowing they should eat healthfully and actually doing it. Schlunt’s father speaks proudly of him and observes, “This is bigger than just healthy food. It’s about having a positive and real impact on one’s health and quality of life.”
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hen an independent small business owner tells the story of how his company was born, it is rarely a linear tale, and HealthSavor Organic Meal Delivery of Cincinnati is no exception. Its founder, Executive Chef and Nutritionist Brandon Schlunt, says the company’s path was unpredictable. “We launched with intention four years ago, but unforeseen issues had a sputtering effect.” Schlunt, who holds a holistic nutrition certificate, put things in neutral, did some rewiring and began work to earn a Bachelor of Science degree in alternative medicine from Everglades University, in Boca Raton, Florida. This new, scientific focus on food as medicine proved a profound direction change for Schlunt and he relaunched HealthSavor with a retooled guidance system. With 17 years experience in the kitchen, Schlunt’s friends and family had long turned to him for advice on food-related items. A year ago, he and his fiancé, Kara Livesay, were planning a camping trip with friends that naturally wanted him to be in charge of meals. Unknowingly, they became a new spark for Schlunt’s entrepreneurial fire. He recalls, “I prepped bags of healthy food we could easily prepare while camping.” They were so impressed by the quality and ease that they helped him restart by recruiting five friends to be a part of the weekly meal deliveries. Thus, HealthSavor’s business was organically reborn and has continued to grow. Today, customers can order online and get customizable, gluten-free,
healthy organic meals, snacks and juices, delivered weekly to nearly anywhere in the Cincinnati, northern Kentucky and tri-state areas. Two things that make HealthSavor unique are the lack of subscription requirement (customers can order weekly any time) and that all orders can be customized to meet diverse dietary needs. “We build meals around a nomeat, no-dairy, vegan-friendly base, with options to add those items to any dish,” explains Schlunt. “Everything is gluten-free and all fruits and vegetables are organic and locally grown.” Meat dishes use free-range, wild-caught and hormone-free cuts. Healthy carbohydrates such as quinoa, brown or wild rice and sweet potatoes are included in moderation in many dishes. HealthSavor delivers fresh meals that are easily reheated throughout the week or frozen for use later. New menus are posted weekly on their website, including one designed with weight loss in mind; Customers can select from seven entrées to fulfill the
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t seems dogs travel just about everywhere with their humans these days. They’re spotted at home improvement stores, happy hours, drive-through restaurants and workplaces, in addition to their usual hangouts. To get Sparky invited into even more people places, he must have good manners. “Just like with kids, not every venue is appropriate for dogs,” advises Eileen Proctor, a pet lifestyle expert in Denver, Colorado. “Some dogs are more introverted and want a quiet spot to relax. Others love a party. Know your dog and socialize him accordingly; never force him into an uncomfortable situation.” Instead, help him acclimate to new locales gradually, from a distance; stop when he shows signs of stress. A yawn, averted eyes, hiding behind his owner or nervous pacing are clues that a fourlegged pal has had enough. “Good manners at home might not translate to public manners,” Proctor notes. “Take practice runs to see how your dog handles distractions.” Day care or play dates with other dogs help hone canine social skills, while basic obedience—leave it, sit, stay, down, off, an effective recall and walking nicely on a leash—form the basis for good
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manners. Reward good behavior with praise, treats or a favorite activity.
Amy Burkert, the on-the-road owner of GoPetFriendly.com, says, “After a long day at the office or a ‘ruff’ week at work, it’s nice to include your dog when eating out. Pet-friendly restaurants with outdoor seating areas where the dog can join you are becoming more common, but always ask first. “Dogs in dining areas should lie quietly under your table or by your chair,” she continues. “This is not the time to socialize. Diners may find it unappealing to be approached by your dog while they’re eating. Choose a table where your dog can be out of the way of customers and the wait staff.” It will take practice. “If he acts up, apologize, leave and know that you’ll do better next time,” says Burkert. A good process for teaching good restaurant manners begins with sitting quietly with the dog when there are few people around, and then moving on. The next time, order an appetizer. Increase the amount of time the pet is expected to wait quietly, as well as the number of distractions.
Christina Mendel, an international business coach with offices in Germany and Italy, adds that dogs need a safe and secure retreat from excessive activity. Her Chihuahua mix, Balu, is small enough to fit into a carry bag. He can take a nap, people watch or have a snack without fear of human interference. “The carry bag helps when I take clients to dinner, drive or fly to onsite appointments,” she says. “Many of my clients are dog owners, so we bond because he’s well behaved and knows tricks.” Flying presents its own challenges because airlines limit the number of pets on each flight. Check the company’s rules for pet size, weight and type of crate required. Dogs ride as cargo unless they are small enough to fit in a carrier under the seat. Other passengers might be fearful or allergic, so respect their boundaries. In the car, a dog needs to be calm and wear a special seat belt, be crated or otherwise restrained to keep him safe, not distract the driver and prevent lunging out the window.
