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TENDING TO TRAUMA Michele Monticciolo




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WEALTH WITH HEALTH A Conversation with Russell Simmons


by Bill Van Arsdale

13 FITNESS WITH FIDO 8 newsbriefs


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Five Ways to Make Workouts Fun by Joshua Fleming


Energy Healing With Essential Oils

by Linda Hileman BS, CCA


A Guy’s Guide to Staying Vitally Healthy by Judith Fertig




Preventing Issues In Your Tissues by Michele Monticciolo, NC NH



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33 REIKI by Mary Morales




uch has been said about the tornados that traumatized Alabama on April 27, and much remains to be said. As a monthly magazine, Natural Awakenings is not an ideal format for up-to-the minute news and actionable information, at least in comparison to Radio, newspapers, TV, and Internet sources, but we wanted to try to do our part in this regard. As far as my own personal experience in Trinity during the day of storms and the week without power, I was glued to 102.1 WDRM on a transistor radio. Until we lost electricity on Wednesday afternoon, I had been watching storm coverage on WHNT-19 TV, and had been amazed and impressed at how accurate the radar storm tracking was, which lent great confidence to us as we switched over to our car stereos and portable radios after the loss of power, during the most dangerous part of the day. Both stations, during the storms and throughout the week after, were literally, lifesavers. I know that other broadcast stations serving the area did a great job as well. WDRM radio should be forever praised for its ongoing call-in talkline, which served as the sole link to information and community connection for thousands of people until the power was restored. We should all be proud of the way we weathered those days. The spirit that was manifest. The sense of coming together as community in a time of crisis. Alabamians have been breaking their necks to help those in need, and they've been organizing the entire, extremely complex, effort themselves, with incredible speed, responsiveness, and efficiency, from the very get-go, without waiting for anybody's direction to tell them how. The Churches have led the way, all the way, and I cannot express how impressed I have been with their massive mobilization and the effectiveness of their efforts. No other organization, type of organization, or network of organizations could have been anywhere near as well-equipped to do what they have done and are still doing. Crosspoint Community Church is but one example of a church leading the way to help those in need. Be sure to read our interview with Pastor Dave Anderson of Crosspoint on page 28 to learn how you can help their continuing relief campaign. And then, there is the role of Facebook in all this. Talk about ready for prime time. Since the restoration of electricity, Facebook groups have become the voice and the vehicle for timely and targeted coordination of the relief efforts, statewide. No other communications medium could possibly play the role that these Facebook pages have played and will continue to play in the weeks and months ahead. And there are hundreds of them that have sprung up spontaneously, in the wake of the storms, like flowers after a rain. This is the human spirit of love and compassion in its purest distillation, and this time technology was ready to meet it. Following is a list of Facebook groups involved in the relief efforts. Just reading some of their names will swell your heart. They are also the very best place to go to find out what you can do, right now, to help those in need.

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Facebook Groups Coordinating Tornado Relief and Recovery There are hundreds of Facebook groups that have sprung up in the aftermath of the Tornados of 4/27/11. These have provided a critical communications network to help coordinate volunteers, donations, and services in a major grassroots relief effort to assist individuals and communities in need. This is by no means intended to be a comprehensive list.


102.1 WDRM, WHNT NewsChannel 19, WLRH 89.3FM ...... Action in Community Through Service Adopt-A-Tornado School Alabama Disaster Post for the Missing & Remembered Alabama Emergency Management Agency Alabama Possible - The Alabama Poverty Project Alabama Tornado Community Network Alabama Tornado Victims Relief Alabama Tornado Relief Alabama Tornado Relief "Trying To Put The Best Effort Forward" Alabama Tornado Relief (Miami/Fort Lauderdale) Alabama Tornados April 27, 2011 Lost and Found Items Alabama VOAD American Red Cross American Red Cross of West Alabama Animals Lost & Found from the Tornadoes in Alabama on 4/27/11 April 27, 2011 Tornado Outbreak Tribute Austin Kids for Alabama ...... Beehive to 'Bama Tornado Relief Effort ...... C2C - Community2Community CAC 4 Hope: a donation drive for the 4.27.11 tornado victims Calhoun County Alabama Tornado Lost/Found Pets Clay County Cares Coming out of the Woodwork to help Alabama communities affect by Tornadoes Committee on Church Cooperation Communities United: Donation locations & News for Alabama Tornado Relief City of Cullman Cullman's Lost Pets Community Furniture Bank Crosspoint Community Church Couponing for Community ...... DeKalb County Tornado Relief Decatur Morgan County Convention & Visitors Bureau ...... Eclectic Tornado Info April 27, 2011 Epic Church Federal Emergency Management Agency Friends Helping Friends, Jackson Co, Alabama ...... Goodwill Industries of Central Alabama, Inc.

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Hackleburg Helping Hands Hands On Birmingham Help for Alabama Tornado Victims Help Catoosa Help Rebuild Pleasant Grove Help Rural Alabama Recover Help Tuscaloosa Help us Support Tuscaloosa Heart of Sand Mountain Disaster Relief Center Homelessness Bites Hope for Hackleburg HOPE for Tornado Victims Housing for Tornado Victims How Can We Help Recent Tornado Victims? Help the Southern States in Their Time of Need ...... I bet I can find 1,000,000 people who want to help tornado victims ...... James Spann Jeans 4 Teens (Tornado donations) Junior League of Huntsville ...... Lawrence County Al EMA Letters of Hope-Letters to Survivors of 4/27/11 ...... Kentucky C.A.R.E.'s (Contributing to Alabama Relief Efforts) ...... Magnolia Disaster Relief Make It Matter Memphis area Tuscaloosa Tornado Relief Effort ...... Neighbors Helping Neighbors (Helena, AL) North Alabama Tornado Outreach (N.A.T.O.) North Alabama Tornado Relief Northwest Alabama Volunteer/Donation Info - Tornado Relief Effort Northeast Alabama Volunteer/Donation Info - Tornado Relief Effort North Mississippi Disaster Relief ...... Oak Mountain Church Disaster Relief Operation Prom For North Alabama Tornado Victims ...... People Missing or Unreachable after April 27, 2011 Tornadoes Photographers Helping Restoring Memories After April 27, 2011 Tornados Pictures and Documents Found After April 27, 2011 Tornadoes Pray for Alabama

Prayer for All Tuscaloosa & Birmingham residents affected by 4/27 Tornado Pray For Cullman, AL Praying for Eclectic Victims April 27, 2011 Tornado Pray For Tornado Victims Pray for the Tornado Victims of April 27, 2011 Pray for the Victims of the April 27, 2011 Tornado that Hit Cullman, AL Pray for Tuscaloosa Prom Dresses for Tornado Victims ...... Recognition of the 4\27\11 Tornadoes Volunteers Recover Tuscaloosa Rebuild Tuscaloosa Rhea County Disaster Relief Riverwood Tornado Relief Roll Tide & War Eagle or War Eagle & Roll Tide ...... Saving Sand Mountain Send Help to Alabama Tornado Victims Serve Alabama Share Our Shoes Smithville, MS - April 27, 2011 EF-5 Tornado Recovery Effort Soles Of Hope Stamp Out Hunger Support All Tornado Survivors of 2011 Support Alabama Tornado Victims ...... The Haves Helping the Have-Not's Teddies 4 Tornado Victims Teens for Tornado Victims Temporary Emergency Services Thank You to ALL the Electricians Working for Tornado Victims of 4/27/2011 TIDE Loads of HOPE The Compassionate Couponer - Please Help Alabama

The Crimson White The Green Cross of Alabama The Salvation Army - Huntsville, AL The Salvation Army - Scottsboro, AL Tide In Texas Texas for Tuscaloosa Texas Tiders Tornado Relief T-Town Tornado Relief Team Toomer's for Tuscaloosa Toomer's for Tuscaloosa GA Division Tornadoes of Alabama Torn-Aid Spalding County: Tornado Victim Support Tornado Relief - With love from Cedar City, UT Tornado Victims Relief Effort Toys that Heal Trailers for Tornado Victims - North Alabama Tuscaloosa Disaster Relief Information and Opportunities Tuscaloosa Metro Animal Shelter Tuscaloosa Tornado Donations Tuscaloosa Tornado: What You Can Do ...... Underwear, Socks and Bras! Oh My United Way of Cullman County United Way of West Alabama United Way of Madison County in Huntsville Alabama United Way of Morgan County ...... Vegas for Tuscaloosa Volunteers & Donations for Jackson County, Alabama ...... WBRC Birmingham WarTide Tornado Relief We Are T-Town Wedding Dresses for Tornado Victims We all Support Alabama/Auburn United We Stand (Tornado Relief T-Shirt) WeAreAlabama We'll Remember You Donated for Tornado Victims (Businesses)

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fter the tornadoes of April 27, social media and traditional news media were great sources of information about disaster recovery in Alabama. Great success in volunteering, donations and teamwork came out of many social media initiatives, such as Toomer's for Tuscaloosa and Animals Lost & Found from the Tornadoes in Alabama on 4/27/11. But there was no one specific gathering place for this type of group sharing information from the entire state. Enter Recovery Alabama was launched by The Tuscaloosa News within a few days after the storms. The website runs on an open-source platform which uses geocoded maps to place locations related to tornado recovery. The Tuscaloosa News put Recovery Alabama online, and then was contacted by Alabama Emergency Management, as well as nonprofits that help with disaster recovery for additional support: American Red Cross, Crisis Commons, Humanity Road, GIS Corps, and Standby Task Force. Members of the media, as well as members of the community, can submit reports under these categories: Assistance Needed, Information, Infrastructure Problems, Items Needed, Medical Needs, News Stories, Upcoming Events and Solutions. Editors then verify the information and map the locations. There are also iPhone and Android apps available so that information can be entered from the field. "This is crowdsourcing," said Dr. Chris Roberts, a University of Alabama journalism professor who is volun-


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Dealing with Grief After the Storm


ospice of the Valley in Decatur is hosting support groups in response to the storm victims of the tornadoes from April 27th. The groups are for adults and children who are grieving the loss of a loved one as well as for those having difficulty who volunteered their time in helping these families with deaths. The groups will be led by trained professionals including an Adult Bereavement Coordinator and Child Life Specialist/Children’s Bereavement Coordinator to aid young ones with their grief (school-aged children 5-18). Support groups are scheduled for Tuesday, June 7 from 4-5:30pm. Interested participants are asked to register by calling 256-350-5585 and speaking either with Brad Eades or Kim O’Leary. Hospice of the Valley’s Community Bereavement Center is a central resource of support for individuals and the community as they deal with issues of grief related to death. The Center provides free support groups for adults, teens and children. Bereavement professionals are also available to businesses, schools, churches, and organizations that may need assistance in the aftermath of a

sudden death. For more information contact the Community Bereavement Center at 256-350-5585 or visit our website at Hospice of the Valley, 240 Johnston St. SE, Decatur.

