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elcome to the June issue of Seattle NaturalAwakenings! This months magazine is highlighting green transportation. I know of no better way to save the environment then walking, biking and using public transportation, and this is an area in which I’ve had a great deal of experience with lately. My life changed nine months ago when I experienced a knee injury that left me unable to walk. As I healed, I realized I was re-injuring my knee by driving my car, which had a manual (stick shift) transmission. This is when I began to ride the bus. However, once my knee felt better, I went back to driving my car, but just as before, driving re-injured my knee. This time I realized it was time to sell my dependable, paidfor vehicle. The first thing I realized by not having a car is that our automobiles isolate us from one another. When riding the bus, I meet new people of all ages, get more work done, I feel more relaxed because I can text, and send emails while on the road. I have also saved a tremendous amounts of money on car insurance, gas and of course, I don’t have a car payment. The best part is, there’s no need to worry about that odd sound coming from the engine, or think about the cost of what needs to be fixed or maintained. I am enjoying more mindful, mid-day walks in my neighborhood between bus rides, running into people I already know on the street, which leads to a nice chat or a wave to those I recognize as they drive by. I’m also mindful about the time needed when out and about in order to save time. By contrast I am more aware of the wastefulness of unnecessary mindless driving. Some days I walk a few miles before I get on the bus and on other days I take my bike with me, which allows me to get more exercise and time in nature. This year, I noticed the neighbor’s garden, stopped to pet my favorite dog and had lengthy conversations with strangers who are now my friends. Will I purchase another car? Yes, but hopefully, I will remember what I have learned about this experience and incorporate these into my the future travels. There’s more in these pages—let’s get this party started!

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Green City Dental Celebrates 3 Year Anniversary


r. Rebecca Taylor’s holistic dentistry practice, Green City Dental, is celebrating its three year anniversary. The practice, which is located in Edmonds, seeks a whole body approach to wellness through a healthy mouth, according to Dr. Taylor. “We strive to treat the cause of disease and dysfunction instead of just the symptom,” she says. “We focus on heavily on nutrition, airway and facial development, help kids avoid the need for braces, remove mercury fillings using a safe protocol, use ozone, look at what kinds of bacteria and microbes live in your mouth, and offer cranial sacral therapy and myofunctional therapy in office,” Dr. Taylor continues. “We are big into prevention and also offer a no drill filling solution.

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M Meditation Offers Monday Meditation and Juice Shots


eattle meditation studio owners Tay and Val have announced a Monday morning meditation experience including juice shots to nourish both body, mind and spirit. “The morning begins with a mindful tuning in practice to invoke your senses and awaken your mind-body-soul. Following our practice, savor a flight of five shots thoughtfully created to energize your senses to full awareness, jumpstarting your day with clarity, creativity, and inspiration,” Tay explains. “Integrate your experience with a closing contemplation.” Doors open at 7:15 a.m., followed by meditation and shots from 7:30-8 a.m., then a Q&A discussion + Connection with community “Leave your hurries and worries at the door and come sit with us,” Val says. “Center your mind, nourish your body, and connect with your community.” The event is held at Anar, which Tay calls “an ideal destination to get energized for the day.” The restaurant serves juice and vegetarian dishes on-site Amazon’s Doppler Campus. Juices will range from sweet to savory to hearty, and will include such ingredients as orange blossom, rose water and pomegranate with seasonal additions like yogurt, cashews and chickpeas. Meditation + Shots takes place Mondays from 7:30-8:30 a.m. at Anar, 2040 6th Ave, Seattle. $15. Registration required. For more information: 206-659-9136.

Amma Sri Karunamayi to Offer Blessings and Retreat


mma Sri Karunamayi will be giving individual blessings on Friday, June 30 from 11 a.m.–5 p.m. at the East Side Baha’i Center, which is free and open to everyone. Attendees may speak one-on-one with Amma and convey any specific questions, concerns, or blessing requests to her. Individual blessings are a chance for families to come before Amma to recive her gift of profound love and spiritual energy, according to organizers. Children and infants are welcome. Amma offers a special blessing, Sarawati Diksha, for students ages four to 24 in which she gives them a special mantra that enhances their memory skills and helps them with their studies, which takes place around 1 p.m. on Blessing Day (register for this event upon check in). Donations are accepted. The Eastside Baha’i Center is located at 16007 NE 8th St, Bellevue. For more information:

The One Gathering Promotes Unity


he One Gathering, a multi-sensory program designed to uplift and entertain to raise consciousness, returns to Seattle on Saturday, June 24 from 3-6 p.m. Attendees will experience live sound healing music, motion graphics, brief talk segments, and a crowd healing heart attunement, according to organizer Jennifer Yost. “The event supports participants in connecting authentically to intuition and Earth Mother’s harmony and wisdom,” says Yost. “Attendees receive healing to their consciousness for aligning in more grace, love, and ease.” The One Gathering began annually in 2007. The One Gathering takes place Saturday, June 24. Doors open at 3 p.m. and the event ends about 6 p.m. Jet City Improv Theater, 5510 University Way NE, Seattle. $25 in advance/$35 at the door. For more information: 206-284-2411 or natural awakenings

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ocal organization Leadership Snohomish County is presenting an interactive and immersive workshop with Sarri Gilman, LMFT, author, TEDx speaker, and boundaries expert, examining leadership and supervisory challenges to manage and prevent overwhelm. The workshop takes place from 8:45 a.m. – 2:45 p.m. in Edmonds on Tuesday, June 20. “This approach uniquely addresses the holistic problem of becoming overwhelmed, rather than targeting a single symptom and prescribing an isolated technique to reduce it,” Gilman says. “You’ll be able to identify personal signals well before you become overwhelmed, be armed with the tools and knowledge to act on those signals and proactively protect yourself from becoming overwhelmed, and learn how to help others in your field protect themselves by listening for specific cues.” Participants are asked to arrive at 8:45 a.m. to get settled; and the workshop begins promptly at 9 a.m.. Registration is limited to 50 participants and the registration fee includes a box lunch. Recovering From Overwhelm takes place from 8:45 a.m.– 2:45 p.m. on Tuesday, June 20 in the Board Room at Edmonds Community College, 20000 68th Avenue West, Lynnwood. $229-289. Registration required. For more information:

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Lean In Seattle Offers Workshop on Resiliency, Self Care and Overgiving


ean In Seattle is offering the third workshop in their Expanding Skills + Capacity Series on Saturday, June 10 from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. The workshop focuses on learning holistic, simple ways to rest, relax and restore. Participants are encouraged to “push the reset button and explore the power of resiliency,” according to organizers, who note the workshop will offer the opportunity to “mend yourself through meditation, learn healthy habits to use while cooking, and top off with refreshing juices.” Attendees are requested to wear comfortable athletic wear and bring a yoga mat. Lean In Seattle is a community of multigenerational, multicultural women committed to creating a committed, supportive, proactive, inclusive community where there are many seats at the leadership table and every single member is an active participant, according to organizers. The Resiliency, Self-Care and Overgiving workshop takes place Saturday, June 10 from 9 a.m.– 12 p.m. at Galvanize, 111 S Jackson St. Seattle. Free. Registration required. For more information:


Ginger Relieves Infected Root Canals


esearch from the University of Medical Sciences and Technology, in Khartoum, Sudan, tested the efficacy of ginger, cinnamon and a combination of both in reducing root canal infections. The study tested infections associated with 50 teeth involved in root canals. They were divided into five groups. One was treated with a paste of extract of ginger, another of cinnamon, and another with both of them. The final two groups were divided into a positive control group treated with calcium hydroxide with iodoform paste, and a negative control group was left untreated. The researchers recorded the number of colony forming units (CFU) of bacteria—individual bacteria units capable of growing into a colony—before and after the treatments. The extract of ginger group showed the most effectiveness, with a reduction from 83 CFUs to 26.5, suggesting that ginger may help treat or prevent root canal infections. The cinnamon group saw their status reduced slightly, to 77.8 CFUs, and the combination caused a decrease to 49.7.

High-Intensity Workouts May Keep People Coming Back


study from McMaster University, in Hamilton, Ontario, has found that highintensity interval training (HIIT) makes working out more enjoyable for individuals that struggle with regular exercise. Jennifer Heisz, lead author and assistant professor in the kinesiology department, observes, “Enjoyment during the first weeks of adopting a new exercise program may be especially important for

preventing dropouts.” Researchers divided 40 sedentary, healthy adults into two groups. One participated in HIIT, which consists of short bursts of intense exercises, followed by lowerintensity recovery periods, for six weeks; the other group performed ongoing moderate exercises. The researchers discovered that while both groups started out with equal enjoyment levels, the HIIT group enjoyed their workouts more as they gained strength, while the moderate group reported unchanged or decreased enjoyment levels.

Vitamin D Helps Babies Grow Strong Bones and Muscle


esearchers from McGill University, in Montreal, Canada, have discovered a connection between vitamin D supplementation during infancy and a healthier ratio of muscle and fat in toddlers. “We were very intrigued by the higher lean mass and the possibility that vitamin D can help infants to grow both healthy skeletons and amounts of muscle, yet less fat,” says Hope Weiler, one of the study’s authors and director of the Mary Emily Clinical Nutrition Research Unit at the university. The original 2013 study, which followed 132 infants given one of four different dosages of vitamin D daily during their first years, confirmed the connection with strong bones. The 2016 study used the same data to explore the impact of vitamin D supplementation on the toddlers’ body fat levels. The researchers found that children given more than 400 international units per day during the first year of life had an average of 450 less grams of body fat at age 3. They also found a correlation between the supplementation and lean muscle mass in the youngsters during their first three years.

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Inactive Lifestyle Accelerates Aging


etting off the couch and just moving may help slow the aging process in women that do not lead active lifestyles. Researchers from the University of California at San Diego measured the telomere lengths of white blood cells in 1,481 women between the ages of 64 and 95. Telomere lengths are a measure of aging within genes. After adjusting for other health and lifestyle factors, the researchers found that the women with less physical activity had shorter telomere lengths than those with more active lifestyles.

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he importance of calcium for bone health in women is widely known. Now a new study suggests that a diet of foods considered lowinflammatory, such as fruits, vegetables and whole grains, may help reduce bone loss and fracture risk. Researchers from Ohio State University calculated the dietary inflammatory index (DII) of 160,191 participants using data from the Women’s Health Initiative clinical trials’ baseline food frequency questionnaires. Comparative DII data were then recorded three and six years later among 10,290 study participants to determine any changes in their individual scores. Results were also compared with the number of hip fractures reported annually for the subjects, along with bone mineral density levels from the subgroup. Women with lower DII scores had less bone loss in their hips after six years.

Why Lyme Disease Ticks Thrive in the North


esearchers from the University of Rhode Island, in Kingston, have studied the rapid increase in Lyme disease in the northern U.S. Only 11 cases of the disease, which annually impacts about 300,000 Americans, were reported in 2015 in Alabama, a state of approximately 5 million residents. Meanwhile, there were 491 confirmed cases in Vermont, with a population of less than 700,000. The researchers studied the life cycle, metabolism and behavior of black-legged ticks, collecting larvae from several eastern areas. They discovered that ticks live longer in cooler temperatures with higher levels of humidity, making northeastern climates ideal, because longer lives mean increased chance of contact. Southern ticks stay hidden underfoot in layers of leaves to stay cool and damp, making them less likely to find a human host than their northern counterparts, which reside on leaves and trees. “There has been a lot of research aimed at finding out what makes black-legged ticks more efficient hosts for Lyme disease in the north than in the south,” explains Roger LeBrun, an entomology professor at the University of Rhode Island and co-author of the study. “People have looked at everything from the effects of temperature on tick life cycles to the types of animals the ticks feed on. Probably all of these factors play roles, but our results suggest that evolutionary pressure to conserve moisture by staying under the leaf litter surface is a critical factor.”

California Wins Cancer Label Case Against Monsanto’s Roundup


Fresno County Superior Court Judge Kristi Kapetan has ruled that the state of California will require Monsanto to place a cancer warning label on the company’s Roundup weed killer. The ruling is the first of its kind in the U.S. and comes after a branch of the World Health Organization labeled the product’s primary ingredient, glyphosate, as a “probable human carcinogen.” Glyphosate, an odorless and tasteless toxin, has been manufactured by Monsanto for more than 40 years and sold in more than 160 countries. Monsanto will have one year to affix the warning label to all relevant products.