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Dogs may be welcome in the workplace. Alexandra Blackstone, design director for Killer Infographics, in Seattle, Washington, takes her corgi puppy, Buster, to the office. “He was good when he was the only dog at work,”
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explains Blackstone. “When an older dog and another puppy were there, he barked and tried to herd them.” He didn’t read other dogs well, so to further Buster’s dog-to-dog communication skills, Blackstone enrolled him in doggie day care twice a week. She advises first introducing dogs outside of the office setting. “Communicate with coworkers as to what your dog is working on, so everyone is consistent in their behavior toward him,” Blackstone advises. “Be clear how to correct any inappropriate behavior if someone else shares responsibility for walking him.” She reports that with positive training techniques, Buster is learning to respond well and now splits his time between day care and the office. “It’s your responsibility to make taking the dog along a good experience for all,” counsels Proctor. “That includes using a leash and always picking up after him, every time.” Connect with freelance writer Sandra Murphy of St. Louis, MO, at StLSandy@ mindspring.com.
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TUESDAY, APRIL 1 Zumbini Program Series Begins – 10:30-11:15am. Series runs thru May 27. Designed to let you and your little ones, 1-3 yrs old, wiggle, sing and learn together. The Zumbini program is where the science of child development meets the magic of Zumba for the ultimate bonding experience. $135/series. Fitness Physiques, 9681 Kenwood Rd, Blue Ash. 513-290-8217.
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 2 International Children’s Book Day – Apr 2-5. Come visit the store for child-friendly activities (which are really fun for everyone). Will have coloring pages, scavenger hunts, story books and our wonderful fair trade toys. A great time to visit the store and bring the special children in your life with you. Ten Thousand Villages, 2011 Madison Rd, Cincinnati. TenThousandVillages.com. Priceless Wednesday Wellness Workshop – 6-7pm. Workshop addresses digestive issues. The Living Proof Institute, 9277 Centre Pointe Dr, Ste 350, West Chester. 513-785-0686. Registration required: Events@BecomeProof.com.
THURSDAY, APRIL 3 Breakdancing Workshop – 3-5pm. The Y at Duck Creek introduces its new Breaking/B-Boying/BGirling Workshop series for youth. This style of dance is also known as Breakdancing. Workshops take participants through the fundamental building blocks to Breaking. A new and exciting way to stay active and live healthy while promoting positivity, leadership and creativity. Ages 9-18. Beginner/Intermediate levels. $35. The Y at Duck Creek, 5040 Kingsley Dr, Cincinnati. Space limited, register, Jowelle: 513-246-3250 or JMitchell@Cincinnati.org. Meet the Doc – 5:30-6:30pm. Meet and greet the local doctor. Free screenings are available. The YMCA at Duck Creek, 5040 Kingsley Dr, Cincinnati. For more info: 513-246-3250.
ground training. $40. For more info: 859-586-6181 or MyYCamp.org. Health and Wellness Summit – 2:30-4:30pm. An informative afternoon of health and wellness. Learn what it means to live a non-toxic life one step at a time. Afternoon starts with a Spring Awakening Nature walk and ends with a shopping extravaganza. $5/person. Cincinnati Parks’ California Woods Nature Center, 5400 Kellogg Ave, Cincinnati. Reservations required: 513-321-6070.
SUNDAY, APRIL 6 Easter Family Portraits – 11am-3pm. The Y at Duck Creek will be taking Easter Family Portraits. The Y at Duck Creek, 5040 Kingsley Dr, Cincinnati. Registration required, Jowelle: 513-246-3250 or JMitchell@Cincinnati.org. YMCA Camp Ernst Open House – 1-4pm. Enjoy an afternoon at Camp with your family. Explore 360 acres, meet some of our staff, make a s’more, experience the Rockin’ E Ranch (the new home for our horses and Ranch Program) and check out our cabins and dining halls. For more info: 859-5866181 or MyYCamp.org.
MONDAY, APRIL 7 Essential Oils for Allergies Workshop – 6:30pm. Learn how to treat allergies naturally. Live Well Chiropractic, 6860 Tylersville Rd, Ste 7, Mason. 513-285-7482. Bike Maintenance Basic – 6:30-8:30pm. Routine maintenance on your bike can keep you riding smooth and prolong the life of your bike. Join an introductory class designed to help you take care of your bike. REI Cincinnati, 2643 Edmonson Rd. 513-924-1938. Register: REI.com.
TUESDAY, APRIL 8
Locally Made: Clearbrook Farms – 6-8:30pm. Produced in Sharonville, Clearbrook Farms endears their fans to the fresh, ripe taste of premium produce used to make their signature preserves, fruit butters and tart fillings. What a delicious addition to Leigh’s class menu. A take -home gift for each student to enjoy. $50/person. Jungle Jim’s International Market, 5440 Dixie Hwy, Fairfield. JungleJims.com.
