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quarius is a very high sacred Feminine age,” says Sioux Chief Golden Light Eagle of the astrological time period that many believe we have now entered at the start of 2012. “We need to get back to this way called Heart. For the last 2000 years, we’ve been in the Mind.”

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Since Women held onto their heart connection in the age of the Mind, and never lost it, he says, they can now help reconnect Men, who did. Some men also seem to have lost their Minds, as well, at this stage in the transition. For them, the Chief has some frank advice: “You’re not going to be able to stand against the womenfolk. This is their time. All the men can do is stand with them and support them. If you try to stand in front of them, you will fall down. Falling down means you can have heart attacks, if you don’t get into your heart.” “Men, we need to listen to our women, because they’re the ones who are going to help us get back in our heart.” The way of the heart, says the Chief, is the way to heal Mother Earth. “It’s the way that will help us to keep Mother Earth alive, and she is very much alive at this time.” But can we say that, as well, about the present state of Women’s wellbeing? What I know is this: you have always put the needs of others ahead of your own. You do this every time, for everyone. I know you do because you’ve done it for me, all my life. I am grateful. I’ve seen you do it for others, too. They are grateful. Now it’s time to put Yourselves first. We know that you know what to do and where to find what you need for your own wellness. How do we know? Seventy percent of our readership are female. It’s a magazine devoted to Health and Wellness, as defined in the broadest possible terms. Which means to me that many more women than men are devoted to Health and Wellness as defined in the broadest possible terms. If we would just get out of your way, and give you the space to do it. So, I offer this. Speaking for all Men, I hereby stand with you and support you in your taking time for yourself, to seek whatever pathways to wellness that you choose to pursue, and I will not interfere or interpose my own needs between you and yours. Well. Find what brings wellness to you and do not stop short of your highest hope for yourself, in health—your optimal wellness, and most vibrant wellbeing. Then bring this to your families, and then, to Mother Earth. Then, after that is accomplished, please help us. The men. After losing both our Hearts and our Minds, what do we have that’s left? Everything. Our beautiful heart-centered women. Our wives, sisters, mothers, daughters. You.

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ames Golden, a longtime student of Don Miguel Ruez and Guru Mai, is a master teacher that weaves the thread of truth from all spiritual traditions into a global spirituality for self-discovery. His silent retreats are powerful and life changing. The Huntsville Center for Spiritual Living presents “Leading a Noble Life: Integrating Our Spiritual Values into Daily Living,� A One-Day Spiritual Renewal Retreat with James Golden, on Saturday May 12, 9am-4pm. Cost is $50 per person (includes lunch). This silent retreat includes teachings and practices from a variety of spiritual traditions, as well as experiential activities that will support those who attend in deeply touching and renewing their inherent spirituality and deepening of their own spiritual practice. In order to gain the greatest insight into the patterns of the mind that holds us in bondage, each participant will be asked to take a vow of silence for the duration of the retreat and will need to have a personal journal. The goal of the retreat is to create an environment and consciousness together that will allow us to stop the limited dream of the planet that is based in limitation and ignorance, and to wake up to a greater embodiment of our oneness with God. James Golden joins Reverend David Leonard for Sunday Service, 10:30am, May 13. The Center for Spiritual Living is located at 308 Lily Flagg Road, Huntsville. Contact: Gloria Agrelius, or phone 256-503-308. Also please visit us online at See ad on this page.

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Energy Management and Boot Camp at Light of Christ Center


his 3-week course is based on spiritual practices of the Q’ero, the indigenous people of Peru, who see the world as a web of living energies. Living, moving, and interacting with the energy centers and systems around us fosters greater intimacy with individuals, groups, and even places. This course offers instruction in identifying personal and external energy centers, and working with them to your benefit and advantage. If interest warrants and weather permits, optional field trips to local energy centers will be coordinated. Course fee: $30; Instructor: Rev. Will Hoffpauir. Beginning 7pm Friday, May 25, at Light of Christ Center, 4208 Holmes Avenue. 256-895-0255. See ad on page 15 and CRG on page 39.

The Storybook Ball, Saturday May 5


here else but at the Storybook Ball can you dine with all your favorite book characters? This event is sponsored by the Athens-Limestone Library Foundation. Characters make their way around the room and you don’t have to run after Prince Charming or stand in a hot, long line. There will be plenty of photo opportunities for you and your children. To make this family celebration even better, there will great food and entertainment. Music will be provided by the Tangerine Tambourine Band. Kidfriendly foods will be served. Businesses and individuals may decorate a table and be eligible for prizes. The Ball takes place Saturday, May 5-7pm at the Limestone County Event Center. Tickets are $20 per adult; $15 per child (under 3 free). Tickets are available at the Athens-Limestone Public Library and online at You can also purchase tickets by calling 256-232-1233. Proceeds benefit the Athens-Limestone Library Foundation. A portion of the ticket price is tax deductible.

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t some point in our lives, each of us has been hurt or treated unfairly. Some people adapt better than others. Some talk about their wounds for a long time and some just get over them. At the heart of every wound is the simple fact that a deep hurt results because something happened we did not want to happen. My husband had an affair. My dad abused me. My mother abandoned me. I lost my job. My son is addicted to drugs. My parents divorced. My wife has cancer. Alternately, something we really wanted, did not happen. I’ll never have a good marriage. My dad will never bless me. I never got my mother’s love. I’ll never have a job I love. My son’s life is


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ruined. I’ll never have a happy family. I’m losing the love of my life. Faced with the unexpected, few of us have the skills to just get over it. Getting over it can result in elimination of pain, more happiness, better health and more energy to enjoy life. EPTworks™ is the answer for what to do when life gets hard and you feel stuck. EPTworks™ supports you in letting go of what has hurt you. Letting go of the anger, hurt and failure opens up space that you can use to move forward and begin to love your life more right now. Book your reservation today for the June 23 workshop at See ad on page 24.

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precise and detailed digital survey scans can be customized to the patient by the practitioner, in order to search for a wide range of hidden imbalances in the body that may have gone undetected by traditional tests in other fields of medicine. The imbalances identified may be the cause of current symptoms and disorders, both small and large, and are also the best and very earliest of early warning signs of health trouble ahead for patients who are not currently suffering symptoms. In the hands of a highly experienced Naturopath such as Dr. Linda Jarvis, electrodermal screening can be the one thing that individuals in charge of their own health can try, after trying everything else, that finally finds out what’s wrong, and how to fix it, to regain their optimal sense of wellbeing. Electrodermal Screening, Biological Terrain Assessment, and a full range of Holistic Treatment options and services, including N.A.E.T. Allergy Elimination, herbal and homeopathic remedies, Far Infrared Sauna, and colonics. Call for your appointment today at 256-837-3448. Linda Jarvis, NMD. See ads on pages 9, 12, and 32, and CRG on page 37.

Swami Nardanand to visit Birmingham in June


wami Nardanand will be visiting Birmingham as part of his 2012 world tour. Since his last visit in 2007 he has been busy completing the Paradeshwar Temple located in Siddha Ashram, where he welcomes visitors from all over the globe. During this visit he will be available for private meetings as well as holding meditation retreats. Space is limited for retreats. For more information email the host at Check June Natural Awakenings mag. in print and online at for the finalized schedule of times and locations for Swami Nardanand’s visit to Birmingham.


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Drugs That Don’t Work and Natural Therapies That Do


r. Rodney Soto M.D. will be presenting “Drugs That Don’t Work and Natural Therapies That Do” on Tuesday May 15 at 6:30 pm at Grille 29 located at 445 Providence Main St, Huntsville. Learn how drugs may not be the best choice to treat the most common medical conditions and might actually be interfering with the body’s natural ability to heal. The potential detrimental effects of cholesterol lowering agents, antacid, osteoporosis, anti-inflammatory and antidepressant drugs will be discussed. Holistic Medical Center of Alabama will be hosting the event. The cost of the evening is $25 and includes dinner. Space is limited so call 256-325-1648 by May 14 to RSVP. See ad on page 39.

Spring Fling on County Line Road


he 3rd Annual Spring Fling Festival will be held on May 19 in the Village Shoppes of Madison on County Line Road. Loving Arms Adult Day Services will be presiding over the Health portion of the event. There will be health screenings available from various Health Care professionals. As well as information for the services provided by Loving Arms Adult Day Services. Our Mission is to maintain a premier facility, and resource center. As well as recreational, wellness, and nutritional programs. Volunteer opportunities, counseling and support services are available for seniors, and individuals with disabilities able to learn and embrace preservation. Our Goal is to meet the needs of these populations to ensure and maintain quality of life. To promote physical, social, emotional, and economic well-being. Also to encourage participation, in all aspects of life. Learn More About Loving Arms Adult Day Services, Inc.: • Safe and secure environment • Fire protection system • Medication administration assistance • Transportation to doctor’s appointment • Minutes from Huntsville Hospital (Madison location) • Large enclosed courtyard • Restaurant style dining • Certified Dietician • Game room • Media and computer room • Job Coaching Assistance • Social environment and activities • Monthly educational and leisure field trips • Staff trained in working with seniors as well as intellectual disabilities • E/D Medicaid waiver programs Contact Loving Arms Adult Day Services, Inc. of Madison today at 256-325-1190 for additional information. Hours of Business: M-F 8am-5pm; evenings and weekends by appointments.

Past Life Regression Through Hypnosis


r. Brian Weiss states that with hypnosis or meditation, one can access the subconscious mind. Our subconscious mind is not limited to the imposed boundaries of logic, space and time. It can remember everything and from any time. Therefore, it can transcend the ordinary and can tap into an understanding far beyond our everyday capacity. We are in hypnosis whenever the usual relationship between the conscious and the subconscious mind is reversed so the

subconscious mind plays the more dominant role. During hypnosis, the subconscious mind can recall memories of a past life and can enable you to observe a different geographical place, gender, or time, and even know the specific year. You may even recognize people in the past life that are currently in your present life. It can be like watching a movie. Hypnosis accesses the wisdom of the subconscious mind in a focused way in order to achieve healing. When you are hypnotized, you are not asleep. Despite the deep state of relaxation through the subconscious mind, your conscious mind can still respond, analyze, and censor. You are always in control of what you say and will only accept what is truthful for yourself. You have a Gatekeeper that allows only what is truthful for you. To schedule a Past Life Regression session, please contact Marsha Mathes, Certified Hypnotist, at 256-698-2151 or for your reservation. See CRG on page 38.

“You Are a Powerful Creator� Class To Be Offered at Unity


ost of us have heard about the Law of Attraction. A new class at Unity Church on the Mountain goes beyond this idea to creating from the God-power within you. “You Are a Powerful Creator� will explore how to use the power we have within us to create our heart’s desires. This class will use the book “Wishes Fulfilled: Mastering the Art of Manifesting� by Dr. Wayne Dyer along with his “I Am Wishes Fulfilled Meditation� CD. “You are a Powerful Creator� will start on Wednesday May 9 at 6:30pm and run for 8 weeks. It will be presented by Rev. Grace Gifford at Unity Church on the Mountain, on a love offering basis. Rev. Gifford has been teaching and practicing New Thought principles since 1995 and is an ordained Transformational Ministries Minister. Unity Church on the Mountain is located at 1328 Governors Drive SE, Huntsville. For more information call 256-536-2271 or visit See ad on page 17.

Neeley Center for Health Welcomes Dr. Yi Qu The Neeley Center for Health is very pleased to welcome Dr. Yi Qu to our practice beginning June 3. Dr. Qu has more than 10 years of experience in the practice and teaching of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) in China, specializing in cosmetology using Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine. She specializes in assisting patients with aging conditions such as fine lines, wrinkles and overall skin rejuvenation. Her philosophy stresses the use of green practices to increase and maintain skin health and beauty.