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Seattle Electric Vehicle Association: Promoting the Love of Clean & Efficient Cars

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he Seattle Electric Vehicle Association (SEVA) has been championing advocacy and awareness of electric cars for decades: the organization started in 1979 and grew to be the second largest chapter of the Electric Auto Association, and has recently become its own separate 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation.



“The Seattle Electric Vehicle Association is important because although you can now purchase or lease electric vehicles from many auto manufacturers, they still make up a teeny-tiny fraction of the vehicles on the road,” SEVA president Stephen Johnson says. “Whether or not you care about the environment, foreign oil, or even drive a car at all, one thing we all agree on is we want clean air.” Johnson notes the largest contributor to air pollution is from the transportation sector and personal vehicles. “I don’t think people choose to pollute because they like dirty air and going to the gas station,” Johnson says. “It’s just what we’re used to because that’s they way it’s been for so long.” SEVA unites electric vehicle enthusiasts from a variety of backgrounds, not all of whom have always loved electric vehicles. In fact, Johnson didn’t warm up immediately to electric vehicles, despite his family history of involvement. “Most people might think I’ve been a big electric car fanatic all my life because my grandfather converted some cars to electric in the 1970s and 80s and came to some SEVA meetings back then,” Johnson explains. “However, although I knew about electric cars, my opinion of them was not good at first.” Johnson recalls his grandfather’s conversions had old lead-acid batteries and limited performance – it wasn’t appealing to the self-described “dyed-in-the-wool car guy who grew up lusting after fast high performance cars and hot rods.” Johnson ended up with a gas guzzling 60s muscle car for his first vehicle, but the environmental impact of his car started to weigh on his mind. “I was raised here in the Pacific Northwest,” he says. “My parents took me backpacking regularly ever since I was eight months old and I gained a real appreciation for nature and our beautiful evergreen state. My desire to care for the earth and leave it better for future generations and my pas-

sion for the fastest and most powerful vehicles created sort of an inner conflict,” Johnson explains. Fortunately, electric vehicles were catching up to Johnson’s growing desire to protect the environment without compromising on vehicle range or other features. “While doing some research in college for a non-biased speech on alternative fuels, I visited a SEVA car show for the first time,” Johnson says. “Someone mentioned a car called the T-Zero that a company in California had made which could go 300 miles on a charge and did zero-to-sixty in 3.6 seconds using lithium ion batteries! I also learned of a man named Roderick Wilde out in Port Townsend who had converted a 1979 Mazda that could easily beat Dodge Vipers at the drag strip! Another guy John Wayland down in Portland had the quickest street legal electric car which was a lightning fast Datsun. I had an epiphany when I realized that electric motors develop their torque immediately and could therefore offer better performance than internal combustion engines,” he says. Not long after this realization, Johnson started attending SEVA events, and eventually found himself building his own electric car and becoming more involved with SEVA. “The future is very bright for electric vehicles,” Johnson says. “Once you drive an electric vehicle it changes your frame of reference and you realize it is not just some environmental feel-good car but rather a quicker, quieter, more powerful and simpler to use vehicle, and once you realize that, then infernal combustion vehicles seem so archaic.” Johnson notes that electric motors are far smaller and more power dense than any gas or diesel engine and with many clean ways to produce electricity, fair more sustainable. “As long as the sun keeps shining, the wind keeps blowing, the rivers keep flowing, the tides keep splashing and the earths core keeps creating geothermal heat... we have plenty of untapped electricity sources to more than power all of our cars,” Johnson finishes.

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Clarity for Expiration Dates on Food Many Americans have been confused by the “Sell By” labels on groceries for 40 years. Now, the Food Marketing Institute and the Grocery Manufacturers Association, the two largest industry trade groups, are adopting voluntary

standardized regulations to clarify. Instead of using up to 10 different phrases to communi-



cate safety, they have settled on just two: “Use By”, a safety designation to indicate when perishable foods are no longer good; and “Best if Used By”, an estimate of when the manufacturer thinks the product should be consumed for peak flavor. Studies show that consumers generally believe the current labels all signal whether a product is safe to eat, and that it will still be okay well after its so-called expiration date. At the same time, prematurely tossed groceries dominate landfills and produce greenhouse gas emissions. The U.S. Department of Agriculture and a coalition of environmental groups have been urging the industry to clear this up. The change is scheduled to take hold in July 2018.


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You may not have heard of it yet, but pickleball is a mixture of tennis, squash and table tennis, and it’s one of the fastest-growing sports in the country. The USA Pickleball Association (USAPA) at estimates that 2.5 million players are active now, with the number expected to multiply to 8 million by next year. Regulation tennis courts especially marked for pickleball facilitate its smaller, 20-by-44-foot playing area. The need for less running about appeals to older players and others, as does the distinctive thud when the hard paddle hits the plastic ball. (Sample video at PickleballShot.) Christine Barksdale, 48, of Vancouver, Washington, USAPA’s managing director of competition and athlete services, played league tennis from childhood into adulthood until she transferred her passion to pickleball. She assesses that half of participants are “totally focused on pickleball,” while the rest see it as a way to improve their volleying skills for tennis. “It definitely improves reflexes. It’s easy for beginners to pick it up and have fun.” It also introduces kids to racquet sports. Stretching the shoulders before playing is advised by licensed sports massage therapist Brian Horner, who works with athletes at pickleball, tennis, racquetball and beach volleyball tournaments in Arizona, California and elsewhere. The shoulder is like the handle of a whip in these sports, says Horner, who authored the new ebook Complete Guide to Winning Pickleball ( “If it isn’t operating normally, when more pressure is applied it

can strain the elbow and wrist.” Swimming, especially backstrokes, is advised because therapists regard water as a friend of shoulders. “Sixty to 70 percent of the people that play [here] are retired,” says Steve Munro, owner of the West View Tennis Center, in Morgantown, West Virginia. He also sees the sport as a nice transition for older tennis players. Pickleball was invented in Washington’s Bainbridge Island in 1965 by then Congressman Joel Pritchard and businessman Bill Bell. Along with the Pacific Northwest, some other major pockets of popularity include Chicago, Phoenix, southern Utah, Orange County, California; and Collier, Lee and Miami-Dade counties, in Florida.

