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ORTHODONTICS IMPROVES NOSE BREATHING AND TONGUE POSITION Children who struggle with behavior, or difficulty in school despite average or above average intelligence are often MISDIAGNOSED as having ADHD or ADD. Kids are treated for ADHD before sleep apnea is ever even considered as a possible cause. Unfortunately, parents are often accused of having poor or inadequate parenting skills, or are encouraged to discipline their children more strictly. Questionnaires get filled out, prescriptions for stimulants are often written. Children are checked for enlarged tonsils and adenoids and referrals are made to surgeons. Many children are sent to have tonsils and adenoids removed by surgery because practitioners believe this is necessary.

EARLY ORTHODONTIC TREATMENT CAN IMPROVE THE AIRWAY IN YOUNG CHILDREN Research has shown that children DO behave better when sleep disorders such as snoring and sleep apnea are treated early and ORTHODONTIC ARCH EXPANSION can help. Narrow arches and airflow restriction during sleep leads to OXYGEN DEPRIVATION for the growing brain! Good nutrition is essential, because sugar and wheat, as well as many food additives have been shown to contribute to many behavior and mood disorders. Nutrition improvement cannot fix narrow arches and crowded teeth that may have been caused by generations of refined food!

FUNCTIONAL ORTHOPEDICS BEFORE BRACES FOR YOUNGER CHILDREN At our clinic, we use fixed and removable nickel-free orthodontic appliances (biocompatible materials) in children as young as 3 years old. Gentle, gradual expansion and alignment is our preferred method. Expanding correctly allows opening of the nasal passages, development of the maxilla and proper positioning of the tongue for speech and muscle balance for proper development of the bones of the face and the airway. We expand in three dimensions, shaping the arches to make room for permanent teeth, correcting jaw alignment and opening the airway for quiet and easy breathing when awake and during sleep.

WE ALL NEED SLEEP STAGES 1, 2, AND 3, AND REM SLEEP Sleep apnea can prevent you from spending time in stage 3 sleep and interrupt your dreams during REM stage. If you snore or have apnea you will be yanked repeatedly out of your deep restorative and REM sleep all the way back up to stage 1 or 2 so that you can breath…gasp…snore…clench... You won’t usually wake up, but you might feel pretty sleepy the next day. Stage three is when you have your own supply of growth hormone circulating for your body to restore and repair. If you don’t spend enough time in stage 3 you will not get cellular repair! REM stage is where you have your dream time. Some people suffer psychological problems if they are deprived of REM sleep. Dreaming might be important for progress toward spiritual awakening. Some medications and sleeping pills can prevent or shorten your time in stage 3 and REM. If you are seeking spiritual progress, optimal health and personal growth, then you’ve probably tried many varieties of RELAXATION, MEDITATION, YOGA, DIETING AND NUTRITION, GROWTH HORMONE, OTHER HORMONES, SPIRITUAL RETREATS, AND THE LAW OF ATTRACTION! Consider the possibility that you might just need a good night’s sleep. Come see us for a consult and find out about simple comfortable solutions for quiet and restful health restoring sleep.

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elcome to the February issue of Seattle Natural Awakenings! In this issue we explore friendship, one of the vital ingredients of a happy, meaningful life. I’ve been blessed with some wonderful and amazing friends. Life holds many lessons, and relationships are a laboratory for finding our voice and learning about ourselves. What I have learned is that true friends will always want the best for you and will always be honest with you. They’ll respect your freedom to take your life in the direction you choose, and although they might not understand or agree, they’ll honor your path by being transparent with their own intentions too. I love people who live with this integrity, and the joy of nurturing these kinds of loving, supportive relationships makes life worth living. Read more about friendship in “The Power of Friendship” (page 14). There’s lots more in these pages–enjoy! To your health and happiness,

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Natural Awakenings is your guide to a healthier, more 5 5 newsbriefs balanced life. In each issue readers find cutting-edge 8 healthbriefs information on natural health, nutrition, fitness, personal growth, green living, creative expression and the products and 10 globalbriefs services that support a healthy lifestyle. 12 liftyourspirits 17 inspiration 14 THE POWER 14 OF FRIENDSHIP 12 18 healingways It Sustains, Nourishes and Supports Us 24 consciouseating 28 wisewords 29 calendar 17 DEEP LISTENING Our Wholehearted Attention 30 classifieds Is Our Greatest Gift 24 31 resourceguide 17 by Judith Fertig

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newsbriefs Bring Life to Your Business in 2016: New Networking & Class Series Announced

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he Seattle Natural Awakenings team will be bringing a new monthly networking opportunity to the Eastside. The Bring Life to Your Business in 2016 series kicks off on Feb. 11 from 6–7:30 p.m. at Alta Healthy Cafe in Kirkland inside the Totem Lake Hotel. The event is $20 and includes an all-you-can-eat fresh buffet dinner, a short talk by local event organizer, speaker and radio show host Dena Marie, and networking opportunities with other attendees. “We’re really thrilled to launch this monthly event to help connect and inspire Seattle area business owners,” event organizer Dena Marie says. “Being a holistic or sustainable business owner can be both extremely rewarding and also sometimes challenging, and we’re excited to help connect the local sustainable business community and offer tools for better self-care, business growth and marketing success,” she continues. The discussion series will continue monthly, with topics ranging including business growth, social media for businesses, digital marketing, and traditional marketing strategies. Events will take place at Alta Healthy Cafe, which offers Chinese cuisine and specializes in fresh and natural ingredients, while also willing to cater to special dietary needs, such as no sugar, gluten free or low carb options. Parking is free. Alta Healthy Cafe is located at 12233 Totem Lake Blvd, Kirkland inside the Totem Lake Hotel. The Bring Life to Your Business in 2016 February networking event takes place Thursday, Feb. 11 from 6–7:30 p.m. $20/includes all-you-can-eat buffet dinner. Registration not required. For more information: 425-350-5448.

Women of Wisdom Conference: United We Change The World

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he 24th Annual Women of Wisdom (WOW) Conference, entitled United We Change the World, will take place from Feb. 11–15 at North Seattle Community College. This year’s conference features over 40 speakers including Dr. Christine Page, Mira Kelley and Susan Shumsky, along with performances by DreamDance Cascadia, holistic practitioners offering services, vendors, an art show and more. “Women of Wisdom is a transformational conference where we explore deep topics and share our stories in intimate circles,” founder and organizer Kris Steinnes says. Workshops range from one hour to full day presentations, and are all individually priced so attendees can cuztomize their conference experience. Evening presentations are open to men and there are special prices for teens, students and seniors. Volunteer and scholarship opportunities are available as well. The WOW Conference takes place Feb. 11–15 at North Seattle Community College, 9600 College Way N., Seattle. Workshops are individually priced starting at $10, full pass for $395. For more information: TheWOWConference.org.

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he Salt Mine Arium is celebrating its three-year anniversary with specials and unique events like guided meditation, sound baths, acupuncture, and special rates for the salt room therapy sessions. Founded by Matthias and Annett Riebe, the Bellevue-based business offers halotherapy (salt inhalation treatment). At the Salt Mine Arium, clients are led to a room lined with Himalayan salt bricks softly lit from behind, along with a color changing light therapy wall and a salt waterfall feature. A machine pumps fine micro crystals of salt into the air, while clients take a seat in a reclining chair and are offered a blanket. The lights dim while music with healing frequencies plays for the duration of the fifty minute session. A separate salt therapy room is offered for children and includes a salt crystal play box, similar to a sand box. “Often people have to be woken up and find that they sleep better after a session,” Annett Riebe says. “The negative ions emitted by the salt help to clear your mind and bring your body’s natural energy back into alignment.” The Salt Mine Arium offers events including sound baths, guided meditations and even acupuncture sessions taking place in salt therapy rooms. The Salt Mine Arium is located at 1850 130th Ave NE, Bellevue and is open Monday through Wednesday from 10 a.m.–6 p.m., Thursday from 10 a.m.–7 p.m., and Saturday from 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Reservations recommended. For more information: 425-497-9666 or SaltMineArium.com.

