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elcome to the August issue of Seattle Natural Awakenings magazine! This month, one of our features (“Prevent and Heal Cancer,” page 12) hits close to home for me: a dear friend was suddenly and recently diagnosed with an aggressive brain tumor, and I found myself in new territory. How do you support a friend who is experiencing this disease, without making your own tumultous emotions the center of the story? How do you manage your fear and uncertainty and come out on the other side ready to support and love someone no matter what their journey holds? How do you connect meaningfully and enjoy and embrace this beautiful, precious moment right now, which is truly all we really have? There are various avenues for healing and wellbeing available to patients, many of which are covered in our article. I also feel that it’s important to avoid making recovery an undue burden on patients, and that while healthy eating and other supportive therapies may help with recovery or at least feeling better while undergoing treatment, there is no failure in death. We frame cancer as a “fight” and a “battle,” partly because we fiercly wish for the recovery of our loved ones, and many do. However, some do not. Their experience matters deeply, and they should know that if they must go, they are not bitterly disappointing anyone or failing to provide something they were obligated to give. The gift of their life is enough, for however long it extends. As friends and family, it’s up to us to find resources love deeply, support our cancer patients as much as possible, and learn the grace to accept whatever happens, whether it’s remission or an uncertain or even terminal prognosis. If you’ve had or are currently experiencing cancer, then you know all these emotions and many more. Cancer is not a stopping point, as my friend explained to me – you are still living your life, simply going through this new and sometimes difficult experience. I wish you so much love, healing and well being as you live your life and pursue wellness! There’s lots of great info in these pages for healthy living, no matter where you are at on your journey–enjoy. To your health and happiness,

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newsbriefs Melissa Joy Returns to Seattle for M-Joy Integrative Seminar


est-selling author and speaker Melissa Joy Jonsson has announced that her transformational ‘M-Joy Integrative’ seminar will be offered in Seattle September 9-10. The seminar will teach a whole way of being, including strategies and methods for interacting with patterns that shape the experience of reality. “This is a path of selflove, authenticity, and personal truth that, if we simply embody it, can transform all that we relate to in our individual and shared experiences,” Melissa Joy says. “Interactive reality creation and the transformation process is about much more than recasting thoughts or beliefs,” she continues. “Embrace heart-centered awareness to experience True Authentic Self, and to walk fully in integrity.” Melissa Joy notes that many life experiences are the result of the fields with which individuals resonate. “When we resonate in fields of fear, lack, separation, and limitation, our lives will reflect accordingly,” she says. “When we resonate in fields of love, abundance, unity and expansion, our lives mirror this, too.” The seminar will cover topics including the physics of personal power, how to use limitations as a springboard, and more. Melissa Joy has been teaching popular life-transformational seminars around the world since 2008. She is the founder and instructor of the ‘M-Joy’ seminar series, a unifying movement in consciousness dedicated to exploring and expanding heartcentered awareness and practical personal empowerment for everyone. Melissa is the author of the bestselling books The Integrity Effect (March 2017), Little Book of Big Potentials: 24 Fields of Flow, Fulfillment, Abundance, and Joy in Everyday Life (July 2015) and M-Joy Practically Speaking; Matrix Energetics and Living Your Infinite Potential (March 2014). She is also the author of Practical Play the Heart-Centered Way: A Complementary Play Guide to Little Book of Big Potentials (January 2016). The M-Joy Integrative seminar will take place at the Seattle Airport Marriott, 3201 South 176th Street, Seattle. This seminar is open to everyone and there is no prerequisite for the M-Joy Integrative Seminar. $500.00/prior to August 18, $550/after August 18. For more information about the M-Joy Integrative seminar and to register visit:

Therapuetic Music Program Offers September Training


egistration is now open for the Music for Healing and Transition Program (MHTP), which will start in Federal Way at St Francis Hospital on Sept. 9 and 10. The program trains and certifies musicians in the art and science of providing therapeutic music for body, mind, and spirit. Musicians who sing or play acoustic instruments, from flutes to stringed instruments, bring the peace and beauty of music to patients in the hospital, in hospice and in skilled nursing facilities, according to Cheryl Zabel, certified music practioner. “Music can decrease pain, lower blood pressure, reduce anxiety, and stabilize heart rate,” Zabel notes. “Musicians who want to reach out with their music to those who are critically and chronically ill or are passing from this life are needed,” she continues. “Many of you have seen the benefits of beautiful music in hospitals or to your loved ones in hospice.” MHTP is a nonprofit and one of the oldest therapeutic music training organizations, with over 800 certified music practitioners. MHTP is accredited by the National Standards Board for Therapeutic Musicians. For more information:

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heart-centered free festival is coming to Snohomish. On August 12, adults and kids will experience and learn about the power of kindness through the arts, live music, interactive experiences, and heart centered speakers at the Kindfest. Attendees of all ages will enjoy shopping at the artist vendor booths, listening to talks from renowned speakers, watching aikido demonstrations and listening to live music from Honey from the Heart. In addition, food trucks will be on site serving lunch and snacks. The Kindfest takes place from 9 am–6 pm at Willis Tucker Community Park, 6705 Puget Park Drive, Snohomish. Free. For more information:

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healthbriefs Sufficient Sleep Supports Immunity


study from the University of Washington, in Seattle, tested the relationship of immune system functioning to lack of adequate sleep. To rule out genetic factors, which experts say account for 31 to 55 percent of individual sleep patterns, researchers tested blood samples from 11 pairs of adult identical twins (genetic matches) with differing sleep habits. They found that the immune system was depressed in the twin that slept less. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Americans are sleeping 1.5 to two hours less than they did 100 years ago, and more than 30 percent of working people average fewer than six hours a night. Dr. Nathanial Watson, lead author and co-director of the university’s Sleep Medicine Center at Harborview Medical Center, observes, “Seven or more hours of sleep is recommended for optimal health.”

Massage Relieves Chronic Back Pain


esearchers from Indiana University-Purdue University, in Indianapolis, set out to find out if massage therapy—typically an out-of-pocket expense not covered under most insurance plans—can provide effective treatment for individuals suffering with chronic back pain. The study followed 76 primary care patients with chronic back pain for 24 weeks. The researchers measured pain, disability and quality of life at the beginning of the study, after 12 weeks and again after 24 weeks of massage therapy. Each patient was referred to a licensed massage therapist for 10 no-cost sessions in a real-world environment during the initial 12 weeks. More than half of the patients that completed the core study reported clinically meaningful improvements for physical and mental measures. For bodily pain, 40 percent were clinically improved. Older adults and Baby Boomers reported the highest percentage of changes. Plus, the study found that sufferers that avoided taking painkillers were twice as likely to experience reduced pain than those using opioids.

