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elcome to the May issue of Seattle NaturalAwakenings! What an amazing time of year, flowers, trees and the animals know that as the days get longer, it’s time to spring into action. I find myself waking up earlier day by day with the rising of the sun. It definitely is the time for new beginnings and birth. With Mother’s Day right around the corner, I am reminded of the youngest members of our community and their

importance to our planet. Being a grandmother allows me the honor of witnessing my daughter move through motherhood. It has been an amazing experience to watch my child navigate her own transition as she becomes a parent. As your children step out into the world on their own and become adults, you may experience a grieving or loss, partly because of what I like to call the good Mother Syndrome: a condition where you don’t quite know your purpose because you have cared for others for so long. As your child transitions into parenthood, we as parents must also evolve; by letting go of actively parenting our children. It is a challenge I have embraced by being a steady presence in my children’s lives, while leaving the active parenting behind as rediscover who I am now. Coming from this place, you feel like you have lost a piece of yourself, and as your children become adults you can rediscover who you are now. As rough as it was for me for the first few years, it has become much easier with each passing year. Now there is more time for me, and I can sleep in more, plus indulge in the projects that I have pushed aside for years, and just be Dena Marie! One of those projects I started three years ago was my radio show, Lift Your Spirits with Dena Marie. Moving into this role was like closing the door on one chapter of my life, as a mother actively caring for children, while opening the door to care for a new child, an idea that I have brought into fruition. Just like nurturing a baby, with loving care this project has grown and become a delight beyond my expectations. I now am able to share my life experiences as a woman over the age of 50 and mother of three with my listeners. With age comes wisdom and I have learned the importance of balancing work and play. I believe our children and grandchildren remind us daily, of the gift of remembering how to enjoy life and have fun. It is an amazing time of my life and I look forward to learning and growing up with all of you through the radio show and future pages of Seattle Natural Awakenings. There’s more in these pages—let’s get this party started!

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Purna Gathani Offers Workshop to “Free Your Mind From Stress”

Sew Up Seattle Offers Activities During SLU’s Art Rising During Art Rising, Saturday May 6, from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., organizers of Sew Up Seattle invite the public to stop by Denny Park Lutheran Church for a calligraphy lesson or to create a pillow. Sew Up Seattle will have thread, scissors, fabric and sewing coaches to help or teach attendees if requested. Art Rising by SLU Lake Union Chamber of Commerce will feature 80 plus creative artists and vendors as well as live performances and family friendly activities taking place on John Street between Westlake and Dexter and inside Denny Park in South Lake Union.

Art of Living Foundation teacher Purna Gathani will offer a workshop about using breath to stay present on Wednesday, May 24 in Belltown. “In today’s demanding world with uncertainities the mind is stuck in the past and the future,” Gathani explains. “This reduces our productivity and clarity and also has an adverse impact on our health and happiness.” Gathani believes a key to bringing the wandering mind to the present moment can be found in breathing techniques. “In this session, we will learn learn how to use the breath to bring freedom, peace and clarity to the mind,” she says. Purna Gathani has been practicing and teaching breathing meditation workshops for over 10 years with focus on sharing mindfullness techniques with the community to promote mental health and productivity. She has also taught classes and workshops at Microsoft, WatchGuard, Expedia among other companies. Free your Mind From Stress takes place Wednesday, May 24 from 7:30-8:30 p.m. at 2717 Western Ave, Seattle. Free. For more information: ArtOfLiving.org.

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Amazing Grace Spiritual Center to Host May Special Services


mazing Grace Spiritual Center will host both Mother’s Day and Memorial Day services in the month of May. The non-traditional Mother’s Day Service at 10:30am at Amazing Grace Spiritual Center in Ballard. “This may be a fresh way for you to celebrate the holiday,” says Rev. Eric O’del. “We’ll be honoring all the mothers in attendance, while also recognizing that the mothering principle plays out in many different ways in the human experience, and we’ll pray for perfect mothering for all people.” On Sunday, May 28 Amazing Grace Spiritual Center hosts a Memorial Day service starting at 10:30 a.m. “Memorial Day is typically focused on honoring our fallen military veterans, but Amazing Grace Spiritual Center takes it one step further by allowing participants at our 10:30 a.m. Memorial Day Service to honor any loved one who has passed on,” Rev. O’del explains. For both services, a silent meditation is offered at 10 a.m. and a community meal follows the services at 11:45. The Mother’s Day service takes place Sunday, May 14 at 10:30 a.m. and the Memorial Day service takes place Sunday, May 28 at 10:30 AM, both at 6001 20th Ave NW, Ballard. Free. For more information: 206-792-3884 or AmazingGraceSpiritualCenter.org.

Northwest Hospital Celebrates Tsimshian Totem Unveiling


orld-famous Tsimshian artist, David Boxley, has carved and gifted a Western Red Cedar totem pole to Northwest Hospital in memory of his sister-in-law Cindy Sue James. James, who lost her battle to cancer at Northwest Hospital last fall, thought of the idea with Boxley, who carved the totem pole to honor her legacy, thank the hospital for its outstanding care, and pay tribute to all cancer patients, survivors and caregivers. Northwest Hospital will celebrate a traditional unveiling ceremony and performance, as David Boxley and his Native Alaskan Git Hoan dance troupe install the 27-foot totem in a place of honor on the hospital campus. The event will be held rain or shine. The totem unveiling takes place Saturday, May 6 from 10–11:30 a.m. outside the Medical Office Building on the Northwest Hospital campus, 1550 N 115th Street Seattle. Event will occur rain or shine. Free parking. For more information or to make a donation: 206-616-4926. natural awakenings

