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ecently, a friend of mine who is a healer had this to say when it comes to the physics, and metaphysics, of healing. “I always try to keep things simple, Tom. I have found that, that way, I get more messages.” Messages. Yes. Messages are good, a sign that you are on the right track. Getting them is good. Grasping what you get, even better. Acting on what you’ve gotten is the actual point. I see where this goes. To someplace quiet. Quiet like a library is quiet, and for the same reasons. Quiet like a church is quiet—even the mice in a church are quiet—and for the same reasons. As quiet as a submarine, deep, deep in the wide ocean, silent and dark, with only what it can hear to steer by. Metaphors for a state of mind, of course, are these. A quiet mind is a mind free of the industrial whine of thought-making, thought-assembly, the construction of complex thoughts. A mind free of objects and obstacles, an uncluttered space ... which leads me to the second part of my story, set in the nearly completed construction of our new office space, a renovated room in the garage/utility shed in the backyard. Recently, a friend of mine who is a contractor was there with me, explaining, in terms that made perfect sense, why the acoustics of the room were so surprisingly rich, resonant, and clear. I had discovered this while chanting in the unfinished room, completely empty and bare, with just sheet rock walls and ceiling and a raw concrete floor. The bounce, the energy, the amplification, the modulation, was amazing! It reminded me exactly of how boffo, basso-booming my voice sounded on the air at WEGL, 91.1FM, through the big bulbous studio microphone with all the filters and resonators, or whatever is built into the mic that made me sound like Barry White. Chanting, like Barry White. My friend the builder explained: “The answer is simple, Tom. All houses under construction sound like that with just sheet rock and concrete in there. It’s just that then people start putting stuff in there, filling up the space. Carpet on the floor, sofas and furniture, stuff that absorbs sound. Curtains and drapes. 'Lotta stuff hung all over on the walls. That’s what happens to the acoustics.” I see; I hear. I think I actually do get this message. Clutter. Complexity. These compromise clarity and close down channels of communication. The thing to do is to cut through the congestion, clear out your head space. Clean out your garage, unclutter your life.

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contents Natural Awakenings is your guide to a healthier, more balanced life. In each issue readers find cutting-edge information on natural health, nutrition, fitness, personal growth, green living, creative expression and the products and services that support a healthy lifestyle.


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22 healingways 24 naturalpet 28 consciouseating


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10 LESS STUFF, MORE HAPPINESS How To Transform The Modern Shopping Dilemma by Judith Fertig

18 OVERCOME HOLIDAY MEDIA MADNESS The Best Things In Life Aren’t Things


by Melinda Hemmelgarn

20 WHO’S WHO IN THE VALLEY Our Spotlight on Exceptional Businesses in Cullman, Alabama by Kimberly Ballard

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Alternatives Expand Upon Conventional Therapies Diet and Exercise Play Key Roles by James Rouse


24 HOME RECIPES Human Foods Are Good For Pets by Carla Soviero

28 START A NEW THANKSGIVING TRADITION Three Meatless Festive Entrée Options by Judith Fertig

34 LIVING IN COMMUNITY A Conversation with Diana Leafe Christian on Practical Cohousing by Linda Sechrist

newsbriefs Specialty Wellness Gives Cullman Residents a Healthy Local Resource


ullman pharmacist, Steve Skinner, will hold a grand opening of his new Specialty Wellness Healthy Living Store in Cullman, on Nov. 4. Specialty Wellness offers all-natural, organic frozen and dry foods; supplements and vitamins; organic and green beauty care products; chemical free, environmentally friendly household cleaning products; and all-natural drinks, juices, and sodas. Prior to Steve opening his store a few weeks ago, Cullman and Hartselle residents were driving into Birmingham or Huntsville to find the products they want. Specialty Wellness gives health-conscious consumers in Cullman County a local resource for natural foods and products. With a licensed nutritionist on staff, Specialty Wellness Healthy Living Store carries a wide selection of natural vitamins, minerals and supplements, herbs, homeopathic remedies, and organic and gluten-free foods, including the largest gluten-free inventory between Birmingham and Huntsville. “Opening Specialty Wellness Healthy Living Store is something I have been motivated to do for a while,” says Skinner. I think of it as an expansion of my Specialty Pharmacy business. Once people become educated about what they are eating, they immediately want to change their eating habits. Specialty Wellness gives them many options.” Specialty Wellness Healthy Living Store is located in Cullman’s historic Warehouse District at 117 First Ave NE, Cullman, AL 35055. For more information, call 256-255-5982 or visit For a 20% coupon on your first visit, see ad on page 29.

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f you’re looking to pick up a healthy hobby that has a classy appeal, try out ballroom dancing. Madison Ballroom offers weekly private lessons, group classes and Saturday dance parties to fit your interests and schedule. Ballroom dancing is great exercise physically, mentally, emotionally, and socially. Ballroom dance students tone muscles and burn calories while building confidence, grace, poise and balance. Concentrating on dancing clears the mind from the stress of daily life. Learning and remembering new patterns of the dance keeps the mind active. Students express their creativity in show performances and their athleticism at competitions. And the social interaction of ballroom dancing is one of its chief benefits. At Madison Ballroom, all ages, singles and couples, beginners through advanced, are welcome. The Studio is family-friendly with no smoking or drinking. Madison Ballroom’s independent instructors teach a variety of ballroom dances, such as the waltz, cha cha, foxtrot, rumba, tango, merengue, samba, Viennese waltz, west coast swing, east coast swing, and salsa. Private lessons for singles or couples focus on their own interests and goals. Group classes and Saturday dance parties provide practice time in a comfortable social setting. Plus, the Studio hosts two performance shows a year. At Madison Ballroom, students are exposed to the dance community outside of the north Alabama area through competitions and coachings with national champions.

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Madison Ballroom is located at 9076 Madison Blvd, Suites C/D, Madison, AL 35758 (in the same shopping center as Old Time Pottery). For more information: 256-461-1900, or visit See ad on page 31.

What’s Holding You Back? Remove Your Obstacles, Reach Your Potential “Your Own Worst Enemy: Breaking the Habit of Adult Underachievement.” Monday Night Class at Unity Church on the Mountain, 1328 Governors Dr., Huntsville AL, 35801. Nov. 8 thru Dec. 13, 6:30pm to 8:00pm. Love offering basis. ARE YOU… • Stuck in a job you don’t love? • Always procrastinating or putting off decisions?

• Reluctant to challenge yourself? • Dreaming big but never following through? If you or someone you love isn’t living up to his or her potential and suffers from even one or two of these feelings, here is a class that can help. Based on the book of the same name by Dr. Kenneth Christian, the class details the telltale signs of self-limiting behavior – everyday habits that can seem harmless but that over time can send high potential people into a tailspin of dead ends and frustration. In addition, it offers a practical fifteen-step guide to help underachievers shake off their old habits and start taking an active hand in their own futures. Facilitator: Debbie Preece. Call 256519-7100 to sign up. See ad on this page.

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he Center for Spiritual Living will hold their annual auction, Saturday, Nov. 13, 7:00 p.m. at the Center on Lily Flagg Road in Huntsville. The auction is open to all residents of the greater Huntsville community. Some of the valuable services to be auctioned include: message therapy, reflexology treatments, Reiki sessions, and other types of energy work. Some of the most unique items offered in years past include pet-sitting services, numerology readings, car detail, dinners delivered to your door, and many homemade items such as Afghans, baby blankets, desserts, and gift baskets. Many incredible items have already been offered, such as original paintings by local artists, original pottery, portraits of your own pet, and so much more – making this year’s auction more exciting than ever. Join the Center for Spiritual Living for this fun-filled event and get an early start on your holiday shopping! The Center for Spiritual Living is located at 308 Lily Flagg Road, Huntsville, AL, 35802. Contact Gloria Agrelius at See ad on page 5.


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“Reflexology is used primarily for relaxing tension . . . By relaxing tension, reflexology releases and restores nerve function and blood supply, which is all nature needs to normalize the body.”

REFLEXOLOGY Touches All the Right Points by Jim Barnes


ature intended for us to walk, bend, twist, and run occasionally to keep a good supply of blood surging through our feet. Yet we carefully preserve our feet in shoes, which prevents much of the motion that would take place naturally if we constantly walked barefoot in the primitive way nature intended. The resulting lack of natural stimulation of the soles of the feet allows excess acid to build up in the blood, which increases calcium deposits. Acid crystals form in the nerve endings of the feet, impeding the normal circulation of the blood to other parts of the body. Reflexology can be beneficial in eliminating these crystals and helping the body achieve balance. Reflexology is a science founded on the principle that there are reflex areas in the feet and hands that correspond to all of the glands, organs, and other parts of the body. Stimulating these reflexes properly can address many health problems in a natural way, as a type of preventative maintenance. Reflexology is a specific and specialized advance in therapeutic bodywork and should not be confused with massage.


