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letterfrompublisher Welcome to the May issue of Seattle Natural Awakenings! In this issue we explore women’s health, a varied and important topic. As a general rule, most Natural Awakenings readers are some of the healthiest people I have ever met. There’s also a smaller but significant number of us who struggle with chronic health issues (mine are of the autoimmune variety), and you’re part of this family too! Regardless of where you are in your health— humming along, proactively seeking a tune-up, or searching for answers—natural wellness is for you, too. In these pages you’ll find a variety of perspectives to help inspire and educate, no matter where you find yourself today. “Contraception Pill Chill” (page 16) brings up some serious drawbacks of hormonal birth control and offers alternatives. Our article about epigenetics, “Switching On Health,” (page 22) offers ideas for lifestyle choices that will help maximize your genetic potential for good health. “Choosing Confidence” (page 26) gives practical and actionable advice for “throwing out your head trash” and living with more courage and joy. There’s lots more in these pages - enjoy! To your health and happiness,

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or many women, menstruation feels like a curse. A new collection of essays by women’s health experts aims to transform that experience by providing easy-to-implement “self-health” tools from traditions including Ayurveda, uterine alignment, Traditional Chinese Medicine, and more. A New Cycle: Your Guide to a Better Period, Naturally presents natural techniques to alleviate common symptoms of PMS and enhance feminine vitality all month long, according to Tracy Puhl. “New Cycle was created as part of our mission to educate and empower women to make healthier, more sustainable choices for their periods,” Puhl explains. Puhl is the owner of GladRags, a Portland-based business that sells reusable cloth menstrual pads and menstrual cups and more. Their products are available at natural grocery stores and pharmacies nationwide, as well as online. For more information and to download a complimentary preview of A New Cycle:

Wellspring School Announces Amma Therapy Enrollment & Spring Classes


nrollment is now open for a new program at The Wellspring School, located in Portland, Ore. Classes for the Amma Bodywork Therapy program begin this September at Wellspring’s Portland campus. A Chinese word for massage, ‘Amma’ is a lineage based Asian healing art that predates acupuncture, according to Wellspring director Rachel Myles. “Amma Therapy, like acupuncture, focuses on the balance and movement of Qi (energy) within the body,” Myles explains. “Whereas the acupuncturist inserts needles into the energy pathways to stimulate and move the energy, the Amma practitioner relies primarily on the sensitivity and strength of the hands to manipulate the client’s life Qi.” The 1,000 hour program is taught over six 15-week segments and takes about 24 months to complete. Students learn nutrition, meditation, Qigong and bodywork in order to prepare to provide holistic and comprehensive health care. The Wellspring School is the only institution in the United States that has preserved and is teaching Amma in its complete form, according to Myles. The school also offers ongoing community classes in Qigong, Tai Chi, nutrition and holistic health, many of which are currently open for enrollment as well. “Spring is a time associated with cleaning up what’s accumulated over the colder winter months on all levels: physical, environmental, mental, and spiritual,” Myles says. “Taking a holistic approach to spring cleaning starts with nutrition, but the longer daylight hours also inspire increased physical activities. While mindful movement practices such as yoga, tai chi, or Qigong are great to pursue year-round, they can be especially helpful in awakening our minds and bodies to the spring season.”


he Center For Wooden Boats (CWB) has announced their 13th Annual Mother’s Day Saturday Sail at Cama Beach State Park on Camano Island. On Saturday, May 10, families can enjoy free boat rides in a variety of classic wooden boats, along with music and toy boat building for children. “This is a chance for the whole family to get out onto the waters of beautiful Saratoga Passage, between Camano and Whidbey Islands,” says Shane Bishop, operations manager for the CWB’s Cama Beach facility. The event is free, although a Discover Pass is required to park a car at the state park. The Center for Wooden Boats, Cama Beach is a salt water site affiliated with The Center for Wooden Boats at South Lake Union in Seattle. Programs are offered for youth of all ages, from tugboat storytime to youth sailing to job skills training. The Mother’s Day Sail takes place Saturday, May 10 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Center for Wooden Boats is located at Cama Beach State Park, 1880 S. West Camano Dr., Camano Island. Registration not required, wait time may apply. For more information: 360-387-9361 or