Tennis Goes Cardio

Participants of Cardio Tennis, a Tennis Industry Association program, benefit from high-intensity, aerobic, interval training, using functional movement to run to return shots and move around the court in preparatory footwork drills. It also increases stamina and endurance, which enhances both regular tennis performance and overall fitness. According to (which includes a sample video), men can burn between 500 and 1,000 calories in one, hour-long class; women, between 300 and 500. Estimates put the number of players currently engaging in such clinics at 1.82 million nationwide. “Tennis is a chief component of Cardio Tennis, but it’s much more. It’s a group fitness activity, a major workout that increases the heart rate,” says Chris Ojakian, a global Cardio Tennis trainer and executive director of racquet sports with Elite Racquet Sports, of Marina del Rey, California. They manage and operate tennis programs at facilities nationwide. A session often consists of a five-to-seven-minute dynamic warm-up including stretching, tossing tennis balls and light tennis play; more tennis lasting 10 to 12 minutes, including “cardio blast” sideline activities like quick footwork drills and jumping jacks when changing sides; 30 minutes of point-based tennis games with constant rotation of players and more cardio blasts; and a five-to-10-minute cool down. “Participants are moving during the times they’d be waiting their turn to hit the ball in regular tennis clinics, and it works on the kind of quick footwork that’s done in competition,” explains Ojakian, the 2011 U.S. Professional Tennis Association California Pro of the Year. Sessions, which also include party music and heart rate monitors, are “so fast paced and fun, people often can’t believe when they’re over,” he enthuses. “It accomplishes so much in one hour.” Larry Carlat, of Venice, California, editor in chief of, credits participating in Cardio Tennis sessions with Ojakian twice a week and a healthier diet in the last three-plus years for losing 25 pounds. “You’re never standing still for more than a couple of seconds, and my footwork has improved,” says the 20-year tennis player. “Chris also provides tennis tips during classes. It’s fun and run!”   Randy Kambic, in Estero, FL, is a freelance editor and writer, including for Natural Awakenings magazine.

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treated in emergency rooms for misusing prescription opioids, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

A majority of Americans feel pain on a daily basis.

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Such statistics expose the magnitude of the problem of chronic pain. “It’s daunting, but there are many natural ways to address it that are inexpensive, effective and with what I call side benefits rather than negative side effects,” says Dr. Jacob Teitelbaum, of Kona, Hawaii, author of the smartphone app Cures A-Z. Complementary, integrative or functional medicine, all names for a holistic approach to health care, offer a comforting wealth of gentle ways to address chronic pain, most of which the vast majority of conventional medical doctors are unaware, says Daniel Cherkin, Ph.D., senior investigator emeritus with the Group Health Research Institute, at the University of Washington, in Seattle.


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ccording to the National Center for Health Statistics, 25 percent of Americans, or 76.2 million, are suffering from pain that lasts more than 24 hours at this very moment: Ouch! Lower back pain alone keeps Americans from going to work a total of 149 million days each year, costing the U.S. economy $100 to $200 billion, reports the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Other common types of chronic pain affect musculoskeletal tissues, knees, hips or the neck. Migraines and severe headaches plague 16.6 percent of adults over 18, per a National Health and Nutrition Survey. Neurological discomfort can reach as high as 12.4 percent, estimates a study from the Mayo Clinic, in Rochester, Minnesota. Even visceral or organ pain associated with heart disease, cancer and pelvic diseases occur in at least 20 percent of the global population, according 16


to the International Association for the Study of Pain, in Seattle. If chronic pain is affecting you, you feel it and want relief—right now.  

Watch Out for Opioids

Unfortunately, conventional medicine often has little to offer most pain patients. Even for something as pervasive as back pain, surgery and steroid injections are usually an unsatisfactory first line of defense, having mixed results at best, seconded by prescriptions for addictive opioid painkillers. Dr. Nora D. Vokov, director of the National Institute of Drug Abuse, told the U.S. Senate Caucus on International Narcotics Control in 2014 that there were an estimated 2.1 million people in the U.S. suffering from substance abuse disorders related to prescription opioid pain relievers in 2012. The problem is worsening. Every day, 1,000 people are

“Effective natural treatments include yoga, acupuncture, chiropractic, meditation, lifestyle changes and exercise,” notes Cherkin. “But since they’re not in most doctors’ medical training or learned repertoire for pain relief, patients aren’t offered the opportunity to try them.”

What Helps Relieve Pain

Here are just some of the many natural and affordable forms of pain relief.

Try the Yass method: Mitchell Yass, Ph.D., of St. John’s, Florida, author of The Pain Cure Rx, is busting the myth that musculoskeletal pain is often caused by osteoarthritis. “Arthritis or joint deterioration is rarely the cause of joint pain,” says Yass. He points out that 90 percent of people over 60 have herniated discs, but no associated pain.


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Yass treats patients based on his observation that in up to 98 percent of the cases he sees, weak muscles are the underlying cause of joint pain, and strengthening them provides relief. He says his prescribed exercises are usually effective in days or a few weeks. “Pain is an indication of tissue in distress. For example, pain in the shoulder area is often an impingement of the bicep,” he says. His prescription is strengthening exercises using hand weights for the trapezoid, tricep and serratus anterior muscles. His book suggests a detailed self-diagnosis program and the necessary exercises to strengthen muscles and relieve joint pain (more at


Address underlying trauma: Osteopath Maud Nerman, of Novato, California, author of Healing Pain and Injury, has broad experience in treating neurological problems and brain injuries and often focuses on physical and emotional trauma as an underlying cause of chronic pain. She explains that the autonomic nervous system that directs unconscious body functions like breathing, digestion and heartbeat is interrupted by such trauma. “Trauma literally shocks the nervous system,” she says. “The body cannot turn off the ‘fight-or-flight’ reaction, causing a firestorm of inflammation that can lead to a variety of serious diseases, overwhelming the body’s ability to manage its own healing.” Her work has showed how readjusting the body, restoring breathing and reactivating the autonomic nervous system can provide relief in short order.