Concert for Cullman


he Tornadoes of Cullman Benefit Concert will be held on Saturday, June 11th at the Cullman County Fairgrounds from noon to 9pm. There will be live music including the Wayne Mills Band, Blackeyed Susan, Black Label, Shallow Side, Dr. Feelgood, Walter E, and more artists TBA. There will be food, door prizes, and nonstop music, and most importantly, a way to help raise funds to rebuild the Cullman Community. Minimum $5.00 donation required. All proceeds will benefit American Red Cross chapter of Cullman County. If you would like more information or would like to volunteer to work at this event, volunteer supplies, or equipment please respond here or contact Gary Sanders at GWSanders@ For complete info, visit

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Balancing Wealth with Health A Conversation with Russell Simmons by Bill Van Arsdale


ussell Simmons is a rare combination of self-made multimillionaire and spiritual guru. Co-founder of Def Jam records, the Phat Farm fashion label and several other business and philanthropic ventures, Russell has just released his second bestselling book, Super Rich: A Guide to Having It All. His idea of “having it all� is not what one might imagine.

While you have achieved extraordinary financial success, instead of becoming completely swept up in ego and material things, you have evolved from being the “Godfather of Rap� into a guru. What set you on the path to writing Super Rich? As we grow, we experience proofs that what our parents, preachers, prophets and scriptures told us as a child is true: The process of living in the cycle of giving is the thing that makes us happy. We also learn that the outside world separates us from the God inside of us, and if we take that Godlikeness and exude it, spreading it out, then the world gives it back to us. These truths are right in front of us, but we are not taught them enough, or else we forget to remember them. So, the purpose of this book is simply to help us remember.

You present many lessons on how to move toward

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higher consciousness, while simultaneously allowing for financial success. How can we use our creativity to apply ourselves to something we really believe in without worrying about accolades or financial reward? In the Bhagavad Gita, Krishna says you have control of the action alone, and never the fruit. The work we do is our prayer. Going to work every day is God’s work. Finding an entrepreneurial business or another endeavor that you are proud of and inspired to use to give—that’s God’s work. You have to be creative, which means that you have to look inside enough to come up with something that the world needs. You can’t see the whole if you reside on the out-

A Prayer I pray that you feel God’s supporting hand beneath you, Fear and illness draining from you, Angels ministering to you, And your life force Strengthening within you. by Rita Loyd Š 2011

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side, where others move you around; the inside is where you make your own choices. Success and prosperity are fringe benefits. Super Rich means a state of needing nothing, of operating from a state of Christ consciousness, or Nirvana, or Samadhi. If we can operate from that, then the cycle of giving speeds up. We become a much greater servant because we are good givers, and good givers are great receivers. That is the core premise.

Don’t the pursuits of wealth and enlightenment pull us in opposite directions? Spiritually, we know what’s right, and that is what I am really trying to get people to engage in, this process of prayer, of looking at the inside instead of the outside for answers. I want them to become what is in their heart and do what they think makes good sense. Can we heal ourselves from the inside out and, in so doing, create a world where we are contributing something good? As human beings, are we going to lift the collective consciousness to the point where we are aware of and actively moving forward to heal the Earth?

What do you think that people can incorporate into their daily routine in order to lead more fulfilling lives? Meditation is vital if you want to see the world in real time and be awake enough to make good choices, live calmly, stay healthy and maintain the clarity needed to focus on the task in front of you. You can only realize a state of higher consciousness with a still mind. When you routinely walk around exuding inner happiness, you become what I call very sticky and attractive. Good givers of good will and hard work and service become very successful. The road to enlightenment is paved with rich results. As you give, as you become more enlightened, you become more empowered. Things fall in your lap. Yet, as you become more attractive and sticky, things you thought you wanted become less valuable, until they mean nothing.

A little nonsense now and then is relished by the ~Roald Dahl wisest men.

Many are rightly alarmed at how humans are degrading our planet. What actions must we take now to pass along a livable world to our grandchildren? The first thing we have to do is stop eating animals, including sea creatures. This is a great cause of many environmental ills currently destroying the planet. We could turn it around if more people would become vegetarians. When individuals take control of their own lives through their meditation and prayer, they will come to all types of decisions that are helpful to this planet and all life. That’s what we want for everyone. Bill Van Arsdale is a freelance writer living in Naples, FL.


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ogs are great at showing unconditional love, being a good listener and offering open paws when a hug is needed; they also make superb workout partners. Here are five ways to bond and get healthy with your favorite four-legged friend.

Walking An obvious way to exercise with a canine pal is to take walks together. Vets generally recommend that dogs go for at least one walk every day, and tagging along is a good way to get the 30 minutes of daily cardiovascular exercise that doctors encourage for us. Also, the regularity of a daily walk helps strengthen the relationship between a dog and owner, while developing the animal’s trust and obedience.

ming builds strength and stamina and is gentle on the joints; it works the body in ways that no other exercise does.

Dancing Dancing is another way to get a groove on and burn calories at the same time. Turn on some tunes and start moving, encouraging your dog to move with you, perhaps even standing on his or her back paws if it feels right. The laughter that results is a whole other form of exercise.



Years ago, bicycling with man’s best friend was dangerous. Fortunately, today we have contraptions that attach a dog safely to a bicycle for a ride and prevent falls when Fido lunges after a squirrel. Bicycling with a dog running alongside is an effective workout for both of you. Exercising with canine pals can be rewarding in many ways, but workouts must be safe, as well as effective. Unless exercising at home or in a fenced yard, dogs should remain on a leash at all times and wear identification tags. Understanding the limits and abilities of a dog’s breed is also important, so that workouts can be appropriately tailored. Now, grab Fido and get moving.

It may be difficult to find a salt pool (avoid chlorine) where pooches are welcome, but shallow lakeshores, local streams and other natural bodies of water can provide enjoyable destinations to take a supervised dip. Swim-

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Fetching Many dogs love chasing tennis balls, tree limbs or other thrown objects. To get the most out of a workout, after throwing the object to be fetched, take off after it with your dog. Although the four-legged competitor may win most of the time, running back and forth and friendly competition benefit all.

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Hyssop – Strengthens personal boundaries. Cypress – For cohesion, stability, and grounding. SACRAL CHAKRA Orange – One of the best all around oils for digestion; it conquers obsessions and fears of letting go. Jasmine – Aphrodisiac with qualities helpful for both frigidity and impotence. Neroli – Nurturing energy for the reproductive organs. Sandalwood – Helps connect sensuality with spirituality.

Energy Healing with Essential Oils By Linda Hileman BS, CCA


hakra is a Sanskrit word that means "wheel of light." There are seven major nonphysical centers of spinning energy (chakras) up the midline of the body that channel energy into and out of the physical body. The heart, where we experience unconditional love, is in the middle. Through the lower chakras we transmit and receive sexual, emotional, and social energy. The higher energy centers are the gateway for psychic and spiritual energy. The openness and cleanliness of the chakras relate to a person’s ability to generate and receive vibratory energy known as chi. Clearing and balancing the chakras is vitally important and can be accomplished with a wide variety of healing methods. Using essential oils for this purpose is very effective because each essential oil has a unique vibrational signature and propensity toward certain emotions, tissues, and bodily organs. Meditation, visualization, color, sound, food, exercise, crystals, reflexology, mas-


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sage, acupuncture, hands on energy techniques, and tapping can all be used in conjunction with essential oils to bring the energy centers into harmony and balance. When using aromatherapy to work on the chakras, first take time to smell the oil, breathing deeply in through the nose and out through the mouth, while focusing your intent on the healing that you want to facilitate. Then take a few drops of oil in your palms, hold your hands in the space directly over the energy center, and move them in a clockwise motion over the area. An alternative is to anoint the body directly at the specific energy center, being careful to dilute the essential oil if necessary. Below are guidelines of essential oils that have a particular affinity with each chakra: ROOT CHAKRA Western Red Cedar / Canadian Red Cedar – Used in traditional Native American spirituality. Cinnamon Bark - The oil of wealth from the Orient.

SOLAR PLEXUS CHAKRA Lemon – Promotes clarity of purpose; cleansing and detoxifying for the liver and gall bladder. Peppermint – Soothes digestion; encourages feelings of vitality and vibrancy; stimulates and clarifies the conscious mind. Roman (Yellow) Chamomile – Soothing; encourages calm acceptance of limitations. Fennel – Encourages confidence and assertiveness and promotes a better self-image. HEART CHAKRA Rose – Having the highest vibrational frequency of all essential oils, it

promotes love and brings harmony and balance. Ylang Ylang – Balances male and female energies and enhances spiritual attunement. Geranium – Lifts the spirit and increases capacity to listen with the heart. Bergamot – Relieves anxiety, opens the heart, and allows love to radiate.

connection to the Divine. Sandalwood – Stimulates the pineal gland and promotes deep meditation. Using the energetic influences of essential oils with another modality you feel attracted to may increase the potential of both and bring the best results. It is important to keep in mind, though, that all true healing comes from within. The effectiveness of vibrational aromatherapy and/ or any other energy modality is a

result of your intention, effort, and desire to promote positive change in your life. None of these modalities directly change your energy centers, but rather they stimulate them to reorganize and balance themselves. They are only facilitators of healing that takes place within your own energy being. Linda Hileman BS, CCA is a Certified Clinical Aromatherapist. For more information or to make an appointment, call 256-325-4444 or email

THROAT CHAKRA German (Blue) Chamomile – Helps express truth calmly and without anger. Myrtle – Known as a thyroid balancer; has a fragrant influence that helps one go forward on the spiritual path. Basil / Rosemary – For clarity in selfexpression. Myrrh – Promotes spiritual awareness and aids communication where there is lack of self-confidence. BROW CHAKRA Rosemary – Awakens the higher intuition, clears the mind, and strengthens memory. Cedarwood – Releases stress and stimulates the limbic region of the brain (the center of emotions). Juniper – Used for its tranquil and calming effects and to encourage inner vision and enlightenment. Lemongrass – Promotes psychic awareness and purification. CROWN CHAKRA Lavender – Helps integrate spirituality into everyday life.