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New Health Clinic Donates Memberships


new local membership-based health clinic called Flat Rock Health Seattle is donating a free membership to one member of the community for every ten individuals who sign up. Dr. Ani Das, owner and practitioner at Flat Rock Health Seattle, said the winner will receive a complimentary silver membership to the practice for one year, a $49 value per month. “Our patients now play a role in helping someone in need,” Dr. Das explains, noting that members are asked to nominate an individual to the clinic’s 10 Gives Health Program when they sign up for their own membership. Community members who are in need of healthcare services but who cannot afford a membership can also enter the lottery drawing by visiting the clinic and completing an entry form. Flat Rock Health Seattle offers members unlimited access to Dr. Ani Das, an osteopathic family physician who practices integrative medicine. Members are provided free lab work for commonly ordered tests and discounted rates for x-rays and prescription medications for a monthly fee starting at $49. Members also get discounted rates to physical therapy, massage, and nutritional counseling at the clinic. Some services and procedures do have additional fees but the clinic is committed to providing upfront and affordable pricing, offering patients a menu of services that can viewed online or at the clinic. Dr. Das says this is an effort to be completely transparent and remove the guesswork from healthcare. “For a clear mind, we need to have a healthy body,” Dr. Das says. “With so many stresses and financial hurdles getting in the way of keeping us healthy and happy, our ambition is for Flat Rock Health Seattle to be that partner that empowers people.” Dr. Das performs a wide range of services in office ranging from annual wellness visits to stitching lacerations and minor surgery, as well as osteopathic manipulation. While memberships are not designed to replace insurance, they are intended to make high quality care more accessible and affordable. “Our goal is to be a resource for health, lifestyle and education, and to facilitate health in each individual,” Dr. Das says. “We’re not measuring success by the absence of disease, but instead by the presence of wellness.” Dr. Das is a clinical faculty member of the University of Washington and has a background in family and sports medicine. Training of osteopathic physicians is nearly identical to medical doctors and takes place at the same institutions, but includes a greater emphasis on preventative and holistic care and muscularskeletal manipulation. Flat Rock Health Seattle is located at 10564 5th Ave. NE, Suite 402, Seattle. For more information: 206-258-6652 or

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new radio show called Lift Your Spirits With Dena Marie has recently come to the airwaves on Fridays from 8 to 9 a.m. on 1150 KKNW. Author of Our Energy Matters and leader of classes and events supporting personal growth and transformation, Marie says she started the radio show because she is passionate about helping people find new ways to grow and play. “Lift Your Spirits with Dena Marie will introduce you to fascinating people, help you discover inspiring places to visit and encourage you to embrace activities that will lift your spirits,” Marie says. Upcoming guests include life coaches, local event organizers, local retreat operators and more. Lift Your Spirits With Dena Marie is sponsored by Seattle Natural Awakenings. Lift Your Spirits With Dena Marie airs Fridays from 8 to 9 a.m. on 1150 KKNW or online: For more information:

Bastyr Center for Natural Health Introduces Monthly End of Life Discussions


astyr Center for Natural Health has launched a monthly event called Death Cafe. Free and open to the public, the gathering is facilitated by naturopathic physician Dr. Brad Lichtenstein to help people discuss a taboo subject in a light hearted manner. “Every one of us has a terminal illness called life,” says Dr. Lichtenstein. “We have a culture of denial. That’s why researchers say we’re the most overweight, indebted and medicated society on the planet,” adds Dr. Lichtenstein. “This is a serious conversation, but it’s not to be taken seriously,” Dr. Lichtenstein says. “Some of the people I’ve met who have the best spirit are those who are confronting death and can laugh.” To add to the light-hearted approach of the often heavy-hearted subject, Bastyr Center plans to stick with the international Death Cafe theme that states: “At Death Cafes people drink tea, eat cake and discuss death.” Cake will be provided by nutrition students from Bastyr University, along with Choice Organic Wellness Teas, which were formulated by a master herbalist at the University. Death Cafes take place at Bastyr Center for Natural Health at 3670 Stone Way North, Seattle. They are free and open to the public, and take place from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays on the following dates: May 28, June 25, September 17 and October 22.

16th Camano Island Art Studio Tour to Take Place in May The 16th Annual Camano Island Studio Tour will take place over two weekends in May and will feature the art of 41 juried artists, three galleries, and this year for the first time, the tour will highlight a distinguished artist: Alfred Currier, of Anacortes. “The tour features some of the finest and most diverse artists and galleries in the Pacific Northwest,” says Karla Matzke, the artist who founded the tour and an art gallery owner. “As artists, there’s nothing we love more than to share our love of art with others. It means so much when we see visitors make a connection with our art and the community and the surroundings that inspire it,” she continues. Studio tour signs will be present to guide visitors along the tour route, and map and artist information is available at Matzke says the studio tour, which is free, is the largest single event on Camano Island and encourages visitors to enjoy the scenic Camano Island beaches and parks between stops at artists’ studios and galleries. In addition to their annual studio tour, the Camano Arts Association offers college scholarships to local high school students, a mentor program and public arts programs. The Camano Island Studio Tour takes place May 9-11 and May 17-18 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. all days. Free. For more information:

SongCroft Naturals’ Marilene Richardson To Teach At Fair


arilene Richardson of Snohomish-based SongCroft Naturals will be teaching two classes at Mother Earth News Fair, which takes place this year May 31-June 1. The classes will be on homestead herbal medicine and medicinal bee gardens. “I love teaching classes that assist people on their journey towards self-sufficiency,” Richardson says. “Both classes will help you learn herbal medicine tips to help your family and bees.” According to Richardson, she volunteers her time to teach classes at Mother Earth News Fair each year to help others learn homestead skills and live lighter on the earth. Mother Earth News Fair takes place May 31 to June 1 at the Puyallup Fair, 110 9th Ave. SW, Puyallup. For more information: or natural awakenings

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Matrix Energetics & Melissa Joy Amma’s Foundation Announces Announce Upcoming Events Relief Efforts, Bellevue Program


r. Richard Bartlett, founder of Matrix Energetics, and Melissa Joy, president of Matrix Energetics, have announced several upcoming events in the Seattle area and beyond. Matrix Energetics teaches practitioners how to shift their consciousness to enhance healing, personal growth, and create happiness. May 16 to 25, 2014 both Bartlett and Joy return to Seattle to present “The Seattle Birthday Bash,” a week long celebration of transformation that will include all Matrix Energetics seminars under one roof. “To celebrate, for the first time in the history of Matrix Energetics, we are pleased to announce that all core levels of Matrix Energetics seminars will be offered together in one convenient location and time,” Joy says. “We will blow the roof off together as we honor, love and appreciate Richard Bartlett’s creative magnificence as the birthday wizard all week.” June 7 -8, Melissa Joy will offer the new M-Joy seminar in Denver, Colorado. The new course offers women specific ways to apply the Matrix Energetics perspective to their experience. “The course is designed for women who want to explore consciousness and our true authentic selves,” Joy explains. “Mastery of our magical essence occurs when the sense of separate self dissolves into the all that Is consciousness potential. You are the magic and mastery is within you, awaiting recognition.” Melissa Joy has also written a new book, M-Joy Practically Speaking: Matrix Energetics and Living Your Infinite Potential. The book, which Joy calls “a practical manual for extraordinary living,” offers her perspective about heart-centered living and universal consciousness and is available now in print and kindle on and many other outlets. For more information:

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he global breast imaging market, which includes mammography and thermography, among other techniques, is expected to grow at least 12 percent in the next five years, according to a new study released by Transparency Market Research. Demand is partly attributed to the rise in cancers worldwide, which the World Health Organization expects to grow over 70 percent in the next two decades. “It’s important to know and monitor the health of your breast,” says Ursula Walker, co-owner of BRAS Thermography, a thermography imaging service located in Issaquah. “Most women think that there is no need to monitor or address breast health until they reach age 40, which is not true, and many are also unaware that there are a lot of preventative things that can be done at an early age.” Walker says thermography, which is FDA approved as an adjunct diagnostic tool, can be used at any age to monitor breast health and carries no risk of harm to the body. “Thermography can detect physiologic changes associated with a cancer while it is still at a cellular level—before it becomes visible on a mammogram,” Walker notes. “With themography, if a problem is detected early, you can address early issues with lifestyle changes and possibly change its course.” Ingrid Adams, co-owner of BRAS Thermography, says research points to the following recommendations for breast health: support liver and gut health, have your vitamin D levels checked by your doctor, and get a thermogram. There are many more prevention ideas that can be incorporated, but this is a good place to start. “I highly recommend thermography because knowledge is power,” Adams says, noting that more than 80 percent of women who develop breast cancer have no family history of the disease. “If indeed you find that you are at risk through thermography, it is a great motivator to incorporate lifestyle changes and improve your breast health.” BRAS Thermography is located at 317 NW Gilman Blvd., Issaquah. For more information: 425-677-8430.

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study published in the journal Food Chemistry tested soybeans grown from seeds that were genetically modified (GM) to be resistant to the herbicide Roundup. It compared these with organic soybeans and soybeans from non-GM seeds. The chemical and nutritional analysis of soybean samples from 31 different Iowa farms found the GM soy contained significantly higher levels of the toxin glyphosate, the central chemical in Roundup, than both the organic and the conventional non-GMO soybeans. The organic soybeans contained no glyphosate, plus significantly higher levels of protein and zinc, as well as lower levels of saturated fats.

