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ith mixed feelings of sadness and joy I am publishing my last issue of Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky’s Natural Awakenings magazine. For four years, it’s been my pleasure to bring you helpful articles in naturally healthy living, ranging from integrative medicine to eco-conscious lifestyles, plus highlights of current research supporting sustainable well-being for people and the planet. This publishing endeavor has granted me the privilege of covering topics with you often untouched in mainstream media—although they’re slowly if partially coming around thanks to independent voices like ours. I’m glad I got to be a part of our mutual journey into a better way of being. Life is now taking me along a different path for serving the holistic community. My hope is that one day soon, someone will pick up the publishing reigns and take up where I left off. The satisfying reward lies in facilitating lasting healthy changes in our community. I am thankful for you all and especially for the advertisers that have faithfully supported the magazine; without you, we wouldn’t have had a magazine. Our contributing experts’ insight, editorial and participation has changed thousands of lives for the better, as our local healthy living business owners and practitioners continue to do through their products and services; I encourage you to always look to them. I trust that your own quest for an ever healthier and fulfilling life is growing and ongoing as you benefit from the natural goodness our community offers. In health and happiness forever,

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Record Hatchlings Give Hope Worldwide, six of the seven sea turtle species are threatened or endangered because of human activity. A ray of hope now shining from conservation efforts is that nesting sea turtles have posted record numbers of successful hatchlings in South Carolina the last three years, with Georgia and Florida reporting similar results. Decades of helpful efforts are paying off due to increased public awareness of turtlefriendly practices at seaside locations. Heed these rules: 4 Keep lights off on beachfront property during nesting season. 4 Refrain from using flash photography on the beach at night.

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California is the fourth state to pass a law making it legal to swap seeds and collect them in non-commercial libraries. That’s good, because the U.S. Department of Agriculture Federal Seed Act, in place for 80 years, mandates that any activity involving non-commercial distribution of seeds must be labeled, permitted and tested according to industrial regulations that would be both costly and burdensome to the hundreds of local seed libraries operating in 46 states. Nebraska, Illinois and Minnesota also recently passed laws protecting non-commercial seed activity from regulatory requirements. Free seed libraries, swaps and exchanges increase access to local food and can play a large role in expanding and preserving biodiversity. Neil Thapar, the food and farm attorney at the Sustainable Economies Law Center, says, “We wanted to create the legal framework for an alternative system that is not reliant on large companies to provide open-pollinated seed varieties. Seed sharing has a direct connection to building local economic resilience.” The center is taking action to try to get laws changed in all 50 states.

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Build a Baby-Friendly Body “Follow your urges,” counsels Peggy O’Mara, of Santa Fe, New Mexico, former editor of Mothering Magazine and author of Having a Baby, Naturally. “Eat when you’re hungry. Sleep when you’re weary. Go to the bathroom the moment nature calls. Practice this in pregnancy so you’ll be in the habit of listening to your instincts when you give birth.” This simple advice counters women’s common habit of attending to other people’s needs instead of their own. Along with eating organic whole foods, Kristy Wilson, of Las Vegas, a certified professional midwife, labor doula and placenta preparation specialist, recommends both a plant-based food supplement with iron and whole food prenatal supplement. Vitamin C is important for a strong amniotic sac; she suggests at least 500 milligrams daily. A high-strung mom can take magnesium chloride baths or sip a soothing cup of red raspberry leaf tea. “Women that are concerned about their diet can tune into the baby and ask what they need,” says Lori Bregman, of Santa Monica, California, a doula, birth coach and author of The Mindful Mom-to-Be. If craving a certain dish, she can


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Wilson recommends yoga, swimming, walking or light jogging three to five times a week, for 20 minutes a day. “Squatting like a child on your haunches is a great exercise for childbirth,” she says, noting that 20 squats daily will strengthen core muscles. Sitting on an exercise ball instead of a desk chair or couch also engages core muscles, while improving posture. “Regular exercise brings more energy, better sleep, reduced stress, higher spirits, better odds of an easy labor, faster post-delivery recovery and reduced risk of gestational diabetes and high blood pressure during pregnancy,” Bregman finds. She recommends a prenatal yoga practice that includes breathing and visualizations. This restorative form of yoga offers gentle stretching, promotes good circulation and naturally supports relief or healing of many possible pregnancy ailments. “To alleviate physical distress, try chiropractic prenatal care,” says Phillips. Light finger contact from an experienced practitioner helps realign bony segments and restores the body’s normal tone. “A prenatal expert can adjust so the mom’s body maintains its balance and the baby is free to move.” Craniosacral therapy reestablishes balance to the membranes that encapsulate the brain and spinal cord.

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“Just say, ‘No thanks,’ to friends who want to burden you with stories of their long, excruciating labors,” O’Mara advises. “Protect yourself from toxic people and their horror stories. Focus on maintaining your own good health and surround yourself with people that have experienced a normal birth. Plan to have uplifting support during the birthing process and in the postpartum period.” A woman easily influenced by others might ask her doula, midwife or spouse to be her advocate. A woman that needs to exercise control might seek such assistance for peace of mind, knowing that her wishes will be followed.

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The connections established between mother and child are much stronger when she progresses through pregnancy and birth from a natural perspective. ~Kristy Wilson “‘Pain’ is a fear-based word,” to be avoided in conversations about labor, Wilson explains. “Don’t fear the strength of contractions. They are doing exactly what your body needs to do to give birth.” As a midwife, she helps moms relax and embrace these intensely important sensations by focusing on what is going on in their body. Research published in the journal Cell Adhesion & Migration shows that the hormones released during labor enter into the baby’s immune system to also strengthen the child.

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Affirmations can positively state the mother-to-be’s intentions for pregnancy and birth. Examples include: “Birth is a safe and wonderful experience. I am choosing the right path for my birth. I trust my body and my instincts. I have all the support I need.” Wilson recommends choosing two to four that resonate, repeating them every morning while gazing into the mirror, placing them on the refrigerator door and even having

them pop up on a smartphone. “Meditation prepares you for childbirth and can also be soothing during labor by offering tools that push away fear,” says O‘Mara. She likes this mantra from Thich Nhat Hahn’s book, Being Peace: “Breathing in, I calm myself, breathing out, I smile.” To begin, sit comfortably in a quiet room with eyes closed. For women new to meditation, Wilson suggests lighting a scented or colored candle and noticing the colors and movement of the flame for something physical to focus on. “This calming practice is important because labor becomes like a meditation,” she says. The mother copes through the contraction, then uses her meditation skills to reset, refocus and ground herself before the next contraction. Wilson and Bregman both encourage expectant mothers to keep a journal during pregnancy. “Record thoughts and experiences. Sometimes dreams tell things about the child, who has a story too,” advises Wilson.