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The idea behind Reflexology is not new. Reflexology was first practiced as early as 2330 B.C. by the Egyptian culture. Reflexology as we know it today was researched and developed in the pioneering work of Eunice Ingham. Many modern day principles are results of the combined work of Ingham and her nephew Dwight C. Byers, the world's leading authority on Foot Reflexology. Ingham's research and mapping of the feet are the standard on which modern techniques are based. Ingham expanded the research findings of Dr. William H. Fitzgerald, the discoverer of “zone therapy". The zone theory is central to reflexology. The link from the feet to the organs and the glands in the body can be visualized conceptually a series of longitudinal lines, each encompassing a zone. There are 10 of these zones running the entire length of the body from the top of the head to the tip of the toes. An organ or gland found in a specific zone will have its reflex point in the corresponding zone of the foot. Therefore, working one entire foot affects one side of the body. Reflexology is used primarily for relaxing tension. Physicians who statistically track disease tell us that over 75% of our

health problems can be linked to nervous stress and tension. By relaxing tension, reflexology releases and restores nerve function and blood supply, which is all nature needs to normalize the body. Stimulating the thousands of nerve endings in your feet in a targeted, precisely calibrated way, reflexology pressure techniques have proven to be highly efficient, and extremely effective, in increasing blood and energy flow to all areas of the body.In order to keep the body at a normal balance, maxiumum blood flow and nerve conduction must be maintained to every organ, vessel and gland. Regular reflexology therapy can make an enormous contribution toward keeping your body at an optimized state, fine-tuned into a efficient, fully operated mechanism. Reflexology helps nature achieve homeostasis, the body’s natural state of balance. Reflexology relaxes tension, relieves pressure, removes blocks, and restores flow—returning overactive organs and glands to normal, and restoring underactive areas to full function. Why not try reflexology as a proven, safe and effective way to bring your body into balance: that natural state of relaxation and free-flowing energy which is the hallmark of real health and vitality. Jim Barnes is a Certified Reflexologist with a fast-growing practice in Decatur, Alabama. Contact Jim at Reflex Action for more information and appointment scheduling. Reflex Action Reflexology and Massage Therapy: Main Office (256) 309-0033, Cell (256) 227-2920. Source:Byers, DC. (2001). Better health with foot reflexology. Ingham Publishing Inc., U.S.

Why Do We Gain Weight With Age? by George Gray, M.D., N.D.


hy do we gain weight with age? This is a question so many of us ask ourselves as we get older. We simply cannot understand why this happens, even when we exercise regularly and eat fewer calories. The fact of the matter is that weight gain associated with age is due to many factors, and is much too complicated to fully explainin this brief article. Scientists have, however, identified a number of biological factors that contribute to age-related weight gain. Family genetics and environment are two example causes of age-related weight gain. The physiological changes that make our bodies unable to handle the same number of calories it did in our youth provide another explanation.This is evidenced not only by excess body storage, but high glucose, triglyceride, and cholesterol levels seen in maturing individuals. Another factor involved in agerelated weight gain is the decrease in resting energy expenditures at the cellular level. What this means in simple terms is that we are not burning fat as energy, butinstead, we are storing the fat in our adipocytes (fat cells). Our bloated outer appearance reflects this relentless engorgement of surplus fat into our fat cells. Scientists have found that the decrease in energy expenditure may cause as much as 120-190 excess calories to be stored in our bodiesevery day. This translates into an extra 13-20 pounds of stored body fat each year. If all it took to remove excess fat stores was to increase resting metabolic rates, today's obesity epidemic would largely disappear. We now know that increasing metabolic rates by exercise, for example, is only part of a multimodal solution. Aging diminishes the ability of our cells to utilize even the reduced amounts of fats and sugars we ingest. This phenomenon is clearly demonstrated by the age-induced increase of glucose, triglycerides, cholesterol, and dangerous fat remnants in our blood. Simply stated, as we age, we have reduced metabolic capacity to make use of the fats and sugars we eat throughout

“As maturing individuals, we simply lose the ability to efficiently burn ingested food as energy. The result of excess caloric intake is unwanted fat stores.” the day. The result is that our bloodstreams become chronically bloated with arteryclogging and obesity-causing dietary byproducts. As maturing individuals, we simply lose the ability to efficiently burn ingested food as energy. The result of excess caloric intake is unwanted fat stores. Aging individuals seldom understand the magnitude of excess calories ingested

each day. They too often think they are consuming only a little more than they should. The reality is that most of us consume far more food than our bodies can utilize for energy production. The result is an accumulation of unsightly fat masses that unleash deadly inflammatory cytokines, along with an inability to maintain glucose control and healthy blood lipid levels. The challenge for all of us is to remember that excess calories are poison. We have only two options in this regard to help us stay slender— either avoid the poison by drastically reducing our calorie intake, or take the necessary nutrients before large meals to mitigate the effects of ingested calories. George P. Gray, M.D., N.D., practices “the best of both worlds, alternative and conventional medicine” at the Integrative Wellness Center, 2876 Bob Wallace Avenue, Huntsville, AL35805. Call (256) 539-2070 for appointments. See ad this page.

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According to the online Encyclopedia of Earth, the present-day “worker as consumer” worldview was fully entrenched in the United States by the 1920s, when the labor movement stopped advocating a shorter workweek to instead focus on securing better wages and working conditions. The goal was to guarantee more buying power for workers, so that they could purchase more than just the necessities of daily living.

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s winter holiday shopping inexorably nears its peak, the last weeks of the year are often the most frenetic. We’re bombarded with advertisements for gifts of all kinds, caught between doing good for the people we love and thinking that surely there’s a better way than trudging around like beasts of burden, crossing hazardous parking lots and navigating crowded malls in search of a satisfying end to the seasonal buying spree. We wonder: Will the gifts we spend our time and money to buy really make anyone happy—or the world a better place? What if we could reinvent shopping every day of the year? It turns out that it’s possible to simplify our shopping, while at the same time making it both meaningful and green, including purchasing gifts that will do the most good every time they are used. On our way to realizing this ideal solution, it helps to understand the origins of the modern shopping dilemma. To begin, we must ask ourselves why we


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respond to marketers in ways that perpetuate mindless socioeconomic trends.

From Producer to Consumer Americans experienced a major paradigm shift in the early part of the 19th century with the advent of the Industrial Revolution. Basically, we changed from an agrarian economy, in which most people produced what they consumed, to a manufacturing and services economy, in which people are mostly just consumers.

make us happy.” ~ Annie Leonard

After World War II, this idea got a boost from economist Victor LeBeau, who in 1947 declared, “Our enormously productive economy… demands that we make consumption our way of life, that we convert the buying and use of goods into rituals, that we seek our spiritual satisfaction, our ego satisfaction, in consumption. We need things consumed, burned up, replaced and discarded at an ever-accelerating rate.” It’s perhaps not coincidental that, “Our national happiness peaked in the 1950s,” as related by Annie Leonard in the compelling video The Story of Stuff, just as television began spreading the new philosophy of what Leonard calls

“work-watch-spend.” We work to make money, then come home and relax as we watch television. On TV, we see ads that let us know that we could do and be a lot better—if only we had the right product. So, we begin to feel less worthy, go shopping and buy that product that we hope will make us do/become/ feel better, and the cycle repeats. Today, shopping has become firmly entrenched in the American lifestyle. It is used as an antidote to boredom, a substitute for socializing and a quick fix for a disguised emotional need. We continue doing it even when we’re aware that we are buying things we don’t need and can’t afford. The more aware among us also understand that all the stuff we buy and store, and cause to be manufactured and distributed, creates a negative impact on people’s lives and the environment— which leads to even more stress.

Stuff versus the Right Stuff Among the reasons that it’s possible to make shopping different today is the dawning of conscious awareness about the impact a product has through its entire life-cycle, from raw resources through ending up in a landfill or recycled. Daniel Goleman, whose books explore emotional and social intelligence, has tackled this topic in Ecological Intelligence: How Knowing the Hidden Impacts of What We Buy Can Change Everything. “Ecological intelligence,” he explains, “lets us apply what we learn about how human activity impinges on ecosystems so as to do less harm and once again

“Look for the best value, not always the best price.” ~ Leah Ingram

to live sustainably in our niche—these days, the entire planet.” Goleman advocates that we take our role as consumers seriously in three ways: 1) Get the information and know the ecological impacts of the things we buy; 2) Favor the eco-friendly improvements that companies make to their products; and 3) Share that information. Widespread individual support for sustainable alternatives, says Goleman, “That’s what’s going to give it the magnitude that can actually shift market share.” On websites like and, we can check on the product life-cycle of everything from cosmetics and bottled water to the electronic gadgets we might be considering as holiday gifts. It’s bound to be a balancing act, unless we elect to forego shopping altogether. For example, for an e-reader, Goleman counsels, “You’d need to drive to a store 300 miles away to create the equivalent in toxic impacts on health of making one e-reader—but you might do that and more if you drive to the mall every time you buy a new book.” Goleman hopes that such information will lead us to make informed decisions by using our buying power to show companies the direction they need to take to meet a growing, enlightened demand. As we enthuse to our friends about how well the naturally scented soy candles on our holiday buffet table performed, they might also seek them out, and then tell others. Friends might want a fair trade tablecloth of their own when we gather around one at a dinner party and explain how paying fair wages helps improve labor conditions and supports the local economy of the artisans’ village in India. Concludes Goleman, “As market share shifts, all of a sudden within companies, the grounds of the debate shifts, because now, doing the right thing is synonymous with capturing market. Doing good is the same as doing well.”