Consider lifestyle, diet and supplements: “Pain is like the ‘check oil’ light on a car’s dashboard. It signals that something needs attention,” says Teitelbaum, author of Pain Free 1-23. “If the oil light goes on, putting a Band-Aid over it or smashing it with a hammer won’t help.” Teitelbaum recommends an energy optimization approach he dubs SHINE that addresses underlying causes of chronic pain that has worked for 91 percent of the people he’s treated for fibromyalgia and muscle pain.

Sleep—Eight to nine hours a night helps

replenish energy and heal muscles.

Hormones—Treat hormone imbalances even if lab tests are “normal”.

Immunity—Dysfunctional immune

systems and persistent infections can lead to chronic pain.

Nutrition—In Teitelbaum’s studies, op-

timizing nutritional support, especially B vitamins, vitamin D, ribose, coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) and magnesium, was helpful. A healthy, high protein, low sugar diet is effectively complemented by a variety of herbs and nutrients, primarily curcumin, boswellia, willow bark and fish oil, nutrients that widespread studies show stop pain better than pharmaceuticals. He’s also a strong proponent of eliminating sugar entirely because it causes inflammation.

Exercise—Daily exercise speeds the healing process and after 10 weeks following the first four SHINE steps, will increase the capacity to exercise. For migraines, Teitelbaum advocates vitamin B2 (riboflavin). Numerous studies support the effectiveness of dosages of 400 milligrams per day to prevent migraines. After just six weeks of use, a German study published in the European Journal of Neurology shows thats taking a daily riboflavin supplement cut the number of migraine days in half for participants and significantly reduced the amount of migraine medication needed.

Tap for Relief: Also known as the Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), Tapping Solutions founder Nick Ortner, of Newtown, Connecticut, says “Tapping sends a calming signal to the amygdala in the brain, turning off the fight or flight stress response and allowing the body to heal.” The physical tapping opens up the body’s energy meridians and allows them to relax so the natural healing process can take place, Ortner explains. EFT combines tapping on specific body points while repeating appropriate affirmative statements such as: “Even though I have this [pain], I love, accept and forgive myself.” He recalls a woman that arrived at a seminar he led with a toothache that had lasted for years. Doctors had done X-rays, seen an infection and prescribed antibiotics to no good effect. He asked her if she recalled when the pain began; without hesitation, she answered, “When my mother passed away unexpectedly.” “So we started working together and the pain reduced significantly right away and eventually disappeared completely,” says Ortner. A follow-up with her dentist showed no sign of the former problem. Up to now, the EFT research is positive. One study from the Energy Medicine University, in Mill Valley, California, found it helped people with chronic pain (some coping with severe fatigue and fibromyalgia) feel physically and emotionally better in as little as a month; another from the Foundation for Epigenetic Medicine, in Santa Rosa,

Yogic Breathing Brings Relief


n ancient yogic breathing practice, or pranayama, is used to rebalance the autonomic nervous system. Dr. Maud Nerman strongly recommends alternate nostril breathing for those that experience chronic pain caused by physical or emotional trauma. Here’s a basic practice: n After folding the middle two fingers of the right hand down, press the right nostril closed. n Inhale to the count of four. n Hold both nostrils closed for a count of eight. n Release the right nostril and exhale to a count of eight. n Repeat on the other side. n Continue for at least three minutes, alternating sides throughout. natural awakenings

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California, showed substantially reduced trauma in institutionalized abused teenagers after just one EFT session.

Meditation vs. Medication: Meditation may not

resolve the underlying cause of chronic pain, but research from the University of Alabama demonstrates it can interrupt pain signals to the brain. It’s at least as effective as opioid painkillers in relieving chronic pain, according to a study led by Cherkin at the University of Washington. His team’s 342 subjects that had experienced back pain weekly for at least a year were offered either eight meditation and yoga classes, eight cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) sessions or just keeping up their own regular daily routines that did not include yoga and meditation. The results, recently published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, confirm what numerous other studies have reported: 44 percent experienced a “meaningful reduction” in pain within six months of

the meditation or CBT sessions, equal to results reported by people taking addictive opioid pharmaceuticals. More, the pain relief continued for up to two years, even if the subjects stopped doing actual sitting meditation. “Meditation changes the way people think about pain and how they develop skills to keep it from becoming a major focus in their lives,” observes Cherkin. Regardless of the mechanism, experts in a holistic approach to chronic pain relief agree that encouraging self-control, self-determination and selfempowerment makes a huge difference in patients’ abilities to control pain more naturally and effectively. Kathleen Barnes is author of numerous natural health books, including Our Toxic World: A Survivor’s Guide. Connect at

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by April Thompson

orn and raised in the Midwest, actress Molly Hagan moved west in the 1980s to pursue her dream of an acting career. Her childhood home was located alongside farmland that ended up being sold and quarried for limestone. “They kept buying more acreage and infringing on our life and landscape. It was hideous, and led me to want to conserve and protect the land and its beauty,” says Hagan. Committed to realizing her professional goals, she’s also dedicated to living eco-consciously and furthering conservation causes. Hagan lives with her partner, archaeologist Richard Guttenberg, in an energy-efficient home below the San Gabriel mountains in Altadena, California. During her 30-plus-year acting career, Hagan has appeared in more than 30 films, including the classics Code of Silence, Some Kind of Wonderful, Sully and Election. Her many TV episode credits include Star Trek Deep Space Nine, Columbo, Friends, Seinfeld, The Golden Girls, Grey’s Anatomy and Bones; she was a regular on the popular Herman’s Head and beloved Unfabulous.

With so many dimensions to sustainability, what issue most moves you to make green lifestyle choices? My chief concern is overpopulation. The most conscious environmental decision I ever made was not to have

children; my decision is in no way a judgment on those that do. But I believe the warming world is grossly overpopulated, causing resources to become precious, and we must make ever wiser choices.

