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Natural Awakenings is your guide to a healthier, more balanced life. In each issue readers find cutting-edge information on natural health, nutrition, fitness, personal growth, green living, creative expression and the products and services that support a healthy lifestyle.

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Seattle’s Best-Kept Beauty Secret is Macrobiotic Soup by Rose Jensen


FLOWER POWER Seattle Wholesale Growers

Market Cooperative Creates New Possibilities by Ann Dorn


18 BABY ON BOARD Preparing for Pregnancy & Motherhood by Jessica Iclisoy


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letterfrompublisher Wellness is one of my favorite topics and, although I have experienced occasional challenges in this arena, I have also learned much from the pursuit of good health. We trust that you will find information you can put to good use in this issue on Women’s Wellness as well as next month’s issue on Men’s Wellness, both of which include topics relevant to us all. About two years ago, when my dentist told me I needed a root canal because a cavity filling had introduced bacteria deep inside a molar, an intriguing idea surfaced. I thought: “If we expect other parts of the body to heal, why not the nerves and tissue around the teeth?” I went to a naturopath for a second opinion, where I signed up for an intensive acupuncture program, three sessions a week for the first month, gradually tapering over the period of a year to just one monthly appointment. I rejoiced when the tooth pain disappeared during the first two months; it has never returned. A later dental exam showed that I no longer needed a root canal. Experiences like this have taught me not to settle, but also not to obsess. It’s so easy to get wrapped up in the minutiae of do’s and don’ts, such as what to eat and when to eat it, or to become enslaved by a workout routine. Ultimately, what we feel and believe about who we are is more important than the externals, and we need to trust that intuitive voice to gently guide us along a healthful course. I have learned that, unless something is done with joy, the best organic diet or most conscientious fitness regimen can’t be fully effective or meaningful. That’s why I love the passion of Leslie McCann and Erin Naumowicz, two local entrepreneurial moms who set out separately to help others through researching and sharing naturally healthy products (sidebar on page 19). In our own quest for good health, both individually and as a community, it’s important to grow awareness of what comprises sustainable and healthy living. It goes well beyond carrying reusable shopping bags to consistently buying organic food and to conserving energy and water resources in multiple ways. We also realize it’s a step-by-step process. I’m excited to share many ideas this month for living more sustainably and healthier. “Foods for Ageless Body” offers ways to greatly improve your daily diet (page 12). On page 14, we profile the new Seattle Wholesale Growers Market Cooperative on sustainable flower farming in the Northwest and the importance of requesting local flowers from our neighborhood florists. Natural Awakenings’ monthly Calendar will clue you into fun Earth-friendly events all around town, including Seattle’s Green Festival, in May; and Bastyr’s Herb and Food Fair, at their campus in Kenmore, and the Mother Earth News Fair, in Puyallup, in early June. Connecting with kindred spirits is a key component of community-wide wellness, and I’d love to connect with you. You’ll find me on Twitter (SeattleNA) and Facebook, or email me at with your news, article ideas, events and feedback. Let me know what you think of this magazine and how we can serve our community.

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newsbriefs Baby Diaper Service Celebrates Earth Day

Hope for Hard-to-Diagnose Thyroid Disorders


facilities. “We take pride in being environmentally conscious and passing the benefits on to our customers,” says owner and President Mark Stief. “The open house was an opportunity for our customers and the community to take a look behind the curtains to learn more about our services, environmentally friendly facility and business practices.” Baby Diaper Service serves 1,300 to 1,500 families per week and offers an interactive training on how to use cloth diapers, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., the second Thursday of every month.

study published recently in Thyroid, the journal of the American Thyroid Association, reported that some women with normal levels of the thyroid hormone TSH still experienced lowthyroid symptoms. The women had elevated antibodies and many were eventually diagnosed with Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, a type of autoimmune disorder. “What I find interesting about this study is that the researchers expected these women would have had abnormal TSH levels, but they did not,” says Dr. Amy Fasig, a naturopathic physician with a practice in Queen Anne. Fasig says the traditional standard of care considers TSH levels to be the method of diagnosing thyroid dysfunction. However, TSH testing does not always tell the entire story. “I see many patients whose TSH is considered normal but nonetheless report symptoms often associated with low thyroid,” she explains, adding that the study underscores the importance of looking beyond TSH results. “It’s really important to attend to a patient’s symptoms while using diagnostic testing to find the most specific diagnosis,” says Fasig. “In these cases, discovering the patient has Hashimoto’s helps lead to more specific treatment options, fewer symptoms and an improved quality of life.”

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Dr. Amy Fasig practices naturopathic medicine in Queen Anne and is also a faculty member at Bastyr University. She can be reached at 206-599-6030.


s part of an Earth Day celebration on April 22, 65-year-old local company Baby Diaper Service was one of more than 400 locations in 24 countries that participated in the attempt to set a world record for the most babies simultaneously changed into commercial cloth diapers—an event facilitated by the Great Baby Diaper Change organization. An open house held on April 24 gave the community a chance to learn more about the eco-friendly business and its

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m’illumino Students Journey to Italy and Within


ridget Thompson, owner and instructor at m’illumino, a movement arts studio located on Roosevelt Way, accompanied four students to Italy in April for a two-week program titled La Bella Lingua. The study-abroad experience involved dance, culture, poetry and language and emphasized self-exploration and personal growth. “The trip was not simply a program providing an opportunity to experience Italian culture, learn a little language and a few dances,” Thompson explains. “The deeper significance was to create an opportunity for profound change in each one of us, in place.” Students shopped and prepared food together, within walking distance of Verona via an ancient riverside footpath. Studies included Renaissance dance, Latin poetry and geometry. Each day began with a class called Anatomy of Grace, a movement art developed by Thompson that celebrates balance, poise and symmetry—qualities that she says fit well alongside Renaissance studies in the Italian countryside. “Cooking, dancing and studying together allowed us to engage with history, landscape and movement in a beautiful setting.” Regular class offerings at m’illumino include Bold Ballet, Anatomy of Grace, Interwork, yoga, Feldenkrais, Awareness Through Movement and belly dance. Location: 6921 Roosevelt Way. For information, call 206-505-0363 or visit 6

Jane Hatfield, office manager at Pathway Design & Construction (right), joins homeowner Kathy Collins on the living roof of her new addition during the Northwest EcoBuilding Guild Green Home Tour on April 17. The addition and accompanying new deck, built by Pathway Design & Construction, extend both indoor and outdoor living areas. The Green Home Tour featured 28 homes and other buildings in Seattle and the East Side and included demonstrations such as backyard chicken keeping, radiant heat and rainwater harvesting.

Free Lecture on Holistic Medicine for Pets


r. Darla Rewers, of Ancient Arts Holistic Vet, is offering a free lecture, Holistic Medicine for Pets, from 3 to 4 p.m., May 14. The talk will cover how to avoid unnecessary drugs and treat pets holistically through nutrition, exercise, physical therapy, massage, acupuncture, acupressure, herbs, energy work and other natural therapies. “Holistic medicine treats the entire pet and takes into consideration the environment and lifestyle of the guardians,” Rewers says. “The body has an amazing capacity to heal, if given proper support.” She notes the importance of helping pets achieve true wellness through natural therapies, saying “We get to the root of the issue, instead of treating just the symptoms.” A 2002 graduate of the University of Florida, Rewers has been in her current Fremont location since 2008 and was voted one of Seattle’s top vets by fellow veterinarians this year. Focusing on acupuncture and herbs, her practice has been providing holistic care (including lab diagnostics) in the greater Seattle area since 2005. Location: Ancient Arts Vet, 110 N. 36 St., Seattle. For more information, call 206547-1025 or visit

Chemical-Free, Eco-Mattresses Made to Order

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eattle Natural Mattress now offers sustainable mattresses, made to order. Owner and craftsman Tim Ley says the beds are healthy alternatives to chemical-laden, conventional mattresses. “Pure, [natural] latex—not mixed with chemicals, fillers or extenders—is sustainable and biodegradable, naturally cool, hypoallergenic and anti-microbial,” he explains. “It is unfriendly to dust mites and will last 10 to 20 years.” The store also offers organic cotton mattresses. Before entering the natural mattress business in Portland, Oregon, Ley was a chiropractor and spent years adjusting clients with problems that would recur, due in part to poor mattress support. Besides adversely affecting posture and the ability to sleep, Ley notes that petroleum-filled conventional mattresses, which degrade over time, cause loss of support and worse, release potentially toxic byproducts. Ley crafts each mattress to order at his one-person shop and showroom, and then personally delivers it. “There is no corporate atmosphere here, no sales staff, no warehouse, no pressure to increase profit margins,” he says. “I just spend my time making an Earth-friendly bed for customers I have come to love.” The showroom is open until 5 p.m., weekdays, and by appointment, evenings and weekends.

s part of the Seattle Area Happiness Initiative (SAHI), Sustainable Seattle recently released the first comprehensive survey of happiness for the region. Working in association with Take Back Your Time and the Compassionate Action Network, SAHI will seek to measure important indicators of happiness. Available to anyone and online now at, the survey gives an immediate evaluation of personal well-being for each of nine domains of happiness categorized by international researchers: psychological well-being; physical health; time balance; education; cultural vitality and access; social connection; good government; environmental quality and access to nature; and material well-being. The survey takes a holistic approach to well-being and asks questions that require reflection and insight. “It takes a while to complete [20 to 30 minutes], because it’s comprehensive,” says John de Graaf, executive director of Take Back Your Time. “But you’ll find it’s worth the time, because it really makes you think about your life and how to improve it.”