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implicity that’s consciously chosen, deliberate and intentional supports a higher quality of life. Simplicity offers lives of opportunity, rather than sacrifice, in that it: Fosters a more harmonious relationship with the Earth Promotes fairness and equity among the people of the Earth Enhances living with balance— inner and outer; work and family; family and community Reveals the beauty and intelligence of nature’s designs Increases the resources available for future generations Helps save animal and plant species from extinction Responds to global shortages of oil, water and other vital resources Keeps our eyes on the prize of what matters most in our lives— the quality of our relationships with family, friends, community, nature and the cosmos Yields lasting satisfactions that more than compensate for the fleeting pleasures of consumerism Fosters self-discovery and an integrated approach to life Duane Elgin’s writings, workshops and speaker presentations aim to foster a more sustainable and spiritual culture. See

Cultivating Feel-Good Shopping Simplicity Duane Elgin, author of the landmark Voluntary Simplicity, observes, “Simplicity that is consciously chosen, deliberate and intentional, supports a higher quality of life. In reality, it is consumerism that offers lives of sacrifice, whereas simplicity offers lives of opportunity.” Although every holiday celebration requires some sort of shopping— even for the most voluntarily simple lifestyle—a new outlook can put our time and money where it does the most good for everyone—including us. In Less Is More, authors Cecile Andrews and Wanda Urbanska detail the types of simplicity thinking that can streamline our shopping and make us feel good, as we do good. Here’s a synopsis: UNCLUTTERED. Less stuff translates to a more peaceful, serene home environment. Instead of buying a knickknack, why not get creative? Paying for an hour of a home-staging expert’s time to give a friend or family member’s abode a fresh look—using their own things— achieves the aim of effecting change without adding stuff. CIVIC. Giving money to civic organizations helps the broader community and can simplify gift-giving. Comments Leah Ingram, author of Suddenly Frugal, “I recall my daughter’s long-ago first grade teacher telling us on back-toschool night that she didn’t need any presents at the holidays, and instead, would we please buy board games for the class. That was a specific request that I respected and answered. Had she said that [a specific charity] was her special cause, then I could have made a donation in her name in good conscience.” FRUGAL. Spending less for things we really don’t need can result in more money saved for the really important things, such as a long-desired vacation that broadens our horizons and helps improve a developing nation. We can also experience the joy of providing unforgettable experiences that enrich loved ones’ lives—perhaps a New York


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“Instead of buying new clothes, make over your matching wardrobe by recombining and re-accessorizing what’s in your closet—and have fun with the remixing process.” ~ Charlene Snyder, style consultant City family reunion taking in the sights and culture, or a weekend skiing the fresh powder of the Rockies. Making special plans close to home can also be instilled with the joy of a special occasion. BUSINESS-ORIENTED. Business-oriented simplicity leads us to seek more meaningful alternatives to tchotchketype gifts for employees and colleagues. Gift certificates to locally owned, green restaurants, health spas and other conscientious retailers and service providers help support local communities while honoring business associates and making shopping meaningful—and simpler—for us. SOULFUL. Less time spent shopping also translates to the option of devoting more time to beneficial activities that enhance our authentic selves. Special moments spent taking a walk in a quiet park, autumn garden or another natural setting provide a gentle way to step away from holiday craziness and de-stress. When we know that the time and money we spent shopping have not only pleased the recipients, but have also done good in the world, it places our efforts in a new and brighter light. “As we get away from materialism,” sums up Urbanska, “the focus for Christmas and Hanukkah can return to its real spiritual meaning.” Judith Fertig is a freelance writer in Overland Park, KS; for more information visit AlfrescoFoodAndLifestyle.



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CONSIDER QUALITY. Investing our budget in more durable, quality products with long-term warrantees, rather than breakable gadgets, can pay long-term benefits. For example, “Good cookware not only enhances the quality of my cooking‌ it’s also an incredible joy to use,â€? writes Ina Garten, author of the Barefoot Contessa cookbooks and cooking programs. “It’s not about disposable products; it’s about buying things you can use for a lifetime, and then pass on to your children.â€? RE-GIFT. Ingram has no problem redirecting a gift she has received, but cannot use, to someone who can. After all, antique malls and thrift shops—where many people enjoy browsing and shopping—are full of items that were once given as gifts. Nan Fischer, an eco-broker in New Mexico who contributes to, likes the idea of repurposing gently used items as gifts, as long as she knows it’s something the recipient would enjoy— perhaps a vintage purse or brooch, a hard-to-find book or a guitar for someone just starting to take lessons. “We can calculate our carbon footprint based on our home energy bills, the food we eat and the cars we drive,â€? she comments. “The embodied energy spent in purchasing new items needs to be considered just as heavily. If we are buying used items, embodied energy is not expended.â€?

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HELPING TO GREEN THE PLANET. “Compact fluorescent light bulbs, rechargeable batteries and reusable shopping bags make great stocking stuffers,� says Wanda Urbanska, co-author of Less is More, and presenter of Simple Living with Wanda Urbanska, on PBS. “Using these and other eco-friendly products throughout the year is guaranteed to keep you on Santa’s ‘good list.’� Another idea is proffering a gift certificate for a monthly or seasonal subscription to a community supported agriculture (CSA) group. This sends regards and love to the recipient each week throughout the local growing season, when they happily receive their weekly bag full of fresh local produce; it’s a gift with multiple benefits for local families, farmers, economies and the environment.

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an Rollman recently noticed a encouraged attendees to sing along disturbing trend in his social in- with a band that played an acoustic teractions. “I was starting to get set in honor of the occasion. Harmon more birthday wishes on my Facebook found that she felt “…more present at wall than phone calls and handwritthe picnic, not hiding behind a camera ten cards.” This inspired him to create or phone,” and decided to continue the Sabbath Manifesto, which encourmaking such breaks from technology. ages people to enjoy time “I realized that it’s good for In this culture, it my son to balance TV and outdoors, in silence, with loved ones and participat- doesn’t take much technology with face-to-face ing in pleasures they reand outdoor time.” member from a time before to live radically. Rollman offers 10 the advent of the Internet. principles for observing It’s not just Rollman who feels this such a weekly day of rest. “I don’t want way. Across the country, Americans are to push people to follow the Sabbath starting to think about how a constant Manifesto in a letter of the law manstream of electronic communications ner,” he says. “I just want to spark some affects the quality of their lives—and dialogue about the pace of life and our many are consciously unplugging every societal relationship with technology.” once in a while. receives Recently, local businesses in San hundreds of joyful testimonials from Francisco sponsored a Tech-Free Day, both religious and secular fans of the inviting people to visit an unplugged concept. Rollman sees no contradiccafé or attend a potluck picnic. Aubrey tion in promoting it on the Internet.“We Harmon, a self-described multitaskaren’t trying to be anti-technology; we ing, “... stay-at-home mom who also are just asking questions about how we writes,” turned off her TV, computer use it and the amount we use it.” and smart phone and went to the Sal Bednarz, owner of Actual Café, picnic—which banned technology, but in Oakland, is thrilled that his facil-


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ity’s laptop-free weekends are building an actual, not virtual, community. He recalls a neighborhood filmmaker who was working in his café during the week, but still mindful of the unplugged philosophy: “She made a point of taking breaks and talking to people next to her,” he says. “She thanked me, because she made two new friends and five new business contacts.” Many people report that a day away from a screen lets them reconnect with what really matters in their lives. Frank Bures, a Minneapolis-based travel writer who decided to make his Mondays Internet-free, remarks: “It goes back to Thoreau and living deliberately, instead of mindlessly. How do you want to spend your life? Staring at a screen and following link trails, or being in your own mind? Your attention is finite, and it is what defines your life.” Erika Kosina wrote the original article, from which this is adapted, for YES! Magazine, a national, nonprofit media organization that fuses powerful ideas with practical actions. She is a freelance writer and community organizer who blogs about taking a break from technology at

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Avoid technology Connect with loved ones Nurture your health Get outside Avoid commerce Light candles Drink wine Eat bread Find silence Give back

Unplug Electronic Vampires SEE INSTANT SAVINGS ON ENERGY BILLS by Brita Belli


nplugging electronic devices and appliances can pay real dividends, both in reducing the amount of energy we use—and our subsequent carbon footprint—and in lowering our utility bills. Meanwhile, in doing so, we have the pleasure of plugging back into real human interaction and communication with the natural world to recharge our peace and joy and true power. With each watt we deduct, we bring down the total energy consumed. All told, electronic devices and appliances account on average for 20 percent of a household’s energy bills. (For the record: A watt is a unit of measurement for power. For example, a 100-watt light bulb consumes 100 watts of power per hour when turned on.) Standby power alone—the power flowing to the TV, DVD player, cell phone charger, laptop and other devices when they’re not in use—can account for as much as 5 to 10 percent of total home energy use. Employing a power strip is an easy way to completely turn off all the assorted gadgets when they’re not in use.

