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elcome to the October issue of Seattle Natural Awakenings! This month marks one and a half years since we started publishing here in Seattle, and the adventure continues. Thank you for reading, and thank you for supporting our advertisers - they are the ones who make this magazine possible. Be sure to let them know you found them in Natural Awakenings! This month we look at “Shaping The Future We Want” (page 22), an overview of the recent annual United Nations earth summit, called Rio+20. The summit brought together the public and private sector to ask for commitments to sustainability, and the outcome was exciting, as large corporations pledged money and some publically announced goals to reduce carbon emissions. Our neighbor Microsoft pledged to become carbon neutral by the end of 2013 across all operations. Our day to day choices in our lives are important, but it’s great to see industry leaders taking action in ways that will trickle down through all their suppliers and set a powerful example for other companies. Have you considered switching to a plant based diet, and would like to know what kind of resources and support are available? Amanda Strombom and Stewart Rose, president and vice president of Vegetarians of Washington, outline some of the reasons to consider a plant-based diet and the fantastic local events and other resources available (page 14). Chiropractic care can be an important part of maintaining or regaining health, and I learned a lot about different techniques used by chiropractors in our article “Chiropractic Care: Help For Common Complaints” (page 20). If you haven’t been to a chiropractor before, or your idea of chiropractic work involves medieval-looking devices and loud cracking sounds, know that the field has evolved to incorporate an amazing array of healing techniques. Two of the most progressive chiropractors in town include our very own advertisers, Dr. Steve Polenz of Green Lake Chiropractic & Nutritional Healing, and Dr. Dick Shepard of The Center For Network Care. I am continually amazed at their skills as healing arts practitioners, and the depth of their commitments to the health and wellness of their patients. For our community spotlight, we profile a wonderful local company, Soaring Heart Natural Bed Company in “Leading The Way With Heart” (page 16). This company has been part of the Seattle community for years, and I very much appreciate how much they regularly give back through events that help nonprofits. There’s much more inside, so enjoy the October issue!
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Growing Food With Water And Nutrients by Lynn Noelte
13 YOGA FOR RUNNERS
Enjoy Your Run More by Andrea Blair Cirignano
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16 SOARING HEART
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newsbriefs Seattle Creative Arts Center Opens For Classes, Performances, Art Gallery
new community arts center has recently opened its doors. The Seattle Creative Arts Center, located in Ballard, is now ready for classes, workshops, performances and more according to owners Chris and Meleah Gibson. After initially signing their lease this past April, the Gibsons set about renovating the space. “Our mission is to provide a place for people of all ages to learn music, both in groups or privately,” says Chris The new Seattle Creative Arts center features space Gibson, a graduate of Cornish for an art wall and rotating exhibits. College of the Arts. The venue includes a stage with an integrated light and sound system suitable for small theater productions, and the Gibsons plan to soon feature an art wall with rotating gallery openings and shows, as well as private painting parties for children and for adults. They are currently offering guitar, bass and piano lessons. “There is not another business in the area that is offering the holistic group of activities like we are,” says Meleah Gibson, a who is a dancer, painter and lighting designer. “People can make our place their own. They can create an event, or come up with a class or workshop that is not available elsewhere with our help,” she says. Seattle Creative Arts Center is located at 2601 NW Market St, Seattle. For more information: 206-297-6001 or SeattleCreativeArts.com.
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Breema, “The Art of Being Present,” is back in Seattle
his fall, Breema returns to M’illumino in Seattle October 27-28. Breema, the art of being present, involves exercises done on one’s own body (SelfBreema), and two-person, practitioner-recipient sequences (Breema bodywork). Some say the physical techniques are like those of partner yoga and Thai massage combined. “When you are present, your mind is where your body is,” says Jon Schreiber, director of the Breema Center and author of many books about Breema. “But if you look, you’ll almost always find that your mind is everywhere but with the body. You practice Breema to have tastes of your own existence. When you are fully participating, you receive life energy from your interactions. You have to be connected to the body to be home. When mind, feelings, and body are together, you are at home.” Classes are suitable for people with or without prior bodywork experience as long as they can comfortably sit and work on a carpeted floor. Location and cost: Introduction: free, Friday, October 26, 7-8:30pm at M’illumino, 6921 Roosevelt Way NE, Seattle 98115. Workshop, at M’illumino, $200 with discounted rates available for one-day attendance or payment before 10/15. Continuing education credit is available. For more information and to register, call 510428-0937, email Center@Breema.com or visit Breema.com.
The Fremont Abbey Arts Center Alchemy West Announces Announces New Superfood New Playshop Fritz of Alchemy West is hostCooking Classes Robyn ing a new semi-monthly intuitive
ocal community arts nonprofit Fremont Abbey is offering a new series of Monday night cooking classes with guest chefs creating meals emphasizing superfoods like blueberries, spinach, kale and more. The chefs will also focus on using affordable and organic produce when possible. Parents will learn to cook a variety of nutritious dishes, ranging from healthy brain foods to vegan Hawaiian fusion with celebrity chef Mark Reinfeld, while kids learn dance, visual arts, and other creative arts connected to food and health in other rooms at the Fremont Abbey Arts Center. Cooking classes are held in the new commercial kitchen at Fremont Abbey Arts Center. Most evenings include two classes, a 4-6:30pm free class for all ages (priority enrollment for single parents with kids) and a 7-9pm class for ages 21 and older with a $5-10 suggested donation per person. Each class is valued at $3050 per class, which includes free food sampling. The superfood cooking classes are part of a new pilot program made possible by a grant from the City of Seattle Department of Neighborhoods. October classes begin Monday, Oct. 1st. Fremont Abbey Arts Center is located at 4272 Fremont Ave N, Seattle. To register: FremontAbbey.org/classes.
coaching program called Mindset Alchemy Group Playshop at East West Bookshop in Seattle from 1-2pm on October 13 and 20 and November 10 and 17. “It’s an age-old question: how do we find a satisfying, fulfilling life and career, and then save the world?” Fritz asks. “My work is about transformation,” Fritz continues. “I use a change process I call Mindset Alchemy. It combines intuitive insight, crystal energy healing, and practical life, creativity, and business coaching.” Sessions will include group meditation, exercises to tap intuitive strengths, frank conversation, and simple, effective action plans. “My clients want a fresh perspective on finding worklife balance and making their unique contribution to the world,” Fritz says. “The answer is simple, but it’s hard work: love yourself first, then have fun finding what makes you thrive.” Mindset Alchemy Group Playshops take place 1-2 p.m. Saturdays, Oct. 13 & 20, Nov. 10 & 17 at East West Bookshop, 6500 Roosevelt Way NE, Seattle. $20/first session, $15/second. For more information: Robyn@AlchemyWestInc.com.
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Workshop To Heal The Earth Returns To Washington
aster Dowser Karen Rice King is returning to the Tonasket, Wash. area Oct. 27-28, hosted for a second time this year by Brooke Medicine Eagle and Gail Krabbs. Rice King will present a weekend training in pendulum dowsing and earth acupuncture and with teach participants how to use a pendulum to ask questions, as well as L-rods to dowse the property. “Eliminating negative energy fields improves the health and well-being of the inhabitants, making the property a safer place to live,” Rice King says. Participants take home training materials and a bundle of rods to dowse and cure their own properties. Rice King has worked for over 20 years as a master dowser, healing arts practitioner and ordained minister, and leads workshop and lectures throughout the U.S. Karen Rice King will give a free talk at 3pm Nov. 3rd at Wise Awakenings, 314 E. Holly St, Bellingham. For more information: 303-665-0175 or KarenRiceKing.com.
globalbriefs News and resources to inspire concerned citizens to work together in building a healthier, stronger society that benefits all.
ecotip Breast Cancer Links to Environmental Toxins
A new study in the journal Social Science Research observes that, “Controlling for other factors, in nations where women’s status is higher, CO2 emissions are lower.” Christina Ergas and Richard York, sociologists at the University of Oregon–Eugene, found that the nations in which women have higher political status—based on how long they’ve had the right to vote and representation in parliament and ministerial governments— also have more ecologically sound outcomes than those that do not. Such outcomes included ratifying a greater number of environmental treaties, more scientiﬁc knowledge of climate change, a perception of environmental risks as more threatening and less optimism about the potential to solve problems by relying solely on technology.
ew evidence that chemical pollution may be linked to breast cancer comes from a surprising source: a group of male breast cancer patients at Camp Lejeune, a Marine Corps base in North Carolina. Poisons in the camp’s drinking water, including benzene, a carcinogenic gasoline additive, perchloroethylene (PCE) and trichloroethylene (TCE), are regarded as a cause; conditions at the base are also blamed for unusual rates of leukemia and birth defects. The worst period of contamination of the base’s water supply began in the late 1950s and continued for more than 30 more years. Because men are simpler to study than women—their risk of developing breast cancer is not complicated by factors such as menstruation, reproduction, breastfeeding and hormone replacement therapy—the epidemiologists may be able to conclusively link industrial chemicals with an increased risk of the disease for both genders.