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JUST TAKE FIVE A Guy’s Guide to Staying Vitally Healthy by Judith Fertig


ncient prophets understood the wisdom of living by the adage, “Eat, drink and be merry,” and it still rings true today. Today’s health experts further add, “get moving” and “see your doctor at least once a year.” Adopting this short, easy-to-do list of habits as a guiding principle can be key to a healthier and happier life, and add more years to accomplish your bucket list. The good news about male longevity is that much of it is under our control. Dr. Robert Butler, gerontologist, psychiatrist and author of The Longevity Prescription: The 8 Proven Keys to a Long, Healthy Life, received a Pulitzer Prize for his work on aging. A founding director of the National Institute on Aging of the National Institutes of Health, he also started the nation’s first department of geriatrics, at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, in New York City. In his early 80s, Butler was still regularly walking around Central Park before putting in 60-hour weeks doing work he loved as head of International Longevity Center–USA ( Butler maintained that genes account for only 25 percent of our individual health and said, “Our environment and personal behaviors account for the rest.” For him, it was simple things like welcome hugs and laughter that added pleasure and length to life. Of course, learning something new helps the brain stay active. Butler lived

the essence of active right up until his passing a year ago at age 83.

A Simple Prescription So, what are men up against today? According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (, the leading causes of death for men are heart disease; cancer (especially prostate); injuries; chronic lower respiratory diseases; stroke; diabetes; suicide; influenza and pneumonia; kidney disease; and Alzheimer’s disease. But men can take a preventive approach to these conditions. Here are five proactive, enjoyable ways that work:

EAT. The simple everyday act of healthy eating can have longterm, holistic benefits for not only overall health and weight management, but for preventing prostate cancer. In 2010, nearly

218,000 men in the United States were diagnosed with prostate cancer, a largely curable challenge when caught in its early stages, according to the American Cancer Society. But why not eat well to prevent potential cancer cells from becoming a bigger problem? “All of us have microscopic cancers growing in our bodies all the time,” says Dr. William Li, founder and head of The Angiogenesis Foundation, in Cambridge, Massachusetts ( and the userfriendly Angiogenesis is the process our bodies use to grow blood vessels, he says, a natural process that sometimes gets hijacked by cancer cells. “A microscopic tumor can grow up to 16,000 times its original size in as little as two weeks,” explains Li, “but new, groundbreaking research from The Angiogenesis Foundation proposes that you can stop cancer before it begins to grow.” Li calls this new preventive approach “anti-angiogenesis.” “Many common foods contain cancer-starving molecules,” Li continues. “Anti-angiogenesis encourages that. By changing the way you eat, you can change your internal environment, thereby depriving cancer cells the opportunity to grow and multiply.” Li and his colleagues continue to monitor the results of other studies while continuing their own research showing the positive effects of certain foods in slowing or preventing the growth and spread of cancer cells. One seminal study, published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute in 2002, established the link between eating cooked tomato products and a lowered risk of prostate cancer. “Cooked tomatoes… have more cancerfighting properties

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Get a Move On: Five Reasons to Exercise by Judith Fertig The research is in. Getting off the couch and moving away from TV, video and computer screens pays off in more ways than one. Helps maintain a healthy weight: Everyone knows that the more active we are, the more calories we work off, and the more our weight stays at a healthy number on the scale. Improves brain function: “The decline the brain experiences late in life is not inevitable; it can be affected by things like habitual exercise,” asserts Dr. Eric Larson, of the Group Health Research Institute, in Seattle. Larson and his team of researchers published a pivotal study in the Annals of Internal Medicine showing that older adults that exercised at least three times a week were 38 percent less likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease. The theory is that exercise not only increases blood flow and oxygen to the brain, it may also reduce the abnormality known as brain plaque that has been associated with Alzheimer’s. Helps prevent diabetes: A study in The New England Journal of Medicine found that moderate exercise led to a 50 to 60 percent reduction in the risk for developing diabetes, and delayed the onset of Type 2 diabetes among those already at high risk. Lowers blood pressure: After reviewing 15 studies on exercise and high blood pressure, the American College of Sports Medicine concluded that moderate exercise decreased blood pressure in approximately 75 percent of individuals with hypertension. Keeps us going: The good news is that exercise—especially the short, intense bursts in circuit or interval training— helps maintain and develop muscles, strength and stamina, according to a recent study in the British Journal of Sports Medicine.


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than raw tomatoes,” advises Li. “Both contain the molecule lycopene, but heating the tomato changes its chemical structure and makes the benefits more readily available to the body. You should eat two to three [½ cup] servings of cooked tomatoes a week.” The Angiogenesis Foundation provides a base list of 40 natural foods that contain cancer-preventing properties. New foods are added as their benefits are proved in research. The newest additions for fighting prostate cancer— Emmental, Jarlsburg and gouda cheeses—are rich in vitamin K2.

DRINK. Consuming fresh ginger drinks, green tea and herbal tea blends that include anti-angiogenic ginseng, lavender and licorice root work to hydrate the body and prevent disease, according to researchers at The Angiogenesis Foundation. A glass or two of red wine, which contains the cancer fighting, anti-inflammatory compound resveratrol, can be good for men. “My own advice to folks is about one drink a day,” counseled Butler. “The older you get, the heavier the impact of the alcohol. But in moderation, alcohol not only has a relaxing effect, it can elevate levels of good cholesterol. Maintaining good hydration by drinking water also helps kidneys filter impurities out of the body and keeps skin looking fresher. BE MERRY. The very things that come with being social are good for everyone’s health. According to Butler, simple touching, such as holding hands with and hugging a loved one, works to lower blood pressure. Laughing with buddies helps keep blood vessels from restricting, and thus keeps the heart working more efficiently. Having an eye for beauty in our surrounding adds pleasure to life and helps keep us in a good mood. Engaging in close, loving and romantic rela-

tionships and staying in touch with lots of friends not only increases the quality of men’s lives, but also helps battle depression and heart disease, suggests Dr. Mehmet Oz, a professor of cardiac surgery at Columbia University and a founder of the Complementary Medicine Program at New York-Presbyterian Hospital. He frequently appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show before becoming host of The Dr. Oz Show.

According to Oz, “The more sex you have—provided that it’s safe sex and with a mutually monogamous partner—the healthier you will be. Men who have sex once a month are at more than two times the risk of heart disease and heart attack than men who have sex twice a week.” Complementing such healthy excitement, establishing a daily meditation practice also helps men stay calm, energetic, positive and more attuned to their own inner wisdom, says Donna Cardillo, a registered nurse who advises healthcare professionals in the Gannett Healthcare Group. “Studies have also shown that regular meditation can lower blood pressure, boost the immune system, improve the body’s response to stress, and even improve sleep patterns.” Another way to be and stay merry,

suggests Cardillo, is to take part in some kind of volunteer work. “Volunteering has long been touted as a great way to give back and make a positive contribution to the world,” she remarks. “While all that is true, numerous studies, including the recent Do Good Live Well Study, by UnitedHealthcare, have shown that people who do volunteer work for two or more hours a week exhibit lower rates of depression and heart disease, live happier more fulfilled lives and have greater self-esteem and greater functionality, especially older adults.”

spread to this country. Wearing a small counter is a simple way to keep track of how many steps we take in a day. Such monitoring devices indicate how active or inactive we really are, which can be a bit of a surprise. Hatano and his researchers found that most people take 3,500 to 5,000 steps a day. Raising that to 10,000 steps a day will burn more calories, promote better heart function and keep weight under control.

MOVE. Butler promoted moderate exercise to help improve cardiovascular function, elevate mood and keep men fit longer, and his conclusions are supported by studies by the University of Maryland Medical Center, Arizona State University, and the Erasmus M.C. University Medical Center in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. He found that, “One of the most frightening disabilities of old age, aside from dementia, is frailty.” His prescription? Maintain strong thigh muscles, which is what we use to get up out of a chair or bed, and do squats daily. Yoshiro Hatano, Ph.D., popularized the use of pedometers and the 10,000 Steps a Day program in Japan that also

Recommended Anti-Angiogenic Foods According to the researchers at The Angiogenesis Foundation, many easily eaten foods help starve commonly occurring microscopic cancer cells and keep them from becoming a problem. This list, starting with green tea, continues to grow over time as scientists verify the efficacy of various foods based on a body of research. Green tea Strawberries Blackberries Raspberries Blueberries Oranges Grapefruit Lemons Apples Pineapples Cherries Red grapes

Red wine Bok choy Kale Soybeans Ginseng Maitake or other Asian mushrooms Licorice Turmeric Nutmeg Artichokes Lavender

Pumpkin Sea cucumber Tuna, halibut, flounder, salmon Parsley Garlic Tomato Olive oil Grape seed oil Dark chocolate Emmental, Jarlsburg, or Gouda cheese

GET A TUNE-UP. Annual physicals are more important than regularly changing the oil in a car, yet men are more likely than women to skip a checkup visit to their doctor, according to a recent poll by Louis Harris and Associates. A growing trend among health centers addresses this concern, offering men a one-stop-shopping-style checkup and testing. Here’s how: Men who aren’t interested in spending a day windowshopping certainly aren’t into a day of appointments to check off a list of simple health screenings. So, special health programs—modeled after executive health screenings formerly accessible only at getaway destinations like the Mayo Clinic, in Rochester, Minnesota, or the Greenbrier Clinic, in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia—are popping up at local hospitals from coast to coast. As part of the men’s health program at Shawnee Mission Medical Center, serving the Kansas City area, for example, doctors emphasize “maintaining optimal performance” versus “let’s see what’s wrong with you.” Prior to an appointment, patients visit a lab location for tests, so that all of their results are ready when they visit the doctor. Then, on the day of their appointment, some additional screenings are performed, if necessary, so the time men spend with the doctor is used more effectively. This personalized, focused attention and all-at-once approach can provide straightforward strategic health planning—a map of diet, exercise and lifestyle targets to aim for in the coming year that can keep men here and healthy. Judith Fertig is a freelance writer in Overland Park, KS; see AlfrescoFood She interviewed Dr. Robert Butler before his passing.