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Burien Natural Health Center Hosts Anniversary Celebration

Northwest Yoga Conference to Take Place in March

The Burien Natural Health Center will hold an open house in celebration of their two year anniversary on Tuesday, Feb. 9, from 9 a.m.–5 p.m. The event will feature food, music and discounts on services includng acupuncture (established patients only), acugraph readings and ionic foot detox baths, and ten percent off all products. “We are excited to be celebrating two years of being in the Burien community, just in time for the Lunar New Year, the Year of the Monkey,” says Dr. Jamie L. Davis. “We are opening our doors to the community and providing lots of information on natural health.”

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geocaching and educational event called Great Balls of Fire will take place Feb. 6–7 at Camano Island State Park. The event begins Saturday, Feb. 6 with a beach clean-up from 9–10:30 a.m., followed by geocaching classes from noon–2 p.m. and a search for caches from 2–6 p.m. Beach clean-up participants should bring rain gear and gloves; all other tools will be provided by the park. Dena Marie, director of tourism for the Camano Island Chamber of Commerce, will also be hiding three “clue balls” on Cama Beach and in the state park, each redeemable for a handblown glass ball created by local artists. An optional spaghetti buffet will be offered for $10 from 3–4 p.m. The following day, Sunday, Feb. 7 begins with another beach clean-up from 9–10:30 a.m. and additional geocaching classes at noon, with a hunt for caches to follow. The event is free, and members of the public can attend any of the activities. Prizes, such as geo coins, shirts and other giveaways will be offered, along with a raffle. Members of the Washington State Geocachers Association will be on hand to answer questions and help lead classes. For more information: CamaBeachFoundation.org. 6

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he fifth annual Northwest Yoga Conference will place March 2–6 in Lynnwood. This year’s conference is themed “A Pilgrimage of the Soul” and will feature intimately sized yoga workshops of 25-100 attendees, a marketplace with vendors, and additional activities. Presenters include Annie Carpenter, Aadil Palkhivala, Janet Stone, Sadie Nardini, Molly Lannon Kenny, Yoga Alliance and many others. According to event organizers, the conference will offer workshops for everyone from beginning yoga students to yoga teachers and yoga studio owners. Northwest Yoga Conference vendor Karen Andersen, a Seattle Vastu feng shui consultant, is excited to attend the conference as one of the vendors in the marketplace. Andersen, who helps clients navigate through personal challenges by shifting the energy in their home and business, was thrilled to make it into the popular event as a vendor. “After I applied to be a vendor, I was put on a waiting list for several weeks,” she says, noting that she was just accepted and will be selling her Himalayan salt lamps as well as sharing her feng shui knowledge with conference attendees. “The conference will be a wonderful place to encourage attendees to make choices in 2016 that will bring them a life of greater ease and abundance,” Andersen finishes. The 2016 Northwest Yoga Conference takes place at the Embassy Suites, 20610 44th Ave West, Lynnwood from March 2-6. $149/one day pass, $548/four day pass. For more information: NWYogaConference.com.

DRY Soda Receives Non-GMO Certification

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eattle-based DRY Soda Co. has announced that cucumber, ginger, lavender, rhubarb, juniper, and blood orange DRY Sparkling have received verification from the Non-GMO Project. DRY Sparkling bottles and cans with the Non-GMO Project Verification seal will begin appearing on store shelves nationwide in May 2016. The beverages line includes a total of eight flavors according to the company. Each flavor is made with four all natural, nonGMO ingredients, including a touch of cane sugar, allowing the flavors of each herb, flower and fruit to shine through. For more information: DRYSparkling.com.


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uthor and speaker Melissa Joy has announced a seminar entitled, Experience The Joy of Being, to be offered in Seattle Feb. 27-29. The seminar will teach techniques for interacting with the information that shapes the experience of reality. “This is a path of self-love, 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 Matrix Energetics seminars around the world. She is the founder and instructor of the “M-Joy Of Being” seminar series, a unifying movement in consciousness dedicated to exploring and expanding heart-centered awareness and practical personal empowerment for everyone. Melissa Joy is also the author of Practical Play the Heart-Centered Way, published in January. Her other books include Little Book of Big Potentials: 24 Fields of Flow, Fulfillment, Abundance, and Joy in Everyday Life, M-Joy Practically Speaking; Matrix Energetics and Living Your Infinite Potential, as well as Into the Matrix: Guides, Grace, and The Field of the Heart, and The Physics of Miracles: Tapping in to the Field of Consciousness Potential with Dr. Richard Bartlett. The Experience The Joy of Being seminar takes place at the Seattle Airport Marriott, 3201 South 176th St. Seattle, from Feb. 27-29. Tuition is $650 before Feb. 12/$700 afterwards. For more information: I-hrt.com.

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Kids Get Fewer Cavities When Mothers Chew Xylitol Gum

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esearch published in the International Journal of Paediatric Dentistry has concluded mothers that chew natural xylitol gum regularly will significantly reduce oral infections of mutans streptococcus bacteria in their infants. Five research teams and 11 randomized studies of 601 mothers and their children showed 46 percent fewer infections of the bacteria, which is the central species responsible for dental caries and periodontal disease. The studies included children that were 6, 9, 12, 18 and 24 months old. Other research supports the claim of xylitol’s beneficial nature. A study from the University of Manchester, in England, analyzing data from 4,216 schoolchildren, showed that using toothpaste containing xylitol with fluoride resulted in 13 percent less tooth decay than using toothpaste with fluoride only. Note: Xylitol is toxic to dogs; if ingested, consult a veterinarian.

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esearchers from Rutgers University have found that an ingredient in olive oil will kill cancer cells in under an hour. The researchers tested a compound called oleocanthal, a central component of extra virgin olive oil, and found that it caused the premature death of cancer cells in the laboratory by puncturing cancer cell vesicles, called lysosomes. “We needed to determine if oleocanthal was targeting that protein and causing the cells to die,” says Paul Breslin, Ph.D., a professor of nutritional sciences in the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences at Rutgers and co-author of the study, published in Molecular and Cellular Oncology. The research also found that the olive oil compound didn’t damage healthy cells. Breslin states that the compound merely “put them to sleep” for a day, after which they resumed their normal, healthy functioning. Senior author David Foster, Ph.D., of Hunter College, points out that additional studies are necessary to determine if the compound halts tumor growth. “We also need to understand why it is that cancerous cells are more sensitive to oleocanthal than non-cancerous cells,” he says.

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Bifidobacteria Probiotic Fends Off Colds and Flu

Kids Learn Social Skills Through Pretending and Joking

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n a study published in the British Journal of Nutrition, researchers found that supplementing with bifidobacteria probiotics will reduce colds and flu. The study followed 581 college students for six weeks as they prepared for their final exams. During the study period, the students consumed a placebo or a daily supplement with one of three probiotics, including Bifidobacterium bifidum. The students given the bifidum supplement experienced significantly fewer cold or flu infections, and when they did succumb, the infection was generally less severe. The other probiotic supplements did not reduce colds or flu compared to the placebo for the six weeks.

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large study from the New York Medical College and the University of Massachusetts found that high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) is linked to a greater risk of asthma and chronic bronchitis. The research included 2,801 people between the ages of 20 and 55 years old. The scientists utilized health data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey of 2003 to 2006 to compare people with a history of chronic bronchitis. The study measured the types of soft drinks consumed, eliminating risks related to known asthma relationships such as smoking. The researchers found those that drank five or more HFCS-containing sodas per week had an 80 percent increased incidence of chronic bronchitis. Greater intake of HFCS has also been linked with higher risk of other health conditions, including diabetes and obesity.