Accountable Savings. Here’s what we can save each hour, every time we unplug the following electronics: Desktop computer CPU: 120 watts when awake, 30 watts asleep Desktop computer monitor: 150 watts when awake, 30 watts asleep Laptop: 50 watts Stereo: 70 to 400 watts TV: 19-inch = 65 to 110 watts; 27-inch = 113 watts; 36-inch = 133 watts; 53- to 61-inch projection = 170 watts Average plasma TV: 301 watts Average LCD (standard) TV: 111 watts

Standby power, also called vampire power, vampire draw, phantom load or leaking electricity, refers to the electric power consumed by electronic appliances while they are switched off or in a standby mode, and not unplugged. Source: Wikipedia Average LCD (LED): 101 watts (save energy by lowering the backlight) DVD: 20 to 25 watts DirecTV HR20 DVR: 33 watts Microsoft Xbox 360: 119 to 187 watts (video game consoles consume nearly the same energy in idle mode as when being played) Sony PlayStation 3: 150 watts Nintendo Wii: 19 watts Wireless router: 7 watts We can start by eliminating the standby power drain, then work toward big bucks energy savings by making it a habit to unplug whatever electronics currently are not in use. Brita Belli is the editor of E – The Environmental Magazine. Sources: EnergySavers. gov;; Reviews.;

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the virgin landscape, hiking staff in hand. This is a goal that we can all still achieve, given suitable surroundings. From a fallow tree limb to a finely machined, telescoping rod, hundreds of models are available to aid in tackling mountain, forest or stream, including those that sport attached seats or fold up for backpacking. Some aficionados even collect them. Besides saving us from a spill into a babbling brook, poles come in handy for testing the depth of water, knocking down spider webs, parting bushes and fending off wild animals. They can also be used to dislodge a piece of ripe fruit from its branch. From day to day, using a pair of trekking poles saves strain on the knees, especially during descents, according to the American Hiking Society. In skiing, other key considerations come into play. Jen Butson, director of public affairs at Ski Vermont (, explains: “Poles are used to enable the skier to gain more speed, as well as improve balance. Alpine ski poles help with improving the timing of the more advanced ski turns in steeper terrain, or in moguls,


… and Carry the Right Stick by Martin Miron


he mythical Riddle of the Sphinx asks, “What is it that walks on four legs in the morning, two at midday and three in the evening?” The answer is man, who starts out crawling, then walks upright, and finally needs the assistance of a cane. Specialized sticks and poles have also evolved over the ages for use in pursuit of recreational fitness. Whatever the technology, the primary function of any type of pole is to retain or regain one’s balance. Whether schussing a frozen ski slope or making the ascent of a rocky hillside easier, that extra leg can serve as a pivotal accessory. The instrument itself can even be turned directly to the purpose of fitness, when it is used in Nordic pole walking.

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serving as an extended platform for better balance.” Regarding another popular winter pastime, hiking in showshoes, Butson elaborates on the similar, yet distinctive benefits. “When snowshoeing, poles also provide stability and balance in varied terrain, deeper snow conditions and during side-slope traverses. Poles further serve to engage the upper body of the fitness-minded snowshoer, offering a total body workout and incremental caloric expenditure.”

New Nordic Workout A unique regimen called Nordic pole walking was brought to the United States in 2004, via Naples, Florida. Klaus Schwanbeck, Ph.D., a German track coach, has devised a way to adapt ski-like movements to provide a low impact, aerobic routine. Naples Community Hospital (NCH) was the first to train instructors under Schwanbeck’s tutelage. NCH

Group Fitness Coordinator Bobbie Lee Gruninger says, “The benefits are that you can burn a high ratio of body fat. You get the heart rate in the mid-range and it stays in the mid-range the entire time, because of the speed and distance that you’re walking. We do about seven miles out on the beach.” Any climate will do, as long the attire is appropriate. Don’t just buy the lightweight, adjustable poles and have at it, though. As Gruninger advises, “It’s important to be trained properly to do Nordic pole walking, because a lot of people just dig the pole in and take big steps, and they don’t get the rotation in their upper body. It’s not really much like skiing.” (Video lesson at Rather, specific technique is required. Gruninger points out, “With Nordic pole walking, the poles have to be adjusted so that when you put the pole on the ground, you want your elbow right at your waist and your wrist will be slightly lower than that. If you’re doing it correctly, your shoulders are actually slightly rotating side-to-side, which engages the outer obliques in the core.” In addition to facilitating an abdominal workout, results include an overall toning effect on the entire body. Gruninger notes that pole walking provides an acceptable, low-impact cardiovascular routine for people recovering from injury, as well. Whatever the season or reason, there is a pole designed to help sportsters remain upright. Adventure, excitement and athletics are all on tap as we take care to use this versatile extra appendage gently and wisely. Martin Miron is a freelance writer in Naples, FL. Contact him at


The Gratitude Campaign A Simple Gesture from the Heart Says it All by Scott Truitt


hortly after 9/11, I began a practice of approaching military personnel whenever I see them in public to thank them for serving for us. Most times, it has been a wonderful experience for both of us. Occasionally, however, it has felt a bit awkward, for reasons that are not always apparent in the moment. Other times, I couldn’t muster up the nerve to approach them at all. What has been consistent is that every time I’ve done it, they seem very appreciative of the gesture, and I have always felt better for having expressed my gratitude. It can be difficult for some people to approach strangers this way, because many of us have been socialized since childhood not to talk to people we don’t know, much less open our hearts to thank them for defending our very freedom to be whoever we want to be. My occasional reluctance and awkwardness in these situations made me think that it would be nice if we civilians had a gesture or sign, similar to a military salute, that we could use to express our gratitude quickly and easily, without having to even approach a stranger. I did some research and found a sign that originated in 18th-century France. The Sign, which some are now calling The Gratitude Sign, begins by placing your hand over your heart, and then bringing your hand down and out in front of you, bending your arm at the elbow (not the wrist), and ending with your hand at about your belly button, slightly facing the person you wish to thank. Fully translated, it means, “Thank you, from the bottom of my heart.”

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My next challenge was how to spread the message. I called a client, the National Football League’s Seattle Seahawks, and told them I wanted to share this sign with people as a means of expressing their gratitude when circumstances might not allow for a verbal thank-you. The Seahawks suggested that I make a short video they could air during their games. So, I partnered with Amy Sedgwick of Mouse House Productions, in Seattle, to create the videos at Since our video first aired in 2007, an estimated 30 to 40 million people have seen it, and many are now using The Sign throughout the world. I’m often asked if The Sign is limited to honoring military personnel. Not at all. Look around, and I’m sure that you’ll find lots of people who are serving our communities, from local to global. If you appreciate their service, give them The Sign. Say, “Thank you, from the bottom of my heart.” Scott Truitt is the founder of Gratitude

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by Melinda Hemmelgarn


Psychologist Susan Linn, director and co-founder of the Boston-based suggests that viewing TV or Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood (CCFC), explains that video games more than two exposure to media and marketing also promotes materialistic values hours a day can make a youth in children and is stressful for fami1.5 to 2 times more likely to lies. CCFC conference reports on relevant research show that conflict experience attention problems. between parents and children is often directly related to children’s During the 13-month study, exposure to advertising. Juliet Schor, author of Born to elementary- and college-age Buy: The Commercialized Child and participants averaged 4.26 the New Consumer Culture, says, “[Even] psychologically healthy children will be made worse off if hours of screen time a day. Family Media Diets they become more enmeshed in the How much is too much of a good culture of getting and spending.” thing? According to The Henry J. Likewise, Tim Kasser, author of Kaiser Family Foundation’s study of media in the lives of 8- to The High Price of Materialism and psychology professor at 18-year-olds, young people today consume more media than Knox College, in Galesburg, Illinois, reports that countries ever before—about 7½ hours a day, often multitasking or with the highest levels of kid-targeted marketing have the using media simultaneously. At the same time, the American least happy kids. Academy of Pediatrics recommends no more than two hours of screen media use per day for children over 2 and none for younger children—with good reason. While exposure to Secrets of Family Happiness media in moderation can be educational and entertaining, It turns out that what kids really value, but may not express, the Center on Media and Child Health links excessive media is quality time with their family. Our sense of well-being consumption with poor diet, poor body image, obesity, depends less on stuff and more on relationships, a sense of earlier sexual activity, smoking, violence, disturbed sleep and belonging, community and spiritual nourishment, accordincreased anxiety. ing to research led by Kasser and colleague Kennon M.

f your children watch commercial television, go to the movies, play video games or spend leisure time on the computer surfing the Internet or chatting and texting with friends, they already know exactly what they must have to be happy this holiday season. That’s because ads aimed at kids are everywhere, enticing them to desire toys, branded clothing, foods and other products they don’t really need and their parents might not be able to afford. Nor will these things they want so desperately make them happy.


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Sheldon, a psychology professor at the University of Missouri-Columbia. Granted, time isn’t easily packaged and placed under a tree. Instead, parents can pull the plug, or at least set time limits, watch and talk about media content together, agree to buy less stuff and schedule more meaningful free time together. Here are some ideas to create happy holiday memories to last a lifetime: Document family history. Turn kids into roving reporters and interview relatives to learn and record the family’s past. Start with a family tree, and then fill in fun details. Where did Great Grandpa come from? What did he eat for lunch at school and what was Grandma’s favorite holiday recipe when she was a child? What games did your grandparents play as kids?

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Revisit the family’s culinary heritage. Make traditional dishes and take photographs of the finished masterpieces. Make a scrapbook with recipes, pictures and stories about the recipes to create a treasured family holiday cookbook. Share skills. Elders may have talents they’d like to pass down to younger generations. Such activities include sewing, quilting, knitting, bread making (from scratch), woodworking, painting, dancing, drawing, jewelry making and playing musical instruments.

