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Fluid, Flexible Movement Can Be Ours
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grew up around Washington, D.C., and after many years away I was recently able to return to visit family and show my son our nation's capital for the first time. We managed a whirlwind tour that took us to Arlington National Cemetery, two parts of the Smithsonian, the Lincoln Memorial, Library of Congress, the Iwo Jima and Vietnam Veterans Memorials, the White House and finally to the Capitol building. What struck me most was when my son touched the names on the Vietnam Memorial wall. We talked about the fact that every one of the 58,286 names on that wall was someone's child, brother, sister, mother, father or friend, and that each one left behind a mother, father, children, wife, husband and friends that miss them to this day. Every year on Memorial Day, my son and I deliver a handwritten note of thanks to a particular veteran in our neighborhood that is suffering serious long-term effects of Agent Orange poisoning, yet continues serve by teaching and mentoring boys through the Scouting program. By honoring and thanking him, we thank them all. This year, I want to publically thank all that have and continue to serve; you are true heroes. I also want to thank all those that support our service men and women, for they too, bear an incredible weight and are deserving of our gratitude. Despite some flaws, we truly do have an amazing country. I wishing you all a safe and happy Memorial Day, and hope you'll all take a moment to thank at least one person you don't know that has served.
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newsbriefs Scarborough Renaissance Festival in Waxahachie
Engels Establishes New Practice for Proactive Health Care
he 34th annual Scarborough Renaissance Festival runs every weekend and Memorial Day from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. through May 26, with 21 stages, hundreds of costumed characters, 200 shoppes, artisan demonstrations, Renaissance rides, games of skill and food fit for a king. Highlights include Breakfast with Royalty, daily beer tastings at the Dirty Duck Pub, a newly expanded Mermaid Lagoon, spaghetti juggler Deante Fettuccine, magician Dr. LeRue, the Ginger Juggler, full combat jousting, Birds of Prey, Don Juan and Miguel, Daniel Duke of Danger and Tartanic (bagpipers). Admission is $24 for adults and $10 for children, ages 12 and under. Parking is free. Tickets are available online and discount tickets can be purchased at Dallas/Fort Worth area Tom Thumb stores. Discount coupons can be found at Long John Silver’s and Waxahachie Autoplex. Senior discounts also apply.
ennifer Engels, M.D., has opened a new functional and nutritional medicine practice, Maverick Wellness, at Living Well Dallas, offering food sensitivity testing and nutritional counseling that can be very effective in improving all aspects of patients’ overall health. She states, “Proactive health care means trying to prevent disease, Jennifer Engels, M.D. rather than reactive healthcare, which is reacting to a disease once you already have it.” Many people need to know which parts of their diets and lifestyle are preventing them from achieving optimum health. Engels uses different strategies that can result in weight loss, decreased joint pain, resolved irritable bowel issues, improved diabetes and hypertension and decreased risk factors for cancer and heart disease among others. Engels holds a degree from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition, in New York City, is fellowship trained in women’s imaging and has extensive experience as director of breast imaging at Baylor Medical Center of Garland and assistant professor at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. She has also been a preventive radiologist in private practice at the world-renowned Cooper Clinic, in Dallas.
Located in Waxahachie, the festival is 30 minutes south of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex on FM 66 off of I-35E at exit 399A. For more information, call 972-938-3247 or visit srfestival.com.
Location: Living Well Dallas, 14330 Midway Rd., Bldg. 1, Ste. 121, Dallas. For appointments, call 972-930-0260. For more information, visit JenniferEngelsMD.com. See listing, page 45.
newsbriefs TJ’s Terrific Touch is Offering Prenatal/Pregnancy Massages
renatal massage is simply a tool to aid in the amazing birthing process and to make it as pleasant as possible. Mothers that have never had a pregnancy massage before should know that this particular massage is focused and designed mainly for comfort and usually involves many more pillows and cushioning than traditional massage. At TJ’s Terrific Touch (3T’s), the prone (face down) position is never used with pregnant customers, only supine (face up) and/or sideways positions. Owner TJ (Tameka Kaeufer) says, “3T’s sends congratulations to all the expecting mothers, new and experienced, and looks forward to serving many of you soon!” Bringing another life into this world can be an absolutely wonderful and beautiful experience. Nevertheless, it is also one of the hardest things to do and the toll it takes on a female’s body, both emotionally and physically, can be enormous. Some of the most common complaints from expecting clients are back pain (mainly lower back), heartburn, depression (mood swings), cramps (mainly legs), swelling of the ankles, frequent urination, fatigue, anxiety, sleeplessness, nausea, nervousness and overall stress. Location: Teel Parkway, Frisco. For more information and appointments, call 469-237-4289, email email@example.com or visit tj4ttts.com. See ad, page 33.
Peak Season for Lavender Picking
avender Ridge Farms is hosting a Lavender Festival from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., May 24 through 26, in Gainesville, Texas, 30 minutes north of Denton. Visitors can pick their own lavender blooms, enjoy great food, lavender treats, wine tasting and shopping. There will be 50 vendors with art, antiques and handmade items. Originally a strawberry and melon farm in the 1920s and 1930s, Lavender Ridge Farms opened in 2006 as a lavender, cut-flower and herb farm. The land here has been in the same family for more than 150 years and will be home sweet home for many years to come. Admission and parking are free. Location: 2391 C.R. 178. For more information, call 940-665-6938 or visit LavenderRidgeFarms.com. See ad, page 40. 6
Frisco Farmers’ Market Opens May 10
Get Your Head In The Game
he Frisco Farmers' Market is an open air market supported by volunteers that will begin the season on May 10 at Frisco Square, Main Street and Tollway, with live music. It will be open Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. The nonprofit Frisco Farmers’ Market is a Frisco Noon Lions Club Project that was started in 2007 as a fresh, local and organic marketplace in the community. It supports local farmers and ranchers and gives family farms strength for the future. Location: 6048 Frisco Square Blvd., Frisco. For more info, call 469-777-6069, email Info@ FriscoFarmersMarket.org or visit FriscoFarmersMarket.org. See ad, page 10.
et Your Head In The Game, a licensed provider of Interactive Metronome (IM), a neuro-based, performance enhancement program, has opened a training location in Frisco, inside The Chiropractic Villa. Owner and head trainer Robin Bollinger has been certified IM Trainer since 2007. Her motto is, “Success is a matter of Timing. Timing is Everything.” With 20 years of research behind it, IM is a drug-free program that has successfully helped improve the lives and performance of many people. When administered independently or combined with other therapies, IM has shown to improve the performance of those diagnosed with pediatric and adult ADD/ADHD, autism spectrum disorder, sensory integration disorder, non-verbal learning disorder, stroke, traumatic brain injury and Alzheimer’s. IM has also been used with great success with professional athletes. Get Your Head In The Game is the only provider of IM training in the area. Location: 8762 Preston Trace Blvd., Frisco. For more information, call 214-693-9601, email PerformanceRev@gmail.com or visit PerformanceRev.wordpress.com. See ad, page 26.
newsbriefs Summer Concerts at Old Town Park Plaza
he popular Sounds of Lewisville concert series will present a series of nine shows this year in the heart of historic Old Town Lewisville at 7 p.m. every Tuesday night in June and July. The series will open in the courtyard at Medical Center of Lewisville Grand Theater. When construction is completed on Old Town Park Plaza across the street from the art center, the concerts will move to the permanent stage and grass lawn in the new park. The series kicks off June 3 with Kraig Parker and his Elvis tribute show. Parker was the Peopleâ€™s Choice winner for the 2013 Sounds series. Attendees are encouraged to bring blankets and lawn chairs for their comfort. Well-behaved pets on a leash are allowed at the shows. Concerts are presented by Lewisville Convention and Visitors Bureau with assistance from Parks and Leisure Services and the MCL Grand. Admission is free. For more information, call 972-219-8446 or visit SoundsOfLewisville.com. See ad, page 7.
Helping our Bravest by Helping them Heal
n anticipation of Memorial Day, Synergy Balance is donating their time and expertise to the servicemen and women of Defenders of Freedom (DOF), to help those that have sacrificed so much for us by helping them heal upon their return to civilian life. Dr. Cecilia Yu says, “When DOF contacted us about helping soldiers heal and improve their well-being, we couldn’t say yes fast enough. We’re so grateful to those who serve, and we are happy to donate over $5,000 in services to the Defenders of Freedom for up to 10 soldiers in need of our treatment.” Each soldier selected by the DOF to receive care will get a consultation, laser-guided X-rays and NUCCA adjustment. Additionally, Synergy Balance will be donating 20 percent of the payment from every new client’s first visit through June 15, to DOF to help fund any continued care that may be requested by the selected DOF soldiers. Anyone wishing to donate to help soldiers receive continued care should contact the DOF directly and specify where their donation should be allocated.
Nine businesses have become Green Business Certified (GBC). The program allows Plano businesses to highlight their commitment to the environment and reap the economic and environmental benefits of their sustainable initiatives. Certified businesses have their mandatory and optional measures in waste reduction, water and energy efficiency, pollution prevention, sustainable purchasing and education validated by city staff. Aqua-Fit Family Wellness Center offers swim lessons and water fitness programs in an indoor heated saltwater pool (AquaFitPlano.com). Collin County Association of REALTORS serves 4,000-plus members and affiliate members with tools for success (ccar.net). Elan Market Center, a resort-style multifamily community features Energy-Star appliances and luxury amenities (ElanMarketCenter.com). The Grove School engages pre-kindergarten students in a green lifestyle, including onsite food waste composting (GroveSchool.com). With a knowledgeable staff and personal attention, Hirsch’s Specialty Meats markets prime meats and seafood (HirschsMeats.com). Dr. Christina Ky, at Legacy Trails Dental, provides premium dental care in a scenic, relaxing environment (LegacyTrailsDental.com). Snappy Salads offers custom salads with imaginative toppings, house-made dressings and a daily bread offering (SnappySalads.com). Villas at Chase Oaks offers residents cost-savings through green retrofits and Energy-Star appliances (VillasAtChaseOaks.com). Whiskey Cake Kitchen and Bar offers “from scratch only” farm-to-kitchen cuisine, artisan-crafted drinks and whiskey cake. (Whiskey-Cake.com). For more information, visit PlanoCommercialReycling.com. See ad, page 30.
For more information or to make an appointment, call 972-387-4700 or visit MySynergyBalance.com. For more information about DOF, or to donate, call Donna at 214-232-4962, email Donna@DefendersOfFreedom, or donate online at DefendersOfFreedom.us. See ad, page 29.
eventspotlights Learn to Heal Yourself and Others
r. Eric Pearl, the founder of Reconnective Healing, will be sharing ways that we can experience healing and actualize our true potential from July 18 to 22, in Houston. “Reconnective Healing is a simple, easy-to-learn, healing approach that transcends energy healing and its complexity,” says Pearl. During his seminars, he invites one or more audience Dr. Eric Pearl members with visible ailments on stage to demonstrate what is considered by some a spontaneous healing. Pearl explains, “It accesses vibrational frequencies that are accessible to everyone. Without physically touching people, it frequently has instantaneous and life-lasting results for individuals with range-of-motion limitations, cancers, depression, AIDSrelated diseases, epilepsy, cerebral palsy, chronic fatigue syndrome, rheumatoid and osteoarthritis, chronic pain and muscle aches.” A new study by researchers at the University of Arizona has shown that people with limited range of motion in their arms and shoulders experience a significantly greater level of healing and pain reduction with a 10-minute, one-time session of Reconnective Healing than with conventional physical therapy. During an appearance on the Dr. Oz Show, Pearl is said to have healed a woman who couldn’t raise her arms more than a foot from her hips for more than 20 years and had tried every medical and alternative modality without success. Oz expressed amazement as he watched her regain full range of motion, raising her arms out and up over her head without pain. Participants can learn Reconnective Healing to assist others and themselves in just one weekend. Pearl has taught more than 75,000 people how to become catalysts for healing. He is the author of The Reconnection: Heal Others, Heal Yourself, an international bestseller translated into more than 36 languages that relates his transformation from a successful Los Angeles chiropractor into the first Reconnective Healer, whose patients began reporting sudden healings even though he had not touched them. “We are on the threshold of a whole new era of healthcare, and Reconnective Healing shows that we can take healing into our own hands,” says Pearl.
For more information, schedule of events, pricing and locations, call 323-960-0012 or visit TheReconnection.com. See ad page 16. 10
Yoga Teachers From Around the World Unite in Austin
he International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT) presents its annual Symposium on Yoga Therapy and Research (SYTAR), from June 5 to 8, at the Austin Renaissance Hotel, in Austin, Texas. A professional association for yoga teachers and therapists worldwide, IAYT has a mission is to establish yoga as a recognized and respected therapy. SYTAR is dedicated to professional education, research and practice and policy issues for yoga therapy. The symposium welcomes yoga teachers and experienced practitioners, including those considering training in yoga therapy. Keynote speaker Lorenzo Cohen, Ph.D., of the MD Anderson Cancer Center, in Houston, will describe his teamâ€™s research on the integration of yoga into cancer care. Other speakers from Texas include Nydia Darby, from San Antonio, and Peggy Kelly and Charles MacInerney, from Austin. They are among more than 40 presenters from around the world, including India, Japan and New Zealand. Prior to SYTAR, on June 4 and 5, the annual meeting of IAYT member schools will discuss the new IAYT accreditation process for yoga therapy training programs,
plus strategies on preparing for future growth of the field. IAYT has more than 120 member schools around the world, including five in Texas. After the SYTAR conference, on June 9, four one-day workshops will be available: the Dean Ornish program, led by Susi Amendola; Strategies in Cancer Treatment, with Jnani Chapman; Healing Relationships, led by Nischala Joy Devi, and iRest, with Richard Miller. A post-conference rest-and-relaxation session will take place at Austinâ€™s Ancient Yoga Center, with no scheduled programming. This is a great place and time to socialize with yoga teachers from around the world. IAYT publishes the International Journal of Yoga Therapy and Yoga Therapy Today. IAYT members receive a $100 discount off conference registration fees, and early registration by May 14 provides a $100 discount. For more information on IAYT and the symposium, visit iayt.org. For dynamic conference communication, visit Facebook.com/SYTAR.org. See ad, page 8.
