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e know we have a finite amount of time on this Earth; what will you do with the time you have? In the grand scope of things, this new year concept is really quite arbitrary, but because we humans like to measure finite periods of time, the custom does offer us an opportunity to plant our foot and make a sharp turn in the trajectory of our life. Last month’s articles about near-death experiences and the regrets of the dying got a lot of people talking. Many readers expressed to me that these articles really struck a chord with them and that they too, were guilty of not living the life they wish they were, and this got me to thinking. In this month’s issue, we address the fresh start that a new year affords us. For many, it starts off by looking at our physical being, the shape of our body and the state of our health. It’s important stuff, and there’s a lot to be said for getting in shape; it’s a cornerstone of good health, and I encourage everyone to use the collective momentum going around to get on the bandwagon, get your health and fitness mentors in place, create a health and fitness lifestyle and stick with it. However, while you’re doing all that, you might also consider doing a different kind of exercise. It’s not difficult; anybody of any age can do it, and you won’t be physically sore afterward. Ready? Get out your iPad, use the voice-to-text app on your smart phone or grab a napkin and a pen if you must, and write your own eulogy. To give credit where credit is due, this idea was sent to me in a short weekly email I get from Rabbi David Wolpe, and on the heels of our December articles, it really hit home for me. In Wolpe’s “Off the Pulpit” email message this week, he says “Our world is infinitely rich, but our lives are not endless, so we have to decide what to cherish, what to discard, what to bypass, what to hold close.” He says that we tend to “reach, serially, for all the things one wants,” and in doing so, create “momentary satisfactions and enduring frustrations,” as we grab for too much and end up holding nothing. Wolpe suggests that one way to judge priorities is to push the virtual fast-forward button on your life and define what, at the end of life, would you be proud to have done? Writing a premature eulogy can be a huge priority-changer. As you write your “dream eulogy”, you may begin to realize that achieving the life you wish to have led and the legacy you want to leave is all derived from the series of choices we make along the way. Writing a dream eulogy can be a very useful exercise. It may boost courage to break old patterns or help us realize the critical nature of dismissing fear in our life. It can even be turned into a life agenda and a daily priority checkpoint. We do have limited time in this physical existence, and we simply cannot experience it all in any meaningful way. There are only so many friends we can really know, only so many books we can read, so many “things” we can really value and appreciate; so choose wisely, hold close and cultivate the things that will really help you achieve a life without regret, and leave a legacy of purpose and love that those whom you eventually leave behind can cherish, be proud of and emulate. Wishing you courage and all the best as we take the next steps in the rest of our lives!

Marteé Edwards, Publisher

newsbriefs Climb. Conquer. Cure.


he sixth annual Big D Climb, the first and largest stair climb in North Texas, will take place January 25 at Fountain Place, in Dallas, to honor those impacted by blood cancers and to raise money for the North Texas Chapter of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) in their effort to find a cure for leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma. Around 1,300 climbers from across the region take the challenge of climbing 52 flights of stairs (1,040 steps), competing individually or as a team. The Big D Climb has raised more than $530,000 to date. The climb begins with the elite climbers at 8 a.m., followed by the first responders division at 8:15, and then the rest of the climbers after that group. Water stations will be positioned throughout the climb. The cost is $45/$60 after January 12, and all climbers get a T-shirt, training recommendations and a pass to train at a 24 Hour Fitness location near them. Awards will be given to individual climbers and teams at the post-climb party for the best time in their age categories and for most funds raised. Location: 1445 Ross Ave., Dallas. For more information, call 972-996-5915 or visit

Look Good in the New Year


n celebration of the New Year and the desire to look one’s best, Massage Space in Plano, will be offering Natural Awakenings North Texas readers a special 30 percent off any of their regularly priced facial treatments in the month of January. In addition to the health and relaxation benefits of therapy massage, Massage Space’s line of skin care treatments can relieve stress while rejuvenating the skin. Treatments include microdermabrasion, facial treatments, AHA peels and waxing services. A licensed esthetician consults with customers and offers recommendations based on individual skin needs and the number of treatments appropriate for the skin type and condition. Microdermabrasion exfoliates the top layer of dead skin cells to reveal soft, newer cells beneath. Treatments are safe and painless with no known side effects. In addition to microdermabrasions, alpha-hydroxy acids (AHA) peels can be done using the benefits of Glycolic Acid, a gentle AHA acid that works differently from other chemical peeling agents. One of the mildest skin peels available, it has almost no side effects and requires very little downtime. Each treatment takes approximately 20 to 30 minutes. A series of treatments spaced 10 to 14 days apart generally provides the best results. An esthetician will discuss each option and the benefits. Location: 7000 Independence, Ste. 180, Plano. For more information or to book an appointment, call 972-612-5363 or visit See ad, page 12.

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newsbriefs North Texas Youths Tackle Hunger


he Souper Bowl of Caring is a national movement of young people working to fight hunger and poverty in their communities that is timed to coincide with football’s Super Bowl. Between January 15 and February 2, North Texas young people, some using a soup pot, will be asking for one dollar or one item of food for people in need, with 100 percent of the donation going to a local hunger-relief charity. For many of these youth, this is their first volunteer experience. Youth volunteers distribute the donated funds and food items directly to the charity of their choice, establishing a bond with the charity. Locally, the goal for 2014 is to raise more than $1.3 million for the North Texas Food Banks and local charities. About 13,000 young people volunteered in 2013, raising more than $1.1 million. With Texas having the fourth highest rate of food insecurity in the nation, the focused and cumulative efforts of Texas youth volunteers collected donations, ranked them number one in the nation last year for total donation dollars. All funds and food items collected were provided to hunger-relief charities in Texas communities. For more information or to make a donation, call 1-800-358-7687 or visit

Texas Interprets the Mardi Gras


ardi Gras! Galveston, commemorates 103 years on the island from February 21 to March 4. Situated on a 32-mile-long island, it is the nation’s third largest Mardi Gras celebration, with elaborate parades, headliner performances, family events, Gulf Coast cuisine, an ocean view and island-style festivities that include parade viewers shouting for beads, lively tunes played by colorful marching bands, 23 parades, 26 concerts, 20 balcony parties, laser light shows and elegant masked balls. New this year is the inaugural Official Umbrella Decorating Contest, with original decorated umbrellas voted on by the public. The Jolly Jester Jaunt 5K Run for Fun will be held at 11 a.m., February 22. Participants gallop through the historical Strand district with an optional stick pony. The first 500 gallopers will be awarded jester hats and jester-themed run shirts to celebrate the event in fashion. On February 23, Mardi Gras! transforms into Family Gras! for a day of kid-friendly events. Gates open at 11 a.m., featuring two parades, live entertainment and free admission for the public. Donations will be taken at the gate to benefit the Sunshine Kids and Shriners Hospitals for Children. For more information and a complete schedule of events, visit


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Texas Half and 5K Run to be Held in Irving


he 12th annual Texas Half and 5K run will take place February 2, at the Irving Convention Center. With around 1,200 runners, the course is mostly flat with running surfaces that combine the Campion Trail pathway, with some asphalt and concrete. There is a time limit of three-and-ahalf hours. Both the Texas Half and 5K use chip timing technology in the bib to precisely record times from start to finish. Disposable timing tags come with bib number and race packet. Everyone crossing the finish line in the half-marathon will receive an event jacket and finisher medal. Runners in the 5K will receive a T-shirt. Event packets can be picked up Feb 1 at select Academy Sports locations, or on race day at the event. Walkers are welcome to participate. Water and aid stations, porto-lets and race personnel will be stationed throughout the course. Parking is free. The half-marathon begins at 8 a.m., followed by the 5K at 8:15. The 5K run starts and ends at the halfmarathon finish line at the convention center. Post-race festivities will be held in the convention center at 9 a.m. with the award ceremony beginning at 9:30. Location: 500 W. Las Colinas Blvd., Irving. For more information on registration, packet pick-up and pricing, call 817-706-0368 or visit

Fort Worth Rodeo Has Deep Roots

T Let the TAAF Winter Games Begin


he ninth annual Texas Amateur Athletic Federation’s (TAAF) Winter Games will be held January 18 and 19, in Frisco, providing a venue for 4,000 amateur athletes in Texas to compete in a multitude of sporting events. Patterned after the Olympics, the winter games allow the best amateur athletes in Texas to compete on an annual basis in 13 different sports, with nine events played in sports facilities throughout Frisco, two in Plano and two in Dallas. The 13 winter games in this year’s competition include archery, basketball, bowling, fencing, figure skating, flag football, gymnastics, ice hockey, martial arts, rock climbing, soccer, swimming and table tennis. Medals will be awarded in each division for first, second and third place. Medalists in qualifying sports will be eligible to compete in the National State Games of America in Lincoln, Nebraska, in the summer of 2015. The nonprofit TAAF is tasked to establish and maintain the highest ideals of amateur sports in the state of Texas; promote the development of physical education and to encourage the standardization of rules of all amateur athletics, games and competitions. Membership comprises more than 210,000 individuals in 140 organizations.

he oldest livestock show in America, the 118th annual Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo will be held from January 17 to February 8 at the Will Rogers Memorial Center, in Fort Worth. Spectators get to watch the toughest cowboys and cowgirls from all over compete for three weeks. Admission also includes access to three Fort Worth museums: the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History, the Cattle Raisers Museum and the National Cowgirl Museum. Entertainment includes livestock shows, 4-H and FFA livestock exhibitors, PRCA Extreme Bull Riding, live music, bronc riding, a fiesta-style Best of Mexico Celebracion, a rodeo camp, chuck wagon races, the Best of the West invitational ranch rodeo, an art contest, the Cowboys of Color Rodeo, six acres of carnival games, midway rides, food, four acres of shopping, kid-friendly interactive activities and free educational entertainment. New this year is a one-night only Super Shootout Rodeo event held at 7:30 p.m., January 23, featuring champions from eight of the greatest rodeos across the country competing for a $100,000 purse. Location: 3400 Burnett Tandy Dr., Fort Worth. For more information, call 817877-2420 or visit

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Physical Training Groups Forming Now for Charity Teams


elebrating 26 years as the world’s largest and most successful endurance sports charity training program, the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) Team In Training (TNT), has helped more than 570,000 people achieve their dream of completing a marathon, half-marathon, triathlon, 100-mile (century) bicycle ride or hike adventure, while raising $1.3 billion for charity. The North Texas spring season program is forming now. In 1994, a group of North Texas residents traveled to the Honolulu Marathon, officially beginning the North Texas Team In Training fundraising campaign. Since then, the local chapter has raised more than $35 million and trained more than 10,000 runners, walkers, cyclists, hikers and triathletes. Participants in the TNT program receive four months of training by certified professional coaches in exchange for raising funds to support cancer research and patient services. Coaches craft customized training regiments that fit a participant’s fitness level, in addition to providing advice on nutrition, hydration and injury prevention. TNT members may choose to participate in one of more than 200 accredited events in the United States and abroad. Once they have met training and fundraising goals, transportation to and from the chosen event, hotel accommodations and entry fees are handled by the TNT program. For more information, call 972-9965900 (Dallas) or 817-288-2642 (Ft. Worth) or visit


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Helping the Less Fortunate, One Soupbowl at a Time


Kabbalah Centre has Moved and Expanded


ne year after opening in Dallas as a bookstore with a few small classes, the Kabbalah Centre of Dallas has moved to a larger facility due to rapid student growth and the growing interest in Kabbalah teachings. The new larger facility can accommodate class sizes up to 75 people, with room to hold seminars and special events. Courses include introductory and advanced classes in both English and Spanish, and the teaching staff has doubled. Kabbalah courses are based on the sacred text of the Zohar, translated for the first time more than 90 years ago. The wisdom is quite understandable and applicable to everyday life. The Kabbalistic approach to creation, spiritual and universal laws are taught in a way that is surprisingly relevant. The Centre will be offering the introductory Power of Kabbalah courses on January 15 in Spanish and January 16 in English. Registration and class information is available at the Centre bookstore and online. Natural Awakenings North Texas readers that mention the magazine when visiting will receive a free copy of the book If You Don’t Like Your Life, Change It.

he fifth annual North Texas Soup-N-Bowl will be held January 25 at The Tribute, in The Colony. Attendees can enjoy fresh, savory soups while providing support and raising awareness for the nonprofit Metro Relief food pantry in their efforts to fight hunger and hopelessness in North Texas. Hosted at The Tribute Golf Links on Lake Lewisville, all soups are prepared by local chefs and restaurants, and fresh breads and desserts will be available, as well. Soups will be served by celebrities from the North Texas area. Adults can participate in a silent auction while kids experience some fun in the family area with face painting, games and entertainment. All funds raised will be used for direct assistance. The Metro Relief food pantry began as a ministry of Horizons Church in The Colony in 2006 and provides food assistance to local families in need from newborns to the elderly. Many families seek crisis assistance, which means for a variety of reasons they have nothing—no food and possibly no shelter. Hours are from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Location: 1000 Lebanon Rd. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 214705-3090 or visit

kudos Deborah Z. Bain, M.D., owner of Healthy Kids Pediatrics, in Frisco, has successfully completed the course of study, passed both the case report and written exam and is now recognized as an Institute of Functional Medicine (IFM) certified practitioner. She is also the only board certified pediatrician in Texas who is a also certified functional medicine practitioner. Bain is known for her thinking out-of-the box medical Deborah Z. Bain, M.D. philosophy and her commitment to helping patients adopt healthy lifestyles in order to cure and/or prevent disease. Candidates have up to seven years to complete the course of study and take the exam. Bain completed all the coursework and exam in less than a year. For more information, call 972-294-0808 or visit See ad, page 13.

Location: 17370 Preston Rd. (between Campbell Rd. and Frankford Rd.), Ste. 470, Dallas. For more information or to register for a class, call 214-446-0251 or visit See ad, page 39. natural awakenings

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Bringing Balance to the Body and Mind at

Daphne Acupuncture Center


t Daphne Acupuncture Center, in Plano, while balancing the body and mind.” owner and third-generation Chinese Su brings a passion for holistic health care Medical Doctor (China), Daphne Su, LAc, to the center, helping people with a variety is dedicated to helping people live a physically of chronic health issues, including allergies, healthy and emotionally balanced life. “We esasthma, migraines, chronic pain, depression, tablish a compassionate and healing partnership anxiety, women’s issues (fibroids, menopause with our patients through in-office treatments, symptoms, dysmenorrhea, PMS and amenorherbal therapy, Asian bodywork, dietary therapy rhea), digestive disorders, high blood pressure and patient education,” says Su. As a master of and fibromyalgia. She says “We help many that acupuncture and Oriental medicine with a cliniare suffering acute or chronic aches and pains, cal internship at Zhen Xing Hospital, in Shangdigestion problems, low energy or are unable to Daphne Su Hai, China, Su utilizes a variety of therapies, relax their mind at the end of the day. They may including acupuncture, cupping, moxibustion, herbal recomeven just want a more joyful and balanced life.” mendations, pulse diagnostics and a tongue evaluation. At the center, each patient is evaluated and treated as an Acupuncture and herbal medicine are holistic forms of individual whose specific health is affected by diet, lifestyle medical care and key components of the ancient practice of and the surrounding environment. A comprehensive diagTraditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), a complete healing system nosis is given, followed by a treatment plan tailored to their based on the idea that our health is subject to the balance of qi, specific needs. or vital energy, traveling through the body along specific merid Daphne Acupuncture Center provides herbal products ians. Practitioners of TCM work to unblock the natural flow of qi from their onsite herbal pharmacy, with or without acupuncand bring the body back into harmony and wellness. ture treatment. The acupuncture center offers the highest qual Su has furthered her knowledge in TCM and related ity health care through alternative medical therapy, encouragstudies through postgraduate work at prestigious instituing patients to engage in a healing partnership by utilizing tions of higher learning the acupuncture center’s and health care seminars ongoing wellness program in China and the United and maintenance treatments States. She says, “If you’re to sustain their health. seeking an alternative or complement to conventionThe Daphne Acupuncture al medicine and want to get Center is located at 4101 to the root cause of your Spring Creek Pkwy., Ste. health problems, not just 200, in Plano. For more information or to schedule put a temporary bandage an appointment, call on them, we can help. Our 972-665-8618 or visit mission is to support you in DaphneAcupunctureCenter this process and help you .com. See listing, page 44. achieve your wellness goals


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Produce Banishes the Blues


ew research from New Zealand’s University of Otago shows that consuming more whole fruits and vegetables increases peacefulness, happiness and energy in one’s daily life. Scientists discovered the strong relationship to be particularly apparent in countering winter blues. A total of 281 college-age students filled out an online food diary and mood survey for 21 consecutive days. Results showed that eating fruits and vegetables one day led to improvements in positive mood the next day, regardless of other key factors, such as body mass index. Other types of food did not produce the same uplifting effect. “After further analysis, we demonstrated that young people would need to consume approximately seven to eight total servings of fruits and vegetables per day to notice a meaningful positive change,” says Tamlin Conner, Ph.D., with the university’s department of psychology. “One serving of fruit or vegetables is approximately the size that could fit in our palm, or half a cup.” Study coauthor Bonnie White suggests that this can be accomplished by having vegetables comprise half of the plate at each meal and snacking on whole fruit like apples. The American Psychiatric Association acknowledges that seasonal affective disorder (SAD) affects, at least mildly, as many as 20 percent of Americans.

