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elcome to the March issue of Seattle Natural Awakenings magazine and our sixth anniversary issue! It’s always a joy to mark the anniversary of when this magazine began serving the Greater Seattle community and took its place in my personal ongoing health and wellness education. This is our Conscious Eating issue, packed with great articles and ideas focused on food, one of the areas where I have learned so much from reading Seattle Natural Awakenings myself over the years. When I was younger, my family spent hours in front of the TV, eating processed, lifeless food and on top of that, we had little physical activity in our lives. As a teenager, I stumbled across Jonathan Livingston Seagull, a book about being authentic to yourself, and combined with my first visits to health food stores and eventually getting my personal training certificate, it caused me to embark on a lifelong journey of health and personal growth that continues to this day. Rather than a single life event that set me on a course to better health, it was many small moments and insights that added up. There isn’t a single pill, one particular diet or one guru that will do it all. I have taken vitamins that I could tell made a difference in my overall get-up-and-go. I have eaten more green vegetables which have made me feel lighter, and have attended some great retreats with teachers who have helped me gain more peace of mind. Yet, it wasn’t just one thing, or even all three, it was the combination of so many small things that have helped me travel a path of happiness and health. One of the reasons I love reading and being the director of operations for Seattle Natural Awakenings is the chance to learn these small tips and insights that add up over time to a healthier, happier life. There are no quick fixes and definitely no one person that has all the answers. You could wake up to the sound of classical music, eat fresh organic fruit for breakfast, take a walk at lunch, make dinner with your kids while talking about their day, indulge in a bubble bath before bed and then count your blessings before you drift off to sleep … and then tomorrow … but wait, there is no tomorrow. There is only today! Start small and build over time, because every little bit counts. There’s a lot of great events happening this month to support your learning and growth. The Food Is Medicine Symposium takes place at Bastyr University on March 4 and will feature top local experts on nutrition. Also, mark your calendars for Vegfest, taking place at the Seattle Center on April 1 and 2, an event that is jam-packed with opportunities to try delicious new healthy foods. Do one thing today to lift your spirits. Live, laugh, love and journey on!

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Seattle Natural Awakenings celebrates sixth anniversary


his month, Seattle Natural Awakenings is six years old. The magazine was brought to Seattle by publisher Ann Dorn in 2011 as the local edition of a franchise that features over 90 editions throughout the United States. The family of franchise publications was founded by Sharon Bruckman, who started Publisher Ann Dorn with her with a single magazine daughter, Eliyana. in Naples, Florida in 1994. Natural Awakenings is now the world’s largest healthy lifestyle magazine, with editions published in over 90 cities nationwide. The Seattle edition has 40,000 readers and sponsors a local radio show, Lift Your Spirits With Dena Marie, that will celebrate its three year anniversary in April. “This journey has been amazing so far,” Dorn says. “I’ve met some of the most incredible people through publishing Seattle Natural Awakenings magazine–our readers, advertisers and people in our community who have partnered with us or supported us in any way have all played an important role in shaping the magazine.” Dena Marie agrees and notes the combination of print and radio offers a powerful combination for raising awareness of local organizations and individuals working in the community, promoting businesses and events, and more. “I’ve been thrilled to hear about the connections and conversations that are happening in the community as a result of our work,” Dena Marie says. “It’s exciting to know we are drawing like-minded people together to create new possibilities and a healthy, sustainable future.” Dorn says a large part of her motivation in publishing the magazine is to keep independent, local media thriving and a powerful platform for connection. “More than ever, we need to be able to speak about things that matter,” she says. “Independent niche media is critical for ensuring all voices have a chance to be heard, and not just the ones that are backed by corporate dollars.” For more information: or

Bastyr to Host Food Is Medicine Symposium on March 4


astyr University is hosting a one day educational symposium open to the public entitled Food Is Medicine. The event takes place 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, March 4 and will start with an optional free Qigong class in the morning and include presentations on anti-inflammatory foods, a Chinese medicine perspective on food and cooking, foods for digestive health, raw foods, and more. The day ends with a yin yoga class. “Please join us for a day of information, inspiration and ideas on how to maximize your health through the food you choose to prepare and eat daily,” says organizer Susan Collins, program manager at Bastyr University. “You will learn about food and its effects on your body from experts in nutrition.” For more information:

East West Hosts 10 Year Old Author of 365 Days of Gratitude


uskan Virk, author of the newly released 365 Days of Gratitude, will give a book talk and hold a Q&A session at East West Bookshop in Seattle on Saturday, April 15 from 7-8:30 p.m. The event is free. Readers say Virk’s message reminds them they are perfect, whole, healthy, and complete just the way they are, and has also helped them understand how practicing compassion and expressing unconditional love allows them to see the bigger picture of life. In addition, Dena Marie will interview Muskan Virk on Lift Your Spirits With Dena Marie between 8-9 a.m. on April 14 on 1150 KKNW. An Evening of Love and Gratitude with Muskan Virk takes place Saturday, April 15 from 7-8:30 p.m. at East West Bookshop, 6407 12th Ave NE, Seattle. Free. For more information: natural awakenings

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Bastyr Founder Dr. Joseph Pizzorno Releas- Medical Heroes es New Book The Toxin Solution Appreciation 5k Run estselling author of The Encyclopedia Bof Natural Medicine and The Textbook and Walk Announced of Natural Medicine, Dr. Joesph Pizzorno, has published a new book, The Toxin Solution: How the Hidden Poisons in the Air We Breathe, Water We Drink, Foods We Eat, and Products We Use Are Destroying Our Health— And What We can Do To Fix It (HarperOne). “This is the first book of its kind to show how to identify and eliminate avoidable toxins, mitigate the effects of those you can’t avoid, and enjoy a longer life,” Dr. Pizzorno says, explaining that life-long health rests on two key determinants: your exposure to toxins and your ability to process them in your body. “While lifestyle, diet, and genetics play a major role in our well-being, many symptoms of declining health and chronic disease are rooted in toxic overload—our exposure to a barrage of chemicals, heavy metals, radiation, electromagnetic frequencies, and pollution that are the byproducts of modern life,” Dr. Pizzorno continues. He notes the human body has an innate capacity to detoxify, but it cannot cope with the elevated levels of toxins we are exposed to today. “This toxic overload has helped transform once rare diseases into epidemics including dementia, diabetes, strokes, heart disease which effects people of all ages,” Dr. Pizzorno says. In the new book, Dr. Pizzorno provides the proven detox and tailored methods he has developed to heal toxic overload and restore health through an eight weeks program readers can use. Dr. Joe Pizzorno founded Bastyr University, the country’s first and largest fully accredited university of natural medicine, and served as its president for twentytwo years. He is a founder and board member of the Institute for Functional Medicine and founder and editor-in-chief of Integrative Medicine: A Clinician’s Journal, the leading peer-reviewed journal in integrative medicine. He has been honored by the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians, the National Foundation for Alternative Medicine, and has been served on presidential committees under Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush. He lives in Seattle, Washington. For more information:


he Medical Heroes Appreciation 5K Run and Walk will take place April 29 at Magnuson Park in Seattle. The event celebrates the study volunteers who give the gift of participation in clinical research, according to organizers. All proceeds will provide education and outreach about clinical research participation to patients and their families in minority and under-served communities. “It is said that the greatest gift is one which is given anonymously, giving when you do not know whether you will get direct personal benefit,” sponsorship coordinator Ellyn Getz says. “Medical Heroes give us this unique gift.” Getz explains that medical heroes are the individuals who help advance public health and medical knowledge by taking part in clinical research trials. “They are found in everyday places, and they deserve our support and gratitude,” Getz says. “Proceeds from this event will provide education and outreach to patients and their families.” A banner ad linking to registration for the event can be found online at For more information:

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ension, if left unchecked, can cause eyestrain, blurry vision, mental fatigue, lack of circulation and elevated stress levels. One of the simplest natural and holistic ways to quickly relax the eyes and decrease eyestrain is the gentle practice of palming. A 2013 study by the Department of Health Rehabilitation Sciences through the College of Applied Medical Sciences at King Saud University, in Saudi Arabia, found that palming for six weeks contributed to a significant improvement in visual acuity for patients with myopia (nearsightedness). To palm, sit comfortably with elbows resting on a table or desk. Rub both hands together briskly to create some heat through friction. Then, cup the palms and gently rest them over closed eyes with the fingers of one hand resting over the fingers of the other hand on the forehead. The center of each palm should be directly over the center of each eye. The hands are cupped so that there is no pressure on the eyes. Take a few deep breaths, relax the shoulders and imagine the darkest shade of black possible. The darkness soothes the optic nerves and the warmth relaxes the muscles of the eyes to encourage increased blood circulation and lymph flow. Begin to focus the mind on a pleasant, happy memory, like a beautiful place or joyful experience. Involve all five senses in this imagining to enhance and deepen the visualization. This process of mental relaxation replaces mental strain and enables the eyes to also relax. The more time spent palming the better; we cannot palm for too long. It’s okay to do it upon waking and right before going to sleep. Take frequent palming breaks throughout the day to prevent the accumulation of visual strain and to maintain relaxed eyes and a focused mind. Nathan Oxenfeld is a certified Bates Method teacher who offers individual coaching, group courses and online holistic vision programs for improving eyesight. For more information, call 910-859-1232 or visit

Dr. Norm Shealy to Lead Retreat


r. C. Norman Shealy, founder of the American Holistic Medical Association and cofounder of the American Board for Scientific Medical Intuition with Caroline Myss, will be offering a three day, two night retreat this Spring at Seabeck Conference Center in Seabeck, Wash. The retreat is titled, “The Only Way to Live… Healthily!” Since the publishing of his best-selling book 90 Days To SelfHealth in the late 1970s, Dr. Shealy has helped thousands of people to understand all of the pieces of the puzzle that are necessary to have in place for optimized health, according to event organizers. This event is being offered by Edgar Cayce’s NW Association for Research and Enlightenment. This retreat with Dr. Shealy takes place March 31-April 2 at Seabeck Conference Center, 13395 Lagoon Dr. NW. $410. For more information: or 509-899-5124.

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e all love to eat. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if all the foods we love to eat could love us back by making us healthier? That’s what plant-based (or vegetarian) foods can do. In fact, not only does eating plant-based foods make us healthier, it also protects the environment and saves our animal friends. What’s even better is that they taste so delicious. A wonderful opportunity to find out just how delicious plant-based foods can taste is at Seattle’s Vegfest, the largest vegetarian food festival in the country, coming up on April 1 and 2, at the Seattle Center Exhibition Hall on Mercer Street. Vegetarian foods, based on fruits, vegetables, whole grains, beans, nuts and seeds, come in all shapes and sizes

internists, and even an OB/GYN - will be talking about the health benefits of a vegetarian diet. More doctors than ever before will also be on hand to provide health checks, with free blood pressure, cholesterol, and glucose tests, bone scans and ultrasound artery scans, giving people the opportunity to discover just how much a vegetarian diet can help improve their health. A huge selection of cookbooks are available at the Vegfest bookstore, and the kids will enjoy the clown duo, Zero and Somebuddy with their skits on healthy eating. The food scene in our region is changing fast. Vegfest will feature several vegetarian and veg-friendly restaurants with samples of their extra special treats. Many restaurants, looking to cater to more veg-interested customers in the Puget Sound area, are happy to provide coupons for a free meal to people who join Vegetarians of Washington at Vegfest. Vegfest takes place Saturday and Sunday, April 1 and 2, at the Seattle Center Exhibition Hall on Mercer Street. Admission is only $9 and kids 12 and under are free. Tickets are available at the door. For more information, visit or call 206-706-2635. Amanda Strombom and Stewart Rose are president and vice president, respectively, of Vegetarians of Washington.

these days and Vegfest has over 500 different kinds of foods to try. With the plant-based food market growing rapidly, this year’s Vegfest includes many new food products to sample. Some of the ones that caught my eye are chocolate covered quinoa, an almond mousse from Almetta, and a new dairyfree ice cream from NadaMoo. Exciting new food items from Lightlife Foods and Field Roast are also rumored to be debuting at Seattle’s Vegfest for the first time. Try the new egg-free eggs by Follow Your Heart. And for those who like the exotic, why not give Health-Ade Kombucha mushroom beverage a try? And of course, what would Vegfest be without the delicious flavors of Indian Life Foods or the Oriental delights of Sensei Sauce. Throughout the weekend, cutting-edge chefs and cookbook authors from around the country will be demonstrating just how easy it is to make your own gourmet vegetarian dishes at home, and doctors - specialists such as urologists, 8


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he five-second rule is a belief that food that falls to the floor can be safely eaten as long as it’s picked up quickly. Researchers from Rutgers University, in New Brunswick, New Jersey, sought to test its veracity. Four different food items were tested, including watermelon, bread and butter, plain bread and gummy candy, using four different surfaces—stainless steel, ceramic tile, wood and carpet. Each surface was contaminated by bacteria and completely dry before the scientists dropped each item for one second, five, 30 and 300 seconds. A total of 128 separate scenarios were repeated 20 times each and 2,560 measurements were taken and analyzed for contamination. The results proved that longer contact time resulted in more bacterial contamination, but there were also cases of instantaneous contamination, which disproves the five-second rule. The wet surface of a watermelon yielded the most contamination and gummy candy the least. The surface tests yielded surprising results, with carpet transferring significantly fewer bacteria than tile and stainless steel, while wood floors exhibited varied results.

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utein and zeaxanthin are known key carotenoids for eye health, filtering out harmful high-energy blue wavelengths of light and helping to protect and maintain cells comprising the eye. The human body does not make enough of either nutrient, so we must get them from supplements or food sources such as kale, spinach, collard greens, turnip greens, corn, green peas, broccoli, romaine lettuce, green beans and eggs. Researchers from the University of Georgia, in Athens, investigated the relationship between levels of lutein and zeaxanthin and cognitive function. They measured the levels of each nutrient in the retinas of 43 older adults with a mean age of 72 and asked that the subjects learn and recall pairs of unrelated words. The study found that those with higher levels of both nutrients did better on the test, suggesting that the enhanced neural efficiency that comes from consuming these nutrients leads to better brain function.