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study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association showed that a daily multivitamin supplement with selenium significantly slows the advance of HIV among those with the virus. The researchers tested 878 asymptomatic, HIV-infected people over two years that had never taken antiretroviral medications. The test subjects were split into four groups, with members of each receiving separate medications—multivitamins, multivitamins plus selenium, selenium alone or a placebo— for five years. The multivitamins contained vitamins B, C and E. Those given multivitamins plus selenium experienced a 54 percent reduction in low counts of a critical immunity cell factor (called CD4) compared to the placebo group. This group also experienced a 44 percent reduction in other events known to accompany the progression of HIV, including AIDSrelated deaths. The researchers concluded: “In antiviral, therapy-naive, HIV-infected adults, 24-month supplementation with a single supplement containing multivitamins and selenium was safe and significantly reduced the risk of immune decline and morbidity.”


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Drinking Cow’s Milk While Nursing Linked to Infant Eczema


ew research has found that if a mother drinks cow’s milk during the period that she is breastfeeding, it raises her infant’s risk of experiencing skin allergies. The study, published in the Journal of the Medical Association of Thailand, followed 62 mothers and their infants from birth through 4 months of age. Researchers from Bangkok’s Mahidol University assembled the mothers and infants into two groups. Mothers in one group drank cow’s milk during the first four months of breastfeeding; the control group did not. Eight of the children with mothers drinking cow’s milk had skin allergies, versus two of the children in the control group. All of the mothers exclusively breastfed their infants throughout this period. An earlier study published in the British Medical Journal followed 124 mothers, 97 of which breastfed their babies. Of those that breastfed, 48 drank no milk or other dairy products and 49 drank milk. Infants in the milkdrinking group experienced 21 cases of eczema, while the no-milk group had only 11 cases. Overall, between the breastfed and non-breastfed infants, the breastfed infants had lower incidences of eczema regardless of the mother’s diet.

Healthy Homemade Infant Food Reduces Kids’ Allergies


study published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology reports that infants that were fed more homemade foods comprising a higher percentage of fruits and vegetables were less likely to develop food allergies. In assessing youngsters of the same age, researchers from the University of Southampton Medical College, in the UK, followed 41 children that had developed food allergies by the age of 2, alongside 82 nonallergic infants. After tracking the toddlers’ diets with food diaries and conducting allergy testing, the researchers found that infants fed more of the healthier homemade diet had a significantly lower incidence of food allergies as toddlers.


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Global Rise in Sun-Generated Power Last year, the U.S. joined Germany, Italy, China and Japan in producing more than 10 gigawatts of solar production nationwide. Now, other countries have awakened to the opportunity and are on their way to catching up. The popular Scandinavian retailer IKEA has sold $10,000 solar panels in 17 British outlets. Peru recently started a National Photovoltaic Household Electrification Program to connect 2 million of its poorest residents with solar power. In the first phase, 1,601 solar panels were installed to power 126 impoverished communities. The plan is to install about 12,500 photovoltaic systems for 500,000 households at an overall cost of $200 million. Earth Hour India is helping citizens to switch to solar energy in villages that previously had no electricity. Woodlands stores, in partnership with World Wildlife FoundationIndia, has launched a collection drive across the country, inspiring individuals to donate to help light up more than 100 households in three villages in Madhya Pradesh with solar power. The residents had traditionally depended on forest resources for their energy needs.

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Trees Rescue Urbanites from Dirty Air According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, poor air quality can irritate the respiratory system, reduce lung function, inflame and damage the cells that line the lungs, make lungs more susceptible to infection, aggravate asthma, aggravate other chronic lung diseases and cause permanent lung damage. U.S. Forest Service researchers have discovered that the urban forests in 10 cities across the country save on average one person a year from pollution-related death. In New York City alone, that number increases to eight people per year. The scientists recommend that people everywhere plant more trees. Source:




Cycling Gains Ground at Colleges and in Cities

May is National Bike Month, and more universities continue to commit to bicycling as a sustainable, healthy and environmentally conscious transportation choice. Recently, Harvard University joined Princeton and Yale as an official Bicycle-Friendly University (BFU), and the League of American Bicyclists designated 14 new BFU members, expanding the program to 58 colleges in 30 states across the U.S. with more to come. When New York City opened registration for a public bike-sharing program, Citi Bike, more than 5,000 people signed up within 30 hours. Similar demand for more cycling options is happening across the nation where shared bicycle programs are taking root (see The popular Washington, D.C., Capital Bikeshare program began operating in September 2010, and is now the nation’s largest, with 200 locking docks able to accommodate more than 1,800 bright-red bicycles. As in many programs, people can sign up for a short-term stint or an annual membership using either a credit card online or at a station kiosk. Then they can unlock a bicycle and return it to any station within the system. All rides under 30 minutes are free, after which escalating fees kick in, encouraging people to make short trips and to keep more bikes available for other riders. For more information, visit