Eating Fruit Lowers Cardiac Risk Scientists from the University of Oxford and the Chinese Medical Academy studied 500,000 healthy adults in China for seven years, tracking medical

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records of illnesses and deaths. They found that a 100-gram serving of fruit per day (primarily apples and oranges) reduces the risk of dying from a heart attack or stroke by one-third.



Chinese Fungi Relieve Asthma Suffering


esearchers from Capital Medical University, in Beijing, China, tested the effectiveness of Cordyceps sinensis, a traditional Chinese medicine derived from fungi, on the treatment of patients with moderate-to-severe asthma. They followed 120 subjects, divided into two groups of 60. One group received a capsule containing 1,200 milligrams of Cordyceps sinensis three times daily for three months. The control group was treated with conventional medications. Health-related quality of life was measured, along with the incidence of asthma exacerbation, pulmonary function and inflammation indicators in both groups. The Cordyceps sinesis group reported reduced asthma symptoms, improved lung function, a better inflammatory profile and an overall better quality of life when compared to the conventional treatment group.

Meditating Raises Spirits More than a Vacation


Natural Sounds Soothe the Brain Sussex University researchers in the UK tested the brain activity of 17 healthy subjects as they listened to a series of soundscapes from either natural or artificial environments. Brain scans and questionnaires found that natural sounds led to relaxation and positive feedback, while artificial sounds activated stress and anxiety-related brain activity.

Maple Syrup Gives Good Gut Researchers from the University of Rhode Island have discovered that pure maple syrup contains inulin, a complex carbohydrate that serves as a prebiotic. It encourages growth of beneficial gut bacteria and extends the lengthy list of beneficial vitamins and minerals contained in this natural sweet. Consume it in moderation, limited to a few times a week.

cientists from the University of California at San Francisco, and Harvard Medical School, in Boston, tested the effect of vacations and meditation on the genes of 64 women between the ages of 30 and 60 that were novice meditators. They all spent six days at the same resort in California. Half participated in a meditation program that included yoga, self-reflection exercises and mantra meditation; the other half did not engage in onsite meditation. The researchers also studied a group of 30 experienced meditators already participating in the resort’s meditation program. Blood sample tests and surveys from all 94 women were conducted at intervals: once right before their stay, once right after, a third one month post-vacation and then 10 months after the trip. All the women displayed significant changes to their molecular network pattern after the six days, with the most substantial genetic changes related to immune function and stress response. One month after the resort experience, all groups continued to display improvements. However, the novice meditators showed fewer symptoms of depression and stress for a significantly longer period than the women not participating in the meditation exercise.

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

Accepted Misfits

Ugly Produce Gains Status Due to customer requests and petitions, more stores are beginning to stock the one in five pieces of produce that never made the cut before due to quirky shapes or other blemishes. Often, these are displayed next to their better-looking, more expensive counterparts to give consumers an eco-friendly choice. The 133 billion pounds worth of misshapen or scarred fruits and vegetables annually plowed under, buried in a landfill or fed to livestock is sharply at odds with the reality that 48 million Americans face food insecurity. Whole Foods Market created a pilot program in some of its California stores, testing sales in April 2016 with Imperfect Produce (ImperfectProduce. com), a service that delivers to homes. Walmart brought weather-blemished apples to 300 of its Florida stores to kick off their imperfect role in the movement. Five Pittsburgh Giant Eagle stores call their program Produce with Personality, and focus on navel oranges, russet potatoes, peppers and apples. Fourteen Hannaford stores in Albany, New York, offer the Misfits line, while donating unsold produce to local nonprofits. Hy-Vee’s 242 stores, located in eight central states, rolled out the Misfits last December.

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Tuna Turnaround

Lower Mercury Levels Tied to Drop in Coal Emissions Levels of highly toxic mercury contamination in Atlantic bluefin tuna are rapidly declining, a trend that has been linked to reduced mercury emissions in North America, according to a new study published in Environmental Science & Technology. Average mercury concentrations dropped by more than 2 percent per year, for a total decline of 19 percent between 2004 and 2012. Scientists believe that most of that reduction has occurred because of a shift away from coal, the major source of mercury emissions, to natural gas and renewable fuels. Pollution control requirements imposed by the federal government have also cut mercury emissions, but these have been rolled back or eliminated by President Trump’s commitment to “bring back coal.” Source: Scientific American Seattle 8

The California Orca Responsibility and Care Advancement Act, sponsored by Congressman Adam Schiff, is aimed to end the famous SeaWorld orca shows. “It means no more wild capture, no more breeding. We would essentially phase out the captive orcas that are currently in these water parks,” says Schiff. This means that SeaWorld must end their Shamu shows by the end of this year. However, the animals already at the San Diego park will continue to live there. Parks in Orlando and San Antonio will end their shows by 2019. Under pressure from activists and faced with declining ticket sales, SeaWorld is now moving to end its theatrical orca shows and breeding program. They announced the unveiling of a new attraction this summer, Orca Encounter, as an educational experience. Gabriela Cowperthwaite, director of the documentary film Blackfish, says that the new show is designed to make the audience feel better, not the animals. “The trainers aren’t safe, and the whales aren’t happy,” she states. “They’re still just doing manic circles around concrete swimming pools.” The company is developing its first SeaWorld park without orcas in the Middle-Eastern country of Abu Dhabi.

Buzzing RoboBees

Tiny Robots Seen as Tech Fix for Reduced Bee Population Harvard University researchers led by engineering professor Robert Wood have introduced the first RoboBees—bee-sized robots that can ascend and hover in midair while tethered to a power supply. The project is a breakthrough in the field of micro-aerial vehicles. It has previously been impossible to pack all the components onto such a tiny workable robot framework and keep it lightweight enough to fly. The researchers believe that within 10 years, RoboBees could artificially pollinate a field of crops, a critical development if the commercial pollination industry cannot recover from the severe bee losses of the past decade. Source: Science

Nature Rights

Waterways Granted Personhood This year, the Whanganui River, in New Zealand, became the first in the world to be granted the same legal rights as a person. Equally vital, a court in northern India has given the sacred Ganges and Yamuna rivers, as well as several glaciers, the legal status of “living human entities” to help in the pres-

ervation and conservation of the country’s highly polluted waterways, thus allowing polluters to be sued. These decisions are variants of “rights of nature” measures that date back to the 1970s. More than three dozen U.S. localities have ordinances ascribing varying types of rights to nature or to specific natural objects. In America, rights of nature activism usually takes the form of ballot initiatives that emerge to contest the power of corporations wherever local natural resources are seen as being threatened. The first such ordinance was passed in 2006, when Tamaqua Borough, in Pennsylvania, sought to protect the town’s drinking water from the nearby dumping of sewage sludge. More recently, an ordinance from the Boulder (Colorado) County Protectors, with assistance from the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund, asserting the “right to a healthy climate,” was recognized as a federal constitutional right by Judge Ann Aiken, of the U.S. District Court in Oregon. Source: BBC