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Dr. Qu obtained her Doctor’s License in China, issued by the Public Health Ministry of China, and was then awarded her Advanced Aesthetician License, issued by the Guangzhou, China Bureau of Labor and Social Security. She also holds her Teacher’s License in China, issued by the Fujian Provincial Department of Education. Dr. Qu obtained her Master Degree with Specialty in Traditional Chinese Medicine History and Classics, Fujian University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Fuzhou, China, in 2004 and her Bachelor Degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine, Liaoning University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Shenyang, China, in 2001. We are also very excited to introduce the use of Rife technology at our clinic! Rife technology has been used for many, many years to help rid the body of all types of foreign invaders like parasites, fungi, bacteria, and viral matter. Rife technology also offers numerous other health benefits by boosting the immune system as well as being able to target specific organs and other systems and areas of the body. Additionally, the Rife technology device used at The Neeley Center “hyper-activates” the acupuncture points used in an acupuncture treatment making the treatment much more effective! This has been proven especially true when using the “Emotional Pain” setting on the Rife device and combined with acupuncture and Rapid Eye Technology. Call 256-716-4048 today to schedule your next appointment. See CRG on page 37.

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ason Kendrick, an Indigo, Reiki Master, clairvoyant/intuitive Life Coach, author and speaker will address the Paranormal Study Center Friday, May 25th at 6:30pm at the Radisson Inn in the Olympus room in Madison. Jason’s work is based on the Law of Attraction and helping others realize they are responsible for attracting things into their life. By changing their perspective on what they attract, they can feel more empowered in their life. "This life is ours to do with as we wish," Jason says. "It is our dream world and we have all the power to make it as we wish. However, due to our training and programming from childhood, we have to reprogram our lives in a new desired direction. It isn’t always easy to change our world, but it can be a lot easier when we change our perspective about the changes we are making and turn it into a fun experiment. Because, after all, that is what this life is…an experiment of creation." Jason’s first book, “It’s Not Your Life, IT’S YOU!” is subtitled “A Layman’s Guide to the Power of Perspective.” It is a conversational guide to basic spirituality and the law of attraction in an easy to understand way. He has completed his second book and is currently writing a third book on relationships. Books will be available for purchase and he will gladly sign them. For more information, please visit or Admission is $10 for this special event.

Slow Down As the hurry of the day overwhelms me, I close my eyes and reflect upon the messages of the turtle: “Slow down. Walk close to the earth. Carry your inner sanctuary with you, wherever you go.” When I reflect upon these messages, I am encouraged to become more mindful of my surroundings and my actions. I am encouraged to connect with the grounding energy of nature. And I am reminded that all of life is a sacred experience and should be treated as such. Art and Text by Rita Loyd. Copyright © 2012

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n international team of scientists led by researchers at McMaster and McGill universities, in Canada, were surprised to find that consuming generous amounts of fruit and raw vegetables modified a gene designated 9p21, the strongest marker for heart disease. In one of the largest gene-diet interaction studies ever conducted related to cardiovascular disease, the researchers analyzed more than 27,000 individuals from five ethnicities—Latin American, European, Chinese, South Asian and Arab—and the effect their diets had on the target gene. They discovered that men and women with the high-risk genotype that consumed a healthy diet with plenty of raw vegetables and fruits had a risk of heart attack similar to individuals carrying the low-risk genotype. “We know that 9p21 genetic variants increase the risk of heart disease for those that carry it,� says Genetic Epidemiologist Jamie Engert, joint principal investigator of the study, “but it was a surprise to find that a healthy diet could significantly weaken its effect.� Source: PLoS Medicine

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small, yet intriguing study published in Acupuncture in Medicine found that traditional Chinese acupuncture curbed the severity of hot flashes and other menopausal symptoms. Fifty-three middle-aged, postmenopausal women were divided into two groups; one received such treatments twice weekly for 10 weeks, while the other experienced “sham� acupuncture with blunt needles that did not penetrate the skin. In both groups, levels of estrogen and other hormones were measured before the study began and before and after the last session. Menopausal symptoms—hot flashes, vaginal dryness, urinary tract infections and mood swings—were also measured before and after the treatments, using a five-point menopause rating scale (MRS) in order to assess their severity. At the end of the study, the women receiving Chinese acupuncture scored significantly lower on the MRS scale, with hot flashes seeing the sharpest decrease. The researchers explain that acupuncture boosts production of endorphins, which may stabilize the temperature control system of the body. They say that more investigation is needed because the study was small, but note that its results seem promising, suggesting that traditional Chinese acupuncture could be an alternative for women unable or unwilling to use hormone replacement therapy to relieve menopausal symptoms.

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alcium supplements, usually taken to improve bone health, may increase the risk of heart attack by as much as 30 percent, according to the findings of the Women’s Health Initiative, a 15-year research project established by the National Institutes of Health to address cardiovascular disease, cancer and osteoporosis. “If you take calcium supplements, you’ll build up excess calcium in your system that, coupled with mineral deficiencies and imbalances, can cause plaque in arteries, kidney stones, gallstones and more,� says Dr. Robert Thompson, co-author with Kathleen Barnes of The Calcium Lie: What Your Doctor Doesn’t Know Could Kill You. Instead, he recommends taking a trace mineral supplement, preferably in ionic form, whose electrical charge helps bond minerals with water, making the nutrients more easily absorbed. Such a supplement provides all needed minerals, including calcium, in the correct balance.

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espite traditional cautions against eating animal fats to keep cholesterol in check, Danish researchers have found that eating hard cheese is better for the arteries than consuming the equivalent number of calories in butter. According to their study, published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, when hard cheese accounted for 13 percent of participants’ daily calories, their LDL (bad cholesterol) did not increase. When the same individuals switched to consuming more butter, their LDL levels rose. The researchers were unsure what caused the results, but noted that cheese contains a lot of calcium, which can increase the amount of fat excreted by the digestive tract.

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etter sleep and feelings of health are among the benefits of a flexible workplace, according to a new study by University of Minnesota sociology professors that followed 608 office employees in a collaborating company. The initiation of a performance-focused work environment that redirected the focus of employees and managers towards measurable results and away from when and where work was completed, yielded positive markers. Employees that were allowed to routinely change when and where they worked, based upon their individual needs and job responsibilities, experienced improved sleep quality, higher energy levels, better selfreported health and a sense of personal mastery. —Source: Journal of Health and Social Behavior



xpectant moms using nicotine patches and gum to help kick a smoking habit are putting their unborn babies at risk, say researchers at the Loma Linda University School of Medicine, in California. In a study published in the British Journal of Pharmacology, they note that the fetus absorbs the addictive substance, which can damage the baby’s blood vessels and may lead to high blood pressure and heart problems later in life.



rinking sodas and other sugar-sweetened beverages may increase a woman’s risk of heart disease and diabetes, according to research presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2011. Middle-aged and older women that drank two or more such drinks per day were nearly four times as likely to develop high triglycerides and significantly more likely to develop impaired fasting glucose levels, plus increase their waist size. The study also noted that risk factors for heart disease and stroke developed even when the women didn’t gain weight.



esearchers from the University of California, Irvine (UCI) report that while birth control pills don’t damage memory, they can alter it. Women that were not taking birth control pills were better at remembering details than their peers on the pill. The difference makes sense, says UCI graduate researcher Shawn Nielsen, because contraceptives suppress sex hormones such as estrogen and progesterone to prevent pregnancy. These hormones were previously linked to women’s strong left-brain memory by a UCI research group led by Ph.D. Neurobiologist Larry Cahill. natural awakenings

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Oldie Goldies Honoring Elders’ Contributions to Community May spotlights Older Americans Month and the important role they play in sharing their experience, wisdom and understanding, and passing it all on to younger generations in meaningful ways. Youth that have significant relationships with a grandparent or another elder, for example, report that these relationships helped shape their values, goals and life choices, and gave them a sense of identity and roots. Many communities have increased their efforts to provide opportunities for older adults, many that remain physically and socially active through their 80s and beyond. Trends show that people over age 60 account for a growing percentage of participants in community service positions, faith-based organizations, online social networking groups, and arts and recreational activities. Lifelong participation in social, creative and physical activities has proven health benefits, including retention of mobility, increased muscle mass and improved cognitive abilities. The interactions of seniors with family, friends and neighbors across generations work to enrich the lives of all. —Sources: Administration on Aging ( and

rivers, forests and other landscapes. The United Nations Rio+20 Conference in Brazil this June is expected to unite the participating nations in protecting the world’s environment. Sustainable development goals under consideration include ensuring that all agriculture is sustainable, protecting oceans, setting up an international court on environmental crime, and appointing an ombudsperson to speak on behalf of future generations. The summit, to be attended by 190 nations, will also look at cutting subsidies for fossil fuels and low carbon energy for all. Spelman observes that businesses in Great Britain are already measuring the impact they are having on the environment. She states, “In the same way, governments can start to take account of damage to the environment in order to sustain resources like fresh water for fisheries, forests for clean air and green spaces for tourism. We want our own government to take account of natural capital and our statisticians to calculate the state of the nation more widely.”

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Church and State Faith Begets Civic Activism The Pew Research Center’s Internet and American Life Project affirms that religiously active people are more likely to engage in civic activities than others. The authors say their findings counter the view that religiously active people are less engaged with the secular world. The report found that 40 percent of Americans engage in some form of religious activity such as going to a church, synagogue or mosque, and feel better about their place in the larger civic community. They tend to be more trusting of others and more optimistic about their impact on their community and are more active in groups. Religious teachings have a component of helping others at their core, points out Eugene Fisher, a professor of Catholic-Jewish studies at Saint Leo University, in Florida. “Civic participation would be a natural result of that push to help your fellow man,” he says. The study similarly reveals a high level of digital participation by religiously engaged folks. Media expert Paul Levinson, author of New New Media, says, “The Internet is an amplifier of all that each of us are in our humanity.”

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Bio-Identical Hormones by Chad Gilliam M.M.S. PA-C


f you are a female and are suffering from: hot flashes, vaginal dryness, decreased libido, brain fog, vaginal atrophy, mood instability, migraines, or fatigue this article is for you. My name is Chad Gilliam. I work at Progressive Family Medicine; and I can help you. I use what I believe to be the safest hormones available, Bio-Identical Hormones that are made from yams or soybeans. Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) is the replacement of our bodies natural Estrogens, Progesterone, DHEA, and Testosterone hormones. Hormones may be delivered through creams, oral capsules, or pellets. A female patient typically presents to me with one or all of the above listed symptoms, for which I order a saliva hormone test. I prefer a saliva hormone test to serum hormone tests because I believe they are more accurate. After the initial hormone screening I typically do not have to reorder hormone levels, as I am able to balance the patient’s hormone levels without having to retest. I also use Thermograms to monitor for changes in breast tissue after starting hormones to make sure the estrogen is not causing any unwanted changes in the breast tissue.

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Case Presentations 49-year-old Caucasian female presents with hot flashes, vaginal dryness, and decreased libido. She states that her husband is ready to sleep on the couch because he cannot get any sleep due to the covers being removed and replaced all night. I automatically know this patient is low in Estrogens (Estradiol, Estrone, Estriol) and Testosterone. I obtain the Saliva Hormone Test to tell me how low and start treatment. Patient will see some if not total relief of hot flashes within one week. 33-year-old African American female presents with heavy menstrual bleeding and a cycle that lasts 9-12 days a month. I know this patient is low in progesterone and possibly has excess estrogen. This patient should also be tested for PCOS and fibroids (progesterone deficiency). After testing I would typically start this patient on a Bio-Identical Estrogen cream and oral Progesterone. She should see regulation of her cycle within 3 months. 41-year-old Caucasian female presents with migraines that begin just before or at ovulation and just before menstruation. This female likely has estrogen excess and progesterone deficiency. I would obtain a saliva hormone panel to see the ratio of estrogen and progesterone and then start treatment.

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The Hormone Balancing Act Natural Strategies for Feeling Better by Kathleen Barnes


ormones rule our lives; it’s a simple fact of biochemistry. In their role as the body’s chemical messengers, hormones affect every human biological system. Without them, nothing works correctly. Women’s hormonal systems are as complex as men’s, although vastly different. They govern reproduction, plus every aspect of health—including metabolizing food, proper immune function, physical and emotional responses to stress and the aging of cells.