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Resist the pressure to put a TV in a child’s bedroom. It guarantees that the youngster will spend more time with advertisers and less time with you or engaged in books, physical activity and creative play. TV also exposes children to cultural messages that may lie outside a family’s values. Talk to your children about those potential conflicts. Discuss the use and impact of advertising. Explore how ads grab our attention through use of color, music and celebrities. Ask kids how an ad makes them feel, and show them how ads sell us “lifestyles.� See if you can spot branded products in movies. Declare a screen-free day or TV-free week. It may take some getting used to at first, but the rewards are many. You’ll discover you have extra time to be together as a family, play games, read and enjoy meaningful conversation. Best of all, nourish each child’s spirit with a printed or even framed list of what you love about them, and why they’re the greatest gift of all. Then prove it, by showering them with your “presence.� For more ideas and insights, visit index.php, and Melinda Hemmelgarn is a Midwest-based registered dietitian and freelance journalist and the host of Food Sleuth Radio. She teaches media literacy workshops nationwide. Reach her at

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INTHEVALLEY This month Natural Awakenings is proud to spotlight Steve Skinner, Sp Specialty Wellness Healthy Living Store

by Kimberly Ballard

Cullman’s Healthy New Addition: Specialty Wellness


fter fifteen years in the compounding pharmacy business, Cullman pharmacist Steve Skinner has watched the food and drug industry, driven by efficiency and profits, dumb down medications into a one-size-fits-all remedy that leaves consumers searching for alternative solutions to their ailments and illnesses. “Ever since health care reform became front and center earlier this year, I have wanted to offer people choices that will keep them out of that loop,” Steve says. “Opening Specialty Wellness Healthy Living Store is something I have been motivated

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to do for a while. I think of it as an expansion of my Specialty Pharmacy business.” Specialty Wellness offers all natural, organic frozen and dry foods; supplements and vitamins; organic and green beauty care products; chemical free, environmentally friendly household cleaning products; and all-natural drinks, juices, and sodas. “My main motivation was to provide gluten-free dietary options. We have a large population of people here in Cullman and in Hartselle who want to become healthier. Going gluten-free is a large part of that.”

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mystery in medicine and we can look up a symptom and see what might be causing it. They can then search further for known medications or treatment, and seek alternative advice and options.” By reading and asking questions, patients are finding holistic

“My main motivation was to provide gluten-free dietary options.”

Prior to Steve opening his store a few weeks ago, Cullman and Hartselle residents were driving into Birmingham or Huntsville to find the products they want. “I am a big believer in alternative and supplemental medicine,” Steve explains. “Obesity and diabetes are both epidemics in our country and many parents are discovering that autism may be connected to high gluten intake, and ADD in children may be attributed to high intakes of MSG.” Steve believes Oprah Winfrey, Dr. Oz, and even healthy-living grocery markets like Whole Foods and Fresh Market, all provide options that were

not available just a few short years ago. “Consumers are different today. They are doing something about their own health issues, educating themselves, and living healthier, balanced lives, whether the food and drug industry helps them do it or not.” Steve laughs when he thinks how different medicine is today, from the “old days” when people took what their family doctor said to be the gospel – after all, family doctors were usually the same person who brought you, your parents, and maybe your grandparents, into the world… what is there not to trust? “It isn’t that people don’t like their doctor, it’s just that because most people have already researched their problem, they go into a diagnosis with a lot of their own questions and their own ideas about alternative medical care. They don’t just take the doctor’s word for it anymore.” Steve feels a number of factors have contributed to the consumer’s personal search for a cure or an answer to their own health problems. “The Internet has taken away the

cures and remedies much more mainstream, and better yet – they work. “Once people become educated about what they are eating, they immediately want to change their eating habits. Specialty Wellness gives them many options.” Located in Cullman’s historic downtown warehouse district, Specialty Wellness Healthy Living Store has a licensed nutritionist on staff, and the largest gluten-free inventory between Birmingham and Huntsville. They have planned a grand opening ceremony on November 4th. See ad on page 29. For more information, contact Pharmacist Steve Skinner at Specialty Wellness Healthy Living Store, 2104 Alabama Hwy 157, Cullman, Alabama 35058; (256) 255-5982. ___________________ —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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RETHINKING THE DIABETES DILEMMA Alternatives Expand Upon Conventional Therapies Diet and Exercise Play Key Roles

by James Rouse


ccording to the Centers for Disease Control, 23.6 million people in the United States, or 7.8 percent of the total population, have diabetes (5.7 million of these undiagnosed), and it remains the sixth leading cause of death in this country. The good news is that there are natural treatment alternatives.

2 diabetes typically starts with lifestyle and dietary changes, including aerobic and resistance exercise and avoidance of excess carbohydrates, sweets and starches. If necessary, a glucose-lowering medication may be added. Complementary natural treatment of Type 2 diabetes also begins with a more nutritional diet and exercise plan, managed by a nutrition-savvy medical doctor, naturopath, certified nutritionist, holistic nurse practitioner or dietician. Maintaining a healthy weight and controlling blood sugar are essential.


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The lynchpin of diabetes is insulin, a key hormone that allows glucose (sugar) to be converted into energy. The onset of diabetes indicates that the body is experiencing a shortage of insulin and/or decreased ability to use it. Type 1 diabetes, which is caused by the inability of the pancreas to produce insulin, usually manifests in children and adults under 30. It accounts for only five percent of cases. Type 2 diabetes, in which the body fails to respond appropriately to the presence of insulin and to properly absorb glucose from the blood, accounts for 95 percent of incidences, generally occurring after age 40. If left untreated over time, either type can lead to further health complications, including diseases of the heart, eyes and kidneys, plus blindness, nerve damage and kidney failure. Today’s conventional medical treatment of Type

Following a diet based on low glycemic carbohydrates, adequate protein and good fats is key. Examples of good carbs include: legumes and beans, whole wheat, barley, brown rice, quinoa, apples, apricots, grapefruit, cherries, plums, pears and berries. High glycemic carbs to be avoided include (but are not limited to) donuts, white rice and white flour products, cake, cookies and dried dates. Healthy proteins include lean chicken and turkey, wild salmon, grassfed beef and buffalo, tofu, tempeh and eggs. Good sources of healthy fats are olive, flax seed and hemp seed oils. A high-fiber diet is also vital in improving blood sugar and insulin response, because low fiber diets have been associated with increased risk for diabetes. Foods to include are whole grains, nuts, seeds and dark green, leafy vegetables. Research from the University of Helsinki, Finland, further suggests that limiting cow’s milk may be beneficial, especially for infants and children. A study of children born to a diabetic parent found that they were susceptible to diabetes later in life after exposure to cow’s milk as youngsters.

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Diabetics may beneďŹ t from eating small meals throughout the day, to help maintain blood sugar balance.

Bilberry and Gingko biloba may help prevent or delay diabetic-related eye damage. Gymnema sylvestre, fenugreek and bitter melon have been shown to help control blood sugar levels. Physical activity, which certainly helps reduce weight, may also help in regulating overall blood glucose. Exercise facilitates circulation, while working to prevent some of the complications associated with diabetes, including peripheral vascular and heart disease. It’s recommended that diabetes sufferers have a snack just prior to and immediately following exercising to help maintain stable blood sugar levels. James Rouse is a naturopathic doctor, entrepreneur, Ironman triathlete and wellness media personality, best known on the West Coast for his Optimum Wellness TV segments. Learn more at

Chromium may help lower blood glucose levels in cases of Type 2 diabetes, with the most recent study from the Pennington Biomedical Research Center. A typical dose is 200 micrograms daily. Magnesium is also important, as Harvard University scientists discovered a significant inverse association between magnesium intake and diabetes risk. A large population-based study in Taiwan, published in Magnesium Research, showed that adding magnesium to drinking water led to a lower risk of death from Type 2 diabetes. The best sources of magnesium are amaranth, sunflower seeds, quinoa, spinach, wild rice, tofu, almonds, halibut, brown rice, white beans and avocado. If these foods are not regularly on the menu, consider a magnesium supplement. A typical daily dose begins with 500 to 750 milligrams (mg), although this may be reduced in the event of diarrhea or loose stools. Zinc also may assist the body’s use of insulin. Suggested dosage is 30 mg a day, balanced with 2 mg copper. Antioxidant vitamins (A, C, E, betacarotene) and B complex vitamins, as well as other antioxidant nutrients from superfoods such as green tea, blueberries and pomegranates, may help prevent diabetes-related nerve damage, according to research published in the Bratislava Medical Journal and Diabetes Care. In addition, studies of calcium and vitamin D have shown some initial promise in middle-aged and older women in warding off metabolic syndrome, a known diabetes precursor. (Reports in Menopause, Current Drug Targets and Diabetes Care.) Finally, a host of scientific journals support the helpfulness of certain herbs.

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ou may have heard this warning: Keep pets away from chocolate; garlic, onions and chives; Macadamia nuts, grapes, raisins and currants; and alcohol… because if a dog or cats eats even a morsel of these human foods, it could be fatal. Fortunately, the calming counsel of Dr. Carol Osborne, a world-renowned veterinarian and leading authority on alternative and holistic veterinary medicine, offers new understanding: “These foods have the ability to become a toxic threat if continually fed to pets,” she advises, “with the exception of grapes, raisins, currants and alcohol, which should be entirely avoided.” That’s not to say that these foods are good for pets, but most are far from deadly. For example, chocolate contains theobromine which, as a cousin to caffeine, may cause signs of hyperactivity, including an elevated heart rate and/or seizures. Grapes, raisins and currants, if eaten in sufficient quantities, can damage pet kidneys; the exact toxic mechanism remains unknown. Onions and garlic have the potential to damage red blood cells, leading to anemia. So, while we don’t feed these routinely, a little onion powder or garlic


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in a pet’s meal or the accidental bite of chocolate off the floor, are generally not issues to cause concern. Osborne explains that liver function in dogs and cats is less efficient in its ability to detoxify certain foods when compared to the liver capabilities of an adult person. “The liver detoxifies what people and pets eat,” she says. “In pets, liver function is similar to that of a child, with a limited ability to metabolize and detoxify certain foods, thereby rendering them potentially toxic.”