Source: National Disease Clusters Alliance
Women Leaders Combat Climate Change
Africa’s E-Waste Is Skyrocketing The collective economies of Africa are set on a course to produce more electronic e-waste than Europe by 2017, according to Katharina Kummer Peiry, executive secretary of the Basel Convention on Hazardous Wastes. At a recent Pan-African Forum on e-waste in Nairobi, Kenya, she attributed the exponential increase to population growth and the increased availability of mobile phones, computers and accessories. More recycling could be advanced, she says, by the fact that significant amounts of valuable metals such as gold, silver, palladium and copper can be salvaged from electronic devices at less cost than smelting them from virgin ores. Source: TerraDaily.com
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ABCs Keep Colon Cancer at Bay
hat do Brussels sprouts, broccoli, cabbage and cauliflower have in common? According to a new study published in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association, these cruciferous veggies are associated with a decreased risk of colon cancer. Throw in a good measure of A’s, as in apples, and people can also reduce their risk of distal colon cancer, report researchers from the Western Australian Institute for Medical Research at the University of Western Australia and Deakin University, in Victoria, Australia. The investigation examined the potential link between fruits and vegetables and three cancers in different parts of the bowel.
Dentists Can Help Diagnose Gluten Sensitivity
he mouth may be one place that signs of celiac disease or gluten sensitivity are manifested, according to a recent study by researchers at Dalhousie University, in Halifax, Nova Scotia. They discovered a link between the disorder and dental enamel defects and recurrent aphthous ulcers, or canker sores, and concluded that dentists can play an important role in identifying unrecognized celiac disease. Appropriate referral and timely diagnosis can help prevent serious complications.
Vitamin D Curbs Depression
ow levels of vitamin D have been linked to depression, particularly among those with a history of the disorder, according to what researchers believe is the largest such investigation ever undertaken. University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center psychiatrists, working with the Cooper Center Longitudinal Study, reviewed the relevant results of nearly 12,600 participants from late 2006 to late 2010. They suggest that patients with a history of depression could benefit from a vitamin D assessment.
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Home Aquaponics Growing Food With Water And Nutrients By Lynn Noelte
quaponics, the combination of hydroponics (growing plants with just water and nutrients) and aquaculture (growing fish), isn’t limited to experimental science. Washington resident Greg Hendrick and his wife Brenda have set up an aquaponic system in their Wenatchee home using the Foody, a growing tower that he also sells. “We have a 28 gallon black plastic tub for our tilapia fish,” Hendrick explains. “From there we siphon the water to a used 20 gallon aquarium in which we have a small pump. The pump moves the water up to the top of the growing tower.” Once the water reaches the top of the growing tower, gravity feeds it down into the base where it is siphoned back into the fish tank. “This makes a closed looped system,” Hendrick says. “The fish waste in the water feeds the plants nutrients and the plants clean the water for the fish—everybody wins.” Hendrick notes that growing hydroponically and vertically maximizes the use of small spaces, accommodates a wide variety of plant-specific needs, and takes advantage of the year-round indoor climate control that already exists in the spaces that people live. “As a result, there’s far less stress on the plants from disease and weeds and the growing temperature is ideal,” he says. “As long as adequate lighting is provided the plants will grow fast and become very productive.” Hendrick has a total of 38 plants growing indoors, which take up only two square feet of floor space. “We enjoy not having to do any weeding,” he says. “In fact, we enjoy the whole process, from planting
of the seeds to harvesting the food, herbs, and fish. The Tilapia grow to over a pound in weight in seven to eight months which is very fast for fish. We harvest them once they have reached just over a pound,” he explains. Foods Hendrick has successfully grown include cucumbers, red and yellow peppers, broccoli, peas, strawberries, oregano, cress, kale, tomatoes, all types of lettuce, lavender, leeks, dill, cilantro, and mint. “Being able to grow year-round allows us to always have something fresh and tasty to eat,” Hendrick says. “Most people are amazed at the concept of growing plants without soil. Telling them that we are also growing fish to feed the plants and us is also a surprise.” For more information: 509-293-2628 or SmartToGrow.com.
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Seattle’s Hidden Healing Gem By Eliza Secrist Fletcher
For months, a friend had been advising me to visit her chiropractor, Dr. Dick Shepard. I wasn’t looking forward to visiting yet another new healthcare provider. I knew they all meant well, but so often, I left healthcare offices feeling unseen and unheard, and definitely, unhealthy. However, my friend had assured me that Dr. Shepard was not your ordinary chiropractor! Almost within moments of stepping inside Dr. Shepard’s office, I realized this experience would, indeed, be different, and my tension began to evaporate. Just being there felt good. I also quickly learned that Network Care or NSA is unlike other chiropractic methods. It could be considered deeper, and yet it usually feels much gentler than a conventional chiropractic adjustment. The patient’s only task during an adjustment is to relax and breathe while Dr. Shepard uses gentle, triggering touches to help the body release tension. Dr. Shepard explains that he “is looking for tension in the body, which the patient might not even know is there”. He has discovered that most people unconsciously carry tension throughout their bodies and this tension can result in any number of symptoms including chronic pain, depression and/or anxiety, digestive distress, headaches, TMJ, sleep disorders, and loss of vitality. With just the slightest touch, Dr. Shepard helps the body release and redirect that tension. The patient’s immediate responses vary from deepening of the breath to involuntary movement and/or to vocalization, all leading to feelings of greater relaxation and well being. The longer-term results are often amazing and go far beyond relief of pain and symptoms to include improvements in emotional and physical health, as well as improved quality of life.
In my experience, the effect of Dr. Shepard’s care has been startling. When I began care, it seemed unlikely that those brief and mysterious sessions with Dr. Shepard would lift my depression and resolve my chronic pain; and yet, they did. I was soon amazed at how much better I felt after each session. And, that feeling of well-being persisted as I began to shift physically and emotionally in subtle, and not so subtle, ways. Not only have my original Seattle
symptoms changed, but I also feel a greater sense of ease in my life and in my body. Instead of looking at what’s wrong with your body, they focus on what is already working well; and, expanding on that, I experienced amazing results! I’m truly glad I followed my friend’s advice and visited “Seattle’s Hidden Healing Gem”! Not surprisingly, healing has been a lifelong journey for Dr. Shepard. He received his degree Summa Cum Laude in Chiropractic, and he continues to study both conventional and non-conventional healing modalities. When in chiropractic school, he quickly chose to specialize in Network Spinal Analysis (NSA) because of the depth and breadth of changes he saw and experienced. Also, Dr. Shepard has achieved the highest level of NSA certification and has served on staff with Dr. Donald Epstein, the founder of NSA. And, coming from a long lineage of healers, he understands that true healing is about healing the entire being, not just parts of the person. Dr. Dick Shepard has been in practice for 18 years.