Drinking Cow’s Milk While Nursing Linked to Infant Eczema
ew research has found that if a mother drinks cow’s milk during the period that she is breastfeeding, it raises her infant’s risk of experiencing skin allergies. The study, published in the Journal of the Medical Association of Thailand, followed 62 mothers and their infants from birth through 4 months of age. Researchers from Bangkok’s Mahidol University assembled the mothers and infants into two groups. Mothers in one group drank cow’s milk during the first four months of breastfeeding; the control group did not. Eight of the children with mothers drinking cow’s milk had skin allergies, versus two of the children in the control group. All of the mothers exclusively breastfed their infants throughout this period. An earlier study published in the British Medical Journal followed 124 mothers, 97 of which breastfed their babies. Of those that breastfed, 48 drank no milk or other dairy products and 49 drank milk. Infants in the milk-drinking group experienced 21 cases of eczema, while the no-milk group had only 11 cases. Overall, between the breastfed and non-breastfed infants, the breastfed infants had lower incidences of eczema regardless of the mother’s diet.
Roundup Toxin Accumulates in GM Soybeans
study published in the journal Food Chemistry tested soybeans grown from seeds that were genetically modified (GM) to be resistant to the herbicide Roundup. It compared these with organic soybeans and soybeans from non-GM seeds. The chemical and nutritional analysis of soybean samples from 31 different Iowa farms found the GM soy contained significantly higher levels of the toxin glyphosate, the central chemical in Roundup, than both the organic and the conventional non-GMO soybeans. The organic soybeans contained no glyphosate, plus significantly higher levels of protein and zinc, as well as lower levels of saturated fats.
Healthy Homemade Infant Food Reduces Kids’ Allergies
study published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology reports that infants that were fed more homemade foods comprising a higher percentage of fruits and vegetables were less likely to develop food allergies. In assessing youngsters of the same age, researchers from the University of Southampton Medical College, in the UK, followed 41 children that had developed food allergies by the age of 2, alongside 82 non-allergic infants. After tracking the toddlers’ diets with food diaries and conducting allergy testing, the researchers found that infants fed more of the healthier homemade diet had a significantly lower incidence of food allergies as toddlers.
Fight the Aging Process and Regain Precious Sleep with DHEA by John R. Woodward
ehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) is a naturally occurring pro-hormone produced by the adrenal glands, gonads and the skin. DHEA, the most abundant pro-hormone in the body, is one of the building blocks of hormones such as testosterone, estrogen and about 50 others that drive our energy, mood, muscle tone, fat, quality of sleep, mental sharpness, sex drive and more. We produce more and more DHEA from birth to adulthood and in our reproductive prime. But after about age 25, both males and females make less each year for the rest of our lives; by age 50, people make only half as much. Men and women notice symptoms from a gradual decline in hormones after about age 35 such as poor sleep, lack of energy, susceptibility to infections, more colds and flu, loss of muscle tone and weight gain. These signs may be accompanied by a loss of focus and mental sharpness, decreased libido, thin papery skin and age spots and wrinkles. In looking at natural remedies for menopause symptoms, many women have discovered DHEA to be effective. It facilitates the production of androgens and estrogens in the body. The skin, or dermis, is the largest or-
gan of the human body and the site of many biological processes. Most DHEA processing actually occurs in the skin. DHEA supplements can be found in pill and cream form, however pills are rendered inert by the liver, so a properly made bio-identical DHEA cream is preferable. The cream should be applied on the skin each day to safely support the bodyâ€™s natural hormone production. Many sleep issues experienced during menopause are caused by declining hormone levels. A decrease in estrogen production can cause women to experience hot flashes. Subsequent lack of sleep can lead to depression, loss of skin elasticity, loss of cognitive function, weight gain, impaired ability to make decisions and increased risk of conditions including high blood pressure and Type 2 diabetes. John R. Woodward, M.D., is a board-certified gynecologic endocrinologist practicing at Medical City Dallas. For more information, call 888-489-4782 or visit AboutHormones.org or Twist25.com. See ad on page 2 and listing on page 46.
Multivitamins with Selenium Counter HIV
study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association showed that a daily multivitamin supplement with selenium significantly slows the advance of HIV among those with the virus. The researchers tested 878 asymptomatic, HIV-infected people over two years that had never taken antiretroviral medications. The test subjects were split into four groups, with members of each receiving separate medications—multivitamins, multivitamins plus selenium, selenium alone or a placebo—for five years. The multivitamins contained vitamins B, C and E. Those given multivitamins plus selenium experienced a 54 percent reduction in low counts of a critical immunity cell factor (called CD4) compared to the placebo group. This group also experienced a 44 percent reduction in other events known to accompany the progression of HIV, including AIDS-related deaths. The researchers concluded: “In antiviral, therapy-naive, HIV-infected adults, 24-month supplementation with a single supplement containing multivitamins and selenium was safe and significantly reduced the risk of immune decline and morbidity.”
Vitamin D No Help for Bone Mass or Hip Fractures
niversity of Pittsburgh researchers that followed 29,862 women for 11 years have found that supplementing calcium with vitamin D does not reduce hip fractures. The study, published in the Journal of Women’s Health, found that women taking calcium plus vitamin D had as many hip fractures as women taking a placebo. Women supplementing with more than 600 international units (IU) of vitamin D per day also had a 28 percent higher incidence of breast cancer. Because hip fractures are linked to a reduction in bone density, these findings are compounded by a review of research published in The Lancet, which established that vitamin D supplements typically taken with calcium did not increase bone density among elderly adults. The review analyzed 23 studies among 4,082 participants, 92 percent of whom were women.
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Cycling Gains Ground at Colleges and in Cities May is National Bike Month, and more universities continue to commit to bicycling as a sustainable, healthy and environmentally conscious transportation choice. Recently, Harvard University joined Princeton and Yale as an official Bicycle-Friendly University (BFU), and the League of American Bicyclists designated 14 new BFU members, expanding the program to 58 colleges in 30 states across the U.S. with more to come. When New York City opened registration for a public bike-sharing program, Citi Bike, more than 5,000 people signed up within 30 hours. Similar demand for more cycling options is happening across the nation where shared bicycle programs are taking root (see Tinyurl.com/Top50BikeFriendliestCities). The popular Washington, D.C., Capital Bikeshare program began operating in September 2010, and is now the nationâ€™s largest, with 200 locking docks able to accommodate more than 1,800 bright-red bicycles. As in many programs, people can sign up for a short-term stint or an annual membership using either a credit card online or at a station kiosk. Then they can unlock a bicycle and return it to any station within the system. All rides under 30 minutes are free, after which escalating fees kick in, encouraging people to make short trips and to keep more bikes available for other riders. For more information, visit BikeLeague.org.
Three Automakers Roll Out Hydrogen Models Toyota has announced that it will market a hydrogen-powered car beginning with the 2015 model year, and Hyundai has also committed to rolling out its fuel-cell Tucson model next year. Honda has already begun leasing its hydrogen-powered FCX Clarity to customers in California. Each of these vehicles can travel about 300 miles without a refill (three times the range of the hybrid Chevy Volt in battery mode), and reach a top speed of about 100 miles per hour. A refill takes just a few minutes, and because the hydrogen is used to produce electricity, the cars drive without the roar of an internal combustion engine. The cost of hydrogen-fuel-cell vehicles is expected to continue to fall and eventually match that of conventional cars by 2023.
Global Rise in Sun-Generated Power
World Turtle Day Sounds Alarm Since 2000, people around the globe have celebrated World Turtle Day, held this year on May 23, to increase respect for and knowledge of the world’s oldest creatures. Susan Tellem, co-founder with Marshall Thompson of American Turtle Rescue (ATR), states, “These gentle animals have been around for about 200 million years, yet they are rapidly disappearing as a result of the exotic food industry, habitat destruction and the cruel pet trade.” They believe that turtles may be extinct within 50 years and suggest ways to increase their chances for survival for future generations: n Never buy a turtle or tortoise from a pet shop; it increases demand from the wild. n Never remove turtles or tortoises from the wild unless they are sick or injured. n If a tortoise is crossing a street, pick it up and gently place it on the other side
in the same direction it was headed. n Write legislators about keeping sensitive habitats preserved. n Report cruelty or illegal sales to a local animal control shelter. n Report the sale of any turtle or tortoise less than four inches long, which is
illegal throughout the U.S. For more information, visit Tortoise.com or Facebook.com/AmericanTortoiseRescue.
Activist Turns City Food Waste into Rural Soil Jeremy Brosowsky had an epiphany at a Milwaukee, Wisconsin, greenhouse a few years ago that set him on a more sustainable path: “What if we could take our garbage and grow food in it?” He was in the Midwest to learn about urban agriculture at Growing Power, the pioneering urban farm of McArthur Genius Fellow Will Allen, and was considering starting a rooftop agriculture business. Allen’s emphasis on the importance and elusiveness of fertile soil intrigued him. “If you don’t dramatically improve the soil, you cannot grow food in cities,” Brosowsky realized. His solution was to create Compost Cab (CompostCab.com), a Washington, D.C.-based service that picks up and delivers urban food waste to local farms for composting. Nearly 100 cities already divert food waste from landfills, but Brosowsky emphasizes, “Composting is not just about waste reduction. It’s about food production, education, jobs and creating social benefits.” He hopes to roll out Compost Cabs in other cities.
Last year, the U.S. joined Germany, Italy, China and Japan in producing more than 10 gigawatts of solar production nationwide. Now, other countries have awakened to the opportunity and are on their way to catching up. The popular Scandinavian retailer IKEA has sold $10,000 solar panels in 17 British outlets. Peru recently started a National Photovoltaic Household Electrification Program to connect 2 million of its poorest residents with solar power. In the first phase, 1,601 solar panels were installed to power 126 impoverished communities. The plan is to install about 12,500 photovoltaic systems for 500,000 households at an overall cost of $200 million. Earth Hour India is helping citizens to switch to solar energy in villages that previously had no electricity. Woodlands stores, in partnership with World Wildlife Foundation-India, has launched a collection drive across the country, inspiring individuals to donate to help light up more than 100 households in three villages in Madhya Pradesh with solar power. The residents had traditionally depended on forest resources for their energy needs.
Organic Food Labeling Causes Confusion A recent Harris Poll of 2,276 U.S. adults showed that concern for the environment is growing, but Americans may not be ready to spend more for organic food. More than half think that labeling food or other products as organic is just an excuse to charge more. Yet more than half of respondents also believe that organic foods are healthier than non-organic. At the same time, only 23 percent know what the term “dirty dozen” means in regard to organic food; it’s the Environmental Working Group’s annual list of foods consumers should always buy in organic form due to high pesticide levels in conventional farming. natural awakenings
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Porous Pavement Widespread Use Awaits Cleaning Machines
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration, under a new court agreement with the Natural Resources Defense Council, has agreed to issue a new rule governing the use of Triclosan, a controversial antimicrobial agent used widely in consumer products, by 2016. The action was first proposed in 1978. Triclosan, a possible endocrine-disrupting chemical, has been found in three-quarters of people from whom blood, urine or tissue has been analyzed as part of bio-monitoring studies; it is also found in the environment after having passed through sewage treatment plants.
Rainwater flows through porous pavement, allowing it to quickly reach soil, which helps keep pavement clearer from ice and snow in the winter and reduces the amount of pollutants that rain washes off of streets and into bodies of surface water. â€œIt works about 50 percent of the time,â€? says David Drullinger, an environmental quality professional with the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality. He explains that dirt, sand and other debris get stuck inside the pavement; for it to be effective again, it must be cleaned. More machines capable of unclogging these road surfaces are needed before widespread installation is viable. As more contractors gain experience working with the new material, the more effective it may become. Several communities in Michigan already are adopting the use of porous pavement for its benefits.
Whales Under Siege by Seismic Surveys The International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) is intensifying global efforts to safeguard whales and other marine species from the harm caused by powerful noises generated by seismic seafloor surveys by the oil and gas industry and others. In seismic surveys, air guns towed behind ships repeat powerful bursts of sound; sensors measure the return echo to reveal details of the sea floor and the underlying geologic structure to a depth of several kilometers. Whales rely on sound for communication, navigation and foraging. Exposure to loud noise from seismic surveys can result in stress and behavior changes, affect foraging and nursing or cause direct physical damage. In a study published in the journal Aquatic Mammals, the authors present the most thorough, robust and practical approach to minimizing and monitoring the risk of harm to vulnerable marine species when intense sounds are used. A step-by-step guide to reducing effects on whales and other marine species during seismic sea floor surveys is available from the IUCN Western Gray Whale Advisory Panel and Sakhalin Energy Investment Company (Tinyurl.com/WhaleSavingGuide).