Rumors of Harm The concept of killer pet foods escalated into a crisis when Menu Foods, a Canadian-based manufacturer of many pet foods, recalled its products in 2004 and 2007, creating the biggestever pet food recall in U.S. history. The recalled pet foods contained wheat gluten contaminated with two chemicals: melamine (used to make plastics); and cyanuric acid (used to sanitize pool water). Both were added as cost-saving bulk agents. The lethal mix of these two chemicals caused acute kidney failure, resulting in death for 250,000 pets. Menu Foods ultimately paid $24 million to

compensate affected pet owners. “Heightened awareness and demand for quality pet foods skyrocketed after the recalls,” remarks Osborne. “It’s frightening that cyanuric acid is still being legally added to pet food. It artificially boosts protein levels and misleads pet owners as to true protein content, while camouflaging a toxic chemical at the same time. Updated manufacturing guidelines and safety regulations are essential to ensure quality and safety of pet food ingredients. Unfortunately, both are lacking.” She further notes that slaughterhouse floor scraps, considered inedible for human consumption, comprise the bulk of ingredients in pet foods, regardless of the label or price. Clever pet food names are often misleading, she says. Unlike “certified organic,” holistic and natural are marketing terms which, when used on pet food labels, guarantee nothing about content or quality.

A Sound Solution Osborne’s professional experience, training and research validate the fact that feeding our pets homemade foods similar to those we enjoy is a sound, healthy choice. “A meal of chicken, sweet potato and broccoli, for example, is as good for pets as it is for people,” advises Osborne. “Don’t be afraid to prepare meals made of human foods for your pets. In addition to offering honest pet nutrition, it helps curb pricey pet food bills.” Her clients have found that simple recipes save time and money, help to avoid emergency room visits and promote health and wellness. Homemade canine cuisine made of equal portions of a lean protein, such as chicken, turkey, beef, veal, duck, fish or eggs; long-acting carbohydrates, like potatoes, rice, pasta or oatmeal; and fresh vegetables, including broccoli, spinach, green beans, lima beans, peas

and carrots are ideal. For “allergic” dogs, modify to 50 percent protein and 50 percent veggies, cutting the carbs. Cats require more protein than dogs, so 80 percent lean protein and 20 percent veggies is purr-fect. Owners can prepare pet meals raw or cooked. Cooking options include broiling, boiling, frying, baking and grilling. Mix, and add a teaspoon of extra virgin olive oil; the oil enhances the smell and taste of a pet’s food and is a great source of omega-3 fatty acids. Don’t forget to season a pet’s meal so it smells good. The three top flavors most pets enjoy are barbecue, pasta sauce and low-sodium tamari. Osborne balances homemade pet meals with a reputable vitamin-mineral, antioxidant supplement. Carol Osborne is America’s first veterinarian to be a board certified anti-aging diplomat. She founded the American Pet Institute, created Pet Anti-Aging Wellness Systems (PAAWS) and authored Naturally Healthy Dogs and Naturally Healthy Cats. Her research has pioneered new therapies to treat and prevent age-related degenerative disease and promote optimum health and longevity for pets. Visit Carla Soviero is a freelance writer in Naples, FL. Contact her at mscarla11



ou can prepare a homemade diet for your pet as easily as for your family, according to Dr. Carol Osborne, veterinarian extraordinaire. She notes that these recipes will help keep your family’s furry, four-legged companions happy and healthy. Here are a few of Dr. Carol’s tried-and-true kitchen creations that will treat our beloved pets to fivestar, lip smacking-good nourishment. They’ll thank you for years to come and be barkin’ and purrin’ for more.

5 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat. 4. In a mixing bowl, combine the ricotta, spinach, parmesan, oregano, nutmeg, pepper and remaining 2 tbsp of parsley; stir well. 5. Place 2 cups of the tomato sauce mixture in the bottom of a 13-by-9inch baking dish. Arrange 4 lasagna noodles on top of the sauce. Spread half of the ricotta mixture over the lasagna and sprinkle with 1 cup of the mozzarella. Repeat the layers of sauce, noodles, ricotta and mozzarella. 6. Top with the remaining 2 cups of sauce and 1 cup mozzarella, sprinkled evenly over last layer.

FOR DOGS Beef & Veggie Laboradoodle Lasagna Makes 8 portions 2 tbsp olive oil 1 lb ground round beef 5 cups tomato sauce 4 tbsp chopped fresh Italian parsley 3½ cups ricotta cheese 1 cup chopped cooked spinach, drained ¼ cup freshly grated parmesan cheese 1 tbsp dried oregano ¾ tsp ground nutmeg Freshly ground black pepper to taste 8 lasagna noodles, cooked until not quite tender 3 cups grated mozzarella cheese 1. Preheat oven to 350° F. 2. Heat the olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add the beef, crumbling it into the skillet. Cook; stir occasionally, until it is browned. Drain, and set aside. 3. Place the tomato sauce in a sauce pan. Add the beef and 2 tbsp parsley, and cook over medium heat for

7. Cover the dish loosely with aluminum foil, place it on a baking sheet and bake for 45 minutes. Then remove the foil and bake an additional 20 minutes. Remove the dish from the oven and allow it to stand 10 to 15 minutes or until it reaches room temperature before serving. 8. Note: For individual frozen portions, cut the baked lasagna into 8 pieces, placed in freezer containers with lids. Freeze only when cool. To reheat, defrost, cover with aluminum foil to bake at 350° F for 20 minutes.

Sesame Chow-Chow Chicken & Asparagus Pasta Makes 6 portions 8 ounces linguine 3 cloves garlic, minced 1 tbsp red wine vinegar 1 tbsp brown sugar 6 tbsp chunky peanut butter ¼ cup soy sauce 6 tbsp sesame oil 1 tbsp hot chili oil 2 boneless, skinned and cooked chicken breast halves 5 tbsp sesame seeds, toasted 1 pound thin asparagus, trimmed 1 small cucumber, halved, seeded and diced into ¼-inch pieces

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1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add the linguine, cook at a rolling boil until just tender. Drain, rinse under cold water, drain again and set aside in a large mixing bowl. 2. Place the garlic, vinegar, brown sugar, peanut butter and soy sauce in a food processor. Process for 1 minute. With the motor running, slowly add the sesame and hot chili oils through the feed tube and process until well-blended. 3. Shred the chicken into 2-inch julienne strips, and then toss with the linguine. Add the sauce plus 4 tbsp of the sesame seeds and toss to coat well. 4. Cut the asparagus on the diagonal into 1-inch lengths. Blanch in a sauce

pan of boiling water for 1 minute. Drain, rinse under cold water and pat dry. 5. Place the linguine and chicken in a large, flat serving bowl and arrange the asparagus on top. Sprinkle with cucumber and remaining 1 tbsp sesame seeds. 6. Serve at room temperature.

Shepherd’s Spicy Breakfast Turkey & Egg Patties Makes 12 patties 1¼ lbs ground turkey ¼ cup chopped fresh basil leaves ¼ cup chopped fresh parsley

1 clove garlic 1 tsp salt ½ tsp dried thyme leaves ½ tsp ground ginger ½ tsp dried red pepper flakes, crushed Freshly ground black pepper to taste 2 tbsp dried bread crumbs 1 egg, lightly beaten 2 tbsp vegetable oil 1. Combine all ingredients except the oil in a large mixing bowl; stir well, but do not over mix. Cover and refrigerate one hour. 2. Shape the turkey mixture into 12 patties about 2½ inches in diameter. 3. Heat the oil in a large skillet, brown the patties over medium heat, about 2 minutes per side. Then reduce the heat to medium-low, cover the skillet and continue to cook, turning the patties occasionally, until they are crisp and cooked thoroughly, about 6 minutes.

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1. Mix all ingredients together, add ¼ tsp extra virgin olive oil to enhances the smell and taste (also a source of essential omega-3 fatty acids).

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Thanksgiving Tradition Three Meatless Festive Entrée Options by Judith Fertig


hen the Thanksgiving dinner guest list includes those who do not eat turkey, what is the cook—or the thoughtful guest—to do? Many families feel they should come up with a second main course to offer alongside the traditional holiday bird. Likewise, vegetarian or vegan guests might want to bring a dish they can eat without making extra work for their host. So, in addition to turkey for traditionalists, what entrées can we prepare that are celebratory, seasonal, show-stoppers— but not faux turkey? Traditionally, Italian families have made both roasted turkey and a main pasta dish for Thanksgiving. A vegetable lasagna will feed a crowd and can be made ahead of time. For a smaller group, prepared butternut ravioli, available fresh or frozen at better grocery stores, can be simply tossed with aromatic browned butter and sautéed fresh sage. For a vegan offering, small acorn squashes may be filled with a flavorful mixture of caramelized onions, savory beans and dried fruits. Smaller squash are more readily available in early November and keep well in the refrigerator or other cool spots. When these dishes arrive at the table, everyone will have much to be thankful for—including leftovers. Judith Fertig is a freelance food writer at AlfrescoFoodAnd The accompanying recipes are from her cookbooks.