Mediterranean Diet Sustains More Youthful Brain Sizes

esearch published in the journal Cognitive Science has found that toddlers with parents that played with them using humor and fantasy gained increased skills for learning, imagining and bonding, along with thinking in abstract ways. The researchers tested children between 16 and 24 months old in two phases. The first utilized action play among 25 kids and the second utilized verbal play among 40 children. The parents and children pretended to do activities such as washing their hands with no soap or creating situations using a toy. During the second phase, the children and parents played around jokingly by using words, identifying things in funny ways and making believe they were doing things. The researchers found that joking and pretend play allowed the kids to distinguish cues that helped them communicate and develop skills to understand intentions. The study also found that older toddlers relied more on verbal cues to understand pretending and joking communications.

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s we age, our brains shrink, a condition linked to cognitive impairment. According to a study from Columbia University, a healthy diet can help reduce such occurrences. The researchers studied 674 adults with an average age of 80. They were divided into two groups, depending upon their diets, and given magnetic resonance imaging scans to measure total brain volume and thickness. It was found that those following diets that most closely resembled the Mediterranean diet—less meat and more vegetables and fish—had larger brain sizes with less shrinking. The researchers equated the average size difference between the groups to about five years of aging. Dr. Yian Gu, a neuropsychology professor at Columbia University, says, “This is another study consistent with previous studies that indicate the Mediterranean diet is an overall healthy diet.” natural awakenings

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

Lions Untamed

Shrine Circus Ends Wild Animal Acts

Pioneering Aspen Ski Town Runs Entirely on Renewables

Aspen, Colorado, with a population of 7,000, has become the third municipality in the country, along with Burlington, Vermont, and Greensburg, Kansas, to receive all of its power from renewable sources. Its energy portfolio now consists primarily of wind power and hydroelectric, with smaller contributions from solar and geothermal. The development reflects a decadelong effort made possible in part by a significant drop in the price of renewable energy and new government regulations that internalize some of the pollution costs of fossil fuels, making energy sources like coal increasingly uncompetitive. More than one-third of American coal plants have been shut down in the past six years and new carbon rules make it possible that no new coal plants will ever be built in the U.S. Source: ThinkProgress.org

Bill Cunningham, CEO of Dallas-based Fun Time Shows, the largest Shrine Circus producer in the country, says he’ll no longer produce shows featuring elephants, tigers, lions or other wild animals. Cunningham says, “These animals are very special; we cohabit the Earth with them and they are deserving of our respect and awe. They’re not here to perform tricks for our entertainment.” He says, “I’ve tried to listen to the mothers that said they didn’t want their kids to grow up and learn that the animals they saw had been probed, poked, prodded and chained to a floor.” The move has received an outpouring of support from outside the industry, including People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. Cunningham’s Shrine Circuses will still feature high wire acts, human cannonballs, trapeze artists and motorcycle tricks, along with performing horses and dogs. “The horses and dogs act in true collaboration with their owners,” says Cunningham. “We feel the audience still wants to see domestic animals.” Source: GreenSourceDFW.org

Ocean Wear

Adidas Using Plastic Ocean Debris to Make Shoes Athletic shoemaker Adidas has teamed up with New York-based Parley for the Oceans, a multidisciplinary organization with a passion for protecting the oceans, to make footwear out of garbage. Available soon, the soft upper part of the shoe is knitted entirely from waste and debris pulled from the ocean, including yarn and fibers—just some of the estimated 5.25 trillion pieces of trash in the sea. With no extra material left over, nothing goes to waste; the shoes also incorporate illegal fishing nets taken from poachers. Adidas executive Eric Liedtke suggests the technology could move beyond shoes and find its way to T-shirts, shorts and other apparel. A full line of similar consumer-ready products will be integrated into the Adidas line this year. The larger issue goes beyond recycling and repurposing to avoid waste altogether. Plastic takes more than 450 years to decompose, so conservationists and researchers at Parley for the Oceans hope to re-imagine plastics by designing a renewable solution. In cleaning up our oceans, we protect ecosystems, food sources, jobs and local economies. Source: Upworthy

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McCormick, the world’s largest spice company, plans to eliminate almost all genetically modified (GMO) ingredients from their product line by 2016. In response to increased consumer demand for healthier options, 80 percent of its overall gourmet herb and spice business in the U.S. will be both organic and non-GMO by 2016, as well as all McCormickbranded herbs, spices and extracts sold in the U.S. They will voluntarily label the updated products to inform consumers as part of a commitment to transparency and consumer education. The first product introduced, a non-GMO vanilla extract, is already available. McCormick also uses steam treatments in its processing to preserve the health benefits of spices instead of the ionizing irradiation used by competitors. Although food radiation is approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, some studies link it to significant health problems. “Our consumers are increasingly interested in quality flavors with pure ingredients in their food,” says McCormick President and Chief Operating Officer Lawrence Kurzius. “Our efforts prove that we are listening to consumers and are committed to continuing to evolve.”

The 50th Super Bowl will take place February 7 at the brand-new Levi’s Stadium, in Santa Clara, outside San Francisco, and the anniversary isn’t the only thing that’s historic. As part of a trend toward sustainability in athletic facilities, it’s the greenest and most technologically advanced professional football stadium in the U.S. The structure is designed to support sustainability, located on a site with accessible public transportation plus a bike path to encourage fans to pedal to and from games. Its predominantly open and airy, environmentally friendly building plan also takes advantage of the Silicon Valley climate. One outstanding feature is the green roof atop the suite tower on the west side of the stadium. Another is the three solar bridges connecting the main parking area to the stadium that generate energy from hundreds of solar panels. All of the wood used was repurposed from a local airplane hangar at Moffett Field, in Mountain View, California, and other reclaimed building products were used where possible. Reclaimed water sources serve potable and nonpotable uses, including playing field irrigation. The local suppliers providing farm-to-table food menus also are required to practice composting and recycling to the greatest extent possible.

McCormick Going Non-GMO

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Super Bowl Eco-Stadium Gains National Spotlight

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Tune in Every Friday from 8–9 am on KKNW 1150 AM! 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. To listen to archived shows, go to 1150KKNW.com.

Our Energy Matters Certification With Dena Marie Local author, radio show host and speaker Dena Marie has announced a new certification course based on her book, Our Energy Matters. Course participants will learn how to perform chakra readings for themselves and others. Participants will learn how to give readings and experience the world of energy. The book “Our Energy Matters” also comes with a beginner set of 21 stones. Two course options: Sunday, Feb. 21, 1–5 p.m. at A Path To Avalon, 437 N. Olympic Ave, #D, Arlington; and Feb. 27, 1–5 p.m. at 3 Petals Healing, 10123 Main Pl. Ste. A, Bothell. $80. Registration required, space is limited. For more information: 425-350-5448 or Dena@Dena-Marie. com. For more upcoming events, visit LiftYourSpiritswithDenaMarie.com.

Red Wine And Chocolate Festival, 11 a.m.–6 p.m. Feb. 6–7. Visit the Camano Island and Skagit Valley wineries of the North Sound Wine Trail and enjoy flights of wine paired with chocolates–a perfect pre-Valentine’s indulgence, or just for fun. $5 at each participating winery for wine and chocolate tasting. For more information: NorthSoundWineTrail.com. Geocaching Event: Great Balls of Fire, 12–6 p.m., Feb. 6 at Cama Beach State Park. Participants will be able to search for numerous caches, and are invited to Geocaching 101, a class offered at noon to learn more about GPS technology as well as rules and strategy for geocaching. Free. Outdoor clothing recommended. For more information: Geocaching.com. The Great NW Glass Quest, Feb. 12–21 in Stanwood and Camano Island. Participants can search for “clue balls” redeemable for unique, hand blown glass globes created by local artists. Free. For more information: TheGreatNWGlassQuest.com. The Port Susan Snow Goose & Birding Festival, Feb. 27–28 at the Four Springs Lake Preserve and other Camano Island parks. View wintering snow geese, herons, shorebirds and more in open fields, wetlands and miles of scenic coastline. Learn about the snow geese that visit each year and where they go in the off season. For more information: SnowGooseFest.org. Murder Mystery Weekend, Feb. 27–28. The longest running murder mystery weekend in the U.S. celebrates its 32nd anniversary. Sleuths of all ages are invited to attempt to solve the mystery and win prizes. The “murderer” will be revealed at the Langley Middle School auditorium at 5 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 28. Free. For more information: VisitLangley.com.