Art Heartens Seniors


ust looking at a painting by Picasso, Dali or Warhol can brighten the world for seniors, according to researchers at Britain’s Newcastle University. After just three visits to a gallery, the researchers found positive changes in the participating seniors’ opinions about their life experiences and abilities in light of their ages. The gallery visits further inspired participants to become more involved with others and their communities.

Sweets Sour Brain Power


inging on sweets and soda in an effort to bone up for exams or presentations probably has the opposite effect, according to a new animal study from the University of California, Los Angeles. Researchers found that eating or quaffing too much fructose, like that found in cane sugar and the highfructose corn syrups permeating many processed foods, can cause unclear thinking, poor learning and impaired memory. Scientists have long known that high-fructose diets increase the risk for diabetes, obesity and fatty liver. Now the UCLA team has discovered that only six weeks of a high-fructose diet slowed the animals’ brains. The good news is that eating omega-3 fatty acids like those found in cold water fish appear to counteract the negative effects of fructose, enabling the animals to think more clearly.

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Vitamin C Halves Colds in Athletes


aking vitamin C before engaging in physically demanding activities helps keep colds away for people that are heavy exercisers, say Finnish researchers at the University of Helsinki. While their meta-study showed that nonexercisers that took vitamin C daily gained little or no protection from colds, the story for marathoners, competitive skiers and soldiers on subarctic assignments was much different. The study, published in the Cochrane Review, found that the 598 heavy exercisers cut their risk of colds in half.

Mammograms Carry Cancer Risk


here is growing evidence that mammograms, which are the primary screening tool for breast cancer, may cause it. Scientists have long known that radiation causes cancer, and now research published in the British Journal of Radiobiology reports that the so-called “low-energy X-rays” used in mammography are four to six times more likely to cause breast cancer than conventional high-energy X-rays because the low-energy variety causes more mutational damage to cells. Mammograms led to a 30 percent rate of over-diagnosis and overtreatment, according to a study published in the Cochrane Review. Researchers wrote in the study, “This means that for every 2,000 women invited for screening throughout 10 years, one will have her life prolonged and 10 healthy women, who would not have been diagnosed if there had not been screening, will be treated unnecessarily. Furthermore, more than 200 women will experience important psychological distress for many months because of false positive findings.” Many women and functional medicine doctors are now choosing non-invasive and radiation-free annual thermograms as a safer alternative. Those at high risk for breast cancer may choose to do periodic MRI screenings, a recommendation supported by research at Britain’s University Hospitals Birmingham. 12

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More Bok Choy, Less Ice Cream Boosts Breast Health


The Toxic Side of Tylenol


s the evidence of the harmful effects of Tylenol increases, there is a growing call for it to be removed from the market. Its active ingredient, acetaminophen, once thought to be an effective and safe pain reliever for adults and children, turns out to have dangerous effects. A related study by University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center researchers leads with the fact that each year, acetaminophen causes more than 100,000 calls to poison control centers, 50,000 emergency room visits, 26,000 hospitalizations and more than 450 deaths from liver failure. The U.S. Acute Liver Failure Study implicates acetaminophen poisoning in nearly half of all cases of acute liver failure in this country. When taken with alcohol or without food, the effects on the liver are multiplied. Doctor of Naturopathy Michael Murray, of Phoenix, Arizona, reports in that regular use of acetaminophen is linked to a higher likelihood of asthma, infertility and hearing loss, especially in men under 50. Last summer, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a warning linking acetaminophen use to three rare and sometimes fatal skin conditions. “Can you imagine if the side effects and risks associated with acetaminophen were associated with a dietary supplement?” opines Murray. “It would be yanked from the market immediately.”

howing down on cruciferous veggies reduces the risk of recurring breast cancer, say Vanderbilt University researchers, while consuming too many high-fat dairy products produces an opposite effect, according to the National Cancer Institute (NCI). The paper on veggies presented at the American Association for Cancer Research showed that the more cruciferous vegetables a woman ate in the first two years after her breast cancer diagnosis, the lower was her risk of the cancer returning or death from the original cancer. Eating broccoli, cauliflower, bok choy and cabbage worked to reduce the rate of recurring breast cancer by 35 percent and the risk of death in the following nine years by 62 percent. On the other side of the coin, the NCI study showed that women treated for early stage breast cancer that regularly ate one or more servings of high-fat milk, cheese, yogurt or ice cream increased their risk of dying of breast cancer by 44 percent and of earlier death from all causes by 64 percent.

Brief Bouts of Yoga Bolster the Brain


ust 20 minutes of yoga postures, breathing and meditation are valuable tools for bolstering mental functioning. A study from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign reports that a single, 20-minute hatha yoga session significantly improved participants’ speed and accuracy on tests of working memory, focus, retention and ability to absorb and use new information. Study participants didn’t get the same positive brain buzz from 20 minutes of aerobics. The study appeared in the Journal of Physical Activity & Health.

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


White Resorts Go Even Greener As skiers flock to snow-covered trails this winter, more ski resorts are going greener to save energy and support the environment. Arapahoe Basin, in Colorado, recently received a National Ski Areas Association Sustainable Slopes grant for retrofitting its base area lighting that will annually slice off an estimated 53,000-plus kilowatt hours of usage. A-Basin, Vail Resorts and others in the area provide their restaurants’ used vegetable oil to outside companies for recycling into biofuels. Aspen, Vail, Copper Mountain and other Colorado resorts installed more photovoltaic solar arrays on buildings prior to the current season. Stratton Mountain Ski Resort, in Vermont, installed a 1,500-horsepower electric snowmaking air compressor last summer, replacing a diesel model. Purchased in consultation with the statewide energy utility Efficiency Vermont, it delivers more cubic feet of air per minute using less, and cleaner, energy. Since 2009, the state’s Bolton Valley ski area, plus Jiminy Peak and Berkshire East, both in Massachusetts, have all installed wind turbines to generate energy. Sarah Wojcik, director of public affairs at the Vermont Ski Areas Association, attests that resorts are doing their part to keep mountains green. Sources:,

Smoke Choke

Big Coal’s Big Plans to Hasten Climate Change Environmentalists are mounting an effort to stop the coal industry from exporting millions of tons of coal to China and keep the coal in the ground by halting the construction of huge new coal export terminals at ports in Oregon and Washington. The nation’s two largest coal companies want to strip-mine vast reserves in Wyoming and Montana’s Powder River Basin, and then ship the coal by rail to the ports. “Based on our back-of-the-envelope calculation, the burning of this exported coal could have a larger climate impact than all of the oil pumped through the Keystone pipeline,” says Kimberly Larson, a spokesperson for the Power Past Coal campaign, a coalition of more than 100 environmental and community groups that oppose the coal terminals. Many U.S. coal-fired power plants still operate, but they’re being squeezed out of business by new federal standards for mercury, arsenic and other toxins that take effect in 2016. Also, the price of natural gas in America has fallen below that of coal. China already accounts for almost half of the world’s coal consumption, and demand continues to skyrocket for cheap, coal-fired electricity to power its growing industrial parks and mega-cities. Source: 14

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Grassroots Gumption

Citizen Action Wins Against Monsanto and More The Center for Food Safety (CFS), a national nonprofit advocating in the public interest, works to protect human health and the environment by curbing the use of harmful food production technologies and promoting organic and other forms of sustainable agriculture. It confirms that actions such as signing petitions really do make a difference. For instance, the CFS cites a hard-fought campaign that pushed the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to respond to a lawsuit and remove arsenic from chicken feed. They credit the thousands of consumers that joined the effort, saying, “Together, we forced the FDA to remove arsenic ingredients in animal feed used for our nation’s chickens, turkeys and hogs, and 98 of the 101 drug approvals for arsenic-based animal drugs will be withdrawn.” More recently, CFS reports that half a million citizen phone calls and emails had a significant effect in killing an extension of the so-called “Monsanto protection act” in the Senate. Formally named the Farmer Assurance Provision, the measure undermined the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s authority to ban genetically modified crops, even if court rulings found they posed risks to human and environmental health. Source:

Life Threat

Evidence Mounts of GMO Dangers

Whale Wars

Military Exercises Threaten Sea Life During the next five years, the U.S. Navy’s war games, using live munitions in our coastal waters, will potentially kill 186 whales and dolphins off the East Coast and 155 more off Hawaii and Southern California, according to computer models. Rear Admiral Kevin Slates rationalizes the casualties by stating, “Without this realistic testing and training, our sailors can’t develop or maintain the critical skills they need or ensure the new technologies can be operated effectively.” On the upside, marine scientists are currently using mobile devices to reduce the number of whales struck and killed off California’s coast by large commercial ships. An app called Whale Spotter employs crowd-sourcing to gather data, allowing sailors, fishermen and marine scientists that spot whales to plot their locations on an interactive map. Such a network can track marine mammals in real time as they migrate. These maps are useful to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and U.S. Coast Guard officials responsible for recommending changes in vessel routes.

The nonprofit Non-GMO Project, committed to preserving and building sources of non-GMO (genetically modified organism) products and educating consumers on such verified choices, is focusing on Bt corn and Bt soy, which make up 90 percent of America’s total crop. Its scientists explain, “These crops have genes from a bacteria called bacillus thuringiensis spliced into their natural genetic code. This causes the plant to produce Bt-toxin—a pesticide that bursts the stomach of insects that eat it, killing them.” Monsanto and Syngenta, which manufacture genetically engineered seeds, claim that genetically modified (GE, GM or GMO) crops are safe for humans because the Bt-toxin is completely destroyed in the human digestive system and doesn’t have any impact on animals and humans. But Norwegian scientists’ decade-long study of rats, mice, pigs and salmon raised on GE feed published in 2012 found that due to alterations in their digestive tracts, the animals ate more, got fatter and were less able to digest proteins; they also suffered from diminished immune systems. There is also mounting evidence that the spread of such crops is responsible for the dramatic decline of the monarch butterfly, the near annihilation of bats and the spread of honeybee colony collapse syndrome. To get involved, visit


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Global Watchdog

United Nations Panel Zeroes in on Sustainability The United Nations (UN) has created a new scientific advisory board under the aegis of UNESCO, mandated to advise UN executives, participating countries and other stakeholders on the use of science, technology and innovation in achieving sustainable development. The 26 international experts appointed to the board span a broad spectrum of disciplines including: basic sciences; engineering and technology; social sciences and humanities; ethics; health; and economic, behavioral and agricultural sciences, as well as the environmental sciences more commonly associated with sustainability. The board’s inaugural meeting in December focused on outcomes of the 2013 UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20), and from other large-scale interdisciplinary processes, such as the 2012 Planet Under Pressure Conference, held in London, and the Future Earth 10-year international research initiative.

Wonderfully Made

A Guide to Help Parents & Parents-to-Be by dr. glenn King

“Wonderfully Made will give you the ability to contribute to the best possible outcome for you and your child.” – Bess Edwards, RN for a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU).


xpecting parents have plenty to worry about, especially when it comes to the health of the mother and new baby. Families looking for natural options to maintain health before, during and after pregnancy will benefit from Wonderfully Made: A Guide to Help Parents and Parents-to-Be. This latest offering from the King Institute, Inc., features full-color illustrations and photos, and guides readers in a comprehensive natural and non-toxic approach to help families with fertility issues through birth and how to address common problems at all stages of pregnancy. Readers can learn the meanings behind common medical terminology like gestational age, lunar months and days, ovulatory age and more. The book also features a week-to-week fetal development guide, tips on toxin sources that affect mother and child, effective and non-invasive ways to help with morning sickness, what to do for breached babies, breast-feeding issues and emergency first-aid for infants and toddlers. Authors Glenn T. King, PhD, CDN, CN, and Pamela J. Relyea wrote Wonderfully Made after 25 years of working with many families dealing with a variety of health issues surrounding fertility, pregnancy and infants in Dr. King’s practice. They now share the solutions that they have discovered over the years in this comprehensive guide that Dr. King started more than six years prior to its now first printing. A book of this type is expected to be filled with information, fascinating illustrations and charts, which it is, but it also includes instructions for direct help with most issues and illustrations to make it easy for anyone to provide effective help when needed. Wonderfully Made is available for purchase at KingInstitute. org and on Amazon for $51.25 plus shipping and handling. See ad, page 26.


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ecotip Dinner Engagement

Deep Conversation Accompanies Good Food The pursuit of combining good food and conversation is taking on new, more fulfilling formats. Instead of idle chit-chat or gossip over high-calorie feasts, many people are showing an appetite to fill their lives with more meaningful discussions while dining on healthy meals. The international Green Drinks phenomenon was among the first to successfully mix eco-conscious conversation with healthy beverages; now, thought-provoking initiatives are mixing regular banter with bites in ways that are both lively and nurturing. Those seeking the exotic may indulge in The Philosopher’s Table: How to Start Your Philosophy Dinner Club—Monthly Conversation, Music and Recipes, by Marietta McCarty, following guidelines to immerse guests in the tastes and cultures of 12 different cities and countries. Suggested themes include saluting the present-day benefits of the work of women’s rights pioneer Jane Addams while sipping multi-bean soup (Chicago) or consuming uplifting perspectives of ancient philosopher Lao Tzu over shrimp dumplings with dipping sauce (China). Recommended discussion topics at include self-identity and self-reflection, current events and appreciating the arts. A search function for finding a local chapter complements advice on launching a new one. provides links to groups nationwide that forge connections with fellow enthusiasts, share dishes and network. It also provides information, recipes and other helpful resources. Touring experts in the preparation and benefits of raw food and vegan, plant-based diets show up everywhere from natural food restaurants and retailers to health expos and foodie Meetup events. Speakers include Brian Clement, Brenda Cobb, Paul Nison, Jenna Norwood, Karen Ranzi and David Wolfe.