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Sew Up Seattle! by Dikka Ballantine

Since the summer of 1997, Sew Up Seattle, A Sewing Recycling Adventure, has been quietly sharing sewing by using donated machines, fabric, equipment and notions. In our adventure, we teach beginners to sew, refresh skills for those who have not sewn in a while and have great (quiet again) fun creating new items or refashioning used objects.


e’ve been in many locations with our sewing classes: Oromo Center, Garfield Community Center, Ballard Family Center, Goods for the Planet, Denny Place Center and presently inside Denny Park Lutheran Church. These places have housed our supply of machines, fabric, notions, etc. and we thank them for the spaces to teach and gather for sewing adventures. In between our sessions, we share donations as we pass along the extra fabric, machines, notions, and share sewing by using donated machines, fabric, equipment and notions. In our adventure, we teach beginners to sew, refresh skills for those who have not sewn in a while, and have great fun creating new items or refashioning used objects. Though we usually have sewing sessions (right now, they are on the fourth Saturday of the month), we have also been at other events which were a little less quiet. You might have seen us at the Greenwood Parade: we were the entry with the guy sewing a growing length of squares flowing behind the truck. The vehicle was followed by people who had sewn 10


coats out of scraps. As we proceeded, bundles of the scraps were given away in our “The Great Coat Challenge” entry. We challenged folks also at a green festival in Ballard when we asked those interested to take a roll of scraps and come back in 24 hours or less with a garment, which turned into an exciting fashion show emcee’d by Rayonna Visqueen. At the Maker’s Fair at EMP, we were invited to share the PNA Tool group table. The people streamed by or stopped to sew a small something. One little girl sat on her dad’s lap and made a heart. (We were the quiet moment in the crowd.) At Enumclaw Fair, we were located next to a woman demonstrating how to make diapers from old clothes. Folks could sew a bag from scraps at our booth. At University of Washington, we joined “Brighten Your Home on a Budget” at Mary Gates Hall by exhibiting examples of décor made from scraps, and at Sewing & Stitchery EXPO 2010, we set up and hosted the Upcycle-Rama where fashion leftovers were transformed into unique garments. We are called Sew Up Seattle but love going to other cities. For example, libraries have requested our presence for sessions on learning to sew. With about six of our vintage machines, fabric and patterns for the current project, etc. we set up in the library meeting rooms. Though we were in a quiet surrounding, we had great times chatting with beginners and inspiring others to look at scraps in a different way while creating a pot holder, apron, scarf, hat, or PJ pant, etc. Sew Up Seattle takes place the fourth Saturday of every month inside Denny Park Lutheran Church, 766 John Street, with access by the 8th Ave door. For more information: or


Unplugged and Offline 5 Days Without Cell Service by Gayle Picken


y husband and I took a camping trip to Mt. Hood in Oregon and for five days we had no cell service. We weren’t expecting it. In fact, before we left we had both agreed that we’d probably spend a couple of hours each day working-checking in with clients and reading emails. But when we found our perfect camp spot up in the mountains along the east fork of Hood River, our phones had zero bars and became nothing more than fancy cameras with built in clocks. We went about our plans hiking to beautiful waterfalls, kayaking around alpine lakes, enjoying breathtaking views

of mountain peaks and relaxing to the soothing sounds of the flowing river. What we didn’t anticipate was the deeper level of connection we’d find in nature when we didn’t have the constant companionship of our phones demanding our attention. We noticed things like the subtle changes in the river each day. New rocks became visible and new channels and pools formed as the water level rose and fell. In the evenings, hundreds of longlegged flies hovered together over the river. We watched them dart around

each other in a complex dance and then in the blink of an eye, the entire group disappeared right before dusk. They returned again each evening as the sun was going down behind the mountains. A baby duck swam past us each day ... practicing swimming and diving and slowly making its way up the river and around the bend. Yellow finches darted in and out of trees on both sides of the river. We watched them in the morning and again in the evening, getting to know their flight patterns and resting spots. Our conversations brought us closer as we experienced the wonder of nature together and left the rest of the news and happenings at home behind. The richness and depth of our camping experience couldn’t have happened if we were checking our phones and looking to see how many “likes” we could get by posting our photos each day. We learned that being fully present is a gift indeed. Wishing you many mindful experiences this summer away from your phone. Gayle Picken is an arts promoter, video blogger and travel writer. Connect with her at or reach her by email at

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or those in the drug pipeline won’t improve the 50/50 odds of developing cancer. What will have the greatest impact are consumer education toward powerful lifestyle changes and access to the building blocks of basic health.” Mydlach-Bero made her remarkable recovery from rare and unrelated aggressive Stage 4 inflammatory breast cancer and a high-grade tumor in her head and neck. To tell her story, the resident of Delafield, Wisconsin, relied on her 18 journals as a surrogate memory to chronicle a 10-year journey of courageous exploration, self-evolution, self-advocacy and self-transformation that connected her with her healing potential. Then the mother of two young daughters, Mydlach-Bero rejected a 21-month prognosis in 2005, along with the notion that disease and medicine would determine her fate. Defying the odds, she applied what

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ictorious warriors against cancer are speaking to other patients about their journeys of recovery and healing. Two who regularly speak to physicians, as well, are Glenn Sabin, author of n of 1: One Man’s Harvarddocumented Remission of Incurable Cancer Using Only Natural Methods, and Kathy Mydlach-Bero, author of EAT: An Unconventional Decade in the Life of a Cancer Patient. Their stories demonstrate the healing effectiveness of healthy lifestyle measures still widely categorized as prevention.