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THE POWER OF FRIENDSHIP It Sustains, Nourishes and Supports Us by Judith Fertig

For a reason, a season or a lifetime, friends help us cope with challenges, motivate our best work and celebrate life. Friendships take many forms, crossing generations and self-imposed boundaries, and even spring up between unlikely confidants.

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hildhood friends Matt Damon and Ben Affleck collaborated on the Oscar-winning screenplay for Good Will Hunting. Fierce tennis competitors Serena Williams and Caroline Wozniacki like to get together for a gal-pal getaway after a major match. Country music artists Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood married following an 18-year friendship; “We had a lot more in common than I ever dreamed we did,” says Brooks. Rafts of research confirm how friendship enriches us. Carlin Flora, of New York City, spent years as a Psychology Today writer and editor before penning Friendfluence: The Surprising Ways Friends Make Us Who We Are. She notes that among the varied and perhaps unforeseen benefits, friendships can help us “shed pounds, sleep better, stop smoking and even survive a major illness.” 14

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An ongoing, two-decade-plus study of nearly 1,500 seniors by the Flinders University Centre for Ageing Studies, in Australia, found those with a large network of friends outliving others with the fewest friends by 22 percent. The University of Chicago National Opinion Research Center also reports people with five or more close friends as 50 percent more likely to describe themselves as “very happy” than those maintaining fewer confidants. “Friends past and present play powerful and often unappreciated roles in determining our sense of self and the direction of our lives,” says Flora. “Even in a supposedly meritocratic society, friends give jobs and assignments to each other, so having friends that share your career interests and aspirations can get you much farther than you could ever get on your own.”

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Make New Friends, Keep the Old Today, making and keeping friends can be challenging, due to distance, frequent life changes, overprotective parenting and substituting social media for more intimate face time. It all makes friendship more fluid than we might realize, says Shasta Nelson, the San Francisco founder of GirlFriendCircles. com, a women’s friendship matching site and author of Friendships Don’t Just Happen: The Guide to Creating a Meaningful Circle of Girlfriends, plus the upcoming book, Frientimacy, about deepening such relationships. “Most of us replace half of our close friends every seven years,” says Nelson. Although this might seem alarming, she considers it a natural ebb and flow. “We all need a couple of very close friends, while others that come and go might just be what we currently need—at work or school, among firsttime parents, in a new neighborhood, starting a job, in retirement or during some other life change,” she says. Canadian Greg Tjosvold, a married middle school teacher in Vancouver, Canada, has enjoyed great friendships with women, including his wife, partly because he doesn’t relate to men’s generally competitive nature and interest in sports. But when a close female friend moved away, he wanted to expand his circle to include men. He joined a group called The Barley Brethren that sample craft beers and talk about life. Although not into suds, he values “having a safe and enjoyable place to discuss deep issues, victories and temporary setbacks.” He admits, “That’s over-simplification, though.” Finding a group of men he can feel a part of has validated him, making this unique man still feel like one of the guys. Nelson categorizes the concentric circles of developing friendship as starting with a mutually agreeable acquaintance or contact, and then moving emotionally closer with someone that we find similarities with. Then the original bond can enter the confirmed friend category. A group of friends, like a longtime book club, can constitute a community. The highest level is the committed friend that has evolved into


Hallmarks of good friendship include staying in touch and being consistently positive and vulnerable, so as we reveal ourselves over time, we can be authentic with each other.

catching up in person when he returned to his hometown. Seventeen years after they first met, by which time Sarah was divorced, the two discussed taking their friendship to the next level and soon married. “It was a big decision to commit, because we knew so much about each other,” she says. “But we prefer each other’s company, and it was the best thing we ever did.”

Safety Net a trusted and valuable life companion. Sarah Huntsman Reed, a medical counselor in Kansas City, Missouri, has such a lifelong friend. She met Doug Reed, now a pharmacist, when both were in their high school musical, Once Upon a Mattress. Reed had a great sense of humor, Sarah remembers. “He’s still the most honest yet kindest person I’ve met,” she says. Soon, their mothers became friends, too, and the two teens would pair up for family weddings. Then she went to college and married and he moved away; yet they stayed in touch through mutual friends and their moms,

In trying times, friends can surround us with positive energy, says Madisyn Taylor, co-founder and editor-in-chief of the spiritual blog DailyOm, in Ashland, Oregon. “The people we love form a protective barrier that buffers and shields us from many of the world’s more crippling blows,” including receiving hurtful slights from others. How we make friends has been altered by today’s social landscape, which includes working parents and Amber Alerts. The days of children freely roaming their neighborhood discovering friends to play with are, un-

fortunately, over, says Jennifer S. White, a Toledo, Ohio, blogger and author of The Art of Parenting: Love Letters from a Mother. “My long-term friendships from childhood were all built around being neighbors and playing together just because we wanted to,” recalls White. With today’s safety concerns and work-life challenges, parents now set up playdates, a more structured, less organic way of fostering childhood friendships, and they must be proactive to ensure success. White has some misgivings about this modern-day approach. “When I think about that one little gleaming

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How to Make Good Friends by Shasta Nelson

Three Necessary Ingredients

Both friendship and romantic bonds are developed when three things occur: We feel satisfied, which happens when an interaction has more positivity than negativity. We feel safe, which comes when we commit to consistent time with each other. We feel seen, which we experience when we practice revealing ourselves and expressing vulnerability. Here’s a formula for creating meaningful connections: Positivity + Consistency + Vulnerability = Frientimacy.

Two Steps

It usually takes most people six to eight interactions with someone new before they start feeling like friends. The sooner they schedule such occasions, the sooner the rewards. c Be open to making new friends. c Make the first move; repeat.

One Ratio

To keep a friendship going, remember that it has to have a positivity-to-negativity ratio of at least five-to-one. That means sharing five times more fun and feel-good moments than stressors that can range from disappointments and frustrations to jealousies. By definition, to be and keep a good friend requires that both parties bring satisfying positivity to the relationship. Source: Adapted from Frientimacy: How to Deepen Friendships for Lifelong Intimacy by Shasta Nelson; scheduled for release in March. 16

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Everyone from contemporary scientists to ancient philosophers agrees that having strong social bonds is probably the most meaningful contributor to happiness. ~Gretchen Rubin, author of The Happiness Project seed of truth at the heart of why, it’s often because I don’t think it’s fair that I have to be a popular ‘playdate mom’ for my kid to have some friends.”

Besties and Buddies Automatic playdates—with siblings—often enhance family ties through lifelong friendships. Sally Ekus is a culinary talent representative in Florence, Massachusetts. Her younger sister, Amelia, is the general manager of Twitter Cafe, in New York City, and lives in Brooklyn. Both foodies have knife-and-fork tattoos. Sally is more into meal ingredients and preparation, while Amelia loves pouring wine and making sure everyone is comfortable. “Together,” says Sally, “we create total hospitality, from lavish Passover seders to Friday nights with friends.” She notes that her sister is the only other person who understands what the world looks like through the Ekus girls’ perspective. Some adults might never meet face-to-face, but become friends via social media. American Jamie Schler, co-owner of the Hotel Diderot, in Chinon, France, with her native-born

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husband, says, “Social media [especially Facebook posts] is how I meet and make personal friends and keep in touch on a daily basis. As an expat, this is important because I often feel far from family and friends that understand me, share common interests and ideas and speak the same language—and I don’t necessarily mean English.” Her high-tech circle ranges from hometown pals to new friends in the food community and political forums. She raves, “It’s a place where I find them all at the same time!” Nelson remarks, “No one is saying Facebook should replace visits, nights out and phone calls, but in a world where most of us wish we felt closer to a few more people, it doesn’t hurt to use every tool at our disposal for creating connections.” Differences in age needn’t be a hurdle in forging friendships. Candelaria Silva-Collins, an arts marketing professional in Boston, attended area social gatherings where she regularly encountered a museum director and his wife. “They seemed like a fantastic couple,” she says, and began a friendship with the older woman, despite their being from different generations. “My friend teaches me a lot about being vital and vibrant,” she says.