FDA Finally Regulates Triclosan
LIVE YOUR SONG It Keeps Us in Tune with Ourself
by Jill mattson
isten to a traditional West African Griot story: When a tribal woman knows she is pregnant, she goes into the wilderness with a few friends to pray and meditate until they hear the song of the child. They recognize that every soul has its own vibration that expresses its unique flavor and purpose. When the women attune to the song, they sing it out loud. Then they return and teach it to everyone else. When children are born into the tribe, the village community gathers and sings their song, one unique melody for each unique child. Later, when children begin their education, the village again gathers to chant each child’s song. They sing upon the initiation of adulthood and at the time of their marriage. If at any
time someone commits a crime or aberrant social act, the villagers will circle the individual and chant their song, recognizing that the proper correction is love and the remembrance of identity, because when you recognize your own song you have no desire or need to do anything that would hurt another. Finally, when the soul is about to pass from this world, family and friends gather at the bedside, as they did at birth, and sing the person to the next life. In any culture, a friend is one that knows our song and sings it to us when we have forgotten it. Those that love us are not fooled by the mistakes we’ve made or the dark images we hold about ourself. They remember our beauty when we feel ugly; our wholeness
when we are broken; our innocence when we feel guilty; and our purpose when we are confused. Life always reminds us when we are and when we’re not in tune with ourself. When we feel good, we are matching our song. We may feel a little wobbly at times, but so have all the great singers. If we just keep singing, we’ll find our way home. In the end, we shall all recognize our song and sing it well. Modern pioneers in vibrational energy like Sharry Edwards (bioacoustic biology) and Donna Eden (energy medicine) have independently detected that each of us has a fundamental signature frequency that can be equated to our unique song that persists throughout life. We innately seek natural sounds that reinforce and strengthen our song such as the surf, wind or birds. Even the stars and heavens offer songs out of our hearing range that benefit cell-to-cell vibrations within that we intuitively feel as the magic of a midnight sky. At one with the universe, our song contributes its part in the infinite chorus of creation. Jill Mattson is an author, artist, musician and sound healing composer. Her books and CDs, based on 20 years of studying ancient civilizations, support healing and personal growth. Connect at JillsWingsOfLight.com. The Griot story is based on an interpretation by Jane Maluka and Dan Millman.
Thermography Center of Dallas by Amanda Merritt
e live in a toxic world. With increasing outside influences on our bodies, there are new disease patterns showing up that are difficult for even doctors to explain. While it has been said that, in many cases, early detection is the best protection, thermography offers a new approach with the potential to detect even earlier what is going on inside of our bodies, giving us more time to heal from what ails us. Genie Fields, DC, of the Thermography Center of Dallas, practices regulation thermography (RT), a noninvasive process that involves scanning the skin twice in 114 locations with a sensitive handheld tool and measuring the temperature at those locations. Unlike mammography, there is no pain, compression or radiation. According to Dr. Fields, “RT was developed in Germany in the 1970s and has been used throughout Europe ever since. RT was introduced to the United States in the late 90s by Dr. Daniel Beilin. The Thermography Center of Dallas has been using RT since we opened our doors in 2000. Unlike structural testing, such as an X-ray or MRI, RT focuses on function at the cellular and metabolic level. Unlike other thermographic methods that only provide a very generalized, colorful image and are usually only looking at the chest region, regulation thermography provides a multi-
page, highly detailed, analytical report on the whole body. Fields explains, “We’re basically looking at the function of all the internal organs, the glands, the breasts and the teeth.” After the second scan, which is done on the same visit, the two readings are compared and any potential problem areas relating to an organ can be detected. Regulation thermography can reveal where the greatest priority of dysfunction lies, as well as where a disease influence may be located. In other words, it shows future disease tendencies and those that are developing. Fields notes, “If we see an organ is not functioning well, most issues related to that organ can be detected,” and adds, “RT is a very complete, overall analysis of your body, especially for breast health.” Regulation thermography is often improperly believed to be a last resort. People want answers that their doctors cannot necessarily give them, so they look to this method as an alternative, when thermography should really be performed first, as a proactive step. Fields comments, “Lots of men and women come because they’ve tried everything else. Their doctors tell them there’s nothing wrong with them, but they know they’re not okay.” She believes that an annual thermogram should be a part of everyone’s health plan, but if a problem is being monitored, a thermogram every three to six months is suggested.
RT has the potential to catch disease patterns before they become major problems. While the process does not itself treat patients, the testing is easy and can teach patients and their practitioner enough about their bodies to be able to seek proper treatment for ailments that are manifesting now, as well as those that are silently developing. Fields made the switch to regulation thermography after experiencing a severe lack of energy and swollen lymph nodes. She had a thermogram done and found out some amazing things about her own body, including the lymphatic and immune systems. She was then able to eliminate her symptoms with diet changes and nutritional supplements as indicated by the findings of the thermograph report. It was this experience that sparked her interest in the field and the many benefits it has to offer. Many people like Fields that utilize thermography begin by just not feeling well and/or lacking energy. After their thermogram, they are able to work with their practitioner to feel better, often within a couple of months. Fields is excited to be able to offer thermography as a part of that process. She explains that what motivates her about thermography: “It’s getting people feeling better and really living a much healthier, vibrant life.” As for the best time to begin getting annual thermograms, Fields is quick to say, “You just need to start!” She regularly scans people of any age, from 5-yearold children to 90-year-old adults, and says that females especially are advised to begin as early as possible. Thermography can be a first step toward preventing current and potential diseases from taking over. It can give patients a heightened awareness of their body and a proactive screening, as opposed to a last-resort screening, and can work wonders for their overall health and lifestyle. The Thermography Center of Dallas, specializing in regulation thermography, is located at 5220 Spring Valley Rd., Ste. 405. To schedule an appointment or for more information, call 214-3528758 or visit ThermographyCenter.com. See ad, page 15.
Volleying Life Gabrielle Reece on Her Balancing Act by Christine MacDonald
abrielle Reece has been called one of the world’s most influential women in sports and one of its most beautiful athletes. In her 20s, she built a career as both a fiercely competitive pro volleyball player and a fashion model. Since then, she’s written books and become an expert on women’s peak fitness and overall well-being, all while raising three daughters with her husband, Hawaiian surfer Laird Hamilton. Plus, she volunteers for environmental organizations such as the National Resources Defense Council and RainCatcher, a nonprofit bringing safe drinking water to people in need.
How do you find time for and balance all the roles you play in life—athlete, spouse, parent, businesswoman and volunteer? Juggling life is hard for everyone. Living day-to-day, taking care of kids and paying bills is a challenge. There are ways to make it all more manageable, but for me, there is a level of discomfort, challenge and difficulty, as well as moments of joy. I think women are sometimes thrown off-balance by some difficulty, instead of saying, “OK, how am I going to strategize and make it all work for me and my family?” We don’t give enough credit to having great girlfriends. I don’t mean people you go to lunch with—I mean real allies. People that give you good advice and are strong for you, that will 22
With your busy schedule, how do you find time to work out and stay in shape? I think it’s been about momentum. I had the good fortune of training and eating well since I went off to play volleyball in college. That sort of steam made it easier as I added work, a partner and children. I think it’s more difficult for women that don’t have that experience. When they enter “the real world” and add a big career or long hours, a partner or family, it becomes difficult to establish that grounding in healthy practices. You have to create the environment in which you are going to succeed. That takes years. At some point, you have to be honest with yourself. For me, I know I won’t get exercise or anything else done if I stay home. There are some things I can go to a gym to do that I can also do at home but know I won’t, so it’s about creating an environment that activates good intentions.
How do you choose to expend your volunteer efforts?
take your kids and you’ll take theirs. I think that is an underutilized tool. I always encourage women to approach life with a strategy and use each other to help navigate it, because that makes it a little easier.
Which role is most important to you and where does selfcare fit in? At this time in my life, being a mother is the most important. When my girls are older and more independent, then their demands on my time will lessen. But I don’t think I’d ever blindly put one role over the other, because they are all connected. I just approach them with different parts of my personality. My work is intellectual, while being a mom is instinctual. Being in a relationship is a whole other ball of wax that I approach with the same diligence. Taking care of myself is at the center because I wouldn’t be able to do anything successfully if I am not well myself.
Laird and I are usually quick to be on board with anything that involves the environment and people. These causes are near and dear to everybody, but make special sense for us, given the amount of time we have lived and worked outside.
As a mother, do you feel a special concern for being a good environmental steward? I felt this way even before I had children because I had the luxury of playing beach volleyball. I grew up in the Caribbean and have always tried to be a benefactor of the beautiful outdoors. It adds another layer of motivation when you start thinking about your kids and the opportunities they will or will not have in their future. In Hawaii, the Polynesians traditionally didn’t believe in ownership, but in being stewards of an area. That’s how I feel about the place where we live now. The ultimate for me would be to leave it better than I found it. Christine MacDonald is a freelance journalist in Washington, D.C., whose specialties include health and science. Visit ChristineMacDonald.info.
Women Don’t Have to be
Superheroes by Christy Porterfield and Jennifer Taylor
onder women” are expected to do it all: cook, clean, excel in their career, care for precious babies, chaperone extracurricular activities for the older kids and look good while getting it all done. It is no wonder that women are more likely than men to deal with a host of chronic health issues. We’re simply asking too much of ourselves without allowing time for our bodies to heal and restore on a regular basis. Modern stressors have a significant impact on the female endocrine system, particularly the adrenal glands. For example, in childbearing years, when a woman is stressed physically, chemically and emotionally, the adrenals will produce more stress hormones. This disrupts the hormone balance necessary for ovulation—often called “cortisol steal”—which can make it more difficult to have a successful pregnancy. When a woman is going through menopause, the longer the adrenals have been burning the candle at both ends, so to speak, the greater the meno-
pausal symptoms, such as increased chances for autoimmune diseases like chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia, thyroid disorders and severe depression. The adrenals also produce estrogen, and should be able to balance the natural decrease from the ovaries as we go through menopause, but if the adrenals are already fatigued from years of stress, they cannot perform this vital function for an easy transition. Hormone imbalance responds well to systematic care, and vibrant health can be a reality at any age. However, women need to take specific steps in five categories to ensure their health— nerve function, nutrition, detoxification, movement/exercise and mental attitude. Simple tips for nutritionally balancing hormones include eating plenty of good fats and avoiding the bad ones. The body needs saturated fats, including lard, butter, coconut and palm oil from organic, sustainable sources. Avoid processed and fake fats like canola or anything that’s been hydroge-
nated. Also avoid caffeine and commercially processed dairy, and use sugar only as a treat. Movement and rest must be in sync. Women that need to balance hormones should lift heavy weights and move lightly throughout each day. Rest is just as important as movement. Make sure to get eight or more hours of sleep and don’t overdo any exercise. Work with a trainer on unfamiliar exercises. Healthworks, A Family Wellness Center, is presenting a program, Do You Have Wonder Woman Syndrome? from 6 to 7 p.m., May 7, which discusses signs of hormone imbalance such as PMS, infertility, menopause, thyroid disorders, osteoporosis, migraines, premature aging and stress that may come as a result of trying to be so super. Program location: 2317 Coit Rd., Plano. For more information and RSVP, call 972-612-1800 or visit Facebook.com/HealthworksTX. Dr. Christy Porterfield and Dr. Jennifer Taylor, of HealthWorks: A Creating Wellness Center, are practicing doctors of chiropractic in Plano and chapter leaders for Weston A. Price. For more information, call 972-612-1800 or visit HealthWorksTX.com. See ad, page 31.
pushed Teague to take a leap of faith—close her psychotherapy practice and enroll in a filmmaking class. Teague recognizes that a deeper wisdom activated her response. She observes, “The individuals I was counseling about their restless desire for something better mirrored my own discontent, and my restlessness was an emotional response to what was emerging. “Today, I no longer concern myself with making the right decision. I trust that whatever the circumstances are, I need to listen, observe and reflect, because ‘now’ contains information for my next step,” she advises. Amanda Owen, counselor, coach and author of Born to Receive: 7 Powerful Steps Women Can Take Today to Reclaim Their Half of the Universe, has studied the state of receptivity that Teague references. Owen explains, “Receiving is a dynamic and productive state. When the body is relaxed and the mind and nervous system are calm, we become receptive and can feel and intuit subtle information contained in the energy received from external and internal environments.
Trust Your Intuition Listen to that Still, Small Voice and Let it Lead You by Linda Sechrist
What if you could consistently tap into answers to life’s problems when you need them, knowing deep down that you are on the right track and that the decisions and choices you are making are the correct ones?
ur body is a wellspring of priceless wisdom. Yet heeding our innate voice seems constantly tested as society distracts us with the busy acquisition of external knowledge and rewards more visible work. Those used to focusing outwardly over-stimulate their five senses and so tend to disconnect from their body’s deep innate intelligence—our sixth sense, also known as intuition. The resulting joylessness, discontent, isolation, depression and illness have sent millions in search of a real solution that discerning experts believe already exists within. Our ultimate guide to the fountain of personal health and happiness, they believe, could well be our own intuition.