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or more than 50 years, women have appreciated the freedom that birth control pills offer. They simply take a little pill every day and rest easy, fairly assured that an unplanned pregnancy won’t occur. However, there’s actually a lot not to love about “The Pill”, especially its long-term side effects. “The sexual freedom that women have fought so hard to obtain has been won at a terrible price,” advises Naturopathic Doctor Sherrill Sellman, of Tulsa, Oklahoma, author of The Hormone Heresy: What Women Must Know about Their Hormones. That price includes blood clots and even death from heart attacks and strokes in young women. As early as 1963, an article published in the Journal of the American Medical Association linked The Pill to venous thrombosis, or blood clots. By 1968, at least one cancer journal, CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians, had linked cancer to the use of the steroid hormones contained in oral contraceptives. In 1973, Scandinavian researchers warned of the link between oral contraceptives and strokes. “In December 2002, the U.S. government published its biannual Report

on Carcinogens that added all steroidal estrogens to the list of known human carcinogens,” says Sellman, “The gravity of this finding cannot be overstated: All estrogens used in HRT [hormone replacement therapy] and oral contraceptives have now been proven unequivocally to cause cancer.” Yet, regardless of the many downsides, The Pill remains the most common method of birth control worldwide, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, with usage by 16 percent of married American women. Elsewhere, users include 29 percent of British women and 40 percent of women in France and the Netherlands.

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It Keeps Us in Tune with Ourselves by Jill Mattson


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and teach it to everyone else. When children are born into the tribe, the village community gathers and sings their song, one unique melody for each unique child. Later, when children begin their education, the village again gathers to chant each child’s song. They sing upon the initiation of adulthood and at the time of their marriage. If at any time someone commits a crime or aberrant

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very year, hundreds of thousands of perfectly usable materials ranging from plumbing fixtures, flooring and lights to countertops and windows are ripped out of homes and end up in landfills. However, many sustainably-minded homeowners are seeking out these items and salvaging them—reusing them in a new home or as part of the remodeling of an existing one. Salvaged home finishings and fixtures add architectural interest, often cost less than their new equivalents, preserve historic value and reduce environmental impact. “Using items that are salvaged is a great choice to keep your remodeling



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unique and likely bring an interesting story to what would otherwise be an ordinary fixture.” Elfline and her husband, Doug, remodeled their 1980’s rambler and incorporated a number of salvaged items, including cabinets that were removed from a house on Capitol Hill that is listed on the historical registry. The cabinets came through The RE Store, a nonprofit building supply store in Seattle that offers salvaged materials. Some of the cabinets were used to create an island in the middle of the kitchen that was topped with butcher-block style counter reclaimed from another kitchen. A set of blue lamps, also salvaged, hangs over

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the island, and a reclaimed window illuminates a tiny garden. Elfline says it is possible for homeowners to make arrangements directly with other homeowners or construction teams to salvage materials and fixtures, but to save time, she suggests visiting one of the salvage stores in Seattle. “Stores that specialize in salvaged and reused building materials not only curate their selection and offer assistance finding the things you are looking for, but they will also help you avoid problems and understand safety in using some of these reclaimed fixtures and finishings,” she says.

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Switching On Health Study of Epigenetics Reveals Power of Nutrition & Lifestyle by lynn Noelte


enetic instructions govern much of how our bodies operate and put some of us at greater risk for chronic illness or accelerated aging. However, a growing body of research, a field known as epigenetics, illuminates how environmental factors can turn these genes on and off. Many of these factors have never been more prevalent throughout history than they are right now, offering both health risks and also opportunities to understand and en-


hance wellness. “People are aging faster than they should and faster than they have to, because they’ve become victims of modern life,” says Dr. Steve Polenz, a chiropractor who is widely known as ‘Dr. Steve’ and uses nutritional healing to help his patients achieve optimal health. Dr. Steve says there are myriad factors that influence declining energy levels and wellness. “It’s all these unseen things every day—exposure to chemicals, heavy metals, even emotionally toxic people,” Dr. Steve says. Science has long confirmed that environmental factors can change and compromise our DNA. Researchers at John Hopkins University recently demonstrated a connection between genetic information and reversible changes to DNA, an area of science known as epigenetics. The study, released last month by the American Journal of Human Genetics, sheds light on mechanisms that allow environmental factors to alter an individual’s genetic material, opening the door to a better understanding of the longterm consequences of exposure to chemicals and other toxins. Dr. Steve notes these epigenetic changes caused by environmental factors can affect how cells and even entire organs function, leading to signs of adrenal stress, blood sugar issues, afternoon energy lows, feeling cold or tired, having a compromised immune system, and other signs of declining