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Yoga for Runners
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ext month marks one of the most popular fitness events in the Pacific Northwest, the Seattle half and full marathon. The race debuted in 1970 with 38 runners and, in 2011, 11,000 runners and walkers participated. No doubt that most of these runners know it is important to stretch and some of them may even turn to yoga for that benefit. “As I’ve gotten older, running seems to tighten my muscles up more and more,” said Gail Cromer, a 30 year runner and a yoga student at Yogavana in Mercer Island, “Yoga helps loosen me up again.” Yoga can be of greater benefit than traditional running stretches because dynamic stretching, which includes movement and stretches connective tissue and muscle, is a more effective way to prepare muscles and joints for cardiovascular exercise and static stretches, held for at least a few seconds, are better when the body is already warm from exercise. However, yoga is much more than just a form of stretching. Yoga can increase strength, improve running speed and stamina and reduce pain and risk of injury, all of which lead to more enjoyable races. It’s not always practical to make it to a yoga class before or after a run but even a few poses done before or after hitting the track, treadmill or trail can work wonders!
Runners who only have time for one pose before a run may consider doing downward facing dog. Start on hands and knees, curl toes under, lift knees, press hips up and back and find movement to loosen and strengthen the entire body. Bend the knees, pedal feet, wiggle hips and lift one leg and hip at a time to loosen and strengthen the entire body. The most important after-run pose is legs-up-the-wall. Lie on side with hips and feet touching wall and knees bent then roll onto back and extend legs up. Just relax and hold the pose anywhere from 10 breaths to 10 minutes. Legsup-the-wall will reverse gravity after the toll it took on your body during your run, it will drain joints of the low body, relieve back pain and put the body into a resting state so you can more quickly recover from a run. Writer Andrea Blair Cirignano is a local yoga instructor with a journalism background. She believes yoga is for everyone and that each member of the community could benefit from the practice in some way, shape or form. Her articles highlight the unique pairing of this ancient practice with a modern Pacific Northwest lifestyle. Find out more about Andrea at abcyogi.com.
MONTHLY DINING EVENT Wednesday Oct 17th, 6:30pm at the Mount Baker Community Club, Seattle You don’t need to be a vegetarian to enjoy a delicious multi-course vegetarian dinner. Catered by a different restaurant or chef each month. $15 plus tax for members, $20 plus tax for guests, children half-price. VegofWa.org/monthlydining.aspx or 206 706 2635 for reservations.
Are You Veg-curious? Anyone Can Enjoy A Plant-Based Diet Guest editorial by Amanda Strombom and Stewart Rose
any Seattle area residents are among those known as “vegcurious:” they have heard about some of the benefits of going vegetarian, but don’t know where to start. They are not alone. According to a 2008 Vegetarian Times survey, 3.2 percent of the American population are vegetarian, but another 10 percent say they largely follow a “vegetarian inclined” diet and a further 5.2 percent are definitely interested in following a vegetarian-based diet in the future. Some of the most recent people to change their diets include sports stars such as Arian Foster (Houson Texans running back), Tim Bradley (welterweight boxing star) and closer to home, Deuce Lutui (a former Seahawks lineman). From Hollywood to TV land, there are far too many vegetarians to mention, but one of
the newest is Michelle Pfeiffer (movie actress). Former president, Bill Clinton has to be the most famous person who recently turned vegan. Many of these stars are turning to a veg diet for health and athletic performance reasons. Choosing to reduce the risk of a heart attack, diabetes, cancer or stroke, along with many other diseases, or discovering that you can lose weight and gain stamina on a vegetarian diet, are all good reasons to make the switch. But there are also other reasons which motivate many to change their diets, including the opportunity to help reduce global warming, cut air and water pollution and save the rainforests by cutting back on their meat consumption. Others are motivated by the fact that with so much of our grain and corn being wasted on feeding animals (it takes
12 pounds of grain to feed a cow to produce one pound of meat), there is often little left for the poorer people of the world. And many people are conscious of the pain that animals feel when they are mistreated on factory farms, and then slaughtered for our consumption. Choosing to eat a vegetarian diet helps farm animals avoid that suffering. Whatever the motivation for changing to a vegetarian diet, Vegetarians of Washington is here to help. As a volunteer based non-profit group, they hold special vegetarian din-
ing events at the Mount Baker Club in Seattle on the third Wednesday of each month, where a different chef or restaurant caters a gourmet, multi-course dinner. This gives diners the opportunity to enjoy a variety of delicious vegetarian meals, while meeting new people in a warm, convivial atmosphere. In addition to the dinners, free classes on the health and other benefits of a vegetarian diet are offered at a variety of locations around the Puget Sound, along with a delicious cooking class. Leaders have also written four helpful books to help people transition to a vegetarian diet. Vegfest, the largest vegetarian food festival in the country, is held at the Seattle Center every Spring. This amazing weekend event, held at the Seattle Center Exhibition Hall, provides an opportunity to taste from over 700 different kinds of vegetarian food. Doctors give talks on nutrition and health, and chefs give cooking classes throughout the event. The bookstore is packed with cookbooks and more to support attendees in making healthy vegetarian food choices. There’s even a special kids program, with clown shows and activities throughout the weekend. It takes over a thousand volunteers to run this event, giving the whole community an opportunity to come together to support this fantastic event. Amanda Strombom and Stewart Rose are the president and vice president of Vegetarians of Washington (respectively). Vegetarians of Washington welcomes everyone to their events, including experienced vegetarians, beginners or those who are just curious. To learn more about the organization visit VegOfWa.org or call 206-706-2635.
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he team at Soaring Heart Natural Bed Company is on a mission to change how people sleep and at the same time, change the world. “We have a 30 year history of handcrafting great products, but now our focus is on letting people know how we can improve their lives through healthy, comfortable sleep,” Soaring Heart owner Mike Schaefer says. One way of making lives and the world better includes Soaring Heart’s close collaborations with its supply and sourcing chain. Soaring Heart uses only organic and natural locally sourced materials. The team visit their suppliers personally forming rich relationships and finding ways to work together for the benefit of all. “We carry the only GOLS (Global Organic Latex Standard) certified latex
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standards for the benefit of everyone.” Eoin Hudson, of Soaring Heart, agrees. “Given that you are in bed about a third of your life we want you to be as comfortable and healthy as possible,” he says. Catherine Berry, who recently joined the company to work on outreach to families with young children, says that shoppers visiting Soaring Heart have typically done a great deal of research. “We know the organic market is fraught with confusion and our clients are looking for a personal face-to-face conversation to confirm what they have been learning in their research,” she explains. “Comfort and health while sleeping are especially high priority to one particular demographic–parents. At Soaring heart we are really committed to building great products for every member of the family.” “Soaring Heart believes that we all sleep better when we’re part of healthy, thriving communities,” team member Wilson Laroza says. “We demonstrate our commitment by offering everything from free sleep yoga classes on Tuesday
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alk into any health food store, and organic choices range from tofu to meat, to cheese to nuts—and much in between. However, since fish cannot be labeled organic, some consumers are left wondering which choices are the most healthy and sustainable. “Something that’s really important to understand is that there are no organic fish in the United States right now,” says Eli Penberthy, public affairs specialist for Puget Sound Consumer’s Co-op (PCC) and Co-Editor of PCC’s Sound Consumer. The National Organic Standards Board has made controversial recommendations to the National Organics Program that “have yet to be adopted,” she said. “The biggest distinction the consumer can make now is wild versus farmed . . . and country of catch,” said Glen Spain, Northwest regional director for the Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen’s Associations. The public became more aware
of toxins in fish after a 2001 federal government advisory about mercury in fish scared people, says Liz Carr, fish advisories program coordinator for the Washington State Department of Health (DOH). However, emphasizes Carr, the fish highlighted in the advisory—shark, marlin, tuna steak, king mackerel, swordfish and tilefish—are fish “we don’t typically eat in the Pacific Northwest.” “These type of fish are long-lived, and at the top of the food chain,” says Spain. “If you’re worried about a chemical that bio-accumulates, the top predators will have more.” Salmon, he says—the emblematic Pacific Northwest fish—live only three years. Yet, even among wild salmon, toxicity can vary by type. Joan Hardy, a DOH toxicologist, said that people can eat unlimited amounts of chum, pink, or sockeye caught in Puget Sound; those recommendations are based on the life history of these type of salmon: how
“By and large, with some exceptions for pregnant or nursing mothers, the health benefits (of eating fish) vastly outweigh any potential risk.” ~ Glen Spain, Northwest regional director for the Pacfic Coast Federation of Fishermen’s Associations old they are, where they live, and the amount of fat they have. However, not all species of salmon can be consumed with abandon, according to Hardy. “Chinook are king salmon, and that’s a little more complicated,” she says. Because of the presence of elevated PCBs, a toxic class of chemicals the EPA says may cause cancer in humans, the DOH recommends a maximum of one meal of Puget Sound Chinook per week. Recommendations on crab and shrimp should be coming in early 2013, Hardy said. She distinguished between the DOH’s recommendations for salmon caught in Puget Sound versus that caught off the coast of Washington or Alaska, for which there are no restrictions. Of coastal Washington salmon, 50 percent originates in California, whereas 58 percent of the salmon harvested in Southeast Alaska originates in the Columbia River, says Spain—and some even comes from Russia. While several national standards have sought to clarify the fish carrying the largest load of toxics – such as the Monterey Bay Seafood Watch standard – the Washington State Department of Health has sought to tailor those standards to the Pacific Northwest with a “Healthy Fish Guide.” The guide incorporates national and local tests for toxics and makes recommendations for fish that can be consumed one, two, or three times per week. To view the guide, go to http://1.usa.gov/NLmzVk. Karen Fleur Tofti-Tufarelli is a freelance environmental, health, and food journalist/website owner. GlutenFreeSafari.com; email@example.com; @gfsafari.