What are some of the conservation steps you have taken in your home and garden? When I had the means, I bought big-ticket items to conserve electricity, like a Sun Frost refrigerator. When money was tight, I focused more on little things, like energy-efficient light bulbs, composting and recycling.     When we bought our small home in sunny Southern California three years ago, we tore out the lawn and irrigation system and planted mostly native plants that require little to no watering. We have an organic vegetable garden, which we hand water using rainwater captured in rain barrels. We also capture our shower water and use it to water plants in summer and flush toilets in winter. Our house had no heating or cooling system, so we invested in ductless split-system heat pumps that cool and heat very efficiently. We knew we needed to do more, so we met with a home energy consultant. We followed through with doable improvements like chimney balloons, painting our flat roof with a reflective coating and weatherproofing windows and doors, while we saved toward doing more big things. Last year, we were able to take the plunge and installed

recessed LED lighting, upgraded all our windows and doors and insulated our home’s ceilings and floors. We also repurposed material saved from my former yoga studio for the flooring. The insulation has reduced our air conditioning use by 70 percent; despite living in the scorching San Gabriel Valley with little shade cover, we rarely have to turn it on. Our winter electricity bill is down 40 percent, so we’re already seeing a return on our investments, in addition to reducing our carbon footprint. We know we can still do more. We dream of going solar and adding a water reuse system. Next, we want to get everyone involved in planting trees in our neighborhood.  

Because living in a sprawling city or suburb can raise our everyday transportation footprint, how do you minimize your driving? It’s tough to have a small transportation footprint in Los Angeles. I took the bus a couple of times when I moved here, but it was difficult to make timesensitive shoots and auditions. Luckily, nearly everything I need is near our home, and I try not to travel far unless I’m auditioning. I’ve always bought small cars to save gas. I bought the first electric hybrid made by Honda, their futuristiclooking Insight. My last three cars have been a hybrid Toyota Prius. 

Do you try to use your public profile to advocate for change? I’ve always focused on what I can do in my life to live simply and cleanly. The choices I’ve made come from my heart. I don’t carry statistics in my head, can’t quote experts and don’t consider myself an activist. I read up on eco-issues, get a visceral sense of what is right, and then try to lead by example. For example, after we tore out our water- and chemical-hungry lawn, our neighbors on both sides tore out theirs. It’s a simple, but powerful act. Connect with freelance writer April Thompson, in Washington, D.C., at

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At Peace With The Past

Veterans Affected by Trauma Helped by Qigong by Ann Dorn


uthor and teacher Jeff Primack believes that Qigong, the ancient art of moving energy, is an incredible resource for everyone – but perhaps especially for those who have experienced trauma. The modality does not erase traumatic memories, Primack says, but works to enable the individuals experiencing them to realize they have control over other functions: breath, muscles and mind. This understanding offers a path forward for those stuck in a stressful and reactive state of being. “Qigong helps overcome trauma with an ‘energetic solution,’ as opposed to pharmaceutical or psychological approaches,” Primack says. “The postures develop a magnetic energy that gives peace, increased faith and creates a tangible increase in energy on command,” he continues. The presence of this energy and the ability to summon it helps practitioners start to trust themselves and their bodies as they learn to control their physical state. In some cases, Primack says, Qigong has offered hope to those who would otherwise feel hopeless. “A Qigong Master I studied with was imprisoned by the Chinese government,” Primack shares. “While in a jail cell 20


he practiced Qigong for many years and he was strengthened. At age 80 he still practices!” Primack says that some of the thousands of people most affected by his classes are veterans, many of whom have returned from war with deep psychological scars that continue to negatively impact their lives. “Qigong is a very positive natural modality we are proud to offer for our men and women who served our country,” says Dr. Alina Mayo, of the Bay Pines, Florida Veteran’s Hospital, noting that the modality has been largely well received, even when participants are skeptical. “When veterans do Qi breathing, trust issues and whether the teacher is also a vet becomes less important,” Dr. Mayo says. “Old mind patterns are temporarily bypassed as the feeling of Qi is strong enough to give a natural high.” This natural high is welcomed by veterans, who are at greater risk of addiction, according to Dr. Mayo. “Skeptical views on Qi are instantly overcome by the tangible waves of vibration that dissolve tension and relax tight muscles,” she continues. Todd Nichols, a teacher who has shared Primack’s

“Breath Empowerment” workshop with more than 1000 veterans, says that working with veterans presents unique challenges, but Qigong also presents unique solutions. “Sometimes in lock down facilities where chairs are held down with bags of sand it can be challenging to lead Qigong breathing,” Nichols explains. “Frequent outbursts and flickering florescent lights compound the difficulties of teaching in the VA buildings themselves, and veterans are guarded and apprehensive,” he continues. However, Nichols is not deterred. “He draws them in and challenges them to take huge breaths, swallow it and hold it in their belly,” Primack says. “A crammed room becomes momentarily silent, smiles and then scattered giggles. All it takes is their breathing participation and it works,” Primack says. The gift of Qigong does not automatically fix all of the complex issues associated with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, but it offers a powerful tool for moving forward, Primack says. “Traumatic memories are not erased, yet their grip on muscleand mind is temporarily lessened long enough for veterans to realize they have control over their mind with their breath,” he explains. “Our technique 9-Breath Method oxygenates to the core, creating a wave of peace that shuts down over-thinking,” Primack continues. “Breath Training is the best thing veterans can use to regulate stress without drugs.” Primack has been leading Qigong workshops around the country for years, often selling out events. “Qi Revolution is the event most people first encounter us.,” Primack says. “When hundreds of people do Qigong in one room, a profound group energy is created. It quickens people’s ability to feel Qi and progress,” he continues, noting they keep the Qi Revolution conference price affordable and free of vendors to maintain integrity and focus at our trainings.”

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Green Car Buying Tips Fuel Economy Plus Sales Incentives Equal Big Savings by Jim Motavalli

“The market has continued to shift to crossovers and big SUVs, and there aren’t many hybrid models available in those categories,” says Sam Abuelsamid, senior research analyst at Navigant Research. “We expect that to change in the next couple of years, when vehicles like the hybrid Ford Explorer reach the public.” Navigant projects only 3.4 percent annual compounded growth in hybrid sales by 2025, but a much more robust 31 percent rise in battery-run electrics. “Conventional hybrids without a plug no longer have the halo they once had,” says Bradley Berman, founder of “The cutting edge has moved to electric cars with ever-bigger battery packs and longer electric range. With gas prices at relatively low levels, the green car market remains a small niche.”  