Location: 17928 Bothell-Everett Hwy., Bothell. For more information, call 206-419-9550 or visit

Seattle Green Festival Celebrates 10th Anniversary


elebrating its 10th anniversary this year, Seattle Green Festival will take place from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., May 21, and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., May 22, at the Qwest Event Center. A joint project of Green America and Global Exchange, the festival inspires and promotes the connection between change and sustainable progress for people, community and business. Festivities will include presentations by more than 125 renowned authors, leaders and visionaries; workshops, films and live music; and children’s activities. Vegan and vegetarian cuisine will be available, along with organic beer and wine. A green marketplace will feature local and national eco-friendly businesses. Admission: Online in advance, $10/day, $15/weekend. At the door, $15/day, $25/weekend. Location: 800 Occidental Ave. S., Seattle. For more information, visit


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Mother Earth News Fair is Coming to Puyallup


he Mother Earth News Fair, coming to the Puyallup Fairgrounds on June 4 and 5, is a fun-filled, family-oriented sustainable lifestyle event featuring practical, hands-on demonstrations and workshops. Nationally recognized speakers will cover many topics including renewable energy, small-scale agriculture, gardening, green building, green transportation and natural health. Between sessions, attendees can enjoy an array of entertainment options; local, organic food and beverages; and outdoor gardening and livestock demonstrations. The fair will feature dozens of regional and national vendors exhibiting sustainable lifestyle products and services, including books, tools, seeds, crafts, organic foods, clothes, solar gadgets and more. Cost: $15/pre-ordered day pass, $25/pre-ordered weekend pass. $20/day, $30/ weekend at the gate. Location: 110 Ninth Ave. S.W., Puyallup. Order online at

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Popularity of Bowenwork Growing in Seattle


ccording to its local practitioners, the popularity of Bowenwork, a technique for alleviating pain and restoring a healthy mind-body balance, is increasing in Seattle. Washington State boasts the largest number of Bowenwork practitioners in the nation, and the movement’s presence, “…is approaching critical mass,” according to Scott Wurtz, a licensed massage and professional Bowenwork practitioner who began studying the technique after he was injured in 1994. “Bowenwork is neuromuscular, so it’s a way of working with the muscles and the brain at the same time,” explains Wurtz. He says injuries can cause the body to overcompensate for a traumatized muscle group, creating a picture in the brain of an imbalance that continues after the injured muscle tissue has healed. “My job is to assess which muscles are experiencing the greatest tension and causing structural misalignments, and then to assist them in releasing,” Wurtz says. He reports that 20 percent of his clients are pain-free after one session, which typically lasts 45 minutes; however, three to five sessions are usually required. Wurtz uses a gentle “roll-andpluck” technique to lengthen shortened muscles, heal weakened muscles and help the brain reset its image of the body. Most clients seek treatment for back and neck pain and autoimmune dysfunction, although others find Bowenwork beneficial for stress reduction and relaxation. Bowenwork is also effective treatment for knee and shoulder problems, chronic headaches and many other ailments. Scott Wurtz practices at Wellness Restoration Arts and has offices at 3401 Evanston Ave. N., Suite E, in Fremont, and 13850 Bel-Red Rd., in Bellevue. For information, call 206-524-5511 or visit

Marisa Russo to Introduce Forensic Healing


arisa Russo, Australian healer and founder of the Forensic Healing System, will come to Seattle on her first U.S. tour, May 17 and 21. She will offer a free presentation from 7 to 9 p.m., May 17, at Friends Philosophy & Tea, in Bellevue, and a free healing workshop from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., May 21, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, in Seattle. Her Forensic Healing Essentials Workshop, from 1 to 6 p.m., May 21, costs $97 and will also be held at the Seattle hotel. According to Russo, Forensic Healing involves intuitively “profiling” patterns, collecting “evidence” regarding the patient’s story, and “reconstructing the why and how” before applying natural, holistic energy methods to restore well-being. Russo says she is eager to connect with and support Seattlearea residents whose ailments are complicated by the region’s frequently overcast conditions. “Depression is often the result of suppressed emotions stuck in the body. Physically moving our bodies and exposing ourselves to more positive environments helps shift and release stored emotions,” she explains. Addressing Seattleites who feel plagued by gloomy weather, she adds, “If there are unresolved emotions and suffering, the body may feel more overloaded during seasonal changes. “Science has proven positive emotions build the immune system,” Russo continues. “Don’t leave life to chance. Design your life and decide how you want to feel.”

Locations: Friends Philosophy & Tea 13850 Bel-Red Rd., Bellevue. Crowne Plaza Hotel, 1113 6th Ave., Seattle. Registration required: 1-800-896-9136. For more information, visit

Thrive Wellness Center Opens In The Cascade Foothills


hrive Café, in Seattle’s Roosevelt neighborhood, has recently expanded operations and opened the Thrive Wellness Center. A renewal destination and community hub for individuals and groups, the center is located on 50 acres at the base of the Cascades foothills and serves three raw, organic meals per day from a 100 percent raw kitchen that is completely gluten- and dairy-free. Guests can attend daily classes ranging from morning meditation and yoga to hands-on demonstrations on preparing raw meals. Onsite services include massage therapy and individual medical consultations with licensed medical doctors and naturopaths. The center can be rented for corporate retreats, speaking engagements, weddings and other events. Future plans include converting 10 acres of land into an organic farm serving both the café and wellness center. “Some guests visit for a one-night bed-and-breakfast escape, and some come to get away for the weekend,” says company founder Monika Kinsman.“Others stay for a week of rejuvenation, and some come to heal for a month at a time. In the end, everyone comes for their own reasons and needs, and that’s how we like it.” Her advice to newcomers: “Just come as you are, and be ready to shine when you leave.” Location: 31463 Barben Rd., Sedro Woolley. For more information, call 206-429-5411 or visit wellness-center.

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200 Tons Recycled by Goods for the Planet


oods for the Planet (GFTP) has collected more than 200 tons of recycled materials since joining the E-Cycle Washington program two years ago. The Dexter Avenue green mercantile, which sells eco-friendly housewares, clothing, office supplies and assorted sundries, serves as a popular recycling hub for nearly everything imaginable. “I have been amazed at all the different people who come in because they want to recycle,” says owner Suzanne O’Shea. “Seattleites are very environmentally conscious.” While the store abides by a handful of limitations and restrictions, GFTP is aided by favorable state laws. “The manufacturers pay into a state fund for items that are the most toxic, like televisions, rechargeable batteries, and monitors, so it’s free for consumers to recycle,” O’Shea explains. GFTP accepts many difficult-to-recycle products, such as baby car seats. O’Shea notes the importance of recycling, not just to keep items out of the landfill, but also to increase the supply of recycled material available to companies who seek to buy it in large volume. “The larger the volume, the more cost-effective it becomes,” she says. Location: 525 Dexter Ave. N., Seattle. Hours are from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. To learn more about the E-Cycle Washington program and items accepted at the store, call 206-652-2327 or visit

Bastyr’s 13th Annual Herb and Food Fair


astyr University will host its 13th annual Herb and Food Fair, themed Growing Healthy Families, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., June 4. The free event typically brings several thousand visitors to Bastyr’s 51-acre campus, near the shores of Lake Washington. Festival activities will include educational speakers and workshops; cooking demonstrations from nutrition and botanical-medicine experts; free acupuncture demos; relaxing herbal foot soaks and facials; and a variety of vendors. Special activities for children, as well as live entertainment, garden tours and guided walks through the surrounding woodlands, will keep attendees moving, and homemade food will be available for refueling. Location: 14500 Juanita Dr. N.E. (adjacent to St. Edward State Park),Kenmore. For more information, call 425-823-1300 or visit

Free Integrative Dentistry Consultation for Women


r. Richard Bartlett, bestselling author and founder of Seattle-based Matrix Energetics, will offer his internationally acclaimed seminars, May 20-23, at the Doubletree Seattle Airport. He will teach the art of rewriting any rules of one’s reality, such as those about health, happiness, or even the understanding of what is physically possible. The seminars begin with a free talk from 7 to 9 p.m., May 20, and continue from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Saturday, and 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Sunday and Monday. Bartlett’s seminars teach the philosophy of Matrix Energetics, which he describes as a consciousness technology for insight, healing, spiritual growth and living a life unbound by the limits we have been trained to believe in. “Matrix Energetics is accessible to everyone, from a 10-year-old child to a medical professional,” says Bartlett.

uring May, Women’s Health Month, Dr. Mitch Marder, of Integrative Dentistry, is offering free 15-minute consultations to new female patients. His practice provides a broad range of holistic dental services and focuses on using healthy materials and a whole-body understanding. “The intent is to introduce people to me and my practice, but also to introduce them to these [holistic dental] topics,” he says. Marder has practiced natural and holistic dentistry exclusively since 1987 and combines alternative treatments with conventional procedures. According to Marder, holistic dentistry views the health of the mouth in the context of overall wellness. He explains, “The first consideration is the level of infection in the gums, because studies are finding that infection is correlated with gut problems and heart attacks.” Other important issues he considers include the presence of mercury and bite problems that can lead to head, neck and back pain. Marder also chooses biocompatible materials when filling cavities because he says that conventional materials may lead to serious health problems.