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Husky Group Raises Awareness For Suicide Prevention


he Husky Help & Hope Suicide Prevention & Awareness Annual Walk will take place Saturday, May 20 starting at 11 a.m. According to organizers, the event honors those lost, builds connection between our community, brings awareness to the issue of suicide, and inspires participants to play their role in saving lives. Proceeds from this event will support the Husky Help & Hope (H3) UW initiative to improve suicide prevention and mental health on campus. The family-friendly event begins with a short inspirational program followed by a three-mile walk through the most scenic parts of the Seattle campus. The walk takes place Saturday, May 20 starting at 11 a.m. at the UW Sylvan Grove Theater and columns, West Stevens Way, Seattle. For more information: https://tinyurl.com/2017H3Walk

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Yoga On Beacon to Host Dance Party


local yoga studio is hosting a dance party on Wednesday, May 17 from 7:45–9:15 p.m. Yoga On Beacon dance party organizer Aubrey Armes invites attendees to “recharge and ignite your inner fire through embodiment and dance” at the event. “What kind of dance? Any ol kind you choose,” Armes explains. “I call mine the ‘flail and flop.’ The purpose is to move your body in ways that feel good. This helps move your energy flow--allowing for more ease and creativity to flow through,” she continues. “There’s no way to do it wrong.” Armes says the event is intended to release stress, anxiety, overwhelm and any emotions participants have been feeling, while allowing them to connect with their bodies through intentional music and play with childlike wonder and glee. Attendees typically dress in yoga clothes, but may wear anything that is easy to move in. Armes encourages attendees to bring a water bottle and an item for the community alter (to be retrieved at the end of the evening). The Dance Party takes place Wednesday, May 17 from 7:45–9:15 p.m. at Yoga On Beacon, 3013 Beacon Ave S., Seattle. $20. Street parking is free. For more information: AwakenYourGreatness.guru.

Cuddle Party Offers Healing Platonic Touch


ertified cuddel facilitator Meg Hunter will host a cuddle party on Wednesday, May 31 in North Seattle (address given upon RSVP). Cuddle parties provide an opportunity for participants to experience non-sexual touch and connection. “A cuddle party is a short workshop in non-sexual touch, boundaries and communication, followed by a couple of hours to put what you’ve learned into practice by enjoying and exploring touch–think hugs, foot rubs, back rubs, spooning and just general non-sexual snuggling,” Hunter says. “It’s a holistic, social environment that attracts fascinating people from all walks of life, and it provides a special and unique opportunity for connection, learning and growth.” Doors open at 6:40 p.m. and lock at 7 p.m. to ensure everyone attends the opening welcome circle for introductions and to go over the rules of the cuddle party. “This is an important aspect of the cuddle party experience and creates a safe container for all participants,” Hunter says, noting that it is essential that everyone be on time. Participants are encouraged to wear comfortable clothing, like pajamas, and are also asked to arrive as scent-free as possible. The cuddle party takes place Wednesday, May 31 in North Seattle (address given upon RSVP). $25, sliding scale available. For more information and to register: Megan@CuddleSeattle.com.


Sammamish Family YMCA and Julie Miller Offer Workshop on Nourishing Foods for Kids


utritionist and mother Julie Miller will offer a workshop entitled The Nourished Child: Guiding Kids Toward Whole Foods on Thursday, May 11 from 6:30–8:30 p.m. “In our busy culture of convenience and ‘kid-friendly’ foods, children are often reluctant to eat what nourishes their body. Adults know that children need healthy foods to thrive, but kids and companies know what tastes delicious,” Miller says, inviting parents to join her for an honest conversation about helping families cultivate meaningful relationships with real food. The workshop will offer a framework for raising healthy eaters through parent-child connection and appetizing edibles. Participants will learn parenting styles that encourage a well-balanced diet; introducing kids to a new way of eating; meeting a child’s needs with unprocessed foods; conscious consumerism at any age; sugar and salt: how much is too much; picky eating and other mealtime challenges, and creating joyful mealtimes for the entire family. The experiential workshop is designed for caregivers of children ages 0-12 (adults only). “It will be great for parents needing new feeding strategies or those struggling with current food-related issues. Join us for renewed inspiration,” Miller finishes. Julie Miller is a mother of two, registered dietitian nutritionist and parent educator dedicated to supporting wellness through healthy eating and connected family dynamics. The Nourished Child: Guiding Kids Toward Whole Foods takes place on Thursday, May 11 from 6:30–8:30 p.m at the Sammamish Family YMCA, 831 228th Avenue Southeast, Sammamish. Free. For more information: HarmoniousTable. net. natural awakenings

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Latin American Tree Bark Improves Diabetes Markers


study from the University of Prague, in the Czech Republic, has found that extracts from the bark of the Hintonia latiflora, a tree grown in Mexico and South America, can help regulate blood glucose levels in people with Type 2 diabetes. Researchers administered a capsule containing a dry concentrated extract from the plant to 32 subjects with the condition and monitored their blood glucose levels for six months. The subjects experienced an 11 percent decrease in glycated hemoglobin, an indicator that the body can better regulate blood glucose levels during the period, as well as a slight reduction in cholesterol and triglycerides. The researchers also found the natural treatment resulted in a 25 percent reduction in fasting blood glucose levels and a 22 percent reduction in post-meal glucose levels. Liver enzymes showed improved levels in the subjects, as well. No adverse side effects were observed.