LEEDing the Nation: Urban Green and Community Schools Opening Reception for the Community Schools National Forum – The story of rebuilding Cincinnati schools is the focus of the 2014 Coalition for Community Schools National Forum. The forum will host national school and education leaders, special guests and leaders from tri-state school districts, community organizations and businesses. Duke Energy Convention Center. For more info 513-541-4607 or Info.Aliohio.org.
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Service Project: Take Root with Great Parks – 9am-3pm. Join REI in helping Great Parks of Hamilton County reach its goal of planting 60,000 trees by 2016. Volunteers will plant, stake and tube 1000 trees. Mitchell Memorial Forest. To register: 513-924-1938 or REI.com/Cincinnati.
Healthy Back Series Begins – 1:30-2:30pm. Series runs from Wednesdays, Apr 9-30. In this 4-wk series you will find the correct alignment for your body in all positions, explore appropriate range of motion in your joints and strengthen the core as well as the muscles supporting the pelvis. Release work will be used to allow the body to move without restrictions and to improve flexibility. $50. Fitness Physiques, 9681 Kenwood Rd, Kenwood. 513-290-8217.
YMCA Camp Ernst Ranch Days – 9:45am3:15pm. The perfect opportunity to brush up on your skills before summer or it can be a great introduction into the Ranch Camp program. Campers age 9-15 will rotate between arena riding, trail riding and
Priceless Wednesday Wellness Workshop – 6-7pm. Workshop addresses the root cause of
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Autoimmune Diseases. The Living Proof Institute, 9277 Centre Pointe Dr, Ste 350, West Chester. 513-785-0686. Registration required: Events@ BecomeProof.com. Find Your Way to Flavor Series: Chef Series – 6:30pm. Join Julie Francis, Owner/Executive Chef, Nector Restaurant and feed the foodie in you. $30/class or choose any 4 classes in the yearlong series for $100. The Spice and Tea Exchange, 2637 Edmonson Rd, Cincinnati. Reservations required: 513-531-7000 or Cincinnati@SpiceAndTea.com. Hiking the Appalachian Trail: Food and Equipment – 6:30-8pm. Are you considering hiking the AT? In this class we’ll discuss details of food and equipment selection, including picking the right clothing, gear, etc. REI Cincinnati, 2643 Edmonson Rd. 513-924-1938. Register: REI.com.
THURSDAY APRIL, 10 I Have Wings Spring Bling – 10:30-1:30pm. A razzle dazzle luncheon overflowing with inspiration, hope and bling. Bring your old costume jewelry to donate and while you’re there replenish. Meet keynote speaker and local author Kevin Murphy along with 20 inspirational tri-state women nominated for the 2014 Wings Award. $52. Horseshoe Casino, 1000 Broadway, Cincinnati. Register by Apr 8: IHaveWings.org.
FRIDAY, APRIL 11 YMCA Camp Ernst Spring Fling – Apr 11-13. Campers ages 6-15. We will pack a whole week of fun into a short weekend. Campers will participate in camp activities with their cabin group during the day and come back to the lodge for fun evening programs at the end of the day. Campers make s’mores, sing songs, climb the rock wall, play capture the flag and so much more. $115/YMCA members, $125/nonmembers. For more info: 859-586-6181 or MyYCamp.org. Easter Family Portraits – 3-7pm. The Y at Duck Creek will be taking Easter Family Portraits. The Y at Duck Creek, 5040 Kingsley Dr, Cincinnati. Registration required, Jowelle: 513-246-3250 or JMitchell@Cincinnati.org.
SATURDAY, APRIL 12 Wine and Food: A Lovely Springtime Easter Dinner – 12-3pm. Springtime and Easter are perfect partners for entertaining, This is also an excellent time to toast the season’s arrival with Dave’s terrific selection of wines while Carol turns the freshest ingredients into a colorful, taste-tempting meal. Your guests will be hunting for recipes instead of Easter eggs. $65/person. Jungle Jim’s, 5440 Dixie Hwy, Fairfield. JungleJims.com. Tai Chi Class – 12:30pm. 8-wk, level one class. Don’t let the “level one” fool you, this is a “master class” of body mechanics, movement and healing that is designed for out of shape beginners, yet still challenges the fitness enthusiast. Change your body, expand your perception, eliminate and control your stress. White Willow School of Tai Chi/Qigong, 7433 Montgomery Rd, Cincinnati. To register: 513-791-9428. Medical Intuition and Yoga: Renew and Expand – 2-5pm. With Dana Skrodzki. $40. Gracetree Yoga and Growth Studio, 8933 Cincinnati-Dayton Rd, West Chester. Register: GracetreeStudio.com.
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Camp Cooking Basics – 6:30-8pm. Do you want to make easy and fun meals at camp but feel unsure of how to cook them? We’d like to help you learn how to set up your kitchen and create easy and fun meals. REI Cincinnati, 2643 Edmonson Rd. 513-924-1938. Register: REI.com.