Teens and Early 20s Puberty and the early reproductive years should be the physical peak of a young woman’s life; when she is

physically active and full of energy and youthful health. It’s also the time when breasts develop, hips widen, pubic hair appears, menstruation begins, and she becomes capable of pregnancy. The good news is that several studies by the National Cancer Institute and the University of California, Los Angeles, have shown that regular exercise undertaken at this age results in lower estrogen levels throughout a woman’s life, greatly reducing her risk of breast cancer and other hormonal cancers. Yet, C.W. Randolph, Jr., a leading bioidentical hormone physician and co-author of From Hormone Hell to Hormone Well, reports that the ideal hormonal balance is routinely upset to-

Major Female Hormones  Estrogen is produced by the ovaries, adrenal glands and in several other parts of the female body. It is responsible for physical maturation, including development of breasts, regulation of the menstrual cycle and preparing the uterus to receive a fertilized embryo.  Progesterone prepares the uterus for pregnancy, maintains pregnancy and balances estrogen during cyclical fluctuations.


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 Luteinizing hormone governs the ovaries’ production of estrogen and progesterone.  Follicle-stimulating hormone works in synergy with the luteinizing hormone to control the menstrual cycle and ovarian egg production.  Testosterone is present in women, although in far lower levels than in men. It serves as a component of healthy sexual desire and in maintenance of healthy bones and muscles.

day. Culprits are obesity among young American women and the everyday presence of toxic estrogenic chemicals in today’s dairy products and meat, personal care products, plastics, food containers, pesticides and herbicides, as well as car exhaust. “These compounds often have chemical structure similar to estrogen and can act like estrogen when introduced into the body,” Randolph explains. “Over time, these substances can increase estrogen in the body, potentially causing problems.” Categorized as xenoestrogens, these hormone disruptors can cause rapid growth in breast tissue and have been blamed for the appearance of breast tissue and even milk production in girls as young as 18 months and the early onset of puberty, particularly among African-American girls. They are also suspected in the rising incidence of breast cancer in younger women today.

Reproductive Years Women in their reproductive years often experience extreme stress in struggling to balance family, work, relationships and a need for personal growth, along with economic challenges. Women’s health expert Dr. Christiane Northrup, author of The Wisdom of Menopause, blames the

Ways to Avoid Manmade Estrogens  Choose organic milk and dairy products.  Eat organic meats and wild-caught fish.  Avoid canned foods and plastic water and soda bottles.  Do not use lawn or garden chemical pesticides or herbicides.  Shed outdoor shoes before entering the house.  Avoid furniture made from medium-density fiberboard (MDF) and synthetic carpeting; these materials outgas toxic chemicals.  Use natural household-cleaning products, including baking soda and vinegar.  Choose natural personal care products, including shampoos, lotions and cosmetics.

hormone imbalances follow. “Excess blood sugar changes the way estrogen, progesterone and testosterone are metabolized,” Northrup explains. “PMS and other problems of the reproductive years often go away when you get your blood sugar balanced, but—here’s the rub—you won’t get it rebalanced unless you are addressing the very real stressors in your life.” Due to the presence of xenoestrogens and Americans’ general fondness for processed comfort foods, women in their childbearing years are also increasingly afflicted by polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), a condition characterized by overproduction of testosterone and other male hormones. Insulite Laboratories, in Louisville, Colorado, reports that infertility and early onset Type 2 diabetes, another hormonal imbalance problem, are closely connected to PCOS. The first priority for every woman at any age, counsels Northrup, is to get blood sugar (glucose) under control. “Get a glucometer. You don’t need a prescription. If your blood sugar level isn’t between 80 and 90 in the morning, you need to look at your diet and lifestyle. Getting this under control will create hormonal balance in the vast majority of women. It’s so simple.”

stress of modern lifestyles for hormone disruptions in women in their childbearing years. “The stress hormones cortisol and epinephrine can have long-term effects on all other hormones,” advises Northrup. Perimenopause Concurrently, many women sacriThe next hormonal shift overlaps with fice self-nurturance in order to nurture a woman’s reproductive years. Sympothers. The first result is often prementoms of perimenopause, or the start of strual syndrome (PMS), which Northrup menopause and the end of childbearing calls a “lifestyle disease.” “We know years, typically show that this problem between the early To find a local compounding up seems to worsen and late 30s. with each subseThese range pharmacy for customized, quent child. That from hot flashes, made the connec- bioidentical hormone blends, night sweats and tion for me,” she insomnia to weight as prescribed by a medical gain, fuzzy thinking adds, “that with growing families and redistribution and responsibilities, practitioner, visit of hair on the body. women no longer Again, the presence take care of themselves as well; no of xenoestrogens and stress contribute. longer get the amount of exercise they Women of other cultures rarely once did. The body is quite forgiving in experience the intensity of perimenotheir 20s, much less so in their 30s.” pausal symptoms that Western women Part of the result is the attempt to report. So does that make perimenoreduce stress levels by eating high-fat pause a lifestyle disease, as well? and high-sugar comfort foods. Weight Emphatically yes, says Holly Lucille, gain, blood sugar imbalances and sex a doctor of naturopathy, registered nurse

and past president of the California Naturopathic Doctors Association. “Diet and lifestyle are absolutely essential to a healthy hormonal system,” which she explains in her book, Creating and Maintaining Balance: A Women’s Guide to Safe, Natural, Hormone Health. “The biochemistry of the body is based on vitamins and minerals. If we compromise food and lifestyle choices, we are not getting the nutrients necessary to have a healthy endocrine system.” Weight gain is a particular concern during perimenopause. In their book, From Belly Fat to Belly Flat, Dr. Randolph and Genie James, cofounders of the Natural Hormone Institute, advocate a specific eating plan to override belly fat and related accumulating effects of excess estrogen. “In perimenopause, progesterone production usually declines rapidly, more than 120 times faster than estrogen or testosterone production. That’s what aggravates the symptoms,” Randolph notes. “Because women in perimenopause are

Seven Steps to Address Perimenopausal Symptoms 1. Good diet that’s heavy on organic foods and low in saturated fats 2. Vitex, or chasteberry, to increase progesterone naturally and help balance excess estrogen 3. Black cohosh extract, like that found in Remifemin, to control hot flashes and night sweats 4. Blood sugar stability 5. Stress management, as well as adrenal support via an adrenal glandular supplement 6. Regular exercise 7. Bioidentical hormone replacement, if symptoms become too uncomfortable Source: Creating and Maintaining Balance: A Women’s Guide to Safe, Natural, Hormone Health, by Dr. Holly Lucille

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usually still menstruating, they think their hormones are okay.” “The more body fat you have, the more estrogen tips the hormonal imbalance,” says Lucille. “Those fat cells hold on to toxins and place more burden on the liver, making it unable to effectively metabolize those extra estrogens,” which are stored in body fat and brought into the body as xenoestrogens. “At the end of the day, estrogen is a messenger, and its message is to tell cells to grow and proliferate. That’s what we don’t want.” When estrogen becomes dominant, several things happen, including a more rapid release of insulin from the pancreas, which triggers sugar cravings. “It’s not a willpower problem,” Randolph assures. “Too much estrogen causes you to pack on the pounds in the belly area, and belly fat produces more estrogen. It’s a vicious cycle.” Lucille considers perimenopause the opposite of puberty and counsels, “While we are dealing with these changes, bringing some hormones on board for a short time can be a valuable tool.” However, she cautions, replacing anything isn’t the issue. “You have to look at the big picture,” she avers.

Foods to Reduce Estrogen Dominance  Cruciferous vegetables and green leafy vegetables with indole-3carbinol to decrease xenoestrogens, including broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, spinach, celery and kale; two to three servings a day  Any citrus fruits, which have dlimonene to promote estrogen detoxification; one serving a day  Insoluble fiber as an estrogen binder, such as oats, berries, dried beans and apples; two servings a day  Lignans as estrogen binders, such as flaxseed, sesame seeds and flaxseed oil; two to three tablespoons a day Source: From Belly Fat to Belly Flat, by Dr. C.W. Randolph, Jr., and Genie James


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“Putting hormones into a toxic body is like putting gas into a dirty gas tank. We have to restore function first.” Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) has been a boon for millions. Results of the Women’s Health Initiative, a national study of women’s health between 1991 and 2002, involving more than 160,000 postmenopausal women ages 50 to 79, sparked more widespread use early in the 21st century, when research began to show the dire consequences of synthetic hormone replacement. The Million Woman Study of British women also found that taking synthetic hormones at menopause doubled the risk of breast cancer for women. Northrup calls bioidenticals “nature’s ideal design,” due to the prescription of individually tailored doses, custom-made by compounding pharmacies.

Menopause If a woman has had no menstrual periods for 12 months, she is considered to be in menopause. However, Lucille asserts, “Menopause is not a disease.” Northrup touts menopause as the most creative and precious time of a woman’s life; it is often a time of spiritual awakening and self-fulfillment. “When the female brain passes menopause, the brain changes,” advises Northrup. “In a sense, we move from alternating current to direct current; I believe that this is the way the brain encodes wisdom.” “Yet there are women in their 60s that are still having hot flashes. What should they do?” queries Northrup. Natural alternatives exist that are safe and effective. “Many herbs have been used for millennia that have estrogen-like properties, but do not have estrogen’s side effects.” Northrup says. “There is huge confusion about this: Plant hormones have different structures than mammalian hormones and cannot act as growth hormones. If you have too much estrogen, these plant hormones can actually protect against excess stimulation.” Her favorite is pueraria mirifica, which has helped relieve perimenopausal and menopausal symptoms in

How to Access Bioidentical Hormones Bioidentical hormone replacement requires a prescription hormone blend prepared specifically for each individual by a compounding pharmacy. It may include the three primary aspects of natural estrogen: estradiol, estrone and estriol, and will usually include progesterone and testosterone, if needed. “An almost limitless flexibility of doses is available in capsule or cream form,” says Steve Metcalf, a registered pharmacist and owner of Metcalf Pharmacy, a compounding pharmacy in Brevard, North Carolina. “Unlike conventional hormone replacement therapy, where the mentality of the pharmaceutical companies is ‘one size fits all,’ we can make the specific strength you need.” To find a local compounding pharmacy, visit the International Academy of Compounding Pharmacists website,

80 percent of her patients within days. (Because the method of harvesting and processing supports effectiveness, Northrup likes Solgar brand PhytoGen.) She also uses maca, from Peru, for its phytoestrogens, vitex, black cohosh and omega-3 fatty acids such as those found in salmon for ongoing hot flashes. “Some women go through these years and truly take their place as women of wisdom and power. They don’t need any additional hormone support; they have enough life energy coming,” comments Northrup. “Others may need to take some kind of hormone support their entire lives. Either way, no one should suffer.” Kathleen Barnes is a natural health advocate, author and publisher. User’s Guide to Natural Hormone Replacement is among her many books. Visit

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he increasing costs of medical care for the millions of Americans who suffer from chronic diseases is alarming and out of control. Even though modern medicine has made significant progress in our understanding of disease processes, it has failed tremendously in creating a system capable of optimizing health and preventing diseases of aging. The fact is that Americans don’t have access to health care. We have access to a system focused on disease care. This system is dedicated to diagnosing illnesses and utilizing pharmaceutical drugs and/or surgeries to ameliorate the pain and suffering of many sick individuals. Estimates from reputable sources indicate that the way current medical care is delivered accounts for the third leading cause of death in America. The public needs to know that there are better alternatives to the status quo. Most chronic diseases are preventable. Here is the good news. We can optimize our health and prevent chronic diseases by applying a holistic and comprehensive approach. Early identification of biological dysfunctions can give us enough information about disturbances of our body’s organ and systems and offer us with the opportunity to make the necessary changes to optimize them. For example the use of radiation-free thermographic technology can help us detect early changes in breast tissue before cancer can be detected. Detecting breast cancer is not good enough. We can do better. That is what holistic medicine can offer. It encompasses an individualized approach allowing us to balance and harmonize our mind, body and spirit. The holistic practitioner provides a comprehensive assessment of the patient’s nutritional, hormonal, intestinal and immunological systems. The correct function and optimization of these biological systems create the right environment for the prevention of diseases while improving our quality of life, reducing cost and maximizing the human potential. Dr. Rodney Soto M.D. will be presenting “Drugs That Don’t Work and Natural Therapies That Do� on Tuesday May 15 at 6:30 pm at Grille 29 located at 445 Providence Main St, Huntsville. Holistic Medical Center of Alabama will be hosting the event. The cost of the evening is $25 and includes dinner. Space is limited so call 256-325-1648 by May 14 to RSVP. See ad on page 39.

essentials stimulant and particularly good for the relief of water retention. Massage gently on affected areas and on the feet diluted 50/50 and/or add to purified drinking water. Chemically, orange oil is composed of 85-96% d-limonene and is one of the richest natural products of this component known along with grapefruit oil, which contains 88-95% d-limonene. Orange oil is the subject of many antitumoral studies.