“The environment affects us all, but it affects us in different ways, so we need customized healthcare. Epigenetics is key. We’re all different people.” health. Surprisingly enough, Dr. Steve believes that diet is not always the entire problem. “A lot of people change their diet and improve only a little bit, or not at all, and feel really frustrated,” he explains. “Oftentimes they’ve been to different doctors and they haven’t gotten answers, which is frustrating too,” he continues, explaining that other environmental factors such as heavy metals and even air pollution may contribute to overburdening some people’s bodies.

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“The environment affects us all, but it affects us in different ways, so we need customized healthcare,” he says. “Epigenetics is key. We’re all different people.” Many of his patients have experiences reading about a particular supplement, purchasing and taking it, only to find it helped very little, a process which could be compared to flying blind, Dr. Steve notes. “Once you try things that haven’t worked, you’re surprised when we point you in the right direction,” he says. Dr. Steve encourages people to view health as a process, and gradually implement changes such as replacing toxic household cleaners with natural products, reducing exposure to genetically modified foods and chemical laden processed foods, getting more sleep and drinking good quality filtered water. “As long as a person is moving in the right direction, I don’t care if it takes them five days or five years,” Dr. Steve says. “My patients are often pleasantly surprised at what a big impact results from some small life changes and customized nutritional support.” Green Lake Chiropractic is located at 9750 3rd Ave. NE, Seattle. For more information: 206-523-0121 or GLChiro. com.

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Health Through Water: Ladywell’s Vitality Spa & Sauna By Grace Jensen


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Take a step back and consider the situation from a neutral third party perspective. Viewing a situation from the point of view of someone who is not involved in it will help you find clarity, and the fear will dissipate. You will realize you do not need to be fearful.

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ead trash: any pattern of self-defeating thoughts, emotions, or actions that get in the way of one’s effectiveness and the effectiveness of others. We all have head trash, because feelings, even negative ones, are a normal part of the human process. Getting rid of your head trash doesn’t mean getting rid of the feelings, and it doesn’t mean you have to be happy and excited every minute of every day. It means you can learn to be in control through active recognition and conscious choices. Everyone has experienced the sensation of feeling completely overwhelmed by emotion, whether it was a time you were angry, or hurt, or afraid. When those feelings threaten to take over and inhibit your functioning as a leader, parent, partner or team member, they have become destructive and it is time to take out the trash. The most powerful head trash? Fear. Fear is a reactionary emotion based on the anticipation of danger. That anticipation might come from a real and present danger being sensed by the body, or it could be from the idea of a danger. For example: if you are told that in the next room there is a live tiger, you will experience fear without actually seeing the tiger—it was the mere perception of a tiger causing fear. Whether or not there actually was a tiger in the next room didn’t influence the response. In that moment, our reality was that there was a tiger, and that we were in danger. If not physical in nature, this perceived fear often expresses itself as being fearful of making the wrong decision or fearful of rejection. Fear shouldn’t be confused with caution, which is more along the lines of risk management: understanding the risk and evaluating the possible outcomes




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Ladies Day at Bras Thermography – 9:30am5:30pm. Make a personal Bach Flower Remedy for emotional balance and stress relief. $10. Try the BioMat, $5 for 15 minutes. Also, enjoy many other ladies events in Gilman Village. Bras Thermography, 317 NW Gilman Blvd, Suite 44, Issaquah. 425-677-8430.


Camano Island 2014 Studio Tour – May 9-11. 10am-5pm. Look for the Blue CAA signs to guide you along the tour route. There is a map and artist information in the brochure as well as in our new mobile app or on our website. Free. Camano Island and Stanwood. 425-530-3518.

Renew, Refresh, Rejuvenate – 2-6pm. Join us for the spring open house of Primavita Family Medicine, Eylan Health and Daniel Abney, LMP. There will be informational presentations, interactive events and refreshments. Acquire new perspectives, inspiration and renewal for the new season. Door prizes, face painting, fun and free parking. Free. Primavita Family Medicine, 15446 Bel-Red Rd, Ste B-15, Redmond. 425-273-0741.

THURSDAY, MAY 8 How Integrative Cancer Care Improves Quality of Life – 6-7:30pm. Learn more about how integrative cancer support can help cancer patients throughout the treatment process at this free talk featuring Dr. Leanna J. Standish, PhD, a clinical researcher at Bastyr Integrative Oncology Research Center. Free. Bastyr Center for Natural Health, 3670 Stone Way N, Seattle. 206-834-4100.