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Massage Space A Peaceful Getaway in Plano by Beth Davis


ince opening in 2007 as a center for mind, body and spirit, Massage Space, in Plano, has been dedicated to providing a safe and warm environment to help clients escape life’s everyday hassles—a place to relax, rejuvenate and find inner peace. Over the years, Massage Space has built a solid reputation for affordable, quality service. It’s a status of which owners Lena Demina and Anatoly Kolmakov are quite proud. “We truly believe Massage Space is different because we personalize the experience for clients,” says Demina. “Prior to the massage, we have a consultation and take the time to really listen to the needs of the client. So, for example, a full-body massage may be scheduled,


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but the therapist may focus on one area, based on the consultation.” Since its inception, Massage Space has grown to employ around 15 therapists offering modalities such as Swedish massage, deep tissue, hot stone therapy, sports massage, myofascial therapy, reflexology, prenatal and postnatal massage, trigger-point therapy and more. Lymphatic drainage massage is one style gaining in popularity as more clients request it, according to Demina. She says it can increase the volume of lymph flow, vastly increasing the system’s ability to remove toxins and infectious materials. As part of the whole body experience, they’ve recently implemented skincare treatments designed to improve

beauty, health and balance to the skin and body. A skin treatment is specific to that client’s skin, customized specifically for them by an expert skin esthetician utilizing the Dermalogica line of products. Demina notes that Dermalogica has pioneered new standards for product performance and are known to restore health to all skin types. Using only the finest ingredients available, all Dermalogica products are non-comedogenic and contain no occlusive mineral oil or lanolin, no irritating artificial colors or fragrance and no drying agents, especially denatured alcohol or formaldehyde. “Not only is Dermalogica well known for their effective formulations, but they have an office in Dallas, which makes it convenient for us to upgrade our knowledge,” notes Demina. “I’m also impressed by their wide range of products—they cover a lot of skin conditions, such as eczema and rosacea. Not to mention it’s affordable for a client’s home regime.” Prior to the skin treatment, the therapist will take the time to discuss the client’s current skin regimen, as well as their needs and goals. The therapist can then recommend solutions based on his or her findings. Customized facials can last from 30 minutes to one hour and range from styles like relaxation, anti-aging, sensitive skin or an eye treatment. Microdermabrasion and waxing services are also available. Demina says healthy skin really translates to a healthy mind and body. “It really does create a beauty from within. Bright, firm, glowing skin gives us a feeling of self-confidence that is so crucial to overall wellness.” Realizing

that many people have never had a facial, Massage Space even created short sessions so they may get a taste of the transforming experience. From the beginning, Massage Space has offered a personal wellness program, which entitles clients to discounts on their choice of a 60-, 90- or 120-minute massages as many times per month as they want. These prepaid massages are also transferable to another family member within the same household. Unused massage sessions carry over to the next month or members can even exchange them for gift certificates or retail goods. Because massage therapy works as a treatment plan, the idea is to give clients affordable prices, which enables them to come more often. Although one massage feels good and there may be some relief, it’s over the course of several massage treatments that the real benefits are realized. “It is all about helping people who may be struggling financially, but are also struggling with pain,” notes Kolmakov. “We can help them afford what they need to do to help alleviate the pain.” Keeping clients happy is exactly what drives Kolmakov and Demina. “We are so grateful to have a great team,” she explains. “When people are passionate about what they do, that energy goes to the client and we’re all about spreading good energy. It makes me so happy every time a client leaves satisfied.” Massage-Space is located at 7000 Independence Pkwy., Ste. 180, in Plano. For more information, call 972-612-5363 or visit See ad, page 12. natural awakenings

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Fitness à la Carte

The Latest, Hottest Trends by Christine MacDonald

This year, many Americans are set to rock the charts by turning over a new leaf and morphing from more conventional workout modes to fresh takes on fitness.

Chart Toppers

Activities high on people’s lists these days reflect a perceived scarcity of time and money. The top picks, according to the Indianapolis-based American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Worldwide Survey of Fitness Trends for 2014, will be high-intensity interval training (HIIT) and body weight training. Both pursuits have been contenders in recent years, but are cresting the survey for the first time. A HIIT session, typically involving rapid bursts of activity interspersed with brief rest periods, usually takes less than 30 minutes. Body weight training’s appeal stems from its effectiveness and minimal need for fancy equipment or special gear. The survey—involving hundreds of personal trainers, gym owners and other fitness insiders—further notes an increasing diversity in fitness offerings, plus some contradictory trends. Not everyone, for instance, is cost-conscious; 20

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fitness professionals anticipate the continued rise of boutiques specializing in niche activities. Those with momentum range from ballet-inspired barre workouts to Pound and Drums Alive sessions, in which people “rock out” while they work out. Grace DeSimone, an ACSM spokesperson, equates specialized offerings to an à la carte menu, with individuals choosing tasty workout modes. “It’s like a buffet,” she says. While a single class can cost up to $25, there seldom are membership fees. Muscles are treated to varied workouts, even if only once a week in a “boutique” treatment. “It’s good for your body to crosstrain; if you do the same thing over and over again, your body adapts,” DeSimone advises. Unless a competitive athlete is looking to improve performances in a given sport, repeating the same exercise daily can lead to injury and

lessen the desired positive impact, she says. “Your body likes change.” Spinning spin-offs like Soulcycle, Flywheel and Kinetic Cycling represent an evolution of indoor classes and oldschool outdoor cycling. Meanwhile, fitness instructors and wellness consultants note that Zumba has set the stage for dance-oriented workouts, diverging from Latin rhythms into hip-hop and other music genres. If workouts are increasingly encroaching on “social” activities like dancing, it’s because the nation—or at least the expanding population trying to live healthier lifestyles—is undergoing a broader lifestyle transformation, says Jim White, of Virginia Beach, Virginia. The registered dietitian, award-winning fitness pro and national spokesman for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics observes, “There’s a shift in culture.” He says, “People are sick of ‘yo-yoing’ with fad diets and exercise routines, and they are looking for effective new approaches, whether for dieting, social life, accountability or competition.” He sees this new mindset fueling the proliferation of websites and phone

apps that facilitate everything from counting calories and steps walked daily to on-the-go workouts.

What’s Playing

Interval Training: Both high- and low-intensity variations can resemble a fountain of youth for older adults, says DeSimone. These can range from integrating a few five-minute sprints to enhance a half-hour walk to engaging in formalized Asian-influenced Tabata classes and boot camps. High-intensity workouts aren’t for everyone. “HIIT is best delivered when it does not use the one-size-fits-all approach,” says Tony Ordas, a kinesiology lecturer at California State University, San Marcos. “Participants need to have an established level of cardiovascular endurance before increasing intensity.” Body Weight Training: The natural, timeless exercise approach of using our own body weight instead of equipment can, if done right, hone muscles and build core strength, often in creative ways. Personal Training, Small-Group Training and Wellness Coaching: Rising demand by individuals for sup-

port in achieving their desired results is propelling growing numbers of trainers and coaches to obtain health and fitness college degrees and postgraduate certifications. Specialized Fitness Programs: Programs geared to the needs of particular groups such as pregnant women, older adults, dog owners and those interested in losing weight remain popular. Activities vary in approach and intensity, but often emphasize “functional fitness”, focusing on building strength and balance useful in everyday life, rather than more athletic or competitive training. Yoga: This ancient mind-body workout continues to extend from East to West, building on a host of classical forms such as hatha, ashtanga, kripalu, kundalini and Vinyasa. Relatively new forms also are extensive, from power yoga, Bikram and Yogalates to emerging hybrids like the yoga/surfing combination of Yoga Board. Christine MacDonald is a freelance journalist in Washington, D.C., whose specialties include health and science. Visit

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Ever-More-Green in

Easy Ways to Go Eco Right Now by Avery Mack


ew Year resolutions can be a distant memory by midJanuary, due to unrealistic expectations, slow results and distractions that sideline good intentions. Yet we may still reap the rewards of a greener, healthier lifestyle by progressively adopting small, doable changes.

Nifty Switches

January white sales present a prime opportunity to change to organic cotton sheets and dry-fast towels to reduce energy usage. Local animal shelters welcome old towels and blankets. Homeless shelters also accept gently used clean linens, and outgrown cold-weather gear. Replace family toothbrushes with eco-friendly models made from renewable castor oil plants instead of petroleum. The Naturally Clean Toothbrush is BPA-free and recyclable ( Each day, Americans use 500 million disposable straws, reports Milo Cress, founder of the Be Straw Free Campaign ( Discarded plastic straws and stirrers are on the Ocean Conservancy’s top 10 list of debris littering beaches. Cindy Schiff Slansky, CEO of GreenPaxx, in New York City, suggests using a reusable silicone straw. “The bright colors help keep track of each person’s drink. They’re in my purse for when I eat out with my kids,” she says. “We always say no to disposable straws.” Also consider paper straws that compost within 45 to 60 days. Plug electronics into power-saving energy strips that can be turned off when machines aren’t in use. Completely shutting down computers saves more energy than using sleep mode. When it’s time for a more energy-efficient fridge or freezer, call the electric company. The Appliance Recycling Centers of America work with utilities to pick up and recycle working appliances. Air conditioners and dehumidifiers are accepted with a qualifying fridge or freezer. Alternatively, call a local recycling company for a curb pickup of broken appliances; even easier, confirm that the company 22

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Switch to public transportation or telecommuting at least twice a week to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. delivering a new appliance will take away and recycle the old one. Upgrade to a greener model when the need arises to change cars. California, Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island and Vermont have pledged to speed the construction of charging stations in their states and project collectively having 3.3 million battery-powered cars, plug-in hybrids and other clean-burning vehicles on their roads by 2025. To make clean and renewable home energy affordable and increase property values, Sunrun installs and maintains home solar power panels in 1,000 cities in 11 states for low and predictable monthly rates ( Choose green products carrying the 1% for the Planet logo. Identify participating companies at OnePercentPlanet.

Table Tips

One-pot, slow-cooked hearty stews and soups—especially made with seasonal, locally grown vegetables—use less energy and need less water to wash. A slow cooker can also steam rice, make yogurt or bake simple, whole-grain breads ( Dave Feller, CEO of, in Redwood City, California, adds, “Slow cooking tenderizes meats and brings out flavor, even in less expensive cuts. It’s also a timesaver.” Yummly recipes detail ingredients, cooking times and nutritional values. For family snacks, Terry Walters, the Avon, Connecticut, author of Clean Food and Clean Start, advocates going untraditional. “Get closer to the green plant than the processing plant,” she advises. At least once a week, she likes to try a new food. “Roasted chick peas, kale chips or a ‘pizza’ made from a rice tortilla, pasta sauce or pesto, and veggies all make ‘clean-food’ snacks.” (Recipes at Keeping produce fresh can be a challenge, especially when the average fridge can harbor millions of bacteria, according to testing by Microban Europe, UK. The BerryBreeze in-fridge automated device periodically circulates activated oxygen to prevent mold, keeping produce fresh longer and reducing spoiling to save grocery dollars ( Hannah Helsabeck, president of eco-friendly WildMint, shares can-free meal tips online. “It takes a little planning, but we can now avoid all the toxic chemicals used in processing foods and making cans. Let’s kick the can!” Also, check out local food Meetup groups. Penny Miller, of Wichita Falls, Texas, says, “At our first meeting, we saw examples of raised-bed gardens, rainwater harvesting, composting, native landscaping and container plants.” Avery Mack is a freelance writer in St. Louis, MO. Connect via

Can Your Doctor Keep Your Secrets? One of a woman’s most sacred relationships, other than the intimate ones with her family and loved ones, is often the one she maintains with her doctor. Because of the complexity of her health care needs she may sometimes find it necessary to reveal information to her doctor that she prefers to remain confidential. A new aspect of The Privacy Rule (HIPPA) part of Obama’s Health Care Act, due to take effect in January of 2014, has the potential to destroy patient privacy. Ironically, promising to protect individuals’ medical records and other personal health information, this ruling will apply to health plans, healthcare clearinghouses and healthcare providers. And here is the problem: Most all doctors now are HIPPA-covered entities, and as such, will be required by federal law to electronically upload all of their patient’s information into a federal data base over the internet. “I believe that the relationship between a patient and her doctor is sacred,” Dr. Chris Kuhne states. “I am not willing to take a chance that any information given to me by a patient will be available to anyone other than me, without her express permission. Because I have taken advanced steps not to be a HIPPA-covered entity, I am not required annually to upload, and will not upload, my patients’ charts to the Federal database. Their records will stay securely out of this Obamacare debacle.” Dr. Chris Kuhne’s extensive experience and empathy allows



him to successfully treat a variety of needs including weight loss, contraception, cancer detection, hormone replacement therapy (HRT) and thorough basic female infertility. He also handles common mood issues such as PMS and low libido, as well as more serious mood disorders of depression, Bipolar disorder and the disrupted concentration of ADD. He can perform numerous minor elective and medicallyindicated offices procedures. Hospital procedures include surgeries, minor and major, obstetrical and gynecological, always in the simplest, least invasive way possible. Dr. Kuhne has remained current in board certification in Obstetrics and Gynecology for 23 years. A graduate of The University of Texas at Austin, he was awarded membership into the Beta Kappa Honor Society and graduated with high honors from that institution. He completed his specialty training in Ob/Gyn after four continuous years at Southwestern Medical school/Parkland Hospital. A diplomat of the American Board of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, he is also a member of the Dallas County Medical Society and Texas Medical Association.

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Build Your Own Wellness Dream Team

Take Your Health to the Next Level by Kathleen Barnes


onventional doctors too often dispense vague, boilerplate health advice, urging their patients to eat a healthy diet, exercise and take helpful supplements. Some are lucky enough to also be directed to detoxify their body and manage stress. That’s typically the best most people can expect in terms of practical advice. It is rare to receive specific, individualized answers to such burning questions as: What is the best diet for this specific problem or my body type? Which exercise will work best for me—yoga, running, tennis or something else? Why do I feel stressed so much of the time, and what can I do about it?

What supplements are best for me, and which high-quality products can I trust? Complementary natural healing modalities can address all of these 24

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queries and more. Finding the right mix of treatment and preventive measures requires some creativity and self-knowledge. The experts Natural Awakenings consulted maintain that it is both desirable and possible to assemble an affordable and effective personal health care team that focuses on optimum wellness.

Integrative Approach

“We need to understand the value of an integrative approach because no single modality treats everything,” says Dr. Jingduan Yang, the Philadelphiabased founder and medical director of Tao Integrative Medicine. By way of example, he maintains credentials as a physician, a board-certified psychiatrist and an internationally recognized expert on classic forms of Chinese herbal medicine and acupuncture. Integrative practitioners see the human body on three levels, Yang explains: structural; biochemical; and bioenergetic,

a form of psychotherapy. Ideally, he says, conventional and integrative medicine, plus complementary practitioners, work together to provide the total care an individual patient needs. “Any problem on one level affects all levels, so we assess patients on all three with whatever tools we have,” he says. While conventional medicine may be able to treat structural problems well and biochemical problems to a certain extent, it falls short on the energetic level. That’s when it’s time to expand the team, counsels Yang. “‘Know yourself’ is the watchword. Get to know what to use and when to use it. It’s the practitioner’s job to educate patients in this way.” Dr. Andrew Weil, renowned as the father of the integrative medicine movement in the U.S., has remarked, “If I’m in a car accident, don’t take me to an herbalist. If I have bacterial pneumonia, give me antibiotics. But when it comes to maximizing the body’s natural healing potential, a mix of conventional and alternative procedures seems like the only answer.” Dr. Shekhar Annambhotla, founding director and president of the Association of Ayurvedic Professionals of North America, turns to the integrative realm of ayurvedic medicine for healing and wellness. The 5,000-year-old Indian healing tradition incorporates lifestyle changes, yoga and meditation, detoxification, herbs, massage and various other individually targeted healing modalities, depending on the patient’s diagnosis and recommended treatment plan.

Customized Team

“Wellness is a team effort,” advises integrative medicine specialist Dr. Vijay Jain, medical director at Amrit Ayurveda for Total Wellbeing, in Salt Springs, Florida. It’s not only a matter of knowing what needs the practitioners will address at specific times, it’s also knowing who can help when the going gets tough. “Modern medicine has the edge for early detection of disease,” Jain notes. “However, Ayurveda is excellent in determining the earliest imbalances in the mind and body that eventually lead to disease.” Most experts consulted agree that a personal wellness program should include a practitioner that acts as a gatekeeper and coordinates a care plan to meet individual needs. Jain recommends

Health insurance may not cover the services we want, and high deductibles may pose a financial challenge in maintaining comprehensive health care, so we need a personal wellness plan. that the foundation of the team be a licensed medical professional such as an integrative physician (MD), osteopathic doctor (DO) or chiropractor (DC). In most states, any of these professionals can function as a primary care doctor, authorized to order and read laboratory tests, prescribe drugs and access hospital services. In some states, a naturopathic physician (ND) can perform the functions of a primary care doctor in ordering and reading laboratory tests. As part of a personal wellness team, consider a functional medicine or integrative physician, chiropractor, osteopath, doctor of naturopathy, ayurvedic practitioner, nutritionist, Traditional Chinese Medicine doctor/ acupuncturist, herbalist, craniosacral therapist, massage therapist and energy practitioner (such as in Reiki, medical qigong or polarity therapy). It’s not necessary to see all of them, sources say. Sometimes, one practitioner will be skilled in practicing several modalities, a bonus for patients. Other complementary practitioners may form a supporting team that works with the primary care team, depending on the challenges a patient faces. They will be identified as treatment unfolds

and the team evolves over time.