The Power of Citrus Oils By Linda Hileman BS, CCA


emon, orange and grapefruit essential oils contribute to our health on all levels and in a variety of ways. These fresh, fruity and purifying aromatics uplift the spirit, enhance mood, and promote clarity of thought. For the physical body, citrus oils support the immune, circulatory, lymphatic and integumentary systems and the liver and kidneys. Citrus oils are rich in the natural antioxidant d-limonene, a chemical constituent which has been extensively studied for its ability to combat tumor growth in over 50 clinical studies. Online at you can search “d-limonene and cancer” or “dlimonene and tumor” to see for yourself the extent of this research. Citrus oils are used as dietary supplements, aromatically, and topically and are easily incorporated into a daily routine. Lemon Essential Oil The antiseptic properties of lemon oil make it a great one to diffuse in the home to thwart airborne bacteria, drop onto abscesses to fight infection, or add to a teaspoon of honey and swallow for sore throat relief. Lemon oil in drinking water alkalizes the body and aids the

liver in detoxification. Topically, it can be used sparingly undiluted on corns, calluses, bunions, warts, cold sores, canker sores and fever blisters. Add a drop or two to your natural facial cleanser to help remove dead skin cells and balance oily and acne prone skin. This oil is great for circulatory problems including arteriosclerosis and hypertension as it improves microcirculation. Try it daily on the bottoms of your feet. Mixed 50/50 with a carrier oil gently massage it over spider veins, and varicose veins. Lemon oil has another amazing ability: it can digest petrochemicals. This is why it is a very effective cleaning agent that removes grease, gum, crayon, and tape marks to name a few. It’s a refreshing disinfectant for use in general cleaning. Orange Essential Oil Aromatically this oil is helpful for lifting depression and reducing anxiety and can be worn as a perfume, directly inhaled, or diffused for this purpose. It is relaxing or energizing depending on the situation giving it an adaptogenic status. Orange oil is a circulatory

Grapefruit Essential Oil This oil has many of the same qualities as the lemon and orange oils but is most well known for its wide-spread use in weight management programs. Grapefruit oil helps dissolve fat and break down petrochemicals stored in fat cells. It is cleansing for the kidneys and decongesting for the lymphatic and vascular systems. To improve lymphatic flow, add a few drops to drinking water and massage it diluted 50/50 into lymphatic areas including the feet and armpits. The diluted oil is also wonderful for gentle massage on areas of cellulite. A few words of caution Citrus oils are cold pressed from the rind of the fruit and therefore have a much shorter shelf life than distilled essential oils. Keep them in a cool dark place and use a bottle within six months. Due to a potential phototoxic reaction, skin should not be exposed to direct sunlight or ultraviolet light for at least 48 hours after topical application. Essential oils that are ingested must be organic and of impeccable quality. Read the labels and look for instructions for use as a supplement. Do not ingest oils that are labeled aromatic use only or topical use only. Use glass or stainless steel containers if adding the oils to your beverages. Reference: Essential Oils Desk Reference 4th edition, Brian L Manwaring Linda Hileman BS, CCA is a Certified Clinical Aromatherapist. For more information or to make an appointment, call 256-325-4444 or email

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ev. Dr. James Golden isn’t like most clergy. A student of both Don Miguel Ruiz and Thich Nhat Hanh, he rides a BMW motorcycle and travels 10 to 15 thousand miles during summer rides while he conducts workshops and spiritual retreats with invitations from churches and spiritual centers around the U.S. One of his stops will be Huntsville Center for Spiritual Living, where he’ll be conducting a one-day spiritual retreat entitled “Leading A Noble Life: Integrating Our Spiritual Values Into Daily Living,” on May 12. We sat with Dr. Golden for a few minutes to discover how his varied life experience, from working as an EMT 911 ambulance responder to sitting in meditation with Thich Nhat Hanh, has enhanced his spiritual growth. Natural Awakenings: As an EMT and chaplain you must have seen lots of tragedy and suffering. How do you keep your centered, peaceful demeanor in the face of all of that? Golden: That’s a really good question. It’s not easy. As a chaplain to the Redding, Oregon Police Department, my duties included arriving at the scene of traumatic incidents, and to be there for everyone involved to help them through it, notifying family members in death or serious injury incidents, and providing counseling to police or others.

Natural Awakenings: You must have seen lots of terrible situations. How did you remain calm?

Natural Awakenings: So, it sounds like you’re not one for sitting in meditation on the mountaintop?

I think I wanted to see more of the world, spend more time traveling, and be of service wherever I went. Next, you determine which steps you need to take to make it happen. You put consciousness into action inwardly and outwardly. Spiritual practice is the inward. Continue to practice and pay attention to what arises. Outwardly, it’s the change. Sometimes it’s a big change. And of course, change is the challenge. Don’t do it irrationally. Do it over time. If you have to go back to school, do that. Your dream can take five or 10 years to fulfill, or a few minutes. Move at your pace.

Golden: There’s a time for that, but there’s also a time to come down from the mountain and get involved in the marketplace to put your spiritual practice into the world.

Natural Awakenings: You’re living your dreams, it seems. What’s the difference between those who only dream and those who execute those dreams like you?

Natural Awakenings: Now, you travel the country riding your motorcycle, speaking and holding Days of Spiritual Renewal retreats like you’re doing at the Huntsville Center for Spiritual Living on May 12. How did you know that you needed a new dream and what were the steps you took?

Golden: Action is the key. You have to get involved in making your own dreams happen.

Golden: I did see lots of tragic events, but you can learn to be the calm that others need. It’s what we learn in our spiritual training, but the key is to keep your perspective. It’s so gratifying to help people directly. Sure, being a minister helps someone, but it’s not the same as stopping someone from bleeding out in a life or death situation.

Golden: Recognition is the first step. You have to recognize that the old dream doesn’t serve you any longer.

For information on the retreat, contact: Huntsville Center for Spiritual Living 308 Lily Flagg Road Huntsville, Alabama 35802 Telephone: 256-883-8596 Gloria Agrelius:

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ust along the Parkway in Huntsville, there is a brand new center that will benefit just about everybody. It’s called OsteoStrong™. If you or someone you know wants to improve bone health, increase balance and/or gain muscle strength, it’s definitely worth a visit. Just once a week, for only a few minutes. There’s no sweat, no drugs and OsteoStrong is not a gym. Sound too good to be true? Through cutting-edge technology, a supportive and knowledgeable staff, and a comfortable environment, OsteoStrong™ offers relief and results from a multitude of conditions, including Fibromyalgia, Osteoporosis and Osteopenia. For those who are just plain out of shape, there’s help for you too. Let’s take a closer look. Most people lose bone density after the age of 30, it’s just that simple. We are bombarded with commercials telling us to take potentially harmful drugs to prevent osteoporosis and other potentially dire conditions. As a holistic alternative, your Doctor may tell you to engage in more heavy weight bearing exercise, but very few of us will commit to a gym several times a week in order to make a difference. Losing bone density is a serious problem, in fact 1 out of 2 women and 1 out of 5 men will experience a bone fracture after the age of 50. Until now, all we could do was dose ourselves up with calcium supplements, Boniva or similar medications. The side effects of these meds are very concerning and the long-term effects are unknown. Now there’s a better way—the OsteoStrong™ way—and it’s available right here in Huntsville. The

technology used at OsteoStrong™ was originally intended for elite athletes and Olympians to give them a competitive edge. But when Doctors saw the awesome results, they wanted their patients and their families to try it. And now, five years later, there’s detailed research through 22,000 users and the results are still amazing. From Dexa Bone Scans, documented strength gains, to thousands of personal testimonies, people using the system report improving their quality of life a little more with every visit. Jeff Sweeney, Partner and System Specialist comments, “I love seeing the progress our members are making. We are even helping a man who is recovering from a stroke and we’ve seen great improvement in his mobility and quality of life in such a short period of time.” The founders of OsteoStrong™ now have a goal to bring this life changing experience to the general public by offering the OsteoStrong™ system to Main Street, USA. “It’s just too good to leave in the medical offices and we can make it much more affordable this way”, said Sweeney. Huntsville is one of 4 locations now opened nationwide and we’d like to invite you to come by and learn more about how OsteoStrong™ can help you. Whether you are looking for added strength, a better quality of life, or relief from costly medications, contact us now and schedule your visit. The studio is located at 1015 Airport Rd, directly across from Taco Bell. The phone number is 256-489-0084. Mention this article and your first 2 visits are free. See ad on page 33.

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Modified Side Plank Pose “A waiting person is a patient person. The word patience means the willingness to stay where we are and live the situation out to the full in the belief that something hidden there will manifest itself to us.” —Henri J.M. Nouwen


here you are, in this moment, in body, mind, and spirit is not only exactly where you are supposed to be but also the only place you could be for this is where you are. If it were to be any different, it would be. That is how life and karma work. Every moment of your existence is just as it is intended. So often in our lives we miss this key point and worry about where or what we are not or what we used to be—wishing for something different or better instead of accepting and embracing where we now are. We have little patience for what is and often rush to what is next wondering what we’re missing. When we are in this state of impatience we are being consumed by life instead of consuming life. A pose to develop patience is Modified Side Plank Pose. Though this pose is wonderful for improving balance, strengthening the wrists, arms, belly and legs—this month we are going to focus on its ability to build patience and

allow us to exist entirely in the moment as we are. From Downward Dog or Plank bring the right knee down to the floor and rotate the body so that the left arm reaches upward. Keep the left leg extended as you contract the abdominals, open the chest and look up toward your left arm. The weight of the body is balanced on the right hand and arm, which should be in alignment with the extended left arm. The lowered knee helps stabilize the body. Hold the pose for several full breaths, breathing fully into the abdomen and into the pose. Allow yourself to be where you are so that you can allow yourself to grow, stretch, and evolve. The essence of this pose is patience in gaining balance and strength

from the balance and strength you currently possess. Though you can gain great strength and flexibility by utilizing this pose, having strength and flexibility to perform the movements isn’t as important as having the willingness to move into and be in the pose with slow and intentional effort. While in Modified Side Plank allow yourself to fully be in the moment, in your body, connected to body, mind, and spirit to see and accept where you are now. This awareness and acceptance lets you not only see and accept your limitations but see your abilities as well—to see those aspects of yourself and your spirit that may be lying dormant waiting for a chance to blossom. Patience isn’t passive; it isn’t simply sitting and waiting. Patience is “the willingness to stay where we are…” Quiet your mind and look inside with compassionate patience to be where you are in order to seek your ultimate potential. M/Gatlianne is an Author, Yoga Instructor, Interfaith Minister and Holistic Health & Reiki Practitioner based in Athens, AL. For more information contact her at M@ or visit Gatlianne. com,, or

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The Power of Place by Linda Sechrist


he qualities that make a place special to us are highly personal, and they often help us to define who we are. Whether the setting is a lake house, a mountain lodge, a seashore cottage or a backyard at twilight, our sensory connections to these special places shape us in deep and lasting ways. Childhood experiences of our hometowns and memorable spots where we ran free during summer vacations are often deeply embedded in our strongest memories. This relationship to place is one that we carry within ourselves for a lifetime. Nobel Prize-winning author William Faulkner noted that his own “little postage stamp of native soil” was an inexhaustible source of material. Fellow Mississippian and Pulitzer Prize winner Eudora Welty wrote, “Place absorbs our

earliest notice and attention, it bestows on us our original awareness; and our critical powers spring up from the study of it and the growth of experience inside it. It is to this place that each of us goes to find the clearest, deepest identity of ourselves.” Psychologist Carl Jung lived nearly half his life in a home he built in the village of Bolligen, on Switzerland’s Lake Zurich. In his memoir, Memories, Dreams, Reflections, Jung remarked, “At Bolligen, I am in the midst of my true life, I am most deeply myself. At times I feel as if I am spread out over the landscape and inside things, and am myself living in every tree, in the splashing of the waves, in the clouds and the animals that come and go, in the procession of the seasons. In Bolligen, silence surrounds me almost audibly, and I live in modest harmony with nature.” Iona Dreaming: The Healing Power of Place, is Clare Cooper Marcus’ journal of her six months on the Scottish island of Iona. The author writes, “I feel pure in this place. It is as if there was no separation between my living, breathing, perceiving body and my soul-nature. No posturing, no pretending. I am who I am—no more, no less. As my breathing slows and I relax, I experience the sound of the sea passing through me— not me hearing the sea, not me and the sea—just the sound. A breeze blows across my face; the sun shines on my cheeks and forehead. For a moment, they seem to penetrate my body. Then, they just are. My body ceases to exist. No Clare or ego or a specific person, but a manifestation of divine energy just like everything around me… our separateness just an illusion.” These kinds of intimate experiences occur most often when we are in a relaxed or meditative state, or spending full-bodied, multisensory, openhearted time in nature. Such moments inspire the experience described by American Poet Robinson Jeffers in which we “fall in love outward.” Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings magazines.


