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Women’s Wellness Aging Gracefully

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ay’s theme is Women’s Wellness, and it is the month we celebrate Mother’s Day. As I pondered on what my publisher’s letter might be about, I got to thinking about being a woman and the different roles we play in life. As women I think we often put the needs of others ahead of our own, which doesn’t leave us with a lot of time to do nice things for ourselves. Whether you are a stay-athome mom, a working mom or a single woman just trying to make ends meet, we all seem to take on more than we can do. We get so busy taking care of others we don’t give ourselves the care we really need. Many women I talk to have the same complaints, they feel tired, never feel rested, they have no energy, and they feel stressed and never seem to have time to focus on keeping themselves well. I have been guilty of this many times. The featured article this month is “Aging Gracefully.” The takeaway message is that regardless of our poor lifestyle choices in our youth, “it’s never too late to make small changes that will immediately and profoundly influence our ability to live long and healthy lives.” So take some time for yourself to rest and restore, explore options to help you eat a more balanced diet, drink plenty of water, move more and pamper yourself a little. Maybe get a massage or a mani-pedi. April was a busy month and May is going to be busy as well. I would like to thank Operation Green Team for their invitation to their Earth Day Celebration at the beautiful Hays Nature Preserve. It is such a pleasure to get out and meet the people in the community. On May 18 I would like to invite you to join us in downtown Huntsville and help support the Deep Roots Alabama 5K run. I am very excited for the opportunity that Natural Awakenings Magazine has to help sponsor such a great event and a great cause. The garden is coming along just fine and hopefully we can share some pictures in the coming months so you can see the progress. Remember, slow down and do something nice for yourself.

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newsbriefs A.C.E. Now Offered at Hope for Life


ope For Life Colon Hydrotherapy is now offering better, healthier ways of losing weight. Hope for Life now carries A.C.E., which stands for Appetite Control and Energy. A.C.E. is an all-natural and healthy weight loss supplement. Owner Amanda Mashburn has personally been taking this product now for a month and is very excited about A.C.E. and the results she has gotten. Hope for Life’s primary service is Colonics. So if your tired of feeling sluggish, overweight, and no energy, go by and see Mrs. Mashburn. She will be happy to consult with you to help you remove the toxins in your body. Hope for Life is located at 10300 Bailey Cove Rd, Suite 7A, Huntsville AL. For more information or to make your appointment, call 256-270-8731. See Ad on Page 10 and CRG on Page 27.


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xperts for over 4,000 years agree with Chinese classical text: “The effectiveness of acupuncture treatments should be seen immediately,” states Dr. Richard Tan, OMD from San Diego, California. Kathy Holmes Reed recently visited one of Dr. Tan’s 2.5 million dollar estates. Upon several days of Dr. Tan’s Balance Method workshop, Dr. Tan invited 50 participants to one of his estates for authentic Chinese cuisine and an evening of entertainment. Kathy Holmes Reed of Reed Acupuncture enthusiastically returned to her clinic in Decatur eager to use the 6 systems shown by Dr. Tan from classical Chinese acupuncture. “I was shown how logic is used in every acupuncture treatment, that mathematical equations are the foundational structure for this logic, and how to use a matrix analysis of all 6 systems shown during coursework,” states Kathy. “Dr. Tan took the guess work out of Chinese medicine by the use of this cross referencing with the matrix analysis and by live demonstrations.” Kathy Holmes Reed invites everyone to call for appointments at 256-303-5729 or email Reed Acupuncture is located at 1803 Somerville Road Decatur, Alabama. Reed Acupuncture is for the entire family’s health using a preventative approach to healthcare. Kathy receives referrals from the medical community daily confirming what the doctor may have told the patient; that they are not receiving enough protein in their food program, not effectively breaking it down, and or consuming too much sugar. Call now with any questions concerning the family’s healthcare. See Ad on Page 6.

New Pranayama & Meditation Classes at the Yoga Center of Huntsville


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new series of weekly classes starting May 9 will be open to all levels of yoga students, as well as those who are absolutely new to both yoga and meditation. Pranayama is a yoga practice that develops awareness of your breath, energy, and mind. Meditation is the ability to focus your attention on what you are

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doing without becoming distracted away from your focus. Formal sitting meditation practice can help you get in touch with your innermost world of thoughts and feelings, as well as develop compassion towards yourself and others. In a world that is full of distractions, sitting meditation offers a way to go “off line” for a few minutes, to rest your mind and rejuvenate. Please note that students may use chairs for their sitting practice or choose to recline throughout the meditation portion of class. Suzanne Newton, YA E-RYT500, will instruct this class. She has studied and practiced Yoga since 1983 and held an Iyengar teaching certificate for 13 years. In 2007 she began formal training in Tibetan and zen methods of meditation and has had a daily meditation practice since that time. The classes will meet on Thursdays from 6:30-7:30pm. The class fee is $15 to drop in, or you can purchase a set of classes at $60 for 5 classes or $120 for 10 classes. Prepaid classes may be used for any class at the Yoga Center. The Yoga Center of Huntsville is located at 500 East Pratt Avenue in the Five Points neighborhood. If you have questions regarding this class, contact Suzanne at 256-585-3727.

ACE Massage Cupping™ Therapy Offered at Dixie’s Sunrise Massage Therapy People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel. ~Maya Angelou


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wonderful ancient tool has found its place in the modern world of healing. This therapy utilizes glass or plastic cups and a vacuum pistol, bulb or machine to create suction on the body surface. By creating suction and negative pressure, MediCupping™ is used to soften tight muscles and tone attachments, loosen adhesions and lift connective tissue. Thus, allowing

time to facilitate joint mobilization or soft tissue release. This suction can reach deep into the soft tissue or can work superficially to pull inflammation and toxins toward the surface so that the skin and lymphatic system can readily eliminate them. Scar tissues often release quickly, despite the age of the injury or keloid tendencies. Treatments using ACE Massage Cupping™ include a revolutionary face lifting and drainage treatment and magnetic micro-cup treatments for the body and magnetic reflexology for the feet and hands. The magnetic equipment is showing great results in the treatment of scoliosis, old and new injury sites, along with neuropathy and pain common with diabetes, multiple sclerosis, fibromyalgia, edema, sciatica and more. This technique is used safely on children, adults and elderly persons. If you have “issues with your tissues,” call Dixie Phillips of Dixie’s Sunrise Massage Therapy in Huntsville, AL. Call 256-585-0504 for your appointment, or visit online at See CRG in Page 29.

“Celebrate Growing Huntsville” 5K Walk/Run and Farmers Market


n June of 2011, Deep Roots Alabama became a vision of Wendy Payne and Jeff Komara. The two saw a need for access to healthier food to the under-resourced communities of Huntsville. Both had volunteered over the past 6 years in the community and wanted to have a gardening model much like the Jones Valley Urban Farm (JVUF) located in Birmingham, AL. Edwin Marty, the former director of the JVUF, helped them form a task force team made up of other people in the community that wanted to see change in the local food and farming community. Deep Roots of Alabama became operational in January 2012, beginning with a “seed to plate” garden at the University Place Elementary School. Wendy Payne explains that the City of Huntsville has five “Food Deserts.” A Food Desert is defined by the USDA as an area that has a median family income that is at or below poverty level, along with “Low Access” to fresh foods, where at least 300 persons live more than a mile from a supermarket or large grocery store. The teaching garden is located in one such “food desert,” located at 2103 Virginia Blvd at The Village Church. There, they teach monthly sustainable gardening skills and healthy living classes. Deep Roots Alabama is also in four Huntsville Schools and one middle school/high school. They teach hands-on curriculum to over 250 children in Madison County. In these classes they teach "seed to plate" and "farm to school" curriculums. The mission of Deep Roots Alabama is to teach individuals, families and communities how to grow their own food, either for themselves or for profit. “Celebrate Growing Huntsville” 5K walk/run and Farmers Market is set for May 18 at Big Spring Park in Downtown Huntsville. Activities and race begin at 10am. There will be a Farmers Market, Food Vendors, Exercise Demos, Moon Bounces and Food Demonstrations. All proceeds will go to Deep Roots Alabama, which is a 501(c)3 non-profit gardening education initiative in Huntsville. For more information on Deep Roots Alabama, classes or “Celebrate Growing Huntsville” visit See Ad on Page 2.