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Stress and Fatigue Abate with DHA Boosts Elder Brain Combo Supplement Function A study from Dijon, France, found that a specific nutrient combination supplement can help reduce feelings of anxiety and tiredness. Researchers studied 242 subjects between the ages of 18 and 70 that complained of stress and fatigue. Each was given a supplement containing magnesium, probiotics, vitamins and minerals to take for one month. Researchers measured the subjects’ stress and fatigue levels before commencing the test period and again one month later. They found a 22 percent reduction in psychological stress and a 45 percent reduction in fatigue. Thirty days after the supplementation was discontinued, the subjects’ stress and fatigue levels remained reduced.



esearchers from Tianjin Medical University, in China, have discovered that regularly taking docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) improves brain function in older adults with mild cognitive impairment. A total of 219 adults over the age of 65 participated in the randomized, double-blind, 12-month trial. Half of the subjects were given two grams of this omega-3 fatty acid daily, while the others received a placebo. The researchers measured cognitive function, including a full-scale intelligence quotient (IQ) test and two IQ subesearchers in Singapore studied the relationship tests which serve as indicators of both between eczema and wheezing in babies and food short and long-term memory. The tests allergies in toddlers. They collected data from 849 chilwere administered after six months and dren that had completed skin prick testing for inhalant and again after 12 months. The DHA group food allergies, including eggs, peanuts and cow’s milk at showed a 10 percent higher IQ than the 18 months and 36 months of age. The resulting data were compared to informaplacebo group. There were also signifition obtained from questionnaires administered to the children’s mothers at several cant increases in both IQ subtests and intervals throughout their first three years of life to determine the prevalence of brain hippocampus volume in the DHA allergic diseases such as eczema and rhinitis, along with wheezing. group. Decreased hippocampus volume The researchers found children that experienced eczema or wheezing within is a primary indicator of Alzheimer’s distheir first 18 months were more likely to have an allergy at 36 months. Occurrencease. es of eczema or wheezing after youngsters were 18 months old appeared to have no notable impact on the later allergy skin test results.

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In many large commercial chicken farms, the animals are fed antibiotics to keep them healthy and fight off infections. However, a farm in Pennsylvania owned by Scott Sechler is among the first to rely solely on a mix of oregano oil and cinnamon in the treatment and care of its chickens. In addition to being completely natural, oregano oil supplies the chickens with health advantages, producing a much higher quality of natural chicken in a far more humane method than that attained using antibiotics. Like antibiotics, the oil assists the chickens in battling any infections, reducing the number of birds lost to disease. Bob Ruth, president of another Pennsylvania farming business, has been testing oregano on his pigs for six months to see if it can outperform prescription antibiotics. Related problems arise when animals live in dirty conditions, making them more susceptible to infections and viruses. He thinks that drugs should not be a requirement if the farmers keep things tidy.

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Researchers from Iowa State University have developed a new form of synthetic leather using cellulose fibers taken from kombucha tea, along with vinegar and sugar, made in shallow plastic tanks. When a colony of bacteria and yeast is added, the material grows on the top of the liquid’s surface, where it can be harvested and dried. The researchers have successfully used the material to make prototype garments, including shoes and a vest. It’s 100 percent biodegradable, so when the fabric gets wet, it softens and becomes less durable; in very low temperatures, it can become brittle. Young-A Lee, Ph.D., associate professor of apparel, merchandising and design at Iowa State University, in Ames, says, “Fashion, to most people, is an ephemeral expression of culture, art and technology, manifesting itself in pracical form. Fashion companies keep producing new materials and clothing, from season to season, year to year, to fulfill consumers’ desires and needs. Think about where these items eventually go. They will take up tremendous underground spaces of the Earth, like other trash.” Spanish designer Carmen Hijosa has created Piñatex, another faux-leather product made from pineapple leaf fibers as a more sustainable and cruelty-free alternative. She acted after seeing how leather tanneries operate.

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Kids in middle schools with attendance problems may simply lack clean clothes to wear. An experiment by the Whirlpool company has taken on the issue with significant results. The Whirlpool Care Counts Program donated 17 pairs of washers and dryers to school districts in St. Louis and Fairfield, California. Kids with attendance problems were asked to bring their laundry to be cleaned while they were in class. Each student had approximately 50 loads of laundry done at school during the year, and more than 90 percent increased their attendance, with at-risk students attending almost two more weeks in class. Whirlpool is now expanding the program. Compared to factors such as economic opportunity, unemployment and institutional racism, laundry might seem inconsequential, but for a 10-year-old facing stacked odds, having nothing clean to wear could be the deciding factor in whether or not they want to face their classmates that day. Seventh-grade teacher Alison Guernsey, in Fairfield, says, “One of my students had more or less withdrawn from school completely. After we started the program, he was more excited about coming and started to actively engage in class. He didn’t feel like an outsider anymore.”

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Reconnect and Recharge in Paradise Kauai Retreats Create Space for Play, Healing and Joy


uthor and teacher Dena Marie has announced a new offering this year giving guests an insider’s experience in one of her favorite corners of the planet. “I am creating custom retreats with my knowledge of the community on beautiful island of Kauai, in the Hawaiian Islands,” Dena Marie says. “I’ve spent years traveling to Kauai and creating relationships with wonderful local healers, artists and adventure tour leaders,” she continues. “This allows me to put together the perfect trip for people who want to go beyond the tourist spots and really experience meaningful travel, filled with interesting people and the potential for lifelong connections and amazing memories.” Dena Marie works closely with Jeanne Russell, owner of Dolphin Touch Healing Center. Russell is a Reiki master and intuitive healer and caters to visitor’s personal preferences at Dolphin Touch, where retreat goers typically stay during their time in Kauai. “You can receive daily healing sessions, such as crystal bowl and tuning fork sound therapy sessions, massage, acupuncture and more,” Russell explains. “We also offer fun and interactive trips to beaches, go whale watching, paddle boarding, play Kauai disc golf or view sacred sites,” she finishes. Dena Marie uses a highly personalized approach to retreat planning



in order to match an individual with experiences that will be right for them. “I start with a conversation about why they want to visit Hawaii, and their goals for their trip,” she says. “We talk about their preferences for everything like activity levels to dining options. Depending on their goals and history, Dena Marie might recommend a particular healer, destination or activity. Once the planning is completed, Dena Marie makes arrangements for airport pick ups, overnight stays at Dolphin Touch Healing Center, and schedules healing sessions, excursions and more. Guests are responsible for booking their own airfare, but all other costs are included in the price of the retreats, which can range from $1000-2000 depending on length of stay and activities. “Dolphin Touch Healing Center is the perfect setting for this amazing experience,” Dena Marie says. “The beach is only one block away. There is a lovely bike path waiting to be explored.” For more information, call Dena Marie at 425-350-5448 or visit LiftYour


History and Mystery: an Island Tour by Gayle Picken


love walking on the beach at Utsalady Bay on the north end of Camano Island. Watching eagles, great blue herons and enjoying the quiet and slow pace of island life. It’s hard to imagine that 150 years ago, this bay was a bustling port with tall ships, a mill and giant logs being shipped all over the world. In fact, Utsalady Bay was the largest port north of San Francisco before the city of Seattle was founded. There was a hotel and blacksmith shop, masonic hall and resi-

Island’s history for yourself. The Camano Island Historic Sites Tour promises a weekend of activities and events for the whole family. Over a dozen historic sites will be open to the public. Visitors can learn how the Camano Island State Park was built in one day, by 500 community volunteers; watch demonstrations of Utsalady Ladies Aid women wrapping bandages like they did during the war, and listen to vintage pump organ music and watch a play in the one-room school house. See an old dairy barn that has been in the family for over 100 years and find out about the return of a 1906 schoolhouse bell that had been missing for over 60 years. Kick up your heals and swing your partner at an oldfashioned square dance with live music and live calling. And put your creativity to the test with a History Mystery Writing Contest. For me, hearing the old family stories and discovering the hidden artifacts has added a new dimension to my walks on the beach and enjoyment of the island. I invite you to add the history layer to your travels as well. Gayle Picken is an arts promoter, video blogger and travel writer. Connect with her at or reach her by email at For details about the Historic Sites Tour, check out

dences for the mill workers and families. In the early 1900’s, there 10 to 20 active logging camps at various locations on the island. Though I’ve lived in this area for over 20 years, I wouldn’t know any of its history if it weren’t for the dedication of a few community members who have worked to keep memories alive. Their efforts have resulted in the purchase of land for preservation, the creation of county and state parks, and the restoration of historical buildings that otherwise would have been lost to another housing development. On March 24-26, these passionate volunteers are inviting you to step back in time and experience Camano natural awakenings