Not-So-Speedy Pedaling Boosts Benefits


esearchers from the United Kingdom’s University of Winchester have found that cycling improves brain function. The study tested the cognitive function of 17 physically active men in their 20s before and after two, 30-minute sessions on a stationary bike. The results showed significant cognitive improvements following each session. Biking to work is also a good way to reduce our carbon footprint, but breathing in exhaust fumes and other pollutants is a concern for street cyclists. Alexander Bigazzi, a transportation expert in the department of civil engineering and school of community and regional planning at the University of British Columbia, has studied the relationship between average-speed bicycle travel and inhalation of potentially harmful air. Using a U.S. Census-based computer model of 10,000 people, Bigazzi found that the ideal bicycling speed to inhale the minimum amount of pollution is between 7.5 to 12.5 miles per hour (mph), placing the lowest risk for women at nearly eight mph and for men at just over eight mph. “The faster you move, the harder you breathe and the more pollution you could potentially inhale, but you are also exposed to traffic for a shorter period of time. This analysis shows where the sweet spot is,” says Bigazzi.

Negative Stereotypes Sabotage Girl Soccer Players

esearchers from Germany’s Goethe University, in Frankfurt, sought to determine the impact that the belief held by some that females are poor soccer players would have on their performance. The study had 36 teenage female soccer players engage in a ball-dribbling drill before and after reading a pertinent article. Half of the subjects read about the perceived incompetence of female soccer players and the other half read a piece about the growing popularity of the sport. The players that read the negative article needed significantly more time to complete the drill than those that read the positive article, possibly highlighting the impact that negative stereotyping has on women. 8



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esearchers from the Copenhagen University Hospital, in Denmark, discovered expectant mothers that take omega-3 supplements while pregnant reduce the risk that their babies will develop asthma. Analyzing blood samples from 695 Danish women at 24 weeks of gestation and again one week after birth, the study tested the levels of eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA)—longchain omega-3 fatty acids found in fish, fish oil and DHA-algae supplements—in the women’s blood. The health of the babies was monitored for five years and compared with the blood analysis. The children of the mothers given 2.4 grams of long-chain omega-3 supplements during their third trimester displayed an overall 31 percent reduced risk of developing asthma. “Asthma and wheezing disorders have more than doubled in Western countries in recent decades,” explains Professor Hans Bisgaard, of the Copenhagen Prospective Studies on Asthma in Childhood at the hospital. “We now have a preventative measure to help bring those numbers down.”

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Even One Drink Daily Increases Melanoma Risk


study from the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, in Providence, Rhode Island, has linked alcohol consumption with an increased risk of melanoma, the most dangerous type of skin cancer. Using data from three studies, researchers followed 210,252 adults for an average of 18 years each using food-frequency questionnaires to measure alcohol consumption. Comparing the results to instances of melanoma among the participants, they found that each alcoholic beverage consumed on average per day was associated with a 14 percent increased risk of melanoma. An associated conclusion was that individuals that regularly drank alcohol were 73 percent more likely to be diagnosed with melanoma on the trunk of the body than non-drinkers. “The clinical and biological significance of these findings remains to be determined, but for motivated individuals, counseling regarding alcohol use may be an appropriate strategy to reduce risks of melanoma, as well as other cancers,” explains Eunyoung Cho, Sc.D., the study’s lead author and an associate professor of dermatology and epidemiology at the university.

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Prenatal Omega-3 Reduces Kids’ Asthma Risk


elomeres, located at the end of human chromosomes, protect DNA from deterioration. Multiple studies over the past decade have associated longer telomeres with increased longevity and a slowing of the aging process. A study from Kookmin University, in Seoul, Korea, collected nutrition data from 1,958 men and women between the ages of 40 and 69. The information included a baseline food frequency questionnaire assessing the consumption of vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, B6, B9 (folate), C and E, as well as calcium, phosphorus, potassium, iron and zinc, during an 18-month period. Researchers measured the length of the subjects’ telomeres after 10 years in a followup examination and compared these results with the nutrition information. The study found an association between longer telomere length and vitamin C, folate and potassium intake in all participants. These nutrients are available in many fruits and vegetables.

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Safe Harbor

The French government has expanded the Réserve Naturelle Nationale des Terres Australes Françaises, a highly protected marine reserve in Frenchcontrolled, sub-Antarctic waters of the southern Indian Ocean, from about 8,000 to more than 46,000 square miles; it now includes seven areas surrounding the islands of Crozet and Kerguelen. France intends to designate 10 percent of its oceanic territory by 2020, and this action brings the total as of the end of 2016 to 1.3 percent. These large-scale, fully protected marine reserves may serve as climate refuges for many species. The rich biodiversity of the new addition includes marine mammals, fish, seabirds, orcas, penguins, Antarctic fur seals and the critically endangered Amsterdam albatross.

Turtle Turnaround

Record Hatchlings Give Hope Worldwide, six of the seven sea turtle species are threatened or endangered because of human activity. A ray of hope now shining from conservation efforts is that nesting sea turtles have posted record numbers of successful hatchlings in South Carolina the last three years, with Georgia and Florida reporting similar results. Decades of helpful efforts are paying off due to increased public awareness of turtlefriendly practices at seaside locations. Heed these rules:

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Cycling Chicago

Pioneering Bike Paths Promise Easy Commutes Chicago has created 100 miles of new bike lanes in the last five years and plans to add another 50 miles of upgraded lanes with curbs to protect riders from cars by 2019. Beyond that, a series of floating, solar-powered bike paths along the edge of the Chicago River is on the drawing board; each mile of pathway may cost between $5 million and $10 million. The architecture firm SecondShore first proposed the idea. “You look at the river, and while it used to be the main commercial artery in the city, it’s not much of one anymore,” says firm cofounder James Chuck. “This fits with the mayor’s general economic strategy for the city—how to make use of latent infrastructure.” The floating bike paths, named RiverRide, would give pedalers a truly autofree place to ride for part of their commute and connect with existing bike lanes. The system would fill gaps in the network, creating around a 17-mile stretch of continuous bike paths connecting 28 neighborhoods. Floating on concrete pontoons, the paths would use solar power for lighting. Solar panels could also heat the surface so the path doesn’t ice up in winter. Plans call for the path to intersect with river bridges so bikers can cross to the other side. 10