Whole Life Triumphs

Determined to become free of the chronic lymphocytic leukemia that had defined his life for 20 years, Sabin, who lives near Washington, D.C., appointed himself the subject of his own research experiment. He subsequently became a poster child for the remedial synergy of 12


biological individuality, a whole systems approach to integrative oncology and self-induced healing through lifestyle and supplement interventions. Sabin now dedicates his business development firm, FON Consulting, to advancing integrative medicine as the new standard of care. His mission is to open minds to the idea that knowledge, empowerment and self-efficacy are our best allies against a life-limiting diagnosis, and we can do much to help the healing process. Writing to Joe Biden regarding the vice president’s Cancer Moonshot initiative, he candidly describes America’s present cancer-friendly environment. “The public has become conditioned to existing in a broken food chain that remains in disrepair due to misguided farming subsidies [and] untested or otherwise questionable chemicals (many of which are banned in other countries) that are present in the water we drink, the air we breathe, food we consume and products we use. Current therapies

she learned from research regarding Avastin, a pharmaceutical created to combat harmful growth of new blood cells, and the benefits of growing and eating foods containing angiogenesisinhibiting compounds that oppose such growth and so work to prevent, improve and avert recurrences of chronic disease. “Cancer hijacks the angiogenesis process triggered by inflammation and keeps it permanently activated to ensure that cancerous cells receive a dedicated, uninterrupted blood supply,” explains Mydlach-Bero. For three years, she largely consumed only items from the list of angiogenesis-inhibiting foods now posted at These include green tea, strawberries, blackberries, red tart cherries, raspberries, blueberries, apples, grapefruit, lemons, tomatoes, cinnamon, purple potatoes, kale, grape seed oil and pomegranate. In 2008, she completely replaced both the drugs to combat the side effects of chemo and radiation and

a long-term medication for preventing recurrence with healthful foods. Her physicians were admittedly uncomfortable with her decision to combine chemotherapy and radiation treatments with “food as medicine”, reiki, prayer, meditation, mindfulness and supplement intervention. But that didn’t deter her. To awaken others to the practicality of food as medicine, she founded NuGenesis Farm, in Pewaukee, a nonprofit modeled after her home practice.

Prevention is Paramount

Pioneering physicians and researchers agree with Sabin and Myldach-Bero that comprehensive prevention, the key to solving the cancer epidemic, is missing from conventional medicine. Leading voices include Dr. Andrew Weil, founder and director of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine at the College of Medicine, University of Arizona (AzCIM), in Tucson; Dr. Carlos M. Garcia, founder of Utopia Wellness, near Tampa, Florida; advocate Susan Silberstein, Ph.D., founder of, in Richboro, Pennsylvania; and Ajay Goel, Ph.D., director of the Center for Epigenetics, Cancer Prevention and Cancer Genomics at Baylor University Medical Center’s Research Institute, in Dallas. Weil pioneered the earliest efforts

We’ve known for nearly 15 years that inflammation is the root cause of many chronic diseases. ~Andrew Weil

to develop a comprehensive curriculum in evidence-based integrative medicine and the field of integrative oncology. “We’ve known for nearly 15 years that inflammation is the root cause of many chronic diseases. Since 2012 scientific evidence has proven that a healthy lifestyle and an anti-inflammatory diet can influence various cancers,” says Weil. His curriculum for health professionals and the general public was the first to cite the role of a nutrient-rich, anti-inflammatory diet in cancer prevention and treatment. “Health professionals graduate armed with a better understanding of the complex interactions between cancer, gut microbiome

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and nutrition,” advises Weil, whose paradigm inspires his chain of True Food Kitchen restaurants. It includes lots of fruits and vegetables, moderate amounts of whole or cracked grains, al dente pasta, healthy fats and plant-based proteins from legumes, nuts and seafood as well as poultry and lean, antibiotic-free grassfed meats, cheese and eggs. Plus, he likes white, green and oolong teas, fresh herbs and spices, up to two glasses of red wine a day (less for women; possibly none for those at high-risk for breast cancer), and dark chocolate for antioxidant polyphenols. Integrative Oncology, authored by Weil and Dr. Donald I. Abrams, an integrative oncologist, is mandatory reading for AzCIM students that learn to use complementary interventions in prevention and conventional cancer care. Subjects such as antioxidants, cannabinoids, energy medicine, mind-body medicine, music and expressive art therapies are covered, as well as naturopathic oncology, plus the roles that community and spirituality play in prevention and treatment. Goel’s 20-year career in cancer prevention research has produced a wealth of related articles. Among his findings, he advises, “Curcumin, a yellow compound extracted from turmeric, has become a gold standard for prevention and the natural treatment of many chronic health conditions, including colon cancer. It targets cancer stem cells, disrupts cancer cell communication, triggers cancer cell death and helps to prevent cancerous mutations to cells. It’s also been shown to improve the efficacy of conventional treatments including fewer adverse effects.” He recommends only taking turmeric products with BCM-95 percent active curcuminoids.

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Customized modifications to lifestyle and diet are required because food nutrients directly impact the mechanisms by which cancer cells grow and spread. The right nutrition can reverse a compromised immune system, which research shows is a major contributor to the development of cancer.” Whether for improvement or prevention, Garcia’s patient protocols always begin with a comprehensive evaluation appointment to learn about the individual he is treating. For cancer patients, his two-phase, eight-week program involves immune-enhancing therapies followed by immunotherapy aimed to de-cloak the camouflaged protein coating of wily cancer cells so the body’s immune system can identify and destroy them.

Mind/Body Detox

To maintain good health, Judy Seeger, a doctor of naturopathy near Fort Lauderdale, Florida, recommends a regular detoxification regimen to cleanse environmental and product toxins and toxic emotions. Through experience, she has learned that individuals living with cancer need to substantially support their abnormally functioning elimination system to rid it of dead proteins from destroyed cancer cells and chemotherapy drugs that are overtaxing the immune system. “Clearing out toxic, stressful emotions that produce acid, weaken the immune system and create an environment for cancer to propagate is essential,” says Seeger. “Fulfilling the body’s requirement for an ongoing healthy nutritional plan that maintains a healing alkaline environment reduces both the risk of

a cancer as well as recurrence.” She has observed that when an individual’s healing process has stalled despite their doing all the right things to improve their biochemistry, it’s frequently because they haven’t done an emotional detox and lack feeling a spiritual connection to something larger than themselves. Silberstein categorizes cancer as epidemic. She speaks regularly regarding preventing cancer and its recurrence at medical and nursing schools, continuing oncology nursing education programs and universities. “What is needed more than new treatment research is public education regarding the true causes of cancer and continuing education credits in lifestyle training for medical professionals,” she says. Silberstein’s nonprofit organization provides online holistic cancer coach training for health professionals as well as research-based education and counseling on how to prevent, cope with and beat cancer through immune-boosting holistic approaches. The list of books authored by cancer survivors continues to grow, offering helpful insight into how individuals are negotiating the challenges of their healing journey. Two recent books, Surviving the Storm: A Workbook for Telling Your

Cancer Story, by Psychotherapist Cheryl Krauter, and Cancer Survivorship Coping Tools: We’ll Get You Through This, by Barbara Tako, are particularly helpful regarding the onslaught of toxic feelings and emotions that stress the mind and body—fear, anger, isolation, anxiety, depression and uncertainty, as well as loss and grief. Emphasizing the need for individuals diagnosed with cancer to tell their stories, the authors encourage keeping a journal. The act of getting thoughts and experiences out of the mind and onto paper supports emotional cleansing. “It’s important to share the real story of the emotional storm that is cancer, as well as the ravages of its treatments and invisible, but lingering side effects; to tell the tale of the cancer survivor who is moving from patient to person; and to explore and discover who you are after having faced down your mortality,” Krauter counsels.