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How Feldenkrais Can Enhance Your Everyday Activities


o your neck and back ache after sitting at work for a couple of hours? Is your shoulder or back complaining about the gardening activities of the previous day? Do you find yourself avoiding activities that you enjoy, because you are not flexible enough to make the movements easily? What are you doing for yourself to solve these problems? We are taught from a young age to “try harder,” “sit up straight,” or “push through the pain.” Yet, if we observe babies learning to move, they do none of those things. The Feldenkrais Method of Somatic Education is based on the neurological developmental sequence of learning to move the way infants do. Numerous small, repeated, gentle movement patterns, exploring many variations of position and use of different parts of the body begin to reconnect your brain and body in a way that makes your daily activities effortless and easy. All of the movement patterns are taken directly from functional activities of daily living, and will enhance the efficiency of the body’s work. Join us for a complimentary Awareness Through Movement ® class at Body Language Pilates, Tuesday, May 7 at 6pm and Thursday, May 9 at 9am. You will learn how to identify the extra, unnecessary work you are doing, and how to allow your movements to become fluid, easy,

and effortless. Space is limited; please call to sign up at 256-704-5080 or email us at Info@bodylanguagepilates. com. See CRG on Page 29.

The Paranormal Study Center Hosts Jacquelyn Procter Reeves Presenting: "The Huntsville Ghost Walk Tour Experience”


acquelyn Procter Reeves, a native of New Mexico, is an award-winning author of 12 books on history and true crime. She is the editor of Valley Leaves, associate editor of Old Tennessee Valley Magazine, and past editor of Huntsville Historical Review, and a contributing writer to numerous books. She is the curator of the historic Donnell House, founder of Avalon Tours, and co-founder of Mischief and Mayhem Tours and Huntsville Ghost Walk. Jacque was featured in a recent episode of “Snapped” about the Amy Bishop case. She will speak primarily about the unusual incidents she and other tour guides have encountered on the Huntsville Ghost Walk, as well as the unique way it was started. This presentation will be held at the Hilton Garden Inn, 4801 Governors House Drive (next to Landry’s Seafood) Friday, May 24 at 6:30pm. Public Admission is $10. For more information visit

Jacqueline Meurer Now at A Touch of Class Salon


Touch of Class Salon in Athens, AL welcomes Jacqueline Meurer, LMT#3658, offering Massage Therapy services. Jacqueline is a 2012 graduate of the Madison School of Massage Therapy who received her license in January 2013. She is a member of both the ABMP and AMTA chapters for Massage Therapists. Jacqueline’s massage work includes modalities that help return the mind and body back to a natural state of homeostasis, such as Swedish, Deep Tissue, Myofascial Release and MET work. Her specialties are working with areas resulting in Carpal Tunnel, Repetitive Motion Disorder and Rounded Shoulder issues. Currently she is enrolled in a series of Flexibility Training courses teaching different forms of stretching used to treat various musculoskeletal problems, as well as provide preventative tools to help avoid injuries. A Touch of Class Salon is a full-service salon operating for over 50 years in the Athens area. Their services include: nails, hair, facials and massages. The salon is now accepting massage clients and to meet with Jacqueline please call 256-232 8553 and book an appointment today. We’re located at 115 Cloverleaf Dr, Athens, AL. See CRG on Page 29.


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hile some cats are content to stay indoors, others want to go outside. Even if they remain in the yard, letting them out without a plan can put them in danger. Gently managing a cat’s outdoor experience can instead ensure a consistently safe, enjoyable time without worry or compromising its freedom. A few guidelines will help.

cies, since they’re poisonous to cats.” Find an extensive list of both safe and problem plants at Note that aloe vera, asparagus fern, philodendron, dieffenbachia, tomatoes and many varieties of ivy are also among species that can cause consequences ranging from an upset stomach to kidney failure and even death, if ingested.

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Cats love to chew on greenery, so set up a small pot or two or a small flat of grasses. Most cats enjoy munching on oat or wheat grasses and relish treats of fresh catnip and catmint. Marigolds can repel fleas and basil will both ward off mosquitoes and complement family meals. Many plants can be toxic. Veterinarian Jane Brunt, executive director of the nonprofit CATalyst Council, in Annapolis, Maryland, advises: “Make sure the plants in your garden are safe, in case your cat is tempted to taste anything. Say no to foxglove and lily spe-

“Never leave a cat outdoors unattended,” says Dr. Cindy Houlihan, owner of The Cat Practice, in Birmingham, Michigan. “During the day, problems can include stray cats, hawks or loose dogs. Another danger is the movement of foxes, raccoons, coyotes and owls close to urban areas where the food supply is more plentiful. Elderly cats are particularly prone to harm. An enclosure is the best way to keep a cat safe outdoors.” Paris Permenter and John Bigley, bloggers at, an online magazine for cat lovers, built a “catio” for

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daytime use by their felines. Located in Cedar Park, Texas, their four rescue cats need protection from coyotes. “It’s attached to our house, like a small screened porch,� explains Permenter. “The cats use an open window that’s fitted with a cat flap for access; we also have a human-sized screened door, so that we can go in to clean the room. It’s enriched their lives and given a former community cat a better home, as well.� In Wheat Ridge, Colorado, Jane Dorsey, volunteer coordinator for the Cat Care Society, utilizes “habicats� both at the shelter and at home. Because her first cat, Chessie, was an escape artist, Dorsey decided to use a large dog pen (12 feet long by six feet tall) as an enclosure. Stood on end, it attaches to the house and has a weatherproof panel roof. A cat door leads to the kitchen. “Chessie’s personality improved because she was able to decide when to go in and out. For easy cleanup, we used pavers for flooring.�

In lieu of safe garden access, experts suggest likewise setting aside a small area inside any enclosure for a pot of plants. Also, pet tents made by Sturdi Products and Kritter Kommunity facilitate more portable enclosures. Houlihan finds that, “In case of a sudden change in weather, the cat can avoid heat stroke or a scary storm.� Then there’s the live entertainment factor: “Cats love vertical space, so a cat tree or actual tree limb, properly anchored, can let him have a better view of birds, lizards, toads, chipmunks and squirrels without harming them,� she says. “It’s like kitty television.�

Go for a Walk A mesh-enclosed stroller allows a cat to ride in safety while the walker burns calories. In case of a sudden noise or loose dog, the cat can’t escape. Houlihan also recalls a patient called Uti (pronounced YOU-tee), that was prone to chewing electrical cords. “His owners now take him outside for a daily stroll; he’s no longer bored and has quit chewing.� Adopted from a local shelter as a kitten, Makai also goes for accompanied walks. Due to heavy traffic near their Baltimore, Maryland, row home, Andrea Martin, a manager with Brand Public Relations, and her husband Nick, use a harness and leash to take her outside. “We often get the, ‘You’re taking your cat for a walk?’ look,� relates Martin, but that hasn’t stopped this adventurous team. “She likes taking a break from being indoors,� she explains. Make sure the harness fit is tight enough so the cat can’t wiggle out of it. With proper planning, any kitty can safely enjoy the great outdoors and the sun on its back. Sandra Murphy is a freelance writer in St. Louis, MO.