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calendarofevents TUESDAY, MAY 1 Darkness into Life: Alabama’s Holocaust Survivors through Photography & Art – Daily throughout May. Times: T-S 11am-4pm; Th 11am8pm; Sun 1-4pm. Organized by the Birmingham Holocaust Education Center, the exhibition will include narratives about each survivor, as well as paintings by Mitzi Levin illustrating their memories of childhood, hiding, imprisonment and liberation. Becky Seitel’s photographs which capture the survivors in the present will also be included. Admission charged. Huntsville Museum of Art, 300 Church St, Huntsville. 256-535-4350. Music & Movement Classes – 1-2pm. Music & Movement classes are for preschool children who show an interest in music or dance but may be too young for private study. These weekly, 45-minute, interactive classes include dancing, singing, rhythm, instruments, notation, style, and lots of fun Children are encouraged to incorporate their own creativity into the skills they are learning. Music & Movement teaches music and dance basics while building self-

of the series that fits your level, from beginner to experienced. $12. Soles Dance Center, 901 Franklin St, Huntsville.

THURSDAY, MAY 3 How to Be Healthy and Save the Planet: The World Peace Diet – a lecture by Will Tuttle, Ph.D. Doors open 6:30pm. Presentation 7:15-8:15pm. Q&A and book signing after the lecture. $5 donation. Unity Church on the Mountain, 1328 Governors Dr SE, Huntsville, 256-536-2271. UnityChurchOnThe

Food For Thought – 9:30-10:30am. Come to Burritt every other Thursday throughout April-June as we prepare our summer crops. General admission applies for non-members, members free. Call 256536-2882 to confirm the activities as gardening is weather-dependent.

Mind, Body Yoga with Katherine – 6:30-7:30pm. A blend of asanas (poses) that will tone the body, as well as calm the mind and energize the spirit. We will practice a series of poses, one flowing into the next, integrating breath and movement for relaxation. The poses include Sun Salutation, standing poses, forward bends, back bends, twists, and final relaxation pose. The poses are fairly easy and you’re encouraged to do as much or as little

Canning 101 – 5:30-6:30pm. Ever considered canning? Now is your chance! Learn all about the joy of preserving your summer/fall harvest in this course offered by Emily Campbell, Alabama Cooperative Extension System. Free with Garden membership, paid Garden admission or Healthy Huntsville Initiative (must present HHI card). Huntsville Botanical Gardens. 4747 Bob Wallace Ave, Huntsville.



esteem and prepares students to go on to private lessons when they are older. $40 per month. Free trial lessons available. Huntsville First Church of the Nazarene, 9640 Meridian St, Huntsville. 208697-1017.

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Beginner Oil Painting Classes – 10am-12:30pm. Explore traditional oil painting in a relaxed atmosphere. Appropriate both for beginning and advanced beginning students. $35 per class or $90 for 3-week session. Lowe Mill ARTS, 2nd Floor, 2211 Seminole Dr, Huntsville. WhistleStop Festival & Rocket City BBQ CookOff – 4-11pm. A foot-stompin’, pig-chompin’ two-day festival on the grounds of the Huntsville Depot. Live entertainment, children’s play zone, and professional and amateur BBQ cooking competitions. Proceeds support the EarlyWorks Museum Complex. Historic Huntsville Depot, 320 Church St, Huntsville. Ballroom Dance Class and Party – 7-10pm. There will be a group class at 7pm with a different dance being taught every month. Then, from 8 to 10pm, social dancing. $10 per person,. Southern Elegance Dance Studio, 3005 L and North Dr SW, Huntsville. Clean Water: A Benefit Concert – 7-8pm. A benefit concert for buying water purification systems for the Dominican Republic. John Philip Williams is playing. He is a graduate of Huntsville High School and is a great performer. Tickets are $5 and donations are happily accepted. 100% of the proceeds go directly to buying Water purification systems for people in the Dominican Republic that don’t have any clean, running water, or any water at all. First Baptist Church, 600 Governors Dr SW, Huntsville.


SATURDAY, MAY 5 HAL5 free program: Solar Effects on Space and Terrestrial Systems – 7-8:30pm. HAL5 May free public program. The solar atmosphere, called corona, stretches all the way to the Earth and beyond. Its dynamic and magnetic interactions with near-Earth space environment, generates adverse effects ranging from spacecraft malfunction in space to power outages on the ground, impacting various aspects of human activities. The event is free and open to the general public. A social will follow. Huntsville-Madison County Main Public Library Main Auditorium, 915 Monroe Street, Huntsville.

FRIDAY, MAY 4 2012 Chamber of Commerce of Huntsville/Madison County Spring Golf Classic – 8am-12pm. The Chamber’s 2012 Spring Golf TournamentClassic is an excellent opportunity for networking in a relaxed atmosphere with fellow members and potential business associates. Sunset Landing Golf Course, 346 James Record Rd SW, Huntsville. Queen’s Quest Chess Tournament – 8:30am4:30pm. Scholastic Chess Tournament for three age divisions: K-3; K-6; K-12. Advance registration highly recommended. $30 at door. Rainbow Elementary School, 50 Nance Rd, Madison. Questions:


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Madison Derby Days –10am-6pm. Join us in historic downtown Madison as we kick-off the City’s first annual “Madison Derby Days.� The event will be filled with family style entertainment beginning at 10am, including: live music, historical exhibits, vintage car show, tethered hot air balloon rides, horse and buggy rides, and so much more. Be sure to sign up and participate in the Human Hamster Ball Race, or simply sip on a Mint Julep and wait for the live coverage of the Kentucky Derby on one of the big screen TVs beginning at 5pm. Free Admission. Some activities have fees. Russell Cave National Monument Native American Festival – Sat-Sun. Bring your lawn chair or blanket for the storytelling and dancing. Other demonstrations of early living and arts include: pottery making, Cherokee encampment, flute music, archery, flint napping, woodcarving, and many other activities for all ages. Food vendors will be available. Free admission. For Info: Sheila Reed 256-495-2672, Jackson Co. Tourism 256-259-5500, or Russell Cave, 3729 County Road 98, Bridgeport, AL. Run Through The Roses 10k and 5k – 10k: 7am; 5k: 9am. The City of Madison hosts its annual Run Through the Roses 10k and 5k. Proceeds of this year’s Races will go towards scholarships to

underprivileged youth to our Youth Sports Leagues. Youth in need can apply for a scholarship to play soccer, football, baseball, basketball, etc. The City of Madison Parks and Recreation department will also host an Equipment Round Up to collect new and used equipment to be given to scholarship recipients and others in need. Bob Jones High School, 650 Hughes Rd, Madison. Madison City Farmers Market – 8am-12pm. Open Saturdays April through November. Come early for the best selection of local produce, home baked goods, goat cheese, milk, eggs, meats, fresh herbs, honey, relishes, jams and jellies. Come see creations from local artisans including handmade cards, soaps, lotions, jewelry, candles, wood and iron works and other handmade items. 1282 Hughes Rd, Madison. Breakfast with the Butterflies – Seating times: 9am, 9:45am, 10:30am, 11:15am. Enjoy a delicious breakfast and release your very own butterfly. Learn about the butterfly life cycle from hatching to emergence from Tina Stanly, our own butterfly expert, who will be on hand with answers to your questions. Huntsville Botanical Garden, 34747 Bob Wallace Ave, Huntsville. Community HU Song – 1:30-2pm. Join others in singing HU, an ancient love song to God that can help and uplift you in countless ways. Held each Saturday (except May 26). Huntsville ECK Center, 900 Wellman Avenue, #3 (Five Points). 256-5341751. Monkey Speak – 8-11pm. Held the first Friday of every month Monkey Speak is Huntsville’s most exciting spoken word open-mic night, an open stage for anyone to read perform or improvise poetry drama or prose or any variation of the spoken word. No experience is necessary. Mature audiences only. Admission $5. Flying Monkey Arts at Lowe Mill, 2211 Seminole Dr, Huntsville.

SUNDAY, MAY 6 Unity Church on the Mountain hosts Elaine Benson from Nashville – Worship is at 10:30am. 1328 Governors Dr SE, Huntsville, 256-536-2271. Film Co-op Monthly Workshop – 2-4pm. The Film Co-op monthly workshop meets in Don’s Studio (264), Admission free. Topics to be announced. If you have a work in progress that you would like to discuss, bring a sample to show. Open to all, public invited. For more info, call Don at 256-457-5371. Don Tingle’s studio (264), Flying Monkey Arts, 2nd floor, Lowe Mill.

MONDAY, MAY 7 Introduction to Drawing – 10am-2pm. Introductory level workshop on the materials and techniques of drawing. We will be drawing from observation and learning to accurately depict objects from life

while working with a diverse range of drawing media, such as drawing pencils, charcoal and ink. We will also cover such concepts as proportion, line and value. $150. Limited space, and pre-registration is required. For information on registering for a class, please email me at or call 256-425-4942. Robert Bean’s Studio, #315, Lowe Mill ARTS, 2011 Seminole Dr, Huntsville.

“You Are A Powerful Creator” class – 6:30pm, May 9-June 27, taught by Rev Grace Gifford. The class will use the book “Wishes Fulfilled: Mastering the Art of Manifesting” by Dr. Wayne Dyer. Learn how to create the power we have within us to create our heart’s desire. Unity Church on the Mountain, 1328 Governors Dr SE, Huntsville, 256-536-2271.


How to Do Things: Writing Your Life Story – 6:30pm-8pm. Betty Carlton gives an overview of how to write your life story. Get inspired, and get your memories written down for posterity. Huntsville-Madison Country Main Library, Second Floor Meeting Room, 915 Monroe Street.

Sweet Musical Home Alabama – 9am-5pm. From Dinah Washington, the “Queen of the Blues;” WC Handy, the “Father of the Blues;” Hank Williams, Sr., the first country music superstar, Alabama has produced an impressive list of artists. The summer exhibit will take a brief look at many of the wellknown artists, as well as those that may not be as well-known…yet. Burritt on the Mountain, 3101 Burritt Dr SE, Huntsville. South Huntsville MOMS Club – 10-11am. This meeting is a monthly meeting that is open to prospective members and is free. Membership for the year is $25 and gives access to a large variety of events centered around stay-at-home moms and their kids in the following zip codes: 35801, 35802, 35803, 35805, 35808, 35898, 35741, 35754, 35763. $25 for a yearly membership. Trinity Methodist Church, Room 269, 607 Airport Rd, Huntsville. QuickBites with QuickBooks –11:30am-1:30pm. Monthly lunch series exploring different aspect of QuickBooks each month. Pizza and drinks included. Facilitator: Beverly Lang, Diversified Business Solutions, 225 Church Street, Huntsville. Write Right Lunch & Learn: “Publishing 101” 12pm-1pm. If you’re confused, overwhelmed, or simply mystified about what it takes to get your book from your desk onto a bookstore shelf, then this workshop has the answers you need. Learn the basics of the business, including publishing models, what agents actually do, and how to protect yourself from scam artists. Presenter: Kimberly Lang, author of The Power and Glory (2011). Main Library, Second Floor Events Room, 915 Monroe Street, Huntsville.