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Energetic Feng Shui Comes to Seattle


icensed massage therapist Malor Karle is now offering consultations in energetic feng shui, his personal specialty. Malor (his preferred one-word moniker), who trained in France with feng shui practitioner MaRa Eickermann, says energetic feng shui combines the science of understanding how energy flows through a building with intuitive work to change those patterns. He offers free initial consultations so prospective clients can determine whether his services would be helpful. In energetic feng shui, moving furniture is not a necessity like in classical Feng Shui. Malor explains: “First, I check out the energy, how it is in the moment. Once I am clear, I create a more harmonious energy flow.” He says that such energy shifts can help residents grow and move on, as well as sustain personal transformations resulting from their own efforts through platforms such as retreats or seminars. “If you change the energetic structure that you’re living in, it’s so much easier to move on with things.” Malor notes that his massage, “… is supportive in letting go of tension and stress by creating awareness of the holding patterns and ‘the stuff’ that’s held there.” Drawing from a range of modalities, including gentle deep tissue massage, he says his work is not unlike Feng Shui for the body. In both, he notes, “I help shape the energy around your soul to be suitable for where you are right now in your life.”

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Foods for Ageless Beauty Nourishing Skin from Inside and Out by Renée Loux


Using naturally effective skincare products and eating foods that fortify and foster healthy cells works to renew, repair and rejuvenate skin for lasting beauty.

any authorities have good reason to champion the fact that food nutrients such as antioxidants, anti-inflammatory compounds and omega oils are now showing up in personal care products. According to studies published in the Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics, Food and Chemical Toxicology and Environmental Health Perspectives, skin can absorb up to 60 percent of what we apply to it. So, feeding skin high-quality ingredients may be as critical as the food we eat. It’s common knowledge that drinking a sufficient amount of pure water is essential for overall health and radiant skin. Here is a look at how other recommended foods contribute to ageless beauty. Avocados: Avocados are abundant in skin-beautifying goodies: omega-3 fatty acids, which support healthy, flexible, strong cell membranes to ensure that nutrients can enter cells and waste can be removed; antioxidant vitamins A

and E; fortifying B-complex vitamins; lecithin, to protect and strengthen cell walls; and potassium, to support new cell growth. They also host a portfolio of antioxidant and anti-inflammatory compounds—including phytosterols, carotenoids, flavonoids, zinc and folate—that fight free radicals and repair, soothe and renew skin and tissue on a cellular level. Blueberries: The Tufts University Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging reports that blueberries contain some of the highest antioxidant levels of any food, especially when fully ripe, and teem with skin-healing, antiinflammatory properties. The deep, purple-blue color of these morsels is a reflection of the pigment-rich antioxidant phytonutrients, called anthocynanins, shown to improve the integrity of collagen in skin and inhibit photoaging (sun damage), according to a study in the Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology. Cruciferous Vegetables: The crucifer family—including cabbage, broccoli, kale and radishes— is loaded with skin-beautifying compounds. According to studies by the National Academy of Sciences, its sulfurcontaining phytonutrients boost the body’s natural detoxification enzymes to combat and repair damage to skin. Low in calories, these mineral-dense and antioxidant-rich veggies are packed with carotenoid antioxidants, which help neutralize carcinogens and oxidative stress on skin, reduce inflammation and bolster immune response. They also contain isothiacyanates, which research published by The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition shows, specifically guard against breast cancer. Dark Leafy Greens: Dark leafy vegetables, such as collard greens, parsley, spinach and Swiss chard, offer more nutrients with fewer calories than any other food. Like cruciferous veggies, they’re packed with carotenoid antioxidants. Green veggies are also an excellent source of vitamins A and C, which the body needs to produce and regulate the sebum in


our skin and hair follicles for healthy, well-conditioned skin and a supple complexion. Green Tea: Green tea is infused with a potent portfolio of age-defying antioxidants. Because green tea is minimally processed, of all the teas, it offers the most antioxidant polyphenols, including a specific catechin believed to inhibit cancer and also beautify the skin. Macro-algae: Ocean-growing seaweed (macro-algae) contains more minerals and trace minerals than any other food, according to research published by Food Chemistry—10 to 20 times more than many land vegetables. Long prized for their beautifying effects on skin and hair, sea vegetables are an abundant source of antioxidant vitamins A, C and E, as well as B-complex vitamins, including B12, for glowing skin; plus they have the unique ergosterol, which converts into vitamin D2 in the body to support healthy skin cell metabolism and growth. Look for sea veggies arame, dulse, hijiki, nori and wakame for a concentrated source of age-defying nutrition. Omega Oils: Healthy oils, including omega fatty acids, grow and nourish healthy, glowing skin, strong nails and lustrous hair. They act as a conditioner for skin, maintaining and supporting healthy, flexible, strong cell membranes to ensure that nutrients can enter cells and waste can be removed. Uncooked oils offer many beautifying benefits; because many nutrients are damaged and destroyed by heat— the fresher and less refined the oil, the better. Foods rich in omegas include flax seed and oil; olives and olive oil; pumpkin seed and oil; walnuts; and winter squash. So, eat and drink up! Renée Loux is a celebrated green expert, organic chef, restaurateur and media personality and the co-founder of Andalou Naturals. She has authored four books, including Easy Green Living and The Balanced Plate. Visit

Beauty in a Bowl Seattle’s Best-Kept Beauty Secret is Macrobiotic Soup by Rose Jensen


eauty and health are inseparable,” says local macrobiotic and shiatsu practitioner Yasuo Mori. “Attitude, skin and hair conditions all improve when the digestive system improves.” He has formulated a macrobiotic dish called Chi Soup that is designed to balance blood pH and provide a nutritionally dense meal. The soup features 14 ingredients, ranging from the exotic (lotus root and burdock) to the familiar (miso) and even the mundane (potatoes), all chosen because they are close to neutral or slightly alkaline on the pH scale. Upon being placed in the pot in a certain order, the ingredients are steamed, not boiled, at carefully controlled temperatures, and the finished soup is bottled in jars that keep upwards of a week in the refrigerator. Mori’s clients place an order and pick up their soup from a commercial kitchen in the First Hill neighborhood and often enjoy it with brown rice or steamed vegetables. After five to six months of consuming Chi Soup, most of his clients’ cravings disappear, Mori notes. “If you start eating pH-balanced food, your blood cells are slowly going to be renewed and become healthier.” He adds that many clients report Chi Soup helps their digestive system and causes them to feel calmer and have more energy. Mori does not retail Chi Soup in stores, because he wants his customers to first learn about the philosophy behind it, through one of his workshops on macrobiotic principles, which call for bringing extremes into the middle and avoiding the pattern of wildly swinging from one extreme to another, as our culture tends to do. “Without this understanding, the soup affects people very differently,” Mori explains. “Just because it tastes good or someone told you about it, it doesn’t improve your health; you have to understand first.” Mori has also developed his own variation of shiatsu, a form of therapeutic touch that is used for injuries, stress reduction and improving wellness. Chi Soup serves as the nutritional complement to a well-developed philosophy that he has been practicing for years. “You are what you eat, so if you eat that soup or other natural foods and chew well, your insides will become prettier; so why not outside?” he advises. “Outside is a reflection of the inside, and vice versa. I focus on the inside with the food and maintain the outside with energy flow.”

Yasuo Mori practices from his offices at the Sorrento Hotel, 900 Madison St., in Seattle. His next Chi Soup workshop will be held at 3 p.m., May 21. For more information, contact Yasuo Mori at 206-464-0757 or visit natural awakenings

May 2011



Sustainable Flower Power Seattle Wholesale Growers Market Cooperative Creates New Possibilities by Ann Dorn


t’s about to become easier than ever to request a fresh, locally grown bouquet from the neighborhood florist. Starting May 18, a new, wholesale flower growers market will allow local florists and other businesses to purchase sustainably grown flowers from northwest farms. The Seattle Wholesale Growers Market Cooperative (SWGMC) marks the beginning of a new era for Seattle flower professionals whose quests to source locally have previously been thwarted by limitations in supply and distribution. “Unless you are an enormous farm, it doesn’t make sense to drive your truck around to lots of local shops,” says SWGMC President Diane Szukovathy, who owns Jello Mold Farm with her partner, Dennis Westphall. Szukovathy has owned the seven-acre farm near Mt. Vernon for 10 years, and this upcoming season will be her fourth selling flowers. While she does not hold an organic certification, which is geared towards edible crops, her farming methods are sustainable and Jello Mold Farm became certified Salmon-Safe this past winter. Enhancing Accessibility “There has never been a clear, simple and reliable way for local growers to market to flower professionals in the Seattle area,” notes Szukovathy. One truck can stop at only so many florists’ shops a day, and a modest-sized farm isn’t big enough to supply the volume or variety required by many shops, event planners and other flower professionals.