For years, Katie Teague, producer of the documentary film, Money & Life, lived with the consequence of sublimating her intuitive impulse. “I felt a restless itch in my soul,” relates Teague, who intuited that life was prompting her to change careers so she could use her talents in a more meaningful way. The vision of her 94-year-old self lying on her deathbed and faced with the question, “What are you not saying yes to?” 24
“Our parasympathetic nervous system is engaged when we’re in this listening state. In contrast, rushing through the day engages our ‘fight-or-flight’ sympathetic nervous system. Busyness and mind chatter drowns out the valuable information that intuition provides,” Owen notes. An intuitive energy therapist, Marilyn Eppolite strongly relies on intuitive guidance in her southern New Jersey practice, believing it emanates from her body’s intelligence. “I listen and it’s always present,” she says. Eppolite shares an example of a time she received a clear image and perceived the bodily sensations of a grieving small child from a female client that a psychotherapist had referred. “When I described what I was sensing, her tears flowed and she also connected to the feeling,” she says. “It provided the needed breakthrough she needed to access her feelings and move forward in therapy.” Eppolite is keenly aware when roadblocks—busyness, willfulness and a fearful, restless mind—create interference. “These feed each other and can rarely be separated. I can’t hear or feel my intuition when my energy and attention are willfully directed outward,” she observes. Abandoning the drive for personal control and surrendering to stillness is how Eppolite signals her body’s intelligence that she’s ready for whispers of guidance. “I sense that surrender as strength and trust that the information received is for my greatest good, even if I don’t fully understand it,” she remarks. “Discernment is necessary because deep wisdom frequently comes in segments that I must piece together and put into action before more of it bubbles up from within.” The teachings of Yogeshwari Kamini Desai, Ph.D., combine Western psychology and Eastern philosophy. As
the director of education and lead teacher of the Amrit in the Buddhist concept that mindfulness of the body alMethod of Yoga, at the facility in Silver Springs, Florida, lows us to love fully. She finds, “It brings healing, wisdom Desai instructs on listening to the voice of intuition identiand freedom.” fied as prana in yogic tradition, which she characterizes as She relates how she is led to direct a client’s attention “the energy that enlivens and carries out all balancing and to their own body’s intuition, which works best when she life-giving processes in nature. is following her instincts, rather than thinking. “After one “It speaks through the body as sensations, impulses session, my client, who had been silently experiencing and urges,” she says. “This ‘inner divining rod’ informs numerous feelings in her stomach, asked me why I had us what feelings, thoughts and actions are moving us into touched her abdomen. I was just intuitively led to that part alignment with our source and what of her body.” is moving us out of alignment.” Dr. Mona Lisa Schulz, also a Ph.D., Quieting the mind and strengthenmedical intuitive and co-author of All is ing the directives of prana through mediWell, notes that everyone has a connectation, yoga and being in nature moves tion to intuition. “We get a gut feeling us away from what we tell ourselves and sadness in our heart from our inner and back to directly responding to its intelligence that we don’t know what to promptings. “Absorbed in the present do with. While some individuals consult moment and bodily sensations, we cona practitioner, others listen to their nect with inner guidance,” explains Debody’s intuitive language and reflect on sai. “With practice, our mind becomes a their insights and dreams—the language servant to inner intelligence. It can both of soul,” says Schulz. “Intuition can direct our lives and make us sensitive to speak softly through symptoms,” she obearly symptoms suggesting oncoming serves. “Eventually, when disregarded, it illness,” she adds. can become a full-blown illness.” “There is growing interest in Biochemist and author of Secrets energy medicine and developing of Our Cells: Discovering Your Body’s a deeper connection to the body’s Inner Intelligence, Sondra Barrett, intelligence through yoga and energy Ph.D., is awed by the body’s cellular practices like qigong and tai chi intelligence. “Our cells are invisbecause people are tired of taking ible, so we don’t think of ourselves medications that don’t heal the root as cellular beings. However, a deeper Fearlessly following cause of health problems,” comunderstanding of our constitution ments Dr. Sue Morter, founder of and that our cells speak to each other our intuition frees us to Morter Health Center, near Indianapand collaborate harmoniously could fully live an authentic olis, Indiana, and the healing pheinspire us to befriend our body’s intelnomenon she terms Energy Codes. ligence for life,” she says. “We might and satisfying life. A regular practice of any one of shift from wanting to fix an ache or these disciplines expands sensory pain to understanding that our cells function to encompass internal recognition and referencing are warning us of something.” of subtle information. Sonia Choquette, a global consultant who recommends Morter teaches how to awaken gut feelings, personal we rely on our sixth sense as our first sense, has authored power and self-love to restore wholeness left behind in purseveral books on intuition. She finds, “With intuition, we suit of external sources of happiness. “Participants learn to have a personal compass and an ally in discerning what is trust their gut more than the opinions of others, which turns authentic and true for us so that we won’t be tugged and up the volume on the whispers of intuition,” she explains. pulled in different directions when we make decisions.” After Pat Hall, a therapeutic bodyworker in Augusta, Laurie McCammon, co-author of Enough: The Rise of Georgia, read Jill Bolte Taylor’s My Stroke of Insight, she was the Feminine and the Birth of the New Story, was relaxing certain a habit of listening to mental chatter interfered with and reflecting with two friends when intuition graced her feeling and interpreting her body’s helpful promptings. “Jill’s with a message of information-laden energy: “I am enough. experience of her body as energy and her mind as silent We are enough. I have enough. We have enough. Enough!” when the left lobe of her brain shut down due to a stroke was The experience inspired them to collaborate on an e-book my ‘Aha!’ moment,” says Hall. For her, heeding inner guidcelebrating the grassroots groundswell toward a major shift ance took practice and a commitment to dismantling reactive in the world. “I believe intuition is an aspect of The Grand thought patterns and habits, plus discerning between intuPlan, which always moves us toward greater expansion, ition and distracting chatter. inclusion and an ever more mature and loving response to “Mind chatter generally creates fear, negativity and life,” says McCammon. pressure to do something,” she explains. “Intuitive guid Ute Arnold, founder, director and teacher of the Unergi ance is gentle, expansive and undemanding.” Hall believes School of Body-Psychotherapy, in Point Pleasant, Pennsylvania, natural awakenings
Learning to trust our gut more than the opinions of others turns up the volume on whispers of intuition. Awakening to our gut feelings, personal power and self-love restores the wholeness left behind in pursuit of external sources of happiness. describes several physical signatures of body intelligence that can foster improved self-care. “You feel more expansive, available and receptive—with a sense of a longer spine, a wider and deeper body and feet rooted in the Earth’s powerful energy,” explains the author of Touchback: A Self-Healing Journey with Body, Art and Nature, who also has a master’s degree in fine arts. “Expanded into a condition of soft relaxation, your mind stops talking; you enter a mind-body state of energetic receptive listening, where emotional intelligence is accessible. “These feelings and sensations are indicative of wholeness. From it, we have access to the eternal place of the fully healed soul, which whispers intuitively, nudging us toward what can heal our life, body and mind.” Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings. Visit ItsAllAboutWe.com for the recorded interviews.
INTUITION UNLEASHED Spend time with your feelings: Write down how you feel about your job, relationships, house, health and what’s going on in the world. Build and strengthen feeling receptors: Choose one feeling and spend the day with it. Notice every time you see that feeling expressed in yourself or someone else. Don’t judge it or form an opinion about it; just notice. Receive everything: Pay attention to what you are feeling. Don’t worry about what you will do with what you feel or your thoughts about those feelings. Just receive them. You can decide later what you want to do with them. Maintain a flexible “thermostat”: When you want to freak out or shut down, check in with your feelings instead. Be present, engaged and genuine. The feeling and associated intuition need your attention and the present is the time to attend to them. Source: Adapted from Born to Receive, by Amanda Owen 26
Body Ease Fluid, Flexible Movement Can Be Ours by Sarah Todd
ad habits are hard to break—and it’s even harder to eliminate those we are unaware of. Many people experience pain from unconscious physical patterns such as hunching over a computer keyboard or holding a musical instrument at an uncomfortable angle, but don’t know how to identify and change limiting positions. This calls for body movement re-education.
“Let’s say you’re a runner and didn’t realize that you were running in a lopsided way,” explains Alexander Technique practitioner Beret Arcaya, who has taught the practice in New York City for almost 30 years. Students learn to retrain their thinking, movements and posture for better natural alignment. “It helps you understand how you’re making an argument between yourself and gravity,” she says. Invented by Australian thespian F. Matthias Alexander at the end of the 19th century as a means of improving his onstage presence, the Alexander Technique is highly regarded by actors and entertainers, yet anyone can benefit from it, according to Arcaya. In typical one-on-one sessions, Alexander movement practitioners use a light, gentle touch and verbal instruction to show students how to realign their head, neck and upper back while standing in front of a mirror, which helps the rest of the body attain a more natural position. Next, students learn to move through
routine activities like sitting, walking and bending in ways that replace damaging habits with easier movements. The technique is easily modified to meet individual needs, Arcaya says, citing a former student that suffered from hemophilia. “He could hardly bend his knees, and he had little mobility in one elbow; he was terribly stiff,” she recalls. While the technique couldn’t treat the disease, “It allowed him to skillfully use his remaining uninjured tissue.” One day, when he returned from a three-mile walk with his young son, he was beaming. “‘I walked with a freedom and a lightness,’ he said, ‘I didn’t want to stop.’” A 2008 study in the medical journal BMJ found that patients with chronic back pain experienced long-term benefits from Alexander Technique exercises and lessons. People with Parkinson’s disease also improved their walking, speech, posture and balance through Alexander training, according to a 2002 study in Clinical Rehabilitation.
Others in need of movement reeducation use the method founded by physicist, electrical engineer and judo black belt holder Moshé Feldenkrais in the mid-20th century. Feldenkrais was familiar with the Alexander Technique, and the two methods share the same fundamental goal of helping students change harmful patterns through movement exploration, touch and dialogue. The Feldenkrais Method avoids concepts of “right” and “wrong”. Instead, the
practitioner leads students through gentle, slow-movement sequences, mostly on the floor, while asking questions about subtle details as they experience options. This sharpens sensory awareness of how to perform each movement with maximum ease. In one-on-one sessions, the student is passive while the practitioner’s hands suggest various non-habitual movements to widen his repertoire. It all increases flexibility, balance, fine motor skills and overall physical self-awareness. Feldenkrais stated, “What I’m after isn’t flexible bodies but flexible brains; to restore each person to their human dignity.” Seniors that practiced the Feldenkrais Method enhanced their balance and mobility, according to a 2010 study published in The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine. It may also alleviate symptoms of nonclinical depression, according to a 2011 pilot study reported in the Journal of the South Carolina Medical Association.
Another entry point to such a bodily reawakening is the Trager Approach, invented by Dr. Milton Trager, an athlete who suffered from a congenital spinal deformity. “The intention of the practitioner in a Trager session is to introduce the client to a series of playful and pleasurable sensations as the session unfolds,” says practitioner Martha Partridge, of New York City, who works primarily with people that have Parkinson’s disease. During tablework sessions, practitioners “bring awareness” of a specific movement by rocking, cradling and gently rotating a client’s body, Partridge explains. The feeling of effortless movement is further ingrained through a series of mental gymnastics, termed mentastics, that clients can do at home. The objective, says Partridge, is to help people have a sense of joy in everyday, common movement. All three bodywork techniques can help people banish bad habits for good. “Gradually, aches and pains will go away,” Arcaya says. “You can undo the imbalances that have done you wrong.” Then go forward, doing things right. Sarah Todd is a freelance writer in Brooklyn, NY. Connect at SarahToddInk.com.
recipecorner Here are a few recipes that Chef Jason Campbell, at the Whole Foods Market Plano culinary center, generously shared in preparation for those festive holiday get-togethers. Campbell regularly teaches hands-on cooking classes on food and meal preparation ranging from vegetarian to French cuisine, knife skills, preparing sushi and more. and cook for about 2.5 minutes on each side with the lid closed or until medium rare, 130 degrees internal temperature. To serve: Place sauce on the bottom of the plate with 4 ribs resting on a half avocado stuffed with Pico.