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Thanksgiving Lasagna This seasonal vegetarian entrée will feed a crowd and taste even better the next day. Serves 12 9 no-boil lasagna noodles 1 tbsp olive oil 1 cup chopped onion 2 cups sliced fresh mushrooms 1 cup coarsely shredded carrot 2 cups baby spinach 2 cups cubed butternut squash 1 (16-ounce) jar marinara sauce 1½ tsp dried oregano, crushed 2 cups cream-style cottage cheese, drained 1 slightly beaten egg 2 cups shredded Monterey jack cheese 1. Oil a 3-quart rectangular baking dish. Set aside. 2. Heat the olive oil over medium-high heat in a large skillet and sauté onion and mushrooms until the mushrooms begin to release their juices, about 5 minutes. Stir in carrots, squash and spinach and cook, stirring, until tender. Stir in marinara sauce and oregano. In a medium-size mixing bowl, stir together the cottage cheese and egg.

3. Layer three noodles in the bottom of the baking dish. Top with a third of the cottage cheese mixture, a third of the vegetable mixture and a third of the Monterey jack. Continue to layer, ending with a third of the Monterey jack sprinkled on top. Preheat the oven to 375° F. 4. Bake, uncovered, for 30 minutes or until bubbling. Let stand 10 minutes before serving.

Butternut Squash Ravioli with Fresh Sage This vegetarian dish features the vibrant flavors and colors of autumn. Serves 4 Note: If butternut squash ravioli is not available, pair cheese ravioli with 2 cups of cooked butternut squash cubes and toss with the browned butter and sage. 4 tbsp unsalted butter 12 to 15 fresh sage leaves 1 (14- to 16-ounce) package of fresh or frozen butternut squash ravioli ¼ cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese 1. Melt butter in a large skillet over medium heat for about 4 minutes. When butter starts to have a nutty aroma and is light brown, add sage leaves and fry for 1 minute. Remove from heat. 2. Bring a large pot of water to the boil. Add ravioli and cook until they float to the top. Remove ravioli with a slotted

spoon and toss gently in browned butter and sage sauce. Transfer to a large serving bowl and sprinkle with cheese.

Acorn Squash Compotes These stuffed acorn squash will steal the spotlight. Serves 8 2 cups thinly sliced onion 2 tbsp olive oil 1 (15.5-ounce) can chick peas, drained 3 cups red kidney beans, rinsed and drained 2 Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored and chopped 1 cup dried cranberries 1 cup snipped dried apricots ½ cup Port, brandy, or dry white or red wine ¼ cup honey 1 tbsp fresh thyme leaves Natural salt and freshly ground pepper to taste 8 small acorn squashes, cut in half and seeded Fresh thyme sprigs for garnish 1. Heat oil in large skillet that won’t stick over medium-high heat. Add onions and sauté until medium brown, about 10 minutes. Stir in chick peas, kidney beans, apples, dried fruits, Port and honey, and bring to a simmer. Remove from heat. Season with thyme leaves, salt and pepper. (Cooks have the option to make the filling up to this point ahead of time. Covered and refrigerated, it will keep for up to three days.) 2. Preheat oven to 350° F. 3. Pack squashes with filling, place on baking tray and bake uncovered for 25 minutes. Cover with lids and bake 20 to 30 minutes more, until squashes are tender. Garnish with thyme and serve.

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xperts agree that a generally healthful lifestyle, including following a nutritious diet, works to ward off sniffles, stuffy noses and the aches of a cold, and may even help safeguard against influenza. But it’s best not to wait for the first symptoms of a cold or flu to manifest; instead, we can take ongoing preventive action by strengthening our immune system. Applying these 10 tips will naturally help keep away such bugs: Wash hands. The best way to get rid of everyday germs is to wash hands frequently and thoroughly. Plain soap is best. Get enough rest. Sleep plays a crucial role in the body’s recovery and repair cycle; when people don’t get enough sleep, they compromise their defense systems. Think clean. Clean surfaces frequently shared with others, such as stair rails, telephones, computer keyboards, countertops and door knobs, in order to avoid hand-to-hand spreading of viruses. Freshen the air. Germs hang around in stagnant air. Make it a habit to open the

windows for a few minutes several times a day to allow fresh air to circulate. Think food first, rather than supplements. Eating healthy and naturally provides a whole nutritional package, comprising a combination of nutrients. Relying on supplements entails ingesting isolated vitamins and minerals that may pass through the body unabsorbed. Use garlic when cooking. Garlic

has antibacterial properties and helps detoxify the body. Drink herbal teas. Teas containing Echinacea, astragalus and licorice root boost the immune system and help inhibit viral and bacterial growth. Drink plenty of fluids. Even when it’s cold outside, it’s important to stay hydrated. Avoid alcohol and sugary drinks, which inhibit the immune function. No hands touching the face. Most cold and flu viruses enter the body through the eyes, nose or mouth. Exercise with gusto. Aerobic exercise speeds up the heart and makes us breathe faster, supplying the body with more oxygen, which in turn, helps increase the body’s amount of natural virus-killing cells. Sources:;;

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What are the key benefits of living in an ecovillage or intentional community? Perhaps one of the most significant benefits of living in an ecovillage such as Earthaven, where I live, near Asheville, North Carolina, is how we reduce the ecological footprint by sharing resources. We co-own and share large items, such as the tractor used in growing a lot of our food. Sharing food and eating together also translates into a reduced food bill, because we buy in bulk at volume discounts. At Earthaven, we live off the grid, in passive solar homes we built without bank loans, and rely on well water, composting toilets and water-harvesting systems. All of these factors make us a more ecologically sustainable community. We are an intentional community that lives deliberately to increase community members’ happiness and wellness by harmonizing our ecological values and lifestyle. Many well-documented studies have proven that people who have frequent interaction with others enjoy higher levels of health. Knowing that many supportive, extended community members are there for you is good for everyone, especially elders.

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FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 12 Lessons and Blessings – 7:30-8pm. Inspiring stories and insights from Harold Klemp, spiritual leader and acclaimed author of more than 60 books on Eckankar. Learn about your relationship with the Law of Cause and Effect. Free. Comcast Cable Channel 3, Huntsville. 256-534-1751.

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 13 Annual Auction – 7pm. Center for Spiritual Living, 308 Lily Flagg Rd, Huntsville. 256-883-8596.

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ongoingevents SUNDAY Al-Anon – For those who have a loved one faced with a drinking problem. 256-885-0323. A Course in Miracles Study Group – 9:15am. Shared reading and group discussions. Extra books available. Light of Christ Center, 4208 H o l m e s Av e , H u n t s v i l l e . 2 5 6 - 8 9 5 - 0 2 5 5 . 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. 256536-2271. 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. 256-8950255. 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.

MONDAY Al-Anon – For those who have a loved one faced with a drinking problem. 256-885-0323. Reduce Stress with EFT – Private phone sessions. To schedule, call Self Healing Awareness with EFT, 256-774-3392. Info: Spring City Cycling Club – Times and schedules at Level 1 Pilates – 7-8am. All levels. Michelle Camper. The Yoga Center of Huntsville, 500-A Pratt Ave, Huntsville. 256-533-7975.

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Mixed Flow Yoga – 8-9:30am. Laughing L o t u s Yo g a , 3 0 3 S e c o n d Av e , D e c a t u r. Energy Lunch Lift – 12pm. Group Resonance Healing. Donations accepted. The Center for Directional Healing, 3322 S Memorial Pkwy, Ste 532, Huntsville. 256-882-0360. 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. Basic Bellydance – 5:30-6:30pm. Mon-Thurs. Intro to basic bellydance technique. Nomadic Tapestry, 1219 B&C Jordan Ln, Huntsville. Class info: Beginner Yoga – 5:30-6:30pm. Laughing L o t u s Yo g a , 3 0 3 S e c o n d Av e , D e c a t u r. Intro to Yoga – 5:30-6:30pm. Laughing L o t u s Yo g a , 3 0 3 S e c o n d Av e , D e c a t u r. Affinity Circle – 6pm. A safe space where individuals can open up and reveal what they are experiencing in life. Confidentiality is assured. Center for Spiritual Living, 308 Lily Flagg Rd, Huntsville. 256-883-8596. Level I Yoga – 6:30-8pm. All levels. Tom Musgrove. The Yoga Center of Huntsville, 500-A Pratt Ave, Huntsville. 256-533-7975. Yoga with Mitzi – 6:30pm. Center for Spiritual Living, 308 Lily Flagg Rd, Huntsville. More info: 256-361-YOGA or Activating and Utilizing Your Psychic Power – Thru Nov 15. 7pm. $100. Light of Christ sponsored. Contact: 256-881-2658 or Fayeglas@ NEWtritional Health Care Conference Call – 7pm. Listen to Roy Williams, owner of NHC, talk on the weekly health topic. Ask him questions on how NHC products can help you reach your optimum health. Call 760-569-6000 and enter PIN number 411810 #. To hear previous week call: 760-569-6099 and enter PIN number 411810 #. Visit (Invitation # 10003).

TUESDAY Al-Anon – For those who have a loved one faced with a drinking problem. 256-885-0323. Reduce Stress with EFT – Private phone sessions. To schedule, call Self Healing Awareness with EFT, 256-774-3392. Info: Sierra Club Hikes – Tuesday night hikes’ around Huntsville. Spring City Cycling Club – Times and schedules at Mixed Flow Yoga – 8-9:30am. Laughing L o t u s Yo g a , 3 0 3 S e c o n d Av e , D e c a t u r. Pilates – 9-10am. Michelle Camper. The Yoga

Center of Huntsville, 500-A Pratt Ave, Huntsville. 256-533-7975.