That is why, despite the popularity of local flowers at farmers’ markets, the bulk of blooms used at floral shops are shipped from other countries, where the types of pesticides used, combined with consistently temperate climates and cheap labor, keep costs low. Some imported flowers are grown using sustainable methods, but consumers usually have no way to distinguish between them and their chemical-laden counterparts. SWGMC makes local, sustainable flowers more easily accessible through a centrally located warehouse in Georgetown, where professional floral buyers convene three days a week, starting at 6 a.m., to select blossoms and related products. Fourteen regional growers, whose diverse farms are located in Washington, Oregon

which sells flowers, vegetables and fruit grown sustainably, without the use of pesticides or other chemicals. “Because of the promise this market has, I will be able to expand, learn more, hire more people and grow interesting and unique flowers, ornamentals and woodies,” Pat Zweifel of Oregon Coastal Flowers in his field of calla lilies. she says, referring to “woody” cuts from perennial trees, and Alaska, bring their unique local shrubs and vines. blooms and foliage, providing enough variety and volume to create a worthOffering Freshness and Diversity while, all-local, one-stop alternative to For consumers, the new collaboration imported commodity flowers. will lead to more meaningful bouquets. “If you know exactly where your Pooling Member Resources flowers come from, it makes them even SWGMC also encourages and aids more beautiful and precious,” says Memember growers who want to utilize sustainable, environmentally responsible lissa Feveyear, owner of Greenwood growing methods. The association is cur- Wholesale Florist and Terra Bella, a floral shop in the Greenwood neighrently seeking grant funding for Salmonborhood that specializes in European Safe certification so that any member garden design, using local and sustainfarms not yet certified can apply. able flowers. “Because they haven’t Gail Parlatore, owner of North been shipped across county, they are Fork Gardens, near Bellingham, says the freshest flowers you can buy.” the association means much more to The freshness of just-picked flowthe local industry than simply making ers is only one of the benefits that asit easy for florists to obtain beautiful, sociation members hope will position regionally grown flowers; members are able to pool resources, knowledge, them favorably in the market. “The way we are meeting the challenge of comideas and experience, creating a more peting with conventional growers is to vibrant and interesting marketplace. Parlatore is hopeful this will mean grow things that don’t ship well—that are diverse and interesting botanically, growth for the industry and her farm,

instead of commodity crops—and to educate our customer base,” Szukovathy advises. Feveyear notes that flowers will be brought to SWGMC in water, unlike international flowers, which are dry-packed for shipping. Having no middleman means flowers sourced from the association won’t generally cost any more than conventional flowers from other wholesalers. Feveyear is staffing a booth in the market for her wholesale business, offering Oregon Petercort roses and peonies from Alaska. “Because farmers are selling the flowers directly, they will be able to educate the florist about care and handling,” she adds. “It’s very exciting,” says Feveyear, who witnessed the rise of factory farms and their negative impact on South Americans when she traveled there as a college student. She hopes that growing demand from retail consumers will lead florists to seek local blooms from SWGMC. “During the growing season, there’s no reason to purchase flowers that can be grown here from outside sources,” she says. “I want people to know that purchasing flowers can be done responsibly. They can support our farmers and our farmland and put money into our local economy.” The Seattle Wholesale Growers Market Cooperative, which is open to the trade only, will host a grand opening May 18. Location: 5800 Airport Way S., Georgetown, inside the original Rainier Brewery building. For more information, visit SeattleWholesaleGrowers or email Info@Seattle

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GMOs Untold Risks, Unanswered Questions and Needed Action by Melinda Hemmelgarn


nyone walking into a typical American supermarket finds a dizzying display of more than 40,000 products, the majority of which are processed foods. According to the Grocery Manufacturers Association, at least 75 percent of the processed foods contain one or more genetically modified (GMO) ingredients, most likely from corn, soy and canola. With the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s recent approval of GMO alfalfa and sugar beets, non-GMO choices will grow even narrower. What is a healthconscious consumer to do?

Heads Up What many people don’t realize is that the majority of GMO crops have been genetically engineered to withstand spraying with herbicides, such as Monsanto’s Roundup. Its active toxic ingredient, glyphosate, is systemically transported throughout the plant and into our environment and food chain. According to the American Academy of Environmental Medicine, “There is more than a casual association between GMO foods and adverse health effects.” Scientists familiar with the technology warn about the risk for new allergens, toxins and unpredictable, hard-to-detect side effects. Even the President’s Cancer Panel Report advises against choosing foods grown with pesticides, herbicides and chemical fertilizers. 16

Most Americans are shocked to learn that for decades now, they’ve been blindly purchasing and feeding their families GE foods, not to mention toxic herbicide residues. Unlike other developed countries, the U.S. government does not require labels on GMO foods, leaving citizens to shop—and eat—in the dark.

Dangerous Developments Thanks to lobbying by the biotechnology industry, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has taken the stand that

GMOs are “substantially equivalent” to their non-genetically modified counterparts. Therefore, labeling a GMO food product would be admitting that the GE products are somehow different. However, genetically modified crops are different. Don Huber, Ph.D., a plant pathologist and professor emeritus at Purdue University, says that when scientists insert genetic material from one organism into another that would not normally crossbreed or be possible with standard breeding programs, they disrupt an entire system. For example, both Huber and Warren Porter, Ph.D., a biologist at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, explain that glyphosate disrupts the soil’s complex microbiological system, critical for delivering micronutrients to plants. This both increases the plants’ susceptibility to diseases and reduces the nutritional quality of food crops. Farmers were told that GMO technology could simplify weed control and increase yields. Yet, according to The Organic Center, since the introduction of GE crops, nationwide pesticide use has increased substantially, by a total of more than 300 million pounds. The Union of Concerned Scientists reports that claims for higher yields have fallen short, as well. Now, new superweeds have developed resistance to glyphosate, and the biotech giants have responded by promoting new GE plants, resistant to stronger herbicides such as 2,4-D. The Pesticide Action Network of North America continues to collect research that links this suspected endocrine disruptor to thyroid problems, prostate cancer, reproductive abnormalities, Parkinson’s disease and delays in brain development. Both Porter and Chuck Benbrook, chief scientist at The Organic Center, warn that, as confirmed in multiple studies, pregnant women and children are most susceptible to harm. Making matters worse, the Organic Seed Alliance reports that there is, “unwanted spread of GE pollen and seed into organic agricultural systems,” and the genetic contamination of nonGMO crops. Roundup Ready alfalfa grieves Chris

Blanchard the most. Blanchard, an organic farmer in Decorah, Iowa, explains: “Alfalfa is pollinated by bees, which can travel for miles, so we can be certain that seed stocks will be contaminated, threatening the livelihoods of organic farmers.”

What We Can Do It’s up to informed consumers to increase demand for non-GMO and organic foods. Here’s an effective action plan to protect our health and save Planet Earth. n Read ingredient labels and vote with your food dollars. Reject products likely to contain GMOs, such as dextrose, corn starch, corn syrup or corn sugar, soy lecithin, canola and cottonseed oils, and sugar from sugar beets. n Choose certified organic foods. They are our single best bet for avoiding GMO ingredients, syn- thetic pesticides, chemical fertiliz- ers, antibiotics and hormones. n Call or write President Obama, your state representatives and food manu facturers. Voice opposition to GMO crops and demand GMO-food labeling. n Grow some food using organic seeds. n Stay informed and don’t be duped. Here are some helpful resources: Center for Food Safety, CenterFor Radio interviews with Warren Porter (2/18/10) and Don Huber (4/21/11) on, The Organic Center, American Academy of Environmental Medicine’s Genetically Modified Food Position Paper, gmopost.html Melinda Hemmelgarn is a registered dietitian and award-winning writer and radio host based in Columbia, MO. Reach her at and tune in to Food Sleuth Radio at