Contributing Specialists

An ayurvedic practitioner likely will begin by helping to define healthful lifestyle changes, depending on one’s dosha, or energetic temperament. Yoga and meditation would be a likely recommendation, plus specific herbs and perhaps detoxification, says Annambhotla. Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and acupuncture often go handin hand with Ayurveda in accordance with the view that illness and disease are caused by imbalances in the body’s energetic flow. Diagnostic techniques employ intuition and pulses to assess and smooth blocks in energy circulation. Craniosacral therapy is another way to unlock energetic blockages caused by lifestyle stress and other factors that restrict and congest the body’s innate ability to self-correct and remain healthy, says Joyce Harader, a registered craniosacral therapist in Cave Creek, Arizona, and secretary of the board of the Biodynamic Cranial Sacral Therapy Association of North America. She relied on a whole team to realize a natural way back to health after being diagnosed with lupus in 1992.

“Members of my health team fluctuate, depending on what is going on in my life and where I am focusing,” comments Harader. She points out, for example, that nutrition education and general deep-tissue massage can both be helpful as part of a foundational plan toward obtaining and maintaining optimal health. In fact, many of our experts recommend both a monthly chiropractic adjustment and/or massage, as well as daily yoga and an ongoing meditation practice for wellness and total well-being. Naturopathic practitioners operating in states where they are licensed can be good sources of nutrition counsel and often recommend herbal remedies for relief. “For chronic illness, you need a chiropractor or drug-free physician like a naturopath on your team. Conventional medicine is generally poor at dealing with chronic illness,” observes Naturopath and Chiropractor Michael Loquasto, Ph.D., who practices in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Loquasto should know. He has practiced integrated modalities for 50 years, employing the knowledge gained through his practice and triple doctorates, which include one in nutrition. Also a master herbalist, he strongly advocates that people start by working with a good integrative or functional medicine medical doctor. “In some states, like Pennsylvania, chiropractors and osteopaths can perform routine diagnostic work, but in many states they cannot,” he notes. “I

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A personal wellness program should include a lead practitioner that acts as a gatekeeper and coordinates a plan of care that meets the individual’s needs. recommend undergoing a physical every six months and regular bone density tests, plus colonoscopies.” Loquasto is not in favor of mammograms because of the radiation exposure associated with them, but supports routine breast screening using ultrasound or thermography.


Intuitive listening and observant selfknowledge are crucial parts of any wellness plan. Most people are aware when something doesn’t feel right in their body. “Libido is a great barometer of health,” suggests Dr. Diana Hoppe, an obstetrician, gynecologist and hormone specialist in San Diego, California. “If you’re not interested in sex, it’s probably a sign that you need to do some investigating.” Reasons for such a decline of interest are wide-ranging says Hoppe. “For men and women, it might be due to hormonal changes, lack of self-esteem, medications, stress, relationship issues, job, family life or lack of sleep. It means that somewhere, things are out of balance,” she says.

Funding a Plan

A personal multifaceted wellness program can be expensive, but there are ways to minimize the cost. “In the new


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world of high insurance deductibles, people get more for their money from an alternative doctor, especially one knowledgeable in a variety of healing therapies, than a conventional one,” Loquasto advises. Costs for tests may also be lower; plus patients are not expected to pay $150 or more just to walk in the door. A current trend has medical doctors and chiropractors participating in “umbrella” practices and wellness centers, where several types of practitioners collaborate in one facility. They find that sometimes insurance will pay for certain complementary services, including massage and nutrition education, when doctors or chiropractors prescribe them. Maintaining wellness in an environment filled with chemical, biological and mental toxins is a substantial, yet worthy, investment. It’s far better than the costly alternative of dealing with regular bouts of sickness or escalating disease. In that light, maintenance looks affordable: an ayurvedic diagnostic session starts at around $100, a consultation with a licensed naturopath at $75 and acupuncture at $100; a massage typically costs about $80 an hour. While insurance is unlikely to pay for treatments outside the realm of conventional medicine and sometimes,

chiropractic, “The cost of these preventive therapies will be much less than the cost of treatment for a serious disease,” advises Loquasto. “You’re worth it.” Kathleen Barnes is author of more than a dozen natural health books. Her latest is The Calcium Lie II: What Your Doctor Still Doesn’t Know with Dr. Robert Thompson. Connect at

Finding the Right Practitioner Word-of-mouth is the most common way to find a natural health practitioner, plus many national organizations will help identify practitioners by location. Schedule an initial conversation to ask a practitioner key questions. What is your degree, certification or license? Who trained you and how did you train, specifically? Do you practice full time? How long have you been in practice? Will you provide patient references I can speak with? Trust in intuitive responses to the individual during the conversation or interview. His or her passion for the work of healing should be noticeable.


Label Literacy Five Tips Help Kids Choose Healthy Foods by Elisa Bosley

Families have three key weapons in combating America’s childhood obesity epidemic: keeping them active, reducing their soda and junk food intake and teaching youngsters how to read food labels.


ccording to the National Center for Health Statistics, obesity more than doubled in children ages 6 to 11 and tripled in adolescents ages 12 to 19 between 1980 and 2010. Nearly one in five youths in both age groups, plus one in eight preschoolers, are now considered obese and at increased risk for consequent health problems. By 2013, the Centers for Disease Control finally showed signs of hope, with some states reporting small reversals in the trend. Positive developments might continue if parents and teachers gently coach kids to better evaluate what’s going into their mouths and bodies by understanding food labels. Despite the intimidation factor (even for adults), “Once children know how to read, they are ready to start learning how to read food labels,” advises Jolly Backer, CEO of Fresh Healthy Vending, a forward-thinking company actively increasing the presence of healthy-food vending machines in schools nationwide. He says, “The more kids know about what they’re eating, the more empowered they’ll be about making healthier food choices.” Here are five basic tips to increase

knowing what food labels really say that will benefit a youngster’s health for a lifetime. Visualize serving sizes. Assemble two or three packaged food items— preferably those that the child regularly eats, like cereal, oatmeal and applesauce—plus a measuring cup. Point out the serving-size number on the package label, and let the child measure out a single serving. This visually reinforces serving sizes, the first number anyone needs to consider on a food label. Try it with a single soda or juice bottle, too, which often says, “two servings.” Important note: Most nutrition label serving sizes are based on a 2,000-calorie adult diet. For kids ages 4 to 8, portion sizes are about two-thirds of an adult portion; for preteens, portions run 80 to 90 percent of the adult amount, says Registered Dietitian Tara Dellolacono-Thies, food coach for CLIF Kid nutrient-rich organic energy snacks. Evaluate numbers. Next, discuss the numbers noted for calories, fat, sugar, fiber and cholesterol. When evaluating a packaged food for an elementary school child, DellolaconoThies suggests aiming for 175 calories or less per serving; one gram or less

saturated fat; no trans fats; no more than 13 grams of added sugars; no more than 210 milligrams sodium content; and at least two grams of fiber. She notes that cholesterol alone is less of a health risk factor for kids than saturated fats and sugars unless a child is on a specialized diet. Added bonuses: Look for high-percent daily values (shown as DV percentage) for nutrients such as calcium, iron, zinc and vitamin D, which experts generally agree most kids’ diets lack in sufficient quantities. Compare and contrast. Armed with these basic guidelines, compare, for example, the grams of sugar in a can of soda with a serving of cooked rolled oats, or the amount of calcium in a carton of milk versus a juice box. One-to-one evaluations will begin to give a child a sense of what numbers constitute “high” or “low” amounts. Check the fine print. “Artificial colors and flavors, artificial sweeteners, high-fructose corn syrup or partially hydrogenated anything signal that the food is likely of lower nutritional quality,” counsels Dellolacono-Thies. Make a game of sounding out items in the ingredient list. “It’s a classic teaching moment: Unpronounceable ingredients often mean it’s a lab-created, fake, food-like item,” she says. Next, ask the youngster to read the label on an apple. Surprise! No food label means it’s a whole, real food—the best, most nutritious kind. Translate knowledge into choices. Once a child has gotten the hang of it, let him or her compare different food labels and choose which one is the healthier option. Plan a little extra time to also do it during grocery shopping. With time and practice, an educated youngster will begin to incorporate the power of reading food labels before choosing foods. “Even when children walk up to a vending machine, where they can’t read labels, you want them to know which is the healthier option,” says Backer. “With label-reading practice, they’ll become savvy shoppers who’ll readily recognize healthy food options when they see them.” Elisa Bosley is senior food editor at Delicious Living magazine.

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WHOLE FOOD Greater than the Sum of its Parts by Margie King


estern science is obsessed with deconstructing food, researching and analyzing its component parts, isolating the active ingredients, repackaging them in pills or powders and prescribing them in daily doses. But according to Annemarie Colbin, Ph.D., author of Food and Healing, this chemistry-based theory of nutrition is upside-down. Colbin, founder and CEO of the Natural Gourmet Institute for Health and


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Culinary Arts, in New York City, has crafted her own nutrition theory based on more than 30 years of nutrition practice, teaching from a foundation that a whole food, like the complex human being consuming it, is greater than the sum of its parts. She defines whole foods as “those that nature provides and all the edible parts.” She limits them to those comprising one ingredient, such as plants, whole grains, beans, vegetables, fruits, nuts and seeds.

Animal foods are more challenging to categorize. Eggs are a whole food, but steaks are not, because they are one part of the entire animal. She includes small fish if we eat the head and bones, and small birds like quail. Whole milk is included, but not low-fat dairy. Colbin maintains that our bodies know the difference between a whole food and an aggregation of isolated nutrients. We have evolved over thousands of years to eat the food that nature presents to us, and if that food has been fragmented, the body realizes it and seeks what’s missing. For example, if we eat fragmented wheat like white bread, in which the bran and germ of the whole grain have been removed, the body will still be hungry and seek the missing part of the food, something with fiber or crunch. Likewise, health enthusiasts that devour wheat germ or wheat bran in isolation will also feel something is missing and may find themselves craving refined flour in the form of cake or other baked goods. Table sugar is another example, a fragment of sugar cane. Colbin calculates that it takes 17 feet of sugar cane to make one cup of sugar. What’s missing is mostly the cane’s water content and the result, she says, is that sugar makes you thirsty. It’s a big reason why when we drink a soda, ingesting an average equivalent of 12 teaspoons of sugar, we’re thirsty afterward and drink even more, creating a vicious cycle. Fruit juices are, by definition, a fragmented food. When we drink orange or grapefruit juice, all or most of the fiber from the raw fruit is obviously missing. Craving something to chew, we

may reach for chips or something crunchy. Vegetable juices may yield the same result. Colbin cautions that while vitamin and mineral supplements can be helpful in treating specific conditions or deficiencies, they nevertheless comprise fragments of food at best. She notes that the body may have difficulty processing these isolated nutrients outside of the whole food. Supportive studies include Kentucky’s University of Louisville School of Medicine comparison of the effects of the spice turmeric with those of its active ingredient, curcumin. Adding the whole food turmeric to the diet of rats reduced inflammation significantly, while curcumin alone was ineffective. Results suggested the difference may be explained by turmeric’s higher bioavailability. A Pennsylvania State University research review determined that although population studies consistently report that a diet rich in fruits and vegetables protects against cardiovascular and other chronic diseases, studies of antioxidant supplements did not show the same benefits. The difference may be that a whole foods diet naturally contains not only antioxidants, but a wide range of nutrients and compounds that may act synergistically to protect against diseases. Colbin goes further, suggesting that supplements may even make us less likely to want to eat vegetables and set us up for junk food cravings to balance out too many vitamins or minerals. Her advice is to use vitamins and supplements if medically required, but not every day and not for a lifetime. Her views are all about maintaining the natural balance in the foods that nature provides without worrying about striving for perfection or radical changes in diet. Colbin recommends aiming for 70 percent whole foods overall to keep everything in balance. Start by taking a few small changes, listen to the body to see if there’s a noticeable difference and adjust accordingly. Margie King is a former corporate attorney now working as a holistic health and nutrition coach and natural health copywriter from Philadelphia, PA. Connect via

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Caring, Steering, Cheering

A Health Coach Helps Us Change for Good by Lauressa Nelson

A health or wellness coach integrated into a personal healthcare team can be critical to catalyzing sustainable change. Many people understand they need to modify their self-care, yet fail to take the optimal steps to make such a transformation happen.


hat we’ve discovered is that people don’t routinely change behavior due to education alone or out of fear. They change through partnership,” explains Linda Smith, a physician’s assistant and director of professional and public programs at Duke Integrative Medicine, in Durham, North Carolina. Coaching partnerships supply a supportive bridge between provider recommendations and patient implementations, she says, “significantly increasing the client’s ability to make changes successfully.” “Health coaching was absolutely essential to my health,” says Roberta Cutbill, a 72-year-old retired registered nurse in Greensboro, North Carolina, who considered her lifestyle relatively healthy when in her late 60s she experienced autoimmune and cardiac problems. “I have an excellent primary care doctor who, when these issues came up, told me that I needed to change my diet, thoughtfully downloaded a list of recommendations and sent me on my way. I still needed help with many things in order 30

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to make the changes,” recalls Cutbill, which is why she turned to a health coach at Duke Integrative Medicine. Margaret Moore, founder and CEO of Wellcoaches Corporation and co-director of the Institute of Coaching at McLean Hospital, a Harvard Medical School affiliate, in Belmont, Massachusetts, identifies two primary forces that enable behavioral change: autonomous motivation (people want to do something for their own reasons, not because someone tells them to) and confidence (they believe they can do it). “The most powerful motivating forces of all are what you treasure most in life, your life purpose and contribution,” she remarks. Both Smith and Moore emphasize that the priorities in any health coaching relationship are client driven, based on the client’s chosen goals and personal intrinsic motivators. Confidence in attaining ultimate success is built through positively framed experiments and experiences. “A health coach is trained to help clients break up their goals into manageable steps,

focus on strengths, track progress and identify and overcome personal roadblocks,” explains Dr. Karen Lawson, an integrative physician and director of integrative health coaching at the University of Minnesota’s Center for Spirituality and Healing, in Minneapolis. A helpful approach sets goals that can be met and exceeded, not insurmountable ones. “The key is always keeping a positive lens, helping clients see the progress they achieve,” continues Lawson. This involves speaking in terms of growth through trial and error, in which outcomes are explored without judgment and clients feel empowered to modify. This is vital, explains Moore, because experiencing at least a threeto-one ratio of positive to negative emotions creates the conditions for the brain to learn, change and thrive, making people feel more capable of taking care of their health. Mindful awareness is another essential tool; being self-aware and reflecting on what we are doing while it is happening. Unlike thinking, analyzing and planning, mindfulness involves observing while experiencing. During sessions, coaches use it to give their full attention in a non-judgmental way, modeling how clients can bring such compassion to themselves. A mindful state calms mental noise and puts reflective distance between individuals and their beliefs, emotions and behaviors. It improves their ability to handle negative emotions and to make a conscious choice to respond with a different attitude or new behavior, according to Moore. For Cutbill, maintaining a personal relationship with her coach over time has been the most significant factor in the improvement of her health. “The relationship was healing, because my coach regularly pointed out my progress with profound encouragement and validation. I wish all primary care doctors had health coaches on staff to help them and their patients attain the success they both are aiming for.” Lauressa Nelson is an editor and contributing writer for Natural Awakenings. Connect at