Mojito Marinated Lamb Appetizer Serves 4 Ingredients: 1 rack lamb chops, split into single ribs and trimmed 2 limes, juiced 1 /4 cup sugar 1 /4 cup water Grilled Pork Belly 6 sprigs mint, chopped 1 shallot, minced and Escarole Salad 1 clove garlic, minced Serves 2 2 oz rum 1 cup beef or lamb broth Pork bellies ingredients: 1 Salt and pepper to taste /2 lb fresh pork bellies, sliced thick 1 avocado, split in half 5 Tbsp soy sauce 1 cup of Pico de Gallo 1 Tbsp honey 1 Tbsp fresh minced ginger Directions: Sauce: Heat the water on the stove to Directions: a boil and mix in sugar then let cool. Combine all ingredients and marinate Add mint, shallots, garlic and lime for 2 hours. Cook on a 400 degree grill juice. Place cool mixture in a Ziploc for about 10 minutes total or make sure bag and add ribs. Marinate at least 4 that it is cooked all the way through to hours or overnight. Keep the liquid to at least 145 degrees. make sauce while cooking. To make the sauce, add the marinade to a pan Grilled escarole salad ingredients: on the stovetop. Cook on high until 1 head escarole, split in half reduced by half, about 3 minutes. Add 1 Tbsp salt the rum and deglaze the pan. Then add 1 Tbsp pepper the stock and reduce the mixture by 1 lemon, split in half for juice three-quarters. 3 Tbsp olive oil, split into 1 Tbsp and To cook: On a clean grill pre2 Tbsp heated to 400 degrees add the ribs 1 cup shredded watermelon radishes 28
Whole Foods Market Plano Chef Campbell Directions: Drizzle escarole with olive oil and lemon juice, then season with salt and pepper. Place cut-side-down on a 400 degree grill and cook for 2 minutes on each side. To serve: Drizzle with remaining olive oil and lemon juice then top with shredded radishes and pork belly.
Simple Lemon Garlic Cornish Game Hens Serves 2 Ingredients: 2 Cornish game hens, with the backs and wings tips removed 1 Tbsp granulated garlic Lemon wedges Salt and pepper to taste Directions: Season the game hens with the salt, pepper and garlic, then place skinside-down on a hot, clean grill at 350 degrees and place a foil-covered brick or cast iron skillet on top. Cook for 10 minutes and then flip over and cook for another 5 minutes with a the brick on; then remove the brick and cook until internal temperature reaches 165 degrees.
Grilled Okra and Tomatoes Serves 2 Ingredients: 5 large pcs okra, cut in half 2 tomatoes, cut in to quarters 2 Tbsp olive oil 1 tsp salt 1 tsp pepper 3 sprigs fresh oregano, chopped Directions: Mix tomatoes, okra, oregano, olive oil and salt and pepper together and place okra only on a 400 degree grill for about 10 minutes total. Cook tomatoes for about 5 minutes total. Toss together and serve.
Grilled Squash Stuffed with Walnuts and Blue Cheese Serves 4 Ingredients: 2 large yellow squash (split in half and seeds scraped out) 1 /3 pound blue cheese (crumbled) 1 /3 pound walnuts (chopped) 2 Tbsp olive oil Salt and pepper to taste Directions: Oil, salt, and pepper the squash halves. Grill the squash scoop-side-down on a 350 degree grill for 3 minutes. Flip the squash over and sprinkle with walnuts and blue cheese. Grill for 4 more minutes on the skin side or until cheese is melted. To learn more about events at the Whole Foods Market Plano culinary center, visit bit.ly/WF-Plano-Events.
Making the Most of Summer Break Time
by Debby Romick
s summer approaches, children and parents start anticipating a relaxing, stress-free three months. But for many families with children that struggle with behavioral, social or academic issues, this break from school can also be worrisome. Will my child lose what he gained this
school year? Will she have a teacher next year who understands her needs? Will he have to start over making friends after summer? While these fears are understandable, parents can positively impact their childâ€™s skills during the summer months and help alleviate any poten-
tial decrease in social, behavioral and academic abilities. First, while kids will beg and plead, screen time should be limited to no more than one hour a day. This includes all computer, video and cell phone games. Not only does the brain need a different type of stimulation, a child playing video games is not physically active, socially engaged or utilizing executive processing skills. Secondly, try to keep children, especially those with ADHD and autism, on a regular schedule. Children with these disorders can be thrown off when events are unpredictable and inconsistent, especially sleeping and eating. Continue to ensure that a child gets a full night’s sleep and that bedtime remains consistent with the school year. Also, parents should try to avoid fast-food restaurants and not allow their children to eat foods high in sugar, artificial contents and dyes. Remember, the stomach is known as the “second brain”. If it isn’t healthy, then the brain isn’t healthy, either. Parents also need to engage their children in physical activity every day. Swimming, walking, bike riding and skating are beneficial for everyone. Exercise stimulates the brain in many ways and will keep a child’s mind sharp. Doing activities that engage a child’s spatial awareness, like jumping, balancing and spinning, can help improve focus and behavior. Make up indoor and outdoor obstacle courses together and include a spin chair, a trampoline, a balance board and similar challenges. All children need a break over the summer from the stress of schoolwork, but their brains do not need a break. Having a child practice academic skills like reading is important, but that alone is not enough, especially for kids that struggle; the best thing to do is keep them moving. Debby Romick is the director of Brain Balance Achievement Center of Plano, 1501 Preston Rd., Ste. 550, in Plano. They will hold a Summer Splash Seminar at 7 p.m., May 22. For more information, call 972-248-9482 or visit BrainBalancePlano.com. See ad, page 6. natural awakenings
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by Gail condrick
aking up on the morning of a big presentation to secure city funding for a new park, you’re confident that you’ve done your homework: You’ve prepared handouts, memorized key points of an environmental impact study and lined up community supporters. Opening the closet presents a different kind of challenge: What’s the most effective way to dress?
Dressing Our Essence
Wardrobe consultants that apply the principles of feng shui to clothing believe the jacket we choose to wear carries as much impact as our words. Clothing pieces and accessories selected with conscious awareness and intention can bring us into harmony and balance, energize our life and transmit subconscious messages about our values. Feng shui clothing stylists believe the five elements of nature—wood, fire, earth, metal and water—connect in an unending cycle of harmony that keeps the world in balance. Following an authentic and harmonious lifestyle connects us with this cycle and the environment in a more natural balance of human motion and planetary sustainability. As pioneering stylist Evana Maggiore observed in Fashion Feng Shui: The Power of Dressing with Intention, “I came to the conclusion that clothing is your body’s most intimate environment and energetically influences your life in the same way that your home and business décors do. Body coloring and shape, style, personality, lifestyle, goals and clothing design can align perfectly with the colors, shapes,
substances and energies of feng shui’s five elements. Because feng shui connects divine energy to physical form, I realized I could dress my client’s spirits, as well as their surfaces.” Fashion Feng Shui, Maggiore’s international corporate legacy, maintains that combining intention and the five elements with awareness of our personal style attracts what we desire. Holistic image and lifestyle consultant and lead trainer Andréa Dupont, of Portsmouth, New Hampshire, states that the first step is discovering our “essence”, or primary element. “You can’t dress yourself until you know yourself. I ask clients, ‘If you could change one thing about your life, what would it be?’ Once we establish an individual’s inner strengths and core element, the results can be life changing.”
For Denise Medved, of Hendersonville, North Carolina, owner of Feng Shui Style, wardrobe consciousness shows respect for our individuality and the environment. “When I choose to dress in natural fibers such as cottons, leathers, silks or wools, or their vegan complements in manmade fibers, it represents the life force of plants and animals and builds qi, or energy,” says Medved. She suggests assembling an outfit embracing three of the five elements. “A water/wood/fire triad might be black, woven, silk trousers; an organic, cotton, floral print shirt; and a red, recycled wool jacket. Personalizing this with the surprise of grandmother’s yellow stone pin on the lapel adds creative flair and earth and metal elements.” Nature’s jewelry energizes and circulates qi.
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The Five Elements Wood: associated with greens and blues, plants and flower prints. Fire: represented by reds and products from living organisms like cottons, leather, silks or wools (or manmade substitutes) and animal prints. Earth: reflected in yellows and earth-toned colors. Metal: plays out in grays, whites, pastels and metallic fabrics. Water: associated with black and dark colors and flowing lines. Source: Western School of Feng Shui, Encinitas, CA and energetic. Red suggests fire, the color of inspiring leaders. Supportive and loyal earth personalities gravitate to khaki, while resolute, metal people may select grey. Natural communicators that view life holistically will be reflected in the water element of black. A feng shui philosophy provides guidelines for living in harmony with the natural world and in conscious awareness of life. Each choice expresses a stylistic living intention that will be noticed by the world. Gail Condrick is an archetypal consultant and Nia Technique faculty member. Connect at GaelaVisions.com.
Practicing the three basic tenets of sustainability together with principles of feng shui keeps our wardrobe and closet resonating with life. Consultants agree that a wardrobe representing the five elements allows endless possibilities of creative combinations and reduces the need for having to keep up with new fashion trends. Shopping for such treasures at consignment and thrift stores, plus estate sales, allows us to reuse and repurpose clothing, energizing our budgets, closets and attitudes. Recycling items that pack closets and no longer suit our needs frees space and energy to create a wardrobe that is authentically ours. The Practical Encyclopedia of Feng Shui, by Gill Hale, also contains helpful advice for bringing out an intended inner message and making a statement. The color green conveys the wood element, or individuals that are public spirited
Contraceptive Pill Chill Dangers Include Cancer, Strokes and Fatigue by Kathleen Barnes
or more than 50 years, women have appreciated the freedom that birth control pills offer. They simply take a little pill every day and rest easy, fairly assured that an unplanned pregnancy won’t occur. However, there’s actually a lot not to love about “The Pill”, especially its long-term side effects. “The sexual freedom that women have fought so hard to obtain has been won at a terrible price,” advises Naturopathic Doctor Sherrill Sellman, of Tulsa, Oklahoma, author of The Hormone Heresy: What Women Must Know about Their Hormones. That price includes blood clots and even death from heart attacks and strokes in young women. As early as 1963, an article published in the Journal of the American Medical Association linked The Pill to venous thrombosis, or blood clots. By 1968, at least one cancer journal, CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians, had linked cancer to the use of the steroid hormones contained in oral contraceptives. In 1973, Scandinavian researchers warned of the link between oral contraceptives and strokes. “In December 2002, the U.S. government published its biannual Report on Carcinogens that added all steroidal estrogens to the list of known human carcinogens,” says Sellman, “The grav-
ity of this finding cannot be overstated: All estrogens used in HRT [hormone replacement therapy] and oral contraceptives have now been proven unequivocally to cause cancer.” Yet, regardless of the many downsides, The Pill remains the most common method of birth control worldwide, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, with usage by 16 percent of married American women. Elsewhere, users include 29 percent of British women and 40 percent of women in France and the Netherlands.
pharmacist, certified clinical nutritionist and author of The Pill Problem. Oral contraceptives deplete more bodily nutrients than any other class of drugs, says Pelton, who blogs regularly at NaturalPharmacist.net. However, he adds, women taking The Pill even as long as 10 years may not notice any obvious health problems. “Maybe she’ll first notice a lack of energy, but doesn’t connect the dots and realize that magnesium, B12 and numerous other nutrients involved in energy production are depleted,” he explains. The nutrient-depleting effects of The Pill were recognized as early as 1975 in a study published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, but it carried no recommendations for replacing them. Some of these nutrients are essential for the production of brain chemicals, called neurotransmitters, including mood-elevating dopamine. An affected woman can become depressed, a condition closely linked to the use of The Pill, according to a German study published in 2013 in the journal General Hospital Psychiatry. The Pill’s steroidal hormones also reduce the body’s natural accumulations of disease-preventing antioxidants, increasing vulnerability to diseases of aging, including cancer, diabetes and heart disease, according to Pelton.
“Birth control pills are vitamin robbers, and this is the source of the health risks that accompany the use of The Pill,” says Ross Pelton, a registered
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Dangerous Downsides Mount n Birth defects n Blood clots n Cancer (breast, uterine and colon) n Cardiovascular disease n Decreased sexual desire
n Depression n Fatigue, low energy and anemia n Fluid retention and weight gain n Heart attack n High blood pressure n Migraine
Osteoporosis Sleep disorders Stroke Vaginal yeast infections n Weakened immune system n n n n
Sources: American Heart Association; University of Milan, Italy; Berlin Center for Epidemiology and Health Research, Germany; Women’s College Research Institute, Canada; Columbia University, NY; University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; University of Parma, Italy; Wingate University, NC; Cooper Medical School of Rowan University, NJ; Institute of Health Sciences Research, Melbourne, Australia Women that decide to keep taking The Pill should add an array of specified supplements to counterbalance the nutrient loss, advises Pelton. Replacing nutrients should, in the long term, neutralize the negative effects of The Pill, even cancer and blood clots, he assures. Better yet, say Sellman and Pelton, stop taking The Pill and switch to safer forms of contraception. It may
take months or even years for the nutrient imbalances to be fully corrected, so start now.
Although no natural forms of estrogen are suited for birth control, safe and effective natural forms exist, advises women’s health expert Holly Lucille, a naturopathic doctor and registered
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nurse in West Hollywood, California. She cautions against the potential risks of using estrogen patches, shots and vaginal rings, and recommends avoiding anything that contains estrogen. “Not using The Pill doesn’t mean you have to rely on withdrawal or the rhythm method, both of which are notoriously unreliable,” says Lucille, preferring what she terms “barrier methods”, like diaphragms, cervical caps and male and female condoms. She notes, “Cervical caps are just as effective as The Pill and you can put them in and leave them a little longer for a bit more spontaneity.” Female condoms are even more convenient, she explains: “They fit much like a diaphragm and they can be left in place as long as eight hours.” Instead of potentially toxic spermicides, Lucille recommends using lemon juice, which, she says, is equally effective. Kathleen Barnes is the author of numerous natural health books including the Basic Health Publications User’s Guide to Natural Hormone Replacement. Connect at KathleenBarnes.com.