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Marine Reserve Preserves Ocean Biodiversity

4 Keep lights off on beachfront property during nesting season. 4 Refrain from using flash photography on the beach at night. 4 Keep beaches and oceans clean. Litter such as plastic bags and balloons can cause injury or death when sea turtles mistake them for jellyfish, a favorite food. 4 Respect sea turtles by observing them from a distance. 4 Report dead or injured sea turtles and nest disturbances to 1-800-9225431. Learn more about sea turtle conservation and how to get involved at dnr.sc.gov/seaturtle. Find an introductory video at OceanToday.noaa. gov/endoceanseaturtles.


Choo Choo Breakthrough

Swedish design firm and retailer IKEA is introducing a new line of “no waste” products that includes seating, vases and kitchen cabinets made of recycled materials. IKEA hopes that the design will help people see waste not as garbage, but as just another material that can be used in creating new and beautiful things. The Kungsbacka kitchen employs affordable, sustainable supplies that look stylish, including cabinet doors incorporating recycled plastic bottles and recycled wood; the entire cabinet is said to be 99.9 percent recycled. The Odger chair is 70 percent recycled plastic and 30 percent renewable wood. The design, available in a range of colors and wood finishes, is the result of collaboration between Swedish designers at Form Us With Love and eschews the environment-harming plastics of other chairs. IKEA also melts recycled glass to turn it into beautiful vases. Each mouth-blown vase is unique, thanks to the materials.

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Nederlandse Spoorwegen reports that all of its electric trains are now running on energy harvested from wind. Working with Eneco, a sustainable energy supplier in the Netherlands, the goal was to operate the trains via wind turbines by January 2018, but they beat their own deadline. Electric locomotives don’t use conventional engines; instead, they act like a component in an electric circuit transmitted via high-voltage power lines. Three options for usage include onboard energy storage systems such as batteries; an overhead wire; or an extra live rail, which has current flowing through it at all times. It’s used to power lights and air-conditioning, as well as for propulsion. According to the Global Wind Energy Council, turbines capable of generating 586 megawatts of electricity are the workhorses. In 2016, a 700 megawatt offshore wind farm near the town of Borssele became the most costeffective of such installations in the world.

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liftyourspirits Dr. Taylor says she understands that overall health depends on oral health. “We love to help our patients achieve the best of both,” she says. Dr. Rebecca Taylor practices biological, minimally invasive dentistry. She works closely with her patients, educating them and creating custom treatment plans that fit their specific needs and values. “Our office is fluoridefree, and we use only biocompatible BPA-free materials,” Dr. Taylor continues. “We strive to use sustainable products and minimize our environmental impact.” Dr. Taylor says she has great passion for helping others, whether in our local community or globally. Her nonprofit organization Cambodia Smiles provides dentistry to children in orphanages. “Many of the people I see in Cambodia do not have access to dental care,” she explains, “and have been living in pain for years. I feel truly blessed to be able to have this type of impact in people’s lives.” For more information: GreenCityDental.com..

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Lift Your Spirits in the Month of May Dena Marie’s Top Picks This Month Person: Rebecca Taylor, DDS Green City Dental Dr. Taylor holds a bachelor of science in molecular and cellular biology from UC Santa Barbara and her DDS from the University of the Pacific Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry in San Francisco. “My goal,” says Dr. Taylor, “is to treat people, not teeth. Often in dentistry, we forget that the mouth is connected to the rest of the body and become tooth mechanics, neglecting the impact we have on the rest of the body.”

Place: Twin Peaks Nutrition and Wellness in North Bend Sharon Hockenbury is the owner of Twin Peaks Nutrition and Wellness and is a certified herbalist, certified nutrition and wellness consultant, Reiki practitioner and Zumba instructor. She has been supporting, educating and inspiring individuals in the area of alternative, holistic health and well being for over 25 years. Hockenbury says she loves supporting women in the process of pregnancy, birth and post-partum, and her clients have noted she has a wealth of wisdom to share and loves reaching out to her community. With a staff that is knowledgeable and passionate about health and wellness, coming into Twin Peaks Nutrition and Wellness is more than just a trip to a supplement store–the experience is one of inspiration, where compassion is expressed and reaching the highest potential in body, mind and spirit is encouraged. TwinPeaksNutritionAndWellness.com. Activity: City Sweats City Sweats offers private infrared sauna therapy, lymphatic drainage treatments, holistic facials and massage, as well as alkaline water therapy and ultrasonic cavitation, a treatment to reduce fat cells. City Sweats, a modern day sweat lodge, offers locations in Madison Park and coming soon to the Wallingford neighborhood. CitySweatsSeattle.com


Adventure Abounds in Anacortes by Gayle Picken


ong known as the gateway to the San Juans, Anacortes is a place many people pass through to take the ferry to the islands. But this historic city on Fidalgo Island, midway between Seattle and Vancouver B.C., is a magical destination all its own--with breathtaking natural beauty, world-class water adventures and a combination of art and history that catches your eye on every corner. On a recent day trip, I got the opportunity to play tourist in Anacortes and fell in love with this island gem! I started out on the west end, less than a mile past the ferry terminal, at a little slice of heaven called Washington Park. This 220-acre park has spectacular views overlooking Guemes Channel, Rosario Straights, Burrows Pass and the San Juan Islands. I watched porpoises playing in the water and a patient eagle sitting in a tree waiting for just the right moment to swoop down and steal a fish that one porpoise brought to the surface. The 2.2-mile Loop Road in Washington Park is a perfect walk, drive or bike ride that leads you through a thick forest with tall cedars and madronas to several beautiful beaches and viewpoints. For a longer hike, take one of the myriad of trails that crisscross the park. Tip: bring binoculars—you might see whales! The historic downtown area in An-

acortes is filled with boutiques, galleries, antique shops and restaurants. This part of town is known for its vibrant art scene with monthly art walks and the annual Anacortes Arts Festival in August that draws crowds upwards of 90,000 people for a weekend of art and music. As you wander through town, you can’t help but notice the historical murals on buildings throughout the city.