Local Leaders in the Fight for GMO Labeling by Ann Dorn


ore than two months ago, the national advocacy group Millions Against Monsanto held a nationwide rally to bring awareness to legislation that would require labeling for foods created with genetically modified organisms (GMOs). After finding that no one had taken the lead in Seattle, Local leaders in the fight, from left to right: Joann resident Bridget O’Brien con- Thompson, Brenda Asterino, Sonja Spinarski, Lily Nash nected with another interest- and Bridget O’Brien. ed Seattleite, Sonja Spinarski, to launch a Facebook page. With only about a week to plan, the rally attracted an estimated 150-200 attendees and even more petition signatures . Joined by Joann Thompson, Brenda Asterino and others, the still unnamed local group has taken off. “If we can get a labeling initiative passed, people would stop buying GMOs,” O’Brien said. The growing group of local activists is gearing up for the next nationwide Millions Against Monsanto rally, in October. The goal is to pressure companies to label GMOs and to release any corporately held scientific data for independent study. In line with growing citizen demands, local co-op grocer PCC Natural Markets has been working to source non-GMO products, a difficult proposition, because every ingredient must be traced and scrutinized. Trudy Bialic, PCC’s director of public affairs, says that as consumer awareness of GMOs increases, demand for unmodified, natural products is growing fast. “The Non-GMO Project Verified product label was the fastest growing retail label in the country last year, faster than gluten-free or organic,” Bialic notes. She adds that the most important information to disseminate is the fact that there are virtually no benefits to planting GMO crops, other than those to the pockets of big agricultural companies. “Despite the public relations spin, GMO crops do not increase yield, add nutrition or flavor, or use less water or chemicals,” Bialic says. “These crops are not an answer to world hunger—they are part of the problem.” Bialic says that PCC Natural Markets works with Whole Foods Market locally in the fight against GMOs. Both grocery stores are members of the NonGMO Project, an independent, third-party verification company for products that do not contain GMOs. “This is bigger than our individual businesses,” Bialic said. “It’s all about what’s true and what’s honest. People have a right to know.” To get involved or stay informed, join Bridget O’Brien’s email list by contacting or following the group at Facebook by searching “Right To Know GMOs – Puget Sound Region.” Recommended media: FRESH, directed byAna Sophia Joanes; The Future of Food, directed by Deborah Koons Garcia; The World According to Monsanto, directed by Marie-Monique Robin; and Genetic Roulette and Seeds of Deception, both written by Jeffrey Smith. natural awakenings

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by Jessica Iclisoy

It’s vital for a woman of any age to physically prepare for pregnancy and motherhood, for the health of both the mother and the baby. Start by speaking with a trusted medical practitioner, and then consider the following practical advice, geared to keep everyone healthy and happy through every stage of the childbirth process.

Getting Ready for Pregnancy Stop taking birth control pills. If you’ve been using a hormonal method of birth control, your doctor may want you to take several months off before trying to conceive. Doing so allows your cycles to regulate and clears your body of any lingering manmade hormones; use another form of non-hormonal birth control during this time. Get your body in shape. According to Mairi Breen Rothman, a certified nurse-midwife with the M.A.M.A.S., Inc. home birth practice, in Takoma Park, Maryland, being in shape ensures a healthier pregnancy. “Pregnancy is hard work, and the more strength you have, especially in your core, back and legs, the better you’ll feel during pregnancy,” she advises. Being in good physical shape before pregnancy can also make it easier to stay fit during the nine months that follow. Start eating better. A balanced, organic diet provides the nutrients needed to raise a healthy developing baby. “During pregnancy, the baby is very much a part of its mother’s body,” says Rothman. “That means eating toxin-free foods, which cuts back on chemicals found in the mom’s body, will also limit chemical exposure to the baby.” Also remember to take a prenatal vitamin; a study by the MRC Epidemiology Resource Centre, at the University of Southampton, in the UK, found that only 5.5 percent of the 238 pregnant women monitored had taken the recommended 400 micrograms of folic acid each day prior to becoming pregnant. Take care of chronic medical conditions. If you have diabetes, high blood pressure or asthma, for example, get it under control before becoming pregnant. Apprise your healthcare professional of any family health problems, so he or she can plan ahead once you conceive.

Having a Healthy Pregnancy Take prenatal yoga. “Prenatal yoga not only promotes long, lean and supple muscles, it also helps with breathing, which is important during labor and delivery,” counsels Rothman. Yoga also helps open the hip and pelvic joints and eases the aches and pains of pregnancy. The catcow pose, in particular, benefits the lower back, promotes circulation and even helps move the baby into the proper birth position. Limit exposure to toxins. Examine the labels of products you regularly use—especially skincare and cleaning products—and banish anything that contains a toxic soup of chemicals; if you can’t pronounce an ingredient, it’s probably not good for you or your growing baby. Research from leading institutions such as the University of California– Berkeley and the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health has linked personal care and cleaning product ingredients to endocrine disruption, neurotoxicity, developmental and reproductive disorders and cancer. There are now plenty of easy-to-find, toxin-free product alterna18

tives. Green cleaners are available at most grocery stores and Cosmetics offers helpful guidance on safe beauty products suggested by the nonprofit Environmental Working Group. Research alternative therapies. Taking drugs for common medical problems such as headaches, colds and muscle pain isn’t always the best approach. Speak with your midwife or obstetrician about options like acupuncture, massage and homeopathy. According to a study published in Acta Obstetricia et Gynecologica Scandinavica, Swedish researchers found acupuncture to be effective in relieving back and pelvic pain during pregnancy; of the 1,500 pregnant participants, 60 percent of those who tried acupuncture reported substantial pain relief.

Natural Mothering Strategies Breast is best. Although breast-feeding isn’t super easy, it’s the healthiest option. “Human milk is meant for human babies, so it’s exactly formulated to be just what babies need and what they can easily digest,” notes Rothman. Breast-feeding gives babies an immunity boost, so that they tend to get sick less often and receive just the right nutrition; it also provides a sense of comfort, warmth and security that bottle feeding can’t match. Use natural remedies for illness. Aromatherapy and homeopathy remedies work to reduce mothers’ and babies’ exposure to over-the-counter drugs. For instance, eucalyptus makes a good natural decongestant; simply add a few drops into the bath, a diffuser or even onto a cotton ball that can be placed on a bedside table, for a soothing scent. Be sure to talk with your doctor about any natural measures that you are taking to support family health. Jessica Iclisoy, a holistic mother and founder of California Baby natural baby care products, writes about natural living from Beverly Hills, CA. Connect at

Touching Multiple Lives Local Ecopreneuring Moms Help Safeguard Kids’ Health


by Lynn Noelte

aintaining their families’ health became critical to two local mothers after life-changing events sparked awareness of the toxicity of common household and body care chemicals, and led them far beyond protecting just their own kin. Maple Valley resident Leslie McCann delivered a stillborn son after 23 weeks gestation. He was found to have two rare conditions never before seen together, and while her doctors assured her it was coincidental, McCann began to read Leslie McCann of about healthy pregnancies in preparation for her next one. My Mama's Love “I was introduced to the damaging effects of chemicals and it hit me—I’d been selling toxic chemicals for a living for 10 years prior to conceiving my son,” McCann explains. “These toxic chemicals were in my body. Could they potentially be the cause of his tragic death? While I’ll never know for sure, the dangers of chemicals to our children and ourselves became clear,” she says. A local mother of two, Erin Naumowicz had a healthy son, but her daughter Kaitlyn began to suffer severe respiratory distress. Despite their best efforts, Kaitlyn’s doctors could Erin Naumowicz's not find the cause of her ailments, so Naumowicz began to daughter Kaitlyn methodically eliminate toxins, including PVC, BPA, phthalates, formaldehyde, chemical flame retardants and many other chemicals from her home. With these changes came dramatic and almost immediate improvements in Kaitlyn’s health. Once thought to be at risk of dying, Kaitlyn made a strong recovery and is now a thriving toddler. “Throughout this home detoxification process, I met a lot of parents facing similar challenges, but lacking the time to do the in-depth research necessary to ensure every product they purchase for their kids is a safe and healthy choice,” Naumowicz explains. She left her job at Microsoft and created an online store,, to offer products that not only boast “natural” on their label, but have been thoroughly researched with the diligence of a parent protecting her child’s health and life. When she couldn’t find anything to clear up her daughter’s eczema, McCann began creating her own salves from pure essential oils and other natural ingredients. They worked. This success, coupled with the experience of losing her son, led McCann to create My Mama’s Love All-Natural Skin Care and made her passionate about guiding families away from chemical-laden choices. “If you can’t afford to do everything at once, add natural alternatives as you run out of things,” McCann advises families wanting to transition to safer household products. Like McCann, Naumowicz recommends making gradual changes. “I advise prioritizing three areas for your family, to the extent you can afford: what goes into their bodies, what goes on their skin, and what’s in the air they’re breathing, especially in their sleeping environment, where they spend up to 70 percent of the time when their developing bodies are the most susceptible to chemical toxins.” For these mothers turned business owners, discovering the knowledge to keep their children safe from toxic chemicals has made them able to touch the lives of so many others. Find My Mama’s Love products at Visit Lullaby Organics at natural awakenings May 2011 19

Natural Beauty — HEAD TO TOE A Holistic Guide to Looking Your Best by Frances Lefkowitz


it tight and strong.” Basically, a diet that’s good for the body is great for the skin, as well, and comprises vegetables, fruits, whole grains, lean proteins and healthy fats, such as olive oil. As for key foods, helpful antioxidants are found in berries and brightly colored fruits; Tannis especially likes kiwis and raspberries. Seeds and nuts have well-known anti-inflammatory properties, as well as minerals that form the building blocks of healthy skin and hair. Studies in the British Journal of Nutrition and elsewhere indicate that omega-3 oil, from borage, flaxseed, or fatty, saltwater fish like salmon can help hydrate the skin and reduce puffiness. According to research from the University of Brussels, silica—present in cucumbers, rhubarb, bean sprouts and other veggies—seems to play a role in skin hydration, as well as the formation of healthy nails and hair. Because skin, nails and hair all need a range of nutrients to grow, repair, and rejuvenate, Tannis also suggests a good multivitamin supplement. Finally, drinking plenty of water is vital to keeping skin hydrated from the inside out.

s it true that, You’re only as pretty as you feel? Yes, says Alan Dattner, a New York medical doctor and pioneer in holistic dermatology. “The most important thing that people can do for beauty,” he says, “is to come from peace, joy, appreciation and happiness inside, and let that radiate out on their faces.” Many experts agree: The secret to true beauty is to work from the inside out, as well as the outside in, reducing exposure to toxins of all sorts, including stress, and watching what we put in the body, as well as what we put on it. Here’s how Natural Awakenings’ panel of beauty professionals answered when asked how we can take good care of skin, hair and nails, and look our best, naturally.