YMCA Teen Night – 8:30pm. Teens are invited to an evening of fun, food and music. Members are welcome as wells as guests for this event. Blue Ash YMCA, 5000 YMCA Dr, Blue Ash. For more info, Nicole Lambert: 513-791-5000.
Manifest Your Happiest Life – 6:30-8:30pm. Learn tools to create the life you desire, just “ask and allow.” $10. Whatever Works Wellness Center, 7433 Montgomery Rd, Cincinnati. Register: 513-791-9428.
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 16 Tai Chi Class – 10am. 8-wk, level one class. Don’t let the “level one” fool you, this is a “master class” of body mechanics, movement and healing that is designed for out of shape beginners, yet still challenges the fitness enthusiast. Change your body, expand your perception, eliminate and control your stress. White Willow School of Tai Chi/Qigong, 7433 Montgomery Rd, Cincinnati. To register: 513-791-9428. Maintaining Flexibility for Efficient Movement – 1-2pm. Maintaining flexibility allows joints to move through appropriate ranges of motion. This makes movement more efficient, with less wear and tear on joints, making them less prone to injury. Learn proper stretching techniques to help your body feel its best. $15. Fitness Physiques, 9681 Kenwood Rd, Blue Ash. 513-290-8217. Priceless Wednesday Wellness Workshop – 6-7pm. Learn more about reversing diabetes with an evidenced-based approach. The Living Proof Institute, 9277 Centre Pointe Dr, Ste 350, West Chester. 513-785-0686. Registration required: Events@BecomeProof.com. Trail Running Basics – 6:30-8pm. Trail running can be a great change of pace from the jog around the neighborhood. Learn about technique, training, clothing and footwear specific to the sport of trail running. REI Cincinnati, 2643 Edmonson Rd. 513-924-1938. Register: REI.com.
THURSDAY, APRIL 17 Easter Egg Hunt – Apr 17 & 18. Find Easter eggs hidden around the store with surprises hidden inside. Ten Thousand Villages, 2011 Madison Rd, Cincinnati. TenThousandVillages.com. Breakdancing Workshop – 3-5pm. The Y at Duck Creek introduces its new Breaking/B-Boying/BGirling Workshop series for youth. This style of dance is also known as Breakdancing. Workshops will take participants through the fundamental building blocks to Breaking. Come join us in this new and exciting way to stay active and live healthy while promoting positivity, leadership and creativity. Ages 9-18. Beginner/Intermediate levels. $35. The Y at Duck Creek, 5040 Kingsley Dr, Cincinnati. Register; space limited, Jowelle: 513-246-3250 or JMitchell@Cincinnati.org. Wine Walk Evening – 5-8pm. We will be sampling fair trade wine and serving snacks. Ten Thousand Villages, 2011 Madison Rd, Cincinnati. TenThousandVillages.com. Spring Bounty – 6-8:30pm. Welcome spring’s bounty with Kim as she presents a beautiful meal that celebrates the arrival of fresh produce. Shed the mantle of winter’s chill and embrace this springdriven menu. $50/person. Jungle Jim’s, 5440 Dixie Hwy, Fairfield. JungleJims.com.
SATURDAY, APRIL 19 Oregon Pinots – 1-3pm. It’s a perfect time to taste wines from one of the best states for pinot production. Oregon is hot for pinot and when it comes to great balance and finesse, we have to look hard at this beautiful state and their wineries. $30/ person. Jungle Jim’s, 5440 Dixie Hwy, Fairfield. JungleJims.com. Introduction to Stand Up Paddleboarding in Cincinnati – 6:30-8pm. Join REI and stand up paddleboard expert John Antonczack, as he introduces the basics of stand up paddleboarding and where to do it in the Cincinnati area. REI Cincinnati, 2643 Edmonson Rd. 513-924-1938. Register: REI.com.
MONDAY, APRIL 21 Beyond Bike Maintenance Basics: Brakes and Drive Train – 6:30-8pm. If you’ve already taken a Bike Maintenance Basics class, this is your next step. Get prepared for the road and trail ahead by digging a little deeper into the components of your ride and learn what minor adjustments you can make. REI Cincinnati, 2643 Edmonson Rd. 513-924-1938. Register: REI.com.
TUESDAY, APRIL 22 Earth Day Celebration – Apr 22-25. What a better way to celebrate Earth Day than to highlight the amazing recycled products in our store? Our artisans are so clever in the way they use things that we throw out. All recycled products will be 15% off. Ten Thousand Villages, 2011 Madison Rd, Cincinnati. TenThousandVillages.com.