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More Sleep Helps Shed Pounds


njoying more zzz’s is not usually associated with weight loss, but a growing number of epidemiological studies suggest that insufficient sleep may be linked to a greater risk of weight gain. The latest results from a study presented at the 2012 annual meeting of the Society for the Study of Ingestive Behavior points out that sleep behavior influences body weight by affecting not only how many calories we consume, but also how much energy we expend. When researchers at Tübingen and Lübeck universities, in Germany, and Uppsala University, in Sweden, investigated the effect of short-term sleep deprivation on hunger, physical activity and energy levels, they discovered that insufficient sleep increased the participants’ sensations of hunger by raising the level of the “hunger hormone”, ghrelin. The less sleep a person had, the hungrier they felt. After only one night of disrupted sleep, the volunteers moved around less and burned off fewer calories in their resting state than their counterparts that enjoyed a good night’s sleep.

ometimes referred to as the aristocrat of vegetables, asparagus has been cultivated for more than 2,000 years. It was prized by ancient Greeks and Romans for its taste and reputed medicinal qualities, and 19th-century French bridegrooms, believing it was an aphrodisiac, frequently ate several helpings on the eve of their nuptials. The crop reaches its peak during April and May. Packing a fiber-filled punch of vitamins A and C, this princely veggie also delivers significant helpings of folate and rutin, which help to strengthen blood vessels. Its delicate flavor is best preserved by stir-frying or light steaming. Source:


Yoga Reduces Depression in Pregnant Women


regnancy hormones are known to cause myriad physical and emotional symptoms, including unexplainable mood swings. The fluctuations are more serious for one in five expectant moms because they also experience major depression. Now, a groundbreaking study by the University of Michigan offers new hope. Pregnant women identified as psychiatrically high-risk that participated in a 10-week mindfulness yoga intervention experienced significant reductions in their depressive symptoms. Mothers-to-be also reported stronger attachment to their babies in the womb.




ne of the most common and uncomfortable symptoms of menopause may respond positively to a simple, no-cost measure. Health researchers at Penn State report that menopausal women that exercise may experience fewer hot flashes in the 24 hours following physical activity. In this first-time study of objective versus subjective, or self-reported, hot flashes, the Pennsylvania researchers studied 92 menopausal women for 15 days.


aking a brisk walk or bike ride may stave off cognitive decline better than reaching for the daily crossword puzzle, says a new study published in the journal Neurology. Researchers at Scotland’s University of Edinburgh reviewed the medical records of more than 600 Scots born in 1936 that were given MRI scans at age 73. “People in their 70s that participated in more physical exercise, including walking several times a week, had less brain shrinkage and other signs of aging in the brain than those that were less physically active,” says study author Alan J. Gow, Ph.D. Surprisingly, the study showed that participating in mentally and socially stimulating activities, such as visiting family and friends, reading or even learning a new language, did little to ward off the symptoms of an aging brain. Study participants will undergo a second MRI scan at age 76, and researchers plan to compare the two scans to see if the links between exercise and better brain health hold up.

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

Honoring Veterans Helping Troops Return Home to Meaningful Work Colin and Karen Archipley, owners of Archi’s Acres, in Escondido, California, daily honor contributions by America’s armed forces by helping combat vets return home to a fresh start doing meaningful work through their Veterans Sustainable Agriculture Training (VSAT) program. Established in 2007, they can now list 160 ongoing agribusinesses nationwide led by program graduates. “This instills confidence in the veterans as together, we tap into their abilities to adapt and overcome, to take on a challenge and to know themselves and seek improvement,” says Colin, who served with the Marine Corps. This year, the couple is expanding the program by launching 10 one-acre certified-organic hydroponic greenhouses as incubators sparking future VSAT-graduate businesses. For more information, call 800-933-5234, email or visit

Veggie Power Food Revolution Day is May 17 Food Revolution Day, a collaborative effort between the Jamie Oliver Food Foundation in the United States, the Better Food Foundation in the UK and The Good Foundation in Australia, aims to get people around the world talking about real food and food education. Last year, the global day of action encompassed more than 1,000 events and dinner parties among families and friends, school associates, work colleagues and community neighbors in 664 cities in 62 countries. To get involved, visit

Nearing Equality Gender Pay Gap is Eroding Recent U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data shows that women now earn 82 percent as much as men, up from 64 percent in 1980. This latest figure represents median annual earnings for full-time, year-round workers, including self-employed, but not seasonal workers. Progress has also been made in gender segregation within the labor market, with many previously male-dominated fields including law, banking, medicine and civil service jobs such as bus drivers and mail carriers opening up to women. In 2012, President Obama cited his signing of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act as a second-term issue for addressing gender discrimination.


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Camp Revamped Anti-Bullying Tenets Enhance Summer Fun Many summer camps have taken steps to prevent bullying, reflecting mainstream trends. Attendees at Camp Dark Waters, a Medford, New Jersey, residential camp for ages 7 through 16 founded on Quaker principles, are asked to abide by a list of Anti-Bullying Campers’ Rights:  I have the right to be happy and to be treated with kindness. No one will laugh at me, ignore me or hurt my feelings.  I have the right to be myself. No one will treat me unfairly because I am fat or thin, fast or slow, strong or weak, a boy or girl. I am different because I am myself.  I have the right to be safe. No one will hit, kick, push or pinch me. I will be free from physical threats.  I have the right to hear and be heard. No one will yell, scream or shout and my opinions and desires will be considered in any plans we make.  I have the right to learn about myself. I will be free to express my feelings and opinions without being interrupted or punished. Bullying campers are warned that if they fail to honor these rights, they’ll be sent home. Source:


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Aging Gracefully It’s No Mystery: We Now Know How by Kathleen Barnes


ost of us like to think that we’ll be vibrant, energetic, smart and yes, gorgeous, until the end of our lives. This isn’t an unattainable fantasy—even if past poor lifestyle choices may have tarnished some much-anticipated Golden Years. Fortunately, it’s never too late (or too early) to make key small changes that will immediately and profoundly influence our ability to live long and healthy lives. Experts recommend that a handful of simple, scientifically validated health strategies will help us age gracefully and beautifully. “Most of us are living longer, but not necessarily better,” advises Dr. Arlene Noodleman, medical codirector of Age Defy Dermatology and Wellness, in Campbell, California. “Many people face decades of chronic debilitating disease, but you can minimize or even eliminate that period of life and maximize health. It’s all about your lifestyle.”

Rules to Live By Whether the goal is disease prevention, retaining a sharp mind, weight control, balancing hormones, maintaining good posture or supporting glowing skin, all the experts Natural Awakenings asked agree on a core strategy that can extend life and improve its quality in later years: Take a walk. Or, undertake another enjoyable form of outdoor exercise for about 30 minutes a day.

Greet the sun. Exposing bare skin to sunlight for 15 minutes three times a week allows natural production of vitamin D. Researchers at Boston University, Harvard University and others attest that sufficient doses of the vitamin help prevent cancer, heart disease, diabetes, depression, obesity, osteoporosis and osteoarthritis, relieve menopausal symptoms and support longevity. Drink plenty of water. Hydration is key to cell health and overall proper body functions. Aim for consuming one ounce of water every day for every two pounds of body weight. Eat a healthy diet. This means lots of vegetables and fish, some lean meats and poultry and moderate amounts of fruits and grains for weight control; abundant antioxidants to prevent deterioration that leads to chronic disease; and vital nutrients to support and extend life. Avoid sugars in all forms, simple carbohydrates, processed foods and for many, wheat and wheat gluten, especially for those with excess abdominal fat. Get a good night’s sleep. Eight hours is more than beauty sleep. Studies consistently report that it’s essential for energy and the prevention of a host of diseases, including obesity, diabetes, heart disease and cancer (Nurses’ Health Study; plus UK research in Diabetes Care, the European Heart Journal and British Journal of Cancer). Regular turning in and waking times, plus sleeping in a dark room, are important to optimize melatonin production; it is not true that we need less sleep as we age. Use the right supplements. Take a high-quality multivitamin every day, preferably an organic product based on whole foods for optimum nutrition. Fish oil is also essential for nearly everyone for heart, brain and joint health. Vitamin D is critical, especially in the winter months and for darkerskinned people that need greater sun exposure to manufacture it. Also add curcumin; according to numerous clinical studies, including those from Baylor University and the University of California-Los Angeles, it can help prevent and even reverse cancer, Alzheimer’s, osteoarthritis, skin diseases and digestive disorders.

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Prevent Dementia Caregivers for parents or other relatives with Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia are often concerned about experiencing such regression themselves. “There is some evidence that a tendency to memory loss can be inherited, but in any case, there are things you can do to prevent and even possibly reverse memory loss,” counsels Noodleman. Reducing stress is the best way to keep a sharp mind, she says. “Chronic stress inhibits the cerebral cortex (the brain’s gray matter, responsible for higher mind function, including memory), resulting in a lack of judgment and other impaired brain function. So, manage stress and memory function will improve.” Deep breathing and increased oxygenation of the blood helps relieve stress and deliver nutrients to brain cells. Practicing yoga postures like the shoulder stand and headstand, or exercises using an inversion table, for just a few minutes a day can improve circulation to the brain and may help keep brain cells intact. “It’s important to keep brain cells healthy and alive by keeping blood sugars and blood pressure under control,” urges Doctor of Osteopathy Lisa Ganghu, an internal medicine specialist and clinical assistant professor at New York University’s Langone Medical Center, in New York City.