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Showstopping Shrubs: Colorful Roses and Azaleas – 10:15am. Learn about some of the newest varieties, how to select the correct plants for your purpose, and how to prepare your garden and maintain it so that your plants will bloom again and again. Free. All Calloway’s Nursery locations. 817-222-1122. Calloways.com.
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. ConnemaraConservancy.org.
Read to Rover – 11am. See May 7 listing. Denton Public Library, South Branch, 3228 Teasley Ln, Denton. Space limited; registration required: 940-349-8752.
Introduction to Topographic Maps & Compasses – 9am-3pm. Learn to read a topo and use your compass. Then we’ll put it all together to pinpoint your location, plan your route and become familiar with the terrain. Held at Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area. More info and to register, REI Plano: 972-985-2241.
Rural Crafts: The Art of the Rug – 12-3pm. See May 3 listing. $2/youth, $3/adult. Collin County Farm Museum, 7117 County Rd 166, McKinney. Jennifer Rogers: 972-548-4792. Sweatlodge Ceremony – 1:30-6:30pm. This Ceremony is not open to the general public, however, if you wish to participate you will need to make arrangements to come out and visit us well in advance of our Ceremony. We need to know you and you need to know us. Four Feathers Trading Post, 3522 County Rd 2621, Caddo Mills. For an appt, Silverhawk: 214-288-9935.
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Coventry Reserve’s Grand Opening: New Life Enrichment Center – 9:30-10am, ribbon cutting; 10am-2pm, shopping. Enjoy the dedication, facility tours, and a performance by Coventry Stars. Then enjoy shopping the expanded gift shop, floral demos and refreshments. 2004 Parker Rd, St. Paul. 972636-8498. CoventryReserve.org. Making Sense of Nature: Nature and Your Five Senses – 10-11:30am. Programs for ages 4-7 & 8-12. What do you see, hear, smell? Use your ear, eyes, nose, mouth and hands to experience nature. Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge, 6465 Refuge Rd, Sherman. Register: 903-786-2826. FriendsOfHagerman.com. Native Plants: Texas Style – 10:15am. Learn about newly available varieties of Texas native plants. Will also cover how to plant and maintain these durable plants so that they thrive. Free. All Calloway’s Nursery locations. 817-222-1122. Calloways.com. Rural Crafts: The Art of the Rug – 12-3pm. For 3 Saturdays (May 3, 10 & 31) the museum will be showcasing different styles of rug making. Activities are for youths and adults. $2/youth, $3/adult. Collin County Farm Museum, 7117 County Rd 166, McKinney. Jennifer Rogers: 972-548-4792. Most Good 5K and Obstacle Race – 2pm; 7pm, 5k. The Salvation Army partnered with Camp Gladiator to provide an ultra-challenging experience: 6 obstacle stations where 125 2-person running teams will be pushed to the max as they compete to do the most good. Also enjoy a festival and food. For more info & to register: MostGoodRace.org.
TUESDAY, MAY 6 Teacher Appreciation Open House – 5-8pm. In honor of Teacher Appreciation Week, we invite our well-deserved teachers to attend this fun open house. Free chair massages (first come, first serve), fabulous door prizes, and delicious food and wine. Brain Balance Achievement Center of Plano, 1501 Preston Rd, Ste 550, Plano. RSVP by May 4: 972248-9482 or BMoore@BrainBalanceCenters.com. The Healthy Bedroom: Sleep Better Naturally – 6-7:30pm. Learn how to get a good night’s sleep naturally. Workshop open to all especially if you have trouble falling or staying asleep and/or want more restful sleep. Also held May 14, 20 & 28,
Scarborough Renaissance Festival: thru May 26, Waxahachie 6-7:30pm. Free. Natural by Design Sleep Systems, Dallas Design District, 2217 Vantage St, Ste 200, Dallas. Registration required, Denise Pummer: 214960-4535 x 1 or Denise@Pummer.com. Amazing YA Book Club – 7pm. Incarceron by Catherine Fisher. All grownup but still love reading young adult books? Meet 1st Tues to discuss YA books with other adult fans. Emily Fowler Library, 502 Oakland St, Denton. Stacey Irish-Keffer: 940-349-8718.
WEDNESDAY, MAY 7 Read to Rover – 4:30pm. Does your child struggle with reading and need low-stress, non-judgmental reading practice? Give your child an opportunity to read one-on-one with a trained, certified therapy dog. Ages 6-11. Emily Fowler Library, 502 Oakland St, Denton. Space limited; registration required: 940-349-8752.
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Mother’s Day Cards – 2-5pm. Show Mom how much you love her with a hand-made card. For all ages. Denton Public Library, North Branch, 600 N Locust St, Denton. 940-349-8752.
TUESDAY, MAY 13 Dallas Sierra Club Meeting – 7-8:30pm. Topic: Urban Vegetable Gardening & Composting. Leslie Halleck will give tips for growing fresh food in the city and for composting. Free. REI Dallas, 4515 Lyndon B Johnson Freeway, Dallas. Kirk Miller: 972-699-1687.
WEDNESDAY, MAY 14 Nature Awareness Day Camp – 9:30am-2pm. Learn about the plants and animals in your own backyard in the North Texas area. Become comfortable and knowledgeable in your own environment. Camp Tonkawa Outdoor Learning Center, Inc., 1036 CR 203, Collinsville. Details: 940-440-8382 or CampTonkawaTexas.com. Smart Yards for North Texas Talk & Tour – 10am-12pm. Choosing Texas-friendly plants makes a big difference in the success of your landscape. Learn about soil preparation and which plants work best. After the talk stroll through teaching garden. Free. Environmental Education Center, 4116 W Plano Pkwy, Plano. More info & register: LiveGreenInPlano.obsres.com.
Wonder Woman – 6-7:30pm. PMS, infertility, menopause, thyroid disorders, osteoporosis, migraines and stress. Let’s break it down and show how powerful you truly are when armed with the right weapons. Whether in your teens, or in golden years, this workshop has something for everyone. HealthWorks, 2317 Coit Rd, Ste B, Plano. Shari Miles: 972-612-1800. HealthWorksTX.com.
FRIDAY, MAY 9 Mother’s Day Crafts & Keepsakes – 4pm. Make a keepsake that Mom will cherish forever. For children of all ages. Denton Public Library, South Branch, 3228 Teasley Ln, Denton. 940-349-8752. Mother’s Day Cards – 4:30pm. Show Mom how much you love her with a hand-made card. For all ages. Emily Fowler Library, 502 Oakland St, Denton. 940-349-8752.
SATURDAY, MAY 10 Butterflies – 10-11:30am. Popular speaker Dale Clark, founder of the Dallas Lepidopterists Society, will present a program on butterflies. Hagerman Na-
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Natural Networking: Lunch & Learn – 11:30am1pm. 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. Menu includes salads and gluten-free pizza. Hosted by Natural Awakenings North Texas Magazine. Networking is $10 (cash only) or support our host restaurant by purchasing your own lunch and there is no charge for meeting. Held at Palio’s Pizza Café, 1941 Preston Rd, Ste 1004, Plano. RSVP important; space limited. Leave your details on our RSVP hotline: 469-322-9549 or NAMS@NA-NTX.com.
No Paintbrushes Allowed – 11am. Ages 3-5. A sensory art experience using both unusual and everyday items to create open-ended works of art. Denton Public Library, North Branch, 600 N Locust St, Denton. Registration required: 940-349-8752.
Dr. M & the Ladies – 6-8pm. Big purses, high heels and babies... Why do women need to seek the services of a chiropractor? Dr. Jarrod Martin will explain why. Fun, interactive and informative. Come eat, have a drink and find out more. Palio’s Pizza Café, back room, 1941 Preston Rd, Plano. Creating Healthy Lifestyles, Sonja Kabell: 972-935-6484. Boys Only Yucky Stories – 6:30pm. Benjamin Franklinstein Lives! by Mathew McElligott & Larry Tuxbury. Boys grades 2-5 read and talk about funny, yucky and gross stories. Includes craft project. Emily Fowler Library, 502 Oakland St, Denton. 940-349-8752. 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 Dale_Harris@sbcglobal.net.
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It’s a Girl Thing – 4pm. The Heist Society by Ally Carter. A book club for moms and daughters. Join us for refreshments and book discussion. Best for girls ages 9-12. Denton Public Library, South Branch, 3228 Teasley Ln, Denton. 940-349-8752.
Dairy Farm Tours: by appointment, Circle N Dairy it to our dumpsters. For McKinney residents only. More info: McKinneyTexas.org. M-o-o-ving Thru’ the Mud with Landon – 9am, gates open; 10am, Mud Run. Kid-friendly mud run with obstacles for children 4-14. 1-mile course of 10 farm-themed obstacles including a tunnel crawl, rope swing, pig pen, great calf escape and tractor tire dive. Other activities: hay rides, food/beverage vendors, barrel train rides, face painting and more fun for the family. Fundraiser for medical expenses incurred by families fighting hypothalamic hamartoma. $25, includes a t-shirt & goodie bag. Held at Circle N Dairy, 2074 CR 446, Lindsay. 940-3720343. MudWithLandon.com. Read to Rover – 10am. See May 7 listing. Denton Public Library, North Branch, 600 N Locust St, Denton. Space limited; registration required: 940349-8752. Perennials – 10:15am. Learn to plan a perennial garden, for blooms and foliage that are interesting all year long. Free. All Calloway’s Nursery locations. 817-222-1122. Calloways.com. Model T*ea Party & Open House – 11am-2pm. Celebrate the birthday of the museum’s 1911 Ford Model T with refreshments, a picnic, games, crafts and Model T car rides. Collin County Farm Museum, 7117 County Rd 166, McKinney. Jennifer Rogers: 972-548-4792. Nature Photography Workshop – 2-3:30pm. With professional photographer Trey Neal. Includes: depth of field, aperture, exposure, camera settings, how to photograph the Refuge. Follow-up field trips offered with the workshop as a pre-requisite. Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge, 6465 Refuge Rd, Sherman. Register: 903-786-2826. FriendsOfHagerman.com.
Family Game Night – 6:30pm. Bring the whole family for an evening of classic board games from Candy Land to Monopoly and much more. Fun for all ages. Emily Fowler Library, 502 Oakland St, Denton. 940-349-8752.
WEDNESDAY, MAY 21 Information & Wellness Fair – 9am-1pm. There will be over 55 vendors providing senior related information. Free health screenings such as blood pressure, hearing, blood sugar, balance, nerve scan and more. Lots of door prizes. Free. Plano Senior Recreation Center, 401 W 16th St, Plano. Pam Perry: 972-941-7155.
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savethedate THURSDAY, MAY 22 Summer Splash Ideas to Keep Your Brain Strong – 7-8pm. Excited about the upcoming summer vacation? Already worried about how to keep your kids sharp? Please join us for this informational seminar filled with ideas to keep your child’s brain strong all summer long. Free. Brain Balance Achievement Center of Plano, 1501 Preston Rd, Ste 550, Plano. 972-248-9482. BrainBalanceCenters.com.
FRIDAY, MAY 23 Bike the Bricks – 3-11pm. Experience the heartracing thrills as criterium racers from all over the nation battle it out on the bricks and tight turns of Historic Downtown. Enjoy food, spirits and festivities. Free. Historic Downtown McKinney, 111 N Tennessee St, McKinney. McKinneyTexas.org.
SATURDAY, MAY 24 Lavender Festival – May 24-26. 9am-5pm. Rain or
shine. Pick your own fresh lavender while available; enjoy great food, lavender treats, wine tasting and shopping. Includes 50 vendors with art, antiques and handmade items. Free admission and parking. Lavender Ridge Farm, 2391 County Rd 178, Gainesville. 940-665-6938. LavenderRidgeFarms.com. Blue Star Open House – 10am-3pm. To honor and celebrate our Veterans and Active Military the museum offers free admission to them and their families starting Memorial Weekend through Labor Day. Collin County Farm Museum, 7117 County Rd 166, McKinney. Jennifer Rogers: 972-548-4792. Butterfly and Hummingbird Gardens – 10:15am. Find out which plants Butterflies and Hummingbirds find absolutely irresistible. Plus the other elements (sun, shade, water, shelter) that Hummingbirds and Butterflies need to thrive. Free. All Calloway’s Nursery locations. 817-222-1122. Calloways.com. Drum Circle/Sing Song – 1-5pm. Please come out to our place in the country, as we will be enjoying native drumming and singing together as family. We are one with Creator. Napikween. Four Feathers Trading Post, 3522 County Rd 2621, Caddo Mills. Silverhawk: 214-288-9935.
SUNDAY, MAY 25 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. ConnemaraConservancy.org.
TUESDAY, MAY 27 Go Geocaching – 6:30pm. A high-tech treasure hunt with GPS devices that can be done anywhere. Ages 10 & up. Emily Fowler Library, 502 Oakland St, Denton. Space limited; registration required: 940-349-8752.