Practical Spirituality Class – 10am-12pm. Center for Spiritual Living, 308 Lily Flagg Rd, Huntsville. 256-883-8596.

Yoga with Mitzi – 9am. The Art of Yoga. All levels welcome. Huntsville Museum of Art, 300 Church Ave S, Huntsville. More info: 256-361-YOGA or

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

P o w e r Yo g a – 9 : 1 0 - 1 0 : 1 0 a m . L a u g h i n g L o t u s Yo g a , 3 0 3 S e c o n d Av e , D e c a t u r.

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

L e v e l I Yo g a – 1 0 : 1 5 - 11 : 3 0 a m . Ta t u m Crigger. The Yoga Center of Huntsville, 500-A Pratt Ave, Huntsville. 256-533-7975.

Power Yoga – 6-7pm. Marcy White. The Yoga Center of Huntsville, 500-A Pratt Ave, Huntsville. 256-533-7975.

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

Yoga with Mitzi – 6pm. Yoga Flow. All levels welcome. Chiropractic Wellness Depot, 8210 Stephanie Dr, Huntsville. More info: 256-361YOGA or

P o w e r Yo g a – 5 : 3 0 - 6 : 4 5 p m . L a u g h i n g L o t u s Yo g a , 3 0 3 S e c o n d Av e , D e c a t u r.

Satsang – 6:30pm. Satsang with a video of Gangaji. Center for Spiritual Living, 308 Lily Flagg Rd, Huntsville. 256-883-8596.

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. 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 – 6:45pm. Candlelight Yoga. All levels welcome. The Yoga Center of Huntsville, 500 Pratt Ave, Huntsville. More info: 256-361-YOGA or

WEDNESDAY Al-Anon – For those who have a loved one faced with a drinking problem. 256-885-0323. Reduce Stress with EFT – Private phone sessions. To schedule, call Self Healing Awareness with EFT, 256-774-3392. Info: Spring City Cycling Club – Times and schedules at

Yoga and Wine – 6pm. All levels welcome. Presented by Yoga with Mitzi and The Huntsville Museum of Art, 300 Church Ave, Huntsville. More info: 256361-YOGA or Zumba Dance Class – 6:30pm. Donations accepted. Center for Spiritual Living, 308 Lily Flagg Rd, Huntsville. 256-883-8596. Level I Yoga – 6:45-8:15pm. Tom Musgrove. The Yoga Center of Huntsville, 500-A Pratt Ave, Huntsville. 256-533-7975. Salsa 101 Dance Class– 8pm. Get the moves, feel the heat! Madison Ballroom, 9076 Madison Blvd, Madison, AL

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

Al-Anon – For those who have a loved one faced with a drinking problem. 256-885-0323.

S l o w F l o w Yo g a – 8 - 9 : 3 0 a m . L a u g h i n g L o t u s Yo g a , 3 0 3 S e c o n d Av e , D e c a t u r.

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P o w e r Yo g a – 9 : 1 0 - 1 0 : 1 0 a m . L a u g h i n g L o t u s Yo g a , 3 0 3 S e c o n d Av e , D e c a t u r.

Piliates – 9am. 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.

Parapsychology Group – 7pm. Fourth Fri each month. Meets at Unity Church, 1328 Governors Dr SE, Huntsville. Info, contact Joyce Sons, 256852-8994.

Pilates – 9-10am. Michelle Camper. The Yoga Center of Huntsville, 500-A Pratt Ave, Huntsville. 256-533-7975.

Public Clearance Session – 7pm. Third Fri each month. Learn effective healing through reception and application of Divine energies. Light of Christ Center, 4208 Holmes Ave, Huntsville. 256-895-0255.

P o w e r Yo g a – 9 : 1 0 - 1 0 : 1 0 a m . L a u g h i n g L o t u s Yo g a , 3 0 3 S e c o n d Av e , D e c a t u r. L e v e l I Yo g a – 1 0 : 1 5 - 11 : 3 0 a m . Ta t u m Crigger. The Yoga Center of Huntsville, 500-A Pratt Ave, Huntsville. 256-533-7975. TBE Nooner Toastmasters – 11:45am-12:45pm. Practice public presentation and meeting etiquette. TBE Building #1, Sparkman Dr/Lakeshore Dr, Huntsville. Nancy Wade: 256-797-0700 or

Level 1 Pilates – 7-8am. All levels. Michelle Camper. 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.

Align and Define Yoga – 8-9:30am. Laughing L o t u s Yo g a , 3 0 3 S e c o n d Av e , D e c a t u r.

Mixed Flow Yoga – 5:30-6:45pm. Laughing L o t u s Yo g a , 3 0 3 S e c o n d Av e , D e c a t u r.

L e v e l I Yo g a – 9 : 1 5 - 1 0 : 3 0 a m . E r i n Kennedy. The Yoga Center of Huntsville, 500-A Pratt Ave, Huntsville. 256-533-7975.

PFLAG (Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) – 6pm. Second Thurs. Parents, friends, and gay community members welcome. Bring snack. Huntsville Public Library. 256-881-0939.

SATURDAY Al-Anon – For those who have a loved one faced with a drinking problem. 256-885-0323. Feel Good Tapping Party – Be the host of a group tapping session. To schedule, call Self Healing Awareness with EFT, 256-774-3392. Info: Sierra Club – For weekend hike, canoe, backpacking and other activities, visit NA.html. Spring City Cycling Club – Times and schedules at Level I Yoga – 9-10:15am. Tom Musgrove. The Yoga Center of Huntsville, 500-A Pratt Ave, Huntsville. 256-533-7975. Renewable Energy (RE) & Off-Grid Living – 10am-4pm. First and third Sat each month. Take

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COMMUNITY ongoingevents cont’d... steps to live the dream. Learn RE Basics. Benefit from a decade of experience. See an off-grid home in action. Reduce one’s carbon footprint. $75/ class. Giles County, TN. Register: 931-565.4006 or Yoga with Mitzi – 10am. The Art of Yoga. All levels welcome. Huntsville Museum of Art, 300 Church Ave, Huntsville. More info: 256-361-YOGA or L e v e l I Yo g a – 11 : 3 0 - 1 2 : 4 5 p m . B o b b i e Brooks. The Yoga Center of Huntsville, 500-A Pratt Ave, Huntsville. 256-533-7975. 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.




7910 S. Memorial Pkwy, Suite F-2 Huntsville, AL 35802 256-489-9806 phone 256-489-2873 fax 866-488-9806 toll free

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

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

Ballroom Dancing– 7pm, Beginner Group Class. 8pm, Dance Party. Madison Ballroom Dance Studio, 9076 Madison Blvd. 256-461-1900. Cardio Ballroom– 10am. Mega calorie burning dance fun! No more treadmill! Madison Ballroom, 9076 Madison Blvd, Madison, AL 35758.


Survey Equates Frugal Habits with Healthier Lives Ninety-four percent of middleclass Americans who have adopted sensible spending habits in response to the economic slowdown say that their newfound frugal behaviors are making them healthier, according to an index published by First Command Financial Services. Families have cut expenses by cooking more at home (45 percent), buying less junk food (30 percent), walking or bicycling to work (13 percent) and reducing their alcohol purchases (10 percent). Survey participants ranged in age from 25 to 70.


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An interior design philosophy that invites serenity and reduces stress. Feng Shui design concepts brings positive energy into your home and office to encourage P r o s p e r i t y, We l l B e i n g , H a r m o n y, a n d B a l a n c e .

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.

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.

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Tap into healing. Specializing i n w o m e n ’s e m o t i o n a l / physical issues: anxieties, fears, relationships, stress, weight. Painless, drug-free, easy-tolearn technique. Individual, group, or phone sessions.

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.

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.


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.

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

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.

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





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


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.

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.

NATUROPATHIC DOCTOR ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE ASSOCIATES Dr. Deb Gilliam, N.M.D. 1230 Slaughter Road, Madison, 256-722-0555 Dr. Gilliam treats a variety of health problems with chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, heart disease, hormone replacement and thyroid issues being at the forefront. Dr. Gilliam sees patients from around the world due to the reputation she has earned by treating hard to treat medical conditions. Dr. Gilliam works to find the cause of medical conditions and does not simply treat the patients’ symptoms.

PILATES BODY LANGUAGE, INC. 305 Jefferson St., Ste. C 256-704-5080 Our goal is to teach individuals how to take control of their health and well-being through the Pilates method, creating a wholesome person of sound mind, body, and spirit. Private, semi-private and group training on the equipment is available along with group mat classes.

YOGA CENTER OF HUNTSVILLE 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.

SUSAN K. JEFFREYS 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

VETERINARY ACUPUNCTURE ACUPUNCTURE FOR ALL ANIMALS Vikki Trupin, DVM 256-710-5378 IVAS (International Veterinary Acupuncture Society)-certified since 1994. Treatments in the clinic or in your home.

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.


Spiritualy 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.

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November 2010  

Natural Awakenings is your guide to a healthier, more balanced life. In each issue you will find cutting-edge information on natural health,...

November 2010  

Natural Awakenings is your guide to a healthier, more balanced life. In each issue you will find cutting-edge information on natural health,...