Expanding Circles

Becoming friends with people of different ages, languages and social standing gives us a spiritual workout, advises Nelson. With a master’s degree in divinity, Nelson views friendship as a type of health club in which we develop our empathy, forgiveness and compassion muscles through practice. “Friendships are the way we become better people,” she says. Furthermore, the process, especially with people unlike us, leads to a better world. “Being able to inherently care for people we know makes it easier to do the same for people we’ve not met yet,” says Nelson. World peace happens one friend at a time. Freelance writer Judith Fertig also blogs at AlfrescoFoodAndLifestyle.blogspot. com from Overland Park, KS.


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DEEP LISTENING Our Wholehearted Attention Is Our Greatest Gift

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by Kay Lindahl Pay attention to the environment. Stop other activities to listen. Clear your desk. Turn off background noise or move to a quiet corner.

by Kay Lindahl erhaps one of the most precious and powerful gifts we give another person is to really listen to them with quiet, fascinated attention and our whole being; fully present. Deep listening occurs at the heart level, and we must ask ourselves how often we listen to each other so completely. Such listening is a creative force. We expand, ideas come to life and grow and we remember who we are. It brings forth our inner spirit, intelligence, or true self, and opens up the space for us to thrive. Sometimes we have to do a lot of listening before another’s inner being feels replenished. Some people just need to talk and go on and on, usually in a superficial, nervous manner. This often happens because they have not been truly listened to. Patience is required to be a listening presence for such a person long enough that they get to their center point of tranquility and peace. The results of such listening are extraordinary. Some would call them miracles. Listening well takes time, skill and a readiness to slow down to afford time

Effective Listening Practices

for reflection and to let go of expectations, judgments, boredom, self-assertiveness and defensiveness. When two people listen deeply to one another, we sense that we are present not only to each other, but also to something beyond our individual selves; something spiritual, holy or sacred. Once we experience the depth of being listened to like this, we naturally begin to listen to be present with another. We notice what occurs when we interrupt someone and when we don’t. We watch what unfolds when another stops speaking and we ask, “Is there anything else?” Listening is an art that calls for practice. Imagine if we all spent just a few minutes each day choosing to practice the art of listening; of being fully present with the person we are with. Being truly listened to and understood yields a sigh of contentment and joy. Kay Lindahl, of Long Beach, CA, is the author of The Sacred Art of Listening, from which this was adapted with permission from SkyLight Paths Publishing.

Be present. Listen with an open, appreciative and curious mind rather than evaluating what’s being said. Put your own agenda aside. Stop talking. One person speaks at a time without interruption. Listen for understanding. No one is required to agree with or believe what they hear. Let empathy and compassion take the lead; put yourself in their shoes. Ask for clarification. It can help a listener understand what’s being expressed. Pause before speaking. Allow the speaker to complete their thought, and then wait a few seconds before responding. Also ask, “Is there anything else?” There almost always is. Listen to yourself. Inquire of your inner voice, “What wants to be expressed next?” Signal that they’ve been heard. Encouraging body language includes empathetic facial expressions, nodding and sympathetic postures. Adapted from The Top Ten Powerful Listening Practices on the author’s website SacredListening.com.

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he focus of functional medicine— whole person health care—easily expands to include dentists trained in oral systemic health. Currently embraced by a small percentage of today’s farsighted dentists and doctors, this relatively new field of prevention and wellness views the mouth as a key portal when considering the status of the whole body. Similar to the way doctors of Oriental medicine assess the heart’s pulse to help diagnose health issues throughout the body, these systemic health dentists consider the gums, tongue, teeth and throat to be key signals of overall health. American Academy for Oral Systemic Health (AAOSH) Executive Director Bobbie Delsasso was a periodontal hygienist for more than 30 years before becoming a consultant and public speaker on the larger perspective. “I taught patients about the importance of good nutrition and alerted them to consult their physician regarding what their mouth health might indicate about their body’s health,” she says. While the academy educates dental professionals to understand the internal workings of nutrition and what the mouth reveals about overall well-being, “Less than 6 percent of physicians even learn adequate basics of nutrition in medical schools,” she notes.

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als by physician Bradley Bale and Amy Doneen, an advanced registered nurse practitioner, co-founders of the Bale/ Doneen Method for the prevention of heart attack, stroke and diabetes. Mike Milligan, a doctor of dental medicine, founder of Eastland Dental Center, in Bloomington, Illinois, and AAOSH president, explains that heart attack and stroke are triggered by an inflammatory process which can be initiated or exacerbated by periodontal disease and abscessed teeth. Thomas Nabors, a doctor of dental surgery and an authority in molecular analysis and genetic risk assessment for periodontal diseases, provides clinical proof that supports the growing association between medicine and dentistry. “Since


our inaugural AAOSH conference [in 2010], Bradley, Amy and Tom have continued to provide the current science and clinical backdrop to the oral/ systemic connection to cardiovascular wellness,” says Milligan.

Respiratory Health Links

Other vital advances in oral systemic health involve treating airway concerns such as snoring and sleep apnea. “Snoring is typically caused by muscles and tissues relaxing in the throat and mouth, resulting in decreased space in the airway passage and vibration of tissues. Eventually, individuals can develop sleep apnea, which can also result in hypertension and other problems,” advises Milligan. In sleep apnea, the sleeper’s breathing pauses often or produces hypopnea, slowed or shallow breathing for 10 or more seconds at a time. Fewer than five episodes per hour is normal, with five to 15 considered mild apnea, 15 to 30 moderate and more than 30 severe. Although 20 percent of Americans may have sleep apnea—typically associated with insomnia, tiredness and less oxygen in the body—95 percent of affected individuals go undiagnosed.

To help, Milligan suggests that before going to bed we lower the thermostat in the bedroom and avoid drinking alcohol, smoking, watching television or working on a computer. Improved breathing helps assuage snoring, sleep apnea, asthma, hay fever and nasal congestion. Milligan cites Patrick McKeown’s work, explained in his book The Oxygen Advantage. An authority on the Buteyko Breathing Method, McKeown explains how improved breathing dramatically improves oxygenation, releases more energy and supports lifelong health and well-being. Muscle retraining using orofacial myofunctional therapy can help prevent sleep apnea and also abate temporomandibular joint disorders. This new field is concerned with orofacial functional patterns and postures when teeth are apart, their status 95 percent of each day and night. It also retrains muscles to keep the tongue at the roof of the mouth and the lips together to prevent breathing through the mouth, correct swallowing function and eliminate poor oral habits such as thumb sucking. Three mechanical treatments for sleep apnea include mandibular ad-

vancement oral devices used to move the lower jaw forward, a continuous positive airway pressure machine to aid airway functioning, or surgery, which is the last resort. “The real opportunity for catching and preventing this is with children 5 to 10 years old, when their jaws are developing,” says Milligan. He further cites links discovered between the mouth and brain. “Oral spirochetes, which normally live in the mouth, have been found in the brains of Alzheimer’s patients. Dr. Judith Miklossy, from the International Association for Alzheimer’s, spoke at an AAOSH conference about the link between oral bacteria and dementia, and Garth Ehrlich, Ph.D., professor of microbiology, immunology and otolaryngology at Drexel University College of Medicine, addressed rheumatoid arthritis and certain types of cancers. All of these links are more than enough reasons why good oral hygiene is essential to good health,” says Milligan. Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings. Connect at ItsAllAboutWe.com.