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Those that prefer a home birth can find a compatible midwife through a natural birthing community such as the National Association of Certified Professional Midwives, International Childbirth Education Association and La Leche League. For a hospital experience, look for lowCaesarean rates, a personally compatible doctor and a distinct birthing center. Either way, a doula or midwife can help craft the desired birth plan. Upon selecting a venue, the expectant mother may imagine the ideal birth environment and write positive statements, such as, “I want to move around freely. I want my husband and sister with me at all times.” “If a home birth is a mother’s first choice, design two plans; one for home and one for the hospital,” suggests Phillips. “If the mother needs hospital care during labor, the attendants will know her wishes.” Wilson encourages the spouse to be involved from the beginning. “The partner’s energy plays a role in how

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“The birthing mother needs continuous support from someone that can focus on her and her needs,” says Phillips. “The partner also needs to have access to experienced support. Both need to surround themselves with people that know how to enfold them in love.”’ A birthing team includes the medically trained attendant appointed to help deliver the baby; either a midwife or a doctor. Many women choose to have a trained doula collaborate, as well. She provides continuity of care and advocacy, lessens the need for medical intervention, stays with the mother, honors and includes the partner and supports the parents in making informed decisions. With home births, family members tend to invite themselves over. The mom needs to have control of her birthing atmosphere. “I encourage moms to be firm regarding who they want in the room when the baby is born,” Wilson says.

Honor the Postpartum Mother

“Giving birth is the first big unknown of parenting,” says Wilson. “You plan for it and then you have to trust and accept the outcome.” She encourages postpartum appointments for discussing the birth. “A breastfeeding mother’s nutrient requirements are actually higher postpartum,” Wilson says. To prevent deficiencies, she suggests moms nourish themselves during this period, delaying any focus on weight loss and regaining muscle tone. The birth team and other friends can deliver meals, do light housecleaning, run a load of laundry and bring groceries. The new parents will welcome this generous and loving help. Deborah Shouse is a mother, writer, speaker, editor and health advocate in Kansas City, MO. Her latest book, Connecting in the Land of Dementia: Creative Activities to Explore Together, focuses on life’s meaningful moments (

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he blessingway ceremony helps a woman prepare mentally, emotionally and spiritually for the work of birthing, opening her to instinctive abilities that will guide her in mothering,” says Donna Miller Watelet, interfaith minister and co-author of Mother Rising: The Blessingway Journey into Motherhood. Miller Watelet, a facilitator of dozens of blessingway rituals, shares an example of a nourishing gathering: In a comfortable and safe room, a group of friends circles the mother-to-be, signifying their support. They discuss the intention for the blessingway and invite the mom to symbolically let go of any fears blocking a harmonious experience. Once her fears are emptied out, they fill her up with affirmations, appreciations and adornments. Women can gift an object that has meaning to them, such as a bead, flower or scrap of cloth, as a sign of their commitment to her. These gifts will then be fashioned into something lasting, such as a necklace for the mother. The circle may then bind themselves together, each woman wrapping red yarn around her wrist before passing along the skein until everyone is connected. As they discuss this intertwining, they cut the binding yarn and keep the bracelets, a reminder of their caring for the new family. “Finally, we enjoy a feast together,” Miller Watelet says. “Sharing a meal reminds us to bring the intentions of the blessingway back into everyday life.”

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regnancy is a time for joy, preparation, and rest. But, as wonderful as it is, it can cause stress related to medical bills, relationships, hormones, insurance and routine testing. In addition, just keeping up with everyday life is often overwhelming. It takes a lot of a women’s energy to grow a tiny human, and stresses zap precious energy reserves that are needed for the baby’s healthy growth and development. It is critical for a mother to make time for rest and stress management during pregnancy. Science has long revealed the effects of stress on the body. The most well known effect is the release of adrenaline and the “fight or flight” response that triggers a plethora of debilitating reactions in the body. However, stress is a normal part of life—and few can escape it. A consistent surge or high level of stress hormones can alter the body’s innate stress management system and result in an inflammatory response. Recent studies have linked this to poor pregnancy health, lower birth weight, preterm labor, and developmental issues in babies. It has also been linked to blood sugar issues, high blood pressure and anxiety in mothers.

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It is imperative that an expectant mother learns to manage stress as well as possible. Keeping the body away from the fight or flight mode can be tricky, especially if there is a lot of stress at home, but there are many natural ways that help. Below are five simple steps to help healthier mom and baby to reduce stress during the nine months of gestation. Meditation — Can help reduce a stress level of ten down to two or three in a matter of minutes. About 20 minutes of guided meditation, twice a day or more during times of intense stress can help enormously. There are lots of free meditation apps online, and the site offers classes and home study materials for a fee. Walking — This no-cost exercise reduces levels of the body's stress hormones, such as adrenaline and cortisol. In addition, the fresh air and connecting with nature offers a great way to find balance and peace. Energy Work — An often-underutilized stress management method, it can go a long way to help offload bottled up stress, emotions, and/or trauma.

By helping to balance the body, energy work can restore emotional wellness, promote deeper rest, and bring physical relief, especially if the stress is manifesting physically. Sleep — A pregnant body needs a lot of energy for daily tasks and for a baby’s growth and development. Sleep nurtures both the body and the mind. When the baby arrives, sleep can be hard to come by, so getting as much as possible during pregnancy is a goal. Massage — Prenatal massage is heavenly for a tired, achy body. It also can be a time to be pampered as the therapist increases circulation, stretches tired muscles and relieves back pain through gentle hand movements.

It is important to note that constant stress, as well an inability to stop the fight or flight mode, can have a lasting effect on both mom and baby. Ultimately, it is best to work through stress, emotions, and trauma prior to getting pregnant, but that is not always possible. According to Thomas R. Verny, MD, “From the moment of conception, the stories of our lives become encoded in the cells of our bodies and the neural circuits of our brains.” In other words, maternal stress creates primitive memories in the baby’s cells. Research from psychologist, Alice M. Givens, reveals unborn children may literally absorb their mother’s experience and emotions. Thus, a mother has the ability to nurture the child from conception by taking good care of her emotional and mental wellness. The benefit is that it provides a lasting impact on the health and wellness of both mother and child, as well as a more enjoyable pregnancy focused on joy, love, and the blessing waiting to be born. Christy Cotterman, mom of a vivacious little girl, is a holistic life and emotional healing coach and owner of Wholly Healing LLC located in Maineville. She consults with clients nationwide, offering guidance and compassion through personal coaching, workshops and retreats. A benefactor of emotional healing from trauma, anxiety, and depression herself, Cotterman leads clients on a journey to emotional healing through energy work, positive thinking and stress management. For more information, call 513-827-2757 or visit See ad, page 16.