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achel Ford is passionate about summer camp. The founder of Souldust, a community of teachers, retreat leaders and individuals interested in expansion and growth, Ford says she loved everything about the experience, from the outdoors and playful energy of the cabins, to the s’mores and campfires in the evening. “I grew up in summer camp. My father taught camps when I was younger, and then I was a camp counselor for years during high school,” Ford explains. Her love of camp led her to recreate the experience for grown-ups: Souldust is hosting a summer camp for adults from April 21-24 that will take many of Ford’s camp favorites such as trails, beaches and cabin competitions and combine them with introductory “ soul work” experiences such as meditation, art based on dreams, chakra energy, and yoga for anxiety. The upcoming Camp Souldust, titled “Magic in the Woods,” is the third and largest of Souldust’s annual camps so far, with over 200 participants expected to attend. Ford is excited at the scale of the camp and the line-up of over a dozen experienced teachers coming in to lead workshops. “It’s the perfectly sized camp, big enough to have diversity, but intimate enough that we can truly form a community vibe.” In many ways, it appears her life has come full circle from the young woman who fell in love with summer camp. Between teenage counselor and Camp Souldust, a lot of life happened. Before she became the founder of Souldust, Ford found herself making all the responsible choices: drop out of art school to raise a child, get an MBA, fast-track career path to software company vice president. It was an impressive trajectory from most perspectives, but something was missing. “Around 38 years old, I had what I call the ‘Talking Heads my God how did I get here?’ typical mid-life crisis about what the hell I was doing with my life,” Ford says. Her soul-searching led to the creation of a list of random things that lit her up, such as creativity, world culture, mythology,

community and personal exploration. When she discovered a program at Pacifica Graduate Institute called “Engaged Humanities and the Creative Life,” Ford’s path forward started to crystallize. “In that program, I was introduced to new ideas and started to reawaken to what was truly important to me,” Ford says. The concept for Souldust was born soon after–it would be a heart-centered collective, a community of teachers and healers and people from all walks of life committed to living fully. Given Ford’s desire to reconnect with her creativity, the name Souldust came from a quote by the artist Pablo Picasso, who said “art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.” Now, Souldust offers retreats to destinations like Bali and Morocco, as well as events local to the Northwest, such as Camp Souldust and workshops on listening to your intuition, understanding chakras and more. Ford says the camp offers a place where people who might also have lost touch with themselves are able to reconnect with intuition and imagination. At Camp Souldust, campers can turn off electronics and plug into a larger energetic collective, that not only inspires and opens the mind, but leaves them grounded and balanced.

“Camp Souldust is a doorway into exploring things you’ve been curious about, but maybe thought they might be too woo woo for you,” Ford says, explaining many workshops are accessible to newcomers. “It’s a great place to dip your toes in a lot of interesting ideas and practices, and discover what appeals to you.” Cabin counselors are new to Camp Souldust this year and have been culled from campers of years past. They help nurture the experience and shape and shift the energy of the camp. Camp Souldust alumni camper Melissa Von Ruden will attend this year as a cabin counselor who will act as support and cheerleader for camp attendees. “I love the people– the staff and campers who become friends, and the soulful experiences we get introduced to,” Von Ruden says. “Being around like-minded people, in a nonjudgmental atmosphere - that’s magic.” The approach allows for exploration for people new to many of the concepts, but it also draws attendees who are committed to vibrant community living, joining a “tribe.” Ford says many attendees become friends and stay connected via social media and in their daily lives long after camp ends, in addition to returning year after year.

“We’re trying to help people integrate and live an authentic and balanced life, where they make space for themselves and what lights them up, while still going back out into the world and their lives as parents, spouses employees and all their other responsibilities,” Ford continues. “We believe strongly in the saying ‘heal yourself, heal the world’ and feel that right now, more than ever, people need to become grounded in who they are,” she finishes. “They need to connect and find their tribe so they feel brave enough to go out in the world and make a difference.” Camp Souldust: Magic in the Woods takes place April 21-24 at Camp Colman, 20016 Bay Road, Longbranch. $700/$625 early registration. For more information: or

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mpaths are emotional sponges that absorb other people’s stress into their own bodies, which can be exhausting. Here are some basic strategies that work for them or anyone else battling low energy. Ask ourself, “Is this symptom or emotion mine or someone else’s?” A tipoff that we’re absorbing someone’s energy is to notice if we experience a sudden change of mood or physical state when we’re around them. If we didn’t feel anxious, depressed, exhausted or sick before the encounter, the discomfort is at least partially coming from them. If we move away and the discomfort disappears, it is definitely not ours. Breathe and repeat a mantra to counter negative energy. When negativity strikes, we can immediately focus on our breath for a few minutes.

Inhale and exhale, slowly and deeply, to expel the uncomfortable energy. Breathing circulates negativity out of the body. Repeat this mantra three times: “Return to sender.” Step away from what’s disturbing us. Move at least 20 feet from the suspected source. See if you feel relief. Don’t worry about offending strangers. It’s fine to lovingly say, “No” to certain energies. Giving ourself permission to move is an act of self-care. Limit physical contact; hugs are a choice. Energy transfers through the eyes and touch. If we’re uncomfortable with someone, limit eye contact and touch, including hugs and hand-holding. Detox in water. A quick way to dissolve stress and empathic pains is immersion in water. Epsom salt baths provide calming magnesium. Set limits and boundaries. To thrive, set limits with people. If someone is draining, don’t be a doormat. Control how much time is spent listening to a talker. “No” is a complete sentence. It’s okay to say, “I’m sorry, I’m not up for going to a party tonight,” “Let’s discuss this when you’re calmer,” “I need to meditate and be quiet now,” or “I can’t talk more than a few minutes.” Create alone time to regroup. Empaths need alone time to reconnect with their power. If we’ve picked up unwanted energy, take time alone to re-center. For a few minutes or more, quiet everything—no noise, bright lights, phone calls, texts, emails, Internet, TV or conversations. It’s a way of nurturing ourself and being our own best friend. Spend time in nature and practice Earthing. Ways of Earthing include going barefoot or lying in a meadow to feel Earth’s power. To shed other people’s energy, feel the grass between bare toes or walk in sand or soil. Being in a fresh, clean, green environment or around waterways also clears negativity. Empaths love nature and feel at ease there. Take breaks from being online. We all need regular time away from technology that inundates us with too much information. Online media that triggers emotions—such as social media and violent TV news reports—can impair our ability to fall asleep. It’s easy to pick up energy in the virtual world, so make sure to spend time in nature, meditating or participating in restorative off-line activities. A periodic total technology fast does wonders for well-being. Regularly practicing these strategies replenishes our energies and we become less prone to being overwhelmed. It supports health and happiness so we can more fully enjoy the many gifts of empathy such as passion, creativity and experiencing the gift of giving and sharing love. Source: Adapted from The Empath’s Survival Guide: Life Strategies for Sensitive People, by Judith Orloff, to be released in April 2017. Dr. Judith Orloff is a psychiatrist, empath, author and member of the University of California-Los Angeles psychiatric clinical faculty. Her next local book signing in Seattle is April 21 at 7:30 p.m. at East West Bookshop. For more information and to sign up for her free Empath Support Newsletter, visit