Changed Paradigm

Results of the Human Genome Project, as well as the work of Bruce Lipton, Ph.D., stem cell biologist and author of The Biology of Belief, and other epigenetic researchers support the point that “environmental signals” that directly affect our DNA expression include our thoughts, emotions, belief system, exposure to sunlight, exercise and everything we put into our body. Such new science shatters the idea that we are victims of our genes and environment. It shines light on the fact that we have tremendous power to shape and direct our own physical health. Our entire lifestyle is pivotal.

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new paradigm shift regarding autism spectrum disorder (ASD) centers on evolving beliefs about the possibilities for those living with autism, as well as the unimagined brilliance they possess and their need for supportive help. Everyone can benefit from the results of hands-on research and experience by parents and caregivers that are finding nontraditional ways to help special needs children deal with issues related to emotional and cognitive detachment and isolation. Momentum for this major shift in perspective is fueled by young adults that are telling their encouraging stories online and in books such as Carly Fleishman’s Carly’s Voice. Parents of the one in 45 children diagnosed with ASD know that their lifetime commitment requires extraordinary courage, perseverance, patience, determination, emotional strength, outside-the-box thinking and unconditional love. These parental characteristics are most cited by those that have mastered related developmental disorders, which they

now regard as gifts, because they are thriving. Dr. Andrea Libutti, author of Awakened by Autism: Embracing Autism, Self, and Hope for a New World, offers her insights for understanding the multifaceted nature of autism and the need for a personalized plan for health. Janice Vedrode, a special needs coach, consultant and child advocate in Saginaw, Michigan, founded Spectrum Speaks and writes at to inform parents about numerous issues regarding ASD. “Because I live in a town that didn’t have an existing support group for parents with ASD children, I took it upon myself to get the ball rolling and advise parents that they need to build a dream team—doctors, therapists, special needs teachers, spiritual community, friends and family—that will make sure their child succeeds and lives a happy and successful life,” says Vedrode. Wanting to help both their own two sons with developmental disabilities and others, Boaz and Minerva Santiago, residents of Pembroke Pines, Florida, became early trailblazers ushering in the self-employment movement for special needs individuals. Their Picasso Einstein online educational platform at has launched the #JobCreators Bootcamp Training for parents and professionals and the #JobCreators Integration Program that collaborates with organizations, financial institutions and government agencies. “If you focus on pursuing a business for your child for the sake of their independence, you won’t get caught up in only the business and money aspects. Self-employment allows even greatly impaired individuals the maximum opportunity to experience independence, not just in the present, but for the rest of their lives,” explains Boaz. He cites an example of a young boy with an avid interest in folding clothing. His parents learned how to create a meaningful job for him by creating a simple small laundry business from the family garage. Although at the beginning he was only asked to fold clothing (which he already expressed interest in), his father now accompanies him

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he flip side of enjoying farm to table is taking the table to the farm. Socalled “pop-up feasts” are booming at farms throughout the country during growing and harvest seasons. While the format varies, dinners are typically hosted on working rural or urban farms, last about three hours and include aperitifs and a tour before the meal. Wine pairings or beer tastings and live music may be among the enticing activities offered. Gabriele Marewski, owner of Paradise Farms, near Miami, Florida, was a pioneering forerunner of the trend. For 10 years prior to retirement, she hosted more than 50 chefs, served 18


thousands of guests an organic Dinner in Paradise and raised more than $50,000 for area charities. Periodic onsite dinners continue ( “Many chefs are active in farm-totable dinners on the West Coast. We also see participation among wineries, orchards, cheese makers and breweries,” says A.K. Crump, CEO of TasteTV, in San Francisco, which also supervises “People like to meet the meal maker and know more about the origin of what they eat.” “I started Dinner on the Farm nine years ago to create unique experiences that connect people to the places their

food is grown and the people that grow them,” says Monica Walch, whose popup dinners are served picnic-style for friends and families that bring their own tableware. Her company’s Midwest events, usually offered on Minnesota and Wisconsin farms, always feature local chefs, food ingredients and breweries ( “There’s nothing like being comfortably seated in the field where your food is growing and having the opportunity to enjoy it just hours after it’s been picked. Then, add in one-on-one conversations with your chef, brewer and farmer, as well as like-minded community members,” observes Walch, who grew up on an organic dairy farm in Minnesota. Setting the bar for high-end, white tablecloth, adults-only communal events, Outstanding in the Field tours the country to offer a taste of fresh, local cuisine prepared by top regional chefs. They’re known for serving meals on long tables set up in fields on prairie ranches, in olive groves or fruit orchards, as well as at urban rooftop farms or near vegetable row crops. “Our mission is to get folks out to the farm and honor the people whose good work brings nourishment to the table,” says organization founder and chef/artist Jim Denevan. More than 90, five-hour events that include appetizers and a guided farm tour are being held all the way through November in more than a dozen states (see

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“Some of our most popular events feature farmers of the sea, and are set alongside the ocean or other bodies of water,” adds Lisa Supple, publicist for the company. “They feature local fisher people and oyster and abalone farmers.” “Epicurean San Diego offers pop-up farm dinner events at Dickinson Farm, in National City, California,” explains owner Stephanie

Parker (Epicurean “We strive to completely source our produce from the farm.” The veteran-owned, certified organic Dickinson Farm features heirloom fruits, vegetables and herbs grown on a large city lot. “We have focused on urban farms to inspire more people to grow their own food and to show that you don’t have to live on a huge piece of property in the countryside,” Parker notes. Some pop-up feasts are managed directly by local farmers in partnership with lead chefs. Others serve as annual fundraising events, like The Foodshed Alliance’s Farm to Fork Dinner and Wine Tasting, now in its seventh year ( It’s held at the Alba Vineyard, in

Milford, New Jersey, which practices renewable viticulture. “We already have eight chefs lined up to prepare an eight-course, locally sourced, wine-pairing dinner served among the vines,” explains Kendrya Close, executive director of the alliance. Expert winemakers select each course’s pairing. “We’re proud to be the hardworking roadies that set the stage for America’s rock star farmers,” says Denevan. John Ivanko and Lisa Kivirist, co-authors of ECOpreneuring and Farmstead Chef, operate the Inn Serendipity, in Browntown, WI.