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Spiritual Dentistry Energetic Lessons In Balance By Dr. Carla Yamashiro

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e are more than our physical body—everything exists as a field of energy or vibration. In fact, our five senses are able to detect only the densest forms of energy, but energy exists that our senses cannot detect. Treating my dental patients holistically means looking beyond the physical body to include the mentalemotional and spiritual-energetic layers of the person and the disease process. Creating Conditions to Support Balance It’s been a challenge in dentistry to acknowledge that what we do in the mouth affects the entire body. Through research, we finally understand that there is a direct relationship between gum disease and systemic diseases, but the next step is to look beyond the physical body even to include the mental-emotional and spiritual-energetic components to the disease process. In holistic dentistry, we encourage balance by using non-toxic physical application products like ozone, mental-emotional assessment for the awareness of disease through biological decoding, treating the physical, mental-emotional and energetic body with spagyric natural remedies and balancing the human energy field with bioenergetics and ACMOS. By addressing all levels of our being, we are able to create optimum environmental conditions to support homeostasis and improve health in the oral cavity and beyond. Biological Decoding: What Are Your Teeth Telling You? Biological decoding looks at the mental-emotional programs leading to disease. Conflicts and stress are a part of life. Most stressors are easily managed; however, when conflicts are heightened, our brain knows we can tolerate only so much stress and begins to manage it, in order to ensure the survival of the person, family and species. When there is a large amount of stress, the brain sends this

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stress to a particular part of the body or system corresponding to the type of conflict experienced. Our brain will often even send a particular stress to specific teeth—I have facilitated the resolution of issues with teeth through biological decoding when physical treatments alone are unsuccessful, and I consider this a vital part of holistic care. Disease can be explained as a biological solution to a conflict, and the condition can be looked at as part of the healing process. More Than Our Physical Body Our physical world is a life in duality. There’s a perceived right way and a wrong way. Holistic dentists would say mercury is a neurotoxin and does not belong in our mouth. Mercury filling proponents would say it is safe. In the realm of higher consciousness or spirit, we expand our senses beyond the physicality of duality and it is here we experience our truth. My role as a health professional is to share information: our universe is based on the principle of exchange or sharing of energy, energy is frequency, and frequency contains information. For example, 480 THz give us the information that something is the color red. Even atoms share energy or information, giving and taking electrons, always in a constant exchange of information. When we are in alignment with our Source and our truth, we are inspired or “in spirit,” inspiration brings movement, energy in motion or emotion and from here we bring it into the realm of the physical and take action. I encourage patients to listen to their gut, to their truth, and what resonates with them.

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Alyssa Milano’s Anti-Aging Secrets Her Natural Lifestyle Choices Keep Her Young by Gerry Strauss

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lyssa Milano has grown up, and most of us have grown up with her. From her days as preteen tomboy Samantha Miceli on Who’s the Boss? to witchy woman Phoebe Halliwell on Charmed, the actress has been a vibrant, relatable and beautiful persona we’ve come to know via television. She was even named a UNICEF ambassador in 2004. Today, with a young family, her Touch licensed sports apparel line, and the wisdom that accompanies adulthood, her commitment to a natural, eco-friendly lifestyle

has become another hallmark of her life.

What connection do you see between eating organic foods and maintaining the energy level that your busy life requires? I think everything that you put into your body has a connection to how well we function in daily life. As a mom of two, eating organic is a priority; when organic is not an option, it’s about finding the healthiest accessible choices. I eat tomatoes like other people eat

Which fitness habits embodied by others have you made your own? In my Who’s the Boss? days, Tony Danza and Judith Light were always active and athletic. Tony would bring in a tap dance teacher and Judith a private trainer during lunch breaks. Being tutored on the set, I had no physical education classes or sports activities, so it was super-important for me to see how self-motivated they were to stay fit and in shape. Their example instilled a desire to take care of myself as an adult.

What role does nature play in your daily life?

I love being outside in my organic garden three or more times a week. Also, the kids and I regularly head outside, which is an easy place to keep them happily and healthfully occupied without my having to jump through hoops.

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“The most important thing is to be in the moment, doing the best I can every day. I’ve also learned to be kind to myself when I’m failing to do so or something is annoying me due to some unfortunate imbalance.”

for mother and child? In the beginning, a primary benefit is giving your child quality nourishment, including healthy antibodies and other goodies to support health. As they start eating solids, it’s still about maintaining that intimate connection until they’re ready to be weaned and you’re ready to surrender this last physical bond.

care of the kids. I’ll put on mascara and change out of yoga pants, even if we’re just hanging out together. Then we do little things like asking how each other’s day went and caring about the answer. We also look for ways we can help each other throughout the week.

What actions does your family emphasize in being stewards of the Earth? We try to be as eco-friendly as possible, including having lights on timers, conserving water and being kind to animals. I cannot stress how important it is to visit a farm and organic gardens and orchards with children so that they

see where their food comes from. We can’t take good food for granted.

In addition to a naturally healthy lifestyle, what else do you credit for your enduring youthfulness? My secret is happiness. I’ve always said that as long as my laugh lines are deeper than my frown lines, I’m living a good life.

Gerry Strauss is a freelance writer in Hamilton, NJ. Connect at GerryStrauss@aol.com.

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How do you and your husband keep both your friendship and love vibrant? We work hard at maintaining a good and healthy marriage, which can be tested in tough times. I believe that it’s vital to have the ability to laugh; you have to find humor in things, reminding yourself and each other that there is something funny in every daily activity, no matter how mundane or hard. When there’s no time to eat together or be intimate, shared laughter is an easy thing to achieve together. Done daily, it can only make the marriage stronger. We enjoy date nights once or twice a week when my parents take

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ncient grains are making a comeback. Grown since Neolithic times about 10,000 years ago, varieties of barley, corn, millet and rice have helped assuage the hunger of many communities. Today, yellow millet, dark red wholegrain sorghum, brown quinoa and exotic black rice can help alleviate food shortages. According to Harry Balzer, an expert surveyor of food and diet trends with The NPD Group, concerns about grains and gluten have prompted about a third of Americans to try to cut back on both since 2012. About 1 percent of the population has celiac disease, estimates the Celiac Disease Foundation, but many more prefer not to eat gluten. Many ancient grains are naturally gluten-free, including amaranth, buckwheat, millet, quinoa, rice and teff. “Some think that a grain-free way of eating is healthier and also better 24

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Better for Our Health

Whole grains fill us up and provide fiber, both necessary for maintaining optimum digestion and weight, says Kathleen Barnes, a widely published natural health expert in Brevard, North Carolina. Eating more whole grains has been previously associated with a lower risk of major diseases such as Type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease, based on studies by the University of Minnesota and Lund University, in Sweden. Qi Sun, assistant professor in the Harvard School of Public Health department of nutrition, agrees that whole grains are one of the major healthful foods for prevention of major

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chronic diseases. He’s the lead author of a new Harvard study of data associating consumption of whole grains with a 9 percent reduction in overall mortality and up to 15 percent fewer cardiovascular fatalities during two 25-yearlong research initiatives that followed 74,000 woman and 43,000 men. The researchers cited substituting whole grains for refined grains and red meat as likely contributors to longer life. “Whole grains are nutritional powerhouses, packed with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, beneficial fiber and even some protein,” observes Speck. With a German father and a Greek mother, she grew up in two cultures where grains are a part of everyday meals. “We eat them because they taste good.”

Better for Local Farmers

Sourcing and eating more organic and GMO-free whole grains (absent modified genetics) can help support local farmers, Speck maintains. Choose barley from Four Star Farms, in Massachusetts; heirloom grits from Anson Mills, in South Carolina; quinoa from White Mountain Farm, in Colorado; or heirloom Japanese rice from Koda Farms, in California.