These are the result of the 30-year Anacortes Mural Project lead by local artist and historian Bill Mitchell. There are over 150 murals to explore depicting the characters and scenes of Anacortes. You can pick up a map of the murals at the Anacortes Visitor’s Center. There are so many great coffee shops, restaurants and bars to choose from. Try local and fresh cuisine at Adrift restaurant or catch some live music at Rock Fish Grill. For waterfront dining, there is Anthony’s at Cap Sante Marina. To top off my amazing day in Anacortes, I took the short drive to Cap Sante View Point. For stunning 360-degree views and an incredible sunset over the city… this park is a must-see! Whether you are looking for scenic parks, kayaking, whale watching or a romantic small-town getaway, a trip to Anacortes provides an island adventure for the soul – no ferry required. Gayle Picken is an arts promoter, video blogger and travel writer. Connect with her at ArtYogaTravel. com or reach her by email at gayle@66events.com.

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he Heart to Lead: Women as Allies for the Greater Good, a documentary film directed and produced by Cheryl Gould, of Naples, Florida, explores the emerging paradigm of heart-based feminine leadership and how it is attuning women to their inner strengths, beliefs, each other and our Earth. “Women’s deeper unity of being is empowering them to take action

and lead. Women who once longed for a culture that would reflect their highest priorities are now creating one in which they support each other and make a difference,” says Gould. She notes that for centuries, a vast number of women have led and served as change agents. “Unfortunately, the majority of them never made it into the headlines or history books. A prime

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Nutrition For A Healthy Future Tongue Ties, Airway Development and the MTHFR Gene by Gayle Picken


s mothers, we’re careful about what we eat and drink Women with the MTHFR gene mutation cannot convert folic when we are pregnant and follow the doctor’s advice on acid into folate. When folic acid builds up in the body it taking prenatal vitamins and supplements. A recent converbecomes a toxin; it also inhibits heavy metal detox pathsation with Dr. Rebecca Taylor, holistic dentist and naturoways, increases cancer risk, heightens inflammation, etc.” pathic dentist, led to the topic of airway development, sleep explained Dr. Taylor. issues and a possible link between a mother’s nutrition and Taylor says that nearly 50% of the population may have the rise in diagnoses of tongue and lip ties in infants. this mutated gene. “We’re finding more evidence that the “We’re seeing more tongue ties now,” says Taylor, “and genes are turned on by environment, this is what we call they can inhibit facial development and airway function in Epigenetics,” Taylor adds. infants.” Women who are planning to get pregnant can be tested Everyone is born with tissue that attaches the tongue to for the mutated MTHFR gene. “It’s really important to look the lower jaw, but when the tissue for quality vitamins and suppleaffects the movement and proper ments,” said Taylor. “Women should “We’re finding more evidence function of the tongue it is considered look for supplements with folate or that the genes are turned on “tied”. There are different levels of metholated folate instead of folic tongue ties and each case must be It’s also important to eat lots by environment, this is what we acid. evaluated individually. “If a baby is of organic greens, beans, and liver not latching on for breastfeeding right call Epigenetics,” added Taylor. that have folate occurring naturally.” away or mom experiences difficulty Taylor stresses the importance of nuor pain breastfeeding, sometimes it trition in the mother a full two years can be because the baby has a tongue tie or lip tie and can’t before conception. “A baby’s nourishment starts in moms make a proper seal,” explains Taylor. before they are pregnant – mom has to have the vitamins and New research is showing a possible link between tongue minerals inside of her before she can give them away.” ties and a specific gene mutation in the mother. Women with Raised in a holistic environment, Dr. Taylor is passionthe MTHFR gene mutation can’t convert folic acid into the ate about bridging the gap between medical and dental B9 vitamin that is vital to a developing fetus. “MOST preghealth. nant woman are prescribed vitamins or supplements with “I look at the cause of the problem and not just the folic acid, which is a synthetic form of vitamin B9 or folate. symptom,” she says. 18



Dr. Taylor routinely sees patients with sleep apnea or speech issues. “People are not getting good sleep because a large tongue in a small mouth crowds the airway and causes resistance when breathing, especially when relaxed and asleep. The issue is that when there is resistance when breathing, the oxygen level drops. Some kids can’t concentrate or have behavioral issues; many times it’s due to lack of sleep/insufficient oxygen. Encouraging proper facial development in infants and kids, which supports a patent airway is so important.” The Foundation for Airway Health and The American Academy of Physiological Medicine and Dentistry have published a youtube video titled “Finding Connor Deegan” that shares one mother’s experience in discovering her son’s airway disease which made it hard for him to breathe and he couldn’t get enough sleep. Sleep deprivation often goes undiagnosed because the signs and symptoms are almost identical to