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High blood pressure and diabetes are risk factors for strokes and mini-strokes that result in brain cell impairment, she says, adding, “Some research even suggests that caffeine may improve memory and focus.” “Use it or lose it,” concludes Dr. Jacob Teitelbaum, an integrative medical authority from Kona, Hawaii, and author of Real Cause, Real Cure. Extensive research shows that challenging the brain with puzzles and language courses, having an active social life and getting regular exercise are all related to maintaining optimum brain health. “People who age gracefully are

physically and mentally active,” adds Noodleman.

Prevent Disease A proper diet is a good place to start to take control. Ganghu recommends largely plant-based diets, like the Mediterranean, to keep common repercussions of aging at bay. Teitelbaum contravenes traditional medicine’s stance and says that most people don’t need to worry about salt intake, even if they suffer from high blood pressure, noting, “Research shows that people that follow the national guidelines for salt intake tend to die younger. Instead, it’s important to keep magnesium and potassium levels up by adding 200 milligrams of magnesium and 500 milligrams of potassium to your supplement regimen every day.” To prevent and control diabetes, Teitelbaum emphasizes, “Avoid sugar; it causes premature cell aging that affects all body systems.” He explains that excess sugar and its byproducts age and stiffen cells. Dozens of studies directly link sugar and aging, including a PLoS Genetics study from the University of Montreal. (Also see Tinyurl. com/GlycationExplained.) Reproducing cancer cells typically don’t die as other cells in the human body are programmed to. Recent research by Baylor University and others based on the Human Genome Project

strongly suggests that curcumin taken as a dietary supplement (400 mg a day or more) can persuade cancer cells to commit suicide and stop their wild and potentially fatal reproduction. Ganghu further recommends limiting exposure to environmental toxins from sources such as common garden and household chemicals and agricultural spraying (choose organic for safety).

Weight Control A large body of research from institutions such as the National Institute on Aging and the International Longevity Center shows that avoiding obesity and managing weight is paramount for longevity, as well as for preventing many of the diseases associated with aging. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that people with a body mass index (BMI) over 35 are at an 18 percent higher risk of earlier death from all causes than those that maintain a normal body weight (BMI of 25 or under). Hormones can be a factor in weight gain for perimenopausal and menopausal women, says Ganghu, so it is important to be tested. She also notes, “A loss of muscle mass due to aging can affect weight because muscle tissue is metabolically more active than fat tissue, creating a vicious circle.” She recommends strength training to improve muscle strength and mass. Typically, two 20-minute sessions a week with moderate weights are enough to create “Michelle Obama arms,” says Kathy Smith of Park City, Utah, a DVD fitness entrepreneur and a spokesperson for the International Council on Active Aging.

Good Posture “We spend a lot of time driving, working on computers and other activities with our arms in front of us. This causes chest muscles to contract and become tight as we age, drawing the head forward and rounding the spine, which produces a pronounced slouch,” says Smith, author of Feed Muscle, Shrink Fat Diet.

Bending, stretching and strength training strengthens the shoulder and back muscles that help us stay upright. Smith recommends a “walking desk”, essentially a treadmill with a board across the arms where a laptop can rest, and the user walks at only one to two miles per hour. “You’re moving, not sitting, and that is really important,” says Smith. Yoga postures like the cobra and the bow are also helpful, as are visits to a chiropractor or other structural therapist.

Healthy Skin “Your skin is a roadmap of your overall health,” says Dr. Rick Noodleman, a dermatologist who practices anti-aging medicine in California’s Silicon Valley with his wife. He explains that skin aging is caused by the three D’s: deflation, descent and deterioration. All of them can be reversed. Deflation is the loss of volume and moisture, which can be offset by proper internal hydration, healthy nutrition and good moisturizers. “People can make new collagen well into their 80s and even 90s,” he says. Deterioration is the loss of skin tone and elasticity that can accompany stress, poor diet and lack of exercise. Noodleman recommends regular exfoliation of skin on the face (an economical home facial with baking soda and water or eggs is high on his list) and dry brushing the whole body. He also notes that new laser treatments, acupressure facelifts and other spa treatments can help temporarily minimize wrinkles and bring back a youthful glow. It’s not hard to be vibrant, healthy and energetic at any age if one is living a healthy lifestyle. “I feel like I am 30. I expect to feel that way for the rest of my life,” says the 60-something Teitelbaum. “Of course, I’m not at the beach in a Speedo,” he quips. “Who wants to look 20? There is also a certain beauty in age.”

Coffee Klatch Redemption New research from the Harvard School of Public Health confirms that drinking two or three cups of coffee a day can help deal with the following risks later in life. Alzheimer’s – may slow or stop the formation of beta-amyloid plaque. (University of South Florida, Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease) Cancer – antioxidant properties may lower the risk of hormonally related cancers like endometrial, aggressive prostate and estrogen-negative breast cancers. (University of Massachusetts, Nutrients) Diabetes – helpful for short-term blood glucose control; long-term use increases the body’s level of adinopectin, a hormone that assists in blood sugar control and insulin production. (Kyushu University, Japan, Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine) Heart attack – moderate use has been associated with a slightly lower risk in women. (Tohoku University, Japan, The Journal of Nutrition) Stroke – up to four cups [maximum] a day may lower the risk of stroke. (Kyung Hee University, Korea, meta-analysis, Korean Journal of Family Medicine) Caveat: Excessive amounts of caffeine can also cause health issues, especially as we age. Consult with a health professional to determine usage appropriate to the individual.

Kathleen Barnes is a freelance writer, book author and blogger. Her most recent title is 10 Best Ways to Manage Stress. Learn more at natural awakenings

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by Gatlianne


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ne tell-tail sign that we’re stressed is when our shoulders mysteriously end up close to our ears. With each stressor our neck and shoulder muscles become more and more tense and they begin to creep upward with determination. We end up walking around like turtles that have retreated into their shells. It’s almost as if someone has turned a wind up key in our backs and with each twist our muscles are more contracted and our necks become shorter. I see a similar p phenomenon when teaching yoga classes. Students, especially beginners, disengage their arms during Upward Dog Pose and sink down into their shoulders. I look out and suddenly necks have disappeared. My top three reminders when I teach are: remember to breath, listen to your body, and drop your shoulders. Practicing Upward Dog Pose allows us to see when our necks collapse into our shoulders so that we can see what it feels like from an intentional and conscious standpoint.


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When we notice that we’re in the pose incorrectly we can lift up out of the shoulders and become aware of elongating the neck instead of allowing it to sink. Though I don’t scrunch my shoulders in Upward Dog Pose, I am very much guilty of it when I’m stressed. I’ve notice that as I sit at the computer tensed, my shoulders and ears become awfully friendly. Or, when I walk through the house in reactivity, my face is tight, my brow is furrowed y neck is strangely g y shorter than it and my was an hour before. The shoulders being raised high by the ears is a sign. It’s a way for us to notice what’s going on with our physical bodies as insight into what’s going on with us emotionally. To perform Upward Dog Pose come into Plank Pose and lower slowly to the mat with elbows in. With the tops of the feet flat on the floor and legs a few inches apart, place the hands palms down under the shoulders. With fingers spread wide, gently lift up leading with the crown of the head and chest. Roll the shoulders back, allowing the shoulder blades to slide down the back. Soften the face, open the chest, lower the shoulders and

elongate the neck gently. Don’t crunch the neck up or press back hard. Only lift up and straighten as far as your body is ready. This is a pose to ease into, even though it is a beginner pose. Listen to your body and gently allow it to stretch only as far as it can go. By utilizing Upward Dog Pose you can release tension, relieve fatigue, and reduce symptoms of depression. This pose strengthens the wrists, shoulders, arms, chest, lungs, abdomen and back while increasing p y Upward p g Pose spinal flexibility. Dog also brings you an awareness of the physical symptoms of stress. Notice where your shoulders are as you go through your day and be aware if they begin to creep up around your ears. If they do, take a deep breath and gently pull them back down. And incorporate Upward Dog Pose into your yoga practice to deepen this awareness and release the stress that winds your shoulders higher and higher. 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