Hallmarks of a Good Health Coach by Margaret Moore


n the past 10 years, approximately 10,000 health professionals have become coaches through dedicated training schools and university programs focused on life, corporate or health and wellness coaching. The selection of the right partner to help in the quest for lifelong wellness entails assessing the following qualifications. Credentials and training: A reputable health and wellness coach training program typically requires six months to two years of education, skills training and practice with clients, followed by a certification process that tests for knowledge and core competencies. Employment background: Additional desirable credentials in the medical, physical or mental health fields will likely include exercise physiology, physical therapy, psychotherapy, nutrition counseling, nursing or medicine. Structured relationship: A coach should be able to explain how coaching works and why successful results are more likely with a coach. Coaching sessions are typically conducted by phone and last between 30 and 60 minutes. Coaching services are generally not covered by insurance. Personal character: Effective health coaches are good listeners, interested in clients’ unique stories. They foster self-acceptance and self-respect, pointing out personal strengths, values and desires. Coaches engage, energize and challenge clients through a positive, non-judgmental focus, while at the same time asking courageous questions. As skilled partners, they help clients become clear about personal motivations and an overall vision for life, so that they can help design a detailed, attainable plan that successfully moves them toward fulfilling their goals. Margaret Moore is CEO of Wellcoaches Corporation and holds a master’s degree in business administration. Email her at or visit or natural awakenings

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Catalyst for Change

Natural Awakenings Celebrates 20 Years by Sharon Bruckman, ceo/founder


heartfelt shout out goes to the 90 U.S. cities and metro areas across the country, plus Puerto Rico, where Natural Awakenings is effecting positive change in people’s lives. For 20 years, this free community magazine has been loyal readers’ go-to resource for awakening America to the benefits of naturally healthy living. We thank our 3.8 million readers BOD BOOS Y TER NEW YEAR that devour these pages every month, typically MAKEO VER from cover-to-cover. We voice gratitude to the thousands of committed advertisers that report multiplied business success as a result of our partnership. We extend kudos to the hundreds of editorial contributors that have generously shared their pioneering expertise with us via cutting-edge information and practical tips. Interviews and bylines of internationally recognized healers, teachers and leaders underscore the magazine’s primacy in its field. Collectively, we comprise a great movement embodying ways of living that are healthy for people and the planet. Together, we are producing a pay-it-forward chain reaction of positive energy and conscious living that benefits everyone. Each large and small choice in favor of natural health and environmental H E A L T H Y



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sustainability counts toward enhancing our own standard of living and supporting a higher quality of life on Earth. It all starts with individuals waking up to conscious living and connecting locally to make measurable differences in their own homes and communities. They are role models of wellness. They are eco-stars. They are Wellne ss Tea visionaries that daily act on their passion for helping m others live happier, healthier, more thriving lives. What started as a single print publication in Naples, Florida, in 1994, is now a growing network spearheaded by 90 local magazine publishers reachWHO L FOODE ing out to share the message. Supportive media range from digital magazine editions, e-newsletters, community websites and social media releases to an iPhone app, webstore and dating website, topped by a nationwide network of local natural health practitioners. All embrace the original vision of bringing like-minded people together to help make life better. We are glad that you are joining us in celebrating 20 years together. We look forward to all the good that 2014 and beyond will bring to us all. H E A L T H Y

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Money Myths

Filmmaker Katie Teague Uncovers Our Misperceptions by Linda Sechrist


atie Teague’s inspiring documentary, Money and Life (MoneyAndLifeMovie. com), provocatively asks: Rather than disastrous, can we view economic crises as brimming with opportunities to shift our thoughts about money and thereby improve models of economic exchange?

Why did you produce a documentary on the subject of money? As an in-depth psychotherapist familiar with observing humanity, I felt that I could use the simple lens of storytelling to chronicle the complexity of money and economics. Because I had no experience in economics or filmmaking, I was often brought to my knees in the crucible of all I was learning, a virtual crash Ph.D. course. In interviewing David Korten, economist, author and former professor at the Harvard Business School, he soothed my worries by pointing out that because I hadn’t been indoctrinated into the world of economics and its jargon, my language of metaphors and analogies would help lay people better recognize and understand convoluted economic concepts. As a therapist, I repeatedly see how disconnections due to eroding relationships with ourselves, our natural world and each other are wreaking havoc on people and the planet. I routinely see that money isn’t a root cause of a person’s issues, just the container for them. Most frequently the issues I hear about result from setting dreams aside “for later” and squelching the sparks of individual genius, usually because

of a perceived scarcity of money. I became curious about what role our relationship to money plays in such disconnections.

What are the effects of awaking to what money is and isn’t in our lives? In considering this from the perspective of healing and tending the soul, asking, “Where are we most wounded in our modern world?” I had my own quantum awakening to the fact that I’m not separate from the subject matter I’m exploring: What is my own story with money? Have I given up healthy selfgovernment to the money god? What are my opportunities to reclaim my own power? I discovered that the core principle of the economy, money and currency is relationship itself, and that we’ve unwittingly disempowered ourselves by entrusting too much power to middlemen like central banks and financial consultants, but are now realizing that we don’t need them. One clear example is that more individuals are having a direct experience of the divine. Also, entire communities are investing their time, energy and money in their local economies, where they have established relationships and can see the results. I believe that the technologies supporting our emerging new economy reflect our own consciousness coming online.

Were you surprised at what you learned? I did not know that the U.S. and global economies are based on debt and scar-

city nor understand beforehand that our perceptions of scarcity and separation from one another are only illusions. While the majority of economists say that money is an exchange, Bernard Lietaer, author of The Future of Money, states, that is what money does but not what it is. Fundamentally, money is a human agreement—a form of currency via an artifact designed, engineered and built by humans. This is something we have forgotten and it’s hurting us.

How did you approach the universally sensitive subject of money? The film is purely a starting place and a tool that individuals can use to educate themselves and spark conversations. I kept the tone of the film as non-polarizing as possible so that conservative family members could cull compelling concepts that inspire further exploration, rather than walk away feeling a need to defend their beliefs. Awareness and knowledge breeds empowerment and innovative perspectives so that we all can better participate in whatever is emerging.

Will a new economy replace or parallel the existing one? A new economy is emerging and operating in parallel. Beyond being based on gifting, alternative money, barter or other buzzwords, it’s coming online from a previously unknown place. This is one of the reasons I term the film emergent-oriented, rather than solution-oriented. A quote by Richard Buckminster Fuller, systems theorist, architect and inventor, eloquently applies: “You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.” The fact is that the old economy, based on debt and scarcity, is designed to collapse. The more innovative we can be in participating in the emerging economy, the more conscious awareness we can bring to bear, improving the chances for increasingly positive impacts. Linda Sechrist is a Natural Awakenings senior staff writer. Visit ItsAllAboutWe. com for recorded interviews.

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LONG-LIVED PETS Anti-Aging Care Aids Youthful Vigor by Dr. Shawn Messonnier


n human health care, naturopathic doctors offer a specialty called anti-aging medicine. The goal is to restore optimal health to those at midlife and older that seek to prevent or reduce the incidence of diseases often associated with aging. But when it comes to aging pets, most veterinary doctors fail to focus on the necessary specialized care. In fact, some traditional vets may decline to treat older pets at all. Often, these animals are suffering from chronic diseases and when they are treated, prescriptions may include numerous drugs. As many know, drugs can entail serious, even debilitating side effects, further deteriorating the prospects for sustained health. Owners may thus find themselves spending a lot of money maintaining their pets in a chronic state of ill health with little hope for improvement. Animals that might benefit from surgery for problems ranging from dental disease to tumors may not receive ameliorating care when the family vet simply considers them “too old” to invest in or pull through surgery.


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For an enlightened holistic vet, no pet is too old to warrant and benefit from proper health care. By instituting the correct care and focusing on anti-aging efforts, health can be improved and often restored, with the added advantages of reducing unnecessary medications and increasing their lifespan. As an example, most doctors expect larger breeds of dogs to live 10 to 12 years, but with informed care, these same dogs can typically live 15 to 16 years. Smaller dogs and cats typically have a life expectancy of 12 to 15 years; using an anti-aging approach, such pets routinely live 18 to 20 years or longer, in good health and with a good quality of life.

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Here’s how the team at Paws & Claws Animal Hospital, in Plano, Texas, successfully approaches anti-aging medicine. Beginning at 5 years of age, all pets—including dogs, cats, other small mammals, birds and reptiles—are

screened via a physical examination and special blood and urine tests twice a year, with a focus on bionutritional analysis of results. Abnormal results indicating some risk, even slight ones, often ignored by mainstream medicine, are treated using vet-specified natural medicines that help return biometric values to normal and slow down the progression of problems that could, if untreated, turn into serious diseases. Dietary evaluation, including a bionutritional analysis, ensures that the pet is eating what’s most appropriate for its age, breed and health status. Potential dental and other oral issues are treated aggressively and early, because they are the most common source of infection and inflammation contributing to poor bodily health, including diabetes and diseases of the liver, kidneys, heart and lungs. A review of prior medications confirms or adjusts proper use. In most cases, some of these medications can be eliminated or replaced as needed with natural therapies that have the same clinical effect, but without the possible side effects associated with chronic use of medical therapies. Natural supplements, which can benefit all pets, also are reviewed and/ or prescribed. Most older pets benefit from supplementation with phosphatidylcholine, vitamins and minerals, fatty acids, glucosamine and other elements to support thyroid and adrenal functions. Paws & Claws also favors the herbal remedy Healthy Qi to support the immune system of any ill or older pet; astragalus, green tea, gotu kola and ginseng ingredients give an extra boost toward achieving homeostasis and improved quality of life. Like human senior citizens, pets in their golden years deserve dignified specialized care that allows them to live more happily and peacefully. Shawn Messonnier, a doctor of veterinary medicine practicing in Plano, TX, is the award-winning author of The Natural Health Bible for Dogs & Cats and Unexpected Miracles: Hope and Holistic Healing for Pets. For more info, visit See ads, pages 16 and 26.



GOALS Feeling Our Way to Happiness by Susie ruth


any of us have our relationship to success inside-out. We busy ourselves so much with do-or-die goals we “should” achieve that we drown out the crucial signals life is sending our way—both from our own instincts and from others that can objectively see what we truly need. According to Danielle LaPorte, author of The Desire Map: A Guide to Creating Goals with Soul, knowing how we want to feel inside yields the most potent clarity in identifying what’s critical to us. “We need to have soulcentered goals, and if we get clear on defining our core desired feelings—the way we most want to feel—then all of our goals are a means to create those feelings,” she says. “It’s that simple.” The external things we want to have and experience are secondary goals, provided they contribute to the first. LaPorte’s Desire Map process is a holistic life planning tool that helps spur our thinking about our core desired feelings and how to use them to start creating some goals with soul. At heart, it involves the following four highly personalized steps. How do you want to feel? Engage in a stream of consciousness, allowing each query to lead to the next and letting your desired feelings flow. Do you want to, for example, feel continuously energized, connected or prosperous? Consider areas such as livelihood and lifestyle (career, money, home, travel), health and wellness (healing, fitness, leisure, mental health) and relationships and community (romance, friendship, family).

Recognize patterns. Look for patterns in the desired feelings in order to distill your list to determine key, repeating words. Individuals tend to reach for the same feeling states across all areas of their lives. If you want to feel “vitality” within livelihood, then you likely wish to feel the same way in the context of wellness and relationships. Declare your core desired feelings. Now zero in on three to five core feelings that resonate most strongly inside. Ask yourself what’s beneath each feeling. For you, perhaps “success” is really about freedom, creativity or excellence. Look up the definitions of words— every word is its own world. Which feelings do you find to be the most uplifting, positive, satisfying and compelling? Ask yourself: “What do I want to do, have or experience to create my core desired feelings?” Thus, you begin setting goals with soul. You see and make connections between how you want to feel and what will actually help you feel that way. This is where you turn your ambitions truly inside-out and right-side-up to hitch your intentions to deeper and more nurturing meaning. This is the revolutionary beginning of realizing the ongoing success of a lifetime. Source: Danielle LaPorte is an entrepreneur, inspirational speaker, social media presence and bestselling author of The Fire Starter Sessions; her latest release is The Desire Map. She is a former news commentator for the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. and director of a Washington, D.C., think tank. Visit natural awakenings

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Natural Iodine Supplementation A Must for Most Americans


e all need iodine, yet most of us don’t get enough of it through our diet. A study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that iodine deficiency in the developed world has increased fourfold in the past 40 years and now affects nearly three-quarters of all adults. Numerous U.S. practicing physicians quoted widely in the media estimate that the incidence of hypothyroidism in our adult population may be between 30 and 70 percent. Thus, we can’t efficiently produce the thyroid hormones that serve as chemical messengers triggering nearly every bodily function. The presence or absence of iodine affects our every cell.

Be Aware of Hypothyroidism Symptoms Low thyroid function, or hypothyroidism, is the most recognized and obvious indicator of low iodine intake because the thyroid gland contains more concentrated iodine than other organs.

Symptoms can range from extreme fatigue and weight gain to depression, carpal tunnel syndrome, high blood pressure, fibrocystic breasts and a variety of skin and hair problems. Hypothyroidism can further cause infertility, joint pain, heart disease and stroke. Low iodine levels also have been associated with breast and thyroid cancers. In children, insufficient iodine has been strongly linked with mental retardation, deafness, attention deficient and hyperactivity disorder and impaired growth, according to studies by Boston University, China’s Jiao Tong University School of Medicine and France’s National Academy of Medicine. The answer is simple: Taking the right kind of iodine in the right dosage can rebalance thyroid function and restore health to the thyroid and the whole body.

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Reasons Behind Iodine Deficiency Radiation: Almost everyone is routinely exposed to iodine-depleting radiation emitted by cell phones, Wi-Fi, microwave ovens and other electronic devices. Iodized table salt: The human body cannot utilize the iodine added to this product. Low-sodium diets: Failure to use healthy salts to fulfill sodium requirements, plus overuse of zero-nutrient table salt in foods, leads to iodine depletion. Bromine: This toxic chemical overrides iodine’s abilities to nourish the thyroid, adrenal and other hormone-producing glands. A known carcinogen, it is used as an anticaking ingredient found in almost all baked goods, unless the ingredients specifically cite unbromated flour. Iodine-depleted soils: Due to poor farming techniques, iodine and other minerals in soil have declined, so most foods today are devoid of naturally occurring iodine. Proper iodine supplementation with a high-quality product like Natural Awakenings Detoxified Iodine can prevent harm by protecting the thyroid and other endocrine glands and restoring proper hormone production.

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FRIDAY, JANUARY 3 Friday Fun – 10am-2pm. Enjoy assorted free nature craft activities for children and families. No need to register, just drop-in. Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge, 6465 Refuge Rd, Sherman. 903-786-2826.

Snowshoeing Basics – 2-3:30pm. Join our experienced REI staff for a class on the basics of snowshoeing. Will focus on the appropriate selection of gear as well as the basics on what you need and where to go to get started. Free. REI Plano, 2424 Preston Rd. Register: 972-985-2241.

SATURDAY, JANUARY 4 Bird Walk – 8-11am. Bring binoculars and field guides if have them, and learn what to watch for in habits, characteristics and calls from Gailon and Rodney, both with Prairie and Timbers Audubon Society. Can expect about 30+ species. All ages welcome. Connemara Meadow Preserve, 300 Tatum Rd, Allen. Astronomy Walk – 9-11pm. Join Clyde Camp for a Nightwalk and Astronomy nearest the New Moon. Appropriate footwear is a must. This is an inappropriate walk for young children. Connemara Meadow Preserve, 300 Tatum Rd, Allen. Connemara

SUNDAY, JANUARY 5 Letting Go of Stress – 12-4pm. Life’s situations aren’t stressful; our thoughts, responses and habits are the true sources of stress and anxiety in our lives. There is a solution. $20. Dallas Shambhala Meditation Center, 13720 Midway Rd, Ste 108, Farmers Branch. Joan White: 972-432-4971 or

MONDAY, JANUARY 6 Lose It Now 2014! Let’s Do It! – 6-7pm. Feeling fat and frumpy? Ready to kick start a slimmer you? Seminar on your options surrounding weight loss. There is no magic bullet, just health eating with lasting results. Free. Aqua~Fit Swim and Family Wellness Center, 1400 Summit Ave, Ste D2, Plano. Creating Healthy Lifestyles, Sonja Kabell: 972-935-6484.