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 23 Priceless Wednesday Wellness Workshop – 6-7pm. Is it my thyroid? The Living Proof Institute, 9277 Centre Pointe Dr, Ste 350, West Chester. 513-785-0686. Registration required: Events@ BecomeProof.com. Tour De Cure Information Session – 6:308pm. Learn how you can help stop diabetes through cycling, walking or running. The mission of the American Diabetes Association is to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve lives. REI Cincinnati, 2643 Edmonson Rd. 513-924-1938. Register: REI.com.
THURSDAY, APRIL 24 Purification through Detox – 6:30pm. Learn how to purify your body through detox. Live Well Chiropractic, 6860 Tylersville Rd, Ste 7, Mason. 513-285-7482.
FRIDAY, APRIL 25 Zenkini with Danielle Cox – 7-10pm. $25. Gracetree Yoga and Growth Studio, 8933 Cincinnati-Dayton Rd, West Chester. Register: Gracetree Studio.com.
SATURDAY, APRIL 26 O’Bryonville Celebration of Spring – April 26 &
27. We are sticking with our recycling theme and letting you join in on the fun. Saturday we will have a workshop for making recycled earrings. $10. Also get a free gift, snacks and refreshments, material for making earrings and 15% off any purchase. Sunday have the opportunity to make recycled seed pots. Materials provided. Ten Thousand Villages, 2011 Madison Rd, Cincinnati. Registration required by Apr 25: 513-871-5840. YMCA Healthy Kids Day 5K Run and Walk – 9:30am. Join us as we kick-off Healthy Kids Day with the Clippard Family YMCA 5 K Run and Walk. The 5 K (3.1-mile) and the Kids Fun Run begins at 9:30am. Stick around until 12pm for some fun activities. $25 registration for early entry; $30 after April 11. May register day of race from 7am-9am. All proceeds benefit the Annual Campaign. Clippard Family YMCA, 8920 Cheviot Rd, Cincinnati. More info & to register, Gary Terry: 513-923-4466 or GTerry@CincinnatiYmca.org. YMCA Healthy Kids Day – 10am-1pm. The YMCA of Greater Cincinnati is holding a free community event to inspire more kids to keep their mind and bodies active. To see what activities are being offered at your local YMCA: 513-362-YMCA or MyY.org.
SUNDAY, APRIL 27 YMCA Indoor Triathlon/Duathlon – Swim, bike, run and help the Y’s Annual Campaign. Blue Ash YMCA is hosting an indoor triathlon and duathlon. Teams of 1, 2 and 3 people will complete a 10-min swim, 20-min bike ride and a 15-min run. You don’t need to complete all three legs yourself, have a friend or two compete the portions which you are less comfortable, Will have morning and afternoon sessions. Blue Ash YMCA, 5000 YMCA Dr. For more info: 513-791-5000. YMCA Camp Ernst Ranch Days – 9:45am3:15pm. The perfect opportunity to brush up on your skills before summer or it can be a great introduction into the Ranch Camp program. Campers age 9-15 will rotate between arena riding, trail riding and ground training. $40. For more info: 859-586-6181 or MyYCamp.org. Reiki Level 1 Workshop – 10am-2pm. Reiki is a natural approach to healing and wellness. Learn this amazing healing modality for yourself and to help others. $97. Karma Wellness Studio, 2067 Beechmont Ave, Cincinnati. To register: 513-233-9355 or KarmaWellnessStudio.com. Hands-On Bike Maintenance: Trail Roadside Repair – 1-2:30pm. Class focuses on what to do when you are on your ride and the unexpected happens. Our instructors will share tips and tricks to help you triage the situation in the field to keep you riding. $45/members, $65/nonmembers. REI Cincinnati, 2643 Edmonson Rd. 513-924-1938. Register: REI.com. TaiYogaSage: Moving from Passive to Active Healing – 1-4pm. With Donna Brott, Erin Gallagher-Urtiaga and Larry Bobbert. Gracetree Yoga and Growth Studio, 8933 Cincinnati-Dayton Rd, West Chester. Register: GracetreeStudio.com.
MONDAY, APRIL 28 Intro to Essential Oils – 6:30pm. Learn the benefits of essential oils and how to use them. Live Well Chiropractic, 6860 Tylersville Rd, Ste 7, Mason. 513-285-7482.
ongoingevents Smart Moves for Teens – 4:45-5:45pm. Intentional movement for school success. $10. Full Body Yoga, Studio B, 7500 Oakbrook Rd, Florence, KY. 785633-2381. Small Group Personal Training – 6-7pm. $20/ drop-in, $115/month unlimited. Fitness Physiques, 9681 Kenwood Rd, Blue Ash. 513-290-8217. Baker Weekly Health Talks – 6:30pm. Baker Chiropractic Madiera Clinic, 7907 Euclid Ave. For info & to RSVP: 513-272-9200.