Personal Integrity vs. “Reputation” by Aaron Peavy


ow often do we worry over what other people think about us? We might be concerned with what people say behind closed doors, or even if another likes us. The truth is that what other people think or say about us is none of our business. If we stop to realize how much time and energy we spend concerned with such things, we might have considerably more to put toward the goals and tasks that really matter. Can we simply stop thinking about how people perceive us? Well… probably not, but the following are some guidelines to help us on our path. Like most changes, shifting the ideas we hold of our involvement in other people’s perceptions of us is a matter of taking small steps, which may often be difficult. We must resolve to accept certain truths of the nature of reality and social interactions. People talk about others; there is no amount of intervention on our part that will ever stop this. Some people will always dislike us because of their own hang-ups, which usually have nothing to do with us at all. Remember that nobody will ever truly understand us because nobody else has experienced what we have experienced. People will never perceive the world the same as we do, no matter how much we want or expect it. A simple thought experiment may help us to shift our understanding of how many differing perspectives are out there. Next time we are in a public setting, sit quietly and observe all the people around. Notice how many different styles of speaking and body language are used. Next, imagine what each individual sees through their own eyes, and how vastly different their positions are from every other position in the area. Also, imagine how the experiences and lessons that each person’s lifetime influences how

they see the people and things in the area differently than us. Contemplate the family life, culture, and communities that each person has come from and how it has influenced them to be as they are now, just as we have come to our own present. As an aside, this exercise is also great for growing compassion for others. People are a complex intertwining of elements, none ever being the same as any other. One clear example is to observe adult twins; see how different their choices have been and how different they are, even though they share much of the same genetic basis. Furthermore, we must let go of our need to control others. Though most of us may not think of ourselves as “controlfreaks,” the struggle with worrying about another’s perception of us is, in fact, a lack of acceptance and a need to control others, whether directly or indirectly. We must meet the perceptual reality of each individual with the understanding we gained in the first exercise and then approach it with total acceptance. Only with such a mind can we ever be free to experience the other person’s perspective and let it go once it passes. The theatre of life becomes like the theatre we visit, in which we view through the eyes of the characters on screen, but move onto other things once the film is finished. What can we do instead of worrying about our reputation? Live! Live a life worth living; a life that others wish they could live. There is nothing particularly special required to live extraordinarily. We must be bold, be willing to think and behave in a way that is true to the virtues we value regardless of what others want for us. Be true to ourselves and ourselves alone, with a heart of compassion and service. A service based not in society, but

in a place deeper and undisturbed by the changing tides and opinions of the world we must live in. To live such a life is to be blameless and without guilt, because we will accept the mistakes we inevitably make along the way and continue moving forward unburdened. There is a Buddhist story about a monk who ran a small temple. One day, a beautiful, unmarried girl from the village became pregnant. Her parents were infuriated and after harassing her for the name of the father, she told them it was the monk. They believed her, and when the child was born, they took the child to him. Accusing him of what the girl had told them and scolding him with all sorts of foul language, they gave the infant to him. The monk accepted the infant and only said, “Is that so?” In the years to come, he raised the child as his own, which made him the object of ridicule and ruined his reputation. After being haunted so long by her conscience, the girl finally gave in and told her parents the truth, which was that the child’s father was a worker in the local fish market. The parents were humiliated by their mistake. They went to the monk and begged his forgiveness, telling him the story and taking back the child. His only response was, “Is that so?” Aaron Peavy has had a lifelong passion for inner exploration and personal transformation. Having studied various esoteric and exoteric traditions and practices over the years, he enjoys teaching from his experiences and working with people.

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Perception and Being the Change by Gloria Agrelius


e live in an amazing time. People are waking up to a deeper reality than the one our parents held just a few short years ago. Science has exposed some of the mysteriousness of our existence, and we’re becoming acutely aware of our need to take responsibility for the way we perceive each other and our world. We are the ‘seeing’ within the seeing of every moment. The very act of observing something changes the object of our perception, and changes us as the perceiver, simultaneously. That’s a real mind blower. Many sense we’re beginning to grow out of a period of “slavery” to that which binds our lives to the governing system in control. Debtors chain us through debt; healthcare is sick-care


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with very little coverage going to prevent illness. Premiums are difficult to pay, and on and on it goes. How do we shift our perceptions so that we might take responsibility and bring the change our hearts long to see for everyone on the planet, as well as our own personal lives? Let us get deeply intimate with the way we perceive each moment by exploring the beliefs we hold to be true. That’s the first step. We may want to ask ourselves how we fuel the energy of distrust in our own lives. We might even discover that we do not trust ourselves, making it impossible to trust others. We cannot give to another what we do not embody for ourselves. As we inquire into our belief systems we may begin to see how we’ve identified with beliefs that have been given to us by the

society we’re beginning to question, and by the beliefs passed down from generation to generation through our families. As we begin to dismantle this false sense of identifications, our own lives reflect a different reality. We’re attentive to what we are seeing and how we are feeling about what is happening right now. We question beliefs that cause reactions to what is happening now. We look closely at our judgments and notice tensions felt in the body when judgments come. This is the moment perceptions begin to change. As the judgment is felt in the body and we remain aware of what is happening without reacting to it, we let our attention drop into the tension felt in the body and let go of the story, the belief, that runs the narrative of the mind in that moment. As the energy of our attention meets the tension or contraction felt in the body, there’s an opportunity to release energies trapped in the tissues of our bodies. This integration of attention and felt energy dissolves the tension and releases the stored energy. As we’re no longer invested in the story the mind is telling us, and we’re beginning to see through the beliefs that have conditioned our thinking minds, the mind begins to relax and the peace is felt throughout the body. This peace is innate to our natural state of being that is ever present when our thoughts are not taking us out of this now moment and into a unrealistic view of the moment based on conditioning. This simple inquiry stops the hamster wheel of belief, judgment, and tensions in the body, that take us back to thinking about a particular judgment, reinforcing the feeling in the body. We can become grateful that our consciousness is expanding beyond the confines of our conditioned thinking mind, and there’s a sense of feeling liberated in the moment. We are becoming the change through this shift of perception. As science has proven, our perceptions affect the whole and we are not separate, rather, we are deeply interconnected at the most fundamental level of existence. This one essence, this one consciousness, is equal and common to us all. Each of us hosts and embodies this one consciousness, uniquely. We are the eyes of reality observing itself and nothing is excluded.

calendarofevents WEDNESDAY, MAY 1 Watercolor Society of Alabama’s 72nd National Exhibition 2013 – Daily through May 26. Hours: Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm; Sat, 10am-2pm; Sun, 1-4pm. Admission free. Hartselle Fine Arts Center, 307 College St NE, Hartselle, AL 35640. 256-773-4046. Expanding Your Business Plan – 10am-12pm. If you are considering expanding your business, then this is the workshop for you. With over 28 years of experience and featured on Amazon Best Seller’s List, Chris Gattis knows what it takes to start a business and keep it growing. Cost $20. Hogan Family YMCA, 130 Park Square Lane, Madison, AL 35758. PageTurners: Walden and Civil Disobedience 12:30-2pm. Henry David Thoreau was a sturdy individualist and a lover of nature. In March, 1845, he built himself a hut on the edge of Walden Pond, near Concord, Massachusetts, where he lived for two years. Walden is Thoreau’s autobiographical account of his life there, bare of creature comforts but rich in contemplation of the wonders of nature and the ways of man. Thoreau’s essay “On The Duty Of Civil Disobedience” is the classic protest against government’s interference with individual liberty, and is considered one of the most famous essays ever written. Madison Public Library, 130 Plaza Blvd, Madison, AL 35758. 256-461-0046.