Better for the Planet

Ancient grains require fewer natural resources to plant, grow and harvest. According to the Water Footprint Network, a pound of beef, millet and rice require 1,851, 568 and 300 gallons of water, respectively, to produce. Substituting grains in diets is a sustainable alternative to meat, and they grow on grasslands that now inefficiently support livestock. According to University of Cambridge Professor of Engineering David MacKay, it takes about 25 times more energy to produce one calorie of beef than one calorie of natural grain. Ancient grains can add variety and flavor to meals and a wealth of them are as close as the gluten-free aisle of a neighborhood grocery or health food store. Judith Fertig blogs at AlfrescoFood AndLifestyle.blogspot.com from Overland Park, KS.


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Cooking with Ancient Grains

Buckwheat and Beet Soup

To make the soup, heat a large heavy saucepan over medium heat. Swirl in the oil and wait until it shimmers. Add the onion and ¼ tsp of the salt. Stir occasionally, until the onion just starts to brown at the edges, about 5 minutes.

1½ cups chopped red onion (1 medium) ¾ tsp fine sea salt 2 tsp minced garlic (2 cloves) ¼ tsp dried thyme ¾ tsp dried savory or ½ tsp more dried thyme ¾ cup raw buckwheat groats (not kasha) 4 cups low-sodium vegetable broth ¼ tsp freshly ground black pepper 2 cups raw shredded beets, preferably red (1 large or 2 small) 1 to 2 tsp honey 1 cup purified water (approximately) 2 tsp sherry vinegar, or more as needed Horseradish Yogurt ¾ cup whole milk or 2% Greek yogurt 3 Tbsp retail horseradish, with liquid ¼ tsp fine sea salt ¼ tsp freshly ground black pepper

Yields: 4 servings 1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil

Stir in the garlic and the herbs thyme and savory, and then cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 1 minute. Watch closely, so as not to burn the pieces. Stir in the buckwheat groats and cook, stirring occasionally and monitoring, until the grains take on some color, about 2 minutes. Add the broth (beware of splatter), the remaining ½ tsp salt and the pepper and bring to a boil, scraping the bottom of the pan. Decrease the heat to maintain a simmer, cover and cook until the buckwheat is tender, about 15 minutes. While it simmers, prepare the horseradish yogurt topping: Combine the horseradish, salt and pepper in a small bowl and beat until smooth using a fork. Season with more salt and pepper to taste.

Favorite Ancient Grains

To finish, stir in the beets and 1 tsp of the honey and then add about 1 cup of water to reach a preferred consistency.

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Remove the pot from the heat, cover and allow to sit for 5 minutes until the vegetables soften.

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t’s best to cook up a batch of ancient grains ahead on the weekend for use during a busy week. To inject more color and flavor, add a pinch of saffron to turn the cooking water golden, or cook the grains in pomegranate juice. Cooked grain keeps in the refrigerator for up to seven days, ready to enhance salads, soups, yogurt or desserts. Amaranth. The seed head of pigweed, amaranth can be baked into a custard or added to a soup. Grown by the Aztecs, iron- and protein-rich amaranth can be popped raw in a skillet like popcorn, and then added as garnish to soups and salads. Buckwheat. The seeds of a plant related to rhubarb and grown in northern

climates, buckwheat can be ground into flour for savory French crepes or simmered whole in soup. Quinoa. Grown at high altitudes, quinoa has become a popular addition to salads or yogurt, as well as its own side dish. Millet. A tiny, drought-tolerant grain, millet can be added to bread dough for texture or cooked as a healthy breakfast with toasted almonds and cardamom. Teff. From Ethiopia, the flour of this tiny grain is fermented and used to make the flatbread known as injera. Try a teff waffle with caramelized pineapple.

Add the vinegar and taste for seasoning. Depending on the beets’ sweetness, maybe add another teaspoon of honey and a bit more vinegar to balance it, and perhaps a tad more salt and pepper. The seasoning is forgiving because the topping will bring the flavors together. Ladle the soup into four bowls, garnish with a dollop of the yogurt topping and serve at once.

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2 whole green cardamom pods 1½ cups boiling purified water Porridge 1 cup half-and-half, plus more as needed 3 Tbsp maple syrup, or more as needed ¾ tsp ground cardamom 1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries 4 to 6 Tbsp pomegranate seeds, for garnish 3 Tbsp lightly toasted chopped plain pistachios, for garnish

Yields: 4 to 6 servings

Start the rice the night before: Add the rice and cardamom pods to a large, heavy saucepan. Pour over the boiling water, cover and let sit at room temperature or overnight (or chill, covered, for up to 2 days).

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syrup and ground cardamom to the saucepan with the rice, cover and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Uncover, decrease the heat to retain a lively simmer, and cook, stirring once occasionally, until the rice is tender with a slight chew, 5 to 7 minutes. Remove the cardamom pods, if preferred. Add the blueberries and simmer gently until they are warmed through, 1 to 2 minutes more. To finish, add ¼ to ½ cup more halfand-half to reach a desired consistency. Taste for sweetness and adjust with more maple syrup if needed. Divide between 4 to 6 breakfast bowls. Top each bowl with 1 tablespoon of pomegranate seeds and 1 teaspoon of chopped pistachios. Serve warm.


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THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 4 First Thursday Tour – 11am-12pm. Our new tram will allow visitors with limited mobility to see more of the Arboretum and will offer all riders the chance to travel quickly and comfortably. Sit back and enjoy the ride, learn about seasonal highlights, new plantings, Arboretum history and educational programs. Free. Washington Park Arboretum, 2300 Arboretum Dr E, Seattle. Registration required. 206-685-8033. Depts.washington.edu/uwbg.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 6 The Gifts of the Artist’s Way with Kate Gavigan – 1-2:30pm. Know your creative self more fully and genuinely. Discover or rediscover your gifts and talents. Join Kate Gavigan for an interactive talk about the powerful tools of creative recovery presented by Julia Cameron in her international bestseller The Artist’s Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity. Free. Camano Island Library, 848 N Sunrise Blvd, Camano Island. Registration required. Sno-isle.org/events. Red Wine and Chocolate Festival – 11am.-6pm on Feb. 6-7. Visit the Camano Island and Skagit Valley wineries of the North Sound Wine Trail and enjoy $5 flights of wine paired with chocolates. NorthSoundWineTrail.com. Geocaching Event: Great Balls of Fire –12–6pm. on Feb. 6-7. Participants will be able to search for numerous caches, and are invited to Geocaching 101, a class offered at noon to learn more about GPS technology as well as rules and strategy for geocaching. Free. Outdoor clothing recommended. Cama Beach State Park, Camano Island. Geocaching.com.

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 9 Sound Healing Bath Salt Session – 7:30-8:30pm. While tiny salt crystals fill the air, healing your lungs and skin, Daniella White will play her crystal bowls and Sun gong, adding meditative vocal toning as well. The sounds will be gentle yet powerful, helping the mind and body go into a state of deep relaxation. Emerge ready for a great sleep. $40 in advance, $45 on the day of. Salt Mine Arium, 1850 130th Ave NE, Ste 4, Bellevue. Registration required. 425-4979666. SaltMineArium.com.

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 11 Bring Life Into Your Business in 2016 – 6-7:30pm. New monthly networking event for sustainable and holistic business owners. Enjoy networking and building relationships along with a short talk on opportunities and challenges facing natural business owners. Includes an all-you-can-eat healthy Chinese buffet dinner. Registration not required. $20. Located at the Alta Healthy Cafe inside the Totem

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Crystals 101 – 1-2pm. Learn about crystal history, basic crystal shapes, choosing crystals, incorporating crystals into daily life, and cleansing crystals. Cost includes a 7 piece crystal set. $25. NW Crystals, 2221 NW 56th St. #203, Seattle. NWCrystals.com.

24th Annual Women of Wisdom Conference – United We Change the World! Experience WOW’s transformational and unique conference where we explore deep topics and share our stories in intimate circles. Over 40 local women leaders share their gifts in experiential workshops, all individually priced. Special early bird prices until December 31. Price varies. North Seattle College, 9600 College Way N, Seattle. Registration required. 206-782-3363. TheWowConference.org.