sunday Shakti Yoga – 9-10:15am. Led by Ramesh Gambheera, RYT. Based on the ashtanga vinyasa style of yoga practice. Each yoga posture harnesses one’s internal power utilizing the building blocks of breath, alignment, energy locks and focus. $12/ drop-in. Gracetree Yoga and Growth Studio, 8933 Cincinnati-Dayton Rd, West Chester. Register: GracetreeStudio.com. Ashtanga Yoga Class – 10:30am. All levels. Feel stronger and calmer. $15. Yoga Ah Studio, 4138 Hamilton Ave, Northside. 513-542-9642. Shamanic Yoga – 10:45am-12:15pm. $14. It’s Yoga, 346 Ludlow Ave, Clifton. For more info: 513-961-9642 or YogaGarage.com. Sample-Sip-Share Tea Bar – 1-4pm. Get the opportunity to “try it before you buy it” and sample the wonderful teas. The Spice and Tea Exchange, 2637 Edmonson Rd, Cincinnati. 513-531-7000. SpiceAndTea.com. Restorative and Yin Yoga – 6-7:15pm. With Heather Hewitt, RYT. This class is all about relaxation, creating space in the body and ease in the heart and mind. $12/drop-in. Gracetree Yoga and Growth Studio, 8933 Cincinnati-Dayton Rd, West Chester. Register: GracetreeStudio.com.
monday Tummy Time – 9:45-10:30am. Class helps improve overall tummy function, facilitates sensory awareness and promotes natural, healthy head and body shape/movements. Incorporates baby massage, reflexology and baby yoga with tummy time position to help your baby’s experience be fun and relaxing. $15/drop-in, $50/4 wks. Blue Cocoon, 9393 Montgomery Rd, Montgomery. 513-791-1089. BlueCocoonBaby.com. YogaBaby – 10:45-11:30am. Each class is filled with calming, nurturing ways to enhance bonding and improve baby’s sleep. Babies can enjoy yoga while on their backs, tummies or held in loving arms. For parents this is a special opportunity to meet other moms, get support and learn about baby’s emerging personality. $15/drop-in, $50/4 wks. Blue Cocoon, 9393 Montgomery Rd, Montgomery. 513-791-1089. BlueCocoonBaby.com. Rocket 1 Yoga – 4:30-6pm. Feel stronger and more flexible. $15. Yoga Ah Studio, 4138 Hamilton Ave, Northside. 513-542-9642.
Focused Flow Yoga – 6:30-7:30pm. With May Ann Montgomery. A vinyasa flow that focuses either on an area chosen by the class or on awareness, breath, twisting and balance. $15/drop-in. Centennial Barn, 110 Compton Rd, Cincinnati. 513-761-1697. WOW: Women of Wisdom – 6:30-8:30pm. An evening of laughter, prayer (non-denominational), short meditation and lots of wisdom. Share your thoughts on life issues and spirituality in a safe environment. $5 donation. TrueBlue Healing, Treehouse Healing Center, 347 Stanley Ave (upstairs in the loft). For more info: TrueBlueHealing.com. Baker Weekly Health Talks – 7pm. Baker Chiropractic Fairfield Clinic, 675 Deis Dr. To RSVP: 513-858-6700.
tuesday Yoga with Pam – 8:45-9:45am. $5. Full Body Yoga, Studio B, 7500 Oakbrook Rd, Florence, KY. 859-750-4720. Yoga – 9:30-10:45am. $10/drop-in. Serenity Now Holistic Healing Center, 8761 U.S. Hwy 42, Union, KY. 859-647-7780. Preschool Playdate – 10-11am. Creative play, movement and crafts. $7. Full Body Yoga, Studio B, 7500 Oakbrook Rd, Florence, KY. 859-534-0997. Yoga for 50+ – 10:45-11:45am. $14. It’s Yoga, 346 Ludlow Ave, Clifton. 513-961-9642. Yoga Garage.com. Seasonal Sizzle Lunch Special – 11am-1pm. Featured is a one-time food venue at a fantastic price of $5. From Baked Potato Bar to grilled cheese, stir-fry to Pasta Bar, a unique lunchtime treat awaits you. Whole Foods Market, 2693 Edmonson Rd, Cincinnati. 513-531-8015. Loveland Farmers’ Market – Thru April. 3-6pm. Winter farmers’ market. Grailville, 932 O’Bannonville Rd, Loveland. For more info: LovelandFM.com. Tuesday on Tap – 6-8pm. Six Draughts and Six Bites. $6. Whole Foods Market Mason, 5805 Deerfield Blvd. 513-398-9358. Restorative Yoga – 6:30-7:30pm. With Kylie Mae Stein. Restorative yoga is designed to progress from small seated movements to holding passive poses for 3-5 mins. Benefits include improved balance, flexibility, stability, circulation, relief of stiff muscles and aching joints. $15/drop-in. Centennial Barn, 110 Compton Rd, Cincinnati. 513-761-1697. Baker Weekly Health Talks – 7pm. Baker Chiropractic West Chester Clinic, 7556 VOA Centre Dr. To RSVP: 513-759-4666.