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ost people visit a chiropractor because they are in pain and seeking relief, although some initially visit for general health,” says Keith Overland, president of the American Chiropractic Association and a practicing chiropractic physician in Norwalk, Connecticut. “Every doctor of chiropractic should first perform a complete and thorough exam and develop a diagnosis to determine the best approach to the patient’s condition.” Rick Burns, a doctor of chiropractic and professor of chiropractic technique at Palmer College of Chiropractic, in Davenport, Iowa, notes that more than 100 techniques and endless permutations of adjustments and thrusts can be used to help bring the body back into alignment and health. “Most chiropractors integrate several methods, depending on the needs of the patient,” he says. While chiropractors undergo four 20
years of post-graduate training, like medical doctors, they specialize in, “…making certain the brain communicates 100 percent of the time through the spinal cord to the nerves,” explains Burns. Miscommunication between the brain and the nerves caused by spinal misalignments, called subluxations, are at the heart of the science of chiropractic adjustment. Most chiropractic schools give students a basic toolbox of techniques before individual practitioners go on to obtain certification in advanced techniques; much like medical specializations, says Overland. His specialties include treating sports injuries and he has many Olympic athletes as patients.
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Diversified: This catch-all term encompasses the short thrust spinal adjustment approach used by an estimated 80 percent of all chiropractors, says Dr. Cynthia Vaughn, an Austin, Texas-
based chiropractor and member of the board of governors of the American Chiropractic Association. It is characterized by what is called the high-velocity, low-amplitude thrust (HVLA), resulting in the popping sound familiar to most people that have experienced chiropractic care. Although the adjustment is painless, some patients instinctively tense their muscles. “Adjustment is a sneak attack, ‘My reflexes being faster than yours,’” remarks Burns. “The average muscle contracts in about a quarter of a second. We do a lot of speed training so we can do the adjustment in one-tenth of a second.” Activator: The activator technique, used by about 20 percent of chiropractors as part of an integrated practice, employs a small, springloaded, rubber-tipped device, slightly larger than a pen, which applies a small amount of force to a specific area. It makes a stapler-like sound and the recipient usually feels only slight pressure. “Not everybody can tolerate the more aggressive manipulation that is performed as a foundation in chiropractic, especially elderly people or very young children,” says Overland. “The activator technique claims to be faster, more specific and less forceful than manual adjustment.” Applied kinesiology: Also known as muscle testing, applied kinesiology evaluates muscle strength at various specific points to help determine if a specific type of adjustment or even a nutritional supplement might be helpful to an individual patient as a treatment. This individualized treatment is popular among chiropractors and their patients. “It is a way to glean a tremendous amount of diagnostic information to specifically tell where the subluxations (imbalances) are,” says Vaughn, “and is used by about 20 percent of chiropractors.” Sacro-occipital technique (SOT): Another form of non-forceful adjustment, SOT usually involves having the patient lie face down on a table. Inserting a variety of wedges asymmetrically distributed under the pelvis creates a
helpful torque. “Gravity causes the adjustment to happen very subtly in about 10 minutes,” explains Vaughn. “It is effective for the elderly and people with osteoporosis that can’t tolerate more vigorous adjustments.” Gonstead: Similar to the HVLA technique, a Gonstead approach pays particular attention to the lower spine and the effects of its misalignments on the rest of the body. These practitioners generally prefer to adjust the neck with the patient in a sitting position. More than half of all chiropractors use some form of the Gonstead technique. It involves detailed structural analysis of the spine, which can include various types of palpitation, nervoscope analysis of heat and nerve pressure along the spine, and X-rays. “All of these techniques require extensive education and thousands of hours of training,” concludes Overland. Adds Burns, “Each patient is evaluated and diagnosed individually. So try different techniques and see what works for you. The goal is to unlock the body’s ability to heal itself.” Kathleen Barnes is a natural health advocate, author and publisher. 8 Weeks to Vibrant Health: A Take Charge Plan for Women, written with Dr. Hyla Cass, is among her many books. Visit KathleenBarnes.com.
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Pascale. “It’s a conundrum.” Sustainable development, as defined by the U.N., includes fighting poverty, social inclusion (including advancing the status of women) and protecting the environment. Building a sustainable future for the planet, say those involved, means addressing all three simultaneously. It demands the kind of real, immediate action so evident at Rio+20.
Shaping the Future We Want Global Commitments to Catalyze Change by Brita Belli
e don’t need another plan of action or more treaties; what we need are people that will begin to implement the commitments and meet the goals that have already been created and established,” explains Jacob Scherr, director of global strategy and advocacy for the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), about the new thinking that drove this year’s Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The June conference brought together international heads of state, business leaders, nonprofits and activists to prioritize and strategize sustainable development. Unlike the United Nations’ annual climate change conferences, which led to the Kyoto Protocol in 1997—a legally binding 22
treaty that set targets for greenhouse gas emissions the United States refused to sign—the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development is held once every 20 years. The theme of Rio+20 was simple and direct: The Future We Want. Moving away from political posturing and endless negotiating, the meet-up asked businesses, governments and charities to publicly declare their specific commitments and solicited the public’s ideas for realizing sustainability, all aligned with the priorities and opportunities of the 21st century. “With growing populations depleting resources, how do we keep increasing and ensuring prosperity while we are already using more than we have?” queries U.N. spokeswoman Pragati
By the end of the Rio conference, more than 700 voluntarily secured commitments, valued at more than half a trillion dollars, were earmarked to address everything from protecting forests and reducing ocean pollution to building rapid transit bus systems and increasing the number of women entrepreneurs in the green economy. The NRDC launched CloudOfCommitments.org to track and publicize new pledges and make them easily searchable by region or category. Some commitments are breathtaking in scope: n International development banks have pledged $175 billion to boost sustainable transportation in developing countries; n Bank of America promised $50 billion over 10 years to finance energy efficiency, renewable energy sources and energy access; n The World Bank committed $16 billion to boost clean energy, access to electricity and cookstoves in developing nations; n The New Partnership for Africa’s Development promised to achieve energy access for at least 60 percent of Africa’s population by 2040; n The European Bank offered $8 billion by 2015 to support energy efficiency projects in Eastern Europe and Central Asia; n Microsoft pledged to be carbon neutral across all its operations by the end of 2013; n The United States together with the Consumer Goods Forum (which represents more than 600 retail and manufacturing companies) committed to achieve zero net deforestation in their supply chains by 2020.