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he Heart to Lead: Women as Allies for the Greater Good, a documentary film directed and produced by Cheryl Gould, of Naples, Florida, explores the emerging paradigm of heart-based feminine leadership and how it is attuning women to their inner strengths, beliefs, each other and our Earth. “Women’s deeper unity of being is empowering them to take action and lead. Women who once longed for a culture that would reflect their highest priorities are now creating one in which they support each other and make a difference,” says Gould. She notes that for centuries, a vast number of women have led and served as change agents. “Unfortunately, the majority of them never made it into the headlines or history books. A prime example—few individuals knew that 12 women ran for president before Hillary Clinton.” In a recent Yes! magazine article, Rucha Chitnis reports that women are rising up to push back against growing corporate power, land grabs, economic injustice, climate change and more. Women’s groups and networks offer a paradigm shift, she concludes, exposing links between unbridled capitalism, violence, the erosion of human rights and destruction of the Earth.

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A woman’s style of leadership in America’s corporate boardrooms, activist-led movements or state and federal government may not be plainly evident. Feminine wisdom’s emerging solutions are compassionate, collaborative and consensus-building, and pursue universal outcomes and group cooperation. They contrast with conventional competitive strategies and solutions, according to The Legislative Effectiveness of Women in Congress study at Vanderbilt University’s Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions, in Nashville. Jean Shinoda Bolen, a medical doctor, Jungian analyst in Mill Valley, California, and author of Artemis: The Indomitable Spirit in Everywoman, has been advocating since 2002 for a United Nations Fifth World Conference on Women (5WCW). “Empowered and equal women are the key to peace and sustainability. We need to rise up together and fulfill the Dalai Lama’s words at the Vancouver Peace Summit: ‘It will be up to Western women to bring about peace.’” Bolen’s 5WCW vision joins millennial women worldwide now entering their era of activism with the feminist movement spearheaded by a boomer generation of women that’s forwarded the equality and empower-


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Women Rising Resources WomensHeartToLeadFilm AsSheIs to help women and men develop feminine wisdom and the qualities of potent compassion, deep listening, intuition and inclusivity. Hazel Henderson, an evolutionary economist in St. Augustine, Florida, host of the Ethical Markets online TV show and researcher of The Love Economy shared in her book The Politics of the Solar Age: Alternatives to Economics, has mentored staff members of Rising Women Rising World. Henderson contends that to shape a future for the good of all, we must bring into balance the masculine and feminine energies and learn to value the long-marginalized qualities of feminine wisdom. Henderson’s Love Economy paradigm reflects the sharing and caring

sector not presently reflected in the nation’s gross domestic product. “Women’s unpaid work—raising children, taking care of households, serving on school boards, volunteering, caring for aging parents, etc.—constitutes 50 percent of all production in the U.S. and 70 percent of that in developing countries. This unvalued economic sector underlies and supports the public and private parts of the entire economy,” advises Henderson, who observes that competition cannot be the sole basis for an economy with any expectation of high quality of life on a small planet. In her film, As She Is, producer and director Megan McFeely, of Marin County, California, captures her own journey to understand the collective potential of the feminine and how to live true to its innate knowing. She queries: “Can you imagine what might happen if women here and around the world rose up together and used our power of longing to heal the Earth?” Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings. Connect at

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support from grandparents. I thought it wise to help prepare them,” says Tucker. She helps grandparents develop realistic expectations of their role. “It’s easy to revert to what you know—the parenting role—so it’s important to set mindful intentions,” she observes. Tucker encourages grandparents to make mindful memories during time spent with the grandchildren. “You can find joy by being still and marveling at a grandchild’s beautiful little hands and dimpled knees while registering how the air in the room feels to create a vivid mental snapshot of the moment. “Parents and kids can become too busy, and grandparents can help them slow down. Lie on the grass together and look at cloud shapes or blow a dandelion. To me, that is the romance of grandparenting, and mindfulness allows the romance to blossom,” she says. Susan Moon, a Berkeley, California, author and grandmother who has practiced Zen Buddhism for nearly 40 years, sees grandparenting as an opportunity to release expectations; this feat can be difficult for parents caught up in their youngsters’ identities. “It’s easier for grandparents to accept grandkids for who they are and just be joyful with them. They get to be in the moment with the kids without worrying about the day-to-day details of caregiving that can consume parents.” She explores such ideas in her book This is Getting Old: Zen Thoughts on Aging with Humor and Dignity. Being past their working years, grandparents are often more accepting and peaceful themselves, which can be inspiring for younger generations, adds Salem. For Moon, it’s vital to be mindful of the image of aging that’s projected; “I try to model that old age isn’t tragic, and show the joy in this stage of life,” she says. Yet grandparents also should be mindful of any physical limitations and set boundaries with grandkids as needed. “It’s okay to say, ‘I can’t hang on the jungle gym with you,’ and suggest an alternative,” says Moon. Good relationships with the grandkids begin with maintaining open relationships with their parents, experts note. To do this, consistently engage in compassionate listening. “It can be

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tempting for grandparents that know what may have worked in raising their own children to react or jump in, but it’s important to avoid giving unsolicited advice,” Salem cautions. At the same time, grandparents can notice aspects a harried parent may miss and, if handled carefully, can provide important insights. “I was known as the ‘fairy mom’, offering magic, art and imagination. I was grateful my own mother was there, too, because one child needed more structure and stability than I was providing,” says Tucker, a mother of four. “She gave me mindful feedback without making me feel like she was trying to usurp my role.” Moon suggests practicing “right speech”—messages that are positive, affirming and loving—with everyone. “It’s important to be humble and recognize the huge job of parents and all they juggle. Let them know that you are there to support them in whatever way you can.” Connect with freelance writer April Thompson, in Washington, D.C., at

Create new memories, but also share old stories. “Kids want to hear about how their parents were as children, and it gives them a sense of history,” advises author Susan Moon. Be open to learning new technology to communicate across the generational divide. “While grandparents learn about the world of social media from their grandchildren, they can also encourage them to cut back on checking their cell phones in favor of interpersonal activities,” says art therapist Patricia Salem. When visiting grandkids, especially if they live in different cities, “Always have some ‘grandma magic’ up your sleeve—like games, puzzles or craft projects that can be collaborated on—to maximize precious time together,” suggests Moon. Invite grandchildren to try out meditation or breathing techniques practiced by their elders. “It can help lessen the stresses they encounter in school and at home,” says Salem. “Be careful to foster cooperation rather than competition in any shifting relationship with a child-turned-parent,” advises psychotherapist Carolyn Tucker. Otherwise, it can create chaos, undermine a parent’s confidence and strain relationships. For more advice on being a great grandparent, visit

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hen dietary concerns, food sensitivities or curiosity prompt us to try alternative milks, it helps to know the basic facts about the leading types, to choose the best ones for us.