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ShantiMom Prenatal Yoga – 7-8:15pm. Learn to nurture yourself as well as your unborn child, while learning how to meditate and find focus in breath. Join a community of other women on a similar journey. All stages of pregnancy welcome. $12/ drop-in. Gracetree Yoga and Growth Studio, 8933 Cincinnati-Dayton Rd, West Chester. Register: GraceTreeStudio.com.
wednesday Gentle Healing Yoga – 9:30-10:45am. Mindful movement and meditation. Suitable for beginners and mature students. Passes available. New student special: $4/4 classes for. Vitality Cincinnati, 3925 Montgomery Rd. Register, Sherry Joy: 513-8619642 or JoyfulLifeYoga.com. Half-Pints Kids Club – 10-10:30am. Whole Foods Market Mason, 5805 Deerfield Blvd. Registration required: 513-398-9358. Preschool Playdate – 10-11am. Creative play, movement and crafts. Full Body Yoga, Studio B, 7500 Oakbrook Rd, Florence, KY. 785-633-2381. Teen/Tween TRX Classes – 5:45pm. TRX class for ages 11-16. It’s Working Out, 3546 Columbia Pkwy, Cincinnati. Registration required: 513-207-6933 or ItsWorkingOut.com. Small Group Personal Training – 6-7pm. $20/ drop-in, $115/month unlimited. Fitness Physiques, 9681 Kenwood Rd, Blue Ash. 513-290-8217. Live Well Yoga Night – 6:30-7:30pm. $10. Live Well Chiropractic Center, 6860 Tylersville Rd, Ste 7, Mason. RSVP: 513-285-7482. Laughter Yoga – 7pm. 3rd Wed. Laughter Yoga is a mind-body exercise which powerfully counteracts the negative effects of stress and has a profound effect on your health and well being. Symmes Township Library, 11850 Enyart Rd, Loveland. 513-899-3115. Mixed Level Yoga Roots – 7-8:15pm. With Pam Painter, RYT. In this class we relax, breathe; we listen; we relate; we move. Also offered on Fridays at 10am. $12/drop-in. Gracetree Yoga and Growth Studio, 8933 Cincinnati-Dayton Rd, West Chester. Register: GracetreeStudio.com. Vinyasa Yoga – 7-8:15 pm. With Rhea Castrucci. Practice that builds strength, develops endurance and flexibility and focuses on the breath throughout all the poses. Based on the Ashtanga Primary Series developed by Pattabhi Jois. Class for fit beginners to intermediate level students. $15/drop-in. Centennial Barn, 110 Compton Rd, Cincinnati. 513-761-1697.
thursday Yoga – 9:30-10:45am. $10/drop-in. Serenity Now Holistic Healing Center, 8761 U.S. Hwy 42, Union, KY. 859-647-7780. Whole Fitness Thursdays – 10am. Join us in the café for a free yoga class. Please bring own mat. Whole Foods Mason, 5805 Deerfield Blvd. 513398-9358.
Ageless, Balance and Chair Yoga – 10:3011:30am. A blend of chair and balance yoga postures for all and especially for those with difficulties with getting on the floor and with balance. $12/ drop-in. Gracetree Yoga and Growth Studio, 8933 Cincinnati-Dayton Rd, West Chester. Register: GraceTreeStudio.com. Madeira’s Winter Farmers’ Market – 4-6pm. Madeira Silverwood Presbyterian Church, 8000 Miami Ave. MadeiraFarmersMarket.com. Line Dancing – 5:30-6:30pm. Enjoy the fun of dancing while improving your cardiovascular health. $20/drop-in, $59/month unlimited group fitness. Fitness Physiques, 9681 Kenwood Rd, Blue Ash. 513-290-8217. Hatha Yoga – 6-7pm. With Janet Osmond or Jo Henderson. A slow-paced stretching class with some simple breathing exercises and perhaps seated meditation. A good place to learn basic poses, relaxation techniques and become comfortable with yoga. Perfect for those new to yoga. $15/drop-in. Centennial Barn, 110 Compton Rd, Cincinnati. 513-761-1697. Yoga for the Heart – 6:15-7:45pm. Suitable for beginners and advanced levels. Passes available. New student special: $4/4 classes. Vitality Cincinnati, 3925 Montgomery Rd. Register, Sherry Joy: 513-861-9642 or JoyfulLifeYoga.com. Yoga – 6:15-7:30pm. $10/drop-in. Serenity Now Holistic Healing Center, 8761 U.S. Hwy 42, Union, KY. 859-647-7780.
fresh fruits and vegetables are locally and sustainably grown without synthetic chemicals. EBT food stamps accepted. Cheviot United Methodist Church, 3820 Westwood Northern Blvd, Cheviot. For hours & dates: LEWFM.org.
Half-Pints Kids Club – 10-10:30am. We invite kids to join us on a fun adventure as we explore great food and good nutrition. Whole Foods Rookwood, 2693 Edmonson Rd, Cincinnati. Register: 513-9810794 or CinRegistration@WholeFoods.com.