THURSDAY, MAY 2 Greene Street Market – 4-8pm. The market starts Thursday May 3 and is open to the public from 4pm-8pm. It is held every Thursday at this time until October 31. The market will be in the parking lot at the southeast corner of Greene Street and Eustis Avenue in downtown Huntsville. 256-682-4429. Paint Your Pet Class – 6-9pm. This acrylic painting class, held by Lowe Mill artist Jennifer S. Taylor,


will teach you how to paint your furry friend. Bring in a picture or several pictures of your pet, and create a beautiful acrylic painting. Painting supplies will be provided for you. Class is $50, and limited space is available. So to sign up, email Jennifer@jstaylorart. com, or stop by studio #307 at Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment, 2211 Seminole Dr SW, Huntsville, AL 35805.

FRIDAY, MAY 3 Murphy Friends of the Library Spring Book Sale – 9am-5pm, Fri-Sat. Find a great selection of fiction, non-fiction, children’s books, audiobooks, music CDs, VHSs, and DVDs with prices starting at 10 cents. The sale will benefit the Murphy Friends of the Library group and go towards building the library’s collection and funding programs like the Murphy Writers Group. Eleanor E. Murphy Branch Library. 7910 Charlotte Dr, Huntsville AL 35802. 256-881-5620.

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Concerts on the Dock/ Ian Thomas and the Band of Drifters – 6-9pm. Concerts on the Dock is a free, family friendly event every Friday in April and May (Spring Season), and then every Friday in September and October (Fall Season). Feel free to bring your dogs on a leash and food, drinks, blankets and chairs. Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment, 2211 Seminole Dr, Huntsville, AL 35805. Huntsville Master Chorale presents Gems of Spanish Choral Literature – 7pm. In conjunction with Cinco de Mayo holiday celebrations, our final concert will offer a dazzling array of Spanish choral music featuring a guest concert guitarist. Admission free. Faith Presbyterian Church, 5003 Whitesburg Dr, Huntsville, AL 35802. Monkey Speak – 8-10:30pm. 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

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word. No experience is necessary. Mature audiences only. Admission $5. Flying Monkey Theatre, 2211 Seminole Dr, Huntsville, AL 35805.

SATURDAY, MAY 4 Great American Clean-Up – 8am-12pm. Keep Guntersville Beautiful hosts its Great American Clean-Up Litter Event. Volunteers may pre-register by calling 256-571-7560. Clean-Up headquarters/ registration on May 4 will be at the City Harbor on Blount Ave, Guntersville, AL 35976. 7th Scottsboro Fly-In & Air Show – 9am-4pm. See formation flights by Russian Yak-52s. 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. Admission

free. Scottsboro-Word Airport, 86 Aviation Circle, Scottsboro, AL 35768. Alzheimer’s A to Z – 9am-2:30pm. A one-day community outreach event with a focus on four primary areas: Prevention, Diagnosis, Support & Management, and Research. The event includes exhibitors, guest speakers, workshops, entertainment, Respite Room, and health screenings. Lunch provided. Admission free. Jackson Center, 600 Genome Way, Huntsville, AL 35806. 256-327-7321. Audrey’s Free Pilates in the Park – 10-11am, first Saturday of each month through September, weather permitting. Fitness & Pilates expert Audrey Fafard has decided to share her love and passion of Pilates and a healthy lifestyle with Huntsville with free

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Pilates classes in Big Spring Park in Downtown Huntsville. Bring a mat, water, and sunglasses and meet by the big spring. 2013 Annual Youth Festival – 11am-7pm. Celebrity appearances, live music, dance performances, face painting, balloon artists, prizes and much more. Vendor space is also available. For more information, email Admission charged. Jaycee’s Fairground, 2180 Airport Rd, Huntsville, AL 35801. Psychedelic Mania: Stephen Rolfe Powell’s Dance With Glass – 11am-4pm daily through July 21. This exhibition of 45 works highlights 25 years of production by this internationally recognized master glass artist and Alabama native. Powell employs a traditional Italian murine technique in his tour-de-force works, incorporating thousands of tiny beads of glass that result in an explosion of form and color. Huntsville Museum of Art, 300 Church St, Huntsville, AL 35801. 256-535-4350.

SUNDAY, MAY 5 Film Co-op Monthly Workshop – 2-4pm. A monthly free-form workshop on all aspects of film making, with an emphasis on techniques and equipment for low budget independent movie making. Meet other local filmmakers, learn new skills, and help develop a thriving movie making community in the North Alabama area. Contact: Don Tingle, 256-457-5371, Studio #264, 2211 Seminole Dr SW, Huntsville, AL 35805. Huntsville Master Chorale presents Gems of Spanish Choral Literature – 3pm. In conjunction with Cinco de Mayo holiday celebrations, our final concert will offer a dazzling array of Spanish choral music featuring a guest concert guitarist. Admission free. Messiah Lutheran Church, 7740 Highway 72 West, Madison, AL 35758.


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Cinco de Mayo Fun Run – 5-7pm. Fleet Feet will be hosting a 3-5 mile fun run to celebrate Cinco de Mayo. We will have Mexican food and other delicioso refreshments to directly follow the fun run. This run is free so invite your friends and family. Fleet Feet Sports, 2722 Carl T Jones Dr SE, Huntsville, AL 35802.

FRIDAY, MAY 10 Concerts on the Dock/Megan Jean and the KFB – 6-9pm. Always family friendly shows. Picnics, coolers and pets (on a leash) are welcome. Admission free. Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment, 2211 Seminole Dr, Huntsville, AL 35805. 256-533-0399.

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Play: 5 Women Wearing The Same Dress –7:30pm Fri-Sat; 2pm Sun. During an ostentatious wedding reception at a Knoxville estate, five identically-clad bridesmaids hide out in an upstairs bedroom. Each has her own reason to avoid the proceedings below. Admission charged. Von Braun Center Playhouse, 700 Monroe St, Huntsville, AL 35801. 256-536-0807. City Lights and Stars Concert with The Watters Felts Project – 7:30-9:30pm. Jazz sextet with a unique repertoire consisting of some jazz standards and many originals. Admission charged. Burritt on the Mountain, 3101 Burritt Dr, Huntsville, AL 35801. 256-536-2882.

SATURDAY, MAY 11 Lucky Duck Days – 10am-5pm Sat; 12-5pm Sun. A family street fair with arts and crafts, good eats food court, farmers market, hospitality tents, entertainment, activities and games on Mother’s Day weekend. The festivities will culminate Sunday afternoon with the Lucky Duck Derby where thousands of rubber ducks will race down the waterway to be the Lucky Duck. Admission free; accepting donations and duck adoptions. AM Booth’s Lumberyard, Block of 100 Cleveland Ave and Meridian St, Huntsville, AL 35801. Your Spiritual Experiences with Past Lives, Dreams, and Soul Travel: 2-3pm. Free introductory presentation and discussion for people of all faiths. Learn how to have real experiences with the divine love that is always available to you. Huntsville ECK Center, 900 Wellman Avenue, #3 (near Five Points). 256-5341751.

MONDAY, MAY 13 Surviving Sequestration Road Tour – 7-10am. This event is for government contractors and those interested in the outcome of Sequestration and the impacts in Huntsville. Deltek has assembled an expert lineup of first-string analysts, experts and local industry thought leaders to discuss how the results of sequestration will trickle down to Huntsville. Hear what they have to say and make a play to not only survive, but thrive in this next phase of federal budget decisions. Cost: $49. The Westin Huntsville, 6800 Governors West Rd NW, Huntsville, AL 35806. 256-428-2000.

TUESDAY, MAY 14 Free Health Screening – 9:30am-12pm. Huntsville Hospital’s Mobile Medical Unit will be offering free health screenings to the public. Star Market, 9020 Bailey Cove Rd SE, Huntsville, AL 35802. Chatty Claire’s Seminar: Nutrition and Wellness – 6-9pm. Charles and Laura Ritch from Goose Pond Farm will share how eating nutrient dense food will improve your health, fitness and overall enjoyment of life. Rebecca Sterling of Sterling Health and Wellness, Inc. will present the biochemical effects of stress on the body and will teach habits and practice techniques that foster resilience and produce calm. The Westin Huntsville, 6800 Governors West Rd NW, Huntsville, AL 35806. 256-428-2000.

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AQUAPONICS Aquaponics Training: Learn from table top, to backyard, to commerical scale operation.