ods of drought in Ethiopia to prevent humanitarian crises; and investing in solar power to bring electricity to 1.4 billion people around the world. More than 50 million people worldwide have submitted ideas for a more sustainable world, ranging from ways to increase public education to plans for stopping industrial pollution and better managing waste. ~ Pragati Pascale, United “The huge public engagement in Nations spokeswoman the conference is exciting,” says Pascale, “because that’s really how prog “The real action, the real enress will happen. People have to force ergy, was the 21st-century aspect [of their governments to take action.” Rio+20],” advises Scherr. “I call it The NRDC dedicated website is the ‘network world’, recognizing the part of a coordinated effort to hold number of players today. It’s not just governments, businesses and nonprofits national governments; it’s states and accountable and inform the public. The cities, corporations and philanthropists. new U.N. websites facilitate a thriving In addition to the official meetings discussion of what sustainability means and negotiations, between 3,000 and and how it can be put into practice. 4,000 other gatherings were going on “We want to continue the between business people, mayors, civil overall campaign and build society organizations and others, preupon it,” says Pascale. “Whatsenting myriad opportunities to make ever frustrations people have specific commitments. We’re moving to with businesses, nongoverna different dynamic.” ment organizations (NGO) or governments, we need to harness that energy Sowing Seeds and keep that dialogue going to give The inclusive atmosphere is reflected people a voice in making sustainability in another new U.N.-sponsored interhappen.” national sharing website, FutureWe Want.org, featuring visions and videos relating to sustainability and solutions Results-Oriented to dire environmental problems, such Role Models as turning global warming-inducing State-based examples of methane from China’s farms into a us- sustainable development able energy source; predicting periin action speak to wide-
“With growing populations depleting resources, how do we keep increasing and ensuring prosperity while we are already using more than we have? It’s a conundrum.”
spread needs in the United States. Here are examples of five models worth replicating. PlaNYC: New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s announcement of PlaNYC, on Earth Day 2007, signaled an historic moment. The people’s vision of a cleaner, healthier New York City, one that could accommodate 9 million predicted residents by 2030, aims to be a model for urban sustainable development. Its original 127 initiatives leave few sustainability stones unturned, including cleaning up brownfields, building more playgrounds and parks, increasing public transportation and bike lanes, implementing aggressive recycling, enforcing green building standards and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Two-thirds of the initial goals have already been achieved; the latest update calls for 132 initiatives, including a new set of annual milestones. Speaking at the Museum of the City of New York in 2009, Daniel Doctoroff, the former deputy mayor of economic development and rebuilding for the Bloomberg administration, called PlaNYC “one of the most sweeping, most comprehensive blueprints for New York ever undertaken.” Most critically, all of its stated commitments are achievable (see Tinyurl.com/PlaNYCgoals).
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“We really tried to bring together an entire spectrum of people and groups with different perspectives and expertise to build a consensus,” says David Walls, executive director of the California Building Standards Commission. “If we were going to put something in the code, we wanted to make sure it was right.” (See Tinyurl.com/CALGreen-Home.) Renewable Portfolio Standard: Texas leads the country in electricity generated from wind power. One complex, in Roscoe, features 627 turbines on 100,000 acres that cost $1 billion to build. Much of the rapid growth of the state’s wind industry can be credited to Texas’ Renewable Portfolio Standard, legislation passed in 1999 that mandated construction of renewable energy, including solar, geothermal, hydroelectric, biomass and landfill gas, in addition to wind. It further mandated that utilities generate 2,000 megawatts of additional renewable energy by 2009, then 5,880 MW by 2015 and 10,000 MW by 2025. The 10-year goal was met in six years, and Texas has added many green jobs, increased tax revenues and provided security against blackouts, which is critical in the event of extreme heat or drought (see Tinyurl.com/TexasStandard).
Elinor Ostrom, the political economist who won a Nobel Prize in economics but passed on just before the start of the Rio conference, dedicated her last blog post to considering the event’s impact. Titled “Green from the Grassroots,” the post stressed the priority of a multifaceted approach to curbing emissions. “Decades of research demonstrate that a variety of overlapping policies at city, subnational, national and international levels is more likely to succeed than single, overarching, binding agreements,” Ostrom remarked. “Such an evolutionary approach to policy provides essential safety nets should one or more policies fail. The good news is that evolutionary policymaking is already happening organically. In the absence of effective national and international legislation to curb greenhouse gases, a growing number of city leaders are acting to protect their citizens and economies.” She reported that even in the absence of federally mandated emissions targets, 30 U.S. states have passed their own climate plans and more than 900 mayors signed a climate protection agreement essentially agreeing to reach the Kyoto Protocol goals the federal government refused to sanction. Rio+20 built upon such bottom-up commitments and pushed states and businesses to go further than they’d ever imagined. “There was an incredible amount of energized activity,” concludes Scherr. “Many people came away feeling empowered and encouraged, because they saw that the sustainability movement is truly worldwide. That’s going to be the legacy of Rio.”
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MONDAY, OCTOBER 1 WuHsing Tao School Information Night – 6:308pm. Open house and information night. WuHsing Tao School provides high quality academic and clinical training in Traditional Five Element Acupuncture and Psychology. Come visit for an opportunity to tour the school, interact with current students and find out more about programs. WuHsing Tao School School of Five Element Acupuncture, 4000 NE 41st St, Bldg D, Ste 1, Seattle. Register: 206-324-7188. WuHsing.org. Women & Wealth Seminar – 7-8:30pm. Join us for an intimate discussion on creating wealth. We’ll explore topics including the most common myths about women & money, how to create optimal wealth & health simultaneously, how you can be an exception to the statistics given today’s financial reality and more. Free. Roy Street Coffee, 700 Broadway Ave E, Seattle. Registration required. 206-552-8819. Bit.ly/seattlehealthfreedom.
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 2 Conscious Movie: The Line – 7-8pm. From Emmy Award-winning producer Linda Midgett, The Line is a groundbreaking documentary chronicling the new face of poverty in America. What does this mean for the future of our country? Free. The Center of Light, 5225 15th Ave NE, Seattle. 206525-8488. Seattle@CentersofLight.org.
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 3 Embrace Ayurveda – Wednesdays through Nov 14. 6:30-8:30pm. With Dr. Dhaval Dhru MD. Ayurveda gives an ancient fundamental understanding of health that can be used even in modern times. Learn how to integrate it in daily life for better health and wellness for self, family and friends. $45/class or $225.00/series. The Samarya Center, 1806 E Yesler Way, Seattle. Registration required. 206-778-6612. PnwAyurveda.com. Prayers for Peace – 7-8:30pm. Join us to pray for peace, creating a surge of positive energy for people all over the world. Open to all faiths, this is a chance for hearts and minds to make a real difference in the world. People pray for healing, spiritual awakening, love, solutions to hunger crises, war – anything that the world needs in order
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THURSDAY, OCTOBER 4 The Essential Oil Medicine Cabinet – 6-9pm. With Jimm Harrison, Certified Aromatherapist. Essential oils are a safe and economical alternative to over-the-counter drugs, offering relief from pain, inflammation, headaches, digestive issues, bacterial and viral infection and more. Learn how to use essential oils for quick and easy solutions to emotional strain, protection from environmental stress and as the perfect home remedy for many illnesses. $65. Bastyr University, 14500 Juanita Drive NE, Kenmore. Registration required. 425-602-3152. Bastyr.edu/civicrm/event/info?reset=1&id=346. Plant Medicine for Everyone – 6:30-8pm. Learn how to improve health and emotional balance with essential oils. Come to this interactive workshop and have fun while learning how to blend your own Aroma-therapy. Each student will make a therapy oil. $25 includes therapy blend. Snohomish, WA. Registration required. 425-210-2532. CircleOfHealingEssentialOils.com.