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 8 Lose It Now 2014! Let’s Do It! – 12-1pm. Feeling

Nature Photo Club Meeting – 12:30-2pm. Dr. Wayne Meyer will present a program on the role of photography in wildlife research. Meetings open to anyone interested in nature photography. No admission fee for visitors, nominal membership dues for those who wish to join. Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge, 6465 Refuge Rd, Sherman. 903-786-2826.

The Souper Bowl of Caring: Jan 15-Feb 2 fat and frumpy? Ready to kick start a slimmer you? Seminar on your options surrounding weight loss. There is no magic bullet, just health eating with lasting results. Free. Aqua~Fit Swim and Family Wellness Center, 1400 Summit Ave, Ste D2, Plano. Creating Healthy Lifestyles, Sonja Kabell: 972935-6484.

SATURDAY, JANUARY 11 Horsemanship Day Camp – Ages 7 & up. Adults welcome. Get a general overview of the responsibilities of having a pet of this size. Will get a chance to do some basic riding. Camp Tonkawa Outdoor Learning Center, Inc., 1036 CR 203, Collinsville. 940-440-8382. Snakes – 10-11:30am. Dr. Mike Keck, Grayson College, will present on Snakes, emphasizing those in the North Texas area. Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge, 6465 Refuge Rd, Sherman. Registration required: 903-786-2826. Be Prepared Lecture – 11am-1pm. This information is vital in the event of any man-made or natural disasters. Lecture covers food storage, clean water, radiation exposure, health tips and more. $20. The King Institute, 3740 N Josey Ln, Ste 244 Carrollton. Must RSVP by Jan 3: 214-731-9795 or TKI@

Law of Attraction & Vision Board Workshop – 2-4pm. Kerrie Schupp, Consulting Hypnotist will be working with us on the law of attraction and vision boards. Vision boards can help you to realize your future, and to activate the law of attraction and move from day dreaming to living your dreams. $15. Aqua~Fit Swim and Family Wellness Center, 1400 Summit Ave, Ste D2, Plano. RSVP by Jan 9: 972-935-6484.

SUNDAY, JANUARY 12 Prayer Circle – 1:30-4:30pm. We come together to pray the New Year in; we will pray for peace and civility for the year, as, well as health and prosperity for the world. Drums and songs welcome. Come one, come all. Love offering. Four Feathers Trading Post, 3522 County Rd 2621, Caddo Mills. Silverhawk: 214-288-9935.

TUESDAY, JANUARY 14 Dallas Sierra Club Meeting – 7-8:30pm. Watch a movie about John Muir, the legendary explorer and writer who inspired people to protect wilderness areas and helped establish national parks. Free. REI Dallas, 4515 Lyndon B Johnson Freeway, Dallas. Kirk Miller: 972-699-1687.

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 15 The Souper Bowl of Caring – Jan 15-Feb 2. A national movement of young people working to fight hunger and poverty in their communities around the time of the Super Bowl football game. Donate $1 or one item of food, with 100% of the donation going to the local hunger-relief charity. For more info or to make a donation: 800-358-SOUP (7687) or

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throughout Frisco, one in Plano and one in Dallas. For registration & more info:

New Year, New You! – 6-7:30pm. Learn how to thrive in life with a simple and easy natural health plan. Fun and interactive, all workshop attendees will receive information to support their family toward optimal health. Free. HealthWorks: A Family Wellness Center, 2317 Coit Rd, Ste B, Plano. RSVP required, Shari Miles: 972-612-1800.

Primitive Survival Skills Class 1 – Jan 18-19. Learn how to build a simple shelter using natural materials, start a fire without matches, and find safe drinking water. Camp Tonkawa Outdoor Learning Center, Inc., 1036 CR 203, Collinsville. Details: 940-440-8382 or

Hands-On Bike Maintenance: Trail/Roadside Repair – 6-8:30pm. Learn what to do when you are on your ride and the unexpected happens. Learn tips and tricks to help you triage the situation in the field to keep you riding. $45/member, $65/ nonmember. REI Plano, 2424 Preston Rd. Register: 972-985-2241. North Texas Environment Meetup – 7:30-8:30pm. Topic: Cooking with Sunlight. Meet other likeminded environmentally-conscious people to discuss environmental issues both on a global and local level. More info: Power of Kabbalah Level 1: Spanish – 8:159:15pm. An 8-wk paradigm-shifting course that reveals secrets of kabbalistic teachings, the golden rules you can master if you seek more fulfillment in your life. Free. Kabbalah Centre of Dallas, 17370 Preston Rd, Ste 470, Dallas. Register, Rachel Sivan: 214-446-0251.

THURSDAY, JANUARY 16 Natural Networking: Lunch & Learn – 12-1pm. Business owners and professionals who help people live better by promoting health, wellness, sustainability, personal growth, integrative medicine, healthy kids and pets, financial well-being and peace of mind, please join us as we connect our community. Meets 3rd Thurs each month. Open group. Networking is free. Purchase own lunch to support our host restaurant (menu includes salads and gluten-free pizza). Hosted by Natural Awakenings North Texas Magazine. Held at Palio’s Pizza Café, 1941 Preston Rd, Ste 1004, Plano. RSVP requested; space limited. Leave your details on our RSVP hotline: 469-322-9549 or NAMS@ Dallas DownRiver Club Meeting – 7pm. Canoeing, kayaking and rafting club. Roma’s, 7402 Greenville Ave, Dallas. 214-373-0500. More info, Dale Harris: 972-680-2727 or Organic Gardening – 7-8pm. Plano Community Gardeners share their experience with soil, water, and insects while producing lush, organic vegetables. Free. Harrington Library, 1501 18th St, Plano. Register:


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Birding Basics – 10:15am. Create a backyard haven for birds and beneficial wildlife. Learn how to attract particular species of birds by providing the correct bird foods, housing and environmental conditions. Free. All Calloway’s Nursery locations. 817-2221122.

Ft Worth Stock Show & Rodeo: Jan 17- Feb 8, Ft Worth

savethedate THURSDAY, JANUARY 16 Power of Kabbalah Level 1 7-8pm Free An 8-wk paradigm-shifting course that reveals secrets of kabbalistic teachings, the golden rules you can master if you seek more fulfillment in your life. Kabbalah Centre of Dallas, 17370 Preston Rd, Ste 470, Dallas. Register, Rachel Sivan: 214-446-0251.

FRIDAY, JANUARY 17 Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo – Jan 17-Feb 8. Includes livestock shows, 4-H and FFA livestock exhibitors, PRCA extreme bull riding, live music, bronc riding, kid-friendly interactive activities, carnival games, midway rides, food, shopping and much more. Will Rogers Memorial Center, 3400 Burnett Tandy Dr, Fort Worth. 817-877-2400.

SATURDAY, JANUARY 18 2014 Texas Amateur Athletic Federation’s (TAAF) Winter Games – Jan 18-20. The best amateur athletes in Texas compete in 13 different winter sports, with 9 events played in sports facilities

How Technology Impacts Your Health – 11am12pm. Learn about EMFs created by cell phones, iPads, computers, wireless, and many other devices impact on health and what to do. Free. The King Institute, 3740 N Josey Ln, Ste 244 Carrollton. Must RSVP by Jan 10: 214-731-9795 or Trees Class – 11am-12:30pm. Speaker Steve Houser will cover: selection, planting, pruning, and care of trees. Free; registration is not required. Location TBA. More info: Delicious Gluten-Free Cooking – 12:30-2pm. Hilary King will share recipes from her book GlutenFree! Mm! You Don’t Have to Give up Good Taste for Healthy Eating. Gluten-free healthy snacks and meals to enjoy. $10. The King Institute, 3740 N Josey Ln, Ste 244 Carrollton. Must RSVP by Jan 10: 214-731-9795 or

TUESDAY, JANUARY 21 Hands-On Bike Maintenance: Drive Train – 6-8:30pm. Learn about your drive train as well as how to inspect, maintain and adjust front and rear derailleurs to make sure your ride is as smooth as possible. $45/member, $65/nonmember. REI Plano, 2424 Preston Rd. Register: 972-985-2241.

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 22 Weston A. Price Plano TX Chapter Meeting – 6-7:30pm. Tired of confusing nutrition “trends?” Learn how to prepare and eat traditional foods like our ancestors with practical steps for changing your diet. Meet others and share tips. Free. HealthWorks, 2317 Coit Rd, Ste B, Plano. Shari Miles: 972-612-1800. Twitter: @healthworkstx.

THURSDAY, JANUARY 23 The Brain Body Connection in Children with ADHD – 7pm. Parents and educators are invited

Astronomy Walk – 9-11pm. Join Clyde Camp for a Nightwalk and Astronomy nearest the New Moon. Appropriate footwear is a must. This is an inappropriate walk for young children. Connemara Meadow Preserve, 300 Tatum Rd, Allen. Connemara

to join us for this free informational seminar which looks how the brain body connection relates to children with ADHD. If your child struggles with focus issues, behavior or social problems, or academic struggles, this seminar is for you. Brain Balance of Plano, 1501 Preston Rd, Ste 550 Plano. Please RSVP: 972-248-9483.


Trail Running Basics – 7-8pm. 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. Free. REI Plano, 2424 Preston Rd. Register: 972-985-2241.

12th Annual Texas Half & 5k – 8am, Texas Half; 8:15am, Texas 5k. Mostly flat course with running surfaces that combine the Campion Trail pathway, asphalt and concrete. Walkers welcome. Irving Convention Center, 500 W Las Colinas Blvd, Irving. Info: 817-706-0368 or

Success with Seeds – 7-8:30pm. It’s never too early to start your summer gardening. Learn the secrets to successful seed sowing from contributor and seed master, Greg Holdsworth. Free. Environmental Education Center, 4116 W Plano Pkwy, Plano. Register:

Bird Walk – 8-11am. Bring binoculars and field guides if have them, and learn what to watch for in habits, characteristics and calls from Gailon and Rodney, both with Prairie and Timbers Audubon Society. Can expect about 30+ species. All ages welcome. Connemara Meadow Preserve, 300 Tatum Rd, Allen.

SATURDAY, JANUARY 25 6th Annual Big D Climb – 8am. Climb 52 flights of stairs (1,040 steps); compete individually or as a team. Benefits The North Texas Chapter of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS). $45 before Jan 12; $60 thereafter. Fountain Place, 1445 Ross Ave, Dallas. 972-996-5915. Why, When and How to Prune Your Trees – 10:15am. Learn when to prune each particular type of tree, as well as how to identify the correct branches to prune away so that your tree can have a lovely natural shape. Free. All Calloway’s Nursery locations. 817-222-1122. Be Prepared Lecture – 11am-1pm. This information is vital in the event of any man-made or natural disasters. Lecture covers food storage, clean water, radiation exposure, health tips and more. $20. The King Institute, 3740 N Josey Ln, Ste 244 Carrollton. Must RSVP by Jan 17: 214-731-9795 or 5th Annual North Texas Soup-N-Bowl – 11am2pm. Sample and enjoy fresh, savory soups while providing support and raising awareness for the Metro Relief food pantry. All soups are prepared by local chefs and restaurants. All funds raised will be used for direct assistance. The Tribute, 1000 Lebanon Rd, The Colony. Info & tickets: 214-705-3090, Sweat Lodge – 1:30-6:30pm. Although not open to the general public our Sweat Lodge welcomes the year 2014. Love offering. Four Feathers Trading Post, 3522 County Rd 2621, Caddo Mills. Silverhawk: 214-288-9935. Stars on the Prairie – 6:30-7:30pm. Learn about the night sky from Clyde Camp, an astronomer with more than 30 years experience. Bring a blanket or chair. Free. Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area, 201 E Jones St, Lewisville. Info, Lisa Cole: 972-219-3930.

SUNDAY, JANUARY 26 Connemara Meadow Preserve Open House – 1-5pm. Experience what makes this natural oasis in the middle of suburbia so special, and always surprising. Free. Connemara Meadow Preserve, 300 Tatum Rd, Allen.

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 29 Healthy Living Book Club – 6-7pm. Explore a variety of health topics through the reading and

6th Annual Big D Climb: Jan 25, Dallas discussing. Once a month Jan-May. Current book is Dysevolution by Dr. Daniel Lieberman. Free. HealthWorks: A Family Wellness Center, 2317 Coit Rd, Ste B, Plano. Shari Miles: 972-612-1800.

THURSDAY, JANUARY 30 YardWise 1: Creating Healthy Soils – 7-9pm. Learn about Plano soils and how to improve soil fertility through YardWise practices that include composting, grasscycling and mulching. Free. Environmental Education Center, 4116 W Plano Pkwy, Plano. Register:

plan ahead SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 1 TKM® EMT Lecture – 10am-12pm. Learn natural and effective ways to stop and help common to critical health emergencies like asthma attacks, seizures, bleeding, heart attacks and more by only using your hands. $10. The King Institute, 3740 N Josey Ln, Ste 244 Carrollton. Must RSVP by Jan 24: 214-7319795 or

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 5 Rain Barrels 101 – 10-11am or 7-8pm. Rain barrels are a great way to capture rain to use later for watering a garden, plants, shrubs and trees. Learn how to install, use and maintain a rain barrel or ask questions. Free. Environmental Education Center, 4116 W Plano Pkwy, Plano. More info & register: Taming the Sugar Beast – 6-7:30pm. This sweet poison is hidden in many places we wouldn’t even expect; it hurts our immune system and causes premature aging. Find out where it’s hidden, safe alternatives, and how to detox your body safely. Free. HealthWorks: A Family Wellness Center, 2317 Coit Rd, Ste B, Plano. Shari Miles: 972-612-1800.

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 6 YardWise 2: Green Landscape Design – 7-9pm. Learn about water-saving practices for the landscape, and how to incorporate design principles emphasizing the use of native and adapted plants.

Gourmet Gardens: Grow Fruits and Berries – 10:15am. We unveil the secrets of growing fruits and berries in Texas gardens. Learn which plants and varieties thrive in your area, how to properly prepare the soil, and how to have a garden that is not only beautiful, but bountiful as well. Free. All Calloway’s Nursery locations. 817-222-1122. Bugs: Good, Bad & Ugly – 10:30am-12pm. Learn how to recognize helpful garden insects and attract them to your yard in order to prevent pests and diseases through organic techniques. Free. Biodiversity Ed Center at Wagon Wheel Park, 345 Freeport Pkwy, Coppell. CoppellCommunity Make Metal-Free Jewelry for Your Health – 12:30-1:30pm. Learn quick and easy ways to make beautiful, non-metallic earrings and take home what you make. Supplies provided. $10. The King Institute, 3740 N Josey Ln, Ste 244 Carrollton. Must RSVP by Jan 24: 214-731-9795 or TKI@

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Free. Environmental Education Center, 4116 W Plano Pkwy, Plano. Register: LiveGreenInPlano.

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 21 Mardi Gras! Galveston – Feb 21-Mar 4. Includes parade viewers shouting for beads, lively tunes played by colorful marching bands, 23 different parades, 26 concerts, 20 balcony parties laser light shows and elegant masked balls. Jolly Jester Jaunt 5K Run, 11am on Feb 22; Family Gras! on Feb 23. For more info & complete schedule:

ongoingcalendar NOTE: All calendar events must be received by noon on the 9th of the month and adhere to our guidelines. Review guidelines and submit entries online at (within advertising section). Prairie Creek Baptist Church, 3201 W 15th St, Plano. 972-238-0333. Angela’s Open Mic Night – 6pm. Grab your guitar, keyboard, banjo, etc and come show us what you got. Also offer live music every Thurs, Fri & Sat in a warm, family-friendly atmosphere where we feature comfort food and great spirits. Free. Angela’s at the Crosswalk, 1010 E 15th, Plano. 972-633-9500.


savethedate SATURDAY, MARCH 29 Natural HealthFest – 9am-5pm; ticket sales from 8am. Learn how to improve your health, energy, memory and mood with safe natural methods. More than 100 exhibits showcase health professionals, innovations in wellness, free screenings, natural foods and product samples. More fun: pet adoption (weather permitting), great prizes, and live radio broadcasts. $8/person (2 for $15); $7/seniors. Plano Centre, 2000 Spring Creek Pkwy, Plano. 972-372-0603 or 877-262-7843.