those of ADHD/ADD. “There is still a lot of research that needs to be done,” explains Taylor. In addition to improving the mother’s nutrition before conception and during pregnancy, Dr. Taylor stresses the importance of helping babies build strong mouths, and support correct facial development. “We need to get their bones developing, get the joints moving and get the tongue muscle working correctly,” she says. “There are some easy things we can do to help the little guys. For example, use big spoons to make them open their mouths really wide. Have them start chewing hard foods at 6 months old. Use real cups instead of sippy cups. Even the packets that kids are getting juice and yogurt in are training the muscles the wrong way. They pull the tongue and jaw back, instead of pushing it up against the palate and holding jaw in a more forward position. They also push the cheek muscles in,

which creates a narrow, small mouth. Oral habits such a thumb sucking do a similar thing. It’s important that we start training the muscles and teaching them how to properly function at an early age. The muscles and airway will dictate how the mouth grows and properly functioning muscles and good oral habits will support proper development and a nice open airway when sleeping. I highly suggest babies and kids come in to see our myofunctional therapist and be screened early,” Dr. Taylor continues. “It’s so much easier to fix a developmental problem when kids are in their growing years.” Dr. Rebecca Taylor practices biological, minimally invasive dentistry at her Green City Dental practice with offices in Edmonds and Anacortes. For more information: GreenCityDental.com or 425-776-3352.

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Pro: High in vitamins and calcium when fortified, rice milk made from brown rice is also high in vitamins. According to Ted Kallmyer, author of Flexible Dieting, in Bend, Oregon, rice milk is the least likely alternative milk to trigger an allergy. One cup of Pacific Rice Milk has 130 calories, one gram of protein, 30 percent DV for calcium, two grams of fat and 37 grams of carbohydrates. One cup of Rice Dream Organic Rice Drink has 120 calories, one gram of protein, 30 percent DV for calcium, 2.5 grams of fat and 23 grams of carbohydrates. Con: Low in fat and protein, it’s also relatively high in carbohydrates. It has a less creamy texture than hemp, coconut or soy milks.

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Pro: Soy milk provides more protein than other alternative milks. Look for a calcium-fortified, organic brand that grams of fat, plus trace minerals such as doesn’t contain the thickening agent manganese, phosphorus, magnesium, carrageenan, suggests Dr. Andrew Weil, iron and copper. Canned coconut milk founding director of the Arizona Center is similar: one cup of Native Forest Unsweetened Coconut Milk Classic con- for Integrative Medicine, in Tucson. Different brands have different tains 420 calories, three grams of protein nutritional components. For example, one and 45 grams of fat, plus trace minerals cup of Organic Valley Soy Original has such as manganese, phosphorus, mag100 calories per cup, with seven grams of nesium, iron and copper in each cup. protein, 30 percent DV for calcium, three Con: High in fat and calories, cograms of fat and 11 grams of carbohyconut milk may not be the best choice drates. One cup of Organic EdenSoy Extra for drinking every day, but is delicious Original Soymilk contains 130 calories, in Asian-style soups and curries. with 11 grams of protein, 20 percent DV for calcium, four grams of fat and Hemp Milk 13 grams of carbohydrates. Pro: Hemp milk, made from hulled Con: Some people might not like the hemp seeds, contains 10 essential amithick texture and soy aftertaste. Dr. Frank no acids, including key fats. “Omega-3 Lipman, founder and director of Eleven and omega-6 fatty acids are vital for Eleven Wellness Center, in New York City, healthy functioning of the brain,” says says that limiting soy is a good idea due Axe. Hemp milk works well for people to soy’s prevalent pesticide saturation and with tree nut allergies. its researched links to thyroid, endocrine One cup of Pacific Hemp Origisystem and sex hormone dysfunction nal has 140 calories, three grams of (Tinyurl.com/SoyDarksideStudies). If soy protein, 50 percent DV for calcium, is eaten, “Choose certified organic, soy five grams of fat and 20 grams of products—preferably fermented vercarbohydrates. Living Harvest Tempt sions like miso, natto and tempeh—with Hemp Milk has 80 calories per cup, the Non-GMO Project seal; and do so two grams of protein, 30 percent DV sparingly, no more than twice a week,” for calcium, eight grams of fat and one advises Lipman. gram of carbohydrates. Con: Grassy-tasting hemp milk Judith Fertig writes food health articles tends to separate in hot coffee. and cookbooks from Overland Park, KS (JudithFertig.com).

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Almond Milk

Pro: Almond milk is low in fat and can be easily made at home, so ingredients are known. One cup of homemade almond milk has about 40 calories, one gram of protein, 6 percent of the daily value (DV) for calcium, three grams of fat and eight grams of carbohydrates. As for storebought options, one cup of Silk Organic Almond Original contains 60 calories, with one gram of protein, 10 percent DV for calcium, two-and-a-half grams of fat and eight grams of carbohydrates. Con: Almond milk is neither high in protein nor calcium; it’s not as nutritionally packed as other alternatives. Some might not care for the faint nutty flavor.

Coconut Milk

Pro: Dr. Josh Axe, a functional medicine physician who owns the popular natural health website, DrAxe.com, and the Exodus Health Center, near Nashville, Tennessee, points out, “High in mediumchain triglycerides, coconut milk is a very filling, fat-burning food.” One cup of homemade coconut milk has about 450 calories, six grams of protein and 64 20


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cilantro. “Culantro equals the flavor of cilantro, but with no bitter or medicinal aftertaste.” A great long-term performer, it continues producing flavorful new leaves even after the plant starts blooming. Anderson also suggests growing West Indian lemongrass for its fragrant leaves and thick stalks. A vigorous, clump-forming grass, lemongrass can be grown in containers anywhere or served as an edible ornamental in landscapes where summers are hot. “Lemongrass enjoys a sunny and moist environment, so it benefits from being near an air conditioner drain or downspout,” she advises.