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An Introduction to Permaculture

clever design. One of my favorite permaculture sayings is: "The problem is the solution." You will need to take a course to find out why that is so! I have never stopped wanting to teach permaculture classes, but first of all, I believed I needed to model it in every way that I could. I began by finding an architect and builder who would work with me in designing an ultra-green home. I sold the home I had which was located in a subdivision, chose a spot on the farm, so the peak of Monte Sano would be right out my kitchen window, and built the greenest house I could

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ne Sunday morning about 13 years ago, I was visiting with a new friend at church. The conversation turned to our mutual love of nature, and our concerns for the condition of our environment, and for the general decline of health among our population. He mentioned the word "permaculture" to me and described what it was about. From that day on, as I researched and read more and more about it, I felt that I had finally found my "people/tribe." As soon as I was able to do so, I found a permaculture design certification course and attended. It was far away and expensive, but worth every penny. I learned a great deal from extremely knowledgeable teachers and have kept in touch with several of them over the years. They have helped me with various projects since then. Permaculturists believe that the answers to our environmental, agricultural, social, financial and even government problems can be solved through observing, learning, and applying patters found in nature. In fact, permaculture consultants are turning deserts into lush gardens with virtually no input except what comes to the land naturally. It's all about marvelous,


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afford. It is, in fact, carbon neutral. The 9KW solar system supplies considerably more electricity than I consume. I am now working on the landscape design, and ready to begin teaching and sharing the joys of permaculture. I still have a long way to go, because I am having to regenerate the biological health of the soil around my house. But, some raised garden beds are in, and the deer fence is under construction to protect what is planted there. The pond still needs to be lined and the hoop house with the aquaponic operation should be built this summer. Slowly but surely, this little homestead will be a great place to teach and demonstrate how anyone can turn their home place into a sacred space of beauty and abundant gifts from nature. Earn your internationally recognized Permaculture Design Certificate in a sixteen-day course including breakfast, lunch & camping on site at the Sneed Farm, 35811, from July 1-16. Or sign up for two weekend classes—3-Day Introduction to Permaculture, July 1-3 or 3-Day Introduction to Regenerative Agriculture, July 8-10. For more information, contact: Michele at or Andrew at See ad on page 21.

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Tending to Trauma: Preventing Issues in Your Tissues By Michele Monticciolo NC NH


s the rash of tornadoes ripped through our community on that fateful Wednesday in April, life truly changed for thousands of people in an instant. For literally hours and hours that day, we sat in a state of helplessness, listening as sirens blared out a message of mortal danger over and over again. We worried about family members on the road or in a nearby town, and prayed the tornadoes would occur anywhere but where we were. When it was all over, some were fortunate enough to suffer only a power outage, but many were homeless, and a staggering number of our friends, family and loved ones were gone forever. It's a sobering thought that's heavy, and sad, and shocking all at once.


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Most of us have been trained to shake off our discomforts and painful experiences and keep moving forward, and undeniably, there is something to be said for that. However, we needn't expect ourselves to rise above these basic responses when a true trauma or tragedy occurs. Sometimes our greatest strength lies in acknowledging that we feel traumatized and addressing our feelings—now. More importantly, it is proven that being in touch with our painful, fearful, negative emotions as they occur speeds our healing process and prevents greater issues down the road. We've all heard of PTSD: Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. We often associate PTSD with soldiers returning from war, or as the after-effect of some other intense or long-term stress experience, but anyone can have PTSD, and something like our recent tornado devastation is enough to create it. More importantly, PTSD can be prevented if it is addressed when it is still in its beginning stage, known as ASD, or Acute Stress Disorder. According to Shelah Manley, a licensed professional counselor in private practice in Huntsville, identifying and treating someone with ASD is paramount to a fast recovery.

"Most people are surprised to learn that, after surviving a tragedy, they are suffering from Acute Stress Disorder (ASD) rather than Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). The symptoms and treatment are identical; the diagnoses differ only in duration of symptoms. ASD begins within two days of a trauma, and then becomes PTSD if symptoms endure longer than four weeks. If treatment begins during the first month of symptoms, survivors recover more quickly, have fewer long term repercussions, and require less professional intervention." After the tornadoes occurred, most of us were busy struggling to find the basic necessities of food, gas, and safe lodging. We entered into a sort of “automatic pilot” mode, robotically going through the motions and thinking in a survival mindset. It is not uncommon for the brain to put off addressing the emotional component of a trauma until “safety” has been restored. So once the immediate threat has passed, and the basic needs have been met, our minds have time to begin processing the experience. Many are not even to that point yet, as their struggle still focuses on basic needs of food, clothing, and shelter. They’ve been disrupted from everything they know and depend on. But for most

of us, this is a period of emotional processing and release… a time when we can manage our trauma in a proactive way, and prevent “issues in our tissues.” But how do we know when we really need help? Nightmares, intrusive thoughts, and flashbacks can all be signs of ASD/PTSD. In children, it may look like repeatedly acting out the trauma through play. Reminders of the event in both children and adults can illicit intense emotional responses and avoidance behaviors. Difficulty sleeping, irritability, a feeling of disconnection from loving feelings and an exaggerated startle response are all signs of trauma. According to Shelah Manley: "The two most important psychological components of healing are really very simple: relaxing and talking. Relaxing can be as easy as doing a few yoga breaths every hour or so, or as complicated as a full progressive muscle relaxation routine done several times a day. By talking, I mean telling the story of what happened to you, along with how you feel about it, for as many times as it takes for the trauma to begin to lose power over your life. As ASD becomes PTSD, it becomes increasingly difficult for the person to relax muscles that have assumed a pattern of hyper-vigilance, and to talk about a trauma that has become buried deep in their psyche. At this point, professional counselors and bodyworkers can be immensely helpful. Counselors provide a safe environment for clients to reconnect with their emotions and overcome the feeling of being overwhelmed and powerless. Bodywork such as massage, structural integration, reflexology and acupuncture, can help to literally release the body from physical patterns of fear and panic." For many of us, giving ourselves permission to seek help can be the greatest impediment to our relief. Rebuilding after this type of tragedy may seem like a physical act done with brick and mortar. But as multilayered beings, realizing that our recovery lies in standing in the truth of the situation can be a powerful tool to create a new “us”—a person stronger than we ever imagined we would be. Resources for help: Crisis Services offers a hotline available 24 hours a day for people needing support and a way to express emotions: 256-716-1000. Shelah A. Manley, MS LPC is currently accepting new female patients and can be reached at 256-461-4049. Finding a therapist in your area is as simple as going online. Websites like offer a directory: Bodyworkers can be found in the Community Resource Guide and advertisements throughout this magazine.

Michele Monticciolo, NC MH is a Holistic Healthcare Practitioner in Huntsville. Please see Michele’s CRG listing on page 39 and visit her online at


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n a watershed move towards global mercury-free dentistry, the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology (IAOMT) recently reported that the U.S. government has announced that it supports a phase down, with the goal of eventual phase out of mercury amalgam. That’s the silver-and-mercurymixed material commonly used to fill cavities in teeth. This represents a radical reversal of the government’s former position that, “Any change toward the use of dental amalgam is likely to result in positive public health outcomes.” The new stance will be submitted at the third round of negotiations for the world mercury treaty. The IAOMT sees this as “an extraordinary development that will change the global debate about amalgam.” The IAOMT, a global network of 700 dental, medical and research professionals, is a longtime opponent of mercury amalgam because of possible health risks from mercury, a known toxin. It is considered especially risky for children and for pregnant women, whose fetuses can be affected. Possible side effects of the continuous release of toxic vapor from mercury fillings into the body include memory loss, tremors, personality changes and impaired immune systems. Yet, the World Dental Federation and the American Dental Association continue to maintain that mercury amalgam fillings are safe. To date, mercury fillings have been banned in Norway and restricted in Finland, Sweden, Austria, Canada and Germany. With the U.S. government on board, says Charles G. Brown, president of the World Alliance for Mercury-Free Dentistry, “The debate has shifted from whether to end amalgam to how to end amalgam.” Mercury-free dentistry supports the use of a tooth-colored, bonded composite material, made primarily of resin. —For more information, visit

Menopause or Andropause, Which One Do You Have? By Chad Gilliam, M.M.S., PA-C


f you are a woman over the age of 50, then chances are quite good that you have stopped having a menstrual cycle and are going through menopause. If you are a man between 45 and 55, then you are probably going through Andropause. Most everyone has heard of Menopause but very few have heard of Andropause. So what is Andropause? Andropause occurs in men when the amount of testosterone (a male hormone) secreted into the bloodstream is significantly lower than it was just ten years before. In fact, by age 80, most male hormone levels have decreased to


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pre-puberty levels. Typical symptoms of Andropause include: • Depression • Fatigue, loss of a sense of well being • Joint aches and stiffness of hands • Hot flashes, sleep disturbances • Irritability and anger • Reduced libido • Reduced potency • Premature aging • Changes in hair growth and skin quality Men need to understand and learn what this condition is and come to realize that this is a natural and direct effect of the aging process. Spouses and employers also need to be aware that this is a real medical problem so they can identify these men at risk early before their work, home, and families are disrupted. The way to diagnose this problem is quite easy and simple; it only requires a couple of different blood tests. To treat this problem requires male hormone replacement therapy. With proper treatment, men going through Andropause can regain their youthful energy, libido, and muscle mass, and in most cases, eliminate all of the symptoms listed above. This can and does in many cases make a huge difference in the quality of life that men will experience. Chad Gilliam, M.M.S., PA-C, practices at Progressive Family Medicine, 1230 Slaughter Road, Suite C, in Madison. For information and appointments, call 256-722-0555. —See ad on page 31.



oses of glucosamine that exceed the daily recommended amount of 1,500 milligrams counseled by most manufacturers of these supplements, or their prolonged intake, may cause injury to the pancreas and increase the risk of diabetes, according to a study by Université Laval’s Faculty of Pharmacy, in Canada. Glucosamine is commonly used for joint care. —Source:

Berries May Protect Against Parkinson’s


study by researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health, in Boston, presented at the American Academy of Neurology’s 63rd annual meeting, confirms that eating berries can lower the risk of Parkinson’s disease. The study involved 49,281 men and 80,336 women that were monitored for 20 to 22 years. The researchers concluded that the women who

consumed the most anthocyanins, a class of flavonoids found mostly in berries, had a lower risk of developing the disease than those whose diet contained less or different classes of flavonoids. For men, berry anthocyanins, as well as flavonoids found in apples and oranges and other rich dietary sources, made a significant difference in their freedom from the disease.