Almond Milk

Pro: Almond milk is low in fat and can be easily made at home, so ingredients are known. One cup of homemade almond milk has about 40 calories, one gram of

protein, 6 percent of the daily value (DV) for calcium, three grams of fat and eight grams of carbohydrates. As for storebought options, one cup of Silk Organic Almond Original contains 60 calories, with one gram of protein, 10 percent DV for calcium, two-and-a-half grams of fat and eight grams of carbohydrates. Con: Almond milk is neither high in protein nor calcium; it’s not as nutritionally packed as other alternatives. Some might not care for the faint nutty flavor.

Pro: Dr. Josh Axe, a functional medicine physician who owns the popular natural health website,, and the Exodus Health Center, near Nashville, Tennessee, points out, “High in mediumchain triglycerides, coconut milk is a very filling, fat-burning food.” One cup of homemade coconut milk has about 450 calories, six grams of protein and 64 grams of fat, plus trace minerals such as manganese, phosphorus, magnesium, iron and copper. Canned coconut milk is similar: one cup of Native Forest Unsweetened Coconut Milk Classic contains 420 calories, three grams of protein and 45 grams of fat, plus trace minerals such as manganese, phosphorus, magnesium, iron and copper in each cup. Con: High in fat and calories, coconut milk may not be the best choice for drinking every day, but is delicious in Asian-style soups and curries.

Hemp Milk

Pro: Hemp milk, made from hulled hemp seeds, contains 10 essential amino acids, including key fats. “Omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids are vital for healthy functioning of the brain,” says Axe. Hemp milk works well for people with tree nut allergies. One cup of Pacific Hemp Original has 140 calories, three grams of protein, 50 percent DV for calcium, five grams of fat and 20 grams of carbohydrates. Living Harvest Tempt Hemp Milk has 80 calories per cup, two grams of protein, 30 percent DV for calcium, eight grams of fat and one gram of carbohydrates. Con: Grassy-tasting hemp milk tends to separate in hot coffee.

Rice Milk

Pro: High in vitamins and calcium when fortified, rice milk made from brown rice is also high in vitamins. According to Ted Kallmyer, author of Flexible Dieting, in Bend, Oregon, rice milk is the least likely alternative milk to trigger an allergy. One cup of Pacific Rice Milk has 130 calories, one gram of protein, 30 percent DV for calcium, two grams of fat and 37 grams of carbohydrates. One cup of Rice Dream Organic Rice Drink has 120 calories, one gram of protein, 26

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30 percent DV for calcium, 2.5 grams of fat and 23 grams of carbohydrates. Con: Low in fat and protein, it’s also relatively high in carbohydrates. It has a less creamy texture than hemp, coconut or soy milks.


Soy Milk

Pro: Soy milk provides more protein than other alternative milks. Look for a calcium-fortified, organic brand that doesn’t contain the thickening agent carrageenan, suggests Dr. Andrew Weil, founding director of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine, in Tucson. Different brands have different nutritional components. For example, one cup of Organic Valley Soy Original has 100 calories per cup, with seven grams of protein, 30 percent DV for calcium, three grams of fat and 11 grams of carbohydrates. One cup of Organic EdenSoy Extra Original Soymilk contains 130 calories, with 11 grams of protein, 20 percent DV for calcium, four grams of fat and 13 grams of carbohydrates. Con: Some people might not like the thick texture and soy aftertaste. Dr. Frank Lipman, founder and director of Eleven Eleven Wellness Center, in New York City, says that limiting soy is a good idea due to soy’s prevalent pesticide saturation and its researched links to thyroid, endocrine system and sex hormone dysfunction ( If soy is eaten, “Choose certified organic, soy products—preferably fermented versions like miso, natto and tempeh—with the Non-GMO Project seal; and do so sparingly, no more than twice a week,” advises Lipman. Judith Fertig writes food health articles and cookbooks from Overland Park, KS (

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ome of the best plants to keep as summer companions are herbs that enrich life with their flavors, fragrances and beauty. It’s not too late to pot up a few herbs or plant them in the garden if we choose varieties that thrive in hot, summer weather.

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“I place basil as the number one herb in popularity, as well as heat tolerance,” says Cristina Spindler, owner of the Peconic River Herb Farm, in Calverton, New York. “Basil actually prefers heat.” There are many types, and greenleafed culinary varieties are easy to grow through the summer, provided they’re not allowed to dry out. Two particularly heat-hardy types are purple-leafed varieties such as red rubin and African blue, which debuted in 1983. “Purple basil is shockingly fragrant and beautiful on the plate. Plus,

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it’s easy to grow in a small space and produces quickly,” says Lisa Kessler, who for several years has co-owned with her husband, Ben, the White Hills Lavender and Herb Farm, in Dearing, Georgia. “The flowering tops are usable as herbs and as beautiful cut flowers, so don’t toss them away.” “African blue basil flourishes in summer heat and is an especially beneficial nectar plant for bees and other pollinators,” says Traci Anderson, who has been running Seminole Springs Herb Farm, in Eustis, Florida, in their family for more than 20 years. Vigorous and heavy-flowering, it can grow to over three feet tall, and usually persists as a perennial in Florida, Texas and other mild winter climates.

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Rosemary is the most adaptable and heat tolerant of Mediterranean herbs; it can be grown as a perennial where soil

doesn’t freeze hard in winter. “My top herb garden choice for the hot, humid conditions in the South is Tuscan blue rosemary, because it is beautiful, easy to grow and is wonderful in all kinds of foods and products,” Kessler says. “It blooms in several seasons and provides bees with off-season food.” Thyme is a top cooking herb, although too much summer rain can lead to mildew and leaf blight. This rarely happens with Summer savory, which has a punchy flavor that Spindler describes as “a peppery cross between oregano and thyme that’s perfect on all of the classic summer veggies—squash, green beans, tomatoes and corn.” Kessler recommends oregano as part of our summer planting list. “Let your kids or grandkids have the experience of putting it in the pasta sauce. It’s easy to grow in a small herb garden and will last through the winter in

most parts of the South.” An unrelated tropical plant from Africa with strong oregano flavor, the leaves of variegated Cuban oregano are pretty enough to grow alongside flowers, and the plants thrive in humid heat. Cuban oregano readily grows through hot summers, and the plants produce more leaves each time leaf tips are harvested.

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In Central Florida, Anderson recommends culantro, aka Mexican coriander, as a summer herb different from the better-known cilantro. “Culantro equals the flavor of cilantro, but with no bitter or medicinal aftertaste.” A great long-term performer, it continues producing flavorful new leaves even after the plant starts blooming. Anderson also suggests growing West Indian lemongrass for its fragrant leaves and thick stalks. A vigorous, clump-forming grass, lemongrass can be grown in containers anywhere or served as an edible ornamental in landscapes where summers are hot. “Lemongrass enjoys a sunny and moist

environment, so it benefits from being near an air conditioner drain or downspout,” she advises.