SKIN How do I keep my skin resilient, clear and looking youthful? “Lifestyle issues, including stress, have a huge impact on skin,” advises Allison Tannis, a registered holistic nutritionist and author of Feed Your Skin, Starve Your Wrinkles. Before spending money on creams and treatments, look at your eating, sleeping, working, playing and exercising habits. “Stress, whether environmental or internal, increases the body’s production of free radicals, which leads to damage of cells, including skin cells,” Tannis explains. So, anti-stress activities, and just relaxing, boost your appearance. Adequate sleep is also crucial for cellular rejuvenation, 20

which is why signs of sleep deprivation show up in the face immediately, ranging from pimples and puffiness to creases and dark, under-eye circles. A healthy skin diet is high in antiinflammatory foods and antioxidants that fight free radicals. Tannis notes that, “Inflammation disorganizes the skin’s complex infrastructure that keeps

HAIR Labels on my hair care products show a long list of unpronounceable ingredients. Is it possible to get great hair without dumping all these chemicals on it? It’s smart to be concerned about the

ingredients in hair care and skincare products, because they are subject to little official regulation and may include ingredients that are not only ineffective, but harmful to health and damaging to hair and skin. That’s why green living expert Renée Loux, author of Easy Green Living, makes environmentally friendly choices. “If it’s toxic for the Earth, it’s probably toxic for our bodies, too,” she believes. Complex ingredient lists often make it hard to know what we’re applying. Fortunately, consumer advocates like Loux ( and the Environmental Working Group (ewg. org) have done our homework for us. When choosing products, Loux’s rule of thumb is, “plants over petroleum.” In other words, if the primary ingredients—listed in descending order by percentage in a shampoo, conditioner, gel, serum or mousse—are botanical or plant-derived ingredients, you and the planet are probably safe. Petroleum and petrochemicals—which are commonly used in many hair care products and are derived from a non-renewable resource—don’t break down well into natural components in the environment and may be harmful to human health. Loux also pays special attention to the, last few ingredients listed on the label because this is where innocuous-sounding toxins often hide, perhaps as a fragrance or colorant. In the shampoo category, Loux likes low-sudsing versions, because suds are typically created by syntheticfoaming agents called sulfates (sodium lauryl sulfate is common) that may irritate skin and poison the environment. With hair color, look for a stylist that uses low-ammonia dyes, or buy them yourself in health food stores and natural pharmacies; temporary colorants are safer than permanent dyes. “The deeper the color, the more important it is to look at the ingredients,” counsels Loux.

what my skin really needs to look its best. What are the basic necessities for a natural skincare routine? Cleansing (morning and night for oily skin, just at bedtime for dry skin) and moisturizing (all skin types) are the basics of daily skincare, according to dermatology physician Jeanette Jacknin, author of Smart Medicine for Your Skin and founder of the J.J.M.D. Botanical Dermatology skincare line. She says that soaps are generally too harsh and drying for facial skin, so use a non-soap cleanser instead, preferably

one that is pH balanced. Oily skin will need a toner after washing to control oil secretion, and then a moisturizer, while dry skin can go straight to the moisturizer. “Men’s skin is actually thicker, rougher, and more oily and sweaty than women’s skin,” notes Jacknin. “Also, men have the special challenges of a beard. So, while a man may borrow his wife’s or girlfriend’s lotion, he may also want to find a skincare line made especially for him.” The next two steps in Jacknin’s natural skincare routine are exfoliation, to remove dead skin cells from the skin

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surface, and facial masks, which deep-clean, nourish and revitalize skin. These steps should be done once or twice a week, depending on skin type and the strength of the exfoliator or mask. Exfoliates come in two forms: abrasives, which physically rub off the dead skin cells; and chemical, which dissolve or peel away the surface skin layer. Natural abrasives include oatmeal and sugar granules, while fruit sugars and fruit acids, from pumpkin, apple or papaya, for example, provide natural chemical peels. Look for products with fruitderived exfoliates or make your own (Jacknin recommends Take advantage of professional exfoliation and facial treatments by estheticians and spas that use professional product lines with plantbased ingredients. The final step in any skincare routine is sun protection. Wearing essential clothing, including hats, sunglasses and long sleeves, and staying out of the midday sun are dermatologist Dattner’s first choices for protecting skin from rays that can age and damage it. When in the sun, wear a mineral-based sun block such as zinc oxide, which stays on top of the skin, rather than getting absorbed, and forms a physical barrier to both UVA and UVB ultraviolet rays. Also, watch out for nano-minerals; these have been broken into particles small enough to be absorbed by the skin during the manufacturing process, with possibly harmful results, according to Dattner, Loux and other experts. Unfortunately, the U.S. government does not require that nano-minerals be listed on labels, so consumers must do their own research. What about makeup? As Loux points out, the skin absorbs 60 percent of what goes on it, and many cosmetics are full of unregulated, untested petrochemicals. Does that mean you shouldn’t wear any makeup? Not at all. Makeup artist Jessa Blades, of Blades Natural Beauty (, says that switching over to natural, safe, mineral- and plant-based cosmetics is easy, as long as you are realistic. In general, the fewer ingredients used, the safer the product. “Give natural products a bit of time, and don’t be so hard on them,” she suggests. Her natural eyeliner requires reapplying a few times a day, she says. “But I’m willing to do that for my health.” Her tips for making the transition: 1) Switch slowly; don’t dump all your old favorites all at once; 2) Go natural on the products you use every day, such as concealer and lipstick, which gets absorbed directly into the bloodstream when you eat or lick your lips; 3) Change your expectations, as natural makeup is not as long-lasting, inexpensive or easy-to-find as the more common, but toxic, stuff. The good news is when it comes time to remove it, all you need is raw coconut or sweet almond oil and a cotton ball. “Natural makeup just slides right off,” says Blades.

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onto my fingernails? “If your eyes are watering, your nose is twitching and your lungs are seizing up, you should listen to your body,” says Loux. It is hard to get colors—especially bright, deep, rich, shimmering ones—to stick to nails; consequently, of all cosmetics, nail polishes tend to contain the most toxins. “Nail polish is one of the tougher products to find for someone who’s looking to go natural,” says Loux. But she points out that some brands are eliminating toluene, a petroleumbased solvent that the Environmental Protection Agency has linked to mild to severe problems with respiratory and nervous systems as well as kidney and liver functions. These less toxic polishes require more benign removers than conventional noxioussmelling acetones. Always apply them outside or near an open window. Even better, achieve a smooth, clear shine without any polish using a nail buffer. It’s a quick, inexpensive way for men and women to sustain a natural, finished look.

FEET What can I do to get my winter-weary feet ready for sandals? In a word, exfoliate. Rub away calluses and thickened, cracked skin with an emery board, and then relax while soaking feet in Epsom salts to soften skin, and rub gently with a luffa or pumice stone. Foot scrubs containing salt or sugar granules invigorate and increase circulation, especially if they include peppermint, rosemary or tea tree oil within a moisturizing Shea butter or organic foot oil. Exfoliating creams, similar to facial exfoliates, but stronger, also help peel away withered winter skin. Always be sure to apply a moisturizer to protect the newly exposed skin. Remember to soften elbows and knees, too. Frances Lefkowitz’s new book, To Have Not, was named one of five Best Memoirs of 2010 by Connect at natural awakenings

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Caring for Your Aging Pet by Dr. Darla Rewers


ust like people, as our pets age, their needs change. Quiet time and restful sleep become more important, and feeding them diets higher in antioxidants, vitamins and minerals can slow or correct oxidative damage and degenerative changes in the body. It is especially important to balance the diet in a way that decreases impact on the kidneys if they are deteriorating. As hearing and vision diminish, older pets may startle easily, so they should be approached slowly and awakened gently. Diminishing faculties or cognitive dysfunction may make pets less aware of cars, requiring extra vigilance on the part of everyone around them. Shorter, more frequent walks and moderate exercise to keep joints supple and muscles toned without overtiring are better for senior dogs. Family and friends that don’t notice a pet’s subtle

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soreness, often becoming less playful or subtly more sullen. Alternative therapies such as acupuncture, massage, physical therapy and water exercise can help pets with sore muscles and joints. With the hectic schedules most people keep, it can be easy to forget that the needs of our aging pets may take more effort, patience and attentiveness. It is imperative to remember that everyone will experience the changes of aging, and we should be as kind to our unconditionally loving, furry companions as we would be to any family member. Holistic Veterinarian Darla Rewers, D.V.M., is offering a free Holistic Medicine for Pets lecture from 3-4 p.m., May 15, at Ancient Arts Holistic Animal Services, 110 N. 36th St., Seattle. For more information, call 206-547-1025 or visit

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Free Yoga Class at Whole Life Yoga ­– 4:155:30pm. Drop by for a free introductory class at our beautiful studio and begin to experience the relaxing, balancing effects of yoga. Herbal tea, mats, and all equipment provided. Designed for first-time students. Arrive 15-20 mins prior to class and dress to move freely. 8551 Greenwood Ave N, Ste 2, Seattle. Registration required: 206-784-2882.