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Play Together, Stay Together


new study has confirmed an old adage: A family that plays together, stays together. According to researchers from Canada’s Concordia and Wilfrid Laurier universities, shared leisure is vital in the formation of bonds that can bridge generations. “Shared leisure time allows grandchildren and their grandparents to establish common interests that in turn enable them to develop strong intergenerational relationships,” explains Concordia Professor Shannon Hebblethwaite. Grandparents often use get-togethers as opportunities to share family histories, personal experiences and life lessons and to teach, mentor and pass on values, traditions and family legacies. The study builds on previous research that found how healthy intergenerational connections help grandparents age better and exhibit more positive feelings about life. Family cohesiveness also tends to sharpen youngsters’ sense of empathy as adults.



nyone who prefers diet sodas over regular soda pop for fear of high sugar levels might want to consider this: According to new research presented at the American Stroke Association’s International Stroke Conference 2011, people who drink diet sodas every day still have a much higher risk of vascular disease—61 percent higher—compared with those who drink no sodas at all. These are the findings of the large, multiethnic Northern Manhattan Study of 2,564 individuals that were monitored and analyzed in terms of the types and amount of sodas they drank for an average of 9.3 years, during which 559 vascular events occurred. “If our results are confirmed with future studies, then it would suggest that diet soda may not be the optimal substitute for sugar-sweetened beverages for protection against vascular outcomes,” says lead author Hannah Gardener, a doctor of science and epidemiologist at the University of Miami’s Miller School of Medicine. Source: American Heart Association, 2011

Feed Your Feet with Castor Oil


vegetable oil obtained from the seed of the castor plant (Ricinus communis), pure castor oil is a colorless to pale yellow liquid with mild or no odor or taste. Among many uses, it can serve as a naturally healthy treatment for several common foot problems. Dryness: When circulation to one’s feet is compromised, the skin may become dried out. According to the Journal of Ethnopharmacology, castor oil has long been used to soothe and seal foot skin that has become cracked and fissured, qualified health counselors seek to improve the root cause of the impediment to normal circulation. Red and itchy: The fatty chains of castor oil are made up almost entirely of ricinoleic acid, which modern medicine recognizes as a powerful anti-inflammatory (Mediators of Inflammation). Achy: Castor oil has also proved to have analgesic, or pain-reducing, effects, according to a study of surface pain published in the Archives of Orthopaedic and Trauma Surgery. Fungal: Undecylenic acid, an active ingredient in castor oil, is widely acknowledged for its relief of fungal infections in the body (Antiviral Research). For foot or toenail fungus, soak feet in a basin of water with Epsom salts for about five minutes, and then apply castor oil liberally.


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Getting Out in Front of Tornado Victims’ Needs by Kimberly Ballard


elievers call it a God-thing. It occurs when you are overwhelmed with a situation, unsure what to do or how to help under your own power, completely lost for answers, when suddenly…you just know. The answers come from beyond you; the path to clarity opens before you. Pastor Dave Anderson of Crosspoint Community Church says so much good has happened in the past 14 days or so since tornadoes devastated our state and much of North Alabama, that there is just no other way to describe the outpouring. “I had people from the church asking what they could do. I heard that Daystar Church just north of Cullman was taking water and other relief items into that area, so we formed small teams and joined up with them.” The teams


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got through security and began walking amidst the debris mostly along 4th and 5th Streets in Cullman where most of the damage took place, handing out water. There were a lot of people doing the same thing, but when you asked people, “What do you need?” they just shook their heads in confusion. When you have lost everything, there is no way to articulate that you need everything— your house, your clothes, your pets, your loved ones, and your life. “Of course it was disorganized and we were just walking up to people handing out bottled water, but I immediately realized it wasn’t enough and that many of our efforts were duplicated. We needed to get out in front of this thing somehow.” It is true there is always a rush to compassion, but sometimes doing the right thing can be the wrong thing if it doesn’t do

any good. After talking with an 80-yearold couple, helping them dig through the rubble and salvage some of their belongings, Pastor Dave called his old friend Casey Graham, CFO of Mountain Lake Church in Georgia. “Casey is from Pleasant Grove, a community outside

“I immediately realized [bottled water] wasn’t enough and that many of our efforts were duplicated. We needed to get out in front of this thing somehow.” Birmingham that was also devastated by the tornadoes and the founder of Giving Rocket, a company that helps churches increase giving in their church.” Pastor Dave explained on the phone, “This is an unbelievable tragedy Casey, but between local law enforcement and FEMA, our efforts are not really getting through to help anyone. We have to

find another way.” Pastor Dave’s first idea was to provide gift cards to people so they could use them for whatever they needed. “We decided to do a fundraiser via Twitter to raise the money to buy gift cards,” he says. “I also blogged about it, and within

“Our church reaches out to the least, the lost, and the lonely in our city so our congregation responds naturally to tragedies like this.” two hours, we had raised $5,000. That’s why I say it was a God-thing. The outpouring was over and above our expectations. We used only social media and I decided that when we reached $10,000, we would request someone match it. Someone did and from there, it took on a life of its own. By Saturday night we had raised $80,000 and by Sunday night we had over $100,000.” Currently, 10% has been used to buy $10,000 in $100 gift cards that they distribute freely as they talk to people on the streets and help people recover. The rest of the money will be used to help people rebuild their lives and their hope, but how exactly that will happen is contingent upon what FEMA and insurance doesn’t cover. “Ours is a long-term

vision so we do not duplicate FEMA and insurance. We want to use the money to fill in the gaps for people who do not have insurance or who are still in need after FEMA provides their services.” One has to ask how in the world a single church can pull together the resources on such short notice to do so much good. “Again, that is a God-thing. People want to help. This is what churches do and we are not the only one’s doing it,” Pastor Dave explains. “We formed an executive board of directors immediately when we saw the generous outpouring of money coming in. Monday evening, we organized a Strategy Team.” Part of the strategy was to ask 100 churches in North Alabama to collect 10% of their tithes and put it toward an offering for tornado victims. At least 47 churches signed on for this program in the first week and according to Pastor Dave, a number of churches are doing the same through their own fundraising efforts. “Our church reaches out to the least, the lost, and the lonely in our city so our congregation responds naturally to tragedies like this. What we discovered after those first couple of days in Cullman was how bad it was closer to home. When we realized communities like Hackleberg, Toney, Tanner, Harvest, Phil Campbell, and Chalybeate—communities in our own backyard fifteen minutes from us in some cases, had suffered an equal amount of damage, we shifted our efforts to these areas.” Pastor Dave’s Crosspoint Community Church pooled their efforts with Brook Church in Madison and Epic

Church in Decatur to continue relief efforts using small teams; however, they are sitting on the majority of the money, waiting for FEMA and insurance to complete their assessments. “Then we will step in and buy mobile homes. Right now we can buy about five but I am shooting for fifty. Another of our goals is to get Extreme Makeover: Home Edition’s Move That Bus program into North Alabama.” Pastor Dave believes that although the body count was not as high in Alabama as Hurricane Katrina, the longterm fallout and recovery, much like Katrina, will last for months and even years. “We fell off the national news radar with the death of Usama Bin Laden, but the work for us does not stop.” The stories are touching. Encouraging people and ministering to their broken hearts is also part of Pastor Dave’s job. “We met with one family who did not have insurance. The storm picked up their house and moved it twenty feet. They were out in that steady rainfall a few days after the tornadoes, trying to rebuild their house themselves; trying to get it livable. It was an impossible task but that was all they knew to do. We got them on a list for a used FEMA trailer, and provided them with gas and clothes. One of the family members who was not a believer, came up to me and said, ‘You know what? I think there might be a God after all.’ This is what we are here for—to help people, to comfort, and to share the love of God like Jesus did.” To contribute to Crosspoint Community Church’s efforts, visit or and donate or volunteer.

CONTACT: Pastor Dave Anderson, Crosspoint Community Church, 2042 Beltline Road SW, Bldg. C, Suite. 421, Decatur, Alabama. 256-686-2626. ___________________ Kimberly Ballard is a Professional Writer & Marketing Consultant and is available for consults. Call 256-653-4003 and receive a free press release with any marketing project. Visit, or email Kimberly@

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While common hair loss is not life threatening, it’s a condition that merits our attention, because it may diminish a man’s or a woman’s self-esteem and negatively affect how he or she faces the world.


air experts estimate that people normally have a maximum of about 100,000 individual hairs on their head. Approximately 90 percent are usually in a growth phase while the other 10 percent “rest.” After growing for two to three months, the hair will fall out and the growth cycle of the follicle, or hair root, starts again. An average person naturally sheds about 100 hairs a day. Under certain conditions, however, the normal cycling can be interrupted. The resting, or telogen, phase could last longer, with more hair falling out and less new hair growing. Some hair loss may be associated with mind-body response to surgery, new medications, thyroid issues, trauma or a highly restrictive

crash diet. Hair loss might be the effect of inherited male pattern baldness or thinning that may accompany aging. In other instances, the cause may be poor nutrition, as attested to by American Academy of Dermatology research.