Getting a Green Bargain


hile some carmakers are filling showrooms with everlarger gas-guzzling sport utility vehicles (SUV) thanks to lower gas prices, some car buyers want to do just the opposite and go greener with their wheels. Fortunately, more eco-friendly options exist than ever before—many of which come with surprising personal benefits in addition to a cleaner, greener planet. The green share of the U.S. auto market, combining battery electrics,



Many of the greener choices are now a tremendous bargain for consumers. The federal government currently offers a tax credit of up to $4,500 for electrified vehicles, and many states kick in with added subsidies. Highlights include maxhybrids and plug-in hybrids, peaked at imums available for electric vehicles (EV) with big batteries: California, $1,500 in 3.8 percent in 2013, according to the Automotive News Data Center. Despite rebates, plus single-occupant use of the a record 59 models available now, the high-occupancy vehicle lanes; Colorado, $5,000; Connecticut, $3,000; Delaware, share was just 2.87 percent in 2016. $2,200; Maryland, $3,000; MassachuAs Millennials—the generation that could be buying 40 percent of all new setts, $2,500; Michigan, $2,500; Pennvehicles by 2020—fully emerge into the sylvania, $2,000; Rhode Island, $2,500; Texas, $2,500; and Utah, $750. marketplace, eco-car numbers could zoom, although some think it’s possible The Prius Prime is a prime example of the savings available. The acclaimed they’ll by shunning car purchases for plug-in hybrid, with an electric range of car-sharing services. 25 miles, starts at $27,100, before subsi-

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dies (starting prices are before destination costs). In California, it would be $21,100. This means this well-equipped plug-in hybrid is, for state purchasers, approximately $3,585 less than a base Prius liftback hybrid ($24,685). It’s a buyer’s market for green cars, as manufacturers incentivize them to meet federal and California fuel economy averages. Buyers are encouraged to act now before subsidies disappear. Hyundai is taking an interesting approach with its green Ioniq line, offering, beginning this year, affordable battery electric, hybrid and plug-in hybrid versions of the same midsized car platform. “This is about freedom for the customer— they can choose the level of electrification that fits them,” says Mike O’Brien, Hyundai vice president of corporate and product planning.

but it qualifies for a $4,500 federal tax credit and some state subsidies, too.

Great Green Choices

Here are some more good choices.

Hybrid car: Toyota Highlander

Mildly updated for 2017, the Highlander is the only three-row hybrid SUV currently available, making it worth considering. Good news includes a power increase in the 3.5-liter V-6 (to 306 horsepower), although there’s a small fuel-economy penalty. The hybrid is rated at 30 miles per gallon in the city, 28 highway and 29 combined. The bottom line cost starts at $36,270 without subsidies. Other worthy cars: The fuel cell-powered Honda Clarity, Toyota Mirai and Hyundai Tucson (for southern Californians); any of the Ioniqs; the versatile plug-in hybrid Chevrolet Volt; and the quick BMW i3 and i8 and Tesla Model S if the budget allows. Jim Motavalli is an author, freelance journalist and speaker specializing in clean automotive and other environmental topics. He lives in Fairfield, CT. Connect at JimMotavalli. com.

Battery electric: Chevrolet Bolt

With the Bolt— GM’s first battery electric since the EV1—the buyer can get from zero Toyota Highlander to 60 miles per hour (mph) in 6.5 seconds from its 200-horsepower motor plus attain 238 miles of range from its huge, 60-kilowatt-hour battery, winning it 2017 Motor Trend Car of the Year, Green Car Journal’s 2017 Green Car of the Year and 2017 North American Car of the Year from a jury of automotive journalists. Prices start at $36,620, but subsidies can top $10,000.

Plug-in hybrid: Audi A3 e-tron

The power (204 horsepower) and zero-to-60 mph time capability is similar to the Bolt, but the A3 offers a more sumptuous cabin and Audi’s celebrated driving dynamics. The electric range is a mere 16 miles, but 380 miles total using the 1.4-liter, four-cylinder gas engine. Prices start at $38,900,

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Homeopathy for Joint Injury and Pain Six Remedies for Relief by Shawn Messonnier


oint disease, specifically arthritis, is a common problem in dogs and cats, especially as they age. The causes are many and include obesity, inflammation, immune dysfunction and normal wear and tear in joints. Conventional therapies include steroids, non-steroidal medications, analgesic medications to control pain and surgery, when applicable.

Clinical signs of arthritis include joint stiffness, pain, difficulty getting up and down, a pet’s decreased desire to walk or exercise and increased aggression due to pain. Keep in mind that other causes may be misdiagnosed as “arthritis”, but are related to another disease. Many natural therapies for joint disease include acupuncture, chiropractic, cold laser treatment, physical

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Kali carbonicum

Pets with advanced arthritis showing joints that are thickened or deformed may benefit from kali. Stiffness and pain are typically worse in the morning from cold, damp weather, so that’s an ideal time for applying prescribed treatment.

Rhus toxicodendron therapy, Chinese and Western herbal therapies, nutrition and diet, homotoxicology and homeopathy. Several key homeopathic remedies recommended for human relief in osteoarthritic knee, hip and finger joints by Dr. Vikas Sharma, of Chandigarh, India, may also be helpful for pets with joint injury and pain, according to The Arthritis Solution for Dogs & Cats (PetCareNaturally. com). Consult a holistic veterinarian for individual treatment options.


This is a mainstay of homeopathy, as noted in the New World Veterinary Repertory, and applies to anything related to bones and joints. It is useful for chronic arthritis, especially if the painful parts of the body seem to worsen when moved or touched.

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It’s especially helpful for pets showing signs of stiffness and inflammation with pain made worse as the pet moves, especially when rising and lying down. Offset cold dry weather with warmth and humidification. Discomfort is aggravated when the affected body part is touched, bumped or moved about, which may spur aggressive behavior, so show tender care and respect. Relief typically comes when the pet rests the affected part.

This is useful for many arthritic pets and especially those with rheumatoid arthritis, which is rare. The remedy is also beneficial for pets that start the day stiff and in pain, but improve with continued movement. Protect them from cold, wet weather conditions.

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Another widely recognized arthritis remedy, ruta grav is for pets whose symptoms may be exacerbated by cold and damp and exertion. It may be prescribed for affected and damaged tendons and capsules of the joints, when arthritis may have developed from overuse, repeated wear and tear and associated chronic inflammation. The practice of functional medicine teaches combinations of complementary therapies suited to the individual pet’s needs. Homeopathics can be a beneficial element in treating animals suffering from a variety of joint disorders. Shawn Messonnier, a doctor of veterinary medicine practicing in Plano, TX, is the author of The Natural Health Bible for Dogs & Cats and Unexpected Miracles: Hope and Holistic Healing for Pets.