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sunday Sunday Morning Rides – Various start times and lengths. Richardson Bikemart, Southeast corner of Campbell Rd & Coit Rd, in the front parking lot. Mention North Texas Natural Awakenings: 972231-3993. Teen/Adult Horse Club – 11am-5pm. Do you have horse experience, but wish to ride and learn more? Join the Camp Tonkawa Horse club. This Sunday club is for Adults, children come on Saturdays, Homeschoolers on Mondays. $15. Camp Tonkawa Outdoor Learning Center, Inc, 1036 CR 203, Collinsville. For restrictions & details: 940440-8382 or Horse_club.shtml. Visit the Cats – 11am-6pm, Sun & Sat. A selfguided tour to learn about the animals that call InSync home. Helpful volunteers available to answer any questions. $10/adult, $7/senior (65+), $7/child (4-12), free/under 4. In-Sync Exotics, 3430 Skyview Dr, Wylie. 972-442-6888. Alzheimer’s Caregiver Support Group – 2-3pm. 3rd Sun. Get info on local resources, education and support. Open to anyone whose loved one may be affected by dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. Autumn Leaves of McKinney, 175 Plateau Dr, McKinney. 972-542-0606. Nature Explore Family Club – 3-4pm. 1st Sun. Also 1st Mon, 9-10am. Event aims to connect children and families with nature through fun, ageappropriate activities. Free. Environmental Education Center, 4116 W Plano Pkwy, Plano. Register: Transition Dallas Meeting – 6pm. 4th Sun. A group of people interested in learning to live resiliently and sustainably within our neighborhoods. At many of our meetings we have re-skilling sessions, so we can revive the skills that enabled our grandparents to be self-sufficient within their communities. For meeting location & mention North Texas Natural Awakenings:

monday Overeaters Anonymous – 12pm. Weekly Mon-Fri. A 12-step recovery program for compulsive eating.


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Beekeeping Meeting – 6:30pm. 2nd Mon. Beginner to experienced keepers welcome, ages 8-80. Free. Collin County Hobby Beekeepers Association meets at Heard-Craig Center, 205 W Hunt St, McKinney. Mention North Texas Natural Awakenings: 972-8438084. Monday Night Ride at Arbor Hills – 6:30pm. Bring bike, helmet and light. Meet at the trail head at Arbor Hills. More info: Native Plant Society Meeting – 7pm. 3rd Mon. Guest speakers on topics related to native plants and habitats. Free. Dallas Chapter Native Plant Society. REI Outdoor Equipment Store, 4515 LBJ Frwy, Dallas. 866-527-4918. Open Stage – 7pm-12am. An opportunity to practice performance on a stage with an engaged and supportive audience. Performers sign up to show off their skills in a 5-min time slot, which we film and share with the performer to help hone their craft. After variety show, practice any and all types of performing art. $5 cover, 21+. House of Poets, 580 W Arapaho Rd, Ste 199, Richardson. Mention North Texas Natural Awakenings: 214-494-0952.

tuesday Healthy Eating Tours – 10am & 4pm. Learn how to make healthier choices, using our ANDI scoring system. Learn how to read labels; build menus around plant-based foods low in fat to ensure highly nutrient dense meals. Whole Foods Market, 2201 Preston Rd, Plano. Mention North Texas Natural Awakenings: 972-612-6729. Dallas Museum of Art – 11am-3pm. 1st Tues. Programming designed specifically for children age 5 and under and their families, but all ages welcome. Art-making activities, story times, performances, and gallery activities. Free. Dallas Museum of Art, 1717 N Harwood St, Dallas. 214-922-1200. Meet and Greet: Healthy Kids Pediatrics – 1212:30pm. 1st Tues. Come meet our providers. An informal gathering of parents interested in meeting Dr. Deborah Bain and Nurse Practitioners, Christie Potter, CPNP and Jessica Drain, FNP-BC. A time to bring your questions regarding Healthy Kids Pediatrics. Free. Healthy Kids Pediatrics, 4851 Legacy Dr, Ste 301, Frisco. To confirm attendance: 972-294-0808. Yoga for Runners – 6:45-7:45pm. 20-wk program, less than $8/session. Luke’s Locker, 959 Garden Park Dr, Allen. For details & mention North Texas Natural Awakenings: 469-854-6244.

tion: The Richardson Civic Center, 411 W Arapaho Rd, Richardson. Bad weather location: The Peace Pipe Hookah Lounge, 580 W Arapaho, Ste 181, Richardson. Mention North Texas Natural Awakenings: 214-494-0952.


TAAF Winter Games: Jan 18-19, Frisco Collin County Chapter of the Native Plant Society of Texas Meeting – 7pm. 2nd Tues. Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary, 1 Nature Pl, McKinney. More info: 972-380-4030. PTAS Chapter Meetings – 7pm, refreshments; 7:30pm, meeting & program. 4th Tues, Sept-Nov & Jan-May. All meetings and other activities open to everyone. PTAS offers interesting programs and wonderful guest speakers at our meetings that bring a great variety of expertise and excitement to the membership. Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary, 1 Nature Pl, McKinney. Program details: Public Knowledge – 7pm. 1st Tues. Adults celebrating brains and brews through conversation and presenters from diverse fields in science and history. Different bar or restaurant location each month. For location details:

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7-8pm Free if no insurance. Supportive Ongoing Addiction Recovery group sessions use a holistic and integrative approach for building skills to support addiction recovery. DayRise Recovery 200 W Boyd, Ste D, Allen 972-359-1600 Learn More About Essential Oils – 7-9pm. 3rd Tues. Essential oils increase oxygen, enhance nutrition absorption, control flu, staph, viruses, mold and more. Keep your home healthier without dangerous chemicals. Free. North Texas YL Fellowship, 4501 W Oak Shores Dr, Crossroads. Other locations coming soon. RSVP requested, Laura Martin: 214-680-7196. Dance, Dance, Dance – 7-9:15pm. Dance hosts available to dance with unescorted ladies. Refreshments served. $5. Plano Senior Recreation Center, 401 W 16th St, Plano. Details: 972-941-7155 or Cirque Out – 8-10pm. A weekly circus-skill enthusiast work out. Work on your hooping, spinning, juggling and general tomfoolery. Nice weather loca-

Nature Awareness Club – 9:30am-2:30pm. 2nd Wed &/or Thurs; Club members choose one day each month. Learn about our local North Texas plants and animals, through activities, games, and nature walks. Bring your Nature Journals and pencils. Children 4 & up. $15. Camp Tonkawa Outdoor Learning Center, Inc, 1036 CR 203, Collinsville. Pre-registration required, mention North Texas Natural Awakenings: 940-440-8382. Christian Women Business Networking – 11am1pm. 1st Wed. Fellowship and networking with other professional Christian women, to draw us closer together. We meet monthly over lunch, for prayer, inspiration and a “Spiritual Vitamin.” Prestonwood Country Club, 15909 Preston Rd, Dallas. For reservation & details, mention North Texas Natural Awakenings: Business Networking Meeting – 11:30am-1pm. North Dallas Networkers lunchtime networking meeting. Come see one of the best run and most fun networking groups in DFW. $13 includes lunch and a beverage. No charge for the meeting. Membership requirements explained at the meeting. Picasso’s Restaurant, 18160 N Dallas Pkwy, Dallas. Mention North Texas Natural Awakenings. Restaurant: 972248-0011. Vicki Knutson: 214-587-3786. Breastfeeding Cafe – 12-1pm. Designed to offer support to all nursing mothers from newborn challenges to toddler strikes, all breastfeeding moms welcome to join us to chat about breastfeeding at all ages and stages of nursing. Cafe is attended by a Certified Lactation Counselor and/or Le Leche League Leader. Baby scale available to do before and after weights. You may turn up at any time during the cafe to ask your questions. Free. 3253 Independence Pkwy, Plano. Mention North Texas Natural Awakenings: 469-371-5448.

Frisco Noon Lions Club – 12-1pm. 2nd & 4th Wed. Friendships, fun and fulfilling. Come share the joy of community involvement and fellowship while helping make the world a better place. Designed for busy small business owners and professional and works well for the time conscious individual (stay at home mom, student, retiree). All welcome, ages 18 & up. Free. Buy own lunch if wish to eat. For details, Brandy Miles & mention North Texas Natural Awakenings: 972-335-2487 or Brandy@ Art History Brown Bag Series – 12:30-1:30pm. 1st Wed. Presented by Annie Royer. A look at the “isms” including cubism, romanticism, modernism and impressionism. How did one “ism” influence the next? How did artists influence and challenge each other? Series will heighten one’s appreciation of art and provide insight into the mind of the artist. Free. Heard-Craig Carriage House located, 205 1/2 W Hunt St, McKinney. 972-569-6909. Adults with Special Needs Cooking Classes – 6-8pm. 1st & 3rd Wed. Call for details. Space limited. $10. Market Street Culinary School, 6100 Eldorado Pkwy, McKinney. Reserve spot now & mention Natural Awakenings North Texas: 972-548-5167. Evening Social Runs/Walks – 6:30pm. Post party new restaurant each 6 weeks. All levels welcome. Luke’s Locker, 959 Garden Park Dr, Allen. Mention North Texas Natural Awakenings: 469-854-6244. Organic Society Meeting – 6:30pm, seed & info exchange; 7pm, meeting. 3rd Wed. Denton Organic Society. Denton Senior Center, 509 N Bell Ave, Denton. 940-382-8551. Sport Watch Tech Clinics – 6:30pm. 2nd Wed. Garmin, Polar, Nike, Times, Moto, Soleus. Luke’s Locker, 959 Garden Park Dr, Allen. Mention North Texas Natural Awakenings: 469-854-6244.

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the Rogers Wildlife Rehabilitation Center. Trinity River Audubon Center, 6500 Great Trinity Forest Way, Dallas. 214-309-5801.

Collin County’s award-winning specialty bakery treats, hand-dipped Blue Bell ice cream, fresh baked cookies, cakes and bakery sweets. Free. For details & to confirm happening, mention North Texas Natural Awakenings: Coffee N Cream, 11660 Legacy Dr, Frisco. 214-705-9600.

Lunch Hour Yoga – 11:30am-12:20pm. Class utilizes the Franklin Method and Smart Spine along with various types of yoga for relaxation and rejuvenation. $15. Pilates for Life, 103 W Belmont Dr, Allen. 214-704-3070.

Community Dance – 7-9:30pm. 2nd & 4th Fri. Live Music, varied styles. Fun for all ages 21 and up. $5/ person Denton Senior Center, 509 North Bell Ave, Denton. For details & mention North Texas Natural Awakenings: 940-349-8720.

CPR Training – 6-8pm. American Heart Training Center with 125 trained instructors. Texas CPR Training, 4013 Carrizo, Plano. 214-770-6872. Dallas Organic Gardening Club – 6:30pm, refreshments; 7pm, meeting. 4th Thurs. Free. REI, 4515 LBJ Freeway, Dallas. Fitness in the Square (FITS): Part of Be Fit Frisco – 6:30-7:30pm. A free one-hour exercise class in the courtyard in front of Frisco City Hall. For kids 10+ to adults. Bring water, towel, and appropriate clothing and shoes. The type of workout changes each month. Bring your family and move together. Be Fit Frisco, Frisco City Hall Square, 6101 Frisco Square Blvd. 972-292-6501. Essential Oils Class – 6:45-7:30pm. 3rd Thurs. From Seed to Seal. If you don’t know your seed you don’t know your oil. Learn what the ancients used to remove moles, warts, skin tags, age spots and more. Free. LED Skin Care Center, 3645 Dallas Pkwy, Ste 111, Inside Ovation Boutiques, Plano. RSVP; class size limited: 214-587-3786. Power Yoga – 6:45-7:45pm. In conjunction with Luke’s Locker Allen, class meets at Allen Yoga Center, 915 Market St, Allen. Details & mention North Texas Natural Awakenings: 469-854-6244. Dallas Down-River Club Meeting – 7pm. 3rd Thurs. Canoeing, kayaking and rafting club. Roma’s, 7402 Greenville Ave, Dallas. 214-373-0500. More info, Dale Harris: 972-680-2727 or Dale_Harris@ Men’s Only Pilates – 8pm. Class utilizes all the Pilates equipment. $15. Pilates for Life, 103 W Belmont Dr, Allen. 214-704-3070.

friday Yoga Nidra – 4pm & 6pm. 3rd Fri. Combining the most relaxing form of yoga with the restorative powers of salt therapy. Space limited; book early. Session includes salt therapy and yoga mat. Ask about 2014 New Yoga Classes. $42. Salt Escape, 2100 Dallas


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Kabbalah Centre of Dallas, in Dallas Pkwy, Plano. 972-378-4945. Free Mom & Kids Yoga – 5:30-6pm. 1st Fri. Find out how our Multisensory Kids Yoga can help improve your child’s focus and grades while keeping you both fit at the same time. SMARTS Club, 8780 Preston Trace Blvd, Frisco. Registration required & mention North Texas Natural Awakenings: 214-872-8592. Free Community Yoga – 6-7pm. 1st Fri. Suitable for all levels. Learn to breathe, relax and renew. Space limited. Free. Transform U Fitness, 1565 W Main St, Lewisville. Pre-registration required: 972-849-9666. Acoustic Jam Session – 7pm. Weekly open jam and song circle. All acoustic instruments and levels welcome. All music genres welcome. Sponsored by the Visual Art League of Lewisville. Free. MCL Grand, 100 N Charles, Lewisville. Mention North Texas Natural Awakenings: 469-444-0825.

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7-8pm Free if no insurance. Supportive Ongoing Addiction Recovery group sessions use a holistic and integrative approach for building skills to support addiction recovery. DayRise Recovery 200 W Boyd, Ste D, Allen 972-359-1600 Live Music – 7-9pm. Live music and delicious treats: blended or hot coffee, delicious hot cocoa,

Square and Round Dance for Fitness and Fun – 7:30pm. 1st & 3rd Fri. Individuals and couples of all ages welcome. Texas Reelers, 820 W Arapaho, Richardson. Mention North Texas Natural Awakenings: 972-235-1400.

saturday Denton Rugby – We are always looking for new recruits in Dallas Fort Worth Area. Email for more info about how to join. Currently we have players that live in Lewisville, Flower Mound, Keller, Southlake, Frisco and many others. Mention North Texas Natural Awakenings to Jason Millerd: Pathfinders Fun Cycling – A free, non-competitive riding group for all cycling skill levels. Short, weekly bicycle rides for the purpose of fun and exercise. All rides held on the weekend, less than 20 miles and include a food destination and a “no rider left behind” policy. Routes and destinations change each week. For more info: CycleHighlandVillage. Operation Kindness – 3rd Sat. No Kill animal shelter brings animals for adoption. Weather permitting. Whole Foods Market, outside store, 2201 Preston Rd, Plano. Mention North Texas Natural Awakenings: 972-612-6729. Saturday Morning Rides – Various start times and lengths. Richardson Bikemart, Southeast corner of Campbell Rd & Coit Rd, in the front parking lot. Mention North Texas Natural Awakenings: 972-231-3993. Small Fry Sports Classes – A skills and developmental sports class for boys and girls ages 3 & 4. Each month offers a different sport which allows children to develop new skills and gain exposure to all sports offered at the Y. Parents participate alongside their child during this fun and active class. $20/YMCA Family Member, $40/everyone else. Frisco Family YMCA, 3415 Main St, Frisco. Trey Gilmore: 214-297-9622.

1869. Volunteers on hand to guide visitors through the structures and answer questions in this informal tour. Visitors welcome to arrive at any time during the open hours and tour at their own pace. Regular admission to LLELA: $5/person; free/age 5 & under. No additional charge for tour. Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area, 201 E Jones St, Lewisville. 972-219-7980.