Free Farm Tours: Held on the 1st Saturday of each month at 9 a.m. Be prepared with food independence and save on groceries.

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THURSDAY, MAY 16 6th Annual Women’s Wellness Event – 8am-3pm. Held in observance of National Women’s Health Week, this event will empower women to make their health a top priority. Health professionals will present on topics ranging from stress management to diet myths to osteoporosis. Attendees will receive Continuing Education Credits. Cost: $25. For more information, please call Brooke Rawlins at 256-881-7321. Burritt on the Mountain, 3101 Burritt Dr, Huntsville, AL 35801. 256-536-2882. Free Health Screening – 9:30am-12pm. Huntsville Hospital’s Mobile Medical Unit will be offering free health screenings to the public. Downtown Rescue Mission, 1400 Evangel Dr NW, Huntsville, AL 35816.

FRIDAY, MAY 17 Concerts on the Dock/Mandolin Orange – 6-9pm. Always family friendly shows. Picnics, coolers and pets (on a leash) are welcome. Admission free. Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment, 2211 Seminole Dr, Huntsville, AL 35805. 256-533-0399. Camp Out in the Garden – 6pm-8am. Enjoy a fun night sleeping under the stars. You’ll get a chance to take a flashlight walk of the Nature Trail, enjoy a hay ride and view the stars with the Von Braun Astronomical Society (weather permitting). Please bring your own sleeping bags, tents and flashlights. We will provide the food. Admission charged. Huntsville Botanical Garden, 4747 Bob Wallace Ave, Huntsville, AL 35805. 256-830-4447. The Foolish of God: 7:30-8:00 PM, Knology Cable Channel 11. Inspiring stories and insights from Harold Klemp, spiritual leader and acclaimed author of more than sixty books on ECKANKAR. Tune in to explore some behaviors and attitudes you might recognize in others or even in yourself to help you unfold spiritually. FREE. For info: 256-534-1751.

SATURDAY, MAY 18 Bailey Cove Friends of the Library Book Sale –

All day Sat-Sun. Most items will be just 25 cents. Bestsellers only $1. Selection includes hardback and paperback fiction, non-fiction, children’s, and audiobooks. Bailey Cove Branch Library, 1409 Weatherly Plaza SE, Huntsville AL 35803. 256-881-0257. Catfish Festival – 8am-4pm. This is a fun day for families, with free fishing for kids, and inflatable toys, Car, Truck, Motorcycle, Tractor Show, Catfish Plates, Arts and Vendors, Homemade Ice Cream, and plenty of Art and Crafts. Admission free. Jackson County Park, 2302 County Park Rd, Scottsboro AL 35769. The Living Art Bonsai Society Show – 9am-5pm Sat; 10am-4pm Sun. This popular exhibit will be bigger and better this year. Members of the Bonsai Society will be on hand to answer all your questions and demonstrate styling techniques. Admission free. Bennett Nurseries, 7002 Memorial Pkwy, Huntsville, AL 35811. 256-852-6211. Fern Festival & Sale – 9am-3pm. Over 40 varieties, all hardy to North Alabama, will be offered for sale. Experts will be available to answer questions on planting and maintaining ferns. Music will be provided by area musicians. Admission charged. Huntsville Botanical Garden, 4747 Bob Wallace Ave, Huntsville, AL 35805. 256-830-4447. Connections: Gary Chapman/Carolyn Sherer 11am-4pm daily through Sept 29. Presenting the second installment of a new series focused on regional contemporary artists with shared sensibilities. Featured are two critically acclaimed Alabama artists whose mixed media paintings and photographs address issues of gender identity and coming of age in the New Millennium. Chapman, a mixed-media painter, teaches painting and drawing at UAB, and Sherer, an independent photographer, works primarily as a documentary portraitist within thematic series. Huntsville Museum of Art, 300 Church St, Huntsville, AL 35801. 256-535-4350. 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 and Shuttle from Huntsville Hospital lots at Lowell & Adams. Tickets including a box dinner from The Eaves may be ordered. Historic Three Caves, Huntsville, AL 35801. 256-534-5263.

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FRIDAY, MAY 24 Concerts on the Dock/Christabel & The Jons – 6-9pm. Always family friendly shows. Picnics, coolers and pets (on a leash) are welcome. Admission free. Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment, 2211 Seminole Dr, Huntsville, AL 35805. 256-533-0399. City Lights Concert Series #2 – 7:30pm. Enjoy the view as you listen to Mary Gauthier 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. Burritt on the Mountain, 3101 Burritt Dr, Huntsville, AL 35801. 256-536-2882.

SATURDAY, MAY 25 25th Annual St. Ann Seafood Festival – 7am-7pm. The event starts at 7am-noon with the Community Yard Sale. Seafood sales begin at 9am. The menu includes Crawfish, Gumbo, Red Beans and Rice, Boiled Shrimp, Fried Fish Po Boy’s, Fried Catfish, Sweet Corn, Potato Salad, Shrimp pasta salad, desserts and Cajun Chicken Gumbo. Children’s Activities from 12-4pm. Live Music, face painting and more. Admission free. Annunciation of the Lord Catholic Church, 3910 Spring Ave SW, Decatur, AL 35603. Old School & Blues Festival – 12pm Sat; 2pm Sun. An outdoor celebration with emphasis on new and legendary soul and blues artists. John Hunt Park, Jaycee’s Building, 2180 Airport Rd, Huntsville, AL 35801. 256-679-3272.

TUESDAY, MAY 28 Health Forum: Hearing Loss – 11am-12pm. Dr. William McFeely, of the North Alabama Ear, Nose, and Throat Associates, talks about Hearing Loss. What are the symptoms? Treatment? What are our options? Contact Sophie Young at 256-532-2362 for more information. Huntsville-Madison County Public Library, 915 Monroe St, Second Floor Events Room, Huntsville, AL.

Concerts on the Dock/Cigar Box Guitar Festival – 6-9pm. Always family friendly shows. Picnics, coolers and pets (on a leash) are welcome. Admission free. Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment, 2211 Seminole Dr, Huntsville, AL 35805. 256-533-0399.

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Meditation – 8:30am. Center for Spiritual Living, 308 Lily Flagg Rd, Huntsville, AL. 256-8838596.

Latham UMC Farmers’ Market – 3-7pm. The Farmers’ Market at Latham UMC is coming every Tuesday beginning in May. We will be located at Latham United Methodist Church on Weatherly Road. Please come out and see us and support local Alabama Farmers. There will be live entertainment and events weekly. Latham United Methodist Church, 109 Weatherly Rd SE, Huntsville, AL 35803.

A Course in Miracles Study Group – 9:15am. Shared reading and group discussions. Extra books available. Light of Christ Center, 4208 Holmes Ave, Huntsville, AL. 256-895-0255. Revealing Service – 9:45am. Center for Spiritual Living, 308 Lily Flagg Rd, Huntsville, AL. 256883-8596. Celebration Service – 10:30am. Center for Spiritual Living, 308 Lily Flagg Rd, Huntsville, AL. 256-883-8596. Unity Church on the Mountain Worship Service – 11am, with Metaphysical Discussion at 9:30am. Unity is a positive path for spiritual living. Reverend Phillip Fischer. Unity Church on the Mountain, 1328 Governors Dr SE, Huntsville, AL. 256-536-2271. UnityChurchOnThe 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, AL. 256-895-0255.


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Meditation – 6pm. Center for Spiritual Living, 308 Lily Flagg Rd, Huntsville, AL. 256-8838596.


Beginner/Intermediate Mat Class – 6-7pm. This class adds more exercises from the series and will challenge one’s mind/body connections. Body Language Pilates, 305 Jefferson St, Ste C, Huntsville, AL. 256-704-5080. BodyLanguage




Yoga Wall class with Bonnie Robertston – 5:306:30pm. Using the traditional yoga asanas, this exploration will allow you to go deeper within the body with the support and assistance of ropes, breaking down barriers of the mind and body. Body Language Pilates, 305 Jefferson St, Suite C, Downtown Huntsville. 256-704-5080. Meditation – 6pm. Center for Spiritual Living, 308 Lily Flagg Rd, Huntsville, AL. 256-8838596.