Edible Plant Sale 2011 – May 7-8. 9am-3pm. Take part in this festive annual spring gardener gathering and enjoy choosing from the largest selection of organically, sustainably and locally grown vegetable starts in the Puget Sound region. Meridian Park, 4649 Sunnyside Ave N, Seattle. 206-633-0451 x 119.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 4 Bike Month Kick-Off Potluck – 6-8pm. Connect with neighbors for a potluck to kick off Bike Month. Phinney Neighborhood Center, 6532 Phinney Ave N, Seattle. 206-783-2244. Longevity & Vitality: Creating a Disease-Free Future – 7-10pm. Dr. Clement will explore 50 years of clinical research and human experience on the subject of disease prevention and life extension. He will explain how people can lengthen their life span and increase the quality of health and well-being. $20/advance, $30/at door. Thrive Wellness Center, 31463 Barben Rd, Sedro Woolley. Registration required: 360-826-3332.

THURSDAY, MAY 5 Explore Bastyr’s Undergraduate Programs – 6-7:30pm. Learn about the undergraduate programs offered by Bastyr University. Bastyr University Campus, Rm 146, 14500 Juanita Dr NE, Kenmore. RSVP: 425-602-3330 x 5. Spring Detox & Weight Loss Series – Thursdays, May 5-26. 7-8:30pm. Four-session seminar teaches knowledge to make lasting dietary and lifestyle changes. Measurements, weight and blood pressure will be taken to monitor success. Includes handouts, recipes and a detox tea. Space limited. $85. Thrive Natural Family Medicine, 5020 Meridian Ave N, Ste 104, Seattle. Registration required: 206-2571488. 5K Walk: International Day of the Midwife – 7-9pm. Walk is part of a global event where midwives around the world will be advocating to improve maternal and newborn health. Seattle will be joined by world-famous midwife, Ina May Gaskin. Donations accepted. Alki Park, West Seattle. 888-422-4784.

FRIDAY, MAY 6 Mother’s Day Retreat – May 6-8. Celebrate Mother’s Day at Thrive Wellness Center. Price includes lodging for two; three raw, organic meals per day; and optional classes on 50 beautiful acres in the scenic foothills of the Cascades. Only 1.5-hr drive from Seattle. $499. 31463 Barben Rd, Sedro Woolley. Registration required: 206-429-5411.


Canning 106: Bottling Homemade Hot Sauce – 11am. Vic Phelps teaches how to brew and bottle homemade hot sauces in a safe manner for longterm storage. Hands-on class; attendees take home a bottle of homemade hot sauce. $20. Goods For The Planet, 525 Dexter Ave N, Seattle. Register:

SUNDAY, MAY 8 Canning 102: Preserving Fruit – 11am. Vic Phelps teaches how to efficiently preserve local fruits including the tips that make the project easier. Following the class, student will be able to select the fruits they want to preserve and successfully can those products for safe, long-term storage. $20. Goods For The Planet, 525 Dexter Ave N, Seattle. Register: Ina May Gaskin - Birth Works: Why Don’t We Know It? – 12:30-4:30pm. Two lively hours of wisdom and wit with Ina May Gaskin as she discusses topics from her new book, Birth Matters, a spirited manifesta showing us how to trust women, value birth, nurture families, and reconcile modern life with a process as old as our species. Community Birth Fair prior to lecture. $15/advance, $20/at door. 1119 Eighth Ave, Seattle. 888-422-4784.

TUESDAY, MAY 10 Gluten-Free and Ready for Spring – 6-8pm. An evening of exploring gluten-free eating. On the menu: gazpacho, chicken posole with avocado and lime and more. $30. Whole Foods, 888 116th Ave NE, Bellevue. Register: 425-462-1400 x 0.

THURSDAY, MAY 12 Climate Change Impacts on Water Resources in the Pacific Northwest – 9am-5pm. One-day symposium features presentations from a range of experts about observed and modeled impacts of climate change on the region’s water resources and policy responses. $50/students & unemployed, $100/gov’t & nonprofit, $150/full. Sustainable Seattle, 7700 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle. Registration required: 206-622-3522. Organic Gardening 101 – 6-8pm. Learn the basic principles and techniques of organic gardening in this Seattle Tilth introductory class. $25/Seattle Tilth members, $36/nonmembers. Good Shepherd Center, Rm 107, 4649 Sunnyside Ave N, Seattle. Registration required: 800-838-3006. BrownPaper

FRIDAY, MAY 13 Understanding Bone Health – 10-11am. Naturopathic physician Scott Moser will answer questions and discuss strategies for maintaining healthy bones through puberty, menopause, and beyond. Free. Thrive Natural Family Medicine, 5020 Meridian Ave N, Ste 104, Seattle. Registration required: 206-257-1488.

SATURDAY, MAY 14 Organic Pest Management – 10am-12pm. Workshop takes an ecological approach to protecting apples, pears, Asian pears and stone fruits from common pests in the Pacific Northwest, including apple maggot fly, codling moth, scab and other fungal diseases. $15/City Fruit members, $20/ nonmembers. Bradner Gardens Park, 1733 Brander Pl S, Seattle. Registration required: BrownPaper Holistic Medicine: What is it & How can it Help my Pet? – 3-4pm. Free talk given by Dr. Darla Rewers addressing introductory material ranging from nutrition, behavior, herbs, acupuncture, and other alternative and holistic therapies available for animals. Learn how to enhance wellness, address symptoms or illness without prescription drugs, or to minimize adverse effects of regular treatments. Ancient Arts Holistic Vet, 110 N 36th St, Seattle. 206-547-1025. Protein for a Vegetarian Diet – 3-5:30pm. Learn about vegetable proteins, how to cook with them and how much protein to consume daily in this class by Birgitte Antonsen. $35/members, $40/ nonmembers. Issaquah PCC, 1810 12th Ave NW, Issaquah. Registration required: 425-369-1222.

SUNDAY, MAY 15 Yoga for Men ­– 9-10:15am. 6-wk class links breath and movement to help increase flexibility, muscle strength, endurance, reduce stress and create a sense of well-being by applying a variety of yoga principles. Appropriate for all fitness levels and abilities. $90. 8551 Greenwood Ave N, Ste 2, Seattle. Registration required: 206-784-2882.

TUESDAY, MAY 17 Forensic Healing – 7-9pm. Resolve the real cause of pain and stress with master Australian healer Marisa Russo in this free healing workshop. Friends Philosophy & Tea Room, 13850 Bel-Red Rd, Bellevue. Reserve space: 800-896-9136. MarisaRusso. com/NSJ.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 18 Medicinal & Edible Plant Walk – 10-11:30am. Naturopathic physicians Scott Moser and Corinne Harpster lead a free hike in Discovery Park and inform about the medicinal uses of plants found along the way. Tea provided at end of hike. Space limited. Children welcome. Free. Thrive Natural Family Medicine, 5020 Meridian Ave N, Ste 104, Seattle. Registration required: 206-257-1488.

FRIDAY, MAY 20 Matrix Energetics: The Science & Art of Transformation – May 20-23. Dr. Richard Bartlett, bestselling author and founder of Matrix Energetics, will offer his internationally acclaimed seminars for insight, healing and spiritual growth. Cost varies. Doubletree Seattle Airport, 18740 International Blvd, Seattle. 800-269-9513. Info@

SATURDAY, MAY 21 Green Festival – May 21-22. Includes presentations by more than 125 renowned authors, leaders and visionaries, informative how-to workshops, cutting-edge films, enriching kids’ activities, organic beer and wine, delicious organic vegan and vegetarian cuisine, diverse live music and an amazing marketplace of more than 350 green local and national businesses and organizations. $10/ advance, $15/at door. Quest Event Center, 800 Occidental Ave, Seattle. City Chickens 101 – 10am-12:30pm. Find out what it takes to keep chickens in the city. $30/ Seattle Tilth members, $40/nonmembers. Good Shepherd Center, Rm 107, 4649 Sunnyside Ave N, Seattle. Buy tickets: 800-838-3006. BrownPaper Anti-Aging Remedies for Health and Longevity with John Hibbs, ND – 10:30-11:30am. Free. Bastyr Center for Natural Health, 3670 Stone Way N, Seattle. Registration encouraged: 206-834-4163. Canning 105: Quick Pickles – 2:30-4pm. Vic Phelps teaches the secrets of preserving vegetables with vinegar and salt. Following the class students will be able to safely produce cucumber pickles and vegetable pickles for long term storage. $20. Goods For The Planet, 525 Dexter Ave N, Seattle. Register: Forensic Healing – 7-9pm. Resolve the real cause of pain and stress with master Australian healer Marisa Russo in this intensive workshop. $97. Crowne Plaza Hotel, 1113 6th Ave, Seattle. Reserve space: 800-896-9136.