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DECODING DOG BODY TALK Three Signals of Anxiety by Susan Briggs


amily dogs frequently accompany us on errands and outings away from their familiar home environment and we want them to enjoy these expeditions, so understanding their view of the world is important. To a dog, every experience is either familiar or unfamiliar. The first time they encounter a new sound, place or person, they may feel anxious. We can help with the adjustment by introducing them slowly to each new experience and step aside to provide them distance or space to observe it first at their own pace. Knowing the “tells” that signal when a dog is comfortable or uncomfortable goes a long way to a harmonious experience. Allison Culver, assistant director of The Lightfoot Way holistic animal learning center, in Houston, remarks, “Knowing how to communicate with your animal can save a lot of heartache.” With a bit of applied atten24


tion, we can readily learn to understand the changes in canine body posture and behavior that communicate their emotional state. Start by observing the dog’s posture when they are relaxed at home. It’s likely that their weight is balanced on all four legs and their mouth is slightly open; movement is relaxed, loose and agile. When a dog feels happy or playful, notice how their ears may perk up or tilt slightly forward. Their tail might rise and wag, and they may emit a cheerful bark. Using their visual and audio demeanor as a baseline prepares us to be alert for three secret tells that signal a change in their emotion. Closing their mouth routinely occurs when a dog is unsure or anxious. When their mouth remains closed for a minute or more, it’s a sure clue that they need more time to process information.


Lip licking such as quick flicks of the tongue is meant to appease and may prevent an uncomfortable situation from escalating into anything resembling a confrontation. Dogs do it with each other and with us, too. A look away that avoids direct eye contact likewise signals that a dog is urgently processing their current environment. Norwegian dog trainer Turid Rugaas, author of On Talking Terms with Dogs: Calming Signals, identifies the lip licking and averting of the eyes as selfcalming behaviors. She affirms, “When dogs are stressed by the environment, they start using calming signals to ease the stress.” When this happens, first try creating more space or distance between the dog and any perceived threat; this may return them to their body language norm. If not, consider using holistic calming aids like a properly mixed lavender essential oil spray or Bach Rescue Remedy Pet flower essences, keeping these well away from their face. Also try mentally engaging the dog with learned cues. A quick game of sit, down, sit plus high-five allows them to engage in a familiar activity while they adjust to a new environment. If the pet does not respond to normal cues and continues to display multiple stress signals for an extended period, leave the scene altogether. Their anxiety hasn’t been relieved. If it’s still important that the dog learns to enjoy the troubling environment, work with a professional trainer that uses positive reinforcement tools to aid the transition (see PetProfessionalGuild. com or apdt.com). The trainer will assist in creating a plan that allows the pet to adjust at a pace that allows them to remain comfortable. By observing a dog’s posture, we can be confident of choosing mutually good outings. Susan Briggs, of Houston, TX, is co-author of Off-Leash Dog Play: A Complete Guide to Safety & Fun, co-founder of The Dog Gurus and owner of Crystal Canine (CrystalCanine.com).

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MASTERING SELF-DEFENSE Staying Aware Avoids Problems by Aimee Hughes


began my personal training in the Non-Violent System (NVS) of self-defense with Grandmaster Verkerke in 1996,” says Eddie Rose, senior instructor of NVS Peace in the Midst of Non-Violence at Shangri-La Springs, in Bonita Springs, Florida. This aspect of the martial art form seicho jutsu was created by Canadian Daniel Verkerke, Ph.D., as a simple self-defense system to teach and perpetuate nonviolence; he continues to share it with the public, law enforcement, corporations and private security firms in the U.S. and internationally. Nonviolent self-defense is akin to the dynamics of bullfighting. “The matador never matches his strength with the enormous animal; rather, he redirects the energy of the bull with simple and precise movements—counterbalancing—and letting the bull’s energy move past him,” explains Rose. He’s trained everyday people of all ages and walks of life in this approach, in the U.S., UK, Puerto Rico and Jamaica. “As they train, students begin to feel more secure wherever they go, because they are learning how to be safe even in the midst of physical confrontation,” says Rose. “They wind up feeling more empowered as they learn how to neutralize aggression simply and effectively.” Practicing NVS increases balance, coordination, overall flexibility and joint mobility. Its soft, circular, martial arts movements, combined with slow-to-fast linear movements, also enhance cardiovascular health. “Mental and spiritual training includes the awareness and development of a state of being conscious of energy and mind. Everyone’s actions and reactions directly reflect the development of their mind,” says Rose. Another nonviolent form of self-defense is Shaolin five