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 5 Essential Oil Therapy: Foundations – Oct 5-7. 9:30am-5:30pm. Essential oils are nature’s powerful healing tools from plants around the globe. Explore their holistic and therapeutic function in cosmetic ingredients and beauty treatments, quality control issues, and best practices in developing formulations for professional and personal use. $375. Bastyr University, 14500 Juanita Drive NE, Kenmore. Registration required. 425-602-3152. Bastyr.edu/civicrm/event/info?reset=1&id=325. The Collage Connection: Minding the Gold Within – Oct 5-6. 9:30am-5:00pm. This experiential workshop presents a synergy of expressive therapy and self-discovery. It uses Tissue Paper Collage, somatic awareness and contemplative practices to awaken creativity and provide insight into one’s self and one’s world. A playful and effective way to work with the imagination, this process allows for the discovery of our own internal alchemy. $195. Bastyr University, 14500 Juanita Drive NE, Kenmore. Registration required. 425-602-3152. Bastyr.edu/civicrm/event/info?reset=1&id=345.
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Harvesting Our Energy – 9am-5pm. This workshop is designed to be a rejuvenating day filled with opportunities to connect with one's self and others in healing ways. Includes physical, psychological and spiritual techniques of gathering and releasing - including Qigong, Kundalini and Hatha Yoga, pranayama (yogic breathing), guided imagery, journeying and group therapy processes. $125. Bastyr University, 14500 Juanita Drive NE, Kenmore. Registration required. 425-602-3152. Bastyr.edu/civicrm/event/info?reset=1&id=324. How to Achieve Glowing Health & Vitality – 9:30am-12:00pm. Learn the art of conscious relaxation and conscious creativity. Say “Yes” to life and unleash energy and joy! Learn about a revitalizing 9-day cleansing and vitalizing diet and use the Ananda tension exercises to recharge the body at will. Discover how to “feed” not only the body but the mind and the soul. $25. Ananda Meditation Temple, 23305 Bothell-Everett Hwy, Bothell. 425-806-3700. AnandaWashington.org. Solar Tour 2012 – 10am-4pm. Visit solar homes in Seattle and Shoreline and see a solar car with a kickoff event at the Greenwood Library from 10am12pm. Learn the ins and outs of solar in Washington State. SolarWa.org/tour. Free. Greenwood Library, 8016 Greenwood Ave N, Seattle. 206-706-1931. SolarWa.org/tour. Crystal Singing Bowl Sound Bath – 7-8:30 pm. Experience the exquisite sound and vibration of rare crystal singing bowls and the unique energy of Fallon, the citrine Lemurian quartz with a guided meditation and sound journey to re-connect one with their heart and release what no longer serves. With Shaunna Touchi and Robyn M Fritz MA. $20. Vision Quest Bookstore and Wellness Shop, 3602 Colby Ave, Everett. 425-252-1591. VisionQuestCenter.com.
MONDAY, OCTOBER 8 Health & Wellness Spa Seminar – 6:30-8:30pm. Get pampered with a luscious facial or hand-cial with a professional, paraben-free, skin health line. Learn the benefits of inner and outer nutrition: nourishing our cells, holistic eating, and caring for our skin. Following an approach recommended by NYT best-selling author, Dr. Christiane Northrup in Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom. Free. Alinga Bodywork, 6826 Greenwood Ave N, Suite B, Seattle. Registration required. 206-552-8819. Bit.ly/wellnessoct8.
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 10 Inner Landscape - Sourcing from Within – Wednesdays through Oct 24. 6-9pm. Learn to engage the living energies of the universe in order to envision and manifest the world you wish to live in. This knowledge will support spiritual growth, create measurable change, unlock the secrets to living an inspired and fulfilled life, & empower one to make a difference in the world. This is the first class in the Inner Journey & Wisdomkeeper programs. General public & health care practitioners welcome. $175. Bastyr University, 14500 Juanita Dr. NE, Kenmore. Registration required. 425-602-3152. Bastyr.edu/Continuing-Education. Revitalize your Chakras with Essential Oils – 7 pm-8:30pm. Essential oils can help the body heal and cleanse itself, brighten one's aura, open & elevate the mind and energize one's entire being.
Learn how to use essential oils in everyday practice for chakra healing and meditation. Class includes notes and chakra oil. $20. East West Bookshop, 6500 Roosevelt way, Seattle. Registration required. 425-210-2532. CircleOfHealingEssentialOils.com.
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 11 Stepping into a Soul-inspired Life – Intro Oct 11, 7-8:30pm. Workshop Oct 13, 3pm. Join life coach Betsy Gutting for a chance to experience life as a glorious adventure full of real miracles. Betsy helps others find the clarity and confidence needed towards making their next step. $15 or $40 for both days. East West Bookshop, 6500 Roosevelt Way NE, Seattle. Registration required. 206-523-3726. EastWestBookShop.com/events/4253.
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 12 WuHsing Tao School Open House – 11am1:30pm. See Oct 1 description. WuHsing Tao School School of Five Element Acupuncture, 4000 NE 41st St, Bldg D, Ste 1, Seattle. Register: 206-324-7188. WuHsing.org. Crystal Voices in the Sounding Field – 7:309pm. Join renowned artist and sound researcher Tryshe Dhevney for an experiential evening of using crystal singing bowls for self-healing and balancing. $15. East West Bookshop, 6500 Roosevelt Way NE, Seattle. 206-523-3726. EastWestBookShop.com/events/4227.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 13 Learn to Meditate Workshop – 9:30am-12pm. Learn to relax the body, quiet the mind, awaken intuition and experience greater joy and creativity in daily life. This Saturday morning workshop includes in-class practice, tips on practicing at home, online guided meditations, written instructions, and ongoing support in-person or online. $25. Ananda Meditation Temple, 23305 Bothell-Everett Hwy, Bothell. Registration required. 425-806-3700. AnandaWashington.org/classes/learn-to-meditateclasses-2. Eastside Women's Show – 10am-8pm. Shop local and give back to local charities during the Eastside Women's Show: the new voice of women's health and beauty. Spend a day with celebrity speakers from Oprah.com, taste fine wines, and take home the best in food, fashion, fitness advice and home decor. $10. Meydenbauer Center, 11100 NE 6th St, Bellevue. EastsideWomensShow.com. Back to Balance Nutrition & Lifestyle Seminar – 11am-12:30pm. Learn about a holistic approach to kicking the sugar habit. Topics include: lowglycemic eating, anti-inflammatory nutrition, proper supplementation for stabilizing blood sugar, eliminating carb cravings, and more! Following an approach recommended by NYT best-selling author Dr. Christiane Northrup in Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom. Free. Canal Station Condominium, 5450 Leary Ave NW, Seattle. 206-552-8819. Bit.ly/nutritionoct13.
Mindset Alchemy: Intuitive Consultations and Crystal Energy Healing – 12-5:00pm. With Robyn M Fritz MA and Fallon the citrine Lemurian quartz. Mindset Alchemy helps tap the power of love in one's life. It combines intuitive insight, crystal energy healing, and practical life, creativity, and business coaching to help create a transformative life. Group Playshop: $20/first session, $15/ second. Private sessions: $30/15 minutes, $60/ half hour or $100/hour. East West Bookshop, 6500 Roosevelt Way NE, Seattle. Registration required. 206-937-0233. AlchemyWestInc.com.