Start with Nutrition “The first step in diagnosing a probable cause of hair loss is to check nutrition,” says Dr. William Rassman, an award-winning pioneer in hair restoration, founder of the New Hair Institute, in Los Angeles, editor of and co-author of the book, Hair Loss and Replacement for Dummies. Other experts agree that including certain key nutrients in our diet can help prevent, and even reverse, some

hair loss. “The same foods that are good for your body and overall health are good for your hair, including foods that are high in protein and low in carbohydrates, with a reduced fat content,� says Dr. Michael Reed, a dermatologist with New York University’s (NYU) Langone Medical Center, in New York City (

Key Nutrition Tips Generally, a diet that supports both scalp and hair health is rich in protein; vitamins A, B complex and C; minerals like iron and zinc; and omega-3 fatty acids. Vitamin A: Found in green leafy vegetables like Swiss chard and spinach, as well as in carrots, it helps the scalp produce sebum, hair’s natural conditioner. Vitamin B 12: “The requirement for vitamin B 12 is very low,� says vegan Registered Dietitian Reed Mangels, “but it is needed for cell division and blood formation.� Foods such as organic eggs, cage-free poultry and grass-fed red meat are good sources; vegetarian and vegan sources include nutritional yeast (dried yellow flakes or powder, with a cheese-like flavor), vitamin B 12-fortified soy or rice milk, and similarly fortified breakfast cereal.

Iron: Samantha Heller, a registered dietitian and nutritionist at the NYU Medical Center, warns women that the potential deficiency of iron that often occurs during their reproductive years can lead to anemia, a reduction of red blood cells that is often an undiagnosed cause of hair loss. Foods like broccoli and brewer’s yeast help boost iron levels. Omega-3 fatty acids: “Omega-3 fatty acids are important for total body and skin health, and that includes your scalp,� says Heller, author of Get Smart: Samantha Heller’s Nutrition Prescription for Boosting Brain Power and Optimizing Total Body Health. “Many Americans are not getting enough of these in their diets.� These essential fatty acids are widely found in flaxseed, hemp milk and seeds, walnuts, soy, canola oil and fish. Protein: Protein helps the body build many kinds of cells, including hair. Lentils and kidney beans provide a healthy amount of protein, plus iron and biotin, which especially help hair and nails stay strong and healthy, says Andrea Giancoli, a registered dietitian and spokeswoman for the American Dietetic Association. Zinc: A zinc deficiency can lead to shedding more hair than usual, notes

Dawn Jackson Blatner, a Chicagobased registered dietitian. Zinc is found in all kinds of beans, beef, whole grains and walnuts. “Although eating healthier is always beneficial, that alone may not prevent or stop genetic, hormonal or age-related types of hair loss,� counsels Rassman. His practice has confirmed that more often, genetics are behind male pattern hair loss, which can sometimes start in the teenage years. If nutrition has been ruled out as the pivotal cause, visiting a hair loss specialist is suggested to see what else can be done. Judith Fertig is a freelance writer in Overland Park, KS; see AlfrescoFood



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By Gatlianne

Cobbler’s Pose


o often we bind ourselves physically and mentally with limiting beliefs and self-judgments that not only wreak havoc on our systems emotionally but also physically, as emotional disturbances within the body always manifest themselves as physical ailments or disease. What is often hard to swallow about this is that all of our illness is brought upon ourselves. We hold onto resentment, anger, shame, guilt and other limiting beliefs so tightly that we don’t see that we’re allowing them to literally eat us alive. Guilt is a prominent limiting emotion that has its menacing way with us whenever we allow it the opportunity. Anger and resentment are often easier to pinpoint, as they are bigger, more volatile energies. Guilt, however, is much more sly. Guilt lies in somber wait, brewing and stewing until it boils over, leaving one in a heap of wondering what exactly just happened. Our guilt lies in our second chakra just below the navel in the pelvis. When this chakra is unbalance physical manifestations include low back pain, UTIs, bladder, menstrual and reproductive issues and tight hips with often painful joints. The Yoga posture, Cobbler’s Pose, is a wonderful pose for opening the sacral region. It increases flexibility to this area, opens the hips, helps sooth menstrual discomfort and digestive complaints, stimulates the abdominal organs and allows them to settle into their proper positions. This pose also alleviates fatigue and opens the lower back. Esoterically, Cobbler’s Pose can open the sacral region to increase emotional flexibility and release guilt. Take time today to sit and be free—free of both your physical and mental self-bindings and guilt. Come into Cobbler’s Pose by sitting on your mat with your legs straight in front of you. You may raise your pelvis by sitting on a block or folded blanket if that is more comfort-


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able. Bend your knees and pull your feet in to the pelvis as closely as you can, soles together. Allow your knees to drop open to the floor naturally. Don’t force them down any further than they will naturally go. Reach where you can with your hands. If your flexibility only allows you to place your hands on your calves or ankles, then that is where you can reach today. When your flexibility improves, clasp the hands under the feet or grasp the big toes of each foot with the index, middle finger and thumb. Open the chest by raising the sternum. Sit balanced on your sit bones; don’t pitch forward or backward or allow your shoulders to slump or curl. Breathe fully into the pose imagining that your breath flows into your body and all the way down to your sacral region before flowing out. B.K.S. Iyengar, in his book Light on Yoga, said of Cobbler’s Pose: “The pose is a blessing to women.” I agree that the pose is a remarkable aid and remedy for women’s issues in the pelvic area. Cobbler’s Pose is also a blessing because it allows us time to sit and unbind ourselves both physically and emotionally. This is a pose to spend time in. In other words, sit in Cobbler’s Pose as often as possible for as long as possible. Your body, your organs, your nervous and digestive systems will all thank you for the blessing you have given them and bless you in return by returning to their original states of being and performance. Once unbound, both you and your body can better come to a place of oneness. Your guilt can be released, and you are free within yourself.


Gatlianne is an author and Yoga & Reiki practitioner based in Athens, AL. For more information or to schedule a private yoga or Reiki session, please contact her at or visit

Reiki What is Reiki? Reiki is an ancient Japanese technique for healing that provides incredible stress reduction and relaxation. This non-invasive, completely benign healing technique is becoming more and more popular, as Western medicine continues to explore, accept and apply ancient healing methods such as acupuncture, reflexology and other forms of alternative medicine. Some hospitals in the United States and Europe are using Reiki along with their traditional treatments. The word Reiki is a combination of two Japanese words, Rei, meaning Universal Force, and Ki, meaning Vital Life Force Energy. The combination of the two words refers to Universal Life Force, a combination of physical life and spiritual force. Reiki can be defined as a non-physical healing energy, made up of life force energy.

How does Reiki work? 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 has been effective in virtually every known illness and always creates a beneficial effect. Reiki works in conjunction with all other medical or therapeutic techniques to relieve side effects and promote recovery. It can help cancer patients suffering side effects from chemotherapy and radiation. It works wonderfully with massage therapy and other forms of bodywork. Most importantly, Reiki is completely safe. Though Reiki is very powerful, it cannot be misapplied or misued, or used for harm in any way.

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healing conditions necessary for the individual needs. It cannot be guided by the mind; therefore it is not limited by experience or ability of the practitioner, neither can it be misused as it always creates a healing effect.

Mary Morales is a Universal and Karuna Reiki Master with an energy healing practice based in Decatur, Alabama. You can contact her at 256-580-3108 or email at for more information. See ad on page 36.

What does one feel in a Reiki session? That is something very difficult to explain. Since everybody is different and has individual needs, obviously the experiences are totally different from one person to the next. However, most individuals feel a great sense of peace and relaxation. Some even cry! The tears come from the release of repressed and unwanted energies. This can be overwhelming, but it leaves the person with a sense of happiness, lightness, and bliss. Some people feel a rush of euphoric energy that washes over their whole body. One person who experienced the energy in this way during a healing session told me that Reiki proved to him beyond dispute that the human energy field actually exists! He said he had been looking for “proof,� and that Reiki proved it beyond a doubt! I was glad that Reiki was able to help him accept his truth. Coming soon: Reiki combined with healing crystals. Until then, remember this: Reiki is not for one but for all!

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calendar WEDNESDAY, JUNE 1 Artist Critique – 7-9pm. Open to all visual artists. Bring an open mind. Leave your feelings at the door. Make better art. For questions, contact Mark Blevins at 256-509-6545. Studio 105, 1st Floor, Lowe Mill, 2211 Seminole Drive, Huntsville. Edward Weston: Leaves of Grass – Recurring daily in June. An exhibition of 53 iconic black and white images by this master American photographer, created in 1941 to illustrate a deluxe edition of Walt Whitman’s epic poem "Leaves of Grass." Admission charged. Huntsville Museum of Art, 300 Church Street South, Huntsville. 256-535-4350. Future Retro: Drawings from the Great Age of American Automobiles – Recurring daily in June. Over 100 dynamic works showcase American automotive design during the decades following World War II, a landmark period in car styling. Admission charged. Huntsville Museum of Art, 300 Church Street South, Huntsville. 256-535-4350. A T. Rex Named Sue & Be the Dinosaur – Recurring daily in June. Advanced computer simulations take visitors back 65 million years. Presented by the Chicago Field Museum, highlighting a full-sized cast of a 42-foot long Tyrannosaurus rex. Admission charged. U.S. Space & Rocket Center, One Tranquility Base, Huntsville. 256-837-3400.



Green Street Market at Nativity – 4-8pm. Provides the buying public with local, fresh and high quality produce. No admission charged. Corner of Greene Street & Eustis, Huntsville. 256-682-4429. Coalition for a Greener Huntsville – 6pm. Monthly meeting. A&B Conference Room of Huntsville Public Library, 915 Monroe St SW, Huntsville.

FRIDAY, JUNE 3 Twickenham Historic District & Old Town Historic District Walking Tour – 6pm. Enjoy "Spies, Lies & Alibis" with tour guides Rhonda Ford & Jacque Reeves as they share their extensive knowledge of Huntsville's history commemorating the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War. Admission charged. Meet in front of Constitution Village Huntsville. 256-527-2488.

If you would like to join us, you can do so as a canoeist, a kayaker, or a landlubber. If you have your own boat, bring it. If you do not canoe, we will have teams of Landlubbers cleaning up around the bridge crossings. In some places, it is really bad. Wear boots and be prepared to step in shallow water. Please bring your own drinking water. If you'd like to join us, please call Soos Weber at 256-564-8084 by Thursday, June 2nd.