SATURDAY, MAY 10 Center for Wooden Boats Free Sail – 10am-4pm. Spend Saturday at Cama Beach State Park Center For Wooden Boats. Enjoy a Mother’s Day free sail on Saratoga Passage, and family activities. Sign-up starts at 10 and the first sail is at 11. Free. Cama Beach State Park, Camano Island. Quantum Physics’ Guide to Creativity, Personal Growth and Enlightened Living – 10:30am-5pm. Quantum physicist Amit Goswami uses recent advances in quantum physics and consciousness to guide people to personal growth, creativity, and enlightened living. $80 advance, $90 day of. East West Bookshop, 6500 Roosevelt Way NE, Seattle. Registration required 206-523-3726.



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Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction – Sundays through July 6. 10am-12:30pm. These easy to learn and user friendly practices will help with reactivity and symptoms of stress. CE available for healthcare professionals. Three CDs and manual included. $275 alone, $260 with a friend. Way of Life Wellness Center, 355 NW Gilman Blvd, Ste 105, Issaquah. Registration required. 206-3283572.

THURSDAY, MAY 15 Healing ADD with Dr. Daniel Amen, M.D. – 5-7pm. With physician and double board certified psychiatrist Dr. Daniel Amen. Through SPECT imaging Dr. Amen has identified 7 types of ADD. Learn to identify, examine and treat the various types of ADD. Brain healthy snacks and beverages will be served. Free. Amen Clinic Bellevue, 616 120th Ave NE, Ste C100, Bellevue. Registration required. 425-455-7534. Bellevue.AmenClinics. com/healing-add-with-dr-amen.

FRIDAY, MAY 16 Natural Posture for Pain-Free Living: The Lecture – 7:30pm-9pm. Kathleen Porter, author of Natural Posture for Pain-Free Living: The Practice of Mindful Alignment, will present a talk and slideshow of stunning visual examples from her travels around the world that reveal the details of natural posture—what it is, what it looks like, and how to return to wellness. $15. East West Bookshop, 6500 Roosevelt Way NE, Seattle. 206-523-3726.

SATURDAY, MAY 17 Shamanic Extraction Healing Training – Saturday and Sunday. 9:30am-5pm. Participants are initiated into the extraction method of healing, including how to see, sense, and remove localized illness and pain connected to spiritual factors. This training workshop is designed for people who want to bring shamanic healing work into their practice with others. Sponsored by the Foundation for Shamanic Studies, taught by Beth Beurkens, M.A. Registration required. 541-708-0473. Camano Island 2014 Studio Tour – May 1718. 10am-5pm. See May 9 description. Free. Camano Island and Stanwood. 425-530-3518.

Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction – Tuesdays through July 1. 6pm-8:30pm. See May 11 description. $275 alone, $265 with friend. Fremont Studio, 816 N 38th St, Seattle. Registration required. 206328-3572.

UW Botanic Gardens: Culinary Herbs – 1011am. Many herbs are easy to grow both in the ground and in containers. WSU King County Master Gardener Joan Helbacka discusses herbs that thrive in our area including information on growing, propagating and using a variety of herbs for cooking and as landscape plants year-round. Free. UW Botanic Gardens - Center for Urban Horticulture, 3501 NE 41st St, Seattle. Registration required. 206-685-8033.



Sanctuary in the Bedroom with Aromatherapy and Feng Shui Tips – 7-8:30pm. See May 1 description. $15. Three Tree Wellness Center, 643 SW 152nd St, Burien. Registration required. 206708-3708.

Get Cultured! An Introduction to Fermented Beverages and Foods – 1-4pm. Learn about super foods loaded with probiotics and enzymes that enhance digestibility of food and promote healthy flora throughout the intestines. Learn to make kefirs, kombucha and ginger ale. $20. East West


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THURSDAY, MAY 22 2014 Bastyr University Spring for Health Luncheon – 11:15am-1:30pm. Lunch-and-learn at the annual Bastyr University Spring for Health Luncheon at the Fairmont Olympic Hotel, to support uncompensated care services at Bastyr Center for Natural Health. Keynote speaker Mariel Hemingway will share the importance of mind-body spirit optimization and purposeful living. $175 per person or $1,750 per table. Fairmont Olympic Hotel, 411 University St, Seattle. Registration required. 425602-3355.


essential oils and how to use them to help support the body through its own natural healing processes. $35. East West Bookshop, 6500 Roosevelt Way NE, Seattle. 206-523-3726.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 28 Bayview Retirement Community Health Fair – 10am-2pm. Join us for a day of health, wellness, and fun as we celebrate seniors in our community. Local vendors will be on site to help promote active, healthy lifestyles. Free health screenings, special fitness classes, door prizes, nutritious snacks, complimentary massage, and entertainment will be scheduled throughout the day. Free. Bayview Retirement Community, 11 W Aloha St, Seattle. 206-281-5771.