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n estimated 18 million people in the U.S. suffer from some form of sleep apnea. From the Greek expression for “want of breath,” sleep apnea causes cessation of breathing during the night. Bouts usually last from 10 to 30 seconds and can occur from just a few times to several hundred. The main cause is the throat muscles becoming too relaxed during sleep and constricting the airway. Two out of four people with the condition do not even realize they are sleep deprived due to apnea, and thus are at greater risk of suffering from both short-term ailments such as migraines or extreme fatigue, and long-term effects that include stroke and heart disease. 20



Lose Weight via Diet and Exercise Most people find the problem clears up or is greatly improved when they lose weight. One of the easiest and healthiest ways is eating only fruit from morning until noon, and then eating healthy, nutritious meals for lunch and dinner. Avoid processed, sugar-laden and deep-fried foods. Exercise at least four times a week. Doing moderate exercise for just 40 minutes has been shown to significantly reduce sleep apnea (Sleep journal). Use a medicine ball to follow a trainer tutorial at A mini-trampoline also offers a safe and effective workout. A brisk 20-to-30-minute daily walk is a must for better sleep.

Vitamins D and C Almost everyone is deficient in vitamin D, even many in sunny regions, reports Dr. Joseph Mercola in his report, The Amazing Wonder Nutrient. Wisely managed sun exposure supplies vitamin D—no more than 20 minutes a day, 10 minutes on each side—without suntan lotion. Alternatively, a high-dose of a quality vitamin D supplement measuring 5,000 international units is adequate, but always take it along with vitamin K2, which helps the body process calcium properly to avoid overdose problems. Our body does not store vitamin C, so we need at least 2,000 milligrams daily to maintain good health. A study published in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine found that vitamin C can reduce damage caused by sleep apnea. High-content foods include bell peppers, dark leafy greens, kiwi fruit, broccoli, berries, citrus fruits, tomatoes, peas and papayas.


Magnesium, the Master Mineral From 70 to 80 percent of mankind is deficient in magnesium, which has been connected with prevention of degenerative diseases and mental health and is often the missing mineral in an individual’s wellness equation, according to Enviromedica’s Ancient Minerals. It also regulates muscle function, including those in the upper throat involved with apnea. Organic foods and farmers’ market offerings may have higher levels of magnesium, especially those packed with green chlorophyll. Liquid chlorophyll is available in most health stores. Start by drinking one glass (250 milliliters) per day for a week, and then take two tablespoons daily. Spinach, chard, pumpkin seeds, yogurt, kefir, almonds, black beans,

avocados, figs, bananas and dark chocolate (avoid brands with white sugar) are good sources.


Helpful Natural Medicines n Just before bedtime, consume one teaspoon of olive oil (or organic honey) combined with three drops of lavender essential oil. n Supplement with serotonin precursor 5-HTP (5-hydroxytryptophan), which complements magnesium. n One of the best pure sources of omega-3—a top remedy for sleep apnea by protecting cells from stress—is krill oil (Alternative Medicine Review). Sleep apnea causes long-term oxidative stress and puts severe demands on the body, which is thought to deplete omega-3 levels. Lloyd Jenkins is a certified naturopath native to Canada and owner of the Budwig Cancer Clinic, in Malaga, Spain. He’s the author of seven books and many articles on treating common diseases using natural therapies.

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or 40 years, Social Psychologist Ellen Langer has conducted pioneering research on the power of our minds to shape health and well-being. Langer’s work demonstrates that changing what we think and believe can transform not only our experiences, but also our bodies—a once-radical idea now common among neuroscientists. Her unconventional experiments often involve mind tricks: taking elders’ subjective thoughts back 20 years to reverse objective metrics of aging; fostering weight loss in a group of hotel maids by simply suggesting that their jobs qualify as exercise; and even changing blood sugar levels in diabetics by speeding up or slowing down perceived time during a video game session. Affectionately dubbed the “Mother of Mindfulness”, Langer was the first female professor to earn tenure in Harvard University’s psychology department. A prolific writer and scientist, she has authored more than 200 related articles and 11 books, including Mindfulness; The Power of Mindful Learning; On Becoming an Artist: Reinventing Yourself Through Mindful Creativity; and Counterclockwise: Mindful Health and the Power of Possibility. Langer lives, paints, works and observes the world from Cambridge, Massachusetts. Learn more at

What is mindful learning, and how can we best practice it?

All learning is mindful; the only way to learn is by noticing new things. When we stop observing and get into our heads, wondering if that answer was right or if we responded quickly enough, we exit learning mode and enter mindlessness, where no learning can really take place. Part of what makes travel exciting, for example, is that we are primed to experience new things and pay attention to them, but actually, newness surrounds us at all times, no matter where we are. What makes us mindless is the mistaken notion of already knowing, when everything is always changing.

What techniques, with or without meditation, can we adopt to change our mindset and mental habits to reduce stress and increase health and


Most mindlessness occurs by default, rather than design. If we all realized that through mindfulness we could look better, feel better, be better received and do better things—all claims that are supported by scientific research—it wouldn’t be hard to choose. Meditation is essentially a tool to lead you to the simple act of intentional noticing, but many routes lead to that destination. One way to learn mindfully is to learn conditionally; to see the world as “it would seem that” and “could be”, which is very different than “it is.” If we recognized that evaluations occur in our heads rather than the external world, much of our stress would dissipate. Negativity and stress are typically a result of mindless ruminations about negative things we think are inevitable. If we simply ask ourselves why the dreaded event might not occur, we’d be less stressed. Next, if we ask ourselves how it may actually be a good thing if it does happen, again stress would diminish. 

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Skalitude Retreat Center is located 1.5 hours from Wenatchee, 4 hours from Seattle, in the Methow Valley. Skalitude comes from a Salish word that means “to be in harmony with nature.” Housed on 160 acres and surrounded by thousands of acres of national forest, elegant buildings create a model for sustainable living. Facilities are off the grid, with most hot water and electricity coming from solar panels. Indoor and outdoor meeting spaces create multiple opportunities to feel close to nature. Creature comforts include: radiant floor heating, a stone fireplace, skylights, sauna, cathedral ceilings, and down comforters on all the beds. The absolute silence nourishes ones soul and melts away the stresses of the city.