MONDAY, MAY 23 Foods to Beat the Blues – 6:30-9pm. Learn about foods that help restore vitality and re-establish balance in the body with clinical advice from Dr. Oldfield, and delicious recipes from nutritionist Michelle Babb. Sample energizing and stabilizing foods. $35/member, $40/nonmember. West Seattle PCC, 2749 California Ave SW, Seattle. Registration required: 206-937-8481. PccNatural

for individuals with compromised health and will serve as a reminder of the essential role played by emergency meal providers in addressing hunger within the community. $25. 700 Virginia St, Seattle. 206-957-3857. Order tickets: BrownPaperTickets. com/event/159442.

THURSDAY, MAY 26 Raising Environmentally Conscious Kids – 5:307:30pm. Dynamic and interactive workshop by Gina Diamond is designed to empower parents, teachers, and guardians to help children embrace their connection to the Earth and make choices that are compassionate, sustainable, and respectful. $40. Phinney Neighborhood Center, Rm 6, 6532 Phinney Ave N, Seattle. 206-659-8077.

TUESDAY, MAY 31 Health Starts Here Supper Club – 6-7:30pm. Share a three-course tasting meal featuring Health Starts Here recipes, a nutrient-dense, plant-strong diet. $10. Whole Foods, 888 116th Ave NE, Bellevue. Register: 425-462-1400 x 0.

save the date SATURDAY, JUNE 4 Herb & Food Fair – 10am-5pm. The 13th annual Bastyr University Herb and Food Fair, themed “growing healthy families,” is free and open to the public featuring a variety of educational speakers, cooking demonstrations, live entertainment and more. Bastyr University Campus Grounds, 14500 Juanita Dr NE, Kenmore. 425-823-1300.

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Mother Earth News Fair – Jun 4-5. A fun-filled, family-oriented, sustainable lifestyle fair, with workshops, hands-on demonstrations in organic gardening, country living skills, renewable energy, and more. $15/day pre-ordered pass, $20/at gate. Puyallup Fairgrounds.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 22 Anti-Aging Lifestyle: Scientific Principles for Optimal Health, Youthful Appearance and Longevity ­– 7-9pm. Dr. Adiel Tel-Oren teaches about nature’s important wellness tools as well as fundamental nutrients and dietary choices to maximize and extend one’s enjoyment of life. $10. University Heights Center, 5031 University Way NE, Seattle. RSVP: 425-753-0634 or

WEDNESDAY, MAY 25 Eat Real Food: Food for Life – 5:30-8pm. Meals Partnership Coalition’s premier fundraising event features an organic hors d’oeuvres and wine happy hour at FareStart Resturant. Happy hour guests will be entertained with live music performed by Andre Feriante and a silent auction will keep the evening lively and fun. In addition to raising funds for MPC, event will support and promote the availability of nutritionally dense and health-sustaining food

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sunday Prenatal Yoga ­– 3-4:30pm. Practice the art of relaxation through breath awareness, reduce physical tension, and safely prepare for labor. $110/8-class pass. 8 Limbs Yoga, Phinney Ridge, 6801 Greenwood Ave N, Seattle. Registration required: 206325-8221.

monday Feldenkrais® and Yoga ­– Returns May 9. 9:30-10:45am. Fluent movement combinations constructed around natural principles including effortlessness, grace, elegance and harmony reveal innate balance, dignity, poise and grace. $75/5-class card. m’illumino, 6921 Roosevelt Way NE, Seattle. 206-525-0363. Infant Massage Class ­– 10:30-11:45am. Promote better infant health and meet other moms while learning infant massage techniques. $25/1 class, $100/5 classes. Queen Anne Christian Church, 1316 3rd Ave W, Seattle. Registration required: 206-409-4812. Awareness Through Movement®– 7-8pm. With LeeAnn Starovasnik. Engage your brain and your body in new ways in each class; discover a fun and easy movement method while improving physical movements, sense of balance and overall well-being. Please inquire for cost. m’illumino, 6921 Roosevelt Way NE, Seattle. 206-525-0363.

tuesday Feldenkrais®: Anatomy of Grace ­– 9:1510:30am. With Bridget Thompson. Fluent movement combinations constructed around natural principles including effortlessness, grace, elegance and harmony reveal innate balance, dignity, poise and grace. $75/5-class card. m’illumino, 6921 Roosevelt Way NE, Seattle. 206-525-0363. Urban Forest Restoration ­– 10am-2pm. Tues, Thurs & Sat. Nature Consortium holds volunteer work parties throughout the week in the West Duwamish Greenbelt. Volunteers help to pull invasive plant species, spread mulch and plant native trees or shrubs. Work rain or shine, so be prepared for any weather. Free. 206-923-0853. RSVP online at under “forest restoration.” Bold Ballet – Returns May 10. 10:45am-12pm. With Bridget Thompson. Experience the absolute joy of dancing whilst training for focus and elegance. A heart-centered technique, improving posture, flexibility, fitness and strength. Bold


Ballet is inspired and informed by Feldenkrais®. $75/5-class card. m’illumino, 6921 Roosevelt Way NE, Seattle. 206-525-0363. Seattle Greendrinks – 5:30pm. 2nd Tues. Informal social networking to connect and unite those working or interested in environmental issues. Locations vary. Details: Natural Business Networking – 6pm. 3rd Tues. Meet sustainable business owners, holistic practitioners and others active in the natural marketplace for relationship building and collaboration. Sponsored by Seattle Natural Awakenings magazine. No registration required. Suggested $3 donation benefits local nonprofit. Goods For The Planet, 525 Dexter Ave N, Seattle. More info: Publisher@ Tribal Bellydance ­– 7-8pm. With Shay Moore. Learn bellydance. Classes open to women of all ages and girls ages 10 and up. Accessible to all. $60/6-wk series. m’illumino, 6921 Roosevelt Way NE, Seattle. 206-525-0363.

wednesday Infant Massage Class ­– 10-11:30am. 1st, 3rd & 4th Wed. Class taught in Japanese. See Mon listing. $25/1 class, $100/5 classes. Overlake Hospital City University, Bldg F, 2nd Fl, Rm 15, 150 120th Ave NE, Bellevue. Registration required: 425-6885259. Guided Imagery Meditation – May 4 & 18. 5:306:30pm. With Emilie Diesen. Learn how to use the power of the mind to relax the body and soothe the spirit. The tools that you take away will help you combat daily stresses while keeping your body relaxed, your spirit calm and your mind focused. $25/class. m’illumino, 6921 Roosevelt Way NE, Seattle. 206-525-0363.

Holistic Moms Network Tacoma Chapter Meeting – 5:30-7:30pm. Last Thurs. Get connected to other like-minded moms and dads interested in holistic health and green living. Bates Technical College, S Campus, Home and Family Life Bldg, 2201 S 78th St, Tacoma. 253-381-4701. Home. Baby Diaper Service 101 ­– 6:30-7:30pm. 2nd Thurs. Learn the environmental and health benefits of using cloth diapers including information on how Baby Diaper Service home delivery works. $10/ family. Free to existing customers. Birth & Beyond, 2719 E Madison St, Seattle. Registration required: 206-634-2229. Free Meditation Workshop ­– 7-8pm. Sahaja meditation is a simple, time-honored technique that helps reduce stress and increase wellness. Anyone can do it. Free. Sahaja Meditation, 15600 NE 8th St, Bellevue. 425-753-0634. Free Meditation Workshop ­– 7:30-8:30pm. See Thurs listing. Free. Lynwood Library, 19200 44th Ave W, Lynnwood. 425-753-0634.

friday Wassa Dance – 9-10am. A lively accessible mix of traditional and contemporary polyrhythmic movement inspired by the elemental roots of music and styles from Africa and the Americas. Classes designed to be, and are best experienced, barefoot. Drop-ins welcome. $15. ARC School of Ballet, 9250 14th Ave NW, Seattle. 206-284-9473.

saturday Wassa Dance – 9-10am. See Fri listing. ARC School of Ballet, 9250 14th Ave NW, Seattle. 206284-9473. Urban Forest Restoration ­– 10am-2pm. See Tues listing. RSVP & location: 206-923-0853 or

thursday Urban Forest Restoration ­– 10am-2pm. See Tues listing. RSVP & location: 206-923-0853 or Greening Your Home Workshop ­– 5-5:45pm. 3rd Thurs. Jacqueline Powers, author of Transitioning to Green, will lead a discussion and answer questions about topics from the workbook and new topics in the green movement. Free. Goods For The Planet, 525 Dexter Ave N, Seattle. 206-652-2327. Awareness Through Movement® – 5:30-6:30pm. With LeeAnn Starovasnik. See Mon listing. m’illumino, 6921 Roosevelt Way NE, Seattle. 206-525-0363.

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