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Herbs always need watering in hot weather, and pouring from a watering can at the base is far better than bathing the leaves with a hose. Should containers become so dry that they refuse to take up water, place them in a broad dish or pail filled with three inches of water for 30 minutes to rehydrate the roots. Always grow herbs in pots with large drainage holes, so excess water can drain quickly. Make a habit of pinching off a few herbal leaves, crushing them between the fingers and inhaling their fresh aromas. For maximum benefit, repeat daily. Author Barbara Pleasant’s new book, Homegrown Pantry: A Gardener’s Guide to Selecting the Best Varieties & Planting the Perfect Amounts for What You Want to Eat Year Round, is now available (Storey Publishing). Connect at


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MASTERING SELF-DEFENSE Staying Aware Avoids Problems by Aimee Hughes


began my personal training in the Non-Violent System (NVS) of self-defense with Grandmaster Verkerke in 1996,” says Eddie Rose, senior instructor of NVS Peace in the Midst of Non-Violence at Shangri-La Springs, in Bonita Springs, Florida. This aspect of the martial art form seicho jutsu was created by Canadian Daniel Verkerke, Ph.D., as a simple self-defense system to teach and perpetuate nonviolence; he continues to share it with the public, law enforcement, corporations and private security firms in the U.S. and internationally. Nonviolent self-defense is akin to the dynamics of bullfighting. “The matador never matches his strength with the enormous animal; rather, he redirects the energy of the bull with simple and precise movements—counterbalancing— and letting the bull’s energy move past him,” explains Rose. He’s trained everyday people of all ages and walks of life in this approach, in the U.S., UK, Puerto Rico and Jamaica. “As they train, students begin to feel more secure wherever they go, because they are learning how to be safe even in the midst of physical confrontation,” says Rose. “They wind up feeling more empowered as they learn how to neutralize aggression simply and effectively.” Practicing NVS increases balance, coordination, overall flexibility and joint mobility. Its soft, circular, martial arts movements, combined with slow-to-fast linear movements, also enhance cardiovascular health. “Mental and spiritual training includes the awareness and development of a state of being conscious of energy and mind. Everyone’s actions and reactions directly reflect the development of their mind,” says Rose. 30

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Another nonviolent form of self-defense is Shaolin five animal kung fu, a martial arts style that mimics the characteristics of five animals—the tiger, leopard, snake, crane and dragon. Instructor Lloyd Fridenburg owns Fitness with a Purpose, in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada, where he emphasizes the awareness and avoidance concept as the psychological heart of nonviolent self-defense. Fridenburg, founder and senior instructor of the Waterloo Kung Fu Academy, explains, “The concept emphasizes being constantly aware of your surroundings while avoiding obvious areas of potential danger.” He also stresses the importance of proper body language—being able to read that of others, as well as how to diffuse confrontation upfront in how we present ourself. “Martial arts are a two-sided coin,” he says. “There’s the martial aspect, which involves techniques that allow a person to defend him- or herself in a wide range of situations. Then there’s the art aspect, which encompasses a deeper study, encompassing forms of movement and mental, philosophical and meditative techniques.” “Overall health benefits are no different than one might expect of any disciplined fitness regimen,” notes Fridenburg. “However, the nature of a quality martial arts program forces practitioners to focus their entire attention on what they are doing. The mere act of staying grounded in the present moment dramatically reduces stress and sets martial arts practices apart from many other forms of movement.” Tai chi, an ancient, softer style of Chinese martial art, leverages relaxation, posture and energy work, rather than muscular tension. As a Taoist art, it embodies the way nature works, using minimal effort to accomplish a lot. “Demonstrating tai chi as a form of nonviolent selfdefense is much easier than describing it,” says Aaron D. Nitzkin, Ph.D., of New Orleans, a Tulane University professor, tai chi master and certified medical qigong instructor. “If someone attacks, you don’t resist; you can use tai chi principles to yield to their movements with a natural, circular, continuous motion, turning their own force against them. When you move aggressively against a master, it feels like you’ve just bounced off them and fallen down. In order to win at tai chi fighting, you need to remain completely calm and centered and most of all, listen to your opponent’s energy with your hands, so that you can yield to it and then redirect it.” It’s a profound lesson in interpersonal communication. “My students report stronger immune systems, greater clarity of mind, better sleep, less anxiety and depression, and greater emotional stability,” says Nitzkin. “Practitioners become much more sensitive to and conscious of the internal condition of their bodies, and even develop the ability to feel bioelectric fields.” Whichever form of nonviolent self-defense suits us, experts advise that students study with a certified and experienced instructor for optimum results and safe practice. Aimee Hughes, a freelance writer in Kansas City, MO, is a doctor of naturopathy and senior staff writer for Longevity Times online. Connect at


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eaching me how to steer the 30-foot-long sailboat he built, my father would say, “It’s the sail that follows the wind, and the rudder that follows the sail.” The sail, by its nature, will catch the wind and lean into it. The rudder is for steering once we’ve set sail. Our soul is like a sail. Once hoisted, it’s filled by the wind of Spirit, which establishes our course and direction. Our will is our rudder; its job is to follow where the soul filled with Spirit leads, helping to steer our way. When we lean on will to make things happen, we can grow stubborn, confused or lost. Clear sailing comes when we’re being carried toward a vision greater than our self, feeling wholly alive along the way. Scudding along the sea, my father was living once for all time, feeling the sensation of all life in that moment. We all yearn to live in these moments forever, yet even a taste of aliveness can fill, sustain and refresh us in the midst of daily tasks. We all face times beyond our control when life doesn’t follow our designs and we’re asked to work with life and not fight, curse or hide from it. When insisting on our way, we can get so tangled in our will that we can’t find or feel the wind of Spirit. During these times—when we fear there is no meaning and it seems there’s nothing holding us up—our will can puff, snap and flap

about in a desperate attempt to fill what looms as an empty life. But even setting out on the sea, it’s never easy. My father remarked, “It’s always harder to sail toward a fixed point, because you will inevitably have to cross the wind several times to get there.” By contrast, a boat moves its fastest and cleanest when it simply follows the wind. It’s the same when we listen for where life is taking us, instead of busily thinking about where we’re going. Devoting ourselves to experiencing the journey, rather than determining a destination, we discover our way. Like a sail, our life must be out in the open before the wind will show its face. Likewise, Spirit fills us when we can inhabit our true nature. We miss what awaits us if we hover too close to the shore of our past, our family, someone else’s dream for us, or an old identity. To feel the wind in our face, we must leave the shallows and harbors for the deep. Only then will the larger, timeless destination show itself and our soul be filled enough with Spirit that our smaller self will have no choice but to engage in steering us toward all that matters. Adapted excerpt from The One Life We’re Given: Finding the Wisdom that Waits in Your Heart, by Mark Nepo (Atria). Connect at and