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ust as we need to create space in our daily schedule to nurture a new relationship, we must create space in our home to welcome in new love. It’s called “feathering the nest”. Think about the first time that our soulmate will walk into our home—what they will they see, smell and feel. Even an inviting, cozy environment may need an upgrade. The underlying vibration or feeling of a place reflects the home’s energy. Whatever has happened there since its beginning, including arguments, illnesses or times of loneliness, have all left an unseen layer of negative energy. You could say that the walls “talk”. To begin preparing our home to welcome a mate, first remove the clutter. Piles of magazines, stacks of unshelved books and excessive furnishings are blocking and keeping in old energy and preventing good, clean new energy from flowing. Be sure to remove all photographs and souvenirs that are reminders of past lovers; throw them away or put them in a box away from your home. These daily, unconscious memory triggers keep you stuck in the past. Clearing everything out is like putting out a cosmic welcome mat to the Universe that we are now ready, willing and available to receive new love. Next, it’s time to dispel the unseen energies. The fastest, easiest method is the Native American technique of smudging. The smoke will purify the space. Light a piece of white sage on a

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small plate and when it is smoking (not flaming) run the smoke up, down and around every room, closet, door and window frame throughout the entire home. Alternatively, on a sunny day, open all the doors and windows and, applying a broom and imagination, sweep out the old energies. Just as nature abhors a vacuum and calls in matter to fill the empty space, so making space in our home assists in calling in love. Consciously create “space” by placing an empty nightstand on “their” side of the bed, plus have at least one empty dresser drawer waiting for them. Create inviting space in a closet and clear a shelf in a bathroom cabinet. If we have a two-car garage and have been parking in the middle, pick a side and begin only parking on “our side”. The most essential ingredient to “feathering the nest” is a strong intention to remove any old, outdated, limiting or negative energies that may be preventing love from finding its way to our door. Once free from unwanted clutter and obstructions, it becomes our sanctuary of vibrant, attractive energy. Arielle Ford is the author of 11 books, including Turn Your Mate Into Your Soulmate and The Soulmate Secret: Manifest The Love of Your Life With The Law of Attraction. Her latest, Inkspirations: Love By Design, is a transformational coloring book. She lives in La Jolla, CA. Learn more at SoulmateSecret.


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Thursday, July 27 Women’s Wellness Retreat – July 27-30. An Ayurvedic & Traditional Chinese Medicine approach to S ​ elf Care, Healing and Rejuvenation. We will dive into the energetic physiology of women, looking at the natural, hormonal and energetic shifts we experience as women and explore ways to create greater health, energy and balance. Registration required. $345 - $895. Banyan Tree Retreat Center, 1155 Nahiku Rd, Seattle. 808-633-3738 or

Saturday, July 28 Guided Nature Walk: The Power of Peat – 1011am. This week, explore SHADOW’s 5,000-yearold peat bog and learn about the wonders of peat. Touch sphagnum moss, glimpse rare plants and fungi, and learn how peat is helping humans avoid drought. Guided nature walks are outdoor explorations that take place rain or shine. Come with weather appropriate clothes and shoes for moderate levels of walking – inclines or uneven ground may be encountered on this walk. Free. Shadow Lake Nature Preserve, 21656 184th Ave SE, Renton. Qi Revolution – July 28-30. Learn the art of moving Qi, or energy, in this weekend workshop by author and teacher Jeff Primack. $149/general admission, veterans attend for free. Continuing education hours are available. 800-298-8970 or

Wednesday, August 2 Knowing Oneself Meditation Class – 7-9:30pm. In this class we will explore using visual objects as the basis for meditation and familiarize with bringing meditative awareness to more and more complex experiences, and how to begin to apply the insights of meditation to everyday life. Each class will include guided meditation, discussion, and a talk on the topic of the evening. Suitable for beginners and beyond. $15 suggested donation. Nalanda West 3902 Woodland Park Ave N, Seattle.

Friday, August 4 Advanced Craniosacral Therapy: Working with the Alarm Systems – 9am-6pm, August 4-7. Survival is the ultimate focus of our body’s systems for us to fulfill our life’s purpose and guarantee procreation/evolution. The heightened state of fight or flight causes the ‘stress cascade.’ Understanding the brain as an electric system and understanding the stress cascade gives us the opportunity to release trauma. Fee $695 thru 7/14, $795 thereafter. Register: Phone: 425-602-3053. Bastyr University, 14500 Juanita Dr. NE, Kenmore.

saturday, august 5 Restoration Work Party – 10am-2pm. Blaze a new trail at your local Nature Preserve! Lay the foundations for the extension of SHADOW Lake Nature Preserve’s board walk trail. Transport materials, cut boards, lay trail and enjoy service in the great outdoors. No experience needed, all training will be provided. Free. Shadow Lake Nature Preserve, 21656 184th Ave SE, Renton.

Monday, August 7 Meditation Monday – 7-8:30pm. Learn a style of meditation based on a fusion of ancient techniques of toga and mind acrobatics, mixed with modern techniques of psychology and Nuero Linguistic Programming. It is great for beginners and those who have a difficult time quieting the mind and also very effective for the seasoned spiritualist. $10-20. Union 512 at Pier View Chiropractic, 19987 1st Ave S., Suite 102, Normandy Park.

Thursday, August 10 Meet the Author: Book Signing and Meet & Greet – 11am-2pm. Seaside Spa and Salon welcomes its new holistic wellness coach and Reiki master for a book signing with Sarah Saint-Laurent, author, certified wellness and life coach, workshop facilitator and master energy practitioner. Mix and mingle with guests, meet Sarah, learn about the healing services she is bringing to the spa and pick up a copy of her first book Energy Healing Made Simple.(Amazon BestSeller) Light refreshments and beverages will be served. Free (cost of book additional). Seaside Spa and Salon, 5 Front Street NW, Coupeville. 360- 678-0508.

Saturday, August 12 Kindfest -- 9am-6pm. Join us for a fun filled day where kindness gets thrown around like confetti! At this event, adults and kids will experience and learn about the power of kindness through the arts, music, interactive experiences, and heart centered speakers. Admission includes entry to self-care services in the receiving tent. Food vendors, raffle giveaways and live music will be onsite as well. $20/individual, $35/family. Willis Tucker Park, 6705 Puget Park Drive, Snohomish.

sunday, August 13 Tulafest – 1-9pm. Join us for a day of unlimited yoga, wellness workshops, and lighthearted activities for folks of all shapes and sizes. Experience 4 zones of unlimited yoga, meditation, activities, prizes and free goodies from your favorite brands

Vegetarian Dining Event – 7-8:30pm. Come join us at The Upper Crust in Seattle to enjoy a delicious, vegetarian, multi-course meal, hear an insightful speech by our president Amanda on a key vegetarian topic, enjoy live guitar music, and meet lots of interesting people. Registration Required. $12.95 + tax for members, $16.95 + tax for guests. Children 6-12 are half price, and children 5 and under are free. The Upper Crust Catering Co., 8420 Greenwood Ave N, Seattle. 206-706-2635. Summer Yoga In The Park at Seattle Center – 7-8pm. CorePower Yoga Queen Anne and Seattle Center are partnering up to bring you a free evening yoga class. Join us at the Seattle Center Exhibition Lawn between the Pacific Northwest Ballet and the International Fountain. Ditch your heels and loafers and bring your yoga mat! Class is a one hour all-levels vinyasa yoga practice accesible for first time yogis and seasoned practitioners led by Noel T. Free.