SATURDAY, MAY 31 All About Composting – 8-11am. Learn the basics of composting. Cover what to put in, what to leave out, and how to mix, moisten and manage your way to successful soil enrichment. Also learn to use specialized red worms to compost food waste and create a fertile soil amendment for plants. Free. Environmental Education Center, 4116 W Plano Pkwy, Plano. More info & register: LiveGreenInPlano.obsres.com.
savethedate SATURDAY, MAY 31 Health: The New Wealth – 9am, registration; 9:30am-12pm, meeting. People are living to short and dying too long. Speakers will present the importance of cellular nutrition and our daily lives. Discussion will include how USANA Health Sciences can help in your quest to protect your most valuable asset, your health. Free/ guest, $15/USANA Associates. Plano Chamber of Commerce, 1200 E 15th St, Plano. Creating Healthy Lifestyles, Sonja Kabell: 972-935-6484. Cancer Lecture – 10-11am. Discover natural ways to overcome cancer. Free. The King Institute, 3740 N Josey Ln, Ste 244 Carrollton. Must RSVP by May 23: 214-731-9795 or TKI@KingInstitute.org.
Basics of Landscape Design – 10:15am. Learn landscape design and planning techniques to create your own masterpiece of garden design. Free. All Calloway’s Nursery locations. 817-222-1122. Calloways.com. How Teeth Affect the Body – 11am-12pm. Discover how the condition of the teeth can affect all the systems of the body. Free. The King Institute, 3740 N Josey Ln, Ste 244 Carrollton. Must RSVP by May 23: 214-731-9795 or TKI@KingInstitute.org. Lighting Class – 11am-12:30pm. Class covers: available lighting options, determining which light is needed, and balancing artificial light with daylight. Free; registration not required. The Biodiversity Education Center, 367 Freeport Pkwy, Coppell. CoppellCommunityGarden.org. Rural Crafts: The Art of the Rug – 12-3pm. See May 3 listing. $2/youth, $3/adult. Collin County Farm Museum, 7117 County Rd 166, McKinney. Jennifer Rogers: 972-548-4792.
causes. USPA National Youth Tournament Series. More info & sign-up: OakPointPolo.com/USPANYTS2014.htm.
savethedate SATURDAY, JUNE 7 North Texas Fibromyalgia Conference – 8:30am-4pm. Healthcare professionals will speak about how they help fibromyalgia patients in ways that offer relief for the myriad symptoms of the illness. Ask questions, talk with others and learn. $50, includes breakfast & lunch. Doubletree by Hilton, 1981 N Central Expy, Richardson. 214575-2820. For details about speakers & to register: NorthTexasFibro.com
SATURDAY, JUNE 14 Killis Melton Ice Cream Crank Off and OldFashion Ice Cream Festival – 9am. Fun, food, ice cream, entertainment, games and more. Chestnut Square Farmers’ Market, 315 S Chestnut St, McKinney. 972-562-8790. ChestnutSquare.org.
JUNE & JULY Prairie Adventure Camps – Ages 6-12. Yesterday’s living is a treat for the senses. Hear the hammer’s clang on the blacksmith’s anvil. TASTE delicious Dutchoven cooking. Touch cloth woven on an antique loom. See how butter is churned. Smell the campfire. For details: ChestnutSquare.org.
TUESDAY, JUNE 3 Sounds of Lewisville Concert Series – Tuesdays, June-July. 7-9pm. The popular concert series, a free family favorite since 1991. The series kicks off with Kraig Parker and his Elvis tribute show. Bring blankets and lawn chairs for comfort. Well-behaved pets on a leash allowed at the shows. Admission free. Courtyard, Medical Center of Lewisville Grand Theater, 100 N Charles St, Old Town Lewisville. 972-219-8446. SoundsOfLewisville.com.
SATURDAY, JUNE 14 Be Prepared Lecture – 10am-12pm. This information is vital in the event of any man-made or natural disasters and 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 June 7: 214-7319795 or TKI@KingInstitute.org. Make Metal-Free Jewelry for Your Health – 12:15-1:15pm. Come learn quick and easy ways to make beautiful, non-metallic earrings and take home what you make. Supplies will be provided. $10. The King Institute, 3740 N Josey Ln, Ste 244 Carrollton. Must RSVP by June 7: 214-731-9795 or TKI@ KingInstitute.org.
THURSDAY, JUNE 5
savethedate THURSDAY, JUNE 5 Annual Symposium on Yoga Therapy and Research (SYTAR) – June 5-8, plus workshops on June 9. Dedicated entirely to professional education, research, practice and policy issues for yoga therapy. Presented by the International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT). $495 for IAYT members. Austin Renaissance Hotel, 971 Arboretum Blvd. Register: IAYT.org. DIY Drip Irrigation – 10-11:30am. Drip irrigation is 90 percent more efficient, inexpensive and easy to install. Drip systems promote healthy plants and conserve water use. Learn how to install your own system. Free. Environmental Education Center, 4116 W Plano Pkwy, Plano. More info & register: LiveGreenInPlano.obsres.com.
SATURDAY, JUNE 7 Polo for the Planet – Benefiting Earth-friendly
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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.
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 18 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: 972-6121800. HealthWorksTX.com.
FRIDAY, JULY 18
savethedate FRIDAY, JULY 18 The Reconnection: Heal Others, Heal Yourself – July 18-22. Witness, discover and realize your actual human potential with Dr. Eric Pearl, the founder of Reconnective Healing. Learn the science and philosophy; self, distance, hands-on & hands-off healing; have a career as a practitioner. George R. Brown Convention Center, Houston. For more info, schedule & pricing: 323-960-0012 or TheReconnection.com.
Scarborough Renaissance Festival – Sun & Sat thru May 26. 10am-7pm. A 35-acre recreated English village; enjoy full combat jousts and falconry demonstrations, games of skill, magicians, a Grande Parade, non-stop Renaissance entertainment on 21 stages and hundreds of costumed performers, and artist demos. $24/adults, $10/ages 5-12, free/age 4 & under. 2511 FM 66. Info & tickets: 972-938-3247 or SRFestival.com. 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 CampTonkawaTexas.com/Classes/ 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. InSyncExotics.com. 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. ZSmith@AutumnLeavesLiving.com. 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: LiveGreenInPlano.obsres.com.
monday Robert Muller School: Tea, Talk, Tour – 9:30am. 1st Mon. We invite you to come learn more about our heart-centered, scientific, loving, intuitive and cocreative approach to learning. Robert Muller School, 340 Country Club Rd, Fairview. RSVP requested: 214-544-8338. CenterFor-LivingEthics.org.
you can meet the staff, tour the center and learn more about our comprehensive, holistic programs. Free. Brain Balance Achievement Center of Plano, 1501 Preston Rd, Ste 550, Plano. 972-248-9482. BrainBalanceCenters.com. 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. AngelasCrosswalk.com. Caterpillar to Butterfly Hypnosis Series – 6-7pm. Experience hypnosis in a safe, group setting at a reduced fee. May 5: Healthy Living, allow yourself to hear, feel, taste, and experience a healthy lifestyle. May 12: Let Go of the Past, release old baggage and move towards something even better than you ever imagined. May 19: Heal Your Inner Child, create a safe place to reassure your inner child. May 26: Pain Management, experience a way to be free from pain. $25. Innovative Visions, Inc, 5050 Quorum Dr, Ste 700, Dallas. 972-687-9010. DonnaBrownHypnosis.com. 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. CCHBA.org. Monday Night Ride at Arbor Hills – 6:30pm. Bring bike, helmet and light. Meet at the trail head at Arbor Hills. More info: DORBA.org. 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.
Overeaters Anonymous – 12pm. Weekly Mon-Fri. A 12-step recovery program for compulsive eating. Prairie Creek Baptist Church, 3201 W 15th St, Plano. 972-238-0333.
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.
Brain Balance Meet and Greet – 12-1pm. 1st Mon. Interested in learning more about the Brain Balance Program? Join us for an informal session where
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.
Free Admission & Wildlife Program – 9am-9pm. 3rd Thurs. Admission and parking free. 7:15pm, Special Program: Saving Our Birds, The work of the Rogers Wildlife Rehabilitation Center. Trinity River Audubon Center, 6500 Great Trinity Forest Way, Dallas. 214-309-5801.
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. 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. HeardMuseum.org. 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: PrairieAndTimbers.org. 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: FWMuseum.org/PublicKnowledge.
wednesday 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.
savethedate wednesday Business Opportunity: LegalShield – 11:45am1pm. Learn how to generate extra daily cash by letting your friends, family and colleagues know about the services we provide from a 40-yr-old company. Who isn’t aware of identity theft? Who needs an attorney and won’t reach out because of the cost? $15 includes drink, entree and gratuity. Razzoos, 3904 Dallas Pkwy, N of Parker Rd, Plano. Mention North Texas Natural Awakenings, Pam: PamelaWidom@yahoo.com.
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.
Westin A. Price Chapter Meeting: June 18, HealthWorks in Plano 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@ MarilynKuhlman.com. 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: 972548-5167.
McKinney Farmers’ Market at Adriatica – 3-7pm or sellout. Local and organic meat, dairy and produce vendors. 6851 Virginia Pkwy, W McKinney. 972562-8790. McKinneyFarmersMarket.com. CPR Training – 6-8pm. American Heart Training Center with 125 trained instructors. Texas CPR Training, 4013 Carrizo, Plano. 214-770-6872. TexasCPR.com. Dallas Organic Gardening Club – 6:30pm, refreshments; 7pm, meeting. 4th Thurs. Free. REI, 4515 LBJ Freeway, Dallas. DOGC.org. Brain Balance Meet and Greet – 6:30-7:30pm. 2nd Thurs. Interested in learning more about the Brain Balance Program? Join us for an informal session where you can meet the staff, tour the center and learn more about our comprehensive, holistic programs. Free. Brain Balance Achievement Center of Plano, 1501 Preston Rd, Ste 550, Plano. 972-2489482. BrainBalanceCenters.com.
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.
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
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.
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.
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@ sbcglobal.net. Men’s Only Pilates – 8pm. Class utilizes all the Pilates equipment. $15. Pilates for Life, 103 W Belmont Dr, Allen. 214-704-3070.
friday 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: 214872-8592. 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. 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. 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,
Sounds of Lewisville free concerts: Tuesdays, June thru July Denton. For details & mention North Texas Natural Awakenings: 940-349-8720. 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: JMillerd@TWU.edu. 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: Facebook.com/ 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
Coppell Farmers’ Market – 8am-12pm. Seasonal produce for the North Texas area, natural meats and eggs, seafood, organic dairy products, honey, teas, breads, mixes, flowers, plants, and more. Coppell Farmers’ Market, Corner of Bethel & S Coppell Rds, Coppell. Mention North Texas Natural Awakenings: CFM@CoppellCommunityGarden.org. CoppellCommunityGarden.org. McKinney Farmers’ Market at Chestnut Square – 8am-12pm. Local and organic meat, dairy and produce vendors. Locally grown and produced food and craft items. Live music. 315 S Chestnut St, McKinney. 972-562-8790. McKinneyFarmersMarket.com. Saint Michael’s Farmers’ Market – Thru early Nov. 8am-12pm. Shop local and fresh, with farmers/growers who practice natural, sustainable, organic farming and are within a 150-mile radius of Dallas County. Baked goods, tamales, cheeses, eggs, local honey, meats, and pastas also available. Saint Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church, 8011 Douglas Ave at Colgate Rd, Dallas. SaintMichaelsMarket.com. Frisco Farmers’ Market – May 3-Oct. 8am-1pm. A bounty of fresh fruits and vegetables creates a colorful welcome to those who appreciate the “buy fresh, buy local” idea. Frisco Square Blvd, Frisco. FriscoFarmersMarket.org. 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. Household Hazardous Waste and Electronics Waste Collection Program – 9am-12pm. 2nd Sat. For Lewisville residents; must bring driver’s license for proof of residency. A convenient, safe and environmentally sound way to get rid of waste materials that should not be put into the landfill. City of Lewisville Residential Convenience Center, 330 W Jones St. CityOfLewisville.com. Collin County Farmers’ Market – 9am-1pm. Features Texas-grown produce and meats, locally made products and a community center to learn
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.
McKinney Farmers' Markets: Thursdays and Saturdays, McKinney about green and healthy living. Fairview Farms, 3314 N Central Expressway, Plano. 970-209-4694. CollinCountyFarmersMarket.org. 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. Power Yoga Flow – 10-11:15am. With Crystal. Designed for proficient to advanced yoga students. Build strength and flexibility in this challenging and invigorating class. Meet and practice outdoors on our beautiful deck. $15 or class pass. Pilates for Life, 200 S Austin Dr, Allen. 214-704-3070. Pilates-ForLife.com. 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. Scarborough Renaissance Festival – Thru May 26. 10am-7pm. See Sun listing. 2511 FM 66. Info & tickets: 972-938-3247 or SRFestival.com. 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. InSyncExotics.com. 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 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. 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
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@ Bikemart.com. 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. TASObserving.org. Frisco StarFest – Sunset-10:30pm. 2nd Sat. Approximately a dozen telescopes will be set up for your viewing pleasure. Weather permitting. Free. Frisco Commons Park. TASObserving.org.
classifieds For fees and info on placing classifieds, email publisher@NA-NTX.com. Deadline is noon on the 9th of the month. BUSINESS OPPORTUNITY LegalShield – Generate extra cash or full time income sharing legal and identity theft plans by LegalShield. The services offered by LegalShield give members great peace-of-mind, knowing that for as little as $20 a month they can have on-going access to top level attorneys to help advise them in matters from traffic tickets to final arrangements. New members get free assistance in preparing their will. Associates receive their own website, online and local support from other LegalShield associates. Work at your own pace and style; promote the casual referral to friends and family, or work business accounts, HR benefit plans or broad consumer markets. Interested candidates may attend a luncheon, held weekly at Razzoo's in Plano to learn more about the plans and the opportunity. $15 covers entree, beverage and gratuity. RSVP required. Mention North Texas Natural Awakenings, and email Pam: PamelaWidom@yahoo.com. Visit www.M79. legalshieldassociate.com.