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he “old wives’ tale” about eating carrots for healthy vision wasn’t wrong, but fell far short of a holistic approach to eye health. Today’s holistically trained healthcare providers and ophthalmologists believe that properly maintaining the marvelous phenomenon of eyesight requires taking into consideration genetics, diet, toxin exposures, life environments and our belief systems. “The body does not work as a series of parts in isolation, but as a dynamically integrated living system,” says Marc Grossman, a doctor of optometry, licensed acupuncture physician and co-founder of Natural Eye Health, in New Paltz, New York. “The reductionist method of referring each symptom to the domain of a particular specialist, isolated from the whole person, is slowly being replaced with a complementary view of health care that may include acupuncture and other forms of Traditional Chinese Medicine. We are beginning to look at each person as an integrated being.” Progressive health providers now consider dietary preferences, general exercise regimens, environmental factors and physical, emotional and mental issues, as well as an individual’s particular symptoms, in determining treatment strategies. “To improve vision, the condition of the whole person needs to be addressed,” says Grossman, whose books include Natural Eye Care: Your Guide to Healthy Vision. Board-Certified Ophthalmologist and Homeopathic Doctor Edward Kondrot’s practice at Healing The Eye &

Wellness Center, which he founded in Zephyrhills, Florida, embraces traditional and alternative therapies. He uses microcurrent, ozone therapy and U.S. Food and Drug Administration-approved stem cells from a newborn’s umbilical cord in treating serious eye disease. Kondrot, the author of 10 Essentials to Save Your Sight, systemically understands the eyes as windows to overall health. For instance, his perspective is founded on the fact that a balanced diet is one of the best preventive measures for maintaining eye health. Systemic disorders such as high blood pressure, diabetes, stress-related effects and nutritional deficiencies are easily determined under the scrutiny of his holistic biomicroscope. According to science published in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, chiropractic spinal manipulation may also contribute to normal vision; in one case study, 20 treatment sessions helped an individual recover the function of optic nerves and normal vision. It’s generally accepted that chiropractic adjustment realigning the spinal column allows the nervous system to function properly, reduces tension and frees up the body to better transport blood to locations such as the eyes. Additionally, the second vertebra below the skull contains nerves that affect the eyes, optic nerves, auditory nerves and sinuses. Common eye conditions generally develop so slowly that they may not present noticeable symptoms until deterioration has become severe. “Many factors can affect our eyesight, including


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other health problems. Having a family member with eye disease may mean you’re genetically prone to having that condition as well, but living a healthy lifestyle may prevent the gene from being activated,” advises Kondrot. Viewing the condition of the eyes as a reflection of whole body health means that lifestyle and diet choices play major roles. The Vision Diet and supplement program recommended in Grossman’s Natural Eye Care has been shown to reduce the intraocular pressure in the eyes of study participants by five to seven millimeters, which generally equates to 10 to 15 percent. In general, a diet high in beta-carotene, vitamins C and E, and sulfur-bearing amino acids can be helpful. Foods containing such nutrients include garlic, onions, beans, spinach, celery, turnips, yellow and orange vegetables, green leafy vegetables, seaweed, apples, oranges and tomatoes. Other dietary and lifestyle options recommended by Grossman are daily drinking one pint of juice made from mostly green vegetables and drinking eight to 10 glasses of purified water to keep eyes hydrated. Managing stress and doing palming and other eye exercises, such as those found at ComputerEyeStrainExercises, as well as daily aerobic exercise for at least 20 minutes, are also beneficial. Additionally, Kondrot’s use of multimodal protocols such as hyperbaric oxygen therapy, homeopathy, and detoxification can be applied to reverse visual loss. Kondrot advises that avoiding foods that trigger allergic reactions is important. “A study of 113 patients with chronic simple glaucoma showed an immediate increase in pressure in the fluid inside the eye when they were exposed to foods to which they were allergic. Take up meditation, yoga, tai chi or any other practice that helps you manage stress and relax,” he advises. “Some consider glaucoma a stress-related condition.” The best strategy for healthy eyes is to have regular eye examinations. Early detection and prompt treatment can prevent significant vision loss.

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“Most of what we’re seeing today is an uptick in food sensitivities and intolerances, terms that are often used interchangeably to describe foods that are not digested well and can challenge the immune system,” says Solana Beach, California, nutrition and fitness expert JJ Virgin, author of The Virgin Diet. Newark, Delaware, medical doctor and allergist Junfang Jiao, Ph.D., attests to increased levels of testing for food allergies and sensitivities in recent years. “I can’t say there are more allergies or sensitivities, but more doctors are aware of the wide-ranging symptoms and more people are getting referred for testing,” he reports. Many experts agree on at least one underlying cause behind the trend—a widely studied condition called leaky gut, characterized by intestinal permeability. Microscopic pinholes in an unhealthy small intestine can allow

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omplaints of digestive upsets, brain fog, headaches, relentless food cravings and unrelieved stress appear to be at epidemic levels these days. “These symptoms may be part of newfound awareness of the wideranging and seemingly unrelated health problems caused by food sensitivities and intolerances, which are different from food allergies,” explains microbiologist Kiran Krishnan, from Chicago.

Food Allergies

Food allergies seem to be plaguing America’s children now more than in the past. We know that peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, once standard lunchbox fare, have become a no-no. They’re often outlawed by schools to protect the students that experience extreme peanut allergies. The symptoms of food allergies in adults and children, often including 20


hives, rashes and itching, can range from being annoying to life threatening. For extremely sensitive people, the tiniest fragment of a peanut or a bee sting, exposure to latex gloves or certain medications like penicillin can cause such a sudden strong allergic reaction that it results in anaphylaxis, which makes breathing passages swell shut. If untreated, such extreme allergies can even prove fatal, which is why people with severe allergies carry the antidote epinephrine (adrenaline) with them. Food allergies are diagnosed by blood and/or skin testing under the supervision of a medical professional, usually a doctor of medicine, osteopathy or naturopathy. Effective treatment, which must be customized to the individual, typically entails avoidance of allergy triggers. Fortunately, food allergies that trigger such a dramatic, fast, immune response are fairly rare, particularly in adults.

undigested nutrients to pass through intestinal walls, triggering mild immune responses, inflammation and, potentially, the onset of some diseases. Theories of what causes leaky gut are diverse and sometimes contradictory but experts recommend consulting a medical professional if one suffers from food sensitivities. Each individual is unique, so there is no “blanket solution” for everyone. Dysbiosis: Leaky gut is often caused by an imbalance in “good” and “bad” intestinal bacteria, sometimes called dysbiosis, says Krishnan. It can be brought on by the use of antibiotics, antibiotic residues in meats and dairy products or a diet high in sugar and processed foods. Most interesting, he believes, is the discovery that glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto’s weed killer Roundup used on genetically modified (GMO) corn and soy crops, contributes to dysbiosis, as verified by Massachusetts