FRIDAY, MAY 11 “For The Bible Tells Me So” – 6-9pm Documentary film screening sponsored by Pflag & GLBT Advocacy organizations. 6pm screening to be followed by a discussion at 7:30pm with special guest, Marylou Wallner. This is a free event sponsored by Pflag. Flying Monkey Arts in Low Mill, 2011 Seminole Drive, Huntsville. City Lights Concert Series #1 – Gates open at 6:30pm for the 7:30pm program. Enjoy the view as nationally known and local musicians perform under the stars. Audiences are encouraged to dress casually, bring a blanket or lawn chair, a picnic supper and enjoy the spectacular night-time view of the city. Admission charged. Burritt on the Mountain, 3101 Burritt Drive Huntsville. 256-536-2882. Burritt True Wisdom: Learning from the Past – 7:308pm. Knology Cable Channel 11. Inspiring stories and insights from Harold Klemp, spiritual leader and acclaimed author of more than sixty books on ECKANKAR. Learn how to find true wisdom in your own life in a variety of places—a panorama that

stretches from your present dreams to past life experiences. Free. 256-534-1751. Night with Nancy the Piano Player – 9pm-1am. Guaranteed to know any song you request. Finnegan’s Pub, 3310 Memorial Parkway, Huntsville.

SATURDAY, MAY 12 6th Scottsboro Fly-In & Air Show – 9am-4pm. See formation flights by Russian Yak-52’s. Aircraft exhibits include P-51 WWII fighter and L-39 jet. Rides in an open cockpit biplane will be available. Drawings held for free kids flights. Free admission. Scottsboro-Word Airport. For Info: 256-574-2808 or Jackson County Tourism 256-259-5500. Youth Fishing Rodeo – 8:30am-12pm. Young fishermen 5-15 years old will be casting for pride and prizes. Kids can register on the day of the event under the tent from 7-8:30am. Take I-565/US 72 East toward Gurley, then turn left onto Moores Mill Road, right on Winchester Road, go approximately 10 miles, left on Coleman Rd. The lake is at the third park gate on the left. Sharon Johnston Park, 783 Coleman Rd, New Market, AL. The Call of Soul – 2-3pm. Free introductory presentation and discussion for people of all faiths. Facilitators will share stories, tools, and techniques to help attendees see deeper truths within and apply them in their lives now. Huntsville ECK Center, 900 Wellman Avenue, #3 (Five Points). 256-534-1751. Spring Concert at Three Caves – 7-10pm. Concert goers are encouraged to bring their own chairs, dress “cave casual.” No pets or small children, please. Free Parking & Shuttle from Huntsville Hospital lots at Lowell & Adams. Tickets including a box dinner from The Eaves may be ordered. Admission charged. Historic Three Caves Huntsville. 256-534-5263.

Branches of Art: The Vine – 5:30-8:30pm. This event features a silent ART auction, raffle and hors d’oeuvres by Narvell. Auction includes: paintings, ceramics, sculptures, jewelry, photographs, prints, needlework, pottery and other forms of ART. It’s business attire and costs $40 per person. Please help us meet the growing demand to Connect to the Vine by making pastoral counseling a possibility for all and by bringing emotional healing with the love and grace of Christ. For more information, please contact The Vine at 256-461-8580 or visit Vinepcc. com. The Arbor at the Huntsville Botanical Gardens, 4747 Bob Wallace Ave, Huntsville.

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Unity Church on the Mountain hosts Rev Wanda Gail Campbell – Worship is at 10:30am. 1328 Governors Dr SE, Huntsville, 256-536-2271. Unity

A Night in the Garden – 6:30-9:30pm. The CASA Community Garden, for the first time, will be the venue for our own fundraiser. Join us for local talent, food, wine and beer and help CASA continue our mission. $50 per person (includes 2 beverage tickets). CASA Community Garden, 4725 Bob Wallace Ave, Huntsville.

discussions dynamic and beneficial for all. The hope is that these critiques provide opportunity for Artist: interaction, expression, and growth. All we ask is that all attending come with the spirit to: create, share and express without reservation. The critiques will be continued on the 4th Wednesday of each month, so mark your calendars and let’s take this opportunity to grow our art, and our artist community. Lowe Mill ARTS 1st Floor Gallery, 2211 Seminole Dr, Huntsville.



Annual Catfish Festival – A great hometown festival will include a catfish tournament for the adults, fried catfish plates, catfish rodeo for kids, arts & crafts show, car show, free concerts. Info: Rob Carlile 256-574-1330. County Park, 22885 Lee Highway, Scottsboro.

Art Krewe’s Young Professional Cocktail Hour at the Museum – 6-8pm. All Huntsville young professionals are invited to the Spencer hall at Huntsville Museum of Art to mingle and view the galleries. No admission charged, cash bar. Huntsville Museum of Art. Spencer Hall, 300 Church St, Huntsville. Find us on Facebook.

Chamber of Commerce of Huntsville/Madison County 2012 Alabama Update Luncheon featuring Gov. Robert Bentley – 12-1:30pm. The 2012 Alabama Update Luncheon will feature a State of the State address from Alabama Governor Robert Bentley. Approximately 1,000 business and community leaders attend. Von Braun Center, 700 Monroe Street, North Hall, Huntsville. Huntsville

TUESDAY, MAY 15 Humanitarian Award Gala – 6-9pm. Festive upscale gala. Silent auction and live performances by singer-songwriter Victoria Shaw and the performing company Project UP. In honor of Alan and Debra Jenkins for their support of the Foundation’s mission by promoting awareness of arthritis and related diseases. $75-150. Merrimack Hall Performing Arts Center, 3320 Triana Blvd SW, Huntsville.

Poke Salat Bluegrass Festival – 4pm. The festival is free and runs downtown from 10am-3pm, with an ice creaming eating contest for children at 10am at the Farmer’s Market, downtown Arab. The concert will be held at the city park amphitheater. Gates will open at 3pm. Bands include The Grascals, The Isaacs, The Josh Williams Band and Canaan’s Crossing. Festival is free; concert tickets are $10. Arab City Park and downtown, 232 City Park Dr NE Arab, AL.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 16 Madison Junior Chamber (Jaycees) meeting 6:30-7:30pm. An open meeting for all Jaycee members as well as those interested in joining the Jaycees. The Jaycees is a civic organization for young professionals 21-40 years old. Dublin Park, 8324 Madison Pike, Madison.

Brass Band of Huntsville’s Brass on the Range 7:30-9:30pm. Enjoy the traditional brass band sound. Huntsville High School, 2304 Billie Watkins Ave, Huntsville. Art with a Twist – 5:30-8pm. Join us for Art with a Twist, an exciting “paint and sip” class offered by the Museum. Bring your favorite bottle of wine or beverage and your closest friends and enjoy painting your very own masterpiece under step-by-step instructions from a fabulous teacher. You must be 21+ to participate. $35 for Museum members, $45 for nonmembers. Reserve your spot by contacting Lisa Roth at or 256-5354350, ext. 215.


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Gurley Girls Book Club – 7-9pm. Discussion of book The Florabama Ladies’ Auxiliary & Sewing Circle by Lois Battle. Gurley Public Library, 225 Walker Street, Gurley, AL. 256-776-2102. Gurley@

SUNDAY, MAY 20 Unity Church on the Mountain hosts Noeline Kirabo Mulongo – Worship is at 10:30am. Noeline Mulongo is from Uganda, with The International Institute for Global Leadership. 1328 Governors Dr SE, Huntsville, 256-536-2271. UnityChurchOn

THURSDAY, MAY 17 Chamber of Commerce of Huntsville/Madison County May 2012 Business After Hours – 5-7pm. The premier networking event for professionals in the area. Regency Retirement Village. 2004 Max Luther Dr, Huntsville. HuntsvilleMadisonALcoc.

Huntsville Traditional Music Association Playing at Burritt on the Mountain – 7-9pm. The public is welcome to come listen. Old Country Church, Burritt on the Mountain, 3101 Burritt Dr SE, Huntsville.

TUESDAY, MAY 22 Woodworking – 2-3pm. Visit the Historic Park every Tuesday at 2:00 p.m. to check out the extra fun we have scheduled for you and your family. No reservations are necessary; just drop in and enjoy the fun. Burritt on the Mountain, 3101 Burritt Dr SE, Huntsville.

SATURDAY, MAY 26 Mammoths and Mastodons: Titans of the Ice Age – 9am-5pm. Monumental video installations, hands-on interactive displays, life-sized models, fossil tusks and skulls—and even touchable teeth— bring these ancient giants back to life. U.S. Space & Rocket Center, One Tranquility Base, Huntsville. Old School and Blues Festival – 1-6pm. An outdoor celebration with emphasis on new and legendary Soul and Blues artists. John Hunt Park, 2180 Airport Rd, Huntsville.

SUNDAY, MAY 27 WEDNESDAY, MAY 23 Art Critique – 6:30pm. In the interest of nourishing our expanding artists’ community we openly invite and encourage all artists to attend, thus making

Unity Church on the Mountain welcomes back Rev Phillip Fischer from Rome, Georgia – Worship is at 10:30am. 1328 Governors Dr SE, Huntsville, 256-536-2271.

Since love grows within you, so beauty grows. For love is the beauty of the soul. ~Saint Augustine

Beginning Belly Dance Class – 5:30-6:30pm. Nomadic Tapestry, 1219 C Jordan Lane NW, Huntsville. 256-637-9979.

ongoingevents sunday Meditation – 8:20am. Center for Spiritual Living, 308 Lily Flagg Rd, Huntsville. 256-883-8596. A Course in Miracles Study Group – 9:15am. Shared reading and group discussions. Extra books available. Light of Christ Center, 4208 Holmes Ave, Huntsville. 256-895-0255. Unity Church On The Mountain Service – 10:30am. Adult Sunday School at 9:30am. Practicing Oneness with God in a positive light of love for all. 1328 Governors Dr. SE, Huntsville. 256-536-2271. UnityChurch 1-Hour Mystery School – 11am. A different service each week including ritual, music, and a message in an open, loving environment. Light of Christ Center, 4208 Holmes Ave, Huntsville. 256-895-0255. LightOf Social Dance Class – 3-6pm. Social Dance Class taught by Sandra Watts. Combination of ballroom and country/western dance. Prepares you to dance anywhere. One hour class with practice dancing to follow. $6.00. GeeÊs Place, 2274-A Highway 72 East, Huntsville. 256-682-7886. Power Yoga – 4:30-5:30pm. Marcy White. The Yoga Center of Huntsville, 500-A Pratt Ave, Huntsville. 256-653-9255 or 256-533-7975. YogaCenterOf Zumba Dance – 6-7pm. „JAK‰arta. Nomadic Tapestry, 1219 B&C Jordan Ln, Huntsville. Nomadic Beyond Basic Bellydance – 5-6pm. Michelle. Nomadic Tapestry, 1219 B&C Jordan Ln, Huntsville. Keys of Compassion Support Group – 6-7pm. There is a higher perspective to your pain. Free. Natural Elements, 1874 Suite M, Slaughter Rd, Madison. 256-922-8454.

monday Your Yoga with Casey – 6-7am. BeginnerÊs class with Casey, $14 session or $45 for 4 class pack (valid one month from purchase) Studio 258, 2nd floor, Lowe Mill, 2211 Seminole Drive, Huntsville. Email: Casey@youryogas or call 256-679-7143. Level 1 Pilates – 7-8am. All levels. Michelle Camper. The Yoga Center of Huntsville, 500-A Pratt Ave, Huntsville. 256-533-7975. YogaCenterOf