October, weather permitting. Open to beginners. You must wear a helmet to ride. Meet at the Biker's Parking Lot, Monte Sano State Park, Huntsville. Park entry fee is $3. Info: Maryanne.Swanstrom@ Find this group on Facebook.

Madison City Farmers Market – 8am-12pm. Come early for the best selection of local produce, eggs, meats, home-baked goods, fresh herbs, honey and goat cheese. Come see creations from local artisans including hand-made cards, soaps, lotions and other items. No admission charged. 1282 Hughes Road, beside Discovery Middle School, Madison. 256-656-7841.

Hospice of the Valley’s Community Bereavement Center – 4-5:30pm. Hospice of the Valley in Decatur will be hosting support groups for storm victims. The groups are for adults and children who are grieving the loss of a loved one as well as for those having difficulty who volunteered their time in helping these families with deaths. The groups will be led by trained professionals including an Adult Bereavement Coordinator and Child Life Specialist/ Children’s Bereavement Coordinator to aid young ones with their grief (school-aged children 5-18). Interested participants are asked to register by calling 256-350-5585 and speaking either with Brad Eades or Kim O’Leary. Hospice of the Valley, 240 Johnston St. SE, Decatur.

Free Walking Tour in Historic Huntsville – 10am. Enjoy an hour or so walking by some of Alabama's most beautiful antebellum mansions. Guided tour. No admission charged. Depart from Alabama Constitution Village on Gates Street Huntsville. 256-533-5723. Yard Art Welding Class – 12-4pm. Ongoing Saturdays. Bring your pieces and weld them up. If you just want a primer on welding, then just bring yourself. Cost is $50.00 per Saturday. Everett Cox studios/ Foundry (RR#8). Email or call 256 529-9236 for more info. Foundry, Lowe Mill, 2211 Seminole Drive, Huntsville. Huntsville Hazardous Waste Collection – 8am12pm. Drop off household hazardous waste on the first Saturday of each month at the Handle with Care Collection Center. Huntsville Landfill, 4100 Leeman Ferry Road. For special assistance, call 256-880-6054. For a list of accepted household waste materials, visit 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. Huntsville ECK Center, 900 Wellman Avenue, #3 (Five Points). 256-534-1751.

SUNDAY, JUNE 5 The Film Co-op monthly workshop meets in Don's Studio – 2-4pm. 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. Flying Monkey Arts Center at Lowe Mill, 2211 Seminole Drive, Huntsville.

SATURDAY, JUNE 4 Eco Volunteer: Flint River Splash for Trash Flint River Cleanup – 8:45am. The Flint River Conservation Association will be cleaning the Flint River, removing cans, bottles, tires and other trash that has washed into the river by the numerous rains/f loods.


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MONDAY, JUNE 6 Monte Sano Monday Night Women's Mountain Bike Ride – 5:30pm. Want to learn to ride your mountain bike better? Come out and ride with the Monte Sano MTB Chicks at a development ride with a social pace. Held Mondays during through mid-


WEDNESDAY, JUNE 8 Journey Into Possibility – 7pm. Monthly Ceremony, led by local Shaman. Feel free to just attend, or request to participate. 256-426-0232.

FRIDAY, JUNE 10 City Lights and Stars Concert – Classical Jam. A vibrant ensemble of flute, percussion, violin, viola and cello, brings five of the most highly demanded soloists and chamber musicians together. The Gazebo at Burritt on the Mountain, 3101 Burritt Drive, Huntsville. 256-536-2882. The Breath of God – 7:30-8pm. Inspiring stories and insights from Harold Klemp, spiritual leader and acclaimed author of more than sixty books on ECKANKAR. Become more aware of how the gentle breeze of God’s presence courses through your life and brings you its miracles. Free. Comcast Cable Channel 3. 256-534-1751.

SATURDAY, JUNE 11 Jin Shin Jyutsu Self-Help Class Book 1 – 9am1pm. Learn how to use your fingers and hands to release stress, promote relaxation, and maintain harmony and balance in your body. Jin Shin Jyutsu of Huntsville, 1108 McClung Ave. SE. The cost of the class is $75. Pre-register by June 5. 256534-1794. Tornadoes of Cullman Benefit Concert – Noon-

9pm. Cullman County Fairgrounds. Bands include Wayne Mills Band, Blackeyed Susan, Black Label, Shallow Side, Dr. Feelgood, and Walter E. Admission is minimum $5.00 donation to the Red Cross. More info:

SUNDAY, JUNE 12 QUANTUM-RELIEF Certification Classes June 12-15 at Lovely Dragonfly Farm. Please call 931425-6833 for more information or go to

MONDAY, JUNE 13 Huntsville Green Drinks – 5:30pm. An organization for anyone interested in sustainable living to share their interest and expertise with like-minded individuals. Eating and drinking are optional. Come learn about various topics such as green building, eating locally, environmental education efforts in local schools, and local green businesses. Pane e Vino, 300 Church Street SW, Huntsville.

THURSDAY, JUNE 16 North Alabama Sierra Club – 6:30pm. Meets the third Thursday of every month at the Huntsville Madison County Public Library in the main auditorium. 915 Monroe Street, Huntsville. All are welcome.


the Mountain, 3101 Burritt Drive, Huntsville. 256536-2882.

SUNDAY, JUNE 26 Walking Tour: Civil War Bones at Maple Hill Cemetery – 5pm. Tour guides Rhonda Ford & Jacque Reeves will share their extensive knowledge of Huntsville's past including the story about the Unknown Confederates whose original headstones mysteriously disappeared. Admission charged. Park on Wells Avenue next to the cemetery in Huntsville. 256-509-3940.

BERKELEY BOB’S JUNE MUSIC LINEUP Located in Cullman, Alabama, Berkeley Bob's Coffee House and Whole Earth Store is a 1960's style California Coffee House where we "celebrate nature, coffee and folk music." Open Mike Nites every first and third Monday from 7-9pm. Bring your guitar, bongos, poems, whatever, and share your talents with us. Saturday night concerts feature local and out of area musicians playing a wide variety of styles. All shows 7-9pm, family oriented and free. To inquire about a booking call Bob at 256-775-2944. June 3 Memphis Annie June 4 Martha's Trouble June 6 Open Mic June 17 Austin Cunningham

A Spiritual Community supporting the practice of knowing God in the heart of every person. ONGOING SERVICES AND CLASSES! New Thought Classes

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June 18 Anderson East Michelle Malone – 8pm. Admission $15. Flying Monkey Arts Center at Lowe Mill, 2211 Seminole Drive, Huntsville.

FRIDAY, JUNE 24 Deep Connection Meditation with Deb Paradise – 7-8:30pm. RSVP for Private Residence location. 205-994-5506. Critical Mass Bicycle Ride – 6:30-8:30pm. Meet at SE Corner of Courthouse Downtown. Ride Starts at 7pm. Easy ride, fun for the whole family.

SATURDAY, JUNE 25 Awaken Your Life with Meditation with Deb Paradise – 11:30am-1pm. The Dream Maker Shop, 4004 Triana Blvd, Huntsville. 205-994-5506. Trail Clearing – 10am-12pm. Clearing Burritt Trails. You will want to wear long pants and bring gloves and bottled water. The Grounds at Burritt on

June 20 Open Mic June 24 The Sullivans June 25 Fire Mountain

FRIDAY, JULY 1 Permaculture Design Course & Intro to Regenerative Ag – Sixteen days instruction including breakfast, lunch & camping on site. Earn the internationally recognized Permaculture Design Certificate. Instructors: Cliff Davis and Matthew English. Special guests include Brian Bankston (Keyline Cowboy) and Jennifer English (Gaia University). Location: Sneed Farm, 35811. Contact Michele at or Andrew at

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SUNDAY Meditation – 8:20am. Center for Spiritual Living, 308 Lily Flagg Rd, Huntsville. 256-883-8596.

Level 1 Pilates – 7-8am. All levels. Michelle Camper. The Yoga Center of Huntsville, 500-A Pratt Ave, Huntsville. 256-533-7975.

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.

Energy Lunch Lift – 12pm. Group Resonance Healing. Donations accepted. The Center for Directional Healing, 3322 S Memorial Pkwy, Ste 532, Huntsville. 256-882-0360.

Unity Church Service – 10:30am. Practical Christianity from a transformative new thought metaphysical perspective. Our doors are open with love for all. Unity Church on the Mountain, 1328 Governors Dr. SE, Huntsville. 256-536-2271.

Beginner/Intermediate Mat Class – 5-6:15pm. Work at a faster pace incorporating exercises that will challenge one’s strength, flexibility and coordination. Body Language Pilates, 305 Jefferson St, Ste C, Huntsville. 256-704-5080.

Celebration of Spirit – 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. Kadampa Meditation Group – 3-4:30pm. Sunday book study class. Books-A-Million, University Dr., Huntsville. 3rd Sunday at Unity Church on the Mountain, 1328 Governors Dr. SE, Huntsville. 256536-2271. 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. Keys of Compassion Support Group – 6-7pm. There is a higher perspective to your pain. Free admission. Natural Elements, 1874 Suite M, Slaughter Rd., Madison. 256-922-8454.

MONDAY Detox Footbaths, Nutritional Counseling, Wellness Coaching – Wellness is always available, if we know the tools to access it! Contact Michele Monticciolo, NC MH via email at or call Healing Arts at 256-534-

Basic Bellydance – 5:30-6:30pm. Mon-Thurs. Intro to basic bellydance technique. Nomadic Tapestry, 1219 B&C Jordan Ln, Huntsville. Class info:

Meditation – 6pm. Center for Spiritual Living, 308 Lily Flagg Rd, Huntsville. 256-883-8596. Science of Mind Classes (Accredited) – 6:308:30pm. Reverend David Leonard. Center for Spiritual Living, 308 Lily Flagg Rd, Huntsville. 256-883-8596. Yoga with Mitzi – 6:45-8:15pm. Candlelight Yoga. All levels welcome. The Yoga Center of Huntsville, 500 Pratt Ave, Huntsville. 256-361-YOGA or Beginning Yoga – 7pm. Holly Dyess. Beez Fitness, 7495 Wall Triana Highway, Madison. $8 at the door for non-members.