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Institute of Technology scientists in a study published in Interdisciplinary Toxicology. They concluded with a plea to world governments to reconsider policies regarding the safety of glyphosate residues in foods. GMOs: While this issue has been less widely analyzed, a 1996 study published in the Journal of Applied Microbiology found that the Bacillus thuringiensis toxin added to Monsanto’s GMO corn crops to kill pests is not destroyed during human digestion. Danish researchers at the Royal Veterinary and Agricultural University suggested it may damage cells of the intestinal lining. Gluten: “Gluten causes leaky gut,” says Port Jefferson, New York, naturopathic doctor Doni Wilson, author of The Stress Remedy, voicing one side of the controversy based on her review of scientific literature. She’s concluded, “Whether you are sensitive to it or not, gluten increases the production of zonulin, which can result in damage to intestinal walls and cause the cells on the outside of the intestines to set off an immune response to anything that passes through. In this condition, what we’re eating—cheese, milk, eggs, corn, soy—is leaking through the gut lining, triggering an immune response and potentially creating multiple food sensitivities.” Wilson also notes that in her clinical experience, only about half of her patients with gluten sensitivities complain of digestive issues. “I’ve found that gluten causes the immune cells on the outside of the small intestine to affect the nervous system, causing headaches, anxiety, depression and insomnia,” she says. Her findings are backed by research from the Massachusetts General Hospital Center for Celiac Research and Italy’s University of Catania. The same researchers confirm that non-celiac gluten sensitivity or intolerance can also foster depression; a University of Cincinnati study published in the journal Headache links gluten and headaches. Other proteins in wheat can be problematic, advises Fiona McCulloch, a Toronto doctor of naturopathy, citing a study presented at the annual European Gastroenterology Conference, in Vienna, last October. The report showed that a family of proteins called amylase trypsin inhibitors can lead to the develop-

As a gluten tolerance test, substitute an amount of non-gluten carbohydrates for the same amount of gluten-containing products. For example, instead of two pieces of bread, substitute three-quarters of a cup of brown rice—a rough equivalent in carbohydrate content. A positive difference in hunger, cravings and energy levels when gluten is eliminated indicates a condition of gluten intolerance. ~Fiona McCulloch ment of inflammation in tissues beyond the gut, including the lymph nodes, kidneys, spleen and brain. Glyphosate residues can be a factor in gluten intolerance. Although wheat crops produced in the U.S. are not yet genetically modified, many non-organic wheat crops are sprayed with glyphosate to promote rapid drying, according to the Environmental Working Group. Inadequate digestive enzymes: Lactose intolerance is the most common result of missing digestive enzymes like lactase, according to the Mayo Clinic, in Rochester, Minnesota. Avoiding milk products may relieve digestive distress for some.

Eliminate Items, Then Challenge

Most experts believe the easiest way to deal with food sensitivities is to stop eating the food in question. The so-called “elimination and challenge” diet, which has been in use for decades, is effective, free and addresses the foods responsible for common food intolerances, says Virgin. Simply avoid the food of concern completely for at least three weeks, then eat a small amount of it and catalog and

the results. For some people, it may only take a couple of hours for symptoms to return after eating a piece of bread, cup of milk, an egg or bit of tofu. Virgin’s seven-food challenge is a bit more rigorous, but improves feelings of general well-being so readily that many people don’t even want to bring back the eliminated foods because they feel so much better, she says. Her threeweek diet completely eliminates the most common food sensitivity triggers: gluten-containing foods (largely wheat), dairy, eggs, soy, corn, peanuts, sugar and artificial sweeteners. “When I say eliminate these foods 100 percent, I mean it,” cautions Virgin. “You need to give your immune system at least that much time to cool off.” She adds, “You can do anything such as this for just three weeks.” Virgin also recommends the elimination diet for weight loss because it helps overcome food cravings triggered by the immune system response and leptin resistance, leveraging the hormone that turns off the body’s hunger signals, a finding confirmed by independent studies performed by Sweden’s Lund University and Italy’s University of Palermo. She’s also documented other positive effects through her own research and experience with participants in her programs, including improvements in energy, focus, joint pain, skin clarity and bloating, all in the designated short time frames.

Other Approaches

People with food sensitivities may be able to tolerate occasional indulgences in their trigger foods once they’ve healed their digestive systems, notes Krishnan. Probiotics can help, especially those encapsulated in spores so they can pass through the barrage of stomach acid and reach the small intestine where they are most needed. Krishnan’s research, to be published this spring, showed that half of otherwise healthy young people suffering from leaky gut had a dramatic reduction of symptoms by taking a spore-forming probiotic Bacillus indicus product for 30 days. After the healing period, sensitive people may be able to eat small amounts of certain foods with the assistance of dietary aids

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by JJ Virgin Answer each question with never (0), seldom (1), sometimes (2) or often (3). 1. I need a cup of coffee or another caffeinated pick-me-up to jumpstart the middle of my morning or afternoon. _____ 2. I crave baked goods, pasta and other high-sugar impact foods. _____ 3. I have difficulty falling asleep or I awake during the night feeling anxious and struggle to get back to sleep. _____ 4. My bowel movements occur infrequently (less than one a day), which can sometimes be painful and involve straining. _____ 5. My mood can change swiftly and I take out my crankiness and irritation on coworkers and family members. _____ 6. I want to lay my head down on my desk mid-morning or afternoon because I have little motivation to remain productive. _____ 7. During meetings or conversations I zone out and struggle to concentrate for long periods of time on my work. _____ 8. After eating a big meal, I’m hungry and craving more of what I ate several hours later. _____ 9. Doing routine and important tasks takes all the energy and initiative I have. _____ 10. Even as an adult, I struggle with acne, rashes or blotchy skin, even though I use expensive skin cream. _____ 11. I head to the bathroom or step outside after a meal because of gassiness, bloating or other uncomfortable gut issues. _____ 12. The smell of a scented candle, perfume and detergent bothers me. _____ 13. Walking or moving around can create cramping, achiness or joint pain. _____ 14. I develop headaches that prevent me from enjoying the moment and leave me scrambling for a pain reliever. _____ 15. Even though I don’t have other cold/flu symptoms, I suffer from a scratchy throat or sinus trouble. _____ 6. I eat all the right foods in moderation, exercise religiously, and yet struggle 1 intensely to lose every pound. _____ Total Score: ______

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18 or above – You most likely struggle with food intolerances that create many unpleasant symptoms and stall fat loss. By removing the seven target foods for just three weeks, you’ll see these symptoms disappear and the scales will start moving again. 10 to 17 – You display some of the symptoms that food intolerances can trigger. You would greatly benefit from eliminating target foods to lose symptoms and those last few pounds. Below 10 – While you suffer few of the symptoms brought about by food intolerances, you could still benefit from the same regimen. Even the healthiest person can take their game up a notch and ditch those last few stubborn pounds. Source: The Virgin Diet, by JJ Virgin 22


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and supplements, adds McCulloch. Get dirty: Johns Hopkins University research has shown that kids raised in an excessively hygienic environment experience much higher rates of allergies and sensitivities. University of Wisconsin researchers found that youths growing up in households that are less than obsessively sanitary among four or five other people and dogs will strengthen and challenge their immune systems as they mature. Adults need to challenge their immune systems, too, says Krishnan. Eat organic and fermented foods: A widely varied diet helps spread out the immune system challenges of trigger foods. Organic foods don’t contain glyphosate and other potentially harmful chemicals; fermented foods contain digestive enzymes. Eat prebiotics: Raw onions, garlic, leeks and asparagus are prebiotics. They help feed probiotic bacteria and improve gut health. Block sensitivity triggers: Many people with lactose intolerance are able to consume dairy products if they use lactase, the enzyme that helps digest lactose. Similarly, some people with gluten intolerance find they can eat moderate amounts of wheat products with protein supplements like lectin, carb blockers and digestive enzymes that help break down the gluten molecules, according to Virgin. Supplements that might help: Glucomannan (konjac or elephant yam fiber) contributes to a feeling of fullness and stabilizes blood sugar, says McCulloch. She also recommends the amino acid L-glutamine and digestive enzymes to assist in gut healing. Kathleen Barnes is the author of numerous natural health books. Connect at