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Taggart Siegel Seeks to Seed an Agricultural Revolution by April Thompson


or more than 30 years, Taggart Siegel has produced award-winning films on little-known aspects of the natural and cultural world. His diverse documentaries range from the story of a Hmong shaman immigrant adjusting to American life to a Midwestern organic farmer that salvaged his family’s farm. Siegel’s latest film, Seed: The Untold Story, follows global seed keepers from Minnesota to India battling multinational agribusinesses in a quest to protect our agricultural heritage and food sources—ancient seeds passed down through untold generations. Interviews with farmers, ethnobotanists and activists explore the importance of the genetic material that these tiny time capsules carry. Siegel is the founder and executive director of Collective Eye Films, a nonprofit media company in Portland, Oregon. He co-directed and produced this latest offering with documentary filmmaker Jon Betz, with backing from Academy Award-winning actress Marisa Tomei.

Why does the colossal loss of food crop diversity during the past century matter? Up to 96 percent of seed varieties have been lost since 1903. During this period, we have destroyed the infrastructure of traditional agriculture: 10,000 years of seeds saved from families and farmers. It threatens our survival. We 32

can’t rely on genetically modified seeds to see us through climate changes. We need nongenetically engineered seed varieties like the thousands of different types of rice grown in India to be able to adapt to extreme events like floods and droughts. Universal responsibility to save seeds began to dwindle in the 1920s, when hybrid corn crops came onto the market, promising higher yields; instead of growing crops from seeds saved, borrowed or shared with neighbors, farmers bought seeds from stores. In the 1990s, huge corporations bought up some 20,000 seed companies, and the number of cultivated seed varieties dropped precipitously. Ten agrichemical companies now control more than two-thirds of the global seed market.

How do hybrid seeds differ from open-pollinated seeds?  You cannot save a hybrid seed; if you try to use it, the results are unreliable. Hybrids are engineered to be planted for one year only. With open-pollinated and heirloom seeds, you’re planting reliable seeds saved from year to year, generation to generation, bred for the consistency of their qualities. Indigenous people in Mexico’s Oaxaca Valley, for example, have successfully cultivated local seeds for at least 8,700 years, right up to today. Hybrids require high levels of chemical inputs to produce. Illustrat-

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ing the contrast, Hopi corn, grown for thousands of years, requires little water and contains much more protein than today’s commercial crops, without poisoning the land with heavy industrial inputs. The Hopi think of seeds as their children, intimately connected with their heritage and culture, so they protect them. Beyond big, strong crops, farming is a spiritual act.

Why do so many farmers voluntarily choose hybrid seeds, given the troubling issues involved? Most farmers just want streamlined labor and the biggest yield. Often, commodity crops using commercial seeds and chemical fertilizers have the biggest yield and make them the most money, even though severe downsides like the loss of flavor and nutrients mean it’s ultimately not the best result. In India, more than 250,000 farmers have committed suicide during the past 20 years to escape onerous debts accrued to purchase industrialized agricultural inputs. An Indian seed salesman interviewed for the film despairs, “The seeds we sell don’t taste good and require so many chemicals that many farmers kill themselves.”

What is the seed-saver movement achieving, and how can everyday gardeners and citizens take action? Seed libraries and banks are critically important because the seeds are adapted to the local environment. Seed libraries have multiplied from only a handful a few years ago to as many as 300 located in towns across America today. Public libraries check out seeds to plant in your garden, asking only that you return harvested seeds for others to enjoy. Farmers can now “back up” their seeds in local seed banks, which are also becoming important educational resources to teach students about these issues. To locate a screening or purchase a DVD of the film, visit Connect with freelance writer April Thompson, in Washington, D.C., at


DECODING DOG BODY TALK Three Signals of Anxiety by Susan Briggs

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amily dogs frequently accompany us on errands and outings away from their familiar home environment and we want them to enjoy these expeditions, so understanding their view of the world is important. To a dog, every experience is either familiar or unfamiliar. The first time they encounter a new sound, place or person, they may feel anxious. We can help with the adjustment by introducing them slowly to each new experience and step aside to provide them distance or space to observe it first at their own pace. Knowing the “tells” that signal when a dog is comfortable or uncomfortable goes a long way to a harmonious experience. Allison Culver, assistant director of The Lightfoot Way holistic animal learning center, in Houston, remarks, “Knowing how to communicate with your animal can save a lot of heartache.” With a bit of applied attention, we can readily learn to understand the changes in canine body posture and behavior that communicate their emotional state. Start by observing the dog’s posture when they are relaxed at home. It’s likely that their weight is balanced on all four legs and their mouth is slightly open; movement is relaxed, loose and agile. When a dog feels happy or playful, notice how their ears may perk up or tilt slightly forward. Their tail might rise and wag, and they may emit a cheerful

bark. Using their visual and audio demeanor as a baseline prepares us to be alert for three secret tells that signal a change in their emotion. Closing their mouth routinely occurs when a dog is unsure or anxious. When their mouth remains closed for a minute or more, it’s a sure clue that they need more time to process information. Lip licking such as quick flicks of the tongue is meant to appease and may prevent an uncomfortable situation from escalating into anything resembling a confrontation. Dogs do it with each other and with us, too. A look away that avoids direct eye contact likewise signals that a dog is urgently processing their current environment. Norwegian dog trainer Turid Rugaas, author of On Talking Terms with Dogs: Calming Signals, identifies the lip licking and averting of the eyes as selfcalming behaviors. She affirms, “When dogs are stressed by the environment, they start using calming signals to ease the stress.” When this happens, first try creating more space or distance between the dog and any perceived threat; this may return them to their body language norm. If not, consider using holistic calming aids like a properly mixed lavender essential oil spray or Bach Rescue Remedy Pet flower essences, keeping these well away from their face. Also try mentally engaging the dog

with learned cues. A quick game of sit, down, sit plus high-five allows them to engage in a familiar activity while they adjust to a new environment. If the pet does not respond to normal cues and continues to display multiple stress signals for an extended period, leave the scene altogether. Their anxiety hasn’t been relieved. If it’s still important that the dog learns to enjoy the troubling environment, work with a professional trainer that uses positive reinforcement tools to aid the transition (see PetProfessionalGuild. com or The trainer will assist in creating a plan that allows the pet to adjust at a pace that allows them to remain comfortable. By observing a dog’s posture, we can be confident of choosing mutually good outings. Susan Briggs, of Houston, TX, is co-author of Off-Leash Dog Play: A Complete Guide to Safety & Fun, co-founder of The Dog Gurus and owner of Crystal Canine (

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markyourcalendar Wellness Symposium: Winning with Wellness Featuring the following speakers: Dr. Allen Lewis, “Finding and Choosing Mental Wellness;” Dr. Anthony Piana, “Accelerating Wellness with Thermography;” Dr. Susan Silberstein of, “Fight Cancer with Your Fork;” Dr. Hal Blatman, “An Integrative Approach to Pain” and Dr. Nathan Morris, “Conscious Conception-Family Steps to Baby Planning.” $99 includes lunch and snack.