MONDAY, OCTOBER 15 Women & Wealth Seminar – 7-8:30pm. Join us for an intimate discussion on creating wealth. We’ll explore topics including: the most common myths about women & money, how to create optimal wealth & health simultaneously, how you can be an exception to the statistics given today’s financial reality, and more. Free. Roy St Coffee, 700 Broadway Ave E, Seattle. Registration required. 206-552-8819. Bit.ly/seattlehealthfreedom.
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 17 Vegetarians of Washington Monthly Dining Event – 6:30pm. You don’t have to be a vegetarian to enjoy delicious vegetarian food. Come enjoy a gourmet, multi-course vegetarian dinner (all dinners are dairy and egg free) catered by a different restaurant or chef each month, hear an insightful speech from our president, Amanda, on a key vegetarian topic, and meet lots of interesting people. All attendees will also receive a special free gift to take home. $15 plus tax for members, $20 plus tax for guests and non members. Children are welcome. The Mount Baker Club, Seattle. Register: 206-706-2635. VegOfWa.org/monthlydining.aspx. A Year of Living Mindfully – 7-8:30pm. Mindfulness invites people to live fuller, more joyous and compassionate lives. Author and editor Dr. Richard Fields ties in new material from bestselling authors like Jack Kornfield, Tara Brach and many others to create this book of 52 quotes and mindfulness practices. $8, $5 can be applied to the purchase of the book. East West Bookshop, 6500 Roosevelt Way NE, Seattle. 206-523-3726. EastWestBookShop.com/events/4254.
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 19 Relax & Restore Yoga – 6-7:15pm. Breathe deeply and relax in this Friday evening yoga class. Take the time to unwind, finding one's own natural state of balance, and experiencing a greater sense
Toning with Crystal Singing Bowls – 11am2pm. Join renowned artist and sound researcher Tryshe Dhevney for an experiential afternoon of using crystal singing bowls for self-healing and balancing. $35. East West Bookshop, 6500 Roosevelt Way NE, Seattle. 206-523-3726. EastWestBookShop.com/events/4228.
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of well-being in the world. All levels of yoga experience are welcome. Yoga props are provided, but feel free to bring your own blanket and eye pillow. $14. Ananda Meditation Temple, 23305 Bothell-Everett Hwy, Bothell. 425-806-3700. Anandawashington.org/classes/ananda-yoga/. Becoming Your Best Self – Oct 19-20. 7:309pm. Join best-selling author Sara Wiseman for a weekend retreat focused on unlocking one's life's purpose, path and highest possibility. Sara is an intuitive who shares her gift and helps others to awaken their gifts. $10 Fri or $60 for Fri & Sat. East West Bookshop, 6500 Roosevelt Way NE, Seattle. Registration required. 206-523-3726. EastWestBookShop.com/events/4257.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 20 Imagine: Womens Health Fair – 8:30am-3:30pm. Imagine: A Women’s Health Fair is a full day of education and inspiration at United General in Sedro-Woolley. Imagine making healthy changes in one's life. $20 per person includes breakfast, lunch, workshops, health screenings and resource information. Michelle Mahler- workshop leader at Imagine, Providing information on Essential Oils for pain relief and wellness. $20. United General Hospital, Sedro-Woolley. Registration required. 425-210-2532. CircleOfHealingEssentialOils.com. The HANDLE® Approach to Autism – 10:30am12pm. Learn about neurodevelopment and autism. HANDLE® helps reorganize the brain, build new pathways, and regulate the sensory systems. Learn how learning and sensory challenges, eating limitations, language delays and visual focus issues are interrelated, and how specific organized movement (along with proper nutrition) can make a difference. Free. The Shoreline Library, 345 NE 175th, Shoreline. Registration required Handle.org. Mindset Alchemy: Intuitive Consultations and Crystal Energy Healing – 12-5:00pm. See Oct 13 description. Group Playshop: $20/first session, $15/second. Private sessions: $30/15 minutes, $60/ half hour or $100/hour. East West Bookshop, 6500 Roosevelt Way NE, Seattle. Registration required. 206-937-0233. AlchemyWestInc.com.
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 26 Experience Breema Introduction – 7-8:30pm. Learn about Breema and the Nine Principles of Harmony at this free, introductory, experiential presentation. Breema is a simple, natural form of touch and body movement supported by universal principles. Practicing Breema supports connection
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I See Your Soul Mate – 7:30-9pm. Sue Frederick is the best-selling author of I see Your Dream Job, tonight Sue joins us to introduce her newest work, regarding relationships. Sue uses intuition and numerology to help find real answers. $25 includes copy of her book. East West Bookshop, 6500 Roosevelt Way NE, Seattle. 206-523-3726. EastWestBookShop.com/events/4262.
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SATURDAY, OCTOBER 27 Pendulum Dowsing & Earth Acupuncture Training Near Tonasket, WA – Oct 27-28. With Karen Rice King, Master Dowser. Learn how to dowse a property and reduce stressful energy fields, resulting in greater health and well-being. $390 single or $300 per person for couple. Cost covers take home kit for home or office. Pre-register by Oct. 7. 303-665-0175. Free talk and demo 3pm Sat, Nov. 3 at Wise Awakenings, Bellingham. KarenRiceKing.com. Free Reiki One Certification Class – 9am-4pm. Learn hands-on energy healing and become certified as Reiki 1. Learn how to remove pain, heal using energy and help others. Free. Reiki Ranch School, Chehalis, WA. Map and address sent with registration. Registration required. 360-748-4426. ReikiRanch.com. Breema Workshop – Oct 27-28. With Roxanne Caswell and Birthe Kaarsholm. Practicing Breema supports to connect with others while deepening a connection to one's self. Become present and remain present. Practical steps to establish body-mind connection by unifying mind, body and feelings. $175/200 for both days, $125/100 Saturday only. M'illumino, 6921 Roosevelt Way NE, Seattle. 510-428-0937. Breema.com. Halloween Costume Healing Fair – 10am-5 pm. Includes costume contest, raffle prizes, food, Fun, reiki, readings by Missy Milne, intuitive aromatherapy by Circle of Healing and more. Free. Vision Quest Bookstore and Wellness Center, 3602 Colby Avenue, Everett. 425-252-1591. VisionQuestCenter.com. Mindset Alchemy: Intuitive Consultations and Crystal Energy Healing – 12-5:00pm. See Oct 13 description. Group Playshop: $20/first session, $15/second. Private sessions: $30/15 minutes, $60/ half hour or $100/hour. East West Bookshop, 6500 Roosevelt Way NE, Seattle. Registration required. 206-937-0233. AlchemyWestInc.com. Conscious Movie: Sun Come Up – 7-9pm. How is climate change affecting the world? Follow some of the world’s first environmental refugees, the Carteret Islanders, as they leave their remote island chain in the South Pacific Ocean in search of livable land. Finding a war-torn Bougainville 50 miles across the open ocean, continuing their way of life becomes challenging. The donations accepted at this screening will be given to The Climate Reality Project, whose mission is to reveal the complete trust about the climate crisis in a way that ignites the moral courage in everyone. Free. The Center of Light, 5225 15th Ave NE, Seattle.206-525-8488. Seattle@CentersofLight.org.
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CULTURAL OPPORTUNITY Make a Difference Host an Exchange Student! Council for Educational Travel USA is seeking caring families to host one international high schoolaged student. Give your family the experience of a lifetime. 425-350-5448. CETUSA.org.
save the date WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 7 Do The Math: Seattle with Bill McKibben – 6:30pm. Bill McKibben will lay out the terrifying new math of climate change, explaining the incredible odds that are faced, and the difficult path people must walk in the coming years to create a livable future for the planet. $5. Town Hall, 1119 8th Ave, Seattle. 350.org.
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 17 A Taste of Health & Inspiration – 12-8pm. Giving the gift of health, green, hand made and local this holiday season. Seattle Creative Arts Center. 425350-5448. LiftYourSpiritsWithDenaMarie.com.