saturday, August 19 Our Energy Matters Certification Course with Dena Marie —1-4pm. $80. Course fee includes the book Our Energy Matters and set of 21 polished stones. Space is limited, registration required. Tea with your Dragon, 8715 271st St NW, Ste 1, Stanwood. 425-350-5448 or

Sunday, August 20 Reiki I and Chakras 101 with Dena Marie —11am-4pm. The information and techniques covered include the Reiki hand positions, attunement, Reiki treatment for self and others, using Reiki combined with the knowledge of the chakras. Space is limited, registration required. Tea with your Dragon, 8715 271st St NW, Ste 1, Stanwood. 425-350-5448 or

monday, August 21 Ayurveda, Chinese Medicine and Western Herbal Intro to Constitutions and Herbal Energetics – 7-9pm. In this two-hour class, we’ll learn about the three Ayurvedic constitutions and the four humoral temperaments of Greek medicine. We’ll take a few different simple tests to determine which constitution you are in both systems. We’ll learn the elements and symptoms associated with each. Most importantly, we’ll learn the qualities (hot, cold, dry, damp) associated with each, and which herbs are the most appropriate to balance them.$30. Registration required. Victrola Coffee and Art, 411 15th Ave E., Seattle.

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Wednesday, August 30 Yoga On The Dock – 6:30-7:15pm. Free 45-minute yoga on the dock. Yoga is not only great for increasing flexibility, building muscle strength and relieving physical pain, but it can also lower blood pressure, relieve depression and make you a happier person. Offered by Seattle-based yogi and marina tenant, Elizabeth Krenke. Elliott Bay Marina Observation Deck, Elliott Bay Marina, 2601 W. Marina Place, Seattle.

Friday, September 1 Advanced Craniosacral: Death & Dying – 8am6pm, Sept. 1-4. Cranio Master therapist Etienne Peirsman, will explore the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual aspects of Dying. The fear of Dying will be individually explored and how we can prepare for Dying and how CS can help. How can we use Craniosacral while preparing for Death, during the process of Dying? $695 thru 8/13, $795 thereafter. Registration required:



425-602-3053 or Bastyr University, 14500 Juanita Dr. NE, Kenmore.

Sunday, September 3 Humanity’s Awakening: We Are Never Alone – 9:30am-6:30pm. Universal Oneness Alliance is hosting this event featuring the Reality Whisperer Brad Johnson, Tina L. Spalding and Joanna L. Ross. The Gardens at HCP in Victoria BC Canada 505 Quayle Road, Victoria, BC. Registration required. Tickets starting at $136/live, $36/live streaming.

secret questions of Tibet, a traditional method for discovering great truths. Seattle Unity, 200 8th Ave. N. $20.

Wednesday, october 4 Mind Training: How to Use the 8 Verses of Thought Transformation with Tulku Lobsang Rinpoche – 10am-1pm. In this workshop, Tulku Lobsang will explore the practice of compassion using the book The Eight Verses of Thought Transformation. This small book contains massive insights into practical ways we can expand our compassion, open our hearts, and awaken our minds. Seattle Unity, 200 8th Ave. N. $45.

Tuesday, october 3 Finding Your Inner Master with Tulku Lobsang Rinpoche – 7:30-9pm. We look outside ourselves for teachers and for answers, but what we really need is to find our inner master. How do we find our inner master? Through asking the right question. In this public talk, Tulku Lobsang introduces the 108

Pulse Diagnosis in Tibetan Medicine with Tulku Lobsang Rinpoche – 5:30-8:30pm. Reading the information conveyed in the pulse is a key element of Tibetan Medicine. The pulse is considered to be an ambassador, carrying information transmitted from the interior of the body outward. $55. Bastyr

University, Kenmore Campus, 14500 Juanita Dr NE, Kenmore.

friday, october 4 Inner Fire Retreat with Tulku Lobsang Rinpoche – 5pm Oct. 6 - 1pm Oct. 9. With a special combination of physical movements, breath exercises and visualization we awaken our inner fire, which burns the blockages of karmic imprints. Loon Lake Retreat, Maple Ridge, BC. $520 - $850 (all-inclusive). Registration required.

Get a great night’s sleep and help save the planet. To celebrate Earth Day, 10% of every purchase made on April 21 and 22 will be donated to the Sierra Club.

ongoing THURSDAYS Free Meditation Happy Hour – 3-4pm. Learn more about the Happiness Program and how Sudarshan Kriya can have a lasting impact in your life. During our Free Meditation Happy Hour we’ll explore the ancient science of the mind, learn powerful breathing-techniques that infuse the body with energy, and experience a deep, guided meditation. Free.

FRIDAYS Lift Your Spirits with Dena Marie – 8-9am. Discover fascinating people, inspiring activities and places that will lift one’s spirits in this radio show. Tune in to 1150 AM KKNW Alternative Talk Radio every Friday at 8am. 425-350-5448.

saturdays Sew Up Seattle – 11am-1pm the fourth Saturday of the month. Bring your own project and sewing machine or create with our donated fabrics and machines. Men, women and children of all ages are welcome. Beginners too! Please use 8th Ave. doors. To help those with sensitivities, please come fragrance-free. Free. Sewing Room in Denny Park Lutheran Church, 766 John St.,Seattle. For more information:

sundays Hillman City Meditation at Kanjin Yoga Center – 4-5:30pm. Silent meditation 45 minutes followed by group discussion 45 minutes. Comfortable seating, calm setting, discussion topic changes weekly. $10/suggested donation. Kanjin Yoga, 5701 Rainier Ave S. Suite B, Seattle. Free Meditation Happy Hour – 6:30-7:30pm. Learn more about the Happiness Program and how Sudarshan Kriya can have a lasting impact in your life. During our Free Meditation Happy Hour we’ll explore the ancient science of the mind, learn powerful breathing-techniques that infuse the body with energy, and experience a deep, guided meditation. Free. Tiger Mountain Room, Meadow Creek Business Center, 22525 SE 64th Place, Issaquah.

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Radiation and compression free breast and body screening.Thermography or Digital Infrared Thermal Imaging (DITI) is a non-invasive test of physiologic changes that accompany breast pathology, whether it is cancer, fibrocystic disease, an infection, or a vascular disease.

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Suzuki Environmental provides consulting services and training to measure and remove toxins and minimize EMFs from the home

Flutterby Healing Services Tanya Antonelli, LMP MA00025204 425-446-1771 Arlington, WA

Helping you get in touch with your highest self through massage, Reiki, rainbow therapy, intuitive life coaching and chakra alignments. Therapies customized to fit your personal needs.


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