Cannabis and the Endocannabinoid System; Inspiring Health and Restoring Balance – 9 am-12pm. Join Dr. Kimberly Free for an exciting discussion about cannabis, the endocannabinoid system and the latest research findings regarding cannabis’ use in the treatment and prevention of dis-ease. $60. Creative Health Collective, 938-A N 200th St, Shoreline. Registration required. 425319-1681.

Ask the Doctor Lecture Series – 7-9pm. Get questions about a plant based diet answered by Anirban Das, DO. Dr. Das is an experienced osteopathic physician and current clinical faculty at the University of Washington. Free. Flat Rock Health Seattle, 10564 5th Ave NE, Ste 402, Seattle. 206-258-6652.

First Degree Reiki Class – May 24-25. 12:306:30pm. Learn to heal with hands. Be gifted with a life of optimum health and abundance. Learn self-healing and to provide reiki treatments for people and animals. 12 CE Credits offered to massage therapists. An internationally recognized Reiki Alliance Certificate will be issued. $250. West Seattle. Registration required. 808-385-4661.

An Evening with Dougall Fraser – 7:30-9 pm. Join Dougall Fraser, author of But-You-KnewThat-Already, as he shares how he harnessed his power to become one of today’s most sought-after psychics. Select members of the audience will receive a reading. $20. East West Bookshop, 6500 Roosevelt Way NE, Seattle. 206-523-3726.

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6-7:30pm. Learn how natural medicine can help a family stay healthy at a free talk at the Bastyr Center for Natural Health. Emily Lesnak, ND, will share the benefits of staying healthy through good nutrition, exercise and ways to take care of a child’s body as they grow. Free. Bastyr Center for Natural Health, 3670 Stone Way N, Seattle. 206-834-4100.

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WEDNESDAY, JUNE 25 Ask the Doctor Lecture Series – 7-9pm. Get health care questions answered by Anirban Das, DO. Dr. Das is an experienced osteopathic physician and current clinical faculty at the University of Washington. Free. Flat Rock Health Seattle, 10564 5th Ave NE Ste 402, Seattle. 206-258-6652.

ongoing TUESDAYS Max Meditation System Drop-In Class – 9:30-11am. Find inner peace. This system uses a full spectrum of meditation styles-breathing, deep—body relaxation, passive, active and guided meditation. It fuses ancient mystery school lineage teachings with Indian and Tibetan yoga, and modern psychology and NLP. A simple technique for all ability levels. $10. 10th House Life Center, 126 20th Ave, Seattle. 206-538-0070.

WEDNESDAYS Free Introduction to Meditation Class – 3rd Wednesday. 6-7pm. Meditation Class taught by Mary Davis, Family Nurse Practitioner. Learn the mind/body health benefits of meditation and leave with an easy daily practice to begin at home. Free.

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THURSDAYS Free Meditation Workshop – 7-8pm. Join us for deep, relaxing guided meditation and discussion about chakras and subtle energies in the body. No special clothing and seating is necessary. Children are welcome. Free. Bellevue Crossroads Mall, Community Room, 15600 NE 8th St, Bellevue. 425-753-0634.

FRIDAYS Lift Your Spirits With Dena Marie – Fridays beginning April 18. 8-9am. Discover fascinating people, inspiring activities and places that will lift one’s spirits in this radio show. Tune in to 1150 AM KKNW Alternative Talk Radio every Friday at 8am. 425-350-5448.

SATURDAYS SewUpSeattle Free Sewing Session – 4th Saturday. 11am-1pm. Bring your own project and machine or create with our donated fabrics and machines. Women and men of all ages and experience welcome. Free. Sewing Room in Denny Park Lutheran Church, 766 John St, Seattle. Registration required. 206-784-7117.

SUNDAYS Sunday Morning Meditation Class – 10-11:30am. Classes include clear teachings, meditations, and prayers in the inspiring Kadampa World Peace Temple. All are welcome. Donations accepted. Kadampa Meditation Center, 6556 24th Ave NW, Seattle. 206-526-9565. Sunday Meditation – 11am-12pm. Learn how to meditate. Come in any Sunday for a guided Meditation and discover spiritual techniques that can help. Donations accepted. CDM Spiritual Center, 2402 Summit Ave, Everett. 425-258-1449.

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