Level I Yoga – 6:30-8pm. All levels. Pam Herdy. The Yoga Center of Huntsville, 500-A Pratt Ave, Huntsville. 256-533-7975.


The Art of Spiritual Peacemaking – 6:30-8pm. Weekly forum with Wanda Gail Campbell, Peace Minister with The Beloved CommUNITY. In each 1.5-hour session we will experience Peace Prayers, a short video lesson by James Twyman, and a discussion of key precepts. Love offering. Please call 256-539-0654 for location and more details.

Level 1 Pilates – 7-8am. All levels. Michelle Camper. The Yoga Center of Huntsville, 500-A Pratt Ave, Huntsville. 256-533-7975.


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

Pilates – 9-10am. Michelle Camper. The Yoga Center of Huntsville, 500-A Pratt Ave, Huntsville. 256-533-7975. Level I Yoga – 10:15-11:30am. Tatum Crigger. The Yoga Center of Huntsville, 500-A Pratt Ave, Huntsville. 256-533-7975.

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Beginner/Intermediate Mat Class – 6-7:15pm. 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. 256-704-5080.

Yoga Class – 6:30-7:45pm. Iyengar-based yoga focuses on form, technique and alignment. Body Language Pilates, 305 Jefferson St, Ste C, Huntsville. 256-704-5080.



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

Science of Mind Classes – 10am-12pm. Center for Spiritual Living, 308 Lily Flagg Rd, Huntsville. 256-883-8596.

Power Yoga – 6-7pm. Marcy White. The Yoga Center of Huntsville, 500-A Pratt Ave, Huntsville. 256-533-7975. Satsang – 6:30pm. Satsang with Gangaji. Center for Spiritual Living, 308 Lily Flagg Rd, Huntsville.


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. 256-704-5080. Pilates – 9-10am. Michelle Camper. The Yoga Center of Huntsville, 500-A Pratt Ave, Huntsville. 256-533-7975. Level I Yoga – 10:15-11:30am. Tatum Crigger. The Yoga Center of Huntsville, 500-A Pratt Ave, Huntsville. 256-533-7975. BellyKids – 4-5pm. Shahala Liz. Nomadic Tapestry, 1219 B&C Jordan Ln, Huntsville. PFLAG (Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) – 6pm. Second Thursday of each month. Parents, friends, and gay community members welcome. Bring snack. Huntsville Public Library. 256-881-0939. Align and Wine! – 6-8pm. All levels welcome. Presented by Yoga with Mitzi and The Huntsville Museum of Art, 300 Church Street South, Huntsville. More info: 256-361-YOGA or Level I Yoga – 6:45-8:15pm. Pam Herdy. The Yoga Center of Huntsville, 500-A Pratt Ave, Huntsville. 256-533-7975. Beginning Yoga – 7pm. Holly Dyess. Beez Fitness, 7495 Wall Triana Highway, Madison. $8 at the door for non-members. Salsa 101 Dance Class – 8pm. Get the moves, feel the heat! Madison Ballroom, 9076 Madison Blvd, Madison. 256-461-1900.

FRIDAY Level 1 Pilates – 7-8am. All levels. Michelle Camper. The Yoga Center of Huntsville, 500-A

Pratt Ave, Huntsville. 256-533-7975. 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 – 7pm, fourth Friday each month. Meets at Radisson Hotel/ Olympus Room, 8721 Madison Blvd, Madison. For more information, contact Greg Rowe, 256326-0092.

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Level I Yoga – 9-10:15am. Pam Herdy. The Yoga Center of Huntsville, 500-A Pratt Ave, Huntsville. 256-533-7975.

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Cardio Ballroom – 11am-12pm. Mega calorie burning dance fun! No more treadmill! Madison Ballroom, 9076 Madison Blvd, Madison. 256-4611900.


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. 256-489-7000. 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. 256-534-1751. Ballroom Dancing – 7pm Beginner Group Class, 8pm Dance Party. Madison Ballroom Dance Studio, 9076 Madison Blvd, Madison. 256-461-1900.

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7910 S. Memorial Pkwy, Suite F-2, Huntsville 256-489-9806 phone 256-489-2873 fax 866-488-9806 toll free

Chad Gilliam, M.M.S. PA-C 1230 Slaughter Road, Suite C, Madison, AL 256-722-0555

The Center for Optimal Well Being is dedicated to improving your health with colon hydro-therapy and body empowerment services. Sessions are conducted in clean, comfortable and relaxing private suites with soft lighting and aromatic fragrances. Our staff is clinically trained and certified by the International Association for Colon Therapists.

JARVIS NATURAL HEALTH CLINIC 1489 Slaughter Road, Madison 256-837-3448 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.


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.

FENG SHUI FENG SHUI BY TRUDI GARDNER Trudi Gardner, M.S. 256-772-6999 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.

HEALTHY CHOICES LLC Steve Krzyzewski 3322 S. Memorial Pkwy, Suite 526 Huntsville, AL 35801 256-679-1997 Healthy Choices LLC provides Electrodermal Testing and the Detoxifying Ionic Footbath. Electrodermal Testing uncovers the root cause(s) of health issues and designs a protocol to help the body heal itself. The Detoxifying Ionic footbath helps excrete toxins out of the body bringing you back into balance.

ENERGY HEALING CENTER FOR DIRECTIONAL HEALING Susan Spalding, Director 256-882-0360 Free the energy within you! Take your health and your life to a new level with Directional Healing. Clears, cleanses, balances, rejuvenates through resonance healing.

EUROPEAN FACIAL TREATMENT THE EUROPEAN SKIN CARE CLINIC Huntsville, Alabama 256-880-0709 For the past 18 years providing outstanding European Facial Treatments that slow the aging process up to 20 years! Board certified Master Esthetician owned and operated. These treatments beautify and clear skin problems. A Facial Series can jump-start your complexion to radiance after the harsh winter months. Deep Cleansing the pores, renewal, firming & lifting, Rosacea—we treat them all! Only the finest French pharmaceutical grade products are used.


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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.

MASSAGE 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.

ALOHA, HUNTSVILLE! IT’S YOUR MASSAGE 256-426-6400 3322 Memorial Parkway South Are you enjoying your weekly massage? We’re here to help! For the connoisseur of contentment, we can personally blend from our unique styles of massage to help you feel your very best! Est. 2003. Nine 5-Star Reviews. Appointments are on island time 11am-6pm. It’s Your Massage is a family-friendly practice owned by Rebecca Beene.

MASSAGE SCHOOL GREEN HOME IMPROVEMENT M. A. JACKSON CO. SUNROOMS, BATH SYSTEMS & OTHER HOME REMODELING P.O. Box 2625, Cullman, AL 35056 office 256-739-0317 fax 256-734-7022 The M. A. Jackson Co. is a quality home improvement business since 1972, covering the North Alabama region. We specialize in sunroom/screen room additions, window/door replacement, cabinet refacing and bathtub/shower systems. We display our products in Sam’s Clubs, local magazines, Shopping Malls, and Trade Shows located in the Tennessee Valley. All of our products are custom made to fit your needs and are installed in less than a week. Free Design Consultation.Call today toll free at 1-888-739-0317.

IN-HOME MASSAGE 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.

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

MASSAGE / SPIRITUAL COACHING / RETREAT CENTER THE YURT GARDEN Lynn Leach 256-424-2221 The Yurt Garden is nestled on five acres at the base of Keel Mountain, ten minutes from Hampton Cove. Here you can unwind and de-stress with a therapeutic massage, energy work session or hot rock massage. Life coaching and cancer support are offered in a healing atmosphere surrounded by a hidden garden and an eleven-circuit labyrinth. Overnight packages for singles and couples available.







Stephanie Bolton, MA, MT-BC 256-655-0648

305 Jefferson St., Ste. C 256-704-5080


Huntsville, AL- based music therapy practice focused on improving personal health and wellness using guided imagery and music techniques. Currently providing workshops and individual consultations.

NATUROPATHIC DOCTOR ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE ASSOCIATES 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 fi nd the cause of medical conditions and does not simply treat the patients’ symptoms.

NUTRITION & WELLNESS DETOXIFYING FOOTBATHS, NUTRITION, WELLNESS COUNSELING Michele Monticciolo, NC MH Certified Nutritionist, Herbalist, Holistic Healthcare Practitioner 256-426-0982 Michele@

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.

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.



500-A East Pratt Ave. 256-533-7975 Our focus is on core stability, neutral alignment and patterned breathing. It restores the natural curves of the spine, relieves tension and enhances self-confidence. We feature certified instruction in group and individual training.

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

REFLEXOLOGY JIM BARNES, CERTIFIED REFLEXOLOGIST REFLEX ACTION 124 14th St. Suite D3, Decatur, AL 35601 256-227-2920 256-309-0033

YOGA YOGA CENTER OF HUNTSVILLE 500-A East Pratt Ave. 256-533-7975 We teach yoga postures and principles designed to bring strength, flexibility, openness, and awareness into the body. Classic yoga postures, modifications are introduced to give the student many options in developing a personal practice.


PERSONAL TRAINING / FUNCTIONAL FITNESS TOP NOTCH TRAINING Decatur, Alabama 256-274-1348 TNT's PowerPlay sessions combine the energy and social experience of traditional aerobics classes with the power and effectiveness of working with knowledgeable, experienced personal trainers. With our low client-to-instructor ratio you are guaranteed abundant personal attention at each class for a fraction of the cost of an individual training session. Regularly scheduled classes are held Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays 8:30am and 5:30pm at Decatur Athletic Club’s Beltline location. $15 per session. Additional classes and offsite locations can also be scheduled.

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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.

SMALL CHANGE COACH / NLP SMALL CHANGE WORKS John Lambert Cullman, AL 35055 256-590-3824 John Lambert offers Small Change Sessions for individuals and Small Skills Workshops for groups. John specializes in utilizing your language, metaphors, and timelines to refine goals, change thoughts, and generate new behaviors. Workshops are held in nonlecture format punctuated by short, engaging presentations and an abundance of individual attention, creating a safe environment for learning and practicing new skills you can use in your everyday life.


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