Gentle Ways to Calm Allergies or home cooked, the number of ingredients can substantially extend a test period. Each item must be completely avoided for about six weeks for an accurate assessment. Environmental allergies, which encompass everything unrelated to food, range from common grasses to inhaled pollutants. New carpets or rugs, cleaning supplies, a neighbor’s pesticides, dust and pollen are among the culprits that can cause an allergic reaction. Common symptoms are itchy ears or skin, ear infections, sneezing, runny eyes, scratching, vomiting or diarrhea. Veterinarian Judy Morgan, owner of Naturally Healthy Pets, in Clayton, New Jersey, also uses herbs in her practice to alleviate food and environmental allergy symptoms. “They can be tinctures or poultices; one herb or a blended mixture. Some are applied externally, some internally.” Giving the proper dosage for the size of the pet is vital. She particularly likes calendula for hot spots, despite its odor, because it’s antifungal, antibacterial and antiviral, followed by witch hazel to dry them, and then coconut oil or aloe to soothe and soften affected skin—plus

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ather than routinely giving drugs to dogs and cats to relieve dry, itchy, skin or food allergies, consider more gentle natural alternatives. As with people, knowing what an animal is allergic to is key to finding the right remedy and preventing future outbreaks. With dogs, about 20 percent of itching and scratching can be attributed to food ingredients. Symptoms can show up as early as 5 months or as late as 12 years old, often combined with inhalant or contact allergies. Chronic ear infections are often traced to food allergies. “If a pet is suffering mightily, see your veterinarian for shots or pills for immediate relief. Then ask the vet to allergy test for the specific problem,” advises Veterinarian Laurie Dohmen, owner of Purple Moon Herbs and Studies, in Hartly, Delaware. “This isn’t something you can do yourself. I’ve seen pet owners use what worked for a friend’s dog and make their own pets sicker, despite research and good intentions. What works for one pet won’t necessarily work for another.” While food elimination testing works, it’s a long process that must be done with precision. “If your pet even just nibbles the eliminated food, you have to start all over again,” says Dohmen. Whether commercially prepared

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Echinacea to boost the immune system. She uses ginger or peppermint to counteract nausea. “Many people think an allergic pet should be switched to a lamb and rice diet. In some cases, that makes dry, itchy, skin worse,” she says. “That’s why it’s important to know what they are allergic to before trying out new foods or herbal remedies. Find a holistic vet to work with.” Morgan often prescribes a mixture of herbs for the best results. “I like licorice because it works like a steroid without the side effects. Probiotics help keep gut bacteria and the immune system healthy. Parsley works well for dry, itchy, skin caused by a blood deficiency, or imbalance. “Parsley brings a protein, as well as several vitamins, to the party,” notes Kimberly Gauthier, a dog nutrition blogger in Marysville, Washington. “It’s a natural anti-inflammatory and also great if your dog’s breath needs a freshness boost.” She suggests rosemary and thyme as ingredients in an antibacterial, antifungal salve; she mixes these essential oils with extra virgin coconut oil and beeswax to create paw balm. Morgan reminds us that essential oils can be harmful, even life-threatening, for cats. “If Kitty has itchy skin, lavender tea can be used as a rinse on cooperative cats,” she suggests. “For a less cooperative feline, chamomile tea as a drink or as leaves mixed into the food soothes itches.” Dohmen cautions, “Herbs and other homeopathic remedies or flower essences are medicine and should be given as a prescription by a qualified veterinarian.”

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hether it’s a damaging rumor posted on Facebook, a humiliating photo shared on Instagram or a threatening text, cyberbullying is increasing among today’s youth. A 2015 Cyberbullying Research Center study of middle school students found that 43 percent had been targeted, while 15 percent admitted to being online bullies. Meanwhile, students, parents and teachers are combating cyber-aggression with initiatives to make the phenomenon socially unacceptable in schools.

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ing their high school years, he aimed to change the local culture to make bullying uncool. Gregory decided to make a movie to submit to the NO BULL Challenge, a national organization that provides students a platform to develop and disseminate materials that spark dialogue about such troubling issues. Challenges ranged from teaching himself filmmaking and persuading students to participate to mustering the courage to present the project to his school. He achieved the transformation he sought, beginning with 70 students participating in his production. “I appealed to classmates by asking, ‘How do you want to be remembered? Why not choose to be viewed positively, as leaders?’” says Gregory, who later

became a spokesperson for NO BULL Challenge. To date, the challenge has received 600 submissions, garnering 23 million impressions through digital and social media, the vehicles of cyberbullies. A recent graduate of Dayton, Ohio’s Wright State University, Gregory has spoken to about 45,000 students in 27 states in school assemblies. Nancy Willard, director of Embrace Civility in the Digital Age, headquartered in Creswell, Oregon, believes that such initiatives, which shift schools from punitive approaches to making bullying incompatible with accepted social norms, are the only way to bring lasting change. “We need to cultivate a climate where being hurtful is contrary to a school’s expressed values. Most young people don’t like to see their peers being hurtful and admire those that stand up to peers and have them make amends,” says Willard. The educator’s website,, offers free materials with concrete steps for students and teachers to foster positive school environments.

Protecting the Vulnerable

Cyberbullying isn’t limited to attacks on unpopular kids that lack satisfying peer relationships. It’s seven times more likely to occur between current or former friends and romantic partners than between strangers, according to a study led by Diane Felmlee, professor of sociology at Pennsylvania State University. Felmlee’s research further found that non-heterosexual youth are four times as likely as their heterosexual peers to be cyberbullied, while popular kids are also frequently targeted. Two social dynamics seem to be at work: “One involves individuals that violate social norms, such as LGBTQ youth, and the other revolves around status struggles,” reports Felmlee. “In the latter case, bullies are vying for popularity, recognition and self-esteem. Those with higher social status may be attacked because they’re viewed as competition.” Cyberbullying’s impact can exceed face-to-face aggression, as offensive remarks can spread far and fast, and live online in perpetuity instead of fading away, observes Felmlee. Gregory adds that it can also affect students’ ability to learn when some skip school

to avoid tormentors.

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Most youths don’t report cyberbullying, feeling embarrassed, afraid the situation will get worse or doubtful of remedial action. “Schools need to step up their response to bullying, make it known that it won’t be tolerated, set clear policies and enforce them,” counsels Gregory. Because most bullied youths don’t speak up, parents need to communicate openly with kids and be aware of their online activities, advises Felmlee. Willard notes that it’s also important to address the bullies themselves through understanding their motivation, and then persuading them to accept responsibility and take steps to rectify harm. “This should be about reparation, not punishment.” Gregory’s high school film assures bullies that it’s never too late to make amends. While it can be hard to stand up to bullies, caring peers can easily express support. “Bystanders have the power to change the atmosphere,” agrees Gregory. “Kindly approaching a student being picked on who may feel alone and ashamed goes further than most students realize.” Those affected by cyberbullying also can cut off their aggressors, suggests Gregory. “The ‘block’ button is powerful. Cyberbullies want to see a reaction. Blocking them from social media exchanges or texting takes away their power.” Connect with freelance writer April Thompson, of Washington, D.C., at

Muting Meanness Here are some tips to help keep digital spaces safe and civil. * Think twice before posting a photo or comment that could be taken out of context and misappropriated. * Report bad behavior to an adult that can help figure out the right course of action. * Don’t portray youth as victims, which can perpetuate the idea they are weak and vulnerable targets. * Save cyber evidence to help officials take appropriate action. Some schools now have online reporting systems that allow students to anonymously submit screenshots from social media. * Don’t retaliate. It likely will only aggravate unwanted behavior and drag everyone down to the cyberbully’s level of consciousness. * Keep watch. Apps like Online Guardian for Families, CyberSynchs and YouDiligence allow parents to monitor children’s exposure on social media via keywords related to bullying. Resources:;; PreventionTips; BlockBullies; cyberbullying.