CAREER OPPORTUNITY BECOME A DENTAL ASSISTANT – This unique 10-week course is designed to provide you the core concepts you will need to get started. In this unique program, practicing dentists and experienced dental assistants give you maximum hands-on training and experience in an actual dental office setting. Reasonable cost. Short timeframe. Saturdays only. For more info, call 214-789-2011 or visit CDofCarrollton.com.
savethedate DAILY Camp Invention Registration – Camp Invention inspires creativity and inventive thinking during its weeklong summer program. Led by local educators, elementary school children are immersed in exciting, hands-on activities that reinvent summer fun. Throughout the week, children will use real tools, circuits and materials from the Inventor Supply Room to build original prototypes and work in teams to solve real-world challenges. One week only, programs will run in the cities of Allen, Coppell, Dallas, Frisco, Keller, McKinney, Prosper, Southlake, Trophy Club, Wylie and more. For details: 800-9684332. CampInvention.org.
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.
Dairy Farm Tours – By appt only. Experience life on a dairy farm with an educational tour including how and what cows are fed, the benefits of grass-crop based feed (silage), the milking parlor, bottle feeding baby calves along with the learning the benefits of drinking raw milk vs pasteurized milk. Everyone gets samples of milk and treat bags for the children. $5/person age 2 & up. Circle N Dairy, 2074 CR 446 Gainesville. 940-372-0343. CircleNDairy.com. First Aid Classes, CPR & Babysitter Training – Various days. Monthly at various branches. For specific info on cost, space availability, times: YMCADallas.org. 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. DallasFarmersMarket.org.
SALESPEOPLE WANTED – If you’re not afraid of straight commissioned sales and feel confident of your abilities, Natural Awakenings North Texas magazine may be right for you. Earn a generous commission and unlimited income selling advertising packages. Relationship-oriented sales; must like talking to people. Open territories in Denton and Collin counties. Will train and coach. Full and part-time sales positions available. Send resume to Publisher@NA-NTX.com.
OFFICE SPACE FOR LEASE FOR LEASE – UPSCALE OFFICE PROPERTY – Customize this 1,600 sq ft space to suit your professional or medical office needs. Free standing building with one side currently occupied by a dental office. Great location. Excellent visibility. In Carrollton just minutes from highways 121 and 35. Call Ms. Krishan: 832-545-1243.
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Xie Yin, L.Ac., M.D. (China) 9555 Lebanon Rd, Bldg 10, Ste 1003 Frisco 75035 972-335-2626 • YinsClinic.com Our goal is to provide effective, allnatural ad drug free solutions to infertility, stress, pain relief, allergies, migraine, and more. Whether you are dealing with health issues that are affecting your life quality or seeking to enhance your wellness, acupuncture can help you. Trained in China with more than 24 years of experience in acupuncture and herbal medicine. See ad, page 13.
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Daphne Su, L.Ac. 4101 Spring Creek Pkwy, Ste 200, Plano 75024 972-665-8618 • DaphneAcupunctureCenter.com 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. See ad, page 18.
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Acupuncture, Herbs & Nutrition 2121 W Spring Creek Pkwy, Ste 107 Plano 75023 972-704-3730 • PattiCareyLAC.com
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Robin Bollinger, Licensed IM Trainer Near Preston Rd and Main St, Frisco 214-693-9601 • PerformanceRev.wordpress.com Backed by 20 years of research, Interactive Metronome (IM) is a drug free, performance enhance-ment program that re-trains the brain's timing, planning, sequencing and focusing abilities. Student, athlete or professional? Find out how IM can help unlock your potential. See ad, page 26.
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Dr. Vince Baugher, D.C. 2500 Lillian Miller Pkwy, Denton 76210 940-484-6336 • SpinalDecompression.net 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 2.
Dr. Cecilia Yu, D.C.; NUCCA practitioner 12740 Hillcrest Road, Ste 138, Dallas 75230 972-387-4700 • MySynergyBalance.com
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 42.
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 uppercervical chiropractic, there is no popping, cracking or twisting and a NUCCA adjustment holds longer which means you return far less often. See ad, page 29.
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Peggy Breeze 972-658-1600 • TheBalancedYogi.com Achieve optimal health with Ayurveda, the ancient healing practice that balances body, mind, and spirit. I provide comprehensive assessments that uncover your imbalances, create customized diet and lifestyle plans to help you achieve your wellness goals, offer Ayurvedic therapies and online consultations. Let me help you harmonize and energize your life.
2317 Coit Road, Ste B, Plano 75075 972-612-1800 Whole body & lifestyle healthcare rejuvenating your body from the inside out. Comprehensive healthcare— naturally. Visit our website to view our schedule of free workshops. 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 • CircleNDairy.com State-permitted dairy licensed to sell fresh, all natural unprocessed grade A raw milk. Visit us at the farm to learn why our great-tasting, 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 ads, pages 11 and 26.
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Anita Sisler 339-832-1220 • TheDeclutterbug.biz 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 17.
denTisTRy denTAl sTudio of cARRollTon Drs. Robert and Sandhya 2005 W Hebron Pkwy, Carrollton 75010 972-395-0150 • DSofCarrollton.com 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.
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3685 Preston Rd, Frisco 75034 972-377-7867 Fresh and nutritious, locally grown food.
educATion noRTH cenTRAl TexAs colleGe 1525 W California St, Gainesville 76240 940-668-7731 • nctc.edu
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.
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Vicki Johnston, Founding Director 340 Country Club Rd, Fairview 75069 214-544-8338 • CenterForLivingEthics.org Are you seeking a learning environment that nurtures the whole child? Children thrive in heart-centered relationships that cultivate whole-being intelligence t h r o u g h n a t u r e , c r e a t i v i t y, discovery, storytelling, meaningful learning and individual projects. We welcome you to our monthly Tea, Talk and a Tour.
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2220 Coit Rd, Ste 500, Plano 75075 972-599-7882 • WillowBendAcademy.com And 101 E Southwest Pkwy, Ste 101 Lewisville 75067 972-436-3839 • WillowBendAcademy.com 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.
fARmeRs' mARKeT mcKinney fARmeRs’ mARKeTs Chestnut Square (Saturdays 8am-noon) 315 S Chestnut St, McKinney 75069 Adriatica Market (Thursdays 3-6pm) 6851 Virginia Pkwy, McKinney 75071
Buy your food from the people who grow it. Local and organic meat, dairy, honey and produce, entertainment and more. See ad, page 13.
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Beverly Biehl BTB Feng Shui, Intuitive Coach 214-679-3498 • TheIntuitiveInterior.com Black Hat Feng Shui consultant, intuitive coach and healer. Free your energy, free your potential. See ad, page 33.
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Functional and Nutritional Medicine 14330 Midway Rd, Building 1, Ste 121 Dallas 75244 972-930-0260 • JenniferEngelsMD.com
Debby Romick 1501 Preston Rd, Ste 501, Plano 75093 972-248-9482 • BrainBalancePlano.com
As a licensed MD practicing functional and nutritional medicine, I find the possible nutritional deficiencies, food sensitivities, and hormonal imbalances that could be contributing to your symptoms. I identify your risk factors for breast cancer, diabetes, heart disease, stroke and metabolic syndrome; then devise a personalized diet, nutrition and lifestyle program that can help minimize your risk factors and move you toward healing and optimum health.
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 6.
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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 23.
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9200 E Lebanon Rd, Ste 32, Frisco 75035 214-436-4955 • HairColorStudios.com
Dr. Angela Han, DDS 4701 W Park Blvd, Ste 201, Plano 75093 972-985-4450 • DentalArtsOfPlano.com Dr. Han 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 31.
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.
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Shawn Messonnier 2145 W Park Blvd, Plano 75075 972-867-8800 • PetCareNaturally.com Offering drug-free treatments, antiaging medicine, holistic anesthesia, and blood testing for early diagnosis of cancer in healthy pets. See ads, pages 18 and 42.
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Money Family / Guy Money, Beekeeper McKinney 75070 • 972-829-3216 Honey as raw, local, organic, yummy and healthy as it gets. Our hives are in Collin and surrounding counties, and because our honey is straight from the hive, nothing added and never heat pasteurized, you get all the vitamins, minerals, liveenzymes, and pollens which are the allergy-fighting benefits that are heat filtered out of most other store-bought honeys. Available at Frisco Farmers Market, McKinney Trade Days, Sprouts, Market Street or pick up at our home office. Look for the bee in cowboy boots!
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Bioidentical DHEA cream 888-489-4782 • Twist25.com Twist 25 DHEA cream helps maintain hormones naturally. Sleep better at night, have energy and d r i v e d u r i n g t h e d a y, f i g h t menopause and depression. Improve health to feel your best and look your best. Make Twist 25 part of your daily routine and get results. See ad, page 2.
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Medical City Dallas 7777 Forest Ln, Ste A-315, Dallas 75230 972-566-7870 • AboutHormones.org Dr. Woodward is a board certified Gynecologic Endocrinologist. He has been a pioneer in bio-identical hormone replacement for 30 years. He has been practicing medicine in Dallas since 1968 and specializes in hormone replacement for both men and women. His eight years of medical training were at Yale University School of Medicine and Yale-New Haven Medical Center. He is board certified in gynecology. See ad, page 2.
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Donna Brown, Clinical Hypnotist, NLP Quorum Dr, Addison 75254 972-687-9010 • DonnaBrownHypnosis.com Sometimes weight loss has nothing to do with eating or exercise. Unresolved feelings stem from thought patterns that were set up as beliefs that run in your subconscious. I can help you get to those beliefs if you need to stop smoking, eliminate fears, control stress and pain, or if you see patterns of behavior in your relationships that you want to change.
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Highest ethical and clinical standards of care while providing exceptional attention to every patient.
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6505 W Park Blvd, Ste 200, Plano 75093 972-378-5867 • GotJump.com 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 14.
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Independent Associate M79.LegalShieldAssociate.com Unexpected legal questions arise every day and with LegalShield on your side, you'll have access to a high-quality law firm for as little as $20 a month. From real estate document review, speeding tickets, will preparation and more, our attorneys are here to advise you with any legal matter – no matter how traumatic or how trivial it may seem. Identity theft protection plans and personal, small business and employee benefit plans are available. Learn more by visiting website. See ad, page 7.
mAssAGe 3T’s (TJ’s TeRRific ToucH) Teel Parkway, Frisco 75034 469-237-4289 • TJ4ttts.com
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 33.
7000 Independence Pkwy, Ste 180 Plano 75025 972-612-5363 • Massage-Space.com Seven different types of massage therapy for rejuvenation and energy. See ad, page 11.
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Dr. Marvin Sams 972-612-0160 • GreatBrain.com 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 12 and 20.
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Dr. Cecilia Yu, D.C.; NUCCA practitioner 12740 Hillcrest Rd, Ste 138, Dallas 75230 972-387-4700 • MySynergyBalance.com 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 29.
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4851 Legacy Dr, Ste 301, Frisco, 75034 972-294-0808 • HealthyKidsPediatrics.com 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 9.
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Kathryn Kutzer 469-955-5123 • DreamBuilderLifeCoach.com Many people cannot identify their dream; they just know they are discontent with their current life and have a longing for something different. It is my privilege to help people discover the dream that is in harmony with their purpose, and then coach them through a specific process to help them achieve that dream.
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Martie Whittekin; Certified Clinical Nutritionist Saturday 8am • KWRD 100.7 FM Interviews with authors, doctors and other experts about natural approaches to health and happiness. Listener calls are always welcome. Archives of past shows available on HBNShow.com.
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Private Label Realty 6900 Dallas Pkwy, Ste 110, Plano 75024 469-269-2754 • GillianCunningham.com 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? Ask@GillianCunningham.com. See ad, page 19.
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Dr. Glenn King 3740 N Josey Ln, Ste 244, Carrollton 75007 800-640-7998 • KingInstitute.org/TKM 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 18.
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17370 Preston Rd, Ste 470, Dallas 75252 214-446-0251 • Kabbalah.com/Dallas 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 or visit us on Facebook for upcoming courses/events. See ad, page 38.
Weight Loss and Wellness Consulting 972-935-6484 • SonjaKabell.com Lose weight, feel great, have more energy and get your mojo back! Healthy, customized, easy to follow programs that are affordable. No food to buy, we use real food from the grocery store. In your home or at our office. Free consultation and health assessment to see if you are a candidate for our program. Reach target weight and maintain your results long-term! See ad, page 13.
sHiR TiKVAH RefoRm synAGoGue 7700 Main St, Frisco 75034 214-500-8304, • ShirTikvahFrisco.org
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 29.
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Offices and service throughout D/FW 866-631-5934 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 • ThermographyCenter.com
Screening with thermography can detect abnormalities, many times 8-10 years before other screening methods. Non-invasive. No radiation. See ad, page 15.
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