Chair Yoga – 1-2:15pm. With April Aloisio. For people with Parkinson’s disease and Special populations. This is a gentle practice bringing care to the whole person-body, brain, heart and soul. $5. Centennial Barn, 110 Compton Rd, Cincinnati. 513-761-1697.
Yoga with Rosalie – Apr 5 & 19. 10:30am. Adults will have the opportunity to share their yoga practice with instructor Rosalie Sovilla. Anderson Branch Library, 7450 State Rd, Anderson Township. 513369-6030.
Wine Tasting – 4-7pm. Country Fresh Market and Wine Depot, 8315 Beechmont Ave, Anderson Township. 513-474-9167. Flying Yoga – 4:30-6pm. Use aerial skills to enhance your yoga or Pilates practice. $14. It’s Yoga, 346 Ludlow Ave, Clifton. 513-961-9642. YogaGarage.com. Five after Five – 5pm. Admission limited to 250. Enjoy 5 delicious dishes plus dessert, paired with 5 fabulous wines. $5 tickets from 5-6:30pm or until sell out. Cost includes wine, food tasting and a Whole Foods wine glass. Bring your glass back to the next tasting for $1 off punch card. Whole Foods Rookwood, 2693 Edmonson Rd, Cincinnati. 513-531-8015. Uncorked Wine Tour – 6-8pm. $5. Whole Foods Market Mason, 5805 Deerfield Blvd. 398-9358. Shamanic Journey – 6:30-8:30pm. 2nd Fri. With Gary Matthews. $20. Stillpoint Center for Healing Arts, 11223 Cornell Park Dr, Blue Ash. 513-4895302.
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Enhance the Cure: Enrich, Enhance, Empower. Dedicated to enhancing chemotherapy and dealing with the side effects by using non-toxic therapies such as enzymes, essential oil, nutrition, infrared pain management techniques and other science-based, non-invasive methods. This is the place to ask questions from others who have been there. Open to cancer patients and caregivers.
Mixed Level Yoga: Vinyasa and Self-Empowerment – 9-10:15am. With Lonna McCarty, RYT. Enjoy Lonna’s warm encouragement as she guides you through a challenging but luscious series of flowing postures. $12/drop-in. Gracetree Yoga and Growth Studio, 8933 Cincinnati-Dayton Rd, West Chester. Register: GracetreeStudio.com.
2nd Thurs. • 6:30-8:30pm FIT Montgomery, 9030 Montgomery Rd, Kenwood. For more info, Suzann Warder: 513-401-6286. Yin and Yang Flow – 7-8:15pm. Led by Kim Dawes, RYT. A warm and balanced, respectful practice for students. $12/drop-in. Gracetree Yoga and Growth Studio, 8933 Cincinnati-Dayton Rd, West Chester. Register: GracetreeStudio.com. Meditation Class – 7-8:30pm. 2nd Thurs. With Gary Matthews. $20. The Stillpoint Center, 11223 Cornell Park Dr, Blue Ash. 513-489-5302.
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Vitamin B-12 Shots – 10:30-11:30am. Susan’s Natural World, 8315 Beechmont Ave, Anderson Township. For more info: 513-474-4990. Introduction to Network Spinal Analysis Talk – 10:30am-12pm. 2nd Sat. Learn how stress affects posture and brain function. Free. Gateways to Healing, 1206 Main St, Cincinnati. Must register: 513-321-3317. Ayurvedic Meridian Yoga – 12:15-1:15pm. $14. It’s Yoga, 346 Ludlow Ave, Clifton. For more info: 513-961-9642 or YogaGarage.com. Wine Tasting – 2-5pm. Country Fresh Market and Wine Depot, 8315 Beechmont Ave, Anderson Township. 513-474-9167.
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CHIROPRACTIC CARE GATEWAYS TO HEALING CHIROPRACTIC AND NUTRITION Drs. Michael and Julie Nichols 1206 Main St, Cincinnati, OH 45202 513-321-3317 GatewaysToHealing.com
Physical, emotional and mental stressors can disrupt our lives causing turmoil and pain. We use Network Spinal Analysis and nutrition to help you reconnect, process the stress and relieve your pain. See ad, page 9.
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SUMMER CAMP Registration Underway!
Pick up and fill out a registration form at any YMCA of Greater Cincinnati location.
Overnight, day, and specialty camps at the Y are all about discovery. Kids have the opportunity to explore nature, find new talents, try new activities, gain independence, and make lasting friendships and memories. And, of course, itâ€™s fun too! Registration is now underway! For more information, visit MyY.org/programs/camps or call (513) 362-YMCA. Check out Camp Ernst Open House Sundays: May 4 and June 1, 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. Visit MyYcamp.org or call the camp office (859) 586-6181 to learn more about Camp Ernst summer overnight camps.