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TUESDAY, MAY 9 Wiggly Works – 3:30-4:30pm. Discover the world of worms in this hands-on program presented by the Hamilton County Soil and Water Conservation District. Ages 6-12. Reading Branch Library, 9001 Reading Rd, Cincinnati. 513-369-4465. Yoga for Kids – 4-5pm. Yoga for kids presented by a kid. Come and meet Vivienne Konz who is a certified to teach yoga. She would love to introduce you to the world of yoga. Hyde Park Branch, 2747 Erie Ave, Cincinnati. 513-369-4456.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 10 Spa Day for Mom – 4-5pm. Make lip balm and hand lotion for Mother’s Day. Price Hill Branch Library, 3215 Warsaw Ave, Cincinnati. 513-369-4490.


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Yoga with Gina Belew – 10:15-11:30am. Adults are invited to share their yoga practice with certified yoga instructor Gina Belew. Anderson Branch Library, 7450 State Rd, Anderson Township. 513369-6030.



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Use pages of old books to decorate ceramic pots for spring flowers. Covedale Branch Library, 4980 Glenway Ave, Cincinnati. 513-369-4460.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 17 Bluegrass Heritage of Southwestern Ohio Lecture Series – 2-5pm. This lecture series explores and documents the Bluegrass music heritage of the Miami Valley of Ohio. This event is co-sponsered by the Appalacian Studies department at Miami University of Ohio, Hamilton Campus. Main Library, Garden Reading Lounge, 800 Vine St, Cincinnati. 513-369-6900. Joyful Healing Laughing Yoga – 7-8:30pm. This is not your typical yoga class and does not incorporate traditional yoga moves. Laughter is nature’s most powerful stress buster and can have a profound effect on our health and well being. Wear loose, comfortable clothing and come prepared to move and laugh with Judi Winall. Symmes Township Branch Library, 11850 Enyart Rd, Loveland. 513-369-6001.

SATURDAY, MAY 27 Yoga with Gina Belew – 10:15-11:30am. Adults are invited to share their yoga practice with certified yoga instructor Gina Belew. Anderson Branch Library, 7450 State Rd, Anderson Township. 513369-6030.

ongoingevents sunday East Cincy Beginning Yoga – 9-10:15am. First class is free. $14/drop-in; passes available. 503 W Main St, Batavia. 513-331-9525. Spirited Flow with Kim Dawes – 9:30-10:45am. $15/drop-in. Gracetree Yoga and Growth Studio, 8933 Cincinnati Dayton Rd, West Chester. Register: Peace Practice Group – 12-1pm. Cordially discuss, skillfully practice peacefulness using ancient, modern and inner wisdom. Free. Covington. To register: 859-905-0109.

monday Embody Yoga – 9:30am. Whole body awareness. $15/drop-in, $40/mo. ECOconsciously Yoga, 4138 Hamilton Ave, Cincinnati. 513-301-9397. Noontime Nurture Yoga – 12-1:15pm. With Beverly Gorman. $15/drop-in. Gracetree Yoga and Growth Studio, 8933 Cincinnati Dayton Rd, West Chester. Register: Yoga Mind, Body & Soul – 6-7:15pm. With Donna Hansen. $15/drop-in. Gracetree Yoga and Growth Studio, 8933 Cincinnati Dayton Rd, West Chester. Register: Meditation – 7pm. Join Dr. Gary Pekoe as he gently guides us into our center for relaxing, guided deep meditation. $5 donation. Ailie Wellness Center, 3651 Harrison Ave, Cheviot. 513-432-4182. Gary@

tuesday Parkinson’s Disease Basic Class – 1:10-2:10pm. For those PD clients who are independent but require additional assistance. Clients in this group are required to have an assistant with them. $12. Coors Core Fitness, Anderson, 7693 Beechmont Ave, Cincinnati. For more info: 513-233-CORE. Yin/Yang Flow – 5:15pm. First class is free. $14/ drop-in; passes available. 503 W Main St, Batavia. 513-331-9525. Prenatal Yoga – 6-7:15pm. Led by Antonia von Hirschberg. $15/drop-in. Gracetree Yoga and Growth Studio, 8933 Cincinnati Dayton Rd, West Chester. Register: Restorative Yoga – 6:30-7:30pm. Beneficial for anyone recovering from physical injury and for stress relief. $10/session. Live Well Chiropractic Center,

6860 Tylersville Rd, Mason. To register, Jo Ellen Ryan: 505-635-9110 or Yoga with Susanne – 7-8pm. Unite the mind, body and spirit through yoga. Appropriate for beginners. Sign up now for discounted monthly classes. $7/ drop-in. Ailie Wellness Center, 3651 Harrison Ave, Cheviot. 513-432-4182.

wednesday Hatha Yoga with Tanuja Singh – 12-1pm. $15/ drop-in. Gracetree Yoga and Growth Studio, 8933 Cincinnati Dayton Rd, West Chester. Register: Free Women’s Defense/Fight Training – 7-8pm. Come join other women as you learn to box, kickbox and ground fight in this unique setting. Not your typical martial arts gym. Empowerment, exercise and skill. No experience necessary. Ages 13 and up with parental consent. Ailie Wellness Center, 3651 Harrison Ave, Cheviot. 513-432-4182. Gary@

thursday Madeira Farmers’ Market – Thru Sept. 3:30-7pm. Corner of Dawson & Miami, Madeira. Madeira I Am Yoga Kids Class – 5pm. Ages 7+. $7/drop-in, $20/mo. ECOnscioulsy Yoga, 4138 Hamilton Ave, Cincinnati. 513-301-9397. Free Women’s Defense/Fight Training – 7-8pm. Come join other women as you learn to box, kickbox and ground fight in this unique setting. Not your typical martial arts gym. Empowerment, exercise and skill. No experience necessary. Ages 13 and up with parental consent. Ailie Wellness Center, 3651 Harrison Ave, Cheviot. 513-432-4182. Gary@ Meditation Class – 7-8:30pm. 2nd Thurs. With Gary Matthews. $20. The Stillpoint Center, 11223 Cornell Park Dr, Blue Ash. 513-489-5302.

