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neezing, sore throat, coughing, that stuďŹ&#x20AC;ed-up feeling. Sound familiar? Most adults have four or ďŹ ve colds a year; children, even more. This adds up to more than a trillion incidences of respiratory tract infections (RTIs) each year in the U.S. alone. No wonder colds are a major cause of absence from school and work! In winter we spend more time in warm, dry, indoor environments with little air circulation and lots of people contact. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not surprising that colds are common, because theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re caused by viruses that favor dry, cracked nasal passages; they travel through the air by sneeze or cough droplets, and are spread farther by touching the eyes, nose or mouth after contact with an infected person. One way to minimize spreading the virus is by bringing moisture back into the air with a good ventilation system and a well-maintained humidiďŹ er. You can also do a lot to prevent colds by washing your hands often and avoiding touching your face. But the best way to ďŹ ght colds and ďŹ&#x201A;u is to strengthen your immune system. Diet, exercise, rest and stress all play a role in your immune defensesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; ability to ďŹ ght disease. Diet: A healthy diet, with lots of fruits and vegetables helps to boost the immune system. Luckily, Marinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s farmers markets and grocery stores oďŹ&#x20AC;er plenty of fresh produce, including organic. Sleep: Adequate sleep is also essential for your immune system to operate properly. Sleep disturbances can produce a reduction of immune activity. Physical Fitness: Exercise increases the bodyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s production of white blood cells, necessary for immune system function. Vitamins: Many vitamins and herbs can strengthen immunity, improving resistance to infections. While supplements can help, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s best to obtain these powerful nutrients from your diet, because they donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t occur naturally in isolation but act synergistically with other compounds. Also, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s possible to take too

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Anyone interested in learning aikido, a self-defense art of power, beauty and challenge, should check out Aikido of Tamalpais, an institutionâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been in Marin since 1976â&#x20AC;&#x201D;with teachers who have a combined 100 years of traditional Japanese martial arts experience. Accredited by and aďŹ&#x192;liated with the World Aikido Headquarters in Tokyo, the Corte Madera dojo is open every day, with pricing that canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be beat: $95 a month for full membership and unlimited training. The training environment is ideal for beginners, and women in particular. In addition, the program for kids is a martial-arts alternative to more aggressive arts. If you are considering a martial art, why not train with internationally ranked expert instructors who teach a practical and eďŹ&#x20AC;ective self-defense art based on the principles of the samurai combat tradition? Learn the exciting art of the samurai and unarmed knife defense; even police restraint and arrest techniques are included in the curriculum. Train in an adult environment, with experienced, educated and caring professionals who show the path of moving away from conďŹ&#x201A;ict and toward a peaceful resolution. â&#x153;ż

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Now is the time to get on your spiritual path and connect with your higher self through meditation, spiritual healing, and yoga. Create a spiritual tool kit that will change your life forever. Develop, validate, and celebrate your spiritual practice consciously in the body with your soul group. Reverend Carol Eckels-Gaeddert is the Director of the Sanctuary, and she teaches meditation and spiritual practices that bring inner peace and wellness to your body. Heal your spirit, and your spirit will automatically heal your body. The goals of the Spiritual Healing Center are to assist everyone in awakening their highest potential and to practice conscious living in a spiritual community. We are moving toward selfrealization, to activate your divine light in your life and all of your relationships. Take action now! Tune in Tuesday mornings from 9â&#x20AC;&#x201C;10am for Adventureâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s in Consciousness on 1450AM. The program is live streamed at www.kestradio.com; click on live streaming. Call in for spiritual healing or for a reading at (415) 543-8255, and to schedule a private session at (415) 381-4465. Expect a miracle! Join us Tuesday for prayer, healing, and meditation 7â&#x20AC;&#x201C;9pm. Please arrive on time and quietly come in and run your energy. Experience Spiritual Healing and Philippine psychic surgery that removes disease, negative patterns and beliefs from your physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual bodies. Make space for your

Higher Self using mediation and healing techniques taught by the masters. The Higher Power Purification program is Thursday 7â&#x20AC;&#x201C;9pm. Your negative habits disappear gracefully as you begin to refocus your attention to your positive spiritual qualities. Many have reported weight loss, new careers, improved health and relationships. Manifest your unlimited potential at the Spiritual Healing Center. We offer private spiritual healing sessions, meditation classes, healing seminars, intuitive development courses, and Urantia Book Study Groups. Experience the worldrenowned Golden Harpist Joel Andrews, our Minister of Music, in our monthly harp concerts. Refresh and renew your inner self at the Spiritual Healing Center of Marin, and illuminate the path to true inner peace. â&#x153;ż The Spiritual Healing Center, 260 East Blithedale, Mill Valley. (415) 381-4465 www.thespiritualhealingcenter.org.


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