Free Biomat Sessions – 10am-5pm. Free 30-minute Biomat sessions all day at the Center for Directional Healing. Call to reserve a time. 256-882-0360. Zumba Gold classes – 4:30-5:20pm. Nomadic Tapestry, 1219 C Jordan Lane, Huntsville. Nomadic Beginning Belly Dance Classes – 5:30-6:30pm. Learn new school belly dance with an old school flair. Nomadic Tapestry, 1219 C Jordan Lane NW, Huntsville. 256-637-9979. Beginner Couple/Partner Dances – 6-8pm. Sandra Watts will be teaching Sweetheart Schottische along with other partner dances. Social dancing after the class. If you have never danced, this is the class to learn how. $5.00. GeeÊs Place, 2274-A Highway 72 East, Huntsville. 256-682-7886. Beyond Basics – 6:45-7:45pm. For those with less than 75 hours of class time training. Nomadic Tapestry, 1219 C Jordan Lane NW, Huntsville. 256-637-9979. Yoga Class – 6:00-7:15pm. Iyengar-based yoga focuses on form, technique and alignment. Body Language Pilates, 305 Jefferson St, Ste C, Huntsville. 256-704-5080. Level I Yoga – 6:30-8pm. All levels. Pam Herdy. The Yoga Center of Huntsville, 500-A Pratt Ave, Huntsville. 256-533-7975. Dialogue on Awakening – 6:30-8pm. Weekly forum with rotating facilitators. Love offering. Please call 256-534-8779 for location and more details. Huntsville Photographic Society Program Night – 7-8:45pm. Come and associate with some of the best photographers in the valley. Join for only $20 per year. We meet the second and fourth Mondays of each month except December. Huntsville-Madison County Public Library Auditorium, 915 Monroe Street, Huntsville.

Pilates – 5:30-6:30pm. Annette Beresford. The Yoga Center of Huntsville, 500-A Pratt Ave, Huntsville. 256658-9748. Line Dancing – 6-8pm. New and old line dances taught by Diane Martin. $5.00. GeeÊs Place, 2274-A Highway 72 East, Huntsville. 256-682-7886. Meditation – 6pm. Center for Spiritual Living, 308 Lily Flagg Rd, Huntsville. 256-883-8596. Beginner/Intermediate Mat Class – 6-7pm. This class adds more exercises from the series and will challenge oneÊs mind/body connections. Body Language Pilates, 305 Jefferson St, Ste C, Huntsville. 256-7045080. Toastmasters: Redstone Toastmasters – 6-7:30pm. The Apollo Room, Radisson Hotel, 8721 Madison Boulevard, Madison. Guests always welcome. Science of Mind Classes – 6:30-8:30pm. Center for Spiritual Living, 308 Lily Flagg Rd, Huntsville. 256883-8596. Basic American Tribal Style (ATS) – 6:45-7:45pm. Lea. Nomadic Tapestry, 1219 B&C Jordan Ln, Huntsville. Back to Basic Drumming – 8-9pm. Darbuka Dave. Nomadic Tapestry, 1219 B&C Jordan Ln, Huntsville. Beginning Yoga – 7pm. Holly Dyess. Beez Fitness, 7495 Wall Triana Highway, Madison. $8 at the door for non-members. The Living Art Bonsai Society – 7pm, first Tuesday of every month at the Huntsville Botanical Garden, 4747 Bob Wallace Ave. Contact: Shelby Aesthetic, 256-417-7187 or Hsv.LivingArtBonsaiSociety@

wednesday tuesday Pilates – 9-10am. Annette Beresford. The Yoga Center of Huntsville, 500-A Pratt Ave, Huntsville. 256-6589748. Level I Yoga – 10:15-11:30am. Annette Beresford. The Yoga Center of Huntsville, 500-A Pratt Ave, Huntsville. 256-658-9748. Lunchtime Belly Basics – 11:30am-12:30pm. Nomadic Tapestry, 1219 B&C Jordan Ln, Huntsville. Bellydance Blast Class – 4:30-5:20pm. Nomadic Tapestry, 1219 C Jordan Lane, Huntsville. Nomadic

Level 1 Pilates – 7-8am. All levels. Michelle Camper. The Yoga Center of Huntsville, 500-A Pratt Ave, Huntsville. 256-533-7975. YogaCenterOf Creamery Tours – 9am, 10am, 1pm, 2pm. Find out where and how the goat cheese recommended by Oprah, Food Network, and Southern Living is made. Belle Chevre Creamery, 26910 Bethel Road, Elkmont (Huntsville). $8 adults, $4 kids, free for 6 and under. 256-423-2238. Science of Mind Classes – 10am-12pm. Center for Spiritual Living, 308 Lily Flagg Rd, Huntsville. 256883-8596. Bellydance Blast Class – 4:30-5:20pm. Nomadic Tapestry, 1219 C Jordan Lane, Huntsville. Nomadic

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Beginning Belly Dance Class – 5:30-6:30pm. Nomadic Tapestry, 1219 C Jordan Lane NW, Huntsville. 256-637-9979.

Pilates – 9-10am. Annette Beresford. The Yoga Center of Huntsville, 500-A Pratt Ave, Huntsville. 256-6589748.

Meditation – 6pm. Center for Spiritual Living, 308 Lily Flagg Rd, Huntsville. 256-883-8596.

Level I Yoga – 10:15-11:30am. Annette Beresford. The Yoga Center of Huntsville, 500-A Pratt Ave, Huntsville. 256-658-9748.

Course in Miracles Class at Unity Church on the Mountain – 6:30pm. beginning on Feb 8 and continuing every Wednesday. 1328 Governors Dr SE, Huntsville. 256-536-2271.

Lunchtime Belly Basics – 11:30am-12:30pm. Shahala Liz. Nomadic Tapestry, 1219 B&C Jordan Ln, Huntsville.

Power Yoga – 6-7pm. Marcy White. The Yoga Center of Huntsville, 500-A Pratt Ave, Huntsville. 256-5337975. West Coast Swing Dance Class – 6:30-8:30pm. West Coast Swing Dance Class taught by Stephane Schneider. One hour class with practice dancing to follow. No partner needed. $5.00. GeeÊs Place, 2274-A Highway 72 East, Huntsville. 256-682-7886. Free Tennessee River Writers Group – 6:30-8:30pm. Open-minded, open-hearted and creative group. Exercises, Readings, considerate critiques. All experience levels welcome. Flint River Coffee Company, 1443 Winchester Rd. Call George Kost 256-682-5479. Satsang – 6:30pm. Satsang with Gangaji. Center for Spiritual Living, 308 Lily Flagg Rd, Huntsville. 256883-8596. Searching? – The Red Mountain Study Group of Huntsville invites inquiries from men and women, no matter what their beliefs, who are still searching for the meaning of their lives now and here. Our work includes meditation, practice and study based on the teaching of G. I. Gurdjieff. We are affiliated with the Gurdjieff Foundation of New York. 256-361-9575. Email: Hike at Hays with Operation Green Team – 9-11am. Operation Green Team will lead hikes through Hays Nature Preserve on the natural and paved trails each Wednesday through August 29. Enjoy exercise surrounded by the beauty of the Preserve. Registration is free. Contact 256-532-5326 or MailGreen.Team@ to reserve your spot. In the event of inclement weather, hikes will be canceled.

Zumba Gold Class – 4:30-5:20pm. Nomadic Tapestry, 1219 C Jordan Lane, Huntsville. Nomadic Dance Basics– 5:30-6:30pm. Amber. Nomadic Tapestry, 1219 B&C Jordan Ln, Huntsville. Nomadic Align & Wine! – 6-9:30pm. Yoga with Mitzi at the Huntsville Museum of Art. Cost and additional details at Huntsville Museum of Art, 300 Church Street South. „Life Questions‰ Class – 6:30pm. Unity Church on the Mountain, 1328 Governors Dr SE, Huntsville. Info: 256-536-2271 or call Debbie Preece at 256-337-8200. Spiritual Awareness Class taught by Rev. Grace Gifford – 6:30-8pm through December 8. Living the truth through the Christ within all of us. Unity Church on the Mountain, 1328 Governors Dr. SE, Huntsville. 256-536-2271. Level I Yoga – 6:45-8:15pm. Pam Herdy. The Yoga Center of Huntsville, 500-A Pratt Ave, Huntsville. 256533-7975. Beyond Basic Zils – 6:45-7:45pm. Sallye. Nomadic Tapestry, 1219 B&C Jordan Ln, Huntsville. Nomadic Beginning Yoga – 7pm. Holly Dyess. Beez Fitness, 7495 Wall Triana Highway, Madison. $8 at the door for non-members.

friday thursday Yoga for Back Care class at Body Language Pilates – 5:30-6pm, Thursdays, March 29-May 3. Yoga postures can be modified for back care health and healing. Common conditions such as scoliosis, sciatica, herniated disks, neck strain etc. are addressed. Space is limited. Contact Suzanne Newton at or 256 585-3727 to sign up. Drop-ins are also accepted based on space availability. Fusion Pilates – 9-10am. A fusion of Pilates and Hanna Somatic work teaching one to access and strengthen oneÊs deepest connections bringing balance to oneÊs spine and overall posture. Body Language Pilates, 305 Jefferson St, Ste C, Huntsville. 256-7045080.


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Level 1 Pilates – 7-8am. All levels. Michelle Camper. The Yoga Center of Huntsville, 500-A Pratt Ave, Huntsville. 256-533-7975. Bellydance Blast Class – 4:30-5:30pm. Shahala Liz. Nomadic Tapestry, 1219 B&C Jordan Ln, Huntsville. Concerts on the Dock – 6-9pm. Friday nights, Lowe Mill Arts & Entertainment, 2211 Seminole Drive. Picnics, coolers and pets on a leash are welcome. 256-533-0399. Public Clearance Session – 7pm. Third Friday each month. Learn effective healing through reception and application of Divine energies. Light of Christ Center, 4208 Holmes Ave, Huntsville. 256-895-0255. Paranormal Study Center – 6:30pm, fourth Friday each month. Meets at Radisson Hotel/Olympus Room,

8721 Madison Blvd, Madison. For more information, contact Lamont Hamilton at Ballroom Dance Class and Party – 7-10pm. Group class at 7pm with a different dance being taught every month. Then, social dancing from 8 to 10pm. $10 per person. Southern Elegance Dance Studio, 3005 L and North Dr SW, Huntsville.

saturday Intro to Yoga at Body Language Pilates – 1011:30am, Saturdays, March 31-May 5. This is a 6-week series class that is suitable for beginners and all levels of students who want to refine the basic skills of Yoga. Postures are taught in a precise alignment method. Active postures are balanced with restorative postures and meditation. Space is limited. Contact Suzanne Newton at or 256 585-3727 to sign up. Drop-ins are also accepted based on space availability. Natural Childbirth Classes – 9-11am. Downtown Cullman. A 4-part series. Call to Register 256-9620975. Level I Yoga – 9-10:15am. Pam Herdy. The Yoga Center of Huntsville, 500-A Pratt Ave, Huntsville. 256-533-7975. Your Yoga with Casey – 9:45-10:45am. BeginnerÊs class with Casey, $14 session or $45 for 4 class pack (valid one month from purchase) Studio 258, 2nd floor, Lowe Mill, 2211 Seminole Drive, Huntsville. Email: or call 256-679-7143. Cardio Ballroom – 11am. Mega calorie burning dance fun. No more treadmill! Madison Ballroom, 9076 Madison Blvd, Madison. Level I Yoga – 11:30-12:45pm. Bobbie Brooks. The Yoga Center of Huntsville, 500-A Pratt Ave, Huntsville. 256-533-7975. Artist Market – 12-4pm. Local artists and others are invited to set up a booth and sell their wares to the public. There will be art, jewelry, vintage clothing, records, and more interesting things for sale inside our facility. Safe from rain. Free admission. Flying Monkey Arts Center at Lowe Mill, 2211 Seminole Drive, Huntsville. Community HU Song – 1:30-2pm. Join others in singing HU, an ancient love song to God that can help and uplift one in countless ways. Huntsville ECK Center, 900 Wellman Avenue, Ste 3, Five Points. 256-5341751. Reiki Free Clinic (no charge) – 2-4 pm. Every Third Saturday of each month. Center for Personal Growth, 924-B Merchant Walk Way SW, Huntsville. For appointments contact Shari Feinman-Prior at Ballroom Dancing – 7pm Beginner Group Class, 8pm Dance Party. Madison Ballroom Dance Studio, 9076 Madison Blvd, Madison. 256-461-1900. Madison



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Acupuncture & Natural Health Care Dr. Loren Hunter, ND 922 6th Ave SE Decatur, AL 35601 256-350-6001

Donna Mitchell CPM, CLC, BMsc 256-566-9305 Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee


10 Moons Rising Birth Services offers education and resources for women during pregnancy. We offer counseling in nutrition, herbal teas, VBACs, Out of Hospital births in TN and MS, midwifery care, prenatal visits, postpartum visits, doulas and monitrices. We specialize in natural birth options in the North Alabama/Tennessee area. We have Certified Lactation Consultants also available for consult.

Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, Chinese Herbology, Pastoral Counseling, Beam Ray Therapy, Rapid Eye Technology, Nutritional Supplementation, Detoxification.

Center for Optimal Wellbeing is the longest operating colonic therapy provider in Huntsville. First time clients have expressed immediate feelings of increased energy levels and improved efficiency in waste elimination. You will enjoy the experience of your own “personal cleansing spa” as you receive colon hydrotherapy (colonic), far infrared sauna, an optional massaging shower, and ionic footbath services—in a clean, comfortable, and relaxing private environment. Call for directions and a 10% discount on your first service when you mention Natural Awakenings or use code COWB.

Steve Krzyzewski 2225 Drake Avenue, Suite 18 Huntsville, AL 35801 256-679-1997 Steve Krzyzewski provides Advanced Bio-Feedback Testing, the Amethyst Bio-Mat Infrared Therapy, and the Ionic Footbath. The Bio-feedback uncovers root cause(s) for health challenges and develops natural protocols allowing the body to heal itself. The Amethyst Bio-Mat uses infrared, negative ions, and the natural healing of amethyst to bring the body back into balance. ( The Ionic footbath helps the body to detoxify.

Susan Spalding 2225 Drake Ave. SW, Suite 18 Huntsville, 35805 256-882-0360 For over 20 years, Susan Spalding and the staff at the Center for Directional Healing have been helping people achieve harmonic health through Directional Healing, Reflexology, and now the Amethyst Biomat. Clients may choose a single service, or combine all three for the most complete healing experience. Healing techniques, articles, and more information are available online at




600 Saint Clair Avenue SW, Bldg. 5 Suite 11 Huntsville, AL 35801 256-716-4048 Hours: T-F, 9am-5pm, Sat 8am-12pm House calls by Appointment


I-ACT Certified Colon Hydro Therapists. Do you know that 80% of your immune system is in your colon? Bathe your body from the inside to improve health. Colon irrigation aids in soothing and toning the colon, which makes elimination more effective.



Dr. Loren Hunter, ND believes in bridging natural healthcare with traditional healthcare. Dr. Hunter believes that both schools of thought are equally important, and he will encourage you to work closely with your physician. Services offered include acupuncture, naturopathy, myofascial release, neurokinesiology, nutritional and herbal counseling.

1489 Slaughter Road, Madison 256-837-3448

U’Jeana Wilson Owner/Certified Colon Hydrotherapist Degree in Psychology 256-489-9806

ENERGY PSYCHOLOGY CENTER FOR PERSONAL GROWTH Shari Feinman-Prior 924-B Merchant Walk Way, SW Huntsville, AL 35801 256-289-3331 “SPARK YOUR LIGHT” from within your TRUE BEING and TRANSFORM your life. Offering tools from energy psychology, Rapid Eye Technology, Healing Touch, Reiki, and Life Skills Coaching, to create change in deep seated patterns of behavior for a healthy and joyful life.

HOPE FOR LIFE COLON HYDROTHERAPY Amanda Mashburn, owner/certified colon hydrotherapist 10300 Bailey Cove Road, Suite-7A Huntsville, AL 35803 256-270-8731


Our goal is to live long and live strong. Young or old, male or female, healthy or sick, will benefit from an internal cleansing.

Chad Gilliam, M.M.S. PA-C 1230 Slaughter Road, Suite C, Madison, AL 256-722-0555 Progressive Family Medicine provides medical care for patients of all ages and uniquely blends Natural and Prescription medicines together to help speed the patient’s recovery. Progressive Family Medicine is the patient’s clinic of choice when they would like to understand how natural medicines work along with prescription drugs.

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Trudi Gardner, M.S. 256-772-6999

Sandra Cope Huntsville 256-534-1794 256-509-3540

An interior design philosophy that invites serenity and reduces stress. Feng Shui design concepts brings positive energy into your home and office to encourage Prosperity, Well Being, Harmony, and Balance.

Certified Jin Shin Jyutsu Practitioner. An easy, effective way of restoring health and well-being by balancing the body’s energy pathways to enhance the body’s natural healing abilities.


HAIR SALON CJ HAIR AND ART STUDIO CJ Denison 105E Church St Madison, AL 35758 256-603-9018

Specializing in NATURAL Hairstyles. Cuts with Texture and Movement. Specializing in Fine Hair, Razor cuts, Men's Hair Pieces with A NATURAL Look. Specializing in Hair Color OFF the Scalp. Hair Painting. A Safer way to Color or HiLight Your Hair to Help in Decreasing the Exposure to the Scalp. HEALTHY HAIR is HAPPY HAIR. Also Original Art Work and Private Art lessons available. Call Today for YOUR Appointment.

HOLISTIC PSYCHOTHERAPY CENTER CIRCLE COUNSELING Jane Ajaya, LCSW, MSEd Located at Behavioral Health Solutions 1644 Slaughter Rd, Madison 35758 256-325-1690 Offering compassionate, confidential guidance and counseling for mental, emotional, physical and spiritual health and happiness. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, mindfulness meditation, energy-work, dream analysis, hypnotherapy, grief and recovery work, 12 step support. Individual, couples and family therapy. In private practice for over 20 years. Most insurance accepted. No insurance? Still affordable.


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Becky Waters Certified Hypnotherapist and Professional Breathworker 3322 S. Memorial Parkway, Suite 641 Huntsville, AL 256-348-5236

Creating positive change through hypnotherapy and Breathwork. Empowering you to live to your highest potential. Relieve stress and anxiety, release negativity, pain management, pre/post medical procedure, fears/phobias, weight loss, smoking cessation, and more

MARSHA MATHES Certified Hypnotist 3313 Memorial Parkway, Ste 116 Huntsville, AL 35801 256-698-2151 Hypnosis is a tool to assist you in countless ways to heal your past, empower your present and create your future: • Quit smoking • Weight loss • Nail and lip biting • Teeth grinding • Insomnia • Anxiety and stress relief • Phobias and fears • Pain relief • Sports enhancement • PTSD (Post-traumatic stress disorder) • Current and Past Life Regressions • Much more…

SMALL CHANGE WORKS John Lambert Cullman, AL 35055 256-590-3824 Ever Feel ‘Stuck’ with Unwanted Feelings and Behaviors? I’ll help you with issues like anxiety, anger, self-esteem, regrets, worry. Personalized service. Flexible hours. Reasonable fees. Call John Lambert at 256-590-3824.

MASSAGE A NEW YOU MASSAGE AND BODYWORK Paula J. Sorg (L.M.T. #3321) 2222 Rhett Ave, Ste A, Huntsville, AL 15093 East Limestone Rd, Harvest, AL 256-520-0663

Helping you relieve stress, recover from injury or just helping you transform your life through better health. Offering Swedish, Deep Tissue, and Hot Stone Massage along with Neuromuscular and Paraffin Wax Therapy.

CENTER FOR THERAPEUTIC MASSAGE AND BODYWORK 1634 Slaughter Rd., Madison 256-430-9756 Our vision is to provide professional massage services in a comfortable clinical environment to Madison and the surrounding area. Student massages available for 1/2 the regular rate. Lic. E1311.

CLOUD NINE Evening and Weekend Appointments 256-337-6989 Finally, someone who makes housecalls! Swedish, Ortho and Deep Tissue massage in the privacy of your own home. Gift Certificates also available for any occasion.

MASSAGE THERAPY SCHOOL MADISON SCHOOL OF MASSAGE THERAPY, LLC 1634 Slaughter Rd, Suite C Madison, AL 35758 256-430-9756 Our training will change your life forever in a new career as a Professional. Student massages available for 1/2 the regular rate. AL Board of Massage School Lic# S-117 AL State Board of Ed. School Lic# 1200I.





Dr. Deb Gilliam, N.M.D. 1230 Slaughter Road, Madison, AL 256-722-0555


Dr. Gilliam treats a variety of health problems with chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, heart disease, hormone replacement and thyroid issues being at the forefront. Dr. Gilliam sees patients from around the world due to the reputation she has earned by treating hard to treat medical conditions. Dr. Gilliam works to find the cause of medical conditions and does not simply treat the patients’ symptoms.

Spiritually Assisted Intuitive Readings, Energetic Healing and Balancing for People and Pets, World Culture Shamanic Training, Spirit Midwife: Assistance for individual and caregivers during Death & Dying Process. Forty years of training and experience.



Advanced Practitioner Lic.#249 Dr. Ida P. ROLF method 2336A Whitesburg Drive 256-512-2094

BODY LANGUAGE, INC. 305 Jefferson St., Ste. C 256-704-5080


Serving Huntsville since 1995

Our goal is to teach individuals how to take control of their health and well-being through the Pilates method, creating a wholesome person of sound mind, body, and spirit. Private, semi-private and group training on the equipment is available along with group mat classes.

“When the body gets working appropriately, then the force of gravity can flow through. Then spontaneously, the body heals itself.” —Ida P. Rolf

LIGHT OF CHRIST CENTER 4208 Holmes Ave, Huntsville 256-895-0255 The Light of Christ Center is conveniently situated in a vintage Centenarian House conveniently located near the UAHuntsville campus. Our Center facilities are available for rent to both members and non-members. We offer our Spiritual Home as your ideal venue for weddings, receptions, memorial services, classes/workshops and other gatherings. Call 256-895-0255 and leave a message if you’re interested in a tour or to speak with someone about your event. Amenities available: • Kitchen (microwave only) • Solarium • Lounge/Salon • Roundtable Room (meeting/dining) • Chapel (w/up to 50 chairs)




Universal & Karuna Reiki Master 256-584-8081 Reiki is a simple natural and safe method of healing. Reiki treats the physical body, the emotions, and the mind and spirit, creating many beneficial effects. Many have experienced miraculous results. Reiki works in conjunction with all other medical or therapeutic techniques to relieve side effects and promote recovery.

A complete system of body education that balances the physical body, improves posture, and helps resolve chronic pain. Created by Dr. Ida P. Rolf in the 1950s, Structural Integration has been scientifically validated and has withstood the test of time, as millions of people have enjoyed the remarkable benefits.

MUSIC THERAPY HEALING SOUNDS MUSIC THERAPY Stephanie Bolton, MA, MT-BC 256-655-0648 Huntsville, Alabama-based music therapy practice focused on improving personal health and wellness using guided imagery and music techniques. Currently providing workshops and individual consultations.

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Are we all destined to experience unpleasant changes in our bodies as we age? It’s a fact that as we age, our hormone levels decline or may become out of balance. Individualized biologically identical hormone replacement therapy can help you restore your magnificence and grace at any stage of life.

To find out if Bio-Identical hormones are right for you contact Progressive Family Medicine for a consultation.


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Ask about Thermography to screen for Breast Disease and Cancer with NO radiation.

Alternative Medicine Associates Chad Gilliam M.M.S. PA-C



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