animal kung fu, a martial arts style that mimics the characteristics of five animals—the tiger, leopard, snake, crane and dragon. Instructor Lloyd Fridenburg owns Fitness with a Purpose, in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada, where he emphasizes the awareness and avoidance concept as the psychological heart of nonviolent self-defense. Fridenburg, founder and senior instructor of the Waterloo Kung Fu Academy, explains, “The concept emphasizes being constantly aware of your surroundings while avoiding obvious areas of potential danger.” He also stresses the importance of proper body language—being able to read that of others, as well as how to diffuse confrontation upfront in how we present ourself. “Martial arts are a two-sided coin,” he says. “There’s the martial aspect, which involves techniques that allow a person to defend him- or herself in a wide range of situations. Then there’s the art aspect, which encompasses a deeper study, encompassing forms of movement and mental, philosophical and meditative techniques.” “Overall health benefits are no different than one might expect of any disciplined fitness regimen,” notes Fridenburg. “However, the nature of a quality martial arts program forces practitioners to focus their entire attention on what they are doing. The mere act of staying grounded in the present moment dramatically reduces stress and sets martial arts practices apart from many other forms of movement.” Tai chi, an ancient, softer style of Chinese martial art, leverages relaxation, posture and energy work, rather than muscular tension. As a Taoist art, it embodies the way nature works, using minimal effort to accomplish a lot. “Demonstrating tai chi as a form of nonviolent selfdefense is much easier than describing it,” says Aaron D. Nitzkin, Ph.D., of New Orleans, a Tulane University professor, tai chi master and certified medical qigong instructor. “If someone attacks, you don’t resist; you can use tai chi principles to yield to their movements with a natural, circular, continuous motion, turning their own force against them. When you move aggressively against a master, it feels like you’ve just bounced off them and fallen down. In order to win at tai chi fighting, you need to remain completely calm and centered and most of all, listen to your opponent’s energy with your hands, so that you can yield to it and then redirect it.” It’s a profound lesson in interpersonal communication. “My students report stronger immune systems, greater clarity of mind, better sleep, less anxiety and depression, and greater emotional stability,” says Nitzkin. “Practitioners become much more sensitive to and conscious of the internal condition of their bodies, and even develop the ability to feel bioelectric fields.” Whichever form of nonviolent self-defense suits us, experts advise that students study with a certified and experienced instructor for optimum results and safe practice. Aimee Hughes, a freelance writer in Kansas City, MO, is a doctor of naturopathy and senior staff writer for Longevity Times online. Connect at Aimee@LongevityTimes.com. natural awakenings

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The Joys of Grandparenting How to Mindfully Love Little Ones

by April Thompson eing a grandparent can be magimothers, I’ve found that a common cal; an opportunity to create both area of friction is too little or too much lifelong memories and formative support from grandparents. I thought it experiences for grandchildren. Howevwise to help prepare them,” says Tucker. er, it can also pose challenges that need She helps grandparents develop to be managed mindfully, say experts. realistic expectations of their role. “It’s For more than 25 years, Patricia easy to revert to what you know—the Salem, of Louisville, Kentucky, a licensed parenting role—so it’s important to set and board-certified art therapist, has mindful intentions,” she observes. taught mindfulness practices and art Tucker encourages grandparents therapy in such diverse settings as hosto make mindful memories during time pitals and schools. Aiming to help kids spent with the grandchildren. “You can and adults learn to harmoniously ease find joy by being still and marveling life’s challenges, her work across genera- at a grandchild’s beautiful little hands tions has led her to seek ways to support and dimpled knees while registering entire family systems on their individual how the air in the room feels to create a and familial journey to more mindful vivid mental snapshot of the moment. living. Her classes focus on skills like “Parents and kids can become too cultivating awareness, communication, busy, and grandparents can help them self-compassion and self-care. slow down. Lie on the grass together “Teaching mindfulness and stress and look at cloud shapes or blow a reduction to children is a start; howevdandelion. To me, that is the romance of er, teaching parents and grandparents is grandparenting, and mindfulness allows important, too. Children need reinforce- the romance to blossom,” she says. ment at home for practices they are Susan Moon, a Berkeley, California, learning in order for them to take hold,” author and grandmother who has says Salem. practiced Zen Buddhism for nearly Carolyn Tucker, a psychotherapist 40 years, sees grandparenting as an in Atlanta, started offering classes on opportunity to release expectations; mindful grandparenting six years ago this feat can be difficult for parents after witnessing a rise in grandparents caught up in their youngsters’ identities. seeking therapy. “In working with new “It’s easier for grandparents to accept grandkids for who they are and just be





joyful with them. They get to be in the moment with the kids without worrying about the day-to-day details of caregiving that can consume parents.” She explores such ideas in her book This is Getting Old: Zen Thoughts on Aging with Humor and Dignity. Being past their working years, grandparents are often more accepting and peaceful themselves, which can be inspiring for younger generations, adds Salem. For Moon, it’s vital to be mindful of the image of aging that’s projected; “I try to model that old age isn’t tragic, and show the joy in this stage of life,” she says. Yet grandparents also should be mindful of any physical limitations and set boundaries with grandkids as needed. “It’s okay to say, ‘I can’t hang on the jungle gym with you,’ and suggest an alternative,” says Moon. Good relationships with the grandkids begin with maintaining open relationships with their parents, experts note. To do this, consistently engage in compassionate listening. “It can be tempting for grandparents that know what may have worked in raising their own children to react or jump in, but it’s important to avoid giving unsolicited advice,” Salem cautions. At the same time, grandparents can notice aspects a harried parent may miss and, if handled carefully, can provide important insights. “I was known as the ‘fairy mom’, offering magic, art and imagination. I was grateful my own mother was there, too, because one child needed more structure and stability than I was providing,” says Tucker, a mother of four. “She gave me mindful feedback without making me feel like she was trying to usurp my role.” Moon suggests practicing “right speech”—messages that are positive, affirming and loving—with everyone. “It’s important to be humble and recognize the huge job of parents and all they juggle. Let them know that you are there to support them in whatever way you can.” Connect with freelance writer April Thompson, in Washington, D.C., at AprilWrites.com.


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Create new memories, but also share old stories. “Kids want to hear about how their parents were as children, and it gives them a sense of history,” advises author Susan Moon. Be open to learning new technology to communicate across the generational divide. “While grandparents learn about the world of social media from their grandchildren, they can also encourage them to cut back on checking their cell phones in favor of interpersonal activities,” says art therapist Patricia Salem. When visiting grandkids, especially if they live in different cities, “Always have some ‘grandma magic’ up your sleeve—like games, puzzles or craft projects that can be collaborated on—to maximize precious time together,” suggests Moon. Invite grandchildren to try out

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