MONDAY, OCTOBER 29 Women & Wealth Seminar – 7-8:30pm. Join us for an intimate discussion on creating wealth. We’ll explore topics including: the most common myths about women & money, how to create optimal wealth & health simultaneously, how you can be an exception to the statistics given today’s financial reality, and more. Free. Roy Street Coffee, 700 Broadway Ave E, Seattle. Registration required. 206-552-8819. Bit.ly/seattlehealthfreedom.
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 3 Hypnotherapy: Transformation & Healing – 9am-5pm. “Transformation & Healing” (50 hours) is one of two courses in Bastyr’s non-credit Hypnotherapy Training program. Take Transformation & Healing alone or also take “Awareness & Integration” to complete the 100-hour program. No prior experience needed. General public & health care practioners welcome. Each course is conducted over two weekends. $635. Bastyr University, 14500 Juanita Dr. NE, Kenmore. Registration required. 425-602-3152. Bastyr.edu/Continuing-Education.
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Cascadia Hikes – 8am-12pm. Learn about local and natural history, sustainability and ecology while viewing waterfalls and wildlife on these guided half-day hikes. Includes hotel pick up and drop off, nature guide, refreshments, transportation, and entry fees. $95. Register: EvergreenEscapes.com/Seattle-Hiking-Tour.asp.
Seattle Greendrinks – 5:30pm. 2nd Tues. Informal social networking to connect and unite those working or interested in environmental issues. Locations vary. Details: SeattleGreendrinks.org.
Sustaining Vitality Qigong – 7-9pm. Discover Chinese Qigong, the study of internal energy and the natural way to enhance or maintain a healthy energetic lifestyle. Class includes meditation and movement exercises. Suitable for all levels including beginners. $10/class. Phinney Neighborhood Center, 6532 Phinney Ave N, Seattle, Rm 5. Contact Dennis at 425-775-9609. Fmi.Qigong@gmail.com. Fmi-Qigong.com.
Monthly DIY Meetup and Ask an Expert – 6-8pm. 2nd Thurs. West Seattle Tool Library hosts expert DIY coaches who are willing to answer questions about current and future projects. These open and informal events cover green remodeling and design, solar, water harvesting and edible gardening. Free. Youngstown Cultural Arts Center, 4408 Delridge Way SW, Seattle. 206-317-4671. WSToolLibrary.org.
Tribal Style Bellydance – 7-9pm. With Shay Moore. Classes get people moving to the global groove as they develop core tribal bellydance movements with strength, grace, and flexibility. Women of all ages, shapes, sizes, and experience welcome. $75 per 6 week session. M’Illumino, 6921 Roosevelt Way NE, Seattle. Registration required. 206-525-0363. DeepRootsDance.com.
Weston A Price Foundation Seattle Meeting – 6-8:30pm. 3rd Thurs. A Weston Price/Nourishing Traditions style potluck starts at 6pm and a presentation starts at 7pm. Firefly Kitchens, 844 NW 49th St, Seattle.
Sunday Service – 9:30-11am. Sunday services are uplifting, inspiring and deepening in consciousness. The service includes singing, prayer, and a sermon that is relevant to the process of spiritual development. It also includes a powerful and transformative communion service. Each Service begins with a half-hour of silent meditation that allows each person to quiet the mind and prepare to take in the blessings of the service and communion. Free. The Center of Light, 5225 15th Ave NE, Seattle. 206525-8488. Seattle@CentersofLight.org. Free Energy Healing Clinic – 2nd Sunday. 124pm. Reiki Ranch, Chehalis. 360-748-4426.
monday Superfoods Cooking Classes – Local community arts nonprofit Fremont Abbey is offering a new series of Monday night cooking classes with guest chefs creating meals emphasizing superfoods like blueberries, spinach, kale and more. The chefs will also focus on using affordable and organic produce when possible. Parents will learn to cook a variety of nutritious dishes while kids learn dance, visual arts, and other creative arts connected to food and health in other rooms at the Fremont Abbey Arts Center. Most evenings include two classes, a 4-6:30pm free class for all ages (priority enrollment for single parents with kids) and a 7-9pm class for ages 21 and older with a $5-10 suggested donation per person. Fremont Abbey Arts Center, 4272 Fremont Ave N, Seattle. Register: FremontAbbey. org/classes. Feldenkrais® Awareness Through Movement – 6:30-7:45pm. With Becci Parsons. New strategies for unwinding, relaxing and recovering from life’s challenges. Cultivate resilience and become your most potent self. $20/drop-in, $75/5 prepaid. M’illumino, 6921 Roosevelt Way NE, Seattle. 206525-0363. M-illumino.com. Pranic Healing Clinic – 3rd Mon. 7-9pm. Join for an opportunity to receive a brief healing with a pranic healer. Pranic Healing is a highly evolved and tested system of no-touch energy medicine to balance, harmonize and transform the body’s energy processes. The evening will begin with a guided meditation. Please arrive as close to 7pm as possible. Free. The Center of Light, 5225 15th Ave NE, Seattle. 206-525-8488. Seattle@CentersofLight.org.
Introduction to Meditation and Mysticism – 7:15-8:45pm. This is a powerful, join anytime, introductory course designed for modern-day mystics. Time is spent teaching the principles of meditation that will allow one to move deeper than the body, beyond thinking and emotions, and into the reality of God’s peace and presence within. Free. The Center of Light, 5225 15th Ave NE, Seattle. 206-525-8488. Seattle@CentersofLight.org.
wednesday Feldenkrais® Awareness Through Movement – 11am-12pm. With LeeAnn Starovasnik. Engage the brain and body in new ways while learning to move more easily, more comfortably and even more playfully. $20/drop-in, $75/5 prepaid classes. M’illumino, 6921 Roosevelt Way NE, Seattle. 206-525-0363. M-illumino.com. Rainy City Prenatal Yoga & Meditation – 7pm. For pregnant women - partners welcome. Get to know your body, make friends with your mind and resolve discomforts of pregnancy. Prepare for natural birth. Deepen your relationship with your growing baby. Taught by Beth Coyote, midwife and meditator and Anne Hirsch, midwife and experienced prenatal yoga teacher. Pay what you can. Center For Birth, 1500 Eastlake Avenue E, Seattle. 206-861-8300. RainyCityMidwiferyAndAcupuncture.com/ Events.html. Wednesday Wellness Talk – 7pm-8pm. 3rd Wed. Join us for a series of free monthly talks on a variety of health and wellness topics on the third Wednesday of each month. Topics to be announced - check website for updates. Space is limited; please call to reserve a seat. Free. Butterfly Bal-
Baby Diaper Service 101 – 6:30-7:30pm. 2nd Thurs. Mark Stief, owner, will present the ins and outs of diaper service, share best practice cloth diapering techniques and educate expectant parents on the health and environmental benefits of cloth diapers. $10/family. Parent Trust for Washington Children, 2200 Rainier Ave S, Seattle. Registration required. 206-634-2229. BabyDiaperService.net/Baby/Diapering-101. Feldenkrais® Awareness Through Movement – 6:30-7:30pm. See Wednesday description. $20/drop-in, $75/5 prepaid classes. M’illumino, 6921 Roosevelt Way NE, Seattle. 206-525-0363. Info@M-illumino.com.
friday InterPlay – 10:30am-12pm. An improvisational practice that playfully explores the things a body can do: move, make sounds, tell stories, sing, and experience stillness. Based on life-affirming body wisdom principles and the transformative power of play. $10 suggested donation. M-illumino, 6921 Roosevelt Way NE, Seattle. 206-525-0363. M-illumino.com.
saturday Feldenkrais® Awareness Through Movement – 9-10:15am. With LeeAnn Starovasnik and Vicki Robinson. Learn to move more easily and more comfortably while improving your sense of balance and overall well being. $20/drop-in, $75/5 prepaid classes. M’illumino, 6921 Roosevelt Way NE, Seattle. 206-525-0363. M-illumino.com.
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