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FOREVER GREEN Eco-Burial Options Grow

Added Green Alternatives

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by Avery Mack


atural burials allow those that lived their principles of an environmentally sound life to complete their days in a planet-friendly, personalized way. “The number of U.S. cemeteries allowing natural burials has increased by 30 in the last year,” says Elizabeth Fournier, owner of Cornerstone Funeral Services, in Boring, Oregon. “More than 150 cemeteries allow them now. We encourage replacing cut flowers with plants. A multipurpose wooden casket can serve as a bookshelf until needed, or a casket can be made of natural wicker, paper or grass.” Formaldehyde-free embalming fluids made of non-toxic and biodegradable essential oils allow for a synthetic chemical-free burial. “Green burials tend to be unique and can last from one to four hours,” says Brian Flowers, green burial coordinator for Moles Farewell Tributes, in Bellingham, Washington. “One funeral 26


had 50 Civil War re-enactors in blue and gray outfits, along with a 21-musket and two-cannon salute. Another was led by a shaman. Natural burial isn’t just for the Birkenstock/patchouli crowd. Our area is farm-rich, so a green burial fits with the idea of living close to the land.” The Moles’ four-and-one-half-acre meadow for natural burial will expand in the next two years to eight acres. Flowers explains, “It’s an ecological restoration site. We manage invasive species and plant three native plants for each burial.” In Houston, Terry Ward, president and CEO of Country Communities, notes how fast-paced lifestyles can prevent intimate connections among siblings. “At Indigo Fields, we’re able to implant an app-accessible microchip

into an urn or stone. The information can include photos, details of the person’s life and stories that might otherwise become lost. It can be updated at any time and serves as a gift for anyone researching the family tree. It helps the living heal and talk about their fears, too.” Cremation has always been an alternative to burial, but is energy intensive; recycling medical parts helps green up this option. Many choices are available for the cremains, the ashes that remain after a cremation. Many states outlaw burying pet remains in a human cemetery, so Lisa Brambilla, of Yorba Linda, California, invented 100 percent biodegradable Bio Urns. “Before, pet lovers had few choices when it came time to say goodbye. Laying a cremated pet to rest this way makes a loss easier because it’s a physical manifestation of a pet in plant form. It hurts a little less,” she says. Each urn comes with a seed for a tree or shrub and the proper soil to help it grow. “Maka, a keeshond, was the dog my son’s heart bonded with; he was 6 when she died,” Brambilla relates. “After she grew into a tree, he could smile when he talked about her. It teaches kids to create a new life and to treat the planet well. Death is nothing but a word. The only thing real is life.” Bio Urn expanded to include human clients after Brambilla’s fatherin-law requested to be remembered via a redwood tree and her mother, a Christmas tree. Eternal reefs are made of ashes mixed with cement placed in the ocean in a military-style ceremony to help support marine life for at least 500 years. Family members retain the reef’s GPS coordinates and can boat or dive to visit it. Music lovers can choose to have their ashes compressed into a vinyl record. A live recording of goodbyes, a last will and testament or compilation of favorite songs can be prerecorded. Ashes can also be compressed into colorful memorial gemstones ready to be set into jewelry to keep a loved one close. Resomation, or bio-cremation,

liquefies the body in a heated alkaline bath, using far less energy than traditional cremation and without environmentally harmful chemical emissions; afterward, the bones are ground, resembling cremains, and are returned to the family. Promession is a way to freeze-dry the body by immersion in liquid nitrogen at -321° F. When it becomes brittle, vibrations shake the corpse into small pieces, water is evaporated and the dust that remains can be used as compost. Invented by Swedish biologist Susanne Wiigh-Mäsak, she feels it’s the utmost Earth-friendly way to return a body to the soil. As people opt to avoid the higher costs of a traditional funeral and elect practical, eco-friendly ways to exit the human scene, natural burials can become more accepted ways to achieve Biblical dust-to-dust while doing no harm. Connect with the freelance writer via

GONE GREEN Each year, traditional funerals use and bury: n Hardwoods for caskets (30 million board feet) n Steel for caskets (90,272 tons, plus 14,000 tons for vaults) n Copper and bronze for caskets (2,700 tons) n Reinforced concrete for vaults (1.636 million tons) n Embalming fluids (827,060 gallons)

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Earth-friendly methods: n Cost about half as much as a traditional funeral. n Use non-toxic embalming fluids. n Offer biodegradable caskets. n Replace quarried headstones with natural stone or greenery. n Restore native plant areas, reducing invasive species, mowing and herbicides. n Contribute to peace of mind with a green legacy. Source: Casket and Funeral Supply Association of America

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SATURDAY, MARCH 18 Align With Your Intentions: A Crystal Mosaic Making Class — 1-4pm. Challenge your artistic and energetic abilities in this class, which will teach

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Build Your Own Grounding Jar — 1-4pm. Come build your own grounding jar and learn about the best stones to help with grounding, and other tools to help keep you grounded throughout your everyday routines. Includes snacks and drinks, building your own jar with the stones that call to you, and taking it home. Taught by Lauren Dillon-Merrill. 1 jar/$45, 2 jars/$65. Sel-Lyn Botique, 10124 Main St, Bothell. 425-482-2701. Reiki I Plus Chakras 101 with Dena Marie — 11am-4pm on Camano Island. $80. Space is limited, registration required. 425-350-5448 or

MONDAY, MARCH 20 Beyond Labels: The HANDLE Approach to Learning and Attention Challenges — 7-8:30pm. Look beyond labels to underlying neurodevelopmental causes. Life doesn’t have to be so hard! We’ll look at the sensory system, stress, neuroplasticity, and how HANDLE® can be an effective part of the plan to restore well-being, & make life more enjoyable for all. Free. 345 NE 175th St, Shoreline. 425-778-3082.

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FRIDAY, MARCH 31 THURSDAY, MARCH 23 Healthy Aging: Are Hidden Toxins Affecting Your Health — 10:30-11:30am. Join Dr. Joe Pizzorno, Jr., ND, noted author, researcher and co-founder of Bastyr University, as he talks about which toxins could increase your chances for diabetes and other illnesses, how to identify toxins in your environment, and how you can detox safely and effectively. Free. University House Wallingford, 4400 Stone Way N., Seattle. 206-545-8400. The Fierce Heart: From Despair to Empowerment —7-9pm. Honoring the heart and remaining compassionate can seem difficult in today’s world. Come join us in Joanna Macy’s Work That Reconnects as we support each other in our grief, fear and anger and explore ways of moving through our emotions and empowering ourselves to be the change. $15-35. The Vajra on Tenth, 1423 10th Ave, Studio 9, Seattle

SATURDAY, APRIL 1 Seattle Vegfest — 10am-6pm, April 1 and 2. Discover great food and good health at Vegfest, a healthy vegetarian food festival. Taste from over 500 different free food samples. $9/adult, children 12 and under free. Seattle Center Exhibition Hall, 301 Mercer St, Seattle. 206-706-2635 or

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The Only Way to Live…Healthily — March 31-April 2. Dr. C. Norman Shealy will be offering this 3-day, 2-night retreat. Since the late 1970’s, Dr. Shealy has helped people to understand all of the pieces of the puzzle that are necessary to have in place for optimized health. $410. Seabeck Conference Center, 13395 Lagoon Dr NW, Seabeck. 509-899-5124 or

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