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3 Petals Healing Open House – 4-7pm. Join Dena Marie and other practitioners at our grand opening open house event. Chakra readings, raffle tickets and door prizes. 3 Petals Healing Office, 10123 Main Place, Ste A, Bothell. 425-417-8771. 3PetalsHealing.com

Acting Immersion Retreat at St. Placid Priory in Lacey – February 12-14. Learn tools for healing through the dramatic arts and growing as an artist and a human being. $230 for a shared double room, $460 for a single room, meals included $230-$460. St Placid Priory, 500 College St NE, Lacy. Registration required. 206-234-8756. Bpt.me/2476542 The Great NW Glass Quest – Feb. 12–21. Participants can search for “clue balls” redeemable for unique, hand blown glass globes created by local artists. Free. Various locations in Stanwood and Camano Island. TheGreatNWGlassQuest.com.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 13 Global Day of Humanity: Peace -a- Pizza – 5-7pm. Join us for an organizational meeting to discuss the creation of a new Holiday Celebrating Humanity by sharing a meal of our favorite food. Free. Aditi Yoga Studio, 4206 Stone Way N, Seattle. 206-948-4675.

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 18 “Death and Cupcakes” with Brad Lichtenstein, ND – 6:30-8:30pm. The Bastyr University Center for Mind, Body, Spirit and Nature invites you to a series of frank yet light-hearted discussions about life and death known as “Death and Cupcakes.” Free. Bastyr Center for Natural Health, 3670 Stone Way N, Ste 165, Seattle. 425-602-3107. BastyrCenter.org.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 20 Beyond Labels: The HANDLE Approach to Autism & Sensory Disorders – 1:30-3pm. Join Peg Simon to explore HANDLE. Learn how it helps create efficient brain pathways, strengthens systems without stress. Topics: anxiety, sensory issues, vulnerability, nutrition, and how all systems work together; neuroplasticity, brain processing & problems. Free. Shoreline Library, 345 NE 175th St, Shoreline. Registration required. 425-778-3082. Peg.Simon@handle.org.

Our Energy Matters Certification Course – 1-5pm. Participants will learn how to perform chakra readings for themselves and others and experience the world of energy. The book “Our Energy Matters” also comes with a beginner set of 21 stones. $80. A Path To Avalon, 437 N. Olympic Ave, #D, Arlington. Registration required. 425-350-5448 or Dena@Dena-Marie.com.

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 25 Journey Into The Heart of it All – 7-8:30p.m. Join author and speaker Melissa Joy to discover the power of commanding field flow. Be inspired and empowered to effectively create, relate and experience joy-filled extraordinary living through connections to the fields of love. $20. East West Bookshop, 6407 12th Ave NE, Seattle. EastWestBookshop.com..

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 27 Our Energy Matters Certification Course – 1-5pm. Participants will learn how to perform chakra readings for themselves and others and experience the world of energy. The book “Our Energy Matters” also comes with a beginner set of 21 stones. $80. 3 Petals Healing Office, 10123 Main Place, Ste A, Bothell. Registration required. 425-350-5448 or Dena@Dena-Marie.com. Natural Secrets to Aging Gracefully – 10:30am12pm. Join us to learn more on the “Natural Secrets to Aging Gracefully.” Brandon Testa, ND, who supervises Team Care appointments in naturopathic medicine, will explain how simple lifestyle changes can help one live a longer, healthier life. Free. Bastyr Center for Natural Health, 3670 Stone Way N, Ste 166, Seattle. 425-602-3107. BastyrCenter.org. The Port Susan Snow Goose & Birding Festival – Feb. 27–28. View wintering snow geese, herons, shorebirds and more in open fields, wetlands and miles of scenic coastline. Learn about the snow geese that visit each year and where they go in the off season. Four Springs Lake Preserve and other Camano Island parks. SnowGooseFest.org.

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Murder Mystery Weekend – Feb. 27–28. The longest running murder mystery weekend in the U.S. celebrates its 32nd anniversary. Sleuths of all ages are invited to attempt to solve the mystery and win prizes. The “murderer” will be revealed at the Langley Middle School auditorium at 5 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 28. Free. VisitLangley.com.

Unclad Art Show - 10am-5pm, Saturday and Sunday. The show will feature over 150 artworks—all nudes–by the some of the finest figure artists across the country in painting, sculpture, ceramics, glass and photography. $5/general admission (preview party additional charge). Edmonds Yacht Club, 326 Admiral Way, Edmonds. UncladArtShow.com.

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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 2 Northwest Yoga Conference – March 2-6. Yoga Intensives at the Embassy Suites in Lynnwood with Annie Carpenter, Aadil Palkhivala, Janet Stone, Sadie Nardini, Molly Lannon Kenny, and more. Enjoy live music, or join some free yoga classes. Sign up for a workshop, or shop at the Marketplace, 11am – 7pm Friday-Saturday, or 11am-4pm Sun. Price varies. Embassy Suites, 20610 44th Ave W, Lynnwood. Registration required. 206-617-5233. NWYogaConference.com/marketplace.

GLOBAL RETREATS Yoga and Healing Retreats to Costa Rica, Bali and more, and U.S. retreats to Sedona and here in WA state. Body friendly, breath connected yoga and meditation. Hiking. Great food and heartcentered people. Everett based. 425-303-8150. HolmanHealthConnections.com.

HEALING ARTS Release Emotions that are Holding you Back from living a fulfilled and joyful life with muscle testing. Certified Emotion Code Practitioner specializes in clearing anxiety, heartache, depression, money blocks and inherited emotions. Call Pam Holland 360-825-5018.

QIGONG Five Mountains Institute of Qigong and Taijiquan – Live Healthier. Sustain Vitality. Classes in Embracing the Taoist Tradition. Dennis Sharp, Certified Instructor. 6532 Phinney Ave N, Seattle. 206-605-8907. FMI-Qigong.com.

THURSDAYS Family Nature Class – Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays through March 19. 9:30-11:30am. Join us for a Family Nature Class and make connections with the natural world that will last a lifetime. Through science-based exploration and outdoor play, preschoolers and their caregivers will experience the UW Botanic Gardens using their senses. $18 for 1 child and 1 adult. Washington Park Arboretum, 2300 Arboretum Dr E, Seattle. Registration required. 206685-8033. Depts.washington.edu/uwbg.

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SATURDAY, MARCH 5 Meditation Teacher Training – 9:30am-4:45pm. 8 Saturdays between March and June. Whether you train to teach meditation, or simply to deepen your understanding and experience of meditation, this in-depth study is for you. $700 plus texts. Ananda Meditation Temple, 23305 Bothell Everett Hwy, Bothell. Registration required. 425-806-3700. AnandaWashington.org.

SATURDAY, MARCH 19 Sixth Annual Northwest EFT Tapper’s Gathering – 10am-6pm. Build community and gain mastery with tapping enthusiasts from across the region. Net proceeds go to continuing EFT research. $125. Bastyr University, 14500 Juanita Dr. NE, Kenmore. NWTappersGathering.com. Port Susan Home & Garden Show – 10am-4pm. Presented by the Camano Island Chamber of Commerce, the show will feature speakers, demonstrations, and local vendors in the home and garden industry. Free. Camano Center, 606 Arrowhead Rd, Camano Island. PortSusanHomeAndGarden.com.

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. Dena-Marie.com.

SATURDAYS SewUpSeattle Free Sewing Session – 11am-1pm. On the 4th Saturday of the month, bring your own project and machine or create with our donated fabrics and machines. Men, women and children of all ages and skills are welcome. Free. Sewing Room in Denny Park Lutheran Church, 766 John St, Seattle. Registration required. 206-547-7557. SewUpSeattle@yahoo.com.

SUNDAYS Sunday Meditation – 11am-12pm. Rejuvenate yourself at our Sunday Meditations. Join us as we meditate as a group, focus within, and communicate directly with God. Potluck brunch and healing time to follow. Open donation. CDM Spiritual Center, 2402 Summit Ave, Everett. 425-258-1449. C-DM.org.

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