friday Parkinson’s Disease Advance Class – 11am. For those PD clients who are independent and can get on and off the floor and exercise on their own 3-4 days a week. $12. King’s Island-Church Venture. For more info: 513-233-CORE. Lettuce Eat Well Farmers’ Market – 3-7pm. Yearround market featuring many food and craft items. All 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 details: Wine Tasting – 4-7pm. Country Fresh Market and Wine Depot, 8315 Beechmont Ave, Anderson Township. 513-474-9167. Friday Fun Flow with Kim Dawes – 5-6pm. $15/ drop-in. Gracetree Yoga and Growth Studio, 8933 Cincinnati Dayton Rd, West Chester. Register:

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. Drum Circle – 9-11pm. Stillpoint Center for Healing Arts, 11223 Cornell Park Dr, Blue Ash. 513-4895302.

saturday Reiki Classes – Individual or group classes offered every Sat. Karma Wellness Studio, 2067 Beechmont Ave, Fl 2, Cincinnati. For pricing, times & registration: 513-233-9355. Qigong with Suman Jha – 9-10am. $15/dropin. Gracetree Yoga and Growth Studio, 8933 Cincinnati Dayton Rd, West Chester. Register: Parkinson’s Disease Advance Class – 9:30am. For those PD clients who are independent and can get on and off the floor and exercise on their own 3-4 days a week. $12. Blue Ash Choice Physical Therapy, 9419 Kenwood Rd, Blue Ash. For more info: 513-233-CORE. Give Back Yoga – 10:15-11am. Designed to gather community around a common cause while giving back the gift of yoga. Donation proceeds go to Give Back Yoga Foundation. ECOnsciously, 4138 Hamilton Ave, Cincinnati. 513-301-9397. Vitamin B-12 Shots – 10:30-11:30am. Susan’s Natural World, 8315 Beechmont Ave, Anderson Township. For more info: 513-474-4990. Yoga Retreat with Kellie Rubenacker – 10:3011:45am. $15/drop-in. Gracetree Yoga and Growth Studio, 8933 Cincinnati Dayton Rd, West Chester. Register: Introduction to Network Spinal Analysis Talk – 10:30am-12pm. 2nd Sat. Learn how stress affects posture and brain function. Must register: 513-321-3317. Parkinson’s Disease Advance Class – 11:30am. For those PD clients who are independent and can get on and off the floor and exercise on their own 3-4 days a week. $12. Coors Core Fitness, Anderson, 7693 Beechmont Ave, Cincinnati. For more info: 513-233-CORE. Wine Tasting – 2-5pm. Country Fresh Market and Wine Depot, 8315 Beechmont Ave, Anderson Township. 513-474-9167.

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Hal S. Blatman, MD 10653 Techwoods Cir Cincinnati, OH, 45242 513-956-3200 The Center offers a comprehensive individual program to help you and your body heal from injuries and aging in today’s environment-from hormones to tendons, from sexual to mental function, from migraines to foot pain. Visit us at Blatman See ad, back cover.




6860 Tylersville Rd, Ste 9 Mason, OH 45040 513-444-6343 Educational and medical facility focused on refilling hormone receptors that deplete with age. This strategy eradicates the symptoms of hormone imbalance and prevents disease as we age. Come see us! See ad, page 13.

Gary Huber, D.O. AOBEM 8170 Corporate Park Dr, Ste 150 513-924-5300 Integrative medicine blends traditional medical approaches with strong restorative natural therapies to yield the best path for finding your “ideal health.” Bio-identical hormones, thyroid, weight loss and more. See ad, page 3.


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Gary Huber, D.O. AOBEM 8170 Corporate Park Dr, Ste 150 513-924-5300 Integrative medicine blends traditional medical approaches with strong restorative natural therapies to yield the best path for finding your “ideal health.” Bio-identical hormones, thyroid, weight loss and more. See ad, page 3.

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859-739-3489 HPN High Performance Neurofeedback Clinician and Craniosacral Therapist uses effective methods to relax, increase brain performance an address symptoms of concussion, trauma, anxiety, depression, AD(H) D, autism, headache and more. See ad, page 9.


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Sheri Keller Burdick, PT, owner 7719 Five Mile Center, Five Mile Rd Anderson Township 513-604-6508 TheraPilates Fitness offers specialized one-on-one physical therapy evaluations and treatments. Treating neck and back disorders, orthopedic and sports related injuries, neurological disorders, joint replacements and injury prevention. We also offer Pilates Reformer group and private classes.

Stillpoint Center for Healing Arts 11223 Cornell Park Dr, Blue Ash, OH 45242 513-722-1917 Counseling, shamanic journey, soul retrieval, empowerment, energy work. See ad, page 20.

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Wanting to shed a few pounds or looking to make a drastic change? We have packages that meet and support you in any stage. This package includes nutrition consultations, a sugar cleanse, weight loss supporting supplements and more! See ad, page 3.


Gary Pekoe, PhD, President & CEO 3651 Harrison Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45211 513-432-4182 Ailie products relieve skin concerns like eczema, psoriasis, skin infections, dry skin and molluscum without pain, synthetic antibiotics or the fear of drug resistance. Our signature ingredient is from a plant that has been used safely for generations. We also use therapeutic essential oils to improve your health. See ad, page 17.


Jacky Groenwegen, LMT, CTT 8859 Cincinnati-Dayton Rd, Ste 007 West Chester, OH 45069 513-382-3132 Thermography is a radiationfree, state-of-the art screening procedure that uses heat detection to locate areas of temperature differences in the body. This pain-free, no touch, no radiation screening procedure locates and monitors breast abnormalities and changes in overall body conditions earlier. See ad, page 12.

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Ailie Wellness is a center for discovery, empowerment and transformations for you. We hold weekly classes for yoga, meditation, holistic health coaching, doterra workshops and oils, transformational coaching and free women’s self defense classes. Also check out our skincare products for psoriasis, eczema, MRSA, molluscum, dry skin and more! See ad, pages 17 and 20.


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The P-ShotÂŽ For Men While men have medications available that can improve sexual function, sometimes these pills are not sufficient. Or they used to work and now they are not as helpful. Perhaps you are not comfortable taking pills, but you are interested in natural ways to treat erectile dysfunction. There is another way. The P-Shot procedure works by using PRP to stimulate stem cells to grow healthier tissue. This helps to regenerate aging nerves to increase sensation and regain function of erectile tissue. The procedure takes less than 45 minutes and is performed by Dr. Blatman at his office, conveniently located in Blue Ash. P-Shot Benefits*: - Can add length and girth - Can make other therapies like Viagra or Cialis work better - Increased sensation and pleasure - No allergic reactions - Utilize your own body via Platelet Rich Plasma

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