Yoga Nidra: Third Friday of the Month, Salt Escape, in Plano Recycling: Electronics – 9-11am. The city of Plano encourages residents to bring all old electronic devices (not being used) to this site for proper disposal. For details, location & mention North Texas edition of Natural Awakenings: 972-769-4150. Collin County Winter Farmers’ Market – 9am-1pm. 2nd & 4th Sat. Features Texas-grown produce and meats, locally made products and a community center to learn about green and healthy living. Fairview Farms, 3314 N Central Expressway, Plano. 970- 209-4694. Free One-Hour Seminars – 10am. Topics: gardening, beekeeping, rainwater collection, goat milking, poultry. Ploughshare Institute for Sustainable Living, 7781 Gholson Rd, Waco. Mention North Texas Natural Awakenings: 254-754-9663. Second Saturday for Youth – 10-11:30am. For youngsters aged 4-10; children 6 & under must be accompanied by a parent or other responsible adult. Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge, A/V Classroom, 6465 Refuge Rd, Sherman. Reservations necessary: 903-786-2826. Kid’s Fish – 11am-1pm. Ages 4-11. The opportunity to go outside to our pond and do some live fishing (weather permitting). If bad weather will have a scavenger hunt. Free. Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World, 2501 Bass Pro Dr, Grapevine. 972-724-2018. Visit the Cats – 11am-6pm. See Sun listing. In-Sync Exotics, 3430 Skyview Dr, Wylie. 972-442-6888. Homestead Open House – 12-3pm. 3rd Sat. Time subject to change during heat of summer. The Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area is home to several historic structures, most notably the Minor-Porter Log House, which dates to about

Kayak down the Elm Fork – 12-3pm. 3rd Sat. Whether have lots of river time under your belt or have never set foot in a kayak, you’re welcome here. Kayak Power provides equipment and instruction followed by a 6-mile trip down the Elm Fork to a shuttle vehicle. Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area, 201 E Jones St, Lewisville. Reservation required: 214-669-1663. Frisco Humane Society Adoption – 12-4pm. 1st, 3rd & 5th Sat. We invite you to meet and greet some of the wonderful dogs and cats available for adoption from Frisco Humane Society. PetSmart in Frisco, 3333 Preston Rd. 972-498-8980. Heard Nature Photographers Club – 1:30pm. 2nd Sat. Speakers and discussions. Topics include how-to and technique discussions and travelogue presentations. Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary, 1 Nature Pl, McKinney. More info: 972-462-7314. SpinFest – 3-7pm. 3rd Sat. A free, open event hosted by Creative Motion to explore circus skills with the public. Learn to juggle, hula hoop, or spin poi, staves, or flags. Heights Park Arapaho Rd at Floyd Rd, Richardson. Mention North Texas Natural Awakenings: 214-494-0952. Sunday Mountain Bike Group Ride – 6pm. Open to all levels. Informal and leaderless. Food, fun and riding. Food served after the riding. Location changes weekly. For details & location: BBishop@ Stargeezer Star Party – 6:30-9:30pm. 1st Sat. Bring the whole family. Star parties begin at sunset, weather permitting. Free. Spring Park, Jonandrea Ln, Garland. Live Music – 7-9pm. Live music and delicious treats: blended or hot coffee, delicious hot cocoa, Collin County’s award-winning specialty bakery treats, hand-dipped Blue Bell ice cream, fresh baked cookies, cakes and bakery sweets. Free. For details & to confirm happening, mention North Texas Natural Awakenings: Coffee N Cream, 11660 Legacy Dr, Frisco, 214-705-9600; and 190 E Stacy Rd, Allen. 972-678-2626. Frisco StarFest – Sunset-10:30pm. 2nd Sat. Ap-

proximately a dozen telescopes will be set up for your viewing pleasure. Weather permitting. Free. Frisco Commons Park.

daily First Aid Classes, CPR & Babysitter Training – Various days. Monthly at various branches. For specific info on cost, space availability, times: Dallas Farmers’ Market – 8am-6pm. Year round. One-stop shop for all your produce, meat, floral and specialty-food needs. Farmers from 150 miles around come to give you the chance to “buy locally.” 1010 S Pearl Expwy, Dallas.

classifieds For fees and info on placing classifieds, email Deadline is noon on the 9th of the month. FOR SALE Pride JAZZY Select Elite Power Wheelchair – Like new and virtually unused since only used for two months. Kept and used inside. Midnight blue color. $1,600 or OBO; originally $5,300. 469-633-1587.

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Jane Liu, L.Ac., MD (China) 5850 Town and Country Blvd, Ste 101 Frisco 75034 214-662-2267 • Over 28 years combining experience of both eastern and western medicine by well-trained gynecologist from China. Specializing in fertility and IVF/ IUI enhancement, recurrent pregnancy loss, PCOS, endometriosis, aging eggs, low ovarian reserve, elevated FSH level and more.

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Daphne Su, L.Ac. 4101 Spring Creek Pkwy, Ste 200, Plano 75024 972-665-8618 • I'm a third generation Chinese Medicine doctor (China) and dedicated to helping people live a physically healthy and emotionally balanced life. Through acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine, I help my patients with pain management as well as relief from allergies, arthritis, asthma, Bell's palsy, fibromyalgia, insomnia, infertility, high blood pressure, headaches and more.

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Acupuncture, Herbs & Nutrition 2121 W Spring Creek Pkwy, Ste 107 Plano 75023 972-704-3730 • After years in Western medicine, I finally found a way to really help people heal, relieve pain and reduce stress. In my practice I utilize acupuncture (with or without needles), herbal medicine, nutrition and energetics to help you create and maintain the healthy body you deserve. See ad, page 38.


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Michael O’Neal, LCDC, CCDS 200 W Boyd, Ste D, Allen 75013 972-359-1600 •

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Dr. Vince Baugher, D.C. 2500 Lillian Miller Pkwy, Denton 76210 940-484-6336 • In delivering quality chiropractic care, our approach is simple, gentle and relaxing. We have been able to save literally hundreds of patients from surgery with the new technology of Spinal Decompression. See ad, page 21.

Synergy Balance

Dr. Cecilia Yu, D.C.; NUCCA practitioner 12740 Hillcrest Road, Ste 138, Dallas 75230 972-387-4700 • By aligning the first vertebrae through a precise NUCCA adjustment, Dr. Yu eliminates nerve interference from the brain stem. Such interference can manifest itself in any manner including Scoliosis, skin conditions, behavioral disorders, herniated discs or joint problems. Unlike traditional chiropractic, even traditional upper-cervical chiropractic, there is no popping, cracking or twisting and a NUCCA adjustment holds longer which means you return far less often. See ad, page 31.

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Michelle and Tommy Neu 4 Miles West of I-35; on US 82, Lindsay 76240 940-372-0343 • State-permitted dairy licensed to sell fresh, all natural unprocessed grade A raw milk. Visit us at the farm to learn why our greattasting, fresh, raw milk is a safe and naturally healthier choice for your family. Call us to schedule a tour to see a working family farm and be sure to visit our on-site store for fresh raw white and chocolate milk, cream, free-range eggs and more. See ad, page 16.

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Anita Sisler 339-832-1220 • Now is a perfect time to declutter. Let me help you turn cluttered areas of your home into perfect, peaceful spaces. Moving? I can help you with the process of decluttering while packing up your home and/or unpacking and making your new home cozy. Serving the North Texas area. See ad, page 26.

denTiSTry denTal STudio of carrollTon Drs. Robert and Sandhya 2005 W Hebron Pkwy, Carrollton 75010 972-395-0150 • And 331 W Harwood Rd, Hurst 76054 817-282-4539

Approaching dentistry from a natural, whole body health perspective, we make teeth beautiful, keep them healthy and offer honest education on how balanced structures in the face/mouth can affect your overall health. Serving adults, children and apprehensive clients, at our state-of-the-art facility we offer the cutting-edge "DNA Appliance"; a small device which addresses snoring and sleep apnea, mercury free fillings and crowns, teeth whitening, Clear Braces, TMJ pain and much more. See ad, page 5.

deToxificaTion PhylogeneSyS

6401 W Eldorado Pkwy, McKinney 75070 972-439-5989 • Phylogenesys is a detox center dedicated to providing personalized services to individuals interested in maximizing their wellness potential. We offer a variety of saunas including the infrared & oxygen steam sauna, foot baths and nutritional services. We are dedicated to helping you heal your body.

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Dedicated to student success and institutional excellence by encouraging student achievement through affordable, quality education, stimulating learning environments and comprehensive student support. Accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges & Schools. Campuses located in Gainesville, Corinth, Flower Mound, Bowie and Graham. See ad, page 19.

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2220 Coit Rd, Ste 500, Plano 75075 972-599-7882 • And 101 E Southwest Pkwy, Ste 101 Lewisville 75067 972-436-3839 • SACS accredited educational alternative that offers individual-ized, mastery-based instruction for grades 4-12. On-campus and Home Study options. Middle and High School International are Students welcome. We provide Form I-20.

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Eco-friendly residential and commercial pest control using botanical products. We control all types of insect pests including termites, mosquitoes, ants, roaches and fleas without the use of harsh, dangerous chemicals. We offer programs from a single pest one time treatment to a comprehensive total protection plan. Call to schedule your Free inspection. See ad, page 11.

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9200 E Lebanon Rd, Ste 32, Frisco 75035 214-436-4955 • Our coloring stylists love to work with the wonderful alternative products we have that are made from natural extracts and yogurt. These exquisite products, such as NAYO, Neuma and Moroccan Oil, actually do improve your hair quality so we in turn can help you look your most radiant while you're out-andabout. Whether you're simply sensitive to some of those harsher chemical lines or just want vibrant, beautiful, healthy hair you'll love our natural approach to how we treat your hair and overall beauty. Ask about free color consultation.

Kid fiT – Kid fun SPorTS Training

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Debby Romick 1501 Preston Rd, Ste 501, Plano 75093 972-248-9482 • The Brain Balance Program brings hope to families of children who suffer with behavioral, academic and social challenges. We special-ize in a drug-free, research-based, multifaceted approach to address the underlying issues of the many disorders that impact our children today. Each child has a unique combination of functional weaknesses that impact motor, sensory, immune, visual-spatial, auditory, and cognitive development. Call us today to learn about our comprehensive assessment. See ad, page 17.

Burn up to 1000 calories an hour, strengthen your whole body and have a blast doing it. This fun is not just for kids. Huge trampoline jumping areas where you can literally bounce off the walls. Try trampoline dodge ball, a life-size maze, or rope-swing, slide or bounce into a huge foam pit. Special bounce and play area for kids under 7. You've got to see it to believe it. Open jumps, birthday parties, corporate team building and aerobics classes. See ad, page 43.

MaSSage 3T’S (TJ’S Terrific Touch) Teel Parkway, Frisco 75034 469-237-4289 •

Specializing in Swedish massage for overall body relaxation and deep tissue massage for tense knotted muscles, an affordable 3T’s massage can help relieve stress commonly associated with a hectic lifestyle. See ad, page 29.

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Dr. Nevein Amer, DDS 4701 W Park Blvd, Ste 201, Plano 75093 972-985-4450 • Dr. Amer specializes in cosmetic and Holistic dentistry including mercury-free fillings and the safe removal of old mercury-based fillings, metal-free crowns, digital x-rays, help for sleep apnea and TMJ, veneers and Invisalign, the clear alternative to braces. Her Holistic approach involves looking at the entire person during evaluation, and always talking with you about the material to be used in your mouth. See ad, page 19.

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Ida Cipriano, OTR 1441 Coit Rd, Ste C, Plano 75075 972-867-0600 •

Shawn Messonnier 2145 W Park Blvd, Plano 75075 972-867-8800 • Offering drug-free treatments, antiaging medicine, holistic anesthesia, and blood testing for early diagnosis of cancer in healthy pets. See ads, pages 16 and 26.

Neuropathy treatment that lasts. No medication or surgery. Also safe and effective for facial palsy, carpal tunnel, diabetic ulceration, incontinence and more. Most insurance accepted. See ad, page 28.

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Dr. Marvin Sams 972-612-0160 •

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Highest ethical and clinical standards of care while providing exceptional attention to every patient.

The Sams Center specializes in evidence based, non-drug therapy for ADD/ADHD, learning issues, chronic Depression and Anxiety, Asperger’s and Autism, epilepsy, Bipolar, and OCD. Quantitative EEG (computerized brain wave analysis) detects and defines the neurological issues; NeuroMatrix Neural Efficiency TrainingTM safely remediates and optimizes brain function. Find out more today. See ads, pages 15 and 32.

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Synergy Balance

Dr. Cecilia Yu, D.C.; NUCCA practitioner 12740 Hillcrest Rd, Ste 138, Dallas 75230 972-387-4700 •

SalT eScaPe

2100 Dallas Pkwy, Ste 140, Plano 75075 972-378-4945 •

Are you getting enough antioxidants from your food or supplements? With a simple scan of your palm, I can empower you with an easy to understand report of how effective your nutrition actually is. No needles and safe for children and adults. See ad, page 31.

Adults and children can relax in our salt rooms while breathing in natural salt with its anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties, accelerating nasal clearance and improving lung function. Separate salt playroom with viewing window for children. Salt room yoga, onsite massage therapy and onsite reflexology available. See ad, page 29.


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4851 Legacy Dr, Ste 301, Frisco, 75034 972-294-0808 • Where your child’s health is our passion! Offering a full range of pediatric services integrating conventional and natural medicine for your child’s optimal health. See ad, page 13.

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Private Label Realty 6900 Dallas Pkwy, Ste 110, Plano 75024 469-269-2754 • Thinking about selling or buying a home? I can take you from “For Sale to Sold!” Maximize your home equity with property preparation tips, staging assistance, optimal exposure. Buyer Representation – at no cost to you. Got a real estate question? See ad, page 25.

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17370 Preston Rd, Ste 470, Dallas 75252 214-446-0251 • The Kabbalah Centre offers introductory and advanced courses that will show you ways around the limitations of rational thought, and push you beyond your box. The kabbalistic lens offers a rarely seen perspective by which you can dramatically improve the quality of your life - and the world around you. Visit our bookstore, call us or visit us on Facebook for upcoming courses and events. See ad, page 39.

Shir TiKVah reforM Synagogue 7700 Main St, Frisco 75034 214-500-8304, •

Services are held on Friday evenings at 7 p.m. Every service welcomes children of all ages. Religious school classes take place on Sunday mornings during school year. Visit website for service schedule. See ad, page 37.

ST. PhiliP’S ePiScoPal

6400 Stonebrook Pkwy, Frisco 75034 214-387-4700 • Sunday services, community programs, job ministry, preschool, and St. Philip’s Academy “K” class.

reSTauranTS ShandiZ MediTerranean grill & MarKeT 4013 W Parker Rd, Plano 75093 972-943-8885

Halal meats, fresh produce, groceries and flat bread baked on-site.

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Total Wind & Solar offers consultation, design, installation and service of alternative energy and rainwater harvesting systems based on your actual needs. Serving the North Texas-D/FW area.


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TherMograPhy TherMograPhy cenTer of dallaS Dr. Genie Fields 5220 Spring Valley Rd, Ste 405, Dallas 75254 214-352-8758 •

Screening with thermography can detect abnormalities, many times 8-10 years before other screening methods. Non-invasive. No radiation. See ad, page 29.

TKM The King inSTiTuTe

Dr. Glenn King 3740 N Josey Ln, Ste 244, Carrollton 75007 800-640-7998, TKM is natural and effective care that's changing lives for people battling immune, respiratory and cardiovascular disorders, cancer, migraines, pain and more. See ad, page 26.

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Twenty First Century Health 972-855-8711 • Better health through state-of-the-art water. Cutting edge technology. Call us or visit our website to learn more about how improving your home’s water can improve your health.

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215 E University Dr, Denton 76209 940-380-8728 • A true wellness center and oasis for body, mind and spirit. Our caring practitioners really listen and can help you raise the level of wellness you are experiencing. Massage, Reiki, yoga, nutrition and counseling are just some of the modalities we offer. Book a session, drop in for yoga or join us at one of our educational seminars.

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