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This remedy may ease deeply aching arthritis, particularly if bony or fibrous tissue has formed around joints. Avoid cold and dampness. Signs alerting a veterinarian to the problem may include muscle weakness, fatigue from exertion and a feeling of chilliness or sluggishness (these pets may also be hypothyroid). natural awakenings

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Tiny Pizzas with Big Flavor

Another variation is to step up from flatbread to small, individual pizzas, or pizzettes. For this, use the same fresh pizza dough, but roll it into four perfect rounds. One by one, the rounds go on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and brushed with olive oil. “Placing the dough on the oiled parchment paper first and then flipping it upside-down on the grill grates helps keep the dough’s shape better than placing it directly on the grates by hand. This quick flip-and-peel motion is easy once you do it a time or two. Keeping the pizzas small also makes them easier to maneuver on the grill,” advises Adler. After each pizzette bubbles up like a pancake, it needs to be turned and moved to the indirect, or no-heat, side of the grill. There, it gets pizza toppings and can sit for a while with the grill lid closed, so the toppings melt. Served with a fresh salad or summer fruit, a flatbread or pizzette makes for a perfect summer meal on the grill. Claire O’Neil is a freelance writer in Kansas City, MO.

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Backyard Pizza Party Grill Scrumptious Pizzas and Flatbreads by Claire O’Neil


ummer is high season for grilling when just about anything sizzled over high heat tastes great. Grill masters Karen Adler and Judith Fertig recently put this theory to the test when they fired up their grills—gas and charcoal—to cook bruschetta, panini, flatbreads and pizzas. The results tasted so good that they created a cookbook: Patio Pizzeria: Artisan Pizza and Flatbreads on the Grill. Here are a few pointers using a backyard charcoal-style approach, with toxin-free hardwood lump charcoal, or a barbecue gas grill. Grill grates can be plain or fancy, from a pizza stone to a high-heat pizza oven—all can bring out that charcoal earthiness.

Great Grilled Breads

“No patio pizzeria repertoire is complete without a signature grilled bread. It’s one of the easiest and most flavorful appetizers ever,” says Adler. This dish starts with good whole grain bread, liberally brushed with extra-virgin olive oil on both sides, and then grilled and 26


topped with any number of vegetable mixtures, from fresh sliced tomatoes to sautéed bell peppers or broccoli rabe and garlic. “The bread slices should be big enough to manage on the grill grates with long-handled grill tongs,” she says. “Simply cook on each side until the bread has good grill marks, then add toppings.” For flatbread, Fertig suggests starting with a pound of fresh pizza dough—healthy grain, if preferred— cut into four pieces. Pat each piece into an oval on a floured surface. “The good thing about flatbread is that it can be just about any shape, so the pressure is off to make it perfectly round.” Brush each oval with olive oil before transferring it directly onto the hot grill grate. When the dough bubbles up like a pancake, turn it with grill tongs and cook the other side. Then top the grilled flatbread with mixtures like honey, pistachios and chive blossoms or freshly chopped herbs and grated pecorino cheese. “Grilled flatbread can go vegan, vegetarian or

Baby Arugula, Ricotta, Sea Salt and Olive Oil Pizzas Yields: 4 (6-to-8-inch) pizza servings Fresh baby arugula on top gives this pizza a fresh first bite, with creamy, tangy, salty and grill-icious to follow.   1 cup ricotta cheese ¼ tsp dried red pepper flakes 2 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil ¼ tsp coarse sea salt Freshly ground black pepper 1 lb prepared pizza dough, garlic and herb-flavored, if possible; whole wheat, natural grain or gluten-free if preferred Unbleached all-purpose or gluten-free

flour for rolling out and dusting Extra-virgin olive oil for brushing ¼ cup grated Pecorino Romano cheese 4 cups baby arugula (about 6 oz) Stir together the ricotta, red pepper flakes and olive oil in a small bowl and adjust the seasonings to taste. Set aside.   Prepare an indirect medium-hot fire in the grill, with heat on one side and no heat on the other.   Divide the dough into four portions. On a floured surface, pat or roll each portion into a 6-to-8-inch-

diameter circle. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Brush olive oil into a circle that’s a little larger than a pizza, and then place a pizza on the oiled circle. Brush the top of the pizza with olive oil.   Lift the pizza by holding the ends of the parchment paper. At a height of about 6 inches above the grill, flip the circle of dough onto the hot side of the grill grates. Quickly peel off the parchment and close the lid. Grill the pizza for 2 to 3 minutes, or until it has good grill marks.   Turn the pizza with tongs and move it to the indirect side. Spread the pizza with one-quarter of the ricotta and sprinkle with one-quarter of the Pecorino Romano. Cover and grill for 2 to 3 minutes, or until the cheese has melted. Repeat the process with the other pizzas. To serve, top each pizza with 1 cup of arugula.

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Parent Connect: Raising Healthy Kids Naturally – 10:30am-12pm. Facilitated group features guest speakers with a different topic each month and encourages questions and participation. Free. Normandy Park Natural Pediatrics, 19987 1st Ave. S., #102 Normandy Park. 206-824-7200.

Monday, june 12 Origins of Humankind – 7-9:30pm. Michael Tellinger , author, speaker and founder of the UBUNTU political party, will speak about about the planet’s hidden origins and explore the nature of reality. #35/ advance, $40/door. Amazing Grace Spiritual Center, 2007 NW 61st St, Seattle. For more information: 425-999-5486.

Emotional Freedom Monday – 7-8pm. Join us the fourth Monday of every month for Emotional Freedom Monday, as we learn to explore “tapping” or Emotional Freedom Technique (E.F.T.). This technique, led by Rachael Saylors, LMP, is a combination of acupressure and psychology and has the potential to help us create positive changes in many aspects of our lives through identifying and working through patterns that generate stress or dis-ease. $10-20. Pier View Chiropractic, 19987 1st Ave. S., #102, Normandy Park. 206-824-7200.

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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. 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:


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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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

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.

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