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Waist Management University – 6:30pm. A 12-class course that provides education and solutions on weight loss topics such as metabolism/digestion, how to eat for weight loss and muscle gain, effective exercise, and what to do when burn out hits. You can join the program at anytime. 24/7 Health Club & Wellness Center, 3490 Harris Hills Blvd, Huntsville, AL 35811. 256-851-0574. waist-management.

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Art Critique at Lowe Mill – 6-7pm, fourth Wednesday of each month. In the interest of nourishing our expanding artists’ community we are reviving the Art Critique here at Lowe Mill. 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. Lowe Mill‎, 2211 Seminole Dr SW, Huntsville, AL. 256-533-0399.‎. Satsang – 6:30pm. Satsang is a sanskrit word that means” to sit in truth.” Satsang is a meeting with our true nature that is pure awareness. This sacred circle brings an opportunity to explore our deepest knowing. Through group discussion and inquiry, we reveal the innate wisdom of the one presence living life as each one of us. Led by Rev. David Leonard. Meditation at 6pm. Center for Spiritual Living, 308 Lily Flagg Rd, Huntsville, AL. 256-883-8596. “You Are A Powerful Creator” – 6:30pm. A class that will guide you how to create the life you want. Unity Church on the Mountain, 1328 Governors Dr SE, Huntsville, AL. 256-536-2271.

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:

thursday Fusion Pilates – 9-10am. A fusion of Pilates and Hanna Somatic work teaching one to access and strengthen one’s deepest connections bringing balance to one’s spine and overall posture. Body Language Pilates, 305 Jefferson St, Ste C, Huntsville, AL. 256-704-5080.

friday 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, AL. 256-895-0255.

saturday Madison Farmers Market – 8am-12pm. Come early for the best in 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, AL 35758. 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 Dr, Huntsville, AL. Flying 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 5/25). Huntsville ECK Center, 900 Wellman Avenue, #3 (near Five Points). 256534-1751.

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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.

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Eric has been in the health and fitness industry for over 25 years. Cronus Health & Fitness offers personally designed nutritional advise, exercise, and fitness programs for clients that already belong to a gym or just getting started that do not want to join a gym because of time constraints or feeling embarrassed. We will come to you instead of you coming to us!

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We offer an innovative model for health care that encompasses an individualized approach in order to balance and harmonize the mind, body and spirit thru a comprehensive assessment of your nutritional, hormonal, intestinal and immunological systems for the prevention and reversal of diseases.

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JIN SHIN JYUTSU® JIN SHIN JYUTSU OF HUNTSVILLE Sandra Cope Huntsville 256-534-1794 256-509-3540 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.

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

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LOCAL FARMERS MARKETS FARMERS MARKET AT LATHAM UMC ON WEATHERLY 109 Weatherly Rd SE, Huntsville, AL 35803 256-881-4069 MarketAtLathamUMC Join us every Tuesday in May through September at Latham United Methodist Church on Weatherly beginning on May 7 from 3-7 pm in the Church parking lot on the Northeast corner of Weatherly Rd and South Parkway. Wide Variety of Fresh, Delicious, Locally grown Fruits, Vegetables provided by local farmers every week. Family Friendly Entertainment, Artisans and Activities.






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The Morgan County/Decatur Farmers Market will open on April 20 for the season. The Market is open Monday-Saturday from 6am-5pm. They are a variety of vendors selling their homegrown foods. They also shell peas and beans for a fee. They will be having the following Festivals this year: Strawberry Festival on May 4, Corn Festival on July 13, Tomato Festival on July 27, and the Watermelon Festival on August 17. Closed on Memorial Day, July 4, and Labor Day. Mark your calendars and remember to support your local farmers.


Healthy Living Therapeutic Massage is the place for relaxation, health, wellness, and stress reduction. Our mission is to give personal attention to each individual’s specific needs. You’re invited to experience the relaxation of therapeutic massage. Available Monday-Saturday by appointment only. Located inside Huntsville Pool & Land Therapy.

905 Meridian St. North Huntsville, AL 35801 256-429-9112 A Boutique for pets and their people. Pets, Love and Happiness carries a variety of consciously chosen green pet supplies as well as pet-inspired art, clothing and gifts. They also carry a large selection of premium natural pet food for dogs and cats. Brands such as Lotus, Fussie Cat, Fromm, and Evanger’s. Open Mon-Fri 10-5pm and Sat 10am-3pm.



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MASSAGE A TOUCH OF CLASS SALON Jacqueline Meurer, LMT #3658 115 Cloverleaf Dr, Athens, AL 35611 256-232-8553 Come on in and treat yourself to a relaxing and restorative massage today. I’ll work with you to meet your therapeutic massage needs. It is our goal that every client leave feeling the restful and stress-free benefits of massage. Call today and book an appointment.

Dr. Deb Gilliam, N.M.D. 1230 Slaughter Road, Madison, AL 256-325-0955

Chi of Life Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork, LLC practicing at Exhale Day Spa. Please come and see me for relief from discomfort and disfunction from muscular and tendinous stress and injury and for detoxification and energetic assistance. Offering Swedish and Deep Tissue Massage, Muscle Energy Techniques, Neuromuscular Techniques (Trigger Point Therapy), Reiki and Integrative Reflexology. See Website for discount.

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.


CLOUD NINE IN HOME MASSAGES 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.

DIXIE PHILLIPS (LMT #2151) Dixie’s Sunrise Massage Therapy 3313 Memorial Parkway, Ste #116 Huntsville, AL 35801 256-585-0504 Massage Offering: MediCupping, Deep Tissue, Swedish. $10 off one hour session for Military Active Duty, Firemen, EMT or Police Officers. Must advise at time of booking and show ID for discount. Since 2006. See DixiesSunrise. for all services.

4208 Holmes Ave, Huntsville 256-895-0255 The Light of Christ Center is comfortably 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)

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

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Suzanne Newton, Director Huntsville, AL Yoga Alliance E-RYT 500 International Association of Yoga Therapists Iyengar Yoga National Association of the US 256-585-3727

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Private Yoga Instruction is an opportunity to address your specific needs, receive guidance about techniques, and to ask questions. Some reasons to have a private class: chronic pain and/or weakness due to injury or illness, energy imbalances, anxiety, depression, self esteem issues and lack of focus. Private study can help you to refine your asana and pranayama techniques with a practice program designed specifically for you. 90 minutes sessions are held in a Twickenham studio near the hospital district. Contact the Director to discuss your goals and to make an appointment. Students are accepted at the Director’s discretion.

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SHAMAN HEALER WATER, WILLOW & MOON SHAMANIC HEALING Jeffrey Rich 256-337-1699 "Medicine for the Soul," shamanic healing is the sacred technology which can help you achieve wholeness by addressing the spiritual causes of disease. Empty? Out of sorts? Something "just not right"? "Haven't been the same since ..."? Explore the techniques of shamanic healing and find answers. Offering Soul Retrieval, Thoughtform Unraveling, Illumination, Space Clearing, Past Life Work and much more.

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STRUCTURAL INTEGRATION JACI HOGUE 256-656-4108 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.

SUSAN K. JEFFREYS Advanced Practitioner Lic.#249 Dr. Ida P. ROLF method 2336A Whitesburg Drive 256-512-2094 Serving Huntsville since 1995 “When the body gets working appropriately, then the force of gravity can flow through. Then spontaneously, the body heals itself.” —Ida P. Rolf


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YOGA TEACHER TRAINING YOGA DHARMA INTENSIVE STUDIES PROGRAM Suzanne Newton, Director Yoga Alliance E-RYT 500 International Association of Yoga Therapists Iyengar Yoga National Association of the US Huntsville AL 256-585-3727 The Intensive Studies Program is designed for dedicated yoga practitioners with a minimum of three years of classroom training. If your focus is on personal development of your practice and/or earning CEUs for the Yoga Alliance registration requirements, you may attend individual workshops that are offered on a semi-regular basis. Another option is to join a Modules Group for 200 Hours of training and earn a Teaching Certificate upon passing the Assessments. A new Modules Group is forming now for the 2013-2014 year. Questions? Contact the Director by email or a scheduled phone call.



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